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1939 RAF Fighter Pilot's Dead Reckoning Flight Computor A scarce example of the Air Ministry Computor, Height and Air Speed, Mark II, the type commonly carried by pilots of single seat aircraft. This example is in superb condition and 1939 dated.
Rare Flintlock Punt, Rail or Fence Gun Additional images
Soviet Red Army Uniforms of World War Two A very useful publication centred on colour photographs of surviving uniforms and equipment. Published in 1993 and running to some 63 pages.
'Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948' Peter Taylor's important study remains a key reference in this exciting field
'Australia' slip-on Shoulder Titles
'International Militaria Collectors' Guide' An ambitious work
'Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy' Lapel Badge
'Nazi Regalia' Book
'Surprise, the First Principle of Attack' A 1941 handbook for NCOs, this one bearing a Home Guard unit stamp
'The Revolver, 1818-1865' Taylerson, Anderson and Frith's classic
'The Two Types' by Jon An original of this classic Wartime humorous publication
.303 Drill Rounds A post-War clip.
.303 Drill Rounds A First World War clip of five in correct charger.
.303 Drill Rounds A First World War clip of five in correct charger.
.303 Pull Through The brass is Ordnance broad arrow stamped on this example.
.303 Rifle Ammunition Cotton Bandolier
.38 Enfield Revolver Training Manual Small Arms Training Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.38-inch), 1937, reprinted with Amendments (No. 1) 1940.
.50 calibre Drill Round
.50 Calibre Drill Round
.50 Calibre Drill Round
1 Corps Printed Flash
1 RCA Canadian Artillery Shoulder Title
10 WWI French Postcards Depicting French soldiers
101 Squadron Royal Flying Corps Box A lovely object, bearing unit details and dates. 101 Squadron RFC was formed at Farnborough on 12 July 1917 operating the Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b. It served during the Great War in France as a night bomber squadron.
103rd Canadian Expiditionary Force Collar Badge Sweetheart Brooch
104 Coast Brigade Royal Artillery Printed Flash
105th Coast Brigade Royal Artillery Flashes
10th Battalion DLI Trench Art Letter Knife A genuine item of trench art, as opposed to a commercial piece
11th (Lonsdale Battalion) Border Regiment Cap Badge A lovely original example bearing Gaunt plaque.
11th (Lonsdale Battalion) Border Regiment Cap Badge From the same family as the other example listed. This one appears to be in bronzed brass; I am quite sure this is a deliberate patination rather than a natural age-induced toning (compare the two badges side-by-side as illustrated). Bronzed officers' Service Dress variants of this rare badge are the least frequently encountered, rarer indeed that the coveted silver examples. A lovely original badge.
11th Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
11th Anti-Aircraft Division Flashes
11th Armoured Division Flash A scarce printed-on-felt example.
11th Armoured Division Flash
11th Armoured Division Flash
11th Armoured Division Flashes
12th Candian Tank Regiment 1st Armoured Brigade Printed Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
12th Lancers Cap Badge
13 Corps Flash
13 Corps Flash
13th / 18th Hussars Cap Badge
13th Hussars Cap Badge
14 Various WWII Song Sheets A delightful group
14th Army Flash
14th County of London Battalion (London Scottish) Cap badge
15th (Scottish) Division Flash
15th (Scottish) Division Flash
15th (Scottish) Division Flash
15th / 19th Hussars Cap Badge
15th County of London Regiment Cap Badge A Civil Service Rifles cap badge in blackenned brass
15th Indian Corps Flash
15th Indian Corps Flash
162nd Independent Infantry Brigade Flash
16th / 5th Lancers Shoulder Titles
16th / 5th Lancers Soulder Titles
16th Century Cabasset A cabasset, the standard infantry helmet throughout much of Europe during the late 16th Century, and still in use during the English Civil Wars. Having a distinctive almond shaped skull with characteristic stalk-like projection resembling a pear and giving these helmets their name cabacette. Many of these were held in English church armouries from the time of the Armada, and examples were taken to the New World by the earliest English settlers, one has been found during excavations at Jamestown Island. This is a pleasing example, the rosettes and plume holder being restorations. In all a handsome example of munition armour of the late 16th Century.
16th Century Gauntlet from Sir Walter Scott's Amoury at Abbotsford In 2006 I was fortunate in being able to acquire selected items from the armoury of Sir Walter Scott at his house Abbotsford, near Melrose in Scotland. In addition to being a being a famous writer, Scott was also an antiquary who assembled an important collection of arms and armour. He was a contemporary and correspondant of Samuel Rush Meyrick, and indeed commissioned him to procure items for his armoury. The armoury is on public display at Abbotsford and is to be recommended to the student of arms and armour. The gauntlet dates to the late 16th Century and is of steel decorated with brass-capped rivets. Though handsome, such gauntlets are not rare, however, one with such a provenance to an early and important collection of armour certainly is. This is the only item of European armour to have left the Abbotsford armoury and is likely the only piece that ever will. The gauntlet comes with a documented and verifiable provenance.
16th Lancers Cap Badge
16th Lancers Cap Badge
16th Lancers Cap Badge
16th-17th Century Austrian Arms & Armour Study Of extremely high quality in terms of written and pictorial content, and standard of publication. The best book on arms and armour I've read in the last few years.
16th/15th Lancers Titles
16th/15th Lancers Titles A variant striking
1788 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Sword A very good example by Woolley
1788 Pattern Light Dragoon Sword A very good example of this pleasing sword pattern. Having a uniform toned patina to the hilt mounts and scabbard, the blade is bright. The grip retains its shagreen binding. While the blade is unmarked, the scabbard bears the engraved cursive script mark of the manufacturer and Government contractor Wooley & Co of Birmingham. Of note is the presence of engraved initials WC to the knuckle bow and quillon terminal. Other distinctive features include a lanyard hole to the knuckle bow, and what may be another piercing the grip through the upper langet extension. The blade measures 33 inches, it is thought that many were officially reduced to this length following introduction of the 1796 Pattern sword. In all an idiosyncratic example in uncommonly fine condition.
1788 Pattern Light Dragoon Sword Further images
1796 Pattern Infantry Officers' Spadroon An example of one of the most elegant of swords ever carried by the British Army. The influence of Adam's neo classicism is immediatley apparent. The hilt of this example retains most of its original gilding, and the blade is pleasingly blue-and-gilt. The scabbard lacks its chape, though these occasionally turn up in dealers' 'spares' boxes. The stitching has failed towards the bottom of the scabbard, and there is an old, though strong repair at this point. In all a rather pleasing example.
1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre An attractive example of this iconic sword. It is perhaps an officer's sword as impressions in the grooves of the leather-covered grip suggest twisted wire was once present. The blade is in excellent condition with just a few edge nicks indicative of use. It is complete with its original scabbard. A very pleasing cavalry sword of the Napoleonic era.
1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Troopers' Sword A good example by the blade importer and sword assembler J J Runkell
17th / 18th Century Partizan Recently acquired from Torrisdale Castle, Kintyre, an elegantly austere fighting polearm retaining its original haft. Email to discuss delivery options
17th Century Armour Fragment Metacarpal lames from a left hand gauntlet of the late 16th or early 17th Century. Internally there is delamination indicative of original armour of the period, rather than later reproduction.
17th Century Back Sword Blade A good example by and bearing the marks of Clemens Meigen of Solingen. Typical of imported blades found on Mortuary hilted swords of the period of the English Civil Wars. Blade 80cm excluding tang
17th Century English Harquebusier's Helmet A rather impressive late 17th Century harquebusier's three-bar pot. This form of face guard is distinctly English, these helmets being a close relation of the Continental zischagge, the latter typically having a single sliding nasal bar. This is a late form with lapped and flush-riveted hemi-spherical shell. The helmet has been proofed against shot and bears the impression of the test. It bears the armourer's mark of Thomas Dawson, and is struck with the Crown ownership stamp. The cheek guards are old restorations and the central bar of the guard is slightly loose where it meets the peak. In all an extremely attractive example of its kind.
17th Century English Harquebusier's Helmet Additional images
17th Indian Divsion printed Flash
17th Indian Divsion printed Flash
17th Indian Divsion printed Flash
17th Lancers Cap Badge
17th/21st Lancers Cap Badge
17th/21st Lancers Cap Badge
18 Boer War Stereoviews I have collected stereoviews for some time now and highly recommend the field to you, there is simply no better way of getting a visual feel for this period, it is little short of time travel, seeing the Boer War in three dimensions, you will not be dissappointed. Cards such as these are being traded individualy elsewhere at between three and fifteen pounds each
1803 Pattern Light Comapny Officer's Sword An example of the 1803 Pattern sabre with the scarce feature of a Light Infantry bugle device to the knuckle bow. This of course indicates it was carried by a Light Company Officer, though by family tradition this sword belonged to Royal Marine Officer. The hilt conforms to the Pattern, and in addition to the bugle device also has a lanyard ring affixed. There is a little play in the hilt and two minor closed cracks in the Royal Cipher, though the grip binding is original, present and intact. The blue and gilt blade is by Thomas Bate, sword manufacturer to the Honourable Board of Ordnance, it has a few edge nicks and is patinated though not pitted. The original scabbard retains all it's original fittings though has shrunk slightly and shows the usual knocks to the latter, stitching failures and losses to the polished surface of the leather. This detail however doesn't do justice to what is a scarce complete, untouched and attractive example of one of the most striking swords of the Georgian era.
1815, The Armies at Waterloo Long out of print
1821 Artillery Officers' Sword An excellent example by Hebbert & Co, London. Aside from some minor losses to the shagreen grip the condition throughout is excellent, the etched blade being effectively mint. A thoroughly handsome sword.
1821 dated small Canon Ball Approximately 2-inches in diameter, it bears in red painted cursive script the legend Fort de Dinard, 1821. The citadel of Dinard in Belgium remains impressive to this day, and was re-built in its current form in 1821.
1821 Pattern Cavary Officer's Sword
1842 Pattern Socket bayonet A good example of Lovell's 1842 Pattern bayonet. At some time it has been painted black which has protected it overall. I have no doubt because of this it will restore to an excellent example.
1842 Pattern Socket Bayonet
1842 Pattern Socket Bayonet An excellent example
1846 Dress Regulations Primary source reference
1860's English Revolver A good example of an English copy of the Smith & Wesson No2 .32 calibre revolver by Robert Jones, 3 Great Howard Street, Liverpool
1861 Manchester Rifle Volunteers Regimental Drill Programme
1871 Pattern Equipment Water Bottle A very good example retaining its original buff leather shoulder strap
1876 Pattern Martini Henry Bayonet
1879 Pattern Martini Henry Artillery Carbine Bayonet
1879 Pattern Martini Henry Socket Bayonet A British example free of Indian ownership marks. While the socket is lightly pitted the blade is very good and the scabbard excellent.
1887 Pattern Cavalry Officers' Sword A very good George V example with his royal cipher incorporated into the blade etching. The scabbard chape and frog strap have been professionaly restored to an extremely high standard. The blade is numbered, offering the possibility of identification of its original owner. A scarce sword dating to the short period 1910-1912.
1887 Pattern Cavalry Officers' Sword Additional images
1888 Pattern Bayonet Unit marked to the Royal Marines
1888 Pattern Lee Enfield Bayonet by Wilkinson A lovely example of the P'88 MkII by Wilkinson Sword dated January 1902.
1899 Handbook for Military Articifers A rare and fascinating Boer War era official military manual
18th - 19th Century Pocket Pistol Bullet Mould
18th / early 19th Century Indian Matchlock Musket An antique Indian torador. The barrel bands have been professionally restored to the gun. There is silver koftgari decoration the muzzle and breech of the barrel, which also shows tonal evidence of it's spiral construction. The stock has horn shoulders to the but. The musket retains its original ramrod, these are commonly lacking on surviving examples.
18th / early 19th Century Indian Matchlock Musket Additional images
18th / early 19th Century Indo Persian Musket Combination Tool A delightful and rare example
18th Century East India Company Socket Bayonet Bearing the Company's mark engraved on the socket
18th Century Indian Cavalry Sword A good example of the distinctive pattern with Hindu basket hilt and European style blade refered to as a firangi
18th Century Indian Musket Socket Bayonet A scarce Indian-made bayonet based on that of the Brown Bess musket, complete with original scabbard
18th Century Indo-Persian Gunner's Linstock An extremely rare and attractive item of early artillery equipment. Measuring appoximately 7', it comprises a lacquered wooden shaft, with wrought match holder and conforming 'shoe' or ground spike. The match holder comprises an annulus carrying a number of smaller rings through which a burning match could be threaded securely, though allowing the gunner to draw it on as it burned down.
18th Century Powder Horn A very handsome example in pleasing condition.
18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) Cap Badge A rare example
18th Training Brigade Royal Artillery Flash
18th-19th Century Indo-Persian Kulah Khud Having shallow subtly lobed skull, three plume holders and mail camail of butted links. It is decorated overall in pattern of silver and gold koftgari work. Extremely pleasing of its kind.
1900 dated Mounted Infantry Bandolier
1901 dated Mounted Infantry Bandolier An excellent example
1901 Pattern Naval Accoutrements Revolver Ammunition Pouch An excellent 1915 dated example matching the holster recently listed
1901 Pattern Naval Equipment Pistol Ammo Pouch A Second World War dated example showing an old repair to the flap
1901 Pattern Naval Equipment Revolver Ammunition Pouch The earliest example I have encountered, being 1902 dated. It has had the cartridge loops removed as per regulations and the securing tab appears to be a working life replacement. A scarce very early specimen.
1903 Bosun's Pipe, HMS Isis A fascinating Edwardian bosun's pipe crudely engraved H Hext, HMS Isis, Jan 1903. This was auctioned as part of the residual contents of Holywath, Coniston, the home of the Hext family since 1830. HMS Isis was an Eclipse Class cruiser, H Hext's association with the vessel warrants further research.
1903 Manual of Field Sketching & Reconnaissance
1903 Pattern / Home Guard Leather Belt An Ordnance-marked example in excellent condition and retaining its leather slider. It is relatively short and may have been reduced during its working like.
1903 Pattern 10-round Ammunition Pouch
1903 Pattern Bandolier An excellent strong and supple 1918 dated example bearing its original owner's service number
1903 Pattern Bayonet in Land Pattern MkI Scabbard An excellent example of this scarce pattern.
1903 Pattern Infantry Bandolier A lovely WWI dated example.
1903 Pattern Leather Bandolier A very good 1918 dated example
1903 Pattern Leather Bandolier A scarce 1918 and 1922 dated blackenned example
1903 Pattern MkII 15-round Ammunition Pouch
1903 Pattern MkII Water Bottle Carrier
1903 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch A rare example.
1903 Pattern Revolver Ammunition Pouch An excellent 1917 dated example
1903 Pattern Revolver Holster An excellent example.
1903 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A 1915 dated example with a webbing shoulder strap rather than the more commonly encountered canvas.
1903 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A very good 1917 dated example with issue marks.
1903 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A 1917 dated example
1903 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier & Bottle An exceptional example, the carrier is in mint condition.
1903 pattern Webbing Belt A mint unissued example
1907 Pattern Bayonet A good 1914 example by Sanderson.
1907 Pattern Bayonet Manufactured in 1917 by Wilkinson
1907 Pattern Bayonet
1907 Pattern Bayonet
1907 Pattern Bayonet Manufactured in 1917 by Sanderson
1907 Pattern Bayonet A very good 1918 dated example by Sanderson
1907 Pattern Bayonet A fair 1918 dated example by Sanderson
1907 Pattern Bayonet A good example manufactured by Wilkinson in 1918, and still in use during WWII.
1907 Pattern Bayonet for the SMLE Rifle A good 1918 example by Wilkinson Sword.
1907 Pattern Bayonet Scabbard
1907 Pattern Bayonet with Hooked Quillon Additional images
1907 Pattern Bayonet with Hooked Quillon Manufactured by Wilkinson in 1911 and unit marked to the West Yorkshire Regiment. Aside from scorching damage to one grip face the bayonet is in very good condition. It retains its original frog, this being an uncommon General Service Buff Leather example officially modified to carry the P'07 bayonet by means of a small leather insert riveted into the throat.
1907 Pattern Bayonet with quillon An example of one of the most sought after of British bayonets, the P'07 bayonet for the SMLE in its original format, with hooked quillon. This is a 1913 dated example manufactured at Enfield. The patina to the hilt is rather pleasing, and the blade is rust free, though it shows sharpening to the tip, and for some reason the back edge radius has been dressed off. Of particular note is the presence of what must surely be 'trophy' marks on one of the grips. A rather interesting example.
1908 Parabellum Luger A very respectable deactivated P'08 Luger. Manufactured by Deutche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken AG in 1917, it bears unidentified unit marks to the front grip strap, S XIX, perhaps those of a Schutztruppe unit. It was discretely deactivated in 1997 and bears official Proof House deactivation stamps, though lacks certificate. It strips, cocks and dry-fires. A truly iconic firearm. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
1908 Pattern Cavalry Sword An excellent example of what is generally considered to be the finest cavalry sword ever designed. This is an example manufactured in 1911 by Wilkinson Sword. The hilt and scabbard have a most attractive toned patina, while the blade is near mint. A superb sword.
1908 Pattern Cavalry Trooper's Sword An exceptional untouched example complete with horseshoe pouch
1908 Pattern Cavalry Troopers' Sword A good example of what is generally considered to be the finest cavalry sword ever designed. A truly iconic sword pattern recently brought to the attention of the general public in the screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's superb and poignant War Horse.
1908 Pattern Cavalry Troopers' Sword A good example of what is generally considered to be the finest cavalry sword ever designed. A truly iconic sword pattern recently brought to the attention of the general public in the screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's superb and poignant War Horse.
1908 Pattern Cavalry Troopers' Sword additional image
1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Carrier An excellent un-Blanco'd 1916 dated example
1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Carrier
1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Carrier A 1916 dated though incomplete example
1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Cover A good lightly used example
1908 Pattern Revolver Holster An unusual variant modified by having the brass belt hooks replaced with leather belt loops
1908 Pattern Supporting Straps for Pack A superb pair
1908 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier
1908 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
1908 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog As manufactured without helve carrier strap
1908 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
1908 Pattern Webbing Belt
1908 Pattern Webbing Belt A very good 1914 dated example in size Large
1908 Pattern Webbing Belt A mint unissued example
1908 Pattern Webbing Belt
1908 Pattern Webbing Belt A 1918 dated example in a medium size
1908 Pattern Webbing Brace
1908 Pattern Webbing Braces A near unissued pair
1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Carriers A most intriguing set modified for wear on the right.
1908 Pattern Webbing Set Most elements being 1916 dated.
1908 Pattern Webbing Water Bottle Carrier A rare un-Blanco'd example in near mint condition. Near impossible to find in such condition.
1908 Pattern Webbing Water Bottle Carrier A very good un-Blanco'd 1915 dated example the markings are more distinct than apparent in the images)
1909 Musketry Regulations Both an essential reference and collectors' item
1909 Rifle & Grenade Manual Musketry Regulations 1909, a classic small arms manual, running to some 229 pages covering the Lee Enfield Rifles and Carbines of the period, as well as the No 1 Hand Grenade. The superb illustrations include photographs of soldiers wearing the little seen Broderick Cap.
1910 Musketry Regulations
1911 Royal Army Medical Corps Manual
1911 Royal Army Medical Corps Training Manual
1912 Pattern Cavalry Officers' Sword A scarce example of this exquisite and efficient pattern made famous recently through the release of the film of Michael Morpurgo's superb book War Horse.
1913 Pattern Bayonet - WWI and Home Guard issue A good example
1913 Royal Navy Bugle
1914 15-pounder Gun Drill Manual
1914 18-pounder Gun Drill Manual
1914 57mm Artillery Shell Case
1914 Active Service Gospel A mint example
1914 Active Service New Testament A superb example
1914 Army Cavalry Bit
1914 Artillery Document Namely an autograph manuscript Durham RFA list of gun stores
1914 British Army Physical Training Manual A large and interesting volume bearing unit stamps of the 4th Battalion the South Lancashire Regiment.
1914 dated Sam Browne Revolver Ammunition Pouch
1914 dated Sam Browne Revolver Ammunition Pouch An excellent example with desirable date
1914 dated Trench Whistle
1914 Field Artillery Training Manual A somewhat scarce volume running to some 436 pages.
1914 Field Service Book Such were carried by each Army officer, and were intended to be handy references to most aspects of command
1914 German Army Pocket Song Book
1914 Imperial German Militarpass
1914 Military Engineering Manual A fascinating and profusely illustrated work on bridging.
1914 Musketry Regulations An excellent copy of the 1909 Musketry Regulations as reprinted with amendments in 1914. Running to 320 pages and including illustrations, it covers in detail the service rifle, with other sections covering the Webley Pistol, small arms ammunition, the machine gun and MkI hand grenade. The book is named to it's original owner 5240 D F Christfield, F Co, 28 London.
1914 On War Service Badge
1914 On War Service Badge
1914 Patriotic Lapel Badge
1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog A dated example by Cook. The securing strap is its full length though has a split.
1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog A good 1915 dated example by Hepburn Gale and Ross
1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog and Helve Carrier A rare original and homogenous combination
1914 Pattern Belt A very good original WWI example, lacking however the female part of the clasp, and two brass sliders. These are commonly encountered amongst the offerings of those scouring the battlefields of France and Flanders, so should be easy to replace.
1914 Pattern Belt Lacking one slider and loop, though complete with all four straps and in a large size.
1914 Pattern Pack
1914 Pattern Revolver Holster As commonly assoctiated with the Tank Corps and RFC.
1914 Pattern Revolver Holster An excellent example of this pattern
1914 Pattern Revolver Holster A handsome 1916 dated example. The cleaning rod is not included
1914 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A rare 1915 dated example.
1914 Pattern Webley Revolver Holster An excellent 1917 dated example.
1914 Pattern Webley Revolver Holster Complete with original cleaning rod
1914 Pricess Mary Gift Tin & Unique Contents including the Princess Mary New Year card, a no doubt rare, though disturbing photograph pertaining to the Battle of Romani, and a map showing trench networks
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin A much loved example
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin & Contents A Princess Mary gift box containing it's original Christmas / New Year card and an unusual card indicating the box to be one of a batch put into store in 1916 and ultimately distributed to the next-of-kin of men who were in the City Battalions when sent to France. Given the reference to men returning from Germany, I assume the issue to have been made in the post-Armistice German occupation period. The card also bears an interesting annotation verso. A rare example.
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin Bullet Pencil
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin with original Contents An excellent example.
1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin with some contents Including an unopened carton of tobacco and the gift card. The tin itself bears an original scratched annotation
1914 Royal Flying Corps Training Manual
1914 Sam Browne Revolver Holster
1914 Trench Warfare Manual
1914 War Office Manual of Military Law
1914-15 Star Medal Trio, with silver ID Badge & 1914 Gift Tin
1914-1919 Trench Art Aluminium Ring
1914/15 Princess Mary New Year Gift Tin, Card & Pencil An exceptional tin in original condition
1915 British Army Pocket Compass
1915 Christmas Giflts for Troops Certificate
1915 dated Army issue Boot Brush
1915 dated leather Bayonet Frog Of a type commonly worn with Pattern 1903 accoutrements. Bearing Royal Engineers and other unit stamps
1915 dated P'03 Bandolier
1915 dated P'08 Webbing Haversack
1915 dated Pattern '07 Bayonet An attractive example in 1915 dated scabbard. As manufactured without oiling/cleaning hole in pommel
1915 dated Pattern 1903 90-round Bandolier An extremely good example bearing Dragoon Guards issue stamps
1915 dated P'08 Haversack The rear tabs have been detached but are present.
1915 dated Trench Whistle An excellent example complete with it's button strap.
1915 Enfield Pattern 1907 Bayonet A very good example, the pommel bearing struck marks
1915 Imperial German / Austrian Entrenching Tool
1915 Lytham VTC Cap Badge A rare example, with Gaunt plaque.
1915 No5 Mills Grenade An example having been modified to take Gibbons' spring for use in training
1915 On War Service Lapel Badge
1915 On War Service Lapel Badge
1915 One War Service Lapel Badge As worn by workers at Ordnance munitions factories exempted from active service. Maker-marked and issue numbered.
1915 Ordnance Munitions Worker's Badge
1915 Princess Mary Gift Tin New Year Card
1915 Psalms & Hymns for Soldiers in the Field
1915 Royal Scots / Gretna Railway Disaster Postcard
1915 Scottish Military Kilt A lovely example in Hunting Stewart tartan as worn by the Royal Scots Regiment. Aside from lacking one leather strap it is in superb condition. Named and dated, certainly worthy of further research.
1915 Sergeants' Pattern Leather Sword Belt A rare WWI dated example
1915 Soldiers' New Testament An excellent example complete with dustwrapper
1915 Soldiers' Psalm Book
1915 Trench Art 6-Pounder Shell Case
1915 Vickers Machine Gun Spares Case A very good example enhanced by bearing unit stamps to the West Yorkshire Regiment.
1916 18-Pr Brass Shell Case Showing some minor deformation to its rim which could be smoothed out.
1916 18-pr Shell Case
1916 Active Service New Testament An exceptional example.
1916 Active Service New Testament Bearing the details of its original owner who served with the King's Liverpool Regiment
1916 Active Service New Testament
1916 Army Cavalry Bit
1916 Army Issue Telescope An example of the Signalling and General Service Telescope ultimately re-designated the Scout Regiment Telescope and issued to amongst the obvious others, snipers. One of the most desirable of British military optical instruments. Optically and in every othe regard this is an excellent example.
1916 British Army issue Binoculars Case
1916 British Army Issue Prismatic Marching Compass
1916 British P'13 Bayonet
1916 Cigarette Cards - Military Vehicles
1916 dated Army Cavalry Issue Spurs
1916 Dated Army Issue Webley Revolver Holster From the 1903 Pattern Accoutrements set.
1916 dated Imperial German Water Bottle
1916 dated P'07 Bayonet by Wilkinson
1916 dated P'03 Cartridge Pouch A mint example of the Bandolier Equipment, Pattern 1903, 15 Round cartridge pocket, MkII
1916 Dated P'08 Haversack An un-Blanco'd example
1916 dated P'13 Bayonet A good Remington example, 1916 dated in original 1916 dated Remington-made scabbard. An uncommon feature is a three-digit serial to the pommel and locket throat. These were issued to the British Army during the First World War and the Home Guard during the Second.
1916 Dated Sam Browne Belt A lovely example
1916 dated Sam Browne Revolver Holster A good supple example.
1916 dated Vickers Oil Bottle Case
1916 dated Wilkinson P'07 Bayonet An excellent example
1916 German 'Gold for Iron' Watch Chain In 1916 the Imperial German government introduced a scheme whereby individuals could donate gold for the war effort, commonly receiving in exchange an iron equivalent of their donated jewellery. This is an example of the watch chain given to those giving up their gold Alberts.
1916 German 'Gold for Iron' Watch Chain In 1916 the Imperial German government introduced a scheme whereby individuals could donate gold for the war effort, commonly receiving in exchange an iron equivalent of their donated jewellery. This is an example of the watch chain given to those giving up their gold Alberts.
1916 German Bombardment of Lowestoft Commemorative
1916 History of the Battle of the Somme Containing some excellent images
1916 Imperial German Navy Calendar / Book A scarce and delghtful volume running to over 200 pages
1916 leather Rifle Sling Commonly associated with the P'14 equipment and used on all British service rifles of the First World War. An excellent strong and supple example.
1916 Mark V Pocket Compass An excellent example.
1916 On War Service Lapel Badge
1916 On War Service Lapel Badge
1916 Post Office Letter on Deliveries To Prisoners of War
1916 Prismatic Compass A lovely example bearing the name of its original owner, an officer of the 1st / 15th London Regiment.
1916 Trench Whistle
1916 Trench Whistle Certainly one of the most poignant relics of the First World War, This example retains its original strap and is dated 1916, the year of the Battle of the Somme.
1916 Trench Whistle
1916 Vickers machine Gun Oil Can Case
1917 33rd Division Christmas Card
1917 Artillery Barrage Manual
1917 British Army Webley MkVI Revolver An excllent deactivated service Webley with matching serials throughout. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
1917 Browning Heavy Machine Gun Manual The Gale and Polden classic The Browning Heavy Machine Gun, .300 calibre model 1917 (water cooled), Mechanism Made Easy. Intended for Home Guard use. An excellent manual.
1917 dated 18-pr Shell Case
1917 Dated British Army Prismatic Monocular An excellent example of these delightful instruments
1917 dated Mills Grenade Gas Check
1917 dated Mills No36 Grenade Gas Check For use with the cup discharger
1917 dated MkIII* Lee Enfield Rifle A good old-spec. deactivated SMLE. Sorry, for sale in the UK only, deactivated in 1994, certificate lacking at present
1917 dated P'03 Revolver Ammunition Pouch
1917 dated P'03 Revolver Holster
1917 dated P'07 Bayonet by Wilkinson
1917 dated Pattern '08 Haversack A very good un-Blanco's example
1917 Dated P'07 SMLE Bayonet A good example.
1917 dated Sam Browne Belt
1917 dated Sam Browne Revolver Ammo Pouch A strong and supple example which will polish rather well
1917 dated Sam Browne Revolver Holster
1917 dated Trench Whistle An uncommon 'snail' type with pea
1917 dated Wilkinson P'07 Bayonet
1917 Field Service Regulations
1917 General Service Telescope With superb optics.
1917 German S98/05 Bayonet
1917 German 'Butcher' Bayonet An example of the S98/05 by Waffenfabrik Mauser
1917 IX German Army Corps Tradition Badge
1917 MkI Folding Wire Cutters
1917 No3 MkII Prismatic Binoculars A very good pair in their original case. Unlike many they retain their original graticules which are so often removed.
1917 No36 (Mills) Grenade Gas Check
1917 Prismatic Marching Compass An exceptional example
1917 Trench Art 18-Pr Shell Case Vase A lovely example
1917 Trench Art 18-Pr Shell Case Vase
1917 Trench Art 4.5-inch Howitzer Shell Case Vase
1917 Trench Art Bullet Pencil Fabricated from a pair of .303 cartridge cases, the "bullet" being hollow enabling it to carry a pencil. Engraved France 1917 and bearing the name Prudham.
1917 Trench Periscope A lovely exmaple of the Periscope No9 MkII
1917 Trench Watch A very pleasing silver cased trench watch. Bearing London import marks for 1917 and in good working order.
1917 Vickers Machine Gun Manual
1917 Vickers Machine Gun Oil Bottle Case An excellent strong and supple example
1918 53rd Division Middle East Trench Art
1918 Army issue Alidade and case Commonly used in conjunction with the plane table
1918 British Army Monocular A lovely instrument
1918 British Army Snaffle Bit and Reins
1918 dated British Military Saddle A rare example
1918 dated Leather Rifle Sling
1918 dated Lee Enfield Rifle Sling
1918 dated Other Services Webbing haversack Commonly if eroniously referred to as the P'08 Cavalry Pattern. A sound faintly 1918 dated example.
1918 dated P'03 Belt In a rather large size
1918 dated Pattern '03 Water Bottle Carrier
1918 Dated Pattern 1903 Water Bottle Carrier A very good example complete with an original WWI bottle (lacking stopper)
1918 dated P'08 Webbing Cartridge Carriers A very good complete pair.
1918 dated Sam Browne Revolver Holster
1918 dated Vickers Clinometer Sight Case
1918 dated Vickers or Lewis Machine Gun Tools & Spares Wallet
1918 dated WWI German Water Bottle
1918 Enamelled Silver Border Regiment Collar Badge
1918 First Field Dressing
1918 Humorous Postcard
1918 MkII Artillery Clinometer Sight
1918 MkIX Trench Periscope An example compete with its original transit case, albeit a tired example. The optics require cleaning, though the pericope still functions. A classic item of WWI British Army trench equipment.
1918 MkIX Trench Periscope An excellent example of this iconic trench instrument by the firm R & J Beck
1918 Naval 1 1/2 pr Artillery Shell Case
1918 Royal Engineers Swagger Stick with silver pommel
1919 City of Carlisle Armistice Medal
1919 dated WD Pliers
1919 Pattern Naval Web Equipment Belt An unissued example
1919 Pattern Naval Webbing Braces
1920's Middle Eastern Dagger The pommel incorporating a 1920's Palestine Coin.
1920's Silver Cigarette Box with Royal Navy Presentation Engraving A handsome object worthy of further research
1920s miniature 'dummy' board, Drummer of 51st of Foot, 1792
1920's Battlefield Guide to Belgium A lovely copy of Ward Locke's Belgium and the Battlefields
1923 Mills Officer Equipment Webbing Holster
1923 MkVII Drill .303 Rifle Round
1923 Training and Maneouvre Regulations
1924 Small Arms Training Manual One of my favourite 20th Century British Army manuals. Its coverage of the service rifle and Lewis Gun is superb.
1924 Small Arms Training Manual One of the best illustrated of its kind. Covering the rifle, Lewis and Hotchkiss machine guns etc
1926 Field Service Pocket Book That of Major Atkinson MC, RA. The Field Service Pocket book issued to each serving officer as an essential reference to just about every aspect of the Service.
1926 Infantry Training Manual - War
1927 MkVII Drill .303 Rifle Round
1928 Army Cavalry Bit
1930's dated Kriegsmarine Bayonet Frog
1930's-1940's Kwik-Lite Torch Rather a stylish little pocket torch
1930's-1940's Dynamo Torch Of a type popular with both civilians and military personnel. in working condition.
1930s 'Aircraft of the RAF' Cigarette Card Set
1930's-1940's RAF Squadron Badges Cigarette Card Album A complete set of this delightful and seldom encountered set
1931 dated No2 Prismatic Binoculars
1931 Small Arms Training Manual Small Arms training Volume I, 1931. The 1920's and 1930's Small Arms Training Manuals are to my mind some of the most interesting and informative of their kind. This one covers in depth the rifle, bayonet and revolver. It runs to some 272 pages and includes an excellent range of illustrations.
1931 Small Arms Training Manual
1934 18-pounder Artillery Manual
1934 German Badge
1934 German Third Reich Day Badge
1935 dated No2 Prismatic Binoculars With original strap
1936 Berlin Olympics Enamelled Badge A good quality enamelled gilt-metal badge from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Maker-marked PAULMANN & CRONE< LUDENSCHEID. GES GESCH. In lovely condition. Bought from the estate of a veteran.
1936 Territorial Army Regulations
1936 Territorial Army Regulations - Amendments No 1
1936 Territorial Army Regulations - Amendments No 45
1937 3-inch Mortar Manual The scarce No9 Small Arms Training pamphlet on the 3-inch Mortar, 1937.
1937 Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1937 Bayonet Training Manual
1937 Bayonet Training Pamphlet
1937 dated General Service Respirator
1937 dated P'03 Leather Belt As issued to the Home Guard. Complete with the loop so often lacking on examples of this pattern
1937 German S84/98 Bayonet for the K98 Manufactured by Carl Eikhorn and in original scabbard with matching marks.
1937 Grenade Manual
1937 Grenade Pamphlet
1937 Infantry Training Manual The standard text. Running to some 250pages. Essential reading for re-enactors in this field.
1937 Pattern Auxilliary Pouch Yoke A mint unissued 1941 dated example.
1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog A good used, though un-Blanco'd example, dated 1942.
1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog A good used example, maker-marked Bagcraft Ltd and 1944 dated. Bearing the official Wartime modification to the upper loop allowing carriage of the No4 bayonet.
1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1937 Pattern Belt
1937 Pattern Belt in a scarce Large Size An item of webbing which is rapidly becoming quite rare, a WWII dated P'37 belt in size Large. It is khaki Blanco's but in excellent condition.
1937 Pattern Binocular Pouch A good un-Blanco'd example.
1937 Pattern Binocular Pouch A superb dated example.
1937 Pattern Binoculars Case A rare mint unissued example.
1937 Pattern Binoculars Pouch A very good 1940 dated example
1937 Pattern Compass Pouch
1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Each element 1944 dated
1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Pouch
1937 Pattern Haversack A near mint example
1937 Pattern Holster and Revolver Ammunition Pouch The pouch dated 1938
1937 Pattern MkII Basic Pouches An unissued pair. Now becomming extremely scarce in such condition
1937 Pattern MkII Basic Pouches A scarce un-Blanco'd 1941 dated pair
1937 Pattern MT Basic Pouches
1937 Pattern Officers Haversack
1937 Pattern Officers' Haversack
1937 Pattern Officers' Haversack
1937 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch
1937 Pattern RAF KD Frock
1937 Pattern Tank Crew Revolver Holster
1937 Pattern Waist Belt An un-Blanco'd example
1937 Pattern Waist Belt
1937 Pattern Waist Belt
1937 Pattern Waist Belt A 1945 dated Indian-made example
1937 Pattern Waist Belt
1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier Mint unissued and 1944 dated.
1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier Not an early War British example, though mint unissued and ideal for re-enactor use
1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A scarce early variant with later marks
1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carriert & Bottle An un-dated carrier
1937 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt A good used example bearing the original owner's name.
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt A WWII example retaining a heavily Blanco'd finish and bearing various issue stamps.
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt In near unissued condition
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt An un-Blanco'd post-War example ideal for re-enactor use
1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
1937 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Carriers A mint unissued matching pair.
1937 Pattern Webbing Officers' Haversack
1937 Pattern Webbing Pistol Ammunition Pouch
1937 Pattern Webbing Revolver Holster
1937 Pattern Webbing Water Bottle Carrier
1937 Pattern White Webbing Revolver Holster An example of the seldom encountered P'37 manufactured in white for Military Police use.
1937 Rifle Training Pamphlet
1937 Rifle Training Pamphlet
1937 Rifle Training Pamphlet
1937 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1937 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1937 Small Arms Application of Fire Pamphlet
1937 SMLE Rifle Training Manual Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No3, Rifle, 1937, reprinted with Amendments (No 1) 1940. An excellent 68 page manual covering all aspects of training with the SMLE, including the Sniper Rifles. The standard training manual on the rifle in use at this stage of the War.
1937 Vickers Machine Gun Infantry Rangefinder Manual
1937/40 Rifle Training Manual
1937/9 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1938 Army issue Clasp Knife The best example I have seen
1938 ARP Shell Dressing
1938 British Army Officers' Field Service Pocket Book A copy of the Field Service Pocket book issued to each serving officer as an essential reference to just about every aspect of the Service. Aside from a split to the covering of the top spine joint, a very good complete example containing 12 pamphlets.
1938 Civilian Respirator with Shoulder Bag
1938 dated German K98 Bayonet Frog
1938 Dated German K98 Rifle Oil Bottle An excellent example.
1938 dated Royal Armoured Corps P'37 Revolver Holster
1938 German K98 carbine Bayonet With matching serials and retaining its original Austrian made frog
1938 Infantry Section Leading Manual
1938 MkII Steel Helmet A very good example retaining its original pre-War gloss khaki finish and in a large size.
1938 MkII Steel Helmet Shell with battle damage A rather interesting and somewhat rare example
1938 RAF Cranwell Journal
1938 Royal Artillery Silver Ashtray A good quality Royal Artillery silver ashtray by S Blanckensee & Sons of Chester, and assayed in 1938.
1939 3-inch Mortar Training Manual
1939 Active Service New Testament
1939 Active Service New Testament
1939 Active Service New Testament
1939 Active Service New Testament
1939 Annual Range Course Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1939 Army Volt Meter Pouch A mint example.
1939 ARP Shell Dressing
1939 Boot Brush
1939 Civil Defence Ambulance Helmet Showing evidence of an earlier set of unit initials CS
1939 Civil Defence Pamphlet - Make your Home Safe Now
1939 Civil Defence Public Information Pamphlet No1
1939 Civil Defence Public Information Pamphlet No2 Know Your Gas Mask
1939 Civil Defence Public Information Pamphlet No3 Evacuation
1939 Civil Defence Public Information Pamphlet No4 Your Food in Wartime
1939 Civil Defence Public Information Pamphlet No5 Fire Precautions in War Time
1939 Concertina Barbed Wire Manual
1939 Daily Telegraph
1939 dated Air Ministry Navigators Dividers Case
1939 dated Army Issue Fork
1939 dated Army Issue Fork
1939 Dated Army issue Fork & Spoon
1939 Dated Army Issue Fork & Spoon A matching pair by the same manufacturer
1939 dated ARP First Aid Tin A good example.
1939 Dated Home Guard P'03 Belt A well marked though length-reduced example.
1939 dated Ordnance issue Whistle
1939 dated RAF issue Fork & Spoon
1939 dated RAF Webbing Belt A Walking-Out webbing belt, formerly blue-grey now whitened overall. Bearing clear Air Ministry stores/contract number and 1939 date.
1939 dated Stretcher Bearers' Webbing Sling
1939 DEMS Notes on Gunnery Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships were armed British merchant ships with an adequate defence against enemy submarines and aircraft. They were manned by marine Royal Artillery who deployed a wide range of armaments against enemy attack including Lewis guns and the fascinating Hollman grenade projector.
1939 Drill Manual
1939 Field Telephone Set A very good example of the early-War Telephone Set Type D MkV. These early aluminium-cased sets were rapidly replaced by wooden and steel-cased varieties.
1939 French Tank Crew Steel Helmet Certainly one of the most distinctive of helmets. The lining is detached
1939 Gas Mask Anti-Dim Outfit MkV
1939 Home Front Evacuation Leaflet Civil Defence Public Information Leaflet No. 3, Evacuation, Why and How?. A somewhat poignant 1939 dated leaflet in excellent condition.
1939 Instructor's Training Notes
1939 Lewis Machine Gun Manual
1939 Manual of Map Reading and Field Sketching The most detailed work of its kind and the standard Army reference during WWII
1939 Military Training Pamphlet No23
1939 Pattern Basic Pouches An excellent pair
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog An excellent and well marked example of the bayonet frog from the P'39 equipment set.
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog An excellent example
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog As worn with Home Guard equipment.
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog Lacking hilt strap
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog
1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog An uncommon blackened example
1939 Pattern Cartridge Carriers
1939 Pattern Equipment Comprising belt, cartridge carriers and bayonet frog. This War emergency pattern, a substitute for P'37 webbing introduced to alleviate a predicted webbing production capacity shortfall, was issued to the Army and Home Guard in limited volumes.
1939 Pattern Greatcoat An excellent example retaining its original dated label.
1939 Pattern Holster I also have available the pistol ammunition pouch and belt from this set.
1939 Pattern Holster
1939 Pattern Leather Waist Belt A good example of the belt from the P'39 equipment. As famously worn by the BBC's Dad's Army, though actually issued to both the Army and Home Guard. Maker-marked and dated.
1939 Pattern Leather Waist Belt A good 1939 Pattern belt.
1939 Pattern MkII Basic Pouches An excellent pair of P'39 Basic Pocuhes as modified to take Sten magazines.
1939 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch
1939 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch
1939 Pattern Revolver Ammunition Pouch Conforming to the 1940 modification to pattern
1939 Pattern Revolver Holster A lovely example.
1939 Pattern Revolver Holster
1939 Pattern Shoulder Straps Extremely scarce
1939 Pattern Shoulder Straps Extremely rare
1939 Pattern Shoulder Straps Extremely rare
1939 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A good strong and flexible example. The 1939 Pattern equipment of the Second World War is analogous with the P'14 of the First. It was a War-emergency issue, introduced as it was easier to manufacture than P'37 webbing at a time when demands were extremely high. It was issued to Army personnel early in the War, but is perhaps more commonly associated with the Home Guard.
1939 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A good, strong and supple example.
1939 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier
1939 Soldier's New Testament
1939 Vickers Machine Gun Manual
1939 Vickers Machine Gun Manual
1939 Vickers Machine Gun Training Manual
1939 Vickers Machine Gun Training Pamphlet
1939 War Office Map of East Anglia
1939 War Office Map of South England
1939 Whistle
1939-45 Star
1939-45 Star
1939-45 Star
1939-45 War Medal
1939-45 War Medal
1940 .50 Calibre Drill Round
1940 Aliens Order Certificate of Registration
1940 Anti Tank Mine Training Manual
1940 Anti-Tank Mines Manual
1940 ARP First Aid Pamphlet
1940 Artillery Field Plotter Mark IV
1940 Browning Machine Gun Manual
1940 dated 40mm Bofors Shell Case A good example.
1940 dated Army Camp Canvas Wash Basin, Stand and Bath Each element bearing the name of the group's original owner
1940 dated British Army Folding Wire Cutters An excellent set with perfect jaws. Maker-marked, WD Broad Arrow stamped and 1940 dated.
1940 dated British Army Issue Whistle
1940 dated Brtitish Army 'Flimsy' Petrol Can The standard 4 gallon can in use prior to adoption of the Gerry can.
1940 dated Canadian Anklets
1940 dated Canadian P'37 Webbing Bottle Carrier & Bottle
1940 Dated Denim BD Blouse with Home Guard Rank A lovely example retaining its original rank insignia almost certainly inidicative of Home Guard issue. It is in an excellent size (being designed for wear over Serge Battledress, though seldom actually worn in this way, the wearer would purposely seek a garment labelled a size smaller than he would usually wear). With the addition of a Home Guard arm band this would display extremely well.
1940 dated Drill No36 Mills Grenade A lovely example retaining it's original striker and compression spring and some of it's original white paint finish.
1940 Dated Field Service Cap
1940 dated Leather Rifle Sling As used by the Home Guard
1940 dated MkV Gas Mask Anti-Dim Outfit
1940 dated No2 Prismatic Binoculars & early P'37 Case A superb pairing
1940 dated P'03 Belt As issued to the Home Guard. A large sized example complete with the loop so often lacking on examples of this pattern
1940 dated Pattern 1937 Webbing belt A scarce example in near unissued condition
1940 dated Prismatic Marching Compass An unissued example
1940 dated P'37 Bayonet Frog
1940 dated P'37 Bottle Carrier & Bottle A good original combination of 1940 dated skeletal bottle carrier, sling, and early-War blue-enamelled water bottle.
1940 dated P'37 Webbing Belt Becoming increasingly scarce. A dated example in used though sound condition
1940 dated Royal Artillery Officer's Service Dress A good example bearing a named and dated tailor's label. Worthy of further research.
1940 dated Royal Artillery Stop Watch A running example, the Stop-Go is lacking its slide though can still be operated.
1940 dated Seaforth Highlanders Officers' Glengarry A named example worthy of further research
1940 Dated Webbing Anklets
1940 dated Whistle and chain
1940 Empire Day Certificate for Comforts of the Forces
1940 Empire Day Certificate for Comforts of the Forces
1940 Field Service Cap
1940 Fieldcraft Training Manual
1940 First Field Dressing As carried in the small pocket on the right leg of the BD trousers
1940 Full Dress Buff Leather Belt A mint unissued example of this scarce pattern.
1940 Gas Mask Anti-Dim Outfit MkV
1940 Gas Mask Anti-Dim Outfit MkV
1940 Home Guard Instruction No 13 - Drill
1940 Home Guard Instruction No 16, Rifle Training
1940 Jewish Soldiers Prayer Book
1940 Military Handbook, One of my favourite manuals of the period. Do read the few paragraphs on the grenade as illustrated.
1940 Military Training Pamphlet No33 - Fieldcraft
1940 Military Training Pamphlet No43 - Operations, Withdrawal
1940 Mk 2 Steel Helmet in a large size In original condition and size 7 1/4. A scarce example and part of the group belonging to Home Guardsman H E Hillam. Recently acquired and fresh to the market
1940 North Staffordshire Regiment Sports Badge
1940 Other Services Water Bottle Carrier and Bottle A Home Guard issued example bearing its original owner's name and unit
1940 Pamphlet - If the Invader Comes
1940 Pattern Battldress Trousers A very good worn size 10 pair of BD trousers dating to 1942
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse A 1944 dated BD blouse in size 9. A good useable example with a subtly tailored collar and only minor moth, mainly as a hole to one elbow and similar to the lower edge of one breast pocket.
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse Part of the uniform group including KD also listed.
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse A desirable size 13 BD blouse in unissued condition aside from a few nips
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse In superb condition save for a little moth to the inside collar
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse A good 1942 dated BD Blouse
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers An excellent British-made pair in what appears to be size 8 (approx. 32" waist). Aside from a few relatively minor moth nips the cloth nap is superb and the overall appearance is unworn.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers An excellent pair in size 10.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers A very good pair to fit a 32" waist
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers A well worn pair with approximately 31 inch waist
1940 Pattern Battlredress Trousers A worn though sound pair belonging to the Royal Engineer officer whose blouse is also listed. He has had belt loop added, a nice period feature. Minor moth, damage to one pocket lining, and some marks as apparent in the photographs. 30 inch waist.
1940 pattern BD Blouse
1940 Pattern BD Blouse in a Large Size A scarce 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse in a desirable large size. It retains it's original 1942 dated label. There are light signs of wear and a few very minor moth nips, otherwise the overall condition is excellent.
1940 Pattern BD Blouse in a Large Size A British-made 1945 dated example in a desirable large size. Aside for the collar hooks & eyes having been removed the condition is near unissued.
1940 Pattern BD Blouse to Royal Armoured Corps Lieutenant A very attractive example reataining it's original insignia. Purchased with the size 7 trousers also listed.
1940 Pattern BD Trousers A very handsome pair in size 7.
1940 Pattern BD Trousers An issue pair in size 6. Belonging to Captain G H Kipling, RA.
1940 Pattern Cavalry Equipment Pouches
1940 Pattern Greatcoat A good issued example.
1940 Prismatic Marching Compass
1940 Provisional Lewis Machine Gun Manual
1940 Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Tam o' Shanter
1940 RAF Greatcoat Part of the group I am listing comprising greatcoat and various RAF "Battledress", all belonging to the same chap. It shows some moth as can be seen, however it is named and numbered, retains it's label and is in a useful large size.
1940 RAF Height & Airspeed Computor MkIIA
1940 RAF Irvin Harnessuit
1940 Rifle Training Manual
1940 Royal Navy QF 2-pounder Shell Case
1940 Sniper Training Manual
1940 style BD Trousers Suitable for re-enactment use
1940 Tank Hunting & Destruction Manual including Grenades & Flame Throwers
1940 Tank Hunting and Destruction Manual Includes details of various flame throwers
1940 Thompson Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training Volume I, Pamphlet No21, Thompson Sub-Machine-Gun, 1940. The standard training manual on the Thompson at the time of it's adoption by the British. A scarce manual.
1940 Vickers Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training Pamphlet No7, .303 Vickers Machine Gun, Supplement, The Clinometer and Deflection Bar Foresight, 1940. 28 pages and in very good condition. One of the more scarce SATs.
1940 War Office Map of London and South East
1940 Weapon Training Manual
1940's Brass Model Bomber
1940's Durex Condom Packet An extremely rare original unopenned packet with original (perished) contents, as found in the pocket of an RAF officer's tunic.
1940's Gracie Fields Signed Photograph
1940's Gracie Fields Signed Photograph
1941 Aircraft Recognition Manual
1941 Ammunition & Explosives Manual
1941 Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1941 Army issue guide to Urdu For troops serving in India
1941 Army Issue Petrol Can As used with the Vickers machine gun as a steam condensor can
1941 Army issue Whistle
1941 Army Map Reading Manual
1941 Army Tank Hunting Training Poster
1941 ARP Pamphlet - What to do about Gas
1941 British Army pamphlet 'The German Army in Pictures'
1941 Care of Explosives & Ammunition Manual
1941 dated Royal Artillery Officer's Dress Tunic An excellent example of the dress blues of a named Royal Artillery officer. Difficult to fault. Worthy of further research.
1941 dated British Army Clasp Knife A good issued example by Richards, Sheffield.
1941 dated British Army Issue Whistle
1941 dated Civil Defence Leather Anklets
1941 dated german Army Belt Leather Pierced overall having had numerous items of insignia affixed as a War trophy 'hate' belt
1941 dated P'37 Bayonet Frog
1941 dated P'37 Webbing Belt
1941 dated P'37 Belt
1941 dated RAF Issue Fork & Spoon
1941 dated RAF Issue Fork & Spoon A matching pair by the same manufacturer
1941 Defence Against German Airborne Troops Manual Military Training Pamphlet No. 50, Airborne Troops, Part I. Defence Against Airborne Troops, 1941.
1941 Dressing
1941 Durham Light Infantry Officer's Field Service Cap A lovely provenanced example of an issue FS cap as worn by an officer of the DLI, it bears its original brown-enamelled cap badge and regimental buttons.
1941 Field Defences Camouflage Manual
1941 German Army in Pictures Manual
1941 German K98 Bayonet With matching serials and original frog
1941 Khaki Bandage
1941 Khaki Bandage
1941 Leather Frog for the P'07 Bayonet
1941 Map Reading Manual
1941 Military Training Pamphlet No23 - Infantry Div Advance
1941 Military Training Pamphlet No23 - Infantry Div in Attack
1941 Military Training Pamphlet No46 - Camouflage
1941 More Pictures of the German Army Manual
1941 Motorcyclist Training Manual
1941 Pamphlet - Beating the Invader
1941 Pattern ATS Tunic and Skirt A good original example complete with lanyard
1941 Pattern KD Shorts An apparently unissued pair in a large size and dated 1942. The front belt straps ahve been removed.
1941 Pattern KD Shorts 1943 dated, mint unissued and in a large size
1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts An unissued 1942 dated pair in a large size
1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Trousers An excellent pair retaining their original dated label.
1941 Pocket Notes on Identification of German Units
1941 RAF Leave Pass A blank pro-forma
1941 Scottish Home Guard List
1941 Standard Dressing
1941 Standard Dressing
1941 Standard Dressing
1941 Tam o' Shanter A scarce example in a large size
1941 Thermos & Sticky Grenade Manual
1941 Vickers Machine Gun Manual Mechanical Subjects
1941 Winston Churchill Matchbox Cover A charming WWII British patriotic celluloid matchbox cover commemorating a speech given in 1941 by US President Roosevelt in support of Britain, and Churchill's poignant response.
1941 Winston Churchill Matchbox Cover A charming WWII British patriotic celluloid matchbox cover commemorating a speech given in 1941 by US President Roosevelt in support of Britain, and Churchill's poignant response.
1941 Worcestershire Regiment Field Service Cap As worn by Lt H J Cotton during his Home Guard service
1942 .38 Revolver Training Pamphlet
1942 .38 Revolver Training Pamphlet
1942 2-inch Mortar Manual
1942 Absorbent Gauze
1942 Aircraft of the Fighting Powers A superbly detailed work
1942 Anti Aircraft / Bren Gun Manual
1942 Anti-Aircraft Manual This pamphlet also cover the Bren drum magazine
1942 Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1942 Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Training Pamphlet Includes details of the Bren drum magazine
1942 Application of Fire Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1942 Armoured Fighting Vehicle Recognition Manual A well illustrated and fascinating volume
1942 Army Issue Waterproof Ground Sheet A very good example
1942 Army Shell Dressing
1942 Army Steel 12-inch Ruler
1942 Australian Army Shell Dressing
1942 Bayonet
1942 Bayonet Training Manual
1942 Bayonet Training Manual
1942 Bayonet Training Manual
1942 Blacker Bombard Manual Certainly one of the most sought after of Small Arms Training pamphlets.
1942 Blacker Bombard Training Manual
1942 Blacker Bombard Training Manual
1942 Boys Anti-Tank Rifle Manual
1942 Boys Anti-Tank Rifle Manual
1942 Boys Anti-Tank Rifle Pamphlet
1942 Bren and Small Arms Anti-Aircraft Manual
1942 Bren Light Machine Gun Pamphlet
1942 Bren Light Machine Gun Pamphlet
1942 Bren Light Machine Gun Pamphlet
1942 Bren Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No4, Light Machine Gun, 1942. The standard training manual on the Bren. 40 pages of detailed text with numerous supporting illustrations. Essential for the collector of material related to this classic arm.
1942 Bren Machine Gun Manual
1942 Bren Manual
1942 Bren Training Manual
1942 dated Anti-Tank Grenade An excellent example of the No. 68 AT Grenade.
1942 dated First Field Dressing
1942 dated Indian-made Webbing Anklets A scarce pair of Indian-made webbing anklets as commonly issued in the Far East. They bear their original owner's name though they appear mint and unissued. Maker-marked and 1942 dated.
1942 dated Jungle Green Shorts A mint unissued pair in a large size
1942 dated Mess Tins A good matching pair of the standard WWII British Army mess tin. An original set with matching maker-marks and dates.
1942 dated P'37 Basic Pouches
1942 dated P'37 Bayonet Frog A scarce un-Blanco'd example
1942 dated P'37 Revolver Holster A little faded but sound and well marked.
1942 dated P'37 Webbing Belt A good used example.
1942 dated P'37 Webbing Pistol Ammo Pouch
1942 dated Snow Smock An excellent example in a large size
1942 dated Tank Crew Webbing Holster An excellent officialy modified example of the Royal Armoured Corps revolver holster
1942 dated Webbing Anklets
1942 dated Webbing Rifle Sling A scarce unissued example
1942 dated Wolseley Pattern Tropical Helmet Aside from lacking its chin strap this is the best example in terms of condition I have ever handled, it is clearly an unissued example. The cork body is fully intact and strong, while the liner is exceptional and in a relatively large size. Very difficult to improve.
1942 DEMS Pocket Book Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships were armed British merchant ships with an adequate defence against enemy submarines and aircraft. They were manned by marine Royal Artillery who deployed a wide range of armaments against enemy attack including Lewis guns and the fascinating Hollman grenade projector. This is a rare copy of the DEMS Pocket Book one of which was issued to each DEMS gunner. It details all aspects of the DEMS duties and required proficiencies. A fascinating document.
1942 Denison Smock From my own collection, an extremely fine Denison smock from the first year of production and in a large size.
1942 Denison Smock Further images
1942 Gas Training Manual
1942 Grenade Manual
1942 Grenade Manual
1942 Grenade Training Manual
1942 Grenade Training Manual
1942 Grenade Training Manual
1942 Grenade Training Manual
1942 Grenade Training Pamphlet
1942 Grenade Training Pamphlet
1942 Grenade Training Pamphlet
1942 Hawkins Grenade Pamphlet Amendment
1942 Home Guard Regulations Vol II amendment No2
1942 Home Guard Regulations volume II amendments Nos 1-2
1942 Leather Jerkin A well-used example
1942 Lee Enfield No4 Rifle Manual Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No3, Rifle, 1942. The standard training manual on the No4 Lee Enfield including chapters on the No4T Sniper Rifle, the Sniper Sling etc. An essential period reference.
1942 Lee Enfield Rifle Training Pamphlet
1942 Medal Ribbons Booklet
1942 Military Training Pamphlet No23
1942 Military Training Pamphlet No23 - Infantry Div in Defence
1942 mint unissued P'37 Pack
1942 MkIII Prismatic Marching Compass
1942 MkIM Bren Light Machine Gun A superb deactivated example, with matching serials. Sorry, for sale within the UK only, certificate lacking
1942 Motorcyclists' Steel Helmet An unissued early example in size 7
1942 No4 Lee Enfield Breech Cover
1942 No4 Lee Enfield Rifle Breech Cover A Stevens Savage example
1942 No68 Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade An excellent inert training example
1942 Official British Army Grenade Manual An original copy of Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No 13, Grenade, 1942. This was the standard training manual on the use of Grenades in the British Army. It includes details of all the patterns in use at the time, and includes the rifle cup discharger. Essential reference for the collector in this field.
1942 Ordnance issue Kukri A scarce original example of these iconic fighting knives complete with frog
1942 Paratroop Ammunition Drop Bag
1942 Paratroop Mortar Ammunition Leg Bag
1942 Platoon Commanders' Tactics Manual
1942 Prismatic Marching Compass A near mint example
1942 Range Courses (War) Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1942 Rangefinder No12 Manual
1942 Rifle / Sniper Training Manual
1942 Rifle and Bren Anti-Aircraft Pamphlet
1942 Rifle Training Manual
1942 Rifle Training Manual Also covering the No4T sniper rifle
1942 Rifle Training Manual including Sniper Training
1942 Rifle Training Pamphlet
1942 Rifle Training Pamphlet Includes the No4T sniper rifle
1942 Shell Dressing Satchel An unissued example
1942 Slouch Hat An excellent and early dated Burma Campaign slouch hat
1942 Small Arms Anti-Aircraft Manual Covering the Bren drum magazine
1942 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1942 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1942 Small Arms Application of Fire Manual
1942 Small Arms Range Courses Training Pamphlet
1942 Small Arms Training Manual
1942 Small Arms Training Pamphlet - Application of Fire
1942 Small Arms Training Pamphlet - Range Courses (War)
1942 Small Arms Weapon Training Manual
1942 Snow Camouflage Mittens
1942 South African Steel Helmet An example of this unique variant which incorporates holes in the rear flange used to secure a sun shade for the neck
1942 Standing Orders for Motorcyclists and MT Drivers
1942 Sten Gun Manual
1942 Sten Machine Gun manual Small Arms Training Pamphlet No. 22, Sten machine Carbine, 1942. The standard manual on the Sten.
1942 Sten Manual
1942 Thompson Machine Carbine Pamphlet
1942 Thompson Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training Pamphlet No. 21, The Thompson machine Carbine, 1942.
1942 Thompson Machine Gun Manual
1942 Thompson Machine Gun Manual
1942 Unexploded Bombs & Bomb Reconnaissance Manual
1942 Vickers Twin Radial Mounting Manual
1942 Washing & Shaving Kit Roll
1942 Washing & Shaving Kit Roll
1942 Webbing Ammunition Carrier
1942-43 Spiritual Almanac for Service Men
1943 2 Lire Allied Military Bank Note
1943 2nd Infantry Division Slouch Hat A very good example of these iconic items of head dress
1943 4.2 inch Mortar Manual
1943 4.2-inch Mortar Round An extremely scarce item of inert WWII ordnance, 4.2" rounds are near impossible to find. This example is in superb condition.
1943 8th Army North Africa Souvenir A striking cushion cover manufactured in North Africa during the Desert Campaign and sold to Allied Troops as souvenirs. An excellent example dated 1943.
1943 Allied Invasion of Italy Currency
1943 Allied Invasion of Italy Currency
1943 Anti-Aircraft Cartwheel Sight Pamphlet
1943 Army MkII Steel Helmet A scarce example retaining it's original factory-applied textured dark brown paint finish. The liner is dry, with a split, and there are some paint splashes on teh shell, though these could certainly be picked off. A good helmet in a scarce original late-War finish.
1943 Australian Army Shell Dressing
1943 Australian Jungle Puttees
1943 Boiled Sweets, Salt & Matches Ration Tin
1943 Bush Shirt An excellent and uncommon example of these garments which were extremely popular with troops serving in North Africa, Italy and the Far East.
1943 Canadian Battle Dress Blouse An early pattern closing at the neck with hooks rather than a tab and button, and in a less green shade of fabric than later blouses
1943 Clasp Knife A very good, possibly unissued example
1943 dated British Army Bush Shirt Should you require GS or revolving shank buttons do enquire
1943 dated British Army Issue Pick Head
1943 dated British Army issue String Vest An example of the all-string variant
1943 Dated Bush Shirt As purchased with the Grenadier Guards BD. Bearing it's original rank chevrons and the owner's service number, or the last four digits thereof. The lower pockets have been removed during it's working life. A garment which has clearly "been there and done it".
1943 Dated Canadian Webbing Belt A webbing trouser belt peculiar to the Canadian Army. Maker-marked and 1942 dated. In mint unissued condition.
1943 dated Clasp Knife An excellent example
1943 dated Clasp Knife An uncommon variant
1943 Dated Commando-Issue Bergen Rucksack An excellent example of this iconic item of kit. These really are becoming scarce in such condition.
1943 dated General Service Cap A mint unissued example of the first variant GS cap, manufanctured in barathea
1943 dated Indian Cellular Bush Shirt Having had the lower pockets removed for wear tucked into trousers
1943 dated Indian P'37 Pack In unissued condition
1943 dated Issue Hair Brush An excellent example.
1943 dated Royal Navy Officers' Greatcoat
1943 Elementary Map Reading Amendments Pamphlet
1943 First Field Dressing
1943 First Field Dressing As carried in the small pocket on the right leg of the BD trousers
1943 First Field Dressing As carried in the small pocket on the right leg of the BD trousers
1943 First Field Dressing As carried in the small pocket on the right leg of the BD trousers
1943 German Mess Tins Retaining their original finish.
1943 German Walther PPK Pistol Holster
1943 Individual Battle Practices Small Arms Training Pamphlet
1943 Message Writing & RT Do's and Don'ts
1943 Mines & Booby Traps Manual
1943 Mines and Booby Traps Manual with amendments
1943 MkI Airborne Troops Steel Helmet An exceptional original third-variant MkI Airborne Troops steel helmet in near unissued condition. Aside from minor fine abbrasion to the paint the condition is not far from mint. An investment grade example of these extremely sought after helmets.
1943 MkII Vickers Machine Gun Clinometer Sight
1943 No2 MkIII Binoculars A set complete with original webbing sling. There is play as is common on the eye-piece focus, though the optics are good and they retain their original graticules, often lacking on surviving examples.
1943 No2 Prismatic Binoculars A good clean set in their original leather case. Some of the ordnance stamps have been obscured but the condition overall is excellent and the optics are clear.
1943 Ordnance Issue Kukri A good 1943 dated example, unusual in having had a hole for a lanyard added.
1943 Other Ranks Service Dress Tunic A near mint unissued example in a large size, ideal for display or re-enacting.
1943 Other Ranks' Service Dress Tunic
1943 Pattern RAF 'Escape' Boots An excellent pair in size 8-9
1943 Personal Kit Roll
1943 PIAT Manual
1943 PIAT Training Manual
1943 PIAT Training Manual and Amendments
1943 Principles of Instruction Manual
1943 Prismatic Compass A very good example
1943 RAF Navigator's / Bomb Aimer's Stopwatch A very good dated example in running condition.
1943 RAF Side Cap In near unissued condition
1943 RAF Side Cap with Plastic Cap Badge
1943 Rubberproofed Groundsheet / Cape A near unissued example
1943 Slouch Hat with original REME Flash Bought from the son of the veteran who wore this hat in Burma during WWII (along with his jungle cape also listed), an excellent slouch hat retaining its original and as yet unidentified woven silk flash. The hat retains its chin strap, is British made, 1943 dated and in a large size. An excellent example of these most sought after of hats.
1943 WAAF Peaked Hat
1943 Webbing Gaiters
1943 WWII First Field Dressing
1944 1 Mark Allied Military Bank Note
1944 1/2 Mark Allied Military Bank Note
1944 1/2 Mark Allied Military Bank Note
1944 5 Francs Allied Military Currency
1944 6-pr Anti-Tank Gun Manual
1944 Airborne Troops' Steel Helmet A fine example retaining its original paint finish and in an uncommonly large size.
1944 Anti-Gas Eyeshields
1944 Army Council Instructions 1080-1083 for Home Guard
1944 Army Issue Shaving Brush
1944 Army Issue Whistle
1944 Army Shell Dressing
1944 Army Shell Dressing
1944 Army Wire Cutters
1944 Bailey Bridge Manual A detailed and fascinating publication
1944 Battledress Blouse A size 13 1940 Pattern BD blouse suitable for re-enactor use
1944 Bergen Rucksack The rubber-proofed variant. Lacking the upper lateral stowage straps but otherwise good
1944 Boiled Sweets Ration Tin
1944 British Army Machete An example by Collins in Canadian-made scabbard. Associated with the Far East but on genberal issue in North West Europe. , both scabbard and blade being dated 1944. A superb untouched example requiring just a polish and oiling.
1944 British Army Machete An example by Collins in Canadian-made scabbard. Associated with the Far East but on genberal issue in North West Europe. , both scabbard and blade being dated 1944. A superb untouched example requiring just a polish and oiling.
1944 dated Army Issued Fork & Spoon A matching pair by the same manufacturer
1944 dated ATS Kit Bag
1944 dated British Army issue String Vest
1944 dated British Army Thermos Flask
1944 dated Clasp Knife
1944 dated Indian-made Jungle Green Bush Shirt A scarce example.
1944 dated No77 Grenade A good example.
1944 Dated Prismatic Compass
1944 dated P'37 Belt An issued example bearing the name of its Captain owner.
1944 dated Webbing Anklets
1944 dated Webbing Anklets A mint set in size 3.
1944 dated Webbing Anklets
1944 dated Webbing Map Case The markings have been picked out in pen though are as originally applied
1944 dated Webbing Rifle Sling A near unissued example with steel fittings
1944 Dated Wire Cutters One of the more scarce patterns. In unissued condition.
1944 Denison Smock A well used example to say the least. It is frayed, variously holed and the zip slider is lacking. It is however genuine, and retains both it's tail and original label. One suitable for re-enacting or if wishing to make a display with a War-worn look.
1944 Field Craft Training Pamphlet
1944 Hair Brush
1944 Hair Brush
1944 Home Guard Postcard Photograph
1944 Indian Khkai Drill Trousers A well stamped example of this pattern. The original owner has replaced the Indian-made alloy or brass buttons with British vegetable-composition buttons. A good pair of an increasingly scarce pattern.
1944 Indian No1 MkIII* Bayonet An excellent example of this distinctive pattern
1944 Infantry Training Manual - Fieldcraft
1944 Jungle Boots Excellnet examples in size 12
1944 Jungle Shirt A scarce mint unissued example of this advanced and distinctive late War design
1944 Leather Jerkin The hide is excellent, though two buttons are broken and there is moth to the lining
1944 Machine Carbine SAT MkV Sten Amendments
1944 Manual of Recovery
1944 Message Writing & RT Guide
1944 MkII Airborne Troops Steel Helmet with original insignia An extremely fine example in a large size. It bears a deep maroon circular device to the front, and retains its original helmet net.
1944 MkII Airborne Troops Steel Helmet with original insignia Additional images
1944 Mosquito Net Helmet Cover
1944 No2 Mk3 Binoculars A scarce set retaining their original graticules' the optics are exceelent, though one occular focus is slipping when turned, though does function. The Mk3's were a tropicalised variant of the No2s, being inert gas filled and having improved waterproofing.
1944 Pattern Binocular Pouch Mint unissued and 1945 dated.
1944 Pattern Braces / Yoke A scarce WWII dated set
1944 Pattern Haversack
1944 Pattern Water Bottle and Cup A scarce 1945 dated example
1944 Pattern Webbing Shoulder Straps A scarce 1945 dated pair
1944 Royal Army Medical Corps Bush Hat An excellent South African manufactured example bearing its original isignia and marked with the owner's details to the lining. It features a distinctive theatre-made chin strap. In all a lovely example.
1944 Royal Canadian Signal Corps FS Cap A superb named example.
1944 Royal Navy Crossing of the Arctic Circle Certificate
1944 Standard Dressing
1944 Sten & Thompson Submachine Gun Manual
1944 Sten and Thompson Machine Carbine Pamphlet
1944 Sten and Thompson Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training Volume I, Pamphlet No21, The Machine Carbine, 1944. The standard training manual on both the Sten and Thompson Machine Carbines at this period in the War. 28 pages including numerous illustrations.
1944 Sten and Thompson Machine Gun Manual Small Arms Training Volume I, Pamphlet No21, The Machine Carbine, 1944. The standard training manual on both the Sten and Thompson Machine Carbines at this period in the War. 28 pages including numerous illustrations.
1944 Sten and Thompson SMG Manual
1944 Sten Gun Sling
1944 Thompson & Sten Manual
1944 Thompson & Sten Submachine Gun Manual
1944 Thompson and Sten Maching Gun Manual with Amendments
1944 variant RAF Survival Mirror / Heliograph
1944 Vickers Machine Gun Manual
1944 WAAF Battledress Trousers In mint unissued condition
1944 Webbing Map Case An unissued example
1944 Webbing Map Case
1944 Welding Manual
1945 21st Army Group Montgomery Farewell Letter
1945 2nd King's Liverpool Regiment Association Book
1945 Aluminium Mess Tins
1945 Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Pamhlet
1945 Army Issue Clasp Knife A mint unissued example of this pattern introduced for tropical issue
1945 Army Issue Knife Fork & Spoon Combination
1945 ATS Leather Jerkin
1945 Daily Mail
1945 dated Army Issue Whistle
1945 dated Army Tropical Issue Soap Tin An example of the aluminium soap tin introduced with the new tropical equipment of 1944/5.
1945 dated Bren LMG Sling
1945 dated Cellular Pants
1945 dated Clasp Knife An unissued example
1945 dated Clasp Knife An excellent example complete with original lanyard
1945 dated Cotton Vest A large sized example of one the rarest items of WWII British army issue clothing
1945 dated Cotton Vest A large sized example of one the rarest items of WWII British army issue clothing
1945 dated Cutlery Combination in Tropical-issue Pouch
1945 dated Denim Battledress Trousers An unissued pair of Denim Overall Trousers, they have been professionaly taken in at the waist and now measure 35".
1945 dated General Service Cap
1945 dated General Service Cap
1945 dated Indian Webbing Anklets An un-Blanco'd pair
1945 dated Indian-made Machete In field-improvised scabbard
1945 dated Jungle Green Socks
1945 dated Kit Bag
1945 dated P'44 Braces
1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle and Carrier WWII examples of these bottles and their covers are rather rare
1945 dated P'44 Webbing Basic Pouch A rare mint unissued example
1945 dated P'44 webbing Belt
1945 dated P'44 webbing Holster
1945 dated P'44 webbing Pistol Ammunition Pouch
1945 dated P'44 Bayonet Frog In mint unissued condition.
1945 Dated P'44 Braces In mint unissued condition.
1945 dated RAF Folding Machete Part of the equipment issued with the Beadon flying suit for tropical use. A very good maker-marked RAF issue example.
1945 dated Stretcher Bearers' Sling
1945 dated Tank Crew Tropical Camouflage Overalls One for display or re-enactor use, having had the zips replaced and showing reasonable wear and tear.
1945 Egyptian Times Newspaper
1945 General Service Cap Aside from storgae marks to the lining the cap appears unissued and has never had a badge fitted. Size 7.
1945 General Service Cap An excellent example in a large size
1945 Indian-made KD Trousers A near unissued pair
1945 MkIV Steel Helmet An excellent example of the MkIV. An evolution of the MkIII, differing primarily in having the liner secured to the shell via a lift-the-dot fastener, allowing the shell to be used as a basin. Initially designed and introduced for issue in tropical theatres, it became general service issue post-War. This example is in superb condition. An excellent example of this Far East issue helmet.
1945 MkIV Steel Helmet An excellent example of the MkIV. An evolution of the MkIII, differing primarily in having the liner secured to the shell via a lift-the-dot fastener, allowing the shell to be used as a basin. Initially designed and introduced for issue in tropical theatres, it became general service issue post-War. This is a desirable example with dated shell and in size 7.
1945 RAF Side Cap
1945 RAF Side Cap with plastic Cap Badge
1945 Rubber-proofed Groundsheet Cape A good example of this scarce standard issue item of equipment
1945 Second Army Victory Card A personal thank you from the Divisional Commander Lieutenant Miles Dempsey
1945 Second Army Victory Thanksgiving Service Booklet
1945 Tropical issue Map Case
1945 Tropical Issue Map Case
1945 Tropical issue Shaving / Signaling Mirror
1945 Tropical Issue Signalling / Shaving Mirror
1945 Tropical Map Case
1946 dated Cotton Bandolier for .303 Rifle Ammunition In superb condition.
1946 dated KOSB Officers' Service Dress
1947 Army issue Clasp Knife with Lanyard
1949 Pattern Battledress Trousers An excellent pair 1949 Pattern BD Trousers. Difficult to fault. Suitable for modification to a Wartime pattern for re-enactment purposes.
1949 Pattern Battledress Trousers I have several pairs. Ideal for modification to resemble Wartime patterns for re-enacting purposes. Email your size requirements.
1949 Pattern BD Trousers I have several pairs. Ideal for modification to resemble Wartime patterns for re-enacting purposes. Email your size requirements.
1950 dated Rifle Sling
1950's 17th Bn Parachute Regiment (9th DLI) Maroon Beret
1950's Cotton Rifle Ammunition Bandolier
1950's Cotton Rifle Ammunition Bandolier
1950's RAF Meteor Jet Fighter Control Column Grip
1952 Signals Training Pamphlet
1955 Rifle & Bayonet Training Manual
1955 Rifle & Bayonet Training Manual
1955 Sterling Submachine Gun Manual
1956 Sterling Submachine Gun Manual
1960's French Arms & Armour Auction Catalogue
1960's RAF Vulcan Aero Engine Starter Cartridge
1960's Soviet Voctok Amphibia Diver's Watch Having a calibre 2209 movement and being waterproof to 300 metres. The Amphibia watches employed pressure sealing, utilizing external water pressure to seal the case. They are highly regarded, early ones being prized by collectors. This example lacks its bezel, it is running, though the mainspring is slipping and requires repair.
1960s Russian Vostok Wrist Watch An excellent running example of a Soviet Vostok Komandirskie 'Commander' type watch. Having a calibre 2214 18 jewel manual-wind movement, with date aperture to the face. A stylish and collectable wristwatch.
1960's-1970's RAF Fast Jet Flying Helmet An excellent original MkIAM 'bone dome' and G Type Flying Helmet. The condition throughout is excellent. An iconic RAF flying helmet combination of the Cold War era.
1960's-1970's RAF Fast Jet Flying Helmet & Oxygen Mask An excellent original MkIAM 'bone dome', G Type Flying Helmet and P Type Oxygen Mask. The condition throughout is excellent. An iconic RAF flying helmet combination of the Cold War era.
1960'sRAF Fast Jet Flying Helmet & Oxygen Mask An original MkIAM 'bone dome', G Type Flying Helmet and scarce M-Type Oxygen Mask. The G-type helmet isn't wired, and lacks the connectors for the mask, though these can be found. An iconic RAF flying helmet combination of the Cold War era.
1962 L1A3 Bayonet for the SLR Rifle
1967 RAF Mk7 Lightweight Flying Suit
1967 Royal Artillery Code and Morse Notes
1970 RAF G-Type Flying Helmet
1975 Sterling Submachine Gun Manual
1977 Sterling Sub Machine Gun Manual
1979 British Army Type D Survival Knife
19th Century 'Brighton Bun' Campaign Candlesticks Utterly delightful
19th Century Australian Aboriginal War Club A particularly pleasing waddy, a nulla-nulla of slender form. Measuring approximately 67cm and bearing typical incised linear decoration. Perhaps of eucalyptus, certainly a very dense timber, the patina is superb
19th Century Baxter print of Admiral Lord Nelson
19th Century blued steel spectacles In oncommonly fine condition
19th Century Brass Naval Canon Plaque An extremely pleasing and somewhat intriguing artefact
19th Century Briquet Sword
19th Century British Infantry Equipment Book A classic Men-at-Arms title and an essential reference
19th Century Bullet Mould
19th Century Campaign Portable Writing Desk A good example in brass-mounted oak. Of a type taken on campaign by officers from the Napoleonic period through to the Boer War.
19th Century Duke of Wellington Character Jug A delightful period example in excellent condition, circa 1852.
19th Century Gunner's Powder Horn A pleasing example of these iconic items of artillery gunnery equipment. Both the horn and nozzle are Ordnance marked. There are some cracks to the nozzle though it is sound and functioning.
19th Century Imperial Prussian / German Cartridge Pouch A rare example
19th Century Indian State Forces Bayonet
19th Century Indo-Persian Khanjar Dagger A good example, the heavy brass hilt of which has a distinctive ram's head form pommel
19th Century Magnifier Of a type commonly associated with marine chart reading. A useful instrument as well as a collectors' item
19th Century Ottoman / Islamic Scribe's Pen Case with provenance A brass divit or pen and ink case as used by scribes of the Islamic world. Of typical form and bearing struck calligraphic marks. Of particular interest is the attached label which records the fact that the divit was taken from a dead Egyptian soldier at Alexandria on the 11th of July 1882 during the Anglo-Egyptian War ..
19th Century Pistol Bullet Mould
19th Century Pocket Magnifier
19th Century Shot Flask An excellent example with Irish pattern charger
19th Century Walrus Ivory Fid An 8 inch example of these implements used by sailors for unpicking knots and the lays of rope prior to splicing. Commonplace with Royal Navy and other sailors during the age of sail, today examples are scarce and much sought after.
19th Hussars Cap Badge
19th Indian Division Bullion Flash
1st Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
1st Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
1st Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
1st Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps Cap badge
1st Canadian Army Engineers Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Canadian Army Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Canadian Corps Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Canadian Division Dental Corps Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Canadian Division Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Corps Troops Engineers Flash
1st Edition of T E Lawrence's Seven Pillars Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph is the autobiographical account of the experiences of "Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. It is a truly unique work and most certainly a classic. This is a good copy of the first trade edition of 1935.
1st Guards Armoured Brigade Flash
1st Infantry Division Flashes
1st Infantry Division Flashes
1st Infantry Division North Staffordshire Regiment Flash
1st Infantry Division Patch
1st Infantry Division Royal Artillery Printed Flash
1st Infantry Division Royal Artillery printed Flash
1st Pattern F-S Fighting Knife with provenance A very pleasing example of this iconic knife, carried by the Reconnaissance Corps driver who's medals are also listed.
1st pattern Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge
1st Royal Canadian Army Anti-Tank Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 1st Corps Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Royal Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
1st Royal Dragoons Officer's Cap
1st Welsh Regiment P'07 Bayonet A most interesting unit-marked example bearing numerous Armourers' inpsection marks suggesting this bayonet saw service during both World Wars
2 German Third Reich Propoganda Miniature Booklets One detailing the invasion of the Netherlands, the other Hitler
2 Port Task Force Royal Engineers Flash
2-Pr Artillery Shell Case A good example of this classic infantry anti-tank shell case
2-Pr Artillery Shell Case A good example of this classic infantry anti-tank shell case
20 round Thompson SMG Stick Magazine
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20mm Inert Round
20th Battalion Machine Gun Corps Photograph
21st Army Group GHQ Printed Flash
21st Army Group GHQ Printed Flash
21st Army Group LOC Troops / British Troops in France A mint unissued WWII printed example
21st Army Group Printed Flash
22nd Beach Brigade Flash
22nd Beach Brigade Flash A scarce original example
231st Infantry Brigade Flash
23rd (Southern) Corps Flash
24th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery Flash
24th Independant Guards Brigade Group Flash
24th Independant Guards Brigade Group Flashes
24th Independant Guards Brigade Group Flashes
24th Independant Guards Brigade Group Printed Flash
24th Independant Guards Brigade Group Printed Flashes
25th Indian Division Flash
27th Armoured Brigade Flash
28 ANZUK Flash
2nd Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
2nd Anti-Aircraft Division Flashes
2nd Anti-Aircraft Division Formation Sign A lovely embroidered example.
2nd Army Group Royal Artillery Flash
2nd Battalion Border Regiment Officer inter-War Ephemera Pertaining to M Smyth, formerly 11 Border.
2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry General Service Cap
2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers Piper's Feather Bonnet Badge
2nd Canadian Corps Royal Candian Engineers Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
2nd Canadian Division Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
2nd Canadian Division Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
2nd Canadian Division Ordnance Corps Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
2nd Candian Armoured Group Royal Artillery Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
2nd Infantry Division Flash
2nd Infantry Division Flash
2nd Infantry Division Flash
2nd Infantry Division Formation Patch A good machine woven example.
2nd Phase Home Guard Training Manual
2nd Volunteer Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Glengarry Badge A rare and handsome example
30 Corps Flash
30 Corps Formation Patch An excellent machine-embroidered felt example.
30 Corps printed Flash
30 round Thompson SMG Stick Magazine
30 round Thompson SMG Stick Magazine
31st Indian Armoured Division Flash
33rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Royal Artillery Flash
33rd Indian Corps Flash
3rd Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
3rd Carabiniers Cap Badge
3rd Carabiniers Cap Badge
3rd Infantry Division Flash
3rd Infantry Division Flash
3rd Infantry Division Flash
3rd Infantry Division Printed Flash
3rd Infantry Division Royal Engineers 1940 Pattern BD Blouse Retaining its original cloth insignia
3rd Infantry Division Royal Military Police BD Blouse A tailored 1945 dated Canadian Battledress blouse retaining its original insignia.
3rd Royal Canadian Anti-Tank Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
3rd Royal Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery Title
4 1939 ARP Dressings
4 Corps printed Flash
4 HM Government Mines Dressings
40th Division Printed Flash
40th Division printed Flash
42nd Infantry Division Flash Photographed as a square but in fact worn as a diamond.
43rd (Wessex) Division Printed Flash
43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division Flash
44 RTR North Somerset Yeomanry Cloth Shoulder Title
44th (Indian) Airborne Division Flash A superb ex-Battledress example, and an original example of these much reproduced flashes. The way it has been folded around a card former before sewing sugests it may have been worn on a slouch hat as a pagri badge.
44th (Indian) Airborne Division Printed Flash An excellent original example
44th Airborne Division Flash A rare original.
44th Division Flash
44th Division Flash
44th RTR North Sommerset Yeomanry Cloth Shoulder Title
46th Division Flash
47th (London) Division Flash
47th (London) Division Flash
47th (London) Division Printed Flash
47th London Division Flash
48th (South Midland Division) Flash
48th Division Flash
48th Infantry Division Flash
49th (West Riding) Division Flash
49th (West Riding) Division Flash
49th (West Riding) Division Flash
49th (West Riding) Division printed Flashes
4th Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
4th Armoured Brigade Flash
4th Armoured Brigade Flash
4th Armoured Brigade Flash
4th Armoured Brigade North Africa Casualty Medal Group An excellent WWII North Africa campaign medal and document group to Driver W F Lomax, 4th Light Armoured Guards Signals Squadron, Royal Signals. See this excellent website for further information on the 4th Armoured Brigade in North Africa
4th Divisional Signals Flash
4th Guards Brigade Flash
4th Infantry Division Printed Flash
4th Infantry Division Printed Flash A KD slip-on shoulder strap
4th Royal Canadian Anti-Tank Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Brass Shoulder Title
5 Inert WWII British Army 9mm Sten or Browning Rounds
5 original WWI Trench Photographs A rare group of postcard sized candid and authentic images of front-line trenches
5 WWII Army issue Spanners
50th (Northumberland) Division Flash
50th (Northumbrian) Division Flash
50th (Northumbrian) Division Flash
50th (Northumbrian) Division Flash
50th (Northumbrian) Division Flashes
50th Division Flashes
51st (Highland) Division Flash
51st (Highland) Division Flash
51st (Highland) Division Flash
51st (Highland) Division Printed Flash
51st (Highland) Infantry Division Flash
51st Brigade Flash
52nd (Lowland) Division Booklet
52nd (Lowland) Division Printed Flash
52nf (Lowland Scottish) Division Flash
53rd (Welsh) Division Flash
53rd (Welsh) Division printed Flash
53rd (Welsh) Division Printed Flashes
53rd (Welsh) Division Printed Flashes
54th (East Anglian) Division Flash
54th Division Flash
54th Division Flash
55th (West Lancashire) Division Flash
55th (West Lancashire) Division Flash
55th (West Lancashire) Division Flashes
55th West Lancashire Division Formation Patch An excellent as-worn machine embroidered example ex-Service/Battledress.
56th (London) Division Flash
56th (London) Division Flash
56th Division Flash
56th Division Flash
59th (Staffordshire) Division Flash
59th (Staffordshire) Division Flash
5th Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge A superb example of circa 1908-1920 with a lovely tone
5th Canadian Armoured Division Printed Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
5th Infantry Division Flash
6 WWII Deactivated .38 Revolver Rounds In original packaging.
61st Division Flash
61st Division Flash
646 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (Essex Territorials) Flash
67th Battalion (Western Scots) CEF Badge
6th Anti Aircraft Division Flash
6th Anti-Aircraft Division Printed Flash
6th Armoured Division Flash
6th Armoured Division Flash
6th Armoured Division Flash
6th Armoured Division Formation Patch A machine-embroidered example.
6th Army Group Royal Artillery Major's BD Blouse
6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry General Service Cap Faintly dated 1945
6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Cap Badge
6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
6th Infantry Brigade Flash
6th Manawatu Mounted Rifles Cap Badge
7 Period Photographic Prints, Nuremburg War Trials A group of small cards dating to 1946 and as brought back by a British Army veteran.
7.62 Drill Rounds in Belt
75mm Artillery Shell Case
78th Infantry Division Flash
78th Winnipeg Grenadiers Cap Badge
79th Armoured Division Flash
79th Armoured Divison Flash
7th Anti Aircraft Division Flash
7th Armoured Brigade Flash
7th Armoured Division Flash
7th Armoured Division Flash
7th Armoured Division Flash
7th Armoured Division Flash
7th Armoured Division Flash The second variant worn in North Africa and Italy
7th Armoured Division Flash
7th Armoured Division Flashes
7th Armoured Division Formation Patch A good machine-embroidered example.
7th Army Group Royal Artillery Flash
7th Battalion Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
7th Gurkha Rifles Shoulder Title
7th Indian Division Officer's Bullion Flash A superb example.
8 Corps Flash
8 Corps Flash
8 Corps Flashes
8 Corps Formation Patch A machine-embroidered felt example.
8 Corps Printed Flash
8 Corps Printed Flash
82nd (West Africa) Division 1945 Slouch Hat An excellent example of this extremely uncommon pattern which utilizes a lace to secure the inner sweatband to the body of the hat.
82nd (West African) Division Flash
87 Army Group Royal Artillery Flash
89th Army Group Royal Artillery (Field) Flash
8th (Irish) Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment cap Badge
8th Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
8th Armoured Division Flash
8th Army Flash
8th Army Flash
8th Army slip-on Flashes
8th Army Souvenir Cigarette Case A most unusual example
8th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard Service Certificate
8th Division HQ Sanitary Section RAMC Postcard
8th Indian Infantry Division Printed Flash
8th Indian Infantry Division Printed Flash
92nd Canadian Overseas Battalion Cap Badge
99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade Printed Flash
9ct Gold ANZAC Sweetheart Brooch
9th Anti Aircraft Division Flash
9th Battalion (Glasgow Highland) Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge
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Lay away scheme and part-exchange This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. Part-exchange is always welcome Kind regards Paul
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Lay-aside and Part-Exchange This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods or part-exchange. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time, or using part-exchange. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. With regard to discount on multiple purchases, let me know the items you are interested in and I'll try and work something out for you. All the very best Paul
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Resurgam 1940 Enamelled Lapel Badge An Anglo-French patriotic badge dating to the fall of France
Soldiers Guide to Sicily The best example of this sought after pamphlet I have encountered. These were issued to 6th Airborne Division and other troops involved in the invasion of the island.
