A superb and extremely scarce 1st pattern Brodie helmet, rimless edge with all of its green paint finish remaining to what we can view from the inside, the exterior with a rare sacking cover, a few glimpses of the green paint that can be seen through the cover show it to be excellent. The cover has rotted around some of the edges. In the areas of the sacking cover, which have shredded, the paint below the area has corroded, on lifting the cover good paint finish can be seen beyond the shredded area. Complete with its 1st pattern tongued liner and chinstrap. Maker stamped with other unidentified stampings.
A scarce tunic being that the interior of the sleeve lining is marked with a large ‘A’ offset to the right of the date ‘1918’. Virtually all the cuff rank tunics worn in WWI were privately purchased through tailors within the United Kingdom, later in the war as officers were wearing tunics out rapidly and were in the combat areas of France and Belgium the availability of refreshed tunics was extremely difficult from home, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps purchased large quantities of cuff rank tunics, had them based at depots where officers were allowed to purchase them, this is such an example, indicating the fact that this was serving frontline officer. Clearly marked into the sleeve, the name label unfortunately indistinct, good heavyweight tunic, no moth damage, four overseas stripes, good clean cuff rank lacing. All Cheshire regimental buttons. The lining a little bit frayed underneath the armpits otherwise in excellent condition. An opportunity to acquire a superb condition regimentally buttoned tunic with a depot issue date of ‘1918’. The shoulder ranking system was introduced in 1916 but in fact cuff ranks were still being worn as late as the middle 1920’s. One piece of moth at the corner of one of the lower bellows pockets.
A rare 2nd pattern Brodie helmet with its fitted field cover and the attached badge of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. To the dome of the helmet rust flooding through from the shell below and some staining around the lower edge and minor shredding. The bronze King’s Royal Rifle Corps badge sewn and attached to a section of faded maroon cloth. To the interior the helmet is fitted with a ‘Bates Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St. James, London’ liner with the name ‘Pettit’ hand applied to the cross section of canvas. Leather sweatband excellent with its original chinstrap, which is all complete, the exterior skin of the leather showing some roughness.
A virtually unused condition 2nd pattern Brodie helmet, the exterior finish having all of its rough sand cast finish, one area close to the crown slightly smooth with its mint condition oilskin liner with its fully supple oilskin. ‘Brodie Steel Helmet’ red ink stamping to the inside of the liner. The initials ‘WOC’ also the letters ‘A.E.F.’ hand applied to the upper leather band, this presumably could be for the Australian Expeditionary Force with its liner in nice original colour, slight roughness to the skin but strong and firm.
A very nice matching coloured non blancoed yoke set of four Lewis gun pouches. One shoulder strap maker marked ‘M.E.Co. 1917’ with broad arrow, the other shoulder strap faintly marked, all four pouches clearly marked ‘M.W. & S 1918’. It is very difficult to find an original untouched set of the Lewis pouch yoke, most were converted for use in WWII.
A very nice condition officers cuff rank tunic of the Territorial Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment, rank of Lieutenant. Two cloth rank pips to the cuff rank lacing at the base of each sleeve, two overseas service stripes,all regimental buttons intact, no moth damage, lining complete. Four slight snags to the cloth, two on the upper rear back panel, two on the upper left sleeve.
A nice condition stiff top officers cap of WWI. No moth damage. Approximate size 56. Bronze officers Cheshire Regiment badge. Period thin leather chinstrap with General Service side buttons in bronze. To the interior the sweatband intact, it has evidence of much wear use, stains overall but some of the cream finish remaining. Also remains a Chester Military Outfitters gold block name, the upper inner silk lining is virtually intact with some areas shredded.
The standard 2nd pattern Brodie helmet having a good degree of its original finish remaining with the fitted badge in bronze for officers of the Wiltshire Regiment. To the interior the liner is by ‘Walter Barnard & Sons, 97 Jermyn Street, St.James, London’ complete with its original chinstrap. Interestingly one of the strap clips appears to have a strengthened single rivet instead of the standard split rivet, this possibly could be a period repair, the rivet head on the exterior is flat whereby the standard split pin has a domed form.
A rimless non magnectic1st pattern Brodie helmet having two red lozenge shaped painted red unit insignia to the dome. Good finish remaining overall. Complete with its tongued oilskin liner, which is intact. Chinstrap missing, also one strap lug missing.
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