A beautiful condition Model 1928 Thompson submachine gun, this is the finned barrel with its 50 round drum, wooden fore stock, removable shoulder stock, wood
trigger grip, Cutts compensator, thick sight, marked ‘U.S. Model 28A1’ to the left hand side of the receiver, to the right hand side ‘Auto Ordnance Corporation, Connecticut USA’ with its UK de-activation certificate dated ‘1995’ gun number ‘87383’. This item cannot be sold within the EU or the UK, it can be sold out of these two areas but check your own country’s regulations to allow the importation of this item. the weapon dry fires and cocks.
A very nice condition olive drab web carrying bag for the Thompson submachine gun, complete with its original zip, the zip puller is broken, all leather fittings present with all of the stencilling good and clear to the canvas, which reads ‘COVER THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN CAL.45’ then a series of numbers. A few minor stains to the lower part of the stock area.
The cape known as the jungle cape issued to Indian troops and associated forces in South East Asia. An English Corporal’s name to the interior ‘Corporal Redman’ with ink obscured markings, overall service wear but no damage. Closure buttons present.
A highly interesting letter, the upper section impressed with the Royal Coat of Arms from the Captain (D), 5th Destroyer Flotilla, date 24th September 1940 to the officer commanding number 111 Light A.A.Battery. Louis Mountbatten writes ‘With regard to an incident that occurred that day where he was passed by an Army Bombardier of the Royal Artillery, he made no attempt to salute him nor to apologise for this oversight, Louis Mountbatten’s Staff Officer took him name, his name was Bombardier Crapper’ ( NO JOKE ) it then goes on to ‘ask the officer in charge of the AA Battery not to punish this soldier but caution him on his future conduct. Pen signed ‘Louis Mountbatten Captain (D) with the receiving stamp and annotation of the officer commanding the 111th Light Anti Aircraft Battery. Also accompanying the letter is the reply from the Headquarters 111th Light AA Battery on the 25th September, the next day apologising to Louis Mountbatten for the insubordination and the Lance Bombardier has been cautioned as to his future behaviour. The signature of Louis Mountbatten at this early stage of war is scarce. During the early part of the war Mountbatten commanded the destroyer HMS Kelly and was also commander of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla. He saw considerable action in Norway, the English Channel and in the Mediterranean. In August 41 he receive command of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. His war service and subsequent service to this country is immense and in August 1979 Mountbatten was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army.
A very nice condition C type flying helmet marked number ‘4’ size ‘7½’ with other issue numbers. Good suede interior. Complete with all of its headphones, its long lead with jack plug, WD marked, with its attached H type oxygen mask with a set of mark 8 goggles all belonging to one aviator.
A highly unusual helmet of WWII being a standard Brodie shaped helmet without any stampings to the inner bowl. The chinstrap fittings are attached with split pins very similar to the WWI produced helmets, the chinstrap itself is the standard elasticated style of combat strap. The interior liner, although modelled on the standard issue Brodie liner is privately constructed, the four section fibre cradle unstamped with an 8 tongued liner with its original drawstring with a faded orange crown cushion. All the original brown paint finish remaining to the interior and exterior, painted to the front of the helmet is the work ‘MAYOR’. Obviously a private purchase helmet used by an unknown town Mayor.
A mismatched pair of Russian winter mittens, one glove with far more wear than the other, blanket lined.
Profusely stamped to the inner lid, all leather web fittings complete.
Profusely stamped to the inner lid, all leather web fittings complete
A possibly quite unique holster and spare magazine set, made in England, more than likely in Northampton for a Lieutenant later Major T.J.Pepper, who held a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment. The holster section is in a virtually identical cut to the 1939 leather set used by the Home Guard with its own individual riveted belt loop, with its matching colour twin magazine pouch also marked to T.J.Pepper with its twin riveted belt loops on the reverse side. The magazine pouch has a wood divider, it is more than likely for the early Colt 1911 A1 purchased by the British Purchasing Commission in 1940, which are catalogued in the Imperial War Museum collection. A highly interesting and rare set.
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