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WW1 Military Medal to; Cornwell MGC

A good WW1 MM awarded to 31803 Corporal Horace Cornwall of the 47th Battalion Machine Gun Corps.
Horace Cornwall was born and came from Downham on the Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire. He enlisted into the Suffolk Regiment on 26th November 1915 at the age of 19 and transferred to the MGC on 13th April 1916.
He first entered the theatre of war in France on 30th July 1916 with the 141 coy MGC, part of the 47 (2nd London) division. The division, from the middle of 1916, saw action at the battle of Flers-Courcelette in which the Division captured High Wood, the Battle of the Transloy Ridges and the capture Eaucourt l’Abbaye and the attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt.
In 1917 at Ypres, the battle of Messines, the battle of Pilkem Ridge, the Cambrai Operations, in which the Division captured Bourlon Wood and fought the German counter attacks.
1918; the Battle of St Quentin and the First Battle of Bapaume. On the 1st March 1918 the 141 coy was absorbed into the 47th Battalion MGC in the same division and went on to see action at; the Battle of the Ancre, the Battle of Albert and the Second Battle of Bapaume, all on the Somme, and the operations in Artois, including the official entry into Lille.
The forward units of the Division reached Franses-lez-Buissenal / Moustier, north of Leuze, on 10 November 1918. The next day the Division marched back to Tournai and on 26 November moved on to the Bethune area but it was not selected to join the Army of Occupation. The demobilisation of the Division began and the first parties moved to England 1-10 January 1919. Horace Cornwall, now acting Serjeant was discharged on 16th March 1919.
I do not know what action Horace saw in the above battles, this will take a little research. I am also not sure, when Horace won his MM, his award appeared in the London gazette on 13th March 1919 and he took receipt of the medal on 2nd May 1919. It was either a late 1918 award or a victory award and he receive it, not for one act of bravery but for several acts of distinguished service.
A fabulous medal for research and investment, although many MM’s were awarded to the men of the MGC, this just showed their heroism. It was a dangerous job and to stay at your post under heavy fire or when a whole battalion of the enemy were charging at you, so the MM to members of the MGC were hard to earn.
The medal itself is in wonderful condition, unpolished and it looks like it has never been mounted on a bar. It comes on a large piece of replacement ribbon. also included are copies of his medal index card, service papers, medal roll etc.

Code: 23128Price:

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Scarce 1880 Pattern Brazilian Cavalry Sword.

A Brazilian Cavalry troopers sword of circa 1899,
it has a good slightly curved steel blade, the blade stamped AEC within an inverted triangle. It has a Bowl / Basket hilt stamped with the crest of the republic and Estados Unidos du Brasil/15 de Nov de 1899. The grips are pressed leather scales with three rivets to hold them on. It comes with its original steel scabbard with two hanging rings.
A fine quality sword which is in excellent condition, it only fault is the leather grips are very dry and one side has cracked. This is shrinkage due purely to age, and not what I would really class as damage, as such. Very unusual to find outside of America, something very different for the discerning sword collector.
It measures 39 inches long
Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.

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Early 20thC German Marine Ships Helmet Binnacle Compass

A beautifully made instrument by A Carstens of Hamburg. I do not know a lot about these instruments, but I have found that this type is a brass binnacle ship’s compass of helmet form, enclosing a working liquid compass. The compass is of typical form with cardinal points, set in liquid and set on a gimbaled support, so it stays level even with movement of the ship. It is viewable through a round glass window in the gimbal, and illuminated by a side oil lamp accessible by a hinged brass door. It has a carrying bale handle at the top, but also can be bolted in a stationery position by a flange at the base. This now stands on a wooden plinth.
The condition is excellent and made by one of the top German manufacturers of nautical instruments and supplier to the German and other European (including British) Navy’s from the 19th century through both world wars. It has no damage and the oil burner is also in excellent condition. it has been polished in its life and although still reasonably clean, it hasn’t been polished for quite a few years.
A fantastic piece for display, no matter what your collecting area, it looks great anywhere.
It measures; just under 12 inches high. And 10 inches in diameter at the base.

Code: 23126Price: 245.00 GBP

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Superb 1915 Star Trio to Shelly Norfolk Yeo, MGC, RAF 2nd Lieut.

