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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.
Hallmarked Silver & Enamel RAOB Medal Dated 1945 Everton Lodge A good hallmarked silver and enamel award medal for the RAOB the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, it has a full set of hallmarks on the back for Birmingham 1945, the back is engraved with, ‘Everton Lodge No 5331 presented to Bro. A. Dalton C.P. for services rendered 2nd December 1945’. Comes in good condition, some wear to the silk ribbon and really need a clean, a good size measuring 5.5 inches long.
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.
WW2 Era German K98 Bayonet leather Frog A good leather frog for the German K98 bayonet, it is in good condition, the leather is still quite solid, but quite dry and it could do with a good feed with oil or wax. It has been issued and well used and some of the stitching has come loose. But still good over all.
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.
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.
16th Queens Royal Lancers Cap Badge. A top quality bi-metal badge, this one is the Queens crown version which was not issued until 1958. In superb condition, you wont find a better original example. Ref. Y2
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.
1866 French Chassepot Bayonet and Scabbard This 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. It is brass-hilted with a crossguard of steel and the lower quillon is a hooked "blade-breaker" type. The long steel blade is single-edged and fullered both sides, it is marked on the back of the blade with the arsenal, month, and year of manufacture, this one is just too worn for me to make it out, but a pair of good eyes should be able to tell if it is from ‘Mre d' Armes de Chatellerault Janvier’ or Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne and date. This is a nice clean bayonet which has been nicely cleaned up at some point, a very good example of its type. 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.
1880’s Sherwood Foresters Officers Dress Jacket & Waistcoat. A post Crimea office dress jacket and waist coat of the highest quality. Made for an officer of the Derbyshire Regiment, it is made of scarlet wool with white collar and cuffs festooned with a massive amount of silver bullion wirework and sterling silver adornments, such as the row of silver balls edging closure line. It still has attached its sterling silver and enamel collar dogs and medal ribbons for the Crimea, Indian Mutiny, Turkish Crimea and the Kaisar-i-Hind medals. Inside the jacket is lined with quilted silk, terminating at the bottom with a red leather band, to prevent wear. The jacket is missing its shoulder cords, this would have been just a double row bullion wire cord, so very easy to replace. This type of jacket would not of had any kind of heavy shoulder boards, just the light weight cords. But although the cords are missing the silver buttons are still there. The jacket comes with its original waistcoat, again made of scarlet wool with the pockets highlighted with silver bullion; this is lined with silk waistcoat ticking, common of the time. On the whole, the condition of this uniform is just superb. It has some minor wear and some of the silk lining to the main jacket has perished where it meets the leather band; and some of the silver bullion wire has come away from the cloth. There is one small moth hole in the back, if it is a moth hole? But this is really it, as far as damage is concerned. A wonderful historical piece for display. It would look great with any Victorian military collection or just in stood in the corner of the study. The jacket measures a 36 inch chest.
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.
1895 India Medal + 2 Bars to Gordon Highlanders. An interesting 1895 India medal with the bars Tirah 1897-98 and the Punjab Frontier 1897-98, correctly named to 5637 Private A Chalmers 1st battalion Gordon Highlanders. The medal is in excellent condition for its age and comes with an original matching miniature medal in silver with silver bars; it has engraved naming, this is beautiful and clear to read, the whole medal shows only very little wear and both full size and miniature come suspended on their original ribbons. It comes with a copy of Chalmers’s medal roll which confirms the two bars. Tirah 1897-98. This was a rebellion against British forces and the Afridis. The Afridis is a Karlanri Pashtun tribe present in Pakistan, with substantial numbers in Afghanistan and their territory includes the Khyber Pass; for sixteen years the Afridis received a subsidy from the government of British India for safeguarding the Khyber Pass for the British as it was an integral part of the ancient Silk Road, it is one of the oldest known passes in the world. Throughout history it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia and a strategic military location. Suddenly, the tribesmen rose up and captured all the posts in the Khyber held by their own countrymen, and attacked the British positions and forts in the area and several battles commenced, but before the British army could deal with this uprising they had to deal with the Mohmand uprising northwest of the Khyber Pass, or the Punjab frontier. The Mohmands were a Pashtun tribe who inhabit the hilly country to the north-west of Peshawar, in the North-West Frontier and they contributed to the Frontier Rebellion, the latter stages to the Second Afghan War. Winston Churchill accompanied the expedition as a second lieutenant and war correspondent, and wrote his first non-fiction book on it, The Story of the Malakand Field Force.
18th / 19th Century German Hunting Sword. A very interesting side arm. Originating from Germany; this loosely describes the many small states which made up what we now know as Germany, this sword could come from any one of these including Prussia. I am saying it dates from that latter part of the 18th century to the first quarter of the 19th century, but this sword could in fact be a lot earlier. It has a typical Germanic double edged blade of the time with a double fuller running down the middle. This terminates half way and bleeds into a lenticular shape bottom end to the tip. The hilt was once a very well made thing. It has a fine steel guard with an Octagonal wooden grip inlaid with twisted silver wire. The ferrule at the base of the grip is made of silver, as is the pommel, all of which tests to a very high grade. The very top section of the silver pommel is now missing and it shows how the blade tang terminates at the tip of the guard. The leather scabbard is well made and probably never had any metal embellishments; the top has a shell shaped piece which would have attached to a baldric, a leather breast strap. The very bottom tip of the scabbard has worn through over time; but this had been foreseen when it was first made, as there is a platted ring supporting a thicker piece of leather applied to the tip. All in all it remains in very good condition. There is wear which is no more than you would expect considering its age. This is really a beautiful little sword, which needs some research to determine its origin in detail. It measures just a little under 29 inches long.
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. 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.
1909 Indian General Service Medal Geo V. NWF Clasp. A good King George V 1908-1935 IGM with Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919 clasp. It is correctly named to; 1908 Sowar. Mohd Yaseen Khan. 12 Cavy. It comes in very good original condition and on its original ribbon.
1910 'The Book of the Army Pageant Held at Fulham Palace Issued to raise funds for veterans of the Boer war by the incorporated soldiers and sailors help society the pageant featured 'the development of the art of war among the people of the British Empire' starting with the Romans and moving through history. Quite a detailed book with text and pictures, 151 pages this copy comes in good but used condition.
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 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 Star Trio to Captain Grace 9th London Regiment. 1918 POW A very interesting WW1 medal trio correctly named as follows; 1914 star to 1543 Pte W. J Grace 9/Lond. R. both the British war and Victory medal to; Capt. W. J. Grace. William James Grace first entered the theatre of war in France on the 4th of November 1914 with the 1/9th battalion the London Regiment, Queen Victoria’s Rifles as a Private. The 9th came under command of 13th Brigade in 5th Division which saw action at the Battle of the Marne, Battle of the Aisne, the Battles of La Bassee and Messines in 1914 and the First Battle of Ypres in 1915. The battalion took heavy casualty’s, there time by the Yser canal saw 100 men and officers killed, wounded or missing. In the October of 1915 while at Bray, the battalion took a large amount of wounded due to constant gas attacks, many men suffered from shock alone, this gave the battalion heavy losses of men, so it is no wonder that in just over 12 months Grace rises from a Private to a Lieutenant, earning a commission in early 1916. Here the battalion transferred to the 169 brigade, 56th division. On Grace’s mic it says he was transferred to the 3/10th battalion. This battalion was a home reserve unit, so after his commission he probably returned to England for officer training, most likely with the 3/10th. He returned to France sometime later in 1916, I’m not sure when exactly, this needs research to verify. But let’s say he was back with the 9th by the July 16. Here the battalion were in action on the first day of the attack, they were near St Amand when they took their positions in the assembly trenches. On the first day, the battalion had 16 officers and 529 men killed wounded or missing. I don’t know how many men were serving in the 9th, but usually there are between 600 and 800 men in a battalion, so we can see what a devastating loss to the regiment this was. I know that Grace was back with this battalion and taking charge of a company, but I’m not sure when, total scrutiny of the battalion diary is needed. All three parts of the battalion diary is included with this lot. So we skip forward to 1918, William Grace is now a captain, he was leading his men in an action near Buttes De Rouy, twin hills near the Somme. Here he went missing and it was later found out he was taken by the Germans as a POW on the 28th March 1918. He was repatriated on the 3rd December 1918. On his medal index card (included) it mentions the phrase ‘Exonerated Officers List’ this is quite interesting. It was thought in many cases that men and officers of the British army, surrendered themselves to the Germans to get out of the fighting; and who would blame them. An exonerated officer was found not to have contributed to his capture. Officers that were taken as POW’s were treated very differently to other ranks by the war office. When they were released they had to explain their circumstances of their capture, if there had been any neglect of duty. In Graces case, it looks like his medals were held back until his case was proven, which it was. His star was issued late and was applied for by the officer in command of the LBR (London Riffles Brigade I think). Captain Grace survived the war, probably due to his capture. The London regiments were very active in the final push towards the end of the war. So this may have saved his life. It looks like he stayed in the army after the war, for a while at least, because his address on his mic is the 5th City of London Regiment, 22 Grove Terrace, Highgate Road. London. As you can see, I haven’t touched on this man’s service history too much. He was an ordinary private who showed so much promise he made captain by the end of the war. What I have done is try to put together enough research for someone to get a good start on this project. So included is copies of his medal index card, medal rolls and all three parts of the 9th battalion’s war diary. The latter will be sent in the form of a PDF file on a CD Rom, hours of fun. The medals are in very good order and look as if they have never been mounted or worn and come on original ribbons. The star has a good even dark tone and good patination but must be a later issue, as it states on his medal index card. They now come mounted on card for display or safe storage. An interesting and scarce trio to a territorial officer prisoner of war.
1915 George V Silver Shilling. A 1915 one shilling piece, in VF condition.
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
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.
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 O.B.E. Citation Major Kerrison Royal Artillery In June 1919 Major (honorary Lieutenant Colonel) Edmund Roger Allday Kerrison C.M.G. R.A. Was awarded the Order of the British Empire, he had a long and distinguished career with the military, born 1855 in Norwich he saw service with the Royal Artillery and the 4th battalion Norfolk regiment. By the outbreak of the Great war he would have been approaching 60 years old but still must have played a part behind the scenes, a London Gazette entry for 1939 (when he was approaching 85 years old) has him resigning his Lieutenancy of the County of Norfolk due to his age but grants him permission to still wear his uniform. The citation comes in good order but has some staining to the paper.
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
1923 Dated German 500,000 Mark Emergency Money Note Following their defeat in the Great War the German economy was in dire straits, emergency money was issued to plug the gap in the shortage of paper money and was known as Notgeld (false money) as it was not issued by the official banks. This 500,000 Mark note is a very good example of a high denomination note, it is dated for 1923 and comes in good circulated condition, as you can see from the pictures it has been folded and the edges show light crumple marks, unusually it is only printed on one side.
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 DRL Sports Badge – Bronze. German Sports Badges was issued for the completion of various physical and athletic tests, this one is in bronze so a 3rd class award. Although there is some wear to the surface of this badge, it comes in very good condition with slight wear to the high points. A fine example with good makers details on the back.
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 Flying Flea Aircraft Cockpit. The Flying Flea was a revolutionary kit aircraft of the 1930’s for budding aviators with more guts than sense, in France it was called “Pou du Ciel literally” “Louse of the Sky”. This is an original cockpit from one of these light planes, it designed by Frenchman Henri Mignet between 1920 and 1928; In 1933, Mignet successfully flew for the first time in his HM.14, the original flying flea, and publicly demonstrated it. In 1934, he published the plans and building instructions in his book Le Sport de l'Air and in 1935, it was translated into English in Britain and serialised in Practical Mechanics in the USA, prompting hundreds of people around the world to build their own Flying Fleas. Although there are a few still in existence, this being one of the first kit aircraft remains very rare, there is a special club for enthusiasts, I believe mainly in France and the plans for a later design are still available to buy. The original cost of putting this little aircraft together was just £700 including the engine. This original part still retains some of its instrument’s and Perspex wind shield, a fabulous display piece which would look great set up like a cockpit; it comes in good condition, please see pictures for details.
1930’s German 25 Year faithful Service Medal. Nazi German silver 25 Year faithful Service Medal, awarded to public officials, employees and workers of public services. was created in January 1938 in order to recognize the services provided by individuals who worked at these institutions. This one comes in excellent original condition, only showing very light wear to the high points, but even then, this is minimal.
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 Equestrian Sports Badge – Silver. The scarcer early horseman’s badge in silver class; the German people have a rich tradition of horsemanship, breeding some of the best Thoroughbred stock in the world. This badge came in three classes and given for expert horsemanship, this is a silver, so second class award. This is the earlier awarded badge, brass and silver plated; the later badges had an ‘R’ at the bottom between the wreath. The condition of this badge is excellent, it has just a small amount of wear to the high points, here you can just see the brass showing through. It has good maker’s details on the back and a nice wide pin, all in all a wonderful example.
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 Swastika Pin. 1930’s to WW2 Nazi part swastika pin. Black and white enamel disc on a gold coloured twisted pin. It is in good condition, the enamel has some light crazing and the pin may be a later replacement. But still a nice original piece with good markings on the back. it measures 0.75 inches in diameter.
1930’s Nazi german DRL Sports Badge – Bronze. German Sports Badges was issued for the completion of various physical and athletic tests, this one is in bronze so a 3rd 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 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 Nazi Stormtrooper’s Gorget Centre Badge. This rare brass and white metal badge is the centre boss from a Nazi Stormtrooper’s (Sturmabteilung or SA) Gorget; the large plate worn under the neck, on parade. This one, is of two part construction, for ease of cleaning and it comes in just beautiful condition, showing only very little wear to the high points. As with all my items, this rare piece is guaranteed as an original 1930’s SA issue. It measures 3.5 inches in diameter.
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
1935 Geo V Silver Jubilee Medal. A heavy gauge solid silver medal, struck to commemorate the 25 year of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. This is the official Government Issue which was awarded to civil and military recipients. This one is in excellent condition and comes on its original silk ribbon.
1935 German Tinnie or Day Badge A good white metal tinnie or day badge for a rally in July 1935, around the base is 'gautreffen gau west f. nord' somewhere in that is the location of the rally I think west f nord. Comes in good condition with some wear to the surface metal, measures 1.75 inches long.
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.
1935 Silver Jubilee Memorabilia A souvenir programme issued by Haverhill parish council listing the days events celebrating the silver jubilee, with this comes a brass coloured medallion mounted on a bow and an intersting base white metal example issued by the Daily Mail 'Teddy tail league', both for the same event. Conditions fair some wear to the metal.
1936 German Olympic Medal. This medal was found with the winner’s wreaths and badges I also have for sale this week. It is a nice clean example in very good condition. It does have some surface wear and a few very tiny knocks, but it was stored lose in the box with all of the other items. It was found with no ribbon, I have replaced this with some modern ribbon, I just couldn’t find any original to put with it. A superb example and a nice original piece of Olympic memorabilia.
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 George VI Coronation Medal. A solid silver medal struck to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. This is the official Government Issue which was awarded to civil and military recipients. This one is in excellent condition and comes on its original silk ribbon.
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'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.
1948 Dated Photograph of No 5 Coy Irish Guards This photograph taken in 1948 at Caterham shows Sgt. L. Mayhew's brigade squad No 5 company Irish Guards at the guards depot, all of the officers and men are named below the photo. It comes in super condition and measures 11.75 inches x 8.25 (mount 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. Was £75
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 West German Retro Pottery Vase This style of retro West German pottery is becoming more and more collectable, this example has the desirable red decoration to the top, comes in near perfect condition just one small flake chip to the rim which has been coloured in, stands six inches high. Im keeping the price low on this piece and if you are interested I have a large box full to sell. To Clear.
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 Civil Defence Wardens Uniform, comprising of the Battle Dress, matching trousers and beret all original and still retaining its insignia, which also includes Para wings, so it once belonged to an ex-paratrooper. The whole uniform is in excellent condition, on inspection I haven’t found any moth damage, but don’t discount it on a uniform of this age. Lastly, this coat is much better than in looks in my pictures, guaranteed to be delighted. Size. The Battle Dress. Waist 36". Chest. 40" Trousers. Waist 34". Leg. 32.5" Beret. 6 & 7/8ths
1950’s Enamel Civil Defence Instructor Badge, a great little queens crown badge that comes in perfect condition.
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 RAF Officers Bullion Dress Cap Badge, a superb quality badge made of bullion wire work, velvet and gilt metal with the Queens Crown, a beautiful piece in perfect condition.
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.
1953 Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal A solid silver medal struck to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. This is the official Government Issue, issued to civil and military recipients; this one is in excellent condition with very light wear to the surface and comes on its original silk ribbon.
1969 Hallmarked Silver ROAB Medal A super quality hallmarked silver medal issued by the Royal Order of Antediluvian Buffaloes, it has a full set of hallmarks on the back for Birmingham 1969 with a makers mark of F.C over P. The back has been engraved with: Bro George D Stephenson railway lodge No 8074 exhalted 16-5-69. On the front are bars for his degrees, one for 16-7-64 and 14-1-66, in addition there is a later added bar for the the 'Grand Lodge Walsall and South Staffs' dated 1996. Medal comes in excellent condition, requires a clean and comes in its box of issue.
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.
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 Sunderland Lustre William IV Jug. Circa 1830-40 this type of ware has become known as Sunderland Lustre. It has a cream-ware body which has been embellished with pick lustre and a black print of the ship William IV. The pink lustre was produced by using a wash of gold oxide which when fired in the kiln turned into the wonderful iridescent pink. Sunderland lusterware was produced in the Tyneside pottery’s near Newcastle–upon-Tyne and are more famously known for their large Jugs printed with the Sunderland Iron Bridge over the river Wear. This jug, as with most comes in just fair condition. They were used in taverns, inns etc so they were bashed about and basically used. It has a chip to the foot and rim and a heavy crack through the side of the body, this is style quite stable and has probably been there for a hundred years, so I can’t see where it wouldn’t last a hundred years more. Dammed this jug, there is no damage through the print, so on a shelf or in a cabinet, it still displays really well, and it is priced accordingly. It measures 5 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 3 Draw Telescope. A wonderful quality circa 1880 leather clad military field telescope, it is made from brass with the barrel and sunshield covered in brown leather. It is a three draw with a sunshield to the objective lens that when fully extended has a great telescopic range, all lenses are clear, there is a couple of fine chips to the last lens, this cannot be seen through the scope and in no way effects the viewing in any way. It comes totally un-touched, the leather is a little scruffy in parts but the brass tubes have no damage what so ever, it needs a good clean, if you like to see them polished and shiny, if not it’s a perfect untouched example; it measures 11.5 when closed and 35 inches when fully extended, and as you would expect superb magnification.
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 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 Military Musket/Rifle Trigger Guard. An interesting piece from an old 19th century musket or rifle dating from around the 1840’s onward, possibly from something like the Brunswick or Baker rifle, it will need a little research. Take a look at my pictures. Although it is covered by an all over rust bloom, the condition is still very good; the rust hasn’t penetrated too deeply and it will clean up nicely. It measures just over 7.5 inches long.
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 Pin Fire Pocket Revolver. A lovely little, probably Belgian, Pin Fire revolver. This one is in excellent overall condition, retaining nearly all of its original nickel finnish. It has a good pair of hard wood grips and a folding trigger, so it would fit neatly in the overcoat pocket. However it dose has a little problem that needs attention. It feels like the trigger spring is broken, it cocks and the hammer feels under tention, but it does not lock. This, I’m sure will be an easy fix, as original or patten parts for these little guns are easy to find. it also has a working bullet ejector and loading cover, which will not open until the trigger is folded up, a built in safety feature. It is very well marked with various proof marks, please see pictures, and it does not require a deactivation certificate as it is an obsolete calibre. A super little piece, good enough for the cabinet. It measures 6.25 inches long.
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 Tin Powder / Shot Flask. An unusual full size flask; it is made of tin and has been made in the shape of a woven basket with painted detail. Obviously made for the less wealthy shooter, in its day. What is nice, it still has its original cork stopper. An interesting piece, measuring; 7.5 inches long.
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.
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 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.
2 x George VI Coronation Commemoratives. Here we have a silver plated caddy spoon and a button badge, souvenirs from the coronation of King George VI in 1937. Both items are in very good condition, although this stuff was mass produced, items in good order, such as this are becoming very collectable, plus they always look good in the cabinet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bakers Dozen of Vintage Postcards 13 postcards in all,mostly used and the conditions vary, please see photo's.
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 Army 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.
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.
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 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 Copy Of The Society of the Army of the Cumberland Medal This is a semi modern copy of the Cumberland medal, no makers mark and comes in super condition, below is more information on the regiment and design of the medal. The major features of this medal are the scroll and wreath surrounding the words, Army of the Cumberland, the Star representing the 11th and 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac which were combined in July 1864 under Major General Joseph (Fighting Joe) Hooker and incorporated into the 20th Corps Army of the Cumberland, the Triangle of the 4th Corps under Major General Gordon Granger, and the Acorn representing General Thomas' 14th Corps which, as the story goes, adopted this symbol because the men often ate roasted acorns when rations ran out, especially following its defeat at Chickamauga when the AoC fell back and was besieged at Chattanooga by Braxton Bragg's Army of the Tennessee in the Fall of 1863.
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 B&W Print of General Burnside. A superb quality period black and white print of General Ambrose Everett Burnside. It comes in a period round frame with an easel back, so it stand nicely on a shelf or sideboard. It is in lovely condition with its original glass intact. It measures 5.5 inches in diameter For the History of General A E Burnside, see Wikipedia. Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881)
American Civil War Era New York Times Newspaper November 1863 One of a few of these type of newspapers I have all dating from the civil war period, this one the New York Times from November 20th 1863 covers many aspects of the ongoing war, the battles, the announcements etc but still covers world news, finance and the ever present 'cure-alls' for ailments. Comes in good but yellowed condition, some of the printing is a little faint in places. 8 pages of interesting reading, a real snap shot of the time.
American Civil War Marine Corps Commemorative Medal A modern issue medal for service by the Marine Corps during the American civil war, comes in very good condition.
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 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.
American Vietnam War Era Kit - E-tool & Bayonet. NF An interesting lot comprising of a E-tool spade and M16 Bayonet, complete in their green webbing holders, to fit with the rest of an infantryman’s kit pack. The M16 bayonet was designed to fit the US M16/AR15 Automatic Rifle in 1964 and was mainly used during the Vietnam conflict. Both items are in very good but issued condition, who knows when events these items have seen. The bayonet is in perfect order and looks brand new, the Spade, again is in very good condition with most of the wear to the handle. The webbing is marked on the back with a few dates, I think the main one is 1966. A really good looking piece of Vietnam memorabilia in great condition.
Amusing WW1 Era Postcard with Moveable Cap This is a 'before and after' postcard, the Tommy who has taken three days leave has a happy smiley face but move the hat over and the same man has now got six days confined to barracks and is very unhappy. Comes in great condition but has been written on the back.
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.
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 Chinese Combination Lock. A Chinese solid bronze combination lock, to open just move the cylindrical characters around the barrel, when the correct four symbols match up the centre pulls out. It is mounted on a board for display, luckily the combination is written on the bottom and it does work, quite clever. It comes in lovely condition, an interesting piece of object-de-art.
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 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 Eastern White Metal Dha Sword. A very impressive weapon from the Far East, originating from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, all had versions of this type of Dah or sword. I am no expert in eastern weapons, so you will have to do a little research to uncover which particular region this one is from. The hilt and the scabbard is made of repousse work white metal, which looks to be a very low grade silver. The work is well detailed and covers both pieces. It has a good steel blade which is also in good condition free from any rust. An imposing piece for display. It measures; 33 inches long including scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Shipping to UK only
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 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 Solid Brass Plaque of Napoleon A really heavy two part brass construction plaque with the profile bust of Napoleon dating I should think from the late 19th century based on the old style cut screws holding Napoleon on. Solid and heavy and comes in very good condition, it measures 4 inches long.
Antique Solid Copper Grotesque Devil Ashtray This is a talking piece, although originally designed as an ashtray he could be used for other things, he is a gaped mouth grotesque devil head figure, made from solid and heavy copper he comes in good but used condition, he measures 3.25 inches long.
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 Georgian Prints ‘Officers of the British Army. Both are early 19th century engravings that have been very well hand coloured, one is titled ‘Infantry of the Line’ and the other ‘Dragoon Guards’ these are numbered 28 and 30 of a series produced by W. Spooner of Regent Street, London, by permission of the Adjutant General of his majesties forces. Both prints are in very good order and look as if the backs have never been opened and still in their original frames which are now fashionably distressed, each measures 15 inches x 11.5.
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 Bronze Military Merit Medal (Signum Laudis) Bronze medal with swords introduce by Austrian emperor Franz Joseph 1st in the March of 1880 for outstanding achievements in war and or for excellent service in peace; The crossed swords were awarded from 13th Dec 1916 for bronze and silver medals only, this was an award for front line fighters. This one comes in wonderful original condition, beautifully patinated to a dark chocolate brown with no damage and it comes on its original military ribbon.
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 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.
Bayonet Type Knife & Sheath. A wonderful quality bayonet/knife; it has wooden grips and a working release button. It has a steel guard with a muzzle ring and a very good steel blade. On the blade it is stamped AK47 CCCP. Maybe a copy or some kind of new type, as it is as new condition. It comes in a leather sheath with belt loop. An interesting piece. Proof of age required on purchase.
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 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 Era 9ct Rose Gold Double Sided Photo Locket This really pretty double sided rose gold photo locket has a full set of hallmarks along one edge for Birmingham 1910 and with the makers mark of J.W. Each side of the locket is a photograph of to different men in uniform, they have a similar appearance and might be from the same family or perhaps the lady who wore the locket had two sweethearts in tow. The locket comes in really good condition with only a couple of minor dings on the top 'ball'. it measures 1.25 inches including the jump ring.
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.
Beautiful WW2 Victory In Europe Christmas Card There are very few examples of this kind of card around, as far as I can gather they were given to the troops to send home for Christmas 1944, the artist who has faded into obscurity was Celia Engel. The card shows the Arc De Triomph in Paris with ships sailing in from England and departing to the USA. For its age it is in superb condition and is twice the size of a regular postcard. Picture Quality Apologies. The natural light has been so poor of late, I have had to use the flash on this item, which has done it no justice what so ever, please be assured that this item is loads better than it looks in the pictures and comes with all my usual guarantees. Terms and conditions apply.
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 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.
Book – The Gun and its Development by W.W. Greener This interesting book details the history and development of firearms and sporting guns, ballistics and ammunition and much more. It was first published in 1881 and went through 9 versions finishing in 1910, this copy is semi modern but I cant find a publishing date. It has 852 pages and 700 illustrations, comes in good but used condition.
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 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Troopers Sword. A nice example of this Napoleonic era sword. It is the typical reverse hilt type with the ear shaped guard and long slightly curved blade. The hand wrought hilt has a leather covered grip with twisted brass wire bindings. It has a beautiful hammered scroll finial to the quillon and nice curved blade. The condition overall is fair, remember this sword is over 200 years old. The guard is still in very good shape and the grip still retains all of its leather covering and most of its wire binding; also it is untouched and has a lovely dark chocolate colour patination. The blade is also well patinated but this does have some pitting to both sides and the tip is a little bent, but the latter can be easily rectified. And of course, no scabbard. Overall a very nice old sword. I bought it because, it is at a price where someone can own a Napoleonic sword without the huge cost usually attached to arms of the period. It measures 39.5 inches long.
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. No 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.
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.
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.
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 Medal to Sykes Northumberland Fusiliers A single WW1 British war medal correctly named to 44300 private (later lance corporal) Walker Sykes of the Northumberland fusiliers. The medal comes with a copy of his medal index car which confirms his full medal entitlement to the Victory and British war medal pair. He first entered the theatre of war; Unknown after December 1915. Medal in very good original condition.
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 Timothy Scots Rifles & RFC. Quite an interesting British war medal correctly named to 27662 Private Charles Timothy of the Scottish Rifles. The Scottish Rifles or Cameronians had over twenty battalions serving during the great war, Private Timothy was probably par of Lord Kitchener’s new army’s raised during the war, so he probably enlisted or was drafted during 1916, at some point he transfers to the Royal Flying Corps and served at the No 9 Stores Distributing Park until the 28th January 1919 where his rank was Airman 3rd Class and number 138875. In civilian life he was employed as a Cooper and worked in Glasgow, so he must have had some working knowledge in metalwork. Included with the medal is a copy of his medal index card and his service papers for when he was with the RFC/RAF. The medal comes in excellent condition and well worth further research.
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
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.
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 to go into the body, good condition and stands just over 5 inches high.
Cold War Russian Military Wrist Watch. An automatic wind wrist watch, issued to Russian military personnel during the 1960’s – 70’s. It is superb quality, a substantial watch which was built to withstand very heavy use. This watch was working when I got it, but I can’t seem to be able to get it working now, it may just need a good clean and service or there may be something wrong with the workings. I have priced it for the latter. So if it just needs a clean, it is quite a valuable military time piece.
Cold War Soviet Russia Air Force Veterans Side Cap A super quality cold war era Soviet Russia veterans side cap for a member of the Air Force, it is adorned with metal and cloth badges including a paratroopers badge. Has the makers mark and size (58) printed inside. Comes in very good condition with light wear.
Collection of Royal Commemorative Medals. A nice little collection of four coronation medals for Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. All come on their original ribbons and come in good condition.
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 Civil Defence Insignia. A nice collection of WW2 Civil Defence insignia from the Hertfordshire region. Included is a tunic breast badge, overalls breast badge, these are quite scarce. Two shoulder titles and the small enamelled buttonhole badge, All of these pieces are in good condition, (please see pictures) and have been issued and worn and taken from a uniform. The enamelled badge is also in very good order, no damage to the enamel and now with a mellow even tone. A super lot for the home front collector.
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
Copy of the Society Of The Army Of The Potomac Veteran's Medal This is a 2008 copy of the Potomac veterans medal sold by C. W. Medals in the States and marked accordingly on the back, comes in very good condition. Below is some info on the Potomac society. The Society of the Army of the Potomac held its first reunion on July 5, 1869 in New York. It was created as a fraternal organization with the aim of commemorating Civil War veterans and preserving a record of their actions during the war. Membership in the Society was open to those who had served in the Army of the Potomac. Each of the medal's six rays features the symbol of a different corps from the Army of the Potomac
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.
Crimean War Medal to 71st regiment of Foot H.L.I. 1854 Crimea medal correctly engraved to 2219 Private Charles Cheyne of the 71st highland light Infantry (now the Royal Highland Fusiliers) and come with the Sebastopol clasp correctly attached. The central theme running through the Crimean War was the appalling siege of Sevastopol, a foretaste of the trench fighting of the American Civil War, ten years later, and finally the First World War. Daily, hundreds of cannon battered down fortifications that had to be re-dug before the next day’s bombardment. Soldiers manned the trenches night after night through two harsh winters, in the first with almost no winter equipment. Sorties led to hand to hand fighting along the entrenchments. The Russians developed the art of sniping from the “rifle pits” dug in no man’s land. The predominant experts were the engineers and the artillerymen; the flamboyant actions of the cavalry a world away. (Excerpt from BritishBattles.com the Siege of Sevastopol) This medal is in good condition but has suffered a heavy edge knock and a few light knocks as well, please see pictures, but a medal to this regiment is quite scarce, that is, they do not come up very often at all these days, in fact the Crimea medal itself is becoming a hard to obtain medal; this one has very little wear to the surface and a good working swivel suspender. It come with copies of the medal and clasp rolls naming this man as recipient. A fabulous medal for research as the 71st played an important part in the siege.
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.
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.
Dated 1985 Cold War Era Russian Flag I've had a good look around and I cant actually attribute this flag, it has the Russian star and hammer and sickle design but in an unusual colour scheme, predominantly dark blue with lighter blue, white and red. It is well marked along the hoist with the date and stamps and numbers. Measures one meter x 63 centimetres and comes in excellent 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 Turned Wood Powder Pot This well made dressing table powder pot has been made from a light wood, the lid has been inset with four different colours of wood and a mirror has been placed on the inside of the lid. Comes in excellent condition and measures 4 inches in diameter at the widest point.
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.
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 Moroccan Jambiya. This one is of a good old vintage and a good quality example. It has a wood grip with a steel blade, the pommel and scabbard are made from a low grade silver, which is elaborately decorated with Islamic engraving. The whole piece is in good condition, the scabbard is free from and damage as is the dagger itself, apart from the blade; this has a light rust bloom all over both sides; this is very common on these daggers, the blades were not really intended for use, it is more a display piece, so the blades were never highly polished. A very decorative piece which displays beautifully. It measures 16.5 inches long.
Early 20th Century Miniature Canon An interesting miniature piece, made from a white metal and dating from the very early part of the 20th century, it has spring firing mechanism which you pull and release. The wheel turn and the condition is superb, it measures just 3 inches long.
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 American Civil War Reunion Badge Worn with pride by the GAR (grand army of the republic) veterans when attending the reunions held yearly, this one is for the Cotton Post No 510 of Beach city Ohio and shows the GAR monument on the front. Marked to the back with the makers info 'the Sommer badge MFG Co Newark New Jersey'. Comes in good but used condition, the ribbon being quite worn, it measures approx one inch in diameter.
Early 20thC German Green Bowl Hock 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 early part of last century was most likely made in Germany and is designed for the wine Hock, a hand blown and finished piece the green glass bowl sits on a bladed knop with 'prunts' (the little bobbles favoured by the German glass makers) and then a large spiral cut foot. It comes in very good condition, there are a couple of very fine small chips to the edge of the foot but these are minor. Standing just under 7.5 inches tall it rings like a bell (a sign of quality and condition).
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.
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 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 Period American Civil War Embossed Postcards This commemorative style of embossed postcard was very popular through the Edwardian period, areas of the cards have raised sections giving them more depth and interest. This trio of cards all depict Abraham Lincoln, two have famous quotes and the third is the unveiling of a statue . They come in very good condition,one has been postally used.
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.
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.
Eleven WW2 Home Front Pictures An interesting group of 11 WW2 pictures showing scenes from a war torn Britain probably London and women in war time occupations. They have been mounted on card with a protective cover over. Good sized pictures measuring 8.5inches x 6.5 and are all in good condition.
Extensive Collection Of Small Bore Shooting Prize Medals Etc This is a lovely collection all belonging to the same man who was part of the Suffolk County small bore rifle team during the late 1950's / 60's. Included with the collection is a large bronze medallion for the Suffolk county rifle association engraved to the back for Arthur Churchman who came second in an event in 1958, alongside this one is a smaller version (not engraved) with three cloth bullion patches for 1958/59 and 1968 and a large bullion cloth badge for the Suffolk county. Two small bronze medallions showing historic riflemen with the word 'Astor' on the back. An unusual pewter medallion with a Tudor rose to the centre and 'English XX club county championship' around the outside. A well detailed white metal tea spoon with crossed rifles and the motto 'look forward', a plain white metal spoon just showing the crossed rifles and finally a white metal dish with an inset medallion with the crossed rifles. All medallions are in very good condition as are the spoons and dish and most come in their boxes of issue.
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.
Fabulous, Colonel Allford’s Uniform 7th Gurkha Rifles. This rare uniform includes the No 2 dress tunic and cap for a general staff Colonel J. H. Allford DSO of the 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles. This is a post war tunic and cap and it still retains all of its original insignia, lanyard and 7th Gurkha’s buttons, which in itself is rare. It also has still attached, this man’s medal ribbons, and you can see he had a very active war, including the Mentioned in Despatches Oak leaf and the Distinguished Service Order. I haven’t done any research on this man, but I’m sure he will prove very interesting. I also have his No 1 dress and his rifle brigade uniforms, which I will be selling in the coming weeks, if interested, let me know. This uniform has obviously been well used. But it still comes in excellent condition. It has a few stains to the lining, but no moth damage I can see. A wonderful piece for display, high ranking officer uniforms are very hard to get hold of now, the cap alone is a valuable asset. It measures 44 inch chest.
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.
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.
First Edition 1946 Book – Jersey Under the Jackboot An fascinating read for anyone interested in the occupation of Jersey during the war, written by R.C.F. Maugham who was present on the island during the occupation. 167 pages in all, comes in good but aged condition.
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 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 Korean war propaganda and safe conduct leaflets An interesting group of four paper leaflets relating to the Korean war period, the group consists of: a British armed forces 2/6 note produced for use in official canteens and organisations, issued by the army council, comes in good condition, one small pin hole top left and on each side someone has hand written 'Korea 1951'. An American issue 'safe conduct certificate' dropped behind enemy lines allowing the Koreans to surrender with the promise of safe conduct, comes in excellent condition, one small pin hole top left. A propaganda leaflet showing two soldiers staring at the moon on one side and a scene of a woman and children in a boat on the other side, written in Korean characters I assume it is a 'surrender you cant win this war' leaflet, comes in very good condition, a couple of small tears on the edge. And finally a rare and quite poingnant propaganda leaflet showing an historic battle scene with the great wall of China in the distance, on the reverse the more modern scene of the communist Chinese breeching the defences, comes in very good condition. The largest of these measures 7 inches x 5 inches Was £24
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 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 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 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 Memorial Scroll to Scott RHA. A WW1 memorial scroll gifted to the next of kin of 80026 Driver Ernest Scott of the Royal Field Artillery. Ernest was born and lived in Watford Hertfordshire. He was a RA territorial before the war, so his service was called upon as soon as war broke out. He arrived in France around the 5th November 1914 and served almost all through the war with just a few minor scrapes. Ernest was killed in action on 29th October 1918, less than two weeks before the armistice on the 11th November. This scroll is still in its original frame and comes with copies of his mic and service papers, his papers do need going through to find his battery, brigade ect, then research should be quite easy. If medals are now getting to expensive for you, then this is a great way to collect and honour casualties of the Great War. It comes in very good condition, the scroll has never been out of its frame, so it’s a little dirty behind the glass and could do with a light clean.
Framed Watercolour Hampshire Yeomany by Bernard Granville Baker This wonderful framed and glazed watercolour is of the Hampshire Yeomany Carbiniers in late Victorian uniform,it was painted by Bernard Granville Baker an artist local to me in Beccles who had a long and distinguished army career. Bernard Granville Baker was born in Pune in India the son of an employee of the East India Company, he trained at the military academy in Dresden and served in the 21st Hussar regiment in India and Burma, he joined the 9th Royal Prussian regiment to fight in the Boer war and then in the Great War he bacame a lieutenant-colonel and commanded a battalion of the Yorkshire regiment, he was awarded the Distinguished Service order medal in1918. Famous also for his art on military subjects he also wrote and illistrated books. This particular picture shows four mounted soldiers, it is signed by the artist bottom left. It comes in very good condition and is in its original frame, the frame measures 22 inches x 18 and the picture itself is 14 x 10. Please note this item will be very difficult to send internationally, if you are considering purchasing please get in touch first so I can give you accurate shipping quotes.
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.
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 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 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.
Full Size Antique Excelsior Sewn Panel Union Jack Flag This is a super antique union jack flag made by Excelsior, it has individually sewn panels and is of a large size measuring 90 inches (7.5 feet) x 44 inches. Comes in good condition, there are a few small moth holes and it is a bit grubby but will show really well.
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 V Imperial Service Medal to William Clowes The rarer star shaped issue of the George V Imperial service medal, dating between 1911- 1920; 6,000 were issued in the star shape against 20,000 in the more common silver disc shape. Issued for faithfull civil service to William Clowes. The medal is in good condition but has obviously been worn with pride on many occasions, the ribbon is grubby and the medal needs a clean, but it is in sound order. It comes in its original case of issue made by the famous Elkington silver company. Box shows wear also, but a big beautiful medal all the same.
