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WW1 Era Cloth Patch – Marksman 3rd Class A very good sewn cloth patch for a qualified 3rd class marksman, comes in very good condition but it has been taken from a uniform.
WW2 Era Cloth Trade Patch – Army Wireless Operator A good sewn patch for an army wireless operator, comes in very good condition.
1914 Star Trio to King Norfolk Regiment. A scarce and interesting trio comprising of the 1914 star with contemporary Mons bar correctly named to 7324 Pte. C. V. King. 1/Norf. R. the British war medal is a modern replacement, obviously the original was scrapped out in the 1970’s. the Victory medal correctly named to 7324 Pte. C. V. King. Norf R. Cyril Victor King was a regular with the 1st Norfolk’s, with the number 7324 means he enlisted between 1906 and 1907. He landed in France on the 27th August 1914 Part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division and took part in the following engagements; 1914. The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau and the Affair of Crepy-en-Valois, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, The First Battle of Ypres. 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres and the Capture of Hill 60. 1916. The Attacks on High Wood and the Battle of Guillemont. The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Battle of Morval, the Battle of Le Transloy. 1917. The Battle of Vimy, the Attack on La Coulotte, the Third Battle of the Scarpe, the Capture of Oppy Wood, the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Poelcapelle and the Second Battle of Passchendaele. Dec 1917. The battalion moved to Italy to strengthen Italian resistance after a recent disaster at the Battle of Caporetto. The Division was positioned along the River Piave. April 1918. Returned to France arriving at Doullens; 1918. The Battle of Hazebrouck, the Defence of Nieppe Forest, the Battle of Albert, the Battle of Bapaume, the Battle of Drocourt-Queant, the Battle of the Epehy, the Battle of the Canal du Nord, the pursuit to the Selle and the Battle of the Selle. 11.11.1918 the war halted at Jolimetz S.E. of Le Quesnoy, France. Sometime in late 1917 Private King was wounded and discharged on 14th January 1918, but he remarkably survived the war. The two original medals are in very good condition, the copy BWM needs toning down a bit. It comes with two original photographs of Cyril in uniform and it’s interesting to note he is wearing what remains of his Slade Wallis kit and Lee Metford bayonet. Also included is a copy of his medal index card, which confirms his entitlement to the Mons clasp and rose.
American Civil War US Ammo Pouch. Original American civil war period black leather ammunition pouch. It has been well used but remains in pretty good condition for its age. There is a little area of stitching which has come adrift on one side and little areas of cracking in the leather to the front, but the punched ‘US’ emblem can still be seen. The inside still has the fabric compartments for the shells, there is wear here, some of the fabric has worn through, due to use. A superb iconic piece from the US’s worst conflict.
Early 19th Century French Infantry Hanger. The typical small side arm worn by French infantry in the early part of the 19th century. This example has a solid brass hilt with a curved steel blade. it has been well used and shows some wear. Down around the centre of the blade is a small inclusion and the top of the blade has some very old pitting. It is what it is, a very nice old and inexpensive piece for display. It measures; 28 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Embellished 1878 Afghanistan Medal. East Lancs Reg. An interesting Victorian Afghan medal, this one has been embellished with engraved lines around the Queens head, very unusual, I can only think it was going to be enamelled, there was briefly a fashion for this during the latter part of the 19th century. It has also at a much later date been remounted on the wrong suspender. The naming has also been erased but there is still a ghosting which can be seen. All I can see is the regiment’s number, which is the 59th regiment of foot, later to become the East Lancashire regiment. please see pictures for overall condition. An interesting oddity for the collection.
Geo VI 2nd Pattern OBE Miniature Medal. A lovely original good quality OBE breast badge miniature. WW2 era gilt metal medal which comes suspended on its original silk ribbon and in perfect condition.
Pre 1881 XCII 92nd Gordon Highlanders Uniform Cross Belt Plate Beautiful solid brass badge which comes in wonderful original condition although there is light wear to the high points, long lugs both in tact, measures 3.5 inches long. Ref. W3
Pre WW2 German Tax Remission Certificate – Nazi Stamp A/F This is a second style Nazi issue tax remission certificate, dated 1937 they were issued when Hitler and the Nazi government was in power to loosen the midterm credit market and to raise funds for the forthcoming war. This is the 20 Mark example, part of a pad of certificates this is the last one, it comes in fair condition with a small tear on the right hand side.
Scarce 1886 New Zealand Police Miniature Medal. Awarded to sworn New Zealand police and prison staff for 14 years service. This is a lovely quality sterling silver miniature which comes on its original silk ribbon. it is in excellent condition showing toning in areas.
Scarce George V Indian Territorial Efficiency Medal. A scarce Indian Territorial Efficiency Medal correctly named to Private E. A. Heppolette. 2. G. I. P. RY. R. A.F.I The regiment translates as; 2nd Great Indian Peninsular Railway Regiment. Auxiliary Force India. Now this scarce medal is not without its faults, the rim has contact marks and its original suspender and Indian bar are missing. This may be because the suspender broke, so now it has been made into a watch fob or pendant. The medal itself is in very good condition and shows very little wear. There were a very limited amount of Territorial Efficiency Medals awarded to Indian Auxiliary Forces; I don’t know the exact amount but no more than a handful. It’s just a shame the medal is incomplete, but with such scarce awards, we have to take what we can get. If it did have its suspender and India bar, this would be a valuable medal. We have all seen images in films etc of the armed guards usually perched on top of the trains, that were bursting full of passengers, in a time of great civil unrest in India. This man probably went on to serve in the second world war, so a possible great research project.
Small Early 20th Century British Bowie Knife. A superb little early 20th century Bowie knife, it has a good steel blade marked Made in Sheffield England on one side and William Rodgers on the other. It has a brass guard and a faux stag horn grip. It comes in very good but well used condition and it only measures 7 inches long. It comes in a little handmade soft leather sheath with belt loop. Proof of age required on purchase. Post to UK only.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Bracelet with Iron Cross. This is an excellent and intriguing piece, made I would think in the trenches by a German soldier from metal from the rifling of a shell case; it has been fitted to the front with the miniature version of the Iron Cross and on the inside, is an engraved metal plate which I have loosely translated as “a reminder of the campaign 1914/16 from brother Gustav”, so possibly made for the soldiers sister or even a brother. This beautiful piece is in very good condition and comes fitted with a safety chain, would fit a slim to medium wrist. Really, my pictures don't do justice to this lovely piece. Ref. 20713
Victorian Owl Pounce Pot. A delightful Victorian desk item, many mistake these as pepper pots, but they are in fact Pounce pots or sanders. They held a fine sand and when you had finished writing with you old quill or ink pen, it was sprinkled over the page, to stop the ink from blotting. This one is made of old Pewter in the shape of a wise old owl with glass eyes. The head unscrews so you can refill your pot with pounce. It comes in lovely untouched condition, (never polished) and measures 3 inches high.
Victorian Silver Vesta 1887. A scarce early silver vesta case with reeded decoration. It has a clear full set of hallmark’s on the inside rim for Birmingham 1887 and a makers mark of D & F for Deakin & Francis. A good maker of small items registered 1884. This vesta comes in great condition with just a small ding to one side and the top corners (please see pictures) it has a good tight hinge and it still retains its original jump ring, to attach it to a watch chain. It measures 1 x 1.5 inches.
WW1 Essex Regiment Officers Badge. Solid bronze badge worn by the officers of the Essex regiment. This badge has been described in some books and online reference sites as a cap badge, but I can’t find any evidence that these were ever used as cap badges. I am sure this is a early WW1 officers Collar dog. It is in fine condition but the lugs have been professionally replaced by a pin. It comes in excellent condition, unpolished and with a nice tone.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark EW A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of EW on the suspender ring, I do not know who this maker is, unfortunately. It is the typical three-part construction, a silver frame with a magnetic iron core. It comes in excellent condition original condition, with no loss to the original black finish on the core. The silver has now a dark tone and on the whole a lovely example of the famous German gallantry medal. If anyone knows this maker, please drop me a line for my own reference.
WW2 Reconnaissance Corps Cap badge. A WW2 war raised unit raised in January 1941 and disbanded August 1946. A good quality all brass badge which comes in excellent, but used condition. Ref. Y26
1 October 1938 Medal, Given to those who took part in the occupation of the Sudetenland, or bohemia and Moravia. This one is in lovely condition and it is suspended from its original ribbon.
10 New Medal Wallets. 10 A2Z good quality medal wallets, I prefer to use these ones as they seem to stay nice and flexible over a long period of use, to keep even the rarest medals safe and scratch free. All brand new. Medals not included
13 mm Bullet Mould. A mould for a 13mm lead bullet. Looks like a fairly modern used mould for old black powder guns. It comes in good usable condition.
13th & 18th Hussars Shoulder Title. Post WW1 brass shoulder title for the 13th & 18th Hussars, this is a very good quality badge which comes in perfect condition.
13th / 18th Hussars Cap Badge An interesting little brass badge adopted by the two regiments on their merger after the Great War. The regiment were not fond of this badge because it proved too fragile due to its rather thin construction. This badge was issued from 1938 until 1957 when the queen’s crown appeared. It comes in near mint condition and made by J R gaunt London. Ref. B27
15 Vintage American Civil War Commemorative Postcards Issued in the early part of last century these 15 linin embossed American civil war commemorative postcards depict monuments and memorials in varying locations, they come in very good condition just slightly yellowed with age, they have not been postally used or written on. As I am clearing a large collection of this series of cards, designs may vary slightly.
15th & 19th Hussars Cap & Shoulder Badges. 15th & 19th Hussars solid brass cap badge, used from 1922 onwards, this one has a queens crown and comes with an original shoulder title. Both items date from the 1950’s period and come in excellent condition with a good untouched tone to the metal.
15th & 19th Hussars Shoulder Title. A post WW1 brass shoulder title for the 15th & 19th Hussars; this is a good quality but smaller type badge that is in perfect condition.
16th & 5th Lancers Shoulder Title. A post WW1 brass shoulder title for the 16th & 5th Lancers; a very good quality badge which comes in perfect condition.
1731 Bronze Oliver Cromwell Commemorative Medallion A lovely rare large bronze medallion struck in 1731 to commemorate the life of Oliver Cromwell, the front shows Cromwell in a Romanesque pose, the name of the designer is below, this is Dassier, the reverse has what looks like a mausoleum with cherubs around it and the Lord Protectors birth and death dates. Of a substantial size measuring 38mm in diameter and comes in a very good condition just one small ding to an edge on the front.
1792 John Wilkinson 'Iron Master' Copper Token The famous Iron master John Wilkinson was the only person whose image appeared on coinage outside of Royalty during the 18th century, many of these copper tokens survive in varying conditions, from my research I have found conflicting information, this particular token has the Wilkinson name as 'Wilkison' one source suggests this error was acceptable and all tokens issued carried the error, another source suggests that copies were made of these tokens with various spelling mistakes and are considered forgeries, my feelings are that this token is right but has the miss spelling, either way it comes in good condition.
1798 Davidson’s Nile Medal. A wonderful example of the bronze medal awarded to naval ratings who were serving with Nelson’s fleet at the Battle of the Nile August 1778. This rare medal was commissioned by Alexander Davidson to celebrate the victory; it is inscribed around the rim ‘A Tribute of Regard from Alex’ Davidson’. This one comes in excellent original condition and with a nice even tone all over. This medal as well as all my items, comes with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
17th - 19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
1853 Pattern Cavalry Sword & Scabbard. A wonderful example of this type of sword, issued just pre the Crimean war, this was the first sword that was issued to both light and heavy cavalry and when the 1864 pattern was issued to regular cavalry, these were mostly passed on to the yeomanry regiments. This one is in very good untouched condition and could do with a light clean, there are no major dings and dents to the scabbard and the blade is nice and clean; there are some markings on the guard but these are very difficult to make out and if original may have been cancelled out by the next regiment. A good scarce sword in very collectable order.
1854-95 Indian General Service Medal to Cheshire Regiment. A nice India General Service medal named in period script to 367 Private M. Martin Rochfort of the 22nd regiment, the Cheshire regiment. A good medal but with a later replaced suspender. The rim is a little knocked about so the naming is a little hard to read, but it is all still there. This medal was mounted at something, probably on a watch chain, so there is remains of silver at the 11 and 1 o-clock positions. The medal itself is in very good order, just wear to the high points. A very easy restoration to get this interesting medal back to a valuable collectable. You can buy very good solid silver replacement suspender bars online. This man is also entitled to the Burma 1887-89 clasp, which shows he was involved in the third Anglo-Burma war of 1885 to 1887; this was a conflict that took place during November 1885, with sporadic resistance and insurgency continuing into 1887. It was the final of three wars fought in the 19th century between the Burmese and the British. It took place in a territory known as Upper Burma, the region of Lower Burma having already been annexed by the British in 1853, as a result of the Second Anglo-Burmese War. This gave the British military its first taste of jungle warfare and only just over 3000 British took part, the rest of the force was made up from Indian Sepoys and the Royal Navy.
1860’s -70’s Norfolk Regiment Shako Plate. A British army OR’s Shako plate for the Norfolk Regiment; it was originally gilt covered brass, but now all the gilt has worn away leaving the brass base metal. It has suffered some wear to the surface and both lugs on the back have been replaced. This one comes from my own collection and I had two new lugs put on some time ago so it could be worn on a shako. This is not a perfect specimen but a perfect one would fetch a considerably higher price, as these plates are quite rare, worn on the last Shako issued to the British army. This one is a great gap filler to a collection or a super example if collecting on a budget. Please see detailed pictures for condition.
1882 Khedive's Star. A heavy solid bronze star which was awarded by the Khedivate of Egypt, to those who had participated in the military campaigns in Egypt between 1882 and 1889, and also for the military actions involving the British Army during the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War, where recipients of the British Egypt Medal were also eligible for the Khedive's star. This one come’s excellent condition and it has been lightly scratch engraved with ‘R Holden Grenadier Guards’ on the back of the medal. There is a H Holden listed for the 38th coy Grenadier Guards for this period, but more research is needed if you want to pursue the naming.
1884 - 86 Khedive’s Star. A superb example of this very attractive solid bronze star dated 1884 - 6, awarded by Khedive Tewfik of Egypt to those who were awarded the Egypt medal for the Egypt campaign of 1882 to 1889. This one comes in excellent original condition and unnamed as issued.
1890’s Imperial German Pipe Back Cavalry Sword. A scarce sword used by a trooper of the Imperial German cavalry. The Hilt has a heavy steel basket guard, this is heavily pitted, a shaped composite grip with a steel pommel. The blade is beautiful, a straight unfullered blade with a pipe back, this was a short-lived design on cavalry blades. This blade has no damage or pitting, just slight wear. The makers mark is a bit worn but it can still be seen, it reads; E.U.F. Horster of Solingen. A very good 19th century German maker, known especially for his hunting hangers. The scabbard is also good, just a couple of dents, no hanger rings but a single frog loop is to be found at the top of the scabbard. It measures 39.5 inches. Shipping to UK only via UPS at £12.95
1894 Dated American Civil War Re-Union Postcard A super postcard sent to veterans of the American civil war from the 154th O.V.I. (Ohio volunteer infantry) to attend a re-union in 1894, comes in very good condition just a hand written number on the back and has not been postally used.
18th Century Copper Halfpenny Token – Prosperity to Old England A copper halfpenny token used in general circulation, to one side it has 'prosperity to old England' and around the edge 'current everywhere'. Comes in good sharp condition.
18th Century Political Copper Condor Token 'Odd Fellows' This style of token was issued in London by Spence and it was a political swipe at then then politicians Pitt and Fox, on one side Pitt is shown crying and Fox is laughing, on the back should be a heart on a hand within a wreath with the word 'honour', this token for some reason has a deliberate hole where the heart should be, maybe a political statement all its own. Other than the hole the token is in a very good detailed condition.
18th Century Trade Token. Lackington’s Half Penny. A very interesting piece of British history. Trade tokens were produced by individual traders, provinces and towns to combat the lack of coinage of small denominations, such as Farthings, Half Penny’s, Penny’s and on occasions tuppence’s. These started around the 1790’s to about 1810. This one, a Half Penny, shows a mail coach on one side with a motto and John Palmer’s cypher on the other, Payable in London / Middlesex. It is in very good condition, slight wear to the surface, but these were in circulation for a long time, so most are often very worn.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 5 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
1905 Copper Nelson Centenary Medallion From the Victory and Foudroyant(2) In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British and Foreign Sailors Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial. A fund was set up known as 'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund' and the king (Edward VII) who took a great interest in the society allowed his initials, E.R. VII, to be stamped on the souveniers. This example is made from the copper from the Victory and from the Foudroyant, (Nelsons flagship from the very early 1800's) it is set in a shield shaped medallion and shows the Victory to one side and the society details on the other. The inner coin measures 16mm and the shield is 33mm long.
1906 Dated French Shell Case – Rennes Although dated 1906 this shell case would have been used during the Great War, it is well marked to the base for Rennes and 160L 1906 S. Comes in very good condition and stands 13.75 inches high.
1908 – 1935 India General Service Medal to RA. Indian general service medal with the North West Fronteer 1935, correctly named to 791437 Gunner. A. Martlow. Royal Artillery. Serving on the North West frontier in the mid 1930’s saw two interest campaigns, the Loe Agra Campaign and the Second Mohmand Campaign, just two of a long history of fighting on the Indian / Afghan border. The first was the Pashtun uprising, a band of Mohmand tribesmen rebelling on the Indian border and the other similar but later in the year. Basically the Mohmands are a Pashtun hill tribes who lived north-west of Peshawar, in the North-West Frontier Province of British India; now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan,. They moved annually across the border to the hills of Afghanistan to escape the summer heat, in 1935 the main road or track, the Mohinand-Gandab Road was under repair and the tribsmen had no way to get through, so around 2000 tribesmen started killing and marauding in the plains that surrounded the area. In September a reconnaissance force southwest of Nahakki was ambushed, with 35 deaths of British and Indian officers and men. Captain Godfrey Meynell was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his gallantry on 29 September at the Nahqi Pass. The medal is in very good order with some contact marks on the rim, so it looks like it was mounted with other medals at some point, but the medal itself is clean and still full of detail on both sides. It has a good working suspender and the clasp is properly attached; it comes on a full length of original ribbon.
1910/11 King’s Medal for Attendance – London County Council Issued to children for continual school attendance by the London County Council this medal is dated 1910/11 with a 1911 bar. The style of this medal was changed almost on a yearly basis and is made from a white metal, it measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
1914 Mons Star Trio to Rifle Brigade – Nominated for MM. A very interesting 1914 star & bar trio to 6521 Private Albert Pratten of the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. Albert Pratten was born and raised in Canning Town East London around 1880; before he joined the rifle brigade in 1899 he was working as a general labour on the docks. He saw extensive service in South Africa during the Boer War and was awarded the QSA with the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal bars, as well as the KSA with South Africa 01 and 02 bars. He was still serving with the regiment when the war broke out in 1914, having returned from posting in Egypt and malta; the 1st battalion the Rifle Brigade were one of the first regiments to mobilise ready for war, they arrived in France at Le Havre with the 4th division on 23rd August 1914. Almost as soon as his feet hit French soil he was off to battle, arriving just in time to play a valuable part at Le Cateau; the infantry stood and fought alone in this battle as all of the other columns and companies such as the Mounted Troops, Heavy Battery, Divisional Ammunition Column, Field Companies RE, Signals Company RE, Field Ambulances RAMC and Divisional Train, were all still en route from England. The 4th division was ordered to stand at Caudry, the surrounding countryside near Le Cateau, and cover the withdrawing troops from Mons, although very heavily outnumbered, the Brits held their ground suffering heavy casualty’s; The total British casualties at Le Cateau amounted to 7,812 of all ranks, killed, wounded and missing. But our old soldier Albert Pratten was a survivor; it must have seemed without rest bite that his battalion was then ordered to Marne, the battle started on the 6th September 1914. Here it was up to the allies to suspend the German advance towards Paris, there was a fortunate break in the German line and the Allies were quick to respond, but still heavily outnumbered by the advancing army, the day was saved on 7 September by the aid of 6,000 French reserve infantry troops ferried from Paris in streams of taxi cabs. From Marne, again without much rest Albert’s division went on to fight at Aisne and the battle of Armentieres, now heading into the winter of 1914/15 and the 1st battle of Ypres. Needless to say that Albert was active in most of the actions that 4th division undertook; we look forward now passed the 2nd battle of Ypres to the start of July 1915, the early days of the stalemate, the 1st RB was employed on the front line in occasional trench raids and small sorties with other regiments of the division. On the 6th July a major trench raid was planned and was carried out to some degree of success; the 1st battalion Rifle Brigade along with the 1st SLI and assisted by a battery of artillery raided the German trenches near the village of Pilkem. The trenches were held by the 213th and 215th Landstum regiments from Schleswig-Holstein, their snipers were proving to be a real annoyance to the British soldiers in the opposite trenches; taking of the trenches was hard fighting causing many casualty’s, but the regiment captured the trench along with 30 prisoners 2 machine guns, 2 trench mortars and a field telephone, along with some welcome supply’s. It was here that Albert received a gunshot wound, bad enough to get him sent back to blighty via the SS Anglia, he was also recommended for the military medal for his part in this action, but for some reason the award was not granted, instead he was to receive the ‘mark of Distinction to the 14 star’, this I believe was something that was intended to be like a MID, a bar or emblem for the 1914 star, but the war office never followed it through and it came to nothing. Albert never returned to France, instead he was transferred to the reserve and served with the 5th battalion, which was a training battalion at the Thames & Medway Garrison in Winchester. For his 16 years of service, his discharge certificate has his conduct as ‘Very Good’ and he is described as steady, reliable, trustworthy and hardworking with a fine record. The wear-a-bouts of his South African pair is unknown; here is his well-earned WW1 trio which comes with copies of his service records and medal index card. All three medals are in excellent condition, there is a mistake on the naming on the star, it is named to 6521 Private E Pratten, so there are two medal index cards, one, for E Pratten, the more comprehensive card and two, for Albert Pratten, just showing medal entitlement as the pair, but I have been backwards and forwards with his name, number and regiment and I can confirm, both are the same man, never rectified because he never complained about the miss-naming. The Mons bar looks like a replacement, but an old one and it has been on the star for a very long time. A wonderful long serving soldier, just missing out of a Military Medal for Gallantry in the Field.
1914 Star & Bar Trio to Bishop 4th Royal Fusiliers. Mons Star and (copy) bar trio all correctly named to 6712 Private Edward J Bishop of the 4th battalion Royal Fusiliers. Edward Bishop first landed on French soil on 7th October 1914. The 4th battalion was raised in Parkhurst (Isle of Wight). Under command of 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. His first engagement must have been at Aisne, at the battle of La Bassee, in aid of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade, by then, the battle was already in full swing; this was part of an effort to outflank the Germans in France but the tables turned and the Germans outflanked the allies resulting in high casualties and POW’s. From here the 4th battalion moved on to Ypres, again in attempt to outflank the enemy, but it soon became a desperate epic fight east of the city of Ypres which finally results in stalemate and entrenched warfare. During the early part of 1915 the 9th brigade was attached to 28th Division between 17 February and 2 April 1915 and moved to concentrate in the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouck. For Derek, 1915 saw him in action at 2nd Ypres, the first attack on Bellewaarde, the actions of Hooge and the second attack on Bellewaarde, the latter was made in support of the opening attack in the Battle of Loos. Somewhere during these actions, Derek was wounded, he was discharged due to wounds received on 13th March 1916. Apart from the above information, no detailed research has been done on this man. The war diary’s for the 4th battalion Royal Fusiliers are available to buy online, so a good detailed time line is possible for this man. 1914 star trios are becoming extremely hard to find now, these were the first men to see action in the Great War, known as The Old Contemptable’s. Along with the medal come two original photographs of Derek in uniform with his pals and what is believed to be his cap badge. It is also believed that Derek Bishop originated from Sussex. All now come mounted on card for display or safe storage along with a copy of his medal index card.
1914 Star to L/Cpl Hawkswood Grenadier Guards Early Casualty. A wonderful 1914 star with contemporary copy bar and original silver rose, correctly named to; 15979 Lance Corporal Robert Hawkswood. 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Robert was born in Wolverhampton and due to Robert’s number 15979, he must have joined the Guards around 1912 / 1913. The first Battalion initially served in the 20th Infantry Brigade, 7th Division landing at Zeebrugge on 7th October 1914. From here they went to Ypres and settled just southeast of the town, and went into their battle on the 19th. The guards suffered catastrophic casualties at this battle; all but four officers and 200 men of the 1st Battalion remained. Robert Hawkswood died on 20th October 1914. He is now remembered with honour at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. I have not gone into much detail in regards to the battle, I have included a copy of the battalion war diary on CD rom, so you can go through it yourself. The battalion war diary was not written while they were engaged in battle, a report was written by the commanding officer much later in 1916. The medal is in excellent condition and it has a nice even tone. It comes with various copy documents, medal index card, medal roll, commonwealth war graves details etc. A very sad early casualty, one of the first losses of the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards. Less than a month later he was dead, killed in action at the First Battle of Ypres on 20th October 1914. The Grenadier Guards suffered catastrophic casualties at this battle, all but four officers and 200 men of the 1st Battalion 07.10.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Zeebrugge and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; The First Battle of Ypres after which only 4 officers and 200 men remained of the Battalion.
1914 Star Trio to Callighan ASC Ambulance Driver Flue Casualty. A really interesting 1914 Star with copy bar, British War and Victory medal all awarded to T/23593 Driver Thomas Callighan of the Army Service Corps. Firstly the medals, there is a spelling mistake to his surname on the star, his name is spelled without the 'H' Calligan, but on the BWM and Victory it is correct; therefore he has two medal index cards which confirms the mistake, so it is an official mistake, so to speak. Thomas Callighan was born, lived and enlisted in Dundee Scotland. His medal index card states he served in the Balkans campaign as a driver with the 18th Field Ambulance, but 18th were stationed in France for the whole of the war, he probably arrived in France on 8th of August 1914 with the 18th FA but was transferred to the one of the army service corps motor ambulance convoys going out to Salonika in the Autumn of 1915. Here Callaghan would have collected the worst of the wounded that could travel from the field ambulances and clearing stations, and by convoy, take the wounded to a general hospitals in northern Greece, 16 corps headquarters at Kirechkoi; Greece was mostly neutral during the war but its military and government had sympathisers for both sides. The hospitals in Kirechkoi treated battle wounded and sick from the fields of Salonika and some transported by ship from North Africa and Mesopotamia plus the many civilian wounded and sick refugees; nurses and doctors from all of the allied nations served there including contingents from the Red Cross sent by various country’s. In the late summer and early autumn of 1918 the hospitals were at full to bursting capacity, now having to deal with the Spanish Flu epidemic which raged for three months and filled three-quarters of the cemetery in Kirechkoi. Without doubt Callighan, now promoted to lance Corporal would have been present at one of the hospitals at this time, delivering wounded and soldiers which had contracted the disease, unfortunately he succumbed to the flu himself and despite the best efforts of the nursing staff he died on 19th September 1918. To die of the Spanish Flue was not at all peaceful, we often call bad colds flue these days, but this form of influenza greatly effected the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys, so many soldiers would have preferred a bullet, I’m sure. Thomas Callighan is now remembered with honour at the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery in Greece. All three medals are in very good condition and come mounted on card for safe storage or display. Quite a scarce find, an army service corps ambulance driver, we are so quick to discard the medals of the ASC yet so many men who served with this unit did vital work to aid the war machine and were in just as much danger as a front line troops, it’s just there is not much information on these men available yet, hopefully this will be rectified in the future.
1914/15 Star & Silver & Enamel Bar to Nurse White V.A.D. A very interesting WW1 1914/15 star correctly named to Nurse Marion White of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. A wonderful medal for research and included with her medal comes a lovely period silver and enamel ribbon bar for the star, pin missing, a copy of her medal index card, this states she served in France from 26th October 1915 and her Red Cross service index cards. These state that Nurse Marion White, age 38, came from Manchester and served with the BRCS 182 East Lancashire division. The index cards also confirm her date of going overseas and her return as 25th May 1916. This medal comes in excellent original condition and has a nice even dark tone.
1914/15 Star Trio to Bird Royal Warwickshire Regiment. A good WW1 trio comprising of the 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 3660 Private Leonard Bird of the 6th battalion the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Private Bird must have enlisted at Thorp Street, Birmingham into the Warwick’s soon after war broke out in the August of 1914. He first entered the theatre of war in France on the 25th June 1915 with the territorial 1st/ 6th battalion that formed part of the 143rd brigade, the 48th South Midland Division. the Royal Warwick’s had a hard war, they saw much fighting at the Somme in 1916, on the 1st July they saw very heavy casualties while assaulting the Quadrilateral (Heidenkopf). They were also in action at The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, capturing Ovillers, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 the Division occupied Peronne during the The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were in action in the Third Battles of Ypres. On the 21st of November 1917 they received orders to set off for Italy to fight Austrian forces. Here the Division relieved 7th Division to hold the front line sector at the Montello Netween 1st and 16th March. It then moved west, to the Asiago sector and took part in the fighting on the Asiago Plateau in June, the battle of the Vittoria Veneto. On 3 November, the Division had the distinction of surrounding and capturing the commander of the Austrian III Corps, General von Ritter-Romer, three Divisional commanders and about 14 battalions. They finished the war in Trissino in the November 1918 and were finally demobilised in the February of 1919. Private Bird survived the war, a lucky one amongst very heavy casualties the battalion took on the western front. This trio comes mounted as worn and look to have been worn with pride on many occasions. The ribbons are scruffy and the medals, although in good condition, have contact marks to the rim. A nice trio of medals to a very interesting regiment.
1914/15 Star trio to Boltwood 30th Siege Battery RGA. A good untouched WW1 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 26873 Gunner William Boltwood of the 30th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery. Apart from medal index car, medal roll and silver war badge list, (included) no other research has been done on this man. William was a regular soldier, he enlisted into the artillery in June 1907. He served in France from 27th August 1915, a gunner with heavy howitzers, he would have been employed firing large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, destroying the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines. The usual armaments used were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12 inch howitzers. Due to their destructive power, they themselves were an important target to be destroyed by enemy fire and they were often targeted by bomber aircraft. William Boltwood was discharged with wounds in March 1919. Also with his medal was found; three photographs of William in uniform, one in a frame with his wife or sweetheart and another which must be older William taken in the 1930’s - 40’s. What is believed to be his original Royal Artillery brass cap badge and shoulder badges. The medals are in very good original condition, the victory medal, still retains some of its original gilt finish and all medals look like they have never been mounted or worn, they are heavily tone and there is no sign that they have ever been polished. Just a nice untouched lot.
1915 Star Trio to Dowling Royal Navy Reserve An interesting 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medal correctly named to U2287 John Dowling. Leading Stoker (Stoker on star) Royal Navy Reserve. John Dowling was born on 27th April 1876 in Birmingham, he originally joined the Royal Navy in 1904 and served on many ships including the HMS Royal Sovereign, he left the Navy in 1912. When the war broke out in 1914, John was called upon to serve again, firstly he served in HMS Canopus but from September 1914 to 1917 he was on board HMS Carnarvon. When World War I began in August 1914, Carnarvon was assigned to the Cape Verde Station to search for German commerce raiders while protecting British shipping. Carnarvon was transferred to the South Atlantic two months later and assigned to the squadron that destroyed the German East Asia Squadron at the Battle of the Falklands. She was assigned to the North America and West Indies Station in 1915 and continued to patrol against German raiders and escort convoys to the end of the war. After the Carnarvon, John was back on the Canopus for a short time again then on to HMS Vivid. His last ship was HMS Foresight from April 18 to February 1919 in this time the Foresight was in the Aegean with her sister ship HMS Forward until the end of the war patrolling the coats of Greece and Turkey. The above is only a very brief outline of John Dowling’s service, a lot more research is needed, especially regarding to his earlier service. This trio comes with copies of the front page of his service papers and mounted on card ready for display or safe storage. The medals are in excellent condition, they look as if they have never been mounted or worn and victory medal still retains 98% of its gilt finish.
1915 Star Trio to Graystone Norfolk Regiment. A superb WW1 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 4322 Private Robert William Graystone of the 1st/4th battalion, the Norfolk Regiment. William Graystone was born in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk around 1897, at the age of 17, his father, also Robert was a manager of a steam fishing company, in Great Yarmouth. Robert enlisted in to the 4th territorial battalion the Norfolk regiment in 1914. On 29th July 1915 they embarked at Liverpool and sailed for Gallipoli via Mudros, landing at Suvla Bay on 10 August 1915, along with the 1st/5th battalion, the Sandringham company. They both formed part of the 163rd Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division. The 4th stayed in Gallipoli never really leaving the Suvla bay area,they took part in all the localised actions before being evacuated to Mudros in late November. They had suffered quite heavy losses at Gallipoli along with their sister battalion the Sandringham Coy, the latter getting all the publicity because it was connected to the royal estate, the 4th only 240 officers and 4480 men remained. William survived the Gallipoli campaign and arrived at Alexandria on the18th December, the division then slowly moved on and concentrated at Sidi Bishr. The battalion then had a very welcomed rest before moving on to Cairo and then on to occupy the southern section of the Suez canal defences. The quiet period didn’t last long as they were soon in action at the First Battle of Gaza 26th-27th March, the Second Battle of Gaza 17th-19th April, the Third Battle of Gaza 27 October -7th November, including the capture of Gaza and the battle of Jaffa on the 21st December; this led into the operations at Berukin and Sharon. At the end of October 1918 the division moved to Beirut until the end of the war. It was amazing that William survived the war, having been involved in Gallipoli where a large percentage of his brigade were killed or wounded and the worst battles of the Palestine campaign. He returned home to to his beloved Gorleston where he spent he rest of his life, he sadly passed a way in December 1973
1915 Star Trio to; Brinley Thomas RAMC. A good 1914/15 star trio all correctly named to; 2247 private Brinley Thomas of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Apart from a copy of this man’s MIC and his medal roll, no research has been done. Private Thomas first entered the theatre of war on 11th December 1915 in Egypt. He survived the war and he was discharged on 8th March 1919. This trio of WW1 medal comes mounted as worn and in very good original condition, showing very little wear, the victory medal still retains all of its original gilt finish. A super lot for research.
1916 Battle of Jutland Memorial Medallion by Spink. The largest example of this medallion in white metal, produced by Spink & Sons after the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. It was designed by the Marquis of Milford Haven and sold for the benefit of Naval Orphans; it was struck immediately after the battle had been fought and before it had received its official title. Issued in gold, silver, bronze and white metal and in three different sizes. The obverse has crossed flags divided by a trident on which hangs a shield showing the date of the battle. Around the rim reads; ‘To The . Glorious Memory Of Those Who Fell That Day’. The reverse has a large inscription surrounded by a wreath, this reads; ‘May 31, 1916 The German Fleet Attacked off the Coast of Jutland and Driven Back Into Port With Heavy Loss. Admiral Sir John Jellicoe Commander In Chief. Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty Commanding Battle Cruisier Fleet’. This medallion is in good original condition with a few light edge knocks, which is common on this white metal version. It measures two inches in diameter.
1918 Dated German Newspaper This Berlin issue German newspaper is dated for December 1918 so just after the war was ended and must contain much information regarding the German's situation in the world, one small paragraph headline that I could translate is about Britain supplying food. A small sized paper with four sheets, on the back page someone has highlighted a story about the cadet corps. Comes in very good condition for its age, it has been folded and well stored.
1918 Issue The Strand Magazine – Rasputin Revealed I love a trawl through these old magazines, the adverts and the articles of the day, this one is particularly interesting as it details the story and death of 'the mad monk' Rasputin, it also has the sad tale of the death of Harry Lauder's only son, Harry Lauder was a famous stage music hall star of the day. The magazine comes in good but used condition. Was £12
1918-62 General Service Medal – Royal Engineers. QEII General Service medal with Cyprus bar correctly named to 2342099 Sapper G. McDonald of the Royal Engineers. Probably this man’s only entitlement as it comes mounted on a brooch bar and in very good condition and well-toned. Was £75
1919 Dated Royal Navy & Army Boxing Medallion Royal Field Artillery A good large solid bronze boxing medallion awarded to Corporal P. Bance of the 57th battery RFA, welterweight in the 8th divisional Royal Navy and army boxing association, measures 1.75 inches in diameter and comes in very good condition.
1920’s Brass Ink Stand. A lovely old brass double ink stand, for black and blue ink. It is in very good condition and it still retains both of its Bakelite type ink reservoirs inside the brass pots. It measures 7 x 6 inches.
1920’s POWO West Yorks Reg Shoulder Title A lovely old brass shoulder title for the Prince of Wales own West Yorkshire Regiment. It comes in excellent original condition with a good even tone. Ref. X5
1920’s Silver Plated Sugar Basket. A very pretty silver plated sugar basket, but it can be used to hold anything; it is decorated with a garland of flowers with a wavy beaded rim, which holds a similarly decorated swing handle. It stands on a sturdy foot made up of acanthus leaves and it still retains its original clear glass liner. It is in perfect condition and stands 8.75 inches high with the handle up, or 6 inches to the rim.
1921 Dated Framed Letter from Buckingham Palace to Captain Basham This letter sent from Buckingham Palace by the private secretary to the Queen was framed and preserved by a Captain Basham who was running ‘the cottage toy industry’ in Aldeburgh Suffolk, the letter written on behalf of the Queen says that because she had purchased items from the establishment she was giving leave for the Captain to display the letter to help encourage sales on behalf of ex servicemen. Simply framed in a black wood and comes in very good condition and totally unique, the frame measures 10 inches x 8.
1923 Dated Photo Card Munich Germany Field Marshals Hall An interesting photo card dated 1923 showing the Feldherrnhalle or field marshals hall in Munich in 1923 it was the site of a brief battle that ended Hitlers ‘beer hall putsch’, the monument was Nazified to commemorate the deaths of 16 members of the Nazi party at the battle, the site was de-nazified in 1945. With the original picture which measures 3.5 x 2.75 inches comes a modern blow up of the same picture, this measures 7 x 5.
1928 German White Metal Tinnie – Bowling Championship A well made pressed out white metal tinnie for a bowling championship held in Kiel 5.12 August 1928, comes in very good condition just needs a clean.
1929 German Trade fair Badge – Leipzig A very good quality white metal badge for a trade fair in Leipzig 1929, well marked to the back with A.E.G. Metallerke oberspree, herbstmesse 1929 beginn 25th August, it also has the issue number 000919. Comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
1930'3 German Winter Help Fund Tinnie – Narwa This style of tinnie seems to come in a variety of designs based on the town from which it was issued, this one is from Narwa and was old to raise funds for the winter campaigns. Comes in fair condition, there is some scuffing to the metal around the edges, it measures 1.25 inches long including the pin.
1930's 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars Cap Badge A lovely quality bi-metal badge issued from 1933-1953, comes in perfect condition. Ref. U9
1930's German Kriegsmarine Cloth Day Badge A pretty cloth day badge for the German Kriegsmarine, onto the cloth there is red crossed flags with a blue and white triangle symbol under, this is mounted within a gilt metal frame and backed again with metal, comes in good condition but has some marks on the front, it measures 1.5 inches long.
1930's German Turnfest (Sports Day) Embroidered Cloth Badge The German Turnfest was first held in 1860 and concentrated mainly on gymnastic displays and competitions, by the turn of the 20th century it included other sports and by the 1930's became a massive publicity event for the Nazi socialist parties. The DT symbol (Deutsch Turnfest) was used extensively and appears on badges both metal and cloth and on propaganda and awards. This badge is made from a white silk with red machine sewn silk thread, it would have been used on a sports shirt or sleeve, comes in good condition, there is some foxing on the white material and a pin hole. Measures 2.75 inches long.
1930's German Turnfest or Sports Day Winners Oak Leaf Wreath The German Turnfest was first held in 1860 and concentrated mainly on gymnastic displays and competitions, by the turn of the 20th century it included other sports and by the 1930's became a massive publicity event for the Nazi socialist parties. The DT symbol (Deutsch Turnfest) was used extensively and appears on badges both metal and cloth and on propaganda and awards. This winners wreath is constructed from wires with paper oak leaves and acorns threaded around, to the top are two ribbons, one white and one gold on the white ribbon is 'Dem Sieger' 'the winner' with the DT symbol at the bottom. A very unique item it comes in fair condition, the ribbons are grubby and need an iron but given its age and vulnerability it is in good order. It measures roughly 12 inches in diameter.
1930's German Wood Sports Badge & Mini Boots If you have noticed my listing for the sports day winners wreaths well this little group of items was attached to one of the wreaths, it consist of a wooden badge, very Germanic in design and shows two figures leaping for a ball, attached by string to the badge are a pair of carved wood boots, a pair of clogs and a dried cup for an acorn. All part of the sports day symbols and all in good order. The badge measures 3.5 inches long.
1930's German Youth Fest Badge/Tinny 1937 One of the many youth fests held in Germany during the 1930's to promote health and exercise and always with a political edge to the Nazi party. This aluminium tinny has 'Deutsche Jugendfest 1937' around the Nazi eagle and Swastika, comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
1930's Silver and Enamel Zeppelin Brooch A beautiful silver brooch enamelled in transparent and opaque enamels with a zeppelin ship, the silver is also engraved to give the image texture and depth of clouds and the waves of the sea. The condition is wonderful and its only fault is a scratch on the back where someone has been less than sympathetic when testing the silver content which is 9.25 sterling. The pin and catch on the back is also perfect and it measures 2 x 1 inches and it is a good heavy gauge of silver.
1930’s Aircraft Sweetheart Brooch. A wonderful little pin back brooch, hand-made from brass, I think to represent an early civil aircraft like the Comet, but I could be wrong, it could be military. It comes in perfect original condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
1930’s Cut Glass Whisky Decanter. A superb quality cut glass Whisky decanter, beautifully hand blown and hand cut with its original facet cut stopper. It is made of good lead crystal, so it is quite a heavy beast, it measures 11.25 inches high and comes in perfect condition is far better than it looks in the pictures, you wont be disappointed.
1930’s Era Royal Corps of Signals Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. A nice early set of two badges for the Royal Corps of Signals. The cap badge in bi-metal with two lugs on the back comes with the three-line brass shoulder title. Both badges are in very good original condition.
1930’s Fascist Italian Silver Mussolini Pin. The ‘M’ stands for Mussolini, made from high grade silver (tested) this little pin could be worn on the tie or collar; it comes in pretty much perfect condition showing just light wear to the surface.
1930’s German DRL Sports Badge & Miniature – Bronze The Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (DRL) was established in July 1934 as the official Sport’s governing body of the Third Reich. After the DRL's institution, all other German sport associations gradually lost their freedom, and were appointed into the DRL; even the most prestigious ones, like the German Football Association lost their independence. The goal was to build a formidable Nazi sports body to which all German sports associations would be submitted. It was thought that physical exercise would improve the morale and productivity of German workers as well as making sports a source of national pride for the Germans. Sporting skills were made a condition for school graduation as well as a necessary qualification for certain jobs and admission to universities. This one is made of bronze, so a 3rd class award. It has the DRGM mark and number on the back, with maker’s details of Wernstien of Jenna. It also comes with its miniature equivalent the larger badge has a little wear to the surface and the pin is in perfect condition.
1930’s German National Socialist Women's League Insignia Etc. A superb and scarce lot comprising of enamel badge, sports shirt insignia and pass book all relating to the Nationalsozialistische Frauenschaft or the German National Socialist Women's League. This was the women's wing of the Nazi Party. It was founded in October 1931 as a fusion of several nationalist and National Socialist women's associations, which survived until the end of WW2. The purpose of the organisation was to promote the principles of the Nazi party that applied to the women of the day, but during the war, it helped to raise money for the war effort and the ladies themselves helped out in hospitals, factories and even gave out cups of tea and coffee to the returning wounded at railway stations and knitted woolen garments for the men on the eastern front. The enamelled badge, probably the most common thing found from this organisation these days, it has a small area of damage to the enamel. The rare sports shire insignia is in mint condition and unused; as is the pass book. This is covered with brown linin and has a organisation badge printed to the front. This has never been written in, however it has a good early Stamp to the inside. All three items came together and obviously belonged to the same person. Something unusual belonging to a prominent Nazi woman’s association.
1930’s German Police Cloth Badge. Original German Feldgendarmerie or Field police badge worn by ranks up to Lieutenant, it was worn on the upper part of the left arm, on field and service tunics. This one has had the swastika and the bottom part of the wreath, but still an interesting piece of original cloth insignia.
1930’s German SA Sports Badge. Bronze. The Sports Badge of the SA or Sturmabteilung or Stormtroopers, was a decoration issued between the years 1933 and 1945 and held in very high regard. Although originally designed as a physical fitness badge for Nazi Stormtroopers; the SA Sports Badge was issued across every German military and paramilitary organization and it was allowed to freely be displayed on a military uniform. This one comes in excellent original condition with only slight wear to the very high points. It has a good straight pin on the back along with good makers details etc for E. Schneider of Ludenscheid. Ludenscheid is a city in the Märkischer Kreis district situated west-central Germany. A very good example of a 3rd class award.
1930’s Inlaid Wooden Cigarette Box Dispenser. A quaint 1930’s novelty cigarette box. The whole box has been inlaid with fruit woods in geometric patterns, and the tamba top is inlaid with a ship to the centre. When the lid is pulled back the bottom drawer automatically opens. Probably a real talking piece in its day. It comes in good working condition and the inlay is also in perfect order. It measures 3.5 x 4.75 x 2.75 inches high.
1930’s Nazi German DRL Sports Badge – Silver. German Sports Badges was issued for the completion of various physical and athletic tests, this one is in silver so a 2nd class award. Although there is some wear to the surface of this badge, it comes in very good condition and a fine example with good makers details on the back for Wernstein Jena.
1930’s Parker-Hale Gun Cleaning Kit Tin. A lovely old pre WW2 tin which one housed the Parker-Hale ‘Safari’ gun cleaning kit. It still retains nearly all of its original paint and all of its top label. It has both of its little bolt type locks, so the lid can be held firm. An interesting display item, or a practical tin waiting to be used once again. It measures 15 x 6 x 1.5 inches high.
1930’s Small Arms School Corps Cap Badge. When the Schools of Musketry, the Small Arms School, Hythe and the machine Gun School, Netheravon were combined in 1929, the Small Arms School Corps was born; they wore this all bass badge, which shows the Vickers machine gun and crossed bayoneted rifles, with the Kings crown inside the wreath. It was used up to around 1953, when the queens crown was issued, but this badge was all white metal. This fine example comes in pretty much perfect condition and only showing a minimum amount of use. Ref. Z1
1930’s Worcestershire Regiment Cross Belt Plate. A lovely quality all brass officers cross belt plate, it comes in excellent original condition and measures 3.5 x 4.4 inches
1933 Dated German Brass Stamped Tinnie – Referendum Vote In 1933 the German people had a national election, there was a vote as to whether Germany should withdraw from the League of Nations the predecessor of the United Nations, this style of small pressed brass badge which has ‘Ja’ with 12 and 11 either side and the date of 1933 under was handed out to encourage the ‘yes’ leave vote, the referendum passed with 96% of eligible people turning out to vote and over 95% of the voting yes. The badge comes in good condition with some light staining on the front and is complete with its slide pin on the back, it measures one inch in diameter.
1935 Dated Miniature Rifle Association Medallion – Yorkshire A very good quality bronze medallion issued by the Yorkshire miniature rifle association as a prize award, it comes in its original box of issue on which someone has hand written ‘1935 summer 25 yd (runner up)’, comes in superb condition having been rarely out of the box, it measures one inch in diameter.
1935 Silver George V Rocking Horse Crown I ued in 1935 to commemorate 25 years of King George V reign, known as the 'rocking horse' crown due to the Art Deco depiction of St George and the dragon by Percy Metcalfe on the reverse resembling a childs rocking horse. This example comes in fair condition and shows wear to the high points.
1937 Dated German Bakelite Tinnie or Day Badge – Ludenscheid A 1st of May 1937 workers day badge for Ludensheid, it is made from a black bakelite type material and shows a naked child standing on the open winged eagle with the swastika under. It is quite worn on the front and measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
1937 Metropolitan Police Training School Photograph Taken in October 1937 this large sized photograph shows the cadets and officers of the Metropolitan police training school Peel house, it has been mounted on a card and around the margin are a number of signatures of I assume some of the men in the picture. To accompany the photo is a driving school certificate for PC Welch who passed his exams in May 1947 also a head and shoulders shot of a young PC in uniform. The large photo which measures 11 x 8 inches (not including the mount) is in fair condition, the mount is in a poor condition, it has broken through the middle and this has caused a fold in the photo and also the left margin is broken, the other two items are in good order.
1937 Royal Life Saving Society Medal A good bronze life saving medal issued to J. A. Povey and dated July 1937, comes in its original box of issue which includes a small card for the Life Guards Corps inviting the medal recipient to join their society. The medal is in very good condition.
1938 Nazi German Workers Day Badge A 1938 Nazi German workers day badge issued on the 1st May and made from aluminium, depicts a couple dancing. Well marked on the back with 'Oediger u. co Hanau' Complete with pin for fixing and comes in fair but worn condition. Measures 35mm in diameter.
1939 German Nuremberg Nazi Rally Postcard The Nuremberg rallies held each year from 1923-1939 for the Reichspartei or national party convention created many collectable items amongst them this postcard would have been sold at the rally for people to send home or keep. This one comes in super condition and has not been postally used.
1939-1960 National Service Miniature Medal An un-official 1991 issue National service miniature medal, comes on its original ribbon and is in excellent condition.
1940 Dated Military Marked Jack Knife A three section Jack knife as issued to the troops, it is marked on the hilt of the tin opener blade to one side with the broad arrow and 1940 and to the other the makers details which I cant make out. Comes in good but used and dirty condition, should clean up nicely, measures 4inches long when closed.
1940 Sterling Silver Danish Georg Jensen Pin Badge This style of badge was issued in 1940 to commemorate the 70th birthday of King Christian X, it was made by the famous maker Georg Jensen and carries his mark on the reverse along with 925 for sterling silver. The wearing of this pin became a popular way for the Danes to show patriotism and resistance to the German occupation during WW2. It comes in very good condition, one very small flake on the enamel bottom left, it measures approx. 1.5 inches long.
1940's RAF Association Petrol Lighter A well loved Ronson white metal on brass petrol lighter with the badge for the RAF association to the front, comes in fair condition but would require work to get it to light, some areas of brass showing through.
1941 Dated Food Ration Book Post war ration books are more common than mid war versions, this one is dated for 1941 and was in the possession of Albert Ward of Wigan, the pages are mostly full and stamped by the various purveyors of food products, comes in good but used condition.
1943 Air Ministry How To Avoid Flying Accidents Due to Weather Booklet A comprehensive 8 page booklet issued by the Air Ministry in conjunction with the Meteorological office on 'how to avoid flying accidents due to weather'. Comes in very good condition and is A5 size.
1950's British Transport Civil Defence Training Booklet A forward thinking publication issued to employees of British transport detailing the possibilities and procedures needed should an attack be made on British soil, it covers subjects such as chemical warfare, high explosive missiles right up to atomic warfare. Comes in good condition.
1950's Framed Photographs NRA Competition & 4 Medallions The National Rifle Association held and still holds competitions for accurate shooting, this framed set of photographs look like they date from the late 1950's, check out the cars and DA haircuts! It shows various chaps taking part in the competition and receiving prizes. To accompany the pictures are four bronze medallions given as prizes, two are 'Astor County CVP', one is 'the bell medal' and the other a rifle clubs award, none are named. The medallions are all in good order the photos have yellowed over time and could do with re-framing.
1950's Mercury Model De Havilland Tiger Moth Plane Dating from the 1950's this model kit was made by the Mercury model aircraft supply company of London, it is a De Havilland Tiger Moth and will ultimately have a 33 inch wing span when constructed. The box contains balsa wood sections and full construction instructions, it will take a 0.46 to a 0.75cc diesel engine. The box shows signs of wear from years of storage but the contents are crisp and in very good order.
1950's Middlesex Regiment Stable Belt A good vintage stable belt for the Middlesex regiment dating from the 1950's, the previous owner has written his name 'Hills' and his number 0564 on the inside. Comes in good but used condition.
1950's Order of St John Officer Serving Brother Brest Badge. A silver and enamel order of St John. Officer Serving Brother Brest Badge. 4th type awarded from 1948 to 1973. This one was awarded to; J. H. W. Sumner on the 16th November 1958. In comes in lovely condition with no damage or loss to the enamels.
1950’s / 60’s Leopard Brooch. A classic piece of costume jewellery. A gilt metal leopard which looks like it is climbing and hanging on by its claws. It measure 3.5 inches long and comes in perfect condition and in a gift box.
1950’s Danish Candle Holder. A stylish 50’s Danish candle holder by Cohr of Denmark. It feels like silver and has the lovely mellow tone of silver, but in my opinion, its just not heavy enough, so I’m it selling as plated. Either way, a lovely retro piece.
1950’s Enamel Civil Defence Instructor Badge, a great little queens crown badge that comes in perfect condition.
1950’s Green Howards Cap Badge. A small white metal badge, worn on the beret from 1950 to 1958. This one is in very good but used condition. Ref. Y24
1950’s Mexican Airforce Pilots Wings. A 1950's Mexican Army Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Mexicana) pilot wings. It is a white metal plated badge with two pins on the back. it comes in excellent condition, just showing light wear. It measures 3.25 inches.
1950’s Pathescope Binoculars. A very good quality pair of 1950’s binoculars, made in Japan with 8x30 magnification, adjustable on the right eye piece as well as the lenses which are nice and clean with no damage or imperfections. A really nice pair which come in their original leather case and strap.
1950’s Silver Hallmarked Cigarette Box. A beautiful small size silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration on the top with a vacant cartouche to the centre. Inside, the single compartment it is fully wood lined and it carries the hallmarks for Birmingham 1957, both to the base and lid. The whole piece is in excellent condition, it has the odd pin head size ding here and there, but on the whole a great vintage piece. It measures 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.5 inches high.
1952 Reuters Press Photo – Princess Royal & WRACS An interesting Reuters press photo showing the Princess Royal meeting a WRAC who was due to fly to Gibraltar to join a mixed anti-aircraft battery, the first to do so. The Princess Royal was the Aunt of the current queen and during WW2 was the chief controller of the ATS, she later became the 'air chief commandant' of Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service. A good clear photo with a full typed description on the back, measures 10 inches x 6 and comes in very good condition.
1952/52 Dated Territorial Army Rifle Association Medallion A very good quality silvered medallion issued by the Territorial army rifle association as a prize award, it has been engraved on the back with ‘T.A. S-B. League Div 4 1952/53’, comes in very good condition, it measures 1.5 inches in diameter and comes in its box of issue which is marked ‘class ‘A’ 2nd’.
1953 Dated Suffolk Regiment Shooting Medallion This is a super quality gilded metal medallion given as a shooting prize in 1953 within the Suffolk regiment, to the front is the badge for the Suffolk regiment with the arms of Gibraltar and the latin ‘montis insignia calpe’ on the reverse is a man laying in a shooting position with a chap keeping score on a board, the front also has ‘LMG Pairs 1953 1st’, I am taking LMG to be light machine gun, the medallion comes in super condition in its box of issue and it measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
1970’s Office Desk Barometer. (1) A stylish 1970’s desk barometer by British Rototherm. It has a gold dial set onto a sail shaped piece of beech wood. It comes in good working order and it also shows the minimum working temperature in the office. It measures 6.5 inches high. Please see identical with black dial.
1970’s Office Desk Barometer. (2) A stylish 1970’s desk barometer by British Rototherm. It has a black dial set onto a sail shaped piece pf beech wood. It comes in good working order and it also shows the minimum working temperature in the office. It measures 6.5 inches high. Please see identical with gold dial.
1970’s Onyx Book Ends, Ash Tray Etc, A pair of very unusual book ends in the form of crouching Mexicans, probably taking a siesta under the shade of their Sombrero’s. They are both carved from solid onyx, the marble of the 1960’s 70’s; as well as book ends they can also be used as ash trays, which is something I have never seen before. They are both in very good condition and here’s a little something different for the book shelf or coffee table. The largest measures 6.5 inches tall. These are quite heavy so postage will be £8 to UK mainland.
1995 Issue Silver Proof Centenary Medal for R.J. Mitchell & More In 1995 the Royal Mint produced this centenary medal commemorating 100 years since the birth of Reginald Joseph Mitchell famed for his design of the Spitfire aircraft, housed in this blue protective box. To go with the medal also from the Royal Mint is stamped envelope with another centenary coin the relevant paperwork and certificate and additionally a 1971 Battle of Britain commemorative envelope complete with the signature of Lieutenant General Baron Michael Donnet a Belgian highly decorated pilot from WW2, I believe he signed the envelopes and they were sold to raise funds for muscular dystrophy at an event. All items come in very good condition.
19th C French Franco Prussian War Medal. The Franco Prussian (1870-1871) war was a conflict between the Second French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, which was then a just a part of the northern states of Germany. This medal was awarded to those of the French military who participated in the fighting. It comes in excellent condition and on its original ribbon, a very attractive medal on the obverse side showing the weapons used by the French at that time.
19th C German Black Forest Match Striker. A German carved wood match striker in the form of a tree trunk. The trunk holds the matches and they can be struck on the base. A simple but effective piece measuring 3 inches high.
19th C US Bowie Knife A 19th Century American Bowie knife circa 1860 -80. It has a simple horn grip with a brass pommel and cross guard, terminating in a good steel, unmarked blade. It comes in a later hand-made sheath and the condition of the knife is very good, all round. It has no damage, just some wear cause by use. The blade has some very light pitting, which is old and now looks more like light staining. A really lovely piece which measures; 11.5 inches long.
19th Century 3 Draw Pocket Telescope. A superb pocket Field Telescope, made of brass with mahogany main body, it comes in superb condition, a few spots on the eye lens which need cleaning but apart from that its perfect, it also comes in its original case. It measures 16 inches when fully extended and only 5.5 inches when folded down.
19th Century Belgian Pin Fire Pocket Revolver for Restoration. A lovely little Victorian Belgian Pin Fire Revolver, mostly complete in need of total restoration. It is all here apart from one small screw. (please see pictures) it is pitted in places, it doesn’t cock or fire, it feels like the hand or bolt spring may be broken. The cylinder has still got a lot of its original nickel plating remaining and the bullet ejector is still present. This revolver is an obsolete calibre, so no worry about certificates etc. Restore or leave it as it is or it would make a good parts piece, but parts for these little guns are pretty easy to source. Please take a good look at the pictures for overall condition. it measures 7.5 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only.
19th Century Copper Powder / Shot Flask. A nice old cooper flask, very plain and simple, but good quality and in good condition. It is marked Bartram & Co near the brass nozzle; the nozzle spring is broken but it still opens and closes inside.. There a few dings and dents to the body, but no splits. Due to it having no decoration, it shows up every little fault. Still a good heavy piece of 19th century shooting memorabilia.
19th Century French Bronzed Spelter Figure The Old Mariner. A lovely French late Victorian Bronzed Spelter figure of an old Mariner, he is looking out to sea, possibly at a ship being wrecked upon a reef, as he is ready to through a buoy from the craggy rocks on which he sands. The base is marked ‘Mestais’ a very good French Sculpture of his day This piece is in lovely condition, no damage or brakes and all of its original bronzing still remains. It measures 20 inches high.
19th Century Martini Henry Rifle Sling Part. A section of an old rifle sling comprising of a 13 inch piece of leather with the brass tuck buckle. A rare thing if you’re looking for one. What is here is in very good condition.
19th Century Oil Painting of London Harbour. A good original Victorian English School Oil on board, of sailing vessels harboured at London Docks, you can just see St Pauls Cathedral in the back ground. Although the work is un-signed, as far as I can find, it is a nice quality piece in very good condition, measuring 32 x 25 inc
19th Century Ornate Kris Dagger Grip. A superb carved hardwood grip to a Burmese Kris dagger, it shows a deity sitting on a carved stool wearing a double sided mask. The quality of the carving is wonderful; as is the condition of the whole piece, please see the pictures as they speak for themselves.
19th Century Pewter Pint Pub Measuring Jug I'm always surprised at how reasonably you can buy a piece of history like this, used in the Victorian pubs as pint measures jugs such as these were subject to weights and measures checks, this one seems to have been missed out, it carries a makers mark just behind the handle with 'pint' over the top. Comes in good but dirty condition, the new owner can decide whether to polish it up or not. Stands 4.5 inches high.
19th Century POW Work? Miniature Hand Built Wooden Ship. A 19th century wooden ship totally hand built and with some rigging still present. It looks like prisoner of war work, as it has a hand carved solid wood hull, all of the masts are inlet into the hull, the yard arms have been attached by wrapping twine around them and looks as though no glue has been used anywhere. Also on the front bow there are little handmade pins and small carved details to the deck. Two of the yard arms are lose and there maybe the odd repair, which I can’t see, due to its age. Apart from that, this piece is in good order and a charming little ship for display, it is attached to a hard wood stand of a similar age to the ship and with a little TLC it will look fantastic in any cabinet. It measures; 12 inches long.
19th Century Powder Horn. A large size powder horn made from a whole cow horn. It is a lovely slightly twisted shape and it is a very attractive bi-colour. What is nice, is it still retains its original stopper, this is also made from carved cow horn, and a leather strap to carry the flask. It comes in perfect condition with no damage, just a little wear and obviously age. It is a Biggy measuring approximately 16 inches long.
19th Century Prattware Plate. Mid Victorian Prattware plate showing the coloured printed classical scene to the centre, surrounded by a pink ground border with a printed gilt border to the rim. At the time an incredibly difficult technique. This piece is in good condition with one fine hairline crack from the rim, this is not really visible from the front. It measures 8.75 inches in diameter. Felix and Richard Pratt discovered or invented a way that coloured transfer prints could be fired under glaze. Before this any coloured decoration had to be hand painted. This revolutionized the pottery industry; no long did that have to employ professional decorators to paint their wares. In addition, these coloured prints could be applied to low cost pottery as well as porcelain. Just like today with crazes, the public went mad for this new and quite beautiful printed wears; Pratt produced 100’s of different printed lids for potted food and cosmetic products as well as plates and all kinds of utilitarian wares. Pot lids were highly collected in their day but when tin cans were widely introduced, this killed the potted goods industry.
19th Century Prattware Pot & Lid. A mid Victorian pot with its original Prattware lid. It is decorated with a scene of 18th century riders with their horses outside an entrance to a grand house. This was probably originally a container for potted meat, so the base is quite stained and crazed. The Prattware lid is in excellent condition and has no chips, cracks or restoration. Every one of the printed designs had a name, and with a little research, the official name of this print could be found. Felix and Richard Pratt discovered or invented a way that coloured transfer prints could be fired under glaze. Before this any coloured decoration had to be hand painted. This revolutionized the pottery industry; no long did that have to employ professional decorators to paint their wares. In addition, these coloured prints could be applied to low cost pottery as well as porcelain. Just like today with crazes, the public went mad for this new and quite beautiful printed wears; Pratt produced 100’s of different printed lids for potted food and cosmetic products as well as plates and all kinds of utilitarian wares. Pot lids were highly collected in their day but when tin cans were widely introduced, this killed the potted goods industry.
19th Century Prattware Pot Lid in Frame. Cavalier A good Prattware pot lid showing a Cavalier being made ready to mount his stead. It comes in perfect condition and it is mounted in its original 19th century frame. It measures 6 inches in diameter. Every one of the printed designs had a name, and with a little research, the official name of this print could be found. Felix and Richard Pratt discovered or invented a way that coloured transfer prints could be fired under glaze. Before this any coloured decoration had to be hand painted. This revolutionized the pottery industry; no long did that have to employ professional decorators to paint their wares. In addition, these coloured prints could be applied to low cost pottery as well as porcelain. Just like today with crazes, the public went mad for this new and quite beautiful printed wears; Pratt produced 100’s of different printed lids for potted food and cosmetic products as well as plates and all kinds of utilitarian wares. Pot lids were highly collected in their day but when tin cans were widely introduced, this killed the potted goods industry.
19th Century Prattware Pot Lid in Frame. Shepherd Boy. A good Prattware pot lid showing a Shepherd boy with his sheep and dog. It comes in perfect condition and it is mounted in its original 19th century wood frame. It measures 6 inches in diameter. Every one of the printed designs had a name, and with a little research, the official name of this print could be found. Felix and Richard Pratt discovered or invented a way that coloured transfer prints could be fired under glaze. Before this any coloured decoration had to be hand painted. This revolutionized the pottery industry; no long did that have to employ professional decorators to paint their wares. In addition, these coloured prints could be applied to low cost pottery as well as porcelain. Just like today with crazes, the public went mad for this new and quite beautiful printed wears; Pratt produced 100’s of different printed lids for potted food and cosmetic products as well as plates and all kinds of utilitarian wares. Pot lids were highly collected in their day but when tin cans were widely introduced, this killed the potted goods industry.
19th Century Relief Moulded Ale Jug. A lovely little relief moulded Ale jug, moulded with a hunting scene, horses, hounds and huntsmen. Below this is exquisite engine turned decoration, leaving a checkerboard finish. Above the scene is a cobalt blue band which is carried on at the top of the handle. This piece is in excellent original condition. There is one small area of white on the rim, which escaped the cobalt blue and one very tiny chip to the underside of the spout. It measures 5.5 inches high.
19th Century Single Shot Salon Pistol. Obsolete Calibre A super 19th century Salon or Parlour pistol; these came into fashion in the mid-19th century; they typically featured heavy barrels and were chambered in a small caliber. They were used for target shooting in homes with a dedicated parlour or gallery for this purpose. This one was made around 1865 by G W Webb 79 High Street Oxford, which is engraved on top of the folding octagonal barrel. It has decorative engraving on the top of the barrel each side of the maker’s details and the side of the lock. It has a walnut checkered grip with a small silver cartouche on the back and ornate curves to the trigger guard. This would have been a very pretty piece in its day and it comes in overall very good order, the lock is good and tight and it dry fires very well with a good snap. Please see detailed pictures for condition. These usually took a .22 shell, this is a much larger bore and Obsolete Calibre. Shipping to UK mainland only.
19thC Prisoner-Of-War Work Miniature Bone Dominoes I love the history of these kind of items, made by the French prisoner-of-war in the early 1800's from scraps of cow bone to either while away the time gaming or to be sold for food money. This part set comes in a delicate light wood box with a sliding lid, they are a miniature size measuring just 15mm long x 8mm wide. The condition is excellent but a few are missing from the set, there are 22 in all one being duplicated.
1st Royal Dragoons Cap Badge. The larger bi-metal forage cap badge issued from 1948 to 1969. Due to this badges composition, it probably comes from the earlier period. It is in good order apart from the wear on the high points of this badge, but it has been issued and well used in its day. It has a lovely tactile feel and a beautiful look. Ref. Z20
2 Imperial German Military Studio Portrait Cards. Two pre WW1 studio portraits of imperial German NCO’s. they are both in fair condition, you can clearly see the uniforms etc, although they are a little faded. Priced to clear.
2 Original Photographs of French NCO’s 1880’s Two nice original portrait photographs of French junior officers dating from around the 1880’s. One shows and 95th infantry NCO’ in full dress uniform holding his Kepi and showing his Lebel bayonet. It was taken by Abel Patureau of Bourges and comes in good condition. The second is of a French cavalryman, again in dress uniform and holding his sabre. This is in lovely order and taken by Emile Rat of Poitiers. A nice historic lot.
2 pair Vintage Russian Ammo Pouches. 2 pairs of leather Russian ammunition pouches that fit on the uniform belt, dating from the 1950’s. They are all nicely marked on the inside and come in almost unused condition. A great addition to any cold war collection. They both measure 7 x 4 inches.
2 Pieces of Geo VI Coronation Official Souvenirs. Two official 1937 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Coronation Souvenirs. Given out to children in commemoration of the royal coronation which took place in the may of 1937. Here we have a mug and beaker, the mug being made by T.G.Green and the beaker by Newhall, both having the official design seal on the bottom. Both come in perfect condition The mug measures 3,5 inches high and the beaker 4.5 inches high.
2 Scots Lead Soldiers. 2 Vintage lead solders in mate green kilts, one firing a rifle and one sniper, both are in very good condition.
2 WW2 Military Dashboard Instruments. A WW2 Volt and Amp meters, possibly from an aircraft or maybe from a military vehicle, a little research is needed. Both are in excellent original and undamaged condition. They would look really good mounted on a board for display.
2010 Issue The War in the Pacific by Richard Overy - NEW A compelling read for those interested in the war in the Pacific from 1941-45, this copy of the book by Richard Overy comes in its hard outer cover and within the book includes 'rare removable facsimile documents'. The original sale price for this book was £25, it comes in excellent condition.
2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Beret Badge. The small white metal eagle with black cloth backing worn by the regiment in different metals until 1971. This is a fine quality badge in all white metal which comes in perfect condition. Ref. B26
3 Medal Ribbon Bar, with a long brooch pin on the back, this bar is for three full size medals. Most other sizes available.
3 Original Aircraft Colour Photos. 3 wonderful quality photographs professionally taken, probably at an air show, featuring WW2 fighter planes, these would look great mounted and framed as they are in perfect condition.
3 x Miniature Medal Mounting Bars. 2 x 8 medal and 1 x 6 medal mounting bars, all with a pin and catch on the back and all three are in perfect condition.
3 x Victorian Advertising Pot Lids. Three Victorian pot lids for Woods Areca Nut Tooth Paste, White Rose Tooth Paste and Keddies Corgona Anchovy Paste. The latter two have some crazing in the glaze, and all three have the odd small chip to the bottom rims, but they are still in overall good order and make a great display. The largest measures; 3.5 inches in diameter.
3x 17th Century Trade Tokens. Three 17th Century farthing trade tokens, one Scottish rose farthing 1601, one for John Oundle of Northampton and one for Cambridge. The Rose farthing is about in the best condition you will find these days, the other two are worn but most of details on the coins is still readable.
3x Communist China Low Class Medals. Three interesting medals from communist China. Some call them Fantasy Medals, but they are not fakes, they were issued and awarded to the lower classes, or to foreign communist recipients, such as Korea etc. they were mostly of commemorative nature or if military issue, some kind of low merit badge and they were lesser quality medals. But still really interesting; china produced thousands of different examples of these and they are not unattractive. They were made from the end of the 1930’s to around the 1980’s and there are some really rare examples, the ones emulating very high awards and decorations. I love them, and they are just another example, that you can collect fascinating militaria on a pocket money budget.
4 Scottish Cap Badges – All Restrikes. Here we have a lot of four Scottish badges all in white metal, including; 1914 pattern Gordon Highlanders, 1st Black Watch Sergeants QVC. WW2 Lowland Regiment and the territorial regiments of the Royal Scots. All are in perfect condition.
4 Soviet Russian Identity Books, cold war era Civilian ID books. still complete with photos and written information, as you can see I have acquired a load of these so I am selling them off at this bargain price, I have seen these advertised on other website from £10 – 15 each. All of these books come from the cold war period and all have about the same amount of content, because I have so many and at this price it would be not cost effective to list each individually, so you get one from the top of the pile, 2 x mens and 2x Womens books, They are all in very good condition and would make an interesting addition to any collection.
4 Vintage Lead Soldiers Marching Germans. Four vintage lead soldiers of marching Germans. Three have rifles attached to movable arms and one should be holding a sword, but this is missing. Apart from that they are all in very good but used condition.
4th Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge. A very good quality WW1 era bi-metal badge which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. R20
4th & 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders Glengarry Badge A super quality large white metal badge for the fourth and fifth territorial battalion used from 1920-1946, this one is a WW2 period issue, comes in excellent but used condition. Ref: T4
4th & 7th Dragoon Guards Shoulder Title. A post WW1 era brass shoulder title of the 4th & 7th Dragoon Guards, a very good quality badge which comes in perfect condition.
4th & 7th Royal Dragoon Guards Cap Badge Super quality white metal badge for the 4th and 7th Dragoon Guards, they became the Royal Dragoon guards in 1936 but with no change of badge, this one is a WW2 issue at the latest and is in excellent condition, nicely toned. Ref: T11
5 Original War Time Unused German Field Post. Quite a rare find, but being sold as all one lot to clear. Here we have two pieces of unused WW1 German Field Post and three piece from the WW2 era. The two WW1 pieces have very light water staining but the three WW2 pieces are in pretty much perfect condition.
5 Vintage Marching Lead |Soldiers. Five vintage lead soldiers all the same design, marching with a rifle attached to a movable arm. All are in good, used condition.
5 WW1 German Postcards Another case of wishing I could read German! Here we have 5 postcards, two photographic showing soldiers in uniform and 3 general ones all having been sent by Feldpost and date 1915/17, they come in good but postally used condition.
5 WW1 German Postcards – Musical Group Another case of wishing I could read German! Here we have 5 postcards, one really super photographic example showing a group of soldiers with musical instruments singing around a Christmas tree and 4 general ones all having been sent by Feldpost and date 1915/17, they come in good but postally used condition.
925 Sterling Silver and Opal Set Cross Pendant A really pretty item of jewellery, made from marked 925 sterling silver set with 6 pale and vibrant Opal triplets flanked by a series of clear stones, comes in excellent condition on a sterling silver chain and measures just over 2 inches including the jump ring.
925 Sterling Silver and Three Colour Amber Earrings A lovely pair of brand new and unused three colour Amber earrings, both are marked 925 for sterling silver on the ear wires, they come in excellent condition and measure just under 2 inches long including the wires.
925 Sterling Silver Quartz Stone Ring A pretty 925 Sterling silver ring set with a black (actually black and white) Rutile Quartz stone, clearly marked 925 on the inside of the shank, comes in good but has been worn condition, is a size 'M'.
A Magnificent Family Group of Medals & Important Items to Marchant Family. RMLI. RN. REME. MORE PICS OF THE MARCHANT FAMILY GROUP
A Magnificent Family Group of Medals & Important Items to Marchant Family. RMLI. RN. REME. MORE PICTURES OF THE MARCHANT FAMILY GROUP
A Magnificent Family Group of Medals & Important Items to Marchant Family. RMLI. RN. REME. A Magnificent Family Group of Medals & Important Items to Marchant Family. RMLI. RN. REME. A superb family group of medals and important personal effects all to the Marchant family of Hampshire. The first lot is to Major John Marchant of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and the Army Pay Department and Lieutenant Colonel of the Church Lads Brigade. He was born 1869 in London, however in later censuses, he states his birthplace as Berkshire. He was raised by his mother Ellen as his father, John dies when he was two years old. He must have also have been in the navy, as his mother lives the rest of her life on a navy pension. He was educated at the Bancroft Hospital Drapers Company School for Boys until he was around 15 when he went into the Royal marines. In 1887 we see him at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and by the October 1889 he is a Lieutenant aboard HMS Invincible. By 1891 he is a Captain in the Royal Marines and is married to Minnie Agnes; they both go on to have three children, two boys, Macnamara and Maurice follow their father into the armed service, Macnamara in the Royal Navy (more about him later) and Maurice in the RMLI. And one girl Jessie, who by the look of it remained her mother companion until she was a good age. Between 1901 and 1911 he relinquishes his commision in the Royal marines and takes a commision as Major with the Army Pay Department with the War Office. During the Great War he was still serving with the APD and attached to the South Staffordshire regiment; he saw service as a Major in Egypt but towards the end of the war he was discharged with a silver war badge, probably with sickness rather than wounds, but his SWB list does not state which. He retired to Portsmouth, to be near the sea and john sadly dies in 1951. Major John Marchant’s lot comprises of his 1914/15 star, British war and victory medals, mounted as worn and correctly named to; Major. J. Marchant. A.P.D. These are in very good original condition, with some contact marks from wearing. He was probably entitled to a LS&GC medal, but there is no space for it on the bar and no mention of one on his mic. His officers cane, this has hallmarked silver mounts and yellow gold badges, the Royal Marines on one side and the Church Lads Brigade badge on the other. It is mounted at the top with, what I think is a load stone It is engraved; “Presented to Captain J Marchant RMLI (Lieutenant Colonel) of the (Church Lads Brigade). By the Officers of the 3rd Battalion Lichfield Regiment CLB. On Resigning his Command. 11th March 1903”. A wonderful Victorian oak framed photograph of Major John Marchant, in home service dress sitting astride his horse. On its own this is a scarce picture of an officer of the Royal Marine Light Infantry in full service dress, measuring; 22 x 17 inches and in excellent condition. His Victorian 4-draw field telescope, which has his name painted on it in small black letters on the leather parts. Also here is his sword, a 1895 pattern Leve dress sword, Nickel plated with Nickel plated scabbard, but more about the sword later. The next lot is to Midshipman Macnamara Marchant Royal Navy; the eldest son of Major John and Mrs Minnie Marchant. Macnamara was born in Hertfordshire 1900. He is commissioned into the Royal Navy as Midshipman at the age of 12. He was educated from that age at a Royal navy training establishment and his first posting was to HMS Albion in the August of 1914 as Midshipman. In August 1914, the Albion was mobilised and returned to the Channel Fleet, but was quickly sent to the Atlantic to help defend against the possibility of German warships breaking out of the North Sea. In December and January 1915, she supported operations against German Southwest Africa. She was transferred to the Mediterranean Sea in January 1915, to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign and fight in major attacks on the Ottoman coastal fortifications defending the Dardanelles in March 1915. During these operations, Albion was damaged by Ottoman artillery twice, so in October 1915, she was transferred to Salonika to support the Allied operations against Bulgaria through then-neutral Greece. After this, she saw no further action and she was transferred back to Ireland in April 1916, for service as a guard ship. From here Macnamara Marchant was transferred to HMS Vanguard, a St Vincent-class St Vincent-class dreadnought battleship in June 1916, again as Midshipman, he was just 16 years old. The Vanguard had just been engaged at the battle of Jutland and Midshipman Marchant joined her while she was patrolling the North Sea for activity of German Ships. Shortly before midnight on 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered a series of internal magazine explosions. She sank almost instantly, killing 843 of the 845 men aboard. Midshipman Marchant was one of souls lost. He is now remembered with honour at the Chatham Naval Memorial. Midshipman Marchant lot comprises of; 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to; Mid. M. Marchant. R.N. Pair to 14427345 Corporal John Marchant of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. It comprises of the 1918-62 general service medal correctly named to the above, with the 1945-48 Palestine clasp, and the 1939-45 war medal, unnamed as issued. Both are mounted on a brooch bar. This comes with the original named and addressed box of issue with a ribbon bar, which has been taken from a uniform. John Marchant was the Grandson of Major John Marchant and the son of Maurice Marchant, born 1925 and the holder of the above collection and this man’s service history needs research. Lastly the 1895 pattern Infantry Officers dress sword. This is the Levee type, totally for dress, a smaller lighter version of this pattern sword. It has a nickel-plated hilt with a pierced guard showing queen Victoria’s cypher. Ray skin covered grip with silver twisted wire and a plain, single fullered blade. It has a nickel plated steel scabbard with two hanger rings. This is in excellent original condition, it only real fault is the grip is missing a small piece of ray skin due to wear, please see pictures. The scabbard is also in very good order, no rusting just a single shallow dent to one side. The guard is engraved; “Major John Marchant. R.M.L.I 1.2.1887 – 12.12.1916. Midshipman Macnamara Marchant. R.N. 9.5.1912 – 9.7.1917. 2nd Lieut Maurice Marchant R.M.L.I. 1.10.21 – . A truly fabulous lot to one family who suffered the loss of their eldest son during the Great War. Accompanying this group is several pages of research, census records, service papers, medal index card, etc. But if inclined there is a lot more research to do on the major, his sons and grandson. I will not split this family group or sell the sword separately, I know it is worth more split into pieces, but it is important that it all stay together. Because of the picture and the sword, this will cost £16 to send by courier, but on this occasion I will accept collection in person if you prefer.
A Pair Vintage of Medieval Knight Book Ends. Something a bit different to hold all of your military books. This pair of Medieval Knights can be used as book ends or hung on the wall. Probably dating from the 1970’s, they are very well made and hand decorated; I think they are made from cast aluminium, although they are quite heavy, so perfect to keep a shelf full of books steady. The tallest one measures 14 inches high and both come in perfect condition.
A Pewter Model of the Claud Hamilton Steam Train. A good quality model of the Great Eastern Railway’s Claud Hamilton. It was given the nickname Claud Hamilton after the first engine of the class, named after Lord Claud Hamilton (1843–1925) the chairman of the Great Eastern Railway. One its class was involved in the Ilford rail crash of 1915; On 1 January 1915, locomotive No. 1813 was hauling an express passenger train that overran signals and collided with a local passenger train at Ilford, Essex. Ten people were killed and more than 500 were injured. This Pewter model comes in perfect condition and measures; 5.5 inches long.
A Pewter Model of the Evening Star Steam Train. A good quality model of the Steam locomotive and tender, British Railways Evening Star, designed by R.A.Riddles, built at Swindon in 1960, withdrawn in 1965. Evening Star is historically significant as the 999th British Rail (BR) Standard, and indeed the last steam locomotive to be built by BR. Evening Star was the only 9F to be painted in BR’s express passenger service livery of lined green. The name Evening Star was chosen following a competition held by the BR Western Region Staff Magazine. There were three winners, who all suggested Evening Star – a fitting name given that one of the first locomotives to run on the Great Western Railway was named Morning Star. Evening Star had an extremely short life span for a steam locomotive and was unexpectedly withdrawn from service in 1965. The locomotive was claimed for the National Collection in 1975. This Pewter model made by Royal Hampshire comes in perfect condition and measures; 6.25 inches long.
A Rare Fleetwood Grammar School Silver Badge. A beautiful quality silver school badge for Fleetwood Grammar School in Lancashire, I believe. It must date between the turn of the 20th century to before the first world war. it shows a Bishops mitre hat, the Lancashire rose and a Tudor stile ship all above the moto ‘Cogitate Altiora’ which means ‘Think on higher Tings’. A lovely badge in perfect condition.
A superb WW1 Imperial German States Gallantry Medal Group. A rare WW1 imperial German medal group awarded for Beavery by the Grand Duchy of Hessen. It comprises of the Iron Cross EKII, a very good quality cross and due to the way it has been sewn on to the mount, it is very difficult to read the makers mark. Next comes the Hessen gallantry medal; this has the bust of the Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig Grossherzog. This is a solid silver medal which has a simple moto on the reverse, which says; ‘FUR TAPFERKEIT’ or ‘For Bravery. Lastly is the WW1 Honour Cross for combatants, this is marked on the back G18; All three medals are in excellent original condition and come on their original court mounted ribbon bar. The original silk ribbons are getting a little scruffy, but these the originals and the bar itself is untouched. A wonderful Great War German group awarded for bravery in the field.
A superb WW2 German Belt, Buckle and Badge Collection. A wonderful WW2 era German army belt, the leather belt itself is marked with makers details and dated for 1939. The buckle is the standard German army issue and under the layers of grime it still retains a lots of its original paint. But without doubt the most interesting part of this belt is the badge and insignia collection that some German soldier has obtained on his journeys through the war; these include various shoulder strap insignia, pips, unit numbers, cap insignia, mountain troops edelweiss device. A couple of items have suffered a little damage since it has been mounted on the belt, but all the other insignia looks in very good and untouched condition. There is a total of 25 pieces on the belt, including the buckle; what an amazing piece of WW2 German memorabilia totally as found and untouched. Ref. 21929
A Very Rare Africa Corps Nurses Pith Helmet. What a rare piece from my own collection, this straw weaved pith helmet was worn by the German nurses serving in North Africa during the Second World War. I haven’t had this piece very long, but I have decided to clear a few things to make some room. The condition of this helmet is just superb and it comes with its original pagri and cockade, and it also it still retains its original liner inside. I have never seen another one, they just didn’t survive and were very prone to damage easily. A wonderful piece of WW2 desert campaign history in near mint condition.
A Very Rare Pair of WW1 Suffolk Volunteers Buttons. A rare opportunity to purchase a Suffolk Volunteer Corps button, including is a large and a small example, made of solid brass by J. R. Gaunt which is marked on the reverse. Both pieces come in perfect condition and very nicely toned.
Adjutant Generals Corps (Female) Lanyard. Twisted cord lanyard worn by the female soldiers of the Adjutant Generals Corps. A scarce one to find. It comes in very good condition.
Afghanistan Medal to 12th Bengal Cavalry. A really beautiful medal, one of the best Victorian medals ever produced and when you see one in good condition, it is a joy to behold. It was awarded to all those who took part in the 2nd Afghan war 1878-79 & 80. This one is correctly named to Sowar (trooper) Jaf Ram of the 12th Bengal Cavalry. This medal has no bar, this doesn’t mean this man is not entitled to one or many with this medal. The 12th cavalry were one of the leading regiments in the battle of Kabul and the battle of Charasiab in 1880 and 1879, the latter was the inspiration for the reverse of this medal; it shows the elephant battery of Artillery advancing through the mountains. This medal comes in lovely original condition, still showing wonderful detail to the reverse, however it does have a couple of edge knocks which are obvious from the obverse or queens head side, but from the other side, the side with the elephants, the knocks are not obvious at all, and this medal displays very well. Please see pictures.
Air Crew Europe Star Replica. This is a modern copy of the Air Crew Europe star, the most desirable of all the WW2 campaign stars, originals now selling for up to £350 each. This medal comes in mint and unused.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Bombs’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. In this example we see wounded being brought back from the trenches, you can see the men wearing their Adrian Helmets and even the blanket draped over the soldiers body. One man on a stretcher looks like he is wearing a Pickelhaube, maybe this is to show the medics caring for the enemy. Below, to emphasize the title is a bomb and other symbols with the title ‘Les Bombardes 1917’ The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 10 x 7.5 inches mounted.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Cards’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. In this example we see French soldiers relaxing with a game of cards, they are drinking and one is even smoking a pipe, it has a title at the bottom of the piece which reads ‘Aux Cartes 1917’. The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 10 x 6 inches mounted.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Machine Gunner’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. This leaf is a little smaller than the rest, here the artist has used an oak leaf which must has been a little harder to form, as the silhouettes on these leaves are a little less detailed. In this example we see a machine gunner in his trench, this is also dated 1917. The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 8 x 6 inches mounted.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Raid’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. This leaf is a little smaller than the rest, here the artist has used an oak leaf which must has been a little harder to form, as the silhouettes on these leaves are a little less detailed. In this example we see a soldier taking two enemy prisoners during a raid, below is the title which is a little hard to read but says something about a raid. The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 7 x 5 inches mounted.
American Civil War Confederate Officer Signed Document 1881 This is a document hand written in 1881 and amongst others signed by William E. Vincent who was an officer with the Confederate states army during the American civil war, the document covers probate court expenses, comes in very good condition and measures 8 inches x 5
American Civil War Copy of The Army of the Potomac Cavalry Badge Issued by C.W. Medals in the USA and dated 2008 this badge is a copy of the cavalry version for the army of the Potomac (please see listing of Potomac medal for more info on the regiment. Comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
American Civil War Era 8th Massachusetts Volunteer Shako Badge Worn by volunteers of the 8th Massachusetts militia on a shako type hat, this badge is made up in three layers, the main brass plate, a lead insert in the back and the number 8 pinned through. This is an original badge but sadly is missing the eagle which would have sat on the top. There is evidence of old repairs on the back and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter.
American Civil War Era Confederate States Loan Paper This is a tiny piece of paper issued to the person loaning the Confederate states money to fund the war effort promising to pay interest on the loan given (bet they never saw that!) it is hand signed and was issued in 1861, comes in super condition and measures 3.75 inches x 1.5.
American Civil War Non Comm Officers Shoulder or Ammo Pouch Badge Here is an American civil war period solid and heavy metal non commissioned officers shoulder or ammo pouch bag Badge, it proudly displays the American eagle on the front; it fitted to the shoulder strap of the ammo bag; pictures online mainly show this type of badge being used by the Union soldiers and being made from brass, copper and lead, this example is I think lead as it is dense and heavy.on the back is a buckle and a stop peg, it comes in very good condition, some bloom on the metal on the front and a few dings to the edge, it measures just over 2.25 inches in diameter.
American Civil War Reenactors Sword and Belt/ Hanger. A very nice quality Civil War Union officer’s sword, even though it was made in India. It has a solid brass hilt with a leather-covered grip bound with twisted wire. It has a very good steel blade with a broad and shallow double fuller. The scabbard is made of heavy gauge polished Steel, this has a few rust spots, which at this stage is easy to polish off. The overall condition of the sword is excellent with no damage or rusting and the whole thing is quit a substantial piece. The sword comes complete with the sword belt; this is, again a good quality item, made from black leather with a heavy brass and white metal buckle. It comes fitted to the sword, so the whole lot is ready to wear or display. The belt will fit up to a 48 inch waist. This is also stamped with an American makers mark. Ship to UK Only via UPS at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
American Civil War Reenactors Sword. A very nice heavy quality sword. It has a brass hilt and bound leather grip. The blade is made of good steel and single fullered. It has a well-fitting steel scabbard and it is here where the only faults appear. The scabbard has areas of light rusting on both sides, but its not that bad, where it couldn’t be cleaned away. All in all quite a fine sword made for the reenactor market. It measures; 40 inches long Ship to UK only via UPS at 12.95
American Civil War US Belt Buckle. A good original example of the brass oval brass belt buckle worn by the US army. This one has at some point been broken on the right hand side and had sympathetic restoration. I am unsure if this was a battlefield pick up or a piece that has just knocked around for all this time, it has a deep crust of beautiful patination and untouched from the day it was discarded. A super piece of Civil War history. It measures 3.5 x 2.25 inches.
An illustrated History of Bomber Aircraft A sizeable book fully illustrated detailing the history of bomber aircraft their origins and evolution, issued in 2004 with 256 pages, comes in good condition. FREE UK POST
An Important Officers Blue Cloth Helmet - RA Major KIA Boer War. A truly historically important Victorian blue cloth home service helmet, which is named inside in period writing ‘J. F. Fisher. R.G.A.’ The helmet is in very good condition and comes just as found and totally untouched, this means the brass fittings, helmet plate and chin scales are heavily patinated and un-polished, so it hasn’t been touched since the officer put it away well over a hundred years ago. It belonged to Captain / Major John Francis Fisher of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was born in the June of 1868, the eldest son of John Fisher of St Ediths, Wiltshire. He was educated at Winchester and joined the RA in July 1887. He was promoted to Lieutenant July 1890 and Captain in the April of 1898. He served on the North West Frontier 1897-98 under Sir William Lockhart with the Tirah Expeditionary Force earning the IGSM with 2 clasps. He served in South Africa from 1899 on special services where he was again promoted to the rank of Major. At this time he was commanding a battalion of Railway Pioneers at Villersdrop when it was suddenly attacked; Major John F Fisher was shot and mortally wounded on the 20th November 1901. History of this action and other research is included.
Antique Borneo Dayak Head Hunters Mandau Sword. The Mandau is the traditional weapon of the Dayak of Kalimantan, Indonesia. In the past, the majority of the native people living in the island of Kalimantan, the Dayak, were animists in belief. Perhaps the most striking is their ancient tradition of headhunting practices. And it is also precisely for this purpose that the Dayak used the Mandau. This one has a horn grip, the base bound with silver colour wire. The victim’s hair which, a piece was kept in the top or pommel of the sword is missing, removed by the last owner, a vacant hole remains. It has a good steel blade with wrought decoration on the top of the blade and near the base on the underside. It has a carved wood scabbard bound with grass, the top covered with animal fur. It comes in excellent condition, the grip has a good patina and the scabbard has no chips or knocks. I do not know also about these swords, but my research shows, this one seems a very good example. It measures 29 inches long. PLEASE NOTE Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.
Antique Brass Plated Liverpool City Police Whistle An unusual shaped Police whistle for Liverpool City, dating from the very early part of last century may even be Victorian it comes in this conical shape I guess to fit a pocket, made from brass plate over a base metal and in working condition it comes in good order but the brass is worn on one side where it has been stored for many years, measures 2.75 inches long.
Antique Chinese Wicker Coolie Hat (pointed) This interesting hand made wicker coolie hat was worn by the Chinese/Japanese rice field workers as a sun shade, probably dating from the early part of the last century it comes in good condition with just some fraying around the edge, and is just a bit grubby. It measures 17 inches on the longest side.
Antique Chinese Wicker Coolie Hat (round) This interesting hand made wicker coolie hat was worn by the Chinese/Japanese rice field workers as a sun shade, probably dating from the early part of the last century it comes in remarkable condition and is just a bit grubby. It measures 14 inches on the longest side.
