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.
German S98/05 Pattern Sawback Removed Bayonet. Mau
One of the 60,000 sawback bayonets produced by the Mauser firm. This very nice example has had the sawback removed with the blade in close to perfect condition with sharp makers details to the top of the blade and the spine having clear details including a 1916 date. The cross guard and pommel have taken on a dark patina, flash guard has some minor knocks as usually found on these WW1 period items, top button in working order and a clear inspection mark can be found to the top. Wooden grips are nice with minor bruising and one minor crack near the back screw. The steel scabbard has all its factory finish except for under the leather frog and is a matching marked Mauser produced example. The frog is a very nice period example, supple with tight stitching and clear makers details for a firm from Berlin, some one has scratched there name to the back. All in all a very nice example and even better being a matching set! NOT FOR SALE TO UNDER 18's AND UK ONLY!
RAD Leaders Dagger.Eickhorn.
This is a British Veterans bring back that the soldier Denazified. The condition is good. The plate has lifted in one area of th handle from appears to be damp over a number of years, other than this the rest of the daggers finish is intact with only minor bubbling. The handle has one small chip which might well have been period, no cracks. The blade is nice with clear motto and makers details, no sharpening and tip is complete, only minor staining.Owners intiails to the back cross guard. Scabbard has no dents and both hanging loops present, minor staining, both screws present. So a well used example and its a shame about the swastika but we all know that veterans did this from time to time. As an added note this was brought in yesterday by a gent who found it in his great aunts house behind a chair after she passed away, he was 18, that was over 20 years ago so its new to the market.
Large J.E.Middleton Bowie Knife. 10 Inch Blade.
This bowie measures from tip to pommel 15 inches. The horn handle has no damage, brass cross guard is in fine condition. The blade has a clear makers mark and has not been sharpened other that its factory edge, couple of tiny pin head stains only. Nice clean example. Comes with its original scabbard with RM stamping. NOT FOR SALE TO UNDER 18's AND UK ONLY!
Jodhpur City Volunteer Corps Dagger.
A good allround example that is clearly marked to both sided of the blade, handle has one knock to the skull handle and some slight finish wear.Blade has not been sharpened with the only loss of finish to the tip to one side. No scabbard! NOT FOR SALE TO UNDER 18's AND UK ONLY!
WW1 M16 Steel Helmet.
This example has been painted black at some point, i would guess for use by WW2 Rescue services. The original factory finish can be seen under the black overpaint,inside crown has not been paint black, shell is solid. One front pin has been replaced by a rivet of sorts, the other two are the original factory examples. Liner is the early type with two pads remaining, both still have the pockets underneath but pillows have gone,WW1 veterans name to one pad. Neat WW2 period liner repair to the front. Chinstrap is solid and supple enough. Maker mark can not be made out due to the black paint.
German Army M40 Combat Helmet.
A well used example thats had at least two diffrent coats of field paint during the war, its also had two decals applied, first decal has a good gold tone but even though its an ET made helmet the rear Lot number cannot be made out so im not certain if its a KM! The inside leather liner is complete and in supple condition with its original string tie. The steel liner band is tight to the shell, the pins have not been messed with.I have not tried to read the date or maker on the band.
WW1 Named South Staffs Cased Binoculars and Trench
As used by a Private Gamson a South Staffs signaller during the year 1915 in France, the case is named twice with his details and interestingly its recived a coat of dark green paint to the front, sides and top. The binoculars are the civilian type found used during the early years due to the shortage of optics for the British army. The Binoculars are in nice condition with clear optics but one lens is slightly out when focusing, Gamson has used a leather cord as a neck strap. The letter was sent by Gamson from France in 1915 to his sweetheart in South Wales. Ganson was invalided home in 1915 with rheumatic fever.
British Homefront Medical Rescue Helmet, 1939.
Here's a variant that ive never seen before being a 1939 dated Rescue Helmet with Medical Red Cross painted to the front and back. The black finish is around 80% complete , this black has been painted over what was once an early Army helmet with the early pattern liner. The liner is dated 1938 and the helmet being 39 dated. I would rate the condition as very good.