The Story of Belsen Privately published by 113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery (Durham Light Infantry) TA.
A Georgian Curio Being a hazel nut carved with the initials TW and dated 1799. If only it could talk.
A good set of WWI British Army Binoculars A set of US-made prismatic binoculars bought in by the British Ordnance during WWI. They bear Ordnance ownership marks and have been graded S2 and serial numbered. The case too is Ordnance broad arrow stamped. The condition is superb, with only a slight haziness to the optics, though I've not cleaned them. With case and sling.
A pair of 1949 Pattern Battledress Trousers A pair of modified 1949 Pattern BD Trousers as sourced from a theatre company wardrobe. Very minor moth. Suitable for further modification for re-enactment purposes.
A Pair of original WWII 12th Army Flashes One matched pair of unissued 12th Army flashes which will be removed from the as-printed sheet I recently acquired from the family of a Second World War RAOC veteran.
A pair of Royal Tank Regiment Brass Shoulder Titles
A pair of Scottish Command Flashes
A Pair of WWII Identity Discs Named to 14784250 N HUDSON, C of E
A pair of WWII Khaki Puttees In excellent condition.
A pair of WWII Khaki Puttees In excellent condition.
A pair of WWII Type F Field Telephones
A quantity of Home Guard P'17 Stripper Clips
A rare Hodge's Patent Elastic Gun circa 1850 In 1849 Richard Edward Hodges was granted a patent for Improvements in Mechanical Purchases which are also applicable whole or in part to projectiles, which incorporated the use of 'vulcanised caoutchouc' [rubber] in bows and 'guns'. This is No. 23 of his 'Elastic' guns. Having walnut full stock fitted with rigid steel 'spreader', and engraved brass action and mounts. Overall length 120cm Another example of this type, numbered 11, is preserved in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. See H. L. Blackmore, Hunting Weapons, 1971, p. 171, p. 209 and pl. 84
A rare Hodge's Patent Elastic Gun circa 1850 Additional images
A rare pair of Georgian Sketches Commemorating Admiral Howe's victory over the French at the Battle of Ushant. Full period pieces very attractively framed. Worthy of further research.
A set of WWI General Service Buttons
AB64 - WWII Army Pay Book
Aberdeen City Royal Field Artillery Shoulder Title
Aberdeenshire Territorial Engineers Title
Admiralty Crested Needlework From a select group of hand-embroidered textiles from a descendant of the authoress Ursula Bloom. Bloom reached the Guinness Book of Records for her prolific fiction writing. She was a passionate needle worker and also wrote on this subject, some of this offering having been illustrated in one of her books, and one item of this group bearing her signature.
Admiralty Fouled Anchor Jelly Mould A charming object
Africa Star
Afrikakorps Book R J Bender and R D Law's classic refernce on the uniforms, organisation and history of the Afrikakorps
Air Ministry History of Coastal Command 1939-42
Air Ministry Morse Key
Air Training Corps Cadet Flight Sergeants' Rank Badges
Air Training Corps Shoulder Titles
Airborne Division Printed Flash
Airborne Division Printed Flash
Airborne Divisions Flash A lovely early embroidered example.
Airborne Troops Mk2 Steel Helmet A 1970's example in a large size. One liner-retaining bolt is lacking. Suitable for re-enactor use or collectable in its own right.
Airgraph
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Airgraph The concept of the airgraph is that a large number of mail items can be sent efficiently by photographing them and developing duplicates at the destination from the photogrpahic negatives. The sysptem was developed by Kodak and was first used by the British military in May 1941 to exchange mail between Great Britain and Cairo. 1700 completed pro-formas could be put on a single roll of film that weighed just 5½ ozs
AKM Bayonet
AKM type 1 Bayonet
AKM Type 2 Bayonet
AKM Type II Bayonet
Albini Braendlin Socket Bayonet
Allied Land Forces South East Asia Flash
Allied Land Forces South East Asia Flash
Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948 Peter Taylor's important study remains a key refernce in this exciting field
America's Classic Gun Makers A considerable volume
Ammunition Boots A superb post-War pair ideal for re-enactment or display.
An excellent Home Guard issue P'17 Bayonet An exceptionally good example. The bayonet itself is excellent, as is the WWI dated scabbard. It retains it's original Home Guard issue 1939 Pattern bayonet frog (which has an old repair to some of it's stitching). About as good as one could wish for.
An exceptionally fine WWI Officers' Service Dress Cap An untouched original example in superb condition
An extensive WWII Document Group An astonishing volume of correspondence between a Scottish officer serving in the Middle East and his wife. It runs to several hundred items and is most certainly the largest such archive I have seen.
An Important Provenanced Lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's Hair A hugely exciting memento of one of the greatest military leaders in history. A lock of Napoleon’s hair taken at the time of his autopsy. It is contained in a superb period burr-wood snuff box inset with a gilt metal medallion depicting relief profiles of the Emperor and his wife Marie Louise, Archduchess of Austria, after the French sculptor Paul Joseph Raymond Gayrard, (1807-1855). The box opens to reveal a tortoiseshell lined interior and a small fold of paper bearing the inscription Lock of Hair, Napoleon 1st, cut off his head after death. This contains an earlier smaller parchment enclosing the lock and inscribed I certify that the annexed Hair was taken from the head of Napoleon Buonaparte, and that the silk with which it is tied, was part of the ligature used in the sewing up of the body after examination, in my presence. James Shortt MD, Chief Medical Officer, St Helena. Napoleon was detained on St Helena from October 1815 until his death in May 1821 at the age of 51. I purchased this superb artefact from the estate of the late Ann Lady Jardine of Applegirth. This provenance is documented and verifiable.
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
An original set of WWII British Army Dog Tags
Anti-Aircraft Command Embroidered Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Flash Am unusually detailed example.
Anti-Aircraft Command Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Formation Patch An excellent machine-embroidered felt example.
Anti-Aircraft Command Printed Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Printed Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command printed Flash
Anti-Aircraft Command Printed Flashes A mint unissued pair
Anti-Aircraft Manual inlcuding Bren and 100-Round Magazine Small Arms Training Volume I, Pamphlet No 6, Anti-Aircraft, 1942. This fascinating 59 page manual primarily covers the use of the Bren in its anti-aircraft roll. Of particular interest is the section covering the illusive 100-round drum magazine for the Bren.
Anti-Gas Gloves Protective Mittens As worn over the anti-gas gloves to protect them from damage
Anti-Gas Leaflet Army Form A2022, Anti-Gas. This little aid memoire was intended to be carried in the Pay Book. Published 1941.
Anti-Gas Leaflet Army Form A2022, Anti-Gas. This little aid memoire was intended to be carried in the Pay Book. Published 1941.
Anti-Gas Ontment No 3 An excellent example with contents.
Antique Afghan Khyber Knife An exceptionally long example measuring approximately 75cm in scabbard
Antique Afghan Khyber Knife An exceptionally long example measuring approximately 75cm in scabbard
Antique African Axe An excellent example of a genuine 19th Century axe for indigenous use, rather than a tourist souvenir piece. Likely a Zambian piece from the Lozi people. This example has a lovely lignum vitae shaft with a very pleasing old patina.
Antique African Axe An excellent example of a genuine 19th Century axe for indigenous use, rather than a tourist souvenir piece.
Antique African Carved Wooden Stool An original example distinctive of the Nupe people of Nigeria. There are old repairs and genuine evidence of native use. An authentic period piece and an extremely striking item of of African ethnic art.
Antique Cannon Ball
Antique Cannon Ball Approx 2 1/2 inch dia.
Antique Canon Ball Approximately 3.5 inch diameter
Antique Dha A very handsome original ethnic example, no tourist souvenir.
Antique Firearms
Antique Gun Collecting
Antique Guns and Pistols Peter Hawkins' superb guide. A considerable volume including one thousand illustrations, and while out of print for decades, still one of the best and most useful refernces in its field. Copies are difficult to find, sought after and expensive
Antique Indo-Persian Battle Axe A large and rather decorative 19th Century steel battle axe, bearing engraved and silver koftgari caligraphic and other decoration.
Antique Indo-Persian Shield A pleasingly etched 18th-19th Century dhal of typical form and construction. The plate shows de-lamination indicative of pre-industrial hand forged plate. The decoration comprises a demonic mask at the centre of a star bust, the rays of which are divided by foliate arabesque fields with birds, wild animals and the busts of nobles or warriors, all within a broad calligraphic border and applied brass rim.
Antique James Dixon 12-Bore Cartridge Capping Tool
Antique Maasai Shield An authentic large and impressive example dating to the second half fo the 19th Century.
Antique Malayan Kris The knife itself is rather appealing with a blade length of 36 cm, however the scabbard would benefit from restoration.
Antique Musket and Sword Belt Of a type in use from the Maghreb through the Ottoman Empire as far as Indo-Persia. Fresh to the market from an old collection and rather interesting indeed
Antique Powder Flask & Accoutrements Belt Of a type in use from the Maghreb through the Ottoman Empire as far as Indo-Persia. Fresh to the market from an old collection and rather interesting indeed
Antique small Cosh
Antique Sudanese Sword An excellent example of the takoba (also takuba or takouba) as carried across the western Sahel by mounted Tuareg, Hausa and Fulani warriors. While some carry re-used European blades, this has an indigenous broadsword blade bearing characteristic preudo German cutler's marks. A handsome authentic example.
Antique Weapons
Antique Zulu Beadwork Walking Stick
Antique Zulu Iklwa Stabbing Spear The weapon that defines the Zulu warrior, tradition dictates the design is that of Shaka himself. This is an excellent authentic antique example, not a tourist souvenir piece
Antique Zulu Isijula Throwing Spear Aside from a repaired fracture to the shaft, which isn't immediately apparent, this is an excellent example of this traditional Zulu weapon. An authentic antique specimen, not a tourist souvenir piece
Antique Zulu Knobkerrie One of the most attractive I have seen in quite some time. It has an uncommonly large terminal, this being of a seldom encountered 'mushroom' form, while the shaft tapers to a point. The wood is of a variety I am unable to identify, it has an extremely distinctive grain. Approximately 65cm long, the head 10cm in diameter
Antique Zulu Knobkerrie An extremely pleasing example of the dimpled offset head variety. It has an excellent patina, fine figure and distinctive banded decoration to the shaft. Approximately 64cm long, 9cm diameter head
ANZAC Australia Shoulder Titles
April 1945 Special Order from Field Marshall Alexander of Tunis A stirring read
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Officers' Service Dress Collar Badges
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Silver Sweetheart Brooch
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Sweetheart Brooch
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Sweetheart Brooch
Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Sweetheart Brooch Collar Badge
Argyl and Sutherland Highlanders Flash
Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Plastic Cap Badge
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge with Gaunt plaque
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders large Crossbelt or Pouch Badge
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Swagger Stick A lovely example with spherical pommel and malacca shaft
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Swagger Stick A lovely example
Armament Artificer's Badge
Armourer's Instructional Chart - Lewis Machine Gun
Armourer's Instructional Chart - SMLE
Armourer's Instructional Chart - Vickers Machine Gun
Armourer's Intructional Chart - Vickers, Lewis & Hotchkiss Tripods
Armourers Instructions - Besa Machine Gun A rare volume
Armourers Instructions - Bren LMG The most detailed technical reference
Armourers Instructions - No2 Revolver
Arms & Armour at Kelvingrove A handsome guide based on examples for R L Scott's stunning collection held at Glasgow
Arms & Armour Book Illustrated with examples from the Wallace Collection
Arms & Armour of the English Civil War David Blackmore's work remains a classic. This is a hard-bound edition in dust jacket
Army Air Corps Cap Badge
Army Air Corps Cap Badge
Army Air Corps Helicopter Air Gunner Wing
Army Air Corps Plastic Cap Badge
Army Armourer / Artificer's Qualification Badge
Army Catering Corps Cloth Shoulder Title
Army Catering Corps Brass Shoulder Title
Army Catering Corps Cap Badge
Army Catering Corps Plastic Cap Badge An excellent example.
Army Catering Corps Plastic Cap Badge
Army Catering Corps Shoulder Title
Army Catering Corps Shoulder Titles
Army Catering Corps Title
Army Cavalry / Saddlery Manual This remains the best printed reference to British Army saddlery
Army Council Instruction 934 of 1944 for Home Guard
Army Council Instruction No760 of 1944 for Home Guard
Army Council Instructions 1005-1009 of 1944 for Home Guard
Army Council Instructions 872-874 1944 for Home Guard
Army Cyclist Corps Cap Badge A maker-marked example
Army Cyclist Corps Cap Badge
Army Cyclist Corps Title A scarce original example.
Army Dental Corps Cap Badge
Army Education Corps Cap Badge A good maker-marked example by Gaunt, circa 1920-1946
Army Education Corps Cap Badge
Army Education Corps Cap Badge
Army Farrier's Qualification Badge
Army Issue Monocular I adore these little isntruments. This is an excellent example in every regard, and unit marked to the elite cavalry unit the Royal Horse Guards
Army issue Pocket Watch For spares or repair
Army Issue Square Protractor An Ordnance marked and dated example.
Army Map Reading and Compass Manual
Army Map Reading Manual
Army Map Reading Manual
Army Medic's Red Cross Arm Band A machine woven example. This was bought with a quantity of WWII German cloth insignia as brought back by an Army veteran.
Army Musician's Dress Qualification Badge
Army Musician's Scarlet Tunic The buttons are replacements.
Army Musician's Arm Badge
Army Musician's Badge
Army Musician's Badge
Army Officer's Sam Browne Small Calibre Automatic Pistol Holster
Army Officer's Sword Case
Army Officer's unusual Bulova Axe Formerly the property of D F Mercer Wilson, Royal Artillery, a WWII dated Indian-made kit bag and an Indian axe known as a Bulova. The latter has a leather cover for its blade, this and the shaft bearing Mercer Wilson's name and initials respectively. As the Bulova is a fighting axe rather than a tool, and this example is named and has the appearance of a functional object rather than a decorative souvenir, it can be assumed that this Army officer considered the Bulova the 'real fighting stuff'. I am aware of another very similar example, also with leather scabbard, though having a bamboo shaft whipped and strapped in the manner of a crop, with a provenance to a Highland Regiment.
Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Army Piper's Qualification Badge
Army Re-Mount Service Cap Badge A rare example
Army Service Corps Cap Badge
Army Service Corps Officer's Cap Badge
Army Service Corps Shoulder Titles
Army Service Corps Shoulder Titles
Army Service Corps Shoulder Titles
Army Shell Dressing
Arnhem related 2nd Army Souvenir An unusual item of WWII " trench art" bearing a polaque engraved Second Army Helmond Holland September 1944.
ARP Breast Badge
ARP Breast Badge
ARP Cigarette Card Album A delightful album containing 45 of a set fo 50 cards
ARP Envelope
ARP First Aid for Gas Casualties Manual
ARP First Aid Tin
ARP Gas Mask Handbook
ARP Handbook No1
ARP Lapel Badge in Original Carton
ARP Medal and document group
ARP Overalls Breast Badge
ARP Pamphlet - How to Protect Your Home, Your Business Your City
ARP Rescue Shoulder Title
ARP Silver Lapel Badge
ARP Silver Lapel Badge
ARP Warden's Helmet With Rank Stripe A very good example of this scarce pattern
ARP Warden's Whistle
ARP Whistle
Artificer's Arm Badge
Artillery Sergeant's Brass Rank Badges
Artillery Warrant Officer's Rank Device
Artists Rifles Cap Badge
Assam Valley Light Horse Cap Badge A lovely example of a scarce Indian cavalry cap badge. (See Metal Shoulder Titles shop category for the titles which came with this badge.)
Assumed 1st Canadian Division Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Astonishing Collection of WWII Canadian Formation Patches Fresh to the market, a stunning collection of original WWII Canadian Army Battle Patches clearly formerly a military Ordnance Clothing Stores reference set as each card bears identifying annotations including stores reference numbers. It includes some exceptionally rare examples and the whole would take some considerable time and expense to replace. A unique opportunity. The badges have been affixed with a water-soluble adhesive which is now dry and can be removed with relative ease from the canvas flashes, I have shown the reverse of one patch which I have detached from the card to show how well they tidy up
Atlantic Star
Atractive 18th Century 14th Dragoons Cavalry Guidon Panel One of two such oil-on-panel representations of mid 18th Century guidons of the XIV Dragoons I have acquired. Painted to a very high standard on mahogany panels, each is attractively framed and mounted. The condition is superb. 38cm x 34cm framed.
Atractive 18th Century 14th Dragoons Cavalry Guidon Panel One of two such oil-on-panel representations of mid 18th Century guidons of the XIV Dragoons I have acquired. Painted to a very high standard on mahogany panels, each is attractively framed and mounted. The condition is superb. 37cm x 33cm framed.
ATS Brooch
ATS Brooch
ATS Brooch by Gaunt
ATS Cap Badge
ATS Cap Badge
ATS Cap Badge
ATS Officer's Bronze Cap Badge
ATS Peaked Cap A lovely original example
ATS Plastic Cap Badge
ATS Printed Shoulder Title
ATS Shoulder Titles
ATS Shoulder Titles
ATS Shoulder Titles
ATS Silver Lapel Badge These numbered badges were issued to the first volunteers
ATS Work Overalls
Attractive 1915 Silver Trench Watch While it would benefit from the watch glass being polished, this is rather a pleasing example. Larger than many encountered, it has a black enamel face with gilt numerals. It has a screw-on bezel. The face opens on a hinge to reveal the movement. In a silver case bearing London import marks for 1915. It is in running condition.
Attractive 19th Century Russian Kindjal Type Dagger A rather high quality knife of this distinctive type, having steel hilt with black composition grips, mirror-bright polished steel blade, and conforming leather-covered scabbard with steel locket and chape. A handsome and scarce example
Attractive Antique Indian Sword / Talwar A Talwar or circa 1800, having Indo-Muslim hilt decorated with silver inlay. The single-edged blade measures approximately 30 inches.
Attractive Malayan Kris A particularly handsome antique Indonesian or Malayan Kris. The carved-wood hilt is modelled as a stylised bird, with selut and mendak (hilt collars) in copper. The straight blade shows a good patina, though subtle pamor. It retains its original scabbard, the wrangka or throat of which is in buffalo horn and particularly attractive. A very handsome ethnic dagger.
Attractive Oriental Dagger / Knife A rather handsome little knife in attractive condition. I suspect a North Indian or further Eastern origin. Likely 19th or early 20th Century. Authentic ethnic rather than a tourist piece. Should you know the origin of this piece I would be delighted to hear from you.
Attractive pair of Trench Art WWI Shell Case Planters
Attractive Trench Art 37mm Pom-Pom Gun Round Engraved Thiepval Messines, 1916-1917 and purchased with the other named example also listed.
Attractive Victorian Cast Lead Door Stop Modelled as Field Marshal Wolseley. A rare example retaining its original paint finish. Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley (1833 – 1913) served in Burma, the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, China, Canada, and throughout Africa—including his Ashanti campaign and the Nile Expedition against Mahdist Sudan in 1884–85. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces from 1895 to 1900.
Attractive WWI Armistace Medal
Australian 1907 Pattern Bayonet A 1917 dated example
Australian 1915 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A mint unissued example.
Australian 1937 Pattern Webbing Holster A mint unissued WWII dated example and the only one I've ever seen.
Australian Air Force Title
Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Cap Badge
Australian Forces Shoulder Titles
Australian Legion of Ex-Serivcemen & -Women Lapel Badge
Australian P'07 Bayonet in rare Double-seamed Scabbard An Australian example of the rare double seamed scabbard. These are assumed to have been introduced as a Wartime economy, enabling the utilisation of smaller strips of leather. The pattern is distinctive in have a stitched seam and rib on both the front and back of the scabbard, with the chape having corresponding raised channels. However in the List of Changes in British War Materiel for 1920 the pattern is cancelled, 'no scabbards of this pattern having been made'. Skennerton suggests at least some samples or test runs must have been performed, as some very rare examples are recorded. The Australians did adopt the pattern during the inter-War years, this is a 1920 dated Lithgow-made example. The bayonet is also of Australian manufacture at the Orange Arsenal. I have an exceptionally rare British made example listed elsewhere on this site, bearing maker's marks of Hepburn Gale & Ross, and a 1915 date.
Austrian 1854 Lorenz Socket Bayonet
Austrian 1912 Export Bayonet Also used by the Austrian Army during WWI
Austrian Model 1873 Bayonet A unit-marked example
Austrian Model 1888 Mannlicher Bayonet
Austro-Hungarian M1867 Werndl-Holub Rifle A good unit-marked example of a rifle which saw service up until the First World War
Austro-Hungarian M1867 Werndl-Holub Rifle Additional images
Authentic Kukri A rather pleasing high quality example in carved and rattan-bound wooden scabbard
Authentic Kukri Rather an interesting example with a steel re-enforced scabbard
Autograph of Major General Townshend Major General Sir Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend KCB, DSO (21 February 1861 – 18 May 1924) led the disastrous first British Expedition against Baghdad during World War I
Auxilliary Fire Service Lapel Badge
Badges of the British Army The most useful compact study of British Army cap badges
Badges of the British Army The most useful compact study of British Army cap badges
Badges of the British Army Still the handiest single volume work in this field
Badges of the British Army 1820-1960 Still the handiest single volume work in this field
Baker Rifle Bayonet and Scabbard An extremely rare early 19th Century Baker rifle bayonet. This Volunteer variant has the seldom encountered first type stirrup hilt and retains its original brass-mounted leather scabbard. It bears no marks other than a numeric stamp to the blade near the cross guard. Baker rifle bayonets are certainly somewhat scarce, their scabbards however are exceptionally rare and this example is extremely attractive, being complete and strong. Blade 475mm, overall 595mm
Battle Honours of the British & Commonwealth Armies Baker's hugely useful refernce to the locations and honours of British and Commonwealth units. An essential reference
Bayonet Frog
Bedford GS 3-Ton Truck Handbook
Belgian Albini Braendlin Socket Bayonet
Belgian Model 1924 Bayonet In scabbard with matching serial
Belgian WWI Deportees' Cross Medal Established on 27 November 1922 by royal decree and awarded to Belgian citizens deported to Germany for forced labour during the First World War.
Belt Buckles and Brocades of the Third Reich A copy of Angolia's standard reference Belt Buckles and Brocades of the Third Reich published by Bender in 1982. The first edition of this superb book. Running to some 192 pages it remains an essential reference for the collector in this field.
Bender Classic title on the Luftwaffe Curiuosly signed by a Laftwaffe aircrew veteran
Bender title - Air Organizations of the Third Reich
Bess
Bess 2
Biography of Waffen SS Panzer Commander Jochen Peiper
Black and Green Feather Hackle
Black Feather Hackle As worn by the Cameronians, Royal Ulster Rifles and No 9 Commando
Black Felt Circular Badge Backing
Black Watch Cap Badge An example with pin-back.
Black Watch Cap Badge
Black Watch Cap Badge
Black Watch Feather Hackle
Black Watch Glengarry Badge
Black Watch Hackle
Black Watch Sweetheart Brooch
Black Watch Tartan Flash
Blue Feather Hackle
Boer War - WWI HMS Powerful Cap Tally HMS Powerful being one of the two vessels the crews of which played such a famous part in the relief of Ladysmith, it later served in China during the Boxer uprising.
Boer War - WWI Lord Kitchener Patriotic Pin Badge
Boer War - WWI Officer's Water Bottle
Boer War / WWI British Soldier's Razor An excellent example, the horn grip scales of which have been branded with the soldier's initials and service number.
Boer War / WWI Printed Cotton Bandage
Boer War / WWI Printed Cotton Bandage
Boer War Chocolate Tin An extremely fine example
Boer War Everlasting Silver Leaves Cape Town Souvenir
Boer War Goss China Miniature Jug
Boer War Lord Roberts Memento
Boer War Mounted Infantry Bandolier A very good example of the Bandolier, 50 Rounds, Mounted Infantry, Pattern 1897. Extremely well marked and 1900 dated.
Boer War Mounted Infantry Leather Bandolier A unit marked example
Boer War Norfolk Regiment CDV An excellent study
Boer War period British Military Water Bottle
Boer War Period Ordnance Issue Clinometer Case An excellent and well-marked example bearing an 1890's date.
Boer War period Triangular Bandage
Boer War Portrait Photograph
Boer War Royal Fusiliers Carved Wooden Pipe A lovely example
Boer War Seige of Kimberley Sweetheart Brooch Being a handsomely gold-mounted and engraved rifle bullet
Boer War Soldiers' New Testament
Boer War Souvenir Brooched 1895 Shilling Coin
Boiled Sweets Ration Tin
Book of WWII Naval and Air Force Uniforms & Clothing A useful and comprehensive reference
Book on Antique Firearms
Book on Army Badges & Insignia of WWII A very useful and comprehensive reference
Book on Army Badges & Insignia of WWII
Book on British & Commonwealth Special Forces Insignia
Book on British Army Regimental Badges A working copy of this classic
Book on Dutch Army Cap Badges
Book on German Third Reich Uniforms
Book on great Naval Battles of the 20th Century
Book on Identifying Fake German Third Reich Daggers A working copy in damped condition
Book on Military Head Dress Rather a useful reference
Book on Naval & Marine Badges of WWII An extremely useful volume
Book on Pistols of the World
Book on Second World War Japanese Infantry
Book on Soviet Uniforms & Insignia post-1945
Book on the German Soldier on the Eastern Front Another insightful study by James Lucas
Book on the Waffen SS in Russia
Book on Ukrainian Volunteer Division of the Waffen SS
Book on US Army Cloth Insignia from 1941
Book on Volunteer Militaria The standard reference
Book on War Correspondents of the US Civil War
Book on Weapons of the Falklands War
Book on World Army Uniforms of WWII and later
Book on WWI Naval Aviation
Book on WWII Army Badges & Insignia
Book on WWII German Military Uniforms & Insignia
Book on WWII RAF Aircraft A signed copy of this excellent work
Boook on Army Uniforms of WWII
Border Regimant Officer's Silver-topped Swagger Stick
Border Regiment at Arnhem Alan Green's excellent account
Border Regiment Brass Shoulder Titles
Border Regiment Brooched Cap Badge Apparently silver plated
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge An unusually crisp stamping
Border Regiment Cap Badge
Border Regiment Cap Badge A Gaunt marked example
Border Regiment Collar Badges
Border Regiment Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch
Border Regiment Field Service Cap
Border Regiment Officer's Cap Badge
Border Regiment Officer's Field Service Cap
Border Regiment Officer's Service Dress Collar Badges
Border Regiment Officer's Cap Badge
Border Regiment OR's Collar Badges
Border Regiment OR's Collar Badges
Border Regiment Pre-1915 Full Dress Frock A scarce pre-1914 scarlet frock bearing Border Regiment collar badges and brass General Service buttons. It shows evidence of once having a Longs Service & Good Conduct chevron to the left forearm and it has loops allowing the wearing of musician's swallow's nests. There is evidence of the original paper label and various issue marks. One brass belt hook is lacking though easily replaced. A good clean example.
Border Regiment Shoulder Title
Border Regiment Shoulder Title
Border Regiment Shoulder Title
Border Regiment Shoulder Title
Border Regiment Shoulder Titles
Border Regiment Silk Work Runner
Border Regiment slip-on Shoulder Title
Border Regiment Staybrite Cap Badge One of the more short-lived anodised aluminium cap badges
Border Regiment Swagger Stick
Border Regiment Swagger Stick
Border Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Border Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Border Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Border Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Border Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Bore Viewer An excellent and well marked example.
Boxed ARP silver Lapel Badge
Boxed WWI Stereoviews A group of 38 First World War stereoviews from Realistic Travels. Complete in their original book-form slip-case. I collect stereoviews and I commend the subject to you all, their study brings the First World War to vivid life. Viewers can be obtained for around £20. They retail typically for between £3 and £15 each singly, making boxed groups like this incredible value.
Boys Anti Tank Rifle Hexagonal Socket
Brass Button Stick A standard brass example as carried in the washing and shaving kit roll.
Brass Button Stick A maker-marked example.
Brass Button Stick
Brass Button Stick
Brass Button Stick
Brass Button Stick An uncommonly large hand-made example bearing its original owner's service number
Brass Button Stick / Equipment Protector The only example I've encountered marked Service Supply
Brass Kit Bag Lock.
Bren Gun Bas Vent Reamers
Bren Gun Fowling Tool
Bren Gun Gas Vent Reamers
Bren Gun Mop & Brush
Bren Gun Spares and Tools Kit
Bren Gun Transit Chest
Bren Gunner Arm Badge
Bren Gunner Arm Badge
Bren LMG Double Pull Through
Bren LMG Manual This superb WWII Gale & Polden publication is one of the most attractive on the Bren
Bren Machine Gun Magazine Box A wartime manufactured Bren magazine chest with a post-War paint finish but bearing the embossed Wartime manufacturer's code N48 of Moffats Ltd of Blackburn. What makes this scarce is that fact that it contains 12 magazines each selected on the basis of having the early-War piled-rifles stamp of BSA.
Bren Machine Gun Tropical Cover An unissued post-War example
Bren Magazine
Bren Magazine
Bren Magazine
Bren Magazine Carrier
Bren Oil Bottle
Bren Pull Through
Bren Pull-Through
Bren Spare Barrel Carrier An un-marked used example
Brindiv Flash A printed Union Flag flash worn by the British Indian Division or Brindiv, part of the British Commonwealth Occupation (Japan).
BRINDIV formation patch As worn by Japan occupation forces
British & Commonwealth Special Forces Insignia A scarce copy of James Shortt's Special Forces Insignia, British & Commonwealth Units, an illustrated guide for Collectors. Published in 1988 and now rather difficult to come by.
British 1913 Pattern Bayonet A very good 1916 dated example by Remington
British Armed Forces 1 Penny Token
British Armed Forces 3d Note A mint example
British Armed Forces 6d Note A mint example
British Army Buff Leather Crossbelt A scarce OR's crossbelt found with some 1888 Slade Wallace Pattern belts.
British Army Personal Equipment 1903-1937 A rare copy of Mike Chappell's sought after title Personal Equipment 1903-1937 from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
British Battledress Book A classic Men-at-Arms title and an essential reference
British Cavalry Equipment Book A classic Men-at-Arms title and an essential reference
British Cavalry Head Dress Book WY Carman's superb work Head Dresses of the British Army - Cavalry. Still a standard reference.
British Cavalry Lance Penon A very seldom encountered item.
British Cavalry Sabretaches, Standard Reference William Y Carman's standard work on the subject, Full Dress Sabretaches of the British Army. Published by the Military Historical Society in 2000 and running to some 72 pages of detailed text supported by photographic illustrations.
British Cavalry Sword Book The most useful reference on the subject
British Commonwealth (Japan) Occupation Forces Flashes Lovely officer-quality examples
British Commonwealth (Japan) Occupation Forces Flashes
British GS MkII Pocket Watch Running intermittently
British Issue US-manufactured Binoculars A scarce set of WWII 6x30 binoculars by the US firm Bausch & Lomb. They bear British Ordnance broad arrow marks indicating adoption by the British military. In excellent condition throughout.
British leather Bayonet Frog
British manual on the Thompson Machine Gun, 1942 Small Arms Training Pamphlet No 21, The Thompson Machine Carbine, 1942. The British perspective on this classic arm.
British Military Badges Book Roger Capewell's extremely comprehensive guide
British Military Morse Key A Key, Contact, No. 1.
British Military Uniforms from Contemporary Pictures By W Y Carman
British Red Cross Shoulder Titles
British Reinforcement Training Centre India Flash
British Sniper issue Scout Regiment Telescope An excellent example of this much sought after instrument with excellent optics and just minor paint loss
British Trooops in France printed Flash
British Troops in Berlin Flash
British Troops in Berlin Formation Patch An excellent machine-woven example.
British Troops in France printed Flash
British War Medal With uncommon DM-2 Mechanical Transport Driver Learner prefix to service number
British War Medal To 1281 Private A T Mustin, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
British X2E1 Troop Trial Bayonet for the FN FAL Rifle
Bronze Close Combat Clasp Part of a small collection of original WWII German war booty I have recently acquired, fresh to the market and never previously in a collection
Brooched Border Regiment Cap Badge
Brooched Inns of Court OTC Officer's Service Dress Cap Badge
Brooched Light Infantry Badge
Brooched Victorian General Service Button
Brown Bess Bayonet
Brown Bess Bayonet An 18th Century Land Pattern musket bayonet with 15 inch blade. (MRD approx. 25mm, socket approx. 3.75 inch)
Brown Bess Bayonet with India Catch An exceptional example
Brown Bess Socket Bayonet An excellent example with rack number engraved on socket
Brown enamel Mug
Bruce Bairnsfather's 'Fragments from France' The best set I've seen, complete with the extremely rare binder.
Brunswick Rifle Bayonet A good second pattern variant bearing issue marks of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The locking catch internal spring is lacking.
Buff Leather Cross Belt for Sword Of the pattern of the 18th and early 19th Centuries I suspect this is either a military pageant example or old reproduction. It is hand stitched to a high standard in good buff leather, the outside of which retains an original pipe-clay finish. There is evidence of it having been worn with an oval cross belt plate. There is a hand-written date 1804 inside though I take this to be spurious. The leather is strong and supple. A good example for display or re-enactment purposes.
Buff Leather Cross Belt Strap
Buff Leather Frog for the 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet An example of a General Service Mark II bayonet frog bearing the 1914 modification allowing carriage of the P'07 Bayonet. The modification comprised the insertion of a patch of leather into the throat of the frog, forcing it to closely follow the contours of the scabbard chape, thus allowing the hooked quillon to clear the leather. In excellent condition throughout.
Buff Leather Parade Bayonet Frog A scarce buff leather frog as issued with SLR bayonet.
Buff Leather Rifle Sling
Buff Leather Waist Belt Locket Clasp Buckle
Bullion Shoulder Rank Crowns
Burma Star
Burma Star Medal Group
Burma Star Medal Group
Burma Star with Pacific Clasp
Bust of Winston Churchill Circa 1940's - 1950's, standing just a few inches high, sculpted to a high standard and manufactured in a black basalt like composition medium not unlike Vulcanite
Button Stick
Buttons of the British Army 1855-1970 Howard Ripley's standard reference on the subject. Printed in 1979, running to some 64 pages and illustrating 670 buttons. This is an ex-library copy exhibiting the usual flaws though sound.
Buttons of the British Army 1855-1970 Howard Ripley's standard reference on the subject. Printed in 1979, running to some 64 pages and illustrating 670 buttons. Still an essential reference, and difficult to find.
Cab Badge Backings & Special Embelishments of the British Army A superb reference. Copies are scarce and much sought after
Cadet Proficiency Badge
Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge retaining its original tartan cloth backing
Cameron Highlanders Officer's Cuff Rank Service Dress Tunic Lacking some buttons and badly mothed. formerly belonging to Captain J A S Munro. Purchased from the estate of the Late Sir Hector Munro
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) & 445 LAA Regt RA Tartan Flash
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) & 445 LAA Regt RA Tartan Flash
Cameronians Cap Badge
Cameronians Cap Badge
Cameronians Cap Badge
Cameronians Medal Pair A British War and Victory Medal pair to 36072 Private J Peden, Scottish Rifles
Cameronians Medal Pair with Silver Wound Badge A British War and Victory Medal pair with Silver Wound Badge to 83356 Private J Robertson, Scottish Rifles
Cameronians Sweetheart Brooch
Camouflage scarf/veil
Camouflage Uniforms of the Waffen SS The best book in its field
Camouflaged 1944 MkIII Steel Helmet
Canada Shoulder Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Canada Shoulder Titles
Canada Sweetheart Brooch
Canadain Battledress Blouse Size 12 and 1943 dated. The collar has been faced for wear by an officer and the insignia has been removed. In excellent condition with some marks, though at present un-cleaned.
Canadian 1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier
Canadian 1937 Pattern Webbing Basic Pouches
Canadian Air Force Title
Canadian Air Force Title
Canadian Armoured Corps Printed Shoulder Title
Canadian Armoured Corps Printed Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Canadian Bren Magazine A mint MkI* by John Inglis.
Canadian Forestry Corps Cap Badge
Canadian General List Cap Badge
Canadian General Service Lapel Badge As issued to Services personnel who 'honourably ceased to serve on active service', the equivalent of the Silver War badge. Like the latter they were individually numbered and can be researched.
Canadian Helmet Chin Strap
Canadian Lee Enfield Rifle Sling
Canadian Military Headquarters Formation Patches
Canadian Military Headquarters Printed Flash Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Canadian Military Headquarters Printed Flash
Canadian No4 Bayonet A good Longbranch example with webbing frog
Canadian P'37 Pistol Ammunition Pouch Another rare item of 1937 Pattern equipment, the Canadian-manufactured pistol ammunition pouch. A mint example.
Canadian P'37 Support Straps For wear with the Pack
Canadian WWII No4 MkI Bayonet for the No4 Lee Enfield A Longbranch example
Canal Zone South District (Middle East Land Forces) Printed Flash
Cap Badge Backings & Special Embelishments of the British Army A superb reference. Copies are scarce and much sought after
Cape Town Rifles Cap Badge
Captain's Rank Pips On a khaki ground as used on First World War cuff rank tunics and early Second Word War Battledress prior to the adoption of arm-of-service coloured backings
Carnforth ARP Cloth Badge
Case for No5 Binoculars
Cased German Third Reich Mother's Cross in Gold
Cased Third Reich Iron Cross First Class A good example by Alois Rettenmeyer of Schwäbisch-Gmünd and bearing the firm's code L59. Of subtly domed form and high quality.
Catalogue of Arms & Armour at the Wallace Collection This three volume work remains of great import in this field
Catalogue of the Sword Collection at York Castle Museum A useful though seldom encountered reference.
Catterick Garrison Flash
Catterick Garrison Flash
Cavalry / Mounted Officer's Pantaloons
Cavalry Buff Leather Sword Knot One strap shortened
Cavalry Spurs An unusual pair the rowels of which have been fabricated from 1920's dated Palestine coins
CC41 marked Utility Beret The CC41 mark was used during WWII to denote a Controlled Commodity, in this instance an item of clothing that met the government's austerity regulations
Central Mediterranean Force Victory Thanksgiving Service Programme
Central Midland District / East Central District printed Flash
Channel Islands Souvenir WWII German Cannon Shells
Charming 48th Division Christmas 1917 Card In original frame and mount
Charming WWI Anti-German Tank Money Box A delight of an item.
Charming WWII RAF Heaton Park Booklet
Charming WWII RAF Sweetheart Brooch A scarce and stylish example set with brilliants.
Charming WWII Trench Art Ash Trays
Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge
Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge
Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge
Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge
Cheshire Regiment Printed Shoulder Title
Cheshire Regiment Shoulder Title
Cheshire Regiment Staybright Cap Badge
Cheshire Regiment Sweetheart Broosh
Chindit Flash An excellent example of this iconic badge
Christies Auction Catalogue of Antique Arms & Armour That of a fine private collection
Cine Camera as carried during WWII Recently acquired from a descendant of its original owner, an example with jungle green canvas outer cover as manufactured in the Far East when this camera was used by a British Army soldier.
Civil Defence 'Headquarters' Shoulder Title
Civil Defence 'Signal' Shoulder Title
Civil Defence Arm Band
Civil Defence Breast Badge
Civil Defence Casualty Collection Brassard
Civil Defence Corps Breast Badge
Civil Defence Corps Lapel Badge
Civil Defence First Aid Party Officer's Helmet
Civil Defence issue Leather Anklets
Civil Defence Leaflet No. 1, 1939 Some Things You Should Know if War Should Come
Civil Defence printed Arm Band
Civilian Respirator in Carrying Tin A large sized example
Classic Boer War History An excellent five volume set
Classic book - Weapons of the British Soldier
Classic book on the Uniforms & History of the Scottish Regiments
Classic book on WWII German Army Uniforms & Insignia Davis' work remains the best single volume work in this field
Classic Commando Fighting Manual, Fairbairn's 'All-In Fighting' A scarce original of a much reproduced manual, Captain W E Fairbairn's "All-In Fighting". Fairbairn is remembered to this day as the co-designer of the FS Fighting Knife and Smatchet, both of which are illustrated in this book. Captain Fairbairn served pre-War with the Shanghai Municipal Police, the martial arts he learnt in this role he brought to bear when asked to train Britain’s early Commandos and Paratroops. His book on the subject remains the most sought after of it's kind. Published in 1943 and well illustrated, a true classic.
Classic History of British Cavalry
Classic history of British Sniping Captain Shore's With British Snipers to the Reich
Classic History of the 52nd Lowland Division One of the most sought after of WWII British Army unit histories
Classic History of the Regiments and Uniforms of the British Army
Classic History of the Regiments of London
Classic History of the Uniforms of the British Army
Classic WWI Memoir and Sniping History Hesketh-Pritchard's Sniping in France
Classic WWII Air Raid Warden's Steel Helmet A good example of a WWII ARP Warden's helmet. Both shell and liner are 1939 dated, while the latter is also marked size 7. It retains most of it's original factory-applied black finish, the liner is supple and the chinstrap retains it's elasticity.
Clip of .303 Cartridges An inert clip with matching WWII dated head stamps, the rounds are a little loose.
Clip of .303 Drill Rounds
Clip of Drill .303 Rounds
Clip of Drill MkVI .303 Rounds
Clip of Home Guard issue Rifle Drill Rounds .30-06 rounds, or pre-War manufacture, the cases drilled and the rounds nickel pated. It is said these were converted for drill use by Parker Hale, this example being from a batch discovered at the firms premises
Clip of inert .303 Rifle Rounds
Clip of inert Home Guard .30-06 Rifle Rounds
Clip of Inert WWI German 7.92 Rounds
Clip of Inert WWI German 7.92 Rounds
Clip of inert WWII .303 Rounds Comprising early War dated rounds of MkVIIIZ ammunition (the suffix denoted nitro- rather than cordite propellant)
Clip of MkVI Drill .303 Rifle Rounds
Clip of post-War .303 Drill Rounds
Clip of WWI .303 Drill Rounds
Cloth Insignia of the SA Angolia's standard reference remains un-surpassed
Cloth Insignia of the SS Angolia's masterpiece as published by R J Bender. Still the best reference. Copies are difficult to find.
Cobham Aicraft Badge
Cold War Civil Defence Arm Band
Cold War Civil Defence Corps Headquarters Brassard
Cold War Nuclear Attack Survival Information Pack Quite chilling
Coldstream Guards Bullion Badge A superb badge.
Coldstream Guards Cap Badge
Coldstream Guards Sergeants' Cap Badge The white metal variant peculiar to this rank.
Collecting Anodised Cap Badges Peter Taylor's study
Collecting WWII Militaria A good general and introductory reference
Colt Automatic Pistols 1896-1955 The introduction to this scarce volume reads Here, for the first time, is a single volume devoted to the 'complete story' of the Colt Automatic Pistol from 1896 to the present. . . . Every Colt, from .22 to .45 caliber, is illustrated by a series of plates that depict the complete range of prototype, experimental and variant commercial forms
Colt Firearms Catalogue
Combinded Operations Flashes
Combined Operations Flash
Combined Operations printed Flash
Commando / Para Toggle Rope An excellent original example.
Commando Shoulder Title A variant associated with 2 Commando
Commercial small leather map case Found with a WWI compass and trench map
Complete Anti-Gas Ointment No1
Complete Anti-Gas Ointment No2
Complete Anti-Gas Ointment No5
Complete Anti-Gas Ointment No6 for Tropical Use
Complete Anti-Gas Ontment No3
Complete clip of Boys Anti-Tank Rifle Ammunition A rare clip of inert rounds for the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle. I have seen individual rounds priced at up to £25 each recently! Please do get in touch should you have a Boys, PIAT or 2" Mortar for sale
Comrades of the Great War Lapel Badge
Control Commission Germany Flash
Coporal's Rank Chevrons
Corporal's Stripes
Corporal's Tropical Rank Chevrons
Corporals' Rank Chevrons
Corps of Military Police Brass Shoulder Titles
Cotton Bandolier A good cotton bandolier for 10 5-round clips of .303 ammunition. It bears an unidentified printed stamp Avondale.
Cotton Handkerchief
Crimean War Period Framed Pot Lid A lovely mid 19th Century Pratt ware pot lid bearing a poignant vignet entitled War and depicting a cuirassier and his downed mount. It is very pleasingly presented in an ebonised frame.
Crude Trench/ Fighting Knife
Current British Military issue SA80 Bayonet
Current issue Royal Navy Divers' Knife Bearing NATO stores marks and complete with optional deep sea cast brass scabbard
Current L-Series Practice Grenade
Cyprus District Printed Flash
Czech VZ24 Bayonet
Czech VZ24 Bayonet
D-Shaped Mess Tins Slightly smaller and more rounded than most encountered
Daggers, Bayonets & Fighting Knives of Hitler's Germany
DCLI Shoulder Title
De-activated Bren MkI A good de-activated MkI Bren from my own collection. Manufactured at Enfield in 1941, it is serial numbered L3467. Since the photographs were taken, the bipod has been replaced with a MkI adjustable set. An ex New Zealand gun with NZ Ordnance stamps, de-activated in 1995. A lovely example. Sorry, the butt strap and AA butt handle are not included in the sale. For sale within the UK only..
Deacivated WWII German P38 Pistol An extremely fine example. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated .303 Martini Enfield Rifle Additional images
Deactivated .303 Martini Enfield Rifle A 1901 dated example of this seldom encountered Boer War era rifle. These saw service into the First World War, indeed they were carried by Lawence of Arabia's irregular troops during the Arab Revolt. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated 1912 MkIII SMLE A scarce example of this pattern. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated 1915 SMLE MkIII* Rifle Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated 1916 MkIII Flare Pistol An excellent example by Cogswell & Harrison, with matching serials and in excellent condition. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated 1918 SMLE An Ishapore example. Sorry, for slae within the UK only
Deactivated 1943 No4 Lee Enfield Rifle Further images
Deactivated 1943 No4 Lee Enfield Rifle An early specification deactivation. Certificate lacking, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated AK74 Assault Rifle The standard rifle of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and numerous other nations. A direct descendant of the iconic AK47 via the AKM. In stunning condition. Sorry, for sale within the UK only, certificate lacking
Deactivated Boer War period Long Lee Enfield Rifle Additional images
Deactivated Boer War period Long Lee Enfield Rifle A pleasing example of the standard British service rifle of the Boer War, which continued in use into the First World War in its charger-loading variant. Manufactured at Enfield in 1900. While the bolt is a later replacement, the gun retains it long range volley sights and a good degree of original blued finish. Of particular note is the original patina on the stock, which is exceptional; most encountered have been stripped and re-oiled or waxed. It can be stripped, cocked and 'dry fired'. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Bren MKIII Airborne Light Machine Gun An original MkIII Bren, a shorter and lighter version introduced in 1944 for airborne and jungle use. This excellent example has matching serial numbers to both top and bottom halves of the main body, and also the barrel locking lever, (unlike most encountered, which tend to be heterogeneous). Good examples such as this are seldom encountered. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated Bren MKIII Airborne Light Machine Gun Additional images
Deactivated clip of WWII Garand Ammo A superb clip of 3006 rounds, each 1943 dated.
Deactivated Colt .38 Police Positive Revolver A handsome example of this classic Colt revolver. During WWII the British War Office procured these to augment supplies of revolvers to the Armed Services. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Home Guard Drill Purpose .303 P'14 Rifle A very pleasing example of the P'14 Rifle as used by the British Army during the First World War and the Home Guard during WWII. This is an original untouched DP example, with matching serial numbers and stamps throughout, an entirely homogenous gun. Deactivated in 1988. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Imperial German / Ottoman Turkish Gewehr 88 Rifle A very good example of this fascinating rifle. The so-called 'Commission' rifle saw service in Germany's colonial Wars and the Boxer uprising. It was a front line rifle during the First World War until 1915 when supplies of the G98 increased. Many like this example were subsequently supplied to the Ottoman / Turkish military. The example offered here was manufactured at Danzig in 1890, being officially converted to take the 'Spitzer' round in 1914. It cocks and 'dry' fires. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated Imperial German / Ottoman Turkish Gewehr 88 Rifle Additional images
Deactivated Imperial German Gewehr 98 Rifle A 1917 Mauser example of the standard issue rifle of Imperial Germany during WWI. Sorry, for sale within the UK only, certificate lacking
Deactivated Imperial German Mauser K98az A superb pre-WWI manufactured example of this carbine commonly associated with Germany's Storm Troops. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated Imperial German Mauser K98az Additional images
Deactivated Lee Metford MkI* Manufactured by BSA at Sparkbrook in 1894. The rear volley site is I suspect a modern replacement. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated Lee Metford MkI* Additional images
Deactivated M1870/87/15 Italian Vetterli-Vitali Rifle A good example of these fascinating rifles, upon introduction the most advanced design to date. Swiss in origin, this is one of those modified to take the Caracano cartridge for use by Italian forces during the First World War.
Deactivated M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle An example of the Browning Automatic Rifle as used by the US during both World Wars and indeed issued the the Home Guard during the Second World War (the standard webbing pouches issued to the Home Guard were specifically designed to carry BAR magazines). Included with the gun is a BAR ammunition belt. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated MkII Bren Light Machine Gun A very good example made by Inglis in 1943. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated MKII Sten Submachine Gun An excellent current specifiation decativated Sten with moving rear bolt section. Certificate lacking. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated No2 MkI Revolver The standard service revolver of the British Army during WWII. This example has a clear barrel, cocks and dry-fires. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated No2 MkI* Tank Crew Revolver An excellent old-spec example manufactured by Albion Motors of Glasgow; Albion examples are scarce by comparison to those manufactured at Enfield. The pistol has matching serials and clear chambers. An extremely attractive example. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Russian Moisin Nagant Rifle A 1935 dated example lacking its cleaning rod. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Smith & Wesson .38 Victory Revolver A good example of this classic WWII British Service sidearm. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated Smith & Wesson .38 Victory Revolver A good example of this classic WWII British Service sidearm. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated SMLE A very good example with complete stock and a good original blued finish to the to the metal parts. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated SMLE MkIII* Factory repaired in India in 1970, at which time the original manufacturer's name and date of manufacture were erased and overstruck. With matching serials, the stock has a very pleasing patina, and the butt disc bears the date 1934. Certificate lacking. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Deactivated Soviet Bloc AK47 To current Home Office specification
Deactivated WWI German Gewehr 98 Rifle Bearing a unit-marked but disc allowing further research. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWI German Hebel Flare Pistol A lovely example of this iconic souvenir of the trench war. Manufactured by Bohling & Eschrich. With certificate. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Deactivated WWI Imperial German Hebel Flare Pistol The best example you are likely to encounter, with matching serials throughout and retaining most of its original finish. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII 2-inch Mortar An excellent example complete with sight. These are now extremely scarce. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII Enfield No2 .38 Revolver An excellent spur-less example as issued to tank crew. With matching serial numbers throughout. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII German K98 Rather an attractive 1940 dated example by Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, bearing their code 660. Not an ex-Russian example, indeed it bear Nitro Proof stamps indicating it was a live firearm in the hands of a UK shooter prior to being deactivated. Complete with matching serial numbered bolt, sling and cleaning rod. An extremely pleasing example. Sorry, for sale in the UK only, certificate lacking
Deactivated WWII German K98k Rifle An attractive example, well stamped and complete with cleaning rod. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII German MG42 Machine Gun A very good profusely Waffenamt stamped example of this iconic gun. The limited numbers of these guns made available to the wholesale market some years ago are now sold through, the market now being reliant on guns being freed from private collections. As a result prices are steadily rising, I have recently seen such priced at up to £1450. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII German MP44 Sturmgewehr An old-spec. deactivated MP44. Manufactured in 1944 and in lovely condition. The magazine is a post-War example and there is a welded repair to the lower hand guard. Variously Waffenampt stamped and with matching serial numbers. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Deactivated WWII Soviet Russian Moisin Nagant Carbine A very good 1944 dated example. Deactivated in 1994, certificate lacking. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Deactivated WWII Webley MkIV .38 Calibre Revolver Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Dean Close School OTC Swagger Stick
December 1914 German Naval Bombardment of Scarborough Postcard
Defence & 1939-45 War Medals
Defence Medal Ribbon A complete roll
Delightful & rare Military Tailors Catalogue A gem of a publication
Delightful Bronze Armistice Medal
Delightful Crimean War Period Staffordshire Figure An original mid-19th Century piece and certainly one of the most charming I've ever seen. 33.5cm high
Delightful Georgian Scottish Snuff Mull A lovely example of these most charming of personal possessions of the Georgian officer or gentleman. Of traditional form and bearing the original owners name and date 1829 in cursive script.
Delightful Imperial German Pipe The porcelain bowl bearing an entitled portrait of Generafeldmarschel v. Hindenburg. In excellent condion throughout.
Delightful Napoleonic Period Wellington Token John Picard's copper halfpenny token of the Peninsular War period.
Delightful pair of 1916 German Trench Art Vases
Delightful Tank Teapot An instant success when first released between the Wars, known as the 'Ole Bill' teapot. At the outbreak of WW2, the teapot again sold in record numbers-when it was noticed that the soldier's face bore a remarkable resemblance to that of Winston Churchill. Now reproduced, this is an original example. Aside from a small chip to the underside of the lid, not visible when on the pot, and the usual glaze cracks and crazing, the condition is most attractive
Delightful WWII ATS Booklet
Delightful WWII Printed Handkerchief
Delightful WWII RAF Sweetheart Side Cap A rather charming little WWII miniature side cap decorated with a set of of RAF wings hand-embroidered to a very high standard. Likely a gift for a sweetheart. A lovely object. 16cm long.
Derbyshire Yeomanry Cap Badge
Devonshire Regiment Cap Badge
Devonshire Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Devonshire Regiment Printed Flash
Dictionary of Military Uniforms Another extremely informative work by W Y Carman
Distinctive MkII Steel Helmet An excellent example, and certainly one of the most interesting I've handled in quite some time. What makes it striking is the extremely heavy and textured application of brown camouflage paint; I've not before seen one quite like this.
DLI Cap Badge
DLI Cap Badge
DLI Lieutenant's BD Blouse A US-made War Assistance Battle Dress Blouse retaining its original, if poorly applied, insignia.
DLI Officer's Field Service Cap The cap badge in assayed silver
Dress Regulations for the Army 1934 An extremely rare original of the 1934 Dress Regulations covering the uniforms, insignia and accoutrements of officers of the British Army. A primary reference source. Printed in large format it runs to some 192 pages plus some superb trade advertisements from military tailors and outfitters of the time. There is a tape repair to the sine, else excellent. And essential source of reference for the collector in this field.
Dress Regulations for the Army, 1846 A primary source for students of the uniforms of this period
Driver's Army Badge
Drivers' Trade Badge An excellent example.
Driver's Arm Badge A lovely example of the Internal Combustion Engine Qualified Drivers' forearm badge.
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Cap Badge
Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Cap Badge
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding of Yorkshire) Regiment Cap Badge
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment Cap Badge Rather unusual in having the slider stamped with an issue number.
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment Cap Badge
Duke of Wellington's Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Dulwich College OTC White Metal Shoulder Title
Dummy 20mm Round
Dunkirk Veteran's Award Document Group
Durham Light Infantry Cap Badge
Durham Light Infantry Officer's Field Service Cap An original issue example retaining bronze buttons of the DLI indicating wear by an officer of that regiment.
Durham Light Infantry Plastic Cap Badge
Durham Light Infantry Sweetheart Brooch
Durham Light Infantry Sweetheart Brooch In silver and tortoiseshell
Early 18th Century Socket Bayonet The blade having been reduced
Early 19th Century Briquet Short Sword
Early 19th Century Briquet Short Sword
Early 20th Century Army Officer's Swagger Stick with blade
Early 20th Century Dutch Army Kepi Of the pattern worn in the Indies
Early 20th Century Royal Fusiliers Racoon Skin Cap An example of the seal skin cap with original white plume and badge
Early 20th Century Steel Knuckles One of two recently acquired, both formerly the property of a Second World War Royal Marine Commando
Early Allmark title on Luftwaffe Uniforms
Early ARP Overall Breast Badge
Early Beaufort Whistle
Early Buff Leather Frog Circa 1850's-1860's
Early Energa Anti-Tank Grenade A very good practice example of this classic rifle-launched anti-tank grenade.
Early Fleet Air Arm D-Type Flying Helmet A very good early production example, having leather chin strap with Bennet buckle, and fittings compatible with D-, E- and G-Type masks, it is complete with original Gosport tubes. Air Ministry and size markings are clear. The crown lining bears the name of its original owner, one E Richardson, warranting further research. Richardson's uniforms are listed elsewhere on this site, use the search tool to locate it
Early General Service Respirator An excellent example in an early variant haversack. It retains its original owner's identity disc. Interestingly the haversack has plywood panels loosely inserted to give it a very smart appearance when slung.
Early Jersey German Military Underground Hospital Guides
Early King's Liverpool Regiment Shoulder Title
Early Military Kukri A rather interesting example. The knife itself conforms to later military patterns in having riveted wooden grips, steel pommel cap and bolster, the blade is subtly hollow ground. The scabbard, albeit bearing a later leather patch, is of interest in having a horizontal rib parallel to and just below the throat, this marrying with the two loops of the frog, the latter having an uncommonly narrow belt loop.
Early MkII Sten Manual
Early Pattern '03 Cartridge Pouches A rare 1909 dated pair of MkI 15 round pouches
Early Pattern RAF Air Gunner's Badge As declared obsolute in 1923.
Early pattern Royal Malta Artillery Cap Badge
Early Peter Stahl title - Kriegsmarine Uniforms & Insignia
Early Peter Stahl title - Luftwaffe Uniforms & Insignia
Early post-War Bren Gun Spares & Tools Set
Early production Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery War Badge A brass example by Junker
Early production No4 MkII Bayonet A Singer example bearing the early GR and crown mark
Early production No4 MkII Bayonet An example by Singer with early variant markings
Early production Silk Escape Map The earliest type of silk map, being monochrome and single sided. Map ref. 9t covering Bulgaria - Roumania. With Air Ministry conttract references
Early Production Silk Escape Map The earliest type of silk map, being monochrome and single sided. Map ref. 9t covering Bulgaria - Roumania. With Air Ministry conttract references
Early RAF 1925 Pattern Revolver Holster A rare 1927 dated example
Early RAF Bomber Command History
Early RAF C-Type Flying Helmet A very good example with leather chin-strap and Bennet buckle. Strong and supple throughout requiring just a polish.
Early RAF C-Type Flying Helmet Having a leather chin strap with Bennet's buckle. The microphone holders have perished, though these are now being reproduced so could be restored.
Early RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask A rare example complete with hose and in a large size and very good condition.
Early RAF Officers' Cap Badge
Early Royal Malta Artillery Cap Badge
Early SA / SS Kepi Cap Badge A fine, well marked example. Part of a small collection of German insignia recently aquired from the familiy of a Parachute Regiment veteran.
Early variant 1st Anti-Aircraft Division Flash
Early War Anti-Gas Ointment No2 A complete outfit
Early WWII Battledress Trousers A very good pair of the collector-termed 1937 Pattern Serge Battledress Trousers. The legs have been taken in slightly, though this is not immediately apparent. A good pair in a useful size showing little wear.
Early WWII Blue enamelled Water Bottle
Early WWII Clasp Knife
Early WWII Daily Sketch War Map A delightful item of home front related ephemera
Early WWII Entrenching Tool
Early WWII Royal Scots Glengarry A named example
Early-pattern RAF C-Type Flying Helmet An excellent example of this most sought after of variants.
Early-War Civilian Gas Mask in dated Tin-plate Case The best example of its kind I have seen.
Early-War No2 Anti-Gas Ointment A superb example of this pattern, complete with original contents. The best of its kind I have seen.
Early-War Tank Crew Non-Crash Helmet These helmets have become extremely scarce. This example lacks its brow protection and shows its age, however it retains a rather rare example of the optional and removable leather harness intended to be worn when earphones for wired or wireless communications were in use. While such fibre helmets turn up on the rare occasion, I have seen just a very few of the leather communications harnesses in the past 25 years.
East Anglia Cloth Shoulder Title
East Anglian District Flash
East German Cold War era AKM Bayonet
East Kent District Flash
East Lancashire Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch
East Lancashire Home Guard Battaion Flash
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge A maker-marked example
East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge with original backing
East Lancashire Regiment Sweetheart Brooch A good example in enamel, silver and mother-of-pearl.
East Surrey Regiment Cap Badge
East Surrey Regiment Cap Badge
Eastern Command (India) Flash
Eastern Command Flash
Eastern Command Flash
Eastern Command Printed Flash
Eastern Command printed Flash
Eastern Command printed Flash
Eastern Command Printed Flashes An ex-Battledress set.
Economy Pattern P'37 Belt
Edged Weaponry of the Third Reich A damped copy
Edo period Japanese Menpo Japanese Samurai or retainer armour for the lower face and neck, worn with the kabuto or jingasa
Edward VII Officers Cross Belt Pouch A very good example with associated buff-leather cross belt.
Edwardian Rifles Waistbelt Locket
Edwardian silver Pocket Pedometer A delightful little instrument which employs a pendulum to record one's paces, and as a consequence can be used to measure distance. Of a type which could be carried by Army officers. In excellent working condition.
Eight rare Liberation period Dutch & Belgian Postcards
Eigth Army Bullion Flash
Embroidered Airborne Division Pegasus Flash
Enamel Mug
Enameled Silver Royal Signals Sweetheart Brooch
Enamelled silver Army Air Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Enamelled silver Cheshire Regiment Sweetheart Brooch A delightful and uncommon example set with marcassite
Enamelled Silver Coldstream Guards Sweetheart Brooch A lovely example
Enamelled Silver RAF Sweetheart Brooch A lovely example.
Enamelled Silver RASC Sweetheart Powder Compact A lovely example assayed in 1940.
Enamelled silver Royal Army Ordnance Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Enamelled Silver Royal Navy Sweetheart Brooch
Enamelled Silver Royal Navy Sweetheart Brooch
Enamelled Silver Royal Navy Sweetheart Brooch
Encyclopedia of Military Insignia Guido Rosignolli's useful reference
Enfield Musket Socket Bayonet
English Sporting Guns and Accessories A useful guide
Entrenching Tool Helve
Entrenching Tool Helve
Entrenching Tool Helve Bearing what I consider a spurious date, though likely of the period
Escellent book on the British Army in the Second World War A classic
Essential Austen and Owen SMG Collectors' Book Ian Skennerton's Australian 9mm Owen and Austen Submachine Gun - Parts Identification Lists, SMG Series Notes, Exploded Parts Drawings, Descriptions, Accessories & Fittings. From his highly popular and informative Small Arms Identification Series. Published in 1994 and running to some 48 pages of detailed text supported by excellent illustrations. An essential reference and a series worth acquiring.
Essential Australian Lee Enfield Collectors' Book Ian Skennerton's Australian SMLE Variations - Factory Production, Parts Identification Lists, Conversion Notes, Dissassembly Parts Drawings, Bayonets and Accessories. From his highly popular and informative Small Arms Identification Series. Published in 2004 and running to some 48 pages of detailed text supported by excellent illustrations. An essential reference and a series worth acquiring.
Essential Bren Gun Collectors' Book Ian Skennerton's .303-in. Bren Light Machine Gun - Parts Identification Lists, Bren LMG Series Notes, Exploded Parts Drawings, Descriptions, Accessories & Fittings. From his highly popular and informative Small Arms Identification Series. Published in 1994 and running to some 48 pages of detailed text supported by excellent illustrations. An essential reference and a series worth acquiring.
Essential German Edged Weapons Reference John Walter's classic Sword & Bayonet Makers of Imperial Germany. All of Mr Walter's books are worth acquiring, this little gem is not the least of them.
Essential Military Small Arms Reference A copy of Edward Clinton Ezell's superb Small Arms of the World, quite simply the best book of its kind and an essential reference.
Essential reference on British Grenades and related items Grenade - British and Commonwealth Hand and Rifle Grenades by Rick Landers is a stunning work, and a credit to its researchers Norman Bonney and Gary Oakley. Copies are near impossible to find these days. It comes with my highest recommendation.
Essential reference on WWII Formation Signs Cole's classic Heraldry in War. Still the essential work in this field
Essential Vickers Machine Gun Collectors' Book Ian Skennerton's .303 Vickers Medium Machine Gun - Parts Identification Lists, Vickers Series Notes, Exploded Parts Drawings, Descriptions, Accessories & Fittings. From his highly popular and informative Small Arms Identification Series. Published in 1997 and running to some 48 pages of detailed text supported by excellent illustrations. An essential reference and a series worth acquiring.
Essex Regiment Cap Badge
Essex Regiment Officer's Shoulder Titles Smaller than the OR's equivalent and commonly worn on tropical Service Dress
Essex Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Essex Regiment Shoulder Titles
Essex Regiment Shoulder Titles
Essex Regiment Territorial Battalion Cap Badge
Essex Yeomanry Cloth Shoulder Title
Evacuation, Why and How? 1939
Excavated Iron Spear Head An impressive iron spear head which I have owned for quite some time. It is of shouldered form and compressed-lozenge cross-section. There are remains of the socket, though which a rivet was placed to secure the head to it's shaft, of interest is the fact the socket runs into the body of the spear head, which is as a consequence hollow for around the first inch of it's length. I cannot be precise with regards to it's period, indeed it could date from the Iron Age through to the Roman or early Medieval. I should welcome further opinions on this fascinating item. Overall length 31cm
Excellent 14th Army Formation Patch A lovely example.
Excellent 14th Infantry Division Flash
Excellent 1876 Martini Henry Socket Bayonet A very good example of this most iconic of bayonets. The socket retains an excellent amount of it's original blued finish, while the blade has been polished to an attractive state. War Department marked and issue numbered, there are no Indian or Colonial marks of any kind. A good example of a much sought after bayonet pattern.
Excellent 1885 Pattern Cavalry Troopers' Sword A very good example of this iconic sword as used during the Sudan Campaign and Boer Wars. Manufactured in 1886, it bears re-inspection stamps up to the 1890's. Typically profusely marked, both scabbard and hilt bear corresponding unit stamps of a West Lancashire Royal Artillery unit. The hilt and blade are superb, with no faults to mention, only the scabbard shows the usual service bruising and some occasional light pitting. All in all a thoroughly pleasing example and certainly one of the best I've encountered in quite some time.
Excellent 1907 Pattern bayonet. A 1918 dated example by Sanderson in excellent condition.
Excellent 1908 Pattern Revolver Holster A superb WWI dated example.
Excellent 1917 SMLE MkIII* One I've had in my collection for a while, it has matching serial numbers throughout and retains an excellent degree of original blued finish. A handsome example, superior to most encountered these days. Deactivated. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Excellent 1939 Home Guard MkII Steel Helmet A lovely example retaining it's original factory-applied gloss khaki paint finish. What makes this handsome helmet all the more interesting is the presence of what appears to be a town name stencilled onto the underside rim. Market Bosworth is a town in Warwickshire, and this is almost certainly a helmet of it's Home Guard unit. A rare and most interesting helmet.
Excellent 1940 Enfield .38 Revolver A very attractive deactivated example of the Revolver No 2 Mk I* spur-less revolver introduced for issue to tank crew. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Excellent 1942 P'37 Tank Crew Holster A 1942 dated example complete with a set of inert WWII .38 revolver rounds.
Excellent 1943 Bush Hat A lovely example with a relatively early date and in a desirable large size.
Excellent 1944 No 4 Lee Enfield Rifle A thoroughly attractive deactivated Longbranch example complete with webbing rifle sling. Sorry, for sale within the UK only, certificate lacking
Excellent 1944 Ordnance Issue Kukri An exceptionally good example.
Excellent 1945 Slouch Hat A rare example of this iconic item of British military head dress in a large size.
Excellent Air Rad Wardens' Helmet A scarce white-bodied example.
Excellent Antique Pistols Reference Book
Excellent as-worn WWII Royal Tank Regiment Cap Badge Formerly the property of 78834765 J Northcott who was promoted from the Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment and later served with the Reconnaissance Corps
Excellent Battle of Britain MkIIIa Flying Goggles An excellent set of these most iconic of RAF issue goggles.
Excellent book - Gloucestershire Regiment A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book - post-War Personal Equipment A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book - The Welch Regiment A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book on 19th Century Field Sports in India
Excellent Book on 20th Century Militaria Long since out of print, Joe Lyndhurst's boook remains the most comprehensive and useful general work of its kind
Excellent book on Battledress A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book on British Army Head Dress A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book on British Army Service Dress A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting
Excellent Book on British Personal Equipment 1903-1907 A rare copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book on Collecting 20th C British Army Badges A commendable introduction
Excellent book on Collecting Antique Firearms An expensive book when published, and rarely encountered today, this unique work remains a most interesting and extremely useful reference.
Excellent Book on German Handguns Another essential reference from Ian Hogg
Excellent book on post-War British Combat Dress A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent book on post-War Small Arms Ammunition An ex-library copy
Excellent book on Rapiers Eric Valentine's classic work on these swords
Excellent book on Service Dress A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent Book on the Blunderbuss Baxter's excellent monograph, now long since out of print.
Excellent book on the British Army during WWI
Excellent book on the German Army during WWI
Excellent book on the German Iron Cross Still the most accessible work in this field
Excellent book on the History of Ammunition A classic.
Excellent Book on the Vickers Machine Gun A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting
Excellent book on Tropical Uniforms A rare copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent Book on Welch Regiment Uniforms A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting
Excellent book on WWII Allied Submarines
Excellent book on WWII Axis Submarines
Excellent book on WWII German Government & Red Cross Uniforms Another classic Angolia / Bender publication. The essential reference in its field.
Excellent boook on the War in Europe 1945
Excellent Boxed Set of RAF MkVII Flying Goggles A very good set in original RAF Air Ministry stamped box, complete with 1941 dated anti-dim kit, and tinted lenses. The lenses aren't in quite such good condition as the frames, though unusually the head strap retains its elasticity. Very difficult to improve.
Excellent British Amry Badge Collecting Guide A copy of Fred Wilkinson's work Badges of the British Army, 1820 to the present. It remains the most compact and generally useful single volume work on the subject.
Excellent British Army Cloth Badges Guide A copy of Brian Davis' classic British Army Cloth Insignia, still the most useful general guide to this subject.
Excellent British Army Cloth Badges Guide A copy of Brian Davis' classic British Army Cloth Insignia, still the most useful general guide to this subject.
Excellent British Cap Badge Collecting Guide A copy of Fred Wilkinson's classic Badges of the British Army 1820-1960. It remains the most useful compact book in it's field.
Excellent British Cap Badge Collecting Guide A copy of Fred Wilkinson's classic Badges of the British Army 1820-1960. It remains the most useful compact book in it's field.
Excellent Canadian Ross Bayonet An exceptionally good example of a MkII Ross bayonet with the 1916 modified blade. These are very seldom encountered in such condition.
Excellent Coldstream Guards Old Comrades Badge An excellent enamelled white metal lapel badge of the Old Coldstreamers' Association by Gaunt.
Excellent de-activated German MG34 A particularly well presented WWII German MG34. A heterogeneous gun with an exceptional finish, perhaps one of the best presented examples I've seen. Good examples of this classic arm are rapidly becoming scarce. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Excellent deactivated MkII Bren LMG A 1943 Inglis example with matching serials to the body. Certificate lacking, for sale within the UK only
Excellent Dorsetshire Regiment Battledress Group A lovely orignal Canadian-made BD to a Private in the Dorsets. It bears embroidered shoulder titles, Arm-of-Service strips, six War Service Chevrons and three Long Service & Good Conduct Chevrons, suggesting the owner was a pre-War Regular Army volunteer. It is in superb condition, clearly marked and dated, and bears the name of the original owner. It is complete with the BD trousers and coloured Field Service Cap. Such original groups are becoming rather scarce, indeed infantry BD's have always been hard to come by. A very handsome infantry group.
Excellent early-War MkII Steel Helmet A lovely example retaining its original paint finish and 1939 dated liner in a large size
Excellent French Mle 1866 Chassepot Bayonet A handsome example by a seldom encountered manufacturer
Excellent German M35 Steel Helmet A very good untouched example of the German Model 1935 Stahlhelm. It retains it's original paint finish. The shell "dome" printed mark is just visible, while the shell stamps are clear. An attractive and honest helmet
Excellent Group of WWII Small Arms Training Manuals An as issued group of nine. Essential reference for the collecotr of WWII British Army equipment and small arms
Excellent guide to Victorian Glengarry Badges
Excellent Guide to WWII Army Badges Guido Rosignoll's Army Badges and Insignia of World War Two. It remains an extremely useful book.
Excellent Hawksley Powder Flask An extremely pleasing example
Excellent History of the 51st Highland Division in WWII
Excellent History of WWII Electronic Warfare A classic and a fascinating read.
Excellent Home Guard P'17 Bayonet Complete with original P'39 leather frog
Excellent Imperial German Trench Knife An officially issued example
Excellent Indian KD Trousers A very good pair, well marked, dated, in a good size and near unissued condition.
Excellent inert WWI No5 Mills Grenade The body and lever of this 1916 dated example are rather appealing in retaining a degree of their original shellac finish.
Excellent KOSB Sweetheart Brooch A high quanlity enamelled-silver King's Own Scottish Borderers sweetheart brooch.
Excellent late 16th Century Combed Morion An excellent and scarce late 16th Century combed Morion. Likely manufactured in Germany, and possibly at the armour manufacturing centre of Augsburg, though some authorities speculate these could be from the Netherlands. It is of a type made to service the needs of Europe's foot soldiers, with examples still being worn at the time of the English Civil Wars. Of munition quality it was forged in two pieces using a martinet then finished by hand. It represents the last stage in the of the armourer's craft in Europe before it finally died out during the third quarter of the 17th Century. Originally oil-blackened it is now externally in the white, with some minor patches of surface rust which will remove with ease. The rivets have been removed and some replaced at the time of cleaning. There is a small copper inventory tag present as the helmet was until recently the property of a German museum. All in all a handsome example of one of the most striking forms of late Renaissance European helmets. For a similar example see Puype and van der Hoeven, The Arsenal of the World, The Dutch Arms Trade in the Seventeenth Century, 1996, page 97.
Excellent Light Machine Gun Book - Lewis, Hotchkiss, Bren A copy of this sought after Mike Chappell's title from his excellent series The British Soldier in the 20th Century. These extremely well illustrated volumes were published in the late 1980's and have been out of print for a great number of years now. This title runs to some 24 pages and is published in a large format. One of a series well worth collecting.
Excellent Luftwaffe First Pattern Dagger Further images
Excellent Luftwaffe First Pattern Dagger A lovely example by Ernst Pack
Excellent Luftwaffe M'42 Helmet Reserved for BvD
Excellent Manual on the Thompson, Rifle & Bayonet An excellent example of the 1941 publication Know Your Weapons No. 1, Tommy Gun, Rifle and Bayonet. One of the best Home Guard manuals in this field.
Excellent Merchant Navy Officers' Cap Badge Rare in bearing a manufacturer's label
Excellent Mid 19th century Belgian Double-Barrel Pin-Fire Pistol A very good Lefaucheux pocket pistol with rifled barrels, circa 1860
Excellent MkII Airborne Troops Steel Helmet An excellent example. The crown pad appears to have been deliberately re-positioned to give frontal protection. From the estate of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE, DL (3 May 1932 – 13 March 2011). Gray served with the Parachute Regiment from 1955, taking part in operations at Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Greece, Bahrain, Aden and Northern Ireland. He commanded the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment from 1969 to 1971, later becoming Colonel Commandant
Excellent MkII Steel Helmet Retaining it's original rough sand-textured finish. A lovely example.
Excellent MkII Steel Helmet A lovely example reatining its original factory-applied green paint finish.
Excellent named ATS Coloured Field Service Cap
Excellent Named WWII RAF C-Type Flying Helmet A scarce named C-Type flying helmet. It is an internally-wired example pre-dating the late-War introduction of additional goggle-retaining straps. It is complete, supple and strong, with a good finish to the leather and some elasticity remaining in the chinstrap, though the latter is a little frayed. What makes this helmet all the more interesting are the presence of ownership marks, these being an ink-stamped name, and another written in ink. This of course opens up the opportunity for further research. A very interesting example.
Excellent new book on SOE Agents
Excellent No5 Jungle Carbine Bayonet A superb example by Wilkinson Sword.
Excellent No5 Jungle Carbine Bayonet A superb example in near unissued condition still grease-coated..
Excellent No7 Bayonet An excellent example of one of the most distinctive bayonet designs of WWII.
Excellent Osprey guide to the Reconnaissance Corps
Excellent pair of Boer War Period Binoculars An attractive set of Galilean field glasses dating to the late Victorian period. In black lacquered brass with leather-covered barrels. They are marked War Office Binocular with other engraved marks indicating they have 10 lenses. Complete with their original case (They inner lid lining is lacking). In working condition with good optics.
Excellent pair of RAF Mk VII Flying Goggles A very good set, retaining most of the original blue paint finish, with good chamois lining and an exceptional strap retaining most of it's elasticity.
Excellent pair WWII Webbing Anklets A rare matching pair of WWII dated webbing anklets. Rather unusually they are stitched using RAF blue/gray thread, clearly someone didn't change a bobbin when moving from an RAF to an Army contract! In virtually mint condition.
Excellent Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle The scabbard is the scarce intermediate type dating to the period 1860-6.
Excellent Pattern 1876 Martini Henry Socket An uncommonly fine example. I am intrigued by the unit marks TS to both blade and scabbard
Excellent Pattern 1888 Lee Metford Bayonet
Excellent Private Purchase 1936 Pattern Flying Boots A superb pair of what are considered one of the most elegant of flying boots, the RAF's 1936 Pattern. This private-purchase pair is in a desirable large size and extremely good condition, simply requiring a dust and polish.
Excellent P'07 Drill Purpose Bayonet The best DP 1907 Pattern Bayonet I believe I've seen. It is in superb condition throughout. The pommel is profusely stamped, while the ricasso bears the maker's details Wilkinson, Pall Mall, and the date stamps are unusual in appearing as January 1906, though of course this cannot be the case. A superb example which I doubt could be bettered.
Excellent P'13 Bayonet A scarce Winchester-made example. As used by the British Army during WWI and by the Home Guard during WWII.
Excellent P'1887 MkIII Martini Henry Rifle Bayonet A crisp example by Wilkinson Sword
Excellent RAF C-Type Flying Helmet A very attractive fully-wired example in a large size.
Excellent RAF D-Type Flying Helmet A lovely used example in a large size, 3.
Excellent RAF Flight Lieutenant Observer Tunic A superb tunic retaining all its original insignia including a lovely padded brevet.
Excellent RAF Officers' Peaked Cap A lovely example
Excellent RAOC 21st Army Group Battledress Blouse A lovely example bearing it's original machine-stitched HQ 21st Army Group formation signs, together with Royal Army Ordnance Corps printed shoulder titles and arm-of-service stripes. I suspect it originally had Warrant Officer brass forearm insignia, these of course are easily replaced. An excellent original badged BD.
Excellent Royal Artillery Officer's Service Dress Cap A very handsome sleepy untouched example.
Excellent Royal Engineers (Volunteers) Uniforms & Insignia Book Another superb title from Ray Westlake
Excellent Royal Navy Officer Uniform Group In superb condition, comprising peaked cap (bearing the original owner's name), greatcoat, reefer jacket, trousers, mess jacket and waistcoat. The owner, a Sub-Lieutenant, was a veteran of the Battle of the River Plate.
Excellent Royal Tank Regiment Arm Badge A superb ex-uniform example of this iconic badge.
Excellent RWAFF Cap Bagde and Shoulder Title Combination
Excellent Sam Browne Belt and Shoulder Strap A lovely example in a good colour, strong and supple.
Excellent Sam Browne Sword Frog A lovely example.
Excellent Sam Browne Sword Frog A lovely example.
Excellent Second World War History
Excellent Set of No2 Prismatic Binoculars Standard WWII British Army issue No2 MkII Prismatic Binoculars by Kershaw dated 1943. No graticules as usual and optically excellent. Very difficult to improve.
Excellent set of WWI German Binoculars A superb set in their original pouch. The latter lacks its closure straps on each side though is otherwise excellent. In all a lovely set.
Excellent set of WWII No5 Binoculars A pair of No5 Prismatic 7x50 Binoculars manufactured by Ross in original 1940 dated case. These were favoured by tank and other commanders. This set is one the best I've seen, they are excellent externally and optically
Excellent Slade Wallace 1888 Pattern Belt A very good example, complete with all it's fittings, supple and strong.
Excellent SOE History
Excellent Tank Hunting manual, 1940 Military Training Pamphlet No. 42, Tank Hunting and Destruction. This fascinating manual includes good detail on AT Grenades and the Harvey Flame Thrower.
Excellent unit marked P'07 Bayonet
Excellent Unit-marked P'07 Bayonet A scarce 1916 dated example by Wilkinson, retaining much original finish and bearing unit marks of the 9th Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. The scabbard retains its original brown shellac finish, and P'14 frog. A lovely example.
Excellent used P'37 Webbing Belt A particularly good used 1937 Pattern belt. Maker-marked MW&S and 1941 dated, it is in the much sought after size Long.
Excellent Victorian 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers' Sword
Excellent Victorian 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers' Sword Additional images
Excellent Victorian Bartram Nimrod Powder Flask
Excellent Victorian Pocket Telescope From the estate of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
Excellent Victorian Powder Flask by Hawksley
Excellent Volunteer Snider Enfield Two-Band Rifle An exceptionally pleasing example in lovely condition.
Excellent Worcestershire Regiment OR's Swagger Stick A fine example.
Excellent World Bayonets Book A copy of Anthony Carter's unsurpassed single-volume guide to world bayonets from 1800. It remains the most useful compact volume of its kind.
Excellent WWI 1903 Pattern Bandolier As good an example of a First World War British-made example as one could wish for. A lovely colour, strong and supple. Complete with it's belt-securing strap and unit marked to the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Excellent WWI British Brodie Pattern Steel Helmet There is an old repair to the chinstrap, though the strap and liner are sound. The shell retains its original non-reflective finish and the original owner has inscribed his name of the rim underside
Excellent WWI Brodie Helmet A very pleasing example of the War Office pattern helmet with characteristic 'sharp' edge to its rim. Free of faults and undeniably scarce, it has the service number and initials of its original owner inscribed on its chin strap
Excellent WWI Brodie Helmet Additional images
Excellent WWI German Gas Mask Facepiece About as good a WWI German Rahmenmaske facepiece as you are likely to find. Brought back by Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Excellent WWI German M'1916 Stahlhelm / Helmet A lovely untouched example retaining a good degree of its original paint finish. Most seen these days are in poor condition or have had their liners replaced. Aside from lacking one internal pad (likely removed by the helmet's original owner), this example is in excellent condition; the liner is intact, supple and strong. Difficult to improve.
Excellent WWI Leather Holster A lovely example of the holster from the 1903 Pattern accoutrement set. Maker-marked and 1916 dated.
Excellent WWI Mess Tins Ordnance stamped and retaining virtually all of their original tinned finish
Excellent WWI Royal Navy Rating's Cap Group An original tin and Rating's cap pair to one A P Cooper, killed in action during WWII. The Tropical cap bears the Wartime HMS tally while the other bears that of HMS Cochrane. While both caps and the tin are named to their original owner, one cap also bears an official inks stamp suggesting Cooper at some time served on the ill-fated HMS Hood. The news paper lining the base of the cap tin bears news of the sinking of the Tirpitz. The condition of both caps is excellent.
Excellent WWI Unit-marked Pattern 1903 Bandolier
Excellent WWI Wiltshire Regiment Swagger Stick A lovely example with a Malacca shaft in excellent condition.
Excellent WWI-WWII RAF Enamelled Sweetheart Brooch. In excellent condition, a lovely example.
Excellent WWII 2nd Infantry Division Signals Slouch Hat A lovely example dated 1942 and retaining all its original insignia.
Excellent WWII 3rd Pattern F-S Fighting Knife An example of the much sought after B2 knife. It is in superb untouched condition retaining a full-length blade and the original scabbard wings. The significance of the B2 stamp has been much discussed over the years, though its meaning now appears to have been deciphered by Robert Wilkinson Latham in his superb publication "The History of the FS Fighting Knife" a copy of which signed by the author is currently available in the Swords, Bayonets and Fighting Knives section of this shop.
Excellent WWII 3rd pattern FS Knife A scarce Ordnance marked example with full length blade in scabbard which retains its tabs
Excellent WWII Army Wrist Watch A lovely example of the Watch, Army Trade Pattern by Cyma, who for the specialist out there have the distinction of using the smallest diameter case of all manufacturers of this standard Army issue pattern. This example is in full working order and keeping good time.
Excellent WWII ARP Pattern 71 Tunic The insignia removed but present.
Excellent WWII British Army Compass A very good example of the WWII British Army standard issue Compass, Magnetic, Marching, MkI. In full working order.
Excellent WWII British Army Issue Clasp Knife An exceptional example, showing little evidence of use, simply a light dusting of surface rust which will polish off. The blades show no signs of use or sharpening. Clearly maker-marked and 1943 dated. Very scarce in this condition.
Excellent WWII British No69 Grenade A lovely inert example with complete Always fuze
Excellent WWII German MG34 Machine Gun A lovely deactivated MG34. Manufactured by Mauser Borsigwalde in 1941, it has matching numbers to most components (as usual the butt doesn't match) and retains an excellent finish. It is also profusely Waffenampt marked. A highly attractive example. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Excellent WWII Home Front Gas Mask A WWII civilian respirator in a private purchase tin with leather shoulder strap.
Excellent WWII Indian Lee Enfield Rifle Bayonet A superb example of the No 1 MkII* for the SMLE. As issued in the Far East during WWII. Impossible to improve.
Excellent WWII Indian No1 MkII Bayonet One of most striking of WWII British Commonwealth patterns
Excellent WWII Lancers Cavalry Officer Memoir
Excellent WWII Leather Rifle Sling The best example of its kind I have encountered. These are identical to those used during WWI and are commonly associated with the Home Guard
Excellent WWII Luftwaffe LKpS101 Flying Helmet An uncommonly good example of this Luftwaffe Summer issue flying helmet, complete with throat microphones and lead, aside from the latter the condition is extremely good throughout.
Excellent WWII Medic's Helmet An Army tan helmet with period overpaint in white with red cross. An excellent original example.
Excellent WWII Officer's Private Purchase FS Cap A lovely example in exceptional condition.
Excellent WWII P'07 Bayonet A rather scarce example of a 1916 manufactured P'07 by Wilkinson, having been re-furbished in 1936 and fitted with a Second World War manufacture scabbard. A surprisingly difficult-to-find variation in such good condition.
Excellent WWII P'37 Belt A scarce un-Blanco'd and WWII dated example. The markings are faint, I tried damping them to accentuate during photography, but to little avail.
Excellent WWII RAF D-Type Flying Helmet A rather attractive example of the sought after tropical issue RAF D-Type flying helmet. This one is in a desirable large size and in excellent condition, with clear stamps, no damage, intact rubber microphone holders, and it's original chinstrap retaining elasticity. Difficult to improve.
Excellent WWII RAF Issue Long-Hose Respirator A very good example of this distinctive pattern, complete in it's original haversack bearing the RAF-issue identification of an applied blue band.
Excellent WWII RAF Other Airmen Pattern Tunic In excellent condition and retaining all its original insignia to a Leading Aircraftman Wireless Operator.
Excellent WWII RAF Tropical E-Type Flying Helmet An extremely good example, complete, and in a large size, 3.
Excellent WWII RAF Tunic to DFC Winner From my own collection, an excellent WWII tunic to an RAF Flight Lieutenant and DFC winner. It retains it's original tailor's label giving the owner's details as 14171, R Laws and dating it to 1944. It retains it's original buttons and rank insignia, alongside a Navigator's brevet and medal ribbons. A lovely tunic worthy of further research.
Excellent WWII RAF Tunic to DFC Winner See RAF shop category
Excellent WWII RASC North Africa Pay Book Document Group
Excellent WWII Rifle Training Manual Bernards (Publishers) Ltd's excellent WWII Manual of Rifles. Part of their excellent series of handy pocket guides for the Home Guard, this manual covers both Allied and Axis rifles. A little gem of a manual.
Excellent WWII RWAFF Officer's Slouch Hat A recently discovered example retaining all its original insignia. The cloth flash is partly detached, though still affixed. A uncommonly appealing example.
Excellent WWII Slouch Hat with rare Insignia Having been worn by Norman Lister in the Far East during WWII. Lister was born at Halifax, West Yorkshire, and according to his family served with either the Duke of Wellington's or the West Yorkshire Regiment. The slouch hat was worn with a regimental cap badge, now lacking though easily replaced.
Excellent WWII US M3 Fighting Knife The blade is near mint, retaining its factory finish
Excellet WWII Ordnance Issue Kukri A 1943 dated example of this iconic weapon as issued to Gurkhas, Chindits, Commandos and others
Exceptional 1907 Pattern Bayonet Examples like this are becoming extremely difficult to find. An example by Wilkinson Sword in stunning condition, retaining virtually all its original blued finish to the hilt, locket and chape, the grips are superb as is the blade and scabbard leather. It retains its original P'08 webbing frog which is 1918 dated. You will certainly wait quite some time to find another as good.
Exceptional 1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet From my own collection, an exceptionally good P'07 Bayonet. It was manufactured by the US firm Remington in 1915. Remington made examples are amongst the more scarce, only 100,000 having been produced. The bayonet is complete with it's matching Remington-made scabbard, also dated 1915. The scabbard is rare in retaining it's original brown polished finish, an order of 1926 brought about the blackening of scabbards, relatively few apparently escaped this process. The condition overall is superb, with most of the original finish remaining. One of the most attractive examples I've owned.
