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New Items Added: 5th May 2019

Our site is split into two shops, where we offer a range of Militaria, Antiques and Collectables.

We have 25 years experience in collecting Militaria and Antiques. It is our aim to provide interesting and varied items for all budgets, each offered with a seven day inspection period, so you can be confident of the items we sell.

Our Militaria shop focuses on mainly British and Colonial items, although we regularly turn up items from other countries, and with objects from the Axis forces, only those with a solid provenance will be offered.

Our Antiques and Collectables shop features a varied selection of items from across the globe, with particular emphasis on Victorian applied arts, spanning the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences.

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Captain Thomas Charles Valentine Graham
1839 Sea Service Brown Bess with Lovell Catch Scarce bayonet, maker looks to be "Hill". Blade length 17 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes All Nickel Commando Knife Second pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife by Wilkinson Sword This is the first type of second pattern, similar to the first pattern, but with a straightened cross guard, and drop forged blade without ricasso. Over the years I have had several 1st patterns, but this is only the fourth all nickel second pattern I have owned, and I believe these are more elusive to find than a first pattern knife. Around 40,000 of this type were produced. Good clean blade with crisp logos, everything tight as it should be. no signs of over sharpening, although the very tip is slightly misaligned. Housed in a near perfect and fully correct 2nd pattern sheath retaining its elastic (detached on one side), tabs, and nickel plated chape. A very fine and hard to upgrade example of this sought after knife, which has not previously been in a collection. Blade length 6.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Air Ministry Issue Dividers A very fine instrument, fully working. Dated 1936, with good clear stamps, manufactured by Moore and Wright (who are still in business!)
British Military Firearms 1650-1850 By Howard L. Blackmore. Simply an essential reference.
Cartoonists at War By Frank E. Huggett A very good copy.
German WW1 1898 1st Pattern Quillback Bayonet A very fine German Model 1898 Bayonet (1st Type) Hard to find version produced with one piece grip, pre May 1902. Made by Simson&Co Suhl. Scarce steel scabbard. You'll search for a very long time to improve upon this one. Strictly over 18's Only.
Guns & Other Arms Edited by William Guthman.
Land Transport Corps Sidearm A scarce Land Transport Corps Driver's Sword. 22 inch single edged blade with Kirschbaum maker's mark to one side and Ordnance inspection mark to the other. Brass Gladius style ribbed hilt. 28 inches overall. No scabbard (I have never seen an example with a genuine scabbard) Examples of this Crimean period sidearm are seldom found on the market today.
London Armoury Company Adams Revolver A good 54 bore Adams revolver, which retains a high amount of original blued finish. Marked LAC to the barrel by the proof marks. Unusual to find no retailers makings to the top strap. Serial number "36859" to the cylinder, with two more to the right hand side of the frame: "36839" and "21040". 4.5 inch barrel, 13 inches overall. Clean bore. Finely chequered walnut grip. The action is at fault, and will require attention, hence the price. Perfect for somebody willing to put in the work. Other than than an interesting and well kept example. More images available upon request. Strictly over 18's only.
New Zealand Mounted Rifles Shoulder Title Excellent overall condition, retaining both lugs.
No 5 Jungle Carbine Bayonet A very fine example, by Wilkinson Sword, which would be hard to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
The Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Frederick Hood.
WW1 Mule Bell African Punitive Expedition Herw is an unusual Mule bell, which appear to be made from shaped coconut shell. The bell an oval brass plaque which reads: "AULIHAN PUNITIVE EXPEDITION 1917-18 5.K.A.R. SERENLI" The Aulihan Punitive Expedition was launched in 1917 in retaliation for an attack on the Serenli Fort, on the 2nd of Febuary 1916, where 500 Aulihan Somali's wiped out the Garrison. The 5th Kings African Rifles were raised specially for the punitive expedition. Plenty of information can be found about the events leading upto, and the expedition itself, online. A very interesting memento of British colonial Africa, and a little known area of First World War history.
"The Death Squadron" Childrens book from 1933 by Captain Robert Hawke. "Whirlwind Story of great War Thrills-Starring 'Baldy's Eagles'" Published by "The Boy's Friend Library" for 4D Generallly good condition, the iron staples have bleed, and the cover is beginning to come loose, but an acceptable reading example. The original owner has added his own embellishment to the front cover, but all adds the the charm,
"The Metropolitan" Military Whistle Also by J. Hudson of Birmingham.
"The Metropolitan" Military Whistle Broad arrow marked, by J Hudson&Co.
"The Original Soldiers Friend" A good unopened tin of "Pearl Plate Paste" metal polish.
***Christmas Listings*** Dear all, As has become our tradition, we shall be listing a large and varied selection of items early on Christmas morning, so that anybody dissatisfied with Father Christmas's offerings, can make their own arrangements! There will be something for everybody, and to suit all budgets, including one or two special pieces. Browsers are always welcome, and hopefully it will offer a brief respite from the family Christmas chaos. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest and custom over the last twelve months, it has been a great year for us, and we look forward to finding more treasure in the new year.
.303 Propelling Pencil
.303 Training Round Drill Mark VI.
.303 Wooden Headed Training Round
109th Bombay Infantry Sword An interesting and scarce example of a regimentally marked sword to the 109th Bombay Infantry, by Wilkinson Sword. The hilt is similar to a standard 1827 Rifle Officers sword, but with the VR cypher in place of the strung bugle. The Wilkinson number dates the sword to: 1859. This sword has the added bonus of the original owners initials, F.C.H. Frederick Charles Hudson Ensign 12th Nov 1859 Lieut 1st Jan 1862 109th Bombay Infantry He later became a Captain in the 1st Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers. The 109th Bombay Infantry were formed in 1853 as the 3rd Bombay (European) Regiment, became the 109th in 1862. In 1881 the 109th were amalgamated as the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment. A nice early provenanced Wilkinson sword to an Indian regiment with owners details. Plenty more research potential. Strictly Over 18's Only.
10th GR Kukri Conforming to a type known to have been carried by the 10th Gurkha Rifles during the Great War, the kukri itself bearing an armourers cresent brass inlay, and being in generally very good condition. 12 inch blade, 16 inches overall. Housed in original scabbard with typical tape repairs. Strictly over 18's Only
12th Frontier Force Regiment Superb original insignia, the cap badge appears to be in unmarked silver.
15th Punjabs Brass Shoulder Titles Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
15th Punjabs Inginia Grouping A mixed group. Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
1788 Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword A good 1788 type Cavalry troopers sword. The sword is in good solid condition with no movement. The hilt has a globular pommel, original wire binding to the grip. The basket guard to be in its original configuration. No signs of cracking or damage, salt and pepper pitting overall. 35.5 inch single fullered highly flexible blade in dark stained condition. Traces of a makers name to the central fuller which may be made visible with gentle cleaning. Other etching visible at the ricasso, which again may improve with some TLC. A good example of this rare pattern. Strictly over 18's only.
1788 Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword A good 1788 type Cavalry troopers sword. I was told by the gentleman that this sword was purchased from that it was produced for troopers of the 1st Life Guards, from a contract completed by Thomas Gill in 1789. This would explain the presence of the Garter Star on the blade. There is also a rack/troop number on the front of the guard. Again, this may be an indication that it is infact a troopers sword. The sword is in good solid condition with no movement. The hilt has a globular pommel, original turned wooden grip, with replacement brass wire. Obviously not original, but appears to have been in place for some time. The basket guard may have had a bar removed on either side to aid grip, with the lower swirling S bars still in place. No signs of cracking or damage. 35 inch single fullered blade in very good condition, showing the makers name "GILL" and the motto "Unparalleled" The Garter Star appears on both sides of the blade, along with a crowned "GR" royal cypher, and floral swags. A very fine sword, in very good condition. And if the link to the Life Guards can be firmly established, then it could easily double in value. Strictly over 18's only.
1796 Light Cavalry Officers Sword A fine untouched example of this ubiquitous Georgian cavalry sword. Leather hilt bound with silver twistwire. Some loss to the leather but the remainder sound and free from flaking. Some movement between hilt and blade, but most likely due to an absent leather washer on the blade, which would be and easy fix/replacement for the new owner. The guard and langets well formed and free from dents and buckles. Blade etched with floral swags, Royal Coat of arms, the royal GR cypher of George III, and triumphal regalia. Traces of gilt under the langets. Signs of service sharpening and some contact marks, but generally very good. Scabbard cartouche reads "Bennett Sword Cutler to the Prince of Wales 67 Royal Exchange" The scabbard free from holes and splits, some dents and a deliberate pinch towards the centre to prevent "sabre rattling". Sword is a good fit, draws and sheaths smoothly, and may be held upside down. The ensemble untouched and covered in a light surface rust. It would greatly benefit from some gentle TLC and cleaning. Strictly over 18's only.
1821 Light Cavalry Officers Sword A very hard to find example of an early light cavalry officers fighting sword. This sword is all business, plain single fullered 33 inch blade. No makers markings or unit markings whatsoever. Three bar guard free from dents with elongated rear quillion. Shagreen grip with copper twist wire. Sold with some interesting provenance to the original owner, which can be supplied to the buyer if desired.
1821 Light Cavalry Officers Sword By Wilkinson Hampshire Yeomanry Cavalry The sword of Alfred Barton, Longmead House, Bishopstoke. London Gazette 1st January 1868. "Commissions signed by the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Southampton. Hampshire Yeomanry Cavalry. Comet Alfred Barton to be Captain, vice Arundell, resigned. Dated 30th December, 1868." Even untouched patina to the exterior of hilt and scabbard. Shagreen and original twistwire all present and correct. Domed chequered pommel. Extremely fine blade with family crest, over the initials "A.B." Wilkinson proof slug, serial number, and makers cartouche, along with standard foliate etching and crowned VR cypher. Blade length 34.5 inches. Housed in its original steel scabbard with two hanging rings, and Wilkinson marking to the throat. A fine example to this sought after unit, with potential for plenty more research. Sold with a digital copy of the Wilkinson sword proof ledger entry for this sword. Strictly over 18's only.
1821 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword A good example by Henry Wilkinson, dating to 1866. This sword was purchased and carried by Mervyn Chaloner Stephen Tynte, who was commissioned into the 4th Dragoon Guards as a Cornet by purchase, 13th March, 1866. Tynte was born September 1847. Tynte is listed as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th, and a J.P. residing at Tynte Park, Dunlavin, County Wicklow. Tynte is also shown as a former Resident Magistrate in Ireland He died in 1910. Comes with a copy of the Wilkinson Ledger, showing Tynte as the purchaser. Strictly over 18's only.
1821 Royal Artillery Officers Sword A good and untouched example of a Victorian Royal Artillery Officers Sword. This example retailed by "T. MALING, Sadler, Woolwich" Unusually the pommel is domed, and the blade doesn't feature the usual VR cypher, but rather foliate etching and field guns to either side. All shagreen and twistwire complete to the hilt with only minor wear. No movement between the blade and handle, all remains solid. The blade is clean and and straight. The etching is clear and fully visible. The swords hilt and scabbard are all a rich plum colour, and could be brought back with some careful polishing. The scabbard is a perfect fit and original to the sword. it has some minor bumps, and is slightly buckled toward the last ten inches towards the drag. It has no splits or holes, and this does not effect the drawing or sheathing of the sword. Blade length 32.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
1822 Infantry Officers Sword Blade Blade by Andrews of Pall Mall. Completely uncleaned, but with no serious rust or pitting, clear etching, which should polish up well. Measures 32.5 inches, tang measures 5.25 inches. Comes with pommel nut and still has the folding guard spring attached to the tang. Strictly over 18's only.
1822 Infantry Officers Sword Guard 1822 pattern Gothic infantry officers sword guard, complete with folding guard, back piece and ferrule. A good example, in need of some TLC, but seldom encountered on their own.
1822 Infantry Sword Named The sword of Colonel J. D. Lysaght, Staff Pay- master, Army Pay Department. An unusual piquet weight sword, with folding guard, which has a plain blade, proof slug but no makers markings, with a floral etched banner showing the name "J.D.LYSAGHT" The sword housed in a steel scabbard with two loose rings and a loop, which has been japanned black. Blade in good condition but in need of a clean. Etching clear and bright. Guard slightly misshapen but could be corrected without too much effort. Folding guard functions correctly and crisply. Some loss to the right side of the shagreen grip. Blade length 32. inches. Generally a solid untouched sword which would benefit from some TLC to improve its appearance. Brief research into J.D. Lysaght reveals the following, much more to be done by the next owner. Commissioned into the 35th Foot and transferred to the 66th Foot in 1869. Ensign James Douglas Lysaght 17th November 1869. 66th Foot ARMY PAY DEPARTMENT. Brevet Colonel J. D. Lysaght, Staff Paymaster, to be Chief Paymaster, with the substantive rank of Colonel in the Army, vice Colonel E.H. Gorges, retired. Dated 1st December, 1903. (LONDON GAZETTE, JUNE 10, 1904.) Strictly over 18's only.
1822 Pattern Civil Staff Sword Royal Engineers A scarce sword, infact the only one of its type I can find. The sword itself is in very good condition, with a large proportion of gilding remaining to the hilt. The blade is bright, with crisp etching. The only flaw being a loss to the top section of shagreen to the grip. The remaining portion being in very good condition, and retaining all the original twistwire. Blade length Strictly over 18's only.
1822/54 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword A lovely sword, belonging to an officer of field rank. The brass scabbard has unusually been covered in leather, probably for active service to prevent light reflection. No maker to the blade, etched with typical mid Victorian faint etching. This blade will polish nicely, and appears quite dull at present. Not pitting or rust to be seen. Blade length 32.75 inches. All shagreen and twistwire remains to the hilt, and the 1854 pattern guard bears traces of the original gilt, and is not misshapen. All in all a very pleasing example, which would grace any collection.
1827 Pattern 60th Rifles Sword A superb condition Officers sword regimentally marked to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Early pipe back blade with crisp etching to both sides. one side with "LX REGt" the other with "60th or Kings Royal Rifle Corps." standard foliate engraving, strung bugle and Crowns, etc. 32 inch blade. The hilt with all its shagreen and wire grip complete, the guard free from dents and with good definition. The scabbard generally very good, with the beginnings of a split at the drag, and another small split on the scabbard spine around 10 inches from the drag. Neither detract when displayed, and could be rectified if so desired. A rare opportunity for the regimental sword collector, as early swords to the 60th are few and far between. Strictly over 18's Only.
1827 Pattern London Rifle Brigade Officers Sword A superb regimentally etched example to the "London Rifle Brigade". Other etching including crowned VR cypher, and floral swags. Blade very clean, free from rust and pitting. One or two small edge nicks. Officers initials "A.C" or possibly second initial "T". which offers up an avenue for research. Marked at the ricasso "Thos Fletcher 311 Essex Road, London" Blade length 32.5 inches. Shagreen grip with copper twistwire complete and in good condition. Plated hilt with some losses. Housed in a steel scabbard, some small dents but generally very good. Strictly over 18's only.
1827 Pattern Queen Alexandra's Own (3rd) Gurkha Rifles Officers Sword A wonderful example of this extremely hard to find Regimental Infantry Officers sword. All the shagreen and wire is intact, the hilt having had most of its original plating polished away to bare metal. The blade has some minor blemishes, but the etching is crisp and clear. Unusually there is no makers marking, but "Made in England" appears on the spine. The black leather scabbard (as one would expect for a rifle regiment) is in good solid condition, although missing its retaining strap. A very pleasing example of this scarce Great War period officers sword. Strictly over 18's only.
1827 Pattern Rifles Sword 46th Regiment A mid Victorian 1827 Pattern Rifle officers sword, regimentally marked to the 46th South Devonshire Regiment. The 1845 type blade maker marked at the ricasso "J.Candy, Bath". The blade service sharpened with some minor edge chips. Engraved with the usual foliate etching crowned VR cypher, and a small etched panel with the inscription "L.H. 46TH REGT". Steel hilt of gothic design, housing the regulation crowned strung bugle. The guard in overall very good condition, with stepped pommel and chequered backpiece likewise. The shagreen grip in very good condition, and retaining its original twistwire binding. Field service leather scabbard generally sound with some small areas of loss. 32 inch blade. A glance through the Army list reveals the likely owner to be Lawrence Herchmer, Born on 25 April 1840 in Shipton-on-Cherwell, England, died 17 Feb. 1915 in Vancouver, Canada. Taken from the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography": Although born in England, The Herchmers had been among the Hessian troops who came to the American colonies in the 18th century to assist the British in their military contest with the French. They later settled in New York’s Mohawk valley. Members of the family fought on both sides during the American Revolutionary War, and those who remained loyal to the crown eventually received land grants in Kingston Township, Upper Canada. Through his father’s connections, Herchmer acquired close ties to the Conservative party and the élite of Upper Canadian society, and these were to have a significant influence on his later advancement in life. His father, rector of St George’s Church in Kingston for many years, was a long-time friend of John A. Macdonald, the future prime minister of Canada. . Along with his brothers, Herchmer received his early education at a preparatory school in Henley-on-Thames, England. Afterwards he attended Trinity College, Toronto, and then returned to England to study at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich (London). At the age of 17, he acquired a commission as an ensign in the 46th Foot, and he served with it in India and Ireland. On his father’s death in 1862, he sold his commission and made his way back to Kingston, where he farmed for a while before accepting a post as supply officer to the boundary commission of 1872, a joint American and British undertaking charged with mapping the international border along the 49th parallel from Ontario to British Columbia. When this task ended in 1874, he operated a brewery in Winnipeg until his appointment in 1876 as the Indian agent at Birtle, Man. In this capacity he had jurisdiction over other Indian agencies in the vicinity, and in 1885 he was promoted to inspector of Indian agencies for the North-West Territories. Following the North-West rebellion, he sat on a commission that had been set up to investigate claims for damages suffered in the course of the conflict. On 1 April 1886 Sir John A. Macdonald selected Herchmer to succeed Acheson Gosford Irvine as commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police. The change was greeted with general approval in the west; Herchmer’s experience as a soldier, businessman, and Indian agent was considered highly suitable for the position. Macdonald himself saw Herchmer as a man well qualified to transform the force into a more professional body. At this time, the force had serious internal problems. Not only were the men poorly trained, but there was a lack of discipline and no uniform system of control or organisation. The authority of the commissioner’s office had been undermined in matters relating to promotion, discipline, and transfers by the political influence of his subordinate officers. Morale, too, was low following the rebellion of 1885, during which the police had been publicly criticised for their poor performance and Commissioner Irvine singled out for indecisive leadership. The force also faced continuing unpopularity because of its enforcement of the widely detested prohibition laws. Following the cessation of hostilities, the NWMP’s strength had been doubled from 500 to 1,000 men. These had been hastily recruited and included many who were neither physically fit nor of sufficient good character for their duties; indeed, political patronage had played a greater part in their selection than their suitability for police work. One result of these circumstances was a chronic problem of desertion, which tended to keep the force below strength. Another was a serious mutiny that occurred at Fort Saskatchewan (Alta) in February 1886. It was this event that forced Macdonald to make a change in command. Herchmer brought to the challenges of his new position an unusual degree of energy, determination, and administrative skill. He was to have many critics in the future, but few would accuse him of failing to transform the police into a highly efficient organization. One key to his success was the concentration of more and more power in his own hands. To this end, he introduced new rules and regulations in 1889 which strengthened his administrative grip on the police through a highly bureaucratic reporting system. These regulations also established a more military style of discipline which gave him greater power with respect to the punishment of both officers and enlisted men. In order to deter serious disciplinary infractions, such as intoxication, sentences were made uniform and increased. Herchmer also improved the selection and training of recruits. More rigorous medical examinations were instituted and a permanent training depot was established at headquarters in Regina. All recruits were required to undergo a course of training by qualified instructors, a course that included lectures on police duties in addition to military drill. Other courses were designed for officers, commissioned and non-commissioned alike. To prevent misfits from getting into the police, Herchmer introduced a probationary period of service. If found unsuitable, a recruit could be released during the first two months of his enlistment. It was Herchmer’s strong belief that efficiency would not improve until good men could be induced to stay in the police by the prospect of a career. At the time, most of them did not re-enlist when their initial five-year period ended. To remedy this state of affairs, Herchmer pressed his superiors for better working conditions. The most important change was the implementation of a pension scheme for non-commissioned officers and constables in 1889. Further inducements were the introduction of good-conduct pay, increased benefits for non-commissioned officers, and the establishment of post canteens at which men could obtain a variety of goods more cheaply than elsewhere. To overcome the monotony of police life, which was the root cause of much of the disciplinary problem and desertion, Herchmer obtained funds for the establishment of libraries, recreation rooms, and improved mess facilities as well as for a variety of sporting activities. Like his predecessors as commissioner, Herchmer ran into difficulties that eventually led to his leaving the force involuntarily. In spite of his organizational skills, he was far from popular with many of his subordinates and some members of the public. Several of his senior officers believed that he had usurped a position for which they were better qualified, and they resented his attempts to eliminate their political influence and gain greater control over them. In addition, Herchmer attracted the personal enmity of Nicholas Flood Davin, publisher of the Regina Leader. The origins of their feud can be traced to August 1883, when an intoxicated Davin had been arrested by William Macauley Herchmer, an NWMP superintendent and Lawrence’s brother, after he had wandered partially undressed through the carriages of an Ottawa-to-Regina train. In 1889 Davin, with the help of Charles Edward Dudley Wood of the Fort Macleod Gazette and disgruntled members of the police, launched a scurrilous campaign against Herchmer in his newspaper and in the House of Commons, where Davin was the member for Assiniboia West. Accusing him of a variety of misdeeds, from mistreatment of his men to using government funds for his own benefit, Davin and his allies sought Herchmer’s removal from office by way of a judicial inquiry into his command. In 1890 Macdonald authorized an internal departmental investigation, which cleared Herchmer of any wrongdoing. Herchmer’s critics were unsatisfied, however, and they continued to petition for a public inquiry under oath. Within a few weeks of Macdonald’s death, his successor, Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott*, agreed to their demands. The inquiry into the “Herchmer Scandals,” as they were dubbed by the press, began in Regina in January 1892 under the direction of Mr Justice Edward Ludlow Wetmore of the Supreme Court of the North-West Territories. From the evidence given, it was soon apparent that the whole affair was going to be something of a storm in a teacup. The inquiry looked into 137 charges against Herchmer; only 14 were proved and they were all of a minor character. It was found that he had lost his temper and exceeded his authority in the handling of some disciplinary cases. Nothing was produced that touched upon his honesty, his management skills, or his command of the police. There was no reason to remove him from office, and Herchmer had no intention of resigning. Within the police, the inquiry helped to clear the air of some of the acrimony that had built up, but it did not remove the feeling of disrespect that certain of Herchmer’s subordinates continued to have for him. In the midst of all this controversy, Herchmer had to contend with other problems. During the 1890s both political parties in Ottawa were committed to reducing the NWMP. As more and more settlers arrived on the prairies, it was argued, they would take responsibility for their own law enforcement, as had happened in the older provinces, and the NWMP would eventually be disbanded. The problem was that the new inhabitants of the territories showed not the slightest interest in establishing their own police forces at their own expense. In fact, they agitated for more and more protection from the NWMP. As a result, Herchmer found himself caught between governments cutting back on expenditure and manpower and a public demanding increased services. To respond to the needs of the growing white population, Herchmer reorganized and expanded the system of horse patrols so as to cover as far as possible all areas of settlement. Besides reducing crime, these patrols brought settlers and police into friendly contact and the close relations that developed between them were to have a positive effect upon the force’s work in the future. The problems posed by diminished resources and increased responsibilities became acute in the late 1890s, when one-third of the NWMP was transferred to the Yukon in order to uphold law and order in the midst of the gold-rush. To maintain services in the territories, Herchmer started a fundamental redeployment of his men, moving many away from Indian reservations to white settlements. Over the course of the decade the Indians had caused some trouble for the police; in 1897, for example, the case of Kitchi-manito-waya*, or Almighty Voice, caused Herchmer to wonder whether a “general rising” was imminent. Yet, notwithstanding such incidents, the NWMP under Herchmer understood the changed balance of power between natives and non-natives. In the late 1880s and 1890s the force’s attitude towards the Indian population shifted from respect to pity, and, while the police still endeavoured to treat the Indians fairly, they were increasingly inclined to rely less on persuasion and more on coercion. By the turn of the century the Indians were no longer considered a serious threat to the peace, and so Herchmer could reallocate scarce manpower from native areas to white ones with little fear of the consequences. When the Liberal party under Wilfrid Laurier came to power in 1896, it was widely believed that Herchmer would be forced to resign. He had always been closely associated with Macdonald and was accused by western Liberals of having used his position to compel the members of the police to vote for Conservative candidates during the recent election. Laurier certainly did not trust him, but he left the management of police affairs largely in the hands of Clifford Sifton*, the minister of the interior. Sifton proceeded to humiliate Herchmer and reduce his authority to the point where a less stubborn man would have resigned. In 1897 Herchmer was replaced at the last moment by one of his subordinate officers as commander of the NWMP squad he had selected and trained to attend Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. In London the contingent received international praise. That same year he also lost control over the growing number of men sent to the Yukon to police the gold-rush; Sifton made the local commander there, James Morrow Walsh*, directly responsible to his own office. Furthermore, Sifton interfered to an even greater extent than his Conservative predecessors in internal police matters. Herchmer’s tenure as commissioner of the NWMP was interrupted by his decision to volunteer for military service in the South African War. He was appointed to the command of the Canadian Mounted Rifles, two squadrons of which he raised himself from the police and civilian volunteers on the prairies. Herchmer arrived in Cape Town with his regiment in February 1900. On the march north to join British forces, however, he was taken ill and sent back to Cape Town to convalesce. When he rejoined his troops a few weeks later, his superior, Major-General Edward Thomas Henry Hutton*, the former commanding officer of the Canadian militia, refused to return him to active duty. Hutton maintained that he was still not fit enough; Herchmer claimed that he had recovered. The evidence available favours Hutton’s assessment. Herchmer saw in it, however, a conspiracy to deprive him of the command of his regiment. He characteristically lost his temper, was insubordinate towards Hutton, and took his case directly to Lord Kitchener, the chief of staff. Not getting any satisfaction there, he then made the mistake of believing that the Laurier government would see that he got justice. Upon his return to Canada, Herchmer made statements to the press demanding a government inquiry into the loss of his command. This action angered Laurier, who for political reasons had no desire or intention of becoming embroiled in an argument over Britain’s conduct of the war in South Africa. The prime minister decided that Herchmer was being unreasonable, had in fact been insubordinate, and was therefore no longer fit to command the NWMP. Consequently, he retired him to pension on 1 Aug. 1900. Herchmer took this decision as a further injustice, and for the rest of his life he was obsessed with establishing the truth of his claims and obtaining better pension benefits. What he refused to acknowledge, however, was that while in South Africa he had been subject to British military authority. If he had been unjustly treated, he should have sought redress in London and not Ottawa. Herchmer was never a popular commissioner of the NWMP. His uneven and uncompromising temperament got him into frequent conflict with individuals, both inside and outside the police. He could at one moment express compassion for the welfare of those under his command and in the next explode into a fit of anger and punish them severely. The public exposure of his emotional outbursts earned him a reputation as a tyrant. This is unfortunate since it has tended to obscure his administrative achievements. Herchmer took over a dispirited and poorly organized police force. He raised the standards for enlistment, promoted better training, restored discipline and esprit de corps, improved the conditions of service, and created an efficient internal organization. He also started its transition from a frontier military force to an urban law-enforcement body. When Herchmer left the NWMP, it had attained a high reputation both at home and abroad and was beginning to be recognized as a symbol of Canada. His lasting legacies in this respect were the adoption of the wide-brimmed felt hat and the introduction of the first musical rides. Overall a very nice untouched sword, with provenance to an interesting officer. Strictly over 18's Only
1827 Pattern Rifles Sword Gurkha Rifles&Bengal Infantry DSO Winner The sword of Colonel John Charles Campbell Perkins DSO Perkins was born in London 2 April 1866, the son of Surgeon General R H Perkins, Indian Medical Service, Honourable East India Company's Service, and Anne Bowden Campbell, of Inverneill and Ross; a direct descendant in eldest line of John Perkins, senior partner, Barclay & Perkins, Brewers. He was educated at Stamford Grammar School, and Rossall School; joined the Militia, 4th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry; was commissioned in 1st Leinster Regiment, 1887; joined 1st Battalion, in India, 1888; joined Indian Staff Corps, 1890, 44th Gurkha Rifles; also served with 43rd Gurkha Rifles in Assam and Manipur; then for a short while with 10th Bengal Infantry. From 1900 to 1903 he held conjointly appointments of Controller of Military Accounts and Field Paymaster, Indian Contingent, and Officer Commanding Indian Details, South Africa Force. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 June 1902], and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June 1902]: "John Charles Campbell Perkins, Captain, Indian Staff Corps. In recognition of services during operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 February 1903. The following is an extract from Divisional Orders by Major General K Lloyd-Payne, CB, DSO, Commanding 5th (Mhow) Division, dated Mhow, the 1st March 1916: "administration. "130. Special. The General Officer commanding the Division regrets to announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel J C C Perkins, DSO, Military Deputy Auditor-General, Southern Army. Lieutenant Colonel Perkins, in the course of his tour in the Division, came to Mhow with full military honours. Entering the Service on the 16th November 1887, Lieutenant Colonel Perkins joined the Leinster Regiment, and was transferred to the Indian Army on the 8th January 1890. On the 15th February 1894, he joined the Military Accounts Department, in which he served through the South African War, for his services in which he was mentioned in Despatches and received the DSO. On the reorganization of the Military Accounts Department, he was appointed Military Deputy Auditor-General, Southern Army, on 1 April 1914, in which appointment he was serving at the time of his death. From the very beginning of the war, Colonel Perkins was called upon to undertake a mass of extra work of a very trying nature, and did not spare himself in the performance of his duty. The General Officer Commanding is assured that all will join with him in regretting the decease of this distinguished officer, whose decease was largely attributable, if not entirely due, to his unremitting labours in connection with the war". Colonel Perkins was fond of cricket, football and racquets, and sport of all kinds. He married (1st) Emma Victoria Augusta, daughter of General Douglas Seafield Grant, ISC (who died in 1912), and (secondly), in 1913, Charlotte Mary, daughter of Harold Beauchamp. (Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book) Shagreen hilt 100% intact, along with the twistwire binding. Blade by Thurkle, Soho, London.Blade etched with the initials "J.C.C.P." along with the standard foliate and etching and scroll work, and crowned VR. Blade very clean and etching bright. Blade has been service sharpened, including 6 inches up the back edge, and has some edge nicks. Housed in original steel scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officers Sword Toledo Blade A highly unusual British 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officers Sword. The original owner has obtained himself a Spanish Toledo rapier blade, and has taken it to Wilkinson Sword for mounting. The Blade etched "FCA DE TOLEDO 1871" (The FCA being short for "Fabrica") Wilkinson sword obviously obliged the officer, but did add a mild caveat to the left hand ricasso: "Mounted by Wilkinson Pall Mall, London". Likely to show that the blade itself was not procured from them! It might be possible to consult Wilkinson's order books and see if there is a record of this transaction, which would allow an avenue of research. Blade length 29.75 inches. A very interesting sword, in excellent condition throughout, with the exception of the original knot, which has seen better days. Strictly over 18's only.
1828 Highland Officers Broadsword Crossguard Very hard to find on its own. For field use when the basket hilt was removed. Should clean up nicely.
1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Wilkinson Sword An early numbered Wilkinson 1822 pattern infantry officers sword with the 1845 pattern blade. The serial number, dating the sword to January 1855. The guard appears to have been pierced from behind at high velocity,which as blown out over half of the royal cypher. One can only offer the conjecture that this may have been done during battle. The knucklebow has also been compacted, almost to one solid D shape. The sword has areas of shagreen missing, but retains its twistwire binding. Blade and hilt are solid, with no movement. The blade in generally very clean condition, traces of old protective wax which have preserved it well. Slightly rubbed makers markings, but clearly Wilkinson, well executed proof marks, and standard foliate etching with crowned VR cypher, centre of percussion marking to the spine. Housed in a regulation steel scabbard with twin hanging rings. Scabbard is rusty and corroded, but should clean well. Further images available upon request. Strictly over 18's Only
1848 Royal Horse Guards Troopers Sword The term "rare" get bandied about with some regularity, however, this sword really is "rare" and there currently less than 10 known to exist. These swords were produced in 1848 and carried by the Royal Horse Guards, and the 2nd Life Guards. Blade measure just over 38 inches. The lack of ricasso would indicate an early production example. The guard utilises the honeysuckle decoration more commonly associated with the 1821 Heavy cavalry officers sword. The interior of the bowl guard carries the Troop Markings "A.32". Correct bronze pommel. The grip is complete, but down the bare wood, with no wire remaining. Signs of service sharpening to the blade, and a shallow nick towards the tip, which may indicate it was used during the Egypt/Sudanese campaign of 1882. The whole sword has been plated, which may indicate its return to ceremonial duties post returning from active service, or perhaps it was given as a presentation. No scabbard. These swords are few and far between, and it remains one of the "holy grails" for serious British cavalry sword collectors. Strictly over 18's only.
1854 Pattern Canadian Militia Sword A very fine 1854 pattern infantry officers sword, with solid guard, in good condition and without damage or buckling. Original gold and maroon sword knot in place. All shagreen intact complete with twist wire binding. The sword maker marked for "Firmin&Sons 153 Strand&13 Conduit Street, London" on the left hand ricasso. Standard floral etching with crowned VR cypher. The words "Canada Militia" with a beaver betwixt. 32.5 inch blade is very clean with only minor blemishes, and retaining a large proportion of original finish. Centre of Percussion marking to the blades spine. Brass scabbard for officers of field rank and above. A banded repair to the brass two thirds of the way down. Neatly done and likely contemporary. Scabbard is straight and sword sheaths cleanly. Strictly over 18's Only
1854 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword By WIlkinson An extremely fine example, bearing the initials to the blade "ABR" with serial number dating to 1878. The sword of Alfred Bayley Ridley, 4th, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment.) Captain Alfred Bayley Ridley was born on the 14th September 1859 at Hollington House, Hampshire. He was the son of Reverend Nicholas James Ridley and Frances Touchet. He married Amy Harriott Gurdon, daughter of Robert Thornhagh Gurdon, 1st Baron Cranworth of Letton and Cranworth and Harriott Ellin Miles, on 17 April 1895. Ridley served abroad with the Kings Own in Natal from the 13th December 1878 to 7th February 1880 (South Africa Medal with clasp 1879) and in the East Indies from the 8th of February 1880 to 26th January 1882. On 25th August 1890. Captain A. B. Ridley, the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), to be an Extra Aide-de Camp to the Right Honourable the Earl of Zetland, Lieutenant-General and Genera Governor of Ireland. On 3rd October 1892 Ridley was appointed to the Personal Staff of the Right Honourable Lord Houghton, Lieutenant-General and General-Governor of Ireland. Ridley was a keen cricketer, a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm roundarm fast. Ridley made his first-class debut for Hampshire against Kent in the 1884. During the match Ridley made 41 runs, which was his highest first-class score. Ridley also claimed his only two wickets in first-class cricket in the Kent second innings. His bowling figures were 2/30 from 14 overs. Ridley's final first-class match came in 1885 against Derbyshire. The 1885 season was also Hampshire's final season with first-class status until the 1895 County Championship. His brother, Arthur William Ridley, (born September 11, 1852) was also a well known cricketer of his day. He died on the 25 March 1898 at Lambeth, age 38, without issue. Wonersh Church has a stained glass window with the following memorial inscription: In Memory of Alfred Baylay Ridley Capt. 4th Kings Own Regiment Died 25th March 1898 Aged 38 The Lancaster Regiment Museum holds a photograph of Alfred Bayley Ridley, Accession Number: KO0594/01-17a The sword itself is in good, uncleaned condition. Some buckling to the brass guard, which looks to have recieved a blow at the front, and not uncommon for this model, especially if carried by a mounted officer. Shagreen grip 90%+ complete, as is the majority of the twistwire binding, which is good and tight. No play in the hilt. Unusual plain blade, except for the serial number, Wilkinson Logo panel, proof slug and star, and a cartouchE bearing the officers initials "A.B.R." Blade has been service sharpened, as well as eight inches up the back edge. Several contact marks along the cutting edge. Blade measures just under 33 inches. Housed in original steel scabbard. A very interesting sword, with plenty of further research potential, and which saw service during the Zulu wars. Sold with a copy of the Wilkinson Proof Ledger Entry for this sword, confirming Ridley as the original owner. Strictly over 18's only.
1856 Pattern Yataghan Sword Bayonet A great, untouched example. Makers mark of a knights head (Weyersburg, Solingen) Housed in original steel mounted leather scabbard, which would benefit from a feed and polish. Strictly over 18's only.
1879 Martini Henry Artillery Carbine A very good, untouched I.C.1. Carbine manufactured by Enfield in 1879. Unmodified in original .577/450 Calibre and thus offered under Section 58 (2) of the Firearms Act 1968 as an obsolete calibre and thus no UK licence is required to own this piece. UK Postage Only.
1879 Martini Henry Artillery Sawback Bayonet A superb untouched example of this iconic British bayonet. Clean blade with a plenty of original markings. Unit markings to the hilt. Complete in its original steel mounted leather scabbard. Later White buff leather frog. Strictly over 18's only.
1884/98 Imperial German 1914 Long Bayonet. A Fine and rare converted example by Bayard, complete in original steel scabbard. Blade measures a full 11.75 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
1887 Pattern MK III Martini Henry Bayonet A fine example,produced by the Wilkinson Sword Company, housed in the harder to find brass mounted leather scabbard for colonial issue. No foreign markings, and in extremely pleasing condition overall. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Levee Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword A very clean example, maker marked to the ricasso "J.A.&N.S. Regent Street, London" The Junior Army and Navy Stores, also known as York House, was founded in June 1879 by Major Clench as a cooperative society. The 32.5 inch blade is in very good condition, maintaining a high degree of original polish, and exhibiting the usual VR and floral etching. Housed in a brown leather field service scabbard, with original knot. Likely produced by Wilkinson sword. Hard to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Pattern Gloucestershire Regiment Officers Sword Sold by the Wilkinson Sword Company on 14 January 1896 to a Captain Bishop, of the 2nd Gloster Regiment. The sword of Major John David Jones Bishop, Gloucestershire Regiment. Served in the South African War, conducting Operations in natal and at the Relief of Ladysmith 1899/1900 (QSA 4 Clasps.) Major J.D.J. Bishop commanded the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment from March to April 1900. Post war he served with the 1st Volunteer battalion until retiring in 1908. He served with the Labour Corps during WW1. 32 inch single fullered blade, stained overall but with everything still legible, including the original owners crest and initials. 1895 pattern hilt marked "Steel hilt" and bearing the crowned VR crest. An excellent and relatively hard to find sword, which saw combat during the Boer War. Accompanied by a copy of the Wilkinson Sword ledger for this sword. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment A fine attributable sword engraved to the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. Blade carries the overlaid initials, which appear to be C.H.G. and likely stand for Clarence Herbert Garratt. He served with the regiment from 1891, reaching the rank of Major during WW1 serving with the Army Pay Department. A generally very good, original sword, some wear to the shagreen, guard with good detail and unbuckled. Blade by Hobson and Sons, in fine clean condition, with bright and legible etching. Blade 33 inches long. A very pleasing sword, in need of further research. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Bengal Infantry The sword of Lieutenant Edmund Waller ISC who saw active service with the Bengal Infantry, served in the Hazarra Expedition, and Miranzai Expedition both in 1891. He also saw service in WWI. A Wilkinson Infantry officer's sword, the spine numbered '27229' for 1886, with an 1895 hilt. Sword 39 inches, overall, with a 33 inch blade. The blade etched with floral scrolls and crowned VR and on the forte 'Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London' with the Prince of Wales feathers, The later pierced 1895 pattern hilt with crowned VR. Shagreen grip and twistwire in good condition. The blade has been service sharpened and clearly seen use by a professional soldier. Housed in its original steel scabbard, which has been period painted in a non reflective black. Plenty of research potential, and supplied with a copy of the Wilkinson Sword ledger. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword VRI A good example, by Mole of Birmingham, makers to the War and India Offices. Bearing moles serial number to the spine, and a family crest of a large fish, possibly a Carp? All shagreen and twistwire present to the grip, loss of plating to pommel, guard and backpiece. Featuring the scarce VRI hilt. Well etched blade, with makers details to the ricasso, the usual foliate etching, VRI crowned cypher, family crest of a fish, possibly a carp. Scabbard with nickel mouthpiece, light rust overall but sound, with no signs of serious pitting, splits or holes. Twin handing rings. A scarcer variation of this short lived sword, with the possibility of researching the original owner. Strictly over 18's only.
1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword West Yorkshire Regiment DSO & Bar The sword of Percy Leigh Ingpen DSO and Bar. Percy Leigh Ingpen was born in London, in February 1874. He was educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst, before being commissioned Second Lieutenant, West Yorkshire Regiment, in October 1894. He served in Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Malay States prior to advancing to the rank of Captain in March 1901. He served with the Regiment in South Africa, January 1902 - January 1903, and went with the 2nd Battalion to France in 1914. Despite his rank he commanded the 2nd Battalion between 10 January 1915 - 22 March 1915, including at the battle of Neuve Chappelle, as part of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, 10-13 March 1915. At the latter, on 10 March, ‘At 8.30am the 2nd West Yorkshires had moved up from the Rue du Tilleloy, into the trenches at “E” vacated by the Middlesex. The enemy had by now opened fire with his artillery and in this position the Yorkshiremen had many casualties. About 9.40am a wounded officer arrived at 23rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters and stated that the Scottish Rifles were holding the line with difficulty. The 2nd Devons followed a little later by a platoon of Brigade Bombers and D and C Companies of the 2nd West Yorkshires, under Capt. Francis, were immediately sent forward via Sign Post Lane. With these reinforcements the attack made further progress towards Points 41 and 20.... At 11-5am a message from 8th Division Head Quarters was received saying that the 25th Infantry Brigade had cleared Neuve Chapelle and ordering the 23rd Infantry Brigade to take Points 20-21 and 6 at all costs.... Half-an-hour later A and B Companies of the West Yorkshires under Capt. Ingpen, the last reserves of the Brigade, had been put into the line. These two Companies were ordered to make good Point 6 and work towards Point 60, the attack to take place at 12-15 after the artillery had shelled the former point.... The guns opened fire on Point 6 and at 12-15 A and B Companies under Capt. Ingpen went forward to the attack which was entirely successful: Point 6 was reported captured at 12-30pm. “A” Company then worked towards 60-83 and 60-61-8, all of which approaches were blocked.’ (The West Yorkshire Regiment In The War 1914-1918, E. Wyrall refers) The remainder of the 10th saw Ingpen’s men consolidating their position, and on the 11th, ‘the battalion under the command of Capt. Ingpen relieved the Royal Irish Rifles in trenches running from 31, south-west in front of the château (between 31 and 29) with one Company in support on the road in Neuve Chapelle village ready to relieve the Rifle Brigade.... All day long the West Yorkshires and the whole of the line were heavily shelled, the enemy’s newly arrived guns having opened at dawn with a very heavy bombardment... the 11th passed without any substantial gain.’ On 12 March the Germans counter-attacked, ‘at 8-12am 8th Division Headquarters received a message from the 24th Infantry Brigade which stated that the enemy had launched a big counter-attack against the line of road between 94 and 92 and the Sherwood Foresters had been forced to retire to its support trenches. The Germans had advanced in considerable force, but as they occupied the position evacuated by the Sherwood Foresters, a heavy enfilade fire was opened by “A” Company 2nd West Yorkshires who held Point 31, with the result that the enemy losing heavily was beaten back. The timely aid given by the West Yorkshiremen saved the position from capture! By this time a general hostile attack on the whole line was in progress, but was everywhere repulsed with very heavy loss to the enemy.’ (Ibid) Ingpen’s men remained in position in the village of Neuve Chappelle for most of the 13th, and ‘The Battle of Neuve Chappelle was over. On the 14th, at 9.30pm, the 2nd West Yorkshires (in brigade) having been relieved by by the 2nd Lincolns marched back into billets near Rouge Croix... the 2nd West Yorkshires had two officers killed... and five officers wounded; fifty-five other ranks killed, 162 wounded and eighteen missing - a total of seven officers and 242 other ranks.’ (Ibid) Battle of Langemarck - A sea of mud and water Appointed Brevet Major, Ingpen was posted to command the 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment at the end of August 1915. Ingpen commanded the Battalion in action at Loos, the Somme, Arras, and the 3rd Ypres. He was twice wounded during that time, including at the Battle of Langemarck (16-18 August 1917): ‘In this battle three Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment, 2nd, 1/7th and 1/8th. took an active part, whilst two more, the 12th and 16th, were in reserve.... amidst appalling conditions, made great efforts to win through to their objectives. The 1/7th (Lieut.-Colonel F. W. D. Bendall) and 1/8th (Lieut.-Colonel P. L. Ingpen) Middlesex, of the 167th Brigade, 56th Division, were last mentioned as withdrawing to old German trenches covering Tilloy and to the Wancourt line respectively, after the operations (the Third Battle of the Scarpe) on 3rd and 4th May. Both Battalions went again into the front line on 16th [August], the 1/8th taking over the left sub-sector between Monchy and the Arras-Cambrai road, and the 1/7th the right sub-sector on the right of the 1/8th Battalion.... the 1/8th made two attacks.... At Zero hour (16 August) - 4.45 am - the attack began. The 1/8th Middlesex advanced in three waves, “B” Company leading, followed by “C” and “A”; “D” Company remained in reserve. One company of the 3rd Londons was attached to the Middlesex as “moppers-up.” Between the British and German trenches there was a valley, and as the troops reached the low ground they were brought up suddenly: a broad belt of mud lay before them. This belt was said to be about 30 yards broad, from 4 to 5 feet deep, covered with from 6 inches to a foot of water. As it was impossible to get through this sea of mud and water, “B” Company was forced to edge off to the left, while the left battalion of 169th Brigade, also encountering the same obstacle, had no option but to bear off to the right. When, therefore, the O.C., “B” Company, reached the southern edge of the Nonne Bosschen Wood he found he had lost touch with the right flanking unit, which he could see advancing over the ground to the south-east. By this time he had lost touch with the barrage. Moreover, hostile machine-gun and rifle fire across the valley, as well as the mud, prevented him getting any further. After several vain attempts to advance, “B” and “C” Companies tried to consolidate their position, but were prevented by the mud. Light trench mortars were sent for, but before they could reach the forward companies of the Middlesex the teams were shot down. At 7am troops of the 169th Brigade could be seen falling back, but the situation of the 1/8th Middlesex remained unchanged. At 10am, however, as the flanks of the Battalion were exposed, the first line of the Middlesex was withdrawn to a position about half-way between Jabber Trench (the “jumping-off” line) and the eastern edge of the Nonne Bosschen Wood, the position being covered by posts in front. But there was little security in this line, for at least a dozen German aeroplanes were in the air above the Middlesex, some flying low down and machine-gunning the troops as they crouched in their posts. One was brought down by Lewis-gun fire. At 1pm the enemy’s guns opened fire on the Middlesex heavily, and many casualties were suffered. This fire continued until 3pm. The Germans were then seen massing on the left front of the Brigade. At 4pm they advanced and the Divisional guns placed a large barrage on the line of the Hannebeke stream. The enemy was, however, probably intent on gaining his former positions only, as it was just as impossible for him to cross the sea of mud as it had been for the troops of the 167th Brigade to pass through it. Just before 6pm numbers of troops of all units who were retiring were collected by Lieut.-Colonel Ingpen, who, forming them into two waves, led them forward again to the original front line of the 1/8th Middlsex. In doing this he was wounded.’ (The Die-Hards In The Great War, E. Wyrall, refers) The severity of Ingpen’s wounds caused him to relinquish the command of the Battalion in August 1917. He was, however, awarded the Second Award Bar to his D.S.O. for his gallantry at Langemarck. Ingpen was appointed Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, 1 January 1918, and commanded the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, 1923-1926. He retired in May of the latter year, ‘after thirty-one years in the Regiment... was given a send-off, befitting his honourable service. Led by the Band and Drums and twelve officers mounted on six grey and six bay horses, and followed by the entire remainder of the Battalion, he was escorted to the high road outside the camp, where, passing through the cheering escort, he drove off to Belfast and thence to York, where, we understand, he is settling for the present.’ (ĆA Ira refers) Sadly Ingpen died in 1930, ‘Col. Ingpen never really recovered from these wounds, and during the past year [1929] their effects have often caused him intense suffering; they doubtless contributed, in no small degree, to his early death.’ (Ibid) Full military honours accompanied Ingpen’s interment at Fulford Water Cemetery in August 1930. Wilkinson Sword blade number 32675 dating to 1894. The blade bears the initials "P L I" (Percy Leigh Ingpen) as confirmed by the Wilkinson sales ledger for that serial number, included in the sale, along with some research. Blade rehilted into an 1895 pattern when the pattern changed. The sword itself is in excellent condition, shagreen grip all present and intact. Blade plated, looks to be original, possibly turn of century, or just post Boer War, done to a very high standard, probably back at Wilkinsons. All etching still visible, very clear and with good depth. Certainly a period modification, examining the pommel shows no sign of having been tampered with or re-seated. Strictly over 18's only.
