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' BRITISH PERSONAL ITEMS ' Category Please remember their is a BRITISH PERSONAL ITEMS section on the website for items of small kit used by the British soldier , sailor or airman. I will be updating this section over the next few weeks with regard to a collection of such items recently acquired.
Next update this coming Sunday 24th June 2007
Current updates ongoing as much new stock coming in, please keep checking back for new items.
War & Peace Show !! War & Peace show Row A76-78 ( Along the rear hedge line) ..Come & see us ! Random updating ongoing at our sister website - Bridgehead Militaria
*** Bridgehead Militaria**** We continue to upload more militaria at Items include more WW2 British items , reference books , ordnance & weapons.
***** New Stock Update***** Having been away since the last update we are currently preparing new stock for an update next week with our usual weekly updates thereafter. Some new helmets for listing next week are pictured here ....
******Bridgehead Militaria***** Please take a look at our sister website 'Bridgehead Militaria' where bayonets , deactivated weapons & more militaria are listed. Amongst other items recently listed you will find a selection of German sawback, regimentally marked & plain bladed bayonets from the first & second world wars.
***** BRIDGEHEAD MILITARIA***** Please enjoy our new sister website Bridgehead Militaria as your time permits. A Happy New Year to all ! Very best regards, Chris S
******* Bridgehead Militaria******* We continue to upload more militaria at www.bridgeheadmilitaria.com. Bayonet collection just purchased !
******* Bridgehead Militaria******* We continue to upload more militaria at Our CS MIlitaria Ltd Facebook page is also well under way with weekly previews of forthcoming items published in advance...
********Next Update********* Next update currently under compilation ..... WW2 American combat uniform & equipment collection just purchased which will be listed in stages. Also much more Allied & German militaria ( including weapons ) to go on in forthcoming weeks.
*** More Militaria at Bridgehead Militaria *** More militaria at Best regards , Chris S
****** Great Malvern Show****** Attending Great Malvern this coming weekend with a selection of militaria & deactivated weapons currently in stock. Hope to see you, Kind regards, Chris Sadler
********** Wed March 27th ******** Some new items uploaded from a deactivated weapons collection just purchased. Uploading of these items now ongoing.
***** WW1 Militaria At Bridgehead Militaria****** Now on BRIDGEHEAD MILITARIA. Several new items recently listed on our sister website at www.bridgeheadmilitaria.com : WW1 German Rare Matching Regimentally Marked S98Aa Sawback Bayonet With Foul Weather Cover WW1 German 1917 Dated Matching Numbered Luger Pistol & Holster 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet , 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet , Worcester Regiment WW1 British 13 Pounder Artillery Head , 1915 Dated Very best regards , Chris S
**** Next Update Friday 24th February**** We have recently acquired alot of new stock items so check out our new CS Militaria Ltd Facebook page on which we will preview some of next Fridays WW1 items before they go live on the website. More militaria now to be uploaded onto our sister website Bridgehead Militaria so please take a look :
************ 24/07/2012 ************** Now returned from a succesful War & Peace Show & currently in the process of compiling the next update with many new items of militaria .... to follow soon.
****** Next Update Coming Soon ****** Next update to comprise uniforms & equipment of the WW2 British Tommy. Updating Saturday 20th October.
********* Next Update Coming Soon ******** ******* Next update to consist of a recently purchased WW2 US Combat Uniform & Equipment collection *******
************ New stock Updates******** New in stock & currently awaiting listing :- More German & Allied militaria of all genres, deactivated weapons , bayonets & inert ammunition ...... coming soon. Always looking to buy quality militaria , single items or whole collections.
*******Friday 13th ... Website Updated****** Some new German items listed at CS Militaria. Regards , Chris S.
Our new sister website : BRIDGEHEAD MILITARIA !! Check out our new sister website BRIDGEHEAD MILITARIA. Several new items recently listed on our sister website at WW1 German Rare Matching Regimentally Marked S98Aa Sawback Bayonet With Foul Weather Cover WW1 German 1917 Dated Matching Numbered Luger Pistol & Holster 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet , 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet , Worcester Regiment Very best regards , Chris S
*******WW2 German Machine Guns Wanted****** MG34, MG42, MP40, MP44 - All deactivated German machine guns/ sub machine guns now sought.. Please email if you have any to sell or trade. Thanks, CS
**************** War & Peace Show 2012 ( Pitch A74 ) *********************** CS Militaria will be exhibiting at the War & Peace show Row A, pitch 74. ( Along rear hedgerow with back to the arena ) .
Sister Website - Bridgehead Militaria ...New Stock Added More militaria at We have more new items to be uploaded onto Bridgehead so casual attention is recommended. Very best regards , Chris S
******** Next Update Coming Soon********* The next update will comprise more US combat uniforms & equipment whilst i continue to accumulate other new stock items of mixed militaria for forthcoming listings.
*********** WW2 US Militaria Update Part 2 Coming Soon ****** Next part of US militaria update coming soon....
3 X WW2 Picture Post Magazines Three editions of the popular Picture Post magazine there being two 1940 dated editions & one 1945 . In used condition.
Postwar RAF Ensign A very nice multi panelled RAF ensign from the postwar period. Excellent condition.
US Jungle Green Thompson Magazine Pouch & Carrying Strap Jungle green pouch for carriage of Thompson smg magazines. Designation stencilled on front . Integral carrying strap complete.
Wednesday 21st August ...Now Updated - Military Odyssey ***** MILITARY ODYSSEY***** Indoors at Pitch 18 Attending Military Odyssey this weekend with German & Allied militaria also a newly acquired collection of German deactivated weapons just in : MP44 - ( Old Spec ) MG42 Luger 1916 Luger 1918 Luger 1941 Artillery Luger ....As well as all other deacs currently in stock.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Leather Shoulder Brace ( 1915 Dated ) Extremely rare leather shoulder brace for the 1914 pattern leather equipment set. Maker marked to the well known maker of these 'COOK' with date 1915. No damage but dry to outside surface with surface cracking which would benefit from treatment. Issue markings to leather as photographed & measures 130 cm in length. A very rare practically unobtainable piece of the WW1 1914 pattern equipment.
WW1 Imperial German Drill Tunic This white drill tunic is one of a few variations from the Imperial German period intended to be worn as a work over jacket in situations where the feldbluse may become damaged . With red/crimson piping around the base of the collar & a distinctive internal breast pocket to the left side these were initially for dismounted troops but later for cavalry as well. Much photographic evidence exists of these being worn in the frontline. Examples with collar piping can be encountered one of which can be seen on page 207 of the excellent work 'The German Army In The First World War' by Jurgen Kraus. A good condition example with a chest size measuring an approx 40 inches.
WW2 British Army Gas Mask, Haversack & Anti Dimming Kit WW2 British army issue gas mask with 1941 dated facepiece & 1941 dated carrying haversack. Comes with Anti Dimming kit for demisting of eyepieces & string fastening still present to bag. In overall excellent condition with hardness to yoke at rear.
WW2 British Army Small Arms Training Pamphlet 'Light Machine Gun' 1942 1942 edition in excellent condition.
WW2 USMC M1 Carbine Magazine Pouch Unissued in green webbing & with USMC marking to rear.
' Air League Of The British Empire' Badge Enamelled badge for the major advocacy group founded in 1909 as the Aerial League of the British Empire , renamed to Air league of the British Empire 1918 into the 1950s.
' Ruckmarsch' After The battle Book on German Retreat From Normandy 1944 Superb 376 page book on the German retreat from Normandy in 1944 containing many fantastic black & white photographs of German troops on the retreat with fascinating then & now comparisons of the locations photographed. Many period shots of Army, Luftwaffe Field Division, Paratrooper & Waffen SS in camouflage combat clothing with combat gear make this an absolute must for those interested in the German forces of the Normandy campaign. Discounted price includes UK postage.
'37 Pattern Webbing Belt 1942 Dated (XL Size) Mint condition example of a WW2 British Webbing belt unblancoed & a good size being XL adjustable up to 56inches. Belt is clearly maker stamped ' ME Co 1942' which is Mills Equipment Company the well known British Webbing Equipment manufacturer of WW1 & WW2. Nice WW2 1942 dated belt in mint condition.
'Field Service Pocket Book- Field Engineering' 1944 On subjects such as Protective Works, Obstacles, Minefields & Booby Traps etc etc.
'Final Victory' Michael Turner Print, Signed by Spitfire Pilot Flying Officer Town Superb limited edition print of the last engagement of Spitfire TB 752 which is now housed in the Spitfire Memorial museum at RAF Manston. By famous aviation artist Michael Turner, the print depicts its fourth & final victory against a Heinkel HE 111 on the 3rd May 1945 whilst flown by Flying Officer Frederick W.Town of 403 Squadron R.C.A.F whose signature is also on the print. A certificate of authenticity dated June 1985 from RAF Manston & signed by its then Officer Commanding Wing Commander Ward is also present which confirms that this is number 783 of 850 copies which were commissioned to record the 40th anniversary of Spitfire TB752's last operational flight in World War II. Historic piece of signed WW2 Aviation memorabilia. ***Please call to discuss delivery options or collection by arrangement*******
'Hermann Goerings Bullet Proof Car' Exhibition Leaflet Immediate postwar period foldout pamphlet giving a brief synopsis of Field Marshal Goerings car after its capture by British Forces in Lentforden, Schleswig-Holstein. Leaflet explains that the car is now the property of the War Office & is being exhibited at HA Browett & Co in Dover Street , Leicester . The ink stamp of the Scottish Veterans is present on the back of the leaflet having most likely come from their library or in house archive. Excellent condition.
'Lancaster VC' Print , Signed by Two RAF VC Winners This superb limited edition print by the famous combat aviation artist Robert Taylor entitled 'The Lancaster VC's' depicts two Avro Lancaster bombers heading out towards Germany & is a tribute to all the brave aircrew members who flew with Lancasters & RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. The print is individually signed by the artist & also two Victoria Cross winners Flight Lieutenant William 'Bill' Reid VC 61 Squadron, RAFVR & Sergeant Norman Jackson VC 106 Squadron RAFVR. Bill Reid received his VC on the night of the 3rd November 1943 folowing a mission to attack Dusseldorf. On the way to the target his plane was strafed by a Messerchmitt 110 & the pilots windscreen shattered. During the fight Flight Lieutenant Reid was wounded in the head,shoulders & hands although remarkably he continued on for another 200 miles to deliver his bomb load. With his navigator killed & his wireless operator fatally wounded he dropped his bombs on the target & in his crippled & defenceless plane managed to get back across the North Sea & to an airfield where he was able to land. Norman Jackson was a flight engineer in a Lancaster bomber on his way to attack Schweinfurt on the night of 26th April 1944 when after succesfully having dropped their bombs they were attacked by a fighter at about 20,000 feet which started a fire near a petrol tank on the upper surface of the starboard wing between the fuselage & the inner engine. Receiving wounds from shell splinters in the right leg & shoulder Sgt Jackson tucked a fire extinguisher into his jacket & put on a parachute pack before climbing out onto the Starboard wing to tackle the blaze. Clinging on for his life the extinguisher was blown away causing Sgt Jackson severe burns as the fire spread. Unable to hold on any longer he was swept through the flames with his burning & only partially inflated parachute flailing behind him. As the Captain gave the order for everyone to bail out Sgt Jackson was descending heavily to the ground resulting in a broken ankle. He somehow managed to crawl to a nearby village where he was taken prisoner spending the next 10 months in a hospital needing extensive treatment for the severe burns to his hands. Four of the other crew members survived, the Captain & the rear gunner were killed in the crash. This superb print is a moment captured in time & a fitting tribute to those such men. **Please contact to discuss postal options***
'Machine Guns of World War One' Book Robert Bruce Superb colour photograph book of some of the most famous machine guns of the First World War detailing in period settings their field stripping, loading & firing . 128 pages of excellent reference for those interested in the MGs of WW1. Price includes UK postage.
'Military Communications In Combined Operations-1944' Excellent condition.
'Red Cross Penny A Week Fund' Lapel Badge Excellent condition lapel badge for the Red Cross penny A Week Fund for those donating a penny a week which helped towards parcels for prisoners of war & our soldiers abroad. Pin back in good order.
'Remembering 1916' First World War Exhibition ON NOW AT WHITGIFT SCHOOL , SOUTH CROYDON. A superb exhibition commemorating WW1 with many rare items sourced from the most advanced private first world war collections. Stunning dioramas & cabinet displays with 100% original uniforms , equipment & weapons....not to be missed!
'Signal Training (All Arms) Manual 1938 HMSO training manual entitled 'Signal Training (All Arms) & dated 1938. 341 pages cover many aspects of the subject including Phonetic Alphabet, Morse Code, Semaphore, Binocular Use, Monocular Use, Heliograph Use, Signalling Lamp Use, Field Cables (laying of etc) , Wireless Equipment, Codenames & Callsigns, Artillery Fire Orders & much more. Many black & white drawings , photo illustrations & diagrams compliment this complete guide for military personnel of the World War Two period. This edition was printed in 1941.
'TEAM SPIRIT' Period Book on 53rd Welsh Division During Operation Overlord Interesting 71 page book entitled ' TEAM SPIRIT' about 'The Administration of the 53rd Welsh Division during Operation Overlord June 1944-May 1945' . Book contains much statistical information on the numbers of casualties, weaponry, ammunition, food & fuel, equipment , vehicles, clothing etc with the aid of graphs & charts ( Some colour) & black & white photographs of the period. Book also lists all the various ancillary units within the Division as well as the original order of battle of the 53rd Welsh Division & the places occupied by HQ 53rd Welsh Division. This period publication is a real must for any avid Welsh Division collector. Overall good condition with no loose pages.
'The Fascist' Newspaper No. 87 August 1936 Edition Early & scarce edition of The Imperial Fascist League newspaper ' The Fascist ' being No.87 & dated August 1936. Much related political content of the prewar period. Early editions such as these are rarely seen today.
'The Fascist' Newspaper No.107 April 1938 Imperial Fascist leagues prewar newspaper ' The Fascist ' edition number 107 of April 1938. Typical Fascist content of the period the British Government of the time being unable to silence the fascist movement due to freedom of speech. ' Germany & the Class War , Hitler Moves On' is the title of one of the articles.
'The Fascist' Newspaper No.90 November 1936 Imperial Fascist league Newspaper of the prewar period edition number 90 from November 1936. Much content including ' Armistice in Palestine' , Fascist Outlook, Fascism Through The Ages, etc.
'The Fascist' Newspaper No.91 December 1936 Early 1936 edition of the Imperial Fascist Leagues prewar newspaper, number 91. Articles include ' What is Wrong With the East End' , 'Britains Future Constitution' & more. Early 1936 editions are now hard to find.
'The Fascist' Newspaper No.99 August 1937 Prewar Newspaper of the Imperial Fascist League this being edition number 99 of August 1937. Interesting anti Masonic article entitled ' A loyalist Appeal, The Masonic Abdication of King George VI' . Other Fascist related articles of the era relay the voice of Fascism on the run up to World War Two with a write up by the editor A.S.Leese.
'The Womens Land Army 1939-50' In Black & White Pictures Very interesting book on the WLA in black & white pictures.
'The World War Two Tommy' Book. British Uniforms European Theatre 1939-45 Superb hardback reference book by Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram on the European uniforms worn by the British soldier in WW2. Nearly 300 colour photographs depicting a vast variety of settings display subjects such as uniforms & equipment of the infantrymen , walking out dress of officers & men, tank crew gear, mountain troops , motorcyclists , medics etc etc. Snow clothing, anti-gas kit, camouflage uniforms, assault kit is also shown . Virtually unrivalled work on the British Tommy. Price includes UK postage.
'The Young Officers Guide To Military Law' 1944 Gale & Polden manual on Military law for officers. 1944 edition.
'Womens Land Army And Me' Book A spirited account of the authors time in the Womens Land Army.
****** Great Malvern Show ******* This weekend we will be attending the Great Malvern show & have been asked by customers to bring items for viewing . Please email if you would like to see any items similarly. Thankyou.
******* US Militaria Category Additions ****** Due to the expansion of US Militaria items in stock i am now adding the following categories : WW1 US MIlitaria WW2 US Combat & Field Equipment WW2 US Helmets & Headgear WW2 US Uniforms & Footwear Best regards. Chris Sadler
*************Next Update Coming End Of Week**************** Next update at end of week to include mixed British & German militaria as well as more US combat gear. Items listed to include German winter splinter camouflage parka , British officers SD cap to Gloucester regiment, British 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ) officers battledress & US M1 fixed bales camouflage netted helmet . USMC combat clothing & equipment to follow on a later update as well as a small collection of deactivated weapons just purchased.
***More Pictures*** WW2 German Army Panzer NCO Wrap Over Tunic & Trousers ( Panzer Regiment 22) Further pictures ...
1856 Pattern Enfield Bayonet A bayonet of the 1856 Enfield pattern. The presence of two holes on the ring may imply that this was a bushed 1873 Enfield ( For the Martini Henry rifle ) now with the bushing ring taken out . Two holes have also been put into one side of the handle most probably for a previous wall display.
1888 Lee Metford bayonet Missing its scabbard & pommel catch this 1888 pattern Metford bayonet has seen much service & has many reissue stamps together with the 'VR' marking of Victoria Reign & the dates 1892 to 1899. Overall aged condition with good walnut grips but some pitting to the pommel & damage to the blade.
18th Century India Pattern Brown Bess Musket 1797 - 1854 A superb example of the late 18th century classic India Pattern Brown Bess , the standard infantry musket in service from 1797 - 1854 although some of these were in use pre-1797 purchased from the East India Company for use in Egypt . GR over crown marked & with brass fittings , this is a totally original non refinished example with excellent walnut stock showing only light service use. The barrel has been black powder proofed at one time with lock action still strong. Proof markings can be seen present & no pitting exists on any part. Cleaning rod & sling swivels present. A very fine patina adorns this historically fascinating piece the likes of which would adorn any historical British army militaria collection very well indeed.
1907 Pattern Ishapore Bayonet Clean example of the 1907 pattern bayonet for use with the No1 Mk III Lee Enfield rifle in its black leather scabbard. Bayonet has 1907 pattern stamp to blade with Indian issue markings & much blueing remaining to all metal fittings. Overall excellent condition.
1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With E Tool Web Strap Scarce example of the 1908 pattern web bayonet frog still complete with its strap at the back for attachment of the entrenching tool helve. Frog is in good condition although apparently washed out . All stitching is original & strong. Hard to find still with the strap on the back.
1922 Pattern Other Ranks Greatcoat Excellent condition British 1922 pattern single breasted Greatcoat in khaki wool. Externally identical to the 1917/18 pattern Greatcoat this example is in superb unmothed condition with all of its brass General Service buttons remaining. Faint marking remaining on one of the inside pocket linings but main clothing label no longer present. Ideal piece for a WW1 display.
1933 Manual of Coast Artillery Training This pocketbook was printed as an instructional aid to Gunners learning the subject of Coastal Artillery in 1933 & was one of a series of publications on this particular subject another of which can be seen listed here ( Item 1416 ) . Subjects covered in this edition include Cordage, Appliances ( Levers & handspikes, Planks, Wedges etc) Strength & Weight of Material, Winches, Friction, Wheels & Axles, Moving Ordnance, Raising the Gun, Moving Guns on Wheels, Dismounting a QF 4.7-in Mounting etc etc. All that is needed to know about the nuts & bolts of Coastal Artillery Training is in this book the subjects of which are too numerous to list in full. Overall excellent condition.
1936 HMSO 'Textbook of Ammunition' This highly sought after 1936 HMSO manual 'Textbook of Ammunition' was & still is one of the bibles of the day on ammunition of the era with 322 pages of information , illustrations, diagrams & pull out colour plates covering the vast & popular subject of British ordnance. Twelve chapters each with numerous sub headings go into detail on subjects such as Explosives used in the Production of Ammunition, Cartridges, Tubes, Primers, Projectiles (I.e, Types;Design of; Length;Driving Bands ect) , Armour Piercing, H.E, Shrapnel Shells, Star Shells, Mortar ammunition, Fuzes & Gains, Markings of, Small Arms ammunition (I.e, .303 ball;.303 Armour Piercing;.303 tracer;.303 observation;.303 blank;.455 revolver & varieties etc), Grenades (I.e, Hand;Rifle; Signal; Markings of etc) Demolition & Blasting Explosives, Detonators etc etc to name but a few of the subjects covered. If you are interested in British ordnance then this pre WW2 manual is for you. An extremely sought after manual by ordnance collectors today.
1936 Olymic Games Book Set Two book set of the 1936 Olympics Games comprising two large cigarette card albums of the Winter Games in Volume 1 & the Berlin Games in Volume 2. Hundreds of black & white photographs contained within illustrate this famous historic event showing many international athletes of the time. Both are complete with their original dust jackets (tears in places) & also come with protective plastic covers.
1937 Pattern Belt Pair Two '37 pattern belts one in dark green with web sliders & no buckle fasteners but steel buckles to rear. The other with all brass fittings size Normal & postwar date. Sold as pair visually representative of WW2 issue.
1937 Pattern Web Set ( All WW2 Dates ) Unblancoed 1937 pattern webbing set comprising waistbelt ( 41 dated) , pair of brace attachments ( 1943 & 40 dated ) & shoulder straps ( 1940 & 43 date ) . All in mint condition.
1937 Pattern White Blancoed Belt, 1943 Dated. Standard 1937 pattern belt that has been period blancoed white & bears the faint date of 1943. Belt is also named.
1940 Pattern Leicestershire Regiment Battledress A '40 pattern battledress to a Leicestershire regiment corporal with patches to both arms for GHQ Middle East Land Forces ( dating from the immediate post war period ) . In nice original condition with no unsightly moth. Clothing label is still present however illegible.
1942 Dated British Infantry Officers Battledress Good original example of the British Battledress this example being manufactured just as the 'austerity' patterns appeared. Still with pleated pockets but revolving shank buttons on the shoulders, this example is dated 1942. Both shoulders bear scarlet (infantry) rank pips of Lieutenant with scarlet coloured arm of service strips on each arm. BD has pressed metal buttons down its front & on the flap covered pockets & is marked with the WD depot stamp & also the black ink stamp of 'AV 5/42' which stands for Anti-Vessicant meaning it has had Anti gas treatment. Interestingly made by 'Dunlop Rubber Company' in 1942 this is a good wartime Battledress.
1942 Edition of Hitlers ' Meine Kampf ' Good condition book printed in 1942 of the infamous ' Meine Kampf ' ( My Struggle) by Adolf Hitler. All 781 pages of this book are complete. Good inside page photograph & facsimile signature of Adolf Hitler.
1944 Pattern British Webbing Holster & Ammunition Pouch Green webbing pistol holster dated 1945 & 50s dated ammunition pouch in good condition.
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290 Infanterie Division, Chronik Im Bildern. 1970 German printed book on the German 290 Infantry Diviison in WW2. Packed with German cameraman photographs taken with the Division there are also strategical maps all in all an interesting reference. Hardback cover, in German.
3 X US BAR Magazines Three BAR magazines for display , one has internal spring minus.
3 x WW2 British Soldiers Photographs Three early war photographs of the same two soldiers two in studio settings with gas masks slung & one set outside in a palacial garden. Postcard format with date 16 Jan 1940 to one.
Air Raid Warden Door Sign Bronze Air Raid Warden door sign measuring just under 22cm X 2.5 cm.
AK47 Sub Machine Gun (Yugoslavian Issue) Used example of the Yugoslavian AK47 returned from the Balkans conflict . Some battle damage to breech area. Complete with magazine . Home Office deactivation certicate supplied . UK sales only. Postage included.
Albert Speer, Inside The Third Reich ( Autobiography ) Third Reich armament minister Albert Speers autobiography in hardback with dust jacket. Fascinating 596 pages of his memoirs this edition published in 1970.
Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948, Peter Taylor Superb 220 page reference book on the subject of SF insignia of the period including Airborne, SAS, Raiding Forces etc with many colour photographs of surviving original examples as well as black & white period photographs of them being worn by the various units. All brand new with UK postage included in the quoted price.
American Aircraft Recognition Handbook 1940 1940 edition with many silhouettes for aircraft recognition published by the Air Ministry.
Anglo-Boer War British 18th Hussars Queens South African Campaign Medal & Regimental Honours Silk Interesting family pair of items to a cavalry private of the 18th Hussars who served in the Anglo Boer war of the 1899 to 1902 period. Medal is of the second type Queens South Africa medal with very faint ghost date the recipient having seen service for which he received the clasps for the Relief of Ladysmith, Belfast, Laings Nek & Orange Free State. Coming with the medal is an 18' by 11' frame containing a mounted silk with the crest of the 18th Hussars & entitled ' Engagements Of XVIII Hussars, South Africa ' Listed are all of the regiments South Africa engagements including March To Dundee, Battle of Talana, Retired on Ladysmith, Siege of Ladysmith, Amerdfoort, Bush Veldt to name but a few. An interesting pair coming direct from the family & totally unresearched.
Argentinian 1891 Mauser Bayonet Very nice condition Argentinian 1891 Mauser bayonet minus its scabbard but ideal for rifle display. RA within circle marking for Republic of Argentina, alloy grips with good bright blade. Weyersburg , Kirschbaum maker to ricasso.
Arminex Ltd 'Trifire' .45 Pistol Superb near mint example of the Arminex .45 pistol , modelled on the classic Colt 1911 design. A 1907 deactivation , it cocks , strips & dryfires. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
Army Combat Belt & Buckle Good condition black size 95 belt leather & early aluminium army buckle. Belt leather is Ludenscheid maker marked & dated 1939. Aluminium buckle detail is crisp & has a well thumbed leather tab dated 1939. Good example clean & intact.
Army Death Notice KIA in Italy 1943 Alfons Schraufstetter was an Unteroffizier (Senior NCO) in a Grenadier Regiment & held the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords. 'At age 36 years old on 19th September 1943 in Italy he died a heroes death for the Fatherland '. Good seated uniformed photo of soldier.
Army Death Notice KIA in Russia in 1943 Obergrenadier Alois Bachmeier from Deggendorf was born on 27/09/1916 & died in Russia after being heavily wounded on 10/07/1943. Pictured in Waffenrock & Schirmmutze.
Army Death Notice KIA on Eastern Front April 1944 Corporal ( obergefreiter ) Ludwig Ertl was a Driver in a Panzer Defensive Unit & held the War Merit Cross with Swords & Eastern Front Medal. His notation states that after four & a half years loyal service as a soldier in the East he died a heroes death aged 30 years on 17th April 1944.
Army Death Notice KIA on Eastern Front December 1941 Johann Zanfl from Engolling was a Lance Corporal in an Infantry Regiment & was a veteran of the fighting in France. Gefreiter Zanfl died after heavy fighting in the East on 28th December 1941 'For his Fatherland'.
Army Death Notice Panzerjager (Anti-Tank) KIA on Eastern Front 1943 Lance Corporal Hans Friedl 'a loving son & brother' was serving in a Panzerjager Unit ( Anti-Tank) when he was killed & was already the holder of the Iron Cross Second Class & Wound Badge at 21 years of age. Gefreiter Friedl was killed on 1st November 1943 after heavy defensive fighting in the East.
Army Death Notice, KIA 1943 at Cherkassy, Russia. Alfons Maier, a corporal in an infantry regiment killed on 30th November 1943 aged 34 years. Holder of the Infantry Assualt Badge, Wound Badge & Russian Front Medal. Some minor damage to top right hand corner.
Army Death Notice, KIA on Eastern Front 1943 Georg Eckmeier, a Private in an infantry regiment 19 years & 6 months old when killed on 16th October 1943 in heavy fighting on the Eastern Front.
Army/Luftwaffe Tan & Water Winter Parka Good strong coloured winter parka as issued to Army & Luftwaffe troops for cold weather use & seeing much use in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge in 1944 & 45.. Jacket is of the non reversible pattern which was introduced to replace its reversible to white counterpart. These non reversible uniforms were widely issued to various Army units & also to ground troops of the Luftwaffe as well as the Volksgrenadier units raised by Hitler for the Ardennes offensive. With light overall service use all black bakelite buttons are originally sewn on minus one which is missing from the front right pocket. There are also several small holes around the bottom edge of the hood but it is otherwise sound. Grey artificial silk lining is complete & with its green to white waist ties to draw the jacket in for insulation. RB Number is still partially visible under the wind flap along with size mark of 'II' . Excellent camouflage combat garment.
Artillery Training Manual 'Gunnery' 1939 291 page book on the complex subject of Gunnery. This edition is Vol 2 in the series of the era & was published in 1939.
Artillery Training Manual 'Gunnery' 1939 291 page book on the complex subject of Gunnery. This edition is Vol 2 in the series of the era & was published in 1939. Many detailed diagrams, sketches & charts in black & white compliment the book which is in excellent condition with no rips or tears. Invaluable reference manual on the subject.
Austrian 1895 Bayonet Excellent condition Austrian 1895 knife bayonet for the Mannlicher Infantry rifle . Markings on blade of 'FGGY' denote Hungarian manufacture as Austria & Hungary were combined pre WW1 to form the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Much blueing remaining to scabbard.
Battle Of The Bulge Then & Now, Jean Paul Pallud Classic original work on the Ardennes offensive of December 1944 with many fascinating Then & Now comparisons of relevant places including knocked out tank locations , places of famous actions etc. Absolutely superb book in used condition.
Boar War/WW1 Period Shaving Kit WW1 or earlier Boar War private purchase period shaving set comprised of two bone handled cut throat razors contained within a brown leather case exact in style to the leather used for the 1903 pattern equipment indicating its era. The bonehandles of the razors also indicate early manufacture inside of flap is written by hand ' JB POWELL NO.3. BULL TEAM'. Most likely an early item of officers private purchase personal kit.
Boer War British 3 Rivet 1st Type , 1st Pattern P1888 Lee Metford Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog A fine example of the rare 3 Rivet, 1st Type, 1st Pattern, 1888 pattern Lee Metford Bayonet & Scabbard coming complete with Rivetted Leather Frog. Issued to British troops during the Boer war & early WW1 period this bayonet has a 12" double edged blade with oil clearance holes to both grips. Profusely marked to ricasso it has the 'flat top' crown of the Victorian era with its first issue marking of '1 '90 ' signifying January 1890 . Various reissue dates surround this with broad arrow & WD marking to reverse side. Scabbard is in excellent order with no loose stitching & markings still visible to reverse side. Brown leather frog is of the 8 rivet pattern & survives in very good condition .
Boer War British Emergency Ration Tin An emergency ration tin from the Victorian Boer war period still sealed with contents supplied. These reputedly also made their way into Royal Navy stores in the WW1 period although their validity of edibility would have been questionable! On general issue of one per man these were only to be opened on orders of the commanding officer & few survive today. This would have had a paper instruction & contents label , now long since gone , however it does have what appears to be a date of '10-99' impressed into the central pull opening band of the tin. Measures just under 4.5 inches in height.
Boys Brigade Membership Cards , War Years Onwards A small collection of seven Boys Brigade membership cards for the years 1942 up to 1949. Come in the envelope in which they were discovered.
Brand New Schiffer Book : German Paratroops In North Africa This large-format book is an in-depth photographic study of Luftwaffe tropical uniforms, headgear, and insignia worn by the fallschirmjager during the battles for Africa in World War II. Both full-colour and war-era photographs illustrate rare uniforms and equipment including tropical jump smocks, Ramcke Brigade jump helmets, and officers "Meyer" caps. This book also provides the first accurate description of the design and development of WWII German jump smocks, each illustrated in large, full-colour photographs. Brand new in stock.
Brand New Schiffer Book: Fallschirmjager In Portrait A little more than 30,000 men of the Wehrmacht and SS were qualified to wear the famed Fallschirmschützenabzeichen, or Paratrooper Badge, between 1936 and 1944. The badges they wore, and the images of the men who wore them, are avidly sought by collectors and historians around the world today. The authors have assembled over 300 indoor and outdoor posed portrait photographs of the Fallschirmjäger for this volume, most never before published, providing a fascinating representation of the photographers art in World War II and a superb study of their uniforms, badges and insignia. In poses ranging from fierce to thoughtful and even poignant, the German paratroops of World War II are seen here in perfect focus, as they wanted to be seen, preserved in deliberate portraiture for posterity. Brand new in stock.
Brasilian Taurus .38 SPL Revolver & Hip Holster A very clean example of the Taurus .38 SPL with full working action capable of being cocked & dryfired with revolving cylinder. Favoured by Brasilian police & security personnel . Excellent undamaged wood grips & sheened metal finish. Comes complete with brown leather hip holster. UK certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only.
Bren Gun Spare Parts Bag 1945 Good example of the bag issued to Bren Gun crews for carrying spare barrel & parts, cleaning rod & other tools. Normally carried by the No2 (loader). Used & grubby field condition with issue numbers to pouches. 1945 dated.
British & Commonwealth Bayonets Book , Skennerton & Richardson Said to be the 'Holy Bible' on British & Commonwealth bayonets by Ian Skennerton & Robert Richardson this is an absolute reference must have for those who have an interest in this field. First edition copy in excellent condition.
British ' Redcaps' Military Police Webbing Set Good matching set of white blancoed Pistol Order webbing , lanyard & gaiters as worn by Military Police NCOs' when on duty. This set is comprised of 1941 dated Size 4 gaiters, white blancoed pistol lanyard & 1937 pattern pistol holster, ammunition pouch, shoulder strap & brace attachment. Belt & pouch have 1950s dates although visually identical to WW2 era ( & which would be extremely hard to find ) , the dates on the strap & holster are illegible. Overall a good complete matching blancoed 'Redcaps' set.
British '03 Cavalry Ammunition Bandoleer Brown leather cavalry bandoleer of the '03 pattern having no discernable markings & most likely of the post WW1 period.
British '37 pattern Webbing Belt, 1942 Dated Excellent condition green blancoed 1937 pattern webbing belt. Clearly date stamped 1942 & broad arrow marked the belt is marked 'L' for size large (50in).
British .303 Vickers Machine Gun Offered here the famous Vickers Machine Gun used by the British Army extensibly in WW1 & WW2 right up until it was replaced by the General Purpose Machine Gun. This example is mounted on its MKIV 1943 dated tripod with both gun & tripod being still in their original British Army green. Action is still sound being able to cock & dryfire. Overall condition is good with the usual service wear as would be expected on a heavily used Machine Gun such as the Vickers. Delivery/Drop Off /Collection to be negotiated.
British 1855 Pattern Lancaster 'Sappers & Miners' Bayonet 1855 Pattern Lancaster bayonet with early rivet to pommel spring rather than the later screw arrangement. Some of these earlier issues were exported to the US & used in the American civil war. A well used example of this still rare bayonet with pitting to metal surfaces .
British 1855 Pattern Lancaster Sword Bayonet Good example of this rare bayonet with its brass hilt & pommel & many clear markings. Blade is War Department marked with various dates & also the stamp of 'BR' for Birmingham Repair. Grip in good uncracked condition with its spring action intact some markings on pommel. Rare bayonet in excellent condition.
British 1858 Pattern Artillery Yataghan Sword Bayonet A fair condition 1858 pattern Yataghan bladed sword bayonet for artillery troops.. Some overall wear to grips & metal surfaces however a nice display piece.
British 1860 Pattern Sword Bayonet & Scabbard A fine example of the 1860 pattern sword bayonet differing from the 1856/58 pattern only in its slightly larger muzzle ring. Good black pressed leather grips with leather scabbard & made under contract by the German firm Alex Coppel with its scales maker mark to blade. WD & broad arrow also present with ordnance markings. Muzzle ring slightly displaced. Marked to pommel with '2 MC' Marlborough College & issue numbers. Scabbard leather excellent with ordnance markings visible. Metal surfaces not pitted but some surface age. Blade having age spotting but bright.
British 1887 MK1 Martini Henry Sword Bayonet A fair example minus its scabbard.
British 1888 MkII Lee Metford Bayonet , Indian Land Pattern Scabbard British 1888 MKII Lee Metford bayonet with rare Indian Land Pattern scabbard . Sanderson maker with issue date of November 1900 on ricasso & broad arrow , ordnance mark to reverse. Some surface age to metal but overall good.
British 1888 MkII Pattern Bayonet A MkII 1888 pattern bayonet with date of 12 '99 ( December 1899 ) . Some general age spotting & wear although nicely maker marked to Sanderson, Sheffield.
British 1888 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Designed for the Lee Metford rifle & seeing service in WW1 was the 1888 Pattern bayonet this being the second type with two rivets to grips & clearance hole above second rivet. Condition is that of overall service use with sharpening to blade & no markings denoting that of a Volunteer.
British 1888 Pattern Mk II Bayonet & Scabbard A Mk II pattern 1888 bayonet complete with leather scabbard & much blueing remaining to frog stud & chape. Bayonet surfaces are good with pommel catch in working order. Brightness to blade with some sharpening to edges.
British 1902 Pattern Shortened Service Trousers A pair of WW1 British '02 pattern trousers which have been shortened , apparently out of service , to just below the knees. This pattern of trouser underwent a few slight changes as the war progressed the most obvious being the doubling up of the number of waist buttons from six to twelve in June 1916. Although only now having six buttons to the waist there is evidence of the twelve having once been there & so we can date them from June 1916 onwards. There are two lines of stitching to the bottom of the side pockets with one earlier underneath this & so these may have been reinforced at a later date to their original manufacture. Two of the buttons at least are most certainly later replacements although all of the zinc dished buttons remain to front fly. Lined in the typical bleached cotton drill there are paired broad arrow markings indicating out of service with a faint black WD broad arrow marking . The unit stores mark ' DSMA '& service number 820531 may well be worthy of further research . A spattering of stitch repaired moth is visible to the front of the trousers with a very small number of moth nips to the rear being seen only upon close inspection . Some additional tailoring to the trousers can be seen to the rear seat plus a large patch replaced on the front right knee area.
British 1903 Pattern Bayonet 1905 A fair condition example of the scarce 1903 pattern bayonet with issue date to blade October 1905. Walnut grips in excellent undamaged condition with some surface pitting to small areas & to one small area of blade. 1903 ER pattern markings to blade.
British 1903 Pattern Waterbottle Originally designed for cavalry use the 1903 equipment was in use during both wars & was still being made as late as 1940 as was this waterbottle. Green felt covered bottle (no moth) is contained in a rivetted sturdy brown leather cradle type harness with correct carrying strap & the markings of 'Lees (W) Ltd 1940 ' with the broad arrow. Overall excellent condition with no dryness or brittleness to straps.
British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Standard British bayonet of WW1 remaining in service until World War Two. This example is dated August 1918 & was made by ' SANDERSON' . Wooden grips are in excellent condition & there is an oilhole in the pommel typical of later '07 bayonets. Black scabbard is in good condition with good leather not dry, cracked or rotten. Makers mark & date on scabbard reads 'H.G.R.15' (1915). Light surface rust overall but no serious damage or pitting. Nice sound example.
British 1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet 1907 pattern SMLE bayonet the standard issue of WW1. Appears to be from the interwar period as I can only see issue dates from the early twenties however the Wilkinson maker is clear. Pommel in working order so would compliment a WW1 rifle display well. Bayonet has been well cleaned .
British 1908 Pattern Belt Good condition Size Large 1908 pattern webbing belt with original green blanco remaining although through use faded & stitching repair to one end tab. Maker marked ' MECO Ltd ' & dated 1919. Nice piece from the '08 web set.
British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1908 pattern webbing smallpack the type of which were invariably for cavalry use with shoulder strap bearing ordnance & unit markings . Used condition with a small half inch tear to one rear corner , divider still present with MW&S Ltd markings & date 1922.
British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier Good WW1 1908 pattern blue enamelled bottle with brown felt cover & green blancoed 1908 pattern cradle dated 1919. Overall excellent condition.
British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set Near matching set of green blancoed 1908 pattern webbing as used by British troops in WW1 right through to the early part of WW2. Comprising this set are waistbelt, cartridge pouches, shoulder straps, bayonet frog, ' 07 bayonet & scabbard & smallpack. All parts are in excellent condition with a couple of WW1 dates visible. Cartridge pouches are marked with MeCo stampings also these are barely visible now , waistbelt is dated 1937. Smallpack is a good WW1 bag being clearly marked & dated ' MECo 1915'. The 1907 bayonet with this set is dated ' November 1914 & bears the manufacturer markings of 'EFD' (Enfield) . Cartridge pouches are of the MkII type with fastening straps on the left pouch to prevent ammunition falling out when firing leant up against parapets. Scarce set to find now.
British 1937 Dated Policemans/Wardens Whistle Made by Hudson of Birmingham & dated 1937 comes complete with tunic chain.
British 1937 Pattern Belt , Black A well used '37 pattern blackened belt as used by Armoured units & Home Guard amongst others. Brass fittings with no rear buckles. No dates visible.
British 1937 Pattern Cartridge Carrier Webbing Set ( All WW2 Dates ) Mint unblancoed condition British 1937 pattern webbing set comprising 1941 dated belt, 1942 & '43 dated cartridge carriers, 1941 dated support straps & 1940 dated bayonet frog. This type of set with the cartridge carriers were normally worn by non infantry personnel armed with rifles such as Artillerymen, Drivers etc who didnt need to carry large amounts of ammunition. Super mint set ideal for mannequin display.
British 1937 Pattern Waistbelt 1937 pattern waistbelt of British issue & dated 1952. Adjustable to an approx 46in length .
British 1937 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier 1937 pattern waterbottle & web carrier identical to WW2 issue but this example of post WW2 manufacture.
British 1937 Pattern Web Waterbottle Cradle Unblancoed condition webbing waterbottle cradle dated 1952. Blackened steel fittings.
British 1937 Pattern Webbing Anklets A good condition matching pair with green blanco.
British 1937 Pattern Webbing belt A good Large sized '37 pattern webbing belt unblancoed with brass fittings & buckles to rear. A 1950s dated example in mint unissued condition.
British 1944 Pattern Belt In good used condition.
British 1944 Pattern Bush Shirt Four pocket long sleeve jungle green bush shirt ( Sleeves rolled up in pictures ). Conforming to the 1944 pattern of jungle shirt of which there are many variations , all pockets are button down with belt loops to rear. Used condition , very small hole to right shoulder. Comes with its correct green jungle shirt waistbelt. Measures approx 40inch chest.
British 1944 Pattern Waterbottle , Cup & Cover In good used condition . Faint markings to cover with 1955 date to cup.
British 1945 Jungle Map case In green canvas more suited to jungle terrain this is a late war edition to the '44 pattern equipment with open out map compartment & label ' KEEP MOSQUITO REPELLENT OFF CELLULOID' Two of its poppers are slightly damaged having pulled through the thin fabric.
British 7.62mm L1A1 Rifle ( SLR With Moving Cocking Handle ) Excellent black plastic furniture example of the SLR L1A1. The standard British army rifle for many years it saw service in many postwar overseas deployments such as Malaysia , Northern Ireland & the Falklands in 1982. In superb condition it has moving cocking handle & detachable magazine . Also capable of being breech opened. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only. ( New spec deactivation ) .
British 7.62mm L1A1 Rifle Excellent black plastic furniture example of the SLR L1A1. The standard British army rifle for many years it saw service in many postwar overseas deployments such as Malaysia , Northern Ireland & the Falklands in 1982. In superb condition it has moving trigger & detachable magazine . Also capable of being breech opening. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only. ( New spec deactivation ) .
British 7.62MM L1A1 SLR Rifle Rare ' Old Spec' Deactivation Excellent black plastic furniture example of the British made SLR L1A1. The standard British army rifle for many years it saw service in many postwar overseas deployments such as Malaysia , Northern Ireland & the Falklands in 1982. In superb condition it is a pre 1995 ' old spec' deactivation capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired . Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only.
British 9mm Sterling Sub Machine Gun The British Sterling SMG has served well with British forces over the years & is instantly recognisable in footage covering the British armies deployment in the Falklands Islands & Northern Ireland. This iconic British 9mm sub machine gun has moving cocking handle & spring along with moving trigger & folding butt stock . Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales , England only.
British 9mm Sterling Sub Machine Gun , ****Old Spec Deactivation**** A rare old spec example of the postwar British Sterling SMG synonomous with British forces over the years & recognised in footage covering the British armies deployment in the Falklands Islands & Northern Ireland. This iconic British 9mm sub machine gun comes with moving safety catch & folding butt stock . Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
British Airborne Post War Paratrooper Beret A British Airborne paratrooper beret of the postwar period sold purely as a display piece with the cap badge on this beret not an original example albeit a very convincing replacement. Still quite an attractive piece with soldiers number sewn in to beret & also stamped on to the rear slider of the badge so this may be a veteran worn piece . Khaki serge backing material has been used behind the cap badge & their is considerable wear to the nap of the exterior cloth. Approx a size 52.5cm.
British Army Ankle Boots British army ankle boots with original studs & soles remaining . A 1955 dated pair & ideal for mannequin display.
British Army Barracks Sign ' Sgts Mess Royal Regiment of Fusiliers ' Large metal sign from the Sergeants Mess of The First Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers measuring 40 x 32 inches. Fixing holes to each corner. Interestingly this sign has had a long life there being the shadow of a previous First Battalion marking in a different style under the current. 1RRF serve as Armoured infantry & are currently based at Mooltan Barracks in Wiltshire .
British Army Officer Ankle Boots An apparently unworn pair of the British army officer ankle boots. Believed to be of the postwar period they are of a very wearable size 9 & come complete with laces.
British Army Tie 1945 Dark green cotton British army issue tie dated July 1945. In In apparent unissued mint condition.
British Army Uniforms & Insignia Of WW2, Brian L.Davis The widely acclaimed reference work by Brian L.Davis an invaluable source of information on WW2 British uniforms & kit . In excellent condition. *****Free UK Postage ****
British Boer War 15 PDR Shell Head & Fuse British 15 PDR shell from the Boer war period with brass fuse that sections. Needs attention to screw thread as only engages halfway as pictured. Nice display piece.
British Boer War Period Artillery Shell A souvenir British artillery shell from the Boer war period complete with brass fuse . Has a removeable top section with hollow body. Inert , UK sales Within England only.
British Civilian Chocolate/Gas Mask Box. Commercially produced dual purpose metal tin sold containing in this case 'Turnwrights Devon Cream Dainties'. Many variations of these tins can be found all of the same size & dimension but with different designs & colours relating to the product contained within. The commercial genius behind these innovative metal tins thought up the idea that once the product had been consumed (more often than not biscuits or chocolates) the empty box could be used as a gas mask container & a stronger alternative to the flimsy cardboard gas mask box of issue. This example has a brown coloured honeycomb type design on its outside with an advertisement for the chocolates on the inside of the lid. The metal catch is standard as with all these tins although the metal carrying handle on the top is unfortunately missing. Interesting Home Front item.
British Coastal Artillery Manual 1933 Excellent condition manual on the technical aspects of Coastal Artillery including many diagrams , charts etc. 349 page soft cover manual with date of printing 1940.
British Corps Of Military Police SD Cap An excellent Corps of Military Police SD cap with brass CMP cap badge & brown leather chinstrap. This example is dated 1946 with the maker 'Collett' & size 7 clearly visible to lining. Underside of sweatband has 'L' coded broad arrow inspection mark. Wartime examples are practically impossible to obtain however this piece is an ideal substitute being identical to wartime dated examples. Red cover is a later replacement.
British Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Sheath An interesting example of the second pattern FS fighting knife with knurled handle & broad arrow 9 stamp near hilt. Brown leather sheath is a postwar example with brass chape & stud to outside. Age to blade of knife.
British Falklands War SLR L1A1 A stunning example of the famous British SLR with black plastic furniture as seen in use by British troops during the Falklands conflict of 1982. An old specification deactivation it is capable of being cocked & dryfired with a very impressive slick action. An overall superb condition piece coming with original webbing sling. Certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only
British Fighting Knife & Sheath ( Rodgers, Sheffield ) Interesting variation of a British made fighting knife made by Rodgers of Sheffield. Blade is tapered with straight crossguard & squared celluloid grips having personalised initials 'SB' engraved into one side . Crossguard has Rodgers, Sheffield maker impressed into underside & shows some age to metal surfaces. Brown leather sheath is metal tipped with hilt retaining strap & removeable securement stud. Overall an apparently well used piece with a small stress tear to upper edge of leather sheath.
British George V Naval Warrant Officers Sword A good example of the scarce naval warrant officers sword from the post 1902 period with naval knot still present. Naval warrant officers swords are of course rarer than their often seen officers counterparts & differ in appearance the most noticeable being the dark grips & style of pommel. Main areas are finished in brass as is indeed the scabbard with all of its lustre remaining. Sword comes with its original waistbelt & shoulder strap as well as its all weather bag in which it was recently found. 'London Made' marking to spine of blade.
British George V Welsh Guards Officers Sword An interesting sword to an officer of the Welsh Guards with George v cypher dating its manufacture to the period between 1910 & 1936 . The Welsh Guards regimental cypher appears on the basket & blade. Made by E.Smith of Saville Row the initials C.M.F. appear on the blade enabling the possibility of some research to be done to establish the officers identity. Brown leather bound scabbard has its frog strap minus as a result of its age & overall the condition is that of a used but slightly aged sword with an age patina being present overall. Certinaly a desirable regiment with potential for some vigorous research.
British Inter War/ WW2 Other Ranks SD Cap Other ranks and NCO’s service dress cap as used by, amongst others, the Military Police. Cap is in good used condition being of the rough brown serge with black oil skin liner. Tan brown leather chin strap present with GS buttons. Overall good condition with some stiffening to the peak & typical age overall.
British Interwar Photograph Soldiers At Rest British soldiers relaxing in transit camp next to pitched tents
British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin Kidney shaped mess tin of WW1 pattern this a 1933 dated example.
British Kidney Shaped Messtin, 1937 dated. The kidney shaped messtin was the standard pattern issued to the British army in WW1 & continued in use right up until the outbreak of WW2 when the new 1937 pattern webbing set began to be issued. This example is unusual being one of the latest of its type to be manufactured & as such may well have been used in the early part of WW2 when the British Expeditionary Force were first committed still wearing 1908 equipment. Messtin is in overall good condition with its original paint. Top portion has its integral 'pan handle' intact. Maker stamp is to 'Corfield & Buckle Ltd' with the clear date of 1937.
British Kidney Shaped Messtin, WW1 Pattern, 1937 Date. Scarce WW1 pattern kidney shaped messtin, standard issue to British troops in WW1 but still manufactured & used right up until the outbreak of WW2. Identical to WW1 pattern but with 1937 date. Please see 'WW2 Equipment' category for detailed listing.
British L1A1 7.62 mm Self Loading Rifle , Early Wooden Furniture A fantastic example of the British made L1A1 SLR in 7.62mm calibre. Deactivated to old specification it has Birmingham markings & is a rare early 1961 dated piece. Wooden furniture is immaculate & totally compliments this stunningly presented & iconic weapon of the British forces. Capable of being field stripped it can be cocked & dryfired & has an impressively slick action . Deactivated according to Home Office specifications it comes with certificate fo deactivation. UK sales only.
British L1A1 SLR Bayonet British SLR bayonet minus scabbard in excellent condition.
British L1A3 SLR Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog In excellent condition & complete with frog.
British Lee Enfield L59A1 Drill Rifle A very nice example of the postwar Lee Enfield 'L59A1 Drill Rifle' with attractive beech wood furniture & almost all blueing remaining to metal. Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired , it has detachable magazine & sling swivels. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
British Lee Enfield No1 Mk III Rifle
British Lieutenant Denim Overall Set 1940 Dated Used condition green British Army Denim Overalls being Denim Blouse & Trousers both still retaining their calico clothing labels & both dated 1940. These denims were intended for working & training in but were often worn in combat being lighter than the normal BD. This set came from the effects of a WW2 British officer with the shoulders on the Blouse bearing two officer rank pips totally untouched & wartime fitted on as found. Label on the Blouse is very worn out although parts of it can still be seen including some of the size markings (Size '9') & the date 1940. Buttons on the Blouse are of the revolving shank variety. Trousers retain their label which is clear & still legible being also a size '9' & made by 'The REGO Clothiers' in 1940. All buttons on the trousers are of pressed brass. A used set with no gaping holes or rips just light service wear & some soldierly dirt as would be expected.
British Matching Numbered Old Spec Webley MK IV .38 Revolver The famous Webley service revolver was used well after WW2 by military & police personnel & still in the standard .38 calibre. This example is in superb condition with no damage to its black Webley marked grips & with a very high proportion of its blueing remaining to metal parts . This revolver is capable of being cocked & dryfired . Deactivated according to Home Office specifications it comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
British Medics Armband Red felt cross on white cotton band .
British Military Issue Gurkha Kukri Knife A scarce original military issue example of the Gurkha Kukri knife with scabbard. This is the MkII pattern with 1919 date & markings to blade translated as follows : I /I G - Indian governmental mark with the british broad arrow II - MK II (the model number) 1919 - The year 8 Inspection number Scabbard has the marking scratched into it of ' No 2718' . Very hard to find original examples of the military issue Kukri now the MkII being a sought after example.
British Military Manual of Map Reading, 1939 166 page manual of text, drawings , illustrations & diagrams on the subjects of Map Reading, Photo Reading & Field Sketching. Published by His Majestys Stationary Office in 1929 this copy was printed in 1939 with updated amendments upon the outbreak of WW2. Many headings including Hill Features, Slopes, North Points, Service Protractor, Prismatic Compass , Photo examination etc etc. Used overall condition, all pages present.
British Military Police Pistol Order Belt Set White blancoed belt, pistol holster, ammunition pouch & cross strap set as worn by Military Police personnel on duty. Belt is post war bearing a 50's date however the holster & ammunition pouch are dated 1943. Colour of all components matches thus appearing to have been together for some time.
British MK IV .38 Webley Revolver ( Old Spec , Clear Chambers ) A near mint condition old spec example of the Webley Mk IV revolver in .38 calibre coming with clear chambers allowing inert rounds to be inserted. A superb old spec example , & most likely having been intended for police use , it is capable of being cocked & dryfired . Lanyard ring still present. Comes with six inert .38 rounds of ammunition. Deactivated in 1991 , it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation , UK sales only.
British MK2 'Helmet Steel, Airborne Troops' Paratrooper Helmet Identical to a wartime dated MK2 paratrooper helmet this 1955 dated example of the 'Helmet Steel, Airborne Troops ' would be perfect for mannequin display & considerably more affordable. Referred to as the 'third model' by collectors , this helmet has its correct webbing chinstrap system & its original wartime identical factory paint still present. It is clearly marked to liner with maker 'CCL' & size 7 1/4. Rubber pads still supple.
British No.5 Mk1 Jungle Carbine A stunning matching numbered example of the No.5 Mk1 Lee Enfield known as the ' Jungle Carbine ' due to its specific design for use in the Far East & Burma. This is a true No.5 Mk1 ( Not a converted No.4 ) with its correct hollowed bolt handle & carved fuller on right side lug. It also has the shaved barrel all being features designed to make the carbine lighter. BSA marked ' M47C ' the woodwork on this piece is quite excellent with only light service use & much of its original finish remaining to metal surfaces. Profusely ordnance marked it is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
British No.7 Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog No.7 bayonet & scabbard with swivel handle for use on the No.4 rifle & sten. 1946 dated to ricasso & in overall excellent condition. Comes with frog. .
British Officer Mess Dress Boots An excellent pair of private purchase British officer boots for wear with the Mess Dress in black leather. A size 8S with date 1953 & certainly wearable for such circumstances as may arise.
British Officer Military Parade Boots Parade boots with high leg & highly polished lowers. Measure 29 cm in length from heel to toe & 10 cm wide at widest part of sole.
British Officers Battledress Blouse An interesting item of uniform for a Captain who has had this blouse made from Barethea wool , the material most often used for officer SD uniform. In the style of the American issue 'Ike' jacket I am of the opinion that this may have been worn by an officer on attachment to an American unit. Two pleated pockets to front & waist buckle as per the BD style. Three red backed worsted rank pips to each shoulder the colour denoting corps. Difficult to date precisely however the WW2 medal ribbons to left breast would denote late. No moth.
British Officers Field Service Pocketbook 1932 The standard officers manual for use when on active service packed with relevant information for use by the officer such as Organisation, Recce, Field engineering, Accommodation, Weapons & Equipment & more. Good condition with a 1936 dated amendment insertion at front.
British Officers Mills Webbing Equipment Strap 1935 Scarce one only private purchase Officers Mills equipment strap to attach a rolled Great Coat, Raincoat, or Groundsheet Cape in the small of the back, if the Rucksack was not being worn. Strap is marked 'MECo 1935' this being to Mills Equipment Company who made this private purchase officers webbing prior to the general issue 1937 pattern .
British Old Spec 7.62mm SLR Enfield made SLR L1A1 old spec capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired . The standard British army rifle for many years it saw service in many postwar overseas deployments such as Malaysia , Northern Ireland & the Falklands in 1982. This is an early 1960s dated piece with iconic black plastic furniture & carrying handle still intact. Cocks & fires with ease & in overall excellent condition. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only.
British Pre War Water Bucket 1932 Very early pre war canvas field water bucket made by Richards of Aberdeen & dated 1932. Pre WW2 style broad arrow present to bucket with 22 ijpection stamp. Some rust stains to one side.
British Prewar Service Dress Cap Khaki wool SD cap in excellent used condition complete with brown leather chinstrap & brass GS buttons to sides. Brown leather sweatband to inside with Leeds maker stamped into leather. Tailor label also to crown with name & size 6 3/4. York & Lancaster cap badge mounted on cap as it came.
British RAF Jungle Slouch Hat WW2 British pattern of Jungle Slouch Hat with original patch insignia of the Royal Air Force. Overall condition of the hat is good with faint markings to leather sweatband & good undamaged pugaree retaining much of its original colour. Chinstrap is of two different shades of brown difficult to discern whether a repair or an original feature of the hat as there is no obvious disturbance to stitching. Small amount of surface moth nips to underside brim.
British Royal Engineers Training Establishment. B.A.O.R Battledress An interesting 1943 dated battledress to a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Engineers serving with the Engineers training establishment B.A.O.R ( British Army Of The Rhine ) . This Engineers training establishment was formed in the immediate postwar period however it is interesting to note that the battledress is an American 'War Aid' example supplied to Britain under the Lendlease Agreement. Both clothing labels are intact to the inside of the BD giving the January 9th 1943 contract number of the same date. All insignia , including the rank badges, are original to the blouse. An attractive example with two moth nips to the rear left cuff & one smaller nip to the right rear cuff.
British Royal Military Police (RMP) Senior NCOs Kitbag Green canvas kitbag named to a sergeant in the Royal Military Police serving in Singapore. The Corps of MIlitary Police became the Royal Military Police in 1946 in recognition of their WW2 service. Good used condition.
British SD Cap ( Service Dress ) British army khaki wool Service Dress cap as worn with the SD uniform when walking out & more often by the Military Police with red cover when on duty. Cap is in good condition with very discreet amount of moth nipping in places only noticeable upon close inspection. Both General Service buttons present at sides with brown leather chinstrap intact & in good order. Made by Compton & Webb the hat is a size 6 5/8 although the date has sadly been erased. There is a WD & broad arrow stamp to underside of sweatband.
British SMLE Rifle Shooting Sling In good used condition marked up to an ACF unit.
British SMLE Sling Webbing sling for the Lee Enfield rifle applicable for first & second world war rifles. Nice unblancoed example.
British Sterling 9mm SMG Very clean example of the postwar British Sterling SMG synonomous with British forces over the years & recognised in footage covering the British armies deployment in the Falklands Islands & Northern Ireland. Unlike other existing examples this piece has moving cocking handle & trigger as well folding stock . Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only.
British Sterling 9mm SMG & Sling Very clean example of the postwar British Sterling SMG synonomous with British forces over the years & recognised in footage covering the British armies deployment in the Falklands Islands & Northern Ireland. This piece has moving cocking handle & trigger as well folding stock . Comes supplied with British army web sling. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied . UK sales only.
British Trouser Braces 1982 British army issue trouser braces for wear with service dress trousers. 1982 dated.
British USA War Aid Manufactured Greatcoat 1943 Made in the United States under the WW2 War Aid agreement this greatcoat was intended for issue to British troops & has many similarities of an American & British coat put together in its manufacture. Coat is of the usual double breasted style with half belt to rear & deep twin pockets to the front. Interior is quarter lined with the American QM label giving the item as 'Great Coat, Battle Dress, W.A ' ( War Aid) . it also gives size as ' No5 ' with dimensions & its manufacturer as ' Ben Sobel Company' with the date ' Nov 6 1943 '. Buttons are of brown four holed composite with one missing from the front breast & one from the rear half belt. Light mothing in places with some wear to nap of cloth.
British Victorian Volunteer Pattern 1888 Mk1 2nd Type Bayonet Nice clean example of the 'Volunteer' pattern of 1888 bayonet made by contractors for the earlier Volunteer Militia units . This piece has an impressive bright clean blade with a very attractive outward appearance overall . Only very minor wear to leather of scabbard.
British Wartime Publication ' There's Freedom In The Air ' A good condition example of this HMSO publication giving the official story on allied air forces from occupied countries.
British Weapons Manual ' Complete Lewis Gunner ' 1941 A Gale & Polden instruction manual on the Lewis Gun with much detailed reference on the subject backed up by diagrams & black & white photographs. Many subjects covered with 76 pages. Dated 1941.
British Web Equipment Of The Two World Wars , Martin Brayley Invaluable reference source of the 1908 ,1925 , 1937 & 1944 pattern web equipment with many excellent colour photographs of complete web sets & individual components. ****** Free UK delivery*******
British Webley & Scott Mk IV .38 Revolver The classic British Webley Mk IV , mainstay of the British army & police for many years. This is a .38 calibre postwar example that does dry fire with revolving chamber. New spec deactivation . Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
British Webley Mark IV .38 Revolver ( Old Spec ) Excellent condition MK IV Webley revolver with all working parts. Lack of military markings indicate this to be a commercially produced or privately purchased piece. Excellent black plastic grips with no cracks or damage. Deact cert supplied.
British Webley MkIV .38 Revolver A lovely original condition matching numbers Webley & Scott .38 MK4 top break action revolver. The MK4 was used by the British throughout the Second World War and for several decades after, being issued to the military and police personnel. It proved to be a very robust and reliable revolver. Deactivated with a working action it can be cocked & dry fired. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
British WW1 Officers Sam Browne Belt & Cross strap In early brown leather this is the WW1 British officers Sam Browne with matching cross strap & brass fittings. The belt itself is as well as having its buckle adjustment eye holes also has the three securement slits further down the belt to anchor on the early hooked officers Webley holster that is encountered from this period. Cross strap has a stitched leather keeper to its lower inside to be worn in conjunction with a second strap which would have been a carry over from pre WW1 days. Overall condition is excellent.
British WW1 Officers Webley MK VI Pistol Holster Scarce example of the brown leather pistol holster for the WW1 service issue MK VI Webley . This holster is of the closed flap variety with rear large belt slide & brass securement stud for attachment to the Sam Browne officers belt. It also has the rectangular brass buckle for cross strap attachment. Holster is a private purchase item as was much officers equipment & has a London makers stamp on its reverse. In overall good service used condition with no brittleness or cracking to the leather.
British WW2 Tunisia & Egypt Publications Larger than A4 sized British Army publications entitled ' The Army At War Tunisia' & ' The Battle of Egypt ' both being official magazines of the period containing many quality black & white photographs of the men in action & information & maps on the personalities & battles. Both in good condition with all pages complete. Price includes UK postage.
Browning 1910 Semi Automatic Pistol 1910 Model pistol designed by JM Browning & manufactured by FN in Belgium. A pocket Semi Automatic with a 7.65 calibre this is an extremely crisp & clean example of this weapon. Home Office Deact Cert supplied.
Canadian No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle A No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle made by the Canadian firm Longbranch in 1950 . A good clean example with nice markings & date to receiver . Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
Cased WW2 German Iron Cross First Class In excellent condition this Iron Cross first class still has good crisp detail & straight pin on the back intact. It is unmarked & with all of its finish remaining. Case is also excellent with no rips or tears to its outer covering & material inside good. Overall nice example of the now scarce Cased Iron Cross First Class.
Childs Toy By 'Triang Toys' American Army Jeep Childs toy windup American army jeep made by Triang Toys . The British company Triang Toys were a well known toy manufacturer of the period however made their contribution to the war effort by making Sten gun parts & components during the WW2 period. Fair condition piece with one wheel minus.
Chinese 8mm Mauser Rifle ' Type 30 ' 1937 Dated Chinese Mauser rifle dated 1937 a direct copy of the Oberndorf Export Mauser which was sold to China in some quantity before being made by China themselves. Used as one of the main battle rifles of the Chinese Revolutionary Army (NRA) & Chinese Red Army it last saw service in the Korean war with the Peoples Volunteer Army against UN Forces in 1950-53. Leather sling included. This example is in good used condition & capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired. Comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
Colt .38 Police Revolver Early deactivated .38 Police Colt revolver with working action chamber & hammer as per early deactivation standard. Wooden grips in good order with service use overall, small crack to trigger guard ( repairable ). Home Office Deactivation certificate supplied.
D Day British Veteran group : Medals,Paybook,Paperwork Etc. Nice group to a British infantry soldier who joined the Boy Service aged 14 in July 1935 & then served in various infantry regiments including 151 Parachute Battalion before ending up in the Hampshire Regiment & landing in the first wave of assault troops on Gold Beach on D Day 6th June 1944. After being in heavy action in Normandy (a bren gunner in a carrier platoon) for 38 days with little rest or sleep he suffered serious front line battle stress & was Court Martialled after one day being requested to join another section for further action & stating he was unable to do so. Various paperwork & reports by psychiatrists on his mental state detail all the above as a Pension Tribunal was held to assess his correct entitlement. These reports outline his service, dates of service & with which regiment from 10/7/1935 right through to 6/10/1946 & show him serving with the Hampshires from 12/4/44 to 8/3/1945. He also served in the Middle East & saw action in N.Africa prior to this. Included in this grouping are his '45 Issued replacement AB64 Paybook, various period documentation on his pension appeal & service, his Soldiers Release Book, a letter from the Surrey branch of the British Legion , a letter from the Infantry Records office regards his being Discharged from the Royal Army Reserve & his medals. These are the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal & War Medal. There is also some ephemera from after the war including photographs & newspaper cuttings involving him but on unrelated subjects. A fascinating & rare British infantryman group greatly enhanced by its D-Day connection. A true combat veteran.
D-Day US M1 Engineer Special Brigade Helmet Scarce WW2 US helmet bearing the painted emblem of the Engineer Special Brigade.These men landed in Normandy on D Day & were to act as Sappers & Mine Clearers. Due to the heavy German resistance they were forced to abandon their demolition mission & fight alongside their infantry comrades. This example has fixed bails with tan web chinstrap that is in good condition. The overall finish of the shell is of an aged dark olive green with the remains of the emblem visible on the front & overall aging to the exterior. Much of the paint on the rim has come off through use. Helmet displays stress fractures to its rear although one of the cracks may be battle damage being more of a small dent which has caused the metal to slightly split down near to its bottom rim. Helmet is minus its liner & the inside is well weathered. Rare helmet recovered from the St.Marie Du Mont area of Normandy.
D-Day , From the Normandy Beaches to the Liberation of France Superb 224 page hardback book packed with information, photographs, maps & drawings relating to the Normandy campaign. Many colour photographs show details of original uniforms, insignia , equipment & weaponry of all sides including rare German paratrooper & Waffen SS camouflage gear all from private & public collections of the area. Secondhand in good condition, Price includes UK postage.
D-Day Operation Overlord Excellent hardback book on the D-Day landings & beyond with 284 pages packed with information , drawings & photographs from wartime sources & also many superb coloured photographs of uniforms , insignia & equipment from public & private collections as used during the campaign by all sides. Secondhand in overall good condition. Price includes UK postage.
DAF Membership Book Excellent condition book to a 'Willi Stolze' with good entries & early war stamps. All pages intact.
Danish 1947 Pattern Madsen Bayonet A mint unmarked example of the Danish 1947 Pattern Madsen bayonet.
Das Waren Die Deutschen kriegsflugzeuge 1935-45. Elfrath Podzun-Verlag pictorial history German Air Force planes with much text & data & many photographs. Hardback cover, 185 pages with dust jacket. In English & German.
Deactivated British 2 Inch Mortar Deactivated 2 In mortar with swivel base . Broad arrow markings & ordnance stamps denote British origin with green overpaint. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
Decorative 'Eagles Nest, Berchtesgaden' Plate. Excellent condition wooden plate being a decorative souvenir from Adolf Hitlers former Bavarian holiday retreat infamously known as 'The Eagles Nest.' Plate measures just under 11 inches in diameter & bears a scene from the approach road to the 'Eagles Nest' with a floral surround. Plain reverse with hanging hook there are no chips or damage. Interesting souvenir of the Berchtesgaden hideaway!
Der Zweite Weltkrieg Im Bild ( Stalingrad bis Nurnberg ) Verlag Hardback 1961 German printed book with 272 pages of b & w photographs depicting the war from Stalingrad to Nuremburg. Dustjacket complete.
Deutsche Pionere 1939-1945 K.Vowinckel 1970 publication printed in German on the German Pioneers ( Engineers ) with 238 pages packed full of b & w photographs & information. Hardback cover with dustjacket.
Die 1.Panzer Division 1935-1945, R.Stoves Excellent early Podzun Verlag book with hard cover & dust jacket on the 1.Panzer Division. 200 pages packed with b & w photographs of the troops, personalities, panzers etc.
Die 6.Panzer Division 1937-1945, H Scheibert 1975 Podzun Verlag publication on the 6.Panzer Division by H.Scheibert with many b & w photographs of personalities, troops & panzers in Poland,France,Russia Etc. Hardback with dust jacket.
Die 9.Panzer Division 1939-1945 Carl Hans Hermann Early Podzun Verlag publication on the 9.Panzer Division by Carl Hans Hermann with many b & w photographs of Panzers & their troops in rest & action etc. Superb reference as all Podzun Verlags. . 175 paged hardbacked cover & dust jacket.
Die Deutsche Gebirgstruppe , Alex Buchner Excellent Podzun-Verlag photographic reference work on the German mountain troops of WW2 on all fronts. German camera taken shots of troops in action & at rest showing uniforms, equipment , weaponry etc. 211 pages, hardback with dust jacket.
Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine Im Kampf 1939-1945 Bodo Herzog Excellent Podzun Verlag photographic work on the German Naval Forces in WW2 with 245 pages of photographs & information . Hardback with dust jacket.
Die Waffen SS, Herbert Walther German verlag publication ( with English translaton) by the famous Herbert Walther on the Waffen SS with many b & w photographs of the troops in action, personalities etc. Forward by Hasso Von Manteuffel.
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Dragoon Guards Officer Normandy Casualty Commemorative Inkwell ( Killed Mont Pincon, August 1944 ) A poignant commemorative souvenir being an engraved silver inkwell dedicated to the memory of Major Thomas Michael Bell from the Dragoon Guards killed in Normandy in August 1944. Major TM Bell ( Aged 29 ) was killed on the 9th August 1944 during an attack on Mont Pincon . He was commanding C Squadron & the only Squadron Leader to be killed during the war. Accompanying the inkwell is a book recording the history of the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards from 1685 to 1980. A paragraph in this talks about Major Bell & is shown in the images provided. He is buried in the St.Manvieu war cemetery at Cheux .
Early British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet & Mk1 Matching Scabbard Rare & highly desirable early WW1 British bayonet being the hooked quillon style with Mk1 Scabbard. The 1907 Pattern bayonet was for use with the MkIII Lee Enfield Rifle & its earliest examples were produced with the hooked quillon as seen here. As of 1913 the quillons were ordered removed & hence surviving examples are very hard to find. This one recently surfaced out of the woodwork & is complimented by still having its matching Mk 1 scabbard. Wooden grips are in excellent condition not being oily or damaged & the pommel is marked to the 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade reading ' 4. R.B. ' & the number '751' which is also on the scabbard throat. Blade is maker marked' SANDERSON' & has an acceptance stamp of '10 09' with also the ER cipher & the pattern date of '1907'. Exterior of bayonet is in superb condition with some minor surface aging to the blade. Black scabbard is stamped with numbers ' 751' on its upper throat matching the numbers on the pommel & making it a nice matching set. Leather body of the scabbard is clean & extends down its whole length with a metal tip strengthening the bottom as is typical of Mk1 scabbard manufacture. Markings against the rear seam are on one side the view codes & the other 'H.G.R 09' (1909) matching the date on the bayonet. A very nice piece of World War 1 soldiers weaponry & very hard to find in this condition.
Early WW2 Private Purchase ' Puretha' Gas Mask In Case With Instructions Dating from 1935 this is the scarce private purchase 'Puretha' gas mask made by the well known firm Siebe Gorman . Coming in its original webbing cradle with khaki stockinged facepiece & hosepipe . Facepiece dated 1935. The original pithy card instruction sheet remains along with a small unused handwritten log labelled ' Respirator No.13' & ' Date Used /Amount of Time Used ' The name 'Meads P/S' is written to the top of the card the P/S likely being Police Sergeant . In excellent condition the canister is dated 1936.
El Alamein to the River Sangro Memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery Printed in Germany in 1946 this publication contains the memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery whilst serving with the Eighth Army from El Alamein to the River Sangro. Containing many fold out colour maps & his explanation of this aspect of the campaign Field Marshall Montgomerys' study makes for fascinating reading. Spine covering minus.
English Edition 'Hitlers Aims in War & Peace' Book, Hermann Rauschning Scarce English edition of this Rauschning book translated by EW Dickes & first published in 1940. With orange hardback cover overall in good condition with overall use & age.
English Edition Paternoster Library 'Mein Kampf' (Oct 1938) October 1938 English edition of Hitlers 'Mein Kampf' by Paternoster Library entititled in the English translation 'My Struggle. Overall used but good condition with spine intact.
English MIlitaria Magazine No.11 No.11 of the superb English Militaria magazine which ran for 25 editions in the mind nineteen nineties. Articles include German Navy Sleeve Insignia, American Army Officer Equipment , WW1 German Identity Disks, Free French Commandos & more. FREE POSTAGE
English Militaria Magazine No.2 No.2 of this superb English edition version of Militaria Magazine which ran for 25 editions in the mid nineteen nineties. This edition covers superb articles on such things as German Headgear, US Army British Made Equipment , Battle of Britain Medals & more. Superb condition & becoming hard to find now. FREE POSTAGE.
English Militaria Magazine No.5 ( 50th Normandy Anniversary Edition ) No.5 of this sought after English edition version of Militaria Magazine which ran for 25 editions in the mid nineteen nineties. This edition coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the Battle for Normandy & has some fantastic articles on subjects such as German Infantry In The Fight For Normandy ( Army & Waffen SS ) , British 50th Northumbrian Division In Normandy , Free French Commandos & more. FREE POSTAGE.
English Militaria Magazine No.6 No.6 of this superb English edition version of Militaria Magazine which ran for 25 editions in the mid nineteen nineties. This edition has articles such as German Headgear ( Schirmmutzen ) , British Helmets During The First World War , US Army Equipment ( D Day Assault Vest ) & more. FREE POSTAGE.
English MIlitaria Magazine No.8 No.8 of the English MIlitaria magazine that ran in the nineteen nineties for 25 editions. Articles included American Aidman in France 1917-18 , British Anti Gas Equipment , Japanese Tanks & Luftwaffe Bomber Crews as well as more. FREE POSTAGE.
Equipment Y Straps Black leather set of Army/ Waffen SS equipment Y straps in used condition. All metal fiittings are in steel apart from the back hook which is aluminium. Some light surface rust & the odd rodent nip but otherwise sound for a combat display. Rear back strap is quite short so these weren't worn by a tall man. No postwar repairs but one leather keeper on the central yoke has come away with use. Worn set but realistically priced.
Esbit Field Stove Fuel Tablets WW2 fuel tablets in original cardboard packaging that contained 20 tablets in total. Good field kit item for breadbag in excellent condition.
Falkland Islands Unexploded Ordnance Sign , 33 Engineer Regt. An interesting souvenir of the Falkland islands this sign was souvenired in the preceding years of the 1982 campaign & is a reminder of the ever present threat of unexploded ordnance following the brief conflict. Measuring 24 inches by 12 inches it warns of unexploded munitions & advises that 33 Engineer Regt EOD be contacted.
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the issue parka hood with an Argentinian military clothing label still present to its underside ( see images ) . Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is lifted to see the original colour still underneath. Green fibre glass liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue & embossed on the leather headband with FM for the Argentinian Fabricacions Militares. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves. A soldiers name is scrawled onto the inside of one of the web straps. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the Argentinian issue parka hood held in place by a black rubber band. Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is slightly lifted to see the discolouration comparison of the fabric underneath. Inside of the shell there is much wear with the fabric colour fresher in the non weather exposed areas. Rust bleed stains around the inside edge have come through the cover from the shell. The name 'Freire' can be faintly discerned scribbled onto the inside of the shell along with a handpainted number '63' Liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue the rough fitting of the securing studs around its circumference being very typical. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves this being such an example. Traces of a pen scrawled name are to be seen on the outside shell with initials to the leather headband. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Fallschirmjager Bildband Und Chronik 1939-1945 R.Bohmer & W.Haupt 1971 German Verlag publication being in German with English translation of the German Fallschirmjager in all theatres with 280 pages of b & w photographs & reference. Hardback cover with dust jacket.
Fallschirmjager Book ' Kreta, Sieg Der Kuhnsten ' 1942 WW2 German book publication entitled ' Kreta, Sieg Der Kuhnsten ' ( Crete : Victory of the Boldest ) . Amongst the myriad of German books & publications of the Third Reich era were several books promoting the heroic Fallschirmjager & their actions that of Crete being one of the most well known. This desirable book is well known for its splinter pattern camouflage cover with the flying eagle & swastika emblem of the Fallschirmjager embossed onto the front. Black & white pictures & text inside depict many combat action shots of the German paras before, during & after the battle for Crete. Excellent conditon with handwritten birthday dedication on inside cover to owner dated 1943.
FALLSCHIRMJAGER By Branislav Radovic German Fallschirmjager as you've never seen before! Over 160 images from the files of the Bundesarchiv in Germany, the overwhelming majority shown for the first time in print since World War II. Printed mostly full page & showing details of various uniforms & equipment, helmets with various painted camouflage schemes,wire & covers, field kit being worn etc. Great reference book with excellent shots of the elite Fallschirmjager at work & at rest. A must for any collector or historian. Brand new book with 10% off Retail price.
Fallschirmjager In Action Squadron/Signal Book Many b & w photographs of the famous German paratroopers in action . Normandy, Monte Cassino, Crete all covered here. Excellent reference book for uniforms, equipment & weaponry. 49 pages, softback.
Famous Fighters of the Second World War
Famous Fighters of the Second World War, William Green Hardback book with many photographs of such planes as the Spitfire, hurricane , Messerchmitt, Hawker Typhoon etc. 128 pages, hardback with dust jacket.
Father & Sons War Service Document Grouping ( RAF & Welch Regiment ) Document group to a father ( John Tudor Hughes) & son ( Bernard David Tudor Hughes ) both of whom saw war service the father in World War One as an NCO with the Royal Welch Fusiliers then as an officer in the Welch Regiment as of 1917. He continued on & saw service in WW2 finally being discharged from the RWF in 1948. Much paperwork including his May 1917 Temporary Commission relates to his service & amongst other related documentation present is a Welch Regiment stamped Regimental Record outlining his postings at the age of 25 from 1915 as an Orderly Room Sergeant with the 20th RWF then Drill Sergeant with the 63rd Training Battalion. In April 1917 he was commissioned into the Welch Regiment & in May 1917 posted to the 51st Bn Welsh Regiment as Platoon Commander & Acting Company Commander. During WW2 he served as a Major in an Army Records office to which a reference written by a Colonel refers in 1948. Finally his Officers Release Book details his release from Military service in December 1948. His son joined the RAF in 1941 & became a fully trained pilot as of 11/12/1942. In November 1942 he completed , as a Sergeant Pilot , the Naval Aviators Course of the United States Navy as a certificate from a Naval Air Station in Florida testifies. His Royal Air Force Airmans Service & Pay Book is present & dates from 1941. Detailing his training & medical examinations it shows also his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star & Defence medal ( Most probably also war Medal). His last posting is shown as being as a Flight Lieutenant with 294 Squadron ( Iraq & Persia ) as of December 1945. Much paperwork related to his RAF service including wedding photographs, two Dinner Menus from his visit to the USA in 1942. A Certificate of Competence inside his paybook gives his qualification to ferry the Wellington Bomber & also Warwicks. There are also some HMSO publications relating to the RAF including the 'ABC of the RAF'. Certainly a thoroughly researchable group.
Fibre Construction Brodie Helmet Scarce example of the fibre constructed British Brodie helmet. A carry on from the early development days of the Brodie these helmets were still issued in the second world war & used by various non front line military services. This example is typical of the fibre construction pattern with a seperate reinforcing piece rivetted onto the top crown of the helmet for extra skull protection. Liner & its cradle are intact & of the WW2 type & are marked with the size 7 1/4. Unfortunately the chinstrap being made of a rubber composite material has not survived so well but is there nevertheless as often they are not. Helmet is painted black inside & out. Produced only in limited numbers these are quite a scarce helmet to find these days.
Fire Department ( Feurwehren) Dress Bayonet, Long Pattern. Nice example of the Dress Bayonet worn by members of the Third Reich Fire Department this being the longer version. Blade is nicely marked with the not so common 'E.PACK & SOHN' of Solingen & overall the condition is good. This bayonet is totally as found in its original condition & was picked up in the Channel Islands at the end of WW2. Fire Department sidearms differed from the military style having no pommel catch & a recurved crossguard & are yet another variation in the many collectable styles of Third Reich dagger.
First Edition Survivor Signed Print 'The Last Moments Of HMS Hood' Signed By Lieutenant Ted Biggs First edition print by Robert Taylor entitled ' The Last Moments Of HMS Hood' signed by Hood survivor Ted Biggs M.B.E. (R.N) . Metal framed & in good condition. Collection at a show is preferred however delivery by post or in person can be discussed at extra cost .
Framed & Signed Irvin Parachute Piece From DFC Winner John Bentley Beard , Hurricane Fighter Pilot 249 Sqn RAF. A framed piece of April 1940 dated Irvin parachute signed by the DFC decorated Hurricane fighter pilot John Bentley-Beard who baled out of his aircraft twice during the Battle of Britain . Rare in itself the Irvin parachute piece with a date of April 1940 predates the Battle of Britain & thus it is interesting to note the ' IRVIN AIR-CHUTE' nomenclature as well as the inspection dates of 22 FEB, 11 APR 1940 & 9 APR 1940. Handwritten on to the fabric is the dedication ' Saved me 7th Sept Hurricane 2440 and 25th Oct Hurricane 3615 1940 ' with his signature & squadron underneath this. It is not implausible to conclude that this is a piece of the actual parachute which saved his life on at least one of the occasions although sadly I cannot ,of course, guarantee it! This fighter pilots history is well recorded having started with 609 Sqn in December 1939. Moving to 249 Sqn he was attributed six victories in September 1940 before being shot down on the 7th September by British anti-aircraft fire. Lightning unfortunately struck twice on October 25th when he was shot down over Kent by ME109s & obliged to bale out again spending time recouperating in Pembury Hospital before returning to the Sqn in December. A DFC winner , he was also awarded the Air Force Cross for his work in the armament field .
Framed WW1 RFA Gunners Grouping of Badges,Insignia Etc Interesting grouping of First World War badges, buttons, insignia & other memorabilia relating to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery & mounted onto a board as a souvenir piece. Included in the group are his early brass cap badge with rotating wheel, RFA Shoulder Titles & Cloth Flashes, RFA buttons, Crossed Flags, .303 Charger Clip & his Queen Mary Gift Tin. Also is a humorous Xmas Card with a small piece of shrapnel mounted onto the front of it the personal significance of which we'll sadly never know. The items have been mounted with wire onto a blue cloth ( now faded) backing then onto a board underneath with a glass wooden framed cover allowing it to be hung from the wall. Nice personal souvenir to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War.
French 1866 Sabre Bayonet & Scabbard ( St.Etienne 1871 ) Good clean condition French 1866 sabre bayonet with matching numbers to scabbard & crossguard & ' St Etienne Fevrier 1871 ' engraving to spine. Good yataghan blade, excellent display example. Used in many French wars from 1860s' onwards up until early part of WW1.
French 1866 Sabre Bayonet ( Chattellerault June 1871 ) Superb condition French 1866 sabre bayonet with good clean yataghan blade & matching numbers to scabbard & crossguard. Chattellerault , June 1871 Arsenal inscription to spine. Used in many French wars from 1860' onwards up until early WW1.
French 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet Good condition 1874 pattern French Gras bayonet with matching numbered scabbard & in very good condition. 1875 dated to spine with arsenal markings.
French 1886 Lebel Bayonet Excellent condition French 1886 Pattern Lebel bayonet as used in WW1. This example is matching numbered with no pitting on the blade or handle & retains much of its original finish on the scabbard & hilt. Cruciform blade is early full length type of 20 1/2 inches. Later versions were shortened. Excellent clean example.
French 1892/15 Bayonet (Mousquetoon) Intended for the 8mm 1892 Mannlicher Berthier Mousquetoon (Carbine) this is the 1915 variation with quillon removed. One small chip to one handle with good clean blade & much blueing remaining to scabbard.
French Combat Y Straps ( 1916 pattern ) Excellent condition French combat Y straps in strong brown leather with early date stamps. These are the 1916 pattern (dating no later than 1940) used by the French army up to the outbreak of World war two. All fittings complete & sound with no cracking to leather.
French Combatants Cross ( Croix du combattant ) Awarded to recognise those who had fought in combat for France.
French Helmet Souvenir Piece. Interesting mantelpiece souvenir being a wooden model of a French 'Adrian' helmet with copper comb across the top & flaming grenade badge to the front. Finished in an ornate polished tortoise shell design the top lifts off revealing a tray underneath in the bottom portion of the helmet for keeping money or other small items. Unfortunately there is a crack to one side of the wood.
French Pre Franco Prussian War Matching Numbered 1866 Sabre Bayonet 1868 dated French sabre bayonet of the 1866 pattern this example predating the Franco-Prussian war. In excellent order & with matching numbers to both bayonet & scabbard.
French WW1 1886/15 Lebel Bayonet Much in use by the French army during the First world war was this 1866 pattern bayonet of which several updates exist according to the demands of heavy use in WW1. They were for use with the Lebel or Fusil rifles this example being around 1915 hence being commonly known as the 1866/15 bayonet. Its brass handle is in good condition with steel crossguard & cruciform blade. There is overall aging to the crossguard although scabbard is good with much blueing remaining.
French WW1 1886/15 Lebel Bayonet Much in use by the French army during the First world war was this 1866 pattern bayonet of which several updates exist according to the demands of heavy use in WW1. They were for use with the Lebel French WW1 1886/15 Lebel Bayonetor Fusil rifles this example being around 1915 hence being commonly known as the 1866/15 bayonet. Its brass handle is in good condition with steel crossguard & cruciform blade. There is overall aging to the crossguard although scabbard is good with much blueing remaining
French WW1 Infantry Helmet Good large size WW1 French infantrymans helmet complete with brown leather chinstrap ( Still supple) & much of its original paint remaining. Brown leather liner is still good & supple. Overall excellent condition combat helmet. .
Gas Mask Canister , Early Short Model. Early 1937 dated model of Gas Mask container as used by German forces in the earlier part of WW2. In 1941 these early tins were found to be too short & were made 2.5cm longer from then on thus relegating these models for use by training & second-line units. Tin is in fair condition with surface rusting to areas but spring loaded catch still in good working order & web pull tab still present. Inside of lid has a small compartment for carrying spare lenses which is marked with the date 1937 & the makers logo.
Gas Mask Filter Carrying Pouch Unissued condition grey canvas carrying pouch for the gas mask filter canister. Pouch has a leather lined belt loop & is fastened by two metal dished buttons to the front. Good clear markings on inside flap. Interesting item of personal kit.
General Purpose Goggles & Case Mint condition pair of general purpose goggles in tan leather frame & with brown tinted lenses. Still complete with their brown leatherette case that has 'Prym 4' snapper as often found on other WW2 combat equipment items.
George V Special Constabulary Long & Conduct Medal George V medal to a Special Constable named Charles D Watt .
German 7.65mm Walther PP Automatic Pistol A superb example of the iconic Cold War pistol the German Walther PP pistol in 7.65mm calibre with matching numbers & detachable magazine. Some very nice Walther markings adorn the pistol with its place of manufacture 'Ulm' visible to slide. The date '66' is clear to ejector port Deactivated according to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
German 7.65mm Walther PPK Excellent example of the German Walther PPK a smaller version of the walther PP & initially designed for use by officials such as plain clothes policemen. Made eternally famous by the James Bond movies this being his favoured choice on 'active service' . Capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired & with detachable magazine it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
German 7.65mm Walther PPK Excellent example of the German Walther PPK a smaller version of the Walther PP & initially designed for use by officials such as plain clothes policemen. Made eternally famous by the James Bond movies this being his favoured choice on 'active service' . Capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired & with detachable magazine it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
German 7.65mm Walther PPK Excellent example of the German Walther PPK a smaller version of the Walther PP & initially designed for use by officials such as plain clothes policemen. Made eternally famous by the James Bond movies this being his favoured choice on 'active service' . Capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired & with detachable magazine it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
German Armoured Cars of World War Two 128 paged hardcovered book on German AFVs of WW2 .Packed with b & w photographs & information, a superb reference on the subject.
German Army Other Ranks Belt & Buckle Early aluminium buckle maker marked RS & S & complete with original leather tab. Some traces of early green paint remaining to inside of buckle & some service wear to the face of the buckle. Black belt leather measures 88cm in length & is matching to the buckle with an aluminium catch fitting. Inside adjustment tongue has been cut short at some point with two sets of holes making the waist size 76cm (30in waist). Nice combat example.
German Army Reichsheer Belt Buckle A nickle example in excellent condition.
German Army Uniforms & Insignia 1933-45 Brian L Davis Classic reference work by Brian Davis . Much information for the WW2 German collector. **** Free UK postage*****
German Army Uniforms & Insignia, Brian L.Davis Classic 1971 edition reference work on the German Army uniforms & insiginia of WW2 by noted author Brian Davis. 224 pages of information on the many varied topics including Ranks, Head Dress, Footwear, Personal Equipmet etc are well illustrated with well chosen black & white period photographs of the gear in use further enhanced by a colour drawn section on shoulder straps & collar patches. Superb reference book in good condition small tear to dust cover front corner. Price includes UK postage.
German Artillery of World War Two IV Hogg Ian Hoggs excellent work on WW2 German Artillery with details of the general organisation of the German artillery arm as well as the developments histories of the weapons & ammunition & much reference in the from of charts ,data tables & appendices. 250 photographs & 150 drawings, hardback cover with dust jacket.
German Cross of Honour (Combatants) Mint condition German Cross of Honour with swords for combatants . Good crisp detail & full length ribbon. Instituted in 1934 to mark WW1 service.
German DRKB ( Veterans Association ) Visor Cap Insignia Visor cap eagle for the DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans. All three pins to rear intact & in excellent condition.
German Duxa 9mm Sub Machine Gun The postwar DUXA SMG was designed with the entering of Germany entering into NATO in mind & was much used by Border Guards of the Cold War period. A new spec example with folding stock & removeable magazine. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
German Fallschirmjager Replica FG42 Film Prop Very realistic FG 42 replica film prop with removeable magazine & flip up sights. Made entirely from rubber it is an extremely accurate representation of this virtually unobtainable German paratrooper weapon made to be used in recent WW2 film production settings depicting American troops against the German Airborne. Certainly a collectable film prop piece complimenting any Fallschirmjager display very well.
German First Aid Kit & Contents Verbandkasten) Green painted wood & metal construction First Aid Box with the German lettering of ' Verbandkasten ' on the lid & the serial number of the box. These kits were carried on vehicles & various transports to carry medical supplies such as bandages, tourniquets etc & were filled according to the requirement of the medical personnel using them. This box has inside various German medical items including several 1942 dated field dressings, several large paper wrapped bandages, 2 x 1942 dated powders in their boxes (Chloraminpuder) , Foot Cream, Vaseline in its porcelain container, salt tablets, sugar lumps, footpowder, antiseptic cream & various other pills & solutions used by medical personnel. Nice full medical kit probably from a field dressing station.
German Heavy Tanks, Chamberlain & Ellis Many German tanks in photographs with text giving individual data & shots of the insides after capture & during use. 72 pages, softback cover.
German Infantry in Action, Squadron/Signal Book Good photographic reference of the German Infantryman on the Eastern Front giving many shots of uniforms , equipment , weapons etc. 50 pages , softback cover.
German Infantryman At War . George Forty Superb book in new condition on the German soldier with many photographsm, accounts & some original German soldier documentation of the period. Four chapters detailing 'the life of' making this is a fascinating reference book. Hardback & dustjacket.
German M36 Panzer Gefreiter Service Tunic Sound example of the M36 tunic with dark green collar having rose pink piped collar litzen & Gefreiter rank to left arm. Tunic is of typical good quality early wool construction with five button front & bevo national emblem machine stitched to right breast. Early bevo collar litzen is machine stitched on a black backing & has the early central green stripe flanked by two rose pink bolts for Panzer troops. They appear to be originally sewn to the tunic with no trace of any other stitching tracks to the collar underside. Markings to interior of jacket are in the usual dice stamp form with the maker name of 'G.ASSMAN Halle' & the depot stamp 'ML39' denoting the date 1939. Size of tunic is relatively broad in the shoulders although this tunic has evidently been worn by a small statured Panzer soldier or youth due it having been considerably shortened by a tailor of the period. Gefreiter chevron to left arm & single award loops to left breast pocket. Shoulder straps are non period & are included for visual effect only. Overall a good clean example of the Panzer piped service tunic.
German MG Basket Drum A non Third Reich period manufacture but identical in appearance MG basket drum for the MG 42/53 machine gun.
German MG42/53 Machine Gun A very nice example of the MG 42 derivative , the 7.92mm MG53. Virtually identical to its wartime counterpart this example is in excellent condition with much blueing remaining & no damage to grips or wood butt. Gun is capable of being cocked & dryfired with a very mechanically slick action . Barrel opening catch is still free & capable of being opened with Yugoslavian markings clear. Matching numbers to butt, receiver & top cover & also partially strippable. The inert rounds shown in the photographs are available separately for £45.00 if purchased with the gun. Overall very visually impressive appearance to this MG. Comes complete with deactivation certifcate . UK sales only.
German Military Combat Dress 1939-1945 , Chris Ellis Profusely illustrated guide to the uniforms,badges,insignia & small arms of teh Army, Waffen SS & Luftwaffe. Eight pages of colour pictures & drawings. Numerous photographs, drawings & charts.
German Military Uniforms & Insignia 1933-1945, We 1967 Early useful reference book on the uniforms & insignia of the German forces in WW2 .Very comprehensively packed full of line drawings of uniforms, badges ( trade , rank etc ) headgear etc. 227 pages total.
