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Victorian Large Royal Artillery (RA) Other Ranks Brass Helmet Plate Badge
Full size die struck yellow brass helmet plate badge and complete with all its fiddley bits, tail ends and horns and orbs etc., including a fully rotating riveted gun wheel. The only damage is missing one top loop and slight fracture to one of the remaining two loops but this is still functional, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 10.5cm tall. Pre 1902.
Victorian / Edwardian Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) Other Rank's Full Dress Helmet Plate Badge
An 1871 pattern other ranks helmet plate in very good condition with four original screw posts to the reverse. These appear to have been slightly shortened for display.
White metal star with a gilt garter and white metal numeral 2 on a black leather background. Circa 12.6 cm tall. Some signs of service wear but overall in very good condition.
1st Volunteer Battalion Leicestershire Regiment Waist Belt Clasp (WBC)
A white metal waist belt clasp, some service wear and polishing to high points, no benchmarks, but matching parts. Scarce.
WW2 era Irish Guards Valise Badge on original leather backing
A brass die struck valise badge with the correct brass box fitting, which has been stamped Firmin London below a letter R and a feint War Office Arrow, in addition it comes on its original black leather star (leather now a bit dry and crackling, I have given it a quick feed with some renaissance wax). The leather has an ink stamp to the reverse BH&G Ltd followed by 1939. Sadly top point of the "leather star" is missing but thebrass badge is in very good condition with sharp detail and it is unusual to find with these on the leather and with this amount of makers' information.
WW2 Printed Loyals ( Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ) Pattern Card
A scarce WWII printed white on red shoulder title, "Loyals" still affixed to a Chief Inspectorate of Clothing 27th March 1943 dated working pattern card. The reverse has the original wax seal and a company notation (A James & Co Limited). One corner crease to top right of card otherwise in very good condition.
Victorian Warwickshire Regiment Militia / Volunteer Battalion Officer 's Silver Plated Helmet Plate, 1880 - 1902
A star of eight points, the topmost point displaced by a Victorian crown. On this a laurel wreath. Within the wreath a strap inscribed the garter motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense. In the centre the regimental device of the Warwickshire Regiment, an antelope with a coronet around its neck and chain attached standing on a torse on a black velvet cloth background. An applied scroll below: "The Royal Warwickshire Regiment". Interesting there is no battalion number, could this be militia?
All in silver plate with all three original loops to the reverse. Circa 12.1cm tall. In good condition with some minor tarnish, mainly to top left star point and middle left star point slightly bent. Generally could do with taking apart and given a gentle clean.
A fascinating WW2 group of medals, cloth and paperwork to R. Bachelor ATS
As mounted, presumably for display in a frame, now removed. A superb collection to this long serving female member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service ( ATS ) of her mementos of service throughout WW2. It includes a formation sign combination of Northern Home Counties 1st Pattern of a green apple on a blue diamond with a ATS Signals Section White over Blue with the numeral 2 in black still attached to original uniform backing, an ATS lanyard, a printed Anti-Aircraft battery formation sign, a 5 year war service strip with an extra strip added to make it 6 years, a Defence and War Medal unnamed as issued, a fibre ID disk dog tag named to ATS W12134 R.C. (Roman Catholic) VOL (volunteered) Bachelor, R., two pieces of original paperwork, one a permission to be absent from camp stamped GHQ Home Forces Signals, No 7 London District Group, and the other a permit for entering to Central Ordnance Depot and finally, a photo of a woman soldier in her lorry cab, presumably Bachelor herself. Worthy of further research, a totally original untouched group.
More photos on request.
Original WW2 era Australian Militia slouch hat puggaree, scarce
The puggaree has been worn on the Australian slouch hat since it was adopted in 1903. For many years a coloured fold in the puggaree was used to designate units however, this was abandoned shortly after the Second World War. While clothing regulations state the puggaree was to have seven folds, puggarees with less than this were made and issued. The puggarees used by colonial military forces prior to Federation varied in the number of their folds.
Prior to the outbreak of war the Australian Army was split into the small full-time Permanent Military Forces (PMF) and the larger part-time Militia. Following the outbreak of war, on 14 September 1939 Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that 40,000 members of the Militia would be called up for training and a 20,000-strong expeditionary force, designated the Second Australian Imperial Force (Second AIF), would be formed for overseas service. Meanwhile, conscription was introduced in October 1939 to keep the Militia at strength as its members volunteered for the AIF.
Size 6 5/8 marked to the inside. Some unfortunate moth damage, but would make your old WW2 slouch hat look totally authentic. The hat on which it is displayed is not for sale with this puggaree. The puggaree band only is for sale here.
Regret unable to post to USA due to textile import restrictions.
Queen Alexandra 's Royal Army Nursing Corps ( QARANC ) White Metal Waist Belt Clasp ( WBC ) Buckle
Queen 's crown maker marked on reverse Hobson & Son ( London ) Ltd, matching parts in very good condition. Circa 9cm wide and 5.5cm tall.
A moment in time, the huge mine is denotated on the 1st July 1916 Somme
A large press photo of the moment when the mine tunneled under the Hzeawthorn Redoubt, ten minutes prior to zero and the assault on Beamount Hamel, 1st July 1916. The size of the explosion is quite extraordinary. Circa 8.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Some impression damage to the sky and and corner and edge damage, but on the whole in reasonable condition.
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