A virtually unworn condition American chocolate brown officers visor cap made from the finest soft Melton material. No moth damage to the cap with its standard olive drab mohair band. Patent brown chinstrap and peak. High quality American national eagle plate. Double constructed American eagle side buttons. To the interior the deep brown leather sweatband in excellent mint condition, to the centre celluloid lozenge ‘Bancroft Uniform Menswear, Built to endure,genuine fur felt’, and gold blocked to the liner “‘The Wales”’. Large size Imperial 7 1/8ths.
A nicely service used all brown leather shoulder holster for the Colt 45 semi automatic pistol. Heavily stamped ‘US’ to the front of the holster with its shoulder strap. Pistol retaining strap and lower loop.
A black leather shoulder holster for the Colt 45. The ‘US’ stamping to the front of the holster is faint, complete with its local area made brown leather shoulder strap. Pistol closing strap complete with its lower fitting loop.
An all black leather U.S. marked shoulder holster for the Colt 45 pistol. Missing its pistol holding strap and lower attachment strap. The shoulder rig has been personalised by the owner by the continuous wrapping of what appears to be electrical tape to strengthen the rig.
A mint condition 1940 pattern battledress size 7, dated ‘1945’, excellent nap to the cloth. White on red Coldstream Guards shoulder titles, twin Guard pattern rank pips to each shoulder board. The collar has been iron folded for open collar wear. 1939-45 and Defence Medal ribbons. To the pocket a short history of the wearer worn by Lieutenant Christopher John Charles Fleetwood Cowlard, Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant October 1942, served in the holding battalion, was at Guards Depot 5th September 1944.
A good condition size 11 1949 pattern battledress blouse worn by a sergeant in the Irish Guards. Post war printed Guard Armoured Division patches over white on green Irish Guards shoulder titles. No moth, good nap to the cloth.
A 1940 pattern battledress blouse, 1945 Belgium made, size number 13, converted to officers open collar wear. One split to the right hand armpit, slight moth to the button closure area, another split to the left hand armpit. White on red Grenadier Guards shoulder titles. Unusual Guards pattern rank pips without the Royal Cipher, another moth nip to the rear panel and splattering of small moth nips.
A clean example of the U.S. Marine Corps raider knife. The blade is full length, some overall staining to the blade with very light traces of the manufacturer’s etched markings close to the cross guard, also in certain light the U.S.M.C. scroll that straddles the spine of the blade can just about be seen. The U.S.M.C. knives are very prevalent to the degrading of the metalwork of the grip, which is basically a casting. This hilt is absolutely perfect, no cracks or splits in any manner. In its original M6 scabbard with its base metal plate and its hilt retaining strap, the scabbard has shrunk making it tight to place the knife all the way to the base of the scabbard, 1cm of the blade is exposed and this can be seen in the photographs of the blade where the blade has been this distance out of the scabbard laying for many years by easing back the belt loop section of the scabbard with pressure the blade does insert to its full length.
A lovely example of an Imperial bladed M.3 fighting knife. The blade has slight staining at the tip with all its cross grain original finish present. Marked ‘US M3 Imperial’. Its compressed leather grip excellent with one area slightly cut away. All fitted into its ‘U.S.M6 Viner Brother 1943’ dated scabbard with the addition of the number ‘K8190’ hand applied to the leather, possibly the army number of the owner. Complete with its strung leg ties and Garand belt fixing.
An extremely scarce fighting knife of WWII being made by the Anderson Company of Glendale California. The overall length of the knife is 34cm, fitted into the scabbard 35cm, the blade is 21cm in length, double sided with central fuller running half the length of the blade. The blade on this example with slight spotting but no distortion or sharpening, complete with its original grey composition grip, which is marked ‘MADE IN USA’ in large letters to one side, to the opposite side ‘ANDERSON, GLENDALE CALIFORNIA’. Two thong holes to the pommel are not drilled all the way through. The blades on these rare Anderson knives were constructed from surplus model 1913 Patton cavalry sabres, each blade was cut into three sections, therefore another Anderson knife may well have the fuller of a different length, as this example is only half the length of the blade we can be sure that this was the final third of the original Patton sabre blade. Three different blade sections are shown in the excellent work United State Military Knives 1941-91 by N.W.Silvey with an example with this section of the blade on the front cover. Totally original heavy duty scabbard, complete with its male/female closing hilt retaining loop, some stitches to the upper part of the scabbard missing. A desirable piece for the American knife collector.
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