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.
A lovely tanned leather set of goggles, complete with their elasticated head strap with the angled lenses, the sides of the lenses having perforated air vents.
A very nice brown leather face protected goggles with the goggle section being sprung loaded and folds flat. Some wear to the lenses, complete with their elasticated head strap. Some fur remaining to the inside of the leather.
A typical example of the webbing waist belt issued to the Volunteer Training Corps units in WWI. Light grey webbing that has faded somewhat, complete with its brass snake skin belt.
A very nice condition identified British officers Sam Browne belt and cross strap. Stamped in various places and indelibly ink marked with the name ‘O.Corderoy’.
The Company Barr & Stroud produced ranging and telescopic equipment for the British Armed Forces in both World Wars and prior, their equipment is relatively easy to find for WWII but for WWI and dated is far more difficult. This scarce rangefinder, 92cm in length in excellent condition with both of its steadying handles. Its totally original tube that locates the rangefinder within a tripod, which is marked ‘Houghton Butcher MSG.Co Limited 1916’ has excellent green paint finish overall, all of its green leather protected ends in place with its web and canvas edged lens protector all in place and its original carrying strap. ‘Barr & Stroud’ maker’s plates to one end with item designation plates. The red rubber eyepiece for the optic section all in place although rather frail. A complete and rare WWI artillery rangefinder.
Slightly shorter model holster probably for the Webley Mark 4. Undated, complete with its closing loop and two belt loops for fitting to the Sam Browne belt. Excellent condition with slight scuffs.
A very nice condition mid tan all leather holster for the WWI Webley mark 6 revolver. Maker marked and clearly dated ‘1915’ to the flap closure tab.
An extremely nice stylish tea or coffee pot constructed in electroplated nickel silver standing 24cm in height, hinged lid, beautiful decoration to the spout and handle, engraved to the upper part with the Royal Flying Corps wings with below the motto of what became the RAF motto ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ and the lower section of the piece the engraving ‘From the officers of the 4th Army Aircraft Park RFC October 1917’
A very nicely crafted convex solid silver cigarette case measuring 12.5 x 8.5cm. Complete with its integral elastic cigarette retainers. Hallmarked to both sides of the case. Nicely hinged. To the interior the initials ‘JN’ with Royal Flying Corps wings engraved below ‘Ripon 1917/18’.
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