A very scarce and difficult to obtain item of WWI officers wear being the trench coat. Normally encountered constructed by Burberrys, this example from the other well known company of raincoat makers the Swallow raincoat, still with its original woven label to the interior. Burberry style interior upper half lining, standard format of long coat, double breasted with all of its football style buttons intact. Both of the cuff straps complete and also complete with its removable waist belt, which are invariably missing, the waist belt having the D rings for attachment of various pieces of officers equipment. To the epaulettes there are two bronze WWI rank pips, on lifting the rank pips is definite colour change beneath the pips indicating they have been present since WWI. The coat overall is unstained but has seen much service wear, there is no moth damage and would be a fabulous addition for a British WWI trench officers mannequin. We have researched the Swallow Raincoat Company and have ascertained they were in business prior to WWI.
A scarce sawdust and glue Lineol Germany made figure of a British officer marching and saluting, wearing his sword and carrying the Union flag, the colour to the flag is excellent, the flag itself constructed in tin. One minor crack to the upper right arm, otherwise excellent condition, no further cracking. Slight chipping to one area of the base, colour excellent.
A very good example of the green cloth bodied shako with black and brass fittings including the strung bugle horn badge of the Light Infantry to the front of the helmet. The regimental knotted boss badge above the strung bugle horn is missing, all of the other woven crossed weave fittings are present to the helmet. The shako is complete with its original light tan leather liner, which is good, some slight stitching loss to the inner rear of the helmet, with its original chinstrap, this is rare to obtain, the chinstraps are very frail on these shakos and quite often are missing. Standard leather peak. Correct green plume. No moth damage to the wool covering of the shako at all.
A very nice condition last pattern shako for an enlisted mans in the Highland Light Infantry. The main body and the red, white and green dicing of officer quality. Complete with its other ranks Highland Light Infantry Edwardian period badge, white nickel thistle above laid onto its woven circular boss. Complete with green circular pompom. The dicing with good colour, standard leather peak, all other woven fitments complete and with its scarce original chinstrap, which are quite often missing as they are frail. Enlisted ranks leather liner. To the upper inner crown area the original maker’s label of ‘Jacobson Army Contractor’ with the date of ‘1900’. No moth damage to the main body of the shako.
A good untouched example of an M.15 pattern Adrian helmet with the dark blue finish to the exterior and interior. The helmet is complete with its original Czechoslovakian Legion front helmet plate with its correct interior liner with many unidentified numbers and markings to one of the tongues. The aluminium spacers are complete, strap missing. The Czech Legion fought with both the French and the Russians, this is a helmet from the French Czech Legion. The helmet skull is a large size.
A very nice sleepy condition mid horizon blue Adrian pattern helmet. Some slight rust bleed, which has been picked up on our web images, complete with its infantry flaming grenade badge, original chinstrap, complete undamaged liner and drawstring also with its aluminium spacers.
A good example of an early pattern Royal Hospital cap worn by the army pensioners. Gilt embroidered ‘RH’ complete with patent chinstrap, interior lining all complete. The cording is slightly loose from the crown boss.
A lovely condition Wolsey helmet with the side flash of the 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment. A rectangular green flash with a woven grey centre numeral. One small section of its original paper label remaining to the interior. All green cotton lining present, with its original chinstrap, which is maker marked ‘F.H.Masson & Company’ dated ‘1917’. The 6th Service Battalion formed in 1914 came under the command of 33rd Brigade in the 11th Northern Division and moved to Gallipoli July 1915 and landed at Suvla Bay 7th August 15, when onto Egypt in January 16 and then to France in July 1916.
A small autograph book measuring 17 x 14cm belonging to an RFC aviator. The book contains many poems and drawings, many of them WWI period dated. An excellent drawing of a tower in Switzerland in black and white, other very nice sketches and drawings. The poems are of excellent prose. One page towards the end of the book has a newspaper cut out picture of Manfred Baron Von Richthofen with the following text ‘Pieces of his Fokker tri-plane, I found the day after he crashed, we were sent to recover his plane. He shot down over 80 of our lads. The famous hun ace the Red Baron shot down April 1918 with next to it a signature and a date ‘2.3.19’ demobbed at last.’ Accompanying the picture of Von Richthofen are two pieces of red fabric from the aeroplane of Baron Von Richthofen. It would appear that he completed this autograph book after the event, he kept the fabric, found the space in the book and inserted his artefacts. The dates of the other annotations and drawings within the book are randomly spread throughout the book, there is even a blank page preceding a 1917 dated page which relates to the event of Bournemouth FC verses Barnsley football match in 1938 and then further annotations and prose in 1941. Accompanying the autograph book is a postcard of the 9th Brigade RAF with bi-plane. On the reverse side headed ’25 Squadron 9th Brigade RAF My birthday today, the fourth in the army’, he then goes on further to talk about his post war possible employment. The letter is from the writer of the book to his parents. A highly interesting artefact relating to Baron Von Richthofen.
A very hard to obtain helmet being the Russian produced Sohlberg M.17 helmet, in 1915 Russia was researching producing its own manufactured steel helmets, eventually the Sohlberg helmet was produced, this is a very fine example having all its original paint finish, chinstrap, canvas liner with its Adrian style corrugated spacers. All of the configuration is correct, huge in-depth detail into the history of these helmets shown both in picture format, original drawing format and text within the only work ever produced on the history of the Russian steel helmet published by Ivan Carabanoff for the student of the Russian helmet, a must have publication, published Moscow 2016, text primarily in Russian but with a good degree of English descriptive text.
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