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.
French 1874 Pattern Cuirassier Cavalry Helmet
Nice original example of a metal body French 19th Century cavalry helmet, its survived in good order with a couple of small knocks to the body, im sure you can see then in the photos, the brass front plate has one ding and a small hole from over polishing, chinstrap is very good, plume is sound but has lost some red colour from age, the horse hair crown is in very good condition. The Medussa head has no issues. The liner is in fine but used condition, looks like the inner peak and tail have had a coat of brown paint.
Victorian Royal Irish Rifles Norfolk Style Patrol
Lovely example of a Royal Irish Rifles Norfolk style Patrol jacket, this jacket has no moth or moth tracking, all buttons are blacked Bone, marked to the RIR with Victorian Crown. Cuffs, shoulder boards and under the collar are light green, body is a very dark green. Front has a pleat from top to the bottom front, running thru top and bottom pockets, there is also a pleat running down the middle of the back,stiff collar has two clouser hooks and a hook device just under the left shoulder board, i belive to take the headgear chords .The shoulder boards have two holes to the bottom, i belive for a rank pip. Inside linning is again in very good condition with no damage, no inside pocket. Inside the pocket i found a leather tab which i blive fits behind the neck clouser hooks to protect the uniform. As mentioned this jacket has survived in wonderfull condition, nap to the cloth is very good with minimal wear. These Norfolk patrol type jackets were found to be practical field jacket and these were the first combat type jackets worn by the British Army, id date this one around mid 1890's. [Thanks Pat for the info]
Early Photo HJ/DJ Members Giving Nazi Salute
Interetsing early photo of some HJ/DJ members standing in front of a monument doing the nazi salute. The leader of this pack on the right seems to be wearing the early cloth peaked HJ cap. Has an Aachen area stamp to the rear. Postage and Packing will be £3.
SS Soldbuch ,Pol.Ausb.Kompanie Wien
SS soldbuch to a member of a training police unit in the Austrian capital, first date in the book seems to be Dec 1944, perhaps this is a reissued item. With this came an extra photo of an SS soldier, i myself did belive it was the same person, younger and a bit more weight, but after posting on the ''WAF'' forum the opinions seem to be a relative, this comes of course with the book. This is not a full combat Soldbuch but as mentioned perhaps a second one , so the pages with info are posted here. This will be reflected in the price not forgeting that this is an SS soldbuch even with the SS scratched out on the front cover.
Rare Austrian Anti-Semitic Postcard. 1938.
Anti-Semitic postcard produced in 1938 in Austria, i belive this was produced before the Annexation and was used as propoganda to vote ''yes'' to the Anschluss with Germany. The card has been sent and has 1938 dated cancellation marks. The condition is very good, some slight storage marks, and the cancellation mark can just be seen coming thru the front, a rare survivor of its time. The writing on the left side i cannot translate and have no idea its meaning.
Knights Cross, 1957 Pattern, Steinhaure and Luck.
This is a three piece 1957 pattern Knights Cross made by the firm Steinhaure and Luck, it has the usual press faults associated with this maker. The condition is really nice with id say nearly 100% black finish to the iron centre, the frame again is in super condition. Suspension ring to the top of the cross is slightly recessed as you would expect to find with an S&L made piece.The ribbon is an original 57 pattern item, seems to have been used to wear the medal at some point .With this cross comes a S&L oakleaf and swords, again this found with the usual faults found with this maker, i have been told this is a cast copy, its marked 800. Also included with this lot is a copy box to keep the item in.The items were together when i found them so im selling as a set, so the price is for the medal and ribbon the other items are a bonus.