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ENGLISH 16TH LANCERS VICTORIA CROSS WINNER’S LANCE CAP.

A most magnificent last pattern lance cap once the property of Lieutenant Viscount Alexander Edward Murray Fincastle VC., 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers. The helmet hardly worn, no moth damage to the ribbed sided mortarboard top, we mention this as on the lance caps this is the most susceptible part being in wool. The helmet is a large size, standard pressed felt construction. A very minor distortion to the area of the skull where the mortarboard top joins the skull itself. All of the gilt lace to the mortarboard top, the area between the skull and the mortarboard top, around the base of the helmet virtually mint bright. A few strands loose to the bullion weave on the short peak on the left hand side. The heavily gilded hand bullion embroidered pompom excellent with its red velvet laying behind the intertwined ‘GVR’ scroll. The helmet plate is the King’s crown dating the helmet from 1911 , complete with all the Battle Honours of the 16th Lancers. The skull itself is superb with its virtually unworn condition light cream Morocco leather liner. Some finger marks behind the front peak. The ‘A. Stone & Sons, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich’ upper inner silk good with small areas missing behind the forehead area of the helmet where the silk has shot slightly and the remains lay within the accompanying named tin. The helmet is also complete with its black swan feather plume, correct officers plume holder, a set of gilded cap lines, its original tin, which has suffered from a slight bit of corrosion to the exterior but is with its name label ‘A.E.Murray Esquire VC 16th Lancers’. Virtually all the japanned finish from the tin has gone, with its accompanying plume tin, which does have some of the japanning remaining. Born April 1871 in London, commissioned 16th Lancers, sent to India, Aide de Comp to Governor General of India from 1895 to 1897, promoted Captain December 1895. In 1896 he accompanied the expedition to the Sudan and saw action in the Mahdist War. On the 17th August 1897 on the Tirah campaign in upper India. He and accompanying officer and men came under heavy fire, Fincastle went to the rescue of a lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, awarded the Victoria Cross for this action 9th November 1897. In 1899 he was posted to South Africa, fought in the 2nd Boer War and was present at the Relief of Kimberley (One of the Battle Honours on the helmet plate). In late 1901 he raised Fincastle’s Horse (31st Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry and was appointed in command of the Battalion). IN 1907 Murray’s father died, he succeeded to the family title becoming the 8th Earl of Dunmore. He returned to active duty in 1914 for World War One serving as a Staff Officer on the Western Front, he was awarded the DSO during the Battle of the Somme, was mentioned in Despatches four times and wounded twice. Died London 29th January 1962 age 90. This must have been his second helmet, the first would have been with the Victorian crown and would have had the name label without the addition of VC, after the First war he had many different public appointment's and being of wealthy extraction would have refreshed his uniforms, a lance cap with a George the 5 th pom pom is very unusual to find,A most beautiful helmet with a fantastic history of a gallant officer.

Code: 77800

5500.00 GBP


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ENGLISH 16TH LANCERS VICTORIA CROSS WINNER’S LANCE CAP.

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Code: 77799

5500.00 GBP


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ENGLISH 17TH LANCERS OFFICERS LANCE CAP.

A very good condition 1902 to 1910 period 17th Lancers officers lance cap. The 17th, the most famous regiment of all the British Lancer Regiments, mainly for their Charge of the Light Brigade exploits but serving in many other campaigns throughout the Victorian period to include Alma, Balaclava, Sevastopol, Inkerman, Central India, South Africa 1879 and lastly South Africa 1900 to 1901. The helmet is in excellent condition, some slight crazing overall to the pressed felt skull but no actual damage. The white mortarboard top having the nap of all the cloth present, no moth damage as can quite often happen to these helmets. Slight rusting flooding through from the edges of the mortarboard top, the interior of the mortarboard top is steel and in damp condition can rust, which is exactly what has happened here, however these are only minor stains. All the bullion lacework good and bright with its correct front heavy bullion pompom with the ‘GR’ intertwined scroll to the centre, with its correct chin chain, officers velvet backed. All of the peak trim weave in excellent order. To the interior the grained leather sweatband complete with minor evidence of service wear with its Sandilands & Company inner purple silk liner with faint traces of the Sandilands Company logo to the upper inner section of the liner. The helmet is complete with its officers full dress swan feather plume and correct officers plume holder. The front plate with all battle honours and the classic skull and crossbones insignia of the 17th with the scroll ‘OR GLORY’ below.

Code: 77638

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BRITISH BOER WAR SAM BROWNE.

Probably the earliest Sam Browne set we have encountered, the waist belt is maker marked ‘Gieves Limited 1897’. The Webley pistol holster marked ‘H.L.S.Limited 1900’. Some thinness to the leather at the barrel end of the holster otherwise good and strong. The holster matches the Sam Browne belt, the sword sling slightly darker, the two cross straps have been added non-contemporarily and are of a much darker brown bordering on black leather, with the removal of the double cross straps if so desired this would be an ideal Sam Browne and pistol holster set for a genuine Boer War mannequin.