German MP34 Sub Machine Gun & Accessories Classic sub machine gun of the early Third Reich period being the MP34 as used by German Army, Police & other ancillary units throughout WW2. These early weapons were extremely well made with all parts being of an unusually high standard having provision for a side mounted bayonet & a unique stripper clip device built into the magazine port for ease of recharging empty magazines whilst still in place. The Overall condition of the wood & metalwork is excellent with all matching numbers & profuse waffenampt markings. This example is an old specification deactivation & as such cocks & dryfires. Comes with three spare waffenampt stamped magazines in their brown leather ammunition pouch , bayonet with scabbard & sling, all in excellent condition. ***Supplied with Home office issued certificate of deactivation***
German Navy Warships, WDG Blundell, Almark Publications Profusely illustrated reference guide to the ships of the Kriegsmarine in World War 2. Over 90 drawings, 80 photogrpahs & three colour plates.
German Prewar 1936 Olympic Games Book Set Two book set of the 1936 Olympics Games comprising two large cigarette card albums of the Winter Games in Volume 1 & the Berlin Games in Volume 2. Hundreds of black & white photographs contained within illustrate this famous historic event showing many international athletes of the time. Both are complete with their original dust jackets (tears in places) & also come with protective plastic covers.
German Prisoner Of War Headphones Used By Dinnington P.O.W. Club Interesting POW memorabilia being wartime headphones having the words ' Dinnington POW Club ' painted across the headband. The headphones are of distinct wartime period with the wording being in typical German handwriting style of the period. Some further research will narrow down the camp from which these POWs belonged 'Dinnington' most likely being in the vicinity of where they were housed.
German Railroad 'Deutsche Reichsbahn' Goring & Hitler Train Silverware Piece Original & rare item of Deutsche Reichsbahn Berlin 1937 silverware from the train of either Hitler or Goring bearing the abbreviated carriage number '241' having come from train dining saloon car number Berlin 10241. This heavy silver plate cup with the ' DR ' eagle & swastika emblem on its front is in excellent condition with ' ALPAKA' on its base & the number '241'. Also visible is the maker stamp of a 'B' & locomotive for Bruckmann. Overall condition is excellent with some scratching underneath the DR emblem . Deustche Reichsbahn pieces are now extremely hard to find any further information regards this item will be happily provided upon request.
German Secret Weapons of WW2 , IV Hogg Handy reference book from the Twentieth Century Arms series ( Arms & Armour press ) printed in 1970 with 80 pages, hardback cover & dust jacket.
German Soldier Document grouping Documents relating to a Gefreiter ( Corporal) Jacob Gerhard GROITZSCH wounded twice in February 1943 in Russia & subsequently ending his military service in hospital until returning to the Russian Occupied Zone of Germany in 1945. Group includes a good portrait size photograph of the soldier in M36 Service Tunic & M34 Cap obviously being an early shot before he was wounded. Also is a handwritten sheet ( probably for his Soldbuch) listing his injuries & dates & showing them as received in action & stamped from his unit Infantry Regiment 514 , a paper document issued as an Ausweis in half Russian & half German & dated 17th September 1945. This was issued when the soldier was back in the Occupied Russian Zone of Germany to act as his pass & to be produced on demand. Also is another pass or ' Passierschein' in Russian & German also for getting about in the Russian Zone & valid from the 25th October till the 31st December 1945. It is more than likely the man was fighting as a Panzergrenadier due to his number '479 217/ Panzer' being typed after his name on the Ausweis.
German Soldiers Folding Fork/Spoon Set. Good condition steel Fork/Spoon Set, standard issue to German soldiers in WW2. This was one of two types used the other being a larger type set with a knife & can opener. Set is comprised of a fork & spoon rivetted together so as to fold open & close with the reverse of the fork being marked 'GK&F 41' being the date 1941.
German Walther PPk Excellent example of the German Walther PPK a smaller version of the Walther PP & initially designed for use by officials such as plain clothes policemen. Made eternally famous by the James Bond movies this being his favoured choice on 'active service' . Capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired & with detachable magazine it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
German Walther PPk Pistol Excellent example of the German Walther PPK a smaller version of the Walther PP & initially designed for use by officials such as plain clothes policemen. Made eternally famous by the James Bond movies this being his favoured choice on 'active service' . Capable of being cocked, stripped & dryfired & with detachable magazine it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
German WW2 Wehrpass Example of a WW2 German Wehrpass with all its pages but not many entries. It seems to be the case that the man (from 'Koln' ) volunteered in 1940 but was for some reason kept in reserve. There are not many entries other than his personal details & photograph although on page 7 there is an entry making reference to the 'Ruhr' on 15/3/1945 that is illegible & needs further scrutiny. Used example in need of research.
Green USMC HBT 1944 Pattern Shirt Excellent condition US WW2 olive green HBT shirt with 'USMC' lettering & emblem on left breast & black painted USMC buttons. After the disastrous beach landing at Tarawa Atoll in November 1943, when most Marines ditched their equipment getting ashore under fire, it was decided that a uniform was needed that could hold essential items such as ammunition & rations etc. This was to the answer to that requirement. Complete with its gas flap still intact ,this 1944 pattern shirt with its internal pocket design is a classic Pacific theatre item.
Guards Armoured Division 'Presentation of Standards' Handbook Detailing the Brussels 1945 ceremony where the citizens of Brussels presented standards to the Guards Armoured Division , their liberating troops. Details Guards order of battle , Officers Commanding & those present .
Halbkettenfahrzeuge, German Half Tracks 1939-1945 Pictorial guide to German half track vehicles in service 1939 -1945. Many photographs & statistical details.
Herefordshire Home Guard Photograph & Shoulder Title. Wartime black & white A4 size photograph of a section of 26 men from the Herefordshire Home Guard. Photo is taken in front of what appears to be the village hall & comes with a single white on light brown 'Home Guard' shoulder title which is original. Interesting piece of Home Guard memorabilia.
Hitler , John Strawson Interesting assessment of Hitler as a military commander. Accounts by those who served Hitler on his staff & as field commanders as well as maps & photographs specially drawn & assembled for the book add to the debate on Hitlers capability as a military commander. 256 pages, hardback cover.
Hitleryouth Waterbottle RZM 1934 marked. Typical early waterbottle used by the Hitleryouth being a smaller capacity than the Wehrmacht issue & RZM marked on the aluminium bottle , screwlid & nickle plated carbine hook on the back. With brown leather straps HJ bottles were issued with no cup only a brown leather choker that buckled up round the neck of the bottle as is the case here. Light brown felt cover has some mothing , bottle & screwcap are marked with 'RZM FA13/34' . The name 'Hamelberg' has been scratched onto the bottle by the original owner making this a nice individual piece.
HMSO Book ' The Royal Marines ' 1944 The Admiralty account of The Royal Marines from 1939 to 1943 with much informative information illustrated with black & white photographs. Published by HMSO books in 1944. Good condition.
HMSO Books, Eighth Army, The Conquest of North Africa, Destruction of an Army Three Eighth Army, North Africa related HMSO publications Destrcution of an Army has jacker cover missing.
HMSO Publication ' Submarines '. Informative publication entitled His Majestys Submarines first published in 1945. Overall read but good condition.
HMSO Publications, Ack-Ack, Battle of Britain & Malta Three HMSO publications entitles The Air Battle of Malta, The Battle of Britain & Roof Over Britain. All wartime dated with information & period photographs of Britains Ack-Ack Gunners , Britains Fighter Pilots & the action in Malta. Price includes UK postage.
Home Guard Lapel Badge Worn by the Home Guard prior to the issue of uniforms , this enamel badge with the King George VI crown & ' HOME GUARD' on a blue background is in undamaged condition & a fine example.
Home Guard Leather Basic Pouch Pair During the course of its existence the Home Guard were issued with many different types & combinations of personal equipment these brown leather basic pouches being amongst them. Modelled on the 1937 pattern Basic Pouch these were sturdily constructed of brown leather which was rivetted together with a hard inner lining & brass press studs on each securement strap. This pair are in superb condition with all components complete.
Home Guard No.76 Bomb Enamel Sign A fine example of the enamel Home Guard warning sign relating to the highly dangerous No. 76 grenade as issued to the Home Guard initially for hand throwing and then for firing from the Northover Projector. The No.76 was a dangerous grenade prone to accident due to it being of a glass bottle design. The sign is in excellent condition with only some minimal rust spots & age.
Home Guard Shoulder Title Pair Pair of issue Home Guard shoulder titles printed in white on light khaki this pair has previously been on a uniform with traces of khaki thread still remaining around the edges.
Home Guard Web Ammunition Pouch Set Initially produced to hold magazines for the 'BAR' Browning Automatic Rifle (on lend-lease from the United States) these pouches were produced well into WW2 & were issued to some members of Home Guard units as has been immortalized in the famous TV series 'Dads Army'. Of web construction each pouch has two small web loops sewn to the front wall of the inside of the pouch for the oiler & other cleaning accessories with two web loops sewn onto the back for attachment to the belt. One of the pouches has some manufacturer markings on the inside of the flap & the date 1942 whilst the other has only a minor trace of some stampings. These pouches are now a rare item & probably one of the hardest to find of the WW2 webbing family.
Imperial German 1865 pattern ' Hirschfanger ' Sword Bayonet The exceptionally rare Imperial German 1865 pattern 'Hirschfanger' sword bayonet was issued to border guards, customs officers & gendarmerie & , being limited in production numbers , is not often seen coming on to the collectors market today. A fine condition German ' Coppel' marked example , the serial number appears on the crossguard as is typical for this issue of bayonet.
Imperial German Glass Field Flask Souvenir Early Imperial German glass flask with leather cover that has had the owners name & unit written on the front with a heart shaped window cut into the leather allowing a colourful picture of a mounted German soldier to be seen inside the bottle. Attributed to a Gefreiter Wardemann of the 11 Hussar , Rgt 5 of Dusseldorf this is apparently commemorating him ending his service in which he served from 1882-1885. Reverse of the flask shows these dates with also ' Reservist hat Ruh ' roughly translating to Reservist has rest!. Top of the flask has a removable screw cup with a screw cap under this. Certainly an interesting & early Imperial German item.
Indian No.5 Jungle Carbine & Sling Playing a part in the history of the Lee Enfield rifle is the Indian jungle carbine of 7.62mm calibre. These were converts of the Indian SMLE bearing a resemblance to the much earlier British made No.5 or wartime origin. This is an excellent very clean example with markings for the Royal Factory Ishapore & date 1967. Cocks & dryfires . Comes with original webbing sling. Certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only
Interwar German Waterbottle ( Political Issue ) A German waterbottle from the interwar period such as used by Political organisations in the immediate pre & early Third Reich period. Never having had a cup but with early leather choker to neck & carbine hook to rear.
Interwar/WW2 Period British Private Purchase Orilux Torch & Web Case Acquired from the effects of a former WW2 British officer this is an example of the popular Orilux torch as often privately purchased by officers for use in the field having in its origins from the WW1 period. The torch is the same as the WW1 design however is in a private purchase webbing carrier in line with the 1937 pattern web equipment. Having a brass pop stud hinged lid the rear has two belt loops which can be unfastened by their pop studs on the bottom of the torch. Inside the lid is a piece of paper with a handwritten Morse alphabet carried by the officer to refresh his memory upon Morse signalling being required. Certainly an interesting piece of British officer private purchase equipment.
Japanese Sword Pair , British Soldier Souvenir From Burma. Pair of Japanese swords that were souvenired from a Japanese soldier in Burma during World War Two. One is a tanto (The shorter of the two) & the other a wakizashi. Both have suffered the effects of bad storage with some rust & parts missing. The tang on the tanto bears Japanese writing which needs some thorough research & appropriate restoration overall. Nevertheless an interesting pair of Japanese edged weapons. More photographs , information can be provided upon request. **********Please contact to discuss postal options***************
K98 Ammunition Pouch Black leather K98 ammunition for carrying 30 rounds of 7.92 ammunition in 5 round clips of two per section. Good condition with steel fittings & nicely maker marked & dated 1940.
K98 Bayonet Frog Good condition black leather bayonet frog with retaining strap. Originally intended for cavalry troops to hold the handle of the bayonet in place when riding this version was issued to all troops as of 1939 & became standard Wehrmacht issue thereafter. In good black leather there is a crack to the surface of one end of the strap that doesnt go through to the underside & can still be used no problem. Markings no longer visible on back of frog having worn off. Nice overall condition.
K98 Bayonet, 12th SS Panzer Division ' Hitlerjugend ' Decorated Wooden handled WW2 K98 bayonet & scabbard with later 12th SS ' Hitlerjugend ' Panzer Division etching to blade & pommel. Blade has a decorative motif with ' Hitlerjugend SS XII Panzer Division ' & the rune & picklock symbol with swastika to pommel. ' Meine Ehre heist Trueu ' motto ( My honour is my loyalty ) to other side of blade. Bayonet is maker marked to 'cof' with the date 1941 & is overall good condition with polished metal & frog stud to blued scabbard. Sold purely as a post war decorative piece.
K98 Bayonet, 1st SS panzer Division 'Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler ' Decorated Brown bakelite handled WW2 K98 bayonet & scabbard with later 1st Panzer Division etching to blade & pommel. Blade has a decorative motif with ' 1-Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler SS ' & the picklock symbol with number '1' to pommel. ' Meine Ehre heist Trueu ' motto ( My honour is my loyalty ) to other side of blade. Bayonet is early & maker marked to ' RICH A HERDER' with the date '37' to spine of blade. Brown leather frog comes with this piece for display as is not believed to be of Third Reich period. In overall good condition with minor blemishing to small area of blade this piece is sold purely as a post war decorative item.
Kalashinikov AK47 Assault Rifle The famous Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle is known the world over with many different types now collected today. This is the iconic Chinese Type 56 with folding butt stock , detachable magazine & removeable top cover. A very good low cost starting point for any postwar weapons collection the price includes free postage. A new spec example it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales , England only. FREE POSTAGE.
Kalashnikov AK47 Assault Rifle The famous Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle is known the world over with many different types now collected today. This is the iconic Chinese Type 56 with folding butt stock , detachable magazine & removeable top cover. A one off for every postwar weapons collection it is a new spec example coming with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
Kalashnikov AK47 Assault Rifle The famous Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle is known the world over with many different types now collected today. This is the iconic Chinese Type 56 with folding butt stock , detachable magazine & removeable top cover. An ideal low cost starting point for any postwar weapons collection it comes with postage included in the price. A new spec example provided with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales, England only. ***FREE POSTAGE***
Kalashnikov AK47 Assault Rifle The famous Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle is known the world over with many different types now collected today. This is the iconic Chinese Type 56 with folding butt stock , detachable magazine & removeable top cover. A very good low cost starting point for any postwar weapons collection the price includes free postage. A new spec example it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales , England only. FREE POSTAGE ON THIS ITEM.
Kalashnikov AK47 Assault Rifle The famous Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle is known the world over with many different types now collected today. This is the iconic Chinese Type 56 with folding butt stock , detachable magazine & removeable top cover. A very good low cost starting point for any postwar weapons collection the price includes free postage. A new spec example it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales , England only. FREE POSTAGE.
Kampf und Untergang Der Deutschen Panzertruppe 1939-1945, H .Scheibert Podzun Verlag pictorial history of the German Panzer forces in WW2 by the German Panzer of the era Horst Scheibert. 302 pages of reference & b & w photographs. Hardback & dust jacket.
Khaki Drill & Jungle Green , British Tropical Uniforms 1939-45 A follow-up to the highly acclaimed World War II Tommy, Khaki Drill and Jungle Green covers the uniforms, weapons and equipment used by the British soldier in the more distant theatres during World War Two. As in the first volume, hundreds of colour photographs showing re-enactors in authentic settings help to create a realistic picture of what it was like to live and fight in remote areas and often under very trying conditions. A huge range of subjects is covered; from front-line infantryman to logistical support and from private soldier to officers. The photographs are accompanied by a detailed explanatory text making this an invaluable book for military historians, modellers and collectors. UK postage included in price.
KIA SS-Totenkopf Framed Pictures ( Two Brothers) Two full size framed head & shoulder studio photographs in memory of two brothers killed in Russia in 1941 & 42. First picture is dedicated to 'Bruno' & in Gothis style German has the place & date of death as in Russia on the 7th February 1942. He is photographed wearing Waffen SS Totenkopf uniform with twisted cord to collar & Deaths Head collar patch. Second picture is to 'Karl' & gives his date & place of death as 23rd September 1941 also in Russia. He is photographed in M36 tunic & army Schirmmutze. Both are original black & white pictures on their original card backing with later frames.
Kriegsmarine Cortebert Pocketwatch Fine example of a Cortebert made pocketwatch for the German WW2 Kriegsmarine with 'KM' initials & 'Cortebert' on the face. Body of watch is nickle plated with the Kriegsmarine eagle & swastika above an 'M' on its serial numbered snap back rear cover. A calibre 526 , the ruby jewel mounted movement is in apparent good working order (not guaranteed ) with moderate use to its reverse & minimal ageing to its face.
Kurland, Bildchronik der Vergessen Herresgruppe , W,Haupt Many photographs of German troops in action during the Kurland campaign . 141 pages , hardback cover . Excellent photographic reference in German.
Large Brass 6.5in Naval Shellcase Brass naval shellcase of 6.5in diameter & measuring just under 2.5 feet in height. Ideal door/hallway display . Appears to be of postwar origin. *****Please call to discuss delivery/pickup options*******
Large Webbing Briefing Map Case 1941 Large map case in webbing , made by Mills 1941.
Lee Enfield Rifle Butt Cribbage Board Made out of the butt of a Lee Enfield rifle this is a cribbage board that is complete still with its brass butt plate & an 'ERII' coin mounted into its breech end. Interesting novelty item.
Lee Metford Bayonet Regimentally Marked To 1st Welsh Regiment Lee Metford bayonet regimentally marked ' 1.WEL ' ( 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment ) & made by Mole with first issue date of August 1899 .
London South East Map - Immediate Postwar Period First published in 1940 this is the 1946 revised edition.
Luftwaffe Breadbag Luftwaffe soldiers standard breadbag in blue cloth with black leather fittings as used by Luftwaffe ground combat soldiers such as paratroopers, field division etc. This example has grey painted steel fittings denoting it to be of midwar manufacture & has seen some service use. There is a hole to the front of the bag & slight fraying to one edge. Nice piece of Luftwaffe combat equipment.
Luftwaffe Nitsche & Gunther Goggles & Case The highly succesful Nitsche & Gunther flying goggles these being the third type introduced in 1944 having a three piece hinged frame. German termed as ' Splitterschutzbrille' they were in fact designed with their lens curvature to provide splinter protection from shrapnel or other flying debris whilst still providing good vision much needed by the flight crews. Goggles are in good order with no cracks or damage to the frames & come in their original factory painted dark grey tin box of issue. Nomenclature on the case reads ' fl - splittershutzbrille mit Ultrasin- Glasern ,D' with the FL number 30550. Case still has its original corrugated paper lining & is in excellent condition. Rare piece of Luftwaffe flight equipment.
Luftwaffe Oxygen Bottle , Crash Souvenir from 1940 Bottle is silvered & extremely well marked with luftwaffe stampings & numbers & also the date 1/9/1939. Complete with its screw in stopper it was reputedly retrieved from a crashed Messerchmitt BF109 that came down in Burwash, Etchingham, E.Sussex during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Luftwaffe Serving/Meat Plate ( Flug Markings) Large white plate with Luftwaffe Flug markings in excellent condition with no chips or scratches. Plate is a large size measuring 16 inches in length & 10 1/2 inches wide & is most probably a Meat Serving Dish from a Luftwaffe barracks or 'Kaserne' . Markings on the rear of the plate are the Luftwaffe eagle & swastika with 'FL UV' either side & the maker name of 'BAUSCHER' of WEIDEN' with the date 1939. Nice condition piece of Third Reich China.
Luftwaffe Summer Flying Helmet (LKp S101) Very nice example of the Luftwaffe summer flying helmet constructed from light brown flecked fabric & lined with green satin. This example is totally complete with all its original wiring & throat microphone intact with leather covered soundproofed rubber ear cups & fully maker labelled to the interior satin lining. All leather is in excellent condition with no dryness & overall only minor age & general light service use. Good average size.
M1 Helmet & Camouflage Cover Classic late war Pacific theatre helmet with reversible USMC camouflage cover. Front split seamed helmet shell is still finished in its original olive green factory paint & liner intact with its leather chinstrap complete (often missing). Some fraying to web straps of helmet (swivel bails) & overall service use throughout. Good M1 combat helmet.
M16 Camouflage Helmet Three colour M16 camouflage helmet in ochre & green segments seperated by thick black stripes as per the 1918 Ludendorff order. Some wear & a small shrapnel hole to top of helmet going straight through shell. Three pad leather liner is complete although dry. Soldiers name written on the reverse of one of the pads & shellsize & maker is 'ET66'.with one liner pin remaining to rear.
M31 Waterbottle, Early Pattern. Used condition waterbottle with black leather straps & olive green cup marked 'ESB40'. Brown felt cover has some holes & insect tracking with Prym 4 pop studs & bottle neck & screw lid marked 'L&SI39' . Aluminium carbine hook complete at back. There are some faint initials scratched onto the screw lid by the former owner & the initial 'H' carved into the long leather strap at the front. Some cracks to the leather in places. This bottle is a well used combat example having recently surfaced in Northern France.
M35 Army Single Decal Battle Damaged Helmet Classic M35 helmet with 1939 dated aluminium liner band & early square chinstrap fittings. Helmet is finished in its original apple green factory paint with a good army decal much of which is remaining. Helmet has taken the effects of a blast which has split , dented & penetrated the shell causing some blast damage to the leather liner which is original to the helmet. Its right side split rivet has also been displaced as a result & is missing. A size 62 shell there is overall ageing to the helmet meaning it is by no means mint but nevertheless a super original example of a combat worn battle damaged German helmet.
M35 Luftwaffe Double Decal Camouflage Helmet Early M35 Luftwaffe helmet with three colour green, tan & brown camouflage & with Luftwaffe eagle still exposed & visible. National shield has been camouflage oversprayed & can still be seen under the paint. All three liner rivets are original to the helmet as is the leather liner which has never been out. Helmet has seen much use & has some areas of dark staining to the leather liner. Helmet shell made by 'ET' & is a size 62. Chinstrap comes with the helmet & is totally original. Good combat worn example.
M35 Normandy Camouflage Helmet Two colour camouflaged Model 35 helmet in green & tan with original leather liner intact. Camouflage colours are typical of that used in Normandy being vehicle paint spray gun applied. As is normally the case a tan/ochre base has been applied over the dark green factory finish then the green liberally sprayed onto this. All three split pins are original to the helmet & are all marked 'A39' which totally matches.On the inside all the pins are still straight & the leather liner is named. Aluminium band is dated 1939, helmet shell size is a 64 & maker is 'SE'. This helmet has seen combat & this is evidenced by a small shrapnel hole in the top left side that has pierced the shell. Good example of an original Normandy camouflage helmet.
M35 Single Decal Army Helmet Early Model 1935 helmet with leather liner , aluminium band & early brass liner rivets. This is an example of one of the earliest runs with the brass rivets & aluminium band which were found to be too weak for service use & often broke. The band on this helmet has snapped at the stress points on the sides then been field repaired which is a common feature of early M35 helmets. A small portion of the band is missing where it has snapped & dropped out. Outside of helmet is in classic factory painted apple green which has then been overpainted to comply with the 1940 order to roughen the surface finish. Army decal is mostly remaining & has been painted around when the second coat of dark green paint has been applied. National shield has originally been painted around but then removed to comply with regulations . Small traces are still visible. Good honest helmet that has seen much service use.
M35 Single Decal Luftwaffe Field Divison Camouflage Helmet Early M35 Luftwaffe Camouflage helmet painted in a dark green, brown & ochre scheme. Not being the most artistic of camouflage this is typical of some types of 'ad hoc' camouflage having been quickly handpainted on by the soldier in the field. There is a lighter green base having been applied over the factory Luftwaffe blue finish then the camouflage scheme painted on top of this in the form of dark brown segments seperated by the dark green. Inside of helmet bears an early 1938 dated aluminium band & leather liner that is original to the helmet. Shell size is ' 64' & maker 'ET' . Interesting & individual camouflage scheme more than likely attributable to a Luftwaffe Field Division.
M38 Gas Mask & Canister, Complete. Super example of standard WW2 German Gas Mask & Canister with all its original straps complete. Gas Mask has the green rubber style facepiece ( Size 3) dated 1941. Snout of the mask is maker coded 'gbv' & also dated 1941. There are the numbers '466' handpainted onto the snout by the soldier & all its straps are complete. Filter is of the FE41 type & is dated '43'. Factory olive green painted canister is maker coded 'eph' & dated 1943 & has two spare gas mask lense packets still contained within its lense compartment which also has a paper label bearing the soldiers rank & name of a 'Gren.Pasch Michael' ( Rank of Grenadier). Inside & at the bottom of the tin are its issue cleaning cloth & retainer which holds it in place. Both the long & short straps are present & are original German WW2 issue & not post war Bundeswehr replacements as is commonly found. This is an excellent untouched & complete example of the standard Wehrmacht Gas Mask & Canister as used by the Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine & Waffen SS combat formations in WW2. Overall excellent original condition.
M40 Army Single Decal Camouflage Helmet Combat worn example of an Army Model 40 helmet with what remains of a tan/ochre & brown Normandy camouflage scheme. Left side of helmet shows some considerable ageing having rusted down to the metal although the Army decal is still clearly visible. Right side has not been exposed to the elements so much & still bears a good proportion of its original camouflage paint. An early strengthened ( double banded at the middle stress points) Berlin made 1939 dated aluminium liner band has been used in this helmet which is not uncommon with standard leather liner that is a size 57. Both parts are in good condition with signs of normal service use. Named on the leather liner.
M40 German Helmet , (British Soldier Souvenir) Original M40 German Helmet acquired recently from the family of a WW2 British soldier who brought it back as a souvenir. Helmet is interesting as it has had two decals painted over its original paint to copy the early double decal style. Its not clear when this was done but was more than likely put on to enhance its appearance at some point after the war. Helmet is a steel banded classic reissue with its original rough coat of dark green paint over its factory finish & original leather liner which has never been out. Leather is still in good supple condition with some stitching having come away at the rear seam. Unable to see the inside stampings due to its wartime repaint but size appears to be a 64 as it fits an average mannequin head with no problems. There are a few chips & dings to the outer shell paint & the chinstrap is long gone but this is nevertheless a good example of a classic souvenir pickup.
M44 Pattern Combat Boots Brown leather American GI service boots introduced in 1944 to replace the boot & legging combination which was found to be often impracticable. This pattern of boot incorporated built in leather gaiters fastened by two buckled flaps. This pair have good supple leather & US black rubber soles & are complete with their original laces. Both boots are marked ' 7 C FL' . In overall good condition there is some loose stitching on one of the leather buckle tabs. This pattern of boot saw much service in the Ardennes campaign of late 1944 right through into the advance into Germany the following year.
Matching K98 Bayonet & Scabbard with Frog Good combat worn example of the standard German soldiers K98 bayonet with scabbard & leather frog. Bayonet has black bakelite grips & is dated 1940 on the spine of the blade. Manufacturer is 'E.U.F.Horster' & its serial number '253a' which is matching to the scabbard. Blade retains much of its blueing & pommel catch is intact. Scabbard has lost much of its blueing due to use but has matching manufacturer, date of 1940 & serial number around its throat. Black leather frog is supple & good with no brittleness & markings are still visible on its reverse although illegible. Date however appears to be 1941. Used example of a nice matching K98 set brought back from WW2 by a British soldier as a souvenir.
Mauser Bayonet 1898/05, Standard Pattern 'Butcher Knife' Standard German WW1 bayonet ( or 'Butcher Knife' ) in good condition. Blade & metal fittings of bayonet are in good clean condition with no rust or serious damage to the blade. Maker of 'Durkopp' is marked on one side of the blade & the other side with what looks to be the trademark of Richard A Herder, Solingen. Scabbard in typical condition with light surface pitting but lozenge retaining screw still present.
May 1945 General Dempsey Thankyou Communication To Members Of 83 Group RAF A May 1945 dated thankyou communication from Lt.General Dempsey thanking members of 83 Group RAF for their support under his command. Black composite framed under what appears to be perspex. No. 83 (Composite) Group was formed on 1 April 1943 within the Second Tactical Air Force. By the eve of the D-Day landings, 83 Group had grown to a strength of 29 fighter, ground-attack and reconnaissance squadrons and four artillery observation squadrons, grouped into ten wings. At the time of Operation Market Garden it consisted of the RCAF's 39 Reconnaissance Wing, 121, 122, 123 and 143 Wings flying Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers, 125 Wing with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, and the RCAF 126 and 127 Wings also flying Spitfires. No 401 (Ram) Squadron with Spitfires was one of its squadrons from 1943. The Group HQ was at RAF Eindhoven from 1 October 1944 to 10 April 1945. It was absorbed into No. 84 Group RAF on 21 April 1946.
Meine Kampf English Edition 1938 Scarce English edition of Hitlers Meine Kampf ( My Struggle ) being an early Nazi era book dated 1938. Picture of Adolf Hitler on front inside page . Hard covered used but good.
Metal Tube Of Triofax Jelly For Burns & Scalds Believed to be of WW2 period a metal tube of Triofax jelly for burns & scalds found in many of the armoured crew & flight first aid kits where burns injuries would be likely.
Metropolitan Police Coronation Medal 1911 A clean example of the Metropolitan Police Coronation 1911 medal named to a Police Constable. Ribbon complete with period pin mounting.
Mexican M1910 Bayonet & Scabbard An early production M1910 Mexican Mauser bayonet in good condition with working pommel catch & a very nice clean blade. Maker marked to ' Weyersburg, Solingen ' at ricasso.
MG13 Gunners Pouch & Correct MG13 Spanner Black leather gunners pouch for the MG13 machine gun , an early war piece with long carry strap & waffenamt marking to rear. In very good condition it comes with 'BSW' & waffenamt marked spanner .
Military Service Binoculars ( Indian Made ) 1943 Dated. Military binoculars complete with leather strap & marked 'BINO.PRISM. No2 MkII X 6' then on the opposite side 'M.I.O Calcutta 1943'. M.I.O was the abbreviation for Mathematical Instrument Office. There is also a War Department broad arrow with the initial 'I' underneath denoting made in India. Excellent condition with light use & good optics.
Military Service Binoculars ( Indian made) 1944 Dated. Military binoculars complete with leather strap & marked up 'BINO.PRISM. No2 MkII X 6' then on the opposite side 'M.I.O Calcutta 1944'. M.I.O was the abbreviation for Mathematical Instrument Office. There is also a War Department broad arrow with the initial 'I' underneath denoting made in India. Used condition but good optics.
Model 1898/05 Saw-Backed Bayonet , 2nd Pattern. Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet is maker marked with 'Waffenfabrik Mauser AG. Oberndorf' on the blade & also on its matching scabbard. Blade condition is very good with no pitting or rust & saw-back teeth are still razor sharp as originally intended. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a 'W' indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date '17' (1917). Overall finish of the exterior metal parts has darkened with age as is typical but is still good with no serious pitting. Pommel catch in good working order.
Museum Quality Display Mannequin Excellent standing up mannequin with moveable arms & wrists . Collection only .
Museum Quality Display Mannequin Very lifelike mannequin with moveable arms & hands. Perfect for military uniform display. Collection only.
Museum Quality Display Mannequin Excellent standing up mannequin for collection display. Moveable arms & wrists . Collection only .
Museum Quality Display Mannequin Excellent standing up mannequin with moving arms & wrists. Collection only .
Museum Quality Display Mannequin Excellent standing up mannequin with moveable arms & hands. Extremely lifelike facial features . Collection only.
Museum Quality Seated Display Mannequin Hard to find sitting down mannequin with excellent facial features ideal for military uniform display . Moveable arms & hands & in a good pose as that of holding a rifle.
Named Soldiers Kitbag Black soldiers kitbag named to a Sgt Harding 14055440. Skull & crossbones drawn to front with various markings.
Navy Issue Gaiters, 1942 Dated Overall excellent issued condition Navy gaiters. This pattern has the seven (7) hook & eyelet arrangement & a repair to one buckle. Both gaiters named to same man & dated 1942.
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No 4 MK1 Lee Enfield Rifle Excellent condition No4 Lee Enfield rifle made by Longbranch in 1945. Woodwork in excellent clean order with good action & most blueing remaining. Complete with web sling ( post war dated ). Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied.
North African Campaign,Werner Haupt & JKW Bingham Informative book on the campaign , many photographs & much text from the Axis & Allied viewpoints. Hardback with dustjacket.
Old Spec Lanchester Sub Machine Gun A very clean 'old spec' example of the Lanchester sub machine gun capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & coming with its correct 50 round magazine. An early copy of the German MP28 these had a tendency to discharge if dropped & were so were relegated to non frontline use with the RAF & Royal Navy. An appealing patina is visible overall to this piece with no unsightly pitted or rubbed areas to the metalwork. Its designation of 'Mk1*' can be seen to the magazine port with broad arrows & the date of'43' . A good smooth working action exists to bolt with Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
Ornamental Armoured Fighting Vehicle Cigarette Lighter Nice model tank in polished metal that has a cigarette lighter mounted into the top turret in perfect working order. Model measures 6 1/2 inches long & just under 3 inches wide & was more than likely a souvenir of a soldiers service with an armoured unit. On the bottom is a faded green felt base which appears to be of some age. Nice ornamental piece.
Osprey Men At Arms ' The British Army 1939-45 (1) ' North West Europe Superb reference book by this well known publisher.
P 38 'Softshell' Holster Used condition black leather holster being the second model produced for the Walther P 38 pistol & commonly referred to as the 'Softshell' type. These were introduced in late 1943 & are often dated 1944 as on this example. Rear of holster is three letter coded 'clg 44' being for the maker Ernst Melzig of Liegnitz & the year of manufacture 1944. Also the holster type ' P38' is still visible stamped underneath. One period repair to left belt loop & good combat example.
P38 Walther Hardshell Holster Black leather P38 Pistol holster dated 1943. Holster has two intact belt loops on its rear which are not repaired or converted & the three letter maker code & date of 'bml/43' . bml was the code for the firm Hans Romer from Neu-Ulm, Donau a known manufacturer of pistol holsters, ammunition pouches & binocular cases. This is 100% original pistol holster as used in combat by the German soldier of WW2.
Painting of Japanese Lunghwa Allied Internee Camp in Shanghai. This appears to be a copy of an original picture, now held in archive in the Imperial War Museum, painted by a former internee of Lunghwa Camp in Shanghai which was a camp run by the occupying Japanese forces for allied internees. The front of the picture is titled Lunghwa Camp 1943-1945 & the back has handwritten information made by the artist & former prisoner Irene (Duguid) Kilpatrick. This is an old copy of the picture she made which was presented to her whilst her original was donated to the museum & kept in archive. Lunghwa Camp was opened by the Japanese in Feb 1943 & closed in Sept 1945 holding 1700 occupants in its duration. An interesting & historic picture from the possession of a former internee of the infamous Japanese Camp Lunghwa.
Pair K98 Pouches Near matching pair of black leather K98 pouches with steel fittings. Both are marked on the reverse with their respective manufacturer markings one pair being dated 1942 & the other 1943. One of the middle strap eye holes has torn with use & there is some rusting to the rear of the pouches on the rivet plates. This cannot be seen from the front ( See pictures) & so they are still a good pair for display.
Pair M41 USMC Suspenders Tan web suspenders becoming standard issue to the Marine Corps in 1941after introduction of the M41 Pack system. Unissued mint condition.
Pajnzers In Normandy , Then & Now Excellent work on the Panzers of the German army during the Normandy campaign of WW2. Many Then & Now comparison shots of knocked out tanks , battlefields & their relics . Used condition.
Panzer In Russland, H.Scheibert & U.Elfrath Podzun Verlag book on German Panzers in Russia with hardback cover, many b & w photographs & 238 pages. Packed with many good photographs of German Panzer forces.
Panzer Leader . General Heinz Guderian Large hardback book by Guderian giving the origins of the military machine which made possible Hitlers Blitzkrieg. Responsible for the development of Germanys armoured forces before the second world war he commanded an armoured Corps in Poland & France & an armoured group in the Russian campaign before becoming C in C in 1944. 528 pages, hardback cover.
Panzerkampfwagen, German Combat Tanks 1939-1945 ,Almark Books Pictorial guide to German combat tanks in service 1939-1945. Photographs & text. 32 pages , softback.
PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE GERMAN SOLDIER IN WORLD WAR TWO German soldiers, sailors & airmen of World War II went to war with a fascinating variety of personal effects in their pockets & knapsacks. Chris Masons new book explores this personal, private & often poignant aspect of military history , through a study of personal items German soldiers used in the barracks & in the trenches for work,hygiene,relaxation & survival. This study of these small personal items, presented with full colour & period photos, provides a remarkable window into the daily lives of men caugth in the maelstrom of history. Brand new with 10% discount off retail price.
Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (QEII) Mint condition Police Long Service & Good Conduct medal awarded for 22 years full time service in any UK constabulary. Full length ribbon with name erased from edge.
Portuguese 1886 Sword Bayonet Used condition sword bayonet with yataghan blade ( sloped to allow shooting when fixed) . Overall blade length is 18 1/2 inches with traces of 'Steyr 1886' inscription remaining along its top flat edge. Crossguard of weapon bears markings ' FF 59' & there are also serial numbers on scabbard neck. Interesting early sword bayonet.
Post War British Paratrooper Beret Postwar British paratrooper beret with queens crown cap badge. Some dirt stains to top , no moth.
Post WW2 British Army Shirt Four pocket British army shirt of the postwar period. An approx. 44 in chest.
Post WW2 British Paratrooper Beret A post WW2 British paratrooper beret with its original queens crown parachute regiment cap badge. Leather edged & in good condition it is totally free from moth.
Post WW2 German Officers Waisbelt Of the same pattern as WW2 German issue & very difficult to distinguish the difference . Measures 43 inches in length.
Post WW2 SMLE Rifle Sling ( Sports Shooting ) Leather sling from a post WW2 Lee Enfield used for target shooting .
Post WW2 US Cartridge Belt In Jungle Green Cartridge belt for clips of M1 rifle ammunition in dark green. Compartments lack the dividing straps which should be present on all wartime examples. Good used condition.
Postwar Blue Serge RAF Trousers Good large size RAF trousers from the postwar period perfect for mannequin display.
Postwar British Army Sergeants Red Sash Red sash as worn by British army sergeants this one of postwar manufacture.
Postwar British MKII Paratrooper Helmet A good untouched British MKII paratrooper helmet with all of its original green factory paint, webbing straps & chin cup. Upon inspection of the liner screws to the exterior of the shell it becomes immediately apparent that they are totally unmolested & match completely the colour & wear on the rest of the helmet. This is an attribute not often encountered on many that are now offered . The exterior paint finish displays an attractive patina of service wear with some very roughly & randomly applied splotches of a now subdued dull tan camouflage colour visible in places. Interior of the helmet is all present & correct with the often missing dome crash pad intact. The leather is very supple with no damage & the chamois lining is still present to the underside of the chin cup. The maker mark , size & date 'CCL 7 1/2 1956 ' are impressed into the sweatband. Identical to a wartime dated MK2 paratrooper helmet , & referred to today as the MkIII by collectors , this excellent example of the 'Helmet Steel, Airborne Troops ' would be perfect for mannequin display & considerably more affordable.
Postwar Hungarian RPD 7.62mm Machine Gun A classic lightweight , medium power postwar machine gun this is the 'Roochnoy Poolemyot Degtyar-Yova' most commonly known as the RPD. Designed in 1943 with tests ongoing for this weapon in 1944-45 it was not seen in service until 1953. A good used example capable of being cocked & dryfired it comes with its detachable drum magazine. Comes complete with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
Pre WW1 1903 Pattern Bayonet , Royal Engineers A 1903 pattern bayonet marked to the Royal Engineers with issue dates of 1908/10/13/14 so still in use in the first world war.
Pre WW1 1903 Pattern Bayonet Regimentally Marked To ' 3 KOSB ' An interesting '03 pattern bayonet with regimental markings to '3 KOSB' (3rd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers). These markings have been lined out however there are then markings to one grip beginning with 'W.S.Y.' Dated February 1907 to one side ricasso with one later issue date of 1910 this bayonet appears to have started life with the 3 KOSB before being transferred. Nice untouched condition & overall good.
Pre WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bayonet In '08 Frog Regimentally Marked To Royal Garrison Artillery Pre WW1 1903 pattern bayonet pommel marked to 1st Company, Royal Garrison Artillery & still in its 1908 pattern webbing frog. Very crudely marked to pommel with Enfield maker to ricasso & January 1905 issue date with no later dates . Some bruising to wood grips but overall excellent. It is of note that the frog has had its helve strap removed before or during WW1 as the Garrison Artillery had no requirement to carry the entrenching tool or its helve.
Pre WW1 German Beer Stein ( Erbo Zinn ) Beautifully decorated German Beer Stein from the highly collectable Erbo Zin reproduction range. In memory of pre WW1 service to a member of a Cavalry regiment 1907-1910. Excellent condition with no damage.
Pre WW1 Imperial German KS98 Colonial Marked Sawback Bayonet An extremely scarce example of the pre WW1 Imperial German colonial 'Kaiser Liche Schutztruppen' ( German South West Africa colonial troops ) sawback bayonet with matching scabbard. In overall very good condition it has black leather grips with 'Erfurt' maker to ricasso. Wilhelm markings are visible to spine of blade with 1910 date. Unit markings & weapon number ' KS10947' are to hilt & throat of scabbard Grips are firm to bayonet handle & show some expected wear with a couple of small hairlines to right side . Overall an exceptionally rare specimen to find today.
Pre WW2 Scots Guards Scarlet Tunic Superb non mothed example of a Foot Guards scarlet tunic from the distinguished Scots Guards with all correct piped facings & emblems to collar . All brass buttons are with Kings crown , one minus to waistbelt area. Inside tailor label gives the size 15 being in height 5'10" & a 32 waist. Date of 1934 is visible along with soldiers service numbers to inner lining.
Prewar AA Map of Great Britain Believed to be a prewar road map of Great Britain with one side the North the other the South. Found amongst the effects of a former British Home Guard officer.
Prewar Photo Album of German Battleship Deutschland Funeral & Spanish War, Chinese War Etc An interesting photograph album containing a mix of photographs from immediate prewar campaigns & actions having been period compiled by a British soldier from captured photographs taken from prisoners. The soldier has indexed the pages contained within on the front inside cover starting with views of Gibralter & Spain then moving into shots of a funeral from the German battleship Deutschland. History tells us that the Deutschland was attacked by Soviet bombers in 1937 which fits in well with the prewar period & the shots of Kriegsmarine personnel & swastika flag draped coffins. One photograph also appears to be of Adolf Hitler although from a distance present at the military funeral service. The album then goes on into photographs of HMS Hunter & the Chinese War before more photographs of the Spanish War follow. Many shots of different personnel are present & also some showing corpses & an apparent execution both spanning the Chinese & Spanish war section. The origins of this album & its owner are not known.
Prewar Photograph Album , Spanish Civil War, Chinese War Etc Interesting pre WW2 photograph album compiled by a British photographer of the period. Album contains ** plus period photographs of some of the prewar campaigns including the sinking of the German military battleship the Deutschland during the Spanish Civil War, the Chinese War & other photographs of areas of the era. It appears the photographs may be captured
Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin 1914 & Christmas Card Nice example of the famous 1914 Christmas Gift Tin presented as a gift from Princess Mary to the troops in the first year of the Great War. As supply demands were very high for these tins their distribution to the troops ( & also war widows) took some time & as the war dragged on unexpectedly the quality of the tins declined with plating being used for the exterior finish. This example is of early production in good brass with some weight to it & with the decoration detail still being very clear. Also with the tin is a Christmas card bearing good wishes for the New Year from Princess Mary bearing her monogram on the front of it & the date 1915. Outer part of the card is split in two but inside pages bearing the message are intact. Very nice WW1 piece of history & hard to find still with the card.
Princess Mary Gift Tin, Tobacco Contents & Greetings Card (Named) Scarce example of the 1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin still containing its original contents of one pack of Cigarettes & one pack of Tobacco & also the 1915 dated card wishing the troops a 'Victorious New Year' from Princess Mary. Back of the card has details of the previous owner written on it being ' 9074 Pte Smith C Coy Royal Berks'. All items are in their original unopened packaging & bear the Princess Mary cipher. Overall condition very good with no water damage & nice to find with the contents still in.
Queens South Africa & WW1 Medal Pair ( 3rd East Kents) Medal group to a Private F Laslett of the 3rd East Kents ( The Buffs) who served in South Africa then went on to serve in the First World War receiving the British War & Victory medals. Queens South Africa & BWM are impressed with the regiment of the East Kents & the Victory medal the Royal Artillery showing him to have had a change in unit. Period mounted on a single brooch mount & also with a ribbon bar for the Queens South Africa & British War Medal.
RAF 1925/37 Pattern Pistol Order Webbing Set Matching set of RAF webbing that is as it was worn during WW2 & in original condition with all of its original components. Set comprises the scarce 1925 pattern pistol ammunition pouch ( wider than the '37 patt & dated 1939 ) 1925 pattern pistol holster dated 1939 & 1937 pattern belt dated 1941. The RAF used much 1925 pattern equipment upon the outbreak of WW2 this being gradually replaced by the 1937 pattern from 1941 onwards. AM stamp with crown is visible on the belt & holster with 'MECo' manufacturer stamp also present. Pistol ammunition pouch is clearly stamped 'MECo 1939'. This set was evidently worn together for a very long time as it is washed out but matching with only very minor traces of blue/grey blanco on some small obscured areas. 1925 pattern RAF webbing is very hard to find now this set having recently surfaced from the effects of a former WW2 RAF pilot.
RAF 1937 Pattern Holster 1944 dated Blue web 1937 pattern holster for the issue service revolver as worn by RAF aircrew etc. Made by Mills Equipment Company in 1944. Excellent condition.
RAF Air Crew Socks Thick white socks for air crew as seen in wartime footage rolled over the top of the flying boots . Broad arrow marked , no dates.
RAF B Type Flying Helmet 1939 Type 'B' Flying Helmet ( Designation 22C/65 ) standard flying helmet of RAF aircrew personnel between 1936 & 1941. In dark brown leather the helmet is lined in chamois & has a layer of cotton padding between the leather shell & chamois lining. Helmet has a leather chinstrap fitted with a friction buckle & also a similar leather strap & buckle arrangement at the back where there is an opening that has apparently been stitched shut. The Air Ministry designation of 'AM 22C/65' is clearly visible impressed into the leather on the right side & the manufacturer label intact on the inside is still present. This shows the maker as being 'Wareings of Northampton LTD No3 size 7 1/8 - 7 3/8. There is also the clear date 1939. Helmet has had its earcups removed & has certainly seen much use. Would certainly benefit from a good clean. Nice RAF item.
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RAOC Captains Service Dress Jacket, Trousers & Sam Browne Set. Nice clean example of the WW2 British officers service dress jacket & trousers belonging to a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Jacket is the pre 1942 pattern with box pleated breast pockets, buttoned bottom pockets & built on cuffs in khaki drab material. Also RAOC buttons throughout with correct officers RAOC badges to lapel. Three pips to each shoulder strap indicate rank of Captain with interesting medal ribbons mounted above left pocket. They show that this officer was a North Africa veteran having been awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star & Italy Star & also has the distinction of having been mentioned in despatches represented by the oakleaf sewn next to his ribbons. Interestingly, the uniform was made by a tailor in Egypt , as the label testifies, tying in nicely with his medal entitlement. Comes complete with his Sam browne belt & shoulder strap. Overall in excellent condition with two very small moth nips to the rear shoulder blade area. Leather of Sam Browne is excellent with no dryness & retaining its suppleness.
Rare British First Pattern 1908 Belt ( Pre 1909 Issue ) A rare example of the very first issue of 1908 pattern belt with distinctive straight brass tips to its web tabs. These were changed in November 1909 to the eyeletted tips that are most commonly found today the first pattern here being very rarely encountered . In excellent condition it has been pea green blancoed with various issue markings to its reverse side.
Rare Transitional M18 Kriegsmarine Double Decal Helmet With Kriegsmarine Marked Chinstrap It is well recorded that Kriegsmarine double decal helmets are very hard to find with only approximately 1/10 of German helmets produced being for the German Navy. With the speed in which the Kriegsmarine were able to procure the M35 helmet this left only a very limited number of transitional double decal KM helmets remaining in service. This time capsule of a piece is an M18 model with M31 liner system installed . It has been roughly brush painted then decals applied to both sides of the exterior. The national colours are still very intact with the distinctive gold/yellow decal of the Kriegsmarine remaining in superb condition. Close examination of the aluminium buckled chinstrap finds the rare Marine marking to its underside. Very faint maker markings can be seen to its pointed end although now not discernible. Age wear & natural oxidisation to the chinstrap studs confirm that it has been undisturbed for many years , coming still on the helmet when recently found. Liner band is of the earliest production being 1931 dated with split pins of the early 1930s period used before the M31 split pin became available. Liner is ink size stamped to one finger tip. A rare piece completely as found & never having been in collector hands before.
Rare WW1 Imperial German Butcher Bayonet Frog With Saxon Regimental Markings & Company Knot 1915 A rare butcher bayonet frog bearing the markings ' BAXII 15' for the Saxon 12th Army Corps with Saxon regimental marking ' 102.R. ' Still wrapped around the frog is a company knot which has quite clearly not been removed since the first world war. I have made no attempt to interfere with it & thus it remains undisturbed for the next custodian .
Rare WW2 British Automatic Pistol Magazine Pouch 1941 Rare magazine pouch for the automatic pistol most often seen in period photographs being used by Airborne & Commando personnel armed with the Browning Hi Power pistol or M1911A1 . Very scarcely encountered this example is 'MECo' ( Mills Equipment ) marked to the rear with broad arrow & 1941 date. Certainly one of the rarest items of British webbing equipment .
Rare WW2 British Automatic Pistol Magazine Pouch 1943 Rare magazine pouch for the automatic pistol most often seen in period photographs being used by Airborne & Commando personnel armed with the Browning Hi Power pistol or M1911A1 . Very scarcely encountered this example is 'MECo' ( Mills Equipment ) marked to the rear with broad arrow & 1943 date. Certainly one of the rarest items of British webbing equipment .
Rare WW2 Canadian Normandy Unit Flashed helmet - 1st Canadian Armoured Car Regiment A 1943 dated Canadian steel helmet with rare flash for troops of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment . Recently surfacing in Europe & never having been in a collection before the helmet is in its original untouched khaki paint with flash in excellent order on right side. Some field wear exhibits itself to the exterior of the shell with only minor scuffing to the flash. On the underside of the shell can be seen the maker markings 'G.S.W.' for the Canadian maker General Steel Wares with 'MK1' & date 1941. There is dirt & cobwebs from prolonged farm storage to the inside crown which I have made no attempt to clean. The liner has some dryness with crazing , chinstrap minus. The string remains to each chinstrap lug where it was hung up in a barn for many years , again I have left this untouched. A rare helmet from an often unheard of unit which saw action right through Europe until the end of WW2. Following the successful attack on Falaise in August 1944 using tanks converted for carrying infantry troops to their objectives this regiment was formed on August 28th 1944 thereby revolutionising the then new concept of Armoured Personnel Carriers . Due to the success of the allies final victory in Europe & now being surplus to requirements they were disbanded at 2359 hours on June 20, 1945.
RASC SD Tunic, Pre WW2 Other Ranks interwar Service Dress for a member of the Royal Army Service Corps & bearing embroidered patches to the 59th Division. Patches for this Division represent pithead machinery against a slag heap. Tunic is in excellent unmothed condition with rank chevrons of Lance Corporal on each arm & one Good Conduct stripe on the left. Brass RASC shoulder titles on each shoulder strap & RASC collar badges complete the insignia which is all original on & is as found. Clothing label has unfortunately been removed from the inside of the tunic. Comes complete with a pistol lanyard that was on it as it came. Very nice SD tunic from the prewar days.
Reproduction British No.38 Wireless Set Instruction Template A modern reproduction of the scarce No.38 Wireless Set Working Instructions . This was a two sided instruction card issued with every set the originals being practically impossible to find. Measures 20 X 12.5 cm.
Reproduction German 5cm Mortar ( L.gr.W.36. ) Visually accurate reproduction of the famous WW2 German 5cm Light Mortar . Made from hard resin fibre & wood the whole piece is finished in green & is built to actual scale weighing in at about 3kg. A well built piece giving a convincing representation of the favoured 5cm Mortar.
Rifle Brigade FD Tunic 1914 Early First World War dark green FD tunic of the Rifle Brigade. This rare early tunic bears black Rifle Brigade buttons ( all complete) dark green braiding & black cuff & collar facings with black piping down its front edge. The tunic still has a good portion of its paper clothing label intact that reads 'ROYAL ARMY CLOTHING SIZE No 8 , RIFLE BRIGADE TUNIC APR 1914' . There are also various other stampings inside the tunic & its two black painted stitched in belt hooks still present. Nice Rifle Brigade tunic form the early First World War era.
RN Print HMS Kelly An impressive print of HMS Kelly , the ship commanded by Lord Mountbatten in his illustrious Naval career. Metal frame , collection at one of the shows is preferred however delivery can be arranged by post or in person at extra cost.
Rommel, Charles Douglas-Home 224 page hardback book on Rommel . Many photographs & chapters on 'The Desert Fox' including an interesting write up on his last hours. Dust jacket complete.
Royal Artillery Tropical Helmet ' X Field Battery' Royal Artillery (8th Field Regiment) A nice untouched interwar period British helmet with unit flash of X Field Battery , part of the 8th Field Regiment Royal Artillery . Helmet is very nicely marked to the inside with 'VERO' maker & 1931 date also size stamp 7 . The original owner ' Staff Sergeant Shepherd' has written his name , rank & service number to the inside as well as the message to would be thieves of ' Put It Down It's Mine' . The cloth flash of the Royal Artillery is in red & dark blue with the brass X & F stitched in place centrally. Leather sweatband has some age to it with s small amount of moth to cloth flash. This unit served in India , North Africa & Burma from the period spanning 1932 - 1945.
Royal Flying Corps 2nd A/M Portrait Photograph Waist upwards sideways shot of a member of the Royal Flying Corps wearing his 1914 pattern ORs 'maternity' jacket with fully worded Royal Flying Corps shoulder title & khaki field service cap. Back of the postcard has on it written in pencil ' 2nd A/M EG Blackburn, RFC Roehampton' which refers to an RFC Air Mechanic based at Roehampton. Excellent condition.
Royal Marine Light Infantry FD Tunic 1910 Scarlet FD ( Full Dress ) tunic of the the early 20th century of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. These impressive looking scarlet tunics went into stores as soon as the pattern 1902 SD jacket became universally available & by 1914 were virtually obsolete & used only for ceremonial guard. This example has all of its brass RMLI buttons complete along with its one brass belt hook to the left side. Tunic is white piped with dark blue cuff facings & bears on its inside left breast an inspection stamp of '30 3 10' (30th March 1910) . Some mothing & service use overall but a nice early piece of Royal Marines memorabilia.
Royal Navy Seamans Clasp Knife 1943 A good 1943 dated example of the seamans jack knife made in Sheffield. Alloy grips with main blade , marlin spike & screwdriver tip.
Royal Navy Sweetheart Powder Compact Wartime produced ladies powder compact with a Royal Navy sweetheart brooch mounted into its front in blue & gold. Powder case is in coloured leather & pressed card in light green & reddish brown. Commemorative items such as these were produced commercially & by servicemen in WW2 as gifts for loved ones. Overall good condition.
Royal Navy Torpedo Sight Type B , Best Director Angle Attachment Box. In excellent condition.
Russian DP 28 Machine Gun Spare Magazine Webbing Carrier & 2 Magazines Green webbing magazine pouch for the DP 28 machine gun coming with two spare magazines.
Russian Model 1968 SVD Dragonuv Bayonet Designed for the Dragonuv rifle & with a utilitarian function of knife, saw & wirecutter . The rubber sleeve on the scabbard served as insulation when cutting electrical wires. Bowie type blade with false edge. Working pommel catch.
Russian Mosin Nagant Sling , Cartridge Pouches & Cleaning Kit , Bottle Russian Mosin Nagant rifle sling with cleaning kit.
Russian PPSH 41 Sub Machine Gun A good clean example of the WW2/ Cold war PPSH 41, Much original finish remains to metal surfaces with very clean wood furniture & matching numbers to butt, receiver & barrel casing. A 1952 dated example & a classic piece of cold war history. Comes with deactivation certificate. UK sales only.
Russian PPSH41 Sling Web & leather sling for the PPSH41 sub machine gun.
Scarce WW1 German Ersatz Sawback Bayonet ( EB42 ) A scarce ersatz sawback of the EB42 model with inspection marking to one side of the ricasso & also to blade spine. Blade is in superb clean order with a small area of bruising to its all metal scabbard. Hard example to find.
Schiffer Book - German Helmets Of The Second World War Vol 1 By Branislav Radovic This book is a fully illustrated, detailed look at the famous German "stahlhelm" of World War II. Full color photographs - including multiple-view, interiors, and up-close detail - show Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Paratroop, and many others. Specifically produced to give the advanced collector the opportunity to expand his or her knowledge, and to compare paint and insignia against their own collections. For the novice or would-be collector, this book is an invaluable reference. Secondhand copy. Price includes uk postage.
Schiffer Book : WWII German War Booty This superbly illustrated book by noted Third Reich edged weapon author, collector & expert Thomas Johnson explores the vast array of militaria 'liberated' from Germany by Allied troops during the Second World War. The book contains over 580 beautiful full-colour photographs of German daggers,swords,helmets,uniforms,insignia,award documents,weapons & many other rare & unusual items. Also included is a generous selection of World War II era photographs showing many items in the act of being liberated. ******************10% Discount off RRP*********************
Schiffer Book: Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 1 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 colour and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re enactor. Brand new in stock.
Schiffer Book:Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 2 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must, and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval-looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 color and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re-enactor. Brand new in stock.
Scottish Highland Light Infantry Headdress, Kings Crown badged. Scottish wartime headdress to the famous Highland Light Infantry. Badge is 100% original with wear correlation onto the badge mounting of the cap. Typical red, white & black band with black wool body & red bobble & tassles to rear. Lining in black cotton. Most definately a worn cap with some age but in excellent condition with no moth.
Seven (7) Inert .45 calibre Rounds Seven inert display rounds marked .45 for the Colt 45 or Thompson magazines. Primers have been struck & rounds are free from explosive. UK sales only.
Signal, Hitlers Wartime Picture Magazine English edit of Hitlers 'Signal' magazine by S.L.Mayer with many Third Reich era colour photographs & observations through German eyes. Hardback with dust jacket.
Simson & Co Suhl Bayonet Excellent condition bayonet made by the famous Simson & Co of Suhl with excellent walnut grips & 99% blueing remaining. Serial number to pommel & some age to scabbard.
Six Inert .455 Pistol Cartridges Six cartridges of .455 pistol ammunition for the Mk VI Webley service revolver the standard British sidearm of WW1. Non wartime rounds for display only, all inert. UK sales only.
Small Arms Training Manual 'Bayonet' 1937 1937 edition for bayonet training.
Smith & Wesson Airweight Model 37 Revolver Superb example of the Smith & Wesson Model 37 'Airweight' revolver . Marked 'Mod 37' to chamber hinge & cocks & dryfires. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only. A new specification deactivation.
SMLE Rifle Sling Webbing SMLE rifle sling which has been at one time blackened .
South Africa Pattern No.9 Bayonet & Scabbard South African pattern No.9 bayonet with scabbard in exscellent condition. Made by an ARMSCOR subsidiary or sub contractor the socket is identical to the No.4 except for minor subtle differences. Interestingly these bayonets were made up during the 1960s using spare blades for the Uzi SMG bayonet. Metal scabbard example.
South Africa Queen Victoria Gift Tin In good condition with much paintwork remaining.
South African Campaign Christmas Card, Northumberland Hussars. Regimental Christmas Card with crest to Northumberland Hussars on front cover with inscription underneath 'South Africa 1900-02' . Colour picture on inside of Hussar soldier on horseback with Xmas dedication. Interesting item of S.African campaign memorabilia.
Soviet Combat Tanks, Chamberlain & Ellis Detailed & profusely illustrated guide to the fighting tanks used by the Red Army in WW2. Four pages of colour illustrations , more than 120 photographs & line drawings of the most important types .
Soviet Military/Police Makarov Pistol The famous Soviet Makarov was the standard Soviet pistol used by military & law enforcement in the 1951-1991 period. Designed to replace the already existing TT-33 semi automatic pistol this was effectively an enlarged Walther PP which utilised the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge. In mint condition it cocks, strips & dryfires & comes with its correct detachable magazine. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
Soviet TT33 Pistol , Holster & Cleaning Rod Nice clean example of the Soviet TT33 pistol with matching numbers to top & bottom , magazine , cleaning rod & brown leather holster. Pistol is in its original finish & capable of being cocked & dryfired. Frame dated 1947. Deactivated according to Home Office regulations, certificate of deactivation applies. UK sales only.
Spanish M1941 Bolo Bayonet A sound condition example of the M1941 bayonet for the 7mm M1893 Mauser rifle & the M1916 Mauser Short Rifle. The distinctive so called 'bolo' blade was intended for cutting vegetation & as such was unpopular due to its inefficiency as a cutting tool. Fitted to the bayonet lug is a removeable adaptor enabling it to be used with the M1898 pattern rifle. Overall a nice piece with much blueing remaining to metal surfaces.
Spanish M1941 Bolo Bayonet A sound condition example of the M1941 bayonet for the 7mm M1893 Mauser rifle & the M1916 Mauser Short Rifle. The distinctive so called 'bolo' blade was intended for cutting vegetation & as such was unpopular due to its inefficiency as a cutting tool. Overall a nice clean display example.
Splinter Pattern Camouflage Luftwaffe Ground Forces Jacket ( Field Division Etc) Classic Luftwaffe Ground Forces Splinter Pattern camouflage Jacket originally designed for use by the Luftwaffe Field Divisions as of 1942 & seeing service in many theatres including Russia , Italy & more popularly in Normandy, France. It was also worn by other Luftwaffe Ground Forces Units including Paratroopers & Army Officer personnel on attachment. Jacket has without doubt seen much combat service evidenced by its used condition but nevertheless retains good strong colours. Jacket is in the earlier & rarer cotton pattern as HBT versions replaced these from mid war onwards.Buttons are of the correct metal dish variety & are all complete with pebbled buttons on the shoulders & cloth retaining loop for shoulder straps still in place. Inside pockets are in blue HBT & there is a wartime repair to the right bottom pocket area where splinter camouflage material has been used as a patch then overstitched several times for strength. Breast eagle removed. Good combat jacket much used in Normandy by Luftwaffe Ground Forces. Helmet & combat equipment shown for display only.
SS UNIFORMS INSIGNIA & ACCOUTREMENTS: A Study in Photographs (Schiffer Military History Excellent book on the subject by Schiffer Publishing . overall in good condition.
Superb WW1 Exhibition 'Remembering 1916' On Now ON NOW AT WHITGIFT SCHOOL , SOUTH CROYDON. A superb exhibition commemorating WW1 with many rare items sourced from the most advanced private first world war collections. Stunning dioramas & cabinet displays with 100% original uniforms , equipment & weapons....not to be missed!
Swedish 1896 Pattern Mauser Bayonet Swedish Mauser bayonet for use with the 1896 pattern rifle & also used with the M1938 Short Rifle & the AG42b Ljungmann Self Loading Rifle. Markings to blade indicate manufacture by the firm Eskilstuna Jernmanufakuraktiebolag AB (Eskilstuna Jern Manufacturing, Inc.) Crossguard markings denote issue to rifle 377 of the 12th Company , 16th Infantry Regiment . Overall good condition .
Swedish Mauser Rifle Bayonet 1898 pattern Swedish Mauser bayonet in service used condition. Matching numbers to bayonet & scabbard with anchor markings to blade, some rust in places.
Swiss Schmidt-Rubin Model 1889 Bayonet Excellent condition well finished quality bayonet bearing an issue serial number on crossguard & manufacturer mark of 'WAFFENFABRIK/NEUHAUSEN' . Neuhausen Rhinefalls is the home of the famous SIG Swiss Industrial Company prominent in the manufacture of arms since the later 19th Century. Birds head pommel & crossguard are in polished steel with walnut grips in unchipped condition. Blade has been ground sharpenend on bottom edge & scabbard has much of its original blueing remaining with leather strap for frog loop.
Swiss Schmidt-Rubin Model 1931 Bayonet Immaculate condition well finished quality bayonet bearing an issue serial number on crossguard & manufacturer mark of 'WAFFENFABRIK/NEUHAUSEN' . Neuhausen Rhinefalls is the home of the famous SIG Swiss Industrial Company prominent in the manufacture of arms since the later 19th Century. Birds head pommel & crossguard are in polished steel with walnut grips in unchipped condition. Blade has been ground sharpenend on both edges & scabbard has about half its original blueing remaining.
Swiss Sphinx 2000 Police Special Pistol A superb example of the Swiss made Sphinx 2000 Police Special pistol used by Belgian, Norwegian, Australian , Swiss & Venezuelan police forces . An impressively solid & compact weapon being renowned for its robust all steel construction & overall high standard of quality & reliability. Cocks , strips & dryfires. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
Tank Data of World War Two, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series WE Inc. Excellent early work providing detailed information on many nationalities of Tank in WW2 . Over 100 photos in b & w .Hardback cover with dust jacket.
The Battle For Moscow , Werner Haupt Illustrated Podzun-Verlag book of the German attack on Russia in WW2. Several colour pictures in this book showing the campaign essentially from the German viewpoint with many of the photographs taken by German cameramen. Hardback cover with dustjacket. German & English.
The Blonde Knight Of Germany, F.Toliver & J.Constable Biography of the German Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Hartmann who brought down an amazing 352 enemy aircraft winning the Diamonds to his Knights Cross & becoming arguably the gretaest fighter pilot of all time. 318 pages, hardback cover.
The German Navy In WW2, Edward P.Von der Ported Informative hardback book on The German Nay in WW2 covering the developments of the new navy in pre war years as well as the strategical & tactical decisions made & long range raiders such as the Graf Spee. 274 pages, dust jacket.
The Great Stalingrad Offensive 1942, Haupt & Scheibert Podzun Verlag photographic book on the German assault on Stalingrad in 1942 with many b & w photographs showing the troops in action with many German taken colour plates. English & German edition in hardback with dust jacket.
The Hitler Albums, Mussolinis State Visit to Germany 1937, Roger Bender Hardback covered book with 143 pages of black & white photographs of Hitler & Mussolini during the state visit to Germany of September 25- 29 th 1937.
The Hitler File, Frederick V.Grunweld Large hardback format with 374 pages of information & photographs , some in colour. Well researched & informative book giving much information & his rising to power. Dustjacket complete.
The Hitler Phenomenon, H.Picker,H.Hoffman,J Von Lang 233 page publication being an intimate portrait of Hitler & his entourage with photographs by his personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffman. Hardback with dust jacket.
The Hitler Years, Ivor Matanle Hardbacked photographic reference work on Hitler from beginning to end in 176 pages. Many photographs, with dustjacket.
The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Kesselring ( Autobiography ) Autobiography of the famous Field Marshall Kesselring. Fascinating insight into his career as a 40 year German officer & the end of it. 319 pages, hardback.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Drum & Hanger Sound example of the Hitler Youth drum as used by the 'Hitler Jugend' movement of the Third Reich era. This piece has been totally restored & as such is in excellent condition & would compliment any Hitler Youth display. Drum skin is constructed of calfskin with four cat gut cords (snares) strung across the lower drum skin. The outer ring of the drum is made from thick wood with thin copper sheet covering the outer ring. Outer sides are triangularly patterned in the white & red of the Hitler Youth with a two hole plate on its upper edge for attachment of the belt hanger. Beneath this on the lower edge is a metal handle for pulling to the body when in use. Faint markings remaining on the belt hanger plate, the hanger itself has some rust to its loop rivets but is otherwise sound.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Uniform & HJ Dagger Nice representation of the standard Hitler Youth uniform as worn from approx 1935 onwards this set comprising the tunic, summer cap, scarf, leather knot, HJ belt & buckle, cross strap ( belt loops are replacements) & dagger. Summer cap is in tan cotton with the RZM marked metal diamond HJ badge affixed to its front. Tan twill tunic was authorised for wear as of August 1935 onwards & is made of heavy ribbed cotton with four pockets & a fixed collar. Swastika HJ armband present with the white on black triangular district badge sewn to the left upper arm for ' nord niedersachsen ' & on each shoulder of the tunic a shoulder strap with standard red piping & the number ' 539 '. The underside of one of the straps is complete with its RZM label intact. All buttons are present. Black HJ scarf is original & still has its RZM label denoting use by the ' HJ,DJ or BDM. Hitler Youth dagger is in excellent condition with black painted scabbard ( 96% paint intact) & brown leather belt loop & keeper having no damage. Dagger itself has brown leather buffer to top of blade under hilt & sprung HJ diamond emblem in its handle. Maker marked ' RZM M7/38' which denotes the firm Paul Seilheimer it is in overall excellent condition. Belt leather is a shortened youth version with some personalisation in the form of initials stitched into the leather. Buckle is original although with some ageing to its prongs. Complete set is offered together as one lot in overall excellent conditon.
Three Period Combat Aviation HMSO Books These three titles by the HMSO are all wartime dated & were intended as public information guides for the British readers at home. In this set are ; Bomber Command, Coastal Command & Target:Germany ( US Air Force ). All three contain great pictures taken in the air , some in combat , & on the ground & are in excellent condition with no pages missing. Price includes UK postage.
U Boats In Action, B.Herzog Excellent Podzun-Verlag book on U Boat warfare . Vividly recalled in pictures there being 450 dramatic photographs . Superb 'pictorial logbook' of life in a U boat with English & German text. 256 pages, hardback cover.
Uniforms of the Luftwaffe 1939-45 Handy reference book on the breakdown of the organisation, uniforms, equipment, rank structure etc of the German Luftwaffe of WW2. Many photographs & drawings to assist the reader in this 80 page softback book.
Uniforms of the SS Vol 6, W-SS Clothing & Equipment, A.Mollo Volume 6 of the superb Andrew Mollo Waffen SS reference series covering Clothing & Equipment with excellent shots of original gear as well as a coloured chart on SS camouflage pattens & also period shots of the men wearing the gear in action etc. Insignia is also covered alongside winter clothing, personal equipment, badges or rank & more. Hardback with dust jacket.
Uniforms Of The SS, Three Volume Set By Michael Beaver Three volume set of this amazing work on the SS by the renowned author Michael Beaver. Many colour photographs of surviving SS uniforms & insignia illustrate the many subjects covered such as Service Dress, Camouflage, Concentration Camp Personnel, Sports & Drill, LAH Guard Uniform, Armoured Personnel, Tropical Uniform & much more. This complete brand new three volume set is offered here with UK postage included in the price.
United States 'Old Spec Clear Chambers ' Smith & Wesson .38 Special Revolver & Mod.10 Holster . The classic Smith & Wesson .38 Special , much favoured by American police officers & coming in its correct Model 10 Holster. This is a rare , clear chambered old specification deactivation which allows rounds to be inserted into the chambers. Its overall finish is to the expected S&W high standard with a slick mechanical action & revolving chamber. No damage to wood grips. Holster is of the issue Mod.10 type . Deactivated to Home Office spec & comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
US ' Grease Gun ' SMG Sling Dark green webbing sling for the American ' Grease Gun ' sub machine gun .
US P'17 Bayonet (1917 Enfield) Nice clean example of the US 1917 model Enfield bayonet. Many of these US marked bayonets were sent to Britain on a Lend Lease basis & used by the Home Guard in WW2. This example is typical with double grooved walnut grips & blued pommel & hilt. Maker marks of Remington are clearly visible on the blade with the flaming grenade , eagles head & pattern date of 1917. The acceptance date for this bayonet is 1922. Blade is in above average excellent condition with some light aging to the pommel & hilt. Scabbard is in green leather with belt hook , chape & throat in good order. Scabbard bears maker initials of 'J.A.O'.
US .45 Pouch Tan webbing Colt .45 magazine pouch for two magazines. Maker marked & dated 1942 on rear. Mint unissued condition.
US .45 Pouch Tan webbing US marked Colt .45 magazine pouch . Some markings on the back & in unissued condition.
US 1903 Model .30 Cal 'Springfield' Rifle (1918 Dated ) Scarce US 1903 pattern Springfield bolt action rifle in .30 calibre . Becoming very hard to find now these were issued to US troops in the WW1 period & then on into WW2 in its various guises. This is a 1918 dated Rock Island made example with serial number on receiver corresponding to its December 1918 barrel date . Bolt action cocks & dryfires with no problems at all & overall is a very clean example of this popular WW1 US weapon. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only. Please contact for further details.
US Army M5 6 X 30 'Wollensak' Binoculars A well known manufacturer of various optical products the Wollensak company produced this M5 version of the US 6 X 30 binocular , often compared to the Bausch & Lomb M3 design. Stamped ' U.S.Army Ser.No 14014 F.J.A. ' amongst other pictured markings these have excellent optics & are in overall very good condition. Complete with neck strap.
US Army OD Bed Blanket US issue ' Blanket, bed, wool ' in Olive Drab with 'US' marking to one side. In near mint condition .
US Army Ration Bag Jungle green canvas bag marked 'Bag, Food, Waterproof, Jungle' made by Protex Products Company & dated 1943. Complete with original white cord tie. Great WW2 US personal item.
US Browning Machine Gun Expended Cartridge Bag OD green for Browning machine gun spent cartridge cases. Zips & fittings in working order.
US Folding Entrenching Tool In dark green ( OD7 ) with 1945 dated shovel & a fifties dated carrier. Some distortion to rear belt hook although still usable.
US Jungle First Aid Pouch Late war jungle green self contained first aid pouch in mint unissued condition. Made by 'Minnesota Speciality Co' in 1944 , front flap marked 'US'.
US Jungle Green Heavy Equipment Strap Jungle green strap for heavy equipment , 98cm in length.
US Korean/ Vietnam War M1945 Field Pack & Suspenders 1945 Complete set of the M1945 field pack in jungle green webbing. Pack comes complete with its belt equipment suspenders still attached to the rear. Overall excellent condition dated 1945 to inside front flap.
US Korean/Vietnam War M1944 Pattern Field Cargo Pack Excellent condition example in jungle green with quick release buckles & straps indicative of the earlier M44 version. Used by US troops in Korea & Vietnam this example is dated 1959.
US Korean/Vietnam War M1945 Field Pack 1945 Excellent example of the M1945 pattern of field pack in jungle green & with regular buckles & straps rather than the quick release version. This was the standard issue pack used by US troops in the Korean war & also supplied to the South Vietnamese Army early on in the campaign.
US Korean/Vietnam War M1945 Sleeping Bag Case The M1945 Sleeping Bag Case was made from olive green cotton cloth and provided a water repellent (not waterproof) outer layer for the Sleeping Bag. The eyelets of the case and the bag were then laced together down each side of the sleeping bag's zipper fastener. One 4 cm tear to the back with a small stitch repair also.
US M1 Carbine Pouch Olive green M1 Carbine pouch dating from the early fifties.
US Marine Corps M43 Two Piece Camouflage Suit Two piece reversible camouflage suit used by US troops as a replacement of the one piece suit which was found to be impractical. Camouflage is reversible to brown & tan for beach use on the inside & all buttons are black painted with 'United States Marine Corps' titled on. Suit has still good strong colours with some overall light service use & a couple of holes across the right breast of the jacket. Trousers have a 1 1/2 inch L shaped repair to the right leg but again colours are good & strong & USMC black painted buttons complete. Good mannequin sized USMC combat set.
Us Marine Corps WW2 Watch Strap A nice item of USMC equipment being the watchstrap used on Bulva & other types of wristwatch being made entirely on rotproof nylon as was necessary particularly in the Pacific. Mounted on its card of issue. This watch strap appears in several of the works on WW2 USMC including 'Glens' work!
US Navy MKII Fighting Knife MkII fighting knife made by the New York firm 'Camillus' for the US Navy . Marked ' USN' to one side ricasso & 'Camillus NY' to the other. Much original blueing remains to blade with good brown leather sheath & hilt retaining strap undamaged.
US One Piece Camouflage Suit US Army early one piece camouflage suit as issued in the Pacific in 1942 onwards. After the issue of this early pattern suit to US Army combat troops it was found to be impractical & hence a two piece suit replaced it. This example is in good used condition with original 'TALON' zip running down its half front opening. All the poppers are intact on its four pockets & there is wear in the form of three holes & some fraying due to combat wear. The internal braces system has been removed which is not uncommon on many suits due to impracticality in the field. There are a series of serial numbers underneath the collar & suit is a good mannequin size. Good piece of US Army camouflage combat clothing.
US Rifle Sling , ( Springfield or Garand) Leather Dated 1918 Scarce US brown leather rifle sling with brass fittings & with faint manufacturers markings & date of 1918. This is an early sling (normally denoted by the early brass) which in this case was made in 1918 but was more than likely used into world war two as was much other US equipment which remained unchanged. Compatible with either the earlier Springfield rifle or the WW2 Garand , original US rifle slings are now extremely hard to find. Overall good condition with usual service usage.
US Vietnam War PRC-10 Radio Antenna Bag Dark green cotton duck bag 'CW-216/PR' issued with the PRC-10 radio . The PRC-10 ( Known as the Prick 10 ) was the standard FM radio in use at the start of the Vietnam war. It has two pockets the front being to house the handset & the rear to house the long & short antennas.
US Vietnam War Colt .45 Pistol Holster A US pistol holster for the Colt .45 originating from the Vietnam period. Made by the firm Bucheimer with correct Vietnam era blackened interior & brass stud to front. Shoelace legtie complete .
US Vietnam War M36 Pistol Belt Dark green & from the M36 equipment this is the later version as used in the Vietnam war period.
US WW2 BAR Magazine Pouch Belt & Suspenders Set Excellent condition BAR magazine pouch belt set complete with M36 suspenders. Size adjustable belt has three magazine pouches on each side that hold two magazines each & both pouch sets bear the maker & date stamp 'D.M.SHOE Co 1942'. M36 suspenders are in mint condition & also have the maker markings & date of 1942.
US WW2 Grenade Pouch , Two Pocket . Designed in 1944 were these grenade pouches that had two or three pockets that hooked & hung down from the belt with leg ties to fasten them in place. This example is the light green two pocket version which is in excellent unissued condition. All snappers working correctly.
US WW2 M1 'Firestone' Helmet Liner Excellent condition M1 helmet liner with maker initial of ' f ' for the famous Firestone manufacturer. Liner is finished in original factory olive green paint with tan straps minus the nape & leather chinstrap. A name & initials have been faintly scratched into the green paint which is 98% remaining. Helmet is a used example with some typical service wear throughout.
US WW2 M1912 Pistol Belt The M1912 web pistol belt used by many different American units of WW2 including Airborne troops & officers. In good used condition the bold letters 'US' are still visible & both sliders intact. Some handwritten markings inside the belt.
USMC '44 Pattern Shirt Excellent USMC combat shirt being the '44 pattern designed to hold extra ammunition in its side pockets. Shirt bears the USMC laurel, globe & enchor emblem with all black USMC buttons. There is the soldiers name & number stencilled on the back & the gas flap is still intact. With overall service use & a repair to the underside of the collar & a 1.5 inch tear to the right front next to the cargo pocket thsi is a service used shirt.
USMC 'Montana' Drill Instructors Hat 1944 Dated. Super example of the USMC Montana brim hat worn specifically by Drill Instructors in this period with screw back USMC badge & black leather chinstrap. In dark brown felt type material this hat has no moth &^ is clearly marked on the headband with ' HAT, SERVICE , FIELD' & the date 1944. Classic USMC DIs Montana of the late WW2 period & quite a rare hat to find now.
USMC Boondocker Boots . Pair of USMC rough side out 'boondocker' boots with matt light brown finish similar to shaved suede. Boots come with brown woven laces & have volcanised rubber 'Panco'soles.
USMC Camouflage Jungle Pack Good used condition camouflage jungle pack developed in 1942. All straps etc complete with some wear & chaffing in places. Top flap has a 'TALON' zipped compartment above the 'US' lettering which is in working order, TALON were the maker of zips also found on US Airborne jump jackets. With overall service use & some small holes in places this is a good combat example of the now rare US camouflage jungle pack.
USMC Camouflage Mosquito Sleeping Cover Good condition full length sleeping cover to protect against mosquito bites when sleeping. Cover is made of camouflage cotton & gauze & has a hood for head protection. Complete with two straps. Very rare item in excellent condition.
USMC Camouflage Shelter Half Straps WW2 USMC Shelter half straps , camouflage issue from the mid to late war period.
USMC Canteen & Cover ( Second Pattern) Good example of the USMC canteen set being the second pattern with high mounted belt hook & lift-the-dot snaps. Canteen has metal screwcap & is marked 'US A.G.M.CO. 1945'. Cover is in excellent used condition with no rips or tears & is named to the bottom & back to a 'JD CHAPPELL'.
USMC Canteen Set (Funnelhole Cover) Adopted in 1943 the cross-flap style of cover was considered a better way to secure the canteen even if one flap was unsnapped. The cover is of the second pattern with the large reinforced stitched funnel hole in the bottom which was adopted in July 1943. Canteen cup is dated 1941& the canteen 1943. Overall combat use on the cover with a tear to the bottom portion. These types of canteen sets appear in use in Iwo Jima in 1945 as is backed up by photographic evidence.
USMC First Type Lower Pack Rare first type lower pack with overall service use & named to its rear. All straps etc complete with 'USMC BOYT 1944' markings on inside of flap. Rare piece of USMC kit.
USMC Kapok Life Vest, 1944 Dated Excellent condition grey Kapok Life Vest for USMC use marked with the USMC Globe & Anchor & date 1944. This vest for general use with ties at top & bottom & long web strap to rear. Complete & no rips or tears.
USMC Kitbag Full length tan canvas kitbag with USMC markings , name & service number to bottom & side . Used condition, no rips or tears.
USMC M1 Garand Belt ( M23 Cartridge Belt) Web cartridge belt to hold clips of ammuniiton for the M1 Garand rifle. In mint unissued condition, rear of belt is USMC marked.
USMC M41 Haversack , Late War Roll Top Throat Pattern. Rare late model of USMC haversack with extended throat & reinforcement strap introduced in 1944. Overall service use throughout with all straps complete & named on the back. Front of pack has its shovel strap attached on a piece of patched on material & rear of pack has reinforcement straps in place to support each shoulder strap. Rare piece of USMC fieldkit.
USMC Officers Fibre Pith Helmet Tan coloured officers pith helmet with brown leather chinstrap & officers USMC screwback emblem to front. Interior lining is in green canvas with the markings of the 'International Hat Company ' & what appears to be the date of December '1943'. Good overall condition with only one metal ventilation grommet missing from the right side.
USMC Officers Summer Cap USMC peaked cap for summer wear with tan top & band & screwback USMC insignia. Black peak is in good condition & matching to the black leather chinstrap & both side buttons are intact. Some slight dryness to interior light brown leather sweatband that is perforated to the front & 'ALCO BRAND' impressed to the side. Cap maker s details also present on the inside of the cap top although the celluloid covering has come loose. Head size roughly a 56. Overall good condition.
USMC Other Ranks Fibre Pith Helmet Sturdy fibre construction with tan web chinstrap & dark USMC emblem to the front. Marked to the 'International Hat Company Apr 28, 1942' the inside is profusely marked with the former owners name of 'J.C.Titus' & another name ' JW Chamberlain' . All grommets complete, overall condition used but good.
USMC Reversible Camouflage Rubberised Poncho Excellent condition rubberised poncho in reversible jungle camouflage dated 1945. Reversible from green to brown the poncho bears the maker stamp of 'Archer Rubber Mar 10, 1945 USMC''. Good combat display piece.
USMC Shelter Half , 1944 Dated. Marine Corps shelter half manufactured in the same camouflage pattern as the uniforms & helmet covers. Made out of 'tent duck' material from about 1942 onwards this example has its manufacturing tag still present ( hard to find still on) on which the 'SHELTER HALF' nomenclature can still be seen along with the Contract Nom number & the date 1944. Complete with two straps. Some service use but good strong colours, nice combat piece.
USMC Thompson magazine Pouch ( 3 Cell) 1944 dated late war version of the Thompson submachine gun ammunition pouch designed to hold three 30 round capacity magazines. In unissued mint condition, pouch is USMC marked on the back with maker markings of 'R.M & Co 1944' .
USMC Waterbottle ( Second Pattern) Second pattern of USMC canteen in its canvas cover marked with Marine Div Tactical markings, high mounted belt hook & snap fasteners. Black screwcapped bottle dated 1944.
USMC Waterbottle ( Second Pattern) Second model tan canvas covered waterbottle with markings on cover & high mounted belt hook. Bottle dated 1944. Overall used condition.
USMC Wirecutter Pouch Web wirecutter pouch specifically for issue to the Marine Corps & identified by having a snap closure rather than the lift -the-dot fastener used on the usual Army model wirecutter pouch. No markings are present which is typical & indicates most likely manufacture by the USMC depot.
UZI 9mm Sub Machine Gun The famous UZI 9mm needs not much introduction however it was designed in 1954 by the Israeli & has been used since worldwide by various forces due to its reliability in any conditions. This is a new spec example with moving cocking handle & extendable stock. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
Vanguard Of Victory , The 79th Armoured Division David Fletcher Lots of interesting information & period photographs from this active WW2 British armoured unit. ***Free Uk Postage ****
Victorian British .455 Mk II Webley Revolver Scarce example of the MkII Webley revolver, adopted in 1894 & slightly modified from the Mk 1 version. ' Webley MK II Patents ' to left side fo frame with ' .455 ' to barrel left side. Many inspection & broad arrow markings as well as lanyard ring to bottom of handle, Capable of being cocked & dryfired with full working action it was deactivated in 2003 to new spec with some age to metal surfaces & one chip to left bottom side of grip. UK sales only.
Victorian British Martini Henry Carbine 1893 The Martini Henry carbine was enetered into service in 1877 with several variations existing in the proceeding years for use with cavalry & artillery personnel. This example is complete with cleaning rod & has the lock viewers mark of the manufacturer 'HRB Co' as well as various proof & inspection markings to be seen on the barrel . Underlever fully actionable but does not fire off.
Victorian Full Dress Tunic, Royal Fusiliers ( City of London Regiment) Nice condition scarlet tunic from the Victorian era & seen worn into early WW1 as the Full Dress uniform. This example has dark blue cuffs, collar & shoulder straps & has shoulder titles of The Royal Fusiliers ( City of London Regiment ) in their post 1908 configuration. Inside has 'WD' & broad arrow markings with partly remaining clothing label bearing date October 1912. No moth visible, some minor wear to nap of cloth.
Victorian Scarlet FD Tunic, South Lancashire Regt, PWV Full Dress scarlet tunic of the Victorian era as worn by a member of the South Lancashire regiment ( Prince of Wales Volunteers). Tunic has white collar & white piped facings with all brass GS buttons present. Half lined in rough cloth the original paper label has all but gone with only a very small part remaining. Inside of armpit is stamped with letter under broad arrow WD stamp . Overall service wear with only very minor moth tracking to cuffs on close inspection.
Victorian Scarlet Full Dress Tunic, White Piped . Victorian Full Dress tunic with white collar & cuffs & white piped facing to rear skirt. Tunic has traces of paper label remaining & letter over & number under broad arrow WD stamp to armpit. All brass GS buttons remain to front with overall service use & some minor wear to nap of cloth. Two rass belt hooks intact.
Vietnam US M1961 Pattern Field Pack ( Butt pack ) Used in the early stages of the Vietnam war by US troops was the M61 'butt pack ' . Its uses were limited to anything other than a brief patrol due to its small size. Originally designed as the M56 field pack but improved into the M61 version with the addition of a waterproof neck & other weather proofing features. In overall used condition with a large tear repair to the front flap .
W2 US M2 Jungle First Aid Pouch 1945 A late war jungle issue first aid pouch this example maker marked & 1945 dated. Intact example with belt hook to rear.
Waffen SS 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' KIA Document & Photograph Grouping Interesting group to a member of the SS Panzer Grenadier Division 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' who joined the Waffen SS in January 1944 & was Killed In Action in Italy in 1944 . Group comprises five photographs of SS Sturmann Dieter Albrecht in SS service uniform with runes evidently taken early in his service when he was still a junior rank. One of the photographs is a large size with also two framed shots which have been in the family. There are also two smaller photographs of members of the family, looking like mother & sister, & also two of him when he was a boy. A typed letter from SS Unterscharfuhrer Hans Wendland who was the adjutant of 3KP SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 36 at the time is dated 14/10/1944 & is addressed to the Albrecht family. It states how on 10/10/44 Dieter died from a head shot in battle & goes on to give further details of the action in which he was killed. The final photograph accompanying the group is of his grave & headstone. There is also an obituary in a 'Mitteilungsblatt' periodical dated 1963 stating him to be a gymnast prior to joining the Wafen SS. SS PZ. Gren Reg 36 was one of the main combat units of the Division which is recorded at this time to have been much used for security duties & anti- partisan sweeps.
Waffen SS , Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment 1938-45 Fosten & Marrion Well illustrated record of the SS-VT & Waffen SS over the years 1938-45. History, organisation, units, uniforms, insignia & equipment. 16 colour plates, 80 pictures , many line drawings.
Waffen SS In Action , Squadron/Signal Book Many photographs of the Waffen SS on the Eastern Front showing uniforms, equipment, weapons etc. 49 pages, softback.
Waffen SS Uniforms In Colour Photographs, Andrew Steven & Peter Amodio Softback book from the Europa Militaria range featuring uniforms & equipment worn by the Waffen SS during WW2. 66 pages are packed with full colour photographs of original gear being worn in realistic settings as it would have been during the period with informative texts accompanying. Rare camouflage unifoms & other related gear from private collections has been sourced to make this a fascinating reference book for the collector, enthusiast. Secondhand first print in good condition . Price inc UK postage.
Wartime British HMSO Book ' The Eighth Army ' In very good condition.
Web '37 Patt Pistol Holster, 1942 Dated Standard British 1937 Pattern webbing holster designed to carry the .38in service revolver but which also readily accomodated the 9mm Browning or the Colt .45 as were used by British troops in World War Two. The narrow pocket for carrying of the cleaning rod is present in this example. In good unblancoed condition all metal fittings are complete & the date 1942 is faded but visible.
Wehrmacht Dress Bayonet Black checquered gripped dress bayonet ( Short) by a good maker 'Carl Julius Krebs' of Solingen. Nickle plating on pommel & hilt is distressed with some pitting in places but red felt remaining in bayonet lug groove for dress wear. Blade is in mint condition. Black metal scabbard is excellent with 99% paint remaining .
Wehrmacht Dress Bayonet, Long Pattern. This is a good clean example of the classic Dress Bayonet which every member of the Wehrmacht could obtain , as a private purchase item, for walking out purposes. This example is made by 'Eickhorn' of Solingen & is of typical quality from this well known maker. Its nickel plated finish is very much remaining & the mortice slot in the pommel has been lined with red felt to compliment its sharpness. Scabbard retains most of its black paint with lozenge screw still present. Very nice quality example of a crisp Wehrmacht Dress Bayonet.
Womens Land Army In Bedfordshire 1939-1950 'We wouldn't have missed it for the world ' . Superb book .
WW Imperial German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet , Rare Maker A first world war 98/05 'butcher' bayonet from the scarce maker 'Move-Werke' . Marked underneath to Walter & Co Muhlhausen in Thr. Some surface age & light spotting to blade with Imperial markings to pommel , spine & scabbard. Wood grips are excellent with no damage & pommel catch working.
WW1 'Duke of Connaughts Own' Cigarette Tin Nice cigarette tin , silver in appearance ( no hallmarks ) with the badge of the Canadian 'Duke of Connaughts Own' Regiment (disbanded in 1920) embossed onto the front of it. Good condition with overall use & some wear to the exterior plating. Interesting piece.
WW1 South Wales Borderers Officer Studio Photograph Pair Two studio photographs of an officer of the South Wales Borderers both dated on reverse 1915. The group shot shows officers in early cuff rank tunics with the portrait picture showing the officer ( named Oscar ) in SD & Sam Browne.
WW1 'Musketry Regulations' Manual 1914 Covering a wide range of subjects relating to Musketry including ' Arms & Ammunition' The SMLE , The Webley Pistol ,The Theory of rifle fire , Effects of fixing the bayonet , Night Firing , Firing instruction , Field practice & numerous other topics. There are some fabulous pullout charts & also some of the firing positions posed by a soldier in the uniform & equipment of the period. Excellent diagramatical chart of the Mk1 hand grenade. This is a 1914 reprint of the first 1909 edition with the latest amendments then appropriate upon the outbreak of war. Interestingly this manual is marked as property of the Central Flying School , Royal Flying Corps. Very good condition.
WW1 / WW2 US Colt .45 Holster Brown leather US Colt 45 holster complete with brass belt hook & leather leg lace. Date & markings to back have been scratched out however definately a wartime production with no postwar blackening to inside.
WW1 18 Pounder Shell ( Dummy Wooden Head) 1917 Nice display piece of WW1 ordnance being a brass 1917 dated 18 Pounder shellcase with a dummy wooden head painted in the correct HE colours. Fitted to the head is a typical fuse of the period correct for the 18PDR which is profusely marked with various stamps & the date 1917. Excellent display piece for the WW1 collector.
WW1 1903 Bandoleer Equipment Greatcoat Strap (Mk1) 1916 This is an excellent 1916 dated example of the greatcoat strap issued with the 1903 bandoleer equipment. These straps were issued in pairs and were used to secure the greatcoat when carried in the Greatcoat carrier or rolled and strapped to the rear of the Belt ( Depending on whether Marching or Drill order ). These straps were made obsolete in April 1917 being replaced by a web version. This example is clearly maker marked & dated 1916 .
WW1 1903 Cavalry Pattern Waterbottle Brown leather strapped carrying cradle with brass rings attaching its shoulder strap & constructed with the use of metal rivets. This & the brass rings denote early manufacture as opposed to the later WW2 medical versions. Green felt covered later bottle with cork stopper. Overall condition excellent.
WW1 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Greatcoat Carrier 1915 Practically unobtainable 1915 dated part of the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment which was still much in use during WW1 with cavalry & second line units. This equipment carrier was for the greatcoat when folded up & carried on the back linking the cartridge carriers & also the messtin at the rear by means of the central small hooked strap. Marked on yoke with broad arrow & maker marked to 'HGR Ltd' for the WW1 equipment firm Hepburn , Gale & Ross with date 1915. Excellent condition.
WW1 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Greatcoat Carrier 1915 Practically unobtainable 1915 dated part of the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment which was still much in use during WW1 with cavalry & second line units. This equipment carrier was for the greatcoat when folded up & carried on the back linking the cartridge carriers & also the messtin at the rear by means of the central small hooked strap. Marked on yoke with broad arrow & maker marked to 'HGR Ltd' for the WW1 equipment firm Hepburn , Gale & Ross with date 1915. Excellent condition.
