Marketing of militaria

Marketing of militaria

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Industry Guide Lines For the marketing of Militaria

Before you invite a “Militaria buyer”  into your home we recommend the following.

1) Check their credentials .Are they professionals, does their website display a VAT number (U.K.) or a Max Certified Dealer Badge (USA)?.Professional looking websites are now inexpensive to build, they can be operated from an iPhone from inside a prison (Fact), a Summer camp ,Bar, or by school Kids operating from Mum and Dads residential address!.

 2) Always get an guide estimate of the likely range of prices they are prepared to pay you. This can be achieved by supplying phonographs first or offering a good description. Do not risk putting your self  in the uncomfortable position of being pressured.

3) You should be offered and accept no less than 75% of the market value for your collection or single items.

4) Cash is hard to come by don’t get tricked by a bully who pushes for an appointment to visit you immediately. Before you have prepared exactly what will be going and what your bottom price is.

5) Show absolutely no sympathy to advertisers who claim to be passionate collectors.This is usually criminal deception, advertising is expensive  such advertisers are buying to sell on !.

 5) Consider contacting a dealer with a main  street store a V.A.T. number (U.K.) or one who is a member of a (trade association USA) and who has an established reputation to uphold. Such enterprises have customers waiting and will be able pay the prices you have researched and offer genuine advice.

 

Cultural Changes in the marketing of “Militaria”

The ease with which a professional website can now be built is revolutionizing the “Militaria” Industry.
Each day more “Collectors” realize their dreams by listing collections on their very own custom built websites.
What are noticeable effects of this?
 Militaria fairs that were once a must for the collector are witnessing lower attendances :
Getting people through the gates is not the just the problem. The truth is that buyers have invariably spent
their monthly collecting budget “online” from the comfort of their own homes on their P.C.s.
Fairs may eventually serve just to display and promote web site businesses, rather like trade fairs in other industries do .
1920s German sword weimar republic

Dove Head German Sword 1920s-30s retail value $500


 We do however  have a generation or two of both technophobic dealers and collectors who will insure that militaria fairs limp on.. WW2buyer.com sell to a good number of enthusiasts who do not own or have access to a computer . So whilst the revolution is underway traditional eye to eye trading continues.
Arthur Shuttlehoffer.jpg ss dagger

Arthur Shuttlehoffer.jpg ss dagger

What the can we offer a collector who is thinking of thinning down their collection
or individuals who have inherited ww2 souvenirs.
For Sale  Dagger By Boker

For Sale? Dagger By Boker .we paid $4000 for this mint example

One stop negotiation:
Pre payment before the goods are shipped:
All shipping costs are covered by WW2buyer.com as is any import tax:
The best overall prices offered for any diverse  collection or we loose our reputation:
D.F.C. Valuation Prices

RAF Medals bought and sold

Collectors who have rejected the increases in auctioneers commission rates are invited to come to us and enjoy
the confidential disposal their collections.
Access to the internet is provided for vendors travel to  our store, so true market values can be easilyestablished.
An average collection of one say fifteen  items can typically be sold to us at the correct trade price in just twenty minuets.
Museum requires medals

Eickhorn “Field Marshal ” Swords Wanted



WW2Buyer.com is embracing  changes by liaising with the major ethical websites and undertaking much of their buying ,leaving them to focus on the selling.  WW2 Buyer.com believes that understanding  the heritage/ entertainment industries and reenactment culture has been key to our survival .
By investing in our own Museum displays our store now attracts thousands of visitors who are happy to pay a little more for our researched guaranteed original merchandise.  

The Better Buyers of German Helmets

If you are a postal customer and decide to sell to WW2buyer.com you will be selling to a big Vat Registered store situated beside one of the most visited tourist attractions:
For Bravery in the field

£1100 paid for this grouping or similar

You will receive payment to your “Paypal” account to include all shipping expenses before you are expected to ship (Safe!):
For Bravery in The Field

For Bravery in The Field

You will receive the trade prices you have reached without dealing with five hundred emails from a dozen virtual dealers
those without a  reputation to uphold.
We have a good general knowledge of all antique militaria and are willing to learn from you if you have specialized in obscure items.
Call today of email some group images of you collection and receive a deal that you will like.

Hello David,

I did receive your paypal payment. Thank you again for all of your time and effort in getting these swords to a new owner who will enjoy them and take good care of them.   If there is ever a time when I need to buy or sell any other war antiques I will be sure to contact you first.

Sincerely,

John McGoldrick

                

