These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
GOOD EXAMPLE OF EARLY 2nd Pattn. FS KNIFE BY WILKI
This is a good USED example of the earlier type SECOND PATTERN Fairburn Sykes fighting /commando knife. It has all of the qualities of the much rarer 1ST pattn, with the 's' shaped crossguard. Nickel plated cross hatched grip, lade marked with Wilkinson Sword on one side and 'the FS fighting knife' on the other. Blade is very lean and tidy, it has been used so there are some very slight sharpening marks, but nothing serious. Nice bright blade otherwise. Leather scabbard has nickel lower chape which has a single staple. Brown leather is in fine shape, has had the 'sew on' leather tabs removed. Scabbard throat has two small slits to the side which the blade has done when going back into the scabbard. The elastic retention loop to the top of the scabbard frog has broken, but is all still there.
No.2 Commando Special Service Brigade Sleeve Badge
An excellent example of the bullion sleeve badge worn by No.2 Commando ( Special Service Brigade ) .Silver bullion wire dagger with "SS" on embroidered on to black cloth with calico backing. Pencilled cutters or embroiderers marks to reverse with clear evidence of having been removed from a uniform. Occasionally encountered used as cap badge. Prime example of a very scarce item of insignia.
Victorian Berkshire Yeomanry undress sabertache.
Patent leather undress sabertache for the Royal Berkshire Yeomanry Cavalry. Approximately 1880 in date, the sabertache has the silver device of crescent and star to the front flap. The patent leather has hardened and in some areas chipped, whilst the reverse exhibits considerable wear. However, the structure is still sound with all hanging loops present. Uncommon item to a small Yeomanry force and priced to reflect faults.
WW1 Sopwith Camel seat.
Original WW1 Sopwith Camel pilot's seat. Split cane and wood framed seat with leather padded edge. This very rare survivor is in good condition with some very minor damage to the woven cane body. Leather padding has been partially replaced with a modern replacement leaving approx. 35% of the original, originally this seat would have had a leather cushion or squab. PLEASE CONTACT RE POSTAGE-not heavy, but cumbersome.
ORIGINAL HJ SHOOTING BADGE. RZM M1/14
Part of the items recently purchased at the SoS in Kentucky, this is a lovely Hitler Youth marksmanship/shooting award. Crossed rifles mounted on a target with enamel HJ diamond in the centre. Perfect condition apart from age patina. Reverse has pin back fitting and maker mark of RZM M1/14. This is for ‘Matth. Oescbsler & Sohn Ansbach’. A wonderful original badge, ideal for HJ collector.
WW2 MVSN Fez.
Attractive example of a WW2 Italian Fez as worn by the MVSN or Milizia Volontaria Sicurezza Nazionale, the armed wing of the Facist party better known as Blackshirts. Black wool body with taped edging and black tassels with a bullion symbol to the front. Silk lining with manufacturer's trademark which is repeated to leather sweatband. In good condition with some tears to sweatband.
1914 ' Man in Khaki ' Sock Measure.
Charming early WW1 offering, a boxed ' Man in Khaki ' sock measure. Complete with instruction sheet the ' M.I.K.' measure allowed those knitting comforts to produce uniform size socks in four sizes, particularly ' amateurs ' . In excellent condition with some rubbing and denting to box.
1943 SS Diary.
1943 SS Diary and Yearbook, unused. Uncommon example packed with information from the organisation and raison d'etre for the SS to colourful charts depicting the insignia of all arms of the German forces. The unused diary is filled with additional dates of significance in the National Socialist calender. Worn and slightly tired condition, with some staining. Interestingly inscribed by a Pfc. of the 78th Inf. Div as having been picked up in Dillenburg, Hesse on April 18 1945.
German Imperial Navy Reefer jacket.
Good quality woolen naval reefer jacket of the German Imperial Navy issued from the Wilhelmshaven Clothing Depot in 1910. Labelled as per regulations with the proof stamp of the Navy Clothing Depot, serial number stamp and wearer's name tab. One yellow chevron, Obermatrose rank to left sleeve and all gilt buttons present and bright. In excellent condition with some minor moth tracking and one 3mm hole to lower front face.
WW1 British Trench Map Ypres Salient / Message For
Double foolscap size WW1 British Trench Map No.9674 Sheet 28 NE of the Ypres Salient centred on Zillebeke corrected up to 21.09.1918 with two message forms printed on the reverse. Probably an economy measure, the map never the less is crammed with detail with some British positions named but a great bit more detail to German lines. In good overall condition with some staining and folds. Was originally part of the effects of a British officer serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces.