A fabulous condition 1902 to10 period officers lance cap of the famous 17th Lancers. The skin overall to the body has light crazing, no damage to the skull. The white mortarboard top has slight age staining to the edges only, no moth damage. All the gilt lace to the complete helmet is good and bright with its correct heavy bullion intertwined ‘GR’ pompom. The gilt to the lion’s head chin chain retainers good, which matches the gilt to the officers velvet backed chin chain. The double constructed front plate has all the Battle Honours of the 17th Lancers from Central India and the Crimea to South Africa 1900 to 1902 including the famous Battle Honour where the 17th Lancers charged at Balaclava. To the interior the helmet is complete with its Morocco grained leather sweatband, which shows some light wear use and both its attached crimson inner band and its inner crimson lining. Slight remains of the gold block name of the manufacturer to the upper inner crown. The helmet is complete with its officers full length white swan feather plume and its correct officers plume holder.
A very fine example of the model 1849 Russian infantryman’s all leather helmet. The first country to introduce the leather helmet of this height and style was the German States and as fashion follows fashion especially with military uniforms the Russians soon followed and by 1844 had introduced the tall leather helmet. This example being the 1849 model having an excellent all leather skull, good and firm, some slight weakness to the right hand side of the peak where it joins the main body. The rear peak has strong stitching to the main body with what appears to be a small rodent gnaw out of the right hand side of the rear peak. All of its fittings match in brass with the regimental number ‘26’ fitted to a plaque to the lower part of the front plate with the Russian double headed eagle and the Order of St. George to the centre. To the interior the leather sweatband all complete with slight leather rot with its original canvas inner lining with what appears to be a pencil marking of an original wearer’s name to the inner skull, which still retains a lot of its light tan leather colour. It is amazing that a helmet of this age would still be in such good firm displayable condition. We believe that this helmet was sold by the auctioneers Christies and another interesting fact is that we have owned a number of these helmets over the years and as in most things patterns emerge and we recall that a lot of the helmets we have had have either been Regiment 26 or Regiment 36, it would seem that the British forces captured a great many of the helmets from these particular regiments, in fact studying the excellent work Crimean Memories, Artefacts of the Crimean War which is a Schiffer Military History publication, on pages 251 and 255 two examples at least of Regiment 26 helmet plates are shown. The writers of this excellent work comment ‘Helmet plates with the number 26 were quite common in military stores in Sevastopol, as the 13th Division formed a peacetime garrison there. When the city fell these stores became easily obtained trophies for the British and French troops. Comment courtesy of the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum. The number 26 indicates the 26th Bialystok Infantry Regiment or the 26th Lithuanian Jager Regiment.’ An historic piece of headdress.
An excellent condition smooth bore Flintlock trade musket, very similar in style and composition to the Brown Bess musket. The lock on this example is plain and unmarked, Indian Arsenal markings to the butt stock. The wood overall is generally excellent, three brass pipes below the stock, with its original ramrod. The Flintlock action is perfect, with what appears to be its original strap, barrel length 39 inches with English proof marks.
A rare Scottish Clan dirk, which measures 43cm overall with a 29cm blade. The blade is in the classic dirk style, some dark toning to the blade, no corrosion, no abusing or sharpening of any sort, a perfect fit into its scabbard. Silver fittings but not hallmarked, so impossible to date but we would estimate between 1870 and 1890. The dirk belonged to a clan member of the Clan Wedderburn, the dark is in very nice condition having a stag’s head grip with twin Cairngorm stones, the upper main pommel stone surrounded with beautifully decorated silver oval ring, the remainder of the dirk having typical Scottish heavily chiselled thistle decoration to all of the scabbard mounts including the upper caps of the knife and fork situated within their apertures of the scabbard. Each cap of the knife and fork having the eagle’s head of the clan engraved, to the upper scabbard mount is the identical engraving of the eagle’s head with the clan motto above ‘NON DEGENER’. The leather is excellent to the scabbard, maker marked ‘AGW’ on the reverse side of both of the mounts. To the upper scabbard mount on the reverse side is a leather belt loop. There is no damage anywhere to the dirk, the slight toning to the blade as previously described. A superb item. Clan Wedderburn can trace its origins back to 1296, the chiefship of the clan is now held within the family of Scrymgeour-Wedderburns, the Earls of Dundee, the family home is Blackness House, a mansion in Dundee.
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 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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