 We Highly Recommend Chris sadler of CS militaria as a source of books and genuine militaria
‘ 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.
‘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*******
‘Kuntstoffe’ Schiffer Reference Book On WW2 German Plastics Superb Schiffer collectors guide by Darrin Weaver on WW2 German Plastics & their markings. Much information contained within on the subject an invaluable reference for the WW2 German equipment collector. Coloured photographs as well as black & white make this an impressive work on the subject. Mint 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.
‘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.
‘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 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.
****** 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.
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.
1902 Middlesex Regiment Postcard Intended for home posting this postcard depicts a young serving soldier in the decorative regimental display on the front of the postcard which gives the scrolled name 7th Duke of Cambridges Own, Middleslex Regiment & ‘ South Africa 1902.’
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.
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.
1982 Falklands War Souvenir Argentinian Helmet Brought back by a British soldier from the Falklands War this is a US M1 helmet shell with post WW2 refurbishment as sold to the Argentinian military & found in use in the South Atlantic campaign of 1982.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 ‘ 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 ’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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Belt , Black. Blackened ’37 pattern belt with brass fittings & rear buckles . A good Normal sized example (44in) in excellent condition.
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 Web Waterbottle Cradle Unblancoed condition webbing waterbottle cradle dated 1952. Blackened steel fittings.
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 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 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 Army Officers Sam Browne Belt & Strap Excellent polished & supple for wear British officers Sam browne belt complete with matching shoulder strap. Brass metal fittings & made by the high end company Gieves & Hawkes who have been supplying British officers with good quality uniform items for many years. This piece dates from after the second world war. Belt measures 110 cm from end to end, strap measures approx 91 cm in length not fully extended.
British Army Tie 1945 Dark green cotton British army issue tie dated July 1945. In In apparent unissued mint condition.
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 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 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 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 Military Boot Brush 1930 Large sized boot brush named on one side to ‘WA Brixley’ with the initials ‘DMV’ afterwards. Dated on other side 1930 made Bristol. These early made brushes were still being rolled out upon the onset in WW2 when the existing regular army was initially mobilised.
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 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 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 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 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 Soldier Group Photograph in Battledress Group shot of British soldiers in the early post war period some wearing 40 pattern BD blouses.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Artillerie 1934-1945 Von Joachim Engelmann & Horst Scheibert Verlag German language published book on WW2 German artillery. 299 pages packed with many b & w photographs & much information. Hardback cover & dust jacket.
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.
Display Mannequins For Sale ******Please see seperate listings *********
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
German Anti Tank Guns 1939-1945 , TJ Gander Easy to follow guide to all the major anti -tank guns used by the German armed forces in WW2 . Over 80 pictures, numerous line drawings, descriptive texts & data tables.
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, 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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
Halbkettenfahrzeuge, German Half Tracks 1939-1945 Pictorial guide to German half track vehicles in service 1939 -1945. Many photographs & statistical details.
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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 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/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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jager, German Self Propelled Anti Tank Equipment & Tank Hunters Pictorial guide to the Self Propelled anti tank guns & tank hunters conversions of 1939-45. Excellent reference work.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1917 Training Manual ‘ Visual Training & Judging Distance’ Rare WW1 book in the Gale & Polden series entitled ‘Visual Training & Judging Distance in Relation to Musketry’. Compiled by a Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry & Machine Gun Corps Captain this book was published in Aldershot in 1917. Various fold out plates (one in colour although damaged) & diagramatical drawings help to illustrate the subject which has the original owners name handscrawled on the inside cover. Book has seen some use but generally sound.
WW1 4.5 In Howitzer & Gunners Photograph Shot of four Artillery Gunners wearing khaki service uniforms & ammunition bandoleers. Stood in front of a 4.5 In Howitzer which appears to be in a camouflaged position. Handwritten on the back is ‘ Field Howitzer (4.5) * ** 129 Batt’ .
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. Excellent optics with 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 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 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 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 War Medal Authorised in July 1919 for all who served in the Belgian Army in WW1. Good condition, correct ribbon.
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 ’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 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 .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 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 .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 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 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 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 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 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 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 , 1917 Dated WW1 1917 dated 1907 pattern bayonet with walnut grips & much blueing remaining to blade & metal fittings. A Wilkinson produced example , the blade is dated ’11 17′ & profusely marked with the usual inspection markings. There are traces of regimental markings to the pommel which have been removed, pommel catch requires oiling as currently not moving. Leather on scabbard is good & supple with no damage & comes in an ’03 pattern frog which has a glue repair to retaining strap & some markings to its reverse. Overall good example of a correct WW1 manufactured piece.
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 & ’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 ( 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) & ’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 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, ( 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 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 , 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 & 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 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 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 & 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ‘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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Active Service Bible 1914 Nice condition ‘ Active Service 1914-16 Bible ‘ with handwritten dedication on the inside cover dated 25th August 1914 indicating issue to an early serving WW1 soldier. Cardiff Soldiers Rest stamp on back cover.
WW1 British Active Service Bible 1914 Good condition Active Service Bible dated 1914. As carried by the British Tommy of WW1.
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 Army Officer Photograph Cuff ranked tunic, Sam Brown equipment.
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 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 Boot/Clothes Brush 1917 Scarce item of WW1 British soldiers personal kit marked ‘W/I\D 1917′ .
WW1 British Boots
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 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, 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 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 Trooper Photograph Trooper in SD with ’03 pattern Cavalry bandolier & riding crop. Postcard format.
WW1 British Dorset Regiment Officer Photograph Studio portrait shot of Dorset reg officer with cloth badged service tunic & Sam Browne belt.
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 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 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 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 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 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 ( 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 Pocketbook in Field 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 WW1 BRITISH EQUIPMENT
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 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 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 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 Gunner Photo Pair in Battledress & Greatcoat Two shots of same soldier from Royal Artillery in service cap & BD & Greatcoat.
WW1 British Gunner Photograph , Shoeburyness Garrison May 1916 Good clear shot of a young Royal Field Artillery Gunner in khaki service uniform with ‘ 03 bandoleer & spurred boots. Pictured in studio portrait. Written in ink on the reverse is ‘ Gunner Jim McCarthy, Shoeburyness Garrison , May 1916 Royal Field Artillery. ‘
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 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 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 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 Infantry Soldiers Discharge Record Book 1917 Discharge Record book to a soldier who served with the Royal West Surrey Regiment for 45 days then the Northampton Regiment for 109 days before being Discharged in October 1917 due to being no longer physically fit for war service after a short spell in the reserves. Private Gaze was born in May 1888 & was a bus conductor upon enlistment at Camberwell, London in December 1915. Very used condition cover ( inside good ) with personal details & seperate Discharge certificate also accompanied by his 1915 dated Attestation Certificate & Armlet number.
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 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 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 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 Paybook Interesting WW1 paybook to a member of 169th Company Machine Gun Corps showing his age on enlistment as 18 & attestation to the army on the 10th August 1914. Various entries including personal details , previous occupation etc as well as pay details for the date commencing 8th February 1917 up to March 1918 & vaccinations signed by the Medical Officer of No1 Royal Flying Corps Cadet Wing on 22/4/1918. It is interesting to note that on the 10/7/1917 he was given ‘ 14 Day No 2 (punishment) for Drunkenness ‘ as entered on page 5. There is also a photograph inside the front cover of a soldier from the RHA most likely a brother or friend. Overall a good WW1 used piece to a particularly prevalent WW1 Corps.
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 Of France & Belgium 1917 Excellent scale map of France & Belgium . Sheet number as photographs. Dated 1917.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.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.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 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 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.
mg42 for saleWW1 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 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 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 Portrait Photograph Postcard format portrait photograph of a WW1 British officer of the Hampshire regiment in SD tunic & Sam Browne. Handwritten in pencil across the bottom right hand corner of the postcard is the name Lovell Smith Sid… with the last charactors unreadable. The date Jan 26. ’18 is clearly legible underneath. Certainly researchable WW1 officer of the Hampshire regiment.
WW1 British Officer Postcard Photograph, Musketry Course Nice early to midwar group postcard photograph training course shot of a group of British officers with rifles ( On a musketry course ) wearing cuff rank SD tunics & Sam Browne belts. Staff sergeant seated at front wears the 1902-1919 worn badges of the School of Musketry. Various regiments cap badges , interesting period shot.
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 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 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 8×30′ 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 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 Field Service Pocketbook 1914 1914 Field Service Pocket Book carried by all officers & containing a wealth of information on all military subjects from Marches & March Discipline to Care of Feet, Camp Cooking, Small Arms & Guns etc etc. Overall good condition with some loose stitching to inside cover . Named to a Royal Field Artillery on inside cover.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 & 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Queens Regiment Postcard Photograph All in ’08 web equipment , SD uniform.
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 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 Rifle Brigade Soldier Portrait photograph Head & shoulders shot of young soldier in tunic & cap with Rifle Brigade cap badge. Good condition.
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 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 Artillery Portrait Photograph Gunner in Service Dress writtne on back of picture at a later date is the wording ‘ My father William Alfred Garland’. Good condition.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Soldier & Family Studio Photograph In studio setting soldier & family, postcard picture in service dress, 03 belt.
WW1 British Soldier & Parents Photograph Uniformed soldier with swagger stick & signals flags to sleeve , cap etc.
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 , Field Photograph Wearing khaki tunic, puttees & boots & bearing the rank of sergeant , this young soldier is pictured standing in a muddy yard with what appears to be an old farm building in the background. Handwritten dedication on the reverse . Also wearing 1914 pattern belt.
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 Grenadier Guards Portrait Photograph Three British soldiers one wearing visible shoulder titles to the Grenadier Guards all with medal ribbons & 1908 pattern belts.
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 Pair Studio Photograph Two British sergeants photographed in a studio setting with ‘ 02 tunics, putteess etc. Metal titles to shoulders one appearing to be of the Glosters . Condition excellent.
WW1 British Soldier Photograph Postcard ( 1914 Equipment & Rifle ) Photograph of soldier in service uniform with 1914 pattern leather equipment & P14 rifle.
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 Soldier Portrait Photograph SD uniform with trench cap & cap badge , wound stripe to left sleeve with service chevron above. Postcard format to reverse.
WW1 British Soldier Postcard Photograph British Other Rank soldier, Lee Metford rifle & 1903 Equipment.
WW1 British Soldier Wedding Postcard/Photograph Royal Artillery private with SD uniform , 03 belt.
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 on R & R Photo/Postcard (Captured German Belt ) Interesting group shot of British soldiers on active service pulled back for Rest & Recuperation photographed in front of two Nissan huts. On examination of the photograph there is evidence of clothing & other laundry being hung from the windows of the huts indicating a recent withdrawal from the line & the opportunity to wash & launder not being missed. A 1908 pattern belt can be seen dangling from the window on the far left of the picture. The soldiers pictured are wearing 1902 pattern uniform with the middle standing man having a captured German belt around his waist.
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 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 Studio Photograph , London Regiment RP Excellent full length photograph of a member of the London Regiment standing posing next to his 13th London Regt endorsed sentry box wearing a Regimental Police ( RP) armband , khaki service cap, early pattern greatcoat, puttees & boots. Reverse of picture is in postcard form with Xmas greetings to his wife handwritten from ‘Ted’. Good condition.
WW1 British Sweetheart Cards Set of Three Three sweetheart cards the first with Christmas Greetings 1914-16 , second Souvenir De France filled in on reverse & sent from ‘ Daddy’ to his son. Last card bears Happy New years Greetings 1919 filled in on back in pencil & dated 1918.
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 Map 1917 ( Arras ) Excellent condition example of a January 1917 dated Trench Map of France showing in particular the famous town of Arras & its surrounding trench positions. Map is marked in red ‘ Trenches corrected to 4-1-17 ‘ & is to a scale of 1 : 20,000 .
WW1 British Trench map France 1917 Original WW1 British Trench Map of France with ‘ Trenches Corrected to 13/4/1917 ‘. Areas shown include Bapaume, Fremicourt & Gomicourt scale of map is 1:20000 . Ordnance Survey marked May 1917. Condition used but good with ring holes on left side.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cavalry Photograph & Family Postcard WW1 soldier wearing 1903 pattern bandolier & SD tunic. Wife & daughter imposed in each top corner.
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 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 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 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 ( 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 ‘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 Croix De Guerre Instituted in April 1915 for for award to those mentioned in despatches. Excellent condition medal.
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 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’ 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 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 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 M1865 Drinking Cup Made of stamped & zinc plated iron, these were standard issue as part of the French soldiers individual mess kit.Used with some age.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Transitional Ear Cut-Out Helmet ( More Pictures ) ***************** More pictures************************* See Third Reich Helmets & Headdress for full listing.
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 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 ’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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dagger A recently surfaced example of the WW1 Imperial German trench dagger with wooden grooved handle & metal sheath. Metal sheath has a black issue finish with its leather belt frog still present. Dagger surfaces have some age with leather hilt retainer having come away over the years. Certainly a sleeper of a bringback piece.
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 example some finish off front.
WW1 Imperial German Wound Badge Good worn example.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Postcard Photograph, Two Infantry Soldiers ’14 patt Equipment Posed barrack postcard shot of two infantry soldiers wearing 1914 pattern leather equipment from the Kings Liverpools.
WW1 Postcard Trooper, 1sr Dragoon Guards Good condition shot of Cavalry Trooper in battle order with rifle.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 .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 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 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 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 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 Meatcan Set 1918 WW1 US ‘Meatcan’ set with ‘US’ marked handle & date 1918. A scarce component of the WW1 Doughboy equipment set.
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 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 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 & Frog Excellent very clean condition example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green leather scabbard & British issue 1939 pattern ’40 dated frog. 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 Home Guard service this piece still has its US belt hook fitting & British made brown leather rivetted frog maker marked ( Barrow, Hepburn & Gale ) & dated 1941. Some dryness to hilt retaining strap. As per slightly later manufacture the blade is parkerised & has no unsightly rust or pitting. With undamaged polished walnut grips it is an overall 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 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 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.
WW1/2 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 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. 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. May 1918 dated to rear with maker ink stamp.
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.
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 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 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 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 ’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 ‘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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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 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 ‘ 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 ’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 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 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 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 Largepack 1943 Good used condition largepack in green blanco dated1943. All fittings complete.
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 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 & 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 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 ’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 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘Light Vessel Service’ MKII Civil Defence Helmet A British MKII home front helmet formerly belonging to a member of the Light Vessel Service as written on the inside of the rim. Shell is maker stamped BMB ( Briggs Motor Bodies, Dagenham ) & dated 1940. Liner cradle also marked BMB 1940. Excellent condition with web chinstrap.
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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 .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 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 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 .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’ 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 / 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 /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 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 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 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 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 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 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 & 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 Economy Shoulder Strap 1942 A mint condition example of the 1937 pattern economy strap broad arrow stamped & dated 1942. A size Large measuring 132 cm.
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 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 & 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 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 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 ( 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 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 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 & Holster ( Wartime Dates ) British 1937 dated webbing belt & holster both a matching pair that have been together since wartime wear by owner. Belt is dated 1943 & holster dated 1941. Good used condition.
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 Holster 1941 Unblancoed but used condition with MW&S Ltd maker & date 1941. All fittings intact.
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 Shoulder Strap 1939 Scarce blancoed 1939 dated webbing shoulder strap maker marked to MECo & dated 1939.
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 (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 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 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 A rare example of the pistol ammunition pouch from the 1939 Pattern Leather Equipment set . Both belt loops to rear intact .
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 & 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 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 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 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 1941 Bible & YMCA Letter Paper For Troops Interesting small items for soldiers personal use that came together being a 1941 Active Service bible & some sheets of YMCA letter paper for the troops.
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 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 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 1/2 x 50 Field Binocular case 1945 Good example of the case for the small military binocular used much by airborne & commando forces. In brown leather with carrying strap & in good condition.
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 1939 Souvenir example of the 2 inch mortar bomb with red band & 1939 date to fins. Complete with spent Eley, Kynoch cartridge to inner this is a fired inert example with empty casing.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.1 Mint condition Air Raid Precautions Handbook No1 dated 1939 & much used by civilians & emergency personnel services on the British Home Front. Many informative photographs of how to wear & put on the various Gas Masks issued to civilian & emergency service personnel. Many subjects covered including decontamination, detection of gas, anti gas clothing, anti dimming outfits, ARP services, blister gases etc etc.
WW2 British Air Raid Warden/Civil Defence Helmet Helmet is classic Mk2 as much used in WW2 & is a full weight steel helmet intended for use by Civil Defence workers involved in night time Air Raid duties of which there were many. Helmet is painted black inside & out which is its original colour & has inside liner & web chinstrap intact. Manufactured by BMB in 1939.
WW2 British Air Raid Wardens Armband An early war British ARP armband with the ‘W’ letter for Warden. Cloth tie example in excellent condition.
WW2 British Air Raid Wardens Helmet, London County Council Markings Interesting Home Front helmet for an Air Raid Warden of the London County Council with stencilled markings ‘W’ & ‘LCC’ . The London County Council had existed long before the outbreak of WW2 & covered the area known today as Inner London. It was later replaced by the Greater London Council. The LCC was the largest, most significant and ambitious municipal authority of its day & of course had much input with regard to the organisation of Air Raid Wardens during WW2. This example has good clear white stencilled markings on its black finish with interior also good. 1940 date to liner cradle. Slight fray to web chinstrap.
WW2 British Air Raid Wardens Home Front Helmet 1939 A nice example of the Air Raid Wardens MKII helmet having twin Warden ‘W’ stencilling to front & back over black. Paint is totally original to the helmet with maker stamp & date 1939 stamped into inside rim. Liner cradle also dated 1939. Liner pads are generally good with some typical shed storage age . There is a name label still affixed to the inside although now unreadable & also a small length of plaster tied around one strand . Early oval dome pad to crown.
WW2 British Airborne Beret 1945 Dated Good condition British Airborne red beret with black lining made by Kangol & dated 1945. Beret has black leather edging & draw tie still complete. Size appears to be a 7 1/4 ( second part is difficult to read but looks like ( 1/4). There are a couple of light moth nips in places & also some wear to the nap of the cloth which is discernable with close inspection but it is a good used beret that has been worn by a member of the Airborne. To the interior there is also the WD stamp & broad arrow with the number 127 & small black leather backing to the two eye grommets. Please feel free to phone or enquire for further details.
WW2 British Airborne Pegasus Patch Excellent uniform removed example of the printed Pegasus shoulder patch for the British Airborne Forces. Excellent used condition.
WW2 British Airborne/Glider Axe 1944 Used on Gliders & Bombers by their crews to cut holes in the fuselage after landing were these rubber handled axes intended to be able to cut through electric cables & wireless equipment where necessary. This example is in good condition made by Elwell with clear broad arrow & date 1944.
WW2 British Airborne/RAF Axe 1944 Used on Gliders & Bombers by their crews to cut holes in the fuselage after landing were these rubber handled axes intended to be able to cut through electric cables & wireless equipment where necessary. This example is in good condition made by Elwell with clear broad arrow & date 1944.
WW2 British Aluminium Messtin Set 1945 Matching set of aluminium messtins broad arrow marked & dated 1945. Used condition but good.
WW2 British Ambulance mans Helmet Nice British Home Front helmet being for a member of the Ambulance service. Helmet has been period overpainted in white with the letter ‘A’ on front & back with the two black stripes of supervisor running over the middle of the helmet. There is overall wear & aging to the white overpaint & lettering which i can guarantee is 100% original to the helmet. Web chinstrap & liner are intact the cradle being dated 1939. Worn by an ambulance crewman in the aftermath of the Air Raids this helmet is no doubt a fascinating & scarce piece of British Blitz history.
WW2 British Ammunition Boots 1940 A very scarce pair of British army early war ammunition boots dated 1940. In the distinctive black grained leather they have their original laces & are broad arrow & WD marked to each boot. Inner soles are stamped with the size 8 & date 1940. Leather is still good & supple with typical service wear overall. Heel & toe plates present to leather soles with most studs remaining. Small rodent nip to right boot upper edge. 1940 dated boots are practically unobtainable these being applicable to the British armies very first actions in Belgium & France during that period.
WW2 British Ammunition Boots 1941 A very scarce pair of WW2 dated British ammunition boots as worn by the British soldier in WW2. Boots are of black grained leather with oriignal leather laces. W/ID markings to each ankle with John White maker & date 1941 to inners. Both boots have all studs complete to soles with heel & toe plates all still present. Size markings 8L to inners & soles. (P)
WW2 British Ammunition Boots 1941 An exceptionally rare pair of WW2 1941 dated British ‘ammunition’ boots still with all of their studs , heel & toe plates to soles. They also have their original leather shoe laces. Earning the nickname ‘ammunition boot’ from the hobnail studs on the soles these are standard issue ankle boots for the WW2 British soldier. In excellent used condition they are a size 9M & the maker ‘Stead & Simpson’ with date 1941 can be clearly seen to the inside.
WW2 British Ammunition Manual 1942 ( Captured Ammunition Reference ) An interesting British military manual comprised of several manuals providing detailed notes, photographs & line drawings on the subject of captured ammunition. There is much information on German ammunition regarding the types that would likely be encountered in German positions detailed with the use of German ammunition abbreviations & photographs of packaging & markings on captured German ammo crates & boxes. Italian mines & traps are also covered with the pamphlets relating to the Desert theatre of war. Named to a sergeant & fascinating reading for those interested in the subject of Ordnance.
WW2 British Ammunition/Army Chaplain Officers Transit Box Box Interesting 1943 dated metal ammunition box used by an officer of the Army Chaplains Department as a transit box & so marked on the top of the lid. Officers name of Rev RH Roberts R.A. Ch.D & his army number are clearly painted on the lid in white over black & green with the box date of manufacture as 1943 clearly visible also. Inside is one intact original filling label with the date 1943 showing it to contain 24 rounds of 40mm HE ammunition. *******Please contact to discuss drop off, collection, delivery options etc ****
WW2 British Amphibious Ops Lifebelt Good condition British lifebelt issued for use on beach landings this example being dated 1945.
WW2 British Ankle Boots ( Ammunition Boots ) 1941 Standard issue to ALL British troops at the beginning of WW2 was the Ankle boot seen here with the rare & desirable early date of 1941. In black dyed leather for Other Ranks this recently surfaced pair are a Size 7M & are complete with their original leather boot laces. Clearly marked on the sole with the size & on the inside of each boot the date & maker Smith & Foster 1941 these have never been issued & clearly havent seen the light of day for many years. A rare part of the British Tommy kit to find today these were worn by the British soldier right through World War Two as well as by Airborne troops who never had a boot different to that of the normal infantry soldier.
WW2 British Ankle Gaiters 1941 Matching pair of ankle gaiters for the British WW2 Tommy in green wartime blanco with brass buckles & maker name , date 1941 & owners name to inside.
WW2 British Ankle Gaiters 1943 (Matching Pair ) Unblancoed ankle gaiters in good used condition with supple leather straps & both dated 1943. Size 1.
WW2 British Anti Aircraft Troops Boots 1943 These military issue winter boots were termed the Naval Pattern & were issued to some Anti-Aircraft units of the Royal Artillery who may be working in muddy conditions. They were also issued to garrisoned troops that stood watch during the cold & wet winter months . In pebbled black leather they have a slightly squared non capped toe & also a pair of leather loops sewn inside each boot near the top to assist in pulling them on. These boots interestingly were made with no metal fittings as this would conduct the cold directly to the feet when standing on a long watch or steel deck , stone street or rooftop. Both clearly maker marked & broad arrow stamped with date 1943 ( Size 8 ) . Excellent supple condition leather with stitching away from front foot section where it joins uppers requiring some repair.
WW2 British Anti Gas Eyeshields ( Pack of Four ) Initially introduced in 1937 as protection against liquid gas these were also used as dust goggles after the threat of gas attack had much diminished by 1943 onwards. Contained in a card sleeve that originally held six there are now four all still in their paper packets.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.2 A very rare jar of the Anti Gas Ointment No.2 intended for the treatment of skin in the event of a gas attack. Made by the well known ‘Boots’ of Nottingham the jar is complete with contents & instruction labels to outside.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.2 Scarce example of the early WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 to be used on the skin in the event of a gas attack.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.2 A very rare jar of the Anti Gas Ointment No.2 intended for the treatment of skin in the event of a gas attack. Made by the well known ‘Boots’ of Nottingham it is complete with instruction label & still has its contents inside.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.2 1940 WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. Overall excellent condition example wth all tubes intact.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.3A (Tropical Pack) 1943 Scarce Anti Gas Ointment No.3A marked ‘Tropical Pack’ dated 1943. The rarest of the AG ointments & in very reasonable condition. Complete with contents.
WW2 British Anti Gas Ointment No.5 Tin Empty tin for the not often seen No.5 ointment as carried in the gas mask bag. Overall good used condition with date stap to inside.
WW2 British Anti Gas Overboots Excellent condition Anti Gas overboots for use by British military & Civil Defence units. Inside of rubber marked ‘ OTR 2 04 ‘ & having toggle tightening to lower & upper leg which is also seen in a strap form. No persishing to rubber , scarce piece of kit.
WW2 British Anti Gas Overboots 1941 A scarce pair of the first pattern of Anti Gas overboots produced from rubber & dated 1941. Soft sides with molded rubber sole & canvas adjustments straps. Most usually reserved for those who were liekly to be working in a gas effected area such as medical orderlies & decontamination teams. In excellent unissued condition with clear WD markings & 1941 dates .
WW2 British Anti Gas Personal Decontamination Instructional Aid 1941 An Anti Gas instructional aid memoire to be carried by the soldier in his Anti Gas kit .
WW2 British Anti Gas Wallet & Anti Liquid Gas Wadding Made from oilskin the Anti Gas wallet was intended to protect documents such as the AB64 paybook etc from the effects of sprayed gas as paper could not be decontaminated & would hence have to be destroyed if exposed. The pattern here is the early version with snap fasteners which were later dispensed with it being deemed sufficient to merely fold the items in the wallet. Visible on the wallet is an ink stamp with the date 1940, manufacturer (unreadable) & broad arrow. Condition of wallet is good with snap fasteners intact although the oilskin is very sticky as is typical of the few examples that i have seen. Adhering to the wallet is a large quantity of cotton wadding which was intended to be used to soak up liquid gas droplets & was normally carried in the gas mask haversack. The Anti Gas Wallet is now a hard to find piece of British Anti Gas equipment this being only the second example ive had in many years.
WW2 British Anti Mosquito Gloves 1943 Mint unissued condition tan cotton anti mosquito gloves giving forearm & hand protection to troops deployed in tropical climates where the threat of the manpower draining mosquito was ever present. Broad arrow marked & dated 1943.
WW2 British Anti Mosquito Gloves 1944 Tan cotton gauntlets for wear by British troops in the Mediterranean & Far Eastern theatres intended to provide protection against the Malaria carrying mosquito threat of which there were many casualties during the Sicilian campaign. This pair with small hole to right palm area & both dated 1944 with broad arrow marking.
WW2 British Anti-Mosquito Gloves 1944 Tan cotton gloves in good condition for tropical conditions to protect the wearer against the malaria spreading mosquito. Both marked & dated 1944.
WW2 British Armoured Crews Group Photograph In Field Nice group shot of Armoured Division troops in battledress & black berets in the field with tank turret visible in background & soft skinned vehicles behind.
WW2 British Armoured Fighting Vehicle First Aid Box Large size box for First Aid Kit foruse in Armoured Fighting Vehicles where the likelihood of serious injury by burns was quite high. Box is of black painted metal with broad arrow to lid & designation ‘ Outfit, First-Aid, General , Large ‘ . Maker of Hagger & Daniels Ltd of London with the date 4 45 are clearly visible to lid. Condition excellent with minimal surface rust. Hard to find with late war date.
WW2 British Armoured Fighting Vehicle First Aid Box 1945 Black metal box as carried by crews of Armoured Fighting Vehicles with war department arrow to front & stencilled date of ’4 45′ ( April 1945 ) .
WW2 British Armoured Fighting Vehicle Goggles & Carrying Tin 1940 These were an issue items for crews of tanks & armoured fighting vehicles as well as despatch riders . Goggles have polarised lenses with wired surround & side walls to block the glare . It is also reputed that these wire framed versions with polarised lenses were issued to snipers. Case is marked ‘MB12 1940′ . Overall good condition couple of scratches to one lense.
WW2 British Armoured Fighting Vehicles First Aid Box Good example of the First Aid box for Armoured Fighting Vehicles as carried in the confines of the tank or AFV & normally carrying medical kit for the treatment of burns. White on black lettering with broad arrow to front .
WW2 British Armoured Fighting Vehicles First Aid Kit Box 1945 A white stencilling on black ‘ Outfit, First Aid’ for use on AFVs. Box only with date ’4 45′ to lid. Overall good condition.
WW2 British Armoured Vehicle First Aid Kit Black metal box with war department broad arrow to front . Original black paint with white stencil markings & side opening. Some postwar items inside from the 1950s .
WW2 British Army & Navy Store Price List Book 1939-40 Interesting book from the early war period being an Army & Navy Stores price list/catalogue full of articles for sale for the military officer & commercial market. Included in the book are pages offering for private purchase to officers military uniform ie, service dress , tropical service dress , mess dress & overseas kit as well as Sam Browne kit items, medals & weapons such as swords, rifles & revolvers. All three services are covered for sale by this internationally renowned store of the period as well as offering many other items of commercial use used by British officers such as quality camping/field sets & utensils & other practical field accessories for the gentleman in the field. Contained within the book are also many other household items for the civilian such as tools, furniture , cigarette accessories, groceries , clothing to name only a few.
WW2 British Army ’37 Patt Belt Green blancoed 37 patt web belt with brass fittings in used condition.
WW2 British Army 1937 Pattern Smallpack Green blancoed ’37 pattern smallpack with 1943 date & broad arrow. Mixture of steel & brass fittings as per mid to late manufacture. Good used condition.
WW2 British Army Axe 1944 Heavy duty hand axe broad arrow marked & dated 1944. Typically carried as part of a vehicle kit this is a good non post war painted example.
WW2 British Army Binoculars 1938 Kershaw maker X 6 power binoculars graticuled with date 1938. Overall in excellent condition this pair have the scarce leather lens cover still attached & also neck strap intact. War Department broad arrow to bottom shoulders with overall good optics & clear graticuling.
WW2 British Army Binoculars 1940 & Case 1942 Nice set of British military issue No2 MkII binoculars of x6 magnification with good optics & clearly visible graticules. Both shoulders of the binoculars are clearly marked with pattern & graticule spacing & the maker name of Kershaw , Leeds & early date of 1940. Broad arrow marked to bottom. Complete with the hard to find issue web neckstrap many now having postwar civilian use replacements. Case is of the 1937 pattern made by MECo & dated 1941. Belt loops & compass pouch hooks to rear. Overall a very nice desirable early dated complete set.
WW2 British Army Binoculars 1943 & Case 1940 Nice set of British military issue No2 MkIII binoculars of x6 magnification with excellent working optics. Both shoulders of the binoculars are clearly marked with pattern & graticule spacing & the maker name of Taylor-Hudson & date 1943. Broad arrow marked to both shoulders. Complete with the hard to find issue web neckstrap many now having postwar civilian use replacements. Case is of the 1937 pattern made by MECo & dated 1940. Belt loops & compass pouch hooks to rear. Overall a very nice desirable complete set.
WW2 British Army Boot Brush 1940 1940 dated horsehair boot brush. Broad arrow marked & in good condition.
WW2 British Army Boot Brush 1940 1940 dated horsehair boot brush. Broad arrow marked & in good condition.
WW2 British Army Braces 1940 Scarce pair of early war 1940 dated British army issue trouser braces . Broad arrow marked & in excellent condition.
WW2 British Army Clothes Brush 1943 Large sized brush for clothes dated 1943.
WW2 British Army Cooking Pot 1944 A large sized WW2 British army cooking pot with carrying handle. Such as would have been used to serve stews etc with a ladel in the field it bears the W/ID war department marking & a date of 1940. On the other side there are maker initials to FF&S with another WD broad arrow marking & the date 1944. In excellent condition.
WW2 British Army Corporals 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse A 1937 pattern battledress blouse with corporal stripes on both arms & first world war medal ribbon bar to left breast. Remains of its early paper clothing label are to be seen on inside right breast with black ink stamp ‘A/V’ ( Anti-Vessicant ) & date 41 signifying anti gas treatment on inside left lining. This soldier is most likely to have been a Home Guard member due to the three medals he had already been awarded in the first world war as indicated on his uniform. A used battledress with one period replaced brass dished button for a brown plastic one on front fly. Coupleof small moth nips to be seen on the front but nothing to detract from its originality.
WW2 British Army Electric Traffic Lamp & Box WW2 British army electric lamp in green coming with its cardboard box of issue. Good condition.
WW2 British Army Field Service Butchers Knife Carrier 1943 WW2 British army issue carrier for the knives required by a unit butcher to operate under field conditions. These were , of course, used by the butchers/cooks who prepared food for the troops under field conditions where the proper storage of their utensils was impractical. The heavy duty brown canvas carrier has a number of leather reinforced compartments to hold utensils such as knives & meat cleavers as necessary & folds up together making a compact case for their safe carriage. Broad arrow & War Department stamped it is dated 1943. An unusual item of field catering kit!
WW2 British Army Foot Powder British army issue foot powder . Classic British infantry piece of personal kit for the smallpack.
WW2 British Army Gaiters 1941 Green blancoed matching pair of Size 2 gaiters made by BHG in 1941. Leather tabs & brass buckles in good condition.
WW2 British Army Gaiters 1941 Web unissued condition British army gaiters matching pair made by H&S in 1941.
WW2 British Army Gas Mask Spectacles (RADC) British army gas mask spectacles for wear with the mask to ensure a tight seal on the facepiece when worn. Metal frames coming in there original case with service label on inside stating that these spectacles are for ordinary use & for when wearing the respirator along with instructions re wear. On the inside of the lid is an owners name label to a 23105065 Pte Morris RADC ( Royal Army Dental Corps ) . Minus lenses, some paint on case.
WW2 British Army Gloucestershire Regiment Officers SD Cap A super example of the British officers service dress cap from an officer of the famous Gloucestershire regiment. Cap is high quality officer private purchase with officers cap badge & the individually preferred rugby ball chinstrap buttons. Quality silk lining with leather sweatband in good order. Overall an excellent condition piece to this historical regiment.
WW2 British Army GS Shovel 1942 Good example of the British infantry shovel with T handle & broad arrow stamp. These were of course much used in all theatres by the British infantry often seen being carried into action as is evidenced by period photographs. This example is maker marked & bears the date 1942 with WD broad arrow still visible. Overall excellent example of this not so commonly seen piece of British Tommy kit.
WW2 British Army GS Shovel 1944 Good example of the British infantry shovel with T handle & broad arrow stamp. These were of course much used in all theatres by the British infantry often seen being carried into action as is evidenced by period photographs. This example is marked to BRADES & bears the date 1944 with WD broad arrow still visible. Overall excellent example of this not so commonly seen piece of British Tommy kit.
WW2 British Army Issue Collarless Shirt The British soldier issue collarless shirt with aluminium dished buttons to half fly front & cuffs. No moth & an approx 46 inch chest.
WW2 British Army Issue Long Johns 1942 Rare wartime British army issue Long Johns with maker label of ‘ Hall & Earl Ltd , Warnorm’ & date 1942. Two brass buttons to front fly with tapered elasticated ankles for an airtight fit. With a few small holes in places these are a very rare item of WW2 British personal clothing rarely seen coming onto the collectors market today.
WW2 British Army Issue Physical Training Shorts 1941 In dark blue cotton these shorts had an elastic waistband with no pockets. Manufacturer label to rear reading ‘ Shorts, Gymnasium Hogg & Mitchell Size 6, Waist 40ins ‘ with date 1941. Unissued & in mint condition.
WW2 British Army Issue Razors 1943/44 Dates Scarce WW2 British Army issue razors with broad arrow marking & 1944 dates. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British Army Issue Socks Khaki heavy wool socks both with size stampings (12) to inside toe area. Used condition but good out of WW2 soldiers kitbag.
WW2 British Army Issue Socks A pair of tan coloured socks that were recently found in a WW2 officers trunk. Both have W/I\D stores code ink stamp. May be tropical issue .
WW2 British Army Issue Socks 1943 Scarce pair of original light grey with white stripe WD issue socks with H & S maker label & date 1943 to each sock . WW2 British issue underwear items are now very hard to find. Unissued & in mint condition.
WW2 British Army Issue Toilet Paper A wad of toilet paper as issued to the British infantryman in the field for carriage in the smallpack . A hard to find piece of personal issue kit.
WW2 British Army Issue Toilet Paper A wad of toilet paper as issued to the British infantryman in the field for carriage in the smallpack . A hard to find piece of personal issue kit.
WW2 British Army Jack Knife & Lanyard 1943 WW2 issue jack knife with 1944 date to can opener blade. Overall used but good & comes complete with lanyard.
WW2 British Army Lamp & Box Of Issue A near mint condition example of the British army lamp in its WW2 issue brown paint coming complete in its cardboard box of issue marked ‘Lamps Electric No. 1′ . Faint markings to belt attachment on rear of lamp.
WW2 British Army Long Johns 1942 Scarce early war British army issue Long Johns a size 2 , broad arrow marked & dated 1941. Brass dished buttons to front in overall excellent condition .
WW2 British Army Medical Corps Chiropody Instruments Set 1940 Interesting medical item of kit to look after one of the infantry soldiers most vital assets , his feet. Wooden hinged lid box is marked ‘ Chiropody instruments ‘ with date 1940 & War Department broad arrow. Maker of box ‘ Scholl MFG Co. Ltd ‘ marked to rim with shaped wooden inserts inside to hold specific instruments. Various items inside , not neccessarily originally belonging to the set but some broad arrow marked & in stainless steel to aid hygiene.
WW2 British Army Medical Officers Service Uniform ( Named ) Good example of a WW2 British Officers Service Uniform being to a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Comprises Jacket, trousers, cap & Sam Browne belt & cross strap all from the one man. Uniform conforms to a later pattern of Service Dress with pleated patch pockets & slip type lower bellows pockets with a plain cuff. All brass kings crown buttons & rank pips to tunic with officers plastic economy collar badges & cap badge. Right side of outer waist area has a custom variation watch pocket covered by the belt when worn. Tailors label to inside of tunic gives a Bristol tailor with officers name ‘ Lt Beavis ‘ & the date 6th January 1944 . Officers name also to top collar area & also waistband of SD trousers. Defence & War medal ribbons to left breast. Overall condition is excellent with no moth.
WW2 British Army Mess Tin Set Excellent condition British army messtin set in aluminium broad arrow marked & made by MMS in 1945.
WW2 British Army Mess Tin Set 1941 A pair of WW2 British mess tins maker marked to ‘MMS’ & dated 1941 with broad arrow to outside tin. Good overall condition.
WW2 British Army Messtin Set 1942 Matching pair of British steel messtins both matching maker marked & dated ‘MB 42′. Overall in good condition.
WW2 British Army MK II Tommy Helmet 1939 Excellent untouched example of the MKII British steel helmet with much khaki brown paint remaining & black interior liner system in excellent supple condition. Minor surface abrasions to exterior of shell with minimal age underside of rim gives date 1939 with WD over 1. ( See closeup picture ) . Liner cradle showing Size 7 with date 1939, crown pad is virtually unaged & has mich softness remaining. Web chinstrap is complete with good elasticity. Overall nice sleepy example only recently surfaced.
WW2 British Army MkII ‘Tommy’ Steel Helmet 1939 A very good clean example of the classic early war British ‘Tommy’ helmet with 1939 date & smooth khaki paint finish. Only minor abrasions are to be seen on the exterior of the shell with maker markings ‘ R.O.Co ‘ for the firm Rubery Owen & Co, Darleston & date 1939. Early oval dome pad to interior with 1939 date & size 7 1/4 to cradle. Liner good. Chinstrap lugs are indicative of a very early made helmet being dated 1938 with web chinstrap in excellent clean condition. Most certainly becoming harder to find in this size & condition.
WW2 British Army Motorcyclists Despatch Riders Coat Scarce example of the heavy rubberised tan fabric Motorcycle Despatch Riders coat as used by Despatch Riders & also Military Police Units in WW2. The coat is sized with a fixed waistbelt that fastens the coat watertight via a double buckle system at the front. The coat could then be fastened round each leg as required. Depot & manufacturers markings on the inside of the coat with date 1945. Overall the jacket is good with general service use & all poppers, fittings present & correct. These coats are much seen in use in the European theatre from 1944 onwards being much favoured for their large map pockets & durability by all who wore them.
WW2 British Army Motorcyle Despatch Riders Coat, 1944 Date Scarce example of the heavy rubberised tan fabric Motorcycle Despatch Riders coat as used by Despatch Riders & also Military Police Units in WW2. The coat is sized with a fixed waistbelt that fastens the coat watertight via a double buckle system at the front. The coat could then be fastened round each leg as required. Clothing label is intact on the inside with the date of 1944 & the manufacturers details. Also stamped onto the inside of the coats back is again the date 1944 & the motif******* . Overall the jacket is good with normal service use with all poppers & fittings present & correct. These coats are much seen in use in the European theatre from 1944 onwards being much favoured for their large map pockets & durability by all who wore them.