Exceptional 1918 Machete This is by far the best example of a First World War British military issue machete I have ever seen, the condition is exceptional. You will not see better.
Exceptional 1938 MkII Steel Helmet A stunning example retaining it's original gloss finish. The liner is virtually mint, a near impossible to improve example.
Exceptional 1944 Commando Issue Bergen Rucksack The best example I have owned
Exceptional Bren Gun Spares & Tools Set A mint unissued webbing pouch with original contents including the Mk I combination tool
Exceptional British 1853 Pattern Cavalry Troopers' Sword A quite simply stunning example of this pattern as carried during the Indian Mutiny and Crimean War. Impossible to improve.
Exceptional Complete WWII Tropical Group The most complete Second World War Far East theatre group I have owned, being that of Craftsman C H Charles, REME, 2nd Infantry Division. It includes an excellent 1942 dated bush hat bearing Corps and 2nd Infantry Division flashes, a 1943 dated Battledress blouse with Far East Land Forces titles, personal kit, a large group of correspondence, theatre-made map case, Paybook and official paperwork, Defence Medal and Imperial Service Medal, etc. In all an extremely rare and complete group.
Exceptional early 20th Century South Staffordshire Regiment Silkwork Of the highest quality of workmanship I have seen on such a piece, an extremely attractive example ready for framing.
Exceptional early-issue RAF C-Type Flying Helmet I am delighted to be able to offer such a superb example. It is quite simply exceptional in terms of condition. These first-variant C-Types of circa 1941, with Bennett’s buckle and leather chinstrap are rare in themselves, in this condition they are near impossible to find. One press-stud appears to have been replaced (as illustrated), though it's only apparent upon being pointed out. A superb and rare helmet.
Exceptional father & son WWI Medal Group An extensive group pertaining to a father and son, each of whom enlisted in August of 1914, both lying about their age in order to be accepted. The group includes a short memoir of the younger of the two, who sugests they were the first father and son to enlist in the same unit during the War. They each survived the War, the father serving throughout with the Ox & Bucks, the son ultimately being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. This group, while including the medals of the father, actually pertains to the son. It includes medals, insignia, identity discs, war diaries, German war booty, personal possessions and mementos, and an extensive quantity of postcards and other official and personal documents. In all an exceptional group.
Exceptional Home Guard Intelligence Officer Group additional images
Exceptional Home Guard Intelligence Officer Group A rare group to Major Jenkins, Intelligence Officer of the 61st Battalion West Riding Home Guard. It includes his Battledress, bearing extremely smart machine-stitched insignia, Service Dress cap, and an excellent range of ephemera ranging from group photographs to note books and official documents. Certainly worthy of further research.
Exceptional Imperial German Beer Stein The highest quality example of such I have ever seen. The stein itself is a Villeroy & Boch / Mettlach shape 1526 bought as a blank by the specialist decorators Gebruder Goedecker of Hannover and enamelled and gilded in a stunning representation of an Imperial Eagle resplendent with the German state shields emblazoned to its outstretched wings, and bearing the legend Deutsches Reich. The quality of the artistry if quite simply superb. This was likely a prized possession of an Army officer, and an equally prized item of war booty. You will not be disappointed, a stunning artefact.
Exceptional Luftwaffe Second Pattern Dagger Fresh to the market as acquired from the son of the veteran who recovered it, a superb example complete with deluxe hangers and portepee, retaining virtually all its original finish throughout, near impossible to improve.
Exceptional Mid-War MkII Steel Helmet Quite simply impossible to improve. This example is in virtually mint condition, it retains it’s original textured khaki paint finish and has an original helmet net with First Field Dressing. An exceptional example.
Exceptional Pattern 1842 Socket Bayonet
Exceptional Pattern 1907 Bayonet An example by Sanderson, in virtually un-issued condition and with matching rifle number to both hilt and scabbard. Difficult to improve.
Exceptional Scottish Officer's Cuff Rank Tunic A superb cuff rank tunic. Bearing Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders buttons and formerly belonging to Captain J A S Munro. The condition throughout is superb. Extremely difficult to improve.
Exceptional Scottish Officer's Cuff Rank Tunic A rare Scottish pattern cuff rank tunic. Bearing Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders buttons and formerly belonging to Captain J A S Munro. There is minor moth, though the condition overall is very pleasing. A rare tunic.
Exceptional WWI British P'13 Bayonet A stunning example in near mint condition down to the brown lacquered scabbard. Excremely scarce in such condition.
Exceptional WWI Trench Art Bayonet The only example of such quality I have seen. Extremely well made and incorporating a functioning catch. The blade engraved Albert, 1918. 23cm overall
Exceptional WWII Canadian Tank Crew Helmet A mint unissued example of this uncommon and distinctive pattern, complete with microphone carrier, in a large size too
Exceptional WWII No36 Mills Grenade A superb example in every regard. These are becoming quite rare in this condition.
Exceptionally good Denison Smock One of the best I've owned, showing relatively little wear, retaining strong colours and in perhaps the most desirable size, 5. Openly priced highly, though such examples are becoming extremely difficult to find, and prices of all Denison smocks are rising inexorably, I predict that in just a few years it will appear to have been a shrewd investment
Exceptionally good Trench Art Shell Case A 1916 dated 18-pr brass shell case bearing the finest quality engraved regimental badge I have seen on such, that of the York and Lancaster Regiment
Exceptionally good WWII British Army Issue Wrist Watch An example by Moeris. Working and in exceptional condition, it is certainly the best example I have handled.
Exceptionaly WWI Lincolnshire Regiment Officer's Service Dress Cap One of the best I have handled in a very long time
Excllent deactivated WWI Lee Enfield Rifle A very good SMLE MkIII* dated 1917. It has matching serial numbers and retains it's original piling swivel. A lovely example. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Exquisite Georgian Silver-mounted Scots Guards Powder Horn A truly museum-quality artefact, being a quite simply stunning Georgian silver-mounted powder horn. The horn vessel is a large specimen, measuring approximately 42cm, it has a polished finish and is semi-translucent. The decoration is of a very high standard, incorporating a Hanoverian crown flanked by stars, above a grenade device flanked by a rose, shamrock, thistle and standards, these above the legend Nathaniel Hussell [possible Hufsell], N Co, 2nd Batt'n 3rd Guards, Lisbon 21 July 1827. In the late 1830's the horn was silver-mounted by the London smith William Knight, the mounts being of extremely high quality and comprising a domed cap with reeded collar incorporating a ring suspender, a conforming collar and ring at the dispensing end, and a very fine internal screw to the plug; all the mounts bear London assay marks for 1836. The domed silver cap bears the engraved name Robert Barr in Gothic script. Clearly the horn was silver-mounted for presentation to Mr Barr. The 2nd Battalion 3rd Guards were stationed in Portugal from 1820 to 1828. In 1831 the regiment was given the title Scots Fusilier Guards, becoming the Scots Guards in 1877. At Waterloo the 2nd Battalion made its stand at Hougoumont, no finer feat is recorded in the history of the Regiment than this defence against overwhelming odds, the historian Robinson wrote “probably the gallantry of the defenders of this post has never been surpassed on any battlefield”, indeed Wellington himself is quoted “The success of the Battle of Waterloo turned on the closing of the gates of Hougoumont.”
Extemely rare 1st Pattern Despatch Riders' Steel Helmet A superb example of the first pattern helmet incorporating a rubber rim to the shell. Exceptionally rare.
Extemely Rare Enemy Ammunition Pamphlet Handbook of Enemy Ammunition, Pamphlet No. 2, German Shells, Fuzes and Small Arms Ammunition, 1941. An extremely rare essential primary source reference for the ordnance collector.
Extensive 8th Army North Photograph & Press Cuttings Archive
Extensive 8th Army North Photograph & Press Cuttings Archive Additional images
Extensive ATS Medal and Document Group
Extensive Burma Campaign Document & Photograph Group An important and extensive document group pertaining to 14258845 C/Sgt John Hamilton Johnstone, 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers. It ranges from his National Registration and Call Up papers, through a huge volume of his letters home, an extensive album of photographs, to two hand-written volumes recording in detail his experiences in the Far East from 1943-45, the latter are extremely detailed, running to over 150 pages of dense text scattered with maps and plans, they record active service throughout the Burma campaign in sufficient detail and with such a quality of prose as to be of interest both to historians and the general reader, the validity of publication could certainly be argued. I doubt I will encounter such a detailed and comprehensive document group of this kind again. A unique opportunity.
Extensive RASC North Africa and Italy Medal Group Including a rather interesting group of photographs depicting service in Italy.
Extensive RASC North Africa and Italy Medal Group Additional images
Extensive WWI RFA Ephemera Group A fascinating personal archive covering service against the Ottoman Army in Egypt, before being moved to France and later occupied Germany
Extensive WWI RFA Ephemera Group Additional images
Extensive WWII Artillery Officer Uniform Group Belonging to one G H Kipling, a Captain in the Royal Artillery. It is by far the largest group to a Second World War officer I have seen in terms of the number and variety of garments included. Because of its sheer volume and relatively high aggregate value I have chosen to separate a few elements from the group, though these are identified and available to purchase. This, the core of the lot comprises his holdall, Service Dress cap, tunic and trousers, shirt, Greatcoat, Serge Battledress blouse, water bottle, and a unique full overall bearing his name and evidence of rank insignia indicating perhaps he was promoted from the Ranks. Aside from the cap each element is in excellent condition with only the odd small moth nip, most items are also named to Kipling. In all a rare and interesting group worthy of further research.
Extensive WWII Free Polish Armourer's Document Group Including detailed training note books, a Polish language anti-Nazi publication, printed notes on small arms etc
Extensive WWII RAF Document Group
Extensive WWII RASC Officer Uniform Group Comprising Service Dress tunic, trousers and cap, badged Battledress blouse and trousers, and officer's greatcoat, the latter being 1940 dated and bearing its original owner's details. Slight moth, though only the cap has suffered much. Such complete groups are very seldom encountered.
Extensive WWII RASC Officer Uniform Group Additional images
Extr Rare 1856 Pattern Cavalry Rifled Pistol A superb example of this very seldom encountered British regulation holster pistol. A very striking pistol, it was issued to Lancers and Cavalry Troop Sergeants. Some Yeomanry examples had detachable shoulder stocks. They have folding rear sights graduated from 100 to a rather ambitious 300 yards. This example is particularly handsome.
Extr Rare 1912 SMLE MkIII Grenade Launching Rifle A most fascinating deactivated SMLE MkIII manufactured at Enfield in 1912. What makes it a superb example is the fact it bears Nock’s Form stamps indicating it was officially graded as an EY Grenade Discharger Rifle, before finally being designated Drill Purpose. Original EY rifles are exceptionally rare and near impossible to find, indeed I have heard of fakes appearing on the market. This rifle has the correct re-enforcing screw forward of the trigger guard, and requires only two areas of whipcord or copper wire binding to the stock to restore it to it's original Grenade Discharger state, a very simple exercise. Otherwise the rifle is in excellent condition, the stock is complete, retaining the so called "wings" to the barrel cover adjacent the rear sight, and having a good original blued finish to much of the metalwork. In all a rare and desirable SMLE. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Extr Rare WWI No2 Grenade An example of the seldom encountered Grenade, Hand, No 2, Mk I. The head retains traces of its original stamps, including the manufacturer's name Cotton Powder Company. The cast-iron segmentation band has been restored and thin threaded walls of the ends of the head are weak, though the overall appearance is sound, the handle is an excellent restoration. I must confess that since photographing it I have lost the cotton streamers, though they were replacements. In all a good example of a rare and seldom encountered grenade.
Extr. Rare Lonsdale Battalion Border Regiment History A rare copy of The Lonsdale Battalion Border Regiment, September 1914 to June 1915. Published in Carlisle in 1915, it remains the best work on the Pals Battalion. Copies are near impossible to find.
Extracts from Army Memorandum No 48 for Home Guard Running to some 20 pages.
Extracts from Army Memorandum No45 for Home Guard
Extracts from Army Training Memorandum 48 for Home Guard
Extremely attractive pre-WWI Army Sergeant's Ditty Box An extremely attractive and certainly a rare example. Measuring just 40cm x 25cm x 19cm high it is in lacquered pine and bears its original owner's name, service number and unit, Sergt F Ward, 2891, 3/3 W. R. D. R. E. (T) identifying him as a West Riding of Yorkshire Territorial Engineer Sergeant. A lovely item of antique military furniture.
Extremely handsome Victorian Campaign Portable Desk An exceptional example of the Victorian portable wrting desk. In walnut veneer with miltary type brass mounts and vacant shield-shaped escutcheon. The interior retains its original gilt-tooled Morocco leather writing surface in excellent condition, a rare feature. It is by far one of the best I have encountered.
Extremely high quality Dynamo Torch In machined aluminium alloy case, with bull's eye lens. The highest quality example I have encountered, no doubt expensive in its day. In working condition.
Extremely pleasing 19th Century Campaign Knife A high quality English knife, having chequered vulcanite, ebonite or similar composition grip secured to the threaded tang by means of a slotted nickel bolt. The blade bears the A & N C S L stamp fo the Army & Navy Co-operative Society Limited. A lovely period knife.
Extremely pleasing WWI Trench Art Paper Knife An uncommonly attractive and pleasingly engraved example fabricated from an artillery shell driving band
Extremely rare 'Ersatz' P'07 Bayonet A no1 MkI bayonet unlike any I am aware of. The metal elements have not been finished to the usual standard, and the grips are riveted rather than bolted in place. The blade lacks a machine sharpened edge. It bears a bend test mark and Ordnance view mark, though no pattern designation or manufacturer's name. However those marks present demonstrate that the bayonet is in its finished state. The beach grips suggest a Second World War production date. I believe this to be a rare unrecorded trials 'ersatz' example, incorporating economies in standard of finish and construction, likely dating to the period 1940-1.
Extremely rare 'Ersatz' P'07 Bayonet Further images
Extremely rare 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion Border Regiment 'Summary of Events' Hand written notes of 2nd Lieutenant M Smyth, 11 Border, entitled 'Summary of Events', being a detailed War diary summary covering the period 26 October 1917 to 30 October 1918. Describing amongst other events trench raids and detailing casualties.
Extremely rare 16th - 17th Century Executioner's Sword Scabbard In 2006 I was fortunate in being able to acquire selected items from the armoury of Sir Walter Scott at his house Abbotsford, near Melrose in Scotland. In addition to being a being a famous writer, Scott was also an antiquary who assembled an important collection of arms and armour. He was a contemporary and acquaintance of Samuel Rush Meyrick, and indeed commissioned him to procure items for his armoury. The armoury is on public display at Abbotsford and is to be recommended to the student of arms and armour. Among the items I obtained were a number of extremely rare and early sword scabbards, this not the least of them. Should you possess such a sword, this will certainly be the only opportunity you will have to acquire an original scabbard in isolation. Overall length 74cm, internal width of throat in excess of 65mm.
Extremely rare 1901 Pattern Naval Accoutrement Pouch
Extremely Rare 1901 Pattern Rifle Ammunition Pouches A pair of these most distinctive pouches from the 1901 Pattern Naval Accoutrement Set as worn during the Boer War and World War One. Only the second pair I have ever handled. Some renewed stitching, strong and supple. An exceptionally rare pair.
Extremely rare 1904 Text Book of Small Arms The War Office's standard reference on military small arms and ammunition then current, extremely detailed and illustrated throughout with superb technical illustrations. The spine is fragmented, though otherwise the book is complete and the binding strong.
Extremely rare 1908 Pattern Belt, Waist, Special An example of this pattern designed for wear with brace attachments and revolver accoutrements. It appears to be very faintly 1918 dated. Certainly one of the most rare and sought after elements of P'08 equipment.
Extremely Rare 1909 Royal Navy Rifle & Equipment Manual An excellent example of the rare manual Rifle & Field Exercises for His Majesty's Navy, 1909. This fascinating title covers the rifle, bayonet, pistol, and also the rare 1901 Pattern Naval leather accoutrements
Extremely Rare 1913 Royal Navy Rifle & Equipment Manual An excellent example of the extremely rare manual Rifle & Field Exercises for His Majesty's Navy, 1913. This fascinating 352 page manual covers the rifle, bayonet, Webley automatic pistol, artillery and also the extremely rare 1901 Pattern Naval leather accoutrements.
Extremely rare 1915 Royal Naval Division First Field Dressing
Extremely rare 1916 Vickers 1.59-inch Aero and Trench Gun Manual Likely the only manual on this anti-Zeppelin gun you will encounter
Extremely Rare 1919 Pattern Naval Equipment Pack A very early example.
Extremely Rare 1929 RAF Armament Training Manual Quite simply one of the most fascinating small arms manuals published, Air Publication 1242, Armament Training Manual for the Royal Air Force, Part I. Machine Guns, Small Arms etc This large volume contains exhaustive sections on the following: Vickers Machine Gun variants, Lewis Machine Gun Variants, Webley MkVI Revolver, Colt Automatic Pistol, Very Flare Pistols, Machine Gun Synchronising Gears, Gun Sights, Gun Mountings, Aircraft Camera Guns. It contains superb photographic and technical illustrations throughout. An astonishingly detailed and comprehensive volume. Truly essential for the student of early RAF small arms and related material. Impossibly rare.
Extremely rare 1932 BSA Madsen Machine Gun Trials Record Book
Extremely rare 1936 Text Book of Ammunition Certainly one of the most useful and sought after of books in the field of ordnance collecting. Running to 322 pages and including an extensive range of high quality technical illustrations, many in colour. Original editions are extremely rare indeed.
Extremely Rare 1937 Army Issue Bugle A superb example by Boosey & Hawkes, WD marked and 1937 dated. One wonders of the stories it could tell.
Extremely rare 1937 Pattern MkI Basic Pouch An unissued 1939 dated MkI Basic Pouch, one of the most rare of P'37 elements.
Extremely rare 1937 Pattern RAF Airman's KD Frock A superb example of the exceptionally scarce pattern. In near unissued condition though sunned in places. It bears its original factory-applied cloth insignia. Intended for wear with removable buttons to facilitate laundry. (I can supply the correct RAF buttons should you require them.)
Extremely rare 1939 dated Leather Jerkin One of the most iconic items of issue clothing worn by the British Tommy during both World Wars. This is an extremely rare 1939 dated example. Aside from some very minor moth nips and wear to the leather, the jerking appears either unissued or little-worn, I suspect few from 1939 survive at all, let alone in this state. An exceptionally desirable example.
Extremely Rare 1939 Pattern Binocular Pouch A lovely example of one of the most rare elements of the P'39 set.
Extremely rare 1939 Pattern Equipment Set A set of 1939 Pattern leather equipment containing two extremely rare elements, the braces and the L-Straps for the Small Pack. The braces for the P'39 set remain one of the most elusive items of WWII equipment, I have owned and seen only three sets in over 20 years of collecting, they remain rarer than those from the P'14 set. Most elements are marked. In all an exceptionally rare set of equipment.
Extremely rare 1939 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch The pistol ammunition pouch for the P'39 leather equipment is one of the most rare elements of the set, I have seen less than five in over twenty years. Strictly this is the 1940 Pattern as it doesn't have the longitudinal buckle and tab arrangement used to link it to the holster. The original pattern was rapidly modified post introduction, doing away with this feature on the pistol ammunition, binocular and compass pouches as well as the holster. For some reason, the nomenclature was altered renaming these simplified variants as P'40. This is an excellent example.
Extremely rare 1939 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch The pistol ammunition pouch for the P'39 leather equipment is one of the most rare elements of the set, I have seen less than five in over twenty years. Strictly this is the 1940 Pattern as it doesn't have the longitudinal buckle and tab arrangement used to link it to the holster. The original pattern was rapidly modified post introduction, doing away with this feature on the pistol ammunition, binocular and compass pouches as well as the holster. For some reason, the nomenclature was altered renaming these simplified variants as P'40. This a scarce dated example, ink-stamped on the lid underside 1941.
Extremely rare 1939 Pattern Shoulder Strap Only the fifth I've handled in over 20 years, so rare the National Army museum display of P'39 utilises a P'37 webbing brace!
Extremely rare 1939 Patttern Compass Pouch The only example I have handled of this extremely rare pattern, the P'39 compass pouch in its original configuration, before removal of the rear tab per the 1940 regulations. The pouch is blanket-lined. I have illustrated combined with the correct pattern of binocular pouch which is listed elsewhre on this site
Extremely rare 1940 Anti-Tank Mine MkII
Extremely rare 1940 dated British Army Issue Braces Certainly one of the rarest items of personal kit, and certainly so with such an early date
Extremely Rare 1940 Ibberson Clasp Knife Perhaps the rarest of the WWII British Army issue variant clasp knives. Apparently manufactured exclusively by George Ibberson of Sheffield in 1940, these are very seldom encountered. See Ron Fluke’s British and Commonwealth Military Fighting Knives for further details of this rare knife.
Extremely rare 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers A superb and rare set in virtually unissued condition and retaining their original label. Of particular interest in a typographic error on the label, whereby the trousers are described as 1942 Pattern, this having been corrected by way of a pen and ink annotation, no doubt by some Ordnance store keeper. A superb and quirky example.
Extremely rare 1942 Tank Crew Overalls Possibly the only example you will encounter of this short lived pattern of tank crew overall. Pre-dating the so-called 'Pixie Suit' or Oversuit, Tank Crews, it was for its time an advanced design.
Extremely rare 1944 Airborne Bren Mk3 Parts List
Extremely rare 1944 Pattern Rucksack The only WWII dated and mint unissued example I know of
Extremely rare 1945 Jungle Issue Pullover A superb example in near mint condition save for a slightly frayed cuff. Part of the new scale of advanced-design tropical clothing introduced in late 1944/45.Extremely rare.
Extremely rare 1969 'Battle of Britain' Film Posters etc A superb and large group of ultra-rare period publicity material including a quantity of specially produced photographic posters on extremely high quality print stock. Likely irreplaceable.
Extremely rare 19th Century British Shabraque A superb example of a 19th Century British military shabraque or saddle cloth of an Infantry officer. Judging by the style of the bullion-embroidered Royal Crown I beleive it dates to the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 19th Century, further, the braid suggests it was that of an officer of the West India Regiment. The West India Regiment was recruited from and normally stationed in the British colonies of the Caribbean between 1795 and 1927. The regiment differed from similar forces raised in other parts of the Empire in that it formed an integral part of the regular British Army. It is in exceptional condition, and is extremely rare.
Extremely rare 19th Century Hale's Rocket Nose A possibly near unique relic of these fascinating weapons, successors to William Congreve's rockets.
Extremely rare 1st Issue Aluminium Ration Tins 1939 Few collectors of WWII British kit are aware that the standard Second World War ration tin was initially introduced in aluminium with folding steel handles. These were rapidly withdrawn and replaced with galvanised steel tins in order to preserve aluminium for aircraft production, only being introduced late in the War as tropical issue kit. Original 1st-issue mess tins are extremely
Extremely rare 2-Pounder Artillery Manual, 1938 Handbook for the Ordnance Q.F. 2-PR., Marks IX and X on Carriages Marks I and II, Land Service, 1938. An extremely rare original handbook of the 2-Pr infantry anti-tank gun. This copy has been period hard-bound and bears numerous and extensive official amendments. It runs to 168 pages plus a superb array of folding technical illustrations.
Extremely rare 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife A superb example of the earliest type of second pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife, having a hand-forged blade and nickel-plated hilt and scabbard fittings. Manufactured by Wilkinson Sword, it bears the firm's logo and the F-S title etched to the blade forte. The scabbard belt loop shows one minor break and failure of the stitching of the back piece used to secure the now lacking elastic hilt retaining strap, though this can be renewed with ease; the knife itself however is superb throughout. The knife is fresh to the market, never previously having been in a collection. It is an excellent example of perhaps the rarest of the major issue variants; I have seen more 1st pattern knives than examples of this type. An extremely scarce and attractive fighting knife.
Extremely rare 6th Airborne Division Group A strictly unique group to Captain E Evans RASC, 5th Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne Division. It comprises his beret, FS Fighting Knife, a rare gold fob medallion, diaries for 1944 and 1945, note pad and the Consolidated Edition of the official publication BWP. The beret is 1944 dated and has affixed his ultra-rare RASC officers' bullion-embroidered badge on a maroon backing specifically for wear on the red beret. The third pattern FS knife is in superb condition. As to the 9ct gold medallion, this is the only example of its kind I am aware of, being dedicated to the patron Saint of parachutists, Saint Michael, and being engraved with Captain Evans' details. The diaries are rather interesting, detailing Evans' promotion from the rank of Sergeant after passing through an OCTU in 1944, and his immediate assignment to airborne forces and parachute training. He reached the Continent in December 1944 and thence went to the Ardennes, though his descriptions of his experiences during this battle and later during Operation Varsity, the airborne Rhine crossing are minimal, though likely indicative of the intensity of his experiences there. However elsewhere the diary entries are more detailed, encompassing his meetings with liberated French, Dutch and Belgians, including key members of various Resistance units, his collecting of War booty including a German helmet and machine gun, observations of German V2 and RADAR sites, and ultimately the 6th Airborne Division's encounter with Soviet troops, all most fascinating. The group has never before been in a collection, and represents an extremely rare opportunity for the collector.
Extremely rare 6th Airborne Division Group photos I
Extremely rare 8th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard Flash
Extremely rare 8th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard Flash
Extremely rare and important WWI Autograph Book A quite astonishing discovery, namely an autograph book pertaining to the First World War and in particular the Treaty of Versailles, one of the pivotal events of the 20th Century. While the identity of the original owner remains unclear, he was clearly a member of, or associated with the British Legation to the Versailles Conference. One of the the autograph notes includes the dedication Dear Whitehead, thus providing us with our man's surname, and an opportunity to research the books provenance further. The autographs include those of British and Commonwealth military and political figures of extremely high status, including several British Prime Ministers. Those present include the following. Field Marshal Douglas Haig, commander the British Expeditionary Force from 1915 to the end of the War. Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Supreme Commander of the Allied Armies in 1918,and key in halting a renewed German advance on Paris in the Second Battle of the Marne. Admiral of the Fleet David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, commander of the British battlecruisers at the Jutland, later becoming Commander in Chief of the Grand Fleet, receiving the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in 1918 Field Marshal French, first Commander-in-Chief of the BEF Marshal Joffre, known for regrouping the retreating allied armies to defeat the Germans at the strategically decisive First Battle of the Marne, leader of the War Council by 1918 Field Marshal Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, leader of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the conquest of Palestine and Syria in 1917 and 1918. General Armando Diaz, Italian general and a Marshal of Italy. Major General Sir Charles Townshend, leader of the first British Expedition against Baghdad during World War I, later involved in the negotiations which resulted in the Turkish armistice in October 1918. Field Marshal Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, commander of the ANZACs at Gallipoli, commander of the British Fifth Army by 1918 Cecil Currie Field Marshal Grenfell David Lloyd George, Prime Minister at the head of a wartime coalition government between the years 1916–1918 Andrew Bonar Law, British Conservative Party statesman and Prime Minister Sir Eric Campbell-Geddes, First Lord of the Admiralty between 1917 and 1919 Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, British statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and half-brother of Neville Chamberlain James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, Prime Minister from July 1902 to December 1905, and Foreign Secretary in 1916–1919. Major-General Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Major-General, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, and Governor General of Canada Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916 Major Sir William Orpen, Irish portrait painter and official War Artist, his paintings of the Versaille Peace Conference are extremely important Major General His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala, member of the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, representing India at the League of Nations in 1925 I doubt you will find a more important autograph book of the period, an exceptional opportunity with considerable investment potential
Extremely rare and interesting WWII tailored RAF Battledress Another part of this WWII RAF uniform group I recently acquired. An extremely interesting tailored RAF Aircrew "Battledress". It has been worn without epaulettes and has two First Field Dressing pockets to the trousers rather than the usual single pocket, very much an Active Service modification. The cloth shows little wear, though there is a little moth, particularly to the front of one leg, however, like all the uniforms in this group, it is in a very useful large size. A rare variant of this much sought after WWII RAF clothing type.
Extremely Rare Anti-Aircraft Artillery Ammunition manual Notes on Anti-Aircraft Ammunition, 1940. An exceptionally rare manual running to over 90 pages and well illustrated throughout. An essential reference for the ordnance collector.
Extremely rare Anti-Aircraft Artillery Remote Control Manual . An extremely rare manual on the R-37 remote control for laying in bearing and elevation for the 3.7 inch AA gun based on data provided by Predictor apparatus. For some reason part of the front cover has been removed, otherwise this rare manual is complete and sound. It runs to some 23 pages of text supported by detailed technical drawings and folding plates.
Extremely rare Army Mountain Troops Crampons As issued to the men of the 52nd (Lowland) Mountain Division and others
Extremely rare ATS Rucksack The only example of this unique pattern I have handled. An exceptionally rare item of kit.
Extremely rare Battle damaged Mk II Steel Helmet Belonging to the Welch Regiment Captain whose Battledress I have also listed, here we have an astonishingly rare and poignant Mk II steel helmet. It was manufactured in 1938 and was factory-finished in tan gloss. Evidently a large formation sign was applied at some time, this having been masked prior to the helmet receiving an extremely thick textured non-reflective coating. This was finally over-painted obscuring the unit insignia, presumably prior to the Welsh Division landing in France in June 1944. What makes this superb helmet all the more fascinating is the fact it was subsequently penetrated by a bullet which passed through without injuring its wearer. One of the most interesting helmets I have ever had the pleasure of owning.
Extremely rare Blacker Bombard Ammunition Carrier
Extremely rare Blacker Bombard Fuze Chest An original wooden chest for 29mm Spigot Mortar fuzes.
Extremely rare block of Buff Blanco An exceptional opportunity to acquire such a block in this desirable hue for either display or use.
Extremely rare Boer War - early WWI Ration Can A superb complete unopened example
Extremely rare Boer War - WWI Scottish Kilt Cover An extremely rare Scottish Highland Regiment khaki kilt cover of the "apron" type. During the First World War this pattern was replaced by the wrap-around type. It was purchased with the rare 1911 dated sporran I have also listed and is in superb condition. Extremely rare.
Extremely rare Boer War / WWI Lord Kitchener Doll An extremely rare and somewhat interesting Boer or First World War period patriotic doll. Accurately modelled as Lord Kitchener in detailed khaki Service Dress. A lovely object.
Extremely rare Boer War / WWI Sam Browne Haversack The earliest example of the haversack from the Sam Browne accoutrement set I have seen, indeed I believe to to be Victorian. Smaller than most encountered it measures just 27cm x 25cm, similar to that of the Victorian officers' pattern haversack. The quality and detailing of the brass dog clips supports an early vintage. A rare example indeed.
Extremely rare Boer War Cavalry Ammunition Pouch MkIII
Extremely rare Boer War Pistol Set An 1888 Pattern Slade Wallace pistol set comprising belt, holster and revolver ammunition pouch. The pistol ammo pouch is dated 1893, while the holster is dated 1900, both are in excellent condition. The belt retains it's original pipe-clay finish. A near impossible set to replace.
Extremely Rare Boer War Rifle & Pistol Training Manual Firing Exercises. Pistol Exercise, and Instructions for Aiming and Judging Distance, (Provisional), 1901. The only example of this extremely rare manual I have encountered. 122 pages with excellent illustrations.
Extremely rare Boer War Webbing Bandolier An example of the Mills Orrndorff webbing bandolier adopted by the British Army. This is the variant with webbing flaps closing by means of leather straps. Unit marked and bearing the Mills Orndorff patent details struck into the brass. An example of a pattern lacking from all but the most advanced collections.
Extremely rare book on Ancient Scottish Weapons An original copy of the seminal work Ancient Scottish Weapons by Joseph Anderson and James Drummond, a limited edition of just 500 of which were published in 1881. It remains one of the most important guides to Highland arms and armour, including targes, swords, dirks, powder horns, pistols, muskets, axes and other items of dress.
Extremely Rare Bradford Home Guard Proficiency Badge A superb example bearing maker's marks.
Extremely rare British 1 1/2 inch Flare Pistol Round A Snap Cap or dummy round for a 1 1/2 calibre flare pistol. Extremely well made in beach wood and brass. The only example I have seen.
Extremely Rare British Army Cavalry Horse Grooming Singe By the prominent Birmingham manufacturers Bladon & Son Ltd. These Victorian horse grooming hair singes are scarce, however, Ordnance marked examples such as this are exceptionally rare. A lovely object.
Extremely rare Brown Bess Bayonet with Scabbard A superb example of a scarce variant with spring catch in the manner of the New Land Pattern. The bayonet is in lovely condition and clearly marked. The scabbard is of course extremely rare, I have seen just a few over the years. In all a most attractive and rare bayonet.
Extremely rare Brown Bess Bayonet with Scabbard From my own collection, one of the earliest Land Pattern bayonets I have owned. Dating to the early second quarter of the Eighteenth Century, it has extremely early features including a lapped weld forming the socket, and a rounded-square section shank the leading edge of which is flush with the end of the socket. It bears a fractional rack number. It is complete with an extremely early scabbard. The latter I had professionally restored involving renewed stitching, turning and fitting of the "acorn" terminal and re-affixing of an original brass frog stud. It bears typical linear tooled decoration and an embossed GR Royal cipher. In all an extremely handsome and rare early Land Pattern bayonet. Approx dimensions: Socket 102mm, MRD 25mm, S-M 45mm, blade 420mm
Extremely rare Champagne Reserved for post D-Day Allied Troops Only the second unopened bottle of this pre-War vintage Mercier champagne labelled as Reserved for Allied Armies I have encountered. These were clearly labelled in haste post D-Day for troops of the liberating Allied forces and are as such extremely poignant. This bottle has been well stored and retains its original contents in full. An exceptionally rare opportunity.
Extremely Rare Civil Air Guard Flying Helmet A 1930's private purchase flying helmet by the well known firm D Lewis Ltd. It bears its original owners details in ink to the lining, these indicating he was a member of the Civil Air Guard. A fascinating and rare example.
Extremely rare Commando BC41 Knife with provenance An excellent original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, believed to have been issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. This example was acquired from the family of its original owner Private Arthur John Betty of No 1 Commando, who died in August of 2011. This is the only such knife with provenance I am aware of.
Extremely Rare Commando Smatchet A very good example of one of the most rare and sought after of WWII Commando knives. The Smatchet was designed by Captain W E Fairbairn, who's other famous creation bears his name, indeed the Smatchet is illustrated in his 1942 book Get Tough! and described by him thus The psychological reaction of any man, when he first takes the smatchet in his hand is full justification for its recommendation as a fighting weapon. He will immediately register all the essential qualities of good soldier - confidence, determination, and aggressiveness. Its balance, weight and killing power, with the point, edge or pommel, combined with the extremely simple training necessary to become efficient in its use, make it the ideal personal weapon for all those not armed with a rifle and bayonet.
Extremely Rare Contol Commission Germany Battledress A terrifically exciting find, the only Control Commission Germany uniform I have ever handled. It is a standard British Civil Defence BD dated 1943, however it bears CCG gilt buttons, and embroidered epaulette insignia. The medal ribbons suggest it's original owner was formerly military, having served with the 8th Army in North Africa. Aside from some very minor nips the condition is quite excellent. An extremely rare and fascinating BD. After the defeat of Germany in 1945, a Control Commission was set up to support the Military Government in place at the time. This Military government was gradually phased out and the Control Commission took over the role. It was responsible for Public Safety and Health, Transport, Intelligence (which included rooting out Nazis), housing etc. The advanced Headquarters was in Berlin. Recruits had to be 21 and were recruited from the Civil Service and Foreign Office, and demobbed Force's personnel.
Extremely rare deactivated WWII German Panzerschrek Additional images
Extremely rare deactivated WWII German Panzerschrek Additional images
Extremely rare deactivated WWII German Panzerschrek One of just a handful of examples in the UK. This rare example was found coated in layer of post-War green paint, which has been painstakingly removed revealing much of the original factory-applied ordnance tan paint finish. Only the foresight and fore-grips were restored to the weapon, and these along with such areas as the shield, and the weld spots where the barrel was pinned during deactivation were re-painted. I suspect this is the only example in the UK retaining much of its original paint, and likely the only one you will ever see. An extremely rare opportunity for the collector. Sorry, for sale within the UK only Due to the high value of this item lay-away and part-exchange are open to prospective purchasers
Extremely rare Drill No 69 Grenade A genuine Drill example complete with its vulcanised rubber two-piece insert desgned to give it the weight of a live grenade. Retaining traces of its original white paint.
Extremely Rare Drill No74 Grenade An excellent example of the Drill Sticky Bomb retaining its original finish and markings, the only example I have seen.
Extremely Rare Early 18th Century Socket Bayonet Part of the British Ordnance contract for Dutch muskets and accompanying socket bayonets of circa 1715. Having a very distinctive lenticular-section blade and long shank. Many of these muskets were rejected by the British military, and a high proportion was ultimately issued to British troops in the colonies. Examples of this pattern have been excavated in the US. An exceptionally rare bayonet. Approximate dimensions: socket 2 3/4", MRD 1", blade 11", overall length 16"
Extremely rare early German Sturmgewehr Magazine A superb example of the magazine for the German MP43 and MP44, then designated the MKb42. Clearly marked, Waffenampt stamped and in superb condition.
Extremely rare early WWII Aluminium Water Bottle
Extremely rare early WWII Army Cased part-set of Maps of Britain Rather interestingly one of the accompanying cards describes the use of these maps in 'tank map boxes'. The maps themselves are linen-backed and glazed.
Extremely rare early WWII Army Issue Cold Weather Mitten Gloves The only example of this pattern I have encountered.
Extremely rare early WWII Army Poster An original poster published circa 1940 by the Army Mobile Map Printing & Printing Company in the North Africa theatre of operations. The Result of Uncensored Thoughtlessness. Absolutely original and likely a unique survivor.
Extremely rare early-War RAF Aluminium Water Bottle The only example I have ever handled. In superb condition, well marked, and complete with it's RAF 1925 Pattern webbing carrier. I doubt I will see another.
Extremely rare Enemy Ammunition Pamphlet Handbook of Enemy Ammunition, Pamphlet No. 6, German Grenades, and Ammunition for Guns, Howitzers & Mortars; Japanese Grenades, Mortar Ammunition & HE Shell, 1943. An extremely rare essential primary source reference for the ordnance collector.
Extremely rare First Pattern Brodie Helmet A good example of one of the most rare of First World War British Army steel helmet variants. This is an example of the earliest Ordnance Pattern of Brodie, having a sharp edge, two-piece chinstrap, and distinctive "tongued" liner. These were factory-finished in a distinctive apple-green paint, traces of which are still visible on this example over the later dark-khaki subdued finish. The male half of the chinstrap is lacking, though restoration would be relatively straight forward. An extremely rare opportunity to acquire this much sought after early variant Brodie.
Extremely rare FS Fighting Knife A first pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with straight crossguard, either a prototype second pattern or a transitional hybrid. Recently discovered and never previously in a collection. I feel quite sure we will not see another. 292mm OA, blade 165mm.
Extremely rare Gallipoli provenance Wolseley Pattern Helmet An extremely exiting find, namely a 1904 dated Ordnance issue Wolseley helmet as worn at Gallipoli. The helmet is in uncommonly good condition for such. It retains its original pagri and flash, though the unexposed underside of the latter has to be examined to reveal its true colour. All First World War OR's issue tropical helmets are rare, this one is extremely so by virtue of its provenance. The lining bears annotation detailing the helmet's original owner 1644 A P Holloway, MGS 1st CLY (R/R) [Machine Gun Section, 1st City of London Yeomanry, Rough Riders]. The 1st City of London Yeomanry served at Gallipoli, notably at the Battle of Scimitar Hill, after suffering heavy casualties it was evacuated to Egypt, later serving at Salonika. It is fair to say this is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a helmet.
Extremely rare Gallipoli provenance Wolseley Pattern Helmet Additional images
Extremely Rare Gas Detector Paper One of the rarest ietms of anti-gas equipment, you may not see another
Extremely rare General's Cape, circa 1906 A superb officers' cape belonging to Major General J S Ewart, labelled and dated 1906. There is an area with moth to the rear as illustrated, however overall the condition is excellent. A stunningly rare provenanced garment. Ewart had a distinguished career as detailed below. Service biography Joined Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1881; Egyptian War, including Battle of Tel-el-Kebir 1882; Nile expedition 1884-1885; Sudan Frontier Field Force 1885-1886; Aide-de-camp to General Officer Commanding, Scottish District 1893-1894; Assistant Military Secretary to Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta 1894-1898; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Western District 1898-1899; South African War 1899-1902; Assistant Military Secretary, Army Headquarters 1902-1903; Deputy Military Secretary, Army Headquarters 1903-1904; Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of Selection Board 1904-1906; Director of Military Operations, War Office 1906-1910; Aide-de-camp Gen to the King 1910-1914; Adjutant General to the Forces 1910-1914; World War I 1914-1918; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Scottish Command 1914-1918; retired 1920; Col, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1914-1920 I will also be offering Ewart's Aide-de-Camp to the King Service Dress shoulder strap insignia, and his mess dress.
Extremely rare Georgian Bone Dice A lovely little pair of gaming dice, each bearing the Royal cipher in red, indicating duties had deen paid. No doubt many such were carried on campaign by Britian's red coats. I doubt you will see another pair.
Extremely rare Georgian Bone Dice A lovely little pair of gaming dice, each bearing the Royal cipher in red, indicating Governement duties had deen paid. No doubt many such were carried on campaign by Britian's red coats.
Extremely rare Georgian Gun Powder Magazine A superb variant copper powder magazine as patented in 1810 by James Walker. Of oval section, the subtly-domed hinged lid bearing a brass swan-neck bale handle. Utterly charming in this relatively small size.
Extremely rare Georgian Rifle / Foot Lancer Handbook An extremely rare copy of Francis Macerone's 1832 Defensive Instructions for the People, containing the New and Improved Combination of Arms, Called Foot Lancers; Miscellaneous Instructions on the Subject of Small Arms and Ammunition, Street and House Fighting, and Field Fortifications. A fascinating instructional manual, designed by its author for instructing raw levees of militia men in the arts of early 19th century soldiering. Aimed at 'foot lancers' ie. troops who can fight on foot as well as horseback, the manual gives instructions on maintianing general health and well-being, and issues of morale and morality, such as the treatment of prisoners, as well as the rudiments of orthodox military tactics such as how to defend a village, how to make ball cartridges etc. It is refered to by De Witt Bailey in his superb work British Military Flintlock Rifles 1740-1840 as "the only reference contemporary with the use of the Baker Rifle which gives specific instructions for rifle cartridge manufacture using a patch". Retaining two of four superb hand-tinted plates and tastefully re-bound. This rare work is un-recorded in the British Museum Catalogue. A rare opportunity.
Extremely rare German Bayonet, Dagger & Knife Maker Book A copy of Anthony Carter's superb The Sword & Knife makers of Germany, 1850-2000, vol I. Having acquired the rights to John Walter's work in this field, Carter set about contacting all surviving German cutlers and furthering the research of the subject. This exhaustive reference was the fruit of his labours an is indeed a masterpiece and an essential reference for the collector. Copies are effectively impossible to find on the market.
Extremely rare Grenade Discharger Ammunition Pouch The only example of this pattern I have owned. Designed to carry the ballistite rounds used in conjuction with the cup discharger and other means of grenade launching using the Lee Enfield Rifle. This webbing pouch would have been issued with the pouch designed to carry the cup discharger, another extremely rare item of equipment introduced during WWI and still being up until the Second World War.
Extremely Rare Grenade Pouch A mint unissued example of the Carrier, Grenade, Special as worn with 1937 Pattern web equipment. (See Article on Grenade Pouches)
Extremely Rare Hawkins Grenade A superb drill No. 75 Mk I or Hawkins Grenade. One of the Holy Grails of British Grenade collecting. A stunning example.
Extremely rare Henry Tandey VC Autograph, 'the soldier who spared Hitler' Henry Tandey VC, DCM, MM was the most highly decorated British private of the First World War. He is also the subject of the one of the greatest storys of WWI, that he spared Adolf Hitler's life in 1914. The story is discussed here , while further biographical details of Tandey's life and service may be found here . Tandey was a modest man, and it appears examples of his autograph signature are perhaps unheard of. This extremely thought provoking item bears an original Tandey signature, and two related period press cuttings, one clearly describing the event at which the autograph was obtained. It is exceptionally rare, I doubt you will see another.
Extremely rare Home Guard Arms & Equipment Receipt Likely a unique survivor, exceptionally rare.
Extremely rare Home Guard Equipment Belt Sleeve The Holy Grail to Home Guard equipment collectors, the belt sleeve remains one of the rarest of items of WWII British equipment.
Extremely rare Home Guard Fighting Knife Purchased with the Vickers Home Guard helmet and FS cap also listed, a rare one-off fighting knife. A Bowie-bladed type with oval nickel cross-guard and leather-bound grip. The scabbard is of brass-mounted buff leather and shows quite a degree of intricacy in it's construction. The integral frog is clearly a modified 1937 Pattern webbing example, though the belt loop has been narrowed so that it fits neatly onto the Home Guard 1903 Pattern leather equipment belt. A unique example.
Extremely rare Home Guard Haversack A lovely example of one of the most rare items of Home Guard equipment. Just a little stiff, with no damage and clear stamps. As good as one could wish for and near impossible to replace.
Extremely rare Home Guard Helmet A recently discovered example bearing an unidentified unit flash. I can supply a replacement chin strap and liner should you so wish
Extremely rare Home Guard Helmet & FS Cap An exceptional Home Guard headgear combination. The MkII steel helmet retains it's original Canadian-made helmet net. To one side is a very neatly applied letter V in white. The accompanying Field Service cap offers the key to deciphering the meaning of the helmet insignia as it bears the name and unit of the original owner, namely L. A. Woodroffe, No. 145, V.5. W/M H.G.. A trawl through Len Whittaker's seminal work Stand Down, Orders of Battle for the units of the Home Guard identifies the 5th (Weymouth) Battalion Dorset Home Guard, a Light Anti-Aircraft Troop stationed at Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Wyke Regis, Weymouth. (The group was purchased at Plymouth, in the neighbouring County to Dorset.) The original owner has also scratched his three initials into the inside of the helmet shell. All in all an astonishingly rare named headgear group incorporating a helmet with Home Guard unit insignia. Purchased together with the fighting knife I have also listed.
Extremely rare Home Guard Helmet Decal A water-transfer badge of the Upper Thames Patrol, a water-bourn unit of the Home Guard
Extremely rare Home Guard Pike An example carried by a Guardsman of the 9th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard. Of note is the scabbard manufactured at unit level. The only example I know of in private hands.
Extremely Rare Imperial German Entrenching Tool An excellent example of this ultra-rare rare pattern with folding head allowing the tool to be used as a pick or conventional shovel.
Extremely rare Imperial German G98 Rifle Luminous Trench Sight A near impossible to replace item.
Extremely rare Imperial German Gas Mask Spectacles
Extremely Rare India Pattern Water Bottle and Shoulder Strap A stunning example of this exceptionaly rare Boer War / WWI period water bottle.
Extremely rare Infantry MkI 1903 Pattern 50-round Bandolier A superb unit-marked and dated example of the MkI P'03 Bandolier, manufactured between 1903 and 1905 and identifiable by its complex buckle. The only example I have handled and one of just a few I am aware of.
Extremely rare Instructional No15 Grenade A rare original WWI instructional cut-away No15 grenade. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade, it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915.
Extremely rare inter-War BSA 15mm BESA Machine Gun Book
Extremely rare late 17th / early 18th Century Flintock Combination Tool A rare and early combination tool for a flintlock musket. Manufactured in hand-wrought steel, it comprises a flat terminal with off-set hammer opposite a turnscrew at right angles to the main axis of the tool, below is a knopped stem and a long spatulate turnscrew. Rotating about a common point approximately half way down the main axis of the tool are a pricker and cranked-head turnscrew/lever. There is simple geometric tooled decoration to the hammer and the whole is suspended from a hand-wrought ring allowing carriage from a belt or bandolier. An exceptionally rare and early gun tool which may date as far back as English Civil Wars. 135mm long excluding ring.
Extremely rare late 18th Century pike of the Strathspey Fencibles. Upon the declaration of war by France in 1793, Sir James Grant of Grant raised this Scottish regiment of fencibles, of which he was appointed colonel. The fencibles are a forgotten army of the Napoleonic Wars, volunteers raised to counter French invasion. Due to distrust of the Scottish Highlanders, there was resistance to raising such armed units and few were brought about. Apparently due to a combination of suspicion of their officers and of the threat of being sent for overseas service, the Strathspey Fencibles mutinied, with a few of its ranks being killed by firing squad at Musselborough near Edinburgh. Ultimately it was disbanded in 1799. A history of this fascinating unit The Strathspey Mutineers: A History of the 1st Highland Fencible Regiment 1793-1799 has been written by G M Fraser. This exceptionally rare pike is one of those sold from Castle Grant in the early 1980’s. Lord Strathspey described a visit to the Castle in 1919 thus, "The castle entrance hall and walls were covered with weapons of all types - cannons, muskets, guns, pistols, claymores, broad swords, armour and saddle furniture, ... pikes, and targes, etc. Many of these were the weapons provided by Sir James Grant for his 'Company of Fencibles', which he raised with his own money in 1793, in support of King George III, when a Napoleonic invasion was threatened. The armoury and the uniforms which were stored in the attics were considered to be one of the greatest and most unusual private collections existing.” The pike is approximately 96 inches (2.45 metres) long, with hand-forged head, langets and shoe, the shaft shows marks indicating it was finished by hand with a draw knife rather than having been turned, it is attractively painted No 61 STRATHSPEY. I was offered one from a selection held in a private museum in Scotland during the mid 1980’s, this example like those shows a slight warp towards its base where it has stood in a rack against a wall. Here you have an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire such a historic and fascinating Scottish weapon. Due to the pike’s length, postage within the UK will cost £55, overseas delivery may present issues, email to discuss your requirements
Extremely rare LDV Arm Band An example of the locally produced LDV armbands distinctive to Greater Manchester incorporating a crown and Zone and Battalion abbreviations. Extremely rare.
Extremely rare LDV Invasion Report Form The only example of this extremely rare document I have seen
Extremely rare LDV Invasion Report Form One of only three examples of this extremely rare document I have seen
Extremely rare LDV unit marked MkII Steel Helmet A 1940 dated MkII which shows traces of the initials LDV in a font similar to that used on brassards. This has been applied to the original factory applied tan paint finish, and subsequently hidden under a later over-paint, no doubt carried out when the LDV were re-name Home Guard. An extremely rare and absolutely original helmet.
Extremely rare Lewis Machine Gun Parts Identification List Small Arms Identification Lists, C.I American, Guns, Machine, Lewis, .30-Inch, USA, Mk I, 1941. The parts Identification Lists were to enable armourers to identify each component of a small arm. They are extremely detailed and useful to the collector. This one covers the .300 Lewis issued to the Home Guard. Extremely scarce.
Extremely rare Lewis Machine Gun Training Manual Lewis Gun Training (Ground), published by the Small Arms Training School at Hythe in 1931 and running to some 54 pages. Extremely rare.
Extremely rare Lock of Mane from Wellington's Horse Copenhagen A hugely exiting find, a lock of the mane of the Duke of Wellington's horse Copenhagen, one of the most famous mounts in military history. It comes as wrapped when taken prior to the death of Copenhagen during the 1830's, the paper bearing an annotated provenance. See this superb article on this most fascinating horse
Extremely rare Malayan Emergency MNLA Cap An extremely rare original Malayan National Liberation Army cap. Brought back by a veteran of the Manchester Regiment, the cap is crudely manufactured, though is in excellent condition and retains it's original enamelled red star badge.
Extremely rare Manton Percussion Pocket Pistol A handsome mid 19th Century pocket pistol bearing perhaps the most important name in the history of English gun manufacture. Having hexagonal-section turn-off barrel, box lock with dolphin hammer, and walnut grip with vacant paktong escutcheon and pommel. The engraving is of a standard commensurate with the name. The action is positive and strong. As fine an example of such a gun as one is likely to find.
Extremely rare Manton Percussion Pocket Pistol Additional images
Extremely rare Maritime Royal Marine Artillery Badged Tunic The wearing of formation patches on officers' Service Dress was to say the least not encouraged during WWII. Such examples are uncommon, and I have always highly prized them. This is an extremely rare and possibly unique example bearing badges of the Maritime Royal Artillery. This fascinating unit provided crews to man anti-aircraft artillery aboard Mercant Naval vessels, and worked in conjunction with DEMS personnel. In 1943 it had in the region of just 170 officers; assuming not all chose to wear formation signs on their service dress, I assert this may indeed be a unique survivor. It is dated 1941 and bears the name of its original owner. The condition throughout is most appealing. A hugely interesting and no doubt rare tunic.
Extremely rare Mauser C96 Automatic Pistol Combination Tool An example of the second variant
Extremely Rare Mechanised Transport Corps Badge A rare variant badge to this fascinating unit. This bears the initials MTAMC, an acronym of one of the variations of title of the unit pre-dating it's naming as the Mechanised Transport Corps. It was manufactured by, and bears the mark of the firm JR Gaunt.
Extremely rare Mint RAF P'25/P'37 Webbing Braces Amongst the rarest of items of Second World War RAF webbing to find in a mint unissued state. These are dated 1941 so could in fact have been made under contract as P'25 or P'37 examples. You will likely wait a very long time to see others.
Extremely rare MkI Bren Light Machine Gun Magazine A superb example (under the later paint I suspect it is in near mint condition) of these much sought after Bren accessories.
Extremely rare MkI Bren Machine Gun magazine One of the Holy Grails of Bren accessories, an example of the illusive MkI Magazine. Immediately identifiable through the lack of the two crescent shaped depressions in the bottom plate, though differing in other regards from the later patterns. This example is well marked and was made at Enfield. In excellent condition. You will certainly wait a long time to see another.
Extremely rare MkI Bren Machine Gun magazine One of the Holy Grails of Bren accessories, an example of the illusive MkI Magazine. Immediately identifiable through the lack of the two crescent shaped depressions in the bottom plate, though differing in other regards from the later patterns. This example is well marked and was made at Enfield. Further, it bears New Zealand Ordnance ownership marks. It is in excellent condition throughout. Near impossible to replace.
Extremely rare MkI Bren Machine Gun magazine One of the Holy Grails of Bren accessories, an example of the illusive MkI Magazine. Immediately identifiable through the lack of the two crescent shaped depressions in the bottom plate, though differing in other regards from the later patterns. This example is well marked and was made at Enfield. In excellent condition. You will certainly wait a long time to see another.
Extremely rare MkI Bren Machine Gun magazine One of the Holy Grails of Bren accessories, an example of the illusive MkI Magazine. Immediately identifiable through the lack of the two crescent shaped depressions in the bottom plate, though differing in other regards from the later patterns. This example is well marked and was made at Enfield. In excellent condition.
Extremely rare MkIII Helmet with Black Watch Hackle Flash Recently discovered, an exceptional WWII dated MKIII steel helmet. It retains its original thick application of textured anti-reflection paint, and the distinctive stylised hackle badge of the Black Watch. Aside from the underside requiring a clean, the condition is extremely attractive. I doubt I will see another.
Extremely rare Modified 1937 Pattern Holster A P'37 Holster modified to carry the spare magazine of an automatic pistol in a pocket on the outside of the holster. I've not seen such a modification in over 20 years of collecting in this field. The holster was originally the property of Captain F H Widrington, the Welsh Guards, who served throughout WWII.
Extremely Rare named Welsh Guards Uniform Group Further images
Extremely Rare named Welsh Guards Uniform Group A superb WWII named and dated Battledress and Service Dress to a Welsh Guards Officer with Arnhem associations. Their original owner was Julian Tuffnel Faber (I advise a Google search, it reveals a wealth of information). The group comprises a tailored 1940 Pattern BD blouse bearing Major's metal rank insignia, embroidered Welsh Guards titles and Guards Armoured Division flashes; the blouse bears all the hallmarks of that of a Guards officer, including leather buttons, while the matching trousers bear distinctive 'turn-ups'. The Service Dress is of the pattern distinctive of the Welsh Guards. The Welsh Guards as part of the Guards Armoured Division played a prominent role in Operation Market Garden, leading the XXX Corps advance to relieve airborne troops aiming to seize the bridges up to Arnhem, ultimately capturing Nijmegen bridge in conjunction with American paratroopers. This is almost certainly a unique opportunity to acquire such a named group to this unit.
Extremely rare Naval Action Ration The only example I have seen complete with its original contents.
Extremely rare New Zealand Machine Gun Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Extremely rare No70 Grenade Designed to improve on the blast effect of the No36 Mills grenade and intended initially for tropical use, the No70 remains one of the most rare of WWII British Army grenade designs. I have seen more Sticky grenades than No70's. This Drill example is dated 1945. A stunningly rare grenade.
Extremely rare No73 Thermos Grenade A superb example of the No. 73 Anti-Tank Grenade, popularly known as the Thermos Flask Bomb. I've seen more Sticky Bombs than No. 73's. Stunningly rare.
Extremely rare No76 Northover Projector Drill Grenade The No76 A.W. or Self Igniting Phosphorus grenade was little more than a Molotov cocktail type. It was intended as an anti-tank grenade, to be thrown or fired from the Northover Projector. This is an example of the rare Drill Grenade. It is a little truncated though retains it's base markings. Very seldom encountered.
Extremely rare No76 Northover Projector Drill Grenade The No76 A.W. or Self Igniting Phosphorus grenade was little more than a Molotov cocktail. Developed during 1940 it was intended as an anti-tank grenade, to be thrown or fired from the Northover Projector. This is an example of the rare Drill Grenade, the only example I have seen in this form, most being of rubber and of simplified design. It is extremely well marked and in excellent condition. An extremely rare grenade.
Extremely rare Official Airborne Forces History A copy of Airborne Forces as compiled by TBH Otway as part of the RAF's official history of the Second World War. Issued by the Air Ministry Air Historical Branch in 1951, it includes 8 maps, 7 of them coloured, 3 of these folding, one full-page to the text, 14 illustrations to the text, most of these full-page, a folding table and two diagrams to the text. This is an ex Army library copy in good condition. Classified as "Restricted," this is the Air Ministry’s internal official history of airborne operations in the Second World War, including development, training and all operations including Sicily, D-Day, and Arnhem. It is an essential reference for those interested in British airborne forces during WWII. Examples are rare indeed, the only copy I am aware of for sale is also an ex-library example and is priced at £350
Extremely rare Oilskin Anti-Gas Overboots While their rubber counterparts turn up on occasion, these oilskin types are ultra-rare. This is a well marked pair in superb condition and perhaps the only such pair you will see.
Extremely rare Ordnance Flintlock Pistol A distinctive Board of Ordnance 15 bore flintlock pistol by Whately. It bears Ordnance Proof marks, conforming marks to the lock plate and appropriate store keeper's marks to the butt. It is asserted that this unique pattern was commissioned by the Board of Ordnance during the War of 1812 for supply to native American Indians, continuing a practice carried out during the War of Independence. This is one of just 2,636 such pistols and as such is rare indeed. While the ramrod is possibly an older replacement, the condition of the piece is excellent throughout, only the stock showing service wear. An extremely rare opportunity for the collector.
Extremely rare Ordnance marked Bullet Mould by Manton of Calcutta
Extremely rare original WWII LRDG Cap Badge group Acquired direct from the veteran's son, an original WWII Long Range Desert Group cap badge. W F Dugan joined the LRDG from the REME as an Artificer. He was Mentioned in Despatches in June of 1943. Accompanying the badge is a period photograph of Dugan wearing the badge, his Artificers' qualification badge, Mention in Despatches oak leaf and accompanying letter, the latter bearing a congratulatory annotation possibly from Captain Joe Braithwaite. Also included is a photocopy of Dugan's Clothing and Equipment Record.
Extremely rare original WWII No82 Gammon Grenade Designed by Captain Gammon MC of the Parachute Regiment and commonly issued to Airborne and other special forces, it is amongst the most sought after of Second World War British hand grenades.
Extremely rare Oxfordshire Light Infantry Biography Being the privately published biography or In Memoriam of Brigadier General E D White, CMG. by General Davies
Extremely rare pair of 1939 Pattern Braces An unissued matching pair, maker-marked and dated. So rare, the last time I checked the National Army Museum lacked a pair to complete its set of P'39 equipment.
Extremely rare pair of WWII Airborne Divisions Vehicle Decals An original pair of water-transfer decals. 227mm x 227mm
Extremely rare Para Sten Drop Bucket One of the rarest items of WWII British airborne issue equipment, only the second I have handled in 30 years of collecting in this field, the drop bucket for the Sten submachine gun. An excellent 1942 dated example and the only one you are likely to see in quite some time.
Extremely rare PARACHUTE Shoulder Title This pattern of title was worn between August 1941 and August 1942. Much reproduced, originals are exceptionally rare and sought after. From a collection dating to the 1940's I have been fortunate in acquiring.
Extremely rare Percussion Cap Cross Belt Pouch Dating to circa 1855 and incredibly rare
Extremely rare PIAT Booklet Published my the manufacturer ICI for those staff who had been invloved in production of the weapon
Extremely rare pre-WWI Webley Revolver Holster An extremely interesting 1912 dated Sam Browne pattern holster; bearing Ordnance stamps and ownership marks including the name of an Army Veterinary Corps soldier.
Extremely Rare P'39 Compass Pouch Another item of 1939 Pattern equipment which is near-impossible to find, the compass pouch. This is an original P'39 example modified to the P'40 configuration.
Extremely Rare P'39 Leather Shoulder Straps These are the only L-Straps from the P'39 equipment set I have handled. One set of rivets have been renewed though it is not immediately apparent. Extremely rare leather.
Extremely rare R101 Airship Casualty Group A rare and important group of artifacts from a descendant of Arthur W J Norcott, a rigger on the crew of the ill-fated British airship the R 101. It comprises a locket bearing his portrait, and a photograph of him in uniform, a postcard photograph of the memorial to the casualties of the dissaster at Cardington, an In Memoriam, a postcard photograph of the Cardington memorial, and some insignia. The latter are of some rarity and perhaps even unique. In addition to a superb enamelled silver brooch modelled as the airship, is potentially the sole surviving embroidered overall badge worn by the crewe of the R101. An extremely poignant and equally rare group, indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors in this field.
Extremely rare RAF Bomb Disposal Uniform & Document Group I am delighted to be able to offer this exceptionally rare group. Originally belonging to RAF Bomb Disposal technician 1190290 Sergeant Arthur Chandler. His tunic bears the extremely rare Bomb Disposal arm badge authorised by AMO A69 in January 1941, and abolished in 1948. The group includes his National Service Grade Card, National Registration Card, and copious detailed and illustrated notes on Bomb Disposal and ordnance. An exceptionally rare Bomb Disposal group.
Extremely rare RAF Dambusters Airbase Napkin Ring A delightful Air Ministry issue napkin ring from RAF Scampton. At the outbreak of World War II, Scampton served 49 and 83 Squadrons undertaking the hazardous task of low level mine laying and bombing of ships. By 1942 the squadrons were equipped with the Avro Lancaster, but were then replaced at Scampton by 57 Squadron and the now famous 617 Squadron. 617 was specifically established for the Dambusters mission codenamed ‘Operation Chastise’ in which Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the attack on the dams in the Ruhr Valley, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. This modest little RAF issue napkin ring is a direct link with this historic airbase and the Dambusters. One of three numbered examples I have been extremely fortunate in acquiring.
Extremely rare RAF Irvin Harnessuit Mae West and Bladder The bladder is 1940 dated and yellow silk covered. Silk was considered to offer the rubber some protection from UV rays and continued to be applied to tropical issue life preservers. There is perishing to the oral inflation tube though I suspect the bladder to be sound.
Extremely Rare RAF Mk. 5 Flying Helmet An example of the rarely seen RAF Mark V High Speed Anti Blast or HSAB Helmet Assembly. Manufactured by the M L Aviation Company following development in the late 1960's, it was introduced circa 1971. It is an enclosed type helmet with integral oxygen mask and communications system (one earphone and the external supply cable is lacking on this example, though could be replaced). It featured a gas-operated mechanism which would automatically close and lock the visor upon operation of the pilot ejection system. These helmets were used for Tornado development trials but were ultimately short-lived. Today they are extremely rare. This example is complete with it’s visor protector and carrying bag. Do see Christian Brydges' superb article on the Mk 5 HSAB Helmet Assembly at http://www.flightgear.dk/hsab.htm
Extremely Rare Raiding Support Regiment Cap badge Formed at Azzib, Palestine, in October 1943, and disbanded in 1945, the Raiding Support Regiment was intended to support commando raiding forces and bring heavy weapons to the aid of partisans in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia, increasing the harassment of German Forces in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans in order to prevent them from being withdrawn and used as reinforcements against the Allied invasion of North West Europe. It’s ranks were trained parachutists and wore SAS Wings. They were organised into a headquarters and five batteries: A - Machine-gun battery of Vickers and captured Spandau medium machine-guns B - Mortar battery of heavy mortars C - Light anti-aircraft battery of Browning heavy machine guns D - Anti-tank battery of Italian 47 / 32mm anti-tank guns E - Mountain battery of US M8 75mm Pack Howitzers. The unit ultimately saw action in the Dalmatian Islands, Yugoslavia, Greece and Albania. It's unique badge is one of the most rare and coveted items of WWII British Special Forces insignia. This rare example was clearly worn under service conditions and attractively retains subtle evidence of original owner having "bulled" the highlights, a common practice intended to smarten up the appearance of such cloth insignia. I'm not sure I won't regret parting with this superb badge.
Extremely rare Reconnaissance Corps Officers' Coloured Field Service Cap A superb example
Extremely Rare Reich Chancellery Marble Fragment A visually striking and undeniably rare large fragment of the Mosaic Hall of Hitler's Reichs Chancellery. The thick fragment is mounted in a well wrought iron stand, the latter's underside bearing the inscription From Berlin, 1947, Hitler's Grand Hall ..... It incorporates extremely high quality gilded tesserae, and others in the distinctive red marble used in vast quantities in the decoration of the Reich’s Chancellery; indeed sufficient was salvaged to allow the Soviets to construct the base of the Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park in Berlin from such marble taken from the ruins of the New Reich Chancellery. While small fragments were no doubt collected by and traded amongst Allied troops in considerable numbers, such large specimens are effectively unobtainable. An extremely rare item of war booty and a relic of Albert Speer's Berlin
Extremely rare Royal Marines Battledress Blouse The only example I know of, conforming to the 1940 Pattern, though bearing a label which describes the garment as Royal Marines battledress Serge. Clearly the Admiralty requested this designation upon contracting for the suppply of khaki blouses for issue to Royal Marine Comandos.
Extremely Rare Royal Naval Division Trench Art Stamp Box A charming Art Nouveau inspired stamp box in walnut and ivory/ivorine. It bears an annotated label naming its maker, his unit, the Royal Naval Division, and stating he was interned in Holland during the First World War. In 1914, 1,500 men of the First Royal Naval Brigade were deployed to assist the Belgian army against German troops attacking Antwerp. During their retreat Commodore Wilfred Henderson had his unit cross the frontier into Holland to avoid being taken prisoner of war by the Germans. On arrival in Holland they were interned, in accordance with International Law, in Groningen. Their camp quickly acquired the local nickname of “Engelse Kamp” (English Camp), while the British themselves called the camp 'Timbertown' or 'HMS Timbertown'. This is an extremely rare relic of that time and place.
Extremely rare Royal Ordnance Factory ARP Helmet A most attractive example of the MkII No2c in its original pale blue paint and bearing a most attractive badge, being that of a Royal Ordnance Factory ARP unit. What intrigues me about this fascinating helmet is what appears to be evidence that under the blue paint it may have been nickel-plated. To the rim at each side are the three holes indicative of this pattern intended solely for Home Front use. The original chinstrap bears an unusual pattern of brass buckle. In all a most attractive and rare helmet.
Extremely rare Scottish Basket Hilted Broad Sword by John Allan of Stirling An important early 18th Century Scottish broad sword by the renowned sword slipper John Allan of Stirling. The hilt has circular-section bars, and oblong junction plates with conventional heart shaped piercings, roundels and fine fish tail merlon edges, the side and rear guards are united by an S-shaped guard, while the pommel is conical with radial flutes. At two points there appears to be brass wire inlay in the form of acute chevrons. There is a very old repair to one bar, likely dating to the 18th Century, and the original grip core lacks it's binding. The whole has a very old black patina. The original German export broad sword blade, now just over 28" though probably originally longer, is impressively broad at the ricasso where it has two short fullers. It is thereafter tripple-fullered and struck with the name ANDREA to one face and FERARA to the other, embellished with a pattern of repeated W's and typical cross-and-orb marks. The blade is in superb condition. It was only upon light cleaning in advance of proposed restoration that the slipper's mark J A S [John Allan, Stirling] was discovered, on the underside of the wrist guard near the blade. All swords by John Allan are extremely rare and important. David Oliver in his article John Allan of Stirling [Journal of the 17th Park Lane Arms Fair, 2000] records the fact that he could only think of five such simply decorated examples by Allan. Further, this sword is in a minority which feature the S-form rear fillers [Whitelaw illustrates one in his seminal work Scottish Arms Makers, another is held at the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen]. An exceptionally rare sword.
Extremely rare Scottish Churches Huts British War Medal That of Mr John S Hayward. The Scottish Churches Huts provided temporary places of worship, prayer and relaxation for troops serving in France and Flanders. There were twenty five such centres and approxiamtely 350 personnel.
Extremely rare Seal Skin Cold Weather Cap The British Army's extreme cold weather headgear of both World Wars. A stunning example.
Extremely Rare Sealed Pattern Kit Bag An Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern kit bag.
Extremely Rare Secret Home Guard Leaflet on Immobilisation of Petrol Pumps The only examples I have seen of this extremely rare document
Extremely rare Seled Pattern P'37 MkIII Basic Pouch A Sealed Working Pattern of the 1937 Pattern MkII Basic Pouch. The MkIII differed from the previous pattern in having a quick release fastener. WWII dated and in unissued condition.
Extremely rare set of MRC Body Armour This body armour, designed by the Medical Research Council to certain War Office criteria, principally a weight limit, was issued in relatively limited numbers largely to elements of 21st Army Group. 300 were allocated to the SAS, and there is documentary and testimonial evidence of its issue to airborne troops taking part in operation Market Garden at Arnhem. Few examples survive, I know of less than ten.
Extremely rare set of MRC Body Armour Additional images
Extremely rare Small Arms Training Pamphlet For the Hotchkiss 25mm anti-tank gun
Extremely rare SOE / OSS Spring Cosh From the same SOE source as the tyre slasher knife also listed. An exceptional example of this near impossible to find item of equipment, only the second I have seen.
Extremely Rare SOE Radio Battery Charger An original WWII SOE Hand Generator, Battery Charger No 2 (as illustrated in the SOE Equipment Catalogue). I've not tested its output though can confirm the internal gear box is fully operational and it drives well.
Extremely rare South Lancashire Division Woseley Helmet A superb named other rank's example
Extremely Rare Sudanese Mahdist Patched Jibbeh Surely one of the most iconic garments in military history, that of the followers of Mohammed Ahmad, the self-declared al-Mahdi of the Sudan Mahdist War of the 1880's and 1890's. The patched jibbeh, emblematic of virtuous poverty, was the 'uniform' of the Mahdist. While it is known that as the Mahdiyya state grew, these jibbehs were ultimately manufactured in factories, this example bears refinements in construction and detail which suggest it was perhaps that of an individual of rank, such as an Amir, rather than a lower status Ansar. The garment body is complete, and though some of the patches in particuler show distress, the jibbeh overall is fundamentally sound, and will respond well to conservation. Examples exist in major military museums, and the collections of some stately homes, though examples effectively never come on the open market. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire such a distinctive relic of the Anglo-Sudan War of 1881 to the final demise of the Mahdiyya at Omdurman in 1898.
Extremely Rare Tackitabs Home Guard Training System The only example I have ever encountered. Fascinating and rare indeed.
Extremely Rare Tank Crew Holster One of the most sought after of items of 1937 Pattern webbing, the Royal Armoured Corps revolver holster. Most of this pattern were officially shortened, few apparently having survived in their original state. A batch of Canadian examples was unearthed during the 1980's, the British-made type have always been extremely rare. This is a lovely example dated 1939, it is complete with it's leg strap and pistol cleaning rod.
Extremely Rare Thermos Grenade A superb drill No. 73 Anti-Tank Grenade. Stunningly rare.
Extremely Rare Unissued AB64 Pay Book From my own collection, 1940 dated, unissued, complete with Part 2 and supplementary sheets. An exceptional group.
Extremely Rare Unissued AB64 Pay Book A 1940 dated example.
Extremely Rare Unissued AB64 Pay Book A 1944 dated example
Extremely rare unissued Royal Navy 1919 Pattern Webbing Braces When combined with the unissued P'19 Belt I have in stock, and a pair of Lanchester pouches, one would have a good WWII Royal Navy accoutrement combination.
Extremely rare unissued WWI Soldiers' Small Book The only unissued example I have seen. Each soldier was issued with and required to carry a Small Book. While this example bears ink stamps indicating it was to be issued by the 225th Field Company, Royal Engineers, it is otherwise in its original state. An extremely rare opportunity. It would make an ideal template for the reproduction of such documents
Extremely rare unused Pay Book AB63 Part II The only blank example I have seen
Extremely rare Vickers Bethier Magazine Pouch An extremely rare trials pouch for the Vickers Berthier Light Machine Gun magazine. It has hooks on the rear indicating it was worn on a 1908 Pattern webbing belt. 1933 dated.
Extremely rare Vickers Machine Gun Manual An original copy of the extremely scarce official manual Machine Gun Training, 1925. It runs to some 406 pages and covers all aspects of the use of the Vickers including appendices on the Deflection Bar Foresight, Direction and Elevation Dials, MkII Angle of Site Instrument, Vickers Clinometer, MkIV Field Plotter and the Machine Gunner's Slide Rule.
Extremely rare Vickers Skeleton Instructional Lock An example of the Lock, Skeleton, Instruction, Mark I for the Vickers Machine Gun. It is a VSM marked lock which has windows cut to show the operation of the lock for training purposes. Importantly it bears the correct SKN marks indicating it's purpose. This is an absolutely genuine officially skeletonised example, not a post-War reproduction. Extremely rare. I know Vickers specialist collectors who've never seen one of these outside Goldsmith's Grand Old Lady of No-Man's Land.
Extremely rare Vickers Skeleton Instructional Lock An example of the Lock, Skeleton, Instruction, Mark I for the Vickers Machine Gun. It has VSM and other marks and has windows cut to show the operation of the lock for training purposes. Importantly it bears the correct SKN marks indicating it's purpose. It has been mounted on an oak plinth bearing an engraved brass plaque (it slides into a channel on the plinth and has not been modified in any way to allow mounting). This is an absolutely genuine officially skeletonised example, not a post-War reproduction. Extremely rare. I know Vickers specialist collectors who've never seen one of these outside Goldsmith's "Grand Old Lady of No-Man's Land", it's only the second example I have seen.
Extremely rare Victorian / P'03 Pistol Ammo Pouch A Victorian revolver ammunition pouch for the Pattern 1888 valise equipment, offcially modified to Pattern 1903 specification by having the belt loop rivetted at the bottom as opposed to fastening over a brass spigot. The only example I have ever seen.
Extremely Rare Victorian Cameron Highlanders Doublet A rare Victorian scarlet doublet to a Sergeant of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. It retains it's original paper label which is dated 1896 and gives the name and service number of it's original owner. It bears it's original pre-1902 Pattern white metal General Service buttons (some are detached but present in one pocket together with the rank chevrons), and it also bears a Rifle Marksman's qualification to the left forearm. The shoulder straps bear the embroidered designation of the wearer's unit while the collar badges are lacking. It appears to have had three Efficiency Stars to the lower right sleeve, indicating the wearer had been returned as efficient for 15 years. There is typical light soiling, wear and tear, with some loose stitching, but for such a tunic I consider the condition to be excellent and improvable with minor attention. An extremely rare named and dated Victorian Highlanders' doublet.
Extremely rare Victorian Enfield Rifle Pouch circa 1860 An exceptionally rare belt pouch of an English Rifle Volunteer of circa 1860. The pouch itself is manufactured from dark brown leather, it has two belt loops, a large weather flap secured by a single strap closing on a brass stud, and an inner rain cover, the front of the pouch has a cap pocket affixed. Inside the pouch is a tinned-plate three-compartment liner which in turn contains an oil bottle and cap tin. One side gusset to the inner flap is lacking and one belt loop is detached though present. The leather is strong and supple. An excellent example of such a mid-Victorian military accoutrement and perhaps the only one you will see outside a museum.
Extremely rare Victorian Entrenching Tool An Ordnance stamped Linnemann Patent entrenching tool. The design is that of Danish army officer Mads Johan Buch Linnemann (1830-89), being patented in 1869. It could be used as a saw, a frying pan, knife and of course as an entrenching tool. The design was sold to many armies, indeed (lacking the saw) it was in use with the Germans up until the Second World War. Up until discovering this example I was unaware of its use by the British Army. I believe this to be a Victorian troop trials example, and as such extremely rare.
Extremely rare WD issue RAF Officer's Cap The only example I have encountered retaining it's original label. An extremely rare cap.
Extremely rare webbing Grenade Pouch
Extremely rare Wireless Set No38 Equipment Strap This was affixed to the P'37 shoulder strap or brace and used to suspend the wireless set cradle. A vital part of this wireless set's equipment, lacking from most collections. So rare they are being reproduced.
Extremely rare WWI 1907 Pattern Bayonet Double-Ribbed Scabbard An exceptionally rare example of the No2 Scabbard for the P'07 bayonet. These are assumed to have been introduced as a Wartime economy, enabling the utilisation of smaller strips of leather. The pattern is distinctive in have a stitched seam and rib on both the front and back of the scabbard, with the chape having corresponding raised channels. However in the List of Changes in British War Materiel for 1920 the pattern is cancelled, no scabbards of this pattern having been made. Skennerton suggests at least some samples or test runs must have been performed, as some very rare examples are recorded. The Australians did adopt the pattern during the inter-War years, though this example is clearly British, bearing maker's marks of Hepburn Gale & Ross, and a 1915 date. While the locket and chape of this example are rusted, the leather is sound. An extremely rare item of WWI British military equipment.
Extremely rare WWI 1914 Pattern Leather Brace An example of the brace from the much sought after P'14 leather equipment set. These are effectively unobtainable, most collectors resorting to reproductions. This example is by the manufacturer Simmons. It had a P'14 claw buckle fitted to one end which has now been removed. The leather is strong and supple and a good mid-tan colour. An incredibly rare item.
Extremely rare WWI 2-pounder Davis Gun Shell An example of the projectile from this, the first recoilless gun. It was trialled and used on a very limited basis by the RFC in a variety of rolls including anti-Zeppelin. This is a nickel-plated rill example manufactured by the National Shell Factory at Leeds.
Extremely rare WWI Anti Gas Ampoules One of the commercially-produced anti-gas items produced during 1915 and 1916 while the War Department was attempting to introduce and standardise it's own protective equipment. An exceptionally rare item of kit, I doubt you will see another.
Extremely rare WWI Anti Gas Trousers Even more rare than the anti-gas cape itself, the only pair I have seen in over 20 years of collecting in this field. In excellent condition and clearly marked.
Extremely Rare WWI Anti-Gas Eyeshield An exceptionally rare WWI anti-gas eye shield presumably pre-dating or contemporary to the Hypo, Phenate and PH helmets. It bears an old annotated label which reads Eye protection against lachrymatory gas, 1915-1916 and was the property of Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Extremely Rare WWI Anti-Gas Eyeshield An exceptionally rare WWI anti-gas eye shield presumably pre-dating or contemporary to the Hypo, Phenate and PH helmets. Formerly the property of Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Extremely rare WWI Artillery Slide Rule A 1915 dated example of the rare App. Observation of Fire Slide Rule MkVI. These instruments were hand made by the form Aston & Mander of London. A rare and fascinating slide rule.
Extremely rare WWI Australian Motor Transport Driver's Cap This leather variant Service Dress cap was unique to Australian forces during WWI. It was issued to motor transport drivers. The example offered here was acquired with the breeches, tunic and slouch hat also listed. It is complete and in very good strong and supple condition. The original owner has folded the sweatband twice along its length, presumably to adjust the fit. Perhaps the only example you will ever see.
Extremely rare WWI Australian Motor Transport Driver's Cap Additional images
Extremely rare WWI Autograph Book Further images
Extremely Rare WWI British Hotchkiss Bandolier A superb 1917 dated example of the bandolier intended to carry ammunition strips for the .303 Hotchkiss portative machine gun. Certainly one of the rarest of items intended to be worn by cavalry using 1903 Pattern leather equipment.
Extremely rare WWI Cameron Highlanders Sporran A stunning example, maker-marked and bearing its original owner's name and number.
Extremely Rare WWI Cavalry Bedford Cord Breeches A good sound pair and perhaps the only you will see
Extremely Rare WWI Cavalry Bedford Cord Breeches Additional images
Extremely rare WWI Cavalry Troopers' Sword Knot An extremely rare example of the buff leather sword knot worn with cavalry troopers' swords. This superb example is clearly Ordnance and maker marked, it is dated 1918. You may not see another.
Extremely rare WWI Electric Signalling Lamp In mahogany and lacquered brass, battery operated and incorporating a sighting tube with cross-hairs for orientation, a large bulls eye lens and Morse key, complete with original hide case.
Extremely Rare WWI German Gottscho Bayonet To quote the late Anthony Carter from volume two of his four volume masterpiece on the German bayonet, "The Seitengewehr 1914 Gottscho have long been considered amongst the most rare of German bayonets". This is an honest untouched example of this most striking of patterns which will improve with a light clean an oiling. These are very seldom encountered.
Extremely rare WWI German Kriegsbrot Black Bread Brought back by Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, two pieces of German Kriegsbrot or black bread, hermetically sealed in a glass vessel. One piece bears an impressed mark. Extremely poignant.
Extremely rare WWI German Propaganda Leaflet circa 1914
Extremely rare WWI German Stick Grenade A Stielhandgranate 1915. Such grenades are extremely rare, almost all of those encountered being dug relics. You may not see another like this.
Extremely Rare WWI Gurkha Kukri An excellent and somewhat rare original WWI British military kukri. Of Indian Ordnance manufacture, it conforms fully to the military pattern in issue during both World Wars. The grip scales are secured by brass rivets, while the steel pommel cap is riveted to the blade tang by two small dome rivets, there is a steel bolster. The blade has a single short fuller. It is clearly stamped with Indian Ordnance marks and is dated 1917. While there is some surface rust to the blade, I believe there is only minimal pitting and that near the tip. It is complete with it's original Ordnance scabbard. An excellent example of a rare and much reproduced fighting knife.
Extremely rare WWI Hotchkiss .303 Ammo Box An ammunition box for .303 Hotchkiss ammunition belts. The belts were introduced primarily for use with guns mounted in First World War tanks, termed the MkI* and introduced in June of 1917. This rare ammo box is lacking it's internal divisions but retains it's original internal label and externally is in stunning original condition. An extremely rare WWI ammo box.
Extremely rare WWI Hotchkiss .303 Ammo Box An ammunition box for .303 Hotchkiss ammunition belts. The belts were introduced primarily for use with guns mounted in First World War tanks, termed the MkI* and introduced in June of 1917. This rare ammo box is lacking it's internal divisions but retains it's original internal label and original finish, the leather closure tab is weak though complete. An extremely rare WWI ammo box. I am seeking a deactivated Hotchkiss .303 portative and a German MG08/15, don't hesitate to get in touch if you can assist
Extremely rare WWI Indian P'03 Bayonet Frog The only example of this pattern I have seen outside of Carter's books on the subject.
Extremely rare WWI KD Service Dress Tunic A superb example of seldom encountered WWI khaki drill clothing. It bears what I assume to be its original owner's name printed onto the lower inside. While retaining brass general Service buttons, it only retains evidence of where the original Territorial shoulder titles were applied. What is interesting is the presence of whipped cotton thread loops indicating the original attachment of Corporals’' rank chevrons and War Service Chevrons using wire hooks, enabling their removal for laundering. A rare and intersting tunic
Extremely rare WWI KD Service Dress Tunic A superb example of seldom encountered WWI khaki drill clothing. While retaining brass general Service buttons, it also bears whipped-cotton thread loops indicating the original attachment of Long Service & Good Conduct chevrons, and War Service chevrons, using wire hooks, enabling their removal for laundering. A rare and intersting tunic in superb condition.
Extremely rare WWI Lewis Machine Gun Magazine Carrier One of just a few I've seen in the past thirty years.
Extremely rare WWI Lewis Machine Gun Magazine Carrier One of just a few I've seen in the past thirty years.
Extremely rare WWI Maxim Machine Gun Manual A lovely example of this extremely rare Vickers Maxim manual from 1914.
Extremely rare WWI No14 Periscope A superb example of this pattern introduced during WWI for issue to artillery observers
Extremely rare WWI Officer's Steel helmet & Cover An exceptional item of WWI British army headgear having been worn by P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches. The shell is an early production example, lacking an applied rim. It is fitted with a Hawkes & Co patent liner. What makes the combination extremely rare is the presence of an example of Hawkes' 'sunproof' camouflage cover in khaki drill covered cork. The latter was intended to be worn in combination with the steel shell, though in tropical or conditions could be worn with the liner alone.
Extremely rare WWI Officer's Steel helmet & Cover Additional images
Extremely rare WWI Officers' Private Purchase Water Bottle The only example of this pattern I have encountered. Formerly the property of Lieutenant H J Cotton DCM.
Extremely rare WWI OR's Service Dress Trousers An item of issue clothing so rare most collectors will never handle a pair
Extremely rare WWI OR's Service Dress Trousers / Breeches So rare you may not see another pair. In lovely condition and clearly marked with their original owner's service number (a search of Public Record Office Medal Index Cards offers up three soldiers given this number during WWI). Ultra-rare, and never previously in a collection.
Extremely Rare WWI Patent Service Frame An extremely attractive and rare photograph frame. Cast in bronzed and cold painted base metal alloy it bears patent designation Eastern Front Service Frame suggesting it had a Western Front equivalent. Though clearly lacking a foot or suspender it is complete with a card insert intended to record the service details of the portrait's subject. There is a crack to the bottom edge though it isn't immediately apparent. In all a rare and attractive memento of the Great War.
Extremely Rare WWI Personal Kit Roll Bearing four-digit service number and abbreviated unit marks.
Extremely rare WWI P'14 Rifle Handbook Handbook of the Enfield Pattern 1914 .303-inch Magazine Rifle. Published in 1916, running to 30 pages of detailed text with supporting illustrations. Cover split at spine though still present. Extremely rare.
Extremely rare WWI RFC / RAF Avro Type 504 Technical Notes
Extremely rare WWI RFC / RAF Sopwith Dolphin Manual Incomplete and fragmentary
Extremely rare WWI Scottish Women's Hospital Title At the outbreak of the First World War the Scottish Federation of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, at the suggestion of Dr Elsie Inglis, put forward the idea of female medical units to serve on the front line. The War Office rejected the idea, but nonetheless private donations and the fundraising of local societies financed a number of units staffed entirely by women, The Scottish Women's Hospital was thus founded. The organisation's headquarters were in Edinburgh throughout the war, with committees also in Glasgow and London. The first unit mobilised established a 200 bed Auxiliary Hospital at Royaumont Abbey in December 1914. In April 1915, Dr Inglis herself was at the head of a unit based in Serbia. The Austrian offensive of that summer led to their camps being overrun and a number of the staff including Inglis herself being taken prisoner, only to be released after negotiations. By the end of the war there were fourteen Scottish Women's Hospitals in France, Serbia, Russia, Salonica and Macedonia. Inglis herself was ill with cancer by 1917 while working in Russia. She and her unit were part of the retreat of forces to Archangel and she was evacuated to Newcastle on the 25th November of that year, only to die the following day. The Scottish Women's Hospitals' work continued until the end of the war. This is an astonishingly rare original brass shoulder title to this fascinating unit.
Extremely Rare WWI SMLE Rifle Training Chart A rare original WWI training poster on the SMLE MkIII. Published by Gale & Polden. It is in excellent rolled condition and measures 20" x 25". One for the collector of SMLE related material. I doubt you will see another.
Extremely rare WWI Tank Corps Hotchkiss .303 Ammo Box An ammunition box for .303 Hotchkiss ammunition belts. The belts were introduced primarily for use with guns mounted in First World War tanks, termed the MkI* and introduced in June of 1917. This rare ammo box is lacking its internal divisions but retains its original paint finish including lid markings referring to the MkV and Medium MkA (Whippet) tanks. These tanks were fitted with magazines designed to carry these ammo boxes. The leather closure tab lacks its tongue. An extremely rare WWI ammo box. I am seeking a deactivated Hotchkiss .303 portative and a German MG08/15, don't hesitate to get in touch if you can assist
Extremely rare WWI Toothbrush A 1918 dated example in unused condition
Extremely rare WWI Tropical Water Carrier An extremely rare item of British military equipment which up until I found this example I had no idea had been adopted by the Army so early. The Chagul is made from canvas and was intended to carry water. After soaking for an appropriate length of time and subsequent filling the Chagul would retain up to 85% of it's contents after 24 hours. I have encountered just a few WWII dated examples, which are prized by collectors of Far East issue kit, however this incredibly rare mint example is dated 1919. A fascinating item.
Extremely Rare WWI Vickers Machine Gun Ammo Box An example of the Box, Belt, Ammunition, Vickers .303-inch M.G., No. 3, Mk. III. Certainly one of the most rare of Vickers accessories. These were introduced in 1912 and superseded by metal ammo boxes before the War's end. This example has been varnished and will complement any Great War period Vickers display.
Extremely Rare WWI War Department Cottton Textiles Office History No doubt the only copy you will see of this fascinating volume. Printed in a large format it covers the work of the War Office Department responsible for managing the procurement of cotton textile fabric ranging from aircraft and balloon skin to gas mask fabric, clothing and webbing. Utterly fascinating.
