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A rare and lovely condition officers kepi for a Foreign Legion officer in WWI. Typical sloping front kepi of WWI with its unique style Foreign Legion embroidered flaming grenade badge, which is a dedicated style for the Legion. Complete with its gilded faux front strap with correct Legion side buttons. No moth damage, good bright colour to the red crown, black base with its interior lining, one moth nip to the silk of the interior lining.
An excellent condition and totally original Russian issued Adrian of WWI. Classic russet brown colour with its correct one-piece stamped Russian double headed eagle front plate. Some light rust bleed through the shell with one indentation on the rear of the skull, which has caused loss of paint in a 2cm circumference. Complete with its full leather liner and chinstrap. A collection number or inventory number ‘No.6’ label affixed to the interior of the rear skirt.
An extremely evocative formerly produced as a white helmet, re-coloured for field service use by the owner officer. Mid 1870’s style cork helmet, which has been coloured khaki over its original white, fitted with a high quality khaki pagri wrap. The helmet still has its dress spike and acorn and leaf work decorative base, which matches its high quality Royal Northumberland Fusiliers officers grenade badge fitted, both the grenade badge and the spike and spike base match in colour, which both have subdued gilt either through age or through nicotine. Standard home service helmet chin chain with officers leather backing. The interior of the helmet all lined in lightweight green brushed cotton, standard leather sweatband, which has evidence of wear use. Large size helmet. Some minor damage to the cork underneath the cloth covering of the front peak, the helmet shell itself being of four panel canvas, the main shell is undamaged. The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were involved in the Indian Mutiny, the Anglo Afghan War of 1880 and the Second Boer War.
A very fine condition Lebel bayonet in its original frog, the leather to the frog nice and supple, blade excellent.
Fine quality material, tailor’s label of ‘Guthrie & Valentine, Cork Street, London’, fully identified to ‘Lieutenant Colonel Neville Eliot’ to the label, dated ‘June 18’. Royal Artillery brass buttons and bronze collar flaming grenade badges. Watch pocket above the right hand hip pocket. Medal ribbons MBE., British War Medal, Victory Medal. Superb condition overall. Lieutenant Colonel Neville Eliot was born 25.10.1880 and died in France in 1957. Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, 2nd Lieutenant 1899, Lieutenant 1901, Captain 1906, Major 1914, served in Malta 1899 to 1903, India 1903, landed in France 5th April 1916, Major Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Royal Garrison Artillery. No moth damage, a nice large size tunic. One metallic Major’s crown missing from the Lieutenant Colonel’s ranking system to the shoulder board.
A huge size Adrian helmet of a French artillery man of WWI. Good original horizon blue finish remaining. Minor indentations to the crown and some losses of paint, with its artillery crossed cannons badge, its original leather strap and its completely undamaged 7 tongued leather liner with its aluminium spacers.
A very nice condition waist belt marked ‘M.E.Co. 1916’, marked to the ‘1st C.V.R.’
A pair of high laced boots as worn by cavalry and mounted artillery troops during the Great War. The boots are of pebbled brown leather and consists of a series of 6 eyelets in the foot area followed by 13 hooks. To the top of the boot are double strap and on one boot one of the straps is broken. The soles have been resoled in rubber with steel toe and heel cleats. Many photographs of these boots can be found in studies of the Great War. One of the long leather laces is all complete the other missing. The boots are approximately size 8 and would fit a mannequin of a mounted trooper perfectly.
An exceptionally nice example of the Royal Flying Corps officers overseas cap. This appears to be a very early produced example made from a heavy whipcord type material having cream silk lining throughout and also having the original thin leather chinstrap being slightly offset to either side, so it could be worn at a jaunty angle. This very thin leather chinstrap is held in place by two small brass hooks, good deep dark bronze RFC officers cap badge, to the front simple black football buttons. The high fronted form in excellent quality all indicate possibly either pre First World War or very early WWI production.
A nice condition mid tan Sam Browne belt with the faint remains of its Walsall maker with also faint ‘1915’ date, complete with both its double shoulder straps, one extra loose belt loops for accessory fitting to the waist belt itself. Ideal for combat mannequin display with the double strap.
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