WW1 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Greatcoat Carrier 1916 Practically unobtainable part of the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment which was still much in use during WW1 with cavalry & second line units. This equipment carrier was for the greatcoat when folded up & carried on the back linking the cartridge carriers & also the messtin at the rear by means of the central small hooked strap. Marked on yoke with broad arrow & maker marked to 'JJ Wilson-Browne Ltd' with date 1916. Excellent condition.
WW1 1907 Pattern Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog 1917 WW1 1907 pattern bayonet made in 1917 with black leather scabbard. Bayonet has good undamaged walnut grips with oilhole to pommel. Ricasso has 1907 pattern date with issue date underneath of '11 17' for November 1917. Various further ordnance markings adorn the other side with a reissue date of 1927. Black leather scabbard has faint markings remaining to reverse of leather & comes complete with a 1937 pattern webbing frog which was still on the bayonet when found.
WW1 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Pattern Bayonet Relic (1912) A relic condition 1907 pattern bayonet with hooked quillon. Certainly a rare surviving example the date of 1912 can be made out on the ricasso. Walnut grips are actually quite good however the metalwork fits well into the relic bracket of its description.
WW1 1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Carrier 1918 Im mint unissued unblancoed condition this is a genuine & superb example of the scarce entrenching tool carrier for the 1908 pattern web equipment set. Maker marked & dated to MECo 1918 all fittings are intact & free from any erosion or age. A superb example.
WW1 1908 Pattern Pistol Order ' D ' Pouch An example of the rare brown leather D Pouch for use by personnel armed with the pistol such as Machinegunners, Tank Crews , Military Police etc. In overall good condition with no dryness or damage the pouch closes with a brass stud & eye arrangement & has on the back two wide belt hooks for securement onto the 1908 Pattern web belt. Inside is the double reinforcement band around the top portion to prevent ammunition being lost & marked on the inside of the flap is the typical WW1 stamp in black ink of the broad arrow with a number 12 underneath it. There is also another stamp into the leather above it but this is difficult to read. Rare piece of WW1 equipment.
WW1 1908 Pattern Shoulder/Support Strap Long support strap for the 1908 pattern webbing equipment. Brass tabs intact markings illegible.
WW1 1908 Pattern Unblancoed Bayonet Frog A webbing bayonet frog of the 1908 pattern in unblancoed webbing & with wartime helve strap intact to rear.
WW1 1908 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier Webbing waterbottle carrier in excellent condition with correct blue waterbottle & cork stopper ( minus string.) At some time in its history the waterbottle has had its felt cover removed this is sometimes seen in period photographs due to field use in combat conditions & therefore not incorrect for a WW1 display. Very faint MECo markings, broad arrow & issue numbers visible although date illegible.
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt 1917 A non blancoed '08 pattern webbing belt dated 1917 but never having had the two buckles to its rear. The jury is still out as to whether these are Walking Out belts or for issue to other units such as Volunteer Regiments ( See the excellent website Karkeeweb ) however nothing has yet been proved either way. Made by Mills equipment & marked 'MECO 1917' .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A near complete & very close pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Some dates are visible ( as above ) & some not. Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date being visible only on the left side. Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date 1918 being visible only on the left side. 1915 date to belt & 1918 to entrenching tool carrier.( '19 to waterbottle cradle) . Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Unblancoed ) An unblanoced 1908 pattern webbing set ideal for display . In overall very good used condition the waistbelt is dated 1916 with an illegible date on one shoulder strap , 1940 date to the left side cartridge pouch & 1943 date to the second shoulder strap. Some fraying to one end of waistbelt ( See pictures ) .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Shoulder Straps 1908 pattern webbing shoulder strap pair both a good match with green blanco to one side. Both have seen much use with faint early number stampings to each. Buckles to each .
WW1 1914 Pattern British Open Top Holster & Cleaning Rod One of the nicest of the WW1 British issue Webley holsters this being the open top type with two 1914 Pattern brass buckled straps on the back & still intact with its often cut off top buckle. Holster is in used condition having seen much service & is still complete with its brass cleaning rod making this a nice untouched & complete example. No markings are visible due to wear on the straps through use but the leather is in good condition with no cracks or brittleness. All buckle fixings are in perfect condition with no looseness or displacement of stitching & there is scuffing to the front of the holster again through service use. A very nice example of a WW1 British 1914 pattern holster.
WW1 1914 Pattern Equipment Shoulder Brace Leather shoulder brace from the 1914 pattern leather equipment set in very good condition. Strap has been slightly shortened & measures 47 inches. A very scarce article of the '14 pattern equipment.
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WW1 1915 Dated Entrenching Tool Standard pick & shovel entrenching tool head used by Allied forces in World War One. This example was made in Pittsburgh, USA in 1915.
WW1 1916 dated British '03 Pattern Bayonet frog & Cartridge Pouches Brown leather bayonet frog for use with the 1903 pattern British bayonet & also used for previous existing patterns still in service ( 1888 Lee Metford etc ). Frog is accompanied by two single cartridge ammunition pouches all three items being dated 1916. Frog is for mounted use having never had an entrenching tool strap at the back & is in excellent condition. Two pouches are quite dry with their brass studs having come out of the leather although externally they are good for display. Frog would be a good compliment for a British bayonet of the period as this type of equipment was used well into WW1. Frog is maker marked, broad arrow stamped & dated 1916 as well as the pouches which are dated the same.
WW1 Allied Postcard Photographs Pair of WW1 portrait photographs in service dress one apparently of Canadian origin with cloth Div patches to shoulders . Other of West Kents & Middlesex cap badges.
WW1 American Helmet Excellent example of the WW1 American Brodie helmet complete with leather chinstrap & liner. Outer helmet is in a rough textured khaki finish which is mostly remaining. Inner dome of helmet has paper label intact stating ' Tighten Cord And Adjust Net To Fit Head' with the markings of 'ZD 52' visible on the inside rim. Laather chinstrap is in good condition. Overall excellent example.
WW1 American P17 Bayonet 1917 A superb example of the US P17 bayonet with correct green scabbard & US belt hook fitting to scabbard. Blade is W in circle maker marked to Winchester with date 1917. US & flaming grenade to other side & 1922 ('22) reissue stamp with eagles head ordnance marking. Walnut grips excellent with no damage. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle the standard service rifle of the American soldier in WW1. Overall condition excellent & that of a service used bayonet still with bright clean blade.
WW1 American P17 Bayonet 1917 A superb example of the US P17 bayonet with correct green scabbard & British Home Guard issue frog . This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle the standard rifle of the American soldier in WW1. Blade is W in circle maker marked to Winchester with date 1917. US & flaming grenade to reverse side. Walnut grips excellent with no damage. Much imported during WW2 for British Home Guard service following the lend lease agreement between Britain & the US. This configuration is typical of British Home Guard issue. Overall a superb example of this popular US/British service bayonet. Overall condition is excellent & that of a service used bayonet still with bright clean blade.
WW1 Army Issue X8 Monocular 1915 & Case A super example of the popular X8 WW1 monocular this piece being marked on its base 'J.E.R.Dain' & dated 1915. Good optics but with some light frosting around the perimeter edge as you look through it. Brown leather blue velvet lined case.
WW1 Army Service Corps Postcard Photograph WW1 British soldier wearing khaki tunic & cap badged to ASC.
WW1 Australian Infantry Pocket Book 1914 An interesting pocketbook entitled ' The Infantry Pocket Book For Officers, NCOs & Privates In The Australian Infantry Battalions'. Dated 1914 to inside front page covers subjects such as regulations, field training, musketry, camp duties etc. Excellent condition.
WW1 Australian Pamphlet ' A Progressive Course of Physical Exercise ' 1915 A First World War pamphlet for Australian Military Forces entitled ' A Progressive Course of Physical Exercise ' . 1915 edition.
WW1 Australian Soldiers Handwritten & Drawn Notes From Bombing School ( Sgt Fred Gray Died March 6th 1918 ) A fabulous hand drawn book by an Australian Sergeant of the 10th Battalion Australian Infantry Force completed whilst attending a Bombing Course at the Mitcham , Australia Bombing School from May 30th to June 12th 1916. The book is totally hand written & drawn by Sergeant 1074 Fred Gray who has written his name & the date 'May 30th 1916' to the front inside page of the first diagram at the beginning of the book . This first 'Diagram A' is a quite excellent hand drawn & annotated four page pullout of a trench system showing such details as First Line Fire Trench ', Officers Shelter , Support Trench , Loop Holes , Latrine , Bomb Thrower Emplacements , Attack or Jumping Trench Etc. The index of diagrams lists further trench related drawings with many of the grenades themselves shown in some very fine detail. Grenades drawn include the Hair Brush grenade, Mexican Grenade, .303 Short Rifle Grenade , Wests SPring Gun , Stokes Gun & Catapult Trench . A long list of bomb related topics including detonators, dynamite , explosives as well as general trench information are noted upon . At the back of the book are the names of the instructional personnel who ran the course including Chief Instructor Captain Cresswell , Sgt Major Korner & Sergeant Willaston. A truly unique item it is of sad note that Sergeant Fred Gray died on the 6th March 1918 & is buried in Adelaide military cemetery . I have not researched the cause of his death however the Kerwick Garrison MIlitary Hospital is located near to the cemetery & he may well have died there as a result of wounds received. Accompanying the book is a small booklet entitled ' 1914-1919 Remembering Those Years' in which several relevant poems are printed & sergeant Fred Gray is commemorated .
WW1 Austrian Berndorfer Helmet A very rare Austrian 'Berndorfer' helmet complete with its original liner & chinstrap. This was the first steel helmet to be produced by Austria during the Great War its total production reaching only just under 140,000 . Made by 'Arthur Krupp A.G. Berndorf ' these were accepted into service in October 1916 , the first delivery taking place in May 1917. Production ceased in November 1917 when the last of the remaining 1,200 helmets were delivered. Distinctive in its wide brimmed appearance this helmet has the factory painted typically smooth light brown finish with the Krupp trademark of a bear & the size '64' stamped into the underside of its flared rear rim. The protruding disc to the top of the helmet is a part of the helmets ventilation system with their being four holes in the crown of the helmet underneath this. Fitted with a metal banded three pad leather liner system , the metal reinforcing eyelets to each tongue are distinctive to this helmet & were to take the drawstring . Coming complete with its original woven chinstrap , fastened with a clamp buckle as can also be found on the Model 1917 & 1918 Austrian helmets. Leather reinforcement is applied to the end & underside of the chinstrap in the areas prone to fraying. A rare opportunity to own one of these rarely seen Austrian combat helmets.
WW1 Austrian M16/17 Steel Combat Helmet Loft Find Helmet A superb untouched example of a recently 'loft found' Austrian M16/17 helmet. No doubt a British soldier souvenir of the Great War it is unusual to find any German helmet bringback now let alone an Austrian one. Much rarer than their German made counterparts the Austrian helmet is distinctive with its metal eyeletted liner pads, metal liner band , webbing chinstrap & the seperate placement of its lugs. The shell is marked 'AW' for the manufacturer 'A.Western , Cilli ' . Having not seen the light of day for many years a thin film of dirt covers the helmet with its Austrian factory brown colour being visible in places through the dirt. The interior of the helmet is the same but with its leather & webbing prong & buckle chinstrap very much intact. The three leather metal eyeletted liner pads are present & although one remains fully intact the four tongues are torn & only partially still present. I have made no attempt to clean this helmet however I believe its appearance would be enhanced with the most minimal of efforts.
WW1 Austrian M17 helmet One of the rarest camouflage helmets to find being the First World War M16-17 Austrian helmet. In 1918 German storm troops arrived in Austria from the Eastern front where the fighting had stopped due to the Russian revolution. Their presence on the Austrian front caused many changes to their tactics and almost caused the total defeat of the Italians. This helmet shows an Austrian interpretation of helmet camouflage in the three tone colours of green, yellow ochre & rust brown highly typical of combat pieces of the period. The helmet although incomplete in respect of liner and chinstrap still retains its Austrian metal liner band and high chinstrap brackets, their presence indicating early ( i.e,WW1 ) use as opposed to interwar or early Second War use. Some abrasions present to exterior of helmet from service use with light surface rust to interior.
WW1 Bavarian Army 1916 Pattern Belt Buckle Bavarian belt buckle of the First world war period in steel with some gray paint still visible on it. Two pronged bar with some age overall.
WW1 Bavarian M16 Enlisted Mans Greatcoat A superb example of the M16 Bavarian greatcoat with shoulderboards applicable to the 19th Bavarian Infantry Regiment. Imperial German uniform underwent modification as of September 1915 this including the greatcoat which was now of thicker material & with a better lining intended to be warmer for the troops wearing it . It is of note that the Bavarians kept their collar in field grey 'grundtuch' this possibly to remain identifiable from other troops. This pattern of greatcoat has several early features which were carried over to the new M1916 style with barrel cuffs & the earlier 1894/08 style of backless painted steel buttons . All buttons are present & original to the coat. Of depot issue , there is a clear boxed ink stamp denoting acceptance by the Bavarian III Corps clothing depot in 1917. Size markings appear below this. Having survived exceptionally well for a coat that is 100 years old there are some very modest repairs in places with some holes to the lower edge right cuff only noticeable when examined closely. A very rare item not often seen outside of well established museums today.
WW1 Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1915 A 1908 pattern unblancoed bayonet frog with helve strap , 1915 dated.
WW1 Belgian Adrian Helmet Fine example of the WW1 Belgian Adrian combat helmet in its original untouched condition the lions head present & intact to its front. Liner system is complete & intact with all of its corrugated aluminium band remaining. Traces of handpainted regimental markings to underside of rear neck.
WW1 Belgian Adrian Helmet Scarce example of the WW1 Belgian Adrian combat helmet in its original mustard coloured paint finish. Lions head present & intact to its front. Now very hard to find the liner system & chinstrap are later replacements with two rivets minus from top comb however still intact & of solid original construction.
WW1 Belgian Childs Helmet A beautiful example of a patriotic toy. Child sized pressed aluminium & tin Adrian helmet with Belgian lion badge in a nice chocolate brown finish. Alloy shows typical amount of paint loss , no lining was ever present in this helmet , holes to side for provision of tie cord chinstrap. Nice example of a real talking point to display with other Adrian helmets.
WW1 Belgian Commemorative Medal Authorised in July 1919 for all who served in the Belgian Army in WW1. Good condition, correct ribbon.
WW1 Belgian Commemorative War Medal Authorised in July 1919 for all who served in the Belgian Army in WW1. Good condition, correct ribbon.
WW1 Belgian Croix De Guerre This is the WW1 Belgian Croix De Guerre recognisable by its ribbon the styling changing for later issues. The Belgian Croix De Guerre was established by royal decree of the Prince Regent on 16 February 1945 to recognise Belgian servicemen and women who served during World War II. It was also awarded to members of the Belgian Resistance and members of Belgium's Merchant Navy on the side of the Allies. Later decrees allowed for its award to foreign recipients of the Belgian Croix de Guerre.
WW1 Belgian Victory medal Good condition medal with full length ribbon & Belgian Victory design. All Victory medal ribbons were standard for WW1 allies although each nationalities design was different. Good condition.
WW1 Belgian Yser Medal Authorised in 1918 for all Belgian & Allied troops who took part in the action on the River yser in October 1914. Overall excellent with much tinting remaining to top portion.
WW1 British 'Lifeguard' Trench Periscope An near mint example of the Lifeguard 1915 Patent Periscope made by F.Duerr & Sons, Manchester . These were privately purchased by officers to be used as trench periscopes with the threat of enemy snipers ever present. Contained within a pop stud fastened canvas case this example comes complete with the rarely encountered instruction sheet on its brown paper mirror packaging. Looking to have never been used a very high proportion of its plating is still present with no damage to mirrors & the coloured 'Duerr' motif in strikingly good order. Both belt loops are intact to the rear of the case . An excellent example.
WW1 British ' First Army Corps Front ' Oppy Line/Gavrelle Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... This map of the Oppy Line /Gavrelle marked ' First Army Corps Front Map' & 'N Corps Situation Up To 8-10PM' is one of several listed seperately from Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. It is named to him on the reverse with the date 23/4/17. A very well used example of a Trench Map clearly referred to by him on many an occasion with dirty thumb marks from the muddy conditions & much folding to the creases. It is well marked with German MG positions & a Strong Point as well as an Observation Post in the church at Oppy & the telephone exchange. The vicious fighting for Gavrelle ,as part of the Arras Offensive, involved the infamous German 'Oppy Line' which was only partially breached by the Salient into Gavrelle itself . The rest of the Oppy Line North was not taken & this situation can clearly be seen on the map which is marked as up to date until 8-10pm. Map is handwritten to reverse as 'SECRET' with 'CT Chevallier, Gavrelle 23.4.17' . A superb piece of Arras/ Ox & Bucks history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British ' Handbook Of German For Soldiers ' 1915 A seldom found handbook published in 1915 on the German language for soldiers . Contains vocabulary, words & phrases relating to military use such as the rifle, defence, outposts , attack , reconnaissance & more. Written by the Professor of German at the Royal Military College. Excellent condition.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Belt 1916 WW1 British soldiers 1903 pattern leather belt . Clear maker markings & 1916 date to one end.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer HGR maker marked & dated in good condition.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1915 Scarce 1915 dated cavalry bandoleer of the 1903 pattern . Leatherwork still good .
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1918 A near mint example of the '03 pattern cavalry bandoleer . Dated 1918 with broad arrow marking to underside of leather.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1918 A super condition example with ' HGR Ld 1918 ' marking to tongue end.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandolier A good condition example marked to the Royal Garrison Artillery. HGR marked with date 1915.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Waterbottle Example of the 1903 pattern waterbottle as used by cavalry units & officers throughout WW1 with brown leather cradle & correct rare WW1 period brown felt covered blue bottle. Broad arrow & number marking to leather with owner name & address written on bottom of bottle. Overall condition excellent with no dryness or cracking to leather.
WW1 British '08 Bayonet Frog ( Territorial Pattern ) This is a not often seen variation of the 1908 pattern bayonet frog with no helve strap & two hose rivets. Believed to be for Territorial units it is unmarked & unblancoed.
WW1 British '08 Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1908 pattern bayonet frog with helve strap in clean condition. Has had what appears to be a light blanco scrubbed off at some point.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Pre 1914 Issue Smallpack A rare example of the '08 pattern smallpack of the 1909 pattern with tab & buckle to fastening flap for carriage of the waterbottle. This version was simplified in 1914 by removal of the waterbottle attachments. A 1911 dated piece complete with all fittings.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Rare Pre War Early Smallpack With Waterbottle Tab To Top Flap A hard to find component of the '08 webbing equipment this haversack is of the November 1909 pattern with tab & strap to attach the waterbottle on its top flap. These were simplified in Feb/March of 1914 with this provision removed. Undoubtedly these would have still been in use by British troops in the earliest 1914 battles of WW1 with their service continuing through with troops that already had them. This piece is broad arrow marked & dated 1912 with the pre war makers name of a well established leather equipment producer Hazel & Co . Although Mills ( MECo ) & M.Wright & Sons (MW&S) were the only companies authorised to produce the 1908 pattern webbing equipment this well established pre war maker struck a deal with Mills to handle sales to the Territorial Associations until its until war broke out in August 1914. Thus actual piece is featured in the '08 Haversack' section of the superb website ' Karkee web ' where more detaill can be sen regarding its manufacture.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Shoulder Strap Pair Good used condition matching pair of the 1908 pattern shoulder straps in same colour & condition some faded numbers & stampings with brass ends all intact.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Smallpack 1915 1908 pattern smallpack with green blanco & 'MECo 1915' markings to underside of flap. Divider still present.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Smallpack 1916 Well used smallpack from the first world war with 1916 date visible to underside of front flap. Pack has had its two rear buckle tabs cut off & one lower buckle is missing . Stitch repair to right side front seam.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Tankers/ Flying Corps Holster With Belt Hook Conversion To Rear , Brown leather open topped holster of the 1908 pattern with cleaning rod holder to rear. Brass hooks have been modified closed to hold more firmly on the belt.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Waterbottle & Webbing Cradle 1908 pattern waterbottle in green blancoed webbing with correct period blue enamel bottle but later olive green felt cover. Webbing cradle is 1919 dated with the slightly later modification of pop stud closure moved to top of bottle.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Waterbottle & Webbing Cradle Dated 1914 A rare 1914 dated '08 pattern webbing waterbottle cradle made by MEco. This is the correct wartime pattern with long strap which fastens over & to the middle of the bottle . This was changed in 1921 to fasten at the shoulder of the bottle. The blue enamel bottle has come straight from the battlefield with some rust & corrosion in places.
WW1 British '14 Pattern MKVI Webley Pistol Holster & Cleaning Rod 1915 Leather open topped pistol holster & pistol cleaning rod to be worn with the 1914 pattern equipment by those armed with pistols such as machine gunners , tank crewmen etc. This example is maker marked & dated to rear 'Hobson & Sons , 1915 London ' . Nice example with all fittings intact.
WW1 British '3rd South Staffs' '07 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet & 1908 Pattern Frog With Helve Strap Early 1907 pattern bayonet with hooked quillon & regimental markings to the 3rd Battalion South Staffordshire regiment. Bayonet bears inspection markings & 1913 issue date to ricasso & has working pommel catch. Scabbard is also 1913 dated & is of the correct mkII pattern for this 1913 dated piece. Bayonet is complete with its 1908 pattern webbing frog of early issue still with its helve strap intact. Very good condition with some light wear overall.
WW1 British 'Advance On The Somme Postcard Album' Approx 20 postcard photographs depicting ' The Somme' in French & English text. Produced for the troops this example has 'Mother' handwritten inside the front cover & is in excellent condition.
WW1 British 'Battle Of The Somme' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... A Trench map of part of the Battle of the Somme area 'Martinpuich' with Trenches Corrected To 6-7-16 . This map is one of several recently acquired ( Listed seperately ) which came from the effects of Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. The Martinpuich area was the site of various German supply dumps & was eventually captured on 15th September by the 15th Scottish Division. Several air operations by the Royal Flying Corps were mounted to attack German supply dumps prior to this. Map is of 1/20,000 scale & shows the many German trenches & wire positions which allied troops faced upon their attack. Areas such as the Thiepval Rd, Pozieres , Contalmaison ,Courcelette & Flers are shown in detail. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British 'Billhook' 1915 A 'Parkes' made example clearly dated 1915 & used by the soldier for a wide variety of field work. Woodworm to handle & a classic Belgium barn found example!
WW1 British 'Buffs' Regimentally Marked '07 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Regimentally marked bayonet to the famous Royal East Kents , The Buffs. Sanderson maker with 4 18 issue date to ricasso & markings ' BUFFS R 372 ' to pommel. Black leather scabbard has '16 date with scuffing to leather & considerable aged rust to chape ( See pics ) . Metal surfaces to bayonet are good with some service use & age . Some minor age to blade & wear to wood grips.
WW1 British 'Cambrai' 1917 Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn A hand annotated Trench Map dated 1/11/17 of the Cambrai area named to Captain CT Chevallier, Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . This is a large scale ( 1:20000 ) map of 'Detail & Trenches' with the Divisions holding each area handwritten on the map in blue pencil . Classified as 'SECRET' these are the '51st Div' , '2nd Div' & '4th Div' with dividing borders drawn in blue pencil . Also marked on are MG positions with other now faint strategic markings south of Moeuvres. . All of these Divisions were involved in the harsh fighting around the Hindenburg Line , the 51st Div pushed up to take Bourlon Wood in their famous tank battle on 20th November 1917. The extensive German Hindenburg Line can be studied on this map with all of the surrounding position names marked on in detail. Again a Trench map showing considerable use , with a couple of burn marks most likely from a well earned Woodbine . Leaving for France on 19/5/1915 Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals. I have uploaded some service documents of Captain Chevallier onto the images of two of his other maps now listed as stock codes 8071 & 8069 .
WW1 British 'Derby Scheme' Armband WW1 British armband worn under the Derby scheme this piece in excellent non mothed condition. The Derby Scheme was a British voluntary recruitment initiative started in 1915 by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby. The concept behind the scheme was that men who voluntarily registered their name would be called upon for service only when necessary. Married men had an added incentive in that they were advised they would be called up only once the supply of single men was exhausted.
WW1 British 'Housewife' Kit Early WW1 light blue grey flannel material 'Housewife' or sewing kit still containing spare thread in khaki, red & black for repairing & maintaining the various military uniforms. Early blue colour is typical of WW1 & earlier flannel material as this was later replaced by a beige cotton type material by the time WW2 came.
WW1 British 'Kings Own Yorks L.I' Named MkVI Webley Holster 1917 1917 dated Mk VI Webley holster for the British officer Sam Browne equipment. This example has name & regiment marking to a second lieutenant in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry & is therefore quite ripe for research.
WW1 British 'Lifeguard' Trench Periscope & Case A WW1 privately purchased trench periscope & case this model being called the ' Lifeguard Pocket Periscope made by ' F.Duerr & Sons of Manchester . Recognised by its concertina style it is painted black & has its maker, patent name & number to the front . There is also a spare glass lens in its card cover with the not often seen WW1 instruction label still affixed to the front. Tan canvas case is in excellent condition . Overall a very nice WW1 trench set with age spotting to the glass lenses & a corner minus from the spare lens. Still complete with tan canvas carrying case.
WW1 British 'Musketry' Manual 1915 A 1915 edition of the field manual entitled ' Musketry' . Relating to those rifles taking the .303 or .22 cartridge there are many interesting black & white photographs of infantry soldiers posing to illustrate relevant subjects within the book. Also a pullout chart on the application of fire . Excellent condition .
WW1 British 'Passchendaele' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ( Embarked France 19/5/15 ) One of four Trench Maps ( All seperately listed ) named to Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding the Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . Map entitled 'YPRES BATTLEFRONT Sheet 2 ' & of 1,100000 scale. British Lines are shown from June 30th 1917 - October 14th 1917 shown in blue & German Defence Lines & Wire shown in red . This map was originally marked with British Lines until the date October 3rd as shown on the key however an additional new line in purple was added to show advances ( Polygon Wood Area ) in the British Lines up until October 14th as the Battle for Passchendaele raged on. Many well known places appear such as Glencorse Wood , Polygon Wood , ' Plug Street' , Armentieres , Zillebeke & German trenches shown in red such as Passchendaele-Terhand- Line , Dadizeele - Line , Roulers Line & many more. Marked in red handwriting to Capt. Chevallier ( Orderly Room crossed out ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British 'Ross' Binoculars 1917 A pair of Ross made binoculars from the WW1 period pressed into service due to the shortage of binoculars that Great Britain suffered in WW1. 'ROSS,LONDON' marked to left shoulder with 'STEREO PRISM BINOCULAR POWER X 6 ' to right. Bearing broad arrow the marking 'NB17' , apparently a date , appears to bottom left ocular. The high quality red velvet lined brown leather case is 'Ross' marked with London address 'Clapham Common , London SW' predating the use of numbered postcodes which did not come in until 1917. Two broad arrows adorn the front on both sides. Front buckle strap only partially present. Good optics.
WW1 British 'Royal West Kents' Infantryman Photograph . 1914 Pattern Leather Equipment An infantryman of the Royal West Kents in 1914 pattern leather equipment with SMLE & 1905 pattern cap. A slip of paper accompanies the photograph stating that this man is Private Southerton who became a Major in WW2.
WW1 British .303 Bore Inspection Scope 1918 SMLE .303 bore inspection scope. Marked L.W. & dated 1918 with war department broad arrow.
WW1 British .303 Cartridge Clip & Five Inert 1915 Dated Rounds Extremely rare WW1 pattern of charger for the SMLE with five rounds of 'W 15' marked inert .303 rounds ( 1915 dated ) . UK sales within GB only.
WW1 British .303 Lee Enfield Rifle ( SMLE ) 1915 dated Classic British soldier WW1 SMLE rifle made in 1915. A quite stunning example with 1915 date to wrist strap , many of these were refurbished in the WW2 period however externally now display exceptionally well hence their current popularity . With correct brass butt plate & correct WW1 period cocking piece it is capable of being cocked & dryfired . Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only .
WW1 British .303 Matching Numbers P14 Rifle With Volley Sight Dial & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Eddystone. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Eddystone marking of 'ERA' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sight dial ( No arm ) & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use & profuse ordnance markings throughout inclluding ' Patt '14 ' to stock. Metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 P14 Rifle Very nice P14 rifle in superb condition with excellent woodwork & a good smooth bolt action which will cock & dryfire. Made at Remingtons Eddystone factory as denoted by the 'ERA' marking on the receiver. Most commonly associated as a Home Guard rifle but originally designed for use in the trenches of the first world war. Comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 P14 Rifle With Peep & Volley Sights A very nice example of the British .303 P14 service rifle still complete with its early peep sight arm & dial volley sight. Most P14 rifles were refurbished with these WW1 components being removed for reissue & thus are most often not still present. Made by Eddystone as denoted by the 'ERA' marking on the receiver the serial number is matching to the bolt. Brass disc to butt . This is a very clean display quality piece with superb wood & metalwork excellent. Deactivated to Home Office specification . Certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 P14 Rifle With Volley Sights & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Remington. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Remington marking of 'RE' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sights & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use also metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 SMLE Lee Enfield Rifle 1916 ( Matching Numbers ) A WW1 SMLE with 1916 date & matching numbers . In its correct configuration for a midwar production piece it has the rectangular cocking piece & all original woodwork. Made by BSA ( Birmingham Small Arms ) it has no unsightly damage to the wood although having started life in the mid first world war period. Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 SMLE Rifle 1918 A good clean example of the WW1 issue SMLE with 1918 date. Hard to find matching numbers on many SMLEs due to prolonged postwar use however this example is matching to bolt, breech & foresight . Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired with a good smooth action & adjustable foresight arm. No unsightly dents to wood or pitting to metal & also with the correct fully grooved magazine of the period. Deactivated according to Home Office specification & comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 British .455 MK VI Webley Service Revolver Excellent condition old specification Webley MK VI revolver. A 1918 dated piece there are also 1918 issue markings on the barrel chamber bearing testament to its WW1 service. Good overall service condition with much blueing remaining & no chips or damage to grips. Good clean example with sound mechanical action. Deactivated in 1991 with Home Office certificate of Deactivation.
WW1 British .455 Mk VI Webley Service Revolver 1917 & Holster Excellent condition example of the WW1 Webley MK VI service revolver with brown leather officers holster. A 1917 dated piece there are many markings to the barrel chamber & frame & much blueing remaining overall. All matching numbers with lanyard ring complete. Good overall service condition piece that can be cocked & fired with a sound mechanical action & no unsightly damage to grips. Deactivated in 1996 with Home Office certificate of Deactivation supplied. ( New specification with deact slot to underside of barrel ) An excellent example.
WW1 British 08/14 Pattern Haversack Scarce example of the 1908/1914 hybrid haversack that was intended to be used with both patterns of First world war equipment sets. Originally of the 1914 third pattern of haversack these were later converted with the addition of the '08 buckle attachment to the sides for use with the '08 sets.
WW1 British 1897 Pattern Officers Sword , 1917 Dated Interesting recently surfaced WW1 dated British made sword by respected maker Rob Mole & Sons issued to the Indian Army for use by their officers. Guard has correct GRI cypher with Proof mark & Mole maker to blade. Serial numbered to spine of blade with Issue markings & clear date 1917 to blade visible. Scabbard has metal fittings to throat & chape with quality brown leather which has clear date 1915 visible to upper portion.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Army Service Corps Divisional Ammunition Supply Originally Badged Tunic A WW1 standard issue 1902 pattern tunic to a member of the Army Service Corps serving with a Divisional Ammunition Supply Column. The 'Shellshifters' were responsible for the important task of moving ammunition & wore the shell shaped handsewn badge in Divisional colours ( Light blue & dark blue here ) to both shoulders . This tunic has brass ASC titles to both shoulders with all ASC buttons to shoulders & front fastening. The cloth flashes are crudely hand applied but in my opinion totally original to the tunic. There are two blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve. Its interior partial lining shows a common mix of glazed cotton for the pocket reinforcements & khaki drill for the pockets. Remnants of the paper label & only one rear brass equipment hook remains. There is some moth to the front of the tunic in between the second & third buttonhole down, also to the rear ( See pictures ) . An untouched WW1 tunic with original insignia straight out of the attic !
WW1 British 1902 Pattern ORs Greatcoat A fine example of the rare 1902 pattern dismounted Greatcoat. This is the second type as issued during the First World War from the 1915 to 1917 timeframe. The Greatcoat retains the deep turnback cuffs which were eliminated in 1917 & has half white wool lining to shoulders & the WW1 off white lining & reinforcements . Pocket flap backings in wool consumate with all WW1 ORs garments. Faint number over letter marking to pocketbag. Although WW1 OR garments came in a plethora of different hues & tones of khaki, this garment is in the sought after classic ginger colour! The garment has one or two cancelled theatrical stamps to the interior & two small old repairs to the front skirt however not detracting from the overall external appearance. All buttons & closure hooks remain to the epaulettes, there are a period pair of curved Middlesex shoulder titles with a collector repair however this does not detract from its external appearance. Good opportunity to acquire an important element of WW1 'Tommy' clothing.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern ORs Trousers An exceptional pair of the highly rare 1902 pattern other ranks trousers. This pair of trousers conform exactly to the 8404/1915 model having cream lining throughout, pocketbags in a slightly heavier cotton, all Birmingham made zinc buttons remaining in a configuration of twos for holding braces, faint letter over number stamp to interior lining, two strengthening bar tacks to the lower pocket entrance. Almost no moth whatsoever. Good medium size with classic tapering to legs for wear with puttees. Hems to lower cuff have been opened which is a feature of so many of these trousers. No paper label remains, however a high degree of nap still shows to the cloth. Rare opportunity to acquire these seldom seen WW1 trousers.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Dress Tunic A scarce WW1 British other ranks service tunic in khaki wool & of the 1902/07 pattern which was being worn by Britains troops as they marched into the first world war. Tunic has two hook fastening to its stand & fall collar ( 1915 onwards ) & also the expected ' two dart ' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This was changed to only one dart in 1918. Other typical characteristics are its WW1 off white reinforcement lining to interior with all pocket flap backings in wool which is totally correct for all WW1 OR garments. All of its brass GS buttons are original to the tunic , there are also three blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve indicating this tunic having seen field use with the wearer on active service overseas. Number over letter ink stamp clearly visible on inside reinforcing panel. War & Victory medal ribbons to left breast. There is , of course , a fair spattering of moth to the tunic as can be seen in the images however being a surviving service worn field tunic of the first world war it is prudent that some allowance be made given the history of this wonderful piece.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable two dart stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic , 1914 Dated A scarce 1914 dated 1902 pattern tunic showing all of the typical manufacturing traits one would expect to see on a tunic of this early period. There is also an interesting regimental ink stamp to inside top buttonhole area appearing to be for the Sussex regiment ( SX) & of the type commonly seen stamped onto '08 pattern webbing equipment. Remains of the paper label can still be seen to the inside with a detached part of it still preserved & with the tunic showing clear date of 1914. This of course ties in with the construction detail of the interior breast pocket reinforcement in the form of squares of glazed cotton later replaced by one piece strips running straight across the rear of the pocket. Glazed cotton field dressing pocket is intact showing hand stitching around its longer edges most common on earlier production pieces . Brass GS buttons are present throughout with sergeant chevrons to both sleeves & also Machine Gun patch to lower left . Four overseas service chevrons to lower right . In a good large size & surprisingly with no moth at all this is a rare early tunic to find in such excellent condition.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bandoleer Excellent condition brown leather cavalry bandoleer 1916 dated & broad arrow marked. Used widely in WW1 by Mounted Artillery this is an excellent example with all brass fittings complete & intact & only light age overall.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bandoleer 1916 Excellent condition brown leather cavalry bandoleer 1916 dated & broad arrow marked. Used widely in WW1 by Mounted Artillery this is an excellent example with all fittings complete & intact & excellent supple leather with no damage. Overall a superb example.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bandolier 1918 Superb example of the 1903 pattern bandolier holding 50 rounds of rifle ammunition in its complete rig with faint maker markings & date 1918. In brown leather each of the five pockets held ten rounds with a brass buckle for regulating size & its strap for securing to the waist belt also present. Condition of leather is superb with no dryness or damage. Overall superb example.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bandolier 1918 Dated 50 round cartridge bandolier from the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment . Maker marked & 1918 dated.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bandolier Equipment Waterbottle Carrier 1915 A scarce example of the 1903 pattern waterbottle carrier which was part of the bandolier equipment this example having riveted construction with part webbing to shoulder strap. Robinson & Ensum maker markings with date 1915 to cradle with shoulder strap sides riveted in place. Repair to one side , see pics.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Complete example of the 1903 pattern bayonet for the SMLE rifle made by Enfield & dated June 1905. Ricasso of bayonet crisply marked 'EFD' for Enfield & has issue date of '6 05' for June 1905. Scabbard is very nicely marked with Enfield lettering & date 1916. There is also the 'N' initial which can also be seen on the bayonet indicating Naval issue. Overall an attractive piece which does have seom grinding evident to lower half of blade.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer Good used example of the 1903 pattern cavalry bandoleer in brown leather. Complete with its securement strap & brass fittings the end tab is marked HGR for Hepburn Gale & Ross with the date whicb is partially obscured by the worn leather. Some additional markings are present implying reissue it is well known that these had much service life for those on horseback well exceeding the original 1903 pattern date.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer (RFA Marked) Good early 1903 pattern cavalry bandoleer with various markings to a Royal Field Artillery unit stamped into the leather. All brass fittings intact & leather loop strap to triangle buckle also present. Markings to leather include various numbers & initials the most interesting 501 RFA 58 referring to the Artillery unit it belonged. Overall conditon is good with wear & age attributable to its early WW1 service use. Generally no dryness to leather which has at some point been treated, there is some old cracking to the leather at its stress points & general wear & tear as would be expected from an early period piece such as this.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1915 Excellent supple condition brown leather cavalry bandoleer marked 'HGR 15' ( 1915 dated) . Used widely in WW1 by Mounted Artillery and after this is an excellent example with no damage to leather & brass fittings complete.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1916 Excellent example of the WW1 cavalry bandoleer with good supple leather & no damage. WD & broad arrow stamped with sate 1916. All fittings complete.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer 1916 Good used example of the 1903 pattern cavalry bandoleer in brown leather. Complete with its securement strap & brass fittings the end tab is marked HGR for Hepburn Gale & Ross with the faint date of 1916. There is also the wearers name & number to leather in places with faint broad arrow & number code to reverse side.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandolier Cavalry bandolier of the 1903 pattern in excellent condition. HGR maker marked & faintly WW1 1918 dated.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Bandolier Cavalry bandolier of the 1903 pattern in excellent condition. WW1 date of 1918.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Cavalry Waterbottle 1917 Dated The 1903 pattern waterbottle worn by cavalry troops in the first world war & often by gunners of the Royal Field Artillery as would appear to be the case here. Maker marked 'HGR17' for Hepburn, Gale & Ross in 1917 it is in good condition & still has its appropriate cork stopper affixed.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1915 Brown leather pistol ammunition pouch of the 1903 pattern used in WW1 this example being maker marked & dated 1915 to rear belt loop.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1917 Brown leather pistol ammunition pouch of the 1903 pattern used in WW1 . This example is maker marked & dated 'WALSALL1917' .
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Waist Belt 1915 Excellent & rare WW1 dated 1903 pattern waistbelt originally designed for wear with the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment. Declared obsolete in April 1917 in favour of the web belt but reintroduced in 1923 & used by British forces for many years after that. This is a rare WW1 1915 dated example made by T.Thomasson & Co , Worcester. With a loose brass buckle & leather keeper it measures 44 1/2 inches in length & is in excellent condition.
WW1 British 1903 Pattern Waterbottle & Cradle 1903 pattern waterbottle in excellent condition. Much worn by cavalry/horse artillery with brown leather cradle & the correct brown felted blue neck bottle. Broad arrow marked & named to bottom strap.
WW1 British 1907 Bayonet 1917 Superb example of the WW1 1907 pattern bayonet made by Chapman this a good early example being dated September 1917. Metal surfaces are excellent with no rust or pitting & walnut grips have no damage. Black leather scabbard is excellent with markings still visible to underside & clear SEN maker to leather. Overall a good clean example.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet (Border Regiment, Dated 1915) Good condition 1907 pattern bayonet dated 1915 & unit stamped to the 3rd Battalion, Border regiment. Bayonet is maker marked 'SANDERSON' & dated '5 '15 ' on the blade with good walnut grips & the initials '3 BR 1 14' on the pommel. On the other side of the pommel is the obsolete mark which are two broad arrows touching. This is an early bayonet with no oil hole. Scabbard in good condition with some light surface rust on the bottom chape. Overall service use throughout but nice example of an early ' 07 bayonet marked to a nice regiment.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog A fine Wilkinson made 1907 pattern bayonet with excellent untarnished parkerised blade & black leather WW1 dated scabbard. Markings to blade give the first issue date of '3 18' for March 1918 with clear '1907' pattern date & inspection stamps to other side. No other issue dates present indicating a good late First War issue only. Walnut grips are excellent with no dents or damage, scabbard has markings visible with date 1917. Comes with webbing frog as found.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & '08 Frog Excellent condition 1907 pattern bayonet made by Wilkinson & with issue date 1917 . No later post WW1 issue dates are present. Undamaged walnut grips with black leather scabbard dated 1918. All metal parts good with no pitting. Webbing frog made by MECo & clearly dated 1918. Helve strap has been restitched.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & '08 Pattern Frog 1916 Date Scarce WW1 Chapman made '07 bayonet dated 1916 & in excellent order. Good walnut grips with no dents or damage & 1915 pattern wartime economy scabbard with circular frog stud & squared locket ends & chape. Bayonet comes in an early green blancoed 1908 pattern frog with helve carrying strap intact to reverse not often seen due to their common post WW1 removal. Early ink markings to rear of frog being ' REPTON OTC 284' i.e, Repton Officer Training Corps ' from where many officers who served in WW1 initially gained their first military experience before entering the trenches.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Frog Scarce WW1 Sanderson made '07 bayonet ( Appears Anderson ) dated 1918 & in near mint condition. Good walnut grips with no dents or damage & excellent MkII scabbard with oval frog stud & external locket ends & chape. Bayonet comes in an early green blancoed 1908 pattern frog with helve carrying strap intact to reverse not often seen due to their common post WW1 removal.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Frog , Remington Made 1915 Bayonet A 1915 dated scarce Remington made '07 bayonet with issue date of November 1915. Some overall age to metal with decay to scabbard throat leading to some looseness of leather . Pommel catch not moving. Comes in 1937 pattern frog .
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Wilkinson made 1907 pattern bayonet with date that appears to be ' 11 1* ' the last number being indechiperable. Oil hole to pommel ( as later added to earlier bayonets ) . Excellent clean condition overall with good undamaged walnut grips.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard ( 1916 ) A 1916 dated British 1907 pattern bayonet made by Enfield & inspection stamped March 1916. GR cypher, pattern & inspection stamps to blade with brown leather scabbard by Lithgow & dated 1925. Overall a nice condition piece.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard 1915 A super WW1 period Sanderson made example of the 1907 pattern bayonet & scabbard with date '10 15' ( October 1915 ) to ricasso & no post WW1 reissue dates after this. Walnut grips are good with no unsightly damage as are metal surfaces which have much blueing remaining & only some slight age overall as to be expected. Pommel has no oil hole which is correct for this early war period. Pommel catch working. Scabbard is in brown leather with ordnance markings being visible & the maker marking for Hepburn , Gale & Ross (HGR 15) & the date 1915. Leather excellent. Overall condition is very good with some minor age spots to blades end although the brightness of the blade is maintained.
WW1 British 1907 pattern Bayonet ( Border Regiment Marked) Good condition example of the British 1907 Pattern bayonet & scabbard both dated 1915 & regimentally stamped to the 10th Battalion Border regiment. Walnut wooden grips are in excellent condition with no unsightly chips or damage & metalwork is good with only typical aging. Sanderson blade is excellent & bears usual stampings of GR Crown & 1907 Pattern date with also the acceptance date of '10 15' meaning it was accepted into service in October 1915. Pommel is regimentally marked '10, BR , 672' ( 10th Batallion, Border Regiment ). Scabbard in good condition with broad arrow stamp & also dated 1915. Overall sound example of a classic WW1 bayonet to a popular regiment.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet (1915 ) Regimentally Marked To 10th Border Regiment A very clean 1907 pattern bayonet with 1915 date to ricasso & regimental markings to the 10th Battalion Border Regiment. Made by Sanderson & with one issue date of October 1915 all of its blueing remains to metal with clean undamaged wood grips. Scabbard is 1915 date matched with maker mark of 'H.G.R' for Hepburn Gale & Ross. Some light age exists to scabbard with rear staple minus to chape.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet (1915) & '14 Pattern Frog A superb 1915 dated example of the 1907 pattern bayonet with its original brown leather scabbard & brown leather 1914 pattern bayonet frog. As well as the usual ordnance stampings bayonet is maker marked to Sanderson with the only issue date of October 1915 . Condition is excellent with undamaged walnut grips & blade good. Scabbard still retains its attractive brown patina with broad arrow ordnance markings & '15 date clearly visible to reverse. Bayonet comes complete with its 1914 pattern leather frog that is in superb order with no damage.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet , London Regiment Markings WW1 British 1907 pattern bayonet & scabbard with first issue date of November 1918. A Wilkinson made example with regimental markings to pommel of ' 3LD 494 ' for the 3rd London Regiment. Good undamaged walnut grips compliment the bayonet with an 'H.G.R.' marked black leather scabbard for the maker ' Hepburn , Gale & Ross' . Some scarring to blade however overall good.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet 1915 Midwar 1915 example of the WW1 British 1907 pattern bayonet. Bayonet has excellent walnut grips with no damage however there is rust age on some metal surface areas from poor loft storage. Leather of scabbard is good with rust age to chape & some surface rust to locket. Blade is excellent & bright with no damage & it is possible to see the 1907 pattern date & ' 11 15 ' issue markings. There are also proof markings & '16' date to reverse. Overall it is not a mint bayonet but a good early WW1 dated piece hard to come by of this period.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet 1918 Good clean example of the 1907 pattern bayonet with blade & scabbard dated 1918. Made by Wilkinson , Pall Mall with issue date of April,1918 there are no reissue markings making this a good WW1 piece. Walnut grips excellent with no damage & blade excellent with no pitting or age spots. Scabbard is good with 1918 date & round frog stud.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet 1918 Wilkinson made 1907 pattern bayonet with August 1918 issue date to ricasso. Reverse side shows second issue of 1927. Scabbard good with matching 1918 date.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet Marked To Brighton O.T.C Wilikinson made '07 pattern bayonet with pommel markings 'BTN O.T.C' for Brighton Officer Training Corps. Many issue stamps on the ricasso the first appearing to be May 1918. Scabbard is 'HGR' maker marked with dates of 1916 & 1919 . Overall some age spotting to metal however wood grips & leather very good.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet, ( Sanderson 1918 ) A very clean 1907 pattern bayonet maker marked to Sanderson & dated 1918. Very clean walnut grips with no damage & excellent parkerised blade. Black leather 1915 dated scabbard excellent with pear drop frog stud & marked 'ER15' .
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet, 1914 Date. Scarce early example of the 1907 pattern bayonet with 1914 date & 'EFD' (Enfield) maker mark. Walnut grips are in good condition & there are very faint traces of some issue numbers on the pommel. Blade is in excellent condition with GR Crown & 1907 pattern markings & the date abbreviation of ' 11'14' above the maker initials of 'EFD'. Other side has view mark etc. There is generally some light pitting to the overall metal of the bayonet handle & hilt although the blade is excellent with only very minor blemishes. Scabbard has good black leather & some light rust to the chape & throat although no pitting. Overall good early example.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog Very clean 1918 dated '07 pattern bayonet coming complete with scabbard & 1940 dated webbing frog. Bayonet made by Wilkinson , Pall Mall & has first issue date of January 1918. Pattern date & inspectors markings are to be seen clearly on the rest of the ricasso with remaining blade length parkerised. Varnished walnut grips are excellent with virtually all blueing remaining to metal surfaces. Pommel catch working. Scabbard is in excellent order with no damage . Webbing frog is dated 1940 & appears to have been on for a very long time. I have , therefore , left it in situ lathough the belt loop has been cut. Overall condition is good with some dark areas to blade & light service apparent to the bayonet overall.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon 'Gallipoli' 4th South Wales Borderers Marked Bayonet A scarce first world war 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with unit markings for the 4th battalion South Wales Borderers who took heavy casualties in the Dardenelles campaign in June 1915 . This is a fabulously clean example in excellent condition having virtually all of its original factory blueing remaining & only very light signs of its age in places . Walnut grips are excellent . Made by Enfield the ricasso has the expected 1907 pattern date & issue date of September 1911. Broad arrow & inspection markings to reverse side. It has the correct early brown MK1 internally chaped scabbard with ordnance markings & the date 1909 clearly visible to reverse. Not only is this a desirable example by its condition but also by the unit to which it belonged. The 4th South Wales Borderers were raised as part of the new army in 1914 & landed at Sulva on 15th July 1915. They met heavy fire on the beach & took heavy casualties including their Commanding officer. A highly desirable example & one which most likely saw action at Gallipoli.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet ( 4th Royal Irish Rifles ) A 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet complete with regimental markings to pommel. Although with a considerable amount of rust age , the pommel markings visible are not totally clear but appear to be that of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Ricasso markings give the date '10 09 ' & the lesser seen maker Wilkinson who had only made 25,000 by 1911 compared to Enfield who made more than 175,000 . No postwar reissue markings exist so this would appear to have only been used in WW1 . Purchased in Germany some years ago it is quite likely that this bayonet was a souvenir from one of the early Great War battles.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Matching Bayonet & Scabbard Regimentally Marked 5th Grenadier Guards A very good condition 1907 pattern bayonet marked on pommel to 5GG ( 5th Battalion Grenadier Guards ) with serial number 3921 matching that of scabbard. Much blueing remains to surfaces with a very clean parkerised blade & undamaged walnut grips. Ricasso gives maker of Wilkinson with issue date of August 1918. 1916 date to brown leather scabbard.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Practice Bayonet ( WW1 Drill Purpose ) Early example of the 1907 pattern practice bayonet so denoted by its ground tip & ' DP 'stamped on the pommel as approved in December 1914. These bayonets were converted from the standard pattern or were rejects utilised for the purpose of bayonet fighting instruction. This example is in excellent condition with good undamaged & varnished grips & metalwork excellent. Scabbard is near mint. Early manufacture of this bayonet is denoted by the lack of the oil/clearance hole in the pommel, a modification that didnt come on the 1907 pattern until December 1915.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Ammunition Pouch Pair Matching left & right pair of the WW1 issue 1908 pattern ammunition pouches being the standard MKII type with securement straps on the left pouch to prevent the loss of ammunition when leant up against trench parapets. Both pouches have originally been green blancoed which is now quite washed out thus making them quite a good matching pair. Markings are faded on both, the MECo stamp is discernable as is the L & R lettering & what appears to be a date 1918. Scarce part of the 1908 web equipment.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog Used condition 1908 pattern bayonet frog. Traces of markings visible on its rear with broad arrow but date unreadable.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog Webbing bayonet frog for the 1908 pattern webbing set in good condition with traces of markings on rear & helve strap removed.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog Green blancoed web 1908 pattern bayonet frog with faint maker stamp to rear although date illegible. Condition excellent.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog Used condition '08 pattern bayonet frog in a light tan shade with traces of WW1 stampings to reverse . Condition used but good.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog A 1908 pattern example In unblancoed webbing.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog In very good condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog 1908 pattern webbing bayonet frog unit marked to rear with what appears to be '455 ESX' . No helve strap to this frog .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog WW1 British 1908 pattern bayonet frog in green blanco with helve strap removed.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog & Helve Strap Unblancoed 1914 dated '08 pattern webbing frog complete with helve strap. Faint 'MECo 1914' markings to rear with regimental mark of what appears to be '1 RS' ( 1st Battalion Royal Scots ) . Very hard to find unblancoed WW1 webbing especially still in its wartime helve strapped format.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog , 1908 pattern frog with green blanco . Helve strap removed.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog , Regimentally Marked (Highland Light Infantry ) Good used condition 1908 pattern bayonet frog with various ink stamped ordnance markings to rear & the initals of HLI denoting the regiment Highland Light Infantry.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog , Unblancoed British WW1 '08 pattern bayonet frog with faint markings to rear . This fits the standard SMLE bayonet & does not appear ever to have had a helve strap on so may have been issued to a cavalry , corps or training unit .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap Green blancoed example with original WW1 helve strap still in place. Faint markings to reverse.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1908 pattern webbing frog still with its strap at rear for buckling to the helve carrier. The rear strap was ordered removed in 1924 due to the discarding of the entrenching tool & thus existing examples are now rather scarce.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap Correct WW1 issue 1908 pattern bayonet frog complete with its original rear helve strap for attachment to the entrenching tool helve holder. Deemed obsolete in the early 1920's the strap was removed from existing frogs as of that time.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap Scarce unblancoed wartime example still with its helve strap . Regimental markings to rear.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap A well used blancoed example with original helve strap still present to rear.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Belt Good green blancoed '08 pattern waistbelt in excellent order with no damage. MECo marked to inside with date 1919. Size small ( Adjustable up to 40 inches) .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Belt Excellent condition unblancoed 1908 pattern belt with all brass fittings intact & a size Medium measuring 44 to 50inches in length. Maker marked to MECo 1919 .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Belt (1914 Date) Very scarce early MECo 1914 dated 1908 pattern belt Size Large. In excellent unblancoed condition all fittings are complete with no damage anywhere on the piece.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Ammunition Pouch Pair Pair of webbing 1908 pattern cartridge ammunition pouches in green blanco typical of the WW1 period. Left hand pouch has faint maker ink stamp & date ' MECO 1915' & has all pop studs intact & in working order. Right hand pouch is ink stamped to the '5 HLI' ( 5th Battalion High Light Infantry regiment ) & also has markings above this whic would appear to be to the Surrey regiment indicating reissue. All popstuds intact here also. A good colour matched set.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Pouch , Rare 1914 Date A rare 1914 dated piece of the 1908 pattern webbing equipment , this is a well used left side pouch with the clear 'MECO 1914' marked lower strap & side designation 'L' . Two of the pop studs closures & one of the belt pop stud fasteners to pouches are damaged so non closable although visually from the outside the outside brass press studs are intact. Some thickened blanco/paint remaining in places. Very hard to find any 1914 dated webbing components.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Pouch 1915 Date, Marked To 'East Yorks ' A 1908 pattern webbing clearly 1915 dated Right side cartridge ammunition pouch . Hard to find 1915 dated examples this piece has very clear ink stampings of 'MECO 1915' for the Mills Equipment company with 'R' denoting right side pouch. The ink mark '3 EY' denotes was issued to '3rd Battalion East Yorkshires ' . All pop stud closures are intact & in working order , the front of the pouch has received a very even coating of blanco.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Pouch 1916 Mint unissued & unblancoed condition 1908 pattern cartridge pouch marked to MECo 1916 L (Left side ) . All popstuds are intact with no damage this being a rare midwar dated piece.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Pouch Pair A good WW1 dated pair of the 1908 pattern webbing cartridge pouches. They are a correct Left & Right pair & still retain their period Newey pop studs which have not been later replaced & are in good working order. Many ordnance & unit stampings are visible to rear of each pouch with Mills Equipment Company stamp & clear date 1918 to each. L & R markings denoting side also visible. Pouches are in good order with typical moderate service wear.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Cartridge Pouches 1918 A good WW1 dated pair of the 1908 pattern webbing cartridge pouches. They are a correct Left & Right pair & still retain their period Newey pop studs which have not been later replaced & are in good working order. Many ordnance & unit stampings are visible to rear of each pouch with Mills Equipment Company stamp & clear date 1918 to each. L & R markings denoting side also visible. Pouches have at one time been green blancoed in the correct WW1 colour having one repair to corner of one flap on Right side.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Entren Tool & Carrier 1918 Scarce & much sought after piece of 1908 pattern webbing equipment being the entrenching tool & carrier made by MW&S Ltd in 1918. Webbing is in good unblancoed condition with clear markings & broad arrow to inside material. All brass fittings , buckles intact. Entrench tool is dated 1918 with various other ordnance markings present.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool & Carrier Scarce 1908 pattern carrier for the webbing equipment set in excellent undamaged condition. Broad arrow marked & dated 1918. Entrenching tool head Birmingham maker marked with date that appears to be 1916 .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool & Carrier Webbing entrenching tool carrier with Mills Equipment Company marking ( MECo ) & date 1918. Tool is Elwell marked & dated 1918.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Haversack A WW1 issue 1908 pattern smallpack with all of its buckle & tabs intact. Has unit & inspection markings to inside of flap & is in good used condition .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Haversack A Waring & Gillow made example of the 08 pattern smallpack. Manufacturer clear however difficult to see date.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Haversack 1914 Excellent condition 1908 pattern haversack with the scarce early war date of 1914. All buckles & chapes intact with broad arrow & maker mark to MW&S Ltd (M.Wright & Sons) 1914.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Haversack 1916 A good example of the 1908 pattern webbing small pack dated 1916. In overall used condition with '08 buckles to each side for use in Marching Order the rear tabs have been cut off & one of the rear bottom buckles is missing. Unblancoed. Early period broad arrow ink stamps to inside of flap & also to back. An increasingly scarce item of '08 equipment to find.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Haversack 1918 WW1 British smallpack , Mills Equipment company marked & dated 1918. Complete with central divider.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Helmet Straps 1918 One Pair of webbing straps from the '08 pattern equipment most often used as helmet straps for the large pack. Mills equipment marked & 1918 dated.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Helve Strap Bayonet Frog 1908 pattern bayonet frog complete with scarce helve strap. Pea green blanco.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Helve Strap Bayonet Frog An apparently unblancoed example with original helve strap still attached. Used condition with a broad arrow to reverse that has been defined with a pen.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Large Pack Early dated British First World War 1916 web large pack in need of some repair . Made by MW & S in 1916 the pack has had its two rear web tabs cut off & has split seams at front left & right as well as one buckle tab missing from the front right fastening strap. Traces of soldiers markings to inside flap.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Large Pack , 1916 dated. Unblancoed British 1908 pattern largepack complete with two helmet straps & clear markings & unit stamps under flap. Manufacturers stamp of Mills Equipment Company & the date 1916 are clearly legible. Two names & unit abbrevations have been written on the inside of the flap of soldiers who were issued with this item. Overall good used condition wih usual aging & all buckles & straps intact & complete.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Large Pack 1918 Excellent condition '08 pattern large pack made by 'ME.Co' in 1918. Unblancoed webbing with all fittings intact perfect example.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Largepack 1915 WW1 1908 pattern largepack this example maker marked & dated MW&S Ltd 1915. Named to ' E.F.Duncan A & S.H. ' ( Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. ) . Some overall wear but all fittings intact.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Largepack, 1914 Dated A scarce 1914 dated component of the 1908 web equipment being the largepack with all buckles being present & rivetted rear tabs . Clearly marked on the inside top edge with the maker name MECo ( Mills Equipment Co ) & date 1914 there is also a borad arrow stamp visible. Overall in used condition with top buckles & tabs being in good order with no looseness to stitching. One bottom tab having some stitching away. A rare WW1 piece with this date.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Largepack, 1917 Dated. Good example of the 1908 pattern largepack with all buckles etc complete. Pack has been blancoed in the normal WW1 green & has the maker marks of Mills Equipment Company & the date 1917 (M.E.C.O 1917) on the top inside of the flap with the war department broad arrow. Rear of the pack has the unit markings of '5 DWB 765' stencilled on & the owners initials of 'GB' have been written on the front of the flap. Nice piece of 1908 web equipment.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Pack 1913 WW1 used supplementary pack used mostly by cavalry troops with the '03 pattern bandolier equipment . Complete with internal divider & shoulder strap . Mills Equipment Company marking & 1913 date visible.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Shoulder Strap Good condition 1908 pattern shoulder strap for the 1908 pattern webbing set , very faint number below broad arrow markings.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Shoulder Strap Usec condition with brass buckle & some faint markings ( number below broad arrow & service number) . For the 1908 webbing set.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Shoulder Strap Pair Matching pair of green blancoed shoulder straps in used condition with various ordnance markings & broad arrows, date undiscernable.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Small Pack Used condition 1908 pattern small pack that requires some cleaning . Overall the pack has all of its buckles & tabs intact with one hole in the front flap due to wear. This is in 'as found' condition & would most likely respond to some careful attention or brushing to the canvas over a period of time.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Small Pack & Shoulder Strap Scarce 1908 pattern smallpack complete with divider still present & 1908 pattern shoulder strap with faint broad arrow markings. In overall used unblancoed condition & Mills Equipment Company markings to inside flap the desirable date of 1916 is also still visible.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack Well used green blancoed '08 pattern smallpack with markings to underside of flap to 6th Battalion Sussex Regiment. Rear tabs have been removed with some side stitching away in places. There is a large amount of apparent blanco/paste to outside of material believed to be from film use.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack Good condition example of the 1908 pattern smallpack. All buckles & tabs complete with 1919 date to inside flap.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack A 1908 pattern smallpack in good used condition & complete with unconverted tabs to rear & sides. Small buckles still present to bottom rear. Original WW1 green blanco still visible with a stitch repair to front right flap . Traces of regimental number to back '101' .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1908 pattern smallpack with Mills Equipment Company markings. Excellent condition piece.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack WW1 British 1908 pattern smallpack with lal of its fittings intact.. Both buckles complete to rear & ready for use with the 08 equipment set it is a used example .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack First world war British soldiers smallpack of the 1908 pattern complete with buckles & fittings, no damage.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1908 pattern smallpack with all fittings intact & undamaged. Mills Equipment made & dated 1918. Internal divider present.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack Excellent example with faint maker markings & date to underside of flap.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack A good used example with all buckles & tabs complete.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Smallpack 1916 Rare 1916 dated '08 pattern smallpack in green blancoed webbing & in excellent condition. Ordnance stamps & broad arrow to inside of flap with cheesecloth internal divider present & maker stamp of 'Waring & Gillow Ltd ' with date 1916. Exceptionally hard midwar dated WW1 piece to find.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 Excellent condition 1908 webbing pattern smallpack with internal divider present & midwar eyeletted web tabs to rear for use with the 1914 pattern equipment as need be. Brass buckles to lower rear portion of pack & '08 side buckles to sides for Marching Order wear slung at hip. Various markings to inside of flap & owners name & rank.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 1916 dated but minus its rear fittings. Central divider intact.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 1916 dated smallpack of the 1908 pattern. Never blancoed & with legible Mills Equipment marking & 1916 date . Internal divider present.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 A non blancoed 1908 pattern smallpack complete with all buckles & fittings intact. An excellent used example.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 A 1916 dated '08 pattern smallpack with its central divider still intact & the 'MECO 1916' marking to inside flap clearly visible. Pack is unblancoed but dirty & has its rear buckles & tabs removed.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack 1916 & Shoulder Strap 1915 WW1 1908 pattern smallpack made by Mills Equipment Co in 1916. Coming complete with its MW&S 1915 dated shoulder strap the piece is in overall good used condition with these midwar dates being particularly scarce. Central divider intact, all buckles & chapes intact.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Supplementary Pack WW1 British 1908 pattern supplementary pack mostly worn by cavalry troops this piece being regimentally marked to the 12 th Dragoon Guards. Excellent condition example.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Support Strap Pair Matching pair of unblancoed support straps for the 1908 pattern web equipment set . Both with faint MECo stamps & date & the number '527' under the broad arrow. Both with buckles for small or large pack.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Waistbelt Green blancoed example in very good condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waistbelt 1916 Scarce unblancoed 1916 dated '08 belt . Large size with broad arrow markings.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle Good example of the 1908 pattern waterbottle in its webbing cradle. Dated 1918 & MECo ( Mills ) marked there are various markings to webbing with bottle in its early light khaki felt cover. Repair to stitching at back of cradle.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle WW1 British waterbottle of the 1908 pattern equipment with correct WW1 period blue bottle . Some moth to cover.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle 1916 Scarce 1916 dated British waterbottle of the 1908 pattern with MW&S marked web cradle & 1916 date. It is of the correct wartime pattern cross over strap configuration with thick brown felt cover to blue enamel bottle. Cork stopper with string intact.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier Excellent example of the 1908 pattern waterbottle. Complete with correct ' 08 pattern web cradle which is 1940 dated. Many sets of 1908 webbing were refurbished & supplied to the War Office in 1940 to meet the new demand & many BEF troops were initially still equipped with it when they went to war. Blue enamelled waterbottle has its brown wool cover with no moth & overall the set is in excellent condition with no damage. Nice green blancoed finish typical of the early period.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier 1915 An excellent example of the 1908 pattern waterbottle with web carrier maker marked to Mills Equipment & dated 1915. Bottle & felt cover is of correct WW1 issue.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier. WW1 1908 pattern waterbottle cradle with central strap cut away sometimes done for ease of removal. Overall excellent condition with number & broad arrow stampings to interior. Date unreadable.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Waterbottle & Cradle, 1916 Date Classic WW1 waterbottle with blue ridged enamelled bottle & khaki felt cover. Web cradle bears faint maker ink stamp to inside with broad arrow & date of 'ME Co 1916' . Overall excellent used condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle ( Early Pattern ) British waterbottle with web cradle & long fastening strap of the type issued from 1914 onwards. This was the most prevalent pattern during the WW1 period & technically known as the ' third issue .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Waterbottle 1915 A 1908 pattern waterbottle with webbing cradle maker marked to Mills Equipment & dated 1915. Soldiers name & number stencilled to inside of one of the straps.
WW1 British 1908 pattern Web Belt Good used condition 1908 pattern webbing belt with all brass fittings & rear tabs intact. Faint broad arrow stamp visible to inside. Number '175' in ink hand applied to one end of belt.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Web Equipment Cartridge Pouch Pair Good used pair of the hard to find 1908 pattern webbing equipment Mk II cartridge pouches with vertical straps & snap fasteners to prevent accidental loss of rifle ammunition from the pouches which was a problem discovered with the pattern produced prior to 1914. Both have traces of original green blanco finish with MECo markings just visible on one. All snap fasteners are complete their are apparent undateable depot repairs to the reverse of both where the belt loop retaining studs are mounted. Belt hooks intact to both. Certainly a good used Mills equipment pair.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Bayonet Frog Web bayonet frog of the 1908 pattern with unidentified unit markings to rear.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt Used condition 1908 pattern waistbelt complete with all fittings a size large. Brass fittings are excellent, web belt has certainly been worn in all weathers.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt Green blancoed 1908 pattern webbing belt with all brass fittings & buckles intact. Size small approx 42inches total length. Overall service use & in good order.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt An unblancoed example of the British 1908 pattern webbing belt complete with all its correct fittings. Total length of 114cm.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt , Rare 1914 Dated Rare 1914 dated '08 pattern webbing belt , a Medium size & unblancoed . Scarce belt which would compliment a complete webbing set rig.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Pouch 1914 Dated First World War 1908 pattern Left side webbing cartridge carrier clearly broad arrow marked & dated 1914. 75 rounds were intended to be carried in these pouches , this being the Mk II pattern introduced in 1914 with straps to prevent accidental loss of ammunition. Overall in used condition but with clear black ink markings on rear strap for ' MECO 1914 L ' ( Mills Equipment Company 1914 Left ) . There is what appears to be green blanco to the front of the pouch which has begun to flake in places however just the original untouched finish to rear as was in 1914. Top right section has damage to lower pop stud although not visible when flap closed also one of the the thin belt securement straps & lower left strap female stud . Very scarce pouch with 1914 date.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Entrenching Tool & Carrier A good example of the WW1 1908 pattern webbing entrenching tool head maker marked to ' Chillington ' & dated 1915. Comes with scarce webbing carrier having all fittings intact & with MECo 1918 marking to inside for Mills Equipment Company .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set Good colour matched 1908 pattern webbing set comprising belt, cartridge pouches , shoulder straps , waterbottle & bayonet frog. Components are with their desirable WW1 ‘pea green’ water based powder ‘Blanco' which is the correct WW1 colour. Cartridge pouches are in good order with date 1915 to left pouch & many ordnance markings to both. Also 1915 date to one strap. Belt is a good large size with 'L' marking to inside area. Also Mills equipment markings still visible. Some general wear & service use but overall excellent. Overall a good representative set of 1908 webbing.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A very nice set of the 1908 pattern webbing equipment comprising cartridge pouches, belt , shoulder straps, waterbottle & waterbottle cradle. The whole set is in an excellent colour match being ideal for a mannequin display with some faint markings remaining in places. Overall condition is very good.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A very nice matching green 1908 pattern webbing equipment set comprising the following components ; Waistbelt Shoulder braces Cartridge pouch pair Waterbottle & carrier Entrenching tool carrier Bayonet frog Smallpack Some of the components are nicely wartime marked with the smallpack being maker marked to Waring & Gillow & dated 1916. Entrenching tool carrier is MECo marked & dated 1915. Right cartridge pouch is date 1918 with Left dated 1919. All other dates are too faint to read. Overall a very nice matching set for the WW1 British Tommy representation.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set An original & now scarce British 1908 pattern webbing equipment set which has been blancoed & comprises the following items with dates where legible : 1 x Waistbelt 2 x Cartridge Pouches 1 X Shoulder Braces 1915 & 191*? Dated 1 x Waterbottle 1 X Waterbottle Carrier ( Early Pattern ) 1916 Dated 1 X Bayonet Frog , Early Pattern With Helve Holder Strap 1 X Entrenching Tool Head , 1915 Dated 1 X Entrenching Tool Carrier 1916 1 X Smallpack 1915 Dated 1 X Largepack 1918 Dated All components are 100% original with only the rare helve holder required to complete the set. All in matching blanco that has become quite powdery with age .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A 1908 pattern webbing equipment set comprising the following items with dates where legible: 1 X Waistbelt 1915 1 x Pr cartridge pouches , 1915 visible to one. 1 X Pr Shoulder straps , 1915 visible to one. 1 X Waterbottle & Carrier One of the cartridge pouches is the scarcer economy issue ( 1916 onwards ) with stud & slit pocket flap fastening arrangement. These were intended to save on brass & labour & were only made in limited numbers. A good matching set with some typical wear as would be seen on a WW1 field used web equipment set.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A 1908 pattern webbing equipment set comprising the following items : 1 X Waistbelt 1 x Pr cartridge pouches 1 X Pr Shoulder straps 1 X Waterbottle & Carrier A good matching set with some typical wear as would be seen on a WW1 field used web equipment set. One belt loop pop stud on cartridge pouch displaced.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A good colour matched 1908 pattern webbing equipment set comprising : Waistbelt Shoulder Strap pair Cartridge pouch pair All totally original components in very good condition & perfect for display. Mixed late war dates.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set 1908 pattern web equipment set with a mix of faint dates & a close colour match ideal for display. This set comprised of : Waistbelt Shoulder strap pair Cartridge pouch pair In very good condition with only one pop stud missing from lower edge of pouch.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set A very good set of the now scarce '08 pattern equipment. Set comprises cartridge pouch pair , shoulder brace pair & waistbelt. All a very close colour match mostly unblancoed ( Some traces visible upon close inspection ) & perfect for a WW1 mannequin display.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Shoulder Strap 1914 A virtually unobtainable 1914 dated 1908 pattern webbing shoulder strap . Clearly ink stamped 'MECO 1914' for the firm Mills Equipment Co this rare early date is seldom seen today.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Shoulder Strap 1914 A virtually unobtainable 1914 dated 1908 pattern webbing shoulder strap . Clearly ink stamped 'MECO 1914' for the firm Mills Equipment Co this rare early date is seldom seen today.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Smallpack ( 4KRR ) 1908 pattern webbing smallpack with faint Mills Equipment markings to inside flap & regimental markings for 4th Battalion Kings Royal Rifles . In good used condition with all of its tabs & buckles intact. The 4 KRR joined the 80th Brigade in 27th Division 1914 & landed at Le Havre on 21st December 1914. They sailed from Marseilles & arrived in Salonika December 1915. Moved to France in June 1918 .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Frog Unblancoed webbing frog of the 1908 pattern in good condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Frog Webbing frog for the 08 bayonet in wartime green blanco . Good condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Frog With Helve Strap 1908 pattern webbing frog in the correct pea green blanco of the period complete with helve strap intact at rear. Regimentally marked to Yorkshire Regiment.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Largepack 1917 dated largepack from the 1908 pattern webbing equipment. In its correct pea green WW1 period blanco it is in good used condition & complete with all tabs & fittings.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set Very good colour matched set of the increasingly difficult to find 1908 pattern webbing comprising belt, cartridge pouches & shoulder straps. Left & right pair of the 08 pattern cartridge ammunition pouches are the standard MKII type with securement straps on the left pouch to prevent the loss of ammunition when leant up against trench parapets. Belt has faint markings to inside centre with owners name & there are also some WW1 Ordnance stampings & broad arrow into a couple of the brass ends to right ammunition pouch & belt. OTC & early broad arrow markings to shoulder straps. Overall an excellent set well matched for display.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set A WW1 1908 pattern webbing set comprising : One pair Cartridge pouches One pair Shoulder braces One waistbelt All in used condition with some pop studs stiff & difficult to fasten. Although not an exact match in colour certainly close enough for an effective trench display.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Grenadier Guards Marked ) A 1908 pattern British webbing set in a very good colour match & with belt regimentally marked '3GG' for 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Set comprised of the following : 1 X Waistbelt 1 X Pr Shoulder Straps 1 X Pr Cartridge pouches In overall very good condition with all securement pop studs in working order & all fittings intact & complete.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Unblancoed & Mostly 1915 Dated |) An unblancoed , untouched & matching 1908 pattern webbing set which has been together since World War One. Component parts with visible markings have 1915 dates with the exception of the '18 dated entrenching tool cover. Set comprises the following : 1 X Waistbelt 1 X Pr Cartridge Pouches 1 X Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1 X Waterbottle & Carrier 1 X Entrenching Tool Carrier 1 X Pr Shoulder Straps Both cartridge pouches have 1915 date with this also being visible on the belt. Faint markings to rear of helve strapped bayonet frog . Waterbottle carrier has 'MW&S' maker with only the first part of the date '19' having ever been ink stamped on . It is clear from its correlating age wear that this is an original component to the set & not a later addition. Bottle itself is of the correct blue enamel WW1 construction with the distinct ridge to top & bottom. Felt cover has some considerable moth. This set is totally 'as found' with only the shoulder straps & rare helve holder not being present when discovered . The close matching shoulder straps have been added here for display & will come with the set. I have left this set in the condition in which it was found therefore no attempt to clean any of the components has been made .
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Shoulder Straps Mismatched pair of 1908 pattern shoulder straps one being unblancoed & bearing markings of MECo & date 1915 & named to a Lieutenant Makins in excellent condition. The second is lightly green blancoed to one side with a partially blancoed portion to one end with some fraying to one central area of the strap & generally in very well used condition.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Smallpack 1908 pattern British issue smallpack in green blanco . Complete with all fittings & central divider.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Smallpack An unblancoed 1916 dated '08 pattern smallpack complete & in excellent condition. Hard to find unblancoed 1908 pattern webbing now.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Wirecutter Carrier , 1917 Dated Rare webbing wirecutter pouch from the 1908 pattern equipment this example Mills Equipment marked & dated 1917 .
WW1 British 1908 Webbing Equipment Set A good 'pea green' water based blanco colour matched WW1 1908 pattern webbing set comprising the following components with dates where legible; Waistbelt 1919 Pair Shoulder Straps ------ Entrenching Tool Carrier 1918 Waterbottle Carrier ------ Smallpack 1915 Pair Cartridge Ammunition Pouches 1918 Overall in service used condition with typical wear & tear ideal for WW1 soldier mannequin display. All components are original the entrenching tool carrier being especially hard to find. A correct WW1 blue enamel bottle without felt cover or cork is included in the set.
WW1 British 1908 Webbing Mills Bomb/Ancillary Pouch 1914 Dated A 1914 dated 1908 pattern webbing cartridge pouch that has been converted , most likely , for the carriage of Mills bombs. Although a non standard item of equipment these conversions can be encountered in varying forms for all manner of ancillary ammunition & equipment . One Mills bomb does just about fit each compartment however the number of possible uses are most likely endless. This particular piece has two large compartments combined with one single on its bottom section. The pouch was originally a left side pouch this being indicated by the large 'L' with MIlls Equipment Co markings 'MECo ' & the date 1914.
WW1 British 1908 'Special' Web Belt 1918 ( Brace Attachment Variation ) The rare 1908 Pattern 'Belt,Waist,Special ' issued to personnel armed with a pistol. This pattern of belt still had the two buckles at the rear however no end pieces on the rear of the belt as it was never intended to be worn with anything other then the brace attachments , pistol holster & its ammunition pouch. Instantly recognisable by the chapes stitched to the rear , these were for the attachment of the '08 braces as worn by such troops as machine gunners, tank crews, RFC, etc etc. This piece is in excellent condition, green blancoed with MECo (Mills Equipment Company) markings & date 1918. It is a size Large.
WW1 British 1908/14 Pattern Smallpack & Shoulder Strap 1915 A 1908 pattern smallpack complete with 1915 dated shoulder strap. These 'hybrid' haversacks were originally of the 1914 third pattern of pack but later converted from remaining stocks to be used with the now standard 08 pattern webbing equipment.
WW1 British 1908/14 Pattern Hybrid Haversack WW1 period haversack generally considered to be a hybrid version for use with either the 08 or 14 pattern equipment sets. All tabs complete & in good used condition with one of its front buckles in steel & presumably & a post WW1 replacement.
WW1 British 1910 Matching Numbers & Volley Sights No.1 Mk III Lee Enfield Rifle A pre WW1 example of the iconic No.1 MK III British Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle with volley sights , peep sight & original brass numbered butt disc . Dated 1910 this piece has remained in its World War One format with rarely found matching numbers to bolt , receiver & nosecap and same matching serial number to be seen on the muzzle bayonet roundel. Correct pre 1916 round cocking piece still present to bolt. Wrist strap is clearly marked E.R ( Edwardius Rex ) denoting King Edward reign with Enfield maker & date 1910. Some expected light age is apparent in places confirming its original finish & 103 year old age . Profusely British inspection stamped it is a used British rifle that no doubt saw action during the first world war.
WW1 British 1910 SMLE Lee Enfield Rifle ( Volley Sights , Cut off Plate Etc ) Immaculate condition example of the WW1 British SMLE No1 Mk 3 rifle as used by British troops in World War One. This example has its correct early bolt with cut off plate to breech & also has long range volley sight & dial ( commonly referred to as Grenade sights ). Rifle is BSA maker marked ( British Small Arms Company ) & dated 1910. Sling supplied. Overall a very clean example of the SMLE MKIII rifle.
WW1 British 1913 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 Good example of the P13 bayonet with date June 1917. Bayonet & scabbard made by Remington, good clean blade.
WW1 British 1914 Brace Strap Pair Rare pair of braces for the 1914 pattern infantry equipment in dark brown (officially London brown ). Both have been cut down to 38 & 32.5 inches respectively the shorter of the two having had a repair where the two ends have been rejoined. Both in supple condition with much service use evident.
WW1 British 1914 Dated Australian Infantry Pocket Book An Australian Infantry guide to Regulations , Field Training , Musketry , Camp Duties Etc .
WW1 British 1914 Dated Rifle Sling An original 1914 dated WW1 sling. This example is made by Wrights as marked on the brass end.
WW1 British 1914 Dated SMLE Rifle 1914 dated WW1 British SMLE rifle the standard issue rifle of the WW1 British soldier. Excellent original WW1 period furniture compliments this example with correct round cocking piece for this first year of war date. Date 1914 is clearly visible to the rifle with maker BSA for the firm Brimingham Small Arms . A super rifle & one which is capable of being cocked & dryfired. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied; UK sales only.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog 1915 1914 pattern brown leather bayonet frog . Clear 1915 date to helve strap.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Equipment 2nd Model Large Pack. Good condition web large pack being the second model for the 1914 pattern equipment. Pack has the typical eyeleted tabs on the back ( rivetted ) with '14 pattern buckles mounted to the side of each for the helmet straps. There are also a pair of buckles at the bottom of the pack on the back with two web keepers underneath them. Pack is faintly marked on the inside of the flap with maker name & a date of what appears to be 1916. Scarce item in excellent condition.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Large Pack & 1914 Pattern Leather Straps Rare large pack being the second model for the 1914 pattern leather equipment with brass buckles to top & bottom rear & a highly desirable pair of 1914 leather shoulder straps attached. Pack has the typical eyeleted tabs on the back ( rivetted ) with '14 pattern buckles mounted to the side of each for the helmet straps. Pack is marked on the inside of the flap with Mills Equipment Company stamp ( ME CO ) & desirable date of 1915. Both of the 1914 pattern leather straps have markings being very faint & unreadable on one of them . The left strap has the maker name ' JW Mackintosh & Co ' with the date 1915 & a broad arrow & number marking further down the strap. Large pack has been locally used after WW1 as is evidenced by the stitched repairs & fraying to some areas. Straps are generally good with minor cracks in places as would be expected. Faint traces of soldiers details to inside of flap. Nicely dated piece with the very rare 1914 pattern straps attached.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Pack , Officer Named To London Regiment Very rare 1914 pattern second issue pack with a combination of leather & web fittings all in good intact condition. This unmarked and undated second issue example meets the 1914 pattern specification but differs very slightly having some internal edges which are selvedged in brown cloth. The construction closely resembles that of the Sam Browne equipment leading me to suspect that it was made by a firm that usually dealt in officer's private purchase gear. All fittings are very much intact having only very light disturbance to the stitching to one of the upper rear tabs & one of the lower rear also. Interestingly the front flap has an officers name 'Capt Maple A Coy, 6th London Regiment written onto it making the possibilities of researching the war service of this piece quite unique. Without doubt a rare find & in much need of thorough research.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Pack 1916 (Regimental Markings) Good example of the extremely rare 1914 pattern pack this being the second issue with a mixture of leather & web fittings. Rear & lower portion of pack has two grommetted web tabs with leather chapes & brass buckles . Leather straps to front flap are intact although delicate in places with brass buckled chapes at front still good & firm. 1916 date to inside with some material having been used to reinforce the edges of the top ear flaps. Condition is generally excellent with only one of the rear chapes having some stitching away & couple of delicate areas to the front straps where some surface cracking. Marked to the ' 6GR 622' ( Gurkha Rifles ) on rear of pack. Overall a superb example of the exceptionally rare 1914 pattern pack.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Pack 1916 ( Regimental markings) Good example of the extremely rare 1914 pattern pack this being the second issue with a mixture of leather & web fittings. Rear & lower portion of pack has two grommetted web tabs with leather chapes & brass buckles . Leather straps to front flap are intact although slightly delicate in places with brass buckled chapes still good & firm. 1916 date to inside with some material having been used to reinforce the edges of the top ear flaps. Condition is generally excellent with only one of the rear chapes having some stitching away & couple of delicate areas to the front straps where some surface cracking. Marked to the ' 6GR 622' on rear of pack. Overall a superb example of the exceptionally rare 1914 pattern pack.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Shoulder Brace Very rare shoulder brace of the WW1 1914 pattern in brown leather measuring 34 inches total length. Slightly shortened but in very good condition . Exceptionally rare piece of the 1914 pattern equipment set.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Smallpack - 1917 dated ( Rear Tabs Removed ) Practically impossible to find now in any condition the 1914 pattern smallpack has smaller buckle tabs to each side for use in the slung position & will only fit the 1914 pattern braces. Broad arrow stamped to flap underside with the maker ink mark ' Waring & Gillow ' & 1917 date. Both rear tabs & lower rear buckles have been removed however side buckles intact so this can still be buckled on to a 1914 pattern equipment set in the 'Marching Order' position.
WW1 British 1915 Dated Field Dressing Rare British WW1 First Field Dressing dated March 1915 . With nomenclature to the War Office Medical Division & printed instructions to the front this rare item has survived in very good condition. Carried in the Field Dressing pocket of the '02 tunic.
WW1 British 1915 Dated SMLE Rifle Sling Scarce 1915 dated SMLE rifle sling . Certainly one that has seen wartime use on a rifle it is maker marked & dated to both brass ends ' D.T.J. 1915 ' .
WW1 British 1916 Map of German Positions : 2nd Battalion ,13th Regiment VII Corps, West of Aubers ( Copy Of Sketch Found On German Officer Captured On 25/9/15 ) This is a British March 1916 produced map which , according to the title , is taken from a sketch map found on a German officer captured on 25/9/1915. Shows positions of the 2nd Battalion , 13th Regiment VII Corps West of Aubers. Detailed are the trenches & related positions of the 13th Regiment such as minenwerfer & machine gun emplacements as well as Orderlies dugout, 'Schmidts Post' , Officers dugout , 13th Regt Post , Support Trenches , front line trenches , Battalion boundaries with the 17th regt to its Eastern edge & many more relating to the whole trench position of this particular regiment. A fascinating map & no doubt of vital importance to any troops who were to consider assaulting it. Just one small tear to corner at bottom left edge.
WW1 British 1916 Memorandum ' German Methods of Trench Warfare ' A 1916 dated memorandum from the Headquarters of the 1st Army in March 1916 on German Methods of Trench Warfare. Includes subjects learned such as German Trenches, Listening Posts, Obstacles Artillery Etc. Marked 'Confidential' handwritten along top in red.
WW1 British 1916 Mills Cavalry Webbing Equipment Set A very rare set of the 1916 Mills Cavalry Web Equipment an almost experimental set of equipment designed for use by Britains cavalry but , due to the commitments of the Great War , never officially issued until it became the Web Equipment cavalry Pattern in 1940. Trials for a Webbing equipment set for the cavalry were taking place as early as 1913 with , at their succesful conclusion , recommendation for adoption given by General Sir John French . Due to the onset of war in 1914 this never happened however Mills (MECo) continued with a programme of development from 1911 right up until 1925. The 1916 design was manufactured by U.S. Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, (M.W.C.B. Co.) & is believed to have been done so to satisfy a European contract. Some belief exists that this was Belgian or Portugal with it being known that Britain did supply her oldest ally , Portugal , with webbing equipment or components of , in the first world war. In support of this theory , it is of note that when recently discovered in non collector hands this webbing set still had on it a black leather frog for the Portuguese 1904 pattern Mauser. All the components of the set are Mills marked with the date 1916 being clear . A totally homogenous straight out of the loft & the only one I have seen outside of the Brussels Army Museum. ( More information can be found on the excellent equipment website 'Karkee Web' ) .
WW1 British 1916 Pattern Soft Service Dress Cap I am fortunate to be able to offer this extremely rare & original 1916 pattern soft service dress cap this being the late war pattern in gabardine material. Often erroneously called the 'Trench Cap' these were introduced to replace the impractical stiff SD cap & due to being unstiffened could be placed into the haversack or rolled up & carried in the pocket by the soldier. This is an excellent surviving example having recently been purchased privately from source. It is totally as it came , attic stored , so i havent cleaned or brushed it leaving this up to the next owners individual preference. It is in overall excellent condition with only a very minor area of surface moth tracking to one small area on the caps underside. The American cloth lining is very good indeed being surprisingly supple & without cracks. Chinstrap is intact having no damage or brittle areas , brass GS buttons are present to sides. Underside of cap body has two large ventilation holes to each side , i have taken photographs of these & the stitching so that its originality can be decisively determined from the images provided.
WW1 British 1917 Dated '02 Pattern Field Service Tunic , Grenadier Guards A scarce WW1 1902 pattern four pocket field service tunic still with its paper manufacturers label bearing the date 1917. Becoming very hard to come by now this tunic has had its GS buttons period replaced by those worn by the Grenadier Guards & Honourable Artillery Company. In classic khaki serge all pockets are typically bellows pleated with white cotton drill lining to interior. Inside of tunic has field dressing pocket to lower right with single horizontal strips of cotton lining to interior pocket reinforcement which is correct for a tunic of this period. Two brass belt hooks are stitched in to each side of waist. Its original paper manufacturers label is still present to inside right breast giving sizes , maker & the date ' Hollington Bros. 1917 ' . 'W /I D' broad arrow ink marking surmounts the depot stamp letter 'S'. Two blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve . All four pocket buttons are present with three of its buttons remaining to front. These are all leather laced to rear by the wearer to allow for easy replacement. One button remains to shoulder strap. Condition is very good with some minor moth pricks ( & two nips to front pockets ) . Other than this there are a few dirt marks in places this having been a service used jacket . Very hard to find an example still bearing its 1917 dated label these in most cases having worn off with wear.
WW1 British 1917 Dated 18 PDR Shellcase Trenchart A 1915 dated 18 PDR shellcase thas has been made into an item of trenchart with a dedication engraved to the top which reads ' To Mrs RW Laker From JCW France 1917 '. In the apparent form of a coalscuttle , 6 X .303 cartridge cases make up the handle . The cartridges are dated 1914, 15 & 16 respectively.
WW1 British 1917 Dated Chisel 1917 dated WW1 tool .
WW1 British 1917 No.9 MkII Trench 'Box' Periscope & Carrying Bag One of many variants of the WW1 'Trenchscope' this is the No.9 MkII 'box' model which folds down into two halves when not in use. Made of green painted boxwood its paper label to front is intact with clear 1917 date. A black war department broad arrow is also visible to the front.
WW1 British 1: 40,000 Map Of France 1918 January 1918 dated map of France for Bouchain, Denain, Valenciennes, Auberchicourt, Avesnes area. In good condition with 'No1 Section' handwritten on its front title page. Ideal for WW1 trench display.
WW1 British 1:20 000 Scale Flanders Trench Map/Message Form - September 1918 WW1 British Trench Map of the Flanders/Belgium area with trenches corrected to 21.9.18. Also marked Field Survey Bn R.E. ( 9674) 19.9.18 . Note marking to bottom left hand corner stating change of colour with British trenches marked in red & German trenches marked in blue. Areas on the map include Zillebeke, Zonnebeke, Gheluvelt as well as areas in red Pickelhaube Keep , Gordon House, Hill Top Camp & Warrington Road . Blue marked areas include place names such as Bellewarde Tunnel, Anzac Tunnel ,Uhlan Keep ,Plum Keep , Haymarket Tunnel , Pillbox Junction. Map has Message forms on reverse to be sent to rear with a messenger when the need arose. A scarce map of a very desirable area.
WW1 British 25th (County Of London) Cylists Battalion , London Regiment Ephemera Group Large group of ephemera to a WW1 British soldier George DUDLEY of the 25th (County of London ) Cyclists Battalion , London Regiment who saw active service in the First World War. In this group is to be found , amongst other things, his certified Copy of Attestation showing enlistment into the 25th London Regiment following an initial short period from June 1913 to October 1914 in the 19th Battalion. It is also shown as his initial wish on the form to join the Army Cyclist Corps. His Certificate of Employment is also here giving his regimental number & showing his rank initially as 'Drummer'. On the Regimental Employment particulars he is shown as being a Stretcher Bearer in March to August 1917 for which he is commended by the Officer Commanding of B Coy, 25 Bn London Regiment. There are many regimental related letters & post WW1 correspondence regarding apparent difficult personal circumstances , & many photographs of him in uniform in WW1 & in civilian clothes after the war right up until old age. Other photographs of soldiers appear to be his father ( who appears again in his wedding photo ) & brother . Discharge certificates again list details of his service including his medal entitlement to the British War medal, Victory Medal & India General Service. I enclose a copy of his medal index card from the national Archives confirming these awards. No doubt much more research can be done on this man & his military service.
WW1 British 4th Battalion , Bedfordshire Regiment Officer Named Orilux Torch & Case WW1 British officers private purchase Orilux Torch in its original case named to Captain R.F. Hanbury , 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. In overall very good condition with no chips to the bulb or loosening to stitching of the case it still has its maker tag intact to top section. The Great War service of the 4th Beds is well documented having been sent to France in July 1916 then fighting on the Western Front for the remainder of the war within the renowned 63rd (Royal Naval) Division . It did not return home until April 1919. No doubt a well fielded officer who has carried this torch with him in the trenches of WW1.
WW1 British 5/Rifle Brigade Regimentally Marked 1907 Pattern Bayonet 1918 An excellent condition 1907 pattern bayonet & scabbard regimentally marked to the 5th Battalion , Rifle Brigade & dated 1918. Reginental markings to be found to the pommel of the bayonet in form of '5RB' with serial number 2899 underneath. Blade is excellent with no age pitting or spotting. Brown leather scabbard is undamaged with Hepburn, Gale & Ross initials 'HGR' with date 1918. A fine example of the '07 pattern.
WW1 British 6 PDR Shellcase ( Tank Interest ) 1918 1918 dated six pounder shellcase in very reasonable condition. Has tank interest due to the 6 Pounder being the main armament on Britains tanks in the first world war.
WW1 British Active Service Bible - The ' Daily Portion ' New Testament 1917 1917 edition of the Active Service Bible . A well used & carried example.
WW1 British Active Service Bible 1914 Good condition Active Service Bible dated 1914. As carried by the British Tommy of WW1.
WW1 British Active Service Bible 1914-15 WW1 'Active Service Testament 1914-15' in very good condition.
WW1 British Army AB64 Paybook RHA 1915/16/17 First World war paybook to a Driver in the Royal Horse Artillery covering the pay period from 1915 , 1916 & 1917. Overall service use with pay details starting in 1915 (page 1 & 2 minus) May 1917. Soldier has completed the Will on page 13 leaving any belongings to his mother & father signed & dated 16/1/1916. Overall condition World War One used.
WW1 British Army Boot Brush 1915 Excellent condition WW1 boot brush with the early scarce date of 1915. Scarce WW1 personal kit item.
WW1 British Army Boot Brush 1916 Excellent condition British army boot brush dated 1916 made by D.Page & Sons & having a service number stamped into the wood on one side. Scarce item of WW1 personal kit.
WW1 British Army Bugle 1914 A rare First world war British army bugle maker marked 'Boosey & Co' , with broad arrow marking & date 1914. A classic artefact of the WW1 period.
WW1 British Army Medics Field Dressing Haversack WW1 haversack intended for issue to troops not wearing the 08 equipment & in this instance used as a field dressing bag with medics identification to front. Bag has a central divider still present with broad arrow & number to inside of flap. Carrying strap is a 1913 dated 1908 pattern shoulder strap with soldiers name & ink stores markings visible. Brass buckles have darkened with age & are to be improved with some attentive cleaning. Recently loft found in the Ypres area of Belgium it is quite clear that the medic roundel is original to the bag & testament to its former usage.
WW1 British Artillery Gunners Webbing Shell Pannier A rare set of the WW1 Artillery gunners body worn shell panniers this example for the carriage of 4.5 inch howitzer shells. This specific item of WW1 gunners equipment has been immortalized forever by the depiction of one being seen in wear on the Royal Artillery memorial at Hyde Park Corner. Made of heavy canvas webbing each thigh pocket is a large bucket compartment for the shells with two large gauge handles & a heavy duty brown leather securing strap which fastens across the chest. The wording '20TH' B 'appears on both sides most likely relating to the Battery number. In excellent condition these are seldom encountered today.
