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.
Taylor Fighting Knife.
Double-edged,hand drawn, spear-pointed diamond-section blade, brass metal oval crossguard and swollen grip consisting of alternating bands of leather with brass and brass pommel. Blade stamped "[eye] WITNESS TAYLOR SHEFFIELD ENGLAND" with clear signs of sharpening .Simple tan leather sheath with 5 alloy rivets, integral frog with incised belt loop. What appears to be a service number faintly inked to reverse. These knives were often seen being used by Commandos and were popular purchases for US servicemen.
No.75., A.T. MkII Hawkins Grenade.
No.75,A.T.Mk.II Hawkins Grenade. Introduced in 1942 and designed primarily as an anti-tank mine this particular example was manufactured in 1944. Containing either Ammonal or Nobels 704 the grenade was intiated by pressure onto the striker plate breaking the capsules of the No.27 igniter and detonating the explosive. Original paintwork, impressed manufacturer's details and complete with detonator securing pin. A particularly good example in excellent condition. INERT
WW2 Japanese Aircraft Compass.
Japanese aircraft instruments are amongst the most uncommon of WW2 aero collectables .This example, a compass was fitted to at least 6 different types of aircraft and includes the Mitsubishi KI-57 TOPSY and the Koken Long Range Mono Plane. The compass is in good, used condition with all the fluid still remaining allowing the compass to work correctly with the whole unit mounted onto a spring. An alloy lapel appears to the side giving a construction date of July 1941' . Generally good, clean condition with small areas of alloy whitening. Heavy item
British bayonet No 7 Mk I to submachine gun Sten M
Obtained recently as part a deceased Royal Marines effects. The items included all his medals and a photo and this 'all purpose' No7 bayonet that was designed to fit the Mk7 sten and the SMLE rife. It has an ingenious mechanism whereas the neck of the bayonet swivels round and locks into 2 positions. Bayonet has been hung on a wall for display, blade is in good condition, has been oiled with very minimal wear. For some reason several parts of the mechanism have been carefully highlighted in white (now cream) paint, including the scabbard frog catch.
Original Signed Goebbels Portrait by Hoffman.
Large 300mm x 230mm approx. Portrait of Joseph Goebbels the Reich Minister of Propaganda. An original 1939 ink dedication and Goebbels' signature runs across the bottom of the image. The reverse bears the stamp of the preeminent Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffman. Good clear image and signature contained in a modern but suitable frame.
WW1 No.5 Mk.I ' Mills ' Hand Grenade.
WW1 No.5 Mk.I Hand Grenade, known more colloquially as the ' Mills '. Good example with traces of a lacquer finish over a rough cast finish. Has a 1916 dated brass base plug by ' J.F.Co ' with brass filler plug and core. All parts present and fully strippable. INERT ONLY AVAILABLE within UK
Middle East Commando Knife.
Brass and steel knuckle knife that is generally associated with the Middle East Commando and was the inspiration for the design of their cap badge. ' Death's head ', brass knuckle duster hilt with a 6 " single edged bowie-style blade contained in a sturdy leather sheath. Unmarked but with a word of mouth provenance of having belonged to a Major Dixie Deans ( not yet researched ). Good, as found condition with patinated hilt and marked blade with slightly dusty scabbard. An excellent example.
WW1 British No.19 MkI Hand Grenade.
Also known as the ' Trench Warfare Dept. Percussion Pattern, the No.19 MkI Hand Grenade was introduced in 1916 and was finally made obsolete in 1920. This example retains approx. 60% of it's original paint and is clearly manufacturer marked J.M.& S to both the body of the grenade and the cap where it is also dated 1916. Original wooden handles and original cloth tapes. An excellent example of a scarce grenade. Fully strippable. INERT
US M1 Helmet - British use Korea.
WW2 production US M1 helmet featuring a British Major's rank insignia and 1st British Commonwealth Division, United Nations Force in Korea formation sign to the side. Later war production M1 with front seam and flexible chin strap loops, contemporary brush repaint with applied divisional insignia and the application of a two loop Major's rank insignia to the shell. Liner unaltered with typically post 1943 production features. Part of a now sadly split group of affects to an anonymous British officer that either served alongside US forces in Korea or who just preferred a US style helmet. In good, used condition. Unusual.