Antique Copper Cannon Barrel Whistle This is a very early style whistle probably dating from the early19th century, both the police and the military used whistles in this style before they became more refined in the 1880’s. This one might have been a detector find as the inside has debris rattling around and it doesn’t work when blown, it measures 2.25 inches long including the jump ring and comes in worn condition.
Antique Dray Horse Martingale & Blinker Brow Band Cups. The title says it all really, these are good original fittings used on the dray or heavy horses and probably date from the early part of the 20th century or a little earlier. The condition is very good on the brass and the leather, no damage, just a little wear.
Antique French Pigeon Lamp – Used by Soldiers in Trenches WW1 An interesting antique French made brass lamp known to have been used by the soldiers in the trenches during the Great War. The lamp was designed by Charles-Joseph Pigeon in 1884 and was a non-exploding gasoline lamp, below is a brief history for Pigeon and the lamp. This example comes in very good condition with its original glass shade, it stands 9.25 inches tall, the glass shade fits but is loose and wobbles a bit. Charles-Joseph Pigeon (29 March 1838 – 18 March 1915) was born in Le Mesnil-Lieubray in Normandy in France, Pigeon became a dealer in cycle lamps and other lamps. His invention and manufacture of the Pigeon lamp, a non-exploding gasoline lamp, in 1884 (exhibited at the Exposition universelle de 1900), made him famous and wealthy.
Antique German Carved Antler Chamberstick Made I would think in the 19th century this piece is constructed from two sections of carved antler, the body chamberstick piece has a silver cartouche which has not been engraved and on the opposite side a carved deer figure which looks like ivory or bone, this makes me think that it could have been a hunting trophy, there is a detachable handle which fits into the side for carrying, it comes in good but used condition with a few chips to the rim, it stands just over 3 inches high.
Antique Police Whistle –the Regulation This is an antique police whistle made from a pewter type soft metal, it is marked the ‘regulation police’ whistle and dates from the early part of the last century, it comes in fair condition showing signs of age and measures just over 3 inches long.
Antique Scratch Built Spanish Galleon. Quite an impressive piece, this is a hand built Spanish galleon; it has a solid wood carved hull with has been hand painted and applied with details, it has stiff linen sails and it is well rigged, please see detailed pictures. the whole thing is quite a magnificent piece if studied, I would hate to think how many hours went into building this ship. It measures; 26 inches long and stands 22 inches high. The overall condition is very good, it is quite dusty and could do with a light clean. Some of the varnish to the decking has puckered, but all this is due to age. A good antique piece which would look magnificent cased and would increase its value many times. Notes on shipping. I have had a wooden shipping crate made for this ship, so it gets to you in one piece, this has been done free of charge. Due to this posting will be subsidised and sent with UPS at a charge of just £12.95.
Antique Silver Cairngorm Agate Brooch. A lovely circa 1900 sterling silver brooch set with six slices of agate and set with a large amber stone to the centre. It would have come under the small article rule during the turn of the century, so it is not hallmarked, but it tests as .925 sterling silver. It comes in very good condition, its only faults being it is a little dirty at the back and the silver catch is a little bent over, but no damage. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter. It comes in a pretty gift box.
Antique Wooden Weaving Shuttle and Tool This wooden weaving shuttle was made by Thomas Dawson Ltd of Blackburn and was probably used in the mills in that location. It comes complete with its inner bobbin which still has thread around it. To accompany the shuttle is a pointed wood handle tool, not sure of the use of this but as it came with the bobbin it can stay wit it. The bobbin measures 14.25 inches long and is in apparent very good condition.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge. 1914 pattern, all white metal Glengarry badge, two lugs on the back, comes in perfect condition. Ref. O1
Army Emergency Reserve Cloth Badge, An interesting screen printed cloth badge which has been cut but remains un-used and in perfect condition.
Art Deco Silver & Cut Glass Salt Shaker This is a lovely vintage heavily cut crystal glass salt shaker with a fully hallmarked silver top, it is dated London 1942 and has the makers mark of E.R.C. Comes in very good condition, there is a small ding in the silver and a couple of very tiny chips to the foot. It stands 4 inches high.
Attractive Pair of Vintage Framed & Glazed Prints ‘Officers of the British Army. An attractive pair of prints taken from the series 'officers of the British army' and dating I should think from the early to mid 20th century. The first is an officer from the '1st life guards' and the second an officer from the 13th Light Dragoons. Both were printed by W. Kohler. They come in very good condition, some light foxing to the paper, the measure 15 inches x 11.5 and are strung ready for hanging.
Austrian Franz Joseph Jubilee Cross Austrian Franz Joseph Jubilee Cross The gilt bronze Jubilee Cross was founded by Emperor Franz Joseph on 14 August 1908 in preparation for his approaching 60th anniversary of reign. This one comes on a white ribbon with red stripes for the military forces. This, a most underrated medal comes in perfect condition, no loss to any of the gilt surface and the original silk ribbon is still clean and free from damage, a real beauty.
Austrian Franz Joseph Jubilee Procession medal 1908 An interesting little gilt brass medal, issued to all those who took part in the Jubilee Procession celebrating the 60 years of Kaiser Franz Joseph's reign 1848-1908. There are a few variants of this medal, this is the scarcest, it was designed by Josef Heu and struck by Schneider Brothers, of Vienna. It is in very good order, still retaining most of its original gilt finish; it comes on a piece of plain yellow silk ribbon, correct for all the other variants of the Jubilee Procession medal, but this particular variant had a half yellow half black ribbon.
Austrian Military Service Medal. A scarce medal awarded for military service in the first Republic of Austria which was from 1920 to 1927 after which was a period marked by violent strife between those with left-wing and right-wing views, leading to the July Revolt of 1927 and the Austrian Civil War. This is a large-ish bronze medal which is in excellent condition and it comes suspended on its original ribbon.
Austro Hungarian Franz Josef Jubilee Medal. This is the 1898 gilt bronze medal struck and given to military and some civil personnel to commemorate the jubilee of Franz Josef, emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. This one comes in near mint condition showing no wear to the gilt.
Austro Hungarian Franz Josef Jubilee Medal. This is the 1898 gilt bronze medal struck and given to military and some civil personnel to commemorate the jubilee of Franz Josef, emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. This one comes in very good condition with slight wear to the gilt finish, but it comes on its original ribbon.
Beautiful 925 Sterling Silver & Malachite Earrings Marked to the back with 925 for sterling silver and set with pretty green Malachite stones these lovely earrings are brand new and unused, they measure just over 2 inches long and will come in a presentation box.
Beautiful 925 Sterling Silver Turquoise & Blue Topaz Drop Earrings Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with Santa Rosa turquoise and blue topaz stones, these really pretty drop earrings would make that perfect 'top up' present. They are new and will come in a pretty presentation box. They measure 2.25 inches long. Please Note. Considering health and hygiene, there is no returns on earrings.
Beautiful Art Deco Hallmarked Silver & Guilloche Enamel Cigarette Case This is a super Art Deco cigarette case, not only is the Guilloche enamel in perfect condition it carries a full set of hallmarks and includes the rarer 1935/36 optional silver jubilee mark, it was hallmarked in Birmingham 1936 and has the makers mark of T&S. The condition of the piece is very good, there is one very light ding on the back, it could do with a clean and to be super picky is missing its elasticated band inside otherwise a super piece which measures 3.5 inches x 2.75.
Beautiful Art Nouveau Hallmarked Silver Small Comport A very pretty piece of Art Nouveau silver, it is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1909 and has the makers mark for Alexander Clark & Co. Used probably as a sweetmeat or bon bon dish it has three ornate Nouveau style legs supporting the top dish, comes in very good condition, there is one edge knock ding and it requires a good clean, stands just under 3 inches high and is just over 3.5 inches in diameter on the top rim.
Beautiful Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Topped Glass Jar This is a lovely piece, a fully hallmarked, silver topped, cut glass dressing table jar of a large size decorated with 5 cherubs. It is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1904 and has the makers mark of WJM&Co for WJ Myatt of Birmingham. Standing 3.25 inches high and having a diameter of just under 3.25 inches the piece is in very good condition, a few small dings to the silver, the glass is perfect with no chips or cracks.
Beautiful Imperial German Naval Medal & Badge Group. When I saw this set, I just had to have it, it has all been so beautifully fitted into this velvet and silk lined case. Imperial Kaiserlichemarine group awarded to a Senior Wireless Operator and Petty Officer 2nd class, which includes the Iron Cross 2nd Class, a rare gilt metal Senior Wireless Operator and Petty Officer II badge, this is complete with its backing cloth, the scarcer widows cross of the honour cross and a scarce Kaiserlichemarine Silver Wound badge all in wonderful condition, and as mentioned, all in this beautiful fitted case which, by the look was done a very long time ago. A wonderful set, something you just don’t see every day, I have priced the set at what you would pay for each individual item, even though there is usually a premium for a set or group.
Beautiful Mid 19th Century Yellow High Quality Gold Brooch This is a stunning gold brooch, made circa 1840-1860, it is marked on the back with a makers mark of ER and unusually with the gold grade of 835, the closest to this is 18ct but this is more likely to be 20-22 carat yellow gold. Unlike most brooches in this style which are made from one piece of metal this brooch has been constructed from 2 pieces attached in the middle probably to allow the central section to be changed if required, it also has a very efficient safety clip on the pin on the back, all in all a top quality brooch which measures two inches long. It comes with a period leather covered box.
Beautiful Pair of Late Victorian Wheel Engraved Drinking Glasses Confession time.....I love glass and my particular favourite is drinking glasses, now at capacity its time to let some go from my own collection. This pair of small drinking glasses probably for Sherry originally have been hand blown and hand wheel engraved, you can tell that this is hand work as one is very slightly taller than the other and the decoration is very slightly different on each glass. The decoration is very fine work and includes fern and flowers and the pontil has been polished out and line engraved, which my pictures do not do justice. Standing just over 4.5 inches tall they come in perfect condition and ring like a bell (a sign of quality and condition).
Beautiful Quality Vintage Bronze Naval Medallion – Rowing Award? I'm not sure about this one, it is made from bronze and appears to be a Naval award of some kind, to the side which has the navy crest at the top is George slaying the dragon, on the reverse side is a rowing boat with 12 rowers and two men overseeing, in the background are two ships in the distance. Very good quality casting and super condition it measures 1.75 inches long and comes in its box of issue made by F. Phillips of Aldershot.
Beautiful WW1 Silver and Rose Gold Sweetheart Brooch – Royal Artillery This is a high quality sweetheart brooch for the Royal Artillery, the body is made from sterling silver and is marked 'sterling' to the back, the central part with the badge for the RA is silver with a covering of rose gold, it comes in super condition and measures one inch in diameter. It will be sent in a gift box.
BEM Group to Mrs A Oliphant WVS. A scarce group of three awarded to Mrs Ann Oliphant for her service in the Women’s Voluntary Service during the Second World War and after. The group is comprised of the QEII British Empire Medal, this is named to Ann Mrs Oliphant, the naming looks worn as someone has tried to erase the naming but haven’t done a very good job as the naming is still very visible, please see pictures; the WW2 defence medal and the Women’s Voluntary Service, Long Service Medal. Women’s Voluntary Service for civil defence was established in 1938 by Lady Reading for the enrolment of women for Air Raid Precaution Services of Local Authorities, but after war broke out the service was renowned for any job needed doing, it was done, which included a whole host of war work by the women volunteers. The WVS played a key part in the evacuation of civilians and children from urban areas, collecting clothing required for the needy, known as "Bundles for Britain", When troops returned to ports after the evacuation at Dunkirk, members of the WVS were there to greet them and hand out food, drink and warm clothing. By the time of the Blitz, women in the WVS were adept at providing food and drink around the clock. While ARP wardens and firemen fought the fires, women in the WVS set up mobile canteens to keep them refreshed, thus placing themselves in serious physical danger with collapsing buildings a constant threat. When the raids ended, the WVS also played a part in looking after those who were injured and had lost their homes. Records indicate that the WVS dealt with and helped over 10,000 people every night of the Blitz, in the streets and at rest Centre’s around London; but working so near to the Centre of the bombing inevitably led to casualties, 241 members of the WVS were killed during the Blitz and many more were wounded, 25 WVS offices were destroyed, but these women continued to work on. Needless to say, I have only touched on the work of the WVS and WRVS during and after the war and into the present day. The BEM or its official title ‘The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service’ is a hard earned and prestigious order not given lightly, so I am sure this wonderful woman’s group will prove to be a great research project, as no research has been done on this lady who served during the war and for a good many years after. All three medals are in excellent condition and mounted on a brooch back bar to be worn. Lastly on her medals still resides her WW2 WVS Civil Defence badge, this is also in very good condition.
Blank Firing Colt Army Revolver - The Buntline Special Supposedly, the pistol carried by Wyatt Earp during his time as a law man and peacekeeper, but the only evidence of this was in the dime novels written by Ned Buntline, where this pistol got its name, I believe; nevertheless a revolver filled with Wild West legend. It has a massive 12 inch barrel and the overall length of the gun itself is 17.75 inches. This one is a superb quality vintage replica that fires 44 calibre long blanks. It is made of heavy gauge metal with hard wood polished grips. The condition is excellent, just about perfect, showing very little or no wear to the surface and along one side it is stapped with; Cal 44-40 Long Blank. MGC Manufactory; please see pictures. It is in perfect working condition, everything works well and the shell ejector is also working fine. It is loaded with 44 cal inert solid brass replica bullets. This is a heavy gauge re-enactors example and not a toy, so proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only
Boer War Christmas Chocolate Tin. A very good example of this tin, sent to the troops fighting the Boer war in South Africa, Christmas 1900. The top of the tin is in excellent condition with very little wear or damage to the printed colours and gilding, the cartouche of the queen still retains all of its gilt finish. Inside and the bottom of the tin has not fared so well and has pretty lost most of its gilding, but who looks at the bottom, so for display you won’t find better a better tin.
Boer War Era Commemorative Tea Spoon General French A super quality silver plated commemorative tea spoon depicting General French on the handle with a Beaver on the top of the terminal. On the back is the makers mark of R.C. Co (probably Rogers and Co) with the retailers name of Bravingtons. Comes in very good condition with some light surface scuffs.
Boer War Era Victorian Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case – Sherwood Foresters This super condition silver vesta case carries a full set of hallmarks for Sheffield 1899/1900 and has the makers mark for James Dixon & Son. To the front is a silver badge for the Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derby regiment, this regiment saw service in the Boer war campaign. The vesta comes in very good condition given its age, there are a couple of dings, one on an edge and one on the base, the hallmarks are on the inside of the lid and unusually the lion passant mark is repeated on the outside of the lid. It measures 1.75 inches long.
Boer War Pair to Trimnell Wiltshire Reg. POW Casualty. A scarce Boer War Queen South Africa and Kings South Africa pair to a man who died while a Boer prisoner of war. Both medals are correctly named to 5232 Private Albert Trimnell of the 2nd Battalion (The Duke of Edinburgh's) Wilshire Regiment; the QSA has three clasps, the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal; the KSA has the South Africa 01 & 02 claps. Upon arrival, the 2nd Wiltshire’s were with the 12th Brigade under Major General Clements. The brigade was used as an independent force dispatched to the Colesberg district, they were soon on the defensive against Boer raids once the cavalry were withdrawn to be used to use in the relief of Kimberly. They were assigned to defend an exposed position at the town of Rensburg where they met some very heavy fighting, the 2nd Wilts lost 14 men killed, 57 wounded, and more than a 100 taken as prisoners, of which private Trimnell was one. The Boers were even less prepared for prisoners of war than were the British. The first crop came in the first few days of the war, at Kraaipan. Officers were held at the State Model School in Pretoria and NCOs and men were held separately at Waterval, north of Pretoria, in the Transvaal region. Most of the time the Boers just let their prisoner go after a couple of days, the Boers stripping the prisoners of their boots and equipment, those that were held were kept in pretty poor conditions in a barbed wire enclosure with little if no shelter and food and water were scarce so the handful of British prisoners that did die in captivity (only 97) died of disease or wounds suffered in the action they were taken prisoner, unfortunately there is no record to say in which circumstance Albert Trimnell died. Both medals are in very good condition, the KSA has a light edge knock over the ‘W’ of Wiltshire, but it’s not unsightly and doesn’t really affect the value. A very interesting pair well worth further research, one of only 97 POW’s who died in captivity. It comes with the Boer war medal roll confirming his medal and clasp entitlement, his entry in the casualties of the Boer war list and the Boer War Prisoners 1899-1902 - Soldier details.
Boer War Period Lead Soldiers – Scottish Regiment Here are a set of ten, most likely Brittains lead soldiers, they have been base painted in cream and are a Scottish regiment, they came from a diarama and were inset into a scene so are missing their bases, good condition, some wear to the paintwork.
Boer War Period Lead Soldiers – Scottish Regiment Here are a set of ten, most likely Brittains lead soldiers, they have been base painted in cream and have been part painted on the kilts and legs they are a Scottish regiment, they came from a diarama and were inset into a scene so are missing their bases, good condition, some wear to the paintwork.
Boer War Pottery Wall Plaque of General French. This one comes in excellent condition printed with a portrait of the general in dress uniform. Produced in one of the Staffordshire pottery’s around the turn of the 20th century.
Boer War – WW1 Indian Army Brass Bugle A very rare military bugle dating from the late Victorian to WW1 era and for the 8th Punjab regiment. It is made from solid brass with a white metal mouth piece and white metal regimental insignia. It is in excellent condition for its age but this is a genuine military bugle so it has been well used, there are a few dings and dents, some light pitting and scuffing in areas but its main unique feature only found on Indian bugles is the turned bulge before the start of the bell. It measures 16.75 inches including the mouthpiece, it has a warm sounding tone and works perfectly.
Book – Kaiser Wilhelm II and His Navy. Published in Germany in 1912 it tells the history of the Imperial German Navy and the involvement of the Kaiser. The book itself is in poor condition but it still has some interesting features; all of its coloured plates still remain, these are usually removed and framed, also it has a screw back imperial German U-Boat badge attached to the front, this was added after the First World War as a memento, no doubt. This book comes totally as found, some of the pages inside have come loose and a section of the back is missing, but it is untouched and still a rare find.
Brass Tobacco Box of James Millin 3rd Batt KRR 1875 A very interesting old brass Tobacco box once belonging to Private James Millin of the 3rd battalion Kings Royal Rifles. The front of the brass box is engraved ‘Jas Millin, 3rd Batt Rifles, Chatham, May 11th 1875. James Millin was born on 3rd January 1853 in Woolwich, London and served with the 3rd battalion Kings Royal Rifles and was posted out to Afghanistan 1878-1880. This box was probably presented to him as a battalion award while training at the Chatham barracks in 1875, just prior to his posting overseas. This brass tobacco box has been well used, so there is wear and some damage. He probably carried all through the Afghan war and beyond. The engraving is worn but can still be read clearly, the back or the bottom of the box has seen many old repairs, so it could still be used. James Died in 1906 in Birmingham, what happened to him after his service in the Kings Rifles is not known, but here is a wonderful piece in need of further research. It comes with some family history research and the Afghan Medal roll. The box measures 3 x 1.75 inches.
British 1864 Pattern Cavalry Sabre. A fine example of the 1864 pattern cavalry troopers sword, it has a steel bowl guard pierced with a Maltese cross design and the grip is chequered pressed leather grip; it has a good blade which is slightly curved. It does not have a makers mark but it is impressed with several WD inspection marks etc, please see pictures. it is in good condition, its main fault is the tip of the blade is a little rounded and although there is not rusting, it does have light pitting, but it is untouched and has never been cleaned back or polished, all in all a very good example. The scabbard is missing, but it is still possible to pick one up. This item is for UK shipping only sent by UPS courier charged at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
British 1907 Mk1 SMLE Bayonet. The primary British bayonet used during the First World War and used during the Second World War as well. It was manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used during WWI and WWII. It has basic birds head pommel with a push button latch, wooden grips without oil hole, these are a little weathered and a cross guard with muzzle ring. It has a long straight blade with maker’s details for; Sanderson (lightly stamped) and various proof marks and dates; 1914, 1923 and 1924. The blade is in very good condition, no rust, just a little wear. It comes in its original leather and steel scabbard and with its 1930’s green webbing frog; this is in very good order with no rot to the leather. A very good honest untouched example of this type of bayonet, measuring 23 inches long in scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only
British 1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet. The greatest of old British Bayonets, manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used through WWI and WWII. The hilt has a very basic steel "bird's head" pommel with oil hole, a push-button spring latch and a steel cross guard. The grips are made of wood and are held in place by two rivet type nuts. The blade is a single edge, single fullered to both sides and the ricasso part of the blade is blued and marked with the maker’s details, proof marks, date etc, in this case Wilkinson. It also comes with is original metal and leather scabbard. It comes in very good order the blade is clean and free from and rust or pitting and the hilt is in good order too, just a little dirty, the scabbard is in the same good condition, but this bayonet has been issued and used so I does show some wear indicative of its age. A great specimen of this type of bayonet and a good example to put with a SMLE rifle. Ref. ML27 On Consignment.
British Army Parachute Regiment Lanyard A good condition purple coloured lanyard as worn by the paratroop regiment, 24 inches long including the brass clip and has three sliding knots for adjustment.
British Korean War Pair to Lipscombe Royal Navy. A scarcer medal pair awarded to the Royal Navy; it comprises of the QEII medal for the Korean war, and the United Nations Korean war medal, the former is correctly named to; C/SSX,838542. D.R. Lipscombe. A.B. (Able Seaman) R.N. (Royal Navy). The Korean War gave the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers another chance to show their worth, with the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy launching Sea Spitfires, Fairey Fireflies and Hawker Sea Furies from their carriers. There was even an instance during the war when a Chinese MiG jet fighter was shot down by a propeller-driven Sea Fury launched by HMS Ocean. This interesting pair of medals comes from a recent house clearance, so it is un-researched. Called the forgotten war, Great Britain contributed 56,000 men to serve with the UN in Korea and 5 British carriers, HMS Glory, Ocean, Theseus, Triumph and Unicorn. Both medals come in perfect condition and have never been mounted or worn and are still in the box of issue which is officially named on the side. I am sure these will prove a good investment for the future.
British Pattern 1827 Infantry Officers Levee Sword A Edward VII officers dress Levee or Levy sword, these were straight bladed light weight versions of a particular pattern of sword, in this case the 1827 pattern, worn with the number one dress or for ceremonial duties; a little rarer than other officers sword of the period, as only officers of the regular army got to use them. Apart from the fine nature of this sword, everything else is typical. It has a hilt is of plated sheet-steel with a hanging Infantry horn pierced into the 1/2 basket guard, which terminates in a rolled upper finial. It has a ray or fish-skin grip, bound with silver wire. The blade is long and straight, finely etched including Edward VII cypher. It has a plated steel scabbard with two rings for the sword belt or hanger. The condition varies on this sword. This hilt is a bit worn and some of the plating is missing, this needs cleaning back from the guard. The grip is in excellent condition with no damage, just light wear and all of the silver wire is still present. The blade is lovely, no damage or any sign apart from an area near the tip. the scabbard is fair to good order with small areas of plate missing here and there. An interesting officer’s sword from the Edwardian period, quite short lived era and a levee sword, which makes it a little more scarce than the normal 1827 pattern. Shipping to UK only via UPS at a cost of £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
Bronze Field Marshal Lord Roberts Shooting Medallion Issued by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs in the Edwardian period, its president was field Marshal Lord Roberts of Kandahar who is depicted on the reverse. Comes in very good condition and measures 30mm or just over an inch in diameter.
Bronze Medallion of Nelson – Sporting Prize? This extremely well detailed bronze medallion was produced by Phillips of Aldershot who made many sporting awards this one I assume was made for a Naval sporting prize, it has an incredibly well detailed raised bust of Nelson to one side and the reverse side is blank and would have had the recipients name and achievment engraved upon it. It comes in super condition and measures 32mm in diameter.
Bundle of German Field Post from NCO to Mother – Interesting. A lovely original and untouched lot of WW2 German filed post. Sent by a NCO in the German army from mainly the Russian front to his mother. She has bound them together with the ribbon from her mother’s cross. I have only looked at a few, but they seem full of sentiment and love for his mother. A cracking lot for research, did he survive the harsh conditions of eastern campaign or was he one of the very many casualties of the Russian front. There is approximately 36 pieces of corrisponence dating through 1940 / 41.
BWM - CORPORAL McALLISTER NORTHUMBERLAND FUS and MGC BWM named to Corporal 16858 Cornelius McAllister of the Northumberland Fusiliers and the Machine gun corp. Comes with a copy of his medal index card.
BWM to Holdsworth – Machine Gun Corps. A good single British War medal correctly named to 3397 Private Edgar Holdsworth of the Machine Gun regiment. This medal is for the most part un-researched apart from a copy of his medal index card which confirms Edgar’s full entitlement as a BWM and Victory medal pair and also he later served in the Liverpool regiment and had a change of number. This medal is in very good condition with just a few very light contact marks.
BWM to Obrey Royal Berkshire Regiment. A good WW1 British War Medal correctly named to; 45046 Private. William Obrey of the 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment. William Obrey was born in Bristol around 1891. Before the war he was employed as a House Painter’s assistant. The 8th RBR was a battalion of the third phase Kitchener’s new army’s. they landed at Le Havre, France on the 8th August 1915 and became part of the 1st brigade of the 1st division. during 1916, they took an active part in the Somme operations and the British pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, during the spring of 1917, and later that year in action at Passchendaele in the third battle of Ypres. In 1918 the division saw some very hard fighting at Lys, Arras and the battle of the Hindenburg Line. After the last savage battles of the war in late 18, the division made up part of the force to advance into Germany and form part of the Occupation Force at Bonn. Apart from a copy of his medal index card, medal roll and 1911 census, no other research has been done on this man. The medal comes in very good original condition apart from some contact marks on the rim.
BWM to Wood Highland Light Infantry. A single British war medal correctly named to 46879 Private Thomas Wood of the Highland Light Infantry. Apart from his medal index card, no research has been done on this man, so may be a nice little project. The medal is in excellent original condition and come with an original HLI glengarry badge, both mounted on card for display.
Cameronians Glengarry Badge, a good quality large white metal badge which dates from around the WW2 era, the condition is very good although it has been fitted with a brooch pin on the back. Ref. Q18
Cameronians Pipers Badge. The large white metal badge worn in the bonnet of the Cameronians Pipers. This badge was worn from 1921 to 1968 and I would think this one date to around the WW2 period or into the early 1950’s. The condition is good, though used, there is a little oxidisation on the back in the deeper areas, it just need a clean. Ref. A26
Canadian 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards Cap Badge. A superb bi-metal badge dating, I believe, just before the second world war, as I think this regiment was assigned to the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps from around 1941. The badge is a three piece construction with solid back. at the top of the badge on the reverse is stamped a small ‘M’. This badge comes in just about mint condition, still showing some of its original luster. Ref. Z21
Cheshire Volunteers Brass Belt Buckle. A good old buckle impressed with the ‘4th Cheshire Volunteer Company’, lovely quality, heavy gauge in solid brass. Now, I have seen quite a few of these over the many years of collecting and dealing, these should be Hens teeth, but there always seems to be one or two on the market, I would say these are old reproductions of very rare buckles, probably 30 to 40 years old themselves, which gives them the heavy patination and genuine singes of age; I will leave you to make up your own mind, but as you can see from the price, I’m erring on the cautious.
Circa WW1 Era George V Lighter – Customs & Excise Button WW1 or slightly later brass petrol lighter unusual in having a button for His Majesties Customs & Excise button on the bottom, it comes in good but well used condition and needs a clean, it measures just over 2.5 inches long.
Clever WW1 Era Moveable Postcard Dated for August 1918 this humorous postcard has two faces, the man found unfit for service and very happy and the man fit for service not happy at all, comes in good condition with a few blemishes on the front and has been postal used.
Cloth Formation Badge - 7th Field Force A printed formation badge for the 7th field force, comes in very good condition has been mounted on card.
Cloth Formation Badge – Northern Army Group A super quality embroidered cloth formation patch for the Northern Army Group, comes in super conditon and has been mounted on a card.
Cold War Era Russian Pineapple Grenade A great example of an inert cold war era Russian pineapple grenade, the base has been filled with metal for weight and it comes with an assortment of screws and bungs to go into the fuse cavity, good condition and stands just over 5 inches high.
Cold War Era Russian Pineapple Grenade A great example of an inert cold war era Russian pineapple grenade, the base has been filled with metal for weight, it is marked to the side with TF, comes with its paper fuse protector. Comes in good order and measures 3.5inches long.
Collection of German Items to Adolf Engelhard WW1 Veteran. A small collection of items belonging to Adolf Engelhard that all came together from Germany recently. It comprises two WW1 photographs showing Adolf with his newly awarded Iron Cross, his Iron Cross and Honour Cross mounted as worn on a ribbon bar. His 1930’s / WW2 workers pass, I think, it is permanent type pass, metal backed with a photo and completely sealed. The photo is signed Pond Engelhard, which stands for Technician Engelhard. Also his death notice, sadly he died in 1968 and various bits and bobs, veterans ribbon and some small badges and pins. The medals are in good condition, the iron Cross is well worn and totally as found. The honour cross is in much better condition, obviously because it was not issued until the 1930’s. No research has been done on this man, but it is getting easier than ever to research German Veterans online, so im sure an interesting project awaites.
Collection of USA Cloth Badges – All Ages. 9 US cloth badges of all ages in one lot. All are in good order and some have been used. See pictures for content.
Collection of Women’s Royal Army Corps Insignia. A framed collection of the cap badges worn by the WRAC, from the scarce kings crown badge issued from 1949 to 1953, a pair of kings crown officers collar badges, issued same date as cap badge. To the queens crown badges issued from 1953 to 1992, in their various metals and finishes. All are good original badges, which come in good but used condition; the officer’s collar dogs are particularly fine in gilt brass. All are now mounted and glazed in an attractive little wood frame, ready for display.
Collection WW2 Home Guard Insignia. A scarce original collection of WW2 Home Guard insignia, comprising of; the buff cotton and screen printed arm band, a true pair of printed shoulder titles, a corporal stripes and a scarce HG brass shoulder title. All of this insignia is in very good condition considering it has been used and all taken from a uniform.
Collectors Vintage Bosuns Whistle & Chart of Calls Purchased as a tourist piece from the Cutty Sark exhibition at Greenwich probably during the 1970's this copper and brass Bosuns whistle comes on a brass chain and with a paper scroll showing the authentic Bosuns calls. Comes in very good condition.
Complete WW1 18 Pounder English Shell Case 1916 Unusual to get these shells complete, this one comes with its fuse, projectile and brass case. The base of the case is well marked including the broad arrow, 4 over 17 and the date 1916, DLA, P.W and many more. The top section has obviously been hand painted and still includes some shrapnel balls and a rod. Comes in very good condition. On Consignment Ref. ML31
Complete WW2 German Officers Cap Insignia. Complete WW2 era German army officers cap insignia, comprising of; the Eagle. It is very good, used condition, still retaining both pins on the back. it is marked with the number 38 and the makers mark for Herman Aurich. The Wreath and Cockade. Is constructed in one piece structure with the cockade made up of two pieces with red cloth sandwiched between. It comes in very good used condition and still retains one of its original pins on the back. The Chin Strap. A lovely quality metal bullion strap of twisted bullion wire, which is cold to the touch. It has been used, so the silver colour isn’t as bright as it once was, but there is no fraying or brakes. A wonderful original complete set, in very good original condition, ready for a cap or it will look fabulous just on display in the cabinet.
Crimea era Paper Sampler from a Young Girl to Her Father A paper sampler which could be store bought was probably embroidered by a young girl at the time, the paper is punched with holes for the little girl to follow and these were sold in all sorts of subjects and sizes. This one is commemorating the Crimean war, my pictures don’t really do this piece justice but to each side of the embroidery stands a soldier and the centre is embroidered ‘God Defend The Right’ with the British and French flags. Like all silk thread it is prone to fading and parts have faded but are still visible; the whole thing is still in its beautiful little Victorian mahogany frame and glass, on the back is written ‘Crimea 1856 To My Father on Retirement from the War By Lydia Engligh’, this is written in pencil but under this is the name L. J. Goodwin written in pen. A wonderful historic piece which rarely survive today, this frame has never been opened and should be left, but is you with to make this piece really stand out, just a piece of dark coloured card behind the sampler would make all the difference.
Croatian Silver Paper Knife. A beautiful Croatian small silver knife and scabbard, which I am taking to be a paper knife. It is lovely precise work, embellished with silver balls; the knife has a Neillo work steel blade with Opatija on one side and a fern leaf on the other, the grip is fish tail shape with the same decoration as the scabbard. I am not sure what grade of silver this is, my test kit dates from the 60’s so it will only test the main grades. This is below 9.25 and above 835, it could be as high as 9.24 and as low as 834, I can’t really say for sure, but a very well made piece, measuring 6.35 inches long.
Czechoslovakian Model VZ23 Mauser Bayonet A knife bayonet used from the period of about 1923 into and throughout WWII; it was designed to fit the Czech version of the K98 German Mauser and its most distinct feature is that the blade appears to be upside-down, that is the cutting edge is on top. It has wood grips, a steel pommel and cross guard, and the scabbard is rolled-steel. This one comes in very good condition, it has a nice clean blade free from any rust or pitting, however it does have two nicks to the blades edge. The scabbard is in very good order also and it comes with its original leather frog, which on their own are quite difficult to find, this is also in good order but it has wear to the top of the belt loop. All in all a good collectable bayonet. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Danish Copenhagen China Sparrow Figure. A very pleasant china figure of the European Sparrow, painted all in muted brown/grey. It comes in perfect condition and stands 3.25 inches high.
Dated 1910 War Office Map Namur Belgium A super quality and condition linen backed map of the area around and including Namur in Belgium. It is dated War Office 1910 bottom right and geographical section General Staff bottom left. Highlighted are things like townships, hamlets, canals,forts, mines and road conditions. Comes in super condition for its age and measures 33.5 inches x 28.
Dated 1939 Home Office Air Raid Precautions Shell Dressing Carried and used by the ARP wardens in the event of casualties with open wounds, this shell dressing pack was produced by Johnson & Johnson Ltd of Slough and Gargrave with the date of January 1939 on the very bottom. Comes in super unused condition.
Death Plaque & Pair to Keynton Berks / Warwick Reg. 1st Day Casualty A WW1 memorial Plaque, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 26547 Private William John Keynton Royal Warwickshire regiment; it comes with a few pages of research, the commonwealth war graves commision certificate, soldiers died in the Great War register and medal index card, so below is a brief account of this man’s service history. William John Keynton was born in Wootton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire around 1899. He enlisted into the Gloucestershire regiment or was drafted sometime during 1916/17 and was later transferred into the 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment. Williams’s early service needs research when with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but here we join him after the February of 1918 when he was transferred into the 8th battalion Berkshires regiment, the 53rd brigade of the 18th (Eastern) division. he was present at the battle St Quentin in the March of 18 his battalion was with the 5th army under Gough; then off to the Somme at Avre and the actions of Villers-Brettoneux, next came the Battle of Amiens, the battle opened on the 8th August 1918, William’s battalion, the 8th this time was with the Fourth Army under Rawlinson, this was a significant action of the war, Allied forces advanced over seven miles on the first day, one of the greatest advances of the war, with the 4th Army playing the decisive role. The battle began in dense fog at 4:20 am on 8 August 1918 the British Fourth Army was in the centre of the advancing front supported by a battalion of 72 Whippet tanks. The attack was so unexpected that German forces only began to return fire after five minutes. In the first phase, seven divisions attacked: the British 18th (Eastern) and 58th (2/1st London), the Australian 2nd and 3rd, and the Canadian 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions. Parts of the American 33rd Division supported the British attackers north of the Somme. The attackers captured the first German position, advancing about 4,000 yards by about 7:30 am. The British Fourth Army took 13,000 prisoners while the French captured a further 3,000. Total German losses were estimated to be 30,000 on 8 August. The Fourth Army's casualties, British, Australian and Canadian infantry, were approximately 8,800 of which William John Keynton was just one. He is now remembered with honour at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. He was the Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Keynton, of Haw St., Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, he was aged just 19. Both the plaque and the medal pair are in superb condition
Death Plaque to Froud Royal Field Artillery Gunner 65190 John George Froud served in the 120th battery 27th brigade RFA, this was a heavy brigade firing Howitzers forming part of the 5th division. the service papers for John show that he first went to France in July of 1915 he saw one year 325 days of active service, first at Ypres during 1915 and from March 1916 his division saw a move, taking over a section of front line between St Laurent Blangy and the southern edge of Vimy Ridge, in front of Arras. This was a very busy time leading up to he Franco-British offensive opened on the Somme on 1 July 1916, here they took part in the attacks on High Wood and the battles of Guillemont, Morval, Le Transloy and the battle of Flers-Courcelette. By 5 October 1916 the Division had left the Somme and was holding a quieter line near Festubert. There was a constant threat from enemy artillery and sniper fire, but in comparison with the Somme it was a relatively tranquil period that lasted until March 1917. In March of 1917 Gunner Froud was wounded with a gun-shot wound to the head, he had a few weeks off then returned to service for a short while and was killed just 3 months later. He died on the 16th June 1917 and he is now remembered with honour on the La Targette cemetary. La Targette British Cemetery, formerly known as Aux-Rietz Military Cemetery, was begun at the end of April 1917 and used by field ambulances and fighting units until September 1918. Nearly a third of the graves have an artillery connection; in March-April 1917, the artillery of the 2nd Canadian and 5th Divisions, and certain heavy artillery units, had their headquarters in a deep cave at Aux-Rietz. Amongst his service papers is a very sad hand written note from his father asking if it is true that his son had died and if he left any effects. The plaque comes in really lovely condition, it has a great tone and has not been polished possibly ever.
December 1914 Great War Issue 'The Graphic' Magazine The illustrated weekly newspaper covering many aspects of the first year of the Great War including articles and pictures of the Cossaks, the sinking of the Bulwark, the Gurkhas and much more. Comes in good condition given its age.
Decorative Modern Hallmarked Silver Small Bud Vase An elegant little bud vase that is hallmarked for Birmingham 1991 and has the makers mark of K.M.S for the K.M. silver company. Stands 4.75 inches high and is in super condition.
Decorative Victorian Silver Plated Tea Set. A Victorian repousse decorated Silver Plated Tea Pot, Milk Jug and Sugar Basket, all made by Rogers & Co around 1890 as the bottom of the tea pot has a full set of pseudo hallmarks. The condition is good, there is wear to the tea pot lid and a small ding to the milk jug. Apart from this, this set is a good display piece or a good useable tea set. It need a bit of a clean inside and a very old dealers trick to clean the inside of silver and silver plate is; put soda crystals into an aluminium vessel, (such as an old sauce pan) with hot water and place the item in the water, this will lift any dirt or grime on the surface without harming the plate.
Detailed WW1 French Postcard – Battle of Flanders A very detailed WW1 French postcard showing the battle of Flanders at its height, numerous soldiers in a 'bloody' scene, comes in very good condition and has not been postally used.
Drummer & Bugler Lead Soldiers. Two vintage lead soldiers, one a bugler and the other a drummer, both are slightly different sizes but both are in good, used condition.
Eagles of the Third Reich – Hitler's Luftwaffe A 1988 issue book detailing the history of the German Luftwaffe and the men who were central to its success. Comes in good but used condition. FREE UK POST
Early 19th Century 18ct & Amethyst Brooch. A late Georgian or early Victorian 18ct gold brooch, it is an unusual design with two gold balls on each side of an Amethyst set inside a repousse decorated gold band. It is not hallmarked, which is not unusual for the time, but it tests at 18ct gold. The condition is good for its age, the only real damage is to the balls, these are hollow gold and have a few small dings to them in places, please see detailed pictures. Offered at a price to clear, so wear it as it is, remove the balls and have a very classic brooch or pendant. It measures 3.5cm wide. It comes in a free gift box.
Early 19th Century Applied Relief Ale Jug. A wonderful piece of 19th century pottery, showing the wonderful skills of the English potter. These jugs were used for Ale of Cider or other kind of refreshment and would have been served to a country gentleman, in the field, tavern or home. It is hand potted and left to go hard, the relief work is applied by hand and stuck to the pot with slip. To the base is quite fine engine turned decoration, and it has a scrolled handle; this is moulded and applied when still pliable; finally the colour and glaze is washed on all before firing. Very many pieces of this sort came out of the kiln with firing faults, small cracks or tears to the pot. This one is good and has suffered from a only few firing faults mainly to the relief however it has a star crack to the base, which was probably cause in later use with hot water. This type of jug was never meant to hold hot liquids. All in all a fine piece, which would look good in any gentleman’s study and although the price of good English pottery and porcelain has dropped over this past ten years, it is now superb value for money, an object British history for only few pounds.
Early 19th Century Iron Sugar Loaf Cutters Below is a nice potted history for lump sugar and this type of loaf cutters, apart from some surface rust spots they come in excellent condition and measure 9 inches long. Until Victorian inventors figured out a way to get sugar to the grocer's shop in ready-to-use granulated form, it was always transported in large cone-shaped sugar loaves. Households could buy a whole sugar loaf or a lump broken off and sold by weight. But then what? How did people prepare it for kitchen and dining table? Sugar nippers were an important part of the answer. Sugar nippers were basic household tools, but before using them you would probably cut the hard whitish cone into smaller chunks with a hammer and chisel. The nippers were sometimes on a stand so you could put all your strength into forcing the cutting blades through the pieces of sugar-loaf. If they had no stand, the better ones had a piece that stuck out at right angles and was used to steady the sugar nippers against the edge of the kitchen table, while you gripped and squeezed.
Early 20th C German Porcelain Bear Match Striker. Pre WW1 German Porcelain Match striker formed as a seated bear holding a ball, he is leaning against a tree trunk which is the match holder, this is ribbed, on which you can strike your match. It is in good condition, no damage or restoration, there is two firing faults on the bears legs, this has happened in the manufacturing process. It stands 4.75 inches high.
Early 20th Century French Gas Mask by Fernez Below is a brief history for Maurice Fernez, his main area of expertise was underwater breathing equipment but as you will see he also produced masks for use in mines, so far I have not been able to find a comparison for this style of mask, it certainly is not for use in water as it has soft felt pads for the cheeks. It comes in good but aged condition, and is smaller than the norm. Maurice Fernez (30 August 1885 - 31 January 1952, Alfortville, Paris, France) was a French inventor and pioneer in the field of underwater breathing apparatus, respirators and gas masks. In 1912 the equipment won Fernez a Premier Grand Prix of small inventors and manufacturers at the Concours Lépine. In 1913 he received the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Ghent (Belgium) and the silver medal of the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry. Fernez expanded his range of equipment to include respirators for use in mines, and during the first World War (WW1) produced gas masks for men, horses and dogs.
Early 20th French Art Nouveau Print. This is the original front cover of the French fashion magazine La Vie Parisienne. A really stylish picture which will suit any modern or vintage home. It measures 16.5 x 20.5 inches and comes in a good mount with wash line and a glazed frame.
Early 20th French Art Nouveau Print. (2) A circa 1912 French fashion print, very classic art nouveau style. Entitled ‘L’ Amoureuse Lecon’ The Lesson in Love. It shows two doves embracing on a young lady’s windowsill, the picture tells the rest. Under the print is a short poem written in French. A really stylish picture which will suit any modern or vintage home. It measures 16.5 x 20.5 inches and comes in a good mount with wash line and a glazed frame.
Early 20thC 19th Hussars Cap Badge. Quality bi-metal cap badge, for the Prince of Wales Own 19th Hussars. This example was used from 1902 to 1909 and is in very good untouched condition and with a dark even tone to both the brass and the white metal. Ref. X2
Early 20thC German Marine Ships Helmet Binnacle Compass A beautifully made instrument by A Carstens of Hamburg. I do not know a lot about these instruments, but I have found that this type is a brass binnacle ship’s compass of helmet form, enclosing a working liquid compass. The compass is of typical form with cardinal points, set in liquid and set on a gimbaled support, so it stays level even with movement of the ship. It is viewable through a round glass window in the gimbal, and illuminated by a side oil lamp accessible by a hinged brass door. It has a carrying bale handle at the top, but also can be bolted in a stationery position by a flange at the base. This now stands on a wooden plinth. The condition is excellent and made by one of the top German manufacturers of nautical instruments and supplier to the German and other European (including British) Navy’s from the 19th century through both world wars. It has no damage and the oil burner is also in excellent condition. it has been polished in its life and although still reasonably clean, it hasn’t been polished for quite a few years. A fantastic piece for display, no matter what your collecting area, it looks great anywhere. It measures; just under 12 inches high. And 10 inches in diameter at the base.
Early 20thC Suffolk Regiment Ring. This was a gold plated blank ring that anybody could buy around the turn of the 20th century, the gold overlay was quite thick, so not a cheap thing to purchase in its day. They were sold blank so you could have it engraved with your monogram or your family crest, this one has been engraved with the three towered castle of the Suffolk regiment and by the quality of the engraving it was probably had done by the original owner. Although the engraving is a little naive, it is a charming little thing that was probably worn by a young officer in the Suffolk’s. It has seen some wear and quite a lot of its gold has worn off but a wonderful little small for the cabinet.
Early Brass Radio Operators Shoulder / Collar Badges. A scarce early pair of wireless or radio operators shoulder or collar badges, I’m not 100% sure but they must date from the late 1920’s early 30’s. They are made of solid brass with two lugs on the back and would have probably originally have a brass backing plate. Both are in perfect condition and measure just over 1.5 inches wide.
Early RAF Bombers Insignia. Brass insignia of a flying bomb, issued to air gunners and bomb aimers from around 1923. Good original examples such as this are quite rare, this one comes in perfect condition.
East Surrey Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. A WW1 pattern East Surrey Regiment badge set, comprising of the bi-metal cap badge, a superb quality three piece badge with slider on the back, and two brass shoulder titles ‘E.SURREY’. All three pieces are in excellent original condition. Ref. X6
Edward VII Imperial Service Medal. A fabulous star shaped bronze and silver medal awarded from 1902 to 1910. A total of 4,500 stars were awarded for faithful Service during this period. This one comes in excellent, untouched condition, that is, it has never been cleaned or polished, so it shows no wear. A beautiful large civil award, which looks very impressive on display, sorry no case.
Edward VII Volunteer Officers Decoration & Photograph. A beautiful medal, awarded for 20 years commissioned service in the Volunteer Force. The medal is solid silver overlaid with gilt and only 4,710 medals were awarded in total. This one is hallmarked for London 1904 with the maker’s mark of SG for S Garrard of Haymarket London. I found this medal about 20 years ago in a house clearance with the photograph, unfortunately, neither are named. The photograph is of a Royal Artillery volunteer officer in his home service uniform proudly wearing the medal. I really can’t split them up even though I have never been able to put a name to the face. The medal is in wonderful original condition suspended on its original ribbon and on a sterling silver brooch bar. It has lost a little of its gilt wash, but there is no loss or wear to the fine detail of the medal. The photograph comes in its original glass sealed mount and has the framers label on the back, from Derby. This is also in excellent condition and both together make a superb cabinet display. The picture measures 9.5 x 12 inches.
Edwardian 9ct Rose Gold & Garnet Set Ring A pretty ring hallmarked on the inside of the shank for 9ct gold with a Sheffield mark but I cant pick up a date letter, set with three Garnets. Comes in very good condition, shows signs of having been worn and is a size 'O'. Decorative display box included.
Edwardian 9ct Rose Gold & Ruby Ring – Chester 1908 A really well marked Edwardian ring, on the inside of the shank it is clearly marked for Chester 1908 and 9ct with a makers mark of CEP. The ruby has been set in from the top and the shoulders engraved with scrolls. Comes in good condition, some scuffing to the top of the stone and is a size 'N'. Decorative display box included.
Edwardian Era Issue American Civil War Memorial Postcard Issued in the early part of the 20th century as commemoratives of the American civil war this style of embossed postcard was very popular, this one is for the Memorial day and shows the iron-hulled steamship the Monitor in its victory battle of 1862, comes in very good condition with just a sentence in pencil on the back.
Edwardian McVitie & Price Counter Top Biscuit Display Unit Here is quite a rare item, made by the McVitie & Price biscuit company and used on counter tops probably in the small corner shops that were quit common in the early part of the last century. Constructed from tin with an open bottom and a glass lift up lid top they were used to protect open biscuit packets, in the Edwardian war period few working class people could afford whole packets of biscuits so were able to buy just a couple of their choice from the display in the shop. The tin is in good condition given its age, some wear to all sides of the outside, the glass is in excellent condition and the hinges work fine. Measuring 9 inches x 8.5 and being 2.25 inches deep, this would make a great little display cabinet, put in a wooden bottom, or turn an old biscuit tin into a display cabinet, as these fit on top of an old tin perfectly.
Edwardian Royal Artillery Helmet Plate. A lovely quality example of a Royal Artillery Blue cloth or home service helmet plate. Used from 1902 – 1914 this one comes in excellent original condition; originally it would have been covered with gilt, this has long been worn away from the front, but can be seen bright and clean on the back, along with the tree lugs which are also in the same good order. It also has a movable wheel on the cannon and the whole piece is a nice heavy gauge quality.
Edwardian Silver Filigree Ladies Locket. A beautifully made sterling silver filigree work locket, probably made in Birmingham around 1900-1910. It comes in excellent condition and it still retains its original photograph of a woman and child, but this can be easily removed and replaced with a picture or photograph of your choice. It has a matching filigree jump ring and a silver letter ‘S’ on the front. A lovely piece of Edwardian costume, which comes presented in a box. it measures 1.5 x 1.75 not including the ring.
Edwardian Silver Marine Society Reward of Merit Medal -Named This is a scarce medal issued to former Warspite boys for five years of exemplary service after they had left the ship and joined the Merchant Navy. This one is named and dated on the reverse to: Athelstan Grace 16th Feb 1905, a super quality detailed medal on a swivel suspender and the remains of its original ribbon, comes in its box of issue, a good sized medal measuring 42mm in diameter and is in excellent condition.
Edwardian Silver Name Brooch – LILIAN A lovely Edwardian silver ladies brooch, embellished with the name of Lilian. It has a small but clear hallmark for Birmingham 1907. A very pretty brooch, which also has engraved decoration. It measures; 1.75 inches long.
Edwardian Silver Vesta Chester 1907. A silver Vesta, chased and engraved all over with foliate scrolls and a vacant cartouche to the front. It is clearly hallmarked on the inside rim for Chester 1907 and the makers mark of JD & WD for John and William Deakin. A fine maker of small items registered at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield. This vesta comes in pretty much perfect condition, showing no damage and little or no wear. If I had to be very picky, there is two very light, very small scratched on the cartouche, which are hard to see with the naked eye and they will polish out very easily. A real beauty measuring 1.5 x 1.75 inches.
Egypt and Khadives Pair to Cadman Scots Guards. A good 2nd Egyptian war pair with the Khadives star and the Egypt medal with the Suakin 1885 bar, the latter correctly named to; 6239 Private John Cadman of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards. Both medals are in good original condition showing some wear as they have obviously been mounted and worn. They both came to me missing their ribbons, so they are now suspended on good quality replacement ribbon. John Cadman was born 1864 in Willington, Shropshire. He enlisted into the Scots Guards in 1884 and in civilian life he was employed as a labourer. He served a total of seven years with the colours being discharged in 1891. This medal pair comes with copies of the Egypt medal roll and his service papers, a good medal pair worthy of research. Originally called the Marquis of Argyll's Royal Regiment, the scots guards saw much action in the Napoleonic wars and in the Crimean war, in 1877, Queen Victoria, changed the regiment's name to the Scots Guards and in 1885, the 2nd Battalion took part in the Suakin Expedition to the Sudan, taking part in the Battle of Hasheen, and gaining the battle honour Suakin 1885 for their part in the campaign. Both medals and bar are confirmed on the medal roll and service papers. A superb pair with lots of history.
Elegant 1930's Cut Crystal Whisky Decanter A super quality vintage cut crystal whisky decanter, look like it has never had any contents as the inside is so clean but there is evidence of use around the neck and there is a small chip to the base peg of the stopper, stands just over 10 inches high.
Fabulous WW1&2 German Gallantry Medal Group. A wonderful group containing the medals, certificates, photos and even the original Pickelhaube Helmet plate all relating to one man Walter Dietrich of the Royal Saxon Infantry. It comprises of his original WW1 medal group of the Kyffhäuserbund Medal, awarded to veterans who served in the first world war, the Iron Cross 2nd class or the Eisernes Kreuz II, this was awarded for acts of gallantry and the Friedrich August Medal in bronze, this was instituted on 23 April 1905 by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, awarded for acknowledgement of notable or gallant service by enlisted men or NCOs, it was also could be awarded to civilians and in peace time, but the medal is suspended on different ribbons, this one is on the ‘War Ribbon’. The other medal relating to First World War service is the Honour or Hindenburg cross with swords, issued to combatants who served in WW1, it was instituted the 13th July 1934 and it was to replace all other veteran medals. Each medal in this lot comes with its corresponding certificate named to Walter Dietrich, along with his original ww1 service book, this needs going through carefully to determine which action Walter received his gallantry medals. Also included is Walter’s original Pickelhaube plate, this has suffered a little but I am sure it will clean up a treat, and various photographs, one with the battalion showing two soldiers wearing their spiked helmets. Walter must has been very proud of his great war service, he obviously felt compelled to do his bit in the second world war too, he joined the Volkssturm the German version of the Home guard, he was awarded the 1939 War Merit Medal, this too comes with its original certificate, again named to Walter Dietrich and his Volkssturm Arm band. This whole lot has just come in from a German family, unseen and its first time on the market. What an interesting research project, everything is here needed to put together this man’s whole service history; everything is in very good original condition and guaranteed 100% genuine, obviously there is signs of age and some wear to these items, including the medals, but there is nothing I would consider as damage. Please note, I’ve just noticed that I have omitted to photograph the Honour cross, this is included in this group, it is a combatants cross with swords with its original ribbon.
Fantastic Original Victorian Photograph Majors of The Household Regiments This is a superb original Victorian photograph of Majors from various Household Regiments, there are 13 men in total in differing uniforms but all having that fixed stern expression. The photo dates circa 1880 and why they gathered for the shot we will probably never know. Comes in a decent size measuring 10 inches x 8.25 and the mount measures 15 inches x 13. The condition given its age is very good, there is an inky streak across the shot, with some light rubbing this is coming off so a sympathetic clean could improve this greatly.
Fantastic Original Victorian Photograph Royal Horse Artillery with Cannon This is a super original Victorian photograph of members of the Royal Horse Artillery posing alongside a breech loading 12 pounder canon, each man has a different length of whiskers and most are holding a swagger stick. The canon is in spotless condition and you can see the ram rod and bucket underneath. Comes in a decent size measuring 11 inches x 9 and the mount measures 15.75 inches x 13. The condition given its age is very good, there are a few surface marks on both the photo and mount.
Fascinating Victorian Letter – Death of Prince Albert When Prince Albert died suddenly on 14th December 1861 not only the Queen but the country was thrown into disarray, this letter dated 20th December 1861 was written by N.G. Anderson on a Treasury letterhead and was sent to a Mr Gardiner. There are four pages of very tight mostly legible handwriting which cover various subjects starting with the sudden death of Prince Albert and the effect that it had on the Queen and the future of the Monarchy, the 'loose character' of the Prince of Wales and a real swipe at his 'low' character, the poor company he kept and the visit of Albert to sort out his problems (the visit from which Albert came back ill and subsequently died, the Queen never forgiving her son for causing the situation). The letter goes on about the dealings of the council on which Albert appeared to serve as it says no decisions were taken without his input. The 'troubles' in America are also discussed. For its age it is in remarkable condition, it was folded twice for an envelope but otherwise is excellent. Four pages of a fascinating read, a real snapshot of history.
Fife, Forfar & Scottish Horse Yeomanry The queens crown badge for the two merged yeomanry regiments, used from 1956. It comes in perfect condition and made by Gaunt of Birmingham. Ref. Z17
Film Prop WW2 Hitler Youth Shirt This copy Hitler youth shirt was used in the film 'Fatherland' made in 1994 which starred Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson, the plot was set in 1967 and was a fictional historical account of what might have happened if Hitler had won the second world war. The shirt was supplied by Angels costumiers of Shaftesbury Avenue London, this company was founded in 1840 and is the oldest established costume supplier in the world. There is a cloth badge on the left arm for the Berlin Hitler Youth, this badge is the wrong colour and has been made in black with red sewing to stand out and be legible during filming. The shirt came to me from a friend in the film business and he obtained it from a film prop warehouse clearout. It comes in very good condition, 36' has been hand written on the lable so I am taking that as a chest size.
Fine Pair Victorian Binoculars by Negretti & Zambra. A beautiful pair of 19th century Binoculars made by Negretti and Zambra of Hatton Garden London, maker to the Queen; they have Galilean optics set in to a brass body with sliding eye pieces, these date from anything around the 1860’s – 90’s so in military terms these were probably a private purchase, they are also engraved with the original owners monogram and would have been very expensive in the day as well as carrying kudos with collectors today. The firm Negretti and Zambra was a producer of scientific and optical instruments and also operated a photographic studio based in London from around 1850, Henry Negretti (1818–1879) and Joseph Zambra (1822–1897) formed a partnership in 1850, thereby founding the firm which would eventually be appointed opticians and scientific instrument makers to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Edward VII, the Royal Observatory and the British Admiralty. This pair comes in quite remarkable condition considering their age and function, they are now heavily patinated and have not been cleaned for years, however the lenses are clear and clean and have quite good magnification with clarity better than some modern examples. A fabulous antique collectable that is still a joy to use.
Five Edwardian Oxfordshire School Medals. Five copper Oxfordshire School medals, “Never Absent, Never Late” to; N. Smith 1905-6, M. Grant 1904-5, M. Grant 1905-6, A. Hayes 1905-6, F. Cox 1904-5. All are in very good condition and some comes with their original suspender pins.
Five Vintage Books Napoleon and his Regiments (2) These little books are remarkably informative, within this group of five we have: French Napoleonic Artillery The years of Napoleon French Napoleonic line infantry French Napoleonic Lancer regiments Foot regiments of the Imperial guard Issued mainly in the early 1970's they are all in very good condition.
Four Interesting Military Books Four large good reads on military subjects to include: the encyclopedia of military aircraft, the armed forces of WW2, the war machine and the illustrated history of WW2. All in good but used condition. Very low charge for the actual books but due to the weight the shipping will be £9.95.
Four Interesting Mounted Photographs of WW2 Aeroplanes These four good sized mounted photographs show WW2 planes either in flight or on the ground, they look like publicity shots rather than identification shots. Included are: the Wellington, in flight over an aerodrome with crowd lookin on, A Beaufighter T.F.X. On the ground, a Baltimore and a Marauder in flight. The details below the planes appears to detail where they served during the war. The mounts measure 12 inches x 10 and the photo's are 8 inches x 6, as you can see the mounts have gotten damp along the bottoms but the photo's are in good shape.
Four Miniature WW2 Stars Four minature WW2 stars, these are the modern issues and include: the Pacific star, the Atlantic star, France and germany star and the Burma star. All are in excellent condition.
Four Vintage Books 19thC Uniforms and Regiments (1) These little books are remarkably informative, within this group of for we have: Uniforms of the Napoleonic campaigns Regiments at Waterloo The Prussian army 15th Kings Hussars Issued mainly in the early 1970's they are all in very good condition.
Four Vintage Hand Painted Lead Soldiers - Scottish Pipers These lead Scottish pipers have been hand painted, they come in very good condition with just some minor wear to the paintwork, they stand 2.25 inches high.
Four WW1 German Postcards From a Soldier to His Sweetheart All four of these postcards were sent by Georg Bremar to his sweetheart Mela during October 1918 when he was stationed with the 11th Infantry company No 91 somewhere in Germany, they are obviously a love letter type card. The fronts which look quite similar vary ever so slightly in design and must have formed part of a series. They all come in very good condition and each has been postally used.
Four WW2 Era 'Simply Explained' Booklets These four booklets date from the 1940's and they come from the Pitmans 'simply explained' series, they include: Camouflage, radio, air training mathematics and your motor car, all are in very good but used condition.
Four WW2 Era Photo Postcards of Eisenhower Three of these postcards were made by Tuck and the 4th by a Dutch manufacturer this one has been postally used, the three Tuck examples I think are also Dutch issues, all four show general Eisenhower in different situations. All are in good condition.
Framed & Glazed Set of John Player Cigarette Cards. Regimental Standards and Cap Badges. A complete set of 50 cards showing the regimental colours and the cap badge of each regiment around the First World War era. The cards are in near mint condition and the display is professionally framed, there is glass on both sides, so you can read the back of the cards. The frame measures 18 x 20 inches and would look great with any militaria collection.
Framed and Glazed Certificate Suffolk and Ipswich Fire Service Dated for 1957 and awarded to Arthur Edward Lodge on his retirement after 11 years in the Suffolk and Ipswich fire service. Comes in an oak glazed frame and measures 13 inches x 10.5. Good condition.
Framed and Glazed Photograph - Proclamation of George V 1910 A large sized photograph taken at the parade for the proclamation of George V at Temple Bar, the three men in the foreground clearly show the Edward VII livery worn by the yeoman trumpeters. The picture is clear but has some damage to the edges and two sections missing, one top left the other at the bottom middle. The photo measures 11 inches x 9 and the frame is 15 x 13.
Framed Copy American Civil War Navy Medal of Honor & Picture of USS Cumberland A nice framed picture for the 'man cave' it is quite detailed showing the sinking of the wooden vessel USS Cumberland by the Ironclad CSS Virginia during the early part of the American civil war in March 1862. The medal is a copy of the Navy medal of honor awarded to men who performed outstanding feats at sea. Comes in a modern wood frame and is in great condition, the frame measures 10.25 inches x 8.25
Framed Set of 8 WW1 German Playing Cards Initially I assumed that what I had was a part set of cards but research shows that the sets appear to start at card 7 and run through to what we would class as an ace, I have framed up these 8 cards, they are original WW1 German playing cards each set having a different suit including hearts, acorns, leaves and the framed set of balloons. The ‘genuine’ sets I’m seeing online start at 7 this set starts at card 6 and have 8 in the set, card number 8 is face down to show the Germanic symbols on the backs. They are used and grubby but they include some wonderful images of war and the two suit cards feature the German count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin and Field Marshall Anton Ludwig Von Mackensen. They probably saw use in the trenches with the German soldiers whiling away the time playing cards.
Framed WW1 French Silk Greetings Card. While the war raged in northern French, it was pretty much business as usual in the south. These cards were produced in their thousands by French workers and sent to the trenches in France and Flanders for the soldiers to buy and send home to their loved ones. This one comes just as I found it, very nicely framed and glazed, and it makes a really good display piece for the collector or decorator. I haven’t opened the frame, so I have no idea if this card is written on or what condition the back of the card is in, the front comes in excellent order, just a little faded. I have three of these which all came from the same house clearance; they are all in different frames but being sold separately, there is a postage discount if you want to purchase all three.
Framed WW1 French Silk Greetings Card. While the war raged in northern French, it was pretty much business as usual in the south. These cards were produced in their thousands by French workers and sent to the trenches in France and Flanders for the soldiers to buy and send home to their loved ones. This one comes just as I found it, very nicely framed and glazed, and it makes a really good display piece for the collector or decorator. I haven’t opened the frame, so I have no idea if this card is written on or what condition the back of the card is in, the front comes in excellent order, just a little faded. I have three of these which all came from the same house clearance; they are all in different frames but being sold separately, there is a postage discount if you want to purchase all three.
Framed WW1 Relics Collection. (1) Here we have a nice little collection of WW1 field finds, found in the Souchez area near Vimmy. It includes a SMLE but plate, shrapnel balls, built shells, harness buckle and a part of a fuse cup, all nicely framed into a little display, great for the office, study or war room. The frame measures 8 x 10 inches.
Framed WW1 Relics Collection. (2) Here we have a nice little collection of WW1 field finds, found in the Souchez area near Vimmy. Part of a German bayonet, a British brass belt piece, part of a French fuse, shrapnel balls, fuse head and a fuse key, all nicely framed into a little display, great for the office, study or war room. The frame measures 8 x 10 inches.
Freedom of the City of London Scroll & Date Line Crossing 1945 Here are two interesting bits of ephemera named to one man, Walter Stanley Clapp. In October 1945 Walter crossed the International date line on board the U.S.S. Joseph T. Dickman, this ship was still involved in the campaigns in the Pacific during 1945 so perhaps Walter was a serving seaman. Having crossed the dateline he was awarded a card showing that he had been initiated as a 'trusty guard'. In 1947 he was granted the freedom of the City of London to trade as a Stationer and newspaper maker and given this small waxed paper scroll. Both items come in very good condition.
French Medal Pair for the Korean War Another scarce find the French UN medal for Korea, the Croix de Guerre of the same period and the recipient’s military ID bracelet. Both medals are in very good original condition, but the ribbon is tatty on the Croix de Guerre; the bracelet is named Joseph Fargues, born 1934. Once again no research has been done on this man and his service in the Korean War, so an interesting project awaits.
French 1866 Patt Chassepot Sword Bayonet. The French model was designed to fit on the revolutionary French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket. It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 Gras Bayonet. It has a brass grip with a steel cross guard with a hook blade breaker quillion. The blade is steel, yataghan-shape with a single-edged and fullered both sides. The blades are usually marked on the back-edge with the arsenal, month, and year of manufacture etc. this one has no marking except one small French proof mark just under the cross guard. This would suggest it was made for export. As this one came from the US along with a collection of American collection I purchased a while ago, this is a fair bet. The condition is very good. It has a good clean blade with very little pitting and only a few nicks to the edge. It is missing its steel scabbard. These are very easy to obtain, but these bayonets are best displayed without the scabbard, in my opinion; this shows the blades true beauty. A nice piece with a slightly unusual twist.
French 1866 Pattern Chassepot Sword Bayonet This bayonet was designed to fit on the French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket (It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 Gras Bayonet. This bayonet is brass-hilted with a spring steel latch on the right side. The cross guard is steel and has a screw-type latch to tightening the muzzle-ring. The lower quillon is the hooked blade-breaker type and the blade is steel, single-edged and fullered on both sides, with a re-curved or yataghan-shape. The blade is marked on the back-edge with the arsenal details, in this case, it looks like Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne 1870. The marks are a little worn, but still just readable. It isb also marked on the guard, quillon, and ricasso, please see pictures. The condition of the blade is good, some dark staining but no pitting. The hilt is also in the same good order and the brass grip is polished. It has its original steel scabbard, this is marked with the numbers L58874 and the scabbard is in very good order. A very good example of this type of bayonet and in a very collectable grade. It measures 28 inches long. Ship to UK only by UPS at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
French 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet – Matching Numbers. A wonderful example of this 19th century French bayonet which was originally made for the French Model 1874 Gras Infantry Rifle, manufactured from 1874 to about 1885 It has a solid brass pommel with push-button latching mechanism. the grips are wood and the cross guard is steel with a muzzle ring and hooked quillon, which is numbered 51164 and stamped with proof marks. This is all in very good condition, the brass parts are toned and the grips show some wear but have a good untouched patina. The blade is steel and triangular, with two edges and a broad spine. The spine is clearly engraved with the arsenal, ‘Mre d' Armes de Chat Mai 1882’. The blade is beautiful, clean and free from any rust or pitting. There is some light wear, where it has been pulled from the scabbard countless times. The scabbard is basically a rolled steel tube with a ball finial, this still has around 98% of its original bluing still remaining. It is stamped with 51164 on the back of the frog loop. All in all a top grade bayonet which is untouched from any restoration. It measures; 26 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. For sale to UK mainland only.
French 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet. A wonderful example of this 19th century French bayonet which was originally made for the French Model 1874 Gras Infantry Rifle, manufactured from 1874 to about 1885 It has a solid brass pommel with push-button latching mechanism. the grips are wood and the cross guard is steel with a muzzle ring and hooked quillon, which is numbered 83061 and stamped with proof marks. This is all in very good condition, the brass parts are toned and the grips show some wear but have a good untouched patina. The blade is steel and triangular, with two edges and a broad spine. The spine is clearly engraved with the arsenal, ‘Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne Janvier 1879’. The blade is nice, clean and free from any rust or pitting. There is some light wear, where it has been pulled from the scabbard countless times. The ricasso is also stamped with proof marks. The scabbard is basically a rolled steel tube with a ball finial, this still has around 95% of its original bluing still remaining. It is stamped with 86740 on the back of the frog loop. All in all a collectable grade of bayonet which is untouched from any restoration. It measures; 26 inches long.
French 1886 Lebel Bayonet. An interesting bayonet with a cruciform four edged that replaced the French Model 1874 "Gras" Bayonet. This bayonet was manufactured to fit the French Model 1886 Lebel Infantry Rifle and saw action in WWI and WWII in various versions. It is 25" in overall length, hooked "blade-breaker" quillon and silver-alloy or white metal grip, the later examples had brass hilts. It is in good condition but missing scabbard. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
French 1886 Pattern Label Bayonet. Always interesting, the Label bayonet was made to replace the Grass bayonet and to fit the 1886 Lebel Infantry Rifle and saw action in WWI and WWII in various forms. It has a long cruciform blade and a solid nickel grip and a hooked, blade breaker quillon. This bayonet is in lovely clean condition, the blade is free from any rust or pitting. The ricasso as it is and the quillon has various proof and arsenal markings (please see pictures) and the scabbard, which is also in very good original condition, has numbers stamped on the frog loop. A very good example of this type of bayonet used during the Great War, they are hard to find in this condition these days. It measures; just over 25.5 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. For sale to UK mainland only. Shipping will be by UPS at £12.95
French Cross for Military Valour. An interesting medal which was established in 1956 to reward soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving in Algeria who had committed acts of valor or gallantry in combat, with extra recognition was given by way of stars and palm leaves on the ribbon. This one is the earliest version, in excellent condition and on its original condition.
French Cross of Military Valour. A lovely example of this post war decoration, it comes in near mint condition and on its original ribbon.
Gents 9ct Gold Intaglio Set Ring This 9ct gold gents ring is set with an intaglio cut stone, the cutting depicts a Roman style head, the shoulders are engraved also. Marked on the inside of the shank with 9ct. Comes in good but has been worn condition, and measures size W.5 on the ring stick so is of a large size.
George III Copper Cartwheel Penny – Defaced. ABC The famous Boulton Copper cartwheel tuppence or two penny piece, struck at the Soho Mint in Birmingham 1797. They weighed exactly two pence worth of copper and proved very unpopular with the public. In 1806 the copper pennies and two pennies were redesigned into a more usable coin, and also by this time the price of copper had risen, so the new coins were not as big or so heavy. In the late Victorian era, these coins were seen as a kind of oddity and had no value, apart from its content of copper, which by this time was little. So these lovely old coins were used and defaced with advertising and used by apprentice metal workers to practice on. Here we have such a coin, this one has been stamped with letters and numbers. The coin is well used and worn. Still an interesting curio.
George III Copper Cartwheel Tuppence – Defaced. George III Copper Cartwheel Tuppence – Defaced. 14 The famous Boulton Copper cartwheel tuppence or two penny piece, struck at the Soho Mint in Birmingham 1797. They weighed exactly two pence worth of copper and proved very unpopular with the public. In 1806 the copper pennies and two pennies were redesigned into a more usable coin, and also by this time the price of copper had risen, so the new coins were not as big or so heavy. In the late Victorian era, these coins were seen as a kind of oddity and had no value, apart from its content of copper, which by this time was little. So these lovely old coins were used and defaced with advertising and used by apprentice metal workers to practice on. Here we have such a coin, this one has been heavily stamped letters to redecorate it and a hole drilled in the top so it could be used as a fob. Also the edge has been hand milled. A rare coin which demonstrates social history of the late 18th and 19th century.
George III Copper Cartwheel Tuppence – Defaced. BEARD The famous Boulton Copper cartwheel tuppence or two penny piece, struck at the Soho Mint in Birmingham 1797. They weighed exactly two pence worth of copper and proved very unpopular with the public. In 1806 the copper pennies and two pennies were redesigned into a more usable coin, and also by this time the price of copper had risen, so the new coins were not as big or so heavy. In the late Victorian era, these coins were seen as a kind of oddity and had no value, apart from its content of copper, which by this time was little. So these lovely old coins were used and defaced with advertising and used by apprentice metal workers to practice on. Here we have such a coin, this one has been stamped across the face of George III with ‘BEARD’ forming a cross. Apart from that, this coin is in excellent original order.
George III Silver Crown Brooch. 1819 I know, a terrible thing to do to such a wonderful coin in near EF condition, but this was probably done in the Victorian era. It has a brooch pin on the back and also a jump ring so it could be worn as a pendant. The coin itself is in wonderful condition, to the front is the obverse, which shows the fabulous George and the Dragon designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. A lovely piece of Georgian silver regardless.
George V Issue Silver Miniature 1935 Jubilee Medal One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, A solid silver issue of the George V 1935 Jubilee medal distributed to 'the great and good throughout the Empire'. Comes in good condition, needs a clean and the ribbon is grubby.
George V LS & GC Medal Regular Army bar. A modern George V LS & GC Medal with the Regular Army bar. In perfect condition with a good length of ribbon
George V silver Coinage. (1) Here we have a George V Florin 1933, Shilling 1929, Six Pence 1920 and Three Pence 1921. Conditions vary, please see pictures.
George V silver Coinage. (2) Here we have a George V Florin 1922, Shilling 1928, Six Pence 1923 and Three Pence 1916. Conditions vary, please see pictures.
George VI BEM to Miss Maud Tayt What a beautiful medal the British Empire medal is, especially the lady’s version on the ribbon bow, it was awarded to civil and military personnel for meritorious service and gallantry in some cases (see Medal Year Book .19) This one was awarded and correctly named to Miss Maud Tayt in 1950 for services at Fraser Hind & Sons of Norwich. This is an interesting research project, I can’t find any record of Fraser Hind & Sons but asking local people it seems it was a large cloth making factory that manufactured cloth for the War Department and made parachutes at one time; miss Tayt’s award is listed in the London Gazette 8th June 1950, so she was awarded this medal in King George VI birthdays honour list, here she is described as a Warping Forewoman, whatever that may be; it is also accompanied with the original Buckingham Palace issue slip named to miss Tayt and comes in excellent condition. Was £260
Georgian Veterinary Fleam. A rare horse and cattle Fleam, in the days when bloodletting was common practice, for animals as well as humans it was instruments such as these that were used to bleed a large animal of all malevolent humours from the body to cure it from all sorts of illnesses. This instrument has two large spade shape blades that fold away into its solid brass scales. The whole piece is in wonderful condition apart from the tip is missing from one of the blades, but has it is not for used, it still remains a very interesting and scarce collectable.
Georrge VI Naval General Service Miniature Medal This is a modern issue, so it is in perfect condition and a little bright, a better medal than it looks in the pictures.
German 1936 Tinnie – Freedom and Bread A lightweight German tinnie or day badge for the 29th March 1936, the legend around the edge has ‘freiheit und brot’ ‘freedom and bread’, comes in good condition, has a loop on the back to take a pin, this is a bit buckled, measures one inch in diameter.
German Arts & Crafts Brass Chamber Stick. An impressive brass candle / chamber stick from the arts & crafts movement during the late 19th to the early 20th century. It stands 7 inches high and it has a rush covered handle. The base is marked ‘Germany’ and it comes in very good original condition. Polished up, it will look fabulous, typical arts & crafts style.
German DAF 1935 Labour Worker 'Tinnie' made from Wood The German 'tinnies' where made in a variety of materials including wood and leather, this example made from wood is dated to the centre for 1935 and was worn by a labourer of 'hand worker'. Comes in excellent condition with a pin on the back. Measures 35mm in diameter.
German Ladies RAD Brooch Badge. A super example of a Woman’s Reichsarbeitsdienst or ‘RAD’ Reich Labour Service badge, this was an institution established by Nazi Germany as an agency to reduce unemployment. This badge is one of the silver washed zinc type badge’s, it is in great original condition with just a little wear to the surface. This badge as well as all my items comes with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply. Ref. 16130
German Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet. A Well-made, single-edged swell-tip steel blade, wooden grips. Designed to fit the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles. This one is still in very good condition, and it has a good maker’s mark stamped on the ricasso of; SIMSON & CO SUHL. It also has a Prussian proof mark on the back of the blade and this is dated for 1914. The blade has some very light pitting and one small area of heavier pitting near the edge. The wooden grips are also very good but the pommel and guard, again has some pitting. The scabbard, is very good, no rusting and has been clean back at some point. But due to the demand of this pattern of bayonet now, this can only be considered as a very good example by a very good maker; it measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
German Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet. A Well-made, single-edged swell-tip steel blade, wooden grips. Designed to fit the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles. This one is still in very good condition although it is missing its scabbard. The blade is mostly clean with only very light pitting and the wooden grips are also very good as is the pommel and guard. It comes in original untouched condition with an overall darkish patina and with no maker’s or proof marks, I can find, which is unusual. The pommel looks like it has has a bash, but this is not too bad, please see pictures. I nice untouched example which could be greatly improved with a little effort. It measures just over 19 inches long.
German Nazi Party Day Badge Koln 1937 A great German Nazi party day badge from Cologne in 1937, has the eagle and Swastika to the bottom, comes in very good condition, there is no pin on the back and no obvious place were one might have been, measures 2 inches long.
Good 19th Century Field Telescope by Newton & Co. A super Late Victorian Brass and Leather three draw field telescope which is engraved on the first draw with the makers details of Newton & Co, Opticians, Fleet Street, London. The condition of this telescope is excellent and untouched, it has lovely clear and bright lenses and comes with its original leather lens cover. The brass parts are not polished and have a nice even dark tone, although it would look fabulous cleaned and the bright brass would stand out against the dark brown leather.
Good Group of Ten WW2 Era Newspapers I have a large selection of these which were found in a attic along with loads of other wartime ephemera. I am grouping into lots of ten, they will be a lucky dip purchase but all are WW2 period and include some of the major happenings of the war. There are various newspapers including: the daily express, the news chronicle, daily mail, daily telegraph and the daily mirror. The condition for the most part is very good, all are completely readable and give a great insight into wartime Britain.
Good Mixed Lot – Ammo Tin Etc A good mixed dealers lot to include: a military issue 200 rounds ammunition tin comes in good order, a camouflage back pack hardly if at all used, a brown leather bullet belt to hold 25 shells good but used condition, two new lanyards and a magazine case in good but used condition. Ref Lot 2
Good Pair of Victorian Silver Bullion Officers Collar Dogs These are a quite early pair of silver bullion work officers collar dogs, they date certainly from the Victorian era and would have been very bright and vibrant in their day. They come in good condition but the last spiral of silver work is loose on both dogs, they measure just over two inches long.
Good Pair of WW1 Brass Trench art 6 Pounder Shells 1917 Here are a pair of six pounder shells well decorated with birds and branches, each has an inscribed banner, one is marked, 'souvenir of the Great War 4th August 1914 - 11th November 1918', the other has 'from France Foret DeMormal Englefontaine'. A brief research shoes the battles that occurred in the French locations featured quite heavily regiments from Wales so I am taking an educated guess that these may have come from one of those regiments. Both are in excellent condition, well marked on the basis, needing a good clean and stand 10 inches high.
Good Pair of WW1 Era Ladies Leather Putties Worn at the top of the boot on the leg this pair of WW1 era ladies leather putties come in very good condition, each has the leather strap and should have three buttons per putty but a few of the buttons are missing and two are broken, still great for a display mannequin.
Good Pair of WW2 Era Linen Union Jacks on Poles X2 Handy little pair of linen union jacks on short wooden poles, marked British made and in very good condition with vibrant colours, each measures just under 15inches x just over 11, the poles are 20 inches.
Good Quality Vintage Divers Knife. A very good quality knife, probably dating from around the 1970’s. It has a substantial steel blade with a saw back edge, black plastic grip with fish scale decoration and a heavy pultruding pommel. It comes with its original sheath which is a rubberised black plastic with leg straps. All in all it comes in very good condition, it shows some use, but quite an impressive piece. It measures 13.25 inches long. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally. Proof of age required on purchase.
Good Selection of 10 American Civil War Era Patriotic Envelopes Issued as a fund raiser for the civil war these patriotic envelopes came in a vast variety of styles mostly political or patriotic in design, this group of 10 feature the loyal states of the union, pirate connections, fort Sumpter, Cain of Baltimore and one envelope which has been written on and postally used but the stamp has been torn off. Condition wise they are very good
Good Selection of Vintage Cloth & Metal Badges Essex Regiment This is a good group of mixed badges for the Essex regiment, the largest is a super cloth bullion badge made from silver wire which comes in very good condition, there is two part brass and white metal cap badge, a 4th battalion comrades association badge made from brass and enamel (some wear to the enamel) a WW2 white metal and enamel sweetheart brooch, two small pin badges and a white metal Essex county badge. All are in very good condition.
Good Selection of Vintage Royal Marines Insignia, Patches Etc A great group of Royal marines items to include patches and badges for a wireless operator and musician, there are two cloth patches for the wireless operator and one cloth for the musician, in brass we have two cap badges, a lovely all brass with back plate musicians cap badge, a pair of post war Royal marines Forces Volunteer Reserve collar dogs, a pair of brass buttons and a small button badge, all items come in very good condition.
Good Selection of Vintage St John's Ambulance Badges & Insignia This is a nice group of items all dating from the 1960's to include: a St John's ambulance proficiency badge named to Reginald R.G. Hindry and dated 17th Dec 1962, three St John's white metal buttons, red cross and St John's badges, a Voluntary ambulance service cloth shoulder badge and three other cloth badges. All come in very good condition.
Good Selection of WW2 Era Light Infantry Bakelite Buttons in Tin Here we have 11 large and 9 small black Bakelite buttons for a light infantry regiment, some are maker marked on the back, they come in a vintage Players Navy cut tobacco tin, all come in good but used condition.
Good Selection of WW2 St Johns Ambulance Items to One Man A64788 Philip Martin served with the Norfolk St Johns Ambulance from 1943 to 1960 and earned a label each year following a re-examination of his skills. With this large group is his WW2 defence medal, a large white metal probably sleeve badge, a white metal cap badge, two shoulder titles, his award chain named to him on the back, a Norwich district officers shield medallion dated 1933, a St Johns Norfolk cloth badge, a pair of St Johns pips and a booklet ‘the catechism of home nursing’ this is named inside to Alice Ball. A great collection in very good order.
Good Selection of WW2 War Damage Commission Paperwork The war damage to lands and buildings commission issued a series of small booklets to people whose home and properties had been damaged by bombs, these were guidelines on how to claim compensation and how to get things fixed. This batch includes a typed letter dated 1945 to a claimant. a scarce lot in good condition.
Good Sized Vintage Union Jack Linen Flag A good printed on linen and marked British made vintage union jack flag, it is of a good size measuring 54 inches x 37, there is a strong material hoist and it comes in very good condition, a couple of small holes and is a little faded.
Good Victorian Holloway’s Ceramic Ointment Pot A great cure all from the Victorian era used to cure gout and rheumatism and many other ailments, came as a salve housed in these little ceramic pots. This one is in very good condition, the writing is clear and legible, there are a few signs of age around the lip and base but then these were never designed to be kept. Stands 1.5 inches high.
Good Victorian Oak and Brass Fitted Cigar/Cigarette Box A good quality box made from oak and fitted with brass edges, hinges and decoration, it is double sided, one side for cigarettes and the other for cigars, on the front edge is a brass cartouche which has not been engraved. It comes in very good condition for its age and measures 11 inches long. I think it would have had two detachable pots on the top to hold matches as there are two vacant circular holes and on either side of these a striker for matches.
Good Vintage American Civil War Fund Raising Needle Holder Made in the early part of the 20th century as a fund raising tool for veterans clubs these patriotic needle holder wallets came in a variety of designs this one features the American eagle on top of the countries flag, it still has some needles in place and comes in very good but used condition, it has Germany across the bottom so was probably produced abroad for the American market, it measures 4.75 inches x 2.75.
Good Vintage American Civil War Fund Raising Needle Holder Made in the early part of the 20th century as a fund raising tool for veterans clubs these patriotic needle holder wallets came in a variety of designs this one features the American eagle on a shield to one side, it still has some needles in place and comes in good but used condition with some edge damage, it has Czechoslovakia across the bottom so was probably produced abroad for the American market, it measures 4.75 inches x 2.75.
Good Vintage Bronze Norfolk Constabulary Special Constable Badge A very good condition lapel pin badge made from bronze for the Norfolk special constabulary, has a King’s crown so is probably inter war era, measures just over two inches long.
Good Vintage Hallmarked Silver 30 Year Railwayman Badge This super quality hallmarked silver and enamel button badge comes in its box of issue and was awarded for 30 years membership in the National Union of Railwaymen, it is clearly hallmarked on the reverse for Birmingham 1924 and has the makers mark for John Taylor & Co, it comes in near perfect condition the box showing signs of storage wear, it measures one inch long.
Good Vintage Hallmarked Silver Golf Club Spoon A great quality spoon which is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1928 and has the makers mark of C.U for Charles Usher of the Usher manufacturing Co of Birmingham, to the front it has Gorleston – on – sea GG (golf club). Comes in great condition and measures just over 4.5 inches long.
Good Vintage Linen Union Flag A WW2 era printed on linen Union flag, a couple of small holes and the hoist is missing; it measures 40 inches x 26.
Good Vintage Linen Union Flag A good condition WW2 era printed on linen Union flag, no holes or tears but a little grubby, it measures 45 inches x 33.
Good Vintage Red, White & Blue Linen Banner Probably used as a table runner or long back drop this red, white and blue banner measures 8 foot 5 inches long and is 23 inches wide, it is printed linen and comes in very good condition with the odd hole and some fraying to the edges.
Good WW1 Medal Pair to Faulkner Norfolk Regiment A good WW1 medal pair comprising of the British War medal and victory medal both correctly named to 23586 Private Albert E Faulkner of the Norfolk Regiment. This pair of medals comes with an original photograph of Faulkner in uniform and a copy of his medal index card which shows his medal entitlement to be the pair. apart from his mic, no other research has been done on this man, so an interesting project awaits. Both medals are in very good original condition.
Group Lot of Items – RAF Interest A good group lot to include: 1952 dated RAF forage cap, well used and loose sweat band, a pair of black leather putties good but used condition, two new lanyards and a pair of WW1 era field binoculars, these need a bit of attention on the body but the optics are good. All you see in the pictures, sold as seen. Ref Lot 1
Group of 5 WW1 German Postcards An interesting group of 5 WW1 era German postcards all used and dating in range from 1915 – 1918, 4 are pictoral and one is a photo card (not used) showing a group of men possibly in a German hospital.
Group of Four scarce 17th Century Suffolk Trade Tokens This group of four trade tokens all date from the 17th century and are all from the Suffolk area, they are quite worn so difficult to read but dates include 1657 and 1669 and one is certainly from the village of Saxmundham. Conditions and sizes vary.
Group of Six Modern Sweetheart Button Badges An interesting group of six modern sweetheart badge to include: Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Leicestershire, Notts and Derby, Royal Lincolnshire reg, Light Dragoons and Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. All are quite small and in good condition.
Group of Three Vintage WW2 Era Coldstream Guards Christmas Cards All three of these cards were sent home to his family by ‘Billy’ each feature historic scenes of the Coldstream Guards including, the five regiments of the guards, George Monk Duke of Albemarle the first colonel of the regiment in the 1600’s and the standard of the 1st and 5th battalions. All come in good but used condition.
Hallmarked Silver Gents Shield Shape Signet Ring This is a good sized ring measuring a size 'r', it is fully hallmarked for Birmingham on the inside of the shank, the front is partly blank so it can be engraved if you wish, comes in excellent condition just a few surface scuffs.
Hallmarked Silver 1935 Dated Life Saving Medallion – Boxed Issued in 1935 to a J. Martin for saving of a life in water this fully hallmarked medallion comes in its box of issue made by and marked accordingly Thomas Fattorini Ltd of Birmingham, the medallion is in super condition and the box is very good but with edge wear.
Hallmarked Silver 1941 Boxing Prize Medallion This boxing prize fob or medallion is clearly hallmarked on the reverse for Birmingham 1941 and has the makers mark of J.F. for James Fenton of Birmingham, it has not been engraved and comes in very good but much tarnished condition, measures one inch in diameter not including the ornate hanger.
Hallmarked Silver Cream Jug by Wm Hutton & Sons. A super little cream jug fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1928 by the maker William Hutton & Sons, a good early 20th century maker. It is a good classical shape with a fine silver handle which comes in excellent condition, showing no major dings or dents and no repairs. It measures 3.25 inches high.
Hallmarked Silver Officers Mess Table Lighter Welsh reg This is a beautiful fully hallmarked silver table lighter for the officers mess of the Welsh regiment, it is hallmarked for London 1923 along the base and comes with its dipping wick and the wick which would have been alight on the table, all in the style of a Roman Oil Lamp. It comes in wonderful condition, there are a couple of dings to one side but otherwise excellent. It measures just over 4 inches long. Was £120
Hallmarked Silver Pencil Holder A great little pencil holder fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1934 and having the makers mark of E.B for E. Barker & sons of Birmingham. Still retains a small piece of pencil, comes in good condition but does have a few dings on the body, measures just over 3 inches long.
Hallmarked Silver Regular Army Reserve of Officers Lapel Badge All of the examples of this lapel badge I have found all have the same date of 1939 with the same maker of J.F. for James Fenton of Birmingham, so I am assuming they were commissioned that year and despatched to the officers of the reserve army ahead of the outbreak of WW2. Comes in super condition and measures one inch long.
Hallmarked Silver WW1 Era London Scottish Matchbox Holder A lovely silver matchbox holder set with the badge for the London Scottish regiment, the hallmarks are on the back but have been polished almost flat so I cant give an accurate date, the lion passant mark and part of the makers mark is all that is legible. Comes in fair condition, one side has a few dents to one end where it has possibly been compressed, would hold a traditional sized small matchbox.
Head Fuze of a WW1 Shrapnel Shell Used early to mid war these types of shells were used to inflict as much damage as possible on the German soldiers, the body was packed with individual round bullets but had to be accurately fired to do its job properly, trenches, sandbags and a good steel helmet were enough to prevent death and major injury and so these types of shells were used less as the war progressed. This on has been fired and is damaged accordingly, it is of a good size standing 6.5 inches high.
Heavy Victorian French Jewel Casket. A heavy silver plated French jewel casket, dating from around the 1890’s to the turn of the 20th century. It is well decorated on all four sides and it still retains its original silk and velvet interior. The condition is very good, showing little or no wear to the silver plate. The base is marked with ‘Depose N.11’ which basically means patient number 11. A nice elegant piece which measures 4.75 x 3.25 x 4.5 inches high.
Historically Important Mid 19thC Telescope with Inscription. A very good quality mid 19th century single draw Telescope by E & E Emanuel. 3 the Hard, Portsea. It a single draw brass scope covered with leather. It has a nightime lens shield at the bottom and it still retains both of its original lens caps. A typical instrument of the period. It has been engraved with the inscription; Presented to the Lincolnshire Coast Association by Peter Cracroft. Captain RN. 1st January 1862. The Lincolnshire Coast Association, as far as I can make out, was a type of coast guard who watched for ship wrecks or ships in distress. This piece must have been presented to them on some special occasion, may be even their foundation, by this famous Royal Navy Captain. Captain Peter Cracroft was a very famous sea captain in his day. He was born in 1816 and was commissioned from the RN College in 1830. He rose through the ranks and served on various ships of the Royal Navy in Portugal and the West Indis, South Africa, China, New Zealand and the Baltic, where he was mentioned in dispatches. He was involved in an action in New Zealand where his close comrade was awarded the VC. He lastly served as Commodore at Jamaica where he died in 1867. This Telescope comes with various research on Cracroft’s service history and campaigns, a late Victorian photograph of Cracroft, it looks copied from an earlier daguerreotype or tintype photograph; it shows Cracroft in later life at the rank of captain in full dress uniform. A very interesting piece with ties to one of Victoria’s well known naval captains, who served in then, the most remote and exotic places of the world, and travelled there on mighty wooden ships under sail.
Honour Cross Combatants Crossed Swords Device to be used on a miniature or full size ribbon bar, on the honour cross ribbon to denote a combatant, it has two little prongs on the back to fix it to the ribbon.
