A highly unusual and very finely produced midshipman’s dirk from the Georgian period measuring 32cm overall length with a 22.5mm beautifully balanced blue and gilt blade. The blade has very good blue and gilt remaining with the gilt within etched stand of arms and floriated patterns, still with its original leather washer where he blade butts to the S shaped cross guard. The hilt is unusual also in gilt brass, very finely engraved to the back section and the upper pommel area with the head of a simulated lion. The scabbard is with both its hanging rings, very minor indentations, no visible damage, also engraved in floriated patterns to the full length of the face side and a short section to the very side. Complete with its original copper gilt chain, which would appear to have lost all of its gilding. A very nice dirk.
A generally good condition enlisted ranks lance cap from the period 1902 to 10 of the Regiment of 16th Lancers. The mortarboard top undamaged, crazing to the leather skin, slight losses to the leather covering in proximity to the plume holder. The black ribbed cloth sides are without any moth damage, yellow wool corners. Standard yellow and red centre band behind the upper part of the large triangular front plate, with its set of yellow cap lines. Black plume. Yellow and red wool button with ‘QL16’ King’s crown button the centre. Full length chin chain, which is originally leather lined. To the interior the cap has all of its original interior lining. Faint WD marks to the upper inner mortarboard with a date that appears to be ‘1911’. All of the Regiments of Lancers wore these caps up until the beginning of WWI and was first introduced in the late Victorian period.
The most famous weapon of the U.S. Civil War being the gun that literally won the war for the northern forces. The fire power of the first effective repeating rifle produced in huge quantities was enormous, overpowering the forces of the Southern States. This example with excellent metalwork with a fair amount of blueing remaining to the lock system, which can be viewed when the loading lever is dropped. Action and hammer in perfect working order. Good brown finish overall, no corrosion. Good clear Spencer Repeating Rifle patent date ‘1860’ stamped just to the rear of the flip up rear sight, complete with its loading tube, which takes 9 cartridges. The wood is generally good, some bruising to the fore stock, the main stock having the initial ‘CSH’ carved into them with other minor bruising. The saddle bar and ring are missing from the left hand side of the stock, also the lower strap ring on the end of the main stock is missing. Bore to barrel good with good deep grooves.
A generally nice but service used .31 calibre 5 shot percussion revolver, grey finish overall, excellent undamaged wood grips, good brass lower trigger guard. Loading lever mechanism working correctly, marked ‘E.Whitney Newhaven’ to the flat top of the barrel, with the pistol held downwards the revolving cylinder works perfectly with the weapon held level the cylinder revolving action is intermittent.
A nice untouched condition 5th Royal Irish chapska (lance cap). Mortarboard top undamaged, crazed overall, the main body with overall crazing. The ribbed red mortarboard sides with only a very minor moth nip just butting up to the leather mortarboard top. Yellow wool corners with yellow centre band with its large 5th Royal Irish lance cap plate having the King’s crown dating the helmet from 1902 to 10 with its matching 5th Royal Irish King’s crown button on the red and yellow woollen pompom with its correct green horsehair plume, long chin chain with original leather lining. To the interior both the leather and the light brushed cotton inner lining are all present. Marked to the upper inner mortarboard top ‘WD 1913’. These helmets were worn for full dress occasions up until the beginning of WWI and right from the 1870’s in this form.
The famous Sharps carbine .52 calibre, marked ‘R.S.Lawrence’ behind the hammer, patent date ‘1858’ to the end of the lock plate, other slightly unclear markings to the opposite side of the hammer. The name ‘Hirl’ is hand carved into the rear stock. The front stock good with minor bruising, rear stock again no pieces missing or repairs, wear to the inside of the wood. This is a well used American cavalry carbine of the Civil War, the barrel having deep grooves and dirty, complete with its bar and saddle ring. The locking system for keeping the dropping lever in position, firing action perfect with its original rear sight.
A nice condition 50 calibre carbine with excellent bore with deep grooves. The receiver is inscribed ‘Manufactured Springfield, Massachusetts ‘ with the address ‘Poultney & Trimble, Baltimore USA’. The barrel with the ‘LFR’ inspector proof cartouche on the left stock. Faint traces of blueing to the barrel and the receiver. Excellent trigger action. Wood overall good with minor bruising. No repairs or losses. The only item missing is the main screw for securing the hammer to the receiver. The Smith carbine was one of the most successful and heavily used cavalry carbines of the American Civil War.
