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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.

M6404 - WW1 CANADIAN SOLDIERS PAYBOOK.   £35
A canadian soldiers paybook, the owner enlisted in the 56th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force at the start of 1918 and was posted to 37 Coy, Canadian Forestry Corps in the field with the rank of L.Cpl, serving until just after the wars end, his Active Service Pay Book records all his details.

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.

M9371 - SMALL WIRE CUTTERS.   £65
A good pair of small wire cutters with remains of painted finish and wood grips to the handles, has a small broad arrow issue stamp, no date stamp visible.

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.

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.

M7276 - RFC CLOTH PILOTS WINGS.   £185
A pair of cloth RFC pilots wings, being the more unusual type, in having black cloth background, rather than the more usual khaki colour.

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.

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.   £75
A semi-relic Stokes mortar bomb, all finish missing and slightly pitted but complete, very sound and all parts come apart, good display item,

M9375 - GRITISH RIFLE GRENADE.   £65
What I think is a No35 Hales rifle grenade, missing its rod but having its brass top cap and brass stem fitting, iron body has red paint finish and is pitted but good.

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.

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.

M8881 - FRENCH OFFICERS KEPI.   £380
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.

M9376 - FRENCH F1 GRENADE WITH FUSE.   £60
A 1915 period, french F1 hand grenade, the heavy, segmented iron body, complete with its brass cased fuse and cover.

M9032 - BRODIE MK1 HELMET SHELL.   £85
A Mk1 Brodie helmet shell of 1915 pattern with raw edge, shell has traces of its original khaki & green paint finish, is rusty but not pitted, inside with the liner removed, it looks like it has been used as a paint pot, with evidence of black paint or pitch remains, still retains its chinstrap rings to either side and could easily have another liner fitted.

M9396 - BRITISH M1902 SERVICE TUNIC.   Sold
A small size, british army M1902 pattern SD or service dress tunic, made of khaki serge material with turn down collar and four pockets, complete with all its brass service buttons, has slip on cloth titles to the shoulder boards, khaki with a hunting horn & Durham in white stitching, also has two blue overseas chevrons stitched to the right sleeve. It is missing its paper makers label, so unable to date it, has a lightly frayed area to the cloth around the lower left pocket and another smaller area to the back where the belt would sit, otherwise it is clean and free from moth, great for its age.

M9313 - AMERICAN WATER BOTTLE.   £25
A dated american, alloy water bottle, with red painted, chained screw cap.

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.

M9173 - 1918 DATED LEATHER AMMO BANDOLIER.   Sold
A very good, leather bandolier, british maker marked and dated 1918, filled with inert ammo.

M9296 - 1918 6PDR SOLID SHOT TANK SHELL AND CASE.   Sold
A very nice and complete, british 6pdr shell as used in first war male tanks, which had 6pdr guns fitted in the side sponsons, the head is very clean and undamaged, not a relic item and the casing is straight and well stamped to its base and is dated 1918.

M8366 - 1915 FE2B PROPELLOR BOSS CLOCK.   £145
A well made propellor boss clock, the prop used being from a 1915 period FE2B of 120HP, the "pusher" aircraft enabled the pilot to sit in front of the propellor and hence fire forward. Introduced into service in 1915, this was the aircraft that ended the so called "Fokker scourge" when Fokker had invented the interuptor gear to enable machine guns to fire through the porpellor and had created mayhem amongst the RFC, though it was soon outclassed by other aircraft. The boss retains one prop stem, used to mount it to a wood base and a large 8 day car clock has been fitted in the centre, which works well, rear of the boss has all its stamps to show what it is from and its maker Tibbenham Ltd.

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.

M8879 - BRODIE MK1 HELMET MISSING CHINSTRAP.   £200
A Mk1 british Brodie helmet, 1916 pattern with beaded edging, has its dark khaki paint finish with some rough texture added (they used sand, sawdust etc) and has been dented by something to the crown, leaving a shallow depression. The helmet has its original oilskin liner assembly, though the chinstrap assembly which runs right round the liner and under the chin, is missing the chin section, a very good condition helmet for its age.


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