WW1 British Battle Of The Somme KIA Framed Memorial Scoll , 13th Rifle Brigade Period framed memorial scroll to Rifleman James John Leach of the Rifle Brigade killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Some preliminary research reveals him belonging to the 13th Battalion , killed on the 16th July following the capture of Contalmaison as the Somme offensive pushed on. In its black wood contemporary frame the original accompanying standard letter from Buckingham Palace is affixed to the rear . The following combat report describes the action in which Rifleman James Leach lost his life : 'At 4.30pm the attack on Contalmaison by 23rd Division was made and this time it was successful. At this stage, 13th Rifle Brigade of 111 Brigade were ordered to renew the offensive and at 8.45 pm they set off, just before orders arrived cancelling their attack. As they moved forward they were raked by machine gun fire from Ovillers but despite this they managed to penetrate three lines of enemy trenches and take two hundred prisoners. Then the orders cancelling the attack finally reached them and they pulled back to their starting positions. 13th Rifle Brigade sustained over three hundred casualties in this needless operation, one of whom was James Leach.
WW1 British Binocular Case & Binoculars 1916/17 Brown leather 1916 dated case & Prismatic No.3 MKII binoculars dated 1917 both in good condition. Binoculars have designation to both shoulders with date 1917 & maker Kershaw & Son. Graticuled to right side with good optic , left lens scarred & blurred with no vision. Visually sound for display. Case is marked with designation to top & date 1916 , broad arrow to front of case. Overall good.
WW1 British Binocular Case , Royal Field Artillery Named , 1914 Dated WW1 British binocular case dated 1914. Marked to the top to a ' G. Robb RFA ' . Royal Field Artillery. In good condition .
WW1 British Binoculars, Named & Paris Made 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . Each neck bears British markings of the War Department broad arrow & the designation 'MkV.SPL 68222'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. One of the bottom lenses is slightly crazed with age. Brown leather case is complete with its carrying strap & cradle although the often impractical handle has been removed from the top of the lid. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'W.SWART & 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid & is more than likely the maker. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a name which appears to be 'CPL H BODDY , D COMPANY. There is some writing on the front of the case also. Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with overall the leather remaining in excellent condition. Nice WW1 set with the researchable name of an NCO.
WW1 British Biscuit Ration A packet of ration biscuits of the type issued to British troops in WW1 . Contained in paper wrapping.
WW1 British Boot/Clothes Brush 1917 Scarce item of WW1 British soldiers personal kit marked 'W/I\D 1917' .
WW1 British Boots
WW1 British Brodie Helmet A superb example of the WW1 Mk1 Brodie helmet complete with leather chinstrap & liner system. Helmet displays the distinctive sand mixed khaki finish to exterior with ' FKS 2 ' markings to underside of shell believed to be for the steel supplier Thomas Firth & sons. We are also able to date the manufacture of this helmet from the 1917 period onwards due to the presence of the rubber ring visible in the crown added to absorb impact. Condition overall is very good with an appealing amount of its rough sand texture still visible to shell. Leather chinstrap is good & undamaged with an insignificant amount of expected dryness & some decay to wool padding in crown. Small dent to crown.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet British first world war Brodie helmet with much of its original rough sand textured paint remaining to exterior. Underside of shell has markings ' FS227 ' for the steel supplier Thomas Firth & Sons who supplied from 1915 - 1919. Size marking '7 1/4 ' still visible to leather liner cradle & red ink Brodie Patent nomenclature to underside of headband. Chinstrap leather in remarkably good condition however tied on to lugs at sides. Overall a very good visually appealing Brodie helmet.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet A superb untouched example of the WW1 Brodie steel helmet with liner & leather chinstrap. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net & also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1917 pattern with rubber ring present to inside of crown pad. Overall a striking untouched helmet certainly indicative of the WW1 Tommy.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet WW1 British Brodie helmet in very good original condition with much of its original factory paint remaining. Helmet is of the post May 1917 model with rubber' doughnut ring added to provide better cushioning for the head area. Liner in good order with leather chinstrap showing some age in places & detached at one end although visibly good.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet An untouched Mk1 British soldiers Brodie helmet of pre May 1917 manufacture ( no rubber ring to liner ) . A high proportion of its original rough sawdust mixed khaki paint remains to inside & out with chinstrap in uncommonly good order. Underside of brim has markings ' HV' denoting manufacture & steel supplier of Huttons/Vickers who came under organisation of the Sheffield Munitions Committee.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet A superb example of the WW1 Brodie steel helmet with liner & leather chinstrap. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net & also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1917 pattern with rubber ring present to inside of crown pad. Repair to leather chinstrap.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet ( Post 1917 Model With Doughnut Fitted ) A good clean example of the WW1 British Brodie helmet . This is the post May 1917 model with rubber 'doughnut' ring fitted to the crown which was designed to create additional space between the top of the head & the helmet shell thus allowing for more cushioning in the event of an impact during action . Mid brown paint adorns the exterior & brim underside with its lighter factory finish to be seen down into the crown. FS82 to brim for the steel supplier Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield. Chinstrap is intact with no damage to side lugs.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet , 52nd ( Lowland ) Division Markings A scarce British Brodie helmet of the early first pattern with raw edge shell & bearing markings to the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 52nd ( Lowland ) Division. This helmet is a surviving example of the system of coloured bars used by the Scottish 52nd ( Lowland ) Division which denoted by colour the brigade & number of the battalion. These four red bars are brush applied horizontally to each side of the helmet over its rough textured sand mixed khaki paint with patches of the earlier smooth green paint showing through. Helmet is an early production with this first green paint base colour being apparent in places. A later reissue has then seen the early non hard wearing liner replaced & the rough paint applied over the top before the unit markings were then applied. Inside of helmet is in generally good order with brown leather chinstrap good & supple. Red ink stamp Brodie markings remain to underside of liner with a 6 3/4 size marking to cradle strap. Felt padding to inner crown has moth. Overall a total sleeper of a Brodie helmet that has recently surfaced & is fresh onto the collectors market.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet A very good condition British Brodie helmet with intact leather chinstrap & liner system. Helmet has its original rough paint finish with 'Hadfield Steel' markings faintly visible to inside. Red ink Brodie patent marking to be seen on inside of liner . An uncommonly good example.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet A superb example of the WW1 Brodie steel helmet with liner & leather chinstrap. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net & also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1917 pattern with rubber ring present to inside of crown pad. Repair to leather chinstrap.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet A very nice original condition WW1 British brodie helmet , the standard issue British helmet of WW1 . All of its original rough textured brown paint still exists to the whole of the helmet with chinstrap intact & undamaged. This example is the pattern lacking the doughnut ring in the crown & is therefore is of pre May 1917 origin. The letters 'D/F16' can be seen to the underside of the shell denoting the helmet manufacturer & steel supplier Dixon/Firth who came under the organisation of of the Sheffield Munitions Committee . Liner is in excellent order with the initials 'HME' having been handwritten onto the crown. Super example.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet An untouched Mk1 British soldiers Brodie helmet of pre May 1917 manufacture ( no rubber ring to liner ) . A high proportion of its original rough sawdust mixed khaki paint remains to inside & out with chinstrap in uncommonly good order. Underside of brim has markings ' HV' denoting manufacture & steel supplier of Huttons/Vickers who came under organisation of the Sheffield Munitions Committee.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet A superb example of the WW1 Brodie steel helmet with liner & leather chinstrap. Exterior of shell has its totally original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. Much trench wear is evident with three small dents to crown. The original factory paint colour extends to the inside of the helmet with markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net with the inside felt crown padding remaining nearly 100% intact. This is the 1917 pattern with rubber ring present to inside of crown pad. Chinstrap is original to the helmet & has hardened slightly with age.
WW1 British Brodie Steel Helmet With Battle Flash WW1 British Brodie helmet with light grey diamond unit battle flash to side. Helmet is in its original WW1 rough khaki paint finish with flash handpainted. Liner minus .
WW1 British Bugle 1914 Dated A Hawkes & Son of Piccadilly, London made bugle dated 1914. A piece that has seen much service use no doubt.
WW1 British Bugle 1916 A 'Boosey & Co' made 1916 dated British army bugle with war department broad arrow & the initials 'R.M.R.E.' faintly visible written above it. Well used with some dents.
WW1 British Button Stick A brass example of WW1 origin.
WW1 British Casualty Medal Pair According to the Commonwealth War Graves listing Thomas Griffiths , from Battersea London, was a Company Quartermaster Sergeant in the Army Service Corps aged 35 when he died. Circumstances of his death are currently unresearched although it is apparent he came through the ranks & was at the MT Rail & Transport Camp when he died.
WW1 British Cavalry Bandolier 1918 WW1 1903 pattern 50 round cavalry bandolier of the mkII 1903 pattern with double buckle. HGR marked for the firm Hepburn , Gale & Ross & 1918 dated .
WW1 British Cavalry Bandolier 1918 WW1 1903 pattern 50 round cavalry bandolier of the mkII 1903 pattern with double buckle. HGR marked for the firm Hepburn , Gale & Ross & 1918 dated .
WW1 British Cavalry Bandolier, 1914 dated. Brown leather 1903 pattern British cavalry bandolier dated 1914 & in use during the First World War. This particular example has the rare early date of 1914 when manufacture was increased to meet the foreseen demands upon the arrival of WW1. It has , with the date, the manufacturer name of 'A.Davis & Co' & also what appears to be an illegible serial number stamped into the main leather chest strap. There is some damage to the top flaps of three of the pockets where the leather has apparently decayed (or heavy service use) although as a whole the leatherwork is quite good with all its adjustment buckles complete. Nice piece of WW1 equipment with a good early date.
WW1 British Cavalry Breeches A pair of cavalry breeches in Barethea wool with double buttoned ankles & reinforcing to inside legs. A mixture of brass dished buttons & thin zinc as well as horn replacement buttons exist to fly & waist no doubt through prolonged service wear . The War Department & broad arrow ink stamp can be seen to waistband with the letter 'F' beneath this. Service number also visible. Waist measures an approx 32 inch with 25 inch inside leg. Breeches are shorter in the leg to allow for the wear of appropriate riding footwear.
WW1 British Cavalry Haversack Good used example of the WW1 British haversack for cavalry of 1908 pattern with two tabs & buckles on the reverse for attachment of shoulder strap. All brass fittings with ' MW&S 'maker markings, broad arrow & what apears to be the date of 1917. Original canvas internal divider complete.
WW1 British Cavalry Haversack 1914/15 1915 dated webbing haversack as issued to mounted personnel with 1908 pattern shoulder strap dated 1914 ( MECo maker ). Pack still has its original cloth divider with HGR maker to inside of flap & date 1915. Ordnance mark in form of number & arrow. Condition is generally good in need of cleaning & with some age to metal fittings. Hard to find piece of WW1 cavalry/RFA equipment.
WW1 British Cavalry/Artillery Bandoleer 1918 A near mint example of the '03 pattern cavalry bandoleer . Dated 1918 with broad arrow marking to underside of leather.
WW1 British Coldstream Guards Military Medal Grouping A WW1 Military Medal grouping to ' 21167 Pte H.Barraclough ' of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Group consists of Military Medal , War & Victory Medal with Coldstream Guards cap badge & 'CG' brass titles. I have carried out only partial research into this soldier however the award of his MM appeared in the London Gazette on 27th June 1918, he was from BrigHouse, Yorkshire. Having served in the 1st battalion Coldstream Guards he transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28/08/1918. The MM was most likely for an action during the April German Spring Offensive. Wounds received may well have rendered unfit for frontline service hence his transfer to the ASC. Medal index card states that he is entitled to the BWM and VM only along with his MM so this group is complete. Comes mounted as seen .
WW1 British Compass & Case 1916 WW1 British 1916 dated compass & case with owners name & unit written to front & back. No damage to compass & with clear 1916 date to case. Case strap dry in one area .
WW1 British Cutaway 18PDR Shell Sectioned example of an 18 pounder artillery shell displaying the internal details of the fuse as well as the shrapnel ball filling.
WW1 British D Shaped Kidney Mess Tin 1915 Dated A 1915 dated kidney shaped mess tin , the standard issue mess tin of the British soldier in WW1. Marked marked ''G.Polkey'.
WW1 British Dorset Regiment 'Somme' KIA Medal Group , Death Plaque Etc A fascinating KIA medal, death plaque & paperwork group to a soldier of the Dorset regiment killed in the closing stages of the Somme offensive near Beaumont Hamel on 19th November 1916. Within the group are the following contents : Medal trio comprising 1914-15 Star , War & Victory medal. Death Plaque. Memorial scroll. Death Notification from Infantry Record Office dated 8th Dec 1916. Handwritten letter to wife from Platoon Commander Lieutenant Wood dated 27th November 1916 regarding the death of her husband . Handwritten letter to Reverend Bloomfield ( Presumably of the Parish on behalf of Mrs Parsons ) from Lieutenant Wood giving further information on the death of her husband. A photocopy of a studio portrait of Pte Parsons in uniform with wife & son. Lieutenant Wood gives light to the circumstances of his death writing ' The battalion was holding a captured position in the second line of German trenches under very heavy artillery & rifle fire when Parsons was hit & killed instantly in the trench by a sniper. The men who were with him at the time say that his death must have been quite painless. ' Eventually buried at Thiepval Memorial cemetery it is of note that Parsons was wounded three times previously . At the time of his death he was 27 years old.
WW1 British Dorset Regiment Officer Photograph Studio portrait shot of Dorset reg officer with cloth badged service tunic & Sam Browne belt.
WW1 British Double Flashed Insignia Brodie Helmet An interesting WW1 British Brodie helmet with double flashed insignia of a yellow V on green square . With some suggestion that this was for a cavalry unit , it is interesting to note that an outer coating of black paint has been applied to the helmet indicating some post WW1 use most likely of civil defence purposes in the early WW2 period. With some early war experimentation of the steel helmet concept this pattern of helmet with steel rim is officially titled the 'Helmet Steel Mark 1 ' & was in service by June 1916. Both chinstrap & liner are of the Mk1 pattern with chinstrap having survived remarkably well. The rubber ring was incorporated into helmets after May 1917 following the suggestion that more protection from blows was necessary. An interesting helmet with usual age to crown pad.
WW1 British Entrenching Tool Head & Helve Excellent WW1 British entrenching tool head marked to well known maker 'Brades' & dated 1915 . Helve has had , at some point, the maker name of 'LUCAS' applied to one side of its metal casing with 1914 to the other.
WW1 British Entrenching Tool Head 1915 Broad arrow marked & stamped 'BRADES CO ' with 1915 date.
WW1 British Entrenching Tool Head 1916 Entrenching Tool Head for the 1908 pattern webbing set . This example GILPIN marked & 1916 dated.
WW1 British Entrenching Tool Head 1918 A 1918 dated British made entrenching tool head.
WW1 British Equipment/Kitbag Cotton equipment/kitbag with drawstring fastening maker marked & dated 1919. Measuring 30cm long & approx 46 cm wide most likely intended as a utility bag for any number of items of equipment or clothing.
WW1 British Essex Regiment 'Confidential' Notes On ' French Method Of Defence ' 1916 An interesting typed memorandum issued by the staff of the 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment on 12th October 1916 entitled ' French Method Of Defence At Verdun ' . Describes lessons learnt regarding trench occupation , dugouts etc.
WW1 British Essex Regiment Infantry Soldier Photograph Essex regiment infantryman In full 1908 web equipment , SMLE rifle , puttees . 02 tunic & soft cap. Postcard format.
WW1 British Essex Regiment Marked 1907 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard 1918 WW1 British 1918 dated '07 pattern bayonet & scabbard with regimental markings to the Essex regiment. First date mark to ricasso is 11 18 with several reissue markings onwards into the twenties & thirties. Pommel bears markings ' 6 EX 476 ' . Overall very good condition bayonet with no pitting to metal surfaces & a very clean blade. Wood grips undamaged. Scabbard in black leather with HGR maker initials ( Hepburn , Gale & Ross ) & very faint date of 1915. Overall very good condition.
WW1 British Father & Son Studio Photograph WW1 sapper of the Royal Engineers in a studio portrait seated with father wearing what appears to be Police Constable uniform. Postcard format.
WW1 British Field Artillery Training Manual 1914 Interesting manual covering a wide range of subsections with regard to Field Artillery . First published 1914 on the outbreak of war this edition 1917.
WW1 British Field Binoculars 1916 A fine condition pair of the British field binoculars in issue brown leather case. These were the pattern of binocular made by the French ( Colmont , Paris ) under contract for the British army. They are broad arrow marked with 'M G ' initials to each arm & have the Paris maker logo to each shoulder. Extendable foul weather / anti glare sleeves ( One loose ) to bottom of each lense with moveable revolving lense adjustment in working order. Brown leather case has London maker name with date 1916 & broad arrow marking. Carrying strap intact. Residue of leather food on case will clean off as surface only.
WW1 British Field Binoculars & case 1916 Excellent example of the First World War British binocular with broad arrow stamps to bottom shoulders & date 1917 to top sides. Made by Watson & Sons optics are good & clear. Brown leather case is of sturdy construction with belt loops to the rear & was to used in conjunction with the Officers Sam Browne belt set. Marked ' Case No3 Prismatic Binoculars ' to lid with maker name A.Garstin & date 1916. Complete with carrying strap to case.
WW1 British Field Binoculars & Case 1917 Good quality issue WW1 field binoculars made by Kershaw in 1917. X 6 magnification in overall superb condition with excellent optics & carrying strap. Brown leather case is a WW1 military issue piece made by Ross of London with broad arrow markings to top of lid & body of case denoting War Department. Carrying strap is original to the case secured with brass stud to sides of body. Some traces of owners details to lid of case. Leatherwork in excellent condition.
WW1 British Field Binoculars & Case 1918 Very nice set of WW1 field binoculars with an interesting military broad arrow marked case that has quite a unique fastening latch to its front. Binoculars are of the No.3 MkII pattern with X6 magnification & graticuling to lenses. They are complete with intact neck strap. Optics good. Carrying case is of brown leather with shoulder strap , broad arrow to lid & belt loops to rear.
WW1 British Field Binoculars 1917 1917 dated set of binoculars in excellent condition made by Aitchison of London in 1917. Magnification & model to each ocular with broad arrow to bottom underside. Neckstrap in excellent condition.
WW1 British Field Dressing 1917 Original Dressing in packet with safety pin & remains of paper label marked War Office Medical Division made by John Tye & Son, London May, 1917. Unopened & scarce WW1 piece.
WW1 British Field Message Book 1917 Red hardcovered Field Message Book for use by Officers & NCOs & dated October 1917. Pocketbook is gridpaged with some scribblings still contained within its issue red bound hardcover. Overall excellent condition.
WW1 British Field Saw 1914, 1915 & 1917 Dates Excellent example of the WW1 British issue field saw with a course jagged blade in a series of flexible metal segments for ripping through timber or lumber. In its 1903 pattern rivetted leather case with two leather belt loops the reverse is clearly marked with the manufacturers name & date 1917. Complete inside the pouch are two wooden handles that slipped through the rings on each end of the saw both being broad arrow stamped & one with the maker & date 1915. Also is the small seperate 'chisel' tool contained within its own compartment maker marked & dated 1914. Saw has maker & depot marks to one end & overall the set is in excellent condition.
WW1 British Field Saw 1917 Good example of the WW1 British trench saw in its leather carrying pouch with belt loops to rear. Brass ring of saw maker marked & dated 1917 with ordnance markings to wooden handles. File tool present to inside of flap. Pouch dated 1918.
WW1 British Field Saw, Matching 1915 dates Excellent condition field saw as issued to British troops in WW1. Brown leather case is in good supple condition & maker marked ' B.Crook & Sons ' with the date 1915. Both wooden handles are marked ( one only faintly ) ' C.E & Co 1915 ' . Metal segmented saw has hardly any rust with the date 1915 to one of its rings. Overall an excellent condition item of WW1 field equipment.
WW1 British Field Service Pocket Book 1914 An example with original weatherproof cover & in excellent condition . This example is a 1916 edition.
WW1 British Field Service Pocketbook & Cover Interesting Field Service Pocketbook dated 1911 in its brown waterproof cover giving much information on many subjects including Marching, Field Engineering, Small Arms, Supply of Ammunition, Rations, Pay, Clothing, Disicipline, Courts Marshall, Military Police & much more. Excellent pull out plates inside with a superb colour pullout illustrating ' Convential Signs & Lettering used in Field Sketching ' . Some overall use with pocketbook detached from cover. DUPLICATE LISTING SEE ALSO BRITISH EPHEMERA
WW1 British Field Service Pocketbook 1914 The scarce WW1 Field Service Pocketbook 1914 with 1916 amendments . In overall excellent condition this being a 1917 dated example.
WW1 British Field Service Pocketbook 1914 A scarce 1914 edition of this sought after Pocketbook. Stamped as property of 152nd Field Co. Royal Engineers & later property of Imperial War Museum London. In good used condition.
WW1 British Field Service Pocketbook 1914 ( 1916 Edition ) A rare original example of the 1914 Field Service Pocketbook complete with its original brown weatherproofing cover. Many subjects are covered here giving a fascinating insight into the British army in the First world war. In excellent condition this being the 1916 version with amendments.
WW1 British Field Service Regulations 1914 Interesting field manual first produced in 1909 but this 1914 version then with amendments . Many subjects covered for the WW1 soldier including Battle, Attack, Defence, Pursuit & Retreat, Night Operations & much more. In very good condition.
WW1 British Field Service Regulations Manual 1914 1914 edition of the Field Service Regulations Part II. First printed in 1909 & reprinted with appropriate amendments in 1914 upon the outbreak of war. Many subjects covered with regard to Organization & Administration.
WW1 British First Edition O/S map Of France 1915 Early 1915 dated First Edition ' France ' covering such areas as Ramicourt, Brancourt, St.Quentin , Guise, Bohain & Bellicourt. Good condition.
WW1 British First Field Dressing An early WW1 British First Field Dressing in its distinctive waterproofed wrapping. Liverpool maker marked with much of the front label intact. Dressing has been opened at one end .
WW1 British First Field Dressing 1914 Dated Scarce 1914 dated First Field Dressing complete with two dressings intact. Totally original example carried in the pocket of the soldiers tunic.
WW1 British First Field Dressing 1916 Dated Good example 1916 dated first field dressing marked to War Office Army Medical Department & dated April 1916. Made by John Bell & Croyden Ltd in London.
WW1 British First Field Dressing 1917 Original Dressing in packet with safety pin & remains of paper label marked War Office Medical Division made by John Tye & Son, London May, 1917. Unopened & scarce WW1 piece.
WW1 British First Field Dressing 1918 An excellent example of the First World War British first field dressing dated June 1918. An unopened example made by TJ Smith & Nephew Ltd, Hull.
WW1 British Flare Pistol 1916 Very clean example of the Webley & Scott flare pistol. THis example is dated 1916. Wooden grips to handle are in overall good order with no cracks or splits & lanyard ring to bottom. Webley & Scott logo can be seen to the right side of the gun with serial number 37680. Profuse proof markings to be seen on left side with broad arrow & date 1916. Gun is capable of being cocked & dryfired with opening barrel & unusually seen matching numbers to barrel catch. Deactivated to Home Office specification with certificate of deactivation supplied.
WW1 British Flashed Insignia Raw Edge Brodie Helmet A regimentally flashed WW1 British Brodie helmet believed to be of the Lincolnshire regiment with red cross on square to front of helmet. This helmet has an early to midwar manufactured shell of the 'War Office Pattern' recognisable immediately by the lack of edging around its rim. With the introduction of the new Mark 1 shell , liner & chinstrap system around May 1916 existing stocks of the earlier pattern were modified with the new liner & chinstrap now fitted as here. Upon close examination traces of the early smooth green paint finish can be seen underneath its existing rough textured paint finish, this was done to eliminate the shiny reflective surface of the early green paint finish. Surviving in very good condition with intact leather chinstrap & ' BRODIES STEEL HELMET' marking in red ink to underside of liner.
WW1 British Flashed Wiltshire Regiment Brodie Helmet With Battle Flash & Attributation A superb untouched named WW1 Brodie helmet with insignia to the front for the Wiltshire Regiment. There is also a horizontal yellow flash to the side most likely to be a Battalion flash of some sort. Placed to the inside of the helmet is a very old piece of paper with handwritten note ' Steel helmet worn by T.M.LAWSON whilst on active service in France in 1918. ' Certainly lending itself to further research this piece of paper provenance was inside the helmet when purchased many years ago. A well fielded Mark 1 helmet with edging to rim & rubber ring sewn into the crown padding this would date the manufacture to after May 1917. Chinstrap minus.
WW1 British Folding Saw 1915/16 Dated Contained within its brown leather Crook made 1915 dated leather pouch this is a good example of the folding saw much used in WW1 by British & Allied troops. Excellent condition pouch with no damage & belt loops intact to rear. Metal parts all good with marked & 1916 dated wooden handles present within case.
WW1 British France Procured Binoculars A Paris made pair of binoculars used by the British with broad arrow markings to bottom of both oculars. Marked to both shoulders & of X6 magnification. Right lens adjustment loose.
WW1 British Fuses X 3 A collection of three souvenir artillery fuses all 1917/18 dated. ***UK sales only***
WW1 British Gaiters 1916 1916 dated leather gaiters worn by motorcycle despatch riders & some other personnel as issue allowed. Overall good condition.
WW1 British Gallipoli/Mesopotamia Christmas Greeting Card 1918 Christmas Greeting card dated 1918 commemorating the battles for Gallipoli/Mesopotamia in 1915/16/17 & 18. Interesting piece of WW1 Ephemera.
WW1 British Greatcoat 1914/15 ( American Made Simplified Pattern ) A rare 1915 dated example of the 'Greatcoat, Drab Mixture, Dismounted ,Simplified' introduced as of late 1914 early 1915 . This pattern of greatcoat simplified wartime production with the intricate details of the earlier versions such as turn up cuffs & internal pocket fastenings now omitted. These American made versions were of a higher quality than their British counterparts but rarely turn up in good condition. This particular piece is in quite phenominal condition with correct full khaki cotton drill lining to sleeves & pockets. A darker brown drill lines the undersides of the pocket flap. All brass GS buttons are present to front fly & rear skirt pleat with a good proportion of the original paper label bearing the American makers company name ' Burton Pierce Company' with date February 1915. There are two sections of seperate material used in the construction of this greatcoat along the bottom edge one still bearing a partial paper label from the same maker. There are also stampings from a New York costume company on each interior pocket lining. All brass GS buttons are present these being with no markings to reverse typical of American made clothing. Having survived in astoundingly good condition these are a couple of small moth holes only noticeable upon close inspection. Stitching away on one side of coat hanger loop to rear if collar .
WW1 British Gunner Photo Pair in Battledress & Greatcoat Two shots of same soldier from Royal Artillery in service cap & BD & Greatcoat.
WW1 British Gunnery Measuring Instrument One of various instruments used in gunnery that would measure such things as elevation , range etc . This piece made by the well known maker R&J Beck Ltd, London . Comprises a measured dial on the inside with peep sight & freeze button . Brown leather case complete with carrying strap & officers name to front. Optics are good. Overall interesting optic of the period.
WW1 British Gunsighting Telescope 1916 ( W.Ottway maker) Brass washed 1916 dated Gunsighting Telescope complete in its original wooden transit box. Item has knurled rotation components for changing power at the eyepiece end & is also clearly marked with manufacturers details. This clearly reads ' "GUNSIGHTING" PATENT V.P. 5.t.o15 W. OTTWAY & Co LTD EALING 1916 ' . Wooden transit box has general wear & tear with a seperate compartment at one end. Contained within this is the optical eye that screws on to the main body of the scope although the screws for this are missing. Fittings on the box are of brass as would be expected for this period & there are the stencilled initials 'REP' on one end. W.Ottway are a famous optical manufacturer of the early period & made many different telescopes for the military & commercially over the years. Lenses inside are cloudy although visually this is an excellent display piece of the mid First World War period. Please call to discuss delivery options/ pickup as this is a heavy item.
WW1 British Gurkha Kukri & Carrying Frog 1917 Excellent example of a WW1 1917 dated Mk II kukri complete with brown leather sheath & carrying hanger. Wooden curved handle with thin middle rings & steel fittings to cap & bolster where meets blade. Markings to blade are IG & broad arrow for Indian government issue with 1917 date of issue. CO initials for Cossipore Arsenal with number 5 being inspectors stamp. The two letters 'II' are the pattern of knife this being the mark II. Leather sheath has markings to top edge with handwritten regimental markings clearly visible. Many fakes abound this is an excellent original example of this desirable WW1 period Gurkha weapon.
WW1 British Hand Held Trench Periscope A very good hand held trench periscope with both prisms undamaged & fully functional. In its original mud brown paint & of a distinctly first world war style there has been debate amongst collectors as to the true origin of this pattern some believing them to be early WW2 issue. Forming a definitive answer would be based purely on opinion alone , rather than fact , however its colour & style would strongly suggest to me that of the mid first world war period.
WW1 British Hand Held Trench Periscope A very good hand held trench periscope with both prisms undamaged & fully functional. In a very typical army mid green paint paint & of a distinctly first world war style there has been debate amongst collectors as to the true origin of this pattern some believing them to be early WW2 issue. Forming a definitive answer would be based purely on opinion alone however its colour & style would strongly suggest to me that of the mid first world war period.
WW1 British Haversack ( 1903 Bandoleer Equipment ) A good example of the British WW1 haversack for use by Mounted troops with the 1903 pattern bandoleer equipment. The officially termed 'Other Services Haversack' dispensed with the fittings not required by non mounted personnel & was suspended by the 1908 pattern shoulder strap. This piece has the typical early broad arrow to inside of flap & also to inside of one of the buckle straps . Central divider present. Overall green blanco in used but good condition.
WW1 British Helmet , Former Tank Crew Visored Variant (Mark 1 Star) Helmet of WW1 origin refitted in WW2 with a 1940 dated liner , & web chinstrap system. Original paint finish of helmet has been the WW1 style khaki brown which is much remaining on the inside with much usage & wear on its exterior. A white stencilled 'M' for magnetic is visible on the inside of the dome as interestingly this helmet was originally a first type tank crews visored helmet clearly showing evidence of removal of the chainmail visor bracket attachments which were welded directed to the helmet. Overall quite a rare helmet from the prototype tank era of World War One.
WW1 British Helmet Strap Pair 1918 Good matching colour pair of WW1 webbing helmet straps for attaching diagonally to the large pack for carriage of the helmet. Both unblancoed . One MECO 1918 marked & dated with broad arrow & number . Other is broad arrow 425 marked & of same WW1 period with style of stamping being correct for period.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon 1908 Dated ( 5th Wiltshires ) A 1908 dated hooked quillon bayonet with matching numbered Mk1 scabbard . Regimental markings to pommel were formally that of the '2.R.I.R' ( 2nd Batt , Royal Irish Rifles ) however these have been crossed out & then ' 5 WTS ' (5th Batt, Wiltshire Regiment ) added. Both weapon numbers on pommel match that on the scabbard throat. Ricasso markings are that of Enfield with an initial issue date of December 1908 . The subsequent issue date of ' 10 13' is also seen apparently denoting the transfer of regiment most likely according to the mans service. Scabbard date is of the scarcer internal chape Mk1 with matching date & maker 'EFD '08 ' ( Enfield 1908 ) . An interesting bayonet that has had some rigorous cleaning of metal surfaces due to previous bad storage. Some pitting still to be seen in areas of the blade. Leatherwork is excellent.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon Bayonet & 1908 Pattern Frog 1913 A good 1913 dated 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with brown leather scabbard & 1908 pattern webbing frog. Bayonet is an Enfield production with the expected '1907' pattern date to ricasso . Issue date is of ' 11 13 ' . Reverse is inspection marked & broad arrow complimented. Brown leather scabbard is of the mkII with external chape & totally correct for this bayonets 1913 production date. Marked on leather 'HGR 15' for Hepburn, Gale & Ross 1915 it also is inspection stamped & broad arrow marked. Webbing frog is a scarce unconverted wartime example still with its helve strap to rear. These were ordered removed in 1919 due to the obsolescence of the helve carrier. A close inspection of the faint ink markings discover them to read 'MECO 1915 '. Overall scarce example of a very early WW1 British bayonet.
WW1 British Housewife Roll ' Housewife roll ' for carriage of personal items , cutlery , toothbrush etc . Ink stamped soldier number with 'MX' quite likely indicating Middlesex regiment.
WW1 British Housewife Sewing Kit Nice piece of soldiers small kit being the sewing kit or ' Housewife' as commonly known. Made of white linen it has a soldiers service number on inside cover with contents including distinctive WW1 era metal dished buttons, scissors, a broad arrow marked pack of needles, a wrapper containing red & yellow insignia strips for the tunic as well as other small odd buttons & needles.
WW1 British Imperial Service badge Issued to men of the Territorial Force who volunteered to serve overseas upon the looming threat of WW1. Good condition, pin intact.
WW1 British Imperial Service Badge Issued to men of the Territorial Force who volunteered to serve overseas upon the looming threat of WW1. Good condition, pin intact.
WW1 British Infantry Kings Royal Rifle Corps Casualty Medal Trio A 1914-15 Star trio to Private A.Adams 5-3371 of the 1st Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps who was killed in action on the 1st June 1916. He is recorded as being buried in the Zouave Military Cemetery , Souchez , Pas De Calais , France . All in good order with ribbons.
WW1 British Infantry Officers 'Trench Warfare' Manual 1916 Interesting manual on 'Trench Warfare' from March 1916 for the Infantry Officer. Many aspects of trench fighting detailed with various trench diagrams & drawings.
WW1 British Infantry Photograph An early First world war group photograph of British infantry soldiers wearing 1914 pattern equipment & 1902 pattern SD caps. Post Card photograph is from a Tunbridge Wells firm . Good condition.
WW1 British Issue 7X Field Glasses , Paris Maker French made field glasses for British army use marked ' 7X Serie 6 M.G. ' War department broad arrows to bottom of each ocular. In overall used but displayable condition .
WW1 British Jack Knife Early WW1 pattern of jack knife with marlin spike, main blade & can opener as introduced in 1913. Used condition with some stiffness & age overall.
WW1 British KIA Memorial Plaque & Card Case WW1 Death Plaque otherwise known as the 'Dead Mans Penny' awarded to the next of kin of soldiers who died in active service during the First world war. This bronze plaque is named to 'FRANK STEELE' & is in need of research via the Commonwealth War Graves. Plaque is in excellent condition & comes with its original brown cardboard case.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin & Cover Super condition 1903 pattern Mess Tin still in its original khaki canvas cover with two leather keepers on the rear to attach to the waistbelt & a brass D ring originally intended to attach to the greatcoat carrier. The 1903 Pattern equipment was used in second line service in the First World War & saw active service in Gallipoli in 1915 so this is certainly a good WW1 piece. The classic kidney shaped messtin remained the same throughout & only the canvas cover altered slightly as the war progressed. Messtin has a broad arrow with the number 8 stamped into the metal to its rear & the canvas carrier has some numbers including what is probably the date of '03' stamped into the leather of one of the keepers. All stitching is good with only the fastening button missing from the front. The WW1 British messtin is now a scarce piece of equipment & to find one still with its cover is exceptionally difficult these days.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin ( Regimental Markings ) Early pre WW1 period mess tin set with WD & broad arrow marking to main body & lid & regimental numbers of soldier stamped into lid & body. Much grey finish remaining with light service use as expected. Early strap keeper to rear of tin as was used on pre 1908 equipment sets when carried on belt kit. Scarce piece of WW1 used Tommy cooking equipment.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin Set 1916 Overall used but good kidney shaped messtin set with some surface age in places & having much of its grey finish with good mid First World War date of 1916. A scarce piece of WW1 'Tommy' kit to find with this date.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Messtin 1917 ( Royal West Kents Markings ) A superb example of the WW1 British kidney messtin this being a 1917 dated piece & having regimental markings of the Queens Own Royal West Kent regiment. With maker mark of ' London Tinplate ' to bottom & date 1917 there are the initials QORWK ( Queens Own Royal West Kents ) stamped onto one side with the name of what appears to be PANNOCK & ' B COY' denoting B Company. Certainly a scarce dated item of British Tommy equipment with the added desirability of being totally researchable.
WW1 British Kings Royal Rifles Corps Officer Service Dress Jacket A First world war British Kings Royal Rifle Corps officer shoulder rank service tunic of the 1912 pattern with large 'bag' type pockets to front & multi cloth construction to front waist area & back pleat. This officer shows the rank of Lieutenant Colonel who has WW1 medal ribbons of War medal, Victory medal & Indian General Service. It is of note that in WW1 the KRRC had twenty two battalions & saw much service on the Western Front, Macedonia & Italy. After 1918 they were returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine & Ireland so the India General Service medal points towards a post WW1 posting to India in the case of this officer. Kings Royal Rifle Corps buttons have been added to this tunic at some point with rank badges scarlet backed for infantry & green cloth rectangular patches to each shoulder. An interesting piece with field wear evident , some dirt marks in places.
WW1 British Large Pack Helmet Straps 1918 Pair of large pack straps which , buckled diagonallyto the front , would hold the Brodie helmet when not being worn. Marked ' HG&R Ld 18' ( Hepburn Gale & Ross 1918 ) . Unblancoed .
WW1 British Lee Enfield Webbing Rifle Sling 1918 Rare WW1 dated rifle sling for the Lee Enfield rifle . Broad arrow marked & ink stamped to MECo ( Mills Equipment ) with date 1918. In excellent condition.
WW1 British Left Side 1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Pouch First world war left side .303 rifle ammunition cartridge pouch from the 1908 pattern webbing equipment set . All pop studs intact with faint markings to reverse. Field used condition.
WW1 British Lewis Gun Handbook Model 1915 Excellent manual on the Lewis Gun with pull out line drawings & detailed black & white photographs . Comprehensive guide of the period .
WW1 British Lewis Gun Magazine Box 1918 1918 dated Lewis Gun magazine box overpainted in yellow paint so may well have been used in a tropical theatre in the early WW2 period. Leather carry strap replaced by thin rope handle , date clear to one end.
WW1 British Lewis Gun Manual ( Airplane Type ) Produced by Savage Arms Corporation USA this manual is for the Airplane Type Lewis Gun Model 1917-18. Many interesting drawings & headings on the subject .
WW1 British Life Guard Patent Trench Mirror A rare example of the Lifeguard Patent Periscope made by F.Duerr & Sons, Manchester in the WW1 period first appearing in 1915. These were privately purchased by officers to be used as trench periscopes with the threat of enemy snipers ever present. Contained within a pop stud flapped web case it is in overall good used condition with extending arm still working well & mirrors undamaged. Belt loop to rear of case.
WW1 British Lifeguard Patent Trench Periscope An excellent condition example of the Lifeguard Patent Periscope made by F.Duerr & Sons, Manchester in the WW1 period first appearing in 1915. These were privately purchased by officers to be used as trench periscopes with the threat of enemy snipers ever present. Contained within a pop stud flapped web case it is in overall good condition with extending arm still working well. Belt loop to rear of case.
WW1 British Lincolnshire Regiment POW Indecent Assault Conviction Paperwork Interesting small grouping to a Horace Lacenby of the Lincolnshire Regiment convicted of Indecent Assault whilst a Prisoner of War in German captivity . A later English handwritten translation has been affixed to the rear of the frame . The German typed sheet is dated 21st December 1917 & issued by the 7th Army Corps , Deputy Commanding General. The content of the order states that following the investigation into the case of Indecent Assault by Horace Lacenby the verdict of the Upper Court Martial by the Deputy Commanding General of the 7th Army Corps on 7th December 1917 is upheld. The document goes on to confirm that the verdict is legally correct & by the verdict of the Inspectorate of Prisoners Of War camps under the jurisdiction of 7th Army Corps on 17th October 1917 the verdict is to be carried out. This last wording is slightly confusing as it most likely refers to the sentencing being carried out the nature of which is currently unresearched. Contained with a non period frame along with a studio portrait of the man as well as cap badge, shoulder title & button. Certainly an interesting research project!
WW1 British Long Handled Wirecutters 1917 The lesser seen long handled British wirecutters in very good condition & marked ' Components Ltd 1917 ' . Broad arrow marking clearly visible.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps '02 Tunic WW1 1902 pattern tunic for a member of the Machine Gun Corps . In overall excellent condition it has MGC buttons to front fly, pockets & shoulders. MGC shoulder titles adorn shoulder straps. A tunic dating from the midwar period , it has white cotton lining with L coded depot WD stamp . Both belt support hooks are present. Three embroidered blue overseas service chevrons to right sleeve . Only one small moth nip to lower left side noticeable only upon close inspection.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps 1902 Pattern Tunic WW1 1902 pattern tunic for a member of the Machine Gun Corps . In overall excellent condition it has MGC buttons to front fly, pockets & shoulders. Brass MGC shoulder titles adorn shoulder straps. A tunic dating from the midwar period with cotton reinforcement strips to inside of breast pockets, it has an off white cotton lining with L coded depot WD stamp . Both belt support hooks are present. Three embroidered blue overseas service chevrons to right sleeve denote active service this soldier having most likely been on a machine gun crew quite in the thick of it . Only one small moth nip to lower left side noticeable only upon close inspection.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Identity Disc Interesting First World War aluminium identity disc to a member of the 91st Company, Machine Gun Corps lisitng also his religion as C of E & service number. A privately made or purchased piece it has at one time had a chain attached & bears silver hallmarks to its reverse. An internet search will confirm that the 91st Company were in the thick of the fighting in the Eurppean theatre coming under command of the 7th Division whom they joined in March 1916. Certainly ripe for research.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Named Binoculars & Case An interesting pair of British military X8 binoculars made by the Paris firm 'B.Leger' during the WW1 period. The owner of these binoculars was an ' HEG Cunningham' part of the 'M.E.F' Meditteranean Expeditionary Force serving with the 6th Battalion Machine Gun Corps as has been handwritten onto the rear of the case. Binoculars have the War Department broad arrow to bottom & also to their brown leather case. The inventory number 'S.I. 934011' has been hand painted to right shoulder . Dunsterforce was formed in 1918 under the command of Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville in the Middle East. Dunsterville was a school friend of Kipling and 'Stalky' was based on him. His force was organised in Baghdad consisting of only a small number of British Officers and NCO's. on reaching the Caspian sea he recruited Cossacks who were trained by his British troops. As the Turks threatened to capture the Baku oil fields he was sent more British troops. The story is very interesting involving any manner of people and adventures including a Gallipoli style retreat across the Caspian sea. A real boys own adventure story at the end of WW1 whose effects are still being felt today. Optics are usable but with some marking to internal lenses.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Trench Cap A fine example of the late WW1 pattern of British soldiers field trench cap badged to the Machine Gun Corps & with 1918 date to interior. In quite excellent condition this pattern of cap was widely seen in the late war period & due to its lightweight construction could be easily stowed away in the soldiers kit when not being worn. The clear fold down the length of this caps top is clear evidence of this & demonstrated as such in the images. Its black interior lining is still clearly marked with the maker name of ' MYERS & Co' surmounting the date 1918. Its number coded broad arrow WD marking is also pleasingly visible. It is of note that the MGC cap badge is securely affixed to the front of the cap with a card backing that does show signs of wear however I am unable to determine definitively when this was done. A scarce cap & hard to find with a good clear date.
WW1 British Machine Gunner Picture Chest shot of a Lance Corporal in 1902 pattern tunic wearing '03 pattern belt & holding a Machine Gun Corps crested 'swagger cane' . On his left can be seen the shoulder title with the initials 'MGC1' .
WW1 British Map , Ypres, Menin , Poperinghe , Messines , Boezinge ( Belgium & France ) February 1917 WW1 coloured map Sheet 28 , Edition 3 in the Belgium & France series of 40,000 scale & showing areas such as Ypres , Menin , Zonnebeke , Poperinghe . February 1917 dated.
WW1 British Map Of Arras, Ronville , Blangy , Achicourt - France , Sheet 51B ( April 1917 ) April 1917 dated map of France .
WW1 British Map Of Aylesbury , September 1914 Ordnance Survey map dated September 1914 of the Aylesbury ( Leighton Buzzard ) area.
WW1 British Map Of France & Belgium 1917 Excellent scale map of France & Belgium . Sheet number as photographs. Dated 1917.
WW1 British Map Of France 1915 With Handwritten Name & Date To Front Of '9.7.17' . Such areas as Buneville, Maizieres, Beaufort, Grand Bullecourt etc. 1915 dated .
WW1 British Map Of France : Hamel , Villers Bocage , Bray Sur Somme March 1918 ( Sheet 62D ) 1:40,000 Map of France Sheet 62D. Shows areas such as Hamel, Villers Bocage , Allonville, Longueau, Bray Sur Somme .
WW1 British Map Of France Sheet 51A Hand Marked 'D No.1 Section' ( D Company ) January 1918 dated with areas such as Valenciennes & Denain.
WW1 British Map Of France Sheet 62B 1915 Covering such areas as Bellicourt , Bohaine & Etaves.
WW1 British Map Of St.Quentin, France 1916 Various areas surrounding St.Quentin , France.
WW1 British Mapcase Accessory Protractor 1915 1915 dated protractor. Nice accessory for the mapcase.
WW1 British Medal Trio , Dorset Regiment Private ( France ) WW1 1914-15 Star, War & Victory medal trio to a Private Hiscock of the Dorset Regiment who was attested in May 1914 & served in France as of 27/1/15 receiving the above entitlement. ( Medal index card photocopy supplied ). Interestingly the latter part of the Hiscock surname has been rubbed out due to what appears to be a mistake in the surname of the recipient although it is clear they belonged to this man due to the intact regimental number of ' 3-7260' & regiment ' DORSET R' . Accompanying the medals is his service discharge certificate listing his entitlement & details & showing him as having served in the 3rd Battalion. The certificate has been repaired along its middle section . Medal ribbons original to the set.
WW1 British Medic Group Individually Named Photograph Group of WW1 Army Medics in WW1 uniform with named of all concerned on the back & stating taken at Billets in Blackpool outside the address of a Mrs Nuttall from Clarendon House , Blackpool. Many of the medics have service stripes with wound stripe visible to one front soldier.
WW1 British Medic Named Field Service Pocket Book 1914 Interesting Field Service Pocket Book 1914 with two accompanying documents from the mans WW1 service as a 1st Class Nursing Orderly from March 1917 to February 1919. It is apparent from the details given that he served for a total of four years spending two in the field ( France ) . Now becoming harder to find this is the 1916 edition with the name 'E.Earnshaw Brown' handwritten to the inside cover with the date 'Sept 1916 ' . A Certificate of Employment showing his WW1 service particulars is present along with his Unit Register Card giving details of demobilisation. Book & papers in excellent condition.
WW1 British Medic Photograph 4 x 3.5in photograph of a British soldier from the WW1 period wearing 1902 pattern tunic with medical orderly badges on each arm.
WW1 British Medical Armband With the stamp of the WW1 Army Medical Service & with its original Newey poppers this piece is named to a ' 7374620 Pte Coman' . Worn by army medical personnel & worthy of further research.
WW1 British Medical Kit Iodine Ampoule & Container Dated 1914 Rare piece of WW1 medical kit being an Iodine capsule still held within its stiff card 1914 dated container marked 'Iodine Ampoule For External Use ' . Unused & in excellent order.
WW1 British Medical Kit Iodine Container Dated 1915 Iodine Container with broad arrow & 1915 date.
WW1 British Medical Officer Studio Photograph An appealing studio portrait photograph of a Royal Army Medical officer wearing cuff ranked service dress tunic & Sam Browne belt. Edges of frame have been roughly trimmed.
WW1 British Medical Syringe Kit Tin 1915 WW1 British medical kit syringe tin broad arrow marked & dated 1915 containing what appear to be the components of one spare metal syringe. The case lid would have contained two ampoules of pain relief drugs for use in the field. Excellent condition.
WW1 British Memorial Frame ' Victory For The Allies ' A colourful mounting bearing a skilfully embroidered dedication ' VICTORY FOR THE ALLIES - MALTA PRESENT ' as well as the flags of allied nations. 'Malta Present' may well refer to the Essex regiment who had history serving in Malta in the 19th Century . A studio photograph of a private from the Essex regiment is picture framed within it . Delivery or pickup to be discussed as I would prefer not to post due to the risk of damage in post.
WW1 British Mess Tin & Cover 1916 Rare 1916 dated kidney shaped mess tin made by Simpson & Son Ltd of Adelaide . Canvas cover is broad arrow marked & a faint date of 1916 can be discerned.
WW1 British Mess Tin 1918 Excellent condition WW1 messtin maker marked on its bottom to a Northampton maker with 1918 date.
WW1 British Messtin Lid 1915 Dated Kidney shaped messtin lid as carried by the WW1 Tommy with internal folding handle as found in early examples. Birmingham maker marked & dated 1915.
WW1 British Middlesex Regiment Group Photograph Pictured in a tropical setting with pith helmets & cloth caps in front of their billet the Middlesex regiment were involved in
WW1 British Military Binoculars & Case ( Both 1917 Dated ) Excellent condition set of the X6 magnification No.3 Mark 1 binoculars made by Aitchison of London & dated 1917 . Optics are perfect. Broad arrow mark to bottom end. Leather case is marked 'Case No.3 Prismatic Binoculars Aitchison & Co Ltd 1917 ' . There is an owners name of 'W.D.BAYNE' faintly visible stamped into the front of the lid. Carrying strap intact.
WW1 British Military Binoculars & Case 1918 Good condition WW1 service binoculars in brown leather issue case both dated 1918. Binoculars are made by 'W.Watson & Sons Ltd of London & are dated 1918. They also have the designation 'Binoculars Prismatic No3 (MK1)'. Optics are good with clear focussing & neck strap complete. Brown leatehr case has the designation 'Case No 3 Prismatic Binoculars' with the maker name of ' WH Whisson ' & the date 1918. WD broad arrow to front & complete with its original long shoulder strap intact. Carrying handle to top is unsually still in place although this has come away from its rivet on the underside of the lid visible upon close inspection. Two belt loops on rear of case. Overall excellent condition with light service use.
WW1 British Military Map , Belgium & France , February 1917 ( Sheet 28 Edition 3 ) Military issue map Sheet 28 , Edition 3 . Covering areas such as Poperinghe & Ypres. Dated February 1917.
WW1 British Military Police Service Whistle 1918 1918 dated service whistle with broad arrow marking & chain as worn by the Military Police. Hudson , Birmingham made.
WW1 British Military Saw 1917 Good example of the British WW1 issue saw used by various units for the cutting of timber invariably used in the construction of trench revetments & parapets. Metal extendable saw is broad arrow marked & made in Sheffield in 1917 & in good working order. Carrying case of brown leather is good & supple containing two wooden handles for each end of saw both correct & broad arrow marked. Metal tool marked to Newey is also present in its internal pouch. Front of case marked & dated 1918.
WW1 British Military Service Whistle 1915 WW1 British service whistle with 'J.Hudson' maker & clear 1915 date. Complete with original leather button strap that has what appears to be owners name & initials on it partially visible.
WW1 British Military Signalling Manual 1916 First World War army signalling manual first printed in June 1913 this edition printed in April 1916. Manual covers all related subjects such as morse code, semaphore, flag drill, duties of a signaller , despatch riding, map reading , cable telephone drill , cadet instruction & care of instruments such as signalling lamp, telescope , binoculars etc. 228 pages of text & diagrams in excellent condition.
WW1 British Military X6 Binoculars & Case 1912 ( No.3 Mk 1 ) An early pair of British military X6 binoculars both case & binocular dated 1912. Binoculars are marked 'Binocular Prismatic No.3 Mk1 Magnification X6' & made by Ross , London. Brown leather case has designation ' Case No.3 , Prismatic Binocular & is broad arrow marked to front. Officer named on the bottom of the case to a Major with some dryness to the leather which is certainly treatable.
WW1 British Mills Bomb Ashtray Souvenir A WW1 British Mills bomb souvenir made into an ashtray design with hinged top to the hollow bomb mounted onto a cigarette recessed base. On one side of the base is an inscription that reads ' Memento of the Great War actual hand grenade casting as used by the allies ' . The other side reads ' Regd. No 651542. 1915 ' . Interesting piece & typical of the war mementoes that could be found in homes during & after the first world war.
WW1 British Mk 1 1916 Brodie Helmet A superb untouched example of the Mk 1 1916 Brodie steel helmet with seperate folded rim & two part liner. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net with instruction label for headsize adjustment , also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1916 pattern as no rubber ring is present in the crown pad. There is some dryness to the leather with chinstrap in two due to this . Buckle intact. Overall a striking untouched helmet certainly indicative of the WW1 Tommy.
WW1 British Mk IX Trench Periscope 1917 FIne example of the popular First World War MK IX Trench Periscope with wooden handle & green painted metal fittings. Condition excellent with much finish remaining to handle & paintwork 98% intact.
WW1 British Mk IX Trench Periscope 1917 A very nice trench item of equipment being the MK IX periscope made by the famous optical maker R&J Beck Ltd. This is a difficult to find pre 1918 example with '1917' being clearly visible to its optic section. A hand held instrument the optics are still clear with lense adjustment focus in working order . Painted in dark green for field use with wooden screw on handle both in excellent undented condition.
WW1 British Mk IX Trench Periscope 1917 Dated Rare 1917 dated MkIX model of trench periscope one of the first of this type to be produced with most found being 1918 dated. Good clear optics & focussing compliment this piece with much of the original brown paint finish remaining to metal parts. By the optics maker R&J Beck Ltd the wood handle is removeable.
WW1 British Mk IX Trench Periscope 1918 A very nice trench item of equipment being the MK IX periscope made by the famous optical maker R&J Beck Ltd in 1918. A hand held instrument the lense adjustment focus is in working order . Excellent WW1 optic display piece.
WW1 British MK VI Webley Holster A private purchase brown leather holster for the Mk VI Webley revolver. Good condition with revolver picture in situ ( not included ) .
WW1 British Mk VII Compass & Case 1917 Nice clean MKVII compass with broad arrow & 1917 date to underside. Appears to be WW1 Indian issue with I under broad arrow marking. Hinge in good order. Brown leather case named to a British officer 'ROBERTS ' with broad arrow marking to front. Carry strap intact .
WW1 British MkII Daylight Signalling Lamp 1918 Rare 1918 dated MkII Daylight Signalling Lamp complete with the not often seen instruction manual , coloured lenses & ground mounting spike. Both hinged lids are intact .
WW1 British MkIII .303 Lee Enfield Rifle 1914 Rare 1914 dated Lee Enfield .303 MkIII bolt action rifle with all of its original woodwork , cut off plate & correct early round cocking piece. BSA ( British Small Arms ) marked to wrist strap with clear 1914 date the bolt action is in excellent order with cutoff plate intact. Profusely marked with various inspection stamps it is capable of being cocked & dryfired & comes with Home Office certification of deactivation.
WW1 British MkIII .303 SMLE Lee Enfield Rifle 1917 WW1 British MkIII .303 SMLE service rifle dated 1917. A very nice original example with BSA ( Birmingham Small Arms ) 1917 marked wrist strap & all of its original woodwork. Capable of being cocked & dryfired with removeable magazine & bolt. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British MkIX Trench Periscope 1918 A classic WW1 trench periscope this being the MkIV model dated 1918. Periscope has good clear optics & is marked to the well acknowledged optics maker R&J Beck. Original screw on wood handle intact.
WW1 British MkV Field Service Binoculars & Case 1916 First world war set of 'Mk V Medium' field binoculars with broad arrow to both extendable arms & also to extendable foul weather / anti glare sleeves. The Mk V was the standard service field glass which was made in three sizes, wide, medium & narrow...this refers to the distance between the eye pieces & was provided to suit different individuals. In good working order with clear lenses & no damage to ocular sleeves. Brown leather case is 1916 dated with broad arrow to front & maker name 'JB Brooks & Co Ltd' . Some dryness to shoulder strap although carry handle to top intact.
WW1 British MkVI Webley Service Revolver Holster 1914 A good condition 1914 dated brown leather British officers service revolver holster for wear with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Two belt loops to rear both with all stitching good. Overall appearance of a good WW1 service used piece. Maker marked to Hodson & Son , London.
WW1 British Mounted Corporal, Royal Artillery In Service Dress with '03 bandolier & puttees & clear Royal Artillery cap badge.
WW1 British Mounted Sergeant On Horse Photographed on his mount this sergeant has on his trench cap , SD tunic & puttees with military riding gear visible.
WW1 British Mounted Troops Haversack WW1 webbing haversack intended for wear by mounted troops with the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment during the first world war. In used condition with its correct 1908 pattern shoulder strap complete.
WW1 British Mounted Troops Haversack WW1 British mounted troops haversack for use with the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment . Used condition with some faint markings to top flap.
WW1 British Named Binocular Case , Royal Field Artillery A 1909 dated binocular case named to P.Fogarty who served with the 104th Brigade , Royal Field Artillery in France during WW1. Stamped into the front of the case are the store markings ' 104 RFA 732 ' . Ripe for further research a photocopy of his medal entitlement that came with the case is included.
WW1 British Named Officers Compass A named WW1 British officers compass in case to a member of the 1/24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's) formed in August 1914. They were stationed at Kennington Park Road as part of the 6th London brigade of the 2nd London Division & were later moved to St. Albans area. Case has name & markings with the regimental marking ' 1/24th BATT C COY ' . Compass is in excellent order maker marked to reverse 'J.LIZARS.GLASGOW.EDINBURGH' .
WW1 British National Registration Act Card & WW2 Identity Card One mans civilian documents being National Registration Act 1915 card dated 1915 & also his WW2 issue National Registration card dated 1943. Condition used.
WW1 British No. 89 Mk1 Sectioned Fuze A very rare No.89 Mk1 sectioned fuze in excellent condition. Inert & free from explosive. UK sales only.
WW1 British No.1 MkIII Lee Enfield Rifle 1915 A nice early WW1 dated British SMLE made by Enfield in 1915. Complete with cut off plate it has all of its original wood furniture & is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired. Also has correct SMLE magazine for this early war period. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 British No.1 MKIII SMLE Rifle 1915 A BSA ( Birmingham Small Arms ) made WW1 SMLE of the midwar period as issued to the British Tommy of WW1 . This example has attractive light patinated wooden furniture with clear 1915 date & BSA maker mark to wrist strap. Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired it comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British No.101 Mk II Factory Sectioned Fuze A rare example & in excellent condition.
WW1 British No.101 Fuze 1917 An excellent example dated 1917. Inert & free from explosive. UK sales only.
WW1 British No.14 Pitcher Grenade Body Painted white to indicate an instruction grenade with base stamped ' Pitcher Grenade Dummy ' .
WW1 British No.15 Sectioned Handgrenade An excellent instructional example becoming harder to find.
WW1 British No.16 Ball Grenade 1915 WW1 British No.16 grenade . Body marked TFB/15 . Excellent condition.
WW1 British No.23 Mk III Base Plug & Rod An excellent example.
WW1 British No.23 Mk1 Mills Bomb 1916 Fabulous example of the WW1 British Mills Bomb hand grenade with brass base cap dated 1916 & marked to H & TV for the firm H&T Vaughan of Willenhall, Staffordshire. The No.23 grenade was a variant that followed the No.5 .
WW1 British No.25 Trench Periscope & Leather Case 1918 A classic WW1 trench periscope this being the No.25 model coming complete with its quality brown leather carrying case. Periscope has good clear optics with graticuling still visible upon focussing. The well acknowledged maker nomenclature of R&J Beck is visible to scope with the date 1918. The War Department Broad arrow mark is visible to scope & also to its original screw on wood handle. Leather case inner is lined in high quality purple velvet padding with all buckle straps in remarkably good condition. There is also a belt loop to rear as well as the housing compartment for the wood handle when not in use. Overall a superb condition set & a fine addition to any WW1 trench equipment collection.
WW1 British No.25 Trench Periscope 1918 No.25 X6 Trench Periscope of the WW1 period with original wooden handle. In excellent order with most of its original green paint remaining.
WW1 British No.28 Mk1 Gas Grenade Rare example of the No.28 Mk1 gas grenade.
WW1 British No.30 Trench Periscope 1917 Superb example of the No.30 Trench periscope manufactured by Adams & Co in 1917. One of the rarer trench scopes from WW1, these were used by spotters and snipers in front line areas. The large tubular metal body is painted in a green finish & is in excellent hardly used condition still with its Adams & Co 1917 paper label intact & completey discernable on front. On the label are instructions for use and the nomenclature 'Periscope No.30 Adams & Co., 1917' . Complete with the optics are the two disc covers to be placed over the large bottom view point one with a hole in to prevent any broken glass from inside the periscope damaging the users eyes. Faint black WD broad arrow stamp to front. Khaki carrying bag is used but good with carrying strap in good order. Buckle & strap are not present to flap however the black ink stamped War Department broad arrow denotes an issue item on a unit rather than individual level. There is a dent to front area with two small paint chips however this does not detract from what is a rare trench optic seldom seen outside of regimental museums & long established collections.
WW1 British No.36 Grenade Gas Check , January 1918 No.36 grenade gas check marked 'W&Co 1/18 ' .
WW1 British No.36 Mills Bomb Money Box , Matching Parts 1917 WW1 British No.36 Mills bomb made into a money box with no internal parts. Base plug & body matching maker marked 'JMD & SL 1917 ' .
WW1 British No.5 Mills Bomb A 1916 dated example of the No.5 Mills Bomb . Some age in places but overall very good.
WW1 British No.5 Mills Bomb 1915 An excellent inert example of the No.5 Mills bomb with brass base plug marked 'D.F.Co ' & dated '12/15 ' . Classic WW1 British handgrenade.
WW1 British No.5 Mills Bomb Money Box WW1 British No.5 Mills bomb made into a money box. Souvenir piece with removeable cap to bottom & coin slit to side.
WW1 British No.5 Mk1 Mills Bomb 1915 Excellent example being September 1915 dated. UK sales only.
WW1 British No.5 Mk1 Mills Bomb 1916 WW1 British Mills grenade with original brass screw cap giving designation & Mills pattern No5 Mk1 . Date on screw cap is '7/16'. A refinished example & a nice display piece.
WW1 British No.80 Mk VII Fuze 1917 An excellent example dated '4/17' .
WW1 British No.I MkIII Lee Enfield Rifle 1915 ( BSA ) A very good BSA (British Small Arms ) made 1915 dated example of the early Mk III Lee Enfield rifle with brass buttplate & correct seldom encountered WW1 round cocking piece. Wood has a desirable dark finish with metal parts having not suffered any damage or corrosion. Good smooth bolt action. Certificate of deactivation supplied . Uk sale only.
WW1 British No1 Mk III Lee Enfield Rifle 1916 The classic .303 British infantry rifle of World War One the SMLE No1 Mk III as used in the Trenches by the British Tommy. Overall an original early example by LSA with date 1916. Bolt has been replaced as rifle has been DP used ( DP stamped ) this example having the cut off plate as is typical of an SMLE of this period. Small area of woodwork behind bolt is chipped with wood housing on barrel topside slightly misplaced where it has been off for deactivation. As an example of the WW1 SMLE rifle this is a good 1916 originating piece with early features such as the cut off plate & original brass disc to butt. Deactivated according to Home Office specifications with Proof House certificate provided.
WW1 British No1 Mk III SMLE Rifle , Cut Off Plate & Volley Sights 1913 A classic example of the early WW1 British service rifle made by Enfield in 1913 & with magazine cut off plate , volley sight & sighting arm . With totally original woodwork of the period it also has the correct round cocking piece used up to the mid WW1 period. Stock has brass butt disc & there are three sling swivels stil present . Most on the market today are later refurbishments however this is a correct pre war example as would have been used by the 'Old Contemptibles' in 1914. Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired it comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British O/S Map Of France , April 1917 April 1917 dated map 'France' & of areas such as Beaumont-Hamel , Pozieres, Doullens, Bouzincourt, Talmas, Beauval, & Authie . In good condition.
WW1 British O/S Map Of France, March 1917 March 1917 dated British map ' France ' covering such areas as Beaumetz, Haplincourt , Metz , Bourlon, Courcelles , Bapaume & Longueval. In good condition.
WW1 British Officer 'Loft Found ' Sam Browne Belt Set A WW1 dated British officers Sam Browne belt set from the midwar period totally as found from the one man & unaltered since the end of WW1. Set comprises the following with dates where legible: Pistol holster 1917 Pistol ammunition pouch 1917 Sword Frog ( Faint ) Hilt retaining strap 1916 Belt 1916 Shoulder strap pair 1916 ( One dated ) I have left this set as it was found with some very minor dryness to the leather from prolonged storage . An untouched true 'sleeper' in every sense of the expression.
WW1 British Officer Breeches 1914 Private purchase British officers breeches tailor name tagged to a major & dated 1914. Classic quality whipcord construction by Hawkes & Co of Saville Row with Hawkes tailor buttons throughout . Only some very minor wear with no moth.
WW1 British Officer Burberry Trench Coat Cold Weather Lining 1916 Scarce private purchase cold weather lining for the British officers much favoured Burberry Trench coat. Full length blanket material garment with button holes for buttoning to the inside of the coat. Some moth generally & staining to right side . Inside collar area bears ink stamp denoting manufacturer ' JAMES & SON ' & date 1916. Burberry Trench coats were a popular item specifically designed by Burberry for military use much favouring the trench conditions in which alot of men were fighting. These 'inners' were manufactured as a standard to be used in extreme cold weather conditions.
WW1 British Officer Dorset Regiment Photograph Early to midwar period cuff ranked shot of Dorset regiment Major . Taken at a studio in Richmond Surrey.
WW1 British Officer Haversack Private purchase British officer haversack in tan canvas & with reinforced leather bottom typical of that worn with the Sam Browne leather equipment. Complete with brass buckled shoulder strap & in good used condition.
WW1 British Officer Map Case & Trench Map 1918 Brown leather large map case for use by British field officers made by J.MFG Co in 1918. Some other possibly unit markings to leather with carrying handle to reverse & brass D rings for a shoulder strap. Inside the case is a Trench Map of Ayette dated March 21st 1918 showing ' Trenches,Huts & Railways in German Lines ' as well as suspected troop positions in situ. Overall excellent used condition classic WW1 officers piece.
WW1 British Officer Marching Compass & Case WW1 British officers marching compass in private purchase brown leather case in keeping with the Sam Browne officers equipment set . Compass made by Barker, broad arrow marked & dated 1918.
WW1 British Officer MC Winner Uniform Grouping A rare & historic uniform grouping to a British First World War Military Cross winner of the 7th Battalion , The Wiltshire regiment. Major H.Wayland saw much action with the battalion which left for France on 22nd September 1915. Being heavily engaged against enemy forces after being deployed in Salonika Captain H. Wayland ( A Coy ) is listed as wounded on Wednesday 25th April 1917 in an attack on enemy positions where 2 officers & 7 Other Ranks were killed. On 6th July 1917 Major Wayland was invalided back to England due to his injuries where on 1st January 1918 he was awarded the MIlitary Cross. On 23rd January 1918 he is also listed as having been Mentioned in Despatches. In this group is his field worn high quality officers four pocket tunic field modified from a cuff rank to a shoulder rank often done to minimise the snipers targeting officers in the field the cuff ranks being easier to spot. There is a slight change in shade to the cuff mitres that may also indicate the change to shoulder rank upon his promotion to Major thereby negating the need to change the Captains cuff rank to that of a Major. There is no evidence of any other insignia other than the early correct cuff rank style Crown to the eppaulette. All matching Wiltshires buttons & collars are present with blue 26th Division battle insignia tabs to each shoulder. Also present are a wound stripe & overseas stripes to each sleeve respectively most certainly pertinent to this officers active service. Medal ribbons of Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal with Oakleaves present on left breast. Named to Capt. Wayland & dated 1916 on inside tailors nametag Accompanying the tunic is a nicely worn ' Gor Blimey ' trench cap with quilted liner to crown & neck curtain to rear. Matching Sam Browne completes the set which will come with some initial research on the officer & his Battalion. Dug in around the towns of Albert & Meaulte the Division ( 7th Wilts were part of the 79th Brigade of the 26th Division ) became experienced in Trench Warfare before being redeployed to Salonika , arriving on the 21st November 1915. Following a period of digging in & preparation the Wiltshires entered the frontline on 30th July 1916 relieving French troops. With the pushing forward of the frontline they found themselves in positions overlooking Lake Doiran & very much entrenched on the Doiran frontline. Characterized by trench warfare similar to that of the Western Front they were launched into heavy action during the battles for Doiran seeing much action against the Bulgarians , Turks & Austrians where the Battalions losses were heavy. Moved back to a training camp on the 3rd July 1917 this was the first time they had moved out of the shell area since coming up the line at the end of July 1916. Going back into a quieter sector in August they were eventually moved back to France in June 1918 before joining the attack on the Hindenburg Line on 3rd October.
WW1 British Officer Named Compass & Khaki Cover A British officer named WW1 marching compass in its brown leather case & with the not often seen khaki canvas cover . No maker markings to case or compass however the owners name & regiment of ' A.Waters Wells, Middlesex Regiment ' appears to reverse of compass. One small internal knock under glass face of compass.
WW1 British Officer Named Group Of Four Trench Maps
WW1 British Officer Named Trench Map With Trenches & Positions Drawn On Map British Captain Named 1916 dated Trench Map in 1/20000 scale of the North Flanders area with hand drawn German trench positions in red pencil as well as other handwritten notes such as a wooded area being marked 'TANKS' & also many blue pencil marked areas of interest.. One area is marked '51st DAC' being the 51st Divisional Ammunition Column with other blue pencil marked places of interest indicated at Joffre Farm, Iron Cross, Rudolphe Farm, St.Julien, Irish Farm, La Brique & 'Dirty Bucket Corner' at one crossroads. . The map covers some very well known areas in the North Flanders area such as Ypres, Boesinghe , Vlamertinghe , Poperinghe & Peselhoek . Captain Strafford Byng-Maddick served with the Royal Army Service Corps & ended the war as a major.
WW1 British Officer of The Green Howards Portrait Photograph A studio photograph of a British officer of the Green Howards ( Alexandra Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment ) Uniform & cap are typical of the WW1 period with worsted rank pips to tunic & a woollen cardigan visibly being worn underneath which is typical of the era when service dress tunics were worn in the field by all officers. Card & paper backing with fin stand for shelf display.
WW1 British Officer Orilux Torch A very good example of the British officers private purchase Orilux torch which was worn by officers in the trenches as part of their Sam Browne equipment set. This is a very good example contained within its brown leather case & with Orilux, Strand maker plate to top of piece. Torch has all of its covering still intact with plating remaining tio metal surfaces. No chips to bulb. Case has no damage or dryness.
WW1 British Officer Orilux Torch & Case Classic British Officer Orilux Torch carried as part of the Sam Browne equipment set in its brown leather belt looped case. Torch has London maker plate to JH Steward of The Strand. Leatherette covering in very good order with no damage to case.
WW1 British Officer Paperwork Group Ephemera group to a First World War Cavalry officer comprised of photographs, military manuals etc. Several of the books are named to a man named Alan Leonard with all photographs apparently being of the one officer. A large portrait picture of the officer as a second lieutenant weraing uniform & Sam Browne is signed by a Cedric Briggs & dated 1918. An Army Field Service Note Book dated 1917 interestingly contains many handwritten notes on the use of Cavalry in 'modern' warfare as well as notes on the use of the Mills Bomb, Defensive Positions & the feeding of horses. A typed memo dated 1917 from the First Army Corps gives new orders on the use of bombs (handheld) due to accidents happening during Bombing practices. There is also a Training pamphlet entitled ' Physical Training & Bayonet Fighting Lessons ' as well as a manual dated 1915 entitled ' Notes on Map Reading '. A postcard book of the Versailles & Trianons area gives some good prewar shots of the area. Certainly worthy of some research this an interesting group of items to the one WW1 officer.
WW1 British Officer Photograph 1915 Good portrait sized photograph of a WW1 British officer from Brigade of Guards wearing cuff rank tunic & Sam Browne signed with name & date 8/10/15 on front.
WW1 British Officer Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1915 Rare 1915 dated brown leather pistol ammunition pouch. Broad arrow marked & in excellent condition. Very hard to fine dated examples.
WW1 British Officer Pistol Holster 1917 Brown leather pistol holster for the MkVI revolver . 1917 dated with belt securement hook to rear.
WW1 British Officer Pistol Holster 1917 A first world war British pistol holster of the type used for the Mk VI .455 revolver . Dated 1917 it is intended for wear on the Sam Browne belt & has retention hook which would secure it into one of the three holes found only on belts from this first world war period. A holster that has seen service with some hardness & stitching minus to front lengthways seam .
WW1 British Officer Private Purchase Compass & Case A prewar marching compass coming in its original belt looped leather case & an example of the many items of equipment available for the officer to buy at this time.
WW1 British Officer Private Purchase Mapcase A nice example of a WW1 British mapcase in tan canvas as was purchased by commissioned officers as part of their Sam Browne equipment sets. With brown pop stud closures there is a large fold out rain protected window on the inside for map reading with a seperate compartment at the rear for pencils & the usual map reading paraphernalia. Brown leather carrying strap intact with owners name 'EC ROBSON' to inside quite possibly lending itself to research.
WW1 British Officer Private Purchase Waterbottle Private purchase British officers waterbottle for use with the Sam Browne Equipment set. Bottle appears to be with silver plate & of the flat back variety , features that were much favoured by officers of the period. Brown leather cradle intact & complete with its brass hooked carrying strap. Named to shoulder strap 'WJ CROWE' .
WW1 British Officer Puttees A private purchase pair of puttees with leather reinforced ends & good quality green/tan canvas binding. Used condition.
WW1 British Officer Studio Photograph 1917 WW1 1917 dated photograph of officer wearing SD tunic, riding breeches etc. Studio portrait Postcard format.
WW1 British Officer Waterbottle For use with the private purchase Sam Browne officers equipment this is oine of the standard variations that could be purchased for wear in the field. Brown leather cradle has brass attachment clips for wear with shoulder strap as here or slung from the belt on support hooks. A very good example.
WW1 British Officers Mapcase Webbing private purchase mapcase typically seen in use by British officers. Snap fastener closures with various pockets & document compartments . Used condition with corner where shoulder strap joins the main body rather frayed.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are manufactured by Watson & Sons & have the War Department broad arrow on one of the extendable rain shields. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body one of which has its stitching undone at its central seam. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1918. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckles to sides. Overall fine example.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case 1916 An excellent condition set of field binoculars in their 1916 dated case marked 'Case No.2 Prismatic Binocular' with war department broad arrow to front. Binoculars are excellent with good optics & 'Stereo Prismatic 8x30' to left shoulder . 'Army Pattern 3' to right. No damage or dryness to case with shoulder strap intact.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . One neck bears the markings 'MkV.SPL 39016'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. Both lenses are excellent. Brown leather case is complete with its top strap which is intact & undamaged. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'J.CRIPPS 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid with the WD broad arrow visible on the front of the case. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a unit name written in pen that has been crossed out & may be dechipherable upon close inspection . Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with leather overall remaining in excellent condition. Classic British Officers Trench Item.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1916 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris maker made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1916. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typicla of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of WW1 trench binoculars.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1917 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck with Paris maker to eyepieces. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good with extendable lens shields at ends. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name J.Cripps impressed to lid & date 1917. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typical of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of the WW1 trench binocular.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1918 Clean set of the x6 officers field service binculars made by Kershaw & Son Ltd of Leeds & profusely marked with the broad arrow stamp of the War Department. Good optics with working focus the binoculars come with their original neck strap & brown leather case which is in excellent condition with broad arrow stamps to front & top & belt loops to rear. Markings on top of case have the lettering 'D Coy' faintly written on denoting for D Company stores & also the designation & date 1918. Carrying strap is shortened for hand use but there is no damage to stitching or dryness to leather. One of the detachable eyepieces has a small chip through wear. Overall good early set.
WW1 British Officers Boots Early pair of brown leather British privately purchased officers boots with 13 pairs of hook & eye fastenings to upper front & laceholes to lowers. Maker marked on inside top edge to 'J.Denn of Aldershot' a tailor not surprisingly based in the main military Garrison town of Aldershot , home to the British army. Soles are of leather with some later replacement & glue repair to heels & also reinforced toecaps synonymous with the British officer boot style of the period. Two hooks minus to right boot through wear & lace keeper to top edge having a few stitches away at top. Good period pair of WW1 Officer boots.
WW1 British Officers Brodie Helmet With Private Purchase Liner Brodie helmets worn by officers were often fitted with a privately purchased liner this being such an example. The helmet shell is typically of issue standard with a dark matt black paint colour to the exterior & brim underside. The factory applied brown paint can be seen in places to the shells interior however the darker finish shows age that would suggest it having been applied the same time as the liner & purely down to the wearers preference . Of a champagne coloured soft silk type material the liner is very well made & shows even wear commensurate with actual service use. Shell marked HH/O 174 denoting the manufacturer & steel supplier Harrison Bros & Howson /Osborn who came under the organisation of the Sheffield Munitions Committee. Chinstrap detached at one end .
WW1 British Officers Compass Named To 4th Royal Scots Fusiliers & 1915 Dated. A 1915 dated Mk VII Verners compass in its leather 1916 dated case both named to Lieutenant DB Gardiner of the 4th Royal Scots Fusiliers. Rear of compass is marked 'ED KOEHNGENEVA SWITZERLAND No 16646 & dated 1915 ' . Case maker marked & dated ' LF&Co 1915 ' . Both in good used condition , the compass aooears to be in working order although this is not guaranteed.
WW1 British Officers Cuff Rank Sleeves Very nice pair of sleeve cuffs cut from a WW1 officers tunic bearing the rank of Major. Both cuffs bear worsted braid & a crown along with one wound stripe & two blue overseas chevrons in worsted embroidery. . Wound stripes were introduced in 1916 & the service chevrons in January 1918. The two blue chevrons here indicate that the officer earned them after 1st January 1915 serving 24 successive aggregate months overseas. Looking at this unique pair all over they have been cut from a well worn Officers Service Jacket so may well have seen the trenches of the First World War.
WW1 British Officers Double Strap Sam Browne Set Good condition mid brown leather WW1 officers Sam Browne set with double strap system designed in pre WW1 days to enable the carriage of more field gear on the belt & thus much favoured in WW1 for this reason. Belt is good size with some maker initials on one end , all metal fittings are in brass. Slight tear to one strap end at rear, otherwise excellent. Nice piece of WW1 Officers trench kit.
WW1 British Officers Gunnery Instrument Measure 1910 Interesting piece of pre WW1 dated officers kit being an instrument that measures 'Drop Short' distances by use of a close optic which gauges a measure when looked through. Maker marked to Short & Mason , London on its front with the date 1910 & a WD broad arrow it is complete with its leather case which is in excellent condition & laso bearing the date 1910 with broad arrow & 'MK1' to front.
WW1 British Officers Haversack Strap A British officers haversack strap such as would be used with the private purchase bags worn as part of the Sam Browne belt equipment.
WW1 British Officers High Leg Field Boots Good quality brown leather British officers boots in excellent condition with leather soles & front lace eyelets ( One boot lace still present). Much favoured by officers of the era for wear in muddy conditions these boots were privately purchased hence their often high quality craftsmanship. Coming complete with their patented three piece wooden tree system in each boot these have a metal ring in the top of each middle section to facilitate adjustment. Excellent condition overall.
WW1 British Officers Holster Strap Brown leather early shoulder strap with six cartridge loops for carriage of extra ammunition. Brass buckle & loop system for attachment to D rings. A scarce item of pre WW1 officers equipment.
WW1 British Officers Lightweight Hat Nice example - these were not an official pattern but more of a utilitarian interpretation of permissible regulations. These were all private purchase and most uniform outfitters offered them in a variety of materials for different climates. It is interesting that yours has a grommetted cloth chinstrap versus a leather one. this cloth strap style is typically found on the 'gor blimey' with the rolled neck flap incorporated into the back of the sweatband. Originally they were intended for cold and wet weather in France but the neck flap was an obvious hot climate adaptation to keep weather off your neck.
WW1 British Officers Map case Private purchase British Officers map case of the WW1 period being in tan canvas with brown leather shoulder strap on a central brass carbine hook. Named to interior ' MAJOR BA WATTS ' . Pop stud fastening to the mapcase which folds out into compartments for map storage. Good WW1 piece with overall service use.
WW1 British Officers map case & 1914 Map of France WW1 British Officers private purchase mapcase used in conjunction with the Sam Browne set & dated 1918. Complete with a 1914 dated map of the Amiens area of France. Mapcase is a typical private purchase item as was the case with officers whose responsibility it was to buy their own equipment. This example is made with a brown leather body & a tinted plastic front into which the map would be placed. The flap is closed with two brass press studs. Reverse of the case has two brass D rings for a carrying strap & the markings 'JB BROOKS & Co LTD 1918'. Map is a 1: 250,000 scale of France & shows the French Coast of Etaples down to Le Havre & also inland many well known places as well as Amiens. Overall interesting British officer accoutrement from WW1.
WW1 British Officers Mapcase Private purchase officers mapcase from the WW1 period in tan canvas with dark brown carrying strap & brass fastening clip. Internal compartments are present for stowage of pencils & related items , closure by pop studs. Excellent condition piece.
WW1 British Officers Mapcase ( Private Purchase ) Brown canvas & leather private purchase mapcase with pencil compartments to the front covered by a flap which opens out to facilitate a cellophaned map holder . Still complete & intact is the leather shoulder strap which is secured to the case by a carbine type clip. Typical officers item of the First World War period worn in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt set. Condition excellent.
WW1 British Officers MKVI Pistol Holster Dated 1915 Very nice condition brown leather pistol holster with hook securement tab & stud for use in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt & most likely intended for the MKVI Webley revolver. All metal fittings are in brass with the maker name of ' E. Hawley & Co, 1915, Walsall' on the back with the date 1915. There are also the officers initials of ' J.M.' on the belt tab.
WW1 British Officers MKVI Webley Holster An excellent representation of one of many patterns of the British service revolver holster as purchased by officers in the First World War. Intended to be worn with the Sam Browne equipment set this example is of the closed flap type with belt slide on the back & buckles for attachment of the shoulder strap. In good quality brown leather the maker markings of 'T.Thomasson & Co 1917' are present on the main body of the holster. Interestingly on the underside of the flap can be seen a broad arrow marking with two illegible numbers or letters underneath. Attached to the two buckles on the back of the holster are two buckled belt strap loops to facilitate hanging from the belt, they would also fit a 1908 pattern belt which was worn in action by some officers according to his preference at the time.
WW1 British officers MKVI Webley Holster 1917 Dated Excellent example of the WW1 British officers service revolver holster intended for the MK VI .455 Webley. Leather has good polished finish with maker mark to Thomasson & date 1917. All brass fittings intact.
WW1 British Officers Orilux Torch British officers private purchase Orilux torch which was worn by officers in the trenches as part of their Sam Browne equipment set. This example has Orilux , Strand maker plate to top & much of its plating remaining. Leatherette covering is aged with with some holes & a tear to right side . Leather case is supple with no damage .
WW1 British Officers Orilux Torch A very good example of the British officers private purchase Orilux torch which was worn by officers in the trenches as part of their Sam Browne equipment set. This is a very good example contained within its brown leather case & with Orilux, Strand maker plate to top of piece. Torch has all of its covering still intact with plating remaining to metal surfaces. Some of the usual slight wear & tear to front of torch leatherette casing however otherwise sound. Case has no damage or dryness.
WW1 British Officers Orilux Torch & Case A near mint condition example with case still containing spare bulb. Torch has brown paint finish.
WW1 British Officers Orilux Trench Torch & Pouch Brown leather private purchase Orilux Trench Torch as worn by officers as part of their Sam Browne equipment in the trenches of WW1. Orilux torch in generally good condition with some age as to be expected from a used WW1 piece such as this & Orilux maker name & London Strand address to top. Brown leather pouch is overall good with some dryness to hinge strap where delicate requiring extra care when handling. Belt loops at rear good.
WW1 British Officers Pistol Ammunition Pouch Private purchase pistol ammunition pouch for wear by officers with the Sam Browne belt set. In good condition with the earlier two eyehole securement strap the maker name of 'HARRODS' can be faintly seen on the reverse.
WW1 British Officers Pistol Holster Brown leather pistol holster for the officers Sam Browne belt kit. WW1 period .
WW1 British Officers Pistol Holster Brown leather pistol holster of the WW1 period with hook to rear for securement to Sam Browne belt. Good used condition.
WW1 British Officers Pistol Holster 1917 Dated Classic example of the First World War British officers pistol holster for the Mk VI .455 Webley service revolver. In all brown leather the holster has Sam Browne belt securement hook for use with the holster eyeholes on the belt & the maker mark of 'RW STIBY' & the date 1917. Unit initials 'DWY' to inside of flap.
WW1 British Officers Pocket Compass (Terrasse.W.Co ) WW1 British Officers pocket compass made under contract for the British government in World War One by several different manufacturers this example by the rare maker 'Terrasse.W.Co'. A used example much of the external nickle plating has worn off although compass is in full working order with bevelled glass dry card design. Hinge mechanism to lid is still in good order with the wording ' Terrasse W.Co VI 32783' & the date 1918 & war department broad arrow to its outer side.
WW1 British Officers Private Purchase Knife & Fork Set WW1 British officers private purchase knife & spoon set in canvas khaki case. Patent number to rear of spoon with NS maker initials on both. Khaki case has popper fronted closure with belt loop to rear.
WW1 British Officers Private Purchase Shaving Mirror Classic British officers private purchase item being a brown leather bound shaving mirror with maker stamp to reverse. In heavy most likely metal backed glass & thick layered leather this is as an item made to withstand harsh trench life & is in excellent condition.
WW1 British Officers Private Purchase Trench Torch & Case An excellent example of the private purchase 'Orilux' type trench torch as purchased by officers for the Sam Browne belt kit worn on active service throughout WW1. Torch has brown paint to metal fittings with brown composite covering to body & unscrewable lens cover. Brown leather case is in superb near mint condition with side opening top flap & belt loops to rear. All leather is good & supple with no damage & the spare bulb is still contained wrapped in tissue within a special wooden compartment mounted into the underside of the top flap. An overall excellent example rarely encountered in such condition.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne 1917 Dated Excellent condition brown leather Sam Browne belt & strap. Belt has four buckles for double strap arrangement commonly worn by officers in the First World War to help distribute weight of carried items. Both strap & belt are clearly dated 1917 overall length of belt being 117 cm.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Belt An excellent representative example of a mid to late First World War Sam Browne belt with the rarer feature of three eyelets pierced to the officers right of the buckle to accept the holster with the hook to alleviate slipping in mid brown vegetable tanned leather. Belt is well used but no brittleness or powdering to leather.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Belt & Strap Set Mid brown leather First World War Sam Browne & shoulder strap with brass fittings. Overall excellent condition with only some limited dryness to buckle prong area on strap that is hardly noticeable. Would soften up with hide food. Good early example.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Equipment Hangers Equipment hangers for the officers Same Browne set in excellent condition.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Equipment Pistol Ammunition Pouch Excellent brown leather pistol ammunition pouch for use on the officers Sam Browne belt , all supple with no damage to leather , brass stud for fastening.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Haversack Scarce British Officers haversack for the Sam Browne equipment set being initialled to an officer from the 5th Prince Of Wales Volunteers ' D.V.P. 5 P.W.V ' Multiple canvas & leather construction with one large outside compartment to the rear & three compartments internally. Shoulder strap complete. Excellent condition piece.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Haversack Very nice example of the WW1 British officers haversack to be worn with the Sam Browne equipment set. A mixture of tan canvas & leather it has brass fastening hooks for shoulder strap & is in overall good used condition.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Haversack A classic British officers haversack for use with the Sam Browne equipment. In heavy duty canvas & leather it comes complete with its original WW1 shoulder strap. With some interesting markings to the flaps underside , the broad arrow & 'US' indicate it was one of those intended to be sent to America via an agreement with Britain & the US. Fastening strap to front is undamaged & usable , some dryness to lower leather portion.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Pistol Ammunition Pouch Brown leather pistol ammunition pouch for the Officers Sam Browne belt set with early two holed brass studded fastening strap at front. Single belt slide to rear. Condition excellent with no dryness or damage.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Pistol Ammunition Pouch Brown leather pistol ammunition pouch with brass stud front fastening & belt loop to rear. Excellent supple leather with no damage.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Set Complete WW1 officers Sam Browne as used in the trenches in many different configurations this set comprising the belt, Webley holster, pistol ammunition pouch, sword frog & cross strap. All pieces are in good matching brown leather ( holster slightly darker as normal ) with holster being London manufacturer marked on its rear & in the early hook & eye to belt securement system. Overall condition is supple & excellent.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Sword Frog Early WW1 British officers brown leather sword hanger with brass buckled hanging straps complete. In excellent condition with good supple leather.
WW1 British Officers Sam Browne Sword Frog Dark brown leather Sam Browne sword frog with some minor dryness to leather in places.
WW1 British Officers Sword Frog & Sword Hilt Strap Sword frog from the WW1 period & for use with the Sam Browne belt equipment . Comes complete with its sword hilt steadying strap which was effectively obsolete by 1929 with the lesser use of swords being worn into action.
WW1 British Officers Trench Lamp Private purchase item for the WW1 Officers Sam browne set being the Trench Lamp this one being made by 'Thos White & Co Ltd' of Aldershot. Many different makers existed, this example has the typical leatherette cover to body with tin caps on each end that are removable for inserting battery etc. Cover to body is cracked & dry in places, lens cap still unscrews off to show choice of rotating red or clear lense behind.
WW1 British Officers Waterbottle WW1 British officers waterbottle instantly recognisable as one of several recorded patterns with aluminium fittings . Felt is in good order with leather carry strap undamaged.
WW1 British Officers Waterbottle, 1914 Date Private purchase British Officers waterbottle & brown leather carrier dated 1914 in the 1903 pattern with higher quality brass clips on the side for a shoulder strap & khaki felt covered blue enamelled bottle. Overall in excellent condition bottom of leather cradle has maker stamp of ' Y & A ' & hard to find early date of 1914 .
WW1 British Officers Webley Revolver Holster 1917 Classic revolver holster for the British officers Sam Browne set with securement hook for the eyelets in the Sam Browne belt on reverse & belt loop. In sturdy brown leather the covering flap is shut with a brass stud & strap. Maker to top of body under flap of ' Thomasson & Co' & date 1917. Overall excellent polished condition brown leather with no dryness or cracking.
WW1 British Officers Webley Revolver Holster 1917 Dated Classic revolver holster for the British officers Sam Browne set with securement hook for the eyelets in the Sam Browne belt on reverse & belt loop. In sturdy brown leather the covering flap is shut with a brass stud & strap. Maker to top of body under flap of ' Thomasson & Co' & date 1917. Overall condition leather with no dryness or cracking.
WW1 British Officers Whipcord Breeches A pair of WW1 British officers ' Knickerbocker ' type breeches in the favoured whipcord of the period extending down to the ankles with lace fastening at the cuff. Worn with the service dress the lack of reinforcement around the inside of the legs & seat would indicate wear by a non mounted officer. Waist buttons are in pairs ( midwar onwards ) with the tailor name E.Barnes & Sons Ltd , Bournemouth to each. Interior waistband has a quality striped silk lining to its top edge with sturdy off white & khaki cotton drill used for the pockets. It is of note that a small amount of the very early khaki glazed cotton lining has been used at the rear of the waist section . There are , of course , a couple of small areas of moth repair noticeable only upon close inspection as well as a spattering of moth holes to the front top of right side which would be covered by the skirt of the service dress tunic when displayed. Waist measures an approx 37 inches with inside leg an approx 22 inches.
WW1 British P13 Bayonet Excellent example of the Pattern 1913 bayonet intended for use with the WW1 P14 rifle but made in the US & primarily used in the training role & by British Home Guard units in WW2. This piece has the 1913 pattern date to blade with inspection marking date of what is most likely to be September 1917 the second number being partially illegible. Manufactured by REMINGTON as denoted by the round logo below the date their are crossed out British markings to the other side of blade with US designation. Scabbard has integral US belt hooks to rear with brown leather frog indicating Home Guard use in WW2. Blade is clean & excellent with no rust or damage & only minor age to other metal surfaces. Scabbard excellent & undamaged. Good walnut grips having no damage .
WW1 British P13 Bayonet & Scabbard , ( Scarce Winchester Maker 1916 ) Rare example of a Winchester produced P13 bayonet in excellent condition with December 1916 date . The historical P13 bayonet was , of course, designed for what was to become the P14 rifle the vast majority being produced by the US firm Remington between 1916 & 1917. This example is by Winchester who only made 225,000 compared to Remingtons output of 1,243,000. Rarely seen by this maker, it is in excellent condition with undamaged walnut grips & a clean finish to metal surfaces. Some typical age spotting to blade. Scabbard good with ordnance markings to reverse.
WW1 British P13 Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 A Remington made P13 bayonet & scabbard made in the US for the British issue P14 rifle . Ricasso shows pattern date of 1913 with issue date of ' 2 17 ' for February 1917 . Scabbard marked with a 'W' for the firm Winchester . Overall good used condition .
WW1 British P13 Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog 1916 Sound example of the British issue 1913 pattern bayonet designed for the P14 rifle & made by the American firm Remington in May 1916. The bayonet was actually accepted for service in 1913 whereas the rifle not until 1914 hence the confusion over the preceding pattern dates! This example is in overall good condition with what is believed to be a Home Guard marking to pommel of 'X.J 196' . Pattern date of 1913 to be clearly seen on ricasso with date of manufacture '5 16' . Broad arrow acceptance markings to reverse. There is a good finish to metal surfaces with no unsightly damage to blade . Black leather scabbard also shows British ordnance markings but is made again by Remington as denoted by the initials 'RE' on the chape. Brown leather frog is that of a 1939 pattern Home Guard issue with broad arrow & number to reverse. Overall in good used condition & an interesting marked example.
WW1 British P13/P17 Reissue Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 WW1 British P13 bayonet made by Remington in September 1917 with the later addition of a P17 US scabbard for issue to US troops as the P17 pattern. Cancelled British inspection markings to one side of ricasso with US markings to other. US green leather scabbard with US belt hook fitting to throat. Undamaged wooden grips with clean blade, hilt & pommel.
WW1 British P13/P17 Reissue Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog Excellent example of the P13 bayonet for the P14 rifle having been later reissued as the P17 for use by the US with the addition of a P17 scabbard. Remington marked to ricasso with date September 1917 & cancelled earlier British markings to obverse side. A 1939 pattern 1940 dated frog has been later added indicating Home Guard use with black paint having been applied to metal surfaces on bayonet & scabbard ( other than blade ) . Good undamaged wooden grips. Overall excellent clean example.
