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.
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.
No.68 ATI/L Drill Grenade.
No.68 MkI Anti Tank Grenade Drill. White painted, stencilled DRILL to body with designation, manufacturer's marks and 1942 date moulded into the tail vanes. In good, used condition with some wear to paint finish ( approx 90% intact ), some surface corrosion to cup discharger plate. Complete with safety pin and tag and fully strippable. INERT
1st Patt F.S.Knife.
An example of the classic 1st Pattern Fairburn-Sykes Fighting Knife, as produced by Wilkinson Sword from 1941. Nickel-plate on brass and steel with ' Wilkinson Sword ' and ' F-S Fighting Knife ' etch to both sides. Both knife and scabbard are in excellent condition with bright plating . Slight wear to handle and some very minor spots of corrosion near ricasso. Now to the but, the blade no longer has it's needle point and has a more rounded profile but there are no obvious signs of alteration, grind marks etc and the blade has a uniform polished appearance through out. As a consequence the knife is priced accordingly and is an opportunity to acquire what is otherwise an outstanding knife at a realistic price. Age declaration, OVER 18, required.
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