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.
British 1903 Pattern Khaki Tunic
Offered is the standard post South African War tunic for the British forces that remained in service well into the first world war. This tunic was used in the colonies i.e. India and Africa prior to the war, and in places like Persia and Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other temperate locations during the war. It has the general service buttons, sergeant stripes and all of the correct features to the pattern, including first aid dressing pocket. There is some fraying on the back collar, soiling and stains from use on operations. A solid example that is WD marked and illustrated in Clive Laws book "Scarlet to Khaki" (Pg 179).
Victorian Officer\'s Life Guards Household Caval
A magnificent original Life Guard Officer Helmet with silver washed helmet shell and gilt insignia and fittings. The shell has silver plate that has tarnished over time but none has worn away, just requires a light careful cleaning to bring its luster back. All of the fittings and the Helmet plate badge are gilt, retaining about 95+% overall. The correct velvet lined large officer's chin scales are in fine condition and the original officer's helmet liner is in overall good condition, with a bit of the silk puling away from the leather for 5 or 6 inches. The plume is the early correct long white horse hair plume with large rosette fitting atop the post. The enamel on the helmet plate central garter star is 100% and is a stunning example of these fine helmets. If you want the most elaborate Dragoon helmet for the 1880s - 90s to add to your headgear collection this is one of the best examples you can find. untampered with and in brilliant shape.
Victorian Mounted Rifles Volunteer Bn 1847 Dragoon
Offered here is a prime example of a helmet in the 1847 style been issued to a Volunteer unit well into the 1870s. This ornate pattern of helmet was obsolete in the regular army by 1871, replaced by the more simplified version of the same helmet style. This is a fine example, near mint condition with the correct chin scales, liner, parts and badge. No obvious dents, near new looking liner, and a beautifully ornate badge. Mounted units of the Volunteer Force were active from 1859 to 1901, after which the surviving units were incorporated into the Imperial Yeomanry.
1750\'s British Line Infantry hanger
Here we offer an early Other Ranks sword that dates to the American Revolution. This is the typical style used by line infantry with a steel 3 bar hilt with a solid brass grip. These hangers were carried on the soldier's cross belt with the bayonet. The blade has the sword smith maker mark with image of the running fox and SH initials, a common mark of this era. The steel hilt is unique to certain regiments, but cannot be identified without unit markings. Most of these blades had brass hilts with wood grips wrapped in leather, making this a unique variant. The blade shows some signs of polishing and repair. The tip was badly corroded and shaved down at some point in its life to preserve the sword, taking away from its original shape to some degree. The thin fuller runs most the length of the blade. A nice example of a sword worn by British soldiers in the French Indian Wars and Revolution in North America. Some soldiers would discard these hangers and replace them with hatchets on their belts, a far more useful tool.
Custom 1803 Flank Company Sword by Totham
Offered here is a rare version of the 1803 Flank Company sword for a junior officer with a fighting blade and original scabbard. The plain stirrup hilt sports a horse head rather than a lion with 30% of its gilt still present. The grip is chocolate brown leather tight to the wood frame with decorative wire wrap in excellent condition. The scabbard has 80% of its original gilt on the hangers and the drag, maker marked on the tang Totham. The 32" plain steel blade has very minor staining on the overall very clean steel blade with its original point, an otherwise nice plain blade for fighting in the field. The hilt is unique, the blade well curved and thinner than the normal 1803, making it lighter. A unique sword.
Custom 1796 Light Cavalry Officer Saber to an Iris
This is a beautifully preserved custom made sword and scabbard made by Archer of Dublin. The Scabbard is ornately decorated with floral design, a George II cypher and Irish harp, with clear maker's mark. The blade is near mint condition well etched. A masterpiece to add to any collection of Napoleonic era or Cavalry Swords.
1854 Volunteer Rifle Officer\'s Presentation Swo
A wonderful presentation sword to Capt J Aiken of the 57th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers dated Oct 27, 1866. The scabbard and the sword blade is beautifully etched and in perfect condition. The hilt is custom made with floral filigree and detailing. The blade is engraved with the presentation details in banners across one side of the blade and the standard VR cypher on the opposing side. This is a rare one of a kind sword, and if you want a copy of this model, you could not find a better example.
The Royal Dragoons 1847 Albert Pattern Officer\'
This fine example has its original gilding and screw posts on the obverse. A beautiful Crimea era plate. The regiment, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel John Yorke, took part in the charge of the heavy brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854 during the Crimean War. This pattern of plate was worn on the Albert Helmet without the plume at that time.