Extremely rare WWI Wilson Goggles I acquired these with a Robbins of Dudley fighting knife from the family of the veteran who owned them during WWI. They are illistrated in Mick Prodger's excellent work on flying headgear, though I suspect they were worn in the field by troops other than avaitors. In superb condition and very rarely encountered.
Extremely rare WWI Wireless Signals Squadron Title
Extremely Rare WWII 2-inch Mortar Sight I have been fortunate in surfacing a few of these extremely rare sights. Each is complete, in excellent condition, and extremely well marked (the one illustrated being a typical sample piece). Up until this point the only example I had handled in over 20 years of collecting in this field was incomplete, and I paid well into three figures to add it to my collection. You may not see another.
Extremely rare WWII 2nd Infantry Division Helmet A 1944 dated Mk2 steel helmet retaining its original finish and 2nd Infantry Division transfer decal. While regimentally badged helmets are rare, divisional insignia are extremely so. The 2nd Infantry Division served throughout the Burma campaign with great distinction.
Extremely rare WWII Anti-Gas Cape One of rarest of items of WWII kit. General issue, and carried rolled atop the haversack, they were designed to be worn over web equipment, indeed they are fitted at the back to accommodate the pack or haversack. Very few have survived, and examples very seldom appear on the market, when they do they are frequently stiff and often pretty much solid, this is a good strong and supple example. On the wants list of most collectors of WWII British Army kit, you will wait a very long time to find another.
Extremely rare WWII Anti-Gas Cape One of rarest of items of WWII kit. General issue, and carried rolled atop the haversack, they were designed to be worn over web equipment, indeed they are fitted at the back to accommodate the pack or haversack. Very few have survived, and examples very seldom appear on the market, when they do they are frequently stiff and often pretty much solid, this is a good strong and supple example. On the wants list of most collectors of WWII British Army kit, you will wait a very long time to find another.
Extremely Rare WWII Anti-Gas Wallet Purchased with the mug and issue marked washing kit, this is an extremely rare anti-gas wallet for protection of the soldier's Pay Book and personal papers. It was found to contain two French bank notes and a unit photograph, no doubt including the original owner. Extremely rare.
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Cotton Vest An excellent damage-free example faintly marked though in a large size, 4, and 1944 dated.
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Cutlery Knife Perhaps the most rare item of WWII personal kit.
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Cutlery Knife A superb 1940 dated example of perhaps the most rare item of WWII personal kit
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Cutlery Knife A superb 1939 dated example of perhaps the rarest item of WWII personal kit
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Tooth Brush Certainly one of the rarest of items from the washing and shaving kit.
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Towell Another exceptionally rare item of issue kit, indeed an item that I didn't manage to score from my "Wants" list even after years collecting in this field. It will benefit from a gentle hand-wash, however the marks and 1944 date are still perfectly clear. You may wait a very long time to find another.
Extremely rare WWII Army Issue Towell Another exceptionally rare item of issue kit, indeed an item that I didn't manage to score from my "Wants" list even after years collecting in this field. It will benefit from a gentle hand-wash, however the marks and 1941 date are still apparent. The second of two I purchased with a trunk of issue kit to one man. You may wait a very long time to find another.
Extremely rare WWII Army Officers' Clothing & Equipment Manual Offered here are digital scans of this near-unobtainable publication, to be delivered as email file attachments. This fascinating 15 page manual details the clothing and equipment requirements of Army officers and as such is a primary reference for collectors and re-enactors in this field.
Extremely rare WWII ARP Blackout Tape An original tin of Butterfly Brand Specially Prepared Air Raid Precaution Sealing Tape. A rare and poignant souvenir of the blackout.
Extremely rare WWII ATS Officer's Pyjamas An extremely rare Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern set of Female Officer's Pyjamas. Quiet assuredly the only such pair you are ever likely to see.
Extremely rare WWII Battle Jerkin Designed by Colonel Rivers-MacPherson, this distinctive item of equipment is was issued to Commandos and D-Day assault troops. Examples are very seldom encountered
Extremely rare WWII Battle Jerkin Additional images
Extremely rare WWII British Army Anti-Gas Gloves An as issued pair of these incredibly scarce oilskin gloves, lacking from all but the most advanced collections.
Extremely rare WWII British Army Climbing Breeches
Extremely Rare WWII British Army Issue Kilt An extremely rare Government Tartan kilt retaining it's original issue marks and label. It dates to 1936 and is to fit a wearer with 32" waist and height 5' 7-8". It also bears the details and service number of it's original owner. The short leather fastening belts are lacking though are easy to replace, elsewhere there is a small hole as shown in the photographs and only light wear and rear. Overall the appearnce is excellent and it displays extremely well indeed. One of only a very few original WWII kilts to retain their original label which I have encountered.
Extremely rare WWII British Para Machete This unique pattern of machete was designed for issue to British Paratroops during WWII. It features a leather scabbard with integral straps enabling it to be fastened to the leg. Ron Flook describes the machete in his British & Commonwealth Military Knives (pages 109-10), and I have actually handled the Ordnance Sealed Pattern of the Scabbard, the label of which confirms it to be specifically Paratroop issue. I have owned just two in over 20 years of collecting British equipment.
Extremely rare WWII British Para Machete See Swords & Knives shop category.
Extremely rare WWII Camouflaged Groundsheet Cape A very good example of the short-lived early-War camouflaged variant of the standard Army issue groundsheet cape. One of only a few I have ever seen.
Extremely Rare WWII Canadian Armoured Reconnaisance BD A superb WWII Canadian BD to a Trooper of the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards. The blouse is Canadian-made, 1943 dated and of the original Pattern which has hook-and-eye neck closure. The original insignia comprises 4. P.L.D.C. shoulder titles, CANADA strips, and Divisional flashes, all the unit insignia is printed. There is a Long Service and Good Conduct chevron to the left forearm and War Service chevrons to the right. On 26 January 1941, the 4th (Active) Princess Louise Dragoon Guards was mobilized. It was converted to armour and redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Battalion (4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards) on 11 February 1941. The battalion was formed from personnel from 1st Canadian Infantry Division in the United Kingdom together with reinforcements from Canada in July 1941. On 08 June 1942, it was redesignated as 4th Reconnaissance Regiment (4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards). "A" Squadron landed in Sicily on 13 July 1943 as a part of 1st Canadian Infantry Division and it was joined by the rest of the Regiment on 27 August 1943. On 04 September 1943, "A" Squadron landed in Italy and was joined by the remainder of the Regiment on 30 September 1943. On 13 July 1944 the Regiment was converted to infantry and redesignated 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards. It was transferred to 12th Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, and served in an infantry role. It moved to North-West Europe on 26 February 1945, as part of 5th Canadian Armoured Division. The Regiment was again converted to armour on 15 March 1945 and was redesignated as 4th Reconnaissance Regiment (4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards). The condition of the garment is excellent. It came from a deceased estate in the UK and I strongly suspect its original owner married and settled in this country after the War. Likely the only opportunity you will have to acquire such an original WWII Canadian Armoured Reconnaissance BD.
Extremely rare WWII Canadian Cigarette Gift to the Troops Likely the only example you will see. In excellent condition. Packaging only.
Extremely Rare WWII Commando Issue Binoculars A superb set of the rare AP12115 Binoculars described in official documents as being "for Combined Operations", though other period documents suggest an Airborne application. This unique waterproof pattern is constructed from Bakelite and brass with lightweight plastic lenses. Focus is achieved via individual adjustment of the objective lenses. This set is complete with it's sling and integral cover, which bears printed instructions. An exceptional and rare item of WWII British Special Forces equipment.
Extremely Rare WWII Commando Issue Binoculars A superb set of the rare AP12115 Binoculars described in official documents as being "for Combined Operations", though other period documents suggest an Airborne application. This unique waterproof pattern is constructed from Bakelite and brass with lightweight plastic lenses. Focus is achieved via individual adjustment of the objective lenses. This set is complete with it's sling and integral cover, which bears printed instructions; while these binoculars are uncommon, examples retaining their integral case are rare indeed. An exceptional and rare item for the advanced collector of WWII British Special Forces equipment.
Extremely rare WWII Complete Tea Ration Tin An original WWII Tear Ration tin complete and unopened. Exceptionally rare.
Extremely Rare WWII Cotton Long-Sleeved Vest The only example of the British Army issue long-sleeved cotton vest I have encountered. War Assistance manufacture, 1941 dated and in superb condition, showing only minor storage marks. Two of these were acquired with the Royal Engineers clothing also listed.
Extremely rare WWII dated Army Issue Cutlery Knife
Extremely rare WWII Dated Shirt A 1945 dated collar-attached half-front-opening shirt in superb condition. Extremely rare.
Extremely Rare WWII DEMS Battledress A superb BD and document group to a Naval Gunlayer, Maritime Royal Artillery serving on a D.E.M.S. or Defensively Armed Merchant Ship. It comes with the original owner's DEMS Pocket Book, his service record and release papers, DEMS citation, photographs etc. An extremely rare group.
Extremely Rare WWII Denim BD Trousers A near unissued pair of the first pattern of Denim Overall Trousers. Conforming to the so-called "1937" pattern Serge Battledress it has ankle tabs and concealed buttons throughout. In a very useful size. The condition is effectively faultless. These are rather rare, certainly far more so than their serge battledress equivalent. You will most certainly wait a very long time to see another pair to match these
Extremely Rare WWII Denim BD Trousers A near unissued pair of the first pattern of Denim Overall Trousers. Conforming to the so-called "1937" pattern Serge Battledress it has ankle tabs and concealed buttons throughout. In a very good size, to fit waist approx 34". The condition is effectively faultless. These are stunningly rare, certainly far more so than their serge battledress equivalent. You will most certainly wait a very long time to see another pair so good as these.
Extremely Rare WWII Denim BD Trousers An unissued 1940 dated pair of the first pattern of Denim Overall Trousers. Conforming to the so-called "1937" pattern Serge Battledress it has ankle tabs and concealed buttons throughout. In a very useful size. These are rather rare, certainly far more so than their serge battledress equivalent. Commonly associated with LDV and Home Guard, though also favoured by Commandos and commonly worn in all theatres in hot weather. You will most certainly wait a very long time to see another pair to match these
Extremely rare WWII Far East Theatre Hood & Gauntlets Typical of Indian-made military clothing of the period, manufactured from jungle green cotton canvas, the hood having coconut husk buttons. These are the only such examples I have ever seen, and are perhaps theatre-made. They belonged to Lieutenant R.C.H.Briggs of 146th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (late Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
Extremely Rare WWII Free Belgian Army Cloth Flashes A menu card from a dinner held at Tynan Abbey Ireland in October 1945. Tynan was the base camp of the 5th Infantry Brigade Merckem of the Belgian Army. The Brigade was formed in May 1945. Attached to the card are examples of each of the formation signs of the unit, each British-made, namely a printed first-pattern flash and a machine-woven second pattern. An extremely rare original group.
Extremely rare WWII German Skeletal Bayonet Frog
Extremely rare WWII German V1 Flying Bomb Tail Rudder An original wartime element of one of these fascinating weapons
Extremely rare WWII Girls Training Corps FS Cap The Girls Training Corps was founded in 1942 to offer girls and young women Naval training in advance of potential recruitment into the Services. It is said their duties included being able to carry messages by bicycle and to generally be useful in the event of an invasion. This is an exedingly rare Field Service cap to the GTC.
Extremely rare WWII Girls Training Corps Uniform An original WWII GTC Officer's tunic. It is by the prestigious military tailors Gieves & Co and is named to an officer of WRNS. The original owner was clearly a WRNS Officer seconded to the GTC. The Girls Training Corps was founded in 1942 to offer girls and young women Naval training in advance of potential recruitment into the Services. It is said their duties included being able to carry messages by bicycle and to generally be useful in the event of an invasion. This fascinating tunic has some minor moth as shown in the photographs, and the shoulder strap buttons appear to be lacking, otherwise it presents itself very well. I doubt you will see another.
Extremely rare WWII Grenade Pouches Part of a small batch I was extremely lucky to secure some years ago. These two-pocket pouches for the P'37 web equipment carry No36 and similarly sized grenades. Thus far these have been bought by museums and sophisticated collectors, none of whom had previously encountered these clearly extremely rare pouches. I have less than 10 left.
Extremely rare WWII Grenade Pouches Part of a small batch I was extremely lucky to secure some years ago. These two-pocket pouches for the P'37 web equipment carry No36 and similarly sized grenades. Thus far these have been bought by museums and sophisticated collectors, none of whom had previously encountered these clearly extremely rare pouches. I thought I had none left but just found this pair in the attic.
Extremely rare WWII Ground Gas Detector Papers Only the second example I've ever seen.
Extremely rare WWII Ground Gas Detector Papers An ultra-rare item of anti-gas equipment in superb condition.
Extremely Rare WWII Home Front Blackout Paper An unused pack. Extremely poignant.
Extremely rare WWII Indian Army Issue Shirt A half-front-opening example in excellent condition.
Extremely rare WWII Indian Collarless Shirt This distinctive pattern with shoulder straps and pockets was uniquely manufactured in India, though worn by both the Indian and British Armies in the Far East. This is a mint unissued and WWII dated example, and extremely rare.
Extremely rare WWII Indian KD Battledress Trousers As worn with the rare KD BD blouse and later the Aertex BD blouse. This is an exceptional and rare dated pair.
Extremely rare WWII Indian Pattern '37 Binoculars Pouch I have collected British webbing and leather accoutrements for nearly 30 years and this is the only example of the Indian P'37 binoculars pouch I have owned. Unlike other variants, the Indian pouches incorporate a tin-plate rather than a fibre former. This 1941 dated example is in excellent un-Blanco'd condition.
Extremely rare WWII Japanese Uniform Group additional images
Extremely rare WWII Japanese Uniform Group As found in its wicker case, a rare group of WWII Japanese Army uniforms, personal kit and equipment. Including tunic, trousers, jakitabi boots, field cap, sword belt, personal kit pouch, valise, map case and water bottle. The tunic bears a small hole to the front (obscured when closed) and a larger corresponding one at the back, the map case lacks it's closure tab, while the remaining elements show field use and commensurate wear. A rare group worthy of further research.
Extremely rare WWII Jungle Green Battledress Trousers Certainly one of the most sought after of items of WWII British Army issue tropical clothing, much rarer than serge BD trousers, the Indian-made JG trousers worn with the cellular Battledress blouse.
Extremely Rare WWII Jungle Green Cotton Vest A mint unissued and 1945 dated example.
Extremely rare WWII Military Police Helmet An excellent WWII MkII steel helmet retaining its original insignia. Showing evidence of protracted use, including a painted lozenge to one side, later overpainted, and subsequent Military Police insignia. A characterful example, and a rare specimen.
Extremely Rare WWII Mk III Helmet with Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Decals This extremely rare MkIII helmet presents itself in entirely untouched and original condition. The shell retains it's original textured green paint. To each side is the distinctive diced decal of the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. The liner is original to the helmet and particularly early in date, it was likely either old stock or a working-life replacement. It is in a large size, 7 1/4. The original chinstrap is present, though it has lost it's elasticity. The condition overall is excellent. The Mk III was introduced in late 1943 and superseded by the Mk IV before the War's end. Examples are rather scarce, such an example with unit decals to a Highland Regiment is exceedingly rare.
Extremely rare WWII MkVI Thunderflash Tube
Extremely Rare WWII No18 Tank Smoke Generator Ammo Box The No18 smoke grenade/bomb was primarily discharged or projected from tanks, practically every one had some sort of smoke emitting device fitted. The No18 4" Smoke generator created a smoke screen for around a minute and a half. The projectors were mounted on the tank's turrets with the ammunition stored inside. I have no doubt this is to only example of this extremely rare ammunition crate you or I will see. It retains it's original paint, markings and labels, and is dated 1943. A rather small crate, with very economic postage rates.
Extremely Rare WWII Officers' Khaki Beret A superb and "salty" original WWII officers' beret of the Hallamshire Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. It bears its original gilding metal officers' badge (with tongues) and red felt distinguishing backing. The Hallamshires served as part of the ill fated Norwegian campaign in 1940 with the 146th Infantry Brigade. It went on to spend the next two years in Iceland before going on to garrison duties in Scotland and preparation for the invasion of North West Europe. Landing in France on 9 June 1944 with the 49th Infantry Division they were involved in the attack on Fontenay-le-Pesnel (Operation Martlet) against the 26th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, the capture of the docks at Le Havre, and in later the liberation of Arnhem in April 1945
Extremely rare WWII Officer's Tank Regiment Beret A superb private purchase Royal Tank Regiment black beret. Retaining its original label named to Military Cross winner H G Stewart. In excellent condition throughout. The only provenanced black beret I have encountered. Worthy of further research.
Extremely rare WWII OR's Collarless Shirt A WWII issue collarless shirt in an extremely scarce large size. It belonged to the same soldier as the BD I have listed, the blouse of which is labelled to fit a wearer with 42-3" chest. In superb condition. I doubt you will find another in such a useful size and in this condition in a very long time.
Extremely rare WWII Paratroop Sten Bayonet Plate-Retainer Pouch An example of the special pouch introduced to carry the Paratroop-issue Sten Plate-Retainer used when jumping with the gun disassembled. While the frogs turn up on occasion, these little pouches are effectively impossible to find on their own. Only the pouch is for sale, the bayonet and frog are illustrated for information only
Extremely rare WWII POW Issue Waistcoat The only example of this rare garment I have encountered. A button-fronted woollen body warmer or waistcoat bearing the label of the Red Cross & St John War Organization, London. These were part of the range of clothing and necessaries which were sent to German POW camps for the aid of Allied Prisoners of War. In superb condition.
Extremely rare WWII RAF Electrically Heated Flying Boots An exceptional pair of WWII RAF D-Type electrically heated boots. Retaining their original labels and RAE connectors (the latter were frequently removed). Size 8. Near impossible to replace, let alone improve.
Extremely rare WWII RAF Flying Boot Everhot Pockets A pair of pouch combinations as worn with the short-lived Everhot heating system of circa 1940. The RAF adopted the use of Everhot pouches as a means of heating flying clothing by employing sachets of a chemical which generated heat via an exothermic chemical reaction upon mixing with water. The 1940 Pattern flying gloved incorporated pockets for the Everhot sachets, while these pouches were worn inside the flying boots. The system proved dangerous and was rapidly superseded by electrical heating systems. These pouches are exceptionally rare, indeed none are illustrated in Prodger’s essential and comprehensive references on the subject of RAF flying clothing.
Extremely Rare WWII RAF Nursing Sister's Uniform Group An extremely rare uniform group to an Officer of Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service. It was discovered still in the original owner's foot locker which bears her name 6088, Sister [Pilot Officer equivalent] M I Joyce. The group comprises her black felt four-cornered cap, blue beret and tropical issue white felt Panama hat, her veil (which bears a blue-embroidered RAF crest), tropical issue dress, khaki and white stockings, khaki drill skirt and high leg boots. The elements bear her name and most are labelled. The dress is approximately size 10-12. All the elements are in superb condition, though the white stockings have been darned and there is some moth to the veil. It is fair to say this is a truly exceptional uniform group, I have seen examples of the felt cap fetch upwards of £350 on their own at auction, while a complete group such as this is near un-heard of. A unique opportunity. This group will post very economically without the steel footlocker, please email to discuss your postage options.
Extremely rare WWII RAF Prototype Escape Boots An exceptionally rare pair of the prototype RAF escape boots. Based upon designs of Clayton Hutton of MI-9 and introduced for trials in 1942. They differ from the officially production pattern primarily in having polished leather uppers with the zip at the front rather than side. This pair are size 8 and in superb condition. They are also issue stamped to the tongues to 1201 R Peel, RAF. You will be lucky to see another pair.
Extremely Rare WWII RAF Sea Water De-Salting Kit As carried with some of the standard issue dinghy kits. These are exceptionally rare, certainly one of the most difficult to find WWII RAF survival aids.
Extremely rare WWII RAF Vehicle Roundels As preserved by a WWII RAF veteran, a pair of water-transfer RAF roundel decals. 9 inches in diameter. A unique opportunity.
Extremely rare WWII Rifle Brigade Badged Helmet A hugely impressive and extremely rare helmet retaining its original transfer decal Rifle Brigade badge. One of the best Second World War badged British helmets I have ever seen.
Extremely Rare WWII Royal Navy Officer's Battledress Trousers An unissued pair of Admiralty Officers' Blue Serge Working Dress Trousers, "Working Dress" being the term used by the Navy for their equivalent of the Battledress issued to it's officers late in the War. This is the only such pair of these trousers I have ever seen.
Extremely rare WWII Scots Guards Uniform Group From my own collection, a superb WWII Scots Guards uniform group. It comprises a 1942 dated Battledress Blouse and Other Ranks' Service Dress Cap. The former bears embroidered shoulder titles, a mechanical transport driver's qualification badge, Special Pay forearm badge and two Long Service & Good Conduct chevrons, there is evidence of a wound strip having been worn on the right forearm. The tunic bears the service number of it's original owner. The cap has been "set-up" in the manner of the Guards. I found this group over 20 years ago and recall writing at the time to the Scot's Guards museum and receiving a reply regarding the service number and original owner, though can't find the correspondence at the moment, I do believe it referred to service in North Africa and Italy. A superb and rare group.
Extremely Rare WWII Silk Escape Map Production Samples Purchased from the descendants of one of the staff of Alf Cooke Ltd, Leeds, manufacturers of printed playing cards commissioned by the War Office to print escape and evasion silk escape maps during WWII. Here we have a group of six examples of the double-sided map 44 A/B of Burma, Siam and Indo-China. One map is in it's completed state while the five others have side B finished, but side A showing as each of the individual print stages respectively. There are traces of old paper tape at the edges of the maps (which is easy to remove without leaving marks, should you wish to do so) which suggests they were used for demonstration purposes, perhaps as part of quality control or for other instruction. They come with a memo to the original owner on Alf Cooke letter headed paper. A unique group for the collector of these escape and evasion maps issued to RAF aircrew and Special Forces.
Extremely Rare WWII Silk Escape Map Production Samples Purchased from the descendants of one of the staff of Alf Cooke Ltd, Leeds, manufacturers of printed playing cards commissioned by the War Office to print escape and evasion silk escape maps during WWII. Here we have a group of three examples of the much sought after double-sided map 43 A/B of France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, associated with the D-Day invasion and therafter. One map appears to be in it's completed state while the other is complete on one side only with the other cmplete on one side and partly-printed on the other. There are 1944 dtaed pencil annotations to the margins and traces of old paper tape at the edges of the maps (which is easy to remove without leaving marks, should you wish to do so) which suggests they were used for demonstration purposes, perhaps as part of quality control or for other instruction. A unique group for the collector of these escape and evasion maps issued to RAF aircrew and Special Forces.
Extremely rare WWII Sugar Ration A complete unopened 1945 dated example.
Extremely rare WWII Tropical Issue Personal Stove As illustrated on page 111 of Brayley & Ingrams' superb Khaki Drill & Jungle Green, an excellent example of one of the more scarce items of WWII tropical kit
Extremely Rare WWII Washing & Shaving Kit Roll A washing and shaving kit roll containing an issue knife, fork, spoon and button stick, all bearing the original owner's service number. The knife, itself a very rare item of kit, is 1940 dated. An incredibly rare survivor.
Extremely Rare WWII Welsh Guards Uniform Group I am delighted to be able to offer this exceptionally rare named WWII uniform group. It comprises the Battledress and headgear of Captain F H Widdrington, Welsh Guards. Widdrington served throughout WWII in North West Europe, almost certainly with the 1st Battalion who fought commendably with the BEF prior to the Dunkirk evacuation, then later in North West Europe post D-Day. The group comprises his tailored 1940 Pattern BD Blouse & Trousers, beret and Service Dress Cap. There is a degree of moth throughout the group as illustrated, however this does not detract from the astonishing rarity and desirability of the uniforms as a whole. Widdrington was clearly a tall man, which means the uniform group will fit a standard mannequin. Quite literally a once on a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a Guards uniform group.
Extremely Rare WWII Women's Home Defence League Badge Though many women wished to join the Home Guard, it was not until April 1943 that they were officially allowed to enlist, though only in an a non-combatant role. Prior to this a number of 'Women's Home Defence Leagues' were formed, their members being popularly referred to as 'amazons'. This is a badge of the WHDL, it is maker-marked and in excellent condition.
Extremely Rare Zeppelin Raid Poster An extremely inetresting WWI broadhead with letter of authentification from the Imperial War Museum.
Extremely scarce 1903 Pattern Bottle Carrier The MkII water bottle carrier from the 1903 Pattern Infantry Bandolier Equipment set. An excellent 1918 dated example.
Extremely scarce 1927 Wireless Telegraph Manual
Extremely scarce FS Fighting Knife A hugely interesting Fairbairn Sykes knife. A third pattern example by Wilkinson, with what appears to be a hand forged blade. The cross guard bears an Ordnance ownership stamp, in itself a scarce feature. The condition is superb. However the most striking aspect of this Second World War issue example is the presence of knot-work loops to the hilt and scabbard. Such work is historically associated with Naval personnel which in this instance suggests a Royal Marine or Naval Beach Commando provenance. Interstingly the knot to the pommel improves the grip and overall feel of the knife quite considerably. In all the knife is likely unique, and certainly both attractive and intersting.
Extremely scarce Motor Machine Gun Corps Shoulder Title A lovely example which has been very tastefully bowed by its wearer.
Extremely scarce No76 Northover Projector Drill Grenade The No76 A.W. or Self Igniting Phosphorus grenade was little more than a Molotov cocktail. Developed during 1940 it was intended as an anti-tank grenade, to be hand thrown, or fired from the Northover Projector. This is a superb Drill example, it is extremely well marked and in excellent condition. Please note I am also selling an extremely rare grenade chest for the AW Bomb.
Extremely scarce pre-WWI Army Issue Binoculars A surprisingly rare item of British Ordnance issue equipment. Army issue binoculars by Ross, dated 1904 and bearing Ordnance ownership marks. The case is exceptionally uncommon, being the earliest official pattern of such issued to the British Army. Of stitched and rivetted construction, the closure tab fastening over a brass stud. This example bears issue stamps of the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.
Extremely scarce Private Purchase Battledress Blouse A lovely example of a WWII officer's privately tailored BD blouse with interesting and uncommon features. It is tailored in a fine quality barathea and features lined sleeves and body, the latter incorporating internal breast pockets. Formerly the property of a RAMC Lieutenant who served in the Far East.
Extremely scarce WWI Turner Encore Clasp Knife A superb and rare example bearing Ordnance ownership marks.
Extremely scarce WWII Civil Defence Leather Gaiters A pair of black leather high-leg gaiters or anklets as issued to some Civil Defence personnel. Clearly maker-marked, Ordnance stamped and 1942 dated.
Extremely scarce WWII dated 1944 Pattern Web Belt In near mint condition, such examples are near impossible to find
Extremely scarce WWII dated 1944 Pattern Web Belt In mint condition, such examples are near impossible to find
Extremely scarce WWII Free French Air Force Lapel Badge A rare WWII enamelled sweetheart brooch or lapel badge of the Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres or FAFL. The only example I have encountered.
Extremely scarce WWII Jungle Green Battledress Trousers These are certainly one of the rarest and most sought after items of WWII Jungle Green clothing.
Extremely scarce WWII Jungle Green Battledress Trousers An excellent 1944 dated pair of Indian-made JG trousers as worn with the cellular Battledress blouse. Certainly one of the most sought after of items of WWII British Army issue tropical clothing, much rarer than serge BD trousers
Extremely scarce WWII Other Ranks' Service Dress Cap From my own collection, a rare early-WWII OR's Service Dress cap. It is maker-marked L Silberston & Sons, and though the size and date are less clear, it appears to be size 6 5/8 and 1939 dated. The original owner has applied his service number to the lining. Even though the cap has clearly been issued, it is in excellent condition. The badge, though lacking, has been affixed by a slider, hence there are no holes in the cap band. Certainly an excellent example of one of the most difficult to find items of WWII British Army head-dress.
Extremely striking 17th / 18th Century Tinder Box A type of object which would have been carried by most soldiers of the period. A fascinating hand-made tinder or tobacco box in heavy gauge copper. The engraved decoration is both primitive and intriguing, incorporating half-timbered and other structures, strange beasts and corrupted script.
Extremely Unusual Home Guard Drill No36 Mills Grenade A rather unusual and likely near unique scratch-built drill No36. No doubt fabricated at unit level for the Home Guard, it comprises a carved and painted wooden body (a little out of scale to the original), fitted with a lever, pin, filling and base plugs clearly taken from an actual No36. The whole has great character, a fascinating grenade indeed.
Extremely unusual WWII Air Raid & Invasion Insurance Document A highly unusual and no doubt rare item of WWII Home Front ephemera.
Extremely unusually marked P'37 Holster Bearing a large adorsed War Department broad arrow stamp indicating it to be obsolete or "sold from Service", most intriguing
Extremely-rare 1942 Indian Khaki Drill BD Blouse Only the second example of such a garment I have seen or handled. Not to be confused with the later khaki cellular blouse, this is a khaki drill garment manufactured to what most collector's erroneously call the original "1937" Pattern of Serge Battledress, having concealed buttons throughout. I have collected Battledress for nearly 30 years, and know of no other examples of this pattern, indeed Brayley & Ingrams' "Khaki Drill and Jungle Green" fails to include one. Clearly and exceptionally rare variant Battledress.
Extremly fine inert 1917 No23 MkI (Mills) Grenade
Extremly rare pre-WWI Military Sporran A superb and rare example of a pre-WWI Highland Regiment issue other ranks' sporran. It is Glasgow maker marked, dated 1911, and bears Ordnance issue stamps. The condition is superb (there is some old newspaper visible stuck to the trim which I should have removed prior to photography). A stunningly rare item of pre-WWI Scottish issue kit.
Extrmeley rare WWII Army Issue Ear Protectors Introduced as of 1940 for wear by all military personnel as protection against blast and "screaming bombs". They were abandoned in favour of cotton wool in 1943 due to the shortage of rubber and are most certainly one of the rare items of WWII personal kit. This is the only pair I know of, they are from my own collection, I was lucky in finding them inside a gas mask haversack many years ago now. You may not see another set. (See Brian L Davis British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two page 251.)
Extrmely rare fragment of Imperial German Zeppelin Gas Bag Bearing a period note of provenance, though clearly erroneous as L17 was destroyed in a storm. While metallic fragments are not uncommon, samples of Zeppelin fragment are near impossible to find. This is a rare large fragment.
Factory Home Guard Steel Helmet
Far East Issue Water Purification Filter As carried in the P'44 water bottle pouch
Far East Land Forces South East Asia Flash A lovely example
Far East Theatre Propaganda Leaflet
Far East Theatre Propaganda Leaflet
Far East Theatre Propaganda Leaflet
Far East Theatre War Notes A scarce example
Fascinating 1938 German Flying Book An excellent example of Walter Ackerman's Fliegt Mit! Erlebnis und Technit des Fliegens. It discusses the experience and technique of flying but what really makes this book so interesting to the non German reader is the array of period photographs including uncommon portraits or Udet and Goring, and early Luftwaffe aircraft.
Fascinating book on WWII Escape & Evasion Aid Development A copy of The Secret War of Charles Fraser-Smith signed by the man himself
Fascinating early WWII Training Manual One of my favourites, in places it appears almost quaint.
Fascinating history of the International Arms Trade
Fascinating Provenanced Musket or Artillery Shot An intriguing lot I purchased from the estate of the late Sir Hector Munro, whose ancestors included Generals and other military worthies certainly as far back as the Peninsular War. Inside the box shown was found two items of shot and a manila tag, torn into four but thankfully preserved. Part of the inscription on the tag reads "Contains Bullet hit Seymour at .... Battle", the name of the battle I have this far been unable to decipher. The remainder of the inscription refers to relics of the Crimean and perhaps Sudan Wars, placing the items in a broad context. A fascinating lot worthy of further research.
Fascinating Russo-Japanese War History A 1912 edition of Sir Ian Hamilton's A Staff Officer's Scrap-Book During the Russo-Japanese War, telling of the author’s experiences with the Japanese in the Russo Japanese war, 1904-1905
Fascinating WWII Special Attack Weapons Book Covering Allied and Axis suicide and similar weapons
Feather Bonnet A late 20th Century traditionally made private purchase example as worn by Highland Pipers.
Fibre Identity Disc
Field Marshall Allenby Autograph Letter
Field Marshall Douglas Haig Autograph Letter
Fife & Forfar Yeomanry Cap Badge
Fifty WWI Silks An excellent collection of WWI period cigarette "silks" depicting British Army regimental badges.
Fighting Forces Handbook
Fighting Kukri
Fine 1917 Trench Art Shell Case An uncommonly good example bearing numerous locations
Fine 19th Century Hunting or Dress Dagger In extremely attractive condition, an impressive 19th century dagger, having black composition hilt with silver ferrule and nickel cross guard, the double-edged blade mirror-burnished, in gilt-tooled leather scabbard with locket and chape
Fine early 17th Century Antler Powder Flask A German powder flask of circa 1600. Comprising a bifurcated section of deer antler, its outer face carved in depiction of a young woman. With hand wrought iron mounts. An extremely attractive and rare object.
Fine Georgian Cavalry Officers' Mameluke Sword Having ivory grips and a faux Damascus steel blade with vacant etched cartouche, this is an example of the height of fashion in cavalry dress swords of the early 19th Century.
Fine Georgian Cavalry Officers' Mameluke Sword Additional images
Fine Georgian Gunners' Priming Powder Horn An excellent example of this distinctive pattern as used by both Naval gunners and those of the Army during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. The horn is in excellent condition, it has an oak cap and attractively turned beach wood plug.
Fine Georgian Stone Bow These attractive crossbows, known by the English as prods, were used for birding using shot rather than quarrels. This iron-mounted walnut example, dating to the late 18th of early 19th Century, is in excellent working condition, complete with its cords.
Fire Guard Arm Band
Fire Guard Arm Band with War Service Chevrons A lovely example of this brassard bearing its original machine-stitched War Service chevrons.
Fire Precautions in War Time, 1939
First Edition Cold War Nuclear Age Masterpiece I simply cannot overstate the significance of this superb novel. Written in the late 1950s, Neville Shute’s classic On the Beach must have struck to the heart of people's concerns about nuclear warfare following the devastation caused by atom bombs at the end of world war two. The story follows the lives of people living in Australia after a nuclear war has wiped out all signs of life in the northern hemisphere. The resulting radioactivity is spreading south at a measured pace, and the only people still alive know that they only have a few months left to live. From Australia, survivors detect a mysterious and incomprehensible Morse code radio signal originating from the United States. With hope that some life has remained in the contaminated regions, one of the last American nuclear submarines, USS Scorpion, placed by its captain under Australian naval command, is ordered to sail north to investigate. The novel is both moving and thought provoking in the extreme; I read it as an undergraduate and still regard it as an exceptionalo read. It was adapted for the screenplay of a 1959 film featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire. This is a first edition in original dust jacket.
First edition of 'A Bridge Too Far' I read this account of the battle of Arnhem whilst an undergraduate and consider it one of the best military histories I have ever enjoyed. This is a first edition of Cornelius Ryan's classic, complete with original dust jacket
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First Issue 4-inch Luger Unit-Marked to Uhlan Regiment A de-activated first-issue Luger by DWM manufactured in 1909, (there is no chamber date, correct for a pre-1910 gun). There is no stock lug or magazine hold-open device as per early specification. It has correct matching numbers excepting the magazine, which is of the appropriate first-issue type. The gun retains approximately 85% of it's original finish and has excellent grips. A very attractive feature is the presence of unit marks to the 4th Company of the 19th Uhlans. A rare and desirable Luger. For sale within the UK only
First Pattern Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge A lovely example.
First variant 1937 Pattern Binoculars Pouch
First variant 4th Infantry Division Flash
First World War 18-pounder Artillery Shell An excellent inert example, extremely well marked.
First World War Army Officer's Spurs Conforming to the Regulation Pattern. In excellent condition
First World War Artillery Telescope With superb optics and in original wooden transit case.
First World War Atlas Martin Gilbert's fascinating work
First World War Austrian Army Driver's Badge
First World War Casualty Group A British War and Allied Victory Medal pair to 63127 Private Grainger Oliphant of the Green Howards, killed aged 28 on the 13th of April 1918, having previously served with the Royal Welsh Fusliliers (other service number 35061).
First World War Flare Pistol Cardridge Brought back by Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, a flare pistol cartridge bearing a label which reads Verey pistol cartridge, Armentieres, 1916
First World War French Mail Body Armour A rare and unusual itme of First World War body armour, being an undershirt with mail "skirt" intended to protect the abdomen from shrapnel.
First World War German Army Organisation, Structure & Order of Battle A copy of Herman Cronn's masterpiece, an essential reference for the collector & historian.
First World War German Artillery Fuze A WWI German fuze attractively mounted on a turned wooden soccle.
First World War Pair to the Northumberland Fusiliers Named to 75185 Pte D O Tyson.
First World War Silver War Badge As issued to service men discharged wounded unfit for service.
First World War Small Box Respirator Facepiece Brought back by Major C L Armstrong, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, part of a British Army issue Small Box Respirator.
First World War Trench Knife A purposeful looking example, being a field-modified Pattern 1903 bayonet. Recently acquired from a descendant of the Machine Gun Corps veteran who carried it in the trenches.
First World War Trench Pocket Watch Wrist Strap An excellent example as carried by both aviators and ground troops
First World War Trench Watch An excellent example of a WWI trench watch complete with it's original Meshguard trade-mark watch glass cover. The watch is in a 1918 hall-marked silver case and retains it's original leather strap with silver buckle. It has a white enamel face with Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds and blued steel hands. The watch isn't running at present though I had it checked over by a watch restorer who advised me there is nothing broken or damaged, that all elements are functional and that in his opinion all that is required is a clean and service to free the movement.
Five year's printed War Service Chevrons
Fleet Air Arm Leading Air Mechanic's Badge
Foot Powder Tin - complete
For Fuhrer & Fatherland Volume 2, extremely scarce An extremely scarce copy of Angolia's standard reference For Fuhrer and Fatherland - political and civil awards of the Third Reich. This is the 1989 updated Bender edition which runs to some 412 pages. Long since out of print, with copies changing hands for up to £80.
For Fuhrer and Fatherland volume I Still the best single volume reference covering military awards of the German Thrid reich
For Fuhrer and Fatherland volume I Still the best single volume reference covering military awards of the German Thrid reich
For Fuhrer and Fatherland volume II Still the best single volume reference covering political and civil awards of the German Thrid reich
Fordson W.O.T.I Driver's Handbook A rare original manual covering the 3 ton 6 wheeled chassis Fordson W.O.T.I.. 1940 dated and in excellent condition.
Foreign Legions of the Third Reich A seminal work which remains unsurpassed and truly fascinating. The title page is torn, otherwise the book is excellent.
Foreign Volunteers of the Third Reich Volume 1 David Littlejohn's classic as published by Bender. A fascinating and essential reference for the collector in this field.
Foriegn Volunteers of the Third Reich volume 1 A classic
Foriegn Volunteers of the Third Reich volume 3
Forman's Guide to Thrid Reich German Awards and their Values
Four WWI Officers' Cuff Rank Pips
Four WWI Trench Maps in Wallet with provenance Having been carried by an officer of the 14th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers
Four year's printed War Service Chevrons
Four year's printed War Service Chevrons
Four year's printed War Service Chevrons
Four years printed War Service Chevrons
Fox's Puttees for Officers An un-worn pair
Fragment of Wood from Nelson's HMS Victory Fragments of timber officially salvaged from Nelson's flagship HMS Victory are recovered periodically during repairs and restoration. They are then sold in small pieces to raise funds towards her preservation. However here we have a relatively large fragment likely dating to the 1970's. An interesting object offering a solid memento of Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar.
Fragment of Wood from Nelson's HMS Victory Fragments of timber officially salvaged from Nelson's flagship HMS Victory are recovered periodically during repairs and restoration. They are then sold in small pieces to raise funds towards her preservation. However here we have a relatively large fragment likely dating to the 1970's. An interesting object offering a solid memento of Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar.
France & Germany Star
Frederick Wilkinson's Militaria An ex-library copy of a classic, somewhat dated now, though certainly one I regularly borrowed as a boy
Free Netherlands Forces Cap Badge An example by J R Gaunt
Free Polish Army Cloth Shoulder Title
French 1866 Chassepot Rifle Bayonet An excellent example
French 1866 Chassepot Rifle Bayonet An excellent example
French 1866 Chassepot Rifle Bayonet An extremely good example of what is certainly one of the most handsome of bayonets. It has matching numbers to bayonet and scabbard, while the blade is in stunning condition.
French 1887 Lebel Bayonet Showing some pitting to the hilt and scabbard, the blade however is excellent
French Auction Catalogue of Napoleonic & Antique Arms
French Foreign Legion Badge
French M1936 MAS Bayonet
French MAS 1936 Spike Bayonet
French Mle 1866 Bayonet for the Chassepot rifle A superb example of this extremely attractive bayonet, the scabbard of which retains most of its original blued finish
French Mle 1866 Chassepot Bayonet Scabbard
French Mle 1874 Bayonet An excellent example with matching numbers to scabbard and crossguard, the blade is exceptional.
French Mle 1874 Bayonet
French Mle 1874 Epee Bayonet As good an example as one could wish for, with matching serials to the bayonet and scabbard
French Mle 1886 Lebel Bayonet An exceptional example complete with it's original frog.
French Mle 1886 Lebel Bayonet An exceptional example with matching serials to scabbard and quillon, complete with original frog.
French Model 1822 Percussion Musket Likely a souvenir of the Crimean War
French Model 1866 Chassepot Bayonet The best example of this extremely handsome bayonet I have seen
French Model 1866 Chassepot Bayonet
French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifle Bayonet
French Model 1874 Bayonet With matching serials to quillon and scabbard
French Model 1874 Epee Bayonet An excellent example throughout.
French Model 1874 Gras Rifle Bayonet An excellent example
French Model 1886 Bayonet for the Lebel Rifle A very good example of this iconic bayonet
French Model 1886 Lebel Rifle Bayonet An excellent example of this iconic bayonet in its original form with hooked quillon, retaining its original 1913 dated frog
French Model 1892/15 Bayonet
Gallipoli Casualty Medal Group Being a 1914-15 Star trio to 15719 Private J Townsley, recorded as wounded in Glory is No Compensation: The Border Regiment at Gallipoli, 1915 by Ralph May, Stuart Eastwood and Clive Elderton
Gallipoli Officer Casualty's Sword A very pleasing Edward VII 1897 Pattern infantry officers' sword with blade etching identifying the original owner as Lieutenant Sydney Hammond Marsland, 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment, killed in action on the 7th of August, 1915. The sword comes with research notes.
Garand Clip An inert clip
Garrison Artillery Webbing Equipment Pouch
Gas Mask Anti-Dim Kit
Gas Mask Anti-Dim Outfit
Gas Mask with Ultra-rare Sandbag Cover From my own collection, a WWII General Service Respirator and haversack, the latter within its original hessian outer protective cover. In April of 1942 orders were issues ordering the construction, under unit arrangements, of hessian covers made from sandbags for wear over the respirator haversack, in order to reduce wear and tear. (See Davis' British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two pages 240-241). This is the only example I have seen in any collection, it is utterly genuine. Complete as found almost 20 years ago with anti-dim outfit and cotton waste. A unique opportunity.
Gas Mask with ultra-rare Sandbag Cover From a Home Guard veteran source, a WWII General Service Respirator and haversack, the latter within its original hessian outer protective cover. In April of 1942 orders were issued ordering the construction, under unit arrangements, of hessian covers made from sandbags for wear over the respirator haversack, in order to reduce wear and tear. (See Davis' British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two pages 240-241). This only the second example I have seen in any collection.
General Officer's Cap Badge
General Service Cap A mint unissued example
General Service Cap A mint unissued example
General Service Corps Beret Badge
General Service Corps Cap Badge
General Service Corps Cap Badge
General Service Corps Officer's Cap Badge
General Service Corps Officer's Cap Badge
General Service Corps Officers Collar Badges
General Service Corps Plastic Cap Badge
General Service MkII Watch Requiring restoration
General Service Respirator A standard Second World War British Army issue gas mask dated 1941.
General Service Respirator An excellent, near mint example
General Service Respirator An excellent group in virtually unissued condition
General Service Respirator A very good example as found with anti-gas eye shields and first field dressing
General Service Respirator & Haversack An excellent example throughout.
General Service Respirator and Anti-Gas Kit Part of the group belonging to Home Guardsman H E Hillam. Recently acquired and fresh to the market
General Service Respirator Haversack A mint 1940 dated example
General Service Resprator in Indian Haversack A lovely Far East theatre of operations configuration.
George III 1797 Cartwheel Two Pence and Penny Coins Good examples of these most striking of British coins. Struck for just two years, though only bearing the date 1797, these coins were the first made at a steam foundry, that of Matthew Bolton at Soho, Birmingham. The distinctive form and extreme weight, the Two Penny coin weighing a full two ounces of copper, make these delightful curios, not least to re-enactors of the Georgian era.
George VI Royal Canadian Engineers Cap Badge
George VI Royal Engineers Cap Badge
George VI Royal Engineers Cap Badge
George VI Royal Engineers Cap Badge
George VI Royal Engineers Officers' SD Cap Badge
George VI Royal Engineers Officer's Forage Cap Badge A superb example maker-marked by J R Gaunt.
George VI Royal Engineers Sweetheart Handkerchief
George VI Royal Engineers Wool Work
George VI Royal Horse Artillery Beret Badge
George VI Royal Horse Artillery Beret Badge
George VI Victory Message to School Children An example of these most poignant of documents
Georgian / Napoleonic General's Portrait Reproduced from one of the famous series of carricatures by the Edinburgh artist John Kay (1742-1826), a portrait of General Sir Ralph Abercromby. Framed under glass.
Georgian Constabulary Truncheon A lovely original early 19th Century example bearing the Royal cipher.
Georgian Coquilla Nut Flea Trap A charming if rather gory Georgian artifact. These were carried about the person, containing a little dried blood and hoey or resin, they were intended to attract and catch fleas. No doubt a useful personal posession for the soldier on campaign.
Georgian Coquilla Nut Flea Trap A charming if rather gory Georgian artefact. These were carried about the person, containing a little dried blood and honey or resin, they were intended to attract and catch fleas. No doubt a useful personal possession for the soldier on campaign.
Georgian Military Powder Horn An extremely handsome and somewhat large example
Georgian Naval Dirk Blade
Georgian Naval Dirk Scabbard An extremely fine scabbard
Georgian Officer's Gorget An original Georgian officer’s universal pattern gorget as introduced in 1796. An example of one of the most delightful items of military regalia from the Georgian era.
Georgian Peg and Worm Corkscrew A scarce and elegant example of a type carried on campaign during the Georgian era
Georgian Sector A superb example of the instrument known as a sector. The Sector is a form of jointed rule with graduated scales on it, a number of which radiate from the axis of the joint. These scales enable calculations to be performed, based on the principle of similar triangles, with the aid of dividers. Other scales were used for trigonometry or were logarithmic and could thus be used for multiplication and division. They were commonly used by Naval and Army officers as aids for example to navigation and gunnery. This sector is in boxwood and brass, it is in excellent condition.
Georgian Shoe Buckle An exceptionaly pleasing close-plated steel shoe buckle of the type which would have been worn by officer gentlemen of the Georgian era. The quality of design and construction is extremely fine.
Georgian Silhouette with Royal Navy Associations A thoroughly handsome early 19th Century silhouette of a gentleman. It has bronzed detail, is under a domed glass within a gilt bezel in a lacquered frame. What makes it particularly interesting is the inscription verso, "Capt Wm. Mackenzie RN, Skiniden [?], Killed in action off the Lizard in Jan. 1807. A pleasing Georgian silhouette warranting further research.
Georgian Sovereign Scales An extremely attractive and somewhat ingenious little instrument.
Georgian Spectacles An utterly charming original 19th Century set of spectacles, ideal for the re-enactor
Georgian Stone Bow These attractive crossbows, known by the English as prods, were used for birding using shot rather than quarrels. This iron-mounted walnut example, dating to the third quarter of the 18th Century, is in pleasing condition, showing a working-life repair to the stock, and having a lovely untouched patina throughout.
Georgian Wax Relief Profile Portrait of Napoleon A pleasing portrait in this visually striking medium. In original turned oak frame under a convex glass. Frame 13.5cm diameter
German / Austrian Practice Stick Grenade
German 1871 Pattern Bayonet A lovely example complete with original frog
German 1915 nA Kugel Granade An excellent inert example retaining much original paint finish
German Alloy Cap Eagle An early short wing span high quality silvered example, RZM stamped
German Army Officer's Parade Bayonet An excellent example of a German extrawaffen KS98 or Officers' dress/parade bayonet of the Second World War. In very good condition with the blade bearing the marks of Weyersberg, Kirschbaum and Co., of Solingen.
German Bronze Honour Cross with Swords
German Camouflaged M1940 Stahlhelm An original fresh-to-the-market example never previously in a collection. It appears to be a double-decal specimen, having had a spray-applied three-colour camouflage finish applied. It retains its original liner and 1940 dated chin strap. The presence of a leather strap and D-ring affixed internally to the rear liner retaning rivet is a rare feature. The helmet is further enhanced by the presence of its original owner's name painted onto the underside of the rear apron. A good original example of a much faked variant.
German Camouflaged M1940 Stahlhelm additional images.
German Cross of Honour An 'Ehrenkreuz 1914-18 as instituted in 1936 by Hindenburg for issue to veterans of the Great War
German Cross of Honour An 'Ehrenkreuz 1914-18 as instituted in 1936 by Hindenburg for issue to veterans of the Great War
German Cross of Honour with Swords
German Helmets 1933-1945 A tired working copy
German K98 Bayonet Frog A good sound original example.
German KCB Bayonet
German KCB Bayonet
German Lock Knife Of a type carried during both World Wars
German M1916 Steel Helmet Complete with original 1916 dated liner which retains all it's original pads, though one liner-retaining rivet appears to be a field replacement.
German M35 Double Decal Helmet in Tan Camouflage A rare stahlhelm.
German Medal Miniature Stick Pin
German Medal Ribbons Hanseatic Cross, Iron Cross second class and Bronze Honour Cross
German Military Handguns, 1879-1918 An excellent copy of John Walter's classic German Military Handguns, 1879-1918. As always with Walter's works, the text is definitive and the illustrations superb. It runs to some 80 pages and covers the Reichs Revolvers, Lugers and Mauser C'96 Parabellum alongside their ammunition, accessories and holsters. An essential reference.
German M'42 Stahlhelm with Battle Damage A very good single decal M'42 steel helmet exhibiting extremely striking schrapnel or bullet damage to the rear; the projectile having penetrated both shell, liner band and leather liner. The decal is very complete, and the original factory-applied paint is present (appearing rather glossy in some of the images due to the lighting conditions during photography). In all an extremely desirable example, fresh to the market and never before in a collection.
German POW Identity Disc A curious British-issue identity disc which I have owned for quite some time. It simply bears a Germanic sounding name and five-digit serial with letter prefix. I suspect it to be POW issue.
German POW made Model House A delightful hand built wooden challet or house bearing an extract from an old auction catalogue indicating it was crafted by a German Prisoner of War
German S98/05 aA Bayonet A good example of the first variant 'butcher' bayonet by Simpson, with original frog
German Third Reich 25 Year Faithful Service Cross
German Third Reich Army Feldbluse National Emblem A good BeVo example
German Third Reich Army Officer's Dagger Portepee
German Third Reich Army Sports Shirt Badge An excellent original example brought back by the Fife & Forfar Yeomanry veteran whose medals are also listed.
German Third Reich Army Sports Vest Badge An uncommon example taken as war booty and bearing a period inscription
German Third Reich Cloth Insignia Reference An extremely well illustrated guide
German Third Reich Day Badge
German Third Reich Day Badge
German Third Reich Day Badge
German Third Reich Day Badge
German Third Reich DRA Sports Badge
German Third Reich Dress Bayonet A very good example by Eikhorn
German Third Reich Eastern Front Medal
German Third Reich Eastern Front Medal
German Third Reich Extraseitengewehr Dress Bayonet
German Third Reich Faithful Service Cross Stick Pin
German Third Reich Field Police BeVo Cap Insignia
German Third Reich Frauenschaft Badge A large variant
German Third Reich Heer Collar Patch
German Third Reich Hitler Youth Buckle RZM marked
German Third Reich Infantry Assault Badge
German Third Reich Iron Cross Second Class Part of a small collection of original WWII German war booty I have recently acquired, fresh to the market and never previously in a collection
German Third Reich Iron Cross second class The suspender marked 55 indicating manufacture by the firm 55. J.E.Hammer & Sohn, Geringswalde
German Third Reich Kriegsmarine Cap Tally Kreuzer Medusa
German Third Reich Kriegsmarine Cap Tally
German Third Reich Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge
German Third Reich Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge
German Third Reich NSDAP printed Armband
German Third Reich NSDAP Vehicle Penant Approximately 30cm along each long edge
German Third Reich Pennant Approx. 35cm x 70cm. Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
German Third Reich RLB Luftschutze Arm Band
German Third Reich S84/98 A 1942 dated example by Richard Herder with original frog
German Third Reich S84/98 Bayonet for the K98 A good 1937 dated wood-gripped example by Berg & Co, with matching serials to blade and scabbard, and its original 1939 dated frog.
German Third Reich Silver Wound Badge An original early example in silver-plated brass.
German Third Reich State Flag A fresh to the market veteran bring-back in superb condition and an ideal size for display.
German Third Reich Sudetenland Medal
German Third Reich Uniforms Book
German Third Reich Veterans Badge
German Third Reich War Merit Cross second class
German Third Reich War Merit Cross with Swords
German Third Reich War Merit Cross with swords second class
German Third Reich War Merit Medal
German Third Reich West Wall Medal
German Third Reich Wound Badge in black
German Training Stick Grenade
German WWI 75mm Shell Case A 1917 dated example.
GHQ Home Forces Flash
GHQ India Flash
GHQ India Officers' Bullion Flashes An apparently unworn pair still threaded together.
GHQ Middle East Land Forces printed Flash
Girls Venture Corps Title
Glasgow University OTC Cap Badge
Glider Pilot Regiment Cap Badge
Glosters Back Badge
Gloucestershire Hussars Uniform An extremely handsome cavalry uniform. While the overalls date to the second quarter of the 20th Century, the busby is pre-WWI or Victorian (the plume and holder are loose fitting later replacements).
Gloucestershire Hussars Uniform Additional images
Gloucestershire Regiment Plastic Back Badge A rare example
Gloucestershire Regiment Shoulder Title
Good Home Guard Issue P'17 Bayonet An example retaining its original, though tired, 1939 Pattern leather frog.
Good Indian Tulwar with Koftgari-decorated Hilt A very pleasing fighting sword with handsomely decorated hilt and pronounced falchion type blade, circa late 18th - early 19th Century
Good set of WWI British Trench Wire Cutters A dusty sleepy set in good condition and retaining original manufacturer's marks.
Good WWI Brass Button Stick with Issue Stamps Bearing service numbers to each side.
Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge A good example complete with it's original tartan backing.
Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge A rare example with original tartan backing cloth
Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge
Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge
Gordon Highlanders Glengarry Badge
Gordon Highlanders Medal Group A British War and Victory medal with Special Constabulary Long Service Medal
Gordon Highlanders Sweetheart Brooch
Gordon Highlanders Sweetheart Brooch
Gordon Highlanders Tartan Cap Badge Backing
Gosport Tubes A good set of avaitors' Gosport tubes, one tube worn and loose where it connects to the earpiece.
Greek Knife with 1910 dated blade An uncommon example of these extremely pleasing knives, this example has a handsome hilt with horn grip scales, the blade bears engraved inscriptions and foliate scrollwork decoration
Green Feather Hackle
Green Howard Field Service Cap An excellent example. 1940 dated in a large size, 7 1/8.
Green Howards enamelled silver sweetheart brooch
Green Howards Officer's Service Dress Collar Badges
Green Howards Plastic Cap Badge
Green Howards Shoulder Titles
Green Howards Shoulder Titles
Green Howards theatre-made Cap Badge
Grenade Training Manual
Grenadier Guards Cap Badge
Grenadier Guards Cap Badge
Grenadier Guards Cap Badge
Group of WWII Airspeed Horsa Relics Comprising a printed aluminium airspeed limit warning sign, various Air Ministry junctions, terminals and sockets, all mounted on an original Horsa cockpit Plexiglass window panel
Guards Armoured Division Flash
Guards Armoured Division Formation Patch A machine-embroidered as-worn example bearing the distinguishing numerals of the 4th Coldstream Guards
Guards Brigade Flash
Guards Division Flash
Guards Machine Gun Battalion Cap Badge
Guide to Aviation Collectables A very useful guide to aeronautica
Guide to Metal Shoulder Titles Ray Westlake's seminal work.
Guide to Militaria, Arms & Armour An extensive study
Guide to the Regiments & Corps of the British Army Brereton's classic
Guns of the RAF including the Vickers K-Gun A copy of G F Wallace's seldom encountered classic The Guns of the Royal Air Force 1939-1945. Published in 1972 it runs to some 221 pages. An excellent read and important reference. This is an excellent copy in a poor dustjacket.
Gurkha Brigade Flash
Gurkha Engineers Cloth Shoulder Title
Hallmarked Silver ARP Lapel Badge A lovely example assayed at London in 1939.
Hampshire County Divison Flash
Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge
Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge
Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge
Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge
Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge, pre 1946.
Hampshire Regiment Cloth Shoulder Title
Hampshire Regiment Officer's Cap Badge
Hampshire Regiment Shoulder Title
Handsome model RAF Bomber In brass and aluminium
Handsome pair of Boer War Staffordshire Figures Modelled respectively as Lord Kitchener and General French. Aside from an old crack to one they are in excellent condition throughout. A rare and impressive pair.
Haversack, P'08/14 Converted / Hybrid An uncommon example of this distinctive variant
Haversack, P'08/14 Converted / Hybrid An uncommon example of this distinctive variant
Hawley's 'Japanese Swordsmiths' This extremely rare and sought after two-volume work remains an essential reference to collectors of Japanese swords. The only set currently available on abebooks is priced at $900.
Headgear of Hitler's Germany Volume I of Halcomb and Saris' classic as published by R J Bender. Covering Army, Luftwaffe and Kreigsmarine headgear.
Headgear of Hitler's Germany Volume 3 of Halcomb and Saris' classic as published by R J Bender. Covering Hitler's own headgear and that of the NSDAP.
Headgear of Hitler's Germany Volume 4 of Halcomb and Saris's classic as published by R J Bender. Covering the SS and other organizations
Helmet Net A large woven example
Herefordshire Regiment Cap Badge
Herefordshire Regiment Cap Badge
Hertfordshire Home Guard Field Service Cap Part of the group belonging to Home Guardsman H E Hillam. Recently acquired and fresh to the market
Hertfordshire Regiment Cap Badge
High quality reproduction 1895 pattern Saxon EM's Pickelhaube Kokarden
Highland Division Flash
Highland Division Scottish REME Lance Corporal's Uniform Group A scarce and idiosyncratic group comprising a 1940 Pattern BD Blouse retaining all its original insignia, the original owner's coloured Field Service Cap and his Tam o'Shanter, the latter having a tartatn backing to its plated REME cap badge. A rare group.
Highland Infantry Cap Badge
Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge
Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge
Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge
Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge
Highland Light Infantry Swagger Stick An excellent example
Highland Light Infantry Sweetheart Brooch
Highly Amusing WWI Anti-German Matchbox Cover
History fo the 1st Waffen SS Panzer Corps 1944-5
History fo the post-War RASC and RCT An extremely impressive work
History of RAF Fighter Command
History of Royal Engineers and RASC Citizen Soldiers
History of Scottish Regiments
History of the 11th Armoured Division in Normandy 1944
History of the 11th Armoured Division in WWII
History of the 1st Waffen SS Panzer Corps in Normandy
History of the 9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment in WWII
History of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders
History of the Battle of Waterloo David Hamilton-Williams' re-appraisal of the battle
History of the Black Watch
History of the Black Watch
History of the Black Watch
History of the Black Watch in WWII
History of the Border Regiment at Gallipoli The standard reference including casualty records and medal roll
History of the Border Regiment in WWII P J Shears' standard history of the regiment
History of the Highland Light Infantry
History of the Home Guard in Scotland
History of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
History of the King's Own Scottish Borderers
History of the Lonsdale Battalion, 11th Border Regiment
History of the Loyal (North Lancashire) Regiment
History of the Military Sniper
History of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1914-8 The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Chronicles 1914-1918. Annual Records of the First and Second Battalions, Formerly the 43rd & 52nd Light Infantry. Together with the War Records of the other Battalions of the Regiment. A four volume set of this superb history published by Eyre & Spottiswoode circa 1920. Superbly illustrated with photographs and folding maps. An essential history for the historian of this regiment. I am aware of just one other set on the market, this including the volume covering 1919-20, priced at £450
History of the Regiments & Uniforms of the British Army Major Barnes' classic reference
History of the Royal Navy 1914-1939
History of the Seaforth Highlanders
History of the SS
History of the Twentieth (Light) Division A first edition of Captain Inglefield's standard history of this Great War Division
History of the Uniforms of the HLI, 1881-1914 A shaky copy
Hitler Youth Arm Band
Hitler Youth Arm Band
Hitler Youth Knife An excellent honest and fresh to the market example. The blade retains its original factory polishing marks and has not been post-production sharpenned or polished; it bears the RZM mark of Arthur Shuttelhofer of Solingen.
Hitler Youth Pennant Approx. 25cm x 45cm. Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
HLI Cap Badge
HLI Cap Badge
HLI Cap Badge
HMS Royal Arthur Handbook
HMS Victory Trafalgar Centenary Medalet In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British & Foreign Sailor's Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial. A fund was set up known as 'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund' and the King, who took a great interest in the Society, allowed his initials, E.R. VII, to be stamped on the souvenirs. This is a rarer version of the 17mm medalet produced showing the port broadside on the obverse. The reverse has the wording: 'From BFSS Nelson Centenary containing Victory copper E.R VII' . See www.Oldcopper.org website for further details
HMS Victory Trafalgar Centenary Medalet In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British & Foreign Sailor's Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial. A fund was set up known as 'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund' and the King, who took a great interest in the Society, allowed his initials, E.R. VII, to be stamped on the souvenirs. This is a rarer version of the 17mm medalet produced showing the port broadside on the obverse. The reverse indicated the medal is made from copper from Nelson's flagship Foudroyant. This example has been worn as a watch fob and has a gold suspender. See www.Oldcopper.org website for further details
Home Counties Brgade Flash
Home Counties Brigade printed Flash
Home Front Civil Nursing Reserve Flash
Home Front Civilian Gas Mask In private purchase leatherette case
Home Front Police Special Constable Arm Band
Home Front Volunteer Workers Badge
Home Guard - Accidents with Ammunition & Explosives
Home Guard 1939 Pattern Bayonet Frog
Home Guard 1st Battalion Flash
Home Guard 55th Battalion Flashes
Home Guard Anklets A good strong pair.
Home Guard Anklets A superb pair, maker-marked, 1940 dated and in a large size
Home Guard Arm Band
Home Guard Arm Band An original example of this ow much reproduced item of Home Guard insignia.
Home Guard Arm Band An original example of this ow much reproduced item of Home Guard insignia.
Home Guard Arm Band
Home Guard Arm Band
Home Guard Arm Patch
Home Guard Battalion Number Patches
Home Guard Brass Shoulder Titles
Home Guard Classic An excellent copy of John Brophy's 1945 classic Britain’s Home Guard. Notable for Eric Kennington's superb illustrations. Complete with dustwrapper.
Home Guard Dummy Sten Gun This most intriguing item I acquired with an extensive group of Home Guard arms and ephemera, a delightful dummy Sten gun incorporating a ratchet operated fire simulator. The original sling is in fact the rare MkI non-adjustable type. A unique find.
Home Guard Haversack While it lacks it shoulder strap it is strong, supple and well marked. A worthwhile and relatively easy restoration project.
Home Guard Haversack
Home Guard Haversack An excellent strong and supple example of one of the most difficult to find of Home Guard accoutrements
Home Guard Haversack for Restoration Requiring a shoulder strap
Home Guard Information Circular No 3
Home Guard Information Circular No27
Home Guard Information Circular No54
Home Guard Instruction No 14
Home Guard Instruction No 15
Home Guard Instruction No 16
Home Guard Instruction No 17
Home Guard Instruction No 19
Home Guard Instruction No 20
Home Guard Instruction No 50
Home Guard Instruction No 51 - Part I
Home Guard Instruction No 51 - Part II
Home Guard Instruction No 51 - Part IV
Home Guard Instruction No 64
Home Guard Instruction No. 10 General Instructions, 1940
Home Guard Instruction No. 11 Miscelaneous Notes, 1940. Running to 5 pages.
Home Guard Instruction No. 13 Drill, 1940.
Home Guard Instruction No. 15 Common German Military Expressions, 1940
Home Guard Instruction No. 17 Anti-Aircraft training, 1940. Running to 5 pages.
Home Guard Instruction No. 18 Care and Cleaning of Weapons, 1940. Running to 4 pages.
Home Guard Instruction No. 19 Sentries. Running to 2 pages.
Home Guard Instruction No. 20 Documents. Running to 2 pages.
Home Guard Instruction No. 23 Night Training, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 26 Miscellaneous Notes, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 27 Defence in Urban Areas, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 28 Weapons, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 28 Weapons, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 30 Collective Training, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 31 First Aid, 1941.
Home Guard Instruction No. 43 Concerning Gas warfare.
Home Guard Instruction No15 - German Military Expressions
Home Guard Instruction No17 - Anti-Aircraft
Home Guard Instruction No38
Home Guard Instruction No44
Home Guard Instruction No52
Home Guard Instruction No56
Home Guard Instruction No59
Home Guard Instruction No60
Home Guard Instruction Number 13
Home Guard Instruction Number 26
Home Guard Instruction Number 64
Home Guard Intsruction Number 51
Home Guard issue leather Anklets An unissued pair in a large size
Home Guard Issue M'17 Bayonet A very good example
Home Guard issue P'13 Bayonet
Home Guard issue US P'17 Bayonet One of the best examples I have ever handled.
Home Guard Lancashire Battalion Flash
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Lapel Badge
Home Guard Leather Anklets An excellent 1940 dated pair in a large size, 4.
Home Guard Leather Anklets A good sound used pair.
Home Guard Leather Anklets A dusty though excellent wearable pair
Home Guard Leather Belt
Home Guard Leather Belt
Home Guard Manual of Small Arms & Special Weapons Including the Boys amti-tank rifle, grenades and the Northover Projector
Home Guard Map Reading Manual
Home Guard No17 Anti-Aircraft Pamphlet
Home Guard P'17 Rifle Training Poster
Home Guard Pattern 1903 type Belt An excellent example
Home Guard printed Shoulder Titles
Home Guard Proficiency Badges Amendments
Home Guard Proficiency Manual
Home Guard P'07 Bayonet A most interesting example. The bayonet itself is a good 1918 Wilkinson Sword example, however it comes in a P'17 type scabbard complete with Home Guard issue 1939 Pattern leather frog incorporating an interesting modification by way of a brass belt hook. The blade has been period sharpenned and the condition throughout is most appealing.
Home Guard P'17 Bayonet Complete with original 1939 Pattern leather bayonet frog.
Home Guard P'17 Bayonet A good example in Australian-made scabbard
Home Guard P'17 Bayonet A Winchester example
Home Guard Respirator, Arm Patch and Paperwork Group
Home Guard Shoulder Title An embroidered example
Home Guard Shoulder Titles
Home Guard Shoulder Titles
Home Guard Signalling Manual HG Stokes' classic Signalling and Map-Reading for the Home Guard. Published in 1941 and running to 128 pages.
Home Guard Slip-on Shoulder Titles
Home Guard Small Arms Training manual
Home Guard Training Manual John Brophy's classic
Home Guard Training Memo Covering patrols, piquets etc
Home Guard Water Bottle Carrier The WWII variant P'03 bottle carrier correctly termed the Other Services pattern. An excellent dated example.
Home Guard Webbing Pouches A rare unissued pair
Home Guard Webbing Pouches A rare mint unissued and matching pair
Home Guard Women's Auxilliaries Plastic Badge
Home Gurad Issue Steel Helmet An example of the MkII No2C steel helmet as issued to the Home Guard. Identifiable by virtue of the holes punched in the shell rim at either side. These helmets had shells with ballistic properties inferior to the War Office standard and were also magnetic and considered likely to interfere with the use of the marching compass. This example is in it's original factory-applied textured light khaki paint finish.
Home Instruction No23 - Night Training
Honourable Artillery Company Cap Badge
Honourable Artillery Company Cap Badge
Honourable Artillery Company Cap Badge
Honourable Artillery Company Cap Badge
Honourable Artillery Company Shoulder Titles
Honourable Artillery Company Title
Household Cavalry Unifroms Book
Housewife and Aluminium Tag
Housewife Sewing Kit
HQ 21st Army Group Flash
HQ British Army of the Rhine Formation Patch A machine-embroidered example.
HQ Land Forces Hong Kong Flash
HQ Land Forces Hong Kong Flash
HQ Land Forces Hong Kong Flashes
HQ Scottish Command Flash
HQ South Eastern Command Flash
Hungerford Troop Royal Berkshire Yeomanry Officer's Helmet Plate Centre
Imperial Austrian Pioneers' Sidearm
Imperial German 16th Regiment Patriotic Badges
Imperial German 1914 Gold for Iron Ring An original example of these rings worn to demonstrate the donation of gold jewellery to aid the Imperial German war effort. It bears the legend Gold gab ich für Eisen [I give gold for Iron] 1914. A most striking and poignant piece.
Imperial German 1915 Feldgrau Belt Buckle
Imperial german 1916 dated Bayonet Frog
Imperial German Army Handbook An indispensible guide
Imperial German Army Officer's Sword Of the pattern carried by Uhlan officers. Manufactured by Max Weyersberg and bearing the MWM Waffen stamp under one langet. An excellent example
Imperial German Army Weapons, Uniforms & Insignia A scarce copy of Major James E Hicks' excellent German Weapons, Uniforms, Insignia, 1841-1918. Largely drawn from official sources, this work remained for many years the standard reference and remains extremely useful.
Imperial German Artillery Shell Fuse
Imperial German Battle Flag 120cm x 200cm
Imperial German Beer Stein An extremely attractive example with lithophane base
Imperial German Belt A Prussian ersatz example
Imperial German Belt A Prussian example with unit-marked leather
Imperial German Belt Buckle For the state of Prussia
Imperial German Belt Leather
Imperial German Belt Leather
Imperial German Belt Leather A reduced though unit marked example
Imperial German black Wound Badge
Imperial German Cavalry Book
Imperial German Cavalry Uniform Reference
Imperial German Cavalry Uniforms Book
Imperial German Cavalry Uniforms Book
Imperial German Compass An example by Georz complete with leather button fob strap
Imperial German Cuirassier & Heavy Cavalry Uniforms Book An excellent reference
Imperial German DEMAG combination Bayonet Trench Knife An original example of this scarce WWI German trench knife and bayonet. The blade is well honed and both the hilt and the scabbard retain much of their original paint finish.
Imperial German Deutscher Krieger Bund Medal
Imperial German Enlisted Mans Mutze or Kratchen A very good original example of these much reproduced and somewhat iconic items of head gear. The lining is well stamped, and while the state kokarde is lacking, the national one is present, though loose.
Imperial German Enlisted Mans Mutze or Kratchen An interesting example by virtue of the State kokarde which appears to have been painted to represent that of a Reserve unit
Imperial German Ersatz Bayonet
Imperial German Ersatz Bayonet
Imperial German Ersatz Bayonet
Imperial German Ersatz Bayonet One of the more distinctive variants
Imperial German Ersatz Pickelhaube A steel bodied example having been the subject of an older restoration. It retains its original Saxon wappen, though I believe it has been re-painted externally and the kokarden and chin strap replaced.
Imperial German Ersatz Saw-back Bayonet While the hilt and scabbard are pitted, the blade somewhat surprisingly is excellent
Imperial German Fernglas 08 Field Binoculars A good exmple of the standard issue binoculars of the German Army of WWI
Imperial German Flag or Standard Pole Finial
Imperial German Fliegercorps Aircraft Propeller Fragment Showing the manufacturer's decal
Imperial German Iron Cross First Class
Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class The ring maker-marked.
Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class
Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class and Honour Cross
Imperial German Jager Regiment Soldier's Identity Disc
Imperial German Kokarden
Imperial German KS98 Bayonet A lovely example of the extraseitengewehr KS98, perhaps one of the most handsome of Imperial German bayonets. Issued to Fliegertruppen, machine gunners and other select units, they are today highly sought after and seldom encountered. This example bears the back-to-back squirrels trade mark of the firm Carl Eikhorn as used between 1910 and 1922. The associated scabbard is also by Eikhorn, though of later vintage.
Imperial German Kyffhauserbund Medal 1914-1918
Imperial German Landsturm Muster Card
Imperial German M'1895 State Cockade
Imperial German M1909 Ammunition Pouch 1915 dated and unit marked
Imperial German Mauser Gewehr 1871/84 Rifle Unit-marked to the 4th Guards Regiment of Foot. Having an obsolete calibre these fascinating military rifles may be legally owned without a license or modification.
Imperial German Mauser Gewehr 1871/84 Rifle Additional images
Imperial German Memorial Cards, brothers
Imperial German Militar-Pass That of a Bavarian Field Artillery Mann entitled to the Iron Cross second class
Imperial German Militarpass Group
Imperial German Model 1909 Cartridge Pouches 1916 dated
Imperial German Other Ranks' Mutze Kokarde
Imperial German Patriotic Beakers
Imperial German Patriotic Silver Tea Spoon
Imperial German Portrait Postcard
Imperial German Prussian Belt Buckle
Imperial German S71 Bayonet To my mind one of the most elegant of bayonets. This is an extremely pleasing example.
Imperial German S84/98 aA Bayonet A very good unit-marked example
Imperial German S84/98 Bayonet
Imperial German S84/98 Bayonet Unit marked and 1888 dated
Imperial German S98 aA Bayonet Dated 1899 and unit marked to the 3rd Ersatz-Battailon des Gardes-Regiment-zu-Fuss
Imperial German S98/05 Bayonet
Imperial German S98/05 Bayonet A superb parade example by Waffenfabric Mauser dated 1916
Imperial German S98/05 Bayonet Scabbard
Imperial German S98/05 nA Saw-back Bayonet A tired example in crudely restored relic scabbard
Imperial German S98/05 nA Saw-back Bayonet A very good example
Imperial German Saw-back S84/98 Bayonet An excellent example
Imperial German Saw-back S98/05 aA Bayonet A good example bearing a 1907 date of manufacture
Imperial German Shell Case
Imperial German Tent Peg & Pole Set A superb example as carried by German infantry dusing WWI
Imperial German Tent Peg Pouch
Imperial German Trench Knife A handsome private purchase example by Anton Winger Junior. Of particular interest is the presence of a non-Germanic name engraved into the nickel pommel cap, possibly indicating its having been taken as booty and subsequently used by a British soldier. The knife was found in Scotland, Medal Index Cards identify few candidates with this surname and initial, one being a Sergeant of the Highland Light Infantry.
Imperial German Trench Knife
Imperial German Trench Knife
Imperial German Trench Wire Cutters
Imperial German Tunic Belt Hooks and Buttons
Imperial German Water Bottle
Imperial German Wound Badge
Imperial German WWI Hanseatic Cross An example of the Hamburg issue of this extremely attractive Imperial award
Imperial Japanese Navy Dirk A lovely example
Imperial Light Horse Cap Badge
Imperial Prussian Belt Buckle
Imperial Prussian Kratchen or Mutze A good original First World War example
Imperial Prussian Officer's Pickelhaube Plate
Imperial Russian 1881 Pattern Dragoon Shashka A handsome example of this Imperial Russian sword pattern, dated 1916
Important book on German Sword and Sword Smiths
Important City of London (London Postal) Battalion Home Guard Record A large ledger containing the records of the Battalion. An extremely rare and important document.
Impressive Sudan Campaign souvenir Beja Spear Head Of typically large stature. The leaf shaped blade is hollow ground on each right hand face, and partly stipple decorated on one face. 48cm overall
Impressively large Nepalese Kukri An original fighting kukri, most certainly no common tourist piece. The blade is considarbale, measuring approximately 40cm, hollow-ground and in superb condition, while the grip has distinctive inset steel stud decoration. Certainly the most impressive kukri I have handled in quite some time.
India at War - WWII Official Publication
India Command Supreme Headquarters Battledress Blouse An early 1940 Pattern BD blouse retaining its original insignia including a superb bullion-embroidered formation patch
India General Service Medal to Royal Tank Corps Recipient IGSM with North West Frontier 1936-37 clasp, to 7885135 Pte C W Woolley, Royal Tank Corps.
India Pattern 1859 Socket Bayonet
India Pattern Martini Henry Socket Bayonet
Indian 1937 Pattern Supporting Straps As worn affixed to the pack
Indian 1937 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
Indian 1937 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog A mint unissued 1943 dated example
Indian 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
Indian Engineers Officer's Cap Badge
Indian Jungle Green 1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier The unique Indian variant which closes by means of a strap and buckle rather than a Newey type fastener
Indian Jungle Green P'37 Bayonet Frog An unissued example
Indian Pattern Water Bottle A mint example of this unusual pattern which I've always believed to be Indian.
Indian variant Pattern 1853 Cavalry Troopers Sword Manufactured by Rodwell. In excellent condition throughout
Indian variant Pattern 1853 Cavalry Troopers Sword Manufactured by Rodwell. In excellent condition throughout
Indian-made 1937 Pattern No4 Bayonet Frog A mint unissued example of the 1937 Pattern frog manufactured solely in India and exclusively for the No4 socket bayonet. Only the Canadians and Indians manufactured frogs solely for the No4, and the two variants differ.
Indian-made 1937 Pattern No4 Bayonet Frog A mint unissued example of the 1937 Pattern frog manufactured solely in India and exclusively for the No4 socket bayonet. Only the Canadians and Indians manufactured frogs solely for the No4, and the two variants differ
Indian-made Officers' Service Dress Cap A lovely late-Inter-War or Second World War example by a prestigious Indian manufacturer. As usual the sweatband stitching is partially failing but it doesn't detract overly and can easily be renewed should you wish.
Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz An all-steel example manufactured with mirror-polished high quality steel blade. 19th Century.
Inert .30 Rifle Round As issued to the Home Guard
Inert .303 Clip
Inert .303 MkVII Round, 1941
Inert 1909 MkVI .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1913 MkVII .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1914 German Rifle Cartridge
Inert 1914 MKVII .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1916 No5 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1917 No23 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1917 No23 MkII (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1917 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1918 Dummy No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1918 No23 MkIII (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1918 No36 Hand Grenade
Inert 1920's Indian-made No5 (Mills) Grenade Retaining its original paint finish with filling band and green (Amatol) band. Complete with gas check plate
Inert 1925 MkVII .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1940 20mm Cannon Round The head is slightly loose in the case
Inert 1940 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1941 MkVII .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1942 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1943 MkVII .303 Rifle Round
Inert 1944 .50 Calibre Round
Inert 1949 20mm Cannon Round The head is slightly loose in the case
Inert 1954 20mm Cannon Round
Inert 1958 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1972 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1972 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 1972 No36 (Mills) Grenade
Inert 37mm Artillery Round
Inert 37mm Artillery Round
Inert Anti-Riot Baton Round, Rubber Bullet
Inert Austrian Manlicher Drill Rifle Round
Inert Boer War 15-pounder Artillery Shell Retaining its original fuse. The threads of the union of the two halves are distorted or worn so the two are loose.
Inert British Smoke Grenade
Inert British Training Smoke Grenade
Inert British Training Smoke Grenade
Inert clip of WWI .303 Rounds With matching headstamps
Inert Home Guard .30 Rifle Cartridge
Inert Imperial German Egg Grenade An excellent example of the 1915 kugelhandgranate
Inert L2A2 Baton Round
Inert No68 MkI Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade An excellent example
Inert PIAT Round A very good example complete with drill detonator
Inert PIAT Round A very good example complete with drill detonator
Inert post-WWII .303 Clip
Inert relic WWI 18pr Artillery Shell
Inert relic WWI British Artillery Shell Shown next to an 18pr shell for scale
Inert Scarce variant WWII No36 (Mills) Grenade Unlike most Second World War examples encountered, this has a brass filling screw and cast iron base plug.
Inert WWI .303 MkVIIZ Machine Gun Round Dated 1918
Inert WWI 18-pr Artillery Shell Though the projectile driving band indicates it has been down a barrel, it is in excellent condition and not a dug relic. The fuse is loose. An excellent example.
Inert WWI 18-pr Artillery Shell A very good example
Inert WWI 2-inch Mortar Projectile A good example of the famous 'toffee apple', having been the subject of an older restoration giving it an extremely pleasing appearance
Inert WWI 2-inch Trench Mortar Projectile The so-called 'Toffee Apple'
Inert WWI 37mm Pom Pom Gun Round Complete, unfired and 1917 dated.
Inert WWI 37mm Pom-Pom Gun Round
Inert WWI 6-inch Newton Mortar Projectile The so-called 'Flying Pig'. This is an excellent example, those that survive commonly have badly rusted and incomplete fins.
Inert WWI Battye Grenade
Inert WWI British Battye Grenade As designed by Captain Battye of the Royal Engineers and manufactured at the Bethune Bomb Factory in France
Inert WWI French 37mm Infantry Gun Round
Inert WWI French Citron Foug Grenade
Inert WWI French Vivien-Bessier Rifle Grenade A good example of this innovative grenade
Inert WWI German 1914 Pattern Rifle Grenade A rather goood example
Inert WWI German Discus Grenade
Inert WWI German Egg Grenade An excellent example
Inert WWI German Egg Grenade An excellent example, slightly unusual in having an eccentric casting
Inert WWI German Granatenwerfer Projectile An uncommonly good example of these distinctive trench mortar rounds
Inert WWI German Mauser Round
Inert WWI M'1917 'Egg' Grenade
Inert WWI Naval 2-inch Anti-Aircraft Round
Inert WWI No15 Grenade An excellent example of this most distinctive pattern. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915. This example retains its original fuse retaining wire.
Inert WWI No15 Grenade A very good example of this most distinctive pattern. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915.
Inert WWI No15 Grenade A very well restored example of this most distinctive pattern. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915.
Inert WWI No15 Grenade A good example of this most distinctive pattern. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915.
Inert WWI No15 Grenade An uncommonly good example of this most distinctive pattern. Sometimes referred to as the "Cricket Ball" grenade it could be thrown by hand or catapult. Famously used at Gallipoli and with notorious problems at Loos in 1915. Most encountered today are relics, this is a rare untouched and well preserved example.
Inert WWI No16 Grenade Variant A 1915 dated example is this rare pattern.
Inert WWI No20 Grenade A very good example
Inert WWI No5 Mill Grenade
Inert WWII British 20mm Cannon Round
Inert WWII Clip of .303 Rounds
Inert WWII German 1915 Kugal Grenade
Inert WWII German 20mm Round Showing some slight flaring at the mouth of the case
Inert WWII German 20mm Round Showing some slight flaring at the mouth of the case
Inert WWII Italian Brixia Mortar Grenade
Inert WWII Luftwaffe 1kg Incendiary Bomb / Brandbombe
Inert WWII No36 Mills Grenade An exceptional example in original condition, impossible to improve
Inert WWII No36M Mills Grenade Lacking striker
Infantry Arm of Service Strip
Infantry Mortarman Qualification Badge
Infantry Training Battalion Cap Badge
Innert 30-06 Rifle Round A wooden-headed Drill / Dummy round of the type used by the Home Guard
Innert Turkish Mauser Rifle Round
Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge
Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge
Inns of Court OTC Brass Shoulder Title
Inns of Court Regiment Cap Badge
Intelligence Corps Lapel Badge
Inter-War Army Officer's KD Shorts A good pair.
Inter-War Army Officer's KD Shorts A named and dated pair in excellent condition.
Inter-War German Small Bronzed Bust of a Soldier
Inter-War Officer's Khaki Drill Tunic
Inter-War RAF Officer's Solar Topee The chin-strap is broken though not irreplaceable, still a very pleasing and certainly a scarce example.
Inter-War RAF printed cotton Handkerchief A delightful example
Inter-War RAOC Warrant Officer's Private Purchase Service Dress An extremely attractive and most uncommon example. Some minor moth.
Interesting Boer War Photograph Depicting cavalrymen at rest in the field
Irish Guards Cap Badge
Irish Guards Cloth Shoulder Title
Irsaeli issue Czech VZ24 Bayonet As isued with the 8mm Mauser Kar 98k rifles that Israel obtained from captured German stocks and used during the 1948 War of Independence.
Islamic / Ottoman Turkish Desk Seal
Issue-numbered Cutlery Combination A 1944 dated set.
Issued Kit Bag
Ist Battalion Border Regiment Insignia As discovered with sundry other kit from the same source. Border Regiment brass shoulder title, two sets of coloured shoulder strap tapes as worn by the Battalion to indicate the wearer's Company, one set clearly ex-Battledress, the other unworn, rifle marksmanship badge, and Border Regiment Cap Badge.
Italian Model 1938 Folding Bayonet
Italian Model 1938 Folding Bayonet
Japanese Arisaka Bayonet
Japanese Arisaka Bayonet An exceptional example of the straight-crossguard variant, retaining its original ersatz frog
Japanese Arisaka Rifle Bayonet A good example
Japanese Armour Book An extremely well illustrated reference
Japanese Arms & Armour Guide Based on the collections held at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Japanese Bayonet Frog An excellent example bearing character marks.
Japanese Bayonet Frog
Japanese Wakizashi Sword Blade
Jaroslav Lugs' Firearms Past and Present A superb study
Johansson's Pickelhaube Book A limited edition of this classic reference covering Imperial German military head dress.
John Gaylor Army Cap Badge Book
John Gaylor's Military Badge Collecting A working copy of the best single volume work in this field
Jungle Green Bush Jacket with Cloth Insignia A well starched and extremely smart example retaining its original Allied Land Forces South East Asia printed flashes.
Kin's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment slip-on Shoulder Title
King's (Liverpool) Regiment Shoulder Titles
King's Liverpool Regiment Cloth Shoulder Title
King's Liverpool Regiment Officer's Cap A scarce WWII example. There are two tears to the sweat band, otherwise complete and sound with original badge.
King's Liverpool Regiment Printed Shoulder Titles
King's Liverpool Regiment Shoulder Titles In white on purple
King's Liverpool Regiment Title
King's Ow Loyal Regiment Cloth Shoulder Title
King's Own Royal Border Regiment Dress Glider Badge
King's Own Royal Border Regiment Shoulder Title
King's Own Royal Border Regiment Shoulder Titles
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Shoulder Titles
King's Own Scottish Borderers Officers' Glengarry Badge An attractive silver plated and finely pierced example
King's Own Shropshire Light Infantry Officer's Service Dress Cap A pleasing example
King's Regiment Shoulder Title
Kings Liverpool Regiment Cap Badge
Kings Liverpool Regiment Cap Badge
Kings Liverpool Regiment Officers' Service Dress Badge
Kings Liverpool Regiment OR's Collar Badges
Kings Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Kings Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Kings Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Kings Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
Kings Own Royal Border Regiment Shoulder Titles
Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Cap Badge
King's Liverpool Regiment Shoulder Title An attractive 'bulled-up' example
King's Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
King's Liverpool Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
King's Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment BD Blouse An original example retaining an unusual combination of insignia. I should welcome enlightenment as to the meaning of the two-colour flash under the infantry arm-of-service strip, and the wearing of the Drivers' badge above the rank chevrons.
King's Own Royal Lancaster Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Brass Shoulder Titles An excellent matching pair.
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Swagger Stick
King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge
King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge
King's Own Shoulder Title
King's Own Shropshire Light Infantry Cap Badge
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Cap Badge
Kipling & King Volume I A masterpiece and still the definitive work on British military headgear insignia from the 19th Century to the First World War. An as-new hard-bound copy with dustjacket.
Kipling & King's Head-Dress Badges of the British Army volume 2 The standard reference
Kipling & King's Head-Dress Badges of the British Army voulme 1 The standard reference
Knights Cross Holders of the Afrika Korps A superb work by Franz Kurovski and published by Schiffer.
Knights Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjager A superb work by Franz Kurovski and publisged by Schiffer.
KOSB Brass Shoulder Titles Those of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
KOSB British War and Victory Medals
KOSB Bullion Badge
KOSB Cap Badge
KOSB Cap Badge With original tartan backing
KOSB Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch A handsome example.
KOSB Shoulder Title
KOSB Shoulder Title
KOSB Sweetheart Brooch
KOSB Tartan Cap Badge Backing
KOSB Tartan Flash
Kreigsmarine Uniforms & Traditions Volume 3 of Angolia and Schlicht's masterpiece
Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery War Badge Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
Kriegsmarine Dagger Strap An original WWII example
Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge Part of a small collection of original WWII German war booty I have recently acquired, fresh to the market and never previously in a collection
Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge
Kriegsmarine Sports Vest Eagle Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
Kriegsmarine Uniforms & Traditions Volume 2 of Angolia and Schlicht's masterpiece
KRRC Plastic Cap Badge
KRRC Printed Shoulder Title
Kukri While the mounts have been plated, this is not a crude tourist piece, rather it is strongly constructed in the manner of military issue specimens suggesting it has been a military presentation example.
Kynoch Explosives and Ammunition Manufacturer's Ivorine Letter Knife
Kynoch Ivorine Paper Knife
L1A3 SLR Bayonet A superb example.
L1A3 SLR Bayonet
L1A3 SLR Bayonet A good example with original frog
L4A1 Bren Gun Spares & Tools Set
Labeled WWII 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Aside from a very few nips, a mint unissued pair of 1940 Pattern BD trousers, complete with original label and in perhaps the most sought after size, 13. Rare indeed.