A scarce and interesting 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 1914/15 star 1722 Private George Alfred Shelley. Norfolk Yeomanry. British War and Victory medal to; 2nd Lieutenant George Alfred Shelley. Royal Air Force. Al so included is, what is believed to be his original Norfolk yeomanry Cap badge.
I haven’t had the opportunity to do much research on this man, just the basic, but from I have done, it appears this man has one hell of a service history being involved in some of the fiercest battles of the war; which I can only wonder in amazement, how this man survived.
When war was declared in august 1914, George enlisted, or it is possible he was already serving in the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry. After training at Woodbridge in Suffolk, the 1st sailed for Gallipoli from Liverpool on SS Olympic on 25th September 1915. On 10th October 1915, they landed at Anzac cove whereupon brigade came under orders of 54th (East Anglian) Division; arriving as reinforcements of the Suvla landings. But the allied commanders has already decided this was a fruitless cause and decided to evacuate the peninsular as conditions grew worse for everyone as the summer heat and poor sanitation resulted in an explosion in the fly population. Eating became extremely difficult as unburied corpses became bloated and putrid. The Allied billets were poorly situated, which caused supply and shelter problems. A dysentery epidemic spread through the Allied trenches at Anzac and Helles.
Evacuation for the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry started on the 15th December and they were sent to join the Eastern and Southern Mounted Brigades and formed the 3rd Dismounted Brigade, on Suez Canal defences. in the July of 1916 they move to join the Western Frontier Force on the coast of the Western dessert of Egypt to fight in the little known Senussi Campaign.
In the summer of 1915, the Ottomans persuaded the Grand Senussi Ahmed Sharif es Senussi to declare jihad, attack British-occupied Egypt from the west and encourage a rebellion in Egypt, to divert British forces from an Ottoman Raid on the Suez Canal from Palestine.
It was at some point here that George was promoted to Lance Corporal in the machine gun section, later transferred to the 209th battalion Machine Gun Corps.
As far as I can tell, George remained here until the regiments return to France in May 1918. He was given a commision in the RFC and became a flight cadet 2nd Lieutenant on 21st June 1918. He trained in England and before the end of the war flew seaplanes, finally qualifying as a Flight Lieutenant on 6th May 1919.
What a history, and I have only grazed the surface. A copy of part of his RAF service papers are included, it looks like part is missing. Also included are copies of his medal index cards, he has two and his London Gazette entry for his commision into the RAF.
The medal trio is in excellent original condition, it has been court mounted for display. It would have been wonderful to talk to this man, I bet he had a story or two to tell of his exploits during the Great War; now a very exciting and worthwhile research project awaits.

Code: 23125Price: 350.00 GBP

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1821 Pattern Artillery Officers Sword by Edward Thurkle

A good Victorian British Artillery officers sword, it has a basket type hilt with a ray skin grip bound with silver wire. The basket is covered with an all over heavy patina, I’ve tried a very small area and this will clean back quite nicely with a little effort, if so wished. The ray skin grip is all there, no rips or tears in the skin and the silver wire is undamaged. It also has what remains of its original sword knot.
It has a good long straight steel blade, which is nicely etched with an Artillery field gun, queens Victoria’s coat of arms, Ubique and ‘Royal Artillery’, as well as various patterns and scrolls. It has the brass proof button on one side and other the maker’s details of; E Thurkle 5 Denmark St. Soho. London.
There is no rust but the blade, once again, could do with a cleaning, I have given one side a light clean and it started to come up beautifully, so it will not take much to get this sword back into top condition.
It comes with its original steel scabbard, this is also in very good order, just a little dirty.
This sword was made for a big chap, it measures just under 43 inches long in its scabbard.
Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.

Code: 23124Price: 220.00 GBP

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WW1 Death Plaque to Isaac Scarffe MGC.

