We have had literally hundreds of items of British military headdress for the Victorian period in the past 45 years but never a foul weather Hussar Busby. The Busby produced in oilskin with gilt lace around the crown, its button also covered in oilskin to the front of the helmet. To the interior its original leather liner and inner silk all in place, the silk has lost colour, there is also the inner silk lining to the crown, visible through areas of shredding is red cloth, this may indicate the regiment. The helmet is unusually still with its very delicate leather chinstrap. There is an aperture at the front of the helmet for a plume tube, which we assume would be for a simulated plume . A rare piece for the foul weather headdress collector.
A very much above average condition late 1860,s produced ‘1872’ dated Snider cavalry carbine. This was Britain’s first attempt at using a breech loading weapon and to find examples in this condition is very difficult. It was in service for just over 15 years and some even saw service in the Boer War. The wood stock in walnut generally very nice condition with minor bruising, conversant with its service use, no damage to the wood stock or repairs. Clearly stamped to the wood stock to the right hand side with the ‘Enfield’ ordnance stamp. The initials ‘DJ’ or ‘DC’ within a lozenge to the left hand side of the butt stock. Standard brass furniture to the end of the butt and the trigger guard. All other fittings in steel. Ladder sight still with original blueing. Profusely ‘WD’ marked and Company maker marked ‘BSA’. The side plate reads ‘BSA COMPANY 1872’ with the Victorian Crown over the ‘VR’. No sling swivels fitted as would be carried in a saddle carbine scabbard. Excellent condition bore and fully functional percussion trigger and hammer system. This is an obsolete calibre weapon and can be owned within the United Kingdom totally free of any licensing. If any overseas purchasers are proposing to purchase this item please research your own country’s import restrictions before ordering.
A lovely condition ‘1871’ dated percussion cavalry carbine. The wood is excellent overall, minor bruising conversant with its service use. Faint ‘Enfield’ ordnance stamp to the right hand side of the butt stock. Typical brass furniture. Brass butt stock, which is ordnance marked. Brass trigger guard. Both sling swivels in place. Integral cleaning rod fitting. The percussion hammer and trigger system in place and working correctly. Side plate marked ‘1871 Enfield’ with Victorian Crown over ‘VR’. To the left hand side of the weapon the saddle ring in place. All metallic parts are acceptance stamped. Minor corrosion to the forward swivel sling ring. Profuse ordnance stamps to the breech area. Very widely used by British line cavalry regiments during the late 1850’s 1860’s and 1870’s, superseded by the Snider breech loading carbine, This is an obsolete weapon and cab be owned in the United Kingdom without any licensing, if any overseas purchasers are proposing to purchase please research your own country's import restrictions before ordering.
An excellent 1972 work, 240 pages of how military uniforms follow forms of fashion. The work begins in the 17th century and works its way through the four centuries of how various countries follow the fashions of other countries in styles of military uniforms. Excellent in-depth informative text coupled with many colour plates of military headdress and uniforms beginning with the mitre cap ( helmet ) of the 1700’s the long frock coats of officers, bullion adorned accoutrements, coupled with some very good line drawings, colour plates of cuirass sets and finally finishing with the last chapter on the introduction of khaki and field grey and ending at the finality of WWI with some informative text on how the uniforms of the Third Reich were introduced. The book is complete with its original flyleaf cover but it is badly damaged, the edges of the pages are slightly stained and foxed. John Mollo was the beginning of a dynasty of father and sons who were both experts in military fashion, advisers to the film and theatre world and who accumulated highly interesting collections within the family.
All dark green Morocco leather sabretache cover, measuring 21cm across the top, lower width 27.5cm, height 31cm, for the post 1850 style sabretache with all brass closure fittings present.
A very fine condition red Morocco leather maroon velvet lined cover for an officers post 1860 sabretache measuring 20cm across the top, 28cm at its widest point at the base and 32cm in height.
A very nice condition 1796 Heavy Cavalry officers sword, complete with its huge length 83.5cm curved blade, which is in magnificent condition. Very slight spotting to the lower plain section, the upper section complete with its blue and gilt panels, the blue and gilt absolutely superb, slight loss to the blueing up close to the hilt. Foliate decoration on both sides and Stands of Arms, complete with its standard steel stirrup hilt with its original grip leather with grooves. The scabbard with one minor indentation just below the lower hanging ring, otherwise good with both of its suspension rings.
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A very nice example of the 1803 infantry officers sword, its 72.5cm curved blade in excellent condition, slight toning to the steel on the lower half of the blade, the upper portion of the blade which measures 38cm has its double sided blued and gilt panel. Much of the original blue finish is visible, the gilding is thin in places but still extremely visible. Complete with its floriated patterns, Georgian Coat of Arms, Stand of Arms, the Georgian crown over ‘GR’, its 1803 pattern hilt having the extra addition of a Light Infantry bugle horn over the crown and intertwined ‘GR’. The grip ray skin good with its original grip wire with a couple of loose pieces present. Lion’s head pommel, complete with its portapee ring. Traces of good gilt to the hilt. All complete in its totally original scabbard with all the gilt to the three fittings matching the quality of the gilt to the hilt. The leather is original, it has not been replaced, these early pattern leather swords are extremely susceptible to the leather rot and invariably are cracked or broken and/or repaired, this is untouched. Overall length of the sword 91cm.
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