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Unique French Breastplate from the Battle of Waterloo
I suspect this may have come from one of the Royal Armouries Tower of London disposals. An extremely striking and equally rare French cuirass, picked up from the field of Waterloo and experimented on with musket and pistol shot.
Code: 21033Price: 2850.00 GBP
1943 RAF Slouch Hat
Aside from a nibble to the brim an excellent example
Scarce WWII Royal Navy Officer's Cap
An extremely pleasing example by Gieves. Bearing bullion embroidery to the peak as worn by officers of Commodore, Captain or Commander rank
RAMC 9ct Gold Sweetheart Brooch
Code: 21028Price: 40.00 GBP
Unidentified 1917 British Military Cartridge Belt
Code: 21030Price: 150.00 GBP
Extremely rare Georgian Navy Officer's Manual
A first edition of John Anselm's Observations on some Points of Seamanship; with Practical Hints on Naval Oeconomy, &c. &c. The Whole Profits are for the Benefit of the Royal Naval Charitable Society. Published for the author in 1824. Just a few copies are currently available at www.abebooks.co.uk, ranging in price from £600 to £1500. Not many copies are believed to exist. The work is a manual for naval men by an experienced Royal Navy officer (Lieutenant 1790; Troubridge's First Lieutenant in the Culloden at the battle of St. Vincent, 1797; with the Leonidas assisted at the capture of Cephalonia, 1809, and the reduction of St. Maura, 1810-11; eventually reaching the rank of Rear-Admiral in 1841). Although a substantial portion of Griffiths's book comprises notes on 'points of seamanship', there is much here of great interest on both the management and human side of the early 19th century Royal Navy. The the author considers such issues as the practice of admitting women on board ('an evil of considerable magnitude'), and at some length man-management issues, including the conduct of the chaplain, the officers, midshipmen and the ship's company as a whole. He reminds the reader that most of the ship's company were there involuntarily and not by choice, that nonetheless they had 'feelings' and emotional ties to families. 'Seamen are now a days a thinking set of people', Griffiths claims, 'and a large portion of them possess no inconsiderable share of common sense'. Punishments should be firm but fair, courts martial requiring a higher standard of proof than had become customary. At the end of the volume is a long list of subscribers, the vast majority of whom were evidently Royal Navy officers including no fewer than 57 Admirals.
Code: 21029Price: 450.00 GBP
Pair of WWII 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division Flashes
Code: 21025Price: 45.00 GBP
Ultra-rare WWII Helmet with Cruise Visor
One of just five examples I am aware of. Part of a contract for 5000. This ingenious visor was apparently trialed by the BEF. It wasn't placed into large scale production and issue because of problems with obscured vision caused by the visor when wet through rain.
Code: 21024Price: 1450.00 GBP
Scarce WWI Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer's Cap
Post 1901 Helmet Pate
Code: 21021Price: 65.00 GBP
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