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.
1854 Rucksack (with Repro Y Straps)
The standard issue 1854 Rucksack issued to British Troops in the Crimea and other campaigns of the era. These packs were also standard issued to Canadian Militia in 1856. The black body is sound with some chafing to the surface and a small split in the canvas, it has an internal wood frame, and the missing Y strap has been replaced with a reproduction strap copied from an original. Well marked inside with Broad Arrow and company maker label. Displays well and are hard to find.
Rare RNWMP 1904 Transitional tunic
These Frock Coats with the blue shoulder straps and collar tabs were very crude in their construction. They are a copy of the style worn by British Cavalry units. Often the constables would add material on the collar to prevent chafing from the raw wool construction. This feature is visible on this example. Overall in good condition, a decent size for display, near mint condition, but age is obvious and it has original marked Victorian NWMP buttons with original stitching. Likely buttons were in short supply or the member just preferred the old service title. Not regulation, but definitely all original to the tunic.
War of 1812 Militia Officer Sword Belt
A rare item to be found, it has all of its parts and fittings, most of which display a lions head. I would suggest that such a belt would carry the 1803 Light Infantry Blade and would be used by a member of the Voltigeur or the Glengarry Fencibles, or any other units in green. A rare item.
Airborne Frog No4, Bayonet and Sten Mk V Case Plat
Frog, No. 4 Bayonet, and Case plate retainer, Sten 9-mm. This is colloquially termed “Airborne Frog”, the Case being a small pocket, in which the Sten Mk. V Retainer Plate was carried. When paratroops broke the Sten down, by removing the butt, the plate was inserted to stop the Breech Block and Return spring, etc, falling out. All here, very rare item dated 1945, British Marks. These were issued to the Canadians in the 6th Airborne Div.
Royal Canadian Artillery Other Ranks 1876 Helmet
This helmet is the standard pattern 1876 in white cloth over cork frame. The Badge is correct for the period, having a Victorian crown and marked \"Canada\" and is the only badge that has been mounted on this helmet. The brass chin scale is complete, the leather backing being a bit loose, and the correct ball finial is mounted correctly. The liner is missing, but the helmet is marked with its maker stamp and dated \"1885\" with \"WD\" marking in original ink stamp. Canadian units were issued British Army hand-me-down stock. Early helmets of this type dated are hard to find. A nice example from the year of the NW Campaign.
1860s Rifle Regiment Badge
This badge was used in several configurations. It can be found with mounting screw posts for cartridge boxes, cross belts and has also be seen worn as a cap insignia on both the Kilmarnock cap and the Glengarry cap. Only some small ruminants of the original black paint on this brass cap badge with its original lugs.
92nd Bn CEF Set
The 92nd Battalion (48th Highlanders), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. The 92nd Battalion was authorized on 30 July 1915 and embarked for Britain on 20 May 1916 where the battalion provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 24 January 1917, when its personnel were absorbed by the 5th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion disbanded on 1 September 1917. A full set with all lugs accounted for and a number for the shoulder epaulet.