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 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 Carved Nut Vinaigrette. An early 19th Century beautifully carved Coquilla Nut vinaigrette / scent bottle in the form of a lidded ern. The tiny little lid unscrews and inside there is cotton wadding to hold the scent. It stands on its own, but it was most likely to be kept in a lady’s purse. A lovely little cabinet piece in excellent condition from the Georgian period.
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 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 Mothers Cross in Gold A/F A 1930’s German mothers cross in gold class for having eight or more children. This one has been in the wars and it is missing the whole of the bottom portion of blue enamel. I wonder what happened to this medal? It comes on a small piece of original ribbon.
German WW2 era Faithful Service Cross 25 Years Scarce German WW2 era Faithful Service Cross, in silver, awarded for 25 years dedicated service in the NSDAP. This one is very good condition, only showing a little wear to the surface.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 Hallmarked Silver Gravy or Sauce Boat A wonderful piece for either the table or display cabinet, fully hallmarked for Birmingham and having the makers mark of JBC&S Ltd on the base, ornate handle and hoofed feet, measures 6.25 inches long and comes in excellent condition.
Group of 4 WW1 Westminster School Series OTC Postcards Interesting group of 4 postcards from the Westminster School series showing young officer cadets in training, they include: ‘Sub target practice’ 4 lads and two men, hard to see but the men are in the doorway with a machine gun. ‘Form drill-slope arms’, young men in their school uniform drilling with rifles, ‘Officers training Corps’ the brigade on parade complete with band and finally part of the same series but slightly different, ‘Mr G.W. Hamel (O.W.) with his H-P Bleriot monoplane’. All cards are in good unused condition.
Group of Four Material Covered Vintage Cigarette Cases Here are four vintage cigarette cases, each has been covered in a material, the black ones may be leather but the cream ones I think are a leatherette. One of the black cases was probably given away at car showrooms as inside it has 'Morris – Wolseley – Riley- MG cars' and more. They come in good condition but show signs of wear to the outside cases.
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 Civil War General Orders Sheets Dated 1865 Issued by the Quartermaster Generals office Washington D.C. and sent to the officers in the field, each is dated for 1865, they vary in their content from simple one page instructions to a 6 page instruction and form. They where received in the July of '65 and were acknowledged and dated in red ink on the bottom. They come in very good condition.
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 Ten First Day of Issue Stamped Envelopes 1940's-1960's Throughout the 20th century the American civil war of the 1860's was commemorated in many different ways, decorative envelopes and first day of issue stamps being just one example, here we have 10 stamped envelopes the earliest being 1948 for the 85th anniversary of Lincolns Gettysburg address through to 1951 for the confederates last encampment, five are from 1962 the centennial issue, these are all franked for Shiloh. All come in very good 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 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 Trophy Cup - 24th London Regiment 1930 A pretty little hallmarked silver trophy cup that will clean up a treat, it has a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1930 and with a makers mark of (I think) WM. The base of the cup has a small plaque attached which has '24th London regiment' the symbol for the regiment with 'the Queen's' under. The cup has been enngraved with 'inter coy challenge shield 1930, won by 'D' (M.G.) coy Sgt A.T.C. Collins'. Stands 4.25 inches high and comes in very good but dirty condition.
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.
Hardback Book – German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945 Originally issued in 1971 this 1973 revised edition shows German service personnel in real life war situations and details the very fine variances in the uniforms worn, 350 photographs and drawings make up a very detailed and informative read. The book is in very good condition, the jacket shows small signs of wear.
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.
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.
Honourable Artillery Company Cap Badge. The large brass grenade badge for the Infantry in use before 1954, this example comes in perfect condition. Ref. Q21
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 Infantry Officers Sword. A lovely old sword dating to the latter part of the 19th century and probably up to the Great War. It has this wonderfully decorated brass lion head hilt, with ‘D’ guard and scale grip. The blade is long with a single fuller, clean free from rust and the original etching is still visible. It also has a neat brass and leather scabbard, there is a shallow depression on the bottom third which makes the sword a little stiff to pull, but that probably only me. It has a makers mark, but this is hard to see and photograph as it is situated under the cross guard chappe; a really good sword, which dispPlease 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.lays well.
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.
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. It measures ????? 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.
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 Period Army & Navy Needle Book A super very decorative needle card sold in the inter war period to raise funds for the veterans of the Army and Navy forces,it shows the USA battleship 'Iowa' on the front. Comes in fair condition, a small piece of the card is missing top right but it does have one of the four needle holders present and it includes needles!
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.
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 & Rare 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. The piece is in good condition and comes fitted with a safety chain, would fit a slim to medium wrist.
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 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 Boer War Period Silver Medallion This interesting medallion was issued in 1900 to commemorate 'The magnificent response of Britains sons to the Empires call to arms Transvaal war 1899-1900'. The medal was produced by Spink & Sons and was advertised in the Daily Mail alongside a poem by Kipling entitled 'the absent minded beggar' and was sold to raise funds for the widows and orphans of serving soldiers. This example has had a white metal chain added perhaps to be used with a pocket watch or as a necklace, this is quite short and may have been broken, the medal is clean and in super condition, it measures 22mm in diameter.
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 3 Vintage Masonic Items Here are three vintage Masonic items, the first are a pair of super quality white metal napkin rings decorated with enamels for two London based Masonic lodges, one is number 1155 the Excelsior lodge and the other is number 2191 the Anglo American lodge, both napkin rings are in superb condition and are housed in a delightful fitted domed box. The third item is this wonderful masonic jewel, I'm not sure what lodge it relates to, or if it is a general award. I can find the Dove of peace attached to certain lodges but not in Northumberland, that said this is a very good quality piece made from, I think, silver gilt with a blue enamel background, and with a silver coloured dove to the front, on the back is the makers mark of Toye & Co London. This piece is heavy and of good quality, comes in super condition with just one stain to the gilt on the back. It measures 2.25 inches long with the jump ring.
Interesting Group of Ephemera to WW1 Australian Tunneller This is an interesting selection of personal items and paperwork belonging to a British born, Australian army serving man, Ernest Sams was born circa 1876 in Black Notley near Braintree Essex, in 1911 at the age of 33 he was working as a stockman on a farm and somewhere between 1911 and 1916 he ends up in Australia and classes himself as a miner so not surprisingly when he joins up at Blackboy Hill Western Australia in January 1916 he is enrolled as a miner, he joins No 4 tunneling company and 1st reinforcements and sees service in France, there is a handy history for the tunneling companies to go with these items and this shows that the 4th, 5th and 6th companies were disbanded and absorbed into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd companies most of which were working around Hill 60 Messines through 1916 to 17 when it was blown up in June 17. The personal items included are: a 1918 issue of the 'Aussie wallet' a gift to all service people from the Y.M.C.A , a 1918 dated hand written envelope to Ernest now of the 3rd Australian tunnellers at his home address in Braintree, a copy of the soldiers bible, this version based on the line of the Cromwell bible, two small photo's, one of two soldiers the other of a stern faced gentleman, a brass Australian military service button, a very worn 1914 dated German 5 Mark note, and from his later life back in Oz a 1927 dated 'miner's right' paper, this I think gave him mining rights in an area of Western Australia possibly during the gold rush and also a 1955 dated receipt for payment paper, all of these are housed in a wood cigar box stamped 'Alma' and hand written to the outside possibly by Ernest 'first aide box'. All items come in good but used 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 Pair of French Napoleon III Prints. An interesting pair of French prints relating to the Franco – Prussian war and show Emperor Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, the only President of the French Second Republic and, as Napoleon III, the Emperor of the Frances Second Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte I. He was the first Head of State of France to hold the title President and be elected by a direct popular vote. Both Lithographs show him with his armies in Strasburg during the conflict with Prussia. Both pictures are in excellent condition, framed and glazed and show great colour. Each measures just over 9 x 12 inches.
Interesting Panoramic Photograph Artillery Company 1901 This excellent interesting panoramic photograph shows the Honourable Artillery Company camp at Pernham Down Salisbury Plain in 1901, from the drummers through the regiment with the officers mounted in the front. It comes in fair condition, it has been stuck into something in the past and removal has resulted in the top left corner being torn and other edge damage, it measures 11.5inches long x just under 4 inches deep
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 WW1 Photograph Officers Including VC Winner A great long photograph taken just post WW1 showing a line of officers and a 'boy' on the back someone has written 'Royal Corps of Signals' numbered the men on the front and named two of the officers, a Major General H.L. Reed VC and R Carrington RHA. Here is the problem, the pictures of Reed available online do not match the men in the picture, one man has a ribbon bar for the Victoria Cross (the chap in the centre) but to me he doesnt look like Major General Reed. So a conundrum for you to work out,who is the pictured VC winner? Photograph comes in very good condition and measures 10.75 inches x 5.5.
Interesting Postcard Issued 1914 to Raise Funds for an English/German Expedition In 1914 there was a planned expedition which involved both England and Germany, both countries planned to travel over German controlled New Guinea in an airship, no European having crossed New Guinea previously, with the advent of the war the expedition never took place but stamps and postcards were issued to raise funds, this is one such postcard, it depicts the stamps that could be purchased, these are very rare stamps and when they come up for sale make a good few hundred pounds. The postcard is slightly larger than normal, has not been used and is in very good condition
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 Small Copper Tray HMCS Niobe August 1911 Below is a good history for the ship Niobe, as you will see it required repairs following an accident in late July 1911 and this tray is dated for Aug 1911 so I would think that the metal came from the ship repairs, it is quite faintly marked in the base HMCS Niobe Aug 1911 with a series of decorative lines around, very hand made in appearance but in good condition needing a slight clean, it measures 6.5 inches x 2.75. HMS Niobe was a ship of the Diadem class of protected cruisers in the Royal Navy. She served in the Boer War and was then given to Canada as the second ship of the newly created Naval Service of Canada as HMCS Niobe. The Naval Service of Canada became the Royal Canadian Navy in August 1911. The ship was nearly lost when she went aground off Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia overnight 30–31 July 1911. Repairs were completed at the end of 1912 and the ship returned to service in late 1914. During the First World War, Niobe patrolled the approaches to the St. Lawrence River and then joined the Royal Navy's 4th Cruiser Squadron to patrol off New York City. The cruiser returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia on 17 July 1915 and never put to sea again. Niobe was paid off in September and served as a depot ship in Halifax. Damaged in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, she was sold for scrap and broken up in the 1920s.
Interesting Victorian Masonic Double Penknife A good early piece dating from the late Victorian era, it is made from steel and to one side has been engraved with various Masonic symbols, the steel has been ‘blue’d’ to make the engraving stand out, included are the compasses, the ‘all seeing eye’ and a globe. It comes in fair condition, some rusting to the blades and the tip of the larger blade has been lost, it measures 6.75 inches long when fully open and is 3.25 inches when closed, comes also in its original red leather cover.
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 Dutch Collection of Cigar Bands American Generals This interesting collection of cigar bands or labels dates from 1965, it is a Dutch album which contains labels from the Washington cigar company and feature American civil war era generals, officers and soldiers. It is complete and in lovely condition, a full write up and description for each set the only downside is that it is all in Dutch, each page divided with fine tracing paper, a great set.
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 to an Italian / American / Canadian No not a bad joke, this British war and victory medal pair is correctly named to; 3105730 Private Norbert Simeone of the 19th Canadian Infantry. Norbert was born in Venoifer Italy on 12th Oct 1896, at some point in his earlier life he emigrated to the USA and lived in Chicago. In civilian life he was employed as a painter and lived at 156 Superior Street, Chicago. For some of the American public, the war in Europe was raging on, and the lack of US involvement was objectionable, so some young men and women made their way to Canada to join the CEF. This was the case for Norbert he joined the 19th Central Ontario battalion CEF on 23rd of October 1917. He probably didn’t arrive in France until the spring of 1918, joining his regiment on the Somme battlefield, before going on to the Battle of Amiens and Canada’s Hundred Days, this was a series of attacks made along the Western Front by the Canadian Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive of World War I. Reference to this period as Canada's Hundred Days is due to the substantial role the Canadian Corps of the British First Army played in causing the defeat and retreat of the German Army in a series of major battles from Amiens to Mons which along with other Allied offensives ultimately led to Germany's final defeat and surrender. It is not exactly known what part Norbert played, but an interesting project to find out. Both medals are in excellent condition, there is some contact marks and light knocks to the rim of the BWM, which would imply that these medals were once mounted and worn with pride. Also included is a copy of Norbert’s attestation papers, these confirm most of the above information.
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 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 WW1/WW2 US Officers? Rife Cartridge Pouch. An interesting lot, of which my description might be totally wrong. But here are the facts; it is a leather holder / pouch which holds 12 inert rifle rounds. It is obviously made to fit on an officers Sam Brown belt and it is made of the lighter Tan leather, used by the US army in WW1, this is date stamped 1918, but it is possible the pouch is earlier than the rounds it holds. I have a little experience in fire arms, and they all, but one looks, to me like American Winchester Rifle Rounds, but I am not 100% sure. An ordinance collector should be able to tell what they are straight away, so I yield to their experience. Anyhow, a very interesting lot which would look great on a Sam Brown for display. It measures 8 inches long.
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 Issue Book - ‘and the gatepost’ – Careless talk Warning Issued in 1940 this little book is based on the saying ‘just between you me and the gatepost……’ and guides people to think about what they are saying and where as ‘careless talk costs lives’. Created by Fougasse who generously donated all revenues to the British Red Cross, the book is made up of a series of serious cartoons showing how mistakes can be made with careless talk, the main point of interest tho is the issue of a stamp to place on the telephone receiver to double warn the user, this stamp shows Hitler listening in on a phone with the caption ‘maybe he’s listening to’. Short and sweet it comes in good but used condition, some wear to the spine.
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 U.S.A. Army Field Artillery Officers Cap Fortunately this WW2 United States army cap is marked on the inside with the owners name and details, on either side of the leather sweat band are the following details: James R. Case Capt. 192D FA Comdg 0 Btry. Doing some research on this man has been very interesting, James Royal Case served in the first world war and ended up as an intelligence officer, he saw further service in the 2nd war becoming a military governor of Munich, he even went on to serve in Korea. Born in 1894 in Connecticut USA he lived until he was 92, he was a published author on Masonic subjects and a historian. Amongst the various papers I am including with the cap is his obituary from the New York Times in 1987 detailing his war service. The cap itself is in very good condition, it has been worn and the sweat band is loose to one side, the peak shows signs of use. There is so much more to find out about this man and would make a very interesting research project.
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.
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.
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 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 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 The Great War Magazine – Covering 1916 This is a large group of the ‘Great War Magazine’ starting at part 121 through to 199 with gaps. As a point of historical reference they are invaluable and if you have an interest in the progress of the Great War then these are a super read with many period photographs, there are roughly 40 in the pile and the condition is understandably mixed, these also weigh very heavy so shipping will be high.
Large Selection The Great War Magazine – Covering 1917 This is a large group of the ‘Great War Magazine’ starting at part 200 through to 272 with gaps. As a point of historical reference they are invaluable and if you have an interest in the progress of the Great War then these are a super read with many period photographs, there are roughly 35 in the pile and the condition is understandably mixed, these also weigh very heavy so shipping will be high.
Large Silver Boerl 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 Sterling Silver Puzzle Style Ring A good chunky silver ring marked 925 for Sterling silver, comes in excellent condition and is size 'R' a medium to large fit.
Large Vintage White Metal Medal - Friendly Society This is a large sized white metal medal for I think 'the Rational friendly society' it dates from the early part of the last century and comes in very good condition, some wear to the metal,still on its ribbon with bar at the top.
Large WW1 Photo Print Suffolk's at Lecture. A professional enlargement on good quality photographic card of the Suffolk Territorial regiment at camp, it comes in perfect condition, these came from a large photographic studio in Suffolk that closed down a few years ago, I only have a handful left for sale, so when they are gone, their gone, size 20 x 16 inches. This photographic print will be carefully rolled and sent in a tube.
Large WW1 Trench Art Brass Shell Case Money Box A different slant on the usual trench art pieces, this money box has been constructed from three different parts of shell cases, the top has the remains of E&S 1917, the central section has a large General Service badge attached and the base makes up the third section. It stands 7 inches high and comes in good but used condition.
Late 18thC Copper Penny Token M. Lambe Tea Dealer of Bath A nice copper penny token dated for 1794 for the company of Mary Lambe of Bath Somerset who were grocers and dealers of tea, coffee, spices and sugars. One side shows a camel and the reverse a view of the Georgian Old East India House Tea exchange building. This is a thick, heavy token and around the rim it has 'On demand we promise to pay one penny'. Comes in very good condition for its age.
Late 19th Century Brass Boxed Sextant This is an excellent 19th century scientific instrument made by Heath & Co Ltd of Crayford London for J. Murray & Co Calcutta. There is a fixed lable in the lid which shows that the instrument went back to the manufacturers to be tested for accuracy, this lable is dated December 1915 and as the company were by appointment to the Admiralty I think it is safe to assume it was used in a Naval capacity. I have not the first clue how to use one of these instruments but everything appears to be present, there are three extra lenses two of which are clear and sharp and one I am assuming is a night lense as it only has a single pin hole to look through, there are 7 coloured sun shade lenses that can be moved. The piece and its accessories come in a purpose made Mahogany fitted box. Condition wise it is very good but tarnished and comes totally untouched, it could to with a good clean and polish, which would work wonders and probably double its value.
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 Naval Two Draw Telescope. A superb late 19th century Naval two draw brass Telescope; it is part covered with plated leather edged with rope, to give good grip in bad weather. All tubes are clean and free from dents and at the bottom it has a further draw for night use. The condition is just wonderful, no damage at all and the lenses are bright and clean, in fact this piece looks like it was used very little and well look after. Both lenses have a sliding cap and the whole this is in perfect working order. It measures 36.25 inches when fully drawn and 16 inches when fully closed.
Late WW2 Era American Ike Uniform – Sergeant Engineers A super quality American ‘Ike’ uniform consisting of jacket, trousers and shirt dating from the end of the second world war. The jacket is marked 44R so I assume a chest measurement of 44 inches, it has a metal U.S badge to one lapel and the metal badge for the engineers on the other, both sleeves have the Sergeants stripes and on one side the cloth patch for the 7th army. Comes in excellent condition, all the buttons are present, no holes or repairs. The trousers have a lable which is marked, Wool Serge, waist 38 x 33 (leg length) inside is written the owners name Bruce Reed with the number 3 over. They come in very good condition, missing one button on the fly, no holes or repairs. The shirt has a small lable on the neck which has 15 over 34, so I assume a 34 inch chest, it also has the Sergeants stripes and the 7th army patch, comes in very good condition, all buttons are present and there are no holes or repairs.
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 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.
Limited Edition Corgi Die Cast Aviation Archive – Avro Vulcan B2 In 2001 Corgi issued the 'Aviation Archive' range of die cast aircraft in the 1: 144 scale, this example is the Avro Vulcan B2 XM655 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, complete with certificate. Box shows signs of wear to the edges. A great collectable for the future.
Lovely 1920's Silver Plated Photograph Frame – Coldstream Guards An elegant silver plated good sized photograph frame set with the regimental badge for the Coldstream Guards. It comes with the original wood back and metal stand, the condition is very good no wear to the plate but it could do with a good clean, the back is a bit loose. The frame measures 8.25 inches x 6.25.
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 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 Pair of QEII Coronation Dressing Table Jars This pretty pair of dressing table jars have been hand decorated, one with the royal cypher for Queen Elizabeth II for the coronation on June 2nd 1953 and the other has been personalised for 'Betty'. The bases are made from an opaque white glass and have also been hand decorated with sprays of roses. Aside from somelight wear to the top of Betty's jar they come in fantastic condition, they stand 2.75 inches high and are 3 inches in diameter.
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 Papier Mache Officers Snuff Box – Royal Artillery A super Victorian probably Boer war period papier mache snuff box set with a brass button for the Royal Artillery, this has been pinned through the lid rather than just stuck, it comes in good condition for its age with a few dings on the outside, it measures 2.25 inches across.
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 Vintage Gents Avia Pocket Watch and Chain A decorative gents pocket watch dating I would think based on the style from the 1980's, the face is marked with 'Avia 17 jewels incabloc'. The case and chain are brass and at the end of the chain is a button fixing. It comes in very good condition, there are some light surface scuffs on the glass but nothing to bad, I have had it running and it works very well and kept good time. The watch is just under 1.25 inches in diameter and the chain is 9 inches long. WAS £22
Lovely Vintage Gents Gold & Diamond Ring This is a decorative gents 9ct gold ring set with a diamond to the center, it is very well marked on the inside of the shank for 9ct and with various town and makers marks. Comes in a size 'R' and is in very good condition with light signs of use.
Lovely Vintage Nurses Belt A very well made vintage nurses belt, it has been constructed in sections joined by metal loops, the fittings are a white metal and the belt is leather with a silk finish on the inside,it has an unusual method of fitting, basically the buckle is in a fixed position (although it can be moved depending on the size of the waist) and the opposite side hooks in behind like a regular nurses belt. Made to fit a small waist it comes in very good but used condition.
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.
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 & WW2 Belgian Officers Gallantry Group. A superb Belgian officer’s gallantry group spanning both world wars. All of the medals are genuine issues and most are in their original boxes. The medals comprise of; Order of the Crown, commander’s neck badge. Order of the Crown, officer’s breast badge. Order of Leopold, military division with rosette and palm leaf citation for bravery in WW1. Belgian Military Cross with rosette citation, instituted on February 11, 1885 as a long and faithful service decoration for commissioned officers. The Croix de Guerre. Leopold II Commemorative medal 1865 – 1909. Military Decoration with gold chevron for 1st class. Professional Union Medal, officer class with rosette. The Honour Badge of Labour, awarded by Royal Decree on a proposal from the Royal Institute of the Elites of Labour. WW2 War Service medal awarded for service between May 1940 and May 1945. Medal of the Fraternal Union of Former Combatants 1940-45. Plus a cloth & bullion breast badge and a small buttonhole badge for a Belgian veterans association. Also the Belgian Fire Cross WW1 veteran's medal, I managed to miss this while taking the photographs, it is his original medal and you can just see him wearing it on his uniform in the photograph. This wonderful group all to one man comes with a handful of small snapshots photos which came with this group, they are of a young officer during the Great War, and one larger photo of him still in uniform just after WW2 proudly wearing his medals. This lot should be framed and displayed and what an amazing display piece it would make. 11 medals in all.
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.
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.
Medal Bar & Effects to Ruggles RGA. Here we have a WW1 pair and India General Service medal ribbon bar, RA Cap badge with movable wheel, RGA and RA shoulder titles, brass button stick, miniature lighter and photographs etc, all of which was the property of 38474 Gunner Thomas Ruggles of the royal Garrison Artillery. One photograph is very interesting and needs research, it shows an officer seated with four men standing behind him, on the back is written “The Foo Party Nov 2-3-1917”. Please see pictures for the rest of the photos etc. All of the items are in good order, the one photo is a bit scruffy, but nice and clear.
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.
Mid 19th C Treacle Glazed Jug Duke of Wellington’s Death. A scarce brown or treacle glazed jug, circa 1855-60, made in the form of the duke of wellington with incised lettering below, which reads; ‘WELLINGTON DIED SEPT 14 1852’. This is rare piece of English pottery is unmarked but going by the quality, it probably comes from the Swinton Pottery (Rockingham Works) in Yorkshire, who were the innovators of this type of ware during the min 19th century. This jug comes in very good order, there is an area on the lip of the jug which has seen some restoration, (please see pictures) but on the whole a very fine piece which measures 7.25 inches high.
Mid-19th Century Four Piece Staffordshire Toby Cruet. A rare set of four Staffordshire porcelain Uncle Toby Condiments; comprising of, a salt pot, pepper pot, oil bottle and vinegar bottle, all in the shape of this jolly gent with a tricorn hat. In the day, Staffordshire porcelain was a bit more expensive and a bit more up market than the pottery, so on the hole, today it is a rarer beast. I am pretty sure, in the day, these pieces would have been bought as singles and you could make up your own combination, as in the past I have had Cayenne bottles and mustard pots. But as you can see, this set has always been together. There is damage, the vinegar bottle has had its lid heavily restored and it looks like the spout of the oil bottle has also had a touch up. But to have such a complete set is rare. Each measures around 6 inches high.
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.
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.
Model WW2 British Torpedo Boat. A nice scratch built model of a British Motor Patrol Torpedo boat. These were fast little vessels used by the Royal Navy, the 'motor' in the formal designation, referred to the use of petrol engines, rather than the steam turbines or reciprocating steam engines used by the majority of other naval craft. They were designed for high speed, operating at night and low speed ambush with agility and maneuverability on the water; this enabled them to get close enough to enemy vessels to launch their torpedoes. With no significant armour, the boats relied upon surprise and their agility at high speed to avoid being hit by gunfire from enemy ships. This modal is mostly in good condition, but I had a little accident while carrying it in from the car. The flags and propellers came off, these are still with the piece and just need gluing back on. It comes in a purpose built glass case which is in perfect condition. It measures; 13.5 x 4 x 8.5 inches high.
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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 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.
Nato Service Medal – Former Yugoslavia and Miniature The Nato service medals where instituted in 1994 and awarded for any theatre or area of operations in the service of the North Atlantic Peace Treaty. This medal with the 'Former Yugoslavia' clasp comes with its miniature and in its box of issue. The Yugoslavia clasp was superseded by the 'Non article 5 clasp'. Both medals come in excellent condition.
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.
NSDAP 1st May 1936 Day Badge/Tinnie A well marked day badge for the NSDAP labour day held on the 1st May 1936, the makers mark to the back has 'Gust. Hammersfahr Sol-Wald'. Made from aluminium it comes in very good condition just some light wear to the front.
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 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 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 Kings Discharge Certificate to Coe Suffolk Regiment Private 40959 Cecil Arthur Coe was serving with the Suffolk regiment when he was wounded in France in 1918, he was awarded the Kings honourable discharge certificate on the 3rd July 1918. I have found a bit of info on private Coe, he came from Bungay in Suffolk and was born circa 1893 the son of a grocer, he was entitled to a medal pair and a silver war badge. There a few service papers for Cecil which will be included with the certificate on a disc. The certificate is very large and the original wood frame measures 23 inches x 19, the shipping on this piece will be £9.95 within the UK. It comes in very good condition.
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 Signature of Cpl James Owen VC Framed with Copy Medals. A superb framed copy medal group and original signature of Corporal James Owen VC. One of the first Victoria Crosses issued in the Crimea campaign. The copy medals are the best quality you can buy, the Crimea medal, I believe is a sterling silver cast copy of exceptional quality and the VC is a solid bronze replica. Corporal James Owen was born in Killaine, Bailieborough, County Cavan Ireland in 1827, He was about 27 years old and serving in the 49th Regiment of Foot during the Crimean War when he was awarded the VC. On 30 October 1854 at Sebastopol, in the Crimean Peninsula, Corporal Owens greatly distinguished himself in a personal encounter with the Russians, and gave assistance to a lieutenant of his regiment. He later achieved the rank of Sergeant and served as a Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London. He died Romford, Essex, on 20th August 1901. His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Rifles, Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The glazed frame is in good condition and the medals are in excellent order. This lot comes with a file containing research. This lot is one from a very large collection I obtained about five years ago. All the signatures were collected by one man during the 1950 to late 1960’s period, so some of the research is hand written and dates from this era.
Original US M1 Garand Rifle Stock. An original wooden stock for the US M1 Garand Rifle. It comes with the two metal loops for the rifle sling and the metal butt plate. The M1 Garand is a .30 caliber semi-automatic rifle that was the standard U.S. service rifle during World War II and the Korean War and also saw limited service during the Vietnam War. Most M1 rifles were issued to U.S. forces, though many hundreds of thousands were also provided as foreign aid to American allies. The Garand is still used by drill teams and military honor guards. This stock is in very good order, it could do with a good polish, but no breaks.
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 Sten Gun Spare Magazine. An original Sten Sub-Machine gun magazine. It is in good working condition but showing some wear in places. The Sten gun was a family of British submachine guns chambered in 9×19mm and used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and the Korean War. They were notable for having a simple design and very low production cost making them effective insurgency weapons for resistance groups.
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 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
Pair 1930’s Silver Top Miniature Picnic Cruet Set. These lovely little salt and pepper pots with silver lids were usually found in very good quality pick-nick sets from the 1930’s. They are in lovely condition, hardly used and they both still have their original labels on the bottom. They both measure 1.5 inches high.
Pair 1950’s Clip on Sun Glasses. If you are into Steam Punk, then these will appeal greatly, they are sun glasses which clip onto your glasses or goggles. They come in good condition, some very light scratches to the surface, (these are glass so easily polished out) and the gilt frames could do with a light clean. They come in their original leather pocket case and the glass has a brown tint. Classic vintage.
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 Georgian Brass Candle Sticks. A good pair of George III brass candle sticks with spreading oval bases gadrooned lower column below a plain brass stem, terminating in wide cast sconces. The condition is as you would expect for a pair of sticks of this vintage, a little worn, but they still look as elegant as ever. They both measure 6 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 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 Shotgun Locks by J & W. Tolley. A pair of Late 19th Century antique double-barrelled shotgun locks and hammers by J. W. Tolley. These are beautiful quality and look in good working condition. Both locks are marked J & W. Tolley on the main body of the lock and these are a true pair. James & William Tolley Gun rifle and pistol manufacturers, Birmingham. The firm was established in 1858 at 22 St Mary's Row, Birmingham. They started in business by making large quantities of cheap guns, some for the African market, but were soon producing higher quality guns. An 1862 advertisement stated "Gun rifle and pistol manufacturers, Contractor for Military Arms, Breech Loading Guns, Pistols. In the early 1870s the firm moved 19 Loveday Street. From the late 1870s the building was named the Pioneer Works. By 1879 the firm was much more successful and acquired a reputation for large bore double barrelled guns and rifles which often used Henry Tolley's patented Giant Grip. J & W Tolley were later known for their "Altro" 12 bore sidelock or boxlock gun, The same gun with unchoked barrels for shooting ball ammunition was named the "Ubique". Neither gun proved very popular probably because they were heavier than normal. After a lot of success, In 1883 the firm opened a shop in London at 1 Conduit Street, in 1894 this moved to 59 (New) Bond Street. George Bayliss (of the large Birmingham gun making family) was the Manager from 1883 to 1903 (when he established his own firm). By 1894 the firm's reputation as makers of wildfowling guns was well established and the firm had been appointed gun maker’s to the King of Portugal. At about this time they were also appointed Gunmakers to the Persian Royal family. It was probably at this time they opened a shop in New York. In 1914/15 the Regent Place shop closed because James Tolley died in 1916, and it seems the firm was bought by Holloway & Naughton because in 1919 they were recorded at 10 Vesey Street. Holloway & Naughton occupied 10, 12 and 14 Vesey Street at that time. Gun by this maker are very well sort after by collectors, especially those of the latter period, from which rea these locks come from. Both locks measure. 4.25 inches 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. Was £24
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 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 Re-enactors Cowboy Spurs Made from brass with leather straps these re-enactor cowboy spurs come in good condition, there are a few surface scuffs here and there, should fit most boots.
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 VW Camper Vans Ceramic Egg Cups A bit of kitsch, a pair of Volkswagen camper van ceramic egg cups, perfect for the kids or the guy who has everything, both come in excellent condition and measure 3.5 inches long. I do have a second pair in different colours so if you would like four please let me know.
Pair of WW1 French 75 Field Canon Shell Cases Nice to get a pair of these cases, both are well marked to the bases and fired by the famous French 75 Field Cannon. the bases are marked with 75 DEC for the Canon 75 De Campagne France, one has MA. 1.80L 14S and the other D.55L 14D, so both should date from 1914. They are both in good condition and stand 13.5 inches high.
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 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. 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 Post WW2 Brass Photo Frames – Ghurka Kukri's - Norfolks Here is an unusual pair of brass photo frames, they look home made but may have been picked up like this in Burma or similar, they each have the badge for the Norfolk regiment to the top and are supported by crossed kukri's at the bottom, within the frames are pictures of two soldiers in uniform. They come in fair condition, one is missing its back stand, neither have glass in, they measure 18.5 cm long.
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 Crimea Engravings F&G. A pair of very nicely mounted and framed and coloured engravings relating to the Crimean war of 1853 – 1856. The first is titled ‘General Windham in Redan’ and shows Charles Ash Windham, born in Norfolk 1810, called the Hero of the Redan. In the face of devastating Russian fire, he was the only officer to penetrate the battery. For 'his distinguished conduct in having with the greatest intrepidity and coolness headed the column of attack which assaulted the enemy's defenses, he was made a major-general. The other picture shows the Guards entrenching before the Battle of Sebastopol. Both pictures are in very good condition and were framed and mounted in the 1980’s.
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 Victorian RE Officer’s Epaulet’s. A superb pair of Victorian gold bullion epaulets worn by a captain of the Royal Engineers on his formal dress uniform. They are both in lovely condition and they both still retain their six bullion pips and two brass buttons. Both measure; 6.25 inches long.
Pair Victorian Silver Temperance Medals to Baily Queens Reg. Pair Victorian Silver Temperance Medals to Baily Queens Reg. A superb and scarce lot comprising of two Victorian solid silver Army temperance Association Medals, one of which has been brooch back and the other still retaining its original ribbon; both are accompanied by their original award certificate named to Private J. W. Bailey of the Queens regiment dated 1st February 1885. The medals and certificate come with copy paperwork relating to James William Bailey, and his service in the Queens regiment from 1881 to 1885. He was born in Sussex around 1862 and served overseas in Gibraltar, East Indies and Egypt; he was discharged as no longer fit for duty with a heart condition following a disease contracted abroad. He served for a total of 4 years and 18 days with the colours. A wonderful lot relating to a 19th century soldier and good for more research. He served only a short time before he was invalided, so this pair of medals may have been his only entitlement. The certificate is a beauty in full colour, a little faded but not too much, both medals are in very good condition, please see pictures for detailed images.
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 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 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 4th Infantry Division Cloth Badges. A matching pair of WW2 issue screen printed cloth formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress; these are for the 4th Infantry division who saw active service in France & Belgium, North Africa, Italy and Greece during the second world war. These are in excellent condition, cut but unused.
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 Era Naval Binoculars. A pair of No 5. 7 x 50 binoculars, used mostly by the navy during WW2. These were and still are, a very good useful pair of Bin’s, super quality and they are still in great working order. On the body where you hold then is stippled, so they can’t slip out of your hands when wet. The focus on each lens and the lenses are clear with just a few spots of dirt on the glass. The body has a few minor scrapes here and there, but on the whole still very usable. They come with a non-period strap, which fits well. No case hence price.
Pair WW2 Luftwaffe Pilot Officer / Lieutenant Shoulder Boards. Pair of WW2 era Yellow and silver coloured bullion shoulder boards worn by a Second Lieutenant or Pilot Officer of the Luftwaffe Aircrews, Airborne Parachute Troops or Ground Crew. They are a true pair and come in excellent original condition. The silver coloured bullion is a little frayed in the centre of each board, it looks like a badge or pip was on these boards at some point. The yellow woollen felt backing are in good order with just a couple of small moth holes, but any moth is long gone. They both measure 4.5 inches long.
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.
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.
Pictorial Postcard of a Zeppelin Airship – Purchased on Board Ship Interesting pictorial postcard showing a Zeppelin flying over the Southern German town of Friedrichshafen, on the reverse of the postcard is a red stamp, these stamps where only available when the item was puchased aboard the air ships. Card comes in very good condition, one small pin hole to the top.
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 1953 Buckinghamshire Battalion Cap Badge A blackened brass Ox and Bucks light infantry Bucks battalion cap badge with Queens crown, a lovely badge in perfect condition. Ref. V17
Post War German Respirator Cold War Era. Late 1960’s German Respirator, filter, accessories box and webbing bag all mounted on a board for museum display. I haven’t taken it off of the display board, so it is as you see it here. Priced to clear.
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 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 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 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 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 Bulgarian Steel Helmet with Liner There seems to be a controversy regarding these style of helmets, many are being sold as the WW2 Italian M33 but after much research I believe this is the post war Bulgarian M51/72 steel helmet based on the Italian design. It comes in good condition with its original leather liner and chin strap, the outside has some surface wear to the green paint and it is around a medium size.
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 Danish M54 Practice Grenade (39) The Danish made M54 grenade appears to have been used by different armies around the world for training purposes over the last 40 plus years, this one is marked 'AMA' to one side and '54' on the other, the top section has been hand painted in white and although used as a training grenade I am not sure why the top section has the holes!, comes in good condition with signs of wear to the paint and it measures just under 4 inches high.
Post WW2 era French Turn & Slip Gauge. Almost identical to the ones used in British and US fighter Planes. This one comes in perfect condition and would make an excellent stop-gap for an USAAF or RAF cockpit reconstruction.
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 NFS Fireman’s Tunic. A super quality post WW2 black wool double breasted fireman’s tunic as worn by the brave volunteers who fought the fires caused by the Blitz. It is completely kitted out with all original WW2 era National Fire Service buttons and a post war cap with an original NFS badge. A great item for a home front display. It would look fantastic on a mannequin with a NFS helmet, belt and axe. Or a great uniform for a re-enactor. It will fit a 36 inch chest.
Post WW2 RAF Officers Cap Badge. A superb quality QEII crown Royal Air Force officers bullion and cloth cap badge, it comes complete with its gilt metal eagle and in excellent but used condition. Dates from the 1960's.
Post WW2 RAFA Association Badge and Medallion The smaller of these two items is a brass and enamel 'Friends of the RAF association' pin badge, no makers mark and in very good condition, the second piece is a RAFA medallion made from a bronzed metal, no makers mark and comes in very good condition, it measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
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 Brass Ashtray – R.E.M.E - Rhine Army Christmas 1948 A very heavy solid brass 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.
Poste Militaire White Metal Figure 19th C Dragoon This is a lovely hand painted action figure in white metal of a 12th Dragoon Guard Trooper riding in his campaign dress uniform. Made by the company Poste Militaire and dating I think from the 1950's it was sculpted by Ray Lamb and originally came in a kit form to be painted and constructed at home. He comes in very good conditon, there is some small loss to the paintwork mainly on the base and he has become detached from his reins. A good quality figure which stands 5.25 inches hi
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 Colonial Indian Silver Coin. A large chunk of high-grade silver, probably dating from the 18th century and originating from a pre-colonial Indian state. On one side, it shows the Taj Mahal on one side and a mass of old Indian scrip, which is quite beautiful. I have had this coin for years, never found out what it is, but it is the size of an 18th C Rupee. It is in very good condition, slight wear to the surface, but nothing is obscured. It measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
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 – 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 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 Era Italian Fascist Union Member Bronze Medallion I'm not completely sure why this medallion was issued, my Italian is worse than my German! It appears to be a union members medallion, to the front it shows the Italian Fascist symbol of the bundle of sticks with the axe and the eagle over grasping the bundle, the reverse side looks to be based on an Italian coin with Roma under. Whatever the significance it comes in super condition, it was in this box when I got it but the box is for an English medalist and badge maker. The medallion measures 1.25 inches long excluding the jump ring.
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 1939 Labour Day Badge Issued to commemorate the national day of labour in May 1939 in Altreicht Sudetenland this white metal tinnie has a female form clutching a bunch of flowers alongside the German eagle with swastika, it comes in average condition, the surface of the metal being quite scuffed, it measures just under 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 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 & 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 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 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 Brass Double Sided Vesta Case & Stamp Holder Ever inventive the Victorians, here we have a double sided brass vesta case and stamp holder designed as a book and worn most likely on a fob watch chain or by a lady on a chatelaine, the vesta side has a tight hinged lid with the match striker along side, the stamp holder side is divided into two to hold different values of stamps, this lid is fixed but loose. Comes in very good condition, just a couple of marks to the metal on the front.