Honourable Artillery Company Badge Set. Three scarce brass badges, the service dress cap badge, the typical field gun with the motto in a ribbon swag below, the Infantry sergeants grenade type badge and lastly the H.A.C. shoulder title. All three pieces are in very good but used condition.
Huge WW2 Beach Landing at Salerno Photograph 20' x 16' Unusual to find such large such large photographs, measuring 20 inches x 16 this one showing the Allied landing on the beach at Salerno with the ship in the background. It is in good condition, has been displayed using pins in the corners, it would make an excellent display cabinet back drop, especially to a WW2 collection. This will be sent rolled in a tube.
Icons of Aviation- Battle of Britain Gift Set 1:72 Scale Made by the firm Revell this 2010 issue modellers kit has four plastic model kits: The Mark 1 Hurricane, the Mark 1 Spitfire, the Heinkel H-3 and the Junkers Stuka. Called the icons of aviation and made in tribute to the fighters of the battle of Britain. Original retail price £24.99, all parts appear to be present including instructions, stickers, paint and brush, all in good order a few rough areas on outside of box.
Imperial Austrian Frans Joseph 50th Anniversary Medal. The medal was instituted by Emperor Franz Joseph on 18 August 1898 on the occasion of his approaching 50th anniversary of his reign. Made of gilded bronze, it was awarded on this solid red ribbon to all members of the armed forces and Gendarmes who served under his reign from 2 December 1848 until 2 December 1898. This one is in very good condition just showing wear to the gild wash finish, but traces can still be seen.
Imperial German Iron Cross Gallantry Medal Trio. WW1 era German medal group of three court mounted on a traditional German medal bar comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class, awarded for acts of gallantry or conspicuous service, the WW1 Honour cross with swords, this is a WW1 commemorative medal awarded to those who fought in the great war. And lastly the Kaiser Wilhelm centenary medal, this was Founded by Kaiser Wilhelm II on 22 March 1897 and given to all active duty troops, veterans of the unification wars, etc. in honour of the 100th birthday of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. This little group of medals are interesting; during the late 19th century and up until the First World War, Germany had a very well governed National Service type scheme, every man above a certain age had to do a term in the armed forces; this is why they had such a large amount of trained soldiers they could call on during WW1. This little group shows that the recipient was serving his national service around the time of the issue of the Kaiser Wilhelm centenary medal, and was later called up into the army for service in the Great War. He obviously excelled himself during the war, winning the iron cross. All three medals are in excellent original condition and of course come with my usual guarantee of authenticity. Ref. 19649
Imperial German Officers Helmet Box – Maker to the Kaiser A very rare original helmet box from the uniform maker to the Kaiser, this has a wonderful label on the outside saying just this; on the inside of the box, what would be classed as the base, is missing its silk or velvet lining showing old German newspaper used as padding by the makers. The box is in very good order considering it has survived over 100 years of use, the only real fault is the main leather strap which goes around the box and secures the base to the main part is broken but not missing, so a repair could be done quite easily; it is in original untouched condition so it has never been repainted or seen any restoration. These are rare and hard to find and usually falling to pieces when you do manage to find one, a must for any German officer’s helmet, it keeps it dry and away from humidity.
Imperial German Officers Lion Head Sword. A very high quality Imperial German Officers Sword. It has a highly embellished brass hilt, the guard has ornamentations of crossed swords and pike behind a shield below an iron cross. The lagnets on each side are decorated with crossed cannon on one side and a shield cartouche and foliage on the other. The grip is covered with fine Shagreen, held in place with twisted silver wire. The back of the grip is also well decorated leading to the Lion head pommel; the lion has a bohemian garnet set into his eyes. The blade is just as fine; a single fuller to each side of its long and slightly curved blade which has been etched with scrolls, foliage and military weapons, this is the same on each side. It is still residing in its original steel scabbard, this is complete with its single ring. Now down to condition. The overall condition of this very impressive sword is excellent, but there is always something to point out, in this case not too much. The finally decorated hilt has residue of old polish which is hiding some of the detail. This can be rectified by some warm soapy water and a soft tooth brush, this will not hurt the patination but dissolve what remains of the old polish. The blade is very good, no rust or pitting, the etching can be quite clearly seen, but it is a little faded from what it would have looked like originally. The scabbard was probably once painted black; at some point someone has sanded the paint off leaving sanding marks and scratching to the body of the scabbard, again this is easily polished out. I have taken a picture of the worst affected area to show you, please see pictures. A fabulous sword, it has a makers mark under one on the lagnets, but I can’t photograph it and it is very hard to see, the hilt would have to be dismantled to reveal the maker, going on the quality of the sword, I’m sure it is by one of the top German sword manufacturers. It measures 37 inches long. The blade measures 30.75 inches long.
Important & Rare WW2 Flyers Helmet Archaeological Dig Find. This amazing WW2 flying helmet was taken from the ground at a crash site in Northumberland, it was retrieved in sections and was put back together by museum conservers into the helmet seen in the photos. Fortunately information is known about the crash, who survived and who didn’t but who wore the helmet is (perhaps fortunately) not known. The seven man crew of Halifax DK 116 were flying home from a sortie on the night of the 15th into the early hours of the 16th October 1944, the plane developed an engine fire in one of its port engines, the pilot unable to quench the fire using the inbuilt engine fire extinguishers put the plane into a dive in an attempt to put out the fire, before entering the dive three of the crew were able to bail out but the others remained in the aircraft trying to release the rear gunner from his turret. Sadly the pilot was unable to pull the plane from its dive and it crashed at Glendhu hill, Capelstone Fell in the Kielder forest. The helmet was found when excavations were carried out to turn part of the Kielder Forest into a water park. There is a list to accompany the helmet of who survived and who died; there is also information to be found on-line about the crash site. As you can see from the photo's the helmet has been stitched back into shape, remnants of cables and the communication system are still there. A sad story, but an interesting and unique preserved item, from one of the brave men flying to save our nation.
Impressive Large Dated 1905 Photograph Austrian Officers & NCO’s A really great large photograph of Austrian Officers and NCO”s, it is dated 1905 bottom left and features a cross section of ages from the senior men with their medals down to a few chaps who look around 18 or so. It comes in very good condition for its age the phot having been mounted on white card which is a bit grubby. The mount measures 19.75 inches x just under 13, the photo is 14.5 x 8.25.
Indian Mutiny Medal, 95th Regiment. A superb example of this medal correctly named to 3907 Drummer A. Taylor. 95th reg. it comes with its original Central India Clasp. This medal was awarded officers and men of British and Indian units who served in operations in suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Soon after the Crimean War ended the Sepoy Rebellion broke out in India in 1857. The 95th Regiment was on its way to South Africa and was diverted to India. Over the next sixteen months it marched 3,000 miles through jungle and desert and fought in fourteen actions. Private Bernard McQuirt won the Victoria Cross at Rowa. The 95th remained in India until 1870 after which they returned to England before becoming the 2nd Battalion of the newly formed Sherwood Foresters. The Central India clasp was awarded to all those who served under Major-General Sir Hugh Rose in actions against Jhansi, Kalpi, and Gwalior. Also awarded to those who served with Major-General Roberts in the Rajputana Field Force and Major-General Whitlock of the Madras Column, between January and June 1858. This medal is in just excellent condition, almost near mint for this age of medal, it shows very little wear to the surface and the naming is clear and easily legible, an all-round wonderful piece for investment and research.
Indonesian Sewar Knife/Dagger. Quite a good quality Sewar dagger with some age, it has a steel blade with a makers mark and a light wood grip which has been naively carved to form an animal’s head. The scabbard matched the grip, made of light coloured wood which has been varnished or lacquered at the time it was made, so the wood has a wonderful silky feel. The condition is very good, although there is a crack in the wood where it has shrunk over the years, but this is nothing too terrible. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally. Proof of age required on purchase
Inter War French Officers Armband 'Requisitions Militaires' A super condition French officers arm band made from a canvas material with brass plaque which has 'requisitions militaires' to the center. On the reverse side is a stamp which dates the piece for 1928 and was issued to the 2nd cops by the 'commission de reception'. Comes in very good condition, some rusting to the metal buckle.
Inter War Era Aluminium Tray Derbyshire Yeomanry A chunky little tray probably an ashtray with the emblem for the Derbyshire Yeomanry in the bottom, because it is made from the softer aluminium the definition of the badge is a bit soft and worn, the tray measures 4.25 inches in diameter.
Inter War Era Brass London Fire Service Cap Badge a good all brass cap badge which dates I think between the wars for the London fire service, comes in very good condition with a slider fitting on the back, measures just under 1.5 inches long.
Inter War Period Copper Ashtray from HMS Royal Oak Torpedoed 1939 Below is a history for the HMS Oak famously torpedoed at Scapa Flow in 1939, this copper ashtray which has the crest for the ship in the base dates I would think in the inter war period, it comes in good condition but is very tarnished and requires a good clean, it measures just under four inches in diameter. HMS Royal Oak was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. Launched in 1914 and completed in 1916, Royal Oak first saw combat at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Grand Fleet On 14 October 1939, Royal Oak was anchored at Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland, when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-47. Of Royal Oak's complement of 1,234 men and boys, 833 were killed that night or died later of their wounds.
Inter War Period Royal Navy Sweetheart Badge A good vintage white metal and enamel Royal Navy sweetheart badge, comes in fair condition, shows signs of use, has a pin fixing on the back and measures two inches long.
Inter War Silver Hong Kong Rifle Association Shooting Medallion (10) Dated on the reverse 1937-38 this tested sterling medallion was given as a shooting prize, it is engraved with 'H.K.R.A Belilios shield 1937-38' it appears that the Belilios name is attached to a public school in Hong Kong which still exists today. it measures under 1.5 inches in diameter and comes in good condition.
Inter War Suffolk Regiment Sterling Silver Sports Medal. An attractive 2nd battalion the Suffolk regiment sports medal, in tested sterling silver. One side shows a cross-country runner leading the pack, and on the other side the regimental emblem of the Suffolk regiment. What is interesting about this medal is, there is no where to engrave any winners details, so the winner has had his service number stamped below the castle, of the regiments emblem. So this little piece is probably researchable as well as being a nice piece of Suffolk regiment history. It is in very good condition and is of a good heavy gauge of silver, measuring 1.25 inches in diameter.
Interesting & Rare 19th Century Copper Token Kelly's Sadlery Kelly's of Middlesex were a manufacturer of sadles and horse related equipment and retailed from the Strand in London, they were saddlers and patent whip makers to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. This halfpenny copper token comes in very good condition and shows clearly a Postilion holding a harnessed horse on one side and an assortment of their other wares on the reverse.
Interesting & Scarce Selection of Late WW2 Czechoslovakian Ephemera This is a difficult selection of items to make sense of so I will do my best and explain it how I see it….there is a Czechoslovakian passport belonging to a lady called Mrs Jaroslava Kavale-Ova who as shown in a typed letter from the air and military attache in London worked as a member of staff at the Czechoslovak embassy, her passport has her moving about from mid 1945-46. Whilst working at the embassy she must have been present when Czechoslovak dignitaries came to visit and the result are these large sized photographs, the first shows a visit from Edvard Benes who had been president in the late 1930’s and would be again in 1945, this picture is dated October 1943 and is signed by Benes bottom left and on the reverse a number of signatures I assume from other people attending, the second picture is a British press shot again of Benes and other dignitaries attending what I am taking to be the Cenotaph, the third photo has 6 imposing men 5 with a military connection and one in a presidential sash, this is not dated but appears late ‘30’s to war years, the man bottom left with the eye patch is Jan Syrovy a four star General and a former prime minister, on the back is a paragraph in Czeck which possibly explains the reason for the picture. Other than a 1948 dated typed letter in Czeck from an attache in London there is nothing else to tie this altogether unless you are fluent in Czeck! All items come in very good condition.
Interesting 1794 Copper Condor Farthing – Bladud Founded Bath A nice condition copper condor farthing token dated 1794 believed to have been issued by Francis Heath for his Ironmongery, cutlery and brazier business in Bath. Below is further info on the token and the legend of 'Bladud'. Comes in good clean and sharp condition. Heath’s Bath (Somerset) copper Conder farthing token dated 1794. Obverse: Crowned and bearded bust to left with bow and quiver of arrows over shoulder with legend: “BLADUD FOUNDED BATH”. Reverse: The aforementioned crowned Bladud holding his bow and shield, driving two pigs or hogs with legend: “THROUGH HIS SWINE 1794”. Legend had it that Bladud contracted leprosy and was locked away. He escaped and took a job as a swineherd. His pigs contracted leprosy as well. His sick pigs wallowed in mud and were cured. Seeing this, Bladud also rolled in the mud and he, too, was cured. He went on to be the 8th King of the Britons. In gratitude he founded a city where the pigs had been cured – the city now known as Bath. Bladud dedicated his city to the Celtic Goddess, Sul. 900 years later, the Romans called the place Aquae Sulis. According to legend, one of the children of Bladud was King Lear – made famous by the Shakespeare play. Francis Heath, the issuer of these and other coins, has not been clearly traced. He carried on his ironmongery, cutlery and brazier business, just previous to 1800, at number 2, Bath Street.
Interesting 1906 Italian Silver Medallion – Railway Tunnel Opening Below is a bit of history on the Italian Simplon tunnel, this medallion was struck in 1905 to commemorate the completion of the tunnel, it is Italian made and I’m sure is sterling silver it is well struck and detailed, the maker is St Johnson Milano, comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter. The Simplon Tunnel is a railway tunnel on the homonymous line that connects Brig, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, through the Alps, providing a shortcut under the Simplon Pass route, Work on the first tube of the Simplon Tunnel commenced in 1898. The Italian king Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and the president of the National Council of Switzerland Ludwig Forrer opened the tunnel at Brig on 10 May 1906.
Interesting 1915 Star to Ward RNR. A very interesting WW1 1914/15 star correctly named to T.S4041 Reginald Herbert Ward Training Engineer. Royal Navy Reserve. Reg Ward was born in Gorleston-on-Sea, then in Suffolk, now in the county of Norfolk in 1885. He enlisted into the RNR in 1914 and was training as an engineer. He served on a few ships during the First World War and was awarded the 1914/15 star trio. During the Second World War, he was called up again and served at HMS Europa in Lowestoft Suffolk from 1940 to 41, then he was enrolled into the Royal Navy as an Ensign. Included are his RNR service papers but to complete this man’s fascinating service history his RN service documents need to be acquired, these are available on line. HMS Europa was the name of the Central Depot for the Royal Naval Patrol Service in Lowestoft from early in the Second World War until she was decommissioned in 1946. It was originally the garden of a private house and was called Sparrows Nest, it is now the site of two museums and a public garden. This single medal is in very good original condition.
Interesting 1920 Navy League Medal/Cornwell Medal I cant find another example of this type of medal, the front is the normal 'Navy League – keep watch' but on the back it has 'the Cornwell medal won by' and then engraved on 'R. Bishop Tooting 1920'. The best connection I can make in the name of Cornwell is for John Travers Cornwell who was a boy sailor of 16 who died at the battle of Jutland in 1916 and was awarded the V.C. Possibly this medal was instituted to commemorate him and the Navy League. Made by Spinks and on its original mount and ribbon it comes in very good condition, I think it is a white metal as it is not hallmarked and the disc measures one inch in diameter.
Interesting 1933 German Magazine – Kriegskunst - The Art of War Issued to the German soldiers in the inter war period to show the might of the German war machine; this interesting paper magazine is called kriegskunst in wort und bild or the art of war in words and pictures. This particular one is dated for 1934 and concentrates on the infantry regiments and also includes a small section on Hitler and Mein Kampf. Issued as part of a series to be collected and made into a booklet this one starts at page 146 and runs to 191. Comes in lovely condition given its age, just some wear to the spine and along the top edge.
Interesting 1933 German Magazine – Kriegskunst - The Art of War Issued to the German soldiers in the inter war period to show the might of the German war machine this interesting paper magazine is called kriegskunst in wort und bild or the art of war in words and pictures. This particular one is dated for 1933 and has a wonderful section on the Red Baron – Manfred Von Richthofen in the Luftwaffe. Issued as part of a series to be collected and made into a booklet this one starts at page 97 and runs to 143. Comes in lovely condition given its age, just some wear to the spine.
Interesting Antique French 'Pigeon' Oil Lamp This lovely antique French lamp is so well marked, all over the front it has details about use and function, however you do need to read French to get the full story. It stands 7 inches high and has a carry handle, made from a base metal it comes in good condition, there is some staining on the metal around the base, it could do with a good clean but still shows well.
Interesting Boer War Era Hallmarked Silver Medal with Picture This nice little medal is made from English hallmarked silver, it was made in Birmingham 1899 and has a makers mark of JC, the picture to the centre is of Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White a highly decorated officer who is best known for commanding the garrison at the siege of Ladysmith which he held against all the odds for four months before being relieved. Sir George was a VC winner and had a string of letters after his name. The medal comes in excellent condition has a small ribbon with it and measures one inch square.
Interesting but Unknown Victorian Photo Man In Uniform This Victorian cabinet card photograph is of a whiskered gentleman in uniform, I've had a good look around and cant find a match for this man I thought at first that he might have been police or perhaps prison officer but nothing matches, I think he is a high ranking officer and it would be interesting to know his occupation. The photo itself is in good condition but the card has suffered around the edges but particularly along the bottom. he has a very similar uniform to a high ranking police officer of the 1880's period.
Interesting Edwardian Book for Marine Engineers A very specialist little book published in 1906 in its 9th edition dealing with all aspects of marine engineering. The property of a gentleman from Glasgow he has written his name to the front and has used the back 'notes' section to draw diagrams and formulae. 541 pages with some interesting adverts. Comes in fair but used condition.
Interesting Father & Son WW1 Trio Group Interesting WW1 1915 Star Trio to the Cowley's Quite an interesting lot for research, all three medals came together and they are all in near mint condition, in their boxes of issue with untouched ribbons. The star and the British war medal are correctly named to Ast Std C Cowley MFA (Marine fleet Auxillery) he is the only Cowley on the MFA medal rolls, here he is named as 'Chas Cowley' and it shows he served on the HMS Marmora, this was an armed merchant cruiser, she patrolled the North sea and was torpedoed by a German submarine off the South coast of Ireland on the 23rd July 1918. I cant say for sure that Chas was on this vessel at the time, this needs looking into. The Victory medal is correctly named to M2/098895 Pte C Cowley ASC, the medal index card for this man shows he was entitled to a 1915 star and entered the war in France on the 10th September 1915. I am now more than certain this is a father and son, the two groups have been split at one time, perhaps by accident and there is another 15 star trio out there somewhere with another odd Victory medal. However an interesting project to research both men, I am assuming he survived as he is not listed on the CWGC site but this is not unusual for a merchant seaman. The medals come with the medal index card and MFA medal rolls as mentioned above. Was £75
Interesting Framed Victorian Picture Victoria Cross Winners This is an interesting framed picture depicting the early winners of the Victoria Cross in their battle enviroment, featured are: Sergeant Major John Berryman at Balaklava, Private Thomas Beach at Inkerman, Sergeant Major John Grieve at Balaklava and others. It is a medium sized picture measuring 14.5 x 10.5 inches and comes in good condition.
Interesting Group of Four 1905 American Military Postcards These four postcards are from the 'calcium light series' produced by P.J. Plant of Washington D.C and are dated for 1905. The series shows various scenes of a soldier with his sweetheart in a park, they have a colourised finish which I think relates to the title of calcium light, perhaps a gimic of the time for coloring postcards. All four are in excellent condition and have not been postally used.
Interesting Hallmarked Silver Ashtray – 45th Commando Chopper Squad 1956 A simple hallmarked silver ashtray with a wealth of history attached, it is clearly hallmarked on the back for Birmingham 1953 with a makers mark for Adie Bros, on the inside of the tray it has been engraved with ’45 CDO’ this being either side of a commando dagger, under this in brackets (Chopper) and under again Port Said 1956. The 45th Commando known as the Baker troop were the first unit to conduct a helicopter assault in history, I have found an interesting report of a serving soldier who was present at this assault and will include a print with the ashtray. The piece comes in very good condition, there are a couple of surface scuffs and it measures just over 3 inches square.
Interesting Large Japanese Photograph WW2 Era A large mounted photograph showing Japanese military alongside civilians, it looks like a town scene and some sort of celebration as the background is adorned with flowers. The central figures are in uniform and some are wearing medals, the civilians are in black robes and the men are wearing the high stacked shoes. An interesting and intriguing piece in good condition, the mount measures 16.5 inches x 13.75 and the photo is 11 inches x 9.
Interesting Late 19th Century Maria Theresa Silver Thaler This is a very intriguing coin, although dated for 1780 it has been copied and reproduced well into the early part of the 20th century in many countries of Europe and even India, I managed to find a web site that details the variations in this coin but it requires some heavy duty research to accurately place a date on it but I think it dates from the late 19th century and originated in Vienna. The coin itself is made from silver and has been mounted in a marked 835 grade silver mount, comes in very good condition and measures 43mm in diameter.
Interesting Military Medal to Bexon RFA. Temporary Deserter A WW1 Military Medal correctly named to 88706 Driver Percy Bexon of the ‘A’ Coy 174 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Percy Bexon must has been already serving in the RFA or was a Special Reservist before the war started. He first entered the theatre of war on the 15th September 1914 in France and Flanders with the 40th Brigade RFA. As a driver, we would have sat on lead horse and drove the team hauling the gun carriage as well as being an active member of the gunnery team. At some point he was promoted to acting bombardier and then corporal. He has been recorded as a deserter, going missing on the 23rd July 1917. He must have returned after a certain amount of time, and probably due to his past good conduct, he was only demoted back down to driver again. Now with ‘A’ company of the 147 brigade RFA, he was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field in 1918, his award appeared in the London Gazette on the 6th August 1918. I have been hindered by any further research because of the misspellings of his name on various paperwork. His name was spelt Beckson and Bescon and later corrected, so probably because of this, I haven’t been able to find any service or pension papers. Driver Bexon had a full medal entitlement to the 1914 star, British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Military Medal. the MM here is in very good condition but has several contact marks around the rim, this shows he medals were mounted and worn at some stage before they became separated. A very interesting bravery medal for research. He was obviously devoted to his regiment regarding his promotions. However, he must have suffered a brief lack of judgment, perhaps was he tired and exhausted with the constant firing of his guns, maybe he saw his comrades wounded or killed and was blinded by grief. There are so many reasons why he must have gone missing and understandably acquitted of the charge of desertion on his return. The medal comes mounted with an original WW1 RFA cap badge to commemorate his service with the regiment.
Interesting Post War Badge Lake Superior Scottish Regiment This nice little bage is either a collar dog or beret badge, it is a two part construction in white and gilded white metal. The Lake Superior Scottish regiment is a Canadian regiment raised in 1905 in Thunder Bay Ontario who saw service in both wars, this badge though I think post dates the 2nd world war. Their motto 'Inter Pericular Intrepidi' which translates as 'fearless in the face of danger' is on the front. Comes in excellent condition.
Interesting Post WW2 Badge and Ephemera to Polish Nurse This little group of badges and paperwork belonged to sister Izabella Staroszczuk, in 1950 she was serving in Beirut and may well have served throughout the war, all of her correspondence is addressed to the Polish hospital in Denbighshire and following it chronologically following Beirut she returned to England, in 1958 she was fighting being made redundant and by 1963 she was applying to the BBC to work as a programme assistant in the Polish section. With the paperwork is her general nursing council for England and Wales badge which is named to her on the back and was made by Fattorini of Birmingham, this has her initials as M.S. not I for Izabella, there is also a certificate of registration card for Australia dated 1958 this is in the name of Maria, I believe these to be the same person. Also a pair of SRN pips. All items in good but used condition, one letter torn on seams.
Interesting Pre WW1 Postcard – Britain's First Powered Military Aircraft This is a rare photo PC of the ‘Nulli secundus’ (second to none) the first British powered military aircraft built by the Royal Engineers, the PC is dated October 29th 1907 and was taken at Aldershot, there is a detailed Wikipedia entry for the craft which shows she only flew between the September and October 1907 before becoming to damaged and was ultimately rebuilt. The card comes in good condition but has been postally used.
Interesting Pre WW2 German Postcard Issued in 1938 to commemorate the return of the Sudetenland to Germany, the picture shows Hitler and Konrad Henlein the leader of the Sudeten German party in the centre of a map of Czechoslovakia with the wording 'Wir danken unserm Fuhrer' 'we thank you Fuhrer'. Comes in excellent unused condition.
Interesting QSA & WW1 Pair to Stevens. A Queens South Africa medal for active service in the 2nd anglo boer war, correctly named to 3450 3rd Class Trooper George. W. Stevens of the South African Constabulary; with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal Clasps. WW1 British war and Victory medal pair, correctly named to; M2/034259 Serjeant George W Stevens of the Army Service Corps. George W Stevens was born in London on 4th April 1879 and possibly travelled to South Africa under his own steam. He first served with the Warrens Mounted Infantry in South Africa, probably in the Cape Colony. Warren’s mounted infantry were stationed in the Cape colony in the April of 1901. There principle roll was to pursue scattered Boer Commandos and take prisoners. There is not too much information on this very small regiment formed by Lieutenant Colonel F. J. Warren in December 1900. It seems that the regiment was all but disbanded by the end of 1901 and its personnel scattered amongst other regiments, which is probably how Stevens was enlisted in to the South African Constabulary on 30th March 1901. He stayed in South African Constabulary until 1904 when he was discharged and received boat passage home. When he returned home it looks like he became a Domestic Chauffeur and married Nellie. It is more than likely he drove a motor vehicle in domestic service, so during the great war, he was drafted into the Army Service Corps M2 working in a Mechanical Transport unit, and as he had experience with motors and army service he was soon promoted to a Serjeant and served overseas. There is one aspect I cannot tie down, and that is, on his medal index card, it clearly states that he Died. I cannot find his name on the Commonwealth war graves or Soldiers died in the greats war. I can assume he was discharged or just before he was finally discharged, he died from the influenza epidemic that was rife at the time. There are 2 George W Stevens who resided in London, who died from influenza while still serving in the army and who died and buried at home. One at the December of 1918 and the other in the march of 1919. So this is difficult to confirm. So an interesting lot to a man who was obviously a skilled driver and machinic.
Interesting Set of 12 Victorian Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides This set of 12 hand coloured magic lantern slides date from the early Victorian period, they are most likely German in origin and consist of four small pictures on each slide depicting various indoor and outdoor scenes of people and animals in day to day life, they probably if used in a set order tell a story but there seems to be no logical order. Each slide is just over 5 inches long and the individual pictures are approx .75 of an inch in diameter, they come in very good condition, some of the pink paper wrapping the slides is loose in places.
Interesting Silk Escape Map Mandalay & Rangoon Escape Map This double sided Silk escape map was issued by the war office in 1957 and was used as an evasion, survival or escape map for the British forces stationed in these locations during the time of the cold war, it was printed by the manufacturer John Waddington Ltd famous for its board games. It comes in very good condition, has been folded and shows many fold lines but no holes or wear, it measures 32 inches x 23 and would look great framed.
Interesting Silver Medallion – Institute of British Engineers There is no date on this medallion but I would guess its from between the wars, it is not hallmarked but tests as 925 Sterling. On the front it has 'The institute of British engineers' and on the reverse 'presented to W.J.B. Soper on his election as an associate member'. Made by D. George Collins Ltd of London and comes in its box of issue. Medallion measures one inch in diameter and is in perfect condition.
Interesting Victorian White Metal Commemorative Medallion - Shipping This is a substantial white metal commemorative medallion dated 1847 it was issued to commemorate the opening of the Birkenhead commissioners docks which was opened by Viscount Morpeth M.P. To the front is a tall ship under full sail and to the back the engineers details of J.M. Rendel Esq. Comes in good condition, some surface scuffs to the metal and it has been drilled to the top for hanging, measures just over two inches in diameter and is very chunky.
Interesting Vintage Advertising Cheroot Cutter & Pencil A great little piece dating from the early part of the 20th century, it was either sold or given away at a restaurant in Birmingham and has a double function, one end is a cheroot cutter and the other a pull out pencil, the business involved had the clever idea of attaching a lable to the body which reads, ‘ when you are in Birmingham don’t forget to bring your friends to Benson’s restaurant, 2 lower temple St, my only address, that is to say for a drink or a chop, fried sole in fact everything in season’. Made from white metal it comes in super condition and measures just under 4 inches long.
Interesting Vintage Weymouth Naval Dance Badge 1932 A good quality brass and enamel badge, around the top it has ‘Weymouth Naval dance 1932’ I assume this was a Naval display of the time as I cant find any details or any similar badges listed anywhere. The badge was made by ‘Vincent’silversmiths of Weymouth, it measures 1.25 inches long and comes in very good condition.
Interesting WW1 303 Bullet – Hill 60 A very interesting piece of WW1 memorabilia comprising of a .303 fired and inert bullet, with a small brass plate added, this is engraved with ‘Hill 60’. The Battle of Hill 60 too place between 17th April and 7th May 1915 near an area south of Ypres on the Western Front. Hill 60 had been captured by the German 30th Division on 11th November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres. Hills 60 was man made, it was basically a spoil heap 750 feet long and 150 feet high, made from the digging from the ground works for the Ypres/Comines railway. The hill formed a low rise on the crest of Ypres ridge, at the southern flank of the Ypres Salient. A planed assault of the hill by the British forces involved the first British operation of its kind of the first world war. Royal Engineer tunneling companies laid six mines by 10 April 1915, the 173rd Tunneling Company began work early in March and three tunnels were begun towards the German line, about 50 yards away, a pit first having been dug some 16 feet deep. By the time the work was finished, the tunnels stretched more than 100 yards and each packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives. Before the main assault on the hill on 17th April at 7:05 p.m., the first two mines were blown and the remaining ten seconds later. Debris was flung almost 300 feet into the air and scattered for 300 yards in all directions, causing some casualties to the attacking battalions of the 13th Brigade. The British forces held the hill until the 5th may when the Germans released a series of gas attacks starting on the 1st May, which caused many casualties. In the main attack on the hill, British losses was just 7 men, but in the gas attacks; on 1 May, the 1st Dorset’s lost over 90 men to gas poisoning; 207 were brought to dressing stations where 46 men died immediately and another twelve men died later; the battalion had only 72 survivors. The 1st Bedford’s suffered similarly, having recently taken on many fresh and inexperienced replacements. Of 2,413 British casualties admitted to hospital 227 men died. The 13th Brigade casualties from 17–19 April were 1,362 men and the 15th Brigade lost 1,586 casualties from 1–7 May, out of the 5th Division total of 3,100 losses. This bullet is obviously someone’s reminder of the battle and the horror they witnessed.
Interesting WW1 era Photo German Military Police. An interesting and scarce picture of a unit of German Military Police, dating from the start of the Great War. The condition is excellent but it has been taken from an album at some time, a great original picture. was £9
Interesting WW1 German Zeppelin Postcard 'the Great Double Event' On September 24th 1916 two German Zeppelins were brought down and crashed in Essex this became known as 'the great double event' and this postcard issued on the 30th September commemorates the event. From my research I believe the ship on the left is known as L32 this ignited before landing and on the right is L33 this took multiple hits but never caught fire, one of the ships landed at Little Wigborough and the other at Billericay. Postcard comes in very good condition with some wear to the corners and has not been postally used.
Interesting WW1 Italian Political Satyrical Postcard By Rizzi From a series produced by the Italians to make political satyrical comment on the state of the war, designed by L. Rizzi, there appear to be very few of these available, this one is in excellent condition.
Interesting WW1 Officers Sword - Named Dublin Fusiliers. A very interesting WW1 era infantry officer’s sword and scabbard, the sword its self is the normal 1897 pattern sword with the George V cypher and brown leather covered scabbard, the blade is clean free from any pitting or bloom and very nicely etched with the usual infantry horn and kings crown etc, what makes this one just a little different from most is that it has an engraved dedication on one side of the blade, this reads ‘--------------------------------‘. Charles Rowland Macnamara was a captain with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he got his commision as a 2nd lieutenant in 1910 and rose to the rank of captain before the outbreak of the first world war, before seeing any service overseas, he was an officer with the Northern Protective force based in Dublin to help ease the tension and to protect the Unionists during the start of the troubles ignited by the tthird home rule bill of 1914. Weather Captain Macnamara was serving in Ireland during the Easter uprising, I cannot confirm, however he did later see service overseas and he is only entitled to the WW1 pair and silver war Badge, so it is possible that he didn’t arrive in France after 1916. The sword itself is in very good condition, the basket type hand guard is a little depressed on one side, this is not really noticeable, (please see pictures) but I still think it is worth a mention. A very interesting man that needs further research and a rare dedication on his sword, presented to him by his loyal troop, it comes with a copy of his medal index card, SWB roll and London gazette entry for his commission in 1910.
Interesting WW1 Pair of Brass Ashtrays with German Little Willie A simple pair of brass ashtrays but with interesting centres, the copper insert show the figure of the German crown prince William whose nickname was ‘little Willie’, I have shown a postcard of the time with my photo’s to show the connection but sorry the card is not included in the sale. One ashtray has the central figure who on close inspection appears to be crying and it has the words ‘L’eau Marne est Amere’ and on his collar ‘Verdun’, the other tray has the same profile but this time smiling, this one has ‘Mon Reve’ and on the collar ‘Paris’. They come in good but used condition, need a clean but I have not polished them as the central figures are slightly flat due to cleaning, they measure just over 4.5 inches square.
Interesting WW1 Pair to 2nd Lieut Berkeley BRCS & ASC A very interesting British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 2nd Lieutenant George Roland Berkeley Army Service Corps. George was born into a very affluent family, his father was Major-General Frederick George Berkeley and his twin brother was Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Esme Berkeley DSO of the 2nd battalion the Loyal Regiment. George was bone on 27th November 1873 and educated at Haileybury college Hertfordshire and his youth was spent living with his parents in one or other grand house in the west end of London. After leaving education, unlike his twin brother and father, he decided not to have an army career, but instead became a bank clerk in the city, a choice which must have vexed his father. He was eligible to fight in the Boer as did his brothers, but George was obviously not the fighting type. When the first world war broke out, family pressure must have been on George to join up, with his father’s and brother’s connections, he probably could have got a commision in any regiment he wanted, instead he enrolled in the British Red Cross and served overseas from January 1916 until July 1917 as an ambulance driver. Although totally no combative, an ambulance driver was sometimes constantly working under fire and shell dodging on the rough pot ridden roads to the nearest field hospital or casualty clearing station. I think, reading between the lines regarding George’s service history, he must has shown an aptitude in organising the transport and administration side of his particular ambulance section, because on 1st August 1917 he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Although none of the paperwork I have found relating to George tells me which branch he served in, I am sure it was the transport section, as this makes most sense. George then served out the rest of the war in France as a 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, George went back to his bank in the city and remained in London for the rest of his life, never marring. In 1939 we see George resident at no 43 Chester Square, now a bank manager he is living alone with his parlour maid and cook. Sadly, George died on 30th March 1963 in a nursing home in London, he left a legacy of over £35,000. His medal pair comes with various copy paperwork, military and census records etc. a fabulous lot for further research on the Berkeley family. His father served with the 47th regiment and his twin brother served in the Boer and Great War earning the DSO and MID. In my research I found a connection to Winston Churchill, but this would have taken too much time to follow up, so I leave this to the new guardian of Georges medals. And George, although I think he was reluctant, he did do his bit for king and country, as an ambulance driver, he would have seen some horrific sights inflicted on his fellow man. The medal pair is in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn. The victory medal retains all of its original gilt finish and both medals come on their original ribbons.
Interesting WW1 Photo Postcard Yorkshire Regiment Boxing Team This is an interesting photographic postcard showing a team of men from the 18th Yorkshire Regiment boxing team. At their feet you can see boxing gloves either side of a ball which says '3rd course'. On the back is written 'J. Garratt L/Sgt 18th Yorkshire Reg'. The card is in fair condition, one tear along the top edge and signs of wear.
Interesting WW1 Silver War Badge – DCM Winner and MID Royal Engineer 23426 pioneer/2nd Corporal Robert Fielding enlisted in 1908 and would have been a very seasoned soldier throughout the Great War, he was mentioned in dispatches in October 1914 and awarded the distinguished conduct medal in December 1914, his citation reads ‘at Ciply on 24th August he worked his telephone with coolness and courage under heavy fire, in a trench which was enfiladed by the enemy’s machine guns’. He was discharged in April 1919 and received the war badge for wounds. The badge comes in very good condition.
Interesting WW1 Trench Art Plaque – Essex Regiment – Audruicq This is an interesting and intriguing piece, a nice piece of WW1 trench art made from a slab of Oak with two crossed scimitar shaped knives, usually classed as letter openers, and the badge for the Essex regiment. On the top knife is engraved ‘prisoners of war comp. 163’ and on the bottom one ‘1914 Audruicq 1918’. I cant find anything that relates to a prisoner of war camp at Audruicq and there is also the anomaly of the word ‘comp’ instead of camp, a company of some sort? Audruicq is a village 17 kilometres South East of Calais and was probably used as a base. The piece comes in very good condition, the Essex badge is a bit discoloured in places.It measures 10.5 inches x 7.5 and has a bracket for hanging, it is heavy due to the oak.
Interesting WW1 Trio & MM to Wilmot AVC & RFA A really very interesting 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; SE/2425 Private William J Wilmot Army Veterinary Corps (on star). 120334 Gunner William J Wilmot Royal Artillery (on pair). 120334 Gunner William J Wilmot. A. 190th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery (on MM). I haven’t done much research on this man because there are no papers or war diary for his brigade on line. So I have left it for the new guardian of his group to enjoy the thrill of finding out this man’s history which can be found in the documents held at Kew. But just looking at the clues that are on the few pieces of research I have, and just tracing his brigade and division, it is very clear, this will prove a most exciting project. William Wilmot obviously had some connection to horses as he was enlisted into the Army Veterinary Corps, his service number prefix of ‘SE’ tells us, that he was a special enlistment, so he was selected and put in a job in which he had some knowledge. He must have been one of the first to answer his country’s call because he was sent overseas on the 6th January 1915, quite quickly considering the period of training he must have under gone. I don’t know how long he was serving with the AVC, but my guess is, that his section was attached to the Royal Horse, or Field Artillery, one of the mobile units, who used Horses or Mules to move cannon and ammunition, as he was transferred to the 190th or CXC brigade RFA. They formed part of the 41st Division; formed in May 1916, so it is more than likely he joined his new post on its arrival in France. He served in France until October 1917, taking part in most of the important battles on the western front, including; the Somme during 1916, the Battle of Messines, Pilkem Ridge and the Battle of the Menin Road during his time at Ypres during 1917. On the 7th November 1917, the 190th Brigade was ordered to Italy; they were moved from France to North West Mantua overland by train, and took over a sector of front line behind the River Piave, North West of Treviso, from the end of November. The Italian army were being slaughtered by the combined Turkish, German and Austrian forces, they had suffered very heavy casualties at the battles of Isonzo and Caporetto just before British troops arrived. The 41st division only stayed a short time in Italy before being ordered back to France in the February 1918 and arriving on French soil by the 9th May. Here the division were involved in the actions back on the Somme before the final advance in Flanders. After the Armistice the division were selected to join the Army of Occupation and were not demobilized well into 1919. William Wilmot was awarded the military medal for gallantry in the field in France. His award appeared in the London Gazette on the 12th December 1917. The details of this action will be recorded in the regimental diary which is currently not available to down load on line, but it is held at Kew and can be obtained through the National Archives. All four medal are in excellent original condition and now come mounted of felt covered board. The paperwork included amounts to a copy of his medal index card and copy index card for the MM, this confirms his award and date of London Gazette etc. A really beautiful group, untouched, un-researched and first time on the market for over 40 years. A superb lot for investment and research. It is the whole package.
Interesting WW2 Era Aluminium Ashtray - Searchlight Battery This aluminium ashtray was produced to commemorate the work of the 7th searchlight battery of the Royal Artillery and the 1st ditto of the RA, around the rim are the countries Great Britain, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium and to the centre carries the dates 1939-1945. Strangely it is marked to the back with a maker from Germany, Otto Fuchs of Meinerzhagen. Comes in excellent condition and measures 5 inches in diameter.
Interesting WW2 Era Aluminium Cigarette Case German POW Work I have found a very similar example of this cigarette case online at the Jewish military museum in London, it details the story of a young Jewish pilot who served in Egypt towards the end and after the war and who purchased one of the cases. A brief summary of his story is in 1946 he was posted to an airfield 30 miles from Cairo where crates of new United States planes which had never been assembled where being stored, they had been given to the British on a lend-lease basis and were now being sold off or destroyed, German prisoners of war were put to work smashing up the aircraft and they were able to make trinkets from the debris to swap for items such as cigarettes. This case was made from such metal and was hand decorated by the POW's but really interestingly the coloured sections behind the metal was made using melted toothbrush handles!. The front section has a building and the back a map of Africa with 'Egypt 1947' engraved, the inside is also heavily decorated, to one side with two intertwinned hearts and on the other a reclining scantily clad lady. Comes in great condition, just a few surface scuffs, loaded with history and measures 5 inches x just over 3.
Interesting WW2 Era Berlin Nazi Police Stamp These very high quality paper stamps are made from embossed paper and are the official stamps for the Berlin Police (Polizeiprasident) the backs are gummed for sticking. Super un-used condition and measure just over 1.5 inches in diameter. Ref.19534.
Interesting WW2 Era Berlin Nazi Police Stamp These very high quality paper stamps are made from embossed paper and are the official stamps for the Berlin Police (Polizeiprasident) the backs are gummed for sticking. Super un-used condition and measure just over 1.5 inches in diameter.
Interesting WW2 Era Berlin Nazi Police Stamp These very high quality paper stamps are made from embossed paper and are the official stamps for the Berlin Police (Polizeiprasident) the backs are gummed for sticking. Super un-used condition and measure just over 1.5 inches in diameter. Ref. 19534
Interesting WW2 German Feldpost Parcel Wrapper – Russian Front Casualty These scarce and unusual items of ephemera were brought back from Germany by a collector, he did the translation of the list and stored them in this large plastic wallet, they are part of the wrapping and two labels from a parcel returned to a family on the death of their serving relative. The translation lists the contents of the package, the personal effects of Gefreiter Wilhelm Dorr including his razor, tin of toothpaste, notebook, shaving brush etc and suggests that the parcel was addressed to his wife, my research throws some doubt on this, according to the German war graves commission there is only one Wilhelm Dorr who was born in May 1924 in Bad Liebenstein, he died at Bragin Wolchow in Russia November 1941 and would have been 17/18 when he died and I think unlikely to have been married at that young age, not impossible but its more likely that this is addressed to his mother. As you can see from the photo's there are two parts to the wrapper, both are legible and stamped with the German eagle.
Interesting WW2 German Photo Album NCO Anti-Aircraft Crew. A very interesting WW2 photo album taken by a NCO of a German Antiaircraft gun crew. The many pictures include wrecked and shot down allied aircraft, German aircraft and motorised vehicles, tanks, trains and German invasion aircraft and the antiaircraft crew themselves. There is a picture of a rare Junkers G.38 a four-engine transport plane, which held a number of records, and at the time the largest land based aircraft in the world. It could carry up to thirty passengers, some in the wings and the engines were accessible by the crew in flight. The picture shows one of only two planes produced, one crashed on a post maintenance flight in 1936 and the other one, surmising thins one, was destroyed in an RAF raid on Athens in May 1941. The album contains 168 photographs in all please see pictures for content.
Interesting WW2 German Propaganda Leaflet – Dropped Ortona 1944 This propaganda leaflet written in English was dropped by the Germans in a shell fired over Ortona in Italy in May 1944 and was aimed at the American soldiers in an attempt to demoralise them, the back details the behaviour of the serving Americans in Britain. To the front it has ‘indeed, an amusing war…..for the Americans’ and shows a soldier with his trousers off and a woman running away with them, the new owner will know the reason why! Comes in good but used condition and has been written lightly in pencil on the front with the drop details. Measures 5.25 inches x 3.5.
Interesting WW2 German Soldiers Service Book - Awarded EKII This WW2 German soldiers service book was issued to Erich Witkowski who served as a Gefrieter in the German army and a panzer Tank Engineer, he joined up in 1940 and saw active service across the next 5 years becoming entitled to an iron cross 2nd class and a black wound badge. Included with the book is his driving license. This book is full of information for the reader of German and should prove interesting. Comes in fair condition showing signs of age and use.
Interesting WW2 Italian UNPA Bronze Medal – ARP Equivalent The Italian UNPA translates to the National Air Protection Union and served the same function as our ARP wardens. This bronze medal has a woman holding a child to the front with the words 'unione naz. Protizione antiaerea' on the reverse the lettering UNPA with aircraft bombing a town. Comes in good condition and measures just over one inch in diameter.
Interesting WW2 USA Sweetheart Powder Compact with Mirror A great brass finish sweetheart powder compact set on the top of the lid with a copper finish USA peaked cap, on the inside is a mirror and a lift up flap under which the powder would have been kept and the puff would have been on top of the flap. Comes in good condition, some wear to the outside metal and the mirror has suffered over the years, measures 2.25 inches x 2 inches.
Interesting WW2 USA Sweetheart Powder Compact with Mirror A great brass finish sweetheart powder compact set on the top of the lid with a copper finish USA peaked cap, on the inside is a mirror and a lift up flap under which the powder would have been kept and the puff would have been on top of the flap. Comes in good condition, some wear to the outside metal and the mirror has suffered over the years, measures 2.25 inches x 2 inches.
Interesting WW2 WRAAF Group to ASO Fulton RAF Intelligence. A superb scarce Second World War group of medals all awarded to Eve Fulton WRAAF. The medals comprise of; 1939 – 45 star, Italy Star, Defence medal and 1939-45 War medal. Also included is her dog tags, set of miniature medals and a beautiful photograph of Eve in uniform, here she is at the rank of corporal. Not much research has been done on this lady, only her name search on the WW2 serving WRAAF lists, this shows Eve at the rank of Assistant Section Officer, Special Duties Branch. The date of this list was 18th April 1945. The special duties branch was another name for Airforce intelligence, she could have worked in the operations room or on photographic Interpretation and reconnaissance intelligence; any of the latter is likely considering her rank of Assistant Section Officer. So a wonderful rewarding project awaits. All of the items included are in very good condition and now come mounted on board for display or safe storage.
Italian Army 1937 Commemorative Medallion I cant find any versions of this medallion previously sold, a basic translation indicates a date of 1937 issued to commemorate the Army Corps of Rome, made from bronze and of a small size measuring just over one inch in diameter, comes in fair condition, some staining to the metal in places.
King George V Special Constabulary Faithfull Service Medal 1939 bar The Special Constabulary Long Service Medal is long service medal awarded in the United Kingdom to members of the Special Constabulary who have completed a specified period of service. Established in 1919 by King George V, the medal was initially created to reward members of the Special Constabulary for their service during World War I. This faithfull service medal was awarded to George Dring and includes a long service bar from 1939 on the ribbon, the medal comes in very good condition.
Kings Own Scottish Borderers Glengary Badge A good quality white metal badge with Queens crown used post 1953, in excellent condition. Ref: T23
Kings South Africa Medal to Mills KRRC. A lovely example of the KSA Medal correctly named to 5102 Private Charles Mills of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, with the South Africa 1901 and 1902 bars. Apart from this man’s attestation papers, no other research has been done, his papers show he enlisted into the reserve in 1899 and was called into the 7th battalion in the May of 1900 and posted to south Africa later that year. The KRRC played a very active part in the 2nd Anglo Boer war, the regimental history is fascinating, although I haven’t read it for some time, but I believe that this regiment became mounted infantry in the latter part of the war. A great website to visit regarding any regiment serving in South Africa is the; AngloBoerWar.com. Here is a brief by concise history on all regiments and they also have some wonderful images, take a look. This medal is in excellent condition, hardly any wear to the surface and the naming is good and clear. It now comes mounted on black velvet with original badges.
Kings South Africa Miniature Medal. A period silver KSA miniature medal with the South Africa 1902 clasp and swivel suspender. It comes in excellent condition and just slightly toned and on its original silk ribbon.
KSA to Case Royal Berkshire Regiment + 2 bars A good example correctly named to 4020 Pte. E. Case. RL. BERKS. REGI. It comes with the South Africa 01 and 02 bars, which are loose. This medal comes with copies of his service papers and medal rolls, which shows Edward Case was born and lived in Wantage Berkshire and he joined the 2nd battalion Berkshire regiment in 1893 at the age of 19 years old. He served at home until October 1897 when he was sent overseas to the West Indies and he remained there for just over a year from 24th October 1897 to 18th November 1898. After another brief spell again at home before his battalion was sent to South Africa and he served in the Anglo Boer war from 31st December 1898 until the 3rd of October 1902. Edward case is also entitled to the Queens South Africa medal with the clasps for cap Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Edward remained at the rank of private his entire service of 12 years, this may have been due to the fact that he was put on trial for striking an officer and for this infraction he was interred. This medal is in very good condition, it has a few minor contact marks and knocks and the swivel suspender is stiff, it comes on its original ribbon which is nice, but this is tatty. His papers confirm his entitlement to both bars. Please see detailed pictures for condition.
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal for the First Gulf War 1991 4th Grade this was the medal issued by the Kuwaiti Government to OR's and NCO's who served, a real collectable of the future and it comes in mint condition with bar in all its original packaging. See medal year book number 206
Large Acetate Diagram of Hawker Hurricane Measuring 34 x 31 inches this large acetate diagram details the 'inboard details' of a Hawker Hurricane Mk 2 aircraft. Comes in good condition and would look great framed.
Large Engraved Victorian Silver Vesta Case. A large size silver vesta case clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1898 and the makers mark of M&L for Minshull & Latimer of Vyse Street, Birmingham; very good makers of small objects working from 1890 to 1902. The case has very attractive engine engraved decoration in strips with a cartouche to the centre which has been hand engraved with the monogram of CM. a lovely case in very good order, its only damage is a very small ding to the left hand side of the case, which is hardly noticeable. It measures just under 1.75 inches x 2.25 inches.
Large French Trench Art Howitzer Shell. An unusual lard piece of trench art, beautifully hand decorated with an ‘AM’ monogram to the centre. Not only a superb piece of trench art, it is also an interesting piece of ordinance, it has been well marked on the bottom. This is a case from the 155C Schneider Cannon; this was used up until 1917 when he design a slightly different version the 155C 17S which was fitted with a different breech to use bagged propellant rather than the cartridge cases used for this piece of trench art. It is in wonderful condition but big and heavy, but a fabulous display piece which could be used to store bayonets or swords. Measures 9.75 inches tall and is 6.25 inches in diameter. For all marks, please see pictures.
Large Hardback Book – Hitler's Luftwaffe A 1970's issue detailing a pictorial history and technical encyclopedia of Hitler's air power in WW2. 248 pages, good condition some wear to dust cover. FREE UK POST
Large Pair Lion Bookends. A pair of large book ends in the form of two regal Lion’s heads. They are made of what is known as cold cast bronze, bronze dust mixed with a resin and cast into shape. They will polish like metal if you wish, but they come with a beautiful patination, leaving just the high points bright. They are big and heavy so they will hold large books, they are both in perfect condition and measure 7.5 inches high. They are solid, so quite heavy. Shipping will be £8.95
Large Rare Bronze Political Token 1823 I have not been able to find another example of this token, it is dated for 1923 and has five laws for political policy covering: juries, magistrates, Militia etc. A big token measuring 30mm in diameter, also heavy and in excellent condition.
Large Selection of Mid Century Masonic and RAOB Regalia Etc All of these items belonged to one gentleman who was a member of the Masons and the RAOB, they are housed in a small leather suitcase which has kept them in very good condition. The paper certificates date from 1942 and 1945 and one of the booklets is 1950. All you see in the pictures and all in very good condition.
Large Silver Boer War Commemorative Medallions A large silver medal produced by Spink & Son in conjunction with the Daily Mail in 1901/02 to commemorate the British men who fought in the Transvaal war. Various grades of the medallion where produced some in a base metal some bronze, silver and silver gilt, this one is a high quality heavy silver example, named 'The National commemorative medal' or more affectionately 'the absent minded beggar medal' as it was sold via the Daily Mail in conjunction with Kiplings absent minded beggar poem to raise funds for the widows and orphans of the soldiers. A big chunky medallion in good condition, there are a couple of edge knocks and some surface scuffing on the edge, it measures 45mm in diameter.
Large Silver Medallion – Dog Trials – Lt Colonel Sir M Murray Dated 1929 this silver medallion was presented to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Malcolm Murray for his champion Labrador in the 24th working trials in Kentford Suffolk. Colonel Murray saw active service in the Boer war and subsequently became a courtier to the Royal household, he died in 1938 after a boating accident drowning in a lake in Windsor great park. The medallion comes in super condition, it is not hallmarked but tests as 925 sterling silver, it measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
Late 18th Century Dutch Tobacco Box. Dutch Brass coffin shaped Tobacco box, dating from the early 19th century; it has hand engraved decoration on all sides with flowers and scrolls. It comes in good condition for its age, it has got a few knocks and old repairs to the base, it has been well used, so some damage is acceptable, especially at this price. It measures 4.5 x 2 x 1.5 inches high.
Late 19thC German Uniform ID Booklet. A wonderful little booklet dated 1890, containing hand coloured illustrated pages of German uniforms from 1648 to 1890, showing both infantry and cavalry. The condition is amazing considering its age, no pages are missing and the whole book is clean and free from any damage; a rare and useful little piece of German ephemera.
Late Georgian Papier - Mache Snuff Box. A wonderful old box made from Papier – Mache, the top inlayed with fragments of mother-of-pearl and silver strands. It comes in excellent condition with no loss to the mother-of-pearl. Was £18
Late Victorian Hand Blown Cut Glass Champagne Flute A lovely single cut glass champagne flute dating from the late Victorian/Edwardian era, the base has a polished out pontil, the stem is facet cut with panel cuts to the bowl, it comes in super condition and stands just under 8 inches high.
Late Victorian Pewter Mug with Infantry Regiment Scene A lovely old pewter mug cast with a delightful scene of an infantry regiment review. Please see pictures. the detail is beautiful, a little difficult to see because the metal is heavily patinated, but cleaned back on the high points, will bring the scene to life. The overall condition is very good, like most pewter mugs, it is a little out of shape at the rim. It measures 5 inches high.
Late Victorian Silver Sugar Sifter 1901. A very pretty and well-made silver sugar sifter, used for sifting sugar (which in those days came in a block) over pastry’s and fruit, such as strawberry’s. It carries the hallmark for London 1901 with the maker mark of GJ DF for George Jackson & David Fullerton. Good Bristol makers registered from 1897. It comes in excellent condition with no damage or repairs and measures; 5 inches long.
Late WW2 RAF Officers Battle Dress. 1945 pattern private purchase Royal Air Force Battle dress blouse. This one is made from a heavy woollen serge material and it carries the understated insignia of a Pilot Officer / Air Gunner and it also has a small ribbon bar for the 1939-45 star and Air Crew Europe Star. The condition is excellent and I am sure this is a private purchase BD because it is very nicely tailored and very good quality, which stands out. It has a 34 inch size chest and 28 inch size waist.
Length of Replacement 1914 / 1915 Star Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement ribbon. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement Military Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement Military Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement TFWM Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement ribbon for the Territorial Force War Medal. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Limited Edition Coalport Porcelain Plate for the R34 Airship Issued in 1989 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first crossing of the Atlantic by an airship this superb condition plate is number 87 out of a run of 2500. Made by the famous high quality Coalport factory and decorated by Melvyn Buckly this plate is slightly larger than the norm measuring 10.5 inches in diameter, it comes in its original box of issue with its certificate.
Limited Edition Commemorative Mug – 16th Queen’s Lancers Made by Heron fine china this limited edition mug is number 81 out of 120, it commemorates the Queen’s 16th Lancers at the battle of Aliwal, below is a brief bit of info on the battle. The mug comes in excellent condition and measures 5 inches high. The Battle of Aliwal was fought on 28 January 1846 between the British and the Sikhs. The British were led by Sir Harry Smith, while the Sikhs were led by Ranjodh Singh Majithia. Britain's victory in the battle is sometimes regarded as the turning point in the First Anglo-Sikh War.
Limited Edition Corgi Die Cast Aviation Archive Sunderland MkV In 2001 Corgi issued the 'Aviation Archive' range of die cast aircraft in the 1: 144 scale, this example is the Sunderland MkV ML827/WH-C of RAF, No 330 (Noregian) squadron. From what I can see the aircraft has been removed from the box just once, protective tissue placed underneath and stored, none of the accessories have been moved and everything is present and perfect, the only small downside is the outer box has been exposed to the sun and has faded slightly. A great collectable for the future.
Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A solid white metal badge dating before 1908. It is very good quality and comes in excellent used condition. the slider has the makers mark of Lambourne & Co Birmingham stamped on it. A very fine and scarce badge. Ref. A6
Lot of Vintage Royal Anglian Regiment Insignia & Ephemera This is a large group of items dating from the 1960’s belonging to one man, his army career was brief but he kept all of his paperwork and insignia, the lot includes cap badge and shoulder titles, a Suffolk regiment patch, stable belt with Suffolk buckle and various paperwork and booklets, all come in very good but used condition.
Lot Relating to Capt Black RAMC. An odd little lot taken from a house clearance and comprises of a WW2 US mess tin drinking vessel engraved; R. W. Black Capt. RAMC. An old hip flask, a pair of WW2 Royal Army Medical Corps Captains epaulettes complete with insignia. A WW2 RAMC officers cap badge, a photograph of three RAMC officers after the war at some kind of function. This is stuck to a photo album page, and on the other side is a small photo of an officer in BD uniform, who looks to be the same officer who is on the left hand side in the bigger picture, Captain Black I assume. I funny little lot which I couldn’t split, because I think Captain Black was a Para medical officer, as he has para wings on his sleeve. I can’t find anything about captain Black online, but then again, I only had a quick look. Could be a worthwhile research project. All of the items here are in good used condition. the epaulettes have a little old moth damage, this is long gone, but I have treated it just in case.
Lot Shooting Accessories. Various shooting accessories including cartridge belts, old rifle slip and a replica Colt Peace maker missing its cylinder, im sure this will of use to someone. Ref. Lot 39
Lovely 1950's Gents Ramona 25 Jewels Automatic Incabloc Wristwatch This is a great looking vintage Ramona 25 jewel automatic incabloc gents wristwatch, it comes on a good quality expanding bracelet, the hands and face numbers look gilded and there is a very fine luminous section on the hands. It comes in good working condition, I've had it running for three days, and it has kept good time. but I didn't get round to adjusting the date. It has been used and shows signs of wear particularly on the inside of the bracelet, it would benefit from a good clean and it should make a very fine watch.
Lovely Art Deco Period Empire Ware Large Vase A very pretty high Art Deco period tri colour vase made by the Empire ware factory of Staffordshire and clearly marked to the base, it is a large piece standing just under 9 inches high and would grace any Deco themed property. It comes in super condition, there are no chips or cracks.
Lovely Cut Glass Spirit or Wine Decanter A pretty cut glass decanter suitable for both spirits and wine with an unusual flattened stopper, would look great on the Christmas table perhaps loaded with Port. Comes in excellent condition and stands 9.5 inches high.
Lovely Cut Glass Whisky Decanter Perfect for the 'man cave' filled with your favourite tipple this lovely cut glass decanter comes in excellent condition, good heavy glass free from chips or cracks and stands 9.5 inches high.
Lovely Hallmarked Silver Cigarette Case – Birmingham 1928 This pretty silver cigarette case carries a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1928 with a makers mark of HB&S, the front and back are well decorated with scrolls and leaves. Comes in excellent condition with no damage, just requiring a clean, it measures 3.25 inches x just over 2.5.
Lovely Pair of Belleek Porcelain Shell Shaped Salts The famous Irish factory of Belleek produced many different styles of very fine porcelain finished with their almost unique mother-of-pearl glaze. This pair of shell shaped salts are marked with the green Fermanagh mark to the base. They come in very good condition, one has a very small rim chip on the underside and the other has a small chip on the shell shaped foot.
Lovely Polished Agate Geode Paper Weight Something different for the desk this pretty agate geode has been finely polished and shows the crystals to the centre. Stands 2.75 inches high.
Lovely Victorian Wood & Silver Inlay Snuff Box This good sized wooden snuff box dates from the late Victorian era it has been very nicely inlaid with fine silver wire to the lid, there is also a silver cartouche which has not been engraved. The wood has been stained dark and the corners finished with brass bands. The condition is great, some light wear to the high points of the wood and it measures 3.25 inches long.
Lovely WW2 Era Silver WRNS Sweetheart Brooch and Bow A really pretty sweetheart brooch for the Womens Royal Naval Service constructed from Sterling silver and coloured enamels, marked to the back 'silver' it comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Loyal Suffolk Hussars Cap Badge. A stunning bi-metal cap badge worn by the Duke of Yorks own Loyal Suffolk Hussars. It shows bury St Edmunds castle with the date under of 1793; this was the date the regiment was formed. This style of badge was issued until 1961 when the regiment was merged with the Norfolk Yeomanry. This badge comes in near mint condition and the slider is stamped with J. R. Gaunt B’Hamm. Because of its fabulous condition, it is hard to tell the date this badge was produced. It has all the attributes of a WW1 era badge, but it retains much of its original lustre, so it’s hard to be completely sure. Nevertheless a very scarce badge in this condition.
M41 Spanish Bolo Knife Bayonet. A very well made knife bayonet manufactured for the WWII era Spanish Mauser Rifles The hilt is steel, with a bird's head pommel, steel cross guard with muzzle-ring as the upper quillon, lower quillon has a drum or ball finial and crosshatched wooden grips. The blade is bolo shaped with a single-edged, and a single fuller on both sides. Its original scabbard is blued sheet steel with round frog stud, and a ball finial at the bottom. The scabbard has matching numbers as the blade and on the whole, this bayonet is in very good order with just a small amount of rust bloom on the scabbard and blade. This could be easily cleaned off without causing the piece any damage. It measures 15.5 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. For sale to UK mainland only.
M95 Mauser Bayonet & Scabbard. An interesting bayonet probably of the WW2 era with Nepalese markings, it is in good condition with its original metal scabbard, a good variant to add to the collection. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Magnificent & Rare RN Surgeon’s 3 Complete Dress Uniforms. A very rare dress uniform that belonged to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander W. Greaves. RN. It comprises of; The Tail Coat this was for ceremonial and no 1 dress. This is a beautiful piece, embellished with gold bullion and gilt buttons, this dates from the early 1930’s but it was re-buttoned with Kings Crown buttons. It has the removable shoulder boards, again made from heavy gold bullion, these show some wear but still in good condition. This coat in general is in wonderful condition, it was last used during WW2 and since then it has been stored really well so there is no moth damage. It does have a few faults which I will list, but all of these were caused just by wear. The collar rim is worn a slightly tatty, some of the bullion braid has come loose, this is just because the original silk cotton that fixed it to the coat has perished, unfortunately fine silk cotton isn’t very hard wearing, so the bullion just needs re-stitching. The Mess Dress Jacket. Again a really beautifully made garment made of wool with gold bullion and it also retains its waist coat, this has gilt and silver buttons displaying the Kings Crown. Both of these garments are in excellent condition with no damage. The Frock or Morning Coat, this is my favourite piece, typical of the Edwardian period, the quality of this jacket is amazing, it is made from thick black mohair with a black silk lining and once again with gold bullion insignia and gilt buttons, the shoulder boards also can fit to this coat as well. This is in stunning condition with just a couple of very minor faults. The stitching to parts of the silk lining has come loose, so it needs re-stitching but this is not damage or worn. This coat was specially tailored by Gieves of London and it was last attended to by that company in 1936. The Trousers, wool with a gold bullion stripe down the outside of each leg, these are in excellent condition with no damage I can see, but the gold bullion is a little dirty. Bi-Corn Hat. This in itself is a fabulous collectable made of black felt and silk with gold bullion ends to the hat. This is in very good condition, the silk lining shows it has been worn, it is a little dirty but it has no major damage. The Sword Belt, made from silk covered leather embellished with bullion braid, the main part of the buckle is missing, I used an old badge just to hold it together for display but an original gilt buckle, shouldn’t be too hard to find for a reasonable price. A truly wonderful display uniform which being for a Surgeon Lieutenant commander it is very rare, and never seem to come onto the market. Apart from natural ware which has been caused by use, there is no damage to any of the garments and the quality is quite stunning and all completely hand tailored, I would advise this for display only, it is to important to risk damaging by wearing it, as we are only temporary guardians of these pieces of history, it must be looked after and maintained for future generations to admire and enjoy. I haven’t had the chance to research this man, it is obvious that he must have served during the First World War and held this rank by WW2, so his early years as a young officer must have been during the early 1900’s As with all my uniforms, they are checked for any damage and sprayed with a modern anti-moth preparation, which is perfectly harmless to old materials, the uniform is them placed into a ‘space bag’ and sealed this gives the uniform an air tight seal free from any dust, damp, bugs or moth, it is then stored at room temperature.
Magnificent Territorial Group of Six to B.Q.M. Sjt. Royal Artillery. A superb group of six medals all awarded to Frederick Bray of the Royal Artillery. The group comprises of the British War Medal to; 1003 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. The Territorial Force War Medal to; 1003 Cpl. F. Bray. R.A. the WW2 Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Medal unnamed as issued. Geo V Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to; 865551 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. and last the Geo VI Territorial Efficiency Medal to; 785771 B.Q.M. Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. there is a small correction to the ‘R’ in Bray in the naming. An incredible long serving territorial NCO who was probably employed in gunnery instruction through both world wars. This group contains two of the rarest non gallantry medals awarded during the first world war, the Territorial Force War and Efficiency medals. The Territorial force War medal was awarded in this case for 4 years’ service in the Territorial force during the war. Although the highest proportion of these medals were awarded to the Artillery, still only 6,460 medals were awarded in total. Rarer than most gallantry medals. The territorial Force Efficiency medal was awarded for 12 years’ service in the Territorial Force. This medal was superseded in 1921 by the Territorial Efficiency medal, this means Frederick Bray was probably serving from around 1909. He would have been awarded the Territorial Efficiency for a further 12 years’ service in the Territorial Army. I bought this group from Spink and Sons last year believing it was an ancestor. But unfortunately it proved not to be. So it is being sold here for what I paid less all the auction room add-ons. The group is in excellent condition with a few contact marks to the rim. It comes court mounted with an original cap badge and framed. A copy of his medal index card is included which confirms his medal entitlement.
Magnificent WW1 Belgian Gallantry Group. A really beautiful group comprising of 8 medals, which I will list in a moment, 4 original photographs of the recipient and a tested silver watch chain with locket containing a photograph of a young lady. The group is attributed to 1er Soldat and latter Sous-Lieutenant Armand Frimout of the Belgian Medical Corps and comprises of the King Albert’s Veterans medal, the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal 1830-1930, the Allied Victory medal, Belgian issue, The Fire Cross, awarded to those wounded or those that performed an act of courage in WWI. The commemorative medal for WW1 service this has 4 silver bars and a red cross. The first silver bar was awarded for one year of front line service and each other bar was awarded for six months service on the front line’ the Red Cross was awarded for receiving a wound in battle. The Croix de Guerre with one bronze and one silver palm; this was awarded for bravery or other military virtue on the battlefield, or for serving three years of good service on the front line; the two palms were for two different citations. The Knight - Order of the Crown, Large crossed swords ribbon device denote a long service award to a World War 1 veteran. And lastly the Officer of the Order of Leopold II Gold medal; Awarded after 20 years of meritorious service to a non-commissioned officer (9 years for non-commissioned officers member of the flying personnel), and after 25 years of service for a private or corporal. The four original photographs show Armand in various poses, one studio picture at the bottom of the frame, Armand is wearing the silver watch chain which is also included. Now condition. All of the medals are in perfect condition and look as if they have never been worn, just stored, all eight have their original two tine pins on the back. The photographs are also in excellent order and the watch chain is in very good condition but looks as if it has had a few very minor repairs over the years; the photo it contains is a little faded and creased, but you can just make it out in the picture. A stunning collection to one man, the frame simply unscrews at the back so all of the medals etc can easily be inspected. The watch chain is much longer than it appears in the frame, each silver chain measure about 8 inches long with the locket in the middle. This is the first time this group has appeared on the market, it has come direct from Belgium with another to an army and resistance officer which I hope to have on sale in a few weeks. A marvelous lot which holds great investment potential.
Massive Vintage American Bowie Knife & Sheath. A substantial vintage American Bowie Knife. It has a long polished stag horn grip, which is has bolts running through the tang. The massive steel blade has no makers mark, but it is a very fine and well-made blade, measuring 11.5 inches long. It all fits snugly in a beautiful hand-made leather sheath, this has been embellished with native American beadwork. The whole piece comes in perfect condition and it measures a total of 21 inches long in its sheath. Ship to UK only Age required on purchase.
Mdina Art Glass Love Birds. Mdina art glass hand blown sculpture in the form of two birds in mottled blue and red glass. It has the original Mdina label on the side, plus it has been signed on the bottom as well. Comes in perfect condition and measures; 3 inches high.
Medal Album - Brand New. Brand new padded medal album complete with 4 sheet medal wallets which will hold 24 medals, further sheets are easy to purchase from eBay etc, also included is the white spacer card, this can be written on or just used as added protection to the medals. This album is new and unused.
Medals & Personal Items to F/O Gainsbury RAF. A small but interesting group of items all belonging to Kenneth P Gainsbury a Flight Officer with the RAFVR. The medals are the 1939-45 star, Deffence and war medal. All three are mounted on a ribbon bar, as worn. There are several clues to his service with the RAFVR, firstly there are a few photos included, one a wedding photo which shows Ganinsbury with sergeants strips and a full set of wings, so at this stage he is a flight sergeant. There is a key ring with keys, his dog tags and two West African coins. So he probably served with the RAF special duty’s section in West Africa. This was a strategic position which gave access to North Africa and it was a valuable station to get supplies to the 1st and 8th army during the North Africa campaign. Also it was used as a base from which Special Forces were dropped into North Africa. Unfortunately there was no campaign medal for service here, it wasn’t a campaign in itself, the war wasn’t raging there, however most who served there were helping the war effort against Rommel, but they were not awarded the Africa star or even a bar for they’re service. It looks like the only memento of his time there is the two white metal coins on his key chain. Also in this lot are various little pieces of insignia, buttons and his original sergeant’s stripes. His wife’s ID card and a large portrait photograph of Kenneth Gainsbury in later life. He was a member of the Free Masons, the picture shows him in his full regalia. And very handsome he looks too. This man needs research, I’m sure you will uncover something interesting.
Medals and Effects to Thomas Holmes Military Police. Another wonderful lot relating to the 11th Hussars Group to T W Holmes. This lot relates to his son, also Thomas Holmes of the Corps of Military Police. It looks like Thomas was conscripted into national service in the late 1940’s, probably; he was just too young to be involved in the Second World War. This lot includes his national service medal and miniature, 2 cap badges, one very worn. Queens crown bullion blazer badge, brass shoulder title, 2 Geo VI Military police enamelled badges, economy issue Bakelite police whistle, Royal Corps of Military Police plaque, his original Red Cap beret with QEII brass badge, MP armband, a large metal medallion, His original Truncheon in while sheath and various photographs. One picture taken while Thomas was at the rank of Corporal, taken on parade in Benghazi. Another company portrait photograph which is framed and glazed, Thomas is named at the bottom and other snaps taken while overseas. The family lived in Great Yarmouth Norfolk and close surrounding area, although I have not done any research on this man, please see his father group T W Holmes 11th Hussars and also effects to his Uncle 2nd Lieut Albert Holmes who was killed in action in 1918. All of the items here are in very good or perfect condition, the truncheon seems to be stuck in its sheath, well I couldn't pull it out, but then I am a bit of a weakling. There are a lot of interesting original items here, relating to the CMP, you get everything you see in the pictures.
Metal Knock Down Airgun Target - Bird A good heavy construction all metal air gun target modelled as a bird, the target is mounted on wood and once attached to a surface has a retrieval string to reset the target once knocked down, comes in very good condition and looks like it hasn't been used, the wood block measures just under 7 inches long and the moose is 6.5 inches wide.
Mid 20th Century Original Pen and Ink Civil War Drawings with Certificate Sold by Sulis fine art in the USA these 3 mid 20th century pen and ink drawings show elements from the American civil war, they include General Grants kerosene lamp, the bugle that blew the cease fire and a canon with dead bodies around, they come with their certificate of authenticity dated 2015, they come in good condition but have been stuck in something with tape on the corners, the largest measures 9.5 inches x 5.
Mid Century Hallmarked Silver Sundae Spoon Used for tall sundae glasses this hallmarked silver spoon dates from1957, would now make a great preserve or jam spoon, comes in great condition just needs a clean, measures 7.25 inches long.
Militaria Lucky Bag. A bag full of bits and bobs including a Swiss army knife, and a WW2 Jack knife and three lanyards along with other items. You get everything you see in the pictures. Sold as seen. Ref. Lot 41
Military Marked Harling of London Wooden Parallel Map Ruler A WW2 Era military marked wood and brass parallel map ruler made by Harling of London. The wood I think is Beech with brass fittings, comes in very good condition with light wear, naturally it measures 12 inches long.
Miniature South Atlantic Medal, a good silver plated miniature medal, it is in very good condition, needs a little clean up but not a bad modern example.
Miniature Vintage Brass Preston Tools Spirit Level A vintage tubular brass miniature spirit level made by Preston tools, measures just 2.5 inches long and comes in good working condition.
Miniature WW2 1935-45 Star A super contemporary miniature or dress medal, in very good condition and looks as if it was once mounted on a bar, comes with its original ribbon.
Mint WW2 German War Merit Cross with Swords & Packet of Issue. WW2 era German War Merit Cross 2nd class, awarded for exceptional service to combatants. This one comes in mint condition and in its original packet of issue and with a piece of original ribbon. A rare find.
MM Gallantry Group to Cradduck RE 7th Armoured. Dessert Rat Casualty. MM for Tobruk I believe a very important group comprising of medals, photo and Scroll all to 1870089 Corporal Kenneth Amos Cradduck of the 2nd Field Squadron Royal Engineers. This lot comprises of the 1939-45 star, the Africa Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-45 war medal and a George VI Military Medal replacement copy. More about that later. Also his original death scroll, this is still in its original envelope of issue. Kenneth Cradduck was born in 1925, in London. He was a Kent Police Constable before the war started and in 1939 he volunteered into the army. Probably because he was in a responsible job and showing himself to be a good leader he was soon promoted to the rank of Corporal in the Royal Engineers. He must of undergone training in bomb and mine disposal and trained in infantry and close combat fighting to be posted with the 2nd Field Squadron RE. the 2nd Field squadron or Field Coy formed part of the 7th Armoured division (Dessert Rats) These were the units that went onto the battlefield and did activities (mostly under fire) like building bridges, installing the Bailey Bridge, laying or removing mines, repairing roads, demolishing roadblocks and bridges, plus lots of other general tasks in combat. They were also trained in close combat and to use a verity of weapons so that they could defend themselves if necessary. All an Engineer had to clear a minefield was nothing more than the tip of his bayonet to feel for mines with, until the arrival in the Western Desert a Mine Detector in 1942. To clear barbed wire areas they used Bangalore Torpedo's, Satchel Charges, or even just their wire cutters. Also they had to destroy anything that lay in the way of the tanks or armoured vehicles, they would also use TNT or Dynamite, so they were very well versed in all sorts of explosives and to cap it all, most of the work was done while under fire. On January 21st 1941 Corporal Craddock was in charge of an RE detachment of three sappers whose role was to put Bangalore Torpedo's in the barbed wire defences surrounding Tobruch (Tubruk). The party was in the charge of an Infantry Major (with a company of his battalion supporting). Having successfully accomplished their task, the party came under very heavy fire, the major in charge and all accompanying infantry became casualties. Corporal Cradduck rallied the remainder in the dark and found himself to be the only unwounded man. Carrying one infantryman with them, he directed the party through the very heavy fire to saftety. It is quite certain that had it not been for Corporal Cradduck’s cool direction of the remaining members of his part all would have been lost. For this action he was awarded the Military Medal. The above has been taken from his citation, on which his name is miss-spelt Craddock. After the action in Tubruk it seems Cradduck was in the Palestine area, Kenneth Cradduck died on 3rd October 1941 and he is now remembered with honour at the Khayat Beach War Cemetery Palestine. Here needs researching. I haven’t got too involved in his death, researching into the 7th armoured and the 2nd Field Squadron RE timeline will uncover some explanation on how he lost his life, but looking at his duties in his unit, it almost seems inevitable he would become a casualty before the war was over. He is also remembered on the Kent Police Second World War memorial. Also included is a copy of his MM citation, commonwealth war graves certificate and probate. This is probably the saddest part, it looks like Kenneth had no family, his estate was left to a fellow police officer Edward Ernest Dennett. Corporal Cradduck’s medals are still in their original box of issue addressed to Mr E Dennett, C/o 5 Hibernia Street Ramsgate; they come with just one small photograph of him. This is not in wonderful condition but shows Craddock in his warm weather uniform displaying his corporal strips. This was folded inside the medal box. The Military Medal was missing from his medals, this could mean a couple of things, one, his medal was sold or scrapped at some point, or, which I think may be true, he was never issued it. Having no blood next of kin it was never issued. It was an immediate award and because he was sadly killed soon after he was awarded the medal, it is very unlikely it was issued in the field. I have personally added this MM, it is a very good quality replacement. The best I could find without buying an erased medal. I just feel, the gallantry award should be with what remains of his effects. His medal group etc now comes mounted for display, framing, or safe storage. An amazing, and I think a very important piece of Royal Engineers and Desert Rat’s history. An extremely brave young man that lost his life in service for the cause of freedom at only 26 years old.
Modern Para Sergeants insignia. Here we have five pieces of modern insignia, a pair of shoulder slides, one set green camo and another set desert camo, plus a modern para wings in green camo. All in unused condition.
Modern WW1 Memorial Plaque to Colonel Beech. A modern Bronzed memorial plaque showing two soldiers bowing their heads in lament. It has a cartouche to the side, which reads; ‘Colonel Robert Beech Commanding 2nd Scottish Horse Died August 1916’. It comes in a black surround and hanger on the back. a nice piece for any study or war room. It measures 5 inches in diameter.
More Photo's of the Naval Officer Surgeon's Uniform Click the thunmnail to view more photographs of the Royal Naval Lieutenant Commander's Full Dress Uniform. Tail Coat, Trousers, Mess Dress, Morning Jacket, Trousers, Bi-corn Hat and sword Belt.
More Photographs of the German Artillery Guards Uniform Click to view more photos of the Tunic, helmet, belt and buckle.
More Photographs of WW2 German Medal and Ephemera Group Above More pictures accompanying the above lot
Napoleon 1804 Coronation Medal in Bronze A good solid bronze Napoleon coronation medal, dating from 1804, to the front is the bust of Napoleon, the designers name of 'Andrieu F.' is on the base of the neck, below this stamped on the rim is the word 'bronze. On the reverse is the Eagle emblem and either side of the Napoleonic 'N' is 'Denon F.' and Jairy F. 1804'. It comes in wonderful condition, some wear to the high points on both sides, measures 40mm in diameter.
Napoleonic POW Bone Dice. Probably the most common item found, which were made by the French Napoleonic prisoners of war; they were from fragments of bone left over from other items and they were very easy and quick to make and at the time very saleable, as dice games were very popular with all social classes. Here we have two, not a pair but both made around the same time 1800-1815. The condition is how you see it in the pictures, they are old and look their age. Largest measures 1x1cm.
Napoleonic Prisoner of War Work Chair. A wonderful piece of Prisoner of war work, a miniature chair completely made from bird feather quills, the seat is woven cloth, again hand made from scrap threads. I have four of these, there were probably a set of six with a table originally, made by a French Prisoner of War held on a prison ship anchored just of the coat of Britain; they would make little oddities to sell for food and luxuries, they made some wonderful pieces all from scrap materials found lying around, such as bone, wood, cloth, or anything that could be used. Not all prisoners were talented enough to make the scale models of mighty war ships; some has to content themselves with making small bone dice or needlework tools etc. This little chair comes in wonderful condition for its age and dates from the 1800 – 1815 period and a wonderful piece of Napoleonic and maritime history.
Nine Antique Hand Painted Lead Soldiers – Scots Guards These lead Scots Guards have been hand painted, they come in very good condition with just some minor wear to the paintwork, they stand 2.25 inches high.
Northamptonshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A white metal badge used from 1908 to 1939. This badge is very good quality, just a little thinner than the ones I’ve had before and in mint condition so maybe a very good modern copy. Ref O7
Northumberland Fusiliers Shoulder Title. A superb quality bi-metal title which comes in perfect condition.
Officers Bullion Sword Belt, Aiguillettes and Sword Knot. A fabulous WW1 / WW2 high ranking officer’s dress set, comprising of the sword belt which is blue webbing with a gold bullion sword hanger, and the sword hanger straps have beautiful lion’s head buckles in gilt metal. This also comes with the matching gold bullion double knot Aiguillettes and the sword knot. All three pieces come in excellent condition, there is some little amount of wear and toning to the bullion, but it has been used. This all comes in a period leather covered box, this has the initials CHS stamped on the top. The box is scruffy.
Official Naval Dispatches of WW1. A very interesting little booklet telling the story of the Admiralty’s story of the navy’s part in the Great War. It details battles and the ships that took part with drawings and maps. A fascinating little book which comes in very good condition.
Official War Office Issue 1924 Field Service Regs Book A handy little book produced by the war office in 1924 detailing the 'field service regulations Vol II operations' everything that an officer should know. Comes in fair condition, there is damage to the front cover and the spine shows wear. Of a small size measuring 5.25 inches x 4.25.
Original 1946 King George Victory Certificate for Children A nice idea this, that somebody thought enough of the children to produce this certificate acknowledging their involvement with the war and the hardships that they had suffered, comes with the facsimile signature for King George to the front and on the reverse is a list of key dates for the war and includes a blank section at the bottom for the child in question to list their experiences, this however is blank. Comes in good with slight wear condition.
Original 1968 Vietnam Miniature Medal. Awarded to Australian and New Zealand forces for service in the Vietnam war. I must admit I have never seen a contemporary miniature before and this one comes in very good condition and on its original ribbon.
Original American Civil War Infantry Cap Badge A superb Civil War era brass cap badge worn by a member of the 6th or 9th infantry regiment. It is in very good condition, both pieces still retain what look like their original pins, but both are heavily patinated. The horn has also some light Verdigris, but on the whole an excellent example. Plenty of information can be found about this regiments on the Web.
Original Bayonet Frog for American Trapdoor Springfield Rifle The model 1873 "Trapdoor" Springfield was the first standard-issue breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army (although the model 1866 trapdoor had seen limited issue to troops along the Bozeman Trail in 1867). The gun, in both full-length and carbine versions, was widely used in subsequent battles against the American Indians. This is the bayonet frog which served the Springfield rifle and would have come into use towards the very end of the Civil war into the early 1870’s. There is a mark on the back of the brass R.I.A and impressed into the leather is W.T.G. It comes in very good condition for its age, there is light wear to the leather and the brass needs a clean, it measures 6.5 inches long.
Original Collective Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Cockpit. I am pleased to offer this magnificent piece from a dear friend who is thinning out his collection. It is a mock-up of an original Spitfire cockpit using original instruments and gauges. Listed below is a breakdown of all the Spitfire instruments fitted and if they are original or replica. A few of the instruments here are replica because it is almost impossible to obtain the originals. The instruments are all fitted to an aluminium surround, in scale to a real cockpit. So the instruments fitted are; Magneto Switch. 8 Day Clock. Oxygen Regulator. Brake Pressure Gauge. Flap Indicator (replica). Under Carriage Warning Light (replica). Blind Anti-Glare Light. Flap Control UP (replica). Navigation Light Switch. Gun Sight Dimmer Switch. Gun Sight Socket. Amp meter. Generator Switch. Rev Counter. Boost Gauge. Radiator Temp Gauge. Oil Temp Gauge. Oil Pressure Gauge. Supercharger Panel (replica) Fuel Gauge (replica) Starter Switches. Dashboard Dimmer. Compass Correction cards (replica) BLIND FLYING PANEL Air Speed Indicator. Artificial Horizon. Vertical Rate of Climb Indicator. Turn and Bank Indicator. Direction Gyro. Altimeter. The condition to this whole outfit is very good. It also comes with a Perspex screen, because it was once a museum display and, believe it or not, it had to have the scree to protect onlookers from the radiation from the luminous paint on some of the dials. Health & safety, ah. This is a full size cockpit display, so collection in person is advised. I will be prepared to arrange shipping to the UK only. Any interest overseas will have to make their own shipping arrangements. Please feel free to get in touch for shipping quote, more Photographs or technical information.
Original Contemporary Miniature Medal – O.B.E. A super little contemporary silver medal on its original Military ribbon, it comes in excellent condition although most of the gilt has worn off on the front of the medal. Ref. Mini08
Original Framed Photograph of General George B. McClenllan. An original American Civil War era photograph of General George Brinton McClenllan. He was a civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican-American War, and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac; he served a brief period November 1861 to March 1862 as general-in-chief of the Union Army. Although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these very characteristics hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points. McClellan organized and led the Union army in the Peninsula Campaign in southeastern Virginia from March through July 1862. It was the first large-scale offensive in the Eastern Theater. Making an amphibious clockwise turning movement around the Confederate States Army in northern Virginia, McClellan's forces turned west to move up the Virginia Peninsula, with the Confederate capital, Richmond, as their objective. Initially, McClellan was somewhat successful against the equally cautious General Joseph E. Johnston, but the emergence of General Robert E. Lee turned the subsequent Seven Days Battles into a Union defeat. General McClellan failed to maintain the trust of President Abraham Lincoln. He was insubordinate to his commander-in-chief and privately derisive of him. He was removed from command in November after failing to decisively pursue Lee's Army following the tactically inconclusive but strategic Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, and never received another field command. McClellan went on to become the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee in the 1864 presidential election against Lincoln. The photograph is in excellent condition with one small stain to the bottom left area of picture. It comes in a lovely solid brass period oval frame with his details written on the back. It measures 2.5 x 3 inches. History of McClellan taken from his Wikipedia entry.
Original Pair WW1 Officers Full Length Leather Boots. A pair of regulation leather officer’s boots. They are half laced fronts and have a leather sole and heel and they’re original boot straps. The condition is excellent for such a rare pair of boots, they show very little damage, just a little scuffing to the leather here and there, but this is easily made good with a little wax or polish. They do have some wear to the bottoms and they still show traces, of what I like to think is, Flanders mud. It’s hard to gauge the size as they have no size markings. I would think they are either size eight or a nine at a push. They measure 12 inches from toe to heel and 4 inches wide at the ball of the foot, quite a slim fitting. Inside one of the boots at the top is the original maker’s label, printed in gold in an art nouveau style. Although these could be used and worn, they are becoming so rare now, I would like to see them go to someone who will keep them well oiled, waxed and on display rather than used, because if lost, they just cannot be replaced.
Original Post WW1 Photograph of Jemadar Mir Dast V.C Winner Jemadar Mir Dast won the Victoria Cross in April 1915 in Belgium details of which can be found quite readily on the internet. This small original photo looks to have been taken after the Great War at his home in India, his details are written on the reverse showing all of his awards during his army service, there are some later paper cuttings and an original letter dated 1994 also detailing his career. The photo measures just under 3 inches x just over 2 inches.
Original QEII Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) Miniature Awarded for 12 years’ service in the territorial and army volunteer reserve. This sterling silver medal was issued from 1969 to 1982, denoted by the ‘Territorial’ bar on the ribbon. it comes in good but used condition and on its original ribbon with sterling silver bar.
Original WW1 Button Hole Ribbon Bar A super original mini medal bar for a WW1 trio, it would have tucked into a button hole on a lapel, it comes in good but used condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
Original WW1 ID Bracelet of Lieut Col Burdett DSO. MC .A wonderful original item that belonged to a highly decorated officer Lieutenant Colonel James Charles Burdett of the 6th Battalion the Leicestershire regiment, winner of the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order and he is also entitled to the 1915 star. Apart from his medal index card which confirms his awards and his entitlement to the 15 star trio, this piece is un-researched, there is a lot of information I could of obtained online, but I thought it would be a great project for its new owner, and believe me when I say, it is well worth the research, even just putting his name into Google brings up several entries, so lots of places to start. This fine little piece comes in great condition; it has minor wear conducive to its age.
Original WW1 United States Artillery Uniform. An original WW1 US Artillery uniform issued to private first class. It comprises of the tunic complete with all original composite buttons, one button broken. The breeches, these are made of a heavy cotton twill with original leg cords, and the wool garrison cap. All in very good condition with no moth damage. A superb uniform for display, a wonderful vehicle for other original insignia and equipment. It measures; Tunic Chest 34 inches. Across shoulder 32 inches. Breeches Waist 34 inches.
Original WW2 Land Army Girl Breeches Original summer wear half length leg breeches made of khaki cotton twill, it has knee grips and its original 6 side buttons, they come in lovely condition with no moth damage. The waist measures 32 inches.
Original WW2 US War Bonds Poster. A brightly coloured WW2 American War stamps and bonds poster by J Daugherty. As you can see the condition is a little scruffy, but a rare piece of US ephemera; measuring 11.25 x 17 inches.
Ornate Pair of 925 Sterling Silver & Amber Earrings This is a very pretty pair of new and unused Amber earrings, the silver is marked 925 on the reverse and the Amber is held in a cage of silver, they come in excellent condition and measures 1.5 inches long including the wires
Ornate Victorian 9ct Gold Bar Brooch A beautiful Victorian brooch of a heart covered with a clover leaf and wire tendrils, full of Victorian symbolism; it comes in good original condition and it carries a set of English hallmarks with a makers mark. Ref. 17533
Pacific Chapelon Nord Steam Train Model. A good, well detailed die-cast model of the steam train. I think they are made from aluminum and plastic. The Pacific Chapelon Nord. It served in the north of France and Belgium and the first batch were built in 1923, and last remaining were retired from service in the 1960s. These locomotives were widely known as "Superpacifics" due to their high performance. This model is in very good condition, nothing broken or missing, as far as I can tell. It measures; 12 inches long.
Pair 1930’s Brass Cannons. A very nice pair of brass cannons sitting on Oak carriages. The good heavy barrels are cast with good detail showing a coat of arms on the top. The oak carriages have brass straps and solid brass wheels. Good old pieces for display made around the 1930’s and both come in very good condition and measure 14 inches long.
Pair Black Bakelite Royal Marines Collar Dogs, these are a true pair and come in perfect condition with a full makers mark on the back of both the badges.
Pair Brass Flintlock Pistol Wall hangers pair of vintage brass wall hangers in the form of a pair of flintlock pistols, probably dating from the 1970's, I remember these in the gift shops at the time. Both in perfect order. UK shipping only
Pair Edwardian Gold Bullion Shoulder Boards – Major. A beautiful pair of early 20th century officers dress shoulder boards worn by a major in an infantry regiment. they are made from gold bullion wire with a bullion and silk kings crown on each. The screw together buttons are just superb quality and a two part construction. Although they are a pair and have probably been together all their lives, the back strap does not match; one is leather and the other silk. They are both in excellent but used condition and measure; 6 inches long.
Pair Georgian Brass Candle Sticks. A wonderful pair of Georgian brass table candle sticks, circa 1770. They have been well loved and polished in their day, which gives them a lovely tactile feel. They still retain their original pushers but they are stuck due to many years of wax in the sconces. a nice pair of sticks over 240 years old. Both measure 8 inches high.
Pair Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Shoulder Badges. Quite a rare little pair of badges, worn on the officers shoulder boards or epaulets. They are made of a light white metal, now with a nice dark tone. they look unused as both pins still remain flat and unbent on the back. They both measure 0.75 inches high.
Pair Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Shoulder Boards. A very good pair of shoulder straps worn by the shore based officers of the Kriegsmarine Administration, these are a mis-matched pair although they have always been together, I am reliably told that mis-matched boards are more common than matched as men were promoted throughout the war and I suppose they took what was available. Nevertheless, these are in very good untouched condition and quite rare.
Pair Late Victorian Silver Plated Knife Rests. A good pair of late 19th century silver plated knife rests; they have psuedo hallmarks on one leg of each rest and the condition on both is very good; no wear to the silver plate and no repairs or damage. A nice elegant pair.
