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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.
Are You The Man? - Original 1950s / Early 1960s Recruiting Leaflet for the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
An attractive and clever recruiting leaflet which effectively folds out to make two sides of A3. Late 1950s / early 1960s vintage recruiting leaflet. It includes a history of the regiment since its earliest days and details about service and pay, guaranteeing no "spud bashing" as electric potato peelers have been provided to the Cooks and tank drivers could look forward to £6-2-6 a week minimum on a 6 year engagement in the Irish Hussars. How things have changed, this would not be enough to cover one hour of the minimum way today!
WW2 Home Front Air Raid Patrol Warden Bakelite Door Sign - ARP
Vintage Bakelite sign with two holes drilled in it for fixing to a door. A great home Front collectable for your study door! Some wear to white lettering and a old sellotape mark. I have chosen not to clean it. In good condition otherwise. Blank reverse. 15cm by 7.5cm.
A Commemorative Boer War Pipe of the City Imperial Volunteers ( CIV )
A clay pipe-bowl in the form of the bust of a C.I.V. Trooper in slouch-hat (no stem). Tobacco / smoked stained patina to clay, with some old chips and chunks out of slouch hat. London made and marked. Scarce.
The City Imperial Volunteers (as they are usually known) or C.I.V. were raised by the Lord Mayor in December 1899 to fight in the Boer War in South Africa. Donations were received from City Livery Companies, bankers and City and West End firms.
Recruits, who were aged between 20 and 30, enlisted for one year. They were all granted the Freedom of the City of London and embarked for South Africa on 13, 20 and 29 January 1900 with another draft in July 1900. They returned home in October 1900 and were disbanded.
Not suitable to smoke today, this is now a collectable.
A Gentleman in Khaki Vintage Boer War Brass Trivet
A rare item to find, in brass and 22cm long and good used condition, with signs of polishing. Its one defect is a single and small old edge split in the brass near gun butt that has not gone through and the structure is still strong (see photo).
Originally used for standing hot irons on, this would now look good mounted on a wall for display.
A Superb WW2 Civil Defence ARP Lady Warden Set as worn by Miss Bell of Edinburgh
A wonderful set including armlet, breast badge, warden shoulder titles and CD yellow whistle lanyard with whistle (Arrow and dated 1945). Together with her Air Raid Warden ID card - issued to Miss E G Bell of 10 W. Annendale St, Edinburgh. Of Scottish interest.
WW2 Home Front - Supplementary / Street Fire Party ( SFP ) Arm Band (painted)
Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, no uniforms were envisaged for any civilians volunteering for fire prevention duties, and in August 1940 Supplementary Fire Parties ( SFP ) were organised by the fire brigades and a blue cloth armlet with the red letters SFP were issued. This was extended in September 1940 by ARP wardens to include Street Fire Parties. This armlet was the forerunner of the later Fire Guard armlet.
This version has the letters painted in red paint and there has been some a small smear of red paint inadvertently applied to the reverse. In good condition otherwise with no moth, holes or tears.
WW2 era ARP Air Raid Precautions Shell Dressing Bandage
Unopened and presumed therefore to be in good condition. Dated march 1939. Issued by Home office.
WW2 Home Front Air Raid Precautions Warden ( ARP ) Bakelite Door Sign
Vintage bakelite sign with two holes drilled in it for fixing to a door. A great home Front collectable for your study door! Some wear to white lettering. In good condition otherwise. Blank reverse but with some paper residue. 15cm by 7.5cm.
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