Labelled WWII Leather Jerkin In very good condition, with a small patch of moth to the lining and retaining its original label. Belonging to Captain G H Kipling, RA.
Lamp, Electric, No 1 An unissued example in original carton.
Lamp, Electric, No 1
Lancashire Fusiliers Arras War Cemetery Document
Lancashire Fusiliers Cap Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Cap Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Cap Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Garter Flashes
Lancashire Fusiliers Officer's Silver Cap Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Pagri Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Pagri Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Shoulder Titles
Lancashire Fusiliers slip-on Shoulder Title
Lancashire Fusiliers Staybright Cap Badge
Lancashire Fusiliers Sweetheart Embroidery
Lancaster Rifle Bayonet An example by Alcosso. The pommel bears issue stamps. It shows some deformation to the cross guard, blackening to the blade and a very slight ripple in the latter near the tip. However the blade is very good and will certainly polish well. A respectable example of this striking bayonet pattern.
Lancaster Rifle Sword Bayonet A good unit-marked example of this distinctive bayonet
Lance Corporal Rank Chevrons
Lance Corporal's Rank Chevrons
Lancs & Border District Flash
Lancs and Border District Printed Flash
Lantern, Electric, Traffic, No 2
Lanyard
Lanyard
Lanyard
Lanyard
Lanyard
Large George III-IV Gilt-brass Royal Cipher Badge Measuring 15cm and formerly part of the J R Gaunt archives
Large group of Ration Books The largest such related group I have encountered
Large Leather Case for Royal Navy Binoculars A very large unissued case intended to carry spotting binoculars
Large Parachute Regiment Flag Standard The flag of multi-piece construction. From the estate of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE, DL (3 May 1932 – 13 March 2011). Gray served with the Parachute Regiment from 1955, taking part in operations at Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Greece, Bahrain, Aden and Northern Ireland. He commanded the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment from 1969 to 1971, later becoming Colonel Commandant
Large WWI German Document Group A fascinating group having belonged to a Fusilier Leutnant Klein
Large WWI Wicker Artillery Ammunition Carrier
Large WWII Japanese Recognition Flag A superb original and somewhat large WWII Japanese military recognition flag I acquired with some POW bring-backs. Of multi-piece construction. The two vertical edges are stitched in such a way as to leave channels through which fastening cords could be placed. In excellent condition.
Large WWII North Africa and Middle East Theatre Photograph Group Additional images
Large WWII North Africa and Middle East Theatre Photograph Group
Large WWII Trench Art Table Lighter Fabricated in part from a 1941 2-pounder shell case, it is decorated with applied Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Artificer badges.
Late 16th Century German Comb Morion From my own collection, a very goood example of a munition quality helmet of the late 16th Century. Of two-piece construction with distinctive brass flowerhead washers backing the lining rivets. Bearing a plume holder the the rear terminal of the comb. Of fine form and bearing a waxed oil-blackened finish as it would have had at the time of manufacture. A very pleasing example.
Late 17th Century Officer's Spontoon A pleasing example retaining its original shaft. Approximately 7' long. Please email to discuss postage costs
Late 18th / 19th century Indian Tulwar An excellent example retaining its original scabbard and in very pleasing condition throughout. This true fighting sword has an extremely attractive hilt, and a single-fullered blade which bears struck marks. A handsome sword.
Late 18th / 19th century Indian Tulwar An excellent example retaining its original scabbard and in very pleasing condition throughout. This true fighting sword has an extremely attractive hilt, and a heavy and well ballanced blade which flares sbtly towards its double-edged tip. A handsome sword.
Late 18th / early 19th Century Indian Katar
Late 18th / early 19th Century Indian Musket Bayonet
Late 18th / early 19th Century Indian Tulwar A good example of this classic fighting sword. The hilt is simply yet elegantly worked, with subtle detail such as the stylised serpent head finial to the re-curved knuckle guard, while the blade is broad and purposeful, bearing a punched arsenal mark, the sword retains its original scabbard in uncommonly good condition.
Late 18th / early 19th Century Indian Tulwar A good example of this Indian sword. The hilt appears to have been silver plated, and the blade bears struck marks.
Late 18th Century Fighting Sword
Late 18th Century Indian Sword Talwar A handsome fighting sword with Indo-Muslim hilt and heavy multi-fullered fighting blade. Unfortunately it has been badly over cleaned using a harsh abrasive, so requires some patient polishing to bring back to a good finish. Certainly worth the effort.
Late 19th / early 20th Century porcelain bust of Admiral Lord Nelson An extremely handsome piece in excellent condition
Late 19th / early 20th Century Zulu Knobkerrie A lovely long shafted example showing attractive figure
Late 19th Century Albini Braendlin Socket Bayonet Scabbard
Late Georgian Constabulary Sword An excellent and early Constabulary hanger or sabre dating to the Regency or George IV period. It has a brass hilt with leather-bound grip, the blade is rather broad, almost 1.5 inch at the ricasso, and measures 22.5 inches long. It is complete with it's original scabbard, a rare survivor. The blade exhibits minor pitting and staining, though the images should testify to it's lovely overall condition. The scabbard leather is cracked at one point though again, the overall condition and appearance is very pleasing. All in all an above-average example of a late Georgian Constabulary sword. A very similar sword is illustrated on page 105 of Frederick Wilkinson's superb Those Entrusted with Arms - A History of the Police, Post, Customs and Private Use Weapons in Britain, (copies of which can be found in the Reference Books section of this shop).
Late Victorian / Edwardian Aberdeen Glengarry Badge A handsome badge incorporating the Imperial crown and the arms of the City of Aberdeen.
Late War Aluminium Mess Tins
Late War Bren Gun Spares & Tools Set
Late War Clasp Knife
Late War Washing and Shaving Kit
Late-War Denim Trousers An excellent pair.
Lay away scheme and part-exchange This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. Part-exchange is always welcome Kind regards Paul
Lay-aside and bulk-order discount This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods or bulk-order discount. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. With regard to discount on multiple purchases, let me know the items you are interested in and I'll try and work something out for you. All the very best Paul
Lay-aside and Part-Exchange This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods or part-exchange. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time, or using part-exchange. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. With regard to discount on multiple purchases, let me know the items you are interested in and I'll try and work something out for you. All the very best Paul
Lay-away and Part-exchange This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. Part-exchange is always welcome Kind regards Paul
LDV / Home Guard Rifle Training Manual
LDV Armband A rare original example of these now oft reproduced brassards.
LDV Brassard
LDV Brassard A rare example with Zone stamps
LDV Instruction No. 3 German Parachute Troops, 1940. Running to some 8 pages.
LDV Instruction No. 5 Elements of Training, 1940. Running to some 5 pages.
LDV Instruction No8 - Tanks and Tank Destruction
LDV Instruction Number 8 Tanks and Tank Destruction, 1940.
LDV Training Instruction No 2
LDV Training Instruction No 5
LDV Training Instruction No 8 - Tank Hunting
LDV Training Instruction No 9 - Grenades
LDV Training No. 7 Notes on Field Defences. Running to some 4 pages.
Leather Sword Knot
Lebel Clip
Lee Enfield Rifle Webbing Sling
Lee Enfield Webbing Rifle Sling
Leeds ARP Emergency Food & Shelter Pamphlet
Legion of Honour Medal Award Document
Leicestershire Regiment Title
Leinster Regiment Swagger Stick
Lewis Machine Gun Barrel Spanner A well marked example by BSA
Lewis Machine Gun Clearing Plug
Lewis Machine Gun Magazine Loading Tool
Lewis Machine Gun Manual A classic which was used during both World Wars
Lewis Machine Gun Spring Balance An excellent example complete with string pulls.
Lewis Machine Gunners Badge
Lewisham Engineering No4 MkII* Bayonet
Lieutenant's tropical slip of shoulder straps
Lieutenant's tropical slip of shoulder straps
Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge
Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge
Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge
Lincolnshire Regiment Cloth Shoulder Title
Liverpool Pals Cap Badge
Liverpool Scottish Cap Badge
Liverpool Scottish Cap Badge
Liverpool Scottish Staybright Cap Badge
Lodon Territorials Shoulder Title A lovely maker-marked example.
London Arms Fair Programme Containing articles on antique swords, pistols and artillery
London Arms Fair Programme Containing articles on antique guns, swords and Indian arms
London Colt Revolver Book The best book on the subject of London made Colt firearms and related material
London District Flash
London District Flash
London Rifle Brigade Watch Fob
London Scottish Cap Badge
London Scottish Glengarry Badge
London Scottish Glengarry Badge
Long Service & Good Conduct Chevron
Lovat Scouts Cap Badge
Lovely enamelled-silver RAPC Sweetheart Brooch An excellent enamelled-silver Royal Army Pay Corps sweetheart.
Lovely King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Sweetheart Brooch A superb WWII example in enamelled silver.
Lovely Medallion Commemorating the 1744 Re-capture of Prague An attractive brass or bronze medallion in commemoration of While Charles of Lorraine and his Austrian Hussars' re-capture of Prague following it's taking by Frederick of Prussia. OBVERSE: Figure of Prince Charles of Lorraine on horseback facing right. In the distance is the city of Prague . LEGEND: CAR: LOR: PR. PERFIDORUM VINDEX. (Charles, Prince of Lorraine, Avenger of the perfidious). In Exergue: MDCCXLIV (1744). REVERSE: Close up view of the city of Prague. LEGEND: SUBSIDIO BRITANNIAE (By the assistance of Britain). In Exergue: PRAGA RECUPERATA NO 26 MDCCXLIV (Prague retaken, 26 Nov. 1744).
Lovely Royal Artillery enameled Sweetheart Brooch. A delightful example.
Lovely WWI Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch A good quality enamelled gilt metal example.
Lovely WWI Saxon OR's Pickelhaube An excellent example of the 1895 Model helmet. It is in very attractive condition throughout; the distinctive Saxon pattern kokarden and chinstrap being excellent restorations, while the lining is intact, strong and supple, the helmet plate is secured by its original leather tongues and both peaks are secure (though the front peak's brass binding shows a little play as is not uncommon). To my mind what makes this an exciting example is the presence of prolific inscriptions to the underside of both peaks; no doubt some detailed scrutiny and further research would prove rewarding. In all a lovely example of the standard infantry headgear of Imperial German during WWI.
Lovely WWI Trench Art Matchbox Cover Engraved to a soldier of the Royal Field Artillery who had not only served in France and Belgium but also in the little recognised Italian Campaign.
Lovely WWWII Victory Bell A variation on that cast from aluminium salvaged from shot-down Luftwaffe aircraft and sold towards the RAF Benevolent Fund. An excellent example.
Lowland Regiment A rare original example of this much reproduced badge
Loyal (North Lancashire) Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Loyal North lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Loyal North lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Silver & Tortoiseshell Sweetheart Brooch
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Title
Ltd edition Michael Sutty figurine - Drum Major, 34th Foot, 1811 Michael Sutty (1937 – 2003) has been described as one of the most skilled and innovative ceramic workers in the world. With his studio in Stoke-on-Trent and showrooms in London, he worked in the more difficult “natural” medium of bone china rather than porcelain. During numerous high-temperature firings, where there was the ever-present danger of ruining the sculpting, the china, glaze and enamel colours all became intimately bonded together. This intricate process created the translucent, vitrified finish which characterises his sculptures. His work has been displayed at many regimental museums as well as at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Virtually every Royal household in Britain boasts at least one Sutty piece.
Ltd edition Michael Sutty figurine - Officer 4th of Foot, 1792 Michael Sutty (1937 – 2003) has been described as one of the most skilled and innovative ceramic workers in the world. With his studio in Stoke-on-Trent and showrooms in London, he worked in the more difficult “natural” medium of bone china rather than porcelain. During numerous high-temperature firings, where there was the ever-present danger of ruining the sculpting, the china, glaze and enamel colours all became intimately bonded together. This intricate process created the translucent, vitrified finish which characterises his sculptures. His work has been displayed at many regimental museums as well as at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Virtually every Royal household in Britain boasts at least one Sutty piece.
Ltd edition Michael Sutty figurine - Thomas Beach VC, 55th Foot Michael Sutty (1937 – 2003) has been described as one of the most skilled and innovative ceramic workers in the world. With his studio in Stoke-on-Trent and showrooms in London, he worked in the more difficult “natural” medium of bone china rather than porcelain. During numerous high-temperature firings, where there was the ever-present danger of ruining the sculpting, the china, glaze and enamel colours all became intimately bonded together. This intricate process created the translucent, vitrified finish which characterises his sculptures. His work has been displayed at many regimental museums as well as at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Virtually every Royal household in Britain boasts at least one Sutty piece.
Luftwaffe Cap Eagle Just as found affixed to a piece of leather.
Luftwaffe Driver's Arm Badge Fresh to the market direct from the daughter of the veteran who took it as booty during the Second World War
Luftwaffe Ground Assault War Badge Fresh to the market, recently sold by the daughter of the veteran who brought it back
Luftwaffe Incendiary Bomb A very good 1942 dated example. The small tail rivets have failed but there is none of the usual deformation and the condition overall is excellent and sound.
Luftwaffe Incendiary Bomb An excellent 1937 dated example
Luftwaffe Mutze Eagle
Luftwaffe Penant Eagle
Luger Pistols, the best Reference A scarce copy of John Walter's classic Luger - an illustrated history of the handguns of Hugo Borchardt and Georg Luger, 1875 to the present. Published in 1977 this mammoth work runs to some 256 pages and remains an absolute classic.
M 1939 Italian Brixia 45mm Grenade / Mortar Round A lovely example
M'1891 Soviet / Russian Moison Nagant Bayonet
M'1891 Soviet / Russian Moison Nagant Bayonet
M'1915 Prussian Pickelhaube A very good original example of this War-economy pattern. An evolution of the 1895 Pattern, it is distinguished by the use of zinc coated as apposed to brass fittings. This example bears a printed paper label identifying the name and unit of the helmet's original owner, a Fusilier Wulf
M'1916 Stahlhelm with provenance A lovely Imperial German steel helmet bearing an inscription giving the circumstances of its 'capture'
M1870/87/15 Italian Vetterli-Vitali Rifle Additional images
M1895 German Pickelhaube Spike
M1915 German Pickelhaube Spike
M35 double decal Stahlhelm Further images
M35 double decal Stahlhelm A named example
Machine Gun Corp Medal Group A lovely British War, Victory, and Special Constabulary medal to Norman Mann, a Private with the Machine Gun Corps during WWI.
Machine Gun Corps Cap Badge
Machine Gun Corps Cap Badge
Machine Gun Corps Officers' Service Dress Collar Badge
Machine Gun Corps Shoulder Titles
Machine Gun Corps Shoulder Titles
Machine Gun Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Machine Gun Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Machine Gunner's Qualification Badge
Machine Gunner's Qualification Badge
Madras Volunteer Guards Silver Cigarette Case
Major Edwards' Regimantal Badges
Major Edwards' Regimantal Badges
Maker-marked Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Malaya Command Bullion Flash
Manchester Regiment Brass Shoulder Titles
Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
Manchester Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Manchester Regiment Shoulder Titles
Martini Henry Artillery Carbine An honest sleepy example, 1885 dated with unit-marked but disc. Obsolete calibre with slotted Nock's form.
Martini Henry Artillery Carbine Additional images
Martini Henry Rifle A MKII Martini Henry rifle, a British military example later sold to Nepal and discovered part of the Nepalese arsenal cache discovered in 2003. It has a later British military cleaning rod jammed under the barrel, and some minor areas of damage or loss to the stock; however it is thoroughly presentable with a pleasing finish to both steel and walnut, which will improve with polishing.
Martini Henry Rifle A MKII Martini Henry rifle, a British military example later sold to Nepal and discovered part of the Nepalese arsenal cache discovered in 2003. It has minor areas of damage or loss to the stock; however it is thoroughly presentable with a pleasing finish to both steel and walnut, which will improve with polishing.
Martini Henry Rifle Bore Cleaning Jag Uned in conjunction with the cleaning rod
Martini Henry Rifle Cleaning Rod A very good example bearing British Ordnance view marks and free of pitting. Examples in such condition are now near impossible to find.
Martini Henry Socket Bayonet Being a bushed P'53 socket bayonet
Masterpiece on European Arms and Armour A scarce first edition of the late Ewart Oakeshott's classic European Arms & Armour, the successor to his seminal The Archaeology of Weapons. This remains a standard reference for the collector or student of the arms and armour of the 15th to 17th Centuries. If I could only hold one book covering this field, this would be it.
Match Pot made from Teak of HMS Iron Duke
Matched pair of mint unissued 1937 Pattern Webbing Braces
Matching 1937 Pattern Pistol Ammo & Compass Pouches
Matching pair 1937 Pattern Pack straps 1942 dated and unissued.
Matching pair 40th Division Flashes An excellent machine woven pair ex-Battledress.
Matching pair Northern Command Flashes Ex-Battledress.
Matching pair of Home Guard Webbing Pouches
Matching pair of unissued P'37 Shoulder Straps
Matching pair P'37 L-Straps An unissued matching pair of 1942 dated Shoulder Straps for the 1937 Pattern equipment.
Matching pair WWII P'37 Brace Attachments A scarce matching pair in virtually mint unissued condition.
Mauser Bayonet Scabbard & Frog
Mauser C96 Automatic Pistol Reference Book
Mauser Export Bayonet
Mauser export Bayonet
Mauser K98 Type Leather Rifle Sling A leather sling of the style used on Mauser military rifles. The leather has a faint hatched impressed pattern on it's surface. In strong supple condition.
Mechanised Transport Driver's Badge
Mechanised Transport Training Corps Officer's Gorget Patch
Medals, Badges and Stunningly Rare SAS Gold Badge I am offering this exciting lot just as it came into my possession. It comprises a cluster of medals and insignia to the Scots Guards and SAS. The medals in the lot comprise the 1939-45 and Burma Stars, with Second World War and Defence Medals, their miniatures and ribbon bar. The Scots Guards insignia comprises both metal and embroidered cloth shoulder titles, buttons, a veterans' lapel badge and a very high quality set of enamelled silver-gilt cufflinks. However what makes this group both fascinating and valuable is the presence of a group of SAS insignia. The latter comprises a framed embroidery, an extremely rare and high quality enamelled 9ct gold sweetheart brooch, an enamelled-silver sweetheart and an SAS Veterans' Association lapel badge with a low issue or memkbership number. This number of course opens up the possibility of identifying the original recipient/owner of this intriguing group. All in all a rich grouping with some extremely rare SAS badges and the possibility of future attribution.
Medic's Red Cross Brassard
Medieval Iron Stirrup Circa 13th Century
Medieval Iron Stirrup Circa 13th Century
Medieval Iron Stirrup
Memorial Plaque Carton, Envelope & Papers Sadly lacking medals
Mention in Despatches Oak Leaf
Merchant Navy Bullion Blazer Badge
Merchant Navy Comforts Service Lapel Badge
Merchant Navy Lapel or Mufti Badge
Merchant Navy Officer's Shoulder Straps
MI-9 Escape & Evasion Equipment and Methods Book An absolute classic and a must for collectors and historians of WWII British escape and evasion devices and organization. Published in 1979 and running to some 365 pages. A superb read and excellent reference.
MI-9 Escape & Evasion Equipment and Methods Book An absolute classic and a must for collectors and historians of WWII British escape and evasion devices and organization. Published in 1979 and running to some 365 pages. A superb read and excellent reference.
Mickey Mouse Gas Mask An example of this somewhat iconic pattern of respirator designed for use by children
Mid 19th Century Duke of Wellington Portrait Plaque An extremely attractive commemorative plaque in cast iron with a bronze like patina. Comprising a relief profile portrait of the Duke within a laurel wreath, with coronet and martial trophy surmount, and conforming dependant ornament.
Mid 19th Century Percussion Pocket Pistol English-made and bearing private proof marks, it has a turn-off circular-section barrel, slab-sided lock bearing foliate-scroll engraving, and chequered-walnut grip with inlaid escutcheon. A handsome example of these characterful pistols.
Mid 19th Century Surveyor's Cross-Head An extremely pleasing and uncommonly large specimen by the prominent firm of scientific instrument makers W&S Jones. A type of instrument which would have been used by military and other surveyors of the period. The firm worked out of 30 Holborn until 1860, this giving us a latest possible date for this specimen.
Mid 20th Century Milbro Commando Type Dagger A private purchase knife
Mid-19th Century Naval Cutlass A good example. The lack of scabbards on Naval cutlasses is not uncommon as many were stored in racks, ready for issue and immediate use.
Middle East Commando History I read this whilst at University, thoroughly enjoyed it and strongly recommend it
Middle Eastern Jambiya An extremely attractive example with silver mounted horn hilt
Middlesex Regiment Cap badge
Middlesex Regiment Cap Badge
Middlesex Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Middlesex Regiment Printed Shoulder Title
Militaria Journal The issue with part one of Marcus Cotton's seminal work on WWII British plastic cap badges, it remains the standard reference.
Militaria journal back issue - Plastic Cap Badges Containing John Mills' seminal and important work on WWII British plastic cap badges
Military Biography of Wellington
Military Foot Police Cap Badge
Military Illustrated issue 1 Including an excellent article of WWI Tommies on the Somme
Military Illustrated issue 10 Including the first part of W Y Carman's seminal and important article on Commando insignia. Copies are near impossible to find.
Military Illustrated issue 11 Including the second part of W Y Carman's seminal and important article on Commando insignia
Military Illustrated issue 12 Including the first of an important two-part article of WWII Polish para unforms and insignia.
Military Illustrated issue 13 Including the second of a two-part article on WWII Polish para uniforms and insignia
Military Illustrated issue 14 Including an article of WWI Vickers machine guns
Military Illustrated issue 15 Including an excellent article on WWI German grenades
Military Illustrated issue 16 Including an excellent article on WWI German grenades
Military Illustrated issue 17 Containing articles on the battle of Maiwand and WWI battlefield archaeology
Military Illustrated issue 18 Containing a seminal article on Sudan war Mahdists
Military Illustrated issue 19 Containing an artcile of Indian Mutiny uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 2 Including an excellent article on British officers of the Peninsular War
Military Illustrated issue 20 Containing an excellent article on Bren gunners
Military Illustrated issue 21 Containing an article on Indian Mutiny uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 22 Containing the first of a two part article on WWI trench works
Military Illustrated issue 23 Containing articles on Boer and Crimean uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 24 Containing an article on WWI British trench works
Military Illustrated issue 25 Containing articles on Napoleonic uniforms and those of British Forces serving on the North West frontier between the Wars
Military Illustrated issue 26 Containing the first of a superb two-part article on WWII Commando uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 27 Containing the forst of an important two-part article on the Battle Jerkin
Military Illustrated issue 28 The highly regarded 1940 annniversary issue whcih contains superb articles on Army, RAF and Civil Defence uniforms and equipment
Military Illustrated issue 29 Containing the second of two superb articles on the Battle Jerkin
Military Illustrated issue 3 Including an excellent article on Omdurman uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 30 Containing the second of a superb two-part article on WWII Commando uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 4 Including the first of several superb articles on U-Boat uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 5 Including the second superb article on U-Boat uniforms
Military Illustrated issue 6 Including an excellent article on British unirms of the Crimea
Military Illustrated issue 7 Including a seminal article on WWI German grenades
Military Illustrated issue 8 Including a superb article on WWII Polish armoured uniforms & insignia
Military Illustrated issue 9 Including an article on a Waterloo tunic
Military Map Reading Training Manual
Military MBE
Military Police Arm Band
Military Police Arm Band
Military Police Cap Badge
Military Police Cap Badge An original Indian or theatre-made cast example
Military Police Cap Badge
Military Police Cap Badge
Military Police Slouch Hat with concealed Razor A very good 1943 dated slough hat retaining its original Military Police cap badge. The condition throughout is most attractive. Upon acquiring it and subsequent scrutiny I discovered a Wilkinson Sword razor blade concealed under the pagri to one side, which I take to be an extremely rare example of escape and evasion preparedness. A most interesting example.
Military Staff Ministry of Supply Flash
Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945 Fuller and Gregory's classic. An essential and long out-of-print reference
Military Training Pamphlet No23
Mills Bomb MkIII Drill Detonator Set
Mills Grenade Drill Detonator
Mills Grenade Dummy Detonator An original Drill MkIII training detonator
Mills Grenade Inert Drill Detonator
Mills Officer Equipment Binocular Case A rare 1936 dated example originally incorporating an integral compass pouch.
Mines and Booby Traps - Minefield Clearing Manual, 1943 Mines and Booby Traps, Part III, The Breaching of Minefields, 1943. A fascinating 27 page pamphlet.
Miniature Bayonet Sweetheart Brooch - Belgique
Miniature British War and Victory Medals
Miniature British War Medal
Miniature King's Badge for button hole
Mint 1941 Indian 1937 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
Mint 1942 ARP Battledress Blouse A superb example with correct original insignia, in a large size.
Mint 1944 Pattern Bayonet Frog A mint unissued and 1945 dated Bayonet Frog from the P'44 tropical web equipment.
Mint 1945 Indian-made Khaki Drill Tropical Trousers
Mint 1945 Royal Tank Regiment Black Beret
Mint Canadian P'37 Bottle Carrier
Mint Economy Pattern P'37 Shoulder Straps
Mint matching 1937 Pattern Webbing Braces
Mint Matching Pair 1937 Pattern Shoulder Straps
Mint matching pair 1937 Pattern Webbing L-Straps Both marked MW&S and dated 1944.
Mint matching pair P'37 L-Straps
Mint pair 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts An exceptional 1943 dated British-made pair in a large size.
Mint P'37 Webbing Braces A scarce correct left and right pair in size Long
Mint unissued 1903 Pattern Revolver Holster
Mint unissued 1937 Pattern Haversack and Shoulder Straps
Mint Unissued 1937 Pattern L-Straps
Mint unissued 1938 dated P'37 Auxilliary Pouches
Mint unissued 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers A scarce pair of BD trousers retaining their original label
Mint Unissued 1941 dated Boot Brush One of an identical pair by Leng from my own collection.
Mint Unissued 1941 dated Boot Brush
Mint unissued 1941 Field Service Cap In a large size
Mint unissued 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts A rare 1942 dated pair in a large size
Mint unissued 1942 dated Indian-made KD Shorts
Mint unissued 1944 General Service Cap An early variant in gabardine and in a large size
Mint Unissued 1944 Vickers Machine Gun Spares Pouch
Mint unissued 1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle Pouch A rare example with such a date in this condition
Mint Unissued 1945 OR's Issue Shirt A stunning example of the collar-attached half-front-opening shirt.
Mint Unissued 1945 OR's Issue Shirt A stunning example of the collar-attached half-front-opening shirt.
Mint unissued 1945 P'37 Webbing Belt
Mint unissued Bush Shirt, 1943 A scarce British Army issue Bush Shirt in superb condition. It is 1943 dated and in a large size. It is complete with a rare pair of King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment tropical slip-on shoulder titles. A rare combination.
Mint unissued Denim Battledress Blouse, 1941 A superb example of the original pattern of denim, overall BD blouse. Issued to both the Home Guard and Army personnel. Retaining it's original 1941 dated label. Impossible to improve and very difficult to replace.
Mint Unissued Denim BD Blouse A superb example. These were intended to be worn over serge battledress so are in fact larger than their labels suggest when worn as the primary garment, as indeed they commonly were during hot weather.
Mint Unissued Denim BD Blouse A superb example. Issued to the Home Guard and Army, they were intended to be worn over serge battledress so are in fact larger than their labels suggest when worn as the primary garment, as indeed they commonly were during hot weather. This one has unusually been fitted with General Service buttons rather than plain vegetable composition revolving shank buttons.
Mint Unissued Denim BD Blouse Issued to the Home Guard and Army, these garments were intended to be worn over serge battledress so are in fact larger than their labels suggest when worn as the primary garment, as indeed they commonly were during hot weather
Mint unissued Economy Pattern 1937 Pattern Bottle Carrier An example with steel buckles introduced as a War-economy measure.
Mint Unissued General Service Cap A lovely example. The manufacturer's markings are faint though it is clearly 1945 dated. It is in a rather useful large size approx 7 1/4- 7 1/2.
Mint unissued General Service Cap A rare and desirable example in a large size.
Mint unissued Indian Khaki Drill Shorts Well marked and 1942 dated
Mint Unissued Jungle Tank Suit An excellent 1945 dated example of this most fascinating garment.
Mint unissued Lanchester Machine Gun Pouches These are becoming rather scarce. A lovely pair.
Mint unissued P'37 Haversack
Mint Unissued P'37 Brace Attachments
Mint Unissued P'37 Brace Attachments
Mint Unissued P'37 Brace Attachments
Mint Unissued P'37 Brace Attachments A scarce War-economy pair with steel fittings
Mint Unissued P'37 Brace Attachments
Mint unissued P'37 Pistol Ammunition Pouch A scarce WWII dated 1937 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch in unissued condition.
Mint Unissued P'37 Shoulder Straps
Mint unissued RAF 1925/37 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier An item of the scarce blue-grey 1925/37 webbing issued to the RAF. Air Ministry marked and 1941 dated. The P'25 webbing was replaced by P'37 in 1941, the water bottle carrier is common to both patterns. Being 1941 dated makes this example appropriate to either set.
Mint unissued Shell Dressings Satchel
Mint Unissued WWII Army Issue Hair Brush A 1941 dated example
Mint Unissued WWII Black Beret An excellent example of a Royal Armoured Corps beret. In superb condition, a good size, and 1944 dated.
Mint Unissued WWII Khaki Drill Shorts A scarce pair of officially modified "Bombay Bloomers".
Mint Unissued WWII Motorcyclists' Trousers
Mint Unissued WWII P'08 Pack As worn with the 1937 Pattern Web Equipment
Mint Unissued WWII RAF Escape Pattern Flying Boots A stunning pair
Mint unissued WWII Royal Armoured Corps Black Beret In a large size
Mint unissued WWII Tank Crew Black Beret An increasingly scarce unissued WWII British Army issue black beret as worn by men of the Royal Armoured Corps. Maker-marked Beret Industries Ltd, 1944 dated and size 6 1/4.
Mint unissued WWII Webbing Anklets 1942 dated and in a large size
Mint unissued WWII Webbing Map Case A 1944 dated map case by Waring & Gillow in mint unissued condition.
Mint Washing & Shaving Kit Roll A scarce British-made example, most on the market being Indian in origin. In unissued condition and clearly marked.
Mint WWII Canadian MlIII Basic Pouches
Mint WWII Canadian P'37 Braces
Mint WWII Far East Tropical Aertex BD Blouse An excellent example of this unique pattern of BD manufactured in India for use in the Far East. WWII dated and in a good size.
Mint WWII Indian No1 MkII* Bayonet
Mint WWII Royal Navy Rating's Cap An exceptional example throughout.
Mk 2 Airborne Troops Steel Helmet Chin Strap
Mk VI .303 Drill Rounds An original clip.
Mk2 Airborne Troops Steel Helmet An excellent example. The crown pad appears to have been deliberately re-positioned to give frontal protection. From the estate of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE, DL (3 May 1932 – 13 March 2011). Gray served with the Parachute Regiment from 1955, taking part in operations at Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Greece, Bahrain, Aden and Northern Ireland. He commanded the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment from 1969 to 1971, later becoming Colonel Commandant
Mk2 Airborne Troops Steel Helmet Chin Strap
Mk2 Steel Helmet
MkI Anti-Gas Eyeshields
MkI Anti-Gas Eyeshields In the scarce card carton
MkII Anti-Gas Eyeshields
MkII Anti-Gas Eyeshields
MkII Helmet with uncommon variant liner An example which displays extremely well. I suspect the paint has been refreshed, the whole has the appearance of a near unissued example.
MkII Sten Sling
MkIII Sten Machine Carbine A good example de-activated to current specification. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
MkIII* Signalling Torch A particularly interesting and sought after design
MkIII* Signalling Torch A particularly interesting and sought after design...
MkVI Drill .303 Rifle Round
MkVI Drill .303 Rifle Round
MkVII Gas Mask Haversack A mint unissued example of an item which has rapidly become quite rare.
MkVIII Flying Goggles in Original Carton An excellent pair complete with original clear and tinted lenses in their original carton. The goggles are Air Ministry stamped and bear the name of their original owner on the strap. The latter also bears sliders with female fasteners for anchoring the strap to the flying helmet, an unusual and attractive feature. A lovely and desirable set.
Mobile Defnce Corps Shoulder Title
Modified 1914 Pattern Brace Converted post-War to a stowage strap
Montgomery's 'Ten Chapters'
Montgomery's Ten Chapters, 1945
Moroccan Jambiya Dagger A rather handsome example, the blade of which bears a struck lion passant mark
Morse Code Instructional Booklet First published in 1914 and still in print during the Second World War
Morse Key
Motorcyclist's Steel Helmet A 1942 dated example in a large size
Motorcyclist's Steel Helmet An unissued 1945 dated example in size 7
MT Drivers Qualification Badge
MT Driver's Arm Badge
Musician's Full Dress Rank Chevrons
Musician's Arm Badge A brooched example
NAAFI 1/2 Franc Token
NAAFI Cigarettes Tin
NAAFI Token
Named 1939 Active Service New Testament
Named 1941 Royal Artillery Service Dress Tunic Bearing some moth nips, though complete with Sam Browne Belt
Named 30 Corps RAOC 1940 Pattern BD Blouse A tailored 'best' Battledress bearing its original insignia. Found in a pocket was a note identifying the blouse's original owner
Named and 1940 dated Royal Artillery Officers' Service Dress
Named and dated RAPC Officers Service Dress Tunic & Trousers Showing minor moth
Named and dated South Lancashire Regiment Officers' Service Dress A 1944 dated example of the War economy pattern
Named and dated WWII ATS leather Belt A variant Pattern 1903
Named General Service Cap A relatively scarce early example in gaberdine
Named Queen's Regiment 1914 Active Service New Testament
Named WWI Sam Browne Belt A lovely example to fit waist 32-36".
Named WWI Soldiers' New Testament
Named WWII ATS Uniform Group Sourced direct from the family of its original owner, a 1941 Pattern ATS tunic and coloured field service cap. Each item bears its owner's name and service number. The tunic identifies the Auxiliary as having been attached to the Intelligence Corps, 1st Corps. Auxiliary Jeanette Wilson served from 1943, ultimately with an ATS Continental Group attached to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force in Germany
Named WWII Canadian B-Type Flying Helmet A very good example complete with cushions.
Named WWII General Service Cap and Identity Discs A lovely combination
Named WWII RAF C-Type Flying Helmet A good wired example
Named WWII RAF Insignia Group
Named WWII Royal Artillery Officers' Service Dress A good sleepy example retaining it's original label. It has leather-trimmed cuffs, a real field-service feature. The tunic is named to a JA Parnell Esq. Parnell was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion the Dorsetshire Regiment on the supplentary reserve on the 3/9/38, being was promoted to Lt on the 24/8/39. Lt Parnell was promoted to Acting captain on the 1/11/43, working with the RCASC as the Dept Assistant to the Quartermaster General. Parnell’s last employment was as the Embarkation Commandant Eastern Ports, during this period Parnell rebadged to the RA. He reached the Rank of Acting Col on the 27/3/45.
Named WWII Royal Engineers Coloured Field Service Cap
Named WWII Royal Engineers Service Dress Group
Napoleonic Brown Bess Musket additional images
Napoleonic Brown Bess Musket A good Ordnance issue India Pattern Brown Bess musket, the standard longarm of the British Infantry of the Napoleonic Wars. Bearing the ring-neck cock introduced in 1810, and a corresponding Ordnance Storekeeper's date stamp to the butt. The condition is most appealing, there being a pleasing a patina to both barrel and stock, while the lock is extremely good, with a very strong action. There is old restoration to the fore-stock, which is extremely fine, and indeed dificult to discern. In all a very good example of the Regulation Brown Bess musket of the Waterloo period.
Napoleonic Brown Bess Musket Bayonet
Natal Field Artillery Cap Badge
National Fire Service Officer's Helmet A very good example indeed.
National Forge Co. Desk Model BLU 109/B Bunker Buster Bomb The Lockhead Martin 2000 lb BLU-109 was designed to penetrate the strongest of enemy structures. The BLU-109's advanced design can penetrate up to six feet of reinforced concrete. National Forge Company (NFC) manufactured the warhead case assemblies for Lockheed Missiles & Space Corporation, before becoming the Prime Contractor to the US Government, producing both the USAF (Model 110) and NAVY (Model 150) Penetrator Warhead Assemblies. This desk ornament is a product of NFC and is strikingly elegant.
Naval issue Pattern 1888 Bayonet
Naval Swords & Firearms Book A useful reference by one of the co-authors of Swords for Sea Service
Navigational Protractor A scarce Milita map reading protractor, complete with it's original case and instructions.
Nazi Party Armband An original example, one of several brought back by the same veteran. This early two-piece example incorporates a machine-woven roundel and has affixed press-studs for secure attachment to the sleeve.
Near mint Motorcyclists' Pantaloons
Near mint WWII Machete One of the best examples I have seen, in near unissued condition. Complete with the uncommon fibre scabbard.
Neolithic Flint and Stone Implements Part of a recently acquired large collection. The following were found between the late 19th and early 20th Centuries at and around Sacrewell, a short distance from the important flint mines at Grimes Graves. I have had a life-long fascination with such artefacts and given they date to around 3500-1500 BC I consider them under-collected and under-valued.
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic / Bronze Age Polished Stone Axe Head
Neothilic Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow head
Neothilic Flint Barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint barbed and tanged Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Blade
Neothilic Flint Blade
Neothilic Flint leaf shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint Scraper
Neothilic Flint slender Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint slender Arrow Head / Blade
Neothilic Flint slender leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Neothilic Flint slender leaf-shaped Arrow Head
Netherlands District Flash
New book on British Airborne Troops Denison Smocks
New Zealand Cook Islands Company Cap Badge
New Zealand Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch A lovely example.
New Zealand Rifles Shoulder Titles
NFS MkII Steel Helmet A good example of a National Fire Service decalled helmet. Rtaher unusually it bears it's original owner's initials and service number on the underside rim.
No 36 Mills Grenade Body
No 4 MK II Bayonet An example by Singer
No2 MkII Prismatic Binoculars Retaining their graticules and aside from a little spotting are optically excellent. Complete with original leather strap and 1938 dated P'37 webbing pouch.
No22 Pippin Grenade Replacement Parts A superb quality reproduction cap for the Pippin grenade. Precision manufactured from laser-cut pressed steel. Included is a .303 catridge case detontator and holder. (The grenade illustrated is not for sale.)
No3 Commando Shoulder Title
No36 Mills Grenade Casting
No36 Mills Grenade Training Blank A blank casting as use for training purposes. A foundry-marked example.
No4 Bayonet by Howard & Bullough A no4 MkII* by one of the more scarce manufacturers, Howard & Bullough Ltd. In excellent condition and in a scabbard with a well-marked and dated throat.
No4 Bayonet in Scarce Scabbard An example of the scarce US-made Victory Plastics scabbard for the No4 bayonet. The bayonet itself is by one of the more scarce manufacturers, namely Howard & Bullough Ltd.
No4 Mk2 Bayonet A very good example by Singer.
No4 Mk2 Bayonet in MkII Scabbard
No4 Mk3 Bayonet A well marked example
No4 MkI Bayonet An excellent example of this sought after pattern. Complete in scabbard with correct MkI steel throat.
No4 MkI Bayonet An excellent example of one of the most saught after of WWII British bayonets
No4 MkII Bayonet
No4 MkII Bayonet By Singer
No4 MkII Bayonet The standard British bayonet of the Second World War. This is a MkII example by Singer.
No4 MkII Bayonet In MkI scabbard with original P'37 frog
No4 MkII Bayonet Complete with frog and securing tab. The scabbard is somewhat abused
No4 MkII Bayonet by Stevens-Savage
No4 MkII Bayonet in Plastic Scabbard The bayonet by Longbranch, Canada
No4 MkII Lee Enfield Bayonet A good example by Singer in MkI scabbard.
No4 MkII* Bayonet By Prince Smith & Stells
No4 MkII* Bayonet By Prince, Smith & Stells
No4 MkII* Bayonet with Scarce Markings An example numbered to it's rifle. A seldom encountered feature.
No4 MkII* by Baird Engineering of Belfast The least commonly encountered msnufacturer of this variant, just 25,000 having been manufactured
No4 MKII* Socket Bayonet An example by Baird Engineering of Belfast, the lowest volume manufacturer of this bayonet.
No4 MkIII Bayonet A mint condition example in MkII scabbard
No5 Jungle Carbine Bayonet An excellent example with mint 1945 dated P'44 webbing frog
No68 & No69 Grenade Manual
No68 and No69 Grenade Pamphlet
No69 Grenade A complete strippable example.
No6A Mine Detector An early example of this pattern introduced in 1945
No7 Bayonet with Rare Black Grips The No7 with its unique swivelling pommel was designed for use with the MkV Sten, though it saw most use with the No4 Lee Enfield Rifle. Its Tufnell grips were red, however a very few were made in black. This is only the second black-gripped example I have seen, examples are very seldom encountered.
No7 MkI Spirit Bubble
No77 Phosphorus Grenade A lovely example retaining it's original finish and markings, 1944 dated.
No9 Bayonet A parade example in burnished scabbard with conforming blade
No9 Bayonet An excellent dated example
No9 Lee Enfield Bayonet
No9 Parade Bayonet An example with a plated blade
Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge
Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge
Normandy Campaign Medal Commissioned by the Normandy Veterans Association
North Africa Campaign Commemorative Tankard Manufactured from shell cases salvaged from the battlefields
North Africa Campaign Souvenir A theatre-made 8th Army souvenir of the North Africa campaign dating from 1943.
North African Arm Dagger
North African Horn Powder Flask
North Highland District Flash
North Highland District Flash
North Highland District Flash
North Highland District Flash
North Midland District Flash
North Midland District Northern Command Formation Patch An as-worn printed example, ex-Battledress
North Midland District Printed Flash
North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge
North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge
North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge
North Staffordshire Regiment Helmet Plate Centre
North Staffordshire Regiment Sweetheart Brooch
North Wales District Flash
Northern Command Flash
Northern Command North Midland District Flash
Northern Ireland District Flash
Northumberland Fusiliers Brass Cap Badge
Northumberland Fusiliers Cap Badge
Northumberland Fusiliers Caps Badge
Northumberland Fusiliers Shoulder Title
Northumberland Fusiliers Shoulder Titles
Northumberland Fusiliers Shoulder Titles
Northumberland Fusliliers Cap Badge
Northumberland Hussars Cap Badge
Northumbrian District Flash
Notes from Theatres of War No. 20 - Italy 1943/4
Notts & Derby Regiment Cap Badge
Notts & Derby Regiment Cap Badge
NSDAP Armband An original example, one of three brought back by the same veteran. An example of multi-piece construction.
NSDAP Armband An original example, one of three brought back by the same veteran. A very early example having the insignia machine woven directly onto the band.
NSDAP Armband An original example, one of three brought back by the same veteran. An example bearing an NSDAP ink stamp.
NSDAP Armband An excellent original example, brought back by the same veteran as the Reichs Chancellery marble fragment. A very early example having the insignia machine woven directly onto the band.
NSDAP Party Member's Badge
NSDAP Political Leader's Armband Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
NSKK Helemet Eagle Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
NSKK Traffic Education Service Sleeve Badge An exceptional example of this rare badge. Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
Nuremburg War Crimes Trial Prosecutor Signature & Book An autographed portrait photograph and business card of the late Lord Shawcross, prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials. Includes is a copy of Andrew Walker's book on the subject.
Observer Corps Cap Badge
Observer Corps Cap Badge
Observer Corps Enamelled Lapel Badge
Offcers 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sword A pleasing example of this handsome sword pattern, a true fighting sword of the Georgian era.
Officer's 'Victory' brand Shirt Half front opening
Officer's 'Victory' brand Shirt Half front opening
Officer's Bullion Dress Epaulettes
Officer's private purchase 1937 Pattern Webbing Set A homogeneous set manufactured by Mills in 1941 for private purchase, hence lacking any Ordnance broad arrow stamps. This is only the second such set I have encountered. I suspect such examples were retailed to Home Guard officers
Officer's Private Purchase Field Service Cap
Officer's Service Dress Tunic
Officer's Service Dress Tunic That of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
Officer's Service Dress Tunic That of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
Officer's Service Dress Tunic with Brassard That of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches. The tunic and brassard show some moth damage.
Officer's Tropical uniform Puttees
Officers' 1916 dated Webley Revolver Holster
Officers' Spurs
Officers' Spurs
Officers' Sword Cover A lovely late Victorian or early 20th Century example of a leather cover for an officer's sword. The cover hinge stitching requires renewal, otherwise in strong and supple condition.
Officers' Waist Belt Clasps 1855-1902 The standard reference by Lelia B Ryan. Published 1994 and running to some 55 pages.
Officer's Batton / Swagger Stick A superb example.
Officer's Fox's Puttees, Tropical, Long
Officer's Full Dress Sword Belt In excellent condition.
Officer's Puttees, Tropical, Short
Officer's Sam Browne Belt A good example of the Sam Browne belt and cross strap.
Official Crown Copyright Photographs - Queen and Princess Elizabeth
Official History fo the SOE in France A sought after first edition of MRD Foot's official history.
Official RAF & English Electric Photographs
Oil Bottle for the P'17 Rifle As issue to the Home Guard during WWII.
Old reproduction 1908 Pattern Helve Strap
Old spec. Deactivated No2 MkI* Revolver From my own collection, an excellent old spec. example of the spur-less so-called "Tanker" revolver, with clear chambers and barrel. Certificate lacking. Sorry, for sale within UK only
On War Service 1915 Lapel Badge
One year's printed War Service Chevron
Opsrey Brtish Tanks in North Africa 1940-42 Book
Orders, Decorations, Medals & Badges of the Third Reich Dodkins' and Littlejohn's classic
Orders, Decorations, Medals & Badges of the Third Reich Volume two of Dodkins' & Littlejohn's classic reference
Ordnance leather Compass Case
Ordnance stamped Sam Browne Sword Frog An excellent example.
Ordnance-stamped 3rd Pattern F-S Knife An example in unissued condition, the hilt ribbing being subtly different to that commonly encluntered
Original 1939 Bren Machine Gun Manual Small Arms training Volume I, Pamphlet No4, Light Machine Gun, 1939. This 70 page manual was the standard training reference on the Bren LMG. Essential for the collector of Bren related material.
Original 1940 Dated Home Guard Leather Belt A scarce example of the P'03 waist belt issued with Home Guard equipment. Very well stamped.
Original 1940's Mae West Signed Photograph Surely one of the most prized of signatures to WWII Allied troops
Original 1943 pack of .38 Revolver Rounds A pack of 12 inert rounds , with of course matching head stamps
Original 1943 pack of 9mm Rounds A pack of 20 inert rounds for the Sten or Browning. With of course matching head stamps.
Original 1945 Canadian Food Ration - complete
Original 1945 Canadian Food Ration - complete
Original Adolf Hitler Stationery A superb example of Hitler's personal Berlin stationery. On high quality ivory paper printed in superb raised-gilt.
Original Autograph of Montgomery of Alamein A superb example on a menu from a dinner held in his honour. Monty, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC successfully commanded Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein, a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign during World War II, and troops under his command played a major role in the expulsion of Axis forces from North Africa. He was later a prominent commander in Italy and North-West Europe, where he was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord until after the Battle of Normandy.
Original Autograph Signature of Winston Churchill A signed dinner menu card from the Central Hotel Glasgow, dated 18th May 1951. This and the related lot was acquired from the family of a former maître d at the hotel. Original Churchill signatures are amongst the most sought after of the 20th Century.
Original Autograph Signature of Winston Churchill A signed dinner menu card from the Central Hotel Glasgow, that of a complimentary dinner to the Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill, dated 20th May 1949. This and the related lot was acquired from the family of a former maître d at the hotel. Original Churchill signatures are amongst the most sought after of the 20th Century.
Original Badged WWII Battledress Blouse An original badged BD blouse to a Royal Signals private attached HQ 21st Army Group or BAOR. It retains it's original embroidered shoulder titles and flashes, arm-of-service strips and four years' War service chevrons. The blouse itself is dated 1943 and is size 9. Aside from some minor moth, mainly to the lower edge of one pocket, it is in very good condition. All-in-all an attractive BD retaining all it's original insignia.
Original Berlin Wall Fragment
Original Blanco Carton Scarce indeed.
Original British Army Wolesley Pattern Tropical Helmet A very sound example with no internal breaks. Aside from some marks in pen to the liner, in excllent condition.
Original carton of 32 inert WWII Mk7 .303 Rifle Rounds With matching head stamps. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Original DSO Medal Case
Original Georgian Military Musket Flint
Original German MG34 Alloy Grips In excellent condition.
Original Hotchkiss .303 Portative Machine Gun Manual I have a client currently seeking a deactivated Hotchkiss Portative, do email should you have one to sell
Original large Third Reich Banner Measuring very approximately 5m x 1.5m and intended to be draped from official buildings. Of two-piece construction, the central swastika printed onto a white cotton disc machine stitched onto the main red body of the banner, the long sides of which are self-edged, with one narrow side having a hem, the other an un-stitched hem. Minor faults do not detract from this impressive object.
Original Newspaper reporting Hitler Assassination Attempt
Original Newspaper reporting the U-Boat Sinking of the Athenia
Original Rifles Regiment Cap Boss Likely Victorian or Edwardian as it came with the early Rifles Regiment uniforms I have recently listed.
Original Skeletonised Bren Machine Gun Magazine
Original untouched German Kriegsmarine M'42 Helmet Aside from a partial tear to the lining this is an extremely good helmet. Fresh to the market and entirely untouched. The shell is exceptional, retaining virtually all its original finish and a superb complete Kriegsmarine decal. It is by Emaillirwerk AG, Fulda and size 64. The original lining is size 56 and has all its tongues with no pulls to the draw-string holes. An extremely attractive and 100% original example.
Original Victorian Martini Henry Rifle Sling Part of the famed Nepalese cache. In superb supple and strong condition. These straps are slightly broader than the standard 1871 Pattern and particular to the Martini Henry.
Original Victorian Simkin Print - 16th Lancers
Original Victorian Simkin Print - Lancashire Fusiliers
Original Victorian Simkin Print - Royal Scots Fusiliers
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The Buffs
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The Northumberland Fusiliers
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The Queen's Regiment
Original Victorian Simkin Print - The Royal Fusiliers
Original WWI Ghurka Kukri An excellent example of a genuine WWI fighting kukri as brought back by an officer of the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Ghurka Rifles. It is an unusually large example, the blade measuring approximately 40cm. It is complete in it's original tooled-leather scabbard which contains it's by knives and the small wallet which I believe carried fire-starting items. Aside from patches of rust the condition is excellent, I have no doubt it will restore to an excellent state. A scarce and impressive provenanced example of a true fighting military kukri.
Original WWI Royal Garrison Artillery Shoulder Titles
Original WWI Suffolk Regiment Cloth Shoulder Titles
Original WWI Suffolk Regiment Shoulder Titles A printed cotton pair
Original WWI-WWII Button & Badge Polish An unused tin of Soldier's Friend with original contents.
Original WWI-WWII Button & Badge Polish An unused tin of Soldier's Friend with original contents.
Original WWI-WWII Royal Navy Trench Art Lighter
Original WWII 2 Mortar (2-inch), 1942, part of the Small Arms Training series of manuals, the standard reference used by the British Army during WWII. It runs to some 16 pages and is an essential addition to any collection of material relating to the 2" Mortar. I am looking to acquire deactivated 2" Mortars, PIATS, Boys Anti-Tank Rifles and related accessories, don't hesitate to get in touch should you be in a position to offer such for sale.
Original WWII 2nd Pattern F-S Fighting Knife An example of the much sought after B2 knife. It is in excellent untouched condition, and while the scabbard belt loop is loose as the stitching requires renewing, the scabbard retains original 'tabs'. This 2nd Pattern knife is further enhanced by being an early example with a hand forged blade. The significance of the B2 stamp has been much discussed over the years, though its meaning now appears to have been deciphered by Robert Wilkinson Latham in his superb publication "The History of the FS Fighting Knife"
Original WWII Air Raid Warden Report Forms A report pad of 14 sheets
Original WWII ARP Warden's Whistle
Original WWII Block of Blanco
Original WWII Cotton Anti-Gas Kit Cotton Waist An original handfull of cotton waist as part of the standard issue anti-gas kit. Carried in the respirator haversack and intended for the mopping up of liquid war gases.
Original WWII Escape & Evasion Compass Razor Blade These Ordnance issue razor blades were rather cleverly magnetised so that they could be used as a compass to aid escape & evasion. Issued to RAF aircrew, Special Forces and other troops. (See the classic reference MI-9 Escape & evasion for further details.)
Original WWII Escape & Evasion Compass Razor Blade These Ordnance issue razor blades were rather cleverly magnetised so that they could be used as a compass to aid escape & evasion. Issued to RAF aircrew, Special Forces and other troops. (See the classic reference MI-9 Escape & evasion for further details.)
Original WWII Free Czech Cap Badge A lovely English-made example.
Original WWII German Army Year Book for 1938 A fascinating period publication.
Original WWII German Book on the Spanish Civil War
Original WWII German Book on the Spanish Civil War
Original WWII German Book on the Spanish Civil War
Original WWII German Dagger Knot Though common to Army and Navy daggers, this superb and near mint example I removed from an original Kriegsmarine officers' dagger.
Original WWII German E-Boat War Badge An original WWII second pattern Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen. Maker-marked, though lacking it's pin and hook.
Original WWII German Propoganda Publication Entitled Why You Win this War
Original WWII Hitler Youth Knife A pleasing fresh-to-the market example of the Hitler Jugend Fahrtenmesser brought back by an Army Commando
Original WWII Home Guard Manuals See the "Manuals" and Reference Books" shop categories.
Original WWII Home Guard Signalling Manual One of the more sought after period HG manuals, H G Stokes' Penguin Special Signalling and Map-Reading for the Home Guard. Published in 1941 and running to some 128 pages. A classic.
Original WWII Home Guard Training Manual John Brophy's Advanced Training for the Home Guard. One of the classics of the genre. Printed in 1942 and running to some 142 pages.
Original WWII Home Guard Training Manual John Brophy's Advanced Training for the Home Guard. One of the classics of the genre. Running to some 142 pages.
Original WWII Home Guard Training Manual John Brophy's A Home Guard Drill Book & Field Service Manual. Brophy remains one of the most interesting and important figures in the story of the Home Guard; a fascinating and courageous man.
Original WWII Parachute Regiment Cap Badge This is a superb example from an unusually crisp die. Not inexpensive, though an absolutely original example when most encountered today are forgeries.
Original WWII Parachute Regiment Cap Badge Not inexpensive, though an absolutely original example when most encountered today are forgeries.
Original WWII Pattern 1937 Webbing Set An original Wartime-assembled and uniformly green Blanco'd pistol set.
Original WWII RAF Air Engineer Brevet As introduced in 1942. An as-worn ex-uniform example.
Original WWII RAF Air-Dropped 'Window' Radar Jamming Foil
Original WWII RAF D-Type Flying Gloves An original pair bearing the name and number of their original owner.
Original WWII RAF Pilots' Notes on the Lancaster Bomber
Original WWII Royal Navy Bosuns' Pipe
Original WWII Royal Navy Cap Tally One of a very few original WWII Royal Navy Rating's cap tallies I found in mint unissued condition. The H.M.S. tally was introduced as a Wartime security measure.
Original WWII Royal Navy Trench Art Lighter
Original WWII SS Cap Eagle Fresh to the market nickel example from the family of the veteran who took it as booty
Original WWII Stalag XVIIA Prisoner of War Identity Disc Stalag XVIIA was situated at Kaisersteinbruch in Austria
Original WWII Sten Magazine Loading Tool Most loading tools of this pattern offered for sale are in fact post-War Vigneron tools, this is a rare original British WWII example.
Original WWII Waffen ss Handschar Division Fez A fresh-to-the-market WWII original and untouched example of the distinctive headdress of the 13th Waffen Mountain Division, the SS Handschar (1st Croatian). Retaining its original machine-stitched BeVo insignia and in handsome condition.
Orignal British Army Sergeants' Scarlet Sash
Osprey British service Sherman Tank Book
Osprey Centurian Tank Book
Osprey Churchill Tank Book
Osprey Long Range Desert Group Book
Osprey Stuart Light Tank Book
Osprey T-34 Tank Book
Osprey US and Allied Sherman Tanks Book
Osprey US M47 & M48 Patton Tanks Book
Osprey US WWII Half-tracks Book
Osprey WWI - WWII US Tank Camouflage Book
Osprey WWI Renault FT Light Tank Book
Osprey WWII and later US AMTRACS Book
Osprey WWII Free Polish Tanks Book
Osprey WWII German Armoured Cars Book
Osprey WWII German Half-tracks Book
Osprey WWII German Light Panzers Book
Osprey WWII Pacific War US Armour Book
Osprey WWII Soviet Heavy Tanks Book
OTC Unit-marked Pattern 1907 Bayonet
Other Rank's Service Dress Tunic An inter-War example
Other Services Haversack A variant 1908 Pattern Haversack is of the type commonly worn with the Pattern 1903 equipment.
Ottoman Turkish Officer's Sword Taken as war booty in 1917 in Mesopotamia by CSM H Dixon, 6th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Overseas Service Chevrons
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Cap Badge
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Cap Badge
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Officer's Service Dress Cap
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Officer's Service Dress Cap Badge
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Shoulder Titles
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Shoulder Titles
Oxfordshire Regiment Shoulder Titles
P'14 Ammunition Pouch A 1914 dated example officially modified in early 1918 to double strap closure. The rear straps have been professionally restored to perfection.
P'17 Bayonet A very good 1918 dated example curiously retaining its P'25 RAF webbing bayonet frog, the latter whitenned for ceremonial use, an unusual combination
P'1853 socket Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry The socket slightly distorted
P'1853 Socket Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry
P'37 Bayonet Frog
P'37 Haversack and Shoulder Straps In mint unissued condition65
P'37 Water Bottle Carrier & Bottle
P'44 Binoculars Pouch
P'44 Webbing Belt An unissued post-War example
Paddle
Pair 1st Army Cloth Flashes
Pair 40th Division Printed Flashes
Pair Durham Light Infantry DLI Volunteer Battalion Shoulder Titles
Pair Essex Regiment Brass Shoulder Titles
Pair Gloucestershire Regiment Shoulder Titles
Pair Highland Light Infantry HLI Brass Titles
Pair Machine Gun Corps Shoulder Titles
Pair New Zealand Slip-on Shoulder Titles Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Pair of 1937 Pattern Cartridge Carriers
Pair of 1940 dated Army issue Boot Brushes
Pair of 1944 Army Officer-issue High-leg Boots 1944 dated, size 8, and in excellent strong and supple condition requiring just a polish. Belonging to Captain G H Kipling, RA.
Pair of 1st Army Formation Patches A matching printed pair in excellent condition.
Pair of 20th Indian Division Flashes
Pair of 4 Corps printed Flashes
Pair of 4th Infantry Division printed Flashes
Pair of 8th Army Flashes
Pair of Anti-Aircraft Command Formation Patches An excellent as-worn printed pair, ex-Battledress.
Pair of Assam Valley Light Horse Shoulder Titles A scarce pair of Indian cavalry shoulder titles, (the badge purchased with these titles is listed under Cap Badges).
Pair of early Rank Pips
Pair of East Kent District Flashes
Pair of Eastern Command printed Flashes
Pair of Eastern Command printed Flashes
Pair of GHQ Middle East Land Forces printed Flashes
Pair of Home Front Civil Defence Shoulder Titles A scarce pair of embroidered SCIENTIFIC & RECONNAISANCE titles
Pair of KOSB Tartan Shoulder Flashes
Pair of Lancs & Border District Western Command Formation Patches An excellent machine-embroidered pair.
Pair of Manchester Regiment Printed Shoulder Titles
Pair of Parachute Regiment Shoulder Titles Complete with backing plates.
Pair of printed 1st Army Group Artillery Flashes
Pair of printed ANZUC Force Flashes
Pair of RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles
Pair of RAF Shoulder Eagles
Pair of RASC Shoulder Titles
Pair of Rhine Army Troops Flashes
Pair of Royal Berkshire Regiment Officers' Collar Badges
Pair of Royal Fusiliers Officers' Collar Badges
Pair of Royal Navy Leading Stoker's Tropical Arm Badges
Pair of WWI Italian Postcards
Pair of WWII Civil Defence Identity Discs
Pair of WWII Fullerphones The Fullerphone was a system of portable line telegraphy developed in the British army in 1915. It transmitted over telephone lines or wires, and was exceedingly difficult for an enemy to overhear. The Mark IV introduced in 1939 beiwas easier to use and carry than previous patterns, and was widely used during WWII. The Mark V was combined with a telephone and made for use in tropical regions while the ultimate Mark VI could be fully immersed in water and still used. This is an excellent pair in original transit cases.
Pair of WWII Home Front AMBULANCE Shoulder Titles An as-worn pair, ex-uniform.
Pair of WWII Home Guard Leather Anklets An excellent pair.
Pair of WWII Infantry Dog Tags
Pair of WWII KD Rank Slip-Ons A set of WWII Captain's khaki drill rank slip-on rank insignia.
Pair of WWII Plastic Rank Pips
Pair of WWII RAMC Slip-on Shoulder Titles
Pair of WWII Royal Tank Regiment Slip-on Shoulder Titles
Pair of WWII Snow Over-mittens An unissued WWII dated pair of the white cotton over-mittens worn over the leather snow gauntlets
Pair printed Royal Army Ordnance Corps Titles Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Pair Printed Southern Command Flashes
Pair Royal Scots Fusiliers Shoulder Titles
Pair Royal Scots Shoulder Titles A scarce matching pair in white metal.
Pair Royal Warwickshire Brass Shoulder Titles
Pair Seaforth Highlanders Brass Shoulder Titles
Pair West Yorks Brass Shoulder Titles
Pair WWII Army Issue Respirator Spectacles
Pair WWII Army Issue Respirator Spectacles
Pair WWII Army Issue Respirator Spectacles
Pair WWII ATS Brass Shoulder Titles
Pair WWII British Ammunition Boots A variant pair of Ammo boots, differing from the norm in having a webbing pull at the back and in being of rough-out rather than pebbled-finish leather. Rather a small size, 6. The condition however is excellent throughout.
Pair WWII RAOC Printed Titles
Pamphlet on use of Respirators
Para Binoculars Case
Para Commando Memoir A 1953 first edition of Anthony Deane-Drummond's Wartime memoir Return Ticket in which he recounts his service as a paratrooper from the Tragino Aqueduct raid as far as Arnhem. During the Second World War, Deane–Drummond served in Europe and in North Africa, he volunteered for Commando duty, and was assigned as second–in–command of the force which participated in Operation Colossus, an airborne raid on southern Italy in February 1941. The raid was unsuccessful, with every member of the unit being taken prisoner by Italian forces. Deane–Drummond managed to escape from captivity in in July 1942. He received the Military Cross for his successful escape. On his return to England, he was posted to the newly–formed 1st Airborne Division, and saw service in Operation Market Garden as second–in–command of the divisional signals. He became separated from his unit whilst trying to link up with 1st Parachute Brigade, who were surrounded at the north end of Arnhem Bridge, and along with three other soldiers spent three days trapped in a small room at the back of a German–occupied house. On managing to leave this building, they split up to cross the river; Deane–Drummond successfully swam to the south bank of the Rhine, but was almost immediately taken prisoner. The next day, he managed to escape from a group who were being escorted out of Arnhem, and spent the next eleven days hiding inside a large cupboard until he felt safe to move. After leaving his hiding place, Deane–Drummond made contact with the Resistance, and waited two weeks until he was brought back to British lines as part of Operation Pegasus. He was mentioned in despatches for this second escape, and awarded a bar to his Military Cross.
Para Mortar Ammunition Drop Bag
Parachute Jump Instructor's Wing
Parachute Regiment Book A classic Men-at-Arms title and an essential reference
Parachute Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Parachutist's Bullion Mess Dress Qualification Wings
Parachutist's Wings
Parachutist's Wings
Parachutist's Wings
Part Set of 1939 Pattern Equipment Comprising belt, cartridge carriers and bayonet frog. In excellent condition throughout.
Part-exchange, Lay-aside and bulk-order discount This is in response to all those who have enquired about the possibility of reserving goods, bulk-order discount or part-exchange. I understand it's sometimes helpful to be able to pay for a high value item over time. Contact me, let me know what works for you, and I will do my best to make it work. If you would like me to hold an item for you until you can send the money, again, get in touch so we can agree a deposit and timings. With regard to discount on multiple purchases, let me know the items you are interested in and I'll try and work something out for you. I'm always happy to consider part-exchange, simply email me images and prices. All the very best Paul
Pattern 1853 Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry Rifle An exceptional example of the Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry. This is the original pattern of bayonet adopted for the Martini in 1872, and not replaced until the adption of the longer Pattern 1876 bayonet. To my mind this is the more elegant of the two socket bayonets. This example is in uncommonly fine condition throughout, I doubt you will see better.
Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet
Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet A poor example
Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet
Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle
Pattern 1853 Socket Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle The scabbard is the scarce intermediate type dating to the period 1860-6.
Pattern 1856 Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry Rifle an excellent example bearing unit marks to the pommel
Pattern 1856 Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry Rifle An excellent example bearing unit marks to the pommel
Pattern 1856 Bayonet bushed for the Martini Henry Rifle
Pattern 1856 Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle An excellent example
Pattern 1856 Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle
Pattern 1856 Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle
Pattern 1856 Pioneers' Sidearm
Pattern 1856/58 Sword Bayonet for the Enfield Rifle
Pattern 1876 Martini Henry Socket Bayonet
Pattern 1876 Martini Henry Socket Bayonet
Pattern 1876 Martini Henry Socket Bayonet The best example of this iconic pattern I have seen in years. Exceptionally good.
Pattern 1876 Martini Henry Socket Bayonet
Pattern 1887 MkIII Bayonet for the Martini Henry Rifle
Pattern 1887 MkIII Martini Henry Bayonet
Pattern 1888 Bayonet for the Lee Metford Rifle A good MkI second type example having matching serials to the pommel and throat of the scabbard locket
Pattern 1888 Bayonet with Royal Garrison Artillery Unit Marks
Pattern 1888 MkI Bayonet
Pattern 1888 MkI second type Unit marked to the London Regiment
Pattern 1888 MkI second type Bayonet An excellent example with matching numbers to pommel and scabbard throat
Pattern 1888 MkII Bayonet Unit Marked to the 2nd Battalion Cameronian (Scottish) Rifles
Pattern 1888 Slade Wallace Belt An excellent unit-marked example in khaki
Pattern 1895 Socket Bayonet for the .303 Martini Rifle The last socket bayonet pattern adopted by the British Army during the 19th Century. Distinctive in having the socket slot configured to allow the bayonet to sit below rather than to one side of the main axis of the rifle. Only 86000 were manufactured, being conversions of the Pattern 1876, they are scarce to say the least. This example has some failed stitching to the scabbard, though the bayonet is in stunning condition, impossible to improve.
Pattern 1895 Socket Bayonet for the .303 Martini Rifle The last socket bayonet pattern adopted by the British Army during the 19th Century. Distinctive in having the socket slot configured to allow the bayonet to sit below rather than to one side of the main axis of the rifle. Only 86,000 were manufactured, being conversions of the Pattern 1876, they are scarce to say the least. This example is in handsome condition throughout.
Pattern 1907 Bayonet A scarce plated example for ceremonial use
Pattern 1907 Bayonet A very good example which appears to bear unit marks of the 3rd Grenadier Guards to the grips
Pattern 1907 Bayonet An excellent example
Pattern 1907 Bayonet with Hooked Quillon An excellent example unit-marked to the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Pattern 1907 Bayonet with Hooked Quillon An excellent example unit marked to the 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Pattern 1907 SMLE Bayonet A 1916 dated example by Sanderson
Pattern 1908 Webbing Haversack A very good 1915 dated example
Pattern 1914 Bayonet Frog
Percussion Guns & Rifles Guide A useful reference from De Witt Bailley.
Percussion Pocket Pistol by Sampson of Liverpool A pretty little box lock pocket pistol by Sampson of Liverpool circa 1840. The metal parts are in lovely condition, free of rust or pitting and patinated to an attractive gun-metal grey. The lock plates are crisply and attractively engraved, and the mainspring is still rather strong. However there is an old repaired break to the walnut butt, and bruising in the region of the upper tang, which is also lacking it's screw. There is a silver escutcheon to the back of the grip which bears the engraved initials TL. A handsome little pistol worthy of a little attention to the butt.
Period History of the 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion Border Regiment Written by the Lieut. Colonel Machel and presented by his wife to a named veteran of the Battalion. Copies of this work are scarce and sought after.
Period Portrait of an ATS Officer A delightfull charicature dated 1944, in original frame.
Period Yeomanry / Cavalry Photograph
Periodical Notes on the German Army No1, 1940 An early intelligence summary dating to March 1940. It runs to some 72 pages and it's contents include reports on diverse aspects of the German Heer. Fascinating stuff.
Periodical Notes on the German Army No23, 1940 Another scarce issue of this fascinating series of intelligence reports on the German Heer early in the War. This issue covers all aspects of the German Infantry, from organization to the weight of equipment carried by the infantryman.
Periodical Notes on the German Army, No24, 1940 This issue of these fascinating early intelligence reports on the German Army covers in detail the Panzertruppen or German armoured fighting troops. It contains numerous folding charts and photographic illustrations.
Periodical Notes on the German Army, No25, 1940 This issue of these fascinating intelligence reports of the German Army early in the War covers Police, Semi-Military forces and the Labour Services.
Personalised RAF Kit Bag
Photograph of a WWI Nurse
Photograph of WWI Naval Officer
Physical Training Instructor's Badge
PIAT Dummy Fuze
Pioneer Battalion Collar Badge
Pioneer Corps Beret Badge
Pioneer Corps Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Cap Badge A theatre-made example
Pioneer Corps Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Officer's Bronze Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Plastic Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Plastic Cap Badge
Pioneer Corps Printed Shoulder Titles
Pioneer's Arm Badge
Plastic General Service Corps Cap badge An excellent example of this War-emergency issue badge.
Plated Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Plug Bayonet or Dagger Scabbard
Poignant 1917 BEF Labour Corps New Testament A named Active Service New Testament
Poignant Delville Wood Artillery Shell Fuze A British artillery shell fuze which has been die-stamped with the name Delville Wood, after the area of intense fighting during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Clearly thus marked some time ago, I would suggest this is a 1920's Battlefield Tour souvenir rather than an item of trench art. A fascinating and poignant object.
Poignant WWI Trench War Personal Memento Group A fascinating group including inert Imperial german and French cartridges, bullets, schrapnell and a letter of provenance
Poignant WWII POW Paperwork A scarce item of V-Mail from a liberated British POW to his wife. It is from 1536661 Gunner L J Davidson, Royal Artillery and reads My Darling Wife, and all at home, I have been released by the American Army, and am in good health, and being well looked after but cannot say where I am or when I shall be home. Your loving husband, Lorrie. It was found with the accompanying booklet, being a guide to the future for next-of-kin and relations of returned British Prisoners of War. An extremely poignant lot.
Poignant WWII RAF Pilot Casualty Group A group of original photographs and worn Pilots' wings to 1232154 Flight Sergeant Les N Clark of Carlisle, killed in 1944. It comprises images of Clark in training, being presented his wings and with other RAF personnel, in addition to photographs of his grave.
Poignant WWII RAF Pilot Casualty Group A group of original photographs and mint Pilots' wings to 1232154 Flight Sergeant Les N Clark of Carlisle, killed in 1944.
Polish 2nd (Warsaw) Armoured Division Flash
Popular Guide to the German Army No 4 - Engineers
Popular Guide to the German Army No. 2, Infantry An official British military publication of 1941.
Popular Guide to the German Army No. 4, Engineers An official British military publication of 1941.
Portrait Photograph of WWII Artillery Officer
Portraits of WWI Surrey Regiment Officer Casualty A large period photographic portrait and an original oil of an officer of The Buffs, the subject was Arthur [?] Denham-Cookes who died 5th November 1918.
Portuguese Model 1886 Bayonet
Possibly unique WW2 Experimental Mortar Design Blue Prints A fascinating and potentially unique set of design drawings for a Hand Operated Cone-Firing Multi-Magazine Mortar prepared by the Patents & Inventions Development Trust. The weapon has the feel and ingenuity of those of being designed circa 1940 by the British, including the Smith Gun and Northover Projector. I believe it was intended to fire 19 rounds of .303 calibre simultaneously with the cylindrical magazines being potentially conveyor or carousel fed. Being unable to find any reference to such a weapon I should welcome further information. The plans are extremely large and currently affixed to corrugated card, they will be removed from the latter and delivered rolled in a rigid tube.
Post 1902 Lancashire Hussars OR's Cap Badge In gilding metal. Part of a small collection of Lancashire Hussars badges I have acquired.
Post 1952 Army Highland Regiment Piper's Dirk
Post 1952 Army Highland Regiment Piper's Dirk Further images
Post 1952 Royal Artillery Beret Badge
Post War Manchester Regiment White Metal Cap Badge
Post-War 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt
Post-War 1944 Pattern Bayonet Frog
Post-War 2" Mortar Dummy Round
Post-War Airborne Force Maroon Beret
Post-War Airborne Force Maroon Beret
Post-War Army issue Square Protractor
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British Army Maroon Beret
Post-War British No4 Bayonet Frog
Post-War Canadian Frog for the No4 Bayonet
Post-War Irish Guards Musician's Tunic
Post-War Lee Enfield Rifle Cleaing Kit
Post-War Lee Enfield Rifle Sling A dated example
Post-War Machete
Post-War No4 / SLR Rifle Sling
Post-War Official Military Issue FS Knife A rare MOD Broad Arrow marked example of the issue 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes knife in unissued condition. While commercial examples are not at all scarce, issue-marked examples are extremely so. The quality of the blade on this example is superb, an excellent and rare example.
Post-War P'37 Bayonet Frog Suitable for the No's 4, 5, 7 or 9 bayonets. Distinctive from WWII examples in having been manufactured without a hilt strap. An unissued and well marked example.
Post-War RAF Portable Oxygen Bottle
Post-War Sam Browne Belt
Post-War Tank Crew Overalls A good used example suitable for re-enactor use
Post-War Tank Crew Overalls An excellent example suitable for re-enactor use
Postcard Photograph of a WWI Munitions Worker
Postcard Photograph of a WWI Munitions Worker
Postcard Photograph of WWI Munitions Workers
Postcard Photograph of WWI Munitions Workers
Postcard, early Aviation Pioneer Henri Rougier at Blackpool Circa 1910
Postcard, pre-WWI Airship at Aldershot
Pre-1908 Lancashire Hussars Cap Badge
Pre-1920 Army Pay Corps Cap Badge
Pre-1923 Manchester Regiment Cap Badge
Pre-War German S84/98 Bayonet for the K98
Pre-WWI 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers' Sword An excellent example bearing the cipher of Kind Edward VII. Aside from one small patch of rust the blade is stunning. Complete with field service scabbard. A lovely example.
Pre-WWI Compass and Map Reading Manual The War Office Manual of Map Reading and Field Sketching, 1906. In excellent condition and thoroughly interesting.
Pre-WWI French 75mm Artillery Shell Case
Pre-WWI German S98/05 nA Bayonet with rare Issue Marks A rare 1910 manufactured "butcher" bayonet bearing extremely rare issue stamps to both scabbard and bayonet pre-fixed W.W. indicating issue to personnel of the Werft Wilhelmshaven or Wilhelmshaven Dockyards. While the scabbard is the scarce leather pattern and is sound, it has shrunk over time, further the blade has been ground down along both its edge and tip.
Pre-WWI Imperial German Kaiserliche Marine 105mm Artillery Shell Case A scarce example of this relatively large naval artillery shell case (illustrated next to a 75mm case for scale)
Pre-WWI Officer's Greatcoat Shoulder Straps
Pre-WWI Portrait Photograph
Pre-WWI Royal Marine Light Infantry Photograph The subject wearing the seldom encountered Broderick cap
Pre-WWI Royal Marine Portrait Photograph
Pre-WWI Royal Navy Officer's Epaulettes
Pre-WWII 'Life in the Royal Navy' Cigarette Card Set
Pre-WWII Royal Engineers Cap Badge An Edward VII example
Presentation 6-pdr Artillery Shell Case Presented to A Thorne BSc, MICE, MINA, Director of Gun Ammunition Production, Cartridge QF 6-Pdr 7Cwt MkI, First Case of Contract 294/6/02826, Manufactured by E W Bliss (England), 16th April 1943
Pretty Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch A better quality example set with marcassite brilliants.
Prince of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment Cloth Shoulder Title
Princess Louise Fusiliers Printed Shoulder Title
Princess Mary 1914 Gift Tin
Princess Mary 1914 Gift Tin and Bullet Pencil with provenance An excellent tin retaining its original finish and containing its bullet pencil and card insert, though what interests me is the annotated manilla label found inside the tin.
Princess Mary 1914 Gift Tin Bullet Pencil A lovely example.
Princess Mary's 1914 Gift Book A pleasing copy of this charming title published to raise funds for War charities. It inlcudes works by such giants as J M Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Henry Rider Haggard and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and illstrators such as Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham.
Principles of Instruction, 1943 The official British military publication, in excellent condition.
Printed Allied Land Forces South East Asia Flash An ex-Battledress example.
Printed Central Midland District Flash An ex-Battledress example.
Printed Combined Operations Flash
Printed Far East Land Forces Flash
Printed Indian 19th Division Flash
Printed Lancs & Border / North West District Flash
Printed Naval Police Arm Band
Printed Rank Chevrons
Printed RAOC Shoulder Title
Printed RASC Shoulder Title
Printed RASC Shoulder Titles A mint pair
Printed Royal Army Ordnance Corps Shoulder Title An excellent example.
Printed Royal Navy Arm Band
Printed Suffolk Regiment Shoulder Title
Printed War Service Chevrons
Prismatic Marching Compass A 1943 MkIII converted to a Mils MkI
Private Purchase Trench Pillow A lovely example of a type popular with officers and as comforts for Other Ranks, in working condition.
Prussian 1872 Pattern Naval Officer Cadet Dagger
P'14 Bayonet Frog A superb example
P'37 Bayonet Frog
P'37 Bayonet Frog
P'37 Bayonet Frog
P'37 Bottle Carrier & Bottle
P'37 Braces
P'37 Entrenching Tool Carrier
P'37 Entrenching Tool Carrier - modified The modification comprising a short snap-astening strap, riveted and stitched to the upper edge. This is the second such example I have encountered, so clearly this is not a unique alteration, and is highly likely an official one, though its purpose remains uncertain.
P'37 L-Strap in Rubberproofed Canvas A scarce Shoulder Strap from the 1937 Pattern equipment manufactured from stitched rubber proofed canvas rather than webbing. I have seen cross straps, rifle slings, pack straps, L-straps and also a pack with closure straps manufactured in this material, though have had no definitive explanation of it's origin. It has been suggested as a tropical variant, though I still consider War Economy as the most likely explanation. Do let me know if you've seen other items this fabricated or if you have further information.
P'37 Pack with Rubber-Proofed Straps A Pack from the P'37 equipment set manufactured with straps of stitched rubber-proofed canvas rather than webbing. I have seen cross straps, rifle slings, pack straps, and also L-straps manufactured in this material, though have had no definitive explanation of it's origin. It has been suggested as a tropical variant, though I still consider War Economy as the most likely explanation. Do let me know if you've seen other items this fabricated or if you have further information.
QEII Black Watch Officer's Cross Belt Plate & Badges
QEII Gordon Highlanders Plaid Brooch
QEII Royal Artillery Officer's Forage Cap Badge A maker-marked example
QEII Royal Engineers Officers' Cap Badge
QEII Royal Engineers Presentation Swagger Stick
Quality reproduction Victorian Buff Leather Rifle Sling
Queen Alexandra's Imperial Militaria Nursing Reserve Collar Badges
Queen Victoria Rifles Officer's Sword An 1822 Pattern Rifle Regiment Officer's sword to the Victoria Rifles. The guard is russeted and has an excellent grip. The blade is very handsomely etched and bears the retailer's name Busain & Smith, 8 Gerrard Street, London, in addition to the unit name. The scabbard is sound though lacks the chape. The Victoria Rifles came about in 1853, in 1881 becoming a Volunteer Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps and ultimately the 9th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (Queen Victoria's).
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Balmoral Bonnet
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Xmas 1916 Brooch
Queen's Regiment British War and Victory Medal Pair To 51008 Pte A Jepps
Queen's Regiment Plastic Cap Badge
Queen's South Africa Medal With South African Constabulary Certificate of Discharge
Queen's Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge
Queen's Regiment Cap Badge
Queen's Regiment Shoulder Titles
R Force GHQ Royal Engineers Flash A rare original flash to this fascinating Special Force unit. A force of mixed arms and part of 21st Army Group, it was allotted a special operational role under the direct command of Field Marshall Montgomery. The RE troops of R Force wore this square badge as opposed to the shield shaped badge worn by others in the unit.
RAD Woman's Neck Badge Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
RAF 'Engine Sense' Pamphlet
RAF 1 Fighter Squadron Lapel Badge
RAF 1925 Pattern Bayonet Frog
RAF 1925 Pattern Brace A rare dated example in excellent condition.
RAF 1925 Pattern Web Equipment Cartridge Carrier A rare un-Blanco'd and near mint example
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Belt
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Lower Pack
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Pack A 1939 dated example of the upper pack in near mint condition.
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Pack For restoration
RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing two-piece Pack For restoration
RAF 1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog
RAF 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Basic Pouches A mint unissued matching pair.
RAF 1937 pattern Webbing Belt A rare un-Blanco'd example
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt & Bayonet Frog An as-worn combination, the frog modified as per official orders to carry the No4 bayonet
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Holster
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Holster
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Hoster Maker-marked MW&S and 1943 dated. In unissued condition with minor storage marks.
RAF 1937 Pattern Webbing Hoster Maker-marked MECo and 1943 dated. In unissued condition with minor storage marks.
RAF 1941 Pattern 'Mae West' From my own collection and one of the best I have seen
RAF 1941 Pattern 'Mae West' Life Preserver A tired example with perished stole
RAF 1941 Pattern (Sidcot) Aircrew Overalls with Liner A good original combination retaining original labels and in a useful size
RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Boots
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Life Preserver Size medium. Lacking buttons and with defective zip, otherwise strong and complete with Air Ministry label. The stole inflation bladder is dated 1945 and has later re-inspection stamps.
RAF 8 Squadron Badge
RAF A-13A Oxygen Mask
RAF Air Bomber's Brevet An ex-uniform example of this badge declared obsolete in 1942.
RAF Air Gunner's Brevet
RAF Air Gunner's Brevet
RAF Air Gunner's Brevet A lovely padded example.
RAF Auxiliary Badge
RAF Blazer Badge
RAF Bomber Command - WWII Official Publication
RAF Brooch
RAF C-Type Flying Helmet An original wired example in a large size.
RAF C-Type Flying Helmet An excellent original wired example in the second largest size, 3.
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge A "bulled" example having had the highlights deliberately polished flat to catch the light when "walking out"
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Cap Badge
RAF Dalton Dead Reckoning Computor Model G
RAF Dinghy Knife A very good example of this pattern of survival knife, the scabbard requires a repair to the leather tab to which the press stud is affixed.
RAF E-Type Flying Helmet A fully wired example in a large size (3). While there is wear to the helmet, it presents well, and the loom and earphones are excellent.
RAF Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch
RAF enamelled-Silver & Marcassite Sweetheart Brooch A scarce type.
RAF Field Service Cap A WWII dated example in a rather large size
RAF Flight Engineer's Brevet
RAF Flight Lieutenant's Tropical slip-on Shoulder Rank Insignia
RAF Flight Lieutenant's Tropical Shoulder Rank
RAF G- and H-Type Oxygen Mask Hose
RAF Goggle Tinted Lenses Suitable for MkVII and MkVIII Goggles
RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask
RAF K-Type Dinghy Pack - Type C
RAF Kit Bag A WWII dated example
RAF Kit Bag A WWII dated example
RAF Leading Aircraftman Rank badges
RAF Long Service & Good Conduct Chevrons
RAF Master Aircrew Rank Badge
RAF Medical Service Officer's Collar Badges
RAF Military Police 1937 Pattern Holter & Ammo Pouch The ammunition pouch being WWII dated and Air Ministry stamped
RAF Mk IA Bone Dome & G-Type Flying Helmets with Mask A lovely 1965 dated example of this iconic jet age flying helmet, complete with 1961 dated G-Type fabric helmet and 1965 H-Type oxygen mask. The condition throughout is excellent.
RAF MkI Bone Dome, G-Type Helmet and P-Type Mask An iconic Cold War Jet Pilot flying head gear group
RAF MkIII Flying Goggles An excellent set of these iconic Battle of Britain period flying goggles with uncommonly clear lenses. The leather strap bears their original owner's name, Flying Officer Green. A lovely set.
RAF Navigational Computor A superb example of an Air Ministry Navigational Computor Mk III D*.
RAF Navigational Computor MkIIIF
RAF Navigator Pamphlet
RAF Navigator's Brevet
RAF Navigator's Brevet
RAF OA's Field Service Cap A superb example.
RAF OA's Service Dress Trousers A mothed though apparently little-worn pair
RAF Officer's Cap Badge
RAF Officer's Cap Badge and band
RAF Officer's Epaulettes
RAF Officer's slip-on Rank Slides
RAF Officers' Beret Badge
RAF Officers' Cap Badge
RAF Officer's Cap Badge
RAF Officer's Cap Badge A diminutive example.
RAF Officer's Cap Badge A lovely example.
RAF Officer's Cap Badge A lovely example with an exceptionally deep crown.
RAF Officer's Cap Badge
RAF Officer's Cap Badge
RAF Officer's Field Service Cap A lovely honest example.
RAF Officer's Field Service Cap A lovely example.
RAF Officer's KD Tunic A near un-worn example bearing press studs for affixing an aircrew brevet. (I can supply buttons should you require them.)
RAF Officer's Mess Dress Epaulettes By the prestigious military outfitters Gieves.
RAF Officer's Service Cap Badge As originally introduced in 1918.
RAF Officer's Side Cap Badge
RAF Other Ranks' Cap Badge
RAF Pathfinder Badge or Sweetheart Brooch Similar to the Pathfinder badge, though either repaired or a modified officer's cap badge.
RAF Pattern 1907 Bayonet The laces of the locket are lacking, though this is a scarce and attractive example. Unit marked to both pommel and throat of scabbard. The hilt has been nickel plated suggesting the bayonet was used for ceremonial or parade use.
RAF Physical Training Instructors' Qualification Badge
RAF Pilot's Notes for the Auster
RAF Pilot's Notes for the Oxford
RAF Pilot's Wings A lovely worn set
RAF Pilot's Wings
RAF Pilot's Wings An ex-uniform set.
RAF Pistol Ammo / Sten Loading Tool Pouch
RAF Plexiglass Sweetheart Pendant An unusual example.
RAF Police Arm Band
RAF Police Printed Arm Band
RAF Printed Shoulder Badge
RAF Q-Type Oxygen Mask
RAF Quartermaster's Brevet
RAF Range & Endurance Computer MkI In excellent condition.
RAF Regiment Shoulder Title
RAF Rifle Sling
RAF SCR-578 'Gibson Girl' Survival Radio A complete unissued set including wire, kite and transit bag with padded inner.
RAF SCR-578 'Gibson Girl' Survival Radio Further images
RAF Senior Aircraftman Rank Badge
RAF Senior Aircraftman Rank Badges
RAF Senior Aircraftman Rank Badges
RAF Sergeant's Rank Chevrons A matching pair.
RAF Shoulder Eagles
RAF Shoulder Flashes
RAF Signaler's Brevet
RAF Signaler's Badge
RAF Signaller's Brevet
RAF Silk Handkerchief
RAF Squadron Leader's Tropical Shoulder Rank
RAF Stable Belt
RAF Survival Equipment Air Ministry Photograph
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch A quality silver example.
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch An uncommon variant
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Sweetheart Brooch
RAF Tropical Shoulder Eagle
RAF Volunteer Reverve Lapel Badge
RAF Warrant Officers' Arm Rank Badges A scarce pair
RAF Webbing Support Strap A rather rare 1941 dated example.
Rair pair of WWII County Division Flashes A rare pair of flashes of the Durham and North Riding County Division.
RAMC Cap Badge
RAMC Cap Badge
RAMC Cap Badge
RAMC Captain's War Economy Service Dress A very good example of this pattern, retaining it's original named and dated label.
RAMC Major's Slip-on Shoulder Insignia
RAMC Officers Collar Badges
RAMC Officer's Soft Service Dress Cap A lovely named example
RAMC Shoulder Title
RAMC Shoulder Titles
RAMC Shoulder Titles
RAMC Shoulder Titles
RAMC slip-on Shoulder Titles
RAMC Sweetheart Brooch
Rank Chevrons
Rank Chevrons
Rank Pips
RAOC Ammunition Technician Badge
RAOC Arm of Service Strips
RAOC Cap Badge
RAOC Cap Badge
RAOC Cap Badge
RAOC Plastic Cap Badge
RAOC Printed Shoulder Title
RAOC Printed Shoulder Title
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC Shoulder Titles
RAOC slip-on Shoulder Title
RAPC Printed Shoulder Title
Rare & attractive pair of WWII RAF Book Ends Part of the series of wares fabricated from limestone recovered from the parts of the Houses of Parliament damaged during the Blitz, an extremely handsome pair of book ends each faced with an cast lead plaque, these are modelled respectively as the crest of the RAF, and a female figure wearing goggles, with the legend Womens Services. Attractive, poignant and useful.