1897 Infantry Officers Patent Hilted Sword by Wilkinson Sword A very good example of the sought after Wilkinson Patent Hilt. The hilt having lost most of its original finish, the gutta percha grips in good condition, retaining almost all of its original silver twist wire. The blade mostly bright, with small areas of dark pitting, showing signs of service sharpening, especially at the tip. The brown field service scabbard in good solid condition, complete with its original Sam Browne frog. The sword of Robert John Charles Otter. Otter was born on 12 January 1881 at Edwinstowe Hall, Newark, and educated at Charterhouse and the R.M.C., Sandhurst. He was gazetted to an unattached Lieutenancy in January 1901, and posted to the Norfolk Regiment the following March, joining the 2nd battalion in South Africa in April 1901. During the Boer War he acted as Signalling Officer to General Kekewich’s Brigade, where he was present with them in the operations in the Transvaal, and was dangerously wounded at Witpoort on 13 December 1901. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in February 1909. Captain Otter was shot by a sniper on 15 February 1915, in a trench at Messines, whilst serving with the 2nd (attached 1st) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, and is buried at Dranouter Churchyard, Belgium. Captain Otter's medals were sold at auction last year, and are pictured for reference only. Sold with Wilkinson Ledger page confirming Otter as the original owner, and other research. Strictly over 18's only.
1897 Pattern Presentation Officers Sword Blade produced by "J.R Gaunt&Son Ltd, Late Edward Thurkle, London&Birmingham” The 33 inch blade retains a bright polish, and is finely etched to both sides, with Crown over GRV cypher, with only minor staining. Etched to the right hand side is ”Presented To Major.S.J. Tinner By Lieut.Colonel L.A. Dowie June 22nd 1918″. The hilt is also in excellent condition, retaining the original knot, and the shagreen and twistwire grip remains fully intact. The brown leather field service scabbard is likewise in good overall condition, complete with Sam Browne frog. Brief research shows “Sydney Jonathan Tinner”, and “Lawrence Adam Dowie”, in the Canadian General List toward the latter part of the Great War, with Tinner's attestation papers available online (he attested in 1916). Further research will be left to the new owner, and will hopefully reveal the reason behind the presentation of this fine sword. Strictly over 18's only.
1897 Pattern Welsh Regiment Officers Sword As may be seen from the images, the sword is in generally very good untouched condition. The 1897 Pattern pattern hilt remains in good shape,the central cartouche bearing the royal cypher of George V. The shagreen grip appears to have been coated with a waterproof black covering, which I have noted on other swords of this regiment. Th grip is 100% complete, and retains all of its twistwire. The blade, retailed by Flights Ltd, London, Aldershot, Camberly and Woolwich measures 32.75 inches, and bears the usual foliate engraving, the crowned arms of George V, as well as the regimental feathers and words "The Welsh Regiment" along with the motto "Gwell angau na Chywilydd" (Better Death than Dishonour) Blade generally very good, with bright, clear etching, with some minor blemishes and staining which should polish out. Housed in its correct brown leather field service leather scabbard, which is a good tight fit. Would benefit from a feed but generally solid. A handsome, untouched sword, to a sought after regiment. Strictly over 18's only.
1899 Pattern Cavalry Sword with Experimental Leather Covered Scabbard Scarce set, including the leather covered "field" scabbard produced for the Boer War, to reduce glare on the veldt. They were experimental and some estimate only 1000 were produced for trials. Also includes the more traditional steel scabbard. The sword itself is in good condition, and carries regimental markings to the interior of the bowl for the 3rd Dragoon Guards, who served in the Boer War. Strictly over 18's only.
18th Century Bronze Cannon An extremely rare opportunity to own an early to mid 18th century French bronze signalling cannon. Cast with an unidentified French Municipal crest. This example is 24 inches in length. Bore 1.25 inches. Clear vent, some unidentified blockage towards the bottom of the bore, which I haven't attempted to clear, but light can be seen from the vent. Twin dolphin ring handles. Well cast cascabel with acorn shaped button. Due to the weight shipping will be by private courier within the UK, and will be discussed with prospective overseas buyers. Bronze cannon, especially unexcavated, and beautiful bronze cannon, are hard to find and very expensive. This example represents good value, and makes the perfect "house cannon". Strictly over 18's only.
18th Century Prussian Cavalry Officers Sword A very interesting Georgian cavalry officers sword, somewhat resembling the 1796 undress cavalry officers sword. This example with gilt brass boatshell type guard, with twistwire and tape bound hilt. The guard with a 2cm crack towards the front of the guard. The bright steel blade with the motto "Pro Gloria Et Patria" (For Honour and Fatherland) to both sides, along with the image of a running wolf. The unfullered blade length 30.75 inches. Some rounding towards the tip. Iron scabbard with two hanging rings. Plum patina and solid, with no holes. Strictly over 18's only.
18thC Dutch Tobacco/Snuff Box A charming item, with wonderful patina. Measuring approx 52.5 inches long by 3.25 wide. Etched rural scene on the front depicts a wide river/canal with trees, boats sky and windmills. Opens and closes beautifully, no cracks or splits.
18thC Pressed Horn Powder Flask A beautiful and tactile flask, skillfully produced from a flattened cow horn. The only example I have ever seen which has an inbuilt powder measure in the flasks cap. Overall length 8.75 inches.
1901 Dated Military Photograph Interesting subject matter, which appears to show a review of various Colonial troops. Further pencil remarks to the reverse. Measures 11.5 by 5.5 inches in mount. Comes framed and glazed as found.
1903 Bayonet Cambridge OTC A very good, untouched bayonet, produced by Enfield, which will clean up to a very high standard. Marked "O.T.C. CAM. 385" to the pommel. Blade requiring a clean, dark staining which could be old grease. Appears to have lost the very point of the tip, but hardly noticeable, and could be remedied if required. Strictly over 18's only.
1903 Bayonet In Naval Frog A very pleasing example of the 1903 bayonet, housed in the rarer Naval pattern scabbard with integral frog. Strictly over 18's only.
1903 Pattern Bayonet Conversion Scottish Dirk I really love bayonet conversions, but I have never seen one which has been turned into a Scottish Dirk before! The quality of this piece is very fine. The grip has been made from stag horn, with a pommel cap of polished horn inlaid with brass studs. The polished blade still bears clear dates and inspection markings, but has been etched on both sides, with Scottish celtic motifs. Once side is fully etched, the other just at the ricasso. The dirk is housed in its original sheath, and at one time the mounts have been polished, although they are now rusty. The whole sheath would benefit from a feed and general tidy up. All in all a very finely done conversion, possibly for an old highland Soldier for wear with his dress. Strictly over 18's only.
1903 Pattern Bayonet Fighting Knife Conversion One of the highest quality bayonet conversions I have ever seen, possibly done by a London Cutler. Blade length: 7.5 Inches. Interestingly the cross guard is formed to mimic the 1st Pattern FS knife. The under side of the cross guard is stamped "London" The original bayonet marking "1903" is still visible, above the original maker "Wilkinson Sword" Housed in a good quality brown leather scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
1903 Pattern Bayonet Fighting Knife Conversion A very scarce find, a 1903 conversion of the pattern now known to have been carried by the SAS, and other specialist fighting units. The blade ground to closely resemble the profile of the 1st pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. Completely as found, and in need of a thorough cleaning. Strictly over 18's only.
1907 Hooked Quillion Bayonet West Riding Regiment A very good example, with early 1908 dated blade. Marked to the pommel "W.RID R 364" Traces of old dried grease/lacquer to the blade and pommel. Housed is 1st pattern scabbard dated 1909, and with 1914 pattern frog. A very handsome, untouched set, which with a gentle clean will be the pride of somebody's collection, and not easy to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
1908 Cavalry Troopers Sword Royal Horse Artillery Sword 1908 Mark I*, with the washer retaining pin present at the forte. Marked RHA 3.BTY. to the inside of the bowl guard, and dated 1915 to scabbard and blade. Marked profusely to both sides of the blade, blade spine and scabbard. Blade measures 34.75 inches. Seems to have lot the very tip of the bade, but does not detract, and could be reinstated with minimal effort. A very pleasing and clean example of this increasingly hard to find pattern. Strictly over 18's only.
1912 Pattern Cavalry Officers Sword A very pleasing and untouched George V WW1 period example, complete with original sword knot, and housed in its field service scabbard. Shagreen hilt almost entirely complete, and retaining all of its twistwire. Bowl guard without any dents or buckles. It is still bright, although there is some loss to the plating. The interior is discoloured, and would benefit from a clean. 35.5 inch blade marked to J.R Gaunt&Co (Late Edward Thurkle) London&Birmingham. Beautiful clear etching, with only minor blemishes, which will polish out if required. Scabbard is original, and an excellent fit, with only minor damage to the drag, which is slightly bent. This great War pattern is getting harder to come across, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire an original, untouched example, which would grace any collection. Strictly over 18's only.
1912 Pattern Cavalry Officers Sword By Wilkinson 7th Hussars The sword of Hon. Hugh Raufe Grosvenor (1904-1930), only son of the 2nd Lord Stalbridge, Second Lieutenant and aide de camp to the Governor of South Australia He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University, Oxford. An avid sportsman in 1925 he rode his father’s horse, The Saint IV, to victory in his first steeplechase at Cardiff and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Thrown In in 1926, but he failed to win the Grand National in 1927, being thrown at the first fence. He also crewed his father’s yacht, Tally Ho, which was berthed at Warsash on the River Hamble where his father had a house, when it won the Fastnet Race in 1927. The following year he took up a post as ADC to the Governor-General of South Australia, where he could indulge his passion for flying, and it was there on 6th January 1930 that he was killed in an accident when his plane went down in the sea and his body was never recovered. He is commemorated on a bronze monument in Motcombe church. His father served in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in the First World War. London Gazette 16 November, 1926. "War Office, 16th November, 1926. Regular Forces.CAVALRY. 7th H.—2nd Lt. The Hon. Hugh Raufe Grosvenor (Universitv Candidate), from Gen.List, T.A., to be 2nd' Lt., 17th Nov. 1926, with seniority 17th Nov. 1925. A very fine example, certainly one of the best I have owned. Fully engraved bowl guard, chequered pommel, wire bound shagreen pistol grip. Blade with initials "H.R.G." which match the proof book entry Serial number dating to December 1926. Blade length 34 inches. Housed in correct dress scabbard, and complete with original knot. With some cleaning to the interior of the guard, and addressing one or two small areas of blemish to the blade and scabbard, and this sword would be suitable for a serving officer. A digital copy will accompany the sword, so that the new owner can start research. I will also provide a digital copy of an image of Grosvenor in dress uniform, wearing this very sword. Strictly over 18's only.
1914 Star Trio Rifle Brigade Correctly impressed "9510 PTE W HOVEY 1/RIF BRIG" The pair on good lengths of original ribbon. Unresearched.
1915 Dated British RAMC Syringe An impeccable example of the standard syringe as carried by every RAMC officer in his medical bag. The example is in its broad arrow stamped carrying case, which also bears the date "1915" and the makers details "Maw London" The case contains the syringe itself, and two spare needles in thier transit tubes. The lid has a retaining clip which would have held pain relief capsules, which are now gone. An impossible to upgrade example.
1915 Dated MK 1 Kukri An exclellent example of this most hard to find Great War pattern kukri. 13.5 inch blade, 17.25 inches overall. Fat handle with only minor chips, and no splits. retained by the correct nut. 1915 dated blade, with correct markings for the Cossipore Arsenal. Housed in the correct brown leather scabbard with brass chape. Markings to the reverse. Strictly over 18's only.
1915 Dated MK VI Webley Holster A very good example by L.B. Crout Ltd.
1915 Princess Mary Tin Christmas Card An original card, in good condition, with a minor pencil addition to the interior.
1916 Dated Bugle A good example by Hawkes and Son, Piccadilly Circus, London and dated 1916. It has some bumps and bruises, and the mouthpiece is sadly absent, but an attractive and evocative item.
1916 Dated On War Service Badge Numbered example, made by Gaunt.
1916 Dated Trench Whistle Good condition.
1916 German Model 1898/05 G98 Mauser Sawback Butcher Bayonet A very pleasing and untouched example, manufactured by R. Stock & Co. Berlin Marienfelde Strictly over 18's only.
1917 MK II Kukri A fine, clean example of a very scarce 1917 dated MK II British military issue kukri, produced at the Cossipore Arsenal. It is complete, solid, and with visible markings. Some traces of old grease, and debris easily removed with careful cleaning. Housed in an original WW1 brown leather scabbard, the last date numeral obscured, but appears to be 1915? 13 inch blade, 17.75 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
1918 Verners Compass Boxed A very nice example, still in its original card carton. showing light signs of use, and displaying sold out of service markings to the rear.
1937 Coronation Medal Trio A good trio, mounted for wear, consisting of: George VI Coronation medal, 1939-45 War Medal 1939-45 Defence Medal All un-named as issued. However, the kicker is a very battered letter from the Viceregal Lodge, Simla, bestowing the Coronation medal on 4794100 Pte. H. Starr. Sadly no regiment is given, but more details might be gleaned from the Coronation medal Roll, which i leave to the new owner.
1937 Pattern Ammunition Pouch Dated 1940.
1937 Pattern Belt Dated hard to make out but can read the word "Normal". 36 inches in length.
1938 Carcano Folding Bayonet Scarce M1938 for use on the Mannlicher-Carcano Short Rifle. A desirable bayonet in pleasing condition with lots of original finish. The scabbard lacking any finish. Strictly over 18's only.
1938 Italian Folding Carcano Bayonet Scarce M1938 For use on the Mannlicher-Carcano M1938 Short Rifle. A desirable bayonet in pleasing condition. Strictly over 18's only.
1939 Dated Inert 20mm Aircraft Cannon Round The head is loose in the case, but otherwise a very pleasing example.
1939 Dated Military Whistle A good early WW2 example.
1939 Pattern Leather Pistol Holster A very pleasing example, some wear to the bottom portion on the reverse, but will display well.
1939-45 Defence medal Excellent condition. ***We always carry a large stock of original WW2 Medals and Stars, please enquire with specific requirements.***
1939-45 Star A good original example.
1939-45 Star Named Officially named "7902856 SGT TANNAC" Unresearched. No suspension ring
1939-45 War medal Excellent condition. ***We always carry a large stock of original WW2 Medals and Stars, please enquire with specific requirements.***
1939-45 War Medal Named Indian Army IAMC Stamped to the reverse: 76785 A/L/NK GANESH I.A.M.C.
1940 Dated RAF Cranwell Calendar A very interesting little calendar, from possibly the RAF's most important year. Sold with another which has had the calendar replaced with a later year for reuse.
1940 Dated Whistle A very good example, by J Hudson&Co, Birmingham.
1943 Taylor Hobson Binoculars An excellent set of "Bino Prism No2 MK III" certainly the best pair I have ever handled. Complete with correct '37 pattern webbing strap. Housed in a leather case.
1944 Dated Air Ministry Binoculars Well marked, optically superb, and generally in very good condition overall. Complete with correct khaki strap.
1944 Dated Jack Knife ***Free UK Postage*** Strictly over 18's only.
1944 Dated OWEN SMG Bayonet A near mint and scarce example of the Australian Submachine Gun Bayonet, the blade dated 1944. The grips are also marked for 1944. Impossible to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
1944 Pattern Revolver Holster Dated 1945.
1945 Dated Chindit Machete Scarce British Indian Army machete, based on the Burmese Kachin Dha. Blade maker marked "CCF" and dated 1945. Inspection stamps to either side of the wooden grips. Back of Scabbard faintly stamped, the date just discernible. A good clean example of this distinctive sidearm. Strictly over 18's only.
1950's Kukri Resembling the MK V Military kukri, this handy example has a brass butt cap and bolster, and likely dates from the Mid 1950's. 11 inch blade, 15.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
1952 Dated Jack Knife ***Free UK Postage*** Strictly over 18's only.
1953 Dated Jack Knife ***Free UK Postage*** Strictly over 18's only.
19th C Japanese Woodblock Print "Courtesans" Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 – 31 October 1806) A leading practitioner of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints. Two labels verso, one for the framer, and another giving details of the print. An attractively framed 19thC print.
19thC Coopered Bucket A beautiful 19th Century Brass bound coopered bucket. Looks to be constructed of teak, at some point in its life it has had a tin liner fabricated for it, possibly for use as a log bin. There is a solid brass half moon handle, the loops for which are held in place with copper rivets. It perhaps started life as a military bucket, before finding its way to domestic application. Ten inches tall. Fourteen inches across. A heavy item.
19thC Indian Shield A lovely genuine example, as opposed to the more commonly encountered tourist pieces. Measuring 14 inches in diameter.
1st Artillery Brigade Formation Patches (1) A good original pair, made of stiff fabric.
1st Lifeguards Trooper’s 1820 Pattern Sword A scarce Lifeguards 1820 Pattern Trooper's Sword. Bulbous steel bowl guard with 12 brass studs and engraved with a crowned 1st Lifeguards crest. 37 inch single fullered blade, with a large edge nick toward the blades tip. Blade generally clean, with a grey patina. Hilt with eared backstrap, domed pommel and shaped leather covered wooden grip, some of the leather now absent and loose. Scabbard lacking. One of the hardest patterns of British sword to find, largely due to having had the longest service life of any British regulation sword of the 19th century, being finally replaced in 1882. These swords are few and far between, and it remains one of the "holy grails" for serious British cavalry sword collectors. Strictly over 18's only.
1st Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife First Pattern F-S Fighting Knife A wonderful example of this sought after knife, and never offered for sale before. This example comes untouched and unmolested. Blade measures precisely almost 7 inches, and has not been retipped. No signs of serious sharpening, and no corrosion whatsoever. Both etched panels are strong. 2 inch crossguard. The cross guard and grip have no serious dings or dents. The coke can pommel nut is original and has never been removed. The knife is tight and solid. The scabbard is the first type produced without "wings" or tabs. The press stud is the correct Newey, but it has lost the plating from the button. Leather work of the body is the correct brown colour and is holding firm. The belt flap has curled around the knife, but could be flattened if desired. Slots have been added in the leather above and below the press stud housing, which has led to a small tear, but nothing which threatens its integrity. This is a wonderful example, not far from being mint, and scarce with the early type scabbard. If you have been searching for a First Pattern, then you would struggle to improve upon this one. Strictly over 18's Only.
1st Tank Battalion Canada Swagger Stick A scarce example. 29 inches in length.
24th Regiment Of Foot Swagger Stick The famous 24th, now known as the South Wales Borderers. This lovely and scarce Victorian example produced by the very best maker, Swaine and Adney of London. Date markings are a little rubbed, but could perhaps be cleaned carefully to reveal the exact date. Swaine became Swaine and Adney in 1845, and the 24th became the SWB in 1881, so it cannot date past then. Perhaps it saw action against the Zulu's, we will never know for sure, if only it could speak! Mounted to the original bamboo shaft. Condition very good indeed, with only one or two minor bumps to the ball head. A scarce item.
28th Battalion London Regiment Booklet And Reunion Photograph The 1913 Abergavenny Camp (and other photographs) booklet is named to Douglas M Rowland, Machine Gun Section. The 1926 dated Reunion Photograph has been rolled, and is torn, but could be restored, and is well worth conserving. Rowland is marked with an X. Douglas Mayhew Rowland was later commissioned into the Royal Engineers, survived the war, and joined the Hertfordshire Home Guard during WW2.
2nd City of London Yeomanry Sword A very pleasing example of this Special Pattern Cavalry Sword. Plain, single fullered 34.5 inch blade, with makers marking "Hamburger Rogers&Co London" etched to the lower left hand side. Unit marked to the interior of the bowl guard "2. C.L.Y. 383" which mirrors the marking found at the throat of the scabbard. The matching scabbard has been panted a dull black colour, which is flaking in places. Sword is a good fit in the scabbard. Overall a very good example of this unusual pattern. Strictly over 18's only.
2nd Dragoon Guards Regimentally Marked Sword 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword. Regimentally Marked to 2nd Dragoon Guards. Manufactured by Charles Reeves London, and numbered to the spine 1832. Also carries the initials of the original owner "R.G.M.N." Ronald Gillett Marsdin Newton was born in Belgravia, London in October 1888, the son of Major John Newton, Royal Artillery, and was educated at Farnborough School, Hampshire. Gazetted to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays) as a 2nd Lieutenant in February 1908, he was advanced to Lieutenant in June 1910 and was still serving in that capacity on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. Embarked with his regiment for France on 15 August, he probably saw action in the battle of Nery on 1 September, when the Queen’s Bays suffered heavy casualties, and again at Messines in October - on the last day of that month, 1,000 British cavalrymen faced six times that number of German infantry, the whole becoming embroiled in a desperate house-to-house struggle for the possession of the town. Appointed to the temporary rank of Captain shortly thereafter, Newton was posted to 25th Division Headquarters, attached Army Cyclist Corps, in August 1915 and, from June 1916 to March 1917 was employed as Adjutant in the Territorial Force. His final appointment, from June 1917, appears to have been in the King’s African Rifles in the U.K., and he resigned his commission as a substantive Captain around July 1921. Settling in Chelsea, London, he joined the Special Constabulary, rising to the rank of Chief Inspector, in addition to serving as a Chief Observer in the Royal Observer Corps in the 1939-45 War; sold with brief research. Blade length 35 inches. Minor wear to the fishskin grip, some staining to the hilt, but generally a very good example, which would benefit from a light clean Strictly over 18's only.
2nd Life Guards Officers Sword This example by Wilkinson, although sadly without a proof book entry. However this piece was bought together with George Paget Ellison's sword, and it is almost certain that this sword was owned by Richard Todd Ellison, George's elder brother. Richard Todd Ellison (1867-1932) He was educated at Eton, and joined the 2nd Life Guards in 1889. He fought in the Boer war as a Captain, earning a Queens South Africa medal. He fought during the first word war as a Major in the Life Guards Reserve regiment. One account mentions him as being amongst the first into action at Mons. Post war he became a magistrate of Lincoln. The sword has a beautiful regimental pattern blade, which dates to 1888. The scabbard is whole and in good condition, with some tarnish. The shagreen grip is complete, as is the twistwire, but it appears to be covered in a protective layer, which is now flaking off. The sword guard has suffered to the interior, and to one side of the guard exterior, probably from where it was hung on a wall. The whole sword will be greatly improved with some gentle TLC. These sword rarely appear on the market, and this one has never been in a collection. Please see Code: 50814 for his brothers sword. Strictly over 18's only.
2nd Model Baker Rifle Bayonet A well used, but entirely original example of this sought after Napoleonic bayonet. Brass guard in good condition. Release stud and original spring are both in place and functioning. The oval langet carries the number "14". A very small amount of movement between blade and grip. Blade shows signs of sharpening, and edge knocks along its entire length, most noticeably towards the last six inches from the point. Blade length just under 23 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
3 Bar Indian Cavalry Troopers Sword Good unit marked example, and probably the cleanest sword of its type I have pass through my hands. From the days of the Raj, these sword were originally produced using old stocks of 1796 light cavalry blades and 1821 Light Cavalry hilts. The blade of this example was made especially for this sword, and although I can find no obvious makers markings, this is likely a British made example. Blade length a full 32 inches. A very pleasing example, with wire bound hardwood grip showing no sign of ever being covered. The leather bound scabbard with brass mounts is a perfect fit for the sword and is in good sound condition. These swords are hard to find in good condition, and with a gentle clean this sword would be a fine addition to any Indian cavalry collection. Strictly over 18's only.
37 Pattern Ammunition Pouch Dated 1943.
37 Pattern Binoculars Case 1940 dated example by MEC.
3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) No5 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
3rd Pattern Commando Knife B2 A good used example of the iconic third pattern commando knife. Blade looks to have been slightly retipped, measuring in just under 17cm, 6.7 inches. Marked /| B2 to the crossguard, and carrying mould number two to the hilt. The dagger is completely untouched as found, and would benefit from a gentle clean. Strictly over 18's only.
51st Sikh's Officers Sword By Wilkinson A very fine 1827 pattern Rifle officers sword, made by Wilkinson and regimentally marked to the 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force). This George V example unusually doesn't carry a serial number, possibly part of a large regimental order, and comes in extremely good condition. Blade length 32.5 inches. Strictly over 18's Only
52nd Oxfordshire Regiment Badge Mould A heavy lead mould, one for the badge collector who has everything!
5th Dragoons Additional Images Second Sword, No 39777
7th Fusiliers Officers Sword An early Victorian 1822 Pattern Infantry officers sword, regimentally marked to the 7th Fusiliers. The transitional type blade with quill point marked above the short ricasso: "Moore&Co Late Broknells&Moore, 10 Old Bond St, London. The blade otherwise plain witht he exception "7th Royal Fusiliers" etched within a surround of oak leaves on the right hand side of the blade. Brass hilt with regulation folding guard in overall very good condition with only minor dents and abrasions, and retaining elements of the original gilt wash finish. The Folding guard crisp and functioning correctly. The shagreen grip in very good condition, and retaining its original twistwire binding. Blade now to a dark patina, small areas of salt and pepper pitting, old rust and grime. Would respond well to some gentle cleaning and general TLC. Steel scabbard with twin hanging rings a good fit, stopping a washers distance from the hilt. Generally sound with a small hole above the drag. Generally clean with scattered small areas of pitting, rust and grime. 32 inch blade. Overall a very nice untouched sword, and scarce to find a regimentally marked example of this period. Strictly over 18's Only
7th Gurkha Rifles Kothimora Kukri A good post war presentation grade kukri, in a silver mounted kothimora scabbard, decorated with the Regimental crest, a charging elephant, and an image of a Gurkha soldier. Black horn grip with brass bolster and butt plate. Blade with a wide single fuller, and decorated with chisel work and brass inlay. Blade length 11.25, 16.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only
A Catalogue of Campaign&Independence medals Issued During the 20thC To the British Army By Major N.W. Poulsom.
A Customs Officer's Sword By Salter A scarce Customs Officer's Sword, by Salter, Sword Cutler To H.R.H. The Duke Of Sussex, Corner Of The Adelphi, 73 Strand, London. Dating to circa 1830, The slightly curved pipe-back blade in a uncleaned condition, with some staining and light pitting. Gilt brass stirrup hilt with stepped pommel, the langets cast with a crowned Customs badge,to either side and an unusual unribbed shagreencovered grip. Partial scabbard, the leather broken and missing the bottom mount. Gilt mounts, the locket with cutler's details within a scroll, and two suspension rings. Strictly over 18's only.
A Pair of Lustre vases, circa 1900. A good pair of lustre pottery vases, in the Art Nouveau style. These vases, date to circa 1900. They are beautifully decorated with Cherry blossom, in the Japanese style. One vase is perfect, and the other has two faint hairlines at the neck, running for a couple of centimetres, but does not detract from the presentation of these lovely vases. Both vases are incised with a number "5" on the bases, and are hand painted with a shape number 474. No makers marks, but probably produced by one of the Staffordshire potteries. The vases are approx 5.5. inches high, and 4 inches wide.
A PAIR Of Swords To The 5th Dragoon Guards: Not A VC!! TWO Wilkinson swords, both regimentally engraved to the 5th Dragoon Guards and owned by Major Ralph Legge Pomeroy. Ralph Legge Pomeroy, 8th Viscount Harberton, was born on 31 December 1869. He was the son of James Spencer Pomeroy, 6th Viscount Harberton and Florence Wallace Legge. He married Mary Katherine Leatham, daughter of Arthur William Leatham, on 25 June 1907. He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA). He fought in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902, during which he was severely wounded. He gained the rank of Major in the service of the General Reserve Officers, 5th Dragoon Guards. He fought in the First World War. He was invested as a Officer, Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1919. Major Pomeroy complied the 5th's regimental history, entitled "The Story of a Regiment of Horse, being the regimental history from 1685 to 1922 of the 5th Charlotte of Wales's Dragoon Guard" in two volumes, the first of which was published in 1924. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (JP) for Northamptonshire. He succeeded to the title of 8th Baron Harberton of Carbery, co. Kildare on 22 April 1944. He succeeded to the title of 8th Viscount Harberton on 22 April 1944. He died on 4 July 1956 at age 86. Interestingly,in 1902 a set of Cigarette cards, entitled "VC Heroes-Boer War" were published by James Taddy & Company. Number 85 in the set features "Lieut.the Hon.R.Pomeroy.V.C" It goes on to say that Pomeroy was "awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantly saving a comrade during a sortie from Ladysmith under heavy fire." This would appear to be a case of mistaken identity, the award of the VC actually went to 2nd Lt. John Norwood, 5th Dragoon Guards. Sadly Pomeroy's name does not appear in the list of VC recipients. His regimental history also makes no mention of him being awarded a VC. A number of officers of the 5th were put forward for the award, and knowing how the VC process works, it is likely that Pomeroy's name was amongst them, with the award eventually going to Norwood. Nevertheless, a very interesting pair of regimental swords which require further research. The swords themselves: Sword No 31533 was sold by Wilkinson on 24th March 1892, and is described as a "Heavy Cavalry" sword with a 35 Inch blade. This sword retains its full 35 inche blade, and does show signs of being sharpened for active service. It is fully etched, and this is bright and clear, without any areas of pitting, rubbing or loss. It carries the initials "R.L.P." to the left hand escutcheon, and the regimental badge of the 5th Dragoon Guards in the right. The proof slug is no longer present. Unusually, for a sword of this period, the back strap is also etched with a "Centre of Percussion" arrow. I have not seen one of these etched on a sword of the late Victorian period, being more commonly associated with swords of the Mid Victorian era. The hilt is in fine condition, with a thin misting of rust bloom to the interior of the guard. The shagreen has some wear to both sides, and whilst all the twistwire is present, some has come loose, and is slightly protruding. The scabbard appears to have been plated at some point, but is a very good fit for the sword, with no "rattle" when shaken. Generally a very good sword, with no major flaws, which would benefit from some careful cleaning to bring it back to a very high standard. Sword No 39777 was sold by Wilkinson on 27th April 1904, and is described as a "Regulation Cavalry" sword with a 35 Inch blade. This would appear to be a lighter sword for parade and levee use. It may also have been purchased in order to have the new monarch's cypher on the blade. Perhaps the Now Captain Pomeroy realised that swords and cavalry charges were becoming a thing of the past, and just fancied a lighter sword for day to day use. Either way, this second sword is of equal quality to the first, having the 5th DG badge to the left hand side of the blade, and Pomeroy's crest and initials the right hand side. This blade is slightly dirtier than the first, and would benefit from a polish. Never the less, all the etching is still clear and visible, with no pitting or rubbing impeding it. This sword also carries the "centre of percussion" marking towards the lower end of the blades spine. The guard is again dirty, and with some interior rusting, but it is very light and superficial, and will clean well. The shagreen is also mostly complete, with some wear to the left hand side, and at the edges. All the silver twistwire is as it should be. The scabbard is a very good fit, and will hold the sword upside down without any problem. It also shows signs of plating, which has now also rusted. Again, a fine sword in need of some careful attention. Both swords showing signs that they were hung on a wall for many years. Both swords are tight in their mounts with no movement. Very unusual to find a pair of swords to the same officer, especially to a fighting regiment, which saw active service during the Boer War. Plenty of scope for research on the original owner, all in all, a bit of a dream for the advanced sword collector. Both swords will come complete with their accompanying Wilkinson Sword Proof Book entries. Further images available at 52485. Strictly over 18's only.
A Solid Silver Caddy Spoon in the form of a Jockey's Cap. A Solid Silver Caddy Spoon in the form of a Jockey's Cap. Bearing English silver hallmarks for Sheffield 1990. The Maker is "A.Ltd" possibly Asprey? A charming item in perfect condition.
A Superb Presentation Sword, Christmas Day 1877 An wonderful and unique presentation 1854 pattern Infantry officers sword. Shagreen and twistwire is complete and in a very pleasing condition. The hilt retaining some original gilt, and without any major flaws. The presentation inscription reads: "George Beresford Lempriere from and old and valued friend of his fathers Colonel F. G. T. Deshon. 25th December 1877" The blade is also in very good condition, with minimal staining. The etching and inscription are all crisp and clear. Maker marked to E Thurkle, Denmark Street, Soho, London. The scabbard is original, but has suffered a break under the bottom mount. However, it could be mended, or the leather replaced. Finding these original scabbards is proving near impossible these days. --- Lieutenant Colonel G.B. Lempriere Middlesex Regiment George Beresford Lempriere. Born Gillingham, Kent in 1858. Commissioned into the 77th Foot (from Militia) as 2nd Lieutenant 1879, advanced to Lieutenant the following year and promoted to Major 1898. In the South Africa War 1899-1902 he took part in the relief of Ladysmith, the action at Spion Kop and Vaal Kranz, operations on the Tugela and action of Peter's Hill; operations on the Transvaal in June 1900; operations in Natal March to June 1900 including the action at Laing's Nek; further operations in the Transvaal July 1900 to August 1901 and operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901 (Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 8.2.1901 and 10.9.1901; Brevet of Lieut. Colonel) He died in Winchester in 1943. His medals sold by Spink and Son November 5, 2003 Lot 93 Description: Pair: Lieutenant Colonel G.B. Lempriere, Middlesex Regiment. Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, six clasps, Cape Colony, this a contemporary copy, Tugela Heights, Orange Tree State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing's Nek (Lt. Col.); King's South Africa, two clasps, good very fine or better. --- Lieutenant-General F. G. T. Deshon C.B. 22nd and 48th Foot, later Colonel of the 51st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Frederick George Thomas Deshon was born at Chester on 10 November 1818, eleventh child and third surviving son of Major Peter Deshon, 85th Foot. Commissioned as an Ensign in the 56th Foot on 29 December 1837, he exchanged to the 22nd Foot, as Lieutenant, on 5 January 1841. He served with the 22nd Foot during the latter part of the campaign under Sir Charles Napier in Lower Scinde in 1843, being present at the battle of Hyderabad on 24 March 1843. He served in the Southern Mahratta Country in 1844 and 1845 under Major-General Delamotte, and was present at the investment and capture of Forts Panulla and Pounghur on 1 December 1844; and also present during the investment and reduction of Forts Munnahar and Munsuntook, in the Southern Concan in January 1845, as Staff Officer, Right Wing of the Regiment. Promoted to Captain in the 22nd Foot on 30 November 1849, Deshon exchanged into the 48th Foot in April 1850. He served at the siege of Sebastopol as Captain from 21 April 1855 until the termination of the siege on 9 September 1855; and was present likewise, as Brevet Major, in the subsequent operations at Sebastopol, ending with the treaty of peace, and in command of 2 companies of the regiment detached to do duty in the Dock Yard from 14 January to 14 March 1856. Deshon was mentioned in General Orders, dated Headquarters, Sebastopol, 7 February 1856, whilst in command at the Dock Yard, Sebastopol. Deshon became Lieutenant-Colonel in August 1864, Colonel in March 1870, Major-General in May 1880, and Lieutenant-General in July 1881. He was appointed Colonel of the 51st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in January 1903, and created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in June 1904. Lieutenant-General Deshon died at Bathampton, Bath, on 3 April 1913, aged 95. Strictly over 18's only.
A Trench Art Vickers Machine Gun Car Mascot A superbly made model of a Vickers MG with fluted jacket, mounted on a tripod, fixed to a Royal Engineers cap badge, which has had a screw thread fitted, indicating it may have been fitted to a petrol cap on either a car or a motorcycle. Certainly an intriguing and unique piece of great war trench art.
A Wilkinson By Any Other Name... An 1822/45 pattern infantry officers sword, produced by Wilkinson of Cockspur Street Charring Cross in 1849. We can be precise in the dating due to the fact that the famous Henry Wilkinson of Pall Mall took umbrage with Mr Wilkinson of Cockspur Street sharing his name and placing it on swords, and after some legal wrangling Mr Wilkinson of Cockspur street was no more! This interesting rarity also exhibits some other interesting features. These include an ivory insert into the left hand side of the pommel cap, which I am reliably informed, was to assist new officers in the correct positioning of the sword whilst performing the general salute. Another interesting feature is rather than the standard brass mounted leather scabbard which one would expect for this period, this scabbard is brass mounted steel. Obviously a special order for an officer who wanted something more sturdy for active service. Another indicator that this may be the sword of a professional soldier with some fighting experience lays in the sharpening of the 32 inch blade, which shows defined sharpening for the last 13 inches of the cutting edge towards the point. Perhaps this officer favoured the cut? The sword is in generally good condition, the shargreen and twistwire grip is complete and free from loss. The folding guard is complete and functioning, although it doesn't hold completely solid. The guard is in good shape and free from buckling and dents. The blade is clean and free from pitting, with clearly visible floral etching with VR crowned cypher to either side. The makers name is visible but slightly worn. The scabbard fits the sword tightly, and has a pinch around two thirds of the way down towards the drag. It carries the majority of its black paint but does have rust and corrosion. The whole sword is completely as found and would benefit from some gentle cleaning and general TLC. Strictly over 18's only.
A Wilkinson Sword Skean Dubh An early 20thC Skean Dubh sock knife by Wilkinson Sword. Very sharp 2.5 inch blade, showing some pitting and staining. Studded wooden grip and steel pommel. Sadly the scabbard is missing the bottom mount. A handsome wee dirk, by one of the world's most renowned sword manufacturers. Strictly over 18's only.
A Wonderful Indian Army 1895 Infantry Officers Sword A very interesting 1895 pattern Infantry sword produced by Manton&Co, Calcutta and Delhi. In recent years the name Manton has been found on large quantities of reproduction swords, but this example is the real thing, and the only one of this format which I have ever encountered. The blade carries a deep etch which reads "Made and Proved in India" The hilt caries the correct VRI cypher surmounted by the Imperial crown, and appears to have been plated with nickel silver. The perfect fish skin grip is finished with strands of silver twistwire. The blade is 32 inches long and carries "No 112" underneath the makers mark at the ricasso. The scabbard appears to have been repaired, having a new brass drag and chape fitted during its working life, but this is a perfect fit, as many Indian Army weapons carry brass fittings. Strictly over 18's Only.
Adams Percussion Revolver By Joseph Brazier A superb 54 Bore 5 shot example, retaining a high percentage of original blued finish, and particularly well executed scrolled foliate engraving. The blued top-strap with retailer's name and address "Joseph Brazier&Son Wolverhampton" Equipped with Braziers patent Rammer, No 412. "Adams Patent No 24034" to right hand side of the frame. Mechanically perfect. Clean bore. Finely chequered walnut grip. Absolutely no pitting or other issues. 5.5 inch barrel. 13 inches overall. An example worthy of casing. More images available on request. Strictly over 18's only. .
Admiralty Pattern Jack Knife A good untouched example, by Harrison, Fisher&Co, Sheffield, England. Strictly over 18's only.
Admiralty Pattern Jack Knife Named A good, used example, named to "Roy Petit". All springs tight, main blade marked "Harrison Brothers". Strictly over 18's Only
Afghan Pulouar A very nice example of the Afghan "Tulwar" or Paluoar/Paluoar sword. This example is mid 19thC in date, and has a blade length of 30 inches (taken in a straight line) 35.5 inches overall. The blade seems to show some signs of lamination, and shows twin "eyelash" armoury markings. The hilt exhibits several decorative features, and is solid to the blade. A nice untouched example of this fearsome weapon, which would benefit from some gentle cleaning. Strictly over 18's only.
Africa Star A fine original example.
Air Ministry P8 Compass A little grubby, but should clean up nicely.
Air Ministry Spanner Produced by the wonderfully named "King Dick" tool company. AM marked and dated 1939.
Air Raid Precautions Plaque A nice little door plaque, in extreme art deco style.
American Active Service Testament 1918 With messages from President Wilson and General Pershing to the interior. A scarce little book.
American Half Size Pilots Wings WW2 vintage, for wear on the shirt.
American M1917 Bayonet First World War Remington made bayonet for the US M1917 Rifle. US inspection stamps to the ricasso. Mounted with a British '37 pattern frog. Overall very good condition. Strictly over 18's only.
American Silver Air Crew Wings Marked "Silver" and carrying a makers marking to the rear.
American Socket Bayonets, 1717 - 1873 By Donald B. Webster. A good readable copy. *Free Postage*
An Outstanding Silver Mounted Boer War Queen Victoria's Gift Tin An incredibly fine cigarette box, formed utilising a Boer War chocolate gift tin, the lid of which has been mounted in solid silver under glass, and bearing hallmarks for Birmingham, 1910. The maker is the well respected company of Deakin & Francis. The gift tin itself is the Rowntree example, which were made under contract by Barringer, Wallis&Manners. Possibly made to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the original gift being given, or as a presentation piece for an officer. This is a truly superbly made piece, using a heavy gauge of silver, and would have been an expensive piece to have commissioned in its day. Quite probably unique, and certainly the only example I have ever seen.
Antique Firearms :Their Care, Repair, and Restoration By Ronald Lister.
Antique Fleam A French horn and nickel silver mounted medical or veterinary fleam. A great example of this viscous looking blood letting tool. This specimen carries three blades, of ascending size, the first marked "Senet Chavanges" This example in perfect functioning order, the horn scales have received some knocks, but it all lends to the character of this mid Victorian piece. Strictly over 18's only. Very sharp, please handle with caution.
Antique Guns By Hank Wieand Bowman
Antique Indian Katar A good 19thC Katar, with the bonus or retaining its original leather covered sheath, which are so frequently absent. Central blade spine with swollen armour piercing point. Blade length 10.5 inches. 18 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Antique Japanese Katana A lovely antique Bungo Takada School Katana, dating to the late Koto / early Shinto era. Clearly visible suguha hamon, with a shallow curve and taper towards the kissaki. The blade is generally bright, with some areas of staining, but no visible flaws or edge chips. 10 character Kanji which reads "Takada-jū Fujiwara Munekage" Mid to late war Shin Gunto mounts. The sword itself measures 34.75 approx inches in total. From the base of the habaki to the tip measures 28.75 inches approx. Plenty more images available upon request. Strictly over 18's only.
Antique Maker Marked Handcuffs An interesting old pair of handcuffs, complete with original key. Maker marked, could be "Hiatt"?
Antrim Rifles Officers Sword A mid Victorian 1827 Pattern Rifle officers sword, regimentally marked to the Antrim Rifles, later rehilted with an 1897 Pattern guard. The 1845 type blade maker marked at the ricasso "Anst*** Cuthr*** 18 George Street, Hanover Square London". The blade service sharpened along front and back edges, with several edge chips. Engraved with the usual foliate etching crowned VR cypher, strung bugle, and regimental banner "Antrim Rifles". All etching legible, with wear to the surfaces. Steel hilt of 1897 pattern, with VR crowned monogram. The guard in overall dirty and worn condition, with domed pommel and chequered backpiece likewise. The shagreen grip also in a well worn condition, and retaining its original silver twistwire binding. No movement between hilt and blade. 32 inch blade. Brass scabbard for officers of Field rank and above. Throat missing, dents, dings and pinched towards the bottom section. Fits the sword very well. A scarce sword to this unit, which appears to have been carried by a long serving officer, who sharpened it for use. It may be possible with diligent research, to ascribe an attribution, the units battle honours including the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, and the 2nd Anglo Boer War. Strictly over 18's only.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Skean Dubh An original Scottish late 19thC Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Skean Dubh. These military dress daggers are traditionally worn in the officer's sock sometimes accompanied by the regimental dirk at the belt. They are still worn by Scottish Highland officers in the British Army to this day. Typical chequered bogwood grip with applied white metal regimental motif . The white metal hilt mounts are formed into a distinctive geometric pattern. Amber cut glass stone in the pommel, with a slight chip on the left hand side (not a cairngorn stone) Single fullered blade and traditional and grooved spine. Blade with some age wear, sharpening and staining, which will improve with TLC. Original scabbard with white metal mounts featuring dragons at the scabbard throat. Blade length is 3.5 inches (7.5 inches overall) Strictly over 18's only.
Arms and Armour of Old Japan The 1951 original by B.W. Robinson.
Arms and Armour of the English Civil War The Standard work by David J. Blackmore.
Army And Navy Cut Throat Razor A very good example, by Taylors "Eye Witness" of Sheffield. Strictly over 18's only.
Army Service Corps Officers Cap Badge A fine silver and enamel example, by Victor of Aldershot.
Army Service Corps Officers Sword A three bar hilted Infantry officers sword by S J Pillin' 31 Gerrard St Soho London, circa 1912. Slim, straight 32.5 inch dumbbell blade etched with Edward VII's cypher & owner's initial 'ESW' to one side, on the reverse the Royal Coat of Arms & maker's name Blade numbered on the spine 106068. Plated three bar hilt, shagreen grip & copper wire binding. Plated steel scabbard. Having been originally comissioned into the Essex Regiment, it seems likely that he kept his original sword blade, and had it rehilted with the correct three bar hilt of Army Service Corps pattern. The sword of Brigadier-General Eric Stuart White DSO (1888-1979) Educated at Felsted, and RMC Sandhurst. White joined the Essex regiment in 1908, followed by the West India Regiment and finally transferred to the ASC in 1912 as a 2nd Lieutenant. This would explain his 1897 pattern sword being converted to a 3 bar hilt, as worn by the ASC. Brigadier White was awarded the following decorations: DSO "in connection with military operations in Italy" June 1918 as a Captain/Brevet Major) 14/Star (plus bar) Trio MID GSM with Iraq and Persia Bars Belgian Croix de Guerre (Two oak leaves) Officer of the Ordre de la Couronne. Africa Star with bar 1st Army Defence Medal War Medal 1911 Coronation 1935 Jubilee 1937 Coronation Officer (Brother) of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (Order of St John was awarded in recognition for 25 years service as President of the Chichester Branch of the St. John Ambulance Brigade) Brigadier White's Medals are featured in: "Gallant and Distinguished Service - The Royal Corps of Transport Medal Collection 1794-1993" by David Owen. A comment in the above book from Brigadier White, upon being asked which of the medals he had to work hardest for: "I have no doubt whatsoever that it was the 1911 Coronation Medal because on that June day I had to stand in the Mall for 12 hours in blazing sunshine, largely to attention, in blue patrols (uniform) and I have never had such a dreadful day in the Army in my life" "The History of the RASC in WWII" mentions that Brigadier White was DST at AFHQ in North Africa circa 1943. Director of Supply and transport for 1st Army Headquarters for Operation Torch White also belonged to the "Ancient Order of Froth Blowers", which seems to have been a 1920s drinking man's club: White whilst holding the rank of Major, is listed as Senior Blower of the "Nil Sine Spuma" Vat, at Buller Barracks, Wiesbaden, Germany - he had reached the rank of "Tornado". (To reach the rank of "Tornado" one had to recruit 100 members) Their rules of conduct make amusing reading! Strictly over 18's only.
Army Veterinary Corps Medals Correctly impressed "SE-15970 PTE J PENCOVITCH AVC" Good untouched condition on long lengths of original ribbon.
ARP Badge Solid Silver Gentleman's example. Fully hallmarked London 1939.
ARP Warden's Whistle A good example, in need of a clean.
Art Nouveau Bottle Coaster By Liberty A very elegant piece of Pewter, produced by Liberty of London. Design shape 071.
Art Nouveau Paper Knife A lovely period pewter example, flowing lines forming into a maiden's head handle.
Art Nouveau Silver Casket A beautiful and extremely good quality solid silver cox, produced by the well respected Charles Edwin Turner, and fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1910. Wood lined, this delectable box has a fully working hinge, and with only one minor ding to the rear panel. Measures 3.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Would make a superb jewellery box.
Artillery Scale No 3 Mk II A fine example, dated 1941. ***Free Postage***
Artists Rifles Cap Badge A good original badge.
Artists Rifles Other Ranks Cap Badge A good original badge.
Atlantic Star An excellent original medal.