Pair of 1920’s Photos the Flight of the Atlantier Seaplane. A pair of very interesting original photographs featuring the flight of the Atlantier Seaplane. Both photos have written commentaries. These look like they date from around the 1920’s or could be a bit earlier, it’s hard to say for sure because I can’t find any information relating to the aircraft. But it was obviously a significant event, to be photographed at the time. Both phots are in very good condition and measure 4.25 inches x 2.75.
Pair of Antique Miniature Photo’s – Boer War Generals These are an interesting pair of photo’s, they only measure 1.5 inches x 1 inch and are mounted onto card which measures just under 3 inches x just under 2. I don’t know who the Generals are but they are Boer war era uniform. They come in very good condition given their age, they have been stuck to the card and the sides are starting to lift.
Pair of Apostle Tea Spoons 1918. Apostle spoons were very popular in the early 20th century, it is quite rare to find silver apostle spoons. They both have terminals of a bearded man in biblical dress holding a book, I think this is St John. The detail is nice and both spoons are hallmarked for Sheffield 1918 and by the maker James Dixon and Son’s. they also have twisted stems and a triangular strap heel to the bowls. Both measure 4.5 inches long and come in very good used condition.
Pair of Cased WW2 ARP Brass & Enamel Cufflinks A scarce pair of WW2 brass and enamel ARP cufflinks, I’ve not seen the like of these before, they come in a lovely presentation box and are in good condition, there is some evidence of age to the enamels, they measure approx .75 of an inch long.
Pair of Cash's Silk Pictures Victorian Mounted Officers Made in Coventry these interesting very detailed miniature pictures are made from woven silk, one depicts an officer of the Royal Horse Guards and the other an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery. They are in fantastic condition and come mounted in modern glazed frames. The history of the silk industry is detailed on the back as is the history of the regiments. The frames measure 10.25 x 8.25.
Pair of Cloth Formation Badges for Headquarters land Forces Hong Kong This style of cloth badge was used from the mid 1940's up to the 1970's, please see below for further info on the Hong Kong land forces headquarters. Both badges are in very good unused condition, quite large for a cloth badge measuring just under 3.5 inches long. Headquarters Land Forces, Hong Kong, was established on the liberation of the colony in 1945. The formation's dragon emblem emphasised its links with China. The red and black background of the badge are traditional command colours. The badge would have been worn by service personnel directly subordinate to the HQ.
Pair of Early Victorian Brass Candle Sticks. A superb pair of early Victorian table candle sticks, circa 1840-50. The condition of this pair is very good considering their age, they have no damage or repairs and the both retain their original pushers which are in good working order. Both measure; 8 inches high.
Pair of Framed WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather Prints Taken from the famous 'fragments from France' magazine these two framed and glazed prints are entitled 'In and Out I and II' the first shows the men waiting to go back to the trenches and reads, 'That last half-hour before 'going in' to the same trench for the 200th time' and the second, 'That first half-hour after 'coming out' of those same trenches. Both are in very good condition and have been recently re-framed, the frames measure 11.25 inches x 9.5.
Pair of Large Naval Photographs – 20' x 16 Unusual to find such large such large photographs, both measuring 20 inches x 16 the first showing the H.M.S. King George firing a salvo. It is in fair condition, has been displayed using pins in the corners. The second shows part of the historic North Africa convoy, again in fair condition and has been displayed using pins in the corners. Both would make an excellent display cabinet back drops, especially to a WW2 collection. These will be sent rolled in a tube.
Pair of Late Victorian Lithograph Prints Lancs and Middlesex Reg A lovely pair of lithographic prints dating from the late Victorian era, the first is of the 20th Middlesex artists regiment, drawn by G.D. Giles and dated 1887, the second is of the 30th East Lancashire regiment, drawn by Frank Feller. Both come in a cut mount and would benefit greatly from being framed. The prints measure 9.5 x 6.5 inches and the mounts are 16 x 13.
Pair of Post WW2 Zenith 12x50 Binoculars These binoculars have a magnification of 12 x 50, they come in fair condition, the optics are good but there is a small blemish on the surface of the left eye this doesnt obscure the view, the focus is a bit stiff and there is surface wear in places on the edges so they have had a life. Original leather strap but no carry case.
Pair of Red Cross VAD Lapel Badges – Gaunt A super quality pair of Red Cross VAD brass and enamel lapel badges in their original box of issue manufactured and marked accordingly for J.R. Gaunt & Sons Ltd of London. Queens crown by appointment to her Majesty. Come in very good condition one being slightly more worn.
Pair of Sterling Silver & Stone Set Earrings A pretty pair of 925 Sterling silver earrings set with a pale white polished stone which turns different colours in the light, they are fitted with wires and come in excellent condition as they are Brand New and never worn. there is a no returns policy on all ear rings.
Pair of Trench Art Brass Shoe Matchbox Holders Trench or war art comes in many differing styles, this pair of brass shoes are quite simple in their construction but probably took pride of place on the families mantle piece after the war. Shoes were a token of good luck to the recipient, and these ones are made to hold a matchbox in each shoe; they come in very good condition and measure four inches long.
Pair of Vintage 1950's Fiji Police Collar Dogs Something a bit unusual, here is a pair of 1950's Fiji police collar dogs, white metal but most likely silver with blue enamel, Queens crown. Both in good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage African Carved Wood Tribal Mask This great pair of vintage wall hanging African tribal masks have been hand carved from a single block of lightwood I think they represent a man and a woman, both are in great condition with just some light scuffs, the biggest one measures just over 20 inches long.
Pair of Vintage Air Training Corps Brassards and Insignia This pair of vintage ATC brassards with insignia date from the mid 1960's, they are showing the squadron number 135 which was based at Reigate and Redhill in Surrey, the young cadet who wore these was classed as a 'senior' cadet and had also trained as a marksman. With the brassards are three original photographs dated 1969 on the backs, these show the Duke of Edinburgh inspecting the troops in one and two parade inspections, these cadets have a squad number of 1159 which was based at Edmonton in London. The selection of items came from the same house so either the cadet transferred or visited the Dukes inspection. All items come in very good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage Framed Naval Theme Cigar Box Lables This is something really out of the ordinary, both of these pictures are actually transfers that would have been used to decorated large cigar boxes either on the inside or outside of the box, they are water based transfers and would slide off after soaking. Both have a Naval theme and one is named for Commodore cigars a brand that is still known today, this particular one has raised gilt detail and has a generic 'commodore' to the centre, the other shows many masted sail ships at harbour. Both prints are in super preserved condition. They are framed and glazed in nice deep pine frames which measure 16 inches x 14, the inner picture is 7.75 inches x 5.75.
Pair of Vintage Leather Officers Boots with Box Spur Fitting Size 8 The style of this type of officers boot has changed very little in a 100 years, this pair are dated inside for 1982 and have a box spur fitting in each heel, all black leather uppers with laces, they are a size 8 and I think inside it has L Fitt for large fit. They come in very good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage Sewn Cloth Arm Patches – Essex Reg & 49th/56th Infantry This style of patch covers the WW2 era but cant be that old as the condition is just to good. The Essex regiment joined with the 49th West Riding infantry division who in turn joined the 56th infantry brigade and fought in some of the most famous encounters including Norway, Iceland and Dunkirk. Below is some more info on the various divisions. The patches are of a large size measuring 5 inches x 3 and come in super condition. The 49th initially wore its WW1 sign, the white rose of Yorkshire. In 1940 it was sent to Norway and then to Iceland where it adopted the polar bear. At first the bear had a bowed head but this was later raised to make it more aggressive 49th west riding infantry division This brigade was an Army Group formation until 20 August 1944 when it became an integral part of 49 Infantry Division. 56th infantry brigade During the Second World War the 56th Independent Infantry Brigade was reformed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 1944. The brigade consisted of three Regular Army infantry battalions that had all seen service overseas: the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers (SWB), which had fought in the Norwegian Campaign in 1940, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment and 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, which both fought at the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940.
Pair of WW2 Cloth Formation Badges - 227th Infantry Brigade The 227th infantry brigade was a formation of the British army formed for home service under various short-lived titles in WW1 and the early part of WW2, later it was upgraded to a field formation composed of Scottish troops and saw heavy fighting in the Normandy and north west campaign. This pair of badges come in good condition but show signs of use and one has a small section missing along the top edge.
Pair of WW2 Putties in Green A good pair of WW2 putties, dated 1942 but unusually they come in green, one has a lable which has the date and the manufacturer of 'Reliance', also another lable with the owners details which sadly I cant read. They come in very good but used condition.
Pair of WW2 RAF Medical Corps Brass Collar Badges Good pair of brass WW2 era collar badges for the Royal Air Force Medical Corps, they come in very good condition and measure one inch long.
Pair of WW2 Women's WRAF Overseas Cloth Warm Weather Shoulder Badges A true pair of cloth shoulder badges worn by the women of the RAF in warm weather climes on the khaki dress, they come in very good condition and have been mounted on a stiff linen material.
Pair old Bullion Sergeant Dress Stripes. A superb quality pair of Sergeant Stripes made from gold bullion tress on red woollen felt. Both come in excellent original condition, could have been used by a number of British regiments including the Guards regiments.
Pair old Linen Union Flags on Poles Here we have a pair of very old union flags WW2 era at the latest, I would think. They are both screen printed onto linen. They each measure 15.5 x 12 on 20 inch poles. Both are in good order, a little rough around the edges. They were probably made only for one use and should not have survived. They are a little faded, but give that old wartime look.
Pair Replica 19th Century Duelling Pistols. A nice pair of wall hangers in the form of a pair duelling pistols. They are made of metal and plastic with working locks that cock and dry fire. They will look good on a wall or set up in a box with other shooting requisites. Both measure 13 inches long.
Pair Scarce 1950’s Painted Lead Motorcycle Racing Figures. These came from a recent house clearance and originally formed part of a Motorcycle racing board game dating from the 1950’s. Unfortunately the game board had got wet at some point and had been eaten away by bugs, just leaving these rare little lead figures. They come totally untouched, so some of the paint is worn in areas, but they seem to be in very good order regarding. Here in this lot is one member of the red team and one from the blue team, I am keeping a pair for myself, so there are two pairs up for grabs. Great little cabinet pieces which are very seldom seen. Each measures 2.25 inches long.
Pair Victorian Brass Postal Scales. A lovely old set of brass postal scales, used in all old post offices up until around the Second World War. This set has no manufacturers details stamped on the beam, but they seem good quality and well balanced and stand on an oak base. They come with a set of period but non matching weights. The base measures 6.75 x 3.5 inches.
Pair Victorian Hand Blown Green Glass Bowl Drinking Glasses Confession time.....I love glass and my particular favourite is drinking glasses, now at capacity its time to let some go from my own collection. This pair of hand blown and finished drinking glasses would probably have been for wine, the green glass bowls have been panel cut and you can tell they have been hand blown as they all have very slight variations in their sizes, and the pontil marks have been polished out. They are in super condition and stand 4.5 inches high.
Pair Vintage Oriental Silver Dogs of Fo. A lovely old pair of silver dogs of fo sitting on a large dark red stone ball. The dogs are made from low-grade silver, lower than sterling. They are incredibly well detailed and are strapped with the same silver to a dark red hard stone ball; there are four straps, one of the straps being a phoenix and another a Dragon, the two others are just plain. The straps lead to a silver stand, which the ball sits in. very well made little objects. They both stand 2.75 inches high and come in very good condition.
Pair WW1 Belt / Epaulette Hooks. A Great War pair that were dug up together in France, they are in surprisingly good order considering their age.
Pair WW1 Binoculars by Watson & Son. A nice little pair of WW1 Mk II War issued Binoculars. They are in good order with some wear to the black covering the body of the bins. They are very well marked with the maker’s details, in this case, W. Watson & Son of London and dated 1918; they also carry the broad arrow marks on the bottom of ocular. The lenses are also good, a little dusty with some dust fragments on the lenses. The lenses should unscrew, so easy to clean, if they are to be used. They also come in their original leather case and strap.
Pair WW1 Binoculars in Original Field Leather Case. Superb pair of WW1 (Mark V Wide) Binoculars. They are well marked with the broad arrow. Made by Petit Paris for British use, these bins are in just wonderful original condition. the lenses are clean and clear and the function of the binoculars works perfectly. The body of the bins are near perfect, in fact they look hardly used. They comes in their original leather case, which is also in very good condition and stamped on the lid ‘G Battle 1918 II X’. inside the lid is hand written in ink ‘H. M. Howard’ obviously the officers name. You won’t find a pair of original WW1 binoculars in better condition and in their original case too.
Pair WW1 Dog Tags Etc to; Cottis Notts & Derby POW Guard These pair of WW1 identity dog tags and other items belonged to 203384 William Walter Cottis of the Notts & Derby Regiment, he served first with the 1st 5th battalion before joining the 195th POW section in late 1918, these POW companies over saw prisoners who were used in labour works. Included are his dog tags, a Notts & Derby cap badge, medal ribbon bar, photograph and some copy paperwork.
Pair WW1 Middlesex Reg Shoulder Titles. A good pair of WW1 era brass shoulder titles of the Middlesex regiment. Both titles have been issued and used, so there is some wear. Ref. Y8
Pair WW1-2 Era RN Chief Mechanic Bullion Badge. The gold bullion dress Royal Navy trade sleeve badge for a Chief Mechanic. It is in very good condition, but is has been used and taken from a uniform.
Pair WW2 1st Guards Armoured Division Patches. The Division retained its famous badge of WW1, the 'ever open eye'. The Divisional HQ was formed in the UK on 17 June 1941. Very good pair of patches, used but still in excellent condition, measuring 2 inches long.
Pair WW2 2nd Army Cloth Shoulder badges. A true pair of cloth formation badges for the 2nd Army. It shows the crusader's shield and sword within a blue cross. Second Army was formed in June 1943 and took part in the Normandy Landings and the Northwest European campaign under General Eisenhower. This pair is made of screen printed on heavy cotton, although they are a little faded and slightly rough around the edges, they still comes in very good condition.
Pair WW2 2nd Infantry Division Badges. WW2 issued pair of embroidered cloth formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress. This pair, the crossed keys of the Archbishop of York for the 2nd Infantry Division. A matching pair in very good original condition, it still has turned edges where it has been taken from a uniform.
Pair WW2 3rd Army Group RA Cloth Bagdes. A scarce true pair of embroidered formation sleeve badges for the 3rd Army Group Royal Artillery. I have never seen a pair of this quality before, the yellow cannon in the centre is embroidered on to a blue and red silk background, with a drab woolen backing. These must have been officers badges. The condition of both of these patches is excellent, but they have been used and taken from a uniform, so they are a little scruffy around the edges.
Pair WW2 Anti-Aircraft Command Cloth Badges. A pair of embroidered cloth badges used from 1943 by all formations and units of Air Defence of Great Britain including the Home Guard batteries, this badge superseded any other badge previously worn. This pair is in very good original condition and as taken from a uniform.
Pair WW2 Cloth Anti-Aircraft Shoulder Badges. A true pair although they have been folded to different sizes, they are just as they came off a uniform. They are made of screen printed cotton and stand for the Anti-Aircraft command. Originally this formation badge was worn only by the staff of General Sir Frederick Pile's HQ, but in 1943 it was universally adopted for use by all formations and units of Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB) including the Home Guard batteries. This pair comes in excellent original condition.
Pair WW2 era 17th Gurkha Division Cloth Patches. Probably just post WW2 and used in Malaya in the late 1940’s, these are quite hard to find divisional badges to find now, these are in good original condition and taken from a uniform.
Pair WW2 Era Home Guard Putties. A good original pair of putties so some general wear and tear but they still retain their original leather straps, and this pair are still useable for re-enactors.
Pair WW2 RAF Putties. A good original pair of putties in RAF blue, they have seen some wear but still in good enough condition to use.
Pair WW2 Royal Artillery Cloth Shoulder Titles A good pair of cloth shoulder titles for the Royal Artillery, come in good but used condition.
Pair WW2 Royal Artillery Cloth Shoulder Titles. Red silk embroidery on dark blue woollen felt shoulder titles for the RA. In excellent original condition but have been used on a uniform at some time.
Physical Training Instructor’s Trade Badge. The all brass badge for the PTI, showing three consecutive arms holding Indian clubs. It comes in perfect condition. Ref. A14
Pictorial History of International Fighter Aircraft Headed 'fighter' this 96 page book covers all aspects of the fighter aircraft of the world, issued in 1997 by author Bill Gunston, comes in fair condition some marks to outer cover.
Plaque & 1915 Star Trio to Scrivener Royal Fusiliers. A Great War memorial plaque and 1914/15 star trio awarded to L/14112 Corporal George R Scrivener of the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers. George Scrivener was born in Enfield and enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers in London. He first entered the theatre of war in France on the 2nd May 1915, probably with one of the territorial battalions and then was forwarded on to the 1st battalion while near Hooge, now in the 17th Brigade, 6th division. The action at Hooge is known for the first use of flame throwers by the Germans, although a horrific weapon, little was gained by the enemy during the battle of Givenchy. During 1916 on the Somme the 1st battalion saw most action in the September at the battle of Flers-Courcelette, here the Canadian saw action at the Somme for the first time along with the use of tanks. Here the tanks were mechanically and tactically tested and although many problems arose with their use, they proved to have a very positive effect in battle and with the moral of the troops fighting behind them. The battalion then went on to Moval and the battle of Transloy, during the latter, the bad weather played as much of a force for the battalion as the enemy, but the British gradually pressed forward, still fighting against numerous counter-attacks, in an effort to have the front line on higher ground for a new offensive in 1917, at Arras and the Cambrai operations. 1918 the 6th division was kept extremely busy, taking everything the Germans could throw at them, George’s brigade being in action at the battle of St Quentin, Battle of the Scherpenberg, and the Advance in Flanders with the second army. It was in one of the actions here that George Scrivener was wounded and later killed. He died on the 23rd August 1918. He is now remembered with honour at the Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery. I purposely haven’t gone too in depth with this man’s history as I know this will prove a very interesting research project. I have got the full Battalion war diary for the period of George’s service, this is included with his group. Also included is the CWGC certificate, medal index card etc, so lots of information supplied to make a good start. With his medals and plaque comes two group photo’s featuring George, he is conveniently marked with a cross. A little silver sweetheart brooch and a RF cap badge; this is not Georges original just a nice example I found to go with his group. The medals are in excellent condition and come modern court mounted. The plaque is just as good with a nice even patina. The photos are a little scruffy around the edges, but still good and clear and not faded. A fabulous lot to a long serving fusilier who never saw the end of the war. Please Note; the war diary can either be supplied by email or on a CD rom in PDF format.
Post WW1 Hallmarked Silver Navy Football Medallion 1921 A pretty hallmarked silver sports medallion engraved on the reverse ‘runners up inter-mess football comp Fort Blockhouse 1920-21’, as you can see below Fort Blockhouse is a Naval establishment in Hampshire. The medal has a full set of hallmarks on the back for Birmingham 1921 with the makers mark of WHH, the front central cartouche is rose gold and this has not been engraved. Comes in super condition and measures just over 1.25 inches long. Fort Blockhouse is a military establishment in Gosport, Hampshire, England, and the final version of a complicated site. It is surrounded on three sides by water and provides the best view of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. It is unique in two respects - firstly, it was built over a number of centuries. Secondly, it is thought to be the oldest fortified position in the United Kingdom that is still in active military use
Post WW1 Rifle Brigade Cap Badge. Superb quality white metal cap badge for the Rifle brigade, post WW1 as the last battle honours showing on the badge are ‘France & Flanders 1914-18 and Macedonia 1915-18. It is in lovely original condition with nice patination. Ref. Z5
Post WW1 S&SFA Badge The S&SFA (soldiers, sailors and airmen families association) was founded as early as 1885, below is more info on the organisations history, this badge dates to after WW1 as it includes airmen in the heading. Made from a white metal with red and blue enamels, it is not makers marked and comes in very good but needs a clean condition. Measures one inch in diameter not including the crown. The symbol in the centre of the badge represents two crossed ‘A’s and was adapted from the Princess of Wales personal monogram to form the basis of the organisation’s logo.  The S&SFA organisation was founded in 1885 by James Gildea (1838-1920) to provide a wide range of support services to serving and former members of the British Armed Forces. The S&SFA had branches throughout the UK and was staffed by trained volunteers, some from the medical and nursing professions. The S&SFA changed it’s name in 1919 to the ‘Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Families Association’ (SSAFA) to accommodate the newly formed Royal Air Force.
Post WW1 Solid Brass Decorative Photograph Frame A really pretty Art Nouveau style solid brass photo frame very similar in style to the death plaque issued to bereaved families just post war. It comes complete with a photo of a young soldier. Very good condition and measures just under 6.5 inches in diameter.
Post WW2 5th Army Group RA Formation Patch. Woven silk patch for the 5th Army Group Royal Artillery (AGRA). They were formed in the January of 1943 and served in Italy and North-West Europe attached to 30 Corps; they were disbanded around 1957. This patch is in excellent condition although, it has been issued and worn and taken from a uniform.
Post WW2 63rd Gurkha Rifle Brigade Cloth Formation Badge Below is some information on the 63rd Gurkha rifle brigade, the badge comes in good but used condition and is a little frayed on the edges. The Brigade was formed in Negri Sembilam, Malaya, in July 1950. It stayed in Malaya until January 1962 when Brigade HQ, 1/6 Gurkha Rifles and elements of Gurkha Engineers transferred to the UK where they merged with elements of 51st Infantry Brigade to form 51st Gurkha Brigade.
Post WW2 7th Army Group RA Formation Patch. A woven silk patch for the 7th Army Group (AA) Royal Artillery. It comes in excellent condition even though it has been issued and worn.
Post WW2 Army Boxing Prize Medallion A very nice quality bronze medallion given as a prize to 'Gnr Able S.J. Boxing No1 section 'G' troop Jan 9th 1952' and has been engraved accordingly on the back. Comes in good condition and measures 1.5 inches in diameter and in its box of issue.
Post WW2 Army Issue Belt and Bayonet Frog. A good green webbing belt with its bayonet frog, for the No 4 spike socket bayonet. In very good condition, but issued and used.
Post WW2 Blues & Royals Association Badge A nice brass and enamel badge for the association of the blues and Royals, comes in very good condition and has the makers name of J. Pinches London on the back, it measures just under one inch long.
Post WW2 Burma Star Association Badges and Cloth Patch The Burma Star Association was officially founded on the 26 February 1951 with 2,000 founder members. At its peak it had some 24,000 members in the late 80’s to the mid 90’s. Here we have a good sized blazer badge which is sewn through dark velvet, a Burma star assoc pin badge and a ‘friend of the Burma star assoc’ pin badge which unusually comes still attached to its J.R. Gaunt issued card. All three items are in very good condition.
Post WW2 Chinese S.K.S Spike Bayonet, the Chinese version of the bayonet used on the Russian Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, semi-automatic rifle. It has a cruciform spike blade with a screw driver tip and comes in almost mint condition. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Post WW2 Era Cloth Formation Patch – 40th Infantry Division A printed cloth badge for the 40th Infantry division who were formed in 1949 and fought in Korea, comes in good but used condition and has residue glue on the back.
Post WW2 Era Cloth Shoulder Patches – Newcastle Cadet Force A good pair of sewn shoulder patches for the Royal Grammar School Newcastle Combined Cadet Forces, they are in good condition but have been used and removed from a uniform.
Post WW2 German Luftwaffe Insignia. A nice little collection of insignia for an Airman 2nd class in the Bundeswehr Air Force. It includes a pair shoulder boards, pair of collar tabs, a pair of cuff titles and a breast badge. All seven items are in good condition but have been issued and worn.
Post WW2 Group of Four Ration Books Dated 1953/54 these four ration books were issued to the same family, the Goodsell's, named to each family member on the front. Rationing must have been coming to an end as none of the books have been used, they come in very good condition.
Post WW2 North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge. An interesting badge, which I think dates to the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s. it is made of bronze and white metal, may be an officers issue, of that I am not sure. It comes with its original cloth backing and it comes in perfect order, the same badge was used up until 1959 when the two Staffordshire regiments (north and south) were merged to form the Staffordshire regiment, then they wore the badge of the Mercian brigade. Ref. Z3
Post WW2 Officers Cap. A very good quality post WW2 officers cap with silver & gilt side buttons for the Army Dentist Corps. Inside it has a leather sweat band and silk lining. It also has its original brown leather chin strap to the front. No badge but these are easy to get, or you can convert it to wear and set of insignia you want. Size around a 6&7/8ths and it comes in very good useable condition.
Post WW2 REME Cap Badge. A lovely quality Kings crown bi-metal badge, for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. This badge was issued from 1947 to 1955, when the queen’s crown was issued. It is in lovely original condition, unpolished with a nice tone to the brass parts. Ref. Y25
Post WW2 Royal Hampshire 1st/6th Btn Territorial Cap Badge. I do not know a whole lot about this badge, it is all white metal for the 1st/6th territorial battalion of the Royal Hampshire regiment. the regiment obtained the ‘Royal’ in 1946, so I can only assume this is a post war badge. it comes in excellent condition and was made by Gaunt of London. Ref. B19
Post WW2 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge. In 1946 the Lincolshire regiment was granted the ‘Royal’ title, so the badge was changed shortly after to this example. Due to the high quality of this badge, it probably dates to one of the first striking’s. It has a white metal Sphinx with a brass ribbon holding the regimental title below, with solid back. This badge was issued until 1958 and this one is a lovely early example, which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. Y35
Post WW2 Royal Naval Officers Hat Band, a super quality bullion hat band from the cap of a royal navy officer, post 1953 displaying the queens crown, although it is a queens crown badge it does have a good vintage, probably nearer the 1953 date than a modern issue. It is in beautiful condition, the hat band itself is a little stretched but this only shows it has been worn on a cap for many years.
Post WW2 Solid Bronze Ashtray – R.E.M.E - Rhine Army Christmas 1948 A very heavy solid bronze ashtray probably made in the workshops of the 37th Rhine army R.E.M.E, it has the badge for the REME top left with Rhine army across the top and along the bottom Christmas 1948. Comes in good but used condition, I have tried to clean it up but it still needs a good polish, measures 5 inches x 4.
Post WW2 Southend-on-Sea Civil Defence Uniform This Sergeants post war battle dress has the official cloth lable inside dating 1952 but the insignia still shows a King’s crown, the battle dress blouse lable shows it is a size 14 with a chest measurement up to 38 inches, it has the sergeants stripe to both arms and the breast badge for the Civil defence Corps has the Southend-on-sea cloth lable under. The heavy wool trousers have a makers lable for Montague Burton Ltd with 1952 under, it says size 10 with a 35 inch waist and a 31.5 inch inner leg. Both pieces come in very good condition and show only slight signs of use.
Post WW2 Wessex Training Brigade Formation Patch. A printed sleeve patch used by the Wessex Training Brigade; The units in the Group were the Devonshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire Regiments. The Training Brigade Groups were formed in 1947 and only one patch was issued and worn on the left arm, I believe, just under the shoulder title. This one is in excellent condition and looks unused.
Pr Interesting & Rare WW1 Cast Iron Plaques – Kitchener & Joffe These two interesting plaques were made by the Taunton factory of Rudman Lancey and Craven, made from cast iron and later painted with black paint. They have hung on the wall of a house local to me since the second world war and aside from an occasional dust have not been touched in decades. They feature Earl Kitchener and General Joffre. Each measures 7.75inches long and come in excellent condition.
Pre WW1 Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge. A solid white metal badge issued I believe up to 1908. A solid white metal badge with no cat’s tail. It comes in good condition but has some surface wear which has lost some of its fine detail. Ref. X28
Pre WW1 Era Large Booklet – Six Decisive Battles of British History A large booklet issued by the incorporated soldiers and sailors help society to raise funds for former service men, below is a brief history for the society. This large booklet which measures 13 inches x 10 details (in their opinion) the six most decisive battles in British history starting with the battle of Poictiers in 1356 to the battle of Dettingen 1743. One page of text and one picture per battle. The booklet comes in very good condition for its age showing signs of use. The Forces Help Society, originally known as The Soldiers & Sailors Help Society was founded in 1899 with Princess Christian, Queen Victoria’s third daughter and a founder of the Red Cross, as its first President. It received its Charter of Incorporation in 1901. Following the creation of the Royal Air Force, the Society became the Incorporated Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Help Society.
Pre WW1 Era – The Royal Artillery at Oakhampton Pull Out Postcard Dating most likely from the Edwardian era and taken from the Valentine's series this great pull out postcard features 10 photo's around Oakhampton including the camp and Torrs, to the front is the Royal Artillery showing the uniform of the RHA, RFA and RGA. Comes in good condition, someone has written a faint note on the back 'have a apple' 'Winnie from Herbert' but it has not been postally used,
Pre WW1 German Booklet for Army Uniform Regulations Issued in 1899 and was probably still current at the outbreak of the war, this A5 size booklet is a German army uniform regulations booklet, I would imagine it is very strict in its instruction of what and how uniform should be worn. Comes in fair condition, there are 30 pages in all, none are loose but the spine is worn.
Pre WW1 German Medical Feeding Cup. An early 20th medical feeding cup displaying the red iron cross shaped cross. The cup itself is British made and was probably exported in the white and decorated by the receiving factory or organisation. It could have been used during the First World War, I doubt the sick or wounded noticed or cared where it was made. It comes in perfect condition.
Pre WW1 German Stadt or Towns Letter Seals (1) These group of four paper seals would have been used to seal the back of an envelope in place of the old fashioned wax seal as an anti-tamper device, most were broken upon opening so to find them complete is quite rare. They come in very good condition.
Pre WW1 German Stadt or Towns Letter Seals (2) These group of four paper seals would have been used to seal the back of an envelope in place of the old fashioned wax seal as an anti-tamper device, most were broken upon opening so to find them complete is quite rare. They come in very good condition.
Pre WW1 King Edwards Horse Cap Badge. The badge for the King Edwards Horse, worn by the Kings Colonials. A very interesting white metal badge, the regiment was also known as the Kings Overseas Dominions Regiment, in fact the badge carries the names of the countries in swags amongst oak leaves; Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. This badge was worn up to the outbreak of the First World War, then the regiment was broken up into squadrons, each dominium taking its own badge. This one comes in good used condition, it has some light wear to the high points and it has a nice even tone. The badge has been slightly bent to fit a cap comfortably. A very good example. Ref. V23
Pre WW1 Photograph Postcard Mounted Royal Army Medical Corps This is an interesting photo postcard showing a Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps mounted, the card was sent in mid 1911 from Littleton-Parnell which is in Wiltshire and is hand written to his wife and suggests that they will be involved in a 'night attack'. Comes in good order, one fold on a corner.
Pre WW1 Photograph – Territorial Unit - London Reg A great group photograph of a territorial unit, probably one of the London regiments, taken between the Boer and Great war, a group of 9 young men including the bugle player to the front, on the back is written ' Alfred Sibley Page is seated on the RHS) (right hand side) Mounted on card it comes in good but used condition and the mount has a few dings to the edges, the photo measures 8 inches x 6 and the mount is 14 x 10.5.
Pre WW1 Postcard - French Air Ship the Patrie The ‘Patrie’ was the first airship built for the French military, she was completed in 1906 and had training manoeuvres in 1907, in November 1907 she broke her moorings in a storm and drifted from France to Ireland, she came to ground but was blown back into the air and vanished across the ocean never to be seen again. The postcard shows the ship in flight and is in very good condition.
Pre WW1 Postcard Captain Gordon RMLI Interesting and very rare pre WW1 postcard showing Captain Gordon of the Royal Marines Light Infantry in flight leaving the air base at Walmer. Captain Gordon was the second officer of the RMLI to qualify as a pilot and distinguished himself in the destruction of Konigsburg in East Africa and at the battle of Ctesiphon in Mesopotamia. By the outbreak of the war 12 Royal Marine officers had qualified. The post card is stamped and dated 1912 and was sent from Deal Kent to Lowestoft Suffolk, it comes in excellent condition.
Pre WW1 US Army Bandsman Photograph. A wonderful original photograph showing a US army bandsman standing to attention, holding his tuba in camp outside his tent. A great picture for students of US uniform. It is in very good condition, a little fades but still clear enough to pick out all the details. It measures 10 x 8 inches.
Pre WW2 era Graf Zeppelin Crew Cap and Tie. Two amazing pieces of Zeppelin memorabilia, the crewman cap with original tally embroidered with the ‘Graf Zeppelin’, the cap is in wonderful condition, no moth and on the inside lining is a good maker’s mark. The tie did not originate with the cap, I have put these two pieces together as they display so well. This is also embroidered in silk with the Zeppelin Logo and either side is a German flag with an iron cross, so a very early piece. This is also in excellent condition with no moth damage. Two very rare original pieces worn by crew on the Zeppelins, these very seldom come up for sale and never in this amazing condition.
Pre WW2 German National Reserve Training Tinnie – Panzerwaffe This style of tinnie was worn by the men who were training in the 'reserve' units before being transferred to active service, this one is for the Panzerwaffe tank unit and shows a Panzer tank with parole heimat (basically home service). It comes in very good condition and has a bronzed finish. It measures just over 1.5 inches long.
Pre WW2 German NSDAP Party Pressed Leather Tinnie – Hannover 1937 The German tinnies or day badges were made in a variety of materials, this one comes in a compressed leather, it is very detailed on the front for a party meeting of the NSDAP in Hannover 1937, the back is also well marked with a maker in Leipzig and the word ' lederplastik'. Comes in perfect condition and measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Pre WW2 German Tinnie/Day Badge – Unidentified Usually these type of badges have a motto or town with a date and can be traced to the event they commemorate, this one has neither so I cant offer any information other than it is the usual pressed out lightweight metal silver washed and shows a Germanic eagle with drooped wings standing on what might be a ships wheel or similar, no Swastika either so you have to make your own minds up about this one. Good condition some light wear and measures 1.25 inches long.
Pre WW2 German Workers Book & Apprenticeship Book. x2 Two superb condition 1930's German identity books, the first is the more common workers party book and the second is a more unusual apprenticeship book. They both belonged to Arno Stopp (I think) who was born 1906 in Chemnitz in Saxony. Both are in very good condition.
Pre WW2 German Workers Book with Photograph A good example of a pre WW2 German workers book issued to Georg Schimk who joined the workers party in 1934, the book contains many paid up Nazi symbol stamps up to 1940, included also is a photograph of a young man in workers party uniform which I would like to think is Georg. Book comes in good but used condition.
Pre WW2 MkII Officers Compass A 1938 dated blackened brass officers compass made by F Barker & Sons of London. The condition is very good, it still works with a little tap at the dial and most of its original blacking is still intact. No damage to the glass and nothing missing, it just a very good example of of its type in a very good collectable grade.
Pre WW2 Soviet Russia Medal for Battle Merit A well loved and proudly worn 1938 issue Soviet Russian silver medal for battle merit, below is further info on the criteria for issue of this medal. This example has been much worn, the medal ribbon is missing and the metal back has been covered in a waterproof plastic. The back of the medal is otherwise blank except for the recipients number of 2254825. The USSR Medal for Battle Merit was a Soviet military medal awarded for "combat action resulting in a military success", "courageous defense of the state borders", or "successful military and political training and preparation". It was created on October 17, 1938 by the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Amber Brooch This pretty Amber brooch is set in a marked 925 sterling silver mount, this mark is to be found on the back, made in a Celtic style it comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Blue Chalcedony Stone Set Earrings A pretty pair of sterling silver earrings set with blue Chalcedony stones, suitable for pierced ears the settings measure just over one inch long. Omes in a pretty presentation box.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Ocean Blue Topaz Pendant Cross and Chain. This is a really pretty piece, an ocean blue Topaz stone set in a 925 Sterling silver pendant cross. Comes on a good quality heavy 925 Sterling chain which measures 24 inches long. Both items in excellent condition. The cross measures two inches long. Decorative display box included.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Pink Australian Triplet Opal Necklace A really pretty five stone pink Australian triplet Opal set in a marked 925 sterling silver necklace, five oval stones in individual mounts, comes in excellent condition and measures approx. 18 inches long, would sit high to mid on the neckline, comes in a pretty gift box.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver and Citrine Stone Set Pendant on Chain This is a very decorative 925 sterling silver marked drop pendant set with 5 amber coloured facet cut Citrine stones, it comes on a silver chain and would make a super Christmas stocking filler.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver Small Double Photograph Locket A sweet little piece marked inside with 925 for Sterling silver and designed to hold two small photo's, the outer case has partial decoration and it comes on a fine silver chain which measures 17 inches long. It measures one inch long including the jump ring and comes in a handy presentation box
Pretty Hallmarked Silver Heart Shaped Basket of Flowers Pendant This is an elegant vintage piece, hallmarked on the back and designed as a basket of flowers the three flowers having been stone set and mounted on a heart shaped background, as a vintage piece it is a bit tarnished so a short spell in a silver dip would bring it up really well, I have put a new silver chain with it, this measures 20 inches long and the pendant is one inch long. It comes in a handy presentation box.
Pretty Silver and Smokey Topaz Five Stone Bracelet Although not marked 925 sterling silver the metal on this bracelet tests as 925, it has five facet cut smokey Topaz stones and comes in very good condition, would fit a medium sized wrist, the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
Pretty Silver set Howlite stone Pendant and Silver Chain The Howlite stone is also known as white Turquoise, this pretty drop pendant has also been set with a facet cut Garnet gem stone. Comes on a good length silver chain and would make a great Christmas stocking filler.
Pretty Sterling Silver Drop Necklace. An elegant sterling silver drop necklace set with six aquamarine stones. It is stamped 9.25 on the back of a mount. It is fastened by a ‘S’ hook catch and comes in new, perfect condition. A really lovely piece which would look good with evening dress or casual wear. It measures 16.5 inches not including the bottom drop stone.
Pretty Victorian Small Lidded Trinket Box A pretty little box which has a lock fitted but sadly no key, made from wood it has bands of white which are brass studded, the overall effect is for Rosewood with Ivory fittings but in fact both elements are paint effects. Very striking in appearance it measures 4 inches long and is 2.25 inches high and comes in good but used condition.
Pretty Vintage Hallmarked Silver Bangle (small) A very pretty hallmarked silver ladies bangle decorated on one side and having a full set of hallmarks on the inside for Birmingham 1991 and a makers mark of RPH, it comes in good condition, there are a few dings here and there, the catch and hinge work perfectly but the safety chain has been broken and can be replaced quite simply. Would fit a slim to medium wrist.
Pretty Vintage Hallmarked Silver Bangle Chester 1955 A well marked and very good quality silver bangle, it carries a full set of hallmarks for Chester 1955 and with a makers mark which is partially worn, the front has been decorated with a running pattern in a floral manner. It comes in good condition but has one ding near the catch. It would fit a medium sized wrist and is fitted with a safety chain.
Pretty Vintage Ladies Powder Compact This is an unmarked piece but carries a ticket inside for Timothy Whites, I don’t think this has ever had powder in it, it comes in super condition and is housed in half of its original box of sale, the compact measures 3 inches in diameter.
Pretty Vintage Micro Mosaic Brooch A really pretty little brooch made of micro mosaic piece of cut glass arranged into a flower pattern with a red border, all mounted in a yellow metal brooch. Comes in very good condition and measures one inch in diameter.
Pretty Vintage Millefiori Glass Paperweight Here is a really pretty glass paperweight, classed as millefiori because of the large number of cut glass canes making up the flower pattern trapped inside the glass bubble, it comes in very good condition with light use marks, it measures 3 inches wide.
Pretty WW1 Era German Sweetheart Brooch – with Soldier A pretty pin brooch made from a base metal with a gilded finish showing the portrait of a young German soldier in uniform, comes in good but with some slight wear condition, measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Pretty WW1 Era Gold & Sapphire Earrings From Officers Buttons Purchased recently from an estate sale these lovely earrings came with a piece of paper which explains that they were made from an officers shirt buttons fitted with gold wires and set with a decent sized sapphire to the middle, the note also goes on to say that the officer went on to serve in Gallipoli, this I cannot prove as I haven't his name. Also with this lot comes a single tissue poppy leaf, released from the ceiling of the Albert hall on Commemorative Sunday 1955. They have a screw fixing so perfect for someone without pierced ears they come in excellent condition.
Princess Mary's Own 10th Gurkha Rifles A solid white metal badge showing the Kukri and horn of the 10th Gurkha rifles. Very good condition with two lugs on the back. Ref. U13
Princess Mary’s Christmas Tin with Original Card. A must for every military collector, Princess Mary’s Christmas tin, or gift box. this one comes in very good condition; although all of the gilt has gone from the lid, it remains clean and free from and staining. The tin itself is free from any dents and contains its original Christmas card, this is in perfect order. a very nice tin, the perfect example if you want to collect the rest of the contents to fill it.
Printed Cloth Badge for British Air Formation Signals A single printed cloth badge for the British Air Formation Signals, comes in worn condition.
QE II Issue Imperial Service Medal – Boxed Issued for 25 plus years service in the civil service this ISM was awarded to Fred Taylor. It is a solid silver medal and it was made by Spinks of London, it comes in its original box of issue, the Spink's issue was for only one year, I believe, the silver jubilee year 1977, so a much rarer issue than the Royal Mint issues. this one has been rarely worn and in excellent condition. Ref; M4
QE II Issue Miniature General Service Medal Gulf Bar One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, This QE II issue miniature General Campaign service medal has the Gulf bar , it comes in good condition, needing a clean and has a good ribbon with pin on reverse.
QE II Issue Miniature Iraq Medal with Combat Clasp One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, Issued to anyone involved with the liberation of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, military and civilian alike but for those who had an active combat role a clasp was issued with the dates '19th March - 28th April 2003'. This one comes in very good condition and is on a decent length of ribbon.
QE II Issue Womens Imperial Service Medal A lovely medal named to Ellen Hill Wilson, typically I have not been able to find her London Gazette entry so do not know what she did to be awarded the medal, comes in its box of issue and is in perfect condition.
QE II Navy Officers Gold Bullion Cap Badge A super quality Navy officers QEII period cap badge dating from the 1950's, it has a raised padded hand sewn crown and is surrounded by gold bullion and silver wirework. A larger size badge measuring 3 inches high. There is a manufacturers lable to the back for Griscti's of Malta, embroiderers of Naval insignia. Comes in very good condition with only marginal wear.
QE II Royal Horse Guards Cap Badge A bronze cap badge with queens crown, very nice condition with a small fault on the crown, used from 1953. Ref. W12
QEII Distinguished Service Miniature Medal. A silver plated Queen Elisabeth II DSM miniature 2nd type. It is in good but used condition.
QEII 12th Lancers Cap Badge. The bi-metal cross lances of the Prince of wales Royal Lancers. This example shows queen Elizabeth II crown, which was introduced in 1958 and used until the merger with the 9th Lancers in the 1960’s. this badge comes in perfect condition. Ref. Z24
QEII 12th Lancers Cap Badge. A very good quality bi-metal badge for the 12th Prince of Wales’s Royal Lancers. The queens crown badge was issued from around 1956 until the early 1960’s when they merged with the 9th Lancers. There was a small change in design of the badge, the Roman numerals between the lancers changed. This one comes in pretty much perfect condition. Ref. A23
QEII 13th / 18th Royal Hussars Beret Badge. The small Queens crown brass beret badge of the 13th / 18th Royal Hussars. It comes in excellent polished condition. Ref. X7
QEII Army LS&GC Medal Replacement Copy. A top quality replacement copy of the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. It comes in perfect condition and on a piece of original silk ribbon.
QEII Border Regiment Cap Badge Post 1953 cap badge, worn by the border regiment until 1959. This is a superb quality white metal badge, which still has most of the red enamel to the centre. It has been issued and used, but this badge still remains in excellent condition. Ref. Z4
QEII British Empire & Civil Defence Medal & More to Co Durham Man This is a lovely historical package of medals, photographs and documents all belonging to one man detailing an interesting career as a miner, an officer in the Church Lad’s brigade, a sergeant in the St John Ambulance and a Durham county special constable. Robert Atkinson was born circa 1895 in Ryton County Durham to a strong mining family, the 1911 census has himself, father and brother all working down the mines, Robert as a 16 year old is a driver coalminer. There is no mention of Robert serving in the Great war tho’ he would have been of perfect age, so may have been in a reserved occupation or might have served as a miner but by 1931 he was active with the St John ambulance brigade earning certificates as a first aider, by 1939 Robert was serving with the Durham county as a special constable and during 1938/39 became a sergeant with the St John and trained in air raid precautions and casualties, he completed anti-gas training with the police and for the war years was a sergeant with the Church lad’s brigade. Following the war he stayed with the civil defence into the early 1960’s. In 1963 he was awarded the British Empire medal (civil division) for his work as a head shaftsman, foreman joiner with the Langley park colliery Co Durham, he also received the Civil Defence medal. Along with these two medals is a comprehensive folder of certificates, photographs of Robert and other papers showing an interesting and varied life, Robert sadly passed away in 1968 at a rough age of 83. All items come in very good well preserved condition, the medals are in super condition and the BEM is named correctly.
QEII British Empire Miniature Medal. A good contemporary silver plated miniature or dress medal, it comes with civil ribbon and in very good condition
QEII Distinguished Conduct Miniature Medal A superb quality miniature medal for distinguished conduct in the field, Queen Elizabeth II issue. it comes in near mint condition and it is on its official silk ribbon.
QEII General Service medal to Anderson REME. A 1918 – 1962 General Service medal correctly named to 22690935 CFN (Craftsman or private) J.J. Anderson. R.E.M.E (Royal Electrical and mechanical Engineers) This comes in near mint condition and in its original box of issue.
QEII General Service Medal to RN Malay Clasp. A good Queen Elizabeth II General Service medal correctly named to 062505 A. C. Seago Radio Opps 1st Class. Royal Navy. This comes with a swivel suspender and the Malay Peninsular Clasp. The condition is excellent, no damage, very little wear and a lovely tone.
QEII Household Cavalry Officers Pouch. A very attractive dress pouch worn by the officers of the Household cavalry. It dates from the 1960’s and is made from the typical 1960’s flexible plastic material which was used in abundance at the time for anything that was originally made of leather. It is very good quality, all the metal parts are silver plated, including the front plate which is also nicely engraved. The bottom parts of the pouch itself are made of kid leather, so why they couldn’t make it all from leather, I don’t know; probably they though this material was more durable and didn’t need so much cleaning perhaps. However it is a rare little find and on a uniform, it will look stunning. It comes in near perfect condition, no damage and no loss of the silver plate on any of the metal pieces.
QEII Imperial Service Medal to Dorothy Warne. A beautiful and under rated solid silver medal awarded for long and faithful service in the civil service; this one is correctly named and awarded to Dorothy Irene Warne in 1967 she was a Telephonist in the London region. It comes in mint condition, in its original box with copy of London gazette entry.
QEII ISM to Woman Photo Printer to the Admiralty. A very interesting Imperial Service medal awarded to Mrs Doreen Marguerite Perrett for service as Photo Printer to the Admiralty during the second world war. she joined in 1941 and retired in 1966, she received her awarded for 25 years devoted service. The medal is in mint condition and in its case of issue with copy of London gazette Entry and period newspaper cutting. A rare award to a woman for WW2 through to cold war service.
QEII Issue Imperial Service Medal This Imperial service medal was awarded to Rowland Alexander Norcott, this style of medal was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the Empire for long and meritorious service usually after 25 years of service. The medal is in perfect condition, comes in its box of issue and is just a little tarnished from storage.
QEII Issue Imperial Service Medal This Imperial service medal was awarded to Frederick Leonard Pound, this style of medal was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the Empire for long and meritorious service usually after 25 years of service. The medal is in perfect condition, comes in its box of issue with spare ribbon and is just a little tarnished from storage.
QEII Issue RAF Senior Flying Instructor Embroidered Badge A lovely quality issued but unused RAF embroidered badge for a senior flying instructor, super condition and still in its packet of issue. It measures 4.75 inches long
QEII Life Guards Cap Badge. Queen Elizabeth II Anodised cap badge which comes excellent but used condition. Ref. W15.
QEII RA Officers Bronze Cap Badge. A beautiful quality post 1953 bronze officers cap badge which comes in excellent condition with two retaining clips on the back.
QEII Territorial Efficiency Medal to RA. A good Queen Elizabeth II TEF correctly named to 22284699 Gunner H Gibbson. Royal Artillery. Awarded for 12 years continuous service in the Territorial Army. This one comes in good condition with a few contact marks and some light edge bruising (please see pictures).
QEII Territorial Efficiency Miniature Medal A miniature QEII medal with the T & AVR bar which comes suspended on its original ribbon. this little medal has been used and mounted at some time. It still remains in good condition, although the silk ribbon is a little faded.
QEII the George Medal Replacement Copy. A good quality replacement copy of the coveted George medal. This one comes in perfect condition but on the wrong ribbon.
QSA + 5 Bars to Burton Manchester Reg Casualty A great scarce queens South Africa medal correctly named to 5906 Private H. Burton of the Manchester regiment. the QSA has the bars; South Africa 02, South Africa 01, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony, all original and properly fixed although they are in the wrong order. The medal comes with copies of his medal roll which confirms all of the bars and Casualties of the Boer War list for this man. Both state that he died in Elandsfontein in South Africa of ‘Enteric’ which was the old term for Typhoid, on 5th February 1902, while serving with the 3rd battalion. Apart from the medal roll etc, no other research has been done on this man, which is a great shame, the Manchester’s arrived in south Africa very early and were operational when the war began, taking a fundamental part in the opening assaults. It looks as if Private Burman was present all through the 3 year war and died so close to the end of the war. This medal is in excellent condition, nice and crisp with no wear, its only fault being an edge knock to the rim, but this is the only one and not bad enough to make a difference.
QSA+3 to Clery Kings Royal Rifle Corps. A good Queens South Africa Medal with the Transvaal, Orange Free State and cape Colony Bars, correctly named to 3081 Private E Clery of the 9th battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. The Corps was heavy involved in the Second Anglo Boer War from the outset playing a key role in the first battle at Talana Hill. Two officers from the regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross; Lieutenant Frederick H S Roberts and Lieutenant Llewelyn A E Price-Davies. This medal comes with a copy of his medal roll which confirms the bars attached but the roll states he served with the 9th battalion and my old book on the Boer states there were only 4 battalions of KRRC, still, an interesting little anomaly to sort out. The medal comes in excellent original condition with a good swiveling suspender.
Quality German Badge - Reichstag Berlin 1930's Normally made from lightweight metal this one is different in its construction, made from a decent weight brass it shows the Reichstag in Berlin. These ere bought at the Reichstag as souvenirs in the 1930's - 40's and came in many different sizes. No makers mark and comes in very good condition, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
Quality Replica Flintlock Pistol. Quite a good quality replica flintlock pistol wall hanger. Made I think by Denix, this pistol comes in lovely condition with no damage or repairs. It will cock and dry fire and it has Napoleon’s motif in metal on the grip and a Napoleonic eagle on the butt. Very decorative and a good looker for display. It measures 13.5 inches long. Ship to UK only
Quality Replica WW1 Broom handle Mauser A very good replica WW1 Mauser, nicknamed the broom handle,first made in 1896 and used by german officers in the first war, popular with both Winston Chuchill who used one during the Boer war and Lawrence of Arabia who carried a Mauser C96 for a period during his time in the middle East. A super quality replica in perfect condition, ideal for the re-enactor.
Quality Replica WW1 Princess Mary Christmas Tin A modern replica WW1 brass Princess Mary Christmas tin as sent to the troops in the trenches in 1914. New and in perfect condition ideal for the re-enactor or a good cabinet piece. Was £12
Quality Replica WW2 SS Dagger. COPY A very good replica WW2 SS dagger as worn by the black uniformed members of Hitlers 'SS'. It has a black composite handle with 'SS' runes and Eagle in cast metal. Complete with hanging chain this replica dagger and scabbard is perfect for the re-enactor. Comes in perfect condition.
Quality Vintage Air Crew Europe Star Replica. This is a nice old aged and toned copy of the Air Crew Europe star, the most desirable of all the WW2 campaign stars, originals now selling for up to £350 each. Although this is an early copy or replacement it still comes in very good condition.
Quality Vintage Pair of Field Binoculars by Dollond. A super pair of very high quality binoculars made by Dolland & co probably in the 1950’s or 60’s. They have been used but well looked after and remain in A1 condition and in perfect working order, they come with their original leather case, this has some wear to the outside, but the interior is mint.
Queen Victoria’s Christmas Gift Tin 1900 The Queens Christmas 1900 chocolate gift tin, these were sent to all troops serving in South Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer war. The chocolate tins came in two sizes and were produced by Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry in a three-way partnership. The tins were mostly sent home to sweethearts and wives as chocolate was a luxury item to the majority of people at that time and these three company’s produced the best quality chocolate available in the day. This one is the smaller size of tin which are known to be the scarcer, although I have never seen a large tin and I have seen plenty of these small ones, there were over 40,000 of these tins produced but as it contained a consumable they too were discarded or used to contain mementos. This one is an excellent example and it comes in great condition, Please see pictures for full details of condition.
Queen's Institute of District Nursing Badge – Named & Dated The Queen's Nursing Institute was founded in 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee year, and originally called Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses. The name was changed in 1926 to the Queen's Institute of District Nursing but the design of the badge was otherwise largely unchanged. The badges were worn on cords around the neck by "Queen's Nurses". This example is named on the back to: Mary E Price Queen's Nurse July 1923 – October 1950. it comes in very good condition.
Queens Bays (2nd D G’s) Cap Badge. The regiment used the same badge for over sixty years, the only change was the king and queens crown, this one is from the WW1 – WW2 period, it is hard to say for sure a more precise date; the regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Dragoon Guards in 1959, then this badge was lost altogether. A super badge in excellent condition. Ref. R8 All my badges come with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
Queens Crown HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge A nice quality quite modern badge for the armed forces veterans, it comes in very good condition and measures one inch long.
Queens Crown Joint Norfolk Special Constabulary Cap Badge & Collars A very good white metal post WW2 vintage cap badge and pair of collar dogs for the joint Norfolk special constabulary, the cap badge is marked Firmin London on the slider. All three come in super condition, the cap badge measures two inches long.
Queens Jubilee 1977 Silver Proof Crown. X2 Solid silver crown produced by the Royal Mint to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee on the 6th February 1977. This one comes in mint condition and housed in its Royal Mint box of issue.
Queens Korea Miniature Medal Pair. A good period miniature medal pair of the Queens Korea and the United nations medal for Korea. Both are in very good but used condition and both come on a very good length of original silk ribbon.
Queens Own Yeomanry Cap Badge. A very fine bi-metal badge showing a fox with a scroll below bearing the regiments title. This yeomanry regiment was formed in the 1970’s from four other northern yeomanry regiments. This is a beautiful example of this badge, which is in perfect condition and has a makers mark stamped on the slider. Ref. Z30
Queens South Africa Medal Renamed to Scott. A Queens South Africa Medal for service in the 2nd Anglo Boer war 1899 – 1902. I don’t not usually buy renamed medal, but sometimes, as with this one, they comes with other items in a collection. This one is a good budget medal for someone who can’t afford to buy any Boer war medals. It has some problems, the medal itself is in excellent condition, beautiful detail and virtually no wear, but, it has been renamed and engraved to; L. L. F. Scott. It also has a BWM suspender, so it does not swivel. It comes on a piece of replacement ribbon, overall a nice gap filler.
Radnor Home Guard Cap Badge. The 2nd pattern badge dating from the mid to late 1950’s, it comes in very good but used condition. Ref. R6 All my badges come with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
RAF Bullion Blazer Badge, Shoulder Side & Badges Etc. An interesting little lot taken from a recent house clearance. It comprises of; a very good quality bullion blazer bade for the 214 squadron. A shoulder rank slide for a flight Lieutenant. A WW2 RAF cap badge. A post war RFA association badge with a ring back for fixing to a button hole. And lastly a RAF association receipt for £14.05p raised by Mr D. T. Button of Woodbridge Suffolk. All these things were found in an addressed envelope to Mr Button. All of the items are in excellent and mostly unused condition. 214 squadron was next resurected in 1935 at Boscombe Down as a bomber squadron again. Later it arrived at the newly built Feltwell airbase from Scamton on April 13th 1937. From here it flew Harrows from April 1937 to July 1939 but began switching to Wellington I's in May 1939. The squadron then moved to Feltwell satellite station, Methwold in Sept 1939 and remained there untill moving to Stradishall in Feb 1940. It is interesting to note that Methwold was nothing more than a field with some tents at the time. 214 squadron officially entered the war on June 14, 1940 flying Wellingtons and the first raid was a fire raising attack on German forests by 2 Wellingtons on 14/15 June 1940. In September 1941 the squadron was honoured by being adopted by the British Malayan Federation and had "Federated Malay States" officially incorporated in its title. The FMS put up the funds to raise the squadron and equip it. For the most part of the Second World War the squadron served in No. 3 Group and over this period flew some of the bloodiest missions of the war against naval, industrial and other targets in Europe. Many never returned. The 214 provided completely unbroken service throughout the war in Bomber command (though not on Ops for first nine months) and had the highest percentage of losses of 3 Group. It also played an active role in Gardening or minelaying operations. In April 1942 the Squadron converted to Stirlings. It is little known, but the nucleus of the recently re-forming 215 Squadron destined for the Middle East, was to a large extent, made up from experienced crews pulled away from the 214 Squadron beginning sometime in the fall of 1941 and continuing untill the spring of 1942. In Oct 1942 the Squadron moved to Chedburgh then on to Downham Market in Dec 1943, continuing with Stirlings until January 1944 when its tour of duty with No. 3 Group ended.  The squadron was later transferred to No.100 (Bomber Support) Group where it was subsequently re-equipped with American Flying Fortress aircraft. Here it was engaged in radio counter-measures (detection and jamming of enemy radio and radar equipment) until May of 1945. On 27 July 1945, 214 squadron disbanded. Later the same day, 614 Squadron, a Liberator unit at Amendola Italy, was renumbered 214 Squadron and moved to Palestine in August where it converted to Lancasters before being renumbered 37 Squadron on 15 April 1946. On 4 November 1946,  214 reformed at Upwood as part of post war bomber command, later re-equipping with Lincolns in February 1950. A detachment of these was based in Kenya during the Mau-Mau uprising and the squadron disbanded again on 30 December 1954. On 15 June 1955, it was reformed at Laarbruch with Canberras for photographic reconnaissance duties but was renumbered 80 Squadron on 1 August 1955. The Squadron Badge. "Ultor in umbris" ("Avenging in the shadows") Badge: A night jar volant affrontée. The night jar was chosen because it is a bird which is active at night and is indicative of the role of the squadron. Authorised by King George VI, March 1938
Rare & Interesting WW2 Anti German Propaganda Leaflet This interesting WW2 anti German propaganda leaflet was dropped by the RAF targeting the factory workers of the Ruhr valley, the front asks 'where are the plutocrats' and the back poses a series of questions, (as always I wish I could translate this accurately). A single A5 sheet in very good order, yellowed with age and having a couple of small tears on the edges.
Rare 1796 Pattern Cavalry Sword & Scabbard. A very rare and unusual cavalry sword dating from the latter part of the 18th century, the Napoleonic wars era. It is the 1795 pattern in looks with a single fullered curved blade. The hilt has a typical stirrup or ‘D’ shape brass guard of the period with half oval lagnet, a scrolled quillion and a solid iron grip. The latter must a have been used as extra weight for balance or as a handy skull crusher when in close combat with another cavalryman. I have never seen this on a sword of this age before, it is surprisingly well balanced and makes it easy to wield the long curved blade. Its original scabbard is made from black leather with ornate brass fittings, the rings are missing which has left a small hole on the middle fitment. Apart from that, and the odd small dent to the brass on the scabbard, it is in excellent condition. The sword itself is really good. The blade is pretty much free from rust or pitting, the tip of the blade is a little crimped; the hilt is undamaged apart from the usual wear and the odd small ding and scrape here and there, which must be expected from a trooper’s sword of this period. This sword is unmarked, so, as for country of origin, I’m not sure; it could be British as there were so many variants to this pattern at the time, but as a British sword, I would expect it to be marked somewhere, even if it was just regimental markings. In my opinion, I would say it is from the south German region or from the Low Countries, Flanders etc. regardless from where it started life, it is a rare and very interesting example in all round good condition. It measures 35 inches long. Blade measures 30 inches from ricasso to tip.
Rare 18th C Satirical Print by West Napoleonic War Interest Satirical prints flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century especially in London. Most prints or cartoons showed the then current political scene as well as parodying theatre, royalty, and any other fashionable subject. These prints were produced by the big production houses as well as small independent works and were sold in black and white, but for a few pence more you could buy them beautifully hand coloured. To get the most from this interesting collecting subject, you have to have some understanding of social history of the time. this wonderful example is entitled ‘The Three Plagues of Europe’ and shows three figures, ‘The Turberlent Mr Fight All’ (Napoleon) The Honble Mr Tax All’ (the Prime Minister Pitt the Younger) and ‘The Worshipfull Mr Take All’ (the Devil). This particular print is a hand coloured engraving originally drawn by M. West and published by Roberts Caracature Warehouse of 28 Middle Row Holborn. (Please note. Spellings taken from the print itself). It comes in pretty good condition and comes in an old frame. There are a few faults, it has two tape marks to the top and a tear to the bottom middle and one about 4 inches from the left corner. The colour is still very good and it has suffered very little fading. This is a rare example with an original low print run. It would look amazing in a Georgian wooden cushion frame with a nice plain mount. I have left it just as it was found in this frame, which was probably done in the 1950’s. A fabulous piece for the collector of the Napoleonic era, a true piece of Georgian history.
Rare 18th Century Perfumery Token. A late 18th century half penny trade token for Kendal & Son, manufacturers and importers of perfumes. The obverse has the Civet Cat and under reads; ‘Forgate Street, Worcester & Bull Ring Birmingham’. The reverse has the address again around the edge and to the middle it list the items for sale, this reads; ‘French Fancy Articles, Artificial Flowers, Beads, Fans, Jewellery, Fancy Cutlery, Bracelets of the Most Novel Patterns, Italian, German, French and English Toys Etc’. What a shop, if only we could go back in time, I could spend a month in a place like that, just listening to the sales patter. This scarce coin comes in very good order, it is well toned and has only a little area of wear to the centre of the reverse, but all of the writing is good and clear. It measures just over an inch in diameter.
Rare 1924 Silver Commemorative Medallion Zeppelin LZ126 This 800 grade silver medallion was struck to commemorate the first flight to America of the Zeppelin LZ126 , this was the first transatlantic crossing by an airship, destination Los Angeles. It commemorates Dr Hugo Eckner who captained many airships. Designed by Lauer of Nuremburg it depicts the bust of Dr Eckener to one side and the ship in flight over a coastal view with statistics below. The airship LZ126 was given over to the USA as part of war reparations, she was commissioned into the US Navy and redesignated ZR3 and remained in service until 1932. The medallion is in excellent condition and measures 33mm in diameter. Ref. 18419
Rare 1929 Commemorative badge Zeppelin LZ127 In 1929 the German Zeppelin airship LZ127 circumnavigated the globe, its starting point was Lakehurst New Jersey, from there to Friedrichshafen in Germany onto Tokyo (spelt Tokio on badge) then Los Angeles before returning to Lakehurst, the trip took 21 days and covered 30,000 miles. Commemoratives where produced and sold in most locations this one I think comes from Germany, it has a makers mark of FLL on the back, the condition is fair, some of the enamel is chipped on the edge and there are a few rough spots here and there. It measures 1.75 inches in diameter and is quite heavy.
Rare 1930’s RAD Musician Shoulder Wing. A scarce piece of pre WW2 Nazi uniform belonging to the RAD or Reichsarbeitsdienst, the Reich Labour Service. It is a single Swallows Nest or Musician wing, made from white and black silk tress on the top with a tan cotton lining underneath. A beautifully made thing. It is in wonderful condition, just a little bit or wear on the edge.
Rare 19th C French Pastille Box – Commander of the Don Cossacks. A very interesting and scarce brass box which originally would have been covered with gilt or silver plate, featuring the portrait of Mathieu Platoff who was the Russian General commanding the Don Cossacks during the Napoleonic wars. The box dates a little latter than this, around 1820-30 and it was one of a set of eight made to commemorate the heroes of the Napoleonic wars, other featured Wellington, Nelson etc. the lid has the image of Platoff and the sides are decorated with individual cartouches featuring all the instruments of war. The bottom has the arms and motto of Mathieu Platoff with an inscription in French. The inside of the box is as good as the day it was made, no loss to the gilt interior, the outside as lost its original finish, be it silver or gilt and the surface has a little wear and has been polished, but it still shows lovely detail and it has a wonderful feel. A beautiful Napoleonic commemorative, the Mathieu Platoff box is one of the scarcer boxes to obtain as the Wellington and Nelson versions were by far more popular at the time. It measures 3 inches in diameter.
Rare American Civil War Period Regiment Muster Out Roll Dated 1861 A beautiful large document detailing the enrollment of Francis W Johnson into K company 60th regiment of the Indiana infantry, he went in with the rank of Lieutenant, part of his responsibility was the payment of wages to the men in his company, these men are individually listed down the left hand column, their rank and enrollment location, how much they were paid and when, the last two names showing that they had been taken prisoner in April 1864. This is a rare document in super condition given its age, the back is stabilised with tape, I have seen this type of stabilisation on all of this style of document so believe it was the done thing, there are a few holes on the fold lines, a very large document measuring 38 inches x 21
Rare Antique Photograph Commander Church Lads Brigade Nottingham This is a great mounted photograph showing a high ranking official from the Church Lads Brigade, he is in uniform with his belts and in his hand resting on the table a cap, swagger stick and gloves. On the back written very faintly in pencil is: Dr L D Clinch(?) 1905 Major Commander Church Lads Brigade Nottinghamshire. The picture comes in good condition, shows signs of age and some foxing on the back, the frame measures 9.75 inches x 8 and the photo is 5.5 x 3.75.
Rare Boulton’s Trafalgar Medal 1805 with Paperwork A very rare piece of original Trafalgar Militaria, it comprises of the medal issued by 19th century philanthropist and silversmith Matthew Boulton, he made one of these medals for every Naval rating that served in the battle, it is made of a base metal which at the time was more commonly known as Britannia metal a mixture of lead, pewter and zinc which could be given a high polished finish to resemble silver. This one is a wonderful example and it has been hand scratch engraved with the recipients monogram, due to wear this is quite faint now, but still visible to the naked eye. It comes with a very interesting piece of paperwork which gives it the most amazing provenance. Here is a quite unique piece of paperwork, printed and hand written on a sheet of parchment, it is dated for 1811 and details an accident and subsequent pensions allowance for one Charles Pearne who is known to have served at the battle of Trafalgar on HMS Britannia. The vellum is faded and the hand written sections are hard to read but not impossible.....on the 2nd April 1811 Charles Pearne who is described as a 'landsman' was 'scrapping the hull' of HMS Victory when an accident occurred, he fell from a 'port' landing on his arm, he severely damaged the Carpels and Metacarpals of his left hand, so severe was the injury that immediate amputation was called for. On the 28th may 1811 he was granted a pension’s allowance of £14 per annum and the document was signed by the major officers of the ship including the new Captain James Saumarez who was later to become a Vice Admiral of the fleet, the ships surgeon R Eden, a Lieutenant and the master J. Nelson (no relation I think!) Charles was 30 at the time of his accident and in 1830 at the age of 49 years he was applying for admission into Greenwich hospital as an 'in-pensioner' I'm not sure he was admitted as he applied twice in two months. Included with this package is Census information and a printed list of the men of Devonport who fought at the battle of Trafalgar, Charles is on the list as serving on HMS Britannia as a 22 year old Landsman. At the battle of Trafalgar HMS Britannia carried the flag of Rear Admiral of the white William Carnegie, Earl of Northesk, during the battle Britannia lost 10 men killed and 42 wounded. The parchment is just over 200 years old and is in excellent condition all things considered, as I said it is faded but legible, there is some foxing and the edges are rough but otherwise a unique piece of history. It was folded and kept in a small metal box with the medal, so the fold lines are still evident. This kind of piece never comes up for sale these days unless in an important auction, I am selling this for a member of the Pearne family, so a wonderful piece of 19th century naval history.
Rare Cased Set of WW1 Tank Ear Defenders with Wax Pick This set of WW1 era ear defenders were made by a company called Mallock-Armstrong, other examples I can find have a paper lable on the tin to that effect although it is missing on this tin, the ear plugs basically were used by the Artillery etc, but were most common amongst tank personnel and anyone shooting. It consists of two chess type pieces with a fine gauze on the base and a handy ‘pick’ for removing ear wax from the ear pieces, they come in very good condition, a rare survivor of the Great War.
Rare Edwardian Indian Officers Riding Crop – Queen Victoria’s Light Cavalry The regiment that ultimately became the 33rd Queen Victoria’s Own Light Cavalry were first raised in Bombay in 1820, they saw service in the Great War and after a few name changes were active into the 1950’s. This beautifully made riding crop has a silver button for the regiment set onto the top of the handle, the shaft is made from bamboo and the handle is made from horn, around the neck of the handle is a silver (not hallmarked) collar which has the manufacturers name of Merry St James St, this was Merry & co of James Street London, although the crop is very Victorian in its design I think it dates from the Edwardian period, it comes in super condition with only light wear and measures 26 inches long.
Rare Edwardian Witwatersrand Rifles Glengarry Badge A rare South African Regiment white metal cap badge dating from 1902 to 1910. This regiment served during the Boer war along-side the British army and also saw active service during WW1 and WW2. This rare original badge comes in just about perfect condition with a nice patina and just very slight wear to the high points; butt I am being really picky. A super badge, a very hard to find original example. Ref. Y19
Rare Full Set of WW1 Savings Stamps – War in the Air Series This is a complete set of 60 National war savings committee stamps, they were issued in only small amounts to savings associations or shopkeepers who passed them on to children who purchased 6d of war savings stamps, they were known as war savings pictures, as the set is complete I suspect they were kept back by the retailer for his children. I obtained these from a private collector who in 1979 enquired after their history and value and also typed out a list of the various stamps, a copy of which will go with the stamps. They feature dog fights, air balloons, airships and aerobatics etc, complete and nicely filed in a book they come in good condition but show signs of handling.
Rare George V Issue Miniature Distinguished Conduct Medal One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, A lovely example of an Original George V issue in solid silver of the Distinguished Conduct medal for gallantry in the field issued to 'other ranks'. This is the type II version with a swivel suspender and comes in very good condition, requiring a clean and the ribbon is a little worn at the top.
Rare German Franco-Prussian War Era Gents Bracelet. A wonderful unusual and rare piece of German memorabilia from the Franco-Prussian war (July 1870 to May 1871) it is made of silver plate and adorned with three charms, one is a wreath with the dates of 1870 and 1871 on alternate sides; cross swords and cross cannon. The bracelet is fastened by a jump ring and swivel catch. The condition is very good, there is a little wear to the plate on the high points. This piece measures 10 inches long.
Rare Huge Turkish Prisoner Of War Beadwork Snake 7 Foot Long - 1917 This is just about the largest version of this kind of POW beadwork snake you can find, it measures a massive 7 foot long and is in very good condition, on the belly of the snake it has ' Turkish prisoner 1917'. Very clean with only a couple of small losses on the beads.
Rare Imperial German Navy Flotilla Commanders Flag. It is with great pleasure that I can list such a rare item on my website, this flag or pennant was flown from the ship which held the Flotilla Commander; a Flotilla is a formation of small warships that may be part of a larger fleet, such as frigates, destroyers, torpedo boats, submarines, gunboats, or minesweepers. Groups of larger warships are usually called squadrons. A flotilla is usually commanded by a Rear Admiral, a Commodore or a Captain, depending on the importance of the command, this flag was in use during the Great War and possibly at Jutland or Dogger Bank as it carries the imperial markings along the hoist section, please see pictures. The condition is excellent and like all Kaiserliche Marine flags or pennants very rare and hard to obtain. It measures 55 inches x 38 at the hoist. A great piece and the perfect size for display. Don’t forget, all my items come with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
Rare Large Vintage RAF Chaplains Printing Block This is a very unusual piece, it is made from a block of wood with a metal printing plate which has the crown over the RAF emblem surrounded by the cross for the Chaplains department, far to big to use as a letter head so I’m not sure of its function, it measures 3.25 inches x 2.75 and comes in very good condition.
Rare Late Victorian Double Ended Metropolitan Police Whistle by Hudson This is a white metal whistle used by the police in the late Victorian era circa 1880/90, I'm not sure of the dual function other than one whistle is of a higher pitch than the other. It is marked to the front 'The metropolitan patent J. Hudson & Co 13 Barr St Birmingham'. Quite large in size measuring 4.25 inches long, comes in very good condition complete with a white metal chain.
Rare Medallion – Peace Treaty Britain & France 1814. This silver plated souvenir medallion was struck in 1814 to commemorate the signing of the peace treaty between Great Britain and France in Paris; it was signed on 30 May 1814 and ended the war between France and British and allied forces and restoring Louis XVIII as king of France. In 1813, Prussia and Russia joined forces with Britain to fight France, the Austrians also joined this Sixth Coalition. In October 1813, a large Allied army defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig. The next year, the Allies launched an invasion of France and captured Paris, forcing Napoleon to abdicate in April 1814 and he was exiled to the island of Elba. The Bourbons were restored to power and the French lost most territories they had conquered since the Revolution. However, Napoleon escaped from Elba in February 1815 and returned to lead the French government, only to find himself at war against another coalition. This new coalition decisively defeated him at the Battle of Waterloo in June. He attempted to flee to the United States, but the British blocked his escape route. He surrendered to British custody and spent the last six years of his life in confinement on the remote island of Saint Helena. His death in 1821, at the age of 51, was received by shock and grief throughout Europe and the New World. This medallion comes in superb original condition showing only light wear to the surface. There is a hole at the top of the medallion, this is an original feature and not added later.
Rare Memorium Card – R101 Airship Crashed 1930 Based on the German design zeppelins the British built R101 airship was on its maiden voyage from England to India, it crashed on the 5th October 1930 in France killing 48 out of the 54 people on board. These memorium cards were issued and include every name of the victims on the backs. it is in in fair condition, as you can see from the pictures one has a corner missing and it is now in two pieces; they measure 4.5 inches x 3.
Rare Nazi Air Sea Rescue Officers Cap Badge. A rare badge made of the usual white metal displaying wings with crossed anchors to the centre, worn on a peeked cap by an officer of the Seenotdienst or Air Sea Rescue service. This was a German military organization formed within the Luftwaffe to save downed airmen from emergency water landings, the service operated from 1935 to 1945, the last active group served in the Baltic Sea in March 1945. It was the first organized air-sea rescue service to exist closely followed by Britain and the USA. The badge is in very good original and untouched condition although it is missing one of its retaining pins on the back, it is a large badge measuring 4.5 inches and a rare find.
Rare Original 1926 Dated Photograph – Hawker Heron- Unique Aircraft I thought this was a nice post Great War photo of a bi-plane but when I Googled it turns out that it is a unique aircraft, below is a brief history for the plane. The photo has been attached to a card background, comes in very good condition and measures 11.25 inches x 9.25. The Hawker Heron was the first fighter aircraft designed at Hawker Aircraft with a basically metal structure. The design was produced in 1924 as a private venture version of the Hawker Woodcock fighter with the wooden structure of the Woodcock replaced by a mainly metal structure, but as the design developed, the use of a metal structure resulted in an entirely new aircraft. The first flight of the prototype, serial number J6989, flown by P.S.W. Bulman was made in 1925. Despite being heavier than the similar powered Woodcock, it was 15 mph (24 km/h) faster and was praised by the pilots that flew it for its excellent handling properties. Due to little interest from the Air Ministry, only one aircraft was built and it was returned to Hawker after testing.
Rare Original WW1 Thanks Giving Programme Felixstowe July the 19th 1919, held at the Spa Pavilion at 10 am, musical accompaniments by the Salvation Army. So very few of these original programmes survive, this one comes in very good condition just a little discoloured.
Rare original WW2 Issue Medical Tincture of Iodine This interesting little parcel contains tincture of iodine used as an antiseptic on minor wounds by military medical staff in the field. The iodine is contained within a roll of paper, sold as a WW2 collectable only and not to be used on any cut or wound. Common sense here please. Quite small measuring just under two inches long.
Rare Pair of Victorian Middlesex VB Officers Epaulets. A rare pair of Victorian officers Epaulets pertaining to a Captain of the 7th, 8th & 9th volunteer battalion, the Middlesex regiment. they both are made of silver bullion wire with gold bullion pips. A silver regimental button with no battle honour and a little silver bullion ‘T’ to denote a territorial or volunteer regiment. the condition is excellent for their age, the bottoms are covered with scarlet wool, which show no signs of moth. Each measures 6 inches long x 1.5 inches wide.
Rare Photographic Booklet WW1 Bombardment of Lowestoft Issued not long after the end of WW1 this interesting photographic booklet is made up of a series of pictures copied from original photographs showing the devastation as a result of the bombardment of Lowestoft by the Germans on April 5th 1916. Printed in Lowestoft these are quite rare outside of the area. Comes in good but used condition.
Rare Pre WW2 Dated 1936 German Cavalry Leather Saddlebags Similar in style to the M34 saddlebag introduced in 1934 these leather saddlebags are dated 1936 with a makers stamp the name of which I cant work out but it has Hannover under. Research suggests that the saddle bags were issued as left and right hand with a metal attachment at the top to join them together, most of the issue marks are to be found around the metal fitting including marks for the Wehrmacht but sadly not in this instance. They were designed with one side being for the mounted soldier and the other for the horses equipment including spare shoes. This pair have been rudimentary joined at the top with cord and still show the slit were the metal fixer would have been. They come in good but used condition and require a bit of effort to bring them back to life, the leather needs a clean and a really good feed to restore it to its former glory. A rare find as a pair, they each measure 19 inches long.
Rare Queen Victoria’s Christmas Gift Tin 1900 with Contents The Queens Christmas 1900 chocolate gift tin, these were sent to all troops serving in South Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer war. The chocolate tins came in two sizes and were produced by Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry in a three-way partnership. The tins were mostly sent home to sweethearts and wives as chocolate was a luxury item to the majority of people at that time and these three company’s produced the best quality chocolate available in the day. This one comes in fair condition with some obvious wear to the outside but miraculously it still contains its chocolate, I would advise caution when opening as the chocolate has deteriorated of the years and is now a lumpy orange powder! Please see pictures for full details of condition.
Rare Superb Original WW1 Leeds Rifles Insignia Set. All original and untouched set of WW1 brass uniform insignia for a machine gunner with the Leeds Rifles or the 1/8th or 2/8th Battalion Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. I was going to take it off this old board and remount it all on new card, but this set is just so untouched, I have left it just as it was found and I haven’t removed anything. It looks like it was taken from someone’s uniform on his return home from the great war. He mounted it on board for display. The top of the board is broken and lost, this part may have contained his medals. Here we have a cap badge, shoulder titles, 11 buttons, the ‘LG’ light or Lewis gunners sleeve insignia and the crosses rifles of the arms specialist. The Lees Rifles, part of the territorial force, had two battalions, both serving on the western front during the great war and taking part in most of the major battles during the conflict. A fabulous set, all in good condition but used and toned.
Rare Swiss National Day Badge 1929 – Good Maker Designed by Franz Wagner and made by the highly respected company of Huguenin of Locle in Switzerland this white metal badge commemorates the Swiss national day (like a bank holiday) each year on the 1st August, it depicts a naked figure wearing a military helmet draped in the Swiss flag. A rare badge in good order measuring 3.5 cm long.
Rare Transvaal Medical Staff Corps Badge Die or Proof. Probably a unique piece relating to the Transvaal Medical Staff Corps. This is a solid piece of cast iron with the cap badge of the Transvaal Medical Staff Corps on top. Some say this is a part of the die which went to make the badge, but as all the lettering on the badge is the right way round, and not back to front, I believe this is the original proof for the original badge. I have looked just about everywhere and I can’t find another one, even the cap badges are very hard to find. It measures around 3 inches in diameter, so this badge would have been for the forage cap. This badge, I believe was introduced in 1903 and only remained in use for a very short time before the South African Medical corps were established. This object is in excellent condition with a beautiful chocolate colour patina. As it is sold metal, it is quite heavy, what an amazing piece of Medical corps history. This is probably the only one in existence as the original badge proof, which would have been taken to the regiments CO for approval. A very rare find for any serious badge collector.
Rare Victorian Silkwork Heart for the Royal Navy This is a super piece made most likely by the wife or sweetheart of a sailor in the late Victorian period. The whole piece is completely sewn with silk thread, there is not a space to be had, nautical themes all over and 'the jolly sailor' through the middle. The work that has gone into this piece is incredible, right down to the fine black edge, it must have taken months to complete. It comes in good order, there are a few marks here and there but no loss to the silkwork, it measures 15 inches long.
Rare Vintage Scots Guards Officers Uniform and Bear Skin. It is a pleasure to offer this wonderful original Scots Guards officers uniform with its original Bear Skin. The uniform dates from the 1960’s and is to a 2nd Lieutenant and comprises of his dress tunic, belt, trousers and of course the Bear Skin which is a extremely rare piece and very seldom come onto the market, and when they do, they fetch very high prices; this also still retains its chin scales. Every item from this uniform comes in excellent condition and in fact, it comes from part of my own collection, so it is with some regret I have to sell to make space for a new cabinet. if I had to be very picky, there is a tiny amount of damage to the trousers, which is hard to spot, but I thought I would mention it anyway. This piece displays very well, and with the Bear Skin sitting on the tunic shoulders, it’s hard not to salute when passing. A really stunning lot and a scarce find to an officer.
Rare William IV & Queen Adelaide Coronation Token 1831 There are large numbers of William Iv coronation tokens and medals to be had but this one appears to be quite rare as I can only find one other example in a museum. It is made from brass and depicts William and Adelaide giving the date they were crowned and their birth dates. Dated for 1831 it comes in superb condition, nicely patinated and very little wear, measures one inch in diameter.
Rare WW1 & WW2 Medal Group to Gloucestershire Yeomanry. An interesting a scarce 1915 star trio and the WW2 defence medal all awarded to 3022 Lance Corporal Rayner H. G. Vicker of the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry and Home Guard. The 1914/15 star is correctly named to 3022 L/Cpl. R. H. G. Vicker. Glouc. Yeo. And the British war and victory medal is correctly named as above by to Private R. H. G. Vicker. The ww2 defence medal is un-named as issued. Rayner Herbert Godwin Vicker was born in 1898 in Gloucester the 3rd son of Ernest a grocer’s manager. It seems at the age of 16 Rayner enlisted into his local yeomanry, probably only due to his age his miss out Gallipoli and went straight to Egypt landing at Alexandria on the 7th December 1915 only to find most of his old regiment had been killed or wounded at the Green Hill and Chocolate Hill sectors at Gallipoli, his regiment was so depleted it was allied with the 1/1st Warwickshire and 1/1st Worcestershire Yeomanry; they were camped at Mena, near Cairo and restored to a cavalry role, the Regiment strength was now 17 Officers, 316 O.R., and 354 horses and were re-named the 5th Mounted Brigade. By the end of March 1916 the Regiment was at Romani and on 1st April a report arrived of a 500 strong enemy force at Bir-el-Abd. The regiment now less one squadron and the Worcester Yeomanry were ordered to move to Qatia which lay about 6 miles away. April 2nd they left Qatia and found the enemy had fled, they sent scouting parties out to pin down the position of the Turks but all seemed quiet until April 23rd, the enemy attacked, the Gloucester Hussars commanded by Captain Lloyd-Baker, were only 101 men strong facing a mighty enemy force, with artillery, they attacked and inflicted heavy casualties, the other Squadrons attempted to help but after severe fighting the brigade had to fall back to Romani. February 1917 the brigade transferred to Imperial Mounted Division where they saw a lot of fighting in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, such as the Battle of Rafa, and with the victory’s at Romani and Magdhaba, including the recapture of substantial territory were followed by two defeats at the First and Second battles for Gaza. The 1917 British victory in October at the Third Battle of Gaza was followed by the capture of substantial territory during the Battle of Mughar Ridge in November, quickly followed in December by the capture of Jerusalem. In the August of 1918 the brigade was retitled the 13th Cavalry Brigade and transferred to 5th Cavalry Division, they remained in North Africa until the end of the war, when what was left of the regiment was returned home to England. It is amazing how Ratner survived the war, it seems he suffered no more from a bought of Tonsillitis when first arriving in Egypt and Scabies in 1916; the Egypt / Palestine campaigns were rife with disease due to poor sanitation, the lack of supply’s and fresh water must of made the situation almost unbearable, yet thousands of young men from the shires of Britain did their duty, still too few came home. Rayner Vicker also saw fit to volunteer for home service during the second world war, his service here is unknown, but, I am sure this will all become researchable one day; Rayner Died in 1979 at the age of 81. All four medals are in excellent condition, there is a few very light contact marks to the medals, so they may have been mounted and worn at some time.
Rare WW1 ARRC & More to Matron & Lady Superintendent BRCS. A rare WW1 Associates Royal Red Cross to Matron & Lady Superintendent Annie Henderson Young. Also included is her WW1 Red Cross service medal, silver and enamel student nurses badge, BRCS Roll of Honour bar with its original certificate, BRCS for service badge, various bronze and sterling silver early NSPCC medals, plus a lot of original certificates, paperwork and photographs. Although this woman needs thorough research, there is enough paperwork and certificates here to get a very good start. In short, Annie Henderson Young (nee Walters) served with the British Red Cross Society during WW1, as Matron then Lady Superintendent from May 1915 to February 1919 at the Braintree Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital Essex. During the war, she married Captain KeithYoung of the Royal Army Medical Corps, who served in France throughout the war. The ARRC was awarded to her by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 13th April 1918 and she was instructed to attend Queen Alexandra for tea at Marlborough House afterwards, this was a great honour to be bestowed. She was awarded a place on the BRCS Roll of Honour on 1st April 1920. The documentation which accompanies this medal is; her Nursing qualification certificate from the Royal Infirmary Sheffield, this is dated 1905. The official BRCS directors report on which she is named, naming the persons to be awarded the ARRC and other awards, the telegram informing her of her award of the ARRC, other paperwork relating to this award, railway warrant etc. her invitation to Buckingham Palace and her invitation to Marlborough House. Copy newspaper cuttings relating to her and her award, one, she is pictured. And lastly some original photographs of Annie including a couple of her in later life. Also there is a certificate relating to the International health Exhibition named to her husband Keith Young. After the war, it is believed she became one of the original members of the fledgling NSPCC, then the Children’s League of Pity. She was awarded several medals from this organisation, which are included. The ARRC is in mint condition and in its case of issue and comes with its original sterling silver and enamel miniature. All of the other medals and badges are also in excellent condition and it looks like she did not wear any of them very much. The original paperwork is in good condition and has been stored well over the years. A rare lot to a truly remarkable woman who dedicated her life to the care of the sick and later to children, tending the sick and wounded during the great war to an extent that was noticed, to win her the ARRC while serving as a high ranking officer of the British Red Cross.
Rare WW1 Belgian Medal Pair to Army Interpreter. Although the medals here are relatively common they come with their original certificates and were awarded to Albert Joseph Jules for his military service in Flanders as a British and German Interpreter. It comprises of the Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre and the Medaille de la Victore, both come with the original ribbons and scarce named certificates signed by Colonel Petry and stamped with official Belgian Army Headquarters stamp. Both medals are in excellent original and untouched condition. The certificates are a little scruffy now, but both are still clear and readable
Rare WW1 Brass Canadian Winnipeg Rifles Cap Badge This super original brass cap badge is for the Canadian Winnipeg rifles, known as the little black devils, the motto on the badge 'Hosti Acie Nominati' translates as 'named by the enemy in battle'. This Canadian regiment was involved in nearly all of the major battles of WW1 in France and took huge casualties. The badge is in very good condition, one of the lugs to the rear is missing, it measures 1.75 inches across.
Rare WW1 Era Belgian Lace Framed Allies Picture - Magnificent Flanders claimed the invention of the art of bobbin-lace making, the lace trade rose during the early Renaissance period. Emperor Charles V decreed that lace-making should be a compulsory skill for girls in convents and beguinages throughout Flanders; lace became fashionable on collars and cuffs for both sexes and so trade reached a peak in the 18th century. Lace makers are traditionally women and hundreds of craftswomen still work in Bruges and Brussels, centers of bobbin lace, creating intricate work by hand, often using over 100 threads per bobbin. This piece dates from the Great War era and was made to commemorate the allied victory and woven in the form of Belgian, French and British soldiers with their country's flags, ready to fight. It comes un-touched since it was frame, backing the lace is silk cloth which would have been a dark brown but now faded to a lighter colour, in fact, if you were to open the picture you would have a perfect negative of the image caused by the original colour cloth and the faded cloth, not unlike a camera obscurer. Pieces of lace this size are rare, especially in this condition, a really fabulous piece of art which would appeal to quite a few collecting areas as well as the military aspect; it would look fantastic with the union flag behind it. It measures 25 x 18.5 inches the frame measures 29 x 22 inches I can probably guarantee you won’t find another one of this grandeur. The cost of shipping to the UK mainland is £12.50, I will be happy to remove the lace from the frame and offer a much lower shipping price of £3.75.
Rare WW1 Era Canadian 34th Western Ontario Overseas Battalion Collar Dog A super collar dog for the 34th Western Ontario overseas battalion, below is some more info on the regiment, based on this the badge dates from 1914-1916, it comes in super condition heavily patinated and measures just over one inch long. The 34th Battalion, CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 October 1915. It provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 27 November 1916, when it was reorganized as the 34th Boys' Battalion, CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917. Ref. X14
Rare WW1 Era Canadian 78th Winnipeg Grenadiers Overseas Battalion Collar Dog A super collar dog nicely marked on the back with 'Dingwall Winnipeg' and used by the 78th Grenadiers overseas battalion. Comes in good condition tho' I think there has been a small repair to one of the lugs on the back, it measures just over one inch long. Ref. X13
Rare WW1 era Cyclists Battalion Bugle. A very rare company bugle acquired via my local Suffolk regiment museum, it was originally given to the Yorkshire cyclist battalion by a Sergeant Haigh who was also a member of Ossett cycling club in Yorkshire; I think to commemorate the start of the First World War. The members of the Ossett Cycle club formed a battalion in the Yorkshire National Reserve; basically Home Guard on bikes, and this piece was the Ossett company’s bugle. It has an inscription in the front of the horn which reads ‘Ossett Cycling Club’ engraved in gothic text, and at the bottom rim it has another inscription which reads ‘Presented to the Ossett Companies National Reserve, by Sergeant Haigh August 1914’. The condition is good, it has the usual dings and dents found on a bugle of this age and it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for many a year, but it still retains its original mouth piece and cord, so on the whole, an untouched rare and unusual item.
Rare WW1 Era Ersatz Pickelhaube Plate A rare small steel Pickelhaube Plate painted in field grey for use on a grey felt Pickelhaube. It was issued to the 22 reserve infantry regiment, an ersatz regiment raised in 1916. The plate is very plain and simple, the new regiment had no royal affiliation or battle honours, so the plate just shows the regiment’s number and the ‘R’ for Reserve. The condition is good for its age, it retains pretty much all of its original field grey paint. The back has light rust bloom and metal both retaining straps have broken off. But due to its rarity this surely must all be forgiven. It measures 4 x 2.25 inches
Rare WW1 Era German Prussian Uhlan Officer’s Cap. A very scarce WW1 era German Cavalry officers cap or Schirmmütze, worn by an officer of the Prussian Uhlan. A fabulous quality cap made from a dark blue wool, with red piping to the crown. It has a scarlet band with the two officer’s cockades. Inside is lined with silk with a leather sweat band and the cream colour to the underside of the peek. The condition is excellent for an early WW1 era cap, there is no moth damage and most of the wear is to the inside. Here we can see it has been well worn, this is seen on the sweat band and the silk has perished slightly. It’s all original and untouched and just a very fine piece of Great War German uniform.
Rare WW1 Era German Soldiers 'In the Field' Pocket Song & Prayer Book This example must have accompanied the German soldier who owned it everywhere, it has been much used and the owner highlighted areas of importance. Issued in different styles for different religions this one I think is an evangelical issue. Comes in fair condition, as you can see from the pictures it has been near an ink pen and this has been taken up by the spine and transfers to most of the pages, other than that much loved, it measures 4 x 3 inches.
