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Current Catalogue - WWI Allied

This catalogue is updated quarterly, however new items often arrive between updates. If there is something specific that you are looking for please email me with your 'wants list'. I will let you know as soon as anything interesting comes in.

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M8057 - WW1 PERSIAN SILVER CAP BADGE.   £150
A first war period, Persian silver military cap or hat badge, being a sew-on type with a number of small holes around the edge for stitching. The badge portrays the Persian lion & sun and is highly detailed. I think british forces were involved in Persia during the first war, which was at the time split into a number of states like germany, each having different uniforms & badges and so this could be a soldiers bring back item, would be interesting to know.

M9177 - WW1 LEATHER RIFLE SLING FOR THE SMLE.   £150
A good, original leather sling for the first war SMLE rifle, all complete and with supple leather, predates the webbing sling and is now hard to find.

M9641 - US PILOTS TUNIC AND CAP   £875
A good condition american officers tunic and cap, worn by a pilot and having his fine bullion wings to the left chest, tunic has USR bronze titles to the collar, rank bars to the shoulder boards and rank stripes to the cuffs, with left sleeve having two chevrons attached for two years overseas service, all buttons are present, apart from one pocket flap, tunic is complete with its leather Sam-Browne belt and cross strap, belt has the pilots name to the rear, cap is the standard officers cap of the period with bronze badge. Scarce items in the UK and no research has been made into the owner.

M9312 - STOKES 3 INCH MORTAR SHELL.   £100
A relic but very good, complete Stokes mortar shell of circa 1915. This was the first infantry light mortar produced for the british army and fired this strange looking shell, approx 18 inches long, basicaly a steel cylinder, with a firing stem one end and a grenade type arming lever with pull pins the other end, both ends will unscrew and interior is as good as new, exterior is pitted and painted finish is gone.

M8447 - SOLDIERS LOYAL SERVICE LAPEL BADGE.   £25
A bright metal lapel badge marked "For Loyal Service" issued to soldiers as silver wound badges, also known as "The Kings Badge" and was for use on civilian dress and not uniforms.

M9319 - SHELL FUSE TRENCH ART INKWELL.   £35
A first war trench art item, consisting of a marble base with an inset WW1 shell fuse, the cap of which has been made to swivel round, revealing a space for an inkwell, bullets have also been placed at each corner, one of which has been extended into a pen rest form, brass plate attached which reads "Ypres 1915".

M8882 - RUSSIAN IMPERIAL ARMY BELT BUCKLE.   £80
An original imperial russian army belt buckle, the heavy steel buckle has the russian two headed eagle embossed to the front, the rear has its complete belt fittings and a russian makers logo. The buckles original green paint finish has mostly worn away but traces of it are still visible.

M8838 - ROYAL FUSILIERS OFFICERS CAP AND FRAMED PHOTO.   £475
A fine, private purchase officers cap, with "Banglore Works" indian tailors label inside and Fusiliers badge to the front. The cap was owned by Capt.Robert Deane Johnson, of the 23rd Batt. The Royal Fusiliers (1st Sportsmans) who was killed in action on 6th July 1916 at the age of 36, during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. Together with the cap is a portrait photo of the captain, framed in a leather wallet, his details are on the reverse of the photo, which is a little faded but still good, the cap would be regarded as excellent, if not for a couple of moth nips, but these hardly show, nice personal items.

M9619 - RFC SGT MECH INSIGNIA ON SLEEVE   £300
A complete cutaway section of khaki uniform sleeve, with its original RFC insignia in place, top of the shoulder has the "Royal Flying Corps" stitched cloth title, lower down is a cloth four bladed propellor with star in the centre, denoting the wearer as a Flight Sargeant and the sleeve also has the three rank chevrons for that rank, these are unusual in that they are in the early brown & cream mottled colour. This item which is free from moth, would look great if framed.