Pretty Vintage 925 Sterling Silver & Amethyst Brooch Here is a stylish Sterling silver and Amethyst set brooch, marked on the back with 925 for Sterling silver, fashioned as two flowers either side of the cut Amethyst, comes in super condition and measures nearly 2.25 inches long. It comes in a free decorative gift box
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 Hallmarked Silver Ladies Bangle (large) A really pretty hallmarked silver ladies bangle, it is well marked on the inside for Birmingham 1965 with a makers mark of JS and was retailed by Bravingtons of London. The top section has been decorated with flowers and leaves. It comes in very good condition, usually these type of bangles are quite dented, this one has only one ding on an edge, there should be a safety chain fitted, this is missing but easy replaced, the catch and hinge work perfectly and it would fit a medium sized wrist.
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
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 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 British Empire Miniature Medal. A good contemporary silver plated miniature or dress medal, it comes with civil ribbon and in very good condition
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 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 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 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 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 to Breackell Scots Guards + Bar A good queens South Africa medal correctly named to 8089 Private John Breackell of the 2nd battalion Scots Guards with one bar for Cape Colony. This medal comes with a little research, copies of his service papers and his medal roll, this states that he is entitled to the Cape Colony and Orange Free State bars, the latter is missing, and the Cape Bar is loose. It comes in very good condition and worthy of more research, but please see below for a short history of the battalion in South Africa. The 2nd Battalion sailed on the Britannic on 15th March 1900, and arrived at the Cape on 5th April.  They formed part of the 16th Brigade under Major General Barrington Campbell, and part of the VIIIth Division under General Sir Leslie Rundle.  The 2nd Scots Guards were present at Biddulphsberg on 29th May 1900, but were not so hotly engaged as the Grenadiers.  The battalion's losses were approximately 5 men killed, 1 officer and 20 men wounded. In October 1900, along with the 2nd Grenadiers and some Imperial Yeomanry, they were trekking with General Rundle in the Bethlehem district, and on 26th October, when marching back to Harrismith, a strong force of Boers were found posted on hills commanding the road.  The positions were cleared "in spite of a very stubborn resistance".  Rundle's casualties were 3 killed and 17 wounded.  Four weeks later Campbell again found the enemy in a strong position at Tiger's Kloof.  "After sharp fighting their main position was taken by the Scots Guards".  The casualties included Lieutenant Southey, shot through the head while gallantly leading his men, and Major E E Hanbury, hit in three places.  Strangely enough, the other casualties were only 1 killed and 2 wounded. The battalion took part in many other operations in the north-east of the Orange River Colony during the remainder of the campaign.  In August they had a welcome break, being ordered to Pietermaritzburg in connection with the visit of the Prince of Wales to Natal.  The 2nd Battalion sailed on the Gascon on 16th December 1899, and arrived at the Cape on 7th January and formed part of the 12th Brigade under Major General Clements.  The battalion had some heavy fighting in the Colesberg district after General French's mounted troops were withdrawn for the advance from Modder River. On 12th February 1900 the enemy in great force attacked the positions about Rensburg.  On that day the battalion lost 2 men killed and 1 officer and 11 men wounded. On the 14th there was again heavy fighting, in which the Wiltshires lost 12 killed and 45 wounded, and over 100 taken prisoners. Having moved north from Arundel via Colesberg, Fauresmith, etc., the brigade joined the main army at Bloemfontein on 2nd April, and when Lord Roberts moved north in May they occupied the line at his rear.  The brigade was ordered to occupy Senekal on 31st May; here Clements remained until the operations against De Wet and Prinsloo commenced in June. In these operations there was much heavy fighting, particularly on 6th and 7th July at Bethlehem, on the 23rd at Slabbert's Nek, and on the 28th at Slap Krantz. However, the casualties, were not excessive for the great result obtained. The brigade having been broken up, the 2nd battalion was, along with the West Riding Regiment, put under Major General Paget, and did good work in the districts north-east and north-west of Pretoria. In Lord Roberts' final despatch 13 officers and 23 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned.
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 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 Luger Pistol. The Parabellum Pistol 08 or Luger—is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol. The design was patented by Georg J. Luger in 1898. Use by the German military during World War I and World War II, along with the interwar Weimar Republic and the post war East German Volkspolizei. This one is a very good quality replica or the WW2 version, made from a good heavy gauge metal with black plastic grips, it cocks, dry firers and the magazine will eject; this one is brand new, so it comes in mint condition. Perfect for the re-enactor.
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 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.
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 1863 Dated American Civil War Officers Muster-Out Roll The men serving in the American civil war are well documented particularly the officers and tracing this man was comparatively easy, the muster-out rolls have good personal information and google is great! Below I have included a copy of information on this man, the subject of the article was the letter he wrote to his mother following a famous battle which his side lost. The muster-out roll is dated 1863 when John Marshall Guion joined the 1st New York Veteran Cavalry at the age of 30, it shows he was promoted to Captain in 1864 and weknow he was definitely involved in at least one battle. The roll is in superb condition given its age just yellowed with time, it measures 30 inches long x 10 wide. This letter was written by Lt. John “Marshall” Guion, Jr. (1833-1891) of Co. K. 1st New York Veteran Cavalry. Marshall was promoted to its captain in July 1864, and later major of the troop. The 1st New York Veteran Cavalry was formed in November 1863 primarily from veterans of other units whose enlistments had expired. Marshall was the son of Rev. John Marshall Guion, Sr. (1801-1878) and Elizabeth Ives Wheaton (1901-1880) of Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York. He was a law student before the Civil War and his first tour of duty was as a private in Co. A, 33rd New York Infantry (May 1861 to December 1862). Marshall’s letter was written just after the Battle of New Market where the 1st New York Veteran Cavalry lost 65 killed, wounded and missing. As noted in the letter, Major-General John C. Breckinridge’s arrival with two infantry brigades under Echols and Wharton, a cavalry brigade under Imboden, and other independent commands — including the cadet corps from VMI, proved to be enough manpower to turn away Franz Sigel’s army from the Shenandoah Valley.
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 1927 German Book – The Domination of the Inferior -Edgar Jung The author of this book Edgar J. Jung was a very well known political figure from the 1920's/30's and became a victim of Hitlers Rohmputches or as we know it better 'the night of the long knives'. Politically active from the early 1920's Jung was involved with the assassination of the Palatinate Franz Josef Heinz in 1924, he wrote this book circa 1926/7 against this uprising of the Nazi party. He was murdered by the 'SS' in late June 1934. This book is in superb condition and I have found them for sale in Europe from 60 Euros upwards.
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 1950’s RAF Officers Busby. The RAF Busby was introduced as part of the full dress uniform in 1921. It was alleged that King George VI hated the look and the Busby was not re-introduced for officers until after the Second World War. It wasn’t until the late 1970s it became part of the full dress for musicians. This one dated from the 1950’s and it has a queen’s crown bullion badge on a lamb’s wool body. It comes in very good condition and has a small pocket type opening at the top for a plume. This is not one of the squarer bandsman busby but an officer’s dress cap. It is quite a large size, around a size 7.
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 American Civil War Veterans Belt Buckle. An original G.A.R. Belt buckle dating from around 1880-1900. It is made from gilt brass and most of the original gilt still remains. To the front is the Grand Army of the Republic badge G.A.R around the star which was used for the Veterans medal. The condition is excellent for its age, please see my pictures. It measures 3.25 x 2 inches.
Rare American Civil War Veterans Cap. An original American Civil War Veterans (G.A.R.) cap dating from around 1870-80, or it may be an original uniform cap just converted to a Grand Army of the Repulic cap with different buttons and badge. It is a lovely example blue wool cap which is now faded with a stiff leather brim, inside is a rough silk lining and a leather sweat band. For its age the condition is wonderful, but it has obviously seen a great deal of wear and it is over 130 years old. It still retains its original early G.A.R badge and side buttons. A really beautiful piece of civil war memorabilia that rarely comes available in this country.
Rare and Interesting 1957 Cypriot Wanted Poster Issued in 1957 by the Government of Cyprus listing a group of wanted terrorist most of whom had escaped their various confines in detention camps and castles, this poster has various red crosses through various individuals who had been recaptured, the most wanted of all the men was Colonel George Theodorou Grivas who led the organisation known as Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston or the National Organisation of Freedom Fighters, some historical details are below. The General commanded a £1000 reward for information leading to his capture and the other men could command up to £500, the poster has a misprint showing the reward as 10,000 with the last zero crossed out in red. Comes in fair condition with some tears and tape marks to the corners, a large size measuring 27 inches x 20. A wanted poster featuring members of Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston [National Organisation of Freedom Fighters], fighting for the end of British rule in Cyprus and union with Greece. EOKA began its campaign in 1955 with a bomb attack on the Cyprus Broadcasting Station, followed by attacks on police. The group also fostered civil disobedience, including a general strike. The group was led by Colonel George Grivas, a Greek Cypriot who had fought with right-wing resistance groups against the Nazi occupation of Greece. Cyprus had been ruled by Britain since 1878, when Turkey ceded it in return for protection from Russia.
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 Antique Silver Book – Christ and the Cross – Lourdes This is a bit special and so far I have not been able to find a comparison. Souvenirs from Lourdes were and are produced by the skip load, this must have been one of the more expensive items produced, it dates around the turn of the last century and is constructed from 8 individual silver plates all showing incredible detail in their engraving and each depicting Christ and the cross, in fact the first one has been inset with an actual wooden cross and Christ has a gilded halo, all of these are set in a brown leather outer cover with IHS to the front and souvenir de Lourdes along the bottom. Given its age the condition is very good, some wear to the outer leather but the catch works perfectly. Check out the wonderful detail in the photo's. The book measures 3.25 inches x 2.75.
Rare Belgian Lefaucheux Type M1858 Revolver for Restoration. The Lefaucheux M1858 was a French military revolver developed for the navy, chambered for the 12 mm pinfire cartridge, and based on a design by Casimir Lefaucheux. It was first issued in 1858 by the French Navy but never issued by the French Army, it was used in limited numbers by the French Cavalry during their 1862 deployment to Mexico. The revolver is a single action six-shot open-framed design, which was loaded via a hinged gate on the right side of the frame, through which empty cartridges were also ejected via an ejector rod running along the barrel, this is missing. On the whole this pistol is in excellent condition, the trigger and hammer are also missing, but these can easily picked up or engineered. The metal is for the most part clean and any pitting is only in small areas and light. The cylinder has a Liege proof mark over each chamber and both wooden grips are undamaged. A very valuable pistol complete and it is an obsolete calibre, so no worry or hassle about certificates. A cracking historical piece, worthy of total restoration. It measures 11 inches long. Shipping to UK only.
Rare Boer War Period Cap Snuff Box Made from Silver Coins A very interesting item this one, it is a snuff box probably made for an officer and it has been fashioned from a series of English and Dutch silver coins, the lid (which actually sits underneath) is made from a Dutch one Gilder silver coin which is dated 1846, the top of the cap is a Victorian coin probably a Florin and the peak of the hat part of another British coin and finally to the front a gilded crown. It measures just over 1.25 inches long and is in very good but worn in places condition.
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 Death Plaque to RFC Pilot with Silver Frame and Research. MORE PICTURES OF THE AVOVE ITEM Combat reports and details of research.
Rare Death Plaque to RFC Pilot with Silver Frame and Research. A very rare WW1 memorial plaque to a Royal Flying Corps Pilot captain. It comes with a case load of paperwork from the national archives and other sources. I will endeavour to relate this man’s history as concise as I am able. Frederick Maden was born in Southport in 1896; before the war he was a young apprentice motor mechanic to a Mr. G. W. Whiteside, working at his motor business in Belmont Street. When war broke out in 1914, Frederick was quick to volunteer, he was only 19 years of age and joined the Liverpool regiment, but because of his experience he was transferred to the ASC M2 at the rank of private. He was quick to prove he had some knowledge with automobiles, he was very quickly promoted to lance corporal and then to acting corporal, my guess is, he was helping train some less experienced recruits. On the 27th November 1915, he embarked for France with the 56th division supply column ASC; here he saw service at the Somme, from Gommecourt in July to the battle of the Transloy Ridges in October. It was in France, he was offered a commission with the RFC in the January of 1917. He must have shown great responsibility and promise to be offered such a commission. Form here he returned home to blighty, reporting to RFC depot Farnborough officer cadet wing for training. We must have been the desperate need for pilots and flight officers. His training in England only lasted four months, he soon found himself back in France on the 9th May 1915. He was transferred to No 9 squadron RFC as a 2nd Lieutenant. The paperwork included contains copies of most of his postings and sorties, far too many to account every one here, but for his remaining time in France he was frequently on bombing and observation runs in cooperation with the Royal Artillery, and he was caught up in the odd dog fight. One time, a sortie carried out on the 8th November 1917, now a Lieutenant and with his observer A. M. Bell, they fired 8 red lights over the south east corner of Houthulst Forest to try and attract attention of passing enemy scouts, but without success, they went on to drop 2 x 20lb bombs on Vijfwegen, but his engine was misfiring badly and had to return back to aerodrome, but not before completing his mission. Another report tells of a dog fight where he fired 54 rounds before he could make it to his target, where he dropped bombs on an ammunition dump and was successful. Other missions included taking photographs of the German trenches. On the 19th September 1915, Frederick and his observer Lt Turner were on observation when they came under fire from another aircraft, they dived out of the clouds and opened fire, this time his observer was shot through the leg. On 25th September 1915, again he was engaged in aerial combat and again his observer, this time Lt Dumbell was wounded. The report for 5th Sept 1915 reads; ’12.55pm. “s” 17 exposures made. 2 x 20lb bombs dropped on huts in V1d. no observations. Attacked by Albatross fighter who was driven off after a double drum was fired at him’. What I am trying to point out is, this man was a very active pilot, he was constantly on missions for his squadron, mostly bombing, there are 18 reports written by Maden for missions carried out from August to December 1915 alone; one combat reports of Maden shooting down a single seater enemy aircraft, himself and his observer were armed with one Vickers and one Lewis gun. Maden was also involved in a dogfight with the German ace Joseph Veltjens. This was confirmed by Lt W Hooge, and he was also in the dogfight with another German ace Franz Ray over Zillebecke Lake in the Sept 1917. The list of this man’s accomplishments goes on. He must have been one hell of a pilot, on more than one occasion he aircraft was shot up, but he still got himself and his, often wounded observer home. By the 1st January 1918, Frederick Maden was promoted to Captain and Flight Commander still with No 9 squadron, he was still flying and in early Feb 1918 he receives a gunshot wound, I think to his face, he was admitted to No 2 general Hospital and later sent back home to England to recover. Now, from here it is a little unclear what happens, as his service papers say so little. But as far as I can gather, while recovering he was on duty at 13th training squadron at Gosport; in the July of 1918 he was test flying an aircraft when a dreadful accident happened; Maden was very badly injured, never recovered and died of his wounds on 9th July 1918. He is now remembered with honour at the Branwood End Cemetery, Birmingham. He was just 21 years old. Although quite short, he had an amazing career with the RFC, an unsung hero, there is no doubt. I have not detailed half of what this man contributed to his country during the Great War, that is for the next custodian to discover. The end of his life is very sketchy, his service papers are not forthcoming in this area; there must be an obituary or newspaper report somewhere detailing this terrible event, wartime aero accidents were not that common on home ground so it would of made for a good news story to aid the war effort. It is so ironic that this young man flew in so many sorties without injury and the injury that sent him home, I don’t think was particularly serious, however this must have disfigured his face somewhat, as there is mention in his papers of comprehensive dental reconstruction after his return home. Also with his plaque which is mounted on a period oak frame, comes a solid silver hallmarked photo frame which has had an officers silver collar dog professionally added to the top. This frame alone is valued in excess of £300, as this is such a rare item. The frame holds a beautiful original photograph of Frederick Maden in his RFC uniform, what a handsome young man. As mentioned, also included is over £140 of research and paperwork from the National Archives plus squadron information and two photo copied pictures of the squadron which Maden is pictured. I have only touched on a story which should be detailed and recorded, Men such as Maden only become discerned when someone recounts their history and this desperately needs doing, get his name and exploits in the history books, he deserves it. Lastly, here is just Maden’s memorial plaque, somewhere out there is his medals, probably just the British war and victory medal pair. I have had a tenuous search, but with no luck. His medal index card, again holds not much information, but his medals are probably made out to M2/051864 Acting Corporal. F Maden A.S.C.
Rare Early 20thC CEAG Ltd Inspection Mining/Military Use Lamp This blackened lamp is marked to the front and base with 'CEAG Ltd inspection lamp' and was made in Barnsley, as far as I can tell this design of lamp was used by miners and subsequently by the military sappers during the great war. The top section screws off when you lift the small piece on the top and the inside is hollow, the front also unscrews and still retains a bulb, there is a small catch under the lamp to take a lock of some sort. Battery operated I think and no obvious on switch so to be honest I'm not sure how it worked. Super condition, surface scuffs and 9 inches tall.
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 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 Silver 2nd Award Bar for the Military Medal. An original sterling silver second award bar for the Military medal or the Meritorious Service medal. It is in superb condition and looks like it has never been used or mounted on a medal bar. A rare find.
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 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 Post WW2 London Scottish BD Uniform. A complete 1949 pattern battle dress, trousers and glengarry uniform for a corporal of the London Scottish. It still retains all of its original insignia for the London division and the glengarry has its original cap badge. Inside the jacket is dated for 1955 and this uniform comes in superb condition; the only damage is the inside pocket is ripped. The BD measures; 40 inch chest. Trousers; 34 inch waist, 29 inch leg. Cap; 6&7/8th Approximately.
Rare Pre WW1 Advertising Napkin - Suffolk Reg How this has survived is a mystery, my best guess is that it dates from around 1910 but certainly pre the great war, it is an advertising napkin, very fine paper with the printed advert to the center. Held in Bungay Suffolk it was a 'sale of work and garden fete' featuring the band of the Bungay Detachment 2nd volunteer battalion Norfolk Regiment. The condition of the piece is very good, it has been pinned up by the corners at some stage, it is now protected and supported on card. A large sized piece measuring 13.5 inches square.
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 Pre WW2 Era German Woman's Worker Badge Here is a rare early German 'Deutsches Frauenwerk' enamel pin badge, made from brass with black enamel and red lettering, there is the RZM number M1/120 on the reverse for; Wilhelm Deumer. It comes in fair condition, there are some surface marks and a little loss to the black enamel around the Swastika, it measures 1.25 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 Era Brass Snuff Box Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers A super condition late Victorian brass pocket snuff box with a silver badge for the Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers to the top, it comes in great order, the hinge works perfectly and the there are only a few scuffs here and there. It measures 2.75 inches long.
Rare Victorian Gothic Table Fan. These are rare now and a few years ago when the antique market was buoyant, this was a valuable piece. Dating from the 1840’s/50’s this is a concealed table fan. As it is a decorative ornament made of bronze and decorated with a whole host of gothic symbolism. Arches, columns and acanthus. The top unscrews and the delicate silk fan pulls out. This just fits into the top, there should be a small screw, which secures the fan in place, but this is missing, but it still works. Today, it’s a very interesting novelty that’s a great talking point. it measures 8.5 inches high.
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 1915 Star Trio to Lothians & Border Horse Yeomanry. A rare and interesting 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal trio all correctly named to 1727 Private William Andrews of the D Squadron, 1st battalion the Lothians & Border Horse Yeomanry. His medals comes with a rare original cap badge and collar do which has been made into a sweetheart brooch. The regiment was formed on the creation of the Territorial Force in April 1908 and placed under orders of the Lowland Mounted Brigade. It was headquartered Edinburgh. D squadron had its headquarters in Edinburgh and was made up of men from; Linlithgow, Bathgate, Broxburn, Hopetoun, Mid-Calder, South Queensferry, Ratho and Winchburgh. When war broke out, the regiment was quick to respond, but mainly due to lack of horses and equipment, they were not ready to be mobilized until the summer of 1915. Andrews first entered the theatre or war on the 22 September 1915 in France with the 22nd division. They stayed in France for a very short time, on 27 October 1915, the Division, having been moved by train to Marseilles, began to embark for Salonika. They arrived in the harbour on the morning of the 8th December, but it took four days to disembark all of the men, so Andrews didn’t arrive onshore until the night of llth-12th December. At first arrival, the battalion undertook a number of mounted patrols around the areas where trenches were being dug, and around the areas of the Bulgarian lines, both for defensive purposes and in order to acquire information of the surrounding countryside which may prove useful in case of an advance. So the battalion didn’t see action until the battle of Doiran in the august of 1916. This was the first of several unsuccessful offensives against the Bulgarian positions next to the great lake and the whole allied army was forced to retreat with heavy casualtys. Private Andrews went on to serve in various actions in Salonkia both mounted and dismounted including; the Battle of Machukovo. 13th-14th September 1916: the Battles of Doiran 24th-25th April, 8th-9th May 1917 and 18th-19th September 1918. An Armistice with Bulgaria was signed on 30 September 1918 and by the latter part of October units of the division had marched back to Stavros. Here they embarked on destroyers with the intention of a landing at Dede Agach to continue the fight against Turkey. After one attempt was called off due to rough weather, the infantry finally landed on 28 October 1918. The Regiment was re-united, and started on its long march through the Rupel Pass and the Struma valley by way of Kavalla, to take its part in the concentration on the Turkish frontier at Dedeagatch. Almost at once, however, two troops of D Squadron were detached and sent with the 26th Division to Sofia, thence to Rustchuk on the Danube, and ultimately to Varna on the Black Sea. And before the Regiment had left the Struma valley the remaining two troops of " D " Squadron were ordered to re-join the 27th Division, which was marching to Adrianople. After the Armistice with Turkey had been concluded, on 31st October, 1918, these two troops were withdrawn and brought back to the neighbourhood of Salonika, and were eventually sent with the remainder of the Regiment for duty with the Army of Occupation in Trans-Caucasia. The regiment was demobilized in the July of 1919. On the 3rd July, 1919. Next day, together with the 1st Batt. Royal Scots, the Regiment marched through the streets of Edinburgh to the City Chambers in order to receive the official welcome of the City of Edinburgh. The colours of the Regiment were crowned with a laurel wreath, and then borne through the city to the Drill Hall in Forrest Road, where both units were entertained to lunch. After five years of mobilised service, the remainder of the Regiment was at length disembodied, in order to await recreation in the new Territorial Force. At the end of the war, it was noted that the 22nd division had suffered casualties of 7,728 killed, wounded and missing. This did not include a similar number who died or disabled by sickness, including malaria, dysentery and other diseases rife in the Salonika. This battalion’s history in Salonika is long and interesting, it would take me many pages to do justice to the exploits of Private Andrews and D squadron. I have included a copy of a very rare document entitled History of The T.F. Associations of The Counties of Roxburgh. Berwick. And Selkirk. Written by Colonel Sir Richard Waldie Griffith. This is a first-hand account of the history Lothians & Border Horse in the Salonika campaign. It is a little bit of a rough read, as this is taken from the first draft, lots of spelling errors and it takes a little bit of time to work through. But as there is so very little information out there relating to this regiment, it is a worthwhile read. I am certain Andrews survived the war, but as no service papers exist for this man, one can assume he was probably at some time incapacitated by sickness or wounds. His trio comes in excellent condition and all three medals looks as if they have never been mounted or worn. Both original badges are also in very good condition although they have been issued and used and are a rare find in themselves. A rare scarce of medals to a small Scottish Yeomanry regiment who served in one of the worse campaign theaters, in my opinion.
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 1915 Dated Prisoner of War Magazine Ruhleben Camp Below is a comprehensive description of how the magazine came into being and the amazing way these men organised themselves under dire circumstances. This example comes in wonderful condition, some signs of age and wear, 49 pages long. During their period of captivity a number of prisoners of war, civilian internees and soldiers held as detainees in neutral countries - such as Switzerland and Holland - produced a number of magazines, journals and newsletters which commented on camp life and life in general. The most prolific producers of this type of material were British civilians interned in Ruhleben in Spandau, Berlin.  At the outset of the First World War, the first people to be take into captivity in Germany were alien civilians. British subjects were sent to Ruhleben, an improvised camp near Berlin. The internees were quartered in the stables, horse-boxes, lofts and other buildings of this former racecourse. By the end of November 1914, most British males still in Germany between the ages of 17 and 45, had been rounded up and interned there. A report by the British Red Cross revealed that many ranks and professions were incarcerated in Ruhleben, "An earl, a baronet, artists studying in Germany or exhibiting their works, lecturers, boys of eighteen years of age sent to Germany to learn the language, engineers, commercial travellers, jockeys, acrobats, negroes, waiters, and an ever increasing number of seamen, sometimes including entire crews as well as the passengers of the ships taken by the German raiders... according to the Ruhleben Directory, [in all] about 4,000 British male civilians." said the report. The Times stated, "Ruhleben, particularly in the early days, was a disgrace not only to the civilisation but to the humanity of Germany" but then conceded, "The greatest improvement of all however, was, the formation of a prisoners committee into whose hands a large part of the internal camp management was placed: life then became tolerable." Percy Brown, a photographer, later admitted, "To me Ruhleben was  a rest cure [and] thanks to the British Government and relatives we were the best-fed prisoners; no matter how many ships were sunk, we got our parcels. It is true one sailor was shocked while slicing a loaf of mouldy bread; he cut through a nest of mice. But that was exceptional" As it turned out, great things were accomplished in the camp. The internees started a number of 'businesses'  including a print shop where a daily newspaper and periodicals like In Ruhleben Camp and The Ruhleben Camp Magazine were published, and postcards, taken from paintings and drawings. 
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 Flying Corps Postcard A rare dated 1917 postcard for the Royal Flying Corps depicting the emblem, badge and button for the corps, it has been postally used and is dated 1917 on the reverse, comes in good condition but has areas of wear to the edges.
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 Magazine for Front Line Troops. Just in from Germany and a rare find even for the German market comes this WW1 magazine entitled Illustrated News, although it contains lots of German propaganda of the time, it also gives a real life insight to the front line troop, these were ready available in news agents all over Germany price one mark, these have their original brown paper cover which was sent to the front line, very few survived as they were cut up for the wonderful prints and pictures inside, the centre pages having a coloured print, many of which I have seen framed over the years; also they were used, I’m sure to start fires to line clothing and for general use in the latrine. I have five issues of this magazine for sale; please see pictures of this one’s content, lots of interesting photographs, prints and old German adverts, which are little works of art on their own, news of the war covering Germany, Austro/Hungary and Turkish interest on all fronts. The condition is good, the main front cover has been protected by the brown paper cover, which is a little scruffy but still retains the original title label, the odd page has a tear at the edge, you usually find this with the larger size papers and magazines; for details on condition please see pictures, priced due to condition and content. Ref.36
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 London Scottish Sporran. A WW1 or earlier 14th battalion London Scottish sporran. To the front is white horse hair fitted to a leather pouch. To the top is the original badge of the London Scottish, which looks like it has never been removed. To the back of the pouch is several military markings and a stamp which looks like it has the date for 1908. The pouch is lined with canvas and although there is no real damage, the whole piece looks a little tired. The original hanging strap / chain is now missing, but this is a very easy thing to replace. A fabulous historic piece which seldom comes onto the market nowadays.
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 Trench Art & Victory Medal to US Flyer. A very rare item which is a piece of trench art made from a slice of wooden propeller, embellished with handmade miniature frames showing pictures of the pilot and his wife, wings and a mini propeller and U. S. all in a light white metal; also attached is his WW1 United States Victory medal; the medal probably had bars attached, but you can see on the back of the piece, the medal was originally held by a stud or a screw from which the silk ribbon has now broken free, the medal is now held by two small pins, so any bars may have been lost. Anything to a WW1 US flyer is rare, but a little handmade piece such as this, I have never seen anything like it before; the only shame is there is no name attached, so his story could never be told, but a fantastic piece nevertheless in good original condition and measuring 5 inches wide.
Rare WW1 Tuck's Postcard Edith Cavell The Martyr Nurse Nurse Edith Cavell was famously shot by the Germans in 1915 having been found guilty of spying, outrage followed and she was deemed a martyr, many tributes were paid to her and a wealth of memorabilia followed. The highly regarded firm of Tucks produced this postcard calling her 'the martyr nurse', taken from a famous painting by the artist Albert Pearse. The card comes in good condition and hasn't been written on.
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 Booklet – Home Guard Humour This little booklet was the subject of a Daily Mail article in 1911, a copy had been discovered at a postcard fair and the person who bought it was amazed at the similarities between it and the subsequent TV programme Dads Army, he researched it to try and find the author and the cartoonist but believed it to be an almost unique copy left in the world, I have also searched but apart from the reprints that were taken from his original there are none out there. It is a short booklet with cartoons and text poking gentle fun at the inception of the Home Guard through to the end of the war, the copy in the article does not show an outer cover and this one is lacking one also, that is if there ever was an outer cover? It shows signs of use but all pages appear to be present.
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 German NSKOV Cap Eagle The NSKOV, Nationalsozialistiche Krieksopfer Versorgung or veterans association was formed in 1930 to assist NSDAP party members who became disabled due to war injuries. This cap Eagle dates after 1940 as the eagle is facing to the right, pre 1940 he faced left. Comes in super condition, is marked to the rear with M1 over 52 and has a pin back for fixing. Measures 2 inches wide.
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.
Remington Rolling Block Rifle – Vintage Replica. The Remington Rolling Block rifle was a breech-loading rifle produced from the mid-1860s into the early 20th century by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company). The action was extremely strong, and could easily withstand the increased pressure of the new smokeless powders coming into use by the late 1880s. It was used by many countries as their main service rifle, including Norway and Sweden. This is a very good replica, made of heavy gauge metal with an all wood stock. It cocks, the breech block rolls and dry fires. It is in very good condition and could be made to look exactly like the real thing with a bit of polish. It only has one small fault, in that the foresight has been repaired at some time, but this has been done nicely with a bit of brass, so it looks original, but I am sure it is not. A great wall hanger or a good piece for the re-enactor. It measures 44 inches long. Ship to UK only.
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.
Replica Colt 1851 Navy Revolver. A very good quality modern replica colt revolver by Denix of Spain. It cocks and dry fires and will fire percussion caps, so a good re-enactors gun. The bullet ejector works and the whole thing is made of a good grade of metal with hard wood grips, so there’s nothing light or flimsy about this piece. It measures 14 inches long and comes in perfect condition.
Replica Double Western Holster and Blank Firing Revolvers. A very good quality replica American old west double pistol holster, complete with a matching pair of colt peacemaker type, blank firing revolvers. Both revolvers have faux ivory grips decorated with the American eagle. They both dry fire and the cylinder revolves, and the built ejector also works. Both guns are in mint condition with no sign of any wear. The leather holster is also in excellent condition and looks hardly used although it has been altered and made smaller. The belt will fit up to a 40 inch waist. This lot is being sold on commission from a Western re-enactor, he told me this set up cost him over £220 to put together, the guns were £85 plus each and the holster over £50 and then never used. These look great just hanging from a door or slung over a chair, or a good piece for the re-enactor who doesn’t want to pay full price for a quality set. Re-enactors item, proof of age required on purchase.
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 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. WAS £12
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 Irish Fusiliers Beret Badge The post 1914 pattern bi-metal badge of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, this one is only one part of a two part version with separate coronet, however this lovely little badge comes in excellent condition. Ref. U26
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 Bulwark. From a large collection of all original Royal Nay Cap Tally’s I have just purchased. This one is from HMS Bulwark, now the second ship of the Royal Navy's Albion-class assault ships. She is one of the United Kingdom's two newest amphibious transport docks designed to put Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea. This Tally probably dates from the WW2 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 Daedalus. From a large collection of all original Royal Nay Cap Tally’s I have just purchased. This one is from HMS Daedalus, this was a naval air station, also known as RNAS Lee-on-Solent. The base was opened in 1917 and transferred to the RAF in 1918. It was returned to the successor of the Royal Naval Air Service, the Fleet Air Arm in 1939. It and various out-stations bore the name HMS Daedalus between 1957 and 1996. This Tally probably dates from the WW2 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 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 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.
S.M.L.E Rifle Spare Magazine. Spare WW2 Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle magazine. In good working condition, paint a little worn.
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.
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 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 4th Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge Q/C A scarce all brass badge used for a very short time in 1958 before its merger with the 8th Kings Royal Irish Lancers. Some reference books say it was never used, but this one came from an old cavalry man, who said he was issued this badge, and did in fact wear it on his forage cap for a few months before he was transferred. This one comes in very good but used condition with an even dark tone. Ref. Y15
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 Coalport Porcelain Limited Edition Mug – Constable Made by the highly respected porcelain factory of Coalport this limited edition mug was commissioned by the 'friends of the Tate gallery' to commemorate the life of John Constable 1776-1837 and was issued in 1976 for the celebration of his 200th birthday. 1776 pieces of this mug where made and this one is numbered 70 so quite an early issue. Comes in its padded box of issue and the mug is in perfect condition, of a large size standing just over 4 inches tall.
Scarce Coalport Porcelain Limited Edition Mug – Ironbridge Gorge Made by the highly respected porcelain factory of Coalport this limited edition mug was commissioned by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum at Coalbrookdale during the 1970's. The mug shows two areas of Ironbridge in times past. Comes in its box of issue and the mug is in perfect condition, of a large size standing just over 4 inches tall.
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 Ed VII 1827 Pattern Indian Infantry Officers Sword. By Rodda An Edward VII Infantry officer’s sword by R. B. Rodda of Calcutta, a famous and well established arms merchant and retailer, serving European and the British war department in India. It has a typical half basket hilt with a ray skin grip bound with silver wire. A good long straight blade which has been embellished with good quality etching of scrolls and foliage, the infantry horn and King Edward VII cypher. It has a steel scabbard with two sword hanger rings. It is in very good condition, the hand guard is clean and still retains nearly all of its original plate and the grip is very good and free from any damage. The blade is good, some very light pitting particularly to near the tip end, this is not bad and will probably polish off, if desired. The etching is still very clear, but it better quality etching than you usually find on this type of sword. The scabbard is bright nickel plated, some of the plate is worn or pitted and rust is showing in places, but again this can be cleaned down and made much better. All in all a good example of an Edward VII sword, swords with this king’s cypher are scarce, officers usually had swords from the Victorian period or the later 1897 pattern sword.
Scarce First Edition 1916 Cartridge Manufacture A scarce first edition book issued in 1916 covering all aspects of cartridge manufacture written by Douglas T. Hamilton. The inside cover description reads: A treatise covering the manufacture of rifle cartridge cases, bullets, powders, primers and cartridge clips, and the designing and making of the tools used. A quite specialised book in first class condition, 167 pages with pictures.
Scarce Geo V TFEM to Greenwood Lancs Fusiliers.Gallipoli Vet. A fabulous example of the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal awarded to 240043 Company Sergeant Major T. Greenwood of the 6th Lancashire Fusiliers. the 6th territorial battalion was mostly made up of Salford men and saw action with the 124th brigade 42nd division in Gallipoli and after being evacuated, they moved on to Egypt. In 1917 they were ordered back to the western front where they saw a great deal of fighting at Ypres especially Passchendaele. They remained extremely active until the end of the war. The Division was visited by King George V on 1 December 1918 and was gradually demobbed during the next eighteen months. Apart from the mic for his TFEM no other research has been done on this man, so I am sure this will prove an interesting project for the territorial collector. The medal is in excellent condition and comes on its original ribbon.
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 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 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. 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 mans size.
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 Pair WW1 Era German Officers Field Binoculars by Goerz Anything optical made by the Germans is always super quality and these are no exception, they have a complicated mechanism for focusing, to get the space between the eyes accurate they have a winder in the middle and to then focus each eye individually they have independent focus buttons. Made by C. P Goerz of Berlin they are x12 magnification and are from the Trieder series which were the first porro prism binoculars the company made. For their age they come in very good condition, the lenses are clear and focusable, the outer case shows signs of age and use, they come in their original light tan leather case which is also in very good condition.
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 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 Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy Glass Ashtray A super quality glass ashtray showing the famous Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figure to the centre and surounded by the Latin motto which translates to 'whatever is rightly done however humble is noble'. Comes in super condition and measures 4.75 inches in diameter.
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 SA Metal Sports Day Badge. A scarce white metal Storm Troopers Sports Day Badge, these were held yearly, in this one’s case, 1936. It has a moto to one side which reads; Wettkampftlage Der SA Gruppe Niedersacusen 1936. The condition is very good, just slight wear to the surface, it measures 2 inches high.
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 Victorian Hawksley 12 Bore Barrel Cleaner A very well made and high quality Victorian 12 bore shotgun barrel brush cleaner, it is marked on the stem for G. & J.W. Hawksley, the handle is made from horn and the top section is brass with the stiff brush bristle cleaner, it comes in super condition with signs of use and measures 7 inches long.
Scarce Victorian Royal Navy LS&GC Medal to Coast Guard. A scarce award to Coast Guard, the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal correctly named to; F. B. Dean. CD. BTN. H.M. Coast Guard. Frederick Beauchamp Dean was born on 3rd March 1858 in Devon. He enlisted into the RN in 1876 as a Boy rating. He served on many ships but mainly on HMS Cambridge. From around 1882 he was transferred to HM Coast Guard as a Boatman but gradually rose in rank to a Chief Boatman and Chief Officer. The medal comes in very good original condition, it has few small edge knocks to the reverse, the obverse is sound; this was probably this man’s only entitlement and an interesting award. It comes with a copy of his service papers, which need studying and researching. Something a little different for the Royal Navy collector.
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 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 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 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 Cameronians Officers Cane. A superb quality Cameronians weighted officer’s cane. It has a black, Lignum Vitae stick with a good quality silver plated ball top. This is an officer’s cane rather than a swagger stick as it is weighted, it is quite heavy and substantial, rather being made cheap, at the time, bamboo with a nickel top. And this one, as with all officers canes, they are slightly longer. A lovely piece to a good old Scottish regiment, measuring; just over 30 inches long.
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 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 Prince Consorts Own Rifle Brigade Swagger Stick A hard to find swagger stick for the Rifle Brigades Prince Consorts regiment, this regiment was established in 1800 to provide sharpshooters, scouts and skirmishers and has been active in every campaign since its inception with a glowing military history. This is a traditional swagger stick with a black painted Malacca cane and a white metal ball to the top with the regiments crest on, comes in good condition, a few dings to the metalwork and typically bent on the cane to fit the body, it measures 27 inches long.
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 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.
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 Trench Use Beer Bottle Trench Find Quite a rare find, this green glass bottle is unmarked on the body but has a metal collar with a ceramic stopper this being marked with the Imperial German cross and has 'schulthetss brauerei'. This type of bottle was used at the front by the German soldiers and was for either beer or wine and this bottle is a barn find from 2007, it is large, standing 12.75 inches high and comes in super 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 Mills Rod Grenade. These were a good idea at the time that soon proved to be impractical, used from around 1910 – 1917 and made to be fired from a rifle; it was inserted into the barrel of a standard service rifle and launched using a blank cartridge, this completely messed up the riffle, after firing a few round of these, your rifle was next to useless, so only designated rifles were used and these didn’t last that long either. This type of grenade when out of use in 1917, I believe and it gave way to the cup launcher during the latter years of World War I. This one is totally inert and has been restored for display, it is nicely marked on the screw base, (please see pictures) something a little different for the ordinance collector.
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 Period Crested China German U-Boat This porcelain crested ware WW1 German U-boat has the arms for Devonport, it was made by the Devonia Art China Company. On the reverse side to the arms it has, 'Great War 1914-1918. 150 German U-Boats Surrendered, Nov 20th 1918'. It comes in good condition, there is a small chip to the top of the turret. It measures 5.75 inches long.
