These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
Burbon Sword c.1815
Here we offer a beautiful example of a French Army spadroon of the post Napoleonic era. The style imitates the British pattern 1796, and yet has dainty features more common to the pillow sword of the late 18th century. With its simple wire wrapped grip, the steel hilt is provided a folding ornate shell guard featuring a raised grenade in front of the sun burst, the image repeated on the pommel, typical symbols of grenadiers and royalty. Could it have been used by a palace guard? The wire grip is a little loose, but it does not detract from the overall quality of the sword. The blade is in near mint condition with brilliant blue and gilding, highlighting crisp etched ornate decorative floral features along the blade. The scabbard is in very good condition with all of its steel parts, with only minor wear to the leather. A very fine and unique blade of the short-lived Burbon King.
1821 Infantry Sword British Import
During the conflicts in North America during the 19th century many Officers would purchase swords from England. These swords were made by some of England\'s top sword smiths and are always distinguished by the fact they contain none of the embellishments a British Officer would order, such as the hilt and blades containing the cypher of the reigning monarch. These swords also saw service in continental Europe as well, but were more often imported to America. The Confederates were often the biggest customers for these swords. This particular example is typical of an 1821 with its pipe back blade, the standard three bar hilt without a cypher. The hilt has the folding guard and the typical wire bound shark skin grip. The blade is in beautiful condition and is etched with floral and filigree designs. There is no coat of arms or cypher. This is a beautiful sword with an excellent scabbard with a rosette stud for a sword frog, instead of rings for sword slings. This meant the officer carrying the sword would wear a shoulder belt to carry the sword. This was a typical means of wear with US Army uniforms of the 1830s and 40s. I would date this sword of that period and would suggest if it did see American service it would be possibly during the early Indian Wars or the war with Mexico. There is no maker or distributor marks to confirm any of this speculation. A beautiful example.
1914 Equipment for MG Crew
Offered is a set of original 1914 equipment with some rare components, including the water bottle and carrier rig, belt, frog, holster and pistol ammo pouch, both with their integral buckles for the cross strap harness. The cross straps themselves appear to be reproductions. All in great condition, perfect for a British MG crew display.
Cabasset Helmet C.1600
The early French and English North American settlers wore armour typical of the era of the 15th century. Most armour was made in Italy, Germany, Austria and some in the Netherlands, France and to some degree England for local use. Much of the armour in England during the civil war was purchased from the continent, the Parliamentarian forces were mainly equipped by the Tower. The cabasset helmet was a common favorite and was widely used by the common soldier to protect the head from blows from swords, and other implements of war. The Italians made thousands for the arms market. Examples have been found in archeological digs in places like Jamestown. Offered here is a typical munition grade helmet with all of the standard features expected of such an example of period armour. This model is typical of Italian style and retains all of its rivets, and the construction seams are classic for the period. The hole drilled in the back rim is typical of these helmet patterns and is often thought to have been for a rope carry loop for long marches or a hook for storage. A nice example.
Other Ranks 1869 Rifle Regiment Shako
Offered is a very rare 1869 other ranks shako to the 65th Bn Les Carabiniers from Montreal. These shako were worn well into the early 20th century, however, this example is Victorian period. The shako has the 65th brass cap badge, its blackening all but gone, the green horse hair plume and blackened chin scale are included. All hardware is present, but the finial at the base of the plume is missing. The liner is all present with some wear. There is some mothing on the surface exterior on the right side and back of the shako with some small holes. The green cloth is still dark green with some tracking that appears lighter in colour due to loss of surface material and the red and black tresse has a worn spots at the rear. These shako are extremely rare, but this example is priced according to its condition. There is no doubt of its age and its originality. The 65th later became the Fusiliers Mont-Royal.
38th Rifle Bn Wedge Cap c.1890s
A nice example of the green wedge cap worn by Rifle regiments with its regimental distinctions. It has the 38th Bn Victorian cap badge and the red piping of that regiment along with the red scarlet cloth button with a bugle device in silver centered with brass Victorian crown buttons. It still retains its original leather chin strap and the liner is complete. No mothing noted. A nice cap.
10th Grenadier Officer Forage Cap c.1881
A good example of the 1881 pattern forage cap for officers of the 10th Bn of Toronto. The Regimental bullion embroidered badge adorns the front of the royal blue cap with a scarlet band wrapped around the sides and a stiff leather peak with a bullion trim. The cloth shows some mothing on the sides but not the front. The interior headband and silk liner remains intact with the Toronto maker label. The crown adorned with an embroidered wood button with lace décor. A very desirable cap, having many illustrations of this pattern in use in the NW Rebellion. These were in use to about 1907.