A rare hat for the Canadian forces of WWI being the 1902 pattern cap. The crown has very minor moth nips, some further moth damage on the rear overhang and the lower rim of the cap itself. Excellent form, with its ‘CANADA’ badge, standard very thin chinstrap with ‘CANADA’ side buttons. To the interior the leather sweatband in place with evidence of much wear use, stamped with a Montreal maker, Canadian broad arrow mark and with a date, which appears to be ‘1911’.
An unused set of the scarce wire cutters that fitted to the end of the Enfield rifle, complete with all fittings. Maker marked and dated ‘1917’. Good blueing, slight rust spotting.
A standard 2nd pattern British produced steel combat helmet worn by a soldier in the Fort Gary Horse, a Canadian unit. The exterior retains much original rough sand finish, stencilled ‘F.G.H.’ to the front side with its original oilskin lining. Some moth damage to the netting interior. Faded red Brodie stamping to the interior of the oilskin, with its original chinstrap, which is complete but has been repaired with a rivet and what appears to be old glue close to one of the attachment clips.
A 1st pattern rimless Brodie, non magnetic, with its officers cover, some rust flooding through from the dome below, the edges of the helmet, again some light rusting with minor shredding. Attached is the bronze oxidised badge of the Royal Scots Greys sewn to a section of cloth and then applied to the cover. To the interior the non maker marked cover of very fine quality with inner felt dome, with its original firm and strong brown leather chinstrap. A name, which appears to be ‘P.W.Chadwick S.G.’ hand applied to the interior lip of the cover.
A difficult branch of the French Armed Forces to obtain a helmet being the colonial forces, the face badge having the crescent with ‘FR’ above with its original liner, chinstrap, drawstring and good paint finish.
A lovely all colour matched set of equipment for a British officer in WWI comprising the double strapped Sam Brown set, waist belt, Webley Mark 6 holster with cloth pistol lanyard. Infantry officers sword with ‘GR’ scroll to the hilt, complete with its leather portapee knot, blade average condition with its brown leather scabbard. Officers private purchase canvas and leather utility bag. Officers quality map case. Officers compass, which has the name ‘B.E.Ogle’ stamped to the compass case. Officers private purchase water bottle with brown leather strap, which matches the remainder of the leather strapping. A good opportunity to purchase a complete officers kit in one purchase.
A good clean example of a Victorian crowned 17th Lancers chapska. The skull in excellent undamaged, slightly crazed overall to the finish of the body. Complete with its undamaged white mortarboard top, some mild cracking to the edge of the mortarboard top. The white ribbed sides only showing very minor moth nips. The blue and yellow lace that surrounds the base of the mortarboard sides has faded and matches exactly the faded wool of the yellow and blue pompom, which has its correct skull and crossbones regimental button inset. The helmet is complete with its correct enlisted ranks plume holder and white horsehair plume, which is full length. The helmet is complete with its correct front plate, skull and crossbones below the Royal Coat of Arms with battle honours, which include Central India, South Africa 1879, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Inkerman, Alma. Also with its lion’s head side bosses and full length chin chain. To the interior the helmet is with its correct oilskin and leather lining with an original brown leather insert in the forehead area. To the upper inner mortarboard the leather is stamped with WD mark ‘1902’ with the stamp ‘3 Years’ indicating that the helmet still had three years service left. Out of the 6 regiments of Lancers in the British Army the 17th is the hardest and most desirable to obtain. The motto ‘DEATH OR GLORY’ below the skull and crossbones on the plate.
A rare combination of a tailor made 1937 pattern battledress blouse and cap worn by the same General Officer. Undoubtedly by the wear and condition of both of these pieces they have been together since WWII, unfortunately a name is not available anywhere on the tunic to identify the wearer. Privately purchased 1937 pattern battledress blouse, worn in a full buttoned up style, rank insignia in cloth to the epaulettes of a Lieutenant General, crossed sword with crown above. Standard red collar patches with gold bullion centre with Generals buttons. To the upper right hand breast a row of medal ribbons, which include the MBE, WWI trio, General Service Medal and an unidentified Maroon coloured Order. The tunic has seen much wear and unfortunately some moth damage. The area at the base of the upper left hand pocket has been stitch repaired from moth damage, there are also areas of moth damage to the right of the left hand pocket, the remainder of the garment is relatively moth free. Accompanied by the General’s visor cap, which is approximately size 55 or 56, constructed as a General’s cap. The red band to the centre is fitted within the original construction of the cap. There is no moth damage anywhere on the cap itself, some staining to the red band to the right of the bullion wire General’s badge. The side buttons are of the General Service type. To the interior the brown leather sweatband all in place, the upper inner protective waterproof lining shredded, the maker’s mark of the cap ‘J.Daniels & Co.Limited, St. James’s Place, London’ still deeply applied to the leather sweatband. At the interior back of the cap to the sweatband there appears to be a name applied, which unfortunately we have not been able to decipher, if it was possible to decipher this name it would enhance the desirability of this outfit completely, nevertheless to get a one owner worn visor cap and battledress blouse for a General of WWII is difficult.
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