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Circa WW1 Tin of Soldiers Friend Metal Polish Un-used
Circa WW1 tin of metal polish sold to troops to help keep their equipment in good order. The tin is for “The Soldiers Friend Pearl Plate Paste” and is approximately 6cm in diameter. The lid is printed in black and red. the lid describes the paste as being “for polishing the metallic parts of a soldier’s clothing and equipment”. The soldier is instructed to “rub the paste well on with damp sponge or finger and polish with brass brush”. The rear of the tin has the same instructions printed in black, but has suffered more damage over the years. Inside the tins was a pale pink paste. This paste is virtually dry, and the soldier spat on it to moisten it before using it on his badge and buttons. The paste is similar to the very fine polishes used by jewellers and apparently is of excellent quality. The brand name crept into the slang of the WW1 Tommy and a satirical 1917 book on the subject of language in the trenches recorded it thus:
“Soldiers’ Friend” Metal polish costing three ha’ pence which Tommy uses to polish his buttons. Tommy wonders why it is called “Soldier’s Friend”.
I have not attempted to open it, the vacuum seal is tight and I do not want to damage the tin. It is up to you whether you wish to open it.
Code: 58438Price: 38.50 GBP
BBC DVD - NORMANDY D-Day 6.6.44 (2004) Regions 2 + 4 PAL UK - A well produced BBC documentary with interviews with D-Day veterans from both sides
Watched once, in case of issue. 118 minutes running time, a well produced drama/ biographical documentary as one would expect from the BBC. I guess the most surprising statistic for me was the 20,000 French people who died that day, a casualty statistic which was greater than the Allied and German fatalities combined. All too often they are forgotten in our celebrations of D-Day. In good condition.
Classified as suitable for persons aged 15 and over. Contains scenes of blood and violence.
Code: 58416Price: 5.00 GBP
WW1 Army Gun Barrel Bore Brass Inspection Tool With Mirror - Firmin
Scarce armourers tool (or even an over zealous RSM!) for inspecting the bore of rifles, bren guns, etc. This one is complete and nicely stamped " F&S " and with a W.D. arrow on the barrel and handle. Mirror good . A very rare bit of kit, especially complete and in this condition.
Code: 58367Price: 125.00 GBP
WW1 Arny Identity Discs ( Dog Tags ) to Captain H.L. Gauntlett, Doctor in the RAMC (TF ) Wessex Division
Three stamped fibre-board ID discs to Doctor H.L. Gauntlett, un-numbered since he was a medical officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps ( RAMC ) Territorial Force ( Wessex ). Issued circa 1914 - 15 There are two red brown discs, one with his rank as Lieutenant and the other Captain. Some traces of glue and paper stuck to the blank reverses, otherwise in good condition. Worthy of further research.
WW2 Army Identity Discs ( Dog tags ) issued to A.C. Thomas
A pair of fibre-board ID discs to A. C. Thomas, a recuit ( 14476193 ) in a young soldier' s battalion issued in 1945 - 46 (according to information provided by the vendor). Some glue traces to the blank reverses.
In the unhappy event of decease, one disc was to be buried with the wearer, and the other kept and given to the unit of regimental records for due processing.
Code: 58222Price: 5.00 GBP
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Rifle Brigade Officer 's Hallmarked Silver Whistle & Silver plated Boss - Crimean War Period - Dated 1854
Officer's silver whistle and boss. White metal lion head boss and whistle case hallmarked Birmingham 1854 (Victoria young head and date letter F). Maker's mark on both whistle and and sheaf are J&Co ( Jennens & Co). With four retaining bolts (three matching). Lion head boss badge and chain are unmarked and most probably silver plate. In good condition, some service wear and scratches, whistle still has a nice toot! An early piece.
Code: 57752Price: 185.00 GBP
Black Watch ( The Royal Highlanders ) White Metal Sporran Badge
Good sharp detail with long retaining brass tang to the reverse. Circa 4.1cm tall.
Churchill No 1167 (but in white metal).
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers ( RNF ) / Royal Regiment of Fusiliers ( RRF ) Red over White Hackle - Mint in issue paper
Mint condition with loop for securing in beret behind the cap badge. Worn by RNF until 1968 and the RRF thereafter.
Code: 57257Price: 20.00 GBP
Brass Uniform Button Cleaning Stick - stamped 1125170
Early stick with regimental number stamped into it. Circa 17cm long and 5.5cm wide. Standard pattern. Could do with a light polish.
Code: 57042Price: 8.00 GBP
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