A perfect condition sawdust and glue Lineol figure produced in Germany in the middle 1930’s of Britain’s King George VI, in full ceremonial uniform, wearing his busby. The figure does not have any cracks and is complete with its original paintwork.
A rare figure in sawdust and glue by the German Company Lineol of the Danish King, inter war period. Excellent condition, no cracks to the sawdust and glue, also perfect original coloration.
The nice condition Foreign Service helmet all in white, belonging to Lieutenant Commander E.S.D.Freemantle Distinguished Service Cross, he was the senior Beach Master at Juno Beach on D-Day. A fine example of the 1930’s period Royal Naval officers sun helmet with large folded pagri and navy blue top line indicating Royal Naval use. The helmet is blancoed in white to the exterior, the interior with green cloth covering to the peak with original brown leather sweatband. Housed in its original storage tin with the painted name to the front ‘E.S.D.Freemantle RM’. Lieutenant Commander Edmund Seymoure Denis Freemantle came from a long family tradition of Royal Navy officers, his father and grandfather both having been Admirals. The Juno Beach historical centre gives details of his career including the involvement during the D-Day landings ‘At 9.a.m. on the morning of D-Day 6th June Lieutenant Commander Freemantle came ashore at Juno Beach (Bernieres-Sur-Mer) he landed alongside members of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada including the Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel John Godfrey Spragte. Freemantle and his men set about their work of organising the beachhead, although the fighting soon moved inland, the dangers of undiscovered mines, German aerial bombing and artillery fire persisting. By the end of the landings Freemantle’s position was Chief Principal Beach Master for Juno Beach, he received the Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the battle of Normandy.’
A lovely grouping of items previously owned by Field Marshall Montgomery’s driver W. Kershaw. All of these artefacts were kept by Kershaw at the end of WWII and are very attractively framed. Army Commander’s car pennant of the 8th Army measuring 25cm x 15.5cm, basic red flag cloth with dark blue centre band, superimposed with a machine embroidered large size 8th Army army insignia, this is the correct configuration for a British Army Commander. British 3rd Division car pennant measuring 23cm x 13cm, red felt with 3rd Division insignia to the centre, Montgomery was one of the Commanders of the British 3rd Division of the British Expeditionary Force prior to the evacuation of Dunkirk, One section of 8th Army sleeve insignia, machine embroidered, believed to come from Kershaw’s uniform. An Occupational Force travel permit issued to Kershaw in Vienna. Another card indicating driver Kershaw as a member of the Vienna Garrison. A copy of the Salerno Times dated ‘24th September 1943’. An identification card for a mechanical transport driver ‘W.Kershaw’ described as ‘Driver-Batman’ dated ‘28th February 41 to the 28th February 1942’. A framed letter on the headed paper of the Tactical Headquarters 21st Army Group, British Land Army 20th April 1945 to a secretary of an organisation within England thanking them for sending 60,000 cigarettes for distribution amongst the forces with facsimile signature of B.L.Montgomery Field Marshall. A nice clean example of the small printed work entitled ’10 Chapters’, the book is a shortened personal record of My (Field Marshall Montgomery) activities in outline from August 1942 to May 45, this was all hand written by Montgomery and it is here reproduced in book form, the book measuring 16.5cm x 12.5cm. A very nice accumulation of artefacts from the driver and batman of Field Marshall Montgomery.
A very nicely bullion embroidered in gold with multi coloured adornments, maroon velvet backing to the crown staff officers cap badge with blue backing material.
A very nice condition Military Air Transport Command brown leather A2 flying jacket with original manufacturer’s label for the Cooper Sportswear Manufacturing Company, Newark New Jersey, size label ‘38’ intact. Leather rank patches for the rank of Major to each epaulette. To the upper right breast the name ‘J.M.Smolev’ below the name tag a very nicely machine embroidered Military Air Transport Command circular patch. The leather overall good, no leather rot. Some light dryness, which if desired could be re-coloured with the use of leather food, but it has a good untouched feel overall. The wool elasticated bottom band and cuff bases are all complete with plenty of elasticity left in the wool, slight nicks in wool , with its original Conmar nickel zip and correct zip runner. The inner lining is all complete and not shredded. Recently purchased from probably the best combat uniform and equipment collection in the United Kingdom comprising Army tropical, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe paratrooper and many other items of the same genre. The collection was begun by the then 15 year old boy who used to visit our own shop in London in the very early 1980’s and has built this collection up over 40 years culminating in the writing of excellent books on these subjects.
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.
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