Rare WW1 Era Risque German Aluminium Pin Tray A pretty pin tray made from aluminium and showing a German soldier in uniform with his sweetheart alongside to the front; when flipped over on the back you can see that the soldier is lifting the ladies skirt, Risqué for the time. It has a makers mark impressed into the side on the back, this is partially obscured. The tray comes in excellent original condition and measures just under 5 inches long. A rare piece.
Rare WW1 Era Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Cap Badge. A rare little all brass badge issued until the start of the second world war. this is a one piece die pressed construction with a slider on the reverse. The light infantry horn is nicely set into the regiment saw on the bottom. The horn has very good detail and there are five lines to the rope holding the horns lines at the top of the badge. The regiment was formed from the Royal Guernsey Militia in 1916 to serve in World War I. They fought as part of the British 29th Division. Of the 2,280 men, most of whom came from Guernsey and fought on the Western Front, 327 were killed and 667 were wounded or missing. Ref. B4
Rare WW1 Era Snow Goggles These snow goggles, I believe were military issue and an exact pair was worn by William Laird McKinlay, one of the scientific staff on the disastrous Canadian National Arctic Expedition 1913-1918. Snow goggles were used to protect the eyes and to prevent snow blindness. This was a painful eye condition caused by exposure to sunlight reflected from snow and ice. They are made from a grained leather on the outside and lined with soft kid leather on the inside. They are set with metal plates instead of lenses, these have five slits cut into them at different angles. The other alternative at the time was the ordinary wire-gauze type with smoked glass but the drawback to these was their liability to become frosted over in the extreme cold. These pair, for their age are in very good condition, the metal plates are sewn on, and one has a few threads broken on one side. They retain their original strap with hook and ring catch. These pair of snow goggles are a wonderful piece of history weather or not connected to the great war or the Artic expedition. Please see detailed pictures for overall condition.
Rare WW1 Era Zeppelin Memorial Medallion. A very rare German bronzed iron medallion designed by Karl Goetz, It relates to the L.19 Zeppelin also known as the LZ54, this was an airship of the German Kaiserliche Marine or Imperial Navy, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Odo Loewe; while returning from her first bombing raid on the Great Britain in early 1916, she came down in the North Sea; her crew survived the crash, but drowned after the crew of a British fishing vessel refused to rescue them; at the time, this was a widely–reported and notorious incident. The L.19 first flew on 27 November 1915, she completed 14 flights during her nine weeks of service, several of these flights were patrols over the North Sea, searching for Allied merchant and naval ships. She left her base in Tondern at noon on the 31st January 1916, one of nine navy Zeppelins to raid England that night with orders to bomb targets of opportunity in central and southern England, reaching Liverpool if possible The Zeppelins encountered thick fog in the North Sea, followed by rain clouds and snow off the English coast, the L.19 was the very last, crossing the coast near Sheringham, Norfolk At 10:45pm, she reached Burton on Trent, becoming the third raider to attack the town that night. She then proceeded south, dropping the remainder of her bomb load on several towns on the outskirts of Birmingham. At 12.20am, a pub in Tipton was destroyed; buildings were also damaged in nearby Walsall and Birchills. On her return journey she was suffering from engine trouble and could not fix her position, she sent several signals, asking for a position fix by radio-triangulation and reporting the results of her bombing. The last signal was heard from her at 4pm on the day after the raid when she was 22 miles north of the Dutch island of Ameland; she reported three out of four engines had failed and her radio equipment was malfunctioning. Around an hour later, the Zeppelin drifted low over the island and Dutch units on the ground opened fire on her, a south wind blew her offshore and, sometime during the night of 1st February, the Zeppelin came down in the North Sea. The next morning, the floating wreck of the airship was discovered by a British steam fishing trawler, the King Stephen; the fishing-vessel approached and Kapitänleutnant Loewe, who spoke good English, asked for rescue, Captain Martin of the King Stephen refused, he said because he was un-armed and his men were outnumbered. The Zeppelin remained afloat for only a few hours, during this time, the L.19's crew threw a bottle with messages into the sea, these were discovered six months later by Swedish fishermen, the bottle contained personal last messages from the airmen to their families and a final report from Loewe. Royal Navy ships made a search of the area but they found no trace of the Zeppelin or her crew, the body of one of the Germans washed ashore four months later in Denmark. In 1964, a journalist researching the incident checked Admiralty archives and interviewed two surviving members of the King Stephen's crew; this revealed that Martin had been fishing in a forbidden zone and had initially given the naval authorities a false position for the Zeppelin in order to conceal this, making the Royal Navy search for the airship futile. This one comes with various research on the L19 and the medallion itself. Ref. 16759
Rare WW1 French Ypres Sweetheart Badge This is a very unusual badge, constructed from a brass body with coloured enamels, the name Ypres is formed from individually cut letters and it is surmounted with the French cockerel, for its age and vulnerable construction it comes in very good condition, it measures just over one inch wide.
Rare WW1 German Memorial Glazed Photograph & Frame. A really superb WW1 German memorial piece dedicated to Musketeer Wilhelm Kres of the 9th company of the 15th (2nd Westphalian) Prince Frederick of the Netherlands Infantry Regiment. Wilhelm was killed in action on 10th January 1915 at the battle of Champagne. The original photograph of Wilhelm shows him in uniform; the uniform is far too big for him, he is such a young man. Notice the hand gesture, this was one of many secret signs used by the fraternity of German students. The photo comes in its original frame, this has a small enamelled iron cross at the top, such frames were usually reserved for EKI or EKII winners, there is no mention of him winning the iron cross on the dedication under the photo, but this is an area that needs research. Wilhelm was killed in the battle of Champagne 1915, this started on 20th December 1914 and went on until the 17th March 1915. At the end of the battle there were 93,432 French casualties against 46,100 German losses of which Wilhelm Kres was just one. The frame measures 21 x 25 inches and it comes with his entry in the WW1 German casualty list.
Rare WW1 Group to an Assistant Surgeon. A fabulous group of four to a medical officer serving with the Indian Medical Department; the medals comprise of the 1915 star named to; A. S/G. E Duckworth. I.M.D. the British war and victory medals both named to; Asst. Surgn. G. E. Duckworth. I.M.D. and lastly the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal, this is named; 1-CL. A.S. G. E. Duckworth. I.M.D. The history of the Indian Medical Department or Service (IMD or IMS) dates back to 19th century. Initially starting as compounders and dressers in the three Presidency Medical Services they became Sub Surgeons and later on as Indian Medical Assistants in Indian Regiments. In 1868, they were renamed as Hospital Assistants, In 1900 the Senior Hospital Assistants were granted the rank of Viceroy’s Commissioned Officers and in 1910 the designation was finally changed to Sub Assistant Surgeons officers of IMD or IMS they were primarily for work with the Indian troops and they were just as highly qualified as any other assistant surgeons although the work was harder, longer with less specialist equipment but they were devoted to their service. All four medals are mounted as worn so there is the odd contact marks on the rims but nothing terrible that could be called an edge knock. The IMS shoulder badge doesn’t belong with this group but as they are so rare and I had one, I thought it would go well with the group as a free item.
Rare WW1 period crested ware bust of Admiral Beatty (25 This good quality Parian porcelain bust is decorated with the arms of Poole and was made by Regis, the bust is of Admiral of the fleet David Richard Beatty famous for commanding the fleet at the battle of Jutland in 1916, perhaps not very succesfully! Ultimately it was he who accepted the surrender of the German fleet. The piece is in ok condition, there has been a break separating the body from the plinth, this has been repaired and is only visible from underneath. He stands just under 7 inches high.
Rare WW1 Plaque & Pair to Trumpeter Ellison Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars. A rare and very interesting WW1 British war and victory medal pair and memorial plaque correctly named to; 1856 Private George Robert Ellison of the 1st Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars. George was born in High Westwood, Hamsterley Colliery, County Durham, around 1895. He must have volunteered for the 2nd/1st Northumberland Hussars soon after the war broke out in 1914. He must have undergone training and finally arrived in France in 1917 and transferred to the 1st/1st battalion soon after, either because they had become short of good horsemen or they were in need of a trumpeter. From August 1917 they were attached to VIII corps, November 17, transferred to III Corps and from 8 October 1918 : transferred to XII Corps. Obviously I have done little research on this man, mainly because, I think there is a lot to find out here. I think he was in a Colliery band before the war and he was a natural choice for trumpeter. The 1st/1st Northumberland Hussars remained mounted throughout the war in France and Flanders and I am in no doubt he saw action at the second battle of Cambrai in the October 1918. Here I am sure he was wounded and later died of his wounds in the either the 12th, 37th or 48th casualty clearing station. His date of death is the 15th November 1918, just 4 days after the armistice, I have been all through the battalion war diary for his death on this date, but there is nothing written, so he must have been wounded earlier. There is also another possibility he was taken prisoner, as many of the regiment were captured during the battle. They were taken to a prison camp in Germany and kept in very poor conditions, many died of sickness before they were liberated. How sad that would be if George died in a POW camp, only days before he could have been set free. In all the Northumberland Hussars had 62 casualties during their time on the western Front, of which George is one. George Robert Ellison is now remembered with honour at the Busigny Communal Cemetery Extention, Nord, France. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Ellison of 28 Yewdale Street, High Westwood, Co Durham. The medals are in very good original condition, never mounted or worn. The victory medal still retains around 99% of its original gilt finish. The plaque is in mint condition with a lovely even chocolate coloured tone and comes in its original brown card envelope. This lot comes with various copy paperwork, mic, medal roll, casualty roll, CWGC certificate and details, soldiers died in the great war details, and soldiers effects. A very interesting an worthwhile project awaits on a brave Durham man who gave his life at just 23 years old.
Rare WW1 Royal Lincolnshire Reg Grimsby Chums Sweetheart Badge I really cant find a comparison for this badge, if I am reading it correctly it is a sweetheart badge for the 10th Royal Lincolnshire regiment known as the Grimsby chums, if this is correct this is a very rare sweetheart badge, it was made and is marked for J.R. Gaunt of London, it is a button hole badge made from whit metal with coloured enamels. Comes in good but used condition, there is a small loss to the red enamel on the word ‘regt’ bottom right, measures one inch long.
Rare WW1 Silver Trench Taper Lighter By Aspreys- 2nd Lieu Holmes KIA The title here simply does not do justice to what is on offer here; as you work through this weeks listings you will notice a connection between the lots coming from a family group who came from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk; here we have some more……this very rare officers trench taper or flameless lighter, it was the property of Albert Edward Holmes older brother of Thomas William of the 11th Hussars, whose medals I am selling this week, Albert who was known as ‘Ted’ in the family, and was a casualty of the Great war dying in mid September 1918 at the age of 34, having survived for four years and who also saw service in India around 1910. The census information with Thomas’s medals shows the brothers at home in Yarmouth in 1891 and 1901, by 1911 Ted shows up on a list of personnel serving with the East Yorkshire regiment in India, at this stage he is a Sergeant; a roll for the East Yorkshire regiment shows Teddy as 7895 ‘CR’ sergeant embarking on 15th January 1915 and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Yorks and Lancs 29-1-17 (the regiment in which he died). I struggled to find a medal index card for him until his service number came to light this then led to the medal index card contained and it muddies the water a bit further, this shows the same qualifying date, the same service number but being commissioned into the army service corps first, it also has MBE over his name but I cant find any evidence for an MBE award. The main thing that seals this for me as it all belongs to one man is the address given on the bottom of the medal index card as Waveney house, St Olaves Suffolk, St Olaves was formally in Suffolk now Norfolk and is around 4 miles outside of Great Yarmouth. Ted must have moved around getting promoted along the way and he would have seen much active service ultimately losing his life in late ’18. The trench taper is a wonderful thing, it is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1915 and was made for Aspreys one of THE most highly rated retailers in London, it would have been a private purchase and would not have been cheap. The officers carried these as a flameless lighter to avoid the attention of snipers, this one has been used and has a series of dings and dents, the taper has a clean end and the hallmarks are crisp and clear, the silver measures 2.25 inches long and the taper is 5.5. I have had in the past only a couple of trench tapers, but these have all been made of brass, I have never seen a silver one, and to be retailed by Aspreys, is so incredibly unusual and very rare. It comes with various original photos of him, the main one has written on the back, ‘uncle Ted 2nt LT Albert Edward Holmes killed in action Oct 1918 Yorks and Lancs’. There is also a copy of the 1914 infantry training manual which on an inner page has C.S.M. Holmes E. York R. this has been much used and shows signs of age but interestingly has typed amendments added on odd pages. A super item belonging to a very interesting soldier and somewhere out there are his medals and death plaque, I hope they can be re-united.
Rare WW1 US 77th Division Medics Uniform & Medals. A really fabulous piece of great war history, a full uniform and medals to a sergeant in the United States 77th Infantry division, medical detachment. It comprises of the tunic which has all good original insignia for the medical detachment of the 77th Liberty division, these men were enlisted in New York, the breeches, putties, cap with medic badge and his original medals, the WW1 USA victory medal with the bar for France, and the New York state victory medal, both now becoming very scarce now, especially the latter, these were only issued to the men who served from new York, this is numbered 17487, so it is possible to research this man. The uniform is in just fantastic condition and has been in the same collection for over 50 years; the medals are also in excellent condition and nicely toned. Measurements, Waist 32 and Chest 36 inches for the tunic and breeches. There is a fascinating history to this uniform too; a very brief outline is given below. The 77th Infantry Division was the first American division composed of draftees to arrive in France in World War I, landing in April 1918; overall it was the seventh of 42 divisions to reach France. The division fought in the Battle of Château-Thierry on 18 July 1918. It sustained 10,194 casualties 1,486 killed and 8,708 wounded. The division returned to the U.S. in April 1919 and was disbanded the same month. The 77th were also entered into the history books as being part of the lost battalion, the six hundred or so soldiers that entered the Argonne Forest in the October of 1918, refused to surrender even though they were completely surrounded, constantly attacked, low on ammunition and supplies, they had no food, shelter and limited access to water. Only 194 were able to walk out the rest were killed, missing, captured, or wounded.
Rare WW2 Era Italian Silver Bullion Wing Badge – Observer Reconnaissance Operator This original WW2 Italian silver bullion work wings cloth badge was worn by either an observer/reconnaissance or photographer operator, from my research the style of badges were changed during 1943 so this would date mid war. Comes in very good but used condition.
Rare WW2 Era On War Service Badge – Heston Aircraft Company Workers at the various aircraft factories were issued with badges which were individually numbered, this one is for the Heston aircraft company of Middlesex, below is some more info on the company and their war work. This badge comes in very good condition, is numbered on the back 1439 and was made by fattorini of Birmingham, it measures just under one inch in diameter. Heston Aircraft Company was a British aircraft manufacturer based at Heston Aerodrome, Middlesex, England. Starting in 1934 the company produced a number of aircraft designs beginning with the Heston Phoenix and the Hordern-Richmond Autoplane. During the Second World War the company transitioned to being a sub-contractor, modifying Supermarine Spitfiresamongst other types. After the war the company built aircraft components for companies such as de Havilland Aircraft. During World War II, as a contractor within the Civilian Repair Organisation, Heston Aircraft Company was heavily engaged in repair and other support work on military aircraft. From late 1940, Heston Aircraft played a major role in modifying Supermarine Spitfires for the photographic reconnaissance task.[9] The company equipped the Spitfires with vertical and oblique cameras, additional fuel tanks, and modified cockpit canopies.
Rare WW2 Fighter Plane Fuselage Panel. A rare section of a panel probably from a Spitfire, Hurricane with a small possibility it benign from a Mosquito. It has the right amount of rivets per foot to be from a Spitfire and it has been identified as a piece of fuselage by an aircraft archaeologist. It has survived all this time as it was probably replaced due to the bullet damage it received. This panel has two bullet holes about 12 inches apart and another on the side panel. It is unlikely that this aircraft was shot down, but returned home with a few battle scars from enemy aircraft. What an interesting piece for any RAF collection, it measures 19.5 inches long and the side panel is 8 inches long.
Rare WW2 German Factory Workers Badge – HEINKEL. A very interesting and rare badge dating from the WW2 period, it would have been worn by a worker at the German aircraft manufacturing company founded by and named after Ernst Heinkel. The badge is quite large (1.75 x 2 inches) made of metal and displaying the workers number 794 with a red painted square each side of the number, this would probably relate to what work the worker did, under this is a white metal, possibly silver, RAD or Reich Labour Service badge. On the back it still retains its original pin and the Heinkel logo of a winged ‘H’. The condition is excellent when you consider that it was worn every day and needed to gain access to the factory, a fabulous piece, guaranteed you will not find another in this condition or at all.
Rare WW2 German Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge by Otto Placzek A superb early wartime tomb-back award Minesweepers battle badge. It was awarded for the completion of three operational sorties. For being wounded during an operational sortie. If the recipient had shown exemplary, conduct in the execution of his duties over a six-month period. For the completion of an especially dangerous mission in a mined area. For serving on escort duty for 25 days or more. If the recipient had participated in a specific mission, that had been successfully completed or if the ship was sunk due to enemy action. The condition is excellent, obviously used, but it still retains a lot of its original gilt finish. It has fantastic maker’s details on the back for Otto Placzek of Berlin; the maker who actually designed the badge. It also has a good sturdy wide bodied pin on the back with a good hinge; this is a little out of shape at the top, all a part of its history. A rare early badge by the designer, a great piece of German Navy memorabilia.
Rare WW2 Italian White Metal Air Force Wireless Operator Badge Part of a private collection of Italian badges purchased recently, this one is a rare white metal Air Force wireless operators badge, comes in good condition just needing a clean, it measures just over 3 inches long.
Rare WW2 Spitfire Oil Pressure Gauge. An original WW2 oil pressure gauge fitted to Spitfires and Hurricanes of that era. This one is rare as it comes complete with its original capillary still intact. The unit itself is in excellent condition, obviously I have no idea if it would still work, what an amazing find.
Rare WW2 Spitfire Radiator Temperature Gauge. This is the early type of war time gauge used on mark one Spitfires and Hurricanes of that period. It comes complete with its capillary and in excellent condition; obviously I have no idea if it is still in working order. A very rare piece of spitfire history.
Replica Antique Style Handcuffs 10 A pair of black finish replica metal handcuffs made in an antique style, they are adjustable and come with the type of key used, Good quality and in good condition.
Royal Anglian Regiment Badge Set. A pair of 1960's anodized shoulder titles and beret badge of the Royal Anglian Regiment. I have only three sets to sell at this bargain price, so snap one up quickly. Each set comes in very good but used condition. Ref. X25
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge. A quality bi-metal badge for the RAOC, issued between 1949 and 1955. It comes in excellent original condition, but it has been used and worn. Ref. Z10
Royal Army Veterinary Corps Cap Badge. A good bi-metal badge dating from the inter war period. The Army veterinary corps received the honour of ‘Royal’ in 1918 so this new style of badge was issued. It was used until 1957, the Kings crown was replaced by the Queens crown in 1953. This badge is in excellent original condition, showing little or no wear. Ref. Y1
Royal Artillery Stable Belt A super quality stable belt for the Royal Artillery Regiment. Comes in very good condition, it has been used and there are wear marks on the leather straps.
Royal Corps of Signals Badge Set. A great set of the Royal Corps of Signals badges just post WW2 dating circa 1947, including the cap badge, pair of collar dogs and a single brass shoulder title. All four pieces are in good order but all have been issued and worn; although the cap badge needs straightening. Please see pictures for overall condition.
Royal Leicestershire Regiment Beret Badge. The scarcer smaller bi-metal beret badge, issued from 1946 until 1958 when the regiment was merged into midland brigade, then they wore the brigade badge. It comes in perfect condition. Ref. A19
Royal Logistics Corps Lanyard. A vintage yellow and blue twisted cord lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Logistics Corps. Comes in very good condition
Royal Naval Reserve LS&GC Medal Copy. A superb modern copy or replacement medal of the RNR long service and good conduct medal, Queen Elizabeth 1st type. Comes in perfect condition.
Royal Navy Air Service Engineers Pilots Badge A super quality early Royal Navy Air Services Engineers Pilots badge, dating from the 1920's-30's, comes in excellent original condition and is mounted for display.
Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Drake. From a large collection of all original Royal Nay Cap Tally’s I have just purchased. This one is from HMS Drake, the named now given to HMS Naval Base Devonport, the largest naval base in Western Europe. This Tally probably dates from the WW2 era and it is made from silk with gold embroidery and comes in excellent condition, measuring 33 inches long. It comes displayed with a brief history of the original ship.
Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Flintham. From a large collection of all original Royal Nay Cap Tally’s I have just purchased. This one is from HMS Flintham, HMS Flintham was one of 93 ships of the Ham-class of inshore minesweepers launched during the 1950’s. This Tally probably dates from the mid 1950’s era and it is made from silk with gold embroidery and comes in excellent condition, measuring 32 inches long. It comes displayed with a brief history of the original ship.
Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Osprey. From a large collection of all original Royal Nay Cap Tally’s I have just purchased. This one is from HMS Osprey, this was an air station of the Royal Navy, situated at Portland, established in 1917. From 1959 the station shared the name HMS Osprey with the anti-submarine shore-based establishment located at East Weares, which used the air station's helicopters for research and development in anti-submarine techniques. It closed in 1999. This Tally probably dates from the mid WW2 era and it is made from silk with gold embroidery and comes in excellent condition, measuring 31 inches long. It comes displayed with a brief history of the original ship.
Royal Navy LS&GC Medal QEII. An original era miniature Naval long service and good conduct medal, made of sterling silver and being the QEII issue. It is in lovely condition and on its original ribbon.
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Cap Badge. A big beautiful bi-metal badge which was used from 1971 when the Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards merged with the Royal Scots Greys. There was no expense spared on the production of this badge, the quality is just superb. It comes in near mint condition and with its original black backing cloth. The slider is marked with J. R. Gaunt B’Ham makers stamp. Ref. A5
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Pouch Badge. A wonderful quality heavy gauge badge of gilt and white metal dating from around the 1970’s; it has extra-long lugs, so it must have been used on a pouch or cross belt. Apart from the lugs being a little bent, this superb badge comes in perfect order.
Russian Medal for the Liberation of Belgrade This medal is from a recently acquired private collection, below is further information on the history and criteria for the issue of the medal. The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was awarded to soldiers of the Red Army, Navy, and troops of the NKVD. The medal comes in very good condition. Awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs Troops (MVD) and State Security Committee Troops (KGB) who participated in the liberation of Belgrade from 29 September 1944 until 22 October 1944. Soviet troops began an offensive move on 28 September towards Belgrade ( the capital of Yugoslavia ) with the goal of liberating the city from fascist forces. Warships of the Dunai Navy participated. The Yugoslavian Peoples Liberation Army intensified attacks at the rear of fascist troops. On 20 October the city was liberated.
Russian Rifle Oil / Polish Bottle. A double aluminium bottle, one side for Oil or Solvent and the other for polish. Used with the Mosin Nagant and AK47 during the Soviet era. It comes in very good condition but it has been used, so the odd small dent to both lids.
Saudi Arabia Gulf War Combat Medal. Awarded for service in the 1991 Gulf war. an interesting and attractive medal that a staple for any medal collection. It comes in perfect condition.
Scale Model WW2 German Amphibious Vehicle. A wonderful quality die-cast metal scale Model of this Amphibious Vehicle, used by German forces in Denmark from 1944. It model comes in mint condition and in its original case.
Scarc WW1 Era National Reserve London Badge by Gaunt In October 1914 the National Reserve was formed into Protection Companies, which were attached to existing TF battalions, for the guarding of railways and other vulnerable points in Britain ultimately to serve in the regular forces depending on their health and ability. This is a good original WW1 era National Reserve London brass and blue enamel badge made by Gaunt of London, numbered to the recipient 34325, it comes in very good condition with light signs of age and measures just over 1.25 inches long.
Scarce 1794 Bill of Rights Trial by Jury Copper Token This copper condor penny token was issued as both a propaganda and an advertising piece, to the front it shows two lawyers with a banner of 'magna carta' above and 'bill of rights' below, around the edge is 'Erskin and Gibbs and trial by Jury' on the reverse is a series of names of people who were successfully defended by the said lawyers. The token is in really good sharp condition, there is one small area of damage over the date but it is still perfectly legible.
Scarce 18thC Medallion Duke of Cumberland 1745. A rare contemporary medallion struck in 1745 to celebrate the duke of Cumberland becoming the Captain-General or commander in chief of the British land forces. He is probably best remembered for his role in putting down the Jacobite Rising at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, so he was is also known as "Butcher" Cumberland. This medallion in in good condition considering its age it does show some wear and a little damage but a rare coin in any condition.
Scarce 1907 Medallion The Minto Fancy Fete Calcutta In 1907 Mary Caroline Grey known as Lady Minto who was the wife of Lord Minto the recently appointed Viceroy of India organized a fete in Calcutta to raise funds for the Indian nursing association with which she was heavily involved, the fete was held between 20th January and the 7th February and featured military displays, bands, open air shows and food stalls, this medallion which came with a selection of Royal Artillery items would have been presented to members of the RA who took part in the military displays, it is made from bronze with a silver centre to the front which is very tarnished but still shows sharp detail, on the back it has ‘The Minto fancy fete Calcutta 1907’. Comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Scarce 1914 Star Trio & TFEM Group to Suffolk Regiment. A scarce and interesting group comprising of the 1914 star correctly named to 17 Private Frederick Harrison 1/4th Suffolk Regiment. The British war and Victory medal, correctly named to 17 Private Frederick Harrison, Suffolk Regiment and the territorial Force Efficiency medal, correctly named to 41096 Private Frederick Harrison. 4th Suffolk Regiment. Frederick Harrison born in Ipswich in 1891, most of his younger life, he spent with his two brothers, Ernest and Edward and his sister Gertrude in St Johns Home for Boys and Girls, a home for pauper Children; the boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service, otherwise known as the ‘workhouse’, our Frederick chose to join the army when he came of age. He joined the 4th territorial battalion Suffolk regiment on the 2nd March 1908 and he was still serving when the Great War broke out, Frederick was called to duty and arrived in France on 8th November 1914, at first he was to undergo training for mobile warfare and a course of musketry; on the last day of November the battalion marched in the rain and wind over bad roads to Lambres and then on to Vieille Chapelle here joining the Jullunder brigade before moving on to the trenches at Bethune and La Beuvry. The battalion’s first real action was in the defence of Givenchy in the winter operations of 1914-1915. On the 10th March 1915 the 4th battalion took their place in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle; the attack began at noon the next day, the battalion fought hard, sometimes under fire from our own guns, but they drove the Germans from well-established positions in a trench by trench attack, but sadly it made little ground and the attack was deemed as failed, losing 217 men in the process, however Sergeant Sones was awarded the DCM for carrying messages for 48 consecutive hours under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Later sir John French congratulated the 4th battalion on their bearing at Neuve Chapelle. The rest of spring 1915 was spent roughly in the same area supporting attacks on the enemy at Aubers ridge near Arras and Biez Farm and distillery at La Tourelle, here suffering over one hundred casualties; and on to Ypres where the battlefield was hell, there was hardly no respite from German shelling, the days must have seemed like months, but getting through the battle of St Julien with a total of fifty casualties, the battalion considered themselves very fortunate in deed. After this, day to day life in the trench was mundane, carrying out trench duties, marching back and forth from billets in the village etc. On June 21st the Germans bombarded the 4th battalions trenches with 5.9 Howitzers, an officer and three men were killed, and many anti – aircraft gun were put out of action. From here to the end of September the front line was pretty quiet, the 25th September saw the battalion involved with the main operations at Loos and in that battle Frederick was wounded by a gunshot wound to the neck and shoulder. It is unclear how long he was hospitalised or if he returned to blighty for rest and recuperation, but he was not officially discharged until 20th August 1918, from the nature of his earlier wounds. It always amazes me how any man could survive this war, the life of the soldier was a mixture of being bored to fighting for your life, at least Frederick survived, but what happened to him after, this is up to the new owner to find out. He was on the western front for two years and saw more than his fair share of the horrors, I’m sure, it is not known how severe his wounds were, did this have a major effect on his future life. This group comes mounted on card for display and with copies of the 1891 and 1901census information, medal index card, medal roll card for the TFEM and the roll for the silver war badge. The trio are mounted on a brooch bar as worn but the TFEM is separate, he was awarded the TFEM on 1st August 1918 All medals are in excellent original condition but they do have a few contact marks where they have been mounted together.
Scarce 1919 Ration Books – Haverhill Suffolk Interesting collection of 3 Ministry of food National ration books named to the Barrett family of Haverhill Suffolk, each have been used but still come in fair condition given their age. To go with the ration books is a 1934 copy of the South West Suffolk Echo newspaper addressed to the Barretts, not sure of the connection but possible one of the family are mentioned in an article.
Scarce 1922 Dated National Association of German Officers Magazine Translated as 'magazine' this is more a mini newspaper, entitled 'Deutsche treue' which again translates as German fidelity this periodical was intended for veteran German officers. My very broken German can pick out words relating to 'war in the air' and political information. 8 pages of information which for someone who can read German will find interesting I'm sure. Comes in good but yellowed condition.
Scarce 1924 Alvin Keech Signed Banjulele with Case Scarce 1924 Alvin Keech Signed Banjulele with Case One for the music lovers, here is a 1924 dated and signed Alvin Keech Banjulele, below is a brief history of the instrument. This is the model ‘A’ and the patent number has /24 for the year, it is signed on the back and comes with its original carrying case. The general condition is good shows signs of wear and use, the skin has a hole in it so the piece will need restoration, they retail p to £150 online so priced for the restorer. Measures 22 inches long and the case is 22.5. A banjulele is a cross between a ukulele and a banjo. It is reported that “Alvin Keech” invented the instrument and name in 1917. Players of ukuleles in the music halls wanted more volume but wanted the ease ofplaying with an ukukele – hence the banjulele was born Early Keech banjuleles date from 1917 to 1930 and generally were manufactured in three models, “A”, “B” and “C”. “A” was the base model and “C” was the top model. Generally Keech banjuleles have the model and serial number stamped into the heel of the neck and the last digit of the patent number on the tuning peg section denotes the year e.g. 219720/2 is 1922.
Scarce 1930’s German Diplomatic Officers Cap Wreath. A rare cap wreath worn on German Nazi Government Officials and Diplomatic Officers Summer Cap. It is made of white metal and still shows very good detail with very little wear. The condition is excellent, it now has a good even dark patination to the surface, the centre cockade is present and it still retains both prongs on the back, these look a bit delicate, so I haven’t tried to move them. A superb piece of German insignia, extremely hard to find in this condition. It measures 4.5 inches wide.
Scarce 7th Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge Q/C A good bi-metal badge only used for a short time after the change to the Queens crown in 1957 when the regiment merged with the 3rd Kings own hussars. This cracking original badge comes in perfect condition. Ref. Y14
Scarce and Unusual Book of Postcards on Aluminium Production Entitled 'the lighter way illustrated' this book of postcards was produced during the 1920's for the William Mills Ltd factory of Birmingham, William Mills was best known for his invention of the Mills grenade during the Great War but fundamentally he was a metal worker who opened one of the first factories in the country working with aluminium. This booklet contains at least 30 postcards which could be detached from the book to be sent by post, each card has a different picture and subject matter but all concern aluminium and its wondrous properties. The book is complete and in very good order.
Scarce Boer War Era St Johns Ambulance Triangular Bandage There are many variations of this style of triangular bandage issued by the St Johns Ambulance, this one shows a soldier in early uniform very Boer in appearance but the main dating evidence is in the bottom right hand corner, here we see a registration number of 7764 this places the design around 1884/5, the St Johns Ambulance did not get going until 1877 so this would have been a very early issue for them. As you can see in the photo's the bandage shows many uses, it comes in fair condition given its age, the edges are rough and there is some slight staining to an edge. It is large measuring 48 inches along the bottom and 36 on the sides.
Scarce Chilean Model 1912 Mauser Knife Bayonet. This is a knife bayonet manufactured in 1912 and used well in to the 1930’s. They were manufactured by various German manufacturers to fit the Chilean 7mm Mauser, it has a Single edged good quality blade with wood grips. The scabbard is all steel and this one has been painted black. The blade is nice and clean with no rust or pitting, all in all a really good example. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Scarce Collection of WW2 Nazi Occupied Poland Stamps When German occupied Poland they governed everything including the postal service, from 1940 they over stamped the local issues deliberately to obscure the country and value adding in the Nazi symbol and new denomination. These 13 examples are in super condition.
Scarce Communist China St Georges Cross for Bravery. Most communist china medals of this period are quite poor, this one is of no exception; it was a Russian award given to Red China before the Second World War. It was awarded for bravery and it is designed on the Russian version with St George slaying the Dragon and it comes on a typical short red ribbon. I have only ever had one or two of these in the the past and I can’t remember if they were the same or if this one is a unique error, as the medal itself is up-side-down on the ribbon. I’ve had a look on the internet and I can’t find another example to compare. It is a rare little medal, which may be even rarer if this is a mistake in the production of the medal. It comes in good condition, the enamel segments to the cross are in good order with no chips and the very light pin is still present and perfect.
Scarce Crimea Pair to Yeatman Land Transport Corps. An interesting pair of medals correctly engraved to William F Yeatman. Number 579 of the 4th Battalion Land Transport Corps. The medals comprise of the Crimean War medal with the Sebastopol clasp; this has the correct type of engraved naming; and the Turkish Crimea medal (Sardinian Issue) this has privately engraved naming. The pair of medal comes with copies of Yeatman’s medal rolls for the Crimea medal, this shows he is also entitled to the Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman clasps. The Land Transport corps was form in 1855 in the Crimea, owing to the defective state of the transport service serving. This was organised by the Civil Department and the men who transferred, from other regiments to the Land Transport Corps had no military privileges, they received half pay and had to feed and clothe themselves, this included the officers and non-commissioned officers as well. There was an outcry by the men and some almost mutinied. They felt they were misled when recruited, and there was a government enquiry into the matter in 1856. Most of the officers and NCO’s were given the opportunity to transfer to the military train, which was then being formed in lieu of the LTC in the same year. Most men who were serving with the LTC were already long serving and quite a few were recipients of gallantry and long service awards and those who were wounded in battle. The land Transport Corps was disbanded in 1856 and only a handful of medals were named to the corps, most were named to the Military Train to those men who had transferred. Although William Yeatman was entitled to the other three clasps, it is more than likely due to the confusion surrounding the men who served with the LTC, he never received his clasps. It is also probable the other three clasps were earned while serving with another regiment, or he may have been a veteran of the Indian or other campaigns, well worth researching. Both medals come in very good untouched condition and come mounted on their original silver brooch bar with original ribbons. Obviously there is wear and some contact marks to the medals, but they haven’t been over polished and the Turkish Crimea medal is still has nice clear detail, which is getting unusual for this medal. Both swivel suspenders are easy to turn with no fear of breaking but the ribbons are a little scruffy and dirty. Please see pictures for close up photos.
Scarce Davidson’s 1798 Nile Medal awarded to Petty Officers. A rare medal which was a privately-issued in commemoration of the British victory at the Battle of the Nile, in 1798. The medal was commissioned by Alexander Davison, whom Admiral Nelson had appointed the sole prize agent for the ships captured at the Battle of the Nile, he commissioned the medal from his profits. Various grades were made, gold was presented to Nelson and his captains, silver to lieutenants and warrant officers, gilt bronze to petty officers and copper to Royal Marines and seamen. This one is the gilt bronze version only awarded to Petty Officers, the gilt has now mostly worn away but there is still a good amount to show it was this issue. This one has also had a ring and ribbon added this is often seen, just because the recipient wanted to wear the medal, which was awarded as a medallion. A very fine medal very rarely seen in this grade issued for petty officers and in a good collectable condition, ideal for investment.
Scarce Early WW2 Cloth Formation Patch – 7th Armoured Desert Rats The best known of all armoured divisions, The Desert Rats. It was formed in Egypt in 1938 as a Mobile Division. In December 1939 it became known as the 7th Armoured Division and its commander, Major-General O'Moore Creagh, adopted the jerboa (the desert rat) divisional sign. It was changed to the upright red jerboa, picked out in white on a black background, when the division was in Northwest Europe in 1944. The third design and colour change dates from 1945. This I think is the earliest version of the patch, it is sewn and comes in very good condition just a little grubby on the white, measures 2 inches in diameter.
Scarce Edward VIII National Defence Company Cap Badge. A large round all brass badge only issued for a very short time in 1937 due to the abdication of Edward VIII. This badge comes in excellent condition and heavily toned. In 1936 National Defence Companies replaced the Royal Defence Corps (RDC), formed in 1917. Home defence had become part of the role of the Territorial Army and as the RDC was not part of the TA it was seen as anomalous that two bodies should share the Home Defence responsibility. The National Defence Companies were therefore set up to be a part of the TA. Enlistment was to be voluntary and limited to ex-servicemen, normally between the ages of 45 and 60. They would be formed on a county or city basis and linked to their local TA Battalion. Their role would be the same as the RDC, the guarding of important sites and prisoner of war camps within the UK. The Companies were mobilised in August 1939, and in November they were formed into battalions attached to regular army units, at which point they were re-named Home Service Battalions. They continued in the role of guarding important points and prisoner of war camps in the UK for the remainder of the war. (Notes from the Imperial War Museum). Ref. B5
Scarce Geo VI GSM Palestine and Bomb Clearance Clasps. An interesting single King George 6th General Service Medal correctly named to 14081559 Sapper Desmond Herbert Williamson of the Bomb Disposal Squadron, Royal Engineers, with the Palestine and Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-1956 clasps. The medal comes in its original box of issue, army service and pay book, release book, cap badge and various other paperwork including issue slips for the GSM, Palestine clasp and the B&MC 1945 – 56 clasp. So all awarded is confirmed. Sapper Desmond Williamson was born and came from Kings Lynn in Norfolk, he was born in 1927 so he grew up through the war years but as soon as he reached the age of 18 he joined the army in the October of 1945. He went through specialise training in rifle shooting, light machine gun, swim tests and even the gas chamber test all before he was sent overseas. All in all he spent just over three years in the army, being discharged towards the end of 1948. A very interesting and scarce medal for future research complete with paperwork and the relevant provenance.
Scarce Gettysburg Memorial Mirror Button This is an unusual item, made I would think in the early part of last century and sold as a tourist piece at the Gettysburg memorial in Pennsylvania, it consists of a tin button with a lithograph print of the memorial to one side and a handy mirror on the reverse. Quite a large size for a button measuring 2.25 inches in diameter, the front is in excellent condition but the mirror has bloomed to the edges over the years.
Scarce Inter War 16th Queens Lancers –Royal Irish Lancers Riding Whip The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922. This officers riding whip has a white metal top to the handle and it displays the badges for both the 16th and the Irish Lancers so date wise it must be 1922 onwards, it comes in good but used condition and measures 33.5 inches long.
Scarce Inter War Period Badge Air League of the British Empire The Air League of the British Empire was established in 1909 to further the cause of aviation in Britain and badges of this design were worn by the supporters of the organization. Made from brass with white and blue enamels, comes in fair condition with some wear to the gilding on the eagle and a bit of loss to the blue enamel. A large sized badge measuring 1.75 inches across.
Scarce Italian Volunteers Medal for the Spanish Civil War Issued to the Italians who volunteered to fight for the Spanish during the civil war in the 1930's, this is the first type medal issued designed by Lorrioli and marked with a single 'M' on the reverse. The medal was instituted in 1938. It comes in very good condition, some tarnish in places and has the wrong ribbon, this must have been added at a later date. The disc measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Scarce Korean War Pair to Norfolk Regiment. A scarce pair of the queens medal for Korea, this is correctly named to 22482219 private A. W. Groat of the 1st battalion the Royal Norfolk Regiment. the United nations medal for Korea, this is un-named as issued, his white metal cap badge and the Norfolk regiment association buttonhole badge; both medals come in their original boxes of issue and in near mint condition. The 1st Battalion arrived in Korea in November 1951 and it spent 10 months almost constantly in the front line, improving line defences with barbed wire and trench systems and sending out patrols and laying ambushes and hard fighting. The regiment won a number of decorations for gallantry in Korea but suffered considerable casualties, 33 officers and men dead, 108 injured. Also to accompany this little group of items is a copy of a press cutting regarding the Norfolk’s time in Korea, this contains accounts from the men who were there describing their horrific experiences of what has become known as the forgotten war.
Scarce Mons Star Trio to Cpl/Sjt Barrett 10th Hussars / Tank Corps A superb WW1 trio comprising of the 1914 star with the August to November Mons bar. The WW1 British war and victory medal; all correctly named to 2228 Serjeant (Corporal on star) William. G. Barrett. Of the 10th Prince of Wales Own Hussars. This trio comes with various research including a copy of his mic and the 10th Hussars war diary on Cd Rom in pdf format. William Barrett served with the 10th Hussars until the introduction of the Tank Corps when Barrett was transferred to the new unit, but a brief history of 10th Hussars and Serjeant Barrett’s service can be found below. William Barrette boarded HMS Bosnia from Southampton on the 6th October 1914, bound for Ostend. His shop docked during the night of the 8th and the 10th Hussars gradually came ashore and by 9am on the 9th October, they were ready to be assigned billets. On the 13th October they were on the march to Ypres with the 6th Cavalry Brigade, on rout it was reported that one Bavarian cavalry division was spotted at Warneton. 20,00 all arms at Tournai, 20,00 at Hazebrouck and heavy fighting reported at Lille and the Germans were bombing that town. On the 19th the regiment was ordered to advance east at Ledegham, ‘A’ squadron to the advance guard and ‘B’ the baggage guard. They drove the enemy to the outskirts of the village. The enemy received strong reinforcements and the cavalry was forced to retire. The next day the regiment took up a defensive line with the 7th brigade and the French cavalry running south from Westoozebeke, but once again they were forced to retire. Either on the advance of the 19th or the defensive action of the 20th, William Barrett was wounded. I do not know to what extent, but he must have made a full recovery as he returned to his regiment. With the establishment of trench warfare, the Regiment couldn’t be used in a traditional cavalry role for parts of the war. The 10th Hussars were in and out of the front line trenches and suffered a constant stream of casualties. The 10th Hussars took part in the Battle of Frezenburg Ridge at the Second Battle of Ypres and suffered heavy casualties on the last day of the battle, 13th May 1915; these casualties amounted to 138 officers and men and included their Lieutenant-Colonel. In the September 1915 they took an active part in the battle Loos 26th to the 28th of September and although most of the historic accounts say that the 10th didn’t really take part in any engagements during 1916 the regimental diary says different. They didn’t take part as a regiment, but the men and horses were used in all different rolls, many were subbed out to the machine Gun Corps, the horses used to carry Lewis guns. At this time, the regiment was constantly receiving reinforcements, and subsequently these reinforcements needed training. It was probably around here, Corporal Barratt was promoted to Serjeant. He would have been of great use for training the new arrivals, ready for the battle of Arras, which was the next major engagement for the 10th. Orders were received on the 9th April 1917, “to saddle up at once” and move to the Arras area, here to take part in the attack on Monchy le Preux. The 10th set off on the 9th of April up near the front line ready to advance on orange Hill and found the infantry had not yet arrived. Here they halted for a few hours, dismounting and watering the horses in the river Scarp. At 2.30 am on the morning of the 10th, the moved back along the main Arras road about 1 Km west of Arras and tethered the horses in a nearby field. At 10.30am they again got orders to advance to the first objective, orange hill, this they did, but again were halted, the infantry had not advanced to attack Monchy-Le-Preux. At 3pm, Lieutenant Lord W Scott took a patrol through heavy machine gun fire, to try and find out the situation and located the infantry coming up behind with the remainder of the brigade. The 10th were ordered to push on around the side of Orange hill but came under a crossfire of machine guns. The squadron wheeled about trying to find another route to their objective but met, the diary says; “with high explosives being wield”, this was probably a barrage of grenades. The squadron met with very heavy casualties, men and horses and were only saved by a very heavy snow storm coming on at that moment. At 8pm the whole brigade moved back just north of Feuchy Chapel. The next day, the brigade was given the task to advance, seize and hold the high ground villages and woods, east side facing the river Scarp. The 10th Hussars along with the Essex Yeomanry charged, meeting heavy machine gun fire coming from the north of the Scarp canal. Still both regiments continued forward despite heavy casualties. Reaching the outskirts of the villages, they again hit heavy machine gun fire, but undeterred the 10th followed the Essex Yeomanry to the centre of Monchy-Le-Preux. They then turned due north until reaching the outskirts of the village. On emerging from the village, they were face with another enemy machinegun emplacement, it was now quite apparent that the infantry were not holding the villages and were pin down in a nearby Chateau. Soon after the remainder of the two regiments arrived in the village, they were met with German artillery, but behind them came our machine guns, Hotchkiss’s and automatic rifles. 189 men of the 10th fell that day, who knows how many horses, remarkably Serjeant Barrett wasn’t one of them. Their numbers were diminished, so the rest of 1917 was spent in and out of trenches, receiving new recruits and training. 1918 saw the brigade in action again at the Battle of St Quentin 21st to 23rd March, but between 22nd and 25th March 1918 the Division provided the 3rd Dismounted Division, organised into three dismounted brigades. It also provided a mounted detachment under “Harman’s Detachment” and then “Reynolds’s Force” between 23rd and 29th March. Here I am going to stop with the accounts of the 10th Hussars, it seems logical that at this point Serjeant Barrett would have transferred to the Tank Corps. It, in my opinion, couldn’t have been any earlier, or his medal pair would have been named to the later regiment. And, as now the regiment is totally dismounted, here seems likely. The 10th went on to the German Spring Offensive, and during 1918, the 10th Hussars also took part in the Hundred Days Offensive and suffered 70 casualties during the attack on the village of Honnechy on 9th October 1918. (Oops couldn’t help myself) Weather Barrett saw any action with the Tank Corps, I do not know, as there was still plenty of fighting to come, he probably did. He survived, he was one of the blessed; he lived to receive his trio and probably, hopefully wore them with pride. All of the online regimental histories tell a very different story to the one in the original war diary. It leads me to think, that no one has actually read through this edifying document. Yes this regiment was dismounted and fought as infantry on occasions in the early and latter part of the war, but the bulk of their action, they saw on and with their horses. These actions were fierce and bloody and should not be in any way taken away from them. The medals are in excellent original condition. a few minor contact marks from the star on the BWM, but nothing that could be considered as damage. They now come nicely mounted on card for display or framing with an engraved brass plaque with the medals detail.
Scarce Original 1905 Miniature Tibet Medal. Original 1905 sterling silver miniature Tibet medal with swivel suspender. It was awarded for the 1903 – 04 trade mission led by Colonel sir Francis Younghusband and expedition was held up by hostile forces. This medal was mostly awarded to Indian troops, there was a silver version which was awarded to camp followers. This medal is in excellent original condition and comes on its original silk ribbon.
Scarce Original Geo VI Miniature – Territorial Efficiency (South African Bilingual) Medal A super little contemporary silver medal, that comes in excellent condition. Ref. Mini03
Scarce Original Photo German Cavalry Regiment 1880 A superb sepia photograph showing a troop of Uhlan troopers. The Uhlan were cavalry armed with lances and this picture shows a company of a reserve regiment. Some are displaying Iron cross ribbons, probably from the Franco Prussian War. Some have swords and others carbine rifles, but at the back of the picture you can see the lances and a trooper wearing his Tschapka. A fascinating photo to study, a fabulous piece for anyone who is interested in imperial German uniform. It measures 10 x 8 inches
Scarce Original WW2 German Luftwaffe Pilots Ring. A superb original German pilots ring made of 800 grade silver. It has the pilots badge on the top with its wings stretching down the sides of the shank. It has three punched marks including a square punch with 800 for the grade of silver and the others are probably town and makers marks, these are a little obscured. The condition is good but there is some wear to the detail and the back of the ring is a little distorted, but it has been used and worn, so we can only expect some faults. A rare piece, very hard to find these days amongst the mountain of reproductions out there. It measures a large size ‘T’, so a good man’s size. Ref. 21926
Scarce Pair 3rd / 6th Dragoon Guards Shoulder Titles. 3/6 Dragoon Guards brass shoulder titles. The 3rd and 6th Dragoon Guards merged in 1922 to form the above. In 1928 they were reformed as the 3rd Carabiniers (the Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards) so these titles were only in use from 1922 to 1928. This pair have been issued and worn, so there is some wear and one lug is missing from the back of one title, but a hard to find pair for the collection. Ref. Y10
Scarce Post WW2 Air Despatch Bullion Badge An interesting cloth and bullion work badge for the air dispatch troop to which this belongs, below is some info on the 395 air dispatch troop, the badge comes in very good condition and measures 2.5 inches wide. 395 Air Despatch Troop of the Royal Logistic Corps is the only Territorial Army Air Despatch Troop in the British Army. It functions in tandem with the tactical support aircraft of the Royal Air Force. It consists of seven air despatch crews who are responsible for the receipt of vital stores and combat supplies, their packaging for air drop, their loading and their despatch during flight. It is based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Air Despatch brevet awarded after completion of 20 sorties
Scarce Post WW2 New Zealand Army Air Corps Stable Belt a really nice quality stable belt for the New Zealand Army air corps, made by Hobsons & Sons Ltd of London, it has really superior leather fittings and is fully adjustable, comes in very good but lightly used condition.
Scarce Post WW2 R.E.M.E. Air Transport Cloth Bullion Badge A well made scarce cloth and bullion work badge for the REME air transport, Queen’s crown to the top, comes in very good condition, possibly has the owners identity number on the back, measures 2.5 inches wide.
Scarce Pr 14th /20th Hussars Shoulder Titles. Probably dating from the 1920’s these are the older style brass titles worn by the two regiments after they merged post WW1. Nice heavy gauge brass and in perfect condition.
Scarce Pre WW2 Tinnie Front Line Soldiers Meeting Kreuzburg 1936 A scarce tinnie or day badge for a meeting of the front line soldiers in Kreuzburg 1936, very well detailed it has three marching soldiers with the swastika below and the words 'frontsoldaten treffen kreuzburg Sept 1936' around the edge. Comes in very good but tarnished condition, it measures just over 2 inches high.
Scarce Romanian Second Balkan’s War Medal The Romanian medal for the Second Balkan War was awarded liberally to both military soldiers and civilian workers after the Romania's victory over Bulgaria in 1913. The medal is made of silver and is suspended by a garland of laurel leaves, the obverse features an eagle with open wings with bust of King Carol I to the centre. The reverse of the medal depicts the Romanian army crossing the Danube river into Bulgaria, it shows an angel holding a laurel crown in her outstretched hand. This one comes in lovely original condition but lacking ribbon.
Scarce Set of Four 1905 USA Army Postcards From the 'calcium light series' and made by P.J. Plant of Washington D.C this set of four cards have the date of 1905 on the front and have been part colourised, each shows a soldier and his sweetheart in various situations, they are all in very good condition and have not been postally used.
Scarce Somerset Light Infantry VB Shoulder Title. Worn by the volunteer battalion, this brass shoulder dates from around the WW1 era and comes in very good original condition. Ref. Y3
Scarce South Wales Borderers Brecknockshire Btn Cap Badge. The scarce Gilt brass cap badge of the Brecknockshire battalion or the 1st volunteer battalion of the South Wales Borderers. The regiment, along with its Territorial units, raised nineteen battalions: all these battalions were either disbanded during the war or in the immediate aftermath of it. 2/1st Brecknockshire Battalion was formed in September 1914 at Brecon. The Battalion joined the 68th (2nd Welsh) Division in 1915. It was absorbed by the 2/7th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November 1916. 3/1st Brecknockshire Battalion - formed in April 1915 at Brecon. The Battalion became the 1st (Reserve) Battalion in April 1916. The following year, in August, it amalgamated with the 1st (Reserve) Battalion, Monmouthshires. This badge comes in wonderful condition with a long slider on the back. Ref. B17
Scarce Victorian Token for Remington Typewriters 1890 The size of an old penny this interesting Victorian token was issued by the Remington typewriter company, one side has the Remington company info and on the other side is Queen Victoria with three generations of her family, son, grandson and great grandson. Comes in good condition, some wear to the surface and it measures 33mm in diameter.
Scarce Vintage Cloth Trade Patch – Camera Operator I cant find a comparison or information on this cloth patch but I believe it is for a camera operator, it is a sewn badge and unfortunately the moth has been at the red material making it less detailed than it should be, measures 2.75 inches long.
Scarce Vintage Tudor Mint Solid Pewter Barge I cant find an example of this type of barge anywhere, it was made by the Tudor Mint of Birmingham and the barge is called Ruby, as it shows the Tudor Mint logo so prominently on the side I think it might have been an advertising piece perhaps for a shop. It is solid pewter and very heavy, well detailed it has a driver and a man on the bank with a horse, it measures 9.75 inches long.
Scarce WW1 17th Lancers Cap & Collar Badge. A good quality WW1 era 17th Lancers white metal cap badge and a very scarce brass collar dog. both come in very good but used condition.
Scarce WW1 1st Kings Dragoon Guards Cap Badge. A scarce and interesting brass cap badge only used up until 1915. It shows the Austrian eagle and the arms of Emperor Francis Joseph I of Austria, who until 1914 was the Colonel in chief of the regiment. obviously when the war began and Austria was loyal to Germany, the badge had to change, and change it did in 1915 to the star form badge, see next listing. This badge comes in excellent original condition, die struck in all one piece and a long slider on the back for the cavalry peeked cap. Ref. B1
Scarce WW1 Austro – Hungarian Wound Medal 1st Class A rare medal awarded for wounds received on the front line, this one is on the 1st class ribbon, showing one thin red stripe, 2nd class would have two and third class three. The condition is very good considering the medal itself is made from a base metal. An interesting medal for any WW1 collector.
Scarce WW1 Book - With Cavalry 1915 - 2nd Ypres - 1st Eddition Written in 1915 and issued in 1916 this books full title is: 'With cavalry in 1915 the British trooper in the trench line through the second battle of Ypres' by Frederick Coleman. I've skip read the opening section and the author appears to have been attached as a driver ( car not horse) to the headquarters staff of the first cavalry division which allowed him to travel around and pick up interesting stories from the soldiers on the front line the first section covering the Christmas truce and the interaction between the British and German trenches. From what little I have read if it carries on in the same vein it will be a captivating read. 302 pages including a pull out map, comes in good condition given its age.
Scarce WW1 British Anti German Iron Cross Many differing opinions surround this type of iron cross including being dropped onto the German lines to demoralise the troops, being sold to raise funds for the British forces, and being used for anti German propaganda purposes, either way it is a glimpse into the British thinking during the Great War. There are at least 12 variations to this style of cross, this one features 6 different European towns but some have British towns to one side. Made from iron and black painted this example has Louvain, Amiens, Rheims, Dinant, antwerp and Ghent and both sides the date of 1914. Measures 1.75 inches square and comes in good condition with some loss to the black paint in areas.
Scarce WW1 Bronze Guards Machine Gun Battalion Cap Badge. A big beautiful five pointed star, the points emphasised by the bullets from the Vickers machine gun. Between these are the rose, shamrock, leak, thistle and grenade to denote the five regiment of guards. This one is the bronze officers badge, OR’s wore white metal; used from 1916 until 1918 when the regiment became the Guards Machine Gun regiment with a change of badge. It comes in near perfect condition and has a long slider on the back. Ref. B15
Scarce WW1 BWM to Caswell Derby Yeomanry. A hard to obtain medal awarded to a member of a mounted yeomanry regiment, this British War Medal is correctly named to 3282 Private Ernest P Caswell of the Derbyshire Yeomanry. There were three battalions but only one the 1/1st served overseas. They were, in 1915 a part of the 2nd mounted division and sailed for service in North Africa, being in Egypt for only a few months, the battalion was moved to Gallipoli in the august of the same year, 1915. They landed at Suvla bay on the 21st of august as dismounted infantry and were involved in the advance across the open from Lala Baba to Chocolate Hill in which action losses amounted to 78 with 20 dead. After the evacuation from Gallipoli they Withdrew back to Egypt in December 1915 and were allotted to Western Frontier Force. February 1916: Brigade left Division and moved to Salonika, retitled as 7th Mounted Brigade. D Squadron joined 27th Division between March and June 1916. Regiment remained as GHQ Troops in Macedonia when Brigade returned to Egypt. For a small regiment they had large losses during the war, including officers, one officer who did survive the war was Captain Sir Oswald Mosley, later the head of the British Fascist movement. Apart from his medal index card and a quick look at the regimental history, no other research has been done on Private Caswell; his mic confirms his full medal entitlement to the British war and Victory medal pair. This medal comes in excellent original condition, unpolished and well-toned; a great research project awaits.
Scarce WW1 Canadian 185th Cape Breton Highlanders Cap Badge. A superb early badge in white metal, on the back the slider is marked; J. R. Gaunt. Birmingham. It comes in very good but used condition, with some light wear to the high points. They formed 5th Canadian Division sailed for England on 13th of Oct on board the Olympic. While training in England its sister Battalion the 85th was transferred to the 4th Canadian Division which was already fighting in France . The 185th remained with the 5th Division waiting its turn to go into the front lines. Due to the heavy causalities and the policy of not fighting with under strength battalions the 5th Division was used as reinforcements .The 185th remained in this role until Feb of 1918 when it was struck off strength as a CEF Battalion. Ref. B16
Scarce WW1 Death Plaque to Merchant Marine. WW1 memorial Plaque in the name of William Fair, which is quite surprisingly a unique name; William Fair, born in Newcastle, was the 3rd Engineer serving on the H.M.P.M.S Duchess of Montrose during the first world war, the ship was a paddle steamer launched in 1902 and operated by the Caledonian Steam Packet Company; she was requisitioned during the war by the Admiralty and converted into a Minesweeper. On the morning of the 18th march 1917 she just left the Dunkirk harbour around 9am in the morning, she began sweeping to Gravelines Buoy and recovered five mines laid by the U-Boat UB12 before stopping for low tide. After she resumed sweeping she hit a mine amidships and broke in two and sank in less than a minute; thirty one crewmen were rescued but twelve men were lost, including Engineer William Fair. He is now remembered with Honour at the Plymouth Naval Memorial; he was the son of Margaret Ann Dodds fair of 32 Cramond Street, Glasgow. This plaque comes in perfect condition and with a copy of William Fair’s Commonwealth War Graves Certificate and a casualty list for the Duchess of Montrose. A scarce plaque to a reserve in the Merchant Navy.
Scarce WW1 Era 73rd Canadian Royal Highlanders Sweetheart Badge The 73rd Canadian CEF Royal Highlanders was an infantry battalion raised in June 1915 and mobilized in Montreal, they left for England in spring 1916 with 36 officers and 1033 other ranks, the regiment saw active service in some of the best known and worst fought battles of the Great war and having suffered significant casualties was disbanded in April ’17. This sweetheart badge, which has been made from an officer's bronze collar dog, comes in good but used condition and requires a clean the bar measures just under 1.75 inches long and the badge is under 1.25 inches long. A scarce badge for a short lived regiment.
Scarce WW1 Era Army Pay Corps Cap and Sweetheart Badge. One of the WW1 corps badges, that can be hard to find. This army pay corps cap badge was used from 1902 until 1920 when it became the Royal army pay corps. This badge is in lovely condition showing no signs of wear. Also included here is a scarce army pay corps sweetheart brooch; made of brass and enamel. This also comes in excellent condition with no damage.
Scarce WW1 Era Ayrshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A beautiful solid brass badge for the Earl of Carricks Own Ayrshire Yeomanry. This badge has the large letters in the name scroll at the bottom, so this dates it from 1915 to 1926. This example is in, pretty much perfect condition and has the makers mark of J. R. gaunt B’Ham stamped on the slider. A rare badge in this condition. Ref. A4
Scarce WW1 Era Cambridgeshire Regiment Sweetheart Badge This is an unusual style of badge, made by Gaunt who is probably best known for making cap badges and buttons, well this badge has both of those elements, the central part is a Cambridgeshire regiment button and the wreath around is typical of a cap badge. There was a huge demand for sweetheart badges for all of the regiments during the great war and resources where thin to make them so companies like Gaunt improvised, this badge constructed from a button has been modified on the back to take the mount, the button is marked for Gaunt with Patent applied for and below a six digit registration number which dates the piece accurately to 1914 so very early on in the war. Comes in super condition.
Scarce WW1 era Crested China Dreadnought. Quite a rare piece of creased china which carries the crest of Greenwich; the gilt lining is a little worn but it is still in excellent condition.
Scarce WW1 Era Frederick August Saxony Medal. Instituted on 23 April 1905 by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, it was awarded to enlisted men for notable service on the field of battle, the civilian version is on a different ribbon. This one comes in near mint condition and still shows signs of its original lustre, it also comes on a small length of its original ribbon.
Scarce WW1 Era India War & Relief Fund Medallion Below is a brief history for the Bombay Indian war and relief fund, this medallion would have been one of the issues to raise funds, cast in now dulled copper it has the figure of Lady Willingdon in a large hat on the reverse, all of the examples I can find all have a child on the reverse so this version appears to be rarer, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter. During World War I, Lord Willingdon, the governor of Bombay, created the India War & Relief Fund (Bombay Branch) where all the native and princely states neighbouring the Bombay Presidency contributed along with the people of the Bombay Presidency. As a part of that, the Women and Childrens Branch was also established for war victims. Lady Willingdon, president of these branches, led them for collection of funds. As a part of this effort, a couple of stamps were issued to encourage people to donate. In 1917, the Children's Branch also issued 2 bronze medals/token for the Bombay Presidency War & Relief Fund. The medal carried President Lady Willingdon's signature on the obverse and her bust on the reverse.
Scarce WW1 Era London Artist Rifles Insignia. Three interesting pieces relating to the Artist Rifles during the great war period. The first is the Officers dress cap badge; a very good quality heavy gilt brass badge, it has one prong missing, although it still retains a lot of its original gilt finish. A single bronze officer’s collar dog, worn on service dress; and lastly a button, this one is special; the back has been made into a locket, this still has its original photograph under glass, this is faded, but still visible, a rare little article, in very good condition.
Scarce WW1 Era Royal Naval Air Services Sweetheart Badge This is a nicely constructed badge, to the centre is the emblem for the RNAS this is mounted on a disc of mother-of-pearl, surrounding this is unmarked sterling silver and to the back it is finished with a white metal dome. Comes in very good condition and measures just over an inch in diameter.
Scarce WW1 Era Worcestershire Hussars Cap Badge. A fabulous bi-metal cap badge for the Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars Yeomanry. Although this badge was worn from around 1908, this is a very good great war example, it has small title letters and a applied white metal sprig of Pear blossom to the centre. The quality of this badge is lovely and although it has been used it only has light wear to the high points. Ref. B18
Scarce WW1 French Citron Foug or Lemon Model Grenade During 1915 the French had to step up their manufacture of grenades and following early designs copying German stick grenades called ‘asparagus’ grenades they designed the ‘lemon’ variety, simple in construction with a prefragmented steel body equipped with a rudimentary wooden ignition percussion plug which had a percussion block inside the wooden block and no safety devices. This example comes in good condition, missing the plug and measures approx. 4 inches long. I have two of these available.
Scarce WW1 German 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet - Saw Back Removed The German Butcher bayonet made between 1905 to around 1918, although they were used during WW2. There are several variations of this bayonet, including; the Saw Back, Shortened and this scarce variety the Saw Back Removed. During the First World War there was an outcry regarding the horrific wounds left by the saw back bayonet. Both sides agreed that they would reframe from producing such weapons, so the infamous saw back was cut away in the manufacturing process. This one is in excellent condition; it has good wood grips but the pommel and the cross guard are slightly pitted. It has no muzzle ring, just two stubs known as ‘ears’. The blade is excellent with just a very small area of rust just under the cross guard. It retains around 98% of its original finish and its edge is still sharp. It has good makers mark for H. Mundlos & Co of Magdeburg, a very good maker, who concentrated on Butcher bayonets during the first world war. The steel scabbard has a beautiful polished finish, this has a few areas of rush bloom but on the whole it is in very good order. So all in all an excellent example of this rare type of bayonet. It measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only PLEASE NOTE Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.
Scarce WW1 German Baden Gallantry Medal Group. A wonderful little group awarded to a Baden soldier, it comprises of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Karl-Friedrich Military Service Order for bravery in the field and the WW1 Honour Cross with swords for combatants. The EK2 as far as I can see, is unmarked but the Honour cross is marked A&S for Assmann & Sohne of Ludenscheid. The condition of all three medals is excellent and they come on their original court mounted bar with silk ribbons. A last note; the yellow and red ribbon of the Karl-Friedrich Military Service Order, has the red stripe to represent the blood of battle, if this medal is issued in peace time, it comes on a plain yellow ribbon; a useless fact.
Scarce WW1 German Ink Pot Rifle Grenade. Used with the G98 Rifle by the Germans during the Great War, was fitted with a rod through the centre for firing. Comes in good but pitted condition, can be taken apart and stands 3 inches high. Ref. 20662
Scarce WW1 Glamorgan Yeomanry Cap Badge A superb Great War issued badge made of brass and white metal. This badge is completely untouched and in excellent condition with a beautiful even tone. A lovely example of this rare badge. Ref. V13
Scarce WW1 Imperial German Kugelhandgranate- Kugel Grenade A really good example of the 1915 third pattern of the German kugelhandgranate or hand grenade, comes complete with fuse end cap which screws out and has impressed letters on the base and it is still full of shrapnel balls; it is in very good condition and stands just over 5 inches high with the fuse end cap
Scarce WW1 London Volunteer Rifles Cap Badge. A blackened brass badge, for the LVR used from 1914 to 1919. A scarce badge which comes in excellent but used condition, its only fault being, some of the blacking is worn from the surface in places. Ref. Y30
Scarce WW1 Medal Pair to Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. A scarce British war and Victory medal correctly named to; 4162 Private Herbert Luders of the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. With the service number of 4162, means he was a wartime enlistment and more than likely served with ‘D’ squadron who joined 14th (Light) Division at Aldershot in spring 1915 and landed at Le Havre on 23 May 1915. Here they saw action at Hooge, in which the Division had the misfortune to be the first to be attacked by flamethrower, and later the Second Attack on Bellewaarde On 14 June 1916 it was reunited with HQ and “C” Squadron in forming the III Corps Cavalry Regiment and were active on the Somme. On 24 September 1917, after infantry training, the regiment joined a battalion of the Manchester Regiment, which was reassigned 12th (Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry) Bn, the Manchester Regiment under the 17th Northern Division. During 1918, this division saw an incredible amount of action, from the battle of St Quentin to the Final Advance in Artois. Apart from medal index card and medal roll, no other research has been done on this man. I have little information regarding Herbert Luders, only he was born around 1894 and he was born and lived near Bolton in Lancashire. Weather he was wounded or injured, I do not know, but it appears he was lucky and survived the war. Included is a single photograph of Herbert with his family, it has written on the back in very small hand ‘Grandparents Henry & Caroline, Aunt Jane and Mary and Uncle Berty.’ In another hand ‘Do you know any of the others here’. I have also included an original WW1 Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry cap badge, this is not Herbert’s original badge but a genuine WW1 badge I have added in tribute to his medals. This is a very scarce badge in excellent condition.
Scarce WW1 Medal Trio to Mrs Black Served East Africa. A rare medal trio of the 1914/15 star, British War and Victory medal all correctly named to J. Black BRC & St J of J. Mrs Janet Black served with the British Red Cross and the Order of St John of Jerusalem from June 1915 in zone ‘4a’ which is the East African campaign. This fabulous trio comes with this lady’s medal index card, which shows no rank, such as ‘Nurse’ or ‘Sister’ etc, so she must have served in a non-medical role or a possibility she may have been a doctor or a surgeon. The East African Campaign was a series of battles and guerilla actions which started in German East Africa and spread to portions of Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, Uganda and the Belgian Congo. The strategy of the German colonial forces, led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, was to divert forces from the Western Front to Africa. His strategy achieved only mixed results after 1916, when he was driven out of German East Africa and Allied forces became composed almost entirely of South African, Indian, and other colonial troops. The East African campaign was not a particular bloody one, but the workload of British and commonwealth doctors and nurses was horrific, as disease was rife, in fact British losses in the East African campaign was 3,443 killed in action, 6,558 died of disease; the losses of native carriers and porters was dreadful, in the realm of 90,000 The native carriers impressed by the Germans were rarely paid and food and cattle were stolen from civilians; a famine caused by the consequent food shortage and poor rains in 1917, led to another 300,000 civilian deaths in Ruanda, Urundi and German East Africa. Also the impressment of farm labour in British East Africa, the failure of the rains in early 1918 led to famine and in September of that year Spanish flu reached sub-Saharan Africa. In British East Africa up to 200,000 people died. The small allied hospitals which were set up to cope with low counts of wounded were having to deal with famine and the worlds flu pandemic, the relatively low numbers of allied professional and voluntary doctors and nurses must have been pushed to their limit as they fought a different war altogether than the one raging in Europe. This is a Lady needs a lot more research, regarding her service in this little known and rare campaign of the first world war; this is an area for me that I know very little about, so I cannot give this group the attention or justice it deserves. All three medals come in excellent original condition, it looks as if they were mounted and worn at one time, as there are a few contact marks on the rims, but nothing bad enough that would be considered as damage. They come nicely mounted on a red and black felt covered board, ready for display or framing. To find any medals awarded for this campaign are rare, but a woman’s trio, I have never come across another one.
Scarce WW1 Mercantile Marine Miniature Medal. An original WW1 era miniature Mercantile Marine war medal. a lovely little bronze medal, still suspended by its original ribbon.
Scarce WW1 Mini German Black Wound Badge Pin. The black wound badge issued for for those wounded, once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one is in excellent condition for a miniature pin.
Scarce WW1 Pair to 1st County of London Yeomanry. An interesting and scarce WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 4057 Private Harry Janaway of the 1st County of London Yeomanry (The Middlesex Hussars). Harry Janaway was born around 1891 in Oxford, he was one of five children to William, a painter by trade and Elizabeth, who was born in Cornwall. Something dramatic happened to the family when Harry was about ten, at that time he was living with his mother in the workhouse, this may have prompted the family move to London. Harry enlisted into the 1st Country of London Yeomanry in April 1915 and probably went straight on to fight as infantry in Gallipoli with the 2nd mounted division as dismounted infantry; after the evacuation move to Egypt where the regiment was remounted. In January 1916 the Division broken up and the brigade moved to Suez Canal Defences and renamed 8th Mounted Brigade. It stayed here nearly all year when in the November it was ordered to Salonika here they served as GHQ Troops with the British Salonika Army. This was quite a dangerous job, spotting for artillery and scouting on and behind the enemy line. In June 1917 they returned to to Egypt, here the brigade came under orders of Yeomanry Mounted Division, a new division, a Territorial Force cavalry division formed at Khan Yunis in Palestine in June 1917 from three yeomanry mounted brigades. A new Machine Gun Squadron was formed in Egypt on 14th June, before the brigade moved forward and joined the new division on 21st July 1917 at el Fuqari. From 31st October it took part in the Third Battle of Gaza, including the Battle of Beersheba and the Capture of the Sheria Position. It took part in the Battle of Mughar Ridge on 13th and 14th November and the Battle of Nebi Samwil for 17th to 24th November and from 27th to 29th November, it withstood the Turkish counter-attacks during the Capture of Jerusalem. During mid 1918, “E” Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was formed by the amalgamation of the 1/1st City of London Yeomanry and the 1/3rd County of London Yeomanry, in Egypt on 7 April 1918. In early June they moved to Western Front and were reformed. They became the 103rd Bn MGC on 19 August 1918. At some point during the latter part of the war, Harry was wounded, he was transferred back to England and put on light duties with the Army pay Corps. He was finally discharged on the 11th February 1919 with wounds, he is also entitled to a Silver War Badge, this is unfortunately missing. Both medals are in very good condition, but the both look as if they were mounted and worn; not too much, there is just some light contact marks on the rims. Both are suspended on original ribbons and come with various copy paperwork, medal index card etc. A scarce pair of medal which, if could talk, would tell a very interesting story about a man’s service in the Balkans and North African campaigns.
Scarce WW1 Red Cross Group to William Wall Ambulance Driver. A wonderful little group, comprising of the BRCS medal for Proficiency in Red Cross Nursing, Proficiency in Red Cross First Aid and the British Red Cross Medal for great war service, plus his original cap badge, all awarded to William Wall live at 79 Chaplin Rd, Wembley and enrolled in to the BRCS in January 1916. He drove an Ambulance Transporting the sick and wounded from Train stations to Military Hospitals in the London area and formed part of Major Darvil-Smith Ambulance convoys. William did this full time until 15th February 1918. I don’t know why he stopped, maybe he was drafted, or he may have been an older man and it became too much. He could drive, which was a valuable skill during the war, he may have gone on to serve in another way or do some kind of other war work. All three medals, and the badge come in very good condition.
Scarce WW1 Royal Horse Guards Shoulder Title. A single brass shoulder title badge for the RHG. It is in very good but used condition and it still retains both lugs on the back. Ref. W16
Scarce WW1 Silver War Badge to Loibl Middlesex 'Aliens' Labour Corps An interesting and I would think scarce silver war badge Issued to G/70378 Arthur Leonard Loibl of the 4th Infantry Labour Middlesex regiment, below is a copy of information about the enemy alien units of the Middlesex regiment. Arthur joined in October 1916 and made it through to December '19 before being discharged with 'sickness' he saw service overseas, and as shown below his unit was working in the Nieppe forest in June '17. The badge comes in fair condition, it looks like the angle of the pin was changed on the back and it has left behind residue solder. The Enemy Alien labour units of the Middlesex Regiment Authorised by Army Council Instruction 1209 of 1916, the Middlesex Regiment formed two labour battalions, numbered 30th and 31st (Works) Battalions, manned by recruits who were naturalised British citizens but of enemy alien parentage. The men mainly came from German backgrounds and were for the most part not of low medical grade (such as was the case with the units of the Labour Corps). The two units remained in England as part of the regiment and were never transferred to the Labour Corps. The Infantry Labour Companies are formed In addition to the two battalions, the regiment raised eight Infantry Labour Companies from these men. As far as can be determined the two battalions acted as a depot for the ILCs. Very little is known of the activities of these units, except that they came under authority of the GHQ Labour Directorate and proceeded to France as follows: 1 (Alien) Infantry Labour Company - 6 March 1917 2 Infantry Labour Company - March 1917 3 Infantry Labour Company - March 1917 4 Infantry Labour Company - April 1917 5 Infantry Labour Company - April 1917 6 Infantry Labour Company - April 1917 7 Infantry Labour Company - July 1917 8 Infantry Labour Company - December 1917 Other details Some men of enemy alien parentage were transferred into these units from others, where they had already been serving, and in some cases protests were made at the loss to the original unit of a good, experienced man. This was recognised by the issue of Army Council Instruction 1613 of August 1916, which allowed the original units to retain such men if needed. It is known that 4 ILC was working in Nieppe Forest in June 1917. In all the eight ILCs numbered some 4000 men.
Scarce WW1 Territorial Medal Group to RGA – Low No An outstanding territorial medal group of four comprising of the British war and Victory medal pair correctly named to 414 Gunner Harold Thomas Royal Artillery. The Territorial War medal correctly named as pair to Royal Artillery and the scarcer Territorial Force Efficiency medal correctly named to 374112 Bombardier Harold Thomas Royal Garrison Artillery. Also included are his original territorial force badge and various photos of Harold in uniform and civy’s. For the most part, this group is un-researched, but it comes with a copy of his medal index card, this confirms his medal entitlement and gives various number changes throughout the war where he was transferred, at one point he was transferred to the Royal Engineers, unusual for a long serving artillery man, so it may be possible he did some kind of special service. All medals are in excellent original condition and they now come court mounted with his photos and badges ready for framing or display.
Scarce WW1 TFWM Trio to RAMC. A scarce Territorial Force War Medal, British War and Victory medal all correctly named to; 2607 Private John Mills of the Royal Army Medical Corps. John was born in Ashted, Birmingham Warwickshire around 1891, the only son of John and Lilly Mills. Before the war John was employed as an engineer, so it is unusual that he was not scooped up into the royal engineers, but going by his number 2607, he was a territorial before the war started. I have not had a chance to do much, if any research on this man apart from obtaining a copy of his medal index card, medal roll and 1911 census and these tell me very little, so a very interesting and worthwhile project awaits its new guardian. The medal are in very good condition, there is some contact marks to the rims of the medals, so John mounted and worn these medals on occasions. Alson with the medal are two portrait photographs of john taken in 1914, and what a dapper chap he looks, so full of pride, I’m sure any phots taken after the war showed a different face. Aa scarce trio to a long serving territorial, there were only 1,030 TFWM awarded to the OR’s and NCO’s of the RAMC compared to the 66,139 men that were serving in the Corps by December 1915.
Scarce WW1 Tyneside Scottish Glengarry Badge A scarce original brass badge worn by Kitcheners army in this case the 20th, 23rd and 29th Northumberland Fusiliers, this example is mark 1 of the second pattern issued in January 1915, it was undoubtedly used during the Great War so it is showing some wear and now is beautifully patinated. A wonderful badge that is seldom seen on the market. Ref. V09
Scarce WW1 Volunteers Arm Band. Now rarely seen in this condition, a WW1 arm band made of green serge with a red kings crown sewn to the front. The inside is linin lined and has a stamp, which reads; ‘Issued Under Authority of Army Council’. These were issued to new volunteers during the early part of the Great War; because of shortages of uniform and equipment caused by the massive influx of new recruits. This superb example is in excellent original condition, just a tiny amount of moth damage to the edges. It still has its original buttons and all stitching is in good condition.
Scarce WW2 BRC Water Bottle, Cover and Straps. WW2 blue stove enamelled water bottle with an unusual black wool cover and black leather straps worn by the Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance in the field. These are rare, hardly any were issued, that’s why this one is in such good condition and comes with its original stopper with attached chain.
Scarce WW2 Civil Defence Locally Trained Fire Guard Instructor Badge To recognize the training that Civil Defence fire guard instructors had received two styles of badge were produced from 1944, this one is the locally trained version in silver, made by J.R. Gaunt of London it comes in good but used condition and should clean up well, it measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Scarce WW2 Economy Plastic ATS Cap Badge, very good quality, this one more unusually has a slider on the back which is still in one piece, this and the rest of the badge comes in perfect condition.
Scarce WW2 Era Argentinian Air Force Enamel Badge Although Argentina played no part in the two world wars they had planes and pilots from as early as the Edwardian period, this unusual little badge probably dates from around the second world war, I haven’t been able to find a comparison and it could be a veterans badge or similar, it is nicely made from a white metal and enamels, around the top edge it has 'exp. Argentina' and below the winged symbol for their airforce it has 'aeronautica'. It comes in fair condition, there is one small ding on the top edge which has minimally traveled into the enamel. Small measuring only one inch long.
Scarce WW2 Era Army Dentist Corps Sweetheart Brooch A very good quality white metal and enamel sweetheart brooch for the army dentist corps, measures just over one inch long and is in super condition. it looks and feels like sterling silver but it has no marks and it hasn't been tested.
Scarce WW2 Era Civil Defence Instructors Badge LARP Once qualified the Civil defence instructors did not have a badge to distinguish themselves so in 1942 three badges were introduced, air raid precautions school, anti gas and this one LARP local air raid precautions. This one comes in well used condition with wear to the front, it measures 1.25 inches long.
Scarce WW2 Era Europe Since Versailles Cartoon Booklet by Low Starting in 1920 and running up to 1939 cartoonist David Low produced up to 4 political cartoons weekly, this booklet issued by Penguin books takes some of the best and draws them together in this booklet, not just the cartoons but additional explanation of the political events which inspired them. Comes in good but used condition.
Scarce WW2 Era Military Cloth Formation Patch & Card Part of the family group from Great Yarmouth Tommy Holmes (son of Thomas whose medals are listed this week) was a military police officer, it appears he was based in Cyrenaica during the occupation of Libya anywhere from 1943-51, below is a small bit of history for the occupation. Here we have a cloth formation patch for the Cyrenaica district and a Christmas card sent by Tommy with the same motif on the front, inside the card is Cyrenaica district M.E.L.F. 6. Both items come in very good but used condition. Cyrenaica was the name of an administrative division of Italian Libya from 1927 until 1943, then under British military and civil administration from 1943 until 1951, and finally in the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 until 1963. In November 1942, the Allied forces retook Cyrenaica. By February 1943, the last German and Italian soldiers were driven from Libya and the Allied occupation of Libya began.
Scarce WW2 German Bravery Group with Original Certificates to One Man This interesting group of three medals and awards were granted to Obergefreiten Ottmar Conradi all in 1942, he was a serving soldier in the 2nd division of the artillery regiment 58 the rank of Obergefriten being the equivalent of senior lance corporal and he would have had command over a small squad of men. In May 1942 he was awarded the Iron Cross second class, in July ’42 he got the Eastern Front medal, these were awarded to personnel who served on the German Eastern front during the winter 1941/42 and finally in August ’42 he received a black wound badge. All of these medals and awards come with their original certificates of issue named to Ottmar and all are in super condition.
Scarce WW2 German Eismeer Front Medal. 1942/43 A scarce little medal which sometimes have been called watch fobs, but this is not so and they were actually issued with ribbons. These were issued to officers and men of the 24 Mountain Troop Division who were serving in northern Norway, Lapland and the Polar region of Russia. This one is in very good condition; a little dirty front and back, but it comes untouched. To the front of the medal are the words Eismeer Front and the dates 1942 and 1943. The reverse has the emblem of the mountain troops, the edelweiss. A lovely little example measuring 1.5 inches x 1.25 inches in diameter.
Scarce WW2 German Luftschutz Helmet (Fire Dept) If you are looking for an example of this type of helmet, then you will not find better than this one. It is the Gladiator style helmet worn by the Luftschutzwarndienst or Air Protection Warning Service, this one is different from most because of its original comb worn by the fire branch of the service, which is very rarely seen and also the condition which is just superb. Its original and untouched Luftschutz decal on the front has virtually no wear or damage and it still retains its original liner which is also in excellent condition. There are no major scuffs to the paint anywhere on the helmet and the original chin strap is present. The white metal comb is also in wonderful condition and original to this particular helmet and not a later addition, as the fit is perfect; a scarce variant of this otherwise quite common helmet, a fabulous piece and NO disappointment guaranteed.
Scarce WW2 German Madsen Machine Gun Magazine Pouch. The Danish Madsen machine gun, probably the first true light machine gun, invented before the first world war and used by many different countries during WW1, the inter war period and during WW2. It was a particular favourite of the German army, that took as many as it could capture after supply to them stopped in 1941. As far as my research shows, these heavy leather magazine pouches were used by the German army. Although Norway and Russia used this gun, there pouches were different, canvas & leather and metal. This one is made of a thick leather with brass fittings, it still retains its long carrying strap and comes in very good condition. it measures; 12.5 inches long.
Scarce WW2 German POW Camp ID Disc. A rare Identity disc worn by British Captured German Prisoners of War during WW2. The discs are typically German, made of a Mazak type metal and stamped with the prisoners number () and the camp number, (344) these are now totally researchable. This id tag was issued to 7265540 Private F. H. Wannell of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was a prisoner of Stalag 344 located in Lambinowice, Poland. This camp was famous for ‘the long march’ or death march. In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, many of the prisoners were marched westward in groups of 200 to 300 in the so-called Long March. Many of them died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. The lucky ones got far enough to the west to be liberated by the American or British armies. The unlucky ones were 'liberated' by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to the western allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months, until the British agreed to release to the Soviet Union POWs of Soviet origin who had been fighting on the German side, which left the British Government with little choice on the matter, even though they were understandable reluctant to hand these men over to the Soviet Union for their inevitable execution. These soldiers from states such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for example, had fought with the Germans in an effort, as they saw it, to release their own homelands from Soviet occupation and oppression. Many of the allied POWs held by the Soviets were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 though the port of Odessa on the Black Sea. This disc or tag is in one piece and in good condition and all the details are still readable.
Scarce WW2 German Tax Voucher 2.38 Reichmark This style of voucher was issued by the national finance minister Count Schwerin Von Krosigk in 1937 and they were redeemable by the bearer from 1st April 1945 to 31st March 1946. I am assuming they were a fund raising incentive and were issued in batches of five on a tear off pad, this example is for 2.38 Reichmarks and is the last on the pad. The sheet is embossed with the ministry’s seal bottom left and clearly shows the Eagle and Swastika in the middle. It measures just under 9 inches x 6 and is in excellent condition given its age.
Scarce WW2 Russian Soviet Navy Admiral Nakhimov Medal Below is a brief history for this medal, I have had it a while and it came as part of a collection of Russian medals, checking into the availability most examples are coming out of the United States at ridiculous prices, the copies are not numbered like this one, it is stamped 1722 on the rim, 14,000 of these medals were awarded from WW2 to the 1990’s so this one is quite early, it comes in fair but used condition, there is tarnish to the back and the ribbon is dirty. Medal measures 37mm in diameter. The Medal of Nakhimov was a Soviet military award created on March 3, 1944 by decision of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to reward distinction in the defence of the socialist homeland and to actively recognise successful combat missions on ships, in units of the Navy or of Border Guards. It was named in honour of Russian admiral Pavel Nakhimov, one of the most famous admirals in Russian naval history
Scarce WW2 Sterling Silver South Africa Artillery Sweetheart Brooch A scarce badge this one, stamped silver on the back and decorated with coloured enamels,worn by the sweetheart of a serving soldier in the South African Royal Artillery, comes in super detailed condition and measures 1.25 inches wide.
Scarcer WW1 Officers Sword by Sanderson & Newbould Sheffield A WW1 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with King George V’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted brass wire. It has a typical straight blade with a single fuller on both sides and it comes in its original field service leather covered scabbard. This a WW1 war time issued, it has a plain blade with no etching and no brass proof button, instead it is just stamped ‘Proved’ in an etched Star of David at the ricasso on one side. On the other side is the maker’s mark of the Sanderson Brothers & Newbould Ltd Sheffield. The back of the blade is not numbered. A little unusual to find a Sheffield maker, not really rare but probably one Sheffield made sword to every ten from a London retailer. The condition is very good, just a few small faults; On the sword itself, there is just one small area pf pitting to the blade at the top, this is where a little bit of damp has got under the scabbard. But this is quite small and doesn’t stand out at all. The blade has a number of tiny nicks, these could very easily be polish out. The basket has a little pitting to the original nickel plating, nothing too bad, and again, this is easily polished out. The scabbard has some of the leather missing in three small areas and the bottom portion is a bit scuffed. I am being picky of course, this is a 100 year old sword which has probably seen service. All in all though, a very good tidy great war sword in a very good collectable grade. UK SHIPPING ONLY
Scare WW1 Canadian 140th Battalion Collar Dog This is a scarce little WW1 brass collar dog for the Canadian Overseas Battalion the 140th St John, New Brunswick. The 140th battalion known as the St John's Tigers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were based in St John New Brunswick, they began recruiting in late 1915 and by September 1916 sailed to England where they were absorbed into the 13th battalion, hence the rarity of this badge. It comes in very good condition with two lugs on the back for fixing, measures 1.25 inches high.
Selection of 8 American civil War Era Patriotic Envelopes Issued as a fund raiser for the civil war these patriotic envelopes came in a vast variety of styles mostly political or patriotic in design, this group of 8 feature the flag over Fort Sumpter, Indian Zouave, the black schooner of the C.S.A. pirates, the lone star of Kentucky etc. Condition wise they are very good
Selection of Cloth Guards & Household Battalions Shoulder Titles Here are 5 cloth shoulder titles dating from WW2 onwards, as seen in pictures and all in good order.
Selection of Royal Army Ordinance Corps Badge Set Here we have a pair of shoulder titles for the ROAC together with two cap badge, one is a brass issue, kings crown comes in good but used condition, the other is a brown plastic economy issue, kings crown and in good condition. The titles are in fair condition, they are a matched pair and one has a couple of old moth holes.
Selection of Victorian Era Scraps Back in the Victoria era it was quite common for young ladies to collect 'scraps' by cutting out pieces of card from all manner of sources to use in scrap books or collages, there are two packs of these available, please see photo's for contents.
Selection of Victorian Era Scraps Back in the Victoria era it was quite common for young ladies to collect 'scraps' by cutting out pieces of card from all manner of sources to use in scrap books or collages, there are two packs of these available, please see photo's for contents.
Selection of Vintage Air Training Corps Badges The ATC started life as the air defence cadet corps in 1938 with the intention of training young men in various aviation-related skills, this proved very popular and in 1941 it became the ATC by Royal Warrant allowing teenagers and young men to train who might later join the RAF. This collection of four badges include: a large white metal cap badge, a small white metal button badge, a crowned brass and enamel pin badge and a small brass pin badge. All are in very good condition.
Selection of Vintage Kids Toy Guns, Rifles Etc Group of ten mixed toy weaponry including rifles, machine guns, hand guns etc used by the likes of Action Man, the condition varies but mostly very good, the largest measures 6.5 inches long.
Selection of WW1 Era Postcards A good group of 7 postcards dating from the WW1 era, one interesting one sent from a hospital in Ireland detailing the removal of shrapnel from his neck, a couple of occupied Guernsey and a Bruce Bairnsfather example, conditions vary mostly good.
Selection of WW2 and Later Aeroplane Identification Cards An interesting group of 10 aeroplane identification cards covering WW2 and into the early 1950's jet fighters, issued by different companies and some being 'restricted'. Mostly in good order a couple with official stickers over the written info.
Selection of WW2 and Later RAF Items Including Beret and Badges Etc A nice mixed group of WW2 RAF items to include: a vintage post war beret, size '55' has a few moth holes, a selection of cloth and metal badges,a battle of Britain booklet, a 1945 dated 'air training corps gazette' and a vintage toy spitfire which is missing one of its propellers.
Semi Modern Fire Service Defence Badge A QEII crown fire service defence badge in white metal with bright colours, has two lugs on the back with pin, comes in first class condition, measures 1.25 inches long.
Set of 3 USA Dated 1905 Postcards – Calcium Light Series During the Edwardian period different techniques were tried to improve the appearance of postcards, this American ‘calcium light series’ used various different ‘light’ effects, these three cards have a duo tone finish others were even given a full rainbow effect. This series of 3 cards have a copyright date of 1905 on the front and show a young officer and his lady, the different titles are ‘load’ ‘aim’ and ‘fire’ relating to the loading of his pipe. They come in very good condition with odd edge knocks and have not been written on.
Set Replica WW2 Airborne Cloth Insignia. A set of four pieces of insignia to be worn on the top of the sleeve, on the WW2 battledress. These are very good modern reproductions, screen printed on cloth, just like the originals, the only difference being, these are slightly better quality than the originals. I have only got a handful of these at this price to trial.
Set Six Silver Bean End Coffee Spoons. A full set of six silver coffee spoons with a composite coffee bean terminals. Each spoon is clearly hallmarked for Sheffield 1931 with the makers mark for James Dixon & Son’s. these spoons look like they have never been used and come in perfect condition. each spoon measures; 4 inches long.
Set WW1 Devon Yeomanry Officer’s Cap & Collar’s A rare set of WW1 cap and collar badges worn by the Devonshire Yeomanry. Both collar badges are in brass with slight wear to one, while the cap badge is, not only in perfect condition it has a gilt wash denoting it as an officer’s grade badge. In 1920 this regiment was merged with the Royal North Devonshire Hussars and subsequently absorbed into the Artillery.
Set WW2 Royal Army Ordinance Corps Insignia. This lot includes everything you see in the pictures, an early pair of brass shoulder titles in perfect condition, pair cloth shoulder titles, these are well used and a one has a little moth damage, early post WW1 shoulder slide, embroidered on to drab wool fabric. A WW2 era Brass cap badge in perfect condition and a late WW2 economy cap badge in Bakelite plastic, this is also in perfect condition. All seven items are excellent examples of their kind and would look great framed.
Silver & Amber Drop Necklace. An attractive sterling silver necklace with five drop chains all set with diamond shape amber cabochons. It is in perfect condition and measures; 17 inches long.
Silver Order of St John Service Medal. A solid silver (tested) type one St John’s service medal pre 1960. This is probably a much earlier medal which was later engraved with the recipient’s name; J Humphries. It is in very good condition, a few very small nicks to the rim which can only really be seen under an eye glass. It comes on its original ribbon with brooch bar. A lovely example of this medal.
Silver Pin Cushion 1913 A sweet little early 20th century silver pin cushion. The silver base is hallmarked for London 1913, this hold its original dark green velvet cushion. The silver has numerous little dings and dents, but it has been used in its life; still an attractive little collectable. It measures just under 2 inches in diameter.