Attributed East India Company Officers Sword Here we have a rather unusual example of an East India Company Officers Sword. Outwardly it is a standard EIC infantry officers sword of 1822 type. However, closer examination of the blade etching reveals a cartouche with the number "12" in it, along with the winged lightning bolts commonly associated with either artillery or engineer regiments. "Bombay Artillery List of Officers" by Col. F.W.M. Spring. reveals that there was a 12th company of Native Artillery raised on March 28, 1846, which were shortly after designated the 5th company 4th Battalion on the 20th July 1846, giving a four month window for an artillery unit with the designation "12". Further to this, the 1849 EIC list shows one possible candidate for ownership of such a sword, Second Lieutenant Charles Edwin Allom, Bombay Artillery, Appointed as such in the Season of 1846, (12th June 1846) he seems a very likely candidate, as the short lived 12th were still in existence at that point. Not long after this, artillery officers also adopted the 1821 pattern light cavalry officers sword. Taken altogether, it seems likely that this sword was indeed owned by Allom. Sadly, like so many officers seeing service in India, Lieuteant Allom's life was cut short. He died at Peshawur November 23rd 1849 aged 22 years. His obituary was published in "The Indian News and Chronicle of Eastern Affairs: 1850": "We regret to have to announce the death at Peshawur, on the 22nd of Nov. last, in the 23rd year of his age, of Lieutenant Charles Edwin Allom, of the Honourable East India Company's Bombay Artillery. Lieutenant Allom was the second son of Thomas Allom, esq., the well-known architect. He had highly distinguished himself at Addiscombe, and was regarded as a promising young officer. He was present during the memorable siege of Mooltan, where he commanded a battery of five guns; afterwards at the battle of Guzerat, in which he had a similar charge. He accompanied Sir Walter Gilbert in his pursuit of Shere Singh, and finally remained at Peshawur, where he was attached to the survey department, the arduous duties of which contributed to the early close of his useful career. His death will be deeply mourned by his sorrowing family, and the numerous friends to whom his many virtues had fondly endeared him." Sold with a copy of the Journal of the Army Historical Research Society Volume LV No 223 Autumn 1977,which features an article on Lieutenant Allom together with a photograph of a painting of him in full dress uniform of the Bombay Artillery prior to going India. The portrait was painted by his father Thomas Allom. Interestingly he is depicted wearing a sword, described in the text thus "the sword scabbard is of black leather with gilt mountings, the hilt is also gilt with gold sword knot and bullion tassels." The sword itself has a blade length of 32.5 inches. good clean blade, free from pitting, and with visible etching, although it would benefit from some sympathetic cleaning. The proof slug is absent. Makers escutcheon is vacant. The brass guard is slightly misshapen, with no breaks. The folding guard still operates under spring tension. Shagreen and wire grip is mostly present, with one or two small cracks to the left hand side. No scabbard. EIC swords in any condition are uncommon, regimenatally designated examples even more so, and attributable pieces such as this are few and far between. Strictly over 18's only.
Attributed Royal Engineer's Officers Sword The originally the sword of Brigadier William Ewbank (1865-1930) and later refurbished and carried by his son, Major William Alan Ewbank M.C. (1922-2013) Both of which served in the Royal Engineers. Brigadier William Ewbank Born in London 1865, and was educated at Calgary Alberta and Cooper's Hill Engineering College, Egham, Surrey, part of the University of London. RMA Woolwich. Commissioned into the Royal Engineers as follows: Lieutenant 9th December 1884 Captain 26th May 1893 Major 1st October 1901 Colonel 15th November 1914 Served in the Burma expedition,1887-1888, (medal with 2 clasps) North West Frontier 1889-1891. Attended Staff College 1895 to 1896 at the same time as Allenby and Haig. Posted to Orissa in 1896 on famine relief work. India 1897-98, North West Frontier 1908 (medal with clasp) Bombay 1909-1910, Delhi Durbar medal 1911 3rd Lahore Division. 1910-1912 Lucknow Division. 1913-1916. Mesopotamia, 1916-1919. 3rd Afghan War 1919-1920 Mentioned 5 times in despatches. Chief engineer and Director General Military Works, India, 1920 Retired as a Brig.General 1922. Of his 37 years service, over 30 were spent in India or Burma. Post retirement Brigadier Ewbank lived Woking, then Bournemouth. He died in 1930. (229358) Major William Alan Ewbank MC Royal Engineers. Born in Weymouth on August 30, 1922. He attended Wellington College, and completed a crash course in engineering at the University of Birmingham and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Later, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science at the Royal Military Academy of Science, Shrivenham. His first overseas posting during the Second World War was to Northern. Iraq, followed by North Africa and Italy. He was wounded in North Africa and was awarded the Military Cross. In Italy, he met his first wife, Frances McKean, who was an American Red Cross worker there for the last two years of the war. They married in England in 1947. He continued to serve in the Army in various posts in England and Wales before being sent to Kenya around 1953 during the Mau Mau uprising. After the family settled in Yateley, Hampshire his wife died in 1957, leaving him with two small daughters to raise. He then left the Army to teach mathematics at a local boys' school in Yateley, where he continued to teach for the next seven years. In 1964, he married his second wife, Dr. Frances White, of the United States, who persuaded him to move with his daughters to the U.S. They both procured positions teaching at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana; he went on to earn a master's degree at Ball State University. His second wife died March 16, 2013. In 1970, Professor Ewbank established one of the first mathematics labs in the United States, which he designed and equipped at Taylor University (which now carries his name) A noted author and speaker, Professor Ewbank wrote over 80 math activity books and articles. He was awarded the rank of professor emeritus upon his retirement from Taylor University in 1987. William Alan Ewbank died on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Lafayette, Indiana at the age of 90. The sword itself is completely refinished, and done to a high standard, probably back at Wilkinson, when his son was commissioned. The blade was rehilted in or around 1897 in line with the new regulations, and would originally have been hilted with the 1857 special pattern brass engineers hilt. All the shagreen and silver twistwire binding is complete, and in good condition.There is little to no loss to the plating of blade or hilt, and could easily still be carried by a serving officer. The plated dress scabbard has not fared as well, and would benefit from some gentle cleaning, to make it more presentable. The 32.5 inch blade is in excellent bright condition, retaining its original finish. It is engraved with initials, and usual crown and foliate motifs. Accompanied by the Wilkinson Sword ledger entry. Strictly over 18's only.
Australian Military Whistle A fine example, dated 1943, and produced by "Premier Wire Works, Melbourne, Australia".
Australian SMLE Bayonet A good example, manufactured by Lithgow (MA) and dated 1940.
Autograph Book HMY Medusa II A very interesting autograph book dating from circa 1915 through to the 1920's. Lots of WW1 period entries, including verse, poems, sketches etc. The book also contains the signature of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford. I have illustrated a good selection, more images available upon request. HMY Medusa II was built in 1906. She served in both world wars, and was sunk by enemy aircraft whilst acting as an Anti-Submarine vessel in March 1941. A fascinating slice of Naval history.
Auxiliary Air Force Lapel Badge A scarce example, produced in unmarked silver. Air Ministry serial number to the reverse, indicating an early issue.
Auxiliary Units Fighting Knife These recently identified Aux Unit knives are quite difficult to come by, and this example is in very good condition, showing some signs of sharpening, and personal modification to the grip. 10 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only
Auxiliary Units Fighting Knife Royal Scots These recently identified Aux Unit knives are quite difficult to come by, and this example is in very good used condition, maker marked "HHT Sheffield". Signs of sharpening to the blade, and housed in a better than average modified and reinforced scabbard. 10 inches overall. This example seems better made than most, and has chequered wooden grips, inset with a brass lozenge, which reads "Lt. B. AN. R.S." This knife originated in Scotland, so it seems likely that it belonged to a Lieutenant B Anderson, Royal Scots. A very good quality knife, worthy of further research. Strictly over 18's Only
B.G.S.C.C Swagger Stick 27.25 inches long.
B2 Marked 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife A very good wartime produced 3rd Pattern FS, with full length 6.75 inch hand ground blade. Grip with inspectors "4" marking. Crossguard marked "B2". Housed in correct scabbard with elastic retainer in place, albeit with some loss of elasticity. Strictly over 18's only.
B2 Marked Second Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Commando Knife An extremely good example of the B2 marked 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife. This example housed in its correct 2nd pattern sheath, with tabs removed. The top "flap" slightly stretched where it has been on a belt. The full length blade retaining all of its original blue finish, has its original factory sharpened edge, tip, and measures just shy of 7 inches. Good clear markings to cross guard. Overall a pleasing, fresh to the market example, in need of a light clean, then ready to display. This knife was owned and carried by pilot who flew in operations over Burma. His short machete and Kukri are also listed, and details can be passed to the purchaser upon request. Strictly over 18's only.
B2 Marked Second Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife A very pleasing example of this iconic knife, retaining a high proportion of its original finish, and housed in its correct sheath, still retaining its tabs. B2 and broad arrow marked to the cross guard. Blade length 6.5 inches, with no signs of over sharpening or loss. Elastic retiaing strap present but broken. A wonderful sleepy example, which has never been in a collection before. I wish I could find them like this every day... Strictly over 18's only.
B2 Marked Second Pattern FS Commando Knife A great example of the all black FS fighting knife. This example is stamped B2 to the crossguard. Blade length 6.75 inches. No signs of loss to the tip or over-sharpening. The hand ground blade has the large wedge at the ricasso, with the manufacturing notch found on these early B2 knives. The cross guard retains most of its orginal finish, but is slightly bent on one side. There in no blade wobble, everything is solid and tight. The brass grip retains a good amount of its blacking, losing it mostly toward the coke bottle pommel. The pommel nut is corroded, but is unmolested and the correct vice marking is visible. Housed in a very nice mid WW2 sheath with elastic still present. Strictly over 18's Only.
B2 Marked Second Pattern FS Commando Knife A great example of the all black FS fighting knife. This example is stamped B2 to the crossguard. The blade is just under 6.75 inches, with some minor loss at the tip of 1mm or so. The hand ground blade has wedge at the ricasso, with the manufacturing notch found on these early B2 knives. The cross guard retains a good proportion of its original finish. There in no blade wobble, everything is solid and tight. The knurled brass grip remains in good condition, though most of its blacking is worn, mostly toward the coke bottle pommel. The pommel nut is prefect, unmolested and the correct vice marking is visible. Housed in a very nice correct sheath with elastic removed. Strictly over 18's only.
Bakelite Air Raid Warden Door Sign A very good example of this iconic sign. Measures six inches by 3 inches.
Bakelite Butt Plate "Webley" Air Rifle A useful and hard to find "spare" measuring five inches.
Baker Rifle Bayonet A Very good condition example, no movement between blade and grip. Brass guard free from breaks or damage. Release stud and original spring are both in place and functioning. The oval langet is engraved "F"over 46.. Blade length 24.5 inches. Blade well sharpened, and no visible markings. Strictly over 18's only.
Bamboo NCO'S Swagger Stick A good example. Measuring 24 inches in length,
Bamboo Swagger Stick The Sergeant Major's best friend. Measuring 24 inches in length,
Basic Principles of Air Warfare (The Influence of Air Power on Sea and Land Strategy By "Squadron-Leader", Sir Edmund Ironside. Printed 1927.
Basque Makila Walking Cane Spear A Makila is a traditional Basque walking stick. One end has a decorative brass and iron ferrule in the form of a small mace. The brass ferrule "Marque de Fabrique" denoting French manufacture, which was quite common, and the best examples are often French made. Beneath this is a coat of arms with a scroll underneath, probably denoting the original owner. The other end has a turned horn pommel with a gold coloured mount, and a sterling silver band. This section unscrews to reveal a 3.5 inch spike, turning the stick into a short spear for self defence. Overall length 35 inches. This example dates between 1880-1900. A fascinating example of a regional/traditional weapon, that has been historically carried for centuries.
Battle Axe 78th Infantry Division Formation Patches A good, original, unworn pair.
Beaded and Ribbed FS Fighting Knife A good and rare example of the beaded and ribbed Fairbairn Sykes commando knife. This example with bright blade and brass hilt, retaining original needle point. Housed in a contemporary but replaced leather sheath. Inspection mark "4" with broad arrow to hilt. 6.5 inches. 11.25 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
Beauchamp London Wire Cutters Great War period private purchase wirecutters, in their original leather belt pouch. Marked with a regitered design number, and the makers details "Beauchamp London" along with the patent details. Scarce to find with the original pouch.
Bedford Police Button Lighter
Bengal European Cavalry Officers Sword A supremely scarce example of a Scroll hilted light cavalry officers sword of the 1st Bengal European Light Cavalry. The unit raised in 1857 to assist is suppressing the Indian Mutiny. They were formally handed to the crown in 1858 and retitled as the 19th Hussars in 1862, only being in existence for 5 years. Condition wise the sword guard has become slightly misshapen, and the engraving to the blade has faded slightly, but all is still perfectly legible. This example retailed by Hill Brothers, of Old Bond Street. Sadly no scabbard. Blade length 34.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Bengal Native Percussion Carbine by Enfield A very good .65 calibre Enfield Two Band smoothbore Bengal Native Cavalry percussion carbine. The round 21 inch barrel with foresight and block V rear sight stamped near the breach with Enfield military proof marks. A very crisp lock action in full and half cock, the lockplate itself sharply stamped with crowned "VR" and "1858.67 Enfield", and "I" over broad arrow mark. The walnut stock with Enfield storekeeper's mark on the butt, along with circular inset brass unit roundel, marked "Excise&Salt D(ivision) 32 (Weapon No)" Regulation two piece butt plate, with chequered centre, brass mounts, saddle bar and ring, swivel ramrod numerous inspectors stamps throughout, 36.75 inches overall length, A very pleasing example overall, which would be hard to upgrade. Plenty more images available on request. Strictly over 18's only.
Berkshire Regiment Swagger Stick A very fine example.
Black and White Lancaster Bomber photograph A good original period image, mounted within a black frame or an equal vintage. Markings visible on the aircraft, so it could be traced to the parent unit for those with the right knowledge. Frame measures 12.5 x 10.5 inches. Will be posted in the frame unless instructed otherwise.
Black Watch Bronze Officers Collars A fine set, in bronze, with hollow backs.
Black Watch Officer Casualty MID Medal Group A very poignant grouping to a young Black Watch officer who was killed in action outside Caen on the 26th June 1944. Captain Ronald William Beyts Milligan, Adjutant 1st battalion The Black Watch, aged 23. He is buried in Ranville War Cemetery. Group consists of: Framed Medal Group: 39-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals. (Also his 8th Army Ribbon and Emblem, which he is wearing in the photograph. The "8" emblem has been fixed on upside down, exactly as it is seen on his tunic!) Framed Commemoration Scroll named to Captain R.W.B. Milligan, Black Watch. Framed Mention in Despatches Certificate named to: Captain R.W.B. Milligan, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) published in 22 March 1945. Framed Photograph of Captain Milligan, wearing his Africa Star ribbon with 8th Army Emblem (upside down) The group also comes with a collection of eighteen letters written to Captain Milligan's Mother, and his father, (a medical practitioner) offering sympathy and condolences on the death of her son. Several are from his brother officers and men he served with, some on battalion note paper, his headmaster and head of house at Rugby School, his commanding officer, and the general commanding the 51st Highland Brigade, Major General D.C. Bullen-Smith MC. Also a letter from his best friend, and brother Black Watch officer based in Cairo, (on Minister Resident in the Middle East headed paper) and a heart breaking letter from his fiancée. I am happy to admit I had more than a lump in my throat reading these letters, and looking through them it seems he was a very well regarded and popular officer, who many called their best friend. Full of humour even in times of mortal danger, he was regarded as having a very bright future serving in the Diplomatic Service (for which he had already been accepted) after the war. Captain Milligan survived fighting through the African and Italy campaigns, and was serving as the adjutant of the first battalion, Black Watch, when he was killed by Mortar Fire at Bois de Bavant. One of nine casualties that day. The first battalion were in Bois de Bavant for “Three miserable weeks” between 19th June 9th July according to the battalion diary, during the final assault and capture of Caen. One letter describes how moments before his death, Milligan had been outside the command post when it had been hit by another shell. He laughed and joked about the German's aim, and was still laughing when he was killed instantly. A scarce and complete grouping, offered 70 years after his death.
Blood Donor Badge A lovely example, enamel on brass decoration.
Blue and Gilt 1796 Cavalry Officers Sword A very good example, with blade by JJ Runkel of Solingen. The blue and gilt decoration has faded over time, but the etching is still very crisp. The blade is in very nice condition, without any bends, major nicks, etc, and retains the original hatchet point. The scabbard is original to the sword, and a good tight fit. It has some dents and dings as one would expect, and has received a hard blow at some time, which has begun to split the metal. However, it remains solid and without movement. A lovely example, and increasingly hard to come by. A must have in this Waterloo bicentenary year. Strictly over 18's only.
Blue and Gilt 1796 Infantry Officers Sword A very good, untouched example by Wooley and Deakin. A high proportion of the original fire gilding remains to the hilt, which also retains a crisp folding guard. Blade with a good amount of blue and hilt decoration, which would benefit from some gentle cleaning. A small amount movement between blade and hilt, easily rectified with a replacement washer. Blade length 32 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Blue And Gilt Flank Company Officers Sword A superb lion hilted flank company officers sword. Shagreen grip with copper twist wire complete and in fine condition. Lion masks to both langets. A goof proportion of the fire gilding remaining. A small amount of blay between the blade and the hilt, which could be corrected with the addition of a washer. Blue and gilt blade by JJ Runkell Solingen, which is marked to the spine. The bluing is faded but with strong amounts of gilt remaining. The etching featuring crowned George III cypher, royal coat of arms, stands of arms and floral swags. Some light pitting and staining which could be improved upon. Blade length 31.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Blued K98 Bayonet A very handsome example, and unusual in having a textured back piece to the grip, which I haven't seen before. Bayonet marked "42 ASW" Scabbard "COF44" Light cleaning required, but generally a lovely, and untouched bayonet. Strictly over 18's only.
Boer War Cavalry Officers Frog A very scarce example for a Cavalry Officer. This is in very pleasing condition, but would benefit from a feed and some gentle TLC. Would compliment a fine Boer War Period Officers Sword.
Boer War Locket An interesting little double sided locket, showing a photograph of Baden-Powell and Lord Roberts to either side. A souvenir of the Boer War.
Boer War Period Cabinet Photograph A very good quality image showing a mounted infantry soldier. It has the bonus of being signed by the sitter, providing an opportunity for further research.
Boer War Period Water Carrier An intriguing item, with a ceramic stoneware mouth piece, sewn into a canvas bag. Two metal D rings sewn to the top to support a handle, which is now made of heavy duty cord. Possibly for equestrian use? No visible markings, and I cannot find another. If anybody out there knows more, I would love to hear about it. Boer War Period, or possibly WW1 in date.
Boer War Sweetheart Brooch A brooched solid silver 1897 South African 2/12 Shilling Coin, which was likely done as a soldiers gift for his sweetheart.
Booklet: Battle Honours Awarded For The Great War Published in February 1925
Boxed 1939-45 War Medal Female Recipient Box named to: Miss J.M.G. Kennard "Wyaston" Uplands Avenue Worthing Sussex And numbered: 5/A/109 which may be Miss Kennard's service number. Medical Service/ATS Box issued from Winchester. Excellent condition overall.
Boxed Kings Badge Also known as a wound badge, this example retains its original box, and comes in mint condition.
Boxed Tinplate Clockwork "Nautilus" Submarine From Walt Disneys 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Produced by Sutcliffe Pressings Ltd, Leeds, England. Non working condition, with no key present. Gives a slight "rattle" when shaken, Cosmetically very pleasing, and hard to come by with an original box.
Boxed WW1 Pair RAF Pair Correctly impressed "230968 CPL H.T. JAMES RAF." Both in original boxes with a transmission slip.
British 1805 Pattern Naval Officer's Sword A fine example of the regulation naval officer’s sword from August 1805. This particular sword is likely produced for a senior officer. The ivory grip denotes commanders and above, as does the presence of a decorated blade. The formerly blue and gilt regulation straight single fullered blade, which retains traces of gilt in the engraved designs, which include a risque Britannia leaning on an anchor, a fully rigged sailing vessel, Royal crest, motto and coat of arms, cannon, Union Jack, flags, and various other naval trophies. Gilt brass stirrup-hilt and lionshead pommel. The Ivory grip with copper twistwire. Sadly no scabbard, which would have been of black leather with gilt brass mounts. A small chip to the ivory grip which is hidden under the top of the stirrup hilt. Small movement between hilt and blade, which would be corrected wasily with the addition of a leather washer. Blade length: approx. 32 inches. This pattern of sword is relatively scarce, particularly in good condition, very few blades survive with their decoration intact and many are found very worn and pitted, largely due to the negative effect of saltwater. Grab yourself a fine, genuine example, before the proposed ban on Ivory takes effect. Not available for sale outside the UK. Strictly over 18's only.
British 1842 Pattern Socket Bayonet 19thC British Socket Bayonet, with Lovel's lug. Various markings to collar and socket, including the makers name "Heighington" Just over 21.5 inches long. Strictly over 18's only.
British 1892 Pattern Household Cavalry Trooper’s Sword A very fine Wilkinson produced 1892 Pattern Household Cavalry Trooper's Sword. Markings to either ricasso, including WSC for the Wilkinson Sword Company, Retaining all the original plating to both hilt and blade. The guard featuring the Kings crown over a stylised "HC" for Household Cavalry. Numbered quillion. Shagreen and wire wrapped grip with light wear. No scabbard. Blade length is 34.5 inches, 41 inches overall.
British 1907 Pattern Bayonet A stunning example, marked up to the 3rd Welsh on the Pommel. This is fresh to the market, and requires a light clean to restore it to near pristine order. A very pleasing example. Strictly over 18's only.
British Army Issue Machete 1944 A great fresh to the market example, made by J.J.B. and dated 1944. Blade length 14.75 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
British Army Jack Knife I can only see the markings "Sheffield England" but generally a very clean example. Strictly over 18's only.
British Army Jack Knife 1944 dated. Strictly over 18's only.
British Army Trench Saw An unissued saw, still in its original grease and brown paper. Markings visible under the grease. Strictly over 18's only.
British Commando Smatchet I am very pleased to offer this superb British S.O.E. Commando Smatchet. This example comes in very fine condition, complete with its original and desirable maker marked 37 pattern webbing sheath. The knife has a full length blade of 10⅞” and exhibits very light use and minor sharpening. Alloy cross-guard, dark wood slab grips and brass pommel, which carries the desirable "13" inspection mark. The 37 Pattern sheath is in superb condition with, very minor staining, the snap-fastener fully intact. The back has the correct marking "ME CO 1942" for Mills Equipment Company. This Smatchet is probably the best example currently on the market, certainly the cheapest, and would be near impossible to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
British Empire Medal Case
British India Album A fascinating Victorian photograph album believed to have been compiled by the Harcourt family, who have associations with India during the 1860's tot he 1880's. Most of the photographs are captioned on the pages in a period hand. Containing photographs of a large number of officers from the Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot). Including images of the following officers: Colonel George John Harcourt Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Colonel A Harcourt(Bengal Army) Lt Col Rivett Carnac, Sir Edmund Barrow (General Sir Edmund George Barrow GCB KCMG (1852–1934) Surgeon J Harcourt 44th Regiment John Binny Key Mr G D Pollock FRCS Hugh Gough Field Marshall Sir George Pollock 1st Baronet GCB GCSI Major R. Robertson, Colonel J McCaskill, Captain John Blair, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Captain William Thomson, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Captain Frederick Grey Faber, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Captain William Francis Vetch, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Colonel J Fraser, 1st Madras Fusiliers Captain Patterson, 21st Fusiliers Lieutenant-General Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, GCB, KCSI (29 January 1803 – 11 March 1863) General Robert Napier Raikes (13 October 1813 – 23 March 1909) Dr Robert Harcourt Dr Thomas Key Captain John Edward Varty Rogers, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Major J F Hornsley, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Medical Officer Dr Charles Tyrell, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Colonel Walter Douglas, Madras Army Captain Reid, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Captain Torkington, 41st Regiment Captain James Seton, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) Captain Charles Stuart Craig, Royal Madras Fusiliers (102nd Regiment of Foot) The album also contains images of the wives and children of the above mentioned, as well as other figures from the time. A must have for anybody interested in the 102nd Regiment, or British India in general.
British India Steam Navigation Company A good example of this hard to find cap badge.
British Indian Cavalry Troopers Sword A very interesting and scarce sword, carried by a native cavalry unit during the British Raj. This is example with three bar hilt of 1821 type. The curved blade measuring 31.5 inches. A small area of loss to the tip. The walnut hilt has been beautifully carved to add extra grip. Similar in style to the pattern carried by the 33rd Native Cavalry. A sword for the specialist collector. Strictly over 18's only.
British Jack Knife A good used example. Appears to be marked "Oil the Joints". Strictly over 18's only.
British Jack Knife By Wilson A good example without the marlin spike, in uncleaned condition. Strictly over 18's only.
British Officers Military MBE Medal Group An interesting and complete Military MBE group of five to Major Robert Thomas Mitchell McPhail, Royal Artillery. It would appear that pre war McPhail was a student at Edinburgh University studying Mercantile Law, as evidenced by two large cased bronze prize medals named to McPhail. McPhail must have joined up at the outbreak of war, as he is commissioned in September 1940. The undermentioned Cadets, from 122nd, 123rd, 125th, & 133rd Officer Cadet Training Units, to be 2nd Lts. 24th Aug. 1940: — R.T.M. McPhail. London Gazette 3rd September 1940 ( He was promoted to War Substantive Captain (28/9/43) His MBE (Military) gazetted 1st January 1946 "Major (Temporary) Robert Thomas Mitchell McPhail (143033), Royal Regiment of Artillery." ( Group consists of a cased Military MBE, 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal and War Medals, the full size medals unmounted as issued, in box of issue with conveyance slip. Also a mounted group of corresponding miniature medals, and an unworn boxed wound badge. Also the two aforementioned Bronze university medals in their Morocco leather cases named to Robert T.M. McPhail.
British Officers Service Dress Cap An untouched example, by Flights Ltd of Aldershot and Camberly. Some small amounts of moth damage, but generally very good, and looks to have been lightly worn.
British War Medal Canadian Infantry Casualty Correctly impressed "919657 L CPL H BROWN 14-CAN INF" Corporal Hugh Brown died aged 24 on 17/08/1917 and is remembered on the Vimy memorial.
British Wound Badge Pin absent.
Bronze Match Cover Bombay Presidency War Relief Fund "Farewell from the Women's Branch Bombay Presidency War and Relief Fund 1914-1918" An interesting little object, presented in three grades, Gold, Silver and bronze for those who contributed to the aforementioned fund, which was set up to assist the families of soldiers away fighting, the families of those killed or wounded, and upon cessation of hostilities continued to assist those in need. An interesting and tactile little object.
Bronze Model Of A Naval Deck Gun Highly unusual and beautiful model of a Naval deck gun. About the right size for a cane handle, or possibly a bar lighter. 4 inches tall, 7 inches long.
Bronze OSD Artist Rifles Badge A lovely badge, with prong fixing to the rear.
Bronze OSD Devonshire Regiment Badge A fine bronze example by Bliss Bros Ltd Birmingham.
Buckingham Palace Condolence Slip This has been in a thin frame and displayed proudly for many years. The frame has now come apart, the slip is slightly faded, but a good original example.
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Burma Star "Pacific" Clasp A good original pairing.
Burma Star Group SGT Pilot A very interesting little collection of items, to 1800001 SGT LESLIE F. FRENCH, 30 SQUADRON RAF. Comprising; 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence and War medals, swing mounted for wear. Medal bar of the first three, above. Padded RAF Pilots Wings Burma Star Association Pin Badge Burma Star Association membership card, named to L.F. FRENCH Esq. National Registration Identity Card named to Leslie F French. An Airmail letter addressed to 1800001 Sgt French, 30 Squadron India Command, posted 31/12/1944, discussing Christmas and written by his father, with messages in other hands from various family and friends. A grouping of other letters, one dated "Xmas '45" all sent to Les whilst he was on operations abroad. A very interesting grouping, which requires more research, into this vastly overlooked field of conflict during WW2.
Canadian 48th Highlanders Swagger Stick Scarce example, personalised with the initials "P.S." to the bamboo shaft. Length: 27.5 inches.
Canadian Air Force Officers Mess Plate This example produced by Minton. It is in perfect condition. Measuring 10.5 inches in diameter.
Canadian Great War Medal An intriguing privately issued medal, of a type rarely seen. This example "Presented to PTE. W.J. McKessock 4th CMR" The front of the medal displaying a central roundel depicting a prone soldier taking aim with is rifle. On the arms either side is the date "1914-1918" and upon the arms above and below is the motto "Great War Duty Nobly Done" It would appear that 838703 Private McKessock did not live to receive this beautifully made award. William John McKessock, of the 4th Canaddian Mounted Rifles died on the 26th October 1917 aged just 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McKessock, of Chatsworth, Ontario. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres. Similar medals seem to have been issued to returning soldiers and their next of kin by local towns. A cursory search provides other similar but not identical medals using the same basic lay out and motto.
Canadian Mounted Rifles Photograph A good great war period images of the 9th and 10th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Sewell Camp, Manitoba. The photograph must pre-date 1915, when Sewell Camp was renamed "Camp Hughes" in honour of Major-General Sir Sam Hughes. Measuring 21 by 15.5 inches in frame.
Canadian Patriotic Silver And Enamel Buckle An extremely fine patriotic silver and enamel sash buckle. The front depicting the various Canadian provinces and territories. Measuring 2.75 inches. Superb overall condition.
Canadian Ross Bayonet About as good an unit marked example as one might hope to acquire, there still being bluing on the press stud.
Canadian Ross Bayonet Converted to a Fighting Knife This example retains its original scabbard, minus the integral frog, and almost its entire blade length. The guard and muzzle ring have been cut away and rounded. The pommel button mechanism has also been removed. Most of the inspection.acceptance markings are intact and legible, alongside a possible regimental marking. A near-identical example can be found in the Imperial War Museum. An effective bowie type fighting/trench knife conversion. Strictly over 18's only
Canford School OTC Swagger Stick A hard to find example.
Carton of SS branded Matches Scarce, and possibly unique paper carton still containing two boxes of SS branded matches. I presume these were either sold, or given away to encourage soldiers to join the Waffen SS. My schoolboy German roughly translates the motto as "Come and Join the Black Corps" The carton is holding up miraculously well, some small tears. The graphic on the outside is the same as that on the individual match boxes. How they have not been used, played with, or thrown away in the last 70 odd years is beyond me, but offered here as they were discovered.
Cased Elizabeth II Royal Naval Officers Sword A superb original, and unused Elizabeth II cased Royal Navy Officers Sword. One of the very last produced by the Wilkinson Sword company before their closure in 2005 Everything about the sword is near mint, and would be perfect for a serving Officer. The blade still has traces of original grease, but no other marks or stains. Blade length 31 inches. A bargain compared to one of the modern offerings which are now produced in India, and a great investment. Strictly over 18's only.
Cased Ronson Varatronic Lighter A very stylish lighter, which appears to have been seldom used. Not currently working, but could be up and running again without too much difficulty.
Central Association Volunteer Training Corps Badge Maker Marked "FATTORINI & SONS BRADFORD"
Charming Art Nouveau WMF Ink Well Secessionist influenced inkwell, by the great german manufactuer, WMF. Oval lined ostrich mark, used after 1909, shape number "103" Generally excellent condition, some spotting to the pen tray, small dents to the reverse, and a possible repair to the lid hinge, which looks contemporary. All functioning as it should, the interior ink reservoir lacking. A pleasing inkwell, which would enhance any collection.
Charming Georgian Silver Bladed Paper Knife For the sword collector who has everything... Modelled on a 1796 Heavy Cavalry officers dress sword, this paper knife has a solid silver hallmarked blade. Wire wrapped handle, and gilt hilt complete with sword knot. Dating from circa 1800, and measuring just over 9.5 inches overall, this is an exceptionally rare, if not unique item.
Cheshire Yeomanry Officers Sword A good example by Wilkinson, dating to 1887. This sword has had the hilt silver plated, likely shortly after purchase. The hilt is bright with some areas of pitting, where the plating has bubbled. The grip retains all its twistwire, and the shagreen is generally very good and complete. 34.5 inch Blade is bright, and has been polished during its working life. Most etching clearly visible. The right hand side bears a family coat of arms, and "Cheshire Yeomanry" within a scroll. No signs of aggressive sharpening or pitting. Housed in an Indian type field service leather scabbard, with steel drag. With later Great War period sword frog. An interesting sword, with avenues for further research, to a rarely seen yeomanry unit. Strictly over 18's only.
Chigwell School OTC Swagger Stick bearing the motto "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam" "I shall either find a way or make one." Excellent overall condition.
Childs "Mickey Mouse" Gas Mask No signs of perishing, generally very good untouched condition. Complete in original box.
Chindit Bowie Knife A very scarce example of a Chindit "Bowie" knife, as illustrated in Ron Flook's master work "British and Commonwealth Military Knives" (page 205-206) Fine untouched condition, with correct wooden hilt with three rivets. Housed in the correct heavy duty leather scabbard with integral belt loop. Blade 7.5 inches. 12 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
Chindit Medal Grouping A superb seven medal grouping, awarded to Aubrey R.A. Whall. This obviously formed a homemade display, the Chindit copper shield was hooked on the wall, and a piece of black felt has been suspended underneath holding the bullion arm badge and the seven medals. Only the Voluntary Medical Service Medal is named. Completely authentic, and rare to find an attributable group to a Chindit. Please see item number 52586 for his Chindit Bowie knife, which was purchased along with the medals.
Chindit/Indian Paratrooper Short Machete A scarce Indian manufactured paratroopers/Chindits short Machete. Housed in original leather scabbard complete with the correct leg straps Evidence suggests that the machete was issued to Indian Paratroopers and also carried by the Chindits in Burma. Short pistol like bulbous grip in good condition and free from loss. No markings present to either machete or scabbard. A similar example may be found on page 202 of 'British and Commonwealth Military Knives' by Ron Flook. This knife was owned and carried by pilot who flew in operations over Burma. His 2nd pattern FS and Kukri are also listed, and details can be passed to the purchaser upon request. Blade length 10.5 inches Strictly over 18's only.
Chinthe Handled Kukri Fine quality carved horn handle in the form of a Chinthe. Blade length: 12 inches Overall: 16 inches Strictly over 18's only.
Chocolate And Boiled Sweets Ration Tin A large sized example.
Chota Nagpur Regiment Silver Spoon A lovely solid silver (although unmarked) regimental tea spoon, on a stylised bamboo stem. Circa 1917.
Christmas 1914 An Officer's Letters From the Front An important collection of letters , ephemera, possessions and correspondence relating to Major Colin Henry Alfred Borradaile M.C. (bn.1893), Including his complete Princess Mary Gift Tin with Asprey tinder lighter, complete tobacco and cigarette packets and 1914 Christmas card, an early remembrance paper and wax poppy, Royal Artillery bronze collar badges, silver plated campaign cup and a first edition of his book "A Nomad Under Arms, The Chronicle of an Artilleryman From 1914 to the Armistice" (1931) The letters, including Field Service Postcards, numbering 40+, detail various aspects of life at the front, including a nine page example sent on Christmas Day 1914, which paints a vivid description of his ''dug out'', including the moment at 5pm when he was given his Princess Mary Gift Tin, which he promises to send back to his mother. The other letters include one sent to his father informing him that his son has been wounded in the shoulder and face, signed from the ''Sister in Charge''. Another is written to his mother mocking his Sergeant Major's pronunciation of French place names, writing of German planes flying over the battery and engaging with British aircraft, his first bath in three weeks, and speaking of his father's fears of taking his Brigade to France. He also mentions a tragic moment when one of his heavy guns misfires, killing two gunners, including the Sgt in charge of the detachment, and wounding three more. The battery commander orders that they should be recorded as ''killed in action'' for their graves as ''we agreed with him in his decision, as he said one could just as much be knocked out in action by one's own shell, as a German one. Casualties, of course, are inevitable sooner or later, but this was a most tragic affair'' Lots of these events are expanded upon in his book, for example he describes the Sister writing a letter to his parents to inform them of his wounds. He mentions the Sgt Major's pronunciation, and that the Princess Mary's Gift ''It was a peaceful Christmas Day for everyone, and the occasion was as elsewhere marked by the general distribution of the Royal card and princess Mary's special gift. Concerning this, I feel that in the years to come, as the generations roll, this tokens of the battlefield about the vale of '14 will be regarded by their future guardians in an heirlooms light, an as symbolic of the great armigerous tradition firmly rooted in the days of war.''(P.34) Biography and Military Career: Educated at Charterhouse School, 1907-1910 Served France and Flanders 19th November 1914 to 20th March 1917, and 16 July 1917 to 11th November 1918. Promotions: 2nd Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery 18th July 1913 Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery Acting Captain Royal Garrison Artillery 26th August 1916 Acting Major Royal Garrison Artillery 10th December 1916 Captain Royal Garrison Artillery 18th July 1917 Acting Major Royal Artillery Territorial Force 7th April 1918 He served initially with the 5th Brigade Ammunition Column, and was seconded as an Observer with the Royal Flying Corps during spring 1915. After this secondment finished, he served with 12th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, the 110th and 116th Heavy Batteries, Royal Garrison Artillery. He finished the war commanding 1/1 Kent Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery Territorial Force. He was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 1/1/1919) Seriously wounded on 10th February 1917 near Combles by shrapnel. Attached to the Egyptian Army from 25th June 1920 with the rank of Bimbashi (Major) he left the Army in 1923. Post war he joined the diplomatic service, writing several popular books about his travels. These titles were written using the pseudonym Ben Assher. They include: A Nomad in North America (1927) A Nomad in the South Sudan ''Travels of a Political Officer amongst the Gaweir Nuers'' (1928) A Nomad Over Isle, Peninsula and Plain (1929) A Nomad in Morocco (1930) A Nomad Under Arms ''The Chronicle of an artilleryman from 1914 to the Armistice'' (1931) The only son of Brigadier General Harry Benn Borradaile DSO, who also fought in WW1, given command of 36th Brigade, 12th Eastern Division. He was wounded on 1st October 1915, at Loo's.
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Coldstream Guards Badge Mould A heavy lead mould, one for the badge collector who has everything!
Coldstream Guards Officers Sword A superb 1854 pattern Coldstream Guards Sword dating to WW1. Highly decorated 32.5 inch blade, etched with battle honours to both sides. Etched at the ricasso for E. Smith, 5 Boyle Street, Saville Row. Also carrying the original owners initials of "W.M.G." opening up an avenue for research. Well formed gothic style guard bearing the regimental insignia, and retaining all its shagreen and twistwire. Impossible to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
Coldstream Guards Officers Sword By Wilkinson The regimental pattern Coldstream Guards Officers Sword of Brigadier General Herbert William Studd, CB, CMG, DSO (26 December 1870 – 8 August 1947) Herbert Studd was one of six sons of Edward Studd, a rich planter, of Tedworth House, Tidworth, Wiltshire. His brother John would go on to be Lord Mayor of London. Studd was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge Studd was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second lieutenant on 25 July 1891, and promoted to lieutenant on 2 January 1897. In 1894 Herbert Studd married Mary Cole, née de Vere, granddaughter of Sir Aubrey de Vere, 2nd Baronet. She was widow of Major William Cole, 3rd Dragoon Guards (one of their sons was Horace de Vere Cole). They had two daughters. She died in 1930 and he married Alice Maude Tullis. He served in South Africa through the Second Boer War 1899-1902; where he took part in operations in the Orange Free State (April to May 1900), the Transvaal (May to June 1900, July to November 1900) and Cape Colony; and was present at several major battles, including at Belmont, Enslin and Modder River (November 1899), Magersfontein (December 1899), Poplar Grove and Driefontein (March 1900), Diamond Hill (June 1900), Bergendal and Komatipoort (August 1900). For his services during the war, he was promoted to captain on 11 February 1900, and was awarded the Queen’s and King’s Medals, a mention in despatches and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). He passed the Staff College in 1905 and served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, London District 1905–09 and as GSO2 at the War Office 1912–14. He served through the Great War, was severely wounded and mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the CMG, CB and numerous foreign orders. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, brevet Colonel and temporary Brigadier-General. During the war he first commanded 19th Reserve Brigade, then 180th Brigade. He was Chief of Staff of XI Corps 1916–17 and of the British Section of the Supreme War Council 1917-1919. He returned to England to command his regiment in 1919 and retired on account of ill-health caused by wounds in 1923, when he was granted the honorary full rank of Brigadier-General. In addition to his military career, and like his brothers, Studd was a prolific cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex against the touring Australians in 1890. During the match Studd took his only first-class wicket, that of Jack Blackham. This match was to be Studd's only appearance for Middlesex. Studd's next first-class appearance came in the same season for the Marylebone Cricket Club, playing two first-class matches against Cambridge University and Oxford University. Five years later Studd toured Ireland with the Marylebone Cricket Club, playing a single first-class match against Dublin University, during which he made his maiden first-class half century, scoring 71. This was Studd's final first-class match for the club. In Studd's three matches for the club he scored 132 runs at an average of 26.40, with a high score of 71. In 1898 Studd joined Hampshire, making his debut for the club in the County Championship against Leicestershire, where on debut Studd made scores of 49 and 44. Studd's second first-class half century came later in the season against Sussex, where he scored 60 in Hampshire's first innings. Studd's final first-class match came against Warwickshire later in the 1898 season. In his five first-class matches for the county he scored 217 runs at an average of 31.00, with a high score of 60. In his overall first-class career Studd scored 352 runs at an average of 27.07. Studd died at Bayswater, London on 8 August 1947. Herbert Studd's Honours include: Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) Companion of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Queen's South Africa Medal with six clasps King's South Africa Medal with two clasps Mention in Despatches (South African War) Mention in Despatches (Great War) (twice) Commander, Legion of Honour (France) Officer, Order of Leopold (Belgium) Croce di Guerra (Italy) Commander, Order of the Crown of Italy Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army) The sword itself in very fine condition, retaining 95+% of its shagreen grip, and all of its silver twistwire binding. Superb hilt with well defined Coldstream Guards badge. Near immaculate blade showing the Studd family crest, each side of the blade etched with regimental battle honours, and the regimental badge. The blade has been service sharpened. Housed in its original plated steel dress scabbard. No sign of modern refurbishment. An extremely fine sword which would be very difficult to upgrade. The sword is accompanied by a small folder of research, and the original ledger page from the Wilkinson archives confirming sale of this sword to H.W. Studd. Further images available upon request. Strictly over 18's only.
Collection of Daily Mail First World War Postcards A selection of fourteen images, with one duplicate, all postally unused.
Collection of DSO Medal Ribbon Bars WW1/WW2 Royal Naval Officers ribbons, featuring the Distinguished Service Order. Cloth Ribbons, and pin mounted examples, both in full size and miniature.
Colt 1849 Model Pocket Revolver A very good 5 shot Colt .31 1849 model pocket revolver 91/2”" overall, 4" octagonal barrel with bead foresight. Engraved on the top flat "Address Col, Samuel Colt New York, US America", Five shot cylinder with roll engraved stagecoach scene, blued frame stamped Colts patents to left hand side, brass trigger guard, and butt strap, varnished walnut grips, All matching numbers 264377, dating this pistol to 1862. Generally very good condition, action slightly at fault, the cylinder requiring a small amount of assistance to turn on three of the five cylinders, but a good tight lock up, and crisp action on half and full cock. Strictly over 18;s only.
Compass 11th East Surrey's A named example, for restoration. Lieutenant Arthur Owen Mase, who served with the 11th East Surrey Regiment, and the Rifle Brigade. He was also called up again for WW2 in Novemeber 1940, army number 86918. Maker marked "Dixon and Hempenstall" who retailed from 12 Suffolk Street, Dublin, and were described in a trade directory from 1914 as "State opticians and mathematical and scientific instrument manufacturers. Specialities: optical, engineering, meteorological and photographic goods."
Comrades Of The Great War Pin Badge A charming enamel example, with a tiny graze at the top of the "O" of "OF".
Continental Silver Bon Bon Dish Dating from the late Victorian period, this charming Bon Bon dish is made from continental silver. The lid is mounted by a finial in the form of a bird of prey. The lid and body are marked .800, and the rim of the dish has a makers marking of "W/W" Almost certainly German in origin. Both the inside of the lid, and the dish show evidence of gilding, which is now worn. Diameter from handle to handle is 7.5 inches. Height floor to finial is 6 inches. Weighs 12oz.
Copper Tray HMS Martin A superb, yet simple little ashtray engraved HMS Martin PQ 16 1942. PQ16 was the code name for a convoy upon which HMS Martin took part. HMS Martin was an M-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, launched on 12 December 1940. She had a busy but brief wartime career. During convoy PQ 17 Martin sank the German minelayer Ulm and taking 54 prisoners-of-war. Martin was allocated to the escort group for Force "H" in Operation “Torch”, the landings in North Africa. She sailed from Scapa Flow on 30 October as part of the escort for Force "H", and after fuelling at Gibraltar on 5 November re-joined Force "H"- the covering force to the landings at Algiers and Oran, on 8 November. The task of Force "H" was to guard against action by the Italian fleet, during the landings. Martin was torpedoed by U-431 under command of Wilhelm Dommes on the morning of 10 November 1942 as a result of which she blew up and sank in position 37°53′N 003°57′E. The only survivors were four officers and 59 ratings picked up by the destroyer Quentin.
Coral Necklace with Gold Clasp A lovely coral necklace, dating from the 1930's-40's. 9ct Gold clasp. 18inches in length.
Covenants With Death A good copy of this scarce book, displaying the true horrors of war. Not for the faint of heart, the sealed section at the rear of the book has been opened.
Crimean Period Patent Hilted Artillery Officers Sword A good example, produced by Wilkinson Sword in 1855. The owner recorded in the Wilkinson Proof Ledger book as A.H. BELL. He was commissioned in 1855. A small section missing to the right hand side of the grip under the pommel, which could be filled in if required. Blade length No scabbard. A fine early patent hilt, with the bonus of a researchable owner. Strictly over 18's only.
Crimean Royal Artillery Officers Sword Patent Hilt Attributed to Lieutenant Francis Temple, Royal Artillery. The flat, fullerless blade bearing the initials "F.T." in a cartouche. The retailer, Folkard of Jermyn Street, London was a tailor. His business filed for bankruptcy in April 1856, thus dating the sword prior to this. A simple scroll through the Army lists provides only one Artillery officer with these initials. A very fine example, and highly unusual to have an attributed patent hilt of this period. Lieutenant Francis Temple was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in June 1852. Lieutenant Temple died of disease whilst aboard HMS Firebrand on the passage home from the Crimea, on the 12th of July 1856. He was the son of Admiral Francis Temple (Vice-Admiral of the Blue) and Susan Warren of Truro, Cornwall. 34 inch blade. Very clean overall. The gutta percha grip retaining some of the original silver twistwire. Scabbard an excellent fit, and clearly original to the sword. The more unusual "flat" blade is very clean, with bright, clear etching. Featuring the original owners initials, retailers address, standard crowned VR and feathered lighting bolts, along with the words "Royal Artillery". Scarce to find any attributable Crimean war sword, but add in the fact that this is an early patent hilt, in superb condition, and one has a very rare sword indeed, and one for the specialist collector. Strictly over 18's only.
Crimean War Period Paper Lantern A very rare survival, being a folding paper and bronze lantern, near identical to the example held in the National Army Museum, which belonged to Florence Nightingale "The Lady with the Lamp". These ingenious folding lanterns seem to have originated in Turkey, and were probably used in large numbers in military encampments, and are known to have been used at Scutari. This example is in near perfect condition, free from tears, dents or major damage. A must have for any nursing or Crimea enthusiast
Cut Down 1853 Pattern Sword Cutlass Conversion An unusual conversion of a standard 1853 pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword to a Naval Cutlass. Regulation three bar hilt, regimentally marked "B.F. RHA 75" to the top of the quillion. Twin slab sided leather grips to wither side of the full width tang. Plain, single fullered blade, the back edge maker marked "Reeves". Inspection markings to the ricasso. Blade length 27.5 inches. Only the third one of these I have encountered, although I cannot recall is these were official adaptations for the Royal Navy, or another country. Strictly over 18's Only
Cut Down Infantry Sword Bowie Knife Conversion A very interesting and unusual Bowie Knife conversion which has been created using the ricasso section of a Great War period British Infantry Officers Sword. The style and materials used, the staghorn grip and nickel silver mounts, would indicate that this was a German creation. Blade length 12.5 inches. untouched and would benefit from gentle cleaning. Etching is still visible on the blade, as is the proof slug. Some play to the crossguard, which would be easily fixed by replacing the leather blade washer. Strictly over 18's only.