WW2 British Army Officer Casualty Effects ( Killed 1944 ) Arthur Thomas Chard was a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps 39th General Transport company, Service number 265648. He died 20th April 1944 aged 40 and is buried in Southgate cemetary. No more is known about him but his low service number would suggest he joined the army early in the war . The first of his 7 items is a ‘trench art’ petrol lighter & ash tray inscribed ‘to 2/LT. Chard A token of appreciation from ‘B’ Pln. 39 G.T.C. Coy. RASC 1943. (The year before his death). The lighter is fully working and the 18 pounder shell case ashtray is dated 1917. Next is his personal shaving kit in an initialled leather case. The “Valet” Auto Strop Safety Razor. Includes a mirror, razor, 2 holders for spare blades, and 2 silver (unmarked) or silver plated containers. The silver has blackened and the hinge of the lid on the leather case has broken. Next is a loose leaf notebook with pencilled notes and calenders for 1926 & 1927. It has his name and full address written in pen. Also pictured with it is a whistle on a green lanyard. It is stamped ‘The Metropolitan, J Hudson & Co. 13 Barr St. Birmingham’. Both are in good condition. Next is his ‘Johnny Walker’ leather wallet & 1935 diary with its original pencil. It has pencil entries and is in good but well used condition. Finally is another wallet given with the compliments of Marmet Ltd. And a copper plaque in a wooden frame. Looks like Art nouveau or arts and crafts period. Overall an interesting & poignant group of items , ripe for research, to a British officer who sadly did not survive WW2.
WW2 British Army Officers Shirt WW2 purchased khaki woollen officers shirt in unmothed condition. This item was found with the Lieutenants denim overalls & leather jerkin listed seperately & differs from the normal other ranks style having a collar attached & being of a higher quality. There are no breast pockets which is typical of a wartime piece. Many different types of shirt were worn by the British soldier & as officers invariably procured their own clothing this widens the difference in styles, patterns & materials considerably. The material on this example is of a good quality wool without the scratchiness of the issue type & the half opening on the front is fastened with three brown resin type buttons as are the cuff openings with one on each. Two out of five of the original buttons have been replaced. Collar is half lined on the inside & out with a smooth cotton material & bears the label ‘ALL WOOL Made In England’ . There are also some letters stamped lightly onto the inside of the collar being ‘CCCL’ & then the number ’6′ .Size is good for mannequin & there are no holes, rips or tears.
WW2 British Army ORs/Officers Collarless Flannel Shirt 1944 A very rare dated example of the British army collarless shirt with half fly buttoned front & khaki drill lining to neck area. There is a buttonhole to the rear of the collar to facilitate the wearing of a removeable collar this shirt most likely originally intended to be worn by an officer. Towards the end of the war regulations were relaxed & other ranks were also permitted to wear collars & so this shirt would of been worn by any rank . Rear of the collar has broad arrow marking & maker ‘JM&Co 1944′ . A scarce item to find dated & in a good medium to large size.
WW2 British Army Pay Book & Papers (AB64) Virtually mint condition example of a WW2 British soldiers paybook (or Army Book 64). Paybook issued to a Royal Artillery sergeant serving with a Searchlight regiment & contains his personal details & description, leave dates, Record of Employment as an Army Tradesman , Training Courses etc etc. Also medical information & his Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve on 19/8/1945 after his WW2 service had finished. Super condition example & worthy of more research.
WW2 British Army Paybook ( AB64 ) British soldiers paybook covering the period from 26/5/42 to 29/10/45 in good condition. Issued to a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps Private Flewers was an insurance agent before being enlisted at Leicester in March 1942. Many entries including Bren Gun , Live Grenade Practice & Gas Chamber training & also his entitlement to four service chevrons is entered on the 22/6/1944. Also inside the book is an army Meal Ticket issued to Pte Flewers in January 1944 , a War Department Driving Licence dated 13th August 1945 & an RAOC Depot Privilege Price Cigarettes & Tobacco Coupon Card dated 31/12/45. Service used condition.
WW2 British Army Paybook (AB64) & Map Reading Manual Coming as a pair are this paybook to a member of the Royal Artillery who enlisted in 1938 with many entries including innoculations, pay & training. Map Reading manual is of paperback & dated 1943 in good condition. Paybook is well used with some tape repairs to spine & some pages loose.
WW2 British Army Paybook AB64 Mint condition example of a British Army paybook to a member of the Royal Artillery enlisting in 1927 & serving through WW2. Paybook is dated 1944 & so is a replacement for an older one which was most likely full or lost in action. A ‘ Casualties Other Ranks Responsibility for Notification Slip ‘ dated 1945 is contained within the rear pocket of the book. Excellent example of the AB64 having had minimal use.
WW2 British Army Portable Heater Classic item of British soldier kit being the small issue heater used by the ‘Tommy’ marked MB13 on bottom . Paraffin apparently still present & believed to still be in working order.
WW2 British Army Primus Stove 1944 Contained within its original tin is this primus stove maker marked & dated 1944. In green paint there are collapsible arms on the top portion with extendable feet on the bottom that fold away when not being used. Tin has some rust through shed storage , stove is in excellent order.
WW2 British Army Raincape/Groundsheet 1942 Scarce British issue rain cape often seen rolled up under the flap of the smallpack & seen much in use by the British infantryman of WW2. Tan rubberised fabric with standup collar & Manchester maker with date 1942. OF Centre in small lettering to top left breast. Some minor storage marks but all buttons are original & in place. Now a scarce item of British Tommy kit. (PM)
WW2 British Army Raincape/Groundsheet 1944 Scarce British issue rain cape often seen rolled up under the flap of the smallpack & seen much in use by the British infantryman of WW2. Tan rubberised fabric with standup collar & clear oval maker stamp & date 1944. Not many survive due to their rubberised fabric material which is prone to rotting. Some minor use but all buttons are original & in place. Now a scarce item of British Tommy kit. ( Helmet for display only ) .
WW2 British Army REME Officer Photograph REME officer photograph in ’37 pattern battledress & beret. Appears to be North Africa/Libya setting.
WW2 British Army Sergeants Photograph Two sergeants both wearing BD , GS & FS caps.
WW2 British Army Shell Dressing 1939 Opened example of the Shell Dressing issued by the Army Medical Council then restamped for Home Office ARP use. Dated January 1939.
WW2 British Army Shirt Collar 1944 A good khaki example with cotton lining made by GS & Co & dated 1944. Broad arrow marked. Very small hole to right side.
WW2 British Army Shirt Collar 1944 Date Detachable khaki collar with light khaki cotton lining having maker markings of ‘ G.S & Co 1944 ‘ & broad arrow underneath. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British Army Snowshoes 1941 Good condition matched pair of the scarce British military issue produced snowshoes with military markings & date of 1941. Made of wood & web strapping ( one strap marked BHG1941 ) these have no damage to wood with all fittings intact. Now a scarce item of specialist equipment to be found.
WW2 British Army Snowshoes 1943 Matching pair of the scarce British army issue snowshoes constructed of wood with webbing straps & both dated 1943. In excellent condition there are many markings with webbing on each clearly maker marked & date 1943 legible. One of the wooden frames is marked with maker initial & date 43 . Certainly a scarce item of specialist British military equipment.
WW2 British Army Snowshow 1941 One only wooden & webbing snowshow dated 1941. In good condition with markings to wood & BHG 1941 to webbing strap. Specialist item of equipment issued to troops serving in snow conditions.
WW2 British Army Snowshow 1941 One only wooden & webbing snowshow dated 1941. In good condition with markings to wood & BHG 1941 to webbing strap. Specialist item of equipment issued to troops serving in snow conditions.
WW2 British Army Sweater 1942 A scarce example of the wartime sweater worn by the British soldier in many different theatres. Very close fitting & of light khaki knitted wool this example is in excellent order with no holes or moth & still bears its clothing label giving date of 1942, war department arrow & size 1.
WW2 British Army Tanksuit 1944 A British army tank suit otherwise known as the ‘Pixie’ suit with stores code for 1944. This example has had part of its front zip removed & the legs opened to make it into more of a coat with some of the interior lining removed also. This could be converted back into it its original form with not too much work as the belt is still present as are all of the pockets. Clothing label is washed out. Still a nice WW2 tank crew item .
WW2 British Army Torch 1940 1940 dated green army painted torch in shaft form made by Silas Hyde Ltd , broad arrow marked & dated 1940. Screw capped end with perspex bulb lens which is cracked. Belt clip intended for ’37 pattern waistbelt . Used condition.
WW2 British Army V Neck Pullover Good used condition green army issue woollen pullover with name label remaining to neck area. Found recently amongst the effects of a WW2 soldier in the bottom of a kitbag with some other items listed similarly.
WW2 British Army Vehicle Mapcase Large sized vehicle mapcase with several compartments for maps & related articles. Some green paint traces to edges & some wear to fabric through use . Rust to poppers. Brown leather carrying strap still present to rear on two carrying strap loops.
WW2 British Army/Air Map Of Tripoli 1945 Large size map of Tripoli in scale 1 : 1,000,000 dated 1945. Good used condition.
WW2 British Army/Aircrew/Naval socks Heavy issue grey woolen socks worn in a variety of roles by British military personnel & often seen worn by aircrews rolled over the tops of their flying boots. Grey wool with ink size stamping ’11′ to inside. Used condition from WW2 soldiers kitbag.
WW2 British ARP Armband An early war period Air Raid Precautions armband for Air Raid wardens worn in the early stages of the civil defences organisation. Black stencilled on white back ground with elastic to rear for adjustability. A crudely made piece indicative of this period.
WW2 British ARP Badge Silver WW2 Air Raid Precautions badge overall excellent condition, hallmarked to reverse.
WW2 British ARP Bleach Ointment ( Anti Mustard Gas ) Scarce tin of the ARP Bleach Ointment which was intended to be used to treat the skin in case of being effected by Mustard gas. In excellent condition complete with contents.
WW2 British ARP Lamp Unissued condition ARP lamp used by Air Raid Wardens & other Civil Defence workers at night during the blackout. Lamp has a blackout hood to hide the light from above . In its original box of issue.
WW2 British ARP Lamp 1939 WW2 British home front Air Raid Wardens lamp dated 1939. Black painted & marked on top CES Co LTD ARP 1939 . Good condition.
WW2 British ARP Rescue Service Manual 1942 An interesting HMSO publication printed for the Rescue Services giving operating procedures to assist in the aftermath of air raids with trapped persons , rescue equipment, debris clearance, recovery of the dead etc etc. Fascinating reading in used condition with slightly plit spine although pages intact.
WW2 British ARP Shell Dressing Unissued condition Shell Dressing marked to the Home Office Air Raid Precautions Department with 1938/39 dates, several in stock.
WW2 British ARP/Civil Defence Helmet Black painted mid war Mk II helmet having been factory applied with no other colours underneath indicating its original paint finish. Paint to exterior has some rust spots however a light oiling has subdued this. Inside cradle is dated 1943 with maker mark to ‘BMB’ to liner & shell. Web chinstrap intact.
WW2 British Artillery Manual ‘ Coastal Artillery’ 1941 Many topics on the above subject covered focussing on the technical side of Coastal Artillery Gunnery such as Bearings & Distances, Gunnery Calculations , Practice, Ranging Etc… Printed July 1941.
WW2 British Atlantic Star Awarded in the Royal Navy for six months service afloat between 3 September 1939 & 8 May 1945 in the Atlantic or home waters & to personnel employed in the convoys to North Russia & the South Atlantic.
WW2 British ATS Commemorative Plate Named decorative plate to a member of the womens Auxiliary Territorial Service who was one of a small number of those who served in the Middle East in the early stages of WW2. Engraved to a ‘Sergeant Fraser MG ATS/MEF’ ( Middle East Force ) much decoration adorns the plate which appears to be made of pewter & has many pictures relating to service in Egypt including pyramids, camels, Cactus etc. Only a very small number of ATS personnel served overseas i.e, in France in 1939-40 & others, as here ,were in Egypt by December 1940. It is probable that this was presented upon the recipient leaving the service the details of which await some much deserved research.
WW2 British ATS Working Boots 1943 Black pebbled leather Womens ATS working boot both dated 1943 . WD & broad arrow marked to upper ankle area with an apparent size 4. Good unused condition.
WW2 British Auxiliary Fire Service Side Cap Fine example of the Service cap of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) in good condition. First formed in 1938 as part of Civil Defence Air raid precautions , its role was to supplement the work of brigades at local level. The AFS was superseded in August 1941 by the National Fire Service this being therefore a rare Home Front cap. Some wear to nap of cloth in places however overall the cap is excellent & complete with its original AFS cap badge & buttons.
WW2 British Badged Souvenir Belt Classic soldiers souvenir item being the issue waistbelt dated 1941 with cap badges affixed to it from various British regiments & units. Often seen in period photographs being worn by British soldiers it was a pastime to collect the badges of other units normally those with which they served with or had an affiliation with in another way. On this belt are the badges of the York & Lancasters, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces , Royal Scots, The Buffs as well as three other badges & a button. All original to the belt & a totally original period piece.
WW2 British Battledress Trousers 1943 A good sized pair of 1940 Pattern Battledress trousers with front map & field dressing pocket . All brown buttons present to fly & pockets as well as waist area for brace attachment. ‘N’ War Department stores code to inside of waist area denoting year as 1943. Overall in good used condition there are some very light moth tracks in places with some wear & a small stitch repair to rear waist area. Length from top of waist to bottom leg is 121cm. Inside leg measures 84cm. Waist approx 34 inch. Overall a scarce pair of British soldiers 1940 pattern trousers.
WW2 British Bergen Rucksack 1942 A good example of the Bergen rucksack as issued to British troops & Commandos for its large load capacity. In light canvas all straps are complete there being a mix of leather & webbing throughout. Integral metal frame to reverse. Clear date of 1942 to inside top flap.
WW2 British Binoculars & Carrying Case British military issue Kershaw made x6 service binoculars , broad arrow stamped & with scarce webbing neck strap. Case is of the 1937 pattern made by Mills Equipment Company in 1940. Side buckles & belt hooks to rear complete.
WW2 British Binoculars & Web Carrying Case British Military issue service binoculars made by Kershaw in 1942 with web neck strap that has been cut then tied back together at centre. Overall some age to metal fittings. Web carry case in superb condition marked ‘ME Co 1941′ with belt hooks on rear. As used by British officers in the field in all theatres.
WW2 British Boiled Sweets Ration Tin 1943 Nice example of the scarcer Boiled sweets tin dated 1943 .
WW2 British Bombay Bloomers 1942 These are the rare early WWII version of the KD shorts with long legs that button up to form shorts. They could be lowered to form trousers in the evening for protection against cold or mosquitos. In good used condition they are War Department O coded for the year 1942. There is a small tear to the lower backside & general use throughout although all of its brass dished waist buttons are intact. Trouser leg buttons all original. Waist size approx a 30-32 in.
WW2 British Bomber Crew Photograph Pair Two photographs of a six man RAF bomber crew wearing flying gear & Mae Wests pictured against their bomber aircraft. Both pictures appear to be of same crew although varying slightly.
WW2 British Boot Brush 1939 Dated Scarce 1939 piece of British small kit being the much needed boot brush a classic item from the Tommys’ small pack. This piece has the War Department broad arrow to one side with the maker name of ‘ Beechwood Ltd ‘ & the date 1939 impressed into the wood on its sides.
WW2 British Boot Brush 1940 Good used condition , broad arrow marked & dated 1940.
WW2 British Boot Brush 1941 British Army boot brush dated 1941 . Broad arrow marked & made by Vale Bros. Scarce item of Tommy personal kit.
WW2 British Bren Gun Tripod 1940 Excellent wartime example of the British army Bren gun tripod with much green paint remaining. 1940 dated. Used in fixed line fire positions & the anti aircraft role these are now scarce pieces of the Bren gun equipment setup. Bren gun for sale seperately. Please email to discuss postage /collection options.
WW2 British Bren Gun Tripod Carrying Strap 1944 Webbing carrying strap for the bren gun tripod . Dated 1944.
WW2 British Bren Magazine Assault Jerkin 1944 1944 assault jerkin designed to carry extra magazines for the Bren gun. Toggel front fastening with rear yoke the centre piece is marked ‘CCL 1944′ with size marking of ‘Medium’ . In excellent condition.
WW2 British Brigadier/Colonel Service Dress Cap A scarce example of a high ranking British officers SD cap for a Brigadier ( Highest ranking field officer ) or Colonel . The cap still has its khaki tropical cover & is in excellent condition. In barethea wool the cap has been tailor made by Walter, Barnard & Son of St.James’s London. Underside of brim has green covering with high quality velvet pressure band at forehead area under its brown leather sweatband. High ranking officer quality gilt & velvet rank badge to front of cap with officers chinstrap buttons to sides. Scarlet hat band on this cap was worn only by officers holding the substantive rank of colonel & above i.e, full colonels , brigadiers, major-generals, lieutenant-generals. generals & field marshalls. The scarlet band, as here, was worn by those above from the cavalry, infantry, Royal Artillery & Corps of Signals.
WW2 British Brigadiers Mess Dress Jacket WW2 British Officers Mess Dress Jacket formerly belonging to a Brigadier. In good condition with overall service use this quality tailor made jacket has red velvet lapels & a red padded silk lining to inside. Shoulders have braid edged straps with a bullion crown & three pips embroidered in bullion for rank of Brigadier. Both buttons are Kings Crown. All insignia is original to the jacket. Medal ribbon loops for a bar are present on the left breast. Size is approx a 44 to 46 in chest.
WW2 British Brown Drill Jacket / Overalls 1938 Pre war British soldiers brown work jacket still with label stating ‘ Overalls, Jacket, O.R. Brown Drill ‘ . These were worn over Service Dress during fatigue duty & also during training exercises to prevent excess wear to the serivde uniform underneath. Over time the brown colour of these jackets would wash out causing them to become a tan/ white colour over time. Buttonholes to front would facilitate the addition of regimental buttons . Label gives date January 1938. Chest measures 40 inches.
WW2 British Brush 1942 Light nylon bristles 1942 dated with broad arrow mark . Good condition.
WW2 British Burma Star Awarded for service in the Burma campaign & its immediate regions from 11th December 1941.
WW2 British Camouflage Helmet Interesting example of a WW2 British Mk II helmet that has been period brushstroke camouflaged in a green & dark/light brown paint scheme. The origins of the camouflage on the helmet are unknown however suspected to be from that of the Home Guard who were not unknown to have used camouflage on their helmets dependant on Command. Interestingly it has also been used by an Air Training Corps unit of Wenlock Edge School , a Boarding school in the Wenlock Edge, Shropshire area at some point in its history. This unit were in existence from the early war period this helmet most likely having been used by them after its military service had ended with its former owner whom most likely had links with the school. Liner cradle is size marked 6 3/4 , BMB maker marked & has the date 1939. Web chinstrap in original & has been tied at one end. Lettering is faded off white with dark green period overpaint being applied to underside of rim.
WW2 British Camouflage Jerkin No.2 1941 Scarce example of the British army camouflage leather jerkin this piece dated 1941. The jerkin was , of course, a throwback from the WW1 period the No.1 being of Great war origin & the No.2 its later counterpart. Clothing label reads ‘ Jerkins Leather No.2 Camouflage 1941′ . The camouflage green spray of this example is very distinct & the overall condition quite clearly indicates a garment that was never issued. All of its large brown buttons to the front are original with its green wool blanket lining superb & unmothed. Several pieces of leather have been used in its construction this being indicative of practicality being the prime factor rather than appearance.
WW2 British Camouflage Poncho/Rain Cape 1944 A 1944 dated British issue poncho/cape that was recovered from the Eterville area of Normandy,France in the 1970s. From a local French collector, it has traces of brown & green camouflage paint remaining & also the clear date stamp of 1944. Cape has the typical high collar with buttons of the light brown vegetable resin type with a hook & eye fastening to the neck . An interesting item from the NW Europe theatre where the British 43rd Infantry Division were figthing.
WW2 British Camouflage Rain Cape/Poncho 1940 A very rare early camouflage example of the British raincape in rubberised fabric with War Department markings & broad arrow to interior. Garment has buttoned front with collar & grommeted holes to edges for use as a groundsheet. Maker ink stamped also with clear 1940 date . Only issued for a very brief period of time in the early war period this is an extremely scarce item to come on to the collectors market today.
WW2 British Camouflage Windproof Trousers 1943 Excellent unissued condition pair of windproof trousers seen in period photographs in use at the end of the war by British troops. Made from lightweight windproofed cotton with a front pocket & button tabs to end of the trouser legs. Good medium size see pictures for sizes.
WW2 British Canvas Water Bucket 1943 The collapsible canvas WW2 British issue water bucket used by troops in the field. Originally in green canvas this example has been used & is dated 1943. Rope handle complete.
WW2 British Cartridge Carrier Pair 1941 Issued to gunners, vehicle crews & those others who did not require a full compliment of ammunition were the 1937 pattern cartridge carriers. This pair are in excellent green blancoed condiiton with date 1941 visible on one pouch. Belt hooks & brace buckles on reverse.
WW2 British Cartridge Carrier Pair 1943 Made by MECo in 1943 this matching pair of rifle ammunition pouches were for issue to non infantry armed with the rifle. Unblancoed , unissued condition.
WW2 British Casualty Insulating Cover 1941 Khaki canvas & rubberised fabric insulating cover intended for casualties awaiting evacuation. These covers were waterproof this example having its waterproofed side stamped 1941 with its main body made by waring & Gillow & dated 1943.
WW2 British Casualty Paperwork Group (S.Lancashire Regiment) Interesting & poignant group of paperwork relating to the death of a British Officer who was killed on Active Service in India in September 1942. The correspondence starts in August 1942 with his wife having written to the Army to enquire as to the welfare of her husband who was serving in India & who she hadnt had any contact from for some time. The enquiries have been taken up by the Chaplains Department several letters of which explain their action. Putting her husbands lack of communication down to the time delays incurred with a posting to India she receives a telegram on 7th october 1942 informing her of the death of her husband , a Lieutenant in the South Lancashire Rifles, as a result of a motor accident. A letter dated February 1943 goes into more detail & gives the circumstances under which he was killed stating that the truck he was travelling in was discovered overturned in a pond by Indian tribesman with his body & that of another soldier underneath the vehicle. Various correspondence relating to this & that of the War Graves & his burial details are to be found within the group along with other letters regarding her entitlement to a Captains pension rather than the Lieutenants pension she was receiving ( When killed he was Paid acting Captain ) . This was also taken up by her writing to her MP EL Fleming & posted to the House of Commons on March 21st 1945 after an ongoing tussle with the War Office. The correspondence relating to this is contained within the group. A newspaper cutting of 1942 lists Lieutenant McManus of the S.Lancs in the Officers Killed Roll of Honour.
WW2 British Cavalry Bandoleer 1942 Brown leather cavalry bandoleer with brass metal fittings broad arrow marked & dated 1942. Maker initialled to DLW. A good condition example with some minor age overall.
WW2 British CC41 Shirt With Collar Good large sized shirt with collar bearing the ‘CC41′ ( Civilian Clothing 1941 ) label denoting that it met government austerity regulations. Approx a 52in chest with half button fly.
WW2 British Childs Mickey Mouse Gas Mask Excellent example of the so called ‘Mickey Mouse’ gas mask so designed to appear more appealing to the young children for whom they were intended. This piece has good supple rubber with intact headstraps & the date to face piece of 4/42 (April 1942). Blue filter is also good with no rust & is dated October 1942. Brown cardboard box has no tears or other damage & has instructions for use & its care on the top of the lid & on its underside. Carrying strap complete.
WW2 British Chocolate & Boiled Sweet Ration Tin 1943 WW2 scarce British Issue Chocolate & Boiled Sweets ration tin made by D & H Ltd & dated 11/43. A classic item of the WW2 Tommy this example is in fair condition with some surface rust in places.
WW2 British Chocolate & Boiled Sweets Ration Tin 1943 Good used example of the British soldiers Chocolate & Boiled Sweets ration in its large size. Dated 1943 , overall good condition.
WW2 British Chocolate & Boiled Sweets Ration Tin 1943 Good used example of the British soldiers Chocolate & Boiled Sweets ration in its large size. Dated 1943 , overall good condition.
WW2 British Cigarette Ration Tin From the issue ration packs these tins held 50 cigarettes ( 7 per man per day ) & are now becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Tin is still in its original light grey paint with overall wear & age.
WW2 British Cigarette Ration Tin Issue tin containing the cigarette ration in blue grey with ‘CIGARETTES’ embossed on the lid. Classic piece of British Tommy small kit still with corrugated cardboard wrapper inside. Some light surface rust in places but overall scarce item of ration pack.
WW2 British Civil Defence ‘Headquarters’ Shoulder Title Yellow on black embroidered ‘HEADQUARTERS’ shoulder title for Civil Defence units. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British Civil Defence Armband Introduced in 1940 with yellow lettering on blue background . Good condition.
WW2 British Civil Defence Beret Dark blue ‘Supak’ made wool beret for issue to Civil Defence personnel with faint markings remaining to inside a broad arrow still being visible. Good condition with no moth.
WW2 British Civil Defence Helmet 1939 Very nice example of the black painted MkII helmet for use by Civil Defence personnel working at night on Air Raid Duties of which there were many. Helmet is a standard khaki issue black overpaint with its inside in surprisingly virtually mint condition. Size is 6 3/4 with date to shell & liner cradle 1939. Some overall service use to outside black paint of helmet.
WW2 British Civil Defence Helmet 1941 In apparent unused condition this is a MKII pattern helmet with the slightly inferior composition as indicated by the three holes in one side of the shell. Having had an original factory applied light grey finish applied to it inside & out the liner cradle is dated 1941 with the size 7 imprinted to one arm. Web chinstrap intact & in good order.
WW2 British Civilian Duty Gas Mask 1942 Used by services such as Post Office, ARP, Ambulance etc this is a good condition set with 1942 dated mask in excellent unblemished black rubber. 1942 date to underside of nose, side of facepiece & headstraps yoke. Green carrying bag is virtually mint condition with shoulder strap & buttons & just visible 1942 date.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask WW2 British civilian gas mask in black carrying tin. Tin is a private purchase carrier preferred to the standard issue cardboard box & is finished in black. Bottom of tin is named to a man from Dagenham, Essex & carrying string is still present. Rubber of mask is in virtually mint condition having been well preserved in its airtight tin since the war. With good straps & buckles that are as good as new there is no rust at all to the filter. Mask is made by Avon & dated 1939. Classic British Home Front item.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask British civilian gas mask in its cardboard box with private purchase tan waterproof covering still fitted. Mask rubber is perished with a tear to its covering at rear portion. Lid of cardboard box has name & address of owner clearly written on.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask Good example of the civilian issue WW2 gas mask with black rubber facepiece dated 1937. Green convex filter also intact ( a later taped on addition to the first issue of filter taking into account the effetcs of Arsine Gas ) . Cardboard box is excellent with surprisingly no damage & also name & owner address handwritten to inside.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Box , Private Purchase Case A good condition example of the British civilian gas mask in its original cardboard box . This is encased in a private purchase brown leather case with pop stud fastening. Mask is size medium with a Holland County Council ARP card label with name & address of owner present. Very minimal amount of age to rubber edge of facepiece in places.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Carrying Bag 1937 A civilian gas mask made by Henley & dated 1937 in a private purchase tan canvas carrying bag. Mask in excellent unperished condition with bag in good order. Carrying handle on top that closes top flap.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Carrying Box A sound example of the British civilian gas mask in its original carrying cardboard box. Mask is in excellent undamaged condition made by Henley & dated 1937. Attached to the headband straps at the back is a label bearing the nomenclature ‘ Size L Holland County Council ARP ‘ . On the reverse of the card is the owners name & address from North End, Boston. Box in excellent condition with no damage.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Carrying Box 1937 British civilian gas mask dated 1937 with green convex filter attached for Arsine gas protection. Name label to mask straps named to Mr J Churchill with a Haringey , London address. Box in excellent condition with a small hole to perspex of mask visor.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Carrying Tin Nice example of the British civilian gas mask in its privately purchased ‘Gas Mask Holder’ . These cylindrical metal tins were much sturdier than the standard issue cardboard box & were subsequently sold by many retailers as a more protective alternative. This tin has a lift off lid with ‘Name’ & ‘Address’ on the top for the owner & ‘MB Gas Mask Holder’ around the side. Remains of the carrying string are still present & inside is the original instruction leaflet that came with the tin giving guidance on how to attach the carrying cord & correct packing of the mask into the tin. It also states that the tin is ‘painted cream to make it easily visible in the blackout’ . Rubber on the mask is still perfect being supple with no hardness or damage at all. Facepiece is dated 1936. Altogether a great piece of Home Front memorabilia.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & High Quality Leather Case This is a near perfect example of the British civilian issue gas mask in a very high quality brown leather case. Made by the famous retailer Bentalls of Kingston , the case is a private purchase item & clearly quite an expensive one in its day. The top flap fastens with a snap stud & the interior of the case is lined with a quality artificial silk type material. The company name of Bentalls , Kingston is embossed onto the front in Gold coloured lettering & the gas mask itself is in perfect condition with nearly new condition rubber & straps. Really nice example of a private purchase civilian gas mask case the quality of which is quite scarce.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Private Purchase Case A sound example of the British civilian gas mask made by AVON in 1940 coming in its private purchase leather carrying case such as could be purchased in shops & department stores of the period. Mask is in excellent condition as the day it was issued with no perishing to rubber & headstraps all good. Brown leather carrying zip up case is excellent with carrying strap intact.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Private Purchase Case A good condition civilian Home Front gas mask dated 1937 coming in a private purchase carrying case. Mask is made by AVON with date 9/37 & is in good order with no damage. Case is of rexine lined in blue cloth with a top flap & carrying handles.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask & Private Purchase Case British Civilian gas mask dated 1937 with canvas brown edged case & pop stud closing flap. Both are used with a hole to perspex visor of mask & some storage marks. Case is intact with carry strap.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask , Box & Waterproof Cover Superb condition WW2 Civilian gas mask dated 1937 in almost mint condition with no rust or erosion to metal parts & filter ( Small tear to right side of rubber as to be expected ). Cardboard box is excellent with instructions to inside of lid & original string intact. Name of owner to top of box which has been placed inside a private purchase waterproof cover with fastening poppers & carry strap. This item has a virtually matching twin listed as item number 2183 having both come from a wartime man & wife couple.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask , Box & Waterproof Cover. Excellent condition example of the Civilian gas mask in its oriignal cardboard box that has placed inside a private purchase waterproof cover. Inside the box is a small card certifying the owner as having been enrolled & accepted as a Fire Watcher with the Whitstable ARP. Also on the card is the owners name & address & the date 1/3/41. Top of gas mask box has owners name written on which matches that of the Fire Watchers card as well as same initials on the straps of the gas mask. Oriignal carrying string to cardboard box still in place with waterproof cover having popper fastenings & carry strap. All metal parts to mask i.e, buckles & filter are free from any rust or corrosion with some perishing to top corners of rubber facepiece. This item has a virtually matching twin listed as item number 2182 having both come from a wartime man & wife couple.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask Carrier Unusual non standard example of a metal carrier for the civilian gas mask as would have been privately purchased during the era according to individual preference. Painted in grey the tin has a hinged top & a cloth lined bottom on the inside to protect the filter. Also rings on the reverse for a carrying strap. Unique Home Front item in excellent condition.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask Carrier 1941 A green cylindrical gas mask carrier for the civilian gas mask with carrying string & & maker marks & date 1941 to bottom. Such as the type carried by some womens services the maker is MB who are known to of made tins/containers for the military.
WW2 British Civilian Gas Mask Case Brown leather privately purchased civilian gas mask holder in excellent condition with shoulder strap & front buckle all intact. Such items could be bought in department stores of the time to be used in place of the standard issue square cardboard gas mask boxes that came on a shoulder length string.
WW2 British Civilian Issue Gas Mask & Box 1937 A surprisingly good condition example of the civilian issue gas mask in its original box of issue. Mask is Henley made & dated 1937 with its green convex filter which was added to protect against Arsine gas. Rubber is good & supple with no damage or decay. Box good with string.
WW2 British Civilian Issue Gas Mask, Box & Private Purchase Cover Nice condition example with a privately purchased light khaki canvas cover . Poppered flap to top.
WW2 British Civilian Private Purchase Gas Mask Box & Cover A private purchase example of the civilian gas mask box in a purchased waterproof rexine type cover Overall good condition with some age to cover.
WW2 British Civilian Service Gas Mask & Bag 1942 Civilian Duty Gas Mask & haversack as used by ARP Wardens, Ambulance personnel etc. Gas Mask isated 1942 & is in excellent condition with 1939 dated eyepieces. Rubber is supple having suffered no decay with no rust on the filter. Bag is maker marked to ‘EHP (H) Ld’ & dated 1942. In overall excellent condition both buttons are present with loop for anti dimming ointment tin on inside.
WW2 British Civilian Services Gas Mask & Accessories In Box Of issue A British civilian services gas mask still in its WW2 cardboard box of issue with contents label inside denoting 1 Civilian Duty Respirator (Normal) 1 Haversack 1 Anti-Dim Outfit Box contains 1942 dated gas mask in excellent condition, mint unissued haversack dated 1941 & 1941 dated outfit anti dimming tin containing correct instruction marked cloth. An excellent example with ‘Gas mask’ written in black marker pen on one flap of box.
WW2 British Civilian Services Gas Mask & Bag ( Named To A Nurse ) Good example of the WW2 British Home Front Civilian Services Gas Mask as used by Ambulance Crews & associated staff, Post Office Workers, ARP Wardens etc. This example is dated 1939 & comes with its hessian carrying bag complete with closure drawstring. Bag has a nametag to a Nurse from City General Hospital, Sheffield who was most probably active during & after Air Raids in the treatment of casualties.
WW2 British Civilian Services Gas Mask & Bag 1942 Overall good condition Civilian Service gas mask with facepiece dated 1942 & rear strap yoke dated 8/42. Rubber in good supple condition. Green carrying bag is excellent with stamped maker name & date 1942. Carrying strap complete.
WW2 British Civilian Services Gas Mask & Haversack The classic Home Front civilian services gas mask with date 1942 to facepiece. Broad arrow to headstrap yoke. Canvas haversack is dated 1940 & has carrying strap complete. A used mask & bag with a wear & tear , deflator minus to facepiece.
WW2 British Civilian Services Gas Mask,Carrying Bag & Anti Dimming Kit Good condition mask dated 1942 with elasticity remaining to head straps & no hardening to rubber yoke piece. Also 1942 dates & broad arrow to mask. Carrying bag is made by EHP Ltd & dated 1942. Anti Dimming cloth complete with tin bearing instructions & aso printed on cloth with 1942 date also. Overall excellent example.
WW2 British Clothes Brush 1940 Broad arrow marked Kent 1940 , Whalebone & Bristle. Good condition.
WW2 British Clothes Brush 1944 Mint unissued clothes brush dated 1944 & broad arrow marked.
WW2 British Coastal Artillery Gunnery Manual Printed as an instructional aid for Coastal Artilllery Gunners this manual is printed as up to date in 1941 & was available from the Military printers W.H.Barrell Ltd or from the Coast Artillery School . The 193 pages of text , drawings & diagrams illustrate the subject amongst which are the headings Gunnery calculations, Methods of Signalling, Dimensions of Targets, Standard rates of Fire etc etc. In fair condition the cover is detached from its spine although there are no unsightly rips or pages missing from the book.
WW2 British Cold Weather Coat 1942 Often referred to as the ‘ Jeep jacket ‘ this is one of many variations of this style that simply has the nomenclature ‘ Jacket, Padded’ to its stores label. Most often worn by officers the jacket has a wool lining with leather reinforcement to button eyelets. See label pics for sizes.
WW2 British Cold Weather Glove/Mitten 1943 Furlined suede leather mitten for extreme cold weather use by gun crews, drivers etc with fingerless section for when working & a flapped top section that covers the top portion of the fingers for use as & when necessary. WD & broad arrow marked with visible date of 1943. Excellent used condition.
WW2 British Cold Weather Leather Jerkin Classic British issue leather jerkin , originating from the First World War & much seen in use by the British soldier in World War Two. Made of hard wearing brown leather with a khaki blanket lining this was a much favoured item in cold weather & is often seen being worn by laden down infantrymen on the move in the European theatre right through to the fighting in Germany in 1945. This example has seen only very light use with all buttons complete & original to the jerkin. Only one small area of dryness to top right shoulder & bottom right edge is present alhtough all stitching is intact & overall patina of leather is excellent. Fortunately the clothing label remains intact giving manufacturer as ‘MAPLE & Co Ltd’ & the date ‘Jan1945′ .
WW2 British Cold Weather Mittens 1943 Furlined suede leather mitten for extreme cold weather use by gun crews, drivers etc with fingerless section for when working & a flapped top section that covers the top portion of the fingers for use as & when necessary. WD & broad arrow marked with visible date of 1943. Excellent used condition.
WW2 British Collarless Shirt Nice example of a collarless shirt made from lightweight khaki coloured cotton. Half fly fronted in the pullover style it has long sleeves & a three button fastening with a single button to each cuff. Inside of neck has what appears to be a makers label indicating private purchase & a name label over this with size markings on collar edge. Three button holes allow for the attachment of a collar this therefore possible being intended for an officer who were originally permitted to wear a shirt & tie. Overall excellent condition with no rips, tears or stains.
WW2 British Cornwall Fire Brigade Helmet 1939 A scarce example of a WW2 British Home Front firemans helmet with decal of the Cornwall Fire Brigade that has been used Cold War period. Outer shell has had a thick brushed black overpaint with decal on front which has seen some service. Some abrasion to middle portion through use. Helmet is of the Mk II type with 1939 dated liner cradle & web chinstrap.
WW2 British Defence Medal Awaded for three years service at home, one years service in a non operational area or six months service overseas in territories subject to air attaack or otherwise closely threatened. Many home front personnel such as Fire Service as well as active service personnel qualified for this medal.
WW2 British Defence Medal Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British Denim Battledress ( Debenhams 1944 ) A good British made Battledress in denim material used as a working dress by many soldiers as well as service dress in some Home Guard units. The BD has no rips or tears & all its vegetable buttons complete. Detachable waist buckle minus. Clothing label gives size 4 & interestingly made by Debenhams in 1944. ( Please see label picture for sizes. )
WW2 British Denim Battledress 1942 Green denim battledress most well known as the uniform of the British Home Guard with brown revolving shank buttons & broad arrow stamp & date 1942. Calico clothing label intact giving size 9 ( See picture ). Mint unissued condition.
WW2 British Denim Battledress 1942 Excellent condition denim Battledress with removable revolving composite buttons & War Department & broad arrow marked & dated 1942 . Good size with all buttons & fittings complete.
WW2 British Denim Battledress 1942. Green denim battledress most well known as the uniform of the British Home Guard with brown revolving shank buttons & broad arrow stamp & date 1942. Good large size. Mint unissued condition.
WW2 British Denim Battledress 1944 Excellent & also mint example of the ‘overalls, blouse, denim,drab, drill’ as used by the British army throughout WW2. Slightly above standard from the normal vegetable buttoned blouse as this piece has all plastic kings crown GS buttons ( other than cuffs) most commonly found on examples that were service used by the Army & Home Guard. All fittings intact & made by Harmer & Co Ltd in 1944 as is clearly readable on the clothing label ( see photograph).
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse A mint unissued late war denim BD blouse with ’40 pattern exposed revolving shank buttons. Size is an approx 44inch chest , sleeves measuring 62 cm.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse A good condition example with brass GS buttons to chest pockets. Revolving shank buttons to front fly ( cuff buttons minus ) with faded label to inside pocket. Waist buckle minus.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse 1940 Rare 1940 dated denim battledress blouse complete size & maker marked clothing label . These were worn much by the Home Guard in wartime Britain also by regular army troops in various circumstances incluing field use. Excellent unissued condition with all of its detachable buttons & waist buckle complete.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse 1941 Early example of the denim battledress blouse with clothing label still intact bearing date September 1941. Overall in excellent condition it has the War Department stores code ‘P’ for the year 1941 & is a size 4 ( Please see picture of label for full sizes ). All buttons & fittings intact.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse 1941 Rare 1941 dated denim battledress blouse complete with size & maker marked early paper clothing label . These were worn much by the Home Guard in wartime Britain also by regular army troops. Excellent unissued condition with all of its detachable buttons & waist buckle complete. P coded WD stores code to left inside lining for year 1941.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Blouse 1944 A nice example of the denim battledress blouse with all buttons & fittings complete. BD is in the typical denim green with its clothing label still to be seen to the inside left breast pocket. This gives sizes as shown in pictures with broad arrow & date 1944.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Trousers Good used condition green denim battledress trousers most commonly associated with the British Home Guard complete with all green buttons to front fly & waist , front pocket & field dressing pocket to right hip ( with button ). Waist approx a 38 inch with total length from top of waist to bottom leg 39 inches. Hard to find item of WW2 British clothing .
WW2 British Denim Battledress Trousers 1941 Mint unissued condition large sized pair of British denim battledress trousers broad arrow marked & dated 1941. With front pocket conforming to the 1940 pattern & all of its buttons present please see clothing label picture for sizes.
WW2 British Denim Battledress Trousers 1941 A scarce pair of the denim battledress trousers conforming to the 1940 pattern with exposed buttons & map pocket to front. These were intended as a utility uniform & were seen much in wear by the Home Guard in the early stages of WW2. This pair are in mint unissued condition & a large size & have the rare clothing label still attached to its rear. Label gives date November 1941 although issue seems to be alot later as many were produced & kept in stores until required. Size 9 ( Please see pics for label sizes ).
WW2 British Denim Battledress Trousers 1943 Exceptionally rare pair of mint unissued denim battledress trousers still with 1943 dated clothing label intact on rear waist area. Conforming to the so called ’1940 pattern’ they have front thigh pocket with non concealed front fly button. Worn by commando troops as well as LDV & Home Guard & for hot weather wear in all theatres.
WW2 British Desert Battle Photograph Album Very nice photograph album compiled by the one man containing various post battle shots of Allied & German vehicles, guns & aircraft many of them having been destroyed in the Desert campaign where this British soldier has been serving. Many shot down German aircraft are to be found in the album including Messerchmitt & Stuka as well as destroyed German tanks & other Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Allied aircraft & personnel also are photographed with some souvenir sightseeing shots of the pyramids, war graves etc. All mounted within an old hardback album with the writing ‘Jimmys War Photos’ on the front cover.
WW2 British Desert Camouflage Mk1* ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1939 A scarce early MK1 * British steel helmet one of the earliest variants of the WW2 issue. These were Mk1 helmets manufactured during the first world war & converted during 1937-38 by replacing the liner & chinstrap whilst retaining the mild steel rim. Early manufacturing is visible here with some ribbing to be seen around the circumference of the helmet. This example bears the steel suppliers initials ‘HS ( for Hadfields Ltd ) & displays the typical early smooth light brown factory finish to its underside rim. Exterior of helmet has been camouflage overpainted in a rough very light khaki indicative of Desert service , the darker smooth factory paint can be seen under this in places around the edge of the rim. Chinstrap lugs on underside are dated 1939 with ‘JCS & W Ltd ‘ liner cradle dated 1938. Interestingly the original owner of this helmet has written his service number on the chinstrap webbing. Overall a very nice complete & rare MK1* helmet enhanced by its Desert finish.
WW2 British Desert Camouflage Tommy Helmet Sand painted Desert camouflage British Tommy helmet in good service used condition. This is an example of the slightly less quality steel helmet as is denoted by the one hole on each side near to the chinstrap lug. These second rate helmets are known to have been issued in some instances to the regular army as would appear to be the case here. Date 1941 to helmet shell with light abrasions to exterior & some warping to liner.
WW2 British Desert Camouflage Tommy Helmet Classic example of the British early WW2 Desert camouflaged MkII helmet. Helmet is ‘ JCC’ shell marked & 1938 dated with its original factory dark brown paint on the inside & its rough sand camouflage paint to the exterior. Chinstrap lugs also dated 1938 indicative of its early manufacture. Black liner cradle in excellent condition & size marked ‘ 7 ‘ & with ‘JCS & W Ltd ‘ manufacturer markings & date 1939. Liner is good although with some minor dryness overall. Minor abrasions to helmet exterior. Excellent & original example of British Desert camouflage .
WW2 British Desert KD Trousers Used condition Khaki Drill Trousers with plain front & back there being no pockets. Metal dished buttons to fly ( a couple missing ) with waist size being approx a 30 -32 inch & approx 30 inside leg. Indian maker markings to inside waist.
WW2 British Desert KD Trousers 1943 Dated Good used condition Khaki Drill trousers with double strap arrangement to waist & map & field dressing pocket to front as found on the 1937 & 1940 pattern BD trousers. Faint ink stamp to inside of waist indicating what appears to be British manufacture , waist is an approx 30-32 inches & inside leg 27 1/2. General wear & tear with original buttons.
WW2 British Desert Rat Portrait Photograph British soldier portrait photograph taken whilst serving in Egypt wearing KD shirt & signed by him with the words on the front ‘ An example of Egyptian Photography Love Derrick ‘ . Postcard format.
WW2 British Desert Rat Tommy Helmet WW2 British Tommy helmet with sand coloured Desert camouflage under netting. Helmet is the standard MKII type with khaki paint finish remaining on the inside that has been period overpainted on the outside with a rough textured sand coloured paint. The net has then been over fitted for added camouflage as is often seen on helmets intended for this theatre. Helmet shell is made by ‘ RO & CO ‘ in 1940 , the liner cradle shows a size 7. It is evident that the net has been on this helmet for a long time, i have shown pictures that will hopefully give good account of the age to the net & originality of the camouflage paint. Due to the very good condition of the helmet & liner it appears to have seen only minimum service wear the reasons for which being unknown. Either way this is a textbook example of a Desert camouflage WW2 British helmet.
WW2 British Despatch Rider Boots Black leather despatch rider boots with three buckle gaitered top half & 16 pairs of eyelets . Leather heeels with outer edge studs to soles. Markings are inside the boot with these being agood medium size for mannequin use.
WW2 British Despatch Rider Crash Helmet 1943 Scarce first pattern Despatch Riders crash helmet known as the ‘Pulp helmet’ . Produced from toughened papiermache it remained the standard issue for British military motorcyclists until July 1943 . This example is a size 7 & is broad arrow marked & dated 1943 to leather liner sweatband. ‘N’ lettered War Department stores coded for the year 1943 the outside is painted in British army dark green . Overall excellent condition .
WW2 British Despatch Rider Trousers 1944 WW2 British issue pair of the Motorcyclists ‘pantaloons’ made by Silberstones & Sons Ltd & with the WD stores ‘M’ code of 1944. Overall good reinforcement layering to inside leg with some light rodent nip to rear & several nips to front area visible upon close inspection. Please see clothing label picture for sizes.
WW2 British Despatch Rider Trousers 1945 Good condition pair of the British WW2 issue ‘SD Pantaloons Motor Cyclists’ for Despatch Riders. Good heavy wool material with clothing label intact & showing mmaker as John Hammond & Co Ltd with broad arrow & date 1945. Size is for a 5′ 7 to 5′ 8 ins man with 30in waist & 26in inside leg. Breech 36 to 37inches. This pair have all original WW2 buttons intact with some light hardly noticeable moth track in places but no holes. Buttons to bottom leg openings also intact.
