A good WWI Adrian pattern helmet in dark horizon blue, some chipping to the paint finish, complete with its infantry style RF adorned flaming grenade badge, with its post WWI souvenir plate all in brass with the central scroll reading ‘Soldat De La Grand Guerre 1914-18’ with the individual owner’s name hand engraved ‘Charles Algrain’. Complete with its original chinstrap, liner and original drawstring.
A good WWI set, undated but with early brass fittings, which have toned. Dusty overall but complete, no rot to the leather, would clean very well if required.
A very good example of the easily recognised Royal Flying Corps aviators coat, all constructed in the standard light Tan leather, a fur collar has been added. The initials ‘PAF’ to the interior blanket lining. Angled map pocket to the breast. Some minor discoloration and staining but no tears or obvious damage. Complete with its waist belt, hanging chain, all cuff closure male/female studs in place and working correctly. One small area of restoration to the upper left hand sleeve. Some slight stitching on the rear of the collar. A fabulous example for an RFC mannequin.
A very scarce example in khaki serge material, the tunic with four pockets each with pocket flaps, the upper pockets with pleats. To each sleeve is set of sergeants stripes with a circular padded Fleur De Lys badges above. Complete with leather ball pattern buttons, full cotton lining to the material, accompanied by a full length skirt with one pocket and button fastening. Waist belt absent. Excellent nap to cloth overall. Minor moth nips to the skirt. A scarce WWI uniform.
A classic forest green blanket carried by the U.S.Marines within the Doe Boy packs. This example has a few small moth holes to one end, it has the chain stitched ‘U.S.M.C.’ to the centre. What makes this particularly nice is to one of the dark stripes to the edge it is typical Marine stencil work with a name stencilled in white, the letters are distinct although there is some obvious flaking to the congealed paint. A good item as a backdrop to a Marine Corps display.
A virtually unused condition maker marked and dated 1915 light tan leather holster. Normally these are for the Webley 455, however this is a fraction smaller and we believe it could possibly be for the Smith & Wesson mark 1 or mark 2 revolvers.
An extremely rare set, all complete of the 1914 leather equipment. With the huge demand to equip the numbers of new recruits into the army the Mills Equipment Company could not keep pace with the supplying the conventional canvas 1908 pattern, as an alternative an equipment set was devised that was made entirely of leather, apart from the haversack and knapsack both being made of canvas but with leather fittings, the components were otherwise similar to the 1908. The front ammunition pouches were single items that would permit rounds of rifle ammunition in each. This set originally in the collection of the well known collector of Imperial German items Michael Baldwin is in the most superb condition. Michael, whose collection was well known from his books comprised primarily of Imperial German soldiers items, however he did have some very nice selected items of British uniforms and equipment. After his passing this set was sold and has now been re-offered to Regimentals. When it was originally sold from the Michael Baldwin collection it did not contain the leather entrenching head holder that has since been acquired separately. Overall superb condition. The leather set is fully capable of being mounted on a mannequin, there is no danger of any of the leather straps breaking. There is some slight weakness to the tips of the two leather straps, which are separated from the set, which are well known amongst collectors as the helmet straps, these were used across the haversack in an X pattern for securing the steel helmet to the large haversack and were used for many other purposes with the 14 equipment. Interestingly the set has its original 07 scabbard fitted into the leather frog but without a bayonet and without the lower part of the 07 scabbard. Whenever Michael Baldwin found something for his collection it always stayed as he found it and never added or subtracted items and this is the way he found this equipment many years ago, Wooden helve is in position, the large pack and the side pack again service wear, age staining but generally good.
A most interesting item of first war equipment, this is the second version we have seen of this back pack, not dissimilar in format to the second war mountain rucksack Bergen, however differing greatly. To the front are two pockets and a main body with drawstring top. To the interior a linen separate double pocketed pouch with typical first war period press studs, the inner of the flap has broad arrow markings and a civilian French address to the interior. Faint traces of ink stamp, interesting the other example of this pack that have examined has a 1917 date. The reverse is a complicated affair with two shoulder straps, again marked with the same inspection stamps and clip type attachment for the braces. There appears to be a large waistband for tying around the body and two leather tabs at the bottom, presumably for mounting of exterior equipment. This is clearly an item of ordnance produced equipment as opposed to private purchase. The remains of an old U.S. Greyhound Line luggage tickets attached.
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