Cut Down SMLE Bayonet Fighting Knife A very unusual and quite effective conversion from a broken SMLE bayonet. Elongated brass cross guard carrying the initials GV along with the nuber 1805 to the opposite side, likely the initials and partial serial number of the owner. Blade length 5.75 inches, 9 inches overall. The scabbard also skillfully cut down, and fitted with a belt loop fabricated from a Sam Browne cross strap. Likely Great War in date. Strictly over 18's only.
Czechoslovakian VZ23 Bayonet A very pleasing example, likely unissued, and complete with its leather frog. Strictly over 18's only.
Danish Bird Brooch Sterling silver bird brooch designed by F. Munksgaard between 1970-73. Mark to the reverse: M (encased within a circle), Sterling Denmark, shape no. 301. Approx 1.5 inches in length.
David Andersen Brooch Silver gilt and white enamel brooch by Norwegian designer David Andersen. Enamel is in perfect condition. Mark to reverse: D-A, 925s, Norway Sterling, W. Approx. 2.5 inches in length.
Deed's That Thrill the Empire Five Volumes A complete set of five volumes of this iconic work. Bursting with deeds of derring-do and black and white and colour plates. Gives details of VC, DSO, MC, DCM MM winners and citations. All five books are generally in good condition, bleached spines and faded outer boards with some staining, but the contents of all five are complete and in good readable condition.
Desert Rats Formation Patches A good wartime facing pair.
DFC Additional Images More images available upon request.
Diary of the 9th Lancers In South Africa 1899-1902 A good readable copy of this hard to find work. Original dedication from the regiment to a trooper in the front. Complete with the maps to the rear pocket.
Dispatch Riders Helmet 1942 A good example with painted unit and rank markings which are 100% original to the helmet. Liner dated 1942 and maker marked BMB for Briggs Motor Body's. Unit marked to 989 Coy RASC which were Motor Transport. Two painted Pips denoting this helmet belonged to a Lieutenant. A really nice bit of kit.
Distinguished Flying Cross Medal Group Group awarded to Pilot Officer Arthur Bernard Anger (56538) a Flight Engineer with 51 Squadron. Group consisting of: Cased Distinguished Flying Cross dated 1945. Buckingham Palace Transmission Slip, named to P/O Anger. Boxed Medals, consisting of 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany Star, War and Defence Medals. RAF Flying Log Book, beginning in 1943 RAF Officers Medical Card. 51 Squadron Blazer Badge. Appointed to Pilot Officer from Warrant Officer (London Gazette 6th March 1945: 650167 Arthur Bernard ANGER (56538).) 22nd Jan. 1945. Awarded the DFC (LONDON GAZETTE, 25 SEPTEMBER, 1945) Promoted Flight Lieutenant (LONDON GAZETTE, 31 DECEMBER, 1948) These links mention that he was likely involved in various flying incidents whilst based out of Snaith: Lots more research to be carried out by the new owner.
Dockyard Police Button Rare example. ***Free Postage***
Document Set Excercise "GUNCOTTON" HQ 23rd Army Group Royal Engineers (T.A.) Complete set of Documents relating to Excercise "Guncotton". Bearing the original officers name in blue pencil to the front cover. Possibly a unique surviving set, featuring operational details for the Exercise and other interesting plans and information.
Dog Tags Unusual Aluminium examples.
Dorset Imperial Yeomanry Mess Fork A full size dinner fork, in excellent condition.
Dorset Imperial Yeomanry Mess Fork A full size dinner fork, in excellent condition.
Double Barrelled Flintlock Pocket Pistol Richards A extremely fine double barrelled tap action flintlock pocket pistol with folding trigger by W.Richards, London, circa 1810. Excellent untouched condition, with crisp working action. Walnut butt with inlaid silver shield shape escutcheon, which is vacant. Working, undamaged safety catch. Measuring 7.5 inches for muzzle to butt. Strictly over 18's only.
Dr Christopher Dresser Egg Cup A wonderful and quirky little design produced by renowned silversmith's Hukin and Heath. This plated example in super condition, with clear markings and complete with original under plate.
Duke of Cambridge's Hussars Riding Crop A good Edward VII example.
Duralumin War Knife 1914 A rather well used example of this sought after little knife. Springs still stiff and blades lock as they should. Untouched and will improve with some gentle TLC. Strictly over 18's only.
Early 1796 Light Cavalry Sword Marked to the blades spine at the ricasso "Woolley and Deakin" Woolley & Deakin were in Birmingham, and under this name 1800-03. At the scabbard throat there is also a faint oval cartouche, which also appears to have "Woolley and Deakin" in cursive script. A very interesting sword, as it appears to share some characteristics with the earlier 1788 type, being mainly the blade fullering, and the recess in the scabbard for the langets. Given these unusual features, it would be very unlikely that the sword and scabbard are mismatched. Sword blade measures 35 inches in a straight line from tip to ricasso. Approx. 39.75 inches overall. The blade and grip are tight, although it is possible that the grip wire and covering is a replacement, although it if it is, it is not recent. The sword is completely uncleaned, and would benefit from some TLC to bring it up to display standard. Interest in these weapons has increased since Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, and good untouched examples can only increase in value, giving them excellent investment potential. Strictly over 18's only.
Early 20thC Kothimora Kukri A good fighting kukri, housed in silver mounted leather kothimora scabbard. Some damage to the leather, but a good and scarce piece. Blade length 14.25 inches. Overall length 19 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Early Indian Cavalry Troopers Sword Curved 28.3/4 inch blade, similar to that of a tulwar, and sharpened to a very keen edge. The iron guard bearing the numerals "44" which may indicate a trooper or regimental designation. Unusual broad, domed pommel. Beautifully turned hardwood grip. Good bright blade, with some scattered areas of dark staining and minor pitting, but generally a very pleasing, and possibly quite early sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Early Luger Magazine In need of a replacement wooden plug, and a spring, as well as a good clean.
Early Military Kukri Late 19th, early 20th century military kukri, which looks to have had some markings filed from the spine. Blade length: 12 inches Overall: 16 inches Strictly over 18's only.
Early Queens Crown RAF Padded Pilots Wings
Early RAF Sweetheart Brooch A beautiful bright enamel and silver badge, of early form. Pin fastening to the reverse. Perfect condition.
East India Company Irregular Cavalry Carbine Recently sold to me as original, but upon arrival it is clear that this carbine has been recently "restored". The work has been done to a high standard, but is obviously not in its original configuration. The butt plate has two repairs, and is marked with Devangi script to the stock tang. The lock is EIC marked with the rampant lion. The action is good and strong, on both half and full cock. The saddle bar has a pleasing plum patina, and is fitted with double rings. The barrel is down to the bare metal and carries English proof marks. It also carries a line of Devangi script, similar to known examples from the 3rd Punjab Cavalry. The rear sight is missing. Sling swivels have been added, and appear to have come from a musket. One barrel pin absent. Brass trigger guard and ramrod pipes. The ramrod is a replacement. The original captive ramrod is obviously missing, a trace of where it should of been can be seen under the muzzle. The bore is dirty but with no major flaws. The woodwork in general is solid, with some cracks around the barrel tang and butt area. This "pattern" is known to have been carried by Irregular cavalry regiments in Bengal, the Punjab, Poonah and Scinde, with examples retailed by Garden of Picadilly, circa 1849.
East India Company Naval Officers Sword Only the second example of one of these swords I have ever seen, and the first I have had the pleasure to own. This example retailed by "Lonsdale&Tyler 26 Bedford St, Covent Garden, London" (who were in partnership from 1835 until 1845) No proof slug to the blade, so I suspect this sword may be dated to circa 1845. The blade has been serviced sharpened, and aside from minimal decorative etching at the ricasso, only carries the crowned initials "C.G." to either side of the blade. These could be the original owners initials, or perhaps relate to the Coast Guard. 28.5 inch blade. The 1827 pattern regulation naval hilt displays the fouled anchor surmounted by the East India Company lion. Large proportion of original gilt wash finish to the hilt, with its beautifully executed lions head pommel, the main terminating to the faceted backstrap. The folding guard is present, and working, although the spring has lost its snap. All rayskin grip covering is present, and in excellent all round condition, being bound with copper twistwire, which is also all present and correct. Housed in its original black leather scabbard with brass mounts, which is solid and free from splits. Some minor dings and dents to the mounts, but otherwise very pleasing. All in all a really superb example of this rare sword, and a gem for the EIC collector. Strictly over 18's Only
East India Company Officers Presentation Sword The sword of Lieutenant General Henry Alexander Brownlow, (1831-1914) Royal Engineers, late Bengal Engineers. Sword bears the following presentation inscription: "CADET H.A. BROWNLOW THIS SWORD WAS PRESENTED TO HIM AT THE PUBLIC EXAMINATION ON THE 11TH DECEMBER 1849 BY THE HONOURABLE COURT OF DIRECTORS OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY AS A MARK OF THEIR APPROBATION OF HIS GENERAL GOOD CONDUCT AT THE COMPANY'S MILITARY SEMINARY" Brownlow had a long and somewhat illustrious career, serving in the Indian Mutiny 1857/58, including the Battle of Budleekeserai. He was recorded as "Wounded Dangerously" during the Siege of Dehli on the 14th September 1857 whilst being in charge of the Cities Engineer Park, he was transporting supplies to the 3rd Column during the assault. In one report he is described as having died of his wounds. In September 1858 he is described as "Assistant Engineer" of the Roorkee Field Force, under Brigadier- General Jones, C.B. and was employed during the Campaign in Rohilcund.(Medal with Clasp, and Brevet of Major). He was the Executive and Superintending Engineer for the remodelling of the Ganges Canal 1860/69. Chief Engineer North West Province&Oudh 1872/77. He went on to be Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, 1877-86. He retired on 25th November 1886 with the Honourary rank of Lieutenant General. The sword has been service sharpened, and this has made the words "Good Conduct" hard to read, although legible, they are faint when compared to the rest of the inscription. Sword housed is a brass scabbard, for officers of field rank. Given the combination of being service sharpened, and being housed in the brass scabbard, I think it is likely that this is the sword which was carried by Brownlow throughout his career. Sword retailed by E&W Bond, 45 Cornhill, London. They were at this address from 1826-1854. A wonderful quality sword, with all shagreen and twistwire remaining to the hilt. Lots of original gilt wash remaining to the guard. Folding guard complete and functioning crisply. The blade etching is clear and bright. Completely untouched and unpolished. Would benefit from some sympathetic cleaning. Blade length 32.5 inches. A fine and rare piece to a distinguished senior officer who served on the front line during the Indian Mutiny. Strictly over 18's only.
East Sussex Regiment Bronze Collars A good pair of officers collar dogs, by Gaunt.
Edward VII Infantry Officers Sword 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword by Wilkinson. Attributed to Lieutenant George Mayall, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshireand Derbyshire Regiment) 2nd Lieutenant 27th Febuary 1901 (L.G. 14/5/1901) On 21st July, 1908, George transferred to the Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery as a Lieutenant. A preliminary glance shows that he served with the RHA during WW1. A very good example, untouched, bearing the initials "G.M." to the blade. The hilt retaining all of its shagreen and twistwire binding. Some loss to the plated finish on the hilt and scabbard. Blade generally clean, with good clear etching. The whole would benefit from some gentle cleaning. Blade length 32.5 inches. Complete with a digital copy of the Wilkinson Sword Proof Book, showing sale to a "G. Mayall" of the Deby Regiment in March 1902. Plenty of scope for further research. Strictly 18's only.
Edward VIII 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword An extremely rare sword, due to Edward VIII only being monarch for a few months in 1936. This example is in very good untouched condition, and has no real issues. All shagreen and twistwire remains, as does all the plating. Standard 32.5 inch blade, crisply etched with the ERVIII cypher, and the usual foliate decoration. This sword bears no manufacturers details, but the proof slug would indicate that it was produced by Wilkinson sword, probably under contract for another retailer. Housed in original field service scabbard, with an unusual plated bottom mount, which usually indicates a mounted officer Complete with black leather sword knot. Strictly over 18's only.
Edwardian 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword The sword of Captain K.W. Greene. Kenneth Wollaston Greene was born in 1880. He married Constance Agnes Jackson, the daughter of Robert Jackson, of Ormesby House, Huddersfield, in 1909. Kenneth partnered with his brother, John, also a solicitor, becoming the firm of Greene & Greene, established in 1893. The brothers were part of the promintent Greene family of Suffolk, which have included a Governor of the Bank of England, a Director General of the BBC,an Everest Mountaineer, and the internationally-acclaimed author Graham Greene. The family is also linked with Bury St Edmunds brewers Greene King, which John and Kenneth’s Great-Great Uncle, Benjamin Greene, founded in 1799. Greene joined the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, and I have found the following appointments. London Gazette May 6th 1902 "2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment,Second Lieutenant K. W. Greene to be Lieutenant. Dated 7th May, 1902." London Gazette December 16th 1904 "2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, The undermentioned Lieutenants to be Captains:—K. W. Greene. Dated 17th December, 1904." London Gazette September 8th 1908 "5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; The undermentioned officers, from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment, are appointed to the battalion, with rank and precedence as in the Volunteer Force. Dated 1st April, 1908 : Captain Kenneth Wollaston Greene." A good example of the harder to find ERVII 1897 pattern. All shagreen and wire present, well formed hilt. Finely etched, clean blade, no makers marking, standard foliate etching, along with monarchs cypher, crest, family motto and intertwined initials K.W.G. Housed in the standard brown leather field service scabbard. An interesting sword, to a member of a prominent Suffolk family. Plenty more research to be carried out by the new owner, including the possibility of WW1 service. Strictly over 18's only.
Edwardian Admiralty Duplicate Pattern Brass Tag An unusual brass tag or plate, dated "190" for sometime in the late Victorian or Edwardian period.
Edwardian Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword The sword of Major Gen Sir Chauncey Batho Dashwood Strettell KCIE CB (1881-1958) Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 20 January 1900. Indian Staff Corps 1901 Lieutenant on 2 May 1902. 13th Rajputs 1901, Waziristan, North West Frontier, India 1901-1902; 3rd Punjab Cavalry, Punjab Frontier Force 1902; Captain on 20 January 1909 Nmai-Hka expedition, Burma 1912-1913; Temporary Major 20 October 1914 Commanding officer of the newly-formed 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron) Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force.Mesopotamia 1916; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, India 1919; Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on 8 June 1919 Commandant, Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry Frontier Force 1924-1928; Assistant Adjutant General, Northern Command, India 1928; Commander, 3 Meerut Cavalry Bde 1929-1932; Brigadier General on staff, Southern Command, India 1932-1934; Deputy Quartermaster General, Army Headquarters, India 1934-1936; Deputy Adjutant General and Director of Organisation 1936; Commander, Peshawar District, India 1936; Retired 1940; Group Commandant, POW Camps 1941; Director of Demobilisation and Reconstruction, General Headquarters, India 1941-1943; Colonel, Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry Frontier Force 1943; Retired 1944 More infomation and a good image of Strettell may be found here: The sword itself complete with original sword knot and housed in field service scabbard within the outer protective carrying bag bearing Strettell's initials. The scabbard could use a feed, but is holding together well. Condition is as found, the hilt appears to be coated in a protective grease, which has dried out, and will need a thorough clean, but with no major issues, dents or dings and should come up very nicely indeed. The blade, by Edward Thurkle of Denmark Street, Soho, London. The blade is also covered in old grease, but appears bright, and should clean up very well. There is the usual foliate decoration, with Edvard VII crown and cypher. There is an etched panel with the initials and surname "C.B.D. STRETTELL". All in all, completely "as found" and unmolested, a wonderful sword, which promises to yield much more research potential to the next owner. Strictly over 18's only.
Eighth Army Leave Scheme Ticket I've never encountered one of these before, presumably a morale boosting lottery ticket for leave. Destination: Alamein to Blighty. This one is named to a Sgt Hendrie and is stamped to the reverse with the number "12". A scarce little item. Free Postage.
Elbon Rapid Rug Knitter Here is something for the collector who thinks he has it all!! Sold at the British Empire Exhibition in 1925, these little machines were "Made Entirely by British Ex-Service Men With British Materials Throughout" A way of employing wounded and unemployed ex soldiers, sailors and airmen. This is the only example of this little invention I have ever seen, and comes complete in its cardboard box, with instructions and an original business card for the Elbon Company. A great piece of post WW1 social history, and one for the Wembley Empire Exhibition collectors too.
Elementary Navigation For Air Training A Wartime booklet.
Embroidered Army Vetinary Corps Postcard A beautiful and scarce survivor. Bearing the message "With my best wishes for a pleasant Easter, 1916. E.W.S."
Embroidered Royal Engineers Titles
Emergency Ration Tin A good empty WW2 example.
Enamel RAF Lighter A superb example, in excellent condition, produced by Ronson.
English Officers Hanger Circa 1760 A fine and untouched America Revolutionary War period English Officers Hanger. Given the blade length quite possibly Naval in origin, but devoid of any markings, etching or makers details. Ovoid pommel retaining its beautiful original shagreen grip and wire binding. Single knuckle bow. with looped outer bar guard and quillion. The blade is 23 inches with a single fuller running the length of the blade. Generally clean with minor staining and very light pitting towards the back edge. Well protected by its scabbard. It has the incredible bonus of retaining its original scabbard. It is complete with iron top and bottom mounts, although the top mount has been put on upside down at some point in its life. It has an outer leather sleeve over the main scabbard, quite possibly a foul weather cover, which again may indicate naval use. Strictly over 18's only.
Far East Issue Wooden Hilted Commando Knife A very good example, housed in original sheath. No visible markings, which is not unusual for this pattern. Blade measures just over 6.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Father and Son Medal Group Wagstaffe Interesting set, both men being Officers. Fathers group consisting of: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony Clasp correctly impressed "11403 L CPL P. WAGSTAFFE R.A.M.C 1914-15 Star correctly impressed "11403 S.MJR P.E.WAGSTAFFE R.A.M.C" War and Victory correctly impressed "QM&LIEUT P.E.WAGSTAFFE LSGC correctly impressed "11403 S.SJT P.E. WAGSTAFFE R.A.M.C Son's group consisting of: 39-45 Star France and Germany Star Defence Medal War Medal Territorial Efficiency correctly impressed "CAPT K.P. WAGSTAFFE R.A.S.C." Loose MID oak leaf and "For Loyal Service" wound badge. The full size medals unmounted as issued, in box of issue with conveyance slip and a further letter from the medal office. The box addressed to "Major" Wagstaffe. Accompanied by a cased set of miniatures displaying an MID oak leaf and the territorial decoration rather than the Efficiency. Whether this award was upgraded later I have no idea. Interesting set, unresearched and fresh to the market.
Fatman Commando Knife Here is another superb example of a scarce WW2 Fighting knife. Known as the "Fatman" due to its chunky grip these examples have links with the SAS and other special forces units. This example retains a good deal of its original black finish to hilt and blade, and carries a full length blade with needle point intact (just shy of seven inches) The knife carries neither inspection markings, nor makers marks, which could further indicate clandestine use. The brown leather scabbard is of the type associated with this knife, the variety more usually found with stag horn conversions. A very good example, not previously offered on the market. Strictly over 18's only.
Field Message Book And Cover 153 Named to a 2/Lt R. Goodman. 2/Lt Goodman served in the 35th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. He won a DCM serving as a Bombardier with the same unit on 11/3/1916. One message dated 2/11/18 describes the enemy as being in Full retreat. A rare item in any event, but very nice with provenance to a decorated officer, and still containing messages from the closing days of WW1.
Fine Bone and Silver Handled Kukri A real gem of a kukri, with signs of lamination to the blade. A heavy sirupate styple blade with double spine fullers. Small bone grips, with a thick silver pommel plate. 13.75 inch blade. No scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Fine Scottish Officers Brocade Belt Silver brocade (Volunteer) Officers Belt, in very pleasing condition. Thistle design to the exterior, red morocco interior. Likely Edwardian to Great War in date. A superb belt.
Fine Victorian Argyll&Sutherland Highlanders Dirk Belt A very fine gold brocade example, for regulars officer's, complete with exceptional silver and brass convex belt buckle, by Marshall & Sons of 87 George Street, Edinburgh (succeeded by Brook and Son in 1891) A charming and superb belt.
First Aid Post Enamel Sign A great condition WW2 period enamel street sign, measuring 15 inches by 14 inches.
First Army Rifle Meeting 1918 Silver Medal A charming medal, full hallmarked to the reverse.
First Manchester Rifles Officers Sword A very interesting sword, exhibiting a number of unusual features. The whole sword has been plated, whether during service, or due to a regimental pattern I am unsure, but the "silver" appearance is very attractive. The steel scabbard has been wrapped in leather, in the manner of those associated with overseas service to India. Some of this leather is now coming away, and would benefit from a feed and polish. All the blade etching is bright and very clear (unlike some later plated swords) which is another indicator that it may have been produced this way originally. The blade carried the crest and motto of the Manchester Regiment "From Acorns Strong Oaks" to the right hand side. One the left is "First Manchester Rifles" "6th Lancs" and some officers initials, which will aid in tracing the original owner. I see them as either W.T.B.C or W.T.W.B.C (The last letter could easily be a C,O or even a G though) A look through appropriate lists would soon narrow the suspect down. Blade by Firmin and Sons, Strand. 32.5 inch blade. All wire and shagreen intact. The folding guard functions as it should. Some small areas of loss to the plating on the blade, mainly towards the tip, and to one side of the blade about half way down. Otherwise stable. All in all a very attractive sword. Despite the 1822 pattern hilt, its seems that this sword must date from just after the Cardwell Reforms of 1881, as the Manchester Regt didn’t exist prior to that and there would have been no need to refer to predecessor units (the 6th) on the blade. This refers to the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Rifle Volunteers. A very interesting and attractive sword, from the dawn of the Manchester regiment. Strictly over 18's only.
First World War Imperial German Quillback Model 1898 Mauser Bayonet A very good example, made by P.D. Luneschloss. Housed in steel mounted leather scabbard and original frog. WW1 German M1898 Mauser Bayonet Plenty of clear markings, scabbard fits tightly. The scabbard leather is marked with the name of a British Sgt, very likely the man who brought it back, opening up and interesting avenue for research. Strictly over 18's only.
First World War Nurses Grouping Additional Images: The Autograph Book Pt 1
First World War Nurses Grouping Additional Images
First World War Telegram Sent from Portsmouth on 28th September 1914, telling the recipient the sender will not be going to India!! Great piece of history, fragile due to its nature, but easy to read, and would look great mounted and framed.
Five WW2 Period Miniature Medals Consisting of: 39-45 Star France and Germany Star Defence Medal War Medal MID oak leaf) Territorial Decoration (GVI) Court Mounted on a pin bar.
For Those On Active Service Prayer Book Issued by the United Navy, Army and Air Force Board (Baptist and Congregational Churches)
Framed ATS Group Portrait Being that of "B Boy, Camberly Group, ATS" Complete with names of all those depicted.
Framed Suffolk Regiment Postcard A nice lace postcard from the Great War, framed for display. Some foxing, but the colours are still bright and clear.
France and Germany Star A good original example.
Free French Enamel Badge Fine condition. ***Free Postage***
French Chassepot Bayonet A scarcer Tulle Arsenal produced example, in very pleasing condition. Strictly over 18's only.
French Croix du Combattant Medal Original French Croix du Combattant Medal Offered on a period ribbon, no suspention pin.
French Firefighters Adrian Helmet A good Pompier and Sapeurs example, from the small town of Bran, near Carcassone, in the Aude region of France. This example dating to the 1920's. Generally excellent condition, retaining its chin strap, but missing its liner.
French Gas Mask TC 38 Standard pre war respirator used by military, and later civilians. This example bears a label inside the tin, for the previous owner, a mademoiselle residing in Paris. The tin bears its original strap, which has split, but could be repaired. the correct light blue tin carries a slight rust bloom on one side, but is free from major dents and is not misshapen. It is dated 1940. The mask itself is dated 1939, as is the base of the filter, with a further inspection date of September 1944. The mask itself is stiff but free from other damage, and the eye pieces are without cracks. All in all a good example of an increasingly difficult to find mask.
French Model 1886 Lebel Bayonet 3rd Pattern Lebel bayonet with a brass hilt, modified catch and no quillon. Dent free undamaged scabbard, complete with black leather frog with indistinct naming to the reverse. A very good example.
French Model 1916 Fighting Knife Also known as "Le Vengeur de 1870" and the "Couteau Poignard Mle 1916". This is the first type produced, without a metal ferrule. This example by Societe Generale de Coutellerie et Orfeverie" is as found, uncleaned and untouched. Blade length 6.5 inches. 10.75 inches overall. Housed in a non standard, but extremely well made leather sheath with retaining strap and belt loop. Strictly over 18's only.
French Veteran Helmet "Visor" Privately purchased by French Veteran's to add to their Adrian helmets for veteran's day parades to show that they served during WW1. I have also seen them added to "memorial" helmets: Adrian helmets painted black with this brass visor attached and mounted to the wall, in memory of fallen loved ones.
Full Size Medal Ribbon Bars Two period examples, denoting South African and Great War Service.
G.S.T.P. Military Pocket Watch This example by Bravington's. General Service Trade Pattern Pocket Watch, in non running condition. I have not had the watch apart, and it shows no sign of being tampered with. The exterior is very nice indeed, and, given the quality of movement used in these watches, it will be fairly simple to get this one up and running.
General Service Medal "Cyprus" Royal Berkshire Regiment Unworn, and complete in box with cap badge. Correctly impressed 23263737 PTE K C SKUSE R. BERKS R.
Georg Jensen Floral Brooch Sterling silver stylised floral/organic brooch by Georg Jensen. Jensen import mark, to reverse: GJLd along with English Hallmarks for London 1957. Also marked on reverse: Georg Jensen, Sterling, shape no. 295. Approx 2.2 inches in length.
Georg Jensen Pendant for Franklin mint Sterling silver pendant in the form of stylised geese, designed by Georg Jensen for the Franklin Mint and released in 1982. Mark to reverse: Georg Jensen, Sterling, 925, Denmark, C, 1982, For the Franklin Mint. Approx 1 1/4 inches in length.
Georg Jensen/Henning Koppel 'Amoeba' Brooch Sterling silver 'Amoeba' brooch by designer Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, c. early 1950s. Import Marks on reverse: GJLd London 1972. Also marked on reverse: Georg Jensen, 925s, Denmark, shape no. 322. Approx. 2 inches in length.
George IV General Officers Sword This is a scarce early example of the Staff and General Officers Sword, from the reign of George IV. Huge 34.5 inch pipe backed blade, with the early style of light floral etching on either side, including GIV Cypher, Crown and the General Officer Insignia. Some movement between the blade and the hilt, which would be improved with the addition of a blade washer. A small section of pitting on one side of the blade toward the tip. Sadly lacking its scabbard, but still a scarce early sword in excellent condition. Strictly over 18's Only.
George V Rifle Brigade Officers Sword KIA The sword of Lieutenant Charles Rasleigh Ronaldson, 16th Rifle Brigade. Born 9th June 1874, the son of a ship broker. Charles served with the 4th Battalion, 7th Company Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War, as Private No 2222. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa medal with four bars. He re-enlisted in October 1914, aged 41, as Private 694 in the 23rd (Sportsmen's) Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 16th Rifle Brigade on 21st May 1915, and landed in France on the 8th of March 1916. By the 2nd of September the 16th moved into position near the village of Hamel, in preparation for an attack on German trenches the following day. Most of the battalion lost there way. and only a handful of men managed to reach the enemy lines. The 16th lost 176 other ranks killed, along with 9 of their officers, amongst which was Lieutenant Charles Rasleigh Ronaldson. CWGC confirms that he was killed in action 3rd September 1916. The sword is completely as found. The hilt is grubby, but would respond well to sympathetic cleaning. All the shagreen and silver twistwire binding is complete, and in good condition. The 32.5 inch blade is in excellent bright condition, retaining its original finish. It is engraved with the initials CRR, along with the strung bugle, and usual crown and foliate motifs. The original field service leather scabbard is an excellent fit, but has lost some of its original covering, probably due to the method of storage. This could be replaced, but is pretty poignant as it is. Accompanied by the Wilkinson Sword ledger entry, and a small quantity of research, including an image of Lt Ronaldson in his Rifle Brigade uniform. Strictly over 18's only.
George VI Leather Dispatch Or Document Case A very interesting leather dispatch/document case/box, bearing the royal crest of King George VI. I am unsure if it is of a Military or Government origin, but it did come from the estate of a British Officer. The first one I have seen, but would look good as part of a military HQ display. Measuring 19 by 11.5 inches.
Georgian Bandsman's Sword A scarce piece which comes in near mint original condition. These attractive lionshead sidearms are usually found in battered condition, but this example really is in superb original condition, and retains its original brass mounted leather scabbard. Blade length 19.25 inches, culminating in a needle point. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Coast Guard Cutlass An interesting and hard to come by example, of the type used by the coast guard and customs circa 1820. Brass D guard and cast iron grip, both in excellent used condition. No Langets. No visible makers markings. 29.75 inch curved, single fullered blade in good untouched condition. Strictly over 18's Only
Georgian Naval Officers Sword A good example of an Georgian Ivory hilted officers sword, circa 1800. Owing to the blade length, it is very likely that this particular sword was carried by a Naval officer. Blade looks to have been cleaned at some point in the past, but shows no signs of ever having been etched, so it is likely to have been a plain fighting sword. A very fine sword, the grip shows no damage, and the whole sword remains tight. Blade length 30 inches. Owing to the grip material, this sword is for sale within the UK only. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Pipeback Naval Officers Sword Early version of the 1827 pattern naval officers sword with a "solid hilt" without folding guard. Shagreen and wire bound grip in excellent condition. Heavy 29.5 inch pipe backed blade with quill point. The blade etched "Warranted" to one side and "Dudley Sword Cutler Portsmouth" to the other, along with crowned anchors to both sides further down the blade. Some bright finish remaining towards the ricasso, dark staining towards the centre and point. Some edge knicks to the blade, the largest being at the point. Leather scabbard bearing "Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth" makers details to the top mount, sadly the leather is broken on the join with the heavy bottom mount. It would be possible to restore this with an interior "sleeve" but does display well as is. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Police Sidearm Dated 1820 A scarce early model, with shagreen grip and brass stirrup guard. Etched on the blade "W.Parker Holborn" and "Warranted 1820". Blade length 22.75 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Scots Guards Officers Sword A wonderful opportunity to own this very special, early, and possibly unique regimental pattern sword. The bronze hilt featuring the thistle crest of the Scots Guards, with their motto beneath "Nemo me impune lacessit". One of the side bars of the guard is sadly absent. The grip is wire bound shagreen and is largely intact, with a large split at the rear where the wooden former has expanded, but this is nice and tight, with zero play. The early imported single fullered broadsword style blade by the famous JJ Runkell of Solingen, measuring nearly 32 inches in length, and bearing the makers name in the fuller to either side. Some old pitting and age staining to the blade. I can find no other comparable examples of this sword anywhere, and I have never seen another, so this may be your one and only chance to add such a sword to your collection. Further images available. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Special Pattern 51st Foot Officers Sword A scarce variant, as illustrated (Figure 141) on page 154 of Brian Robson's seminal work "Swords of the British Army" (1996 Revised) This example with studded leather grip, Greek key decoration to the ferrule, and squared stirrup guard. The 31.5 inch unfullered blade has been service sharpened, and remains bright, with only minor areas of discolouration. It features a "yelman" or false edge, which runs for almost ten inches. Scabbard with fixed hanging rings, and pointed drag. Superb untouched condition, this sword is completely as found, and although it would benefit from some light cleaning and general TLC, it is totally un-molested, and has not been in sight of a buffing wheel! A similar variation may be found in Richard Dellar's excellent work "The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912: Some New Perspectives" on page 55, figures 5.15 and 5.16, described as dating to 1803, and being carried by the 24th Light Dragoons. Although no blade length is given, it does share many of the decorative characteristics, and the unfullered blade. Worthy of futher research, and certainly not a variant which will wander across your path again any time soon. Strictly over 18's only.
Georgian Three Way Powder Flask A rare example. sadly with some issues. Unfortunately it has a dent in one side of the body, which could be removed. When I purchased it the spring was absent, but I found it in the bottom compartment. It fits well, and works, but is not currently fixed to the flask. 4.75 inches tall. Priced with condition in mind.
German "East" Medal A good genuine Eastern Front Medal. On an original, grubby length of ribbon. Medal came with a photo of a Luftwaffe Officer, which is also included.
German Boot Knife A good example of a German Stag handled boot knife. This type of stag gripped knife is commonly associated with hunting, but thousands found there way to the front during WW1 and WW2. This example came from the same estate as the German East medal. Generally very nice condition, possibly missing a butt cap. Strictly over 18's Only.
German Fighting Knife With Bayonet Fitting Scarce private purchase fighting knife with bayonet fitting, known as "officers" bayonets in some circles. This example by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen, in very pleasing condition, having a lot of the original paint and finish remaining to knife and scabbard. Blade length: 6 inches. Total length 11 inches Strictly over 18's only.
German K98 Bayonet Matching Numbers Tropical Frog Maker marked Rich Abr Herder with matching numbers 596 to bayonet and scabbard. Lots of blued finish remaining with areas of light rust to both bayonet and scabbard. Scabbard fitted with the Africa Corp/tropical frog which is also in excellent condition. Ink markings to the reverse. Strictly over 18's only.
German Private Purchase Fighting Knife Almost identical to the Luftwaffe Pattern Boot Knife, but without inspection markings. Instead it carries a makers marking in the form of a swan. The only reference I can find to a German Cutler using such a marking is E.F.Horster. An interesting and quality example. Blade length 6.75 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
German Spanish Cross With Swords In Bronze A superb "Spanienkreuz" unmarked but likely produced by Schickle. Fine detail and vaulting, complete with correct functioning pin. Unconditionally guaranteed 100% original.
German Stag Hoof Handled Knife A quality hunting knife. Maker marked to the blade. Blade 4 inches, 10 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
German Weapons, Uniforms, Insignia, 1841-1918 An excellent reference by by James E. Hicks.
Germany Pamphlet Produced as a guide for troops entering Germany from 1944 onwards.
GHQ India Formation Sign A superb example. Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
GHQ India Quartermaster Armband Extremely Scarce, 1943 dated. Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
Good Quality Reproduction German Portpee Knot
Graf Zeppelin Postcard A wonderful unsent example.
Great War 1907 SMLE Bayonet Reissued for Suez 1956 A very pleasing 1917 dated example by Wilkinson. Housed in scarce Indian made brass mounted brown leather scabbard, and complete with leather frog. Reverse of frog carries ink markings with a name and what looks to be "Port Said 1956", which may indicate issue during the Suez Crisis. A long serving bayonet! Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Album Welsh Horse A wonderful album, complied by Captain R.L Thomas, Welsh Horse. Rowland Lewis Thomas, or "Rowley" to his friends was born on 7 November 1863. He was educated at Llandovery College in Wales but studied medicine in London. A keen rugby player, he played for several teams throughout his playing career, including Llanelli and University College Hospital, but it his time with London Welsh ( of whom he was a founding member in 1885, playing in their first ever match as Captain) that brought him to the attention of the international selectors. Thomas played international rugby for Wales, playing his first match against Scotland in 1889. He was capped seven times in total. He was seen as considerable all-round sportsman,and was an excellent shot, proficient horseman and keen angler. He was also a leading member of the Carmarthenshire Hunt. During World War I, Thomas served his country as a medical officer with the Welsh Horse, seeing action at Gallipoli, and also serving in Egypt. This rather battered album features wonderful images from pre WW1, through to the 1930's. As well as the images within, there are also various letters, extra photos, postcards and clippings which are loose. One of the real bonuses of the album is that most of the images are annotated, allowing identification of other sitters. I've uploaded 30 images to give you a flavour of what it included, one of my favourites being "Hooligan", his Charger, and RIP the dog! Post war Thomas was a medical coroner for West Carmarthenshire for 24 years. He died on 21 January 1949, and at his funeral his hunting clothes and boots were placed alongside him in his coffin.
Great War Battalion Kukri Single fullered blade which has been kept greased and remains in very good condition. Hard wood grip in good condition, with tightly fitted steel pommel plate with domed retaining cap. Brown leather scabbard retaining chakmak, karda, and khissa pouch. Blade length 12 inches, overall length 16.25 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Kukri A very good sleepy example, in need of some TLC. Original scabbard, chakmak and Karda absent. 12.5 inch blade covered with rust, it doesn't look deep, and should clean well for whoever has the time to invest in it. 16 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Military Kukri A good quality WW1 period battalion issue kukri. Unmarked, but similar to examples known to have been carried by the 8th GR. Wooden grip bears the remnants of black paint, which again is noted on known Great War examples, to protect the grip from the elements in the trenches. Steel butt cap. 13 inch blade, 17 inches overall. Housed in a military type brown leather scabbard with steel chape, which has splits and an old leather repair at the mouth.It is the right length for the kukri, but something appears to be lodged in it, preventing full sheathing. Complete with two karda, one with a four digit military number. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Period 1827 Pattern Naval Officers Sword An extremely pleasing ensemble of sword, scabbard, original belt, knot and oilshin foul weather cover. George V example, by Firmin and Son, London. Clean 31 inch blade, in need of a gentle clean. No pitting, edge knicks or other damage. Good brass mounted leather scabbard. The folding guard locks tightly onto the scabbard, but is a little floppy when "up". This is about the only flaw in this otherwise excellent collection, which if cleaned would suit a serving officer. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Period Kukri Unusual pommel cap with domed peen and twin screws. 12 inch blade, just over 16 inches overall. Housed in black leather scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Period Small Revolver Holster Unusual little holster, possibly for a .32 private purchase revolver. Nine inches from top to bottom, ten inches from butt to foresight. No visible markings.
Great War Swaine&Adeney Officers Swagger Stick A very fine example of these sought after officers accoutrements, by the finest maker of walking and gadget sticks. The cane can be pulled apart to reveal a 13.5 inch concealed blade, fully etched with foliage and makers details. Comes in very pleasing condition, with only minor scuffing at either end, It would be hard to improve upon this example. Strictly over 18's only.
Great War Territrorial Force Commission Document Named to Jocelyn Joseph James Van Tromp. Van Tromp served with the Royal West Kent Regiment during WW1. He is also listed as serving as with the Departmental Clerks (Grade IV) in War Department Outstation Offices during WW2. Framed and glazed. Worthy of further research.
Great War Trench Art Match Box Cover A lovely aluminum example, with a German Imperial crown in brass, and a .303 bullet to the front, along with the dates "1914-1919". On the rear is the owners name, "J.Griffiths". A very pleasing little item.
H Type Oxygen Mask A good example, free from perishing and rips or tears.
Hampshire Regiment Officers Medals Comprising 39-45 Star, Africa Star with 1st Army Bar, War and defence medals, swing mounted for wear. Officers Release book "Class A" named to 242761 Captain George Alfred Pearson, Hampshire Regiment. A War office letter, dated 1st november 1946, releasing him from active military duty, thanking him for his service, and granting him the honorary rank of Captain.
Hampshire Regiment Officers Sword Later A Flying Ace The sword of Captain Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands MC (9th September 1897 to 8th May 1919) a Canadian World War I flying ace credited with nine aerial victories. Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 9 September 1897. He was the only surviving son of Canon Beanlands of Wickhurst Manor, Weald. His father was the rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Beanlands' mother was Laura Maud Hills. Both parents would predecease their son. Beanlands was educated at Oundle School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the Hampshire Regiment in December 1914. In August 1914 he entered Sandhurst, leaving there in the following December, when he was gazetted to the 1st Hampshire Regiment. He went to France in January 1915 and fought through the second battle of Ypres. On 3 March 1916, Beanlands was promoted to lieutenant in the Hampshires. On 31 May 1916, he was forwarded as a second lieutenant to be a Flying Officer with the Royal Flying Corps. On 1 September 1916, he was promoted to temporary lieutenant while serving with the RFC. Five days later,whilst serving with 70 Squadron he scored his first aerial victory, killing aces Hans Rosencrantz and Wilhelm Fahlbusch in their reconnaissance two-seater. On 1 December 1916 he was appointed as Flight Commander, with a promotion to temporary captain. He transferred postings to 24 Squadron, where he scored eight more victories between 25 August 1917 and 18 March 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross in December 1917, which was gazetted 25 April 1918: "....He has brought down three enemy aeroplanes out of control and driven down several others over the enemy lines." During the German offensive of March 1918 he was seriously wounded (Flight magazine 11th April 1918) Upon his recovery was appointed Examining Wing Officer to the 18th Wing R.A.F. Beanlands survived the war, only to die in a flying accident at RAF Northolt on 8 May 1919. He is buried in the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Churchyard in Sevenoaks, Kent, Which was his father's home parish. The sword itself produced by Wilkinson sword and is in near perfect original condition. If you were only to own one 1897 pattern sword, you would struggle to find a better example. The hilt retains all of its original thick nickel plating with a well defined GRV cypher. All of the dark shagreen and silver twist wire is near pristine. The blade is etched "B.P.G.Beanlands 1st Bn Hampshire Regt 1914" One or two very minor blemishes to the blade, but one has to struggle to see them, and easily removed if desired. Blade number 47150 Blade length 32.5 inches. The original field service leather scabbard is complete and an excellent fit, with one or two small areas of loss. It has done its job admirably however, and has protected the blade extremely well. Sold with a file of digital research, including images of Beanlands in both his Hampshire and RAF uniforms, and a superb image of Beanlands with his bi-plane in 1916 on the playing fields at Oundle, where he went to inspire the pupils of his old school. Strictly over 18's only.
Hampshire Regiment Sword The sword of Colonel Sir Arthur Richard Holbrook KBE V.D.DL,JP Born 1850 Died 1946 Gazetted 24th June 1893 as Honary Rank of Colonel, 3rd (Duke of Connaught's Own) Volunteer Battalion, Hampshire Regiment He was a Newspaper proprietor; owner of Holbrooks Printers and the "Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette" (1850) and upon acquiring [in 1884]the "The Evening Mail" became the "Southern Daily Mail"; Fellow of the Institute of Journalists; President Newspaper Society, 1913–14; Chairman Portsmouth Conservative Association, 1885–98; President Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, 1907–12; Commanded Royal Army Service Corps, Salisbury Plain District, 1914–19. KBE in 1918 New Year's Honours list (Knighted for his services in commanding the Royal Army Service Corps' training unit.) MP for Basingstoke 1920 (The Unionists selected 70-year-old Sir Arthur Holbrook as their candidate to defend the seat of Basingstoke.) The father of five sons, known as "The fighting Holbrooks" one of which was Lieutenant Norman Douglas Holbrook, who was awarded the VC, the first of WW1 for the Royal Navy, for making the first submarine raid into the Dardanelles, on the 13th December, 1914. Between them, during the First World War, they earned a VC, DSO, MC and a CBE. From the Daily Mail, June 1940: "Colonel Sir Arthur R. Holbrook, head of "the fighting Holbrooks," celebrated his 90th birthday the other clay. I rang up his house on Kingston Hill, writes a representative of the "Daily Mail," London. [1940] "I'm sorry," was the answer, "but Sir Arthur has finished his party here. He has gone on to another one now." So I found this two-party-a-day man at the house of his daughter, Mrs. F. W. Butler. "Sorry to keep you waiting," he said when lie came to the telephone, "but I've just been blowing out 90 candles and cutting my birthday cake." It was difficult to believe that the hearty voice at the other end of the line belonged to a man born in 1850. All Sir Arthur's six sons and ten grandsons are with the services. The sons, who also served in the last war, include a V.C. and a D.S.O. Sir Arthur joined the army at the age of ten. By War Office permission he was attested a drummer boy in the 5th Hampshire Rifle Volunteers. He was 64 in 1914. but by giving his age as 49 he re-joined and served throughout the last war. Colonel Arthur E. Holbrook. D.S.O., the eldest son, was in the South African War as well as the last war. His two sons and two stepsons are serving officers. Sir Arthur's second son, Rear Admiral Leonard Holbrook, was flag commander of the George V. in the Battle of Jutland. Now he is back at the Admiralty. The third son. Sir Claude Holbrook, has an Army Command. One of his sons is in the Army and the other in Navy. The fourth son is Commander Norman Holbrook. V.C., whose submarine dived under five minefields and torpedoed a Turkish battleship in the Dardanelles. He also is back at the Admiralty. Colonel Alec Holbrook is the fifth son, and the youngest. Major Neville Holbrook, is a gunnery instructor." Sir Arthur died in 1946 aged 96 Sword in very pleasing untouched condition, with all shagreen and wire intact. Blade generally clean and bright with some scattered patches of dark staining. All etching bright and legible. Etched banner panel to the right hand side of the blade "A.R. HOLBROOK" with "5th Hants Rifle Volunteers" surmounting a strung bugle. On the left hand side of the blade is the makers name "Gillot&Hasell 2 Burlington St, London. Further up on the same side is a crowned VR. Below this is the motto "Ubique" along with a field gun, and a banner with motto "QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT" Centre of percussion marking to the blades spine. Housed in its original steel scabbard. Blade length 32 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Hampshire Yeomanry Sword A scarce early regimentally engraved example. Bearing the crest of the Baring Family, of the famous Baring Banking dynasty. Also bearing the initials A.H.B. The sword of Alexander Hugh Baring 4th Baron Ashburton. (4 May 1835 – 18 July 1889) Baring was the son of Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton (1800–1868) and his wife Hortense Eugenie Claire Maret de Bassano (c. 1812–1882). He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1857. He married the Hon. Leonora Caroline Digby, daughter of Edward Digby, 9th Baron Digby and Lady Theresa Anna Maria Fox-Strangways, on 5 January 1864. Baring was elected unopposed as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Thetford at a by-election in December 1857, filling the vacancy caused by his father's succession to the peerage. He was re-elected in 1859 and 1865, and held the seat until he succeeded to the peerage in 1867 on the death of his father. A member of the Baring family, he succeeded to the title of 4th Baron Ashburton, of Ashburton, Devon, on 6 September 1868 and held the office of Deputy Lieutenant. He died at Bath House, Piccadilly, London, England. Baring joined the Hampshire Yeomanry as a Cornet on the 29th May 1854, promoted Lieutenant 20th May, 1859, and resigned his commission on 28th May, 1861. The sword itself is in a very pleasing, untouched condition. The shagreen hilt is mostly intact, with some shrinkage and loss. The whole sword has the appearance of being blackened, as though hung above or near an open fireplace. The blade is very fine, with crisp visible etching, and has been well protected by the scabbard, with only minor blemishes. Blade length 34.5 inches. As will all our swords, it comes as found, and would benefit from a gentle and sympathetic clean. Hampshire Yeomanry swords rarely come onto the market, and attributed swords are few and far between indeed. Strictly over 18's only.
Hand Painted No 11 Fighter Group Badge A stunning hand painted rendition of the No 11 Headquarters Fighter Group Badge, housed within an original oak strip frame. Featuring the group motto "Tutela Cordis" (Latin: Defence of the heart) A superb Battle of Britain era piece. Frame measures 8 by 10 inches.
Harrow School OTC Swagger Stick
Hawker Seahawk Control Column RNAS Seahawk Jet Fighter Control Column circa 1954. A wonderful piece of early Jet Fighter memorabilia. The Data plate shows Part number: AC11232, readable but worn. Everything works as it should, trigger flicks down when the safety is removed, and its fantastic fun to play with!!
Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen Brooch Sterling silver Danish black enamel brooch by the well known designer Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen. In the form of a stylised tree. Mark to reverse: Georg Jensen, HK, Sterling Denmark, shaped no. 323. Length 2.5inches
History Of The 22nd Cheshire Regiment Produced at the end of WW1, and given as a parting gift to all those that had served with the Cheshire's, not many of these small booklets have survived.
HMS Ganges Medal Named on the reverse "A.F. Chapman 1927" Possibly presented for a sporting event.
HMS Hood Brass Ashtray An interesting souvenir ashtray made from HMS Hood's spare gangplank, which was left behind on her final voyage. Examples in the Maritime and Imperial War museums, but I can find no others being sold recently, so probably quite rare.