WW2 British Despatch Rider/Military Police Boots 1943 Nice condition pair of 1943 dated British Despatch Riders/Military Police boots in black pebbled leather with WD stamps on top neck of each. This pair have seen some prolonged use having been resoled although original heels are present. Also one gaiter strap has a repair where the leather has worn through use. Marked on inside to the maker John White & clearly dated 1943 these boots are a size 6 L.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Coat 1943 A very clean example of the British Despatch Riders Coat introduced as of 1942 & a highly regarded garment by those who wore it. All poppers & fittings are complete on this garment witrh waterproof backing to pockets & leg straps intact. Maker marked & dated to LEVY,MANCHESTER 1943 & stores N coded & broad arrow stamped. Certainly an unusually clean example in a condition not often encountered.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Coat 1944 A very clean example of the British Despatch Riders Coat introduced as of 1942 & a highly regarded garment by those who wore it. All poppers & fittings are complete on this garment witrh waterproof backing to pockets & leg straps intact. Maker marked & dated to MORRIS & GOLDSTONES 1944 & stores coded & broad arrow stamped. Clothing label intact giving sizes & broad arrow stamp & date 1944.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Gaiters 1943 Unblanoced high leg webbing gaiters both dated 1943 & intended for use by Despatch Riders. Mint unissued condition.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Helmet Original untouched condition Despatch Riders helmet made by BMB in 1945 & a size 7. Displaying hardly any signs of use other than very light wear to the outside the brown leather interior is near mint with hardly any signs of use to Newey snap fasteners. Worn in many theatres by British troops these helmets are archetypal of the WW2 British Despatch Rider & increasingly difficult to find in a good size.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Helmet 1942 Good 1942 dated example of the despatch riders helmet in green paint finish with brown leather padded liner system. Maker marked to BMB & a size 7 with clear date of 1942. With only some very minor wear to leather & with light service use overall this is a good service used example.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Helmet 1942 A virtually mint condition British despatch riders helmet with clear date of 1942. Original factory greenkhaki paint to shell with interior in mint supple condition as good as the day it left the factory. Markings to sweatband of BMB & size 7 1942. A good sized example in excellent condition.
WW2 British Despatch Riders Helmet 1944 A very nice near mint example of the WW2 British Despatch Riders helmet dated 1944. Exterior factory paint khaki rough green finish is in superb condition with very few minor storage abrasions. I am happy to describe the inside as practically new with extremely soft brown leather covering & leather sweatband which has BMB maker marking ( ) & date 1944. Size is a 6 3/4 which is a good size fitting most average sized mannequin heads. No dryness at all to interior. A very nice example of the classic motorcyclists helmet.
WW2 British Discharge Papers & Related Ephemera Two Army Forms relating to Discharge from the Army & also a Duty Free Consessions Army Form where the soldier has sent two pairs of ladies stockings back to the UK from Overseas ( 1944 dated ). Two forms to one man the other to another. Laso a British Legion leaflet entitled ‘ Leaving The Army ? ‘. Good condition.
WW2 British Drivers Basic Ammunition Pouches ( Pouches MT ) 1944 Issued for drivers of Motor Transport who could wear these in a lower position on the waist for comfort when driving they have belt loops on the top rear with normal brass pop stud closure to pockets. Both dated 1944 & in unissued condition.
WW2 British Duffle Coat A very good example of the British military issue Duffle Coat with clothing label still present. All of its toggles are complete with no moth . Label is now illegible however with light service wear this is a very good example. 54 in chest.
WW2 British Duffle Coat 1941 Excellent example of the issue Duffle Coat seen extensively in use throughout WW2 by Army officers in the Desert & other theatres as well as by members of the Royal Navy. Made from a thick, coarse woollen material called ‘duffle’ this term comes from a town in the province of Antwerp, Belgium called ‘Duffel’ from where the material originates. Front of coat has four wooden toggle fastenings such as found on Denison para sleeping bags to enable them to be used when wearing thick gloves in cold weather. Pockets to each side of coat with cuff fastening strap to each side & integral hood that has button fastenings to inside edges. This example is scarce still having its calico clothing label with the nomenclature ‘Duffel Coat’ & ‘Size 2′ . A faint date is visible on the label which appears to be 1941. Named to a Lieutenant handwritten in ink on the label. In excellent condition with only minor wear . 52 in chest.
WW2 British Duffle Coat 1944 Good used example of the British military issue Duffle Coat this example being exceptionally hard to find still having the calico clothing label & date 1944 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. Small amount of tracking noticeable upon close inspection. Hard to find with wartime dated clothing label.
WW2 British Early Aluminum Mess Tin Set 1938 A set of the very rare early aluminium British issue messtins both broad arrow marked & dated 1938. The aluminium messtins were only made up until 1940 when production was changed to steel. This set came recently from the effects of a former British army Captain who had made an interesting green canvas cover from American war materials the straps apparently being from a Doughboy pack & the canvas from a tent or other US issue bag or tent. All in excellent condition & an untouched personal set unseen on the collectors market until now.
WW2 British Early MKII Tommy Helmet With Camouflage Net 1938 One of the earliest examples of the MK II steel combat helmet issued to British troops with 1938 dated chinstrap lugs & 1939 dated liner cradle. Helmet is in its factory khaki paint colour with only some very minor wear to the outside. Inside has early oval dome pad with liner in good condition & elasticity remaining to chinstrap. Helmet is complete with wartime issue camouflage helmet net that has drawcord to the inside , Im afraid i dont know how long the net has been on as it came as is seen. A 1940 dated Shell Dressing is contained within the netting as is often seen in contemporary photographs. A nice example of the Tommy combat helmet in excellent condition.
WW2 British Early War Messtin ,1940 Dated Early war steel messtin maker marked to MMOR & dated 1940 with broad arrow.
WW2 British Early War Service Gas Mask, Haversack & Accessories An early war example of the British service gas mask with 1939 dated khaki stockinged facepiece & pipe & red filter all in excellent undamaged condition. Facepiece has ‘AVON’ markings to stockinged covering with 1939 date to facepiece, yoke & voicemitter . No perishing to rubber. Red filter excellent. Haversack is of the scarce MKVI pattern dated 1941 with manufacturer details ink stamped to inside of flap for ‘H&S 1941′ with broad arrow & ‘VI’ for haversack type. String present. Carrying strap present. Set comes complete with a a pack of the Anti Gas Eyeshields dated 1942. ( Two pairs of goggles contained within ) . There is also an ‘Outfit Anti-Dimming MkV’ dated1939 containing wax & a cleaning cloth for cleaning & mist prevention of the eyepieces.
WW2 British Economy Pattern Lee Enfield Rifle Sling 1941 A mint unissued condition Lee Enfield rifle sling manufactured from laminated rubber-proofed canvas. These were intended to substitute the more commonly standard webbing which became sodden in the wet & therefore increased the overall weight of the rifle when carried.
WW2 British Entrenching Tool & Helve ( Normandy Find ) Standard British army issue Entrenching tool head with broad arrow marking & date 1941 still fixed onto its wooden helve that has the bayonet fitting on one end to facilitate mine probing with a spike bayonet ( issued as of mid war). This whole piece was found in Eterville
WW2 British Entrenching Tool & Helve ( Normandy Find ) Standard British army issue Entrenching tool head with broad arrow marking & date 1941 still fixed onto its wooden helve that has the bayonet fitting on one end to facilitate mine probing ( issued as of mid war). Found in the Hill 112 area some years ago it is testament to the determined resistance met by British & Allied forces during the battle for Hill 112 in the Summer of 1944.
WW2 British Fairbairn Sykes Knife ( Third Pattern ) Overall good example of the third pattern Fairbairn Sykes knife with ribbed grip & original late war issue leather metal chaped sheath. Knife has straight crossguard with steel blade that has been cleaned leaving the blueing on the top surface of the crossguard. Pommel is of the large domed type with the number ’1′ stamped into the top of the hilt commonly thought to be a reference to the hilt moulding. Brown leather sheath is of typical construction with some dryness around the neck & the brown retaining elastic now in half. Overall used example but nevertheless a good original piece.
WW2 British Field Machete & Sheath 1942 A 1942 dated example of the British army machete 1942 dated to sheath with broad arrow.
WW2 British Field Service Cap British issue FS cap with brass GS buttons to front . In overall used condiiton with some ribbing to left side.
WW2 British Field Service Cap 1941 A good condition example with no moth or damage. Broad arrow marked & dated 1941. Brass GS buttons to front.
WW2 British Field Service Pocketbook 1943 War Office publication for use by Brityish forces in WW2 on many different subjects including unit abbreviations, orders, intercommunications, messages, mechanised movement by road, billets, camps & bivouacs, conventional military symbols ( maps & roadsigns etc ), distinguishing flags & lamps, courts martials & much more. Diagrams & drawings ( some colour) compliment this period handbook that has contained within the rear cover a typed memo to C Coy of the Royal Ulster Rifles on the subject of Words of Command with regard to Drill. This is signed by a Major who is the officer of C Coy of the 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. Interesting ephemera item.
WW2 British Firemans/Civil Defence Axe 1939 Good condition axe dated 1939.
WW2 British First Aid ( Burns ) Picric Acid Dressing 1942 A scarce Picric Acid Dressing for the treatment of burns , scalds etc with broad arrow marking & date 1943. Slightly aged condition with some tearing to the front.
WW2 British First Aid Kit/ Shell Dressings Bag 1942 Tan webbing Shell Dressings bag with Red Cross motif on front & integral carrying strap. Dated 1942 to inside of flap & broad arrow marked . The ‘Shell Dressings ‘ desingation to front has been crossed out & ‘ F.A. KIT , GENERAL PURPOSE ‘ added above it to denote use as a first aid kit. Excellent condition.
WW2 British First Aid Post Helmet A unique British Home Front helmet with the handpainted ’1st Aid Post’ designation to front & back . Helmet cradle marked to BMB with name of owner written to inside rim. Inside of helmet is in quite aged condition with a period repair to chinstrap. Paint surfaces on outer shell have been cleaned due to previous corrosion leaving some scarring however lettering & surface paint has survived well & is striking in its impression. An interesting variation of the FAP helmet & typical of the wide range of Home Front helmets sometimes encountered.
WW2 British First Field Dressing Early/prewar First Field Dressing containing two unopened dressing packets & safety pins. . Overall good condition.
WW2 British First Field Dressings X 3 ( 1939/41 Dated ) Three First Field Dressings , unopened & two dated 1941 & the other 1939. Overall good condition.
WW2 British First Pattern Denison Smock, 1942 Dated Good strong coloured Denison smock being of the first type with knitted cuffs & crutch fastened tailpiece. In good condition there is one set of snap fasteners missing from one of the lower pockets although a replacement set will be provided. Zip in good working order with some wear to the knitted cuffs. Tailpiece has been cut off as is often seen although the front set of snap fasteners are intact & much paint still left on. Clothing label still intact & showing smock as from the manufacturer ‘H&B Hoffman’ with the faint date stamp of 1942. Overall good example well sized for a combat mannequin.
WW2 British First Type Lanchester/Sten Loading Tool First pattern loading tool with brass lever . First issued with the Lanchester SMG which was relegated to the Royal Navy & RAF use after acceptance of the Sten. Broad arrow to brass lever.
WW2 British Flare Pistol Holster 1941 A scarce early war flare pistol holster in black leather with belt loop to rear which is maker marked & dated 1941. Overall used but good condition.
WW2 British Folding handle Wirecutters 1944 Metal folding handle wirecutters in goodorder & dated 1944.
WW2 British Foot Powder , 16oz Issue 1940 A 1940 dated card tub of issue Foot Powder ( 16 oz ) for sue by the British soldier. Made by Boots Pure Drug Co Ltd & dated March 1940. Excellent unopened condition.
WW2 British Forces Duffle Coat Good used example of the British military issue duffle coat used by many different branches of the military & also the LRDG in the Western Desert. Four fastening toggles to front ( designed so could be done with mittens on in cold weather ) with adjustment to sleeves & hood. Label still present to inside fly although only the size 3 can be seen. General use is evident being overall excellent with small moth nip to right pocket corner. 56 in chest.
WW2 British France & Germany Star Excellent condition with full length ribbon. Awarded for service in France, Belgium or Holland between 6th June 1944 & 8th May 1945.
WW2 British FS KNife
WW2 British Gaiters Used condition pair in green blanco with some fraying with leather reinforcement missing to inside of one gaiter.
WW2 British Gaiters 1943 Standard web gaiters (matching pair) for army personnel in used condition but intact with no damage to leather straps. Date of 1943 visible to both with WD stamp & Size 4.
WW2 British Gaiters 1944 Matching pair of green blancoed gaiters . Made by SOCo & dated 1944 , Size three. Well used with some staining to blanco & leather straps shortened on one gaiter ( one damaged ) with some dryness.
WW2 British Gas Brassard / Normandy Assault Troops, US Airborne 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 ’3/40′ as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British Gas Brassard 1940 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 ’3/40′ as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British Gas Brassard 1941 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 ’3/40′ as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British Gas Brassard 1942 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 1942 as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British Gas Brassard/ Normandy Assault Troops , US Airborne 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 ’3/40′ as well as faint maker stamp to reverse.
WW2 British Gas Mask & Private Purchase Carrying Case A good Home Front civilian gas mask with ARP label & private purchase carrying case. Mask is in good unperished order with 1937 date & size medium. A card label is still attached denoting a Size Medium issued by Holland County Council ( Local councils were responsible for their respective Air Raid Precautions ) with an owner name & address to reverse. Private purchase rexine case is in excellent condition with a diamond patterned front & carry strap. It has a period cardboard insert to keep its shape.
WW2 British Gas Mask , Haversack & Anti Gas Kit Recently discovered British Army issue gas mask coming in its Maple made & 1940 dated haversack named to ‘E.O.Blunden M/T ‘ . Carrying strap dated 1940. Gas Mask is of black rubber face piece pattern dated 1939 with No4A brick red filter & stockinged covered hosepipe. Tie string still present. Coming within the haversack is a 1940 dated Anti Dimming kit, the quite scarce No2 Anti Gas Ointment jar & a cardboard pack of Eyeshields, Anti Gas. These contents were found within the pockets of the haversack where they have been since WW2. Overall some age & rust to certain metal parts with some rust stains from the Ointment jar having bled through one of the front pockets. Nevertheless an untouched item of Anti Gas equipment straight out of WW2.
WW2 British Gas Spectacles & Case With Label Nice WW2 British service case & spectacles with instruction label to inside.
WW2 British Gas Vapour Detector Kit Tin Mk II Scarce buff coloured tin for the Gas Vapour Detector kit . Excellent condition with nomenclature to lid still intact.
WW2 British General Purpose Mountain/Ski Boots 1944 An unissued pair of the British army issue boots for ski use having grroves in rear heels. Boots are in brown with the rough side out & are W/ID marked to both ankles. Maker marked to John White & dated 1944.
WW2 British General Service Cap 1944 Introduced in 1943 as a replacement for the Field Service Cap these were an economy measure & often seen in use by British troops as the war went on. This example is dated 1944 & was made by Silberston & Sons Ltd in 1944. Overall excellent mint condition with no moth & a good size being 7 5/8 .
WW2 British Generals Stiff Service Dress Cap Scarce example of a high quality WW2 British Generals cap in khaki Barathea material with Westminster, London ‘Extra Quality’ adorned tailors label of Army & Navy Stores Ltd present to interior. Heavy bullion embroidered Generals rank badge to red band front & stiff peak with unlined underside. There is evidence of some insect attack to rear crown area of cap & band & also some light general moth nips overall mostly in discreet areas that do not greatly detract from the caps general appearance. There is also some stitching away from front inside area of sweatband & a small portion also at the rear. General rank brass buttons to chinstrap sides with leather chinstrap good. Overall nice example of a lesser seen cap to a high ranking British officer.
WW2 British GS Cap Royal Horse Artillery Good original example of the 1943 pattern General Service Cap worn by British troops as an economy replacement for the more costly Field Service Cap of the period. This example is an issued piece bearing the much polished silver insignia of the Royal Horse Artillery with red & blue backing. Overall in excellent condition with faint traces of markings to interior although dirty through wear.
WW2 British Gunnery Instructor Paybook & Paperwork Group Comprising this group is a well filled in AB64 Soldiers paybook along with a 1944 dated booklet entitled ‘German for Service Personnel’ of Canadian origin. There is also a well filled in war diary of this man all items being named to the same soldier. John Clemow enlisted at Clapham in April 1939 & from the period 8th Jan 1940 to 9th May 1940 was an Instructor at the 12th Div School of Artillery at Goodbridge. He was married in September 1939 & had a daughter in February 1940. Promotions are listed as of 7/10/39 onwards when he was appointed A/L/Sgt becoming an Officer Cadet in May 1940. He was a Major by 1944. Various Artillery related courses are listed as well as Drill Instructor as of 11/12/1939. His personal diary of 1944 has his details in the front with many military related names & addresses in the front few pages as well day to day handwritten entries. Accompanying the lot is a prewar postcard sent from the City of Wiesbaden evidently when he was a walking trip in the thirties. Certainly a very interesting group of documents to an early war British soldier.
WW2 British Helmet Strap 1940 A 1940 dated ‘ersatz’ 1937 pattern canvas helmet strap in excellent condition. Ink stamped to BHG for Barrow, Hepburn & Gale & date 1940.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Doctor’ Helmet An interesting British Home Front helmet with markings for that of a Doctor having a white on khaki overpaint with red cross & initials ‘DR’ to front. Helmet is of the MKII pattern with some age discolouration to the white paint & some rust bleeding in areas. Some typical paint chipping is prevalent in places with the ‘DR’ appearing to have been handpainted on. Inside of helmet has early oval cushion pad with liner cradle dated 1939. Liner generally good. Web chinstrap is undamaged with elasticity remaining.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Fire Guard’ Armband Good used condition yellow worded ‘FIRE GUARD’ on dark blue armband for civilian personnel posted on roof watching & street patrols on the look out for fires started by German bombs . Very important role played by many as the use of incendiary bombs by the Luftwaffe caused many casualties & devastation through fire.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Head Warden’ Helmet A recently surfaced Home Front helmet being a standard MkII khaki issue overpainted in civil defence black with the lettering ‘HEAD WARDEN’ handpainted on. Interior of helmet has liner cradle marked ‘ HELMETS LTD 1938 ‘ with 1939 date to chinstrap lugs on shell underside. Some rust to exterior of helmet due to shed storage with same on rim underside. Small dent to left side. Web chinstrap good.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Light Rescue’ Helmet 1939 Recently surfaced Home Front helmet being in black factory paint with the stencilled initials ‘LR’ to front & back most likely denoting ‘Light Rescue’ for a member of one of the teams who would be assisting in the immediate aftermath of an Air Raid attack amongst the rubble & ruins of a bombed out London area. Dated 1939 to its inside liner cradle & a size 6 3/4 the overall condition is excellent with a large proportion of its black paint remaining to the outside. It is apparent that at one time a white painted band was present around the circumference of the helmet with the shadow underneath the existing letters of ‘SP’. This has subsequently been painted over in black & re lettered ‘LR’ which is not an uncommon occurrence it appears with Home Front /Civil Defence helmets of the period the issuing of such helmets being kept to a minimum. Certainly another ‘sleeper’ which would benefit from a wipe over to remove the years of some accumulated dirt on the inside.
WW2 British Home Front ‘National Service’ Document Group Home Front relevant group of documents from The Gas Light & Coke Company on National Service including two leaflets for employees entitled ‘National Service in War Time’ dated march 1940 & ‘National Service in Peace Time’ dated May 1939. There is also a letter from the firm to an employee Mr Endsor e a Civil Defence allowance informing him about an allowance entitlement regarding his CD work. Another small poster gives information on the ‘ National Service Acts 1939 to 1941, Position of Men ‘ . All from the same firm issued for benefit of employees.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Odol’ Denture Powder 1940 s vintage tin of ‘Odol’ denture powder. Used by both sides in WW2 the Odol product range was vast ranging in the care of teeth. Used tin having come out of a WW2 soldiers kitbag. Nice British personal item.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Plasfort’ Helmet Good condition moulded bakelite composition manufactured helmet with ‘Plasfort’ trademark. Used on the British Home Front complete with leather chinstrap & liner system in good condition. Original ‘Plasfort’ marked Home Front helmets are now becoming quite sought after. Size label of 6 3/4 to liner cradle.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Repair Party/Water’ Helmet 1939 A surviving example of the helmet worn by post air raid Repair Parties whose job it was to maintain essential services in the aftermath of bomb damage such as electric , gas & water. This example is for that of a Water repair party member with squad number painted to underside of helmet rim. Typical early manufacture MKII helmet by BMB with the date 1939 . Liner cradle marked to TTC ( Teddy Toy Company ) & dated 1939. Some rusting to the helmet with web chinstrap good.
WW2 British Home Front ‘Weston Coalville Mining Board’ Helmet Interesting Home Front helmet being a standard MkII helmet overpainted in black with the initials ‘WCMB’ to the front standing for Weston Coalville Mining Board. There is also a number 4 painted on the inside of the helmet possibly indicating this being one of a pool of helmets used by the above for Firewatching duties etc. Good intact web chinstrap present being a size 7 shell & having some dark rust to surface areas overall.
WW2 British Home Front A.R.P. First Aid Case & Contents A second world war Air Raid Precautions first aid kit by the famous firm & household name ‘Boots Chemists’. Sold for use with a leaning towards treatment that may be needed after an air raid these kits were used in many a British household during the war & of course after due to the practicality of the box! It has many contents some of the period & some added after however still has its original Home Office instruction on the treatment of wounds to inside of lid. In excellent condition .
WW2 British Home Front AFS ( Auxiliary Fire Service Helmet ) 1939 Interesting Home Front helmet for a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service with white stencilled AFS markings to front & personnel number ’73′ to side . There is also a single red band running around the circumference of the helmet denoting a senior rank held. The AFS was formed alongside the regular fire service in 1938 under the direction of the local Chief Fire Officer tob prepare for the eventuality of war & to deal with the fires that would follow an air raid. With the onlsaught of the ‘Blitz’ they became public heroes The Daily Express referring to the AFS badge as ‘A badge of honour’ . Helmet is an early factory khaki painted MKII issue with the overpaint of rough night time black on the outside & under rim. Early oval cushion pad to crown of helmet with ‘BMB’ (Briggs Motor Bodies ) initials to liner cradle & date 1939. Liner is in generally good order with much suppleness remaining. Web chinstrap has an apparently old stitch repair to the middle area where rejoined together. AFS personnel were transferred into the National Fire Service as of August 1941 these early pieces of Britains wartime firefighting history becoming increasingly harder to find.
WW2 British Home Front Air Raid Wardens Helmet An excellent early MKII Air Raid Wardens helmet with ‘W’ to front & back & factory khaki paint overpainted in black as is typical of these early issue Wardens MKIIs. Liner is still supple & undamaged with circular dome pad & BMB maker & 1939 date to liner cradle. Web chinstrap good with elasticity remaining. Tucked into the liner is a cotton neckerchief that was found in the helmet & evidently a possession of the former Air Raid Warden who owned it.
WW2 British Home Front Air Raid ‘Distress Service’ Armband The National Air Raid Distress Fund was inaugurated for the specific purpose of preventing overlapping and of rendering financial help much more quickly than could any local fund. Towns which subscribed to the National Fund were automatically entitled to immediate relief following , for example , a heavy raid where repairs etc were urgently needed. The Distress Service was very much involved in the post raid recovery providing workmen & other emergency utilities as required. Armband is in red lettering on white with ties on each end. Good condition.
WW2 British Home Front Ambulance Drivers helmet Early MKII helmet, one of the first to be issued to the services, in factory khaki paint still visible on the inside that has originally had an NFS decal to the front then had an overpaint in black with an ‘A’ for Ambulance staff stencilled on. Liner cradle is dated 1938 with web chinstrap complete. Owners name & number to inside rim. Overall condition is good.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Battledress Trousers 1944 Scarce pair of British Home Front trousers for ARP wardens worn in conjunction with the ARP blouse both being takern from the military issue of battledress. A superb pair with no moth & clothing label to waist intact. Four belt loops to rear. See pictures for sizes.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Blouse 1942 ARP Wardens Blouse made by Robert Hirst & Co Ltd with War Department stores code for year 1942. Badged with Kings Crown Civil Defence emblem & Warden titles to each arm. Excellent condition with no moth. See pics for sizes.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Blouse 1943 Made by Rego Clothiers in 1943 this is an excellent unmothed example of the Blouse issued to Air Raid Precautions personnel & other Civil Defence staff in the WW2 period. With all buttons complete there is no moth or damage anywhere on the bouse.
WW2 British Home Front ARP First Aid Kit Complete Air Raid Precautions First aid kit containing dressings & treatment for those suffering injuries sustained during an Air Raid the most likely of which being burns . A large Picric Acid Dressing broad arrow marked & dated 1943 is contained within the kit this being a typical military issue of the period. Contained within a black hinged lid box & made & supplied by Boots these were popular with the civilians & services on the Home Front due to their comprehensive contents.
WW2 British Home Front ARP First Aid Kit A private purchase first aid kit made during the WW2 period by the famous British ‘ Boots ‘. The label on the box of the kit shows it as being recommended by the Home Office for ARP ( Air Raid Precautions ) & was intended for use by householders to treat injuries after an air raid. Inside are the case are to be found the following articles; 1 x scissors Porowax Gauze 2 x Triangular Bandages 2 x Large Bandages 3 x Medium Bandages 2 x Small Bandages 2 x Roller Bandages 1 x Plain Wound Dressing Lint Cotton Wool Cotton Wool in original sealed packet White Wool Pad Safety Pins A label on the inside of the case gives a cursory guide to the treatment of wounds & shock. Nice Home Front display item with some typical wear & tear to card case.
WW2 British Home Front ARP First Aid Kit ( Complete ) Interesting complete example of a first aid kit for an ARP Warden containing various dressings & burns related medical kit for the use of a Warden to treat injuries received following an Air Raid. Contained within the kit are the following : * 5 x Large Mine Dressings * 5 x Large First Aid Dressings * 9 x Triangular Bandages * 1 x Shell Dressing dated 1939 * 1 x Cane Splint & String * 1 x Tourniquet * 1 x Bleach Ointment ( For use against Mustard Gas ) * 1 x Tube Tannic Acid Jelly ( Burns ) * 1 x Eye Dressing * 3 x Small Splints * 1 x Pencil The bag is of tan canvas with a webbing shoulder strap & has a crudely drawn red cross & initials ARP on its flap to denote is purpose by the original owner. Nice set to find with its contents.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Map-Guide ( Showing ARP Posts Etc ) This is a period map designed & published by the firm County Publishing of N20 & is a fascinating insight into the workings of the ARP department during the WW2 period. On this detailed map of Hornsey are listed the street locations of all ARP related sites corresponding with the relevant symbol on the map. Sites included are Wardens Reporting Posts, First Aid Posts, Ambulance Stations, Mobile Units, Hospital for Air Raid Casualties , Police Stations ( Sub Divisional & Sectional ) , Rescue Party Depot with Cleansing Stations, Stretcher Party Depots with Cleansing Stations , Decontamination Squad Depot with Cleansing Station , Repair Depots , Road Repair Parties , Fire Stations & Public Trench Shelters. Many commercial adverts adorn the poster as well as a column from Hornsey ARP about the Civilian Respirator. Fascinating & unique Home Front item the type of which dont come up often.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Post Wardens Helmet Excellent condition example of an Air Raid Wardens helmet with black ‘W’ lettering on white denoting rank of Post Warden. Unlike the standard issue black painted helmets of the ordinary wardens, senior ranks wore white helmets as an immediately recognisable symbol of rank this being much evidenced in period photographs. A Post Warden , by whom this helmet would have been worn , would be responsible for overseeing several posts in his allocated area he in turn being supervised by a Controller. Complete with liner the maker of BMB , date 1939 & size 7 can be seen on the liner cradle.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Posts First Aid Outfit & Contents A black metal first aid box with designation of First Aid Outfit for ARP Posts on front. Contents include two shell dressings dated 1938 & 39 , three bandages, a surgical bandage, one tourniquet & an unmedicated Gauze for surgical use. Carrying strap with box.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Sealing Tape A scarce tin of Air Raid Precautions sealing tape for sealing cracks & openings round windows & doors or in floors, walls , ceilings to prevent light escaping during the black out. There is some tape left inside with instructions on the tin & also on a paper insert inside. Good condition.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Tunic 1941 Blue serge four pocket ARP Wardens tunic for a member of the Leicester Civil Defence . Report & Control shoulder titles to both arms with pink triangle patches for Command. All of its aluminium ARP buttons to front & shoulders are present & all insignia is originally sewn. Five printed long service chevrons are stitched to lower right sleeve with clothing label present to inside & date of 1941 clearly visible. Overall excellent condition with integral waistbelt present & no moth.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Wardens Battledress 1942 Very good ARP blouse in its wartime configuration complete with Wardens shoulder flashes & CD badge. ‘Civil Defence’ was the replacement title for Air Raid Precautions as of 1941. Second pattern of buttons being black ‘CD’ with 1942 date to clothing label still present to inside. See picture for sizes. No moth & a good wearable example.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Wardens Tunic 1942 Four pocket tunic for an ARP Warden with Civil Defence & Gloucestershire area badges. Warden titles to each shoulder. Early metal buttons with the CD & kings crown these were later wartime replaced by the black buttons. There are also four service chevrons to right sleeve denoting his war service. Clothing label to interior reads ‘ TUNIC ARP’ with date 1942. See picture for sizes. Very good wearable example with no moth & complete with waistbelt.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Whistle Manufactured by J Hudson & Co of Birmingham these whistles were issued to each ARP warden & were used with sharp blasts to warn of danger. They were also later used by Fire Guards. Nickle plated with slightly loose lanyard ring to top. Working condition.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Whistle Manufactured by J Hudson & Co of Birmingham these whistles were issued to each ARP warden & were used with sharp blasts to warn of danger. They were also later used by Fire Guards. Nickle plated with lanyard ring to top. Working condition.
WW2 British Home Front ARP Whistle & Lanyard A Hudson made ARP whistle with original lanyard . Some age tarnishing to metal other wise good & in working order.
WW2 British Home Front ARP/Civil Defence Helmet 1938. Good condition ARP/ Civil Defence MK II helmet with its original khaki issue paint overpainted in black. Only minor abrasions to surface paint with web chinstrap intact. 1938 dated liner & named to chinstrap.
WW2 British Home Front Baby Gas Mask Good example of the ‘Baby protective Helmet’ as officially designated by the Home Office on free issue to households with infants under two years old. In excellent order with no perishing to rubber around facepiece or bellows pump the piece is dated with 1939 with Henleys maker to body of mask & 1939 date to brown metal frame ( no rust).
WW2 British Home Front Bakelite Helmet Good condition moulded bakelite composition manufactured helmet used on the British Home Front complete with leather chinstrap & liner system in good condition. Size label of 6 3/4 to liner cradle.
WW2 British Home Front Chief Wardens Helmet 1939 Rare Chief Air Raid Wardens helmet from the British Home Front with official configuration for that rank of a white painted helmet with two vertical black stripes running into the ‘W’. MKII shell is painted white over the factory khaki & in excellent condition with no dents just the usual paint chipping to edges & minor service use abrasions overall. Interior of helmet is excellent with 1939 date to underside of rim with maker mark for F&L ( Fisher & Ludlow 1939-42 ). Early oval cushion pad present with liner cradle bearing maker , size & date ‘ 7, J.O.S & W Ltd 1939 ‘ . Liner condition good with web chinstrap undamaged.
WW2 British Home Front Civilian CC41 Mens Overcoat A wartime civilian overcoat by Glanson of London made under the CC41 wartime utility range. Coat is grey with a very subtle orange check & all grey buttons to front & cuffs. One spare button to inside. A large size complete with waistbelt & a 1cm hole to rear.
WW2 British Home Front Civilian Gas Mask Holder A nice example of a private purchase civilian gas mask holder typical of the period with hand carrying straps & popper fastening to front. Blue green leatherette material in good order with no dryness or damage.
WW2 British Home Front Civilian Gas Mask Pair Standard Civilian issue pair of gas masks in their original cardboard boxes. One mask is in good order with good condition rubber & box. The other box is good with perished rubber to the mask. Both early war dates with filters.
WW2 British Home Front Civilian Gas Mask Tin & Gas Mask Complete private purchase gas mask container in red with ARP marking to sides & ‘Take Care Of Your Gas Mask ‘ as well as ‘ Gas mask Container Keep In A Cool Dry Place ‘ . Tin contains a civilian issue gas mask in its box of issue named to lid with a Stafford address. Tin has some ageing with minor perishing to rubber of mask. Otherwise a complete set as recently surfaced.
WW2 British Home Front Ephemera Grouping Various assorted articles of WW2 Home Front related ephemera including a 1937 dated First Aid to the Injured booklet by St Johns Ambulance, Duties of ARP Handbook 8 1938 , Civil Defence Leaflet dated 1939 ‘ if War Should Come’ , Anti Gas Precautions leaflet 1940 by London County Council, Letter from London County Council to an Auxhiliary Fireman granting three days special leave in May 1940 & also an Identity Card dated 1943. Interesting group to compliment a Home Front display.
WW2 British Home Front Fire Guard Commanders Helmet Dated 1941 this is the rarer seen Fire Guard leaders/commander helmet in white with black stripe & ‘FG’ lettering to front & back. Good overall condition with service use & typical age.
WW2 British Home Front Fire Guard Helmet Another example of the myriad of marked Home Front helmets in existence in WW2 this being a white painted helmet with the initials ‘FG’ to the front for ‘Fire Guard’. An early Mk II example this helmet has been overpainted in white with a black band around it signifying rank. Inside shows rust through prolonged shed storage. Web chinstrap intact. Certainly a scarcely encountered helmet.
WW2 British Home Front Fire Watchers Goggles Firewatchers goggles for those engaged in night time duties watching for incendiary bombs during enemy raids . Those involved would often tackle those devices encountered with the various apparatus used by such wardens of the era. Goggles are of metal with moveable cross slit eyepieces & headstrap made of the elastic such as found on gas masks.
WW2 British Home Front Firemans Manual 1943 HMSO manual entitled ‘Manual of Firemanship’ containing much related subject matter in the form of text, charts & diagramatical drawings & black & white photographs of fire service personnel in wartime uniforms. 1943 date to front cover with other available titles listed on the back cover. Condiiton excellent & quite a scarce manual to find.
WW2 British Home Front First Aid Manual 1938 ‘First Aid to the Injured’ manual by St Johns Ambulance Association this version printed in 1938 upon the onset of war. Much used by Home Front Civil Defence personnel in WW2. Good used condition.
WW2 British Home Front First Aid Party Chief helmet A rare Home Front helmet for a First Aid Party Chief with the official configuration for the period of a white painted helmet with two black vertical rank bands running into the initials ‘FAP’. Mk II shell is excellent with no dents & has some minor paint chipping in areas. Stencil wording is excellent. Interior of helmet has early oval cushion pad with liner cradle bearing maker , size & date of 1938/39 . Shell is maker marked to JSS for the firm Joseph Sankey & Son ( 1938-41) Liner condition is good. Chinstrap present.
WW2 British Home Front Gas Mask Tin Good original example of one of many variations of private purchase carrying tins for the civilian gas mask as sold by various retail outlets in the WW2 period. Of mustard colour with ‘GAS MASK’ on its lid & manufacturer Barringer.Wallis & Manners Ltd Mansfield to bottom the web carrying strap is complete.
WW2 British Home Front Gas Rattle GR Marked, 1939 A superb & scarce example of the WW2 Gas Rattle used by Air Raid Wardens & Special Constables to warn of imminent gas attack. Unlike many seen today this is a correct & original early war period piece having government markings & date 1939 ( GRVI 1939 ) . Made in NW10 London & named to its former owner.
WW2 British Home Front General Post Office Helmet Interesting British Home Front helmet painted in black & bearing the markings of the General Post Office. G.P.O initials have been handpainted on as well as the letter ‘F’ which most likely is a reference to the area or post etc. Inside of helmet bears rust on the surface of the shell but paint around the rim is good & liner intact although this is quite cracked & dry. Web strap is good & retains its spring. Owners initials of ‘A.T.S’ have been handpainted onto the inside rim & markings of the helmet manufacturer ‘BMB’ are present with the date Jan 1941 (1-41). Liner is sized as a 7 1/2 & dated 1939. Apart from the overall effects of having sat in a loft for the last 60 years this is a nice helmet with the not so common G.P.O markings.
WW2 British Home Front GPO Gas Mask & Bag Standard issue gas mask for civilian service personnel in WW2 this example bearing a name & address tag to a member of the Post Office. Mask is in typical black rubber & in good condition with various dates & stamps all around the 1937/38 period. Tan canvas carrying bag is marked on the inside ‘ MAPLE 1939′ & is complete with its Anti Dimming Kit which is also dated 1937. Nice complete example of a classic Home Front gas mask.
WW2 British Home Front Helmet ‘Warden/Fire Guard’ Interesting & unusual British Home Front helmet being of the standard MK II pattern overpainted for Home Defence use. Issued in the usual factory army green this piece has been overpainted in thick blue grey paint with a white rank badger stripe running across the length of the helmet from back to front normally indicating a Supervisory status. The front of the helmet has a green section left unpainted with the large initials in white of ‘ W/FG’ most likely standing for Warden/Fire Guard. Much paint remains to the outside of the helmet with the liner cradle giving the size ’7′ & the date 1939. Some fraying to web chinstrap. Shell also dated 1939. Certainly one of many varying marking configurations used by the Home Front Civil Defence Services of WW2.
WW2 British Home Front Helmet ‘ FAP’ (First Aid Post) A very nice example of a Home Front helmet with the initials ‘FAP’ to front & back for First Aid Post . Helmet is in excellent condition with light grey paint to inside & a black overpaint outside with the initials applied in white to front & back. Liner cradle is dated 1940 with web chinstrap in good order. Name of owner K.Betmead is to be seen on inside of the chinstrap . A nice example of one of many types of Home Front marked helmet.
WW2 British Home Front ID & Medical Cards Medical Card dated 1933 & two National Registraton ID Cards to the same family members. One ID Card is dated 1943 the other ’49. Good used condition.
WW2 British Home Front Mickey Mouse Gas Mask & Box 1939 Excellent condition example of the WW2 British Home Front Mickey Mouse gas mask designed by its colour to be less frightening to children aged
WW2 British Home Front Named Helmet ( CMHQ Staff ) Virtually mint condition black painted British Mk II helmet as used by British Home Front personnel of all types in WW2. This example is black painted inside & out dated 1939 being an early production piece. Interestingly on close inspection can be seen written around the inside rim the name of the person to whom the helmet was issued ‘ Miss Phyllis ‘Rusty’ Hanbury C.M.H.Q’ . Upon research the initials CMHQ would appear to stand for Canadian Military Headquarters of which there was an HQ in London the wearer possibly having been an employee upon its issue. This is backed up by the outline of a Canadian mapleleaf to the front of the helmet which can be seen when examined in the correct light. The name can also be seen neatly written on the web chinstrap which retains well its elasticity. Overall condition is virtually unused indicating an indoor role rather than out at night putting out fires etc. Texture of the paint is rough which has minor wear in places.
WW2 British Home Front NFS Firemans Tunic 1944 WW2 Firemans tunic for a member of the National Fire Service with double breasted black NFS buttons & 1944 dated clothing label to interior. Interestingly the tunic has integral belt hooks to the waist to support the firemans belt equipment when on duty. No moth, See picture for sizes.
WW2 British Home Front NFS Helmet 1939 Superb example of the National Fire Service helmet with NFS decal to front & ’32′ area number to front rim. (Area 32 was part of the South Eastern Command with its HQ at Tonbridge Wells) . Outside of helmet is an immaculate condition with only extremely light wear there being no unsightly rust marks or abrasions to its factory paint finish. Inside is also good with JSS 1939 to shell & 1939 to liner cradle. Web chinstrap intact. Overall a superb marked helmet from the wartime fire service.
WW2 British Home Front NFS Helmet 1939 ( West London Area ) Superb example of the National Fire Service helmet with NFS decal to front & ’34′ London area number to front rim. (Area 34 was part of the London Command being the West London area ) . Helmet has had service number painted onto shell & liner by its wartime owner & traces of a name to chinstrap which may well lend itself to research. Outside of helmet is in excellent condition with moderate wear there being no unsightly rust marks or abrasions to its factory paint finish. Inside is also good with ROCo 1939 to shell & BMB 1939 to liner cradle. Web chinstrap intact. Overall a superb marked helmet from the wartime fire service.
WW2 British Home Front Plasfort Helmet WW2 British Home Front Plasfort ‘Fire Guard’ Helmet Interesting example of the privately purchased bakelite Plasfort helmet with Fire Guard markings as used by many private organisations & individuals in WW2 who were engaged in the constant vigil of watching for incendiary bomb & other air attacks on the premises on which they were employed. This example in used but good condition with chinstrap minus.
WW2 British Home Front Plasfort ‘Fire Guard’ Helmet Interesting example of the privately purchased bakelite Plasfort helmet with Fire Guard markings as used by many private organisations & individuals in WW2 who were engaged in the constant vigil of watching for incendiary bomb & other air attacks on the premises on which they were employed. This example has the clear ‘Plasfort’ logo impressed into the underside of the brim with liner & leather chinstrap intact. Outside of helmet has had a mustard coloured paint finish applied with the two initials FG to front for ‘Fire Guard’ implying this was used by those posted on night duty keeping a lookout for incendiary devices with fire fighting implements to hand to tackle any such threat. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British Home Front Rescue Helmet ( R Removed Overpaint) An interesting Home Front helmet being of the standard MkII khaki paint factory issue with overpaint in black for Home Front use & R lettering for Rescue service to front & back. The R lettering has then be overpainted in black reverting it to an apparent reissue for general Civil Defence personnel. 1939 date to liner cradle with faint markings under rim of helmet that can only be made out to denote this as a BMB made helmet. Left uncleaned since recently discovered this helmet came from private sources with the Rescue Party Foremans helmet listed seperately.
WW2 British Home Front Rescue Party Foreman Helmet I was fortunate this week to acquire two Home Front ‘Rescue’ helmets direct from source one being in white for a Foreman rank, as here, & the other in black with the R lettering from front & back removed ( Listed seperately ) . This white painted helmet is a truly superb time capsule from the London bombings with much wear & use as a result of its busy war service & which would have been worn whilst rescuing civilians from collapsed buildings & such like after an air raid. Helmet has many chips & abrasions to its exterior with the white having been painted over its first black overpaint. The base colour which can still be seen on the inside under the liner is khaki as it would have been when originally produced in its MKII pattern. Black stencilled ‘R’ present to front & back with the black paint underneath the white showing through in areas. Interior displays black overpaint to rim underside with early oval cushion pad & liner cradle BMB marked ( Briggs Motor Bodies ) size ’7′ stamped & 1939 dated. Liner is good with its shoe string very much intact. Web chinstrap intact but dirty. Helmet is dirty through loft storage this being apparent mostly on the inside. This of course adds to its appeal in many ways & so i have deliberately not cleaned it & leave this decision up to the new owner.
WW2 British Home Front Rescue Party/Gas Helmet Mk II steel helmet having a black paint interior & exterior with initials RP/G to front & back signifying Rescue Party/Gas for those rescue workers involved in the immediate aftermath of an Air Raid with damaged & leaking Gas pipes/mains being a constant source of danger. Inside rim has red on white painted number 16 it is apparent that at some point the helmet was white on the outside then overpainted in black & the initials applied to front & back upon a change of role. VERO maker & size 7 1/4 to cradle , 1939 date to shell.
WW2 British Home Front Senior Control Officer Helmet Untouched original example of one of the increasingly popular painted Home Front helmets this piece being for a Senior Control officer as denoted by the lettering & black stripes on white for rank. Overall condition is totally as found with some paint off in areas as can be seen from pictures. Liner is present although well used & dry in places with maker VERO & date 1939 clearly visible.
WW2 British Home Front Senior Fire Guard Helmet 1940 An interesting Home Front helmet from a senior member of the Fire Guard organisation . The white painted helmet with one black band denotes seniority there being in the Fire Guard two senior ranks of ‘Head Fire Guard’ & ‘Senior Fire Guard’ . Ties with the ARP organisation became stronger in January 1942 when Head Wardens ( one black stripe ) automatically became Head Fire Guards . This is the grey civil defence MKII type 2C helmet with three holes on each side that have been painted over with the additional painting of rank. BMB maker visible to shell with date 1940. Overall some rust but generally a very nice original helmet from the British Home Front.
WW2 British Home Front Special Constable Helmet 1938 A nice early war example of a British policemans steel helmet with the initials on front & back ‘SC’ for Special Constable. Helmet is untouched since WW2 the shell having its factory khaki paint to inside & date 1938. Liner cradle also dated 1938 with size 7 1/4. Web chinstrap in excellent order.
WW2 British Home Front War Damage Paperwork Grouping Group of documents to one London man regarding his claim for War damage at his North London address on the 20th June 1944 under the War Damage Act 1943. These are forms & Letters relating to his claim from the relevant Inland Revenue Department with a settlement figure being offered. All good condition.
WW2 British Home Front Warden/Fire Guard helmet Scarce Home Front helmet to a ranking member of the Fire Guard an organisation formed in August 1941. This was as a result of a reorganisation of the AFS controlled Supplementary Fire Parties & the ARP controlled Street Fire Parties (SFP) being combined into the Fire Guard. Helmet is a standard MKII khaki issue with an overpaint of green grey on the outside & having a vertical white stripe running into the initials front & back ‘W/FG’ for Warden/Fire Guard. Underside of shell is in the black ARP overpaint with owners name & number clearly handpainted onto it. Exterior is in excellent order with some minor abrasions to crown & only minimal paint chipping to rear edge. Interior has early oval cushion pad with liner cradle bearing size 7, maker VERO & date 1938. Liner good. Web chinstrap is good with some wear & tear in places.
WW2 British Home Front Wardens Helmet Excellent condition Air Raid Wardens helmet with W for Warden decal to front & back. Made by JSS in 1939 & having its original khaki factory paint visible to its underside it has been painted black & the W applied as per early war Civil Defence regulations. Liner cradle also dated 1939 with good non perished liner system & crash pad to crown. Web chinstrap complete. The Wardens name of ‘STANTON’ can be seen faintly scratched into the black paint above one of the W letters upon close inspection.
WW2 British Home Front Wardens Helmet & Cloth Carrying Cover A recently surfaced Air Raid Wardens helmet with cloth cover going around the rim that has a strap attached to enable the helmet to be carried from the shoulder when not in use. Helmet is a standard early MKII issue with the early oval pad to dome & 1939 date to liner cradle. Underneath the black paint of the helmet can be seen its original khaki factory finish which has been typically overpainted in the black for ARP. The cloth cover is crudely made but undoubtedly period & was found in place on this helmet as has clearly been the case since WW2. It is of not unfamiliar very well used purple cloth with the carrying strap stitiched on. There are reinforcing strips of cloth to some of the inside edges in places. Overall a well used item of ARP head gear its charactor & condition indicative of its wartime service.
WW2 British Home Front White Warden Helmet Good scarce & original example of the Wardens helmet painted white denoting supervisor rank with W designation to front & back. Few white painted examples exist today with only a small percentage of those offered actually being original. This piece has rust bleeding to the outside of the helmet due to shed storage & traces of its factory issue khaki paint to the inside. Shell is dated 1939 with size 7 VERO markings to cradle & date again of 1939. 1938 date to chinstrap lugs. Good elasticity remaining to web chinstrap. (TW)
WW2 British Home Front ‘Medical Officer’ Helmet 1941 Recently retrieved example of a white painted Home Front helmet with the initials MO on front & back signifying ‘Medical Officer’. Inside liner is in relatively supple condition with head pad intact. Outside paint surface has once had a grey paint finish which has then been removed to reveal its cracked & chipped white paint. Comes with 1940 dated Mk II steel helmet shell as pictured ( minus liner ) . Helmet has factory painted khaki finish to inside with date & maker of BMB 1942 clearly visible.
WW2 British Home Front ‘NCC Warden’ Armband Black lettering on white cotton armband for one of the many Home Front civill authorities this believed to be for the ‘Nottingham County Council’ . Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British Home Front ‘RP/E’ Helmet (Repair Party -Electric) Interesting home front helmet bearing markings for a member of an electrical repair party whose work was much needed after the many bombing raids that were hitting England at the time. Helmet is black with the RP/E designation to front & remains of anti gas cover to rim. Liner cradle dated 1939 with web chinstrap one lug minus. Some age through shed storage but overall a good example of this scarce helmet.