Rare & extensive Reconnaissance Corps Medal Group That of 2786241 Trooper Desmond Jenkins, Reconnaissance Corps. Jenkins enlisted with the Welsh Guards in May of 1940, transferring to the Reconnaissance Corps in January of 1941 and being one of its original recruits upon formation. A pre-war stationery engine oiler, he served as a driver mechanic in North West Europe with the 49th (West Riding ) Reconnaissance Regiment. This excellent group includes Jenkins' Pay Book (including forces mail pro-formas and other inserts), a unit photograph in which he is identified, his Welsh Guards and rare West Riding Reconnaissance Regiment cap badge, identity discs, two rare unit publications, namely its history and honor roll, two early issues of the Regimental journal, and his pocket Bible presented upon enlistment. Sadly Jenkins was shot and killed in an argument in the 1950's. This group has never previously been on the market. Jenkins' rare 1st pattern FS knife is also listed
Rare & Fascinating Georgian Scrap Album I purchased this album purely to acquire the extremely rare naive water colour depiction of Georgian Militia dated 1792. This picture is utterly charming and warrants framing. The remainder of the album is packed with 18th and 19th Century cuttings and includes numerous pertaining to matters military, ranging from the Jacobite uprisings to the Napoleonic Wars. A fascinating item.
Rare & handsome Victorian Campaign Candlesticks An extremely attractive Victorian campaign treen candlesticks set. Ingeniously constructed and complete with individual dowsing cones.
Rare & Important Paratroop History A copy of Maurice Newnham DFCs' superb work Prelude to Glory, the creation of Britain's first parachute army. This extremely important study offers insights into the formation and training of Britain's Paras. The author was appointed Commandant of No 1 Parachute Training School at Ringway in 1941 and more than anyone was responsible for delivering many thousands of British and Allied parachute troops as well as Special Operations Executive agents expertly trained to their units. I have illustrated the contents and list of illustrations to give you some idea of the scope of this essential read.
Rare & Important Paratroop History, Rare Signed Presentation Copy A copy of Maurice Newnham DFCs' superb work Prelude to Glory, the creation of Britain's first parachute army. This extremely important study offers insights into the formation and training of Britain's Paras. The author was appointed Commandant of No 1 Parachute Training School at Ringway in 1941 and more than anyone was responsible for delivering many thousands of British and Allied parachute troops as well as Special Operations Executive agents expertly trained to their units. I have illustrated the contents and list of illustrations to give you some idea of the scope of this essential read. This is an important author-inscribed presentation copy complete with dust jacket.
Rare & poignant RFC Casualty Group additional images
Rare & poignant RFC Casualty Group I doubt I will handle a more impressive Royal Flying Corps group, pertaining to 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wilson Davidson, Observer, killed in action on the 14th of October 1918 near Ledeghem, Ypres, with his pilot Acting Flight Commander Sherard William Cowper-Coles, in RE8 E33 of 7 Squadron. Curiously an image of a period watercolour sketch of the airwreck may be viewed online here. The victory was credited to Oberleutnant Harald Auffarth of Jasta 29, the 26th of his 29 he would eventually claim. Davidson and Cowper-Coles are buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery. This exceptional group includes 2nd Lieutenant Davidson's British War and Victory Medals, with his Memorial Plaque in its period mahogany frame, also a large portrait photograph (sadly damaged), there is also his silver identity bracelet, and silver visiting card case with one of his RFC cards. There is a propeller blade which by family tradition was collected by his colleagues when they recovered his body, however it is Davidson's diary, and the posthumous letter from his Army Chaplain to his father, which are the most poignant elements of the group. The diary is dense with entries, and covers the complete period from leaving Glasgow in May of 1918 en route for the Front, to the day preceding his death, it includes reference to meeting Major Mick Mannock VC, being awarded his Observer wing, ‘shoots’ over ‘Hunland’, dropping bombs, various encounters with the enemy, and losses of colleagues, further there is an entry in a later hand on the page covering the 14th of October stating that E33 went down surrounded by seven German planes. I must however say this fascinating and rare document is overshadowed in terms of poignancy by the heart-breaking letter from Chaplain Leonard. In all this is an extremely fascinating group, worthy of further research.
Rare & poignant WWI Casualty In Memoriam & Field Sketch A framed First World War In Memoriam, together with a rather competent and poignant pen-and-ink sketch of a War grave.
Rare '1901 Pattern' Bandolier A good example of the Bandolier, .303 inch ammunition, 50 rounds. Some of the original leather laces which form the divisions within the pouches are still in place; most bandoliers encountered are lacking these. This example was manufactured in England by Hepburn Gale and Ross in 1915 and bears South African Ordnance marks.
Rare 'Secret' History of the XIVth Army in Burma No doubt theatre-published, an extremely detailed account of the XIVth Army's campaigns of 1944 and 1945.
Rare .303 Rifle Bore Scope An excellent Ordnance marked example. Much more scarce than the commonly encountered "long handled" types intended for use with recessed receivers such as those of machine guns.
Rare .303 Rifle Bore Scope An excellent Ordnance marked example. Much more scarce than the commonly encountered "long handled" types intended for use with recessed receivers such as those of machine guns
Rare 10-volume History of the Royal Artillery The standard reference. Complete sets are rare and change hands for up to £300.
Rare 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps Cap badge This War-raised regiment, previously 5th Battalion The King’s Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment, wore The King’s Own cap badge in white metal rather than brass. The unit was disbanded in 1943. This badge is a superb example.
Rare 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge This War-raised regiment, previously 5th Battalion The King’s Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment, wore The King’s Own cap badge in white metal rather than brass. The unit was disbanded in 1943. This example shows a working life soldered repair to its lugs.
Rare 12th Anti-Aircraft Division Printed Flash
Rare 138mm QF Artillery Manual, 1942
Rare 14th Punjab Regiment Officer's Service Dress Cap A most attractive Far East theatre of operation cap.
Rare 17th / 18th Century Polearm Recently acquired from Torrisdale Castle, Kintyre, an uncommon variant polearm dating to the 17th or 18th Centuries. The head is relatively crudely forged, and comprises a central slender leaf-shaped spear head, with conforming lateral blades projecting from its base. It is affixed to its original pine shaft by means of a socket and single langet. It is impossible to be precise with regard to the origin of this weapon. It may date to the period of the Jacobite uprisings, though it is as likely to relate to the Fencibles of the Napoleonic period. One other possibility is that it is one of the family of polearms carried by town wardens of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Certainly a scarce, striking and most interesting polearm. Email to arrive at delivery options
Rare 17th-18th Century Scottish Halbard A very good example of this distinctive polearm. It has a typical long central leaf-shaped spear with small lateral axe and adorsed characteristic fluke resembling the bridle-cutter of the Lochaber axe. Examples are extant in many Scottish museums including those at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. See Some Notes on Scottish Axes and Long Shafted Weapons in Caldwell’s Scottish Weapons and Fortifications (a copy is listed for sale elsewhere on this site), and of course Drummond's Ancient Scottish Weapons.
Rare 18 Pounder Artillery Manual, 1934 Gun Drill for Q.F. 18-Pr. Mark IV Gun on Marks III to V Field Carriages, 1934. Running to 158 pages and illustrated,
Rare 1850's Rifle Volunteer Bayonet Frog
Rare 1859 Rifle Volunteer Training Manual Drill and Rifle Instruction for Volunteer Rifle Corps. Published in 1859 and running to some 60 pages, a rare and attractive volume.
Rare 1876 Queens Regiment Tankard A very attractive Victorian silver-plated glass-bottomed tankard bearing a very high quality engraved inscription from the officer's of the 2nd Queen's Regiment to the best shot in the Regiment.
Rare 1882 Pattern Slade Wallace Entrenching Implement This is a MkIV variant. When discovered it was coated in layers of later paint, these have since been removed revealing an excellent example of this rare tool (though a little further effort with wire wool will bring the piece to an exceptional standard). Quite simply one of the best examples I have seen.
Rare 1888 Lee Metford Bayonet A very good example of the 1st Pattern Mark I 1888 Pattern Bayonet for the Lee Metford Rifle. it appears to have ended it's day's as a ceremonial example, the hilt showing slight traces of nickel plating. These are seldom encountered on the market and usually very well worn when they do. This is an extremely good example which will prove difficult to improve.
Rare 1888 Pattern Naval Boarding Pike An example of the seldom encountered Royal Navy P'88 Boarding Pike. In superb condition and profusely parked. The head bears a struck N indicating Admiralty ownership, together with an Enfield view mark and abbreviated date [18]99. In all it measures over 7'. Very difficult to replace and near impossible to improve. See John McGrath's article "Plain as a Pikestaff, the 1888 Pattern Boarding Pike in the Royal Navy", The Armourer, issue 91. Due to the length of this item, please enquire stating your location with regard to postage costs.
Rare 1888 Pattern Naval Boarding Pike An example of the seldom encountered Royal Navy P'88 Boarding Pike. In superb condition and profusely parked. The head bears a struck N indicating Admiralty ownership, together with an Enfield view mark and abbreviated date [18]98. In all it measures over 7'. Very difficult to replace and near impossible to improve. See John McGrath's article "Plain as a Pikestaff, the 1888 Pattern Boarding Pike in the Royal Navy", The Armourer, issue 91. Due to the length of this item, please enquire stating your location with regard to postage costs.
Rare 1888 Pattern Slade Wallace Equipment Chape One of those items of Slade Wallace equipment which many collectors are unaware they lack from their sets. The chapes linked the braces to the belt at the rear and are usually lacking from surviving sets.
Rare 18th Century Indo-Persian Spear An extremely attractive example having a Damascus head.
Rare 18th Century Naval Fighting Sword A mid to late 18th Century British naval officers fighting sword. Having a brass 'stirrup' hilt with antler grip. The broad multi-fullered blade bears the mark of the Government contractor Samuel Harvey. Of particular rarity is the original brass-mounted leather scabbard, the body of which bears tooled linear decoration typical of military scabbards of the 18th Century. There is play in the hilt, and the scabbard has shrunken a little over its length. In all an extremely handsome example of a rare type of fighting sword.
Rare 18th Century Naval Fighting Sword Additional images
Rare 1901 Pattern Naval Accoutrements Holster 1916 dated and in excellent condition. A rare example.
Rare 1902 (Provisional) Infantry Training Regulations
Rare 1902 dated Army Issue Bugle A Boer War piece. Lacking its mouthpiece, though these are readily available
Rare 1903 .303 Maxim Machine Gun Handbook A fascinating and extremely detailed volume.
Rare 1903 Fleet Review visit of the French Fleet Silk Map A superb quality gilt-calf binder with watered satin lining and inner pocket containing a printed silk map pertaining to the visit of the French fleet to the UK in 1905.
Rare 1903 Pattern 10-round Cartridge Pouches A matching 1916 dated pair.
Rare 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Greatcoat Carrier One of the rarest elements of the set. This example is in mint condition. It links the cartridge carriers to the mess tin carrier while supporting the rolled greatcoat over the shoulders.
Rare 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Greatcoat Carrier One of the rarest elements of the set. This example is in mint condition. It links the cartridge carriers to the mess tin carrier while supporting the rolled greatcoat over the shoulders.
Rare 1903 Pattern Revolver Ammunition Pouch An excellent example of the pistol ammo pouch from the P'03 bandolier equipment set. Maker-marked Sykes Ltd and 1915 dated.
Rare 1905 dated and unit-stamped Pattern 1903 Waist Belt The earliest dated example I have encountered. It bears unit marks of the Westmorland & Cumberland Imperial Yeomanry
Rare 1905 Small Arms Training manual The extremely scarce 1905 War Office publication Appendices to Training manuals which includes fascinating material on small arms training and some superb technical illustrations and photographs of troops wearing 1903 Pattern accoutrements and the seldom seen Broderick cap.
Rare 1913 British Army issue Whistle A lovley Ordnance broad arrow stamped example
Rare 1913 dated Imperial German 210mm Artillery Shell Case A large and impressive piece of almost the size of a waist paper basket
Rare 1913 dated Mess Tins
Rare 1913 dated P'08 Pack
Rare 1913 Royal Navy Artillery Manual
Rare 1914 Cavalry Spurs A very well marked set of the type screwed to the boot heals
Rare 1914 Cavalry Sword / Horseshoe Pouch A very clearly maker-marked and 1914 dated example of the combined sword frog and horseshoe pouch. One strap requires a repair, though otherwise very sound. A rare find.
Rare 1914 dated and unit-marked P'07 Bayonet Manufactured by Wilkinson in November of 1914 and while of immediate post-quillon period it lacks the cleaning hole in the pommel. A rare example
Rare 1914 Dated Vickers Steam Condensor Can Brought back from France, a rare First World War British Army issue motor spirit can as used with the Vickers Machine Gun. Retaining much original khaki paint finish, and the extremely rare date 1914.
Rare 1914 Duralumin War Knife Save for a minor loss to the tip of the square-section tool an excellent example of these extremely scarce knives.
Rare 1914 Equipment Regulations Amendments
Rare 1914 Gift Tin with Card & Postcards A poignant group comprising Princess Mary gift tin, New Year card, and two items of BEF Field Post dated 1914 and pertaining to the Lancashire Fusiliers.
Rare 1914 Pattern Belt A very good example bearing Royal Army Medical Corps issue marks
Rare 1914 Pattern Helve Carrier From my own collection, an excellent example
Rare 1914 Pattern Helve Strap An original example of this much sought P'14 accoutrement in lovely condition.
Rare 1914 Pattern Pack An honest example which shows a few small patches of fraying though importantly retains all its buckles and has strong and supple leather. A rare item of First War British equipment.
Rare 1914 Pattern Pack An excellent example
Rare 1914 RFC / Cavalry Map Board A very attractive example of these much sought after instruments.
Rare 1914 Vigilant Bayonet Trench Periscope Mirror
Rare 1914 Vigilant Bayonet Trench Periscope Mirror
Rare 1915 Coastal Artillery Manual
Rare 1915 Lewis Machine Gun Manual Instructional Handbook of the .303" Lewis Automatic Machine Gun Punblished at Hythe in 1915. Extremely rare.
Rare 1915 Lewis Machine Gun Provisional Training Manual
Rare 1915 New Army War Establishment Manuals Extremely scarce of huge import to students and historians of the British Army during WWI
Rare 1916 Trench Mortar Periscope A Periscope No4 as designed for use with and attachment to WWI British Trench Mortars. A rare example with good optics.
Rare 1916 Trench Mortar Periscope A rare example of the Periscope No4 specifically designed for use with the WWI 2" British "Toffee Apple" Trench Mortars. The optics are a just a tad hazy but complete and usable.
Rare 1917 - 1920 A deactivated Erfurt 4-inch barrel Luger. It has matching serial numbers excepting the magazine and side plate, and bears unit marks of the 1st Heavy Machine Gun Regiment, 6th Company. It bears the 1920 date mark applied to guns authorized for retention by the German military in accordance with the Versailles Treaty terms. Most were broken up during the Third Reich and survivors are consequently rare. Part of the lower frame requires re-finishing and there is an old repaired crack to the turned-wood magazine base. A rare Luger. For sale within the UK only
Rare 1917 Battle of Jerusalem Gold Ring A 9K gold signet ring engraved Conquest of Jerusalem, 9-XII-17, the date of the taking of the city by Allied troops from Ottoman forces. It belonged to one Alfred Beaton Gray having recently been acquired from one of his descendants. An extremely rare memento of this important battle of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.
Rare 1917 dated Army Issue Bugle One of the most poignant and indeed iconic of military artefacts. If only it could talk.
Rare 1917 dated Cavalry Mess Tins A superb set.
Rare 1917 dated No35 Rifle Grenade Another rarity in excellent (re-painted) condition. Retaining its detonator holder, very clearly marked and 1917 dated. Such grenades are almost invariably restored relics when encountered today. Superb examples like this are very seldom found.
Rare 1917 dated Vickers Machine Gun Steam Condenser Can An original untouched example retaining some original khaki paint finish
Rare 1917 dated Water Bottle
Rare 1917 Field Service Message Pad Cover
Rare 1917 Vickers Machine Gun Ammo Box An extremely rare 1917 dated No8 MkI Ammo Box for the Vickers Machine Gun. You will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare 1917 Vickers Machine Gun Ammo Box An extremely rare 1917 dated No8 MkI Ammo Box for the Vickers Machine Gun. This is a garage find and requires a new leather top strap and closure, however the metalwork is excellent and rust free, the handles are original, flexible and strong, and the piece is clearly 1917 dated. The leatherwork is a relatively straight forward restoration then all it requires is a coat of khaki paint. These have become near impossible to find, making this a very worthwhile project. You will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare 1918 Artillery Director No.6 A superb and rare example of this First World War artillery instrument.
Rare 1918 British Army Field Telephone Manual
Rare 1918 Italian Front Trench Artmatchbox Cover Being that of a certain J E Douglas of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who served on the Italian front at Osiago.
Rare 1918 Manual on the US .300 P'1917 Rifle A rare original 1918 official US Ordnance manual on the P'17 Rifle. Running to some 80 pages and incredibly detailed. No doubt issued with a P'17 to a member of the Home Guard.
Rare 1918 RFC 1 1/2 pr C.O.W. Gun Cartridge Case Click here to read about this fascinating early aircraft gun
Rare 1920s Equipment Regulations Amendments March 1925
Rare 1920s Equipment Regulations Amendments December 1925
Rare 1920s Equipment Regulations Amendments August 1924
Rare 1920s Equipment Regulations Amendments June 1926
Rare 1920s Equipment Regulations Amendments November 1924
Rare 1929 Royal Signals Cable Wagon Drill Card
Rare 1931 dated Entrenching Tool Head As this 'sirhind' type tool was obsolete in Army service at this date, it can be assumed this formed part of an Admiralty contract for wear with Pattern 1919 accoutrements
Rare 1934 Dress Regulations The offcial reference covering the uniforms and badges of officers of the British Army at the outbreak of the Second World War.
Rare 1936 dated Webbing SMLE Rifle Sling A rather rare item.
Rare 1937 Infantry Training Manual- Training and War
Rare 1937 Royal Engineers Searchlight Training Memorandum
Rare 1939 Battle Training Manuals The only examples of this rare publication I have seen
Rare 1939 dated Army issue Cutlery Knife One of the rarest items of WWII issue personal kit. The date is easier to read than apparent in the images
Rare 1939 dated Kit Bag Lock Dated examples are extremely rare.
Rare 1939 Dated Mess-Tin Cover Another rarity, the earliest dated example I've ever seen.
Rare 1939 Field Plotter MkV As used by Artillery and Vickers machine gunners
Rare 1939 Hotchkiss Anti-Tank Gun Manual
Rare 1939 MkII Steel Helmet with Unit Insignia A most attractive helmet with an as yet unidentified unit flash.
Rare 1939 Pattern Auxilliary Pouch Another scarce element of this interesting equipment. Does anyone have a yoke? (or for that matter, brace attachments, a spare binocular pouch or braces?)
Rare 1939 Pattern Basic Pouches These are in their original configuration, that is retaining their tabs and belt securing hooks. Most of these pouches were modified by way of removing these tabs and increasing the pouch depth to carry Sten magazines.
Rare 1939 Pattern Basic Pouches These are in their original configuration, that is retaining their tabs and belt securing hooks. Most of these pouches were modified by way of removing these tabs and increasing the pouch depth to carry Sten magazines.
Rare 1939 Pattern Binocular Case Certainly one of the rarest elements of the set. In line with the 1940 modifications to the set the rear buckle has been removed. 1939 dated and in excellent condition.
Rare 1939 Pattern Binoculars Case An example of the as yet unexplained offcial RAF modification of the P'39 Binocular Case which incorporates a fixed shoulder strap. RAF ownership is confirmed by the presence of an Air Ministry stamp and RAF Stores Reference Number.
Rare 1939 Pattern Brace
Rare 1939 Pattern Revolver Holster A superb example in it's original form with buckle for attachment to the Pistol Ammunition Pouch. One of only three I have handled.
Rare 1939 RAF Course & Speed Calculator MkII A lovely early example of this instrument complete in transit case.
Rare 1939 RAF Officers' Private Purchase Webbing Belt An excellent example of this unique pattern; similar to the issue 1925 Pattern in being a back-adjusting belt, differing in incorporating D-rings for carriage of the haversack and other accoutrements, and the distinctive brass hook for carrying the sword.
Rare 1939 Unit Marked Mk2 Steel Helmet
Rare 1939 Water Bottle Cradle & Bottle
Rare 1939-40 Army & Navy Stores Catalogue A tired though fascinating copy of this mammoth catalogue. Its staggering range of contents include of course a host of military material. A most interesting and rather useful work.
Rare 1940 Army Motorcyclist's / Glider Pilot Helmet A good example of this seldom encountered pattern of early Motorcyclists' helmet. Interestingly there is ample photographic evidence to demonstrate they were also worn by Glider Pilots in training.
Rare 1940 Birmigham War Weapons Week Badge A lovely example.
Rare 1940 British Browning Automatic Rifle Manual
Rare 1940 dated Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders issue Kilt An excellent example in Black Watch or Government Tartan, retaining its original 1940 dated label.
Rare 1940 dated Army Issue Trouser Braces An unissued set of these standard issue items
Rare 1940 dated ARP Axe A superb example of this extremely scarce tool
Rare 1940 dated Denim Battledress Trousers A superb set of the first pattern of denim overalls introduced with the Battledress. These of course were standard issue to the Home Guard as well as Army personnel. This pair retains the original 1940 dated label. In my experience these are rarer by far the serge Battledress equivalent.
Rare 1940 dated Mess Plate A clealry marked tinned-plate mess plate. Very seldom found.
Rare 1940 dated MkI Pointer Staff Dated examples are very seldom encountered
Rare 1940 dated Skeletal Pattern P'37 Bottle Carrier In used though sound condition. So scarce they are being reproduced.
Rare 1940 General Service Infantry Truck Manual An original W.O.T. 2 Drivers' Handbook from 1940 in excellent condition.
Rare 1940 Helmet MkII No2A variant In near as-issued condition, with original factory applied tan gloss paint finish. The "A" designation denotes production from steel lacking full ballistic qualities, and was indicated by the presence of a single hole in the rim at either side. In this case these appears to be a flaw in the rim which may also have contributed to it's downgrading. These helmets were typically issued to the Home Guard. While the "C" grade helmets (having three holes to each side) are not uncommon, examples of this variant have alsways been extremely scarce, this near mint example is positively rare.
Rare 1940 Home Front Poster A large, striking and original example.
Rare 1940 Home Guard Road Block etc Instruction
Rare 1940 Molotov Cocktail Leaflet An extremely rare official publication, Molotoff Bombs, Instructions for Preparation and Use Against Tanks and other Vehicles. Published in early June of 1940, near the height of the German Invasion threat.
Rare 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers A mid-War dated pair of 1940 Pattern BD Trousers with the extremely scarce and desirable feature of an original label. They are in one of the most sought after of sizes in today's market, being size 16, to fit a wearer just over 6 foot tall with a 34-5 inch waist, this size typically fitting a modern standard mannequin. Though there is a little moth as illustrated down one side, they appear to have been stored un-worn and are as a consequence otherwise superb and near as-issued. A rare and desirable pair of Battledress trousers.
Rare 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers An excellent pair in a large size and retaining the original label
Rare 1940 Pattern BD Trousers in a Large Size with Label A pair of 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers retaining their original label and in a desirable large size. Aside from the moth visible on the inside front of one leg and two the two nibble on the seat, they appear to be in almost unissued condition. Becoming increasingly rare with labels and in useful sizes.
Rare 1940 Pattern Cavalry Equipment Ammunition Pouches An unissued set comprising a cartridge carrier and Basic Pouch. An extremely hard to find set.
Rare 1940 Pattern Cavalry Equipment Cartridge Carrier
Rare 1940 Pattern Keyhole Plate Straps A rare mint unissued pair of the keyhole plate straps worn over the shoulders marrying the front pouches with the Bottle Carrier and Haversack worn at the back.
Rare 1940 Sniper Training Manual Notes on the Training of Snipers, military Training Pamphlet No. 44, 1940, reprinted with amendments (No 1), 1941. A fascinating official manual which includes patterns for the fabrication of a camouflaged sniper suit.
Rare 1940 W.O.T.3 Driver's Manual Instruction Book for Ford W.O.T.3 General Purpose 30cwt Load Carrier. Published in 1940 and running to some 200 pages. Rare indeed.
Rare 1941 Johnson Automatic Rifle Manual
Rare 1941 Pattern RAF Sidcot Suit and Inner Suit An excellent example of the increasingly rare 1941 Pattern Electrically Heated Flying Suit. It retains it's original Air Ministry label, has all it's original zips in complete working order and shows just moderate signs of wear externally. It is complete with it's original matching quilted kapok liner which is also in excellent condition throughout. Difficult to improve and certainly so to replace.
Rare 1942 Army Medics' Water Bottle
Rare 1942 Churchill Aid to Russia Letter An original 1942 duplicated letter from Clementine Churchill thanking a donor to her "Aid to Russia" Fund. Churchill's office routinely produced facsimiles of autograph letters from the Prime Minister and his wife, allowing them to reply to each individual item of correspondence from the public. Such letters though generically scarce, are individually rather rare, in so far as they were produced from date-specific originals.
Rare 1942 Civil Defence Ambulance Driver's Tunic A lovely example retaining its original shoulder titles and lanyard.
Rare 1942 Home Guard Regulations Regulations for the Home Guard, 1942, Volume II. This seldom encountered manual runs to some 185 pages and covers in extreme detail the clothing, equipment, stores, feeding, transport and communications, accommodation and finance of the Home Guard. A primary reference source for researchers and collectors in this field.
Rare 1942 RAF Taylor Buoyancy Suit An excellent example of one of the rarest items of WWII RAF flying clothing
Rare 1942 Training & Leadership Manual
Rare 1943 Aerial Dart Gun Training Manual One of the most scarce Small Arms Training Pamhlets
Rare 1943 Austin 30cwt Vehicles Spare Parts List Austin List of Spare Parts for 30cwt War Department Vehicles (Austin 2 Ton). Published in 1943, a rare original military spare parts manual running to some 72 pages.
Rare 1943 Bren Drum Magazine & Motley Anti-Aircraft Mount Manual
Rare 1943 British Airborne Troops Steel Helmet An excellent original example of the much sought after MkI helmet issued to British airborne forces during WWII. The condition throughout is most appealing and the leather straps are in superb strong and supple condition. Internally the pads are of the rubber-coated-felt variety, introduced to conserve rubber. In all a very attractive example, very difficult to improve.
Rare 1943 Combined Operations Training Manual
Rare 1943 dated economy All-Steel Fork These non-stainless steel forks are extremely scarce
Rare 1943 Weapon Memorandum including the Gammon Grenade Weapon Training Memorandum No6, 1943. These Memoranda were intended to offer the latest instructions and guides on the handling of small arms, including amendments to existing manuals etc. This one includes references to sniping, the 2" and 3" mortars, various grenades including the Sticky grenade and Gammon bomb, the Sten etc. They are fascinating and well worth collecting.
Rare 1944 Airborne Troops Issue Welcome Card These were issued to new members of Britain's Wartime airborne forces as an introduction to this corps d'elite's ethos and objectives. Written by the corps commander Lieutenant General 'Boy' Browning in 1944, it reflects his exacting standards and ambitions for these troops. Examples are very seldom encountered.
Rare 1944 Army Issue Petrol Lighter
Rare 1944 Army Issue Petrol Lighter An excellent example of this rare item of personal kit
Rare 1944 Army Issue Waterproof Sleeping Bag An unissued example of this seldom encountered item of kit
Rare 1944 Commer Lorry Driver's Handbook Driver's Handbook for Lorry, 3 Ton, 4x2, General Service, Commer Model Q.4. Running to 60 pages and illustrated. Printed in 1944, a rare manual.
Rare 1944 Complete Instructions for Armourers A classic and of course extremely detailed reference, complete with it's extensive accompanying folding diagrams
Rare 1944 dated 1" Flare Pistol Cartridge Tin
Rare 1944 dated British Army Two-man Tent A very good example of the standard army issue two-man tent canvas. It is WD-stamped maker-marked and dated 1944. The canvas is very good indeed, with only the mesh curtains showing some distress, though still present. In all a good useable example simply requiring a couple of poles and some pegs. What surprised me about these when I first encountered them is how compact they are; indeed one could be packed into a P'37 webbing pack should one wish to do so.
Rare 1944 Dated Royal Engineers Officer's Service Dress Cap A lovely example of a WWII Officers' Service Dress Cap, rare in being dated during manufacture.
Rare 1944 Para variant Everest Carrier Unlike the standard infantry Everest carrier, the airborne version had additional folding elements (the lower back support arc had hinged folding terminals) which allowed it to be folded completely flat.
Rare 1944 Pattern Bottle and Cup Wartime dated examples of this pattern have always been extremely scarce. This one bears the correct AF stores reference prefix indicating Tropical use.
Rare 1944 Pattern GS Greatcoat An unissued example of this rarely encountered pattern
Rare 1944 Polsten 20mm Machine Gun Manual
Rare 1944 RAF Navigator's Parallel Ruler
Rare 1944 Royal Armoured Corps Steel Helmet A superb example of this much sought after and seldom encountered pattern. It retains its original textured pale green paint and is in a large size, 7 1/4. Most encountered have seen post-War service and been re-painted, examples in this short-lived finish (textured very dark brown became standard before the War's end) are extremely scarce.
Rare 1944 South African Bush Hat A superb example bearing a theatre-made 1st South African Horse brass badge on multi-piece backing. It also has its original platted cap band. Clearly maker-marked and dated 1944. An extremely rare slouch hat. South African units did not serve in the Far East during WWII; rather they distinguished themselves fighting in North Africa, Italy and North West Europe. The slouch hat was their distinguishing head dress.
Rare 1944 Tank Suit in large size An item of WWII issue clothing which has become near impossible to find, I've handled more Denison Smocks than Tank, Crew Oversuits. This example is an extremely rare large size, and retains it's original 1944 dated label. It does however have faults, as usual the zips have seized, and some poppers have also seized and/or been pulled from their backing, and there is a tear in the collar lining. That said, it is a rare example in such a size, and could certainly be improved by restoration. Worth the effort, you may wait a very long time to find another.
Rare 1945 Cotton Vest One of the rarest items of WWII British Army issue underwear, the cotton vest or T-shirt. This one is moth nipped, however it retains it's original label and is an a large size.
Rare 1945 Cotton Vest One of the rarest items of WWII British Army issue underwear, the cotton vest or T-shirt. This one is moth nipped, however it retains it's original label and is an a large size.
Rare 1945 dated 'P'44' Tropical Map Case No4
Rare 1945 dated Army Issue Petrol Lighter
Rare 1945 dated Khaki Beret An example of the rare khaki beret worn by personnel of the Reconnaissance Corps. In my experience these berets are as rare as their maroon and green counterparts. It shows some moth tracks though is sound and displayable.
Rare 1945 Dated P'44 Basic Pouches Near impossible to find in such virtually unissued condition and WWII dated.
Rare 1945 Dated P'44 Basic Pouches - Unusual Variant A rare 1945 dated pair in excellent condition. The left hand pouch bears a pair of eyelets above the loop intended to take the bayonet scabbard chape which I have not previously encountered.
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Belt
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Revolver Holster
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle Carrier In superb condition. Certainly one of the rarest elements of the set. Wartime dated examples are near impossible to find.
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle Carrier An excellent example of one of the rarest elements of the P'44 set.
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle Carrier An example of one of the rarest elements of the 1944 set.
Rare 1945 dated P'44 Water Bottle Pouch One of the rarest items of P'44 to aquire in such condition and WWII dated. This example is near unissued.
Rare 1945 Dated Royal Engineers Cap I have seen very few Second World War Officers' Service Dress caps dated at the point of manufacture. This one is in superb condition save from not atypical partial failure of the sweatband stitching (a simple restoration should you be so inclined). A rare example.
Rare 1945 History of the Eighth Indian Infantry Division A rare pamphlet published in 1945.
Rare 1945 Slouch Hat with Unit Flash A superb example of this most iconic item of British military headgear. This example retains it's original lining and chinstrap, the latter commonly lacking from such hats. It is further enhanced by virtue of having affixed it's original unit flash, a dark green equilateral triangle, (I have been unable to identify this badge and would be grateful to anyone able to enlighten me in this regard). An exceptionally good example.
Rare 1946 Army pamphlet 'Rockets in an Artillery Role'
Rare 1946 Pattern Battledress Blouse In production for just one year, surviving examples are seldom encountered. This blouse retains its original insignia.
Rare 1946 Pattern Battledress Trousers Extremely rare. So similar to the 1940 Pattern, they can be used for re-enacting purposes. A superb pair in a large size.
Rare 1949 Experimental Webbing Water Bottle Carrier
Rare 1949 Vickers Machine Gun Parts Identification Manual
Rare 1951 Mk5 Sten Sub Machine Gun Parts Identification Manual
Rare 19th Century Glove Powderer An uncommon and attractive item of Georgian or Victorian treen. These dressing accoutrements were used to dust one's gloves to ease getting them on the hands
Rare 19th Century Royal Navy Rum or Water Cask An exceedingly rare example of this most distinctive of casks used during the Napoleonic era and into the 19th Century. Such barrels were used to store ships' rum prior to mixing with water in the proscribed ratio to serve as grog. This example has been used as a stick stand. Over an earlier coat of Admiralty blue (still visible in places) it bears a black painted finish and is emblazoned with the Royal arms. In all an extremely attractive item of furniture and a striking relic of the days of fighting sail. Approx 25" high
Rare 19th Century Snuff Box with Painting of Cavalry A particularly handsome lacquered snuff box, the hinged lid of which bears a hand-painted detailed depiction of two Hussars at the gallop. In lovely condition throughout. A rare object.
Rare 19th Century Sotho / Zulu Axe with Rhonoceros Horn Shaft Offered for sale a striking high status Zulu axe, likely that of a chieftain due to the use of rhinoceros horn as the shaft material. The angled head is unusual in bearing fine toothed decoration to its reverse edge, the only other decoration being interrupted-chevron tooling to the tang. The shaft is knobkerrie like in having an ovoid terminal. Such axes with rhinoceros horn shafts are exceptionally rare, more so than horn knobkerries. Examples of South African rhinoceros horn knobkerries sold at auction in 2011 for between £7,000 and £17,000. I can find no records of such axes having thus entered the market. Shaft approximately 64cm long. With DEFRA / CITES certification. Delivery within the UK only
Rare 19th Century Wooden Water Bottle An excellent unit-marked example
Rare 1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry Officer's Tropicla Helmet In excellent condition, an extremely handsome Wolseley pattern helmet with coloured upper pagri fold and embroidered badge of the 1st Battalion DLI. The tin is associated, though is the one found with the helmet. Interestingly the underside of the leather head band bears Ordnance view marks indicating this was supplied to the officer by the War Department.
Rare 1st edition of 'The Real War Horse' The 1934 first edition of General Jack Seely, Lord Mottistone's My Horse Warrior. Described as 'the real War Horse', Warrior served on all the major battlefields of the Western Front from 1914 until the end of the War, and led one of the last great cavalry charges of history at Moreuil Wood near Amiens in the spring of 1918. The work was illustrated by Sir Alfred Munnings and remains a powerfuly poignant read.
Rare 1st Pattern F-S Fighting Knife From my own collection, acquired from a veteran over 20 years ago and never previously offered for sale. An excellent 1st pattern Wilkinson Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife, the scabbard of which bears the name and number of its original owner in ink, his initials struck into the leather. The blade is full length when many encountered have suffered damage to their tips.
Rare 1st pattern P'37 Entrenching Tool Carrier I have an example of the entrenching tool associated with this pattern listed elsewhere on the site
Rare 2-pounder Infantry Anti-Tank Gun Tools Box
Rare 20th Indian Division Pagri Badge A lovely bullion-embroidered 20th Indian Division formation sign with brooch-type pin fitting.
Rare 23rd (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment Paperweight Dating to First World War or earlier
Rare 3-inch Anti-Aircraft Rocket Manual
Rare 3.7 Inch Quick Firing Artillery Manual, 1938 Gun Drill for Q.F. 3.7-Inch, Marks I, II and III Gun, on Mounting Q.F. 3.7-Inch H.A. Mark I, Land Service, Provisional, 1939, Reprinted with Amendment (No. 1), 1939. 74 pages and in excellent condition.
Rare 32nd (Cornwall) Light Infantry Drummer's Sword An extremely rare unit-specific side arm dating to the mid 19th Century. The cast-brass Gothic hilt incorporates the bugle and regimental number into the design of the shield-shaped langets. A similar sword is recorded in use by the Royal Engineers at this period (see Robson's Swords of the British Army, 1996, pages 236-7). It is clearly related to the similar though shorter 1856 Pattern Drummers' and Buglers' sword; the blade of this sword measures 21 inches. Though devoid of Ordnance or maker's marks, both hilt and scabbard bear the struck number 2. The blade shows edge nicks and patches of very light pitting, and staining, though the whole will look very impressive once polished. I suspect this is the only such example you will see.
Rare 3rd Battalion Border Regiment Cap Badge
Rare 3rd Infantry Division Royal Artillery Battledress An exceptionally handsomely badged BD to an Artillery Lieutenant of the 3rd Infantry Division, a unit which fought in Europe from D-Day. The blouse is a 1940 Pattern example, the lapels of which have been faced allowing closure at the neck as issued. It is 1944 dated and in a relatively large size. The condition of the blouse is excellent. Its original insignia comprises RA red-backed rank pips, Artillery titles, Divisional and Artillery regiment flashes, and arm of service strips. In all a rare and attractive BD to a unit which landed on D-Day.
Rare 40mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery Manual 1944 Gun Drill for 40-mm A. A. Gun on S. P. Mounting, 1944. An extremely scarce artillery handbook running to some 131 pages.
Rare 4th Battalion Border Regiment Cap Badge
Rare 4th/5th Battalion Royal Scots Glengarry Badge As used between 1908 and 1921.
Rare 52nd (Lowland) Division Insignia A superb original matching set
Rare 52nd (Lowland) Division Insignia A superb ex-Battledress printed set
Rare 52nd (Lowland) Printed Saltire Badges
Rare 55th (West Lancashire) Regiment Flashes An extremely uncommon pair embroidered on khaki drill
Rare 55th West Lancs. Divisional Signals Mess Rules
Rare 5th Battalion Border Regiment Cap Badge A period brooched example of a rare and much reproduced badge.
Rare 6-inch Howitzer Manual A rare paperback manual lacking it's front cover sheet but otherwise complete.
Rare 61st Division RASC Cloth Insignia Combination I have seen an influx of reproductions of such combinations enter the market in recent years, this is a rare original example.
Rare 68th Regiment Officer's Sword Belt Plate An extremely pleasing cross belt plate of an officer of what would become the Durham Light Infantry, dating to the period 1830-1855.
Rare 7th Indian Division Signals Officer's Battledress A 1941 dated Australian-manufactured BD retaining its original insignia to a Signals Major, 7th Indian Division, 14th Army. The rank insignia is Indian or theatre-made, while the formation signs are of officer quality. There is moth to the trousers, however the blouse has just a very few minor nibbles and is as a consequence extremely handsome. In all a rare and most attractive original Burma campaign Battledress.
Rare 7th Indian Division Signals Officer's Battledress Images of the trousers
Rare 8th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard Document Group A fascinating group of documents, not the least of which is rather an interesting notepad containing invasion scenarios.
Rare 9th Armoured Division Steel Helmet A recently discovered and rather attractive WWII Mk2 steel helmet bearing the formation sign of the 9th Armoured Division. The helmet itself is in excellent untouched condition, retaining its original factory applied paint finish. The divisional sign, a panda mask, is very well executed, and certainly dates to the Second World War. The 9th Armoured Division was created on 1 December 1940 and disbanded on 31 July 1944. Being a training and specialist armour evaluation unit, the Division didn't see active service, which possibly explains the survival of this helmet in such pleasing condition. The helmet's original owner placed his initials SC at various parts of the helmet, they are painted onto the underside rim, scratched into the paint and written onto the chin strap.
Rare Account of Waterloo An excellent copy of A Narrative of a Residence in Belgium during the Campaign of 1815 and a visit to the Field of Waterloo by An Englishwoman (Charlotte Anne Eaton (1788-1859)). Published by John Murray in 1817 and bound in half calf with marbled boards, end-papers and edges. In delightful condition with only a split to the top joint binding and typical foxing to detract, overall in all excellent untouched condition for this rare first edition. This 351 page work has been described thus: "The narrative is of great excellence and takes a high place among contemporary accounts by other than military writers". A rare opportunity to add this title in a handsome period binding to your library.
Rare Admiral Lord Nelson Character Jug Manufactured circa 1905 for the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, possibly by Kent & Parr, an extremEly handsome figural jug. In superb condition. Bonhams sold a restored example of this jug in the bi-centenial year 2005 for £360.
Rare Air Raid Warden's Helmet Having very distinctive and somewhat interesting stencilled insignia. A very attractive example
Rare Air Service Vickers Machine Gun Stoppage Tool, RFC / RAF An extremely rare example of the No3 Stoppage Clearing Tool introduced for aircraft mounted Vickers machine guns and announced in th List of Changes of April 1917.
Rare Airborne RAMC Medal Group including Maroon Beret Being that of Nursing Orderly 7381589 Private Samuel Ormerod who was conscripted in 1940 after having his application for status as Concientious Objector rejected. The group includes his medals, Pay Book, Service & Release Book, Red Cross pass, photographs, Airborne Division commemorative paperwork, identity discs, red cross brassard, 1944 dated maroon red beret, printed Airborne Division flash, glider troops qualification badge, shaving mirror and Norway related ephemera. A superb and rare group.
Rare Airfield Construction Units Flash Composed of Royal Engineers Construction Companies and Pioneer Corps Companies, these units were at the spearhead of assaults preparing airfield for RAF airborne support.
Rare Ammunition / Load Carrying Webbing Vest The only example of this unusual pattern I have seen outside of books. 1944 dated and in unissued condition.
Rare and attractive WWI Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry Recruiting Poster An extremely handsome original WWI recruiting poster in excellent condition. A lithograph print on heavy paper, with strong colours. 48cm x 35.5cm.
Rare and desirable Victorian Campaign Chess Set A very pleasing example of the Jaques In Statu Quo chess set, one of the most desirable of travelling chess sets ever made. The find brass-mounted mahogany case encloses a board of holly and rosewood set with turned and carved pieces. These ingenious sets incorporate a means of locking and releasing the pieces during play by by pressing buttons set into the case. The board edge is stamped In Statu Quo Chess Board and Jaques & Son, Patentee, London. The design was of course extremely popular; the author Lewis Carroll noted in his diary of the 24th December 1866 ‘I brought out my in statu quo chess-board, and had a game with one of my travelling companions, whilst delayed during a train journey'. The sets were retailed by a number of companies including the Army & Navy Store. Late 19th century. A rare opportunity to acquire an excellent example of this superb chess set
Rare and extensive Fleet Air Arm Pilot's Uniform Group Being that of Lieutenant Commander E Richardson. The group comprises a greatcoat, reefer jacket, Working Dress blouse, two pairs of trousers, cap with two white covers, tropical white shirt, trousers and two pairs of shirts. A rare offering.
Rare and extensive Fleet Air Arm Pilot's Uniform Group Additional images
Rare and extensive Fleet Air Arm Pilot's Uniform Group
Rare and extensive Isle of Man Home Guard Document Group A fascinating archive of material including HG orders & instructions, Certificate of Profiency, Manx LDV Aircraft Recognition poster and many other original documents too numerous to detail.
Rare and important WWII Royal Navy Admiral's Clothing further images
Rare and important WWII Royal Navy Admiral's Clothing Certainly one the most exciting items of Wartime clothing I have ever handled. A likely unique private purchase two-piece overall having belonged to Vice Admiral Bruce Fraser, and likely worn at the Battle of the North Cape, where he was in command of the force that hunted and destroyed the German Kriegsmarine battlecruiser Scharnhorst. The garment is akin to the Admiralty's 'Officers' Working Dress', however it is of more sophisticated construction. It has a sateen type outer skin, which would be to an extent water proof, yet breathable; this covers a quilted inner layer, which would have both insulating and buoyant properties. In this regard the garment has similarities with the RAF Taylor suit. The standard of construction is extremely high, and the rank insignia to the epaulettes is certainly of unsurpassable quality befiting its owner's status. Vice Admiral Bruce Fraser, later 1st baron Fraser of North Cape, had an exceptional career, including being the British signatory to the surrender of the Japanese at Tokyo in September of 1944. An exceptionally rare and fascinating garment.
Rare and poignant 1914 Cigarettes A complete pack of Waverley Virginia Cigarettes bearing period pen annotation identifying it as dating to Christmas 1914; no doubt it was sent to a soldier of the BEF who thought it a worthy memento of the occasion.
Rare and Superb Antique Nepalese Dagger A rare and fascinating example of these most distinctive of Nepali daggers. The scabbard and hilt is of hand-worked sheet brass overlaid in exquisitely tooled silver, the latter incorporating auspicious devices and a writhing dragon. While the above is extremely attractive, what adds immensely to the piece's interest is the blade, which has clearly been taken from a British or other military socket bayonet. The very tip of the blade is lacking, though dressing this will be straight forward. Clearly an absolutely authentic and extremely handsome 19th Century example of these striking daggers.
Rare Anti Waffen SS Air-Dropped Propoganda Leaflet As dropped by the RAF over North West Europe.
Rare Anti-Aircraft Artillery Ammunition Handbook A superb large format and extremely detailed work, and an extremely useful reference for the collector in this field
Rare Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Spotter Training Manual
Rare antique Oceanic Wooden Paddle Of excellent form and with a rich patina.
Rare antique Oceanic Wooden Paddle Additional images
Rare Antique Zulu Beadwork Necklace A very good antique Zulu necklace. Correctly termed an amabheqe, this type with the pendant square were a common beaded gift from a young girl to a favoured lover. Being all white this example emphasized virginity. A superb ethnographic artefact in all likelihood dating back to the period of the Zulu or Boer Wars.
Rare Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Other Ranks' KD Frock Retaining its original insignia aside from the brass shoulder titles, and bearing its original owner's name and service number.
Rare Armourers' Instruction on the BESA Machine Gun
Rare Armourers' Instructions on the Bren Light Machine Gun The most detailed and sought after official publication on the Bren
Rare Armourers' Instructions on the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle An extremely rare and detailed publication. I am currently seeking deactivated examples of the .303 Hotchkiss Portative Machine Gun and the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle, please don't hesitate to get in touch should you have one
Rare Armstrong 9 Pounder Artillery Shell A preserved example of the distinctive projectile of the Armstrong 9 pounder horse artillery piece. It retains clear markings and is dated 1885. A rare item of Victorian ordnance.
Rare Army Air Corps Slip-On Shoulder Rank An original pair of WWII captain's slip-on khaki drill rank insignia, the rank pips backed in Cambridge blue as worn by Army Air Corps and Parachute Regiment personnel.
Rare Army Book No6 Army Book No6. Guard Book for Field Service Forms. Comprising a flexible water-proof cover with integral pocket and clips. The only one I've ever seen. In excellent condition.
Rare Arnhem 'Theirs Is the Glory' Souvenir A souvenir metal ticket from the premier of the 1946 film "Theirs is the Glory", and made of metal from one of the crashed gliders which carried the British 1st Airborne Division into battle at Arnhem. The film was a docu-drama covering the experiences of the British airborne forces at Arnhem and Oosterbeek, and was filmed on location with veterans of the battle itself. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and Terence Young, it received high critical acclaim. It was premiered simultaneously in Ottawa, Arnhem and the Gaumont Theatre in the Haymarket, London on the 17th September 1946. These special tickets were manufactured from alloy salvaged from a glider which took part in the Arnhem landings. They are of course seldom encountered and highly prized.
Rare Arnhem 'Theirs Is the Glory' Souvenir A souvenir metal ticket from the premier of the 1946 film "Theirs is the Glory", and made of metal from one of the crashed gliders which carried the British 1st Airborne Division into battle at Arnhem. The film was a docu-drama covering the experiences of the British airborne forces at Arnhem and Oosterbeek, and was filmed on location with veterans of the battle itself. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and Terence Young, it received high critical acclaim. It was premiered simultaneously in Ottawa, Arnhem and the Gaumont Theatre in the Haymarket, London on the 17th September 1946. These special tickets were manufactured from alloy salvaged from a glider which took part in the Arnhem landings. They are of course seldom encountered and highly prized. ..
Rare ARP Beret A 1942 dated example of this seldom encountered item of Home Front Civil Defence headgear. The crown is of distinctive multi-piece construction, strictly lending the term beret inappropriate. The condition externally is excellent, the liner bears good clear markings, only the leather sweatband shows wear and tear.
Rare ARP Cap Badge and Shoulder Titles
Rare ARP Handbook A strangely quaint volume, and certainly uncommon
Rare ARP Helmet A very good example in white with ranks stripes. Always a rare type and very seldom encountered in such condition.
Rare ARP Senior Warden Brassard
Rare ARP Shell Dressing Satchel & Contents A very good example of this scarce item of equipment. The haversack is complete with an original pack of Civil Defence Shell Dressings.
Rare Artillery Shell Depth Gauge
Rare As-Issued Home Guard Printed Shoulder Titles A rare original pair of these much reproduced titles.
Rare ATS Battledress Blouse A superb example of a private-purchase ATS BD Blouse. It retains its original shoulder titles, bronze breast badge denoting attachment to an Artillery unit, and ATS lanyard. The original label provides the owner’s details. Throughout the condition is excellent. A lovely garment.
Rare Australian P'37 Pistol Ammunition Pouch
Rare Autographed Douglas Bader Biography A classic, Paul Brickhill's biography of RAF legend Douglas Bader, Reach For the Sky. What makes this copy rare indeed is the fact it has been autographed by Bader himself. An extremely special copy of this superb and moving biography.
Rare Autographed Para Commando Memoir A 1953 first edition of Anthony Deane-Drummond's Wartime memoir Return Ticket in which he recounts his service as a paratrooper from the Tragino Aqueduct raid as far as Arnhem. This is an autographed copy from the time of the book's release, the signature being on an official publisher's label. During the Second World War, Deane–Drummond served in Europe and in North Africa, he volunteered for Commando duty, and was assigned as second–in–command of the force which participated in Operation Colossus, an airborne raid on southern Italy in February 1941. The raid was unsuccessful, with every member of the unit being taken prisoner by Italian forces. Deane–Drummond managed to escape from captivity in in July 1942. He received the Military Cross for his successful escape. On his return to England, he was posted to the newly–formed 1st Airborne Division, and saw service in Operation Market Garden as second–in–command of the divisional signals. He became separated from his unit whilst trying to link up with 1st Parachute Brigade, who were surrounded at the north end of Arnhem Bridge, and along with three other soldiers spent three days trapped in a small room at the back of a German–occupied house. On managing to leave this building, they split up to cross the river; Deane–Drummond successfully swam to the south bank of the Rhine, but was almost immediately taken prisoner. The next day, he managed to escape from a group who were being escorted out of Arnhem, and spent the next eleven days hiding inside a large cupboard until he felt safe to move. After leaving his hiding place, Deane–Drummond made contact with the Resistance, and waited two weeks until he was brought back to British lines as part of Operation Pegasus. He was mentioned in despatches for this second escape, and awarded a bar to his Military Cross.
Rare Battle Damaged 1915 War Office Pattern Steel Helmet An untouched example retaining its original blue-gray paint finish. It shows schrapnel damage to the rim at one side, and a few minor indentations which may also have been caused by shell fragments. Its original owner has removed the oilcloth tongued-liner, relying on the less sweat-inducing crown padding. A rare and characterful survivor.
Rare Battle of Britain Period RAF Scramble Chair A rare original inter-War dated and Air Ministry stamped ash Windsor chair. Such as these were commonplace at RAF stations, and are frequently seen in period photographs. If your Battle-of-Britain period pilot wasn't awaiting the Scramble alarm seated in a Lloyd Loom armchair, he was in one of these. Please email for postage costs.
Rare Bayonet Book A copy of the highly regarded and reference Bayonets form Jansen's Notebook. This mammoth work details a colossal range of bayonets from around the world and remains an essential reference for the collector.
Rare Bayonet Training Pamphlet An exceptionally well illustrated manual
Rare Beach Groups Flash Composed of specialist units from all three Services, the job of the amphibious Beach Groups was to organise and cope with the landing of assault forces, including clearing beaches and exits of mines, making exits for amongst others airfield construction units, supervision and unloading of craft, organising dumps for ammunition and petrol, signal systems, beach dressing stations for wounded, and rearward movement for evacuating more the seriously wounded and POWs.
Rare BEF Slip-on Shoulder Title
Rare BEF Slip-on Shoulder Title
Rare Belgian Commando Training Fighting Knife An example of this distinctive training aide as shown in Fred Stephens's classic book on the subject
Rare Belgian Commando Training Fighting Knife An example of this distinctive training aide as shown in Fred Stephens's classic book on the subject
Rare Black Watch Officer's Mess Dress Named to Ronald A M Ewart (whose frocks and other uniforms I have also listed). It shows light moth, fading and discolouration typical of scarlet uniforms of this age, with some silver-wire braid loose, however it is complete and sound. A scarce named garment.
Rare Boer Model 1893/1895 Mauser Rifle By far the most pleasing deactivated rifle I have handled in quite some time. It is entirely homogenous, and in extremely fine condition, the steel retaining much original blued finish, and the walnut stock having what can be fairly described as a furniture-like polish. It is profusely marked and bears matching serials throughout. As was common amongst Boer marksmen, the original owner of this rifle has personalised it by way of rather striking but carving. The latter gives his name, and a location, M W Stroom, Z. A. R. (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, South African Rebublic). A handsome rifle with rare provenance. Sorry, for sale within the UK only. Certificate lacking
Rare Boer Model 1893/1895 Mauser Rifle Additional images
Rare Boer War - WWI Officers Sam Browne Greatcoat Carrier An example of one of the scarcest items of Sam Browne equipment. One of the best examples I have ever handled.
Rare Boer War British Army issue Marching Compass A 1900 dated MkIII compass
Rare Boer War Mafeking Button Badge A charming example bearing a portrait of Baden Powell, the Defender of Mafeking.
Rare Boer War Mounted Infantry Bandolier An excellent example modified as so often seen in period photographs for wear around the waist to suplement a shoulder-worn bandolier
Rare Boer War Nurse Document and Insignia Group A fascinating group including rare Boer War period Army Nursing Sister's Red Cross insignia.
Rare Boer War Officers' Haversack Conforming to the pattern described in the 1900 Dress Regulations, this is a very good example of the haversack worn by officers with Sam Browne field service equipment. Most I have seen are white, this is a handsome khaki example. It bears a button of the Dorsetshire Regiment. A rare and attractive example.
Rare Boer War Period Army Issue Revolver Holster An excellent example issue marked to the Royal Horse Artillery and as worn with the Pattern 1888 Slade Wallace buff leather belt.
Rare Boiled Sweets Ration Tin A 1943 dated example of this rare and sought after ration tin.
Rare Boiled Sweets, Salt & Matches Ration Tin A 1944 dated example of this rare and much sought after ration tin.
Rare Book on Antique Scottish Weapons A copy of the much sought after 1963 Scottish Art Review Special issue entitled Scottish Weapons. It contains numerous important works including Blair & Wallace on early dirks, Reid on William Allan basket hilted swords and Scott on Glasgow basket hilts, Reid on early Scottish pistols and Scott on a rare hand-and-a-half sword found in the Clyde. A fascinating and essential reference.
Rare Book on Armour & Arms An excellent copy of J Starkie Gardner's rare 1898 work Foreign Armour in England.
Rare Book on British Web Equipment An excellent and seldom encountered publication covering an under-researched subject
Rare Book on Canadian Sailing Ships Frederick William Wallace's Record Of Canadian Shipping: A List Of Square-Rigged Vessels, Mainly 500 Tons And Over, Built In The Eastern Provinces Of British North America From The Year 1786 To 1920, published at Toronto by The Musson Book Company in 1929. Illustrated with photographs, paintings and drawings. I can find just one copy for sale online.
Rare book on German Military Musicians and Music
Rare Book on Military Fighting Knives
Rare Book on WWI British Formation Signs A rare 1920 first edition of Wheeler Holohan's Divisional and other Signs, a book which has surprisingly never been bettered in its field. This copy is made all the more delightful in having had tipped in colour representation of many of the flashes taken from the famous Wills' cigarette card series of the 1920's. An essential reference.
Rare Book on WWI-WWII Flying & Aircrew Insignia A copy of Don Chalif's classic Military Pilot & Aircrew Badges of the World 1870 to Present. A rare and much sought after work.
Rare Border Regiment Plastic Cap Badges
Rare Border Regiment Slip-on Shoulder Titles These are rare indeed.
Rare Border Regiment unit-marked 1907 Pattern Bayonet
Rare Bound Edition of Military Illustrated Now over 20 years old, these issues of Military Illustrated contain numerous seminal articles which I still refer to with frequency. The seldom encountered bound editions contained 6 issues each and are to be considered essential reference. Among the articles contained in this volume are Brian Davis' superb study of U-Boat crew uniforms, Bull's article on WWI British grenades, Haythornthwaite on Boer War Officers' Uniforms, Barbarski on WWII Free Polish Armoured Uniforms, and Carman's groundbreaking and as yet unsurpassed work on WWII Army Commando insignia (the second part is contained in a later MI volume also listed).
Rare Bound Edition of Military Illustrated Now over 20 years old, these issues of Military Illustrated contain numerous seminal articles which I still refer to with frequency. The seldom encountered bound editions contained 6 issues each and are to be considered essential reference. Among the articles contained in this volume are the second part of Carman's superb study of WWII Army Commando insignia, Barbarski on the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade, Pegler on the Vickers machine gun in WWI, and Bull on WWI German grenades, amongst many others.
Rare Bound Edition of Military Illustrated Now over 20 years old, these issues of Military Illustrated contain numerous seminal articles which I still refer to with frequency. The seldom encountered bound editions contained 6 issues each and are to be considered essential reference. Among the articles contained in this volume are Lyles & Amodio on Waffen SS uniforms worn on the Eastern front, Hogg & Chappell on Bren gunners in North West Europe, Vickridge on WWI British trench works, and many others.
Rare Bound Run of the Border Regiment Magazine Covering approximately six years from issue number one of 1947, this sun contains a wealth of information on this Regiment. An extremely rare run.
Rare Boys Anti Tank Rifle Combination Spanner An excellent example, clearly marked.
Rare Boys Anti Tank Rifle Combination Tool I am currently seeking a Boys Anti Tank Rifle, do get in touch should you have one to sell or trade
Rare Bradford Home Guard Proficiency Badge An excellent example of this unique Home Guard badge.
Rare Bradford Home Guard Proficiency Badge An excellent example of this unique Home Guard badge.
Rare Brazilian Army Officers' Sword
Rare Bren Drum Magazine Adaptor One the rarest of Bren accessories
Rare Bren Drum Magazine Chest A rare example retaining its original paint, markings and filling instructions label. The interior wooden divisions are lacking and there is worm, however restoration of the former is straightforward.
Rare Bren Gun Magazine Carrier These Bren magazine haversacks are very seldom encountered and little understood. They were introduced with the gun and were intended to carry magazines in the thin canvas liner commonly encountered and seldom correctly described. They incorporate both a shoulder strap and a flat steel hook; I am led to believe the latter allowed it to be secured to the wearer's belt, or a Bren Gun / Universal Carrier. This is an excellent dated example.
Rare Bren Gun Magazine Carrier These Bren magazine haversacks are very seldom encountered and little understood. They were introduced with the gun and were intended to carry magazines in the thin canvas liner commonly encountered and seldom correctly described. They incorporate both a shoulder strap and a flat steel hook; I am led to believe the latter allowed it to be secured to the wearer's belt, or a Bren Gun / Universal Carrier. This is an excellent dated example.
Rare Bren LMG Webbing Cover An example of the seldom encountered cover for the Bren Light Machine Gun. This example is in unissued condition, maker-marked and dated 1941. It was designed to fit over the gun leaving only the butt exposed. Further, the arrangement of the quick release fasteners was such that it would fit the gun even when mounted upon it's tripod. A very scarce item of Bren kit.
Rare Bren LMG Webbing Cover - First Pattern Variant An example of the seldom encountered cover for the Bren Light Machine Gun. This example is in excellent condition, maker-marked and dated 1940. It was designed to fit over the gun leaving only the butt exposed. Further, the arrangement of the quick release fasteners was such that it would fit the gun even when mounted upon it's tripod. This is the rare first pattern of this item, the second pattern had and additional strap and buckle. A very scarce item of Bren kit.
Rare Bren LMG Webbing Cover - First Pattern Variant An example of the seldom encountered cover for the Bren Light Machine Gun. This example is in excellent condition, maker-marked and dated 1940. It was designed to fit over the gun leaving only the butt exposed. Further, the arrangement of the quick release fasteners was such that it would fit the gun even when mounted upon it's tripod. This is the rare first pattern of this item, the second pattern had and additional strap and buckle. A very scarce item of Bren kit.
Rare Bren LMG Webbing Cover - Second Variant An example of the seldom encountered cover for the Bren Light Machine Gun. This example is in excellent condition, maker-marked and dated 1940. It was designed to fit over the gun leaving only the butt exposed. Further, the arrangement of the quick release fasteners was such that it would fit the gun even when mounted upon it's tripod. A very scarce item of Bren kit.
Rare Bren Machine Gun Butt Plate and Shoulder Strap One to complete your MkI Bren. It comprises and original shoulder strap fitted to a restored original butt plate. These were officially removed from MKI Brens during the War and are invariably missing on surviving examples today. This allows you to restore your gun to it's original early-War configuration.
Rare Bren Machine Gun magazine Loading Tool An excellent example of this much sought after and very seldom encountered pattern.
Rare British Army Highland Regiment Spats An extremely scarce pair of Other Ranks' canvas spats as worn by the Highland Regiments. In excellent used condition and likely Victorian or First World War in date.
Rare British Army Issue Day Sporran An excellent example bearing Ordnance and issue stamps.
Rare British Army Officers' Field Boots A lovely example of this seldom encountered pattern as used during the First World War but apparently with this pair during the Second.
Rare British Army Primus Stove An extremely scarce British Army issue Primus stove complete in its original transit tin. The tin has apparently been wrapped in paper tape at some time, though I can't think why; however the base shows traces of its original green paint finish and the stove itself retains its original Army paint. In working order.
Rare British Cavalry Saddle Wallets While officer-quality examples are scarce, their Ordnance-issue equivalents are extremely rare, these being the only set I have handled in years. A lovely strong and supple pair.
Rare British POW Airmail Unused Pro-Forma
Rare Brown Bess Fusil or Carbine Socket Bayonet A diminutive Georgian socket bayonet for a carbine or fusil. Blade 10 inches, socket 207/8 inch, MRD 21mm, S-M 37mm. Though it has a light coating of surface rust, it appears to be relatively free of pitting and I am sure it will polish to an excellent state. A scarce example in unusually good condition.
Rare Burma Campaign Bush Hat An excellent example of this most iconic of items of WWII Far East Theatre headgear. A British-made example in a large size and dated 1943. It retains it's original insignia indicating it was worn by an officer of the Royal Engineers, part of the XIV Army. The liner stitching is failing as usual but the hat remains an excellent and rare example.
Rare Cameronians Piper's Badge The rare and distinctive cap badge worn by Pipers of the 1st battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). A lovely example.
Rare Camouflage Face Veil Helmet Cover A rare British-made 1944 dated helmet mosquito net modified for wear as a camouflage face veil.
Rare Canadian 1914 Webbing Holster for the M1911 Colt
Rare Canadian 1937 Pattern Auxilliary Pouches & Yoke A mint unissued WWII dated set. Extremely difficult to replace.
Rare Canadian 1937 Pattern Webbing Binocular case One of the rarest items of Canadian-manufactured P'37 webbing.
Rare Canadian Naval Officer's Telescope An excellent example of the Naval Pattern 373 single-draw telescope. Well marked and in nickel-plated brass with leather. Optically excellent. A very fine instrument.
Rare Canadian P'37 Brace Attachments A mint unissued pair of this unique pattern
Rare Canadian P'37 Entrenching Tool Cover A mint unissued example. Certainly one of the most rare items of Canadian P'37.
Rare Canadian RAF 1937 Pattern Bayonet Frog In mint unissued condition. Impossible to improve and extremely difficult to replace.
Rare Canadian-made Motor Cyclist's Breeches A superb unissued pair in a useful size. While British-made examples are not uncommon, this is the only Canadian pair I have encountered.
Rare Cavarly SMLE Rifle 'Bucket' A 1928 dated Canadian example of these very seldom encountered items of cavalry saddlery
Rare Champagne Reserved for Allied Troops An unopened bottle of pre-War vintage Moet et Chandon champagne labelled as Reserved for Allied Armies
Rare Chindit Bowie Knife An excellent example of this highly sought after combat Bowie knife. These were manufactured in India and were popular with British troops, though their association with the Chindits who carried them is what makes them so highly prized today. The grips are commonly of wood, though those on this example are in the less frequently encountered horn. Aside from some faults to the hilt retaining strap (though it is complete), and a tiny loss to the very tip, this example is in superb condition, indeed the images do not do justice to the blade, it retains its factory edge and finishing marks. An excellent example.
Rare Christies Catalogue US Arms & Americana A stunning Christies catalogues, that of the 2001 sale of Property from the Gaines de Graffenried Family: A Texas Collection. Running to some 150 pages describing and illustrating an astonishing array of historical American arms and related material. A sumptuous work.
Rare City of London (London Postal) Battalion Home Guard Order No doubt a unique example
Rare Commando Fighting Manual, Fairbairn's A rare original of a much reproduced manual, Captain W E Fairbairn's Get Tough!. Fairbairn is remembered to this day as the co-designer of the FS Fighting Knife and Smatchet, both of which are illustrated in this book. Captain Fairbairn served pre-War with the Shanghai Municipal Police, the martial arts he learnt in this role he brought to bear when asked to train Britain’s early Commandos and Paratroops. Hi book on the subject remains the most sought after of it's kind. Published in1943 and running to some 126 pages packed with excellent illustrations, a true classic.
Rare Commando Fighting Manual, Fairbairn's 'All-In Fighting' A scarce original of a much reproduced manual, Captain W E Fairbairn's "All-In Fighting". Fairbairn is remembered to this day as the co-designer of the FS Fighting Knife and Smatchet, both of which are illustrated in this book. Captain Fairbairn served pre-War with the Shanghai Municipal Police, the martial arts he learnt in this role he brought to bear when asked to train Britain’s early Commandos and Paratroops. Hi book on the subject remains the most sought after of it's kind. Published in 1943 and packed with excellent illustrations, a true classic. While original copies are scarce, those with dust jackets like this example are rather rare. I have another copy without dust jacket available at £95, email me should you wish it
Rare commercial Pattern 1907 Bayonet Bearing the Wilkinson, Pall Mall mark and no Ordnance stamps. Of the type sold to VTC units etc. In a later Ordnance scabbard. Such examples are seldom encountered.
Rare Commercial Vickers Machine Gun Manual A slightly water-damaged example of this rare official Vickers publication
Rare complete run of Militaria - English edition The English language edition of Militaria ran to just 25 copies published between 1994 and 1996. It contained a vast number of superb articles, many seminal and of enduring importance to collectors, I refer to my run frequently. Articles cover amongst other subjects: WWI German assault packs, WWII German headgear, WWII US uniforms, equipment and insignia, German identity discs, Italian Black Brigades, WWI and WWII British helmets and their markings, Free French Commandos, WWII Soviet Infantry, Italian forage caps, US assault jerkins, WWII Royal Navy uniforms, the Dingo Scout Car, Luftwaffe bomber crews, German ski troops, Japanese air crew uniforms, WWII British plastic cap badges, WWII Dutch infantry, WWI New Zealand & Canadian troops, SS belt buckles, D-Day Canadian troops, British-made US Army clothing, Reichswehr uniforms, US Mine detectors, British Army body armour, WWI Rumanian Army, SS daggers, U-Boat insignia, WWII ATS uniforms, etc. Quite simply essential reference. I sell individual copies at £9 each and have a few singles available, do get in touch if you are looking for odd copies.
Rare complete run of Militaria - English edition The English language edition of Militaria ran to just 25 copies published between 1994 and 1996. It contained a vast number of superb articles, many seminal and of enduring importance to collectors, I refer to my run frequently. Articles cover amongst other subjects: WWI German assault packs, WWII German headgear, WWII US uniforms, equipment and insignia, German identity discs, Italian Black Brigades, WWI and WWII British helmets and their markings, Free French Commandos, WWII Soviet Infantry, Italian forage caps, US assault jerkins, WWII Royal Navy uniforms, the Dingo Scout Car, Luftwaffe bomber crews, German ski troops, Japanese air crew uniforms, WWII British plastic cap badges, WWII Dutch infantry, WWI New Zealand & Canadian troops, SS belt buckles, D-Day Canadian troops, British-made US Army clothing, Reichswehr uniforms, US Mine detectors, British Army body armour, WWI Rumanian Army, SS daggers, U-Boat insignia, WWII ATS uniforms, etc. Quite simply essential reference. I sell individual copies at £9 each and have a few singles available, do get in touch if you are looking for odd copies.
Rare complete run of Militaria - English edition The English language edition of Militaria ran to just 25 copies published between 1994 and 1996. It contained a vast number of superb articles, many seminal and of enduring importance to collectors, I refer to my run frequently. Articles cover amongst other subjects: Paras and special forces, WWI German assault packs, WWII German headgear, WWII US uniforms, equipment and insignia, German identity discs, Italian Black Brigades, WWI and WWII British helmets and their markings, Free French Commandos, WWII Soviet Infantry, Italian forage caps, US assault jerkins, WWII Royal Navy uniforms, the Dingo Scout Car, Luftwaffe bomber crews, German ski troops, Japanese air crew uniforms, WWII British plastic cap badges, WWII Dutch infantry, WWI New Zealand & Canadian troops, SS belt buckles, D-Day Canadian troops, British-made US Army clothing, Reichswehr uniforms, US Mine detectors, British Army body armour, WWI Rumanian Army, SS daggers, U-Boat insignia, WWII ATS uniforms, etc. Complete runs such as this are highly prized and seldom seen for sale. Quite simply essential reference
Rare complete set of Home Guard Equipment Part of the group belonging to Home Guardsman H E Hillam. Recently acquired and fresh to the market
Rare complete WWII Emergency Ration Quite simply the best example I have ever seen.
Rare Complete WWII Emergency Ration Tin An example of the seldom-encountered Emergency Ration Tin. Complete with it's original contents.
Rare D-Day RAF Beach Unit Memoir A rare signed presentation copy of Alan Melville's excellent and classic D-Day memoir First Tide. The author, an officer in Air Ministry Public Relations was the official Air Information radio correspondent for the Normandy invasion, attached to No 1 RAF Beach Squadron. This is a 1945 first edition of this highly regarded work. Copies are hard to come by, a signed copy such as this likely impossible to replace.
Rare Daimler Armoured Car Manual
Rare deactivated 1940 No3 MkI Flare Pistol A seldom encountered pattern. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Rare deactivated British Service Thompson Submachine Gun An 'old spec' deactivated Model 1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun with slings period re-located for British service. Of particular note is the presence of the mark Tommy Gun on the reciever. In order for the Auto Ordnance Corporation to register the trademark “Tommy Gun”, the mark had to appear on the product, so a very few Thompson M1928 and M1928A1 receivers were thus marked. Examples are rare indeed. Sorry, for sale within the UK only
Rare Deactivated Charger Loading Lee Enfield with Gallipoli Association An attractive example bearing unit marks of the 4th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. The latter suffered over 500 casualties at Helles in July of 1915. Click here to read the War Record of the Battalion. The rifle was ultimately downgraded to EY or 'Emergency Use' status, as such being used exclusively for rifle grenade launching. A fine rifle with a rare provenance. Sorry, for sale in the UK only
Rare Deactivated Charger Loading Lee Enfield with Gallipoli Association Additional images
Rare DEMS Pocket Book Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships were armed British merchant ships with an adequate defence against enemy submarines and aircraft. They were manned by marine Royal Artillery who deployed a wide range of armaments against enemy attack including Lewis guns and the fascinating Hollman grenade projector. This is a rare copy of the DEMS Pocket Book one of which was issued to each DEMS gunner. It details all aspects of the DEMS duties and required proficiencies. A fascinating document.
Rare DEMS Pocket Book & Related Documents Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships were armed British merchant ships with an adequate defence against enemy submarines and aircraft. They were manned by marine Royal Artillery who deployed a wide range of armaments against enemy attack. This is a rare copy of the DEMS Pocket Book one of which was issued to each DEMS gunner. It details all aspects of the DEMS duties and required proficiencies. A fascinating group.
Rare DEMS Shoulder Title As worn by personnel of Defensively Armed Merchant Ships
Rare Derbyshire Air Raid Welfare Lapel Badge
Rare double-maker-marked Imperial German S98/05 Bayonet Bearing the mark of Anker-Werke, of which only one is recorded in Anthony Carter's seminal work on this bayonet
Rare double-unit-marked 1888 Pattern Bayonet Uncommonly marked on each face and apparently issued to the 5th and 7th Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers, the Regiment with the highest casualties of the Great War
Rare Douglas Bader signed Biography From my own collection an example acquired while I was an undergraduate. These officially-signed copies are extremely scarce and of course much sought after. Reach for the Sky remains one of the most celebrated RAF biographies of all time, this copy will remain an exceptionally poignant and desirable example.
Rare Drill Purpose No4 Spike Bayonet An extremely scarce original DP No4 Bayonet. The point has been ground and the socket stamped D.P.. The bayonet itself is by Stevens Savage.
Rare Drill Purpose P'07 Bayonet These training bayonets had their tips rounded and pommels marked DP. Original examples are seldom encountered.
Rare Drill Purpose Pattern 1907 Bayonet Not lacking a scabbard, as Drill Purpose bayonets were generally not carried in such. A rare example bearing the correct DP mark struck into its pommel.
Rare early 18th Century Brown Bess Bayonet An example of a Land Pattern musket bayonet dating to the period 1720-1745 and identifiable by virtue of the decorative shield shaped collar to the socket where if meets the elbow or tang of the blade. Examples are rare indeed (I've owned just two), and are highly prized. This is an extremely fine example, bearing engraved rack number to the socket.
Rare early 18th Century Brown Bess Bayonet An example of a Land Pattern musket bayonet dating to the period 1720-1745 and identifiable by virtue of the decorative shield shaped collar to the socket where if meets the elbow or tang of the blade. Examples are rare indeed (I've owned just two), and are highly prized. This is an extremely fine example, bearing engraved rack number to the socket.
Rare early 18th Century Brown Bess Bayonet An example of a Land Pattern musket bayonet dating to the period 1720-1745 and identifiable by virtue of the decorative shield shaped collar to the socket where if meets the elbow or tang of the blade. Examples are rare indeed (I've owned just two), and are highly prized. This is an extremely fine example, bearing engraved rack number to the socket.
Rare early 19th Century Flintlock Punt, Rail or Fence Gun A recently discovered and rare example of this distinctive firearm. At around 6 feet long it is of impressive stature. Fully stocked and having a barrel of polygonal section at the breech, circular thereafter. The wooden ram rod is a replacement, it has a turned brass terminal and its channel has a single iron pipe. The lock has a 'ring neck' cock and a 'dog' safety, the side nails enter the left of the stock without a side plate. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the musket is the absence, as manufactured, of a trigger guard. The lock plate bears a maker's mark and the barrel has a full set of English proof marks. These guns are discussed at length in Gilkerson's superb Boarders Away volume II, Firearms in the Age of Fighting Sale. Therein the author describes the use of these muskets aboard fighting vessels and quotes period descriptions of them as "Buccaneer guns". A near identical example to this musket is illustrated in the work, Gilkerson suggesting that the lack of a trigger guard facilitated its firing by sailors wearing mittens or gloves. This is certainly a rare example of a particularly interesting fowling or martial musket.
Rare early Book on Armour A copy of Francis Grose's seminal 1785 work A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, bound complete with the 1789 Supplement. This fascinating volume includes a wealth of engraved illustrations and is considered the first work of its kind.
Rare early German Third Reich Heer Belt & Buckle, 1935 An excellent original early Third Reich period German Army belt and buckle. The latter is of the Reichheer pattern worn until the adoption of the Third Reich pattern in 1935/6. It is of drop-forged German silver and on the underside it retains a field grey paint finish. It retains it's original brown leather tab which bears the mark of Berg u. Nolte, AG, Ludenscheid and the date 1935. The belt itself is indistinctly maker-marked and has had the buckle retaining strap re-stitched in wire possibly during it's working life, though certainly some considerable time ago. It is also unit-stamped to an Artillery unit, 2./ A.R. 6/II. The whole is in strong and sound condition, straight out of the woodwork and purchased from the estate of a veteran. A scarce belt.
Rare early inter-War Irish Guards OR's Service Dress Tunic While it bears old repairs, it is a large example dating to the early post-WWI period and unit-marked to the Irish Guards. Simply requiring brass shoulder titles.
Rare early Paratroop Training Helmet The best example of this pattern I have seen. Prior to the adoption of specialist steel and sorbo rubber helmets Britain’s first paratroops were issued with the Air Ministry's B-Type helmet as issued devoid of earcups. A very good photograph of this helmet in use can be found in Brian Davis' superb Key Uniform Guide on British Paratroops. This example is in virtually mint unissued condition, you will not find better.
Rare early War Aluminium Water Bottle These were introduced along with aluminium mess tins along side the Pattern 1937 webbing equipment. However they were rapidly withdrawn and replaced with steel variants in order to conserve aluminium stocks. They were issued to both the Army and RAF. Examples are very seldom encountered.
Rare early War Webbing Anklets A near unissued set of webbing anklets dated 1940, these have webbing rather than leather straps, the earliest configuration and seldom encountered.
Rare early Work on Sporting Guns A good example of Henry Sharp's classic Modern Sporting Gunnery, published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., Stationers Hall Court and Paternoster Row, London, this is a first edition of 1906. Running to some 528 pages and well illustrated throughout. Highly prized and seldom encountered, copies trade for up to £150.
Rare early WWI Motor Transport Driver's Brassard
Rare early WWII Canadian Army Issue Clasp Knife An example of the early-WWII pattern Canadian Army jack knife. British-made and profusely stamped including the Canadian Ordnance C and broad arrow mark. The condition is excellent. A scarce example.
Rare early WWII Denim Battledress Trousers A rare set of denim overall trousers in their original configuration, that is having concealed button to the thigh pocket, belt loops, and no access to underwear pockets. Such early pattern dating to 1939-40 are near impossible to find. Aside from the lack of some button and the field dressing pocket (easily cnibalised from a later pair), in excellent condition.
Rare early WWII Issue Parachute Wing An example of the seldom-encountered WWII issue Qualified Parachutists' wing, distinguishable by virtue of additional detail to the wing feathers. The latter take the form of a subdivision of the outer feathers, detail omitted in later patterns. This is an unissued and un-trimmed example, though there is some moth to the backing cloth. A rare and desirable example.
Rare early-War British Army Issue Personal Stove It's been quite a number of year since last I handled one of these early issue stoves. Cleverly designed incorporating a galvanised covered cooking vessel which is designed to carry its own burner. Though not clear in the photographs it is maker-marked and 1941 dated.
Rare early-War Pattern Motorcyclist's Waterproof Jacket A 1940 dated example of these seldom encountered garments. Foxed, though still supple.
Rare early-War Pattern Motorcyclist's Waterproof Jacket An excellent example of this rare garment, in unissued condition, maker-marked and WWII dated. It is still supple and wearable.
Rare Economy Pattern P'37 Shoulder Straps A pair of P'37 Shoulder Straps manufactured with straps of stitched rubber-proofed canvas rather than webbing. I have seen cross straps, rifle slings and pack straps manufactured in this material, though have had no definitive explanation of it's origin. It has been suggested as a tropical variant, though I still consider War Economy as the most likely explanation. Do let me know if you've seen other items this fabricated or if you have further information.
Rare Economy Variant 1937 Pattern Pack A scarce economy variant 1937 Pattern pack. It is distinguishable by virtue of having steel rather than brass fittings, and having no metal tabs on the short shoulder straps. In mint unissued condition.
Rare Edwardian - WWI Military Drawing Instrument Set A superb set in brass-mounted mahogany case dated 1905. Very clearly Ordnance stamped throughout, with some of the instruments being dated as late as 1918, no doubt working life replacements.
Rare enamelled-Silver RNAS Sweetheart Brooch
Rare Enfield Pattern Room British Rifles Catalogue As published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1981 and long since out of print. Compiled by Herb Woodend it remains and essential reference.
Rare escape & evasion Button Compass Of a type commonly faked. These were issued to RAF aircrew and some special forces.
Rare Escape & Evasion Compass An example complete in its transparent plastic bubble with original neck cord.
Rare F.A.N.Y. Far East Issue Shoulder Titles
Rare Far East Issue Allied Safe Conduct Pass A scarce WWII Far East campaign Safe Conduct Pass issued by Supreme Allied Command, South East Asia.
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference SB/23
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference SB/26
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference SB/15
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference SI/40
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference SB/28
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet
Rare Far East Theatre British Propoganda Leaflet Official reference HH/49
Rare Fire Guard Mk2 Helmet Bearing printed insignia and rank band
Rare First Edition of the classic 'The Four Feathers' A 1902 1st edition of AEW Mason's superb The Four Feathers. The condition throughout is very fine. Filmed several times, most recently in the 2002 version starring the late Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson. The novel tells the story of British officer, Harry Feversham, and describes a romantic tale spanning the period from Sir Garnet Wolseley's 1882 expedition to Egypt to suppress the rising of Urabi Pasha, the death of Gordon at Khartoum and events prior to Omdurman. The story is quite simply a ripping yarn and a classic of its genre.
Rare First Pattern P'37 Entrenching Tool Head Carrier Click here for further details on Karkeeweb.
Rare first variant Pattern 1888 MkI Bayonet One of the most sought after of Victorian bayonets. The few surviving examples generally show a high degree of service use, though this forlorn example is a rather extreme case, the blade showing extreme wear. Never-the-less a rare example.
Rare First World War Issue Machete An excellent example. One of very few First World War dated machetes I have ever seen.
Rare FN Uzi Submachine Gun Manual
Rare Folding Bayonet Periscope Trench Mirror A superb and extremely scarce variant.
Rare fragment of Barnes Wallace 'Upkeep' Bouncing Bomb A mounted fragment of a "bouncing bomb" recovered by the Royal Observer Corps in 1984 from the experimental bombing range at Ashley Walk, Godshill. The bomb found was used in the final stages of practice and preparation for the now famous ‘Dam Busters’ raid. The wooden plinth bears labels which read Part of Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb as dropped by no. 617 Sqn to breach the Mohne and Eder dams on the night 16-17 May 1943 , and Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb fragment 194 of 617 date: 20 july 1984. These fragments were sold in aid of War charities.
Rare fragment of Imperial German Aircraft Fuselage Apparently part of an aerofoil surface. Retaining its original blue painted canvas covering and bearing a period note of provenance
Rare framed Royal Scots Kohima Honour Roll A period document commemorating the War Memorial to the 1st Battalion the Royal Scots unveiled at Aradura Spur, near Kohima, Assam, on 25th November 1944, being a Roll of Honour of those who gave their lives during the fighting in the Kohima area, April - June 1944. In it's original period frame. I am happy to post this framed or otherwise
Rare Free French Lapel Badge A superb example of this WWII pro-French badge.
Rare Free French Lapel Badge A rare variant WWII pro-French badge.
Rare French Model 1866 Socket Bayonet
Rare Gallipoli Pattern 1888 Lee Enfield Bayonet Unit marked to the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, a unit which served at Gallipoli.
Rare Gallipoli Pattern 1888 Long Lee Enfield Bayonet Unit marked to the 10th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, a unit which served at Gallipoli
Rare Gallipoli unit marked 1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog An extremely pleasing example unit marked to the 5th King's Own Scottish Borderers
Rare Gas Detector Kit MkII, 1944 A rare Detector, Gas Vapour, Pocket, Mk II. These were used in conjunction with the Detector Pump, an example of which I also have for sale. The tin contains an instruction and reporting book, various reagents etc. It is complete as issued and save for some aging of the outside of the tin is in superb condition. The tin and much of the contents are maker-marked and 1944 dated. A superb lot.
Rare Gas Detector Kit MkII, 1944 A rare Detector, Gas Vapour, Pocket, Mk II. These were used in conjunction with the Detector Pump, an example of which I also have for sale. The tin contains an instruction and reporting book, various reagents etc. It is complete as issued and save for some aging of the outside of the tin is in superb condition. The tin and much of the contents are maker-marked and dated. A superb lot.
Rare General Service Man-Pack Carrier From my own collection. A superb unissued 1945 dated example complete with its original instructions. These when introduced were the lightest in use by any army.
Rare General Service Resirator with Identity Disc A very good example with what I believe to be a Civil Defence identity disc. The latter reads Knox, Coy Asst [Company Assistant], EE.
Rare Georgian Dirk A very handsome example to a Grenadier or Artillery officer. Having a gilt metal hilt with pommel modelled as a lion's mask, chequered-ivory grip, and re-curved crossguard incorporating a grenade-and-star device. The curved blade retains traces of it's original etched decoration. it is complete with it's original brass-mounted leather scabbard.
Rare Georgian engravings, Battle of the Nile After Francis Chesham, two extremely handsome Goergian engravings, View 2nd, and View 4th off the Memorable Victory of the Nile, Gained in August 1798, over the French by the British Fleet in Aboukir Bay. (2) South-West View, at 10 o'Clock on the Night of the 1.st of August, of the awful situation of the English and French Fleets. in that most tremendous period when L'Orient blew up, and the British Navy exhibited the sublime of National Triumph. From the Minutes of an Officer of Bank in the Squadron. To His most Excellent Majesty George the Third, This Plate is humbly Inscribed by His Majesty's obedient & respectful Servant George Riley; (4) West View of the Fleet; when Victory was complete. in the Morning of the 3.rd of August the Tonnant striking to the Theseus and Leander, and Le Timoleon burning on Shore. Finished from a Drawing in the possession of His Majesty by F. Chesham, the Aquatinta by W. Ellis. Painted by W. Anderson. London, Published by Alex.r Riley, 82 Pall Mall London. Dec.r 1 1800. 350 x 455mm. 13¾ x 18". While the plates show some slight faults as illustrated, they presenet themselves well as mounted and in Hogarth frames.
Rare Georgian Heavy Cavalry Troopers' Sword circa 1770 A fine Ordnance-stamped example of this seldom encountered pattern
Rare Georgian Infantry Sword Training Manual A rare copy of Regulations and Instructions for the Infantry Sword Exercise. Published by the Adjutant General's Office, Horse Guards, in 1819, copies are near impossible to find today. A first edition in its as-published state.
Rare Georgian Infantry Training Manual
Rare Georgian Jamaica Militia Other Ranks' Cross Belt Plate An extremely rare and attractive cross belt plate. Engraved with the legend JAMAICA, 1803 centred by an armorial crest in the form of a crocodile. Last year an example of this plate sold at auction for £1680 in London.
Rare Georgian Officers' Silver Campaign Cutlery A rare and attractive cased knife and fork of the type which would have been carried by Officers on campaign. In hallmarked silver with ivory handles, and complete in their original red-leather-covered case. A seldom encountered object.
Rare German 1917 Rifle Grenade Training Variant Bearing traces of its original red paint finish. Purposely manufactured for training use, lacking the facility to be fused.
Rare German Bayonet Book A copy of Anthony Carter's 1984 work German Bayonets, The Models 98/02 and 98/05. It remains the standard reference and is extremely difficult to find, I have seen copies priced at up to £85.
Rare German Issue Mle 1866 Yataghan Bayonet A very attractive example of the French Model 1866 Chassepot bayonet as used by The German up to the period of the First World War. These bayonets were claimed by the Germans following the Franco-Prussian War. The scabbards were modified by removal of the staple through which the French pattern frog strap was buckled, replacing it with a German-style frog stud. This example bears German Ordnance and unit marks. The bayonet itself is in excellent condition throughout. A very good example of a scarce German issue bayonet.
Rare German Third Reich Fire Protection Police Officers' Belt Buckle A veteran bring-back Schleswig-Holstein Feuerschutzpolizei officer's belt buckle.
Rare German Weapons & Armaments Manual The rare WWII Bernard's Publishers manual Weapons & Armaments of the modern German Army Fully Illustrated. It is extremely detailed and comprehensive, covering rifles, pistols, carbines, automatic weapons, grenades, artillery tanks etc.
Rare German-modified French Mle 1874 Bayonet On this seldom encountered variant the hilt was re-profiled and the bayonet catch modified allowing these captured French bayonets to fit the Gewehr 88 rifle
Rare Glider Pilot Regiment History Brigadier Chatterton's 'The Wings of Pegasus'
Rare Gloucestershire Regiment FS Cap A rare original example complete with distinctive "back" badge unique to the Glorious Glosters.
Rare Gloucestershire Regt POW Woolwork A very well executed woolwork bearing an original label on the reverse, made by a POW Hospital Camp, Cosel, Stalag 344, Germany.
Rare Gramophone Records, 'Songs of the Western Front'
Rare Greek 1903 Mannlicher-Schoenauer Rifle Bayonet Of Austrian manufacture. A very good example of this seldom encountered bayonet
Rare Greek EOKA improvised Hand Grenade
Rare Greek EOKA improvised Hand Grenade
Rare Grimsby Air Raid Welfare Lapel Badge
Rare Groundsheet Cape An excellent 1941 dated example of the groundsheet cape, general-issue within the British during WWII. They are commonly seen in period photographs folded and carried under the flap of the P'37 haversack. This example is complete, unusually clean and fully supple. Few survive as they were either used to destruction of turned brittle due to the rubber content.
Rare Groundsheet Cape These have become near impossible items to find; here we have a very good 1943 dated Army issue waterproof cape. Commonly seen in period photographs folded and carried under the flap of the P'37 haversack. It is free of any holes, still supple and strong, and retains all its buttons. Few survive as they were either used to destruction of turned brittle due to the rubber content.