HMS Largs Combined Operations Medal Grouping Captured in 1940 at Gibraltar, HMS Largs was originally a French banana transport ship. She subsequently became a Combined Operations Headquarters ship for almost every significant amphibious operation of World War II, including Operations Torch, Husky and Overlord and she was manned by a naval, army and air force crew. This grouping consists of a boxed group of five (and F&G bar) WW2 medals, with admiralty transmission slip (six awards), named to Turnbull. A well polished Royal Marines cap badge, a 1970's commemorative badge of the French Commando, a painted combined operations wall plaque, a framed combined operations formation badge, and a superb hand drawn commemorative scroll, which has been produced on the back of an old plotting map, and shows the actions which HMS Largs took part in. I have been unable to establish if Turnbull was a seaman, or a marine. When I purchased this grouping it came with a 1st Pattern FS knife, which I have listed separately. An interesting group, worthy of further research.
HMS Submarines Ashtray A lovely copper example.
Holtzapffel Kukri A scarce late 19thC private purchase officers quality kukri, by the renowned gentleman's tool and knife makers Holtzapffel. Heavy nickel silver butt cap, full width tang, hardwood slab grips. Single fullered blade marked "Holtzapffel&Co London" Blade has been sharpened, and has old staining, lighting pitting and light rust to both sides. Would benefit from some gentle cleaning. Blade 5.75 inches, 9.75 inches overall. Housed in its original thick leather sheath with a later leather frog for belt carry. In kukri collecting terms this is a very rare piece, and one for the serious collector. Strictly over 18's only.
Honour To The Navy Silk Embroidered Postcard A very nice card, sent from a Privater Frederic Price, 5th Lincs.
Honourable Artillery Company Crossbelt And Pouch A George V Buff leather cross belt and pouch, the badge bearing the motto of the Honourable Artillery Company. The belt and badge in very good condition.
Honourable Artillery Company Officers Sword A scarce mid Victorian Honourable Artillery Company Officers sword, regimentally marked and carrying the family crest and initials of the original owner. The flat diamond type blade maker marked at the ricasso "T. Warren 23 Curistor St, London". (Operating from that address from 1846-1861) The blade engraved with foliate etching, the initials H.A.C. to one side, and "F.W." below a family crest of pressed palms. The guard in overall very good condition, with a good amount of original finish. Free from major dents or buckling, and complete with curved scalloped guard displaying a white metal flaming grenade. The shagreen grip in very good condition, and retaining its original twistwire binding. Steel dress scabbard generally sound with some areas of corrosion, cleaned corrosion, and light rust. 30.95 inch blade. A very good example of a difficult to find pattern with research potential. Strictly over 18's Only
Hooked Quillion 1907 SMLE Bayonet Highland Light Infantry Pommel marked "4. H.L.I. 34" Enfield produced example dated 1910. Good clear markings to both ricasso's. 1915 dated scabbard by H.G.R. Scabbard retains a high degree of its original brown colour, and is complete with leather frog stamped "2.R.S. 311" The metalwork on bayonet and scabbard was painted black at some point, the second such HLI marked example to be painted thus, so possibly a battalion order to prevent reflection. The metalwork appears in good condition underneath. Blade is full length, with no loss of tip, some light age related staining which appears to be old grease. Fully functioning button and release catch. A very pleasing example all round. Strictly over 18's only.
Hooked Quillion 1907 SMLE Bayonet Suffolk Regiment A very good 1909 dated example, produced at Enfield and marked up to the 2nd Suffolks. Uncleaned and untouched, it would benefit from a gentle clean, but no real issues. Full 17 inch blade, with good clear markings overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Horn Handled Sirupate Kukri 12 inch blade, 16.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Horn Hilted Kukri A good fighting kukri, circa 1900-1900, housed in its original wooden covered leather scabbard with steel chape. Steel pommel over horn grip with unusual copper diamond keeper. Steel bolster. Blade 13.5 inches with signs of sharpening to the entire edge. 17.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Horn Hilted Kukri Pin Decoration An attractive example with an 11.5 inch single fullered blade, mounted with a horn grip with nail/pin decoration. Sun burst keeper on the pommel plate. 15.5 inches in total. Some old corrosion, dirt and grime to the both sides of the blade, but generally good and would improve with some TLC. Housed in a tooled and decorated leather scabbard. Strictly over 18's Only
Hussars and Mounted Rifles By D.H. Hagger "Uniforms of the Imperial German Cavalry 1900-1914"
Imperial German Bayonet Frog A good period example.
Imperial German Dagger with Carved Handle Charming little example, with a running stag carved into the handle, with a nickel silver pommel. Measures 4.75 inches overall. Blade marked Wismann&Sohn.
Imperial German Fighting Knife An interesting example with chequered grip slabs, in blued steel scabbard with leather belt loop, which has worn through at the top, or possibly cut to remove it from a belt. Blade length 5.5. inches, 10 inches overall. A good untouched example. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Luger Holster A fantastic original WW1 Holster. Profusely marked inside and out, original owners named inked to the rear. Sadly the date is partially obscured by the strap stitching, one can make out "19" under the makers name of "L. ESTELMANN, STRASSBURG" Beneath this is a possible unit designation "B.A.X.I." Underneath the Luger release strap under the flap of the holster is another marking "LZA, (image of an eagle) J.Karlsruhe" Another LZA marking can be found on the magazine pouch. I am lead to believe these are leather quality inspection markings. These holsters are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and this one is exactly as purchased, 100% original and untouched.
Imperial German Miniature Bayonet Another recent "shed" find, this example could do with some TLC, but is in generally good condition. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Model 1888/98 Ersatz Bayonet And Scabbard Wholly original and quite scarce, with a fair amount of original painted finish. Blade measuring 12.25 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Sawback Butchers Bayonet A super example of this increasingly hard to find bayonet, dated 1917. Very clean all round, some minor denting to the reverse of the scabbard. Blade maker marked "Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G. Oberndorf a N." Original leather frog, with date and makers details to the rear. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Sawback Dress Bayonet An exceptionally clean example by F.W Holler, Solingen. Period frog, the knot appears to be a later addition. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Second pattern M1884/98 Bayonet. 1917 dated example, in very good condition, housed in correct steel scabbard. Interestingly this example has a double maker marking. One Side is "Bayard" and the other is "Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen Foche". Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Souvenir Notepad An unusual and very well made little item.
Imperial German Stag Handled Boot Knife A good quality example with nickel silver mounts. Blade carries an unknown makers marking. Measuring 6.75 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
Imperial German Sword Knot
Imperial German Trench Fighting Knife A good untouched example with wooden grip slabs, in steel scabbard with leather belt loop, and retaining strap with pop stud fastener. Blade length 5.75. inches, 10 inches overall. A good untouched example. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial German Trench Knife An interesting example, with a name carved into the left hand grip scale. Generally very good condition, small chip to the pommel. Blade has been greased, and has no faults. No visible makers markings. 5.75 inch blade. Strictly over 18's only.
Imperial Japanese Officers Katana (Gendaito) Known Smith An absolutely stunning Katana, probably the best example that has been through my hands. Leather Tsuka cover still in place, loosened slightly in order to remove the menuki. The gentleman I bought this from told me that in turn he purchased it from the sister of a Sgt Major who was interned in Chanji prison during WW2. He was given the sword at a surrender ceremony after the war. It has sat in a wardrobe in the house they shared since then. I am reliably informed that the Nakago reads as follows: SHOWA JUROKU NEN SHISHI GATSU (The 7th Month, July 1941) NOSHU KANETOSHI SAKU KORE(Made in Noshu province by Kanetoshi) I was lucky enough to place this sword alongside another made by the same smith, Ichimonji Murayama Kanetoshi, who was active in this province during this period. He is credited as being a medium to high quality sword smith, who also made factory blades. I can see no serious flaws or damage to the blade, aside from one or two minor contact nicks. The hamon can be easily seen, The scabbard retains its original foul weather cover, which matches perfectly the tone of the leatherwork on the hilt. Blade length 28 inches, 40 inches overall. Altogether a very fine piece, ready for display. Strictly over 18's only.
India General Service Medal 1895 KOSB A brooched example, retaining its original scrolled naming "5170 PTE W DAUBNEY 2ND BN K. O. SCO. BORD" Generally very good condition. Entitled to Clasps "Punjab Frontier" and "Tirah". William Kent Daubney, born March 1876 and enllisted on the 14th January 1895, listed as a Baker by trade. Recorded as Wounded (severely) by Gunshot at Shere Khan on 13/12/1897. He was discharged at the end of his term of engagement on the 13th January 1907 as a Lance Corporal. Accompanied by some digital copy paperwork substantiating the above.
Indian Army Cavalry Officers Frog A good example of this hard to find Same Browne cavalry officers frog. Leather is stiff, and could use some feed, but a good honest example.
Indian Army Pictures Framed postcard sized images, with regimental information to the reverse.
Indian Cavalry Officers Wrist Compass Originally carried by Major general William Archibald Kenneth Fraser, CB, CBE, DSO and Bar, MVO, MC (1886–1969). Fraser joined the army in 1905 and served on the Western front with the 9th and 16th Lancers, during the Retreat from Mons, Neuve Chapelle and the Battle of Arras. An interesting character, there is plenty of information to be found on him and should make for an interesting research project. The leather belt pouch bearing the initials "W.A.K.F." The compass itself in good original used condition, and appears to be fully functional. No visible markings or makers details, but closely resembling the characteristics of the standard Verner patent as carried by the Infantry.
Indian Cavalry Troopers Sword From the days of the Raj, these sword were originally produced using old stocks of 1796 light cavalry blades and 1821 Light Cavalry hilts. The blade of this example was made especially for this sword, and is marked to the renowned Birmingham Cutler (Robert) Mole. Blade length a full 31.5 inches. A very pleasing example, with wire bound shagreen grip without loss. The heavy leather bound scabbard with iron mounts is a perfect fit for the sword and is in good sound condition. These swords are hard to find in good condition, and with a gentle clean this sword would be a fine addition to any Indian cavalry collection. Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Mountain Battery Artillery Sword A good 1916 dated Great War example of this sought after blade. Cast grip with brass D guard in great condition, no movement or distortion. Original plating to the blade in good condition, with no major loss. Blade length 30 inches. Maker marked to the blades spine "Wilkinson". Further markings to either side of the ricasso, beneath the langets "Broad Arrow, I.S.D. (India Stores Department) and the date of 1916". Housed in the original brass mounted leather scabbard, the stitching has begun to split, but still holding firm. Strictly over 18's Only
Indian Native Cavalry "Paget" Pattern Sword A very good, and quite scarce example of these under appreciated cavalry swords. 31.5 inch curved "Paget" pattern blade, reminiscent of both the 1796 Light cavalry and native tulwar blades. Brass three bar 1821 pattern guard, with polished hard wood handle, wrapped with brass wire. The guard carries native markings, possibly a unit designation. Housed in the typical Indian tulwar style leather covered wooden scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Native Cavalry Troopers Sword An interesting variation of the British 1853 pattern, which may have been exported for service in India, as it carries none of the usually inspection markings, except for on the on grip flat. "Crown BR over 4" Marked just above the quillion "8|98" which could be a date or unit marking. The 33.24 inch blade has been sharpened to a spear point, and back sharpened for six inches. It is later stamped on "DP" at the ricasso. No scabbard. A very interesting sword, worthy of further research. Jacobs Horse were known to have carried a similar three bar hilted sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Officers Sword Based on the British pattern 1822, but with Tulwar style blade and scabbard. Cartouche to the guard bears the arms of one of the Indian Princely States. Horn/hardwood grip, complete with twistwire. Plain blade in good condition. 29.75 inch steeply curved blade. Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Paratroopers Knife A very scarce WW2 fighting knife, as issued to Indian Airborne units, and some others (as in this case) finding their way into the hands of Chindit Units. A very nice example, made by Military Industries of Lahore, bearing their marking M.I.L. and the model designation and date. "MK.I.42" at the ricasso. The other side is marked "M.E." which is as yet to be identified. The hilt also bears an Indian Army inspection marking, "S.A.3.0." Generally fine condition, with only a small area of cleaned corrosion on the cutting edge. Housed in the correct steel and leather scabbard, with a canvas webbing frog. *** This knife came originally came with Sgt Waddoups Medal Group, see item 50420, and was sold by me four years ago.*** Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Police Buttons Hard to come by. Two large one small.
Indian SMLE No.1 MK II Bayonet Exceptionally good condition, unfullered blade, 1943 dated. Strictly over 18's only.
Indian Stiletto A very distinctive and finely made little stiletto dagger, with horn hilt and steel mounts. The diminutive size may indicate use by a lady. The scabbard with steel fittings, including a belt loop. 4.5 inch blade, 8.75 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Inert 1939 20mm Aircraft Cannon Round The head is loose in the case, but otherwise very pleasing.
Inert No 36 MkI Mills Grenade A good INERT WW2 Canadian No 36 MK 1 Mills Grenade. Body marked "G" for Galt Metal Industries, Ontario Canada. "Chatco" on the lever. Chatham Co. Ontario, Canada TA&S to the base plug for Tweedales & Smalley Strictly over 18's only.
Inlaid Nepalese Kukri A very pleasing, Victorian example, circa 1880, made for a village dignitary, or as a presentation piece. Slender sirupate blade, in need of a gentle clean. The hilt inlaid with bone shapes. One square shape now absent, which would be simple to replace. 12 inch blade, 15.25 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only
Instruments by R.W. Sloley A good 1942 dated copy of this sought after book.
Interesting WW2 Red Cross Nurses Grouping Comprising: Several Red Cross Certificates, named to one Vera Iris Cook, the first dating from 1940, the last to 1948. Two Red Cross medals, one boxed, a named Proficiency award, along with a three year service award, and an enamel pin badge. A Red Cross Apron, and headress cap, both in cotton with embroidered badges. Sundry bandages, dressings, and medical items. All housed in a wooden medical box, with locking catch. Leather carrying strap has perished. A great little archive, suitable for further research, or as part of a living history display.
Interior of an RAF Bomber Interesting period photograph on thick card, until recently framed. Measures 9 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches.
Irish Guard Badge Mould A heavy lead mould, one for the badge collector who has everything!
Irish Joseph Braddell & Sons Percussion Revolver A fine 5 shot example by this renowned Belfast Maker. A good amount of original finish, with the rest of the gun in a clean steel colour. No pitting or other issues. Clean bore. Numbered chambers to cylinder. Patent number to left hand side of the frame. The blued top-strap with retailer's name and address "Joseph Braddell&Son Belfast.". Mechanically perfect. Finely chequered walnut grip. 3 inch barrel. 9.5 inches overall Strictly over 18's only.
Italy Star An excellent original.
J.R. Cooper's Patent Pepperbox Revolver A good clean example of a Cooper's patent pepperbox revolver. The unusual ring trigger underhammer mechanism was patented by Birmingham Gunmaker J.R. Cooper circa 1845. Engraved rounded action with panel on the left hand side "J.R. Coopers Patent" and butt decorated with scrolling foliage. Six undamaged nipples, five original and one replacement. Varnished hardwood grip is original, with a small repair to the top tip of the right hand scale. Birmingham proof marks. A good clean example of this hard to find pistol. Strictly over 18's only.
Jacob's Double Rifle Bayonet Leather grips in good condition, the heavy scrolled hilt free from damage. The push button and spring fully functioning. Marked S&S 640 to the pommel for Swinburn&Son who produced both Rifle and bayonet. The number will be the number of the rifle it was originally paired to. Also marked to the ricasso. The blade measuring 30 inches overall. Some pitting and edge knocks which appear to have been mostly sharpened out. Some distortion toward the point. An extremely rare bayonet in very good condition for its age. Strictly over 18's only.
Japanese Arisaka Rifle Bayonet A pleasing and clean example, manufactured by the sought after Aisan Kogyo Arsenal. Strictly over 18's only.
Japanese Bokken An interesting training Katana, or Bokken. Not a brand new example, measuring 40 inches, with some damage to the "cutting edge".
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Japanese Non Commissioned Officers Sword Imperial Japanese NCO's Model 1935 Katana. According to "Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945" by Jim Dawson This is the painted aluminium type 1 sword, produced directly after the copper version, with the earlier pierced tsuba. Fuchi bear arsenal markings for Suya - Tokyo. Blade and scabbard bear matching numbers "51763" A very clean example of this NCO variation, that has not been abused. Purchased recently from a private source, along with the Japanese Helmet also listed. Strictly over 18's only.
Japanese Officers Katana (Gendaito) Recently found example of an Imperial Japanese officers Katana. This example carries a six letter kanji, which I have partially translated as being made in the Noshu Province at Seki. Unfortunately I am unable to read the last two characters, which will reveal the Smith's name. The sword carries no Seki Arsenal stamps, which would indicate a traditionally made blade, or Gendaito. Blade is 24 inches ( 34 inches overall) with some minor edge nicks towards the tip. The kissaki is defined, and the blade has a wide and visible hamon. Some of the binding has come loose from the Tsuka, and the foul weather cover has seen better days, some of its stitching being loose. But all in all a very nice untouched example, making a great research project. Strictly over 18's only.
Japanese Type 90 Combat Helmet A good original example of the standard issue Imperial Japanese combat helmet. This example retaining a large amount of the original paint work, and the correct star (Army) insignia to the front. The liner is also period correct, the only thing missing from this example is the cotton cloth chin tie/strap. Purchased recently from a private source, along with the Japanese NCO Katana also listed.
Jensen Silver And Enamel "Kingmark" Denmark Lady's Created by famed silversmith Georg Jensen, as a show of patriotic support for Danish King Christian X's 70th Birthday during the occupation of Denmark during WW2. This example is brooch suspended, for wear by a lady. Fully hallmarked to the rear.
Jensen Silver And Enamel "Kingmark" Denmark Men's Created by famed silversmith Georg Jensen, as a show of patriotic support for Danish King Christian X's 70th Birthday during the occupation of Denmark during WW2. This example is lapel suspended, for wear by a man. Fully hallmarked to the rear.
John Lauritzen Hanging Brooch Produced between 1955-81, this stunning brooch in the form of stylised berries and leaves was designed by John Lauritzen. Mark on reverse: John L 380S Denmar(K) Approx 2 inches in length.
Jon's Two Types in Italy. Another example produced by the C.M.F. A good original copy, bright, with a small tear to the top right hand corner of the cover. Jon, aka William John Philpin Jones (1913-1992) Between 1943 and 1946, Jones drew some 300 'Two Types' cartoons. An interesting piece for those interested in wartime cartoons.
K98 Bayonet Matching Numbers And Frog 1942 A very fine example, with matching numbers, all dated 1942, including the original frog, produced by Paul Weyersberg (CRS)
K98 Bayonet Red Bakelite Grips 1943 A very good example, complete with non matching scabbard and original leather frog. Makers Code 43 cul for Ernst Pack und Sohne,Solingen, dated 1943.
K98 Bayonet With Frog By Berg&Co A very good, matching numbered K98 Bayonet, dated 1940, by Berg&Co, complete with frog.
Khanda Hilted Firangi, 1796 Light Cavalry Blade A fascinating sword, produced utilising an Indian Khanda basket hilt, married to an English 1796 Light cavalry troopers blade. Quite possibly used by a native cavalry officer during the Raj, as photographs exist of Indian Army units carrying such Khanda hilted swords. Generally very good condition, signs of wear and use as one might expect, with a dark patina to the 33 inch blade. Blade length 33 inches, 43.5 overall. An unusual sword, for the specialist collector. Strictly over 18's only.
Kings Royal Rifle Corps Swagger Stick A good example, in silver plate.
Kolar Gold Fields Battalion Silver Mess Spoon Stamped "C.V.&Sons" (Maker) and "Silver" on the rear of the handle. Excellent condition.
Korea Period Royal Naval Insignia Comprising of a pair of Captain epaulettes and a medal ribbon bar showing WW2 and Korean War service. The epaulettes by Gieves.
Kothimora Kukri A very high quality kukri in a silver kothimora scabbard. The hilt for a Nepalese hand, with a later brass butt cap added at some point. Shallow kaudi. Steel bolster. Clean double fullered blade with signs of lamentation. 11 inch blade, 14 inches overall. Likely a mid to late 19th century piece. Strictly over 18's only.
Kreigsmarine Dagger Complete with original knot and hanger. Grip cracked and missing twistwire. Blade by Paul Weyersberg&Co Solingen. Brass lighting bolt scabbard, with the usual dents. Overall length just over 15 inches. Strictly over 18's only. Consignment No 51111
Kriegsmarine 7x50 Binoculars A very good and usable pair of Zeiss Kriegsmarine 7 x 50 Binoculars, with original strap and case. Excellent markings for the Kriegsmarine, rather than Coastal Artillery, so likely ship used. Completely as found, and would benefit from a professional clean. Good clear optics with one or two spots of debris, but no fogging and they focus perfectly. Housed in the original case which is in good condition, the strap has become worn and detached over the years, but could be professionally mended without too much bother. Case contains two lens caps with yellow filters. Kept and used for birdwatching by the veteran who originally "acquired" them, and being sold on thier behalf. Details can be passed to the buyer upon request.
Kuwait Liberation Medal Awarded to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between the dates of January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991. Complete with ribbon bar and presentation box.
Kynoch Page Turner/Letter Opener An interesting Ivorine (celluloid) promotional item by the famous ammunition manufacturer.
L2A2 1.5 inch Baton Round Stamped 8/71 denoting manufacture in 1971, makers marking FPL for Flowform Plastics Ltd. The body of the case marked "SPRA" for the Schermuly Pistol Rocket Apparatus Co. Ltd. Strictly over 18's only.
Large Bullet Mould for a Double Rifle WD marked mould, also stamped "Improved No 12" and "4302" The mould has also been engraved "The Honourable H. Arbuthnot" and "Double Rifle" Scarce double rifle accoutrement.
Large Sacrificial Kukri A large, traditionally made Nepalese piece, complete with scabbard, chakmak and karda. Shown with a standard Mk II in the last image as a size comparison. Blade length 16 inches Overall: 20.5 inches Strictly over 18's only.
Large WW2 Caltrop A good original piece, 8cm in height. Strictly over 18's only.
Large Zulu Knobkerry A very good, late 19thC example, with a particularly attractive colour. Measuring over 32 inches in length, it is amongst the largest I have handled. Strictly over 18's only.
Late 19thC Cavalry Officers Cross Belt Pouch Solid silver mount from the front of a cross belt pouch (leather absent) bearing hallmarks for Birmingham 1896. Hard to find on its own.
LDVF Arm Band An extremely scarce opportunity to acquire an early "Local Defence Volunteer Force" Cloth arm band. Only made for a short period, before being replaced by the LDV, and in turn by the Home Guard. This example retains its original elastic, and has the added personal bonus of having initials sewn onto the reverse, so it may even be traceable.
Leather Shot Flask An unusual example of a type I have not encountered before. Leather requires a feed, but all holding firm, with the nozzle functioning as it should, retaining a good firm spring.
Lectures and Lessons on Musketry Instruction A good example of this famous title, dated 1916.
Lee Enfield No 7 Bayonet A fine example. Strictly over 18's only.
Lee Enfield No4 Mk II Housed in the Plastic Mk. III (substitute) scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Lee Metford Bayonet A very clean example, Enfield made, ER marked and dated 1902. A gentle clean and this will be a very good example indeed. Strictly over 18's only.
Lee Metford Bayonet 2nd Bucks A good untouched example, regimentally marked "2.BCK" possibly 2nd Bucks? Strictly over 18's only.
Lee Metford Bayonet Army Pay Corps A very good untouched and clean example, stamped to the pommel "A.P.C." denoting issue to the Army Pay Corps. Produced at Enfield, dated for 1902 and carrying the ER cypher of Edward VIII, so produced in the first year of his Reign. Strictly over 18's only.
Lee Metford Bayonet Bookmark Beautifully detailed, and measuring just under 4 inches. A peach of a thing!
Lee Metford Bayonet Manchester Regiment A great example, with crossed out markings to the Scottish Rifles, and the 2nd Manchester Regiment. A good untouched bayonet, complete in original scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Light Cavalry Officers Sword 15th Hussars An 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry Officers Sword, attributed to Lieutenant Thomas William Gill, 15th Hussars. (1st July 1844 died 27th January 1899) The sword bearing the makers mark of: Pillin Manufacturer 31 Gerrard St Soho London Pillin operated from this address from 1862. Blade featuring a Crest consists of A Demi-Eagle Rising With Wings Expanded And Elevated Or, Fretty Vert. (Fairbairn's Book of Crests, 1905 ed.) This crest points to a member of the Gill family. The only Light Cavalry or Artillery Officer to serve during the period that this sword was made (1860/70) was Thomas William Gill, (1st July 1844 died 27th January 1899) Gazetted Cornet with the 15th Hussars September 1863. Continued to serve in the Mongomeryshire Yeomary until 16th July 1887. Lived at Trewern Hall, Twmpath, Sellatyn Oswestry, Shropshire. He married the daughter of Sir Charles Napier. He also served as a local magistrate. The sword itself has a blade length just shy of 35 inches. All the shagreen and twistwire is intact, and in good order. Sword hilt and scabbard are both covered in rust bloom, but no heavy pitting that I can see. The scabbard is in good order, with no holes, and with one dent to the right hand side, which may have been to prevent "rattling". The blade itself is very clean and pleasing, with traditional scrolled foliage motifs, and crowned VR, in addition to the aforementioned owners crest and makers marking. All in all a very pleasing untouched, mid Victorian cavalry sword, which will clean up very well indeed. Strictly over 18's only.
Light Cavalry Officers Sword 9th Lancers 1821 Light Cavalry Officers Sword, made by Wilkinson in 1888. Sold to George Paget Ellison, 9th Lancers. He was educated at Marlborough. He entered the 9th Lancers August 1888, being promoted Lieutenant January 1890, and Captain December 1895. He served as ADC to Major General Honourable Sir R A J Talbot at Aldershot from May 1896, and went in the same capacity to Egypt January 1899, but gave up his appointment at the commencement of the Boer war in order to go on active service. Ellison died of Enteric Fever at Kroonstad, South Africa in 7th June 1900 aged 31.(Some accounts say 1902) He was awarded the Queens South Africa medal. The sword is in very good condition, untouched and uncleaned. The shagreen grip and wire are in excellent condition, and the sword benefits from its original sword knot. The field service scabbard has received one bend, exacerbated by the heavy bottom mount, but is still whole and holding firm. Please see Code: 50815 for his brothers sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Lion Of Waterloo Statue A very nicely cast model of the famous statue by Jean-Louis Van Geel (1787–1852) which sits atop the famous "Lion's Mound" monument created by William I of the Netherlands on the Battlefield of Waterloo. Likely created as an early form of Souvenir sold to visitors of the battlefield, this charming mid 19thC example measures 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall.
Liverpool Press Guard Attributed Officers Sword The sword of Alfred Cummins Wood, who, according to the London Gazette of 26th of August 1884, was commissioned into the "9th Lancashire (Liverpool Press Guard), Alfred Cummins Wood, Gent., to be Lieutenant. Dated 27th August, 1884." The Liverpool press guard, or the 80th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, as they were also known, were formed in 1861 from the employees of the newspaper and printing trades. They became the 9th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment in 1908. A very clean sword, with bright legible etching, by Hobson and Son. 32.75 inch blade. All shagreen present, but the twistwire is absent. Housed in its correct steel scabbard with two hanging rings, which has been painted black. An interesting sword, with plenty of research potential. Strictly over 18's only.
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London Scottish Other Ranks Sporran A very good condition regimental dress sporran made by J. S.& W. W. Lawson, 27 Union Street, Glasgow. One small repair to the leather button hole on the pouch at the reverse, otherwise very clean and tidy. Original owners details in ink to the reverse.
Lord Kitchener Silk Embroidered Postcard A rare commemorative card, likely produced after his death in 1916.
Lt.-Col. Edmund Robert Stewart-Richardson The sword of Colonel Edmund Robert Stewart-Richardson (13 July 1848-20 December 1917) Edmund Robert Stewart-Richardson was born on 13 July 1848. He was the son of Sir John Stewart-Richardson of Pitfour Castle, Perthshire, 13th Bt. and Mary Hay. He was schooled at Cheltenham College, Trinity College, Glenalmond and finally RMC Sandhurst in 1866. He joined the 64th Foot as an Ensign (via purchase) on Dated 12th June, 1867. Lieutenant 1870, Captain 1878, Adjutant 3rd Lancashire Militia 1880. Major, North Staffordshire Regiment 1883. Adjutant at the RMC Sandhurst 1884-1887, retiring 1887. Lieutenant Colonel 4th battalion Sherwood Foresters, (T.F) 1888-1894. Honorary Colonel in the 4th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters He married Jessica Mary Williams, daughter of Montagu Stephen Williams, on 29 November 1879. When his wife predeceased him, he built a church in her name at Ballathie in Scotland, which was dedicated in 1895. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Perthshire., also serving as Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Perthshire. He resided at Idover House, Dauntsey, Chippenham, Wiltshire. He died on 20 December 1917 at age 69. The sword itself needs some care and attention. The guard is misshapen, and has received a blow which has cracked the metal at the sword knot hole. The grip retains shagreen and wire, but elements of the shagreen have perished. The blade carries initials and the original owners crest. The blade is dull and unpolished, although the etching is all clear and legible, and should polish nicely. Some small pitting to one side of the blades tip. Housed in the original steel scabbard, free from any serious dents or dings, but with quite a lot of rust and patination, which would benefit from cleaning. Blade length 32.5 inches. Strictly over 18's Only
Luftwaffe 2nd Model Officers Dagger (White Grip) A fine untouched example, complete with "deluxe" hangers. Unmarked Blade. Hanger clip marked "D.R.G.M. R.Z.M. U.E.10" Overall length just over 15 inches. Strictly over 18's only. Consignment No 51112
Luftwaffe Aircrew Machete An incredibly scarce sawback example of the Luftwaffe escape machete. This was issued to long range bomber crews and reconnaissance aircraft crew as part of the onboard survival/rescue equipment. Partial maker marking of weighing scales for Alcoso of Solingen, which is correct for this pattern. No other visible markings. As these machetes were purchased from the civilian market, no acceptance markings are found. Two patterns of this machete are known, this being the much harder to find "Zweites Modell" with sawback. Scabbards were of metal and also an ersatz stiffened cardboard, but I have also read that they were stowed in a rack without scabbard. This example was purchased recently as part of the estate of a Home Guard Officer. It seems likely this item may have been liberated from a downed bomber. His details can be passed onto the buyer. Well used condition, even patina to blade and hilt, one grip scale cracked, slight movement in the hilt, and very sharp. Strictly over 18's Only
M3 Fighting Knife Recently uncovered, and completely stuck in its scabbard, due to the top mount of the scabbard and the cross guard being fused together with rust. Now free, and in decent condition for its age. If you would like an example which looks its age, then this is the one for you! Strictly over 18's only.
Malay States Volunteer Rifles Silver Spoon Etched to the rear "B.R.A. (British Rifle Association) Kuala Lumpur. Probably a shooting prize. Birmingham Hallmarks to the reverse of the spoons bowl. Very good condition.
Malay States Volunteer Rifles Trophy Silver Spoon Marked to the rear "M.S.V.R. B.R.A. (Malay States Volunteer Rifles British Rifle Association) Kuala Lumpur. Probably a shooting prize. Birmingham Hallmarks to the reverse of the spoons bowl. Very good condition.
Map Showing Progress In Ypres Area. October 1917. 1:40,000 scale map, (Edition 5) showing progress during the The Battle of Passchendaele/the Third Battle of Ypres Published by the War Office, General Staff. Geographical Section, Field Service Battalion, Royal Engineers in October 1917. This large map has been stored folded, it is now torn, holed, and in need of some TLC, but a very rare survival.
Martini Henry Cadet Bayonet Spear Point Martini Henry Cadet Bayonet One of approximately 4500 pattern 1860 Yataghan bayonets shortened for training/cadet use. This is the Spear point version. Strictly over 18's only.
Martini Henry MK II Rifle A very pleasing example, with crisp action. Barrel appears to be smooth bore. Profuse British markings, with some Nepalese marks to the butt and trigger guard. Strictly over 18's only.
Martini Henry Sawback Bayonet 1875 Scarce 18 inch blade version, only in production for a short period, as the specification was infact for an 20 inch blade. Only around 635 produced in this configuration. Excellent untouched condition. Strictly over 18's only.
Martini Henry Sawback Bayonet 1879 Artillery Carbine A superb untouched example of this iconic British bayonet, complete in its original steel mounted leather scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Martinit Henry Sawback Bayonet 1879 Artillery Carbine bayonet in as found, but good solid condition. Strictly over 18's only. Consignment No 51103
Marx "Hellfire" Toy Tommy Gun Another "blast" from the past! This wonderful all plastic toy is fully functioning, making a "rat-a-tat-tat" noise when the trigger is pulled. In generally very good condition, would benefit from a light clean.
Medal Pair South African Infantry Correctly impressed "PTE J.W.MADDEN 7TH SAI"
Medium Revolver Holster A very good condition leather holster, for a medium sized revolver. Single belt loop and stamped initials to the reverse. Just over 11 inches in length.
Mein Kampf Arguably the book which changed the course of world history. This is the 1939 English Translation edition. (One wonders at what point the publishers stopped paying AH Royalties...) This is a well thumbed edition, with some splitting and fading to the spine. But it is 100% original, and still in readable condition.
Mentioned in Despatches Group Boxed group of five WW2 awards, consisting of: 39-45 Star Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp Italy Star War Medal Defence Medal MID Oak Leaf Medal box named to "A. Kidner" of Bournemouth (ACC and Infantry type) and a slip declaring full entitlement. A very interesting group, with great research potential.
Mercantile Marine Medal Phillips Correctly impressed "Nicholas G Phillips" Nicholas George Phillips was born in 1859 in Rotherhithe.
Metal Handled Kukri A very good, heavy example, similar in style to those carried by the 7th GR. This example having the remains of green paint to the pommel cap. Unusually the whole blade has been hand etched, possibly by a soldier passing the time? Blade measures:13.5 inches. 18 inches overall. Black leather scabbard in solid condition, signs of wear in a frog. Complete with wooden hilted chakmak and karda. Strictly over 18's only.
Mid 19thC Officers Campaign Glasses by Osler Produced by F&C Osler Ltd Calcutta, which was one of the most important Glass producing companies of the Nineteenth Century. A charming "stacking" set of four hand blown tumblers, in their original felt sleeves, housed within a green painted tin. Perfect for the well heeled officer on campaign during the Raj period, and part of his travelling camp equipment. The only such set I can find, and a rare survival. Generally very good condition, with some old ground repairs to the largest glass.
Mid 20thC Etching Plate "Milkman" Here is an unusual and quirky little item. An old etching or printing plate showing a milkman, probably form the 1950's-60's.
Middle East Command GHQ Cloth Formation Pair
Middlesex Regiment Officers Beret WW2 A good and scarce Middlesex Regiment Officers Beret with bronze cap badge and divisional flash of the Royal Armoured Corps. Soiled and dirty, with minor nips but no holes. Khaki interior with some stamped markings, the ones in the centre are now very faint. Fresh to the market.
Military Kukri A good military kukri, with unusual belt attachment and scabbard fitting. The scabbard appears to have provision in the rear for chakmak, karda and a larger utility knife. Sadly these are all absent. There is also an unusual belt attachment, of a type I have not encountered before. The double fullered blade is in very good condition, with old grease and grime to the blade. Once tidied up it should present very well. Blade length 12 inches, 16 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Military Kukri Frog A good strong example in need of a feed and polish.
Military Kukri MKIII A good 1945 dated example, complete in correct military scabbard, also dated 1945. 12 inch blade, 16.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Military Kukri With Scabbard And Frog A very good WW2 example, similar in design to a MKIII. Possibly issued to a particular battalion, but no visible markings. Steel bolster and pommel cap. Good quality thick frog with copper rivets. Leather covered wooden scabbard with minor losses, and would benefit from a feed and polish. Heavy 12.25 inch blade, 16.75 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Military Police Truncheon An interesting variation with smooth grip, possibly Indian made. Lovely colour. Strictly over 18's only.
Military Road Sign 56th London Division Now here is something you don't see everyday, a rare survival! A military road sign, painted with the 56th London Division formation sign (Dick Whittington's cat) I believe due to the sword on the cats back that the sign is just post WW2, but not older than 1955. The sign is made from steel tubing, and is very heavy. Approx 61 inches tall and 14 inches wide. There is a provision for an electrical light, but this looks to have been removed, although it would be a straightforward job to rewire this sign, for inside or outside use. The legs of the sign are pointed so it can be staked into the ground anywhere, showing other troops and supply trucks the direction of the Division headquarters. The arrow above the division sign can be spun around to indicate the correct direction. General condition is excellent, and shows no indication of being repainted. A stunning item worthy of any collection, or even a re-enactment group. Postage for this items will be expensive. Collection or delivery may be possible, please email for options.
Military Splicing Fid Marlin Spike Stamped 910-5444 SFT↑1970. Strictly over 18's only.
Military Sweetheart Jewellery Volumes 1-3 A useful series of books, by Pamela M. Caunt.
Mills Officer Equipment Holster & Ammunition Pouch Combination With Belt All marked MEC, both the holster and ammunition pouch are dated 1940, I cannot make out the date on the belt, but look to have always been together. I have never seen a 37 Pattern Holster with a leather leg strap.
Miniature Defence And WVS Medal Pair Mounted for wear, but the Defence Medal needs reattaching.
Miniature ERII General Service Medal With MID Solid Silver, mounted for wear.
Miniature German Cavalry Officers Sword (1)
Miniature German Cavalry Officers Sword (2)
Miniature Group Of Four WW1 Medals Comprising miniature 1914/15 Trio, and a Territorial Force Efficiency Medal. The silver medals are sterling silver. Mounted on watered silk ribbons on a pin bar.
Miniature GVI General Service Medal Malaya With MID Silver medal, mounted for wear.
Miniature Italian Cavalry Sword Probably dating to just post WW1, having its original scabbard and sword knot.
Miniature Military Cross and Trio Consisting of: GV MC 1914 Star British War Medal Victory Medal MC&BWM are silver. Swing mounted on a pin bar.
Miniature War and Victory Pair Period silver BWM and Victory Medal, swing mounted on a pin. Lovely miniatures.
Miniature Watercolour RAMC Officer A very pretty and well executed of a WW1 period Medical Corps Officer, in original frame.
Miniature WW1 Trio Mounted for wear.
Ministry Of Defence Chaplain's Department Rubber Stamp An original and highly unusual piece, measuring 1.75 inche.
Mint Condition 1918 Marked P'17 Bayonet. One of the few wrongly marked P'17 bayonets to leave the factory before the mistake was remedied, this is certainly the best one I have ever seen. The scabbard retains its original olive green colour, the mounts have a large amount of finish, as does the pommel. Good clear markings. You will have to try very hard indeed to improve this one! Strictly over 18's only.
Mixed Medal Bars A good selection of period correct bars, some pin mounted.
Mk 1 Lightweight Flying Suit RAF Stores number 22C/1616: Suit, Flying, Lightweight, Mk 1 Size 8. This came with a lot of WW2 flight gear. I have absolutely no idea if it is WW2, but it can't be much newer. I cannot find another to compare it with, consequently the price is a guesstimate on my part. If you have more information and fancy educating me I am always happy to learn!!
Mk I Lee Metford Three Rivet Bayonet Not an easy bayonet to find. Strong working catch, marked 156 to the pommel. Blade with a host of markings, appears to be covered in dried grease. Slight dulling to tip, which could be easily corrected. Generally untouched condition, needs a good clean and some TLC. Strictly over 18's only.
Mk I Three Rivet Lee Metford Bayonet A very good example of this hard to acquire bayonet.
MK II Spike Bayonet A good unmarked example. Strictly over 18's only.
MK II Steel Helmet 1940 A good and untouched British MK II Steel combat helmet. 1940 Dated Shell and Liner, Helmet maker marked JSS for Joseph Sankey and Son of Birmingham. Textured paint, with some loss to the rim.
MK II Steel Helmet Divisional Sign A very interesting 1937 dated helmet, complete with original netting and with a painted red triangle division sign. Correct liner and chin strap. Excellent condition.
MK III Prismatic Marching Compass Compass maker marked CKC/C with serial number, broad arrow and "Mk III" Case marked Sutton Horsely Co Ltd 1942. The case also carries various owners serial numbers written in pencil, which may offer some scope for research. Compass in good working order. with most of the original blackened finish remaining.
MkI Cruxiform The most sought after spike bayonet, this is a fine original example, produced by the Singer Manufacturing Company. Strictly over 18's only.
MKIII Military Kukri And Frog An extremely pleasing and heavy example of the MK III Kukri, housed in its original scabbard with remains of the frog still attached. Very clean blade, beautiful undamaged grip topped with a steel butt cap. 12 inch blade, 17 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Mons Star And Military Cross Ribbons Good quality watered silk breast ribbons, with silver rosette for the Mons Star. ***Free Postage***
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire MBE M.B.E., 1st type (Civil division) GV ladies issue on a bow, in Garrard&Co case of issue. Silver hallmarks to the rear date to 1919. Looks to have never been worn, case also in excellent condition.
N. E. From Bird Brooch Sterling silver Danish bird brooch designed by N. E. From. Mark to reverse: Sterling, Denmark, N. E. From, 925s. Approx 1.5 inches in length.
N. E. From Brooch Sterling silver Danish N. E. From designed brooch. Mark to reverse: Sterling, Denmark, N. E. From, 925s. Approx 1.5 inches in length.
Named Kukri SGT RAF A fascinating and highly decorative private purchase kukri, named to SGT McCallan RAF. Decorative carved horn grip with steel inlay, blade still in its original grease. 11.5 inch blade named to a "SGT McCallan, London" 15.5 inches overall. Reverse of the scabbard also carries the scratched details "1436166 SGT MCCALLAN RAF" It is known that many RAF air crew serving in the Burma theatre equipped themselves with private purchase kukri incase of thier planes coming down in the jungle. Named WW2 kukris are extremely rare, and this presents a unique opportunity for research. Complete with one karda. Strictly over 18's only.
National Defence Company Badge ERVIII Interesting large badge, with the cypher of Edward VIII to the centre. A cheap way to own something marked to the King who abdicated.
National Fire Service Christmas Card and Badges Charming little seasonal group of NFS items, including a 1943 dated Christmas card. The badge has some enamel loss, but the patch is in uncommonly nice condition.
Naval Action Ration Tin An uncommonly good example.
Naval Armaments Depot Tin And Chain For wear around the neck.
Naval Cosh A good late 19thC example, measuring 10.5 inches in length. Strictly over 18's only.
Naval Cosh Or Persuader A well used, but complete example, measuring 12 inches in length. Weighted at both ends, and still with plenty of "spring". Strictly over 18's only.
Naval Ear Defender Tin A small rectangular tin, embossed with the words Naval Ear Defender. WW2 era, measuring 1.75 inches long. Attractive blued finish. Royal Navy issue, to protect sailors hearing when the large deck guns were being fired. A small quantity available. *Free shipping*
Naval Jack Knife A used, named example. Strictly over 18's only.
Naval Manuel Of Aircraft Recognition 1942 B.R.150B An uncommon survival.
Naval Swords By P.G.W. Annis.
Navigating Officers Note Book D-Day Interest A partialy completed Royal Navy navigating Officers Note Book. Named on the cover "Captain". Contains a rather battered photograph of a RN Warship. Dates begin in 1943 and ends in 1944. There are more entries dated in 1947 with HMS Birmingham. Some of the "Remarks" are blank, some mention convoy numbers and bombarding. One Remark mentions D-Day being delayed for 24 hours. An interesting little book.
Nepalese Kukri Modified Hilt Wooden grip has had the central grip ring altered to make it more comfortable to fit a western hand. There is also the addition of a lanyard to secure the weapon to the wrist. One gets the sense that this particular kukri was carried, used and valued by its original owner. Blade length 13 inches. 17 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
New Book!!! An Accrington Pal-The Diaries Of Private Jack Smallshaw, September 1914-March 1919 An Accrington Pal, The Diaries Of Private Jack Smallshaw, September 1914-March 1919 by Stephen Corbett. Release date is June 15th. Published by Helion & Co, and Currently on offer from them for £15. 25p. ISBN is; 9781910777930. The third book Stephen Corbett detailing the story of 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington), East Lancashire Regiment, using the diaries of Private Jack Smallshaw. Featuring previously unpublished first hand accounts, this book truly has something for the seasoned enthusiast to the casual reader. I can highly recommend Steve's latest effort, and I am proud to support new research efforts like his. "September 1914, and the whole of Europe was at war following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his beloved wife Sophie by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914. In France and Belgium, the British Expeditionary Force were struggling to hold back the German hoards as their casualties began to mount. Back in Britain the call went out for volunteers to join the Pals battalions which were springing up in the northern towns of England, and one of the first to volunteer was young Jack Smallshaw of Accrington. On 15th September 1914, Jack became an Accrington Pal, a member of a battalion of men who are remembered more than any other of the Pals battalions because of the appalling tragedy which befell them on the killing fields of the Somme. On that fateful day on 1st July 1916, the battalion attacked the fortified village of Serre and were virtually wiped out on the slopes in front of the village. Jack was one of the very few who survived. He continued to serve on the front throughout the remainder of 1916 and into 1917, where he took part in the battle at Oppy wood in May of that year. Shortly afterwards he was struck down by a second bout of trench fever and spent the rest of the year recovering in England. By February 1918 he was back in France serving on the front line, but Jack was never the same man. He was in the thick of the action again in March when the Germans launched their spring offensive against the allied lines. He weathered that too, and stuck it out to the bitter end. This then, is the story of a quite remarkable survivor of the war to end all wars, whose diaries have lain unpublished, in the possession of his family, since 1919."
New Stock Arriving Shortly Dear All, I am pleased to announce that normal service will be resumed shortly, starting with a large update over this week (delayed due to inclement weather!) I'd like to thank everybody who got in touch to wish us well with our wedding, I am happy to report that all went smoothly! Our new office and storage unit are now *almost* fully operational, and we have been out and and about buying some interesting items, including a large collection of kukris, fighting knives, and swords. Many thanks again to you all for your continued custom and interest in Great Scott Antiques. We have some exciting things coming up in the next few months and look forward to bringing them all to the open market Very best wishes, Great Scott Antiques.
New Zealand Regiment Shoulder Title A fine original.
News Chronicle "All Fronts War Map" Showing territory incorporated into the German Reich, German occupied territory, and Demilitarised zones demanded under armistice terms June 1940. Drawn by William Bromage. It would look great framed in a war room.
Nigeria Regiment Presentation Photograph A superb group shot of officers of the Royal West African Frontier Force, presented to Major J A Lennon whilst in commanding officer, August 1941. Further information and dedication to the reverse. A crack in the glass, but a sturdier wooded frame wouldn't be such a bad thing for this image. Measuring 12 by 10 inches.
No4 Mk II Spike Bayonet In Scabbard A good example, in Mk1 Scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
No4 Mk II Spike Bayonet Steel Tubular Scabbard One of the harder variations to find. Strictly over 18's only.
No4 Mk III Spike Bayonet Getting harder to find, these welded MkIII bayonets. This example comes in the variant Victory Plastics scabbard with belt loop. Some rust to the top mount. Strictly over 18's only.
North Somerset Yeomanry No2 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Northamptonshire Regiment Silk Postcard A scarce example, in fine condition, unused.
Northumberland Fusiliers Medal Pair Correctly impressed "6790 PTE H A T FULFORD NORTH'D FUS. Sold with a digital copy of his MIC.