WW2 British Home Front ‘War Gases’ Training Aid Interesting Home Front item being a chart with a moveable middle section & window which by selecting one of the types of war gas from the highlighted sections by use of the arrow on the chart gives the effects & its first aid treatment relevant to that particular gas. Printed in Great Britain by Fleet Street based George Philip & Son Ltd these are now scarce items to find & indicative of the fear of a Gas Attack that hung over wartime London. (TW)
WW2 British Home Guard /CD Gaiters 1943 Excellent condition matching pair of black leather gaiters one being clearly maker marked & dated 1943.
WW2 British Home Guard Ammunition Pouch 1942 Excellent condition apparently mint unissued ammunition pouch originally intended to carry magazines for the Browning Automatic Rifle although this idea being dropped they were then used extensively by the Home Guard. Two loops to rear with integral brace attachment for use in conjunction with the shoulder straps these were often worn with the leather belt by Home Guard units. Now becoming a scarce WW2 British ammunition pouch to find this example is maker marked & dated MECo 1942. Black ink stamp to bottom difficult to discern.
WW2 British Home Guard Ammunition Pouch Pair 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. Both pouches have manufacturer markings on the inside of the flap & the date 1942. These pouches are now a rare item & probably one of the hardest to find of the WW2 webbing family.
WW2 British Home Guard Ammunition Pouch Pair 1942 Excellent condition apparently mint unissued ammunition pouch originally intended to carry magazines for the Browning Automatic Rifle although this idea being dropped they were then used extensively by the Home Guard. Two loops to rear with integral brace attachment for use in conjunction with the shoulder straps these were often worn with the leather belt by Home Guard units. Now becoming a scarce WW2 British ammunition pouch to find both pouches are maker marked & dated 1942.
WW2 British Home Guard Anklets 1940 A good dated pair of the brown leather anklets for use by members of the Home Guard. Both with brass buckles & one maker marked to JJB & dated 1940.
WW2 British Home Guard Anklets 1940 A nice untouched pair of brown leather Home Guard anklets with broad arrow markings to both. One has ink stamp of maker & date 1940 just visible. In excellent condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Arm Patch A black on khaki example for stitching to the denim uniform worn by HG units. Jacket removed example in excellent condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Armband Black lettering on khaki armband in excellent condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Denim BD Blouse Privately tailored denim battledress blouse with Hobson & Sons tailors label having had leather football style buttons attached, size alterations & a rank chevron & Home Guard armband stitched to the arms. It has also stiffeners put onto the inside edges of the collar. There is also a WW1 medal ribbon bar showing entitlement to British War & Victory medal. Whistle on lanyard to left arm as was on the blouse when obtained. Certainly an interesting Home Guard blouse altered according to the wearers individual preference. It is of note that Hobson & Sons are a well known tailor of military uniforms & still in existence today.
WW2 British Home Guard Equipment Sleeve Home Guard belt sleeve for slding over the ’03 pattern belt as worn by Home Guard units so as brace attachments could be worn in conjunction with the ’37 pattern equipment set. Very scarce item of unblanoced kit.
WW2 British Home Guard Helmet 1942 Very nice example of the WW2 British MK II helmet as issued to Home Guard troops denoted by one hole to each side. In its original factory khaki paint web chinstrap is intact with maker marking ‘ F&L 1942 ‘ to rim. The hole on each side denotes of slightly less quality than the standard issue helmet there being three grades denoted by one, two or three holes the three hole type being the lesser quality of them all. It is of note that although this pattern saw use mainly with the Home Guard there are also instances of their issue to the regular army & vice versa. Minor abrasions to exterior of helmet , inside near mint condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Leather Cradle Waterbottle 1942 Brown leather cradled waterbottle commonly used by the Home Guard in WW2. Leather in good condition , maker marked & dated 1942 with broad arrow visible. Bottle & cover in good order also.
WW2 British Home Guard Leather Gaiters Good used but sound condition Home Guard gaiters in a dark brown colouration with blackened brass buckles & fittings intact. One fastening strap slightly delicate although fine if handled with care.
WW2 British Home Guard Manual 1941 dated Home Guard manual covering all of the relevant soldiering subjects such as organisation, Fieldcraft, Rifles & Shooting, Automatic Weapons, Hand Grenades etc etc. Used condition with some staining to an area of the front cover .
WW2 British Home Guard Manuals Grouping ( Attributed ) Nice group of Home Guard training & instructional manuals all coming from the one man who was a sergeant in the 32nd Surrey Battalion , Home guard based in Croydon, Surrey. Included in the group is a wartime photograph of the soldier in Battledress with rifle, as well as the following manuals; Introduction & Battlecraft , Battle Drill , Patrolling, Regulations for the Home Guard 1942, Small Arms Training on the Sten Machine Carbine 1942, Pictorial Fieldcraft, Manual of Grenades British American & German , Know Your Weapons Tommy Gun Rifle & Bayonet , Spot Them in the Air ( Aircraft Recognition, Practical Camouflage ( specific to Home Guard ) , Home Guard Manual of Camouflage, Home Guard Profociency, Home Guard Fieldcraft Manual, Infantry Section Leading 1938. A unique collection of some quite rare Home Guard manuals all coming from the personal possesions of a former Home Guard soldier.
WW2 British Home Guard Officer Photograph ( Sussex ) Excellent studio portrait photograph of a Captain in the Sussex Home Guard wearing Battledress with ‘SX 18′ patches & sidecap. Also up are his WW1 medal ribbons. Excellent condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Padded Shoulder Title Pair A pair of the scarce cloth padded Home Guard shoulder titles in excellent condition. No moth or damage.
WW2 British Home Guard Pocket Manual 1914 Pattern Rifle Interesting manual on the P14 rifle for Home Guard members with black & white WW1 period photographs demonstrating firing positions & procedures etc. Minus its front cover alhtoguh in good condition overall.
WW2 British Home Guard Studio Photograph Husband & wife Home Guard photograph wearing apparent Middlesex cap badge , WW1 medal ribbons HG cloth titles.
WW2 British Home Guard Training Manual 1941 Original ‘ Home Guard Training Manual ‘ by John Murray & The Pilot Press this bring the February 1941 printed edition. Many contents contained within including Object of Home Guard, Organisation, Fieldcraft, Observation & Messages, Obstruction & Demolition, Rifles & Rifle Shooting, Automatic Weapons ( Lewis Gun, Browning Etc) , Hand Grenades, Village Defence & Street Fighting, Anti-Tank, Anti -Aircraft Etc Etc. Overall good used condition.
WW2 British Home Guard Weapons Pamphlet ‘ Sten Machine Carbine ‘ Good condition WW2 pamphlet entitled ‘ Sten Machine Carbine 9mm Mk.II & Mk.III’. Dated September 1942. Folds out to show detailed diagram of the Sten with associated information such as Stripping, Assembling, Handling Etc.. Printed specifically for Home Guard use.
WW2 British Home Guard/Womens Gaiters 1941 Blackened 1941 dated gaiters used by the Home Guard & female personnel. Broad arrow marked & dated 1941.
WW2 British Homefront ‘Fire Guard’ Supervisors Helmet Scarce Fire Guard supervisors helmet overpainted in white with central black band running around neck & black stencilled ‘FG’ initials to front & back. These helmets were worn by women fire watchers employed normally on roof tops to keep a look out for the effects of incendiary bombs during the WW2 bombings. These helmets were issued in blue as can be seen on the inside of this example however the colours here denote specially employed in a supervisory role normally by area & as such this is quite a scarce helmet. Leather band on inside of helmet is marked with maker ‘S.M.LD’ & the date 1941. There is also the owners name & address written in pencil around the inside of the brim. Interesting Home Front item.
WW2 British Housewife Roll, Buttonstick & Fantail Brush A ww2 issue British housewife roll for holding the soldiers sewing kit. Faint soldier name & number to outside . Contained within the kit is a period soft wire brush called the ‘fantail’ so called due to its appearance which was used for the cleaning & brushing of various items. Buttonstick is wartime pressed card version. Good condition.
WW2 British Infantry 1937 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( Wartime Dates ) A complete wartime dated set of British 1937 pattern webbing in the correct WW2 green blanco colour. Set comprises of the following items with dates listed accordingly where legible; Waisbelt 1943 No.4 Spike Bayonet & Frog Waterbottle & Carrier 1944 Entrenching Tool Carrier 1943 & Helve 1944 ( Tool Minus ) Two Shoulder Straps 1939 & 1943 Pair Basic Ammunition Pouches 1940 Smallpack 1943 Pair Smallpack Braces 1941 & 1943 All parts are in good used condition to compliment a British infantryman rig.
WW2 British Infantry Officers Private Purchase Pistol Holster 1934 A scarce example of the British officers webbing holster which was produced for the commercial market by Mills Equipment Company prior to the introduction of its wider produced 1937 pattern equipment. A minor difference is noticeable in the early infantry officers webbing this being its finer weave comparable upon close inspection. This example of the third pattern of commercially produced holster for officers has had its ammunition pouch removed which was a common practice in the days before holster & pouch were detachable from each other. Faint MECo markings to inside of flap with date 1934 visible.
WW2 British Infantry Officers SD Cap Hampshire Regiment An excellent quality private purchase service dress cap to an officer from the Hampshire regiment. Kings crown officer cap badge is originally fixed to the front with kings crown officer chinstrap buttons to sides. Made by Moss Bros of Covent Garden the size label gives it as a 6 7/8 . Overall superb condition with no moth.
WW2 British Infantry Training Manual Part IV : The Mortar Platoon 1943 Interesting manual on The Mortar Platoon & with info on the 3 inch mortar. Good condition.
WW2 British Instructional Framed Poster ‘German Incendiary Bomb’ Scarce British instructional poster on the ‘ German Bomb B2.2 EI -Z 9 Anti Personnel Incendiary Bomb) ‘ showing two large scale Incendiary bombs in diagramatical form with dimensions & components highlighted & invaluable to those involved in Bomb Disposal or other Civil Defence or military roles at the time. Professionally mounted in a 28′ x 22′ frame makes a superb display piece for the ordnance or Home Front collector.
WW2 British Issue Duffle Coat 1943 Good condition scarce midwar example of the British issue Duffle Coat often seen in use in the Desert by soldiers & also LRDG troops as well as officers & personnel of the Royal Navy. Three wooden toggles to front to allow fastening with gloves in cold weather & poppers to hood . All buttons complete. Only very light wear one very small hole to bottom right pocket corner noticeable only upon close inspection. Clothing label still intact giving maker as Redman Bros, Size 1 & hard to find date of 1943.
WW2 British Issue Fork 1945 Part of the British soldiers eating utensils & often carried alone as a sufficient ‘eating iron’ the soldier was issued such items along with his other items of messkit. Broad arrow marked & 1945 dated.
WW2 British Issue German Prisoner Of War Battledress 1943 A 1940 pattern battledress dated 1943 which has been dyed black for issue to German prisoners of war. German POWs required clothing within the camps & also work wear when put out to work within the local community as was the case at the latter point of their captivity. Some having been captured with little or no service clothing were eligible for a new issue such as this. A good size for a 6ft plus man with all its original brown buttons & light service use there is no moth anywhere on the BD.
WW2 British Issue Jungle Green Shorts ( 1945 Clothing Label ) A very rare pair of the British issue ‘ Shorts, Jungle ‘ with broad arrow & date 1945. Most late war period jungle kit encountered today is of Indian origin it being very difficult to find surviving examples of the early British made jungle issue uniform issued only in small quantities to troops who were going overseas on tropical postings. This pair are in good used condition with buttons intact. First field dressing pocket present to front right with buckle tabs to waistband . Slash pockets to sides. Hard to find any British battledress trouser or shorts with the clothing label not removed , it is to be seen here still originally stitched to the rear waist area. A size 7 is given with broad arrow & date 1945. An overall scarce item of British jungle uniform.
WW2 British Italy Star Good condition with ribbon.
WW2 British Jack Knife 1940 Good condition example of the British soldiers jack knife. One of many variations with recessed dimple pattern scales . George Reign marked made by Rogers & Son. Broad arrow marked & dated 1940.
WW2 British Jeep Coat / Reefer Jacket Fine example of the popular short waterproof coat commonly known as the ‘Reefer Jacket’ or ‘Jeep Coat.’ These were produced also for the US Military from the UK on a reverse Lend -lease basis & referred to by American troops as the Mackintaw Coat. Made from a waterproof khaki coloured poplin material the interior lining is in blanket/greatcoat khaki wool material with the arms being lined using Battledress wool serge. Two square flapped pockets are located on the front of the coat with the added extra of a fur collar having been applied over the wide shawl collar in accordance with the wearers individual preference. In overall excellent condition with no moth, rips or tears & all buttons complete.
WW2 British Jungle Bush Hat Khaki example of the soldiers jungle slouch hat. With integral sweatband & light service use overall.
WW2 British Jungle Bush Shirt Scarce Indian made Jungle bush shirt in typical aertex material with four box pockets, shoulder straps & all wooden buttons complete. Overall good used condition.
WW2 British Jungle Gaiters ( Spats, Mosquito ) 1944 Unissued pair of gaiters issued to troops serving in the Far Eastern & Mediterranean theatres as part of the anti Mosquito kit the casualties of which were draining on manpower with the risk of malaria ever present. This pair are mint unissued with the date 1944 & the designation ‘ Spats, Mosquito Size 4 John Wear & Co ‘ .
WW2 British Jungle Green Shorts 1944 Scarce item of Jungle issue uniform being the shorts much worn by Allied troops in the SE Asia Jungle theatre of 1944. This pair have overall service use with all pressed metal dished buttons present. Shorts have double pleated first aid dressing pocket to front with side pockets & single pleated pocket to back. Inside markings give date of manufacture as 1944 with various other markings to inside.
WW2 British Jungle Green Trousers Rare Jungle Green issue trousers reflecting same design of norman battledress trousers but in Jungle Green cotton drill. Double pleated first aid dressing pocket to front right with large map pocket to front left thigh. Single pocket to rear with generally overall service use & date 1945. Couple of buttons missing but in good Jungle used order. A scarce item of Jungle Issue uniform.
WW2 British Jungle Issue Insect Repellant A late war jungle issue personal item associated with the 1944 pattern of jungle equipment this being the Insect Repellant. Good condition with original label intact.
WW2 British Jungle Jack Knife ( Indian Pattern ) 1941 British forces in India in WW2 were in the main supplied with locally made uniforms & gear the jack knife being no exception. This is the Indian made pattern of low quality with red fibre grips & maker marked to NKF . Date of 1941 to grip. Used but good condition.
WW2 British Jungle Machete & Sheath Fine condition 1945 dated standard jungle machete with brown leather 1942 dated sheath. Blade of machete broad arrow & maker marked to JJB ( JJ Beal ) & dated 1945 with sheath broad arrow stamped & dated 1942.
WW2 British Jungle Machete & Sheath Typical example of the British issue machete with 1942 date & broad arrow marking to blade with maker initials of J.J.B for the firm ‘J.J.Beal’. Grips are of brown fibre with copper rivets & have broad arrow ordnance marking to one handle . Sheath is in brown leather , broad arrow marked & dated 1944. Some overall wear to this piece being evident to a small area at top of handle ( see pics ) . Sheath has an approx 1 inch slit to front apparently at one time used to carry another article within it.
WW2 British Jungle Machete 1944 A black handled example of the British jungle machete broad arrow maker marked on blade to JJB & dated 1944. Overall service use & age to blade although sound. No damage to handle.
WW2 British Jungle Machete 1945 A used example of the jungle machete with issue leather sheath both dated 1945. Signs of shed storage are present although there is no damage or split areas. Machete maker marked to JJB & dated 1945 . Sheath marked to BHG & dated 1945 with stores numbers to rear.
WW2 British Jungle Map Case 1945 Excellent condition example of the green 1945 dated jungle mapcase. No damage to any pop stud areas & WD markings to flap.
WW2 British Jungle Mosquito/Bug Net Indian produced head net for wear over helmet if required to guard against serious threat to troops of malaria serving in Jungle theatres. Excellent condtion example in unissued condtion some storage stains, faint date 1944. Scarce piece of jungle kit.
WW2 British Jungle Mosquito/Bug Net 1944 Indian produced mosquito/bug head net for British forces to guard against the serious threat of Malaria to troops serving in such theatres. Net & mesh construction with date 1944 & damaged area to one part of wooden cane which forms stiffener for wear over helmet. Green canvas with chinstrap.
WW2 British Jungle Slouch Hat 1943 A superb jungle worn 1943 dated slouch hat in very appealing ‘salty’ condition. Recently surfaced from a loft it still has its puggaree , although with div patch removed, & also has its sweat stained leather band with clear date of 1943. Small hole to front of top crown, Tatty in places ( tear to front of puggaree ) with the two rear ends of sweatband displaced it exudes individuality & no doubt would have many stories to tell. ( Size 6 7/8 ) .
WW2 British Jungle Slouch Hat 1944 Recently surfaced jungle used example of the British slouch hat complete with puggaree & leather sweatband. This piece has an exceptionally jaunty look having been worn with the brim down which was sometimes preferred offering greater protection to the wearer. A size 7 1/8 the sweatband is clearly dated 1944 & is in good supple condition. A used but good piece with some very minor tracking spots in places.
WW2 British Jungle Socks 1944 Unissued pair of the green jungle socks that were produced from wool which was treated to prevent shrinking & rotting. In mint condition both have their ‘Warnorm’ labels complete with broad arrow marking & date 1944.
WW2 British Jungle Tank Suit 1945 A rare mint unissued Jungle Tank Suit for issue to troops serving in the Far East. Zipper in good working order on this example with buttons intact. Stores coded with clothing label to inside collar area giving date 1945.
WW2 British KD Bush Shirt Excellent example of the KD Bush Shirt intended for wear by Other Ranks with four box pockets to front to be worn hanging out. Many variations existed this piece having some markings to inside & some age marks to collar area from storage.
WW2 British KD Mounted Breeches Prewar pair of the KD Trouser/ Breeches fpr mounted troops ( much worn by troops of the 4th Cavalry Brigade ) with cheesecloth lining , reinforced double patching to inside legs & button & drawstring closure to leg bottoms. Metal dished buttons to waist & fly indicate pre ww2 manufacture with approx size 31inch waist & 26 in inside leg. Overall condition virtually mint unissued & much used first in the Middle Eastern theatre of the pre ww2 era.
WW2 British KD Trousers Tan Khaki Drill trousers in the prewar style with turnups as issued to British troops serving in tropical theatres. Many variations of these exist most often having being replaced by the issue shorts in the mid WW2 period. Aluminium & brass dish buttons to front fly , aluminium buttons to high waistband. Waist approx 31 inches , approx 39.5 in total length with some rust stains to front left knee area. These trousers came with other items from the same mans tropical uniform listed seperately. Named to ‘Sgt Crouch’ on inside of waistband.
WW2 British Khaki Drill Shorts 1939 Mint unissued condition khaki drill shorts provided for those troops serving in the regions of India, Middle East & Hong Kong at the outbreak of WW2. Still with the rare clothing label in place giving maker as John Hammond & Co & date 1939. Came with other items from the same mans tropical uniform listed seperately.
WW2 British Khaki Drill Shorts 1942 Good condition tan khaki drill shorts for tropical issue dated 1942. Brass dished buttons to front fly with belt loops present. One pocket to rear.
WW2 British Khaki Solar Helmet 1941 Designed to offer protection from the sun in tropical regions construction is of cork with a khaki drill cloth cover. Maker label to inside showing Calcutta maker for British Forces in 1941. Soldiers number handwritten to label. An example that has seen service use in the tropics certain parts of the inside are coming away with the top of the hat having been slightly squashed at some point.
WW2 British Kings Royal Rifle Corps FS Cap An originally badged Field Service cap to a member of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. This cap recently surfaced from private sources & was kept since the war by its former owner as a souvenir. Unusually it still has its original red backed KRRC cap badge affixed this having been stitched in place by the soldier at the rear . Brass GS buttons to front with no moth anywhere on the cap.
WW2 British Kings Royal Rifle Corps FS Cap 1941 Fine example of an untouched 1941 dated FS cap formerly belonging to a soldier from the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Cap is maker stamped & 1941 dated to inside fold of cap with two KRRC bone buttons to front & plastic KRRC cap badge still present & intact. Cap shows service wear being grubby to outside & typical ‘brylcreem’ staining to inside. Certainly a well service used FS cap from this desirable British Corps.
WW2 British Knife, Fork & Spoon Set 1945 A late war set of eating utensils comprising of knife , fork & spoon & considered to be part of the Pattern 1944 equipment intended for use in the Pacific , late war Europe. Broad arrow marked & dated 1945.
WW2 British Labelled 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers (1940 Dated Label Still Present) A very scarce pair of textbook 1937 pattern battledress trousers still having their external calico clothing label to rear. The clothing label is rarely found on battledress trousers today as their positioning on the outside of the garment necessitated removal in the interest of camouflage. Label reads ‘Battledress,Trousers , Serge Size No.11′ with very good wearable sizes & date ‘March 1940. Four brass dish buttoned belt loops are present to rear with three buttons for attachment of battledress. Inside waist area has ‘Q’ War Department stores code for year 1940 . Bottom of trousers have strap & buttons to each leg for gathering in into the gaiters conforming with this early pre June 1941 pattern of trouser. Condition is excellent for that of an issued pair with no moth & some very light wear to nap of cloth in places. Overall a scarce labelled pair of early war trousers in a very wearable size.
WW2 British Labelled 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers, 1944 Dated A scarce recently surfaced pair of the 1940 pattern battledress trousers still with the hardly seen clothing label to rear waistband & dated to the same year as the Normandy invasion , 1944. Faint WD stores M code to inner waistband. A field used pair these battledress trousers bear label with the following sizes : Height : 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in Waist : 31in to 33in Breech : 37in to 38in Showing field use & some wear to nap of cloth there are several small moth nips to the rear but not detracting from what are now a very scarce pair of BD trousers.
WW2 British Labelled Battledress Trousers ( 1943 Label Date ) Scarce pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers still with their original clothing label to the rear waistband bearing date 1943. Very hard to find now with the broad arrow marked label still attached these are also a very desirable size 13 which denotes the following measurements ; Height : 5ft11in – 6ft Waist : 33in – 34in Breech : 39in – 40in Condition is excellent with all brass dished buttons still present to front fly & brown buttons to pockets & waist. There is one small repair to front left leg .
WW2 British Lanchester Ammunition Pouches 1941 Unissued condition pair of the Lanchester sub machine gun ammunition pouches as used by the Royal Navy who were issued with this weapon. Right hand pouch has loading tool pocket with both having belt hooks, brace buckle & steadying strap. Both are maker marked to MECo & dated 1941 ( Mills Equipment Co ).
WW2 British Lanchester Magazine Pouch Pair Unissued condition matching pair of the Lanchester sub machine gun ammunition pouches as used by the Royal Navy who were issued with this weapon. In excellent unissued condition both have the loading tool pouch & are faintly maker marked to Bagcrafts .
WW2 British Lanchester Pouch 1942 Right hand Lanchester magazine pouch with loading tool pocket. 1942 dated with all fittings complete.
WW2 British Lanchester Pouch 1943 Right side Lanchester pouch with loading tool pocket. 1943 dated.
WW2 British Lanchester SMG Ammunition Pouch 1942 Unissued condition pouch (one only) having three compartments for the Lanchester SMG magazines. Female stud for securement strap minus although hardly used with ’42′ dated to inside flap.
WW2 British Lanchester Sub Machine Gun ( Old Spec Deac ) Good clean condition Old Specification Lanchester sub machine gun originally copied from the German MP28 & issued to the Royal Navy & RAF in WW2. Weapon cocks, strips & dry fires & comes with its correct 50 round magazine.
WW2 British Large Pack & Straps 1941 WW2 British webbing large pack in excellent condition with two helmet straps attached. Large pack made by W & G Ltd in 1941 & one of the straps made by MW&S in 1942 although the other is a post war replacement. The twin straps were originally intended to carry the steel helmet when not in use.
WW2 British Large Size Panelled Union Jack Flag A large sized ‘Union Jack’ flag in panelled construction & in excellent condition. Measuring just under 12ft long (140 inches ) by 63.5 in wide.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin Issue Leather Jerkin used by British troops in WW2. Worn when driving, working or fighting many wartime photographs bear testament to the popularity of these jerkins used by the British ‘Tommy’. This example has seen much service use evidenced by its condition today. Overall brown finish is remaining although there are dry areas of the leather on the shoulder & around the bottom edge. Also one of the top central seams running from the shoulder to the neck has come loose although is not visible when on a bust or mannequin. There are also a couple of rips & nips overall. On the right hand side at chest level is a rip of a couple of inches in length. Clothing label no longer remains but there are numerous other stampings & also the soldiers name & number scribbled in ink on the blanket lining. Not in mint condition but nevertheless an original jerkin that has seen service use.
WW2 British Leather jerkin Classic British issue leather jerkin , originating from the First World War & much seen in use by the British soldier in World War Two. Made of hard wearing brown leather with a khaki blanket lining this was a much favoured item in cold weather & is often seen being worn by laden down infantrymen on the move in the European theatre right through to the fighting in Germany in 1945. This example has certainly been used with a couple of minor ‘snags’ to the leather on the left side ( hardly noticeable) & some stitch reinforcement to a couple of the seams. One of the buttons is missing from the front although all the others are original to it. Fortunately the clothing label remains intact although faded denoting it to be a size 3 & made by G.Gerratt Ltd . Date & broad arrow stamp are clearly readable being ‘Mar 1945′ . Overall classic British item that would compliment any ‘Tommy’ display very nicely.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin 1941 British military leather jerkin at first issued to drivers & other crew personnel but also used by British infantry in the European theatre of war late 1944 onwards during the cold winter advance through Germany. Leather is good & supple with clothing label still intact giving Size 2 & rarely found early date of 1941. Green wool lining with left side shoulder seam split requiring restitching otherwise good.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin , November 1940 An early example of the British soldiers leather jerkin initially designed as a cold weather garment to be worn by drivers & static crews but seen much in wear by infantry soldiers throughout WW2. Clothing label still intact to inside with clear sizes & date November 1940 . All four of its original brown plastic buttons are present with some moth to inside wool blanket lining that has gone through to leather on a small area of the right shoulder . A visually sound example with no rips or tears to seams & scarce being of the desirable early 1940 date.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin , November 1940 An early example of the British soldiers leather jerkin initially designed as a cold weather garment to be worn by drivers & static crews but seen much in wear by infantry soldiers throughout WW2. Clothing label still intact to inside with clear sizes & date November 1940 . All four of its original brown plastic buttons are present with some moth to inside wool blanket lining that has gone through to leather on a small area of the right shoulder . A visually sound example with no rips or tears to seams & scarce being of the desirable early 1940 date.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin 1941 Classic coldweather jerkin with all of its four buttons green khaki shade blanket lining. Overall condition of leather is used with minor blemishes & scuffs in places. Rear back panel is of three piece construction typical of early war manufacture. Fair amount of mothing to lining with label still present giving size as 2 ( for a 5ft.7 in to 5ft 10in man , 37-43 in breast ) the maker JH Stevens Ltd & the date 1941.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin 1941 Fine example of the popular brown leather jerkin issued to British troops throughout WW2 & worn by all branches including the infantry on the move as well as drivers, artillery gunners, & despatch riders ets. Overall good brown finish with some dry patches to rear shoulder area & bottom left skirt also small area of stitching away from one shoulder. All buttons are complete & original to the piece with calico label intact & giving size 2. Maker is illegible however broad arrow marking & date of January 1941 is clear. Good khaki blanket lining to inside with no moth present.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin 1941 Good early war example of the British Tommy leather jerkin with clothing label still intact & bearing date 1941. All of its original smoke brown buttons are still present to front with overall there being only very light wear throughout. Green blanket lining is excellent with only one very small area of wear to under one armpit . All stitching is intact to shoulder area there being only one period repair to the leather at right middle back area ( visible in photographs ).
WW2 British Leather Jerkin 1944 dated Classic WW2 ‘Tommy’ item of clothing being the sleeveless Leather jerkin which had its origins in the First World War. Worn by many British soldiers as a cold weather garment they were made of strong dark brown leather with a khaki blanket lining. This example is in excellent condition still bearing its label with the date 1944.
WW2 British Leather Jerkin Dated 1944 Worn initially by Despatch Riders & Crews then seeing much use by Britis infantry in the cold temperatures of Belgium & Germany from late 1944 onwards these jerkins are made of sturdy brown leather with a khaki blanket lining. This example has quality leather buttons & an intact calico label to its inside. Label gives maker as Wareings Ltd 1944. Size is a No.2 . Excellent condition witb good supple leather, no rips or tears. Classic British soldier item of WW2.
WW2 British Lee Enfield No.32 Sniper Scope 1944 A recently surfaced 1944 dated example of the rare No.32 MkII sniper scope as used by the British sniper of WW2. Optics on this piece are superb with no blemishes or spotting whatsoever the lenses being as clear as the day they were made. Markings are clear & read ‘ TEL SIGHTING No.32 MkII OS 1650 A 1944 No15723 ‘. Overall the condition of its original finish is excellent with much of its original factory patina remaining. Sighting dials are in good order with click adjustment smooth & working correctly. Scope comes complete with mounts.
WW2 British Lee Enfield No.4 Mk1 Rifle 1943 Interesting example of the No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle with Mk3 adjustable foresight, FTR ’43 markings & good smooth bolt action. Rifle has markings for that of a Fazarkarley refurbishment FTR ( Factory Through Repair ) markings & date 10/43. Some small denting to woodwork in places with a dark patina to wood from field service use.
WW2 British Lee Enfield Rifle Breech Cover 1942 Khaki canvas rifle breech cover marked S-1942 . Used condition with leather tie & eyelets pulled through canvas.
WW2 British Lee Enfield Rifle No.4 Mk1 A clean example of the No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle the standard British service rifle of WW2. Very high proportion of original finish remains to metalwork with wood undamaged & excellent. Bolt action in good working order & comes with original web sling. Deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British Lee Enfield Rifle Sling Tropical tan over green blancoed rifle sling with steel ends for the Lee Enfield rifle.
WW2 British Lee Enfield Rifle Sling Green blanco webbing rifle sling. Brass ends in excellent condition.
WW2 British Lee Enfield Rifle Sling 1935 An ‘MW&S 1935′ dated rifle sling in light green blanco .
WW2 British Lieutenant Colonel RAMC Greatcoat 1939 Nice condition quality made British officer greatcoat by Holt & Son of Old Burlington Street , London with name label on inside pocket giving name Townsend , RAMC & date 9.8.1939. All brass buttons of the RAMC as is correct for an early coat with deep cuffs & buttoning to rear pleat. Rank badges of Lieutenant Colonel to each shoulder. Overall used but good condition with very minimal age overall & surprisingly having not suffered insect attack. Small area of stitiching away on inside lining.
WW2 British Light Gas Mask & Haversack 1944 This is the so called Light Respirator much used by Airborne Forces in 1944 in the Normandy & Arnhem operations favoured due to its practical weight & size. Black rubber facepiece has date January 1944 in rubber mould with ink stamped 2/11/44 & web headstrap yoke made by W&G (Waring & Gillow ) in 1944. No filter. Mask condition is excellent with good fresh rubber although one eyepiece cracked. 1941 date to metal eyepiece rings. Haversack is of green canvas with the date 1943 & its tan canvas carrying strap complete. Overall condition is good.
WW2 British Light Pattern Gas Mask Haversack ( As Used Normandy, Arnhem 1944 ) January 1944 dated example of the green haversack for the light pattern assault gas mask. This is the pattern used by assault troops of the D Day landings as well as by the 1st Airborne Division during the battle for Arnhem in September 1944 . One popper minus from right side anti gas pocket . Some minor fraying to carrying strap.
WW2 British Light Service Gas Mask Case Seen much in use by British & Allied troops during the Normandy Landings the 1943 Light Respirator was very soon universal. This is the carrying case, a 1945 dated W&G made example. In green canvas it is complete with its carrying strap although this has been shortened at some point. Overall used condition.
WW2 British Liquid Fuel Lantern 1943 A scarce example of the WW2 British soldiers lantern broad arrow marked & dated 1943. In overall good condition made by Sherwoods of Birmingham. Classic item of British ‘Tommy’ kit.
WW2 British London Home Guard (Lambeth ) Officer Battledress Blouse 1941 A super battledress to a Home Guard Major from the 47th County of London , South-West Sub-District, London County Council (LCC) . Along with the 48th , these were formed from London council staff of Lambeth, London. Battledress is of the early style with pleated pockets & concealed buttons & has embroidered rank crowns for major to each shoulder. Each arm adorns the embroidered Home Guard shoulder titles with printed ‘LON 47′ under this. With early brass dished buttons its clothing label to the inside is intact with the date Jan 1941. Very faint WD stores code to be seen on inside right lining. There is some moth tracking to the battledress mainly to the front left side which I would expect to see from a loft stored item . Not detracting , this is a worn BD that has seen Home Guard service in wartime London.
WW2 British Machete & Sheath 1941 Jungle machete with rubber composite grips made by Martindale , Birmingham & having rope carrying lanyard to handle. Brown leather sheath has maker markings to ‘B.H.&G.’ ( Barrow , Hepburn & Gale ) with date 1941. Overall good used condition .
WW2 British Machete & Sheath 1943 US made example of the jungle machete as used by Allied troops in WW2. Machete is a superb example with manufacturer marking to an American firm & the date 1943. Black rivetted composite grip has no damage with an overall good blade showing some minor age bleeding in places. Brown leather sheath is excellent with stud & eye retaining strap loop & maker name & date ‘ MCBRINE 1943 ‘ to reverse. Condition excellent with no damage or rot to leather.
WW2 British Machine Gunners Monocular No.1 Mk1 Fine set of monoculars marked ‘ M.G. Mono Prism No1 Mk1 ‘ Brown leatherette covering to body with lightweight aluminium metal fittings. Some age & overall well service used pair complete with carrying strap.
WW2 British Magnetic Marching Compass Mk1 British Mark 1 Marching Compass in black bakelite with undampened luminescent needle. Excellent condition with no chips or damage , all markings are in white. Broad arrow marked to underside.
WW2 British Map Case 1944 Standard sized web map case as used by the British soldier in WW2 with encased stiffening board celluloid panel for encasement of map. ‘W&G’ maker stamped with date 1944. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British Marching Compass (1940) & 1937 Pattern Pouch (1940) Excellent condition example of the British MkIII compass in excellent condition , black paint with maker TG.Co Ltd , broad arrow mark & date 1940 to base. Web compass pouch made by MECo & similarly dated 1940. Both coming together as recently found. (TW)
WW2 British Mark 1 Magnetic Marching Compass Good condition example with no cracks to bakelite. Mark 1 Marching compass with undampened luminescant needle. All markings in white for sight reference lines. Initials of a Major painted onto back hinge ‘ MAJ. VKL ‘. Brass hanging ring.
WW2 British Mark 1 Magnetic Marching Compass Good condition example with no cracks to bakelite. Mark 1 Marching compass with undampened luminescant needle. All markings in white for sight reference lines.
WW2 British Matching Anklets 1944 A mint & matching unissued pair of the British army anklets. Unblanoced & maker marked & dated 1944. Hard to find matching & in this condition.
WW2 British Matching Messtin Set 1942 Being of the earlier ribbed pattern this is a matching set of the British Tommy messtins both with matching markings , broad arrow stamp & dated 1942. Good condition.
WW2 British Medic Dressings Bag 1943 Shell Dressings bag made by MECo Ltd in 1943 in overall good but used condition with wording ‘ A Coy / Training Only ‘ to front . ‘NO2 Pl’ ( Number 2 Platoon ) to rear of bag . Red cross on white roundel to front of bag denoting medical use.
WW2 British Medical Corps Officers Field Service Cap Good Royal Army Medical Corps Officers Field Service cap complete with economy plastic cap badge. Plastic GS buttons to front with officer quality material , velvet sweatband & twill lining. Maker diamond label to inside fold of cap. Three small moth holes to left side with five small holes to right .
WW2 British Medical Orderlies Waterbottle 1943 Excellent example of the ’37 pattern medical orderlies waterbottle complete with shoulder strap & MECo 1943 dated web cradle.
WW2 British Medical Orderlies Waterbottle 1943 1937 pattern waterbottle in web cradle with shoulder strap carried by Medical Orderlies. Green felt covered bottle in good condition with 43 dated & broad arrow marked webbing cradle.
WW2 British Medical Orderlies Waterbottle 1944. Excellent condition waterbottle the type as carried by Medical orderlies in the field to meet the extra water requirements of wounded personnel. Made up of the standard felt covered bottle with a web cradle it is maker marked ‘MW&S Ltd’ & dated 1944.
WW2 British Medical Shell Dressings Haversack 1943 Web Shell Dressing medical bag with original Red Cross symbol to front . Size adjustable shoulder strap complete with maker mark by MW&S Ltd & date 1943. Interesting variation with three compartments to inside. Good used condition.
WW2 British Medics Dressings Haversack 1943 Scarce mint unissued condition Shell Dressings haversack with Red Cross symbol to front & shoulder strap to rear. ‘N.C.O.’ to front flap. Made by M & Co in 1942. One of a few variants of this scarce piece of British medics kit.
WW2 British Medics Waterbottle 1943 Good condition British Medics waterbottle with web cradle maker marked to MECo & dated 1943. Bottle has its cork stopper soldered on with a small link chain, a personal modification. Named to bottle & strap.
WW2 British Mess Tin Set 1942 1942 dated messtin set with ribbed sides & matching MB markings , broad arrow & 1942 date. Good condition with some surface age.
WW2 British Messtin Set Good condition British forces messtin set one small, one large both made by MMS & dated 1945.
WW2 British Messtin Set 1940 Scarce early war set of British messtins both broad arrow marked & dated 1940. In excellent condition.
WW2 British Middlesex Regiment officers SD Cap A superb charactor example of the British officers SD cap from an officer of the Middlesex regiment. In green Barethea wool as is typical of officer private purchase items this piece has the tailor label of Moss Bros , Covent Garden & has its leather sweatband still present. Officers Middlesex regiment kings crown cap badge present with brass kings crown chinstrap buttons to sides. Overall excellent condition with some minor wear marks to cap band. No unsightly moth or damaged areas.
WW2 British Military 7 X Barr & Stroud Binoculars & Case Excellent condition Barr & Stroud made binoculars of 7 x power ( CF41 ) . Profusely broad arrow marked on shoulder & front barrels this pair still have their removeable leather eyepieces incorporated into a shoulder strap with 1940 patent date marking visible. Brown leather case is in good order with carrying handle , one strap stud missing from right side. Elasticated pull strap fastener to front.
WW2 British Military Battle/Gas Rattle 1941 British military issue rattle dated 1941 & war department broad arrow marked this is the rattle used to simulate the noise of battle during exercises & also for warning of gas attack as on the Home Front. Good condition & in working order with clear date & broad arrow to wood.
WW2 British Military Boot Brush 1941 Dated Nice piece of WW2 British small kit being the large sized boot brush . Hard to find now with WW2 dates this example has faint maker markings with a visible WD broad arrow & the date 1941 stamped into one side. The soldier to whom this brush was originally issued has written his Service particulars on the top & side of it to ease identification & no doubt to help prevent it being stolen by barrack room thieves! With his service number & name he has also written the date 24/3/43.
WW2 British Military Clothes Brushes (1941,42,43 Dates) British military issue clothes brushes all maker marked & dated in mint unissued condition. Several in stock with 1941,42 & 43 dates . Please specify any preference. Price is for one.
WW2 British Military Duffle Coat Good used example of the issue Duffle Coat seen extensively in use throughout WW2 by Army officers in the Desert & other theatres as well as by members of the Royal Navy. Front of coat has five wooden toggle fastenings such as found on Denison para sleeping bags to enable them to be used when wearing thick gloves in cold weather. Pockets to each side of coat with cuff fastening strap to each side & integral hood that has popper fastenings to inside edges. Clothing label has been removed although outline remains. This example has overall wear & tear with one apparently replaced toggle & one fastening loop worn away through wear on left side of coat.
WW2 British Military Duffle Coat Excellent example of the issue Duffle Coat seen extensively in use throughout WW2 by Army officers in the Desert & other theatres as well as by members of the Royal Navy. Front of coat has three wooden toggle fastenings such as found on Denison para sleeping bags to enable them to be used when wearing thick gloves in cold weather. Pockets to each side of coat with cuff fastening strap to each side & integral hood that has popper fastenings to inside edges. Issue number to back of coat. Clothing label has been removed although outline remains. Generally excellent condition with no unsightly damage or holes to large areas.
WW2 British Military Hospital Nurses,Soldiers & Sailors Photographs Interesting group of early WW2 period photographs taken at a military hospital depicting the staff nurses & doctors with group shots of the nurses & also sailors, soldiers & Marines in uniform who have been in residence whilst convalescing & being treated for their war wounds.
WW2 British Military Identity Discs/Dogtags Named to ‘Stanaway C E 1588456 ‘ . Small string attached.
WW2 British Military No. 5 Binocular Case 1944 Excellent condition brown leather binocular case with studded fittings & buckle front. Marked on top with maker BHG Ltd & date 1944. Nomenclature ‘ Binocular Prismatic No. 5 Case Mk 1′ to lid.
WW2 British Military Police Gaiters ( White Blancoed ) White blanco gaiters being a matching pair with matching army numbers to interior. Brass buckles to both & leather straps intact.
WW2 British Military Pyrene Fire Extinguisher Pyrene fire extinguisher with War Department & broad arrow markings as used by the military & in Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Couple of dents in used condition.
WW2 British Military Service Binoculars Bino Prism No 2 Mk 3 X 6 pattern binoculars with War Department broad arrow & date 1945. Graticuled & with red studs indicating Nitrogen purged anti misting system these are a scarce pair of X 6 binoculars in excellent condition with good optics.
WW2 British Military Spring Balance Weighing Scales 1940 Scarce piece of WW2 British training equipment being the scales often used by PTIs for the weighing of kitbags, bergans & packs before endurance marches where the weight of a mans load & his physical ability to carry such were tested to the limit especially in tough roles such as the Airborne & Commandos. Made by Salters & broad arrow marked & dated 1940 brass & steel construction. Full working order.
WW2 British Military Whistle 1944 Good condition whistle made by Hudson of Birmingham & dated 1944. Broad arrow stamped working order.
WW2 British Military X7 Binoculars ( Bino Prism No.5 MkIII 1941 ) Large British military binoculars being the larger issue marked ‘Bino Prism No.5 MkIII’ . These patterns were used for larger observations, their being an army issue web strap still attached . No spotting or cracks to optics with both adjustable elements still working. Broad arrow to each shoulder with 1941 date. Brown leather case in good order & named to a Major from the 4th Gurkha Rifles.
WW2 British MK 1 Matching Numbered Bren Gun 1941 Excellent condition example of the Mk1 Bren Gun this piece having been made by Enfield in 1941. All MK1 components are complete & correct with telescopic bipod & correct Mk1 barrel. This piece is also a matching numbered gun the serial number appearing in several places on the weapon. Home Office Certificate of deactivation supplied. Weapon has a good smooth action with good woodwork & no damage or pitting to metal.
WW2 British 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 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 MK 2 Sten ( Old Spec ) Excellent condition example of the famous WW2 MK II Sten gun . Seen in use throughout WW2 much blueing remains on this piece which is an old specification deactivation that cocks, strips & dry fires. Coming complete with magazine & webbing sling, a Home Office certificate of deactivation is supplied.
WW2 British MK II Helmet 1941 Good original Mk II steel combat helmet in good untouched condition. Factory applied green outer paint to shell inside & out with web chinstrap & buckle present. Liner is detached on one side with some stitching coming away from the chinstrap. Nice example of the British Mk II combat helmet.
WW2 British Mk II Steel Helmet 1943 Classic British made MkII helmet in its original khaki factory paint inside & out & complete with web chinstrap & liner. Helmet shell bears markings on inner rim to Fisher & Ludlow , Birmingham & the year of manufacture as 1939. In overall very good condition with only very light abrasions to the outer shell. Liner cradle is marked to VERO & sized 7 1/4. Liner is excellent with no tears & chinstrap in good order with elasticity remaining. Overall a nice clean example of the MKII Tommy helmet.
WW2 British MK II Sten Gun ( Old Spec ) Excellent condition example of the famous WW2 MK II Sten gun . Seen in use throughout WW2 much blueing remains on this piece which is an old specification deactivation that cocks, strips & dry fires. Coming with the harder to find skeleton stock the piece has many markings & a good solid action. Deactivated in 1990 a Home Office certificate of deactivation is supplied.
WW2 British MK II Sten Gun ( Old Spec ) Excellent condition example of the famous WW2 MK II Sten gun . Seen in use throughout WW2 much blueing remains on this piece which is an old specification deactivation that cocks, strips & dry fires. Coming complete with magazine & 1943 dated webbing sling, a Home Office certificate of deactivation is supplied.
WW2 British MK II Sten Sub Machine Gun Super condition deactivated WW2 Sten sub machine gun complete with sling & one magazine. The famous Sten gun was used throughout WW2 from the Western Desert to Normandy & is synomonous with the British ‘Tommy’. This example is in good condition & can be field stripped, cocked & dry fired being an old specification deactivation. Factory markings include ‘S&S’ & the ‘FA 9119′ number on the magazine housing. With much of its black finish remaining this is a 1991 deactivation that has its correct proofhouse markings & deactivation certificate in accordance with Home Office regulations. Good example of a desirable & sought after classic WW2 British weapon.
WW2 British MK II Sten Sub Machine Gun A superb scarce old specification deactivated example of the iconic MKII Sten gun capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired. All of its original finish remains with markings under the magazine port for the manufacturer ‘ H.F.& Co Ltd ‘ . Sten MkII designation to be seen on the topside of the magazine port also war department broad arrow . T stock is present on this gun which is also broad arrow marked. A very nice example which cocks & fires with ease. Comes complete with Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW2 British MK II Sten Sub Machine Gun (Old Spec) Good condition MKII Sten used extensively by British troops in many theatres & one of the most well known weapons of WW2. Gun has a good finish with no rust or unsightly damage & has many manufacturer & proof markings all over. Due to its old spec. deactivation the weapon field strips, cocks & dry fires. Comes with one magazine & a web sling. This weapon was deactivated according to Home Office guidelines in 1990 & as such its relevant certificate of deactivation will be supplied to the purchaser. Good example for any display , reenactment or otherwise.
WW2 British MK II Tommy Helmet , Camouflage Net & First Field Dressing Excellent example of an early war MKII British steel combat helmet with 1938 dates to chinstrap lugs, & 1939 dates to liner cradle & shell. Helmet is complete with its camouflage netting & first field dressing a configuration commonly seen in period photographs of the British soldier fighting in North West Europe. Its original smooth mid brown khaki paint is still present to the interior of the helmet with the rougher textured khaki paint to the outside. Markings to be seen on one edge of the shell are ‘ F&L’ for the firm Fisher & Ludlow , who manufactured helmets from 1939 to 1942 , with batch number & date of manufacture 1939. Both chinstrap lugs are dated 1938 with the liner cradle being size 7 VERO marked & dated 1939. Interior is very clean with liner still supple & the early war oval dome pad as would be expected on this now scarce early helmet.
WW2 British Mk II Tommy Helmet 1939 An early British ‘Tommy’ helmet in khaki factory paint with manufaturer stamp on inside rim of ‘HBH’ for the firm Harrison Brothers (1938-40 ) . Early oval cushion pad to interior with liner cradle bearing date 1939. Some usual paint chipping in areas with general age to the outer shell overall. Web chinstrap intact although some minor rust bleed however elasticity remaining.
WW2 British Mk III ‘Turtle’ Helmet 1944 Excellent example of the MKIII ‘turtle’ helmet much seen in use by British assault forces on the 6th June 1944 & in the following inland battles. Good finish to shell remaining with inside liner cradle made by CCL in 1944. Scarce original brown net to outside of shell in place with web chin strap in used condition. Some dryness to liner with some surface cracking to rexene but overall a good example of this now rare helmet.
WW2 British MK III Drivers Utility Pouch Pair 1944 Green wartime blancoed utility pouch pair having different positioned belt loops for Drivers. This enabled the pouches to be worn more comfortably when seated in a vehicle. Matching pair made by BHG & both dated 1944.
WW2 British Mk III Sten Gun A nice example of the WW2 British Mk III sten gun with ‘LB’ maker mark on magazine housing for Lines Brothers . Gun has moveable cocking handle & removeable T stock & spring.