Silver Territorial Army Buttonhole Badge. Small sterling silver buttonhole badge worn by the off duty Territorial Army. It comes in excellent condition and has the recipient’s number on the reverse. this sale is for one badge only
Silver War Badge to Royal Fusiliers. A silver war badge awarded to 65590 Private Charles T Holt of the 2nd battalion Royal Fusiliers. Apart from a copy of this man’s medal index card and SWB roll, no research has been done. His mic states he enlisted on 28th October 1916 and was discharged with wounds on 18th October 1918. The SWB comes in excellent condition.
Small 9 Section Display Cabinet / Box. Great little boxes which could be used to display just about any small collectable, make up a themed box, fill it with badges, or medals, or just a whole selection of little nick-knacks and curios, put 2, 3, 4 of them together and make a larger display, the uses are endless. Made of a light hard wood with Perspex window and brass hinges and fittings. It measures 9x8 inches x 2 inches deep. was £9.50
Small Collection of ROC Aircraft Recognition Cards. 15 Royal Observer Corps Aircraft Recognition Cards, some have been made double sided. These date from WW2 to the post war era. In good order but used.
Small Vintage Brass & White Metal Jambiya. A nice vintage Jambiya of typical Ottoman style and shape; it is bade of brass with a steel blade and embellished with white metal ornaments on the hilt and scabbard. It comes in excellent condition and a great little addition to any collection. It measures; 12 inches long.
Small Water Colour Picture –Re East Anglian Hero’s. An attractive little piece which high lights the many military heroes and civilian figures that the east of England has produced through the 19th century, included is Nelson born in Norfolk, Thomas Clarkson, born Cambridgeshire, John Constable, born Suffolk, John Narborough, born Norfolk and so on. It also has a nice little quote and it is signed by Joseph J Hall, Great Yarmouth, 1904. It is in very good condition and it measures 9 x 7 inches in the mount.
Solid Heavy Bronze R.E.M.E Rhine Army 1948 Ashtray Possibly made in the workshops of the REME attached to the Rhine army this one commemorating Christmas 1948, it comes in good condition is dirty and stained inside but may polish up ok, it measures 5 inches across.
Solid Silver 1935 King George V Jubilee Medal The King George V Silver Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal, instituted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the accession of King George V, from 1910 -1935. This medal was awarded as a personal souvenir by King George V to commemorate his silver jubilee. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions. A beautiful solid silver medal in great sharp condition on its original ribbon, very light surface marks and requires a clean, the ribbon shows use towards the top.
Solid Silver 1937 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal The King George VI Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal, instituted to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This medal was awarded as a personal souvenir by King George VI to commemorate his and Queen Elizabeths coronation in 1937. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions. A beautiful solid silver medal in great condition on its original ribbon, very light surface marks and requires a clean, the ribbon shows use towards the bottom.
South Africa Volunteers Medal for War Service. A very attractive solid sterling silver medal, awarded to both men and women who served for at least two years in any official voluntary organisation. This one is in excellent original condition and with its original ribbon and comes unnamed as issued.
South Yorkshire Ambulance Service Cap Badge A super quality white metal and enamel cap badge for the South Yorks ambulance service, has a bit of age but is relatively modern I think. Made by Butler of Birmingham, comes in very good condition and has two lugs on the back for fixing.
Soviet Russian Identity Book, cold war era Civilian ID book, still complete with photos and written information, as you can see I have acquired a load of these so I am selling them off at this bargain price, I have seen these advertised on other website from £10 – 15 each. All of these books come from the cold war period and all have about the same amount of content, because I have so many and at this price it would be not cost effective to list each individually, so you get one from the top of the pile. They are all in very good condition and would make an interesting addition to any collection.
Spanish Model 1913 Mauser Bayonet. This is a long version of the Spanish 1893 Mauser Knife Bayonet for use on the Spanish Mauser "Short" Infantry Rifle. It has checked-wood grips, although these are a little worn now. It has a birds head pommel, steel cross guard with quite a large muzzle ring. The blade is single-edged, single-fullered on both sides. It is very well marked "Artilleria F-Nacionale Toledo" on one side, on the other is the serial number of 87551. The scabbard is leather with still fittings, which would have originally been blued. It comes in very good condition although it shows some wear and use, as it was probably used through WW1 and the very tip of the blade is broken and missing. Quite a hard to find bayonet now for collectors and this one is still in a good collectable grade. This item is for UK shipping only Proof of age required on purchase
Spare magazine for the AK47 Rifle. Original spare magazine for the AK47 or the 'Kalashnikov's Automatic Rifle. The AK47 is both semi-automatic and fully automatic and a gas-operated 7.62×39 mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov and was in use from the late 1940’s. This is magazine is in good working order and comes in excellent condition with only very light pitting and paint loss.
Spare Magazine for the Thompson Machine Gun. Original spare magazine for the Thompson Machine Gun. The Thompson submachine gun is an US submachine gun, invented by John T. Thompson in 1918 and used all through the America’s Prohibition era, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals, commonly seen with the 100-round drum magazine. This magazine was used during the WW2 era to the Vietnam War. This magazine comes in good working condition and it still retains all of its original black painted finish.
Sterling Silver & Amethyst Heart Bracelet. A substantial 9.25 sterling silver bracelet set with six large heart shaped amethysts set into silver heart mounts. Held on the wrist by a ‘T’ bar type fastener; it can be shortened on the wrist by putting the ‘T’ bar through the round links to fit. Brand new, stamped 9.25 on the back. It comes in perfect condition and in a pretty gift box. It measures 8.75 inches long.
Sterling Silver & Enamel Swastika/Good Luck Brooch Dating from the early part of the 20th century when what we now know as the Nazi German Swastika was then considered a good luck symbol this Sterling silver and blue enamel brooch would have been worn on a ladies lapel. It is marked around the edge indistinctly with Sterling and other marks. A pretty little piece in good condition measuring just 20mm in diameter.
Sterling Silver & Mother-of Pearl HMS Ganges Sweetheart Badge A good quality badge marked on the back fine Sterling silver and constructed from a disc of mother-of-pearl, white metal and enamel colours, dates I would think from the WW2 era. Good condition some light wear to the front anchor, measures just over one inch in diameter.
Sterling Silver Tigers Eye Pendant & Chain. A lovely quality silver pendant set with a tiger’s eye cabochon. It also comes with a good gauge fancy link sterling silver chain, which measures 24 inches. Both pieces come in new and perfect condition.
Stunning Sterling Silver & Lapis Pendant This is a beautiful drop pendant, it is made from 925 Sterling silver and is set with a lovely blue Lapis cabochon stone. The mount is not marked but the jump ring has a very small 925 impressed. Comes in excellent condition and the pendant measures one inches long and the chain is 17 inches long and is marked 925 also.
Stunning Sterling Silver & Moss Agate Pendant This is a beautiful drop pendant, it is made from 925 Sterling silver and is set with a lovely green Moss Agate cabochon stone. The mount is not marked but the jump ring has a very small 925 impressed. Comes in excellent condition and the pendant measures just under one inches long and the chain is 18 inches long and is marked 925 also.
Stunning 1930’s Art Deco Evening Dress Bracelet. An art deco bracelet, which looks quite stunning, but it is made from paste stones set into a plated mount. But for a piece of dress jewellery it looks a million dollars. It comes in very good condition, bare in mind it is 70 years old. There is no stones missing, just a little wear to the back of the mounts. A lovely period piece, which would be quite a bit of money in a specialist jewellers, and believe me when I say, in no way do my pictures do justice to this splendid piece. It measures 9 inches long.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Blue Sapphire Pendant and Chain Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with five different sized faceted blue Sapphires, this beautiful pendant would make that perfect 'top up' present. This item is new and will come in a pretty presentation box. The silver chain is 22 inches long and the pendant is two inches long.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Blue Solar Agate Pendant and Chain Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with a large and very decorative solar agate stone, this beautiful pendant would make that perfect 'top up' present. This item is new and will come in a pretty presentation box. The silver chain is 22 inches long and the pendant is two inches long.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Green Amethyst Bracelet Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with 7 beautiful facet cut green Amethyst stones this heavy and highly decorative bracelet is a real show stopper, perfect for that 'top up' present, it measures 8 inches long and would fit a medium sized wrist and comes in a decorative presentation box.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Purple Iolite Pendant and Chain Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with a very decorative purple Iolite faceted stone, this beautiful pendant would make that perfect 'top up' present. This item is new and will come in a pretty presentation box. The silver chain is 22 inches long and the pendant is two inches long.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Red Garnet Pendant and Chain Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with seven facet cut Rubelite red Garnet stones, this beautiful pendant would make that perfect 'top up' present. This item is new and will come in a pretty presentation box. The chain measures 22 inches long and the pendant is a large 3 inches long.
Stunning Art Deco Period Hallmarked Silver & Cut Crystal Sugar Shaker This is a really lovely piece, the top section and inside silver collar are hallmarked for Birmingham 1920 and have a makers mark for Henry William Ltd. The body of the piece is a hand blown and heavily cut crystal glass. Perfect for this time of year to dust sugar over Strawberries. It comes in very good condition, there are a couple of dents on the very top of the silver but the glass is in very good order. It stands 6.5 inches high.
Stunning Early 20thC Japanese Inlaid Cigarette Case This beautiful cigarette case dates from the early part of the 20th century and was made in japan using the damascening process which was basically the art of inlaying different metals into one another, in this case three colours of gold into a black background. The decoration consists of three birds, probably birds of paradise, two to the front and one to the back. Inside the case is the signature of the maker also done in gold. The extreme quality of this case stands out, not only the quality of the decoration but also the way it has been made, with a concealed hinge and a concealed catch, so it fits in the pocket with ease and never getting snagged. The case is in superb condition with no faults and measures 3.75 inches x 2.75.
Stunning Edwardian Silver Cigarette Case This is a beautiful case, fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1904 and having the makers mark for Samuel Levi of Birmingham. Both front and back have been elaborately engraved with flowers and leaves with a large vacant cartouche to the centre. A couple of very small dings on two corners but other wise perfect, measures 3.5 inches long and weighs 75 grams. A real Stunner.
Stunning Large Hallmarked Silver Knights Templar Jewel This is a stunning piece, a large and heavy fully hallmarked gilded silver Knights Templar presentation jewel and collarette for the Staines Preceptory in Surrey. The jewel is fully hallmarked on the back for Birmingham 1939 but interestingly was not issued to the recipient until 1946/7 obviously the war interupted their proceedings. The dedication engraved on the back reads: 'Presented to E. Kt. R. H. White in appreciation for his services to the Preceptory 1946-47'. to the front it has 'Staines Preceptory', the large star badge is attached to a Kings crown by a hinge so it can adjust to the bodies movement, this in turn is attached to a jump ring and joining this lovely enamel badge for the County of Surrey with a church and swans swimming on a river. The red and white silk ribbon has the maker sewn in for 'Spencer & Co of Great Queen St'. Everything about the piece is in superb condition, if I have to be picky the ribbon is a little grubby. As stated a large lump of silver, the badge with crown and Surrey badge measure 4.75 inches long the badge being 2.25 inches of the length. An imposing piece which will display very well.
Stunning Pair of Victorian Dress Gold Bullion Shoulder Boards This superb pair of dress shoulder boards were worn by the Royal Artillery, they are large and heavy being constructed from a large brass ring with a silver officers flaming bomb badge to the middle, the top section is gold bullion work and to the centre of this a small brass RA button with a Queen’s crown over and VR to the centre. They are housed in a black painted metal tin and this has preserved them very well, they are in superb condition, a little dulling to the goldwork and they show little signs of use and wear, they measure 7.5 inches long and are 5.25 inches wide at the base.
Stunning RA Officers Home Service Helmet in Tin. Near Mint. More Pictures of Above helmet
Stunning RA Officers Home Service Helmet in Tin. Near Mint. A truly stunning Edwardian Royal Artillery Officers Home Service or Blue Cloth helmet which comes in its original tin with original padlock and key. The helmet belonged to Captain S. M. Gully RA. He is listed in the army lists from 1882 as Captain; he served in India from 1898 to 1912. So, it looks like he only wore his home service helmet but a few times. The helmet and all of its fittings, Ball spike, plate, side bosses and chinstrap, are all in mint condition, you will not find an original helmet in better order. It is complete, totally untouched and unpolished; the inside of the helmet is clean and looks like it has been worn no more than just two or three times. It came locked in its tin with the key still attached to the carrying handle at the top. It bears a brass nameplate which reads ‘Captn S. M. Gully’. The nameplate is toned and has never been polished. The tin itself is also in good order and it still retains much of its original black paint.it is quite a large size, larger than a size 7. A fabulous piece of Edwardian Home Service Uniform, if you are stickler for condition, then this one is the best you will find. Please see pictures. For More Pictures see below
Stunning Victorian Silver Plated Shield with Battle Scene I bought this for myself a while ago, and just can’t find anywhere to hang it. It is a substantial piece measuring 19 x 27.5. It dates from the second half of the 19th century and was made for the gothic revival. It would have hung in a great hall with crossed swords behind it. The piece shows a neoclassical battle scene to the centre in fabulous detail. From the top. It has two angles holding a mask below a rams head. Around the sides are ornaments of armour, clusters of fruit and foliage, standing for the bounties of war. At the bottom are two soldiers in chain mail, one sitting with axe, shield and Halberd, the other sitting astride a cannon firing a ball. And at the bottom point is a lion holding two crosses shield in his mouth. The whole shield is now mounted on solid oak, so it hangs flat and true to a wall. It is in perfect condition with no dents or scratches or wear to the silver plate. There is no makers mark on the front. I have always assumed it will be on the back. I have never taken the shield of the oak backing to check. It must have been produced by a very good maker known for high quality items, to produce such a piece as this. When hung it catches the light almost bringing to life the battle, a truly beautiful piece, very grand and imposing. This is a very heavy item so postage will be around £16. but it will be packaged very well.
Stunning Vintage Framed Original Watercolour - Civil War General This is a wonderful portrait of an officer of the Union army from the American civil war era, at first glance it looks like a hand coloured photograph but on closer inspection you can see that it is a true watercolour. He is difficult to date but I am happy that it comes from the Civil War era, the mount and oak frame are original but based on the back he was re-framed 20-30 years ago. I cant identify the sitter and hope that the new owner can put a name to the face. He comes in super condition, the frame and glass are excellent and the portrait has only some very light foxing to the paper. The frame measures 21.25 inches x 17.75.
Stylish Art Deco Myott Pottery Lozenge Shape Planter For the collector of Art Deco ceramics this piece would make a great addition, made by the Myott & Son factory of Staffordshire this lozenge shaped planter is bright and bold and very typical for the period, it comes in really good condition both for its age and the factory, Myott pottery is prone to flaking but this piece has not suffered from that. It stands just over 5.5 inches tall and is just under 11 inches long.
Super 1988 Dated Russian Chief of Staff Soviet Navy Flag A very good quality printed on linen flag, dated along the hoist for 1988, the gold wreath surrounding the red naval flag denoting the chief of staff. Also along the hoist is writing in Russian, it comes in very good condition, a couple of minor pin holes and is of sturdy construction, it measures 39 inches x 25.
Super 19th Century Staffordshire Pottery Toby Pepper Pot A cute chap who was quite collected ‘back in the day’ he dates from the mid to late 19th century and was used as a table pepper or perhaps a ‘sander’ for the desk, refilled via a hole in his bottom but missing the cork stopper, he stands 6 inches high and is in good condition for his age with one chip to the base and some small chips to the hat.
Super Edwardian Silver Vesta Case Chester 1906. A wonderful hallmarked silver vesta, Hallmarked for Chester 1906 with the makers mark of D&F for Deakin & Francis Ltd, well renown silver smiths working from Birmingham. It has a fine reeded pattern on the body, front and back with a vacant cartouche to the centre front. The condition is lovely, obviously it has been used, but it still remains in a very good collectable grade.
Super Inter War Hallmarked Silver Photo Frame with Navy Badge and Photo This good quality frame is made from oak with a silver surround and is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1926 with the makers mark of S&M for Sanders and Mackenzie, it has a silver Naval badge set to the front and also has a photograph of 10 Navy men in full uniform each holding a rifle, possibly a landing party? It comes in very good condition, could do with a polish and measures 5 inches x 4.
Super Large Framed Photograph - MGC at Shornecliffe 1930 A lovely large photo of a company from the machine Gun Corps in 1930 at a summer camp at Shornecliffe, some of the lads are very young and most probably saw service in WW2. Two machine guns proudly on display and 34 men in the company. Comes in very good clean condition, the photo measures 11 inches x 8.5 and the frame is 17.25 x 13.25.
Super Late Victorian Boer War Era Sweetheart Pin Cushion Coldstream Guards This is a lovely hand made piece and hard to believe it has survived nearly 120 years, this style of pin cushion was made by the soldiers and sailors serving abroad in the late Victorian Boer war era and either sent or brought home to loved ones. This one was made by a man of the Coldstream guards and he has attached a silk badge for the regiment to the centre, all of the ornamentation to the cushion is hand done either with threads or blue glass topped pins. The heart shaped cushion itself is tightly stuffed with sawdust allowing the use of pins, it comes in very good condition given its age, there are a few pins missing here and there and the edging is a bit loose in places but otherwise its in great order, it measures 8 inches wide x 8 deep.
Super Pretty 19th Century Hand Painted Dresden Porcelain Mini Vase Always super quality the Dresden factories produced wonderful hand crafted and hand painted wares, this little example standing only 3 inches high has hand applied flowers and two central panels hand painted with a scene of lovers to one side and flowers on the other. The condition is good but there are a few little losses on the fine flowers.
Super Quality War Era Fez This is a really well made Fez using good quality materials, it was made in Karachi for an English retailer. The Fez was used by many different ‘native’ troops across many years. A typical red felt outer with black tassles, the inner is a work of art in itself, lined with a very soft leather and marked in the bottom and around the sides with makers details. It probably dates from the 1930's - 40's and comes in super condition and is a small to medium size.
Super Rare WW1 Royal Flying Corps F.E.8 Aeroplane Propeller with Clock This is a superb piece, it is the central part of a propeller made from laminated mahogany and it was uniquely used on the Royal Flying Corps F.E.8 aircraft circa 1915. Firstly I will explain the markings on the back of the prop as there are many, the strangest sounding one is 'monosoupape Gnome', monosoupape is French for single-valve, a rotary engine first introduced in 1913 by the Gnome engine Company using a single push rod operated exhaust valve which became known as the most reliable of its era. Above this is F.E.8, the type of aircraft it was used on, the F.E.8 was one of the first so called 'scout' aircraft designed as a single seat fighter, an unusual looking plane with the propeller behind the pilots seat, not to the front as we have come to know, the F.E.8's were first tested by No 5 squadron during 1915 and after a few tweaks came into more general use in 1916 by squadrons such as No29, 40 and 41. A successful plane in these early years but German technology was soon to overtake them and they became a poor match for the likes of the Albatros DIII's most famously flown by Manfred Von Richthofen 'The Red Baron' himself, following losses caused by Richthofen's squadron the Jagdstaffe 11 the F.E.8's were replaced by Nieuports. There is a four digit number 7928 this relates to the plane type, followed by 'Darracq motor eng co ltd London 100HP' the manufacturer and the engine capacity. Further marks are AID 88R with the Air Ministry and crowfoot mark with 4379 under. The back of the prop has been fitted with an aluminium hinged cover to protect the inside and the back of the clock which has been fitted to the front and each of the ends of the prop has metal feet. The front of the prop has been fitted with a brass plate onto which is set a brass Royal Flying corps badge and to the centre is a WW1 era cockpit clock with luminous hands and seconds dial, this is wound either from the front or through the back and I have it running as I write and it is working well and keeping good time. The piece is in superb condition, there are a few dings here and there on the brass face and on the top of the wood but nothing to detract from the overall appeal of the piece. It measures 9 inches in diameter on the face and is 19 inches wide and 6 inches deep. A unique opportunity to acquire a rare and interesting item.
Super Vintage 1960's Greville Gents Wristwatch – 21 Jewels This is a really lovely vintage gents wristwatch, dating I believe from the 1960's, it is marked to the face with: Greville 21 jewels – antimagnetic waterproof. A Swiss made watch wound manually with luminous hands and number highlights, second hand and magnified date. This came to me from a customer who has recently had it serviced, it appears to work very well and has kept perfect time. Shows signs of use and wear, one small scratch on the face, comes with a leather strap.
Super Vintage Three Flower Glass Paperweight A cleverly designed piece of glasswork, three glass Lily flowers complete with inner stamens trapped in a large clear glass bubble. A nice collectable in really good condition one very small mark on the very top, stands 3.25 inches high.
Super WW1 & WW2 Order of St John Miniature Medal Group. A wonderful original miniature medal group of five, comprising of the order of St John of of Jerusalem Knights Breast Star, WW1 British War Medal in sterling silver, the WW1 Victory Medal in gilt brass, the WW2 Defence Medal in sterling silver and the St Johns Ambulance service medal in silver plate. All five medals are original contemporary issues and come in excellent condition; they are mounted on a miniature bar and reside in their original black velvet and white silk lined case, for safe keeping. Each medal a very good example of its type.
Super WW1 Era Photo Postcard Physical & Bayonet Training Class This is a lovely interesting photo postcard showing the No 9 class, physical and bayonet training, H.Q. gymnasium Aldershot Nov 1918, a robust group of men, very proud in their pose. Comes in very good condition some wear to the edges.
Super WW1 Trio to Nurse Fletcher. V.A.D A wonderful untouched 1915 star trio correctly named to M. Fletcher. V.A.D. Miss Muriel Fletcher arrived in France with the Voluntary Aid Detachment on the 17th October 1915 and probably served on the western front for most of the war. Accompanying the trio is her original Red Cross ID Tag officially named 6433 Muriel Fletcher, these are very rare and for some reason and it comes on the cord she used to suspend it around her neck. A few Red Cross badges etc and a wonderful photograph of her in uniform, this comes in an old leatherette wallet. This is a wonderful group for research, a letter and donation to the red cross will get her service record and discover where this lady was station, her name does appear on the BRCS overseas Register, so it is confirmed she served in France, also on her medal index card, which is included, it states that at some point during the war she was married and her surname changed to Ewing, it will be very interesting to find if it was a soldier or perhaps an officer she met while in France. All three medals are in very good condition, mounted as worn and it looks as if they were worn with pride on many occasions, the original ribbons are now a little tatty. All of this is mounded on card for display or framing.
Super WW2 Group of Medals & Ephemera - Pools Winner! This group of medals and ephemera belonged to John Doherty Pioneer in the 242nd field company Royal Engineers, he saw service in Greece and from his soldiers service and pay book was entitled to the Africa star with the 1st army clasp. he has a group of five medals including the Africa star with bar, Italy star, 1939-45 star, 39-45 war medal and the defence medal, amongst the paperwork there is his service and pay book, soldiers release book and a good selection of photo's and postcards, included also is his Royal Engineers cap badge and a pip, there is additional paperwork and a dog tag which belong to his brother Joseph. Probably the most interesting thing about John was that he won the Pools in 1952 to the tune of £3069 and kept the greetings telegram he was sent and a copy of his winning pools entry, this would have been a massive life changing win for his family. All items in good but used condition.
Superb 1864 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword. This is probably one of the best 1864 pattern cavalry swords I have ever had, its not the condition, its because this sword is the whole package when it comes to this particular pattern. It has a steel bowl type hand guard pierced with a Maltese cross, it has a single slot for a sword knot at the top of the hilt, the grip is basicly a slab of leather cross-hatched and held with five rivets on each side, a wonderful curved blade which is free from pits and rusting; the blade has the makers mark for Mole of Birmingham and the blade is stamped with many and various inspection stamps, some dated 88 and 90. The two ring scabbard is good, although it does have a few dents, the top of the scabbard also has various marks, again some are dated and letters which may be regimental ID marks. Because of my great enthusiasm for this sword, please don’t think it is mint, it is not, it obviously has been very well used in its life and probably has seen a lot of action, but it is untouched, it hasn’t been cleaned, the blade hasn’t had work and the scabbard has a little pitting, this has never been sanded clean, it has the patination and feel of pure history like it has never been touched since the last day it was drawn. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Superb 1914 Dated Kinston Upon Hull Special Constabulary Badge This is a lovely brass and red enamel cap badge for the Kingston upon Hull special constabulary, it was made by and is marked for J.R. Gaunt of London, it is dated 1914 along the bottom and comes in really lovely condition, it measures just over 1.5 inches in diameter.
Superb 1914 Star & Bar Trio & More to 11th Hussars - Mons & Charge at Nery. Here is a magnificent group of medals and a whole load of personal items all belonging to 6032 Private Thomas W Holmes of the 11th Prince Alberts Own Hussars. This lot comprises of; his 1914 star & Mons bar trio. The same ribbon bar, family photo/post card album, this contains WW1 photographs of Thomas and his cavalry troop in France, postcards sent home during the war, later his wife and family, many postcards sent to and from himself and his wife and children. His WW1 army issue diary, his spurs, WW1 issue document wallet. WW1 army Jack Knife, WW1 era Cigarette case with some original Cigarettes. 1914 Christmas tin and other bits and bobs which you can see in the pictures. Thomas William Holmes was born in Great Yarmouth Norfolk around 1890, the third of Seven sons and one daughter of Johnathan and Rachel Holmes. Johnathan a Yarmouth Ships Chandler. His Brother 2nd Lieutenant Albert Holmes was KIA in September 1918 on the Somme. Please see my other listing. Thomas first entered the theatre of war in France on the 15th August 1914 with the 11th Hussars, part of the 1st Cavalry Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. Thomas’s first engagement was at Mons and he took part in the Great Retreat. The Retreat from Mons is the name given to the long withdrawal to the River Marne, in August and September of 1914. The battle of Marne ended the British retreat 5th to 12th September, this forced the German armies to retire towards the Aisne river and fight the First Battle of the Aisne, 13th to 28th September 1914. Thomas also took part in the famous cavalry charge which led to the capture of eight German guns at Néry in September 1914. The 11th were sent on patrol early in the morning, they spotted a column of Geman Ulans 150 yards away. One of the men fired on them unaware it was a main body of German cavalry, so 2nd Lieutenant Tailby ordered a charge. Surprisingly the Germans retreated but it had given the British position away. A German cavalry division of about twice their strength attacked shortly after dawn. The British artillery was mostly put out of action in the first few minutes, but a single gun of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, successfully kept up a steady fire for two and a half hours against a full battery of German artillery. The 11th Hussars endured a heavy German bombardment that left many of its soldiers buried in a trench, while another squadron from the regiment used a vantage point at the top of a building to train a machine gun on the advancing Germans. The 1st cavalry division suffered 81 casualty’s that day, the mounted 11th Hussars gave a cavalry charged with drawn swords, that helped to rout the German forces and capture the guns with what was left of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, but it would be very unjust of me not to mention; it was the efforts of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery who really won the day. It lost over a quarter of its men and all five officers, of which three men won the VC for their actions. One of the guns still survives in the Imperial war museum; it carries the title of the ‘Nery Gun’. From here Thomas would have gone on to an area near Ypres, between October 19th and 23rd 1914 the 11th fought successfully in the Ploegsteert area, helping to stop the advance of 3 German cavalry divisions. From here the regiment was dismounted, due to a lack of infantry, the British were gravely outnumbered by German forces, the Germans brought in 6 new divisions to make an all-out assault on the British line between Messines and Gheluvelt. Here they fought bravely and Sergeant T Frane won the DCM. A period of rest and training followed and the regiment more or less stayed in the salient. At the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915 the regiment, working with the Durham Light Infantry and 9th Lancers, held the village of Hooge despite being under attack from the German forces using poison gas. Later in March the 1st Cavalry Division were ordered to hold at all cost, the ground between the Somme and the Ancre. The fighting was so hard around Sailly Laurette that the 11th were pulled back across the Somme to hold the line at Hamel to block the German advance on Amiens. They took, what was said to be one of the heaviest German bombardments of the war, they took part in intense hand-to-hand fighting. This battle, lasting 2 weeks had cost the 11th three officers and 24 other ranks killed and 86 officers and men wounded. At this point, I do not know what happened to Thomas, this needs further research. I think it is very unlikely he wasn’t wounded during his time in France, but as his medal index card shows he was renumbered, it is possible he stayed with the regiment throughout the entire conflict. Most regiment history’s say that the cavalry did little from 1915 until the latter part of the war, when they were mounted and charged again against impossible odds; but the regimental diary’s say different. They took part in many different skirmishes and suffered very many casualties in their part. Thomas survived the war and after married Carrie Lamb and had two children Tom and Lillian, Tom when on to serve in the Military Police, please see my other listing for Tom Juniors medals photographs and effects. Carrie sadly out lived Thomas, Thomas died in 1957 in Gt Yarmouth. Carrie went on to be a prominent member of the Cobholm Women Methodists. Their Daughter Lillian died recently, all of this family effects have come from her estate. The medals are in excellent condition and were professionally mounted in 2008. The rest of the items are in good condition, but obviously do show some age. The photo / post card album as mentioned earlier, contains photographs from the first world war period, along with a whole host of family photos and greeting cards from Thomas, Carrie, Tom and Lillian, they were all great card senders, later photographs of Carrie with the Women’s Methodists and a few historic pictures of the famous Gt Yarmouth Scot Women, the women who processed the fish on the docks. An incredible complete record of one man and his family and his Great War history. To accompany this lot is the usual research, a copy of his medal index card, census records and family history and record of Tom’s death. There is still a lot more research needed to be done on this man, a very interesting project awaits. PLEASE SEE MORE PICTURES BELOW.
Superb 1914 Star Trio to Sharrock RAMC Male Nurse A wonderful lot to an old contemptable of the Royal Army Medical Corps. It comprises of the 1914 star with contemporary copy clasp, British war and victory medal, all correctly named to; 7163 Private Joseph Sharrock of the RAMC. His original medal bar displaying the mons clasp silver rose device. His original RAMC shoulder titles and two photographs. Joseph Sharrock was born 1886 in Bolton and lived in Gt Lever Bolton. This man enlisted into the RAMC as a male nurse in the March of 1913. He was sent to France with the BEF on the 28th August 1914 attached to the 11th General Hospital. Joseph’s service history is quite extensive and I can go into it all here, but in 1915 he was posted to the Dardanelles and after Gallipoli he went on to serve in Salonika. In the April of 1918 he was transferred to the Kings Own Royal Lancashire regiment (change of number to 37173) attached to the 27th Casualty Clearing Station and the 28th General Hospital. Joseph didn’t get through the war without being sick himself; in France he has a bad case of Trench Fever and while in Salonika he got Malaria. He did survive the war and he was discharged in 1919 after well over five years’ service. This lot also comes with a copy of his service papers, and medal index card, you can see in my pictures, there is a lot of information to go through to put together some idea of what he endured. The medals etc are in very good condition and they come suspended on their original ribbons. A wonderful group to a great war medic and Male Nurse, a scarce occupation at the time.
Superb 1915 Star Trio to Shelly Norfolk Yeo, MGC, RAF 2nd Lieut. A scarce and interesting 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 1914/15 star 1722 Private George Alfred Shelley. Norfolk Yeomanry. British War and Victory medal to; 2nd Lieutenant George Alfred Shelley. Royal Air Force. Al so included is, what is believed to be his original Norfolk yeomanry Cap badge. I haven’t had the opportunity to do much research on this man, just the basic, but from I have done, it appears this man has one hell of a service history being involved in some of the fiercest battles of the war; which I can only wonder in amazement, how this man survived. When war was declared in august 1914, George enlisted, or it is possible he was already serving in the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry. After training at Woodbridge in Suffolk, the 1st sailed for Gallipoli from Liverpool on SS Olympic on 25th September 1915. On 10th October 1915, they landed at Anzac cove whereupon brigade came under orders of 54th (East Anglian) Division; arriving as reinforcements of the Suvla landings. But the allied commanders has already decided this was a fruitless cause and decided to evacuate the peninsular as conditions grew worse for everyone as the summer heat and poor sanitation resulted in an explosion in the fly population. Eating became extremely difficult as unburied corpses became bloated and putrid. The Allied billets were poorly situated, which caused supply and shelter problems. A dysentery epidemic spread through the Allied trenches at Anzac and Helles. Evacuation for the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry started on the 15th December and they were sent to join the Eastern and Southern Mounted Brigades and formed the 3rd Dismounted Brigade, on Suez Canal defences. in the July of 1916 they move to join the Western Frontier Force on the coast of the Western dessert of Egypt to fight in the little known Senussi Campaign. In the summer of 1915, the Ottomans persuaded the Grand Senussi Ahmed Sharif es Senussi to declare jihad, attack British-occupied Egypt from the west and encourage a rebellion in Egypt, to divert British forces from an Ottoman Raid on the Suez Canal from Palestine. It was at some point here that George was promoted to Lance Corporal in the machine gun section, later transferred to the 209th battalion Machine Gun Corps. As far as I can tell, George remained here until the regiments return to France in May 1918. He was given a commision in the RFC and became a flight cadet 2nd Lieutenant on 21st June 1918. He trained in England and before the end of the war flew seaplanes, finally qualifying as a Flight Lieutenant on 6th May 1919. What a history, and I have only grazed the surface. A copy of part of his RAF service papers are included, it looks like part is missing. Also included are copies of his medal index cards, he has two and his London Gazette entry for his commision into the RAF. The medal trio is in excellent original condition, it has been court mounted for display. It would have been wonderful to talk to this man, I bet he had a story or two to tell of his exploits during the Great War; now a very exciting and worthwhile research project awaits.
Superb 1917 Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' Plate by Grimwades Towards the end of 1917 the Bystander magazine granted Leonard Grimwade permission to reproduce a limited number of cartoons from the 'Fragments from France' publications and place these on items from the Grimwades range of pottery then in production. The first piece to be made by the Staffordshire firm was their 'wartime butter dish for a family of ten' followed quickly by a whole range of pieces from plates to teapots, it was a huge success and became known as 'Bairnsfather ware'. Many of the early pieces featured on the back a stamp which read 'made by the girls of Staffordshire during the winter of 1917 when the boys were in the trenches fighting for liberty and civilisation', when the war ended in 1918 this stamp was changed to 'a souvenir or momento of the Great War'. This example is entitled 'give it a good ard un Bert,you can generally ear em fizzing a bit first if they are agoing to explode' it comes complete with the early backstamp and has the Bruce Bairnsfather signature bottom left. Very good condition with no chips or cracks, measures just under 10 inches in diameter.
Superb 1917 Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' Plate by Grimwades Towards the end of 1917 the Bystander magazine granted Leonard Grimwade permission to reproduce a limited number of cartoons from the 'Fragments from France' publications and place these on items from the Grimwades range of pottery then in production. The first piece to be made by the Staffordshire firm was their 'wartime butter dish for a family of ten' followed quickly by a whole range of pieces from plates to teapots, it was a huge success and became known as 'Bairnsfather ware'. Many of the early pieces featured on the back a stamp which read 'made by the girls of Staffordshire during the winter of 1917 when the boys were in the trenches fighting for liberty and civilisation', when the war ended in 1918 this stamp was changed to 'a souvenir or momento of the Great War'. This example is entitled 'what time do they feed the sea-lions Alf?' it comes complete with the early backstamp and has the Bruce Bairnsfather signature bottom left. Very good condition with no chips or cracks just one small blemish in the gilding on an edge at the 5 o'clock position, measures just under 10 inches in diameter.
Superb 1937 Dated Army Service Corps Officers Mess Dinner Gong This is a great quite large piece, the body is made from solid oak with a brass gong and complete with its wooden leather ended striker. The brass gong is engraved with ‘Cairo 1937’ with the crest for the army service corps to the centre, below this are images of the Sphinx and pyramids. Used in the officers mess to summon the men to dinner it comes in super condition, the brass needs a clean and the striker shows signs of use. It measures just over 19 inches long.
Superb 9ct Gold Fancy Link Necklace This is a really pretty 9ct gold necklace with a very unusual and fancy link, it is marked 375 for 9ct gold and comes in super condition, it measures 16.75 inches long. Ref. 20616
Superb American Civil War Era Cased Ambrotype Photo - Union Soldier Just like WW1 and 2 soldiers liked to get photographs of themselves to give to loved ones, back in the American civil war period 1861-1865 having a photo taken would be a major event, photography was in its infancy and as the ambrotype superseeded the daguerreotype the process became easier but in turn this was replaced by the tintype a photo printed onto a thin sheet of metal that did not need the protection of a glazed case. This photo shows a soldier from the union army, the stand out thing from the picture is the upside down backwards 'B' on his uniform, I have not been able to work out the significance of this, he is a young fresh faced looking man and who knows what he saw and even if he survived. The photo comes in very good condition, the case shows signs of wear and was always designed to be an open case it never had a fron cover. Typical sized measuring just over 3.5 inches by just over 3.
Superb Belgian Civil Commander Order of Leopold Group. A fabulous Belgian Civil group all awarded to Monsieur Jean Luc Leon Kremer who was the senior advisor to the Belgian Ministry of the Interior during the 1970’s and 80’s. The group comprises of; The Commander Order of Leopold on Commander’s on neck ribbon; this is a large heavy Belgian silver gilt and enamel medal, which comes on its original silk neck ribbon, in its original case of issue and the original award certificate. The medal measures 4.25 inches tall including the suspender. The condition is excellent, just slight wear to the gilt or gold plating, just showing the silver peeping through. This is one of the highest orders that can be awarded to a civilian and third in the class of the order of Leopold. A beautiful and scarce medal. The Knight Order of Leopold with Rosette. This is also silver gilt and enamel, it comes on its original ribbon, in its original box of issue and with the award certificate; another high grade award which is in mint condition. Civil Decoration Cross 1st Class for Long Service. This is gilt metal and enamel and comes in its original box of issue and on its original silk ribbon. It is in perfect condition as awarded, although the enamel is a little thin on both sides, but this is how it was issued. And lastly, the Civil Cross 1st class. Again a gilt metal medal which in in original box of issue, on its original ribbon and mint condition. Just one more thing; both of the orders of Leopold come with their entry’s in the Moniteur Belge, the Belgian equivalent of the London Gazette, Jean Luc Leon Kremer is named and titled in both entry’s. A wonderful lot to one man, and rare to find all four medals still together with the certificates, both Orders of Leopold are incredible and valuable medals in their own right; a good lot for investment.
Superb Boer War Era Lee Metford Bayonet & Scabbard. A good quality double-edged bayonet originally manufactured to fit the Pattern 1888 Lee Metford Infantry Rifle. The hilt incorporates an odd-shaped pommel with push-button spring latch and a steel cross guard. The grips are of wood and held in place by two brass rivets; an oil hole is present behind the second rivet. The double edge blade is un-fullered with a medial rib the runs from the ricasso to the blade tip. This one has Various British proofs and a manufacturer's mark for Sanderson of Sheffield. It also bears the "X" blade proof-mark; the "broad arrow" over WD (War Department) Government acceptance mark; and a unique Birmingham inspectors number mark with the crown over B over 53. It also carries the manufacture date mark for October 1896. The scabbard is made of steel-mounted leather with a single elongated oval frog stud. The condition is very good, there is some very light pitting to the pommel, cross guard and the steel parts on the scabbard but the blade is in superb original condition, as are the wood grips. The leather on the scabbard is also in very good order with no sign of dry cracking. A lovely example of this bayonet with a nice early date
Superb British 1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet. The greatest of old British Bayonets, manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used through WWI and WWII. The hilt has a very basic steel "bird's head" pommel with oil hole, a push-button spring latch and a steel cross guard. The grips are made of wood and are held in place by two rivet type nuts. The blade is a single edge, single fullered to both sides and the ricasso part of the blade is blued and marked with the maker’s details, proof marks, date etc, in this case the marks are a little confusing and badly stamped, although the marking are the later and rarer set of marks for the Wilkinson company. Clearly stamped is the ‘W’ and part of the ‘S’ of the ‘WSC’ for Wilkinson & Son Co; and also the ‘S29’ of ‘S294’ also a Wilkinson mark. There is the usual broard arrow and crown mark’s along with the number ‘43’. This is not a date, when this style of marking is used, I have found in the past, it is a weapon number which the manufacturers used in a premises which produced many different weapons It also comes with is original metal and leather scabbard. It comes in lovely condition, the blade is clean and free from and rust or pitting and the hilt is in good order too and most of its original bluing can still be seen on the pommel. The scabbard is in the same good condition, again the steel parts still have nearly all of its original bluing and the leather is in excellent condition with no rot. A superb specimen of this type of bayonet and a good example to put with a SMLE rifle.
Superb Collection of 12 Boer War Manchester Philatelic War Fund Stamps This is a rare collection of 12 stamps in a sheet issued by the Manchester philatelic society to raise funds for the Boer war, I have found individual stamps priced between £15-£30 a piece so a sheet of 12 is a rarity, they come in super unused condition and have been well protected under plastic sheet. Each stamp measures roughly 1.75 of an inch x 1.5.
Superb Collection of Framed Kriegsmarine Insignia. The original insignia collection belonging in tribute to Alfred Muser winner of the Knights Cross. It comprises of the officers breast eagle, two cap eagles, one white metal and the other gilt. Officers Gold bullion car eagle. A Boatswain sleeve badge, officers cap wreath, War veterans association sleeve patch. A rare Marine engineer chief petty officer’s shoulder board. A German silver and enamel swastika pin, (enamel damaged). A signed photograph of Alfred Muser and a small original picture of Alfred Muser. And lastly, at the bottom of the frame is a list of Muser’s accomplishments. All of this is beautifully mounted and framed, which measures; 16 x 26 inches. Alfred Muser was a competent and daring naval officer. The fleet under his command achieved extraordinary successes especially in the Channel and off the Flanders coast in 1943/44. He drove numerous missions, in which five enemy aircraft and enemy ships were destroyed within a very short time. On several occasions, Muser personally distinguished himself in the rescue of his own boats and injured sailors. I have priced this lot at just a fair retail price for each item, the frame, mount and photograph’s are on me. A wonderful collection of all original war time insignia, ready to hang.
Superb Decorated Silver Napkin Ring. 1911 A beautiful heavy gauge silver napkin rink which has been nicely hand engraved with intertwined leaves. It has a clear set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1911 with the makers mark of C.C for Colen Hewer Cheshire. A noted maker of small items, registered at Northampton Street, Birmingham since 1867. This napkin ring comes in mint condition.
Superb Early 20thC American Civil War Representatives Badge When the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) had their reunions the representatives were issued with badges cum medals, they took many varying shapes and styles and some were very elaborate. This one dates from the very early part of the last century and is constructed from a metal hat suspended from a stars and stripes ribbon which is attached to the metal representatives badge. Because of its construction and the weight of the metal hat the ribbon has suffered and has split through the middle, it has not been apart but is not strong enough for this badge to be hung, it will need to be kept flat. A large sized piece measuring nearly 5 inches long.
Superb Framed & Glazed Display Personal Effects of an Amazing Woman Flyer I have great pleasure in being able to offer for sale this wonderful framed display, obtained from a Bonhams estate sale some years ago; she was, still is, my hero and this lot has been in my collection for well over a decade. I am only offering this for sale now, due to another project I am trying to finance. This wonderful framed display has the personal effects of a most amazing women, Mary Lady Heath, she was instrumental in furthering the cause of both women pilots and women atheletes. Included in the frame are her leather flying hat and flying goggles, two framed original photographs, one showing a huge crowd attending an appearance of the aircraft she flew on her flight from Cape Town and the other showing her in the cockpit of her plane, note the fur coat and gloves!. Plus the backing is a union flag, this was the one she held on the street procession after she set her world altitude record. all items come in the original frame the cap, goggles and flag was originally framed in; I have over time cleaned and rearranged the frames contents to as you see it now. On the back of the frame is a wonderful biography for Lady Heath, she led an amazing life and if you go online you can see loads of photographs and read huge amounts of information about this wonderful woman. The wonder of the internet. I have included below a copy of the biography. Please note this is a large and heavy oak frame and will be expensive to ship internationally, potential buyers abroad should get intouch first for a shipping quote. The amazing Mary Lady Heath (a.k.a Lady Icarus) Born Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary Pierce-Evans on the 10th November 1896 in Knockaderry County Limerick was one of the best known women in the world for a five year period during the 1920's. She lead an amazing life but had an inauspicious start, when just one year old her father Jacky Peirce-Evans murdered her mother by bludgeoning her to death with a large stick, declared insane he spent the rest of his life in Dublin's lunatic asylum, Sophie was sent to live with her Grandfather and was raised by two maiden aunts, well educated she attended the royal college of science and achieved a top class degree in science specialising in agriculture, here she also became an accomplished sportswoman. At the age of 20 she married Captain Eliot-Lynn a British soldier 20 years her her senior, just six months later she abandoned her studies and husband to join the women's auxiliary corps as a dispatch rider, she spent two years in England and France later becoming an ambulance driver. After the war she joined her husband on a coffee farm in East Africa, the marriage however was not a happy one and she returned to Britain where she became a founder member of the Women's Athletics Association and campaigned for womens sports. In 1924 she held a (disputed) world record for the high jump and was the first British javelin champion using the unusual two handed throw. In 1926 she took her first flying lesson and soon became the first woman to hold a commercial flying license. Not content with this she very quickly set altitude records earning herself the name 'Lady Icarus', she was the first woman to parachute from an aeroplane landing in the middle of a football match, she also flew newspapers to France during the General Strike. Another triumph was the first flight by either a woman or man in a small open cockpit plane from Cape town to London, she believed it would take three weeks, it took three months! She subsequently sold the plane to Amelia earhart who took it back to the USA. Briefly she flew as first officer at KLM on European routes becoming the first woman to fly a commercial aircraft unfortunately the public were not ready to accept women pilots and after an aggressive press campaign she quit. This took her to America where she accepted and invitation to lecture and promote flying and ended up selling Cirrus engines to USA aircraft manufacturers all over the United States. In 1929 she married her second husband Sir James Heath who was 45 years her senior, she became Mary Lady Heath, the same year she attended the National air show in Cleveland and was due to take part in a women's air Derby race, much rivaly existed and a number of the womens planes were tampered with and whilst on a training flight Lady Mary's plane stalled and crashed through the roof of a factory, she was seriously injured and thought might not survive, months of medical treatment followed including brain surgery and plastic surgery and although she recovered her health was never the same. She divorced her husband on 1930 and in 1931 married for the third time, this time G.A.R. Williams with whom she returned to Ireland and set up her own aircraft company, Dublin Air Ferries Ltd. By 1939 her health was failing probably due to the plane crash and had also developed a serious drink problem, in May of 1939 she died following a fall on a tram car in London, a post mortem suggests a blood clot and possible stroke as the cause. In accordance with her wishes her ashes were scattered by plane over Newcastle West in Ireland, the only memorial to this wonderful adventurous and pioneering woman is a plaque on a wall of a bank in Limerick Ireland. It is with great pleasure to say, she has gone back home to Ireland and will be on display in the near future in Limerick museum.
Superb German 1924 Dated Shooting Prize Badge This is a really well made badge and I am having to guess at its use, the obvious choice is a shooting prize award based on the cross rifles and central target. It is made in 3 sections from brass and enamel with a sandwich of green wool in the middle, on the bottom is written ‘burger schutz 19. Verein.24 Materborn’ a very rough translation gives me ‘civil defence club’ and Materborn being a place. For some reason the information on the reverse has been completely covered and spoiled, no idea why. It comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.75 inches in diameter.
Superb Korean War / St Johns Group to Medical Corps. A scarce group all awarded to 22404541 Private Sidney Clark of the Royal Army Medical Corps. It comprises of the queens medal for Korea, the United Nations medal for Korea, the service medal of the Order of St John with a five year service bar, total service 20 years and lastly the order of St John, serving Brother’s Breast badge, the latter two are mounted to be worn. Also his St Johns Ambulance Examination badge, St Johns cap badge, the issue slip for the UN medal for Korea, the issue slip for the Queens medal for Korea and the British forces in Germany medal. This wonderful collection of medals makes for a very interesting research project and a good investment for the future, the Queens Korea medal is the only medal here named to Sidney, all others are just as issued, both Korea medals come in box of issue with issue slips named to S Clark; all medals here are in near mint condition.
superb Large 925 Sterling Silver Red Coral Bracelet Marked to the back of the heavy silver mounts with 925 for sterling silver and set with six large red coral stones this really pretty, chunky bracelet is the perfect present, it comes in excellent condition and measures 8 inches long, comes in a presentation box.
Superb Large Sized Glass Paperweight – Captive Bubble This very large and very heavy glass paperweight is so clever in its construction, somehow the blower has introduced captive bubbles and a golden spray that resembles a tree in full leaf, predominantly clear glass with a large section of blue at the bottom. It is hard to measure but it stands 4.25 inches high, comes in very good condition, the occasional scuff to the glass. Due to the weight shipping will be £6.95.
Superb Military Drum AAC Arborfield – REME A fantastic piece, all military drums are rare and seldom come onto the market. This is one of two I have and it is extremely rare. It is from the band of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, of the Army Apprentice School, Arborfield. The military college at Arborfield was opened in the 1920’s and served to train all army specialists, and it obviously played a significant roll during the war. The college was closed many years ago, but the old soldiers that I have had the pleasure to talk to, who were educated there, loved it, and it left them with many happy memories. This drum is in very good condition, there is wear and rubbing to some of the gilt areas, but this was used on very many military occasions. There is, in my opinion, no sight like a military drum, this one would look good in the corner of any war room. The last drum I sold was turned into a display table; at the time, I wasn’t too happy about it, but on seeing it, it looked fantastic. A really beautiful piece which measures; 14 x 14 x 12 inches. Shipping by UPS courier at £12.95
Superb MM Medal Group to Taylor – From Ipswich. A really wonderful lot of personal items and medals awarded to a young man who really went through hell and came out the other side with his life and a gallantry medal. The medal pair are both correctly named to 52011 Gnr. F.C. Taylor. R.A. and the Military medal is correctly named to 52011 Bmbr. F.C. Taylor. 130/HY: BY: R.G.A. Frederick Craven Taylor was born 1895 and raised in Ipswich Suffolk, one of four children to Ernest a Railway Carman and Edith a Washer Woman, Frederick himself being employed as a Warehouseman at the age of 19. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in Great Yarmouth in the November of 1914, he must have been eager to join traveling that distance up the coast. He stayed at home for a year training on the big guns until finally landing on French soil in the April of 1916 with the 124 Heavy Battery as a Gunner, later promoted to Bombardier in November 1916. He was seriously wounded on the 13th April 1917 with a gunshot wound to the chest; it was in this particular action where he was wounded he won the military medal. I haven’t been able to find his citation, but to be honest, I haven’t tried too hard as the MM is confirmed a few times in his service papers, which are included. He wasn’t always a modal Soldier; he was charged and confined to Barracks for 7 days for going absent without leave for 48 hours, quite a lenient charge for the time. He was wounded in May of 1918, being once again admitted to the Military General Hospital in Rouen having been gassed. It doesn’t say how long he spent out of action, but he is back behind his heavy gun for the final push in the august and September of 1918. He was finally discharged 15th May 1919 having caught the Spanish Flu, this pandemic killed more human lives than the war and claimed many a soldier who had escaped death on the battlefields of the Western front, however Frederick also survived this and went on to have a wife and family and did not pass away until 1974 still resident in Ipswich. All three medals are in excellent condition, they are all toned and look like they have never been polished or not polished for many years, the Victory medal has a slightly diferent style of naming, this could be just due to a latter issue, they come with his original Brass cap badge which is now damaged, Brass shoulder title, various postcards which he sent home, two are written on, just birthday greetings, a couple of photos, one is interesting and shows royal artillery with horses and a cart, this looks to been taken in England, possibly in Suffolk; and a wonderful portrait photo of Frederick in uniform, this really brings home how young he was, and lastly his WW1 service strips, these are getting so rare, they never seem to come on the market these days and are a nice original accompaniment to the group.
Superb Pair of Vintage Brass and Wood Desk Cannons A nice pair of hand made desk cannons constructed from a very solid and heavy brass turned barrels, with oak bases fitted with brass wheels. they are very well made and I was told by the previous owner, they will fire. Each comes in very good condition and measures 6 inches long.
Superb Royal Border Regiment Officers Cap Badge A beautiful white metal and bronze cap badge used during the 1970's, comes in excellent condition, nicely toned with its original red felt backing. Ref. U22
Superb Set of Colonel Gordon's Five Victorian Scrapbooks – DLI and Gordons This is a fascinating and wonderful set of five scrapbooks created by Colonel William Gordon during his military service from 1879 through post Boer war, the books which are rammed full cover newspaper clippings, ephemera both military and social and most interestingly contain 3 pages of Victorian calling cards left by both officers, politicians and high ranking people of the day. To be honest its hard to know were to start with this description as there is just so much to describe fortunately someone has done a lot of the work for me and included in the package is a biography for Colonel Gordon including a large family history and a wonderful photograph of the Colonel in a kilt, they have even gone to the trouble of printing loads of information on the owners of the calling cards some of which are very interesting people of the time. Each book is completely filled, there is no space anywhere, he included much military info but also social news, paper cuttings, comic cartoons and the three superb pages of calling cards. There is simply far to much for me to have read through and the lucky new owner is going to find little gems hidden in many of the pages. The temptation to separate the books and sell them individually was strong as I could get higher prices that way but I believe they should stay together. Condition wise given their age they are remarkably good, one has a loose cover and the odd page has been disturbed but really they are in very good order. They measure larger than A4 size and combined are quite heavy so shipping will be high. This will be a great buy for anyone interested in the Durham Light Infantry and the Gordon Higlanders or simply any history buff, I cant stress enough just how much is contained in these books, you are going to love them.
Superb Victorian Family Group Etc to Merrett Scots/Coldstream Guards. MORE PICTURE OF THE ABOVE GROUP
Superb Victorian Family Group Etc to Merrett Scots/Coldstream Guards. A fabulous group of items and medals all relating to the sons of the Merret / Merrit family spanning from the Egyptian war of 1882 to WW2. This lot comprises of; the 1882 Egypt and Khedives star pair, mounted as worn. The Egypt medal is partly erased leaving the name, J Merritt. The star is numbered 3552 S Gd for Scots Guards. This checks out on John Merritt’s medal rolls, which are included; 3552 Corporal John Merritt service with the 1st battalion Scots Guards through the Egypt campaign and is entitled to both medals, the Egypt medal with the Tel-El-Kebir clasp. Queens South Africa Medal to; 2694 Private J Merrett. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Copy medal roll confirms the entitlement to the South Africa 1901, 1902 and cape Colony clasps. Mounted as worn. Note. There was a J Merrett listed as wounded on 6th February 1901. WW2 Defence medal in box of issue to; Mrs D. M. Merrett of Minehead Somerset. Victorian Coldstream Guards duty / bed plate named; 2694 T Merrett. Coldstream Guards cap badge, silver and rose gold fob with the initials JPM. This is hallmarked for Birmingham 1902. Silver cased English leaver pocket watch, case hallmarked for Chester 1905 and inside the back case, it is engraved J T Merrett. The watch is a key wind and comes in very good working order. A handsome timepiece. Lastly a Victorian photograph of a guardsman which has been cut to fit into a round frame. Scots Guards 1882 Egypt Campaign. In 1881, the 1st Battalion deployed to Dublin, Ireland and the following year the battalion, as part of the Guard Brigade, took part in an expedition to Egypt, which came about in response to a revolt led by Urabi Pasha, an Egyptian military officer. A 25,000 strong British force, under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley, landed in Egypt in August, and on the 13 September, the decisive engagement of the campaign occurred, the Battle of Tel el-Kebir, which ended in victory for the British, and culminated with the taking of Cairo and the capture of Urabi Pasha. The Scots Guards gained the battle honours "Tel-el-Kebir" and "Egypt 1882" for their taking part in the Egyptian Expedition, and it was the last time the regiment carried the Colours into war. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards Boer War Camapaign. The 2nd Battalion sailed on the Gascon, and arrived at the Cape about 12th November 1899. Along with the 3rd Grenadier Guards, 1st Coldstream, and 1st Scots Guards, they formed the 1st or Guards Brigade, the work of which has been sketched under the 3rd Grenadiers. At Modder River the battalion was on the left of the Guards Brigade and was opposite the enemy's centre—and was all day under an extremely heavy fire. Many non-commissioned officers and men of the Coldstreams exhibited unsurpassable gallantry, and several were mentioned in Lord Methuen's despatch of 1st December, but the number of the battalion was not given. One officer of the 2nd Coldstreams was mentioned. The battalion's losses were 2 officers, including Colonel Stopford, and 10 men killed, and 1 officer and 56 men wounded. At Magersfontein the battalion was in the firing line most of the day, and lost 1 officer and 2 men killed and 22 men wounded. "Major the Marquis of Winchester was killed whilst displaying almost reckless courage". Three non-commissioned officers were also mentioned in Lord Methuen's despatch of 15th February 1900 for great courage. With the remainder of the brigade the battalion took part in the advances to Bloemfontein, Pretoria, and Koomati Poort. At Pan, in the Eastern Transvaal, they had the misfortune to have 5 men killed and 1 officer and 13 men injured in a railway accident on 1st October 1900. After the Guards Brigade returned from Koomati Poort the 2nd Coldstreams were ordered to Potchefstroom. In the beginning of 1901 they were sent to Cape Colony. The headquarters were generally about Graaf Reinet down to the close of the campaign, but the battalion was much scattered; for example, two companies occupied Richmond and another was at Britstown. About 70 men of the 2nd Coldstreams along with some local troops formed the garrison of Aberdeen when it was attacked on the night of 18th May 1902, shortly before peace was declared. The attack was driven off, the enemy losing several killed. All the items included are in excellent condition, other conditions have already been stated. A scarce lot to one family with other personal items, the pocket wat alone is a very collectable piece and in this excellent condition worth in excess of £100. Victorian duty bed plates are quite scarce, to all together a very fine collection of medals and silverware. A super lot for further research, both great regiments full of history in both campaigns. See Listing Below For More Pictures
Superb Victorian Magic Lantern Slide Projector and Box This is a super complete Victorian magic lantern slide projector, it comes in its original solid wood carrying box. The lantern is made from painted black tinplate and has a solid brass adjustable lense, inside the body is the original oil burner with three different adjusters, it has a wooden lantern slide and comes with a small box of slides, these are probably later than the magic lantern and a few have damage but if you want to fire this up then at least there are slides to work with. It comes in very good condition given its age, I believe everything is present to make this work, it measures just under 17 inches long and the box is 18 inches long, it is fairly heavy coming in a wooden box.
Superb Victorian Officers Sword Belt & Sash in Original Tin. A fabulous lot of beautiful gold bullion work. Here is a black painted metal tin lined with red velvet. It contains a gold bullion and scarlet leather high ranking officer’s sword belt with matching hangers and parade sash. The belt buckle is very fine quality gilt metal with a white metal lion standing over Queen Victoria’s crown. It all comes in excellent condition, it has been very well cared for over the years and the only wear is to the sword hangers which have a little friction wear. A stunning set, which is unmarked, which is a little surprising considering the quality. The belt will fit up to a 34 waist.
Superb Victorian The Lord Bury Telescope This is a beautiful example of the 'Lord Bury' telescope made by J.H. Steward of the Strand London, made circa 1870 from brass with black leather cover it has the makers mark both on the leather cover and on the second draw barrel. Most examples of this telescope I can find have 3 barrels to draw but this one has four. Given its age it is in superb condition, no dings or dents, the optics are clear and the black leather shows only minor signs of wear. it measures 34.5 inches fully extended and is just 11 inches closed.
Superb WW1 & WW2 Father & Daughter Group. A very interesting group of original photographs and medals belonging to a Father and Daughter serving through both world wars. A WW1 British war and victory medal pair to Louis J Adams who served with the British Red Cross & St John of Jerusalem as a Hospital Orderly in France from February 1917 to April 1919. He was aged 46 when he joined, this was probably the only way he could get into the war at the time, being an older man. His address at the time was in Malvern, Worcestershire. These were sometimes unqualified men who did most of the donkeywork around the hospital or clearing station, but most got close to the sick and wounded of their ward and became invaluable to them, running errands, supplying paper and writing material, cigarettes etc, so they helped with morale as well. This pair of medals are in very good order, the victory medal still retains most of its gilt finish and they come mounted as worn. WW2 1939-45 star and the 1939-45 war medal to 2013834 Beryl Kathleen Maiden (nee Adams) of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, she enlisted in the May of 1941 and served until the war ended in 1945. She married during the war to Bob Maiden, a Radio Ops Sergeant. Her medals come in named box of issue, addressed to Sussex, but with a change of address to Malvern Worcestershire. RAF badge & Buttons etc. This lot comes with a quantity of original WW2 photographs of her, including one of her marriage, which shows her father to right hand side. A really lovely untouched lot, ready for research, comes with copy of Louis Adams medal index card and also a copy of his BRCS service index cards and Forces War Records info on Kathleen Maiden, which confirms her maiden name etc.
Superb WW1 1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. A very good WW1 era 1895 Pattern infantry officers sword. It has a nickel-plated sheet steel, half-basket style, Guard with a Ray-skin-grip, wrapped with twisted brass wire and a hatched nickel back strap; the pierced basket bears the royal cypher of King George V. The pommel has a single ball which is really the nut that holds the whole sword together. it has a straight, single-edged, single-fullered blade on both sides which is beautifully etched with scrolland foliage and the royal cypher of George V. This sword is in excellent original condition. the guard still retains its original nickel plating with just one area of very light pitting, this is not really that bad, but better mentioned. The inside of guard has an area where the nickel has worn, mainly due to use. The ray skin covered grip is perfect, no loss to the skin and all brass wire is in tacked, although now heavily toned. The blade is also in very good order, it has suffered no rust or pitting and the etching is still good and clear and free from wear. It has a sunburst circle where the proof button should be to one side and the makers mark of ‘Armfield Ltd. Birmingham’ on the other. This company was a small engineering firm who won a large WD contract during WW1 to make buttons and some badges but diversified into weapons later on during the war. an interesting story of a small company making good. This sword has its original brown leather covered scabbard, this is in good order with the odd knock and scrape and small areas of loss to the surface finish, but its all original and untouched. A great example of this type of sword, a mid range sword, not the very best quality but in no way the worst I’ve seen. Swords were made to fit all budgets, the battle field commissioned tommy couldn’t afford a top quality Wilkinson sword, so there gap in the market was filled by such manufacturers such as this. It measures 40.5 inches long in its scabbard. Shipping to UK only
Superb WW1 1915 Dated Officers Field Compass by Verner It will be hard to beat the quality of this piece, it is a brass Verner’s pattern mark VII officers field compass, it is marked to the back with ‘Anglo-Swiss association No36605 1915’ and the broad arrow mark, the leather case which is also dated for 1915 has the makers name of J.B. Brooks & Co Ltd on the front. The compass has a lock down dial operated by one of the buttons on the side, all hinges and gauges are in excellent condition, in fact all round it is wonderful, there is some minute discolouration to the metal on the front of the case and signs of age on the leather strap on the case. You will be hard pressed to find better.
Superb WW1 Era Silver Officers Half Hunter Wrist Watch. A really beautiful officers private purchase wrist watch, the silver and enamel front case has Arabic numerals around the outside, this case covers and protects the main face of the watch, which has a black dial with luminous hands and numbers, it also has a second dial to the bottom. The back of the silver case is the unscrew type, so no chance of the case popping open, unscrew and this reveals a very good quality 15 Jewel Swiss movement and I wouldn't trust it for constant wear. I have been wearing this watch for about a week, it runs very well and keeps good time, it still retains what looks to be the original strap, I have left this on for the authenticity of the piece but it is a little worn and I wouldn't trust it for constant wear. Please Note. I can in no way guarantee this watch and it is sold as seen, I have sold very good watches in the past that have arrived at their new home to be mishandled, over wound or damaged, that is the only reason why I do not guarantee this piece.
Superb WW1 Fret Cut Watch Stand. A fabulous piece handmade and fret cut to resemble an earlier French mantle clock but made and dedicated to the Great War; I think the pictures speak for themselves. It retains its original pocket watch, this has been modified to fit the stand, it has its original key so I have had this watch running for about 5 weeks, it runs really well, I have kept it going and it hasn’t faltered; its case was once silver plated, the silver is now all polished away just leaving the brass, but I think it looks much better this way. The wooden case is in superb original condition and looks wonderful against a coloured wall, in fact if I had any spare room, it would be staying with me, but unfortunately I just haven’t the space to place it in a position where it can be enjoyed.
Superb WW1 German Pickelhaube Helmet –Wurttemberg. Thinning my own collection and I have no longer any space for this scarce WW1 helmet. It is everything typical of an early wartime helmet. Thick Leather shell with brass fittings all original with a Wurttemberg plate. Although the plate, as the rest of the helmet, 100% genuine, I can’t say the plate is the original plate it was issued with. Having said that, the fittings and shell are all correct for a helmet from the German state of Wurttemberg. The only things that are not original on this piece is the spike retaining plate on the inside of the helmet. I had these made up some years ago, to stop the pins of the spike rivets from scratching the leather. Similarly I have used modern washers on the plate pins etc. The rare original Wurttemberg helmet plate is stunning, wonderful detail which shows very little wear, only slight softening to the high points. It has some markings on the back peek, they are quite faint and I have spent many an hour trying to work them out. It looks like ‘R124’ or ‘RL24’, I can’t say for sure. You have to hold it to the light and get it on the right angle to see it. I would think these markings are a battalion or regiment number. The condition is just super, as long as I have had it, it has been kept in a relatively cool room, I’ve kept it well waxed and polished. I like to see things sympathetically cleaned, nice and bright but still retaining some of its original patination. So it’s ready to display with no work to do on it. A fabulous piece of imperial German history rare and unique in this condition.
Superb WW1 German Sweetheart Bracelet with Iron Cross A lovely sweetheart bracelet fashioned from a solid brass centre piece which has a miniature Iron Cross surrounded by oak leaves, the bracelet is made from a fine flexible series of links, the piece has a gilded appearance probably onto a base metal, it comes in very good condition, there are a couple of minor faults on the bracelet links and some light discolouration on the central section which I think will clean, it would fit a small to medium wrist.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Brass & Copper Book Shape Lighter This is a great piece, constructed from brass and copper in the shape of a book but inside is a petrol lighter, to the front is a white metal Imperial German crown and on the other side a Bavarian brass button. The condition is excellent, the mechanism inside is a bit crusty but could be made to work with a flint and petrol if desired. Quite large measuring 2.25 inches square.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Shell 1915 This well decorated shell case is full of marks on the base, it is clearly dated for 1915 and originated from a 7.7cm field canon, it was manufactured in Karlsruhe and has inspection marks and lot number etc amongst others on the base. The case has been decorated with a basket with branches and leaves. It comes in excellent condition and stands 9 inches high.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Shell Case Vailly 1916 This is a well marked German shell case, it is clearly dated for November 1916 and has marks to the base for Haniel Luege brass factory Dusseldorf amongst others and originated from a 7.7cm filed Canon. The body has been very well decorated with flowers and the name Vailly, the village of Vailly-sur-Aisne was the scene of many battles from 1914 to 1918. Comes in excellent condition and stands 9 inches high.
Superb WW1 Territorial Group to Walker MID. Low Number A fabulous WW1 Territorial medal group comprising of the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal with mentioned in despatches oak leaves, the Territorial Force War Medal and the Territorial Force Efficiency medal. All four medals are correctly named to; 654 Battalion Quarter Master Serjeant Hugh Walker of the Royal Field Artillery. Hugh Walker was born in Kelven, Glasgow in Lanarkshire Scotland in 1892. He enlisted in to the Glasgow Territorial Artillery in 1910 and served with the 2nd City of Glasgow Battery, 2nd Lowland Brigade RFA. He was promoted to Bombardier in 1911, Corporal in 1912, and Serjeant in the June of 1914. When war broke out his unit was very quick to mobilize in the August of 1914 with the BEF Territorial force. Having already served in France, embarked from davenport for Alexandria on the 27th January 1916, here it looks like he spent a year at the Imperial School of instructors before being sent back into the field on 2nd July 1917. He remained in North Africa for the rest of the war, earning himself a MID along the way and he was promoted to BQMS in 1918. As with all the territorial force, he was renumbered in 1917. His number was changed from the very low 654 to 660044 while in the 3rd Lowland brigade. This group comes with copies of his service papers, 25 pages in all, so I have only gone through a few pages to gain the above information. Both TF medals and his MID are confirmed in his papers and his papers also include information of the various battery’s and brigades he served in. This man needs a lot more research, he was clearly a gifted artilleryman. The medals are in superb condition and come court mounted for display. Both of the Territorial Force medals are scarce and very sort after by collectors. A scarce group to a high ranking NCO with a low number; it looks like he continued service in the territorials after the war until 1922. His serving rank when he was finally discharged was Warrant Officer 2nd class. After the war he resided at 89 Raeberry Street, Glasgow. A really beautiful group ready for display and more research.
Superb WW1 Trench Art Field Gun. A WW1 13 or 18 pdr Field gun, totally hand wrought during the war from scrap pieces of brass and bits of bullets etc. it is a lovely piece of engineering and you can see the wheels has been made from cut sections of a 240mm howitzer shell cases. it is in superb condition, it has at some point been very highly polished, but it now has a nice even mellow tone. It is 14 inches long x 5.5 inches wide and it stands 6 inches high.
Superb WW1 Trio to Crisp Suffolk’s & Tank Corps. Served Gallipoli. WW1 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 2320 Corporal (Private on star) Frank Nathanial Crisp of the 1st/5th Suffolk Regiment and later the Tank Corps. Frank Crisp was born in Great Ellingham in Norfolk around 1890, the second son of Walter and Emma Crisp, Walter a farm bailiff on a farm in Banham near Diss in Norfolk. before the war, frank was employed as a Horseman on the Harpley Farms in Flitcham cum Appleton, Norfolk. Looking at his service number, Frank may have been serving as a territorial in the Suffolk regiment, before the war had started. The 1st/5th battalion was the old 2nd volunteer battalion. He was at summer training at Holkham park in the early summer of 1914 and the camp was struck on 26th July in anticipation of mobilisation, which came shortly after. The battalion arrived at Felixstowe, overlooking Harwich harbour, there constructing defences and digging trenches for home defence. It is interesting to note, that on the 12th August, the battalion suffered the death of Pte. F. Unwin, the first territorial soldier to die in the war. A short time later they joined the rest of the Norfolk and Suffolk infantry brigade near Colchester in Essex, here the men were ask to volunteer for overseas service, and of course, Frank did. They all moved to Thetford for training, and became the 163rd brigade with the 54th East Anglian division, and readied themselves for service overseas. At 11pm on 30th July the battalion with around 7000 other men of the 54th division, set sail on the huge passenger liner, the Aquitania bound for the harbour of Murdos. Three days later the battalion was transferred to a small vessel called the Fauvette to be disembarked on ‘A’ beach Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. The 1st/5th battalion saw action almost immediately holding the south face of the Karakol Dagh and the attack on heights known as Kavak Tepe and later on the 13th the brigade was ordered forward for the purpose to occupy Kuchik Anafarta Ova. The 1st/5th taking the left, leading the attack, with the 1st/5th Norfolk’s ( the vanishing battalion) on the right and the 8th Hampshire’s to the centre. There was no artillery supports apart from a few distant naval guns. The who brigade was instantly under heavy machine gun and artillery fire, the battalions became intermingled and no one knew where they were or where they were going. Nevertheless the attack was successful, but told to push on to the next objective, which they did in the same battle order as before, the 1st/5th Norfolk’s, 16 officers and 250 men charged into a heavily wooded area and were never seen again. General Sir Ian Hamilton stated that they must have been killed to a man. Here, what was left of the brigade, where ordered to hold that position. It did, in fact it never moved and remained on this front line until they were evacuated; they made several attacks up the steep hill they faced, but these were mostly unsuccessful; here they were subject to constant sniping and artillery fire, but it was the heat, lack of shelter and lack of fresh water and the fly’s that really hit the battalion hard. For their time in Gallipoli, the battalion suffered over 800 men killed or missing, but a proportion of these men were sick mostly suffering from dysentery, and only 43 fit men remained. On 26th November the Division was ordered to prepare to withdraw to Mudros. On 3rd to 8th December the Division was evacuated from Gallipoli, only 240 officers and 4480 men strong. On 19 December the battalion then went on to Alexandria on HMT Victorian and encamped at Sidi Bashr. Nearly each man commented on, what a precious thing was water. From Gallipoli the 1st/5th battalion Suffolk’s went on to occupied No 1 (Southern) Section of the Suez Canal defences on 2 April 1916, a little rest bite from the hell they had experienced in Gillipoli; they stayed around that area for most of 1916. On the 14th November the battalion marched across the desert to the front line and Christmas 1916 was spent at Gazelle Heights. In January 1917 the battalion moved to Moascar for training before being moved on to Palestine and took part in the all three battles of Gaza, including the capture of Gaza in November, and the battle of Jaffa at the end of December 17. At some point around here, it is hard to say for sure without a little more research, Frank joined the Tank Corps. His medal index card is confusing, but his British war and victory medal should have been named to the Tank Corps, as I say, his mic states both medals to ‘Tank C’ or ‘TC’, so he must have served in the Tank Corps for a year or two, with a number change to 91886. This number would suggest he joined in January 1917. This may also suggest that Frank was a battalion machine gunner Weather this was in north Africa or he was sent back to France, is unknown to me and this area needs more research. A list of Tank Corps service numbers is included. Paperwork also included; copies of his medal index card, census records for 1891, 1901 and 1911. Medal rolls confirming the pair to Tank Corps, family history info etc. Original items; what is believed to be his original Suffolk regiment cap badge and an original portrait photograph, taken in Felixstowe, before he was sent overseas. The medals are in excellent original condition and never polished, these come on their original ribbons, but the ribbon on the star is staring to get a bit frail. Just a wonderful trio to a Gallipoli veteran, who then volunteered in to one of the most dangerous regiments; it looks like somehow Frank survived the war, hopefully he had a full and healthy life.
Superb WW1 Trio to Nurse Dodd, Served Egypt. A wonderful WW1 1915 star trio all awarded to Nurse Dora Dodd of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Dora Dodd served with the Red Cross VAD in Egypt from 11th September 1915, Egypt was hard place for voluntary nurses to start during the war, most likely she was posted to the 15th general hospital in Alexandria, this was the largest hospital and more likely to take probationary nurses. Not only did they have to deal with the wounded but also with most horrible of diseases, the nurses being no more immune to the diseases than the soldiers serving in the area. Although Dora Dodd is for the most part un-researched, it is easy to imagine the conditions she worked in, alongside nurses from Australia and other commonwealth countries as well as TFNS and QAIMNSR nurses. This lady needs further research to bring to life her experiences during the Great War. The medals are in excellent condition, also included is a couple of pages from her own photo album which contained few of her nursing service in Egypt, but I was allowed to take the photos relevant, there are two or three wonderful pictures of her with her patients, a view of a hospital ship, and one of the ambulances that brought and took the wounded from the battlefield and to the hospital ships docked in Alexandria. The photographs are rare and very valuable by themselves and the temptation to keep them is great, but I do hate splitting anything from its rightful place, so the original photos are included.
Superb WW1/2 German Gallantry Medal Group & More. A wonderful original group of medals all awarded to one man for his service through the Great War and into world war two. The medals were awarded to Heinrich Knief, he was born in 1897 in Feld, near Kiel in northern Germany, but at the outbreak of the war, Heinrich with his family were living in Hamburg. When he Joined the army for war in late 14 or early 15 he was a 2nd Lieutenant, given he was probably a NCO in peace time as all German men saw a kind of national service when they came of age. The medals and awards include, Iron Cross 1st Class EKI, Iron Cross 2nd Class EKII, Black Wound Badge, the Honour Cross with Swords, Nazi 12 Year Service Medal, the SA Sports Badge in Bronze and a medal bar containing ribbons of the EKII, Honour Cross and 12 Year Medal; he is also entitled to the 1939 Spange to the Iron Cross EKII, which is missing. The Iron Cross EKII and Honour Cross are court mounted together the 12 year service medal is un-mounted; all medals and badges are in excellent original condition, that is they have been worn many times but have no major damage. Also with this lot comes a large amount of original photographs from the first world war to his service in the second world war, it makes a wonderful complete group with his post war ID card also, which means here is a super group for research. Most photos are written on, giving date and place taken, there are some great clear photos which detail his uniform insignia, and so with a little time and patience you should be able to put together this man’s service history ending with a promotion to Captain during WW2.
Superb WW2 Era Brass Inkwell by Deschler – Honour Cross Maker This is a lovely piece, the base is made from brass and cast into the body is a Hindenburg cross, on the reverse it is impressed with ‘geschutzt’ which appears to mean ‘protected’, below this is an applied lead type plaque which has ‘Deschler & Sohn Munchen’. Removable from the base is a perfectly fitted Glass ink well with a pull off lid. All in all an ornate piece that would grace any desk top and made by a highly rated maker of WW1 and WW2 medals and badges. It comes in super condition and measures 7 inches across the front.
Superb WW2 Era Royal Air Force Note Book This RAF note book was issued to 931245 B.O. Webster, he used it to hand write and draw all of the lessons on the mechanics of the then modern aircraft, every page is filled with drawings and text, very neat and very legible. The book comes in good but well used condition.
Superb WW2 German Army Officers Dagger - F W Holler A superb Heer or army officers dagger by F W Holler. The mark features a thermometer, this one has 17 lines to the thermometers scales on each side, this denotes this dagger is a mid-war production. This dagger is in very good condition, the pommel and the cross guard still has all its plating present. The grip is in perfect condition with no damage or major chipping. The blade is good and clean and free from any rusting, and it has a good clear makers mark for Holler. The scabbard is also in very good order, a little dirty and only the plating is worn on the ring bands and the rings has a little chipping to the plate, just due to a little wear of the years. This dagger has the added benefit of still having its original silver metal bullion knot or portepee, this has wear and is a little scruffy in places, but it’s still with the dagger, which is a real bonus. A lovely piece, better than most for sale at the moment and it was well looked after by its previous owner. It measures just under 16 inches long. Ship to UK only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Superb WW2 German Pilot / Observer Badge. A beautiful badge which comes in a fitted case made by C. E. Juncker of Berlin. This badge comes in totally untouched condition, it looks as if it has never been out of its case, I would describe it as mint for just a minor amount of tarnishing to the surface of the metal. A very fine piece and an asset to any collection. Don’t forget, every item I sell comes with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
Superb WW2 Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge Royal Navy This is a lovely high quality Royal Navy sweetheart badge, marked to the back on both sections with silver and finished with red and blue enamels, it comes in excellent condition and measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Superb WW2 Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge Wiltshire Regiment This is a lovely high quality sweetheart badge for the Wiltshire regiment, marked to the back with silver and finished with red and blue enamels, it comes in excellent condition and measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Superb WW22 USAAF V-44 Survival Knife The V-44 survival knife was issued to US Army Air Force personnel in case that they were shot down and needed to survive in the jungles of the South Pacific. This knife was manufactured by the Kinfolks Company and consists of a black composite handle secured to the tang by three brass rivets. It has a straight brass cross guard with ball finials finishing in an imposing wide Bowie type blade. It comes in its original brown leather sheath with its belt loop still attached. The whole piece is in excellent original condition. It shows a little very light wear but no damage or rusting to any of the metal. The grips is also in the same very good order with no damage. A beautiful piece scarce in this amazing condition. Proof of age required on purchase.
Sussex Armory 44 Magnum Blank Firing Revolver. A vintage Sussex Armory, made in Italy blank firing replica of the Smith & Wesson’s M29 .44 Magnum revolver and by the look of the chamber, it will take .22 blanks It is made from heavy gauge metal and has plastic grips. It fires very well but when in full cock it sticks, so it needs a little oil. The black paintwork has flaked in areas, but on the whole, it is in good working condition and quite a nice sturdy piece. It measures 11.5 inches long. Shipping to UK only. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
Sussex Armory 44 Magnum Blank Firing Revolver. A vintage Sussex Armory, made in Italy blank firing replica of the Smith & Wesson’s .44 Magnum revolver and by the look of the chamber, it will take .22 blanks It is made from heavy gauge metal and has plastic grips. It cocks and fires very well. The black paintwork has flaked in areas, but on the whole, it is in good working condition and quite a nice sturdy piece. It measures 11.5 inches long. Shipping to UK only. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
Sussex Armory Colt Python Blank Firing Replica Revolver. A vintage Sussex Armory .22 blank firing Colt Python. The original are a .357 Magnum caliber revolver formerly manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. It is sometimes referred to as a "Combat Magnum". It was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson's M29 .44 Magnum. This is a nice heavy gauge quality replica, it is in very good working condition and looks hardly used. It measures 9.5 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
Ten WW2 Nazi German Occupation of Poland Stamps A good selection of ten stamps issued 1943-44 for the German occupation of Poland, not postally used and in superb condition.
Ten WW2 Newspapers Various dates throughout the war years and a good cross section of newspapers of the time from the Daily Mail to the Telegraph with a selection of papers I havent heard of before, some fascinating reports of the time. Conditions vary but fair to good order.
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to RFA. The scarcer of the Efficiency medals, this one is correctly named to 846259 Driver Samuel Thomas Deakin. Royal Field Artillery. This medal is for most part un-researched apart from a copy of his medal index card which shows he was also entitled to a British war and victory medal pair. The medal itself is in excellent condition, with a few very light contact marks, so it may have been mounted at some point.
Thailand Order of the Crown. This is a solid silver medal, testing as high grade silver, it is the 7th class award of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, established in 1869 by King Rama V of The Kingdom of Siam (Yul Brynner), a general award given to civil and military for an act of outstanding services to the Kingdom of Thailand. This one comes in perfect condition and on its original silk ribbon and dates from around the WW2 era. WAS £22
The Kings Own Regiment Badge Set. WW2 issue Cap Badge and shoulder title both in all brass and come in good but used condition.
The LMS Duchess Steam Train Model. A good, well detailed die-cast model of the steam train The Duchess. I think they are made from aluminum and plastic. She was one of the Coronation Class of express passenger steam locomotives designed by William Stanier that run on the London Midland and Scottish Railway. These locomotives were specifically designed for power as it was intended to use them on express services between London Euston and Glasgow Central; their duties were to include the hauling of a proposed non-stop express. This model is in very good condition, nothing broken or missing, as far as I can tell. It measures; 12 inches long.
The London Queens Medal 1899 The London Queens medal warded for six years good attendance in the year ending 1899. This one was awarded to C. Sulston. It comes on what looks to be its original red ribbon and dated suspender.
The Natal Rebellion Miniature Medal. A rare silver miniature of the natal rebellion medal 1906. Awarded for services in the operations following the Zulu rebellion in 1906. One of the recipients of this medal was Sergeant major M. K. Gandhi, the man that later lead the campaign for Indian independence. It comes in excellent original condition, slightly toned and with the 1906 clasp. It also comes on its original silk ribbon.
The Queens Bays (Cavalry) Cap Badge. K/C The Queens bays used the same design of cap badge for 60 years, until 1959. This all brass badge was used until 1953 It comes in very good but used condition, with a good even tone. Ref. Y13
The Queens Bays (Cavalry) Cap Badge. Q/C The Queens bays used the same design of cap badge for 60 years, until 1959. This one was used from 1953 to 1959, so although Queens crown it is the scarcer badge. It comes in very good but used condition with a good even tone. Ref. Y12
The Queens Medal 1898. The London Queens medal warded for five years good attendance in the year ending 1898. This one was awarded to C. Holden. It comes with its original ribbon and suspender.
The Relief of Ladysmith Beautiful Boer War Print. A fabulous original Boer war print, still in its original bur maple veneer frame with original glazing. We see Major Hubert Gough of the relieving force greeting General Sir George White in Ladysmith. This print is after a painting by John Henry Frederick Bacon. The original oil on canvas was painted in 1900; it now resides at the national Army Museum. This one comes in excellent untouched condition. the bur maple frame is in very good condition, it has the odd little flake of veneer missing from the sides and corners, but this doesn’t show at all. A very large picture measuring 36 x 26 inches. This will be shipped in sturdy packaging with a lot of packing materials around it, so shipping to the UK only, at a cost of £25
Three Interesting WW1 Era Sporting Photograph Postcards A great group of three photo postcards showing military sporting teams, the first is dated 1916 on the back and has ‘No 12 platoon hockey team C coy 1916’, the second has the bayonet fighting team and the third is the football team for 12 platoon with a ball dated 1917 in the centre. They come in very good but aged condition the hockey team having a pin hole in the top margin.
Three Large Liverpool School Medals. Three large solid bronze school medals awarded for 3 years Attendance and good conduct to; John Mc Donald – Holy Trinity Ashwell Street. William Gibbs – St Athanasius 1892. William James Daniels – St Pauls Toxteth N. 1906 All three are in very good condition, one has its original silk ribbon; each measure; 1.75 inches in diameter
Three Super Antique Edwardian Essex Regimental Dance Cards These three wonderful antique dance cards date from the Edwardian era, two of them are for the Essex regiment. The first card is dated April 1903 and is a dance programme for ‘H’ company 1st Volunteer Battalion and was called the ‘volunteer dance’ held at the drill hall Hornchurch, inside is the dance programme with the initials of the prospective dance partners, physically the piece is in very good order but it has been written fortunately in pencil with lists and pictures. The second one is a programme for the ‘annual ball’ held in December 1903 by the same company at the same location, this one is also in very good condition and has the list filled in inside. The third one I’m not sure of, again a dance programme from June 1905, it has ‘c’ squadron with a crown with N.C under and pro patria under this, the closest I can get relates to a Canadian regiment. This card is in fair condition, the spine has split and has been taped and the inside has been filled in. A unique little group the largest measuring 4.5 inches long.
Three Various Vintage Instrument Gauges Not sure of the function of any of these instrument gauges, the round one is a 'Weston' and just has plus and minus readings, the smaller square one reads 0-9 and the larger square one zero to 100 on two sides but with one set of pointers. All are in apparent good condition.
Three Vintage American Civil War Button & Pins Worn with pride by the veterans of the American civil war this little group includes: a GAR (grand army of the republic) veterans button, tiny in size measuring only 17mm in diameter, shows veterans shaking hands on one side and a cooking pot in a fireplace on the back, it just has slight discolouration on the front. A brass and enamel mini bow tie button, this measures 2 cm in diameter and comes in super condition and a even smaller brass and enamel flag pin, tiny and in very good condition.
Three Vintage Royal Artillery Cloth & Metal Badges First of the 3 badges is an embroidered cloth badge, comes in a good size and has been attached to a uniform showing signs of wear with rough edges it measures 3.25 inches x 3, the second is what appears to be a home made hand painted with gold paint cloth badge for the Royal Artillery Association, it has a pop stud sewn onto the back to simply ‘pop’ onto a hat or uniform, the third is a brass and enamel sweetheart badge which comes in good condition and measures just over 2 centimeters long.
Three WW1 Bamforths Song Series Postcards 3 good cards from the Bamforths song series, this set being ‘till the sands of the desert grow cold’ they come in good condition, have not been written on but show odd signs of wear on the edges.
Three WW2 Aeroplane Identification Cards - Gliders Part of a restricted series of aeroplane identification cards, these show the 'Horsa 1 and Horsa 2' and the third card has on one side a silhouette side image of a Vampire II and on the reverse and over stickered picture of an unknown plane in flight. All 3 cards are in good but used condition.
Trio of Polish Red Cross Miniature Medals A very nicely made trio of Polish Red Cross medals, they come in the Gold, Silver and Bronze award, each is enamelled with the red cross and the top 'ribbon' section is also enamelled. Each is marked to the reverse with the makers initials of P.C.K. They come in superb condition, one pin is slightly bent at the bottom, they measures 2 inches long including the pin.
Two 1919 Dated The Ex-Service Man Magazines On their return from the Great War many men struggled to find work and an understanding of what they had been through, magazines such as these entitled ‘the ex-service man, an independent journal for those who have served’, tried to help them settle back into civilian life. Date for June 1919 both of these magazines are full of articles, adverts, some humorous cartoons, letters from veterans and social comment. Both come in very good for their age condition.
Two 1945/46 Alamein Club Cairo Cricket Photographs An interesting pair of pictures that come with details on the back, the first has a lable that says ‘army V New Zealand. Alemein club, Cairo, Sunday Sept 2nd 1945’, it then lists the players from the British team. The second one has, ‘Egypt united services V Palestine united services. Alemein club June 29th and 30th 1946’, and then the list of players. Both photographs are in very good condition the frames less so, they show signs of age and use. They measure 10 inches x 8 and 11 inches x 9.
Two 2nd Infantry Division Cloth Patches 2nd Div's emblem was chosen in 1940 by its commander, Major-General H.C. Lloyd, who had previously commanded a Guards Brigade which had a single key for its badge. The crossed keys are the emblem of the Archbishop of York. The badges are not a true pair,one is slightly smaller than the other and has had a much harder life having been worn and roughly removed from a uniform, the other is in much better condition and measures two inches square.
Two Bronze Music Medals. Two large bronze music medals, beautiful quality issued by the Royal Academy of Music to; Helen A Grant – 1904 and Kate Lyon Moreland – 1925. Both are in very good condition and measure; just over 1.5 inches in diameter.
Two Early 20th Century Napoleonic Plates Made by the Boch Keramis factory in Belgium each plate shows a scene of Napoleon at a different battle site,one is entitled 'Bataille de Monterreau 18th Feb 1814' and the other 'mort du Marechal Lannes 22 May 1805', both have Napoleon's device around the border. Both are in good condition with no obvious chips or cracks and measure 9 inches in diameter.
Two Formation Patches for Catterick Garrison One embroidered and one printed formation patch for the Catterick Garrison, the printed one shows signs of fading but otherwise both are in very good condition.
Two General Staff Cloth Collar Tabs Not a pair in fact one is King’s crown the other Queen’s crown, general service cloth collar tabs, both in good condition but both used.
Two Good Edwardian Era USA Civil War Embossed Postcards Issued in the early part of the 20th century as commemoratives of the American civil war this style of embossed postcard was very popular, the first which is dated 1909 is for the grand army of the republic (GAR) and has ‘decoration day greetings’ to the front, this has been postally used, the second is dated for 1910 and has ‘souvenir of decoration day’ to the front, both are in fair condition and show signs of age.
Two Interesting Vintage Maps The first map on offer is a paper example for the ‘London Midland and Scottish railway’ ‘map of England and Wales’, difficult to date but I would think pre WW2, measures 27 inches x 24, comes in a paper envelope and is in fair condition for its age, minor foxing but no rips or tears. The second is I think more interesting, it is a large cloth map called ‘Bartholomew’s road surface map of London and Neighbourhood for motorists and cyclists’ It dates from the early part of last century and basically shows what surfaces were on main roads including wood blocks and tarmac, it measures 41 inches x 28 and comes in good condition for its age with no tears.
Two Large Size Magazine Articles 'Women and Wartime' One of these articles covers women and their role in the Great war including: Red cross, volunteer police, mechanics and Land girls amongst others, the other covers WW2 nurses, bus conductors, land girls and transport. Two large sized sheets in very good condition.
Two London County Council The Kings Medal for Attendance 1913-1915 Below is a good history for the King’s medal, these two examples were awarded in 1913-1914 to F. Anderson and 1914-1915 to E. Manning, both come in very good condition. The first medal awarded for regular and punctual attendance to London schoolchildren was initiated by the School Board for London in 1887 and, with royal sanction, was designated the ‘Queen Victoria Medal’. After that monarch died, it was renamed the ‘King Edward VII Medal’ and, on his demise, it became simply ‘the King’s Medal’. The London County Council continued the awards when it took over as the education authority for London from the School Board in 1904. The award was suspended during the latter part of the First World War but was reintroduced briefly after the conclusion of hostilities. It was discontinued altogether in 1920 and the awards for the school year 1919/20 were the last. During the wartime suspension, a form of certificate was issued indicating that, but for wartime suspension, the pupil in question would have been awarded the medal.
