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.
1903 Pattern 7 Button Khaki Field Tunic
Offered is a good example of the standard 1903 Canadian tunic with 7 GS Canada buttons on the front fly, pleated pockets, standard Canada maple leaf collar dogs, blue cloth removable epaulet panels with brass Canada titles, wound stripe, good conduct stripe and trio ribbon bar. Marked C broad arrow inside the left panel. These tunics are model off the standard scarlet Canadian 1896 frock tunics. Minor mothing is found on the lower right skirt and the right cuff. A strip of discoloration along the back would indicate storage or display near a window. Overall a good example of this tunic.
Honorary Captain D.A. Hegarty Canadian Chaplain Se
This chaplain uniform is complete with all the affects, including his BD pants, BD tunic with insignia to 3rd Div, Chaplain collars, forge cap and beret with Officer badges to the service, and photocopy of service papers and newspaper clippings. Pictures of him are found in the clippings. His record finds him initially in England on duty at various hospitals, transferred to France late July 1944 with 4th Div HQ. Stationed at Field Hospitals and then moved to front line duty in time for Antwerp and Holland. He was under fire a few times and ended the war with 3rd Div HQ. His 1944 dated tunic reflects his last posting and is named. His small brief case is full of bibles, sashes and his rosary, among other things. He was with the church post war and was involved with the recovery of the bodies of the 17th century Missionaries at St Marie Among the Huron site in Ontario. An important find and reinternment. Lots of info and a great artifact to a Chaplain who saw some action in WWII. A great addition to a very important service.
Early Canadian White Metal Shako Plate c.1861
This is the first pattern Shako plate issued to Canadian Militia for the 1855 and 1861 Shakos. Few Companies or Battalions could afford to purchase unit specific plates. This was generic issue from M&D to probably 90% of the force in the early 1860s and 70s. Brass versions of this badge started to appear in the 1870s for the transition to this preferred metal and were worn on the 1869 Shakos. Lugs are missing.
Rare 1901 Navy Cutlass
Here is a fine example of the final pattern Royal Navy OR Cutlass introduced in 1901 without scabbard. These blades were produced in small numbers by Wilkinson Sword. Maker marked and with inspector stamps, the blade is in good condition with some darkened areas top of the blade. The hilt and grip is complete and tight. A nice example.
1828 Scottish Sword to the 93rd (Sutherland Highla
Offered is a typical 1828 Scottish Officer sword with the etching of the royal VR cypher, floral filigree and the designation and battle honors of the 93rd Foot. The Battle Honors include: Cape of Good Hope Sevastopol Balaklava Alma This would date this blade in the post Crimea era and may have been used in the Indian Mutiny. This regiment fought in the Mutiny in 1857. The blade is in decent condition, showing wear, but no nicks or corrosion. The hilt is in similar condition, with an ergonomically canted fish skin covered grip wired tight, with a solid fit to the blade. No leather hilt liner, tassels or scabbard. Was this blade carried by a member who participated in the "Thin Red Line" at Balaclava? We will never know.
1803 Light Infantry Sword
The 1803 Light Infantry sword is a classic Officer's side arm of the Napoleonic Wars. Its leather scabbard, with blue and gilt blade and intricate gilt lion head hilt are a work of art and many collectors prize them as the most spectacular in their collection. They just speak to the handler the era of King George and Wellington. Used in both the Spanish and Belgian campaigns, it was also used in North America in the war against the United States in 1812. This particular example has a gradual curve to the blade, some having very exaggerated sweeps depending on the maker. The blade is etched with the crown and coat of arms with the Kings cypher GR, all blued and gilded. The gilt on the etching is mostly lost, but the blue is still sharp and pronounced and the etching clear and readable. The blade is in overall good condition. The hilt retains about 70% of its gilt and is in great condition with the typical lion head pommel and a wire wrapped shark or ray skin grip. The scabbard has all of its components, the leather supple, but the seam is now loose and open. The maker mark is clearly etched on the back of the blade with JJ Runkle Soligen, one of the best sword makers in Europe, a favorite of the officer class and a prolific makers of fine blades during this period. An over all pleasing example with an undamaged blade.
Antique 1855 Pattern British Navy Percussion Pisto
Offered is the standard pistol for the British Navy before the introduction of the revolver. This pattern is a must for any British firearms collection. The barrel is in good condition with a pleasant patina, inspector marked and with a swivel ram rod. The wood is in excellent condition and the brass fittings are all there and original to the piece. The action works and the lock plate is marked VR with crown and date. A nice example.
Antique British .450 Martini Henry Mark I Rifle 18
This is the famous Martini Henry Rifle of Zulu War fame, dated 1873 just before that campaign. A well used example with some wear and discolouring to the wood stock. The barrel and frame retain some of the original bluing, and the barrel rifling is with some wear. The action is crisp and tight. The metal and wood have the appropriate markings and inspector stamps. The sling is period and the bayonet has a clean blade and well marked, dated '73. The scabbard is in good overall condition. A nice example that looks to have some good service life behind it. This is an Antique Firearm and does not require a PAL to purchase.