WW2 British Mk III Sten Sub Machine Gun A superb moving cocking handle & trigger example of the MK III Sten sub machine gun with skeleton stock & 32 round magazine. Partially strippable, much of its original blackened finish remains throughout with S68 marking to underside of magazine port for the manufacturer . Faint broad arrow marking & serial number to stock. Comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British Mk III Turtle Helmet A good original example of the MkIII ‘turtle’ helmet associated with the assault troops of the D-Day landings. Helmet retains its rough textured green finish with web chinstrap still having elasticity. Liner cradle dated 1941 indicating an earlier manufactured part used in the construction of this piece. An increasingly sought after piece of Tommy kit from the 1944 period this is an excellent combat example. Named to inside of flared rim.
WW2 British Mk III Turtle Helmet Fine example of the MkIII British Turtle helmet production of which commenced in late 1943. Issued to the assault formations of the 21st Army Group prior to the Normandy invasion they were worn in the beach landings & are seen in use in the latter stages of WW2. Good dark brown finish to exterior remaining with inside of shell marked to BMB ( Briggs Motor Bodies ) & dated 1945. Cradle has very faint markings , difficult to discern. Web chin strap intact & retaining elasticity. Some only very minor dryness to rexene of liner however overall very good.
WW2 British MK III Turtle Helmet & Net 1944 Excellent example of the MKIII ‘turtle’ helmet much seen in use by British assault forces on the 6th June 1944 & in the following inland battles. Good brown khaki paint to shell remaining with inside liner cradle made by CCL in 1944. Brown net to outside of shell in place with web chin strap still in good order. Some dryness to liner with some surface cracking to rexene but overall a good example of this now rare helmet. (PM)
WW2 British MK III Turtle Helmet 1944 A good 1944 dated example of the MkIII ‘turtle’ helmet associated with the assault troops of the D-Day landings. Helmet retains its original rough textured finish with web chinstrap still having elasticity. An increasingly sought after piece of Tommy kit from the 1944 period this is a good untouched example.
WW2 British MK IV Steel Combat Helmet Introduced in September 1944 this pattern of helmet was based on the MK III with a few modifications the main difference being the liner system that can be removed via its Lift The Dot fastener. This idea was intended to allow the shell to be used as a water basin when required. Issue of this pattern was intended for use in the Pacific Theatre once the European war had ended , the troops being reequipped accordingly. Helmet has a good factory khaki paint finish with correct green MkIV chinstrap. Liner cradle dated 1945.
WW2 British Mk. V Binoculars ( X7 ) & 1944 Dated Case A very good pair of the Mk V binoculars in X 7 magnification with excellent optics & much original finish remaining. Both shoulders marked with maker, type & graticuling also broad arrow to lower arm. A leather neck strap is present which has been tied on & is therefore not fixed by the usual eye & stud arrangement. Brown leather case is dated 1944 with BH & G Ltd maker . Carrying strap is intact with top handle also undamaged. Overall a good set with only light service wear.
WW2 British Mk1 Bren Gun 1941 1941 dated example of the Mk1 bren gun with correct wooden Mk1 butt & barrel. Enfield made, all metal surfaces are excellent with a very nice clean finish to its Mk1 wood butt. Profuse markings to weapon good smooth action when cocked & dryfired. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British MK4 Binoculars Excellent condition Mk4 military fixed focus binoculars broad arrow & B stamped to right shoulder. Optics excellent. ( Non period replacement strap )
WW2 British MkII ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1938 An early British army ‘Tommy’ helmet in good condition. Plain khaki finish helmet, with a high proportion of its paint remaining. Damage and dent free with original chin strap still having elasticity. . Liner cradle in very good damage free condition with date 1938 & VERO maker, size 7. An overall excellent very early example.
WW2 British MKII ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1939 This is an untouched recently discovered MkII ‘Tommy Helmet’ complete with chinstrap & dated 1939. Much of its original khaki paint remains with the date 1939 being stamped next to the chinstrap lug of the rims underside. Scratched into the underside is also the owners name & part of his service number after it. Helmet cradle is a size 7 & is dated 1939 with liner in generally good order. Web chinstrap intact. There is much dirt on the exterior & interior of the helmet this being indicative of its long term shed storage. I have not attempted to clean it as i will leave it up to the preference of the next owner . As such it is in its untouched state. Overall an excellent representation of the WW2 British soldiers combat steel helmet.
WW2 British MKII ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1939 An untouched British MKII steel combat helmet as worn by the British soldier in WW2 . In its original dark brown factory paint it has the early oval dome pad to crown with marking to shell of ‘F&L’ for the firm ‘Fisher & Ludlow’ & date 1939. 1938 date is to be seen on chinstrap lugs. Liner cradle dated 1939. Overall in excellent used condition with elasticity remaining to chinstrap.
WW2 British MkII ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1939 Dated This is a now scarce example of the MkII British ‘Tommy’ helmet with the ‘RO & CO 1939 ‘ date markings to inside rim of helmet shell. Each chinstrap lug is dated 1938 with Size ’7 Vero 1938′ markings to liner cradle. Khaki factory paint can be seen to the inside with a certain amount of wear to the outer shell. Early screw assembly to top of helmet present. Chinstrap retaining much elasticity .
WW2 British MKII Combat Helmet ( Unit Decalled ) British MKII ‘Tommy’ combat helmet with much khaki brown paint, web chinstrap & liner system complete. Helmet has a unique black outlined red letter designation painted on the front of ‘GSH’. As yet this is unidentified but most likely relates to an Allied or Commonwealth combat unit due to this not being a sub standard two or three holed helmet as would be issued to Home Front personnel. Liner cradle BMB maker marked & a size 7. Originally sourced in Italy this helmet is certainly worthy of more research as decalled MkII helmets are now becoming a popular collecting field in their own right.
WW2 British MKII Steel ‘Tommy’ Helmet 1939 A superb condition British MkII steel helmet with 1939 date to rim underside. Helmet is in its original factory khaki paint with early oval dome pad & BMB marked 1939 dated liner cradle ( Size 7 ) . Liner is still good with elasticity remaining & no damage to chinstrap. Only very light use to exterior of helmet shell with what appears to be white hand painted on ‘v’ or rank chevron to underside. A very clean example.
WW2 British MKII Sten Gun ( Old Spec ) Excellent example of the WW2 British Mk II Sten sub machine gun with a very high percentage of its original blueing remaining. An early manufactured example with a screw rather than rivet near to the trigger guard area , this piece is capable of being cocked ,dryfired & field stripped according to its 1991 Old Specification deactivation. Marked S&S to its magazine housing underside it has a good smooth action with removable T stock . Webbing sling supplied. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied.
WW2 British MKII Sten Gun & Accessories ( Old Spec ) Excellent near mint example of the WW2 British Mk II Sten sub machine gun with 99% of its original blueing remaining. An early manufactured example with a screw rather than rivet near to the trigger guard area , this piece is capable of being cocked ,dryfired & field stripped according to its 1991 Old Specification deactivation. Marked S&S to its magazine housing underside it has a good smooth action with removeable skeleton stock . Included in the price of this Sten are three magazines , a Sten first pattern loading tool & a webbing sling. Deact certificate mislaid by previous owner however proof house stamps clearly visible on this piece.
WW2 British MkII Tommy Helmet Classic khaki coloured ( original paint) helmet complete with its original liner screw & web chinstrap. Some surface rust & dryness to liner, helmet shell is dated 1940. Liner cradle is size marked 6 3/4 marked ‘VERO’ & dated 1939. Classic WW2 ‘Tommy’ helmet.
WW2 British MkII Tommy Helmet ( Unit Markings) A MKII British steel helmet in its factory applied khaki paint & with what appear to be battalion markings to the left & right sides. Markings are in dark blue paint , hand applied, & would normally indicate the battalion to which that soldier belongs. There is also a crudely applied corporal rank chevron handpainted to the right side. Helmet has overall wear with surface rust to exterior & interior & also some hardness to liner. Maker stamped to the underside of the shell to ‘JSS” ( Joseph Sankey & Son ) with the date 1940. Liner cradle dated 1939. Web chinstrap has been repaired some time ago with knot & stitching having been applied. Does appear to be a very old repair.
WW2 British MKII Tommy Helmet 1938 An early British army ‘Tommy’ helmet in excellent condition. Plain khaki finish helmet, with most of its original finish remaining. Damage and dent free with original chin strap still having elasticity. . Liner cradle in very good damage free condition with date 1938 & VERO maker, size 7. An overall excellent early example.
WW2 British MkII Tommy Helmet 1938 An early British army ‘Tommy’ helmet in excellent condition. Plain khaki finish helmet, with most of its original finish remaining. Damage and dent free with original chin strap still having elasticity. . Liner cradle in very good damage free condition with date 1938 & VERO maker, size 7. An overall excellent early example.
WW2 British MkII Tommy Helmet 1939 Excellent untouched example of the MKII British steel helmet with much khaki brown paint remaining & black interior liner system in good condition. Shell dated 1939. General surface abrasions to exterior of shell with light age throughout. Liner cradle showing Size 6 1/4 with date 1939. Web chinstrap is intact & in good condition.
WW2 British MKII Tommy Helmet 1941 Good combat example of the WW2 Tommy helmet with webbing chinstrap & liner complete. Factory finish is in a khaki brown with GSW maker mark to shell & date 1941. Liner cradle to inside is sized 6 7/8 & has matching date of 1941. Overall excellent condition with some traces of rough brown camouflage paint to outside.
WW2 British MKII Tommy Helmet 1942 Mk II British Tommy helmet in excellent original condition with 1942 date to shell. Finished in its dark brown factory paint to inside & out there are clear markings for one of the earlier makers of helmets E.C & Co ( E Camelinat & Co Ltd , Birmingham ) who made them from 1939-42. The date 1942 can clearly be seen to the shell. Liner is in good condition with no damage & cradle bears markings TTC interestingly for the firm Teddy Toy Company Ltd of Dagenham who made liners from 1939-42. Chinstrap is used but good. Overall a good Tommy helmet indicative of the early to midwar period.
WW2 British MkIII Sten Gun Good clean example of the MkIII Sten Gun deactivated according to new specification. Comes with desirable T stock which removes as does spring & butt cap. Sling included. Home Office certificate of deactivation for this weapon supplied.
WW2 British MKIII Turtle helmet 1944 Fine example of the MkIII British Turtle helmet production of which commenced in late 1943. Issued to the assault formations of the 21st Army Group prior to the Normandy invasion they were worn in the beach landings & are seen in use in the latter stages of WW2. Good finish to shell remaining with inside liner cradle made by FFL in 1944. Web chin strap intact. Some minor dryness to liner with small amount of surface cracking to rexene but overall a good example of this now rare helmet.
WW2 British MKVII Gas Mask Haversack 1942 Good example of the MKVII Haversack for the British Service gas mask complete with carrying strap & string. Inside of flap is broad arrow marked with manufacturer & date 1942. Interior compartment divider removed. Identical to the type used by the famous movie charactor Indiana Jones.
WW2 British MM Winner Battledress, 1st Corps, Artillery Recently surfaced 1943 dated ’40 pattern Battledress with Military Medal ribbon to left breast & all of its original badges to a member of the 1st Corps, Artillery. Cloth badges to each arm are that of the red on blue embroidered shoulder titles with spearhead on blue & red diamond patch for the 1st Corps, Artillery. Arm of service strip below this is in the blue & red of the Royal Artillery with a trade patch on the right arm for that of a Surveyor ( Royal Artillery )Class II. Five service chevrons are also present on the lower lower right arm denoting a man of some service. Single medal ribbon to left breast without any other ribbons may denote having been awarded it early on in the war when other medal entitlements had not yet been achieved however he could equally have won it in the Normandy campaign in 1944. Found inside one of the chest pockets was a Lloyds Bank credit note dated 17th April 1945 with the name David B Rose . It is not unreasonable to assume that this was the owner of the BD & so as such it is currently ripe for research as to the circumstances of him winning the award. General condition of the Battledress is very much as it would have looked the last time it was taken off by the original owner with no unsightly moth or damage & general wear through service use overall. There is typical fading through use to the cotton collar & fly lining of the BD confirming its desirability as a piece that has been genuinely worn by the soldier as a working service/combat uniform rather than for best. One button missing from front. Calico clothing label is very legible although dirty & gives the size 9 & the maker as J Morris & Sons with the date 1943. Never offered on the collectors market before & altogether a truly ‘sleepy’ battledress in every sense of the word. After being disbanded in 1919 the First Corps was re-formed in the UK & went overseas to France in Sept. 1939 as part of the British Expeditionery Force (BEF). Upon return to the UK it transformed to I Corps District as part of the Home Forces.It went overseas again in June 1944 as part of the invasion forces in Normandy, taking part in the whole of the Northwest Europe campaign where it saw much action. 1st Corps was finally disbanded in Germany in 1947.
WW2 British Motorcyclist Despatch Riders Helmet Excellent unissued condition BMB made British Despatch Riders helmet with all original rough green paint & mint condition leather padded liner. Leather liner stamped with BMB logo & date 1945. Size is 7.
WW2 British Motorcyclists Pantaloons 1942 A totally unmothed pair of British motorcyclists pantaloons complete with their clothing label still intact & dated 1942. A size 5 please label picture for sizing.
WW2 British Motorcyclists/Despatch Riders Boots 1943 Excellent used condition Despatch Riders boots with clear date of manufacture being 1943. In dyed black leather these were issued as of 1941 & had an integral leather gaiter at the top of each with three straps. Right boot has a metal plate secured to the outside instep section to protect it against repeated wear on the kick starter still intact on this pair. Often seen in use in the European theatre of war by Motorcyle Despatch Riders & Military Police personnel. This pair are a size 9 Medium & have good supple leather overall. Clearly maker marked & dated they also have WD & arrow markings to top edge.
WW2 British Motorcylist/Despatch Rider Protective Facemask Constructed of soft brown leather with chamois leather on the inside these facemasks were issued in 1945 for use by motorcycle despatch riders in cold weather to prevent frostbite. The mask has two eyeholes & a mouthpiece which is partially covered over by a perforated removable leather flap with two Newey Poppers at the top. Blue/grey headstraps hold the mask in place & there is a date with a broad arrow at the bottom of the piece of 1945 with the makers name stamped into the leather of ‘G.S. (W) Ltd. ‘ Quite a scarce piece of kit.
WW2 British Motorcylists SD Pantaloons 1942 In near mint condition these 1942 dated pantaloons were for the use of Motorcyclists & are an excellent size being a size 16. All metal dished buttons complete with excellent nap to cloth these have hardly been worn. Please refer to clothing label photo for detailed size.
WW2 British Motorcylists/ Drivers Gloves 1943 In soft well constructed leather these gloves were intended for wear by those in a motorcylists role & also drivers especially those in an open compartment exposed to the elements. In unissued condition they are both dated 1943 .
WW2 British Motorcylists/Despatch Riders Pantaloons 1943 A good pair of the Motorcyclists pantaloons with clothing label intact & date May 1943. Made of wool & with leather reinforcing to inner thighs buttons are complete to outer waist for use of braces. Sizes as per label ( See pics ) . One small hole to front right side but overall good.
WW2 British Mountain & Ski Troops Winter Cap 1944 Issued to British & Commonwealth troops serving in a mountain & ‘ski borne’ role were these wool combat caps as of 1943. Produced from thick wool such as found on the FS caps they were lined with a warm angola wool . The brim underside was coloured black to reduce the glare reflecting up from the snow on the ground. The inside lining could be partially lifted out & neck & ear flaps pulled down which were tied off with cloth tape. Made in Glasgow in 1944 this example is in excellent condition with no moth.
WW2 British Mountain Troops Cold Weather Ski Cap 1944 A scarce example of the British WW2 mountain troops ski cap with angora wool lining & card stiffened peak. In excellent condition with clear date 1944. Size appears to be 7 1/2 .
WW2 British N.Africa Veteran ‘Desert Rat’ Paperwork Grouping Large paperwork group to an NCO who served in North Africa , Italy & Austria with 5th Corps Signals of the 1st Army. Comprised within this group are many paperwork items relating to his military service as well as two matching pairs of 5th Corps printed patches that came with the group ( One battledress removed ). Amongst the group are various leave related passes one 1942 dated as well as one 1945 dated from Alamein Staging Camp Villach , Austria, two copies of the 1st Army wartime newsletter ‘Crusade’ both dated 1943, four photographs in tropical & battledress clothing, travel tickets ( one 1942 ) , pay related ephmera, Arab language propaganda leaflets picked up from the field, a pass giving permission to be absent to travel to Tunis ( signed Major R Signals No 2 Company 5th (London) Corps of Signals, a nominal roll sheet of members of 2 Company due for Inoculation & vaccination , typed syllabus for a Junior NCOs Drill & Duties course. There are also other ephemera items too numerous to list here. Corporal Davies was clearly a soldier who saw much service during the North African Campaign against Rommels much respected Afrikakorps.
WW2 British Named RAMC Officers SD Jacket & Sam Browne Belt A good example of the 1939 pattern British officers service dress jacket to a Captain MD Milne of the Royal Army Medical Corps coming complete with Sam Browne belt & shoulder strap . Malcolm Davenport Milne was a very well respected Professor of Medicine in the postwar years & is well documented as a google search will reveal. Born on 22nd May 1915 he was commissioned into the RAMC in 1940 & made a war service captain in 1941. Mentioned in Despatches in 1942 he became Professor of Medicine , University of London at Westminster Medical School from 1961 -1980. He died on 3rd April 1991. This pattern of tunic was approved in 1939 before being replaced by the economy pattern in 1942. Pleated patched pockets are present to breast with large bellows pockets at hips. Cuffs have the decorative inverted chevron design. Moss Bros tailor label to interior of inner pocket with owners name. Same name to inner collar area also written in same hand. Rank pips for captain to each shoulder strap with officer RAMC collar badges to each lapel. Brass regimental buttons to front & pockets. Sam Browne is used but good & of an earlier vintage with securing slots in the leather for the holster hook intended when these were worn in action during the First World War period. It was common practice for an officer to use earlier belts etc purchased from other earlier serving officers or family members. As yet i have only scant war service details as above however a medal ribbon was found in the breast pocket which would suggest his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star , Africa Star ( 8th Army clasp ) & Italy Star. There is also an MID oakleaf , all hinting at war service in the desert. Any other medal entitlement is as yet unknown for this medical officer who doubtless saved many lives during & after WW2.
WW2 British Named RAMC Officers SD Tunic & Sam Browne Belt A good example of the 1939 pattern British officers service dress jacket to a Captain MD Milne of the Royal Army Medical Corps . Malcolm Davenport Milne was a very well respected Professor of Medicine in the postwar years & is well documented as a google search will reveal. Born on 22nd May 1915 he was commissioned into the RAMC in 1940 & made a war service captain in 1941. Mentioned in Despatches in 1942 he became Professor of Medicine , University of London at Westminster Medical School from 1961 -1980. He died on 3rd April 1991. This pattern of tunic was approved in 1939 before being replaced by the economy pattern in 1942. Pleated patched pockets are present to breast with large bellows pockets at hips. Cuffs have the decorative inverted chevron design. Moss Bros tailor label to interior of inner pocket with owners name. Same name to inner collar area also written in same hand. Rank pips for captain to each shoulder strap with officer RAMC collar badges to each lapel. Brass regimental buttons to front & pockets. As yet i have only scant war service details as above however a medal ribbon was found in the breast pocket which would suggest his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star , Africa Star ( 8th Army clasp ) & Italy Star. There is also an MID oakleaf , all hinting at war service in the desert. Any other medal entitlement is as yet unknown for this medical officer who doubtless saved many lives during & after WW2. Very small moth track to front otherwise it is in excellent condition. Sam Browne for display only.
WW2 British National Fire Service Helmet A clean example of the NFS helmet in factory khaki paint with NFS badge to front. Helmet shell is an early raw edge Brodie pattern with chinstrap & liner in good order. Overall the NFS badge is good with some wear & minor abrasions to outer shell as would be expected from a used fire service helmet.
WW2 British National Fire Service Helmet ( Area 32, South East England ) Totally untouched Home Front helmet with NFS decal on the front and area ’32′ decal underneath both in excellent condition. Area 32 was part of the South Eastern Command with its HQ at Tonbridge Wells. Helmet is excellent with no dents and only minimal paint loss around the rim. Maker’s initials ‘R.O. Co.’ impressed into underside of the rim with the name ‘W Dyball’ crudely scratched into paint noticeable upon close inspection. Liner and chinstrap both excellent with only minimal wear & maker name J.C.S. & W. Ltd. to be seen on the liner along with size 6 3/4 clearly visible. Totally sleepy helmet & in excellent condition.
WW2 British Net & Hessian Camouflaged Mk II Tommy Helmet 1939 Interesting MkII ‘Tommy’ helmet complete with camouflage hessian & scrim netting . The helmet is a classic early WW2 issue with 1939 dates to helmet shell, chinstrap lugs & liner cradle. It is finished in its original factory khaki paint with early oval dome pad to interior. The helmet has the correct WW2 British issue net placed on it over a section of hessian sacking which is tied off on the inside rim of the helmet. The netting & hessian does appear to have been on for quite a while & is correct in its configuration . There is also a fair amount of wear to the edges of the hessian & the net however i can give no guarantee as to when it was applied. The helmet shell is maker marked to ‘ R.O.C.O 1939 ‘ for the MkII helmet maker Rubery Owen & Co in Darlaston. Web chinstrap complete with a stitch repair to one section.
WW2 British Netted Camouflage Helmet British issue helmet with khaki camouflage paint to exterior & issue string camouflage net. Inside has factory brown paint & web chinstrap with 1941 dated to rim & soldiers name. This helmet has three holes to each side denoting slightly inferior quality to the normal issue, these were widely issued to Home Guard units as well as regular units on occasion. Liner cradle to inside is size marked 6 3/4 & dated 1940. Overall excellent condition.
WW2 British NFS Helmet 1939 A superb example of the National Fire Service helmet with good clear & undamaged NFS decal to front & area code of 31 denoting Fire Force 31, Fairways, Dyke Road, Brighton of No12 region. Excellent condition to outside with only light wear to surface paint. Interior shell rim manufacturer marked to RO&Co ( Rubery Owen & Co, Darlaston ) & dated 1939. Early oval cushion pad to crown with liner cradle size 7 & dated 1938. Liner still good. Web chinstrap is good with elasticity remaining.
WW2 British NFS Helmet 1939 ( Midlands, Birmingham Region ) A superb example of the National Fire Service helmet with good clear undamaged NFS decal to front & area of code of 23 denoting Midlands Command, Birmingham. Immaculate condition to outside with only very light wear . Inside liner & crown pad is in near mint condition with date to cradle of 1939. Underside of helmet shell dated 1939 with web chinstrap excellent with practically no wear. Overall an excellent piece.
WW2 British NFS Home Front Helmet Home Front helmet of the National Fire Service with NFS decal & area numbers to front. Helmet has khaki brown paint finish with red band of the NFS albeit now faded. Exterior paint has a fair amount of age spotting with red band & decal showing some fair age although clearly visible. Liner is soft although flaking (loose) & chinstrap has some damage & has become detached from one end. BMB maker stamped to shell with 1939 date.
WW2 British No 4 Mk II Spike Bayonet British ‘Pigsticker’ bayonet for the NO4 Mk1 rifle with Canadian made 1942 dated frog. Much blueing remaining to frog , bayonet spring stiff.
WW2 British No 4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1942 Excellent clean example of the No4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle. Made by the American company Savage & stamped ‘US Property’ this piece was produced under the Lend Lease agreement by the USA for Great Britain to relieve the pressure of ever growing wartime economic demands. Excellent woodwork (Former Drill Purpose) with good blueing to metal & nice smooth action. Supplied with web sling . Deactivation Certificate supplied, UK Buyers only.
WW2 British No 4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1944 Good clean 1944 dated example of the NO4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle. Good mid colour woodwork with brass butt plate & much of its original black finish remaining. 1944 date is clearly visible & appears to be of British manufacture with profuse ordnance markings & issue coded lettering. Top cover to rifle is nicely fluted on both sides & has two small holes where a scope appears to have been previously fitted. Some interesting reissue markings ( See pics with date ) . Comes complete with web sling & deact certificate.
WW2 British No 4.Mk III Spike Bayonet No.4 MkIII spike bayonet approved as of February 1943 & made until being declared obsolete in May 1946. A fine example with most blueing remaining & complete with scabbard . Faint broad arrow & ’158′ marking to socket.
WW2 British No 6 Anti Gas Ointment ( Temperate & Tropical Use ) Scarce complete green tin of the No.6 Anti Gas ointment for Tropical use much used in the British Armies jungle campaigns. Minor small rust spots in places as to be expected although overall excellent condition.
WW2 British No 68 Anti- Tank Practice Rifle Grenade 1942 1942 dated example of the No 68 Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade ( Practice ) dated 1942. The piece is in its original condition with much paint off of the main body although much remaining to fins. Nice example of a wartime Drill round.
WW2 British No 68 Anti-Tank Practice Rifle Grenade 1941 Scarce 1941 dated example of the No 68 Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade ( Practice ) . The piece is in its original condition with much paint remaining to the main body & also its pin & string still present. Marked ‘DRILL’ it was intended to accurately represent the weight of a live round with its lead weighted wooden block to the inside intact. Nice complete example of a wartime Drill round.
WW2 British No.1 Mk III SMLE 1940 A very nice example of an early WW2 SMLE dated 1940 & as used by the British Expeditionary Force in France leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk. Strap marked up ‘ BSA.Co 1940′ ( British Small Arms ) so one of the last production pieces to have ‘BSA’ before the wartime code of ‘M47C’ was used. Magazine cut off still present this being removed soon after in later productions. Rifle maintains a nice mid brown patina to wood with some service wear to furniture in places . Cocks & dryfires. Deactivated to Home office specifications with certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.1 MK1 Admiralty Contract Lanchester Bayonet & Scabbard 1944 Scarce example of the No.1 MK1 (Patt 1907) bayonet for the Lanchester SMG manufactured by Wilkinson. These were in the main issued to the Admiralty & had a blackened finish with the code S294 on the blade. Ricasso has the pattern date of 1907 with Wilkinson initials ‘WSC’ & date 1944. Brown leather scabbard has maker markings & date 43 with maker initials to chape. Overall excellent condition with no damage to wood grips.
WW2 British No.12 Mk III Rangefinder 1940 A Barr & Stroud Rangefinder used by the infantry in WW1 & WW2 this example being dated 1940. Good WW2 British army green paint finish to length much remaining with brass designation plates to body indicating maker Barr & Stroud with broad arrow marking & date. Certainly a piece that has much charactor with some parts missing lost in the passage of time. An interesting piece that has been kept in a house as a souvenir since the war it was allegedly used in the coastal & inland defences of the Dover area.
WW2 British No.2 Airborne Squadron Royal Engineers Paybook & Ephemera Group Scarce paperwork group including AB64 paybook to a Lance Corporal serving with No.2 Airborne Squadron Royal Engineers. Included in the group are ephemera items dating from WW2 as well as after being related to his Army Reserve service. Paybook has many entries & shows his enlistment on 6/12/1933 for the Territorial Army giving a physical description of him & a head & shoulders identification photograph in Battledress glued into page 3 & dated 23rd June1942. Training page 4 records his issue of the following medals Territorial Efficiency medal in August 1943 then later the Africa Star in February 1944, 1939/45 Star & Italy Star in November 1945. Many other entries record his Leave, Medicals & Next of Kin etc with kit issue on inside front cover. Also with the group is his original Territorial Army Notice To Join Call Up paper dated 26/9/1938 stating that all Coastal Defence units of the TA are to be called up him at the time being a member of the 206 Wessex Hants (Fortress) Royal Engineers. During his service in WW2 he has transferred into the Airborne Royal Engineers with some of the late 1945 dated documentation ( Leave Pass, Civilian Clothing Chit , Airborne Security Fund Membership Card ) giving his units as 249 Field Coy RE (Airborne) & his Soldiers Service & Release Book giving his Regiment as No.2 Airborne Squadron RE. Two military manuals accompany the group being handbook of Military Hygiene 1941, Royal Engineers Handbook 1940 & a Pocket Companion giving much information on science & other related subjects relevant to his Trade in the RE. Certainly worthy of more research with regard to his Airborne service this is a Paratrooper who clearly saw much action in WW2.
WW2 British No.2 Binoculars & Issue Leather Case Excellent condition example of the No.2 MkIII Prismatic binocular with graticuling & scarce original web neck strap. Broad arrow markings present to each shoulder with maker mark to Taylor & Hobson 1943. Red screw caps to bottom indicate Nitrogen filling for anti misting with optics excellent & clear graticules. Overall condition of binoculars is excellent near mint with none of usual damage to body where handled. The pair come in their brown leather 1937 dated case of sturdy manufacture with rivetting for reinforcement a carryover of World War One leather equipment items. Carrying handle to top & belt loops to rear are intact & undamaged with binocular designation & maker name & date present (TIMBERS 1937). Leather shoulder strap also present. Overall a superb & scarce set of WW2 British military binoculars.
WW2 British No.2 MK.1 ‘ Tankers’ Revolver ‘ 1942 This is a rare Albion produced No.2 Mk1 revolver in .38 calibre with spurless hammer. These Albion examples are much rarer than the Enfield versions only being produced in the years 1941-43 in limited numbers. Often called the ‘ Tankers ‘ revolver these revolvers were produced with the spurless hammer to reduce the risk of it being accidentally fired in the limited confines of a tank. This is a superb original example with superb finish & undamaged broad arrow marked black plastic grips. Nice clear 1942 date & Albion maker mark to left side with brass grip disc to right side. A new specification deactivation with certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 .303 Lee Enfield Rifle A nice example of the No.4 Mk1 British Lee Enfield service rifle as used in world war two by Allied forces. This example has good undamaged wood finish remaining with much blueing to metal surfaces. Bolt action is smooth with rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired. Web sling included. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 .303 Lee Enfield Rifle ( Long Branch 1942 ) A very good example of the No4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle made by Long Branch , United States in 1942. Wood is in excellent condition with a nice dark patina & smoothness to bolt action. Flip up peep sight on this example with grooved top wood. Complete with sling. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 Lee Enfield Cutaway Training Rifle Lee Enfield rifle instructional aid for troop training purposes . Cutaway rifle section with deactivation certificate supplied. 1944 dated. Very good example with original blueing remaining & bolt action still capable of being cocked & dryfired.
WW2 British No.4 Lee Enfield Rifle 1942 Very nice Lee Enfield No.4 rifle marked & dated to wrist strap R.O.F 5/42. This example has finger grooves to top wood with sling swivels to front & rear. Comes complete with Mk3 flip up battle sight. Matching numbers to bolt & wrist strap & excellent all round. Ordnance wood repair to stock that does not detract. . Cocks & dryfires. Comes with Home office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 MK1 Cruciform Spike Bayonet A fine example of the early & first pattern spike bayonet with cruciform blade. Only 75,000 of these first patterns were produced as the manufacture of the cruciform blade was found to be too costly. Socket of the bayonet is marked GR & crown with ‘No.4 MkI SM’ for Singer Manufacturing the only producer of this pattern of cruciform bayonet. Overall good condition with some age , spring minus to catch.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Cruciform Spike Bayonet A fine example of the early & first pattern spike bayonet with cruciform blade. Only 75,000 of these first patterns were produced the only manufacturer being Singer Manufacturing of sewing machine fame. Socket of the bayonet is marked GR & crown with ‘No.4 MkI SM’ for Singer Manufacturing the only producer of this pattern of cruciform bayonet. Catch spring now unoperative.. Scabbard is broad arrow marked with No.4 Mk1 designation & 1940 date. Overall good condition with some typical age.
WW2 British No.4 MK1 Cruciform Spike Bayonet & Scabbard. A very nice example of the first pattern British spike bayonet with cruciform blade. Solely made by Singer Manufacturing of Clydebank, Scotland ( famous for their sewing machines ) cruciform blade examples are now scarce only 75,000 ever being produced before replaced by the Mk II standard pattern. Marked on socket ‘ G R NO4 Mk1 SM ‘ .
WW2 British No.4 MK1 Cruciform Spike Bayonet. 1940 Dated Scabbard. A very nice example of the early war British spike bayonet with cruciform blade. Solely manufactured by Singer Manufacturing the cruciform blade examples are now scarce having been only produced for a short period before being replaced by the Mk II standard pattern. Marked on socket ‘ G R NO4 Mk1 SM ‘ . Scabbard has same NO4 MK1 designation , broad arrow & date 1940.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle ( Maltby 1944 ) A good 1944 dated example of the No4.Mk1 Lee Enfield made at the British Royal Ordnance Factory Maltby, Yorkshire in 1944. Maltby produced these rifles in the period 1941-46. Overall an excellent example in service used condition with wooden furniture good & ribbed top cover. Aperture back sight with receiver markings clear. Rifle cocks & dryfires with a good smooth action & much blueing remains to metal surfaces. Complete with web sling. No cert.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle ( ROF Fazarkerley 1943 ) WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle made in 1943 at the Royal Ordnance factory , Fazakarley . Rifle has the lesser seen MKIV adjustable backsight which was approved for use as of April 1943 but was known to have been prone to snap off if the rifle was handled carelessly. Much blueing remains to metal surfaces with a dark brown patina to woodwork this being a looked after but service used British rifle of WW2. Capable of being cocked & dryfired it is deactivated to Home Office specifications & comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1942 Nice clean example of the No.4 Mk1 rifle made by the Canadian firm Longbranch in 1942. Also marked ‘Sarco Inc’ & ’303 CAN’ . Rifle has good medium coloured wood with a slightly darker shade to the wood of the butt. Ordnance repair to end of butt as pictured. New Zealand markings to butt & strap. Flip up battle sight with cocking action good. Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. ( UK Sales only. )
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1942 WW2 No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle made by the US for Great Britain under the Lend Lease agreement. These were produced in lesser quantities than the British Royal Ordnance Factories the American production firm being signified by an ‘S’ for Stevens- Savage of Chicopee Falls. Dated 1942 on the wrist strap with ‘ US Property ‘ stamped onto the receiver it has the flip up MK II battle sight which gives two fixed apertures one of 300 yards & the other of 600 yards. Overall a very nice clean but used example with some overall service use & also the desirable grooved top wood. Capable of being cocked & dryfired it is deactivated to Home Office specifications & comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1944 1944 dated example of the WW2 British infantry No.4 Lee Enfield rifle . Made by BSA , Shirley denoted by ‘M/47C’ marking to wrist. . Wood in a dark brown finish with finger grooves to top wood & sling swivels to front & rear. Complete with Mk 3 flip up battle sight . A service used piece but with an attractive patina overall. Deactivated according to Home Office specifications it comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.4 Mk1 Spike Bayonet & MKIII Plastic Scabbard Excellent example of the No.4 spike bayonet with MK III plastic scabbard. These scabbards are believed to have been produced in the United States.
WW2 British No.5 7 x 50 Artillery/Armoured Troops Binoculars 1939 A version of the No.5 pattern binoculars introduced in 1935 & carried by artillery & armoured troops as well as high ranking officers. A nice condition pair maker marked to Ross , London with date 1939. They have excellent optics & come complete with their army issue webbing neck strap. A small chip exists to the bottom screwed adjustment cap.
WW2 British No.5 Anti Gas Ointment Tin & Contents Excellent condition tin with contents for the No.5 Ointment. Rear of tin dated 1942 with oxidisation to tubes inside.
WW2 British No.5 Mk.1 Jungle Carbine , 1945 Dated A stunning matching numbered example of the No.5 jungle carbine one of the most desirable of all Lee Enfield rifles. Manufactured by the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) Fazakaley (F) it is 1945 dated to the receiver & also the left side wrist strap. The rifle has all matching numbers including the bolt. Woodwork on this fantastic example is outstanding with practically all blueing remaining to its metal surfaces. Capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired it comes complete with its webbing sling & flip up adjustable backsight. Deactivated according to Home Office specifications it comes with certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British No.5 Mk1 Jungle Carbine Bayonet , Scabbard & Webbing Frog Scarce example of the Lee Enfield jungle carbine No.5 bowie blade bayonet coming complete with scabbard & webbing frog. The first version of the No.5 had only one screw to its wooden grips ( now seemingly unobtainable ) however these were soon replaced by the two screw version as seen here. Predominantly seen in late war jungle use the NO.5 was declared obsolete in 1947. This example is maker marked ‘WSC’ & ‘S-294′ for Wilkinson , London with broad arrow & ordnance marking to ricasso. Its large diameter muzzle ring is distinctive. Pommel catch working. Overall some heavy service use with small dent to scabbard all indicative of a well used jungle bayonet. Comes complete with green webbing frog.
WW2 British No.69 Grenade 1941 Inert black bakelite No.69 grenade in very good condition. Introduced in 1940 as a light offensive grenade it was was found to be inadequate in lethal effect although still saw extensive service in WW2 & was used right up until it was made obsolete in 1947. This example has markings ‘D.L.R. 41 ‘ for the firm Thomas De LA Rue , London who were the primary developers & manufacturers.
WW2 British No.75 Hawkins grenade (Drill) 1943 Excellent condition Drill Purpose No. 75 Mk I ( Hawkins ) Grenade. In red paint finish with NO.75 designation to front the piece is sand filled & is a very rare item of British ordnance to be found today.
WW2 British No1 Electric Lamp Used widely by British forces during WW2 was the NO1 electric lamp that had a blackout hood that hinged up & down as required. Green to clear lenses in brown khaki paint finish.
WW2 British No3 Anti Gas Ointment 1940 No3 Ointment tin with all contents for Mustard gas treatment . Nomenclature to front of tin with instructions for use on back. Age to front with some rust spots. Cardboard spacer holding tubes dated 1940.
WW2 British No4 Mk1 Lee Enfield Rifle 1943 Nice condition No4 Lee Enfield rifle made by Long Branch in 1943. Overall good finish to wood with much blueing remaining to metal parts. Comes with blue web sling.
WW2 British Norfolk Home Guard Battledress & Greatcoat 1940 Recently surfaced uniform set to a member of the 7th Battalion, Norfolk Home Guard there being his 1937 pattern battledress with all original insignia & issued greatcoat having matching insignia. Both having come from the same man this is a very nice pair both early war dated & straight from private sources. BD is in excellent condition with lined collar & has Anti Vessicant ink stamp denoting Anti Gas treatment in April 1941. Greatcoat is of the 1939 pattern as is denoted by its intact clothing label & dated March 1940. Some minor moth tracking to front of skirt although this does not detract. Totally untouched & originally Home Guard badged pair.
WW2 British Norfolk Home Guard Battledress & Greatcoat Pair 1940 Recently surfaced uniform set to a member of the 7th Battalion, Norfolk Home Guard there being his 1937 pattern Anti Vessicant treated battledress with all original insignia & 1940 dated greatcoat having matching Home Guard insignia. Both having come from the same man this is a very nice pair both early war dated & straight from private sources. BD is in excellent condition with lined collar & has Anti Vessicant ink stamp & date denoting Anti Gas treatment in April 1941. Greatcoat is of the 1939 pattern as is denoted by its intact clothing label & dated March 1940. Some minor moth to front of skirt although this does not detract. Overall a totally untouched & original Home Guard uniform pair fresh onto the collectors market.
WW2 British Norfolk Home Guard Greatcoat 1940 A good early war 1939 pattern greatcoat to a member of the 7th Battalion, Norfolk Home Guard. Greatcoat has brass general service buttons to breast & rear with printed Home Guard shoulder titles & ’7NK’ unit flashes underneath. All are originally sewn to coat. Calico clothing label is present to inside lining giving 1939 pattern date & size of 7 to fit a 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in man with 38 to 40 in breast. Made in Leeds the coat is dated March 1940. Some moderate mothing as to be expected however a scarce coat with the unit insignia of the 7th Norfolk HG.
WW2 British Norfolk Regiment Field Service Cap 1942 An excellent example of the British FS cap to a member of the Norfolk regiment. Brass general service buttons to front with maker stamp inside to ‘Collett’ & date 1942. An excellent example that has been worn by a British soldier with no moth or damage.
WW2 British Norfolk Regiment Officer Photographs Named & researchable Norfolk regiment officer studio photographs showing the same man at the rank of Corporal, 2nd Lieutenant & Lieutenant. All good condition crisp pictures with name & date 14/2/1942.
WW2 British Nurses Anti-Mosquito Shirt 1944 Army nurses served in many different theatres of war such as Italy in the Summer as well as Africa & Asia , all areas prone to outbreaks of mosquito-borne malaria which was a huge almost impossible to defeat problem amongst service personnel. A number of garments & insect repellant were issued to combat the problem this being one of them. This is the so called Mosquito shirt being a size 6 & dated 1944. ( Faint ink stamp visible to naked eye ). It was intended that mosquitos would be unable to penetrate the fabric of these items. Originally issued with removeable long sleeves this piece is in its short sleeve configuration with three buttons present to inside of each sleeve.
WW2 British Nurses Field Dress 1944 Good mint condition sealed pattern example of the 1944 revised pattern of the nurses ward dress in the traditional grey that was originally selected by Florence Nightingale for nurses uniforms in 1854. Being a far more functional version than its starched white cotton predecessor this pattern has detachable sleeves with two large pockets on each thigh & breast. A matching waistbelt with a chromed buckle is still present with rank displayed on detachable epaulettes in service colours. Label to inside collar denotes sizes ( see pictures ) & date of manufacture 1944 by Berkertex of Bond Street , London. Interestingly this is a sealed pattern example bearing a label of the Clothing Inspection Division dated 18/2/44 & has been used also postwar as an example for prospective manufacturers. Overall a good scarce piece of womens clothing in unworn condition.
WW2 British Officer ’37 Pattern Equipment Set & Tropical Shirt Recently surfaced British officer set of 1937 pattern equipment & issue tropical shirt all having come together from the one man & with many of the components bearing the army serial number of the soldier & desirable early date of 1940. Comprising the webbing set are the following : * 1 x Belt * 2 x Shoulder Braces * 2 x Brace Attachments ( One clear 1940 date ) * 1 x Binocular case ( MECo 1940 ) * 1 x Compass Pouch ( MEco 1940 ) * 1 x Officers Valise Pack ( MECo 1940 ) * 1 x Holster ( 1943 ) * 1 x Waterbottle * 1 x Large Pack ( MECo 1940 ) * 2 x Left & Right Support Straps * 2 x Helmet Straps Webbing components ( Apart from 1943 holster ) are 1940 dated & all in good service used condition. Shirt is of half fly front & in good service used condition. Overall an excellent set all having belonged to the same British officer.
WW2 British Officer 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse 1942 Nice example of the British 1940 pattern BD period converted for officer wear with the addition of open labels so as to be worn with shirt & tie as was the case with officer ranks. Overall excellent condition with small moth nip to front left side (near pocket seam & hardly noticeable) & some minor wear to nap of cloth in places. Has medal ribbons to left breast & black backed pip & crown to each shoulder ( Lt Colonel ). Black backing denotes Physical Training Corps. Calico clothing label to inside right breast shows manufacture by AG Garments Ltd , a Size 6 ( See pics ) & date 1942 . Overall nice example of the officer version of the Battledress Blouse.
WW2 British Officer Ankle Boots A private purchase pair of Officers ankle boots in brown leather with laces. Shoe maker label inside to the firm Crick & Co of Northampton, England. Leather soles, size appears to be a 7.
WW2 British Officer Ankle Boots 1942 British officers private purchase pair of ankle boots in brown leather complete with brown leather laces. Leather on the boots is good & supple with no studs to heel & sole this being quite common for officers boots. Size appears to be 9 according to the markings with clear date 1942 to each boot.
WW2 British Officer Ankle Boots 1944 Excellent virtually unworn privately purchased British officers ankle boots made by CW Horrell Ltd in 1944. It is most likely that this pair have been worn with the officers Service Dress Uniform due to their exceptional condition. In brown pebble grained leather with original laces these are extremely difficult to find WW2 dated.
WW2 British Officer Binoculars (Named to Dorset Regiment) Nice set of British military binoculars & case both named to a ‘JM Moore, 3rd Dorset Regiment’. Binoculars are in good condition with good optics & are engraved with the details on their top left shoulder. Case is in typical British officers brown leather, red velvet lined inside & in overall good condition. Initials of the officer & regiment are embossed into the top of the lid.
WW2 British Officer Boots 1944 Dated These brown leather boots were available to officers for private purchase through the clothing sale shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps . Nine pairs of eyelets down the front can be laced up with a double buckle wrap around gaiter incoporated into the top portion of the boot. Soles on this pair have heel plates & hobnails with a concealed toecap on the inside. Interior neck of boots have the maker markings of ‘ ‘Moccason Makers, Northampton ‘ & the date 1944. The WD & broad arrow stamp is visible to the inside of one of the boots. Boots have seen limited wear with minor age to the leather around the top & are a size 9 according to the markings.
WW2 British Officer Field Boots These brown leather boots were available to officers for private purchase through the clothing sale shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps . Nine pairs of eyelets down the front can be laced up with a double buckle wrap around gaiter incorporated into the top portion of the boot. Interior neck of boots have the maker markings of ‘ JOHN WHITE 1945 M FITT ‘ (Size 9 medium ) . The WD & broad arrow stamp is visible to the inside of the boots. Both in very good used condition with original laces & a hard to find large size.
WW2 British Officer Group , Sam Browne & Paybook , Photograph Nice group of items to a British officer who enlisted at Chelsea, London in 1937. Group includes paybook, uniformed studio photograph , ‘Exiles Club’ Membership book ( different name ) & named Sam Browne with shoulder strap. Paybook is an early 1924 dated version which has personal information entries ( although scant ) from 1939 to 1943 with innoculations shown. Exiles Club booklet is dated 1938 & was a club situated in the Twickenham , London area. Officers Sam Browne belt has its shoulder strap & the officers name written to inside matching paybook ( H.Grimsdell ). Interesting lot worthy of further research.
WW2 British Officer Large Size Photo Portrait British officer in Service Dress & Sam Browne of the Royal Artillery measuring 30cm x 25cm. Black & white.
WW2 British Officer Mapcase 1944 Fold up mapcase similar to World war one period examples as would be used by officers in the field. This example is in tan drill material with Newey poppers & WD markings also manufacturer name ‘Leather Products’ & date 1944. Pencil compartment to one section with sprung hook for attachment of hanging strap. Excellent overall condition.
WW2 British Officer MC Winner Uniforms 10th Hussars. Pair of service uniforms to a British officer who won the Military Cross on 22/4/1943 then the Bar to the MC on 24/08/1944. Robert Jacob GRIFFITH was born in 1918 & in the ranks for 192 days before receiving an Emergency Commission that he held up until the 16/7/1946. During wartime he was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant through to Major finally retiring from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the 10th Hussars in 1962. A North Africa & Italy veteran, his medal entitlement is that of the Military Cross & bar, 1939-45 Star, 1st Army Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals. Both tunics are in excellent condition with no moth the first being his Officers Service Dress with four box non pleated pockets & all brass 10th Hussars buttons. Shoulder rank is of Lieutenant Colonel with staybrite rank pips & crowns & brass ‘XRH’ titles & buttons this being probably the last jacket he wore. Medal ribbons are displayed on left breast with rosette to MC ribbon signifying the award of the Bar to the MC. The other tunic is an Officers KD variant being of fine quality woollen gaberdine material with again non pleated box pockets & all brass buttons. No rank insignia to shoulder straps although there are holes only for ‘XRH’ titles & a crown suggesting that this was worn when a Major. Duplicate medal ribbons mounted to left breast. Thoroughly researchable uniform pair to a North Africa & Italy veteran.
WW2 British Officer Portrait Shot Postcard format of Lieutenant in battledress against a studio setting ‘Your own soldier boy ‘ written on back. Div patch to arm.
WW2 British Officer Private Purchase Field Boots 1944 These brown leather boots were available to officers for private purchase through the clothing sale shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps . Nine pairs of eyelets down the front can be laced up with a double buckle wrap around gaiter incorporated into the top portion of the boot. Interior neck of boots have the maker markings of ‘Moccasin Makers ‘ & the date 1944. (Size 10S ) The WD & broad arrow stamp is visible to the inside of the boots. Both in very good used condition with original laces & a hard to find large size.
WW2 British Officer Set ( Unblancoed Wartime Set ) **********Extra Pictures********
WW2 British Officer Uniform Group, Burma Veteran. Very nice set of uniform from the one mans war service as a Captain with the Royal Engineers including his Service Dress jacket & Trousers, Khaki shirt, Greatcoat & Sam Browne belt & cross strap. Jacket is the 1942 utility Pattern without pleats on the pockets or buttons on the lower pockets & has all its correct brass buttons of the Royal Engineers. The jacket has a medal ribbon bar up showing his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star, Burma Star & War medal indicating this officer was a veteran of the Burma campaign. Trousers are still with their initialled braces. Tailor label inside the jacket pocket reads ‘ Stovel & Mason 32 Old Burlington Street, London W1. underneath this are the soldiers details of ‘ P.D. Goodall, R.E. October 1943. ‘ Green khaki shirt is in the typical thick KD type material with a half front , resin buttons & his name ‘Goodall’ on a name tag stitched into the back of it. Brown woollen greatcoat has all its brass Royal Engineers buttons & is also a quality private purchase item made by the same tailors as the jacket with the same tailor label , officers name & date of October 1943. Completing the set is the matching Sam Browne belt & cross strap in mint condition with the soldiers name ‘Goodall’ handwritten on the inside. Greatcoat & shirt are in excellent condition with no moth, there is some very light moth to certain parts of the SD jacket which is visible upon close inspection. Jacket comes complete with whistle lanyard & all shoulder rank insignia for Captain.