Two Modern Versions of the Kearny Cross Medal of Honour The originals of this type of medal run into thousands of dollars, even this type of modern copy retail at £20 plus each, below is a great description for the issue of the medal. This pair come nicely mounted on black velvet and are in super condition. The Kearny Medal of Honor was a military decoration of the United States Army, which was first established in 1862 during the opening year of the American Civil War.  The original decoration was known as the Kearny Medal and was adopted as an unofficial medal by the officers of the 1st Division (Birney's Division), 3rd Corps, of the Union Army of the Potomac, which had served under Major General Philip Kearny, Jr. before he was killed at the Battle of Chantilly on September 1, 1862. The original Kearny Medal was first bestowed on November 29, 1862, and was awarded to any Union officer who had “performed acts of extreme bravery and heroism in the face of the enemy.”  In 1863, the medal was authorized retroactively to officers who had performed such acts while enlisted soldiers, and had been subsequently commissioned. On March 13, 1863, a second version of the Kearny Medal was ordered established as a "Cross of Valor" for enlisted personnel.  The new medal, known as the Kearny Cross, was awarded to any enlisted Union soldier who displayed meritorious, heroic, of distinguished acts while in the face of an enemy force. By 1865, both the Kearny Medal and the Kearny Cross were commonly referred to by the single name of the Kearny Cross.  Since the decorations were issued by local commanders, the medals remained unofficial awards and were not issued after the close of the Civil War.  Nevertheless, the Kearny Cross and Medal are regarded as one of the oldest military decorations of the United States Army, second only to the Badge of Military Merit [the predecessor of the Purple Heart] and the Fidelity Medallion.
Two Post WW1 Austrian Police Collar Rank Shoulder Tabs The two collar tabs were issued to officers in the inter war period, one is a high quality gold bullion example and depicts the rank of Lieutenant the other is a brass example and is for the rank of Revierinspektor (precint inspector). Both come in very good condition.
Two Post WW1 Era Information Cards – Tank and Catapult These two postcard size information cards were issued just post WW1 and they detail the progression in tanks and aeroplanes, the aeroplane one is the most interesting as it shows a land catapult, a device used to 'throw' planes up into the air with no runway required. Both are in ok but used condition with some rough areas on the edges.
Two Post WW2 European Voluntary Worker Stamped Envelopes Following the end of the second world war this country was short of manual labour so continental Europeans were invited over to plug the labour shortage, they mostly came from the Ukraine, Poland and Latvia having already been displaced by the war, they became known as E.V.W's (European voluntary workers) from 1946-49 91,000 people came to the UK under various schemes. These two envelopes are addressed to the same man, Josef Rehuk, the brown stamped one was sent to him in early March 1948 when he was living in Baden, by the end of march of the same year he was at the E.V.W. Holding hostel at the RAF site at Wrattling common Cambridgeshire,how long he stayed is anyones guess, he may have returned to Germany or remained and has family living today. Something a bit different, both are in good condition.
Two Pre WW1 German Military Postcards - Unusual Here are two pre Unusual WW1 German postcards, one has been postally used and is dated 1909, this shows a regiment of Germans complete with a boat in the background and the oars mixed among the men, it has been hand written in pencil along the top front. The second card shows a gymnastics display by the men some holding German flags, this one has not been postally used. Both come in very good condition.
Two Pre WW2 Nazi German Charity Fund Raising Pins Mother & Child Here is a mid 1930’s white plastic pin and a printed silk pin both issued to raise funds for women and children in need, the white one has ‘kampft gegen die not schutzt mutter u. kind’ and the silk ‘fur mutter & kind’. These were issued by the WHW charity the Winterhilfswerk who were the major charity organization of the Nazi party. Both come in good but aged condition, the silk measures just over 2 inches long.
Two Pre WW2 Photo Postcards – LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin Both of these postcards have the date of 1943 on the back but by then the Graf Zeppelin had been retired for 3 years so I am assuming the date to be an error. Both photo postcards come in very good condition.
Two QEII Cloth Marksman Badges Two good quality Queen’s crown sewn cloth marksman badges, the come in good but used condition, the green one having been over painted to brighten it up and show off more the largest red one measures 3 inches long.
Two Rare George IV Elgin Marble Medals Issued in commemoration of the Elgin marbles being located at the British museum these medals date between 1820-30, struck in a white metal showing the Royal arms to one side and a scene from the marbles on the reverse, a set of 48 were issued and mainly appear to be in the possession of museums here and America. They both are in an average condition and measure 47mm in diameter.
Two Repro German Badges. Navy & SS Two reproduction German Badges, one SS close combat badge and a Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser battle badge. Both in very good condition.
Two Very Large Aerial Photographs of WW2 Planes These large photo's measure a huge nearly 20 inches x 16 and they show the world famous Spitfire and Lancaster in flight, both are in good condition but have been displayed at some time using pins in the corners. These will come rolled in a tube.
Two Victorian Glass Sand Bells. Two small Victorian sand filled glass vessels, one is a tube shape filled with coloured sand in layers, the other is more interesting and this one is filled with coloured sands to make an image of the Isle of White Needles. This latter one still has its original paper label on the bottom. One measures 3.25 inches and the other measures 2.5 inches.
Two Victorian Hampshire School Medals. Two solid bronze school medals for the county of Hampshire. There are very attractive showing on the front, Queen Victoria’s crown and the Hampshire rose. Awarded for perfect attendance. Both are in very good condition and measure; 1.5 inches in diameter.
Two Vintage Carved Wood Figural Bottle Stoppers one Articulated These two carved wood bottle stoppers probably come from the ‘Anri’ factory in Italy which was established in the early part of the last century and continued beyond the second world war. The smaller one of the two is an Alpine gentleman, he is smoking a pipe which is hollow and links through to the cork forming a pouring spout, he has damage to his hat and measures 4.5 inches long. The other chap is articulated, a string at the back makes his head move from side to side and also his arm to saw across the bow, he is in good order and measures 5.25 inches long.
Two Vintage Early Shipping Collectables Here are two early shipping company items, the first is a letter card sent from aboard ship in this case the S.S. Bendigo, it is marked ‘Peninsular & Oriental steam navigation company’ or P&O as we know it now, it was sent in October 1934 as a brief postcard which pulls out into 5 shots of the ship and its interior. The second item is a ships lapel pin, made from brass and enamels it has KR top left which I have not been able to trace, most likely a steam ship company, comes in very good condition and measures 2.25 inches long.
Two Vintage German Award Medals Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is a shooting award dated 1977 made by Paul Kramer of Neuchatel Medal two is a round pewter type disc and was a distinction award made by HugueninLe Locle Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage German Award Medals Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is a round disc with the figure of Mercury on made by Huguenin le locle, one word in the title translates as ‘shooting section’ Medal two is dated 1951 and again looks to be a shooting prize, made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage German Award Medals (Bird & Cabin) Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is a round disc dated 1961 with a Heron type bird with ‘Carabiniers Brog’ over made by Huguenin Le Locle Medal two is dated 1975 and is a heavy bronze type disc with a mountain cabin on, on the ribbon bar it has ‘2.int. volksmarsch kleinwangen 1975’, made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage German Award Medals (carabins and orges) Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is dated 1958 and appears to be a shooting distinction award it shows a historical figure with a rifle made by Huguenin Le Locle. Medal two is round again with an historical figure with a rifle, dated 1977 it is also a distinction award made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage German Award Medals – woman and rifles Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is dated 1950 and is a large oval showing a woman tied to a post and she appears to have a number of arrows sticking out of her, a substantial medal made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel Medal two is odd shaped and shows two types of rifles and I think the location of ‘Fetigny’ on the medal ribbon is ‘auszeichnung’ which translates as ‘award’, made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage Military Kitchen Utensils Possibly military issue and suitable for a museum set up, here we have a wood handled meat cleaver a good solid piece with plenty of years left in it, together with a wood handled herb chopper also with plenty of life left in it, both come in good but used condition needing a clean.
Two Vintage Models – HMS Hood and the Bismarck A destined pairing as the Bismarck was responsible for sinking the Hood in 1941, these are small but well detailed models made from plastic, they each measure 8.25 inches long and come in good but used condition.
Two Vintage Scout Movement Badges The first of these badges is a hallmarked silver example, it dates from 1937 and has a makers mark of D.G.C. for Daniel George Collins a London maker, it has ‘thanks badge’ on the front and was awarded to adults who gave service to the Scout movement, this badge changed in styles over the years have 10 variants, this is type 8, it comes in very good condition just needing a good clean and measures just over one inch long including the jump ring. The second Scout badge is a lapel pin made from brass with enamels, it has ‘verberedt’ along the bottom, I assumed a foreign scout connection but cannot track this down, it does not appear to be Latin so I’ll leave it up to you to sort out, the pin comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Two Vintage Swiss Award Medals Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is a round bronzed disc dated 1973 and seems to be to do with a tunnel, made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Medal two is dated 1978 and is a round silver disc showing a man blowing an alpine horn, made by the same maker. Both are in super condition.
Two WW1 Era Photographic Postcards Fargo Camp 1913 These two photographic postcards just pre-date WW1, they each show group shots of Fargo camp in 1913 with the 12th company Army Service Corps. Both are in very good condition.
Two WW1 Era Postcards – War Bond Campaign Series Issued during the Great War to raise funds through the National war savings committee’s campaigns, the first is number one in the series and shows a tractor with a siege Howitzer the second is number 5 in the series and shows a heavy gun under camouflage, both cards are in good condition, some signs of age and have not been written on.
Two WW1 Era USA Postcards – Boys and Soldier Here are two United States postcards from the WW1 era, the first has two boys, a dog and a toy standing to attention the other a civil war style soldier, both are in very good condition and haven’t been written on.
Two WW2 Australian Interest Official Photographs – King's Visit Two interesting WW2 era official photographs, the first shows two Australian soldiers with a British soldier in the middle and in front of them a signed Union Jack, my guess is the flag is being presented by the Brit to the Ossies. The second picture has the official issue page stuck on the back, this reads, 'King visits Australian troops' 'the King this week paid a visit to Australian troops in Eastern Command', the photo shows the King walking amongst the Australian troops. Both pictures measure just under 8 inches x 6 and come in very good but used condition.
Two WW2 Era Air Training Corps Badges Here are two WW2 era air training corps badges, the first larger one in a white metal comes in super condition, it measures 1.5 inches in diameter and has a split pin on the back for fixing. The second smaller example is made from brass, carries the motto 'venture adventure' along the bottom, as far as I can tell there are four variations of this badge with the Eagle to the middle in different flying positions, this one also includes C1 above the bird, it measures one inch long and is in excellent condition.
Two WW2 Era USA Comedy Postcards Here are two United States postcards from the WW2 era, the first has civilians passing through a supply room and coming out in their first ever uniform, the second is a warning from home about having to much fun abroad, both are in very good condition and haven’t been written on.
Two WW2 Field Dressings Two field dressings, one dated 1939 and produced by the Home Office for use by the air raid precautions department, the larger of the two it comes in very good condition, the second is marked 'joint services' and carries instructions for use in English to one side and French to the other, comes in good condition.
Two WW2 German Memorial Death Cards to Brothers These two memorial cards commemorate the deaths of brothers Michael and Georg Biberger. Michael who was 34 when he died on the 18th February 1945 in a field hospital was a mechanic in the Panzer regiment, Georg was only 20 when he died on 10th November 1943, he was a soldier. Unusual to find family death cards, Michaels is in very good conditon, georg's is a little worn.
Two WW2 German Tank Postcards These are interesting postcards, issued during WW2 from a manufacturer in Berlin, they appear to have been taken from original drawings and each has what appears to be a signature of the artist bottom right of the card. One shows a camouflaged Panzer tank and the other has on the back what roughly translates as 'exploration after Dubrowska', there is a town in Poland called Dubrowska. Both cards are in very good condition and have not been postally used.
Two WW2 Home Guard Instruction Booklets Here are two interesting booklets issued to the home guard, the first is dated 1943 and is numbered 51 in the series and covers ‘battlecraft and battle drill and also the organization of the home guard defence. The second one is dated 1944 and is number 63 in the series and covers the 2 pounder anti-tank gun. Both come in very good but used condition.
Unusual Antique Shot Flask, Horn with Leather This is an unusual shot flask and I cannot find a comparison, sadly there are no makers marks which would have helped, at first glance it appears a regular leather covered shot flask but as the leather has shrunk and moved with age you can see that the body is made from horn, the edges have been finished with metal and then leather covered, the top end fitments are brass, it has a flat back and a distinct domed front. Condition wise its not at its best, the metal clip on the top doesn’t work and the leather has a large hole on the back probably caused by storage over the years, it measures 7.25 inches long.
Unusual Boer War/ WW1 Cartridge Belt. A very unusual cartridge belt, it is made with leather with 25 large bore metal holders. The condition is old and used with an exstention to the leather belt, but it still retains it original brass buckle. It is not marked or dated, or if it was this has long since worn off. It measures 52 inches long and would fit up to a 48 inch waist.
Unusual Brass Ladies Compact Durham Light Infantry It is unusual I think to find a ladies compact with a Military connection, perhaps done as a gift for a loved one, this compact is made from brass and has been set with the badge for the Durham Light Infantry to the front. Inside the compact is also quite unusual, as you open the lid an arm is raised up and along the mirror to clean it of residue powder. Comes in good condition, some marks to the outer case and it measures 3.25 inches x 2.25.
Unusual Cast Aluminium German U-Boat. (1) A very unusual and interesting item, one of two I am selling this week. This flat back casting of a German U-Boat, riding a wave on the surface of the sea, is made from Aluminium and has two small holes drilled into its body, to allow it to be mounted. I am not sure of age, I am not an expert on U-Boats, so I do not know the small differences between a WW1 from a WW2 U-Boat. This piece surly looks old enough to be from the WW1 era. I have no clue why it was made for, but it is nice quality and well made, although simple in design. It is in lovely original condition and it would look wonderful polished up and mounted on a nice piece of dark wood. It measures 8.25 inches long.
Unusual Cast Aluminium German U-Boat. (2) A very unusual and interesting item, one of two I am selling this week. This flat back casting of a German U-Boat, riding a wave on the surface of the sea. It is made from Aluminium and has two small holes drilled into its body, to allow it to be mounted. I am not sure of age, I am not an expert on U-Boats, so I do not know the small differences between a WW1 from a WW2 U-Boat. This piece surly looks old enough to be from the WW1 era. I have no clue why it was made for, but it is nice quality and well made, although simple in design. It is well patinated and looks like it has possibly been kept outside. This would look wonderful polished up and mounted on a nice piece of dark wood. It measures 8.25 inches long.
Unusual Gilded Metal & Enamel Women’s Auxiliary badge Dating probably between the wars this gilded metal and enamel badge has printed to the front ' women's auxiliary league licensed trade' as far as I can gather this was an association of ladies who established their league in 1918 to counter the activities of the women’s temperance movement and thus promote the interests of the licensed victuallers. Made by fattorini of Birmingham it measures one inch in diameter and comes in good condition with a few marks on the metal.
Unusual Made in the Field Swagger Stick This unusual swagger stick came with a parcel of items from a family who had a serving man in Gallipoli, it is understood by the family to have originated from there but to be honest I cant give proof that that is the case. The swagger stick is made from one piece of bamboo painted black, the knobbly top lending itself to being painted to resemble a face and head. Comes in good condition, the bottom being a little rough. Measures 29.5 inches long.
Unusual Trench Art Brass Shell Vases, possibly made by the Turks during the first world war, they are quite plain with no decoration just a small area of what looks to be Arab writing, they are both in very good order measuring 4.5 inches high.
Unusual Victorian Cameo Carved Cowrie Shell – Lovers Poem This took some doing, to cameo carve a cowrie shell leaving the words proud in the form of a love poem is just incredible, the poem is about remembering somebody and above and below are carved birds, it comes in very good condition and measures 3.5 inches long.
Unusual Vintage Art Deco Style Concertina Cigarette Case Here is an unusual cigarette case, made in the Art Deco style, but dates from the 1950's. it is hinged with springs to make it a concertina within which the cigarettes were placed, to be fair its not the most practical of designs but all the more rare for its design. The condition is very good with some light surface scuffs.
Unusual Vintage Merchant Navy Shipping Line Bullion Cloth Badge This Merchant Navy cloth badge has gold bullion crossed anchors, to the centre is a silver and enamel badge with MYCCA to the centre, the closest I can get is that this relates to a shipping line, it has a good age and could be just after the great war, comes in fair condition, it has been on a uniform and a few bits of the gilt chain is missing, it measures 2.75 inches x 2.
Unusual Vintage White Metal Kris Knife Brooch This is something different, made from a white metal but most likely silver this vintage brooch is in the shape of a Kris. Measuring 2.75 inches long the piece comes in very good condition just requiring a clean.
Unusual WW1 Regimental Orders Humerous Postcard The day to day itinerary of the day in camp has been set down to the titles of well known hymns, ranging from Reveille to O.O rounds. Comes in very good condition.
Unusual WW2 Aluminium Grip Machete. A wonderful piece of kit, this substantial Machete has a heavy bolo type blade which is made of Steel which has been chrome plated, this plating is original to the manufacturer of the blade, as it goes beyond the level of the grip. The blade comes in one piece and the bottom part is sandwiched between two aluminium scales to form a bird’s head type grip. The ricasso has a date stamp of 1943, with some numbering over the top, the numbering is now worn and hard to see. I can find anything quite like this one, either in my books or on the internet. If it had a sheath, it is now missing and apart from a small area on the blade where the plate has pitted, and little rust spot is showing, this piece is in fabulous condition. It measures 19.25 inches long
US Armoured Division Cloth Badge, for the 2nd/196th Armoured division, it is in perfect condition, it has some residue of paper on the back, where it was once stuck into an album.
US Army 86th Infantry Cloth Patch, good quality WW2 badge for the ‘Black Hawk’ division, which is as new and unused.
Various American, Western Gun Etc A nice mixed lot of USA based items to include: a plastic replica Western style hand gun, non firing film prop, quite a good looking replica, in a cabinet it looks like the real thing, but this one has the trigger missing. Also a small stars and stripes linen flag, 4 1962 first day issue colourful envelopes for the American civil war, 4 vintage Gettysburg postcards and a Wild West picture story book. All you see in the pictures, sold as seen. UK shipping only. Ref Lot 15
Various Vintage St Johns Ambulance Insignia. Cloth shoulder patches for London and Norfolk brigades, plus metal badges and other insignia, some cadet. All in very good condition.
Very Attractive Silver Three Branch Candelabra. A beautiful piece of vintage sterling silver, this three branch candelabra comes in excellent condition showing no damage or wear what so ever. It has a full English hallmark for Birmingham 1976 and it carries the makers mark of S&M for Sanders & Mackenzie. A very good maker of quality silver items since 1911. To show this piece is of excellent quality, each piece of the candelabra is marked with the sterling mark, the Lion passant and the date letter of ‘B’ in italic. Also the middle sconce unscrews and the branches can be removed and the middle sconce screwed back on to form a single candlestick. Also a good feature for cleaning. It measures 9.25 inches high x 10 inches wide.
Very Good Lot of 12 WW2 Official War Office Photo's Here are 12 large sized official release war office photo's with some very interesting subjects including: front line pics from the battle of Egypt with German POW's, the British capture of Bardia with Italian POW's, a crashed Italian aircraft shot down at Tobruk, tanks in the desert, high ranking officers, an Italian seaplane partially submerged at Tobruk, in the Western desert outside Derna with guns pounding at the defence of the town, first aid for an Indian casualty in El Alamein battle, surgery in progress in North Africa. they all come in very good condition with only some signs of age and roughly measure 8 x 6 inches.
Very Interesting WW2 British Fascist Badge and Flyer These two items came together from a house clearance and have taken a bit of work to piece together but once sorted give a glimpse into early WW2 history. The paper flyer is entitled 'Germany's peace terms' and is you would think to do with the end of the war but in fact dates from early 1940, it details what Germany wanted in order to call an armistice and is basically ' we want our cake and to eat it'. The man responsible for this revelation was the Marquess of Tavistock better known as Hastings Russell the 12th Duke of Bedford who attended a meeting with the German legation in Dublin and drafted the document following. Hastings Russell had strong ties with many high ups in the British Union of Fascists including Oswald Mosley and only narrowly missed being interned for his right wing political beliefs, saved only by his position in the nobility. So the flyer is propaganda at best but very interesting and I think rare, comes in super condition. The black and enamel badge dates from the early 1930's and is known as the second pattern, the first pattern having the King's crown over and the third pattern having a cross inside of the Tudor rose, this one is marked Gaunt of London and has 'registration applied for' on the back. These badges were worn by the Blackshirts, members of the Fascist party up to late 1940. It comes in a numbered box but I dont think it is its box of issue, measures one inch in diameter and is in very good condition.
Very Interesting WW2 Pair Etc to Gunnery Sjt Mjr &WO ATS. An interesting lot relating to W/27407 Serjeant Major later Warrant Officer Joan Russell Brown ATS. Joan Isabella Russell Brown was born November 9th 1921 in Tientsin China. Her father was a diplomat working for the British government. She enlisted into the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the December of 1939 and was trained as an expert assistant (Gunnery) with the Royal Artillery. She must have served her training on the ack ack guns possibly with the 26th AA brigade, as this booklet came with her things. She must have proved very capable as she was promoted to Company Serjeant Major and then to Warrant Officer II class, the latter around the end of 1940 and then she was then transferred to the MOD Experimental Establishment at Shoeburyness in Essex. Here heaven knows what she got up to or on what new bombing inventions that were being tested by the MOD. Shoeburyness has had an Artillery garrison there since the roman time, a very important spot, the entrance to the Thames estuary, vital to the defence of the the country. What when on there during the war, is still not in the public domain. She is included in a Photograph album containing 58 photographs relating to the Auxiliary Territorial Service Experimental Gunnery Assistants, Experimental Establishment, Shoeburyness, 1940-1941. At the National Army Museum, but several emails to them asking to purchase copies have gone unanswered. (Their catalogue number 1995-01-47). She was discharged from the ATS in 1943 under the termination of period of enrolment, her service conduct is classified as ‘Exemplary’. Which is all very strange. If she left to get married, which happened a lot, it would say in her service book. Being classed as an expert or XP in her field, why was she let go in the middle of the war, with no sign of the war ending. I have been collecting and researching woman’s medal groups for years and I believe she was discharged and entered into a civilian roll, possibly with an organisation like the SOE. But all of this is my opinion and I have no research or proof of this. This all left to do. I have toyed with placing this wonderful little group in my own collection, but with all of the rest waiting my attention, I doubt I will ever get around to her, which is a shame. It comes with various original insignia and two group photographs, aircraft recognition booklet and of course her service and pay book. For all contents, please see pictures.
Very Interesting WW2 South African Officers Group to Captain Stevens. Captain John Charles Stevens had a most fascinating service history throughout the Second World War and before, he served with the South African Engineer Corps, as well as in the ranks of the 19th Field Company SEAC in east Africa and Abyssinia and in the western dessert and North Africa 1941-42. He was commissioned in October 1943 where he was attached to British forces for active service in Italy with the 111 workshops royal engineers. With this group comes a considerable amount of paperwork from the SADF archives Pretoria dating back to 1931 when Stevens was a rigger in the Transvaal Air training squadron, South African Air Force. He was born in Birmingham 20th march 1913, his family emigrated to south Africa to live in Johannesburg, he was educated at the King Edward VII school Johannesburg and the local Technical college, here he completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner with sage & co Shop Fitters, Johannesburg. His first job was as an architectural draughtsman for a building contractor and then as an estimator and quantity surveying with a timber and joinery firm in Durban His records show he captained the Cricket, Soccer, Hockey and baseball teams of the old Edwardians in the 1930’s and he had worked his passage aboard a union castle liner from Cape Town to London in 1934. As mentioned, included are copies of this man’s service papers, so briefly, here is his service history, ACF training with the south African air force 1931-32, active service as a sapper & corporal with the 19th field park coy SEAC for a year in Abyssinia and east Africa, 15 months service in the middle east, officer cadet from December 1942, 5 months at the military college undergoing training courses at Robberts Heights, then onto engineering courses with SAEC, Spitskop which included courses on Defences, Gas training, Bridging, water survey and demolitions. From 1943 – 45 he was captain with the Royal Engineers until the end of the war, serving again in North Africa and Italy, after the war Stevens took up residency in Nyasaland. The medals are the officially named South African issues except the Italy star which is a British issue, named to 235081 J C Stevens. So full medal entitlement 1939-45 star, Africa star, Italy star 39-45 war medal and the Africa service medal which is solid silver. The medals are all in excellent condition a few minor contact marks where they were once mounted, this group also came with a SA cap badge and KAR shoulder titles, I am not sure how these items relate to this man, but I have included them never the less, there may be info in his service documents which I didn’t pick up, as I only had a quick read through, so I am sure there is a lot more to uncover regarding this man.
Very Pretty Early 20thC Mappin & Webb Three Piece Cruet Made by one of the most famous of manufacturers Mappin and Webb this super quality silver plate and cut glass cruet has three functions, salt, pepper and mustard. All of the glass pieces have engraved decoration, the pepper and mustard have silver plated tops and the open salt comes with a Victorian hallmarked silver spoon and the mustard with a plated spoon. All bits are in very good condition however the Victorian silver spoon is not in very good condition, it has been left in salt at some stage which has corroded the bowl. It stands 3.25 inches at the highest point of the handle.
Very Pretty Hallmarked Silver Cameo Brooch – Chester 1921 This very well carved cameo has been mounted in a hallmarked silver frame, it is clearly marked for Chester 1921 and has the makers mark for Ward Brothers. It has the original pin on the back and a hanging loop so it can be worn as a pendant, comes in super condition with no chips or cracks to the cameo and measures 1.75 inches long.
Very Pretty Naval Themed Silk Head Scarf An unusual item, this pretty silk head scarf has been printed with all of the various Navy services around the outer edge and various expressions relating to the Navy to the centre. It comes in very good condition and measures 24 inches square.
Very Rare 18th century Anti French Satirical Half Penny Token. A very good example of this very rare token issued in 1794 to be used as small coinage. On one side it has an image of a foot and the words around it read; ‘A map of France’ there is also a square of rope and in each corner the words ‘FIRE’ inside the square also has words written, ‘Throne, Honour, Glory and RELI/GION written as so. On the reverse has a sunburst, a symbol of the French King Louis and the words ‘May Great Britain Always Remain the Reverse’. On the rim of the coin it has ‘payable in London, Bristol and Lancaster, so it was possibly in circulation from the 1890’s to the early 1900’s. It is in very good condition for this coin, formally in my own collection but I have just managed to upgrade, it is a very rare coin, full of 18th century political sarcasm which is a bit lost over time but shows the feeling towards the French republic at the time.
Very Rare Boer War Era Crested Ware Hull Memorial Statue Issued by ‘Waterfall china FCC’ to commemorate the fallen from the Boer war who originated in Hull, this piece bears the arms for Hull to the front and is a copy of the Hull Boer war memorial that stands in Paragon square, it reads to the side, ‘erected to the memory of the men of Hull who fell in the late South African war’. The piece stands 6.25 inches tall and comes in superb condition, some light wear to the gilding but no chips or cracks.
Very Rare Manwoods OTC Swagger Stick Manwood's public school was and still is based in Sandwich Kent, as with all public schools when war came they trained their young men to be officers and the officers proudly carried their swagger sticks. This example has the schools arms with Manwood OTC under, it has a bendy Bamboo cane with white metal mounts, comes in very good condition, one dent and some dings to the ball top. It measures 27.25 inches long.
Very Rare Vintage The City Whistle with Penknife from Singapore Having researched this piece I have found it very difficult to find examples, the famous whistle manufacturer Hudson was known to have produced a whistle with a combined pocket knife in 1907 and the design was copied by their main competitor De Courcy but nowhere can I find an example made in Singapore, it was also a short lived design as I think the mechanism for the knife reduces the function of the whistle. That being said I am more than confident that this whistle dates from the Edwardian period circa 1910 or earlier, it is a silver plated example and to the front it has ‘the city whistle patent London, P.M. Sultan & Co No46 Kling street Singapore’. The knife fits into the side and pulls out like a regular penknife. Condition wise it is fair, the whistle has wear to the high points, the knife blade was originally silver plated but this has mostly worn off and the blade has some rust, there is the residue of a plated chain to the top. The whistle measures 3.25 inches long and is 5.25 inches long with the blade extended.
Very Rare WW1 Childs Kaiserliche Marine Cap. A beautiful and very rare cap worn by the young boy apprentices of the German navy from 1872 to 1918. This piece comes in just wonderful condition, as a dress cap it wouldn’t have been worn very often and even less at a time of war. It is made of a dark blue wool material and it still has its original Deutschland cap tally and its original cockade. The inside is also in very good order, you can see it has been worn but beautifully looked after. I wonder what happened to the young boy who owned this cap, did he graduate into the navy and serve at Jutland or any other sea battle. A very fine piece of German youth memorabilia in remarkable condition.
Very Rare WW1 Era De Havilland 6 Propeller Clock The De Havilland 6 was used extensively throughout the first world war, initially as a training craft but subsequently for many uses including home guard duties and off shore reconnaissance for submarines, decommissioned in 1918 many were scrapped but others found their way into civilian hands and had a useful life. This solid mahogany propeller is from a De Havilland 6 and is marked accordingly on the base, the marks are punched into the wood and read, 'DEC LP. 790.LH ...HP RENAULT ...AVILLAND.6' part of the wording has been erased where the base has been squared off so that it stands flat. The DH6's had a Renault engine used from 1917. The face of the clock has been studded with 8 bullet ends each individually marked 1917. The clock movement is a key wind which is included, I have had it running and it runs very well, appears to keep good time, there is a time advance and retard on the back of the movement. This is a solid piece of wood and is very heavy, it comes in wonderful condition, there are a couple of small chips to the wood on the face but otherwise it is excellent. It measures 10.5 inches high and is 13 inches wide at the base. The ultimate 'man cave' item.
Very Rare WW1 era Don Cossack Medal. A very rare Russian Don Cossack silver medal which tests around .830-.850 grade silver, given to the Don Cossack regiments for their service in the Russian civil war 1917 to 1922. The Don Cossacks came from a region of southern Russia and had a rich military tradition, playing an important part in the historical development of the Russian Empire and successfully participating in all of its major wars, including Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. In 1916, over 1.5 million Cossacks enlisted to fight in World War I, but they were disbanded on Russian soil in 1918, after the Russian Revolution, but the Don Cossacks when on to serve with the White Army fighting against the Bolshevik Red Army during the civil war, still loyal to the crown. When the new Soviet regime took over the people of the Don Cossack region were either killed, deported or were left to starve during the Russian famine of 1932-33. This medal comes in excellent condition and has been residing in my own collection for around 10 years, it comes on its original ribbon, which is a little tatty but it is impossible to find a replacement. An interesting medal which very seldom come on to the market.
Very Rare WW2 Era Italian Bruno Mussolini Commemorative Medallion Researching this badge returned some very interesting results, the only example that was for sale (sadly already sold) was coming from Italy (a straight google of the legend around the badge will take you there) and to quote the write up ‘this is perhaps the rarest of medallions of the Italian Littorio youth camps and the most sought after by collectors’. Bruno Mussolini was the son of the infamous Benito and was a very highly though of pilot in the Italian airforce, he was killed in a plane crash in 1941 during a training flight, this badge was produced in memorium to him. It is made from a white aluminium metal and carries the makers mark of Picchiani & Barlacchi of Florence on the reverse . A rarity which comes in very good condition, some very light surface marks and measures just over 1.5 inches in diameter.
Very Rare WW2 War Service Aircraft Production Badge Issued in very small numbers to important members of staff from private companies involved with war work making, repairing and developing aircraft for the country. This white metal and enamel badge was made by Fattorini of Birmingham, it might be for the Westland company but I have another example for this factory that is different so this could be an unidentified (by me) factory. It comes in very good condition, there is a small loss to the red enamel on the left side of the shield, it measures just over 1.5 inches long.
Victorian 1895 Pat Infantry Officers Sword. Scarce VR Cypher A very good 1895 pattern infantry officer’s sword with the VR cypher. You don’t see too many of these, they are all usually the 1822 pattern or the 1895 pattern swords are marked with the GVR cypher. This one is a nice example, the hilt is nickel-plated sheet steel, half-basket style, with a Ray skin grip wrapped with twisted silver wire; as mentioned already it has queen Victoria’s VR cypher set in to the basket. Because this is about as early as you are going to get this pattern, there is no the ball finial on the pommel. Dating this sword from 1896 to 1902. The blade is deeply etched with the royal crown, cypher and coat of arms. The etching is still nice and clear if just lightly stained; but is is clear from any rust or heavy pitting. At the Ricasso, on one side is the proof mark, an inset brass button and on the other side is the makers mark of; Edward Thurkle of Soho, London. One of the best British Sword makers of the period. This sword has some slight damage apart from what is already highlighted. The basket has some very fine pitting and the Ray skin on the grip has a number of flea bites to the edge, but for all this please see pictures It has a leather scabbard with a ling metal Chape and metal throat. The scabbard is also in good order with no damage.
Victorian 1st Royal Dragoons Cap Badge. A superb Victorian bi-metal badge in use for only a short time from 1898 until 1901. This one is in wonderful condition, even though it has been issued and used. It now has a lovely tone and looks like it has never been polished since it was last used. Ref, W18
Victorian 4th Irish Dragoon Guards Brass Button Sweetheart Brooch A good Victorian button for the 4th Irish dragoon guards which has been converted on the back to be worn as a sweetheart brooch, made by Firmin of London it comes in good condition and measures just under one inch in diameter.
Victorian Afghanistan Medal 3rd Sikh’s. A beautiful medal showing a column of Indian Cavalry, in front an Indian Elephant caring a canon on it’s back, one of the nicest designed medals of the Victorian era, in my opinion. This one has the Kabul clasp and was awarded to Sepoy Mohkum Din of the 3rd Sikh Infantry. This medal was awarded to those who fought in the second Afghan war of 1878 to 1880. The 3rd Sikh Infantry Regiment well known for their dauntless daring, courage, loyalty and tenacity, is one of the oldest Regiments of the Army; it traces its origin to the middle of the 19th century when the first Mazhabi soldiers were recruited into the British Indian Army. This medal comes in superb condition, showing little or no wear and its only fault is, it has a few very tiny little knocks to the edge, but I’m being picky. An interesting medal with a lot of history to one of the most decorated of Indian regiments.
Victorian Afghanistan Miniature Medal. A period miniature silver Afghan medal with Kandahar clasp. A beautiful miniature it has swivel suspender and its original silk ribbon. It is in excellent condition with no damage.
Victorian Albert Hall Exhibition Medallion. An interesting exhibition medallion dated 1872, these were made in three grades, silver, bronze and silver plated base metal, this one is the latter. Struck at the exhibition, this was the first exhibition held at the Albert Hall from its opening in 1971. It comes in excellent original condition with just light wear to the high points. It measures just under 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Boer War Porcelain Ribbon Plate General Buller Made most likely in the Staffordshire potteries this style of commemorative plate comes in many designs, as a ribbon plate they are always pierced around the edge and would have been strung with a bright coloured ribbon and hung on a wall. This one has a coloured picture of General Sir Redvers Buller to the centre with I am assuming the artist name under his shoulder of Knight, Aldershot. Comes in lovely condition with just some light wear to the gilding. Measures 9 inches in diameter.
Victorian Boer War Porcelain Ribbon Plate Lord Roberts Made most likely in the Staffordshire potteries this style of commemorative plate comes in many designs, as a ribbon plate they are always pierced around the edge and would have been strung with a bright coloured ribbon and hung on a wall. This one has a sepia picture of Field-Marshal Lord Roberts V.C. To the centre with the motto 'Always to the front!'. Comes in lovely condition with just some light wear to the gilding. Measures 8.5 inches in diameter. Was £15
Victorian Boer War Print ‘A Wounded Comrade’. A beautiful Victorian coloured print showing a scene from the Boer War of a cavalryman tending his horse’s wounds. It comes in its original oak frame with gilt strips, although it has been remounted at some point, but this has been very nicely done to highlight the print itself. A charming Victorian picture, fit to grace any wall, military collector or not; the outer frame measures 27 inches x 23.
Victorian Brass and Leather Bound Three Draw Field Telescope Here is a good probably mid Victorian in date brass and leather bound three draw field telescope, there is no makers mark that I can find, the optics are very good and you can focus it easily, it comes in fair condition with cosmetic issues, the main bottom barrel has three dents, this has no effect on its performance, some of the leather shows signs of age and use but it comes complete with its top and bottom lense covers, the lenses themselves could do with a clean. It measures 11 inches closed and 29 fully extended.
Victorian Brass Footman Trivet. A good Victorian brass footman, pierced brass with four cabriole legs. In their day used for standing hot pots, irons and kettles, now great for using as display stands for all kinds of items and a nice item to use to elevate pieces in the back of a display cabinet. It measures 10 x 5.5 x 4 inches high.
Victorian Brass String Holder & Scissors. A highly decorated Victorian brass string holder. As there was no Sellotape, string was used a lot and by every household. This is quite a posh example of a string holder come dispenser, which still retains the scissor holder and scissors on the side. It comes in very good usable condition, measuring 5.5 inches high x 4 inches in diameter.
Victorian Bronze Sea Gallantry Medal. A rare Victorian medal originally authorised by parliamentary legislation under the terms of the merchant shipping act of 1854 and 1894. The former gave monetary rewards for life saving at sea, from 1855 this was changed into the award of this medal. There were two category’s, it was given for gallentry where the rescuer placed their own life at risk or for humanity, where the risk to life was minimal. These early medals were table medals and not for wearing, later silver medals were awarded suspended on a ribbon. This medal was the one awarded for gallantry, the difference in the two, is found in the inscription around the outside of the reverse of the medal. “Awarded by the Board of Trade for Gallantry in Saving Life” This one is an original issue but has not been engraved to a recipient. most were issued named, so I think this one may be an original proof. The rim is clean and free from any marks, so I can confirm 100% it has not been erased. A rare example of this medal. The condition is very good, but it has been stored uncased, so it shows some wear and some dirt build up. If only it had been kept in its original case and kept in mint condition, this would be a very valuable medal indeed. As it is, still rare and a great example for anyone who collects gallantry or lifesaving medals. As will all my items, this medal comes with a full money back guarantee that it is described as genuine. It measure just over 2.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Cabinet Photograph of two Norfolk Police Constables. A wonderful photo to study the uniforms of the day. It has writing on the back, please see pictures. It is in very good condition, no fading, but it has the bottom corner missing, as you can see, this doesn’t detract anything from the photo.
Victorian Crimea Medal Unnamed? An interesting Crimea medal awarded for service during the Crimean War of 1853-56. This one for the most part is unnamed, that is, it has the letters NARD at the start of where the naming should be. This is in official impressed lettering and then the naming stops. The rest of the medal has not been erased, filed or polished off, it has just never been finished. This leads me to believe, it was a mistake. The guy impressing the medals to be awarded, made a mistake and the medal put aside and probably wasn’t issued. However, it looks issued, it has contact marks and an edge knock, so perhaps it was given as a replacement at some time. Either way, it is an oddity a small piece of official lettering and then blank. On the whole it is in good condition, it is dirty and comes on its original piece of ribbon, which is faded and also quite dirty, but a good unusual piece or a good gap filler with a difference.
Victorian Deceptive Bowl Drinking Glass Confession time.....I love glass and my particular favourite is drinking glasses, now at capacity its time to let some go from my own collection. This glass dating from the Victorian era is classed as a deceptive bowl, the idea being that it would hold less alcohol but would appear to be as full as other peoples glasses so that during the many toasts made during a meal the owner did not get drunk quite so quickly. It has panel cut decoration and the pontil has been polished out. Standing just over 4 inches tall it comes in perfect condition and rings like a bell (a sign of quality and condition).
Victorian Devonshire Regiment OR’s Helmet Plate A Devonshire regiment helmet plate, for the blue cloth home service helmet used from 1881 to 1901. Made of a brass alloy known as gilding metal, this comes in excellent original condition, it obviously has a little wear to the front of the plate, but the back still shows its original gilt finish. It also still retains its original red woollen felt backing on the detachable centre; a lovely piece of original Victorian insignia.
Victorian Doulton Burslem Bone China Plate. A beautiful flower moulded Doulton cabinet plate decorated with flowers in pastel colours which are tube lined in gilt. This is surrounded by a border of porcelain pearls arranged in daisy clusters further surrounded by a delicate gilt ground. It has the Doulton Burslem mark and a decorators mark on the back of the plate and the plate comes in perfect condition. It measures 9 inches in diameter.
Victorian Ebony Pocket Compass. A small Victorian compass in an ebony mount, fluid filled within glass. It comes in very good condition and the compass works very well with a little tap. It measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Enamelled Jubilee Shilling. A very nicely enamelled silver shilling dated 1897, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The obverse shows Victoria with the Jubilee crown, while the reverse, the royal crest is enamelled. It comes in very good condition, a tiny amount of loss to the enamel at 12 o clock.
Victorian Era Lead Bust of a German Officer with Pickelhaube Maybe a childs toy or perhaps a game piece this little lead bust of a German officer with pickelhaube stands just under 1.5 inches high, it has been hollow cast from lead and would have been painted in colours as residue blue, red and black can be seen faintly. Comes in good but used condition.
Victorian Glass Sand Bell. Carisbrooke Castle. How on earth did they do this? A Victorian popular curio from the Isle of Wight. These are hand blow glass vessels filled with sand to form interesting designs to complicated pictures, the ones with complex images can still fetch high prices. This one is a bell shape ornament filled with coloured sand to form the image of a castle surrounded by trees and fields, probably Carisbrooke Castle. It is in excellent condition and it still retains its original paper label on the bottom. It measures 4.5 inches high.
Victorian Hallmarked Silver Napkin Ring This is a very decorative Victorian hallmarked napkin ring, it dates rom 1892 and has the makers mark of E.M.L for the wonderfully named maker Edward Moses Levetus of Birmingham. The ring is decorated around the middle with trailing leaves and comes in superb condition, it measures just under 1.75 inches in diameter.
Victorian Indian Silver Mustard Pot. A beautifully repousse decorated silver mustard pot. It originates from a region of India and shows fruit pickers in a woodland village. It sits on four cloven feet and it has a hinged lid cut with a recess for a small mustard spoon. It is a very good gauge of metal and tests at around 7.8 grade of silver (Sterling grade 9.25). It comes in perfect condition and makes a lovely cabinet piece.
Victorian Khedives Medal 1882 The Anglo–Egyptian war is an interesting campaign to study, but in brief it all started when an Egyptian rebel army officer initiated a coup against Tewfik Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan in 1878,the Egyptians were very unhappy at their rate of pay, minimal compared to any European worker. The French and British declared their allegiance to the Khedive's authority; mainly due to our interest in the Suez Canal; after a riot occurred in Alexandria in the May 1882 that killed over 50 Europeans, the British sent a small fleet of war ships which bombarded the city of Alexandria; a large part of the city was destroyed partly by the bombardment and partly by the rebels that set fires to property so the British had nothing to take over. The medal comes in very good condition just some light blooming on the surface.
Victorian Lincolnshire Regiment Helmet Plate Centre. A good original badge which formed the centre to a home service helmet plate, this one is in poor condition as it was a metal detector find; I’m sure it could be easily restored back to its former glory.
Victorian Medal Trio to Grenadier Guards, Crimean War Interesting trio of medals awarded to 6470 Corporal Thomas Charles of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. The medals are the Victorian Long Service and Good Conduct medal correctly named to Charles, the Turkish Crimea medal, this is also correctly named to Charles and the Crimean War medal, this is an original erased medal which has been added because his original medal was lost. The medals comes with a copy of his service papers which gives the details below and two copy photographs of Charles with his old comrades, these are delightful and were obtained via the Grenadier Guards Museum. Also included are two very old letters written by his family, his Daughter I believe, to his old friends after his death, it appears that he was a Chelsea pensioner in later life; and lastly the best, an old original photograph of Thomas in full dress uniform; this is quite faded but is an image of him as a young guardsman so it must have been taken around the 1860’s by a professional portrait photographer, what a very rare thing to have accompanying Victorian medals. Thomas Charles was born 1829 in Cambridge, before joining the army he was employed as a labour, probably on local farms. He enlisted in to the Grenadier Guards in Cambridge 1853 at the age of 24 years; he served in the Crimean war earning two clasps, Alma and Sebastopol and in North Africa. Over all he served a total of 22 years earning the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Both of his original medals are in good condition for their age, the Crimea medal is also in very good condition but looks erased. It is unknown what happened to Thomas’s Crimea medal, one of the pictures featuring him clearly shows him wearing all three medals and the other picture was taken with, the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. A wonderful Victorian trio to a long serving Guardsman which could be further researched if wished, if not a great group for future investment.
Victorian Middlesex Volunteer Battalion Officers Cap Badge. A super quality heavy cast white metal (tests as 9.25 sterling silver but it has no hallmark) badge worn by an officer on the kepi type forage cap worn in the late 19th century. It has no swag at the bottom, which usually says ‘Albuhera’ because it is a volunteer or territorial battalion, so it carries no battle honour as the regular regiment does. Worn I believe by the officers of 7th, 8th and 9th battalions of the Middlesex regiment. It comes in superb condition with just slight wear to the high points. One pin may have been repaired on the back, it stands a little proud of the other. I think this is a very interesting and rare badge, but I can’t exactly say why. Why was it cast out of silver, it is not a cheaply made badge, as the quality of the front of the badge is quite superb. It needs a little research into the battalion’s history, I am sure it will throw up a reason why they had some badges made and issued this way. It measures approximately 2 x 2 inches.
Victorian Norfolk Regiment officers Uniform & Helmet. A very rare full dress uniform for an officer in the 2nd volunteer battalion Norfolk regiment, it comprises of the blue cloth home service helmet, this has all silver fittings including its original helmet plate; it has the owners name as ‘Arnold’ inside on a paper label, I have tried to research this officer but there are a couple of possibility’s with the same name; the helmet is in excellent condition, showing some wear, but this is only conclusive of its age. The tunic, this is beautiful scarlet Melton woollen cloth, embellished with silver bullion ornamentation, silver buttons and collar dogs; the tunic is in just wonderful condition showing only a little wear. Lastly the trousers, these are mohair and again in superb original condition dark blue/black with a red pinstripe down the outside legs. All three pieces are 100% guaranteed original and come from my own collection; they come completely untouched and in original condition, the silver parts are now toned, these are easily cleaned if desired but it was something I just never got around to doing. As you can see from the pictures it displays really well, this is a rare uniform of museum quality being sold for just the price of the helmet. More pictures available on request.
Victorian North Lancashire Regiment OR’s Helmet Plate. A Victorian Loyal North Lancashire regiment helmet plate, for the blue cloth home service helmet used from 1881 to 1901. Made of a brass alloy known as gilding metal, this comes in excellent original condition, it shows only a little wear to the front of the plate and it has a wonderful mellow patina. It also still retains its original red woollen felt backing on the detachable centre; a lovely piece of original Victorian insignia.
Victorian Officers 1895 Pattern Levee Dress Sword. A Victorian officers dress Levee or Levy sword, these were straight bladed light weight versions of a particular pattern of sword, worn with the number one dress or for ceremonial duties; a little rarer than other officers sword of the period, as only officers of the regular army got to use them. This one is an 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with Queen Victoria’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted silver wire. It has a typical thin blade and it is a little usual to see etching to the upper part of the blade on both sides, blades are usually found completely plain. It comes with its original metal scabbard. The condition is very good, just a few small faults; a small piece of the Ray skin is missing from the grip and the whole piece needs a light clean, it will come up beautiful. The blade is good and clean with just some light pitting to the tip. The scabbard is in good order, no rust but the patination is blotchy and needs cleaning back; or leave it just as it is for those who like to see things original and untouched. A cracking little sword in very good order overall.
Victorian Officers Epaulette Lieut –Colonel of the Militia. An interesting and rare Victorian officers bullion epaulette for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; this one has a small silver bullion ‘M’ to the bottom, this denotes he was an officer of the Militia. It also has a beautiful silver bullion and red velvet Victorian crown and a gold and silver bullion pip. It is in very good condition for its age and a rare find.
Victorian Owl Pounce Pot A delightful Victorian desk item, many mistake these as pepper pots, but they are in fact Pounce pots or sanders. They held a fine sand and when you had finished writing with you old quill or ink pen, it was sprinkled over the page, to stop the ink from blotting. This one is made of old Pewter in the shape of a wise old owl with red glass eyes. The head unscrews so you can refill your pot with pounce. It comes in lovely untouched condition, (never polished) and measures just over 3 inches high.
Victorian Papier Mache & Inlaid Snuff Box Like smoking in the early part of the 20th century almost everybody in the Victorian era took snuff and a large variety of containers where used to contain it. This example is made from papier-mache and has been black lacquered then inlaid on the edge and to the middle with a white metal inlay. It comes in good but used condition,one small area of damage on a side, measures 2.5 inches long. WAS £22
Victorian Pembrokeshire Police Hanger. Quite a scarce little sword dating from the late 19th century and worn by police and prison officers, this one is engraved on the blade ‘Pembroke County’. The condition over all is very good, a few little faults, (please see pictures) and no scabbard, but these dint use to be too hard to find, but then again it needs to be displayed with blade on show, which is probably how it got separated in the first place. A nice collectable sword.
Victorian Royal Marines Valise Back Pack Plate. A Victorian brass plate which fitted to the Valise or back pack of the Royal marines. Im not 100% sure of its date, but the latest it could be is from the 1880’s – 90’s. the condition is just superb, it has a little wear to the high points, but nothing that could be classed as damage. What is very important and quite rare is, it still has all its original fittings on the back. I can only find one other for sale at £120 with all the fittings missing. It measures 4 high x 2.5 inches wide.
Victorian Royal Worcester Porcelain Cabinet Plate. A beautiful Worcester Porcelain plate. Hand painted with flowers and foliage in green, pink and lilac with highlights and the border in gilt. On the back is the Royal Worcester factory mark with the date mark of ‘S’ for 1881. It comes in mint condition, showing no loss to the enamels or to the very fine gilt. It measures 9 inches in diameter.
Victorian Ships Brass Bell From The Wild Flower, Famed Rescue Vessel LT557, The Wild Flower was a fishing smack out of Lowestoft and on the 30th January 1895 was involved in a famous rescue involving the German passenger ship the SS ELBE. In late January of 1895 the SS Elbe was enroute from Germany to New York with 354 passengers aboard, by a combination of bad luck and poor seamanship on the part of the steamship Craithie sailing from Scotland to Rotterdam there was a collision 50 miles offshore on a wild and stormy night. The Elbe had been firing warning rockets but the Craithie either didnt see them or choose to ignore them and ultimately ran into the Elbe at 5.30 in the morning with such force that the Elbe was sunk within 20 minutes. Two lifeboats were scrambled but one overturned, the Craithie didnt stop to help and although damaged carried on her journey. To far from land and their distress rockets having gone unseen the people in the lifeboat looked doomed, fortunately for them the fishing vessel Wildflower came to their rescue and took the 20 surviving passengers and crew aboard just in time as the lifeboat was beginning to break up. The crew of the Wildflower were rewarded by Kaiser Wilhelm II with a gold and silver watch and £5. When the Wildflower ceased sailing the bell went into private hands, it was in the possesion of a Mr H.J. Finch who bequethed it to the Reydon Sea Scouts in October 1948, this information having been engraved on the side. (Reydon adjoins Southwold in Suffolk) ultimately it was housed in the British Legion in Southwold and when that closed came to me. The bell is in superb condition, it is missing its clapper but comes with its original bracket and it is seriously heavy. The bell is 8 inches in diameter and comes with a selection of paperwork detailing the Elbe and one has a picture of the Wildflower.
Victorian Silver & Mother-of-pearl Fruit Knife This is a lovely quality Victorian fruit or quill knife, the blade is clearly marked for Sheffield 1878 and the makers mark of JF for John Fenton. The handle is covered with mother-of-pearl and has a shield inset which has been engraved with the initials 'AD'. It comes in good condition, the main blade is straight and the hinge works well, there is a second smaller blade, this is not hallmarked and has the tip of the blade broken, the mother-of-pearl is in good order with one small break on each side. Measures 6.5 inches long with both blades open.
Victorian Silver & Turquoise Stick Pin. Originally a gent’s piece, probably worn on the lapel. Now it would look good as a ladies stick pin or gents tie pin etc, many uses. It is in the shape of a cross and when put through the garment, it looks like the bottom of the cross is coming out the other side. It is made of sterling silver (tested) and set with 16 Turquoise cabochons of various sizes. A lovely little piece of Victorian dress jewellery in good wearable condition, measuring 2.75 inches long.
Victorian Silver Blade & Mother-of-pearl Handle Fruit Knife A lovely Victorian example of a silver bladed fruit knife with a mother-of-pearl handle, the blade is clearly hallmarked for Sheffield 1895 and has the makers mark of HH for Hukin & Heath a highly respected Sheffield maker. The mother-of-pearl handle has pretty decoration on both sides and to the front is a silver cartouche which has been monogrammed with the name P.G. Bree. The condition is very good, the tip of the blade has been rounded with use and is slightly out of shape, the mother-of-pearl is in excellent condition. It measures 3.25 inches closed and 5.5 fully open.
Victorian Silver Hat Pin Cameronian's Officers Button This is a very pretty silver hatpin made from a button off a Cameronian officers jacket from the Victorian era. The button is applied to a long pin, comes in very good condition.
Victorian Silver Infantry Officers Whistle. A fabulous piece of early Victorian Officers Kit, dating from around 1840 - 60 these were worn on the cross belt by infantry officers such as officers of the Rifle Brigade and if you are a fan of ‘Sharp’, he wears one on his dark green uniform. This one is in superb condition, made of white metal and it is not hallmarked, there is makers details on the back of the lion head boss, please see pictures. This would look wonderful remounted on a leather cross belt, back where it belongs.
Victorian Silver Inlaid Steel Cigarette Box. An interesting piece showing the versatility of steel in the 19th century. The box is made from steel which has been blackened, done by heating and quenching in oil. The box has been hand engraved and inlaid with silver, very fine work. This is probably an old cigarette box, but it can really be used for anything. It comes in excellent condition, no loss to the silver, it measures 4.75 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches high.
Victorian Silver Ladies Swiss Fob Watch. A very pretty ladies Swiss fob watch, the beautifully engraved outer case and plain inner case, are both made of 9.35 grade silver and hallmarked with the grade of silver and the Swiss Bear mark. It has a white enamelled dial with Roman numerals; the dial is also decorated gilt which matches its gold coloured hands. It’s very good quality Swiss movement no longer works, but it will still make an excellent cabinet piece, cleaned up it will look wonderful, as the case, apart from light wear comes in superb condition. It measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Silver Pocket Watch, Chain, Fob and Key. A beautiful late Victorian Pocket watch. It has a very good Swiss movement, which has just been cleaned and serviced; this is housed in a Swiss 800 grade silver case. The case has been very finely engraved on the back with flowers and foliage surrounding a central shield cartouche. The white enamelled dial has roman numerals and delicate hand painted swag of foliage. This watch comes with its original sterling silver double Albert chain, this has the watch’s original key and a silver and gem stone swivel fob still attached. A superb timepiece in perfect working order and perfect condition, just back from being cleaned and serviced. It comes in a box for sending and keeping safe. Please note. Due to the many moving parts, I cannot guarantee any wristwatch, pocket watch or clock sold. I am not responsible for any damage once it has left my premises that may be due to tampering or misuse.
Victorian Silver Watch Chain with Indian General Service Medal. A very heavy solid silver watch chain with an original silver 1854 Indian General Service medal attached as a fob. The chain is very heavy gauge and every link is hallmarked with the Lion passant, some also have a maker’s mark and the round links have the date letter of a gothic X for 1897 and the anchor mark for Birmingham. It also has a solid silver swivel catch and ‘T’ bar, but these are not marked. They look original to the chain and test as 9.25 sterling silver. The medal is an original solid silver issue but all naming has been erased, although the overall condition of the medal is excellent. A beautiful cabinet lot showing very little wear apart from the swivel catch, this is worn and would probably need renewing if you intend to wear the chain. It measures 14 inches long.
Victorian Sterling Silver Button Brooch. A charming solid sterling silver (tested .925) button brooch. The face of the brooch has been very nicely engraved with ivy leaves and on the back is a long, sharp, silver pin. This lovely piece comes in perfect order and measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Suffolk Helmet Plate. For the Blue Cloth Home Service helmet, it comes in excellent condition for its age and nicely toned.
Victorian Suffolk Regiment Helmet Plate Centre. A superb blue cloth helmet plate centre in solid brass dating from around 1900. It comes in lovely original condition, a very good quality badge in solid brass; it has no damage but a good warm tone to to the front of the badge and good patination to the back.
Victorian Tooth Paste Pot Lid & Jar. Complete pot lid and jar for the Woods Areca Nut Tooth Paste. A great example of early advertising packaging. It comes in excellent condition with no restoration and measures; 2.5 inches in diameter.
Victorian Tunbridgeware Inlaid Cribbage & Card Storage Box A pretty box which could date as early as the Victorian era, used as a cribbage board with a lockable lid (sadly key is missing) to house the cribbage pieces, the lid is decorated with typical parquetry geometric square patterns and the body has a running band of minute applied wood squares. Given its age it is in good condition, there are a few faults on the lid conducive with age and use, it measures just over 9.25 inches long.
Victorian Un Decorated Police Truncheon Normally a straightforward item but this one has the makers name impressed into the top, it is a bit indistinct but you can make out ‘Field 22 Tavistock Street W.C’ this relates to the manufacturers of Parker Field & Sons who having changed names and locations finally ended up in Tavistock Street and by 1886 all partners and family had died and it is believed the business closed that year. Usually also these truncheons are painted or decorated, this one is not and would have been a work a day piece. It comes in good sound condition but shows signs of having given blows during its lifetime, measures just over 16.5 inches long and comes with what appears to be the original leather strap.
Victorian Uranium Cut Glass Wine Glass A super single wine glass in the rarer Uranium glass, it has been hand blown with a polished out pontil mark and heavy slice cut panels on the bowl, it comes in super condition and stands 5 inches high.
Victorian Volunteer Force Long Service Medal. This medal was awarded to OR’s for 20 years’ service and issued from 1894 to 1908 when it was replaced by the Territorial Efficiency Medal, so quite a short lived medal. This one is a very fine example of this medal, un-named as issued, it is in excellent original condition and on a length of its original silk ribbon.
Victorian White Metal British and Foreign Sailors Society Medallion Issued in 1888 this commemorative white metal medallion was given to commemorate 70 years of the British and foreign sailors society who had as their patron Prince Edward. It comes in fair condition, there are some dark stains on each side, it is a good sized medal measuring 1.5 inches in diameter.
Victorian/Edwardian Clarke’s Patent Pyramid Night Light Holder A lovely little ceramic dish made to hold a Clarke’s patent pyramid night light candle which then had a small domed shade over the top. Comes in super condition for its age with no chips and measures 2.25 inches in diameter.
Vintage 1960's Large Size Mosda 500 Cigarette case and Lighter The 1960's must have been the heyday for smoking! Enough to encourage someone to invent a massive combined cigarette case with built in lighter, this white metal piece measures just under 5.5 inches long and is 3.5 inches deep, the lighter which was run on petrol pulls out of the case for separate use. Comes in very good condition, the odd surface ding and the lighter looks like it was never used.
Vintage 19th Green Howards Silk Handkerchief A really pretty silk handkerchief hand sewn for the 19th regiment of the Green Howards, this regiment became part of the Yorkshire reg in 2006, it shows a Queen's crown and based on the style would date I think from the 1960's/70's. It comes in super condition with just a couple of very small pin holes to the centre. It measures 9 inches square.
Vintage 3 Piece Silver Plated Tea Set A very good condition vintage silver plated tea set consisting of the tea pot, sugar bowl and milk jug, marked to the base for A1 plate with the makers mark for the Adie Brothers, very good quality makers, other than requiring a light clean, it comes in very good condition, good and clean inside, so usable.
Vintage 48 Star United States Flag The design of the American flag with 48 stars was in use from 1912 to 1959 this I think is a later version of that flag but never the less is a well made printed on cotton version, it measures 32 x 22 inches and comes in very good condition with no holes, needs an iron tho’.
Vintage Austrian Handmade & Handpainted Lidded Stein A super quality heavy ceramic lidded tankard which was handmade and handpainted in Austria, to the front is a street scene from Innsbruck of Maria Theresien Strasse and around the sides it is heavily decorated with Eidelweiss. The base has impressed marks and a manufacturers sticker. It comes in super condition and stands approx. 10 inches high.
Vintage Bandelier & Clip. I have a few of these cloth bandoliers for sale and I’m throwing in a clip of five rounds of the same period to go with it. All priced to clear, when their gone, there gone.
Vintage Belgian Civil Decoration. A superb quality medal, silver, gilt and enamel, a first class decoration awarded for contributions to Belgium's economy in the industrial and agricultural areas. This beautiful little medal comes in perfect order and on its original ribbon with rosette.
Vintage Book Memorandum for Guidance Storehouse Staff - Navy Although issued and dated on the front cover for 1916 this book covers a time period certainly up to the late 1920’s, it is a guide issued by the Naval store officer to the storehousemen under his orders. There is a page of printed info with a blank page opposite, some of these blank pages have had type written or hand written notes stapled in. Comes in ok but used condition with a repair on the inside of the front cover.
Vintage Book – The Miles Aircraft Issued just post war this interesting book details the history and development of the Miles aircraft company, written by A.H. Lukins. 88 pages of text and pictures with specs of the various planes, comes in good but used condition, all pages present.
Vintage Bossun Head Figure American Civil War Drummer Boy Issued in 1986 by the Bossun factory this chalkware head is of an American civil war period drummer boy, well marked for the factory on the bottom and back. He comes in fair condition, typically these pieces have faults as the chalk body is so soft, he has a chip to his hat and also small flakes in other areas, he could be improved in the right hands, measures 5 inches long.
Vintage Boys Comic Collectable The Triumph Album of the Great War A scarce little scrap book, collected by young boys during 1930 from the Triumph comic a cut out and keep album highlighting all of the services throughout the Great war, from 'the flying fleet' through 'warship v submarine' and 'observation balloons and Zeppelins'. Virtually complete, I think one small pic is missing on the back page, condition good but thumbed and a bit grubby. Measures 5.5 inches x 4.
Vintage Brass Jambiya Dagger A nice old Jambiya, probably a tourist piece from the 1960’s or 70’s. It is very nicely decorated to the front of the hilt and scabbard, which is also embellished with copper wire décor. It has a good steel blade which has engraved decoration near the top, and on the back of the scabbard, is a solid brass belt loop. Quite a nice quality dagger, which will look great with a polish. It measures 15 inches long.
Vintage Brass Kent County Constabulary Special Constable Badge (kcc) A brass badge for a Kent County Council special constable, not sure of a date but must be post WW2, no makers mark, comes in good condition with signs of use and measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Vintage Brass Miniature Spirit Level An interesting piece housed in a pewter holder, there is no makers mark but the brass spirit level has its water and bubble and works perfectly, comes in good but used condition, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Brass Sheathed Jambaiya. A nice old Jambaiya, which must at least be over 50 years old. It is quite a good quality example and probably made for the tourist market. It has a decorated sheath, the knife has a wooden grip and brass pommel; it has a crude steel curved blade which fits nice and tightly in its sheath. This is a good collectable grade, not the best quality, but very attractive for display. It measures 17.5 inches long. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Vintage Bronze British Lion Letter Opener. A letter opener which has a steel blade and a handle in the form of a standing lion holding a shield, embellished with the Royal crest of Great Britain, in Bronze. A very attractive piece which comes in perfect condition and measures 9 inches long.
Vintage Bullion Merchant Navy Breast Patch A good vintage possibly WW2 era bullion breast patch for the Merchant Navy, comes in good but used condition with some discolouration to the bullion work, measures 3.25 inches long.
Vintage Bullion Royal British Legion Breast Badge A very well made gold bullion breast cloth badge for the Royal British Legion worn I’m sure with pride by an ex service person, it has a dark blue background attached to a black cloth backing, comes in super condition.
Vintage Burr Walnut Solid Wood Writing/Drawing Instruments Box A really pretty burr walnut box used to house writing and drawing instruments with a handy pen stand on the front, I’m not sure how old it is but it shows signs of age and use, measures 8.25 inches across the lid and comes in great condition.
Vintage Canadian 48th Highlanders Glengarry Badge A lovely vintage possibly WW2 era white metal badge with the motto Dileas Gu-Brath which means faithful forever. Comes in excellent condition showing only slight wear to the surface. Ref. U19
Vintage Cap Tally HMS Argonaut This super quality cap tally is sewn with gold coloured thread, issued for use on HMS Argonaut but possibly never worn. There was a WW2 Argonaut that was used up to 1955 then another of the same name which was a Leander class frigate was used from 1966-95, I'm not sure to which ship this tally belongs, it comes in super condition and measures 36 inches long. was £10
Vintage Carved Wood Sliding Book Holder A decorative and functional piece that keeps books upright and will slide open to accommodate more books, made from a reddish colour hard wood it has been carved with Maple leaves to the ends and a running pattern of flowers and leaves to the body, comes in super condition, measures just under 13 inches closed and 20 inches fully open.
Vintage Cast iron Glue Pot Possibly German I picked this up recently as it has what appears to be the German Nazi Swastika on the base but I’m not sure that this is relevant to the piece, it is basically a two part construction glue pot, glue crystals are added to the top pot and water to the bottom pot then it is boiled to melt the crystals, it would have had a hinged lid which is now missing, it stands 2.5 inches high.
Vintage Cast Iron Hound Dog Door Stop This lovely chap has been keeping one of my doors open for a number of years but now its time for him to go, he is made from cast iron and is possibly a Greyhound or similar. Comes in very good condition and measures just under 9 inches high.
Vintage Chesterman’s Tape Measure and an ‘Atlas’ Boxwood Ruler Two super vintage carpenters/workman’s tools, the first is a Chesterman’s of Sheffield red leather and brass fittings roll up tape measure and the second an ‘Atlas’ fold up boxwood 36 inch ruler, both come in good but used condition.
Vintage County of Lancashire Rifle Association Medallion A great bronze medallion issued by the County of Lancashire rifle association as a prize award, it has not been engraved and comes in its box of issue with a manufacturers name of John Bagshaw & Sons of Liverpool. Super unused condition and measures just under 1.75 inches long.
Vintage Cut Crystal Claret Jug. A beautifully cut glass claret jug, going on the quality, it must have come from one of the top manufacturers, such Stuart, Edinburgh etc. it was given as trophy at some point by the Arkley Golf Club as is has been professionally hand engraved with their arms. It comes in perfect condition and looks as if it has never been used. It measures 16 inches high and is far better than it looks in the pictures.
Vintage Die Cast Britain’s 4.7 Naval Gun No1264 This is a die cast Britain’s model 1264 4.7 Naval gun, this style was in production as early as 1905 and was produced for 60 plus years having the firing mechanism improved over the years, there appear to be a lot of these out there mostly boxed at very high prices, this one does not have its box and will be priced reasonably. It comes in good but playworn condition, some loss to the paint and the cover for the firing mechanism is rusty, it measures 7.5 inches long.
Vintage Die Cast Dinky Armoured Personnel Carrier No 676 Issued between 1955 – 1962 by Dinky toys manufactured by Meccano this is the die cast armoured personnel carrier No 676, it comes in good but play worn condition with some small losses to the paint work, measures just over 3 inches long.
Vintage Dinky Supertoys 10 Ton Army Truck with Box This is the larger sized die cast toy produced by Meccano and Dinky toys between 1955-1962, it is the 10 ton army truck No 622 and comes with its original box of issue, the condition is good just some loss to the paint in places and a blemish on the back corner, still has its driver and the box is good condition but shows signs of storage age, measures just over 5 inches long.
Vintage East German Faithful Service Medal This medal was issued for faithful service in the National People's Army, it was issued in four classes for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years loyal service, not sure to which this applies but I would assume 5 years service. Instituted in 1956 and suppressed in 1990. Comes in super condition, mounted on red velvet with its extra ribbon bar.
Vintage East Sussex Ambulance Service Badge Dating I should think from the 1970's or 80's this now no longer in service badge was used by the East Sussex County Council ambulance service. Made from a white metal with red enamel it comes in very good condition with the makers mark of Fattorini of Birmingham It measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Vintage Ebony Wood Stanley Draughtsman’s Rule Made by Stanley of London this Ebony wood and brass fittings draughtsman’s rule comes in very good condition, it measures 18 inches long when closed and 25.5 when open.
Vintage First or Grenadier Guards Association Button Badge by Gaunt A super quality vintage brass and enamel badge for the first Grenadier Guards association, marked to the back for Gaunt of London it comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Framed and Glazed Woolwork – Royal Artillery India This hand crafted woolwork dates most likely from the Edwardian period it shows the badge and motto for the Royal Artillery surrounded by flags. It has been mounted and framed in recent times and comes in very good, ready to display condition. The frame measures 20 inches x 15. Note. it is much better than it looks in the pictures.
Vintage French Civil Decoration for Courage & Devotion. A beautiful quality medal, gilt and enamel, awarded for Courage and Devotion in the Arts, Literature, Science and Sports. It comes suspended on its original ribbon with rosette and in mint condition. a really beautiful medal.
Vintage George VI Police Truncheon and Protection Bag Good solid wood vintage police truncheon housed in a protective cotton bag which is marked with George VI with the crown over. The truncheon comes in very good but lightly used condition and measures 15.5 inches long and the back is in very good condition and measures 18 inches long.
Vintage German Limited Edition Ceramic & Pewter Lidded Tankard Made in Germany by ALWE Hillscheid this limited edition tankard is conveniently printed in English on the bottom with ‘limited edition Deutschland Shoppenkrug No 302/5000 designed in Germany pewter handmade in Germany’. The body has scenes from Germany including the Reichstag and the top of the lid has a large pewter eagle, comes in very good condition and stands 9 inches high.
Vintage German Made Brass Pocket Compass I would think this handy pocket compass dates from the 1950’s it has ‘Germany’ on the face, the case is made from brass and there is a slit in the lid, a handy button on the side locks down the inner dial for safe transport, comes in working condition, the case shows signs of age and needs a good clean, hinge is perfect and it measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Vintage German Made Solingen Gilt Metal Cigar Cutter A well made German cigar cutter, marked on the inside ‘rostfrei pfeilring Solingen DBGM’ and foreign. Comes in very good condition with a gilded exterior, measures just over 2 inches long.
Vintage German Metal Badge No Parking? This little metal badge seems to be about no parking but I cant see why anyone would have needed to wear a badge for that purpose! A crossed out 'P' on the front and 'parkverbot' on the back. Comes in fair condition and measures one inch in diameter.
Vintage German Postcard – Graf Zeppelin at Dock Original photo postcard of the famous Graf Zeppelin at dock with numerous soldiers marching past, with official stamps on the back. It comes in very good condition.
Vintage German Silver Copy of SS Totenkopt Ring. A solid 800 grade German silver SS Totenkopt ring, with an inscription on the inside. The originals are highly sort after and very expensive, hence loads of modern copies. This one is better than most and I'm pretty sure it is a copy probably dating from the 1970’s era. It is in good but well used condition and has good patina.
Vintage GOEBEL 1970's Chaffinch A pretty large sized Goebel porcelain Chaffinch bird figurine, comes with its original lable on the base. Non glazed finish and in perfect condition, stands 5 inches high.
Vintage Gold Plated Cocktail Watch by Sekonda. A high quality 17 Jewels gold plated Sekonda cocktail watch. This one comes in mint condition and runs really well. It probably dates from the 1950’s and looks like it was never used. There is no wear what so ever to the gold plated surface and the whole piece is just as new. It was sent to be cleaned and serviced, but is was send back not needing any attention. A lovely elegant vintage watch
Vintage Gurkha Kukri. A nice old Kukri, probably a tourist piece made around 40 years ago. It is a typical Kukri, black horn grip inlade with white metal pins around the two rivets, Lion head pommel, good steel blade with some decoration and marked India. The black leather sheath still retains both its small skinning knives. The sheath is lightly tooled with geometric designs to the front, the back has the belt loop and at the bottom is a white metal Chape. The condition is good, light areas of rusting on the blade edge and the skinning knives. The sheath is undamaged. It measures 18 inches long. Shipping to UK only
Vintage Hertfordshire Ambulance Brigade Cap Badge An obsolete cap badge dating anywhere up to the 1980's for the Hertfordshire ambulance brigade, made from anodised white metal it comes in excellent condition and measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger with Carved Sheath. A very attractive large size Kris dagger, native to Indonesia, Bali, Java and Malaysia and other surrounding areas. It has a carved grip and a hand forged, straight blade showing some very nice patterns. The sheath has a boat shaped top, this and one side of the body of the sheath is beautifully carved. A wonderful display piece, measuring; 23 inches long in sheath. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only
Vintage Kings Crown East Suffolk Police Reserve Badge Probably dating from the inter war period this white metal and blue enamel badge was issued to members of the East Suffolk police reserve, it comes in very good condition, some staining on the back and could do with a good clean, it measures 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Kings Royal Hussars Lanyard. Natural white macramé cord lanyard worn by the Kings Royal Hussars on their service dress. In very good condition.
Vintage Large Brighton Ambulance Service Cap Badge Dating I should think from the 1970's or 80's this now no longer in service badge was used by the Brighton ambulance service. Made from a white metal with red enamel it comes in very good condition with no makers mark It measures just over two inches long.
Vintage Leonardo Collection Native American Indian – Running Bear This is a very well modeled and detailed figure of a tribal native American Indian made by the Leonardo collection series and dated 2004, this is Running Bear who was a chief of one of the Sioux tribe, he is best known for his defeat of Colonel Baker in 1854. He comes in super condition and stands 12 inches high. Shipping will be by courier at a cost of £6.95 due to the weight.
Vintage Lieutenant Colonel of the Yorkshire Brigade Dress Cap This is a superb quality cap for a Lieutenant Colonel of the Yorkshire Brigade, it has two button badge on the side and these were is use from 1958 – 1969. The lable inside has the makers details for Herbert Johnson of Bond street London and carries the royal appointment. The peak is lined with gold bullion wire and the condition is excellent with hardly any use, no size given so I would guess at small to medium.
Vintage Linen Banner of Scotland Flag The immediate problem I have with this flag is the white background, all examples are on yellow but the dragon and border are right for the banner of Scotland flag, you decide! Printed on linen with ‘British made’ along the bottom it comes in good but used condition, some staining mostly on the left side but no holes, measures 34 inches x 16.
Vintage Linen Tricolor Flag of France A good example of the French tricolor flag printed on linen, probably dating from the WW2 era; it comes in good order with a couple of small holes, it measures 33 inches x 17.
Vintage Matchbox Toys Military Ambulance No 626 This model was issued between 1956-1962 and is the Matchbox military field ambulance, it comes in very good playworn condition with some small losses to the paint on high points and it also has one flat tyre, the base with the markings has had a sticky plaster on it at some stage which has left residue behind. It measures 4.25 inches long.
Vintage Miniature Brass Rifle Model A decorative brass model of a rifle, measures 10 inches long and has two loops on the body for mounting, quite detailed with hatched decoration on the body. Comes in good condition but needs a clean.
Vintage Miniature Silver Jambiya Dagger Brooch. A sweet little sterling silver brooch in the form of a Jambiya and sheath, the little dagger can even be taken out from its filigree sheath. It comes in perfect condition.
Vintage Miniature Survival / Escape Compass, made of brass and only measuring just under an inch in diameter, these were put into survival packs used by the RAF and the other armed services. I only have a few of these which are unissued old army surplus, so they come in perfect condition. Ref. Smks
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Austin Mk 2 Radio Truck No68 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model Austin Mk 2 radio truck comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures just over 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Centurion Tank Mark III Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model Centurion tank mark III comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 3 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast M3 Personnel Carrier No 49 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model M3 personnel carrier No 49 comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Saracen Personnel Carrier No54 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model Saracen personnel carrier comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.25 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Service Ambulance No 63 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model service ambulance Ford 3 ton 4x4 No63 comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Mordan Everpoint Propelling Pencil Made by the famous Mordan company of Samson Mordan fame this example of their 'everpoint' propelling pencil comes in silver plate, it is marked on the body for Mordan and a patent number. It comes in good condition but there is some wear to the plate around the top end, there is the residue of a lead in the barrel and the screw mechanism works perfectly. It measures 3.75 inches long.
Vintage Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand Medal in Box A pretty solid silver and enamel medal issued in seven different classes this one being (I think) 6th class, below is some history on the order. This one is marked to the back of the hat shaped piece and comes in its original Thai box of issue, very good condition and is just over one inch in diameter. The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand is a Thai order, established in 1869 by King Rama V of The Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) for Thais, the royal family, governmental employees, and foreign dignitaries for their outstanding services to the Kingdom of Thailand. The order originally had seven classes.
Vintage Native American Figurine - Brave with Eagle This is a very well modeled and detailed figure of a tribal native American Indian with an Eagle on his back, made from a composite resin to give a bronzed metallic effect he comes in super condition and is quite heavy, he stands just over 11 inches high and is 5.5 inches long at the base. Shipping will be by courier at a cost of £7.95 due to the weight.
Vintage Native American Indian Figurine – Horse and Rider (bronzed) This is a very well modeled and detailed figure of a tribal native American Indian on horseback, made from a composite resin to give a bronzed metallic effect he comes in super condition and is quite heavy, he stands just under 11 inches high and is 9.5 inches long at the base. Shipping will be by courier at a cost of £6.95 due to the weight.
Vintage Nautical Battenberg Course Indicator Instrument This is a very large instrument measuring 14.5 inches in diameter, below is a brief history for the invention and use of the instrument. It comes in very good but used condition and would date I think just post WW2. The Battenberg course indicator was invented in 1892 by Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Louis Mountbatten, Marquis of Milford Haven, 1854-1921), who became First Sea Lord in 1912. This instrument was designed to aid various speed and distance calculations, in particular tracking the position of a ship relative to others, and was of particular use when moving in large convoys. The main body of the instrument, which is made of a light alloy, has a degree scale marked on its outer edge. Two celluloid discs are held within it. The bottom one is marked with a distance scale from zero at the centre to 36 in each direction and is free to rotate. The second disc, marked in degrees around the edge, rotates on top of this. The bars on top have scales for distance.
Vintage Navy Cap Tally HMS Defiance HMS Defiance was a much recycled name, following 12 ships of the name spanning 400 years of history, in the 20th century it was used mainly as land based training facilities, there was a torpedo training school and a fleet maintenance base at Devonport. This cap tally is very well made and heavily sewn with gold thread, comes in super condition and measures 41 inches long.
Vintage NHS Norfolk Area Ambulance Service Badge Dating I should think from the 1970's or 80's this now no longer in service badge was used by the Norfolk NHS area health authority ambulance service. Made from a white metal with blue enamel it comes in very good condition with no makers mark. It measures 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Norwegian Sailors Knife. A good vintage knife, the blade from quality steel and this has been stamped with maker marks. The grip is made of a light coloured wood, probably beech and has painted decoration near the pommel. It comes in its original hard sheath, which has matching painted decoration to the front and a leather belt loop to the back. It comes in very good original condition, the sheath is a little dirty, through use, but is in good order. It measures; 11 inches long. Ship to UK only Proof of age required on purchase.
Vintage Nurses Hanging Fob Watch Made by the company Constant this nurses fob watch comes on a flexible bracelet and a badge fitting, worn upside down for convenience. A modernish piece in working condition.
Vintage Oak Cased Thermometer/Barometer Dating from the 1930's this Oak cased barometer was made locally to me by Croydon & Sons of Ipswich Suffolk. The chrome faced barometer dial has an adjuster hand which works, I believe the barometer works but as I don’t know how to set it I cant test it for accuracy, the thermometer works fine. Comes in very good condition, a bit of roughness to the chrome and it measures 16.5 inches long.
Vintage Pewter Military Figure WW2 Irish Guards Bren Gunner Very good quality solid pewter figure in a square wooden stand. It has good detail and shows a good likeness of this soldier’s period uniform. This one comes in perfect condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Pewter Military Figure WW2 Welsh Guards Winter Uniform Very good quality solid pewter figure in a square wooden stand. It has good detail and shows a good likeness of this soldier’s period uniform. This one comes in perfect condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Postcard Shots of American Airships 1946 Two vintage photo postcards dated 1946 showing American airships at I assume an airshow in this country as the photographers details are for Liverpool, one shows the airship ‘resolute’ and the other the ‘macon’, there is a third small photo of part of the resolute, this is a bit worn on the surface, the postcards are in very good condition.
Vintage RAF Cloth Blazer Badge & RAFA Button Badge A good cloth badge worn on the blazer of an ex service person who was also a member of RAFA the Royal Air Force Association, the badge is embroidered and attached to a black cloth backing, this has frayed along the bottom but the badge is whole and is just folded under, the badge is all metal with a pin back. The cloth measures 3.75 inches wide.
Vintage RAF LM (Loadmaster) Aircrew Padded Brevet Badge An aircrew brevet (officially known as an aircrew badge) is the badge worn on the left breast, above any medal ribbons, by qualified aircrew in the Royal Air Force, this example has LM for the rank of Loadmaster, this is the person responsible for the safe loading, transport and unloading of an aircraft. This one is a sewn badge that comes in super condition.
Vintage RAF QM (Quartermaster) Aircrew Padded Brevet Badge An aircrew brevet (officially known as an aircrew badge) is the badge worn on the left breast, above any medal ribbons, by qualified aircrew in the Royal Air Force, this example has QM for the rank of quartermaster. This one is a sewn badge that comes in super condition.
Vintage RAMC Lanyard. Maroon cord lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Army medical Corps. Comes in very good condition.
Vintage Red Cross Cadet Arm Band & Badge A blue linen arm band with cloth badge of the British red cross society junior member together with a junior members enamel badge. Both items in very good condition.
Vintage Royal Engineers Lanyard. Dark blue macramé lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Engineers and Corp of Signals. Comes in very good condition.
Vintage Royal Engineers Training Brigade Cloth Formation Patch A super condition cloth and sewn patch for the RE training brigade.
Vintage Royal Fusiliers City of London Blazer Cloth Badge A larger sized sewn cloth badge for the Royal Fusiliers City of London, has a Queen’s crown so post 1953, comes in super condition and measures 4 inches long
Vintage Royal Hampshire Factory Silver Plated Figure – Australian Militia 1943 A good quality white metal and silver plated figure for the Australian Militia 1943 made by the Royal Hampshire factory, stands 4.5 inches high and comes in super condition.
Vintage Royal Life Saving Society Medal 1934 – Boxed Issued for the saving of a life in water to S.R.L.B. Smith in July 1934, comes in its original box of issue and is in excellent condition.
Vintage Royal Naval Association Blazer Badge A very good quality gold and silver wire work blazer badge for the Royal Naval association, comes in very good but used condition with some tarnishing to the silver wire work, measures 4 inches x 3.5.
Vintage Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Fife Original Royal navy Cap Tally for HMS Fife. It comes displayed on a sheet with information relating to this ship and a copy photograph. It comes in good used condition. HMS Fife was the first unit of the Batch 2 County-class destroyers of the Royal Navy and an Mk2 Guided Missile Destroyer. She was launched on 9th July 1964 and subsequently sold to Chile and scrapped in 2005.
Vintage Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Hermione Original Royal navy Cap Tally for HMS Hermione. It comes displayed on a sheet with information relating to this ship and a copy photograph. It comes in good used condition HMS Hermione was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy, She was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons, (Glasgow, Scotland), with the keel laid down on 6 October 1937. She was launched on 18 May 1939 and commissioned 25 March 1941. On 16 June 1942, Hermione was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-205 in the Mediterranean. Eighty-seven crewmembers perished.
Vintage Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Juno Original Royal navy Cap Tally for HMS Juno. It comes displayed on a sheet with information relating to this ship and a copy photograph. It comes in good used condition HMS Juno was a J-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Limited, at Govan in Scotland on 5 October 1937, launched on 8 December 1938 and commissioned on 25 August 1939. Juno participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. Juno was attacked by an Italian CANT Z.1007 aircraft from 50th group, flown by Lt. Mario Morassutti, as she steamed with the Mediterranean Fleet against the German sea-borne invasion of Crete and sank 30 nautical miles south-east of Crete on 21 May 1941.[2] At the time of her attack and sinking Juno was commanded by Cdr. St. John Reginald Joseph Tyrwhitt and would have had a complement of 183 to 218 seamen and officers. It is figured that 116 crew lost their lives after 3 high-powered explosions split Juno in two, sinking her in around 97 seconds
Vintage Royal Navy Cap Tally HMS Matapan Original Royal navy Cap Tally for HMS Matapan. It comes displayed on a sheet with information relating to this ship and a copy photograph. It comes in good used condition. HMS Matapan (D43) was a later or 1943 Battle-class fleet destroyer of the Royal Navy (RN). She was named after the Battle of Cape Matapan between the Royal Navy and the Regia Marina, which ended in a decisive victory for the RN force, resulting in the destruction of three cruisers and two destroyers of the Italian Navy and was a heavy blow to the Italians. So far, she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear that name. She was placed in reserve on completion of her sea trials and would remain in such a state for a lengthy period of time, ultimately seeing service in the 1970s as a sonar trials ship. In the process she outlived all her fleetmates in Royal Navy service
Vintage Royal Scots Greys Pouch/Cap Badge A good quality bi-metal badge with long lugs on the back, this one dating from around the 1950's. In very good but used condition. Ref: T10
Vintage Russian Medal for a Veteran of Labour. An interesting Russian award issued to honour workers for many years of hard work in the national economy, sciences, culture, education, healthcare, government agencies and public organizations. This one comes in excellent condition and on its original ribbon.
Vintage Scale Model of a Royal Navy Tiger Moth Aircraft. A very detailed scratch built cased model of the De Havilland Tiger Moth. It’s a beautiful model painted yellow with Royal Navy decals, it comes in perfect condition and in a purpose made Perspex display case. The case measures 10.5 x 12 x 5 inches. The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft. In addition to the type's principal use for ab-initio training, the Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moth operating in other capacities, including maritime surveillance, defensive anti-invasion preparations, and even some aircraft that had been outfitted to function as armed light bombers.
Vintage Sestrel Binacle Compass Its hard to date this piece, it could be WW2 or later, it is not military marked but most examples I can find in this grey paint finish appear to be for nautical use, it is marked 'sestrel' on one of the arms, it comes in working condition and measures 3.5 inches wide.
Vintage Shoulder Stock for the Colt Navy Revolver. This is a beautiful piece on its own, but it is made to fit the 1851 Colt Navy Revolver. It has a beautiful walnut stock with solid brass fittings and butt plate. It hooks under the revolver’s but plate which has a small rebate in it to take a shoulder stock. It all adjusts and locks off by the screw on the top. the condition is excellent and it looks as if it has never been used any great deal. It measures 17 .5 inches long. Please see pictures for further measurements. Sold on Consignment BL75
Vintage Signed Hand Carved Hardwood Netsuki Coiled Carp A super vintage hand carved hardwood Netsuki of two coiled Carp, one large and one small. They are signed with a Chinese character on the belly next to the holes by which it would be attached as a toggle on the Inro. They have black glass eyes and are very detailed in the carving. They measures two inches long.
Vintage Silk Scarf King William III 1690 Battle of Boyne A pretty blue silk square head scarf that has been decorated in one corner with a machine embroidery of King William III or William of Orange, the date included of 1690 commemorates the battle of Boyne. Comes in a fair condition, where it has been stored over the years a few holes have appeared on the folds and the colour has faded in places, measures 17 inches square.
Vintage Silver Plated Figure – Battle of Britain 1940 A good quality white metal and silver plated figure for the Battle of Britain 1940 range probably made by the Royal Hampshire factory but is unmarked, stands 4.75 inches high and comes in super condition.
Vintage Small Linen Union Flag A handy small sized example of a Union flag, probably dating from around the WW2era. It is printed on linen, comes in good but grubby condition, measures 24 inches x 14.
Vintage Solid Brass Winston Churchill Ashtray Perhaps the most famous cigar smoker of all time who else should be cast into the bottom of an ashtray but Winston Churchill, this piece is made from brass and has been simply cast to show the great man in the middle, it comes in well used condition and measures 4.25 inches wide.
Vintage Solid Bronze Sculpture of a 19th Century French Officer. A beautiful piece, very good quality bronze sculpture of a French Cavalry officer from the 19th Century. The sculpture itself dates from around the 1960’s and is a very good quality casting. You can see all the details of his uniform and Kepi, the moustached officer is holding his gloves in one hand and a stick in the other in full swagger. It is in excellent condition with a wonderful even patina and it offers good investment potential at this price. It stands just over 15 inches high. This piece is heavy so postage will be £9.95 to the UK.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure - 3rd Carabiniers Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a soldier from the 3rd Carabiniers (prince of Wales dragoon guards) in period uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.25 inches high.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure – 1940 Paratrooper Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a 1940 Paratrooper in period uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure – 1st reg U.S. Marine Corps Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a 1st regiment U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.25 inches high.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure – Devonshire Regiment Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a WW1 soldier from the Devonshire regiment in period uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure – Trafalgar Period Royal Marine Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a Royal Marine from the Trafalgar era in period uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Staffordshire County Ambulance Service Cap Badge A nice white metal and enamel badge, of a decent age probably post WW2, comes in fair condition, there is some loss to the enamel in the 10 and 12 o'clock position. Of a large size measuring 1.75 inches in diameter, has a slider fitting to the back.
Vintage Sterling Silver Cross A pretty sterling silver cross which is set with four bright yellow stones to the centre and what looks like small pink and white corral. It comes on a good gauge sterling silver chain which measures 16 inches and the cross itself measures; 1.5 x 2 inches. Comes in a gift box.
Vintage Suffolk Fire Service Winter Tunic. 38” – 40” Beautiful quality Fireman’s jacket complete with the Suffolk fire service buttons. It’s a thick winter coat with a removable padded liner for summer wear, Velcro and buttoned front with inside pockets. it comes in good but used condition. The chest measures 40 inches, but because it is heavily lined, it could be more like a 38”, and it is much better than it looks in the pictures.
Vintage Swiss Bi-centenial First Human Flight Medallion Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, this one is the largest of the lot and made of bronze, it is dated for 1983 and commemorates 200 years of human flight starting with balloons, it is Swiss made in Geneva and on the back has ‘groupe aerostatique Geneve 23-24 Avril 1983’.It comes in super condition and measures two inches in diameter.
Vintage Three Flower Glass Dump Paperweight I am always fascinated by the glass blowers art, the skill in capturing coloured glass within a ball of clear glass is just so clever, this example has three captive trumpet type flowers each with a little air bubble at the centre. Its hard to date the piece but given the wear to the base and a few surface scuffs I would expect it to be 20 -30 years old. It stands 3 inches high.
Vintage Tonic Sol-Fa Music Festival Medallion A copper medallion issued most likely as a prize at the Tonic Sol-Fa festival sometime in the past, it is not named to anybody but does come in very good condition, it measures 1.5 inches square.
Vintage Union Jack Linen Flag A good printed on linen Union Jack flag, it comes in used condition and has a tear to one of the corners (please see pictures) it would still make a great back drop for a collection, measures 42 inches x 32.
Vintage US Airforce Staff Sergeants Tunic. M An interesting piece of American Air Force Uniform and in good condition. It still retains all of its buttons and Staff Sergeants cloth sleeve insignia. Chest size; 40 Inches
Vintage USA Army Air Forces Sheppard Field Texas Silk Cushion Cover Given as gifts by the airmen to their loved ones, this one includes a dedication to 'mother', comes in great condition and measures 18 inches square.
Vintage Wade Ceramic Boer War/Vaux Brewery Loving Cup From the late 1970's to early 90's the Wade factory produced 23 designs of mugs for the Vaux brewery, this two handled loving cup is in celebration of the Maxim Gun Detachment and has on the back a passage which reads, 'The return from the Boer war in South Africa of the Maxim Gun Detachment in 1901 demanded a very special celebration. As detachment commander and grandson of the Vaux breweries Major Ernest Vaux originated the recipe for this historic Brown Ale, a recipe that remains unchanged. The mug comes in excellent condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Vintage Welsh Dragon Linen Flag This is a lovely vintage flag showing the Welsh dragon, made from printed linen it has been used and shows signs of age but has no holes, the edge that would be mounted to a pole has loose stitching, this would make a great backdrop for a cabinet, measures 36 inches x 17.