Rare Groundsheet Cape These have become near impossible items to find; here we have a very good 1944 dated Army issue waterproof cape. Commonly seen in period photographs folded and carried under the flap of the P'37 haversack. It is free of any holes, and is still supple and strong. Few survive as they were either used to destruction of turned brittle due to the rubber content.
Rare group of Boer War ZAR Ink Stamps A fascinating lot of war booty
Rare Group of Early War Home Guard Documents Three official Home Guard documents, one annotated SECRET. The first covers Emergency Instructions to be adhered to in the event of invasion, the second covers subjects such as Escaped balloons and Prisoners of War, while the third concerns spares parts for the .30 calibre Air Type Lewis Gun.
Rare Highland Light Infantry Pagri Badge
Rare history of GHQ Liason Regiment Phantom
Rare History of the 16th Highland Light Infantry during WWI An excellent copy of A Saga Of Scotland - History of the 16th Battalion - The Highland Light Infantry (City Of Glasgow Regiment), published by John McCallum & Co, Glasgow in 1930. It runs to some 174 pages and includes excellent photographic and other illustrations, plans, maps, a Nominal Roll, lists of those Killed in Action, along with Honours and Awards. A superb history of this HLI Battalion which was almost wiped out during the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Rare History of the 9th Royal Scots, 1915 9TH Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company of Active Service, from a Private's diary, February - May 1915. Published at Edinburgh in 1916. An inscription to the free front end paper suggests this was a presentation copy to the next of kin of a casualty of the battalion.
Rare History of the Franco Prussian War A two volume set of the seldom encountered History of the War between France & Germany 1870-71. Though foxed, they are extremely well illustrated and thoroughly fascinating.
Rare History of the Transvaal Scottish during WWII A hugely impressive history running to over 700 pages including numerous illustrations, maps and a Roll of Honour. The Regiment fought with distinction throughout the North African campaign. A fascinating work.
Rare HMS Belfast Navy Rating's Cap A superb example indeed.
Rare HMS Cleopatra Royal Navy Rating's Cap A rare example in excellent condition.
Rare HMS M20 Cap Tally M20 was a Monitor Class vessel intended as a shore bombardment vessel, her primary armament was a single 9.2 inch Mk VI gun removed from the Edgar-class cruiser HMS Gibraltar. In addition to her 9.2-inch gun she also possessed one 12 pounder and one six-pound anti-aircraft gun. Serving in the Mediterranean from mid 1915 she had a crew of of sixty-nine officers and men.
Rare HMS Medway Sweetheart Brooch An extremly scarce badge of HMS Medway, the Royal Navy's first submarine depot ship, launched in 1928 and sunk in the Mediterranean in 1942 by the German U-Boay U-372.
Rare HMS Thetis 1939 Submarine Disaster Group A unique group of journals and cuttings pertaining to the sinking of HMS Thetis in 1939.
Rare HMS Victory Treen A napkin ring made from timber recovered from the bowsprit of Nelson's flagship HMS Victory in 1937, and bearing a brass plaque detailing its provenance
Rare Home Front Cromwell Helmet An excellent example of the private purchase fibre helmet marketed under the Trade name The Cromwell. These seldom retain their original chinstrap as this pattern is of a unique construction in rubber proofed fabric, which commonly degrades. This example is complete and 1940 dated. Very difficult to improve on.
Rare Home Front Document A ledger the first several pages of which contains records of bedding and other materials supplied to and collected from private individuals whom I suspect were offering billets to troops
Rare Home Guard Air Raid Rattle Standard Passive Air Defence issue to both Army and Civil Defence personnel, this is the only example I have encountered bearing Home Guard markings. The rattle is maker-marked, Ordnance broad-arrow stamped and WWII dated, the HG marks are absolutely genuine.
Rare Home Guard Anti-Gas Impregnated BD Blouse A rather plain but entirely original Home Guard Serge Battledress made rather rare by virtue of marks indicating it is an AV (Anti Vesicant Gas impregnated) example. These were unpopular with those who wore them and are very seldom encountered today.
Rare Home Guard BAR Ammunition Pouch A rare example of this much sought after pouch in unissued condition, though the brace attachment has been removed. It would be possible to restore the latter by cannibalizing either a P'37 Brace Attachment or Cartridge Carrier.
Rare Home Guard Clothing & Equipment Receipt A fascinating document outlining the range of clothing and equipment issued
Rare Home Guard Despatch Rider Training Manual Published by Motor Cycling, this extremely scarce manual Specialised Training for the Home Guard Despatch Rider. Running to 64 pages with excellent illustrations throughout.
Rare Home Guard Equipment Pouches Originally designed to carry Browning Automatic Rifle ammunition, these were standard issue to the Home Guard. So rare that the cast of Dad's Army famously wore modified P'37 Binocular Pouches in place of them. This is a superb matching pair I recently acquired from an old Home Guard collection.
Rare Home Guard Gas Warfare Document
Rare Home Guard Grenade Manual A superior manual and the only copy of this rare work I have encountered
Rare Home Guard improvised Hand Grenade A recognised Welsh pattern manufactured at the Wern Tarw Colliery and termed the 'Kerridge Cucumber'. Outside museums and another in my own collection, the only example I have seen
Rare Home Guard Leaflet To All Home Guard Commanders - Esprit de Corps - Home Guard. Published October 1940.
Rare Home Guard Proficiency Pamphlet Qualification for, and Conditions Governing the Award of the Home Guard Proficiency Badges and certificates, 1943.
Rare Home Guard Proficiency Pamphlet Qualification for, and Conditions Governing the Award of the Home Guard Proficiency Badges and certificates, 1943.
Rare Home Guard Rifle Cleaning Directive
Rare Home Guard Unarmed Combat Manual A copy of the much sought after work Unarmed Action? A handbook for the Home Guard. The author Micky Wood was a British wrestling champion. The book runs to some 63 pages and is packed with photographic illustrations.
Rare Home Guard Webbing Pouch An excellent example of these near impossible to find pouches.
Rare Home Guard Webbing Pouches A superb un-Blanco'd pair.
Rare Home Guard Winter Training Manual Home Guard Instruction No. 14, 1940, Winter Training.
Rare Hooked Quillon 1907 Pattern Bayonet A lovely example of this most sought after of bayonets. In excellent condition throughout and in an equally rare brown leather scabbard (most were blackened post WWI). The pommel bears issue marks of the Seaforth Highlanders.
Rare Hounslow Sword & Armour Reference Arms and Armour in Tudor and Stuart London. A superb publication of the London Museum from 1957. It runs to some 39 pages plus a further seven pages of photographic illustrations and includes what remains one of the most important articles written on the Hounslow sword factory. A fascinating and essential reference.
Rare Hounslow Sword & Armour Reference Arms and Armour in Tudor and Stuart London. A superb publication from the London Museum. It includes what remains one of the most important articles written on the Hounslow sword factory. A fascinating and essential reference.
Rare Imperial German Dress S98 Bayonet An extreseitengewehr S98 with etched blade.
Rare Imperial German Military Bugle Bearing the evocative date 1914. Clearly suffering the ravages of war and no doubt carriage in some Tommy's pack as a prized trophy
Rare Imperial German Naval Binoculars Model 1909 binoculars manufcatured by the firm of Emil Busch for the Kaiserliche Marine. Polished and showing some damage to the brass of one eyepiece, they are well marked and in working condition.
Rare Imperial German Trench Club
Rare Imperial German Trench Club
Rare Indian manufactured Battledress Trousers A superb, virtually unissued pair of Indian-manufactured BD trousers. Well marked and 1942 dated. Impossible to improve. Indian BD remains extremely rare, trousers like these are near unobtainable. You will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare Indian manufactured Battledress Trousers A superb unissued pair of Indian-manufactured BD trousers as worn by British troops serving in the Far East. 1944 dated and in a large size. Indian BD remains extremely rare, trousers like these are near unobtainable. You will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare Indian manufactured Battledress Trousers An unissued pair of Indian-manufactured BD trousers as worn by British troops serving in the Far East. 1943 dated and in a large size. Indian BD is scarce indeed, trousers like these are near unobtainable.
Rare Indian MkII SMLE Bayonet A rare example which escaped the modification to MkII* configuration involving the machining of a back edge to the point. These are very seldom encountered.
Rare Indian MkII SMLE Bayonet A rare example which escaped the modification to MkII* configuration involving the machining of a back edge to the point. These are very seldom encountered.
Rare Indian P'37 Compass Pouch An extremely scarce example of the Indian-made compass pouch for the 1937 Pattern equipment.
Rare Indian-made 1937 Pattern Officers' Haversack
Rare inert experimental 1 1/2 inch Baton Round An example of the second variant anti-riot round which was adopted as the L2A2
Rare inert Japanese 75mm Artillery Shell
Rare inert Japanese 75mm Artillery Shell
Rare Inert Mk 7/1 Anti-Tank Mine Weighing a quite considerable 14kg to mimic its live counterpart
Rare inert WWI German Anti-Tank Rifle Round From the Mauser 13.2mm Tank Abwehr Gewehr Model 1918.
Rare inert WWII 2 pounder Artillery Shell
Rare inert WWII Blacker Bombard Projectile An excellent restored 29mm Spigot Mortar round.
Rare inter-War Life Guards Cavalry Buff Leather Gauntlets
Rare inter-War Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Tunic A superb and rare example of an inter-War Cameron Highlanders Officer's Highland Pattern Service Dress tunic. Retaining it's original label giving the owner's name and date. A rare and attractive tunic.
Rare Inter-War/WWII RASC Service Dress Jacket An excellent post-1922 Other Ranks' Service Dress tunic.
Rare Interarmco AR-10 Bayonet, copy German S'1942 In 1942 Eickhorn made up a number of experimental bayonets for the K98 incorporating a tool kit fitted inside the hilt. In 1958 Hubertus of Solingen was commissioned by the US Arms firm Interarmco to produce a version of the so-called S42. These were destined for the Sudanese AR1O rifle. Around 5000 were manufactured and surviving examples are extremely scarce and much sought after.
Rare Issued Set of WWII RAF Cutlery Including the only WWII Air Ministry cutlery knife I have seen.
Rare Khaki Drill Kilt Apron Of the type worn during and prior to the Great War covering the front only.
Rare King's Liverpool Regiment Officer's Soft Pattern Service Dress Cap A carry-over from the trenches of the First World War, the Soft Pattern SD Cap was officially recognised in 1924, examples are seldom encountered today. [See B L Davis' "British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two", page 133] This is the best example I have ever handled, being in near mint unworn condition (save for the name written inside at a later date) and retaining its original cap badge.
Rare Kriegsmarine Tropical Helmet Eagle Part of a small collection of original WWII German war booty I have recently acquired, fresh to the market and never previously in a collection
Rare labeled Serge Battledress Trousers In a large size and showing no more than a few moth nips. This is the first pattern, erroneously termed '1937 Pattern' by many collectors, having concealed trouser pocket button and ankle tabs.
Rare labeled Serge Battledress Trousers Additional images
Rare Labelled 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Very seldom encountered these days. In used condition and apparently tailored at the waist.
Rare Labelled RAF Tunic Belt The only labelled example I have ever encountered. Rare indeed.
Rare Lancashire Hussars Imperial Yeomanry Officers Cap Badge A rather rare badge dating from the period 1903-1908. Part of a small collection of Lancashire Hussars badges I have acquired.
Rare Lancaster Rifle Bayonet with Scabbard An excellent example bearing Ordnance view marks to the grips and back of blade. The pommel bears a struck unit mark while the ricasso shows a maker's mark R & W Aston [or Astor]. The scabbard is rarer than the bayonet and is a good sound example, the worst I can say is the scabbard leather has shrunk a little along its length and some of the stitching has failed as usual, though this isn't immediately apparent. In all a most attractive bayonet.
Rare Lanchester Machine Gun Pouches In unissued though dusty condition. Both have the loading tool pouch. Each is WWII dated. Becoming extremely scarce.
Rare Land Pattern Brown Bess Socket bayonet circa 1740 A rare Land pattern socket bayonet of circa 1730-1740. Identifiable by virtue of the "shield" at the union of the shank with the socket and by having a shank of intermediate length. Blade 16.5 inches, socket 4 inches, MRD approx 24mm, S-M approx 45mm. In relic condition though a rare example.
Rare Large Zeppelin Fragment Measuring approximately 27cm long, this is an unusually large Zeppelin fragment when most encountered are very small. It bears a hand-written note indicating it to be part of the airship brought down by William Leefe Robinson VC on the 3rd of September 1916 at Cuffley. Leefe Robinson described the encounter thus: September 1916 From: Lieutenant Leefe Robinson, Sutton's Farm. To: The Officer Commanding No. 39 H. D. Squadron. Sir: I have the honour to make the following report on night patrol made by me on the night of the 2-3 instant. I went up at about 11.08 p.m. on the night of the second with instructions to patrol between Sutton's Farm and Joyce Green. I climbed to 10,000 feet in fifty-three minutes. I counted what I thought were ten sets of flares - there were a few clouds below me, but on the whole it was a beautifully clear night. I saw nothing until 1.10 a.m., when two searchlights picked up a Zeppelin S.E. of Woolwich. The clouds had collected in this quarter and the searchlights had some difficulty in keeping on the airship. By this time I had managed to climb to 12,000 feet and I made in the direction of the Zeppelin - which was being fired on by a few anti-aircraft guns - hoping to cut it off on its way eastward. I very slowly gained on it for about ten minutes. I judged it to be about 800 feet below me and I sacrificed some speed in order to keep the height. It went behind some clouds, avoiding the searchlight, and I lost sight of it. After fifteen minutes of fruitless search I returned to my patrol. I managed to pick up and distinguish my flares again. At about 1.50 a.m. I noticed a red glow in the N.E. of London. Taking it to be an outbreak of fire, I went in that direction. At 2.05 a Zeppelin was picked up by the searchlights over N.N.E. London (as far as I could judge). Remembering my last failure, I sacrificed height (I was at about 12,900 feet) for speed and nosed down in the direction of the Zeppelin. I saw shells bursting and night tracers flying around it. When I drew closer I noticed that the anti- aircraft aim was too high or too low; also a good many shells burst about 800 feet behind-a few tracers went right over. I could hear the bursts when about 3,000 feet from the Zeppelin. I flew about 800 feet below it from bow to stem and distributed one drum among it (alternate New Brock and Pomeroy). It seemed to have no effect; I therefore moved to one side and gave them another drum along the side - also without effect. I then got behind it and by this time I was very close - 500 feet or less below, and concentrated one drum on one part (underneath rear). I was then at a height of 11,500 feet when attacking the Zeppelin. I had hardly finished the drum before I saw the part fired at, glow. In a few seconds the whole rear part was blazing. When the third drum was fired, there were no searchlights on the Zeppelin, and no anti-aircraft was firing. I quickly got out of the way of the falling, blazing Zeppelin and, being very excited, fired off a few red Very lights and dropped a parachute flare. Having little oil or petrol left, I returned to Sutton's Farm, landing at 2.45 a.m. On landing, I found the Zeppelin gunners had shot away the machine-gun wire guard, the rear part of my centre section, and had pierced the main spar several times. I have the honour to be, sir, Your obedient servant, W. Leefe Robinson, Lieutenant No. 39 Squadron, R.F.C.
Rare late 17th Century Flintlock Holster Pistol Likely Dutch for the Ottoman market, a handsome late 17th or very early 18th Century flintlock holster pistol. It presents itself in most pleasing condition with old restorations. examples of such pistols from this period are difficult to find and never inexpensive.
Rare late 17th Century Flintlock Holster Pistol Further images
Rare Late 17th Century Hanger A very sleepy untouched example. It has a brass hilt with antler grip, though the knuckle guard lack its terminal. The blade bears attractive etched decoration incorporating foliate scrollwork and cursive script. A rare untouched example.
Rare late 19th Century Photograph of Vickers Maxim Gun A superb original early photograph in original frame and gilt slip. It depicts both Military personnel and likely Ordnance or Vickers employees at a proving ground or manufactory, posed beside Maxim and Nordenfelt guns.
Rare late Victorian - WWI Watkins Clinometer & Compass Combination From the belongings of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
Rare late Victorian British Army Scout Telescope A British ordnance marked three-draw brass telescope by the respected firm of instrument makers Negretti & Zambra of London. It is Broad Arrow stamped and dated 1894. What remains of the leather body tube binding shows the word CORPS in black ink, the preceding title frustratingly lacking. While it shows it's age externally, the optics are excellent (there's a small chip to the edge of the objective which doesn't show when the instrument is looked through). These were issued in particular to signallers and Regimental scouts. A rare and desirable Victorian British military telescope. 25.5cm closed, 76.5cm extended (not including objective shade).
Rare late Victorian British Army Scout Telescope See 19th Century shop category.
Rare late War Economy Pattern P'37 Small Pack Identifiable by the lack of metal re-enforcements on the rear tabs, and the use of steel rather than brass. In mint unissued condition.
Rare LDV Arm Band An excellent original example when most encountered today are reproductions. This would marry very well with the 1940 dated denim blouse just listed.
Rare LDV Arm Band An original Zone-stamped example bearing its original owner's details and dating to the earliest days of the LDV
Rare LDV Arm Band with Provenance A very interesting example I acquired from it's original owner, an LDV volunteer and later RAF Distinguished Flying Cross winner. It comes with a letter from the latter.
Rare LDV Armband with Unit Marks From the same veteran and the Greater manchester LDV armband also listed.
Rare LDV Slip-on Shoulder Title
Rare Lewis Machine Gun Parts Identification List
Rare LNER Railway Red Cross Arm Band
Rare London Blitz Houses of Parliament Biscuit Barrel In May 1941 the Houses of Parliament were severely damaged by Luftwaffe bombs. During the reconstruction original Portland stone was salvaged and used to fabricate a limited number of objects sold to raise funds for War charities. These range from modest paperweights through to book ends and in this instance perhaps the largest and most expensive, a biscuit barrel. This is only the second example I have seen, and the only such item to retain its original numbered certificate. The barrel itself bears a plaque portraying Winston Churchill in relief, while the lid bears a legend explaining the barrels origin. A superb relic of the Blitz and of one of the most important buildings in world history.
Rare Loyal Suffolk Hussars Shoulder Title
Rare Malayan Races Liberation Army Cap The Malayan Races Liberation Army was a Chinese - Malayan Communist insurgent group which brought about the Malayan Emergency of 1948-60. This is a rare relic of the campaign
Rare Manufacturer's Sample RAF 1925 Pattern Bottle Carrier
Rare Manufacturer's Sample RAF P'37 Brace Attachments
Rare Manufacturer's Sample RAF P'37 Cartridge Carriers
Rare Manufacturer's Sample RAF Webbing Rifle Sling A mint unissued 1941 dated RAF webbing rifle sling, extremely scarce.
Rare matched pair Long 1937 Pattern Braces Getting extremely difficult to find, a matching pair of P'37 in Long size. This pair are by the Mills Equipment Co and are dated 1942.
Rare Medieval Boar Spear A very good example of these extremely distinctive weapons. Though in origin a hunting weapon, they were also carried by foot soldiers and guards including Landsknechts. It has a hand-forged blade of characteristic form, and retains its original shaft, the latter being leather bound and strapped. Please email to discuss postage
Rare Mid 18th Century French Socket Bayonet A distinctive pattern having socket without re-enforcing ring, single step mortise, and triangular-section blade with short fuller towards the tip of the broad face. blade 35cm, MRD approx 21-22mm, S_M 45mm, socket 8cm
Rare Military Scrimshaw Carved Powder Horn Bearing an engraved representation of a Fusilier flaming grenade, and legend pertaining to the 23rd Regiment of Foot. A rare horn
Rare Mills Officer Equipment Modified Pistol Ammo Pouch This is a pistol ammunition pouch from a set of pre-War Mill's Officer Web Equipment. Originally it would have been stitched to the revolver holster. At some stage the owner has detached it from the holster and carefully added a set of brass belt hooks, thus allowing it to be worn independent of the holster in the manner of the 1937 Pattern equipment. An extremely rare variant.
Rare Mills Officer Equipment Pack Granted a used example with faults (the speckling however is simply water as the rain came on just as I started photographing), however extremely scarce.
Rare Mills Webbing Equipment Cleaner A complete unopenned pack
Rare Mills' Officer Equipment Holster & Ammunition Pouch Combination A 1937 dated example.
Rare Mint Black Beret in a large size Impossible to improve.
Rare Mint Pattern '08 Variant Bayonet Frog Un-Blanco'd examples of the 1908 Pattern bayonet frog are extremely scarce, and today much sought after. This variant is likely part of a VTC contract.
Rare mint unissued 1918 dated P'08 Webbing Braces Not inexpensive, though these days extremely difficult to replace in such condition. I am currently seeking a mint pair of WWI dated 1908 Pattern webbing cartridge carriers, please don't hesitate to get in touch should you have a spare set
Rare mint unissued KD Trousers An unissued pair of Khaki Drill Trousers, with un-hemmed bottoms as issued prior to tailoring to the wearer. They retain their original label dated 1943.
Rare Mint Unissued P'37 Belt A rare example of this late-War variant 1937 Pattern webbing belt in the largest size produced.
Rare Mint Unissued P'37 Belt A rare example of this late-War variant 1937 Pattern webbing belt in the largest size produced.
Rare Mk I Sten Sling The seldom encountered Mk I sling which was non length-adjustable. The best example I have seen of this rare pattern.
Rare Mk I Sten Sling The rarely encountered Mk I sling which was non length-adjustable.
Rare MkI 1903 Pattern 15-Round Cartridge Pouches These are very seldom encountered as they were only manufactured between 1903 and 1906
Rare MkI Airborne Troops Steel Helmet A good example of the much sought after leather chinstrap Para helmet. 1943 dated and size 7. The interior shows evidence of once having been in a damp environment as the shell lining is rust patinated and the other elements are lightly oxidised and slightly distressed. However the exterior presents itself very well and the helmet is strong and sound throughout. An extremely desirable helmet.
Rare MkI P'39 Basic Pouches A rather rare pair of P'39 Basic Pouches in their original MkI configuration. Immediately identifiable by virtue of retaining the leather tabs with brass hooks designed to secure the pouches in position on the belt. These were removed when the MkI pouches were modified to MkII, as most appear to have been.
Rare MkI Sten Sling An example of the rare MkI Sling for the Sten SMG. So few turn up, few collectors are aware of it's existence, though it is referred to in Laidler's standard reference on the Sten. It is readily distinguished from the ubiquitous MkII by virtue of being of fixed length, and having a D-shaped rather than an oval terminal ring. This one is maker-marked and dated 1942.
Rare MkI Sten Sling An example of the rare MkI Sling for the Sten SMG. So few turn up, few collectors are aware of it's existence, though it is referred to in Laidler's standard reference on the Sten. It is readily distinguished from the ubiquitous MkII by virtue of being of fixed length, and having a D-shaped rather than an oval terminal ring.
Rare MkI Sten Sling An example of the rare MkI Sling for the Sten SMG. So few turn up, few collectors are aware of it's existence, though it is referred to in Laidler's standard reference on the Sten. It is readily distinguished from the ubiquitous MkII by virtue of being of fixed length, and having a D-shaped rather than an oval terminal ring.
Rare MkII Helmet with unidentified Decal A most interesting MkII No2C bearing an unidentified Artillery decal. Given the nature of the helmet it is a distinct possibility the badge is that of a Home Guard unit, perhaps a factory Anti-Aircraft battery. Please do enlighten me if you can identify the insignia.
Rare MkIII P'1888 Long Lee Enfield Rifle Bayonet An extremely good example of this rare variant immediately identifiable by virtue of having grips secured by bolts rather than brass rivets. Both the pommel and frog stud bear unit marks of the 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.
Rare Model 1914 Marindin Infantry Range Finder An example of the first such instrument adopted by the British Army. The optics on this example are dirty, though the overall condition is excellent.
Rare Modified German S98/05 Bayonet Scabbard Only the second example of the commercial modification of the S98/05 marketed as The Splitter I have owned. See Anthony Carter's seminal work on this bayonet for further details.
Rare modified P'37 Pistol Holster Combination A likely unique modified P'37 holster combination. The holster has been reduced in size to carry a small automatic piston. It retains its original marks including the particularly early date of 1938. The pistol ammunition and compass pouches are un-modified. The combination as a whole was originally the property of Captain F H Widrington, the Welsh Guards, who served throughout WWII.
Rare Monocular in Original Case An example of the Monocular, Prismatic, No 1A MkII in excellent condition throughout. Very seldom encountered.
Rare named 1915 Canadian Army Clasp Knife
Rare named 8th Anti-Aircraft Division Group A scarce Battledress to a Captain of the 8th Anti-Aircraft Division. Complete with named P'37 belt and Sam Browne belt (the matching field boots are being offered in another listing).
Rare named Trench Art 37mm Pom-Pom Gun Round Being that of Gunner J Barret, L30612, Royal Field Artillery, commemorating his service 1915-1919. A lovely example.
Rare named Welsh Guards Officer's Service Dress Tunic A rare WWII named and dated Service Dress tunic to a Welsh Guards Officer with Arnhem associations. The original owner was Julian Tuffnel Faber (I advise a Google search, it reveals a wealth of information). The Service Dress is of the pattern distinctive of the Welsh Guards. The Welsh Guards as part of the Guards Armoured Division played a prominent role in Operation Market Garden, leading the XXX Corps advance to relieve airborne troops aiming to seize the bridges up to Arnhem, ultimately capturing Nijmegen bridge in conjunction with American paratroopers.
Rare named Welsh Guards Servcie Dress with Knickerbockers A rare WWII named and dated Service Dress tunic with trousers and seldom encountered knickerbockers to a Welsh Guards Officer with Arnhem associations. The original owner was Julian Tuffnel Faber (I advise a Google search, it reveals a wealth of information). The Service Dress is of the pattern distinctive of the Welsh Guards. Each garment bears an identical named and dated label. The Welsh Guards as part of the Guards Armoured Division played a prominent role in Operation Market Garden, leading the XXX Corps advance to relieve airborne troops aiming to seize the bridges up to Arnhem, ultimately capturing Nijmegen bridge in conjunction with American paratroopers.
Rare named WWII Aircrew Blouse An attractive and desirable Aircrew Blouse to a Flight Officer Navigator with the RCAF. The 1943 dated label bears its original owner's name, J43907 F/O Beesack. An excellent example worthy of further research.
Rare named WWII DLI Officer's Uniform Group Comprising Service Dress tunic and trousers, the tuning being a rare example bearing formation patches, together with the Major's greatcoat. Such extensive groups are surprisingly rare.
Rare named WWII Slouch Hat with related Documents
Rare Napoleonic Cavalry Breastplate A rare cuirassier breastplate of the Napoleonic Wars. It is of heavy plate with brass rivets. The inside bears struck marks in the form of a letter L above the date 1809. Though it has been coated with silver paint a long time ago, I have no doubt this has aided it's preservation. While cuirasses of the later 19th Century are not uncommon, survivors from the Napoleonic era are considerably rare. A very impressive piece and a straight-forward restoration project.
Rare Napoleonic French Naval Dirk Of diminutive stature, an extremely pleasing French Naval dirk of circa 1800. Having a spirally reeded ivory grip of inverted baluster form, with cross guard incorporating an anchor device and 'sea dog' masks to its quillon terminals. The lozenge-section blade is blued and gilded, incorporating to the fortes the name Coulaux Freres, Klingenthal, pre-eminent blade smiths of the period. Complete with gilt-brass scabbard incorporating acanthus decoration. A rare gem. 30cm overall
Rare Napoleonic French Naval Dirk
Rare Napoleonic History Napoleon Bonaparte and His Times: Including an Historical Sketch of the French Revolution, and the Wars Subsequent on that, anon., published at Glasgow by Blackie in 1829.
Rare Napoleonic Royal Marine Sergeant's Short Sword Per Sim Comfort's superb work on naval edged weapons, these elegant hangers have recently been identified by James Kochan as being those of sergeants of Royal Marines. Similar to many infantry hangers of the third quarter of the 18th Century, the pattern has a brass hilt incorporating an ovoid pommel bearing the engraved fowled anchor device of the Royal Navy, a spirally reeded ebony grip, elegant fluted knuckle bow, and slotted guard.
Rare Napoleonic Silver Medallion A high quality Napoleonic silver medallion of 1809. These relatively rare objects offer a fascinating field of collecting and exceptional value given their exquisite quality. May I recommend to you the following superb site: http://blackwatch.napoleonicmedals.org/
Rare Naval Ordnance Inspection Department Badge
Rare Naval Ordnance Inspectors' Cap Badge
Rare New Zealand Dress Uniform Trouser Stripe Patterns
Rare No12 Radio Manual
Rare No23 Sectioned Grenade An original 1917 dated officially sectioned example.
Rare No4 MkI Bayonet An excellent example of this much sought after pattern
Rare No4 Parade Bayonet An original nickel/chrome plated example with rounded tip. A very seldom encountered variant.
Rare No4T Lee Enfield Sniper Manual One of the most detailed ever published. Truly fascinating.
Rare No74 Mk2 Sticky Grenade One of the "Holy Grails" of WWII British grenade collecting, the Grenade, Hand, Anti-Tank, No. 74, commonly referred to as the 'Sticky Bomb'. This is a Mk2 example, having a Bakelite rather than a glass body
Rare No74 Mk2 Sticky Grenade One of the "Holy Grails" of WWII British grenade collecting, the Grenade, Hand, Anti-Tank, No. 74, commonly referred to as the 'Sticky Bomb'.
Rare Nobel Explosives Munitions Worker's Mufti Badge
Rare North African Theatre Gas Warfare Document
Rare Northumberland Fusiliers Territorial Battalion Officers' Cap Badge
Rare Officers' Swagger Stick with Concealed Blade The most handsome example of its kind I have seen, the condition and quality is very attractive. The pommel bears the badge of the Army Cyclist Corps, while the silver ferule bears Birmingham assay marks for 1932, perhaps indicating purchase by a former ACC officer or a later repair. In all a most interesting example.
Rare Officer's Soft Pattern Service Dress Cap A carry-over from the trenches of the First World War, the Soft Pattern SD Cap was officially recognised in 1924, though was likely little used by the late 1930's, they are certainly seldom encountered today. See B L Davis' "British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two", page 133
Rare Old Spec Deactivated SLR A superb example by BSA and an extremely early spec. Dating to the first year of production, 1959, it has matching serials throughout and is fully strippable. Sorry, for sale within the UK only.
Rare Ordnance Instructional No36 Mills Grenade A lovely original example and the only such variant I have had the pleasure of owning.
Rare Ordnance Instructional No36 Mills Grenade A lovely original example complete with Drill Detonator Set.
Rare original 1915 Armes Automatique Lewis Machine Gun Manual
Rare original 1930 Madsen publication on their Anti-Aircraft Guns
Rare original 1940 Poster A lovely example with related letter.
Rare original 1st pattern P'37 Water Bottle Carrier A rare example of the so-called skeletal pattern water bottle cradle from the P'37 accoutrement set. These are extremely difficult to find, so much so they are actually being reproduced. This is a well marked and 1941 dated example. It bears a previous owner's name and number, though is complete with an early blue-enamelled water bottle.
Rare Original Bruce Bairnsfather Old Bill Doodle and Autograph
Rare original Bruce Bairnsfather Watercolour Being an extremely pleasing portrait beleived to be that of the Duchess of York (nee Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother). Bearing Bairnsfather's monogram and date 1931. Expertly restored and double card mounted in an elegant period ogee-moulded and finely figured oak frame under anti-refelective glass. Bruce Bairnsfather is famous for his cartoons and character Old Bill from his Fragments from France. Original works are of course scarce and highly sought after. 28cm x 20cm, 52cm x 45cm framed.
Rare original Commando Green Beret A 1948 dated example which has never had a badge affixed.
Rare original Hotchkiss Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Manual
Rare original Hotchkiss Infantry, Cavalry and Vehicle Mounted Machine Gun Manual
Rare original Instructional WWI 4.5 inch Artillery Shell
Rare Original LDV Enrolment Form A superb example.
Rare original WWI British Army Hard Tack Biscuit Ration An extremely poignant souvenir of the trench war bearing an inscription to its original owner's sweetheart or perhaps sister back in Blighty.
Rare original WWI Hotchkiss machine Gun Manual This is the manual supplied by Hotchkiss with their .303 Portative Machine Gun. A fascinating and rare manual.
Rare original WWI Hotchkiss machine Gun Manual This is the manual supplied by Hotchkiss with their .303 Portative Machine Gun. A fascinating and rare manual. I am seeking a deactivated Hotchkiss .303 portative and a German MG08/15, don't hesitate to get in touch if you can assist
Rare Original WWII Camouflage Face Veil Purchased with the 1st Battalion Border Regiment insignia also listed. A rare original example.
Rare original WWII Glider Troops Qualification Badge An excellent original example of a much reproduced badge. Given its source I suspect this was worn by a soldier of the 1st Battalion Border Regiment.
Rare original WWII Home Guard Denim Blouse circa 1940 An extrmely rare garment, and while I have collected Home Guard material for 25 years, this is only the second such example I have owned. It features the earliest of Home Guard insignia, namely the arm patch sewn onto the arm in lieu of the brassard. As this insignia was rendered obsolete upon the issue of titles and battalion flashes, such original badged uniforms are near impossible to find, the few that survived likely having been secreted away by their owners upon issue of Serge Battledress. This garment, while lacking its label, is in effectively mint condition. It was found with the matching trousers also listed.
Rare original WWII Military Issue Kukri Frog These have been much copied, original examples such as this are rare indeed.
Rare original WWII Portrait of Hitler An original 1930's or 1940's print after Kurt Balzer, who's signature is present in the lower left hand corner of the work. It is textured in imitation of brush strokes and laid on panel. The condition throughout is excellent and the work has clearly never been out of its original frame. Overall dimensions are 21cm x 27cm. Such portraits were hastily destroyed post-War and are as a consequence now extremely scarce.
Rare Oundle School OTC Swagger Stick A handsome swagger stick with a rare pommel, maker-marked by the prestigious badge manufacturing firm of J R Gaunt. The tip re-enforce is lacking and there is an old tight repair to a crack in the cane.
Rare PAIFORCE ODWA BD A US Olive Drab War Assistance (ODWA) battledress blouse to a major of Persia and Iraq Command. Clearly labelled and in excellent condition.
Rare Pair Boer War Army Issue Binoculars A most attractive and somewhat scarce set of late Boer War period Ordnance issue binoculars. They were no doubt quality instruments in their day, incorporating a high proportion of aluminium in their construction. The sliding ocular shades bear Ordnance broad arrow struck marks, while the leather barrel coverings bear Royal Field Artillery unit stamps. They are maker-marked, serial numbered and dated 1902. The optics are good and clear. Complete in what appears to be a field-made leather case. In a rare and handsome set.
Rare pair of 1939 Pattern Auxilliary Pouches A rare left and right pair.
Rare pair of 1944 Liberation of Paris Flags A rather rare pair of paper flags printed to celebrate the liberation of Paris on the 16th of August 1944. They are in excellent condition though there are old tape repairs. No preserved, framed and mounted under glass. An extremely rare and poignant item. I can post out the frame free of charge.
Rare pair of 20th Indian Division Flashes A stunning bullion-embroidered pair.
Rare pair of Indian 33rd Corps Flashes A machine-woven pair of flashes of this fascinating unit which was intended as an amphibious expeditionary force and fought with great distinction in the Far East.
Rare Pair of Officers' Battledress Trousers A rare high quality pair of private purchase BD trousers in the original pattern. There are various nips but they are otherwise very good indeed, and display very well, showing little wear. They are also in a very useful large size, suitable for 34-36" waist and a tall wearer.
Rare Pair of printed Airborne Strips Rare and much sought after ex-Battledress examples from the same veteran as the Airborne Division flashes also listed.
Rare Pair of Victorian 1888 Pattern Ammo Pouches A very good pair of second pattern Slade Wallace equipment ammo pouches as used during the Boer War. Rare indeed.
Rare Pair of WWI German Army NCO's Cartridge Pouches
Rare pair of WWII Dated Army Socks An impossibly rare matching pair of Wartime labelled and dated stockings.
Rare Pair of WWII Lanchester Sub Machine Gun Pouches An excllent pair.
Rare pair Suffolk Regiment Printed Shoulder Titles In mint unissued condition and of course absolutely genuine.
Rare pair WWI Unit-Marked Binoculars A pair of WWI British military Binoculars, Special Mk V in their original 1916 dated case. The latter is rare in bearing unit marks of the 1st/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment. This Battalion was posted to France & Flanders as of the 31st March 1915, where it served until going to Italy on the 29th November 1917.
Rare Pair WWII Invasion of Sicily Trench Art Napkin Rings Mnaufactured from shells fired from HMS Hambledon during the invasion
Rare pair WWII RTR Officers' Bronze Collar Badges Formerly the property of 78834765 J Northcott who was promoted from the Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment and later served with the Reconnaissance Corps
Rare Paperwork, Royal Tank Regiment El Alamein MM Casualty An extremely moving document group pertaining to Sergeant David R Black, 5th Royal Tank Regiment,, Military Medal recipient and El Alamein casualty. It comprises photographs, letters to his mother from his Commanding Officers, Chaplains, and his best friend in the unit. Sergeant Black was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant while in the field, had been recommended for a commission and was put forward for Officer Cadet training. He was awarded the Military Medal (posthumous approval) for attempting to save the wounded crew of another tank on the 24th July 1942, doing so under intense artillery and machine gun fire. He was later killed on the second day of the Battle of El Alamein, October 24th 1942. An extremely poignant group.
Rare Parachute Regiment Title A Parachute Regiment slip-on shoulder title, dating to the period late 1940 to early 1941. The first pattern to be worn by the Regiment and today extremely scarce.
Rare Parker Fountain Pen with provenance to Robert Graves A hugely poignant link to one of the greatest English writers of the 20th Century and one of the most important memoirs to come from the First World War, Good-Bye to All That, an autobiography by Robert Graves. This Parker Duofold fountain pen, used by Graves in the editing of a later edition of Good-Bye to All That, comes with a documented provenance. The book was first published in 1929. A large part of the work concerns Graves’ experiences of the First World War, where he gives a detailed description of trench warfare, including the tragic incompetences of the Battle of Loos.
Rare Pattern 1845 Extra Service Percussion Musket The last smooth bore musket to be used by the British Army. This pattern, a close relative of the Patterns 1839 and 1842, was introduced to allow the over-stretched gun trade to produce a musket to less stringent manufacturing and pattern tolerances for issue to colonial and Militia units. Its bayonet was identical to that of the Pattern 1842 musket, though bore the mark EX, as indeed this specimen does. This sleepy fresh-to-the-market example has a superb walnut stock retaining its original finish. The lock has a strong action, and its side nail heads sit in cups of Lovell's pattern. The barrel has a deep untouched oxidised patina. It retains its Lovell's pattern bayonet catch and comes with the correct pattern bayonet. I had the bayonet stud professionally restored. What is most frustrating about the piece is the faint trace of engraved unit marks to the butt plate tang, though perseverance may yet allow it to be read. In all a handsome example of a rarely encountered British military musket.
Rare Pattern 1845 Extra Service Percussion Musket Additional images
Rare Pattern 1882 Bayonet Frog modified for use with P'08 Webbing As found with a P'88 bayonet with Royal Garrison Artillery unit marks and a family provenance to the Great War. The belt loop has been officially deepened by re-stitching to allow it to be worn with a 1908 Pattern webbing belt
Rare Pattern 1908 Webbing Belt with provenance Apparently having belonged to a soldier of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. The markings are clearer than they appear in the images.
Rare Pattern of Tropical Slouch hat The only example of its kind I have handled. A late-War pattern incorporating features not seen in early examples, including draw-string and corresponding eyelets around the body securing the lining. 1945 dated, in a large size and superb condition. A rare variant.
Rare Peninsular War Highlander's Memoir An extremely rare first edition of The Personal Narrative of a Private Soldier, who served in the Forty-second Highlanders, for twelve years, during the late war. Dating to 1821 it presents itself in its as-published state. It covers the experiences of the author, a soldier of the 42nd Highlanders, from the time he enlisted to the time he was discharged in 1814. Much of the narrative focuses on his experiences during the Peninsular War, including the Retreat from Sahagun, the Battle of Corunna, an interlude to join the Expedition to Walcheren and then back to the Peninsula for the Battle of Salamanca, the Siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat, the Battle of Vittoria, Battles of the Pyrenees, Bayonne during the War in France in 1814, and then the Battle of Toulouse where he was wounded, returned to England and then discharged. An ultra-rare and fascinating first-hand account of a Scottish soldier in the Peninsular War.
Rare Personalised early RAF C-Type Flying Helmet An extremely interesting example, being an early pattern of circa 1941, identifiable as such by having a leather chin strap fastening by means of a Bennett buckle, and being externally wired. During it's working life it has been fitted with a later pattern microphone socket, as seen on internally wired C-Types, and has had this stitched to the left hand cheek area of the helmet, at the same time the loom has been stitched to the helmet at the back of the neck. What makes it all the more interesting, and certainly rare, is the personalisation of the helmet by it's owner, this in the form of his name "GUS" painted above the forehead. Such practice was officially frowned upon and certainly makes this helmet highly unusual. The condition throughout is excellent for such an issued early pattern.
Rare PIAT Gaiter An original WWII gaiter for the Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank. These are commonly lacking from surviving PIATS, original examples like this are near impossible to find
Rare Polearm, 17th-18th Century, possibly Scottish A rare polearm from my own collection which I suspect to be Scottish in origin. I purchased it some years ago near the border with Scotland. It comprises a near semi-circular axe-head with a projecting spear of flattened-lozenge shaped cross-section. One face bears an armourer's mark in the form of an upper case letter L in sunken relief within a rectangular field. The conical socket has a lapped seam. It retains it's original shaft, and even though it measures 128cm overall, if reduced, it was made so in antiquity. An identical weapon, even down to the armourer's mark, is held at the Royal Armouries, (see Ffoulkes' 1915 Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, volume II, page 243, item 942). It appears to be related to the Lochaber axe variant held at Inveraray Castle and illustrated on page 304 of Scottish Weapons and Fortifications, Caldwell (Ed.), 1981. As such I suspect it to be 17th or 18th Century in origin. A fascinating polearm.
Rare Postcard Photograph the Lonsdale Battalion Border Regiment Printed in France and likely showing a kitchen detail relaxing from duties
Rare pre-1914 Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment Scarlet Frock A rare Other Ranks' scarlet frock to a private of the Notts & Derby Regiment. It retains it's original 1913 dated paper label and has pre-1902 pattern collar badges and post 1901 buttons, typical of this transitional period. The condition throughout is excellent. A rare frock.
Rare pre-War Bren Machine Gun Webbing Valise 1938 dated and in mint unissued condition. Extremely scarce.
Rare pre-War Bren Machine Gun Webbing Valise 1938 dated and in mint unissued condition. Extremely scarce.
Rare pre-WWI .303 Maxim Machine Gun Manual
Rare pre-WWI 1903 Pattern Bandolier A 1910 dated example. It has steel fittings, an uncommon feature.
Rare pre-WWI Australian Pattern 1908 Bayonet Frog Seldom encountered, indeed this is the first example I have found. This unique pattern was manufactured by the Australians and used throughout WWI. The roller buckle retaining strap is broken, though it is not immediatley apparent. It is profusely marked, and bears those of the Commonwealth Government Harness Factory and and an Ordnance broad arrow.
Rare pre-WWI Black Watch Officer's Mess Dress Named to Ronald A M Ewart. It shows light moth, fading and discolouration typical of scarlet uniforms of this age, however it is complete and sound. A scarce named garment.
Rare pre-WWI Davon patent Micro-Telescope An interesting and high quality instrument of a type which could have been acquired by officers. It comprises a refractor telescope with rack and pinion focus, leather-bound and cased with tripod and alternative lenses. What marks this patent as unusual is the design which allows the instrument to be unscrewed into two parts, one serving as a microscope, hence the trade name 'Micro-Telescope'. This example is in excellent condition.
Rare Pre-WWI Nordenfelt 1-inch Shell A lovely example of the Royal Navy 1" Anti-Torpedo Boat Nordenfelt shell as used from the 1880's until around 1900.
Rare pre-WWI Royal Navy Rifle Training Manual A charming period publication, well illustrated with technical diagrams. However what marks this manual out to the equipment collector is it's description of the leather accoutrements worn by Royal Navy landing parties at the time. Such illustrations are extremely rare.
Rare Pre-WWII Royal Navy Clasp Knife An example of the Admiralty Pattern 301 clasp knife. Adopted prior to the First World War this distinctive jack knife was issued to Navy rates up until it's replacement in 1940. Examples are very seldom encountered, and like this one they are frequently un-marked. This example is in excellent condition. A rare knife.
Rare presentation Pocket Watch A rolled gold open faced pocket watch bearing an extremely attractive and hugely interesting engraved presentation inscription Presented to CSM Harry Benton by the members of the Sgts Mess 1st Battalion Essex Regiment on leaving the regiment to pension April 1926 CSM Benton of the Essex Regiment was mentioned in despatches during the First World War. Later, serving in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War or 1919-1922 Benton was involved in a well documented encounter with the Irish Republican Army known as the Percival Ambush. On October 10th 1920 men from Cork No3 Brigade, IRA, commanded by Sean Hales, OC Bandon battalion, ambushed Major Percival along with two officers and twelve men from the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment who were traveling in two Crossley tenders near Newcestown Cross, County Cork. The patrol had just completed a search of the local public house, a suspected IRA ‘haunt’ and had just sent off for a second objective, Castletown, where other searches were planned. The lorries had traveled no more than 400 hundred yards when they came under attack. Three men were wounded by a bomb thrown into the leading car, but the remainder sprang out into the road and drove off the IRA, however two officers were killed (Lt. R.D.F. Robertson and Lt. Richardson, Wireless Officer, RAF) and four others were wounded. The action was fought in pitch darkness, The wounded were recovered by Percival himself. For gallantry shown that night the battalion was congratulated by the Divisional and Brigade Commanders, whilst Major Percival was awarded the OBE and CSM Benton the MBE, Private Wooton was awarded the Medal of the British Empire. These were amongst the first gazetted awards for the Anglo-Irish War. For further information click here The watch is in extremely pleasing condition, and while the mainspring is slipping, the movement is running.
Rare Printed ATS Shoulder Title
Rare Propoganda Match Book
Rare provenanced WWII Bush Hat An excellent 1941 dated example of this iconic item of WWII tropical headgear, in a large size and bearing its original owner's details, he being a CSM Davidson serving with the 4th Indian Division
Rare Prussian ersatz Pickelhaube An excellent fresh-to-the-market example of a rare and sought after variant. Entirely original and homogenous, the only fault being a loss to the Prussian Reserve wappen. The body is likely of cork, though canvas covered inside and out. It has a leather rear peak (which bears difficult-to-read script inside, perhaps the name of the helmet's original owner). Of note is the ersatz chin strap and it's attachment points. A rare and attractive example.
Rare Prussian Short Sword Bearing Infantry Munitions Company and other unit marks
Rare Publication on the Glaive An obsucre work on the evolution of this particular polearm. Bearing the book plate of R T Gwynn
Rare P'37 Water Bottle Carrier Tropical Modification An example bearing the late-War Australian Tropical modification allowing the bottle to be carried in it's cradle directly affixed to the belt. This is a British-made P'37 cradle thus modified. One of only two I've handled.
Rare P'37 Water Bottle Carrier Tropical Modification An example bearing the late-War Australian Tropical modification allowing the bottle to be carried in it's cradle directly affixed to the belt. This appears to be a Canadian carrier as modified by the Australians. One of only two I've handled.
Rare QF 3 Pounder Hotchkiss Round An unusual Royal Navy QF 3-Pounder Hotchkiss anti torpedo boat round. The shell case itself is finely engraved HMS Pansy, North Sea, August 4th 1916, while the projectile is in cast brass. I suspect it is a drill round though would appreciate any more positive identification.
Rare quillon-removed P'07 Bayonet Originally manufactured at Enfield in 1908, per official instructions this example had its hooked quillon removed and a cleaning hole added to its pommel. Such early examples are today seldom encountered.
Rare R107 Radio Receiver Manual
Rare RAF / RCAF Aircrew Torch A lovely example.
Rare RAF 1925 Pattern Bayonet Frog An example of this scarce pattern. Immediately recognisable due to the presence of a female press stud which was intended to marry with it's male counterpart on the belt itself. This example has been whitened for parade wear.
Rare RAF 1925 Pattern Bayonet Frog An example of this scarce pattern. Immediately recognisable due to the presence of a female press stud which was intended to marry with it's male counterpart on the belt itself.
Rare RAF 1925 Pattern Haversack A super example of this distinctive haversack.
Rare RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Haversack A very good 1939 dated example. Extremely rare.
Rare RAF 1925 Pattern Webbing Lower Pack A rare Air Ministry stamped and 1948 dated lower pack from the RAF 1925 Pattern equipment.
Rare RAF 1937 Pattern Haversack An un-Blanco'd example bearing the earliest possible date, 1941. Rare indeed.
Rare RAF Aircrew Blouse in Large Size Another part of the group listed, a 1943 dated Aircrew Blouse in a desirable large size. It is a tailored and worn but very sound example.
Rare RAF Avro Lincoln Fuselage Art An extremely handsome object with a fascinating documented provenance as illustrated
Rare RAF Chaplain's Department Badge
Rare RAF Electrically Wired Irvin Flying Jacket These rare electrically wired Irvins are seldom encountered with all connectors intact, many were modified during or after the War. This is a good used example with it's original Dot zips, (one sleeve zip is a/f), and it's original label still present.
Rare RAF Ground Gunner qualification badge
Rare RAF issue Puttees
Rare RAF Medics Water Bottle An Air Ministry marked example of this distictive pattern
Rare RAF Officers' Puttees The only such pair I have encountered, one bears the trade tag of Fox. Dating to the pre-WWII period.
Rare RAF Other Ranks' Greatcoat A mint example. You will wait a long time to see another better.
Rare RAF Revolver Lanyard
Rare RAF Servicing Commando Bowie Knife A rare example of this distinctive WWII British Commando knife. The scabbard has been field modified by addition of webbing straps which appear to have allowed the knife to be worn at the shoulder. The thread used is jungle green (this stitching has partly failed), suggesting this knife was carried by a soldier of an RAF Servicing Party serving in the Far East, indeed the knife was found with an Imperial Japanese haversack. As well as the 15 Servicing Commandos in Europe and the Middle East three smaller units were formed in India, and called Servicing Parties. Each Servicing Party comprised one officer and 30 men. These units were part of the R.A.F. Support Group and supported the Chindits during Operation Thursday. After the surrender of the Japanese Forces in August 1945 they took over Japanese held airfields, assisted in the evacuation of Allied prisoners of war and undertook other peace keeping duties in Java, Thailand and French Indo China.
Rare RAF Stopwatch A very interesting example apparently issue-converted for wear around the wrist. The stores reference as engraved on the back of the case has been altered, possibly to reflect this change. I suspect it has been left wound for too long as it was running recently though now only wants to run when the crown is wound tight. A rare and attractive watch.
Rare RAF Training Notes Including detailed information on gun sights, the Browning and Vickers K guns, gun turrets etc
Rare RAF Training Notes Additional images
Rare RAOC Officer's WWII Jungle Cap One of the rarest of WWII British Army issue caps, I've handled only a few in over 20 years of collecting in this field. Introduced in 1944, this example is in near mint condition; it is 1945 dated and retains its original badge, namely a Royal Army Ordnance Corps officer's bronze collar badge with scarlet backing. A superb and rare item of WWII tropical head-gear.
Rare RCAF enamelled-Silver Sweetheart Brooch A superb brooch.
Rare Recconnaisance Corps Plastic Cap Badge A superb example.
Rare Reconnaissance Corps Khaki Beret A superb example of the extremely rare khaki beret worn by personnel of the Reconnaissance Corps. In my experience these berets are as rare as their maroon and green counterparts.
Rare Reconnaissance Corps Khaki Beret A desirable example of the extremely scarce khaki beret worn by personnel of the Reconnaissance Corps. With slight moth, but nothing unsightly. A 1945 dated example in a very wearable large size.
Rare Reconnaissance Corps Khaki Beret A desirable example of the extremely scarce khaki beret worn by personnel of the Reconnaissance Corps. With slight moth surface grazing but nothing unsightly. A very good 1945 dated example in a rare large size.
Rare Reconnaissance Corps MID Group A lovely group comprising Africa, Italy and 1939-45 Stars with Defence & War Medals to Sergeant A McRae of the Reconnaissance Corps. It includes his Mention in Despatches certificate, MID oak leaves, cap badge, theatre-made rank badge and a press cutting depicting Sergeant McRae. Most certainly worthy of further research.
Rare Reconnaissance Corps Officer's Bronze Cap Badge Formerly the property of 78834765 J Northcott who was promoted from the Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment and later served with the Reconnaissance Corps
Rare Red Cross ARP Reserve Brassard A lovely WWII Home Front arm band.
Rare Reichs Chancellery Marble Fragment Brought back by the same veteran as the armband also listed, a fragment of the distinctive red marble used in vast quantities in the decoration of the Reich’s Chancellery; indeed sufficient was salvaged to allow the Soviets to construct the base of the Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park in Berlin from marble allegedly taken from the ruins of the New Reich Chancellery. While such fragments were no doubt collected by and traded amongst Allied troops in considerable numbers, attributable specimens today seldom enter the market. An extremely scarce and thought provoking item of war booty.
Rare Reising Submachine Gun Manual
Rare relic of the Mary Rose recovered by Mr Dean in 1840 The Tudor warship Mary Rose is one of the most famous of fighting vessels. Sunk in the Solent in 1545 it remained lost until rediscovered by fishermen in 1836. The first to recover artifacts from the wreck was the fascinating diving pioneer John Deane . When Deane abandoned further diving on the wreck in 1840 it's location was forgotten. This delightful relic is extremely rare, I can find no records of such having come to auction.
Rare RFC / RAF Propeller Tip Fire Screen A highly attractive item of furniture fabricated from wooden propeller tips. Very well constructed and of lovely quality. No doubt an item of furnishing from an RAF or RFC Mess.
Rare Rifle Brigade Named Group including Fighting Knife A most interesting group of items to 1810623 Stanley, Rifle Brigade. Including green beret, private purchase fighting knife, issue wrist watch (requiring attention), and identity discs. All of the items bear Stanley's name or service number. An extremely rare find.
Rare Rifle Brigade POW Woolwork A very well executed woolwork bearing an original label on the reverse, made by a POW Hospital Camp, Cosel, Stalag 344, Germany.
Rare Rifle Marksmanship Badge A rare example of the official Regular Army badge for Best Combined Shot among Corporals, Lance Corporals and Privates in a Regiment or Battalion as worn on the left forearm. Introduced during the Boer War and disappearing before WWII.
Rare RNZAF Lancaster Pilot Group Additional images
Rare RNZAF Lancaster Pilot Group An extensive group relating to Lancaster Pilot Eric Willoughby McDouall. Comprsing his C-Type leather flying helmet (in poor condition), MkVIII goggles, Airman's Pay Book, Pilot's wings, officer's peaked cap, training notes, aerial and other photographs, maps, and perhaps most interesting of all, a detailed hand written account of his missions. A rare offering
Rare RNZAF Lancaster Pilot Group additional images
Rare Royal Artillery Helmet Bearing a heavy textured anti-reflection coating and unit decal. What marks it out as especially rare is the presence of its original owner's name, number and unit painted on the underside rim.
Rare Royal Artillery Shaving Mirror A lovely private-purchase nickel-plated mirror in decorated leather slip-case.
Rare Royal Canadian Artillery Steel Helmet In excellent condition with original transfer decal
Rare Royal Flying Corps Wireless Signaller's Badge
Rare Royal Marines Commando Training Centre Flash
Rare Royal Navy 1901 Pattern Belt An excellent 1917 dated example of this unique pattern. This would of course marry extremely well with the P'01 Pouches I have listed.
Rare Royal Navy Rating's Group An exceptionally scarce group to one man.
Rare Royal Navy Special Service Squadron 1922 World Tour Group A superb album of over 300 photographs pertaining to the World Tour of the Royal Navy's Special Service Squadron during 1922 and 1923. It includes an Australian commemorative journal of the Squadron's visit and a scarce bronze plaque of HMS Danae.
Rare Royal West Kent Regt POW Woolwork A very well executed woolwork bearing an original label on the reverse, made by a POW Hospital Camp, Cosel, Stalag 344, Germany.
Rare run of Militaria magazine - English edition The English language edition of Militaria ran to just 25 copies published between 1994 and 1996. It contained a vast number of superb articles, many seminal and of enduring importance to collectors, I refer to my run frequently. Articles cover amongst other subjects: WWI German assault packs, WWII German headgear, WWII US uniforms, equipment and insignia, German identity discs, Italian Black Brigades, WWI and WWII British helmets and their markings, Free French Commandos, WWII Soviet Infantry, Italian forage caps, US assault jerkins, WWII Royal Navy uniforms, the Dingo Scout Car, Luftwaffe bomber crews, German ski troops, Japanese air crew uniforms, WWII British plastic cap badges, WWII Dutch infantry, WWI New Zealand & Canadian troops, SS belt buckles, D-Day Canadian troops, British-made US Army clothing, Reichswehr uniforms, US Mine detectors, British Army body armour, WWI Rumanian Army, SS daggers, U-Boat insignia, WWII ATS uniforms, etc. Quite simply essential reference. This is a near complete set of 24 out of the 25 published. I usually sell individual copies at £9 each. See the sold listing 10799 under "Reference Books" for archive images.
Rare Sam Browne Holster and Ammunition Pouch For a small automatic pistol. In superb condition.
Rare Sam Browne Webley Revolver Holster with Shoulder Sling A superb example.
Rare Scottish Sword & Weaponry Book An excellent copy of the extremely rare and sought after title Scottish Weapons & Fortifications. This classic contains many seminal and hugely important articles in the field of Scottish arms. It includes Blair's The Early Basket hilt in Britain, Caldwell's Some Notes on Scottish Axes and Long Shafted Weapons, and Boothroyd's The Birth of the Scottish Pistol, among many others. Quite simply a fascinating and essential reference for the collector or researcher in this field.
Rare Seaforth Highlanders' Sweetheart Brooch by Liberty & Co Assayed at Birmingham in 1917
Rare sealed pattern 1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier An extremely rare Ordnance sealed pattern of the P'37 Bottle Carrier.
Rare Sealed Pattern Map Case An Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern of the standard issue webbing map case. In unissued condition.
Rare Sealed Pattern P'37 L-Strap A rare Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern of a 1937 Pattern Shoulder Strap.
Rare Sealed Pattern Tropical Mess Tin Cover An extremely rare example. 1944 dated.
Rare Sealed Pattern WWII RAF P'37 Brace
Rare Second Phase Home Guard Handbook A fascinating, extensive and comprehensive manual.
Rare Second Phase Home Guard Handbook A fascinating, extensive and comprehensive manual.
Rare Second World War Military Pocket Watch Protector
Rare Serge Battledress Trousers A very good pair of BD Trousers in their earliest form, having concealed buttons to the pocket flaps, and tabs at the ankles. This pair have been tailored at the waist to approximately 34". Very rarely encountered these days.
Rare set of 12 Victorian Harry Payne Heroes of the Victoria Cross Cards Rather rare and highly attractive
Rare set of 12 Victorian Harry Payne Heroes of the Victoria Cross Cards Additional images
Rare set of 1930 Mills Officer Equipment A superb original matching set of this rare and much sought after inter-War private purchase webbing. The holster is of the early pattern with wooden plug, while the brace attachments have annular links, while the webbing itself is of a finer weave than issue equipment. You will wait a very long time for such a good example.
Rare set of Brass Knuckles Recently acquired from the third generation of servicemen to have carried it in combat. Initially carried during the First World War it was subsequently passed onto its owner's son who carried it during the Second World War as a Commando and infantryman (digital images of documents retained by his family are shown for your information, including a portrait photograph of him in Battledress with Commando insignia, family tradition has it he was returned to unit having struck his Sergeant), skipping a generation the knuckles were most recently carried by Private Howes' grandson in Afghanistan. An uncommon example with what must be a unique provenance.
Rare Set of Mills' Officer Web Equipment Only the second complete as-worn set I have owned. An extremely rare offering of this inter-War designed private-purchase equipment. One press-stud has pulled, otherwise the set is extremely sound.
Rare set of three Napoleonic Porcelain Caricature Figures Respectively of Wellington, Nelson & Napoleon. Polychrome enamelled and gilt enriched. Derby marks to bases. An extremly pleasing and seldom encountered group, in superb condition.
Rare set of Victorian Slade Wallace Equipment A very good set of Pattern 1888 Valise Equipment, the standard infantry accoutrements of the late Victorian era including the Boer War.
Rare set of Victorian Slade Wallace Equipment Additional images
Rare set of WWII Airborne Officers' Rank Pips A set of six rank pips backed in Cambridge blue as worn by the Army Air Corps.
Rare set WWII RAF Earphones Suitable for the C, D and E-Type helmets.
Rare Short Bearded Axe Head A late Dark Ages or Medieval example of these extremely attractive axes, commonly associated with the Vikings who termed it the skeggox, though broadly in use throughout Europe for several centuries. A rare archaeological artefact
Rare Shotgun Cartridge An inert Eley Rocket Cartridge (propellant and projectile removed, primer rendered inert usning arerosol lubricant).
Rare Siebe Gorman Private Purchase Gas Mask An example of the Siebe Gorman Puretha private purchase respirator complete with original integral harness. The elastic of the head-straps has been partly replaced at some stage though otherwise it is complete and in very good condition.
Rare Signed Copy of the POW escape classic The Wooden Horse RAF Flight Navigator Lieutenant Eric Williams was shot down in a Vickers Wellington bomber during a bombing raid over Germany in December 1942. His account of his subsequent escape from Stalag Luft III remains a classic of its kind. This is a rare original signed copy. Certainly one of the best such memoirs I have read.
Rare Signed Copy of the RAF POW escape classic RAF Flight Navigator Lieutenant Eric Williams was shot down in a Vickers Wellington bomber during a bombing raid over Germany in December 1942. His account of his subsequent escape from Stalag Luft III entitled The Wooden Horse remains a classic of its kind. This is a rare signed first edition of his follow-up memoir which goes into more detail than his earlier work. Certainly one of the best such memoirs I have read.
Rare Signed Copy of the RAF POW Escape Classic RAF Flight Navigator Lieutenant Eric Williams was shot down in a Vickers Wellington bomber during a bombing raid over Germany in December 1942. His account of his subsequent escape from Stalag Luft III entitled The Wooden Horse remains a classic of its kind. This is a rare signed first edition of his follow-up memoir which goes into more detail than his earlier work. Certainly one of the best such memoirs I have read
Rare signed Photograph of General 'Windy' Gale General Sir Richard Nelson Gale GCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1896 – 1982) commanded the 1st Parachute Brigade and later 6th Airborne Division. This photograph of him in airborne troops' smock is iconic. It bears the autograph dedication Thanks for all you have done, Richard Gale. I acquired it from from the estate of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE, DL (3 May 1932 – 13 March 2011). Gray served with the Parachute Regiment from 1955, taking part in operations at Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Greece, Bahrain, Aden and Northern Ireland. He commanded the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment from 1969 to 1971, later becoming Colonel Commandant
Rare signed Photograph of General 'Windy' Gale General Sir Richard Nelson Gale GCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1896 – 1982) commanded the 1st Parachute Brigade and later 6th Airborne Division. This photograph of him is by the London society photographers Vandyk. I acquired it from from the estate of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE, DL (3 May 1932 – 13 March 2011). Gray served with the Parachute Regiment from 1955, taking part in operations at Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Greece, Bahrain, Aden and Northern Ireland. He commanded the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment from 1969 to 1971, later becoming Colonel Commandant
Rare signed presentation copy of Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis' Memoir In excellent conditon complete with dust jacket and custom made slip case.
Rare Skeletonised Artillery Fuse An original officially sectioned example. Overall length 70mm.
Rare Slade Wallace Equipment Strap A well marked and 1900 dated greatcoat or valise strap in superb condition.
Rare Small Automatic Pistol Holster A lovely holster likely carried in both World Wars. Perhaps for a small Webley auto, it bears the details of it's two previous owners, namely a Major of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and later an ATS Officer. A piece that was perhaps handed down from father to daughter.
Rare SOE / OSS issue Spring Cosh Direct from a deceased's estate and never previously in a collection.
Rare SOE Tyre Slasher Knife An excellent example of this much sought after knife with its distinctive tyre slasher blade. Very difficult to improve on.
Rare SOE Tyre Slasher Knife An exceptional example of this much sought after knife with its distinctive tyre slasher blade. In near mint condition.
Rare South African 1937 Pattern Small pack A mint unissued example.
Rare South Indian Sword An example of the seldom encountered bara jamdadu or Tanjore / Mysore sword katar. The hilt features a distinctive knuckle guard sometimes referred to as a 'hood', the latter bearing terminal modelled as a beast's head. The blade has a shallow lozenge section, and is chiselled at its forte. Late 18th / 19th Century. Blade 77cm
Rare South Wales Borderers Silver Cap Badge A superb early 20th Century example of this rarely encountered variant. The original owner has scratched his initials verso. A lovely badge.
Rare Spanish Civil War History A fascinating publication printed in 1939 and including an honour roll. This copy is all the more interesting in appearing to bear the signatures of veterans.
Rare Special Forces issue Wireless Set Number 46 The Wireless Set No 46 was a British Army portable manpack radio developed in 1941 for Combined Operations use, designed for beach landings and Commando or airborne operations. Manufactured by the firm E K Cole it provided R/T or MCW communications over short ranges of 6-10 miles. It was also designed to survive being submersed in seawater for up to one minute. This specialist equipment was issued on an operational requirement basis, though signalers highly regarded the instrument and units were known to retain these sets whenever the opportuinity arose. This as a very good untouched example of this important manpack wireless set.
Rare SS Armband An original example, one of a few armbands brought back by the same veteran.
Rare SS Belt Buckle A rather interesting Third Reich period belt buckle. Illustrated on page 222 of Angolia's Belt Buckles & Brocades of the Third Reich, it is described as unattributed, though perhaps an early generic buckle for political flying elements or early (pre-1933) DLV. Some contemporary references attribute it to flying units of the SA / SS. The Assman & Sohne catalogue, with probable date of 1937, also illustrates this buckle.
Rare Steel Button Stick for 1908 Pattern Webbing A scarce example of the shaped button stick intended for polishing the brass fittings of the 1908 Pattern webbing accoutrements. This is the only example I can recall having seen in steel.
Rare Sten Bayonet Frog As issued to WWII Paratroops
Rare Sten Gun Bandolier An extremely desirable item of webbing associated with British paratroops. This example is in mint unissued condition and is maker-marked and dated. Impossible to improve and very difficult to replace.
Rare Sten Gun Webbing Bandolier One of the most sought after items of WWII British webbing. This example is in unissued condition and is WWII dated and maker-marked Bagcraft Ltd. Very difficult to replace.
Rare Sten Gun Webbing Bandolier One of the most sought after items of WWII British webbing. This example is in unissued condition and is maker-marked and dated. Very difficult to replace.
Rare Sten Gun Webbing Bandolier One of the most sought after items of WWII British webbing. This example is in mint unissued condition and is maker-marked and dated. Impossible to improve and very difficult to replace.
Rare Sten Gun Webbing Bandolier One of the most sought after items of WWII British webbing. This example is in unissued condition and 1944 dated. Very difficult to replace
Rare Sten Machine Carbine MkI Sling Immediately identifiable from the Mk2 pattern by being of fixed length and having a D-shaped rather than an oval terminal ring. Any examples are seldom encountered, while clearly marked specimens like this are rare indeed.
Rare Sten Machine Gun Magazine Webbing Pouches In mint unissued condition.
Rare Sterling Sub Machine Gun Parts Catalogue
Rare Sudan Campaign Souvenir Hide Shield A superb shield of the Beja people of Sudan. Likely of hippo. or elephant hide, of characteristic form with simple sparse tooled decoration. It bears what can only be a bullet hole. No doubt a souvenir of the Sudan campaign of the 1880's. Approx. 22 inch diameter.
Rare Surrender of Japan Souvenir Silk Handkerchief
Rare Tam O' Shanter A superb 1940 dated example. These are now very seldom encountered, particularly in such condition as this.
Rare Tank Crew Holster One of the most sought after of items of 1937 Pattern webbing, the Royal Armoured Corps revolver holster. Most of this pattern were officially shortened, few apparently having survived in their original state. A batch of Canadian examples was unearthed during the 1980's, the British-made type have always been extremely rare. This is a lovely example dated 1941 complete with it's leg strap.
Rare Tank Driver / Mechanic Qualification Badge This highly prized badge was originally introduced for wear by appropriate soldiers of Corporal rank and above in the Tank Corps, it was later adopted by the Royal Tank Regiment. It was worn on the upper-right sleeve above the Tank badge. Formerly the property of 78834765 J Northcott who was promoted from the Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment and later served with the Reconnaissance Corps
Rare theater-made Chindit Plaque A rare and attractive object. Its original owner has inscribed the back with details of the battles in which he served
Rare Third Reich period Walking Stick Bearing amongst others two small metal plaques celebrating Hitler and the NSDAP. Fresh to the market, recently acquired from the son of the veteran who took it as booty
Rare timber from HMS Royal George, sunk 1782 HMS Royal George, Royal Navy 100-gun first-rate ship of the line, was the largest warship in the world at the time of launching, she saw service during the Seven Years' War including being Admiral Sir Edward Hawke's flagship at the Battle of Quiberon Bay and later taking part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent. She sank undergoing routine maintenance work whilst anchored off Portsmouth on 29 August 1782 with the loss of more than 800 lives, one of the most serious maritime losses to occur in British waters. This is a delightful relic of the vessel, dating to Pasley's salvage operations of 1840.
Rare Tuareg Quiver and Arrows
Rare un-Blanco'd 1915 dated P'08 Webbing Belt Such examples are becoming rare indeed
Rare un-finished P'07 Bayonet Blank
Rare unidentified 1903 Pattern Bandolier Variant 1939 The only example of this pattern I have encountered. Clearly a variant P'3 but holding single cartridges in groups of five under five flaps. Maker-marked and 1939 dated. Some damage to one pocket and a closure strap lacking. A highly unusual bandolier.
Rare Unidentified P'03 Variant Leather Bandolier A highly unusual and as yet unidentified leather bandolier. Clearly related to the 1903 Pattern. Perhaps a Yeomanry variant.
Rare Unidentified Victorian Infantry Army Haversack A variant I've not previously encountered. Clearly an issue piece as it bears a War Department broad arrow stamp. In very good condition throughout.Victorian infantry haversacks are all but unobtainable today.
Rare Unidentified Victorian Valise An as yet unidentified valise. Manufactured in leather-trimmed black canvas it is clearly intended to be worn attached to the wearer's cross-straps or braces. I suspect it to be a Volunteer variant, and it displays well on P'88 Slade Wallace Buff Leather Valise Equipment. The maker's-marks appear to indicate manufacture in Glasgow in 1897, though the issue marks are somewhat clearer and indicate issue to a unit with initials WRC in 1903. No doubt an incredibly rare item of equipment as all such valises are. I would welcome further information on this pattern.
Rare Unissued 1908 Pattern Webbing Brace A superb un-Blanco's 1918 dated example.
Rare unissued 1938 Scottish Service Dress Tunic A mint unissued garment
Rare Unissued AB64 Pay Book A 1943 dated example
Rare unissued MkI Sten Sling
Rare Unissued P'08 Webbing Belt A superb 1918 dated example.
Rare Unissued RAF P'37 Pistol Ammunition Pouch A 1941 dated example dating to the introduction of the pattern.
Rare Unissued WWII Army issue Pullover A superb example (there is a little stitching fault at the under-arm seam, though this is as manufactured, not immediately apparent, and could be invisibly repaired should one wish to do so).
Rare unit marked P'13 Bayonet Bearing issue marks of the 3rd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Rare unit marked P'1913 Bayonet A 1916 dated British P'13 Bayonet manufactured by Remington. It is rare in bearing unit stamps to the pommel, likely to a Volunteer unit; unit marked P'13's are exceptionaly scarce. The bayonet having seen use during the First World War went on to be issued to the Home Guard during the Second, as evidenced by the presence of a 1939 Pattern frog. A most interesting example.
Rare Unit-Marked 1917 Artillery Luger A deactivated DWM 1917 Artillery Luger. These have the 8-inch barrel and tangent sight, and this example has the micro-adjustable foresight deleted in late 1917. This excellent Luger has matching serial numbers excepting the magazine. It retains approximately 70% of it's dull blue finish. It is unit-marked to the 30th Reserve Jager Regiment, 11th Company. Such unit-marked Artillery Lugers are rare, especially this late in the War. Such marks were generally abandoned in 1916, and Jan Stil in his work on Imperial Lugers estimates that only 1% of Artillery Lugers were thus marked. A rare and attractive gun. For sale within the UK only.
Rare Unit-marked German Third Reich KS98 Bayonet
Rare unit-marked Pattern 1842 Socket Bayonet Unit marked to the 65th Light Infantry, the 2nd (North Riding of Yorkshire) Regiment of Foot, this Regiment served in New Zealand at the time of issue of the bayonet
Rare unit-marked Pattern 1888 Bayonet Bearing stamps of the 7th Battalion Black Watch
Rare unit-marked P'14 Bayonet Frog A superb 1915 dated example stamped to the 17th Battalion the Cameronian (Scottish) Rifles.
Rare unit-marked set of WWII Identity Discs A matching pair of WWII identity discs which rather unusually bears unit details. Named to 6088965 F Rodgers, QRR [Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment].
Rare US M3 Fighting Knife An excellent 1943 dated example of this iconic knife associated with US Airborne forces. Complete with it's original M6 leather scabbard.
Rare US Naval Air Station Emblem A delightful rigid printed emblem of United States Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, being a souvenir brought back the late Sir Hector Munro following Catalina flight training there during the War. No doubt a rare object this side of the Atlantic.
Rare variant 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog 2 inches rather that the pattern 3 inches wide. Of a type Carter sugested was VTC or similar issue.
Rare variant Boer War - WWI Officers' Water Bottle An extremely interesting variant in lovely condition.
Rare variant FS Knife Of a type I have not previously encountered. While the blade and cross guard are per the recognised pattern, the hilt is of a heavy base metal alloy with a blackenned finish. The form of this hilt is unique, it is manufactured to a high standard and secured by means of a countersuck slotted bolt screwed onto the tang terminal. The knife is well balanced. The leather scabbard is of a pattern commonly encountered on commercial variants.
Rare variant P'03 Bandolier Of a pattern I have seen worn by African troops during WWII
Rare variant P'37 Belt with Cartridge Loops A fascinating example.
Rare variant WWI Flechette / Aerial Dart One of just a handful of examples I have seen on the past 30 years
Rare variant WWII British Tropical Helmet This is the only example of this variant I have encountered. Of a form sometimes associated with South African troops, though this is a British made example by Failsworth Hats. Dated 1942 and in superb condition. Curiously the liner bears annotations, mementoes of encounters with US service personnel and naval vessels
Rare Vesta Case from Nelson's Flagship HMS Foudroyant A particularly delightful vesta case manufactured circa 1905 from copper salvaged from the hull of the vessel.
Rare Vickers .5 inch Bore Scope Very impressive when seen next to a standard .303 version.
Rare Victorian 1901 Pattern Leather .303 Bandolier An extremely scarce example.
Rare Victorian 19th Hussars Cap Badge A rare Victorian cap badge of the 19th (Prince of Wales' Own) Hussars. This badge came with the Standing Orders listed in the Manuals - General shop category.
Rare Victorian 2nd Life Guards NCO's Mess Tankard A Victorian silver plated Pint tankard bearing engraved ownership marks of the NCO's Mess of the 2nd Life Guards. A lovely item.
Rare Victorian 55th (Westmorland) Regiment Badge A most attractive original numbered cap device with original scarlet Melton backing as worn on the undress forage cap.
Rare Victorian 72nd Regiment Segeants' Mess Fish Slice A delightfull and rare example of Victorian mess electroplate from the Sergeants' Mess of the 72nd Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders)
Rare Victorian 72nd Regiment Segeants' Mess Fish Slice A delightfull and rare example of Victorian mess electroplate from the Sergeants' Mess of the 72nd Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders)
Rare Victorian 72nd Regiment Segeants' Mess Fish Slice A delightfull and rare example of Victorian mess electroplate from the Sergeants' Mess of the 72nd Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders)
Rare Victorian Army Officer's Campaign Knife Likely Indian in origin, and extremely well made. Having a steel hilt with slotted knuckle guard, the blade extremely purposeful looking and similar in form to that of some native daggers. Locking by means of a spring catch into its original hardwood scabbard, with steel locket and chape, and integral frog incorporating adjustable belt loops. An impressive knife of real substance.
Rare Victorian Artillery Officer's Undress Forage Cap A lovely example
Rare Victorian Artillery Officer's Undress Forage Cap A lovely example
Rare Victorian Border Regiment Cap Badge The first form of this badge, with Queen's crown and small in relation to later badges.
Rare Victorian British Cavalry Martingale & Breastplate
Rare Victorian Cavalry Sadlery Sword Frog An extremely rare example
Rare Victorian Enfield Rifle Combination Tool A British Pattern No. 1 Privates' Wrench or Combination Tool, circa 1855. Well marked and in very good condition. A seldom encountered accessory.
Rare Victorian Enfield Rifle Combination Tool A rare British Pattern No. 7 Privates' Wrench or Combination Tool, circa 1862-6. Clearly Ordnance marked.
Rare Victorian General Service Haversack An excellent example of the haversack worn with the Slade Wallace 1903 Pattern accoutrements
Rare Victorian German Invasion Scare Literature An extremely rare and utterly fascinating work of fiction
Rare Victorian German Invasion Scare Pamphlet An exceedingly rare author-inscribed presentation copy of this fascinating publication.
Rare Victorian Heavy Dragoon Percussion Pistol An evolution of the 1796 Pattern pistol. Having characteristic stock, mounts and heavy 10-bore barrel, though fitted with Lovell's cups for the side nails.
Rare Victorian Heavy Dragoon Percussion Pistol Additional images
Rare Victorian KOSB Officer's Mess Tunic A superb example to a Lieutenant of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. Bearing bullion embroidered rank and silver plated buttons.
Rare Victorian Light Infantry Officer's Mess Dress Named to Ronald A M Ewart (whose frocks and other uniforms I have also listed). It shows light moth, fading and discolouration typical of scarlet uniforms of this age, with some silver-wire braid is loose, however it is remains a scarce named garment.
Rare Victorian Manchester Police Truncheon A handsome and rare Victorian police truncheon. It is branded MANCHESTER POLICE, D DIVISION, No.32, 10. 1878. It retains it's original braided cord wrist strap. There is a slight warp and a fine crack to the grips, though it displays very well indeed.
Rare Victorian Monmouthshire Light Infantry Officers' Compass An exceptional example, both named and badged
Rare Victorian Officer's Pistol Cartridge Belt The only example of it's kind I have encountered. The brown leather belt has a double-claw buckle as found on the Sam Browne belt. There are two sets of twelve loops for revolver rounds, each with it's own weather flap closing by the tradition British Army method of straps over brass studs, these flank a lateral tube containing a whistle. Late Victorian or early 20th Century. A lovely and somewhat rare pistol ammunition belt.
Rare Victorian Oxfordshire Light Infantry Swagger Stick There is a crack to the shaft as illustrated which would glue/restore with ease.
Rare Victorian Pioneers Buff Leather Bayonet Frog An extremely scarce pattern.
Rare Victorian Prismatic Compass An excellent example by Hicks, Hatton Gardens, London. Of the type carried by officers during the Boer Wars. In full working order.
Rare Victorian Rifle Brigade Officer's Patrol Jacket A named example, though requiring restoration, the collar being partly detached
Rare Victorian Royal Engineers Officers Forage Cap A handsome example of these very seldom encountered items of Victorian military head dress
Rare Victorian Scottish Rifle Volunteer Officer's Sword Belt A superb example to the Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers. In excellent condition throughout.
Rare Victorian Seaforth Highlanders presentation Bugle Bearing an engraved presentation inscription dated 1897 from General Mostyn de la Poer Beresford. Most certainly worthy of further research.
Rare Victorian Socket Bayonet Frog An excellent and somewhat rare example for an Enfield or Martini Henry socket bayonet.
Rare Victorian Standing Orders of the 19th Hussars A rare copy of Standing Orders of the XIX Hussars circa 1870. It is attractively bound in gilt cloth, runs to 187 pages plus numerous appendices, and is in excellent condition. A pencil annotation to the free front end-paper reads This book belonged to Lt. D. E. D. Barclay who served with the 19th Hussars. He was the only member of the Regiment in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir who was wounded. A fascinating provenance and association with the Sudan Campaign. The badge which came with this book is listed in the Cap Badges shop category.
Rare Victorian Sun Glasses Of a most distinctive pattern seen in period photographs worn by British Army officers on campaign in the Sudan, South Africa and other tropical regions.
Rare Victorian Sun Glasses An extremely striking set as carried by Victorian officer's on camapaign
Rare Victorian Truncheon A handsome painted and gilt example. The town arms are damaged and incomplete, though perhaps identifiable with further research.
Rare Victorian Volunteer 1888 Pattern Belt A Slade Wallace pattern buff leather belt in superb condition unit marked to a Volunteer Battalion. It has white metal fittings throughout as it should. Such examples are surprisingly rare.
Rare Victorian Volunteer Rifle Equipment A Victorian 1888 Pattern belt in brown leather with white metal fittings for a Volunteer unit. Complete with cartridge pouches. A rare combination which will display extremely well against a Volunteer scarlet tunic.
Rare Victorian Volunteer Saw-Back Bayonet A variant 1875 Pattern bayonet with German-made blade.
Rare VIII Corps / Pioneer Corps BD Blouse This is the first BD I ever bought, a long time ago now during my fresher year at University. It is a lovely honest 1940 Pattern blouse with original printed VIII Corps flashes, Pioneer Corps arm-of-service strips and printed Sergeants' rank chevrons. An excellent North West Europe theatre Battledress blouse.
Rare Volunteer Brunswick Rifle Bayonet
Rare Volunteer Garrison Artillery Buff Leather Belt Bearing Orkney RGA unit stamps.
Rare Waffen SS Wehrpass
Rare Warrant Officers' 1942 Pattern Khaki Drill Frock The only example of this extremely scarce pattern I have encountered
Rare Wartime Civilian Radio Receiver In 1944 the Wartime Civilian Receiver or “Utility Set” was introduced in response to a shortage of domestic radios. It was efficient but basic, designed to be produced with the minimum of raw materials and labour, but was capable of picking up not only domestic but also foreign and indeed German transmissions. This example has a scumbled-pine case which is in very good condition, though the set as a whole is being offered for professional restoration. It has it’s original manufacturer's label affixed which gives us the receiver manufacturer's code U4, that of The Gramophone Company Ltd. These sets are extremely scarce, their austere nature having resulted in few having survived. A rare opportunity.
Rare Wartime Civilian Radio Receiver In 1944 the Wartime Civilian Receiver or “Utility Set” was introduced in response to a shortage of domestic radios. It was efficient but basic, designed to be produced with the minimum of raw materials and labour, but was capable of picking up not only domestic but also foreign and indeed German transmissions. This is perhaps the best example I have seen, though I have handled only three in the past 20 years. These sets are rather scarce, their austere nature having resulting in few having survived. A rare opportunity.
Rare Wartime Civilian Radio Receiver In 1944 the Wartime Civilian Receiver or “Utility Set” was introduced in response to a shortage of domestic radios. It was efficient but basic, designed to be produced with the minimum of raw materials and labour, but was capable of picking up not only domestic but also foreign and indeed German transmissions. This is a very good example for restoration. It retains its original scumbled finish, and appears complete. These sets are rather scarce, their austere nature having resulting in few having survived. A good opportunity.
Rare Wartime Civilian Radio Receiver In 1944 the Wartime Civilian Receiver or “Utility Set” was introduced in response to a shortage of domestic radios. It was efficient but basic, designed to be produced with the minimum of raw materials and labour, but was capable of picking up not only domestic but also foreign and indeed German transmissions. This is a superb example and certainly the best I have seen. These sets are rather scarce, their austere nature resulting in low survival rate. Sold strictly as collectors' item, not to be mains-operated without prior inspection by a professionally qualified technician
Rare Weapon Training Memorandum No. 1 The first of the Second World War Weapons Training Memoranda Published 1940 and containing material largely pertaining to the Bren but also mentioning snipers, the Vickers etc.
Rare Welsh Fusiliers POW Woolwork A very well executed woolwork bearing an original label on the reverse, made by a POW Hospital Camp, Cosel, Stalag 344, Germany.
Rare Welsh Guards Bullion Cap Badge A lovely example of a Second World War period Welsh guards bullion-embroidered cap badge. This was worn by Captain Widdrington, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, on either his Service Dress Cap, Forage Cap or Khaki Beret.
Rare Welsh Regiment Slouch Hat Straight out of the woodwork, a 1943 dated slouch hat bearing its original Welsh Regiment cap badge (the 2nd Battalion served in Burma). The badge retains the remains of a green feather hackle. A rare original infantry slouch hat.
Rare West Riding Home Guard Association Membership Card
Rare West Riding Regiment Cuff Rank Tunic A rare tunic to a Major in a former Volunteer Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. The pre-War Volunteer Battalions became the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Territorial Battalions in 1908, all serving in France and Flanders during the Great War.
Rare Whitehaven Brass-Barelled Flintlock Pistol A brass-barrelled pistol by William Fisher of Whitehaven (1), circa 1780. The piece is fully-stocked in walnut, it has a two-stage brass barrel, octagonal at the breech, circular in section thereafter. It has a brass trigger guard with stylized acorn-form terminal, and brass ramrod pipes. The original horn-tipped wooden ramrod is present. The lock is engraved Fisher in cursive script, while the town name abbreviated WT.HAVEN is engraved along the top to the barrel at the breech. The latter also bears View and Proof marks of the Gunmakers' Company. There is fine and attractive engraved decoration to the tail-pipe, breech and barrel tang. The pistol is of approximately 20-bore and is of a form favoured by Naval Officers (2). Aside from an old repair to a break in the stock forward of the barrel key, the pistol is in superb condition, with a strong action. Whitehaven was famously raided by John Paul Jones during the American War of Independence. There is just one record of another pistol by this gun-maker having come up for sale at auction. I did handle an apparently identical pistol in the hands of another private collector around 10 years ago and suspect that pistol and my own may be one and the same. Notes 1. The Whitehaven Advertiser in an issue of 1785 bears a notice that Fisher respectfully informs Merchants, Captains of Ships, and the Public in General of his latest stock and that he seeks an apprentice. While in the Cumberland Pacquet of May 15th 1792 it is noted "Elizabeth Fisher, Widow of Fisher, Gunmaker, deceased, returns her most grateful thanks to the numerous friends of her late Husband for the many favours he received during thirty years experience". The Pacquet of 8th January 1793 records the offering for sale of the unworked stock of the late William Fisher, Gun-Maker and Engraver, in Roper Street, Whitehaven. 2. See Gilkerson, Boarders Away, Volume II, Firearms in the Age of Fighting Sail, page 254 for further comment and a similar pistol by Ketland
Rare Whitgift Cadet Corps Cloth Shoulder Title
Rare Wilkinson Sword early 1st Pattern F-S Knife Around 20 years ago Wilkinson Sword produced a small number of these recreations of the first variant Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife, having the short-lived three inch crossguard. The recreations had hand forged blades and were presented in presentation cases. This is the only example I have seen re-enter the market, most I assume still being in the hands of the few who acquired them. A rare opprotunity to acquire such a hand made Wilkinson knife.
Rare Women's Land Army Service Insignia A rare demi-lozenge machine woven service badge as worn on Women's Land Army armbands.
Rare Women's Voluntary Services Gas Mask A Civilian Duty Respirator in issue haversack, the latter bearing a WVS ink stamped mark. For an excellent record of the WVS's history and War Service follow this link or cut-and-paste it into your browser bar: http://www.homesweethomefront.co.uk/web_pages/hshf_wvs_pg.htm
Rare WWI & WWII Father & Son Identity Discs A rare group comrprising a pair of discs to 34981 T Calder, Royal Scots Fusiliers with another to 3504117 Calder, RAF.
Rare WWI 'Tommy's' Can Opener
Rare WWI - WWII Cameron Highlanders Tam o' Shanter An excellent and rare example with original distinctive blue feather hackle
Rare WWI - WWII Royal Navy Rating's Working Square Rigg An example of the seldom encountered white canvas square rig. Both elements bear issue marks, the labels are extremely rare in retaining their original paper label.
Rare WWI .303 Riflinscope Andrews' Patent Riflinscope, a tool for aiding the examination of service rifle bores. Complete in original packaging with instructions.
Rare WWI .303 SMLE Ammunition Cotton Bandolier A lovely 1918 dated example.
Rare WWI / WWII Royal Navy Tunic A First of Second World War Royal Navy Petty Officer's reefer jacket with original insignia. There is some moth as visible in the photographs but it's a rare tunic.
Rare WWI 1 1/2 Pounder Artillery Shell Case A 1918 dated and well-marked example of this relatively obscure 37mm shell case.
Rare WWI 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion Border Regiment Pay Book
Rare WWI 17th (Northern) Division Flashes From the personal effects of Lance Corporal J J Carruthers, Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry and Border Regiment
Rare WWI 1" Very Pistol Cartridge Case A J Woodward & Sons MKIV cartridge case, rare indeed
Rare WWI 2.75-inch Breach Loading Mountain Artillery Shell
Rare WWI 8th Division HQ Sanitary Section RAMC Group
Rare WWI 9th (Scottish) Division Formation Sign A superb example. Interestingly the backing is sewn over a paper core which shows French text; clearly the badge was manufactured in France if not in fact in the field.