WW1 British P14 Bolt Action Rifle A Winchester produced P14 rifle from the first world war period with original brass butt disc & still having volley sight base to stock. An attractive patina exists to woodwork with much original blueing remaining to metal parts. Capable of being cocked & dryfired. A well used piece with a couple of knocks & chips to the wood in places , very small part of barrel exposed near receiver, see picture. Certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only
WW1 British P14 Rifle A very clean example of the British service P14 rifle. An advanced design of its time the P14 rifle was used by British troops in the first world war & later by Home Guard units in the second. This is an 'ERA' maker marked example for the firm 'Eddystone Remington Arms' & has British proof marks & war department broad arrow to left side of receiver. With a very smooth bolt action & undamaged wooden furniture it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British P14 Rifle A P14 rifle made by Winchester but having some components missing ( Price reflected ) . As can be seen from the pictures it is minus all sights although sight ears are present at rear. It still has working bolt action so can be cocked & dry fired . One screw at magazine plate appears to be a replacement. Comes with H.O certificate of deactivation.
WW1 British P14 Rifle With Volley Sights A very nice example of the British .303 P14 service rifle still complete with its now very rare early peep sight arm & dial volley sight. Most P14 rifles were refurbished with these WW1 components being removed for reissue & thus are most often not still present. Made by Remington as denoted by the 'RE' marking on the receiver it has brass butt disc to wood & a very attractive wood sheen remaining overall. . Capable of being cocked & dryfired with a very good mechanical action this is a very clean display quality piece with superb wood & metalwork excellent. Deactivated to Home Office specification . Certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British Paybook & Paperwork 1916 Nice example of a WW1 British soldiers paybook (AB64) who joined the Middlesex Regiment on 8/11/1916 at the age of 20 years. Overall good used condition giving relevant particulars throughout 1917 & up to 1918. Also with the book is his certificate of Demobilization & transfer to the Army Reserve as of 5/3/1919. The certificate also states that he has seen active service overseas. Certainly more research required.
WW1 British Paybook, Driving Permit , Dogtags & Photograph 1916 Small ephemera group to a member of the Royal Army Service Corps who was attested in 1916 aged 18. Inside the book are various entries including pay, his first entry being dated September 8th 1916. A kit issue list at the back of the book shows his issue of rifle, sword bayonet, scabbard, bottle oil etc. Accompanying the book is his military Driving licence dated 23/6/1917 issued at form the ASC Depot at Grove Park. Nicely completing the group are his dogtags & a group shot of British soldiers in ' 02 uniform in field postcard format with ' Carte Postale on the reverse. ' Overall excellent condition.
WW1 British Photograph ( 1914 pattern Equipment ) A platoon photograph of infantry soldiers wearing 1914 pattern equipment , 02 uniforms etc. Post card format.
WW1 British Photograph Wallet , R.G.A. 2/1st East Anglian , Essex Named A khaki canvas photograph wallet named & numbered to a soldier from the Royal Garrison Artillery , 2/1st East Anglian , Essex . Thoroughly researchable personal item.
WW1 British Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1917 Excellent 1917 dated example of the officers pistol ammunition pouch to hold twelve loose rounds of pistol ammunition.
WW1 British Policemans Special Constable Medal & Paperwork Grouping Interesting lot of service certificates, photograph , medals & insignia to a Metropolitan Police Special Constable who served during the First World War. A period framed case , evidently a momento of his former service, has mounted inside it his Special Constabulary Long Service Medal which has the 'GREAT WAR 1914-18' clasp indicating he qualified for the medal during the First World War. Also in the case are his bronze Special Constabulary & SC Long Service 1914 badges as well as his SC & Kings Crown titles & also the Divisional letters of WZ his service being with Wandsworth Division. A black & white photograph shows him wearing his medal & is accompanied by two letters from Buckingham Palace thanking him for his service & awarding him the Long Service Medal for his War Service. A coloured pamphlet entitled the 'Metropolitan Observation Service ' acknowledges again his efforts & contains within it other thankyou letters from various associated Governmental & Civil Defence bodies. Finally a certificate awarded to Special Constable Charles Judge of W Division announces his proficiency in Elementary Drill & is signed by the Divisional Drill Instructor. Overall an interesting group relating to Britains Home Defence history & also that of the Metropolitan Police.
WW1 British Postcard Home ' Flowers Of France ' A postcard home to his mother from a British soldier entitled ' Flowers Of France , Gathered For You ' with pressed flower to front of the card. Dated 29th August 1916 & written in pencil thanking his mother for a box received. Interesting WW1 Ephemera item.
WW1 British Princess Mary 1914 Gift Fund Tin, Bullet Pencil & 1915 Greeting Card A fine example of the Princess Mary gift tin coming complete with its bullet pencil & 1915 Greeting card. Bullet pencil has its rare cardboard frame in which it was issued in the tin . The Princess Mary cypher is to be found on the side of the bullet pencil. Pencil is contained within the bullet of the cartridge , & is an unused original example as issued. Greeting card is 1915 dated version, with cypher to front . Front & back of card seperated.
WW1 British Princess Mary Tin A good example of the WW1 Queen Mary tin issued to troops in the first world war by Queen Mary with luxury items for the troops such as cigarettes & tobacco. The contents having long gone many of these survive having been used as handy storage boxes for smalls in the postwar years.
WW1 British Princess Mary Tin,Tobacco,Cigarettes, Photograph, Xmas Card & Envelope A near complete set of the Princess Mary gift fund tin intended as a Christmas present to those serving at Christmas in 1914 and paid for by a public fund backed by Princess Mary. Set comprises presentation tin, tobacco , cigarettes , photograph & Xmas card in original envelope. Cigarette packet is opened & contains fifteen original cigarettes all with Princess Mary monogram.
WW1 British Princess Mary Xmas 1914 Fund Writing Case Fine example of the very rarely seen writing case given to non-smokers as part of the Xmas 1914 Fund Gift Set. Upon the Princess Mary gift tin containing tobacco had been decided upon Rowland Berkeley, the Comittees Honorary Secretary, reported that he had received strong representations that an alternative gift should be made available for non-smokers. After some discussion the presiding Committee agreed that non-smokers should be regarded as a special group and decreed that they should receive the brass box, a packet of acid tablets, a khaki writing case containing pencil, paper and envelopes together with the Christmas card and photograph of the Princess. This is a surviving example of the khaki writing case the contents sadly having long gone. Having seen some very practical use as a case for such items it still contains its divider & popper in good order. Measures 19cm across & 12.5 cm high.
WW1 British Private Purchase Bayonet Frog Private purchase bayonet frog in '08 form which was produced as part of the Mills officer web equipment in 1917. Officers were encouraged to carry rifles in WW1 the sword having been abandoned in the early years. Devoid of any markings & in mint unissued condition.
WW1 British Private Purchase Officers Map Case Classic private purchase map case in a heavy tan material with brown leather straps in keeping with the Sam Browne officers set. Overall service use with repair to one part of the leather where it meets the D ring having become detached. Overall service wear throughout with all brass fittings intact. Named to 'N.CATT'.
WW1 British Private Purchase Officers Mapcase A WW1 British private purchase officers mapcase brand marked ' The Allies GFR London ' A very nice artefact of rubberised khaki drill cloth with many folding pockets & compartments as well as celluloid windows. It has brown painted pop stud closures marked ' Made In France ' . A Leather strapped carbine type equipment hook would enable it to be carried from a belt loop often worn with Sam Browne equipment set.
WW1 British Queen Mary 1914 Christmas Gift Tin Grouping A recently surfaced Queen Mary Tin grouping from the same mans service & as found comprising an early good quality manufacture gift tin, unopened packet of 1914 Christmas gift fund tobacco with ' This was your dads' written on it & handed down through the family, a Victory medal to Pte J heggs of the Northumberland Fusiliers that has been made into a medallion & appears to have been worn as such , two decorative German cartridge cases joined together & an unfired but empty & inert foreign Mauser cartridge. Interesting small grouping with some research to be done on the recipient.
WW1 British Queen Mary Gift Tin & Contents A fine example of the Queen Mary Gift Tin issued to British troops in the First World War as a thankyou from Princess Mary as of 1914. Tin is in excellent order with much plating still on & appears to be an early manufacture due to its good quality. Still remaining in the tin is an unopened packet of tobacco & an opened packet of cigarettes containing 19 original cigarettes within. The 1914 Xmas card & picture of Princess Mary are also present & contained within their original envelope.
WW1 British Queen Mary Gift Tin , Christmas 1914 WW1 Queen Mary gift tin , no contents , nice condition.
WW1 British Queen Mary Xmas Tin & Contents A near complete set of the Princess Mary gift fund tin intended as a Christmas present to those serving at Christmas in 1914 and paid for by a public fund backed by Princess Mary. Set comprises presentation tin, tobacco , cigarettes ( Outer packaging only ) , photograph & Xmas card . Tobacco foil has some perishing.
WW1 British Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) KIA Medal & Death Plaque Group WW1 medal group to a Lance Corporal of The Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) who was Killed In Action in France on 13th November 1915 . Included in the group are his 1914-15 Star, War & Victory medal in original box of issue , Death Plaque in original cardboard envelope, dog tag bearing his full details ,a pendant with his photo inside & a sweetheart card sent home to his family with his dedication on reverse. There is also a retirement card presented to his daughter upon her leaving the NAAFI service in June 1970. The group has been fully researched it having been discovered that Booth was one of four reported as a casualty on that day as a result of enemy shelling. It appears that he may well have been one of the Battalion machine gunners who had been hit by shrapnel during a bombardment of the British lines. Overall a nice complete group complimented by the presence of his field removed dogtag. All research papers regards this group will be provided to purchaser.
WW1 British R.E Photograph & Unit Ephemera 1915 A WW1 Field postcard of a Royal Engineers soldier in service dress with 'Unit Register Card ' showing his rank as 'Driver' with the Royal Engineers & having served 4 years & 4 months overseas. This card shows his movement to a Staging Camp awaiting Demobilization & has all of his personal information as well as service details. Certainly further research worthy.
WW1 British RAMC Medal Group Nice WW1 medal group named to ' 51043 CPL H.W.GRENDER' of the Royal Army Medical Corps including the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal & also the Defence Medal indicating some home service in WW2. I can also provide a copy of his medal card showing he served in France during WW1. Single pin mounted & in good condition this interesting group is ripe for research.
WW1 British RAMC Soldier Document Group Group of letters & documents to a WW1 British warrant officer serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Combined Clearing Hospital with Middle Eastern Command & refering to his Leave granted in October 1919 & his travel to the Transit camp at Port Said en route back to the UK. One warrant dated 1919 issued from Haifa on October 10th 1919 gives details of his intended travel to the UK whilst another is a nominal roll stating that he had been despatched from the EEF theatre having signed on for the Army of Occupation for one year from 28/4/1919. Aso gives his home address of Farnham in Surrey whilst on leave for the period of four weeks. Another telegram instructs him to urgently return to the Officers hospital at Cairo whilst other documents refer to his War Pension having been undergoing treatment for a Tropical Disease since 4th February 1920. This is clearly a senior NCO who has served through WW1 ending his service as part of the occupation army in Egypt. It is certainly worth research as to his part played during hostilities his senior rank od Sergeant Major also being noteworthy.
WW1 British Rangefinder Infantry Handbook No.2. 1916 Handbook of the Barr & Stroud Range Finder Infantry No2 dated 1916. In excellent condition.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked 'Munster Fusiliers' 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet & Scabbard 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with rare regimental markings to the Royal Munster Fusiliers . This regular Irish infantry regiment were extremely active in WW1 before being disbanded in 1922. Ricasso markings denote manufacture by Wilkinson who only made 25,575 of these by the end of 1911 compared to Enfields total of more than 175,000 by the same date. First issue is in August 1909 with no subsequent reissue dates present. Bayonet is in good overall condition with a very nice clean smooth blade & undisturbed , undamaged wood grips.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked 1908 Pattern Webbing Frog With Helve Strap Early 1908 pattern webbing frog with helve strap. Regimental markings to the reverse for the Prince of Wales Own , ' 7 West York. R296 ' . Overall good used condition.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked 1914 Pattern Smallpack , Lancashire Fusiliers A scarce example of a 9th battalion Lancashire Fusiliers marked 1914 pattern smallpack ( first pattern ) with the distinctive leather fastening straps to front. A great historical piece from a regiment that saw much fighting in WW1 at places including Suvla Bay & the Somme. Rear leather tabs have been cut down & side buckles removed. Regimental markings to inside front flap. 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusliers were formed at Bury on 31 August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 34th Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Moved to Belton Park near Grantham. In April 1915 moved to Witley Camp near Godalming in Surrey. Sailed from Liverpool on 5 July 1915, going via Mudros to Suvla Bay, disembarking on 6 August 1915. January 1916 : moved to Egypt. Went on to France in July 1916. 12 February 1918 : disbanded in France.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked Toiletries Roll ( 4 DLI ) British World War One personal item of kit being the linen roll for carrying the soldiers toiletries well stamped up with broad arrow & issue numbers & markings to the 4th Battalion , Durham Light Infantry. Inside the roll comes a cut throat razor marked ' Wilkinson Razor' . Overall used condition but nevertheless a desirable attributable item.
WW1 British Reserve Rations Tin 1915 A scarce item for the British soldier & to contain reserve rations in the form of meat, biscuits & cheese. London maker to bottom with 1915 date.
WW1 British Revolver Holster 1917 A fine 1917 dated & maker marked example in excellent condition.
WW1 British RFC ' Cowl ' Flying Helmet A superb fresh to the market standard Royal Flying Corps helmet used from 1916 onwards. This was the 'Cowl' helmet of hood form with slit opening to front for vision. Although excellent for protecting the ears & neck from the cold they were visually restrictive & therefore favoured more by Observers who could still function efficiently whilst manning the Lewis gun. The tan leather helmet has an adjustable buckle & strap arrangement which could be secured under the chin or around the back of the head according to the wearers preference. The interior of the helmet has a partial fur lining with broad arrow WD marks to the reverse of the leather to prevent theft by those involved in its construction . An 'AH Levey' tailor label bears a date however although '191* ' can be made out the last digit is unreadable due to wear. A veteran of the Great War this helmet came with the recently sold RFC coat & shows service wear throughout with some fraying & fur patches minus from the inside. Rust to forehead buckles. A small area approx 5 inches in length & one inch in depth has been cut from the left side lower edge. This can be seen clearly on picture 1.
WW1 British RFC Photograph Grouping 1917 Interesting & scarce group of original WW1 postcard photographs to a member of The Royal Flying Corps in various settings in France in WW1 having some contemporary notes scribbled on the reverse of each most referring to 'Alf 1917' . RFC uniforms much evident & in detail including a wedding photo dated August 12th 1917. Six postcard shots in all with four smaller photographs of an officer with wings wearing cuff rank tunic & crashed British planes photographed in situation . All pictures are original & from the family a rare brief pictorial history of the one RFC man
WW1 British RFC Plotting Board 1914 Scarce 1914 dated Royal Flying Corp plotting board with built in compass & protractor. Worn mounted onto the wrist it is made by the firm Houghtons Ltd with 1914 date visible underneath maker name. A used piece it has some breakage to window & leather wrist strap has suffered some decay & separation.
WW1 British RFC Plotting Board 1915 Scarce 1915 dated plotting board with built in compass & protractor. Worn mounted onto the wrist it is made by the firm Houghton-Butcher of London with 1915 date . A very good surviving example with leather strap in good supple undamaged condition & no cracks to window or wood. A period applied paper chart has been affixed to the board on one side for use by the officer. An uncommonly good example.
WW1 British Rifle Shooting Training Aid ( BSA Marked ) SMLE rifle shooting training aid . Marked BSA ( Birmingham Small Arms ) with BSA trade mark plus broad arrow & inspection stamp. A broad arrow within U can be seen indicating later use by South Africa. Good condition with no damage to lense.
WW1 British Riflemen Postcard Photograph , ('14 Patt Equip) Two infantry soldiers wearing service dress & 1914 pattern equipment with Lee Enfield rifles.
WW1 British RN Square Rig Jumper An example of a Royal Navy blue wool No1 Dress jumper with fine bullion torpedo gunners badge to sleeve & two years OS inverted chevrons in light blue on Navy backing. This jumper differs somewhat from later having an interior pocket & no closure to the front. Condition is excellent throughout.
WW1 British Royal Army Medical Corps 1914-5 Star Trio A WW1 medal trio to a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Overall good condition & certainly worthy of more research.
WW1 British Royal Army Medical Corps Officer Framed Photograph A WW1 period framed photograph of an Army Medical Corps Lieutenant wearing cuff rank tunic , SD cap etc . The early style of cuff rank dates this picture certainly to the early war period. With a Chester photographers signature to the bottom right hand corner the rear of the frame is brown velvet mounted with stand for display on desk or shelf.
WW1 British Royal Artillery Grease Tin 1916 A First world war kidney shaped tin dated 1916 believed to hold the necessary grease for the use of artillery pieces & its related equipment. Larger than the similar kidney shaped messtin of the period it is clearly maker marked & dated to its lid 'C&S LTD 1916 '. It has a half hinged lid with strap tabs to each sides.
WW1 British Royal Engineers Officer In Cold Weather Attire Field postcard of an Engineers officer wearing the coveted 'Gor Blimey' cap & private purchase trench boots . Handwritten in ink to the bottom ' Somewhere In France 14/1/16 ' .
WW1 British Royal Field Artillery Haversack Early piece of WW1 webbing equipment being the haversack issued to mounted personnel more often Field Artillery Gunners who werent issued the full '08 or '14 equipment set. In typical strong web material the top flap is fastened with a small leather tongue onto one of two studs on the main body secured on the reverse by leather reinforced tabs. It has an integral shoulder strap fitted with a size adjustment buckle & is similar to the pattern issued with the 1903 equipment but without the side pocket so is likely to be a slightly later variation. On the inside flap are markings to a Royal Field Artillery soldier reading in red ink ' RFA 288982 .which is stamped over some previous markings that exist in black ink. Condition is good in need of a cleaning.
WW1 British Royal Flying Corps / Artillery Plotting Board 1904 Scarce 1904 dated plotting board made by the firm Houghton-Butcher of London . These were used by the RFC on their introduction in 1912. Leather strap in good supple undamaged condition & with handwriting in pencil on the space where the protractor fits with the word 'supply ' being visible.
WW1 British Royal Flying Corps Mechanic Photograph Good crisp portrait shot of a mechanic in the RFC with pantaloons , ' 02 tunic & puttees with Home Service headdress. Postcard format to reverse.
WW1 British Royal Flying Corps Photograph & Newspaper Cutting Album Fascinating photograph album of the Royal Flying Corps filled with original black & white photos of life in the RFC as well as period newspaper cuttings featuring RFC personalities & their actions, honours & deaths in combat. It is most probable that this was put together in the immediate post WW1 period by a former member of the RFC who during the Great War has kept many newspaper cuttings relating to the Corps as they were published in the daily newspapers at the time. The first few pages of the album have a number photographs with flying personnel & their ground crews at work & at rest showing various states of dress most commonly being the 'maternity' jacket & some wearing pistol order 1908 pattern webbing. There are also some interesting shots of aircraft some of them intact & some after they have crashed with personnel posing around them. Many of the cuttings feature flying personnel who have been involved in acts of bravery much relished by the newspapers of the time as well as many cuttings from the casualty pages with the pictures of the men Killed In Action & a brief description of where killed. Upon studying the various articles about the men it becomes apparent that some were related to known personalities of the era such as sons of politicians & were highly decorated with VCs,MCs,DSOs etc. The very back pages of the book have pictures of the first tanks to see action as recorded by the Daily Mirror again giving accounts of their various actions & MC winners. The 28 pages of this album have been very well collated by its original owner without doubt immortalising the famous & much admired Royal Flying Corps for prosperity.
WW1 British Royal Marines Marked '07 Pattern Bayonet 1907 pattern bayonet marked to the Royal Marines with first issue date of May 1915 . A Sanderson made piece the Royal Marine markings to pommel are clear. A second issue date of '27' appears to ricasso reverse. Overall good condition with a very acceptable amount of its original blueing remaining .
WW1 British Royal Navy 'Torpedo Drill Book' 1914 Royal Navy manual entitled ' Torpedo Drill Book 1914 ' . This is the 1915 edition containing much information on the subject as well as line drawings & charts. Used condition but good.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Strap 1917 British Officer Sam Browne belt dated 1917 & maker marked to the firm Pulley & Powell. There is a shoulder strap fitted , different than the standard type however left as found.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Cross Strap 1917 A scarce 1917 dated British Officers Sam Browne belt & cross strap. Dated 1917 to its buckle tongue. Measures 43 inches length.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Shoulder Strap Scarce & in excellent condition officers EZ ON Sam browne being a high quality private purchase piece with a remopveable brass fastening buckle. This design had a brass plate rivetted onto the belts end with a prong on which the buckle would slide thereby making the polishing of it much easier due to it removeability. The plate is marked 'Reg Design 770578' E.Z.ON ie., the design was patented by Austin Reed & called EZ ON. There is also the Austin Reed address of Regent Street London W1 sewn to the inside of the belt on a leather tab which in itself is very professionally done (Austin Reed opened its flagship Regent Street store in the 1920s). Shoulder strap is complete & matches the belt in its colour a good indication of having been together for many years.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Shoulder Strap A clean example of the brown leather officers Sam Browne belt having brass fittings & securement slots for use with the hooked holster this indicating an early manufacture. Strap has a small stress tear at one looped end. Belt has total length of 44 inches.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt 1915 Dated 1915 dated example of the British officers Sam Browne belt. Very good supple dark brown leather & clear date to leather tongue at buckle end.
WW1 British Sam Browne Frog & Sword Steadying Strap 1917 Excellent example of the British officers sword frog for use with the Sam Browne equipment set . Steadying strap dated 1917.
WW1 British Sam Browne Officers Belt Dark brown leather Sam Browne officers belt from the WW1 period with brass fittings . Some wear & age to leather in places. Measures 42 inches total length.
WW1 British Sam Browne Officers Belt & Shoulder Strap 1917 Dated With both belt & shoulder strap being maker marked & 1917 dated this is a matching set that has always been together . Worn in the trenches with officers service dress in the first world war this set has survived well with no dryness to the leather . Belt measures an approx 46 inches from end to end.
WW1 British Sam Browne Pistol Ammunition Pouch Brown leather pouch for the officers Sam Browne set of WW1 period with dryness & cracking to leather requiring some treatment.
WW1 British Saw 1916 A scarce piece of WW1 equipment used by the British soldier in the construction of dugouts etc. This saw has the name of a Sheffield maker & the clear date of 1916. It does show age with a hairline in the wooden handle.
WW1 British Scots Guards 1907 Pattern Lee Enfield Bayonet 1918 First world war 1907 pattern bayonet with regimental markings to pommel appearing to be ' S.G ' with an erasure line through it where reissued to another unit. Ricasso bears first issue date 1918 with a '21 inspection date to reverse side. Dark brown leather scabbard has a dent in metal chape however comes with '37 pattern web frog. Some light bruising to wood grips.
WW1 British Service Binoculars A pair of binoculars believed to be of French origin pressed into service for British use with the addition of two broad arrows to both bottom undersides. Britains armed forces lacked a sufficent amount of binoculars during WW1 & so they were obtained from wherever possible to meet the shortfall. Many different types can be seen bearing the broad arrows of the War Department including foreign made examples as well as those captured from the Germans. This pair are well used with leather neck strap intact. Optics are cloudy but overall a perfect display pair.
WW1 British Signalling Manual 1914 1914 dated Signalling manual covering such subjects as Morse,Semaphore, Station Work, Despatch Riding, Telephone Cables & Map Reading . Some interesting diagrams inside.
WW1 British Smallpack , 1916 Dated. First World War British smallpack which appears to be from the 1914 pattern equipment set that has been modified with the addition of 1908 pattern buckles on each side. In used condition the bag is marked on the inside of the flap with the manufacturer name of ' Waring & Gillow. Ltd W.C.' & the date 1916. Classic piece of WW1 field equipment.
WW1 British SMLE Breech Cover 1916 First world war tan canvas breech cover for the No.1 MkIII Lee Enfield rifle. Standard issue item for the SMLE in the muddy trenches of WW1.
WW1 British SMLE Rifle Sling 1916 Dated Rare WW1 webbing rifle sling dated on both ends 1916 with maker stamp of M.E.Co ( Mills Equipment Company). Ink stamped on one web end also with MECo 1916 & broad arrow. A very rare item of WW1 equipment.
WW1 British SMLE Rifle Sling 1917 Scarce 1917 dated rifle sling for the SMLE . 'Wrights' maker marked & 1917 dated to each of its brass ends.
WW1 British SMLE Rifle Sling 1918 A British WW1 rifle sling for the SMLE with ' Ca18' maker mark & date (1918) to each brass tab . In very used condition with ink markings ' AA ORCS 50 ' .
WW1 British SMLE Sling 1914 Dated Rare 1914 dated British SMLE sling . Wartime period green blanco with both brass end tabs marked 'T.BRIGGS (LONDON) 1914' .
WW1 British Soldier 'Machine Gun Corps' Studio Photograph In khaki service uniform with leather ' 03 pattern bandoleer. Cap bearing Machine Gun Corps badge. Reverse in postcard format from a foreign country.
WW1 British Soldier Commemoration Memorial Frame A printed commemoration presentation on card & set in plywood for glass mounting however lacking the glass frame for which it was intended. Commemorates 19 year old Elias Wareham from Wales serving with the Kings Liverpool Rifles who , it states, was killed whilst on night patrol on May 3rd 1918 . Part of the dedication states that this was presented by his fellow workmates at Mountford , Phillips & Co Ltd , LLantrisant & printed by Priory Press of Cardiff. Rifleman Wareham is commemorated at the Loos memorial , France. Measures approx. 21.5 X 40 inches.
WW1 British Soldier Framed Photograph Framed cut out imposed photographs of a soldier from the Royal West Kents in service dress & partner. Evidently at one time a mantelpiece dislay of mother & father. Overall good period condition.
WW1 British Soldier Head & Shoulders Studio Photograph Wearing '02 tunic clarity is crisp with metal WW1 shoulder insignia.
WW1 British Soldier Identity Bracelet (KOSB) Privately made WW1 identity bracelet for Army number 43154 Company Quartermaster Sergeant C.Webb of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Disc is a 1912 dated French 2 Franc coin with the soldiers details engraved on its reverse & a small metal chain attached. Webbs' religion is shown as 'C of E' (Church of England).
WW1 British Soldier In 1914 Pattern Equipment Post Card Photograph Postcard photograph of British soldier wearing greatcoat ,Brodie helmet , 1914 pattern leather equipment & service cap with foul weather cover. Also appears to be wearing high leg trench boots.
WW1 British Soldier Photograph Mounting ' For King & Country' A WW1 period commemorative frame in a resin type bronze substitute & wood surround. Photograph mounted centrally with the army & Navy represented in the design of the surround. Some scuffing to exterior finish & a couple of small chips in places. Measures approx. 16.5 X 13.5 inches.
WW1 British Soldier Pincushion Souvenir (KO Yorkshire LI) Nice WW1 souvenir made by a serving soldier of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry for his mother during the First World War. Possibly made whilst convalescing from a wound , it is artistically decorated with beaded pins ornately set around an embroidered badge of the regiment with the words 'To My Dear Mother' around the outside of it. The base colour of the heart shaped cushion is Navy blue with red trim & the reverse is red. Around the sides is a tassle trim. WW1 souvenir pincushions are now very hard to find.
WW1 British Soldiers Jack Knife A good example of the WW1 issue jack knife being a larger version than the more commonly seen WW2 pattern. Knife has marlin spike, main blade & can opener. Copper ring good. Black checquered grips with no damage.
WW1 British Soldiers Language Manuals A pair of language manuals for use by British soldiers both to assist in the conversion of English to French. First entitled 'The Soldiers Language Manual' by Ajax & the second 'What You Want Say & How To Say it, War Edition '. Both containing many useful phrases for the soldier on overseas service & from the WW1 period.
WW1 British Soldiers Small Book ( 3rd Batt, The Buffs ) 1910 dated edition of the scarce Soldiers Small Book being a manual issued to every soldier giving basic instructions on such topics as rank structure, hygiene & cleanliness, weapons cleaning etc. This example was issued to a soldier joining the 3rd Battalion, The Buffs ( East Kent Regiment ) for a 6 year reserve in 1910 aged 17 years & 11 months. Due to his age upon enlistment & length of time he signed on for it is likely he was fighting in WW1 for which further research would be warranted. Overall condition is excellent.
WW1 British Soldiers Trench Cooker Rare original example of a WW1 British trench cooker complete with all of its contents. . This set is comprised of a folding tin stove fuelled by solid fuel tablets and retailed under the name "Anglo's Trench Fires". The colourful card box is endorsed with the slogan 'A boon for dugouts, tents and trenches' . Several different models existed , original examples being extremely sought after today.
WW1 British Soldiers Washing Kit Roll ( 3rd, Kings Royal Rifles) Early light cloth linen roll for carrying soldiers personal wash kit such as razor, toothbrush etc. Stamped up to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifles & the soldiers regimental number of 2067 on one of the inside loops there is also an early 'WD' & broad arrow marking with the number '11' on its outside edge. In excellent condition there is also a portion of green blanco that has remained in the roll for some time. Nice piece of researchable WW1 personal kit.
WW1 British South Lancashire Regiment Attributed .455 Webley Holster Brown leather .455 MKVI Webley holster for use with the officers Sam Browne leather equipment worn into action in the trenches of the Great War. Named to the underside of the flap ' Trevor Jones South Lancashire Regiment ' . A basic google search of this name reveals an officer serving with this regiment. Very good condition.
WW1 British Souvenir Painted 1/6th Gloucesters Brodie Helmet Following the demobilisation of British troops after the first world war each soldier was allowed to keep a helmet as a souvenir. This rare helmet is illustrated at pages 194/195 of the superb book 'Helmets of the First World War' by Radovic/Haselgrove. This helmet from the mans wartime service belonged to Private 36998 S.H Moore of the 1/6th Gloucesters . Of the Mk1 pattern it has had its rim removed & the owner applied decoration painted to its edges. Ripe for research & a truly superb first world war British helmet.
WW1 British Tank Corps Officer Cased Military Cross & Newspaper Cutting ... A WW1 Military Cross attributed to 2nd Lt S.Pavey of the Tank Corps . The name , corps & date '2nd Sept.1918' are engraved to rear. This totally original British gallantry award comes in its original George V case of issue with Military Cross period silk ribbon & pin bar. There is also a newspaper cutting of the period detailing his action & another relevant newspaper cutting with regard to the anniversary of the fighting at Delville Wood. 2nd Lt Paveys' actions are described in the newspaper cutting below : ' T/Sec. Lt S.PAVEY , Tank Corps attd 14th Bn-For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When his tank was knocked out by a direct hit he found another where crew were nearly all casualties , raised a fresh crew , and went on & cleared a village. Though badly shaken by the direct hit , he then went and , unsupported , drove the enemy from a point which had held up the infantry for some time. He showed great courage and endurance throughout. ' As is commonly known the Military Cross was issued plain & so the naming here would have been at the expense of the officer or his family. It is of note that this medal was originally bought at auction some years ago & comes in its 24th June 1987 dated brown packaging from the reputable auction firm Glendining & Co of Blenheim Street , London.
WW1 British Tank Crewmans Face Mask An excellent recently discovered example of the rare WW1 British tank crews face mask issued to personnel to protect against the splinter & bullet splash that would be experienced inside the tank upon being hit. In very good condition this piece has all of its original chainmail links intact with good soft leatherwork & its original double headties still in place. Privately sourced direct from family descendants this example is fresh onto the collectors market & is a true piece of First World War tank history.
WW1 British Tank Moneybox Trench Art Modelled on the First World War 'mother' tank this wood made money box is an impressive period item having a removeable top turret in order to gain access to any money inside. Basic detail in the building of the piece is evident including twin side turrets with double gun armament in each ( barrel missing from one side ) , tank tracks that go around the whole of the tank ( four missing that could be replaced ) & a top turret in which a slot has been put in order to accomodate coins. Overall an interesting representation of the new concept of mechanised warfare from the WW1 period.
WW1 British Tank Soldier Photograph Grouping Group of three postcard/photographs to a WW1 British soldier in service uniform who has changed regiment to a tank unit as the 1918 dated photograph & Tank regiment badge to left arm on three of the photographs appears to denote.
WW1 British Trench Cap Foul Weather Cover A very rare original example of the WW1 trench cap cover used by infantry in the case of inclement weather prior to the introduction of the steel Brodie helmet. It was worn well after by support troops in the rear who were able to continue wearing the soft cap whilst away from the front. Worn in conjunction with the issue groundsheet or cape it has the recognisable 'Gor Blimey' style neck curtain with two ties to enable this to be worn up when not in use. The 'peak' of the cover has a lip around the underside which slipped over the visor of the stiff service cap. The cover is of khaki duck canvas with a now worn rubber coating to its inside. Faint 'WD' & broad arrow marking visible to inside with a pencil scribbled partial soldiers number visible next to it . Scarce item which was found in the loft of a house & as such does exhibit age & wear.
WW1 British Trench Map ' Arras ' Trenches To 1916 With Hand Drawn Markings Another map from Captain Strafford Byng-Maddick this example of Arras & with many hand drawn annotations to it. With trenches corrected to 27/12/16 , it is of 1:10000 scale & linen backed. With many enemy positions marked in red & the British in blue there are hand drawn markings in the area of Anzin in blue pencil reading the date ' 15/4/17' & also 'No.1 Anzin Dump' & 'No.2 Anzin Dump '. There is also marked on the map nearby '34th Div Salv Dump' in blue pencil . There are various hand written place directions to the sides of the map one at the top reading ' Bailleul 3500 Yards Hun Line 23-3-17 . ' Fascinating piece of WW1 history.
WW1 British Trench Map ' Belgium Sheet 20 SW ' British army Trench map of Belgium ( Sheet 20 SW ) with trenches correct to 5/5/17 & of 1/20000 scale. Enemy & British trenches are marked on this map including places such as Bixschoete, Langemarck ( circled in blue ) , various other assault areas. Marked on front to the officer ' S.Byng -Maddick' . Captain Strafford Byng-Maddick served with the Royal Army Service Corps & ended the war as a Major.
WW1 British Trench Map 'Bixschoote' 1917 A British trench map with named trenches marked in red & also marked 'Trenches corrected to 5-5-17' . Of the Bixschoote area & in 1:10000 scale it is linen backed & in very good condition .
WW1 British Trench Mirror Many different types of trench mirrors could be obtained for use by the British soldier in the trenches where the risk of snipers was ever present. This is one such very simple example which could be slipped onto the end of a bayonet & poked over the parapet to obtain the desired view. This is simply a black painted hinged tin encasing the mirror which would easily fit into the soldiers pocket when not in use . ( Bayonet not included ) .
WW1 British Trench Pump 1917 A 1917 dated example of this rare piece of Trench equipment intended to relieve the appalling conditions of the waterlogged trenches. Very rarely seen today as most are dugup examples from the battlefields of WW1. This pump still has its original wooden handle , most are missing due to general decay or excessive woodworm. Hand pump action works although I have not tried to use it so its working condition is not guaranteed.
WW1 British Trench Whistle 1916 Good used condition WW1 issue whistle made by J Hudson & Co in 1916. Original leather button fastening strap still present. Minor age marking to body leather still supple. Used by officers for signalling purposes most often to sound the signal for going 'over the top' .
WW1 British Trouser Braces Excellent condition WW1 khaki trouser braces with leather fasteners. Hard to find in good condition.
WW1 British Unissued Fox's Soldiers Puttees An unissued pair of the British soldiers puttees made by Fox's & still in their paper packet of issue. Both are rolled in the packet with a small brass disc on each indicating left & right respectively & with the Fox logo which as stated in period advertisements as being a sign of originality. Packaging is of the coloured card fox depicting logo with the wording 'Fox's Puttees' 'FIP Foxs Improved Puttees , Non-Fray spiral Cavalry Style ) . There are instructions on the back of the card. Foxs' Improved Patent dates from the 1909 period. A blue string wraps around the packaging which is also marked with the wording 'Foxs Spiral Puttees' . No moth is apparent on the puttees which are in the correct heavy wool style of this period.
WW1 British Verners March Compass & Case 1917 Excellent condition example of the WW1 British Verners Pattern compass with its original case of issue both being dated 1917. Compass is in excellent order with much of its original finish remaining having seen typical service use. Rear of piece is marked F-L No103530 & dated 1917. Brown leather case has surprisingly totally intact stitching as most normally to be found with some damage, maker makred to T . French & Son Ltd , London 1917. The initals of the owner 'E.L.A' can be faintly seen underneath. Shoulder carrying strap is present & intact with no damage, dryness or rot. Overall a superb WW1 piece.
WW1 British Verners Marching Compass 1915 Working condition prismatic marching compass a verners Pattern Mark VII. Reverse of compass ' Made In Switzerland ' marked with date 1915 & broad arrow stamp. Small part of rubber mount on reverse missing. No cracks to glass & overall good condition with no chips or dents & freely moving. Brown leather case is red velvet lined with some stitching to one side of the upper portion away . Named to ' JH Bell'. Classic piece of WW1 officers equipment.
WW1 British Vickers Machine Gun .303 Ammunition Box Wooden ammunition box for the Vickers machine gun belted .303 ammunition . Brass fittings & with sprung latched lid.
WW1 British Vickers Machine Gun Belt ( Mk1 .303 ) Vickers machine gun belt of WW1 origin ink stamped 'VICKERS 303 M.G. MK1 ' . In very good condition.
WW1 British Victory medal, 19th London regiment Named to ' 613912 PTE H.E. BRIGDEN 19- LOND R '. Excellent condition full length ribbon & medal.
WW1 British Waterbottle Example of the 1903 pattern waterbottle as used by cavalry units & officers throughout WW1 with brown leather cradle & brown felt covered blue bottle. Broad arrow & number marking to leather with some illegible markings to bottom of bottle. Overall excellent condition.
WW1 British Webbing SMLE Sling 1917 1917 dated webbing SMLE sling . Maker marked ' WRIGHTS LTD 1917 ' to one brass end .
WW1 British Webley .455 Mk VI Revolver 1917 ( Old Spec ) A scarce old spec .455 MkVI Webley revolver with clear chambers allowing inert rounds to be inserted into the cylinder. A 1917 dated example it is in excellent condition with profuse inspection markings & much of its original finish remaining throughout. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 British Webley .455 Service Pistol Holster Of superb quality leather brown leather & marked to Pully & Powell 1917 this holster is the type worn in action by British officers with the Sam Browne belt set. Rear of holster has a belt slide with securement hook . Superb condition example with brass fittings.
WW1 British Webley MK VI .455 Service Revolver 1918 ( Old Specification Deactivation ) The classic First world war Webley Mk VI service revolver in .455 calibre as used by officers & other ranks such as machine gunners, tank crew etc. This example is of the old specification deactivation having clear cylinders capable of loading & ejecting rounds. It is 1918 dated with various ordnance inspection markings & is capable of being cocked & dryfired . Overall it is a very nice service used revolver with wear to metal surfaces & a hardly noticeable small chip to the bottom of one grip ( see picture ) . Deactivated to Home Office specification with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British Webley MK VI Pistol Holster Typical soft brown leather of the early war period with single belt loop to rear & brass strap buckle to top. Bottom row of stitching to belt loop loose.
WW1 British Webley Mk VI Pistol Holster 1916 This is the 1915 model of open topped pistol holster that was made to accommodate the Webley .455 MK VI revolver with 6 inch barrel. It has had a modification by its two brass hook mounts having been removed & a belt loop added according to individual preference. Strap is maker marked 'HGR 1916' ( Hepburn , Gale & Ross ) .
WW1 British Webley MK VI Pistol Holster Named KOYLI Officer 1917 Brown leather pistol holster for the MkVI Webley revolver with Walsall maker & 1917 date. Named to 2nd Lieutenant C.H. Johnson, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry & thoroughly worth further research.
WW1 British Webley Mk VI Service Revolver Holster Brown leather private purchase British officers holster for use with the Sam Browne equipment set . Fitting the Mk VI Webley revolver it is in excellent condition with brass fittings & has belt slide to rear with buckle for Sam Browne shoulder strap.
WW1 British Webley Open Top Holster, 1915 Designed for use with the Webley pistol these open top holsters were invariably used by tank crews & Royal Flying Corps personnel. This example is in excellent condition & is complete with its brass Board of Ordnance marked cleaning rod. Rear of the holster has 'Saddlers Federation 1915' clearly marked into the belt loop. Nice piece to find with its early cleaning rod still present.
WW1 British Webley Pistol Holster 1917 Excellent condition holster for the Mk VI Webley service revolver in good supple brown leather for the officers Sam browne belt rig . All brass fittings with retaining hook to rear for Sam Browne maker marked to BHG & dated 1917.
WW1 British Whistle & Strap 1916 Aged example of the WW1 British service whistle made by Hudson & dated 1916. Traces of markings in strap leather which has tear to one side of eyelet. (TW)
WW1 British Whistle & Strap 1917 1917 dated WW1 service whistle complete with original strap made by Hudson. Overall good with some age generally. (TW)
WW1 British Wirecutters 1917 Long handled pair of British wirecutters marked ' Chaterlea Ld 1917 ' . Also marked with broad arrow.
WW1 British Wirecutters 1917 Dated Broad arrow marked wirecutters with 1917 date & maker name ' Herbert Plumpton, Warrington '. Good working order.
WW1 British X5 Officers Field Glasses & Case A first world war period pair of X5 field glasses in their original brown leather case as used by British troops but made in France for the British troops stationed there. In overall very good condition there is much of the original finish to the glasses with broad arrow markings & the 'X5' magnification to be seen on one arm. Leather case has Paris maker to inside lid with a good quality velvet lining. Good elastication to front pull tab. War department broad arrow to front of case.
WW1 British X6 Binoculars & Case 1916/17 An optically good pair of the No3 MkII prismatic binocular with graticuling & 1917 date. Overall in excellent condition & with brown leather case that has 1916 date & war department broad arrow marking.
WW1 British Yorkshire Regiment Officer, Military Cross KIA Death Scroll An excellent condition death scroll to a Major in the Yorkshire regiment who was a Military Cross winner killed on 5th January 1918 & is buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Belgium. . Condolence card of King George from Buckingham Palace to reverse. Certainly worthy of further research into the life & service of this infantry regiment officer.
WW1 British '03 Cavalry Bandoleer 1915 A good supple condition brown leather 1903 pattern cavalry bandoleer with HGR maker mark ( Hepburn, Gale & Ross ) & date 1915.
WW1 British '03 Pattern Cavalry Bandoleer Good used condition WW1 cavalry ammunition bandoleer in brown leather . Good supple condition with belt securement loop. Various markings & unit stampings.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Haversack Early WW1 British haversack having '08 pattern buckles to the side with its rear tabs removed for use a side pack. Markings to inside of flap are typical number & broad arrow with ' NFK 330 ' stamp ed on in black ink possible denoting use by the Norfolks. Fraying to upper sedges & larged amount of rodent damage on each corner.
WW1 British/Canadian Greatcoat A WW1 greatcoat in khaki wool with five button frontage,sewn in shoulder straps & large stand & fall collar. This greatcoat is interesting being in the cut of the British pattern with shoulder straps but having a Canadian appearance in the greenish hue to the wool. All buttons to front are of the GS type with opening skirt at rear minus its buttons. Reinforced with white glazed cotton at rear skirt opening top & with heavy canvas drill for its interior bag pockets these bear a maker logo of a 'K' within a triangle & what appears to be a large regimental stamp of 'RWD' . This coat has two or three small moth holes & wear to the nap of the cloth but other than that has survived in very good condition.
WW1 Brodie Helmet , Souvenir Painted US 30th Division Medical Helmet Interesting British Brodie helmet which was one of the circa 400,000 supplied to American troops in France by the British government from July to November of 1917 . This helmet is illustrated in the superb reference work 'Helmets of the First World War' by Radovic/Haselgrove page 257. Souvenir painted it has the insignia of the 30th Division to the outside & is named around the inside rim to a medic 'Pvt Jas G.Lewis - 501379 . Med.Dept. ' . Fascinating helmet & of course one that has apparently seen service with chinstrap now detached at one end.
WW1 Brodie Helmet , ( Supplied To American Troops In France ) An excellent example of the WW1 British Brodie helmet of MK1 pattern & of the pre May 1917 issue having no doughnut ring in the crown of the helmet. The British supplied American troops in France with some 400,000 helmets between July & November in 1917 this being one of them as is evidenced by the American habit of splitting the middle portion of the chinstrap . Owner name & number can also be seen hand applied here. ( One strip detached ) . The exterior texture of this helmet is quite superb with much of its rough sand mixed brown paint still present. An interesting helmet & one that has most likely seen action with an American serviceman in France towards the end of WW1.
WW1 Brodie Helmet , USA Supplied & 3rd Army Souvenir Painted A rimless 1916 Harrison Bros & Howson made British Brodie helmet that is one of 400,000 supplied to American troops in France between July & November 1917. The red , white & blue painted 'A' souvenir insignia denoted 3rd Army & the black & white sectioned roundel 4th Corps. Its US use is also evidenced by the popular American habit of splitting the chinstrap this often leading to weakening of the leather & damage as can be seen here. A nice helmet which also displays as part of its decoration the soldiers initials as well as the stars & stripes of the USA.
WW1 Canadian 1916 pattern Ammunition Pouches Rare colour matched regimentally marked pair of the 1916 pattern Canadian leather ammunition pouches. One pouch bears the maker name of Roberts, Montreal & the other S.Trees & Co, Toronto & the date 1916. Both in excellent condition.
WW1 Canadian Army Dismounted Greatcoat A very nice example of the WW1 Canadian soldiers greatcoat with all original brass buttons marked 'CANADA' with Canadian cypher. A wartime production garment these differ from the British equivalent by their lack of shoulder straps or rear buttoned central pleat. With full cotton lining to sleeves a heavy cotton drill material serves as the pocket interior with a rough off white partial lining to breast & upper back. The soldiers initials of 'JWB' appear handwritten onto one of the pocket linings with the broad arrow within 'C' ( faintly) to right breast. A small remnant of the original paper label still remains to skirt with 'MONTREAL' visible. There is some minor moth tracking in places certainly not detracting from what is a very hard to find WW1 Canadian garment.
WW1 Canadian Decorated Kitbag 1918 Dated Interesting kitbag formerly belonging to a Canadian soldier which has been decorated with the placenames of where he has served as well as his initials 'JWW' & his army number & unit ' K622SB C Coy CSK ' . Under this are written the names including Montreal, Toronto, barriefield Ont, Aberdeen, Baltimore, Washington, New York, Ottawa to name but a few. Attached to the kitbag is a period transit tag with the soldiers name & his unit apparently being the RCEME ( Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers ) based at Petawawa Camp, Ontario, Canada. Maker name to inside of bag is Woods MFG Co Ltd , 1918.
WW1 Canadian Prewar Greatcoat ( 4th Canadian Division HQ ) An early prewar pattern of WW1 Canadian greatcoat with the typical Canadian features of Canadian buttons , no shoulder straps & the often seen greenish hue to the wool. A nearly rubbed out Canadian broad arrow within 'C' can be seen to interior left side of breast lining. The green patch to left arm denotes 4th Canadian , Divisional HQ & Elements . Rear belt still has its two 'Canada' buttons with underside of collar sporting two buttons for the cold weather wear adjustment. Distinctive for this period is the ticket pocket at the rear of the left seeve In very fair condition there is some moth tracking to the wool visible upon close inspection & holes to the interior lining. A rare item.
WW1 Canadian Ross Bayonet & Scabbard ( WW1 Issue ) A scarce early Canadian Ross bayonet with its unmodified pre October 1915 blade profile & cross pin still present to pommel. After this date the blades were modified in order to provide a better penetrating point. Pommel profusely marked with Ross Rifle Patent 1907 to right side with Canadian ownership , inspection & issue date of 1913 to the left. Scabbard is of the MkII pattern with integral chape & frog. There is a clear 1916 date to end with 'MKII' designation . The hole at rear of the frog was intended for tunic hook. Overall a scarce piece in its early unmodified form.
WW1 Canadian Ross Bayonet 1915 A very good First world war Canadian MK II Ross bayonet for the Ross rifle with date october 1915 to pommel & Canadian ordnance markings. No rust or pitting to parkerised blade & blueing remaining to metal surfaces. Leathered scabbard & integral frog are good with clear markings to leather sheath & date 1916.
WW1 Canadian Ross Bayonet 1916 A very good First world war Canadian MK II Ross bayonet for the Ross rifle with date June 1916 to pommel & Canadian ordnance markings. No rust or pitting to parkerised blade & much blueing remaining to metal surfaces. Blackened leather scabbard with integral chape & frog are in excellent condition.
WW1 Canadian Ross Bayonet 1916 A scarce early Canadian Ross bayonet with its unmodified pre October 1915 blade profile & cross pin still present to pommel. After this date the blades were modified in order to provide a better penetrating point. Pommel profusely marked with Ross Rifle Patent 1907 to right side with Canadian ownership , inspection & issue date of 1913 to the left. Scabbard is of the MkII pattern with integral chape & frog. There is a clear 1916 date to end with 'MKII' designation . The hole at rear of the frog was intended for tunic hook. Overall a scarce piece in its early unmodified form.
WW1 Canadian Soldier Named Kitbag , 1918 Dated Interesting kitbag formerly belonging to a Canadian soldier which has been decorated with the placenames of where he has served as well as his initials 'JWW' & his army number & unit ' K622SB C Coy CSK ' . Under this are written the names including Montreal, Toronto, barriefield Ont, Aberdeen, Baltimore, Washington, New York, Ottawa to name but a few. Attached to the kitbag is a period transit tag with the soldiers name & his unit apparently being the RCEME ( Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers ) based at Petawawa Camp, Ontario, Canada. Maker name to inside of bag is Woods MFG Co Ltd , 1918.
WW1 Canadian Supplementary Webbing Pack Similar to the 1908 pattern often called Cavalry pack is this webbing Canadian stamped pack with 1908 pattern shoulder strap attachments & shoulder strap attached. Three WW1 pattern dish buttons are to be found on the inside of the pack inside the lower area of the flap. Some rust under front buckles. Overall used condition.
WW1 Captured German & Turkish Photograph Prints in Album Interesting set of WW1 photographs in an early period cardboard photograph album depicting German & Turkish troops during the Allenby campaign. A typed letter ( either WW1 period or immediate post ) states they are prints from ' German negatives captured during the Allenby campaign ' . With handwritten captions the photographs depict ' Guns of the Notts RHA captured in Jordan Valley May 1st 1918 ' , Turkish Infantry in firing positions in their trench, a Turkish 77mm battery in action, British prisoners captured in Battle of Gaza , German MT Section in Nazareth amongst others. Interesting historical photographic reference of before unseen pictures.
WW1 City of Ypres Commemoration Brooch Produced by the Belgian city of Ypres in the immediate post WW1 years these brooches were sold in the city to tourists in the 1920s & 30s . Overall condition excellent.
WW1 Commemoration British ' Writing Kit' Tin 1914 An interesting piece of commemorative militaria apparently produced in limited numbers in the early '80s being the postwar 'Government Issue Writing Kit' Tin marked on the front ' For Issue to His Majesties Forces Overseas ' & ' For Field Use Only ' .The contents of the tin are listed on the front with ' War Department Stores ' & the date 1914. It appears the tin was used a pencil case as a schoolboy Madness fan has scratched ' Madness Rule OK ' on the lid with a small cartoon drawing. Although dissapointing , this is only noticeable on close inspection & doesnt take away the charactor of the item. Tin is green painted with a picture depicting a WW1 Tommy crouched down in a trench using the kit .
WW1 Dated British SMLE Rifle Sling 1917 WW1 dated webbing rifle sling for the SMLE . 1917 dated & 'Warings' maker marked with broad arrow to brass tab.
WW1 Death Plaque Named to George Ernest Brightwell. A research project into the history of this British soldier who died in WW1.
WW1 Dutch 'Stormdolk' M-1915 Fighting Knife A striking example of the Dutch M1915 fighting knife known in Dutch service as the ' Stormdolk '& used right through into WW2 by Dutch Commando units as well as occupying German forces when Holland was overran in 1940. . This example is in excellent condition with undamaged wood grooved handle & heat blued blade. Inspection markings are to be seen on crossguard & handle. Brown leather scabbard & frog have survived well with undamaged hilt retaining strap. A very nice example of this rarely encountered knife.
WW1 Field Artillery Training Manual 1914 A 1914 printed manual on Field Artillery Training including such subjects as Training of Recruits, Driving , Use of the Whip , Training of the Young Horse, Riding , Care of Wagons ,Gunnery , Ammunition , Star Shells , Shrapnel Shells Etc Etc . An endless amount of subjects covered & with diagrams , pullout charts . Excellent condition & stamped to inside cover ' Waller Bros Theatrical Costumiers ' .
WW1 Field Service Issue Binocular case 1918 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1918. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckles to sides. Overall fine example.
WW1 First Field Dressing ( Indian Medical Service ) 1917 A December 1917 dated example.
WW1 First Field Dressing 1917 Original Dressing in packet with safety pin & remains of paper label marked War Office Medical Division made by John Tye & Son, London May, 1917. Unopened & scarce WW1 piece.
WW1 French ' Marmite ' Pot Part of the First World War French soldiers Camp mess kit was the so called ' Marmite ' pot intended for four man use . Many different components were experimented with & issued upon mobilisation in 1914 this being part of a collective kit distributed amongst the other men. Made of zinc plated iron the metal loops on the front & sides were for the field pack suspension straps to be pulled through. Overall good used condition & scarce piece of ' Poilu ' kit.
WW1 French ' Poilu ' 1914-15 Tunic ( Vareuse ) WW1 French Horizon Blue 1914-15 pattern tunic as issued to the French ' Poilus' upon the outbreak of WW1 & for wear under/or in place of the Greatcoat as weather conditions dictated. This example is in near mint condition & is a large size with Paris maker marked flaming grenade buttons to its front ( one missing ) . Tunic has two bottom flapped pockets & is overall lined with an off white linen canvas material bearing a Paris inspection & manufacturer stamp & the date 1918. Its cloth support loop for the belt is also present although button minus. Overall this is an exceptional example of this WW1 French uniform item well marked & a large size.
WW1 French 'Poilu' Messtin Dull metal First World War French soldiers messtin in good used condition. Maker marked on bottom & complete with lid. Good piece of 'Poilu' trench kit.
WW1 French 1892 Bayonet & 1888 Pattern Frog Fine example of the 1892 Pattern bayonet for the Mannlicher Berthier carbine which was standard issue to the French army as of 1915 due its pracical suitability to Trench Warfare. Still in its 1888 pattern black leather frog these were also the standard pattern of frog used by french troops in WW1 this being an early example having a brass buckle for scabbard securement. Overall in excellent condition there is no rust to metal surfaces of the bayonet & blade & grips are undamaged. Scabbard is also excellent with no dents & frog is in good supple condition with general service use throughout. Overall an excellent piece of WW1 French field kit & weaponry.
WW1 French 1892 Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard ( Matching Numbers Bayonet & Scabbard ) Fine example of the 1892 Pattern hooked quillon bayonet for the Mannlicher Berthier carbine which was standard issue to the French army as of 1915 due its practical suitability to Trench Warfare. Overall in excellent condition it has a good bright blade with only some minor age to metal surfaces of hilt & pommel. Serial numbers seen on quillon & scabbard are matching. Scabbard is also excellent with no dents & practically all blueing remaining. Overall an excellent piece of WW1 French field kit & weaponry.
WW1 French 1915 'Coutrot' Trench Dagger Rare French WW1 trench knife complete with sheath & belt loop. The French army in the First world war were not issued with a knife as the bayonet was deemed to be the edged weapon of the infantryman . Combat experience quickly demonstrated the need for a hand held edged weapon that would be effective during chance encounters with enemy patrols this leading to a number of military & civilian variants being used. Lieutenant Colonel Coutrot was posted to arms production at Chatellerault & took responsibility for having several types of knives made by different firms using military blades as the starting point. The piece offered here is an example of one such knife conceived by him in the second half of 1915 & is known as the Model No.1. It has a 15 cm blade which is based on the M1886 sword bayonet. It has a steel hilt with the initials 'G.P.' within a rectangle from the private firm who manufactured it . Brown leather sheath has a studded loop on the reverse for belt attachment with stitiched edges. Overall in excellent condition & a rare fighting knife of the WW1 French infantryman.
WW1 French 1915 pattern ORs Belt 1915 pattern French other ranks waistbelt of brown leather for dismounted infantry. Two pronged brass buckle with good pliable leather & handwritten soldiers name.
WW1 French Adrian M15 Helmet ( German Captured ) A superb condition French Adrian M15 helmet . This is an example of those captured by the Germans & sold to raise funds for charity. Paintwork is excellent throughout this helmet & chinstrap surprisingly intact . German ownership label to be seen placed underneath liner.
WW1 French Ammunition Pouch ( M1905 Pattern ) Fine example of the scarce M1905 Pattern French ammunition pouch in black leather with brass studded flap fastening to front & still complete with its internal ammunition retaining tongue. Rear fittings have been removed. This model & its forerunner the M1888 pouch were both in use by the French Infantry during the early stages of the First World War & are now a hard to come by piece of French kit.
WW1 French Army 1915 Pattern Pack Scarce piece of WW1 French soldiers kit this being the 1915 version of the french 1894 marching pack known by the French Poilu as the "as du carreau " (ace of diamonds ) . In 1915 the French adopted brown leather & green grey canvas equipment this being a classic example of such a piece. In used condition with some of the edging having come away from the top flap there is the name 'Bernard Niort' to the inside of the flap & interestingly the traces of some handwriting to one side where the word 'Stalag' is still legible. This indicates that the owner was captured & took the pack with him into captivity being one of the issue equipment items that he would be allowed to keep. Some leather food would no doubt enhance in certain areas this being a very hard to find item of French fieldgear to find today.
WW1 French Artillery Adrian Helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with crossed cannons insignia for Artillery troops. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the darker blue grey paint finish seen as of 1916 when a longer baking process was instigated to subdue the previous lighter blue finish. Construction features indicate manufacture by the maker ' La Societe Des Phares Auteroche' with ink markings to underside of the crown supporting this. The 1916 pattern of liner incorporating a separate headband & six separately sewn in fingers is present here. Helmet has a two piece corrugated band , correct for its size , with 'Horizon Blue' wool uniform off cuts applied to the inside edge of the leather . A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Artillery Adrian Helmet ( 1917 Overpaint ) Excellent untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with crossed cannons badge for Artillery & overpainted in brown as per the French 1917 order. Much of its original brown overpaint remains to the outer surface & inside rim with minor abrasions in places & its blue paint visible underneath the leather liner which is in excellent condition. Brown leather chinstrap is original & in above average condition. Overall service use present but certainly a good example.
WW1 French Artillery Officers Kepi & Trench Cover Fine example of the French Officers ' Polo style ' Kepi very much in keeping with the fashion of the 1915-19 period . Regimentally numbered to the 174th Field Artillery the cap has upper piping & braiding intact with regiment of artillery chinstrap buttons to each side. Some light moth nips to top of cap although body is good with much nap to cloth & peak good & firm. The caps overall ' field used ' charactor is enhanced by the presence of its tan cotton cover that has a portion cut out at the front to show the rank of the wearer as indicated by the caps piping. These covers saw much action in Gallipoli & Salonika & are now a scarce item of WW1 French militaria.
WW1 French Artillery Officers Tunic A rather pleasing named & April 1918 dated gabardine French Artillery officers tunic with Paris tailor label attributable to a frontline officer ' Georges Steinhard ' . Of the so called ' New Tunic ' style which appeared after the spring of 1915 this officer has seen three years of action at the front as is denoted by the embroidered chevron to left upper arm. His rank of ' Sous - Lieutenant ' is indicated by its sleeve rank insignia & his branch of artillery by the red scalloped collar tabs affixed to its stand up collar. The crossed cannon buttons also denote same. Collar tabs do appear to have been resewn. The Paris tailor ' Geo Harrison ' is known to have made military uniforms of some elegance this piece being no exception. Its interior left breast pocket bears the printed cloth tailor name label with soldiers name & April 1918 date handwritten on . In overall excellent condition with light wear in places & the appearance of one worn for every day duty rather than best dress. A worthy research project & a tunic worn by a man with , no doubt , some interesting WW1 service.
WW1 French Artillery 'Adrian' Helmet Combat example of the WW1 French Artillery Adrian with original badge to front & leather liner & chinstrap. Helmet is in its original Horizon blue finish with some abrasions to its exterior. Front left edge has been slightly dented as is often seen on these thin stamped steel helmets. Leather chinstrap is partly missing & fragile although liner is good.
WW1 French Breadbag ( 1892 Pattern ) Made of strong brown hemp cloth with a two buttoned flap & shoulder strap the M1892 breadbag contained the days rations , spoon & drinking cup as well as the soldiers belongings. Strap is adjusted with a two pronged buckle which is original to the bag. One button replaced & faint markings to inside of flap. Overall condition used but original.
WW1 French Coffee Grinder A very good example of the French soldiers coffee grinder described as the ' Moulin a Café Filtre. Klepper Modele 1896 ' . A classic item of French soldiers field equipment.
WW1 French Croix De Guerre Instituted in April 1915 for for award to those mentioned in despatches. Excellent condition medal.
WW1 French Croix De Guerre With Bronze Star The French Croix De Guerre was created to recognize French and allied soldiers who were cited for valorous service during World War I, similar to the British mentioned in dispatches but with multiple degrees equivalent to other nation's decorations for courage. This example has original ribbon & bronze star being the lowest grade but representing that he was mentioned at Regimental or Brigade level.
WW1 French Drinking Cup Stamped & zinc plated sheet iron French soldiers drinking cup as issued to French troops as part of their field messkit in the First world war. Overall used condition but good. French maker markings to bottom.
WW1 French Engineers Helmet French WW1 engineers helmet complete with engineer badge to front & chinstrap complete. Overall service use is prevalent here with the Horizon Blue paint finish still showing through under its dark blue overpaint. General abrasions to outer shell with blue cloth banded leather liner intact & good.
WW1 French Field Binoculars Fine pair of French binoculars made by Huet of Paris a well known & recognised maker of French military optics. 'Extra Lumineuse 8x ' marked to shoulder indicating a design that basically let in more light for enhanced viewing. Huet binoculars were also much used by the British in WW1 & sometimes found having been made under contract thus. Coming complete with original brown leather carrying strap the optics are excellent with light service use overall.
WW1 French Field Pack With Entrenching Tool , Mess Kit , Groundsheet Etc A scarce late WW1 French canvas field pack with field equipment items carried by the French soldier in WW1. Typical of one of the 'makeshift' type riveted canvas strap type packs these were approved for use in 1917 & were used alongside their already existing leather strapped prewar counterparts for the duration of the war. The French ordnance ink stamp can be seen to the underside of the packs flap with 1917 approval date just about legible. Included with this set are the following items : Field pack with equipment straps Cook Pot Mess kit & blanket strap Canvas Water Carrier Entrenching tool in late war 'makeshift' brown canvas cover Canvas groundsheet ( French ink stamped ) Non standard blanket 4 X tent pegs ( two later German issue & two French ) Interesting to note that the entrenching tool cover is of the late brown rivetted canvas webbing .This has survived in excellent condition. Pack is in good used condition but with all straps & stitching still firm . Two small holes exist to the front flap of the pack. Nice display set.
WW1 French Gas Mask Tin French WW1 kidney shaped gas mask tin for the rare padded gas mask with much horizon blue paint remaining & two keepers each side for carrying strap. Lid removes okay, inside of tin is good with original paint. Nice piece of 'Poilu' gas equipment.
WW1 French Gunner Photographs Group of four French Artillery soldiers & their guns showing men & uniforms of the WW1 period. Excellent condition.
WW1 French Individual Mess Kit In zinc plated iron with standard chained on lid. This example is in excellent condition with much plating remaining overall. Standard issue to French troops in WW1.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Helmet Combat worn WW1 French infantry helmet complete with leather chinstrap & liner. Good Horizon blue finish remaining with overall service use & aging & a small dent in the lower part of its left & right side. Comb is intact with all rivets remaining as is the liner which still has its original drawstring remaining. Chinstrap frail.
WW1 French Infantry 1886 Hooked Quillon Lebel Bayonet An excellent example of the French 1886 Lebel bayonet in its original early form these being much modified during the First World War by , for example, the removeable of its blade breaker' hooked quillon. With its matching numbered scabbard the 25" blade is excellent & bright & the silver alloy (white-metal) grip is undamaged. A scarce bayonet to find still with its hooked quillon in very good non pitted condition.
WW1 French Infantry 1886 Hooked Quillon Lebel Bayonet An excellent example of the French 1886 Lebel bayonet in its original early form these being much modified during the First World War by , for example, the removeable of its blade breaker' hooked quillon. The 25" blade is excellent & bright & the silver alloy (white-metal) grip is undamaged. A scarce bayonet to find still with its hooked quillon in very good non pitted condition.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Helmet Large sized infantry Adrian with RF flaming grenade badge to front & much of its horizon blue paint remaining. Liner has at some point been seperated then repaired with the use of adhesive tape before being glued back into position, leather chinstrap is intact & still supple & has its buckle & fixings complete.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with infantry badge of flaming bomb to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the 1916 hand brush darker blue grey paint finish with the earlier lighter blue visible in places underneath this. Construction features appear to indicate manufacture by the firm 'La Compagnie Coloniale' . The 1916 pattern of liner incorporating a separate headband & six separately sewn in fingers is present here nicely dating this piece to the 1916 period onwards . All of its four piece corrugated liner band remains totally intact with the leather liner still firmly held in place by its liner pins. It is of note that dark blue wool uniform off cuts ( Such as from the early war Kepi & Greatcoat ) have been used to the inside edge of the leather as is expected of WW1 produced pieces. A super combat infantry Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Helmet An interesting field used French infantry Adrian with flaming grenade emblem intact to front & still in its original WW1 period blue paint finish. Originally an early issue in the lighter blue colour it has been overpainted by hand with the darker blue introduced as of 1916 to countenance the problem of being too visible in the field. As helmets continued to be manufactured the colour darkened considerably with those already in service repainted in the darker blue. It is interesting to note that the front & rear brims of the helmet have been slightly bent downwards this was a common practice amongst 'Old hands' to siginify their seniority as well may be the case here. Soldiers name scratched into underside of front brim. No liner.
WW1 French Infantry Matching Numbers 1886 Hooked Quillon Lebel Bayonet An excellent matching numbered example of the French 1886 Lebel bayonet in its original early form these being much modified during the First World War by , for example, the removeable of its blade breaker' hooked quillon. The 25" blade is excellent & bright & the silver alloy (white-metal) grip is undamaged. A scarce bayonet to find still with its hooked quillon in very good non pitted condition.
WW1 French Infantry Officers Adrian Helmet Very good example of the WW1 French officers Adrian helmet with much blue paint remaining & excelllent condition plaited leather chinstrap. Named to the inside with minor abrasions & overall service use.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Helmet Standard French infantry helmet of WW1 with its original Horizon light blue paint finish overpainted with the darker blue often seen on French WW1 combat helmets. Original badge to front with leather liner & chinstrap. Overall condition is used with some minor abrasions to the surface of the helmet & general ageing throughout. Leather liner & chinstrap good with some rusting to buckle.
WW1 French Issue Model 1855 Mess Kit Standard personal issue French mess kit of the Model 1855 , a model still in use in WW1. Chain holding lid is original & intact.
WW1 French Lebel Bayonet The WW1 early issue of French 'Poilu' bayonet with hooked quillon & cruciform blade. Very good condition.
WW1 French M15 Steel Combat 'Adrian' Infantry helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with infantry badge of flaming grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & out. Most were repainted dark blue grey later in the war. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the second pattern of liner incorporating several pieces which was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with the liner still firmly held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French M15 Adrian Steel Helmet With Bullet Damage An iconic bullet damaged WW1 French Adrian infantry helmet overpainted in brown as per the French 1917 order. Ten bullet holes can be seen to this helmet with a mixture of entry & exit holes throughout. It is interesting to note the original brown overpaint remaining to the outer surface & inside of the helmet with some old rust evident to the underside of the front lip. A part of the leather liner remains .
WW1 French M1852 Individual Mess Kit French messkit 1852 pattern as was standard issue in the First World War to French troops. Tin is made of zinc plated sheet iron with two small side handles & a lid & ring connected to one of the handles with a chain. Overall used condition with some rust & zinc plating off in places.
WW1 French M1865 Drinking Cup Stamped & zinc plated sheet iron French soldiers drinking cup as issued to French troops in the First world war. Overall used condition with some rust & French maker markings to bottom.
WW1 French M1881 Canvas Bucket Made of linen canvas this was part of the collective mess utensils kit two of these being issued per section. Bottom has a reinforced rim with also a wood stiffened rigid carrying handle. In used condition these were secured to the field pack & standard issue to French troops in World War One.
WW1 French M1892 Breadbag Standard issue to French soldiers in WW1 the M1892 breadbag was much used by each soldier. In strong linen with a button down flap & shoulder strap that was adjustable by a two pronged black lacquered buckle these contained the days rations , spoon & drinking cup as well as the soldiers personal belongings. In overall used condition this example has faint markings to outside flap corner.
WW1 French M1903 Belt Steel buckled French brown leather belt measuring 40 inches in length. Authorized for all dismounted troops in 1903 it was mainly distributed from 1914 onwards upon the outbreak of WW1. Overall good condition with some age to metal buckle.
WW1 French M1903 Belt Brass buckled French brown leather belt measuring 46 inches in length. Authorized for all dismounted troops in 1903 it was mainly distributed from 1914 onwards upon the outbreak of WW1. Overall good condition with overall service use & remains of First war issue markings to inside belt area.
WW1 French Machine Gunners Shoulder Protector The machine gunner would often have to mount the weapon onto his shoulder when moving quickly in or out of position & thus this shoulder harness was issued to protect the machinegunner against injury that may be sustained from carriage or from a hot barrel. Of thick leather construction with a padded chainmail centre section this is a used example in very good condition.
WW1 French Mannlicher Berthier Bayonet A superb clean example with matching numbers to bayonet & scabbard.
WW1 French Sectioned & Mounted Percussion Fuze In excellent condition. Inert & free from explosive. UK sales only.
WW1 French Soldiers Coffee Grinder A very good example of the French soldiers coffee grinder described as the ' Moulin a Café Filtre. Klepper Modele 1896 ' . A classic item of French soldiers field equipment.
WW1 French Soldiers Field Dressing Field Dressing pair of the WW1 'Poilu' . Both in excellent condition.
WW1 French Soldiers M1881 Drinking Cup In stamped zinc plated sheet iron these cups were part of the individual mess kit carried by French soldiers normally inside the breadbag. This example in excellent condition with much plating still on.
WW1 French Soldiers M1893/15 Field Pack Excellent example of the rare M1893/15 French soldiers Field Pack commonly referred to by the French Poilu as the ' as de carreau ' ( Ace of Spades! ). Having changed little since Napoleonic times the pack is of canvas & leather construction with good strong straps remaining which are pliable & all complete. Profusely marked on the inside flap there is the soldiers name of ' Baudet ' & his number scribbled onto the back body. A classic piece of WW1 French 'Poilu' equipment this is now a rare piece to find.
WW1 French Straight Shovel Entrenching Tool 1915 1915 dated & 'Touille' marked French straight entrenching tool. Excellent condition.
WW1 French Tobacco Ration French soldiers tobacco ration in excellent condition.
WW1 French Waterbottle A recent barn find this French WW1 waterbottle has a good part of its original blue felt cover still remaining .
WW1 French Wirecutters 1917 Good example set of the WW1 French 'Peugeot' made wirecutters with intact wooden handles & working action. Markings to shaft of 'Peugeot 1917' .
WW1 French Wirecutters 1918 French wirecutters marked ' Peugeot Freres 1918 ' .
WW1 G98 Pouches Good combat used pair of Imperial German ammunition pouches for the G98 Mauser rifle as used in the trenches of World War One. Pair is non matching in manufacture but both match in condition & would be perfect for display on a belt together. Both still have all the spacers complete inside each compartment & have all fittings intact. First pouch is made with brass rivettings & has the typical box marking on the back although the date is not discernable. Second pouch has the later iron fittings & maker name of 'R.WALDBAUER,STUTTGART 1917' on its reverse. Nice combat used pair .
WW1 German ' Kaiserliche Marine ' Turret Binoculars , Cased With Mounts 1916-1920 A fine pair of the rare Emil Busch, Rathenow made WW1 Imperial German Kriegsmarine turret binoculars coming cased & with both pivot & German marked foot mounts. In their original battleship grey these binoculars were made by Busch in the 1916-1920 period & were acquired by the Admiralty for Royal Navy use as denoted by the broad arrow marking added by them upon thier acquisition. Fitted with two swivel oculars to each side the larger is of powerful 12 X 80 magnification & the smaller of 12 X 20 magnification. The focus on both is very good with both swivels working perfectly . The right hand lense has suffered a chip in its long lifetime ( As pictured ) however the viewing through both is not affected at all. One small dent to body casing. . Both extendable rain shields & lens covers are intact with their original leather attachment straps. Coming complete with original wooden case in which the whole set can be safely stored when not in use. ***I will ship worldwide but please contact to discuss delivery costs/options to your location***
WW1 German 1898 Pattern Bayonet ( Regimental Markings ) Fair example of the Imperial German 1898 bayonet made by Erfurt with Prussian cypher & 1901 acceptance date. Overall the metal fittings & blade are in very good condition with walnut grips showing some use to both sides. Regimental markings to left side of crossguard read ' 47. R .6.119. ' Slight distortion to lower portion of blade being a typically 'poker ' used souvenired item.
WW1 German 1914 Pattern Bayonet 1917 dated example of the WW1 German 1914 pattern bayonet with wooden grips & working pommel catch. Bears Prussian Kaiser cipher with the date 1917 underneath. There is also a crown over the initial 'D' which is a semi Independent state rulers cipher. Maker mark on blade for 'JA Henckels , Zwillingswerk & Cie , Solingen' with the two matchstick men symbol. Overall condition is aged with much usage throughout & some denting to flashguard. Blade in fair condition with some scarring to scabbard possibly caused by blast.
WW1 German 1914 Rifle Grenade A scarce German 1914 rifle grenade in very nice condition having a good deal of its original green paint still on it. Likely to be a piece souvenired by a British soldier these were fragmentation grenades quickly replaced due to their inaccuracy. It is completely empty & dismantles down to allow thorough inspection. UK sales only.
WW1 German 1916 'Drillich' Trousers Often worn in bunkered positions were these white 'Drillich' trousers issued for use as a working dress so as to prevent unnecessary wear to the service dress. Made out of classic denim HBT type material these remained pretty much unchanged in WW2 & as such WW1 stocks were carried over & used as needed. Often seen in wartime photographs being worn in all sorts of scenarios these are a classic German item of clothing from both wars . With some service use they are complete with all their correct original buttons & are dated 1916.
WW1 German 1916 Dated Rifle Ammuniton Pouch Single brown leather G98 ammunition pouch for rifle ammunition as used by the German soldier of World War One. In good condition with all original metal & leather fittings & nicely maker marked & dated 1916 on the reverse. Good sound example.
WW1 German 1st Pattern S98/05aA Bayonet Supplied To Bavaria & With Bavarian Regimental Markings 1915 A super high eared first pattern 'butcher' bayonet of Prussian origin but supplied to Bavaria with Bavarian Foot Artillery regimental markings to scabbard of ' B.1.R.A.F 5.233 ' ( Koniglich Bayerisches Reserve-Fussartillerie-Regiment Nr.1 , 5th Batterie, Waffe Nr.233 . ) Maker mark of Alex Coppel to ricasso with Prussian cypher & '15' date to spine. This bayonet has first pattern steel mounted leather scabbard , 1915 was the last year of its issue so totally correct for this bayonet.
WW1 German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet Clean example of the German 98/05 bayonet with excellent condition wooden grips & good metalwork throughout bearing only minor aging to some surfaces. Maker marked to ' Durkopp Werke A.G ' the blade is still bright with no unsightly pitting spots. Scabbard has overall age to its surfaces. Sound example with good clean grips.
WW1 German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet Sound example of the 98/05 bayonet with well used wooden grips although with no chips or dings present. Metalwork is generally good with typical aging to some surfaces , blade is bright & unspotted. Maker mark of ' E&F Horster, Solingen' present with Prussian markings to flat edge ( Kaisers cipher ) & date 1917. Scabbard sound.
WW1 German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet Very nice example of the WW1 'Butcher' with some overall surface ageing to metal exterior & good clean blade. Serial number visible to hilt with ' Deutsch Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisberg ' maker to blade. Prussian markings to spine of blade with date 1917.
WW1 German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet Nice condition Imperial German 'Butcher' bayonet with much blueing remaining to pommel & undamaged wooden grips. Made by 'Simson & Co Suhl' with Prussian cypher on spine & date 1915. Good blade with general age & no bad pitting.
WW1 German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1915 A clean example of the WW1 German butcher bayonet with 1915 date to spine. An Erfurt made piece with Prussian marking to spine. Wooden grips are excellent & overall a nice display piece.
WW1 German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1916 Nice fair condition WW1 Butcher bayonet made by Waffenfabrik Mauser & dated 1916 with Kaisers cypher on spine. Blade is excellent & bright with no pitting or damage there being some age to metal surfaces although generally good. Matching maker of Mauser Oberndorf to scabbard throat with good smooth fitting & pommel catch still working. Overall a fair example with good bright blade.
WW1 German 98/05 Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet Super example of the scarce German WW1 bayonet with sawback blade as intended for issue to Pioneer troops. Wooden grips on this piece are overall excellent with a good finish still remaining & only a couple of very old chips from use on one side. Grip nuts are loose so probably been off for cleaning at some point althugh veneer of the wood is excellent. Blade, crossguard & pommel are in excellent order with a bright finish to the blade & only slight aging in places.
WW1 German 98/05 Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet 1916 WW1 German 98/05 sawback 'butcher' bayonet for issue to pioneer troops . A good clean example with ricasso marking for Mauser Oberndorf & spine date of '16' with Prussian cypher. Iconic WW1 piece.
WW1 German 98/05 Sawback Removed Butcher Bayonet Excellent condition example of the WW1 Butcher bayonet for the G98/05 Mauser rifle this example having originally been a Sawback before it was officially removed due to the propaganda spread about what might happen to German prisoners captured in possession of such items. . In very nice clean condition manufacturer marking to blade denotes that of Mauser AG Oberndorf with 1916 date to spine of blade. Good walnut grips present with no damage & no serious pitting to metal parts. Scabbard has much blueing remaining with correct throat & frog stud still present. Overall very good clean example.
WW1 German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet 1915 dated example of the WW1 G98 Butcher bayonet complete with scabbard. Maker marked to Carl Eickhorn of Solingen with a good clean blade, some age to hilt & much blueing remaining to pommel. Wooden grips good with no unsightly large gashes or cracks. Metal scabbard has throat screw missing with surface pitting to exterior surface. Overall good display piece.
WW1 German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet 1916 A nice used condition Imperial German WW1, 1916 dated Pattern 1898/05 Butchers Bayonet and scabbard for the Gew. 98 Mauser Rifle. 1916 dated on the spine of the blade with Kaisers logo and ricasso stamped to rare maker "Ferd. Esser & Co. Elberfeld" with its rearing horse logo. Good walnut grips with typical general age overall , scabbard is Waffenfabrik Mauser AG Oberndorf marked to throat.
WW1 German Double Saxon Regiment Marked S98 Bayonet Frog A scarce bayonet frog which is double Saxon regiment marked firstly to the 101st Infantry regiment & then to the 177th Regiment was part of the 12th Army Corps. Interesting in that being an early pre war pattern of frog it has been modified with the addition of extra stitching to fit the later issue bayonet . Both regiment markings are clear to the reverse with a front leather repair to the frog stud hole. Rare frog.
WW1 German Drill Trousers 1916 Often worn in bunkered positions were these white 1916 dated regimentally marked 'Drillich' trousers issued for use as a working dress so as to prevent unnecessary wear to the service dress. Often seen in wartime photographs being worn in all sorts of scenarios these are a rare German item of clothing from WW1 . With some service use they are complete with all their correct original buttons & are Bekleidungs stamped ( Inspection marking ) 1916 with regimental marking. An scarce well sized approx 34 inch waist & 27 1/2 inside leg.
WW1 German Enlisted Mans Belt & Buckle 1914 Nice early example of a Prussian brass & nickle buckle with 1914 dated brown leather belt. Buckle has maker stamp on leather tab of ' C.Billep Spandau' & has a good bright patina to its outer surface with a very small dent to right side of crown. There are also regimental numbers crudely scratched into the reverse of the tab by its original owner. Leather belt is in its original brown leather & has manufacturer stamp still clear with the date 1914 impressed into the leather of the hook end. Leather is still supple with no cracks or warping.
WW1 German Equipment Bag Light brown canvas equipment bag in unused unisued condition with excellent early pre WW1 markings from an artillery regiment & the date 1913. There is also what appears to be an earlier maker mark & datestamp of 1912 . Excellent piece for WW1 display.
WW1 German Ersatz 'Rolled Edge' Felt Pickelhaube With Shrapnel Hole A rare Ersatz 'rolled edge' felt Pickelhaube completely untouched from WW1 & straight from the battlefield. Having remained in family hands until now this time capsule of a piece is still caked in mud & also has a small shrapnel hole which has sliced through down into the liner. The Ersatz Pickelhauben were produced to meet a severe leather shortage at the beginning of WW1 brought about by the sudden demand on German industry. Different variations exist albeit in very small numbers . This piece has been made in the Model 1895 style with brass fittings but no rear spine or front visor trim . A rolled & stitched edging can be seen around the whole bottom edge of the helmet intended to help retain its shape. Spike & base plate are still firm to the top of the helmet with its original chinstrap still in place. It is of note that a small shrapnel hole is present in the top side of the felt which upon examination has sliced through into the leather liner underneath causing a corresponding hole & an apparent scorch mark to the surrounding leather. An Army Corps ink stamp is partially visible to the rear brim with the maker name logo embossed into the leather liner. It is fascinating to see the amount of dried mud visible to the inside of the helmet & also up inside the spike. Being undisturbed for many years in a house there is dust to the exterior which I have not attempted to clean off. The helmet plate is original to the helmet although has been off at some point in its life ( matchstick used to rescure) . It has lasted very well for this pattern of helmet with only some slight distortion & a tear to the liner . A rare piece, never in collectors hands before & straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 German Ersatz Bayonet The so called First World War 'Ersatz' bayonet in all steel with correct scabbard & numbers to hilt. Good clean example with only one minor spot of pitting to scabbard. No pitting on blade or hilt. Classic Imperial German bayonet.
WW1 German Ersatz Bayonet & Scabbard Bringback example of the Imperial German Ersatz bayonet complete with scabbard. This piece has a good blade although there is considerable age & shallow pitting to all metal surfaces which has accumulated through time. Some green paint is left on the top portion of the scabbard & cypher still visible to blade spine. Pommel catch missing.
WW1 German Fighting Knife Classic wood handled German trench fighting knife from the World War one period with Imperial German inspection mark to blade & nine grooved handle. In overall excellent condition with full length blade & black painted metal scabbard with some general service use throughout.
WW1 German Fighting Knife ( Nahkampfmesser ) First World War German fighting knife with nine grooved wooden grips & brown leather belt loop to metal scabbard. Blade is unmarked & slightly shortened according to the owners individual preference. Overall condition is good with traces of black paint remaining to scabbard . Imperial German crown inspection marking to spine edge of handle. Overall a good WW1 trench example.
WW1 German Fighting Knife (Nahkampfmesser) First World War German fighting knife with nine grooved wooden grips & brown leather belt loop to metal scabbard. Blade is unmarked & slightly shortened according to the owners individual preference. Overall condition is good with traces of black paint remaining to scabbard . Imperial German ordnance crown inspection marking to spine edge of handle. Overall a good WW1 trench example.
WW1 German G98 Butcher Bayonet 1915 Good fair condition Butcher bayonet made by Simson & Co of Suhl & dated 1915 with Kaisers cypher on spine. Proof markings visible on the pommel of the piece with metal surfaces having some age as expected but no deep pitting or scarring. Wooden grips are very good with small hairline to bottom of one side noticeable on close inspection ( See pics ). Scabbard , although having some age, has much of its original black finish visible having been saved from damp loft storage only recently. It is very rare to find Butcher bayonet scabbards with any original finish remaining most having suffered the effects of 95 years or so of poor storage. Good smooth fit to sleeve. Overall a good sleepy example of this iconic weapon.
WW1 German Gas Mask ( Model 17 ) Imperial German gas mask introduced as of June 1917 with brown leather facepiece & oilcloth edging. This model has metal 'spider' reinforcements to the eyepieces differing to the later 1918 version which did not. Filter is the 11-11 type 2 in its original green paint with 'AGFA' markings & the date '30/4/17' . Gas mask can is correct for this pattern of mask being the slightly taller 1917 pattern complete with spare eye lenses, carrying strap & Instruction sheet in bottom of tin. Can is still in its original factory green paint with black to the inside as was issued. Soldiers name written onto lid of tin. Overall good condition example with all original paint.
WW1 German Group Photograph 1914 Posed studio portrait postcard shot of Imperial German soldiers wearing a mixture of uniforms with filled in reverse.
WW1 German Hospital Group Photograph 1915 Group photograph of Imperial German army soldiers convalescing in a military hospital (Barackenlazarett) in 1915. All soldiers are wearing field caps with hospital wear. Postcard has been sent to a Hamburg address with a 'Pillau' postmark & date 17/7/15. Good condition.
WW1 German Iron Cross Second Class First world war Iron cross with good full length ribbon, ring stamp & in overall excellent crisp condition.
WW1 German Luger Holster 1918 Good Imperial german Luger holster maker impressed on inside of top flap to a Berlin maker with the date 1918. This is most certainly a good used period piece in excellent chocolate brown/black leather as was the later issue of field equipment to the WW1 German Army. Leather is in excellent supple condition with a strengthening repair to flap visible from the inside & both its belt loops being totally period original to the holster. All stitching good. An excellent displayable piece having seen service.
WW1 German M16 Helmet Nice untouched example of the Imperial German M16 helmet with a very nice combat worn appearance having much of its dullened green paint remaining. This is a helmet that has certainly seen much action with light abrasions to its outer surface. Inside of helmet has its leather liner band remaining although the stitching has become detached at its rear central portion & only two of the three pads remain. Pads are minus their fillings & are dry & cracked. Traces of owners name remain to inside neck area & shell manufacturer markings of ' ET64' are still visible.
WW1 German M16 Steel Combat Helmet Textbook example of the Imperial German M16 steel combat helmet in its original factory green paint & with leather liner band & pads still intact. Maker marked 'ET' with very faint size marking it has the three off white leather pads still present displaying much field wear by their dirty appearance. Two small apparent field repairs can be seen to the thin leather fingers of the pads. A classic WW1 German soldiers helmet & one that no doubt saw much service in the trenches of WW1.
WW1 German M18 Transitional Helmet Interesting relic from the early Third Reich period being the M18 helmet bearing the remains of both decals on each side. This is the first version of German helmet that had its chinstrap fitted directly to the liner system . Each of its three liner split pins remain in place .
WW1 German Mauser 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet Resembling the butcher knife of the period hence the nickname this example of the famous First World War German bayonet is maker marked on one side 'MUNDLOSS , MAGDEBURG' & on the other the only partially visible name of 'Deutschemachinenfabrik AG'. Wood grips are excellent with no nasty chips or dings & flashguard is intact along its spine. Some overall pitting to metal as is typical with these bayonets.
WW1 German P08 Luger Holster Good condition black leather luger pistol holster with buckle down front flap & original belt loops to reverse. Loading tool pouch present on underside of flap with small area of stitching slightly loose to one belt loop.
WW1 German Postcard Photograph Early shot of a group of Imperial German soldiers & a sailor. Good details of Pickelhaubes , early Dunkelblau uniforms etc. Saarbrucken printer address to reverse in postcard format.
WW1 German Sawback Butcher Bayonet 1915
WW1 German Sawback Mauser Bayonet 1917 Example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet is maker marked with 'Waffenfabrik Mauser AG. Oberndorf' with some pitting in places. Saw-back teeth are still razor sharp as originally intended with good walnut grips intact having no unsightly dents or damage. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a 'W' indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date '17' (1917). Good bringback WW1 German item.
WW1 German Sniper Shield With Swivel Peephole A totally original battlefield found WW1 German sniper shield with swivel peephole & supporting arm. This heavy steel angled edged shield is one of many variants encountered these being well used by the troops with the risk of snipers ever present. Having been ground recovered from the Western Front this iconic piece has had a protective anti rust coating applied. ***PLEASE CONTACT TO DISCUSS POSTAGE /COLLECTION/DROPOFF OPTIONS TO BE AGREED ***
WW1 German Soldier Postcard 1918 Depicted in a studio portrait pose this young German soldier is seated wearing 1915 model 'Feldbluse' with Litzen. Dedicated on reverse.
WW1 German Soldier Postcard Photograph 1916 Very nice postcard photograph of a young German soldier in 1907/10 tunic with full field equipment & rifle with Butcher bayonet fixed pose. Pickelhaube has a field cover attached. Soldier appears to be from the 166th Infantry Regiment according to his shoulder straps with postcard reverse filled in & the depot stamp of the Recruit Depot of the II Replacement Battalion Infantry Regiment 166. Overall good condition.
WW1 German T-Gewehr Round Inert T-Gewehr round in good condition.
WW1 German Transitional Ear Cut-Out Helmet ( More Pictures ) ***************** More pictures************************* See Third Reich Helmets & Headdress for full listing.
WW1 German Trench Fighting Knife Excellent German trench fighting knife with maker 'Ernst Busch Solingen ' to ricasso & imperial inspection marking to reverse. Wood grip displays nine grooves with slightly extended crossguard to lower edge. Scabbard has original factory finish with good amount of finish remaining. Leather hilt strap is very good with no damage.
WW1 German Trench Sign 'Officers Quarters' German trench sign ' OFFZ - QUART ' for officers quarters. Black painted wooden sign which i believe to be totally original.
WW1 German Tropical Waterbottle 1941 1941 dated waterbottle with web straps & of a pattern used in tropical theatres. 1941 date to neck of bottle with webbing & bakelite screw cap & cup in excellent order.
WW1 Greece Medal Of Merit 1916-17. First World War Greek medal of merit acknowledging the 1916-1917 period. Original ribbon with crisp detail remaining to medal.
WW1 Gurkha Kukri , 1917 Dated. Very nice example of the WW1 Gurkha issue Kukri complete with its scabbard & belt hanger. The WW1 style of Kukri is more ornate than its WW2 issue counterpart as can be seen here with brass mountings decorating the handle. Brown wood grips are in excellent condition with no unsightly chips, dents or woodworm. Blade is also excellent with only a couple of blemishes through age on one side. Very clear markings remain on the blade near the handle these being ' CO I ' & the Indian I above the broad arrow denoting Indian issue then the date '1917' with '37' underneath this more than likely denoting reissue in 1937. Brown leather scabbard has a brass tip at the bottom with a leather belt mount consisting of two hanging belt loops & a leather lace frontage securing the mount onto the scabbard. Leather work of both is excellent with no tears or brittleness. Overall very nice WW1 example of this scarce Gurkha weapon.
WW1 Gurkha Kukri 1916 ( Reissued 1943 ) A fine example of the increasingly hard to find Gurkha Kukri this example dated 1916 & carrying a reissue date of 1943. Wooden handle has the correct steel fittings with no bolster as is typically seen on this pattern. Scabbard is leather bound wood & overall in excellent condition.
WW1 Highland Light Infantry KIA Medal Pair A pair of medals to a 10619 Private A. Turner, Highland Light Infantry KIA being the 1914-15 Star & Victory medal. Killed on 22/3/1915 & buried in the Cabaret-Rouge Military Cemetery , Souchez which is in the Pas-De-Calais area of France. Both in good condition with ribbons.
WW1 Imperial German Drinking Cup 1915 Metal drinking cup from the Imperial German army maker marked & dated 1915. Handles to rear with 1/4 L marking. Good condition.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher ' Bayonet Frog 1915 An Imperial German ' Butcher' bayonet frog with faint maker mark & date to rear which appears to be 1915 . A nice used example.
WW1 Imperial German ' Butcher' Bayonet Frog In brown leather with one stud minus from back section.
WW1 Imperial German '03 Binocular Case Ersatz leather & treated canvas for the Doppelfernrohr 03 binoculars in good condition complete with instruction sheet to inside of lid. A scarce component of the Imperial German soldiers field kit the 03 cases are an indication of the direction in which German field kit was heading in the First world war period onwards. Construction is a mixture of erstaz leather , hardened canvas & wood finished in black to match the rest of the field kit of the time.
WW1 Imperial German '08 Binocular Case Excellent condition example of the '08 Fernglas binocular case in brown leather with original German instruction label undamaged & still present to inside of lid. Side tabs are excellent with good strong leather throughout having suffered no damage, dryness or cracking. A scarcely found good condition example of the WW1 German Fernglas case.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet WW1 Imperial German bayonet only with Wurttemburg markings & mauser Oberndorf maker to ricasso.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet Frog Black leather 'Butcher' bayonet frog in good used condition.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet Frog A very good example of the Imperial German bayonet frog for use with the 'Butcher' bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet Frog For the Imperial German 'Butcher' bayonet & in very good condition.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet Frog Imperial German frog for the 'Butcher' bayonet . Very used condition with stud loose & some period repair to one side.
WW1 Imperial German 'Butcher' Bayonet Frog A very nice example of this bayonet frog for the standard German 'Butcher' bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 'Fernglas' Binoculars & Cover 1916 Pair of the WW1 German MG 08 'Fernglas' binoculars with a good amount of its original field grey paint still remaining. Marked ' Fernglas 08 ' to its adjustment wheel the maker is that of Leitz Wetzlar . 1916 date to arm. Eye piece adjustment of optics in good working order however bakelite eyepieces damaged. Leather neck strap detached into three parts with some dryness.
WW1 Imperial German 'Machine Gun Regiment' P'08 Luger Pistol An excellent WW1 example of the iconic German Luger pistol. This piece bears regimental markings to the 4th Company , Reserve Machine Gun regiment 8 & has matching numbers throughout ( bar magazine ) . Dated 1911 it has a faultless mechanical toggle action and is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired. It has undamaged brown wooden checquered grips & an attractive finish remaining overall.
WW1 Imperial German 'Mod 08 Fernglas' Case WW1 Imperial German brown leather case for the '08 Fernglas made by Voigtlander , Braunschweig & still with the paper instruction label to underside of lid. All fittings are intact with good leather & all rivets in place.
WW1 Imperial German 'Model 17' Gas Mask & Carrying Tin Very nice original example of the Imperial German leather gas mask model 1917. This replaced the earlier 'Gummimaske' version & is distinguishable from the later Model 1918 version by the presence of its thin metal spider reinforcement behind the lenses. In very good condition its canvas head straps remain undamaged with lenses uncracked. It comes with the 11-C-11 filter canister which is April 1918 dated. Gas mask tin is of the correct 1917/18 pattern with spare lense compartment to interior of lid & spare lenses present. All of the straps are as found on the tin & are original WW1 Imperial German issue. A good proportion of green paint remains.