A WW1 death plaque in memorial to 155169 Private Isaac Scarffe of the 49th battalion Machine Gun Corps.
Apart from a copy of his medal index card, commonwealth war graves details, soldiers died in the Great War details etc, no research has been done on this man, so an interesting and worthwhile project awaits.
The 49th battalion Machine Gun Corps formed part of the 16th (Irish) division and from the beginning of 1916, fought in the battle of the Somme, the battle of Guillemont, in which the Division captured the village and the battle of Ginchy. In 1917, the battle of Messines and the battle of Langemark, part of the third battle of Ypres. 1918; the Battle of St Quentin and the battle of Rosieres, on the Somme from May 1918 the 49th battalion MGC was broken up after suffering very heavy casualties in the preceding battles. The 16th division, or what was left of it, was returned to England and reformed, the division returned to France in August, but it had lost virtually all of what remained of its Irish units.
The 16th division suffered the loss of over 28,000 casualties during the war, of which Isaac Scarffe was just one.
Isaac must have landed in France sometime in early 16 with this newly formed unit, the MGC being formed proper in the October of the previous year. Machine guns with a cyclical rate of fire between 450 and 600 rounds per minute, each providing fire power equivalent to forty to sixty ordinary rifles. The British and German armies went to war in 1914 with a machine gun power of around two per battalion, but as the war went on this increased to sixteen to every battalion by the May of 1915. Also the demand for lighter models than the belt fed British Maxim or Vickers, this lead to the issue of the magazine fed Lewis gun, four for each battalion.
The formation of the MGC enabled the heavier Vickers guns to be concentrated on, in order to improve their tactical handling. The MGC initially comprised of Infantry, Cavalry and Motor Machine gun batteries, but later MGC battalions were organised by grouping together three or four such companies. This meant that one battalion with up to 64 Vickers guns were allocated to every infantry division. This made them quite formidable, on countless of occasions, even a limited number of them, proved capable of paralysing attacks by thousands of enemy troops and inflicting terrible losses; this occurring on both sides. This made them a priority target to the enemy and a very dangerous job for any man in a machine gun crew. Some 170,500 officers and men served in the MGC with 62,049 becoming casualties, earning it the nickname ‘the Suicide Club’.
Isaac Scarffe died on 14 October 1918 and he is now remembered with Honour at the Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny.
Delsaux Farm was a point on the German defensive system known as the Beugny-Ytres line, which was reached by Commonwealth troops on 18 March 1917, and passed on the following day. The farm was lost on 23 March 1918 after the gallant defence of Beugny by the 9th Welsh Regiment and their withdrawal, but it was retaken by the 5th Division on 2 September 1918, and on the next day the same division occupied Beugny village. After their advance in March 1918, the Germans made a cemetery (Beugny Military Cemetery No.18) at the cross-roads, and in it buried 103 Commonwealth and 82 German dead. The site was extended in October - November 1918 by the 29th and 46th Casualty Clearing Stations, which came to Delsaux Farm and made the present cemetery. A little later, the German graves of March 1918 were removed and the 103 Commonwealth dead reburied in Plot I, Row J, Plot II, Row A, and Plot III, Rows B, C and D. The rest of the cemetery was made when graves were later brought in from the battlefield. Delsaux Farm Cemetery contains 495 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 61 of the burials are unidentified and 32 others, identified as a whole but not individually, are marked with headstones inscribed "Buried near this spot". The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. (The above details taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commision).
This plaque comes in excellent original condition and looks like it has never been polished. It now has a nice even mid tone.
It has a few spots of glue on the back, which I think indicates it was once housed in a frame.

Code: 23123Price: 95.00 GBP

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Antique Borneo Dayak Head Hunters Mandau Sword.
The Mandau is the traditional weapon of the Dayak of Kalimantan, Indonesia. In the past, the majority of the native people living in the island of Kalimantan, the Dayak, were animists in belief. Perhaps the most striking is their ancient tradition of headhunting practices. And it is also precisely for this purpose that the Dayak used the Mandau.
This one has a horn grip, the base bound with silver colour wire. The victim’s hair which, a piece was kept in the top or pommel of the sword is missing, removed by the last owner, a vacant hole remains. It has a good steel blade with wrought decoration on the top of the blade and near the base on the underside. It has a carved wood scabbard bound with grass, the top covered with animal fur.
It comes in excellent condition, the grip has a good patina and the scabbard has no chips or knocks. I do not know also about these swords, but my research shows, this one seems a very good example.
It measures 29 inches long.
Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.

Code: 23122Price: 125.00 GBP

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Superb Trench Art Cannon Made From Shrapnel.

This is one of the best pieces of trench are I have ever seen. It is not made from shell brass or spent bullets, but from the iron shrapnel that was found around and dug out of the trenches. Considering what it is made from, the piece is remarkably detailed, it is a cannon sitting amongst the devastation of war with a small pile of cannon balls at its side. The cannon barrel, you can see, hasn’t been turned on a lathe, but hand filled onto shape, which must have taken hours. It is a real shame that the soldier who made this, did not sign or put his name on it.
Just a wonderful piece that stirs the imagination and conversation, to be sure, you won’t find another like it.
It measures; 9.25 x 5.25 x 4 inches high and weighs heavy.

Code: 23121Price:

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WW1 Red Cross Medals & Badges to Lumsden Durham VAD

A scarce little British Red Cross group of medals and badges all awarded to Nurse Annie Lumsden who served with the 1st Durham Voluntary Aid Detachment at Whinney House, Gateshead from October 1915 to July 1917. This lot includes; a large enamelled Red Cross badge / award for first aid nursing, and early Red Cross medal for proficiency in Red Cross Work. This is fully hallmarked silver and enamel dated Birmingham 1913, made by J.R. Gaunt. The BRCS medal for service during the Great War. And lastly the Gilt metal and enamel medal awarded from the Durham VAD and given to all those who served during the first world war.
Also included is one photograph of Annie, in a group shot of the VAD workers taken outside the Hospital in 1917. This photo came with her medals and badges, and it looks as if it has been taken from a photo album.
An interesting little lot to a Durham girl who was impelled to serve during the great war.

Code: 23120Price: 120.00 GBP

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Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger with Carved Sheath.

A very attractive large size Kris dagger, native to Indonesia, Bali, Java and Malaysia and other surrounding areas. It has a carved grip and a hand forged, straight blade showing some very nice patterns. The sheath has a
boat shaped top, this and one side of the body of the sheath is beautifully carved.
A wonderful display piece, measuring; 23 inches long in sheath.
Proof of age required on purchase.
Ship to UK only

Code: 23119Price: 45.00 GBP

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