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 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 WW2 26th Hussars Cap Badge. An all brass badge in the form of the Prussian Eagle. Formed in India in 1941 and raised as an armoured unit. Soon after it adopted the badge of the R.A.C, so these original badges are quite rare. This one has been issued and used, but it still comes in excellent condition with a nice even tone. Ref. Y7
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 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 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 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 German Woman's Identity Papers with Service Details, Medal & Picture Here is a great collection of WW2 German woman's identity papers, service details, medal and photograph. Anni Rummler was born in 1917 in Dusseldorf, her workers book or 'arbeitsbuch' commences in 1936 and I think she was working as a nanny or a house keeper within a household as a few of the early handwritten letters are I think character references. By 1940 she was working with the 'Helferinnen' a unit that was used in all branches of the German armed forces in many different positions, originally controlled by the Red Cross in late 1941 they came under a different command. Anni appears to have been working in a railway or bus station a common area of occupation where members assisted the service personnel with their travel, directions and even meals. In 1942 Anni is shown as working in the 'IV./Lg Nachr. Regt. 6' this was the Luftgau Nachrichten regiment 6 which was the training section for liason officers of the 6th aerial command regiment, within this she could have worked as office staff, radio operator, radar attendant, flack attendant or even in the meteorological stations. Included with this package for Anni is photograph of her in uniform wearing the Luftwaffe breast Eagle badge which comes with her stuff, this has had the Swastika cut from the bottom, her workers book as mentioned and her identity book complete with Nazi stamps, her original aluminium dog tag which shows her in the Helferinnenschaft (helpers) regiment, her war merit cross medal without swords in its original paper packet of issue, and finally a letter addressed to her showing that during 1944 she married and became Anni Butz. A super package of items that come in good order.
Scarce WW2 Group with GS medal to WOII Black WRAC. A super WW2 and George VI general service medal all awarded to W/67486 Warrant Officer 2nd class A. Black of the Women’s Royal Army Corps. The medals comprise of the 1939-45 star, the Italy Star, the Defence medal, the 1939-45 war medal and the George VI solid silver general service medal correctly named with the Malaya bar. The medal group comes mounted as worn and is accompanied by cap badges, both ATS and WRAC all mounted for display or safe storage. A wonderful group for research, this lady obviously served in the ATS during the Second World War, later transferring to the WRAC. Serving in Italy and after the war in the Malayan emergency of 1948. Her medals and badges come in very good untouched condition, the medals, especially the General Service medal has contact marks on the rim, which shows this group has been mounted for quite some time. A good scarce group to a long serving woman NCO that seldom come on to the market place these days.
Scarce WW2 Large Size Savings Promotional Poster Posters such as these were issued during the war covering the various services, this one is for the Navy and sea power, its intention was to encourage people to 'save' for the war effort and it details how vital the Navy and shipping is to the war effort. A large sized poster measuring 39 inches x 29.5, it comes in fair condition given its age, it has been folded at some time and it was displayed using pins in the corners, there are a few faults on the edges. It would benefit greatly from being framed and will be sent rolled in a tube.
Scarce WW2 Large Size Savings Promotional Poster Posters such as these were issued during the war covering the various services, this one is for the RAF and aircraft, its intention was to encourage people to 'save' for the war effort and it details how factories which previously made such things as jewellery or vacuum cleaners are now manufacturing things for the war effort. A large sized poster measuring 39 inches x 29.5, it comes in fair condition given its age, it has been folded at some time and it was displayed using pins in the corners, there are a few faults on the edges. It would benefit greatly from being framed and will be sent rolled in a tube.
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.
Scarce WW2 Ulster Home Guard Lapel Badge A super white metal and enamel WW2 era Ulster Home Guard Lapel badge, comes in very good condition, originally with a copper finish to the metal now worn to white metal in places, comes with the issue number of 36157 on the reverse, measures one inch long.
Scarce WW2 USA Comedy Postcards WAC and Hitler Designed and published by Beals of Des Moines Iowa USA and issued circa 1942 as part of a series depicting the newly formed American Womens Army Corps, not sure if the idea was to encourage women to join or poke fun at them but they are basically patriotic in subject. Interestingly Fort Des Moines in Iowa was where the first contingent of 800 members of the auxillery corps began their basic training. These two cards show a WAC and a soldier kicking Hitler into touch and have the slogans, 'Just showing there's a big kick in this outfit' and 'we're letting him have it right square in the butt'. Both come in very good condition and have not been postally used.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Short Lived RAPC Caps & Collar Badges. Here we have two Royal Army Pay Corps Cap badges and one bronze officer’s collard dog. Both cap badges are the small type for use on the beret. The first with a Kings crown was used from 1950 to 1953. The second, with |Queens crown was used from 1953 to 1955. Both very short lived badges. The bronze collar dog would have been issued from 1929 to 1953 as this also has a Kings crown. Both cap badges are in perfect, if not near mint condition. The collar dog has been used.
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 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 Framed Photograph – Officer & Men on Parade A framed and glazed photograph taken between the wars showing a senior officer from the Leicestershire regiment on parade and apparently sharing a joke with a judge. The photo has foxing which looks like snow otherwise is ok, it measures 9 inches x 7.
Small Victorian Japanese Trinket box. A small Japanese bronze trinket box. decorated on the top with flowers and around the sides with cartouches of foliage etc. A pretty little thing which has been well used in its day, hence price. It measures; 1.75 x 1.25 x 1 inch high.
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.
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. Quite a hard to find bayonet now for collectors and this one is in a good collectable grade. 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.
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 Ring Set with Turquoise. A nice quality .925 silver ladies ring set with a good size turquoise cabochon stone. It comes in perfect condition and measures a size ‘O’ and comes in a gift box.
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 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 Hallmarked Silver Fronted Miniature Book 1904 This is just beautiful a full hallmarked silver picture fronted miniature book of common prayer, it carries a full set of hallmarks for London 1904 with a makers mark of WC for William Comyns, a well respected London maker. The silver front depicts a very detailed scene of a carriage and horses in front of a church with people looking on, the detailing in the trees is especially good. The cover of the book is brown leather with the silver to the front, it comes in wonderful condition, some wear to the spine of the book. It measures just under 2.25 inches long by 1.75 wide. A stunning piece.
Stunning Hallmarked Silver Scottish Quaich Cabochon Set This beautiful piece of silver is fully hallmarked for Edinburgh 1915 and has the makers mark of B&S for Brook & Sons of George Street Edinburgh, it has been ornamented with two turquoise cabochons on top of the handle. The quaich has its roots in Scottish history but is used noways for the sipping of a good whisky. This piece comes in super condition, there are no dings or dents, it has been monogrammed to one side with S. Guabasi, perhaps a previous owner. A great piece measuring just over 3.25 inches from handle to handle.
Stunning Large 925 Sterling Silver & Yellow Citrine Necklace Marked to the back with 925 for sterling silver on the heavy gauge silver mounts and set with 13 large yellow citrine stones this really pretty and imposing necklace is the perfect present, it comes in excellent condition and measures approx 23 inches long, comes in a handy presentation box.
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 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.
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 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 Condition Goss Crested Lucky Horse Shoe Made by the Goss factory, considered to be the first and best of the crested ware companies, this 'lucky horse shoe' carries the arms of Walton-on-the-naze and includes the legend for the lucky horse shoe. Marked to the back for the Goss factory it comes in perfect condition and measures just under 5 inches long.
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 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 Boxed Edwin Blyde Celtic Collection Pewter Hip Flask This would make a great present or even for daily use, this new and boxed pewter hip flask in the Celtic design was retailed by Edwin Blyde & Co Ltd of Sheffield, it measures just under 5 inches long and comes with its original leaflet.
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 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.
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 18th Century Dutch Tobacco Box. A lovely old Brass and Copper Dutch Tobacco box dating from around 1775. This one is in excellent condition still showing its original engraving. Usually this has worn away. Here represented are charming scenes from the Bible, please see pictures; on the lid Psalm 5. 21. 22. And shows animals including a unicorn at the bottom, the other side has a victory of the sea with a wonderful roaring Lion at the bottom, all beautifully, although a little naively engraved. Obviously on a box of this vintage, there is some damage, but not as much as you would expect, just a minor loss to the folded metal on one side. The hinge is still very good and undamaged and no repairs, which is unusual; these boxes were well used and seem to always show running repairs. A very interesting and attractive piece which very rarely come on the market in this condition.
Superb 18th Century Miniature Bronze Cannon. A fabulous little piece made anywhere in the late Georgian period. It is either a wealthy child’s toy or a small novelty item for adults. It is beautifully made out of bronze and it has a proper fire hole and barrel and it looks like it has been fired, if that is at all possible. A great little piece which is missing its carriage, so a good little 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 1930's Waltham Gold Plated Full Hunter Pocket Watch Truly a lovely piece, a great vintage pocket watch made by Waltham which dates from the early part of last century, the case is gold plated and was made by Wadsworth who gave a 20 year guarantee on the product when it was first bought. Waltham as clock makers were very well respected and sold their movements to many different suppliers of cases and this one is the full hunter with the inner and outer opening flaps both of which have lovely engine turned decoration. It is wound at the top and as I write is running beautifully. A great investment piece.
Superb 1930’s Brown Leather Officers Boots. A really stunning pair of brown leather officers field boots. The condition of these boots is just wonderful, no damage, marks scratches or repairs anywhere on either boot, the soles and heels have very little wear too. They come with their original wooden trees are are monogrammed and also come in excellent order. They measure 11.75 inches across the sole and would fit I think a size 8/9 foot, they are also very heavy with the wooden trees weighing over 5kgs so the shipping will be £12.50.
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 Chinese Filigree Silver Boat. Here is another piece from a collection of items brought back by a nurse who served in China around the time of the Boxer Rebellion of 1901. This time it is a filigree silver boat, again the level of craftsmanship is amazing; each wire would have been hand cut and welded in single strands. The centre canopy opens to reveal two round compartments, in the lid are what looks like two match strikers, so I think it is either some kind of vesta or maybe a small ladies desk ink well. The condition it very good and the only damage being to the two feet that the boat stands on, these are missing small parts. A really beautiful piece, it is unmarked but tests of a high grade silver. measuring 5.5 inches long.
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 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 K98 Bayonet & Scabbard. A superb example of the German K98 bayonet. This one comes in exceptional condition. the hilt has hard wood grips which have no damage, dents or chips. The pommel, although showing some wear, is clean and free from and rust or pitting and it has a nice overall patination. The blade is spotless and still retains most of its original blueing. The top of the blade is stamped with a marker mark of; Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen, a fabulous maker of lots of high quality swords and daggers. The scabbard is in the same overall condition as the rest of the bayonet, it still retains most of its original black paint and where it has worn away, there is no sign of any rust or pitting. The only fault this bayonet has, it the scabbard is missing its frog stud. But this looks like it was never fitted, there is no sign of a brake or any leftover weld. A very fine bayonet by a top maker.
Superb German WW1 Pipe -Kaiser Wilhelm II A complete and original WW1 era pipe. It has a fruit wood stem with a Bakelite type mouthpiece. The bowl is made of good quality German porcelain, probably made in Dresden. It has been decorated with a hand coloured portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm II 1859 - 1941. The bowl has a typical metal cap, this is made from white metal and brass. As with most German pipes from this period, it breaks down into three parts so it is easily transported in a pocket or case. It comes in excellent original condition, no damage or restoration, measuring just over 9.5 inches long.
Superb Hallmarked Silver Pocket Watch. A silver verge style silver pocket watch, with an English lever movement by J Rowlett & Co of Kings Lynn, Norfolk. It is clearly hallmarked for London 1926. It has a plain dial with roman numerals and a second hand and dial. Typically of this period, it has a Perspex crystal, this has started to yellow slightly. It is a key wind from under the back cover and the hands are changed by moving them with the key from the front. It has just come back from being cleaned and serviced, so it is running very well and keeping good time. This is a really nice watch, you don’t find many English lever movements at this date, most watch makers were buying in Swiss movements by this time, this shows the high quality of this watch. The case is also in very good condition, it shows a little wear to the back of the case, probably where it has sat in someone’s pocket pocket for years. It comes with its original Key.
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 Was £160
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 Trench Art Shell Cases Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry A lovely pair of 18 pounder shellcases transformed into jugs, one is dated 1916 the other 1917, they have been individually decorated with battles, one for Albert 1916 the other Arras 1917 and both have the badges for the Kings own Yorkshire light infantry to the fronts. Well marked on the bases and both come in excellent condition, they measure 7.25 inches high.
Superb Pair of Victorian Silver Plated Candlesticks – Walker & Hall These are stunning, a true pair of silver plated Corinthian column table candlesticks made by one of the most famous factories, Walker & Hall, they are both marked accordingly on the bases, each has a removable candle holder for ease of cleaning residue wax, another indicator of high quality. These are large standing 10.25 inches high and come very good condition, there are a few tiny dings on the bases but this is to be expected given their age. A good clean and these will be exceptional.
Superb Pair Victorian Staffordshire Dogs. Fifteen years ago I would have put a £250 price ticket on these beauties and they would have sold quick at that price, but since the crash in the antique china market they have now come down to a more affordable price. They date from around the 1870-80’s are in excellent condition for a pair of this vintage, they were relatively cheaply produced in their day resulting in faults and flaws before they left the factory; in the case of this pair, the only damage is a firing crack on the back of one of the Spaniels, this has happened in the manufacturing so usual to find. These hold good investment potential, as everything goes around comes around, so I’m sure these dogs will once again have their day.
Superb Quality 19thC Day or Night Naval Telescope. Beautiful quality leather covered all brass 3 draw telescope with a sun or dew hood, eye lens extension and both ends still retain their dust or lens slides. This piece does not have any maker’s details, it is just engraved with ‘day or night’ on the eye lens extension, so it was most likely made by Dollond of London dating to the middle part of the 19th century. It is in wonderful condition just a light dent in the sun hood, the lenses are bright and clear and free from any damage and quite a nice item to use, I have had a few nights star gazing with it, and it gives good magnification. It is quite a beast measuring 39.5 inches when fully extended and 13.5 when closed.
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 Satsuma Egg Shell Trio. Cherry Blossom. I have two of these up for grabs, they are the finest Japanese egg shell porcelain you will ever see and the trio comprises of a tea cup, saucer and tea plate. Each piece is beautifully hand decorated with Cherry Blossom and birds, and framed with a border of gold and black, so when displayed, it makes up a superb work of art. This set dates around 1910 and carries a masters black and gold seal mark, again the highest sign of quality, amazingly all three pieces come in perfect condition, with no chips cracks or wear to any of the decoration. Please see the other example decorated with River Irises; I am selling these singly but the pair would make a stunning cabinet display.
Superb Satsuma Egg Shell Trio. River Irises. I have two of these up for grabs, they are the finest Japanese egg shell porcelain you will ever see and the trio comprises of a tea cup, saucer and tea plate. Each piece is beautifully hand decorated with River Irises and birds, and framed with a border of gold and black, so when displayed, it makes up a superb work of art. This set dates around 1910 and carries a masters black and gold seal mark, again the highest sign of quality, amazingly all three pieces come in perfect condition, with no chips cracks or wear to any of the decoration. Please see the other example decorated with Cherry Blossom; I am selling these singly but the pair would make a stunning cabinet display.
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 Superb Vintage Large Amber/Orange Glass Vase This lovely glass vase comes in perfect condition, it is a blown piece not moulded and has a soft spiral optic to the glass, there is a little wear to the base but the body is in excellent condition, it stands an impressive 11.5 inches high. Perfect for long stem flowers. To Clear
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 Vintage Blank Firing Winchester Repeating Rifle. Superb quality vintage blank firing replica Winchester lever action repeating rifle by Reck. It is made from good heavy gauge metal with a hard wood stock and butt. It takes .22 blanks, not sure how many it will hold, but quite a lot, I put about in 15 and there was still room for a lot more. It fires and ejects the spent shells and reloads the next. A really beautiful quality reenactors replica which comes with its western leather saddle bag. It measures 37 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only.
Superb WW1 and Later German Ephemera & Medals Etc To Wilhelm Schafer This is an extensive collection of ephemera, medals and wound badge to one man, Wilhelm Schafer and is typically quite difficult to piece together and translate. Wilhelm was born in 1893 in Hirschauser Essen Germany and saw active service during WW1, he was in the 25th Ersatz battalion pioneer regiment from October 1914 to April 1916 when he was invalided out, the 25th regiment as part of the 10th ersazt division saw active service in the trenches on the Western front at Lorraine and against the French defensive line from Nancy to Epinal. The paperwork included with this package consist of: Wilhelm's WW1 military pass book from which I can almost work out that he was wounded in the April of '16 and released from service, his continuous service from '14-'16 and subsequent entries up to '17 tho' I'm not sure to what they relate. A large printed and hand written sheet that I think is a pensions paper dated 1920, another sheet which shows the payment he will receive for his 40% injury dated 1916, his medal entitlement certificates for his iron cross 2nd class and his veterans honour cross with swords issued to combatants but this was not issued until 1930, the relevant medals mounted as a pair with the crossed swords attached, his silver wound badge and two WW1 photographs of German soldiers in uniform. Post war Wilhelm worked as a factory machinist, his Wehrpass was issued in 1943 when perhaps he was called back to war work, as an older man of 50 he wouldnt have seen active service at this time I would think. There is some earlier paperwork covering the 1930's, there are two 'meldekarte' which are something to do with alarm drills, a 1920's to '30's book which has many stamps and his party members book from 1935 again with many stamps. An excellent package which if you can read German could throw up even more interesting information.
Superb WW1 Era German Pickelhaube Helmet A WW1 era Prussian enlisted man’s Pickelhaube helmet. Worn by the ranks of the Prussian infantry in the early part of the First World War. The body is made of leather with brass fittings including the plate and spike. It has both cockades, although one is a replacement, and leather chinstrap. This one comes completely untouched and all the brass fittings have never been polished, they are heavily patinated with a beautiful even dark chocolate colour tone, this just can’t be faked; It also still retains its original leather liner inside. The condition is excellent for a WW1 helmet, it is obviously not mint condition and it has a few little cracks and bumps, and some very slight shrinkage, but the crown and body of the helmet is still a good shape with no distortion. I have kept the leather waxed, to keep it from deteriorating, but the liner is still quite dry and needs a good feed or oil, to stop it getting worse and becoming brittle. Modern central heating is a menace to the antique helmet. A stunning piece of WW1 German Uniform.
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 Porcelain Pipe – Hindenburg. A complete and original WW1 era pipe. It has a fruit wood stem with a Bakelite type mouthpiece. The bowl is made of good quality German porcelain, probably made in Dresden. It has been decorated with a hand coloured portrait of Paul Von Hindenburg 1847 – 1934. The bowl has a typical metal cap, this is made from white metal and brass. As with most German pipes from this period, it brake’s down into three parts so it is easily transported in a pocket or case. It comes in excellent original condition, no damage or restoration, measuring around 9 inches long.
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 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 German Air Gunner Badge by Deumer. A superb early wartime German Air Gunners & Flight Engineer’s badge by one of the best of all German medal makers, Wilhelm Deumer of Ludenscheid. This badge was awarded to air gunners, mechanics, flight engineers or aircrew meteorologists who were members of the Luftwaffe after they completed two months training or had taken part in at least five operational flights. If one was wounded during an operational flight, the badge could be awarded earlier. This badge comes in fabulous original condition, probably as near mint as you are going to find and original war time issued badge. The wreath of oak leaves that surround the eagle, still has all of its original satin finish. The pin on the back is still perfectly straight and the catch is undamaged. A real beauty, you won’t find better for the price. It is well marked with Deumer’s mark on the back of the eagle (please see pictures) absolutely right for the period and type of badge. Matt As always, this badge comes with my 100% money back guarantee of authenticity.
Superb WW2 German Kriegsmarine Officers Breast Eagle. A really beautiful example of the German Naval Officers Gilt Metal Breast Eagle. The long wingspan eagle, wonderful quality and in lovely original condition. It shows slight wear to the high points with a good patina. The pin on the back is also in excellent original condition. Measuring 3.75 inches wide.
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.
SWB to Steabben 1st London Reg. City of London Btn An interesting silver war badge awarded to 2375 Private Arthur R Steabben of the 1st City of London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Apart from a copy of his medal index card and SWB roll no other research has been done on this man. He Enlisted on the 3rd September 1915 and first entered the theatre of war in France on 11th March 1915 serving with the 25th brigade 8th division and first seeing action at the battle of Neuve Chapelle. In early 1916 the war officer ordered the reformation of all the London Divisions, so the battalion was transferred to the 167th Brigade in 56th London Division, here they went on to the Somme, taking part in the attack on Gommecourt, on the opening day, 1st July 1916. Arthur stayed on the western front for the duration of the war only being discharged on 29th September 1918 due to sickness. An interesting research project to a long serving soldier, who would have been a veteran of most the major battles during the war. He would have been entitled to a 1914/15 star trio as well as this SWB. His first trio was returned and he didn't receive his full entitlement until the 1930's. this badge comes in excellent original condition and comes with copies of his mic and SWB roll. It comes in excellent original condition.
Ten WW2 Era 'On Active Service' Envelopes Used by the service people to post their letters to loved ones, includes the need to sign and certify that contents only refer to private and family matters. All come in un-used and good order but showing signs of age.
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 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 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 Lovely Art Deco Pieces of Davidson's Cloud Glass Range Here are three pieces of the famous Davidson's glass produced in the Art Deco period, Thomas Davidson was working from 1923 -37 and he introduced the cloud glass range, an innovative design using dark strands of glass in a paler glass body giving the 'cloud' effect. Here we have a decent sized table or fruit bowl, it comes in very good condition just some very light surface blemishes, it measures 9.5 inches in diameter, the second piece is a smaller footed bowl, this has one flake chip on the inside and a couple of air bubble faults in the glass, this measures just under 6 inches in diameter, the last piece is a small dish, a couple of minor faults and measures just over 3 inches in diameter.
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 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 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 Circa 1920's Women's Health Club Badges During the 1930's various health clubs sprung up concerned with omen's health, here we have two club badges from that era, the first is for the 'women's league of health and beauty' with the motto 'movement is life', this league was founded by Mary Bagot Stack and was the first and most significant mass keep-fit system of the 1930's in the UK, the second is for the 'every women's health movement', this society was lead by the Romanian born dancer and actress Sali Lobel. Both badges are white metal and enamel and come in very good condition, the red enamel one having an edge knock.
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 Interesting Post WW2 RAF Letter Head Die Stamps These could be as early as WW2 but I think they are just after, both have been produced as letter head stamps, one is for the 23rd squadron who had a number of different base locations and the other for RAF station Laarbruch in Germany. Cut from small metal plates and engraved out with the various crests, they measure just under 1.25 inches long, come in very good condition and are in their envelopes of issue.
Two Interesting Post WW2 RAF Letter Head Die Stamps. These could be as early as WW2 but I think they are just after, both have been produced as letter head stamps, both are the emblem for the RAF with the latin motto ‘per ardua adastra’.Cut from small metal plates and engraved out with the RAF crests, they measure just over and just under one inch long, come in very good condition and are in their envelopes of issue.
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 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 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 Vintage Small Sized Pocket Pen Knives Two nice collectable vintage pocket pen knives, the first has a faux wood handle, the blade is marked 'Richards of Sheffield' comes in very good condition and measures 3.25 inches open. The second has a gilded handle which has been inset with glass decoration some of which are missing, this one measures 3 inches when open.
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 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 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.
Unusual 1960's Cased Mother-of-Pearl Photo Frame & Letter Stand Here are a couple of quite unusual pieces, they have been constructed using mother-of-pearl which has been cased in a clear plastic on a solid black background, the first is a photo frame with a stand on the back, it measures 5.25 inches long x 4.25 wide and comes in very good condition, the second piece is a letter rack with pen stand and features a swan, this one stands just under four inches high and the swan has had an old repair to his neck.
Unusual Antique Rabone Sliding Rule with Wedge The woodworkers amongst you will probably know what this instrument is, I can tell you it is made by Rabone and is marked accordingly, it is a fold out wooden ruler with a slide wedge which travels half the length of the rule. It comes in ok condition, I can see a couple of small breaks in the wood on the hinges but otherwise ok.
Unusual Bakelite Air Ministry Plug and Socket WW2 era most likely and I'm assuming its from an aeroplane, made from Bakelite the plug piece has Crabtree's Patent on it. Comes in very good condition.
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 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 Inuit Carved Reindeer Bone Figure This is a piece of Reindeer bone carved by the Inuit tribes and sold as tourist pieces during the last century, the piece shows a face with an Eagle wrapped around and a single flower, comes in great condition and measures 2.5 inches long.
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 Victorian Three Section Cruet Stand – Curling Stone and Brushes This pretty cruet stand is made from silver plate on brass and comes in the form of a curling stone for the mustard pot and crossed brushes for the stand, it is Victorian in date and even has a registration diamond to the base, partly obscured but I think it has the date letter for 1880. It has had a life and is worn on the high points and does need a good clean otherwise it is in good condition.
Unusual Victorian/Edwardian Football Watch Fob Worn by a gentleman on his watch chain this fob is very unusual as it has a football on the end, made from a white metal with rose gold coloured metal highlights the central section is flexible chain with the addition of star shapes on one side. It comes in good condition but shows signs of wear in places, it measures 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 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 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 Large Vintage Stanley 'Aladdin' Double Thermos Picnic Set A wonderful quality 'unbreakable' double Thermos picnic set made by Aladdin industries of Nashville Tennessee, comes in its original dark green case with strap. The Thermos are in used but good condition. The case stands 14.5 inches high.
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 Edwardian Silver Double Heart Brooch A super pretty hallmarked silver brooch dating from 1911 Birmingham and having the maker’s mark of S. Bros, it carries a full set of hallmarks to the back and has been embellished with rose gold to the front. It measures two inches long and is in superb condition. Ref. 17795
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 Early RNAS Sterling Silver Officers Badge. A rare and early sterling silver pilots badge used for a very short time by the Royal Navy Air Service. It is made of .925 sterling silver and comprises of the Royal Air Force Eagle holding an anchor. Both eagle and anchor are marked 9.25. In the early days of the RNAS, it seems they couldn’t decide which badge to use, and a handful of badges were used for a short time before the one we all know today was decided on. This badge was probably worn on the officer’s cap along with a bullion wreath, as the eagle is still worn now. I can’t find another example of this for sale, so I am probably grossly underestimating the price of this rare piece of insignia. It measures just over 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches long.
Very Rare Franco-Prussian War Veterans Banner and Medal. A very interesting and rare piece relating to the Franco-Prussian war. This is a German Veterans Banner made from a heavy linin and hand painted with the date 1870/71, an Iron Cross a German motto. It still retains silk tassels at one end, these use to be red, but they are now quite faded; also attached to the banner is the Prussian service medal for the Franco-Prussian war with the inscription around the rim, saying it was made from captured French Cannons. A very lovely old piece which would look good framed, it is still in very good condition and of course, guaranteed original.
Very Rare Large WW1 Era Scottish Territorial Red Cross Brigade Badge The first thing to say is that there is very little information available about the formation and actions of this brigade, below I have included some info from an American website which has brief details including the fact that these were private purchase badges, various information only web sites list the badges in various sizes the largest being 55mm or just under 2.25 inches in diameter which this one is. It is made from brass with a hollow back, the central cross is void and backed with a separate applied red cloth forming the cross. It comes in really nice condition with no obvious faults. Organization was originally founded in 1908. It was approved by the War Office as the Scottish Branch of the British Red Cross Society. It was intended as a formation of voluntary aid detachments for service in the event of war. It comprised of 3 districts, each containing number of counties. Badges were only issued to registered members of detachments and had to be purchased by the member. The Brigade was immediately mobilised after the proclamation of War in 1914. Sadly, there are no mentions of the Brigade after that - whether it changed name/structure - is not known.
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 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 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 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 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 Army LS&GC Medal to Wooldridge Grenadier Guards A superb example of the Victorian second type LS&GC medal with scroll swivel suspender and correctly named to 638 Private John Wooldridge of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, John Wooldridge was born in Odiham, Hampshire around 1837. He enlisted into Grenadier Guards the at the Winsor barracks on the 16th February 1859. He served on home service on parade and ceremonial duties and in Northern Ireland. He was awarded five good conduct chevrons and he was awarded his LS&GC medal in the March of 1880 on his discharge from the regiment. His character is described as very good and it is obvious he stayed in the guards just long enough to get his medal. He would have mostly been employed on ceremonial or royal duties at Windsor and Buckingham Palace and only saw semi-active service for a short time in Ireland. Only the soldiers of very good character and disposition were chosen for this type of duty, handpicked for their neatness and attention to detail and also for their skill and discipline during drill exercises. A really interesting medal awarded to a foot guard who must at times been in close quarters to the Queen and royal family. This medal is in superb original condition, it has at some point been in a collection as it has a catalogue number of ‘33’ lightly scratched into the face. It comes framed and glazed in a beautiful Grenadier Guards Victorian military mount and it comes with a copy of his service paper.
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.
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 Compass Silver Watch Fob. A superb little pocket watch fob, a small working compass bound by silver rope chain and suspended by a ‘T’ bar. The compass tests as .925 sterling silver but is not marked. The ‘T’ bar and chain is also not marked but this is just silver plated. The compass is in good working condition with no damage, the chain and bar are in good order, although the jump rings are not fixed. It measures just under 3 inches long.
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 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 Fruit Wood Treen Lidded Pot A simple but elegant piece of treen dating from the Victorian era and made from a turned fruit wood most likely pear, it is a simple pot and lid that would have had a multitude of uses on either a ladies dressing table or within a sewing kit. It measures 1.5 inches high and is in good condition, there are a couple of small splits in the lid, this happens over time and does not detract from the piece.
Victorian Hallmarked Silver Albert Watch Chain A nicely made unusual link Victorian hallmarked silver Albert pocket watch chain with a silver Victorian coin fob, the coin ( a sixpence I think) is dated 1887, nearly all of the links have the lion passant sterling mark, there are a couple of obvious brass replacement links near the coin and T-bar. Comes in very good condition and measures 14.5 inches including the coin.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Set of Magic Lantern Slides – Jack and the Bean Stalk This is a set of 12 lithographic magic lantern slides depicting the story of Jack and the bean stalk, they are as bright and as vibrant as the day they were produced, they come in their original box with its page of story text. They are in good condition but two have small breaks to the glass on a corner.
Victorian/Edwardian Set of Magic Lantern Slides – Robinson Crusoe This set of 8 slides are in the best condition and are as vibrant as the day they were produced, they tell the tale of Robinson Crusoe and man Friday and come from the Junior Lectures Series, complete in their box with a note on the story to be read in conjunction with the slides. The slides measure 3.25 inches square.
Vintage 1920's Camerascope Stereo Viewer The camerascope was produced in the 1930's by the company Cavenders Ltd and was used to view stereo cards that were given away in packets of Army Club brand cigarettes, the viewer itself is made from black painted steel and 'pops' up when unfolded. This one comes with a pair of cards from the 'peeps into many lands' series and shows a road scene from Berlin, it is quite effective to view the cards in stereo. The piece comes in very good but used condition.
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 1970's Mirella Poodle Gilded Matchbox Holder A very collectable item from the 1970's the Mirella range of products always featured the Poodle dog somewhere in the design, the pieces were gilded and this one is finished with Turquoise and Pearls, it was designed as a matchbox holder and probably stood on a mantelpiece, it comes in very good condition but does have one small pearl missing from the base, it stands two inches high.
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 Army Machete. 1960’s Army Machete. It has wooden grips, a good steel blade, now covered with an all over bloom of light rust. It comes in a buck skin leather scabbard which is probably not the original. It is marked on the blade; 1966 18/5235. Needs restoring. It measures; 18 inches long. Proof of purchase required on purchase. Ship to UK only
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 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 Boxed Salter Dietary Miniature Scales One for the collector of kitchenalia, these Salter Dietary scales come in their original box and are complete with the top pan for measuring and even have the original Salter lable still attached. Small in size they weigh up to 8 ounces and sit perfectly ready to weigh. Never been used and in very good condition, they stand just under 4.5 inches high. The box shows signs of storage dirt and wear.
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 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 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.
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 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 Collectors Card Book Interregnum Revolutionary Wars – Complete This collectors card book is dated for 1978 and was issued by Prescott-pickup & Co Ltd, the series was entitled Interregnum the revolutionary wars and the Franco-German campaigns of Napoleon and Blucher. There were 60 cards to collect but I'm not sure from what sources, all are present and in very good order. A nice complete book.
Vintage Copper Ashtray HMS Hawke Wardroom This simple copper ashtray is engraved with HMS Hawke – Wardroom – with the Naval crest on the third section, as there have been 7 HMS Hawkes it is difficult to accurately date the piece but I think it either belonged to the WW1 ship sank by a U-boat in 1914 or the WW2 ship which was broken up in 1945. The wardroom is the mess cabin or compartment for commissioned naval officers above the rank of midshipman. Comes in good but used condition and measures just over 4 inches in diameter.
Vintage Cranfield Fire Rescue Services Cap Badge A well made two part construction white metal and enamel badge for the Cranfield airport fire rescue service, comes in very good condition and measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Vintage Crested Ware China Cannon – Arms of Leicester A super condition crested ware cannon displaying the arms of Leicester, made by the Arcadian factory and retailed by Rowe & Co 70 Granby street Leicester, comes in super condition and measures just over 4.5 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 Silver Civil Decoration – Boxed A super quality gilt silver medal issued to civil workers in the ministry of labour and social security, named and dated 1983 on the reverse it comes in super condition in its original box of issue.
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 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 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 Green Onyx Cigarette Box, Lighter & Ashtray Not really a PC group of items but here we have three pieces of onxy, a large and very heavy table cigarette box, a lighter and ashtray. The cigarette box has a brass frame and four lion paw feet, the lighter is made by Ronson, the ashtray looks a bit chewed up but it appears that was how it was made. All items in good order but as I said heavy so will be sent by courier.
Vintage Hallmarked Silver Bangle. A very good quality English silver adjustable bangle. It is clearly hallmarked for Sheffield 1971. It is in lovely condition, no damage and very little or no wear. It is adjustable and will expand to 7.5 inches.
Vintage Hallmarked Silver Celtic Design Bangle This is a really pretty, heavy hallmarked silver bangle with pronounced Celtic design to one side, it has two sets of hallmarks on the inside both are indistinct but I can see that it is a Birmingham mark with a date letter that makes it 1966 in origin. Comes in super condition and fitted with a safety chain, would fit a medium to large sized wrist.
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 Japanese 1/12th Scale BMW Motorcycle Kit This motorcycle has been partly assembled, there are more bits to be fitted so a few hours of fun still to be had, looks like all of the parts are there. Retailing around £20 un-opened.
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 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 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 Murano Glass Four Section Ashtray A lovely hand blown piece of glass from the world famous Murano factory of Venice, this piece is blown from a single piece of white/clear glass that picks up amber, blue and green towards the top. I know items relating to smoking are not en vogue but I think this piece stands up as a work of art in itself. Comes in excellent condition, some very light surface scuffs and measures 6 inches in diameter.
Vintage Murano Glass Two Section Ashtray A lovely hand blown piece of glass from the world famous Murano factory of Venice, this piece is blown from a single piece of blue glass that picks up clear glass towards the top. I know items relating to smoking are not en vogue but I think this piece stands up as a work of art in itself. Comes in excellent condition, some very light surface scuffs and measures just over 4 inches in diameter.
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 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 Novelty Cork Screw ‘George IV Scotch Whisky’. An old novelty cork screw advertising for King George IV Scotch whisky. The worm pulls out of the tube and the tube fits in the top finial to form the handle, simple yet clever design for the pocket. It measures; 4 inches long.
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 Pair of J.T. Coppock 10 x 60 Binoculars A super pair of binoculars made by J.T. Coppock of Paris, they have 10 x 60 lenses which are in first class working order. Marked with the makers name to one side and Atlantic 10 x 60 bloomed on the other, they are in very good but have been used condition, the optics are perfect and they focus perfectly, comes in its brown leather case which is also in excellent condition.
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 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 Ronson Viking Cigarette Lighter. 1970’s Ronson Viking Lighter in near mint condition, never used and in its original box, which still retains its felt bag. It measures 2 x 2 inches.
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 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 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 Order of Maternal Glory 3rd Class Medal A super quality silver and enamel medal issued to women who bore large numbers of children, this one is the 3rd class for having 7 surviving children, below is some more history on the award. This one comes in good condition, there is a small loss to the enamel on the bow, it is marked on the reverse in Russian with the numbers 618204 below, it measures 2.25 inches long. The Order of Maternal Glory  was a Soviet civilian award created on 8 July 1944 by Joseph Stalin and established with a decision of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Its status was confirmed by the Soviet's decision of 18 August 1944 and later modified by September 16, 1947, May 28, 1973 and May 28, 1980 decisions. It was awarded on behalf of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the USSR through decrees of local Soviet presidencies. The order was divided in three classes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd class (the highest being the 1st class). It was conferred to: 1st class: mothers bearing and raising 9 children; 2nd class: mothers bearing and raising 8 children; 3rd class: mothers bearing and raising 7 children. The order was conferred upon the first birthday of the last child, provided that the other children necessary to reach the qualifying number (natural or adopted) remained alive. Children who had perished under heroic, military or other respectful circumstances, including occupational diseases, were also counted.
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 Covered Labrador Dog This fine fellow is made from a base metal with a skin of silver over the top, he has a makers mark in the middle of his chest which I am unable to make out but I am assuming this is a Continental made piece. A Labrador style dog in good condition just one small mark on his left ear and nose, he stands 2.5 inches high and is 3.75 nose to tail.
Vintage Silver Plate Tea Strainer And Base A blast from the past, back in the days before tea bags we all used leaf tea, this silver plated strainer would have been in daily use and could be again. Silver plated and both pieces have the same makers details. It has been used and there is wear to the inside of the bowl of the strainer. It measures 5.5 inches long.
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 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 Tank Regiment Whistle Lanyard. A good old red cord whistle lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Tank Regiment. In very good condition, as new.
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 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 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 Wooden Engineers Tool Box A good vintage wooden engineers box, the hinged front folds down to reveal 4 internal small drawers and a void below. The lid has a double clip closing, a lock mechanism but sadly no key and a leather carrying handle. Comes in used but good condition. Measures 16 inches long x 19 inches wide and is 7.5 deep. WAS £40
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.
Vintage WW2 Era Linen Union Jack Flag A great Union flag screen printed on linen, dates from WW2 or earlier, comes in good condition, has been used a has a couple of small holes along the top edge, measures 46 inches x 33.
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.
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War Dept Aircraft Ammeter. A nice little instrument with the crow’s foot clearly seen on the dial, used on spitfires and other aircraft during WW2, it is as far as I know, in very good condition.
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.