Vintage Whitby Bowie Knife & Sheath. A fabulous quality large bowie knife, just marked Whitby on the blade. it has a very heavy gauge steel blade terminating at a heavy gauge white metal cross guard. The hilt has thick hard wood grips held in place by three brass rivets. It comes in its original leather sheath embossed with an image of a stag etc. The condition is excellent; the blade was probably blued at one time as there is still remains showing. A lovely substantial piece, measuring 16.5 inches in sheath. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Army Youth Selection Badge A good quality badge in white metal and red and blue enamel for the army youth selection centres. No makers mark and in excellent condition, measures .75 of an inch.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Dewsbury Fire Brigade Badge A lovely quality cap badge, heavy and in very good condition, measures 1.75 inches across and has two lugs on the back.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Lancashire County Fire Brigade Badge A lovely quality cap badge, heavy and in very good condition, measures 1.75 inches across and has a pin to fix on the back.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Norfolk Fire Brigade Badge A lovely quality cap badge, heavy and in very good condition, measures 1.75 inches long and has two lugs on the back.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Vesta Case – Penzance Dating from the early part of the 20th century most likely the Edwardian era this white metal vesta case has an enamel badge to the front for Penzance in Cornwall, marked on the inside lip EPNS for electroplated nickle silver. Comes in fair condition, a few dings and dents and needs a clean, it measures just over two inches long.
Vintage White Metal Cigarette Case – Arms of Felixstowe This is a chrome plated cigarette case dating from the 1930's – 40's, it has a coloured enamel badge to the front showing the arms of Felixstowe in Suffolk. It comes in fair condition, there are some wear marks to the surface of the metal, it measures 3.5 x 3 inches.
Vintage White Metal Gettysburg Peace Memorial Ashtray Made from a soft white metal and embossed with a scene of the peace memorial at Gettysburg this commemorative ashtray would have been a tourist piece probably from the 1920's/30's. Comes in fair condition there is some staining to the metal in places, measures just under 4.5 inches in diameter.
Vintage White Metal REME Sweetheart Badge A well detailed sweetheart badge for REME, white metal that tests as .925 sterling silver. Most examples of this badge have blue enamel over the letters but this shows no evidence of ever having any. Measures 1.25 inches long and is in very good condition.
Vintage WRVS Boxed Medal and Badges This Women's voluntary service medal was awarded to Mrs I.W. Dixon from Staffordshire for services rendered in the WRVS, this type of medal was first issued in 1961 for 15 years service and I think this selection of items dates from the late 1960's/70's. The medal is in pristine condition and appears not to have been worn, it comes in its box with spare ribbon and a letter explaining the protocol for wearing it, there are also two badges a large WRVS white metal and red enamel sleeve badge and a National Hospital Service Reserve badge in brass and green enamel. All items are in excellent order.
Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Patch and Badges Post WW2 VAD arm patch badge and two Red Cross brass and enamel 'Branch' and 'Division' badges, all three are in excellent condition.
Voluntary Medical Service Medal – 15 Years Service The voluntary medical service medal was awarded by the British Red Cross and the Scottish St Andrew Ambulance Corp,instituted in 1932 to qualify for the award a member must accrue 15 years continuous service as a first aid volunteer with either the Red Cross or St Andrew's providing a minimum of 10 hours field service per year. This solid silver version of the medal was awarded to Mrs Anne Warrilow and with it is a lovely picture of Anne in later life proudly wearing her uniform and medal. Medal and photo are in excellent order.
Well Marked WW1 Officers Binoculars Dated 1917 A super pair of WW1 binoculars well marked with military symbols, to the base are two broad arrows along with a star shape, on the top is engraved ' s. 3 18044'. The optics are 8x power. The all leather case has the makers name John & Bennett Green, dated for 1917 and having the broad arrow and the letter 'M'. As far as I can gather binoculars of this time with the 'Green' made case were either made by Ross or Zeiss. The condition of the binoculars is fair, they have had a life and show signs of use, the leather hand grips have been cut and worn through to metal (deliberately it appears) on the inside , the optics are very good but could do with a clean.
White Metal & Enamel Merchant Navy Sweetheart Brooch This pretty white metal and enamel Merchant Navy sweetheart brooch dates from the second world war, it comes in good condition, there are some surface defects to the blue enamel but these may have been caused in manufacture, it needs a clean and still shows very well. It measures two inches long.
White Metal Medallion 1857 Nelson & Shipwrecked Mariners This interesting base white metal medallion is a membership token issued by the Shipwrecked fisherman and mariners royal benevolent society, the token were issued annualy as a receipt for subscriptions received. One side has the bust of Nelson with the legend, 'England expects everyman will do his duty', and on the reverse a three-masted ship. Comes in fair condition given its age, some wear to the high points and it measures 32mm in diameter.
Wonderful 19th Century Box Lock Pocket Pistol. A very good quality 19th century box lock pocket percussion pistol. It has a polished hard wood slab grip, a very good tight lock with shaped hammer and a screw off barrel. The sides of the lock are marked with Jn Jones & Sons London within a cartouche surrounded by flags. Behind the hammer is a safety lock so you can the hammer in the full cocked position and lock it in place, quite an unusual feature. The condition of this little pistol is very good, it has a very nice dark even patina all over the gun, with the exception of two lots of small light scratches on the barrel. A cracking little pistol and a great cabinet lot. Ship to UK only
WW! Era Grenadier Guards Sweetheart brooch A super quality vintage brass and enamel sweetheart brooch for the Grenadier Guards, no makers mark, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
WW1 & WW2 Group to Nurse Christie. A fabulous group which includes WW1 British War and Victory medals correctly named to Nurse E K Christie, 1939-45 star, Defence and war medal, WW2 Belgian Red Cross Service badge, named box of issue for WW2 medals, named to Sister Evelyn K Christie 20th G/H 1st Eastern, Cambridge. Apart of 2 different medal index cards for this lady, no other research has been done; the first mic states the award of both medals to E. K. Christie issued by the Government India, her rank being a Temporary Nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve, the second mic, which I am 100% sure is the same lady is dated 1923 and shows her at the No3 general Hospital, still as a temporary nurse for the VAD, in the remarks box, it states her two medals were issued from India. During the second world war she is serving again, maybe totally voluntary with the Belgian Red Cross or she may have been sent overseas to aid the Belgian red cross, however after the war she has the rank of sister working at the Cambridge general. All medals are in excellent condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn, I have left them totally as I found them many years ago, in the box of issue and an old cardboard box with various bits and bobs which I have no idea how they relate, only that all were once her property, it includes everything you see in the pictures. To be totally frank, research on this lady is going to be time consuming, I have obtained everything that can be obtained online, the next step being the national archives at Kew or this is a group for future research as I’m sure every document in the public domain will be online someday. This is no doubt a very interesting lady, who was not afraid to go overseas to nurse the sick and wounded during both wars and nothing is known of her work in between, a great project which offers superb investment potential.
WW1 & WW2 Medals & Insignia to; Lieut Dawe RGA & Civil Defence. A superb group of medal and effects all belonging to Lieutenant Thomas Dawe of the Hampshire Territorial Royal Garrison Artillery, Wessex Brigade. It comprises of the WW1 British War and Victory medal pair correctly named to Lieutenant T Daw. Both medal come in mint condition and in their box of issue, which they have never been out of. Both boxes are named to Lieut T Daw. Also included is a nice portrait photograph of Thomas in uniform. WW2 Defence medal in box of issue with issue slip, box named to Mr T Dawe. 25 Park View Gardens, Hendon, London. Various WW2 Civil Defence and ARP badges and insignia for the Hampstead Area. Here is some quite rare original insignia, including cloth badges for Control and Intelligence & Operations, so it looks like Thomas held and important position during the Second World War with the civil defence. There is also a group of press photographs showing cadets a large artillery gun. These date around the WW2 era and Thomas is in one of the pictures in overalls. Apart from a copy of his medal index card and medal roll, no other research has been done on this man, I believe this man has a very interesting service history, especially during WW2 when he was chief warden with the civil defence and served with control and Intelligence and operations. As already mentioned all the medals are in mint never worn, never polished condition and come in all of their boxes of issue. the insignia is used and worn and have evidence they have been taken off a uniform. A very interesting lot in need of research.
WW1 & WW2 Red Cross Medals & Badges to Nurse Stanton Smith. A comprehensive group of Red Cross medals and awards to a lady that served with the British Red Cross Society through both world wars. This lot includes the BRCS medal for Great war service, this is in mint condition and in box of issue. BRCS medals: Proficiency in Red Cross Nursing with 1937, 1939 bars and the 1939 bar for Anti – Gas Training, named to M. S. Smith. Proficiency in Anti-Gas Training medal. Unnamed as issued. BRCS medal For Merit, named to M. S. Smith. WW2 Defence medal, unnamed as issued and the Sterling Silver Voluntary Medical Service Long Service and Good Conduct medal with 4 bars, named to Miss Mable Stanton Smith. This medal along with the for bars equates to 35 years’ service. Also the is a quantity of Red Cross badges and buttons, Red Cross cap badge and Red Cross arm band. Mabel Stanton came from and worked in Henley on Thames when the great war broke out, through the first world war she served in Red Cross parties at Park Place, Henley on Thames, this was a grand house, then owned by the Noble Family (Noble's Paints & Varnishes) it was converted to a temporary Red Cross hospital during the war taking, I believe both officers and ordinary men. At some point between the wars she must have married and took the name Stanton Smith, later, probably in later life she reverted back to miss. During WW2 she served again in her home county of Berkshire, undergoing extensive Anti Gas Training being awarded both the bar to the Proficiency in Red Cross Nursing medal and the Anti-Gas Training medal itself. Quite a rare, so it’s possible she may have helped train the civil defence, as there is also an instructors badge in her collection. A really wonderful group of awards to a very long serving member of the red cross.
WW1 / 2 Royal Navy Bullion Cloth Insignia for a leading weapons engineer, superb quality to be worn on the number one uniform, it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 / 2 Royal Navy Bullion Cloth Insignia for leading air macanic, very good quality gold wire work and this one comes in superb condition.
WW1 / WW2 era British Army Cloth Trade Badge. An embroidered ‘B’ class army trade badge in very good original but used condition.
WW1 / WW2 SMLE Brass Oil Bottle in very good condition.
WW1 11th Hussars Cap & Shoulder Insignia. 1914 pattern 11th Hussars cap badge in solid brass, this comes with a shoulder title also in brass. Both pieces are excellent original and untouched condition, the cap badge has a good even tone to the brass. An interesting note. This badge was designed from the crest of Saxe-Coburg- Gotha, as the 11th were Prince Albert’s personal escort when he came to England to marry Queen Victoria in 1840.
WW1 11th Hussars Cap Badge A good quality all brass badge, WW1 issue in excellent condition and nicely toned. Ref: T6
WW1 11th Hussars Cap Badge. 1914 pattern all brass badge, it has a slider on the back which has been miss-marked ‘Firmin’. Ref. N13
WW1 13th Hussars Officers Bronze Cap Badge. A solid bronze badge worn by the officers of the 13th Princess of Wales Own Hussars. A lovely quality badge with two lugs on the back, beautifully toned with bright high points. Ref. B7
WW1 1914 Brass & Enamel On War Service Badge A good brass and enamel badge dated to the front for 1914 It was made by Firmin & Sons of London and is clearly marked for this on the back. Comes in good condition, has a few light scuffs to the front that may well polish out, has a button fixing on the back and measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 1914/15 Star to John Johnson Royal Engineers This 1914/15 star medal is stamped on the reverse with 44966 Pnr J. Johnson R.E, I found it difficult to find his medal index card but eventually found what I think is the right man, there is an error on his numbering the MIC having 44956 for a pioneer John Johnson in the Royal Engineers, I am more than happy that this is the right man. His star medal comes in good condition, residue polish which can be removed. Copy of his medal index card comes with the medal.
WW1 1915 On War Service Brass Badge This is the third variant of the 'on war service' badge, 1914 was round and enamelled, early 1915 was this shape but also enamelled but by the end of '15 had been changed to the more cost effective plain brass style. These badges were issued by the ministry of munitions. This one has the recipients number on the back 91559 and it was made by Fattorini of Bolton. Comes in good condition but could do with a clean, measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 1915 Star Trio & Memorial Cross to Canadian Infantry KIA – Vimy Ridge? An interesting 1915 star trio awarded to 71240 Private Frederick Walter Boalch of the 27th Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) Canadian Infantry. Frederick Boalch was born in Bristol England in 1886 the son of George a joiner living and working in Bristol Gloucestershire, Frederick was working as at a saw mill before he decided to emigrate, sailing on the Royal George and heading for New Brunswick in Canada on Christmas eve 1913. He joined up on the 31st October 1914 into the 27th battalion Canadian Infantry in Winnipeg Manitoba, they were part of a second contingent recruited during the winter of 1914-1915 and in the spring of 1915 they sailed for England, but instead of sailing in a great armada like the First Contingent they left in separate smaller transports. The summer of 1915 was spent in training at Shorncliffe on the coast of Kent and in September they left for the France as the Second Canadian Division. Once in France after a short time training they were sent into battle and here they saw much action on the Somme, being involved in most of the major battles including the Battle of Thiepval and the Battle of the Ancre Heights. In the early months of 1917 the second Canadian division moved towards Arras and stopped a few miles north east from the town at Vimy, the town was Seized and held by the German 6th Army in 1914, it was of great military importance to both sides due to it overlooking much of the Allied-held ground. It was the subject of a failed French assault in 1915 and now it was now the task of the Canadian Corps, operating under British General Julian Byng to recapture Vimy Ridge. What followed was one of the most enthralling and astonishing large scale bloody battle of the war, involving not only infantry and artillery but bombardment from the air and the use of Tanks to overcome the enemy, I could write for ever about this action, if you haven’t done already, please at least Google this battle, you will get a taste of what a formidable task the Canadian divisions achieved that day, suffering over 10,000 wounded or killed. Weather Frederick went on to also serve at the attack on La Coulotte, Lens and the Battle of Hill 70, I do not know, or if he was severely wounded at Vimy and taken to a field ambulance or a clearing station nearby and later died, I am unsure, but now he is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial in France. This superb trio comes in very good condition however the victory medal has been erased for some reason, or this may be a replacement for a lost medal. The group comes with various research and a commonwealth war graves details etc. the memorial cross comes in good condition, this is just named on the back F. W. Boalch, when I got it, it was completely black and hadn’t been touched for years, I wrestled with myself should I clean or leave alone, in the end, well you can see the result, but now I can see it shows a little wear to the high points. Also included is a small book on Vimy Ridge, It is a good read, I’ve read it myself many times, it has some good pictures of the Canadians, battle plans and hard to find information regarding German divisions. A wonderful and scarce casualty group which holds excellent investment potential.
WW1 1915 Trio to Smethurst RFA from Lancashire. A good WW1 1915 star, British war and victory medal trio correctly named to 14019 Driver Samuel Smethurst of the Royal Field Artillery. Sam Smethurst was 32 years of age and married when he joined up in 1914, he was employed as a carter, so basically a delivery driver with a horse and cart, for this reason he was put into the RFA as a driver, bring shells up to the guns or moving light artillery guns by horse. He arrived in France at the end of august 1915 with the 233rd brigade, 46th division but in the December they were posted to Egypt so Sam was transferred to the Guards division; for the rest of 1915 he was near loos and moved to Flers-Courcelette on the Somme and took part in the pre-battle bombardment of the enemy’s trenches and the continuing shelling until the German withdrawal of march 1917, their strategic withdrawal known as Operation Alberich and as they retreated to the Hindenburg Line they destroyed everything in their path and left no advantage for the allies who followed on. In the July of 1917 Sam was wounded by a gunshot wound to the right arm which shattered the bone, today it would take many months for this injury to completely heal, with casts and physiotherapy but Sam was back in France 2 months later ready to face the mud and swill of Passchendaele and then back to the Somme during 1918 for St Quentin, Arras, Havrincourt, Cambrai and the final battles for the Hindenburg Line. Samuel Smethurst was finally discharged into reserve on 25th January 1919 returning to his wife Harriet and their three children. Obviously I have only lightly touched this man’s service history with Guards division and well worth further research. The three medals come in very good original condition and on their original ribbons, which are now a little dirty; there is light contact mark’s to the medals, so this group was probably mounted and worn at some time, or many times. This trio comes with a photograph of Sam with his wife, probably before he was sent overseas and what is believed to be his original cap badge, a lovely genuine lot, which comes mounted on card for display or safe storage.
WW1 1st Monmouthshire Regiment Officers Cap Badge. A rare WW1 Bronze officer’s cap badge for this Welsh territorial regiment, which was used from 1908 to 1922. It is in very good original condition and nicely toned. Ref. Z19
WW1 21st Lancers Cap Badge. A good WW1 issue badge in all brass. This badge was used up until 1922 when the 21st lancers merged with the 17th Lancers. It comes in excellent original condition and it now has a nice even tone. Ref. Y22
WW1 3 Montgomery Family Medals. Nursing Sister, Canadian & ASC Pte. A family split of three medals. The first is a 1914/15 star correctly named to; Sister M. Montgomery. Q.A.I.M.N..S.R. The second; British War medal Correctly named to; 625204 Pte. A. Montgomery. Can. Labr. Bn. The third; Victory medal is correctly named to; T-421289 Pte. H. Montgomery. A.S.C. 1. Nursing Sister Marjory Montgomery, was born in Ireland around 1865. Her home address being; 120 ?????? She first started nursing in 1901 at a hospital in Belfast. She first started nursing for the military in 1910 in the Military Families Hospital in Malta. She was called up into the QAIMNSR in the May of 1915 and was posted to the Hospital Ship Dongola in the June bound for Gallipoli. After the evacuation, I assume, she found her way back to the Military Hospital in Malta as a Nursing Sister. She Returned to England in January 1916 with Pleurisy. After her recovery, she was desperate to get back to her Hospital. But the WD stated that they would not pay for her passage. So under her own admission she found her way back to Malta under no military banner of safety. Also losing her rank of Nursing Sister, so she was employed as just a Nurse. Ill health forced her home again in the January of 1917. She was recognised by someone in the military nursing board as too good to let go, so from here she went on to serve in various military Hospitals in the UK. In 1919 she was promoted to acting matron of the Military Families Hospital in Sidworth and finally retired from military service in the July 1922. It says in her papers, that she would have gone a lot further if it wasn’t for her frank attitude and lack of tact. I bet she was a character, she obviously didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. There is much more information about her in the 70 plus pages of her service papers. Her medal comes in perfect condition. 2. Alexander Montgomery was born in Ireland around 1876, the younger brother of Marjory, he also resided at 120?????? He emigrated to Canada around 1910 and lived in Alberta. When war broke out, he joined up on the 18th March 1916 into the 151 Overseas (Central Alberta) battalion CEF. Later being transferred to the Canadian Labour battalion, probably because of his age. This man’s service history needs research. His service records and details of his travels to Canada can be found on Ancestry.co.uk on a pay per view. His medal is in good condition but it looks like it has been mounted and worn at some point. it has slight wear to the high points. This comes with a very small round picture of him which was probably taken from a little frame or a locket. 3. Victory medal to Henry Montgomery of the Army Service Corps. I believe this was another brother of Marjory. I haven’t done any research on this man apart from his medal index card, which is included. This doesn’t say much, it just confirms his medal entitlement etc. the medal is in very good condition with only slight wear to the gilt finish. There we have a wonderful trio of medals to the Montgomery children. A great lot for the budding researcher, loads of family history to discover and quite a good name for research. This lot also includes copies of Marjory’s service papers on CD rom, Alexander’s attestation papers and henry’s mic.
WW1 3rd Carabiniers Cap Badge. A really beautiful bi-metal badge, featuring crossed rifles behind the Prince of Wales feathers. It was a product of the merger between the 6th Dragoon Guards and the 3rd Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards, the Carabiniers. This one is in lovely original condition, a beautifully patinated three piece badge. I doubt you will find better. Ref. X11
WW1 Army Cyclist Corps Cap Badge. A superb all brass 16 spoke badge for the Army Cyclist Corps; formed in 1914 and issued throughout the Great War; the regiment was disbanded in 1919 and after 1922 the cyclist regiments were no more. This is a lovely used example, but is still comes in very good order. Ref. B20
WW1 ARRC to Nursing Sister with certificate. The Associates of the Royal Red Cross awarded to Sister Esther Mahoney for her work at the Red Cross Hospital for Officers at 4 Percival Terrace, Brighton. Included here is her original Royal Red Cross medal in the Garrard & Co box of issue, her red cross medal for service during WW1 and a little red cross brooch which is pinned to the top of the medal, also her original award certificate from the British Red Cross and St John of Jerusalem joint war committee, this is named to Miss Esther Mahoney. A.R.R.C. and signed by the chairman of the committee. And lastly the entry in the London Gazette for her award dated 6th August 1918. The ARRC medal comes in near mint condition and looks as if it has never left its box, the war service medal is also in excellent condition, it also comes in its box of issue. A superb medal for research, she is named several times in the British Nursing Journals, but I just haven’t had the time to wade through all of the pages for her entry. There is also several documents stored at the national Archives relating to the Red Cross Hospital for Officers at 4 Percival Terrace, Brighton, this includes information on patients as well as staff, so this too is going to need some sorting.
WW1 Austrian Karl Silver Bravery Medal. A much underrated medal in solid silver, awarded from 1916 to 1918 for acts of gallantry. This one was awarded to an enlisted man, as regular soldiers had a small device which was displayed on the ribbon. This medal is in perfect condition and only the original ribbon shows some wear.
WW1 Austrian Karl Silver Medal for Bravery Austrian 2nd class solid 800 grade silver medal awarded from 1916-1918 for bravery in the field; it comes in superb original condition and on its original ribbon this one was awarded to an enlisted man. Ref. 18108
WW1 Austrian Karl Silver Medal for Bravery Austrian solid silver version of this medal awarded from1916-1918 for bravery in the field; it comes in very good order and on its original ribbon, this one was awarded to an enlisted man.
WW1 Austrian Karl Silver Medal for Bravery Austrian silver class medal awarded from1916-1918 for bravery in the field; it comes in very good order and with a piece of un-used original ribbon
WW1 Austrian? Trench Knife. A WW1 era trench knife, not entirely sure what country of origin, I think it is Austrian. It has wooden scales as the grip. it has a steel guard and a straight spear point blade, with a single edge, the ricasso is just marked with, what looks like ‘WF’ joined. It has, what I would call an improvised scabbard, not original to the knife, I think these Austrian trench knives had small steel scabbards. But a very interesting piece which comes in good order overall but has some pitting and staining to the blade and it has been used and it is now well patinated. Please see detailed pictures for overall condition. It measures; 13.25 inches out of the scabbard.
WW1 Bavarian Gallantry Group – Battle of the Somme Just in from Germany is this wonderful WW1 Bavarian gallantry medal group, it comprises of the Iron Cross 2nd class (EKII) this has the makers mark of ?? on the suspender ring, the Bavarian merit cross 3rd class with swords and the Honour cross with swords, this has the rare Somme – Schalacht or battle of the Somme bar; all three medals are court mounted in the German style, this is very attractive and would look great framed and all three are in excellent original condition.
WW1 Bedford Regiment Badge set, both a brass cap badge and shoulder title and both in very good condition with lugs on the back.
WW1 Brass 75MM Trench Art Shell Case – Marne An interesting shell case clearly marked on the bottom with Remington UMC, this is a French shell case made under contract by the American manufacturer Remington, the base is well marked and the date for 1915 is hidden amongst it. The outer case has ‘Marne’ amongst leaves. A good sized piece standing 13.5 inches high
WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather Fragments From France Volume One Eigth Edition On 5th January 1916 The Bystander published an advertisement announcing that their Bairnsfather book Fragments from France—described as “48 pages of screaming comicality” - would be on sale shortly. Three weeks later, in the last week of January, Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls across England, and was an instant hit. Demand for Fragments from France was such that within a month of publication, the first and second editions of the book were “absolutely sold out”, the third edition was “nearly sold out” and a fourth and fifth edition were “in course of preparation.” In all, twelve editions of the first volume of Fragments from France were produced—each identifiable by the inclusion of the edition number on the inside title page, and a variety of different coloured covers. This example is the first issue no 8 edition, it comes in very good but used condition.
WW1 Bulgarian War Medal, a striking gilt bronze medal awarded to those who fought in the Great War, this medal was also awarded to German, Austrian and Hungarian vets. This one comes in near mint condition, I doubt you find a better example.
WW1 BWM to Mitchell E.A Royal Navy. WW1 British War medal correctly named to; M20171 John Mitchell Engine Room Artificer 4. Royal Navy. John Mitchell was born in Cornwall 1894. He joined the RN in 1906, but before that he was employed as a fitter and turner, this made him perfect for the rate of Engine Room Artificer. These chaps maintained and operated all aspects of the ships engines and machinery. This medal comes with one part of his service record which starts at February 1916, the first part is available to download from the national archives. The service record included shows john serving on various ships and land bases, including HMS Revenge in 1916/17, HMS Ramillies 1917/19. So he was serving on the larger R class battleships. He served with the RN until 1928 and was discharged at the rate of Engine Room Artificer first class and his conduct throughout his service was very good. This medal is in very good condition, it has one small edge knock and contact marks on the rim. It comes suspended on its original silk ribbon.
WW1 Cameron Glengarry Cap Badge A lovely quality 1914 pattern all white metal badge which shows some wear to the high points, comes in very good but used condition. Ref: T2
WW1 Carnarvonshire Volunteer Regiment Cap Badge A superb quality solid brass badge for the Volunteer training corps (VTC) used from 1914-1919, the badge is in excellent original condition, some wear to the high points but a very rare badge. Ref. U3
WW1 City of London Volunteer Corps Cap Badge, a very good quality all brass badge which has two lugs on the back to fix it to the cap, this one comes in perfect condition still showing some original lustre. Ref. L10
WW1 Comrades of the Great War Button Badge by Gaunt The Comrades of The Great War was an association formed in 1917 for ex-service men and women who had served or who had been discharged from service during First World War. They were one of the original four ex-service associations that amalgamated in May 1921 to form The British Legion. This badge is well marked on the back for Gaunt of London and has the serial number 377890, it comes in very good condition having a small blemish on the blue enamel on the ‘w’ and ‘r’ of war. Measures just under one inch in diameter.
WW1 Crested China Tank – Arms of Lewisham A really super condition WW1 crested porcelain tank made by the Coronet ware factory and showing to the top the arms of Lewisham in London. It measures 4.5 inches long and has no chips or cracks.
WW1 Dated 1916 German Shell Case – Well Marked This I think is a 16 pounder shell case which is very well marked to the base, unusually it has a manufacturers mark in this case Fried Krupp A.G for Friedrich Krupp of Essen Germany a very long lived and highly respected maker of artillery, ammunition and armaments, there are additional marks for Polte Magdeburg, the date Jan 1916 and the sp252 inspection mark. The case comes in very good condition and stands just under 11 inches high.
WW1 Death Plaque & Pair to West. Royal Warwick Reg. WW1 Memorial plaque and British war and victory medal pair all awarded and correctly named to 2994 Private Herbert West of the 2nd 8th battalion the Royal Warwickshire regiment. Herbert west came from and enlisted in Birmingham sometime at the latter part of 1914. His battalion formed part of the 182nd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. The units of this second line, the 2nd South Midland Division, remained at home for some time; along with other second line Divisions they suffered greatly from lack of equipment and training was inevitably affected. They were moved to Chelmsford in the April 1915 and soon afterward were issued a full title and became 61st (2nd South Midland Division). The units were inspected by Lord Kitchener on 6 August 1915 and by the King when they finally moved to Salisbury Plain before being sent to the western front in the May of 1916. When on French soil they were subjected to the hard training and drills they lacked back in England, which included time on the rifle and bombing ranges and it wasn’t until June 1916 that they were moved to the front line trenches at Neuve Chapelle on the Somme. The 2nd 8th battalion got their first assignment on the 26th to take a party of the battalion and raid the German trenches opposite their line. This was to be aided by artillery shelling on the enemy’s position just before the raid at 11.40pm. The weather was bad and it was raining heavily which made visibility poor for their first engagement. Unfortunately the details of the raid are not recorded, needless to say it was not a successful venture, the casualties were heavy with the loss of one officer and two OR’s killed one of which was private Herbert West, plus 35 OR’s missing or wounded with two officers missing. 2994 Private Herbert West was killed in action on the 26th June 1916, on the very first action his battalion was to see. He is now remembered with honour at the Loos Memorial, France. The medals and plaque are in excellent original condition and come with a copy of his medal index card and commonwealth war graves certificate, a copy of the battalion’s war diary from their arrival in France until Herbert’s death at the end of June. Also included in a wonderful original WW1 Warwick’s bi-metal cap badge, this is not Herbert’s original, but one I have added, should the buyer want to mount and frame the group, it’s just a nice finishing touch to honour this man.
WW1 Death Plaque in Memory of Pte Lowe Manchester Pals. A wonderful WW1 memorial or death plaque, in memorial of 17960 Private Charles William Lowe, (unique name) of the 20th battalion or 5th battalion Manchester Pals regiment. Charles was born in Gorton, Manchester, but when is unknown. The battalion was formed in Manchester on 8 November 1914 by the Lord Mayor and City, they formed part of lord Kitchener’s new modal army’s raised in wartime. He arrived in France on 9th November 1915 on the SS Princess Victoria with the 7th Division, missing the battle of Loos, which he must have been thankful for, as the British gassed themselves, there was insignificant breeze to carry it over the enemy lines. The following months were spent marching from billet to billet and undergoing training until New Year’s Day 1916 when the 20th battalion arrived at Morlancourt on the Somme and took up the reserve dug outs. They took their turn in the front line trenches with the 24th Manchester’s and life at the front was pretty much what you would expect during the stalemate; trenches on both sides were shelled followed by an assault on the enemies line, followed by a quick retreat back to the trenches, but the shelling was nearly every day and any new trench dug was soon destroyed. It must have seemed at times that they would not be able to hold the line; with such a severe bombardment of rifle grenades and shrapnel all of the time and every day brought more casualties and wounded. The 1st of July neared and orders were set ready for the big push, the 20th were to play a very active part in the assault, a copy of the orders and the account after written by Lieut Colonel E. Smalley are included, and are interesting reading, during the assault of the 1st July 1916, the men of the 20th battalion Manchester regiment 110 OR’s were killed and 171 wounded, 8 officers killed and 4 wounded, missing 29. For their action the battalion was invited to parade in front of General Rawlinson and were awarded 5 Military medals. Charles Lowe survived the battle and life in the battalion returned to, as before, still on the front line and still heavily involved in whatever action was happening, August resulted in a total of 147 men killed, wounded or missing. At the start of September the battalion moved up to Ginchy and were ordered to attack and capture the Village, and capture ‘Pint Trench’ and another trench to the south, this attack was to be carried out by the 1st battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the 20th battalion Manchester regiment. Below I have transcribed the account written by Lieu Col E Smalley, the officers commanding the 20th Manchester regiment. “On Saturday 2nd September, the battalion moved to Montauban and relieved the 22nd Manchester’s in the front line opposite Ginchy. During the night 2nd/3rd trenches were dug and preparations were made for the attack on the village. At 12 noon on the 3rd September the battalion attacked the village with the 1st battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the left and the Leinster regiment on the right. The battalion advanced with A and C companies in the front line, followed by D coy as mopping up party and B coy as carrying party in accordance with operation orders. The village was entered and not much opposition was encountered on our front, but the attack being totally held up on the left, the RWF were unable to enter the village and in consequence, our men were subjected to very heavy fire from the left flank, where the enemy occupied the remains of the village, and fired from loopholes. The part of the village south of the church was held by us for some hours, after which a counter attack in force was made by the enemy on the left flank, and our men were forced to retire south towards Guillemont. The village of Guillemont was taken without serious opposition by the troops on our right and was held. This enabled our men to remain in the southern part of Ginchy village though the north was still occupied by the enemy. There were heavy casualties in both officers and men and the battalion was relieved by the 9th Devon’s at midnight on the Sunday. We withdrew on the morning of the 4th to camp near Fricourt”. Also included is a copy of the orders for this battle with the supplied paperwork. 17960 Private Charles William of the 5th Manchester Pals was killed in action on 3rd September 1916; he is now remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial France. A little later the battalion returned to Morlancourt where the 20th Manchester’s were paramount in the battle of Morlancourt in the march of 1918. The French people were so thankful that the men of the 5th Pals had held their little town; they named a road after the battalion ‘Chemin de 20eme Regiment Manchester’. This plaque is in perfect condition, beautifully toned and looks as if it has never been mounted or polished. As already mentioned it comes with a host of copy paperwork, such as battalion battle orders for the Somme and Ginchy, of which Charles Lowe was a first day casualty. Also included is the commonwealth war graves certificate, Soldiers Died in the Great War details and his medal index card which confirms his full medal entitlement as the 1914/15 star trio; a rare find with lots of interesting history remembering this brave man.
WW1 Devonshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good WW1 issue all brass cap badge for the Devonshire regiment. The normal bi-metal version was in use from 1901 until 1956 when the queens crown appeared. This one is in very good order and comes heavily patinated and untouched. Ref. Z11
WW1 Dorsetshire Regiment Cap and Shoulder Badge. WW1 era Dorsetshire Regiment bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title. This is a lovely old badge, a little wear on the high points, but a wonderful patina. This badge was, I believe issued from 1901 until 1951 in variants. After this date a very similar badge was issued, but with just ‘Dorset’ in the banner at the bottom. The original shoulder title is also in good order. Ref. Z15
WW1 E-Tool Webbing Cover. A WW1 era E-Tool cover dated 1913. This took the double headed pick. Please see pics (axe not included). It come with an odd webbing strap dated 1919, which may come in useful if your collecting WW1 webbing. Both in very good condition.
WW1 East Suffolk Police Reserve Lapel Badge A very good quality white metal and blue enamel lapel badge for the east Suffolk police reserve, King’s crown but no makers mark, comes in very good condition with no loss to the enamel, measures 1.5 inches long.
WW1 East Yorkshire Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title. The badge is in lovely original condition but it has been issued and used, so it shows light wear to the high points. The shoulder title is also in very good condition. Ref. Z26
WW1 Era Trench Art Decorated Shell Case This well decorated WW1 era shell case is very indistinctly marked on the base so I am not sure of the country of origin, my best guess would be French. The case is nicely fashioned with a climbing rose on a textured background, stands 13.75 inches high and comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era 'The Queens Regiment' Officers Swagger Stick Here is an officers swagger stick for The Queens or Royal West Surrey regiment, it has a white metal top showing the Lamb with a flag and a halo over its head, the body of the cane is flexible bamboo which is black stained with a metal finial on the end. It comes in very good but used condition and measures 27.5 inches long.
WW1 Era 11th Btn London Reg Cap badge, a super WW1 badge for the Finsbury Rifles, it is a solid brass blackened badge which come in excellent condition, its only fault is some of the black finish has worn from the high points, apart from that, perfect. Ref M12
WW1 Era 12th Lancers Cap Badge. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge of the 12th Prince of Wales’s Royal Lancers. Used from 1903 to the 1950’s, this one is a very good example of this badge which comes in lovely original condition. Ref. V22
WW1 Era 13th Hussars Cap Badge A good quality small brass cap badge issued to the 13th Hussars until 1922 when they merged with the 18th Royal Hussars. Very good original condition with just slight wear. Ref. U11
WW1 Era 16th Battalion London Regiment Cap Badge, a quality blackened brass Queens Westminster Rifles badge, it is in good but issued and used condition, it still retains most of its original blacking, the brass just peeking through on the high points. Ref. J9
WW1 era 16th Lancers Cap & Collar Insignia. WW1 era 16th Lancers cap badge, all one piece in solid white metal, this comes with a same period collar badge. The cap badge is in perfect condition, the collar has the tips of the lances missing, but this is a rare find in a collar size.
WW1 Era 17th Lancers Cap Badge. The white metal skull badge of the Death and Glory boys, the regiment merged with the 21st lancers in around 1922 but this same badge was used. This is a WW1 era badge, as you can see from the pictures, the detail is very good, three-dimensional badge that sits very proud. Later issues are more flat in appearance. It comes in very good but used condition. Ref. B6
WW1 Era 1915 Dated Postcard – Grub's Going Up A sweet card with the header 'latest war news – grub's going up', designed by Reg Carter. This card was postally used in May 1915 and has been written on the back. It comes in good condition, some yellowing and a postal mark on the front.
WW1 Era 20th Hussars Cap Badge. A superb WW1 all brass cap badge of the 20th Hussars. This badge was issued until 1922 when they merged with the 14th Hussars to form the 14th/20th Hussars and a new style of badge was issued. This one is in wonderful original used condition and it has a lovely even patina. Ref. A17
WW1 Era 21st Lancers Cap Badge. A brass forage cap badge for the Empress of India’s Lancers. This badge was used from 1901 to 1922 when the regiment Merged with the 17th Lancers and took their infamous ‘Death or Glory’ badge. This one comes in excellent original condition with a good even tone. Ref. Y4
WW1 Era 3rd County of London Yeomanry Cap Badge This badge was issued after 1908. After the Great War the regiment became the 23rd London Armoured car company were they adopted a different badge. This badge is in original untouched condition heavily patinated and a wonderful example. Ref. V11
WW1 Era 6th Iniskilling Dragoons Cap Badge. The large 1914 pattern badge worn by the 6th Dragoons. Showing the Iniskilling castle in white metal with a brass strap title underneath. The regiment was merged with the 5th Dragoon guards in 1922 but the only changed to the badge was it became slightly smaller. It was in 1935 that the badge changed completely to VDG in white metal and the queens crown followed in 1955. This superb original badge is in excellent condition, now with a good even dark tone all over. Ref. Y31
WW1 Era 9th Lancers Cap Badge. The 1914 pattern bi-metal badge for the forage cap worn by the 9th Queens Royal Lancers. This badge comes in very good untouched condition. It has slight wear to the high points with a dark tone to both the brass and the white metal. Ref. X1
WW1 Era American Air Force Mess Officers Copper Tray This is an unusual piece, it is made from solid copper with heavy solid brass decorations on the handles, these are the United States wings for the Air Force, the bullet shape to the middle is relevant but I cant find the meaning for it. This would have been used in an officers mess probably for special occasions. It is fine quality and aside from light surface wear is in very good condition, it measures 16 inches x 9.25.
WW1 Era American Issue Postcard From the 'comical soldiers' series this card was posted in Massachusetts in July of 1917, it comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Arcadian China Crested Ware Gunboat – Cleethorps The Arcadian china factory was second only to the Goss factory in fact they used the Goss moulds for their figures, this piece dates from the WW1 era and features the arms for the town of Cleethorps, it comes in fair condition as it is missing a top turret and the ends of two of the guns.
WW1 Era Arcadian China Crested Ware Lifeboat Decorated with the arms of Lowestoft here in Suffolk this model lifeboat was made by the Arcadian china company, it comes in fair condition, there is one small area of damage, where the four bars go across the top of the boat, one has been broken and re-stuck, it measures 5 inches long.
WW1 Era Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Glengary Badge A quality white metal badge with domed and fretted centre, it comes in very good original condition however on of the lugs on the back is damaged but still present. Used from 1908 until after the second world war. Ref. W5
WW1 Era ASC Brass Shoulder Titles. A great pair of all brass WW1 issue, Army Service Corps shoulder badges. These were used up until 1919 when the regiment became the Royal Army Service Corps. This true pair comes in excellent condition, and both still retain their backing plates. Ref. Y23
WW1 Era Austrian Bravery Medal. A bronze class bravery medal issued from 1866 to 1917, this one is from the great war period and comes in good original condition and nicely toned. It comes with an original piece of un-used ribbon
WW1 Era Battlefield Find Mills Hand Grenade This is a near relic condition grenade from the WW1 era, looks like a dug up battlefield find, void interior and missing the mechanics from the top, stands 3.5 inches high. Ship to UK mainland only
WW1 Era Batty Grenade The WW1 Batty grenade came into use in 1915 and was the invention of a Major Batty, built on the basis of a simple prefragmented cylinder used by the French armies, the grenade body was filled with an ammonal explosive load and the end closed by a wooden plug, a simple wick connected through the plug with a five second delay. The use of improvised grenades such as the Batty was forbidden by the end of 1915 following to many accidents. This one stands 3 inches high and is in good order with a void interior.
WW1 Era Batty Grenade The WW1 Batty grenade came into use in 1915 and was the invention of a Major Batty, built on the basis of a simple prefragmented cylinder used by the French armies, the grenade body was filled with an ammonal explosive load and the end closed by a wooden plug, a simple wick connected through the plug with a five second delay. The use of improvised grenades such as the Batty was forbidden by the end of 1915 following to many accidents. This one stands 3 inches high and is in good order with a void interior. Ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 Era Bovril Booklet – Diary of the War Bovril as a clever form of advertising produced this booklet in 1917 to date and detail the war so far finishing at the end of ’16, it includes a double page on war medals and decorations (to date) and the badges of the forces. This charming and useful booklet comes in super condition for its age and is roughly A5 size.
WW1 Era Brass & Enamel Ypres Sweetheart Brooch A well made badge, the body is brass with coloured enamels and worn as a sweetheart brooch, comes in good condition with no loss to the enamels, the pin is present but the pin catch is broken, it measures just under 1.25 inches across.
WW1 Era British & French Flags Brass & Enamel Patriotic Badge Made by H.W. Miller of Birmingham this WW1 era patriotic brass and enamel badge has the joined flags of the UK and France, worn in support of the war effort it comes in good condition but has some small damage on the red part of the French flag, it measures just under 1.25 inches wide.
WW1 Era British Version Lusitania Medal After the sinking of the Lusitania by torpedo a medal was struck by the Germans and a history for this is below. This version is the British iron copy, it comes in very good condition and measures 55mm in diameter. Shortly after the event a commemorative medallion was struck by the Germans. Believed to have originated in Munich the medal was cast in iron and was 2.25 inches in diameter and weighed 1.5 ounces. The designer was Karl Goetz, creator of many medallions, and the initials K.G. are clearly visible on the obverse. On the obverse, under the inscription “No contraband” (Keine Bannware), there is a representation of the Lusitania sinking. The outline of the liner has been altered to resemble a warship. The designer has also put and aeroplanes, which (as was certified by United States Government officials after inspection) the Lusitania did not carry, but has conveniently omitted to put in the women and children who were on board. On the reverse, under the inscription “Business above all” (Geschaft uber alles), a smiling skeleton at the New York booking office of the Cunard Line is depicted. A line of waiting potential passengers and victims refuse to attend to the warning against submarines, given by a German figure in the background. The figure, presumably the German Ambassador, gazes reprovingly on the whole proceedings.
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather Fragments From France No 4 The fourth volume of Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls in the last week of August 1917, and the advertisements for it were full of incredible statistics revealing just how popular the series had been: “Already nearly two million copies of the Fragments have been sold. These must have been read, at a low estimate, by fifty million people....printing machines have been printing Fragments, without ever stopping, for the last eighteen months. Of each volume 60,000 copies have gone to the Dominions, Colonies and America.” This example comes in a distressed condition, the outer cover and first page are loose, all pages are present.
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather's Fragments From All the Fronts No 6 This is the sixth edition of Fragments from France published in November 1918 and features the addition of American, French and Italian soldiers, such was its popularity that it was kept in print throughout the duration of the war, below is a good history for the issue. This one comes in very good condition given its age. The fourth volume of Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls in the last week of August 1917,  and the advertisements for it were full of incredible statistics revealing just how popular the series had been: “Already nearly two million copies of the Fragments have been sold. These must have been read, at a low estimate, by fifty million people....printing machines have been printing Fragments, without ever stopping, for the last eighteen months. Of each volume 60,000 copies have gone to the Dominions, Colonies and America.” Fragments from France No. 5 was published in July 1918, almost a year after its predecessor Having devoted half page advertisements to the previous four volumes, it is interesting to note that The Bystander did not make any mention whatsoever of the release of this latest edition, or of Fragments from All the Fronts No. 6, which was published in November 1918 and featured the cartoons drawn by BB following his visits to the French, Italian and American fronts
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather's Fragments From France No 5 This is the fifth edition of Fragments from France published in July 1918, such was its popularity that it was kept in print throughout the duration of the war, below is a good history for the issue. This one comes in very good condition given its age. The fourth volume of Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls in the last week of August 1917,  and the advertisements for it were full of incredible statistics revealing just how popular the series had been: “Already nearly two million copies of the Fragments have been sold. These must have been read, at a low estimate, by fifty million people....printing machines have been printing Fragments, without ever stopping, for the last eighteen months. Of each volume 60,000 copies have gone to the Dominions, Colonies and America.” Fragments from France No. 5 was published in July 1918, almost a year after its predecessor Having devoted half page advertisements to the previous four volumes, it is interesting to note that The Bystander did not make any mention whatsoever of the release of this latest edition, or of Fragments from All the Fronts No. 6, which was published in November 1918 and featured the cartoons drawn by BB following his visits to the French, Italian and American fronts
WW1 era Bullion Cloth Lewis Gunner Sleeve Badge. A scarce piece of cloth insignia, gold bullion wire embroidered on to black woollen felt backing. The ‘L’ & wreath for a Light or Lewis Machine Gunner., worn on the No 1 dress uniform. The condition is very good for this age of bullion badge, and it is obvious it has been worn on a uniform at some time; the gilt wire is a little toned but no wire missing and no moth damage. It measures 2.5 inches wide.
WW1 era Cameron Highlanders Glengarry Badge. A lovely quality white metal badge which apart from very slight wear to the high points, it comes in excellent original condition. Ref. P8.
WW1 era Canadian WD Spoon. A very interesting spoon cast from tin, the mould taken from a Victorian Fiddle pattern desert spoon, so it even has the silver hallmarks on the back; these were issued to troops with their kit and very rarely survive due to the tin being very soft and they wore quickly, this one is about as close to perfect as you are going to get one of these spoons, it measures just over 7 inches long.
WW1 Era Cavanders Army Club Cigarette Tin A great lightweight metal tin made by Cavanders of London for cigarettes in this case ‘Sandhurst size’ the tin has good graphics and features a profile of ‘the major’ on the inner lid. Comes in good but well used condition and measures 5.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Cloth Marksman’s Arm Badge Issued to those soldiers who were considered a first class shot and worn on the left sleeve, this example is all sewn onto a green cloth backing, comes in very good condition but has been used on a uniform.
WW1 Era Comrades of the Great War Association Badge The Comrades of the Great war association was formed in 1917 for ex-service personnel who had served or had been discharged from the various services during WW1, these services amalgamated in 1921 to form the British legion. This badge was made by J. R gaunt of London and has the recipients number on the back, it comes in very good condition and measures just under one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era Copper & Brass Bugle – Riley of Birmingham This elderly bugle has had quite a life, it would date from WW1 or earlier and carries the makers mark of Henry Riley Constitution Hill Birmingham, it has also been scratch engraved with the buglers name of J C Woods, made from copper and brass it has been well used and abused, there are a number of dents pretty much all over, the mouthpiece is present and with a good blow works! It measures 10.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Crested Ware Model of a Red Cross Ambulance This crested ware model of a Red Cross ambulance bears the arms for Leicester, it has a retailers mark on the bottom for E. C. Spall of Leicester. It comes in good condition, there is one hairline over the top of the cab. It measures 3.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Daily Chronicle War Map of Europe The Daily Chronicle newspaper issued this style of map in three variants, on paper (like this one at a cost of six pence) on cloth or varnished and mounted so that people could keep up with the locations in Europe where the war was taking place. This one has had a lot of use, the front cover is adrift and there are a few holes on the fold lines, please see pictures, that said if it was framed up it would make a great picture.
WW1 Era Dated 1916 Wounded Servicemen Red Hospital Tie When the wounded men were convalescing they wore a blue uniform with red ties, here we have a stamped dated 1916 red tie with the broad arrow mark, comes in very good condition and is of a regulation size.
WW1 Era Dated 1917 Tucks Postcard – Victoria Concordia Crescit A postally used card showing the flags of the allies with the Latin motto Victoria Concordia Crescit’ roughly translated as ‘Victory grows through harmony’ also the motto of Arsenal football club. Stamped and posted in June 1917 and retailed by Raphael Tuck & Son, comes in fair condition.
WW1 era Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge. An excellent quality bi-metal badge, issued and used but still in wonderful condition. Ref. Q7
WW1 Era Duke of Lancasters Own Yeomanry Cap Badge A superb example of this WW1 brass badge, this one is either very heavily toned or blackened brass, a trip through regimental history might hi-light why this was done. Comes in excellent original untouched condition showing light wear. Ref. U15
WW1 Era Essex Regiment Cap Badge, a good quality badge in bi-metal, this one is in very good condition but you can see in the pictures it has some wear to the overall surface of the badge. Ref. J25
WW1 Era Essex Regiment Cap Badge. A quality bi-metal badge in very good condition with just a little wear to the surface but still a nice example. Ref. O8
WW1 Era First Life Guards Cap Badge An all brass badge issued for the Infantry forage cap used from 1896 until 1922, comes in very good condition showing just light wear and is nicely toned. Ref. W9
WW1 Era Flags of the Allies Postcard A great patriotic postcard showing the flags of the various allies, Britain, Belgium, Russia and France with a ‘stand together’ message below. Comes in good but used condition and has been written on.
WW1 Era Framed Suffolk Regiment Silkwork A beautifully hand made framed and glazed silkwork for the Suffolk regiment dating from the WW1 era, it has been very well executed with gold threads. At some stage when being framed someone has used an old large print of Admiral Beatty on the back, unfortunately he is upside down and missing the top of his head. The condition of the piece is very good and the frame measures 17.75 inches x 16.5.
WW1 Era French Booklet – La Victoire de la Piave The French produced a series of booklets for the Great war covering battles, victories, men and machines, this one is entitled the victory at Piave, this was a battle that took place in June of ’18 in Northern Italy between the French and the Austro-Hungarian army. 24 pages all in French with the occasional picture, comes in very good condition and is A5 size.
WW1 Era French Booklet – Les Pontonniers sur la Marne The French produced a series of booklets for the Great war covering battles, victories, men and machines, this one is entitled the pontoon builders at Marne. 24 pages all in French with the occasional picture, comes in very good condition and is A5 size.
WW1 Era French Commemorative issue – Famous Letters Produced by the French to commemorate the armistice of the Great War, this is a booklet made up of copies of letters from famous high ranking officers from the French nation and written in their own tongue, it does include towards the end a letter from general Haig. It comes bound in an embossed green cover and is just over A4 in size, shows signs of much use and wear.
WW1 Era French Made Binoculars in Case The British war museum have a nice example of these binoculars, they list them as first world war associated and are mark V. The eye pieces are marked L. Petit Paris, the optics are clear and bright and they focus perfectly, they come in their original brown leather case with the name of L. Langdon on the top and October 1906 on the base. Good all round condition but show signs of age and use.
WW1 era French Military Medal (Médaille Militaire) A wonderful example of this medal awarded for eight years of military service, on receipt of a citation, for being wounded in combat and for acts of bravery and devotion to duty. This one is in excellent original condition, un-cleaned and on its original ribbon.
WW1 Era French Postcard – German Soldiers In a Church A French postcard which shows German soldiers over running a church, one man is held at bayonet point another is being hit with the butt of a rifle and the priest who is ringing the church bell is held at gunpoint, the caption below 'le tocsin sonnait toujours' translates roughly as 'the bell is always ringing'. Unusually the sender has placed the postage stamp on the front of the card. The reverse has not been written on and the card is in very good condition.
WW1 Era German Artillery Guard Uniform A very original rare helmet, tunic, belt and buckle for a NCO of Prussian, 8th Rhenish Foot Artillery Guard circa 1912 – 14. The Pickelhaube has the ball spike of the artillery and the plate of the Prussian guard, all original apart from the helmet liner which I replaced myself around 10 years ago. The original liner was so dry, it just disintegrated when it was touched; I tried to save it but it would just flake into a kind of dust, which made a terrible mess wherever it was laid. One of the cockades is also a replacement, but it is very hard now to tell the difference between the two. This is in very good condition, it has suffered some shrinkage over the years, but nothing major. I have kept it well waxed over the years, so it hasn’t shrunk any further. The helmet is regimentally marked on the neck rim, this is very fades and quite difficult to see and photograph, but it is there. The tunic is all correct, has all its original buttons, braid, epaulets and cuff detailing. This has some wear as with the helmet, it has been used and worn. There is very light moth tracking on the cloth in very small areas, but no moth holes or damage. It is also very slightly faded, but not as much as you would expect on a uniform of over 100 years old. The belt, again a good original example and it originally came with the uniform. The leather is a little dry, but on the whole, I have kept it well waxed. The whole piece is just a joy to display and it looks fantastic on a manikin. I am also listing a NCO’s sword this week, this will accompany this uniform beautifully. As with all original uniform, it is quite a small size, this will not fit a modern man’s size manikin. It measures approximately; chest 38 inches. Across the shoulders; 17 inches. From collar to hem; 29 inches. Belt measures; 34 inches The 8th Rhenish Foot Artillery Guard formed part of the 16th Army Corps. They were originally formed in Metz in 1864 and the uniform’s epaulets have the black and white twisted braiding representing the town’s coat of arms. At the outbreak of World War I, the Corps was assigned to the 5th Army. It fought on the Western Front in Lorraine and it was still in existence at the end of the war but it had a changed to the 3rd Army. It consisted of 24 infantry battalions, 8 machine gun companies of 48 machine guns, 8 cavalry squadrons, 24 field artillery batteries of 144 guns, 4 heavy artillery batteries of 16 guns, 3 pioneer companies and an aviation detachment. A rare opportunity to obtain such a fabulous piece of WW1 German uniform at an auction price. As usual, my pictures do not do justice to this fabulous collectable. More photos are available on request.
WW1 Era German Der Welt Krieg Cigarette Card Album & Contents Just like the British collecting cigarette cards the Germans did the same thing and here is an album covering the Great War era and featuring a near complete collection of cards covering a variety of subjects. There is one card missing that I can see, the condition is good but used and I noticed one page has tears. Large sized measuring 13.5 inches x 10.
WW1 Era German Egg Grenade This style of German grenade known as the ‘egg’ grenade or ‘eierhandgranate’first appeared at the beginning of 1917, it was initially smooth bodied but a fragmented ‘belt’ was added to improve ease of throwing. This example comes in very good condition and has the addition of a plug in the top, this is marked on the base with OJ over R possibly a makers mark, measures 4.25 inches long including the plug. Ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 Era German Egg Grenade This style of German grenade known as the ‘egg’ grenade or ‘eierhandgranate’first appeared at the beginning of 1917, it was initially smooth bodied but a fragmented ‘belt’ was added to improve ease of throwing. This example comes in very good condition and has the addition of a plug in the top, this is marked on one side with WMJ possibly a makers mark, measures 3 inches long including the plug. Ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 Era German Soldier Commemorative Death Card Franz Kock Franz Kock was a soldier in the 12th Battalion Infantry Regiment 1st Company, he died on 7th February 1917 at the age of 18. Card comes in fair condition some signs of wear to the reverse side.
WW1 era German Toy Soldier. These old toy soldiers were made from mounded saw dust & resin or just about anything they had to hand. This one is of a WW1 infantryman wearing his M16 helmet and gas mask. It comes in excellent condition and it still retains 95% of its original paint.
WW1 Era German Trench Art Mauser Bullet – Anchor An unusual piece of WW1 German trench art, made from a Mauser bullet casing this piece has a copper insert in the top in the shape of an anchor, the base has a series of markings and includes ‘15’ for 1915, standing 3.5 inches high it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Era German Trench Art Mauser Bullet – Cross An unusual piece of WW1 German trench art, made from a Mauser bullet casing this piece has a copper insert in the top in the shape of a cross, the base has a series of markings and includes ‘16’ for 1916, standing 3.25 inches high it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Era German Trench Art Mauser Bullet – Obelisk An unusual piece of WW1 German trench art, made from a Mauser bullet casing this piece has a copper insert in the top in the shape of a pointed obelisk, the base has a series of markings and includes ‘16’ for 1916, standing 3 inches high it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Era Grenadier Guards Cap Badge. A quality all brass badge that comes in lovely original condition and it has two lugs on the back for attaching to a cap. Ref. O16
WW1 Era Hallmarked Silver Cigarette Case – London Rifle Brigade 1917 A super hallmarked silver cigarette case with a badge also in silver for the London rifle brigade on the front. The case is hallmarked inside on both sections for Birmingham 1917 but has no makers mark I can find. It comes in very good condition, there a few dings here and there, it still has its elasticated ciggie holders inside but these are very baggy. Measures just under 3.5 inches long and is 2.5 inches wide.
WW1 Era Hallmarked Silver Sweetheart Badge – Wiltshire Regiment This is a nice quality sweetheart badge for the Wiltshire regiment, it took me a while to find the silver hallmarks but they are to be found along the top edge of the bar behind the central emblem, to hard to read unfortunately. The badge is in very good condition and measures two inches long.
WW1 Era Hand Embroidered Suffolk Regiment Crest. The badge and emblem of the Suffolk regiment, hand embroidered in silk thread and presented in its original oak glazed frame. These were made by convalescing wounded soldiers or by their sweethearts left at home, to keep their minds occupied. It is now a little scruffy as it has never been out of the frame. It measures 9 x 11.5 inches.
WW1 Era Heel Irons for Military Boots A pair of WW1 era heel irons complete with their original nails, they come in unused condition.
WW1 Era Herefordshire Yeomanry Cap Badge A super quality 1914 pattern brass cap badge worn through the first world war, after 1919 this regiment was converted to artillery. This one is in excellent original condition with just a little wear to the high points, with a nice even tone. Ref. U10
WW1 Era Humerous Postcard - Egyptian Fruit Seller Taken from the 'Egyptian Humour' series this card depicts a fruit seller with the caption, 'oranges! Very sweet, very clean' this must have had a relevance in its time perhaps not sweet or clean, the card comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Humerous Satirical Postcard 'Commandeered' An interesting postcard showing a number of children in various styles of uniforms marching to defend the country, it is entitled 'commandeered'. It has been written on and was sent from Aldershot, it comes in fair condition but a little rough in places.
WW1 Era Imperial German Officers Sword. Imperial German Army Officer's Sword (Heer Mannschaftsabel) from about 1890 through to WWII. Used by the officers of various branches of service. These sabre type swords were made by a number of well-known German edged weapon manufacturers. This particular example was manufactured by WKC. Weyersburg Kirschbaum & C of Solingen, Germany. the hilt is a ‘D’ guard made from all metal and nickel-plated. It has a leather grip with decorative twisted silver wire wrap. The guard is down swept with a ball type finial, with langet’s or ears which extend over the scabbard throat. It has a good steel blade, which is single-edged with a single fuller on each side. There is no rust on the blade, but there is some pitting to the blade in small areas, nothing too bad. Scabbards were usually nickel-plated, with a single hanger-ring and attaching loop for a belt frog, this one has been later painted black and has a dent on the bottom half of the scabbard. The condition is very good overall, some pitting to the nickel finish on the guard, but nearly all the original plate still exists. The scabbard, is as mentioned painted black, also has one dent on each side. All in all a very good example of this type of Imperial German officers sword. Shipping to UK only via courier charged at £12.95
WW1 era Indian Army LSGC Medal - Indian Hospital Corps A beautiful sterling silver medal with king George V bust to the obverse and the reverse decorated with a wreath of lotus flowers and lily leaves and written inside is ‘For Long Service and Good Conduct’. Issued for 20 years meritorious service in the Indian Army, this one is correctly named to G-33128. 2 Gde. W-Svt. Nabi Bakhsh. 1. IHC. Named to a scarcer regiment this man was a 2nd grade Ward Servant of the 1st Indian Hospital Corps. The work that this man undertook was long and hard, usually posted to combat areas to serve the wounded and sick of the Indiana Army; the IHC manly did the menial service in British Station Hospitals and as a 2nd grade ward servant, he would have had all the horrible jobs that no one else could stomach. The Indian Hospital corps was quite short lived, they were the amalgamation of the Indian Army Hospital Corps and Indian Army Bearer Corps coming together for the great war to treat wounded or sick Indian Soldiers; after the war they were renamed the Indian Army Medical Corps, dates of when this actually happened depends on which book you read, but the corps only lasted for only 8 years or so. This medal is in lovely condition, there are a few contact marks to the rim but no edge knocks; it comes mounted on its original ribbon and on a piece of covered card for display. A beautiful medal for display. 17445
WW1 era Italian 1888 Pat Grenadier Officers Sword. WW1 Italian Grenadier Officers sword, a scarce sword worn by the officers of Italy’s oldest regiments dating back to before the Napoleonic wars. During the first world war they were very active fighting the Austrian army along the Italian-Austrian border and the conquest of Monfalcone on the Adriatic coast. And towards the end of the war became part of Italy’s mechanized infantry. This sword has a bowel/basket guard made of good quality steel, a ebonised wooden grip, cut with finger slots, so it is very comfortable to hold and it will not slip from the hand. The back strap is made of solid nickel and half hatched. It has a very good blade, long and straight which has been beautifully etched with scrolls, foliage and military devices along with Italy’s royal coat of arms. Please see pictures. The blade slips into a steel scabbard fitted with two hanger rings with nickel straps. The condition of this sword is excellent and totally untouched. The hilt is well patinated to a good deep chocolate colour which matches the scabbard. The blade is just as good, no rust or pitting and the etching is still clear and clean. A really nice sword, something a little unusual from a very active WW1 regiment. It measures 38.5 inches long. shipping to UK only
WW1 Era J.T. Coppock Military Issue Binoculars A period pair of military issue binoculars made by J.T. Coppock and marked accordingly but very faintly on one of the sides, the broad arrow mark is near the adjuster. These have had a hard life, one lense on the left side inner has a flaw, you can still see through them but it does affect the vision, the body shows signs of use and wear.
WW1 Era Kershaw Military Marked Binoculars A good pair of WW1 military binoculars made by 'Kershaw' they have the broad arrow mark on the bottom and optical information on each arm, one having 'bino prism No2 MKII (obscured) x6' they are a bit shabby in condition but have the most clear lenses which could do with a clean.
WW1 Era Kings Own Cap Badge. A lovely old solid brass badge for the Kings Own Royal Lancastrian Regiment. this is the large wind badge used during the first world war; the regiment used the badge in varying sizes etc up until the anodized version, then the lettering appeared in a solid block and not skeletal re the above version. It comes in very good but used condition, it has a nice even tone and a long slider on the back, which is a bit bent out of shape. Ref. B13
WW1 Era Kings Royal Rifle Corps Cap Badge. A blackened brass badge showing the battle honours for the regiment, this one includes the Relief of Ladysmith, so it puts the production after 1905. It comes in good but used condition, a little out of shape and the slider on the back is slightly askew. Ref. B3
WW1 Era Leather Buskins A super condition pair of WW1 era leather buskins, not military marked but perfect for the re-enactor, hard to gauge but probably will fit a medium size calf. They are both in very good but used condition, both straps are present and strong, the measure 11.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Leather Case – German I think this solid leather case is German in origin, there are some very faint marks to the front under the flap, they are od.15 with 11M under and ‘A’ under this, the inside is lined with fine blue velvet suggesting that whatever it contained had to be well protected, there are separate pockets inside and an interesting metal lined tube container, at the bottom of the case was a rusty double ended screwdriver/spanner, not sure if it belongs but I will leave it in. So not sure what it protected, it comes in well used condition with some of the stitching loose on the sides and lid, the flap buckle is also detached, it measures 8.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Leather Covered Cosh As cosh’s go this one doesn’t look to mean but I still wouldn’t want to be hit with it! It has a solid yet very flexible core that has a brown leather cover sewn up the middle and finished with a leather strap handle, it has seen some use with the leather being worn in places the handle is solid and complete, it measures 13 inches long.
WW1 era Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge. A superb Bi-metal badge, which comes in perfect condition. Ref. P20. This badge as well as all my items comes with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
WW1 Era Liverpool Scottish Sweetheart Brooch A rare high quality white metal sweetheart badge for the Liverpool Scottish regiment, although not marked for silver the quality of this badge suggests a high grade metal. Comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
WW1 Era Lord Roberts Workshop Medal Entitled 'A silent tribute' this small WW1 era medal was made in the Lord Roberts Memorial workshops' the workshops were set up following the Boer war to enable disabled ex soldiers to have an occupation and income, the workshops were named after Lord Roberts following his death in 1914. Made from a soft base white metal the front shows Roberts and on the reverse the silent tribute quote, it is just clinging to its victory type ribbon and because of the nature of the metal is a bit worn and stained. Appears to be an uncommon medal and measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era Lothians & Border Horse Officers Bronze Cap Badge. A superb Bronze badge showing the wheatsheaf, symbolic to the Lothian and Border farmlands from where the regiment was recruited. This one comes in perfect condition and the slider is stamped J. R. Gaunt Birmingham. Ref. B14
WW1 era M98 Mauser (Butcher) Bayonet. Quit a good example of this iconic weapon made for the 1898 modal Mauser rifle. This one is a slightly different variant than usual, it is known as having high ears, that is there is no muzzle ring, just a round grove in the cross guard for the muzzle to sit, this has high sides or ears to support the muzzle. It is in good condition but obviously sat for some years as the blade is a little pitted and an area to one of the grips has been broken and lost, it has a German proof mark to the pommel but the main makers mark looks like it has been ground off, apart from all that it displays well and it is a fair and reasonably priced example. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
WW1 Era Mercantile marine Miniature Medal Original period medal awarded by the board of trade to members of the Merchant Navy who had undertaken more than one voyage through a danger zone during the great war. This one comes in near mint condition and on its original silk ribbon.
WW1 Era Metropolitan Police Sergeant Medal Etc to Alban Fathers A nice group of three items to the interestingly named Sergeant Alban Fathers, along with his special constabulary faithful service medal are his cap badge and metropolitan whistle, all items in very good order.
WW1 Era Mine Clearance Service Badge. A superb original mine sweepers sleeve badge issued originally from 1918 to the early 1920’s. This one is in excellent original condition, only very slight wear to the high points, but it has a lovely mellow patina. Ref. Z9
WW1 Era Miniature Medal Ribbon Bar with Roses A good condition miniature medal ribbon bar for a 1914 trio complete with original metal ‘roses’ emblem, shows signs of age and use, measures 1.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Norfolk Constabulary Special Constable Bronze Badge A good chunky lump of a badge made from bronze issued to the special constables of the Norfolk constabulary, this is the button hole type and comes in very good but used condition, measures just over two inches long.
WW1 Era Northamptonshire Regiment Cap Badge. Excellent quality 1914 pattern bi-metal badge in perfect condition. Ref. O3
WW1 Era Northamptonshire Regiment Cap Badge. A very good bi-metal badge issued from 1900 until 1958 when the regiment merged into the East Anglian Brigade. This one has a nice long slider and a larger size, so a good WW1 era issue. it shows a little wear and it has a nice even patina. Ref. A12
WW1 era Officers Compass in Leather Case. A wonderful WW1 era Blackened Brass officers compass in its original case which is dated 1917. Most front line officers were issued this type of compass, so they are usually well used and worn. This one is in superb original condition, showing very little wear to black finish over the brass body of the compass. The compass itself is still in very good working condition with no loss to the fluid it is suspended in. The leather case, which looks to be its original, that is, all the wear is in the right places fitting this particular instrument; this is dated 1917, but the date mark is pretty hard to make out, in fact, I didn't notice it myself, a friend pointed it out, but it is there, again, it comes in excellent condition. A really good example and in a very collectable grade. Please see pictures
WW1 Era On War Service Brass Badge 1915 Issued to members of the public engaged in war work either in reserved occupations or otherwise not eligible for active war service, this is an all brass example, it carries a makers mark on the back which is rubbed, good but used condition, measures just under 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Overseas Club Christmas Day Gifts Certificate Encouraged to raise funds and supply gifts for service personnel overseas British children were rewarded with these ‘thank you’ certificates from the overseas club, dated 1915 it was awarded to Nellie Simpson, comes in very good condition with signs of age.
WW1 era Photograph Post 1916 German Cavalryman. A fabulous original photograph showing a German Cavalry NCO wearing his new pattern of uniform, especially the M16 Stahlhelme. He is also showing his 1891 pattern cavalry sword and wearing his riding boots with spurs. You could have hours of fun researching every element of this photo, it has a few creases and a corner missing, but a rare find, a dismounted cavalry officer. It measures 4.5 x 7 inches.
WW1 Era Photograph Postcard RFA 'Tifies' A nice photo postcard showing a group of men from the Royal Field Artillery in front of their tents, it is marked to the front RFA 'Tifies' I have not been able to work out what tifies are perhaps just a slang name for their unit?, the card is marked to the back, France August 30th Cyril'. Comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Photograph Postcard – The Q.O Cameron Highlanders Taken from the Aldershot tattoo series this card shows a regiment of the Cameron Highlanders with rifles and bayonets attached. The card comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Photographic Postcard Army Small Bore Rifle Teams An interesting photographic postcard showing the winners of a small bore rifle shooting contest from different regiments including: Middlesex, MGC, Black Watch, RE, Lancashire Fusiliers etc. Card comes in good condition, rough on one corner.
WW1 Era Photographic Postcard R.F.A Royal Review 1920 A very clear photographic postcard issued in 1920 showing the Royal review of the 1st battery 37th brigade Royal Field Artillery. Has not been postally used and comes in ok condition, one corner has been folded and some roughness to edges.
WW1 Era Postcard Booklet – L’argonne France Here is a booklet of 24 postcards showing various scenes from L’argonne in France just post war with various areas of war damage to buildings and surrounding farmland, it comes in very good and complete condition just one card having a rough edge and some light curling to the corners.
WW1 Era Postcard – 'C.B. !-!' A good WW1 era postcard with the slightly confusing title of 'C.B. !-!' and showing a duck ankle tied to a post. This card has been postally sent and includes stamp and message, comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Postcard – Crashed Zeppelin Suffolk 1917 An interesting photo postcard showing the remains of a crashed Zeppelin entitled 'the strafed Zepp' No 3 in a series, to go with it is a vintage hand written note detailing the survivors (all 3 of them) and all of the crew who died, 16 in total, the note makes reference to two different numbers for the Zeppelin, a quick Google of LZ95 brings up a full explanation of the number change. Postcard comes in very good not postally used condition.
WW1 Era Postcard – Flowers of France This is a very unusual WW1 era postcard not a silk in the traditional manner, this one is made from raised velvet flowers top dresser with real dried fine green flower heads on stalks, above and below it reads ‘Flowers of France gathered for you’. Comes in very good condition and has been written on.
WW1 Era Postcard –Happy Tommies Wearing Hun Helmets Issued by the Daily Mail war pictures series this postcard shows a crowd of soldiers with a some of the men in the front wearing Pickelhaubes. The card comes in very good condition, has not been postally used but someone has written August 1914-1916 on the back.
WW1 Era Prussian 44th Field Artillery NCO's Schirmmütze. A non-commissioned officers peeked cap of the Prussian Field Artillery, circa late war period. It is very dark blue / black with a black band and red piping; a composite brim and it has both national and state cockades. Inside is a leather sweatband and a textured linen liner. So a medium quality cap in the day. The inside is marked with regimental markings for the 44th Regiment Field Artillery, plus other marks, which needs more research. It comes in wonderful condition, no moth damage, just showing a little wear on the inside.
WW1 era Prussian Ersatz Pickelhaube This scarce 1915 pattern Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube has a leather shell and grey painted metal fittings, both Kokarden, chin strap and liner, all original to this helmet and completely untouched. There is a makers mark and date of 1916 on the inside of the helmet, there is also a unit mark of 55 on the back peek, possibly for the 55th Mixed Ersatz Brigade, but this needs a bit more digging to confirm. The helmet as mentioned is in untouched original condition, this means it has had no restoration, repair or attention from the last day it was taken off the soldiers head, so there is some faults which include, the leather skull has had some amount of shrinkage but the leather on the whole is very good and stable if not a little dry; both Kokarden have never been re-painted and the Prussian plate has not been off this helmet for a very long time. A superb helmet if you like authenticity and a piece with wonderful investment potential.
WW1 Era Queen Mary’s Regiment Surrey Yeomanry Metal Ashtray A simple ashtray made from aluminium and set with the badge for Queen Mary’s Regiment Surrey Yeomanry, comes in good condition but as the metal is soft the badge is a little worn, measures just under 4.5 inches in diameter.
WW1 Era RA Officers Leather Pouch. A good field brown leather ammunition pouch worn by an offices if the Royal Artillery. It comes in good but used condition, its only faults being, the badge has been replaced by a slider version and the little strap which would have kept it closed is missing, but all the important gilt brass parts are still present. It just needs a good wax and it will look superb.
WW1 era RAOC Cap Badge. A quality all brass badge for the Royal Army Ordinance Corps, used up until 1919, this one comes in very good original condition. Ref. R24
WW1 Era Regimental Signaller or Signals Instructor Cloth Badge A WW1 era cloth badge for a regimental signaller or a signals instructor cloth sleeve patch, this one has seen better days, it comes in fair but well used condition, there is some loss to the white stitching on the right hand flag, but an historical badge, if only it could talk.
WW1 Era RN Leading Wireman Bullion Badge. The gold bullion dress Royal Navy trade sleeve badge for a leading wireman. It is in good condition, but is has been well used and taken from a uniform.
WW1 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Silver Sweetheart Bar Brooch A well made sterling silver (tested) and enamel WW1 era sweetheart bar brooch for the RAMC, comes in good condition, one small loss to the red enamel on the crown and measures just over two inches long.
WW1 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Sweetheart Badge. A super little brass sweetheart badge for the RAMC, unusally this one also has a swag with the regiments moto along the bottom; ‘In Arduis Fide Lis’; ‘Faithful in Adversity’, along with the regiments name. It comes in excellent condition with its original pin, which is also in good order. It measures; 1.25 x 1.25 inches.
WW1 Era Royal Artillery Very Large Trench Art 18 Pounder Scuttle This is a very unusual and very large trench art scuttle made from a very well marked 18 pounder shell case, on the base it is dated for 1914 along with the marks for 18Pr and the broad arrow. The handle has been formed from four bullets, on the top is the badge for the Royal Artillery, the two feet are made from bullet tips and a final finishing touch is the inclusion of a French coin in the inside bottom. This is a large and heavy piece measuring 6.75 inches long, to be honest I cant see a use for it, it is to large to be for sugar and to small for coal so was probably made as an ornament.
WW1 Era Royal Bucks Hussars Cap Badge. A super quality little white metal badge for Colonel Rothschild’s Bloodhounds, the name given to the regiment at the time. This one is the slightly scarcer white metal variant which comes in wonderful original condition, the slider is stamped J.R. Guant Birm. Ref. S10
WW1 Era Royal Horse Guards Cap Badge. A quality all brass badge which is in very good condition showing just a little wear to the high points. Ref. O14
WW1 Era Royal Warwickshire Regiment Cap Badge. 1914 pattern bi-metal badge which has been issued and worn. There is some wear to the surface and the slider on the back, looks like it has been shortened slightly, probably so it fitted into a cap more comfortably. Still a cracking example of this beautiful heraldic badge. Ref. X10
WW1 Era Sergeants Cloth Arm Band An intriguing one this, it has a 'home made' feel to it as the centre stripe is nicely sewn on then the two outer ones have been added with less care. It could be a sergeants arm band or if turned the other way could be service stripes, I'm not sure either way it comes in good but a little grubby condition.
WW1 Era Ship Searchlight on U-Boat Postcard This WW1 era postcard has a scene of a battleship with its spotlight shining on an emerging U-Boat, it’s a dark and moody picture but on the back it has an advert for the Royalty theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue London, someone was going to send this but only got as far as writing ‘dear’ and ‘Miss’. Comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Silk Handkerchief – Souvenir de France – Flags of the Allies These beautiful silk handkerchief were made in France and sold at YMCA aid stations etc behind the front lines, for soldiers to send home to their love ones, this one has the flags of the allies in bright coloured silks to one corner with the words 'Souvenir de France' under. It comes in super condition just one tiny pin hole and is made from the finest sheer silk, it measures 12.5 inches square.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Butterfly with Flags This is a super WW1 silk postcard, it is the lift flap version complete with inner card, to the front is a well detailed butterfly with the flags of the allies hidden in the wings, the inner card has the French flag with cockerel and the French ‘pour le droit’ or ‘for the right’ to the top and ‘to my dear brother’ on the bottom. It comes in very good condition with just light foxing.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Flags & Four Leaf Clover A good WW1 era silk postcard with the flags of Britain and France to the front with a luck four leaf clover between, this is the lift flap variety but is lacking the inner card, comes in good condition, there are a couple of holes in the silk but no foxing obvious.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Flowers and Inner Card A pretty WW1 era silk postcard simply decorated with flowers, this is the lift flap version and includes its inner card which has ‘ to my dear sister’, comes in very good condition with light foxing and has been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Forget Me Not A pretty WW1 era silk postcard entitled ‘forget me not’ and having the flags of France and Britain, comes in fairly good condition with some foxing to the silk and has writing on the reverse.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Happy 1916 Year A good WW1 silk postcard, simple in its design and I think a new years card for 1916, decorated with flowers, comes in very good condition with some foxing to the silk and has been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Not Absent in Thoughts A pretty and unusual WW1 era silk postcard showing six birds on a branch each having a flag of one of the allies making up their chests, comes in very good condition, very light foxing to the silk and has been written on on the back but only with a simple greeting.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Remember This is a super quality WW1 era silk postcard, it has the simple message ‘remember’ to the front but also has a well detailed Union flag to the centre with flowers around, this is a lift flap version complete with inner card which has ‘united for ever’, comes in very good condition with just some very light foxing and has not been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Remember Me A pretty WW1 era silk postcard entitled ‘remember me’ showing flowers tied with a patriotic bow, comes in fair condition, it has been written on and the silk has some light foxing.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – To My Dear Mother A very pretty WW1 era silk postcard entitled ‘to my dear mother’, it has a lift flap which is decorated with a detailed golden basket and purple flowers, comes in good condition and has been written on the reverse.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – to my Dear Mother A pretty WW1 era silk postcard this one having the lift flap front but missing its inner card, the decoration is a large flower to the centre with the flags of the allies circling it, comes in good condition with some foxing to the silk and has been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – To My Dear Wife A nicely detailed and pretty WW1 silk postcard entitled ‘to my dear wife’, this is the lift front flap variety but is lacking the inner card, has been written on the back but otherwise is in very good condition.
WW1 Era Soldiers Postcard Home A slightly confused postcard home from a soldier in training, partly written right way up partly upside down, he writes that he has been vaccinated and has suffered a headache amongst other things. Card comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Solid Brass Fuse 18 Pounder? This fuse is very knocked about probably by ploughing in the fields of France or Belgium, it has been cleaned up and has letters and numbers all over but I have been unable to identify it, if it helps there is a V over MJ and 1867, these are the clearest marks. Measures 3.25 inches.
WW1 era South Staffordshire Cap Badge, a good quality 1914 pattern bi-metal badge which comes in good but issued condition. M25
WW1 Era South Wales Borderers Cap & Shoulder Badges. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title for the SWB. A beautiful badge with wonderful detail, showing very little wear. The little three letter shoulder title is in excellent condition too.
WW1 Era Special Constabulary Medal, Badge & Whistle to NCO Here is a nice collection of items all belonging to the same man, the group consists of the 'for faithful service in the Special Constabulary' medal named to: Group Leader Henry Rob, the rank of 'group leader' I am assuming was the equivalent to a Sergeant. Henry Rob's bronzed large size Met special constabulary badge made by W.O. Lewis Howard Street Birmingham and his metropolitan police whistle. All three items are in super condition.
WW1 Era Spurs with Front Leather Pads Worn by the RFA, RHA, ASC and other regiments during the great war; these nickel spurs have their original leather work and include the front pads worn across the front of the boots, they come in very good but used condition.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Brooch Worcester Regiment A well made sterling silver and coloured enamel sweetheart brooch for the Worcestershire regiment, the back is marked 'sterling' with a makers mark of TLM. It comes in super condition just one minor loss to the white enamel at the bottom and although clean it needs a good polish as there is old brasso between the spines of the badge, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver East Yorkshire Regiment Sweetheart Brooch A lovely sweetheart brooch marked to the back with Sterling and decorated to the centre with the white rose of Yorkshire in enamel with blue enamel on the ribbon bottom. Comes in very good but used condition and measures just over one inch long.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver New Zealand Sweetheart Brooch A delicate little badge marked Sterling silver on the back and decorated with blue enamel, it has the motto 'onward' for the New Zealand regiment. Comes in fair condition, there is some loss to the enamel on the left hand side, it measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver York & Lancaster Sweetheart Brooch A good early sweetheart brooch for the York & Lancaster regiment, marked silver on the back, it comes in fair condition, could benefit from a good clean, there is some minor loss on the enamel along the bottom, it measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Sweetheart Brooch - 3rd King's Own Hussars A pretty sweetheart brooch for the 3rd King's Hussars, made from a white metal with blue enamel it comes in good condition just a small area of rust on the horse, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Trench Art Brass Tank A great hand made piece based loosely on the many variations of tanks used, the base is a sheet of brass and inscribed on it is 'souvenir of the Great War', the body is also brass with white metal runners and turret, the guns are copper rod and the sides are painted black. It comes in very good condition and the base measures 5 inches x 4.
WW1 Era Tri-Lingual Postcard A nice quality card printed in French, German and English with the caption 'with you all the world over' and actually made in Belgium. Has not been postally used and is good condition.
WW1 Era USA Postcard A humorous postcard sent in April 1918 In Michigan USA, it has been written on and for the life of me I cant identify the language, comes in good but used condition.
WW1 Era Utility Jack Knife A good quality three section jack knife, not military marked but commonly used by service personnel, made by Roberts of Sheffield, comes in good but used condition and some tiny losses on the handle shields near the hinges, measures 11 inches fully open.
WW1 Era Voluntary Training Corps Brass Badge The central association of Volunteer training corps was formed in 1914 to counter the threat of German invasion, the forerunner of the 'homeguard' it was initially unrecognised by the war office but eventually got recognition as the 'central association of volunteer training corps, in November 1914, it was disbanded in 1920. A nice example of the the badge in brass and enamel and made by Fattorini of Bradford. Measures 1.5inches long with a button fixing on the back.
WW1 Era West Riding Regiment Cap Badge. A wonderful 1914 pattern bi-metal badge showing the Duke of Wellingtons crest and motto, it has a little wear to the high points but still is in excellent original condition. Ref. O21
WW1 Era West Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge. The large WW1 era forage cap badge of the Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. this style of badge was in use in its various materials and sizes until it merged into the Yorkshire Brigade in 1958, then they wore the brigade badge of a Yorkshire rose below the queens crown. It comes in very good original condition and the slider is stamped J. R. Gaunt B’Ham. Ref. A16
WW1 Era Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge. A super white metal badge for the Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment. known by the regiment as the Eiffel Tower badge because of its appearance it was used from 1902 to around 1920. This is a nice example, it does have a little wear to the surface, but it has been issued and used. Ref. B11
WW1 Essex Regiment Officers Sterling Silver Cap Badge. A beautiful officers sterling silver dress cap badge of the Essex regiment. It is lovely quality with good patination and comes in excellent condition, just slight wear to the high points, which are not at all noticable. It is marked 'Silver' on the back and it has also been tested as .925 sterling silver. A real cracker. Ref. X21
WW1 Fife & Forfar Yeomanry Officers Silver Cap badge. A very good quality sterling silver officer’s cap badge for the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. It is marked ‘silver’ to the bottom part of the badge; this is extremely hard to see, in fact I missed it all together, someone pointed it out to me. It is in very good condition but is has been used, there is some wear to the high points in the badge, (please see pictures) but this is common on silver badges as they wore quite quickly when kept polished. All round a scarce badge for this yeomanry regiment who saw service in WW1 in a number of Territorial units, as battalions of mounted infantry, Black Watch and Lovat Scouts, I believe. An interesting history behind this badge, if only it could talk.
WW1 French Battle Commemorative Medal. A nice little medal sold to raise funds for the French war effort and to commemorate the battles of La Marne, Yser, Verdun and la Somme. These are not a rare medal, usually found in white metal or brass, this one is a little scarcer being gilt bronze and it comes in near mint condition.
WW1 French Battle Commemorative Medal. An attractive French white metal ‘day of battle’ medal, this one for the 25th & 26th December 1915. To the front it shows a line of French infantrymen advancing with a bugler to the front. It comes on a little blue, white and red silk ribbon and comes in very good condition.
WW1 French Citron Foug or Lemon Model Grenade During 1915 the French had to step up their manufacture of grenades and following early designs copying German stick grenades called ‘asparagus’ grenades they designed the ‘lemon’ variety, simple in construction with a prefragmented steel body equipped with a rudimentary wooden ignition percussion plug which had a percussion block inside the wooden block and no safety devices. This example comes in good condition, missing the plug and measures approx. 3.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 French Officers Gallantry Group. Good original French medal groups come up very rarely these days unless they are at specialist auctions, this one just in from France and comprises of the Legion d'Honneur, 1914 – 1918 Croix de Guere with two Palm emblems, the equivalent to a mentioned in dispatches, to accompany this is an award rosette this was to be worn on civilian clothes or by the wife of the recipient; the Combatant's Cross issued to front line combatants, this comes with the Combatant's Fourragère, this is a unit award. This particular one is awarded to any unit that was cited four or five times in Army dispatches, all members of the unit wear it once it has been awarded to that unit; also the Allied Victory Medal and the World War 1 Commemorative Medal This whole group was awarded to Captain Mesnil of the 91st regiment of infantry and comes with his military ID card containing his signature, and a wonderful photograph of the Captain wearing his Legion of Honour and War Cross medals. His ID card which is dated 1918 shows he was transferred into the 66th infantry reserve regiment. I have been in touch with the French National Archives, I can state he was not a casualty and his papers and unit history are available to purchase as they are not yet on line, it would be fascinating to find out why he was awarded these gallantry medals and for what action. Everything included is in very good original condition, the medals do have odd minor faults where they were mounted at one time, but this is only very minor, please see pictures. The picture and ID card are good considering their age, all in all a nice scarce group to an allied officer now they come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
WW1 French Postcard – Explosion in German Trench One from a series issued by France showing the Germans taking a beating, this one has soldiers being thrown into the air following an explosion from a sapped tunnel under their trench. Comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 French Postcard – German Surrenders An interesting French produced card showing a German soldier surrendering, below is an lengthy passage describing how the German soldiers threw down their weapons and raised their hands and shouted their surrender. Card comes in fair condition, two pin holes at the bottom.
WW1 French Postcard – Germans in Retreat – Battle of Marne One from a series issued by France showing the Germans taking a beating, this one has soldiers retreating following the battle of Marne, being thwarted by the French 75 Cannon. Comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 German & Austria Alliance Ring. A WW1 brass ring showing the leaders of Prussia and Austria, Kaiser Wilhelm and Emperor Franz Joseph in the centre of an iron cross. It was probably made to commemorate their alliance before the First World War. This historic little piece is in good condition but it is showing some wear to the surface, it has been loved and very well polished, but a rare item which would go in any Great War collection.
WW1 German / Austrian Unity Pin / Badge. A lovely little pin showing the German and Austrian Kings united in war, with the motto ‘viribus initis 1914’ below. The condition is very good with no damage just a little wear.
WW1 German 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet – by Mauser The German Butcher bayonet made between 1905 to around 1918, although they were used during WW2. Designed to fit the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles. This one is in very good condition; it has good wood grips and the pommel and the cross guard are heavily patinated but no rust. It has no muzzle ring, just two stubs known as ‘ears’. The blade is good with no rust, it is again, heavily patinated and it will clean back, if you wish to do so. It has good makers mark Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf . The mark is a little rubbed but still readable. There is also a proof mark on the back of the blade with the date mark for 1916. The steel scabbard has a polished finish, this has been cleaned back recently, obviously, someone had started to restore this bayonet, luckily they didn’t get to the blade. It measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. All in all a very good looking bayonet. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
WW1 German Black Wound Badge WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one is made of blackened brass and it has got some wear to the high points and it is a little dirty, but in general it is in very good condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge. Issued for for those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Discus or Turtle Grenade In 1915 the German army developed the discushandgranaten or discus hand grenade dubbed the turtle grenade by the allied soldiers, thrown like a discus with a curling motion to activate the mechanics inside it was designed to explode on impact not having any time delay allowing it to be returned by the enemy. This example comes in fair condition, there are a couple of holes through the body on one side, the firing pin is present, it measures 4.25 inches in diameter. ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 German Dog Tag, made from a soft white metal it is marked to a soldier whose number was 224 serving in the 9th company, 19th battalion, 179 Infantry Regiment. Well worth researching and it comes in great condition.
WW1 German Ersatz Pickelhaube. A rare 1915 German Ersatz infantry other ranks Pickelhaube. It has the typical leather shell identical to the 1895 pattern. It comes with its original grey painted steel fittings, removable spike and helmet plate, which has nearly all of the original paint remaining. The leather shell has is in overall solid condition but hasn’t been touched and has suffered from poor storage, probably homed in a shed for 60 years or so; so this needs some attention as it has aged badly. The liner is still present, although quite dry, the whole helmet needs a good oil and wax. But what a wonderful piece of WW1 German headgear, totally untouched and almost complete apart from the cockades, which are easily replaced. With a little effort this helmet could be carefully brought back, or give it a good oil and leave just as is, as its all part of its history. Please see comprehensive photographs for details on overall condition.
WW1 German Flying Helmet. A superb leather and fur lined flying helmet worn by Imperial German pilots and observers during the Great War. This one is in excellent original condition, it still retains its original leather in strap and buckle, only one or two of the studs are a little rusted and the leather itself is still relatively soft and supple but with extra waxing it will last for another hundred years.
WW1 German Honour Cross for Next of Kin. Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals; the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal with its black finish was awarded to the next of kin to fallen soldiers, sometimes called the widow’s cross. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked W.D.L which may be for Wilhelm Deumer of Ludenscheid. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its black finish; it comes on a length of original ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker 0.2 Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with 12 RV 0.7 Pforzheim. This was the forerunner to the LDO, the Administration of German Orders Manufactures. 0 – 16 numbers are known, all makers in the industrial town of Pforzheim. During the air raids of 1945, the town was almost destroyed and any list of medal makers with it, so who these makers were, may be something we will never know. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish. it comes on a good length of original ribbon./
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker H & Co. L Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. The Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with H&Co.L. The mark found inside a circle. This is for Hymmen & Co of Ludenscheid, a good a well-respected maker. It is in excellent condition, no loss to its bronzed finish.
WW1 German Honour Cross without Swords Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is without swords, issued only to non-combatants who supported the war effort during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with D&Co, this maker is unknown to me. (if anyone knows, please get in touch). It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish. it comes on its original ribbon, which is a bit scruffy.
WW1 German Identity Disc – Battlefield Find This WW1 German ID tag was found field walking in France, it is clearly a WW1 example as it not divided into two sections with mirror image information as the WW2 examples have. even though it has been in the ground for a long time, it is still easy to read, I think it is as follows: RICH…(RICHARD) WENZEL GEORGENDORF RUMMLESBURG (LOCATION) 1REK8 DP FRS B J.R 50 NO JB 346 8K 760 IV 753, all of this is relevant information and worthy of research.
WW1 German Iron Cross & Long Service Medal Group & Clasp Beautifully court mounted trio of WW1 era German medals; comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class or EKII, the WW1 veterans Honour Cross with swords, made by a very desirable maker, Assmann & Sohne, and the Prussian merit medal for long service. Also attached is a Prussian officers long service clasp for four years, these are quite scarce and this one is very nice, to see it in its original state on the bar. All medals are in good condition, and all remain well fixed to the original ribbon bar. A wonderful little gallantry group, these are really becoming hard to find now, totally original and untouched.
WW1 German Iron Cross Medal Pair. A good pair of German medals awarded for service during the great war; the iron cross was awarded as a gallantry or meritorious service award, this one comes in lovely condition, the typical three part construction, silver with an iron core in the centre, and it carries a good makers mark on the suspender ring of SW for Sy Wagner of Berlin. The Honour or Hindenburg with swords, this was established by Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President of the Third Reich, by an order dated 13 July 1934, to those combatants who fought during the great war; this example is in good original condition with only slight pitting on the reverse; it also carries a good makers mark of G4 for ??? a scarce maker of this cross I believe. Both medals came from Germany together with this imperial ribbon or helmet boss, unfortunately there was no ephemera to tie a name to the medals, so they are as you see them here, now mounted on black velvet, a wonderful pair of medals in super original untouched condition.
WW1 German Patriotic Print & Iron Cross. A beautiful WW1 German print showing the mounted Kaiser giving an Iron Cross to a wounded soldier, while victory stands behind them, shrouding them both. Also mounted in the frame is an original WW1 EKII. I have opened the frame, to make sure the cross is original, which there is no doubt, but the cross has had a repair to the little jump ring. Apart from that, it is a very good example and it is suspended on its or