Rare WWI Aide-de-Campt to the King Insignia A rare set of shoulder strap insignia of a General Aide-de-Camp to King George V. Formerly the property of Major General J S Ewart. Service biography Joined Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1881; Egyptian War, including Battle of Tel-el-Kebir 1882; Nile expedition 1884-1885; Sudan Frontier Field Force 1885-1886; Aide-de-camp to General Officer Commanding, Scottish District 1893-1894; Assistant Military Secretary to Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta 1894-1898; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Western District 1898-1899; South African War 1899-1902; Assistant Military Secretary, Army Headquarters 1902-1903; Deputy Military Secretary, Army Headquarters 1903-1904; Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of Selection Board 1904-1906; Director of Military Operations, War Office 1906-1910; Aide-de-camp Gen to the King 1910-1914; Adjutant General to the Forces 1910-1914; World War I 1914-1918; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Scottish Command 1914-1918; retired 1920; Col, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1914-1920
Rare WWI and WWII Woolen Gloves A pair of much darned woolen gloves worn during both World Wars. I added these to my own collection whilst still at University over 20 years ago. They were bought with other uniforms and clothing from the Royal Artillery veteran who had worn them during WWII. Though I parted with the other uniforms to a friend at a later date, I couldn't at the time part with the gloves as the chap Gunnery Sergeant had been given them by his father upon being called-up, his father had worn them during the First World War and hoped that as he'd come back with them, so would his son, and indeed he did.
Rare WWI Anti-German Satirical Publication The Kaiser's Kalendar for 1915, or the Dizzy Dream of Demented Willie. A rare and somewhat charming period publication.
Rare WWI Army Issue Washing and Shaving Kit Roll
Rare WWI Army Officer's Service Dress Cap A superb and attractive example in exceptional condition save for some insect damage to the early pattern narrow chinstrap.
Rare WWI Army Officer's Trench Cap From my own collection. A superb example of this much sought after type with integral neck protector.
Rare WWI Army Personal / Anti-Gas Kit Pouch Manufactured 'in the field', a khaki drill pouch likely for personal possesions of anti-gas kit. Named to 202161 Riflem. J H Baxter, 20th Rifle Brigade. Approximately 22cm x 16cm
Rare WWI Artillery Alidade The case marked to a Royal Garrison Artillery unit
Rare WWI Australian Service Dress, Belts and Slouch Hat Part of a recently acquired group, comprising service dress and slouch hat, together with the cavalry breeches and rare leather trench cap also listed. These came from a descendant of the original owner. Unfortunately the slouch hat lacks its sweat band, however it retains its chin strap and is Ordnance stamped on the underside crown. The felt is in excellent condition. Like the hat the tunic is in very good condition. It has been period modified by its original owner; the buttons have been replaced with leather examples, and the integral fabric belt has had its loose ends removed and has been stitched to the body of the tunic. Included is the 1903 Pattern leather waist belt and a money belt which came with the group.
Rare WWI Australian Service Dress, Belts and Slouch Hat Additional images
Rare WWI Australian Service Dress, Belts and Slouch Hat Additional images
Rare WWI Bayonet-fitting Trench Mirror A rather interesting example of these evocative items of trench warfare personal equipment. Of the type marketed under the trade name 'The Vigilant', this example bears a thick coat of brush-applied Ordnance khaki paint. I assumed this to be an 'in the field' application, however closer scrutiny identified the presence in ink-stamp applied marks including an Ordnance 'broad arrow', identifying this example as an official Army issue example. It is the only such example I have encountered.
Rare WWI Binoculars named to Royal Marines Officer A set of Binoculars, Prismatic, No3 MkI by Watson & Sons Ltd, dated 1916. They are complete in their original leather case. The optics are complete though requiring cleaning. What makes the set particularly interesting is the fact the original owner has added his details to the bottom of the case as follows, Capt A. W. Simpson, Royal Marines. A rare provenanced set worthy of further research.
Rare WWI Bradford Pals Snuff Box A lovely example of this seldom encountered box presented by the City of Bradford to the 16th (Service) Battalion the West Yorkshire Regiment, the Bradford Pals.
Rare WWI Bradford Pals Snuff Box A lovely example of this seldom encountered box presented by the City of Bradford to the 16th (Service) Battalion the West Yorkshire Regiment, the Bradford Pals.
Rare WWI Bradford Pals Tobacco Box A lovely example of this seldom encountered box presented by the City of Bradford to soldiers and of the 16th (Service) Battalion the West Yorkshire Regiment, the Bradford Pals.
Rare WWI British Army Clasp Knife An example of the seldom encountered War Office Knife, Clasp, with Marline Spike and Tin Opener as defined by WO Pattern 6353 of 1905. Its early status is confirmed by horn rather than leather or Bexoid grip scales.
Rare WWI British Army Clasp Knife A superb example of the seldom encountered War Office Knife, Clasp, with Marline Spike and Tin Opener as defined by WO Pattern 6353 of 1905. This is the best example I have yet encountered.
Rare WWI British Army Clasp Knife An example of the seldom encountered War Office Knife, Clasp, with Marline Spike and Tin Opener as defined by WO Pattern 6353 of 1905. This early example has horn grip scales. It is in un-restored condition and will respond well to cleaning and oiling.
Rare WWI British Army Machete Scabbard A rare example in excellent condition. Clearly Ordnance and maker marked, 1918 dated.
Rare WWI British Army Trench Whistle A rare variant British Army whistle having an integral finger ring. It bears what is surely the most poignant of issue dates, 1914, and is also War Department broad arrow marked. An excellent example.
Rare WWI British J-Pattern Bayonet Frog A Japanese manufactured frog procured with Arisaka rifles by the British to augment supply of service rifles. Officially modified to take a scabbard with British pattern stud. It bears an Ordnance obsolescent adorsed broad arrow mark verso. An extremely rare frog
Rare WWI British P'13 Bayonet with Issue Stamped Unit-marked to the 35th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Rare WWI British Trench Knife Fabricated from a 1915 dated P'07 bayonet. Rather well-executed, it feels positive and handles well. Retaining a lovely sleepy patina.
Rare WWI Brodie Helmet with Unit Insignia A rare unit-marked WWI British Brodie pattern steel helmet. In dusty untouched condition, just as I acquired it. The exterior retains considerable areas of a relatively heavily-applied sand-textured light tan finish. To each side are pale green curved panels, reminiscent of cloth shoulder titles and suggestive perhaps of representing a Rifles unit. The shell is stamped HS 275, and while the liner is indeed dusty, it is actually in excellent condition, without the usual extensive moth damage and losses. An interesting example.
Rare WWI Button Stick Jennes' White's Patent dating to 1912. A seldom encountered variant.
Rare WWI Button Stick Border Regiment unit marked and bearing its original owners service number
Rare WWI Camouflaged Raw-Edge Brodie Helmet A lovely sleepy First World War British Army issue steel helmet in an early configuration and retaining an extremely rare original camouflage finish.
Rare WWI Camouflaged Raw-Edge Brodie Helmet A distinctive helmet in an early configuration, retaining an extremely rare original camouflage finish.
Rare WWI Cavalry Bit A rare WWI Ordnance-stamped cavalry bit.
Rare WWI Christie's Patent Aiming Card An aid to using the sites of the rifle by Sergt-Instructor P Christie and published by Gale and Polden of Aldershot. A complete example in excellent condition.
Rare WWI Clasp Knife An example of the seldom encountered War Office Knife, Clasp, with Marline Spike and Tin Opener as defined by WO Pattern 6353 of 1905. Its early status is confirmed by horn rather than leather or Bexoid grip scales. Requiring a good polish but otherwise in very sound condition.
Rare WWI Dayfield Body Armour The best example of the rare Dayfield Body Shield I have seen. The design was patented in 1916 by Francis Dayton and Mr E A Whitfield. The armour consisted of four plates fitted into a khaki cotton "waistcoat". The patent describes the shield thus: This invention has for its object to provide a shield that shall be efficient and light and capable of being comfortably worn by a soldier or other person for the protection of his body against attack by rifle fire, bayonet, lance or sword. There's a reference in the Lancashire Fusiliers History describing a battalion-strength raid carried out by the 12th Battalion in April of 1918 which mentions the use of body armour: On the whole front the enemy works were entered after hand-to-hand fighting and casualties were inflicted and dug-outs discharged. A feature of the operation was that 33 body shields per Company were issued and proved most useful in warding off bayonet thrusts and splinters of bomb and shell. This superb example bears faint inscriptions including the service number and name of its owner, apparently a soldier of the Royal Sussex Regiment. A rare and fascinating object.
Rare WWI Dayfield Body Armour A rare example of the Dayfield Body Shield. The design was patented in 1916 by Francis Dayton and Mr E A Whitfield. The armour consisted of four plates fitted into a khaki cotton "waistcoat". The patent describes the shield thus: “This invention has for its object to provide a shield that shall be efficient and light and capable of being comfortably worn by a soldier or other person for the protection of his body against attack by rifle fire, bayonet, lance or sword”. There's a reference in the Lancashire Fusiliers History describing a battalion-strength raid carried out by the 12th Battalion in April of 1918 which mentions the use of body armour: “On the whole front the enemy works were entered after hand-to-hand fighting and casualties were inflicted and dug-outs discharged. A feature of the operation was that 33 body shields per Company were issued and proved most useful in warding off bayonet thrusts and splinters of bomb and shell.” A rare and fascinating object.
Rare WWI Dayfield Body Armour A rare example of the Dayfield Body Shield. The design was patented in 1916 by Francis Dayton and Mr E A Whitfield. The armour consisted of four plates fitted into a khaki cotton "waistcoat". The patent describes the shield thus: This invention has for its object to provide a shield that shall be efficient and light and capable of being comfortably worn by a soldier or other person for the protection of his body against attack by rifle fire, bayonet, lance or sword. There's a reference in the Lancashire Fusiliers History describing a battalion-strength raid carried out by the 12th Battalion in April of 1918 which mentions the use of body armour: On the whole front the enemy works were entered after hand-to-hand fighting and casualties were inflicted and dug-outs discharged. A feature of the operation was that 33 body shields per Company were issued and proved most useful in warding off bayonet thrusts and splinters of bomb and shell. A rare and fascinating object.
Rare WWI DLI Territorial Battalion Officer's SD Cap An extremely attractive First World War officers' Service dress cap. It is in a mole skin type fabric and retains its original cap badge, being that worn by Durham Light Ifnatry Territorial Battalions. Aside from a split to part of the edge of the peak, the condition is superb. A rare and distinctive example.
Rare WWI Dummy No5 Mills Grenade A rare example with the correct pattern base plug
Rare WWI First Field Dressing A complete 1918 dated example in excellent condition.
Rare WWI First Field Dressing
Rare WWI Formation Patches Combined brigade seniority and unit flashes, the former identified by the shape, a circle commonly denoting the 3rd Brigade of a Division, with the colour identifying the unit. From the personal effects of Lance Corporal J J Carruthers, Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry and Border Regiment
Rare WWI German Axe-Hatchet
Rare WWI German Ersatz Water Bottle
Rare WWI German POW Carved Bone Candlestick A fascinating and poignant memento of the war at sea during WWI. An 8cm high candlestick carved from a cow bone by a German POW. It is well executed and bears a depiction of SMS Blucher within a lifebelt, with an Imperial German naval flag flanked by those of Turkey and Austria. It bears an inscription which I believe reads Stobs 1915-1916. SMS Blücher was the last armoured cruiser of the German Kaiserliche Marine. The ship was built at the Kaiserliche Werft in Kiel and commissioned in October 1909. When World War I began she was posted in the Baltic, but was soon transferred to the North Sea station where she participated in artillery raids on Great Yarmouth (3 November 1914) and Hartlepool (16 December 1914). During this second raid she was hit by a coastal battery, but returned to port under her own power. On 24 January 1915 Blücher was part of the German squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Franz Hipper that was surprised by a superior British force of five battlecruisers, under Vice Admiral David Beatty on HMS Lion. In the ensuing Battle of Dogger Bank, two of Beatty's ships concentrated their fire on Blücher, the slowest and rearmost ship of the retreating German line of battle. At 11:30 a.m. Blücher suffered a major hit which caused her speed to drop to 17 knots (31 km/h). To save the rest of his squadron in the face of superior force, Hipper had no choice but to abandon Blücher. Due to a misunderstanding of Lion's flag signals, the British battlecruisers abandoned their pursuit and circled Blücher. She was bombarded by heavy fire from four of the five battlecruisers and finally sunk at 13:13 p.m. by torpedoes. 792 of her crew went down with her. 260 were rescued by Beatty's ships. This candlestick was clearly carved by one of the 260 survivors during his captivity as a POW.
Rare WWI German Saw-Back S84/98 Bayonet While this specimen requires re-finishing, having been painted at one time and previously burnished, it has an exceptionally good blade.
Rare WWI German Zeltbhan A very good unit-marked example
Rare WWI Gloucester Regiment Lieutenant's Cuff Rank Tunic A lovely original WWI Service Dress tunic to a Lieutenant of the Glosters. It retains its original buttons, cuff rank, bronze collar badges and one gold braid wound strip. Good infantry cuff rank tunics are becoming extremely scarce.
Rare WWI Gordon Highlanders Sporran A unit-marked example requiring badge and tassels
Rare WWI Gordon Highlander's Dog Tags
Rare WWI Grenade Manual A fascinating and highly detailed 1917 dated manual covering both British and German grenades
Rare WWI HMS Glorious Rating's Cap HMS Glorious was a Courageous-class cruiser completed in late 1916, spending the war patrolling the North Sea. She participated in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in November 1917 and was present when the German High Seas Fleet surrendered a year later.
Rare WWI Identity Disc Named to 241006 J B GLAISTER, (WES), 2/5 LNL. The 2/5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment served in France and Flanders.
Rare WWI Ink Pot made from Lyddite Shell
Rare WWI Issue Machete One of only a few I've ever handled.
Rare WWI Kukri An extremely rare WWI period kukri bearing the original owner's four-digit service number struck into the ricasso.
Rare WWI Lewis Machine Gun Handbook An example of the First World War manual on the gun published by the manufacturers and supplied with each Lewis. It remains the best illustrated and includes details of Lewis accessories seldom encountered. I suspect this one has been folded for carriage in the Lewis Accessories haversack. An essential item for the Lewis collector. I am always keen to acquire Lewis, Hotchkiss and Vickers machine gun related items
Rare WWI Lewis Machine Gun Handbook A delightful period publication made all the more so by numerous advertisements. The binding is loose though intact.
Rare WWI Lewis Machine Gun Spare Parts & Tools Haversack Carried by Lewis and Hotchkiss machine gun crews and containing essential spares and tools, examples are near impossible to find. This one is in excellent supple condition.
Rare WWI Life Guards Cavalry Trooper's Sword Frog Lacking a lateral strap
Rare WWI Liverpool Pals Sweetheart Brooch
Rare WWI Machine Gunners' Handbook A copy of the rare and sought after First World War volume The Machine Gunners' Handbook, including the Vickers and Lewis Machine Guns. It runs to some 264 pages and includes an excellent array of illustrations. This example, though water stained towards the back, is complete and sound. A must for the collector of Lewis or Vickers related material.
Rare WWI Machine Gunner's Arm Badge An extremely scarce bullion-embroidered example.
Rare WWI Manual on the Movement of Explosives
Rare WWI Medal Pair to Motor Machine Gun Service A pair to 1972 Corporal J Dent, Motor Machine Gun Service, Royal Field Artillery. The MMGS was formed in 1914 as a unit of the Royal Field Artillery. It deployed Vickers machine guns mounted on motor cycle side-cars. In 1915 the Machine Gun Corps was formed, incorporating the Motor Machine Gun service, which became known as the Machine Gun Corps (Motors). Subsequently many men of the MGC(M) transferred to the Heavy Section MGC which later became the Tank Corps.
Rare WWI Motor Machine Gun Corps Trench Art
Rare WWI No110 Trench Phone A rare variant 1918 dated British Army trench telephone.
Rare WWI No24 Rodded Rifle Grenade A superb example of this seldom encountered British grenade. Lacking its detonator holder as is commonly the case, though the condition is excellent. A rare opportunity.
Rare WWI No27 Smoke Grenade An excellent restored example from my own collection. These were both hand and rifle projected. Due to their thin walls being prone to corrosion, survivors are rare indeed.
Rare WWI No27 Smoke Grenade An excellent unrestored and well marked example showing little deep corrosion and simply requiring painting. These were both hand and rifle projected. Due to their thin walls being prone to corrosion, survivors are rare indeed.
Rare WWI No30 Trench Periscope An excellent example complete with ground spike and haversack
Rare WWI Nobel Munitions Factory Workers' Mufti Badge
Rare WWI Officer's Haversack Of the pattern described in Dress Regulations. This example was that of P A V Stewart CBE DSO, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Stuart served with the 9th (Scottish) Division in France and Flanders, seeing action at the Somme and other major battles, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches.
Rare WWI Officer's Sam Browne Pocket Watch or Compass Case Very seldom encountered, these pouches were worn on the belt and could carry either a pocket watch or compass in the pocket of the fall-front flap.
Rare WWI Officer's Trench Match Case An extremely high quality silver plated water-proof vesta case bearing engraved initials and date 1914. No doubt an important and prized item of personal kit to any officer on campaign.
Rare WWI Officers' Sam Browne Haversack Named to a 2nd Lieutenant of the East Surrey Regiment
Rare WWI Officer's Personal Kit Roll Named to an officer of the Sherwood Foresters. A rare example.
Rare WWI Ottoman Turkish large Brass Plaque Collected by the Royal Engineers Railway Company soldier who's photographs of the Middle East campaign are also listed, these including numerous views of wrecked Ottoman railway locomotives. I believe it was taken from one such wreck. Brass 21cm diameter An identical example with a provenenace to Lawrence of Arabia, held by the Imperial War Museum, may be viewed here
Rare WWI Periscopic Trench Binoculars A superb set of extremely fine WWI private purchase periscopic trench binoculars by Zeiss. I have seen identical sets as carried by German officers, however this set bears the marks of Zeiss' English retail agent indicating British use. There is minimal spotting to the optics and the condition throughout is quite simply superb. A stunning instrument.
Rare WWI Personal Kit Roll An absolutely original WWI example, dated 1916 and bearing an Essex Regiment service number and issue stamp. Extremely rare.
Rare WWI Pocket 'Trench Game', Services Edition
Rare WWI Pocket New Testament Having been carried by Lieutenant Colonel W Petty, 9th Seaforth Highlanders, bearing his details and dated 1917
Rare WWI Private Purchase First Aid Kit An excellent example of a private purchase medical kit, typical of those procured by Officers.
Rare WWI Puttees An original pair of WWI OR's long puttees. Sporadic light moth, though nothing to worry about. These extremely long WWI puttees are near impossible to find these days.
Rare WWI RAF Secret 'In Event of Capture' Document A fascinating item printed in June of 1918
Rare WWI Rifle Drill Training Poster A rare original British Army Rifle Drill instructional poster. Published by Gale & Polden and measuring 17.5" x 22.5". Superbly illustrated. I doubt you will see another.
Rare WWI Royal Engineers Railway Company Group In excess of 80 photographs pertaining to service in Egypt and the Middle East. Ottoman POW's, casualties, a great many railway locomotives and wrecks feature amongst the images. The lot comes with a post Armistice good will message from the CO.
Rare WWI Royal Field Artillery / Army Service Corps Saddle A 1917 dated example of the seldom encountered luggage saddle used with shaft and pole draft harnesses in the carriage of artillery, limbers and wagons.
Rare WWI Royal Flying Corps Walking Cane with Provenance Fabricated from timber salvaged from an aircraft wreck. This was apparently a relatively common practice at Royal Flying Corp workshops. In this instance the pommel is made from laminated walnut or mahogany taken from a propeller, while the ash shaft would have been made from an aircraft strut. This rare example bears a note giving its provenance to a DH9 which crashed on landing at Freugh, Scotland in September 1918. It also bears the name WBW Vincent (?). Worthy of further research.
Rare WWI Royal Garrison Artillery Warrant Officer's Service Dress A good example. Never previously in a collection.
Rare WWI Royal Navy Ratings' Cap A superb item of Naval headgear. While Second World War examples can be found, First War examples are near impossible to find.
Rare WWI Royal Scots Fusiliers Glengarry Having distinctive leather band
Rare WWI Sam Browne Equipment Greatcoat / Blanket Carrier An excellent example of this rare item of First World War British equipment
Rare WWI Sam Browne Haversack An example retaining it's extremely scarce optional shoulder sprap.
Rare WWI Service Dress Cap An extremely attractive and somewhat rare WWI or earlier OR's pattern Service Dress Cap. Manufactured in high quality fabric, it may have been that of a Warrant Officer. It has a scarlet band which is removable and displays very well
Rare WWI Sewing Kit and Button Stick Bearing matching Royal Engineers unit marks and service numbers. The button stick bears three different service numbers indicating re-issue. A rare combination of WWI personal kit.
Rare WWI Signalling Torch MkIII A design incorporating a stud for affixing a P'07 bayonet as a ground spike
Rare WWI Signalling Torch MkIII A design incorporating a stud for affixing a P'07 bayonet as a ground spike, and incorporating a detachable morse key.
Rare WWI Signalling Torch MkIII A design incorporating a stud for affixing a P'07 bayonet as a ground spike, and incorporating a detachable morse key.
Rare WWI Small Box Respirator Haversack Lacking internals though externally in extremely fine condition.
Rare WWI Stitched Peak Service Dress Cap An example of the First World War serge Trench Cap. In excellent condition with only slight moth to the grey wool lining. An extremely scarce item of issue headgear.
Rare WWI Stretcher Bearers' Sling A superb example bearing faint WD broad arrow stamp and unit marks of York Territorial RAMC. These items of standard issue stretcher bearer and medics' kit are extremely scarce.
Rare WWI Stretcher Bearers' Sling A superb WD marked and WWI dated example. Rare indeed.
Rare WWI Training No23 (Mills) Grenade An excellent example with Gibbon's spring and retaining much of its original galvanised fining
Rare WWI Trench Art Bullet Pen A delightful 1914 dated example.
Rare WWI Trench Cap An excellent example of the WWI British Army issue denim stitched-peak trench cap. In lovely condition and retaining it's original internal stamps indicating manufacture in 1918.
Rare WWI Trench Cap An excellent example of the WWI British Army issue denim stitched-peak trench cap. In lovely condition and apparently originally fitted with a badge affixed by a slider, as there are no unsightly holes, thus allowing you to attach the badge of your choice.
Rare WWI Trench Game 'The Silver Bullet' Utterly charming
Rare WWI Trench Knife Surely one of the most striking fighting knives of the First World War. Manufactured in France and certainly procured by British personnel. It is of an ingenious all-steel construction incorporating an integral belt hook (scabbards were not carried). Some have been recorded bearing the legend Nettoyer des Trenches [Clearer of Trenches]. I originally acquired this knife from Ron Flook approximately 15 years ago. An extremely rare opportunity.
Rare WWI Trench Map Bearing original annotations and trench details added by hand
Rare WWI Trench Watch Bracelet Strap A commercialy produced example in electroplated nickel, clearly intended to sell to military personnel, being stamped ARMY. The only example I have encountered, and when added to a silver-cased trench watch will make an impressive piece.
Rare WWI US AIr Corps Squadron Patch and Paperwork
Rare WWI Vickers Feedblock with Small Cut-Out An extremely rare WWI VSM Vickers feedblock with the initial profile of cut-out allowing depression of the belt holding pawls during unloading. This cut-out was enlarged on later feedblocks, while the early examples were modified to the new pattern. This is a rare survivor indeed.
Rare WWI Vickers Machine Gun Spirit Level A 1918 dated example of this seldom encountered machine gunners' instrument
Rare WWI Vickers Machine Gun Wooden Ammo Box A superb example of the No2 MkII ammunition box for the Vickers Machine Gun. It retains it's original finish and markings. These were a pre-War design which was used particularly early in WWI. A rare Vickers accessory.
Rare WWI Washing & Shaving Kit Roll An original example bearing the service number of its original owner.
Rare WWI Webbing 1903 Pattern Belt A mint unissued example of the webbing variant 1903 Pattern waist belt. It is maker-marked and dated 1918. These were worn with the leather cartridge carriers and bandolier in lieu of the original leather pattern from 1917.
Rare WWI Webbing P'03 Belt A mint unissued example of the webbing variant 1903 Pattern waist belt. It is maker-marked and dated 1918. These were worn with the leather cartridge carriers and bandolier in lieu of the original leather pattern.
Rare WWI Wire Cutters & Leather Pouch A very good set of this multi-jaw pattern of wire cutters in an extremely rare leather pouch. The latter has lost it's flap, though is dated 1915 and is the only example of this rare pattern I have ever encountered.
Rare WWI Yorkshire Regiment OR's Tunic A superb and rare 1902 Pattern tunic retaining its original insignia to a Scout Sergeant of the Green Howards. In extremely good condition with very little moth and a good nap to the cloth, it bears YORK brass shoulder titles, rank chevrons, three Overseas Service chevrons, two wound strips and an ultra-rare Regimental Scout badge. Internally it is marked with the original owner's initials opening up the possibility of research into the veteran's identity. The presence of the Scout badge in combination with the other insignia present makes this an exceptionally good example of the Service Dress worn by the British Army during World War One.
Rare WWI-1920's National War Savings Stamps Album These stamps were sold to children to aid the War Effort, today they are extremely scarce.
Rare WWI-Weimar German Army Storm Trooper's Feldbluse Bearing Ordnance and unit stamps from 1917-1926. It has had the red embroidered infantry regimental numbers on the shoulder straps concealed under fabric patches. To one arm is the cloth badge worn by infantry grenadier storm troops. The elbows bear leather patches. An extremely rare tunic.
Rare WWI-Weimar German Army Storm Trooper's Feldbluse Additional images
Rare WWI-WWII Medal Group Comprising British War and Victory Medal Pair To 13709 Private John D Johnston, 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion Border Regiment, together with a Second World War group of five to Petty Officer J D Johnson, Royal Navy, including medal issue note, fibre identity disc and ribbon bar; the group includes the scarce North Africa 1942-43 bar to the Africa Star as issued to men of the Royal Navy taking part in in-shore operations. In all a most interesting group including a highly desirable Great War pair to the Lonsdale Battalion.
Rare WWI-WWII RFC / RAF Propellor Coat Hanger A superb useable display piece and the only such example I've encountered.
Rare WWII 19th Indian Division Formation Patch A superb and rare bullion-embroidered officer-quality example.
Rare WWII 1st Battalion Border Regiment D Company Shoulder Insignia
Rare WWII 1st Battalion Border Regiment Shoulder Title An original example of the earliest variant of these iconic titles, associated with the 1st Battalion the Border Regiment who were air-landed at Arnhem as part of the 1st Airborne Division. In the earliest WWII specimens like this the embroidery only penetrates the green fabric. While the later variants, machined through both layers of fabric, are scarce, these early patterns are rare and much sought after
Rare WWII 2 inch Illuminating Flare Rocket Nose
Rare WWII 2-inch Mortar Sight A superb Second World War British 2" Mortar Sight in near unissued condition.
Rare WWII 2-inch Mortar Sight A superb Second World War British 2" Mortar Sight in near unissued condition.
Rare WWII 2-inch Mortar Sight
Rare WWII 2-inch Mortar Sight
Rare WWII 2-pounder Infantry Anti-tank Gun Manual Complete with its large fold-out chart
Rare WWII 2nd Infantry Division Slouch Hat An excellent WWII British Army issue slouch hat bearing the unit insignia of the famous 2nd Infantry division alongside an unidentified unit flash. It is in excellent condition and retains it's original chinstrap. A lovely example.
Rare WWII 3-inch Mortar Round A superb 1945 dated example retaining an excellent paint finish and very well stamped. These are extremely rare today
Rare WWII 3-ton Wireless Lorry Manual
Rare WWII 34th Armoured Brigade Printed Flashes An uncut pair
Rare WWII 82nd (West Africa) Division Battledress Blouse A 1941 dated Australian-made BD blouse retaining its original printed 82nd (West Africa) Division flashes. Interestingly these are brooch-pin-backed, and have been affixed to the blouse using these pins and stitching to the corners. Originaly teh blouse has also had collar badges, metal shoulder titles and likely Warrant Officer lower arm rank babdges affixed. The condition throughout is excellent. A rare original Far East theatre badged BD to a Colonial unit.
Rare WWII Air Commodore's Servcie Dress Tunic A lovely example bearing medal ribbons indicating service in North Africa, mention in depstaches, and award of the Military OBE. It is lacking VR collar badges, though these are easily replaced.
Rare WWII Airborne Folding Stretcher An excellent example of the folding stretcher issued to British Airborne forces during WWII. These were designed so as to be dropped carried by paratroop medics. Very seldom encountered.
Rare WWII Airborne Lightweight Generator An excellent working example of the Charging Set, Lightweight, 80 Watts, as issued to airborne forces as a compact portable generator suitable for re-charging wireless communications equipment batteries. An exceptionally good example. Please email for postage costs.
Rare WWII Airborne Troops Denison Smock One of the best examples I've seen in years. A 1945 dated example in exceptionally good condition throughout. It retains it's original working zip, the only fault is one broken button, all the press-studs are original and working. There is evidence of Lieutenants' pips having been worn, and the original owner's name is partially legible on the collar. It is in an excellent size too. Designed to be worn over equipment when jumping, they appear oversized when worn according to the label markings. I am six feet tall and well built, it fits me. It is fresh to the market and has never been in a collection, in all a lovely example of an increasingly rare and hugely desirable smock.
Rare WWII Airborne Troops issue 'Everest' Carrier The 'Everest' carrier is a scarce item of WWII British Army issue load carrying equipment, however this variant is rare indeed, being the type that was designed to fold completely flat and designated as Airborne troops issue. Commonly associated with the para folding bike, this example is in mint unissued condition.
Rare WWII all-steel FS Knife The only example of this striking pattern I have handled. While theories abound as to the origin of this variant, popular ones including intended issue to resistance organizations and the SOE, I suspect Ron Flook is likely closest to the mark with his proposition that this is essentially and ersatz pattern. There is play in the cross guard and the tip is worn. Never the less a rare example.
Rare WWII Anti Aircraft Command Battledress Blouse From my own collection, a rare private purchase BD blouse to a Royal Artillery Second Lieutenant. It is manufactured in a fine barathea fabric and bears RA titles, cloth rank pips and Anti-Aircraft Command flashes. It has never had any labels affixed. An excellent example of a scarce variant bearing it's original insignia.
Rare WWII Anti Mosquito Cream With original contents
Rare WWII Anti-Aircraft Artillery RADAR Manual Artillery Training, Volume IV, Part I, Anti-Aircraft Gunnery, Pamphlet No17 - RADAR, 1944. 28 pages, illustrated.
Rare WWII Anti-Aircraft Range Finder A fascinating and extremely well made instrument.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Cape One of rarest of items of WWII kit. General issue, and carried rolled atop the haversack, they were designed to be worn over web equipment, indeed they are fitted at the back to accommodate the pack or haversack. Very few have survived, and examples very seldom appear on the market, when they do they are frequently stiff and often pretty much solid, this is a good strong and supple example. On the wants list of most collectors of WWII British Army kit, you will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Cape One of rarest of items of WWII kit. General issue, and carried rolled atop the haversack, they were designed to be worn over web equipment, indeed they are fitted at the back to accommodate the pack or haversack. Very few have survived, and examples very seldom appear on the market, when they do they are frequently stiff and often pretty much solid, this is a good strong and supple example. On the wants list of most collectors of WWII British Army kit, you will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Gloves Another extremely rare item of WWII British Army anti-gas equipment, again the only pair I have seen. In excellent condition.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Helmet Hood A rare camouflaged impregnated oilskin Anti-Gas Hood. Canadian-made and clearly marked and dated. Still supple and somewhat tacky. A rare item of kit.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Wallet A 1942 dated example of this rare item of issue anti-gas kit. They were intended to protect the soldier's Pay Book and personal paperwork.
Rare WWII Anti-Gas Wallet A 1942 dated example of this rare item of issue anti-gas kit. They were intended to protect the soldier's Pay Book and personal paperwork.
Rare WWII Anti-Tank Manual A rare copy of Tanks at War, how to recognise friend or foe, vulnerable point, where to attack. Published by Bernard’s Publishers for Home Guard and Service use. Very seldom encountered.
Rare WWII Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders Plastic Cap Badge
Rare WWII Army Blood Transfusion Service Booklet
Rare WWII Army Dental Corps Officer's Cap An excellent original example bearing it's original owner's name.
Rare WWII Army Education Corps Battledress A so-called 1937-Pattern BD Blouse in superb condition and retaining it's original Army Education Corps insignia comprising Captain's rank, printed shoulder titles and felt Arm0of-Service strips. A rare BD.
Rare WWII Army Extreme Cold Weather Cap While I have its WWI counterpart in seal skin, this is the only WWII dated example of this kind I have encountered.
Rare WWII Army Issue Bill Hook A very good example of these seldom encounted fascine knives. They were issued during both World Wars for the cutting of wood for fascine and defence work construction etc.
Rare WWII Army issue Cotton T-Shirt One of the rarest items of WWII Army issue undergarments
Rare WWII Army Issue Ear Protectors Introduced as of 1940 for wear by all military personnel as protection against blast and "screaming bombs". They were abandoned in favour of cotton wool in 1943 due to the shortage of rubber and are certainly now one of the most rare of items of WWII personal kit. (See Brian L Davis British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two page 251.)
Rare WWII Army Issue Ear Protectors Introduced as of 1940 for wear by all military personnel as protection against blast and "screaming bombs". They were abandoned in favour of cotton wool in 1943 due to the shortage of rubber and are certainly now one of the most rare of items of WWII personal kit. (See Brian L Davis British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two page 251.)
Rare WWII Army Issue Gray Wool Socks A good used pair, one of which retains its original 1942 dated label. Extremely rare.
Rare WWII Army issue Oil Lamp / Stove A very good 1943 dated example of this rare item of personal kit.
Rare WWII Army issue Picric Acid Burns Dressing
Rare WWII Army Officer's Tropical Bush Shirt Manufactured from a relatively heavy whipcord fabric, incorporating a quilted 'spine pad' as protection against the percieved ill effects of sunlight and heat on this area of the back, a notion dating back to the 19th Century, and a feature of military tropical clothing from this time. This garment originally belonged to Lieutenant Herbert David Lloyd, 3rd Kings Africa Rifles and 11th East Africa Division, serving with the 14th Army during the Burma campaign.
Rare WWII Army Recruiter's Pocket Note Book An extremely rare booklet, Army Book 327, Recruiter's Pocket Book. Published in 1937 it was intended to be carried when on recruiting duty and included essentials of physical and eyesight inspection, also his Authority For Recruiting. The only example I have encountered and in unissued condition.
Rare WWII ARP / Home Guard Motorcyclist's Helmet An example of what is surely one of the most striking and curious of helmets developed by the British during WWII. I have seen these erroneously described as early paratroop helmets, however they are in fact the Home Office Pattern motorcyclist's helmet, as issued by members of the Civil Defence, and perhaps even the Home Guard. A rare opportunity for the collector.
Rare WWII ARP Motorcyclist's Helmet An example of what is surely one of the most striking and curious of helmets developed by the British during WWII. I have seen these erroneously described as early paratroop helmets, however they are in fact the Home Office Pattern motorcyclist's helmet, as issued by members of the Civil Defence, and perhaps even the Home Guard. A rare opportunity for the collector.
Rare WWII ARP Tape
Rare WWII ARP Water Bottle An example of this rare pattern in aluminium.
Rare WWII ARP Water Bottle An example of this rare pattern in aluminium complete with its original carrier.
Rare WWII ARP Water Bottle An example of this rare pattern in aluminium.
Rare WWII Artillery and Map Board
Rare WWII ATS Car Grille or Bumper Badge / Mascot A rather handsome original WWII ATS car grille badge, with original fittings, 94mm diameter.
Rare WWII Attack & Defence Unarmed Combat Manual One of the rarest in this field
Rare WWII Australian BD Blouse & Trousers An example of the rarely encountered Australian-made Battledress. Formerly the property of a Royal Army Service Corps Captain who served in the Far East, it retains it’s original slip-on shoulder rank in KD (there is no evidence of rank pips having ever been applied directly to the BD blouse. While there is a little minor moth to the trousers, the blouse is in superb condition and retains it’s original 1943 dated label. A rare suit.
Rare WWII Australian Other Ranks' Service Dress Tunic and trousers in unworn condition. This uniform is rarely encountered outside Australia
Rare WWII Balaclava Helmet An original Comforter or Balaclava. I'd have ascribed a First World War vintage to this example if it hadn't came with other WWII kit. A rare example.
Rare WWII Binocular 20-degree Throw-Off Attachments I don't mind admitting these ones have me perplexed. The markings on the transit chest indicate the contents to be Binocular Attachments, 20-degree Throw-Off, Pattern 12113, Serial No 113. The contents are fittings intended to fix to the front of British military Pattern HADT Binoculars; they are prismatic and have optional light filters. Their application appears to be to introduce what is in effect a semi-periscopic function to the HADT Binoculars. I'd welcome further information on this fascinating object. In excellent condition throughout.
Rare WWII Bomb Reconnaissance Armband One of the most sought after of Home Guard / Home Front brassards.
Rare WWII Border Regiment Shoulder Title An early and possibly locally made title of small size
Rare WWII Bren Gun Magazine Loading Tool An example of this most sought after of WWII Bren accessories, the rare magazine loading tool. This example is serial numbered 500 internally and externally.
Rare WWII British Army Extreme Cold Weather Mittens A 1945 dated and mint unissied pair of these distinctive three-compartment mittens, manufactured in sheepskin and cotton canvas, they were commonly worn in conjuction the the Tropal coat.
Rare WWII British Army Gas Detector Pump An excellent example of the gas detection pump issued to the British Army during WWII. The principle employed was to draw air through detector papers soaked in reagents to allow the detection and identification of war gases. This example is in superb condition, wartime dated and complete with it's original green canvas pouch enabling the pump to be carried affixed to the belt of the 1937 Pattern webbing equipment, (I have these pouches in stock should you require one).
Rare WWII British Army Gas Detector Pump An example of the gas detection pump issued to the British Army during WWII. The pump was used to draw air through detector papers soaked in reagents to allow the detection and identification of war gases. This example is in very good condition, wartime dated and complete with it's original green canvas pouch enabling the pump to be carried affixed to the belt of the 1937 Pattern webbing equipment, (I have these pouches in stock should you require one).
Rare WWII British Army Issue Cotton Vest One of the rarest items of WWII British Army issue underwear, the cotton vest or T-shirt. This excellent example retains its label, shows a few marks which may wash, and is in a large size.
Rare WWII British Army Issue Cotton Vest One of the rarest items of WWII issue clothing. Aside from the few nips illustrated the piece is in unissued condition.
Rare WWII British Army Issue Petrol Lighter An excellent complete example bearing embossed War Department broad arrow mark and faint date.
Rare WWII British Army Issue Shirt A lovely example
Rare WWII British Army Primus Stove An extremely scarce WWII British Army issue Valor Primus stove. Complete in it's original transit tin with spares parts kit.
Rare WWII British Army Snow Shoes A very good 1941 dated pair.
Rare WWII British Army Two-Man Tent A superb dated example of these extremely scarce issue tents. One of only two in such condition I've seen in over 25 year specializing in this field.
Rare WWII British Army Woolen Pullover A rare WWII British Army issue woolen pullover, retaining it's original label.
Rare WWII British Army Woolen Socks Purchased with the trunk of issue clothing I have listed recently. In excellent condition and rare indeed.
Rare WWII British Army Woolen Socks Purchased with the trunk of issue clothing I have listed recently. Knitted in two shades of khaki, so likely a "comfort for the Troops". In excellent condition and rare indeed.
Rare WWII British Experimental Aircraft Manual An utterly fascinating original WWII manual, Air Publication 1480X, Silhouettes of British Experimental Aircraft. Published by the Air Ministry in 1941 and complete with amendments 1-15 to 1943. It has individually numbered plates, the highest being 216, and contains some fascinating aircraft, not the least of which are experimental troop carrying gliders.
Rare WWII British Far East Issue Wrist Watch An extrmely handsome example of an uncommon pattern. In working condition, there is a small crack to the crystal which is difficult to see, and the watch has had a new high quality tan leather strap affixed. War Department broad arrow stamped to the screw-on back. A lovely watch.
Rare WWII British German Uniform Identification Poster A somewhat perforated though otherwise complete example of this rather attractive poster
Rare WWII British Military Collar Stud Escape & Evasion Compass
Rare WWII British Mine Detector A rare example of the British Army No4 Mine Detector. It comes in it's original canvas backpack though is lacking the pole.
Rare WWII British Tropical Issue Mosquito Net Part of the group of advanced tropical clothing and equipment introduced in 1944. While Indian-made variants turn up on occasion, this unique British-made pattern is rare indeed, I have seen just a few in the past 20 years.
Rare WWII British 'Gingerbread Man' Dummy Parachutist An example of these much sought after and somewhat iconic relics of D-Day. They were dropped to fool the enemy into thinking paratroop landings were taking place on a larger scale and over a wider area than in fact they were. Manufactured from hessian, the head and limbs were intended to be sand filled and closed by draw strings. The body incorprates an integral parachute canopy and rigging lines. This example is in unused condition. I have seen examples sell at up to £1000.
Rare WWII Camouflaged Helmet
Rare WWII Camouflaged Windproof Smock Often associated with the SAS, and certainly one of the most sought after of Second World War British Army clothing items. This example has some damage to each cuff, though is otherwise excellent. It retains it's original 1944 dated label. You will wait a very long time to find another.
Rare WWII Cigarettes Ration Tin An extremely rare example of this sought after ration tin.
Rare WWII Civil Defence Arm Band It bears an inkstamped mark LCC No 143.
Rare WWII Civil Defence First Aid Packs Comprising a pair of haversacks and contents manufacturers by the medical supplies manufacturer Maws, including first aid personnel cotton haversacks, a multitude of dressings and bandages, anti-gas ointments, splints and tourniquets, a blue-illuminating torch and stand, casualty tags etc. Extremely rare.
Rare WWII Civil Defence First Aid Packs Additional images
Rare WWII Cold Climate Sleeping Bag Cover An advanced design for its time, incorporating a water-proof and silvered insulating coating to the outside. This example is well marked and in unissued condition. A rare item of WWII British Army Arctic equipment.
Rare WWII Combined Operations Special Forces Binoculars A superb pair of AP12115 Binoculars. These are described in official publications as being for Combined Operations use. Their novel lightweight and compact design incorporated a Bakelite body and plastic lenses. This pair is excellent throughout.
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife Possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, believed to have been issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. This one is in excellent condition and rather intriguingly bears its original owner's name and number in in to the reverse of the scabbard. A rare opportunity.
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife An excellent original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. A rare opportunity.
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife An excellent original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. A rare opportunity
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife An excellent original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, believed to have been issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. A rare opportunity
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife An original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. A rare opportunity
Rare WWII Commando BC41 Knife An original example of what is possibly the most sought after British Commando knife of the Second World War, the BC41, issued prior to the adoption of the F-S fighting knife. A rare opportunity
Rare WWII Commando Insignia A page detached from an old album containing pasted-in mementos of service with the Royal Marine Commandos in Italy during the Second World War. It includes a Combined Operations flash, unit photograph, Invasion currency and a newspaper cutting verso. An intersting original group worthy of a little research.
Rare WWII Commando Issue Binoculars A superb set of the rare AP12115 Binoculars described in official documents as being "for Combined Operations", though other period documents suggest an Airborne application. This unique waterproof pattern is constructed from Bakelite and brass with lightweight plastic lenses. Focus is achieved via individual adjustment of the objective lenses (one is shown thus adjusted in the illustrations). An exceptionaly desirable item of WWII British Special Forces equipment.
Rare WWII Commando Issue Binoculars A set of the rare AP12115 Binoculars described in official documents as being "for Combined Operations", though other period documents suggest an Airborne application. This unique waterproof pattern is constructed from Bakelite and brass with lightweight plastic lenses. Focus is achieved via individual adjustment of the objective lenses (this is the only set I have seen bearing marks indicating a given focus setting). An exceptionaly desirable item of WWII British Special Forces equipment.
Rare WWII Commando Issue Binoculars A superb set of the rare AP12115 Binoculars described in official documents as being "for Combined Operations", though other period documents suggest an Airborne application. This unique waterproof pattern is constructed from Bakelite and brass with lightweight plastic lenses. Focus is achieved via individual adjustment of the objective lenses. This set is complete with it's sling and integral cover, which bears printed instructions; while these binoculars are uncommon, examples retaining their integral case are rare indeed. An exceptional and rare item for the advanced collector of WWII British Special Forces equipment
Rare WWII Commando Rope Over-Boots A rare pair of rope over-boots, issued to Commando troops for wear over ammunition boots to both increase traction on wet slippery surfaces, and as an aid to stealth by deadening the sound of footsteps. These occasionally appear on the market but are very seldom labelled. This pair is in mint unissued condition and retain their original dated paper labels. A rare item of kit indeed.
Rare WWII Commando Training Manual Combined Operations Pamphlet No 27, Hardening of Commando Troops for Warfare, 1944. A rare and somewhat fascinating original manual running to some 27 pages.
Rare WWII dated Indian-made Field Service Cap
Rare WWII dated Jungle Cap with Flash The only Indian-made example I have been lucky enough to handle. It retains its original Royal Artillery flash, is well stamped internally an in very good condition throughout.
Rare WWII dated Jungle Green BD Blouse The JG Aertex Blouse remains the iconic item of clothing associated with British troops fighting in the Far East. This is a superb WWII dated example.
Rare WWII dated Jungle Green BD Blouse The JG Aertex Blouse remains the iconic item of clothing associated with British troops fighting in the Far East. This 1944 dated example shows small slightly red stained patched on the upper arms indicating the size and colour of the formation patches originally worn with this garment. Badged examples of the JG BD blouse are extremely rare, I have just one in my own collection; I am quite sure a browse through Cole's Heraldry in War will produce at least a short list of possible patches worn on this example.
Rare WWII dated Jungle Green BD Blouse The JG Aertex Blouse remains the iconic item of clothing associated with British troops fighting in the Far East. This is an excellent and extremely well marked example.
Rare WWII dated Jungle Green BD Blouse The JG Aertex Blouse remains the iconic item of clothing associated with British troops fighting in the Far East. A superb example.
Rare WWII dated Mills Grenade Detonator Tin These small tins carried three detonators for the No36 grenade (the detonator in the images is for illustrative purpose only, and not inclded in the sale), examples are seldom encountered.
Rare WWII dated Personnal Ration Bag
Rare WWII dated P'44 Brace Attachments An excellent and faintly-marked pair. One of the most difficult-to-find items of P'44 equipment
Rare WWII Dated RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask An excellent example of the RAF H-Type oxygen mask. The condition throughout is lovely, and the production date is clear. Wartime examples of the H-Type are rarer by far then G-Types, indeed I've handled more E*'s than wartime dated H's.
Rare WWII dated Ration Bag
Rare WWII Dated Trouser Braces One of the most difficult-to-find items of WWII clothing.
Rare WWII Dated Trouser Braces One of the most difficult-to-find WWII clothing accessories. A mint unissued pair.
Rare WWII Dated WRNS Ratings Cap A named example.
Rare WWII DEMS Gunnery Handbook Covering amongst other things the Lewis and Hotchkiss machine guns
Rare WWII Economy Pattern Lee Enfield Rifle Sling A mint unissued rifle sling manufactured from laminated rubber-proofed canvas as a substitute for webbing. In unissued condition.
Rare WWII Emergency Coastal Battery Manual, 1940 Fire Control and Drill for 6-inch and 4-inch Emergency Batteries on Naval Mountings, 1940. . A rare 27 page manual covering these post-Dunkirk period coastal batteries.
Rare WWII Extreme Cold Weather Ski Cap An example of the very seldom encountered ski cap with sheep-skin ear flap and neck curtain/apron. A lovely example.
Rare WWII Extreme Cold Weather Ski Cap An example of the very seldom encountered ski cap with sheep-skin ear flap and neck curtain/apron. A lovely example.
Rare WWII Extreme Cold Weather Sleeping Bag Cover An advanced design for its time, incorporating a water-proof and silvered insulating coating to the outside. This example is well marked and in unissued condition. A rare item of WWII British Army Arctic equipment.
Rare WWII FANY Officers' Tunic A superb example, retaining it's original bronze collar badges, embroidered shoulder titles, and buttons; (the rank pips are lacking though easily replaced). An extremely rare tunic.
Rare WWII Far East Issue Enamel Mug An exceptionally rare item of personal kit. An Indian-made green enamel mug. 1944 dated (within the enamel).
Rare WWII Far East Issue Jungle Green Monsoon Cape One of the items of issue clothing most associated with the Burma campaign. Few survive and few collectors have even seen let alone been able to acquire original examples. This jungle green example is well stamped and aside from a few missing buttons is superb.
Rare WWII Far East Issue Jungle Green Socks A mint unissued pair complete with original 1945 dated labels.
Rare WWII Far East Issue "Monsoon" Cape One of the items of issue clothing most associated with the Burma campaign. An excellent example.
Rare WWII Far East Theatre Gooly Chit A rare Far East theatre Gooly Chit as issued to RAF and other military personnel as a means of trying to secure good treatment and safe passage if shot down or stranded amongst otherwise potentially hostile locals. In durable linen-backed paper.
Rare WWII Far East Theatre Gooly Chit A rare Far East theatre Gooly or Blood Chit as issued to RAF and other military personnel as a means of trying to secure good treatment and safe passage if shot down or stranded amongst otherwise potentially hostile locals. In durable linen-backed pap
Rare WWII Field Service Cap in a Large Size An excellent 1943 dated Field Service Cap in a rare large size, 7 1/2. It retains it’s original REME cap badge. In superb condition throughout.
Rare WWII Fleet Air Arm Air Gunner's Qualification Badge Very seldom encountered
Rare WWII French Air Force Pilot's Badge
Rare WWII German 'Henschel' Cigarette Lighter Likely the only example you will see, a 1930's-1940's lighter promoting this major German manufacturer of aircraft, the Tiger and other tanks, and much other ordnance
Rare WWII German MG34 / MG42 Armourers Tool Kit A rare and desirable Klein Waffenwerkzeugsatz or 'small armourers' tool kit'. Designed to be carried and stored in a standard MG ammunition tin, they contained all the tools required to maintain the MG34 or '42 in the field. These tool box kits were supplied to every unit having one to three MGs. A superb example in near unissued condition.
Rare WWII German State Forrestry Senior Official's Belt A fresh to the market example for the state of Wurtemburg
Rare WWII German theatre-made Brassard That of Heer personnel attached to an Army Command. The inkstamp suggests it to have originated in the occupied Netherlands.
Rare WWII German U-Boat Anemometer An example of the Handwindmesser 'Anemo WP 3' complete with transit case
Rare WWII Grenade and Weapons Inventor Memoir An as-new copy of Colonel Robert Stuart Macrae's 1971 memoir Churchill's Toy Shop. Macrae was an inventor best known for his work at MD1 during the Second World War, working on fascinating weapons such as the PIAT and the sticky bomb. The author's inventiveness first manifested itself during the First World War when he worked on a device for dropping grendades as an early form of cluster bomb. During WWII one of Macrae's first weapons inventions was a limpet mine. This is a fscinating and rare book, of particular interest to collectors and students of grenade and ordnance development.
Rare WWII Gun Cotton Field Primers Tin 1945 dated and an extremely rare item.
Rare WWII Hawkins Grenade An original No75 MkII Anti-Tank Grenade retaining its original paint finish
Rare WWII Head Warden Helmet A tired but original example.
Rare WWII Holster Set A scarce Indian-made 1903 Pattern revolver set. The belt is 1943 dated and in a large size. In excellent condition.
Rare WWII Home Front Gas Contamination Washing Sign An extremely unusual and rare item.
Rare WWII Home Front Gas Mask Case A private purchase faux-leather case for the civilian issue respirator modelled as a hand-bag.
Rare WWII Home Front Ministry of Food Brassard
Rare WWII Home Front WVS Brassard Bearing three years' War Service chevrons
Rare WWII Home Guard Anti-Tank Warfare Manual A rare copy of the Bernards Publishers manual Guerrillas v. Tanks. Running to 48 pages and including illustrations. A fascinating and seldom encountered manual.
Rare WWII Home Guard Issue Drill .30 Round A distinctinve brass training round
Rare WWII Imperial Japanese Army Issue Boots
Rare WWII Indian 1937 Pattern Jungle Green Braces A mint unissued and dated pair
Rare WWII Indian 1937 Pattern Webbing Compass Pouch In mint unissued condition.
Rare WWII Indian Army Groundsheet In near unissued condition
Rare WWII Indian Despatch Haversack An excellent Indian-made leather despatch haversack. Maker-marked and WWII dated. Key lacking and haversack locked!
Rare WWII Indian KD BD Trousers A rare mint unissued pair of Khaki Drill Battledress Trousers for wear with the Khaki Cellular BD Blouse. Well marked and 1945 dated. Extremely difficult to replace.
Rare WWII Indian Para Knife An excellent fresh-to-the-market example retaining its original scabbard and 1942 dated Indian-made P'37 frog. It has been thoroughly honed overall during its Service life, the work looking as though it was carried out in the field. The hilt, scabbard and frog are in excellent condition throughout. A most attractive example of this extremely scarce fighting knife as carried by the paratroops of the 44th (Indian) Airborne Division.
Rare WWII Indian Para Knife A fresh-to-the-market example of this extremely scarce fighting knife as carried by the paratroops of the 44th (Indian) Airborne Division. It is the only example I have seen outside Fred Stephens' classic Fighting Knives with the all-leather scabbard as seen on Chindit knives. An interesting and honest example.
Rare WWII Indian Puttees
Rare WWII Indian-made Greatcoat The only example I have encountered
Rare WWII Indian-made Jungle Green Bush Shirt In mint condition and certainly one of the most difficult-to-find items of WWII British issue tropical clothing in such condition.
Rare WWII Indian-made Khaki Cellular Shirt A mint unissued and early-dated example
Rare WWII Indian-made Khaki Drill Field Service Cap A type only manufcatured in India for Far East use; few have survived. This example is 1943 dated and in mint condition.
Rare WWII Indian-made Khaki Drill Field Service Cap A type only manufactured in India for Tropical / Far East issue; relatively few have survived. This example is 1943 dated.
Rare WWII Indian-made No2 Prismatic Binoculars Case The only such example I have seen
Rare WWII Indian-made P'37 Revolver Holster In mint unissued condition
Rare WWII Insect Repellent Tin The best example of this WWII tropical issue kit I've seen
Rare WWII Issue Socks A mint unissued pair. Extremely difficult to replace.
Rare WWII Issue T-Shirt / Vest One of the rarest of WWII issue undergarments. The only one I've encountered in over 20 years of collecting in this field.
Rare WWII Issue Trench Coat Liner
Rare WWII Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Pilots' Flying Helmet A Summer example
Rare WWII Japanese Army Ceramic Water Bottle
Rare WWII Japanese Army Machine Gunner's Pouch A rare example of the WWII Japanese Type II Machine Gunner's Belt Pouch.
Rare WWII Japanese Ersatz/Collaboration Issue Sword A very good example of this rare variant Japanese military issue sword. The kabuto gane is of domed blued steel, pierced for a knot ring, the grip is bound in similated same and wrapped in red tape enclosing cast brass menuki faced with stylized fowerheads, while the simple tsuba is of steel and bears a brass-inlaid stamp. The field scabbard is of leather-covered wood. Richard Fuller sugests these are official pattern swords, either late-War ersatz issue, or likely issued to collaborating officers of occupied states. A rare opportunity for the collector of Second World War Japanese military swords.
Rare WWII Japanese Field Cap A very good example bearing an unusual metal badge to the front which has been tentatively identified as that of an Interpreter. It bears a late-War ersatz fibre chinstrap which shows typical deterioration, though is still intact. The liner is very clearly issue marked. A very interesting example of this rare pattern
Rare WWII Jungle Cap One of the most rare of WWII British Army issue caps, I've handled only a few in over 20 years of collecting in this field. Introduced in 1944 and in use to the present day. This example is in mint unissued condition, it is 1945 dated and in an exceptionally large size, 7 7/8. A superb and rare item of WWII tropical head-gear.
Rare WWII Jungle Cap One of the rarest of WWII British Army issue caps, I've handled only a few in over 20 years of collecting in this field. Introduced in 1944 and in use to the present day. This example is in excellent condition and 1945 dated. A rare item of WWII tropical head-gear.
Rare WWII Jungle Cap One of the rarest of WWII British Army issue caps, I've handled only a few in over 20 years of collecting in this field. Introduced in 1944 and in use to the present day. This example is in very good used condition and 1945 dated. Frustratingly it shows evidence of once having had a cloth flash attached. A rare item of WWII tropical head-gear.
Rare WWII Jungle Cap One of the rarest of WWII British Army issue caps, I've handled only a few in over 20 years of collecting in this field. Introduced in 1944 and in use to the present day. This example is in superb condition and 1945 dated.
Rare WWII Jungle Tank Suit A rare mint unissued Jungle Tank Suit as issued later in the War for issue to troops serving in the Far East. This example in unissued condition and 1945 dated. Impossible to improve.
Rare WWII Khaki Kilt Apron A mint unissued 1937 dated example as worn pre-Dunkirk.
Rare WWII KOSB Home Guard Field Service Cap An excellent and rare WWII khaki field service cap bearing it's original badge, that of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. The Regular Army KOSB didn't wear the FS cap, rather the Glengarry. However the Home Guard Battalions associated with Scottish regiments did wear the FS cap. In superb condition and absolutely original and untouched.
Rare WWII labelled & dated Denim Battledress Trousers A superb set of denim overall trousers. These of course were standard issue to the Home Guard as well as Army personnel. This pair retains the original 1945 dated label. Designed to be worn over Battledress, they are larger in fact than their label suggests if worn over underwear only. In my experience these are rarer by far the serge Battledress equivalent.
Rare WWII Leather Home Office Pattern Helmet An example of this most striking of WWII British helmets. The shell is manufactured from extremely rigid laminated hide (partially de-laminating to one edge of this example, though it could be re-glued with ease should one so wish). Related to the despatch rider helmets similarly constructed and often miss-identified. These were presumably issued to Governmental staff and were intended to save steel. They are seldom encountered today and highly prized by collectors of British helmets.
Rare WWII Lighter modelled as a Sea Mine
Rare WWII Luftwaffe Aircrew Watch A rather striking WWII period wristwatch which I bought from the son of the man who took it from it's original Luftwaffe owner, then a POW. Manufactured by Omega and designated a precision Regulateur, it has a central minute hand with subsidiary hours and seconds. The hands and dial markers were originally luminous. The watch is a large size, almost 50mm in diameter, making for easier reading in a moving aircraft or in the dark. Another interesting feature is the offset winding crown position. The watch has been professionally serviced and is in a working state, indeed I have worn it. A fascinating item indeed.
Rare WWII Man-Pack Radio Belt A mint unissued example complete with stores label
Rare WWII Medic's Helmet A most striking example.
Rare WWII Message Pad A scarce 1942 dated example complete with pro-formas.
Rare WWII Military Police Vulnerable Points Guard Flash
Rare WWII Ministry of Food Steel Helmet A most uncommon example
Rare WWII MkII Helmet with Royal Engineers Flash An exceptionally good WWII MkII steel helmet. It left the factory with an early tan gloss finish, this has been overpainted with in a textured dark shade. A Royal Engineers flash has been period-painted to one side. The liner is supple, 1939 dated and in size 7. There are minor knocks and scratches, and the chinstrap shows it's age, though I'd suggest retaining rather than replacing the latter. All in all this is a particularly handsome example of a rare original unit-marked helmet.
Rare WWII Mosquito Net Helmet Cover An extremely scarce example, few having survived
Rare WWII Motorcyclists' Gauntlets These have always been one of the difficult to find items of DR/motorcyclist issue clothing. An excellent matching War dated pair.
Rare WWII Mountain Troops Extreme Cold Weather Ski Cap An example of the standard issue ski cap which has had had the official modification of a sheepskin lining added to the ear flaps and neck curtain. The lining is maker-marked Harris, Glasgow, and is dated 1943, it is size 7. In near mint unissued condition. A scarce cap.
Rare WWII Mountain Troops Extreme Cold Weather Ski Cap An example of the standard issue ski cap which has had had the official modification of a sheepskin lining added to the ear flaps and neck curtain. A scarce cap
Rare WWII NAAFI Cigarette Tin Retaining it's original paper label.
Rare WWII Naval Ordnance Inspection Department Lapel Badge
Rare WWII No36M (Mills) Grenade Chest In excellent condition retaining its original paint and markings. Not the standard ammunition box for the No36, rather a larger capacity variant. An undeniably rare ammunition box.
Rare WWII Officers' MkII Helmet with Brodie Type Liner A superb MkII steel helmet fitted with an officers’ Second World War period private-purchase Brodie-type liner. It bears a Tailor's label and is in excellent overall condition. These liners are rather rare to say the least.
Rare WWII Officers' Private Purchase Helmet Liner A superb example od this rare type as supplied my military outfitters to officers wishing to replace the issue oilcloith liner with a more comfortable type.
Rare WWII OR's Collarless Shirt Aside from the visible slight damage solely to the lower front, an unissued and well marked example.
Rare WWII Other Ranks' Collarless Shirt
Rare WWII Paper Plotting Board Flags These were found with a group of MTTC ephemera. I suspect they date to the pre-Dunkirk period and were used as unit location indicators on a plotting board or map.
Rare WWII Para and SOE Knee Pads A rare pair of the knee pads issued to both British Para’s and the SOE. They are copies of similar kit issued to German Fallschirmjager. There is an excellent photo of them being worn by troops en-route for North Africa in Hillary St George Saunders' classic The Red Beret, while they are also illustrated and described in the official SOE Descriptive catalogue of Special Devices and Supplies. In this latter publication it is stated that the knee pads were to bear no official markings, this perhaps explains why this pair have manufacturer's dated labels simply tacked in place, clearly intended to be removed upon issue. A seldom encountered item of Special Forces kit.
Rare WWII Para and SOE Knee Pads A rare pair of the knee pads issued to both British Para’s and the SOE. They are copies of similar kit issued to German Fallschirmjager. There is an excellent photo of them being worn by troops en-route for North Africa in Hillary St George Saunders' classic The Red Beret, while they are also illustrated and described in the official SOE Descriptive catalogue of Special Devices and Supplies. In this latter publication it is stated that the knee pads were to bear no official markings, this perhaps explains why this pair have manufacturer's dated labels simply tacked in place, clearly intended to be removed upon issue. A seldom encountered item of Special Forces kit.
Rare WWII Para and SOE Knee Pads A rare pair of the knee pads issued to both British Para’s and the SOE. They are copies of similar kit issued to German Fallschirmjager. There is an excellent photo of them being worn by troops en-route for North Africa in Hillary St George Saunders' classic The Red Beret, while they are also illustrated and described in the official SOE Descriptive catalogue of Special Devices and Supplies. In this latter publication it is stated that the knee pads were to bear no official markings. A seldom encountered item of Special Forces kit.
Rare WWII Pioneer Corps Officer's Coloured Field Service Cap Very seldom encountered. Some minor moth nips. Size 7
Rare WWII Prisoner of War Tunic An Indian-made tunic as issued to POW's. It features a distinctive identifying black lozenge to the back, being a panel which covers a corresponding hole, thus ruling out its removal by an escapee.
Rare WWII Quilted Sleeping Bag An extremely uncommon example in apparently unissued condition. This listing is for the quilted sleeping bag only, though the later images show it in conjunction with the waterproof sleeping bag cover also available on this site. See also Item 16874: Rare 1944 Army Issue Waterproof Sleeping Bag Cover, Price: 145.00 GBP
Rare WWII RAF 1937 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier A mint unissued and Wartime dated Canadian example.
Rare WWII RAF 258 Squadron Flying Overalls Badge 258 (fighter) squadron served in the Far East from late 1941, being moved from Singapore Sumatra and Java, suffering heavy losses to the Japanese. The survivors who attempted to escape to Australia became casualties of the Imperial Japanese Navy. In 1942 the squadron was reformed at Ceylon though again suffered losses to the Japanese Navy in a carrier strike. Thereafter the unit served in Burma before being re-equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts in advance of the planned invasion of Malaya, aborted upon the surrender of Japan. This lot comprises a rare squadron overalls badge framed together with an annotated photograph of the squadron's pilots. The squadron was largely manned by RNZAF pilots from New Zealand.
Rare WWII RAF 607 Squadron Lapel Badge No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron was formed in 1930 at the RAF Usworth, Sunderland as a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force. It operated during World War II from various locations and was active as a fighter squadron during the battle of France and later, Battle of Britain. At the end of the war the squadron was operating in Burma until it disbanded on 31 July 1945. In 1946 it was reformed at RAF Ouston as a day fighter squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. After flying Spitfires for five years, it converted to Vampires and was disbanded in 1957. A scarce maker-marked lapel badge.
Rare WWII RAF Air Sea Rescue Printed Badge
Rare WWII RAF Aircrew First Aid Pack A complete unopened MkII Aircrew First Aid Outfit. Extremely sought after and very seldom encountered.
Rare WWII RAF Beret A mint unissued example of this distinctive early multi-piece construction pattern.
Rare WWII RAF Bomber Command Poster
Rare WWII RAF Cap The seldom-encountered early multi-piece construction blue serge "beret". It shows a few minor moth nips by is otherwise in near unworn condition.
Rare WWII RAF Female War Worker's Overall An unusually prominently provenanced example of this extremely scarce pattern.
Rare WWII RAF Flight Engineer Lancaster Full Tour Log Book An excellent Log Book to Sgt Bale, 207 Squadron, Spilsby. Covering his full tour of 30 operations. Stirlings 12/4/44 - 15/6/44 1660 Conversion Unit Lancasters 5/7/44 - 8/7/44 5 LFS Syerston Lancasters 14/7/44 - 17/4/45 207 Sqn Spilsby
Rare WWII RAF Flying Socks A rare pair of WWII RAF stockings or sea boot socks as almost invariably worn inside flying boots. One retains it's original Air Ministry label. Though both are holed, they are incredibly rare and still display very well on a mannequin. (See Prodger's Luftwaffe vs. RAF volume 1 page 146.)
Rare WWII RAF Named Tunic A WWII RAF aircrew Warrant Officer's tunic. Unfortunately the forearms rank badges and brevet or wings have been removed, howver their original presence is clear and the correct insignia would be relatively easy to procure and replace. It is named to W/O A Blackburn, opening up avenues of research. In good condition and worthy of restoration.
Rare WWII RAF Officer's Solar Topee A lovely example.
Rare WWII RAF P'37 Pistol Ammo Pouch A mint unissued WWII dated example.
Rare WWII RAF Sten Gun Magazine Pouch A mint unissued example of the left hand pouch identifiable by way of the small pocket intended to carry the magazine loading tool
Rare WWII RAF Sten Gun Magazing Pouches
Rare WWII RAF Stretcher Sling While RAF examples are rare, this example is rarer still because of its laminate construction
Rare WWII RAF T1333 'Gibson Girl' Dinghy Radio and Kite
Rare WWII RAF Turret Gunner's Draught Excluder Hood As worn in conjunction with the G-Type oxygen mask and microphone heater
Rare WWII RAF Type B Special Ration Tin An example of this rather rare early-War RAF Aircrew Ration Tin. An extremely high quality tin pre-dating later War-economy.
Rare WWII RAF Type-G Electrically-Heated Suit Liner An issued example of this extremely scarce item of flying clothing.
Rare WWII Railway Poster - 'Is Your Journey Really Necessary?' An original example, approximately 22 1/2" X 16", stained and somewhat musty and smelly!
Rare WWII RAPC Officer's Forage Cap A superb original WWII Royal Amry Pay Corps officer's forage cap.
Rare WWII RASC Manuals A fascinating and seldom encountered group of seven manuals.
Rare WWII RCAF / RAF Officer's Peaked Cap A used but extremely sound Canadian-made example.
Rare WWII Ribbed & Beaded FS Fighting Knife An excellent example of this scarce and sought after variant. It bears an Ordnance view mark, identifying it as an official Army issue example. A lovely knife.
Rare WWII Rifles Regiment Officer's Coloured Field Service Cap By the prestigious military tailors Hawkes & Co, of No. 1 Saville Row, London. It is named to it's original owner, 2nd Lieutenant A Buchanan. In excellent condition.
Rare WWII RNZAF Flying Helmet An excellent example of the Royal New Zealand Air Force zip-ear flying helmet. Near identical to the British B-Type.
Rare WWII Royal Marines Division Flashes The Royal Marines Division was formed in August 1940 to serve as an amphibious warfare formation. It comprised 3 infantry brigades, an artillery brigade, an engineer battalion, a machine gun battalion, and a 'mobile' battalion equipped with motorcycles. It served at Dakar, Senegal in July 1940 as part of Operation Menace, the unsuccessful attempt by the British and Free French to seize control of the Vichy French port in West Africa. The division headquarters participated in the Allied planning for Operation Ironclad (the capture of Madagascar), but the RM division itself was not assigned to the operation as its infantry brigades were understrength and its divisional artillery had not formed. In 1943, the decision was taken to disband the division and reassign its personnel. Several of the infantry battalions were converted to Royal Marine Commandos and other divisional personnel were assigned as landing craft crews. The division headquarters under Major General Robert Sturges formed the new Headquarters Special Service Group
Rare WWII Royal Marines North African Theatre-made slip-on Title
Rare WWII Royal Navy 'H M Convoy' Cap Tally
Rare WWII Royal Navy 'HMS Royalist' Medal Group Comprising Rating's cap, small kit bag and hammock cords, medals including Atlantic, Italy and Burma Stars, cigarette case, watch fob and documents. The latter includes a diary detailing the sailor's experiences during 1945 until demobilisation. HMS Royalist is of note as being the vessel on which Alistair MacLean served, inspiring his first and superb novel 'HMS Ulysses'. Royalist was part of Operation Tungsten, the raid on the Tirpitz. Later in the Mediterranean she took part in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, in 1945 as Flagship of the 21st Escort Carrier Squadron she supported the Rangoon landings in Operation Dracula, remaining in the Far East for the remainder of the War.
Rare WWII Royal Navy 'HMS Royalist' Medal Group Additional images
Rare WWII Royal Navy issue Gas Mask Named to Officer An example of the respirator with double-length corrugated hose as issued to the RAF and Royal Navy, (personnel of these Services were considered less likely to be able to wear the respirator on the chest in the Alert position, so were issued with this version allowing the mask to be worn with the haversack slung by the side or at the back). This example is made all the more interesting by virtue of retaining it's original aluminium identity disk to Lieut Commander G H F Owles. Worthy of further research.
Rare WWII Royal Navy Officer's Battledress Trousers An unissued pair of Admiralty Officers' Blue Serge Working Dress Trousers, Working Dress being the term used by the Navy for their equivalent of the Battledress issued to it's officers late in the War.
Rare WWII Royal Navy Officer's Blue Beret A mint unissued example of the dark blue beret issued by the Admiralty from late in WWII. This unissued example is maker-marked Beret Industries Limited, is 1945 dated and size 6 3/8. Aside from some very minor moth surface grazing is mint. A rare cap.
Rare WWII Royal Scots Service Dress Jacket In very good condition, though lacking shoulder titles and collar badges. It bears unit issue stamps to the drill lining. The presence of a signallers' qualification badge with scarlet backing cloth is appealing. WWII issued OR's Service Dress is extremely difficult to find. The other Service Dress jacket of this group bears the original owner's service number, worth noting for further research.
Rare WWII Royal Scots Service Dress Jacket Though mothed, this remains a rare and attractive example of WWII Other Ranks' Service Dress, as worn by Scottish regiments. It retains its original 1937 dtaed label, and in addition to issue stamps which include the original owner's service number, it has affixed brass shoulder titles, 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division flashes, rank chevrons and a signaller's qualification badge with scarlet backing. WWII OR's Service Dress is highly uncommon, this example to a Royal Scot, with a rare combination of original insignia, and issue stamps is rare indeed.
Rare WWII Royal Tank Regiment Shoulder Tabs
Rare WWII Royal Tank Regiment Shoulder Tabs
Rare WWII Royal Vavy Rating's Neck Scarf A very rarely encountered item is issue clothing
Rare WWII RTR / Reconnaissance Corps ID Discs Formerly the property of 78834765 J Northcott who was promoted from the Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment and later served with the Reconnaissance Corps
Rare WWII Skill at Arms Record - Unissued Army Book 142 (War). Record Book for All Arms, Regular Army, ..., Rifle, Bren LMG, Boys Anti Tank Rifle. 1938. The standard booklet for recording the recruit's training in various small arms. A rare copy which is as-issued.
Rare WWII Slip-On Shoulder Titles Mint examples as worn by the Sussex Regiment.
Rare WWII Snow camouflage Bren Gun Muzzle Cover
Rare WWII SOE Tyre Slasher Knife A good example of this seldom encountered pattern. The springs have lost some tension and the blade has been sharpened. The Bexoid grips show no distortion and the the metal surfaces are excellent.
Rare WWII South Notts Hussars Memoir An extremely rare 1946 privately published account, and an author-inscribed presentation copy.
Rare WWII Special Constabulary Inspectors Steel Helmet
Rare WWII Sten Magazine Pouches An unissued set of WWII Sten magazine pouches. These were officially modified from the longer Lanchester magazine pouches. Now extremely difficult to find.
Rare WWII Sten Magazine Pouches An unissued set of WWII Sten magazine pouches. These were officially modified from the longer Lanchester magazine pouches. Maker-marked and WWII. Now extremely difficult to find.
Rare WWII Sussex Yeomanry Officer's Service Dress Cap A superb original example from the Viscount Cowdrey estate. During the Second World War there were 2 Regiments associated with the Sussex Yeomanry, namely 98 Field Regiment R.A. (Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry), and 144 Field Regiment R.A. (Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry); hey took part in the Battle of France and the campaigns in East Africa, North Africa and Italy.
Rare WWII Sussex Yeomanry Officer's Service Dress Cap A superb original example from the Viscount Cowdrey estate. During the Second World War there were 2 Regiments associated with the Sussex Yeomanry, namely 98 Field Regiment R.A. (Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry), and 144 Field Regiment R.A. (Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry); hey took part in the Battle of France and the campaigns in East Africa, North Africa and Italy.
Rare WWII Tank Crew Helmet Headphone Harness A rather rare example of the optional and removable leather harness intended to be worn with the tank crew fibre helmet when earphones for wired or wireless communications were in use. Much rarer than the helmet itself, I have seen just a very few of these leather communications harnesses in the past 25 years.
Rare WWII Tank Crew Overalls An excellent example of the so-called Pixie Suit, retaining its original zips in working order and WWII dated. The condition overall is excellent showing evidence of only light use. These are extremely scarce, indeed I have handled more Denison smocks that WWII dated RAC overalls. A rare opportunity.
Rare WWII Tank Crew Overalls From my own collection, an excellent example of the so-called Pixie Suit in a large size, retaining its original zips in working order and 1944 dated. These are extremely scarce, indeed I have handled more Denison smocks that WWII dated RAC overalls. A rare opportunity. The suit is complete with its detachable hood, though I ommitted to photograph the latter
Rare WWII Tank Crew Overalls An excellent example of the so-called Pixie Suit, retaining its original zips in working order and WWII dated. The condition overall is virtually mint, the suit clearly being unissued. These are extremely scarce, indeed I have handled more Denison smocks that WWII dated RAC overalls. A rare opportunity.
Rare WWII Tank Manual
Rare WWII Tropical Issue Drawers Part of the re-designed late-War tropical clothing issue. British-made, clearly marked and in unissued condition.
Rare WWII Tropical Issue Jungle Green Cap A mint unissued example of this distinctive Australian-manufactured item of tropical issue headgear.
Rare WWII Tropical Jungle Green Battledress Trousers Certainly one of the most sought after of items of WWII British Army issue tropical clothing, much rarer than serge BD trousers, the Indian-made JG trousers worn with the cellular Battledress blouse. This is the best set I have seen, 1944 dated and in superb condition when most encountered are poor indeed.
Rare WWII Tropical Jungle Green Jersey A mint unissued 1945 dated example in a useful size. Very seldom encountered.
Rare WWII Tropical Jungle Green Jersey A mint unissued 1945 dated example in a useful size. Very seldom encountered
Rare WWII Tropical Waterproof Pack Bag An Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern of a tropical issue waterproof pack which I assume was used to keep personal kit dry within either the P'44 Rucksack or P'37 Pack. It is the only example of this item of kit I have encountered.
Rare WWII US Johnson Automatic Rifle Bayonet A superb original example of this seldom encountered bayonet.
Rare WWII Vickers / Infantry Rangefinder Cover A WWII canvas and webbing cover for the Infantry Rangefinder used with the Vickers machine gun.
Rare WWII Vickers Machine Gun Ammo Belt A rare 1938 dated example with brass starter tab by the Mills Equipemnt Co. These are extremely difficult to find.
Rare WWII Vickers Machine Gun Barrel Jacket One of the most sought after and difficult to find WWII Vickers accessories. This in an Australian-made example in unissued condition. You will likely wait a very long time to find another.
Rare WWII Vickers Machine Gun Steam Hose A rare original example.
Rare WWII Warrant Officers' Service Dress Cap An almost unworn example of the rare WWII OR's pattern Service Dress cap bearing an officer-pattern leather chin strap as worn by Warrant Officers.
Rare WWII Webbing 3-Inch Mortar Ammunition Carrier An unissued example of this seldom encountered item of equipment. Worn in place of the Basic Pouch with P'37 equipment.
Rare WWII Webbing Binocular Sling
Rare WWII Webbing Binocular Sling
Rare WWII Webbing Motorcycle Pannier Bag Very seldom encountered
Rare WWII Webbing Wire Cutter Pouch Sealed Pattern An extremely scarce Ordnance Sealed Working Pattern of the pouch for the standard issue wire cutters. These Sealed Patterns were created as standards to which production could be compared as a quality control. They are very seldom encountered.
Rare WWII Women's Junior Air Corps Badge A particularly attractive and scarce enamelled lapel badge.
Rare WWII Woolen Jersey In excellent condition and a large size
Rare WWII Woolen Scarf
Rare WWII WRAF Battledress Trousers A scarce pair of WRAF Battledress trousers. In mint unissued condition.
Rare York & Lancaster Regiment Flash
Rare York Castle Armour & Arms Catalogue An original copy of the 1941 catalogue of the Arms & Armour held by the Castle Museum at York. The collection remains important and is to be recommended; this catalogue of the same is extremely scarce.
Rare Zulu War Period Beadwork From a collection of family martial trophies dating to the 1870's, three distinctive and rare items of Zulu beadwork including and ants' egg necklace.
Rare Zulu War Period Rifle Manual Rifle Exercises and Musketry Instruction, 1870. 280 pages of detailed text with illustrations. Red-leather-bound. Brass clasp lacking. Extremely scarce.
RASC Association Lapel Badge
RASC Cap badge
RASC Cap Badge
RASC Cap Badge
RASC Cap Badge
RASC Cloth Shoulder Title
RASC Cloth Title
RASC Enamelled Silver Sweetheart Brooch
RASC enamelled-silver Sweetheart Brooch
RASC Officer's Identity Wristlet
RASC Officer's Bronze Service Dress Cap Badge
RASC Plastic Cap Badge
RASC Printed Shoulder Title
RASC Shoulder Titles
RASC Shoulder Titles
RASC Silver and Marcassite Sweetheart Brooch
RASC Slip-on Shoulder Title
RASC Sweetheart Brooch
RCAF Cap Badge
Re-enactor large size 1940 Pattern BD Blouse Stripped of insignia. Some previous owners' details in ink to the inside pocket lining. Large size and good wearable condition.
Recconnaisance Corps Cap Badge
Reconnaissance Corps Cap Badge
Reconnaissance Corps Cap Badge An example which has been literally and metaphorically 'through the wars'
Reconnaissance Corps Cap Badge
Reconnaissance Corps Cap Badge
Red Cross Arm Band
Red Ensign A large printed cotton example measuring approximately 2m x 1m
Regimental Badges Still an extremely useful reference
Regimental Badges Book
Regimental Police Arm band
Regimental Police Brassard
Regimental Police Printed Arm band
Regimental Records of the British Army A classic and standard reference
Regimental Records of the British Army 1660-1901
Regiments and Corps of the British Army
Regulations for the Home Guard, 1942 A rare copy of the official Regulations for the Home Guard, 1942, Volume I. It runs to some 62 pages and is certainly an essential primary reference for students of the history of the Home Guard.
Relic Imperial German Stick Grenade An early variant circa 1915-6
Relic WWI Brodie Helmet with Battle Insignia The insignia may be that of the 28th Infantry Division
REME Cap Badge
REME Cap Badge
REME Cap Badge
REME Plastic Cap Badge
REME Printed Shoulder Title
Remington Export 1889 Pattern Bayonet For the Remington rolling block rifle as sold to the Mexican Government amongst others. A handsome bayonet.
Replacement Pattern 1907 Cavalry Troopers Sword Scabbard A 1915 dated example by Wilkinson
Replica M'1915 Pickelhaube Chin Strap
Replica Pickelhaube / Stahlhelm Chin Strap
Replica Pickelhaube / Stahlhelm Chin Strap
Replica Saxon M'1895 Pickelhaube Cockade
Reproduction Anti-Gas Wallet
Reproduction Home Guard Equipment Belt Sleeeve
Reproduction Imperial German Steel Helmet An impressive reproduction M'17 stahlhelm for re-enactor use
Reproduction No4 MkI Bayonet An alarmingly good example for the re-enactor
Reproduction P'14 Bayonet Frog
Revolver Lanyard
Revolver Lanyard
Revolver Lanyard
Revolver Lanyard
Revolver Lanyard
Revolver Lanyard
RFC and RAF Mess Cutlery
RFC Officer's Bronze Cap Badge A scarce maker-marked example.
Rhodesian Army Flash
Rhodesian Cloth Badge
Richard Todd Signed Photograph Richard Todd served as an officer of the 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment during WWII. He was among the first British officers to land in Normandy on D-Day, supporting the assault on Pegasus Bridge. In the 1962 he starred in the film The Longest Day
Rifle Brigade Cap Badge
Rifle Brigade Shoulder Title
Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge
Rifle Marksman's Badge
Rifle Marksman's Badge
Rifle Marksman's Badge
Rifle Marksman's Qualification Badge
Rifle Marksman's Arm Badge
Rifle Marksman's Qualification Badge
Rifle Marksman's Qualification Badge
Rifle Oil Bottle An example by BSA
Rifle Oil Bottle As used during both World Wars and carried in the butt trap of the Lee Enfield rifle
Rifle Oil Bottle
Rifle Oil Bottle
Rifle Pull-Through
Rifle Regiment Sweetheart Brooch A rather elegant silver-mounted example
Rifle Sling
Rifle Sling
RNAS Armoured Car Squadron Group
RNAS Brooch
RNAS Fairey Gannet MkIII Control Column Grip
RNAS Fairey Gannet MkV Control Column Spade Grip
RNXS Mine Sweeper's Lapel Badge
Ross M1910 MkII Bayonet Though the hilt bears a little rust, I am quite sure this example will restore well, it has a good scabbard and excellent blade
Royal Armoured Corps 1st Pattern Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps 2nd Pattern Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps Arm of Service Strips
Royal Armoured Corps Arm of Service Strips
Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps first pattern Cap Badge
Royal Armoured Corps P'37 Holster Webbing Thigh Strap
Royal Armoured Corps Rank Pips
Royal Armoured Corps Shoulder Title
Royal Armoured Corps Shoulder Title
Royal Armoured Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Armoured Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Armoured Corps Silk Work Runner
Royal Armoured Corps Training Brigade Flash
Royal Armoured Corps War Economy Plastic Cap Badge An excellent example
Royal Army Chaplains' Department Cap Badge
Royal Army Dental Corps Shoulder Title
Royal Army Dental Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Education Corps Shoulder Title
Royal Army Medical Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Medical Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Medical Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Medical Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Army Medical Corps Training Pamphlet No3, 1944
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge Circa 1949-52
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Officer's Service Dress Of War austerity pattern and incorporating scarce collar badges worn for just three years between 1949 and 1952. The trunk in which this was bought was named to a Captain Harper-Tarr, likely the name of this officer.
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Plastic Cap Badge
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Army Pay Corps Buttons
Royal Army Pay Corps Cap Badge
Royal Army Pay Corps Cap Badge A maker-marked example
Royal Army pay Corps Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles Early variant with full wording rather than initials on a blue ground
Royal Army Pay Corps Shoulder Titles Early variant with full wording rather than initials on a black ground
Royal Army Service Corps Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery / Engineer Officers' Grenade Badges
Royal Artillery Arm Badge An excellent example of the gun badge as worn in conjunction with rank insignia.
Royal Artillery Arm of Sevice Strips
Royal Artillery Beret Badge A maker-marked example
Royal Artillery Brass Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Cadets Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge A "moving wheel" example.
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge A two-piece mobile example.
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge A brooched example
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge The slider bearing the owner's name
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Cinque Ports Cloth Shoulder Title
Royal Artillery Cloth Flash An excellent as-worn example. Of two-piece construction in felt.
Royal Artillery Coloured Field Service Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Field Service Cap Badge With original red cloth backing
Royal Artillery Gunnery Sergeant's Service Dress A good inter-War or early WWII Service Dress, requiring brass cannon badges above the chevrons.
Royal Artillery Lanyard A very good original WWII example of this unit distinction.
Royal Artillery Lanyard
Royal Artillery Lanyard
Royal Artillery Lanyard
Royal Artillery Matchbox Cover
Royal Artillery Matchbox Cover
Royal Artillery Officer's Brass Soulder Titles Smaller than the ORs equivalent
Royal Artillery Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Officer's Coloured Field Service Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Officer's Forage Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Officers' Forage Cap Badge In superbly gilded example
Royal Artillery Officers' Service Dress Collar Badges
Royal Artillery Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Officer's Coloured Field Service Cap A good example with it's original bullion-embroidered cap badge. Some minor moth nips.
Royal Artillery Officer's Service Dress Cap An excellent example
Royal Artillery Other Ranks' Cap badge
Royal Artillery Piper's Plaid Brooch
Royal Artillery Plastic Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Plastic Field Service Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Plastic FS Cap Badge
Royal Artillery printed Shoulder Title
Royal Artillery Printed Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery printed Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Printed Title
Royal Artillery Shoulder Title
Royal Artillery Shoulder Title
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Artillery Silver wishbone Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery slip-on Shoulder Title
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Artillery Territorials Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Territorials Cap Badge
Royal Artillery Trench Art Lighter
Royal Artillery Trench Art Petrol Lighter A lovely example.
Royal Artillery Volunteers Cap Badge
Royal Artilllery Territorials Cap Badge
Royal Australian Air Force Cap Badge
Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap Badge
Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap Badge
Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap Badge & Backing
Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps Shoulder Title
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Printed Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Royal Canadian Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Artillery Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Artillery Officer's Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Royal Canadian Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Printed Title Part of a collection I have recently acquired, assembled during the War by a veteran.
Royal Corps of Signals Cap Badge
Royal Devon Yeomanry Cap Badge
Royal Doulton Nelson HMS Victory Commemorative Bowl
Royal Engineer slip-on Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers / Artillery Arm-of-Service Strips
Royal Engineers 1940 Pattern BD Blouse A 1944 dated Battledress blouse to a Lieutenant of the Royal Engineers. In superb condition throughout, only the cloth titles having attracted a little moth nibble. Some of his other clothing (namely shirt collars) were named, I'll pass one of these onto the buyer, allowing further research.
Royal Engineers Brass Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Brass Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Cloth Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Emergency Reserve Printed Formation Signs
Royal Engineers Grenade Badge An excellent example of the grenade badge as worn in conjunction with rank insignia.
Royal Engineers Plastic Cap Badge
Royal Engineers Plastic Cap Badge
Royal Engineers printed Shoulder Title
Royal Engineers Printed Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers printed Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Printed Title
Royal Engineers Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Shoulder Titles
Royal Engineers Silver & Tortoiseshell Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Engineers Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Engineers Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Engineers Sweetheart Brooch
Royal Engineers War Economy Plastic Cap Badge
Royal Enginners Officer's Tropical Slip-Ons
Royal Enginners Officer's Tropical Slip-Ons
Royal Enginners Officer's Tropical Slip-Ons
Royal Enginners Officer's Tropical Slip-Ons
Royal Field Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Field Artillery Shoulder Titles
Royal Flying Corps / RAF Mark I Flying Helmet A good issue example of this iconic pattern, the first issued to the newly formed RAF in 1918. This variant is lined in flannel
Royal Flying Corps Cap Badge
Royal Flying Corps Cowl Type Flying Helmet One of the finest examples I have seen. It is said that these were favoured by navigators and gunners, while pilots found their hood-like nature restricted all-round visibility. For this reason many pilots had them modified to make them conform more closely to the flying helmet we recognise today. This is one such example, an Ordnance issue example modified at unit level. It in in superb condition. An extremely pleasing example.
Royal Flying Corps Cowl Type Flying Helmet Additional images
Royal Flying Corps Flying Helmet Being a modified RFC issue cowl helmet, such practice being commonplace during WWI and certainly around the introduction of the MkI flying helmet. Of particular note if the presence of an inscription identifying its original owner, difficult to read though certainly worthy of further research.
Royal Flying Corps Goggle Mask Of a type worn by early aviators and RFC aircrew. This displays well the the RFC modified cowl type helmet also availabel on this site
Royal Flying Corps Sweetheart Brooch An attractive example
Royal Fusiliers Cap Badge
Royal Fusiliers Cap Badge
Royal Fusiliers Printed Shoulder Title
Royal Fusiliers Sweetheart Brooch A pretty enamelled-gilt-metal sweetheart brooch of the City of London Regiment.
Royal Fusiliers Title
Royal Garrison Artillery Brass Shoulder Titles Apparently having had curviture introduced by their original owner.
Royal Garrison Artillery Sho