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 / 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 15 Star Trio and Effects to Revens 8th Suffolk Reg A wonderful lot comprising of a 1914/15 star trio personal effects all relating to 14748 Private Christopher Revens 8th battalion the Suffolk Regiment. Also included is a collection of WW2 militaria to a Bernard Revens who served with the Suffolks and Royal Army Ordnance Corps during WW2. No research has been done on this man, who is believed to be our man’s Son. There were no WW2 medals found in this collection of items. The 8th battalion was raised early September 1914, the new recruits were sent a month later to join the 53rd brigade at Colchester. They spent months training in open warfare at Colchester and later Salisbury plane and at Codford. They were ordered to France with the 18th Division on the 25th July 1915, the 8th battalion now over a thousand strong landed at Boulogne to join with the 8th Norfolks, 10th Essex and the 6th Royal Berkshires and after a week in camp, at Pierregot just north of Amiens they all joined 10th Corps and all marched up to the Albert sector to join the line between Le Boisselle and Becourt Chateau to relieve the 51st Highland division. Those first few weeks were relatively quiet until the 23rd August while at Bronfay farm, holding the line, the 8th battalion sustained its first casualty’s. In late December 1915 the 8th were in reserve at Buire after spending Christmas at Daours, they returned to the front line at Le Boisselle and just before midnight on the 31st December the Germans opened up with everything they had, artillery, machine guns, grenades and rifles on that part of the line, just to wish our boys a happy new year, the Christmas truce long since forgotten. The sector held by the 8th straddled a main road with the front line running through a cemetery of Le Boisselle village, this part of the sector holding considerable tactical and strategic importance. It formed a wedge shape to the line, to one side the German trenches stood a thousand yards away but on the other side, the right flank, it is said that the two opposing trenches were only a few feet apart. One account writes “when the 8th battalion first arrived it was actually possible for the British and German sentries to cross bayonets”. Weather this is entirely true, I don’t know, nevertheless the 8th were constantly trading mortar bombing, machine gun and sniper fire, along with every kind of projectile the Germans could dream up, including burning oil drums. After a while the poor men of the 8th Suffolk’s had little ammunition to throw back, they begged and borrowed whatever they could get hold of and the brigades artillery could only muster half a dozen round of American ammunition which mostly didn’t explode. At the end of January 1916, the battalion took part in a daring night operation, carried out between Ovillers la Boisselle and Keats Redan. The 8th battalion with the rest of the 53rd brigade and with another brigade when into no-mans-land under the cover of darkness, completely constructed a whole new trench system, some 600 yards in front of the British front line, it was 1500 yards long with communication trenches and fitted with wire; it was completed by daybreak, all under the watchful eye of the enemy. This advanced the British front line by 600 yards, at the cost of only two casualties. I think this was one of the great achievements of the war, when you think of the vast number of lives lost for just a few feet of ground, in subsequent battles on the western front. In the following few months, the battalion was not idle, it spent a lot of its time on the front line, involved in many raids and offensive operations, the information gather was to prove very useful in the forthcoming offensive, however many were killed and wounded in these skirmishes and several officers were killed also. On the 1st July 1916 the 8th battalion were in brigade reserve and did not take an active part in the first day advance, but they were soon to be in the front line once again. On the 14th July the battalion was on the line near eastern edge of Bernafay wood with the objective to attack Guillemont at Ginchy, but this attack was abandoned due to the loss of Longueval and a large area of Delville wood to the enemy. So the battalion was stuck there for several days, until on the midnight of the 19th July, the battalion was unexpectedly launch with no notice to attack with the object of clearing the village and the wood. By the time the battalion and officers were ready, it was already daybrake and they had to move across two miles of open countryside in broad daylight. The German machine guns were kept very busy, although it was said that the Suffolk’s moved forward with fine courage, like they had a choice. As you would expect they accrued very heavy casualtys including the loss of two company commanders and the loss was so great, what was left of the company’s of the 8th battalion, they has to be consolidated into one. Several gallantry medals were awarded for this action including the two battalion runners. The attack was pretty much unsuccessful, but through it all Private Revens had still survived. And only a few days later two parties of the enemy attacked the forward trenches still occupied by the 8th, this caused even more casualty’s and wounded. After this the battalion was finally sent for rest and training and moved from place to place until they had finished practising for the the forthcoming attack on Thiepval; here the battalion really distinguishes itself. After Thieval, the 8th battalion moves on to the Ancre Hights, Schwaben Redoubt and Miraumont, also known as the Battle of Boom Ravine and then on to Arras. Here they took part in the third battle of Scarp. After Scarp they were sent back to the Ypres Salient, where they were to literally fight for their lives. The battle for Ypres 1917 started on the last day of July, the main attack was to be delivered by four army corps of the 5th army under the command of General Gough. They were to attack on a front line of nearly eight miles, the front section was given to 2nd corps of which the 8th battalion belonged. This part started from the Menin road across a difficult stretch of country which crossed a ridge, (Pilkem Ridge) here saw the most desperate fighting in the whole attack, many men died when a shell burst amongst them while passing through Zillebeke. The 8th fought hard to reach their objective, but shells were dropping everywhere around them, but against all odds the advanced about a mile, even though all the supporting tanks were put out of action. They made to the ridge but not without great loss, the battalion lost 177 men, seven officers either killed or badly wounded. Still the battalion’s work was not done and they had to face the terrible conditions at Passchendaele. In the early part of 1918 the battalion was disbanded, I believe because there just wasn’t enough men to carry on. Ravens was transferred to the Middlesex regiment, but here I am sure his story does not end. He was discharged on the 2nd January 1920 from the Middlesex regiment at the rank of Sergeant, so he must have served his regiments Well. I have taken the above information from the battalion war diaries, which are included on CD rom. And I have only touched upon some of the action seen by the men of the 8th. There is still much research to do on this man, who against all odds survived the war. The trio comes in very good untouched condition, mounted on a bar as worn. In this collection are his original badges and insignia, original paperwork, photographs all relating to either Christopher or Bernard Revens. There is just too much to list, please see pictures.
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 1915 On War Service 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 65330 and it was made by D.C. Collins of London. Comes in good condition but could do with a clean, measures 1.75 inches long.
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 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 5th Dragoon Guards Badge. WW1 5th Dragoon Guards Badge. Is it a cap badge or a shoulder title, some books are confused as to which it is, either way the 5th Dragoons only existed until 1922, when it was merged with the Inniskillings. This badge is in perfect condition and comes with its original back plate. Ref. X19
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 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 superb original condition 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 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 British War Medal Harrison Northampton’s. A single British War medal correctly named to 40949 Private Thomas Harrison of the Northamptonshire regiment. Apart from a copy of his medal index card this medal is un-researched; the mic states that he is entitled to the British war and victory medal pair. It comes in very good original condition; a nice scarcer regiment from East Anglia.
WW1 British War Medal to Blount RE Casualty. A Great War British war medal correctly named to 308 Driver Arthur Blount of the 1/1st North Midland Territorial Coy Royal Engineers. An interesting yet sad medal to a member of the Royal engineers who lost his life on the 16th March 1915 while serving in France. He is now remembered with honour at the Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. Longuenesse was the general headquarters of the BEF from 1914 to 1916. The Cemetery is made up of casualties from one or other of the General or Stationary Hospitals that were based there. The wounded were brought here from all over France especially from Lens, Arras, Lille and Mons etc. it had easy access to Boulogne and Calais. The 1/1st North Midland Coy was a field company of the Royal Engineers, a territorial unit with a history dating back to 1880’s. The 1st North Midland Field Company was based at the Drill Hall in Broomfield Road, Smethwick. The order to mobilise was received on 4 August 1914 but the company did not set foot on French soil until the January of 1915 due to intensive training. They served as the 465th Field Coy with the 28th division up to April when they were transferred to the 46th division. It is more than likely Arthur was already serving with the company when war started, a volunteer with a low number of 308. He saw only service in the 28th division as he died in the March of 1915. He was probably wounded during the winter operations of 1914/15 bit it is hard to say without further research. The medal is in excellent condition, unpolished with an even dark tone. It comes with copies of his medal index card and commonwealth war graves certificate.
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 Mason York’s Regiment. Only Entitlement An interesting British War medal correctly named to 8701 Private Henry Mason of the Yorkshire Regiment. Henry was probably serving in the 1st battalion as he remained in India throughout the Great War, the BWM is his only WW1 medal entitlement; however he is also entitled to the India General Service Medal with the Afghanistan NWF 1919 clasp. This medal is in excellent condition with a nice tone to show it hasn’t been polished for years.
WW1 BWM to Taylor K.O.S.B. A good British war medal correctly named to 45169 Private Robert Taylor of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Apart from the medal index card, no other research has been done on this man, so an interesting project awaits. The medal comes in excellent original condition.
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 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 Humorous Postcard 'Dere go my Civies' By Tucks A not very politically correct postcard stamped and dated 1916, the header says 'get out of your civilian clothes and get into khaki' a small naked negro boy divests himself of his last stitch of clothing, a necklace with the caption 'dere go my civies' under. Postally sent in September 1916 it comes in very good condition just some light wear to the edges.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
WW1 Era Brass Dish – Soldier on Battlefield A well made brass tray which has the outline of a soldier on a battlefield defending the flag pressed into the bottom, the brass has been blackened and polished back to highlight the brass, it comes in very good condition with some wear on the high points, measures 4.75 inches in diameter.
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather Fragments from France Issue 4 This is the fourth edition of Fragments from France, 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 fair condition, the front cover is loose on one staple and a picture has been cut from the inside back page. 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 Number Four completed a set, and “a binding case to take all four volumes” could be obtained from the Publisher, priced at two shillings and fourpence, post free.
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 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 Cotton Scarf Souvenir -It’s a Long Way to Tipperary Sold to raise funds for the war or purchased as souvenirs by the soldiers for their loved ones this large cotton scarf has the lyrics for the song ‘it’s a long way to Tipperary’ and shows a marching regiment to the centre. An unusual colour at first I thought it was very faded but as there are two of them identical it must be its original colour, apart from some light wear on the letters it is in original condition. It measures 24 inches x 20.
WW1 Era Crested China Cannon This super condition Arcadian china model of a cannon bears the arms for the 'Skale of Brechin'. There are no chips or repairs, it measures 5.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Crested China Canon – Mons Meg This crested ware china canon was made by the Willow Art china company at Longton Staffordshire, it has the arms for the city of Halifax and along the barrel is written, 'model of the Mons Meg Edinburgh castle', the Mons Meg canon is medieval in origin, it was built in 1449 and given to king James II in 1454. This piece comes in very good condition with no cracks and measures 5.25 inches long.
WW1 era Crested China Tank. An excellent piece in the form of the Mark one tank, also known at the time as ‘Big Willie’, it is carrying the crest of Hove and comes in perfect condition.
WW1 Era Crested China Torpedo Boat Destroyer – Bexley This super condition WW1 crested china torpedo boat destroyer was made by the Arcadian china factory of Stoke-on-Trent and carries the arms of Bexley a South East London borough. Measures just under 4.5 inches long and apart from light wear to the gilding is in super condition.
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 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 Foresters Shoulder Title A brass shoulder badge for the Sherwood Foresters or the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire regiment, very good condition but showing some wear. Ref: T25
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 Framed Watercolour 'The Kaisers Fate' A wonderful and well executed watercolour signed by E. Clarkson showing the Kaiser polishing the boots of John Bull with representatives from France, Belgium and Serbia behind. Nicely framed and glazed and in very good condition, the frame measures 13.25 inches x 11.
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 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 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Good Maker A beautiful quality imperial German EK2, it is made with the typical three part construction of an iron core sandwiched between two 800 grade silver frames. This one has the maker’s mark of S-W for Sy & Wagner of Berlin, an offshoot from the Wagner family of Jewellers who were medal makers and designers through the 19th century to the Nazi period. This medal is in wonderful original condition, with no damage and no loss to the black paint on the iron core, and a lovely clear maker’s mark.
WW1 Era German Leather Binoculars Case – Goerz of Berlin C.P. Goerz of Berlin was a high end manufacturer of optical equipment including binoculars and cameras and sets of these items command high prices. This leather case which is marked on the back with the makers details I think was for binoculars, it comes in good but used condition,wear particularly to the straps and the strap to close the case is broken. Short compact case measuring 6.5 inches across and 5 inches deep.
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 Belt Buckle with Iron Cross A chunky brass buckle made in the German trenches with a button to the centre with the crown on, at the bottom is the German 1914 iron cross, this has probably been added post war but still worn with pride. It comes in good condition but one of the lugs on the back is broken, it measures 3.25 inches wide.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Middlesex Regiment Mess Napkin Ring. A very good quality silver plated ring engraved with the badge of the Middlesex regiment, this one is not a regimental souvenir but a proper mess item numbered ‘58’. It is in perfect condition, no loss to the silver plate, a nice cabinet item that displays well.
WW1 Era No23 Mills Grenade – Rifle Grenade An interesting WW1 era No23 Mills grenade with the reinforced rod mounting feature in the base allowing it to be used as a rifle grenade. This is a battlefield find and is in relic condition, missing its pin and grip and quite rusty but still a nice example of its kind.
WW1 Era Northamptonshire Regiment Cap Badge. Excellent quality 1914 pattern bi-metal badge in perfect condition. Ref. O3
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 Officers Sam Brown Belt 38 Inch A good original issue Sam Brown belt, mid brown leather with original cross strap, all brass loops are present and it comes in very good condition. Will fit up to a 38 inch waist.
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 – '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 – Daily Mail Battle Pictures No 44 A good WW1 era photo postcard from the Daily Mail battle series this one numbered 44 shows a wounded Tommy being carried on a stretcher by four German prisoners and when he spots the photographer he says ‘hallo, I’m not a German’. Comes in good condition but has been written on a postally used.
WW1 Era Postcard – England Knows That Every Man Will Do His Duty A lovely card from the 'Red, White and Blue series' this one numbered No7, comes in super condition.
WW1 Era Postcard – Military Humour Subtitled ‘daily routine of a soldiers life told by a few well-known hymns’ this WW1 era postcard has a series of times down the left hand side with the daily task in the middle and a hymn on the right hand side. Comes in good condition, has not been written on and has some light surface blemishes.
WW1 Era Postcard – Strike for Freedom 1914 Dated 1914 on the front and posted in December ’14 this postcard has ‘strike for freedom’ to the front. Interestingly it has been hand written by ‘Dick’ who must have been in training at Felixstowe in Suffolk and he has written the message in a decreasing spiral which is hard to read but he says ‘if he knew then what he knows now’ he would never have joined Kitcheners army. The card comes in good but used condition.
WW1 Era Postcard – Waiting For You in Blighty Taken from the A&H 'happy thoughts' series no 296 this card was designed by Frederick Spurgin, it was postally used in Nov 1917, comes in good condition but has been ink stamped on the front bottom left.
WW1 Era Princess Mary Christmas Tin Below is a brief history on the inception of the ‘Princess Mary tin’. This example the surface has a mottled effect, this is where the gilt surface is worn in places and the brass is a dark tone. but the top is still in very good condition and it would probably be better to take the remaining gilt finish back to the brass, so it is one even colour. also there are a couple of small splits in the side of the bottom. The Princess Mary Gift Fund box is an embossed brass box that originally contained a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate. It was intended as a Christmas present to those serving at Christmas in 1914 and was paid for by a public fund backed by Princess Mary.  It was Princess Mary's express wish that 'every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front' should have the present. The gifts were devised in October 1914 and intended for distribution to all who were serving overseas or at sea, in time for Christmas 1914; afterwards, with the fund in surplus and many feeling they had been ‘left out’, distribution was extended more widely – to all who were serving, whether at home or abroad, and to prisoners of war and the next of kin of 1914 casualties. This widened eligibility to an estimated figure of 2,620,019.
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 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 Relic Mills Grenade This is a battlefield find and is in relic condition, missing its pin and grip and quite rusty but still a nice example of its kind. Mills bomb is the popular name for a series of prominent British hand grenades. They were the first modern fragmentation grenades used by the British Army and saw widespread use in World War I. Stands just over 3.5 inches high and has a void interior.
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 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 – 1917 Souvenir From France These beautiful cards 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 is a super quality example with the date of 1917 made up from the various flags of the allies with souvenir from France under, it comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the silk.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Never Absent These beautiful cards 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 violet flowers with the allies flags under and ‘never absent from thoughts’ below, it comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the silk.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Remembrance of France These beautiful cards 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 England and France with ‘remembrance of France’ over, it comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the silk.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Royal Engineers These beautiful cards 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 is a super quality example showing the badge for the Royal Engineers, it comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the silk.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Scarce Royal Navy by Tucks These beautiful cards 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 is for the Royal Navy and comes from the Tuck's 'broderie d'art' series. Comes in very good condition, some foxing to the silk and has not been written on the back.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – With Love to Mother These beautiful cards 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 is a super quality example with a bunch of silk flowers and ‘with love to mother’ under, it comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the silk, and has been part written on the back.
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 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 Badge – Middlesex Regiment A good white metal and enamel sweetheart badge for the Middlesex regiment complete with the regimental motto of Albuhera in the middle, also known as the 'die hards', below is a brief history for this element of the regiment. The badge comes in good condition and measures two inches across. The Middlesex Regiment was one of the principal home counties based regiments with a long tradition. They inherited their nickname, the “Die-hards”, from the 57th Regiment of Foot (West Middlesex), which later became the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. The 57th gained the name during the Peninsular War when, at the Battle of Albuera on 16 May 1811 their commander Colonel Inglis had his horse shot from under him, severely wounded and outnumbered by the French he called to his men “Die hard, 57th. Die hard!” "Albuhera" was the principal battle honour on the Middlesex Regiment's colours.
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 Tucks Humorous Postcard – German High Seas Fleet! A humorous postcard issued by Tucks showing the rolling waves of the ocean with the caption 'German High Seas Fleet,patrolling the German (?) ocean', the joke being that it a landscape devoid of shipping. Comes in good but used 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 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 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 European Air Force Pilots Wings Pin. A very pretty and well bade gold coloured pin, featuring a European crown above a pair of wings with a propeller to the centre. I’m not sure which country it comes from as much the same crown was used by several different countries. It is made from a gold coloured metal; I have tested it and it tests at around 14ct, but as this piece is so small, I didn’t file any of the metal, so it may be a thick gold plate. It is also set with 4 small green bright cut stones, these are probably something like green peridot or similar. A beautiful little pilots pin dating from the WW1 era, measuring 0.75 inches wide and just over 2 inches long including the pin.
WW1 Famous Men and Battles of the British Empire. A very interesting and informative illustrated book entitled ‘Famous Men and Battles of the British Empire’. It covers such men as Lord Kitchener, Sir John French, Lord Roberts, plus sections on the heroics of the Scottish Regiments, Canada’s fighting troops, the fighting forces of Australia and South Africa and the last chapter on India’s regiments of historic fame. I bought this book a few weeks ago and decided to flick through it to get the gist, but haven’t been able to put it down, it was so interesting and this book gives a particular consideration to the uniforms of many of the regiments discussed. I’m not sure when this book was first published but it has a written dedication inside the front cover, this is dated 1915. It is in good condition, the front and back covers are a little dirty, but nothing missing and overall the book is sound.
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 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 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 Dated 1917 Trench Art Shell Case A nicely decorated and very well marked WW1 German trench art shell case, to the base it has Sept 1917, the initials awdr for the artillerie werkstaff Dresden and amongst other marks 75 for 7.5 field canon, the body has been decorated with running patterns of leaves and to a central cartouche the initials KB. Stands just over 9 inches tall and comes in super condition.
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 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 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 Iron Cross 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 during 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.
WW1 German M16 Helmet Relic. 2 Found on the battle field of France, this helmet has spent the best part of one hundred years below the earth, so the condition is poor. This one is quite complete with minimum loss. It has been coated with one coat of PVA to prevent further deterioration, but it could do with a few more, just to be on the safe side. It can’t be disputed it’s the genuine article.
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 original ribbon. A superb display piece, it will looks fabulous on any wall.
WW1 German Postcard – Soldier and Bomb A simple postcard simply showing a German soldier sat beside a bomb, the reverse does not give away a country of origin. Comes in good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 German Shell Fuse Head, or the nose cone from the top of an artillery shell, it is made of solid brass with an iron tip, it is an interesting piece that was recently discovered on the battle fields of France.
WW1 German Sweetheart Brooch. A delightful little gold plated brooch set with a miniature photograph of a German soldier. The back of the brooch is unusual and has a uniform button or the German imperial crown. This lovely little piece is in very good order, a little wear to the gold plating, but it shows no damage overall. It measures just over 1 inch in diameter.
WW1 German Trench Art Brass Shell Case Dated 1917 A well worked piece of WW1 German trench art,decorated to the body with a scene of two deer in a landscape, the base is nicely marked with the date of March 1917 and POLTE MAGDEBURG. Comes in good condition and stands 9 inches high.
WW1 German War Aid Cross. An interesting award issue to military and civilians who greatly helped the war effort. This one is in excellent original condition and on its original ribbon. Ref.15936
WW1 German Wound Badge, Silver Class. A wonderful example of this 2nd class badge, awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye facial disfigurement or brain damage caused in action with the enemy. This one is in excellent condition with a good even tone. The pin and catch on the back is in perfect order.
WW1 German Wound Badge, Silver Class. A wonderful example of this 2nd class badge, awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye facial disfigurement or brain damage caused in action with the enemy. This one is in very good condition no wear obvious but heavily toned.
WW1 Gloucestershire Regiment Shoulder Title A WW1 brass shoulder badge in very good but used condition. Ref: T29
WW1 Grenadier Guards Cap Badge. All brass Great War era forage cap badge, it comes in perfect condition with a lovely even brown tone. Ref. W17
WW1 Hungarian War Medal for Combatants. A lovely medal which comes in excellent condition and on a small piece of Prussian issue medal ribbon, this is quite scarce as usually the ribbon is on a triangular mount with winder coloured stripes for the Austro/Hungarian issue. Hard to find a better example.
WW1 Hungarian War Medal for Combatants. A lovely silver plated bronze medal which was instituted on 26 May 1929 by the Regent, Admiral Miklos Horthy to the Great War combatants. It comes in excellent condition and this is the early type issue with a mark near the suspender ring; it comes on a piece of original silk ribbon
WW1 Infantry Officers Sword by Wilkinson. A superb quality 1827 pattern Infantry officer’s sword by Henry Wilkinson of the Pall Mall, London. It is a typical Wilkinson sword of the WW1 period, it has a hilt with hanging Infantry horn pierced into the 1/2 basket guard, and a rolled upper finial. A Ray skin grip, bound with Silver wire. It has a long straight blade etched with George V cypher, a Kings crown above a infantry horn. It has a good clear makers details etch on one side of the blade, on the opposite side is the proof mark brass button set into the blade surrounded by the star of David. The back of the blade under the hilt has been numbered, this relates to the person who purchased the sword from Wilkinson. This reads; 47213. The condition is good, but untouched, it has never been polished, so there is a light crust of dirt and grime sitting on top of the metal hilt. The blade is good and clean, free from rust and pitting, and the etching is still nice and visible, but again, it is a little dirty, but with a light clean, this sword will come up beautifully. It has a brown leather covered field scabbard, this is a little scruffy at the bottom end, but again, with a little attention, this will come up well. A very good example of a Wilkinson sword of this period, it just needs a little light restoration to make it a valuable piece.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, Good Maker A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of S-W on the suspender ring, for Sy-Wagner of Berlin. A very good well recognised maker. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in beautiful condition and it is still suspended on its original silk ribbon.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, Good Maker. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of G on the suspender ring, for Godet & Sohn of Berlin. A highly respected silversmith and medal maker who made imperial German and 3rd Reich medals. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in Very good original condition and it is still suspended on its original silk ribbon, although this is a little tatty.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of, what looks like ‘C’ on the suspender ring, this is an unknown maker, so please take a look at my pictures and see if you concur. It is a very good quality medal, the typical three part construction of a 800 grade silver skeleton with a magnetic iron core, all of which comes in perfect condition, just about as good as you are going to get a WW1 EKII. The silver parts have a nice dark tone.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of KO on the suspender ring, for Konigliches Munzamt of Berlin. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in perfect condition and on a new piece of ribbon.
WW1 Issue War Munition Volunteer Brass Badge- Gaunt A super condition all brass badge for a war munitions volunteer, this style of badge was first issued in 1914 to people engaged in war work both men and women so they couldn’t be accused of shirking or cowardice. This example is maker marked on the reverse for J.R. Gaunt & Sons Ltd of London, along the bottom of the badge is ‘warranted fire gilt’ and to the middle the issue number of 31925. It is believed that people were encouraged to wear their badges below waist level whilst working for ease of identification should an explosion occur. Some light surface wear and measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Italian War merit Cross, issued for faithful service or acts of bravery during the Great War, it comes in superb original condition but on the wrong ribbon.
WW1 Loyal Suffolk Hussars Badge / Sweetheart Brooch. A very fine WW1 era cap badge which has been made into a brooch with the addition of a pin and catch on the back. The Duke of York’s Own Loyal Suffolk Hussars Yeomanry was formed in 1908 and placed under orders of the Eastern Mounted Brigade. It had only three battalions serving during the Great War, the 1st/1st served in Gallipoli, Egypt and the western front towards the end of the war. The 2nd/1st were converted to a cyclist battalion and served in home defence and did not go overseas, however in the May of 1918 the battalion moved to Ireland at Boyle and Collooney. The 3rd/1st was formed as a third line training and supplying reserve battalion for the 1/1st and 2/1st. in early 1917 the battalion was dissolved and its troops transferred to the Suffolk regiment. This bi-metal badge is in lovely original condition and if it wasn’t for the pin on the back, it would be near mint. A scarce find in any condition but in such good order, this one is rare.
WW1 medal Group to Sister Rowland French Red Cross. A wonderful great war medal group of four awarded to Nursing Sister Charlotte Rowland of the French Red Cross; the group includes the British war and Victory medal correctly named to Charlotte Rowland, the French medal for front line red cross service, this is silver plated on bronze and lastly the French Cross medal for meritorial service with one extra enamelled blue star, for further recognition, this is a silver medal and is quite scarce awarded to a British nurse; also included is a small photo album with pictures of Sister charlotte and soldiers in France, towards the back of the album it turns into more general snaps. I am slightly embarrass to say I have done no research on this lady apart from her medal index card which confirms her British medal entitlement and the date she first traveled overseas, which was July 1915, this is a little vague on the mic, mainly because she probably traveled to France by her own means to serve, possibly a lot earlier than the mic states but it was only in the July of 1915 that she was recognised by the British red cross society and war ministry, this is the same reason she was only awarded the pair of medals and no star. This will be, I’m sure a wonderful group for research, the medals come mounted on a brooch bar for wearing and in excellent original condition; this lady must be recognised for her service with the wounded in France, if they stay with me, it will be years before I will get the time and my main passion is with the Balkans campaign, so she deserves to be with someone more worthy.
WW1 Medal Pair to Buckle Royal Fusiliers & MGC A good WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 36007 Private William Cave Buckle of the Royal Fusiliers. Private Buckle was transferred and served with the Machine Gun Corps before the end of the war. He was probably part of his battalion’s machine gun team in the RF before his transfer. Apart from his medal roll and medal index card, no other research has been done on this man. What is known is he was born around 1890 and he originated from Leeds. He was around the age of 24 when serving in the RF and William sadly died around 1965. His medals are with three original photographs taken while serving in the RF and his original RF cap badge. A cracking pair to a machine gunner, in need of more research. Both medals are excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn.
WW1 Medal Pair to Marsh 23rd Btn London Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 705312 Private Thomas Marsh of the 23rd London Regiment. Apart from his medal index card, no other research has been done on this man, I have just purchased a collection of London Regiment medals and militaria, so I haven’t really had the time to dedicate to each lot. As he has only one number 705312, he may have joined post the 1917 Territorial number change, if so this saw him in action with the 142nd brigade, 47th or 2nd London division at the third battle of Ypres and the first and second battles of the some 1918. London regiment are always interesting to research and this will prove a fascinating project, I’m sure. Both medals are in very good original condition and now come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
WW1 Medal Pair to Pitt 14th London (Scottish) Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to; 514836 Private Sidney Arthur Pitt of the 1st /14th London Regiment. London Scottish. Apart from his medal index card and medal rolls, no other research has been done on this man, I have just purchased a collection of London Regiment medals and militaria, so I haven’t really had the time to dedicate to each lot. He served with the 1st / 14th Battalion London’s, from around 1916, just after the battalion was transferred to the 168th brigade of the 56th division. It is safe to assume he saw action at the Somme and later Arras then the 3rd Ypres. He was later transferred to the Gordon Highlanders with a number change to 32296. London regiment are always interesting to research and with this man’s transfer to the Gordon’s this will prove a fascinating project, I’m sure. Both medals are in good original condition and now come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
WW1 Medal Pair to Rock 23rd Btn London Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to; 705364 Private Alfred Rock of the 23rd Battalion London Regiment. Apart from his medal index card, no other research has been done on this man, I have just purchased a collection of London Regiment medals and militaria, so I haven’t really had the time to dedicate to each lot. He must have served with or known Private March (please see other listing to Marsh). As he has only one number 705364, he probably joined post the 1917 Territorial number change, if so this saw him in action with the 142nd brigade, 47th or 2nd London division at the third battle of Ypres and the first and second battles of the some 1918. London regiment are always interesting to research and this will prove a fascinating project, I’m sure. The medals are in good order but the victory has had a bit of a hard life, the BWM is good but has a knock to the edge. They both now come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
WW1 Medal Trio to Nurse Hollingum V.A.D. Served HMHS. WW1 Trio awarded to Nurse Muriel Hollingum of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Muriel Hollingum was born in Poplar London on June 15th 1884; she was one of five children born to Spencer and Hanna Hollingum, Spencer a Clerk and Emma a School teacher. Muriel was quick to volunteer for the red cross as her medal index card states she was serving on Hospital ships on the 15th December 1915; although it is not unique to see a VAD on a Hospital ship, it is quite scarce, so this lady is worthy of much more research. It must have been while she was serving with the VAD that she met her husband and married captain Henry Charles Roberts of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the July of 1916. Captain Roberts served in Mesopotamia from 11th February 1917 and his full medal entitlement is the WW1 British war and victory medal pair. All three medals are in very good condition but do have contact marks from where they have been mounted and worn, the BWM has a slightly different style of naming to that of the victory medal, but the BWM has no loss of metal to the rim or has any file marks from re-naming. A superb trio in need of much more research to make this lady’s history come to life, in good order and all three are mounted on replacement ribbons.
WW1 Medal Trio, Plaque & Scroll to Kemp ASC This WW1 medal trio, plaque and scroll has been quite hard to figure out, SS/6252 Edward Kemp, Corporal, Army Service Corps, died on the 24th January 1920 and is buried and commemorated at Tottenham cemetery London. His medal index card shows his entitlement to the 15 star, BW and Victory medal and that he served in France from Feb 1915, it also shows him just listed as Corporal no promotion from private which leads me to think that he had previous military experience pre war. The last piece of info on the medal index card is his entitlement to the SWB, a copy of the roll of soldiers entitled to the war badge is included this shows that Edward enlisted 1-2-15 and was discharged 23-2-16 following illness and also that he was at the grand old age of 45 by this time. So my best guess for this man was that he may have been gassed or suffered some illness that made him be discharged but not leave the army, he may have done home service for the remainder of the war and stayed on beyond the end until whatever affected him caused his death which is why he was still entitled to the death plaque. I cant find any service or pension papers for him and the Commonwealth war graves gives no further info on family or place of birth, the only small insight into his home circumstances come from the very damaged postal label on the tube in which his scroll was sent, you can just pick out, Mrs M.A. Kemp, 113 Love Lane, White Hart Lane which is of course in Tottenham!. His medals are in mint condition, never been mounted or worn, the plaque is sharp and I don’t think has ever been polished and the scroll has been well preserved in the tube. A super condition set with an intriguing story.
WW1 Medical Board Humorous Postcard Dated June 1917 this comedy postcard shows a chap just having had a medical, the caption reads' they hopped me here they hopped me there until I felt quite balmy, they felt my pulse an' told me to cough! An' passed me into the army'. The card has been postally sent and is complete with stamp, comes in fair to good condition.
WW1 Memorial Death Plaque and Pair to RGA KIA 1917. An interesting plaque and British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 166345 Gunner Robert Norris of the 25th Siege Battery Royal garrison Artillery. He was the husband of Alice Norris and they resided at 8 Scarsdale road Camberwell, London, not far from where he was born in 1887. The 25th Siege battery arrived in France in the august of 1915, at this stage it is unclear if Robert was serving with them or he join or was drafted in the recruiting drive of 1916, and the latter is the more probable. As a gunner of a siege battery, he would have been employed with heavy howitzers using 6, 8, 9.2 or 12 inch shell, firing on the enemy’s artillery or destroying other strong points. I haven’t done much research on this man but it would be quite easy to track the actions that the 25th siege battery was involved in, on the western front. Robert died on the 30 September 1917, and he is now remembered with honour at the Outtersteene Communal cemetery Bailleul, France. This is located quite close to the battle grounds of Ypres and Passchendaele and going on the date he died it must have been the action known as the third battle of Ypres which that took his life. Both the plaque and the medals come in excellent condition, and now come mounted on board for display or safe storage. Also included is a copy of the medal index card, commonwealth war graves certificate, a lovely original photograph of Robert, his original British war and victory medal condolence issued slip, part of the original box of issue and a handful of silk postcards sent from France. These were written on, but someone has removed the writing at some point. An excellent group in need of more research, I’m sure an interesting project awaits to uncover the history of this brave young man.
WW1 Military Medal Group to Courtis RGA. A superb medal group comprising of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field, this is named; 329137 Cpl.W.F. Courtis. 286/SGE: BY. R.G.A. the British war and victory medal named; 329137 A. Sjt. W. F. Courtis. R.A. and a WW2 era Special Constabulary Faith Service medal, this is named; William F Courtis. All three medals come mounted on a medal bar, the medals are in very good original condition with some contact marks but no major damage or anything deep enough I could call an edge knock. 329137 Private William F Courtis RFA, was born and raised, I believe in Suffolk and he was probably enlisted into the RGA sometime in 1916, his early service needs research, I have concerned myself with the time and whereabouts of William when he won his MM, and this is in no way complete, but I hope I can give enough information for a grounding on which to start the much needed research on this brave young man. 286 Siege Battery, armed with 8-inch howitzers, was part of 77 Mixed Bde RGA from at least Feb 1918, (there is a War diary of this unit at Kew, but as yet it is not online) from the beginig of 1918 through until the end of the war, they were set firm on the Ypres Salient and for most of the time with the 2nd army, in August he may have been moved to the Fourth Army on the Somme for the Battle of Amiens, but by the October he had returned to Second Army in the Salient. It was with Rawlinson’s 4th army I think William was awarded this gallantry medal in the August of 1918 for the battle of Amiens while serving with the 12th Eastern division. Here the artillery supported the successful attack of the French 66th Division near Moreuil on 23 July 1918. It remained in action near Gentelles in covering the 2nd Australian Division, and between 8 and 25 August played a part in the highly successful attack by Fourth Army, the Battle of Amiens, so I’m sure his medal was awarded for this action. This wonderful group just comes with confirmation of the medals awarded, a copy of his medal index card and the entry in the London gazette on the 21st October 1917. Lastly, I haven’t mentioned the Special Constabulary medal, this shows William was active during the 2nd world war too, he was obviously determined to do his bit in this war as well; a very interesting group of medals which needs more research to really do this man justice.
WW1 Military Medal to Seaforth Highlanders. A wonderful gallantry medal correctly named to 240187 Pte. W. Neat. 1/5 Sea:Hdrs. William E Neat served in France from 1st May 1915; the 5th battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders or the Sutherland and Caithness territorial battalion, they served in France with the 51st Highland division, almost as soon as they landed they were hurried to the defence of Ypres, here the enemy using poison gas for the first time, the allies used every means open to halt the Germans in their surprise attack, the 51st division then moved to an area on the river Lys in an attempt to retake Aubers Ridge in the battle of Festubert around 15th May, still quite green and under-trained, from here on William’s battalion was pretty much constantly on the front line until they moved south just north of the Somme to engage in the attacks on High Wood and the battle of the Ancre in which the Division captured Beaumont Hamel and took more than 2000 prisoners. It was around April to early August 1917 at the battlefields of Arras that William earned his military medal for gallantry in the field. It was entered into the London Gazette on 28th September 1917, this along with a copy of his medal index card is included. *A hard winters frost was still in the ground when the Highlanders found themselves in the line near Arras, again at Roclincourt, braced up by a period of intensive training and unremitting rehearsal for the April 1917 attack on the enemy's lines in the valley of the Scarpe, where every Scottish regiment in the army was represented by the best, and in some cases by most of its battalions. The Battle of Arras; on a front twelve miles from Lens to Arras, started on 9th April at half-past five in the morning. The 51st Division, which was in the XVII Corps under Sir Charles Fergusson, and part of Allenby's Third Army, was opposite Thélus and facing the outer spurs of Vimy Ridge, in front of which, to the Division's left, lay four Canadian divisions, while on its right was the 34th Division. A fierce enemy barrage preluded the attack; yet Gordon’s, Black Watch, Argyll’s, Seaforth's, and Royal Scots swept through the first objective line of the German trenches as though they had been a triumphal arch. Only at one point called "The Pump" and the trenches east of it was the 152nd Brigade for a little checked by an appallingly concentrated, fire; two hours later they were assailing the second line with the invaluable aid of the tanks. Rœux and the Chemical Works were not permanently ours till 14th May, when the Fifty-first took them over from the 4th Division and held them through desperate counterattacks. Two days later a new division of the enemy thrust forward north of the Scarpe under an exceedingly heavy barrage, and for a while seriously menaced the Fifty-first in a very awkward situation alongside a railway embankment, flanking it and actually getting to its rear. But this force was virtually destroyed before its daring move had fully developed. "Convey to 51st Division my congratulations on their great gallantry at Roeux and Chemical Works," wired General Allenby to the Third Army three days later. At the end of May the Highlanders moved north to the Lys, and took part with the XVIII Corps in the Third Battle of Ypres, which opened on 31st July. For many weeks there had been formidable preparations in the Salient for an attack against the low Flanders ridges, of which the enemy was fully expectant, and for which he was prepared with an amazing concentration of "pill-box" fortresses. The Fifty-first advanced with a velour there was no withstanding on the dismal morning of the 31st. Every obstacle went down before them; they had learned all that was to be learned about "pill-boxes" and the tactics for them, and these much-vaunted devices of the enemy, with few exceptions, proved comparatively easy to circumvent and put out of action. Mopping up the ground behind them, the Highlanders reached their objective--- the line of Steenbeck---where they dug themselves in and beat off all counter-attacks. So far as the north of the Arras sector was concerned, that opening day of the Arras battle was a decided victory for Britain. A miserable month, for weather, followed; all active operations were impossible, and only once again on this front---on 20th September, on the Poelcapelle road---did the Fifty-first get into grips with the Germans. These were Prussian troops whom they handsomely thrashed. Before the Highlanders quitted the XVIII Corps at the end of September, the Corps Commander wrote to say how much he had appreciated their services throughout three months of strenuous fighting. "What has struck me most," he said, "is the thoroughness of the organization within the Division, and the fact that all usual war problems have been thought out beforehand, discussed in detail, and are embodied in simple doctrines well known to all ranks. The result is the Division always fights with gallantry, and can be depended on to carry out any reasonable task which may be allotted to it in any battle. For this reason I venture to place it among the three best fighting divisions I have met in France during the past three years." * A lot more research is needed to find Williams citation, I have written to the Highlanders museum to see if they could locate Williams’s citation, but I have had no reply, not even an acknowledgement of my letter, I won’t get on my soap box here, but you would think they would care about one of the highlander’s bravest sons. Anyway, if I hear anything I will add it or pass it on. The medal itself is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon; it comes not in its original case but a beautiful fitted medal case of the same period. A scarcer MM to a man of small territorial battalion which was grossly under-trained when arriving in France and one that earned the respect and admiration of every division on the western front. *Excerpts from the 51st Division War Sketches by Fred A Farrell. Text by Neil Munro.
WW1 Miniature German Medal Pin. A great little imperial German award pin displaying the iron Cross and the Black Wound Badge. The condition is excellent showing no damage just very light wear.