M9621 - RFC PILOTS WINGS AND SHOULDER TITLE   £250
An original pair of RFC pilots wings on khaki green backing and a stitched cloth, "Royal Flying Corps" shoulder title, white thread on black backing.

M9618 - RFC OFFICERS NAMED SIDE CAP   £500
A khaki officers side cap, with bronze RFC officers cap badge and bronze general service buttons, in very good external condition, lining inside, with its velvet sweatband is all intact but is much soiled through use, it has its London tailors label in place and also the owners name tag " H.G.McCloud. 31918." I have other items from this officer on my list and he has not been researched.

M9617 - RFC OFFICERS FLYING HELMET AND INSIGNIA   £650
Named flying helmet, insignia and photo's, of RFC pilot H.G.McCloud, serial number 31918. The leather helmet is very worn but intact and has his name tag inside. There is a section of uniform khaki cloth with RFC pilots wings stitched in place, also a single shoulder strap with rank insignia from a tropical uniform, next are two photo's, one in a frame showing him in RFC uniform during training and the other shows him in officers uniform with wings & cane, with a young girl. Lastly there is a pin-back medal ribbon bar. This RFC pilot has not been researched, so could be plenty of scope.

M7276 - RFC CLOTH PILOTS WINGS.   £165
A pair of cloth RFC pilots wings, being the more unusual type, in having black cloth background, rather than the more usual khaki colour.

M9506 - RFC 1917 WOODEN CIGAR TUB   £145
A very well made, tall multi sided cigar or tobbaco tub with matching lift-off lid with finnial, made of what looks like the laminated wood of a propellor blade and faintly inscribed to the base, as having been made in egypt, 1917 at the RFC airfield based at Ismalia.

M8538 - RELIC FRENCH LEBEL FROM VERDUN.   £105
A relic french Lebel rifle with all the woodwork missing and corroded solid, recovered from a bunker outpost to one of the french forts around Verdun, makes a good relic display item.

M9303 - PARR UL TRENCH LIGHTER.   £25
A small brass trench lighter, made by the american Parr firm and marked as the "UL" type and is of the type used by american troops in WW1 but I am not sure if it was a issue item or not, shaped like a bullet casing with pull off cover.

M7274 - PAIR OF BRONZE MGC OFFICERS COLLAR BADGES.   £145
A very good matched pair of bronze officers collar badges for the Machine Gun Corps, with all fittings & pins to the rear.

M9615 - MGC SOLDIERS PAPERS AND LETTERS   £75
A large collection of papers, letters, cuttings, photo's etc for a soldier in the MGC who enlisted in 1915, his paybook and passbook giving details of training and service, first in the transport section of the ASC, then transfer to the MGC, there are paper cuttings, showing him as missing in action in May 1918, with letters from his CO to his family. He was actually taken POW and there are various Red Cross letters reporting him as possible POW, then which Berlin hospital he was in, there is a welcome home message from the king and a photo of him with nurse when in the UK. There are his discharge papers as unfit for service in 1919 and papers & photo regarding his marriage in 1920. Lastly there is an enlisted paper for his son into the Royal Signals in 1941, there is a mass of stuff to enable research and I have only touched on his service career.

M8773 - LUSITANIA GERMAN MEDAL IN CASE.   £45
A good example of the Lusitania (german) medal in its original card case, this being the british copy of the original german item, created by Karl Goetz in 1915 after the ship was sunk by a U-Boat and was designed to have a go at the british, with its depiction of the ship sinking with military contraband on deck and on the reverse showing death selling tickets to passengers in full knowledge of the threat. Only this propaganda item backfired big time, as it was copied here in 1916 in the thousands and sold in aid of St,Dunstans, as an item which showed the germans were gloating at our loss. The large medallion is of iron and copies the german original in detail and comes in the attractive coloured card case it was sold in.