Northumberland Fusiliers Special Pattern Officers Sword The sword of Brigadier Robert Ian Rawson. Six times mentioned in despatches, including for the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Born: 9 Apr 1875, County Carlow, Ireland Christened: 16 May 1875, Scots Church, Carlow, Ireland Studied at Haileybury College. Robert married Elsie Murray, on 6 Jun 1910 in St Marylebone, London, England. Robert next married Gladys Blanche Katherine Cadogan-Cowper, on 12 Dec 1928 in St Gabriel's Church, Warwick Square, London, Died: 27 Feb 1944, Farnham, Surrey S.W., England aged 68 First commissioned into the 1st Battalion Gloucester Regiment, Malta: 2nd. Lieutenant Robert Ian Rawson (Hart's Army List 1895) From War Services of Officers of the Army 1919: Rawson R. I.- Brevet Lt Colonel, Gloucestershire Regiment. South African War 1899-1902 - Operations in Natal 1899, (actions at Riefontein and Lombards Kop. Defence of Ladysmith.) Operations in the Transvaal March 1902, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, August 1901 to April 1902. Employed with the Mounted Infantry. Despatches, London Gazette 25 April 1902. Queens South Africa Medal, 4 Clasps, King's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps. Sudan, 1905. Operations against the Nyam NyamTribes in the Bahr-el-Ghazal Province. Despatches, London Gazette 18 May, 1906. Egyptian Medal with clasp and Order of The Medjidie, 4th Class. Sudan 1910. Operations in the Atwot region. Egypt medal with clasp. War 1914-1918. Despatches , London Gazette 1st Jan 1916, 4th Jan, 1917, 22nd May 1917 and 5th July 1919. Brevet of Lt Colonel and Belgian War Cross. From the December 1922 Army List: Born 9 April 1875 Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment, 7 March 1894 Promoted to Lieutenant, 28 May 1898, still in the Gloucestershire Regiment Served in South Africa during the Boer War, 1899 to 1902 Promoted to Captain 12 February 1902 in the Northumberland Fusiliers Employed with the Egyptian Army, 1902 Served in the Sudan 1905 and Mentioned in Despatches Posted back to the Gloucestershire Regiment, 11 January 1908 Served in the Sudan 1910 Promoted to Major 1 September 1915 still in the Gloucestershire Regiment as Adjutant Wartime promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the Gloucestershire Regiment, 4 October 1915 Commanding 8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, 4-19 October 1915 Commanding 6th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 20 October 1915 to 17 March 1917 Commanding 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, 18 March 1917 to 31 August 1918 Also temporarily commanding 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Welsh Regiment, 22 November 1917 to 9 April 1918 Wartime promotion to temporary Brigadier General, 1 September 1918 to 17 March 1919 commanding 103rd Infantry Brigade in France Commanding 9th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment as Acting Lieutenant Colonel 1 April 1919 to 21 Jun 1919 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 3 June 1919 Commanding 51st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, 14 November 1919 to 26 March 1920 Brigade Major, 3rd London Infantry Brigade, 28 March 1920 to 31 January 1922 Returned to Gloucestershire Regiment, 13 May 1922 Retired from the Army 1923 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment Queen's South Africa (Clasps for Cape Colony, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State and Transvaal, King's South Africa with clasps for South Africa 1901 and 1902 1914-15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches, Turkish Order of the Medjidie Turkish Order of the Osmanieh, Belgian Croix de Guerre Khedive's Sudan Medal with clasp for Nyam Nyam 1910 Sudan Medal with clasp for Atwot. Medal Roll 1914 - 15 Star. Awarded 1921. Address then: Brigade Major, Duke of York Headquarters, Chelsea. "Captain R. I Rawson (Northumberland Fusiliers), acted as staff officer to the late Major Boulnois, and his valuable services have been. strongly brought to my notice" Dispatch by R. WINGATE, Major-General, Sirdar and Governor-General of the Soudan. War Office, Egyptian Army, August 25, 1905. Donated the "Rawson Cup" a regimental prize for the annual March and Shoot Competition. Roberts nephew was Lt. Com Malcolm Wanklyn, VC, DSO (Two Bars) Robert Ian Rawson died on the 27th February 1944, at Farnham, Surrey aged 68. The sword itself is the 1895 Pattern infantry officers sword by Wilkinson which was purchased in 1896. Some small areas of loss to the shagreen on the right hand side of the grip, the rest in good condition, with all wire intact. The hilt in need of a clean, good clear crowned VR cypher, the steel guard in good condition and not misshapen. The Northumberland Fusiliers badge professionally affixed, and likely done when he was transferred to that regiment in 1902. Cartouche on the righthand side bearing the overlaid initials "R.I.R" Etching visible but worn, particularly at the ricasso area. the rest of the etching visible, and the whole blade would benefit from a polish. Blade length 32 inches. Unusual steel mounted leather scabbard, similar to examples made by Wyatt, and likely purchased for use in South Africa. A good untouched sword which should clean up very nicely, and with plenty of room for further research. Sold with a copy of the Wilkinson proof book ledger, and a digital image of Rawson in dress uniform wearing his medals, and holding this very sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Norwegian Hunting Knife A fine quality knife, produced by S&S Helle of Norway. Blade length 6 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Novelty Crested China Mills Bomb In perfect condition, this example bears the crest of Milford-On-Sea.
Numbered WW1 Kukri An interesting kukri, closely resembling the Mk II pattern kukri, and possibly the original battalion pattern which it is based upon. A crack to one grip scale, which appears to have been caused by an overly large replacement rivet. Rust to the entire blade, bolster and pommel cap, visible number at the ricasso, which may yield further markings upon cleaning. Blade length 13.5 inches, 17.5 inches overall. An interesting kukri, for somebody willng to put in the time and effort restoring it. Strictly over 18's only.
Officer In Charge Enamel Sign Here is a rarity, which will look great on the door of any "War Room" or as part of a living history display. Measuring: 21 inches long, 2.5 inches wide.
Officers Campaign Set By Asprey Officers Campaign Set By Asprey From a private collection of officers private purchase equipment. A really glorious little leather cased set of eating utensils, comprising folding knife, fork and spoon, a heavy silver (plated?) drinking cup, corkscrew and pepperette. The leather case is discreetly stamped "Asprey London" which is about as high a mark of quality as one may hope to find. Like many of their products, this piece would appear to be imported, I would surmise from France, judging by the hallmarks on the drinking cup. I suspect the knife is a period replacement, being of a very similar pattern, but not quite matching. A truly delightful set, for the gentleman "in the field".
Officers Campaign Set By Champion And Wilton A stunning leather cased spirit flask and sandwich box by Champion and Wilton, Oxford Street, London. From a private collection of officers private purchase equipment.
Officers Housewife Kit A good original bag and mixed lot of buttons, pins, etc. What you see is what you get. A useful lot, as found. Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
Officers Letters Further Additional Images
Officers Letters&Effect's Final Images
Officers Pistol Clarke Dublin .650 Officers pistol by Clarke of Dublin. "Clarke" to the lock. Nine inch barrel. Top flate reads "Dublin" along with the Irish firearms registration mark "IK-S 1138" Brass furniture on Walnut stock. Crisp working action. A fine and untouched Georgian Pistol. Strictly over 18's only.
Officers Private Purchase Compass 2nd Northumbrian Brigade RFA From a private collection of officers private purchase equipment. Case and Compass both named to Lieutenant Colonel H.B. Allen of the 2nd Northumbrian Brigade RFA. Beautiful untouched condition, and fully functioning.
Official Photograph Churchill inspecting a Bofors Gun A good period photograph, in excellent condition.
Oil On Canvas Of Adolf Hitler An exceptionally well rendered portrait of the Fuehrer. With provenance stating that it was obtained from the Brother of a Royal Artillery Officer who served in Berlin, and later as a translator at the Nuremberg Trials. Dimensions of Frame 20.5 by 17.5. Canvas and stretcher measures 14.5 by 11.5. Consignment No 51102
On War Service 1914 Lapel Badge A beautiful enamel example.
Operations Room Door Plaque A good chromed example, measuring 5.75 inches by 3 inches.
Order Of St John Medal An early example of this handsome award, lacking its black ribbon.
OTC Swagger Stick Bearing the badge of Kings School Rochester.
Outstanding First World War Nurses Grouping. A simply stunning and completely original group of material from the estate of WW1 Nurse. Gertrude Bate. Nurse Bate served at the Nell Lane, Military Auxiliary Hospital, West Didsbury, just south of Manchester. Consisting of: A small leather suitcase, marked with her initials, G.B. A Art Nouveau style mirror, featuring the initials G.B. Various medical text books, most named to her, including the Red Cross first aid manual, No 1. Various other books,named or dedicated to Gertrude, including an address book, with addresses of other nurses, and with pressed shamrocks, and other clippings. Two glass eye baths, and a boxed glass syringe. Various photographs of Gertrude, including two of her in uniform, one signed by her, and an image of her husband in uniform. Her (future) Husbands WW1 medal pair, correctly impressed "PTE A.L.CASS. EAST KENT R." His two service bibles, both named to him. In the back of one he has listed his postings, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Russia and Ireland. His WW1 "Buffs" Cap Badge. But the star amongst these items is a leather bound autograph book, which Nurse Bate started in 1914, and which was obviously passed around the ward. The book is full of poems, sketches, cartoons, drawings, musings, writings and all sorts of wonderful things, from English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Australian, Canadian and even German POW's! Most of the sketches seem to be named and dated, some with additional information, such as service number, regiment, where wounded, etc, so the fate of these men can be traced. The book seems to stop toward the end of 1917. I have shown 20 images of the case and contents, and 20 images of the autograph book. It was incredibly difficult to decide what to show and what to exclude, so if any serious parties wish to see more images, please just send me an email. This really is a unique facet of military life, and day to day life on the ward of a WW1 hospital, showing the humour in some cases pain, both physical and emotional, that these men and women endured.
P14 Remington Bayonet This example stamped "1913" and housed in a 1907 SMLE scabbard. It has not had the British Army marks crossed out. Strictly over 18's only.
Painted Victorian Truncheon An unusual and well produced gilded and painted truncheon, bearing an unidentified Lion crest. Measuring 19 inches in length. Strictly over 18's only.
Painted Victorian Truncheon Dockyard Police An interesting painted Victorian Truncheon, featuring the VR cypher, above a shield, above an anchor. I suspect the shield might be the arms of Portsmouth, but it is difficult to see clearly. A very good untouched example, measuring 17 inches in length. Strictly over 18's only.
Pair Of Army Service Corps Officer Collar Dogs Both marked "Ludlow London" One with a repaired lug.
Pair of Gilt Brass Buckles Very likely late Georgian, or early Victorian, these charming buckles probably have come from an officers sword belt. Generally excellent condition, with some rubbing to the high points. Each buckle measures 3 inches in length.
Pair of Pistol Sized Powder Flasks A matched pair. Scalloped decoration to both bodies, free from splits, some minor dents. Both having strong spring actions. One missing its spout. Approx 4.5 inches long. No maker markings on either, but good period original flasks.
Pair of Sudanese Knives An interesting small pair of horn mounted (possibly Ibex?) knives. I have seen similar knives from the Sudan, so could be from that area. Interesting punched dot decoration to the blades. Blade length: 5.5 inches, overall 10.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Pair Of Swords 5th Dragoon Guards Further images of 52484
Pair War Office Controlled Units Cloth Formation Patches
Palestine Royal Tank Regiment Photo Album A marvellous little album, charting one mans service in the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, just post WW2. The album contains 30+ pictures of the trooper and his mates, base shots, scenery, etc. Most of the images are annotated, at least the loose ones, one mentions Egypt 1947-48. The tanks appear to be Comet Mk1's, and Centurions.
Parkers Improved Vernier Ventometer Used for accurate elevation adjustment on both Snider and Martini service rifles.
Parys Mine Company Anglesey Token 1791 Scarce halfpenny "Druid" token issued by the Parys Mine Company, who were the first to issue tokens in payment to their workers, and general circulation.
Pastel Sketch "Machine Gun Corps" A very well executed period sketch of an MGC officer. Signed and titled near the officers foot. Housed in a handsome gilt frame, which appears to be the original. Frame measures 9.5 inches by 12 inches.
Patent Hilt 1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword The sword of Colonel H. N. B. Good, Royal Fusiliers Wilkinson sword produced in 1887 and then upgraded with the new 1895 pattern hilt. Blade bearing some minor staining,and etched with the usual floral etching, VR cypher and family coat of arms. 33 inch blade professionally sharpened along both back and front edges. Housed in a plated dress scabbard. 1895 pattern hilt marked "Steel hilt" and bearing the crowned VR crest. Colonel Good is shown as ‘Commanding Base Depot, Green Point, Cape Town, from 22 March 1900 till 9 May 1901 and service in Orange River Colony and Transvaal when conducting Lord Roberts Mails to Pretoria and returning from Johannesburg in charge of Boer undesirables and military prisoners’. Colonel Good is entitled to a Queen’s South Africa medal with 4 clasps, (Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901) and an 1897 Jubilee Medal (22nd June 1897) His medals were sold in 2008 at DNW. Colonel Green resided at The Abbey Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire. Overall an excellent and scarce Patent Hilted example of the hard to find 1895 pattern sword, which saw active service during the Boer War. Strictly over 18's only.
Patent Hilt Heavy Cavalry Officers Sword 7th lancers The sword of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Barkly Dalgety (1868-1947) Second son of Frederick Gonnerman Dalgety, of Lockerley Hall, Southampton. educated at Winton House School in Basingstoke along with his three younger brothers. Originally commissioned into the Wiltshire regiment, Dalgety transferred tot he 7th Hussars in February 1890. He ordered his patent tang sword from Wilkinson Sword in Novemeber 1893, possibly whilst on active service in South Africa. Served as a Lieutenant in South Africa in the Matabele Wars from 1893 to 1897 and received a medal for operations in Matabeleland and Mashonaland in 1896. Participated in the second Boer war 1899-1902 and in 1903 he was listed as Captain with the 7th Hussars and received the Queens (five clasps) and Kings Medals. There is also a WW1 medal index card present for Colonel Dalgety, which may indicate further service. Plenty more research potential, should the new owner choose to do so. Steel hilt in good unbuckled condition, which appears to have been varnished. The gutta percha grips complete, and free from chips, and retaining the original silver twistwire, although a central stand has begun to come away. 35 inch blade, with a slightly blunted tip. Right hand side displays signs of service sharpening, and some loss to the definition of the etching. A 7th Hussars Regimental device is still visible, along with the usual foliate etching, royal standard, etc. The proof slug is absent. The left hand side of the blade has fared slightly better, with Wilkinson name and address at the ricasso clearly visible. More foliate etching, a vacant cartouche, VR monogram and crown as one might expect. Serial number to spine, dating the sword to November 1893. The whole blade has been service sharpened, and displays signs of active service use, with some nicks and chips. Interesting field service scabbard, with polished steel top mount, and leather covered steel bottom mount, almost certainly covered for active service. Accompanied by a copy of the ledger page, and a letter from Wilkinson sword giving details of the original purchaser. A very desirable "fighting" sword, which was carried and no doubt used. If you are looking for shiny and pristine, this sword is not for you. If you are looking for a sword which saw active service, in the hands of a professional soldier, then look no further. Strictly over 18's only.
Patent Hilt Officers Sword 16th Lancers The sword of Major Clive MacDonnell Dixon (10 February 1870 5 November 1914) Dixon was the fifth-born in a family of 6 daughters and 2 sons of Sir Raylton Dixon (1838–1901), shipbuilder from Cleveland Dockyard, Middlesbrough-on-Tees, mayor of Middlesbrough in 1889, himself an amateur artist and caricaturist, and great, great grandson of George Dixon and great great nephew of Jeremiah Dixon. His father, Sir Raylton Dixon, once voted the most popular man in Middlesbrough, owned the largest shipyard on the River Tees and was a notable figure in Middlesbrough’s social, civic andpolitical life. Sir Raylton and Elizabeth Dixon had two sons and six daughters; their elder son, Clive Macdonnell Dixon, was born on 10 February 1870. After education at Rugby and Sandhurst, Clive joined the 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers in 1890. Appointed Second Lieutenant in the 16th Lancers in October 1890, and Captain in 1899. In 1898 he briefly returned to England to marry Lilian Bell, the daughter of John Bell, of Rushpool Hall one of the Bell Brothers of Port Clarence Ironworks. Gertrude Bell, daughter of one of Lilian’s cousins, was delighted with the marriage, writing ‘we could scarcely have wished for anything better’. Lillian gave birth to three sons, Raylton, John and William and three daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Barbara. Like many of the Dixon family, and like his wife Lilian, Clive was an excellent amateur artist. During the four-month Siege of Ladysmith he produced a humorous picture book filled with his charming watercolour images entitled: ‘The Leaguer of Ladysmith’ which was well received; Queen Victoria had a copy. This material also appeared in the Ladysmith Lyre at the time of the siege. The Sphere praised the book, describing it as 'highly humorous and showing comic sketching genius'. Several watercolours by Dixon are kept by the Africana Museum. During the siege he was appointed Substansive Major Whilst serving on Sir George White VC's Staff. With the end of the siege of Ladysmith Clive returned to Middlesbrough where he received a hero’s welcome. The following year, 1902, Major Dixon retired from the armyand settled down to civilian life, enjoying his great love of horses, hunting and painting. Initially Clive and Lilian lived at Langbaurgh Hall, Great Ayton. Then in 1909 Clive built Chapelgarth at Little Broughton, which became the family home. Clive and Lilian had three sons and three daughters. Their charmed life came to an abrupt end with the start of the Great War. Clive had to surrender his beloved horses to the army, and then he volunteered to rejoin the 16th Lancers, although by now he was forty-four years old. Within two weeks of war being declared, he was in France as second-in-command of his old regiment. The 16th Lancers, as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), were fighting alongside the French, in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the German advance at Mons. After the retreat from Mons, and action at the Battle of the Marne, the 16th Lancers moved to Flanders. Memories of magnificent cavalry charges across the open veldt of South Africa were lost in the mud of the trenches. During the First Battle of Ypres, in October and early November 1914, four out of five members of the BEF were wounded or killed. Major Dixon lost his life on 5 November 1914. In the trenches to the left of the Lancers were French troops in some disarray. Major Dixon drew his sword and attempted to rally them into a counter attack, but received a bullet in his stomach. Seriously wounded, he was carried by an army padre to a field ambulance, but later died from his wounds. Clive Macdonnell Dixon is buried in the Nieuwkerke Churchyard in Belgium. His headstone carries the inscription ‘Strong and of good courage, Sans peur et sans reproche’. The earlier wooden cross marking the grave is now preserved in St Augustine’s Church in Kirkby-in-Cleveland. His name also appears on the War Memorials at Great Broughton and Kirkby. Image and Below Extract Ref: "Memorials of Rugbeians, who fell in the Great War Vol 1-7" Printed for Rugby School by Philip Lee Warner (O.R.) of the Medici Society Ltd. MAJOR C. M. DIXON 16th (THE QUEEN'S) LANCERS CLIVE MacDONNELL DIXON, of Chapelgarth, Stokesley, Yorkshire, was the eldest son of Sir Raylton Dixon, Ship Builder, of Gunnergate Hall near Middlesborough, and of Lady Dixon, daughter of Robert Walker, M.D. He entered the School in 1884, left in 1887, and was gazetted to the 26th Lancers, then stationed at Lucknow, in 1890. He saw service in the Chitral Campaign of 1895, receiving the Medal with Clasp, and went with the Indian Contingent to South Africa, on the outbreak of War in 1899. During the siege of Ladysmith he was A.D.C to Sir George White, and Camp Commandant. He served through the whole War, was awarded the Brevet rank of Major, and received the two Medals with eight Clasps. When this War was over he resigned his Commission, but immediately on the outbreak of War with Germany, Colonel MacEwen applied for Major Dixon to be his Second in Command, and he crossed to France with the Regiment in August, 1914. He took part in the Retreat from Mons, and the Battles of the Marne and of the Aisne. He was mortally wounded when in temporary command of the 16th Lancers, who were gallantly holding their own in the trenches, against the enemy's attacks, near Ypres, on November 5th, 1914. Age 45. He was mentioned in Despatches of January 14th, 1915. The following are extracts from letters from the General Commanding the Brigade, his Colonel and brother Officers "It was a grand and gallant action, and gave one more proof of his splendid spirit. I never can tell you what good work he has done here, both in his skill and capacity in handling troops and in his grand constancy and cheerfulness in our moments of anxiety." "I sent in his name for gallantry, on the second day of the Mons Battle, for carrying out of action, under a heavy shell fire, a man of the 18th Hussars, whose horse was shot - a typical act on his part. "He was adored by everyone, Officers and men. One of the finest characters I ever came across. He was a very fine soldier and did not know the meaning of fear." "He was acting most gallantly at the time he was shot, rallying some French who were next to us, and behaving in the splendid way that always him as the very best The example set is one that all might envy." And one of the men of the Regiment, writing home to his mother, said “Major Dixon ran along the trench, telling us to stick it out and show what we were made of and as all of us were very fond of him, we did stick He was a keen sportsman and, also, a successful artist. He exhibited several large pictures at the Royal Academy. He married, in 1898, Lilian, daughter of John Bell, of Rushpool Hall, Saltburn, and Algiers, and had six children. Patent Hilt Wilkinson Sword numbered 29858 for November 1889. Comes with a copy of the Wilkinson Sword ledger page, confirming sale to Hakes&Co for supply to C.M. Dixon. Etched panel on the right hand side of the blade with initials "C.M.D." A very pleasing and clean sword throughout, with only minor staining and a very small areas of light pitting to the central spine section, and the VR etch to either side. Housed in the original and correct field service brown leather scabbard. Blade length 34.75 inches. Also supplied with digital images of Major Dixon, including one of him wearing this sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Patent Hilted XIX Hussars Officers Sword An absolutely stonking example, by Cook, Clifford Street, Bond Street, London. This example is a three bar light cavalry officers sword, with Reeve's patent hilt. The unusual solid blade carries the regimental XIX to one side, with crowned VR to the other. There are also a set of officers initials, which I have tentatively attributed to Colonel Robert Baring, of the famous Baring Banking Family. Housed in the original scabbard, which has had the scabbard rings removed. All in all a cracking sword, which ticks every box for the serious collector. Blade length 34.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Patent-Hilted Wilkinson Artillery Officers Sword An extremely fine Royal Artillery Officers Sword by Wilkinson Sword, London. This superb patent solid hilt example comes in excellent condition throughout and is complete with copies of the Wilkinson Sword Register for this blade, which was made in 1901 and sold to R.T. Hill. Captain Roderick Tickell Hill was born 24th February 1875, son of Sir Edward Stock Hill K.C.B. He was educated at Winchester College, and entered the Royal Military Academy Woolwich as a gentleman cadet in March 1893. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal artillery on the 15th June 1895. Promoted Lieutenant June 1898, and Captain in April 1901. He married Gwendolyn, daughter of Evan Lewis of Brynderwen, Llandaff on 18th August 1903. They resided at St Arvan's Court, Chepstow. Roderick served in the Boer War, at the Siege of Ladysmith with the Royal Horse Artillery. He was awarded the Queens medal with five clasps, and the Kings medal with two claps. He was twice mentioned in despatches for his actions in South Africa. He died suddenly on the 20th November 1907. Of his three children, two served with the Coldstream Guards, his first born, Michael Roderick, being awarded a DSO. The sword itself in excellent condition throughout, bearing the initials "R.T.H." to the blade, along with crowned GRV cypher "Royal Artillery" motto, foliate engraving, field gun, etc. Blade length 35 inches, and has hardly a blemish to either side. The hilt is near perfect with no bends or buckles. The gutta percha grips are near pristine, the only flaw I can spot if the missing top two rows of twistwire from the grip. Scabbard a good fit, original to the sword and free from bends or breaks. Some extremely light salt and pepper pitting, but only really visible close up. All in all a wonderful example, and with bags of research potential. Complete with Wilkinson Sword Proof ledger copy and a small folder of research. Strictly over 18's only.
Patent-Hilted Wilkinson Officers Sword Kitchener's Fighting Scouts A superb and very desirable sword regimentally marked to the 9th Lancers. Serial number dating the sword to 1899. Very fine condition throughout, the blade retaining lots of original polish, minimal staining toward the tip. The inside of the hilt having lost most of its plating, and one strand of grip wire coming loose from the gutta percha grip. The scabbard retaining much original polish and free from major dings and dents. Bearing the initials F.F.C. Belonging to Forrester Farnell Colvin C.B.E. Born 22 January 1860 Lt. Col. Forrester Farnell Colvin's family came from Monkhams Hall, a manor house near Waltham Abbey, Essex. During the Boer War it would appear that Colvin was part of a special unit known as Kitchener's Fighting Scouts, an early form of mounted commando unit, which enjoyed great success in gathering intelligence on enemy movements, raiding the enemy, and capturing leading Boers. The 1906 Army List states: Lieutenant Colonel Colvin served in the South African War 1899-1900 with the 9th Lancers and was present in the engagements at Modder River and Magersfontein, at the relief of Kimberly, and the operations around Paardeberg, and the actions at Poplar Grove and Karee Siding: in Transval in May and june 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; in the Transvaal west of Pretoria July-29th November 1900; in Orange River Colony May-Nov 1900: including actions at Bethlehem, Wittebergen, and Caledon River; commanded the 9th Lancers 19th July-7th September 1900, afterward commanded a column (twice mentioned in despatches during the Boer War and received the Queens South Africa Medal with six clasps, and the Kings South Africa Medal with two clasps) After retiring in 1907 he co-wrote "The Diary of the 9th Lancers" He died on 16th February 1936 and is buried in Cowfold, West Sussex. Altogether an absolutely stunning sword, of the highest quality, owned and carried by a very interesting career soldier, with room for much more research. A gem for any serious sword collector, and an excellent investment opportunity. Strictly over 18's only.
Percussion Turnover Pistol By Jeffries A handsome little pistol with turn-off barrels engraved with foliage around the muzzles, scroll-engraved breeches, scroll-engraved rounded action signed on the left "Jeffries". Fitted with engraved central hammer and folding trigger, finely chequered walnut butt, small engraved nickel-silver butt-cap, vacant nickel-silver escutcheon (dented) and some finish throughout. Action works well, although the folding trigger does not quite fully emerge upon cocking. 2 inch barrels. 8 inches overall. Circa 1830. Strictly over 18's only.
Personalised Bible Handed out to returning soldiers. Named on the inside cover to Harry Lydiatt, who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during WW1.
Photograph Cameron Highlanders Officer An excellent image, depicting a Cameron Highlanders Officer in full dress outfit, complete with basket hilted broadsword. Judging by the officers collars, they appear to be Queens crown, so this could date to circa 1900, and Boer War Period. Complete in frame, and requiring a good clean. I have not removed the image to check for a name, but the reverse has "Miss Needham" scratched in pencil. Measuring: 14 inches by 10.75.
Pictorial History of Swords and Bayonets By Robert Wilkinson-Latham.
Pistol Ammunition Bandolier Also named "Adie", an unusual 20 round Bandolier for pistol ammunition. Good condition supple leather, total length 45 inches.
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Poland Shoulder Titles Fine unworn originals.
Pre 1856 Pattern Bandsmans Sword Devonshire Regiment Early example with 22 inch slightly curved single edged blade with etched cartouche "1st DEV 19" The same regimental designation is repeated on the top mount of the scabbard. (lacking its press stud) Brass cruciform hilt with trefoil finials with VR monogram to the centre.. In its original brass & leather mounted scabbard with no shrinkage. The sword 27 ½ inches overall. A. excellent example of this early type of bandsman's sidearm, with the bonus of carrying the regimental markings. Strictly over 18's only.
Pre Trafalgar Naval Officers Sword An extremely fine George III Royal Navy Officers Sword. The scrolled hilt displaying a cartouche of coiled rope with a fouled anchor within. 29 inch blade is very clean, the etching featuring crowned George III cypher, royal coat of arms, stands of arms and floral swags. JJ Runkell Solingen marked to the spine. Large amounts of fire gilding remaining to the hilt. Some minor cracking to the branches and some mishapening which doesn't detract. The grip of reeded ivory. No movement or play between hilt and blade. A very pleasing and rare example. Strictly over 18's only. UK sales only.
Presentation Dia Chirra A scarce half size presentation version of the "Royal Armoury" Dia Chirra kukri, circa 1920. Attractive green horn hilted grip with decorative brass banding. Steel double fullered blade. Crescent armoury marking at the ricasso. This example bears the intertwined initials of its original owner to the right hand side of the blade. Housed in a leather covered wooden scabbard, complete with miniature chakmak and karda. 7 inch blade, 10 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Presentation Sword To Major A.F.M. Jack Royal Engineers And SOE A Wilkinson 1897 Infantry Officers Presentation Sword owned by Major A.F.M. JACK M.C. A British Royal Engineers officer who served with Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia and Bari, Italy, 1944-1945. Major Jack has the distinction of destroying the largest bridge in Europe during WW2. the 150 metre span of Vishegrad Bridge. Images of this bridge after its destruction may be found at the Imperial War Museum, a link to which appears at the bottom of this listing. Major Jack also recorded his exploits at the IWM, and they make for fascinating listening. The sword itself is a presentation example from the Royal Military Academy The sword is complete with its original brown leather knot, field service leather scabbard and part outer carrying bag. Sadly the sword has not been stored with care, and the blade and guard have suffered. Luckily the presentation inscription is fully legible as are the makers markings and serial number. There is black rust to the spine, and to the right hand side of the blade with the "Royal Engineers" motto. The sword could be professionally restored, and even gentle amateur cleaning would improve it. Archibald Frederick Maclean Jack Collection of papers relating mainly to his service with Force 133 of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Yugoslavia where he was involved with Brigadier Armstrong's mission to General Draza Mihailovic, leader of the loyalist Cetnik resistance movement, comprising documents relating to sabotage operations in Serbia including the demolition of railway bridges at Sabac and Zvornik and antimony mines at Zajaca, Krupanj and Stoliceand (1943 - 1944), post war interviews and writings by Jack relating to his part in SOE's Yugoslavian campaign and his attitudes towards the controversy surrounding Britain's decision to back Tito over General Mihailovic (1971 - 1993), academic papers regarding resistance in Yugoslavia and the role of SOE (1946 - 1995): together with a number of mostly official papers and photographs relating to the Army service of his father, Brigadier General A Jack CB CMG CBE, during the First World War and as head of the British Railway Mission to Siberia in 1918 (1917 - 1939). Photograph in Yugoslavia with his camera: Destruction of Vishegrad Bridge: Oral History: A unique opportunity to own a small piece of SOE and Royal Engineers History. Strictly over 18's only.
Presentation Table Lighter RAF Observer A really superb silver plated presentation table lighter, in the form of a grenade. This example bears a presentation inscription: "Presented to Lt E.T. Taylor F.O.O. From Machine Section No 9 (Edmonton) A.RD. Royal Air Force 1919" To the reverse is engraved an Observer's brevet. No 9 Section mainly dealt with Engine repairs, and was formed on the 1st of April 1918. It would seem that Lt Taylor was an observer, and Forward Observation Officer, although this needs more research, which i shall leave to the new owner. The lighter itself is in good condition, and free from any scratches or dents. Most of the original silver plate is now absent, revealing an attractive bronze body. An attractive and unusual piece, with plenty of research potential, from the early days of the RAF. Measuring 4.75 inches in height, and VERY heavy!
Presentation Tankard "Assault At Arms" Presented by the Mayor of Worcester. Very pleasing condition, produced by James Dixon and Son.
Presentation Telescope An extremely handsome leather bound three drawer telescope, with the initials "K.D.P" along with the date of January 20th 1904 stamped into the leather body. It is likely that this was presented to a young officer upon being commissioned, well worth the research time. Total length 31 inches when fully extended, 10 inches when closed. Optics are functioning and are nice and clear with no misting.
Princess Mary Gift Pencil A very good example which will set your tin off nicely.
Princess Mary Gift Pencil HMS Kent An unusual personalised example which has been engraved with the white horse of Kent, above the motto "Invicta" (meaning undefeated or unconquered) with the words "HMS Kent" and the dates "1914-15-16" The silver bullet marked "Sterling Silver".
Princess Mary Gift Tin A great example of the famous gift box. This is a good clean example and is free from dents and splits.
Princess Mary Gift Tin A fine example, retaining a large proportion of original finish.
Princess Mary Gift Tin A fine complete set, which has obviously always been together, but has two packs of tobacco, rather than one of cigarettes. A mistake? or perhaps swapped at the time of receipt with ones of his pals? Either way, and interesting and wholly original ensemble, complete with Christmas card, photograph and bullet pencil.
Princess Mary Gift Tin (Empty) A particularly nice, untouched example, which retains a high proportion of original gilt, and is free from cracks/splits. It closes firmly.
Princess Mary Gift Tin And Bullet Pencil Occasionally it can be difficult being a dealer. Sometimes the mercenary part of you tells you to split up items for maximum profit. However, the collector in me just doesn't have the heart to do it, especially with items such as this. A complete Princess Mary tin, of the type issued to the next of kin. They received the tin itself, the bullet pencil, and a Christmas card, although it often took some time for these to reach the intended recipients. This one comes in almost mint condition, complete and untouched. The only damage is some minor dents to the underside of the tin itself. It even retains the piece of cardboard used to hold the bullet pencil, which I have seen traded on their own for £30+! Break down the value of the individual items and this represents very good value, but I hope the new owner will keep it together. If that new owner is interested, I can even share with them the name of the soldier whose next of kin received this tin. He was killed in October 1914.
Princess Mary Gift Tin With Contents A very fine example. The tin retaining a large proportion of the original finish, and free from splits or dents. Containing the original bullet pencil, correctly marked to the body with Princess Mary's crowned monogram. Sterling silver marked "bullet". Complete with the 1914 version of the Christmas card. Tins with these contents are usually associated with early casualties. Becoming increasingly hard to find with these contents.
Princess Mary Gift Tin With Pencil A good untouched collection, the bullet pencil requiring a pencil! Some tears to the cardboard pencil holder.
Princess Mary Gift Tin With Provenance A standard tin, retaining lots of its original gilt, but with some splitting at the corners. However, found inside was a small newspaper clipping of an obituary, for Sgt Cecil Denham Williams of the RGA, presumably the original recipient of the tin. There is also an envelope addressed to a Lt Williams of the Cameronians, which is postmarked for 1942. Inside are some cloth rank pips. I assume Lt Williams is Sgt Williams son, but that is for the next owner to research. An interesting and poignant lot.
Printed Royal Engineers Titles
Private Purchase Cavalry Officers Wire Cutters From a private collection of officers private purchase equipment. A very good and somewhat rare pair of WW1 period wire cutters, faint etched marking of "Wilkinson" around the top flat of the cutter. Housed in their original Sam Browne type brown leather pouch, with straps for fitting to a saddle rig. Could also be adapted for belt carry. Good working order, uncleaned condition.
Private Purchase Horn Hilted Kukri WW2 Period horn hilted version of the MK II military kukri, likely produced in the Darjeeling area. 13 inch blade, 17.25 inches overall. Leather scabbard complete with original frog. Strictly over 18's only.
Promotional Oil Can Burmah Oil Company Probably late 1920's/1930's. Marked on either side "BOC Motor Spirit" Measures 2.2.5 inches tall. Possibly the cap for a promotional can, or might even have been a car mascot. The Burmah Oil Company existed between 1886-2000.
Punch with Wings: A Cartoon History of the Royal Air Force By David Langdon.
Queen's Own Oxfordshire Yeomanry Swagger Stick Hallmarked for London, made by Fred Thoms.
Queens Own Worcestershire Yeomanry An interesting and scarce 1821 pattern cavalry officers sword regimentally marked to the Queens Own Worcestershire Yeomanry. Standard three bar hilt with stepped pommel evenly covered with old corrosion. Shagreen grip looks to be almost complete, with small areas of loss/shrinkage and beginning to peel towards the pommel. All twistwire binding is complete. 34.75 inch blade maker marked "Buckmaster 3 New Burlington Street London. Blade bearing the title "Queens Own Worcestershire" with crown above. Vr Cyhers to both sides of the blade, amidst standard foliate engraving. Blade heavily greased, with areas of staining. Signs of light sharpening. Leather field service scabbard in well used condition, the metal drag absent. Top mount with an unusual carrying loop. Old stores/collection number to the reverse. A good untouched sword with potential for great improvement. Strictly over 18's Only
R101 Airship Postcard. (1) Lovely condition, and postally unused.
R101 Airship Postcard. (2) Another excellent unsent example.
RAF Air Gunner Brevet A WW2 period "flat" example.
RAF Air Gunner Brevet A WW2 period "flat" example.
RAF Anti-Glare Spectacles Air Ministry AM Spectacles Anti-Glare Type E.2. Made by M.W.&Co Ltd. Original tin, in good overall condition.
RAF Badge Unknown RAF arm badge, possible fleet air arm or coastal command connotations? Measuring 4 inches by 4 inches. Has been glued into an album at some point in its life.
RAF Benevolent Fund Bell A good example, in need of a clean.
RAF Bullion Navigators Brevet WW2 original, with pin fixing.
RAF Cap Eagle On Original Named Stores Card Named to a Flt Lt McDonald.
RAF Casualty Group Of Letters A small and incredibly poignant group of letters, sent to the family of Second Lieutenant Frederick Lawrence Percy Smith, of 108 Squadron, explaining the circumstance of his death on the 9th of November 1918, just two days before the Armistice was signed. He was aged just 18. There is a letter from the pilot of the plane in which Lt Smith was acting as an Observer/gunner. The pilot in question, Lt Herbert Newton Tiplady, states that it was due to "Smithy" who he described as "well liked by everybody" that none of the allied planes were brought down. He states Lt Smith was in the cross fire of three "Hun" aircraft, and was rendered unconscious immediately upon being hit. There is also another letter, which has an amalgam of three further letters pertaining to the circumstances surrounding Lt Smith's death. This has suffered somewhat, but is mostly legible, and features correspondence from Major Harwind, who I assume was his commanding officer, Sister Johnston, I/C 64th Casualty clearing Station where Smith was taken upon returning to base at Bisseghem, and a Reverend Eastwood, the Squadron Chaplain. Frederick Lawrence Percy Smith was the son of Frederick and Mrs. E. L. Smith, of 241, Vicarage Rd., Leyton, Essex.
RAF Comforts Committee Badge A "Voluntary Worker" Example
RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey Painted Shield A charming WW2 Period hand painted example, measuring 7 inches high, and 6 inches wide. It features the motto "Je Vole A Tous Vents" (I fly whatever the wind) Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, was home to Number 71 Squadron of the RAF's Fighter Command. 71 Squadron was composed of mostly Americans and was one of the "Eagle Squadrons" of American volunteers fighting during WW2, prior to America's entry into the war.
RAF Leadership Booklet An interesting wartime publication, to assist new officers.
RAF Linen Backed Map WW2 Well used condition, this example covering the Midlands (S).
RAF Officers Cap Eagle A useful spare, in excellent condition.
RAF Officers Side Cap In excellent untouched condition, with no serious damage, just a little grubby. Named inside to "Hollingshurst". Part of a small collection of RAF items from a deceased estate. Please also see the miniature medals listed.
RAF Officers Side Cap In excellent untouched condition, with no serious damage, just a little grubby, by "Scott&Co of Piccadilly.". Officers initials are on a fabric label inside, "G.H.H.M." offering an avenue of research.
RAF Officers Side Cap Insignia Excellent example, with backing plate and screws.
RAF Padded Navigator Brevet WW2 original example.
RAF Padded Signaller Brevet An original WW2 example.
RAF Parade (1944) By S Evelyn Thomas
RAF Pilot Photograph A good period portrait image of a young RAF Pilot. Measures in frame: 12 inches by 9.5.
RAF Pilot's Log Books And Medal Grouping Additional Images Further images of this fascinating group.
RAF Signaller Padded Brevet An Original WW2 example.
RAF Tropical Rank Epaulettes Squadron Leader Some Moth damage, but good WW2 originals, still stapled together.
RAF Victory In Europe Message Issued by the 2nd Tactical Air Force, from Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham.
RAF WW2 Female Reciepient Box issued to C.F. BARR (MISS) CHEVIN HOUSE AVENUE RD DUFFIELD DERBY Containing unworn 1939-45 War Medal, with ribbon, in original cellophane packet, along with Air Ministry transmission slip, and ticker tape. A lovely untouched medal, worth of research.
Raj Period 1827 Pattern Rifle Officers Sword A superb clean example marked at the ricasso to "O'Connor Lucknow" Clean 32.75 inch blade with bright and crisp etching. Housed in an unusual but typically Indian scabbard with heavy chape and steel drag mounted to highly flexible leather. Excellent unblemished guard, and a near perfect shagreen grip mounted with twistwire. A hard to upgrade Raj period sword which may have seen the mutiny. Strictly over 18's only.
Rank and Badges in the Army, Navy, RAF and Auxilaries Published 1940 A good useful usable example, some of the pages are loose, but the booklet is complete.
RCAF Wireless/Air Gunner Brevet A lovely original, padded WW2 example.
Reconnaissance Corps Plaque Interesting copper plaque, mounted in oak. Measures 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches.
Red Cross and St John War Organisation Badge Scarce little badge, appears WW1 period. Marked J.R. Gaunt to the reverse.
Red Cross First Aid Manual No1 A nice used example, dated 1938. Carries the original owners name and address on the title page.
Red Cross First Aid Manual No3 A very good, used example, dated 1939. "Issued with the approval of the War Office"
Regimentally Marked 1907 SMLE Bayonet A good example, pommel marked "14 LD" for the 1/14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish) Strictly over 18's only.
Regular Army Reserve of Officers Badge Superb hallmarked (Birmingham) silver badge. Letter P dating to 1914
Rehandled Kukri This piece is interesting, appearing to be an earlier blade which has been rehandled at some point in its working life. The blade is unusual, in that it has some Devanāgarī script inlaid in brass/gold along with what appears to be the arms of Nepal. Not something I have encountered before. Blade length: 9.5 inches Overall: 13.75 inches Strictly over 18's only.
Remington Bayonet Made by Remington in May 1916 for the British .303" P.14 rifle. No US marks, and the British marks are nice and clear. Strictly over 18's only.
Remington Toy Cap Pistol A beautiful 1960's 100 shot cap revolver, in diecast metal with white plastic grip, produced by Winfield of Great Britain. One of my favourite toys as a young boy, and now a very collectable item in its own right. This one was obviously not cherished by its owner, which is very sad, although it does mean that it is in very near mint condition, and contained within its original box.
Ribbon Bar Central Africa Medal An unusual glazed ribbon bar. Crack to the glass, but on the border of the ribbon colour, so not immediately noticeable. Provisonal patent and makers marking A.J.P&Co LTD to rear. Also marked E.Lan, possibly for the East Lancashire Regiment.
RMS Lusitania Commemorative Medal Cast iron medal commemorating the sinking of the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania on the 5th May 1915. Generally good condition, with some rust.
ROAC WW2 Medal Group Boxed set of four, comprising: 1939-45 star, Italy star, defence and war medals in mint unworn condition. Box addressed to: Mr F. M. Bourd of Long Eaton Notts. With correctly marked entitlement slip, medal ribbon bar, and original cap badge. Unusual name may offer research opportunities.
Rolls Royce Conversion Table Book An interesting little book, as used by RR staff. This example bears a neat name "R.J. Whitford" on the fly leaf.
Royal Air Force Gosport Tubes A good set.
Royal Air Force Officers Sword A genuine example ERII by Wilkinson Sword, in exceptionally pleasing condition. This example produced circa 1975. With the exception of some small blemishes on the blade, and small sections of gilt loss to the guard, this sword's condition would make it suitable to be carried by a serving officer. These swords are few and far between, and copies abound. A rare opportunity for the collector, or for a serving officer to carry a genuine RAF Officers sword, which will only go up in value. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Air Force Pilot's Log Books And Medal Grouping A really splendid, and untouched archive of WW2 trainee pilot F/O Alan George Huggett. The quantity is huge, a large biscuit tin full of everything from his RAF acceptance letter in 1942, through his training in Canada, and his promotion to Pilot Officer. I will list everything included below, and take general photographs of the main parts. further images and information are, as always, available upon request. One pair RAF dogtags, 1805827 (blood group 2A) One 1939-45 Star One 1939-45 War Medal. One Pair RAF Sgt's stripes. One Pair signallers flases. One pair volunteer reserve patches. One pair Pilot Officer rank slides Two pair propeller patches One RAF cap badge One RAF officer side cap badge One flat signaller wing One RAF Silver RAFVR lapel badge One RAF leather and gilt tag. One RAF Officer button. One RAF identity Card with photograph to 168331 F/O Alan George Huggett One Pilot's Flying Log Book, detailing training operations from January 31st 1944 to July 3rd 1944 One Flying Log book for Aircrew other than Pilots showing qualification as a Wireless Operator from February 9th, 1945. One service New Testament One Services Clothing Book One letter of congratulation on his appointment as a Pilot officer, dated 14th April 1945. Letter of welcome to the RAF dated 13th May 1942. Two telegrams of congratulation. An image of a lady A certificate from St John's Ambulance qualifying A.G. Huggett to render fist aid to injured, dated August 28 1944 at RCAF Nationl Defence Centre, Calgary. A photograph of Huggett in Officers uniform. A photograph of Huggett with his crew mates, in front of an aircraft (Liberator?) A photograph of two RCAF bombers taken mid-flight. A large quantity of tuition material, relating to his training, with lots of handwritten notation. A truly superb and comprehensive grouping, to an RAF who appears to have qualified just too late to join the war effort.
Royal Air Force Service Edition New Testament A good example, with a sweet inscription to the fly leaf.
Royal Air Force Silk Escape Map Sheets E&F A wonderful example of the '43 series silk escape and evasion map. Sheet's E and F showing The German Protectorate, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary on one side, and Croatia, Montenegro, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland on the other. Excellent condition, vivid colours, and free from holes, rips, or other damage.
Royal Armoured Corps Car Mascot A very handsome 1950's RAC grill badge made by J.R. Gaunt, London. It is a little dirty, but the chrome is all in place, as is the enamel, and it would clean nicely.
Royal Army Medical Corps Officers Sword A superb George V example, produced by Robert Mole and Sons, in exceptional condition. Not an easy sword to find, and you would spend years trying to better this one. Blade has been lightly greased, which has preserved the original frosting. Serial number to the spine. Blade length 32.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Army Medical Corps Officers Sword DSO Winner The sword of Brigadier George Singleton Parkinson, C.B.E., D.S.O (1880-1953) George Singleton Parkinson was born in October 1880 and was educated at Bath College. Volunteering for active service in the Imperial Yeomanry on the outbreak of hostilities in South Africa in October 1899, he served in the 75th (Sharpshooters) Company, 18th Battalion, as a member of that unit’s original contingent of 120 men, and qualified for the above described Medal and clasps. Returning to his studies in 1902, he qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (M.R.C.S.) and as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (L.R.C.P.) in 1906, and was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in August 1908. By the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, he was serving as a Captain in Southern Command, but was immediately embarked for active service in the B.E.F., in which capacity he served without respite until the Armistice in 1918, initially as Deputy Assistant Director of Hygiene and latterly as Assistant Director of Medical Services, 1st Army, not least in the Lys offensive of April 1918. He was awarded the D.S.O. and three times mentioned in despatches (London Gazettes 1 January 1916, 29 May and 24 December 1917 refer), in addition to receiving the French Legion of Honour (Chevalier) and Croix de Guerre (London Gazette 6 November 1918), and Portuguese Military Order of Aviz (Chevalier) (London Gazette 21 August 1919). The award of his French Medaille de la Reconnaissance was also for services in the Great War, but the relevant announcement did not appear in the London Gazette until 2 March 1926. Parkinson served as Deputy Assistant Director of Hygiene and Medical Officer of Health at Gibraltar 1919-23 and, on returning to the U.K., was appointed Assistant Professor of Hygiene at the Royal Army Medical College, in which latter capacity he served until being placed on the Reserve of Officers as a Lieutenant-Colonel in August 1928. In the following year he took up appointment as an Assistant Director and Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, but was recalled to the R.A.M.C. in September 1939, when he served briefly at Millbank before returning to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as acting Dean, in place of Sir Wilson Jameson. Here he remained employed until 1943, when he was selected for service as Director of the Allied Military Government in Sicily and Italy, and was attached to the National Headquarters of the Armistice Control Commission in Italy 1944-45, latterly in the acting rank of Brigadier. During his tour with the Allied Military Government, he played a prominent part with the American Forces in controlling the typhus outbreak that broke out in Italy - particularly in Naples where mass delousing of the civilian populace was carried out under the Commission’s supervision. He was awarded the C.B.E. (London Gazette 13 December 1945 refers), and the American Typhus Commission Medal (London Gazette 17 October 1946 refers), in addition to the Italian Red Cross ‘Croce al Merito’ in 1947 (his Who’s Who entry refers). No record, however, has been found for the award of his American Legion of Merit, and verification is still required for his Jubilee 1935 and Coronation 1937 Medals. The Brigadier, who served as a Technical Adviser to the Greek Government in Athens in 1951, was advanced to Commander in the Order of St. John in 1952 (London Gazette 4 January of that year refers), and died at Epsom, Surrey in August 1953, aged 72. Awards: Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.,The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer ‘s (Brother’s) breast badge,Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (15492 Tpr., 75th Coy. 18th Imp. Yeo.); 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals, 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; French Legion of Honour, Chevalier’s breast badge, French Croix de Guerre 1914-1918; French Medaille de la Reconnaissance, Portuguese Military Order of St. Avis, Chevalier’s breast badge, U.S.A., Legion of Merit, Officer’s breast badge, U.S.A., Typhus Commission Medal; Italian Red Cross, Merit Medal, D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January 1918. O. St. J. London Gazette 23 June 1939. As can be seen from the images, the sword is in generally very untouched good condition. The Special pattern brass hilt remains in good, unbuckled shape. The central cartouche bearing the cypher of Edward VII. The shagreen grip is 99% complete, and retains all of its twistwire. The blade, retailed by Holt and Son Sackville St., London, measures 32.5 inches, and retains a high degree of its original polish, and frost etching. It bears the usual foliate engraving, the crowned arms of Edward VII, as well as a cartouche with the initials "G.S.P." Serial number to the spine at the ricasso. Only minor blemishes to the blade, although there is a small amount of corosion at the very tip of the blade. Housed in its correct field service leather scabbard, which is a good tight fit. Some signs of repair above the drag, but generally solid. All in all, a very handsome example of this scarce pattern, and with great owner provenance. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Army Reserve Solid Silver Example. Fully Hallmarked for Birmingham 1913. Excellent condition.