WW2 British Officer Valise Pack Mint condition Officers Valise with date 1944 & broad arrow to inside flap. Complete with 1943 dated shoulder strap.
WW2 British Officer Webbing Set WW2 British officers webbing set all having come from the same man who fought in the Far East & all having exact colour match & wear. Comprised within the set are his 1937 pattern belt, shoulder strap , early pattern binocular case, holster , cotton pistol ammunition pouch & two brace attachments. A well service used set with age to metal fittings & date 1941 visible to binocular case.
WW2 British Officer Webbing Set Comprising waistbelt , binocular case , pistol holster , pistol ammunition pouch , pair shoulder straps & pair brace attachments. Various wartime dates . Unable to see date on belt.
WW2 British Officer ’37 Pattern Webbing Set A 1937 pattern webbing set for a British officer comprising waisbelt , pistol holster ( 1939 ) , shoulder brace pair , shoulder brace attachments , officers valise pack , binocular case (1941?) & 1943 dated British military X6 field binoculars. All in good used condition with the above dates as listed. Binocular case has one buckle minus from left side although complete with their binoculars making for an excellent WW2 set. Binocular optics good with anti misting ( red screws to bottom).
WW2 British Officers 1937 Pattern Web Equipment Set ( All Wartime Dates ) WW2 British officers 1937 pattern webbing set comprising : 1. Waist belt 1942 2. Pair brace attachments 1941 ( one dated ) 3. Pair shoulder straps 1940/41 4. Compass pouch 1943 5. Binocular case 1941 6. Ammunition pouch 1944 7. Pistol holster 1941 8. Officers Haversack 1944 9. Waterbottle & Cradle All in unblancoed excellent condition with some initials drawn on officers haversack .
WW2 British Officers 1937 Pattern Webbing Set ( Wartime dates ) A British army officers 1937 pattern webbing set as worn by the British officer in the field in WW2. Webbing set is comprised of the following components with dates where visible 1 x Waist belt, size Large 1 x Pistol holster , 1943 1 x Ammunition pouch 1943 1 x Binocular case 1941 1 x Compass pouch ( Faded date ) 1 x Officers haversack 1944 2 x Shoulder straps 1944 ( Matching ) 2 x Brace Attachments 1940 All unblancoed & in excellent condition .
WW2 British Officers 1937 Pattern Webbing Set , Tankers Holster ( 1941 Dates ) A totally colour matching officers webbing set with 1941 dates. Set has come together from the one man & comprises waistbelt, tankers holster MKII , compass pouch , pistol ammunition pouch , pair shoulder straps, pair brace attachments , whistle & lanyard. All in excellent order.
WW2 British Officers Ankle Boots Good large sized British officers private purchase brown leather ‘ LOTUS ‘ ankle boots in the typical WW1 style of one piece lower construction. This style was also one of many on offer for purchase in the WW2 period. These were for field service use being of the LOTUS Service Boot 363 pattern having a subtle integral toecap , hobnails , heel & toe plate to sole. LOTUS of Stafford were a well known maker of WW1 & WW2 officers boots for purchase & also produced the Delta pattern. Markings to inside of boot bearing ‘Lotus 363 ‘ pattern. A scarce pair of WW1 style officer boots now hard to find as often worn to destruction in the post war years. Excellent condition pair.
WW2 British Officers Ankle Boots 1941 WW2 British army officer ankle boots in brown pebble grained leather with clear date 1941. These were the private purchase type as worn most commonly for field use although officers had the choice of wearing standard issue black boots if desired. Eight pairs of eyelets close up the front which was more than the issue boot which provided only six. Metal studs , toe & heel plates remain to soles service use overall. Marked to inners ‘The Tecnic Boot Co Ltd 1941′ . Size marked 8M. Complete with original leather laces.
WW2 British Officers Binoculars & 1937 Pattern Case Nice set of the British officers X6 service binoculars made by Kershaw & dated 1943. Optics are clear & graticuled with much finish remaining to body. Lense adjusters are working well with scarce army web neck strap present. 1937 pattern web carrying case is dated 1942 & made by MECo (Mills Equipment ). 1942 dated shoulder strap present.
WW2 British Officers Boots Excellent condition pair of issue WW2 Officers boots made by John White in 1945. Sturdy brown leather construction with a gaiter to the upper portion these were popular with the troops in the cold & were frequently worn well after demob by the owner. A size 8 Medium Fitting the leather on this pair is still extremely supple with only very minimal wear visible & being very much servicable today. Good thick original military soles & heels with studs are present. ( Laces replaced ). Certainly the best condition pair to have surfaced yet.
WW2 British Officers Boots (Mounted Style). Excellent condition high quality brown leather British officers boots. Boots are in typical style as would be worn with Service Dress & Riding Breeches & are privately purchased from ‘Alkit Service & Sporting Outfitters’ of Cambridge Circus, London. The logo of this company is clearly visible on the inside of each boot along with the size that appears to be 8 1/2. Lower part of boot is with a plain toecap & of laceup style with seven eyelets. The high leg is fastened by three pairs of straps & buckles with a bellows tongue on the inside. Brown leather laces are original to the boots as are the soles & heels. Overall a very nice pair of good quality officers boots typical of the mounted style.
WW2 British Officers Boots, 1942 Dated Good used condition pair of WW2 British Officers boots in brown leather with double buckles to gaiter style top. Marked on inside to ‘UPSONS LTD, 1942, Size 10FittS ‘. Overall condition is excellent with one lace minus, good supple leather throughout.
WW2 British Officers Brown Ankle Boots Excellent condition brown leather ankle boots from a WW2 British officer complete with original laces. These are typical of the dismounted style. Boots have nine pairs of lace eyelets & a plain toecap in typical tapered in officer style with metal studs on the soles of each boot. This pair have certainly seen service use due to the wear visible on the inside & the lack of any legible markings on the inside or on the sole. Nice pair of officer boots in good condition & about a size 8 1/2.
WW2 British Officers Field Boots A superb pair of very wearable brown leather high leg boots which were available to officers for private purchase through the clothing sale shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps . Nine pairs of eyelets down the front can be laced up with a double buckle wrap around gaiter incorporated into the top portion of the boot. Interior neck of boots have the maker markings of ‘ JOHN WHITE 1945 M FITT ‘ (Size 9 medium ) . The WD & broad arrow stamp is visible to the inside of the boots. Both in very good used condition with original laces & a hard to find large size.
WW2 British Officers FS Cap 1943 Issued condition Field Service cap in Barathea material made by Hobson & Sons in 1943. Good officer quality with khaki velvet lining & WD broad arrow stamp. Economy GS buttons to front with holes to take a two pronged cap badge present. Small moth nip to each side of cap.
WW2 British Officers Greatcoat & Dogtag 1942 Nice private purchase khaki wool British Officers greatcoat with all brass Royal Engineers buttons & tailor label to the popular ‘ Bernard Weatherill Ltd ‘ of Conduit Street London W1. Label also bears the ink written name of the officer ‘CW Blamey’ & the number 40445 with the date 11/12/1942. Coat comes complete with one of the officers original Dogtags named to ‘C.Blamey’ of C of E religion although with a later service number. One small moth nip under the rear waistbelt area of the coat, otherwise excellent .
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1940 Scarce unissued mint condition Officers haversack made by Mills Equipment in 1940. Absolutely superb textbook example with good early date.
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1940 An unblancoed British officers 1937 pattern haversack made by Mills Equipment (MECo) & dated 1940 . ( Named to a Royal Engineers officer. )
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1940 Early war issue green blancoed officers 1937 pattern officers haversack. Excellent condition , broad arrow marked & Mills Equipment marked with 1940 dated.
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1940 British officers haversack in used but good condition with MECo marking , broad arrow & date 1940.
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1942 Intended for officers to carry as a small briefcase or valise these were designed with the 1937 pattern webbing equipment & were an integrla part of the officers field kit. Now surprisingly hard to find this example was made by MW&S in 1942 & is in good condition with shoulder strap.
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1942 Excellent condition officers haversack made by MECo ( Mills Equipment in 1942) .
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1942 Scarce unissued mint condition Officers haversack made by H & S Ltd in 1942. Absolutely superb textbook example.
WW2 British Officers Haversack 1942 Good used example of the 1937 pattern officers haversack with all integral compartments complete & maker marked & dated to BSC 1942.
WW2 British Officers Haversack/Valise 1940 Classic WW2 green blancoed British officers Valise made by Mills Equipment Company in 1940 ( MECo 1940 ) . With two compartments on its inside divided by a cloth section there are also two small pockets closed with snap fasteners on the front face. Comes with 1942 dated shoulder strap.
WW2 British Officers Leather Bound Swagger Stick Good used condition officers swagger stick brown leather bound of WW2 period. 60 cm in length.
WW2 British Officers MK II Steel Helmet 1939 Classic British MK II Tommy helmet which has had personally mounted initials of the soldier to whom issued placed into the inside liner indicating ownership by an officer who would have preferred such refinement. Helmet shell & chinstrap lugs dated 1939 same date on VERO liner cradle & size 7. Khaki factory paint to shell with a yellow flash painted onto one portion of outside rim. Web chinstrap excellent.
WW2 British Officers Private Purchase Boots 1941 A good condition pair of the private purchase British officer boots that could be purchased from the clothing sales shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Nine pairs of eyelets with a gaiter top & black . They are complete with their original laces. Maker marked to inside of both with 1941 date & size 10. Good wearable condition.
WW2 British Officers Private Purchase Field Boots 1944 These brown leather boots were available to officers for private purchase through the clothing sale shops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps . Nine pairs of eyelets down the front can be laced up with a double buckle wrap around gaiter incoporated into the top portion of the boot. Soles on this pair have heel plates with a concealed toecap on the inside. Interior neck of boots have the maker markings of ‘John White ‘ & the date 1944. (Size 6 ) The WD & broad arrow stamp is visible to the inside of one of the boots. Absolutely superb condition nearly mint unissued pair with good supple leather & original laces.
WW2 British Officers Private Purchase Jungle Bush Jacket Officer Grade private purchase jungle bush jacket made from lightweight poplin cotton in jungle green. Pleated breast pockets in three point design as found on early war officers service dress. Each pocket has a central button with poppers on each corner to preserve a smart appearance. Rank slits to shoulder straps to facilitate rank pips & poppers to right breast for additional insignia. Right shoulder has Divisional crossed Kukris’ patch indicating 63rd Gurkha Infantry Brigade professionally machine stitched applied. Inverted expansion pleat to back with custom tailored waist as indicated by darts to stitching. (Approx 40 inch chest ). Overall good jungle garment most likely dating from the late period of WW2.
WW2 British Officers RAOC SD Cap Officer badged & buttoned service dress cap tailor made by Woodrow London for the WW2 period. There is sadly mothing to this piece overall however it still displays well if viewed from the front. Brown leather officer chinstrap is good & supple with brown officer buttons present.
WW2 British Officers Sam Browne Belt & Cross Strap Good brown leather Sam Browne belt & strap with brass fittings . Used but excellent condition. Belt measures 111cm in length & strap 96cm.
WW2 British Officers Sam Browne Belt & Shoulder Strap Brown leather Sam Browne belt & shoulder strap in excellent condition. Belt from end to end measures 106cm .
WW2 British Officers Sam Browne, 1941 Dated Strap World War Two dated British officers Sam Browne belt & shoulder strap in excellent condition. Good supple leather to belt & strap interestingly with markings & date of 1941 to both parts of shoulder strap.
WW2 British Officers Sidecap, Gloucester Regiment British private purchase officers sidecap with sweatband & tailor label to HA Newell of Belfast . Officers cap badge to Gloucestershire with officer buttons to front skirt. Light service wear, very nice example. PM
WW2 British Officers Trench Coat 1945 In rubberised fabric a used but good example of the officers Trench Coat dated 1945. Coat has inside leg straps for foul weather use & large flapped outer pockets on each side. A rear tail on the inside of the coat is leather edged & prevents water coming through the buttoned expansion pleat on the rear of the coat. Waterproofing tape has been applied to the bottom inside edge of the coat to provide stiffening & additional waterproofing. Slightly dirty through shed storage but no major problems. A waistbelt is still present with button adjustment to cuffs. Maker stamp to J Weinburger & Sons & clear date 1945. Hard to find in even reasonable condition these durable coats were much worn during & after the mans service not many still surviving today.
WW2 British Officers Valise Haversack From the 1937 pattern equipment set this is the officers valise pack in unblancoed webbing with 1943 dated shoulder strap . Valise dated 1944 in mint unissued condition.
WW2 British Officers Webbing Set ( WW2 Dates ) A British officers webbing set with all unblancoed webbing comprising 1943 dated waist belt , 1940 dated binocular case & Kershaw made military binoculars ‘Bino Prism No.2 MkII’ , 1942 dated compass pouch, 1942 dated officers valise pack, 1943 dated pistol holster, pair of 1944 brace attachments ,1941 & 42 dated shoulder strap pair. Excellent condition set.
WW2 British Officers ‘Warm’ ( Cold Weather Coat ) 1945 Good unmothed example of the British Officers ‘Warm’ for cold weather wear by army officers & normally seen in use by those high in rank. Typical piece of officer wear of the era although hard to find now as often worn to destruction in the post era. Made of Angola wool cloth with leather rugby ball buttons to front & two flapped pockets. These came in various colours all of which had to match within a formation according to the decree of the officer commanding who would choose from a range of shades approved for wear with service dress. Clothing label still intact giving Size 6 ( Height 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in , Breast 40in to 42in ) & date 1945. Surprisingly no moth at all & a very nice example.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas Scarce white jar of the Ointment Anti Gas No.2 with yellow lid bearing instructions. Some contents remaining.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 Full tin of the Anti Gas Ointment No.2 with some rust to tin although all of its tubes intact.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. In good condition with some rust to tin top & underside of lid the tubes are in virtually near mint condition.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. In good condition with tubes in virtually near mint condition.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 & Contents WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. Some minor rust spots in one area of tin top & bottom although nothing that detracts from the overall scarcity of this item. Aa tubes are intact.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.2 & Contents WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. In unusually excellent condition with no rust to tin top & bottom there is some rust to underside of lid although nothing that detracts from the overall scarcity of this item. All tubes are intact.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.5 & Contents A blue No.5 Anti Ointment tin containing contents of silver tubes . Some surface age overall .
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No.5 Tin A good condition tin only with most paint remaining.
WW2 British Ointment Anti Gas No3 Introduced as of 1941 the No3 Anti Gas Ointment was non irritant & could be applied to the skin as a barrier cream before a gas attack. It also offered a greater level of protection than its predeccessors against poisoning by Lewisite. This is an example of one of the earlier manufactured issues having a greay band around the tube on which ‘No3 Ointment’ is printed. Later examples only have the number embossed onto each tube. Tin is in a light grey with instructions in black on top & bottom of tin. Overall condition of tin is excellent with some age bleeding to tubes. Nice complete example of one of the scarcer numbers of Anti Gas Ointment.
WW2 British Ointment Anti-Gas Jar 1943 Interesting Home Front item commonly to be found at First Aid posts during the London war years being the container for Ointment treatment of Mustard gas casualties & endearingly referred to as ‘Bleach Paste’. Date ’9 43′ stamped into jar with removeable lid, no contents. Used overall with a hairline although only on surface.
WW2 British Ointment Anti-Gas No.1 1939 The scarce first Anti Gas Ointment tin No 1 preceding the other more regularly seen later issues this example being dated March 1939. Very seldom encountered piece of Anti Gas kit.
WW2 British Ointment Anti-Gas Tin & Contents 1940 WW2 issue Anti Gas Ointment tin & contents in superb condition unused & still complete with its eight tubes of ointment all unopened. Intended to protect gas exposed skin the cream was squeezed into the palm of the hand & rubbed into the effected area although this was found to cause irritation in itself. The Anti Gas Ointment No.2 in its buff colour as seen here was first issued in 1939 being replaced by the No.3 in 1941. 1940 date to inside of tin. Overall excellent condition example wth all tubes intact.
WW2 British Open Top Pistol Holster 1940 Provided as a stop gap for the sudden demand in required equipment for Britains increasing forces this pattern of holster was reintroduced from WW1 to equip those armed with the pistol. Mainly seen on the officers Sam Browne belt this piece has an issue broad arrow marking to its reverse with the maker initials BLG. Excellent condition.
WW2 British Open Topped Holster & Cleaning Rod 1938 Brown leather 1938 dated open topped holster for crew issue coming complete with brass broad arrow marked cleaning rod. An excellent condition piece with broad arrow to strap & maker initials for Barrow, Hepburn & Gale to reverse. The date of ’38′ indicates quite late manufacture for this pattern of holster which was seen in use by machine gunners & tank crews during the first world war.
WW2 British ORs Collarless Flannel Shirt Nice issued example of the collarless flannel shirt in soft khaki with buttonhole in rear of neck lining for attachment of collar as soldiers were permitted to wear in the latter part of the war. Issued with metal dished buttons, both are intact to cuffs with one betal dished button to front half fly & one replaced. No moth to this shirt & owners name label & faint issue markings to inside neck lining. Scarce item of WW2 Tommy uniform.
WW2 British ORs Collarless Flannel Shirt 1943 Rare 1943 dated Other Ranks collarless flannel shirt. A very scarce item to now find with a wartime date, these were worn under the battledress by combat troops & were made for practicality & warmth with a very long back. Due to its early to midwar manufacture there are no buttonholes in the collar as the wearing of a necktie for other ranks was not permitted until late 1944. Essential to complete the kit issue for the WW2 Tommy , this piece has no moth or damage .
WW2 British ORs Field Service Cap 1941 Khaki side cap of the British forces with GS buttons to front , broad arrow & 1941 date to inside. Some wear overall with nap worn on left side. Size 7 3/4.
WW2 British ORs Flannel Shirt
WW2 British Pacific Star Awarded for operational service in the Pacific theatre of war from 8th December 1941 to 15th August 1945.
WW2 British Parachute Regiment Officers Tunic & Trousers Privately purchased No1 Dress tunic & trousers for a high ranking officer in the British Parachute Regiment.The four pocketed tunic has all brass kings crown buttons with quality bullion embroidered jump wings to the right arm. Each collar still has its silver Para wings with rank insignia to Lieutenant Colonel on shoulders. Medal ribbons are sewn onto the left breast these being the British Empire Medal, 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Defence medal, War medal, 1953 Coronation Medal & Territorial Force Efficiency medal for long service . Tailors label in the rear neck area of the tunic gives the tailor name of Meyer & Mortimer of Sackville Street, London with very faint traces of the officers name underneath which requires further research. Trousers are in matching to the tunic with maroon central strip to side. Overall condition is excellent with no moth only some very light service use. An exceptionally desirable Airborne tunic to a decorated officer of the Parachute Regiment. An Italian theatre veteran, with the appropriate research it may well transpire that he was a veteran of the Normandy or Arnhem campaigns also.
WW2 British Parachutists Oversmock 1945 Excellent example of the British parachutists oversmock which was intended to cover the equipment & Denison smock during jumps so as to avoid rigging lines getting caught or parachutes opening incorrectly. In green denim material the garment has a strong zip running down its front to facilitate the fast opening of the smock upon landing. A crutch flap was present as seen on the Denison smocks so as to prevent it riding up during jumping along with two small pockets to the front intended to carry one Mills bomb handgrenade in each. An excellent example with good working DOT zip intact clothing label is present to inside giving manufacturer of L.Harris & date 1945.
WW2 British Paratrooper Beret ( Kangolwear, 1944 Dated ) A very rare textbook example of the British WW2 paratrooper beret this piece made by Kangolwear & dated 1944. A recently discovered wartime airborne item it bears all of the features that one would wish to see to confirm its originality. I have photographed these features accordingly which in short are the Kangolwear markings & date , inner leather tab, loose stitching around inside lining with internal hessian strip, WD stores code & central weave ‘nipple’ to top of beret. It is a used beret that has been rather nicely ‘worn in ‘ displaying even wear & the odd grubby mark to inside & out. A superb WW2 dated paratrooper piece the likes of which do not come up often at all. .
WW2 British Paratrooper Camouflage Scrim Scarf An original British paratrooper camouflage scrim scarf. In excellent condition.
WW2 British Paratrooper Camouflage Scrim Scarf A distinctively WW2 period camouflage scrim scarf as worn by British paratroopers. Discerned by the unique pattern of weave seen on correct WW2 scarves with several loose strands & one entwined single strand making up its construction these are becomingly increasingly hard to find in their correct format. Measures approx 106cm x 86cm . Excellent condition.
WW2 British Paratrooper Souvenir Cigarette/Cigar Box Interesting airborne veterans souvenir cigarette or cigar box made out of aluminium with an original wartime British paratrooper badge affixed to front . Para badge is a super beret removed example that has most certainly been worn & most likely seen action with its former airborne owner. Box measures 18 cm across by 10 cm wide by 6 cm deep.
WW2 British Paratrooper Sten Gun Ammunition Bandoleer 1944 This was an article of equipment for airborne troops designed to carry an extra seven sten gun magazines & can be seen in use in many photographs of airborne troops of the period. Bandoleer has an integral shoulder strap that is adjustable at one end with pull fastener quick release flaps to secure the magazines in place. In overall good condition with service wear as expected from such an item there are faint markings with the date of 1944 being legible on close inspection. .
WW2 British Paratrooper Sten Gun Magazine Bandoleer This was an article of equipment for airborne troops designed to carry an extra seven sten gun magazines & can be seen in use in many photographs of airborne troops of the period. Article has an integral shoulder strap that is adjustable at one end with pull fastener quick release flaps to secure the magazines in place. ( One flap minus ) . Bandoleer has an ordnance repair to one corner which is not uncommon with practical items of web equipment that saw long military service. Faint markings to shoulder strap. .
WW2 British Paratrooper/SOE Kneepads 1943 A rare pair of the issue kneepads for airborne troops of British forces . These were issued to paratroopers & members of the SOE for jumping & are seldom encountered today. Matching pair with broad arrow & maker markings & date 1943. Excellent condition.
WW2 British Paybook & Ephemera 1940 British Army AB64 Soldiers Service & paybook to a member of the Royal Army Service Corps who enlisted on 15/2/1940. Incouded in the book are various service entries including uniform sizings, Training details , leave dates & medical information. In back of book is his signed & 1944 dated stuck in Will made out to his wife. Also coming with the lot is his January 1945 dated War Department Driving Permit & ‘Identification Card for Mechanical Transport Drivers’ . There are also two after the war documents relating to his National Insurance Contributions since his Discharge from the Armed Services. Overall condition is used but good with spine to book intact.
WW2 British Paybook & Ephemera Group Interesting lot of paybook, medals & associated ephemera ie., Passes, Rail Warrant, Correspondence etc to a WW2 British soldier who saw service in the European Theatre of WW2. Sgt Parsons began his service as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers from 13/8/1939 to 31/7/1940 before he transferred to the Royal Artillery from 1/8/1940 to 31/12/1940. He finally ended up in the Army Catering Corps from 1/1/1943 to 17/12/1945. Called up in August 1939 to the 394th Anti Aircraft Company he served right through becoming finally a sergeant in the Catering Corps his entire service entitling him to the 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence & War medal. Three of his medals are here with the France & Germany star being minus. Paperwork within the group includes Reserve & Auxhiliary Forces Calling Out Notice dated August 1939, AB64 Paybook well used with various entries & courses, various slips of paper with names & addresses of acquaintances , War Office Rail Warrant dated 27th January 1940 , Territorial Army Badge receipt stating his receipt of the badge in 4/4/1939, two Leave Passes dated 1943 & 1944 respectively, a typed Regimental letter dated 25 July 1945 requesting Lunch & High Tea to be made for the Manchester Regiment Band from the second in command of 50 RHU. There is also a letter date 1945 giving his medal entitlement as above & his Record of Service dated 23rd october 1945 stating Regiments with which served & when as listed above. There is also his white metal cigarette case, khaki service tie, anti aircraft command printed shoulder patch & RE cloth slip on patch. All in all an interesting lot of ephemera to the one man.
WW2 British Paybook & Paperwork Grouping ( Italian Campaign Veteran ) Good used condition AB64 British paybook to a soldier serving with 42 Field Company Royal Engineers. Paybook shows enlistment in February 1940 with this book issued in February 1944. Usual entries including an ‘ Excavators’ course in February 1944 & leave dates , inoculations etc. Found in the rear compartment of the book is also a Movement Order dated 27th February 1946 from the Staging Camp Villach in Austria , a typed extract from ‘The Listener’ re the aftermath of the battle for Monte cassino , a photograph in Battledress with a civilian man most likely his father & a piece of Italy Star medal ribbon. Most likely having served at Monte Cassino this soldier has clearly seen much active service in the Italian theatre of war.
WW2 British Paybook Grouping to A Jewish Soldier Very fascinating WW2 British paybook grouping to a 1604533 P/L/Cpl Michael Margolis, a Jewish member of the British armed forces. Following items included: * Record of service card: September 1940-January 1944: Royal Artillery; January 1944-March 1945: Cheshire Regiment; March 1945-August 1946: Devonshire Regiment (dated July 1946) * National Registration Identity Card dated June 1946 * War Department Driving Permit valid for 1944 stamped for the Cheshire Regiment (and signed by a Cheshire Regiment 2nd Lt) * War Office Identification Card for Mechanical Transport Drivers, valid 1943-1944; stamped 182 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. * Small 1945 dated booklet on “Discharge” – regiment marked in ink at the back. * Payment slip for his wife * Unused field service post card * Memorandum from the Infantry Records regarding his driving certificate * 1940 dated National Service (Armed Forces) Grade Card, marking him Grade 1. * Certificate of transfer to the Army Reserve dated 1946. * April 1945 dated letter/notification mentioning the fact that he is exempted from marching/guard duty/equipment/heavy lifting and is recommended for a Clerking job (signed by an RAMC officer). * Original paybook (not a copy) showing him of Jewish Religion and with alot of entries; name and service number scratched in at the front of the paybook. Overall a full group with much interesting material.
WW2 British Paybook1943 & Paybook Part II Two British wartime paybooks first being the AB64 with numerous entries to a Gunner in the Royal Artillery who was born on 9th May 1914. Enlisted in February 1937 for (4) four years service & has signed the paybook on page 2 with date 19th October 1943. Various courses listed on Pg4 with early war dates of 1938 through to 1944 showing his service on SL Emplacement No6 on october 1944 indicating a role in Anti Aircraft most likely due to his age. Many other entries present up to his discharge on 17th April 1945 due to him no longer meeting the army physical requirements. Served prior to RA in Kings Royal Rifle Corps & Royal Engineers. Used condition with one loose page. Second paybook is the Part II section with some pay entries to a different soldier attested 1940. First entry in this book is 1944, good condition.
WW2 British Photograph Group Group of (7) seven photographs of British soldiers in varying uniform including jungle/tropical with slouch hat, battledressed wedding shot , Scottish regiment & Military Police in Service Dress.
WW2 British Photograph Group & Driving Licence , Div Patched BD Shots Nice group of British soldier photographs & a British army driving licence dated May 1st 1945. Some are studio poses & some are in situ in various locations on service. The group contains photographs in which the same man frequently appears being the original source as well as his comrades with whom he was serving . Some Div patched shots appear all relating to this mans service with the Royal Artillery. The studio shots are attributed to a studio in Ealing , London W5. Driving Licence came with the group from source & would appear to belong the main charactor who is pictured in the large studio shot as a Sergeant Major rank. Licence dated May 1945 & signed & stamped by a officer of 334 battery, 66 Anti Tank Regiment RA. 22 photographs in all.
WW2 British PIAT Bomb Good example of the famous British PIAT bomb totally inert & free from all explosive being a good display example. In its original khaki brown paint with TNT markings to main body the fins have some age where having partially corroded although the date of 4/44 is clearly visible. Unscrews into two so that inside can be inspected this is scarce piece of WW2 British Anti Tank Weaponry.
WW2 British Pick/Mattock & Lever Bar & Web Carrier 1942 Wood helved pick & pry bar as much used by Allied troops in all theatres for digging in. Pick is maker marked & broad arrow dated 1942 with wood handle having markings ‘ RP25 ‘ . Carrier is in unblancoed webbing with belt hooks for ’37 pattern equipment to rear. A necessary item of WW2 Tommy equipment.
WW2 British Pilots Wings, Padded. Thick padded Kings Crown Pilots wings with cloth backing. Good used conditon removed from uniform.
WW2 British Pioneer Corps Corporals Battledress 1942 Good originally badged Pioneer Corps corporals battledress with arm of service strips & rank chevrons to both arms. Five year service chevrons to lower right sleeve. Certainly of the 1937 pattern style with pleated pockets & brass dished buttons its calico clothing label denotes that of the ’40 pattern the manufacturer being permitted the anomaly under the pressure of wartime demands. ( See picture for sizes ). It is interesting to note the shoulder pads that have been added by the soldier due to his personal preference , he also displays medal ribbons of the 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal to left breast. Overall a good original example with some very light moth nips in places.
WW2 British Pistol Ammunition Pouch1942 Unblancoed web pistol ammunition pouch worn above the holster or on the belt as the wearer desired. Made by MEco in 1942 with broad arrow stamp.
WW2 British Pistol Order Webbing Set Good matching non blancoed officers pistol order webbing set comprising 1942 dated belt, 1942 dated pistol holster & 1941 dated pistol ammunition pouch. This belt set came together from the former officer & as such is all a good colour match for display.
WW2 British Police Constables Manual 1938 A 1938 dated manual entitled ‘ A Police Constables Guide To His Daily Work ‘ . Manual covers all subjects that a policeman would encounter i.e, criminal law & police practice. From a policing era long gone by all subjects are covered from the use of handcuffs & truncheons to the birching of children. Named to a police sergeant from the Norfolk constabulary .
WW2 British Police Helmet WW2 British Police Mk 2 Helmet in factory painted dark blue of the British Police Force with the ‘POLICE’ lettering stencilled on in white. In overall good condition with some light surface rust all paint & stencilling is original to the helmet. Helmet bears maker stamp of ‘BMB’ the famous British helmet maker of WW2 , the date 1939 & the size 7 1/4. Web chinstrap complete & in good condition. Classic Police Officers helmet from the Blitz period. .
WW2 British Police Helmet 1938 Sound example of the WW2 British Police steel helmet in blue with white stencilled POLICE to front . 1938 date to shell with 1938 chinstrap lugs & 1938 dated VERO marked liner cradle being a size 7. Chinstrap & liner in excellent soft condition with only light abrasions to exterior.
WW2 British Police Helmet 1938 Excellent condition example of the WW2 British Police steel helmet in blue with white stencilled POLICE to front . Most paint remaining to this example with 1939 dated BMB marked liner cradle being a size 7. Chinstrap excellent with elasticity remaining & only minor abrasions to exterior.
WW2 British Police Helmet 1939 Fine wartime example of the classic British Police helmet with white stencilled POLICE on blue . Helmet shell dated 1939 with chinstrap lugs being dated 1938. Liner cradle dated 1939 & marked to manufacturer BMB with size 6 3/4. Light service use to outer shell with some dryness to liner. Web chinstrap good.
WW2 British Police Helmet 1941 A very nice condition British Police helmet with ‘POLICE’ stencilled in white on front. Helmet id factory painted in the correct police blue. BMB maker & date 1941 can be seen stamped into underside of shell . Liner cradle intact with web chinstrap.
WW2 British Police Mk II Helmet Good example of the WW2 British Police steel helmet in its original black paint with ‘POLICE’ lettering to front. Slightly less grade steel with one hole to shell web chinstrap is complete with some wear to liner edges. 1940 date to liner cradle.
WW2 British Police Senior Special Constable Helmet Fine example of a wartime British police Special Constables helmet with two white stripes around neck denoting senior rank. Helmet has much blue paint remaining with SC decal still clear & liner intact. Made by BMB in 1939 & clearly marked on the shell as such the matching maker & date 1939 can be clearly seen on liner cradle with size 7. chinstrap good.
WW2 British Police Special Constables Helmet Scarce example of the wartime MKII British police helmet in blue with ‘POLICE’ stencil to front & the additional decal of ‘SC’ for Special Constabulary. Specials were a common site in wartime Britain at a time when the requirement for serving police officers were much increased. This example is in good condition with some wear to exterior & good clear lettering. Interior of helmet has web chinstrap intact with 1940 date to liner cradle.
WW2 British Police Steel Helmet Fine example of the WW2 British MKII helmet in dark blue with the ‘POLICE’ designation stencilled to front. Made by BMB in 1939 much paint remains to interior & exterior with cradle giving size 6 3/4 & date 1939. Overall good Home Front example.
WW2 British Police Steel Helmet Classic example of the British WW2 policemans helmet made in 1939. Helmet is in the typical dark blue of the wartime police with white stencilled lettering to front. Above this is a rubbed out decal which can be made out to have been the initials ‘SC’ for Special Constable. This was most likely altered due to a regular service engagement being undertaken thus negating the need for him to no longer be indentified as a part time officer. Typical service use to outside paint of helmet with good elasticity remaining to chinstrap. Clearly stamped with the maker initials of HBH & the date 1939 on the shell the liner cradle is a VERO Size 6 3/4 dated 1938.
WW2 British Private Purchase Civilian Gas Mask Box A private purchase box for the carriage of the gas mask with leather carrying strap made by the firm Barringer, Wallis & Manners Ltd of Mansfield. Overall good used condition with wording to lid & some dryness to strap .
WW2 British Private Purchase Officer Boots Brown leather ankle boots coming with their original wooden storage trees. In pebbled leather with toe caps this pair came from the effects of a former Colonel & are in excellent supple condition. British officers purchased their own footwear this pair differing slightly with the high wave to the mid uppers most often attributed to that of a high ranking officer whose interpretation of ‘regulation’ could differ slightly to that of the norm. Very nice display pair.
WW2 British R.A.S.C MBE Recipient WO1/RSM Battledress 1943 An Australian issue 1943 dated battledress worn by an MBE British Warrant officer Class 1 of the Royal Army Service Corps with blue & yellow arm of service strips & embroidered badge of rank to lower right sleeve. Interesting medal ribbon bar adorns the left breast being that of the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire ) , 1939-45 star, Africa star , Defence medal & a Mention in Despatches. This is very much a ‘field’ worn BD being one with minimal insignia & not appearing under scrutiny to have had anything else ever on. Very much worthy of further research re the acquisition of this senior NCOs MBE & MID. Good condition with some wear to nap of cloth & no unsightly moth to be seen.
WW2 British RAC ‘Tankies’ Paybook With War Service Record Interesting paybook to a member of the Royal Armoured Corps who enlisted at Catterick on 5/12/40 & served for the duration of the war seeing much active service. Accompanying the book is a wartime typed record listing his service , postings , actions & dates as well as various pay entitlements & leave throughout. The record starts as of the 12/12/40 with the 51st Training Regt RAC at Catterick & goes right through covering the years & months up to the end of 1944. it is of note that in August 1941 it is recorded that he joined the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment where in Mersa Matruh he ‘crossed wire & prepared petrol dumps for tanks ‘ . he was then seperated from his unit on 23/11/1941 & as he puts it ‘ machinegunned etc’ . Many entries are to be found in the paybook itself with many training dates, promotions up the ranks to sergeant & next of kin etc. Medal entitlements are listed on 28th September 1945 as 1939-45 Star, Burma Star & Italy Star with authority given by the RAC depot. Overall an excellent insight into a British ‘Tankies’ war with the typed diary making fascinating reading.
WW2 British RAC Tanker Studio Photograph Royal Armoured Corps studio portrait with Div patch & rank chevron. Good condition.
WW2 British RAF 1936 Pattern Boots Excellent pair of the 1936 pattern flying boots . The leather is in excellent overall condition with buckle straps & fasteners intact. Linings are excellent and are complete with insoles. Size marked 8 to inside leather pull tabs . A very good pair of these rare early boots with only light use overall.
WW2 British RAF 37 Pattern Web Belt Blue blancoed well used 37 pattern web belt . Brass fittings with some owners markings to inside.
WW2 British RAF Adhesive Tape 1943 An unopened reel of black adhesive tape marked to the Air Ministry & dated 1943. Would of been used for a wide number of purposes around the airfield including repairs, window masking etc etc.
WW2 British RAF Aircraftman Greatcoat 1941 Good condition Royal Air Force greatcoat in blue with brass RAF buttons all complete. Aircraftmans patches to each arm. Full lining with clothing label stating ‘ Greatcoat, Blue Grey Other Airmens’ with date 1941. Please see picture for sizes. Light service wear but no unsightly moth or damage.
WW2 British RAF Ankle Boots 1940 Dated A scarce pair of the toecapless black ankle boots as worn by RAF regiment personnel & ground crew. Both are intact with hobnails & heels & are complete with their original leather laces. 1940 date clearly to be seen on insoles of both. Excellent used condition.
WW2 British RAF Ankle Boots 1945 Black leather RAF ankle boots as worn by ground crews & other non flying personnel Having a plain upper with no toecap they have a composite sole & are complete with laces. Dated 1945 to insides.
WW2 British RAF Beret Introduced to the RAF regiment in 1943 the beret gradually began to be used by other personnel thereafter. This example was made by COLLETT in 1945 & is in excellent condition with no moth or damage. Brass RAF kings crown cap badge still present.
WW2 British RAF Bible 1939 Good conditon bible issued to members of the RAF with blue cover & RAF badge to front. Named inside to an airman in Malta & dated 1943.
WW2 British RAF Boot Brush 1940 Battle of Britain period Kent Royal Air Force marked boot brush dated 1940. Marked on top wood ‘ A Sqn 30 Wing with airmans service number written on side.
WW2 British RAF Chaplain Photograph Rare photograph of an RAF chaplain in service dress & dog collar. Excellent condition.
WW2 British RAF Corporals Service Dress Tunic 1941 A large sized example of the RAF four pocket SD tunic ranked to a corporal & dated 1941. Complete with waistbelt & in very nice non mothed condition. See label image for sizes.
WW2 British RAF Ditching Whistle Excellent wartime example of the Air Ministry marked survival whistle as would be worn from a top buttonhole of the aircrew battledress or Mae West for use in ditching situations. Complete with ring it is AM & crown marked with the correct 23/230 code & serial numbers to reverse & in perfect working order.
WW2 British RAF Dogtags A set of four dogtags to an RAF officer two of them still attached to their original string. First pair without string would appear to his first issue giving RAF , name & his religion CE for Church of England. Second pair with string are stamped Officer with same name , different number & RAFVR for RAF Volunteer Reserve.
WW2 British RAF Flight Map of England, South East & London 1942 1/4 inch to one mile scale Air map of England , South East & London published by the War Office in 1942. Marked Air Sheet twelve. Wartime Airfields marked on map include Hendon, Fairlop, Stapleford Tawney, Sawbridgeworth, North Weald, Hornchurch etc . Overall excellent used condition.
WW2 British RAF Flight Map Of Great Britain 1941 1:1000,000 scale map of Great Britain printed for the RAF in 1941. Marked RAF, Sheet 2 . Showing wartime airfields, some long since abandoned, marked on map including Brize Norton, South Cerney, Yeovil, Hawkinge , Hemswell etc. Good used condition with flight relevant symbols on map denoting Aerodromes, Landing Grounds, Danger Areas etc.
WW2 British RAF Flight Map Of Midlands 1942 Good operationally used condition RAF flight map of the Midlands, England being of 1/4 inch to one mile scale. War Office published in 1942. Map marked Midlands, Sheet 8, AIR, dated1942. Shows wartime air bases operational at the time including Wyton, Alconbury, Molesworth, Bassingbourn, Hendon, Northolt, Sywell, Desford, Long Marston, Staverton, Kemble, Upper Heyford etc.
WW2 British RAF Gaiters 1937 Dated Blue webbing mint condition RAF gaiters marked with the Air Ministry initials & crown & date 1937. Marked a Size 3.
WW2 British RAF Heavy Bomber Crew Irvine Flyng Jacket ( Formally Electrically Wired ) Classic example of the RAF Irvine flying jacket with single panelling to front & one central seam to back. This jacket has at one time been electrically wired denoting issue to heavy bomber crews the wiring being held in leather channels across the back & down each sleeve some of which have now been removed although their previous presence apparent. The leather of the piece is good & supple & although well used , in generally good order with no major rips or tears to back or shoulders. There are three very well done stitched repairs present on the arms which are old & in keeping with the charactor of the jacket. All of its thick pile fleece is present with no patches or removed areas. Rear of collar has its two metal eyes for attachment of the collar elastic ( missing ) , left side of waistbelt missing. Original DOT zip runner remains to both sides of front however the DOT puller is missing . Zips have been removed from both sleeves & replaced ( certainly a long time ago ) with brown material which is now torn & frayed. Certainly a wartime used piece & a veteran of many RAF bombing raids.
WW2 British RAF Issue Khaki Heavy Duty Battledress Blouse A scarce near mint condition khaki battledress which is the RAF equivalent of the army BD issued to RAF regiment personnel etc. This is denoted by the slightly different nomenclature of the clothing label stating ‘ BLOUSE, Heavy Duty Dress ‘ . Style conforms with the army 1940 pattern. BD is a size 15 to fit a 6ft man with 42 to 43 ” chest & 37 to 39 ” waist. No moth & dated 1945.
WW2 British RAF Life Jacket Light 1944 Unissued condition Easco Life Jacket Light for use by sea ditched personnel in good condition. Light has some minor corrosion to clip with bulb intact & not cracked. Box is in good order with Air Ministry stamp & date 1944.
WW2 British RAF No4 Spike Bayonet in Blue Web Frog Bayonet for the Lee Enfield rifle with much original finish remaining & coming in its blue webbing frog for RAF use. No rust, condition excellent.
WW2 British RAF Officers Field Service Cap Good condition example of the RAF officers FS cap with all original insignia & brass kings crown buttons to front. Officer quality blue material with velver sweat lining to inside Some wear to inside with stitched in label ‘PONTEFRACT’ to lining & size 6 3/4. No moth or damage.
WW2 British RAF Officers Field Service Cap 1943 Good condition example of the RAF officers FS cap with all original insignia & brass kings crown buttons to front. Some service wear to inside , 1943 date & faint size marking.
WW2 British RAF Pilots Wings Good used condition pair of embroidered Kings Crown Pilots wings with tan paper backing. Removed from uniform.
WW2 British RAF Pistol Order 1937 Webbing Set Blue 1937 pattern webbing belt set comprising 1943 dated pistol holster, 1942 dated pistol ammunition pouch & blue coloured webbing belt with all brass fittings present front & back. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British RAF Pocket Book 1937 Interesting pocket reference book for RAF personnel being in of the 1939 print. Contained within are 320 pages packed with information on subjects such as Discipline, Signals, Air Navigation , Meteorological Information, Airmanship, Billeting, Preparation of Landing Grounds , Erection of Hangars , Protective Works , Defence Plans , Camouflage , Anti gas , First Aid, Explosives, Ammunition etc etc. In excellent condition.
WW2 British RAF Slouch Hat 1943 Excellent example of the British military issue khaki felt Slouch hat for issue to those serving in the Far East & Desert theatres much favoured for the protection its wide brim offered against the sun. This example bears the cloth patch of the Royal Air Force & is in overall excellent totally unmothed condition. A good large size 7 the manufacturers name , size & date of 1943 manufacture are impressed clearly into the leather sweatband with the owners name & service number written in ink on the opposite side. WD & broad arrow stamp appear on the inside of the leather sweatband with O code & 844 number. Brown leather strap on its sliding buckle intact & complete with no dryness. A genuinely superb example.
WW2 British RAF Sten Magazine Pouches 1942 Introduced in blue grey for RAF issue as of 1942 was the basic ammunition pouch intended for use in conjunction with the Sten Gun. Right hand side pouch has Sten loading tool pocket with many ink stampings to inside of flap & clearly discernable date of 1942, therefore a first issue piece, Left pouch has MECo markings & date also 1942 . A scarce pair to find today & both in mint unissued condition.
WW2 British RAF Tunic ( Leading Aircraftsman ) Excellent condition Leading Aircraftsman RAF tunic with all brass kings crown buttons & embroidered insignia to arms. Tunic has medal ribbons for 1939-45 Star, Italy Star & Defence medal . Brass belt hooks to rear with minimal service use overall.
WW2 British RAF Webbing Belt Set 1942 RAF pistol order belt set all having come together from the effects of a WW2 Pilot Officer named Redshaw a period card pistol issue label having been found inside the holster bearing the name of the previous owner ( photographed ). Comprising blue webbing belt & .38 Smith & Wesson holster of 1942 both having Canadian made markings with pistol ammunition pouch bearing faint markings. All excellent condition & found together along with some cleaning cloth & the Pilot Officers name tag tucked down in the bottom of the holster. The nametag also reads ‘ PO Redshaw ’38 S&W No 725893.’
WW2 British RAF X6 Binoculars & Case Air MInistry marked pair of binoculars for RAF use , number 6E/293 . Optics very slightly blurred with leatherwork on case good however lid becoming detached at rear .
WW2 British RAF ‘C’ Type Flying Helmet & Integral Wiring A very nice example of the RAF C Type flying helmet with all of its integral wiring present. Helmet is in excellent condition with good supple leather & all poppers working correctly with no damage. Rubber receiver cups have excellent soft rubber having not suffered any age or damage. Chamois lining is good with no damage & displays typical service wear. Named to earcups. Both receivers are AM marked ( 10A/13466 ) with wiring securers present & intact. Some fraying to rear area of wiring, all flex is period to the helmet. Overall a nice piece & of a good medium size.
WW2 British RAF/RN Crew Gas Mask & Haversack ( Long Hosepipe ) These special respirators provided for members of the Royal Air Force & Navy were issued with double length hosepipes to accomodate their use in confined spaces where it would be impractical to wear it in the normal chest ‘Ready’ position. Early khaki covered facepiece & khaki covered pipe are in excellent order with no perishing & good elasticity to headstraps. 1941 date to facepiece with 1943 to filter. Haversack is in excellent condition with all internal dividers present. String for Anti Dimming kit present. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British RAF/RN Crew Gas Mask (Lengthened Hosepipe) These special respirators provided for members of the Royal Air Force & Navy were issued with double length hosepipes to accomodate their use in confined spaces where it would be impractical to wear it in the normal chest ‘Ready’ position. Black rubber facepiece & khaki covered pipe are in excellent order with no perishing & good elasticity to headstraps. 1941 date to facepiece with 1943 to filter. Haversack is in excellent condition with all internal dividers present. String for Anti Dimming kit present. Overall condition excellent.
WW2 British Rain Cape/Groundsheet 1941 An excellent 1941 dated example of the issue rain cape, standard issue for the British infantry soldier of WW2. They are commonly seen in period photographs folded and carried under the flap of the 1937 pattern haversack. This example is of lightweight rubber coated canvas with punched holes around the edges for placement. These are now very scarce items as they were well used & became ineffective after a period of time with the rubber of course becoming worn & brittle with age. Maker marked to Burns Ltd with broad arrow & date 1941. There is a 3.5 cm tear to one portion only noticeable upon close inspection.
WW2 British RAMC Group Photograph Group of medic Other Ranks & Officers having received a trophy of some kind. Wearing denim BD, musketry order & polished helmets!
WW2 British RAMC Officers SD Cap In khaki drab wool material with a kings crown bronze metal cap badge of the Royal Army Medical Corps , this is a private purchase Service Dress as worn by British officers in WW2. Small GS buttons to each side with polished brown leather chinstrap intact having a minor period stitching repair to one side under button. Brown leather sweatband to interior with padded forehead reinforcement & double padded lining to inside top of cap for extra comfort. Leather sweatband has all but come away from sides & most of the front of the cap where stitching has come away through wear. Size label ‘ 7 1/8 ‘ present. All fittings are original to the cap & as found with service use throughout. A few small holes on cap band noticeable upon close inspection.
WW2 British Rangefinder & Transit Case 1944 Fine example of the WW2 British Rangefinder made by the famous Glasgow based optical manufacturer of the period , Barr & Stroud. Used to more accurately determine the distance to a given location these were vital instruments of war when it came to ascertaining the correct shooting range required to hit the target for a machine gun or artillery position. This piece in its 1944 dated ‘stowage’ box is finished entirely in blue grey & is complete with both designation & maker plate