M9404 - LEATHER BELT WITH SNAKE CLASP.   £110
A good condition brown leather belt with metal S shape, snake clasp. Not sure if this is british or canadian, as both armies used them, leather is very supple and has all its fittings.

M8053 - INSCRIBED FLOOR TILE FROM VIMY RIDGE.   £55
A very interesting trench art item, a french house, patterned floor tile, complete with its cement layer to the reverse, which has been inscribed as follows " A Bas les Boch. Vimy Ridge. Only perfect remains of one house" Possibly one of very few items a soldier could find to bring back as a reminder, if only it could tell its story.

M9120 - INERT STOKES MOTAR BOMB.   £65
A semi-relic Stokes mortar bomb, all finish missing and slightly pitted but complete, very sound and all parts come apart, good display item,

M8977 - FRENCH TRENCH CLUB.   £250
A fairly crude but large, french made trench club, being a thick section of slightly curving branch, the head of which has been studded with nails and the base area. Scored with lines, giving it a firm hand grip, has a hole for a wrist cord, above the grip area it has inscribed a 1 and four X's, which may be a regimental number ? The club was found with a couple of others in france, contained in an old ammo box.

M8976 - FRENCH TRENCH CLUB.   £275
Interesting french trench club, made of a tree branch, with the thicker end having a large, tapered, squared nail driven through it, giving it the option of use with the pointed nail side, or the thick, square shaft head side. The hand grip area has carved, kriss-cross lines and half way along the shaft is carved what looks like "Tuer le Boche" or kill the boche and further up are five carved lines, possible five missions the club was used on ? Or could be five notches for five kills. Wood has dried out and split but is still solid. Club was found in france, contained with a couple of other clubs in an old french ammo box from the first war.

M8881 - FRENCH OFFICERS KEPI.   £280
A french and I think, infantry officers Kepi, first war or possibly earlier. Kepi has a soft bright red top section, lower side section in pale grey, a black leather peak and a gold/yellow chinstrap, has not badge but has gold cord pattern to the top, twin vertical gold cords to the front and twin cords around the head, condition is very good. Inside is lined with brown silk like material and has a leather sweatband which is pretty worn, the liner has a faint french maker stamp which has been slight obscured and another stamp added in recent times for the "Torbay Costume Company" so appears the cap has been taken onboard for theatre use at some time in its life but it is without doubt an original cap that has survived many changes.

M9444 - FRAMED DRAWING OF BRITISH OFFICER   £125
An original period, pencil drawing of a british officer, shown full length in his early cuff rank uniform and cap, with a stick and smoking his pipe, in a plain, glazed frame, approx 16x12 inches. Person shown is reputed to have been a titled officer from the New Forest area in hampshire.

M6434 - 9 CARAT GOLD A.S.C. SWEETHEART.   £80
Army Service Corps sweetheart brooch in the miniture form of the A.S.C. cap badge with pinback all in 9 carat gold and fine condition.

M8072 - 1914 DATED BINOCULARS, NAMED TO OWNER IN Y AND L.   £65
A pair of 6x binoculars with textured black leather covering to the casings and leather neck strap, maker marked W.Watsons & Sons Ltd. London. Dated 1914 and Prismatic No2. (Mk11) and also having large broad arrow marks to front plates. Binoculars also marked to the owner ( W.E.A.Smith. Y&L) the last part relating to the York & Lancaster Regt. A little research has shown this man was a 2nd Lt. in the 8th Service Batt in 1915 but could do with much more research. The optics have suffered and have a chip to the right lense and paint finish to front and rear covers is worn but to have gone right through the war they are not bad.

M9294 - 18 PDR SHRAPNEL SHELL.   £50
A restored british 18pdr shrapnel shell, complete with brass fuse cap but missing its case, the shell has been repainted in correct colours and markings and inside is a full set of shrapnel balls.

M9620 - AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS PILOTS WINGS   £185
Australian version of the RFC pilots wings, same design but having the letters AFC, quite possibly british made.


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