Royal Artillery Officers Slouch Hat WW2 Acquired recently with two suitcases full of WW2 officers kit. Not badged, and no sign of it ever being so, but with RA colours incorporated around the central puggaree band. Complete with leather chinstrap, and ordnance marked on the inner liner. A very good example overall, with some storage dirt, but exactly as it was put away 70 odd years ago.
Royal Artillery Officers Sword A very pleasing, and untouched Victorian example. Hilt, scabbard and all exterior metal covered with a fine layer of surface rust. The grip has, unusually, been covered in a pink silk fabric. This has worn away in part, exposing the twistwire and shagreen beneath. which appears in good condition. The blade is nice and clean, with bright etching along three quarters of its 34 inch length, slightly duller to the right hand side. Some loss of claritiy to the "Royal Artillery" legend, encompassed withing feathered lighting bolts. Good bright crown and cannon etching to the left. A minor loss to the very tip of the blade. London makers marking to the left hand ricasso, proof slug to the right. Centre of Percussion marking to the spine. Generally a good sword, which will benefit from the usual TLC. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Artillery Officers Sword Wilkinson The sword of Frank Derek Ironside Wood (1908-1986) Brief research shows that Wood reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, being promoted "Maj. F. D. I. WOOD (39212) to be Lt.-Col., 30th June 1950" Published in The London Gazette of Friday, 2nd March, 1951. Colonel Wood served with the 3rd (Martinique) Field Battery, Royal Artillery, during the 1930's. He died in Melton, Suffolk aged 78 in 1986. The sword by Wilkinson of Pall Mall, in good untouched condition, housed it its leather field service leather scabbard complete with brown leather knot. Plated three bar hilt with some plating loss. Shagreen grip complete and undamaged, retaining all of its original silver twistwire. Housed in brown leather carry case, stamped "Wilkinson Sword" and carrying the initials "F.D.I.W." The 34.5 inch blade carried the original owners initials "F.D.I.W." the words "Royal Artillery" as well as the usual floral etching. Blade with some staining, old grease, dirt and light rust. It would greatly benefit from some gentle cleaning to bring it back to its original glory. A very good sword, with research potential. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Australian Air Force Sweetheart A good and more seldom seen RAAF example, in silver and enamel. Marked "Sterling Silver" to the reverse.
Royal Engineers 50ft Military Tape Measure An interesting broad arrow marked military 50ft tape measure. Sadly the pull ring on the end of the tape is absent, but could be repaired. Otherwise very good condition.
Royal Engineers Swagger Stick A rather battered example.
Royal Engineers Trench Art Paperweight An unusual piece, probably crafted in an engineers workshop to show off skills, it consists of three .303 inert cartridges which have been "melded" together,along with a bronze collar dog badge to the front. Just a really well crafted piece which looks great on the desk.
Royal Engineers WW1 Wilkinson Officers Sword An absolutely superb sword, which judging by the serial number would date to mid 1916. Lots of original finish to the blade with only one or two small areas which could easily be polished. Good enough to be carried by a serving officer. Housed in a fined example of the brown leather field service scabbard. 32.5 inch blade, found with the usual floral etching, serial number, makers marking, crown and royal cypher of George V, along with the words "Royal Engineers" surmounting the winged lighting bolts, along with the motto "Ubique". Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Horse Artillery Drivers Riding Crop A good example, which need the leather replacing on the tip.
Royal Horse Guards Special Pattern Cavalry Sword to an Irish Earl The sword of John Henry George Crichton, the 5th Earl of Erne. The 5th Earl inherited his title aged just eight years old. His father, Lord Crichton served on the staff in South Africa during the Boer War, 1899- 1900, was besieged in Ladysmith, and was awarded the DSO. He was an equerry inordinary to the Prince of Wales (later George V), 1901-1908. In 1903 he married Mary, fifth daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster. He served in the First World War as a major in the Royal Horse Guards, and was killed in action in Belgium in October 1914. Sadly history was to repeat itself. The 5th Earl was educated at Eton and from 1921 to 1924 he was a page of honour to King George V, his godfather. In 1928 Lord Erne came of age, and in November returned to Crom Castle, the family seat. In 1931, Lord Erne married Lady Davidema (Davina) Bulwer-Lytton, younger daughter of the 2nd Earl and Countess of Lytton. He had one son, Henry George, the 6th and present Earl, and two daughters. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant and J.P. for Co. Fermanagh in 1936. From 1936 until 1939 he was a Lord-in-Waiting to the King and a Government Whip, frequently speaking in the House of Lords, where he sat as Baron Fermanagh. He resigned because he wanted to devote more time to the management of his remaining family estates in Fermanagh. For a time he served as lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, his father's old regiment. Soon after the outbreak of war in 1939, he raised the North Irish Horse, which was based in Enniskillen between November 1939 and February 1940. Around this time he re enlisted with the RHG, being attached to the 12th Royal Lancers as part of the Royal Armoured Corps, serving with the British Expeditionary Force. From 12 Lancers War Diary dated 23rd May 1940 "Early in the morning orders were received for a reported enemy penetration in the area of St. Omer to be verified and A Sqn was despatched to report on the situation in the area. Maj. A.M. Horsbrugh-Porter reported that there was only a few RE's and RA batteries in the area; and the enemy had infact been able to cross in the area of Renescure H1950, and that he had been asked to counter-attack the enemy to enable the RE's to withdraw from Renescure and to enable a battery to be recovered. The CO gave permission for this attack to be made, and A Sqn counter-attacked the enemy infantry on the high ground to the North and NW of Renescure, inflicted a number of casualties and held up their advance sufficiently long for the guns to withdraw." "It was during this attack that 2/Lt. ATG Roddick was unfortunately killed at Lynde , and Maj. Lord Erne, who was attached to the Regt and acting as 2nd in Cmd of A Sqn, so severely wounded by A.Tk gun fire from the rear that he died of his wounds." 38699 Major JOHN HENRY GEORGE CRICHTON, 5th Earl of Erne is buried at Wormhoudt Communal Cemetery. His name appears on a stained glass memorial window in the Palace of Westminster. A direct descendent of William the Conqueror. The sword itself, manufactured by Wilkinson sword in October 1927, is of standard 1912 Cavalry officer form, with etched bowl guard depicting the crowned initials of the Royal Horse Guards. The blade is decorated with etched RHG badge, and the regiments battle honours. The sword also carries an etched panel with the letter "E" in the centre. The sword is in generally very good condition, only minor blemishes to the exterior of the guard. The shagreen remains intact, as does the wore binding. The blade carries some age related staining and minor pitting, but is completely untouched, and would benefit from gentle cleaning. It is contained in its correct field service scabbard. Blade length 35 inches. These special pattern swords rarely appear on the open market, let alone an example which is named and was carried by a member of the Irish aristocracy. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Irish Rifles 1827 Pattern Officers Sword A very good example made by Wilkinson Sword. The number dates this blade to 1899 and it was purchased by C. Wallis of the Royal Irish Rifles. Cursory research didn't reveal a "C.Wallis" but I did find a C.L.W. Wallace. who served with the Royal Irish Rifles from 1899. If this is the same fellow, and the Wilkinson record is in error, then he had an interesting career, and went on to command the 8th (Isle of Wight) Battalion Hampshire Regiment. The sword itself is in very pleasing condition, all shagreen and hilt wire complete. The blade is mostly bright, with a small area of black pitting in the middle of the left hand side. The scabbard has an old break which has been repaired, although this is now coming apart and will need attention. Worthy of further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Naval Dress Belt Interesting example of a type I have not encountered before, and I presume, for a WREN, due to the diminutive size. Excellent quality buckle, which is unmarked, but possibly silver.
Royal Naval Midshipmans Dirk An exceptionally fine George V example, by Gieves of London. This looks to have had little to no use, and been tucked away for the last 80 plus years. Bright gilding to the pommel, back strap and scabbard mounts. Perfect rayskin grip. Bright blade with beautiful crisp etching. Some old dried grease to the blade. Complete with original dirk knot. A little boot black to the scabbard and this will be ready for parade. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Naval Officers Sword Claymore Blade An 1827 Pattern Naval Officer’s Sword incorporating a ‘claymore’ blade, which although non-regulation was fashionable with well heeled Royal Naval Officers in the 1870’s and1880’s. The blade etched with makers name "Galt, Gieve & Co Naval Outfitters Portsmouth". They operated with the "& Co" between 1859 and 1880 and ran the business from 111 High Street Portsmouth. From 1881 to 1886 they were plain Galt & Gieve at the same address. Proof slug showing a Fleur de Lys which is a known marking for a Wilkinson trade blade of this period, and Gieves are known to have sought there better quality fighting blades from Messrs Wilkinson of Pall Mall. Blade is etched with a Victorian Queens crown and royal arms and crowned fouled anchor. Blade Length: 31 Inches Regulation gilt brass hilt with a particularly handsome lions head pommel. The white rayskin grip is all complete and in very good order, bound with brass twistwire. The folding guard is present and functioning correctly, with no slackness. Black leather scabbard with gilt brass mounts, the top with retaining pin to lock the sword into the scabbard when the folding guard is down. Two suspension rings. The blade with some dark staining and salt corrosion in places. Lots of original polish remaining. Generally a very nice example of this more uncommon variation, which has room for improvement. Strictly over 18's Only
Royal Navy Bosun's Whistle A late 19th early 20thC RN bosun's whistle. Bearing broad arrow stamps to either side. Looks to have an area of soldered repair? on one side, but functioning perfectly!
Royal Navy Medals A good group of four medals, in thier original transmission box with name and service number on the front. Medals consist of: 1939-45 Star Italy Star Atlantic Star 1939-45 War Medal. Excellent condition.
Royal Navy Mess China Comport In perfect condition. Produced by Crown Staffordshire in 1949. 8.5 inches in diameter.
Royal Navy Mess Plate A good and rare Royal Naval Transfer Printed Mess plate, circa 1840-60. This example is very attractive, being allotted to "Mess No 12" and decorated with paddle wheel steamships, stands of arms,flowers of the union and crossed union jack&naval ensign. It does have an old star crack to the base, and some glaze loss to the rear rim, but these plates are scarce survivors and come onto the market infrequently.
Royal Navy Officers Epaulettes Denoting the rank of Commander. Kings crown buttons.
Royal Navy Officers Mess Dinner Plate In perfect condition. Produced by Coalport in 1954. Measuring 9 inches in diameter. Interestingly, this example carries a kings crown, while on the reverse is the mark for Elisabeth II. Obviously a transitional piece.
Royal Navy Submarine Medals L7 A very interesting group, spanning both WW1 and WW2. Comprising of: British War and Victory Medal correctly impressed: J50321 J WHITTAKER A.B.R.N Mounted with a Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service Medal correctly impressed: J50321 (PO.B.17396) J WHITTAKER A.B.R.F.R. A WW2 Medal box containing an unmounted 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, and 1939-45 War Medal, unnamed as issued, complete with an Admiralty medal transmission slip confirming three awards. The box is faded, but the name "J.Whittaker can still be made out. There are also eight privately taken photographs, depicting Jesse Whittaker and his crew mates aboard HMS Submarine L7, and featuring mine laying, the torpedo room, L4, etc. Included is the sale is a digital copy of Jesse Whittaker's Service record upto 1928, confirming service on L7. His height is given as 5 feet 5 inches. Therefore it is very likely that Jesse is depicted in the centre of a group of three sailors, due to his diminutive stature and medal combination. A fascinating group to aSubmariner, and worthy of much more detailed research.
Royal Observer Corps Cloth Badge A very good example of these rarely encountered patches.
Royal Sailors Club Key Fob An interesting key fob from the Royal Sailors Club, Portsmouth. Looks early 20thC, numbered "P94"
Royal Scots Cap Badge A good original badge.
Royal Scots Special Pattern Officers Sword A very fine example by Wilkinson, with regimental etched blade. Accompanied by the majority of the original leather sword case, Forsythes named Sam Browne Belt, and the original frog. Initials to the blade, H.W.F. The sword of This particular example carries the initials H.W.F. on the outside, and belonged to Brigadier Hamish William Forsyth CBE. Mentioned in Despatches 1942, and made a Commander of the British Empire in 1955. He retired as a Brigadier in 1955. Hamish married Joan Campbell Kingdon in the New Forest in 1938. Sadly Joan was killed in 1941 at Westminster Bridge Road due to enemy action whilst serving as an ARP Ambulance Driver; She is buried in Lambeth Cemetery in Tooting London. He later remarried the widow of Squadron Leader G J Bush, Priscilla Bush in1943 in West Africa; Hamish and Priscilla had a son born in 1944 in Bangalore, India. An excellent sword, with provenance and the scope for further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Royal Welch Fulisiers Regimental Photograph Frames An absolutely charming pair of interwar period photograph frames, bearing the regimental badge of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Wonderful quality, these are as designed, rather than being cobbled together, and have convex glass. Each frame is 11 inches tall (excluding badge) and 8.5 inches wide.
Royal Welsh Fusiliers Swagger Cane Excellent silver mounted example, hallmarked for Birmingham 1903. Good definition to the mounts, minor dents as one might expect.
Russian Trench Art Tobacco Jar Unusual to find Tsarist Russian Trench Art from the great War in the UK.
RWAFF Cigarette Case Charming example, made from aluminium, bearing a well executed Royal West African Frontier Force badge, with the original owners initials to the rear. Measures approx 5 inches by 3 inches.
SA80 Bayonet An early SA80 bayonet, procured from the factory which fitted the clips. Strictly over 18's only.
SA80 Parade Bayonet Frog ***Free Postage***
Sam Browne Ammunition Pouch A well used WW1 example.
Sam Browne Belt 1916 Maker marked "Martin Birmingham" and 1916 dated, bearing officers initials to the interior. A good supple example, in need of a feed.
Sam Browne Belt Accoutrement Bought recently with a large quantity of Sam Brown field equipment. I have absolutely no idea what it is for! If anybody would care to enlighten me I would be most interested to know. In good solid condition, the leather could use a feed.
Sam Browne Belt and Sword Frog A good untouched set, which carries owners details to the interior.
Sam Browne Belt And Sword Frog 1945 Generally good condition, would benefit from a feed.
Sam Browne Pistol Holster Named on the inner flap to Captain R.B. Cox Black Watch.
Sam Browne Pouch An interesting pistol ammunition type pouch with twin belt loops.
Sam Browne Sword Frog A superb WW1 example.
Sam Browne Sword Frog A good WW1 period example.
Sam Browne Sword Frog A good cavalry example, Boer War Period.
Scandinavian Knife A fine silver and horn hilted belt knife. Overall length 4.5 inches. Strictly over 18's Only
Scarce 1822 Infantry Officers Sword Royal Marines The sword of Captain William Mansell Mansell. 2nd Lt. Aug 31, 1841 Lt. August 26, 1846 Capt. April 28, 1854 From Hart's Annual Army List of 1861: Captains Kennedy and Mansell were present in an engagement with Pirates at Borneo, and defeat of their forces and destruction of their stockades in Malloodoo Bay in 1845. Captain Mansell served on the China expedition of 1857-58, including the operations at Canton, with the storming and capture of the city. For his service in China he was entitled to the medal with clasp (per the New Army List of 1862). Accompanied by some research, including copies of despatches by Captain Rodney Monday, and Admiral Thomas Cochrane, detailing operations in Borneo which Captain Mansell took part. Worthy of further research. The sword itself is housed in the original leather scabbard. These are so often missing or split in half. This example is holding together, although it has a crease/fold below the top and middle mounts. The shagreen to the grip is 90%+ complete, with only minor loss. Some gilt remains to the guard, which is holding good form. The folding guard is intact, although no longer sprung. The sword blade carries the initials W.M.M. and the Griffin crest of the Mansell family. The etching is clear, although due to the nature of sea service the sword does have some staining. The sword as a whole is completely untouched, and would greatly benefit from some gentle TLC. Finding such attributable swords is not easy, especially ones which were carried and used to battle pirates! Strictly over 18's only.
Scarce George V Midshipman's Dirk Belt A very good example of the hard to find Midshipman's Dirk belt. This example by Gieves, in very good used condition.
Scarce Uncut Fomation Patches 28th ANZUK Infantry Brigade Formed in May 1971 and was structured on a three battalion brigade known as the 28th ANZUK Infantry Brigade. This replaced the famous 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade. Disbanded late 1973.
Scinde Horse Table Casket Looks to be a late Victorian/Edwardian example, judging by the quality of the carving. Measuring 7 inches by 4.25 inches.
Scottish Broad Sword Cross Guard (B) Suitable for the 1828 Pattern Officers Broadsword.
Scottish Broad Sword Cross Guard (D) Suitable for the 1828 Pattern Officers Broadsword.
Scottish Broad Sword Cross Guard Acorn Finials Suitable for the 1828 Pattern Officers Broadsword.
Scottish Pipers Dirk A very fine example, dating to WW2 or just after, and produced by Robert Allison of Glasgow. Retaining its original knife and fork by-knives, complete with spring clips. Overall condition is very good, seems to have been lightly used, and well cared for. Would benefit from a careful clean and tidy, and then ready for wear. 18.75 inches overall. Blade length 11.25 inches. I will include a non original but contemporary black leather hanging strap for the new owner of desired. Strictly over 18's only.
Scratch Built Regimental Colours XX Regiment 20th Regiment of Foot or the Lancashire Fusiliers. The Union Jack now missing its tassel, but handsome hand painted items. Measuring five and a quarter inches high.
Scroll Hilt Indian Cavalry Officers Sword A fascinating and high quality example, by Mole of Birmingham. Scroll hilt finely decorated, and bearing a crowned VRI cypher within a cartouche. Traces of engraving to both sides of the blade, standard foliate etching, crowned VRI, etc. Curved blade length just shy of 33 inches. Hilt and grip retain thick nickel silver plating. One for the serious collector. Strictly over 18's only.
SEAC Titles South East Asia Command Titles Quality Bullion Examples
Sedbergh School OTC Swagger Stick Dura Virum Nutrix" (Stern Nurse of Men). 27.5 inches long. Gernerally very pleasing condition.
Service Issue New Testament. Dated 1939.
Set of 50 1940's/50's Saucy Comic Postcards "Samples" Fifty original 1940's-50's Publication Sample Postcards Hard to find these cards individually, so a rare opportunity to acquire a collection of fifty in one go. Each card has the word "Sample" stamped in purple ink in each division on the reverse of the card. Each card also has its four digit design number written on the front of the card in ink. Artists include; Dudley Wilding Davo Bashful Daisy Tony A.F.R. All fifty are postally unused, and have "Comicard Production" on the reverse, along with "The copyright of E. Marks.Fine Art Publishers, 61 Torbay Road, Kilburn, London. N.W.6" Generally the cards are in very good condition for their age, although a couple have a mark across the middle where an elastic band has once rested. Other than that, the colours are still vivid, where they have been tucked away for the last 50+ years.
Set Of Eight Patch Cutters Generally very good condition, but grubby.
Set Of Three WW1 Period Maps of Assam Published under the direction of Colonel Sir S.G. Burrard K.C.S.I. R.E. F.R.S. Surveyor General of India. Map No: 83 F/2. (dated 1915) Map No 83 F/1. (dated 1916) Map No 83 F/6 (dated 1916) All three maps in good clean condition, with some storage marking, but remarkable really considering they are 100 years old.
Set Of Victorian Revolver Grips. Probably from a small frame revolver, excellent condition.
Sheffield Made Sheath Knife Appears unmarked. Blade just shy of 6 inches. Just over 10 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Short Butcher Bayonet The only one of these I have ever encountered. Possibly an ersatz creation, somebody else has mooted that it could have been for naval troops or cadets. Either way, an interesting piece. Strictly over 18's only.
Short History Of The London Rifle Brigade Compiled Regimntally, and Published in 1916 to aid the London Rifle Brigade Prisoners Aid Fund.
Short MK II Aircrew Kukri A superb private purchase example of the hard to find short or half size MK II pattern, which has been shown to have been carried by aircrew and tank personnel. This kukri with dark horn grips, and steel furniture. No markings, as one would expect from a true war time manufactured piece. Ridged leather covered wooden scabbard, complete with integral belt frog, which also houses the chakmak and karda, which are so frequently absent from this pattern. Blade length 9.75 inches, 14 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Short MK II Aircrew Kukri A superb private purchase example of the hard to find short or half size MK II pattern, which has been shown to have been carried by aircrew and tank personnel. This kukri with hardwood grips, and steel furniture. The timber grips have been personalised with the original owners initials. The seller told me they are for Flight Lieutenant Eric John Wright, RAAF. The RAAF sweetheart brooch also listed was attached to the laces. No makers markings, as one would expect from a true war time manufactured piece. Ridged leather covered wooden scabbard, complete with integral belt frog, which also houses the chakmak and a wooden handled spike, where the karda ought to be. I've never seen this before, and have no idea what it was for. The Chakmak handle also bears the initials E.J.W. Blade length 11 inches, 15 inches overall. Unusual to find an example which carries research potential. Strictly over 18's Only
Short Zulu Assegai A very interesting Africa throwing spear, which came with the other examples listed. Measuring 40 inches end to end. Blade length 14.5 inches up to the binding. Blade head measures 5.5 inches.
Silver And Enamel Coldstream Guards Badge Marked "Sterling" and "Ludlow" to the reverse. A very high quality item, appears to be a fastening clasp or brooch? I am sure somebody out there will recognise it!
Silver Double Ended Scent Bottle A really cracking example, one of the best I have ever owned. Measuring 5.5 inches in length, and decorated in flowing floral vines. My first thought was that it could be Russian, but I have been advised that it is probably English, despite the lack of any visible hall marks. It is unconditionally guaranteed to be silver, and it comes in remarkably fine condition. A minor dent to one lid, and the only other flaw, if you can call it that, is a missing cork from one of the caps. An easy and inexpensive fix.
Silver London Scottish Officers Badge. Hallmarks for Endinburgh 1917.
Silver Mounted Skean Dubh Clear Hallmarks for Edinburgh 1959. Makers mark T.E. 8 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Silver Scots Guards Swagger Stick A very fine Silver mounted Scots Guards Officers Swagger stick. Made by Charles Cooke and hallmarked for London, produced by the famous umbrella and cane maker Brigg, makers to the Royal Family. The date letter is rubbed, but appears to be a letter P for 1890. Certainly cannot be post 1914 as this is when Charles Cooke died. The shaft is very heavy, and appears to be a dark organic material, possibly horn. Approx total length 30.25 inches.
Silver War Badge A fine example, complete with undamaged pin and number to the reverse.
Singapore Police Force Swagger Stick Previously the property of Superintendent Liddle. An unmarked silver head and tip, with an ebonised shaft. Some dings and dents to the head, but a scarce example none the less. 25 inches in length.
Singapore Police Force Swagger Stick Unmarked silver ball finial and tip, with an ebonised shaft. Some dings and dents to the ball, but a rare example none the less. Measuring 25 inches in length.
Skean Dubh William Scott Edinburgh A good example, just over 7 inches overall and marked to either side of the blade. Strictly over 18's only.
Small Arms Training "Grenade" 1937 Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13. A Nice clean example.
Small Arms Training "Light Machine Gun" 1942 Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4. A Nice clean example.
Small Arms Training "Sten Machine Carbine" 1942 Volume I, Pamphlet No. 22. A Nice clean example.
Small Georgian Naval Dirk A very diminutive example of an Ivory hilted naval dirk, circa 1800. This is the smallest example I have ever seen. 6.25 inches overall. The blade, 4.25 inches in length, is still sharp, and of a convex shape. It has likely lost its original point. It is now of a plum coloured patina, with no visible signs of etching or makers marking. The crossguard is of simple design, and the reeded Ivory grip is quite magnificently done, with a detailed decorative pommel. Strictly over 18's only. UK SALES ONLY.
Small Horn Hilted Kukri A good WW2 period horn hilted miniature kukri. Identical to the half and full size examples produced in Darjeeling for private purchase. 4.75 inch blade. 7 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Small pair of Field Glasses An interesting Prism binocular configuration, by Ross of London. Very nice condition, one lens cap has had a small repair, done some time ago. Nice clear optics with leather strap. Privately named "A.H. EVE. HORLEY"
Small Revolver Holster An unusually small revolver holster, with single belt loop to the reverse. 8.5 inches in length.
Small WW2 Caltrop A good original piece, 6cm in height. Strictly over 18's only.
Smith's Patent Percussion Cartridge Cavalry Carbine A very good example of a Smith’s 1857 Patent .50 calibre Break Action breech loading percussion cavalry carbine. Invented by Dr. Gilbert Smith of Buttermilk Falls, New York, he succeed in having his Carbine trialled at the Washington Arsenal in the spring of 1860, where it impressed signifiantly to result in the army placing an order for several thousand. It was also trialled and passed for use with the Pony Express. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading by depression of a break lever located within the trigger guard and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. This example bears markings to the reciever showiting that it was built by Massachusetts Arms Co Chicopee Falls, and Distributed By Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland. Early four digit serial number shows it is likely a pre Civil War Gun. Saddle bars and ring fitted. The metal work has even patina with some original finish. Wood work is all original and is generally very good, showing the usual minor knocks bumps and bruises. The carbine has a 21 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The carbine measures 38 ½” overall. It is complete with steel butt plate, trigger guard, dolphin hammer, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, fore sight and sling swivels. The action is very crisp, and hold firm on full and half cock. Nickel silver panels to either side of the butt and fitting for an extra sight show this gun was one of many thousands of surplus arms sold off post war, some of which famously found their way into the hands of Fenian raiders. Strictly over 18's only.
SMLE 1907 Pattern Bayonet With Clipped Point An interesting example, which has had a clipped or"bowie" point added at some point during its working life, the first such conversion I have seen. Made by Wilkinson Sword in 1917. Unit marked 1.K.L. possibly for the Kings Liverpool Regiment. Faint "D.P." to one side of the cross guard. Housed in a 1943 Australian produced mangrovite scabbard, possibly a sign of WW2 reissue. Generally very good condition, untouched, and would benefit from a clean. Strictly over 18's only.
SMLE Hooked Quillion Bayonet Unit marked. A stunning and completely original example, certainly the best condition I have ever handled. The blade is still greased, and carried the date 1913 and the GR cypher. Produced by Enfield. No oil hole. Unit marked "3 BKS 1827" I assume this is the 3rd Berkshire Regiment. Impossible to improve upon. Stictly over 18's only.
SOE Sword Extra Images Additional Images.
SOE Tyre Slasher Coin Knife I have serious doubts whether these little coin knives were ever issued to British clandestine units, and I am unsure if this particular example is an original or a reconstruction. Either way, this example is a 1942 dated Half Crown which has a blade riveted to it. It hinges out so it can be used, and when not in use sits hidden in the profile of the coin. And would be concealed at first glance, if proffered in a handful of coins on being searched. Strictly over 18's Only.
Soldiers of the American Army 1775-1941 A first edition of this wonderful book, from 1941. Excellent condition throughout with vibrant colour plates by artist Fritz Kredel. Text by Frederick P. Todd and foreword by Brigadier General Oliver L. Spaulding. A wonderful book, limited to 500 copies.
Solid Silver ARP Badge Fully hallmarked for London 1938. Gentleman's type with lapel hook. Excellent uncleaned condition.
Solid Silver RAC Crested Pepperette A good quality sterling silver pepper shaker, bearing the regimental crest of the Royal Armoured Corps, beneath which is a date 1-8-53. The badge is a Kings Crown, but by the time of the date underneath the badge, Queen Elisabeth II was already queen, which leads me to believe that the piece was dated later. The hallmark (Birmingham 1939) would also bear this out. Perhaps it was originally Mess Silver which was sold off or presented to officers once the new Queens crown silver was in use? Either way, a very nice little item for the RAC collector. Body is free from dents/splits, etc, but the finial on the lid is slightly bent.
Solid Silver Rifle Brigade Cap Badge Likely for a cross belt pouch, this very fine example has a single post and a spike to the rear, and is marked with a single "S" to the reverse, but tested as .925 silver and guaranteed a period original. Measuring just under 2 inches tall.
Solid Silver Sword Letter Opener A very charming item, probably dating to the early 20th century. Solid Silver, and marked on the upper guard with a continental mark. Measuring just over eight inches in length. A great little novelty.
Solihull School OTC Swagger Stick From the same source as the silver example.
Solihull School OTC Silver Swagger Stick Fully hallmarked for 1923, and named for "Corp C.W. Tozer" A C.W.L. Tozer won the George Medal for his actions during the Blitz in 1940. Very nice condition overall, with only one or two minor blemishes.
Somerset Light Infantry Swagger Stick Generally good, with some bruises.
South African Defence Force Officers Buttons Good WW2 period buttons
South African Gifts and Comforts Commitee Tin A good example, dating from Christmas 1940, free from holes, splits or dents.
South African Officers Pips A set of four bronzed pips.
South African WWII Cigarette Tin Given as a Christmas Gift to the troops in 1943 from the South African Gifts and Comforts Committee.
Southern & Richardson WW2 Private Purchase Fighting Knife A fine example of a WW2 Private Purchase Fighting Knife, produced in the manner of FS fighting knives. Sold in large numbers to Allied Personel in the lead up to D-Day. Blade length 6 3/4th inches. Just over 11 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
Spare Lenses For MK VIII Flying Goggles Two sets, varying condition.
Special Constabularly Medal Correctly impressed "Frederick W. Houseman"
Special Pattern Indian 25th Cavalry Troopers Sword An extremely rare sword, of a type I have not previously encountered. The bowl guard carrying the numerals "25" within a capital "C" for the 25th Cavalry. The guard also carries the impressed markings "LA 25". Manufactured by Mole of Birmingham, and marked by them on the blades ricasso. Plain, single fullered 34.75 inch blade, which has been professionally sharpened into a spear point, and along both back and front edges. Housed in a leather scabbard with wooden core, with an iron double hanging ring. Stitching split, with some loss of the leather. Strictly over 18's only.
Spitfire Fund Pin Badge ***FREE POSTAGE***
Spitfire Photograph Air Ace An interesting annotated photograph of Spitfire YTJAS. Caption reads "65 Squadron commanders plane. Mechanic LAC J.Hammond!! SQDN LDR J.A.Storer Air Ace DFC AFC DFH" Presumably the Spitfire of James Eric Storrar, also known as "JAS".
St. Lawrence College OTC Cap Badge
Staffordshire Yeomanry No15 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Stag Handled FS Fighting Knife A good example of the antler handled Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife. The bright blade with bark staining and light pitting to both sides. The blade a full 6.75 inches with signs of sharpening, and retaining its original point. The brown leather sheath bearing the ink details of its original owner, along with a service number, which will open up an avenue for further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Staghorn Jack Knife A very clean, and used example, by Joseph Allen Sheffield. All springs tight and "snappy". Strictly over 18's only
Standard Training Notes For Flight Mechanics (Airframe) A hard to acquire volume.
Star Cars Radiator Mascot A Wonderful Art Deco Radiator mascot, produced for Star Cars. This early example in produced in nickel, and uncleaned, with plenty of quality definition. Registered no. 694695 Produced by Thomas Fatorini of Birmingham (Oval Stamp to bottom of base) Unmounted, with original thread intact, complete with mounting nut.
Sterilizing Outfit For Use With Water Bottles A scarce complete example, in excellent condition.
Sterling Silver Pill Box A lovely double sided pill box, with bright cut decoration. Mid 20th century, and in excellent condition.
Stone From the Houses of Parliment A "relic" sold off after Parliament was bombed and almost destroyed during the Blitz to fund the restoration. This example has been turned into into a paperweight/pen stand, with a pewter medal and a wooden handle added to the front. An attractive and unusual piece of memorabilia.
Stunning Aquamarine And Diamond Ring An absolutely gorgeous Art Deco style 18 carat white gold shank, set with a large Aquamarine, and flanked by baguette cut diamonds. It oozes quality and will get lots of attention. A UK size K, but could be easily sized up or down to suit. Will be dispatched in a presentation box.
Stunning Bronze Art Deco Casket Wonderful Danish Art Deco table or jewellery Casket, by Ildfast of Denmark, circa 1935. Sculptors initials "ES" as yet unidentified. Typical clean, stylish Scandinavian design.
Submariners Badge A fine ERII example which doesn't appear to have ever been out of its box.
Sudanese Touareg Arm Dagger Probably the best example of one of these daggers I have ever owned. The blade is like a razor and bears some native script which warrants further research. The scabbard is intact and a good fit with no major loss or splits. Blade length 8 inches, 12 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Superb Late 19thC Military Kukri About the finest condition military kukri of this period I have encountered, the 13 inch blade retaining a high amount of original polish, and signs of a laminated blade. 16.25 inches overall, with two karda, and original scabbard, held together with decorative cloth. Strictly over 18's only.
Swedish 1914 Mauser Bayonet A very fine example, which would be hard to upgrade. Blade length 13 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Swedish Knife A very pleasing example, with makers detail to the blade. Blade length 2.5 inches, 5.5 inches overall. Housed in a tooled leather scabbard with steel mounts. Strictly over 18's only.
Tank Corps Powder Compact A lovely example, with white metal and enamel Tank Corps badge to the front. Free from dents or damage.
Tanto Wakizashi Scabbard A high quality Japanese lacquered scabbard, for either a long tanto, or a short wakizashi . In need of repair, but solid and usable overall. The top mount is decorated with carp. Overall length 13.5 inches.
Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge A fine example.
The Airgun Book by John Walter The 1981 edition.
The American Sword, 1775-1945 By Harold Leslie Peterson. It remains the standard reference on the subject.
The Beachhead Commandos By A Cecil Hampshire. A very good copy. Comes with a folded letter from a WW2 veteran who served with the Commando's, thanking the original owner for loaning him the book, and giving some information about the book. A pleasant "bookmark".
The Duke Of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry No6 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
The East Kent Mounted Rifles No13 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
The History of the Dress of the Royal Regiment of Artillery 1625-1897 A huge book from 1899, with colour plates showing uniforms for officers and other ranks form 1625 until 1897. An invaluable resource for anybody interested in the Royal Artillery. Compiled and Illustrated by Captain R J MacDonald. This First Edition is a Subscriber's copy limited 700 copies. On completion of which the plates were destroyed. Contains 25 tissue-protected colour plates and many black and white vignettes.
The Leaguer Of Ladysmith A fine original copy of this scarce book, consisting of Watercolour drawings complied during the siege of Ladysmith, by Captain Clive MacDonnell Dixon. He was serving as ADC to General Sir George White VC at the time. Like many of the Dixon family, and his wife Lilian, Clive was an excellent amateur artist. During the four-month Siege of Ladysmith he produced a humorous picture book filled with his charming watercolour images entitled: ‘The Leaguer of Ladysmith’ which was well received; Queen Victoria had a copy. This material also appeared in the Ladysmith Lyre at the time of the siege. The Sphere praised the book, describing it as 'highly humorous and showing comic sketching genius'. Please see code: 51581 for Major Clive MacDonnell Dixon's Officers Sword.
The Policeman's Lot: Antique British Police Equipment including Truncheons and Tipstaves The seminal and essential reference by Mervyn Mitton.
The Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division Also commonly known as Christmas Tree Division due to the characteristic emblem, this Silver (marked "800") badge is marked "WIARA-WYTRWAŁOŚĆ-ZWYCIESTWO" (Faith-Perseverance-Victory) to the reverse, and maker marked "F.M. LORIOLI MILANO ROMA" on the screw fastener. An excellent original badge.
The Powder Flask Book The standard reference on the subject, by Ray Rilling.
The Soldiers Text Book An interesting WW1 era miniature book, which carries "A word for every day" Typical of the many items sent to the front by loved ones back home. A modicum of comfort which wouldn't take up a lot of space or weight in the soldiers pack. This example carries a name and address inside the front cover. A lovely little book in good condition, given it may have been to hell and back.
The South African War Casualty Roll "The Natal Field Force" 20th Oct. 1899-26th Oct. 1900. Published by J.B. Hayward&Son, 1980. A good clean copy.
The Sussex Yeomanry Cavalry No1 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
The Two Types By JON "Being the Saga of the two jaunty heroes who have given us the best laugh since the campaign began" "Produced by the British Army Newspaper Unit, C.M.F. for the fighting men of all ranks and services in this theatre." A good original copy, bright and undamaged, by the famous cartoonist William John Philpin Jones (1913-1992) Between 1943 and 1946, Jones drew some 300 'Two Types' cartoons. An interesting piece for those interested in wartime cartoons.
The Walsh Summer Helmet Here is a very unusual, and I suspect, a quite rare survival. Marked on the leather sweatband to the helmet's interior "The Walsh Summer Helmet" along with a makers name "Reed". I can find no mention of a patent for this helmet, it is of an unusual cord like construction, with a pronounced comb to the crown. It appears to have been badged at some point, although that is now absent. Possibly a private purchase item for an officer in one of the many Indian regiments during the mid to late 19th century. In solid condition, but with damage and losses as one might expect.
The Yeomanry Cavalry Of Norfolk No12 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
The Yeomanry Force At The 1911 Coronation No10 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
The Yorkshire Hussars No3 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Theatre Made Fighting Knife An interesting hand made fighting knife, which I think it would be fair to say, draws heavily on the influence of the Fairbairn Sykes. Either made to somebody's specifications, or perhaps made in an RE workshop by somebody who couldn't or wouldn't obtain an FS. Six inch double edged blade with strong central ridge. Plated brass crossguard with some loss to the plating. Graceful wood and steel handle with globular pommel. Overall length 9.75 inches. The Sheath is nicely made from quality brown leather with a metal liner. Integral flap with retainer as per an FS. Strictly over 18's only.
Third Pattern Commando Knife A well used example of a genuine late war 3rd pattern FS. Grip with mould number "2". Unmarked crossguard. Blade reduced to 5.75 inches. Strictly over 18's Only
Third Pattern Commando Knife A good, used example of an early hand ground 3rd pattern FS knife. The guard has a mis-stamped 42 /| marking, with the "2" missing. "4" Mould number to the grip. Well sharpened blade, measuring half way between 6.5 and 6.75 inches. Staining and rust to the blade which could be greatly improved on. House in the correct pattern scabbard marked "W" to the reverse, showing it has been waxed. Tabs and elastic removed. All in all a very good used example with the harder to find guard marking. Strictly over 18's Only
Third Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife A very pleasing late war third pattern with machine made blade. Still retaining almost all of its original finish. Pommel with mould mark "2" otherwise completely sterile. Blade showing light sharpening, the point appears distorted, likely from opening a crate. House in the correct late war pattern scabbard marked "W" to the reverse, showing it has been waxed. Tabs present and elastic broken. Strictly over 18's Only
Three Rivet Lee Metford Bayonet A rare bayonet, this one surfacing recently in totally untouched condition. Numbered "16" to the pommel and with a matching number "16" to the throat of the scabbard, Bright blade with some light staining and pitting. Crowned VR cypher and various other markings to both ricasso's. Rust to the pommel, cross guard and scabbard mounts. The leather in good condition. It should clean up rather well. Strictly over 18's only.
Traditional Nepalese Kukri A very fine, late 19th/early 20th century example with an extremely well carved grip ring. Untouched, and in need of a clean, this will be a very fine example for any kukri collection. 12.5 inch blade. 16.25 inches overall Housed in original leather scabbard with one karda. Strictly over 18's only.
Trench Art 1907 Pattern Bayonet Paper Knife An interesting hand made paper knife in the form of an SMLE bayonet.
Trench Art Brass Put & Take Spinner Game Teetotum or spinner, Soldiers trench game.
Trench Art Chair I am not sure if one can strictly clarify this as "Trench Art" but it is certainly made in the same vein. Utilising Victorian Pennies for the back and seat. A small makers marking to the rear. A very fine quality little item.
Trench Art Cigarette Lighter, Royal Navy A nice shipboard produced example, utilising Royal Navy Buttons.
Trench Art Coin Cigarette Lighter A good example, made using 1914 and 1939 dates.
Trench Art Dinner Gong SS Ormonde A wonderful piece of Merchant Navy History. A Anti Aircraft shell case, engraved "SS Ormonde Fired at Enemy Aircraft La Rochelle, June 1940" The top is drilled for mounting, either as a dinner gong, or bell, but the original mount is missing. Below is a link to Admiralty War diaries, which detail the Ormonde's duties during June 1940, which confirms several air attacks during that month.
Trench Art Kukri "AMARA" An interesting paper knife, formed from a Turkish rifle cartridge, the blade curved and notched to form a Gurkha Kukri. The blade dot punched "AMARA 1916-17" A very interesting souvenir from the second Battle of Kut.
Trench Art Match Box Cover A German match box cover "GOTT MIT UNS" in the style of the WW1 German belt buckle. A handsome item with good definition.
Trench Art Match Holder Made utilising a 1917 dated 18 pounder shell and a .303 cartridge.
Trench Art Paper Knife A 1942 dated .303 cartridge case which has had a small scapel style blade attached to one head of the bullet. An unusual and useful example.
Trench Art Pencil Interesting propelling pencil made from a .303 round. The "button" made from a primer. A very elegant little piece.
Trench Art Propelling Pencil This example made from a British .303 Cartridge. Pulling off the "Bullet" reveals a propelling pencil. Exceptionally well made.
Trench Art Propelling Pencil A very handsome and well made little item, produced using a 1913 dated .303 cartridge.
Trench Art Ring Made from a British Penny. The date "1918" is visible to the interior.
Trench Art Ring "Armentieres" Inscribed: "1914/Armentieres/1918"
Trench Art Ring "Ypres" "1914/Ypres/1918"
Trench Art Service Cap Snuff Box One of the best examples of Trench Art I have seen for a long time, this snuff box has been skilfully made in the form of a service cap, and is badged to the Army Service Corps. The bottom of the cap is hinged to reveal a tin lined compartment to house snuff/tobacco. A wonderful tactile item.
Trench Art Shell Shaker A very unusual brass shell, featuring the word "France" over the French coat of arms. Either a salt shaker, or perhaps for use as a "pounce" or sand shaker for writing. Either way, a very well made and unusual souvenir.
Turkish Trench Art Pencil At first glance remarkably similar to the bullet pencil found in the Princess Mary gift tin, this example is made from a WW1 Turkish Mauser cartridge. The "bullet" pulls off to reveal a pencil. It is possible the bullet is silver, but I have not rested it as such. A handsome item, and the only one of its type I have ever seen.
Twelve East India Company Buttons Fine Victorian Examples.
Unique Sword to an Officer "Killed by Natives" North Staffordshire Regiment Wilkinson Officers Sword No: 23896, dating to 1880. The sword of Godfrey Arthur Selwyn Dupuis (1860-1884) Born 20th November 1860, the son of the reverend Henry Dupuis, and Catherine Rosalie Greene. His father was a former master at Eton and the Vicar of Richmond, Surrey. Godfrey studied at Eton, before entering RMC Sandhurst in 1877. He was commissioned in 1880 to the 98th Regiment (later the North Staffordshire Regiment) which was to depart for India later that year. Whilst stationed in Quetta in 1884, at some time in late May, Dupuis disappeared. The story is taken up in The Times, dated June 2nd, 1884. "Last Sunday morning Lieutenant Dupuis, of the North Staffordshire Regiment, left Quetta on a shooting excursion, proceeding towards Mount Zerghun, which stands at some 14 miles distance, and has not been heard of since he was probably waylaid, as he went unattended, contrary to the published order forbidding officers to visit the neighbourhood without escort. Parties are scouring the country, hitherto without success, and a detachment of Rattray's Sikhs started on Tuesday to continue the search. A squadron of the 6th Punjab Cavalry has moved to Gumboz, north of Thull Cho - tiali, and is now entrenched as an outpost towards the passe leading to the Zhol valley, whence the Kakars lately raided. A further excerpt from the 18th June, headline: "Lt Dupuis killed by natives at Quetta" "Simla, 2nd June. Lieutenant Godfrey Arthur Selwyn Dupuis, of the Prince of Wales (North Staffordshire) Regiment, who left Quetta Sunday week for Mount Zerghun, a place fifteen miles away, which has a character for truculence, not returning, search parties were dispatched from his own regiment and the 45th Sikhs. For several days no tidings could be gained of the missing officer. A telegram recieved here, now, that his body has been discovered, murdered. The same message adds that the Pathans who killed him have been arrested. Lieutenant Dupuis, who has not long since returned from a period of privilege leave, was attached to the army Signalling Department and was the officiating interpreter. His regimental rank was dated from July 1881. The sword is in generally very fine condition, as one might expect given such a short service career. However, the guard is quite mishappen, which may tally with a heavy fall from a horse, or other heavy blow. A fascinating and probably unique relic of such an incident from the heady days of the Raj. Supplied with the Wilkinson sword ledger page, and some research, including newspaper cuttings.
University Of London OTC Swagger Stick
Unusual 1845 Officers sword with 1796 Cavalry Hilt A very unusual 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers blade which has been hilted with a 1796 Pattern cavalry hilt. It is an odd coupling, but it is surprisingly effective, and has good balance. It has clearly been together a very long time, and I would say it is original pairing. The domed rivet on the pommel is as one would expect on a 1796 light cavalry sword, It is interesting to note how the langets have been removed to accommodate the scabbard. There is a family crest to the blade which is as yet unresearched. I would imagine to have that kind of leeway he must have been serving in India. A very interesting and unique period sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Unusual 1897 Pattern Wilkinson Officers Sword An interesting WW1 period Infantry Officers Sword, which exhibits some interesting features. Namely, the sword has none of the usual etching, except for the Wilkinson Sword name and address, and the usual proof slug with interlocking triangles. Whether this sword was ordered plain as a purely fighting blade, or if it was overlooked in the rush to supply the wartime demand for officers swords it is probably impossible to know. A point which may support the former hypothesis is that this sword has been professionally sharpened, so the owner expected that he might have occasion to use it. When I bought the sword it has a very tired Sam Browne frog attached which soon crumbled apart. Underneath on the scabbard is a faint stamped name, which after a wipe with some lanolin looks to read "G.G. Samuel, 10/ R.W.K." Possibly marked in such a way to ensure the correct sword was taken from the rack in the officers mess. There was a Lt. Gerald George Samuel serving with the 10th Royal West Kent's during WW1. A memorial tablet recorded on the Imperial War museum website shows that he was killed in action, whilst leading a charge at Messines, on the 8th of June 1917. Generally untouched, the sword has all of its shagreen and silver twistwire grip, the guard is is unpolished and in need of a clean. The blade is bright, with some light spotting, which should clean off quite easily. A solid Great War period officers sword with some provenance and research potential. Strictly over 18's Only
Unusual Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife A Wartime produced 3rd Pattern FS which has been deliberately shortened, in both blade and grip. To what purpose I have no idea, but it has been very well done. No doubt somebody could make up a good yarn for it! Grip carries an "2" inspection mark, no visible marks to the cross guard. Sheath has also been shortened to match the knife, again done very well. Knife measures exactly 9 inches overall. Blade length 5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Unusual Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife Not a type I have encountered before. Appears to have integral pommel with no separate nut and a once piece cross guard. Blade length just over 6.75 inches, and is hand ground. Grip appears to be a composite type material, possibly bakelite or some other early plastic. No visible markings. 11.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
Unusual Great War Period Sam Brown Holster Appears to be made for a small automatic pistol.
Unusual Indian Short Sword The first of its type I have encountered. The plain blade with a four inch false edge at the tip. No visible markings. Blade length is 26 inches. The stirrup style guard carries two characters on the outer edge, possibly Devangi script, and likely a unit designation. Quite likely to be an artilleryman's sidearm, given the size and general construction. The construction is very similar to British cavalry sword of the period, such as the 1853 "universal" pattern, although the grips are of wood, rather than leather, but riveted in a similar fashion with the same "tear drop" shaped pommel. An unusual, and possibly unique survival. Strictly over 18's only.
Unusual Luger Holster Not a type I am familiar with, and in need of some attention. Could be a rarity, always happy to learn from those in the know...
Uppingham OTC Swagger Stick 27 inches long.
US Krag Bayonet Good clean condition. Dated 1901. Strictly over 18's only.