WW1 Miniature Victory Medal A WW1 contemporary miniature medal which is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon. Ref. A23
WW1 MM & Pair to Cooke Signaller Royal Engineers. A really interesting little gallantry group of the WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 149073 sapper Frederick W Cooke. Royal Engineers; and the George V Military Medal correctly named to 149073 Lance Corporal Frederick W Cooke. Royal Engineers. Frederick cook was born in East Grinstead Surrey in 1898 and worked before the war as a Lineman with a wire and telephone Company. He was probably drafted into the army during the latter part of 1915 as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers, but as soon as his skill was realised, he was made signaller at a home depot but was soon on the boat to France, landing on French soil on 10th June 1916. At first he served as an operating signaller at the base depot but by the 25th June he was transferred to the 23rd Field Signal Company in the 1st division, just in time for the Somme offensive. As a Signaller with the Royal Engineers at first he would have been trained in the use of signal flags but as the war progressed the advance in technology improved the service, land telephone lines were laid by the RE, but where it was not possible to lay landlines then many forms of visual signalling were used which made use of light either from sunlight (use of the sun and mirrors) in day time and lamps at night (Lucas Lamps). Messages were sent in Morse code, one man operating the signalling device and one man using a telescope (where distances were great) to read the message sent back. Signallers were also used in forward positions to assist the artillery and provide information on their enemy targets. In these positions, often isolated, the signaller became vulnerable to enemy shelling and attack, and many signallers lost their lives. A device known as the Heliograph was also used for signalling to a distant point and the standard field telephone used with landlines, hundreds of miles of line were laid by the RE through trench systems and over ground. All of these systems needed trained men to operate them, so a lot of in the field training was necessary, we see on Fredericks service papers that he was constantly being upgraded as a signaller until he is described as ‘Skilled’. By following the history of his division, the 1st Division we can see that he was engaged in most of the major battles on the western front, through 1916, including on the Somme, the battles of Albert, Bazentin, Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette and the battle of Morval. One major problem the Signalers faced with the constant moving, leaving and regaining trenches, villages and towns, at each Divisional location the Signallers had to familiarise themselves with the telephone network, its location and any inherent faults. This often involved replacing the equipment in the various exchanges with their own as they took over from the departing Division. During 1917 the 1st division were involved in the Third Battle of Ypres and the second Passchendaele, through 1918 the battles of the Lys, Second battles of Arras, the battles of the Hindenburg Line and the battle of the Sambre, in which the division fought the Passage of the Sambre-Oise Canal. Cooke wasn’t a perfect soldier either, he was punished with 7 days confined to barracks for disobeying company orders in march of 1917, so he obviously had his own ideas when it came to following orders This next part is where this man’s story really gets interesting and in need of much more research; his service papers state he was attached to the 69th Royal Field Artillery from the 28th May 1918 until the 8th June 1918, when he returned to 23rd Field Signal Coy. He was promoted to lance corporal on the 1st June, so it looks like it was with this unit he was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. This was publicized in the London Gazette on the 21.10.1918. More research is needed to confirm this and maybe find his citation to find out what he actually did to win the MM. Not unique but quite scarce to find an MM to a RE signaler, so well worth anything further that could be added. All three medals come in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn, they come with two original photographs, one studio picture of Frederick in uniform, the other is a group shot of the whole of the 23rd field signal company in 1917. The medals come mounted on card for display or safe storage and come with copies of his service papers, medal index card and London gazette entry.
WW1 National Relief Fund Patriotic Postcard Showing a photograph of Earl Roberts this National Relief Fund patriotic postcard was sold to raise funds for the assistance of the families at home of serving men, one half penny from the sale of the cards going to the fund. The card comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 No 2 Pattern Wound Stripe. The rare second pattern wound strip made from white metal, or silver plated brass, the first pattern being a small solid silver strip, I believe. This one comes in superb untouched condition and it still retains its original backing plate. I have been very lucky to obtain a few of these in a large badge collection I purchased a few months ago. A rare example of this hard earned badge that should be considered as an award.
WW1 Norfolk Special Constabulary Medal and Badge. The special constabulary faithful service medal is named to John W Ashworth and this comes with an original Norfolk S/C cap badge, which is attributed to this man. Both items are in excellent original condition, both are mounted on card.
WW1 Pair & Stuff to Lieutenant RFC Flyer. A fabulous group of items including a WW1 British war and Victory medal pair correctly named to Lieutenant George Frank Custance of the Royal Flying Corps, his two training note books which are full of hand written information, a wonderful original photograph of him in uniform and lastly his original cap badge. George F Custance was born in Kings Lynn Norfolk in the December 1899 the only son of a Master Taylor. He joined the RFC as soon as he was of age and trained to become a pilot at the training centre at Hythe. Soon after qualification in January 1918 he was found unfit to be a pilot and was given the rank of Flight Observer, to accompany the Pilot in two seater aircraft serving with No 2 squadron in a reconnaissance roll. From June 1918 he was transferred to no 141 squadron serving in the defence of the home counties it is unclear in his service papers if he saw any overseas service, but the cap badge he is wearing in the photograph and included is the rare early royal Naval Air Service officers cap badge, so it is more than likely he was flying in reconnaissance missions for the navy, before the RNAS was merged with the RFC to form the RAF, here a lot more research is needed on this man. It looks as if he had a short career with the Air Force, being discharged in March of 1919, maybe because his heart was set on being a pilot or he wanted to return to the family business in Kings Lynn, whatever he did post war, it is unclear, it was a real shame he did not live to any kind of old age, as he died in 1937 at the age of only 38 years, again a little more digging is needed to discover what happened to him; he was buried in Wisbech Norfolk, not far from his birth place in Kings Lynn. The medals, cap badge and the ephemera is all in very good original condition, the note books are quite interesting both are full of notes and diagrams. A great and quite scarce lot of an early RAF observer that rarely comes available to purchase and it holds excellent investment potential.
WW1 Pair to Rawle 8th Middlesex Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 242352 Henry John Rawle of the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Henry Rawle was born 1896 in Bow, East London and in civilian life he was employed as a Van Guard. He enlisted into the 8th Middlesex regiment, which formed part of the 70th brigade, 8th Division, but didn’t arrive in France until the end of 1915 or early 1916, not long after the 8th Middlesex was transferred to 167th Brigade in 56th London Division. He was involved with the diversionary attack at Gommecourt on the opening day of the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916; here he remained all through 1916, in the actions at Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, it was here that the 56th brigade captured Combles and Transloy in the October. 1917 was hard for the division, as the Germans retreated to Hindenburg line. During the battles of the Somme, in the previous year, the Germans had constructed a new defensive system to their rear which ran from Arras to Laffaux on the Aisne. Basically the Germans destroyed all in their path, roads, buildings, everything, leaving a dessert, which due to the weather just left mud and uninhabitable and difficult conditions for the allied advance. This meant that the Germans could leave a reduced force on the line and they could concentrate on other offensives, to recover from the battle of the Somme and Verdun and resupply. He 8th battalion along with the rest of the division were to push on encountering resistance at Arras, supporting the French offensive which was taking part at Chemin des Dames and in the hills of Champagne. In the April and May of 1917, Henry would have been in battle once again at the 1st and 3rd battle of Scarp before moving on to Ypres in August. 1918 proved to be even busier, and the poor 8th battalion didn’t see much rest all through the year, once again at Arras and the Somme until they reached the Hindenburg line itself, unbeknown to Harry and everyone on the western front, the war was drawing to a close, all the the British third and fourth army’s had to do was brake the line. They faced a formidable deep defensive system which was finally broken with the help of the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US forces. When the armistice came, the 56th division received orders to join the British force that would advance across Belgium and move into Germany to occupy the Rhine bridgeheads. These orders were cancelled on 21 November, at which time the Division was employed on road and railway repair work in the area of Harveng. Although hard work, it must have seemed like a holiday compared with the rest of that year. Harry was later transferred to the Welsh Regiment with a change of Number, but this would have been very late on, towards the end of the war, or after the armistice. The achievement of braking the Hindenburg line has gone down in history as being one of the greatest in military history. Harry survived the war, which was another great achievement as the loss of men was high, the casualties amounted to 1,470 officers and 33,339 men killed in action on the western front, Harry was Lucky. A few pages of research comes with Harry’s medals, copies of his medal index card and medal roll, census records from 1901 and 1911. Apart from that, no other research has been done, and what I have done here is followed the regiment diary for the 8th Middlesex and the 56th division, so really Harry’s story is still yet to be discovered. The medals comes with an original Middlesex regiment badge etc.
WW1 Pair to Smith South African Infantry. Always interesting a good British war and Victory medal pair correctly named to Pte. H. Smith 1st S.A.I. I can only find one man listed on the roll of medal index cards, this is a 13216 Pte. H. Smith 1st S.A.I. it is more than likely our man, but it cannot be 100% guaranteed. There is also a H. Smith of the S.A.I. listed on the commonwealth war graves commission, this 12848 Pte. H. Smith is listed as KIA at Ypres in the September 1917. Both the 1st S.A. Infantry served with distinction at the battle of Delville Wood, the Somme, so a great pair of medals for research, both medals are in excellent condition, please see pictures.
WW1 Pair to Staff Nurse Doyle QAIMR Served Hospital Ship Gallipoli Mary E. Doyle from Dublin Ireland was a trained nurse working in the private sector when the war broke out, she joined the Queen Alexanders Imperial Nursing Service in January 1915 and was invalided out in January 1916, during that time she served on the hospital ship Letitia which was recorded as, 'serving with distinction in the Mediterranean and even coming under fire while evacuating wounded troops near the Dardanelles', the Gallipoli campaign ran from April 1915 to January 1916 so Mary would have been in the thick of the action. To accompany her medals are a bundle of National Archives paperwork which helps to piece together a time line for Mary. She returned to Britain in January 1916 and went before a medical board, she was described as having 'valvular disease of the heart' and was awarded a silver war badge, almost immediately she was released from service and the paperwork covers a series of handwritten letters from Mary, the authorities and even the parish priest in Ireland trying to get her back into service, Mary herself declares she is fit for service but is turned down and recommended back to private nursing. The letter from the parish priest is addressed to the Lord lieutenant of Dublin castle appealing for help from the ladyship on Mary's behalf and even suggests that had Mary been an English nurse she would not have been treated so poorly. I would love to know what happened to Mary, did she get back into nursing perhaps with the Red Cross or in a private capacity, she would have seen heavy action and in one of the papers is described as serving 'under fire'. The medals come in good condition, there is an edge knock on the BWM, complete with ribbons and have been worn with pride.
WW1 period 'Bombardment of Lowestoft' Photo Booklet On April 25th 1916 the small seaside town of Lowestoft in Suffolk was subjected to aerial bombings by the Germans a local photographer the next day took pictures of the damaged properties around the town and from that this booklet was created. 12 photos unique to the town originally cost one shilling. Comes in very good condition.
WW1 Period Crested China Battle Ship, A very good quality example made by Arcadian china, it carries the crest of Congleton and comes in perfect condition. It measures 5 inches long.
WW1 Period German/Austrian Commemorative Pin An interesting white metal pin depicting Kaiser Wilhelm and Franz Joseph, dated 1914 and having the words viribus unitis 'with united forces'. Issued I'm sure for the uniting of the German and Austrian Empires and coincidentally the motto of Franz Joseph. Comes in super original condition.
WW1 Period Ross Binoculars in Leather Case Super pair of WW1 binoculars made by Ross of London, marked with the broad arrow on the top and called 'stereo prism binoculars power = 8' these are unusual in the fact that they have Bakelite eye pieces, made to resemble Tortoiseshell possibly for an officer. The optics are perfect, there is wear on the body where hands have held them many times, the case which is leather is complete, a bit faded and stained but retains its original leather strap.
WW1 Photo Postcard Funeral Procession for Submarine Disaster A detailed WW1 photograph postcard showing a huge procession of Navy crews and onlookers, it is entitled 'The Submarine Disaster' the crews of the Submarines following their Messmates, but it doesnt say what disaster it covers. Card comes in fair condition.
WW1 Plaque & Medal Pair to Wilkinson KOYLI - Staffs Man. A First World War memorial plaque, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 38794 Private Horace Wilkinson of the 9th Battalion the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Horace Wilkinson was born in Dudley Port, Staffordshire around 1899. He enlisted in Smethwick, it is unsure when, but he was serving with the 9th Battalion when he was killed in action. The 9th battalion was a part of the third phase of Kitchener’s new army’s or K3, and came under command of 64th Brigade in 21st Division. In the early part of 1918, there seemed little hope for the allied army as the German forces commits to a series of large-scale offensives on the western front. In the March and April, the allied fifth army were driven back by overwhelming numbers of the enemy across the Somme battle fields, in the actions known as the first battles of the Somme. Here the British and South African forces suffer extremely heavy losses from the 21st March onwards, starting with the battle of St Quentin opening on that date. Private Wilkinson was killed in action on the second day of the battle. He’s body was never recovered and he has no known grave. He was just 19 years old. He is now remembered with honour at the Pozieres Memorial, Somme France. He was the Son of Alfred Wilkinson, of 206, Halfords Lane, Smethwick, Staffs. His medals and plaque come in excellent original and untouched condition. The plaque still resides in its original hard brown card envelope. There is also a photograph of Horace with a few other bits and bobs, please see pictures. Also included is a variety of copy paperwork; medal index card, commonwealth war graves certificate, medal roll, soldiers died in the Great War details etc. A little more research is needed to tie down this young man’s earlier service. And also to honour just one very young life, lost on the battlefields of France.
WW1 Plaque & Pair to Dorken RFA – KIA Italy. A scarce casualty from the little known and appreciated Italy campaign; the plaque, British war and victory medals are all correctly named to 170779 Driver John Dorken of the 35th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. John Dorken was born in Essex around 1888 and he was probably drafted into the army then into the artillery. His early history is still to be researched but at the time he was killed in action he was serving with the 35th brigade RFA part of the 7th division; the 7th spent most of the war fighting in France and they saw action at nearly all the major battles on the western front; however in 1917 they were selected as one of the five British divisions to be moved to Italy. This was a political move, the brainchild of David Lloyd George, it was in effect to back up the Italians resistance against attacks from the Austro Hungarian force, but the mountainous terrain of the Brenta must have been a far cry from the mud and slaughter of the fields of Passchendaele, which they had just left behind. John would have taken part in the battles of Caporetto and Piave River but it was probably in the latter stages of the Battle of Piave River or the early stages of the battle of Vittorio Veneto that John lost his life on the 19th October 1918, a little more research would tie down his exact position at this time; both battles were of equal importance as the enemy were starting to threaten Italy’s major cities of Venice, Padua and Verona, the latter two battles did weaken the Austro – Hungarian army which lead to their defeat; needless to say this campaign and the one on the western front was very costly to the 7th division, from the start of the war until the Armistice it suffered 68,000 of all ranks killed, wounded or missing in action, of which john was just one. Driver John Dorken is now remembered with honour at the Cremona Town Cemetery in Italy, he was the son of George and Sarah Dorken of 18 North Road, Hoddesdon in Herts. The plaque and both medals are in excellent original condition and they come with various paperwork to confirm the above, but more research is needed on this man This is a scarce lot to an Italy casualty as only 80 or so men of the British army lay to rest in the Cremona Town Cemetery. This campaign is now known as the forgotten war, let this man have the recognition he deserves.
WW1 Queen Mary's Needlework Guild Badge Made from brass and enamel and proudly worn by the ladies of the Queen Mary's Needlework Guild, the badge comes in excellent condition and measures 2 inches long. The guild came into being just a few days into the Great War, Queen Mary issued a letter on the 4th August via the press directed at the women of the Empire asking them to help 'alleviate all distress occasioned by the war' the purpose of the guild to provide comforts and a to create articles of clothing and surgical equipment as well as other gifts for the troops fighting for King and country.
WW1 RAMC Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge A very good quality silver and enamel sweetheart badge for the Royal Army Medical Corps, it is a small size measuring .75 of an inch long, I think it is hallmarked on the back but the application of the pin has partially obscured what I am taking to be the sterling mark. Comes in very good condition.
WW1 Red Cross Medals to Elizabeth Parish from Sussex. A nice little BRC group to Elizabeth Parish which includes; BRCS medal for Proficiency in Red Cross First Aid with a rare 1918 bar. Named to E Parish. WW1 BRCS medal for service in the Great War. Named to Eliza Parish – Bath. BRCS Three Year Service medal, unnamed. Plus two small pins, one an early BRCS enamelled bar brooch type badge. Elizabeth Parish originated from Sussex and was already a volunteer from August 1913. On the outbreak of the war she was with No108 Somerset branch of the BRCS serving at the No1 Red Cross Hospital, Lansdown and she served there until 1916 when she was transferred to the Bath War Hospital until August 1918. From here she worked at the Bathampton Hospital until March 1919. Her BRCS service card states she was employed as a cook, but this also probably included cleaning and general duties as well. Nothing glamorous for this young lady, she seemed very content to get her hands dirty in other ways, without the kudos of nursing wounded soldiers. She was also prepared to travel to hospitals who must have been struggling to get women to do these jobs and stick at them. While serving in bath her address was 14 Royal Crescent. I really admire women such as Eliza, they have gone unnoticed and unacknowledged for so many years. All medals are in good condition the BRCS Great War medal is the only one that has obviously been worn and now the ribbon is scruffy.
WW1 Red Cross Nurses Apron. I have recently been very lucky and cleared an old store in a local cottage hospital. The hospital was used as a red cross VAD hospital during the Great War and treated both civilians and soldiers during the Second World War. So in the old linen store was found a small quantity of WW1 Red Cross nurse’s aprons, this sale does not include the blue dress which is not of the same period. Matching starched collar and head square are being sold separately, please see my nursing uniforms etc. The condition is great; some areas have a few yellow spots just where it has been stored for such a long time,and some fraying to the material, but a superb original item for the re-enactor or collector. size 26'' waist but this can be enlarged to any size. Ref RC1
WW1 Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap & Shoulder Badges. WW1 era 1914 pattern brass cap and shoulder badges for the Royal Berkshire Regiment. The cap badge is lovely quality and as with the shoulder title it has a nice bright patina. Both are in excellent original condition. This style of badge, ‘the Dragon of China’ was in use for quite a long time with only very small tweaks to the design. It wasn’t changed until the merger with the Wiltshire regiment in 1959 when the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment was formed.
WW1 Royal Fusiliers Sweetheart Badge. A lovely WW1 era Sweetheart brooch for the Royal Fusiliers; originally this with have been brass overlaid with a gilt finish, unfortunately the gilt has almost all gone from the front. Having said that, this badge remains in very good condition overall. It measures 1.25 inches high.
WW1 Silver & Gilt Sweetheart Brooch – Wiltshire Regiment A super quality WW1 silver although not marked and gilt sweetheart brooch for the Wiltshire regiment, the central gilt boss is wired through the silver body, it comes in very good condition and measures one inch square.
WW1 Silver Miniature British War Medal As issued, a WW1 silver example of the British war medal in miniature. Perfect condition but needs cleaning.
WW1 Silver Queens Reg Sweetheart Brooch. Great War era sterling silver and enamel sweetheart brooch for the Queens Regiment. It is unmarked but tests as sterling and comes in very good condition apart from a very tiny chip to the blue enamel just on one corner, but this is hardly noticeable, please see pictures.
WW1 Silver War Badge E. Raven Essex & Northants Reg – Casualty Ernest Raven came from Earls Colne in Essex and is commemorated in his home church St Andrews, he would have been around 24 when he died in October 1918, he served first with the Essex regiment as a private and ended up in the Northamptonshire reg where he earned a silver war badge issued for sickness in September 1917having served overseas, between these dates he either returned to service and was killed or died a good year later due to the sickness. Here we have his silver war badge correctly numbered to Ernest, it comes with a copy of his medal index card and his Commonwealth war graves certificate, the badge is in fair condition missing its pin on the back.
WW1 Silver War Badge Issued to White Kings Royal Rifle Corps Rifleman Sidney White joined the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in Feb 1916 and was discharged with wounds just after the war ended in November 1918, there are no apparent pension papers for Sidney so all I can tell you is he served with the 6th. Battalion, his badge number is B53206 but on the SWB list the badge is showing as B52206, if you trace this number through the lists it leads you back to Sidney so I am assuming the entire list have the wrong numbers attached. The badge comes with a copy of the list and medal index card and is in very good condition.
WW1 Silver War Badge J Lavell Royal Engineers – Tunneller From a simple silver war badge its possible to put a whole life together for an otherwise forgotten individual, Sapper John Lavell was called up in October 1915, he was a single man and already 44 years old with a lifetime of coal mining behind him, he came from Durham but was living and working in Yorkshire by the time the war broke out, as a single man with his mining history he was perfect to be drafted as a tunneller and having joined in Oct ’15 he was immediately sent to France in the November ’15 simply to dig but within 3 months he was sent home and the notes on his paper says ‘not being likely to become an efficient soldier’ he was discharged immediately and awarded his silver badge, his medal index card has him being entitled to a 14/15 star trio, not bad for 4 months service! The badge comes in fair condition with evidence of an old repair on the pin and comes with some paperwork.
WW1 Silver War Badge R. Gladwell Middlesex Regiment Robert H. Gladwell was an acting Corporal in the 29th Middlesex regiment, he enlisted in February 1916 and was discharged in May 1917 due to wounds having seen overseas service. Here we have his silver war badge correctly numbered to Robert, it comes with a copy of his medal index card and his war badge entitlement list, the badge is in fair condition missing its pin on the back.
WW1 Silver War Badge to ASC Silver war badge warded to T/261474 Driver Francis Edward Grover of the Army Service Corps. Grover enlisted October 1916 and was discharged due to sickness on 27th October 1917. He would be entitled to the Victory and British War Medal pair. It comes with copies of his medal index card and SWB roll. SWB in excellent condition.
WW1 Silver War Badge to Norman RASC Issued to M334450 Pte Frank Norman of the Royal Army Service Corps, he joined in June 1916 and made it through to April '19 before being discharged with 'sickness' he saw service overseas. The badge is in very good condition and is numbered B336091 on the back.
WW1 Silver War Badge to Watson Ox & Bucks & MGC. An interesting Silver War badge, Numbered |B58212, which is well worth further research, awarded to 20890 Corporal Kenneth Barton Watson of the Machine Gun Corps formally 1911 Private of the 4th battalion Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He first entered the theatre of war in France on the 30th March 1915 and discharged with wounds on 6th November 1918. His full medal entitlement is the 1914/15 star trio and he resided in Maldon, Surrey. This SWB comes with copies of his medal index card, medal rolls for all three medals and the SWB list. This badge is in wonderful condition and still retaining its original pin.
WW1 Silver War Badge – CQMS Beadnell Middlesex Regiment This WW1 silver war adge was issued to Company Quarter Master Sergeant Charles H. Beadnell of the 16th Battalion Middlesex regiment. There are a few copy pension papers for Charles which suggests he never saw service abroad and must have been a territorial soldier before war broke out. The papers are hard to read but I think he had problems with his throat and kidneys. The badge is numbered 364022 and comes in very good condition.
WW1 Solid Silver & Enamel Royal Artillery Sweetheart Badge A super quality and detailed sweetheart badge for the Royal Artillery, marked silver on the back and finished with coloured enamels, comes in very good condition and measures just over one inch long.
WW1 Sterling Silver ASC Sweetheart Brooch. A lovely little silver and enamel brooch for the Royal Army Medical Corps. It comes in perfect condition, no damage to the enamels and it is marked ‘Sterling’ on the back.
WW1 SWB to Baker 53rd (YS) Leicestershire Reg. An interesting silver war badge numbered B96278, this was awarded to 4184 Private Percy William Baker of the 53rd (YS) Leicestershire Regiment, the ‘YS’ was the young soldiers battalion, Before October 1917 it had been the 13th (Reserve) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, a recruit training unit based at Rugeley Camp, it was part of 1st Reserve Brigade. It looks like Percy enlisted into this battalion in the August of 1916 and sometime after sent overseas where he was wounded, he was brought back to England and discharged from his battalion and put into a home service reserve battalion until he was finally discharged in the March of 1918 at the age of 32 years, so no idea why he started in the 53rd battalion. Apart from a copy of his medal index card and SWB roll no research has been done on this man that lived at 99 Mansfield Street, Sherwood Nottingham; a great research project.
WW1 Territorial Artillery Officers Sword – Lancashire Brigade. A fabulous Great War era Artillery officer’s sword made by Hobson of London and it carries the relevant proof mark. It has a beautifully etched blade showing the royal cypher, an artillery gun and the title ‘Lancashire Brigade’. The condition is excellent apart from a little wear conclusive of its age it is about as perfect as you are going to get an officers sword of this age. The original scabbard is in just as good order and it still retains its original brown leather sword knot. A rare and beautiful sword regimentally marked for a territorial artillery brigade.
WW1 Trench Art Lighter. A very well made little petrol lighter made from brass an embellished with a general service brass badge. It has been well used but still comes in good condition, the flit wheel needs freeing up, at the moment it seems ceased. It measures 3 inches tall.
WW1 Trench Art Paper Knife 1916 Shell A decorative WW1 brass trench art scimitar shaped paper knife with a bullet for a handle which has a period general service button attached, the bullet is marked S67 DM 6 16 to the base. It comes in fair condition, there are a few marks to the blade and it is also a little out of shape, but still a lovely little cabinet item; it measures 6.75 inches long.
WW1 Trench Art Paper Knife. A lovely little piece of trench art made from a bullet and shell brass. It comes in perfect order and ready for display in your cabinet.
WW1 Trench Art Scimitar Shape Paper Knife – Ypres A decorative WW1 trench art brass paper knife made in the shape of a scimitar and engraved on one side with 'souvenir – D'Ypres', the handle is made from a 303 bullet which is marked G15 (for 1915) and VII on the base. Comes in excellent condition and measures 7.25 inches long.
WW1 Trench Art Shell Case 'Borre' 1917/18 Not sure what the intended purpose was for this piece as it has the screw missing from the bottom, perhaps and ashtray! But it does have an interesting slant, the edge is decorated in typical fashion with 'souvenir de France' and on the opposite side it has '1917 Borre 1918', I cant find a battle for Borre but it did have a cemetery that was established in 1917 and has mostly Commonwealth burials especially the Australians. The base is marked for an 18 pounder and dated 1916 but was originally produced in 1910 and it has an assortment of other marks. Comes in very good condition and measures 4 inches in diameter and stands 1.75 inches high.
WW1 Trench Art Tank – Suffolk Regiment A wonderful little piece of trench art in the form of a great war ‘land ship’, very nicely made and placed on a wooden plinth and a Suffolk regiment button welded to the top. The condition is very good and totally untouched, it is made of brass but now heavily patinated and the wooden plinth, which looks like oak, has a slight bow in the centre. A beautiful little piece full of history and one man’s perception of the large war machine he witnessed from the front line. It measures 5 x 3 inches at the base.
WW1 Trench Art Vase 18pr Shell Case. A very nicely wrought WW1 Trench art vase which has been very skilfully cut and shaped. It has been made from a 1915 dated 18 pounder shell case and it now comes in very good condition. It measures 7.25 inches in diameter and 6 inches high.
WW1 Trenchart Brass Letter Opener – 303 Bullet Handle A lovely WW1 trenchart brass letter opener, the blade is fashioned into a scimitar shape and has been decorated on one side with a running floral pattern, the handle is made from a 303 bullet which is marked 18 on the base for 1918. It comes in very good condition and measures 6.75 inches long.
WW1 Trio Etc to Coldstream Guards – Tunnelling Coy A very interesting lot comprising of the 1915 star correctly named to 12678 Private Frederick Mansbridge Coldstream Guards, and the British war and victory medal correctly named to 12678 Corporal Frederick Mansbridge Coldstream Guards, silver war badge numbered 134699, this is confirmed by the SWB roll which is included. Also the King Edward VII Police coronation medal to PC Mansbridge ‘T’ Division, and lastly his original police armband. There is so much to tell about this group especially about Frederick Mansbridge that I do not have the space to really do him justice but I will endeavour to detail as much as I can in brief. Frederick Mansbridge was born in Hounslow in Middlesex around 1884, his Father and Mother ran a boarding house in Grove Road Hounslow letting rooms up six lodgers at one time. In the 1911census we see Frederick employed as a Police Constable, policing T division which covered Hammersmith. When the war broke out in 1914, Frederick now at the age of 30 with a wife and two children, was quick to volunteer and he was enlisted into the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards; on his enlistment, his occupation is described as a general labour, so he must have given up the police force only a few years earlier. He landed on French soil in the early months of 1915, apart from the odd skirmish it seems their first major engagement was at Loos in the September, it was at this time Frederick was promoted to lance Corporal. In April of 1916 he was transferred to the royal engineers as minor but returned to the guards ten days later. A month on and a handful of men from the 3rd battalion Coldstream Guards and other regiments were attached to the 177 Tunnelling Company RE, Frederick was promoted to full corporal at this point; his service papers are a little hard for me to read, but for whatever he was posted it was a secret operation, it was to do with the digging of 19 huge British mines under the Messines Ridge. With the 177 tunnelling coy of the Royal Engineers they dug from 1500 feet from behind the British line to reach this strong point under the enemy trenches. 49500 pounds of explosive, mostly ammonal, buried 57 feet below the surface; it blew at 3.20am on 7 June 1917. The Messines craters can still be seen today resembling large ponds in the Flanders landscape. It was only two days after this event that Frederick was badly wounded by shrapnel in the chest, a shell exploded next to him and he was hit by Shrapnel, he was admitted to hospital where they remove the shrapnel by operation, his service papers carry on describing his symptoms after his review in November 1917, it said “ he complains of frequent and acute pain in head, memory is affected, he is suffers from tremors and hand writing is shaky, sleep is broken and he suffers with bad dreams which wake him up”. It sounds as if this poor guy also had shell shock, the service papers do not mention shell shock, but that is not unusual, at this point in the war, shell shock was only just being recognised and the title was almost treated as a dirty word that shouldn’t be said. Frederick Mansbridge was discharged with wounds and found no longer fit to give military service, he was awarded a military pension, but who knows how this affected the rest of his life. This group comes with copies of his service and pension papers, medal index card and SWB roll along with census details relating to Frederick and his family. The group would benefit from further research, he was specially picked for the tunnelling coy, so what was his role and what was the secret duty he was chosen for, the details are in his papers, it just needs deciphering. All medals etc are in very good original condition, the silver war badge has lost its pin but otherwise in excellent order, all medals come on their original ribbons and mounted for display or safe storage.
WW1 Trio to Nursing Sister of the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. A wonderful Great War medal trio comprising of the 1914/15 star named to S/Nurse A. M. Allen. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. the British War and Victory medal to Sister. A. M. Allen. Before war broke out in the august 1914 Miss Alice Melona Allan was working as a staff nurse at the King Edward VII Hospital in Cardiff Wales, she volunteered for the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve and arrived at the training hospital in Aldershot on 8th August 1914, she served here for just under a year before being recommended for overseas service by her matron. Her first post was Egypt in the July of 1916 and then moved to the Citadel Hospital Cairo, although this was once the Palace of Mahomet Ali, the wards consisted of large open pavilions or halls at the head of wide marble staircases, which was impossible to keep either comfortably warm, or comfortably cool and on the whole conditions for nursing staff were poor. At the end of that year, December 1916, now at the rank of acting Sister, she was transferred once again, this time to the Valletta Hospital in Malta; her transfer was due to the valuable work she had already accomplished and her willingness to serve which was noted on her service record. The Valletta Hospital was in two parts, the Valletta Station Hospital served as a sorting base for the wounded arriving in the hospital ships prior to their being transferred to the other hospitals and camps scattered over the Islands; the other Valletta Hospital was reserved for dangerously ill cases that could not be safely moved and so the casualty rate was very high, it must have taken a very special type of person to work here, the loss and sorrow must have been unbearable. Both hospitals took the wounded from hospital ships from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns and now Sister Allen, worked in either until the end of the war and arrived back on British soil on 5th July 1919. It is not known what happened to her from here, although she still appears on the state nurses register up to 1937. This part of her history and before the war needs research. All three medals come in very good condition; however there are signs these were mounted and worn at one time, as there are contact marks mainly to the BWM from the point of the star. the naming on the victory medal is a little different than the naming on the BWM, it seems a little heavier but in my experience, this is not terribly unusual. The medals come with Sister Allen’s service papers and old hand written copy of her medal index card. A superb nursing officers group to a long serving nurse, a fabulous lot for investment and research and now come mounted on card for easy and safe storage with her papers in a plastic file.
WW1 Turkish Prisoner of War Beadwork Snake. A wonderful piece of WW1 memorabilia in this charming snake, made from hundreds of tiny glass beads, sawn together to form diamond patterns on the back of the snakes body, while bright yellow was used for its underbelly. These and other beadwork objects were made by the Turkish prisoners of war, as a way of passing the time and a way to make a little money for some rare luxuries. This one comes in just amazing condition, I haven’t seen one in such good condition for a long time; it has no damage or repairs or loss to the tiny beads. A fabulous piece rare in this wonderful condition and with a piece such as this, condition is everything. It measures 23 inches long.
WW1 Turkish Prisoner of War-Work Snake. (S) A beautifully executed beadwork snake made by the captured Turkish POW’s during the Great War, this one is a smaller size and a little unusual because it is predominately just two colours apart from under the snakes head which has a coloured diamond typical of this kind of work; it measures 15.5 inches and comes in excellent original condition.
WW1 Tyneside Scottish Glengarry Badge. The impressive white metal badge won by the Kitchener’s army battalions of the 21st 22nd 23rd and 24th Northumberland Fusiliers. This is the second pattern badge that was designed by a member of the regiment in 1915. This one comes in excellent but used condition and showing very slight wear to the high points. Ref. Y20
WW1 US Ammo Belt, Pouch & Colt Magazines. A really good and rare set, hard to find complete. It comprises of the webbing belt, this is marked ‘US’ but not dated; it is in superb condition with just a little rusting to the buckle part and there are a few small stains to the webbing. The webbing pouch is marked under the flap and dated for 1918, please see pictures, this is also in very good order, and this is holding the two Colt pistol magazines both containing inert bullets. A rare find, just missing the Cold pistol and holster. Ref. ML 21
WW1 Victory Medal to Mc Guiness Yorkshire Regiment. This medal comes with a copy of his medal index car which states that 12156 Private Patrick Guiness of the Yorkshire Regiment, he first served in France from 26th of August 1915 and that he is entitled to the 1915 star trio. It is in very good condition, just the ribbon is a little dirty.
WW1 Yorkshire Dragoons (Yeomanry) Cap Badge. WW1 era all brass cap badge for the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons. The larger size badge of the 1914 pattern. The regiment lasted until 1956 when all the Yorkshire regiments merged into one. This beautiful example comes in lovely original condition with a good dark even tone. Ref. Y16
WW1 – WW2 Merchant Marine Officers Insignia. Beautiful Merchant Navy Officers cap badge, made of gold bullion wire, the red velvet centre with a sterling silver anchor, topped by a gilt naval crown and all sewn to a black wool backing. This is in lovely condition, the red velvet centre is now faded; this comes with a silver and gilt metal button and a brass shoulder title, all in excellent order.
WW1 – WW2 Royal Fusiliers Cap Badge, a super quality all brass badge that comes in excellent condition. Ref. J15
WW1-WW2 Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge. A superb quality 1914 pattern Bi-metal cap badge, used for all of the regular battalions. Apart from some natural toning, this badge comes in near mint condition. Ref. V21
WW1/2 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge. Lovely quality badge in white metal, it shows great detail and it is in a nice gauge of metal; in excellent original condition and could date to the WW1 period but it could easily be as late as the second world war; a nice old badge fit for any collection. Ref. S17
WW1/2 KSLI Badge Set. Two good original badges for the Kings Shropshire light Infantry, a bi-metal cap badge and a brass shoulder title, both come in good original condition.
WW1/2 Royal Scots Glengarry Badge. A nice old bi-metal badge which comes in good original condition still retaining both lugs on the back. Ref. S3
WW1/WW2 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge A large white metal badge, good quality and in very good condition only showing slight wear to the surface. Ref. V02
WW1/WW2 Devonshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good original bi-metal two piece badge for the Devon’s, could be either First or Second World War period as the same kings crown badge was used up until the 1950’s when the queens crown version came in. this is a very good quality badge that comes in excellent condition. Ref. X8
WW1/WW2 Devonshire Regiment Officers Cap Badge. A super quality bronze cap badge worn by the officers of the Devonshire regiment. It’s very hard to give an accurate date, but there is no doubt this is a good original badge. I think it date from the WW1 era but it could easily be from the 1930’s. It is in lovely condition with just one blemish on the star point near the crown. It is a nice colour and made from quality heavy gauge. Ref. X3
WW1/WW2 Highland Light Infantry Glengary Badge A super quality solid white metal badge which comes in perfect original condition. Ref. U2
WW1/WW2 Kings Own Scottish Borderers Glengarry Badge. A good quality white metal badge, probably dating closer to the WW2 era. This badge was used from around 1901 to 1958, when the regiment adopted the badge of the Lowland Brigade. It is in very good but used condition. Ref. X17
WW1/WW2 RAMC Officers Cap Badge A wonderful solid bronze badge worn by the officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps, comes in perfect, toned condition. Ref: T19
WW1/WW2 Royal Artillery Badge Set. A complete metal badge set for the Royal Artillery, it includes; the cap badge with moving wheel, Ubique collar dogs and RA shoulder titles, all in brass and all original military issues. All five items are in very good but used condition. A super set all with the same colour tone and patination.
WW1/WW2 Royal Sussex Regiment Cap Badge. A quality 1914 pattern bi-metal badge, which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. N29
WW1/WW2 Suffolk Regiment Cap Badge. A very good quality bi-metal badge, the three towers version, it comes in super condition with a slider on the back. Ref. N10
WW1/WW2 The Buffs Officers Cap Badge A beautiful quality solid bronze badge for the Royal East Kent regiment, this one is bright and clean to the front and the back is nicely patinated with two lugs. Ref. V05
WW2 USAAF Air Crew Flying Trousers Owned by POW. A pair of WW2 era A3 sheepskin flying trousers, the type used by the aircrew of US Army Airforce on bombers including the B17 Flying Fortress. These were recently found in Germany. They have a name stamped into a purpose leather patch on the left side near the waist belt, which reads; C Medow, very interesting and with a bit of effort, researchable. It wasn’t until I was photographing these trousers that I saw some very faint writing on the fixed braces, this lettering you can see against the light and reads 1205?7?3 Chuck Medow. I personally couldn’t find anything about this man, but talking to a professional researcher about the trousers, he said he would give it a go. Luckily he could find only one Charles Medow, Medow without the ‘S’ is quite an unusual name. Charles Medow was born in 1920 and came from New York and in civilian life he was employed as a driver. He enlisted into the US forces in the 1942. He held the rank when captured of a flight Lieutenant of US Army Air Force, his service number being ‘12053753’; with his air crew, he set out on a bombing mission from the UK on August 17th 1943 and his aircraft was shot down, or he ditched over Germany. He was captured, injured and after he recovered from his wounds he was sent to Stalag Luft 3 where he remained until the end of the war. His capture was reported by the International Red Cross and his POW number was 07800917. He spent a total of 1 year and 11 months in captivity. The trousers themselves have been kicking around Germany for the last 70 plus years, they are in good condition considering what they went through, they have a rip just under the left buttock at the back, plus other small rips here and there; most of this damaged may have been caused by a bailout. Most of the zips work, some have oxidised and require a little oil to free them up. These trousers also need a good feed with a specialist leather restorer, at the moment they feel a bit dry, however they don’t feel like they will crack or fall apart, the leather is still strong and pliable. A very rare find and they should really be in a museum or collection that will find out more about their original owner, as I’m sure I’ve just scratched the surface.