A circa 1860 magnificent condition all pressed felt helmet, which was totally unique to this regiment. First design produced and worn in the early 1860’s, which was 20 years before the introduction of the classic English Home Service helmet. This all pressed felt helmet resembles the subsequent 1st pattern Home Service helmet incredibly closely and we wonder whether the design of the Home Service helmet was taken in part from this early 1860’s piece. The skull is of one-piece black fur felt with very pronounced front and rear peaks with the spike being in fluted form with a cruciform cross base, secured to the helmet skull by four rosettes. The front plate is in beautiful deep mercury gilt with frosted highlights has a Victorian crown, oak leaf surround with 1st Surrey Rifles circlet with a bugle horn to the centre, complete with ‘1’ in white metal to the centre of the bugle horn. The helmet is fitted with its lion’s faced rosette chin chain attachments to each lower side, across the upper part of the peak is a roped ring style gilded trim and the helmet is complete with its original inter-linked chin chain with leather backing. The stitching of the leather to the chin chain is slightly loose and it is also complete with its extra links for the hanging of the chain to the reverse of the helmet when the chin chain is not in use. There are two decorative small rosettes either side of the skull, also one at the reverse as a fixture for the chin chain. The whole of the body is leather edged both to the sides, front and back peaks. The interior lining is of high officers quality being in maroon silk, which is multi stitched and thankfully the silk has not shot. The interior of the front and back peaks is lined in green Morocco leather. The interior skull in raw felt. Adhered to the interior is a ‘W.Smith & Son, Makers, 3 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC’. Behind the front plate an area of the felt has been cut out presumably to allow for air flow through the helmet and the rear of the helmet below the rosette that has the attachment hook with the chain there is a small octagonal hole specifically punched in this shape, also for air flow to the rear of the helmet. We have been fortunate to be able to find two pages of the Illustrated London News dated 1861 showing four officers of the 1st Surrey Rifles, three of them wearing this identical helmet with their scarlet parade blues with the accompanying text clearly describing this felt helmet. The attachment screw to the interior of one of the cruciform rosettes is missing otherwise the helmet is in magnificent visual and technical condition. We have specialised in English headdress for over 40 years and this must rank amongst one of the rarest helmets we have ever had. Also its connection to the subsequent Home Service helmet is historically important in the lineage of this type of helmet.
An excellent example of the Inniskilling Dragoon officers helmet. The silver skull has toned to an excellent dark patination, apart from a couple of internal pin pricks that show to the exterior and are impossible to pick on our images the skull is extremely good. Gilt slightly subdued to all of the fittings, the large Inniskilling Dragoon officers plate to the front with the ‘VR’ central scroll. Complete with its original matching chin chain, which has all of its correct original leather backing in a mid tan light colour. The officers leather liner is all original and is still complete with its inner upper maroon silk. The leather to the inside of the front peak is complete but slightly shrunk. No evidence of any leather being fitted to the interior rear peak. Long white officers quality horsehair plume. The 6th (Inniskilling Dragoons) a senior cavalry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1689, it fought at the battle of the Boyne in July 1690, it fought with distinction in the charge of the Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo and again as part of the successful Charge of the Heavy Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. As all cavalry regiments, it gradually was converted to an armoured unit and in 1922 was amalgamated with the 5th Dragoon Guards to form the 5th/6th Dragoons. An excellent item.
A very fine example of the 1881 pattern, the blue cloth helmet worn by all Line and Corps Regiment officers of the British Army. First introduced in 1878 with a rounded peak, in 1881 the pattern was adjusted to a more pointed peak, this example produced in cork with cloth cover. This is a magnificent example, all the cloth without any moth damage, good gilt overall, slight toning to the gilt on the back strap, the remainder excellent. This is a post 1902 Kings Crown version worn during the reign of Edward VII from 1902 to 10. The front plate has the scroll and centrepiece of the Hampshire Regiment. The chin chain with its velvet backing is full length having its adjuster chains to the end of the main chin chain, which hooks to the reverse side of the helmet. To the interior both the front and back peaks lined in green Morocco leather, slight losses to the lower left hand corner of the nape, with its virtually unused cream sweatband and still with its purple inner liner, which has come adrift in part from the leather liner, beautifully marked to the inner crown ‘Hawkes & Co, London’ there was a paper name label to the interior, that has been scratched out for some unknown reason. No extra holes, a beautiful untouched Home Service helmet.
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