Vale's Propelling Mechanical Pencil A lovely little piece, produced by William Vale & Sons in the form of a cannon. Some attention required to the mechanism, which appears to be jammed.
Variant Webley Holster Excellent condition overall.
Verners VI Pattern Compass A good early 1909 dated VI Pattern example, in fully working order. Complete with original case, which is tired, but displays well.
Victorian British 1831 Pattern General Officers Mameluke Sword A very bright example with a superb blade, with one or two areas of light rust on either side of the ricasso. Curved single edged blade culminating in a pronounced "yelman" point. Regulation gilt-brass guard with crossed sword and baton within a laurel wreath on each side, ivory grip-scales with gilt metal rosettes, bullion sword-knot, The grips have very minor losses, and are complete with both the rosettes on either side. The blade is etched with the Victorian Queens crown, crossed sword and baton and oak leaves on both sides. On the left side of the ricasso is etched the maker’s name "Poole&Co Charing Cross London’.The etching are bright and superbly clear, retaining most of the original frosting. The sword is complete with its original brass scabbard with both suspension rings.The scabbard is undamaged and free from dings and dents. Blade length is 31 inches, overall length 35.5 inches. The sword is in excellent overall condition, being completely unotuched Strictly over 18's only. Available within the UK only.
Victorian Dagger An interesting and good quality dagger, with gilt mounts to the handle. 5.5 inch blade, 9.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's only.
Victorian Holster A good supple British Officers revolver holster. Two belt loops to the back, and provision for the cleaning rod, which accompanies the holster. Named to Adie on the interior of the flap. 12 inches in length.
Victorian Kukri A good late Victorian Nepalese kukri with T shaped spine. The wooden hilt has at some point been painted gold, this is worn and could be removed. 12.25 inch blade is greased, and in good condition. Leather scabbard with wooden liner beginning to split along the cutting edge, but solid overall Strictly over 18's only.
Victorian Martingale Infantry Mounted Officer A very good quality of this sought after badge.
Victorian Officers Sword City Imperial Volunteers Wilkinson 1897 Pattern officers sword, dating to 1900. One of only a handful of swords produced for the short lived City Imperial Volunteers. There is no record extant for this sword, but the blade bears the initials J.F.W. and was purchased by: James Francis Waterlow (1869 – 1942) During the Boer War Waterlow was mentioned in dispatches (10/9/1901) whilst serving with the CIV mounted infantry, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 27 Sept. 1901) "James Francis Waterlow, Capt., 2nd Volunteer Battn. Royal West Surrey Regt., City Imperial Volunteers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." The Insignia were presented by the King 28 Oct. 1901. He became Major, 5th Battn. The Queen's Regiment. Waterlow also earned the South Africa Medal with six clasps. He also served during the First World War, commanding the 1/4th Border Regiment. The sword itself is in as found condition, and will require some gentle cleaning to bring it up to a pleasing standard. The shagreen grip is intact, with some minor losses, and the twistwire is now absent in places. Strictly over 18's only.
Victorian Parade Photograph A fascinating photograph, probably very late 19thC, and perhaps taken at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. One can make out "The Clarendon Hotel" on one of the flags, possibly Windsor High Street? Measuring 11.5 by 9.5 in original frame.
Victorian Truncheon An interesting turned truncheon of bulbous form, bearing impressed stamps of "VR MP" Possibly military police? Measuring 15.25 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
Victory Medal GRANT Correctly impressed "315030 CPL W H GRANT RA."
Victory Medal Pugh Correctly impressed " GS-2537 PTE A V PUGH R.W.KENT.R. Very good condition.
Victory Medal Roadknight Correctly impressed 16198 PTE H.J. ROADKNIGHT D.C.L.I. Very good condition.
VIII Kings Liverpool Regiment Swagger Stick Generally good, initials carved into the stick.
Vintage Carded Medal/Ribbon Suspender Old/New Stock, on original card with instructions. For three medals or ribbons.
Vintage Kukri With Bone Inlaid Hilt A large "villiager" style kukri, with a nicely carved wooden hilt and diamond bone inlays to either side of the grip ring. Blade is single fullered and very sharp. Blade measuring 14 inches, 19inches overall. Scabbard present, but having lots a good deal of its leather. It has protected the blade well, and could be recovered. Complete with original chakmak and karda. Strictly over 18's only.
Vintage Unopened Gauloises Cigarettes Original packet of 20 vintage cigarettes, still sealed. Perfect as part of a living history display. Sold for collectable purposes only.
Vita-Wheat Tin A good untouched tin, bearing a high proportion of original finish, with minimal rust and corrosion. Tin measures 8.25 by 5.5 inches. Would benefit from a gentle clean.
War Emergency Steels Schedule 1942 A fascinating sliding scale, Produced for Sanderson Brothers&Newbould Ltd.
War medal 1939-45 Excellent Condition.
War Memorial Dedication Photograph A moving black and white photograph mounted on board, showing the dedication of a First World War Memorial . 12 inches tall, and 10 inches wide.
Wartime Produced Third Pattern FS Fighting Knife A 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting Knife. This example carries no makers markings. The hilt carries a broad arrow above a "2" on one side of the grip above the cross guard, and a no "3" (Mould) stamp on the grip toward the pommel on the other. Retaining its original blackening in the hilt grooves, and to most of the pommel, the copper colour has bled through. The hand ground blade is over 6.75 inches. It carries a good 90% plus of its original black finish (as does the crossguard) and has not been retipped. The sheath is a constructed from brown leather, the chape is made from blued steel and is period correct. The elastic retainer has lost its stretch, but remains fastened securely. This is a great quality knife, almost certainly made by Wilkinson, possibly for clandestine purposes, but sadly we will never know for sure. Strictly over 18's Only.
Warwickshire Regiment Officers Sword The sword of James Richard Forbes Elsmie Commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant, and transferring to the 1st Volunteer Battalion Gordon Highlanders. Promoted Lieutenant March 1900. Captain Elsmie was commissioned as a Temporary Captain in October 1914 from the reserve of Officers for service during the Great War. 32.75 inch blade length. Blade produced by Thurkle, Soho. Sword in need of some TLC. Some play in the hilt, and would benefit from being fitted with a blade washer. Hilt good and crisp, with no buckling. Shagreen 90% complete, with some of the smaller strands of wire loose or absent. Regimentally marked blade, along with the owners initials "J.R.F.E." The blade with some dark areas of staining, and areas of pitting, most noticeably towards the tip caused by water ingress to the scabbard. An interesting regimenatally marked sword, which will improve, and with scope for plenty of research potential. Strictly over 18's only.
Warwickshire Yeomanry No9 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
WD Marked Bullet Mould A good early mould, marked WD and No 13 Looks to be a musket/rifle bore. Some pitting, but perfect working action.
Weimar Period Kriegsmarine Binoculars A great untouched pair of naval binoculars which surfaced recently. Optics are clear and function/focus as they should, one of the retaining straps on the lens cover has broken, but could be repaired. No major marks or dings, exactly as one might hope to find them.
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West Riding Regiment Picquet Weight Officers Sword A very fine Edwardian period picquet weight dress sword, regimentally etched to the 1st Volunteer Battalion Duke Of Wellington's West Riding Regiment Retailed by Airey and Wheeler, Regent Street. All shagreen and grip wire present, high quantities of original finish to hilt, blade and scabbard. Blade length 32.5 inches. All in all a very good example and hard to upgrade. Strictly over 18's only.
Westminster Hospital Belt Buckle A very good Kings Crown example of the silver plated belt buckle, as presented to those nurses qualifying from the Westminster Hospital in London.
Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry No4 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Wilkinson 1827 Pattern Rifle Officers Sword The sword of Captain Richard Comyn 22nd Kent Sheerwood Volunteer Rifle Corps. Richard Comyn was born 20th February 1805. He was a solicitor, of Lincoln's-inn-fields, London, as well as his home address of Mill House, Queensborough, Kent. He was mayor of Queensborough on three occasions, before his death in 1874. There also appears to have been some local scandal, which resulted in Comyn marrying his housekeeper! Hilt tight and retaining all of its silver twistwire, but with some shagreen absent. Some wear and patination to the guard and scabbard, but a very fine condition blade. Blade featuring the crest and motto of the Comyn family, along with the initials "R.C." Blade measruing 32.75 inches. Sold with a copy of the Wilkinson Sword proof register, which carries a different name. it is therefore likely that this sword was bought as either a gift, or a presentation piece for a well beloved local figure. Plenty of scope for further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson 1857 Pattern Royal Engineer Officer's Sword A superb example of the my favourite British Officer Pattern, in remarkably good condition,produced by Wilkinson, and fully attributed. Shagreen grip complete and without loss. Bound with copper twistwire. Acanthus RE hilt in good shape, slightly bent upwards on the right hand side, likely done by the officer to prevent chaffing and damage to the uniform whilst in wear. Blade length 32.5 inches. Service sharpened for the last 25 inches on the cutting edge, and 9 inches from the point on the back edge. Blade near mint, lots of original finish amongst small patches of dried grease. Usual foliate etching with crowned VR, "Royal Engineers" title with feathered lightning bolts. Housed in a remarkably clean all brass scabbard for officers of field rank and above. The sword of Major Charles Henry Maurice Kensington Born 13th February 1847, in Bangalore, Madras, India Baptised 24th May 1847, in Bangalore, Madras, India Father: Charles Kensington (Indian Army Officer 14th NI) Mother: Charlotte Massie (Evans) Kensington Charles, a Gentleman Cadet from the Royal Military Academy, was commissioned Lieutenant, in the Corps of Royal Engineers on 10 July 1867 (London Gazette 9 July 1867 p3853). In 1870, Charles was doing duty with the Madras Sappers and Miners in Bangalore (Army List 1871 p214) and on 24 January 1871, he was made Assistant Engineer, 2nd Grade, in the Department of Public Works, Madras, and posted to Mysore (Army List 1872 p214). Charles was promoted to Captain on 1 October 1879. He served in the Afghanistan Campaign in 1880 as a Field Engineer with the Northern Field Force (Medal and Clasp) Charles was promoted to Major on 31 December 1886 (London Gazette 10 June 1887 p3149). Married: Caroline Maria Stuart on 9 March 1882, in Madras, Madras, India. Charles is recorded as aged 35, and Caroline as aged 23. Caroline was born on 10 October 1856, and baptised on 14 December 1856 in Berhampore, Madras, the daughter of Henry Tod Stuart and Mary. The Times of India 14 March 1882 "March 9th at Madras Capt Charles HM Kensington RE to Caroline M Stuart eldest daughter of Col HT Stuart MSC Commandant 40th MNI" After Charles's death, Caroline married again, to Ronald Bartleman Struthers, in 1892, in Steyning district, Sussex She is found living back on the Isle of Man in the 1901 census. Children: Violet Mary Massie Kensington (1883 - ? ) Evelyn Massie Kensington (1886 - 1886) Charlotte Kensington (1889 - ? ) Charles and Caroline also had a still-born son on 1 February 1885. Charles was elected a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society on 16 March 1887. In 1869, Charles played wicketkeeper for the Royal Engineers, beating the Royal Artillery by an innings and 31 runs at Chatham Lines ( He died on the 2nd March 1889, in Bangalore, Madras, India (The Times of India 7 March 1889) "March 2nd at Bangalore Charles Henry Maurice Kensington Major Royal Engineers aged 42 years" Plenty of further research potential to add further interest to this superb sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson 2nd Pattern FS Knife A very good etched 2nd pattern. This variation with the blackened brass grip and bright blade. Displaying clear etched panels to either side of the full length 6.75 inch blade. The blade has some light staining and signs of sharpening, but is generally very good condition overall, and whilst showing clear signs of being carried, it is has obviously been well cared for. Complete with correct brown leather scabbard with blued brass chape. Elastic present but detached on one side. This example was carried by a soldier of the Reconnaissance Corps, the soldiers name will be provided to the new owner. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson 2nd Pattern, Type 1 Second pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife by Wilkinson Sword This is the first type of second pattern, similar to the first pattern, but with a straightened cross guard, and drop forged blade without ricasso. Complete in correct type sheath, tabs removed, and with only remnants of the elastic which held the grip in place. Over the years I have had several 1st patterns, but this is only the third all nickel second pattern I have owned, and I believe these are hard to find than a first pattern knife. Around 40,000 of this type were produced. Condition is very good, nice clear logos, full length blade with original tip. Some corrosion to the cross guard edges, but overall a great example. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson 3rd Pattern FS Knife Scarce Wilkinson Third Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife This example has been used but not abused. Originally a blued hilt, this example now shoes mostly copper colour. The pommel is stamped with a no "1" inspectors mark. The crossguard retains almost all of its original finish. The blade is 6.5 inches long, and shows signs of service sharpening on both sides, and carries a razors edge. The etch panels on either side are certainly there, but are mostly obscured due to the sharpening. The sheath is the correct pattern and in very nice condition, the leather tabs have been removed and the elastic retainer hangs loose, but intact. All in all a good used knife that could tell a story, and an original Wilkinson third pattern, which are becoming impossible to find. Strictly over 18's Only.
Wilkinson 3rd Pattern FS Knife A good post 1952 Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife, by Wilkinson Sword, London. 7 inch blade with elongated etch panel. Slotted pommel nut. No Scabbard. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson Heavy Cavalry Sword 7th Hussars Wilkinson Sword No: 19509 proved September 1874 and described in the ledger as an "Extra Long Light Cavalry Sword" Sword of Sir William James Gardiner Baird of Saughtonhall, 8th Bt. (23 February 1854, 19 April 1921) Served as a Lieutenant 7th Hussars, and later became Lieutenant-Colonel of the Lothian and Berwick Yeomanry Cavalry. He is also listed as an Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria. His later yeomanry service may explain the change from a light cavalry to a heavy cavalry hilt. The sword is in very fine condition. Aside from the unusually long blade, another interesting features are that aside from the Wilkinson number, and the makers marking, and a vacant naming banner, there is no decoration on the blade what-so-ever. Baird was obviously a man who liked things simple and business-like! Blade measures 34.5 inches. His son William died in November 1914 after being wounded at Neuve Chappelle serving as a Captain with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Sold with some research, and a copy of the Wilkinson Sword Ledger. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson Officers Sword 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Major Mosley The sword of Major Arthur Rowland Mosley. Arthur Rowland Mosley was born on 8 May 1862 at Egginton, Derbyshire, England. He was the son of Reverend Rowland Mosley and Jane Charlotte Rose Every. He married Henrietta Bolden, daughter of Henry Bolden and Robina Wedderburn Campion, on 16 October 1899 at Paddington, London, England. He served with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, and fought with the regiment during operations in Zululand during 1888, and the Boer War, where he was severely wounded, whilst in command of "A" Squadron. Major Mosley was awarded both the Queens Medal with three clasps & the Kings medal with 2 clasps for South African War. He lived at The Hollies, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, and when he retired from the Army with the rank of Major, They lived at Burnaston House, Egginton, Derbyshire, and post war Moseley held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Derbyshire. He died on 20 March 1923 at age 60 at Branston House, Derbyshire, England. Great potential for further research, and a scarce opportunity to own a sword to an officer who fought and was wounded during the Boer War. Blade length 34.75 inches. Blade is in good untouched condition, with some age related staining, blemishes and light pitting toward the mid section. Showing no signs of having been cleaned, I suspect the overall appearance could be greatly improved.. The sword has been service sharpened. Partial scabbard. 95% of the shagreen complete, areas of loss to the upper grip and bound by silver twist wire. Honeysuckle hilt is dirty and requires a clean, but crisp detail is visible under the grime. Accompanied by some research, confirmation from Wilkinson sword that this sword belonged to Mosley, and a digital copy of a Photograph showing Mosley wearing this very sword.
Wilkinson Officers Sword Central India Horse The sword of Walter Deneys Vanrenen, who served with the Central Indian Horse from 1935. In 1940, whilst serving as the adjutant he was partly responsible for putting down the mutiny of the Sikh elements of the regiment before their embarkation for Egypt. Sword in good untouched condition, and would benefit from a light clean. Has the added bonus of the correct sword knot for armoured units. Shagreen and twistwire complete, guard crisp and unbuckled, with good definition to the GRI cypher. Blade is bright, showing the initials W.D.V. with the rest of the standard etching clear. Blade length 32.5 inches. Sold with a copy of the Wilkinson Ledger page. Worthy of further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson Officers Sword VRI This is a strange beast, and I suspect may have an interesting story to tell. Serial number dating to 1897, this sword appears to have been rehilted to either Army Service Corps or Royal Artillery use. The Rehilt has been done well, the leather grips are I suspect, a more modern replacement for the originals. The 32.5 inch blade carries the VRI cypher, so likely for an officer originally serving in india. The Blade also carries a double family crest with motto "Deo et Patriae" Housed in a standard steel dress scabbard with two hanging rings. An interesting research project which won't break the bank. Strictly over 18's Only
Wilkinson Rifle Brigade Presentation Sword A superb 1827 pattern Rifle Brigade Presentation Sword by Wilkinson. Presentation inscription reads "PRO HONORE PRESENTED BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE 16TH BATT RIFLE BRIGADE (ST PANCRAS) TO MAJOR W.J. KING M.C. 24TH MAY 1919" Sword in very pleasing condition, nickel plated hilt and scabbard with shagreen and silver twistwire grip with minor wear. The 32.5 inch blade carries the presentation inscription down its left side, along with the Wilkinson makers details at the ricasso. "London Made" to the swords spine, along with the serial number 56817. The right hand side carried the proof slug, kings crown, GV royal cypher, and the 16th Batt Rifle Brigade within a shield. Blade is very clean and bright, with minimal staining toward the tip. I have not been able to find many details on Major King, but I know he served with the RAF from 1918. Plenty of opportunity for the new owner to research how and why he earned the MC, and also the details behind the presentation of this excellent sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson Special Pattern Scroll Hilt Cavalry Sword A very interesting and scarce Scroll hilted cavalry sword manufactured by Wilkinson sword. One of the cleanest swords I have ever owned, and made as a special order for one "Harry Parr" in March 1879. Housed in an unusual leather covered steel scabbard (presumably to reduce the risk of light reflection, whilst maintaining a sturdy housing in the days before the field service scabbard.) The hilt of of the coveted "Scroll" form, more commonly associated with Indian service. Aside from the Wilkinson manufactures details, the proof slug and star, and the number on the spine, the sword's 35 inch blade is completely plain, with the exception of a small scroll containing the name "Harry Parr" Taking these unusual features together, it is safe to assume that this sword was made for a professional soldier, most likely a mounted officer, who wanted the very best, and most effective sword at his side, rather than a sword for "show". Judging by a hunt through the army lists, the most likely candidate that fits the dates of the sword manufacture would be Henry Hallam Parr. Date of First Commission 8 Sept 1865 Promoted Major-General 1 July 1899 Date of being placed on Retired List 14 Nov 1906. Parr was the officer who first received Colonel Pulleine's final dispatch from Isandhlwana on the 22nd January 1879, shortly before the 1/24th were overwhelmed by Zulu forces. A folder of research on this individual will accompany the sword, along with the Wilkinson Proof Book entry for this sword. Strictly over 18's only.
Wilkinson Sword 1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword A superb example of the 1895 Infantry sword. This example with the earlier 1854 pattern blade was obviously rehilted in accordance with the new hilt regulations. This sword left Wilkinson in June 1882 and was purchased by Charles Ulrich Sandys of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Promoted Lieutenant 10th May 1882. Captain, 9th January 1889, Promoted Major 12th March 1902. Sold with Original copy of the Wilkinson sword ledger. This sword carries the initial C.U.S. on the blade, as well as the standard etching and VR cypher one may expect, along the 32.5 inch blade. Sword is in very good shape, with original knot and scabbard. The blade free from corrosion or pitting, only minor blemishes. A wonderful Victorian sword, which was carried by the owner for his whole career. Plenty of research still to be carried out. Strictly Over 18's only.
Wilkinson Sword Kukri 1951 An extremely rare kukri, which has been described as the "holy grail" of military pattern kukri. One of around 20 examples known to exist from the original 1402 to have been produced for trials in 1951 by the Wilkinson Sword Company. This example comes in extremely pleasing condition, the blade being particularly fine, and is complete with its WSC 51 marked Chakmak and Karda, and its correct frog, which is the hardest part of the ensemble to find. The only example currently offered for sale anywhere in the world, and a rare opportunity for the serious collector. Strictly over 18's only.
William IV Pipeback Presentation Sword Surrey Yeomanry A very scarce and desirable 1821 Pattern William IV Presentation sword to the Surrey Yeomanry. The sword is marked at the ricasso "Moseley&Sons, London. Manufacturers to H.M. The King." The presentation inscription reads "Presented By Captain Webster Flockton To Corporal Charles Taylor As The Best Swordsman In The Regiment - Surrey Yeomanry 8th May 1836." The sword featured in an article by Leslie Southwick on Presentation swords, a copy of which will be included with the sword, along with some information on the Surrey Yeomanry. The sword itself in in excellent untouched condition, the exterior hilt, guard and scabbard are a rich plum coloured patina. The grip retains all of its shagreen and silver twistwire binding. The blade is uncommonly bright, the first name of the cutler is partially obscured due to the sword being sheathed and unsheathed, but the rest of the etching is fully legible, including the presentation inscription. Crowned William IV cypher, urns, foliage, triumphal regalia and all the usual engraving are clear. The pipebacked blade measure a full 32.5 inches in length, and has not been shortened. A superb and rare sword, which offers the new owner plenty of scope for further research. Strictly over 18's only.
Wiltshire Regiment And MGC TFWM Group Of Five Wiltshire Regiment Machine Gun Corps Serjeant Philip Hurn. The Territorial Force War Medal correctly impressed 1236 PTE P.T. HURN WILTS. The Territorial Efficiency Medal correctly impressed 200130 PTE P.T. HURN 4-WILTS R The BWM and Victory meal pair correctly impressed 113112 SJT P.T. HURN M.G.C. The Defence medal unnamed as issued. A very good unresearched group.
Womens Land Army Badge A fine enamel example.
Wonderful Presentation tankard, dated 1850 A great little tankard, which on first inspection I mistook for solid silver. The quality of manufacture and decoration is absolutely superb, which makes the fact it bears no manufacturers marking so surprising. The inscription to the front reads: "Presented to Samuel Percival as a mark of esteem, by his friend William A. Jee. Liverpool 8 May 1850" William Audley Jee is recorded as being born the son of a Merchant in Liverpool, in 1823. He served as Honoary Quartermaster on the 5th Lancashire Volunteer Rifle Corps. This could represent an interesting research project to determine the relationship between these two gentlemen, or just a charming piece of silver plate to add to your collection.
Wonderful Silhouette Irish Officer circa 1680. An excellent Silhouette of an Irish military uniform circa 1680, by renowned and celebrated artist Phyllis Arnold RMS. Comes in very good condition, bright colours, and a faded label to the reverse detailing the subject. Phyllis Arnold trained as a commercial/graphic artist and has been a professional artist since the late 1960's. She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Miniature Painters since 1976 and, the Hilliard Society since 1985. She is a Past President of The Ulster Society of Women Artists.
Wooden Grip F-S Fighting Knife A very nice untouched original example of the scarce fat Wooden Gripped F-S associated with the RAF. This example comes in very good condition showing only minor wear and use. As is usual for this pattern the knife is unmarked. Unusually the knife blade appears short at 5.95 inches, although there are no signs of shortening or sharpening to the blade. This may indicate a makers variation, or a professional shortening. Housed in original scabbard, with makers marking to the flap. Strictly over 18's only.
Worcestershire Yeomanry No11 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
WW1 "Right is Might" Silk Postcard, A very nice example, unused.
WW1 Black Watch Bronze Officers OSD Collars A superior set of matching collars cast in Bronze, with flat backs.
WW1 British Red Cross Nurses Photograph A very interesting photograph, showing a group photo, taken outside what appears to be a large private house or stately home, showing a mixture of nurses, doctors and soldiers (who appear to be wearing RAMC cap badges and may be orderlies) Look carefully on the right hand side, three disgruntled squaddies who obviously weren't picked for the picture, but managed to find a way to be in it anyway!
WW1 Captured German Battalion Daily Orders Orders pertaining to the II (Badisches) Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 111, part of the 56th Reserve Infanterie Brigade, 28th Reserve Division. Four pages in total, all pertaining to the same Battalion. Typed onto very thing and fragile tissue type paper. Quite fragile, some holes, but all legible, and a very rare survival. When I purchased this group these were folded with the following on the outer face: "German Officers Army Orders, captured on the Somme Battle July 1916 D.M.Rowland Lt RE" Douglas Mayhew Rowland served with the Artists Rifles pre war, and was later commissioned into the Royal Engineers, survived WW1, and joined the Hertfordshire Home Guard during WW2. A scarce survival, and likely unique.
WW1 Cogswill&Harrison Officers Swagger Cane A good untouched example of this top quality officers accountrement. The cane can be pulled away to reveal a 13.5 inch concealed blade. The blade is etched with the renowned London Gunsmiths and Genetleman's accoutrement makers Cogswill and Harrison. The cane is in completely as found condition. The stitching is still nice and tight, as is the main body of leather, the only losses being at the top and bottom of the handle, where the leather has worn away to reveal the fixing bolt. An infinitely practical and quite deadly example of some of the ingenious items invented for use in Trench Warfare. Strictly over 18's only
WW1 Ersatz Butcher bayonet An unusual late war example, in very good condition, with makers marking to the scabbard. Inspection stamp to the spine, with further markings at the the forte. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 German Fighting Knife A very pleasing great war example. No visible markings. Blade length:5.5 inches. Total length 10.75 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 German Trench Knife Antler gripped fighting knife, Blade marked Jos Barthelmes. 5 inch blade, 9.5 inches overall. Housed in a nickel mounted leather scabbard. Good untouched condition overall. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 Instructions In The Use of Cipher Messages Typed instructions which have been folded.
WW1 Lowland Division Cigarette Case An unusual brass and enamel cigarette case, engraved "Lowland Division Andenken An Das Rheinland" or "A Souvenir Of The Rhineland". A makers marking is visible on the interior. Excellent overall condtion.
WW1 Military Kukri A very good, as found Great War Period kukri. Single fullered blade with old dirt and grease. No signs of any markings, or pitting. Hardwood grip with plain carved grip ring. Metal butt plate of steel, and slightly loose. Steel bolster. 12.5 inch blade, 16.5 inches overall. Housed in a leather covered wooden scabbard with some minor losses. Complete with khissa pouch, chakmak and karda. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 Nurses Grouping Additional Images: The Autograph Book, Part 2
WW1 Officers Knife Fork And Spoon Set A lovely folding set, complete in the original leather belt pouch, with loop to fit the Sam Browne Belt. Each utensil can be removed from the main body to use individually. Generally good condition, an area of pitting to one side of the knife blade. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 Patriotic Silk Postcard A good example, unused.
WW1 Period Officers Cane Usually found being carried by senior officers.
WW1 Private Purchase Thistle Handled Fighting Knife (1) A fine example, by C.J. Johnson, Western Works, Sheffield. Complete in brown leather scabbard, with belt loop. Strictly over 18's only
WW1 Private Purchase Thistle Handled Fighting Knife (2) A good example, by Grose of London. Strictly over 18's only
WW1 Red Cross Nurse's Grouping 2- Further Images Additional Images of Nurse Sparks Remarkable Album.
WW1 Red Cross Nurse's Grouping 3-Additional Images Further Additional Images
WW1 Red Cross Nurse's Grouping 4-More Images Final Images
WW1 RFC / Cavalry Map Board This fine example by Aston and Mander. It is named to an officer called "Bell 4th Hussars".
WW1 Royal Engineers Officers Sword Casualty An extremely fine Victorian 1897 pattern Infantry officers sword, etched to the Royal Engineers. The blade also features a family crest and overlaid initials. The sword of Major Launcelot St Vincent Rose, commander of 55th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Major Rose was killed in action on the 27th November 1914. His brother, Captain R.H.W. Rose was also KIA on October 24th 1914, serving with the Cameronians . They were a junior branch of the famous Rose family of Kilmarnoch, and a version of the Rose family crest appears on the sword. Major Rose graduated for RMA Woolwich in March 1895, being gazetted into the Royal Engineers. He was promoted Lieutenant March 1898, and Captain in April 1904. He excelled in the Gymnasium, and amongst other things running, rowing, horse racing, Polo and rugby. He mobilised in September 1914, and went through fighting in and around Ypres. He declined leave in November, claiming that as he could not spare any of his junior officers, he could not in good conscience leave himself. He was mentioned in Sir John French's Dispatch of 15th January 1915. An extremely fine untouched sword, housed in its original plated dress scabbard, and complete with bullion sword knot. A light clean would have this superb sword back in parade ready condition. Blade measures: 32.5 inches. Strictly over 18's only.
WW1 Silk Postcard "Dear Mother" A very nice example, unused.
WW1 Silk Postcard "Merry Christmas" A fine example, bearing a written message on the reverse from "Harry".
WW1 Silver War Badge Still Boxed!! A Superb untouched badge. Numbered 481592 to both box and badge. Unresearched.
WW1 Trinidad, Grenada & St Lucia Gift Tin A good untouched example of these under rated gift tins. This example will clean up nicely.
WW1 Trio Royal Artillery Correctly impressed "84401 GNR C.C. BERRIDGE RFA" Very good condition.
WW1 VAD Arm Band And Cloth Patch A very rare Army Medical Service Armband, dated 1917. These seldom come onto the market, and this one has the added bonus of being additionally marked to the Surrey Voluntary Aid Detachment. Condition is generally very good, without moth nips or tears, and retains its three "pearl" buttons. It does have some storage dirt, and some small areas of rust staining. The VAD General Service badge is in very fine condition. From the estate of the WW1 Nurse whose medals are also offered, along with her husbands.
WW1 Wilkinson Officers Sword Shropshire Light Infantry The sword of Henry Gerrard Lunn. The blade is etched "Henry Gerrard Lunn" along with the usual foliate and Royal decoration. Henry Gerrard Lunn was promoted to Second Lieutenant. Dated 20th October, 1914, serving with the 4th Battalion, The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). 32.5 inch blade. Sword would benefit from a careful clean. All shagreen and twistwire intact. Guard retains its shape. Blade etching is bright and visible, but the whole blade is a little dark, which may be partly due old varnish. It will clean up nicely. Worthy of further research. Strictly over 18's only.
WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife This example was brought back by us from Caen in Normandy last autumn. I do not make up any unnecessary stories about the objects I sell, so here is what I know: The vendor told us that the knife came from the cellar of his grandmother, who lived in Benouville. He had no reason to lie, but I am not claiming it fell out of Major Howard's jump bag!! So please judge the knife on its own merits. Whilst not being pristine, it is by no means a relic. The main faults are a deep area of pitting to one side of the blade, alongside other smaller "peppered patches" on both sides, and a smaller area of corrosion to the other side. Despite this, the blade retains its original blackened finish, as does the hilt, with the copper colour bleeding though underneath. There is a small broad arrow over "1" (possibly a "17" but the seven is faint) near the crossguard and a "4" mould number towards the pommel. The scabbard is period correct with flat ended chape and brass rivets. The leather is still supple, although musty, and the elastic keeper has lost its power. Wherever it has been, it has been there a long time, but despite its flaws, it is a genuine 3rd pattern with character. Strictly over 18's only.
WW2 8th Army Group of 5 Royal Household Second World War Group of Five: 1939-45 Star Italy Star Africa Star (8th Army Bar, loose) Defence Medal War Medal Original Medal Entitlement Slip confirming his awards "5-1" A set of WW2 Dog tags named "CARTER. R.F. CE. 5624809" and "Blood Group A2" on the reverse. A Devon Regiment shoulder title. Housed in a cardboard box, addressed to: Ronald F Carter York House St James Palace S.W.1 There is also a printout from the City of London Polling District confirming a Ronald F Carter at York House. An interesting group, with further research potential.
WW2 American Air Medal Privately engraved "Presented to Charles Van Horne July 15 1943" Unresearched. Not for sale to the USA.
WW2 American Pilots Wings Solid Sterling Silver Wings. Named to the reverse "Alan F Eastman 6-3-42" The date presumably when he was commissioned.
WW2 British Dog Tags A good original pair of tags, named to L.R.C. HAWARD. In later life, he became a well respected doctor of psychiatry. It is quite possible that he served as an officer in the RAMC during the Second World War. Comes with an Envelope addressed to him in later life as "Dr" sent by the World Health Organisation.
WW2 British Map Case A well used example, but named on the front to its original owner, presenting the possibility for further research. Manufacturers stamp on the inside "W&G (1932) Ltd" with a date of 1942 beneath. There are a couple of WW2 utility pencils, one unsharpened "War drawing", and one Stationary office "Burnt Sienna" Further naming/unit details on the inside. One corner of the map board missing.
WW2 British Mortar Man's Knee Pad Broad arrow marked, dated 1944 and maker marked "B.H.G".
WW2 Bullion Combined Operations Patch For No1 Dress. Some Moth damage, but a good original patch.
WW2 Captain's Rank Slides
WW2 Casualty Group An interesting group of items belonging to 6092547 Private Albert Heater of the Queen's Regiment. Consisting of: Casualty Slip, named "Pte. A Heater" 39-45 Star France &Germany Star War Medal Defence Medal A brass bed/duty plate, from the Queen's Regiment, named "6092547 Heater A" Unusually the CWGC website does not list Private Heater as a casualty. Limited research shows that Albert Heater was born in 1919 in Albury Surrey. Somebody with that name is recorded as dying on 25th August 1944. It would seem to me from the information I have found, and the medal entitlement, that Private Heater was wounded during the Normandy campaign, evacuated to a hospital in the UK, and sadly succumbed to his wounds. Perhaps his family claimed the body and proceeded with a private burial, which might explain the lack of entry on the CWGC. An interesting and poignant grouping, and if my assumption is correct, being offered 70 years after his death. Hopefully the new owner can further research the group and rediscover this soldiers story.
WW2 Casualty Group 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment A very poignant late war casualty group, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Monmouthshire Regiment, The South Wales Borderers (T.A.) KIA aged just 19 years old. 14670686 Private Kenneth Ivor Morgan was killed in action on the 2nd of April, 1945, and is buried in the Reichswald Forest War cemetery. Below is a brief summary of the 3rd Battalion, in the weeks leading up to Kenneth's death. On September 9th, the 11th Armoured Division was switched south to give flank protection for the Guards Armoured Division. It moved through Louvain and crossed the canal at Beringen. After crossing the division advanced through Helchteren, Peer, Bree, and cleaned the area between the Albert channel and the Maas up to September 12th. The division was then given a week’s rest in the Peer area. While resting the division was transferred to VIII Corps on the 16th and two days later the division was again on the move to secure the right flank of XXX Corps during Operation Market-Garden as far as the Maas. The division advanced in two columns. The division contacted the 101st US Airborne Division at Neuen, forced a crossing of the Willemsvaart Canal on the night of the 21st, and crossed the on the 22nd. The 11th Armoured then circled around Helmond, forcing the Germans to withdraw. At Deurne on the 24th, in a brisk action, the 3rd Monmouths killed twenty Germans and took forty prisoners for the loss of one man killed. On 25th September, the battalion had just occupied St. Anthonis near Oploo when Lieutenant-Colonel Orr was killed, together with the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. After the Maas was reached, the division recovered at Helmond from October 1st to 9th, 1944. During the rest of October and and November the division helped clear any German pockets west of the Maas. The operation began with the 159th Brigade crossing of the Deurne Canal on October 17th. The brigade took Amerika on November 22nd. One of the last pockets was a Brockhuizen, north of Venlo. The battalion attacked the village and the nearby ‘Kastell’, an old fort surrounded by a moat on November 30th with ‘A’ attacking the castle and ‘C’ the village. After crossing several hundred yards of open fields covered by enemy fire from the well-entrenched Germans, the companies lost both company commanders along with most of the other officers, senior NCOs and many men. The CO, Lt.-Col. Stockley, while rallying the troops to attack the ‘Kastell’, was killed leading his troops over the moat. ‘D’ Company then joined the battle with the tanks of the 15th/19th Hussars and cleared the village. Finally the remnants of ‘A’ Company with tank support took the ‘Kasteel’. Of the three hundred men of the battaion who fought, one hundred and forty were casualties. On December 5th, the western bank of the Maas was cleared and the division settled down along the Maas for the winter. The division moved to the Helmond-Deurne area at the start of December to rest, refit and re-equip. Around the 14th, the tank regiments were sent to the Ypres area to gather new Comet tanks. The 159th Brigade’s infantry took turns on the Maas line during this period. The 159th Brigade left the Maas on February 17th, 1945 and moved to Turnhout in Belgium. On the 23rd, it moved to the Cleve area to take part in the fourth phase of Operation Blockbuster, the clearing of enemy between the Mass and the Rhine. The division arrived on the 24th, with the 4th Armoured Brigade temporarily replacing the re-equipping 29th Armoured Brigade, was to break through the Hochwald (Schlieffen) Line to capture the high ground north of Sonsbeck. The battalion advanced on February 27th, skirting the Hochwaldberg and suffering heavily from artillery fire, but pushed on and on March 2nd formed a bridgehead over the anti-tank ditch, which was the main defence of the Schlieffen line. Here some heavy fighting took place, which left ‘A’ and ‘C’ companies so much understrength that they had to be amalgamated. On March 5th, the 3rd Monmouths moved out of the Schlieffen line toward Sonsbeck and Xanten, but the division was halted as other formations converged on Sonsbeck. The division was withdrawn to concentrate near Louvain in Belgium on March 9th to rest and refit. The division left Belgium on March 28th, crossed the Rhine at Wesel, and moved to a concentration area northeast of Wesel. From there, the 11th Armoured advanced to Gescher by the evening of the 30th. On the night of March 31st/April 1st, the 159th established a bridgehead over the Dortmund-Ems Canal facing the Germans positions on the high ground of Teutoburger Wald, a wooded range of hills to the east. The 3rd Monmouth’s task was to clear a two-mile area of thickly wooded steep hills to open the Ibbenburen road against a battalion of German officer cadets from a training school in Hanover. Battalion HQ was established at the bottom of the hills only five hundred yards from a bridge over the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The four rifle companies advanced at dawn on April 2nd along a track in the woods. The first objective was taken, but a heavy counterattack drove it back with heavy casualties. The next morning another German attack hit the Battalion HQ and Support Company on three sides. By throwing in cooks and mechanics, the group stood its ground until relieved by tanks. After relieve by the Dorsets, it was found that the battalion’s losses were the heaviest it had ever suffered in the campaign and included a Victoria Cross wond by Corporal E.T. Bates. It finally took a full brigade to take the battalion’s objectives. Due to the losses in this battle, the battalion had to leave the 159th Brigade and was left behind as the division advanced into Germany. Group consisting of a 1939-45 Star, a France and Germany Star, and a 1939-45 War Medal. These are boxed, with their original cellophane packets. The box is named to Kenneth's mother, who lived in Datchett, Bucks. The group is complete with its original transmission slip, named to the casualty. These are accompanied by a a leaflet commemorating "Old Paludians" of the Grammar School, Slough. This is dated May 1946 and features a list of the old boys who fell during WW2, featuring Private Morgan.
WW2 Chindit Patch A very nice example of an original Chindit Patch. These are becoming increasingly hard to find. ***This patch came with Sgt Waddoups medal group, item 50420***
WW2 Christmas And New Year Telegrams A trio sent to Signalman R.V. Bird of 89th L.M. Section. Two sent from his mother, and one from a lady friend!
WW2 Folding Razor A good quality folding razor, in a leather case, suitable for a house wife kit or reenactment display.
WW2 German Cartridge Boxes Useful Display items, one 1937 dated.
WW2 German Dagger Knot A good original example. Overall length 19 inches. Consignment No 51105
WW2 German Fuze Box Recently pulled out of garden shed! It never ceases to amaze me how many items are still tucked away out there..... A little the worse for wear, but holding together firmly, and with a working catch, and hinges. It could be repaired, or used as the template to make a replica. Measuring: 8.5 inches wide, 7.5 inches across, and 4.5 inches deep. I believe this box was used originally to house mortar fuzes, but I am sure somebody out there can correct me....
WW2 Group of Five Miniatures Swing mounted on a pin bar. Consisting of: 39-45 Star Africa Star (Rossette) Italy Star Defence Medal War Medal War and Defence are tarnished, so possibly silver.
WW2 Group of Three Medals Royal Engineers box addressed to W.G. Boxhall-Spencer. 39-45 Star, France and Germany Star 39-45 War Medal. This group has never been out of the box.
WW2 Group Photograph Interesting image, showing a group of young soldiers from several regiments. Measures 8 by 6 inches.
WW2 Jack Knife Broad arrow marked, and dated 194? Strictly over 18's only
WW2 Japanese Naval Buttons Two types. ***Free Postage***
WW2 Kukri A good Mk III style military kukri, with interesting "sun" makers marking. Good untouched condition, no scabbard. 17 inches overall, 12 inch blade. Strictly over 18's only.
WW2 Kukri Sand/Khaki covered canvas cover, which may indicate desert use. Steel pommel cap with peen. Single fullered blade with signs of sharpening along the entire edge and tip. Interesting squared kaudi, notched on the left hand side. Blade length 12 inches, 16.25 overall. Strictly over 18's only.
WW2 Majors Rank Slides Named to the reverse.
WW2 Mk III Kukri A good MK III type military kukri, which is maker marked "D.K.W." for "Doon Kukri Works". 12 inch single fullered blade, 16.5 inches overall. Scabbard retains its military grade leather frog, behind which is an insert of leather, used to wedge the kukri in place. This carries military markings, and the regimental marking 7/8. Some typical damage to the back edge of the scabbard from sheathing the blade. Chakmak and karda present. Strictly over 18's only.
WW2 Naval Medal Group Comprising 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star and 1939-45 War Medal. Along with a Naval Long Service Good Conduct Medal correctly impressed "1510 M.H.LOVE A.B. RNVR. Medals in generally very good, unworn condition, without ribbons. Completely untouched, and as found.
WW2 Naval Medals An original group of four medals, consisting of: 39-45 Star Atlantic Star with France and Germany Bar. 39-45 War Medal Defence Medal Completely original, as issued.
WW2 Pamphlet "Documents Concerning German-Polish Relations" Or to give it its full title: "Documents concerning German-Polish Relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities between Great Britain and Germany on September 3, 1939." Presented by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Parliament by Command of His Majesty. [Miscellaneous no. 9, (1939)]. His Majesty's Stationary Office. 1939. Makes for very interesting reading concerning German behaviour in Poland in the run up to WW2.
WW2 Parachute Regiment Cap Badge A fine original of this much copied badge.
WW2 Period Kukri A good, untouched example of a WW2 period battalion produced kukri. Dirt, grime and old rust to the blade, which should clean nicely. 12.25 inch blade, 16.5 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only
WW2 Plastic Cap Badge In great condition, by Stanley&Sons.
WW2 Private Purchase Fighting Knife This example by Taylor's (Eye Witness) of Sheffield. Leather sheath bears dot pressed initials and a skull. Blade length 6 3/4th inches. 11 inches overall. Strictly over 18's Only.
WW2 Private Purchase Gas Mask Case A good quality example in tan leather for the civilian gas mask, utilizing an unusual pull stud fastener.
WW2 RAF Trio, plus Special Constabulary Medal. A boxed group of WW2 medals to the Royal Air Force, plus Special Constabulary Medal. to F. J. Kent France & Germany Star Defence Medal War Medal. The box is complete with Air Council slip & is addressed to the recipient: Frederick J. Kent, Esq., 1 Swedish Houses, Hamstead Marshall, Nr. Newbury, Berks. Plus a Geo VI Special Constabulary Faithful Service Medal. Named: Frederick J. Kent.
WW2 RAF Wooden Cigarette Case An interesting example, with provision for ten cigarettes. Initials VDTH on the reverse, so possibly researchable.
WW2 Royal Air Force Linen Backed Map A well worn example, named to a P/O Jarvis. this example covering the Midlands (S)
WW2 Royal Engineers Officers Medals MID POW A wonderful Second World War group of medals, war souvenirs and ephemera issued to Lieutenant J.E. Jenkins, R.E. The group consists of 39-45 star, Africa star, Italy star, France and German Star, War and Defence Medals, in box of issue, along with corresponding miniatures. The full size medals have never been worn, and are in the box of issue, along with an unattached MID oak leaf, and the transmission slip confirming six awards, including the MID. Along with this is Jenkins original framed MID certificate, confirming a "Mention" in the London Gazette on 27th April 1944. There is also a cased 4th Home Counties Division T.A. bronze medal, named to Sapper J.E.JENKINS awarded for the cross country run in 1937, and a hallmarked silver medal, in NAAFI case, from the Royal Engineers Training Battalion, to "Best Man 249 Party SPR J JENKINS. Along with this, is Lieutenant Jenkins bronze officers cap badge, and several cloth, metal and plastic rank pips. There are also some Italian Army war souvenirs, comprising of a pair of epaulettes, and a large cap badge from what appears to be an artillery regiment. The icing on the cake however, comes in the form of a handwritten "note" where he describes the medals he was issued, and his "suspicion" that he was entitled to a defence medal! (Which he obviously awarded himself, and why not?! He goes onto list on the following page where he was stationed and when, including that he was taken Prisoner of War at Tobruk in June 1942. From June 1942 to September 1943 he was a POW in Italy, when he says he escaped and rejoined Allied Forces, and was repatriated in December 1943. He goes on to say that he was on Leave and retrained at Ripon, December 43 to July 1944, when he was Mentioned in Despatches. From July '44 to May 1945 he served in France, Holland and Germany. Sold with copies of the London Gazette confirming his MID, and his commission in the Royal Engineers. Complete groups like this don't come onto the market every day, and a very interesting project to follow up and research further.
WW2 Slip on Rank Slides Denoting the rank of Major. Formerly the property of Major J K Ward.
WWI 1903 Pattern Infantry Bandolier A very pleasing complete example, maker marked and dated 1918.
WWII inert No 36 Practice Grenade A good complete example. The split pin possibly a replacement. Strictly over 18's only.
WWII RAF Wiring Loom For internallly wired Flying Helmets
XI Hussars Officers Sword The sword of Colonel James Jardine Richardson DSO, 11th Hussars Honeysuckle hilt with shagreen and twistwire binding, a small central section now missing. Wilkinson sword makers mark and proof slug at wither ricasso, the number stamped to the blades spine. The 34 inch blade bearing the owners initials and the regimental badge of the 11th Hussars. Some staining to the blade but all etching legible and would improve greatly with a gentle clean. Housed in its brown leather field service scabbard with steel mounts, and complete with leather frog. Captain Richardson served in the campaign on the North West Frontier of India in 1897-98 (Medal with Clasp) and also served in the South African war in 1899-1900 with the Imperial Light Horse, and took part in the defence of Lady-smith, including the attack of 6th January 1900 in which he was severely wounded London Gazette promotions: 2nd Lieutenant: 11th Hrs., 5.10.92; Lieutenant: 18.7.94 ; Captain: 19.3.01; Major: 28.3.08; Lieutenant Colonel: 13th Hrs., 1.7.17; N.W. Frontier,1897-98 ; Medal, clasp; S. African War, 1899- 1902; Queen's Medal, clasp; King's Medal, 2 clasps; Served in the European. War; Despatches (D.S.O. gazetted 25 Aug. 1917.) (Mesopotamia). Lieut.-Colonel, 13th Hussars (Bar, L.G. 2.4.19) From the London Gazette. 10.12.19: Lt.-Col. James Jardine Richardson, D.S.O., 13th Hrs. (MESOPOTAMIA) For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Hadranizah on 29th October, 1918. He led his regiment under heavy fire to the successful assault of a bluff. His cool and determined action had a great and far-reaching effect at a critical point of the operations. (D.S.O. gazetted 25th August, 1917.) Colonel of the 11th Hussars 1938–1942:
Yeomanry Drum Banners And Mounted Bands No14 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Yorkshire Dragoons No7 in the The uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force Series. ***FREE UK POSTAGE***
Zulu Assegai Throwing Spear (1) A good 19thc Throwing spear, recently found, and completely untouched. Measuring almost 48 inches in length The haft with flared butt. Leather bound grip. The head measures 14 inches to the binding. The blade itself 7.5 inches. Nearly 1.5 inches at its widest. Strictly over 18's only.
Zulu Assegai Throwing Spear (2) A good 19thc Throwing spear, recently found, and completely untouched. Measuring almost 48 inches in length The haft with flared butt. Leather bound grip. The head measures 15 inches to the binding. The blade itself 8 inches. Nearly 1.5 inches at its widest. Strictly over 18's only.