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.
WW2 British REME Mk II helmet.
MkII helmet with REME flash . Helmet with 85%+ original paint finish and painted REME flash to one side, approx 75%. Size 7 3/4, 1942 dated liner, dry and slightly tatty with dusty interior with minor corrosion. A good sound example of an increasingly scarce item, an untouched, unit marked helmet.
WW2 US MK.2 Grenade with M1Grenade Projector adapt
A good example of the classic US 'Pineapple' grenade. This example is a Mk.IIA1 introduced from 1944, essentially very similar to the MkII, the MkIIA1 is distinguished from it\'s predecessor by having only one yellow band at the neck. This example with a 1945 dated ' Adapter Grenade Projection M1 ' for use with the M1 Grenade projector. Both items in excellent condition with original paint and markings. Fully strippable. INERT
Original Haig Fund Poppy
Original material and card Haig Fund poppy. The Haig Fund was set up in 1921 with the intent of aiding injured and ex-servicemen. Fund raising was acheived by sale of poppies manufactured in a factory at Richmond, and in a factory at Edinburgh by disabled ex-service men. This example dates from the Twenties and is in excellent condition. A good example of an emotive item. POSTFREE within UK
1960's SAS grouping.
Original insignia grouping for the SAS probably dating from the late 1950's/early 1960's. Featuring a pair of embroidered ' Special Air Service ' shoulder titles, padded SAS pattern wing and die struck brass SAS cap badge with, presumably, a service number neatly scratched into the slider. All in good, clean condition.
Early ATS rank badges.
Bronze ATS rank badges for the rank of Chief Commandant. The ATS had a different rank structure to the rest of the army, the rank represented by these badges is equivalent to a Major. The bronze rank badges were worn from 1938 until February 1940 when replaced by a variation in gilt. These scarce examples are in excellent condition with undamaged loops.
SOE Fog Signal igniter.
Igniters, Fuze, Fog Signal, Mk.IA for use in setting off explosive charges on rail tracks. Igniter is fixed to track and set off by a passing locomotive. This example is a British type which saw use with SOE and other clandestine organisations. In good overall condition with some minor loss of paint and with the snout fuse holder cut short and crimped in. Scarce example.
Northamptonshire Regt and 115th Infantry Brigade g
Interesting grouping to 5890787 Pte.T.Oates of Intelligence Section, 4th Northants 115 Inf. Brig. Comprehensive grouping including boxed medals, paybook, FS cap, capbadge, shoulder titles, dogtags, photographs, notebook (with coloured sketches of german insignia), paperwork and 80+ letters from his girlfriend. Oates was from Kettering, Northants and served in India and then returned to UK for build up to Normandy, II5 Inf.Brig. were withdrawn from the invasion force to form part of force 135 to recapture the Channnel Islands. They then went to Europe in Feb. 45. Interesting grouping with a strong human interest that would bear further research.
WW2 10th Royal Hussars grouping.
Grouping of paperwork, insignia and souvenirs to Cpl.R.Gates who served with the RAC, 12 RTR and then the 10th Hussars, Grouping includes passes and service record along with booklets and manuals, cap badges and shoulder title. Various souvenirs including both German and Italian insignia with various faults, missing pins etc and Eighth Army cushion, goggles etc. Gates clearly served in both North Africa and Italy and would probably reward some more research.
AFRIKA KORPS WEBBING BELT AND OLIVE GREEN BUCKLE.
areally good, complete example of the webbing belt and matching green buckle used by the Afrika Korps and Wehrmacht in tropical climates. Nice light green webbing belt is complete with leather adjuster and is all very clean and supple.Light olive green steel buckle is unmarked (?) but has 95% of the original green paint and hardly any wear to the front etc.
Middle East Commando capbadge.
Cast brass cap badge worn by 50 Commando and others of the Middle East Commando. Often worn above the badge of their original unit, the badge was based on the design of the the unique knuckle-duster knife carried in preference to the F.S. knife. In good condition with both lugs intact with one bent slightly from the vertical through use.