WW2 & GSM Group to Parachute Regiment. A wonderful group of five including the solid silver General Service medal with Palestine bar, the latter correctly named to 14049212 Private R Dempster Para Regiment. This really interesting group comes with extensive research mainly regarding his service in Palestine with the 6th Airborne. Looking at his medal group, he was also a D-Day veteran. The 6th Airborne Division arrived in response to increasing terrorist activity, it became involved in internal security, being responsible for cordons and search operations, guarding convoys and key installations. As the situation worsened, the men of the division had to patrol the towns and cities, enforce curfews and deal with rioting by the civilian population. They also protected Jewish and Arab settlements from sectarian violence. This was not without loss to the division and several members were killed and wounded during this time. It is hard to say with all honesty if he was with the 6th airborne on D-Day, but it is more likely than not; the 6th were one of two airborne divisions raised by the British Army during the Second World War, with the other being the 1st Airborne Division. The division's first mission was Operation Tonga on 6 June 1944, D-Day, part of the Normandy landings, where it was responsible for securing the left flank of the Allied invasion during Operation Overlord. The division remained in Normandy for three months before being withdrawn in the September. While still recruiting and reforming in England, it was mobilised again and sent to Belgium in December 1944, to help counter the surprise German offensive in the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge. Their final airborne mission followed in March 1945, Operation Varsity, the second Allied airborne assault over the River Rhine. After the war the division was identified as the Imperial Strategic Reserve, and moved to the Middle East. Initially sent to Palestine for parachute training, (copy of Training Records are included) the division became involved in an internal security role. In Palestine, the division went through several changes in formation, and had been reduced in size to only two parachute brigades by the time it was disbanded in 1948. This group is in beautiful condition and comes mounted on card for display or safe storage, it comes with a late Para cap badge made by Gaunt, this not a WW2 issue, but a nice example all the same. Quite a rare opportunity to obtain a nice genuine group to a paratrooper, which holds superb investment potential.
WW2 1939 – 1945 Star, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 1939 – 1945 War Medal, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 1940 Issue 'Warships at Work' Booklet If you like military ships and lots of facts and figures then you will love this booklet, it has 144 pages of information and a small selection of diagrams on the ships of the time, comes in good but used condition.
WW2 1942 Dated In The Field Medics Webbing Pack For its age this medics bag is in wonderful condition, it has been stamped with the broad arrow mark with H27 on either side and above this the date of 1942. The top flap has a hand painted medics red cross and on the back the straps have been reconfigured to suit a medic, rather than a back pack. all original and a scarce piece of WW2 kit.
WW2 1st and 6th Airborne Division Cloth Patch. A genuine WW2 issue, the winged Pegasus worn by the Airborne divisions. This one in is very good order with just two small whole in the cloth. It is a little scruffy around the edge, probably where it has been taken from a uniform. Now getting rare, these original screen printed patches are becoming very hard to obtain. This one isn’t perfect, but a good original badge.
WW2 1st Army Divisional Cloth Badge, used from 1939 this is the sign for the 1st army corps HQ, it is made of woven silk, a cut single but un-used and in perfect condition.
WW2 21st Army Group Cloth Formation Patch Below is some information on the 21st army group, the badge comes in good unused condition. The 21st Army Group was a World War II British headquarters formation, in command of two field armies and other supporting units, consisting primarily of the British Second Army and the First Canadian Army. Established in London during July 1943, under the command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), it was assigned to Operation Overlord, the Western Allied invasion of Europe, and was an important Allied force in the European Theatre. The 21st Army Group operated in Northern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany from June 1944 until the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, after which it was redesignated the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR).
WW2 22nd Dragoons Cap Badge. The 22nd Dragoons was a war raised unit form in the December of 1940 and disbanded in the November of 1945. They formed part of the 30th Armoured Brigade were re-equipped with Sherman Crab Flail Tanks and modified M4 Sherman tanks. This badge comes in excellent original condition and has a good even dark tone. Ref. Y18
WW2 47th (London) Infantry Division Cloth Badge. WW2 issue embroidered silk formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress. This one is for the 47th (London) Infantry Division. It shows a bow and bells, the Bow Bells of London which still reside in the ‎St Mary Le Bow, Cheapside. This was originally the 2nd London Division, it was reorganised as the 47th Division on 21 November 1940. On 1 September 1944 it was reformed as 47th Infantry (Reserve) Division It is in excellent original condition but it has been used and taken from a uniform.
WW2 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division Badge. WW2 issue embroidered cloth formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress. This one is for the 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division. The Red Rose of Lancashire with a double set of five leaves representing the double five of 55. It comes in excellent but used condition, a little scruffy at the edges where it was taken from a uniform.
WW2 8th Anti-Aircraft Division Badge. WW2 issue silk embroidered cloth formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress. This one is for the 8th Anti-Aircraft Division which was located in South Wales and the West of England. It comes in excellent original but used condition, a little scruffy top and bottom where it has been taken off a uniform.
WW2 8th Army Territorial Group to Tank Regiment. A wonderful Second World War group comprising of the 1939-45 star, the Africa star with the 8th Army Clasp, the France and Germany Star, the Defence medal, the 1939-45 War medal and the Territorial Efficiency medal correctly named to 5771652. Corporal. H. L. Wilson. Royal Tank Regiment; the medals comes with Corporal Wilson’s black beret with badge and plume. Not much is known about this man as this lot came from a house clearance from a deceased estate, but the Regiment's numerous units took part in countless battles in World War II, including the Battle of Dunkirk, El Alamein and D-Day; this is a wonderful lot for research, the Territorial medal named to Royal Tanks is rare and the beret is just a wonderful addition to this group
WW2 8th Punjab Officers Insignia. Here we have a very scarce lot of insignia all from the 8th Punjab regiment. There are 2 Lieutenants shoulder slides, complete with pips and titles, both for a warm weather jacket or shirt. A single brass shoulder title and 4 brass buttons. Items such as this are extremely hard to find. During the Second World War the 8th Punjab Regiment again distinguished itself, suffering more than 4500 casualties. It was awarded two Victoria Crosses to Havildar Parkash Singh and Sepoy Kamal Ram in Italy, besides numerous other gallantry awards. The regiment raised a further nine battalions. Two of its battalions, the 1st and 7th, were captured on Singapore Island, when the British Commonwealth Army surrendered there to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Four battalions fought in the Burma Campaign, while others saw service in Iraq, Iran, Italy, French Indochina and the Dutch East Indies. All of the insignia you see here comes in good but used condition.
WW2 Admiralty Pattern 6 Anti- Submarine Stopwatch Second World War period Admiralty pattern 6 stopwatch by Waltham U.S.A. The timepiece was used in anti-submarine operations in conjunction with 'ASDIC' or Allied Submarine Detection Investigation Committee equipment and measured the range of an enemy submarine with the assistance of ultrasonic echo sounding equipment on board ship. This is a six second stopwatch with the face graduated in hundreds of yards up to 5000 yards. The operator would measure the time interval between the 'ping' fired through the water from the ship and the 'ping' when it bounced off the submarine and back to the ship, the distance would be read with the stopwatch. This one comes in good working condition and the back is marked with a large broad arrow and ‘U1389’. It comes as I found it, in an old jewelers case.
WW2 Aeroplane Recognition Tests Booklet – What is it? This is part five of the issue testing the knowledge of identifying aircraft in flight, a small soft cover booklet in fair condition, some rusting from the centre staple otherwise ok.
WW2 Africa Star with North Africa Bar. WW2 Africa Star with the North Africa 1942–43 bar still attached; this bar was mainly awarded to the Royal Navy inshore patrols and merchant navy. Both medal and bar are in perfect condition, the star has been sewn to the ribbon and it has obviously been cut from a group.
WW2 Africa Star, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 Air Raid Precautions Handbook – Protection Against Gas Dated 1939 this second edition booklet bought privately by the ARP wardens covers the subject of gas attack on civilians. Comes in very good but thumbed condition.
WW2 Aircraft and Raid Spotter's Notebook An interesting little hard cover book used by many a small boy to identify both German and British fighting aircraft, includes a small section for hand written notes (not used). Comes in good but thumbed condition.
WW2 American Aircraft Climb & Roll Gauge. An interesting WW2 US bomber cockpit instrument to measure the climb, dive and roll of the aircraft. This one is in good working condition and it is has a small makers plaque near the top. please see pictures for all markings and labels.
WW2 Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge. A good quality all white metal glengarry badge. It comes with its original woollen tartan backing and in lovely original condition. A lovely example.
WW2 Army Trade Badge – Range Finder. WW2 era cloth trade sleeve badge, ‘R’ for a range finder or range taker. It comes in very good but used condition and has been taken from a uniform.
WW2 Belgian Red Cross Blood Order. A superb medal made of enamelled gilt metal, a high class Belgian Red Cross decoration awarded to nurses and Doctors during both the great war and world war two. This one comes in near mint condition and in, what looks to be its original box of issue.
WW2 Book 'Bristol Bombed' – 170 Raid Pictures Issued in 1943 to commemorate the air raid bombings of Bristol during 1940-41 showing photo's of streets and buildings in varying states of devastation. A fascinating read if you have connections to Bristol. A large sized soft cover book with 48 pages,comes in good but used condition.
WW2 Brass ARP Bell Dated 1944 This brass base and wood handle bell is stamped ARP around the top rim with 44 on the opposite side, it comes in good condition, the metal clanger is present, the wood may have been painted at some stage but is mostly back to bare wood now and the metal stud at the top is discoloured. It stands 10 inches high.
WW2 Brass Modal of a Spitfire. A large cast brass modal of a Spitfire or Hurricane, weather it was made during WW2 or after it is hard to say, but the quality is very good, it just needs a good clean, as it is now quite dirty. It measures 5 inches high with a wingspan of 10 inches.
WW2 British & German Monoplanes Identification Booklets Two second edition booklets issued in 1942 to identify both British and German aircraft, a good comprehensive read. Both come in very good but used condition.
WW2 British Army 54th Division Silk Patch A super gold thread on silk cloth patch for the British 54th division, comes in very good condition and measures 2.5 inches x 2.
WW2 British Army Leather Jerkin. The Army Leather Jerkin, used through WW2 and into the 1950’s and issued to many different regiments during that time. Most commonly used my Military Motorcycle dispatch riders. This one is in lovely original condition, the leather is still supple and clean and inside the blanket lining. It has couple of small scuffs on the outside due to use, but nothing that could be considered as damage. It is stamped inside with a date of 8-3-55. In black, but this is probably a later issue date, as this jerkin was made in the WW2 era. By the 1955 date these jerkins were made in Rexine. Measures; 42 inch chest.
WW2 British Army Water Bottle. Army water bottle covered with green drab wool material and in its buff webbing sling. It comes in pretty much mint condition and looks untouched and never used.
WW2 British Expeditionary Force Cloth Badge A very good all original WW2 sewn cloth B.E.F. Badge, black stitching on a dull brown background and still attached to a piece of army uniform, comes in very good but used condition.
WW2 British Union Flyer, this one leans heavily on ending the war with Germany for the sake of our British troops. Published by the British Union or the British fascist party headed by Oswald Mosley, please see pictures for content. A few of these were recently found in the back of an old book, maybe to hide them or to just keep them flat, but it has preserved them in excellent condition, a rare find.
WW2 Burma Star, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 Cameron Highlanders Glengarry Badge. A good quality white metal Glengarry badge which still retains its original woollen tartan backing. It comes in excellent original condition and measures 2.25 inches in diameter.
WW2 Canadian General Service Badge, numbered on reverse for 212850 Private William Edward Spackman of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and Westminster Regiment (machine gun). Comes with copies of his service papers which show Spackman enlisted on 22nd December 1939 and served until 16th August 1945, he enlisted with the Westminster rifles machine guns and served in the UK. He was entitled to the 1939-45 France and Germany stars, defence and Canadian volunteer service medal with overseas clasp and 1939-45 war medals. The badge comes in superb condition and is the enamelled copper variety which were the early issue the later version were sterling silver.
WW2 Dated 1940 J. Hudson ARP Whistle and Lanyard A good quality white metal ARP whistle dated 1940 to the front and made by J. Hudson & Co Birmingham.Comes in very good condition just needs a clean and complete with a lanyard,
WW2 Dated 1940 SRD Gallon Rum Ration Gallon Stoneware Jug This large sized SRD rum ration stoneware jug is dated on the bottom for 1940 and was made by Pearson & Co of Chesterfield, a legacy from the Great War soldiers still received a measure of rum per day, below is a brief description for the term SRD. The jug comes in very good condition, no chips or cracks, a bit of wear to the top rim and an occasional splash of paint, stands 13 inches high and is heavy, please note shipping on this piece will be £9.95 and international buyers please get in touch first before purchasing for an accurate shipping quote. There is considerable debate as to just what the "SRD" stands for.  In the "Dictionary of Military Abbreviations: British - Empire - Commonwealth" by B.K.C. Scott, "SRD" is listed as "Service Rum Diluted". These crocks date from WWI and were probably in use until the beginning of WWII.  Unofficially, the "SRD" also stood for "Soon Runs Dry" and "Seldom Reaches Destination".
WW2 Dated 1943 Mk III Military Officers Field Compass Made from blackened brass and marked to the back with I think the makers mark of E.A.O (which I have not been able to trace) NoB252325 the broad arrow mark and 1943 MkIII. Comes in working condition, the case shows signs of much use and the paint is missing down to the brass in places.
WW2 Dated Folding Wire Cutters. A good pair of WW2 dated wire cutters, issued to the British army by various manufactures. This pair come in good working condition and nicely patinated. It measures 13.5 inches fully extended and ready to use. 10 inches when folded down. I have only a few on offer at this price, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
WW2 Defence Medal & Effects to Deadman Essex Home Guard. An interesting collection of items taken from a recent house clearance. It comprises of the WW2 Defence medal in box of issue named to R. J. Deadman form Colchester Essex. The ‘R’ corrected on the box. Home Guard buttonhole badge A/F. Essex regiment cap badge, a bullion cloth blazer pocket badge and WW1 medal bar for a trio. Home Guard shoulder title, scarce white embroidered on red woollen felt type. Two letters addressed to a Miss Winch. A very interesting bunch of photographs featuring the recipient and the men of the Essex home guard. And a Home Guard Training Course booklet. These private purchase training booklets are scarce, some are rare, not sure about this one, but it includes instruction in all aspects of army training. A super lot in need of research, it looks like Mr Deadman served during the First World War, perhaps with the Essex regiment
WW2 Defence Medal to Mrs Ruby King. An unusual award to Mrs Ruby King nee Vince for service as a Clerk with the Ministry of War Transport. The Defence medal comes in its original named and addressed box of issue with various other pieces of paperwork including the Ministry of War Transport Official Secrets act, which she had to sign. An interesting little lot to a woman.
WW2 Defence Medal, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 East Suffolk Air Raid Warden’s Insignia. This lot comprises of the Civil defence breast badge with kings crown, and a set of shoulder badges all original embroidered yellow on black cloth. All three items here come in very good but used condition, a little rough around the edges where the badges have been taken from a uniform.
WW2 Era 'The Welch' Sweetheart Badge A simple bar badge for the 'Welch' regiment, made from brass and enamels, complete with the motto 'ich dien', comes in very good condition and measures just under two inches long.
WW2 Era 1st Searchlight Regiment R.A. Commemorative Aluminium Ashtray. An unusual aluminium ashtray made for the 1st searchlight regiment royal artillery later the 7th searchlight battery R.A, below is a brief history for the regiment but far more is available online. Strangely the ashtray is made by a German manufacturer Otto Fuchs and also below is some info on the German company who were one of the first companies to work with aluminium. It comes in very good condition with just some light surface wear, it measures 5 inches in diameter. The 1st Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery was an air defence unit of the British Army from 1920 until 1954. Originally formed in the Royal Engineers (RE), it was transferred to the Royal Artillery (RA) at the start of World War II. It fought with distinction in the defence of Calais during the Battle of France, in which it was virtually destroyed. Reformed, it helped to protect the cities of South Wales from the Luftwaffe during The Blitz, and later defended the South Coast of England against Fighter bomber and V-1 flying bomb attacks. It went to North West Europe to defend Antwerp during the final stages of the war, and served in the Gibraltar garrison postwar. OTTO FUCHS was one of the first small-medium sized companies in Germany during the 1930's to work with a key material of the future: aluminium. Initially, simple aluminium mouldings were manufactured on existing spindle presses. These were also supplied to the rapidly growing aviation industry.
WW2 Era 20mm Anti Aircraft Shell – Dated 1941 The 20 mm automatic cannon first saw service during World War 1 but achieved its peak of success in World War 2, mainly as an aircraft and short-range anti-aircraft weapon, but also in some light armoured vehicles and small naval craft. This example is marked to the base 20mm 1941 R.C. Comes in inert and good condition, stands 5.5 inches high.
WW2 Era 22nd Dragoons Cap Badge A good WW2 era brass cap badge for this cavalry regiment that became armoured during the war, in good condition and nicely toned. Ref. V20
WW2 Era 27th Lancers Cap Badge A fine bi-metal badge authorised in December 1940 which was used until 1948, this one is in superb condition with slight wear to the elephants head. Ref. U21
WW2 Era Aeroplane Dimmer Switch? I haven’t been able to identify this switch accurately so my best guess is a dimmer switch, it is marked with the broad arrow with 'Ref No 6A/1763 Ser.189-45' below, there is a large on/off switch to the left and a knob which turns for night or day setting, it would electrically connect on the right hand side. Measures 5 inches long with fittings and appears to be in very good condition.
WW2 Era Air Ground Assault Paratroopers Badge. A beautiful quality badge that was issued to Luftwaffe personnel in recognition of combat action in the front lines on the ground, as opposed to action in the air. The criteria for earning the award consisted of being engaged in combat for a minimum of 3 days, actions could include defending an air base, launching assaults on enemy positions etc. This one is in perfect untouched condition and comes in its original box of issue. A superb piece. Ref. GW21
WW2 Era Air Ministry Wood Box for Electrical Switch This is a wooden WW2 Air Ministry storage box for part No 5D/1176 which I think was an electrical armaments switch. It is marked to the front with the air ministry mark and the reference number with 'box transit for switch box selector bases'. Comes in good but used condition and is grubby, it measures 8.5 x 5 inches.
WW2 Era Air Training Corps Insignia Three items of insignia for the Air Training Corps, consisting of: a white metal cap badge, a cloth shoulder title and a white metal button. All come in excellent condition.
WW2 Era Aircraft Recognition 'Friend or Foe?' Booklet A 1940 dated revised part one edition booklet for aircraft recognition subtitled 'friend or foe?' identifying British and German fighters and bombers. 64 pages long and comes in good but well thumbed condition.
WW2 Era Aluminium Slab Petrol Lighter This aluminium petrol lighter has been well decorated on both sides, one side has a Grecian style scene of an urn with flowers and foliage, the other side has a repeat of the leaves with an engraved cartouche at the bottom with the initial HJN. It comes in good order, needs a clean and with a flint and petrol would most likely still work. It measures 2.75 inches long.
WW2 Era Auxiliary Fire Service Town Shoulder Titles, quite a scarce find, I have just bought a small collection of AFS memorabilia. This pair of cloth shoulder titles were used in the county of Leicestershire and they are in excellent condition, but they have been worn and taken from a uniform at some point.
WW2 Era Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Reg Cap Badge. This badge was used from 1919, Hertfordshire was paired with Bedfordshire on this white metal badge in recognition of all the Hertford men who served on the Bedford regiment during the great war. It was used until the late 1950’s when it was merged with the Essex regiment forming the 3rd East Anglian Regiment. This one is a cast badge and has been well used and shows wear, these cast badges were made in India and North Africa during the war, when replacements were hard to come by. Cast badges, have at last become recognised, they were once thought to be cheap reproductions and not the wonderful pieces of wartime history, which they are. Ref, V24
WW2 Era Blackout Bike, Car or Street Lamp These lights were used during WWII on small vehicles and to mark the street for traffic flow when there were blackouts. This example finished in green has an orange glass to diffuse the lights strength, it has no makers mark and comes in good condition, the glass is present but crackled, not sure if this is normal or has happened over time, it stands 5 inches high.
WW2 Era Booklet The Magnetic Compass Published in 1942 the booklet covers the magnetic compass and how to use it, includes a handy pull out diagram of the compass. Comes in good condition, some wear to the corners, 16 pages long.
WW2 Era Brass & Enamel Service Corps Sweetheart Badge on Wishbone A super quality WW1 era sweetheart badge for the Royal Army Service corps, this example being mounted on a wishbone a symbol considered lucky, constructed from brass and good quality enamel work it comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
WW2 Era British War Relief Society Bookmark The British War Relief Society (BWRS) was a US-based humanitarian umbrella organisation dealing with the supply of non-military aid such as food, clothes, medical supplies and financial aid to people in Great Britain during the early years of the Second World War. The organisation acted as the administrative hub and central receiving depot for items donated from other charities which were then parceled out to its affiliate organizations in the US and to Britain. This example comes in excellent condition and measures 4.5 inches long.
WW2 Era Canadian Saskatoon Light Infantry Cap Badge WW2 Era White Metal Canadian Saskatoon Light Infantry Cap Badge. The Saskatoon Light Infantry was formed in 1924 and saw service during WW2 in Sicily and North West Europe. This well detailed white metal badge comes in superb condition, it has the makers name of Foden Bros on the reverse. Measures 1.5 inches long.
WW2 Era Canadian Saskatoon Light Infantry Cap Badge A very good condition white metal badge for the Canadian Saskatoon light infantry, this style of badge came into effect in 1924 and was used throughout the second world war, it is marked on the back with an 'R' for Roden Bros. It comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
WW2 Era Cased Gap Measuring Equipment No 2 I had one of these previously and I'm sure it was marked for the RAF, this one has the broad arrow to the front with the maker of HN&B London under, it is clearly called 'a gap measuring equipment' and appears to measure accurately the distance between two fixed points. It comes in a purpose made wood box the lid being the instrument, within the box is the extendable tripod legs which screw into the lid. The piece comes in excellent condition with only minor use. It is a heavy piece measuring 14 inches square, international buyers please get in touch for an accurate shipping quote before purchasing. Thanks.
WW2 Era Cast Metal Fighter / Bomber Plane Made I assume as a kids toy this cast metal fighter / bomber plane is quite heavy and not really practical as a toy but I bet the kid that owned it was made up! Comes in good but used condition with a little rust here and there, measures 6.5 inches long.
WW2 Era Cloth Five Year Service Stripes Badge One stripe issued for each year of service this WW2 era cloth badge comes in very good condition with only light signs of use.
WW2 Era Control Commission Germany Cloth Badge & Brass Cap Badge After the defeat of Germany in 1945, a Control Commission was set up to support the Military Government, which was in place at that time. The Military Government was gradually phased out and the Control Commission took over the role of 'Local Government'.  It was responsible for Public Safety, Health, Transport, Housing and Intelligence. The forward HQ was in Cumberland House, Berlin.  Recruits had to be over 21 and were recruited from, Civil Servants the Foreign Office and demobbed Military Personnel. Here e have to very good examples of the insignia, a cloth badge and a brass cap badge. Both items come in very good condition, the cloth badge has been taken from a uniform and the cap badge, although used it is in perfect condition.
WW2 era Davidson Medal – Dorsetshire Regiment. A large solid bronze medallion given as some kind of award to a member of the Dorset Regiment, on the obverse is the regiment’s crest etc and on the reverse can be found the regiment’s battle honours. It measures 2 inches in diameter and comes in perfect condition.
WW2 Era Elastolin German Made Toy Soldiers Elastolin was a trademark used by the German company O&M Hausser for the toy soldiers and other types of figures it manufactured from composite material and later from plastic. These two German soldier figures are made from an early plastic and have the name Elastolin impressed on the base. Production was halted during the war and post war they were not aloud to produce military figures other than historic examples. They measure nearly 3 inches high and are in fair condition, one has a broken gun and a partial break in his middle.
WW2 era Field Wound Dressing. Still sealed and un-used, a great item for the re-enactors kit bag; it comes in perfect order.
WW2 Era German 25 Year Faithful Service Cross. The silver civil cross awarded for 25 years of faithful service to German public services. This one comes in very good original condition, a little dirty in places but no major damage; it also comes on its original ribbon.
WW2 Era German Army Belt Buckle. A good early steel Heer belt buckle. Typical with the Wehrmacht eagle surrounded by the motto “GOTT MIT UNS” meaning “God With Us”. It is a good example but it has seen some rust, as the front of the buckle is pitted. The back of the buckle is less so and you can see what remains of the original grey paint, which is hard to find even on a buckle in very good condition. Not mint but full of history.
WW2 era German Army Cap Eagle. The typical light white metal or aluminium cap badge; worn above the wreath and cockade on the Heer or army forage cap. This one comes in very good un-touched condition, it has been issued and worn on a cap, so it has the odd fault, one of which is, it is missing one of the pins on the back, it does show its age and comes patinated to an even mid grey colour, but all in all a superb original example.
WW2 Era German Army NCO’s Forage Cap. A lovely untouched WW2 era cap worn by a non-commissioned officer of the Nazi German Army. This one has been issued and worn, so it shows wear and a little ‘in the field’ repair. It has also had a little moth damage over the years, but this is not too bad, but please see detailed photos. It still retains all its original insignia and leather strap. The inside of the cap is excellent and it still has the original maker’s label, lining protector and leather sweat band which has not perished. It is not in mint condition, but you can be sure it was worn and used in the field. A very good quality cap which displays beautifully.
WW2 Era German Army Officers Dagger. By Eickhorn. A very fine early dagger by Eickhorn. Superb quality piece of the mid 1930’s. it has beautiful deep orange grip with an oak leaf embellished pommel. The cross guard has wonderful detail to the eagle’s head, wings and body. The blade is very good, typical Eickhorn quality and well marked with their logo and, what is possibly a retailer mark, which reads; Gebr Meyer, Münster. Münster is a small city in northern Germany. The blade is clean and free from any rust or pitting. The scabbard, again is wonderful quality, with the normal two rings for the hanger. This is the only part that has any damage, in the way of two shallow dents to the back and one even smaller to the front. Apart from that, this dagger is in al round excellent condition and it still retains all of its plating. Please see pictures. It measures 15.75 inches. Ship to UK only. Proof of age required on purchase.
WW2 Era German Book – Gliding Conquers the World The author of this book written in 1941 was Georg Brutting who was a war correspondent and pilot, his first love was obviously flying and he wrote this book to cover the history of the glider plane. All in German with a series of photos, comes in very good condition.
WW2 Era German Coastal Artillery Badge & Epaulette. A good pair of items which came together, a mid war coastal artillery badge by Schwerin of Berlin, this is in very good condition apart from the pin is missing from the back. It shows a little wear to the surface, but nothing that would be described of damage. This is accompanied by a same period coastal artillery uniform Epaulette or shoulder board. Again, this has been used and shows light wear, but remains in very good order. A great set of war time German insignia which is mounted on card for display.
WW2 Era German Entrenching Tool. A very good example of a German K9 E-Tool. It is in very good condition, the wooden shaft has no damage and has a lovely patination, the metal spade is also in excellent condition with no rust and it is well marked at the top with bat brand. It measures 21.5 inches long.
WW2 era German General Assault Badge. A nice example of the wartime white metal Badge, awarded to personnel of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS who participated in three infantry assaults on three different occasions in the front line including hand to hand combat. This one has a raised makers mark on the back of ‘PA’ my makers marks book says this is an unknown maker, but you probably know different. It comes in good original condition but it has been worn and polished in its time, so the high points on the badge are quite smooth. It has a steel pin on the back, this has had some rust damage over the years, but still a good sturdy pin. a very good quality used example.
WW2 Era German Infantry Assault Badge. This is a beautiful quality hollow back badge in white metal or silver class; the condition is wonderful, a little dirty on the back and the front is toned, but all in all a first class example. Ref. 18031
WW2 era German Iron Cross 2nd Class. A super example of the WW2 EKII, it is the typical three part construction, a silver frame with a solid iron core. It appears to be unmarked so probably a late war issue. It comes in excellent original un-touched condition, it is a little dirty and could dowith a light clean, it also comes with an original ribbon bar for the uniform. Ref. 16579
WW2 era German Iron Cross 2nd Class. A nice example of the EKII, it is the typical three part construction with a solid iron core. It was awarded as a gallantry or meritorious service in the Nazi German armed forces. It is in very good condition over all, only just showing is a light rust bloom in the corners of the iron core, it comes with replacement silver suspender ring and ribbon and with a light clean, it will come up a treat
WW2 Era German Luftschutz Merit Medal The Luftschutz was a civil defence force who served multiple purposes, from fighting fires, air raid warning and clearing debris resulting from bombing raids. This is the second class medal made of a zinc alloy; it could have been awarded for bravery in the Reichluftschutzbund and was awarded to members of the Luftschutz but also to factory guards, fire fighters, police ect. The recipient did however had to have served for four years. It was worn on the left breast pocket. This one comes in excellent original condition
WW2 era German Luftwaffe Epaulette. A nice example complete with the retaining strap, in very good but used condition.
WW2 Era German M38 Luftschutz Helmet. A lovely example of the gladiator style civil defence helmet, untouched and totally original, including front gold decal, original paint, leather liner and what is really nice about this one is, it still retains its original Air Ministry approved decal on the inside back rim, this is nice to find. In is also stamped on the inside back rim with ‘RL2. 39/30’, plus someone’s name is written inside, but this needs a good set of eyes to work it out as it is very faint. The condition is very good, it has some small areas of paint loss here and there and a few shallow dents to the crown. But a wonderful helmet that hasn’t been messed about with or restored in any way. The Luftschutz was formed in 1932 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband or German Air Protection League, was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian areas, shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the National Ministry of Aviation, under the control of Hermann Göring. In April 1933 the Deutscher Luftschutzverband was renamed ‘RLB’, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, The National Air Raid Protection League and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organisation until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced.
WW2 Era German Obergefreiter’s Stripes. WW2 German sleeve rank stripes for a Kriegsmarine Obergefreiter, or senior lance corporal. An interesting piece of insignia in very good but used condition. it measures 3.5 x 3 inches
WW2 era German Officers Cap Wreath. A beautiful quality bullion wire cap wreath complete with the metal cockade. It comes in lovely original condition, showing just very slight wear but no damage. These seldom come up in this condition.
WW2 Era German Officers Forage Cap Chin Strap. Woven bullion wire chin strap worn on a German army officers forage cap. This one comes in near mint condition and it was still wrapped in its original tissue paper. Please see pictures.
WW2 Era German RAD Sleeve Badge. Unused. A large German Labour Corps or Reichsarbeitsdienst sleeve badge. It is made from a light white metal, probably aluminum, in the design of the RAD logo, a spade head with ear of wheat each side. This one is an unfinished piece, it hasn’t been painted and has had no pins ever fixed to the back. Quite a rare find. It comes in excellent original condition, obviously it hasn’t been used. A nice big piece for the cabinet, measuring 3 x 2.5 inches.
WW2 Era German Reichstag Pin. an interesting pin showing the front of the Reichstag building, it was severely damaged by fire in 1933, it was much used for propaganda presentations before and during the war, this little pin comes in excellent order.
WW2 era German Short Dress Bayonet. A good quality 1939 pattern dress or walking out bayonet, this is the shorter of the dress variants of the KS98 Mauser Bayonet, nickel plated steel parts, bird head pommel with black composite grips. This one is in very good original condition; some of the plating is worn but made by a very good German manufacturer. It measures 13.5 inches inches long and comes with its original 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.
WW2 era German Sleeve Chevrons. WW2 era Chevrons as worn by an Obergefreiter or Lance Corporal of the Luftwaffe; I have two of these up for grabs, they are not a true pair so I am selling them singly, if put on a uniform, you probably couldn’t tell there is any difference, but side by side, it is quite obvious; both are in very good original condition. As with all my items, these are guaranteed original. Priced each.
WW2 Era German Workers Arbeitsbuch Book Issued during the mid 1930's and in one location has a stamp for Nurenberg in 1935, this was a machine worker whose name sadly I cant make sense of, the book however is in excellent condition.
WW2 era German Workers Arbeitsbuch. An interesting late war workers book, dates run from 1945 to 47 and include English or US entry’s such as ‘538th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company (Tank)’ , well worth a little research, please see pictures for other entry’s.
WW2 era German Workers Token for Howalts Work Joint Stock Company, it is in very good condition, it has a hole at the 12 o clock position for a length of cord so it could be worn around the neck. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
WW2 Era Green Howards Brass Shoulder Slide/ 1st Infantry Division Unusual original WW2 era shoulder slide for the Green Howards, the cloth slide is made from a khaki material, attached to this on a green material background is a brass Green Howards badge, above this is the cloth formation patch for the 1st infantry division. The Green Howards were in the middle east, Egypt and Cyprus which would tie in with the khaki material. Comes in very good but used condition.
WW2 Era H.M. Coastguards Brass Badge & Insignia A scarce set consisting of a brass badge and two sewn sleeve insignia for the H.M. Coastguard, all come in very good condition.
WW2 era Highland Light Infantry Glengarry Badge. A super quality white metal badge which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. P4
WW2 Era HLI Glengarry Badge. A good quality White metal glengarry badge of the Highland Light Infantry. It comes with its original backing Tartan cloth and in excellent condition. This badge was used up until 1959 when with much opposition, it was merged with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Ref. X23
WW2 Era Home Guard Button Hole Badge Made from a white metal and worn in the lapel of civilian clothing this Home Guard badge is in very good condition, it measures just over one inch long.
WW2 Era Home Guard Proficiency Badge – Bradford A super condition white metal and blue enamel Home Guard proficiency badge for Bradford, marked to the back for Fattorini also from Bradford. Comes in very good condition just some light staining which will probably clean, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
WW2 Era Home Office Issue ARP Triangular Bandage Issued by the Home Office air raid precautions department this original triangular bandage was made by S. Maw and sons ltd. Comes in excellent condition.
WW2 era Infantry Assault Badge – Silver Class. A very good mid war 2nd class Infantry assault badge, it was awarded to Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during World War II who had achieved the following criteria; To have taken part in three or more infantry assaults. To have taken part in three or more infantry counter-attacks. To have taken part in three or more armed reconnaissance operations. To have engaged in hand-to-hand combat in an assault position. To have participated on three separate days in the restitution of combat positions. This one is in very good untouched condition, it shows very little wear although all of the silver wash is heavily toned. It still retains its original pin on the reverse, which is also in very good order. A wonderful example of this badge.
WW2 era Infantry Assault Badge – Silver Class. A very good mid war 2nd class Infantry assault badge, it was awarded to Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during World War II who had achieved the following criteria; To have taken part in three or more infantry assaults. To have taken part in three or more infantry counter-attacks. To have taken part in three or more armed reconnaissance operations. To have engaged in hand-to-hand combat in an assault position. To have participated on three separate days in the restitution of combat positions. This one is in very good condition and nicely toned, the pin and catch are perfect. A very good quality badge. Ref. 18621 All of my German items come with a money back guarantee on authenticity, (terms and conditions apply) so buy with confidence, there are no repro’s in this category.
WW2 Era Iron Cross (EKII) by Carl Poellath. A good WW2 era Iron Cross 2nd class or the Eisernes Kreuz II. This one has a good makers mark on the suspender ring of 84 for Carl Poellath of Schrobenhausen. The manufacturer, Carl Poellath started out life as a needle & button maker during the late 18th century. Carl Poellath himself developed a new method to produce articles by die press, which were previously manufactured by casting. This opened his world to a whole new era of manufacturing goods, such as belt buckles, collar hooks and meddalions, plus a line of religious items, rosaries and holy pictures. Carl Poellath died in 1834 and the factory was taken over by his son-in-law and the business remained in the same family until 1907 when it was bought by George Greiner, but keeping its original name. During WW1 the firm was first granted a contract by the Bavarian national government and made observer and pilot badges, discerning itself with the quality of enamel work. After the war, they were granted with the order to make the medals for the 1936 Olympics and during the war, not only did they make a number of different medals and awards, including, the mothers cross, the west wall medal and Iron crosses but also a range of small arms. This EKII is in lovely original condition, a few blemishes to the iron core and dark toning in hard to reach areas, but a super example by an interesting maker. It comes suspended on its original silk ribbon. Please also see the Industry medal set by the same maker.
WW2 era Italian Officers Cross Belt & Pouch. A magnificent piece of WW2 Italian uniform, this is a senior officers cross belt as worn by all very high ranking officers and even the King and Crown Prince prior and during the 2nd world war. It comprises a leather cross belt covered with gold bullion to the front, backed with black silk velvet; the belt has silver fittings, two large mock buckles decorated in the rococo style, a large white metal eagle which has two chains suspended from his feet leading to a silver shields with two ornamental prickers, the shield displaying the silver gilt cypher for King Victor Emmanuel III. The belt connects to a black leather pouch with silver fittings, this too displaying a large ornate white metal eagle. This piece, comes in excellent condition, minor wear and most of the silver metal is nicely toned; some of the silver parts are marked 800 very discreetly other parts I cannot find a mark, such as on the eagles, all of the silver is hollow, that is, it is not a solid block of silver but a pressed out design, especially the pieces decorated with repousse work; all of the latter factors are explained by WW2 era production. A wonderful historic piece which displays beautifully.
WW2 era Japanese China Incident War Medal. Awarded from 1937 to Japan’s surrender in 1945 for service in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This one is in lovely original condition, apart from the ribbon being a little dirty, it is perfect, still showing most of its original luster after nearly eighty years.
WW2 Era Kershaw MkII Military Issue Binoculars Used by the British infantry throughout the war the Kershaw binocular was a well respected brand, they are marked by the bottom lenses with the broad arrow mark and have 'bino prism No2 MkII x6' by one lense and 'graticules 1/2o apart Kershaw'. The optics are clear and focusable, they have a cloth neck cord and come in their original leather carry case. They have had a life and there are a few marks on the metal but nothing to bad and the case is worn with the front closure strap broken.
WW2 era Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Insignia. 5 pieces of metal insignia for the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, a pair of shoulder titles, a pair of collar dogs and cap badge all in excellent original condition, the cap badge is fitted with a slider on the back which is stamped with a makers details.
WW2 Era Kriegsmarine Navy Gunners Badge A single small German naval Gunners badge worn on the shoulder board or epaulette. It is made of the zinc allow used by the Kriegsmarine during this period. The condition is good, it is quite a rare little badge, however both pins are missing from the back, these were very fine pins and were usually damaged when being removed from the epaulette. It measures 1.25 inches high.
WW2 Era Leather Irvin Flying Jacket A super vintage leather and lambs wool lined flying jacket in true Irvin style, there are no labels on the jacket so I cant say for sure it is an Irvin issue but the style and quality is spot on. The condition is good, it has had a life and there are a few areas of damage some wear and a hole to one of the pockets, but remember this is a 70 year old jacket. Size wise it should fit up to a 40 / 42 inch chest' it is heavy and is really warm to wear.
WW2 Era Manchester Regiment Officers Insignia A good set of WW2 era officers insignia for the Manchester regiment, consists of a pair of cloth shoulder titles, a white metal cap badge made by Firmin of London and a pair of white metal collar dogs with their back plates. Everything comes in very good but used condition.
WW2 Era Military Marked First Aid Tin Poss ARP A good sized black finish first aid tin possibly ARP or used in vehicles, it is stamped with the broad arrow to the front and 'outfit, first-aid, general, large'. Comes in very good condition and measures 10.5 inches x 8.25.
WW2 Era Military Marked Milliamperes Meter A WW2 era most likely RAF D.C. Milliamperes meter, marked with the broad arrow on the face, brown Bakelite case, mounting panel and wiring on back, comes in good condition, one small crack to the case where it looks like it has been over tightened.
