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A very nice example of the Sharps model 1855 cavalry carbine. Calibre .577, produced in the period 1855 to 57, a total quantity of 6,000 of the breech loading percussion carbine with the Maynard patent tape primer. Barrel tang marked ‘Sharps Patent 1848, brass butt plate tang marked ‘6-D’ over ‘687’ (6th Drgoons Carbine Rack Gun number 687). An unofficial silver ornate panel at the lower side of the butt stock. Saddle ring bar, iron barrel band, walnut stock. Good old repair to the wood stock just to the right of the tang. These carbines saw service within the British Empire and some made their way back to the US during the Civil War. The 6th Dragoons would have been issued with these carbines in India during the period covered by the Indian Mutiny May 1857 to 1859, they were part of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava, Inkerman and Sepastapol, the carbine issued from 1857 in India. Finish cleaned overall. All sliding block and trigger action plus hammer all fully functioning. An evocative weapon from the days of the Mutiny. British proof marks to the barrel, slip up rear sight.
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.
A super condition officer’s Busby of the Buckinghamshire Hussars. The fur on the main body is absolutely mint, its red Busby bag with two minor areas of moth tracking, all silver lace intact with its silver button to the bottom of the bag. To the front of the Busby is another large white silver wire oval circlet button. The chin chain is of the correct Hussar’s style with chased rings all in white metal with all of its velvet backing complete. The helmet is complete with its white metal plume holder and white ostrich feather 15 inch high plume with vulture feather base also in white. To the interior the light tan Morocco grained leather liner all intact with its original drawstring plus its ‘Hawkes & Co’ gold blocked name label impressed to the upper inner crimson silk. Complete in its Hawkes & Company tin, named to the owner ‘Captain Hallowes Bucks Yeomanry’. The condition of this helmet for its Victorian age is incredible.
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 rabbit fur 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.
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.
Out of all the British Regular Line Lancer Regiments headdress, the 5th Royal Irish is the second most difficult to obtain after the 17th Lancers. 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 rabbit skin tanned skull, again good with minor creases. A very fine example of this very desirable helmet.
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.
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