WW1 Imperial German 'Prussia' Belt And Buckle 1895 pattern WW1 belt & Prussian buckle with 'GOTT MIT UNS' legend . Buckle is complete with leather tab , belt having some later repair to adjustment tongue. Belt measures 100cm in length.
WW1 Imperial German 'Wurttembergisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr.26' Fieldcap 1914 A scarce Imperial German fieldcap of the 1907 pattern with yellow band & piping for 'Dragoon Regiment 26' ( Stuttgart-Cannstaat) . Cap has the Wurttemburg cockade with rarely seen light yellow band & piping for Dragoon regiment 26. . White cotton canvas lining is army group stamped 'B.A.XIII. 1914 ' followed by size & a Stuttgart maker name with regimental markings beneath this. 'B.A' is the abbreviation for 'Bekleidungs Amt' . Cap cloth is very good with only very small tracks in places & one small hole to top rear.
WW1 Imperial German ( Prussia ) Soldier Photograph In pickelhaube, field equipment , field blouse & with rifle. Postcard format.
WW1 Imperial German 10 X 50 Dienstglas 1917 WW1 Imperial German 10 X 50 'Dienstglas' with what appears to be a date , or acceptance date, of ' IV 1917' to right prism. The Zeiss serial number range appears to put the number of 741390 into the year of 1917 production . This model of DF ( doppelfernrohr ) were manufactured from 1914-1919 & were used by officers of the Imperial German army & navy. The lack of marine markings would certainly imply army issue however the 'K' on the hinge lug bar is a WW I period 'Gewehr Prüfungskommission Spandau' acceptance marking . Although certainly good for a mannequin/dugout display the optics would require attention for anything more as they are rather hazy & the focus stiff. Only one rain shield remains. Overall they do show the effects of age with some surface rust in places & decay to the paint surfaces. One end of the leather strap is detached although the end studded section is present. Nevertheless an interesting set not often encountered.
WW1 Imperial German 1898 n/A Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Superb example of the Imperial German Model 1898 Bayonet complete with its leather & steel mounted scabbard. The ricasso is stamped by the manufacturer 'V.C.Schilling Suhl' with Bavarian royal cypher for Konig Otto (1886-1913) to spine of blade with date 1911. It has second type grooved slab wood grips with working pommel catch. The swept crossguard is crisply regimentally stamped with ' B.21.R.R ' denoting a Reserve Regiment & there are Imperial acceptance stamps to pommel, pommel press stud & both wood grip screws. Piped back blade is excellent . It is complete with steel mounted leather scabbard that has Imperial German markings to the chape , throat & mouth . All leather and stitching of the scabbard is intact and it is in near mint condition. A superb example.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Saw-Back ''Butcher' Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' for the GEW 98 Mauser rifle. this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet has scarce maker mark to ' Durkopp Werke AG ' on the blade & is in overall good condition. Imperial German marks to pommel & scabbard tip. Excellent original wooden grips. Blade condition is very good with no pitting or rust & saw-back teeth are still razor sharp as originally intended. Spine bears cipher with overall good finish to metal surfaces having no pitting. Scabbard is also good with throat lozenge screw still present & is also complete with its brown leather frog which would date to the mid WW1 period. Overall a nice example of the Imperial German pioneers sawback bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet & Scabbard The infamous sawback butcher bayonet was issued to Pioneer troops of the Kaisers army however short thrift was given by allied troops to those German soldiers captured with such a ghastly bayonet in their possession! This piece has its razor sharp sawback teeth intact with the only remaining marking of 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' manufacturer to ricasso. Imperial inspection mark visible to pommel. Blade is good & bright with evidence of heavy cleaning here as well as to the hilt & pommel areas. Wood grips do appear to have been once removed for this purpose however overall it is certainly visually representative of the sawback 'Butcher' . bayonet. Scabbard has some blackening to surface with service use evident.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Sawback Bayonet 1917 Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet is maker marked with 'Waffenfabrik Mauser AG. Oberndorf' on the blade & has inspection mark to pommel. Blade condition is good with saw-back teeth still razor sharp as originally intended. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a 'W' indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date '17' (1917). Wooden grips are excellent with moderate use throughout on this example. Overall finish of the exterior metal parts has darkened with age as is typical of these pieces however this is a good 'Trench used' example of this popular German weapon.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Sawback Bayonet 1917 & Frog Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet is maker marked with 'Waffenfabrik Mauser AG. Oberndorf' on the blade & has inspection mark to pommel. Blade condition is good with saw-back teeth still razor sharp as originally intended. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a 'W' indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date '17' (1917). Wooden grips are excellent with moderate use throughout on this example. Overall finish of the exterior metal parts is good with some usual age this being an excellent overall example of this scarce German bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet ,Scabbard & Frog WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Saw-Back ''Butcher' Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog. Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' for the GEW 98 Mauser rifle this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet has maker mark to 'Simson & Co Suhl' on the blade & is in overall good condition. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a W indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date '15' for 1915. Imperial German marks to pommel. Saw-back teeth on blade still razor sharp as originally intended. What appears to be shrapnel damage is present on the right side grip this being a souvenired item from the brutal trench warfare of WW1. Scabbard is also good with throat lozenge screw still present. Brown leather frog in excellent order still supple with no damage & clearly dated 1915. Overall a nice example of the Imperial German pioneers sawback bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/1909 Shovel Carrier Fine example of the Imperial German brown leather shovel carrier with Berlin maker markings to leather still visible ( very faint SA overstamp only noticeable on close inspection ). In overall typically used but good condition the leather is still supple with only minor surface cracking to loops in places. There is no damage to stitching which is still firm & intact. Overall a very nice piece with good colour brown Imperial German finish remaining.
WW1 Imperial German 1898Aa Bayonet, Guarde Grenadier Regiment Marked An interesting first type 1898 bayonet being the so called aa version with one piece wooden grip. This piece was made at Erfurt & bears regimental markings to hilt ' 3.G.G.5.155. ' of the Garde Grenadier Regiment based at Spandau. Inspectors stamps ( crown over initial ) to pommel with faint ERFURT marking to ricasso & spine of blade. Wooden grip is of the scarce one piece type which were only used for a limited period due to their proneness to cracking. Very slight hairline is apparent here to the grip underside although these early models are hard to find. Black leather scabbard is in good order with some age to metal surfaces . Brown leather frog is dry in places & frayed to front body with stitching coming away on one side. Overall a scarce Imperial German bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1908 Pattern Binoculars & Case WW1 German binoculars of the 08 pattern ( Fernglas 08 ) maker marked to Rodenstock , Munchen. Adjustable eyepieces in good working order with sound optics. Brown leather case ( 03 Pattern ) has Berlin maker marking with label still intact to inside of lid.
WW1 Imperial German 1908 Pattern Binoculars & case, 1916 Dated. Classic WW1 German binocular set complete with lens cover & brown leather case. Typical of the 1908 pattern of German binocular this set are cased in grey/green stippled metal with early hard rubber green eyepieces. The manufacturer logo of 'Carl Zeiss Jena' & the designation type of 'Fernglas 08' are stamped onto the knurled adjustment dial with the date ' XII 1916 ' stamped onto one of its metal arms. Brown leather neck strap is complete & in supple condition & is threaded through the sides of the grey/green metal lens cover which is a rare accessory to find these days. One of the eyelenses is cracked with its lower adjustable focussing portion only turning very slightly. The other side works perfectly. Brown leather case is maker marked 'Carl Zeiss' & is complete with its paper label in old Gothic German intact on the inside of the lid. Both leather tabs at the side of the case have suffered some damage & one has torn away although the seperated piece could be repaired with some care. Nice complete set.
WW1 Imperial German 1908 Pattern Binoculars, 1916 Typical of the 1908 pattern of German binocular this set are cased in grey/green stippled metal & in excellent condition. The manufacturer logo of 'Voigtlander Braunschweig' & the designation type of 'Mod. 08' is stamped onto the knurled adjustment dial with the date ' VII 1916 ' stamped onto one of its metal arms. Excellent optics although one of its screw on hard rubber eyepieces is minus.
WW1 Imperial German 1914 Dated S84/98 Or S98 Pipeback Bayonet Frog Scarce 1914 dated Imperial German bayonet frog for the S84/98 Mauser or S98 pipeback bayonet. Clear 1914 date .
WW1 Imperial German 1915 Model Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube A fine example of the last model of German pickelhaube with original chinstrap & grey steel fittings introduced on 28th June 1915 . By this time in the war the expensive fittings of brass & silver were now needed for the war effort elsewhere & so this version , although still iconic , was rather simplified. This superb early war 'trench' piece with its original removeable spike & both national & state cockades has survived very well with a nice even age to its exterior & a very appealing age patina to its fittings. I have made no attempt to clean it & so it is thus left as found. The black leather liner typifies that found on pickelhaube examples of this period. It is in good condition & is complete with leather tongue tie . The Prussian helmet plate is secured to the helmet with its two original leather fasteners through each eye on the helmets underside. All of the chemically treated grey metal fittings are original to the helmet & tightly fitting. Most of the helmets exterior black finish is still present with some of the usual crazing in places. Chinstrap is still complete with its very rarely found original chinstrap. This has grey buckles matching that of the rest of the helmet in age & patina & does appear to have been with the helmet for a very long time. There is some expected age to the leather surface in places as these were often worn down in action & thus had a practical use rather than just for display. Along with other various traces of soldiers writing to the underside of the helmet an ink stamped size mark of '54' is present to the rear guard along with the soldier owners name scrawled in ink & just partially visible. A classic Imperial German item brought back from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German 7.6cm Minenwerfer Message Carrying Bomb Scarce 7.6cm minenwerfer bomb for message carrying . Fuze marked LWMZdr 1917. A complete example it is unfired & in excellent condition. Still with paint to body which does appear to be original to it however not guaranteed. Inert & free from explosive. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet A first world war 98/05 'butcher' bayonet from the scarce maker 'Move-Werke' . Marked underneath to Walter & Co Muhlhausen in Thr. Some surface age & light spotting to blade with Imperial markings to pommel , spine & scabbard. Wood grips are excellent with no damage & pommel catch working.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet 1915 A good midwar example of the 98/05 Imperial German 'butcher' bayonet. Maker marked to ricasso for ' E&F Horster, Solingen ' & with '15' date to spine with Prussian cypher. Untouched & with inspection markings visible to pommel it comes with leather & metal scabbard which is totally correct for 1915 this being the last year of its issue before being replaced by the all steel pattern.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet 1917 Very good example of the WW1 German Butcher bayonet with scabbard. Twin maker marked to ricasso with Gottlieb Hammesfahr , Solingen & Schubert & Salzer, Chemnitz one having made the parts the other having assembled them. Bayonet is cypher marked to spine of blade with date 1917. Blade in excellent condition with only minimal age & metal surfaces excellent with much blueing remaining. Scabbard has some age but is overall excellent with no unsightly pitting & much blueing remaining. Overall nice example with scarce twin maker markings.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1915 A very clean example of the WW1 German 'Butcher' bayonet dated 1915 on the spine with Kaisers cypher & maker marked to Alex Coppel of Solingen. Wood grips on this piece are excellent with no damage the metal surfaces being very clean & with pommel catch in working order. Blade superb . Scabbard is unpitted with much blueing remaining & Imperial German cyphers to tip & throat. An overall excellent example.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1916 Sound example of the 98/05 bayonet in overall good condition. Some moderate wear to wooden grips with Imperial markings to pommel . Metalwork is generally good with typical aging to some surfaces . Maker mark of ' E&F Horster, Solingen' present to ricasso with Prussian markings to flat edge ( Kaisers cipher ) & date 1916. Scabbard has much blueing remaining with Imperial markings to frog stud & throat. Bottom of scabbard has a simulated chape with some blueing removed to leave the appearance of a metal mounted black leather scabbard giving a crisp military appearance. Dent to reverse side of scabbard.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1917 A very clean example of the WW1 German 'Butcher' bayonet dated 1917 on the spine with Kaisers cypher & maker marked to Alex Coppel of Solingen. Wood grips on this piece are excellent with no damage the metal surfaces being clean & bright with pommel catch in working order. Blade superb . Scabbard is unpitted with some blueing remaining. An overall excellent example.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05 Sawback Butcher Bayonet 1916 A very clean sawback butcher of the 98/05 pattern with Prussian cypher to spine of blade & date '16' clearly visible. Wood grips have suffered no damage & metal surfaces are excellent with inspection markings to be seen to pommel & throat of its non dented scabbard. Blade bright. Maker marked to ricasso 'Weyersberg Kirschbaum' of Solingen it has three small issue numbers to hilt.
WW1 Imperial German 98/05aA Butcher Bayonet With Matching Regimental Markings To Bayonet & Scabbard An extremely rare pre war German 98/05 aA model bayonet with matching regimental markings to bayonet & scabbard. Markings appear to hilt & scabbard rear throat of ' 13.A.F.7.46. ' 13. Fussartillerie-Regiment , 7. Batterie , Waffe Nr 46. which translates to 13 Foot Artillery Regiment, 7th Battery , Weapon No. 46. They were garrisoned at Ulm. Bayonet is the earlier high ears pattern with first pattern scabbard applicable up to the midwar period. ERFURT mark to blade ricasso with Prussian cypher to spine & date 1909. Inspection markings adorn both bayonet & scabbard with no disturbance to grip bolts. Overall in very nice condition with some light wear to wood grips visible in images..
WW1 Imperial German Army Bayonet Frog 1916 ( Please Read Description Before Purchasing ) ) A brown leather Imperial German bayonet frog for the S84/98 with Berlin maker & 1916 date. Although an appealing frog the originality is in doubt due to certain differences in construction being quite apparent. I can therefore not guarantee originality so have priced it accordingly.
WW1 Imperial German Artillery Luger/ Bergmann Snail Drum Magazine A very rare Artillery luger 32 round snail drum/Trommel Magazine complete with end sleeve. A classic WW1 piece of luger equipment these are very hard to find this being the first model with extendable winding lever. Well marked to drum with serial number & its 9mm round capacity of 32 the manufacturers mark B over N is visible for the firm Bing Bros of Nurnberg Germany. In superb condition & the first original I have seen in quite some time . The exceptionally rare loading tool that came with it is listed seperately. ***UK SALES ONLY*** UK SALES ONLY***UK SALES ONLY
WW1 Imperial German Artillery/Sturmtruppen Luger 1917 A super 1917 dated bringback example of the famous First world war Imperial German 'Artillery' luger. Designed to meet the request of the German artillery for a pistol-carbine these were first used by Imperial artillery troops but also by German storm troops infiltrating enemy positions . This example is a very nice WW1 piece still with a good slick mechanical toggle action. It has all matching numbers with the exception of the cartridge ejector arm & also has its correct WW1 Imperial German magazine ( non matching ) . This fantastic war souvenired item has not been refinished & has no unsightly pitting or damage to its metal surfaces. Its original brown checquered wood grips remain . Hard to find untouched this is a time capsule piece from the trenches of the first world war. Deactivated according to Home Office guidelines & supplied with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Battle Damaged M17 Helmet A text book M17 helmet with not often seen maker marked & 1917 dated liner pads to interior. Much of this helmets green factory paint finish remains with only light surface wear to inside & out . The metal liner band confirms its M17 model with very well survived leather liner & pads all bearing the manufacturer name & date 1917. All three of the pads are the original horsehair filled issue typical of these helmets & original to this piece. Markings to the side apron underside of 'Si 62' denote the size & manufacturer 'Eisenhüttenwerk Schlesien, Paruschowitz/ Oberschlesien' & there is also a black ink stamped size marking '62' to the opposite side. Interesting to note that some sort of bullet or blast strike to the rear of the helmet has left a small indentation & paint loss to that small area . The strike has resulted in the loss of the rear rivet which has sheared away upon impact leaving visible scarring to the metal band on the inside where the rivet was ripped out. A very nice Imperial German helmet from the later period of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Converted Trench Dagger 1916 Cut down 98/05 model 'butcher' bayonet made into a trench knife . Bayonet is 1916 dated to spine with Prussian cypher & ' VC Schilling' maker to ricasso. . Has on it a 1937 pattern web bayonet frog which has clearly been on it for many years for so most likely used in WW2 also.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Frog Imperial German bayonet frog in brown leather for the classic 'butcher' bayonet . Excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Frog Black leather WW1 German bayonet frog with wear overall & to right side at belt loop edge.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Frog & Company Knot 1915 1915 dated Imperial German 'butcher' bayonet frog with company knot still attached. Maker mark to rear of frog is Hanover marked , slider minus from knot.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Frog & Company Knot 1916 WW1 Imperial German 'butcher' bayonet frog with company knot having red stem & blue knot signifying that of an 8th Company. Frog is maker marked with the visible date of 1916.
WW1 Imperial German Bayonet Frog 1916 Black leather frog in excellent condition with maker mark to rear & 1916 date.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle Late war steel buckle with early leather belt & grey painted hook to tabbed end . Quite a thin leather typical of the late first world war period. In overall used condition.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle Good example of the early WW1 brass, nickle centred Prussian belt buckle with 1909 pattern brown belt leather. Buckle is complete with leather tab & in generally good condition with small dent to crown . Faint markings remain to tab . Belt leather showing some general surface wear overall. Overall good used example.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle Midwar steel Prussian buckle with remains of grey paint to inside . On a thin brown leather belt with steel hook end it is in worn condition. Leather measures 87cm total length.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle 1915/16 A superb WW1 Imperial German belt & buckle. Buckle is of field grey steel still complete with leather tab that has maker marking & date 1916. Brown belt leather is good & supple & has steel hook with some very nice Imperial German markings including Mannheim maker stamp & date 1915 to its tabbed end. There is also the 'BAX' inspection stamp under this with date 1916 . Leather tongue undamaged & intact.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle 1915/16 Dates A Prussian belt & buckle the type seen from 1916 onwards in grey steel . Buckle is leather tabbed & maker marked to Schneider with 1916 date . The belt leather is black & of a good thick quality size 95 with 1915 date & maker mark impressed into its end. Owners initials to inside of the buckle tab.
WW1 Imperial German Belt & Buckle With 1915/16 Dates A midwar period Imperial German steel belt & buckle with leather tab to buckle dated 1916 & belt leather Aachen maker stamped with date 1915. There is also an Army Depot stamp ' B. A. X. 1915 ' indicating acceptance by the 10th Corps clothing depot in 1915. 10th Corps were still in existence at the end of the first world war on the southern end of the Western Front. Leather is in excellent condition having steel buckle tab & matching steel buckle showing wear. Uncleaned & just as it was brought back from the Western Front.
WW1 Imperial German Belt Buckle Steel example of the Imperial German belt buckle with correct fittings intact. Some age overall but a nice used combat piece.
WW1 Imperial German Binoculars
WW1 Imperial German Breadbag 1916 Textbook WW1 Imperial German example with 'BAXIV' depot markings & 1916 date as well as a second now mostly illegible marking & date above it. Some general WW1 wear & with all leather tabs & steel fittings intact.
WW1 Imperial German Buckle & Belt First World War German grey painted stamped steel Prussian buckle of late war period used from 1916 onwards as an economy replacement to the previous higher quality metal examples. Coming with brown belt leather on which no markings are visible the buckle has overall age with some spotting & light pitting to centre crown.
WW1 Imperial German Butcher Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog 1918 A clean 98/05 butcher bayonet & a late war piece being 1918 dated to spine ( Prussian cypher ) . Interesting maker combination on both sides of ricasso with small numbers to crossguard denoting supply to Bavaria. Brown leather frog has some faint markings to reverse 'Stuttgart' being visible & what was most olikely a unit marking. Excellent example having most likely survived in good order due to its late war issue.
WW1 Imperial German Butcher Bayonet 1916 1915 dated Imperial German 'butcher' bayonet in first pattern black leather steel mounted scabbard which was replaced in 1915 with the all steel model. Bayonet marked to 'Erfurt' with '15' date to spine of blade & 'W' for 'Wilhelm' marking. Imperial inspection marks to pommel. Metal surfaces to bayonet are very good with flashguard intact. Wood grips undamaged & excellent. Leather scabbard is overall good with some age pitting to bottom of chape . Comes with correct WW1 leather frog that has split at top section.
WW1 Imperial German Camouflage Battle Damaged Helmet A striking WW1 German battle damaged camouflage helmet displaying the effects of a shrapnel blast having entered on one side before exiting the other . Much of its original hand applied camouflage paint scheme still remains to the exterior with the black line bordering style & pattern to be seen in one of its many soldier applied interpretations. Helmet liner is worn with two pads present although with some decay & dryness to leather in places. Clearly a battlefield pickup & one that demonstrates the effectiveness of artillery in the trench warfare of world war one.
WW1 Imperial German Camouflage Helmet A rather striking WW1 German camouflage helmet with camouflage segments divided by finger thick black borders as stipulated by the 1918 'Ludendorff' order. The distinctive colours seen here are of the typical dark brown ,olive green & mid brown colours with all of its original liner pins having matching colour paint in its relevant section. The original factory green paint can be seen under the scheme in places. The interior of the helmet is interesting with evidence of this being a battlefield refurbishment as is well known to have been done with German helmets in the first world war. The first thick leather liner band of the M16 pattern has ,at some point, been removed having then been upgraded with the later M17 metal band. The liner pins are thereafter undisturbed matching in age to the metal band & tight to the shell. The three white leather liner pads show dirt & quite extensive wear however remain remarkably intact with each bearing faint maker ink stamps to their reverse. . The original straw filled cushion pads are present to each these being very hard to find now. With a maker mark & size 'ET66' this is certainly an appealing piece from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Camouflage Helmet (Battle Pick Up) Classic First World War German M16 helmet in three colour camouflage as per the 1918 Ludendorff Order outlining the camouflaging of helmets in the field. Helmet has been thickly handpainted in the typical green & brown patch camouflage bordered by thick black stripes & has suffered battle damage as a clear result of combat action. Along one side of the helmet can be seen the effects of a blast cutting across the brushstrokes of the camouflage & slightly crushing the helmet causing a split in the front bill of the helmet. Dark brown leather liner is in good condition with its three pads & interior of shell marked 'ET66'. Interesting German war souvenir brought back from the trenches of World War One.
WW1 Imperial German Cartridge Ammunition Pouch 1917 In the later blackened style leather this is a 1917 dated cartridge pouch for the G98 rifle ammunition clips being in the flatter reduced capacity form commonly referred to as the cavalry pattern holding only two clips of ammunition per pocket. Good condition , used. Some age overall with middle section having cowhide divider still present. Reverse of pouch has clear maker stamp in leather & date 1917.
WW1 Imperial German Cavalry Sword 1916 An Imperial German cavalry sword in very good condition & with the appealing midwar date of 1916 . Most examples encountered today are rusted , pitted or both to say the least however the blade on this piece can only be described as immaculate. The wood of the handle displays only minor service wear with no unsightly pitting or dents to any other part of the sword or scabbard. The rear of the 30 inch blade has the cypher of W under crown for Kaiser Wilhelm II ( Prussia ) with date '16 ' clearly visible. The maker ' Simson & Co' can be seen to ricasso on close inspection. Profuse Imperial inspection marks appear throughout. Only some minor surface age is present which I have made no attempt to remove this being left to the preference of its new owner. An untouched piece & a souvenir of German cavalry troops in the first world war.
WW1 Imperial German Dagger/Fighting Knife ( Captured French Bayonet Conversion ) Excellent condition dagger made from a shortened French 1866 Sabre bayonet of which large numbers were captured by the Germans in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. This piece has been professionally converted the blade in its original French bayonet form having been originally purchased from a German firm & put together with the handle & hilt by one of the French arsenals most likely Tulle. Upon having been captured by German forces in the 1870 F-P war the French Arsenal marking has been ground off of the top spine at a later date & the length shortened along with the bayonet ring having also been removed to convert into dagger form. Its early brown leather frog compliments the piece with 'R.Kirschbaum' firm of Solingen markings to the blade.
WW1 Imperial German Doctor Named M16 Camouflage Steel Combat Helmet A superb WW1 M16 Doctor named four colour camouflage steel combat helmet of the Imperial German Army . A true veteran of WW1 trench warfare the striking colours of this helmet have been applied in small black border line seperated sections of forest green , tan ochre , brick red & factory green . All three liner pins are totally undisturbed & still tight to the helmet with minor abrasions & service wear scuffing to its exterior in places. The interior of the helmet bears its original factory green paint with the Doctors name neatly painted under the front lip. Some small areas of very minor rust spotting can be seen upon close inspection however the helmet shell manufacturer & size mark of 'K64' (Remscheid-Hasten K) can be clearly seen to its left side. The leather liner system is still present with the rear arms of each pin being well embedded into the leather untouched for many years. All three pads are still in place & although supple do have dryness to the leather & displacement of the tongue ends through age. A quite superb helmet which do doubt saw many of the horrors of trench warfare in the Great war.
WW1 Imperial German Doubledated 9mm P08 Luger Pistol 1918 A matching numbered first world war example of the German P08 luger dated 1918. A nice Erfurt double dated example with manufacture date of 1918 & profuse Imperial German acceptance & proof markings. The German government was worried about the circulation of illegal war souvenired weapons in the immediate post WW1 period as well as those in possession of them who may have political motive or criminal intent. A regulation to counter this was passed in 1920 at which point government issued lugers were stamped with this date above the manufacture date to show that they were legally state owned & not illegal weapons or battlefield bringbacks. This superb piece is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & has a good sound mechanical toggle action. With correct WW1 checquered wood grips it has a postwar replacement magazine & is believed to have been found without one before its deactivation in 1995. Overall condition is excellent with only some very light surface age. Much of its original blued finish remains. Deactivated according to Home Office guidelines & supplied with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Drinking Cup 1916 Enamel green painted Imperial German army drinking cup dated 1916. Fair, used condition.
WW1 Imperial German Drinking Cup 1916 WW1 German drinking cup in its original enamelled green paint dated on the base 1916. Used but good.
WW1 Imperial German Drinking Cup 1917 Imperial German drinking cup green painted in the typical Imperial German green with date & marking to bottom ' Bing 17 ' .
WW1 Imperial German Eastern Front Photograph Album A WW1 German soldiers photograph album containing many field photographs taken on the Eastern Front in 1915/16 . The soldier was a member of 4th Regiment, Field Artillery Battery 11 manning positions in the East with many depictions of dugouts & artillery casemates contained within the album. One of the first images is of soldiers within a festively decorated bunker sat around a Christmas tree with the caption giving the date 1915. Some field graves including a 'Soldatenfriedhof ' in Radschiechow ( Poland ) are captioned & a very smart battery commander , Hauptmann Freitag , is pictured with snow scenes & the Kurland Spring of 1916 represented in a quiet countryside depiction. Other photographs include Austrian artillery troops at their log built bunker ( 1916 ) , snow scenes, artillery pieces & German & Russian infantry posing together in the field ! As the mans service progresses some photographs ( Including the church ) of the Verdun town of Brandeville appear including the Divisional Staff Headquarters there & an ammunition store in Brenil . Continuing through to the Marne there is a countryside photograph of Ponsart & also one of German troops passing over a bridge . Captioned 'Dorfstrasse in Crugny ' there are horse drawn transports with soldiers in steel helmets etc clearly seen in shot. It would be fascinating to make a 'Then & Now ' comparison of this location. One of the last photographs shows a camouflage painted train gun ..always an interesting point of discussion when one reviews camouflage schemes of the German forces in WW1. 64 photographs in total .
WW1 Imperial German Enlisted Mans Belt & Buckle Fine example of the early WW1 brass, nickle centred Prussian belt buckle with 1909 pattern brown belt leather. Buckle is in excellent order with no damage & belt leather is clean & totally uncracked only having had very minimal use. A new regulation was made as of midwar that all belts should from then on be of black leather the earlier brown examples being now harder to find. Overall condition is excellent.
WW1 Imperial German Enlisted Mans Belt & Buckle Good example of the early WW1 brass, nickle centred Prussian belt buckle with 1909 pattern brown belt leather. Buckle is in used condition with belt leather showing some general surface wear overall & some surface cracking to buckle tongue. Overall good used example.
WW1 Imperial German Enlisted Mans Belt & Buckle ( Early Pattern ) Fine example of the early WW1 brass, nickle centred Prussian belt buckle with 1909 pattern brown belt leather that bears a faint BA depot marking & the date 1915 ( not visible in picture ) . A new regulation was made in the same year that all belts should from then on be of black leather the earlier brown examples being now harder to find. Overall condition is excellent with general service use & age but no unsightly damage to belt or buckle.
WW1 Imperial German Entrenching Tool Cover WW1 German 1909 pattern straight shovel carrier carried as part of the German soldiers combat equipment in the trenches of WW1. A very hard piece to find now not many having survived . This example with Stuttgart maker & date 1916.
WW1 Imperial German Equipment Strap 1916 1916 dated equipment strap of the WW1 German soldier. Clear date & maker to end.
WW1 Imperial German Equipment Strap 1918 1918 dated German equipment strap in excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Equipment Strap Matching Pair Matching pair of the scarce Imperial German equipment straps both Magdeburg maker marked with all metal fittings complete. In used condition these were used for a variety of purposes in the carrying of equipment by the WW1 German soldier in a variety of roles, assault or other.
WW1 Imperial German Ersatz Bayonet Steel handled WW1 German 'ersatz' bayonet with a small amount of its original green paint remaining to scabbard.
WW1 Imperial German Field Binoculars & Case A Carl Zeiss made pair of WW1 period field binoculars. Of X 6 magnification & complete with strap they have a Kent name & address scratched into their bottom ends. Leather case has a compass set within the top of it , front sprung loaded pull strap intact. Typically good optics for Carl Zeiss Jena!
WW1 Imperial German Field Cap 1914 A scarce WW1 German enlisted mans fieldcap red band & piped for infantry with national & Prussian cockades to front. The original 1914 date & issue markings are still visible to inside of the cap the liner showing sweatmarks & wear around the forehead area. A well worn cap it does have moth however has been stored away in a loft for many years since its return with a British soldier in WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Field Glasses (Fernglas) & Case 1917 An excellent condition pair of the WW1 Imperial German Carl Zeiss 'Fernglas 08' field glasses complete with their original neck strap & brown leather carrying case. Both eyepieces on the glasses are still present & undamaged with the date 1917 clearly visible on one of the arms. Adjusting turn screw is marked with the Zeiss maker & the designation ' Fernglas 08 ' . Optics are clear. Carrying case is in excellent condition with orange painted metal fittings for side strengthening . To the inside of the top cover of the case is the German paper instruction label with a British commercial paper label placed over this pertaining to their commercial sale upon capture. The British label refers to these as 'Zeiss Field Glasses' & instructs sending to ' SM Lennox, Chemists & Optician ' when they required cleaning. This case has belt loops to rear & also carrying strap with a stud & eye closure system to each side of top cover. Scarce set to find in this condition & with clear date.
WW1 Imperial German Field Postcard Pair Pair of field postcards , German soldiers in pickelhaubes with rifles etc.
WW1 Imperial German First Pattern 98/05 'Butcher' Bayonet
WW1 Imperial German First Pattern S98/05 aA Butcher Bayonet 1915 A good first pattern WW1 German 'butcher' bayonet with 'high ears' & Erfurt maker mark to ricasso. Prussian cypher with '15' date to spine of blade & inspection marks throughout. Bayonet exhibits a good clean & bright blade & has a second pattern steel scabbard 1915 being the first year of their issue.
WW1 Imperial German Flag A large sized scarce original double sided WW1 Imperial German flag straight out of the first world war . Not often seen today it comes complete with its halyard rope & toggle & has the unmistakeable charactor & natural age that only an original example would exhibit. With some very typical age tone to the colours it has a few small holes & a 3cm stress tear to one of its top corners. Measuring 118 cm X 85 cm in size this a fantastic hard to come by backdrop to any Imperial German display.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Bolt Action Service Rifle A 1915 dated G98 7.92mm rifle the standard issue rifle of the First world war German soldier . Well known for its power & long range accuracy in the trenches of WW1 its long length was , however, impractical in a close quarter combat situation. Marked to the receiver 'Spandau ' ( Prussian Spandau Arsenal ) with the clear date 1915 it is a good clean piece with excellent unvarnished woodwork. Coming complete with cleaning rod & also the scarce foresight protector it is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales within England only.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Cartridge Pouch 1914 Scarce 1914 dated G98 cartridge pouch . Maker marked to Julius Arnade , Moys . Some dryness to leather .
WW1 Imperial German G98 Cartridge Pouch Pair 1915 A pair of the standard Imperial German G98 cartridge pouches both with the hard to find date of 1915. In classic brown pebbled leather they are both in excellent condition with clearly legible matching dates of 1915 to each. First pouch is maker marked to Hans Romer with the earlier brass fittings & regimental marking to 13 JR , the second to an Offenbach maker with steel fittings . No damage at all to straps or studs .
WW1 Imperial German G98 Mauser Rifle ( Matching Numbers & Regimental Markings ) Recent acquisition with all matching numbers in excellent order please see deactivated Weapons section for full description & photographs.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Mauser Rifle 1908 ( Matching Numbers & Infantry Regiment Marked ) Excellent example of the WW1 Imperial German G98 rifle ordnance marked to ' Deutsche Waffen -Und Munitionsfabriken Berlin 1908 ' . Overall it is in excellent condition with good non damaged wood & regimental markings to butt disc denoting the rifle to be from the 2nd Company of Infanterie-Regt Nr 36 weapon 204. The whole of the piece has all matching numbers & is a genuine bring back souvenir from World War One. There is general age to the metalwork although no apparent serious pitting only surface rust in places which would respond well to cleaning. Being an old piece it has over time lost its bolt retaining catch on the side & also the internal magazine spring & platform however this does not detract from its overal scarcity & desirability as a sought after World War One German piece. Having recently surfaced it has never before been offered on the collectors market & as such is a total sleeper apart from its recent deactivation according to Home Office specifications.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Mauser Rifle 1917 Rare matching numbered example of the Mauser G98 WW1 Imperial German infantry rifle . This classic First world war rifle is Danzig marked & 1917 dated & has matching numbers to every part with the exception of the safety catch. All of its parts are original with steel butt plate & the soldiers initials 'J.K' carved into the right side of the stock. Breech housing is excellent with 'Gew 98. ' to be crisply seen on the left side along with profuse matching serial numbers & Imperial German inspection markings to right side. Rifle comes complete with cleaning rod that has some apparent battle damage to muzzle end. Woodwork on this piece certainly tells a story of a trench used combat weapon with some small dents & grazes in places. Some very light surface age to metal in places. Deactivated only last year in 2012 this was apparently a bringback family piece found languishing in the corner of a loft until discovered upon renovation works. Deactivated to Home Office specification with Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Rifle Front H Band Nosecap for the WW1 German G98 rifle. Imperial ordnance marking to right side.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Sling
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask & Canister Excellent condition example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin has a fair proportion of its original grey green paint remaining with spare lense compartment to inside of lid. . The scarce original carrying straps are very good & with white leather reinforcement as found on later pieces & only one repaired area to long strap. Shortstrap present & intact . Filter is in its original green grey paint with May 1917 date. Leather facepiece of mask is excellent. . Headstraps excellent with no damage & good elasticity remaining. Overall a nice original example .
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask & Carrying Tin A good display example of the WW1 German oil impregnated brown leather gas mask coming complete with its 1917 pattern carrying tin. Brown leather of mask with its oilcloth edging is good & is supple with no damage. Headstraps retain elasticity ( Long strap minus ). Carrying tin is in good order in its original green on black paint with spare lenses contained within their special hinged compartment in the lid. Named to soldier 'K.Schulz' on bottom of tin with stamp of issue still visible. Overall service wear to exterior of tin with some aged rust in places . Filter to gas mask has had its insides removed sometimes done to remove the asbestos content however visually from the outside it is excellent. Overall a good WW1 German trench souvenired example.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask 17 & Tin Fine original example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas Mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin is in its original green paint with one set of spare lenses contained within the hinged lid compartment. WW1 German breadbag strap has been used here as carrying strap matching the wear & age of the rest of the piece , it is also complete with its one buttonholed short strap which is a rare component to find still on it. Filter is in its original green grey paint with date 'Mai 18' (May 1918 ). There is some age overall with light rust to some metal parts which will clean. It has come from having been stored away for a long time & is new to the collectors market thus is currently in nice 'as found' condition. Most certainly a good representative piece of the WW1 German soldiers gas mask.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask 17 & Tin Excellent almost unissued condition example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas Mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin has approx 98% of its original grey green paint remaining with one set of spare lenses contained within the hinged lid compartment. Straps are clean & excellent with white leather reinforcement as found on later pieces & only one small area of fraying to long strap. Shortstrap present. Filter is in its original green grey paint with Jan 1918 date. Leather facepiece of mask has the appearance of hardly ever having being worn with the inside appearing like new. Headstraps excellent with no damage & good elasticity remaining. Overall an excellent example with no rust & only light service use. Most certainly one of the best examples i have ever seen.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask 1917/18 Carrying Tin A First world war Imperial German gas mask carrying tin of the 1917/18 pattern with metal catch & hinged lid with compartment for spare eye lenses. Very good amount of its green khaki paint remains to exterior with original black japanned finish still to be seen on inside & neck. Hinged lense compartment in good order. Some general age however much paint remaining.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask Facepiece WW1 1917 pattern German gas mask being an excellent used condition brown leather facepiece with oilcloth edging & all straps complete. Acetate lenses to mask with metal spider reinforcements to each side. Interestingly the mask has a name tag sewn to one strap from which could be obtained the soldiers unti with some close examination. Comes complete also with spare filter piece.
WW1 Imperial German Granatenwerfer System Erhardt Bomb Rare early model made as an instructional bomb thus originally painted red. In excellent condition traces of the red paint can still be seen.
WW1 Imperial German Infantry Field Cap A scarce WW1 German enlisted mans fieldcap red band & piped for infantry with Imperial cockades to front. Bekleidungsamt markings are still visible to inside of the cap the liner showing only light sweatmarks & wear around the forehead area. Interesting to note the small red cloth backing between national cockade & cap often seen on original examples. Only some small moth nips in places visible upon close inspection.
WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross First Class A wonderful WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross first class with maker mark to rear of 'ko' for the firm Koenigliches Muenzamt Orden, Berlin . Nearly all of its original finish remains to the cross with tapered pin assembly to rear in perfect order. A very nice award.
WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class A good clean example of the Imperial German Iron Cross second class with full length ribbon. Crisp detailing with stamped ring.
WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class In excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class A fine example with much of its original finish remaining & ribbon intact. Ring is maker marked 'CO80' for the firm Carl Dillenius, Pforzheim .
WW1 Imperial German Lanz Trench Mortar Bomb Very rare German Lanz trench mortar bomb in excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Luger Holster 1915 Classic Imperial German item being the brown leather luger holster synonimous with the spiked helmet & jackboot of the WW1 German soldier. Maker marked to Muller & Co of Offenbach there is one belt loop minus with date of manufacture being 1915. Overall service use to leather with general age this is a good 'salty' souvenir piece from the trenches of WW1. (PM)
WW1 Imperial German Luger Holster 1916 A very nice 1916 dated brown leather example of the Imperial German luger holster . Belt loops to rear are good with all original stitching intact as to front buckle fastening strap. Maker markings visible to inside of top flap with clear date 1916.
WW1 Imperial German Luger Holster 1916 WW1 German P08 Luger pistol holster with Berlin maker mark & 1916 date. In excellent condition black leather the holster has both of its original belt loops to rear with the soldier initials 'KK' carved into the leather. There appear to be very faint WW1 unit markings handwritten onto the leather however its is very difficult to see. The front of the holster has the words 'HOCH DER KAISER' scratched onto the flap with a small 1cm cut beneath this.
WW1 Imperial German Luger Pistol 1917 A fantastic example of the iconic Imperial German P08 Luger pistol with matching numbers & correct WW1 German magazine. With much of its original blueing remaining & undamaged original checquered wood grips it is profusely marked with Imperial German inspection markings & the Erfurt Royal Arsenal logo to its toggle action. A 1917 dated piece with removeable magazine , it has a superb cocking action that can be dry fired with ease. Moveable safety catch still functions. Magazine is correct WW1 Imperial German ( not matching ) . Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Luger Pistol Holster 1915 WW1 Imperial German luger holster with maker name & date 1915 to inside flap. Also handwritten in pencil can be seen the original German soldiers name & number. All fittings including belt loops to rear are original . There is apparent battle damage in the form of an approx. 1 inch slash to flap. A nice trench used piece.
WW1 Imperial German Luger Snail Drum Magazine Loading Tool Rare loading tool for the Luger snail drum magazine . Having come with the snail drum magazine listed seperately this original example is proof mark stamped & in perfect working order. Much of its original factory finish remains with its overall condition being free from pitting & excellent. ***UK SALES ONLY***UK SALES ONLY***UK SALES ONLY
WW1 Imperial German M10 Bavarian Officers Feldrock Fine example of the desirable WW1 M10 Officers Feldrock with cuffs, buttons , blue & white collar tress & rear skirt all in the classic Bavarian style of the period. The tunic is to an officer of supply troops at War Ministry General Staff level his status much evidenced by the high quality tailoring very much apparent with this piece. A good large size there are some general age repairs as would be expected on an original M1910 Feldrock such as this.
WW1 Imperial German M15 Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube A fine example of the last model of German pickelhaube with grey steel fittings introduced on 28th June 1915 . By this time in the war the expensive fittings of brass & silver were now needed for the war effort elsewhere & so this version , although still iconic , was rather simplified. This piece has survived very well with a nice even age to its exterior & no unsightly damage to the leather. I have made no attempt to clean the metal fittings & so these are left as found. The paper thin leather liner typifies that found on pickelhaube examples of this period however it is still in good condition & bears traces of a maker name to one tongue. Along with other various traces of soldiers writing to the underside of the helmet a unit ink stamp can be seen to the rear brim. A classic Imperial German item brought back from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Bullet Damaged Steel Helmet Interesting M16 Imperial German helmet with a bullet hole from a front hit which has passed right through the helmet before exiting at the rear. With much of its original green factory paint remaining the helmet has interior shell maker & size marking of 'ET66' for a size 66 & the firm ' Eisenhutte' . Only a small section of the bulletholed leather band at the forehead area of the helmet remains , the rest of it has been cut out. Both chinstrap buckles remain. It is clear to see from the bullet entry & exit points that , rather poignantly , the wearer of this helmet is unlikely to have survived such a hit . No doubt picked up from the battlefield for a bring home souvenir.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet An undisputably original German first world war camouflage helmet of the M16 model. A quite superb untouched example the subdued camouflage scheme consists of typical WW1 green & brown colours separated in sections by finger width black lines. There is rust bleed coming through the shell with some chipping to the paint from much field wear. Interior of the helmet is in excellent order being totally untouched & with its three leather pads all containing the original padded inners. Leather shows signs of much wear through sweat staining but remains in excellent undamaged condition. Drawstring intact. Difficult to see any of its shell markings however not a small size. Textbook example & a 100% original German camouflage helmet straight out of the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet An Imperial German M16 steel combat helmet with classic WW1 camouflage scheme of large dark green & brown segments. The dividing black lines are very distinct on this piece being of finger width thickness as per the 1918 regulations . The rear inside apron of the helmet has a handpainted name & regimental marking in the typical style of the period. Also visible is the lesser encountered bell symbol signifying a manufacturer who is, as yet , unknown. The leather liner band remains intact within the helmet however the three pads are mostly missing due to decay. All three liner pins are original to the helmet & undisturbed. Parts of the original chinstrap remain however this is now delicate & has been held in place with drawcord from the liner system. Totally untouched since WW1 there is a nice age patina to the exterior which I certainly have not attempted to remove.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet A superb Imperial German three colour M16 handpainted camouflage helmet complete with liner . Totally untouched since it left the trenches of WW1 its block painted scheme of dark green , ochre & dark brown are immediately apparent. Each segment is divided with thick & thin black lines that sweep into a rather striking pattern at the rear of the helmet. There is much service wear to the exterior of the helmet & what appears to be a small white paint splash to the front left from shed storage. The inside is in its factory green paint with traces of handwritten name in pencil to the underside of the rear skirt. Shell marked 'N.J62' to left side ( Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte i/Westf.) Leather liner band is intact with all three of its original liners pins still present & undisturbed. The three pads are generally good with some dryness & deteroration to the ends of one tongue & cord holes pulled through on another. One leather tongue has a folded up piece of material within it that appears to have been there for man years. A striking helmet , uncleaned & straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet A superb example of the German M16 helmet , the first model of steel combat helmet used by Imperial German troops in the First world war. This piece has its leather liner system uncommonly intact with excellent condition leather pads & its three original cushion fillings intact. Shell is maker marked & shell sized 'ET64' for the firm 'Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale ' who , by the end of January 1916 , had issued the first 30,000 of these helmets . Partial chinstrap remaining . Some very faint pencil writing is to be seen n the left side of the helmet either to be soldiers name or capture inscription. Overall a very nice character helmet from the first world war German soldier.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet Fine example of the German M16 model helmet complete with leather liner band & three leather cushion pouches still intact. Much of its green paint remains to exterior with only light surface wear to inside & out. Maker marking on shell appears to be 'W' for ' Hermann Weissenberger & Co , Stuttgart-Cannstadt ' . The size is illegible however this would appear to be a quite obvious 66. Leather liner pouches in overall good condition. A nice piece from the German trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet A textbook example of the Imperial German M16 helmet with all original paint & its correct three pad liner system intact. This was the standard issue of German steel combat helmet in the mid to late first world war period now difficult to find in good condition with liner intact. Most of the original paint finish remains to exterior of helmet with some period writing in pencil to right side of shell. The rather 'iconic' ventilation lugs protrude from each side liner pins original to this helmet. Helmet has maker initials & size 'ET64' for the firm 'Eisenhuttenwerk Thale A.G.' to underside of rim. Leather liner system is in very good condition these normally being rotted in one way or another . All three pad pockets are complete & contain their original pad cushions , all ties are intact. A classic German soldiers combat helmet straight out of the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet A superb untouched M16 German helmet with all original paint & its leather liner & pads all still present. Paintwork to shell is in the correct factory green inside & out with a three inch shell blast fracture to left side of crown. A true sleeper it has some expected light rust bleeding with a minimal amount of white specs to rear from shed storage. Internally the leather band & three pins of this M16 are undisturbed. The three often missing leather pads are present & in very reasonable condition all with their padded inners complete. A small tear exists to the edge of one section. Drawstring intact. Overall a textbook example in totally untouched condition.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet ( Scarce VII Army Corps Repair Depot Marking ) A superb untouched M16 German helmet with all original paint & its leather liner & pads all still present. The rarely encountered black ink stamped marking ' B I.A. VII ' ( Bekleidungs Instandsetzung ) surmounting a 'G' is visible to rim underside this apparently denoting that it was submitted to a repair depot at the Prussian Army Corps VII after found to be unserviceable . The 'G' underneath this stands for ' Garnisonsdienstbrauchbar' meaning for garrison / home service use only. In short , that this is a refurbished helmet no longer deemed fit for front line use. Paintwork to shell is in the correct factory green inside & out with signs of combat use in the form of minor abrasions to the exterior of the shell. Internally the leather band & three pins of this M16 are undisturbed. The three often missing leather pads are present & one of the three padded inners complete. Some considerable wear is visible to the leather of the pads with two of the pads having stress tears to their edges. All of their holed tongues through which the drawstring passes through are intact with the original drawstring still fitted here. It is of note that many WW1 liner fakes have flooded the market now these always being in a much better condition than the originals when encountered. A pencil written soldiers name can be faintly seen to the inside crown of the shell. Overall a textbook example in totally untouched condition.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Steel Combat Helmet A text book example of a bringback WW1 German steel helmet being of the M16 model with leather liner band & seperate chinstrap lugs to underside of neck guard. In its factory green paint with the two distinctive ventilation lugs to front sides it is interesting to note that these have been filled with rolled card by the soldier to prevent heat loss in the cold trench conditions or equally to prevent whistling in exposed windy conditions. Maker marked 'ET' for the firm ' Eisenhuttenwerk Thale A.G.' to underside of rim with the size '62' . The helmet still has its three liner pads two of which have their padding still in place. The front pad has no internal padding & has been resecured into a fixed position by repair. This helmet was recovered from the battlefields of WW1 & has an interesting blast fracture to the front right lip .
WW1 Imperial German M17 Camouflage Helmet A very visually striking & totally original M17 Imperial German steel combat helmet that has received a camouflage scheme according to the Ludendorff order of the 7th July 1918.. The camouflage paint in green , tan ochre & brown is separated by the prescribed finger thick black lines with the different colour segments rather artistically applied. Green is the dominant colour appearing here giving an indication as to the summer time of year in which the helmet was painted. A green circle is apparent to the crown of the helmet. Very nicely intact & untouched to the inside of the helmet the factory green paint is visible with all three tan leather liner pads remaining intact. Complete with original tightening string , the pads are faintly ink stamped with a maker & 1918 date. Two pads have the off white inner cushions with the third being of the blue striped material sometimes seen. Metal liner band is ink stamped with maker mark 'BF' ( F.C.Bellinger ) to shell & size 64. A superb textbook camouflage helmet , untouched & totally original.
WW1 Imperial German M17 Camouflage Helmet A fantastic M17 steel combat helmet with four colour camouflage scheme hand applied by brush to the exterior of the helmet. The colours of this rather distinctive helmet are that of forest green , brown, tan ochre & black painted in blocks without the often seen black dividing lines. It is well known that many different camouflage schemes can be seen on WW1 German helmets with the 1918 Ludendorff order regarding the camouflaging of helmetd either being self interpreted or many field painted helmets already predating the issue of that order. The very simple block scheme here leads to a stacked block type effect culminating in a circle on the crown of the helmet. To the inside can be seen much of its original factory green with the maker & size mark 'ET6' for a size 64 by 'Eisenhuttenwerke'. The metal liner band denotes the model 17 with all three split pins totally original to it & never removed from the helmet. A handwritten name appears written to the rear neck apron of the helmet.
WW1 Imperial German M17 Helmet An untouched souvenired example of the Imperial German M17 steel combat helmet in its original factory green paint. Shell is maker marked & sized ' Si 66 ' for the firm 'Eisenhuttenwerke Schlesian, Paruschowitz/Oberschlesian' . The steel liner band distinguishes this piece as the M17 model with one leather liner pouch remaining to interior. Overall there is some age to this helmet however with a good proportion of its original green paint remaining .
WW1 Imperial German M17 Steel Combat Helmet An untouched souvenired example of the Imperial German M17 steel combat helmet in its original factory green paint. Shell is maker marked & sized ' Si 66 ' for the firm 'Eisenhuttenwerke Schlesian, Paruschowitz/Oberschlesian' . The steel liner band distinguishes this piece as the M17 model with one leather liner pouch remaining to interior. Overall there is some age to this helmet however with a good proportion of its original green paint remaining .
WW1 Imperial German M18 Camouflage Helmet A scarce M18 model Imperial German combat helmet with original three colour camouflage scheme. This helmet is featured on pages 294 & 295 of the superb reference work by Michael Haselgrove & Branislav Radovic 'History of the Steel Helmet in the First World War' . This classic camouflage scheme shows a correlation of dark brown , ochre & dark olive green with the prescribed thick black line separation dividing its segments. Very subtle rust bleed is visible in places with the factory green paint to be seen in some areas around the crown. Within the helmet can be seen its distinctive M18 model liner band with rectangular chinstrap loops fixed directly to it . It is quite apparent that the band is original to the helmet with no disturbance to be seen to its split pins & an age patina that matches the rest of the helmet. No leather pads are present. The interior of the shell shows some remaining factory applied green with the size & maker mark 'Si.62' for 'Sachische Emailles u.Paruschowitz' at side . Excellent M18 camouflage helmet & very hard to find now.
WW1 Imperial German M18 Steel Combat Helmet Interesting example of the Imperial German M18 steel helmet this model being recognisable by the metal liner band with chinstrap lugs directly attached to it. A dark green overpaint has been applied to the exterior of the shell with its factory issue green visible underneath this & to the helmets interior. Maker is the faintly stamped 'Bell L' mark which is ,as yet , maker unknown . The M18 metal liner band is black ink size marked '64' with the makers initials & date '18' . The three liner pins are original to the helmet & are unbent & undisturbed. A non standard brown leather chinstrap is fitted & has clearly been in place for many years. The large letter 'B' has been painted to the interior crown perhaps signifying the soldiers initials.
WW1 Imperial German M1905 Folding Saw Set Scarce example of the multi purpose M1905 pattern folding saw used by specialist Imperial German units such as Pioneers & Machine Gun crews until 1915 when it was also then issued to infantry formations having proved its extreme usefulness in the trenches. Coming in a sturdy brown leather case with two buckled belt loops to its reverse & a buckled flap the case contains in its front compartments other tools including a file, an awl & a gimlet. Over this is a seperate buckled flap that secures with pop studs to secure the tools in place. Condition is excellent with all stitching intact , maker marked to reverse ' Industriegruppe 1 STUTTGART 1917 ' .
WW1 Imperial German M1909 Entrenching Tool Carrier A WW1 Imperial German entrenching tool carrier of the 1909 model. Standard issue to German soldiers as part of their field combat equipment the design of these was simplified as the war progressed. In dark brown leather its early war manufacture is apparent by the two belt loops being integral to its skeleton frame. Buckle to strap section is intact. A classic combat item.
WW1 Imperial German M1915/16 High Explosive Stick Grenade ( Attributed Somme 1916 ) A very rare WW1 German high explosive stick grenade complete with Somme 1916 attributation . This is the model produced from late 1915 onwards & is an example manufactured by the electrical firm AEG ' Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft ' . With the grenade head formed from green painted sheet steel the insert detonator before use wording ' Vor Gebrauch Sprengkapseln Einsetzen' is still partly visible with faint lettering to the top of the grenade & belt hook intact to side. Wood shaft has the time designation ' 5 1/2 SEK. A.E.G. ( Five and a half seconds ) with faint ink stamps of fuse fitting. Nice to see on this example is the often rotted away tin screw cap housing with screw cap having thin very old lettering painted to it 'Somme 1916' . A porcelain ball is present within its housing. Now becoming nearly impossible to find this is a very good example straight from the Somme battlefield with most of its original green paint remaining to head , no woodworm to handle & a very good proportion of its original stencilling remaining . Only a couple of holes exist to head through either age or shrapnel , the grenade is totally free from explosive & can be proved as such upon inspection. ***UK sales only***
WW1 Imperial German Machine Gun Field Unit Marked 84/98 Bayonet A scarce Imperial German 84/98 bayonet & scabbard with rare regimental MG unit markings to crossguard. Markings are of wartime period & read ' m.g.z. 273 ' which translates to Maschinen Gewehr Zug ( Machine Gun Field Unit) . No battalion number is given this being typical of scant wartime unit marks due to security precautions. Bayonet is in excellent condition with much green paint remaining to scabbard , Blade good. Maker marked 'J.A.HENCKELS' with matchstick men logo. Prussian cypher to spine & date 1917. Wood grips excellent . Imperial German marks to pommel & scabbard. A very scarce MG unit bayonet being one of only a very small percentage that were marked in this way.
WW1 Imperial German Mauser Bayonet & Frog , Sawback Removed A fine example of the 1884/98 Mauser sawback removed bayonet complete with its original leather 1916 dated frog. Sawbacks were removed following retaliation concerns by the troops carrying them in the event of their capture. Blade is marked to Gottlieb Hammesfahr Solingen Foche with cypher to spine of blade. This example is in generally good order with original scabbard & leather 1916 dated frog. Frog stud on scabbard Imperial German marked. Overall a good Imperial German bayonet with some minor age.
WW1 Imperial German Maxim Machine Gun Ammunition Tin German first world war Maxim machine gun ammunition box painted matt black to the outside & with a field grey paint finish to interior. 'MK maker marking to outside of box with a unit level scratched on marking ' V13' to lid.
WW1 Imperial German Messtin ( 1887 Kochgeschirr ) This the scarcer 1887 model aluminium messtin marked to 'Wilh.Berg' with the date '05' for 1905. Often used by the Imperial German army alongside the more well known 1910 model this piece has a strap keeper on the rear of the lid for carrying & maker markings & date of 'Wilh Berg 05 ' on each side. This piece is blackened as is correct for foot troops , unblackened were sued by mounted personnel.
WW1 Imperial German MG '08 Binoculars & Case WW1 German binoculars of the 08 pattern ( Fernglas 08 ) maker marked to Rodenstock , Munchen. Adjustable eyepieces in good working order with sound optics & scarce lens cover complete. Much of the original flocking remains to surfaces. Leather carrying strap present with some dryness & a slightly shortened end on one side. Leather case has Emil Busch , Rathenow maker mark with paper instruction label to inside lid.
WW1 Imperial German MG 08 Machine Gun Sight A true veteran of WW1 this is the scarcely encountered MG08 machine gun sight made by Emil Busch A-G Rathenow. Much of the classic WW1 green gray paint remains although this has not adhered well to all of its surfaces. The lens cover at the front end of the sight is secured by an ersatz webbing strap this being a very typical German feature of the WW1 period. Although slightly stiff its adjustment wheel to side still functions moving the inverted 'V' seen in the optics up & down to its desired position. The optics are mostly clear when viewed with a couple of spots to the lense . The eye piece housing has had , at some point , tape applied to tighten the fit of the warped screw thread , this now sits very well onto its mounting. Fresh to the market & totally as found a fascinating piece of German machine gun history.
WW1 Imperial German Model 17 Gas Mask ( Matching Name To Mask & Canister ) Very nice original example of the Imperial German leather gas mask model 1917. This replaced the earlier 'Gummimaske' version & is distinguishable from the later Model 1918 version by the presence of its thin metal spider reinforcement behind the lenses. In very good condition its canvas head straps remain undamaged with lenses uncracked. The oiled string often missing from the front of the facepiece is present here with the soldiers name ' Schlulen ' handpainted to filter housing. It comes with the 11-C-11 filter canister which is July 1918 dated. Gas mask tin is of the correct 1917/18 pattern with spare lense compartment to interior of lid & spare lenses present in protective paper packet. It is very hard to find the original instruction paper which sits in the bottom of the tin still present here. A very good proportion of the original green paint remains to tin with its original short leather edged strap intact. A very nice set.
WW1 Imperial German Model 1915 Stick Grenade Scarce Model 1915 Imperial German stick grenade this being a pattern with detachable lid to its head held on with two prongs . The distinctive belt hook is intact to the head with wooden shaft marked '5 1/2 seconden ' denoting that it has a five and a half second fuse. A Berlin maker is stamped beneath this . The capped ball end was used from late 1915 onwards this being such an example with the later starred screw cap & its housing still present. An original piece it has had , in the most part , a paint refinish to the head & as such makes for a very nice display piece these being now hard to find in anything other than very relic condition. Inert & free from explosive I have shown a picture of the inside of the head to demonstrate it as such. UK & sale within GB only.
WW1 Imperial German Model 1915 Waterbottle 1915 Model bottle with brown cover , cork stopper & leather choker complete to neck. Having seen much service use this is a classic example of one of the many types of Imperial German bottle all of them having now become quite scarce. There are some ink markings to the front of the cover although now unreadable.
WW1 Imperial German Model 1915 Waterbottle WW1 Imperial German waterbottle of the Model 1915 pattern still with its rough brown canvas cover & cork stopper. This is one type of the many versions produced by Imperial Germany for its troops in the WW1 period. All have now become quite scarce. Leather choker strap to neck is present & not damaged with a few dents in places to steel bottle & rusting of side poppers. Some faint ink markings to cover now sadly illegible.
WW1 Imperial German Model 1916 Ersatz Bayonet & Scabbard An excellent scarce example of a WW1 German Ersatz Model 1916 bayonet with solid steel hilt and 30cm fullered blade. In a 2 piece crimped scabbard maker marked to reverse there is a good 80% of its original original green paint remaining. Some green paint also remains to handle with blade excellent.
WW1 Imperial German Model.15 Medics Waterbottle A superb example of the 1915 model of medics waterbottle complete with all straps & its correct fittings. Holding 1.2 litres of water , more than the field bottle , it is well marked to the reverse of its green woven cover & has 1917 date. Cork stopper to bottle intact with brown leather cradle in excellent order. Shoulder strap is of the standard zinc grommeted webbing seen with this model. Profusely marked to the rear of its cover it bears regimental marking to the 15th Infantry Regiment , 2nd Battalion , 7th Company . The six roman numerals denote its cleaning & reissue six times.
WW1 Imperial German Officers Pickelhaube A fabulous souvenired German Officers Pickelhaube recently discovered & having been picked up from the battlefield of WW1. This is a Prussian line infantry officers example originally of private purchase with quality rear spine & officer starred spike base . Other private purchase officer features are the rosette chinscale mounts & officer cockades. Interior of the helmet has fine calf skin sweatband with silk maker marked skullcap. A black felt lining to the underside of the shell body is to be seen when the silk is carefully lifted back. This is an untouched helmet which has not seen the light of day for many years & as such shows the effects of loft storage with much of the brass gilding only faintly visible in places. Helmet fittings were made of weakly gilded zinc or iron as from the end of 1914 due to the shortage of bronze . The chinstrap scales are now rusty however the leather chinstrap is surprisingly intact & although slightly dry remains undamaged. As can be seen the no doubt impressive & once imposing officers spike is long gone & in fear of an injustice i have made no attempt to replace it. It's absence may well be due to them being removed in the field by general order as from late 1915 & the use of covers becoming widespread. A time capsule of a piece & one that most likely saw much action before its capture.
WW1 Imperial German Officers Pickelhaube Cover An excellent textbook example with some evidence of its WW1 service on a pickelhaube their being some marking from the helmet plate visible at the covers front interior. 'DRP' marked to front folded peak.
WW1 Imperial German Officers Pickelhaube Cover A fine original example in excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Photographs Three Imperial German postcard photographs with soldiers in field kit with pickelhaube covers & G98 rifles , drill uniforms & field caps etc. The reverse of the Pickelhaube photogrpah bears handwritten greetings to his friend 'Otto' . The drill uniform photograph is postmarked to the 1st replacement battalion of the 158th Infantry Regiment with handwritten greetings again to his friend 'Otto' .
WW1 Imperial German Pickelhaube A fine example of the last model of German pickelhaube with grey steel fittings introduced on 28th June 1915 . By this time in the war the expensive fittings of brass & silver were now needed for the war effort elsewhere & so this version , although still iconic , was rather simplified. This piece has survived very well with a nice even age to its exterior & no unsightly damage to the leather. The original leather chinstrap & cockades further enhance its appeal. A now mostly illegible name has been handwritten to the underside of the front peak with a maker name stamped into the rear. An iconic Imperial German item used in the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Pickelhaube Cover , DRP Marked An excellent textbook example of the Imperial German officers pickelhaube cover . 'DRP' marked to front folded peak.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian Belt & Buckle Imperial German belt buckle of Prussia from the early war period with private purchase brown 'Croupon' marked belt leather which I suspect may be of later issue . A very good condition set.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian Belt & Buckle 1917 A good clearly maker marked & 1917 dated other ranks belt & buckle which is a British soldier bringback that came with the butcher bayonet & frog listed seperately ( Code 5845 ) . Belt buckle is of grey painted steel seen in use from around 1916 onwards. It is in excellent condition with expected wear from WW1 war service . Belt leather has a very crisp maker stamp & 1917 date to end tab complimenting this quite typical late war example. There appears to be a knife cut mark to the underside of the leather at one side . This is only visible on its underside & a good proportion of the belts thickness still remains.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian Infantry '07 Field Cap A good example of the '07 pattern of infantry field cap with red band & piping. Cap is in the classic mid war period 'grundtuch' with standard off white cotton lining. Lower cockade is Prussian with the standard national cockade above . Faint maker stamps visible to lining. A cap that has survived remarkably well!
WW1 Imperial German Prussian M15 Enlisted Mans Greatcoat A very good worn example of the M15 enlisted mans greatcoat which was introduced as part of the new uniform changes from September 21st 1915. Shoulder straps are to the 93rd Reserve Infantry Regiment. Manufactured to Wurttemberg/Prussian & Saxony specifications it has the distinctive green colour collar differing from the field grey of its Bavarian counterpart. The barrel cuffs were implemented for this model & only previously existed on the mounted troops version. A six button ( brown painted ) front adorns this coat with two to its adjustable belt at rear. The grey lining is from the April 1916 period onwards & has the XIII Wuttemberg clothing depot acceptance stamp & date 1917 so we can date the manufacture of this 'Einheitsmantel' from 1917 at the earliest. A very nice looking greatcoat ideal for an infantry soldier setup there are some inevitable moth holes on this 100 year old item seen in varying places upon inspection. These , in my opinion, do not detract from what is now a very rare item of German soldiers cold weather uniform.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian Officers Pickelhaube A fabulous souvenired German Officers Pickelhaube recently discovered & having been picked up from the battlefield of WW1. This is a Prussian line infantry officers example of private purchase with quality rear spine & officer starred spike base . Other private purchase officer features are the rosette chinscale mounts & fine officer cockades. Interior of the helmet has fine calf skin sweatband with silk half sectioned champagne skullcap. Helmet fittings were made of weakly gilded zinc or iron as from the end of 1914 due to the shortage of bronze however the quality of the finish on this surviving example would suggest an earlier pre war manufacture. The chinstrap scales are quite excellent with small buckle still present behind it. A small part of the hidden thin leather strap is minus due to age however would only be visible when worn down. As can be seen the tall officers spike is striking in its appearance & fortunately still present on this piece , many were lost in the field or simply removed according to the 1915 order. The helmet plate has never been off & the original nut & washer assembly can be seen to the inside . Pencil markings with a roman numeral II & what may be a handwritten size marking can be seen to the reverse side of the front of the helmet. A time capsule of a piece & now hard to find it has some overall age patina which only adds to its charactor & also of note two stars minus from its spike base. One that most likely saw action in the early days of WW1 .
WW1 Imperial German Prussian ORs Pickelhaube Iconic 1915 model of other ranks Imperial German Pickelhaube helmet with matt field grey metal fittings & removeable spike. Many of this helmets original WW1 features remain intact with some interesting markings , ink stamped & handwritten , to be seen on its inside. Leather skull of the helmet still has good form with peaks to front & rear remaining firm. State & national cockades present. On the inside of the skull there are handpainted unit & owners markings also very faint unit ink stamp to rear peak. Overall the condition is very good with its replacement chinstrap being of small concern when its WW1 origin is considered.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian ORs Pickelhaube A perfectly superb German first world war Prussian spiked helmet or ' Pickelhaube ' as worn in the trenches by the German soldier prior to the introduction of the steel helmet. This is the 1915 other ranks model with matt field grey fittings & removeable metal spike. Its distinctive leather skull with front & rear peaks define the iconic image of the first world war German soldier this example having a good overall non crushed appearance & an appealing amount of age toning that compliment this ' time capsule ' German spiked helmet. Some very typical minor surface crazing is to be seen to the leather of the skull as is indicative of a good original example. Front & rear peaks remain firm. Some interior ink markings are very faintly visible to rear peak being ' B.A XVI.1915 ' for the army depot of Western Lorraine , Metz . Faint size stamp ' 54 ' to crown area although this number may also refer to the rack number on which the helmet was stored . A classic item of Imperial German headdress the cockades have not survived the passage of time being now long since gone. Replacement chinstrap.
WW1 Imperial German Regiment Marked Luger Holster Superb clean early example of the iconic Imperial German Luger holster in classic brown leather with regimental unit markings to inside of flap & date 1910. Overall patina is excellent with all stitching & fittings intact & good.
WW1 Imperial German Regimentally Marked G98 Rifle 1909 A quite stunning pre first world war German Gewehr 98 ( G98 ) rifle , the standard issue rifle of the German soldier in WW1. Dated 1909 this example was made at the Prussian Arsenal , Spandau & bears profuse inspection & Imperial German markings including ' Gew 98 ' to left side of receiver & Prussian cypher for King Wilhelm II ( 1888-1918 ) on right. The 'Lange Tangent' backsight on this rifle is in excellent working order & moves backwards & forwards on its rail with very impressive efficiency. Beautiful wood furniture adorns this piece with original brass butt disc having the , as yet , unresearched regimental markings of ' K.G.287' . This superb first world war German rifle cocks & dryfires with ease & is supplied with its Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Regimentally Marked Prussian Belt & Buckle An interesting 1895 pattern Imperial German belt with Prussian buckle & two sets of regimental markings to belt leather denoting issue on two occasions. The first markings are : 17IR 1901 for Infantry regiment 17 issued in 1901 , Infantry Regiment 17 4th Westphalian, Garrisoned Morchingen XXI Corps 42nd Inf Division, 65th Inf Brigade of the 6th Army. The second issue is marked as 'LIR 8 , 1B ' Landwehr Inf Regt 8 , 1st Battalion , 89th Division, 21st Landwehr Brigade , Participated in the Romanian Campaign. An excellent condition set which has always been together.
WW1 Imperial German Regimentally Marked S98Na 2nd Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard A First world war S98Na second pattern bayonet & scabbard with matching Saxon regimental markings to the 177 Regiment, 11th Company , Weapon Number 36. Overall good used condition with no unsightly damage to wood grips. One inch split to rear seam of scabbard.
WW1 Imperial German S14 Mauser Bayonet Scarce WW1 Imperial German S14 Mauser bayonet with deep squared fuller . Maker marked to Bayard with the knight on horse logo & in overall very good unpitted condition . Some indentation to one grip although still a scarce bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German S84/98 Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 A good Imperial German army S84/98 bayonet with maker mark to ' Gebr Heller , Marienthal ' . '17 dated to spine of blade & with Prussian cypher the blade has been sharpened. A good first war combat bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German S84/98 Bayonet Frog An Imperial German bayonet frog for the slimmer S84/98 bayonet . Good used condition & undamaged.
WW1 Imperial German S84/98 Bayonet Frog 1915 Excellent condition Imperial German bayonet frog for the slimmer S84/98 bayonet dated to rear 1915 & with the manufacturer name of 'A.Dahl , Barmen ' .
WW1 Imperial German S84/98 Sawback Bayonet Imperial German S84/98 sawback bayonet by the rare maker 'Duisberg'. Inspection markings to back of blade & pommel & in overall very good condition with undamaged wood grips.
WW1 Imperial German S98 Bayonet Frog Saxon Regiment 177.R Marked An Imperial German bayonet frog with Saxon regimental markings to the rear for ' 177.R . ' Apparently for the early S98 bayonet with these markings of prewar period.
WW1 Imperial German S98/02 Bayonet
WW1 Imperial German S98/05 Aa Transitional Sawback Butcher Bayonet ( Rare Regimental Static Smoke Troops Markings ) A rare 1915 dated first world war German sawback butcher bayonet with never before recorded regimental markings for a static smoke troops unit ' NK.B.203.2. ' ( Nebel Kompanie Bodenstandig , 203rd Division , Weapon Number 2 ) . The 'Bodenstandig ' in the abbreviation denotes static & therefore not a motorised or mobile unit. Most likely issued to an NCO due to the low weapon number this is an outstanding Erfurt made sawback example with high ears to crossguard & second model flashguard. Spine of blade has date 1915 with German cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia 1888-1918. In overall excellent condition with some green paint remaining to scabbard. Owners initials etched into handle. A superb piece to a rare WW1 German field unit.
WW1 Imperial German S98/05 Butcher Bayonet & Frog 1915 A WW1 Imperial German 98/05 ' butcher' bayonet coming complete with its original 1915 dated leather frog. This bayonet came with the belt & buckle ( Code 5844 ) all brought back by a British soldier from the first world war. Bayonet is a a 'Gottlieb Hammesfahr , Solingen ' made example with clean wood grips & an unpitted bright blade. Various inspection markings can be seen throughout , pommel catch in working order. Scabbard is of the first pattern & has seen much use with a small hole to front of leather & a staple minus from front of chape. Bayonet when inserted into scabbard is not quite flush to hilt however it is an untouched set , straight from the trenches of the first world war.
WW1 Imperial German S98/05 Butcher Bayonet 1915 A German first world war 'butcher' bayonet of the S98/05 pattern with maker name 'FW Holler ' to ricasso. Prussian cypher & 1915 date to spine with a good clean plain blade & steel scabbard. 1915 was the last year of the steel mounted leather scabbard & the first year of the steel scabbard so both are correct for this early to midwar period. With some overall wear & heavy use to grips this is a well used WW1 trench item.
WW1 Imperial German S98/05 n/a Saw back Removed Butcher Bayonet 1916 A clean WW1 German 'butcher' bayonet which has had its sawback removed. Made by Mauser the spine has the cypher of the Kaiser being a 'W' over the date 1916. Scabbard has a small part of its original maker name to throat which can be deciphered also to be Mauser thus matching maker of the bayonet. Some minor dents to reverse . Wood grips superb , blade bright.
WW1 Imperial German S98/05nA S Sawback 'Butcher' Bayonet ( Rare Curve Line Anker-Werke Mark ) A rare example of the curved top line ' Anke-Werke ' made sawback bayonet only the second known example with this variant of maker mark. ' Anke-Werke , Bielefeld ' are perhaps the rarest of makers & even with their standard double lined ricasso marking do not often come onto the market today. Condition wise there is surface age & darkening to metal however the wood grips are excellent with working pommel catch. A very scarce sawback bayonet having no doubt seen much service in WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Sawback Butcher Bayonet & Scabbard 1915 Dated A first pattern ( High ears ) example of the sawback 'butcher' bayonet made by Simson & Co, Suhl . A good example with bright clean blade it has Prussian cypher to spine & date '15' . The steel scabbard is correct for a 1915 dated piece this being the first year of its issue.
WW1 Imperial German Sewing Kit Roll A German sewing kit with soldiers laundry tag name label 'Schreiber' . A similar example is pictured in the book 'Memoires D'Objets Histoire D'Hommes ' by Francois Bertin. Quite possibly of Naval origin.
WW1 Imperial German Shoulder Strap Group Interesting grouping of Imperial German shoulder straps from various units. One matching pair with three singles.
WW1 Imperial German Silver Wound Badge German silver grade wound badge from WW1 . Excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Soldiers Field Postcard Pair Pair of field postcards taken of WW1 German soldiers one with soldiers in feldbluses & 07 caps holding bayonets & various mess utensils , the other of German soldiers wearing ammunition pouches , rifles , pickelhaubes & handwritten to reverse.
WW1 Imperial German Soldiers Photograph 1915 A group shot of Imperial German soldiers in field equipment , '07 caps , two in pickelhaubes with covers & stacked G98 rifles. Postcard format to send home to relatives.
WW1 Imperial German Stick Grenade A WW1 battlefield discovered Imperial German stick grenade & one of many different variations this type having the belt hook to head & screw cap assembly to bottom. Some faint handle markings still visible to wood.
WW1 Imperial German Stick Grenade Box 1918 Scarce surviving example of the Imperial German 'Stielhandgranate' ( Stick Grenade ) box with original black stencilled markings to the front & remains of paper label & ink stamp to inside of lid. Front of box has the abbreviation ' Sthgr.' for Stielhandgrenate with various dates & contents markings also visible. On initial inspection the box appears to date around the mid part of 1918 with 15/7/18 being discernable along the bottom edge probably indicating the date of filling. Overall the condition is very good although with a split to lid & some expected woodworm but no major damage. Please contact to discuss delivery/pickup/drop off options due to large size.
WW1 Imperial German Stick Grenade Screw Cap Pair Pair of WW1 stick grenade caps. Screw thread intact & in excellent condition.
WW1 Imperial German Straight Shovel Carrier 1916 Dated WW1 German 1909 pattern straight shovel carrier carried as part of the German soldiers combat equipment in the trenches of WW1. A very hard piece to find now not many having survived . This example with maker marking of Muller & Co & clear date 1916.
WW1 Imperial German Trench Knife & Scabbard A good field example of the Imperial German trench knife made by the famous maker 'Demag, Duisberg ' & with Imperial German inspection marking to ricasso. An interesting piece which was made for its killing effect in close quarter trench fighting rather than for show it has a nine grooved wood handle with sturdy steel hilt ( some movement ) . Blade is good with some age shading although no unsightly pitting . Clear Demag & inspection mark to both ricasso sides. Steel sheath is in its original black factory paint with leather belt loop to top end. Belt loop assembly has pop stud retaining strap although with rear loop seperated at bottom. A true 'sleeper' but an undoubted bringback from the trenches of the first world war.
WW1 Imperial German Trench Art Belt Buckle Souvenir Box WW1 period item of 'Trench Art' being a brass made box for, cigarettes, tobacco, small personal items etc made with the central nickle piece of a pre 1916 Prussian belt buckle. The box is extremely well constructed with a hinged lid & is most likely made from a shellcase being a plentiful source of brass of the period. The Imperial German buckle piece is in excellent crisp condition with no dents or other damage to it with traces of old silver polish remaining around its edges. No doubt picked up by a soldier in WW1 having recently surfaced from a house in England.
WW1 Imperial German Trench Dagger A high quality deluxe trench dagger in the traditional hunting style with stag horn handle & all metal fittings to the hilt. Maker markings of Hammer Schlaeger, Solingen & logo to blade . There are scratched on initials of the owner 'WM' to the top of the stag horn grip with his unit or service numbers of 4/77 . Leather sheath is of good construction with a nickle plated tip to the chape. Dryness & age to belt loop which has severed however retaining pop studded strap good.
WW1 Imperial German Trench Knife An interesting WW1 German trench knife with nine grooved wood handle & original black painted metal scabbard. Blade ricasso is marked ' ERN, WALD, RHEINL' to one side with 'Rasiermesser Fabrik' to the other. This firm are known to have made Razor blades. Black paint to scabbard is original with late war webbing belt loop still present.
WW1 Imperial German Trench Knife WW1 Imperial German trench knife with nine grooved wood grips & maker to ricasso of blade ' Gottlieb Hammesfahr ' . Blade has what appears to be an owners name lightly etched & apparently reads 'Neuv'. Original black paint to sheath with damaged belt loop glued in place at top section , hilt retainer mostly minus.
WW1 Imperial German Trousers 1916 Issued for fatigue wear but also seen being worn in combat these trousers are made of light cotton twill & have metal dished buttons for brace attachment . This pattern of trouser remained much unchanged in WW2 & as such WW1 stocks were carried over & used as needed. Often seen in wartime photographs being worn in all sorts of scenarios these are a classic German item of clothing from both wars . With some service use they are complete with all their correct original buttons & are dated 1916.
WW1 Imperial German Waterbottle A very good Imperial German waterbottle in rarely seen good condition . Bottle marked ' Gebr.Bing .Nurnberg 16 ' with remains of ink markings to be seen to cover. End of the leather neck strap has been cut otherwise both cover & leatherwork in excellent condition. Still with mud on the cover & both having been together for a very long time.
WW1 Imperial German Waterbottle Imperial German waterbottle with original cover & cork stopper to bottle. Green paint of the Imperial German army still remaining to bottle. Very nice German (Nuremberg) maker name to bottle. No leatherwork remaining however string has been attached for carriage.
WW1 Imperial German Waterbottle Green enamelled bottle marked 'Minchen'. Leather straps with cork stopper complete , minus cover.
WW1 Imperial German Waterbottle 1915 A well used 1915 dated example of the Imperial German waterbottle. Some considerable wear to cover. Leather parts good.
WW1 Imperial German Wound Badge Good worn example.
WW1 Infantry Soldier Medals & Ephemera Grouping A Victory & War medal grouping of ephemera to an East Kent Regiment infantry soldier ' 18075 Pte Charles W Pryor ' . Paperwork comprises the following : February 1916 Field Service Postcard notifying 'Quite well' ( CW Pryor ) May 1917 Notification of wounded to N.O.K. ( CW Pryor, East Kents ) National Registration Act 1915 Certification Card ( CW Pryor ) Soldiers Demobilization Account ( C.Pryor ) Pay & Allowances on Demob Book ( C.Pryor, Cheshire Regiment ) Regimental Paymaster Weekly Payment change Notif. ( CW Pryor 10/16 ) War badge Award document to E Pryor dated 15/2/18 4 Royal Fusiliers. An interesting group to father & son or two brothers . It is interesting to note that CW Pryor was wounded by a gunshot to his left arm on 3/5/1917.
WW1 Italian 1909 Pattern Ammunition Pouches A good colour matched pair of 1909 pouches , all complete with the metal framework to the interior . These pouches are not to be confused with the common Second World War pouches the construction being of a stitch boxed nature. WW1 Italian militaria has always been difficult to find.
WW1 Italian Farina ' Trench Model ' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 Italian Farina ' Trench Model' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 Italian Farina 'Trench Model' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 Italian War Cross WW1 Italian War Cross , instituted in 1918 for bravery or minimum of one years service in a combat zone. Excellent condition.
WW1 Italian War Medal Instituted in 1920 for the 1915-1918 period & supposedly made from bronze captured from the enemy. Overall good condition.
WW1 KIA Group , West Yorkshire Regiment. This group is to a Private Clarence Davey from the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment who was killed in France on 20th May 1918 aged 19 years. Private Davey is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery in the Pas De Calais, France where many casualties of the Loos battlefield were laid to rest. Amongst the paperwork & memorial plaque relating to his death are a Princess Mary Gift Tin & also a Greetings card signed 'Clarence' with the coloured motif of the 3rd Batt West Yorkshire Regiment on the front cover. Inside are the crossed flags of the Prince of Wales in colour & a dedication for 'Past remembrances' evidently a tribute to fallen comrades before he himself was Killed in Action in 1918. Also included is a funeral/death notice to Pvt Davey with the West York Reg motif on the front bordered in black, a studio portrait photograph of him in service dress with Lewis Gunners & Marksmanship Badge & two other photographs of a nurse (maybe a sweetheart) & an Australian. There is also a 1921 dated envelope addressed to his mother containing his medal entitlements of the War & Victory Medal. Very interesting group to a World War One infantryman & worthy of further research.
WW1 KIA Memoriam Card & Photograph, W.Yorks Regiment. Interesting WW1 British death notice to a member of the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire regiment killed in action in France on 20th May 1918 aged 19 years. Private Clarence George Edmond Davey is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery in the Pas De Calais area of Northern France where many casualties from the Loos battlefield now rest. A black bordered white card it has the badge of the West Yorkshire regiment & the words 'In Memoriam' on the front of it & on the inside a poem & a dedication from his parents with the details of death. Accompanying the card is a studio portrait postcard photograph of Private Davey in WW1 service uniform wearing on his tunic the Lewis Gunner & Marksmanship badge. Interesting small lot to a late war casualty.
WW1 Lancashire Fusiliers German Bullet Picture Frame Classic piece of WW1 Trenchart being a picture frame made up of soldered together captured German rifle rounds (inert). The headstamp on one of the rounds is visible which denotes manufacture by DM in 1918 ( filling type S67). Mounted onto the top of the whole piece is the cap badge to The Lancashire Fusiliers, a well known unit very active in World War One. Picture is a copy of an original portrait photograph & is placed for visual effect although comes with the frame.
WW1 Lewis Gun Magazine Pouches 1918 ( West Yorkshire Regiment ) A set of four Lewis gun magazine pouches all 1918 dated . These pouches were first issued in 1917 with a modification made to the positioning of the strap system in 1921 as is seen here . These pouches are all British made ( MECo & MW&S ) with many making their way into Home Guard service in WW2 as well as with South Africa troops as indicated by the broad arrow within U marking of South Africa. Interestingly one of the connecting shoulder straps is marked to the West Yorkshire Regiment ( 2nd WYR ) .
WW1 M15 Ersatz Prussian Picklehaube Good original example of the scarce Imperial German M15 Ersatz Picklehaube in grey felt with non reflective grey painted metal fittings. This is a good untouched example of this desirable picklehaube with the grey metal fittings being untouched & never removed from their original mounting. Front peak has good metal edging ( not seen on all Ersatz helmets ) still firm with a repair at each end of the peaks stress points only visible upon close inspection. Rear spine is also untouched with original fixing visible to inside of helmet under liner. Top spike mounting is still firm & uninterfered with the pins going through to the underside totally untouched & original as when first mounted. Removable spike has at some point been polished which over time has then rust patinated although this a totally original component which has traces of the original grey paint around its inner edges. Side national & Prussian cockades are perfect with original paint remaining matching nicely with the leather chinstrap which shows good age & the correct grey painted buckles. Prussian plate to front is heavily tarnished & is firm to the helmet with clear age shadow to the felt around its edges visible. Leather liner is in good condition with no tears only a very small area of stitching away from the body at the front peak area. Overall a very nice looking Ersatz Picklehaube with age & wear as would be expected on a WW1 worn piece such as this.
WW1 M15 Ersatz Prussian Picklehaube Good original example of the scarce Imperial German M15 Ersatz Picklehaube in grey felt with non reflective grey painted metal fittings. This is a good untouched example of this desirable picklehaube with the grey metal fittings being untouched & never removed from their original mounting. Front peak has good metal edging ( not seen on all Ersatz helmets ) still firm with a repair at each end of the peaks stress points only visible upon close inspection. Rear spine is also untouched with original fixing visible to inside of helmet under liner. Top spike mounting is still firm & uninterfered with the pins going through to the underside totally untouched & original as when first mounted. Removable spike has at some point been polished which over time has then rust patinated although this a totally original component which has traces of the original grey paint around its inner edges. Side national & Prussian cockades are perfect with original paint remaining matching nicely with the leather chinstrap which shows good age & the correct grey painted buckles. Prussian plate to front is heavily tarnished & is firm to the helmet with clear age shadow to the felt around its edges visible. Leather liner is in good condition with no tears only a very small area of stitching away from the body at the front peak area. Overall a very nice looking Ersatz Picklehaube with age & wear as would be expected on a WW1 worn piece such as this.
WW1 M15 Imperial German Kleine rock A scarce Imperial German M15 Officers Kleine Rock of the 14th Baden Train Battalion . It is very hard to find any Imperial German tunic now , this style was made after September 1915 & has features of the 'Old Style' officer Litewka with branch of service piping in light blue for trains ( Supply ) . A totally original example with Swedish cuffs & slanted flap pockets to front . All buttons present to its double breast . This is certainly a well worn tunic which is evident in the nap of the cloth , these being worn in the field by officers not just for walking out. Moth does appear on the tunic there being very well executed repairs generally throughout. An unquestionable Imperial German Kleine Rock dating from the mid to late war period.
WW1 Machine Gun Corps Death Plaque & Framed Memorial Parchment Scroll A death plaque & framed scroll for Private Charles Spurr of the 33rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps who was killed in action 13/4/1918 aged 25 & is commemorated at Ploegsteert memorial, Belgium . Parchment scroll has been period framed in glass mounted wood casing with hanging string to rear. Remains of label to rear give the photography studio who carried out the framing as coming from Lincoln , Spurrs home town.
WW1 Medical Booklet & Field Service Postcard Pair of World War One ephemera items being a 1913 dated 20 page booklet entitled 'Health Memorandum For Soldiers' by the Royal Army Medical Corps covering everyday soldier such as Personal Cleanliness,Clothing,Care of the Teeth,Food & Feeding, Smoking Spitting, Service Abroad etc etc. Second items is a 1915 dated Field Service Postcard that has been sent from the field to a Miss A Fraser & signed & dated 4th July 1915 by the soldier who sent it. With some translation of the soldiers signature it would be well worth some research to find out if he survived the war or not.
WW1 Memorial Picture Frame ( Queens Regiment Soldier) Period commemorative picture frame made of wood with simple decorative leaf design to hold a portrait sized studio photograph of a loved one in uniform. The period postcard photograph has been married with the frame for visual effect & is of a soldier from the Queens Regiment in First World War uniform.
WW1 Mercantile Marine War Medal Good condition medal named to ' George Wilson ' . Awarded to members of the Merchant Navy who had undertaken one or more voyages through a war or danger zone.
WW1 Military Issue Kukri 1915 A scarce early British made military issue example of the WW1 kukri with 1915 date. Measuring 16 inches in total length the blade has faint British military inspection marking & a separate , visible large '5' which is most likely to be the date of 1915. Brown wood handle has unit mark & number 'SSF224' which also corresponds with that on the sheath of 'SSF22 ' Sheath is marked with broad arrow & the initials 'A.C.' for the manufacturer Anthony Cooper of Birmingham . This mark can also be seen on 1907 pattern bayonet scabbards & normally with a Birmingham inspectors mark underneath ,as is the case here ( RSAF ) . This surmounts the very visible date of '15 . Overall in very good condition & only recently discovered .
WW1 Missing In Action Paperwork Group, Lancashire Fusiliers Very interesting paperwork group relating to a Private in the 2/7 Lancashire Fusiliers who was officially reported as Missing In Action by the War Office on the 21st March 1918. Private 201278 Ernest Edgerton was serving overseas in France with the Lancs Fusiliers in 1918 when notification was sent to his fiancee Bertha Delon. The first official letter sent dated the 21st March 1918 lists his details & army number & is sent from the Infantry records office at Preston. Their are also a further two official notification letters one stating he is missing following an engagement in France on the 21st March 1918. The group includes much 1918 correspondence from the War Office in response to his fiancees enquiries as to his whereabouts as well as seven Field Service Postcards sent between the 8th August 1917 & January 1918 by Pte Edgerton to her from France before he went missing. Following further enquiries by the War Office & much correspondence a Red Cross postcard dated 9/5/1918 stated no more news although on 15th May 1918 a British Red Cross official postcard brings notification that Pte Edgerton is a Prisoner Of War. Three more British Red Cross postcards bear related correspondence. Nicely completing the set is a letter from Buckingham Palace on headed paper dated 1918 welcoming home Pte Edgerton on behalf of the Queen & signed with the Royal signature. Two postwar telegraphs sent in 1920 bring news on the wedding of the soldier & his fiancee in one & in the other the succesful birth of a baby girl on Christmas morning 1920. Interesting & complete group telling a story of one soldier in the final months of World War One.
WW1 Model 1916 Portuguese Helmet A fine example of the Portuguese Model 1916 helmet & one that is instantly recognisable to WW1 collectors by its ribbed design. The origins of these helmets have been widely discussed however it is known that they were available for private purchase by British officers in the early part of WW1. Made only of mild steel they were found not to be effective in the face of an even moderate velocity round as well as the ribbed surface tending to aid the projectile in penetration when hit . Banned for sale in Great Britain around the 1916 period it is believed that they were issued to Portuguese troops as a temporary measure. In a very typical British khaki paint colour of the period the helmet shell is of one piece construction with a ventilation hole in each side of the helmet . A thin strip of corrugated cork is fitted between the shell & leather liner with a woollen inner showing some rust bleeding in places. There are traces of a marking on the wool with some , sadly illegible , handwritten nomenclature to the front of the leather band. Brown leather chinstrap has a knot tied in it perhaps to adjust it but is otherwise intact. An interesting helmet & very hard to find today .
WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers KIA Group ( Letter From The Trenches & Other Battlefield Ephemera ) This is a very nice family lot of photographs & ephemera, some from the trenches, relating to a Private in the Northumberland Fusiliers who was Killed In Action in June 1917 & who is now buried in the Messines Ridge Cemetery. From an initial investigation of the items in the lot it is apparent that Private JA Walker had two young sons Henry & Harry when he went into the army although tragically his wife appears to have died aged 31 in 1916 . The most notable items in the group are a letter handwritten in pencil dated 1917 sent by him from the front & two postcards contained within a period black wallet which all bear a poignancy relating to Pte Walker. The letter dated 29/4/17 is addressed to Harry , his oldest son, in which he provides his army number & unit details to enable food to be sent to him at the front which he requests in his letter . With the letter are two postcard photographs of his sons sent to him from England & also a photograph of him in service dress clearly wearing the cap badge of the Northumberland Fusiliers. On the back of each of these pictures is a pencil scribbled note ' found on the battlefield ' with the added note ' from Pte Riches 46327 his old chum' . Pte JA Walker was Killed In Action on the 13th June 1917 thus the letter was most probably his last . The black wallet & two postcards both with ' To dad ' from Henry & Harry respectively & the photograph of him in uniform were evidently taken from him after his death by Pte Riches ( Northumberland Fusiliers via National Archives ) for return to his next of kin & highlight the tragic fate of many WW1 soldiers. Accompanying the group are two letters from the Imperial War Graves Commission dated 1920 & 1923 referring to his remains being re-interred from a small field cemetery near Joy Farm, Oostaverne to the Messines Ridge British cemetery 5 3/4 miles south of Ypres. Completing the group are photographs & paperwork relating to Harry Walker after WW1 including ephemera from The Aberdeen Line on which he worked as a ships steward, his post (1919) WW1 Medical & National Health Insurance cards & a letter & photographs from the WW2 period. Overall a very interesting group with WW1 battlefield recovered items.
WW1 Officers Sam Browne Belt & Cross Strap Very nice condition British Officers Sam Browne complete with cross strap & all brass fittings. Leather is in early good quality brown leather & measures just over 43 inches with a waistsize of up to approx 34 inches. Cross strap is the correct matching strap which came with it & overall this a nice condition set with no cracking or brittleness to the leather.
WW1 Ornate Gurkha Officials Kukri A very nice ornate Gurkha officials kukri with silver plate metal fittings & bone handle. 1916 dated Half India Rupee affixed to throat with typical flower & bird decoration mounted on red embrodiery to neck of sheath. A split to chape has caused some minor seperation with non detracting hairline to bone handle visible on each side. An interesting & seldom encountered piece from this early era.
WW1 Pattern British Jack Knife, 1938 Date This is the pattern of knife issued to British soldiers from 1913 up to about 1938 before being phased out in favour of the shorter pattern jack knife. These were still used in WW2 by whom ever had them this example is dated on the blade 1938 with the number 8 & a broad arrow marking on the marlin spike. Sheffield manufacturer overall good but cracked to one side of the grips noticeable on close inspection.
WW1 Pattern Kidney Shaped Messtin ( 1937 Dated ) A messtin of the WW1 pattern these originally date back as far as the Napoleonic period & continued to be manufactured after WW1. This is a 1937 dated example still serving its purpose as the prospect of another war rolled ever nearer.
WW1 Period British Officers Cap ( General Service ) A very nice example of a WW1 officers cap with General Service cap badge. The construction of the cap is in fine whipcord with green leather cloth underside to peak & thin leather handsewn sweatband to interior. A cane stiffener can be felt inside the lining of the crown with a seperate celluloid waterproof sweat shield fitted to the inside. Chinstrap is in very thin brown leather. It is of note that a sprung steel stiffener is fitted to the front flat top of the cap intended to raise the height of the caps front for a smarter appearance. This , & the green leather cloth to peak underside , is a particular feature of pre & early war caps which gave way to more casual styles as the war progressed. A superb condition example with no moth.
WW1 Photograph of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Nice large sized photograph measuring 12.5 x 10.5 inches on its cardboard mount of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards on parade in a hometown which is worthy of research to discover the exact location where pictured. Officers & Other Ranks are pictured together with the men all wearing 1914 pattern leather equipment. Good condition with no spotting.
WW1 Photograph Trio , Royal Artillery Set of three photos of an RA gunner in varying forms of Service Dress posed is studio setting. Good condiition written on back of one is 'To Miss Gladys irvin' .
WW1 Postcard Photograph, Soldier, Airman & Policeman Studio portrait shot of member of Royal Flying Corps , Middlesex regiment soldier & Special Constable. Taken in an Upper Norwood, London studio.