WW2 Era Military Marked Oldham Torch WW2 Era Military Marked Oldham Type Torch I have seen this style of military torch being described by other dealers as possibly a divers torch or used by the ARP, I cant see that it would be waterproof so ARP is possible or simply army issue. It is marked around the lense with Oldham & Sons Ltd Denton MCHR TD3A, below the button for switching on is the broad arrow mark and 5A/4190. Comes in good condition with signs of use and measures 11 inches long. It is heavy and may contain batteries, the lense cap has a screw holding it in place, this will need to be removed to access the inside, please take care when opening.
WW2 Era Military Police Cap Badge. A very good quality all brass badge with King George VI cypher, it is in very good original condition with slight wear to the surface. Ref. N24
WW2 Era Military Style Automatic Wrist Watch. A 1940’s Automatic, Water Resistant, Antimagnetic, Incabloc military wrist watch, this one has an off-white face with both a 12 and 24 hour dial. It has luminous hands and 12 hour Arabic numerals and a sweeping second hand. It has a stainless steel case and a good Swiss movement by Rodania. It comes with a vintage black strap which is worn in. the condition is excellent, no damage or scratching to the crystal and it comes in very good working order, although it may require a clean and a service at some point in the future. This is an automatic watch, so it doesn’t require winding, it self-winds with movement while it is being worn, but the hands adjusts the usual way. a quality watch, ready to wear. Sorry, I can’t guarantee any watch, clock or timepiece for sale on this site, due to the many delicate moving parts which they contain, they are very susceptible to misuse and heavy handling. I have sold watches and timepieces for over twenty years, with very few returns, so buy with confidence, but all a purchases are at the buyers risk only.
WW2 Era Navy Binoculars by Barr & Stroud A good pair of Navy binoculars made by Barr & Stroud of Glasgow and London, they have the broad arrow mark crudely melted into the barrels, from examples I have seen this would have been flooded with yellow paint but this is long since gone. They have really excellent optics, they are clear and focus well, two buttons below the optics switch both lenses over to yellow filters to prevent sun glare. They have had a life and the outer case has divots and scuffs all over. A large pair measuring 9.25 inches long.
WW2 era Nazi Police Cap Eagle A superb early alloy badge showing stunning detail, unfortunately it has lost both pins on the back, which is probably why it is in such good condition, it probably lost its pins when it was quite new. A wonderful clean badge original badge in excellent condition.
WW2 Era Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge A quality all brass badge showing some wear to the front but original lustre on the back. Ref. U17
WW2 Era Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge. All brass badge, slider marked J R Gaunt London, in excellent condition. Ref. O4
WW2 Era Northamptonshire Yeomanry Cap Badge A lovely quality badge issued from around 1937 mostly in white metal, this one is in brass wartime issue, comes in perfect condition, lightly toned. Ref. U14
WW2 Era Northamptonshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A good quality white metal badge worn by the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Territorial Army. It was used from 1939 to 1956. This a lovely old badge which has just a little wear to the surface and a nice soft patina; but on the whole, it’s in very good order. Ref. V25
WW2 Era Notts and Derby Sherwood Foresters Sweetheart Brooch Superb quality decorative sweetheart brooch for the Notts and Derby Sherwood Foresters regiment, made from white metal and gilt with a simple pin fitting on the back, comes in very good condition and measures just over one inch long.
WW2 Era Officers Cap Wreath. A really nice war time bullion cap wreath from an army officers cap, it is in good order, obviously some little wear to the bullion wire, the back has evidence that it was one stuck into a collectors album.
WW2 era Officers Combat Military Wrist Watch. WW2 Officers private purchase wrist watch by Combat, and is ‘antimagnetic and unbreakable main spring’, so it says. It has a black dial with luminous hands and Arabic numerals and a sweeping second hand. It comes in good working condition but may need a clean and a service in the future. It comes on a new black leather military strap and is ready to wear. Sorry, I can’t guarantee any watch or clock for sale on this site, due to the many delicate moving parts which they contain, they are very susceptible to misuse and heavy handling. I have sold watches and time pieces for over twenty years, with very few returns, but all a purchases are at the buyers risk only.
WW2 Era Officers Swagger Stick Royal Army Medical Corps This is a scarce swagger stick belonging to an officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps, the head with a good clear badge is a white metal, flexible bamboo cane with a brass finial, comes in good but used condition and the metal could do with a polish, it measures 26.25 inches long.
WW2 Era Original Italian 141st Regiment Cloth Badge An original used Italian cloth patch for the 141st regiment which originated from Cantanzaro in Italy, comes still sewn to uniform material and with what looks like residue glue, good but used condition.
WW2 era Panzer Trooper’s M43 Field Cap. A WW2 winter black Panzer M43 field / Ski cap. Made of a woollen material, now quite worn with a sewn on badge. The wear is conducive of age with no moth damage. The buttons which would have been silvered are now just brass as all of the silvering has worn away and the brass surface has a nice even tone. An excellent example of this type of cap, again, not mint but it has been issued and worn. It is a smaller size, but it will display very well.
WW2 Era Photograph RAF No61 Operational Training Unit An official Air Ministry issue photograph showing members from the No 61 Operational training unit, this unit was formed in June 1941 at RAF Heston just outside of London but they also worked from RAF Redwall and Montford Bridge both in Shropshire, the unit was specifically training in single seat fighter pilot rolls and included training in Spitfires. This photograph is dated April 1946 on the reverse and shows 10 members of the unit named above and below. Top and bottom edge of photo has been cut otherwise very good condition, measures 8 inches x 5.5.
WW2 Era Quarter Master Sergeant Sleeve Badge A good quality all brass badge with Kings crown, could be WW1 but more likely WW2 issue, comes in good condition but showing wear to the high detail. Ref: T5
WW2 Era RAF Belt A good quality WW2 era RAF belt with brass buckle, comes in very good but used condition and measures 41 inches long.
WW2 era RAF Flight Quarter Master Wing. Padded wing for a Royal Air Force flight Quarter Master, a nice original badge but unissued so in perfect condition.
WW2 Era RAF Fund Raising Miniature Spitfire Badge Made by the convalescing injured RAF personnel during the war to be sold to raise funds for the RAF, I have had these in the past and they are generally made from low grade metals, basically anything they could lay their hands on, this one however is slightly bigger than normal and made from a good quality white metal, measures 3cm long and comes in excellent condition.
WW2 Era RAF Humerous Book 'Pilot officer Prunes Progress' Part of a series of books written by Anthony Armstrong and illustrated by Raff, this series of books poked gentle fun at the various military types encountered by the author and illustrator and were very popular in their time. This one is entitled 'pilot officer Prunes progress', it comes in good but used condition, the cover being quite worn.
WW2 Era RAF Leaflet Dropped in Germany 1943 – Happy Italians This strangley quite colourful leaflet was dropped by the RAF in 1943 over Germany to show the German people how the Italians were doing under the British occupancy having changed sides and probably recommending their surrender. Six individual scenes of Italians mixing with and getting on with the British military. Comes in very good condition and is just under A4 in size.
WW2 era RASC Badge Set. A complete metal badge set for the Royal Army Service Corps; the set includes; the cap badge and collar dogs with George VI cypher and a pair of shoulder titles, all five pieces in brass. The condition on the whole is very good, however they have been issued and worn, so there is slight wear to the badges. One collar dog has a small piece missing from the crown missing, just due to wear. A great original set.
WW2 era Rifle Brigade Cap Badge, a good quality white metal badge which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. L19
WW2 Era Royal Air Force Association Ladies Cigarette Case A nice quality WW2 era ladies cigarette case with the badge for the RAFA on the front, stamped 'Tallent made in England' inside and finished to look like gold, comes in its original leather outer case, shows signs of light use and is of a decent size measuring 3.25 inches x 3, catch and hinge work very well.
WW2 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Sterling Sweetheart Brooch A super quality sterling silver sweetheart brooch for the Royal Army Medical Corps, very crisp and detailed, comes in great condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Army Ordinance Corps Sweetheart Badge A pretty badge constructed from a round mother-of-pearl type disc at the rear with a brass and enamel badge for the RAOC to the centre, comes in very good condition just some discolouration to the disc on the edges, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
WW2 Era Royal Army Ordinance Corps Sweetheart Brooch A lovely quality sweetheart brooch for the RAOC, made from brass and enamels and fixed to a mother-of-pearl style disc, comes in super condition and measures one inch in diameter.
WW2 Era Royal Army Ordnance Corps Silver Sweetheart Badge A super quality sweetheart badge for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the pin on the back of the badge has a full set of hallmarks the body of the badge is not marked but tests as .925 sterling silver. Comes in very good condition but could do with a clean, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Artillery Sweetheart Badge by Gaunt A simple yet decorative little sweetheart badge for the Royal Artillery, made from brass and blue enamel it has the badge and the motto for the RA, marked to the back for J. R. Gaunt of London. Comes in excellent condition and measures one inch long.
WW2 Era Royal Engineers Officers Badge. A super George V RE officers badge in bronze, this one has some wear but has mellowed to a lovely chocolate colour tone. Ref. S6
WW2 Era Royal Engineers Officers Swagger Stick A very high quality white metal and bamboo cane officers swagger stick for the Royal Engineers, the badge at the top includes the George VI cypher. The condition is just superb and it measures 27.5 inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Engineers Stiff Leather Dispatch Satchel A super and unusual piece constructed from a stiff brown leather, inside are two sections for documents and to the outside the badge for the Royal Engineers along with a brass King's crown. For its age it is in remarkable condition, there is some wear to the leather on the edges and some scuffs but the strap is present and in good order, it measures 10 inches long x 9 deep.
WW2 Era Royal Navy Anti Submarine CWC Stopwatch An interesting time piece used by the Navy to detect the distance of submarines, it was used in anti-submarine operations in conjunction with 'ASDIC' (the allied submarine detection investigation committee) equipment and measures the range of an enemy submarine with the assistance of ultrasonic echo sounding equipment on board ship, the operator would measure the time interval between the 'ping' fired through the water from the ship and the 'ping' when it bounced off the sub and back to the ship, the distance would then be read with the stop watch. This example which comes in perfect working order is housed in a black rubber protective outer case with a loop for hanging around the neck, it has a couple of light scratches on the face and the outer case shows wear. A good clean example.
WW2 Era Royal Navy Sweetheart Badge A good quality brass and enamel sweetheart badge for the Royal Navy, comes in good condition with some wear to the enamel, measures one inch across.
WW2 era Royal Norfolk Veterans Badge. A gilt metal and enamel badge with buttonhole back. Made by Fattorini of Birmingham and in perfect condition.
WW2 Era Royal Observer Corps White Metal & Enamel Badge A good quality badge for the Royal Observer corps dating from the WW2 era, it is made from a white metal with enamel, comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.75 inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Scots Glengarry Badge. A quality badge in good but used condition, this one still retains its original red felt backing. Ref. O22
WW2 Era Royal Signals Cap Badge A WW2 issue bi-metal badge which comes in good but used condition. Ref: T14
WW2 Era Royal Sussex Regiment Sweetheart Brooch Made from white metal and enamelled in blue and red this pretty sweet brooch comes in good condition but could do with a clean, measures 1.75 inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Warwickshires Lucky Horseshoe Sweetheart Brooch A super quality brass and enamel sweetheart badge for the Royal Warwickshires, the emblem for the regiment is surrounded by a lucky horseshoe, no makers mark and comes in very good condition, it measures one inch long.
WW2 Era Royal Welch Fusiliers Sweetheart Bar Brooch A very good quality WW2 era sweetheart bar brooch for the Royal Welch Fusiliers, made from Sterling silver and a blue enamel, it is marked Sterling on the bar; it comes in super condition and measures two inches long.
WW2 Era Royal Welsh Fusiliers Cap Badge A good bi-metal badge which has been issued and used so it shows some wear but still comes in very good condition. Ref. V12
WW2 Era Salvation Army Naval Military and Air Force League badge A super badge issued by the Salvation army for the Naval military and Air Force league (which changed its name in 1947 to the Red Shield services league). Made from brass and enamels it comes in very good condition just some minor wear around the jump ring area. It measures one inch long. WAS £9
WW2 Era Service Corps Cloth Shoulder Flashes A good pair of shoulder flashes for the Royal Army Service Corps, they come in good but used condition.
WW2 Era Silk Cap Tally H.M.S. Condor HMS Condor was first established in 1938 as a Fleet Air Arm facility and was also known as RNAS Arbroath, from 1971 it was known as RM Condor. The Condor barracks date from 1940 with HMS Condor being used as No 2 observers school, a deck landing training school and a Naval air signals school. In October 1940 the base suffered attack by Lufwaffe Heinkel and Dornier bombers. A nice silk tally in good but slightly faded condition.
WW2 Era Silk Handkerchief – Free French and Allies An interesting WW2 era silk hankie typically displaying 'souvenir de France' with the flags of Britain and the USA but also including the free French flag to the middle, above this is F.F.L. For the 'Forces Francais Libres'. Comes in very good condition and measures 9 inches square.
WW2 Era Silver & Enamel Royal Artillery Sweetheart Badge A pretty well made sweetheart badge for the Royal Artillery, marked to the back 'silver' and finished with coloured enamels, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.75 inches long.
WW2 Era Silver & Enamel Royal Navy Sweetheart Badge A pretty well made sweetheart badge for the Royal Navy, marked to the back 'silver' and finished with coloured enamels, it comes in very good condition and measures 2 inches long.
WW2 Era Slab Petrol Lighter I think this is a military based slab petrol lighter but I have not been able to find the crest on the front, there is a shield with a dog on top, above this B.S.D. And the number 37 above. The lighter is unmarked but complete and in good condition.
WW2 Era Social Welfare Cross 2nd Class. A beautiful quality award in gilt and enamel issued to civilian and military alike, this one comes in near mint condition and in its original case of issue, a superb piece. Ref. GW18
WW2 Era St Johns Ambulance Badge and Year Service Bars A WW2 Era Copper coloured badge for the St Johns Ambulance service with year bars for 1941/42/43/45/46 and issued to 485698 William P. Tingley. The 1941 year bar is copper and the rest are in brass. Comes in very good condition just a mark on the front of the 1942 bar.
WW2 Era Super Quality Pair of Khaki Spats These are a really well made good quality pair of spats, dating from the WW2 era they are made from a high quality wool and maybe American in origin, they have no makers mark and come in very good but used condition.
WW2 Era Sweetheart Badge Hampshire Regiment A super brass and enamel badge for the Hampshire regiment, comes in good condition just some wear on the high points and measures one inch long.
WW2 Era Sweetheart Badge – Merchant Marines A super quality white metal and enamel sweetheart badge for the Merchant Navy, comes in very good condition and measures one inch across.
WW2 Era Sweetheart Badge – Royal Army Ordinance Corps A super quality brass and enamel sweetheart badge for the RAOC, comes in very good condition just some very light wear to the enamel in the centre, measures over one inch long.
WW2 Era Sweetheart Badge – Royal Army Service Corps A pretty brass and enamel badge mounted on a mother-of-pearl disc for the RASC, comes in very good condition, some light wear to the enamel and measures just under one inch in diameter.
WW2 Era Sweetheart Badge – Royal Engineers A pretty little button sweetheart badge made from brass and enamel for the RE, comes in good condition, a small loss to the red enamel in the centre and measures .75 of an inch long.
WW2 Era The Cameronians Pipers Badge. A superb quality large white metal badge for the first battalion, used from 1921 to 1968, this one is in excellent original condition and a beast of a badge. Ref. O5
WW2 Era Trench Art Tobacco Box – Kings Shropshire Light Infantry A good order WW1 tobacco box, well made and having a badge for the KSLI to the top with the initials FN on either side, these must have been for the owner of the box. It was formally silver plated but most of the plate has worn back to the base brass, you can still see evidence of it mainly on the sides. Comes in great condition and measures 2.75 inches long. Was £22
WW2 Era US Army Air Force Headquarters Washington Cloth Patch This is the silk cloth patch worn on the uniform of the men and women serving at the headquarters in Washington DC of the army air force. it comes in good but used condition.
WW2 Era US Silver Marksman's Badge with Submachine Gun Clasp An interesting WW2 issue United States marksman's badge,these badges were issued in Sterling silver but are not marked as such, this style of badge denotes an 'expert' one who has achieved the higher score when tested, in this case with a submachine gun, hence the additional clasp. It measures 1.5 inches long including the clasp and comes in excellent condition.
WW2 Era USA Navy Officers Cap Badge A really super quality and condition cap badge very well marked on the back with Vanguard NY v20-10k G.F, the eagle and shield I am sure are Sterling silver but it is not marked and the crossed anchors have been gilded. Measures 1.25 inches long and has a pin on the back.
WW2 Era Utility Knife. A small vintage utility kife, which has a leather banded grip with an aluminium pommel and small brass cross guard. A good quality steel blade which has seen a lot of use. It comes with its original scabbard, which has seen better days. An old knife, well used and looking for a retirement home. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only.
WW2 Era War Art German Brass V1 Doodlebug & Ashtray This is a super hand made piece consisting of a turned Oak base set with a cut out brass leaf for the ashtray and a solid brass good representation of a WW2 German V1 Doodlebug, the piece measures 9 inches long on the base and comes in super condition, the V1 sits on a thread fitting which has come loose but this allows you to angle the bomb in any direction you prefer.
WW2 Era War Art RAF Sweetheart Ring A simple ring made from aluminium, decorated on the shoulders with an engraving of flowers and then set with a copper RAF badge. Must have been made by a serviceman for his sweetheart, I think he made it to big and then had to reduce the size down as there is a repair weld to the bottom of the shank. Comes in a small size and in fair condition.
WW2 Era White Meta National Fire Service Cap Badge A well made white metal and red enamel cap badge for the national Fire Service, no makers mark and comes in very good condition, measures just under two inches long.
WW2 Era Wiltshire Regiment Officers Insignia. A good little set of insignia all relating to a Major in the Wiltshire regiment. This lot comprises of a pair of gold bullion shoulder boards with a single crown, superb quality gilt metal cap badge and a pair of sterling silver and gilt metal collar dogs. The collar dogs and cap badge are in perfect condition, the sterling silver parts have been tested as .925. The pair of shoulder boards are also in excellent condition, however they are a little toned and have a little wear. A beautiful lot for display, would look great in a nice mount and framed.
WW2 Era Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) Cap Badge The iconic badge of the Green Howards in all white metal and Kings crown, this one in good condition but well used. Ref. U16
WW2 Era “Two Types” by JON Comic Book. ‘The Two Types’ first appeared in the ‘Eighth Army News’ during WW2 then made available to the troops in their own comic book, such as this one. The antics of the two upper class British army officers. This edition comes in good condition, at some point it has been folded in the middle, probably to fit in some tommy’s kit bag, but it has no other damage and no pages missing. It’s interesting to see what our boys at the front were laughing at.
WW2 Formation Cloth Badges for the Eastern Command A good original un-used and still joined pair of formation badges for the Eastern Command. The defiant Bulldog. Eastern Command’s wartime HQ was at Luton, its territory covered East Anglia and the central Midlands Counties. Badges come in fantastic un-used condition.
WW2 France and Germany Star, original WW2 issue that comes in excellent condition and nicely toned. Most original WW2 Medals kept in stock.
WW2 French Adrian Helmet. The French Adrian Helmet was used through both world wars, introduced to the French troops in 1915, one of the first metal helmets to be used in the trenches, I believe. Its effects were immediate, it instantly saved masses of French soldier’s lives and later in the war, other countries also used the design. But this helmet is a WW2 issue. The interesting thing about it is, it still retains all of its original paint, including the white stripes around the sides and over the comb. This needs some research to determine its meaning. The liner is missing from the inside, but most of the liner retaining pins are still present. The helmet badge is also missing, these are now reproduced and are in abundance on the internet. Overall in very good condition, a good base for restoration.
WW2 French Anti-Nazi Propaganda Pop Up. This is a rare little piece of WW2 ephemera, publish by the Free French, it shows how Hitler’s occupation of France, was taking the hard earned food and wine from the French people, and putting it in the fat bellies of his army’s. What makes this piece even more unusual it comes in ‘pop up’ form, giving it a 3D effect; amazingly it has survived in good condition, it isn’t mint but it is still in a very collectable grade with no rips or tears or fading.
WW2 General Service Cap Badge, this is the scarcer late war plastic or Bakelite issue and it is in perfect condition. Ref. P25.
WW2 German 1943 Dated Pony Fur Covered Backpack Known as the M34 tornister pack this example has a clear date of 1943 impressed into the leather on the back. Below is a brief description of the construction of the packs. This bag is very well made and tough in its construction, it shows signs of use but all of the leather straps appear to be complete and in good order. It measures roughly 16 inches x 13 and is double flapped. The design for the 1934 model "Pony Skin" back pack was fashioned after the late 1800's Prussian and early 1900s Reichswehr packs with minor variations. This pack was constructed from a water resistant canvas material in olive drab with khaki colored linen interior and a 2 tone cow hide flap. The flap features a large interior pocket that's secured with a single dished zinc button. Complete with all of the original blackened leather belts and strap. The steel hardware is finished with a field gray enamel paint.
WW2 German Aluminium Dog Tag Usually this style of dog tag consists of a sheet of metal perforated through the middle with details of the soldier repeated on two halves the principle being should the soldier be killed one half of the tag is snapped off for identification purposes and the other half remains with the body. This tag is different in that it only has one block of info over the front of the tag, annoyingly the perforations are of centre and they pass through the lie which would give the mans regiment. I can tell you that this belonged to Carl Fischer of Hamburg who was born 18-3-11. Jr batt Ldw etc. Comes in fair condition, slightly folded and slightly corroded but still readable.
WW2 German Aluminium I.D. Tag – Motorised Wireless Operator A wonderful example of a W2 German ID Tag, it took a bit of working out and I think it is as follows, the disc is stamped with, 257 Lv. Nachr. Kp. (mot) 2/9, 257 is the mans service number, Lv stands for 'amplifier' Nachr is I believe abbreviated for nachrichten 'news' mot for motorised and 2/9KP for 2nd 9th company, so all in a motorised wireless operator, let me know if you think differently. Comes in excellent condition with no sign of corrosion and it comes on its original green neck cord.
WW2 German Army Drivers Badge. A cracking badge made from white metal with a cloth backing; this one comes in unissued perfect condition and still retaining its original paper backing, a superb example.
WW2 German Army Signaller’s Sleeve Badge. WW2 German trade badge, made of green woollen felt with white silk embroidery of a lightning style arrow; worn by a signaller on the sleeve of his uniform. It comes in very good but used condition and measures 2 x 1.75 inches.
WW2 German Army Water Bottle & Carrier. These are getting hard to find now; this one is a typical WW2 era German army issued water bottle, but what makes this one nice is it still has its original carrying harness attached with its clip hook attached to the screw lid, as well as its original woollen felt cover. Also this one is really nicely marked; it has the RZM stamp and the production date of 16 /3 /1936. The condition is very good, no dents or splits to the aluminium bottle, there is just some old moth damage to the felt cover, luckily this is mainly under the leather harness, so it isn’t that obvious. A great piece for anyone who is putting together a set of WW2 German Kit.
WW2 German Black Wound Badge WW2 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 is in excellent condition with just a little rusting to and area at the bottom of the badge and light rusting to the back.
WW2 German Black Wound Badge WW2 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 the early war issue, made of blackened brass. It has got some wear to the high points but in general it is in excellent example.
WW2 German Day Badge/Tinnie 1936-37 Winter Help Fund A nice white metal tinnie depicting a man with shovel, marked WHW 1936/37 Gau Essen, issued for winter work helpers, marked to the back with R. Sieper & sohne ludensheid. Comes in super condition.
WW2 German Death Card This one maybe a civilian casualty card as I cant identify a regiment or rank, the use of the word 'Obermuller' roughly translates as 'chief miller' and I can work out that the man Anton Hirschauer died on the 24th Feb 1944 possibly in a 'hostile' (maybe air) raid and before the completion of …...(cant translate word) at the age of 43. Comes in super condition.
WW2 German Divers Proficiency Badge Silver Grade. A WW2 era white metal German Divers Proficiency Badge, second class silver grade. These were wornby all brances of the german forces, it would of originally had a cloth backing, the colour of the cloth denoted which branch of the armed forces, blue for Luftwaffe, grey / green for the army, black for SS and so on. This one is an superb example, in lovely original condition with a good even patina, not too dark. It also still retains both pins on the back. A good finishing touch to that uniform.
WW2 German Double Sided Linen Swastika Flag Centre This piece was probably brought back after the war and is made up from the Swastikas from the centre of full sized flag. It double sided and has been sewn around the four edges; thee is a little old moth damage here and there the worst fault is in one corner. Please see pictures. Apart from that it is in really good condition and it would make a fabulous back drop in a cabinet or a framed display. it measures 18 inches square.
WW2 German General Assault Badge – Silver Class. WW2 era General Assault badge, awarded to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS, Combat Engineers, as well as members of the Artillery, Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Tank who supported infantry units in combat. It could also be awarded to medical personnel attending to battlefield casualties in close to combat conditions. Also to units such as the Ordnungspolizei or Order Police who supported an infantry attack but were not part of specific infantry units and therefore did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge. This one is in silver class but made of a zinc alloy with a thick silver wash. It is on very good condition with some wear to the high points; these areas have a dark tone, but around 80% of the silver wash still remains in good order. This is an unmarked example and has a needle pin on the back, which would pin point this to a late war time production. A good reasonably priced example.
WW2 German Hand Held Rally Flag on Pole A well made WW2 Era German flag mounted on a small flag pole and used either at a rally hand held to wave or to be sighted to show allegiance. The central Swastika has been screen printed onto the white circle and this is sewn to the red background, this is repeated on both sides. It comes in good but a bit grubby condition and measures 9 inches x 7.5 on the flag and the pole is 18 inches long.
WW2 German Infantry Assault Badge & Miniature. A very good example of a WW2 era Infantry Assault badge in silver class. The condition of this full size badge is very good, although most of the silver was has now gone from the front of the badge and it can only be seen in places on the back. It has a good clear makers mark on the back under the pin for Hermann Aurich of Dresden. Aurich was a good all round maker of medals and battle badges, his Chancellery number was 113 which appears mainly on medals. He produced good quality nice crisp badges, as this one shows. It comes with an original miniature pin of the Infantry Assault badge, this is also in very good original condition. Both items are in a fitted case, I am sure this is not the original case of issue, but a period case none the less and it all displays beautifully.
WW2 German Iron Cross 2nd Class. A superb example of the EKII, which comes on its original silk ribbon. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in very good original condition with just a little wear to the iron centre and the silver needs a light clean
WW2 German Iron Cross 2nd Class. Scarce Maker. A good WW2 era EKII, as you can see in the pictures, it has had a bit of a life. The silver is in very good condition but the iron core is pitted and it looks like it has got wet at some time. The suspender is perfect and has a good scarce maker’s mark of ‘128’ for S.Jablonski of Posen in western Prussia. It has its full length of original ribbon still intact, this is in very good order, just a little dirty. It is interesting to note that the region of Posen was originally a part of Poland but after the Napoleonic, Franco Prussian and great war, the region changed countries many times, half of the region being populated by Pols the other by Germans. In 1939 the territory was annexed by Nazi Germany and made part of Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia and Reichsgau Wartheland but by the time World War II ended in May 1945, it had been overrun by the Red Army. So it is likely Jablonski didn't want to be German, let alone make German medals, he probably had no choice in the matter as he was a good craftsman. Remember; all my items come with a money back guarantee of authenticity, this is a genuine badge as described above. Terms and conditions apply.
WW2 German Iron Cross in Original Packet. A beautiful example of EKII which comes in near mint condition with just a tiny little rust bloom in one of the corners, it comes in its original paper packet with a full length of unused silk ribbon.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge A superb WW2 tomb-back Auxiliary Cruiser Badge. Awarded to officers and men of the Kriegsmarine, for service on Auxiliary Cruisers or their supply ships for a successful long voyage and their contribution in harassing and sinking Allied merchant ships. The German Auxiliary Cruisers were credited with sinking roughly 800,000 tons of Allied shipping during the war, and the badge was awarded from April 1941. This one comes in excellent original condition. it retains all of its original gilt finish, although it is toned in small areas. The catch on the back is undamaged and it has a wonderful broad metal pin, which is also in very good order. A cracking example of this badge you will not find better for the money.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Destroyer Badge by Schwerin. A superb WW2 German Naval Destroyer Battle badge. Awarded to officers and crew for service on Kriegsmarine destroyers. It was also awarded to the crews of Kriegsmarine torpedo boats and fast attack craft until the institution of the Fast Attack Craft War Badge. This one is in excellent original condition, the front still retains all of its original gilt and silver finish and good detail with very little wear to the ship in the centre. The back still retains its original broad pin, and in very good order as well as the small hanging hook at the top. It has a very good makers mark for Schwerin of Berlin, (please see pictures) a very good maker of superior quality pieces. This is a wonderful example of this genuine WW2 issue, and as with all my items, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee of authenticity.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge 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 good, slight corrosion to the front, but it still retains some of its original gilt finish. It has a good needle pin on the back with a good strong hinge; the hook catch, to me looks repaired, but this could be me just trying to find fault. All in all still a good example of this badge.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Officers Breast Eagle. Officer’s cloth breast eagle, made from yellow silk embroidered on to black wool felt backing. In lovely original condition, edges not cut, but it does look like it has been taken from a uniform. It measures; 4.25 inches wide.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Officers Dagger Pommel. A WW2 German Naval officers dagger pommel. The German naval eagle holding a wreathed swastika in its claws. It is made of gilt brass, nearly all of the original gilt is still present. Weather this was ever on a dagger or not, I do not know, if the condition is anything to go by, this may have been just an oddment that got out of the manufacturers. A really lovely thing, beautiful quality and a great asset to any cabinet.
WW2 German Krim Campaign Shield. Awarded for the German advance through the Crimean peninsula between the autumn of 1941 and the summer of 1942. To commemorate the hostilities that ended with the German capture of Sevastopol on 4 July 1942 the Crimea Shield was created for all members of the armed forces under area commander Field Marshal Erich von Manstein who, had served in the area for at least 90 days. If wounded while serving in the area, or had been engaged in at least one major operation against the enemy. This one is a great example of this shield, it comes in excellent original condition, however the four pins from the back have all broken off and are missing. It is obvious that this has been taken off a uniform; the black wool backing is a little scruffy around the edges through use. The front of the shield still has wonderful detail and it has a lovely even tone with just slight wear to the high points.
WW2 German Luftwaffe 7th Anti-Aircraft Shoulder Strap. A Luftwaffe Flak or anti-aircraft personnel uniform shoulder strap; it comes in excellent condition although the bottom strap which attaches to the uniform has now come adrift, but still present, please see pictures for details. A great piece for the artillery collector.
WW2 German Luftwaffe Belt Buckle by Friedrich Keller A superb WW2 Luftwaffe Aluminium belt buckle marked FKO for Friedrich Keller of Oberstein. The buckle is in lovely original condition, the front of the buckle shows very little wear. Its only fault is the belt prong roller is a little bent and the steel pin that runs through it is a little rusty. I’m sure this could be easily persuaded back into shape. A very good example for any collection.
WW2 German Luftwaffe Officers Cap Eagle. A lovely WW2 era white metal Luftwaffe officers Cap eagle. It comes in wonderful condition, the front shows very little wear and it still shows very good detail. The back still has one original pin intact and another which has been replaced, probably in the day. A superb quality early wartime example.
WW2 German Memorial Death Card Anton Brandl Translating these cards is not easy, I think that this guy Anton Brandl was a 'technical' driver based in Pec Albania, he was killed 13th August 1944 in a bombing raid but by who I'm not sure and is buried in Pec. He was a holder of the war merit cross second class and the winter campaign medal.His card comes in fair condition.
WW2 German Oberschutze Rank Pip. An embroidered badge, white silk onto a field grey wool backing. A really nice piece of insignia from around the start of the WW2 era, worn by the senior or first private. It measures 2.25 inches in diameter.
WW2 German Pencil, HB grade pencil, an odd little collectable but a great item for the kit bag, as you can see, it has never been used.
WW2 German Plastic Day Badge with Swastikas A strange little badge, made from a yellow plastic the front having been painted gold showing 4 swastikas within four cross shapes, the back is well marked with, 'Obermollern, KR. Weissenfels goldbrakteat UM 600 Thuringisch'. Comes in very good condition some wear to the gold showing the yellow through on the high points, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
WW2 German Propaganda Leaflet '6 year Preparation for war' This kind of item of ephemera was never designed to survive so its always a pleasure to be able to present one for sale. This leaflet was sent to the German troops, it is double sided, one side is entitled '6 year preparation for war' and the other 'Goebbels tells the truth'. The condition is not great, lots of creases and some stains but it is legible.
WW2 German Silver Nazi Rune Ring Dated 1944 This interesting ring is made from a silver shank with a large deep disc of silver for the top, this has been engraved with the Nazi ss symbol to the front with 1944 over the top and bottom, this engraving was home made and is quite lightly done so that over the years the engraving has worn a bit. Other than the wear to the engraving the ring is in excellent condition and would fit a small to medium sized finger.
WW2 German Soldiers Death Card – Franz Xaver Weindl Franz Xaver Weindl was a driver in an infantry regiment, he was the son of a postman from Pfarrkirchen and had been awarded the East medal, he died following a bad injury on 25th November 1942 aged 19 in a field hospital at the eastern front in Russia. Comes in good condition with some surface wear.
WW2 German Soldiers Death Card – Martin Erbinger A very basic translation of this card suggests that the recipient was known as Martin Erbinger a native of Pischellsdorf, a young soldier who died on 24th July 1942 in his 2oth year in a workcamp at the Eastern front. Comes in good condition with slight wear on the edges.
WW2 German Soldiers Poems Songbook & Bookmark This little songbook is entitled 'flags and journeys' and is a lyric book for soldiers poems and a bands performance in March 1944 held in Berlin, the inside cover has been signed and dated and it even comes with its original bookmark. 32 pages in very good condition.
WW2 German Staff Sergeant Death Card Hans Haimerl was a Staff Sergeant and platoon leader in a light infantry regiment and was killed in action on March 18th 1943 in Russia, he is buried in Gubino-Spas in Russia. Card comes in super condition.
WW2 German Stamped Envelope, Hand Written Letter & Photo Sent to Frau Clara Engel in April 1943 this two page letter could say anything! but it probably relates to the photograph that was inside. the photo shows wounded soldier and a nurse outside a hospital. a soldier was probably writing home to say he was ok and on the mend. The envelope has a 12 pfennig stamp with the head of Hitler. Comes in very good condition.
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.
WW2 German Wehrpass & Medal – French Captive in 1945 This WW2 German Wehrpass covers the service of Eugen Schmaelzle, tucked into the back was a seperate piece of paper that shows that Eugen was a captive of the French at the end of the war, at the start of the war he was a machinist with the post office and continued with communications during his service. Eugen did his national service during 1934/35 and reached the rank of Gefreiter, during his war service he was a 'unterofficier' or under officer, this rank covered up to sergeant. He saw service in Belgium, North France and Norway and by September 1945 was under the control of the French army and was given this discharge certificate. With the paperwork is his war merit cross with swords 2nd class, this has been mounted with a button on the back so it could be worn, the award is confirmed on page 23 of the Wehrpass. A great lot detailing one mans service and award, comes in good condition.
WW2 German Workers Arbeitsfront DAF Identity Book The German labour front or DAF was a national socialist trade union, its members were required to carry identity books and to make regular contributions, this book has a good number of stamps dating from 1940 to 1943, unfortunately I cant read the name of the owner. It comes in very good condition, some light wear to the outer cover.
WW2 German Workers Party Book The owner of this workers party book (cant work out his name) had connections to the party as early as 1934 and has attendance stamps up to 1939, he was employed with a civil engineering company and was probably in a reserved occupation throughout the war. The book comes in good condition the outside showing signs of wear.
WW2 Green Webbing Bayonet Frog, for the No 4 bayonet,
WW2 Group to Hampshire Regiment – KIA Italy. An interesting Second World War group awarded to 5513400 Private Charles Alfred Barrett of the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment. The medals comprise of the 1939 Star, the Africa Star, The Italy Star and the 1939-45 War Medal. This lot is also accompanied by two pieces of original documentation confirming him going missing and his death and his commonwealth war graves certificate. Charles Barrett was a veteran of Operation Torch in North Africa and the Italy Campaign so he must have joined up in 1942 at the age of 18. He was serving in the same battalion when Major Le Patourel was awarded a Victoria Cross at Tebourba, where the second battalion was out flanked and were attacked by an enemy force four times its size, fierce hand to hand combat ensued. The battalion of 689 men was reduced to just 194. The battalion was completely cut off but managed to escape in small groups avoiding the enemy, after this, they returned to the 128 infantry brigade bound for Italy. On the 9th September 1943 the 128th Infantry Brigade was one of three British brigades that made an assault landing at Salerno in Italy as part of X Corps. The landing was opposed by shore batteries firing shrapnel and beaches heavily fortified by machine gun fire, the re-manned 2nd battalion suffered over 300 casualty’s, fighting carried on for most of that month until the 7th Armoured and the US Airborne arrived to relieve the pressure on a much depleted infantry. It was in the hills above Salerno that Charles Barrett lost his life on the 26th September 1943; he was only 19 years old. He is now remembered with honour at the Salerno War Cemetery. The two original documents included are official letters from the MOD. One is informing his family that Charles had gone missing in North Africa, this was probably when the Battalion split into small groups to escape the enemy who had them completely surrounded; some of the groups found it difficult to find their way back to the division and were very overdue. He obviously did find his way back and went on to serve in the Italy campaign. The other letter is a receipt for his war gratuity which was paid to his Father Mr Alfred Barrett. This was a man who was involved in a lot of action, some fierce and bloody, he must have served in the same action that Major Le Patourel won his VC. This information was extracted from the battalions history records, so a remarkable and brave man for someone so young. This group is well worth further research, as there was a VC won in the 2nd battalion, exact accounts of the battalion’s history exist. All medals are in pretty much mint condition.
WW2 H.M.S. Raleigh Cap Tally H.M.S. Raleigh was commissioned on 9th January 1940 as a landbased training establishment for ordinary seamen at Torpoint Cornwall and is still in operation today. This tally dates from the WW2 era or slightly later, it has been used and the ribbon cut, comes in very good condition.
WW2 Home Front Air Raid Rescue Brodie Helmet. Quite a rare find in such good condition. This WW2 Brodie helmet is finished in Black and marked on the front with R9. These were issued to the Air Raid Rescue teams, this one relates to area 9, where ever that was. All the paint is totally original and it still retains its original liner. And green web strap, the same used by the army. The condition, for this type of helmet is just superb, they were usually tossed in the shed at the end of the war, left to rot. There is very small areas of paint missing, which shows no other colour underneath. This goes to prove it is in its first paint, and never been touched up. The ‘R9’ stencilled to the front is a little faded, and there is a line of something passing through it, continuing around the helmet, I’m sure this will clean off, if required. A great Home Front collectable, getting scarce.
WW2 Home Front Rest Centre Services Badge A nice brass and enamel badge worn by home front workers in the Rest Centre Services providing accommodation to people whose homes had been bombed out and were homeless. No makers mark but comes in super condition with no damage to the enamel and retains its pin. Measures one inch in diameter.
WW2 Home Guard Instruction Booklet. No 51 Part III Battlecraft and Battle Drill – Patrolling. A scarce booklet issued from 1943, it is in excellent condition inside and out.
WW2 Home Guard Instruction Booklet. No 51 Part IV Battlecraft and Battle Drill – Organization of the Home Guard Defence. A scarce booklet issued from 1943, it is in excellent condition inside and out.