Code: 77564

260.00 GBP


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BRITISH VICTORIAN ROYAL BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HUSSARS OFFICERS BUSBY.

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Code: 77451

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BRITISH 21ST LANCER OFFICERS CHAPSKA.

A most magnificent condition Chapska from the rarest of all of the line regiments of lancers of the British Army in the Victorian and early Edwardian period. The helmet was unique in its colours, the mortarboard top in light blue with two moth nips to the flat mortarboard top. All of the gilt lace and cording to the helmet is superb, two very tiny grazes to the black lacquered finish on the pressed felt skull. The gilding of the huge size officers double constructed front plate with King’s Crown is magnificent. Complete with its correct gold bullion pompom, correct chin chain. One small area of darkness to the gilt on the lacework to the peak. Original velvet backing to the chin chain. Both of the lion’s head bosses to either side of the helmet perfect. To the interior the mid tan leather liner all intact showing evidence of wear use with its original interior red silk, which is gold blocked to the upper inner crown area ‘Sandilands & Company 12 Conduit Street, London’ and finally complete with its officers plume holder and white full dress swan feather plume. The regiment originally raised in Bengal in 1858 as the 3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry and then moved to the British Army in 1862 where it was designated as a Hussar Regiment. In 1897 it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment becoming the last of the line regiments to be formed. It has one Battle Honour of Khartoum and within that Sudan Mahdist war it was the only British Cavalry Unit involved, it was there that the full regiment charged with lances in the classic cavalry style during the Battle of Omdurman in September 1898. Of less than 400 men involved in the charge 70 were killed and wounded, the regiment was awarded 3 Victoria Crosses. Winston Churchill then an officer of the 4th Hussars rode with the unit in the charge carrying his recently obtained 1896 model Mauser automatic pistol.

Code: 77275

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ENGLISH GEORGIAN NAVAL DIRK.

A most fabulous example of an English Naval Georgian dirk, beautiful curvature to the blade and scabbard, overall length of the blade is 34.5cm, overall length of dirk 48cm. The non maker marked blade has virtually all of its original blued and gilt decoration remaining. It is extremely rare to find dirks of this age with such good blueing remaining. Quite often one looks at excellent exterior looking dirks but when opening the dirk the blade is extremely poor. This example is superb. The heavily decorated scabbard is without any indentations and retaining at least 95% of its original gilt finish, both of its hanging rings, the decoration to the scabbard includes floriated patterns, the Union flag within a circlet, stand of flags and drums, the hilt matching with its most superb carved ivory undamaged hilt, with its original chain. One tiny section at the very throat of the scabbard missing measuring no more than 4mm x 3mm. The upside of the S shaped cross guard having acorn finials, the upper back strap of the grip pommel again with deep floriated design.

Code: 77130

3250.00 GBP


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ENGLISH GEORGIAN NAVAL DIRK.

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Code: 77129

3250.00 GBP


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BRITISH 5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS HEADDRESS.

Out of all the British Regular Line Lancer Regiments headdress. This is a very fine example of an officers helmet, King's crown, the period being from 1902 to 1910, it is all complete with its correct fittings. The red mortarboard top just has one moth nip to the ribbed sides and 1 tiny nip to the flat top, apart from that the cloth top is completely moth free. The bullion lacework to the whole helmet is good and bright. The form of the mortarboard top is totally original. Complete with its correct large double constructed 5th Royal Irish officers lance plate with all of their Battle Honours up until 1885. The helmet has its correct ER VII ( Edward 7 th )scroll to the front of the pompom, with its correct officers plume holder and green swan feather plume. The chin chain is full length, with its original velvet backing and is finished off with the set of gilt bullion cap lines. To the front peak some strands to the bullion decoration are slightly shredded. the interior grained tan Morocco sweatband is good with good original colour, with evidence of very minor wear use. The purple to red inner silk lining has shot with the exception of a small section to the upper inner crown area with the faint remains of the maker's mark but with a Victorian crown clearly visible. The pressed felt tanned skull, again good with minor creases. A very fine example of this very desirable helmet.

Code: 77084

4250.00 GBP


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ENGLISH GEORGIAN SURREY YEOMANRY SABRETACHE.

A most beautiful sabretache of the large size of the William IV period, who reigned from 1830 to 1837 only, this was worn by an officer in the Surrey Yeomanry, The gold leaf excellent, all of the heavy bullion work to the crown is thick and beautifully laid onto a red velvet base. The intertwined William IV scroll work well executed. One moth nip to the red velvet, with its three brass strap attachment rings and its complete message pouch with the remains of an Old Bond Street paper label of the manufacturer 'Moore'. The interior of the message pouch is lined in lightweight brushed cotton, in its extremely rare japanned carrying case with its original paper lining still intact. A fabulous artefact of the William IV period.

Code: 77062

1850.00 GBP


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