WW1 Precision Model Toy Gun Nice item for the collector of military related model toys this being a precision made model of a Field Gun that incorporates mechanical working parts & is capable of firing small wooden 'rounds'. Piece measures 24 inches in length from end to end & 4 1/2 inches in width at its widest point. Dark green metal parts include revolving metal wheels & a movable gun barrel operated by the long crank wheel to its rear. Another long handle that sits to the side of the barrel cocks the gun whilst the breech can then be opened & the wooden round loaded. When the breech is closed again the trigger handle can then be pushed down firing the wooden round surprisingly several metres. Five wooden rounds come with the gun. No markings so apparently a privately made item. Rare mechanical childs toy of the First World War era.
WW1 Prussian Belt Buckle Brass WW1 German buckle from the early first world war period with nickel centre & leather tab. Faint makers stamp to tab .
WW1 Prussian Enlisted Mans Pickelhaube An all leather brass mounted small sized enlisted mans pickelhaube. An excellent display piece, the skull bears some crazing to both the front & back peaks. Black, white & red national cockade & Prussian cockade to opposite side ( Replacements ) , Chinstrap is also a replacement. Brass Prussian front plate is securely mounted with slight indentation marks in leather around edges. Top spike portion has three replacement pins only noticeable from the inside & there is one pin missing to the rear brass mount. Front peak is good & firm with a small stress split to the brass edging to the right side of its centre. Leather liner is in good condition with some sweat staining but no damage or tears to the tongues. Overall general display example of the Prussian Enlisted Mans Pickelhaube.
WW1 Prussian Pickelhaube Helmet Plate A souvenired Prussian pickelhaube helmet plate from the first world war battlefields showing some expected age.
WW1 R.F.A. 1914-15 Star Trio. WW1 Trio with 1914-15 Star to '17422 E.MALYON' who was a Shoesmith in the Royal Field Artillery later promoted to Corporal. Qualifying on 25/9/15 in France medals are in good overall condition.
WW1 Rabbit Ears Trench Periscope /Scherenfernrohr By Carl Zeiss A superb display piece being the cased ' Rabbit Ears' trench optics from the WW1 period. In the classic light field green grey of Imperial Germany these are constructed in brass & were seen being used in camouflaged observation positions by Imperial German troops. Well marked by the acknowledged optic maker 'Carl Zeiss Jena' they are in good used condition with graticuling to right lense . Much of its green gray paint remains with some wear & age bubbling in places. The designation marking of ' S.F.09 Nr ' is visible with Carl Zeiss Jena well marked. The German wording ' Klemme losen bevor Arme bewegt werden. can be seen to right arm. Eyepieces are used but intact. The focus on both lenses appears to be non functional with some loose internal particles visible when looked through. Coming in their correct leather case this has suffered some dry flaking to leather with long strap at rear dry & detached at one end. An excellent German trench display piece! ***Please contact to discuss collection/delivery options & the cost of this to be added to the total***
WW1 Rabbit Ears Trench Periscope /Scherenfernrohr By Carl Zeiss A superb display piece being the cased ' Rabbit Ears' trench optics from the WW1 period. In the classic light field green grey of Imperial Germany these are constructed in brass & were seen being used in camouflaged observation positions by Imperial German troops. Well marked by the acknowledged optic maker 'Carl Zeiss Jena' they are in good used condition with graticuling to right lense . Much of its green gray paint remains with some wear & age bubbling in places. The designation marking of ' S.F.09 Nr ' is visible with Carl Zeiss Jena well marked. The German wording ' Klemme losen bevor Arme bewegt werden. can be seen to right arm. Eyepieces are used but intact. Spare eyepieces still in their case compartment. The focus on both lenses appears to be non functional with some loose internal particles visible when looked through. Coming in their correct leather case this has suffered some dry flaking to leather with long strap at rear dry & detached at one end. An excellent German trench display piece! ***Please contact to discuss collection/delivery options & the cost of this to be added to the total***
WW1 Rabbit Ears Trench Periscope /Scherenfernrohr By Goerz, Berlin A superb display piece being the complete ' Rabbit Ears' trench optics with the standard Goerz tripod from the WW1 period. In the classic light field green grey of Imperial Germany these are constructed in brass & were seen being used in camouflaged observation positions by Imperial German troops. Well marked by the acknowledged Berlin optic maker 'Goerz' they are in full working order with adjustable tripod legs & levelling bubble undamaged. A superb addition to any WW1 display. ***Please contact to discuss collection/delivery options***
WW1 Royal Engineers Photograph Postcard. Postcard studio shot of a private in the Royal Engineers wearing 1902 pattern tunic & headdress. 'With Love to Lill' on reverse.
WW1 Royal Engineers Studio Photograph , 9th ( Scottish ) Division Large sized studio photograph of a Royal Engineers soldier of WW1 . Wearing 1902 pattern tunic & soft RE badged cap the picture measures 50.5 cm X 38cm. Tunic bears insignia of the 9th ( Scottish ) Division .
WW1 Royal Flying Corps / Artillery Plotting Board 1916 Scarce 1916 dated plotting board with built in compass & protractor. Worn mounted onto the wrist it is made by the firm Houghton-Butcher of London . A very good surviving example with leather strap still supple & almost as good as the day it was made.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Observers Coat Scarce issue example of the Royal Flying Corps Observers coat in the knee length mid tan wrapover style with angled map pocket to front. It is very hard to find stores issued examples most encountered examples being of officers private purchase. The remains of the stores issue 'WD' code is still visible inside the right sleeve. Still complete with its original waistbelt it also has the orange poppers typical of these WW1 coats. Tan blanket lined it displays some wear & a little bit of minor scuffing with a couple of period repairs one to front & another to rear bottom of skirt. A service used coat there are some subtle black marks in places most typical of the grease & oil marks which one would pick up from the fuel & oil exorbitant flying machines of WW1.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Photograph Group , France 1917. Interesting & scarce group of original WW1 postcard photographs to a member of The Royal Flying Corps in various settings in France in WW1 having some contemporary notes scribbled on the reverse of each most referring to 'Alf 1917' . RFC uniforms much evident & in detail including a wedding photo dated August 12th 1917. Six postcard shots in all with four smaller photographs of an officer with wings wearing cuff rank tunic & crashed British planes photographed in situation . All pictures are original & from the family a rare brief pictorial history of the one RFC man.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Playing Cards Rare complete set of World War One playing cards attributed to the Royal Flying Corps & made by the well known card maker of the period Chas.Goodall & Son Ltd. Cards are packaged in a bound cardboard case that has a seperate sleeve that fits over the top. On the front of the sleeve are the wings & initials of the 'RFC' & the manufacturers details. Rear of the sleeve has a sample of what is on the back of each playing card being the wings & motto of the Royal Flying Corps. Sleeve has seperated into three pieces but is nevertheless complete. Chas, Goodall & Son were well known for their playing cards & range of weird & wonderful designs, this is apparent on the Ace of Spades that is intricately designed to incorporate the company name. A rare set of cards to a very popular First World War Corps.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps/Artillery Plotting Board 1907 Scarce 1907 dated plotting board with built in compass & protractor. Worn mounted onto the wrist it is made by the firm Houghton-Butcher of London . Existing examples of these were later used by the RFC upon their introduction in 1912. A very good surviving example with leather strap in good supple undamaged condition & almost as good as the day it was made. A very good example.
WW1 Royal Irish Rifles Service Dress Cap A late WW1 officers SD cap to a member of the Royal Irish Rifles . This famous Irish regiment were heavily involved in many of the famous campaigns of WW1 including Neuve Chapelle , Fromelles , Loos & the Somme before their name being changed to the Royal Ulster Rifles as of 1st January 1921. Made of fine whipcord material this 'stiff' style cap displays the very typical WW1 feature of a high front maintained by a hinged spring stiffener fitted to the inside of the cap. The pre 1921 Royal Irish Rifles cap badge is black cord boss mounted with small black chinstrap buttons on which the wording ' Royal Irish Rifles ' can be seen upon close inspection. Chinstrap is in thin blackened leather correct for the Rifles. Internally the padded lining has diamond tailor label for 'Battersby London ' . Leather sweatband has its stitching away at the whole of the forehead area however this is only noticeable if one wishes to lift the band. It is notable that on this cap the underside of the peak is covered in the same material as the rest of the cap . When one inspects the chinstrap buttons & cap badge it is quite apparent that they are original to the cap & so we can predate its manufacture to before January 1921 when the name changed to the Royal Ulster Rifles. There is one small moth nip to the top of the cap & two small holes to the rear centre seam crease area seen only when the rear top section of the cap is lifted.
WW1 Royal Marines Field Postcard Royal Marines wearing 1908 pattern webbing & with SMLE rifles. it is interesting to note their drill uniform , the Marines were deployed to the Dardenelles with the Royal Naval Division & one of the last to leave.
WW1 Russo/Finnish M17 Sholbourg Helmet Rare & unusual helmet being known as the Sholbourg. These helmets were made in very short time in Finland which prior to the Russian revolution was part of Russia gaining independence due to revolutionary chaos. This helmet was to replace the French manufactured Adrian imported to Russia & thuus represents the first truly Russian helmet. These helmets were used by many of the Baltic States & of course by the Finnish for Civil Defence after the war but are found repainted & with leather liners however this helmet is in its first configuraton as it would have arrived from the manufacturers. Classic patternated Russian pea green paint & canvas stocking type liner, chinstrap minus.
WW1 S98/05 2nd Pattern Na Transitional/Hybrid Bavarian Sawback Butcher Bayonet 1915 Very rare Bavarian sawback butcher bayonet of the second pattern being of transitional/hybrid origin with no ears or flashguard . According to Anthony Carters Vol.1 German Bayonets this is an unrecorded pattern & certainly the only one that I have ever encountered. Ludwig cypher to spine of blade with '15' date & Alex Coppel name to ricasso . Inspection markings to pommel. Comes in brown leather frog & totally as recently found , as yet uncleaned but with an undoubtedly good blade. Straight out of the trenches it has some wear to grips as shown in images.
WW1 Sam Browne .455 Webley Ammunition Pouch Privately purchased WW1 Officers pistol ammunition pouch in brown leather. Worn with the Sam Browne officers set this type of pouch carried ammunition for the officers service pistol & is in excellent condition. There are no markings which is not unusual due to being an officers purchased item.
WW1 Scottish Soldier Portrait Photographs Pair of scarce photographs of two First World War Scottish soldiers one man appearing in both pictures. First photogrpah has the two men both in Highland headddress with service tunics, 08 belts & kilts. One of the men is a corporal with woundstripes & the other a Lance Corporal with service chevrons & a wound stripe. Their is general fraying & damage to one corner. Second photograph is in good condition with one of the same soldiers wearing a bonnet , service tunic & '08 belt. Interestingly he also wears the Trench cover for his kilt which is a rare photograph to find. This postcard indicates that he has come out of the line for the picture as it is sent from France or Belgium with 'Carte Postale' on the reverse.
WW1 Silver War Badge Excellent condition Silver War Badge awarded to service personnel invalided out as a result of wounds or sickness. The idea was that wearing it would show they had served & would prevent them being branded as cowards being in civilian clothes. Each badge was numbered on the reverse as is this one.
WW1 Stretcher Bearers Rank & Badge Memento Cut From Tunic
WW1 Swiss 1918 Model Bayonet Good condition Swiss 1918 model bayonet complete with scabbard & leather tongue attached for frog. Made by Elsener, Schwyz the hilt is marked with the issue serial number & the Swiss ' cross' on its underside. overall much brightness to bayonet fittings with extremely good blade. Approx 98% blueing remaining to scabbard.
WW1 Transitional Double Decal M18 Cut-Out Helmet A superb example of the seldom found M18 ear cut-out helmet in its rarest form being a double decalled early transitional piece but still with its M18 liner, original paint & scarce two part M18 1918 dated chinstrap present & intact. The often called 'Cavalry helmet' was made with the ear cut-out to facilitate better hearing & was the last pattern of German helmet that saw service in WW1. Going into the Reichswehr & early National Socialist period these were still much in use & as dictated by the 1934 order were to have the new State shield on the right & the new army decal on the left. It is extremely rare to find both decals still in place on any WW1 pattern German helmet. Appealing about this helmet is its clear early M18 production having utilised an M17 metal liner band with the chinstrap retainer lug rivetted in. Old stocks of M17 parts were used up until exhausted in the new M18 production this being totally period & textbook according to Ludwig Baers superb History of the German Steel Helmet pg 60. Interestingly the M18 tan leather liner pads are still in place with their original seldom seen horsehair filled cloth cushion pads the liner often having been replaced by the M31 system. Two part brown leather chinstrap has maker markings & the clear date 1918. Helmet shell has all of its original factory green paint with the clear 'ET64' on its inside rim & totally correct for this style of helmet. Both decals show some age & bear testament to its service use much visible in the closeup photographs. A handpainted regimental unit marking to 2/R.R.2 on the inside rim nicely completes this historical helmet the likes of which are rarely seen. See Imperial German Helmets & Headdress for more photographs.
WW1 Trench Art Submarine Made from two German rifle cartridges in the form of a submarine.
WW1 Trenchart to Royal Artillery. Nice piece of First World War 'Trenchart' attributed to the Royal Artillery. Item is a cutdown British 18 Pounder shellcase dated 1915 that has been made into a trophy style cup with a handle on each side & adorned with the badges of the Artillery on the front & back of the case. One side has the sleeve badge of the Royal Artillery ( Worn above chevrons by senior sergeants) fixed on with large brass shoulder title letters above it reading 'R F A' & on the other side the cap badge of the Royal Artillery. All made in brass a superb example of one mans souvenir to his time in the Royal Artillery during the First World War.
WW1 Turkish Ball Grenade 1915 Turkish ball grenade of the 1915 period & very much in use during the Gallipoli campaign. Inert & free from explosive. UK sales only.
WW1 Turkish Bayonet Pair A pair of First World War Turkish Mauser bayonets the first being the early piped back hooked quillon & the second being an example of the 1910 pattern with hooked quillon. Both are in shed found condition with pitting to metal surfaces however the 1910 is slightly better with Turkish markings being visible to blade spine & pommel. Serial number can be seen to crossguard. Piped back still bears traces of Turk markings to blade throat & pommel. Both were bringback items that have only recently surfaced having been poorly stored for many years.
WW1 Turkish M1910 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet An excellent full length version of the scarce 1910 pattern Turkish bayonet the type as would have been used at the famous Gallipoli battle of 1915. Metal surfaces are excellent with many Turkish markings & blade very clean with no pitting or damage. Black leather scabbard excellent with central seam to rear & Turkish markings repeated to throat & chape. A very scarce bayonet this piece in its original non cut down form.
WW1 US '33rd Division' Helmet A US M17 helmet with painted divisional insignia of the 33rd Division . The faded yellow cross on blue circle to the front of this helmet has been well applied its age & wear corresponding with that of the whole of the helmets rough textured khaki finish. Interior has remains of chinstrap & liner with factory khaki paint untouched. Shell markings still visible.
WW1 US ' Small Articles ' Pouch These pouches appeared around the 1916 period & were entitled 'Pouch For Small Articles ' with the intention of carrying personal articles that were required to be readily accessible such as medical adhesive tape, foot powder, soldiers housewife etc. Has long webbing arm with belt hook so could be worn underneath the medical pouch if desired. 'Powers' marked & 1918 dated to rear.
WW1 US .30-06 P17 Rifle ( Winchester ) Fine example of the WW1 US 'P17' rifle this being produced by the United States upon their entry into WW1 to meet their growing rifle demand . Basically a copy of the earlier P14 model produced for the British the P17 differed in that it was made for the 30-06 round other than that they were virtually identical. The P17 saw service with the Home Guard in WW2 along with its earlier counterpart the P14. This rifle was made by Winchester & is in overall sound condition. It has some wear & overall usage to the metal surfaces being that of a most likely Home Guard used example. The Model 1917 & Winchester receiver logo can be seen with serial number 407691 which would appear to date this example to the Sept/October 1918 period. Production of the P17 ceased in 1919. The WW1 eagles head acceptance stamp can also be seen on the left receiver rail as well as other parts of the rifle. Overall a good piece & an interesting part of Americas WW1 history.
WW1 US 1903 Pattern Cartridge Belt With Eagle Snaps An example of the M1903 model of cartridge belt made for the .30-06 Springfield rifle . This is the second variant with 'puckered' pockets designed to prevent excess wear from the 'Spitzer' type bullets then in use. These belts were still very much in use during WW1 , this variant with eagle snaps being not commonly encountered.
WW1 US 1911A1 Pistol Magazine Pouch 1918 1918 dated web pouch for the m1911A1 pistol magazine.
WW1 US 1917 Colt / Smith & Wesson Revolver Holster 1917 Very scarce brown leather US WWI holster for both the M1917 Colt and M1907 Smith & Wesson revolvers. Excellent condition piece with all rivets and stitching intact. Brown leather is good with leather strap to bottom still present. Still seen in use in the early WW2 period by US troops.
WW1 US 1918 Dated P17 Bayonet A good untouched example of a 1918 dated US WW1 issue P17 bayonet coming complete with US issue green scabbard & brown leather Home Guard issue frog dated 1940. Some examples of this bayonet were erroneously dated 1918 on the ricasso which was a mistake on the part of the factory confusing the pattern date with the production date. This was rectified towards the end of January 1918 these limited examples now becoming harder to find. Finding its way to Britain under the Lend Lease agreement along with a large number of the now obsolete US P17 rifles it was issued to the Home Guard & a 1940 dated 'BHG' marked leather frog applied.
WW1 US 28th Infantry Brodie Helmet Interesting British made Brodie helmet with Divisional flash on the side of the US 28th Division . Upon the American entry into WW1 & their subsequent deployment in France in late 1917 the United States government initially purchased 400,000 helmets from Great Britain & did not begin to produce their own until the beginning of 1918. The Divisional flash seen here was used by the 28th from October 1918 onwards after being granted by General Pershing who dubbed them the ' Iron Division' . The Brodie has a rough mud brown finish to exterior & underside with the key flash applied to its right . Correlating age runs through the edges of the handpainted emblem with a few slight dings to its surface as throughout. Underside of rim shows initials 'FKS' for the steel maker with a very nice intact chinstrap & liner system. The brown leather of the chinstrap is impressively supple with no damage to the side buckles & the impressed size '63/4' can still be seen to dome strap. Head band is supple with traces of pink Brodie patent stamp to underside. No moth to dome pad with the post 1917 donut ring in place underneath it. Overall a very nice American helmet from the WW1 period.
WW1 US 33rd Division Helmet A US M17 helmet with painted divisional insignia of the 33rd Division . The faded yellow cross on blue circle to the front of this helmet has been well applied its age & wear corresponding with that of the whole of the helmets rough textured khaki finish. Interior has remains of chinstrap & liner with factory khaki paint untouched. Shell markings still visible. A very busy Division in WW1 with combat actions at Le Hamel , Meuse-Argonne & Somme offensive & St.Mihiel.
WW1 US Army Breeches A good pair of the US army breeches with button fastened calves & US Army marked buttons. In the classic American khaki wool of the period they have the simplified belt loops & no adjustment belt to the rear . Some tailoring has reworked these trousers according to personal preference dispensing with the top slashed pockets & putting side opening pockets in their place. A fob pocket has been placed to the top right trouser waist edge. A few moth holes exist to right leg front & back. An approx 31 inch waist & 23 inch leg .
WW1 US BAR Belt (1918 ) An excellent unissued condition US army First world war Browning Automatic Rifle magazine belt as worn by BAR gunners. Differing from the WW2 '37 pattern of issue these first patterns have an integral front pouch that holds two magazines for the Colt .45 pistol which was worn as a sidearm by these specialist personnel. All three parts of the belt dated 1918.
WW1 US BAR Belt An excellent condition example of the WW1 webbing BAR gunners belt which held magazines for the Browning Automatic Rifle as well as two 9mm magazines for the riflemans M1911 Automatic pistol which he carried for personal protection. 1918 dated & also issued for use in WW2.
WW1 US BAR Belt 1918 Canvas BAR belt for carrying Browning Automatic Rifle magazines & two magazines for the .45 M1911 pistol sidearm. There is also a metal shoe for steadying the butt of the BAR when firing from the hip . In excellent condition all three sections are dated May 1918 .
WW1 US BAR Belt 1918 A WW1 US Browning Automatic Rifle magazine belt date 1918. This is the later modification with the butt cup & pistol mag pouch replaced to increase magazine carriage for the weapons limited 20 round capacity. In excellent condition .
WW1 US BAR Gunners ( Riflemans ) Belt An excellent BAR 'Riflemans' ( Gunner ) belt for carriage of the Browning Automatic Rifles 20 round magazines & also two magazines for his sidearm the M1911 pistol. This is the first model of belt still with the butt cup which was originally intended for use in the 'Walking Fire' mode . This was soon dropped & with it the need for the cup which was omitted from later models. Iconic piece of Doughboy equipment!
WW1 US BAR Riflemans Magazine Belt M1918 model of BAR riflemans belt for the carriage of six BAR magazines & two magazines for the gunners Colt.45 pistol. There is also a separate pouch for the leather spares & cleaning kit . An internal 'butt cup' on the belt was used in the walking fire role . In overall excellent condition with date May 1918.
WW1 US Brodie Helmet Excellent example of the WW1 American Brodie helmet complete with leather chinstrap & liner. Outer helmet is in a rough textured khaki finish which is mostly remaining. Helmet has internal ink marking 'RH Long' & date July 1918. '192 ZD' to inside of shell rim. Leather chinstrap is in very good condition. Overall a very nice original example still with its WW1 paint finish.
WW1 US Camouflage M17 Helmet A camouflaged example of the US army M17 helmet , the standard issue US steel combat helmet of WW1. A concept inspired by the German idea of camouflage & the popularity of souveniring their helmets many of the US M17 issues were camouflaged after the end of the first world war with the colours on many being rather bright & colourful to say the least! This is such an example with several different quite unique colours of yellow, off white , brown & khaki being used all contained within the German style of black segmentation line from which the idea was founded. Minus its liner system however complete with its dome pad the markings of 'ZB51' are to be seen on the rim underside the whole which has been left in its factory painted khaki finish.
WW1 US Canadian Made Woolen Breeches A very good pair of the standard issue US service breeches worn in the field by American soldiers with the M1912 tunic as part of the US combat uniform. These are a Canadian made pair as denoted by the slightly different shade of wool & lined reinforcing to inside leg different to the standard US issue. Original metal dished buttons remain to front with all belt loops & sidelaces intact. Washed out stores label still stitched to inside pocket. Some minor wear although no unsightly moth . Waist measures an approx size 32. Inside leg an approx 27.5 in.
WW1 US Colt.45 Pistol Magazine Pouch WW1 first world war magazine pouch for the colt 45 pistol . Maker marked to RH Long & dated July 1918. Excellent condition.
WW1 US Double Breasted Greatcoat Standard US issue greatcoat of WW1 in khaki wool with two rows of four large buttons to double breast & vertical slash pockets to sides. Interior is lined in the distinctive orange brown cotton with US buttons to internal pocket access. Handwritten to inside edge of back lining is the name & apparent date 'WWL OCT -29- 18 ' with Philadelphia clothing label giving contract date of Sept 14th 1917. Overseas service blue bullion chevrons (2) to lower left sleeve denote one years service overseas. Discharge chevron to upper left. In generally good condition but with some small moth holes & light wear in places.
WW1 US Gas Mask & Case WW1 US gas mask contained within its correct US issue webbing haversack. The mask is in poor condition , dry & brittle with rubber face valve detached. Hose intact although stiff .
WW1 US Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the scarce 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers 'ASBR' gas mask or American Small Box Respirator complete with haversack & record card . Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & in very good condition with no perishing or damage. Its card envelope containing instructions for use is present. Carrying haversack dated 1918 & in very good condition. Top flap closed by pop studs with soldiers number stencilled to front. String intact. Overall in good condition for a WW1 piece & a scarce piece of US Doughboy equipment. Filter is an apparent later replacement.
WW1 US Gas Mask In Haversack A fine example of the scarce 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers 'ASBR' gas mask or American Small Box Respirator complete with haversack & record card . Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & now very brittle so it could not be put on a head for display. Hosepipe is also hard. Card envelope containing instructions for use is present. Carrying haversack is in very good condition with soldiers unit of the 52nd Pioneer Infantry, AEF ( American Expeditionary Force ) & initials drawn to the front & back. Overall a scarce piece of WW1 US Doughboy equipment.
WW1 US Grenade Vest 1918 A mint stored condition US First world war grenade vest issued for the carrying of hand grenades by American troops who used the Mills or French VB bombs. All carrying straps are complete which would enable it to be strapped to the front or side of the body the eleven pockets are intact with pop stud fasteners. 1918 dated to rear with maker ink stamp.
WW1 US Handgrenade Vest , May 1918 Excellent condition US First world war grenade vest issued for the carrying of hand grenades by American troops & also , amongst others, those serving in the Marine Corps in the second world war. May 1918 dated to rear with maker ink stamp.
WW1 US Infantry Sergeant M1912 Tunic A WW1 American 1912 model tunic , the standard field service infantry tunic of WW1. In the classic US rough wool 'Olive Drab' of the period the tunic is four buttoned with a full rayon type lining & has a hook & eye fastened standup collar. To the right sleeve the rank insignia of supply sergeant is worn with 'US' collar badge to right neck & the crossed rifles for infantry to the left. Two gold embroidered points down chevrons to the left sleeve denote 12 months overseas service in total. There are a couple of very small repairs seen only upon close inspection this includes the lower edge of the right breast pocket. A contract label remains to the bottom inside edge of the skirt showing the partially legible date of 1918 .
WW1 US M17 Battle Damaged Helmet Interesting US M17 helmet the standard model worn by US troops in WW1 with what appears to be shrapnel burst damage to the exterior shell. Retaining a very high proportion of its original rough factory khaki paint the liner is intact with some markings still visible to underside brim of shell.
WW1 US M17 Cartridge Belt A WW1 US M17 pattern cartridge belt with facility for the pistol magazine pouch as would be used by mounted troops. A heavily used piece with a couple of stains & light fraying overall. Some faint ink & handwritten markings to reverse.
WW1 US M17 Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers gas mask complete with haversack & record card attached to filter. Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & in excellent near mint condition with no perishing or damage. Hosepipe is crushed although not split with green filter intact. Its card envelope containing instructions, record card & tape plasters for repairs of the hood is present. Carrying haversack dated 1918 & made by Simmons. Top flap closed by pop studs with soldiers name & number written to front. Two small dark patches to bag ( one corner & on strap ) from storage. String intact. Overall in good condition for a WW1 piece & a scarce piece of US Doughboy equipment. .
WW1 US M17 Steel Helmet Very nice example of the M1917 US WW1 steel combat helmet copied from the British MK1 helmet which had already been in use for some years upon the Americans entering the war in 1917. A good amount of its sawdust aggregate remains to the olive drab finish with austenite heat & shipment number visible to inside of shell which denoted the quality of the steel & shipment lots. Brown leather chinstrap in good supple condition with inspection stamp to inside of liner giving date July 1918. Production of these helmets stopped in November 1918. Overall an excellent combat example.
WW1 US M17 Steel Helmet Very nice example of the M1917 US WW1 steel combat helmet copied from the British MK1 helmet which had already been in use for some years upon the Americans entering the war in 1917. A good amount of its sawdust aggregate remains to the olive drab finish with austenite heat & shipment number visible to inside of shell which denoted the quality of the steel & shipment lots. Brown leather chinstrap in good supple condition. Production of these helmets stopped in November 1918. Overall an excellent combat example.
WW1 US M1910 Canteen , Canteen Cup & Cover Good used example of the M1910 Canteen set with bottle , cup & web cover all dated 1918. Bottle has early metal screw cap with 'US' maker initials & clear date 1918 stamped into bottle. Cup has same. Tan web cover has ink maker initials with date Nov 1918 to inside of cover. Soldier number to bottom .
WW1 US M1910 Cartridge Belt A late war produced example of the US M1910 pattern cartridge belt for use by Dismounted troops. Front right pocket flap has nomenclature on reverse with 'Mills' maker ink stamp & pattern dates back to '07 & 1915. Overall good used condition.
WW1 US M1910 First Aid Pouch & Dressing M1910 model of first aid pouch as carried by the WW1 American soldier. Dated 1918 & complete with a WW2 US dressing in tin .
WW1 US M1910 First Aid Pouch 1918 WW1 US M1910 first aid pouch as used by the USMC. Excellent condition. 1918 dated.
WW1 US M1910 Haversack & Meatcan Pouch 1918 The second pattern of M1910 haversack with meatcan pouch in tan webbing & canvas. A very good unused example with 'Perkins Campbell' markings to inside & date '10-18' . Complete with all straps & fittings.
WW1 US M1910 Haversack With Meatcan Pouch & Pack Carrier 1918 WW1 Doughboy pack complete in its full configuration comprising meatcan pouch & pack carrier. Nice used condition with all fittings correct. Maker marked & dated to reverse ' L.C.C. & Co 8-18 ' with October 1918 date to pack carrier. Attachment to right side for the P17 bayonet.
WW1 US M1910 T Handled Entrenching Tool Carrier & Shovel WW1 issue T handled entrenching tool carrier & shovel. Carrier , of tan web canvas & dated 1918 , is identical to the WW2 version & was used into the WW2 period before being replaced by the M1943 folding version. Shovel in the standard olive drab green may well be a later WW2 issue . An excellent condition set.
WW1 US M1912 Pistol Belt 1918 WW1 1912 pattern of US pistol belt with disctinctive early pattern buckle with curved edge. In excellent condition the wording 'Made by Mills woven cartridge belt co Worcester, Mass USA' is to be seen on one end with ink stamped date 'Nov 1918' to be seen on reverse of webbing.
WW1 US M1912 Pistol Belt ( Early Pattern Buckle ) M1912 pattern pistol belt , as used by American troops in WW1. This example has the distinctive early curved edge on the female section with snap for attachment of the pistol magazine pouch. Some faint ink markings to reverse & handwritten name of soldier .
WW1 US M1917 Cartridge Belt 1918 WW1 US M1917 cartridge belt for dismounted troops . This is the late war economy production stitched example with Lift The Dot fasteners & no charger retaining straps. In used condition with some wear & tear the left section bears faint markings with wording 'LEFT' . Faint markings to right side also . Central belt portion has markings ' PLANT BROS & Co Nov 1918 '. Overall a good used piece.
WW1 US M1917 Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers gas mask complete with haversack & record card attached to filter. Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric with flaking of the inner rubber although hosepipe still supple & overall good. Green filter intact. Its card envelope containing instructions, record card & tape plasters for repairs of the hood is present. Carrying haversack marked to inside flap which is closed by pop studs . Some writing to front of bag. String intact. Overall interesting item of WW1 Doughboy anti gas equipment.
WW1 US M1917 Mounted Troops Cartridge Belt Late WW1 mounted troops belt with snap for pistol magazine pocket. Blackened brass fittings with all snaps working correctly. Used also early WW2 by some American troops. Excellent condition.
WW1 US M1917 Revolver Ammunition Pouch Used by the US soldier in the latter stages of WW1 & also WW2 this pouch was for six three round chargers in three divided sections . The M1917 revolver was used in WW1 & WW2 in place of the M1911 where not available & used the same .45 ACP cartridge.
WW1 US Made Entrenching Tool Head 1915 Made in the USA & dated 1915.
WW1 US Meatcan Set 1918 WW1 US 'Meatcan' set with 'US' marked handle & date 1918. A scarce component of the WW1 Doughboy equipment set.
WW1 US Medical Corps Belts Scarce WW1 US belt in tan canvas for enlisted ranks of the medical corps in the M1917 pattern . Dated April 1918 the belt has pockets for the carriage of dressings with lift the dot flap fasteners & the rarer oval equipment eyelets which were soon deleted due to expensive production costs. Overall excellent condition.
WW1 US Mod 1917 L.F.&C Trench Knife Excellent condition WW1 American Trench Knife dated 1917 & made by the well known LF&C (Landers, Frary & Clark). Overall condition is superb with no chips to walnut grips & much of the parkerised blueing remaining. Blade remains straight & retains virtually all of its blueing. Scabbard is nice & clearly marked with the date 1918 & is in its distinctive green leather which has not suffered much scuffing at all. Overall a good clean example.
WW1 US Mod 1917 LF&C Knuckleduster Fighting Knife Excellent condition WW1 American Trench Knife dated 1917 & made by the well known LF&C (Landers, Frary & Clark). Overall condition is superb with good walnut grips & much of the parkerised blueing remaining. Blade remains straight & retains virtually all of its blueing. Scabbard is nice & clearly ' JEWELL ' marked with the date 1918 & is in its distinctive green leather which has not suffered much scuffing at all. Overall a good clean example.
WW1 US Model 1903 'Springfield ' Rifle 1918 A superb example of the American 1903 model 'Springfield ' rifle in .30 calibre & with receiver serial number matching date to barrel of August 1918. The whole rifle is in exceptional condition with Springfield Armoury serial number of 943492 which shows production in August 1918. Capable of being cocked & dryfired it comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 US NCO Pouch 1918 Tan webbing NCO pouch . These were carried on the packs by NCOs in place of the shovel which was worn by the men . Stain to bottom left corner & some wear to fabric in couple of places. August 1918 date to rear.
WW1 US Officer Named M1908 Haversack , 1914 Dated Still in use by US troops in WW1 this M1908 haversack is made by Rock Island Arsenal & dated 1914. It is named on the reverse with two different names one a captain & both from the 16th Infantry Regiment which was one of the four that were first to land on French soil in 1917 .
WW1 US Officer Named M1912 Infantry Tunic A four pocket American infantry tunic of the M1912 model with bronze crossed rifle collar badges for the 52nd regiment . Named to the inside pocket '2nd Lieut, F.P.B ' this name has also been written onto the clothing label stitched to the lower inside edge of the skirt. These tunics were identical for all ranks with the exception of the band on the cuff sleeve for officer rank , not present on this tunic. Officers were picked out by snipers in the field & so this may explain the lack of it on the sleeve. In very nice condition there is no moth only one small paint mark to right cuff edge . An excellent example.
WW1 US P'17 Bayonet & Scabbard Very good example of the US made P17 bayonet for issue to WW1 US forces with its green painted scabbard & US web equipment belt hook. These saw much use in WW2 with the British Home Guard. Bayonet is very clean with all of its original blackened finish remaining to metal surfaces & parkerised blade excellent . 1917 pattern date to ricasso with remington logo & flaming grenade US ordnance marking to reverse. Scabbard has had a period green paint finish applied which shows some wear through field service use .
WW1 US P13 Remington Bayonet & Scabbard Nice example of the P13 bayonet this piece being of the original 1913 pattern intended for British issue but then being later pressed into US service with their adoption of the P17 service rifle. The hook attachment was added to the scabbard so as to be compliant with the US equipment belt of the era & thus facilitating its compatability with US troops who used a hook & eye system of fitting. . Overall good condition with excellent clean blade & exterior metal surfaces showing some typical age. Pommel catch in good order. Markings to ricasso give the two pattern dates its first being 1913 & the later 1917 with the Remington maker logo. There is also the US designation to other side.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet & Scabbard ( 1918 Date Variant ) A scarce example of the WW1 US P17 bayonet with 1918 model date to blade instead of the usual 1917. This was a brief Remington production error which occurred in early 1918 & is found on only 3 % of those made. The error was soon rectified with the date being changed back to 1917 upon it being pointed out that this date referred to the model date & not the year of production. The Remington logo is found beneath this. 1927 acceptance date to other side.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet & Scabbard ( 1918 Date Variant ) A scarce example of the WW1 US P17 bayonet with 1918 model date to blade instead of the usual 1917. This was a brief Remington production error which occurred in early 1918 & is found on only 3 % of those made. The error was soon rectified with the date being changed back to 1917 upon it being pointed out that this date referred to the model date & not the year of production. The Remington logo is found beneath this. 1927 acceptance date to other side.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 Nice example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with no damage & metal surfaces are good with much blueing remaining. US issue scabbard with the hook for attachment to the US belt still present. There is a 3cm cut to the left & right side of the scabbard which, it has been suggested from the private source where obtained, was originally made to accommodate a thigh strap. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle in WW1 & imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) . Overall a good example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet , Scabbard & '25 Patt Frog Nice example of the US made 1917 pattern bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with metal surfaces having much blueing remaining. US issue scabbard with the hook for attachment to the US belt still present. A British 1925 pattern bayonet frog ( RAF )has been period added indicating use with the British Home Guard . The '25 pattern of frog was fitted with the brass pop stud to facilitate attachment to the left cartridge carrier. It is unusual to find this early pattern of frog on a P17 bayonet however being almost identical to its later '37 pattern counterpart it was most likely a stopgap issue finding its way into Home Guard service. Some evidence of blue grey in places would suggest an RAF '25 pattern issue rather than the earlier identical '19 pattern. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle in WW1 & imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) . Overall a good example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet , Scabbard & Belt Attachment (1918 Dated) A scarce example of the WW1 US P17 bayonet with its correct unconverted 1917 dated Jewell marked hinged belt hook attachment for the soldier to attach to his belt equipment. Bayonet has 1918 model date to blade instead of the usual 1917. This was a brief Remington production error which occurred in early 1918 & is found on only 3 % of those made. The error was soon rectified with the date being changed back to 1917 upon it being pointed out that this date referred to the model date & not the year of production. The Remington logo is found beneath this. Scabbard has typical green paint finish with period black overpaint to chape & throat. Service wear overall.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog Nice example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with no damage & metal surfaces are good with much blueing remaining. US issue scabbard with the hook for attachment to the US belt still present. British issue leather frog from the 1939 pattern equipment set ( used by Home Guard ) present. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle in WW1 & imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) . Overall a good example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog WW1 P17 bayonet with the Remington maker logo to ricasso & in its classic US issue green scabbard. Bayonet has the often seen 1940 pattern leather frog a sure sign of WW2 British Home Guard issue . Home Guard troops were issued with the now surplus P17 rifle from the US under the Lendlease agreement. Overall good condition with a clean parkerised blade.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet Scabbard & Frog Excellent clean condition example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US Jewell marked & 1918 dated green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Much imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) this piece has had its US hook fitting removed from the neck & replaced by a British made brown leather frog maker marked & dated 1941. Overall a superb example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet Scabbard & Frog Excellent clean condition example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with no damage & metal surfaces are superb with no rust or pitting. Much imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) this piece still has its US belt hook fitting & has had a British made brown leather frog maker marked & dated 1940. This configuration is typical of British Home Guard issue. Overall a superb example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1918 Magazine pouch for the American 1911 pistol dated 1918. Mills marked & in good used condition.
WW1 US Pistol Lanyard WW1 US pistol lanyard marked ' PAT.FEB-20 17 ' .
WW1 US Pistol Magazine Pouch To carry two magazines for the US M1911A1 automatic pistol.
WW1 US Rifle Sling Scarce 1918 dated US leather rifle sling. Also used in WW2. Excellent condition with very nice date markings.
WW1 US Straight Shovel & Cover 1918 The hard to find WW1 US straight shovel & tan cover dated September 1918 . In good used condition & unpainted wood correct for the WW1 period.
WW1 US Tunic & Brodie Helmet, 6th Infantry Division Artillery A WW1 US M1912 tunic & US issue Brodie helmet badged to a member of the 6th Infantry Division who went overseas in June 1918 & saw 43 days of combat in the Gerdmer Sector , Vosges- France & in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Tunic is standard American issue with the red star of the 6th on the left sleeve & a red 'Discharge Chevron' beneath this. An artillery trade patch is sewn to right arm with bronze collar badges one depicting crossed cannons for artillery. The 'E' denotes unit. A full black lining still has the contract label attached to it although this is now illegible. The Brodie helmet is of British issue this purporting to be one of the 400,000 purchased by the US before it could begin production of the new M1917 helmet. It is in its totally original khaki brown paint with the metal suppliers initials & illegible batch number 'HS399' ( Hadfield Steel ) . A very well aged red star of the 6th Division can be seen to the front . Liner is aged & has a chinstrap repair to one side . Chinstrap hardened slightly with age.
WW1 Winchester P17 Rifle Very clean example of the Winchester made P17 rifle much used by the American forces upon their entry into WW1 & later made famous by its service with the British Home Guard. Good clean woodwork & metal with very smooth action.
WW1 Ypres Commemoration Postcard Book 24 Postcard book on views of Ypres showing comparison views from the town of Ypres before & after the fighting. Shelled out church shots & other significant buildings are all photographed & compared before & after the WW1 action.
WW1, Interwar Period British Officer Compass & Case WW1 period compass such as sold for private purchase during the WW1 & interwar period by 'Junior Army & Navy Stores Ltd' & entitled 'The Reflector Compass ' . Compass overall good still pointing North with brown leather case intact having suffered no damage. Still supple with brass stud for fastening & name 'Allison' to inside flap.
WW1/ Interwar Puttees A pair of light khaki puttees from the late WW1/ interwar period & most likely for hot climate wear due to their colour. Each puttee measures 46 inches in length & in generally good condition with a few small holes in places.
WW1/2 Artillery Shell Souvenir Piece A souvenir piece of unknown origin made from a sectioned WW1 artillery shell. 1917 dated fuse to top. Two .50 calibre rounds affixed to sides .
WW1/2 British Leather Jerkin A somewhat used British leather jerkin used as of 1916 as a cold weather garment in place of the fleece lined coat. This piece has seen much use & has had sleeves added in lined khaki cotton. Inside is of green wool with a label reading ' Reconditioned Service Clothing. Three buttons present to front with one missing & dryness to shoulders with three tears & some flaky areas. Evidence of clothing label removed from inside right area. Difficult to date exactly without its label however believed to be from the early period with several pieces of leather period used to make the garment.
WW1/2 Seaforth Highlanders Sporran Believed to be of the WW1 period a leather backed sporran with badge for the Gordon Highlanders.
WW1/2 US Eleven Pocket Grenade Vest 1918 Excellent condition US First world war grenade vest issued for the carrying of hand grenades by American troops & also , amongst others, those serving in the Marine Corps in the second world war. May 1918 dated to rear with maker ink stamp.
WW1/Victorian British .303 Long Lee Rifle No British rifle collection is complete without the classic Victorian .303 Long Lee rifle. Used in the Boer war & various other colonial conflicts it also saw service in WW1 & beyond that with foreign countries. This very rare rifle was made by BSA in 1900 & still has its complete volley sights, bolt cover and magazine cut-off plate. Woodwork is excellent but with top cover having been repaired at some point ( see images ) . Deactivated with a working action it can be cocked, stripped and dry fired. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1/WW2 British Leather Jerkin Early example of the Leather Jerkin as issued to the troops in cold weather. First used during the First World War these were carried over into the Second being so popular with the troops. In dyed brown leather with a two part back there are four large buttons to the front with an interior lining of green blanket material denoting early manufacture. Calico still present although mostly now illegible through wear. Overall conditon is good with all buttons complete & no rips to leather.
WW1/WW2 British Sam Browne Sword Frog Early British Sam Browne sword frog with brass fittings . In excellent condition.
WW1/WW2 US 1905 Pattern Bayonet A scarce example of the US WW1 1905 pattern bayonet made by Springfield Armoury in 1906. Bayonet has been polished with some age showing through & original wood remaining intact. Scabbard is that of the WW2 issue with hinged belt hook & in excellent condition.
WW1/WW2 US 1905 Pattern Bayonet A superb early example of the US 1905 pattern bayonet made by Springfield Armoury in 1906. In its earliest format this piece has attractive wooden grips with US ordnance & maker markings to ricasso. A super full length example in the later M3 green plastic scabbard issued with it upon reintroduction back into service in the early WW2 period.
WW1/WW2 US Cartridge Belt WW1 pattern of US cartridge belt for holding clips of rifle ammunition. There is photographic evidence of these still being used by US riflemen in WW2 , one famous photograph shows such captured items being carried by German troops after an action in Normandy 1944. The letters 'SOG' in yellow stencil most likely a unit marking.
WW2 British ' French For The Troops' Guide In good condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Greatcoat (Surrey) Excellent condition khaki Greatcoat issued to a member of the Surrey Home Guard in WW2 & bearing twin printed insignia to both sleeves. At the top of each arm are the 'Home Guard' shoulder titles with the square area designation patch of 'SY' (Surrey) on each side. A clothing label does remain on the inside of the coat but this is no longer readable through wear. All brass GS buttons are complete. All insignia is original to the coat having never been off. Scarce Home Guard piece.
WW2 British Khaki Wool Socks In khaki wool straight from a kitbag.
WW2 British Royal Artillery Officer SD Cap A WW2 British Royal Artillery officers service dress cap with officers GS chinstrap buttons & revolving wheel officers cap badge to front. Tailor name of Woodrow , Piccadilly to inside lining with leather sweat band in good order. Approx a size 55 with one moth hole to underside of right edge at top of band where cannot be seen in wear.
WW2 Dutch M34 Combat Helmet , Reissued To Luftschutz A Dutch M34 model helmet captured by German forces upon the occupation of Holland & reissued to their Luftschutz personnel. It was not uncommon for helmets from occupied territory to be used by German troops many being utilised by flak troops & other non front line postings. Helmet still retains its Dutch royal emblem to front ( Lion Of Nassau ) for infantry troops with its Dutch green paint still being seen to interior. Upon use by the Germans it has been overpainted on the outside with luftwaffe blue & the Luftschutz decal applied to the front , The Dutch liner system remains the same. An interesting helmet & an artefact representing the German occupation of Holland in WW2.
WW2 German Army /SS Ankle Gaiters Green canvas with black leather fittings in excellent condition.
WW2 German Model 40 Infantry Field Blouse Model 40 German infantrymans field blouse being the first in a number of cost saving alterations to the German soldiers appearance this model having a field grey collar rather than the earlier dark green as found on the '36 pattern. Tunic has its originally sewn collar litzen, rayon breast eagle & an EKII ribbon to buttonhole which matches nicely in wear with the rest of the tunic. Also coming with the tunic are its correct white piped slip on infantry shoulder boards. Interior is partial lined in artificial silk with dice stamped markings to lower right side & depot stamp 'T43' (1943) . Overall good service used condition with a small hole to left sleeve & some typical light surface moth tracks in places. (P)
WW2 German MP38/40 Sling An original & correct leather sling for the MP 38/40 sub machine gun with the distinctive two holes rather than the three found on those for the K98 rifles. Maker marked ' Stolla Wien' to its pointed end the typical cross hatching to leather can be seen to its exterior surface.
WW2 German War Flag A very good German swastika War Flag of ' 50 X 85 ' size with faint marking to top edge.
WW2 German Winter Ear Warmers Winter issue ear warmers much seen in use by German troops on the Russian front to protect the ears from the effects of frostbite. In excellent condition.
WW2 Kings Badge For War Service Kings War Service badge with ' For Loyal Service' dedication. Awarded to those who did not qualify for any of the service or campaign stars, & who had been invalided out of the services. Overall good condition.
WW2 R.A.S.C Captains Battledress Blouse WW2 British Battledress to a Captain in the Royal Army Service Corps. All insignia is original to the jacket as well as a WW2 medal ribbon bar also originally applied. Jacket has three yellow backed rank pips on each shoulder which is correct for the R.A.S.C & also yellow lettered shoulder titles. Arm of Service Strips have at some point been removed from each arm. Jacket came originally from a North Africa veteran which is evidenced by the medals worn. These are the 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal & War Medal. A size 8 & a 1940 pattern this officers tailored BD is also complete with its blue & yellow cord lanyard. Overall a super original WW2 BD to a North Africa veteran in excellent condition.
WW2 RAF 1925 Pattern Smallpack 1938 Scarce Air Ministry stamped and 1938 dated pack from the RAF 1925 Pattern equipment. RAF blue webbing piece of kit & hard part of the set to find. Used condition but good.
WW2 RAF Pilots Wings Nice well used example with minimal blue wool remaining . Wings, crown & RAF motif intact & good. Embroidered on grey backing.
WW2 US Army M45 Combat Pack Complete with its rear yoke straps & in excellent condition.
WW2 US Pistol Belt , British Made A good adjustable to large large size in early to midwar tan webbing. . Adjustable to 47 inches.
WW2 '37 Patt Utility Pouch Shoulder Straps 1939 Dates Early & scarce dated item of 1937 pattern webbing being the shoulder strap for the extra ammunition utility pouch set. Three is stock all MECo marked & 1939 dated. 1939 dated webbing is now becoming increasingly sought after & difficult to find all in excellent unissued condition. Price is for one.
WW2 '37 Pattern Web Pistol Holster 1943 Green blancoed pistol holster for the 1937 pattern equipment. Made by BHG Ltd in 1943. Good used condition.
WW2 '37 Pattern Webbing Holster '37 pattern webbing holster for the MK4 service revolver . Believed to be of Indian origin & with leather plugged end.
WW2 'C' Type Flying Helmet A very good example of the 'C' Type flying helmet used from 1941 onwards. Excellent supple clean leather with all three goggles straps good & retaining all of their brown coating. There is dirt & wear to chamois lining with the ink stamped lettering 'No.3' . Rubber earcups generally good with only minor cracking to edges.
WW2 'Dear John' Letter On Army Message Form 1943 Wartime letter written to inform the other party of the end of their relationship commonly referred to as a 'Dear John' letter. Handwritten on an Army Message Form dated May 1943 the contents are self explanatory & are indicative of a time when war often interrupted the course of long distance relationships amongst service personnel.
WW2 'Grenade' Small Arms Training 1937 1937 Grenade training manual.
WW2 'US Army' Marked Comb Wartime period US Army marked comb in undamaged condition.
WW2 10th Princess Marys Own Gurkha Rifle Slouch Hat A rare slouch hat from the 10th Princess Marys Own Gurkha Rifles who served in the Far East in 1942 at Burma & Imphal as well as during the Italian campaign in the latter part of the war. In quite excellent condition this hat is broad arrow marked to its leather sweatband with the date 1943 clearly visible. Its puggaree is intact with hunting stewart tartan mounted badge of the 10th affixed to its side. In excellent condition there are only a few very small non serious moth nips noticeable upon close inspection. It is of note that the Hunting Stewart tartan backing of the Royal Scots was worn by the 10th Princess Marys Own Gurkha Rifles as they were trained by them prior to 1895.
WW2 1937 Pattern Binocular Case 1942 Good condition web case for the British service binoculars made by 'Finnigans Ltd' in 1942. Side buckles for shoulder strap present with brass fittings for belt attachment to rear.
WW2 1937 Pattern Smallpack & Braces Unissued & unblancoed condition smallpack dated 1944 with wartime left & right braces. Internal divider still intact.
WW2 1939 Pattern Binocular Case , RAF Issue. Scarce binocular case from the 1939 pattern British equipment set. These cases were often issued to RAF personnel this example being Air Ministry marked to the front. This rare piece of early war field equipment is in overall good used condition with all fittings & the often removed shoulder strap intact. Rear buckle removed.
WW2 1939 Pattern Pistol Holster 1941 Brown leather pistol holster originally of the 1939 pattern with studded belt loops to rear 1941 date to underside of flap. Another example of an early wartime production piece . Excellent condition.
WW2 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 Excellent example of the 1940 pattern Battledress Blouse having belonged to a veteran soldier with First & Second world war medal ribbons mounted to left breast. Clothing label to inside of BD gives the size 7 & maker Osband Brothers Ltd , Macclesfield . Date of manufacture can be discerned as 1943 due to N coded War Department stores code clearly visible on inside fly. Medal ribbons include that of the Italy & Africa Star. In excellent condition there is very minimal wear with no holes or moth present.
WW2 1940 Pattern Cartridge Pouch Scarce pouch from the 1940 pattern webbing set .
WW2 1940 Pattern SSGT Battledress, Argyll & Sutherlanders , 53rd Welsh Division Very good condition British battledress with striking twin patched insignia above Staff sergeant sleeve rank . Patch mounted green barred red & white check of the Argyll & Sutherlanders surmounts Div patch of the 53rd Welsh Division. A late war piece with tailored open collar for wear with shirt & tie as per late 1944 regulations. Clothing label gives date 1945. Overall superb with a small amount of tiny pin prick holes visible only upon close inspection . A veteran of the European campaign with medal ribbons that include France & Germany star, 39-45 star , war medal & Defence.
WW2 Air Raid Signs ( From London Air Raid Shelter ) An extremely rare pair of signs that came from a South London Air Raid Shelter one being the Air Raid Shelter sign with directional pointing hand & the other a No Smoking Sign which came from the same shelter. These signs surfaced when maintenance work was being carried out on a private premises in the street above it. Both in a condition which correlates with their WW2 age the Air Raid Shelter sign shows slightly more weathering having been outside on the street . All have drilled holes to each corner for fixing to the wall. Nearly 75 years on from the Blitz it is very hard to find Shelter signs now . Both measure approx 19 X 10 inches.
WW2 Air Raid Warden Ephemera Grouping A grouping to a Norwich Air Raid Warden including his notification of enrolment with his details & enrolment number . Also the following manuals: ARP Practical guide for the householder & Air Raid Warden ARP Anti Gas Protection of babies & young children 1939 ARP Decontamination of materials 1942 Protection of your home against air raids 1938 Air Raid Precautions cigarette album. Nice group of Home front history.
WW2 Allied Cold Weather Issue Underpants 1943 Heavy pattern underpants produced from a cotton & wool mixture in a longer boxer short style with button closure to front. Maker label reading 'Made In Australia' & date 1943. Made for issue to all Allied troops via import to Britain by her Commonwealth allies.
WW2 Allied Issue Signals Panels Pouch 1944 Webbing pouch for the coloured panel signals set. Used by troops on the ground for recognition in the air.
WW2 Allied Wedding Photograph Frame Interesting wartime framed wedding photo of an American army GI marrying an English girl . Thick perspex , most likely from an aircraft cockpit , has been used with two .50 calibre rounds dated 1943 on either side. Very nice period piece.
WW2 American Pistol Belt, Colt 45 Holster & 1st Aid Pouch. WW2 US tan pistol belt with 1st aid pouch & Colt .45 holster. All items are original , the 1st aid pouch is marked on the reverse 'E.A.BROWN, MFG CO. 1943' & the brown leather holster is marked 'Boyt 42'. Good belt set for any WW2 US soldier rig.
WW2 ARP Training Manual No.1 - Basic Training In Air Raid Precautions 1940 A large sized ARP training manual no.1 ( Approx 24 cm in height ) detailing a wide variety of subjects ( See pics ) . Excellent condition.
WW2 Australian Air Force Side Hat 1944 Australian Air Force side hat in dark blue fine wool with badge of the 'RAAF' . Black RAAF buttons to front with ' size 6 3/4 , Made In Australia 1944 ' to label.
WW2 Australian Army Issue Pullover 1942 A scarce Australian issue army pullover size 34 & dated 1942. Much used by the serviceman commonwealth & allied alike. Typical service used condition & overall excellent.
WW2 Australian Issue One Man Blanket 1942 An Australian one man issue blanket in grey with blue stripe . Original label still intact showing Australian manufacture & date 1942. Good condition, couple of holes to one area.
WW2 Australian Long Johns 1945 Austalian issue long johns in unissued condition with D/ID marking & date 1945. Approx a 35in waist with 32 inside leg.
WW2 Australian Made Underpants 1941 Unissued condition Australian made underpants maker marked & dated 1941. Issued to British forces throughout WW2. Button fly front overall excellent condition.
WW2 Australian Puttees , 1942 Dated Good unissued & unmothed pair of the classic soldiers puttees in green & made in Australian in 1942. Measuring 42 inches in length ( excluding tape ) .
WW2 Australian Underpants 1942 Dated Issued to British & Commonwealth troops in WW2 these underpants were made in Australia in 1942.
WW2 Badged Royal Marines Dress Tunic & Trousers Royal Marines dress tunic & trousers in excellent condition with all brass RM buttons & RM shoulder titles. Most likely a post war worn set it displays medal ribbons for the Naval General Service medal ( 1915 - 1962 ) & also the Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct medal. Measuring an approx 38-40 in chest with an inside leg of approx 30.5 - 31 inches with some excess.
WW2 Battle Of Arnhem Flt.Lord Commemoration Print A framed print commemorating the action of Flight Lieutenant Lord DFC who was killed whilst completing his drop -supply mission on the third day of the Arnhem operation. Flt.Lt Lord continued with his task to supply the stricken Airborne troops despite an uncontrollable fire & for his action was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Measures 25.5 X 18 inches. Collection or drop off is preferred however delivery can be arranged at cost .
WW2 Battle Of Arnhem Horsa Glider Print Colour print commemorating the Airspeed Horsa which flew British airborne troops of the 1st & 6th Airborne divisions into Sicily , Normandy , Arnhem & The Rhine. Measures 25.5 X 18 inches. Collection/dropoff is preferred however delivery can be arranged at cost.
WW2 Battledress Blouse, 1940 Austerity Pattern. WW2 British Battledress Blouse as per the 1940 pattern with plain pockets & exposed buttons ( Revolving shank buttons on shoulders). BD is in near mint condition with all buttons intact & calico label still present. A size 15 there is no date on this example made by 'C.W.S.Ltd' .
WW2 Battledress Jacket & Trousers, Northern Ireland District. Very nice condition Australian made battledress & trousers worn by a British soldier in WW2. Many examples of non British made battledress used by British troops can be encountered due to the better quality & comfort of , for example the Canadian or Australian styles, compared to the course material of the British BD. This example has been used by a Desert veteran belonging to the Royal Army Service Corps having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Under the RASC titles are the scarce embroidered badges of Northern Ireland District being a white gate on an emerald green background. After the defeat at Dunkirk the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland was placed under the command of GHQ Home Forces in this area to assist the Irish army in the event of a German invasion. RASC arm of service strips present with the three stripe rank chevrons & crown. Clothing label inside the BD reads '1943' & a 'size 8' . Medal ribbons to chest are for the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal & Territorial Efficiency Medal. Trousers are a good size with a stitched in label for the soldiers name & regimental number. The whole set was evidently acquired together by the previous owner as with it came a quality made Australian khaki beret ( some mothing ) with a tailors label & matching name & regimental tag as found in the trousers stitched inside. Overall condition is excellent with no noticeable moth on the jacket or trousers & all nap to cloth remaining. Most probably a uniform kept for special occasions thus seeing minimal wear.
WW2 Bayonet
WW2 Belgian War Medal 1940-45 The Belgian War medal was established by royal decree of the Prince Regent on 16 February 1945 to recognise Belgian servicemen and women who served during World War II. It was also awarded to members of the Belgian Resistance and members of Belgium's Merchant Navy on the side of the Allies. The crossed sabres on the ribbon denote service in the 1940 campaign.
WW2 Blitz Period Red Cross Badges , Lambeth Area (Enamel) Both in enamel with one bearing the London Lambeth area symbol & in excellent condition.
WW2 Bolton Fire Brigade Home Front Helmet An interesting helmet from Britains home front & Cold War era this being a scarce example from the Bolton Fire Brigade. In black paint which at some point has had two red supervisor stripes around the middle ( painted over ) the Bolton Fire Brigade badge to front is in good order with some general wear overall. This has had originally NFS markings of the wartime period then been overpainted for the Cold War period with county markings of the Bolton brigade. Liner cradle has date 1941 with chinstrap present . Overall a nice piece recently discovered in a loft.
WW2 Bomb Disposal Warrant Officer Battledress Interesting 1940 pattern Battledress badged to a Bomb Disposal Warrant Officer 1st Class. Insignia on this jacket comprises of Anti Aircraft Command Shoulder Patches & on the right sleeve is the WO1 rank patch & the left the Bomb Disposal trade patch. Both patches are cloth embroidered. From the combination of insignia it appears he was an RAF Bomb Disposal man attached to Anti Aircraft Command possibly for replacement purposes. A title above the Anti Aircraft Patch would have confirmed for certain which unit he was exactly part of but sadly this has been removed as the stitching traces can still be seen. Good condition overall with some slight wear to the nap of the cloth around the collar. BD is a Size 8.
WW2 Bren Gun Spare Parts Bag 1945 Good example of the bag issued to Bren Gun crews for carrying spare barrel & parts, cleaning rod & other tools. Normally carried by the No2 (loader). 1945 date to inside of flap with tongue & eye fastening. Overall excellent condition .
WW2 Bren Light Machine Gun 1944 Overall clean example of the Bren Light Machine Gun Canadian made by Inglis & dated 1944. Cocks & dryfires with excellent woodwork & mechanism in good order. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied.
WW2 Bren Spare Parts Wallet & Contents 1943 1943 dated webbing wallet for Bren gun spares with contents as pictured. Comes with a scarce 1942 dated Bren Mk1 Fouling Tool.
WW2 British '7th Battalion , Herts Home Guard' Paperwork Grouping An interesting group of three items of ephemera all marked to the 7th Battalion of the Herts Home Guard who had their HQ at Chipperfield in WW2. One of the pieces is a March 1944 dated four page typed set of Standing Operational Orders all relating to action in the event of an invasion around their locality. These orders list key instructions such as the mustering of men & their associated code words as well as listing Out-Stations to be manned in the event of invasion . These are numbered 1 to 7 & list the 'Barncroft' or 'Water Tower O.P' & British Legion as points where signals communications should be maintained. Other recognisable points where the battalion had posts are Keys Yard, Northchurch Hall, Cooper Recreation Club Pavilion & the Bridgewater Arms . A printed table of the field telephone lines for the 7th Battalion lists Battalion HQ & Company HQs phone circuits as well as those for A ,B, C & D Coys. Finally a training pamphlet of Field Telephony dated December 1943 is named to a man named 'Webb' . Interesting group with much local history .
WW2 British 'Record Book' Rifle , LMG, Anti Tank Rifle 1938 edition.
WW2 British Assault Gas Mask & Carrying Bag, 1943 Dated A scarce 1943 dated example of the assault gas mask as used by assault troops in the Normandy landings & paratroopers in the battle for Arnhem 1944. This piece is dated January 1943 to its facepiece , February 1944 to its filter & 1943 to its carrying bag so in time for late 1944 operations such as Marketgarden & the Ardennes. Excellent condition with some minor age to metal fittings in places .
WW2 British Windproof Camouflage Trousers 1944 Mint unissued condition camouflage windproof trousers . These are straight from stores with striking fresh camouflage colours & label still intact to rear waistband. Clearly 1944 dated & with drawstring present to waist , buttoning tabs to ankles.
WW2 British & Commonwealth Military Knives , Ron Flook Superb reference book on the subject by recognised expert in the field Ron Flook . 500 knives are illustrated & described this being the bible for military knife reference. Many chapters focussing on such subjects as Commando knives, SOE items, RAF & Royal Navy knives, Australian, Canadian & Indian etc etc. Price includes UK postage.
WW2 British ' BBC Handbook 1942 ' Wartime book on the British Broadcasting Corporation covering many aspects of its years work in that year. Many photographs of related topics & BBC personalities of the period.
WW2 British ' Box, First Aid For AA Searchlight Detachments' Rare first aid box for Anti Aircraft Searchlight Detachments complete with contents & instruction label still intact to inside front lid. A rare early war Home Front item & one which I have never had the good fortune to find before.
WW2 British ' City of London ' Home Guard Sergeants Battledress Blouse 1941 A fantastic originally badged British Home Guard battledress from the 31st Battalion City of London ( 10th GPO ) ( St Pancras ) . The General Post Office was one of the designated public utility services that fielded Home Guard units with this GPO battalion being based in St. Pancras. This Home Guard sergeant was a veteran of the first world war as is denoted by the three WW1 medal ribbons that decorate the left breast. Printed Home Guard titles are to be seen to each shoulder surmounting area & battalion flashes as well as sergeant rank chevrons on each arm. All early brass dished buttons still intact to front fly with one button minus to left front pocket ( not visible beneath pocket flap ) . ' Battledress serge ' label present to inside right breast with P coded stores stamp for year 1941 . Overal in very good condition with some very minor moth nips to be seen in places.
WW2 British ' Redcaps' Corps Military Police SD Cap 1941 A scarcely encountered example of a WW2 issue SD cap for a member of the Corps Military Police more infamously known as the 'Redcaps ' . This is a true wartime piece with 1941 date to inside of cap & 'P' prefixed stores code for the year 1941. The familiar maker of WW2 caps 'Silberston & Sons' is identified by its faded white ink stamp to inside of cap with size 7 1/8 & date faintly visible beneath this. Cap has brown leather chinstrap with brass GS buttons to sides & its canvas red cover to upper body. Brass kings crown cap badge affixed with single prong to front. Some overall wear is present in places however no moth. A rare MP cap representing military law & order in the WW2 period.
WW2 British ' Redcaps' Corps Military Police Truncheon A scarce broad arrow War Department marked Corps Military Police truncheon. Measuring 45 cm in length it has what appears to be a London maker to top end with a three digit number to shaft. Good used condition.
WW2 British ' Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield ' MKII Type 2c Helmet 1939 Interesting helmet from the Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield with E in D Enfield logo to front & back & 'RSAF' initials & serial number stamped into the underside of the rim. This is a MKII Type 2c grey civil defence helmet with three holes to each side. Maker BMB ( Briggs Motor Bodies ) & date to be seen on underside of rim with BMB 1939 visible on liner cradle. Web elasticated chinstrap very good. Excellent condition overall with some expected light rusting in places.
WW2 British ' War Finish ' .38 Webley Service Revolver ( Matching Numbers ) These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British ' War Finish ' Mk IV .38 Webley Service Revolver These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. ' Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham ' to top frame & ' Mark IV .38 ' to side. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British '03 Pattern Belt & Hooked Belt Loop 1943 A very good example of the 1903 pattern leather belt which was originally intended for the '03 bandolier equipment . It is the only part of the set that has remained in use having being reinstated in 1923 & still in use today. In WW2 these were used as a Service Dress belt by relevant personnel ( such as Military Police ) with the 1922 pattern uniform & more commonly by British troops as a battledress trouser belt. This example still has its broad arrow & JB Brookes marked belt clip most often used for carriage of the jack knife. Belt has good clear borad arrow & maker markings with date 1943.
WW2 British '37 Patt Basic Ammunition Pouches Mk II 1941 Pair of non blancoed Mk II Basic pouches for the 1937 pattern webbing set. Both maker marked & dated 1941. All fittings intact. Virtually mint unissued condition.
WW2 British '37 Patt Basic Ammuntion Pouch Pair Unblancoed webbing basic pouch pair , wartime dates & all fittings intact & complete.
WW2 British '37 Patt Basic Pouches Good used condition unblancoed basic pouches both with wartime dates & all fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Patt Basic Pouches Pair Unblancoed late war web basic pouches of the MkIII pattern with tab & fastener securement on flap. Standard belt hooks to reverse.
WW2 British '37 Patt Economy Belt Produced in 1944 this is the economy belt with sheradized steel buckles & web loops. No rear buckles.
WW2 British '37 Patt Economy Belt 1944 Economy pattern of waistbelt with sheradized steel rear buckles (surface rust), web loops & brass fasteners. Finnigans made with clear date 1944. Brass fastening buckles with steel rear buckles & inside adjustment hooks that have surface rust from shed storage.
WW2 British '37 Patt Entrenching Tool , Carrier & Helve 1943 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool with non blancoed web carrier maker marked & dated ME Co 1943 ( Mills Equipment Company ). Carrier is the original '37 pattern without the later March 1945 modification of an extra retaining strap. Wooden helve is of the MK II type having fitting for the No.4 bayonet to be used as a mine detecting tool & as such dates from the June 1944 period onwards. Head dated 1944 with some age. Overall good complete Entrenching tool set.
WW2 British '37 patt Entrenching Tool, Carrier & Helve '43 & '44 Dates British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool with non blancoed web carrier maker marked & dated RSS 1943. Carrier is 1937 pattern with later retaining strap for wooden helve. Wooden helve is of the MK II type having fitting for the No.4 bayonet to be used as a mine detecting tool & as such dates from the June 1944 period onwards. Interestingly a maker stamp & date 44 is stamped into one end near to the bayonet lug area. Head is again maker stamped with broad arrow & date 1944 clearly visible to left shoulder. Good dated set with some typical age expected overall. Overall good complete Entrenching tool set.
WW2 British '37 Patt Holster & Compass Pouch 1940/41 Unblancoed early war '37 pattern webbing equipment items being the pistol holster made by MECo in 1941 & compass pouch also made by MEco & dated 1940. Both in apparently unissued condition all fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Patt Largepack 1943 Good used condition example of the 1937 pattern largepack clearly dated 1943. Green blancoed example. All buckles & straps complete.
WW2 British '37 Patt MK 1 Basic Ammunition Pouch Pair, 1938 Dated A scarce pair of the MK1 basic ammunition pouches the second of two pairs that i recently acquired together. Both are in green blanco /web renovator & well aged. One pouch is MECo marked & dated 1938 with only very faint ordnance markings to second. Dated pouch has one belt hook minus from rear & there is some considerable use & fraying to both. Second pouch has some popper damage where the pull strap has pulled the press studs through the cloth of the upper flap. Certainly well used & not beyond repair for visual display the MK1 pouches are exceptionally rare today in any condition.
WW2 British '37 Patt Mk1 Basic Ammunition Pouch Pair Specifically designed to hold the 32 round curved Bren Gun magazines these basic ammunition pouches of the 1937 pattern webbing set held many other forms of ammunition for the Tommy on the move. This pair is of the first Mk 1 type having the higher belt hook section on the rear & one having three loops on the inside of the top flap which were intended for the grenade cup discharger. These three looped examples were soon discontinued & are only to be found on the earliest produced of these pouches this one being MECo & broad arrow marked & dated 1938. Second pouch is matching in colour & MECo & broad arrow stamped & dated 1939. Overall they are well used with green blanco/web renovator & some fraying & disfigurement to rear belt hook area. Overall a scarce pair of pouches the MK1 type being now virtually unobtainable.
WW2 British '37 Patt Pistol Holster 1943 God condition unblancoed 37 pattern web pistol holster made by MW&S Ltd in 1943. All fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Patt Smallpack & L Strap Set Good unblancoed condition 37 pattern smallpack dated 1943 with internal divider present & left & right straps fitted, both wartime dated (40 & 43 ). Scarcer brass & steel economy buckles to pack.
WW2 British '37 Patt Smallpack & L Straps Mint unissued unblancoed condition smallpack with internal divider & L straps fitted. 1943 date to inside flap of pack. All brass buckles to this example. Wartime markings to straps.
WW2 British '37 Patt Smallpack & Straps ( Camouflage ) Used condition 37 pattern smallpack & L & R straps for attachment to basic ammunition pouches. Interestingly the left strap has been overpainted in tan, brown & green camouflage all having come together. Internal divider present. All fittings intact , faint markings to inside flap.
WW2 British '37 Patt Webbing Belt 1939 Rare early 1939 dated webbing belt with light green blanco in used condition. Brass fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Basic Pouch Pair Unblancoed webbing, both 1941 dated & Mark II issue. All intact fittings & brass.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Basic Pouch Pair ( WW2 Dates ) Good green blancoed pair of basic ammunition pouches for the 1937 pattern webbing set both dated 1940. All complete components good used condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Basic Pouch Pair 1943 A pair of the '37 pattern basic pouches both dated 1943. In good condition & used to carry grenades, magazines , ammunition in which ever manner chosen.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Battledress A good example of the 1937 pattern battledress blouse with faint Q coded WD inspectors stamp for the year 1940. An interesting example which has been tailored to the soldiers requirements & most probably kept as a spare. With its original brass dished buttons there is no moth anywhere on the blouse. Clothing label removed however chest is an approx 44 inches.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Battledress Blouse A near mint condition 1937 pattern battledress blouse with concealed button pleated pocket frontage & all brass buttons. With 1942 dated clothing label intact it is made by the West Auckland Clothing Company & is a size 13 . In overall excellent condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Battledress Trousers A pair of early issue 1937 pattern battledress trousers with single pleated field dressing pocket & concealed button map pocket to front. Getting harder to find the early issues this pair has all of its brass dished buttons still present to front fly & top buttoned belt loops. 'WD' Broad arrow marked to interior lining the waist measures am approx. 39inches with 33.5in inside leg. Overall in excellent condition with only one small moth hole to front & two to rear noticeable only upon close inspection. .
WW2 British '37 Pattern Bayonet Frog 1940 A 1940 dated example that was at some point finished in white blanco .
WW2 British '37 Pattern Belt & Pistol Holster 1943 Good used condition '37 pattern 1942 dated pistol holster with '37 pattern belt both with all fittings complete. Dark green blancoed belt with what has originally been a white blancoed holster which has been scrubbed down for field use giving the whole set a good used tankers rig look.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Belt 1941 1937 pattern webbing waistbelt with broad arrow marking & faint 1941 date. Measures an approx 43 inches total length.
WW2 British '37 pattern Binocular Case 1943 Good example of the now scarce '37 pattern binocular case marked to 'MECo' & dated '1943'. All fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Brace Attachment Pair 1940 Mint unblancoed condition braces for the 1937 pattern webbing marked MECo 1940 on each.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Compass Pouch Webbing compass pouch for the 1937 pattern webbing in used condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Compass Pouch WW2 green blancoed compass pouch for the '37 pattern webbing set . Excellent condition , maker marked to inside.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Economy Shoulder Strap 1942 Rubberised canvas economy shoulder strap broad arrow marked & dated 1942.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set Excellent unissued condition 1937 pattern entrenching tool with mkII helve having fitting for NO4 spike bayonet & dated 1944. Web carrier is unissued & in mint condition & dated 1943 . Head is mint unissued & in its greaseproof paper with maker stamp impressed into metal. Overall a mint textbook example from stores.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Entrenching Tool, Carrier & Helve '43 & '44 Dates British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool with non blancoed web carrier maker marked & dated ME.Co 1943 (Mills Equipment Co). Carrier is 1937 pattern & in mint condition. Wooden helve is of the MK II type having fitting for the No.4 bayonet to be used as a mine detecting tool & as such dates from the June 1944 period onwards. Interestingly a maker stamp & date 44 is stamped into one end near to the bayonet lug area. Head is again maker stamped with broad arrow & date 1944 clearly visible. Overall good complete Entrenching tool set.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Gaiters 1942 Unblanoced matching pair of webbing gaiters dated 1942. Size 3, leather straps in excellent condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Large Pack Helmet Straps (1943 & 1944) Web straps for the large pack to enable carrying of the helmet, a carryover from the 1908 pattern equipment. Dated 1943 & 1944 respectively in mint condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Largepack & L & R Straps Good issued condition 1937 pattern largepack in green blanco with Left & Right straps for attaching to the rest of the '37 patt equipment on the move according to the soldiers preference. Coming altogether from a loft as found.
WW2 British '37 Pattern No.4 Bayonet Webbing Frog 1940 Webbing frog with slit for frog stud of the No.4 spike bayonet . Maker marked to MECO at rear with date 1940.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1940 Marked 'MECO 1940' In excellent condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1941 A 'MECO1941 ' marked example of the '37 pattern pistol ammunition pouch.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Pistol Holster Green blancoed pistol holster for the '37 pattern webbing set faint maker mark & date overall good condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Pistol Holster Webbing pistol holster most commonly used with the Webley revolver but sometimes with the Browning as evidenced in wartime photographs. Holster is sound & well bleached out suggesting possible Desert use. Belt hooks to rear. BS LTD markings to underside of flap . Very faint forties date.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Pistol Order Belt Set Good set of 1937 Pattern Pistol order webbing comprising rare early 1939 dated belt, 1941 dated holster, 1940 dated pistol ammunition pouch, pair brace attachments & pair shoulder straps (Long) 41 & 42 dated.
WW2 British '37 Pattern RAF Waterbottle & Cover Standard issue waterbottle as per the 1937 pattern with blue webbing cover that is Air Ministry stamped to its interior. Cork stopper split although secured by screw & rivet arrangement down centre. Some minor moth tracking to top otherwise good example.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Smallpack WW2 green blancoed small pack maker marked & dated 1943 . Steel & brass fittings & internal divider present. Soldiers service number to inside flap.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Smallpack Unissued unblancoed condition 1937 pattern smallpack with all wartime dates & mixture of steel & brass economy fittings. Pack has its internal divider still present & maker stamp to MW & S with date 1944. Left & right L straps both 1941 dated with maker stamps to each legible.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Unlined Collar Home Guard Battledress A 1937 pattern Home Guard battledress with unlined collar. Printed Home Guard shoulder titles can be seen to both arms with battalion patches of '12 NK' for the 12th Norfolk Battalion . A Q coded ( 1940) WD inspectors mark can be seen to right side interior lining . Totally original & untouched since WW2 there is a spattering of moth holes with three large holes underneath the right armpit concealed until the arm is lifted. All of its original brass dished buttons are present with the exception of one from the front fly.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Utility Pouch Shoulder Strap 1941 Unissued & unblancoed condition MECo 1941 made shoulder strap for the extra ammunition Utility Pouches most commonly worn by Bren Gun crew to carry extra magazines.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Waistbelt & Braces ( Pr) 1940 A nice 1940 dated Mills Equipment Co. (ME Co ) waistbelt with a pair of brace attachments still attached both also dated 1940. Belt appears to have had badges on at some point in the manner of a 'hate belt' due to the holes still in it unfortunately now long since removed! Measures approx. 120cm in length.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier In the closed back style of webbing carrier often seen in use by British paratroopers at Arnhem. Faint markings to webbing.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Waterbottle & Shoulder Strap 1940 Dated 1937 pattern British waterbottle in its webbing cradle & shoulder strap the cradle bearing the scarce early date of 1940. In matching green blancoed webbing the set is in excellent condition with soldiers service number to shoulder strap & also the inner middle strap of cradle. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Waterbottle 1940 A '37 pattern waterbottle in scarce 1940 dated webbing cradle.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Waterbottle 1943 Dated 1937 pattern waterbottle in closed back carrier. These were standard issue but much seen in use by British paratroopers at Arnhem. 1943 dated to inside of carrier.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Web Holster 1943 Unblancoed web holster made by MECo in 1943. Unissued condition all fittings intact.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Belt Well used example of the British '37 pattern webbing belt. All brass fittings in 'as found' condition but having evidently seen much military service.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Belt Green blancoed webbing belt with brass fittings good size.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Belt Light tan coloured web belt brass fittings maker marked to MW&S Ltd to reverse with faint date of 1942. Used condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Belt 1940 Rare 1940 dated British '37 pattern webbing belt in unblancoed webbing. With all brass fittings & the maker stamp of Mills Equipment Company the markings to the belt read 'MECo 1940 ' . A size Small.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Belt 1944 1944 dated '37 pattern British webbing belt . Green blancoed with MECo maker ink stamp ( Mills Equipment ) . Measures an approx 49 inches fully extended.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Holster & Belt A '37 pattern webbing holster & belt set that has clearly always been together since WW2. Very well used set with 'MECo 1939' visible to holster & illegible markings to waistbelt.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Holster 1940 A good used condition 1940 dated example in green blanco.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing SMLE Rifle Sling 1940 An early war 1940 dated webbing sling for the SMLE rifle. Very difficult date to find.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Webbing Waisbelt A large sized webbing waistbelt of the '37 pattern with Bagcraft Ltd maker & 1945 date. In very good near mint condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Wirecutters & Case ( Both Wartime Dates ) Very hard to find a wartime dated '37 pattern wirecutters case this example is marked 'BAGCRAFT 1942' . Wirecutters marked 'CHP1941'. Both in very good service used condition.
WW2 British '37 Pattern Wirecutters ( 1941 Dated Pouch ) Very hard to find wartime dated '37 pattern wirecutter webbing pouch with wirecutters. Pouch is MECo marked ( Mills Equipment ) & clearly 1941 dated. Wirecutters are maker marked to 'ETF Ltd' however only the first three digits of the date '194*' are visible. Very hard to find wartime dated pouches now many being from the 1950s.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Army Fire Service Battledress 1943 A very nice army 1940 pattern battledress having all original insignia for that of a corporal in the Army Fire Service. These personnel were military firemen specially trained to protect army stores, equipment & accommodation at home & overseas. Battledress has the rather striking ' Army Fire Service ' badge on both sleeves in red , yellow & blue authorised for wear by all ranks. The formation patch of Northern Command then surmounts rank chevrons for corporal. It is quite apparent that the badges are original to the battledress , neatly handsewn & quite visibly seated into the cloth over a period of years. BD clothing label still intact to interior giving size 13 & date of September 1943 . N mounted WD stores code denotes inspection date of 1943. Condition of this quite unusual army battledress is overall very good having been clearly worn as a working BD . There are only two small moth holes one on the back & one under the right armpit. Defence medal ribbon to left breast.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1942 ( Large Size ) A 1942 dated 1940 pattern battledress blouse in a good large size. A scarce size 18 it has all of its original buttons present. There a few noticeable holes to the back of the blouse however still perfect for a mannequin display.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 1940 pattern unbadged BD with clothing label still intact & bearing maker of J Compton & date 1944. Nap of cloth is good with all its original buttons still present & waist buckle tongue showing typical signs of service wear where lining frayed on inside. Repair present to back of BD where it has been torn at some point then material pinched in & sewn to render it still serviceable measuring approx 19cm in total. Still a visibly good original BD with service wear & now becoming increasingly hard to find.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 ( Large Size ) A very good scarce large sized 1940 pattern battledress blouse. 1944 dated it is a size 16 ( see picture of label ) & has no moth or damage. All buttons intact.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Battledress Trousers Very good pair of the battledress trousers in early 1940 pattern with no belt loops but still with concealed front pocket button. Brass dished buttons throughout with only light service wear & no moth. Measure approx 30 in waist with 30.5 inside leg.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Battledress Trousers 1943 A pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers with N coded WD stores label for the year 1943. A good wartime used pair in excellent condition they exhibit light service wear with no moth. There is
WW2 British '40 Pattern R.E.M.E 21st Army Group/British Troops In France Battledress Blouse 1944 Dated An untouched originally badged 1940 pattern battledress to a member of the R.E.M.E serving with 21st Army Group/British Troops In France. With its very legible 1944 dated clothing label still intact to inside this is a well worn field used battledress that , according to the medal ribbons on left breast , has seen service in France & Germany . The embroidered R.E.M.E shoulder titles surmount Div patch with the dark blue , yellow & red arm of service strip beneath this on both arms. The application of these badges is typically soldier applied being crudely sewn in brown thread but executed neatly enough to satisfy his senior NCOs. Medal ribbons are 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal. The 'M' coded inspectors stamp is visible to inside right lining. In very good moth free condition there is dirt to the underside of the collar & cuffs & some wear to the nap of the cloth.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Sergeants Battledress Blouse With Medal Ribbons A '40 pattern battledress blouse in excellent condition with sergeant stripes to each arm & medal ribbons to left breast. It was common practice to not display any unit insignia in the field & so the rank stripes only would certainly denote a BD worn for working dress. The medal ribbons would have been added by the soldier in the latter period & here consist of 1939-45 Star , France & Germany Star , Defence medal & War medal. In superb no moth condition the clothing label is intact & gives a Size 7 with 1945 date.
WW2 British '44 Pattern Carrying Frame An excellent example of the 1944 pattern Jungle frame with all straps dated 1945.
WW2 British 'Aertex' Tropical Shirt 1944 Short sleeve aertex tropical shirt two pleated breast pockets in variant khaki material having no loops for straps to shoulders or top button fitted. 1944 date to inside of shirt , officers name to inside of collar. Excellent mint condition tropical item.
WW2 British 'Aircraft Recognition' Manual 1941 1941 printed manual on aircraft recognition includes the Messerchmitt & Dornier as well as American aircraft for the benefit of British personnel.
WW2 British 'ARP' Wardens Helmet 1940 A MkII No.2 British Air Raid Wardens steel helmet with the distinctive 'W' to front & back . Maker marked & dated to underside of rim 'F&L 1940' for the firm Fisher & Ludlow with 1940 date to liner cradle. Helmet is of the MkII No.2 type with three holes to either side of the brim denoting that it is of lesser quality steel than the service issue MkII . These were either made of a more inferior steel to start with for civil use or were factory rejects not meeting the required standards for frontline service. A black overpaint has been applied over its first grey finish with the two 'W' applied over this.
WW2 British 'Civilian Fire Fighter Manual' for Fire Patrols. Super 125 page booklet entitled 'Civilian Fire Fighter.. a manual for all members & organisers of Fire Patrols'. Written by ECR Hadfield & first printed in 1941 it was decided that more training was needed of civilians in order to comply with the Defence Regulations of 1939 to cope with the persistent bombing raids on residential & business premises. Subjects covered include 'Firewatching & the Law, Organising Fire Parties, Types of Incendiary Bomb, First Aid at Fires , Air Raid Drills' etc etc. Detailed line drawings make this in all a fascinating manual for those interested in the British Home Front of WW2.
WW2 British 'D-Day ' Invasion Lifebelt 1944 Good example of the British issue Life Belt such as was used in the Normandy Landings of 1944. These were also issued to Airborne troops for use in the event of a water landing enroute to their objectives. This example is broad arrow stamped & dated 1944. These had to be manually inflated by means of a flexible nozzle on the front. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British 'Desert Rat' Camouflage Tommy Helmet Scarce example of an original sand camouflage painted MKII British steel helmet for Desert use. Underside of helmet shows its first factory applied khaki finish with the rough sandy yellow paint being applied over the top as is correct for early WW2 Tropical issue helmets. There is rust to the inside however the liner & cradle are intact & in relatively good condition ( having not been cleaned ). Markings to the cradle show the manufacturer to be CS&W Ltd , a size 7 1/4 & the manufacture date of 1939. Web chinstrap is in good condition a replacement rectangular bracket has been fitted at one end securing the web strap to the helmet shell ( Only noticeable upon close inspection ). Overall service wear to outside paint, chipped in places with some traces of its khaki paint visible in one area. Certainly a true sleeper of a correct textbook Desert camouflage helmet having recently surfaced from private sources.
WW2 British 'Docks Police' Helmet 1939 A 1939 dated MkII British steel helmet marked 'Docks Police'. Helmet has white stencilled Docks Police designation to front with squad number '6G' to rear & also on the underside of the rim. Helmet maker marked to BMB ( Briggs Motor Bodies ) & dated 1939. Liner cradle dated 1939. Good overall condition with some tearing to liner.
WW2 British 'Green Howards' Army Officer SD Cap Superb unmothed service dress cap to an officer of the Green Howard’s (The Yorkshire Regt). Absolutely superb condition with good supple brown leather chinstrap, officer buttons & cap badge. Inside displays typical wear with leather head band having small area detached from the front . Overall a superb clean example of SD cap from an extremely desirable regiment.
WW2 British 'Hose Tops' Scarce item of british army personal kit being the short Hose Tops often worn with khaki shorts. The lower portion was fitted over the top of the wearers normal socks & these were held together by either short puttees or web anklets thus reducing the strain on wool resources. Khaki wool in good condition.
WW2 British 'June 1944' Road Sign
WW2 British 'Kangolwear' Commando Beret An original unissued dark green commando beret made by Kangolwear in 1945. With all of the correct features one would expect to see on a wartime produced Commando beret this is a superb textbook example from the preferred well known Kangolwear maker. Complete with original wartime WD stores code it also has leather lozenge intact to inside vent underside. The beret has a couple of minor moth nips which are surface only & visible only upon close inspection. Now becoming an increasingly scarce item of Commando headgear to find today.
WW2 British 'London Passenger Transport Board 'Helmet Interesting British MKII helmet marked 'LPTB' for London Passenger Transport Board . The presence of the lettering 'LPTB' under the front rim of the helmet may suggest a duty helmet issued by the London Passenger Transport Board to its staff however they raised seven Home Guard battalions in WW2 & so this may well have been worn for Home Guard service also. Dated 1939 to its liner cradle it is minus its rexene liner . Chinstrap intact. .
WW2 British 'Mines' Warning Sign Red on white large ' MINES' warning sign measuring 23.5 X 11.5 inches. Classic Normandy item in good condition.
WW2 British 'No. 2 Leather Camouflaged ' Jerkin 1944 Excellent used condition brown leather jerkin , Very popular with the troops due to their versatility & warmth the inside has a khaki blanket lining with four large dished buttons to its front which are all complete & original to it. Clothing label to inside ives size as 2 fitting a Size 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in with 37 to 43 inch chest to be fitted over. Made by MW Curwen & & Co Ltd of London there is a small 10cm area of stitiching come undone on the right shoulder & a small 1cm tear to the lower right skirt. No moth anywhere on the inside lining, light service wear to leather overall.
WW2 British 'Old Spec' Lanchester Sub Machine Gun A very clean 'old spec' example of the Lanchester sub machine gun capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & coming with its correct 50 round magazine. An early copy of the German MP28 these had a tendency to discharge if dropped & were so were relegated to non frontline use with the RAF & Royal Navy. An appealing patina is visible overall to this piece with no unsightly pitted or rubbed areas to the metalwork. Its designation of 'Mk1*' can be seen to the magazine port with broad arrows & the date of'43' . A good smooth working action exists to bolt with Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British 'Pegasus' Patch Pair Excellent uniform removed pair of the printed Pegasus shoulder patches for the British Airborne Forces. Excellent used condition.
WW2 British 'RIFLE' Small Arms Training Manual 1942 1942 dated edition & named to a colour sergeant.
WW2 British 'Tommy' Wool Scarf Standard issue brown knitted scarf as used by the British 'Tommy' in World War Two. In excellent unissued condition this example is maker marked 'J.W.& S. Ltd' & war department arrow stamped with the date 1943 . Nice piece of WW2 British issue kit.
WW2 British 'Tommy' Woollen Gloves, (Named) . Excellent condition woollen fingerless mittens from the personal effects of a former British officer & used in WW2. Gloves are in knitted khaki wool & are well made most probably being privately obtained either purchased or knitted for him by a member of his family while he served overseas. Both gloves have the soldiers name label of 'W.J.Kilpatrick' sewn to the inside & are in good order other than some minor fraying to the lower edge through wear.
WW2 British 'Tommy' Helmet Very nice condition example of the MkII British 'Tommy' helmet complete with web chinstrap & liner all in excellent good working order. Helmet is finished in typical British khaki & has clear markings on the rim of the manufacturer 'EC&CoLtd' & the date 1939. Inner liner cradle has 'VERO' maker mark with size 7 & the date 1939. Some light abrasions overall through service use, web chinsrap retaining all its elasticity & no rust to its black buckle.
WW2 British 'Tropal Coat' ( LRDG/SAS ) Heavy quilted extreme cold waterproof & windproof coat issued to British forces in WW2 & much seen in use in North Africa & Norway ( & also by LRDG units ) according to photographic evidence from the period. Coat is Kapok lined, this being an insulating material otherwise known as Tropal by British manufacturers. This example is in excellent used condition with its heavy wool collar in excellent condition. Wooden toggle fastening system in good order with profuse markings to interior lining ' FLAMEPROOFED' & 1942 date. O coded WD Ordnance stampings to inside of coat & quilted lining excellent. Excellent example of this now scarce coat , classic piece of British cold weather kit.
WW2 British 'Turtle' Helmet 1944 An original untouched example of the MkIII British steel ' Turtle' helmet referred to as such for obvious reasons . Many of these are army repainted having been used well into the postwar years however this piece is still in its correct rough khaki factory paint exactly as it would have been worn during the invasion of Europe. With a BMB ' ( Briggs Motor Bodies) marked 1944 dated liner the correct webbing chinstrap is intact . The shadow of a net having been on for a very long time is visible when closely examined. First issued to assault troops of the 3rd infantry division just prior to D Day this helmet was worn by some of the first waves on D Day.
WW2 British 'Turtle' Steel Combat Helmet A MkIII 'Turtle' helmet of the pattern first used in the main by assault troops of the 21st Army Group during the Normandy landings . Instantly recognised by its high chinstrap rivets the liner is of the first pattern secured by a screw through the top of the helmet. Liner is in generally good order with all original paint to helmet.
WW2 British 'US War Aid' Battledress 1943 Made under the Lend lease Agreement between Britain & the United States this is an excellent condition example of the Battledress one of many items made by the US for issue to British troops. Widely preferred & commonly seen being worn by British troops in WW2 due to its higher comfort quality this piece was made by 'JULES SEGAL' in January 1943. Small moth nipping to 1cm area of right breat pocket only noticeable on close inspection.
WW2 British 'Very' Flare Cartridge Tin Holding 6 of the Very flare cartridges used by the British army. Excellent condition.
WW2 British 'War Finish' .38 MKIV Webley Revolver 1943-44 A WW2 British military issue MkIV Webley made .38 service revolver with matching serial numbers dating this gun to the late 1943, early 1944 period. This is a pre 1995 deactivation with clear chambers however due to the deactivation will not accept cartridges into the cylinder. Come with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British 'War Finish' Mk IV .38 Webley Revolver & 1942 Dated Web Holster Excellent example of the .38 cal Mk IV 'War Finish' Webley revolver coming complete with 1942 dated webbing holster . These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. ' Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham ' to top frame & ' Mark IV .38 ' to side. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British 'War Finish' Webley Service Revolver 1943 A WW2 British military issue MkIV Webley made .38 service revolver with matching serial numbers dating this gun to having been made in 1943. These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. ' Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham ' to top frame & ' Mark IV .38 ' to side. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British 'Weapon Training' Small Arms Training 1942 Very good condition.
WW2 British 'Y' Division 5th Infantry, Northamptonshire Regt BD 1942 A superb British army battledress to a Captain of the Northamptonshire regiment serving in the 5th Infantry Division. All badges are the correct tailor applied period originals as would be expected for an officer . They have not been resewn on , this is clearly apparent in a hands on inspection which i have attempted to emulate in the photographs. Both shoulders have embroidered 'Northamptonshire' titles which have been slightly padded & three scarlet (infantry )backed rank pips for Captain to each shoulder. Both shoulders have the seperate sewn Div patch & Brigade strips on khaki drill cloth which is then sewn directly onto the battledress in one piece. Printed 5th infantry 'Y' div patch above brigade strips professionally sewn with all stitching of badges being of the same thread & its originality also evident when viewed from the inside of the cloth. Some slight age fading to one side of the battledress through storage which does not detract. There are a few small moth nips evident which actually confirm the originality of the badges to the jacket where on the right shoulder a couple of nips go through the shoulder title & are consistent with the rest of the BD. There are two 50 pence piece size holes on the upper right back however the scarcity of an untouched NW Europe infantry battledress more than compensates for this. Clothing label is present & dated 1942 with WD stores code also visible. The 5th Infantry Division were based in Yorkshire in 1939 hence the 'Y' being chosen as their div sign. A much blooded infantry division they saw action in the Sicily Landings, Anzio & Rome to name but a few. They are probably most known for their final role in North West Europe.