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s to each end of the rangefinder & again the date 1944. It can be handheld using two short fold out handles & is in excellent condition with only ‘ shed ‘ age to the box due to long storage. Certainly a scarce & desirable optical instrument of the era. Delivery/pickup/collection to be negotiated.

WW2 British Rare Aluminium Messtin 1939 A rare British messtin being of the first produced only for one year in aluminium until changed to steel in 1940. A very early piece of British field gear from the Dunkirk era , this piece broad arrow marked & maker stamped to ‘L.A.Co ‘ with date 1939. Good used condition.
WW2 British RASC Company Photograph Postcard Early Company photograph of the Royal Army Service Corps all ORs wear 1937 pattern battledress whilst officers wear Service Dress & Sam Browne belts. Excellent condition with ‘Carte Postale’ in French & English on reverse indicating possible taken abroad.
WW2 British RASC Officers Greatcoat Good unmothed example of the WW2 British officers greatcoat with shoulder rank pips of Captain & all brass buttons of the Royal Army Service Corps complete. Officers nametag to ‘G.E.Moulder’ on inside. Overall excellent example with no moth.
WW2 British RASC Officers SD Tunic , Trousers & Cap Excellent condition 1942 pattern Officers Service Dress jacket & trousers coming complete with its SD peaked cap, waistbelt & lanyard. Uniform is to a Captain in the Royal Army Service Corps jacket being the non pleated boxed pocket type. Three rank pips are present to each shoulder with officers RASC collar badges to each lapel. Tailor label of Horn Brothers to inside pocket. SD cap is by Hawkes & Co of Saville Row with brown leather chinstrap & RASC buttons to sides. There is no moth to cap, jacket or trousers. ( Shirt , Tie & Sam Browne not included ). Sam Browne listed seperately in WW2 British Equipment (item number 2332) & will be discounted if purchased together. Overall good non mothed RASC officers uniform set.
WW2 British RASC Sergeants Battledress (XXX Corps) Rare & 100% originally badged Battledress blouse to a sergeant in the Royal Army Service Corps bearing printed yellow on dark blue RASC shoulder titles , XXX Corps patches , dark blue & yellow arm of service strips, sergeant stripes & also a brass trade badge (fitter) on the right arm. On the right cuff are also 5 service chevrons representing his military service. Jacket is complete with clothing label intact showing the BD as ’1940 Pattern’ & made by Sunderland & Lewis of Belfast in July 1944. All buttons etc are intact & there is no moth anywhere on the jacket. I unfortunately have no other information on the soldier who wore this Battledress although it is likely he was involved in Operation Market Garden in September 1944 to which XXX Corps were heavily committed at the time. Recently having surfaced along with other uniform from the one mans service ( listed seperately) originally badged Battledress are now extremely hard if not impossible to find.
WW2 British RASC Soldier Photograph Studio portrait shot of British soldier wearing ’37 pattern BD , RASC cap badge to sidecap & RASC slip on tabs to shoulder straps.
WW2 British Ration Canister Carrier 1943 Very hard to find piece of WW2 British webbing kit being the carrying pack intended for the hot food ration canister enabling it to be carried to the men in the line when transport couldnt reach them. The pack is made from sturdy webbing material being approximately 15 inches tall & 9 inches wide at the back. A red fibre stiffening pad is in place at the back of the pack as well as at the bottom to help maintain the shape of the pack & there are also two thick pads built into the back of the pack for comfort when carrying heavy canisters. An integral non removeable shoulder strap system is in place at the back which buckles together at the bottom by the use of hooks & D rings to allow fastening across the chest to prevent the shoulder straps slipping off the shoulders when loaded. A faint makers stamp is visible on one of the straps denoting manufacture & the apparent date of 1943.
WW2 British Recconnaissance Corps Beret A very nice example of the WW2 British khaki beret badged to a member of the Recconnaissance Corps & dated 1945. Leather banded beret has black lining with maker name of Jalpotex Ltd ,size 7 , broad arrow & date of 1945. Brass Recce badge with green backing patch. Overall good with some light tracking to top.
WW2 British Reconnaisance Corps Beret 1945 Scarce example of the khaki wool beret approved for use by the Reconnaissance Corps in October 1942. Kangol Wear Limited maker marked to inside with broad arrow stamp & date 1945. Inside of beret displays the correct leather patched ventilation holes & WD stores code. One small surface moth nip to underside only noticeable upon close inspection. This beret has seen service havig had badge on at some time.
WW2 British Reconnaissance Corps Beret A well used beret for the Reconnaissance Corps with tan lining typical of a Kangolwear produced piece. The leather tab which backs the two vent holes has been removed although it is clearly visible that it has been there. Brown size cord is still present within its leather edging which is a little cracked but supple. Some light moth to top of the beret although nothing too serious & a small repair to the cap badge area & hole. Oveerall a nice used piece which would compliment a ‘worn look ‘ display.
WW2 British Red Cross & St Johns War Organisation Dressings Bag Tan dressings bag with marking of Red Cross & St John War Organisation , London. Fabric tape closure to top flap.
WW2 British Red Cross First Aid Manual 1939 This printing of January 1939 was timed accordingly upon the outbreak of WW2 for those studying treatment of injuries for Air raid Precautions training. 331 pages are filled with information & diagrams on headings sych as Joints & Muscles, Fractures, Haemorrhage, Wounds, Burns & Scalds, Poisons etc etc. Interesting ARP related item of the period.
WW2 British Red Cross Greatcoat 1942 A good condition example of an ARP greatcoat that has been used by a member of the British Red Cross badged on each arm with embroidered British red on blue shoulder titles & embroidered Red Cross badge under that. Coat has bronzed Red Cross badges & is devoid of any moth. Size for that of a 6ft to 6ft 2 in man & ‘Breast 43 to 46. ‘
WW2 British REME Corporal Battledress 1944 Service used example of a 1940 pattern Battledress Blouse with original corporal rank chevrons to each arm & arm of service strips for Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Clothing label is intact on which can be seen the maker & clear date of 1944. There is much wear to the BD with some fraying to cuff & waistband areas & dirt to collar area. A few moth holes present on front & back although overall a good used untouched BD.
WW2 British REME Corporal Studio Photograph 1937 pattern battledress photograph corporal rank chevrons to left arm, sidecap.
WW2 British REME Eastern Command Battledress Blouse An originally badged British soldiers battledress blouse to a member of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers attached to the Eastern Command. Battledress is that of a Canadian issue procured for British use & bears embroidered insignia of the REME & Eastern Command . REME coloured arm of service strip to each arm & tradesmans badge to right arm for that of a Saddler Harness Maker . Service chevrons to right sleeve indicate five years service. Brown GS buttons have been applied to shoulders. B