WW2 British 'Y' Division 5th Infantry, Northamptonshire Regt BD 1942 A superb British army battledress to a Captain of the Northamptonshire regiment serving in the 5th Infantry Division. All badges are the correct tailor applied period originals as would be expected for an officer . They have not been resewn , this is clearly apparent in a hands on inspection which i have attempted to emulate in the photographs. Both shoulders have embroidered 'Northamptonshire' titles with padding & three scarlet (infantry ) backed rank pips for Captain to each shoulder. Both shoulders have the seperate sewn Div patch & Brigade strips on khaki drill cloth which is then sewn directly onto the battledress in one piece. Printed 5th infantry 'Y' div patch above brigade strips are professionally sewn with all stitching of badges being in the same thread & its originality also evident when viewed from the inside of the cloth. Some slight age fading to one side of the battledress through storage which does not detract. There are a few small moth nips which help to confirm the originality of the badges to the jacket as on the right shoulder a couple of nips go through the shoulder title & are consistent with the rest of the BD. There are two 50 pence piece size holes on the upper right back however the scarcity of an untouched NW Europe infantry battledress more than compensates for this. Clothing label is present & dated 1942 with WD stores code also visible. The 5th Infantry Division were based in Yorkshire in 1939 hence the 'Y' being chosen as their div sign. A much blooded infantry division they saw action in the Sicily Landings, Anzio & Rome to name but a few. They are probably most known for their final role in North West Europe.
WW2 British .303 Bandoleer 1941 Date Ammunition bandoleer for .303 ammunition as carried by the British infantry soldier of WW2. Has purple ink markings ' 50 BALL-30 MARK VII 16-10-41 M.G.' then a duplicate reissue marking on other side with later date of 1945 .
WW2 British .303 Lewis Gun Manual 1941 Scarce manual on the Lewis Gun with much instructional information accompanied by diagrams on its use & procedures. 48 pages total.
WW2 British .303 Machine Gun Belt 1943 A shortened for display belt of .303 machine gun ammunition containing 19 rounds . Starter tab dated 1943.
WW2 British .303 Mk 2 Bren Gun ( Inglis 1943 ) Bren Mk 2 made by Inglis in 1943. Gun is fitted with correct MK2 butt, barrel & legs & is compete with its top carrying handle. Deactivated to Home office specifications with certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British .303 Mk1 Bren Gun (Lithgow 1942) Very clean Mk1 Bren gun made by Lithgow in 1942. Correct Mk1 barrel with correct Mk1 butt & early brass butt disc to this gun. Capable of being cocked dryfired & with a very crisp action. Deactivated to Home office specifications with certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British .303 No.4 Mk 1 Rifle Good clean example of the No.4 Mk1 rifle . This example made by the American firm Savage for Great Britain under the lendlease agreement & marked with the firms 'S' logo on receiver left side. Cocks, strips & dryfires & comes with with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British .303 No.4 Mk1 Rifle 1942 1942 dated example of the classic No.4 rifle this piece being made by the Canadian firm 'Longbranch' but used by British forces under the lendlease agreement. Has a very nice patina to wood overall with some DP markings & date to left side of receiver. Good smooth cocking action which dryfires with ease. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British .303 Rifle Ammunition Bandolier Issued 1921, 1939 & May 1944 A British army .303 rifle ammunition bandolier in which 5 round chargers of .303 would be carried by the infantryman. A total of 50 rounds could be carried in these. The bandoleer is marker marked & dated 1921 with issue markings of ' 50 BALL .303 MARK VII ' & the three consecutive issue dates of 28-10-21 , 3-1-39 & 5-5-1944 . The last date of 5th May 1944 is most likely in preparation for the Normandy invasion a month later.
WW2 British .303 Rifle Ammunition Bandolier 1940 Tan cotton bandolier for holding five round clips of .303 rifle ammunition . Faint ink markings to one end with scarce early date of 1940.
WW2 British .303 Rifle Ammunition Bandolier 1945 Tan cotton rifle ammunition bandolier each pocket holding two clips of five .303 rounds 50 rounds in total. Markings read ' 50 Ball .303 Mark VII 17-4-45 MW ' . Dated April 1945 .
WW2 British .303 Rifle Cartridge Ammunition Bandolier Canvas rifle ammunition bandolier with original purple ink markings & date 1945. In overall good used condition. Ammunition not included.
WW2 British .38 Enfield Revolver , Clear Chambers Old Spec With Pistol Holster , Belt & Lanyard An excellent matching numbered clear chambers example of the No2.Mk1 .38 calibre Enfield service revolver dated 1938. Revolver is a scarce old specification deactivation which has the capability of taking into inert rounds into the chamber. It is in super condition with undamaged broad arrow marked wood grips & profuse ordnance markings to be seen throughout. Comes with pistol lanyard ,1937 pattern webbing holster dated 1941 & belt which appears to have date of 1940. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British .38 Mk IV Webley 'War Finish' Service Revolver ( Old Specification Clear Chambers ) Good example of the Webley MK IV service revolver made by Webley & Scott , Birmingham during WW2 for the British forces with 'War Finish' marking & war department broad arrow . Good undamaged Webley marked grips with matching numbers & lanyard ring for military use. Deactivated to Olc Spec standard so cartridges can still be loaded into the chambers.
WW2 British .38 Webley 'War Finish' Revolver These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. With serial number 133964 we can date the manufacture of this gun to 1944. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with military inspection markings visible. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British .38 Webley 'War Finish' Service Revolver ( Matching Numbers ) Mk IV .38 revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This matching numbered piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. A fabulous wartime used piece this pistol has been issued & not sitting in store for the duration of WW2. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British .455 Revolver Cartridge Ammunition Box 1941 A scarce wooden ammunition box to hold 240 .455 Inch revolver cartridges that would have been packed into cartons inside the box. Very hard to find WW2 dated wooden cartridge boxes this piece having date ' 12 6 41 ' to top. All labels are legible & in superb condition with its tin inner box having been opened & the contents long since removed.
WW2 British .5 Inch Vickers Semi Armour Piercing Tracer 300 RND Ammunition Box A rare wartime 1942 dated wood & metal ammunition box for 300 rounds of .5 Inch Vickers ammunition Semi Armour Piercing Tracer. Very hard to find such boxes in good condition & still with their labels in place. Box is clearly impressed on the wood with the date 1942 & has filling labels to each end & also the top.
WW2 British / American Paratrooper/ D Day Invasion Troops Gas Brassard ( 4/40 ) This is an original example of the sleeve gas detector that was made from paper treated with Gas Detector paint. Upon the detection of sprayed blister gas the affected areas would turn red indicating personal decontamination was required by the soldier. These brassards were issued to all invasion troops involved in the D-Day invasion as well as the American paratroopers who can be seen wearing them in period photographs. Originals are hard to find today, this example has ink markings for the date '4/40' as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British / US Lendlease Rifle Ammunition Bandoleer 1944 Rifle ammunition bandoleer issued to British troops & supplied by the USA under the Lendlease agreement. Excellent condition.
WW2 British / US War Aid Battledress British army battledress made by the US under the lend lease 'war aid' agreement. Remains of cloth label to inside with some moth in places .
WW2 British /Canadian Bren Mk II 1943 Bren Mk 2 made by Inglis in 1943. Gun is fitted with correct MK2 butt, barrel & legs & is compete with its adjustable top carrying handle. Gun has very nice wood with clean metalwork & much blueing remaining to surfaces. . A smooth cocking action finally compliments the piece allowing dryfiring & partial field stripping . Deactivated to Home office specifications with certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British /Canadian No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1943 1943 dated No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle made at the Longbranch factory , Canada for Britain under the Lendlease agreement. Has correct wartime Mk3 flip up battle sight with sling swivels to front & rear also fingergrooved top wood. Matching numbers present to bolt & wrist strap. Cocks & dryfires with Home Office certifcate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British 11th ( Newquay ) Battalion Home Guard , Cornwall Area Battle School Photograph Album A very rare Home Guard photograph album recording the officers & men of the 11th ( Newquay ) Battalion Cornwall Home Guard in training as well as scenes from a large parade within Newquay town. The album is likely to have been recorded during a larger exercise in which other troops were taking part & is believed to be taken at the Cornwall Coastal Area Battle School. A large group photograph dated April 1943 came with the album & shows officers from the school with some of their names written on the back of the picture in pen. The 11th Battalion Cornwall Home Guard were responsible for the Newquay area & their distinctive beaked bird patches can be seen on many of the battledress & some of the steel helmets in wear in the photographs. This large album contains 127 black & white photographs with some quite superb shots of men firing weapons such as the Spigot Mortar , the drum fed Besa Machine Gun & the Vickers. Some live time photographs of ordnance exploding with troops sheltering in positions nearby are also seen as well the great detail which can be studied of the uniforms & equipment being worn by the Home Guard in the field. From high ranking officers right down to the lower ranks they are all here depicted in preparation for an anticipated German invasion.
WW2 British 1887 MK III Sword Bayonet One of the last true sword bayonets this being the MkIII 1887 pattern marked to Wilkinson Sword Company of London & dated 1889 with WD & broad arrow prevelant. Black checquered grips in goor condition with overall pitting to crossguard & pommel. Blade is unfullered as of the MkIII pattern & is in good condition. Pommel catch still working.
WW2 British 1903 Pattern Belt 1940 Good used original & unshortened condition brown leather '03 pattern belt often seen in use as a waistbelt with the '22 pattern tunic & also more commonly with Home Guard units of WW2. Certainly used as a General Purpose belt by British units & soldiers during the WW2 period they were also worn as trouser belts for the BD trouser underneath the blouse with the usual issue of '37 pattern webbing over the top. Nicely marked PI 1940 with a broad arrow marking clearly visible this is a nice example to find due to the common shortening of the belt by the soldier to suit thereby removing most markings & making dated examples now quite hard to find.
WW2 British 1903 Pattern Belt 1940 A very good example of the 1903 pattern leather belt which was originally intended for the '03 bandolier equipment . It is the only part of the set that has remained in use having being reinstated in 1923 & still in use today. In WW2 these were used as a Service Dress belt by relevant personnel ( such as Military Police ) with the 1922 pattern uniform & more commonly by British troops as a battledress trouser belt. Also used by the Home Guard as a standard part of their belt equipment set. Belt is in excellent condition with brass buckle & has broad arrow , maker mark & scarce early date of 1940 clearly stamped into buckle end . Belt measures 106 cm.
WW2 British 1903 Pattern Belt 1943 Originally made as the waist belt for the 1903 pattern equipment these belts saw continued service through both world wars & beyond being used as a waistbelt for the battledress trousers by troops on active service as well as with service dress for personnel wearing the '22 pattern SD tunic. This is an uncut, unused example with brass buckle & maker , 1943 date to one end. Measures approx. 105 cm total length.
WW2 British 1903 Pattern Waistbelt Brass buckled 1903 pattern belt in good condition. Faint markings to end.
WW2 British 1903 Pattern Waistbelt 1943 Originally made as the waist belt for the 1903 pattern equipment these belts saw continued service through both world wars & beyond being used as a waistbelt for the battledress trousers by troops on active service as well as with service dress for personnel wearing the '22 pattern SD tunic. This is an uncut, unused example with brass buckle & WD broad arrow & maker , 1943 date to one end. Measures 127 cm total length.
WW2 British 1907 Pattern Bayonet 1917 A good WW1 example of the 1907 pattern bayonet maker marked to Wilkinson & dated November 1917. There are no post WW1 reissue dates on this piece. Walnut grips are undamaged with ordnance markings to both sides . Oilhole to pommel with catch in working order. Parkerised blade is excellent . Scabbard is in the desirable dark brown leather with maker initials of J.W.B for & dated 1917. No rust or damage anywhere & a very above average example.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Ammunition Pouch 1940 Mills Equipment Company 1940 dated 1908 pattern webbing Left side ammunition pouch in excellent unissued condition. With the onset of WW2 the British army began to massively expand creating a shortfall of equipment which Mills Equipment stepped up to providing 30000 sets of refurbished '08 equipment as a stop gap due to shortages of the 1937 pattern. This example is unblancoed with clear markings & date. Interestingly one of the belt securement straps appears to have not been fully factory finished this perhaps being a result of the pressure on the production line to fulfill government orders. An overall scarce piece of early WW2 equipment .
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Belt 1939 (Early WW2 Stop-Gap Issue ) Mills Equipment Company 1939 dated 1908 pattern webbing belt in good condition. With the onset of WW2 the army began to massively expand creating a shortfall of equipment which Mills Equipment stepped up to providing 30000 sets of refurbished '08 equipment as a stop gap due to shortages of the 1937 pattern. Being of a light shade of khaki there are the traces of markings to the outer rear as well as the inside where the markings MECo1939 can be seen.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Shoulder Strap Pair ( Early WW2 Stop-Gap Issue ) Matching pair of unblancoed 1908 pattern shoulder straps made by MECo in 1940. Mint condition. With the onset of WW2 the army began to massively expand creating a shortfall of equipment which Mills Equipment stepped up to providing 30000 sets of refurbished '08 equipment as a stop gap due to shortages of the 1937 pattern.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Smallpack ( Early WW2 Stop-Gap Issue ) 1908 Pattern smallpack reissued in the early stages of WW2 with central divider still present & MECo 1938 markings visible. With the onset of WW2 the army began to massively expand creating a shortfall of equipment which Mills Equipment stepped up to providing 30000 sets of refurbished '08 equipment as a stop gap due to shortages of the 1937 pattern.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set Used set of 1908 pattern webbing comprising belt, cartridge pouches , shoulder straps , waterbottle & bayonet frog. Cartridge pouches dated 1918 with profuse markings also 1918 date to waterbottle cradle ( Stitch repair to strap ). Belt is a good large size with 'L' marking to inside area. Also Mills equipment markings still visible. The set has been ‘pea green’ water based powder ‘Blancoed’, (the correct WW1 colour) & is a good match throughout. Some light fraying to pouches through use & a couple of field repairs as is expected from most '08 sets. Overall in used condition but an excellent representation of the 1908 webbing set.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Various Dates ) Colour matching green blancoed set of 1908 pattern webbing refurbished by Mills Equipment Company for issue in the early World War two period when the expansion of the British Army brought about a shortfall in equipment available for general issue. Remaining in use by the Royal Navy well into WW2 & also supplied by Mills worldwide the legacy of the original 1908 design lived on well into the early war years the component parts of this set varying in date from mid WW1 to early WW2 . Due to the matching colour of the set it would not be unreasonable to assume that it has stayed together since the end of its military service. Comprising the set are a Medium size waisbelt MECO marked & dated 1927, pair of shoulder straps one dated 1940, Entrenching Tool & Carrier the tool being dated 1918 & the carrier MEco marked 1916, pair of cartridge ammunition pouches one marked & dated MECo1915 , a blue enamelled waterbottle with cradle marked & dated 1919 & a 1919 MECo marked & dated smallpack with its internal divider still present. Overall a good virtually complete set all in matching green blanco.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Shoulder Straps Scarce WW2 issue 1908 pattern shoulder straps in unblancoed condition. One bears visible markings of MECo 1940 with the other being MW&S produced although date very faint. Both in excellent condition.
WW2 British 1916 Dated SMLE Rifle Sling Scarce 1916 dated rifle sling for the SMLE maker marked & dated 'WRIGHTS 1916' to both brass ends. Very hard to find WW1 dated rifle slings.
WW2 British 1919/1925 Webbing Belt Scarce variation of the 1919/1925 pattern webbing belt in typical three part construction with brass fittings & D rings on lower rear portion. This example made by Mills Equipment Company in 1943 is a size Medium. This web belt appears to be a hybrid of either the 1919 or 1925 belt the D rings make this an unusual piece of seldom found mid war produced non 1937 pattern webbing.
WW2 British 1922 Pattern Royal Engineers Tunic A British 1922 pattern tunic with original insignia in the from of blue & red arm of service strips to both arms , brass kings crown Royal Engineers buttons & Good Conduct stripe to left sleeve. There is also the khaki embroidered trade badge fro Motor Transport. An untouched tunic ,there is some considerable wear & moth holes throughout , one button is missing from the lower front . WD 'X'coded stores label to interior breast , clothing label present but illegible.
WW2 British 1922 Pattern SD Tunic, 1943 Dated A near mint good sized example of the 1922 pattern of SD tunic with no moth & scarce 1943 dated clothing label still intact to inside breast ( See pics for sizes ) . Tunic has the economy style of plastic Kings crown GS buttons with N coded War Department stores stamp for the year 1943.
WW2 British 1922 Pattern Tunic A British 1922 pattern tunic with 'N' coded War Department inspection stamp for the year 1943. No unsightly moth damage , two breast pockets are in a slightly different shade of cloth to the rest of the tunic so may have been professionally repaired at some point. Clothing label to inside breast, all brass kings crown GS buttons present.
WW2 British 1925 Pattern RAF Webbing Strap Blue Grey webbing strap of RAF issue & originating from the 1925 pattern equipment. ' MECo 1940' marked & dated.
WW2 British 1937 Patt Largepack 1941 Green blancoed largepack with brass fittings broad arrow marked & dated 1941.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Basic Pouches 1942 (Matching Pair) Matching pair of British Mk III basic ammunition pouches maker marked to MW&S & dated 1943.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battldress Good used example of the 1937 pattern Battledress Blouse with all buttons & fittings complete . With standard drill lining showing signs of wear the clothing label is only very partially remaining so no date is visible. This BD came with the RASC badged XXX Corps jacket listed seperately so is likely to have been the mans spare.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress 1939 ( Unlined Collar ) Rare '37 pattern battledress with unlined collar & clothing label dated 1939. This is the early war first pattern of battledress with concealed brass dished buttons & an unlined collar. Later issues of the 37 pattern were lined before the introduction of the '40 pattern. All buttons are present on this example & marked to rear with maker. Vegetable ivory buttons to shoulders. Clothing label gives a size of 14 however there are some apparent period alterations to the waist. Some light moth is evident only on close inspection.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress 1941 A superb rare 1937 pattern battledress with shallow brass dished buttons to cuffs , pockets & front fly. Revolving buttons to shoulders. A classic '37 pattern with label to right breast giving broad arrow & date 1941 . This BD has at one point been issued with soldiers name to inside & evidence of removed shoulder titles visible from the inside . A superb early example with only one very small pin prick sized moth hole to rear visible only on close inspection.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse ( Unlined Collar 1940 ) A scarce early 1937 pattern battledress with unlined collar & 1940 date. This is the first pattern of BD that was issued to Britains troops with concealed buttons & pleats to breast pockets . These first issues did not have a lining to the inside of the collar this being rectified on slightly later garments to minimise wear. There are brass dished buttons to front concealed fly with revolvng buttons to shoulders. Broad arrow & 1940 date present on the early paper style label , see picture for sizes. Overall excellent condition with some minor wear from service use .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse (Unlined Collar) Scarce used example of the 1937 pattern BD blouse this being an early example with the unlined collar. Pleated pockets with hidden buttons are instantly recognisable as being from the desirable '37 pattern with a partially readable clothing label still intact to inside right breast pocket. All original metal dished buttons complete. Overall excellent used condition with no moth.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse , 1939 Dated A very rare 1939 dated example of the early 1937 pattern battledress blouse with clothing label still intact. BD is complete with its brass dished buttons to front fly , pockets & sleeves. There is some wear in places with a couple of small holes to lower front pocket corners & a small stitch repair to right armpit. Also two small holes to front right of BD. An insignia removed example & overall a very scarce piece.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1940 A scarce early 1937 pattern battledress with unlined collar & 1940 date. This is the first pattern of BD that was issued to Britains troops with concealed buttons & pleats to breast pockets . These first issues did not have a lining to the inside of the collar this being rectified on slightly later garments to minimise wear. There are brass dished buttons to front concealed fly with revolvng buttons to shoulders. Broad arrow & 1940 date present on label , see picture for sizes. Overall excellent condition with some very minor wear from light service use .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1941 I have recently purchased some battledress in mint unissued condition which was acquired by its previous owner many years ago in an era when such items were readily available from stores for a minimal outlay. This is a 1937 pattern BD blouse with calico clothing label dated 1941. The WD stores code is a clear 'O' date denoting 1942 & the size '13' making this quite a rarity. Metal dished buttons are of gun metal with all being complete. Revolving shank buttons to shoulders. No moth or wear anywhere at all this example having clearly never been issued.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1941 I have recently purchased some battledress in mint unissued condition which was acquired by its previous owner many years ago in an era when such items were readily available from stores for a minimal outlay. This is a 1937 pattern BD blouse with calico clothing label dated 1942. The WD stores code is a clear 'O' date denoting 1942 & a size '13' making this quite a rarity. Metal dished brass buttons are all complete. Revolving shank buttons to shoulders. No moth or wear anywhere at all this example having clearly never been issued.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1941 A scarce 1937 pattern battledress blouse complete with clothing label intact. Brass dished buttons to front concealed fly & pockets with only some small moth nips in places. An insignia removed example , the WD stores P code for the year 1942 is to be seen on the right inside breast.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1942 A 1942 dated '37 pattern battledress blouse in a large size with 'O'coded WD inspectors stamp . All of its original brass buttons are present with clothing label still intact . The word 'central' has been written in pen on the label. A small section of the rear waistband has been cut out then the wool section replaced however leaving a square hole on the cotton lining about 3 x 2 inches. Other than that it is in excellent condition with no unsightly moth holes.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers Scarce British issue 1937 pattern battledress trousers with all of its original buttons still present. Bandage pocket has button closure with concealed button to front map & rear pocket . Interestingly the buttons are a mix of the very early brass dished , zinc & brown plastic these most likely being produced before the changeover to '40 pattern in 1942. Condition of these scarce '37 pattern trousers is excellent with some minor mothing to crotch & a small stitch repair only noticeable on close inspection. Waist size approx 30in . In leg approx 29.5in .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers Very rare pair of the 1937 pattern battledress trousers with brass dished buttons , belt loops & concealed pocket flaps. This pair still having their ankle buttoning tabs which were ordered removed as of 1941. This pair are in absolutely superb condition with no moth at all. They have all of their brass dished buttons with ' W /I D ' to be seen stamped to inside of waistband. Clothing label has been removed from rear outside waist & the original owner has made a slight alteration to the rear seam ( under the middle belt loop ) where he has opened it to make the waist slightly larger. Sizing is an approx 32in waist with 31 inside leg. A superb pair of this rare early war BD trouser.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers 1942 An excellent pair of British battledress trousers of the 1937 pattern 'O' coded WD stores code for the year 1942. The 1940 pattern of battledress trouser was not issued until June 1942 this pair therefore being one of the last pairs of '37 pattern to be manufactured before the switch over. The stores code date on this pair is 1942 indicating late 1941 or 1942 manufacture . Trousers have concealed brass dished buttons on front & back with four trouser belt loops & three outer buttons for BD blouse attachment. Nap of cloth is excellent on this pair with waist size being approx 32-33in & inside leg 31 inches. The strap & button arrangement was discontinued from battledress trousers as of June 1941. Two buttons minus from front fly. There are only a couple of extremely miniscule moth nips to the trousers these only being noticeable upon very close inspection. Most certainly a scarce pair of the early pattern British soldiers battledress trouser & hard to find in such good condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Binocular Case & Shoulder Strap A 1937 pattern webbing binocular case complete with 1941 dated shoulder strap. In excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Binocular Case & Strap Web case for the 1937 pattern equipment to carry the issue service binocular. Made by Finnigans Ltd in 1943 the case comes with a '37 pattern carrying strap. Excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Binocular Case 1938 Excellent condition early pre war '37 pattern binocular case bearing broad arrow & maker stamp for MECo ( Mills Equipment Company ) & date 1938. Of the first '37 pattern this piece has no buckles to side only belt hooks to rear & top for attachment to belt & of compass pouch. Certainly a scarce piece with hard to find early 1938 date.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Binoculars & Case 1941 Good binocular set comprising x 6 1941 dated service binoculars & 1941 dated case. Binoculars are made by Kershaw of Leeds & clearly dated 1941. They are in excellent condition with working adjustable lense pieces & leather carrying strap. Broad arrow marked to bottom shoulders . Unblancoed web case is in used condition with MECo maker mark & date 1941. Carrying strap buckles to sides & belt loops to rear.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Compass Pouch Webbing compass pouch with padded stiffeners to inside for protecting the compass when being carried. Remains of green blanco to outer surfaces, ' MECo 1941' marking to inside of flap. Small amount of ageing to metal fittings which would benefit from cleaning.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Compass Pouch 1942 Good condition unblancoed '37 pattern web compass pouch with hard padded interior to protect the compass & 'MECO1942' stamp to inside of top flap.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Denim Trousers Extremely rare pair of the British issue denim battledress trousers conforming to the 1937 pattern with early brass dished buttons throughout & the not often seen buttoned ankle tabs. These were worn by Commando & other army units as well as the LDV & Home Guard . Edging of the paper clothing label remains to the rear waist with early unbuttoned one pleat bandage pocket & front map pocket with concealed button. Condition is issued & excellent with two buttons minus from front fly. Waist size approx 36in. Inside leg approx 32.5in.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool A fine example of the 1937 pattern entrenching tool comprising web carrier dated 1943 , early war pattern helve & 1942 dated tool.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set Excellent unissued condition 1937 pattern entrenching tool with mkII helve having fitting for NO4 spike bayonet & broad arrow & dated 1944. Web carrier is unissued & in mint condition & dated 1941 . Head is mint unissued & in its greaseproof paper with maker stamp impressed into metal. Overall a mint textbook example from stores.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set An unissued British Tommy 1937 pattern entrenching tool set comprising web 1943 dated carrier, tool dated 1944 & helve also dated 1944. Tool is still in its issue greaseproof paper & is itself as well as being 44 dated broad arrow stamped & maker marked to PERKS. Web carrier is unblancoed & clearly broad arrow marked with date 1943. It is in its early format without the later addition of the helve securing strap. Wooden helve is 1944 dated on bayonet end . Overall complete set for ther 1937 pattern equipment.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set British soldier entrenching tool for the '37 pattern webbing equipment comprising webbing carrier, entrenching tool head & helve with spike bayonet fitting for mine detection. 1944 date to e tool head. Good used condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set 1941/43/44 Dated Excellent unissued condition 1937 pattern entrenching tool with mkII helve having fitting for NO4 spike bayonet & broad arrow & dated 1944. Web carrier is unissued & in mint condition & dated 1943 . Head is mint unissued & in its greaseproof paper with maker stamp impressed into metal & date 1944. Overall a mint textbook example from stores.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set (Wartime Dates) A good condition example of the British Tommy '37 pattern entrenching tool set with all WW2 dates. Web carrier dated 1943 with 1944 dated helve having spike bayonet fitting. Entrenching tool dated 1944.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Set 1944 A 1937 pattern entrenching tool set comprising 1944 dated web carrier, 1944 dated entrenching tool & 1945 dated helve with spike bayonet attachment for mine clearance duties. Carrier maker marked to 'MW&S' ( Mills, Wright & Son ) a famous web manufacturer of WW2. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool, Carrier & Helve Good condition '37 pattern entrenching tool complete with 1944 dated unblancoed web carrier, 1944 dated shovel head & 1945 dated helve that has No.4 spike bayonet fitting on end for mine prodding. An all round complete set.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool, Case & Helve 1943 A mint unissued example of the British '37 patt entrenching tool set comprised of web carrier dated 1943, tool head dated 1944 & helve with bayonet lug fitting dated 1945. Carrier is in its early format without helve retaining strap. Unused set from stores with head still in its greaseproof paper.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Helmet Straps Unblancoed helmet straps for issue with the largepack with keepers removed . Both full length & excellent.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Holster Good used conditon web holster from the 1937 pattern webbing set. Mills Equipment Company marked with 1943 date & broad arrow stamp.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1940 A very nice pair of the 1937 pattern battledress trousers with top fastening belt loops , brass dished buttons , concealed button pocket flap & pre 1941 ankle buttoning tabs. Extremely hard to find BD trousers still with their original clothing label to outside waistband , normally removed by the wearer due to its conspicuous position. Label on this pair is tatty however intact. Size can be clearly seen with broad arrow & also just possible to make out along the stitch line is the date 1940. This pair have also had Anti gas treatment as denoted by the 'AV' ( Anti Vessicant ) markings to be seen on inside of waistband . Excellent nice used pair with an even wear to nap of cloth & only one 2cm repair to front thigh pocket.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1940 Scarce 1937 pattern battledress trousers retaining 1940 dated clothing label. All brass dished buttons are still present to this excellent pair with fastening buttons & tabs to ankles. It is also of note that that field dressing pocket is of the first pattern with no button. With only very light wear to nap of cloth there are a couple of very small moth nips to one of the rear waist straps & one small pin prick hole beneath this, both only noticeable on very close inspection. Q coded WD inspectors stamp to inside waist band denoting 1940 date.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1941 1937 pattern battledress trousers still with their 1941 dated clothing label. All of the early double sided brass buttons are intact with the often removed buttons & fastening tabs to ankles . Waist size is an approx 28 inch with an approx 28 1/2 inch leg. Front crotch area has had alot of moth damage with repair with a one and a half inch patch to one area & some stitch repairs around it .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Largepack A WW2 Indian produced 1937 pattern largepack intended for issue to troops in the Far East . Has 1940 -45 written on front flap. Excellent unissued condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Largepack & L Straps 1940 Good unblancoed condition largepack for the '37 pattern webbing maker marked to BHG Ltd & dated 1940. Comes with L straps one maker marked MECo 1941 & the other in green. All brass fittings.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Largepack , Left & Right Straps '37 pattern largepack with faint 1942 date to flap & wartime dated left & right straps (1944 & 1941) . Used condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1937 pattern mapcase complete with carrying strap & correct brown insert . Black ink markings to inside although date not discernable.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase & Carry Strap 1944 A superb issue example of the 1937 pattern mapcase complete with celluloid board inner & carrying strap. Clearly dated 1944 the mapcase has the later economy metal fittings. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase & Carrying Strap 1944 Good condition '37 pattern mapcase complete with hardboard inner & celluloid cover.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1940 Light tan canvas mapcase with carrying strap . Made by MGC & dated 1940.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1940 1940 dated mapcase with carrying strap. Excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1944 All webbing mapcase in mint unissued condition made by Bagcraft in 1944. Brown board insert intact & complete with carrying strap.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1944 Mint condition '37 patt web mapcase with shoulder strap marked to W&G (Waring & Gillow) 1944.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1944 Unblancoed webbing mapcase of the '37 pattern with celluloid cover to inside to protect map. Clear maker name & date 1944.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1944 Good used example of the 1937 pattern mapcase dated 1944. Good condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Mapcase 1944 Complete with carrying strap & in excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern MK III Basic Ammunition Pouches Unissued pair of MKIII basic pouches which were the pattern introduced slightly longer to accommodate the sten magazine. Both with wartime dates & webbing belt loops to rear.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Officers Haversack A scarce & desirable Indian made example of the '37 pattern British officers haversack as used in the Far East theatres by British & allied troops. Overall good used condition with some age & overall use.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Officers Valise Haversack 1941 Used example of the officers '37 pattern valise haversack made by Mills Equipment in 1943. In dirty condition there is a hole & fraying to one corner although fittings are intact.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster & Belt 1941 Web belt & pistol holster from the 1937 pattern webbing equipment . Both are in green blanco with 1941 date to holster. Some markings faintly visible to belt which appear to give date 1942.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster 1940 Early '37 pattern pistol holster with MECo markings & date 1940. Being an early example this holster is without the cleaning rod holder although is identical to later dated examples in all other respects. Unblancoed & excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster 1941 Good used condition 1937 pattern webbing pistol holster with 'MECo' maker & 1941 date stamp. Cleaning rod holder to inside . Green blanco remaining, all brass fittings complete.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster 1941 1937 pattern web pistol holster in a light tan colour most likely having been used in a tropical theatre ( North Africa or Italy ) this apparently dated 1941 example has small inside pocket for cleaning rod not seen on earlier examples. Designed to be used with the .38 service revolver but also would willingly accomodate the 9mm Browning HP35 & Colt .45 semi automatic pistols when carried by British troops.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Pistol Holster 1943 Green blancoed example with MW&S Ltd maker & date 1943. All fittings intact.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Small Pack & Straps Mint unissued & unblancoed webbing small pack dated 1941. Complete with left & right straps dated 1942 & 43. Some tarnishing to front buckles requiring careful cleaning.
WW2 British 1937 pattern Smallpack & L & R Straps ( Unblancoed ) Excellent unblancoed condition '37 smallpack with left & right straps dated 42 & 43 respectively. Brass & steel fittings to pack with internal divider present.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack & L & R Straps 1941 Excellent unblancoed condition webbing small pack coming complete with Left & Right straps for securing to the basic pouches when worn. Inside flap of pack is dated 1941 with straps dated 1942 & 43 respectively. Internal compartment intact.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack & L Straps Unissued unblancoed condition 1937 pattern smallpack with all wartime dates & mixture of steel & brass economy fittings. Pack has its internal divider still present & maker stamp to MW & S with date 1945. Left & right L straps 1943 & 1944 dated with maker stamps to each legible.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack & L Straps Unissued & unblancoed condition smallpack made by BHG Ltd in 1943 & with internal divider present. L straps to rear in same condition left straps maker marked to BHG Ltd 1941 & right strap MECo 1943.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack & Left & Right Straps 1940 Green blanco '37 pattern smallpack with early 1940 date. Comes with left & right smallpack straps ( markings erased ) .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack & Left , Right Straps
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack ( Scarce 1939 Dated Example ) British 1937 pattern smallpack with brass metal fittings & scarce 1939 date, MECo markings. In overall good used condition .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack 1940 Dated Good combat example of the WW2 British smallpack of the 1937 pattern web equipment in good wartime No.3 Khaki Green blanco. Pack comes complete with its left & right L straps to fit onto the rest of the web equipment set & all fittings are complete & intact. Inside flap of pack is maker marked to MECo (Mills Equipment Company) with the date 1940 . Left L strap is also marked MECO 1940 with right strap markings being very faint but having the barely visible date of 1939.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack 1942 Used condition 1937 pattern webbing smallpack with soldiers number on the reverse. Inside of flap is faintly maker marked with 1942 date & broad arrow stamp. One metal tab minus on front strap otherwise good. Central cloth divider still present.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack 1943 An unissued unblancoed small pack from the 1937 pattern webbing with midwar economy steel buckles . Inside of flap ink stamped to 'A.C.1943' . Both left & right L straps to rear, dated 1941 & 1943 & in same condition. Inner compartments to smallpack present & an excellent unissued example.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Smallpack 1945 Webbing smallpack dated 1945 with left & right braces all wartime dates. Pack has mixture of brass & steel fittings all complete. Unissued & unblancoed webbing.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Trousers Good unmothed pair of 1937 pattern British battledress trousers with concealed button front pocket & belt loops. All buttons remain with one small tear to right hand leg ( Near seam ) & pocket through use. Excellent nap of cloth remaining. Trouser bottoms are tailored with the waist estimated to be 34-36in. Inside leg 32in. Named inside with WD & broad arrow stamp.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Trousers ( Anti Vessicant Treated ) Good condition pair of the scarce 1937 pattern British battledress trousers with remains of clothing label to rear waist area. With good nap of cloth remaining this early pattern of BD trouser conform with the '37 pattern having concealed button fastenings on pockets & upward buttoning belt loops to waist. Interestingly the waistband has been stamped '4/41 AV' being an abbreviation for ' Anti Vessicant ' indicating that they were Anti Gas impregnated in April 1941. The Battledress & Greatcoat that these trousers were found with is also stamped with same AV markings . ( Listed seperately item 3013 ). Only two very small holes on each leg noticeable upon close inspection & general age to some buttons however overall this pair are in excellent condition having recently surfaced from the effects of a former member of the Home Guard.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Unlined Collar Battledress Blouse Early 1937 pattern battledress blouse with early first manufacture unlined collar & clothing label still present to inside. BD has all brass dished buttons complete with hook & eye fastening to collar. Shoulders have revolving shank vegetable ivory buttons to each side. Clothing label is worn & thus only some of its sizes can be still be seen. It is possible to make out some of the sizing so we can therefore deduce that it is a size 11 battledress with the following measurements : Height : 5ft 9in - 5ft10in Breast : 38in - 39in Waist : 33in - 34in This is no doubt a wartime worn jacket with some wear to the nap of cloth & also a few non detracting small moth nips a result of its years of kitbag storage.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Unlined Collar Battledress Blouse ( 1939 Dated ) A very rare 1939 dated example of the early 1937 pattern battledress blouse with clothing label still intact. BD is complete with its brass dished buttons to front fly , pockets & sleeves. There is some wear in places with a couple of small holes to lower front pocket corners & a small stitch repair to right armpit. An insignia removed example & overall a very scarce piece.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Unlined Collar Battledress Blouse 1939 Dated A very rare battledress of the earliest 1937 pattern production with unlined collar & 1939 dated clothing label still intact. BD is complete with its brass dished buttons to front fly , pockets & sleeves. There is some wear in places with a couple of small holes to lower front pocket corners & a small stitch repair to right armpit. Also two small holes to front right breast area of BD. An insignia removed example & overall a very scarce piece.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Unlined Collar Battledress Blouse 1940 Scarce 1937 pattern battledress being one of the sought after early issues with unlined collar. Retaining its clearly 1940 dated clothing label it is a very practical size 13 with all of its brass dished buttons still in place. Never issued & with no moth whatsoever it would be accurate to describe this blouse as in near mint condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Utility Ammunition Pouches 1937 pattern utility pouch set used in addition to the normal basic pouches for the carriage of extra ammunition. These were commonly carried by bren gun crews when during an attack a good flow of .303 Bren magazines was required. All components are made by Mills Equipment with the neck strap dated 1939. Both pouches dated 1941 & all in excellent condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Waterbottle Most seen in use from 1944 onwards is the full sleeve version of the 1937 pattern waterbottle here in green blancoed issued condition. Photographs of the Arnhem/Marketgarden campaign clearly show this version of cover seeing much use by British paratroopers thus often making it more desirable than the common skeleton cradle. Soldiers service number to bottom strap of cover.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Waterbottle & Carrier 1944 Mint condition unblancoed waterbottle in the later sleeve type cover made by MECo in 1944. Coming complete with a MECo marked & 1944 dated shoulder strap as part of the '37 pattern web equipment set.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Waterbottle 1942 Closed back webbing waterbottle & carrier dated 1942. Period photographs tell us that these closed versions of the waterbottle carrier were seen much in use by 1st Airborne at Arnhem 1944.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Waterbottle 1942 Dated 1942 dated British 37 pattern waterbottle.
WW2 British 1937 pattern Web Equipment Set WW2 Web equipment set comprising 1942 dated belt (faint markings) , pair basic pouches ( dates worn off) , one pair supporting straps ( Both MECO 1941 dated) , Entrenching Tool cover ( MW&S 1944 ) & Waterbottle with Sleeve pattern cover ( date illegible) . The later pattern of sleeve type waterbottle cover is seen much in use from 1944 onwards as photographs of British photographs at Arnhem will confirm. Very slight repair to back of belt buckle. All components are pretty much matching in appearance making this set ideal for a mannequin.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Web Pistol Holster Unblancoed '37 pistol holster for use with the .38in service revolver, 9mm Browning HP35 & the .45in Colt 1911A1. With the narrow pocket for the carrying of the pistol cleaning rod this example was made by 'MECo' (Mills Equipment Company) in 1943 & bears the WD broad arrow.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt Used condition webbing belt with brass fittings & green blancoed finish. Both sliders still present. Total length appears to be just under 44 inches.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt Light tan webbing belt , good used condition with brass fittings.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt Green blancoed 37 pattern web belt. Brass fittings , approx 116cm long.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt & Brace Attachments Set A matching in colour 1937 pattern webbing belt set comprising 1943 dated web belt, pair brace attachments dated 1941 & 1942 & pair of shoulder straps ( date not visible ) . All components have clearly been together since WW2 as a set & are in good order.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt 1942 Dated '37 Pattern web belt with all fittings , no damage & maker stamp of MW & S visible on the inside with broad arrow & date 1942.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt, Blancoed & 1943 dated. Green blancoed '37 pattern web belt made by ' ME Co ' & dated 1943. Belt is a size small & has soldiers name & service number clearly legible. All brass buckles & fittings complete.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set WW2 British soldiers webbing set of the 1937 pattern comprising here : Waistbelt Basic Pouches Shoulder Braces Bayonet Frog A set that has apparently always been together , matching in colour wear & appearance . No dates now visible.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set 1937 pattern webbing set comprising the following with dates where legible : Waistbelt Pr basic pouches ( 1940 visible on one ) Pr shoulder braces ( 1942 on one ) Waterbottle & Cradle ( 1943 Canadian marked ) All in good used condition .
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Holster 1941 Unblancoed but used condition with MW&S Ltd maker & date 1941. All fittings intact.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Holster 1943 Green blancoed webbing holster of the '37 pattern equipment maker marked & dated 1943.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Set A 1937 pattern webbing set comprising of 1943 dated waistbelt, 1941 dated basic ammunition pouches, 1940 dated waterbottle, pair of shoulder straps & No.4 spike bayonet in frog. All components are in the green wartime blanco the colour overall being very good. Spike bayonet has some rust spots on scabbard & is well used. Some moth to waterbottle felt. Overall a good service used set typical of the WW2 British soldier.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Set With a mixture of WW2 dates this is a British infantry soldiers webbing set comprising wasitbelt , pair of basic ammunition pouches ( 1940 dated pair ), pair of shoulder straps, 1939 dated waterbottle cradle & 1944 dated entrenching tool carrier. All components in good order with entrenching tool carrier having late war helve strap present ( pop stud displaced ).
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Set A set of 1937 pattern webbing comprising : Pr basic pouches Pr Shoulder braces Waistbelt A date of 1940 can be seen on one pouch & one strap however markings on the belt are not discernible.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Webbing Shoulder Strap 1939 Scarce blancoed 1939 dated webbing shoulder strap maker marked to MECo & dated 1939.
WW2 British 1938 Dated Aluminium Mess Tin A prewar aluminium , steel handled British army mess tin the pattern of which was used by troops of the BEF in the early war ' Dunkirk ' period. This piece is maker marked ' NCJ Ltd 1938' & was found in Belgium some years ago . I have made no attempt to clean it leaving the patina of its history so far untouched.
WW2 British 1939 Dated Marching Compass 1939 dated British marching compass not guaranteed to be in working order.
WW2 British 1939 Dated Shoulder Strap A rare 1939 dated 1937 pattern shoulder strap maker marked to Mills Equipment (MECo) & dated 1939. Good condition.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Belt 1941 An early pattern of belt reintroduced for use in the early stages of WW2 this example being date 1941. Good supple leather with brass fittings. Size to approx 47 inches on adjustment.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Binocular Case Seldom seen leather binocular case from the 1939 pattern equipment . In good condition with no damage a broad arrow & F mark is clearly visible to bottom of case.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Binocular Case A complete example of the 1939 pattern binocular case . In very good textbook condition with no alterations or modifications .
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Binocular case (1940 Dated) Very rare example of the '39 pattern binocular case marked to JBB on base with date 1940. Pop studded lid with padding to inside & of rivetted construction a scarce piece of field gear to find.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Binocular Case 1939 Seldom seen leather binocular case from the 1939 pattern British equipment . Bottom of case is marked 'BLACKMAN L.G.LD' with broad arrow & date 1939. In excellent condition this is a very rare piece of early war British equipment.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Binocular Case 1939 Scarce binocular case from the 1939 pattern British equipment set. Bottom of case marked to 'MW&S Ltd' ( Mills Wright & Sons ) & dated 1939. This rare piece of early war field equipment is in overall good used condition with all fittings intact. Some minor age to rivets.
WW2 British 1939 pattern Entrenching Tool & Carrier 1940 A scarce example of the 1939 model entrenching tool & carrier for use with the '37 pattern webbing. Designed by Mills these were initially adopted although found to be impractical due to the interference they caused to the wearers legs when worn as intended with the 37 pattern webbing set. Abolished in July 1941 not many still exist . Tool is in excellent condiiton & is broad arrow stamped with the maker name of 'BRADES' & the date 1940. The unblancoed web carrier has all of its correct fittings intact & the maker inkstamp of 'MW&S' & date 1940 to inside. Overall use to carrier with an ink mark most likely to denote obsolete from army stores.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Equipment Cartridge Carriers 1941 Part of the 1939 leather equipment musketry order were the cartridge carriers for those armed with rifles , a scarce component to find today. In brown leather in excellent supple condition they are a complete matching pair with one broad arrow marked & dated 1941.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Leather Belt Designed as an emergency issue set of equipment for wear in training ths 1939 pattern saw widespread use with varying personnel including the Home Guard. This is the waistbelt with faint 1939 date & broad arrow mark to interior rear. Measures an approx 38 inches in length.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Leather Equipment Set Leather belt equipment set of the 1939 pattern & an important cog in the wheel of early WW2 personal equipment development before the 1937 pattern became universal. Given to Home Guard & other non combat units the 1939 pattern was a stopgap that allowed issue of the limited 1908 & 1937 patterns to its front line troops. This set comprising belt , cartridge pouches & shoulder braces is in good condition & has soldiers name & number written to inside of belt.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Leather Equipment Utility Pouch This is the rear pouch from the Utility pouch set for the 1939 pattern leather equipment . It has similarities to the '37 pattern utility pouch set in wideness of the three bar rear buckle however the yoke is very hard to find. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British 1939 Pattern Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1941 Scarce example of the 1939 pattern pistol ammunition pouch in brown leather with studded belt loops to rear. Also associated as being part of the 1940 pattern & sometimes seen in use with Home Guard units of the early war period. This a scarce dated example, ink-stamped on the top flap underside 1941.
WW2 British 1939-45 Star Awarded to personnel who had completed six months service in specified operational commands overseas, between 3 September 1939 & 2 September 1945 ( With certain exceptions).
WW2 British 1939-45 Star In excellent condition.
WW2 British 1940 (Dismounted) Pattern RAMC Greatcoat 1940 Excellent condition WW2 British Greatcoat with all brass buttons of the Royal Army Medical Corps & corporal chevrons to both arms. Only very light service use with calico label showing Glasgow maker & size 9 ( height 5'11 - 6', Breast 39"-40" ) with date 1943. Hardly any moth visible , a superb example overall.
WW2 British 1940 Cavalry Pattern Webbing Set 1940 Scarce 1940 pattern cavalry webbing set designed by Mills Equipment in the early WW2 years to cater for the anticipated use of horse mounted soldiers which in the event did not quite transpire. Comprising a pair of three pocket cartridge carriers with internal ammunition retaining straps on each , a waistbelt & two shoulder straps, components are marked 'MECo 1940' ( One pouch dated 1941 ) . In unissued mint condition this a rare set of webbing from Britains early WW2 evolutionary days.
WW2 British 1940 Cavalry Pattern Webbing Set 1940 Scarce 1940 pattern cavalry webbing set designed by Mills Equipment in the early WW2 years to cater for the anticipated use of horse mounted soldiers which in the event did not quite transpire. Comprising a pair of three pocket cartridge carriers with internal ammunition retaining straps on each , a waistbelt & two shoulder straps & also the 1939 pattern waterbottle. The belt & two pouches are marked 'MECo 1940' with straps faintly marked one being 1940. In unissued mint condition this is a rare set of webbing from Britains early WW2 evolutionary days.
WW2 British 1940 Dated 3 Inch Brass Shell case 3inch brass shell case dated 1940 . In good condition .
WW2 British 1940 Dated Ankle Boots An excellent displayable pair of the British army issue ankle boots this pair being dated 1940. A size 9 L , they have been well polished & have many of their original studs remaining to sole. Broad arrow markings present to outer neck with soldiers service number stamped onto neck of both boots. Small half inch stress tear to leather on left boot.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern 2nd Infantry Division Corporals Battledress 1940 pattern battledress to a junior NCO in the 2nd Infantry Division famous for their involvement in the bitter Far East fighting against the Japanese, Kohima being of particular note in their recorded battle history. Bearing the printed crossed keys insignia of the Division & corporal rank chevrons to both arms it is complete with its clothing label giving date of 1945. In excellent condition with only a couple of hardly noticeable moth pricks overall this is a very nice untouched battledress.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern 51st ( Highland Division ) Officers Battledress 1943 British battledress of the '40 pattern with insignia & medal ribbons for a Mentioned in Despatches Royal Artillery Captain of the Highland Division . 'HD' embroidered patches are to be seen on both shoulders with artillery arm of service strips underneath these. Three rank pips to each shoulder strap for captain. Pleating to the back of the BD suggests it was a walking out blouse . Clothing label gives size 7 with clear date. According to his medal ribbons this officer has served with the 8th Army in Africa & also saw service in Italy. He has then fought in France & Germany as indicated by the F&G stars entitlement. His other ribbons include 1939-45 star & Defence medal. An oakleaf tells us that he was also Mentioned in Despatches having been , no doubt , a well fielded officer. There are some moth holes in general , the most noticeable being a 1cm hole to the back & a small spattering to the rear seam of the left arm. The history of the 51st (Highland) Division has an interesting & , as per this battledress , corroborating story as having served in the North African campaign ( in action at El Alamein Oct-Nov 1942 ) & then returning to England before taking part in the invasion of Northern Europe where it saw action in Normandy & finally Germany.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battedress Blouse , 1942 Dated An excellent condition battledress blouse of the 1940 pattern with all buttons & collar fasteners intact. Still with clothing label present giving a size 12 & date 1942. Faint WD inspectors ink stamp to right inside breast. Only one small repair to rear of BD near collar.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress An excellent condition unbadged battledress blouse in a good large size . Clothing label present to inside breast with date 1945. See pictures for sizes. Small moth hole to front left pocket .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress WW2 issue 1940 pattern battledress in a good size ( 15 see images ) . Clothing label intact & giving 1945 date with Z coded WD stores mark. Just one hardly noticeable small hole to waist area & the addition of a postwar rectangular ink stamp beneath its clothing label. Perfect display item .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1940 pattern battledress of 1942 period with O coded War Department inspection stamp to right inside breast. Clothing label still present & also 1942 dated. Brass dished buttons to front fly with the earlier issue vegetable ivory buttons to shoulder straps . Battledress has a one inch moth hole to right arm.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 Excellent condition British battledress blouse dated 1943. N coded WD inspectors marking for the year 1943 & with no moth whatsoever. Scarce large size.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 Excellent condition British battledress blouse dated 1943 with N coded WD inspectors marking for the year 1943. In a very good size with no moth holes at all. Scarce large size.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1942 Mint unissued good large sized example of the 1940 pattern battledress with clothing label intact & dated 1942. Interior has O coded WD stamp to lining for year 1942 with label giving size 13 & height 5'11 to 6'00 . See picture for exact sizes. Hard to find in this condition totally unmothed & in a good wearable size.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 Excellent example of the 1940 Pattern BD made by Templeton & Sons in 1943. All buttons are intact & in place with no moth to be seen anywhere on the blouse. WD broad arrow & Z code to inside left breast with calico clothing label clear & totally readable ( See photo for sizes). Lance Corporal chevrons to arms. Superb example.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 Mint unissued example of the British 1940 pattern battledress with clothing label dated 1943. WD stores code to right inner lining for 'N' year denoting 1943. All buttons are present with thid being an excellent large size '13' . A scarce item to now find in this condition & size.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 In overall good condition & with 1943 dated clothing label still intact.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1943 A very good 1940 pattern battledress with clothing label still intact bearing date 1943. Just one moth nip to left side & a few minor repairs. Some rust staining to collar hook underside . Perfect for mannequin display.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1944 Good example of the 1940 Pattern battledress with sergeant chevrons to each arm. Calico clothing label inside shows made by JS Thomson in 1944 & a Size 10. ( See pics for size detail). All buttons intact some light moth tracking to left arm & right shoulder blade area where couple of holes although only noticeable upon close inspection. Nice example of an increasingly rare & desirable WW2 British 'Tommy' item of clothing.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1944 1940 pattern battledress in good used condition with clothing label intact & dated 1944. A size 7 with one apparent period replacement button to front fly. One very small 1mm hole to front right pocket also one small hole to back.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress 1945 Mint unissued condition british army 1940 Pattern Battledress dated January 1945. Surprisingly no moth to be found anywhere on this BD with all buttons original & intact. WD & broad arrow markings to interior lining & a good large size (15) . Please see photo of clothing label for detailed size.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse A 1940 pattern battledress blouse in good soldier used condition with insignia removed. All of its brown composite buttons are complete with some wear to the nap of the cloth. Clothing label intact giving size 13 & Belfast maker with ' 1940 Pattern ' designation above size. Small hole to right arm & overall service use.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse Ner mint condition unbadged 1940 pattern battledress blouse in a good large size. Calico clothing label to inside lining gives sizing as 15 to fit a 6ft tall man with 42 to 43" chest & 37 to 38" waist. Dated 1945, no moth.
WW2 British 1940 pattern Battledress Blouse A superb condition '40 pattern British battledress blouse in a very wearable large size ( 15 ) . No moth , rips or tears & all buttons intact. Label complete & 1945 dated .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1943 Excellent example of the 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse with calico clothing label intact showing size 13 & date 1943. All buttons are original to this piece with wear to nap of cloth & typical service use & age throughout with some dark spots/dirt to certain areas from service wear . There is some light fraying in places with a couple of period repairs all correlating with its desirable battle worn appearance. Broad arrow marked stamped & manufactured by Henry Freedman Ltd in 1943.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1943 A good example of the 1940 pattern battledress blouse with clothing label bearing date of 1943. Some overall wear to nap of cloth with waist buckle intact & free of age. All buttons are complete & original to the jacket there also being no unsightly moth holes. One small stitch repair to underside of left arm otherwise good. A size 13 see pictures for label measurements.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1943 British 1940 pattern battledress blouse in overall good condition. In a decent size 13 ( see images for sizings ) all original buttons are present with a small area of moth to the front & three nips to left arm. BD has 1943 dated label with N surmounted WD stores code marking for the same year. ;
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1943 Excellent unmothed British battledress blouse of the 1940 pattern with ink stamp date 1943 to be seen on inside left breast. hardly noticeable repair to one sleeve. Measures an approx. 44-46 inch chest .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1943 A moth free 1940 pattern battledress blouse in excellent moth free apparently unissued condition . A very acceptable size 13 , all of its buttons are still present with N coded WD inspectors stamp for the year 1943 . 1943 dated clothing label still intact ( Labelled after manufacture.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 Good issued example of the 1940 pattern BD a good size 12 ( see pics of clothing label for sizes ). M coded WD stamped with all buttons intact. 1cm moth nip top of left arm ( which would be normally concealed under a badge ) . Badges removed before i got to it unfortunately!
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 An excellent example of the British 1940 pattern battledress blouse. This is a 1944 dated example with all of its original buttons remaining. Clothing label remains intact inside the BD giving sizes & maker Universal Clothing Co, London & clear date. WD stores code to inside lining . Overall excellent unmothed example.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 A recently surfaced scarce 1940 pattern battledress blouse dated for the year of the Normandy invasion , 1944. An issued field worn example , its clothing label is very much intact giving size details , manufacturer & year 1944. WD stores M code to inner lining with broad arrow & all buttons complete. A couple of small moth nips evident but in all a superb 'Tommy' worn combat battledress.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1944 ( AV Marked ) Unbadged British battledress blouse of the 1940 pattern in good used condition. This example has had its collar tailored open & also bears the markings of having had Anti Gas treatment in July 1944 (AV7/44) . With light wear to nap of cloth on this service used BD there are two small holes on left shoulder strap , one on left arm & one on left breast area. A medal ribbon bar appears to have been removed at some point.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Excellent condition pair of '40 pattern BD trousers with bandage & map pocket to front & partial flannel lining to inside. With no belt loops present this pair have very faint WD stores stamp to inside with clothing label removed as was extremely common practice. All brown vegetable buttons are present with nap of cloth excellent & one small hardly noticeable repair to right knee where a small 1cm hole has been period patched with original BD material. Size is a 32in waist & 29 inside leg.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Excellent condition pair of the 1940 pattern Battledress trousers with map & bandage pocket to front. This pair is interesting in that they have been slightly tailored for wear as walking out trousers with the normal high waist tailored in & a small strip of webbing put in to reinforce the bottom hem at the rear heel to prevent fraying. Also three stitched on belt loops have been placed at the waist area. Consequently these could be worn as trousers with shoes in shirt sleeve order or in the normal manner with gaiters if required. Most commonly associated with that of an officer style in this fashion. Excellent condition & still fit for purpose there is only minimal wear to nap of cloth. & no holes. Size is a 40inch waist with 29 inch inside leg.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers An excellent condition pair of the 1940 pattern battledress trousers first introduced in June 1942. These differ from the earlier pattern having had belt loops removed & outside buttons exposed. All buttons are original & are of the brown four hole type. An overall excellent pair with wear to the nap of the cloth but no moth. Waist size is an approx 33-34in with inside leg an approx 29inches.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Excellent pair of the 1940 pattern battledress trousers dating from the 1942 period with WD stores code stamp prefixed by O for 1942. Waist is a size 30in with approx 29in inside leg. All buttons complete with one broken button to rear waist & one to fly . Couple of very minor hardly noticeable moth nips to front.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers & Braces A superb pair of British battledress trousers from the early war 1940-42 period being of the familiar 1937 style with top buttoning belt loops but with the 1940 modification of revolving vegetable ivory button to field dressing pocket. They also conform to the 1941 modification of no buttoning tabs to the trouser legs although these were often removed by the individual. They would certainly appear to be of production just prior to the 1940 'Austerity ' pattern being introduced. In excellent condition the clothing label has long been removed from its conspicuous position on the outside of the waistband however the WD stores code shows the 'o' code for the year 1942. They are as recently found in a trunk still with their original issue braces on. I have not attempted to remove them although the leather is good & could, i suspect, be removed if required. Excellent condition pair with no moth & a size 30inch waist , 30.5 inside leg.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers 1943 A very scarce pair of the British 1940 pattern battledress trousers still having there original clothing label intact. Overall in excellent used condition there are a few light moth nips with original brown buttons intact. No moth to crotch area. Button missing from field dressing pocket. Label gives size as a 33-34 in waist & height 5'11 to 6ft. Overall very good pair.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers 1943 A pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers with N code date for 1943. Trousers have much nap to cloth remaining with a mixture of WW2 period brown & metal dished buttons. Waist is an approx 31in with approx a 30-31in inside leg. N coded W/ID stamp to waistband is clearly visible with buttons intact to first aid dressing & map pocket. There is a moth hole to the crotch area & some light tracking in places which is noticeable on close inspection. Still ideal for mannequin display where it would not be noticed. Overall a nice wartime pair of the 1942 produced '40 pattern trousers.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern BD 1942 (RASC Shoulder Titles) Good used 1940 pattern battledress with early 1942 date & still bearing original printed shoulder titles of the RASC ( other insignia removed ). This BD is interesting in that it has had some period tailoring carried out in the upper chest area & also the addition of a button & tab choker at the neck, with the issue metal fastener having been removed, so as it could be fastened with more comfort. Maker label is for that of a Size 3 ( See pics ) with clear date 1942. There is one moth hole to front waistbelt area with a very small amount of tracking to lower waist which is barely noticeable. One moth hole to rear left just above waist approx 1cm circ. Both arms have slight tracking with approx three small holes to right arm & one to left. Frayed area to left side of collar. Not in mint condition considering its 68 year age but an interesting private variation with good early date.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers , 1944 Dated 1940 pattern pair of battledress trousers still with their often removed clothing label to rear waistband. In a desirable size 12 they are dated May 1944 & have faint WD inspectors stamp to interior waistband. A good used pair with one small moth nip to front left thigh & lower leg at rear . Right lower leg at rear has two nips all of which would certainly repair if required.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1941 A scarce labelled pair of the 1940 pattern British battledress trousers , stores 'O' coded & with their original label to rear waistband giving date 1941. This pair are in superb condition with most nap of cloth remaining & only a couple of small moth nips to rear area. Belt loops present with all brass dished buttons & vegetable ivory button to dressing pocket. Ankle buttoning tabs were ordered removed as of 1941.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1942 A superb 1942 dated pair of battledress trousers with brass dished buttons & the not often seen clothing label still intact to rear waistband. These are the early hybrid of 1940 pattern but still with the concealed buttons & pocket pleats associated with the 1937 pattern. In excellent condition with no unsightly moth holes , rips or tears all of its top buttoning belt loops are present as are front fly buttons. Clothing label gives date 1942 with a War Department stores 'O' code for the eyar 1942 to interior of waistband. A superb pair in excellent condition with the scarce clothing label having never been removed.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1942 A very nice used pair of 1940 Pattern battledress trousers still complete with their label to rear & 'O' coded WD stores ink stamp for the year 1942. Trousers have the early style brass dished buttons to belt loops , fly ( Two minus ) & front pocket. Correct vegetable ivory button to field dressing pocket. Clothing label gives the quite acceptable size of 13 for a 5ft 11in to 6ft 0in man with a waist size of 33 to 34 inches. A very nice pair of British soldier worn battledress trousers with only a small area of very repairable moth at crotch area & some small holes to leg bottoms. .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Labelled Battledress Trousers 1945 A 1940 pattern pair of battledress trousers complete with CWS clothing label still to rear outside waistband. In an acceptable size for mannequin display or wear, there are no rips or tears however some mothing most noticeably around the crotch area in the main. All buttons intact.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Originally Badged Battledress 1944 Nice condition originally badged battledress blouse of the 1940 pattern bearing its original insignia to British Troops in France with sergeant chevrons to both arms & service chevrons to right arm. Medal ribbons above left pocket for 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Territorial Efficiency Medal. Overall excellent condition with very minor moth nip to front right side that is bearly noticeable unless closely inspected. Calico label to inside left breast showing made by WA Phelps in 1944. Accompanying this BD are the mans dogtag pair indicating C of E religion with name & army number & also having a personalised good luck symbol crudely made of aluminium representing a cat ( Nine lives! ) . Most certainly a good originally badged Battledress Blouse to a well served British soldier.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern R.E.M.E Eastern Command Battledress Blouse , 1943 Dated An excellent originally badged 1940 pattern battledress to a Lance Corporal of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers serving with Eastern Command. With all of its originally applied handsewn badges the REME shoulder titles are embroidered & the eastern Command standing bulldog patches are printed. With 1943 dated clothing label intact & in very good condition wityh only two small moth nips to rear.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern R.E.M.E Eastern Command Battledress Blouse , 1943 Dated An excellent originally badged 1940 pattern battledress to a Lance Corporal of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers serving with Eastern Command. With all of its originally applied handsewn badges the REME shoulder titles are embroidered & the eastern Command standing bulldog patches are printed. With 1943 dated clothing label intact & in very good condition wityh only two small moth
WW2 British 1940 Pattern REME 49th ' Polar Bear ' Division Battledress Untouched & originally badged battledress to a soldier of the 49th ' Polar Bear ' division who had previously served with the 53rd 'Mountain' division before being transferred into this now depleted unit. An interesting combination these anomalies were seen towards the end of the war when units were being reorganised to counter for losses received as a result of combat action. This man has been fighting with the famous 53rd Mountain division up to a point but then reorganised , with other men , into the 49th which had received losses as a result of their fighting in NW Europe. These unit moves were understandably not popular with the troops however it was agreed at a higher level that they may keep certain identifying insignia from their previous units. Here is a classic example where he has been able to keep his previous 'Mountain ' title upon being transferred into his new unit. Battledress is a very original & appealing piece with embroidered REME shoulder titles & printed Polar Bear patches. The sought after & striking 'Mountain' titles are embroidered with khaki felt arm of service strips beneath these. Clothing label is present & clearly readable with M dated WD stores code for the year 1944. The neat & measured pleating at the rear of the blouse suggest wear as a best dress with only a very minimal few small moth nips in places mainly on the rear of the collar ( pictured ). Overall a scarce & untouched WW2 British soldiers battledress.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Royal Artillery Battledress 1944 1940 Pattern British Battledress dated 1944 from a sergeant in the Royal Artillery. Blouse has all its original insignia with red on dark blue cloth embroidered shoulder titles , blue cross on red shield printed British Troops In France patches & sergeant chevrons with cannons for the Royal Artillery. Also medal ribbons for the 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal. Blouse construction is with non pleated box pockets typical of the 1940 pattern with a few minor moth nips in places. Inside label gives the battledress size 10 with the date 1944. Overall hard to find originally badged battledress.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Royal Artillery Officers Battledress 1941 A Royal artillery battledress tailored for an officer in Anti Aircraft as denoted by the embroidered AA patches on both arms. Also on both shoulders are the embroidered Royal Artillery shoulder titles with one branch of service backed rank pip to each shoulder strap denoting Lieutenant. Battledress is an interesting officer tailored example of the early 1940 pattern with pleated pockets that have had buttons replaced by pop studs. Clothing label very nice & legible with 1941 date & '40 pattern designation. Only very light wear with no moth. ( Shirt & tie for display only ) .
WW2 British 1940 Pattern Webbing Waterbottle Carrier 1940 Scarce 1940 pattern waterbottle carrier MECo & dated 1940. Bottle included. In unblancoed unissued condition.
WW2 British 1940 SAS/LRDG Issue Tropal Coat A 1940 dated example of the British army cold weather coat worn by Long Rabge Desert Group & SAS in North Africa as well as regular army troops when obtained. Heavily insulated with quilted kapok it has its oriignal clothing label intact & clearly dated 1940. With only some light storage marks to outside it is in excellent condition with all of its fastening hooks to front intact.
WW2 British 1941 Dated Boots A 1941 dated pair of ankle boots without toe caps these the type worn by RAF or Royal Navy personnel amongst others. Clearly maker marked to the firm 'Partridge of Earls Barton ' with the size 8 & date 1941 they are in good used condition with some dryness to the inside leather lining around the top edge. With rubber soles by 'Goodyear' !
WW2 British 1941 Pattern KD Shorts ,1943 Dated Excellent condition hardly worn pair of the scarce british made 1941 pattern KD shorts dated 1943. Complete with all buttons & clothing label still to rear waist area.
WW2 British 1942 Dated Commando Bergen Rucksack A large capacity tan canvas commando bergen rucksackwith all of its rear load system & additional load carrying webbing straps complete. Dated 1942 to inside top flap, it is hard to find an example such as this that still has its webbing long straps for extra gear on the sides & bottom. An excellent example with light wear overall.
WW2 British 1944 Dated Webbing Belt ( '37 Pattern ) 1944 dated '37 pattern British webbing belt . Green blancoed with MECo maker ink stamp ( Mills Equipment ) . Measures an approx 49 inches fully extended.
WW2 British 1944 Dated Wooden Mallet 1944 dated British army mallet in very good condition.
WW2 British 1944 Duffle Coat Good used example of the British military issue Duffle Coat this example being exceptionally hard to find still having the calico clothing label intact inside. Coarse duffle heavy woollen material with four wodden toggles to facilitate closure in cold weather when mittens required. Overall good with signs of use typical of a practical coat such as this. Very small amount of tracking only noticeable upon close inspection. Clothing label intact & giving date 1944.
WW2 British 1944 Jungle pattern Binocular Case 1945 A good used jungle 1944 pattern binocular case with 1945 date. All fittings intact with clear maker of MW&S Ltd to inside of top flap & date .
WW2 British 1944 Pattern 'Burma Knife' 1945 Designed in 1944 & known in the cutlery trade as the 'Burma knife ' this pattern was designed to replace the standard type for use under corrosive conditions. Main blade , can opener & marlin spike present with ' Oil The Joint ' , broad arrow & 1945 date to body.
WW2 British 1944 Pattern Jungle Issue Binocular Set ( Nitrogen System ) A nice binocular set with the jungle issue 1944 pattern binocular case bearing sought after date of 1945. Maker ink stamped to MW&S ( Mills Wright & Son Ltd) . Binoculars are of the X6 magnification & made by Taylor Hobson in 1943. Broad arrow stamps clear. They have red screws to the bottom indicating nitrogen filled which was an anti misting device found on some wartime binoculars. Coming with correct army issue web neck strap which is often missing .
WW2 British 1944 Pattern Jungle Waterbottle Set 1944 pattern waterbottle set comprising carrier , bottle & cup . 1945 dated & in excellent condition.
WW2 British 1st Army Royal Artillery Battledress 1944 An original & untouched battledress to a Royal Artillery soldier serving with the 1st Army & a veteran of North Africa. BD has printed Royal Artillery titles to each shoulder with red cross on crusaders shield & sword denoting 1st Army. 1st Army invaded North Africa during the winter of 1942 - 43 & was instrumental in concluding the Tunisian campaign & finishing off axis forces in North Africa. Arm of service strips for artillery also to each arm. Battledress is of the preferred Canadian manufacture , much worn by those British troops who could acquire them. BD has clear maker & size details to inside right breast with the broad arrow within C denoting Canadian government. Made in Toronto it is a size 15 & dated 1944. Medal ribbons to left breast with 1 clasp to Africa star denoting service with 1st Army between 23rd october 1942 & 23rd May 1943 . Overall excellent condition with one small 1cm moth nip to right pocket.
WW2 British 1st Corps Royal Artillery Battledress 1942 A totally original 1942 dated '40 pattern battledress with all of its insignia still intact for a lance corporal of the 1st Corps Artillery. Sleeve insignia to both arms includes R.A embroidered shoulder titles with white spearhead to blue & red diamond & artillery arm of service strips on felt backing. Rank stripes for lance corporal also to both arms with three service chevrons to lower right sleeve denoting three years. Medal ribbons to left breast for 1939-45 & France & Germany star. Clothing label intact with date 1942 . Battledress has moth with quite a few holes however its appeal is its untouched state straight from a British loft.
WW2 British 1st pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife Fine example of the 1st pattern FS Knife (Second type) with brown leather scabbard. Knife has tapering edged blade wtih square shank ricasso which still has faint FS-FIGHTING KNIFE etching on one side & WILKINSON SWORD Co Ltd logo on other with crossed swords. S crossguard is two inches in length with chequered grip & nickel plating throughout. Condition is that of a used piece these having been issued to Commandos & Airborne forces amongst others. Excellent blade with only very minor spotting & good tip. Scabbard has metal nickel plated tip with Newey poppered hilt fastener , leatherwork is still supple with light service use. Overall an excellent original example in its correct first pattern scabbard.
WW2 British 2 In Mortar A rare deactivated example of the famous British 2 in mortar . In excellent condition & ready to compliment any WW2 British airborne/infantry display. Comes with Home Office certifcate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British 2 In Mortar Airborne Forces Leg Bag 1942 Airborne forces leg bag for the carriage of 2in mortar bombs . This example 'MECo' maker marked & 1942 dated.
WW2 British 2 Inch Mortar Ammunition Carrier 1941 Scarce example of the WW2 British Mortar ammunition carrier in the form of three joined cardboard tubes holding six rounds for the 2 inch mortar. Each end has a removeable brown painted metal cap all being dated 1941 & marked to ' F&Co'. A webbing strap is secured around the frame of the carrier ( One end displaced ) for transport & its original paper label ' 6 Bombs , M.L 2" Mor One Red ' is still affixed to the central tube. Overall scarce WW2 British paratrooper/infantry item.
WW2 British 2 Inch Mortar Bomb Airborne Forces Leg Bag 1942 Airborne forces leg bag for the carriage of four 2in mortar bombs. 'MECo' marked & dated 1942. Designed with quick release fasteners in webbing canvas this example is in excellent condition.
WW2 British 21st Army Group Battledress Pair ( Royal Army Ordnance Corps ) Untouched & totally original Battledress pair coming from the one man who served with Montgomerys 21st Army Group in WW2 with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Both BDs have the same insignia one being his working BD & the other his best dress. His working dress is of British issue being a 1940 pattern with exposed buttons & his best being of Canadian issue these being highly sought after by British troops who favoured their higher quality. This is much evidenced in period photographs by British soldiers not always wearing British issue Battledress which was a lesser quality garment than its Commonwealth & other Allied equivalents. Printed RAOC titles are present to both BD with corporal chevrons & printed five year service chevrons to lower right sleeve. Arm of service strips denote RAOC. Medal ribbons present to Canadian BD for 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal. 1942 date to Canadian BD & 1943 to British. Both in excellent condition with no moth & both only having recently come on to the collectors market. The 21st Army Group was a British headquarters formation comprising primarily of British and Canadian forces. The Army Group was an important Allied force in the European Theatre of World War II. It was established in London during July 1943 under the command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) and was assigned to Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe. The 21st Army Group operated in Northern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany from June 1944 till the end of the war.
WW2 British 21st Army Group Royal Signals Sergeant Battledress 1943 An originally badged 1940 pattern battledress to a sergeant of the Royal Signals serving with 21st Army Group. Dated 1943 to inside clothing label , the BD bears three stripe rank chevrons with blue cross on red shield printed patches & blue & yellow arm of service strip to each arm. No moth anywhere on the blouse & a good mannequin size.
WW2 British 2in Infantry Mortar The Mk VIII of Infantry 2 inch mortar with folding spade type base plate & firing lever mechanism. Firing lever clicks & dryfires . Comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW2 British 2In Mortar Tail Fin Tail Fin Souvenir 1944 Tail fin from a British 2in mortar mounted onto a black painted wood turned base . ****I am unable to send this item outside of Great Britain & cannot post to Scotland or Northern Ireland****
WW2 British 2in Mortar With Bracket Sight 1944 A rare deactivated example of the famous British 2 in mortar coming complete with its correct bracket sight. Dated 1944 it is in excellent condition & ready to compliment any WW2 British airborne/infantry display.
WW2 British 2nd Army Battledress 1942 Good used example of a 1940 Pattern BD to a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals serving with the 2nd Army who landed in Normandy & took part in the whole of the North West Europe campaign. BD has printed Signals titles to shoulders with 2nd Army patches & Signals arm of service strips. Staff sergeant pip & stripes to each arm. All insignia is handstitched to the Battledress with good correlation of wear & its overall appearance suggesting a good field used BD. Calico clothing label present to inside breast showing a size 6 & made by Albion of Belfast. Date stamped December 1942. This is a superb original Battledress in its entirety however it has suffered some insect attack to its front fly & left pocket area with a couple of holes also to the back although this is still a good overall working BD.
WW2 British 2nd Battalion Worcester Home Guard Helmet 1940 A very nice MkII British helmet with stencilling to the front 'HOME GUARD' & the unit designation 'WOR' surmounting '2' for the 2nd Battalion Worcester Home Guard. All in its original khaki factory paint & with 1940 dated , B.M.B marked liner cradle. Faint remains of BMB markings to underside of shell. A well service worn helmet with web chinstrap intact.
WW2 British 2nd Infantry Division Slouch Hat 1942 Scarce British made Slouch hat made by the British Denton Hat Company Ltd in 1942 & badged to the famous 2nd Infantry Division who initially fought in France with the BEF & then against the Japanese in the Far East from when this hat dates. Of khaki wool felt the hat has signs of heavy service use & has been subject to some overall moth tracking & nips with the some of the nips having gone through the felt. A general repair has been applied with the application of a hard green resin to the top crown area most noticeable on the inside. Brown leather chinstrap is still present although dry & very delicate to one side where cracked. Cross keys badge of the 2nd Inf. Div is machine stitched on with a small repair to one small portion of its left side. Overall a used & somewhat aged hat but extremely evocative of the jungle war in the Far East.
WW2 British 3.7 Inch Anti Aircraft Shellcase 1942 A wartime British brass shellcase from the 3.7 Inch Anti Aircraft gun. 1942 dated with profuse markings to its base & an iconic item from Britains Anti Aircraft defences of WW2. Measures approx 27 In in height.
WW2 British 30th Corps Soldiers Group Shot Postcard sized photograph of a group of British soldiers of all apparent ranks together in a Mess at a Christmas Dinner party. All wear Battledress some with 30th Corps patches visible as well as other rank & trade badges to uniforms when studied closely. Rear of photograph has some partially legible wording indicating that these are most likely men on military government duty in Christmas 1945. Christmas tree & visible in background.
WW2 British 31st Battalion (GPO) ,City Of London Home Guard Sergeants Battledress A 1937 pattern battledress to a London Home Guard member from the 31st Battalion (10 GPO) , City of London based at St.Pancras. The General Post Office was one of the designated public utility services that fielded Home Guard units with this GPO battalion being based in St. Pancras. This Home Guard sergeant was a veteran of the first world war as is denoted by the three WW1 medal ribbons that decorate the left breast. Printed Home Guard titles are to be seen to each shoulder surmounting area & battalion flashes as well as sergeant rank chevrons on each arm. Of the typical 1937 pattern this battledress has early brass dished buttons to its pleated concealed button pockets & its calico clothing label still intact to inside right breast. A 'P' coded ( 1941) inspectors ink stamp is visible to interior right side fly . Both arms have printed Home Guard titles & flashes with sergeants rank chevrons denoting Senior NCO rank. Overall in very good condition having some very minor & hardly noticeable moth nips in places.
WW2 British 36th Infantry Division Slouch Hat 1941 Khaki coloured felt Slouch hat originally adopted by the Australian Military Forces in 1885 & used by British forces in Far Eastern theatres during WW2. Made by Henderson of Australia in 1941 this is a classic example of a popular piece of headgear worn by a member of the 36th Infantry Division as is evidenced by the embroidered Div patch of the 36th Inf Div on the hats turned up side. This patch was designed combining the emblems of the 29th & 72nd Brigades to make the Divisional sign , a Division which fought against the Japanese in Burma. In overall excellent condition there is no evidence of mothing to the outside of the hat only two discernable moth nips to the underside of the brim. Leather sweatband with maker markings & date impressed clear & good.
WW2 British 37 Patt Largepack & Helmet Straps 1942 Good condition 37 patt Largepack made by MEco in 1942. Unblancoed & with name faintly written on flap & bottom it comes with two helmet straps both 43 dated.
WW2 British 3rd Infantry Division Normandy Campaign Battledress Blouse Excellent sleeper condition originally badged Battledress blouse to a Chief Physical Training Instructor attached to the Normandy attributed 3rd Infantry Division & having the rank badges to Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor. Battledress is of 1940 pattern with the calico clothing label having nomenclature of Prices Tailors Ltd ( Fifty Shilling Tailors ) Size 3 & the date 1944. Both arms have red on black worsted shoulder titles with black & red arm of service strips. 3rd Infantry Div patches also with brass Crown & Wreath rank to each sleeve denoting QMS Instructor rank which is correct for the Army Physical Training Corps. PTI crossed swords to right sleeve . Medal ribbons to left breast for 1939-45 Star, War Medal, France & Germany Star & Defence Medal indicating service in the NW European Theatre with the 3rd Division. Recently surfaced from private sources this BD is in excellent untouched condition with name , rank & number of former owner to inside pocket. The combat history of the battle hardened 3rd Infantry Division is well documented having been heavily involved in the Normandy campaign first landing on Sword beach in the early hours of 6th June 1944 & going through to the bitter fighting inland meeting tough opposition from elite German troops.
WW2 British 3rd Infantry Division Normandy Campaign Battledress Blouse Excellent sleeper condition originally badged Battledress blouse to a Chief Physical Training Instructor attached to the Normandy attributed 3rd Infantry Division & having the rank badges to Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor. Battledress is of 1940 pattern with the calico clothing label having nomenclature of Prices Tailors Ltd ( Fifty Shilling Tailors ) Size 3 & the date 1944. Both arms have red on black worsted shoulder titles with black & red arm of service strips. 3rd Infantry Div patches also with brass Crown & Wreath rank to each sleeve denoting QMS Instructor rank which is correct for the Army Physical Training Corps. PTI crossed swords to right sleeve . Medal ribbons to left breast for 1939-45 Star, War Medal, France & Germany Star & Defence Medal indicating service in the NW European Theatre with the 3rd Division. Recently surfaced from private sources this BD is in excellent untouched condition with name , rank & number of former owner to inside pocket. The combat history of the battle hardened 3rd Infantry Division is well documented having been heavily involved in the Normandy campaign first landing on Sword beach in the early hours of 6th June 1944 & going through to the bitter fighting inland meeting tough opposition from elite German troops.
WW2 British 3rd Infantry Division PT Instructor Battledress Excellent sleeper condition originally badged Battledress blouse to a Chief Physical Training Instructor attached to the 3rd Infantry Division & having the rank badges to Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor. Battledress is of 1940 pattern with the calico clothing label having nomenclature of Prices Tailors Ltd ( Fifty Shilling Tailors ) Size 3 & the date 1944. Both arms have red on black worsted shoulder titles with black & red arm of service strips. 3rd Infantry Div patches also with brass Crown & Wreath rank to each sleeve denoting QMS Instructor rank which is correct for the Army Physical Training Corps. PTI crossed swords to right sleeve . Medal ribbons to left breast for 1939-45 Star, War Medal, France & Germany Star & Defence Medal indicating service in the NW European Theatre with the 3rd Division. Recently surfaced from private sources this BD is in excellent untouched condition with name , rank & number of former owner to inside pocket. The combat history of the battle hardened 3rd Infantry Division is well documented having been heavily involved in the Normandy campaign first landing on Sword beach in the early hours of 6th June 1944 & going through to the bitter fighting inland meeting tough opposition from elite German troops.
WW2 British 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ) Battledress A very rare battledress to a British army captain of the 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ) serving with the 3rd Infantry Division who landed in Normandy on D Day 6th June 1944 & fought right through in the Battle of Normandy to the Netherlands & later the invasion of Germany. Battledress is a 1944 dated piece & has all of its originally badged Reconnaissance insignia to both arms. Three Captains embroidered rank pips backed in green for Reconnaissance adorn each shoulder strap with the yellow on green reconnaissance embroidered shoulder titles to both arms. Under these is the 3rd Infantry Div patch followed by green/yellow arm of service strips. The red V on brown denotes Northumberland Fusiliers this range of battledress insignia being a specilaist collectors field in its own right. Battledress clothing label gives manufacturer date of 1944 with pattern marking of 1940. Tailoring to the battledress is of typical high officer quality with open collar & the often preferred rugby ball buttons. Medal ribbons of the 1939-45 Star, War medal & France & Germany Star are mounted on the left breast & confirm this officers service in the N.W.European theatre of war.
WW2 British 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ) Battledress A very rare battledress to a British army captain of the 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ) serving with the 3rd Infantry Division who landed in Normandy on D Day 6th June 1944 & fought right through in the Battle of Normandy to the Netherlands & later the invasion of Germany. Battledress is a 1944 dated piece & has all of its originally badged Reconnaissance insignia to both arms. Three Captains embroidered rank pips backed in green for Reconnaissance adorn each shoulder strap with the yellow on green reconnaissance embroidered shoulder titles to both arms. Under these is the 3rd Infantry Div patch followed by green/yellow arm of service strips. The red V on brown denotes Northumberland Fusiliers this range of battledress insignia being a specilaist collectors field in its own right. Battledress clothing label gives manufacturer date of 1944 with pattern marking of 1940. Tailoring to the battledress is of typical high officer quality with open collar & the often preferred rugby ball buttons. Medal ribbons of the 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal are mounted on the left breast & confirm this officers service in the N.W.European theatre of war. Free of moth or damage & stored by the former owner since the end of his wartime service it is apparent that this was a 'best dress' battledress & as such an exceptionally scarce uniform of the Reconnaissance to find still in existence today.
WW2 British 40mm Ammunition Tubes 1943 British 40mm ammunition carriers both dated 1943. In good used condition. Price is for the pair.
WW2 British 40mm Bofors Shellcase & Cardboard Carriage Box 1943 Cardboard made British tube for the carriage of the 40mm Bofors round marked & dated 1943. Comes with a brass 1942 dated shellcase.
WW2 British 49th ( West Riding ) Infantry Division Royal Artillery Battledress Blouse A totally original 37/40 pattern battledress with originally applied printed shoulder titles for the 49th Infantry Division ( West Riding ) & arm of service strips of blue & red for Royal Artillery. Complete with its original clothing label bearing the 'Battledress Blouse Serge 1940 Pattern Size13' nomenclature as well as the WD 'O' coded inspectors stamp for the year 1942 it is in excellent with no moth & just the lower front fly button now minus. Fought in the 1940 Norwegian campaign & just after the D Day Landings in June 1944 moved to France where they took part in the fighting as part of 30 Corps. Moving through North West Europe they fought in the second battle of Arnhem & the the liberation of Utrecht.
WW2 British 4th Devonshire Regiment Battledress 1943 Interesting wartime British infantry battledress of the 4th Devonshire regiment. Battledress is a British soldier procured Canadian issue dated 1943 with scarce embroidered Devon shoulder titles & rare 4th Devons printed flashes of the red sword and bowl on a dark green background. Sleeves have the addition of 4 year service chevrons & a good conduct stripe . Battledress in good condition with a few minor moth nips visible only upon close inspection.
WW2 British 4th Inf Div Corps of Military Police Battledress Superb & originally badged battledress to a Lance Corporal in the Corps of Military Police serving with the 4th Infantry Division. BD has on each shoulder black on red 'CMP' titles with red circle on white patch with fourth quadrant detached & Lance Corporal chevrons to each arm. Nap of cloth is excellent this evidently being his best issue with hardly any wear at all. Only two very tiny moth nips to the rear collar vicinity testify to the early to midwar age of the jacket bearing a Calico clothing label & date of June 1942. Size is a No13. Jacket has all brass dished buttons. Coming with the BD is his original ' MP armband ' & ' Metropolitan ' whistle both worn in the field by members of the Military Police. ( See British WW2 Equipment section for a seperately listed Military Police Pistol order webbing set ). The 4th Infantry Division were heavily involved in the fighting in North Africa, Italy & Greece being active during Operation Vulcan , the final ground attack against Axis forces in N.Africa, the Italian campaign & Monte Cassino coming up against the famous Hermann Goering Division in Italy & the fearless German Fallschirmjager at Monte Cassino.
WW2 British 56th (London ) Infantry Division Patch Pair Removed from uniform embroidered pair of 56th Div patches in good condition. 56th Div were heavily involved in the Italian campaign.
WW2 British 5th North Staffs Anti Aircraft Home Guard Battledress 1940 A 1940 dated '37 pattern battledress to a member of the 5th Battalion, North Staffs Home Guard who were serving as Anti Aircraft personnel protecting American troops in the area just prior to the D Day Landings. A large sized BD this example has clothing label stating it was made by 'Universal Clothing Co ( Kingsland ) Ltd , EC1 London ' . All of the insignia is very crudely soldier hand applied with thick khaki thread of the period, it is always interesting to note the different styles of 'soldiers sewing' original battledress. Both sleeves have embroidered Home Guard shoulder titles with printed 'NS 5' patches & the badge of the Anti Aircraft Command. This man was also a veteran of the first world war as indicated by the War & Victory medal ribbons to left breast. In overall excellent condition this battledress only recently surfaced & is a true 'sleeper' in every sense of the word.
WW2 British 6 Pounder Shellcase Fired shellcase for the 6 Pounder Anti tank gun . Marked to 'RLB' ( Royal Laboratory ) & dated 1943. Small dent to mouth.
WW2 British 61st Division, Royal Artillery Battledress 1943 Nice example of a 1940 pattern battledress from a gunner of the 61st Division with printed Royal Artillery shoulder titles & 61st Div patches. BD has all of its original dark brown buttons with the addition of a pop stud to its waist fastening according to the soldiers own individual preference. Clothing label gives maker as S.Sinclair Ltd & the date December 1943. In overall excellent condition there is light wear to nap of cloth with only three hardly noticeable small rodent nips on right arm & one to left. Left patch faded but good.
WW2 British 70th West Riding Home Guard Battledress An early non collar lined '37 pattern battledress from a Major in the 70th West Riding ( Staincross ) Battalion Home Guard. A veteran of the First world war , as is indicated by his WW1 medal ribbons seen on left breast , this man also saw four years service overseas as is shown by the chevron on his right sleeve. Printed Home Guard shoulder titles are padded in typical officer style with the area & battalion flashes in place beneath these. Rank pips to each shoulder. Another subtle officer refinement to note is the professionally applied pop stud fastening arrangement to waist which would give the BD a more fitted look . The collar has not been officer converted however it is apparent that it has been worn open due to the fall of the creasing & some discolouration to the exposed open collar area. Calico clothing label is intact to inside breast however only partially readable . Size is 15. In excellent condition I can find no moth & only minimal wear to nap of cloth.
WW2 British 7th Armoured Division REME BD 1942 Good example of a British 1940 pattern Battledress blouse to an Articifer in the REME in the 7th Armoured Division. Blouse has twin embroidered REME shoulder titles & with the pink jerboa edged in white on a black background printed patches ( third pattern ) of the 7th Armoured Division. Right arm also bears the hammer & pincers trade badge of an artificer with a one two year good conduct chevron on the lower left sleeve. Defence medal ribbon to left breast. Calico label to inside of BD states aSize 9 made by ' Kings s Land Ltd in 1942. Overall service wear is minor although apparent to certain areas such as the back of the collar. All badges are well handsewn on & correlate well with the age of the BD indicating a good untouched Battledress. Nap to cloth good. The 7th Armoured Division is the best known of the Armoured Divisions being formed originally in Egypt in 1938. It later was serving in North West Europe when this particular third pattern of jerboa patch was adopted helping to date somewhat the service of the wearer.
WW2 British 8th Army RAMC Officer Battledress Grouping An interesting uniform grouping to a Royal Army Medical Corps Officer comprising the following items- 1937 pattern officer tailored Battledress - 1941 dated 1940 pattern battledress trousers - 1944 dated RAMC Officer SD cap - private purchase RAMC Officer FS cap - private purchase Officer private purchase Delta ankle boots Web gaiters - 1943 dated This whole grouping came together from the one man with his '37 pattern officer tailored battledress bearing officers dull cherry felt backed plastic rank pips for rank of lieutenant with arm of service strips to each arm. 8th army shield to right sleeve. Battledress trousers are of the 1940 pattern with 'M' prefixed stores code to inner waistband . The officers boots are also included being of the officers favoured 18 holed 'DELTA' pattern. Service dress cap is a very nice charactor piece which has clearly been worn as his working cap there being much evidence of sweat staining to the front forehead area. The name 'Nethercott' has been written on the sweatband & thus makes research possible. The FS cap has officers RAMC badge & brass kings crown GS buttons however a fair amount of moth has attacked here. Finally his 1943 dated webbing gaiters complete the set . Overall condition of the BD & trousers is very good with a couple of very minimal pinprick moth holes. There is also a spattering of what appears to be iodine , rust or blood on some areas of both garments. Untouched & in trunk storage since the end of WW2.
WW2 British 8th Army RASC Battledress & Trousers Super condition Battledress worn by an 8th Army Lance Corporal of the Royal Army Service Corps. Badged with 8th Army patches on each shoulder, RASC arm of service strips & Lance Corporal chevrons the jacket also has five service chevrons on the lower right sleeve. Medal ribbon bar to left breast indicates him to be a veteran of the North African & Italian campaigns having been awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star & defence medal. A US made War Aid example these Battledress were often preferred for their better quality & are typically found being worn by British troops in the North African & Italian theatres of war This example is dated 1943. Coming complete with matching 1943 dated trousers a small photograph of the man in Naples in May 1944 this is an excellent set with only minor wear in places & nap of cloth good.
WW2 British 9mm Mk.V Sten Sub Machine Gun An unquestionable wartime production of this iconic British Sten gun immortalised by the British airborne fighting at Arnhem/Oosterbeek during Operation marketgarden in September 1944. Quite a nice condition example which has retained much of its early period appearance without the addition of postwar paint applied numbers & markings. Markings to underside of magazine housing are that of 'RTL' for Royal Laboratories Theale & 'M/78' which is the sub contractors code for Elkington & Company , Birmingham . Designation ' MKV Sten' to top of housing. A new spec example, it comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW2 British 9mm Sten MKII Sub Machine Gun A good wartime example of the iconic Sten MkII sub machine gun with T stock & profuse ordnance markings. Magazine port is marked S&S with Sten MkII designation & serial number. T stock has war department broad arrow to finger grip. A new spec deactivation according to Home Office guidelines with Home office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only. .
WW2 British A/Tank Bomb Fuse Training Chart 1942 Dated Detailed large scale coloured instructional drawing entitled 'A/Tank Bomb Fuse ' showing internal components & their designations for this ' Fuse No.283 ' signed & dated by ' Sgt Baines 10/9/1942 ' . Condition excellent.
WW2 British AB64 Paybook & Ephemera 1941 ( Photo ID ) Excellent condition British Army AB64 Paybook to an artillery gunner enlisted at Wakefield in January 1941. Many entries in this well filled out book printed in 1940 & issued to the soldier upon enlistment in 1941. Interestingly there is a head & shoulders ID photo of the soldier in Battledress on page 3 & also an ink stamp on the Transfer To Reserve Section stating fit for further service as of 14/11/45 for Reserve service having served right through WW2. Entries include Gas Training in 1941 as well as leave entries, medical classification, vaccinations & Protective innoculations..there is also an entry of new teeth upper & lower by the 153 Mobile Dentistry Unit in October 1945. Page 15 lists uniform garment sizes including Anklets Web, Blouse BD, Boots Ankle, Caps & Helmet etc etc. In the back of the paybook are three items of additional paperwork that have been kept with it by the original owner these are a handwritten letter to a sweetheart , a 1941 dated Army Savings Association form stamped by the Royal Artillery Records Office & a poignant newspaper cutting about a V Bomb incident where a crowded store was hit at peak hour causing many casualties. A 7 daye Compassionate Leave entry in his paybook of August 1943 may have some relevance to this. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British AB64 Paybook Weatherproof Holder Very hard to find now with string & a classic British 'Tommy' personal item.
WW2 British Ack-Ack Gunner Paybook & Medal Grouping British army Ack-Ack paybook grouping to a Bombardier ( Sergeant ) serving with the 450th Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery enlisting on the 17th July 1941 & discharged on the 6th June 1944. Grouping comprises his first issue AB64 paybook showing him as a Provision Shop Manager by profession born on 14th January 1907. Various training & medical information is contained within & a Discharge certificate on the back page showing that he was discharged on the 6th June 1944 due to not being able to meet army physical requirements. His conduct is recorded as being Very Good. There are also two 1st Pattern 1939 patches of the 1st Anti Aircraft Division with two photographs of him one dated August 1941 & the other 23/4/1944. A leave pass with his matching army number & name dating from 27/9/42 through to 27/4/43 is unit stamped to the 450th Heavy ( Mixed) AA Battery AA . He was awarded the Defence & War medal with his award slip still present.
WW2 British Active Service Bible 1944 New Testament bible printed in 1944 in overall good conditon.
WW2 British Admiralty Pattern CF41 X 7 Binoculars & Case A very nice set of Royal Navy standard issue Admiralty Pattern 1900A binoculars by Barr & Stroud . Marked ' 7 X CF41 ' to left ocular. Nice condition with neck strap , left optic clouded . Come with brown leather carrying case in used condition with repaired carrying strap.
WW2 British Aertex Longsleeve Bush Shirt Good used condition Aertex bush shirt in tan with four pockets & shoulder straps . Buttons missing from front fly & top right pocket.
WW2 British Aertex Shirt Good large size aertex shirt with two front pleated pockets & rubber buttons throughout. Shoulder loops to shoulders for rank slips. This shirt came with other items from the same mans tropical uniform listed seperately.
WW2 British Africa Star Excellent condition.
WW2 British AFS Firemans Axe An early war period firemans axe marked to the Auxiliary Fire Service which were the forerunners of the NFS. Excellent condition .
WW2 British AFS Tunic , Cap & 1940 Civil Defence Pass Grouping Part of a recently surfaced larger uniform grouping from the one man who apparently served in North London with the Auxiliary Fire Service & then the Home Guard . His Home Guard battledress & greatcoat are listed separately & all with his name written inside. The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) was formed in 1938