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Mid Victorian Antique Large Bone Paper Knife ( Page Turner ) - Attributed to Major Francis Woodley Horne, 7th Hussars, Indian Mutiny Casualty

Mid Victorian Antique Large Bone Paper Knife ( Page Turner ) - Attributed to Major Francis Woodley Horne, 7th Hussars, Indian Mutiny Casualty

Regimental / military 19thCentury ivory paper knife ( incorrectly categorised as a page turner - see url link below which dismisses the concept of a page turner, which is a modern invention of auction sale rooms). Paper knifes were blunt to prevent damage when separating the uncut pages of books, periodicals and newspapers which prior to 1900 often were sold with some or all of their pages uncut. For condition see photos, some wear and minor stain on reverse. Circa 12 inches long.

This ivory paper knife has been neatly monogrammed FWH 7th Hussars. Francis Woodley Horne was promoted a Major in the H.M. 7th Hussars on 14 August 1857. He
served with the Regiment during the Indian Mutiny. He was entitled to Medal and Clasp Lucknow (his medal is in a private collection). He was killed in the Indian Mutiny, in a reckless cavalry charge at the Battle on the River Raptee, 29th Dec 1858.
Sir William Russell, the commanding officer of the 7th, was put in command of a cavalry force sent to pursue Nana Sahib. His force included the 7th, 1st Punjab Cavalry and RHA. The 7th were split into two wings of 2 squadrons each, Major Francis Horne led 3rd and 4th squadrons and Russell led 1st and 2nd. The enemy were forced out of a jungle, pursued over a plain and down to the River Raptee. The RHA were held up by a wide and difficult nullah but the cavalry continued. The rebels crossed by a ford but it was covered by Nana's artillery. Russell and his squadrons had to dash along the river to the next ford, under a heavy fire from enemy guns. Horne's men were already there and the order to charge was given. They galloped into the river but met with great difficulties in the form of submerged rocks, trees and holes in the riverbed. When Russell arrived he tried to halt the charge but many casualties had been sustained including Major Horne who was missing. His body was found later under the trunk of a tree with two dead sowars clasped in his arms. Two other privates of the 7th were found dead in a similar way, indicating how various death struggles had occurred in the treacherous waters. It was here that the wounded Captain Fraser won his VC when he swam out to a sand-bank in the river to rescue Captain Sisted and two others.

There is a memorial commemorating him in St. Andrew's Church, Church Road, Little Berkhamsted, East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire, SG13 8LS.

I will also provide a copy of the summary of his Will.

See here for the history of paper knifes:

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-mystery-of-the-phantom-page-turner/

Given this is probably made of ivory I am only prepared to post this to a UK address unless there are rules which permit me to post it to destinations outside of the UK. Please email me to discuss.

D78

Code: 59157

125.00 GBP


Flare Pistol / Gun - Relic Condition

Flare Pistol / Gun - Relic Condition

An absolute monster in the hand and of considerable weight. The flare pistol was a feature of every day life in the trenches but this one looks larger than those found as issued to the British Army with a 1.5 inch muzzle. Possibly a naval issue recovered from the seabed. This is completely seized up so no need for a firearms licence and I cannot see any markings. Painted with black paint to preserve it. A truely stunning item. Any additional information welcome.

Sorry, due to the considerable weight and nature of the item, I am only able to post it to a UK address. 18 + only. Proof of age required.

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Code: 63462

120.00 GBP


WW1 Hallmarked Silver ID Bracelet - Signaller later 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Harry Lambert - Rifle Brigade

WW1 Hallmarked Silver ID Bracelet - Signaller later 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Harry Lambert - Rifle Brigade

A superb item, engraved silver Identity bracelet on its original chain, fully functional. Reverse has the hallmarks for London assay office with the date letter 'a' (1916) and maker's details "M. Bros". Also sterling lion marks to clasp. The obverse is neatly engraved "Signaller Gerald H. Lambert, 4562, 13th Batt Rifle Brigade, RC (Roman Catholic)."

His MIC (copy to be supplied) confirms his full name and number, his entitlement to a 1914-15 trio and his date of entry into France & Flanders as 29th July 1915. It also confirms his subsequent commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 51st (Graduated Battalion), The Rifle Brigade. Worthy of further research, not checked to see if his papers are available.

The 13th (Service) Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur-Mer as part of the 111th Brigade in the 37th Division in July 1915 for service on the Western Front. The battalion saw action at the Battle of Loos in September 1915, the Battle of the Somme in Autumn 1916 and the advance to the Hindenburg Line as well as the Battle of Arras in April 1917, the Battle of Passchendaele in Autumn 1917 and the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 before taking part in the Battle of the Lys in April 1918, the Third Battle of the Aisne in May 1918, the Second Battle of the Somme in August 1918, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Picardy.

The 51st (Graduated) Battalion of The Rifle Brigade was, up to 27 October 1917, known as 237th Graduated Battalion and had no regimental affiliation. Before that it had been 19th Battalion of the Training Reserve and up to September 1916 had been the 14th (Reserve) Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (see above). A training unit based at Welbeck, it was part of 206th Brigade in 69th Division. It moved in January 1918 to Aldershot, and went on next month to Ipswich and from June 1918 was at Foxhall Heath.

Comm BoHa (69)

Code: 63441

75.00 GBP


Royal Sussex Regiment Brass Bed / Duty Plate - Attributed

Royal Sussex Regiment Brass Bed / Duty Plate - Attributed

A brass bed foot duty plate embossed with the regimental badge of the Royal Sussex Regiment with the number 6397174 and name W.Appletard impressed below. Maker marked F. Narborough / Birmingham on the reverse. Some staining and marks to front but otherwise in very good condition.

Comm SiSa (19)

Code: 63435

28.00 GBP


Decoratively Hand Carved Indian Northumberland Fusiliers Wooden Smoking / Cigar Box

Decoratively Hand Carved Indian Northumberland Fusiliers Wooden Smoking / Cigar Box

Large decorative box with the St George killing the dragon and the motto V Northumberland Fusiliers below. Carved with other dragons and embellishments to side. Lining wood insert in good condition but absent to one side. Hinges functional but key for lock is missing. I have seen another such box to the London Scottish and it had its maker's label. It was identical in design and size the this box except to a different regiment. The maker is given as Canemede, Wood Carver and Papier Machie Maker, Shinagar, Kashmir. A photocopy of the photo confirming these details will be supplied. cannot imagine how much a hand carved box of this quality would cost today. Circa 27.5cm by 17cm by 9cm. A few little nibbles to the edges and the design plus small amount of damage to back corner, but 8 out of 10 condition.

Please note unable to post outside of UK.

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Code: 53490

75.00 GBP


Large Hand Painted Wooden Shield to the Northumberland Fusiliers

Large Hand Painted Wooden Shield to the Northumberland Fusiliers

A large wooden shield which I imported from Canada many years ago. Apparently it was displayed in a military college in Canada. The WW1 pattern cap badge has been beautifully recreated in oils. The No '43' below is a mystery but perhaps had a relevance when displayed in the college which I cannot discern. Very slight damage to one flame tip on badge, otherwise from the front has a really good look to it. On the reverse, one corner has damage but this does not translate through to the front nor detract. Drilled for mounting on the wall. No wood worm damage. A one off unique item. Circa 29cm tall and 28.5cm wide. The penny is included on one of the photos to give a sense of scale.

Please note would prefer to post to a UK address unless by prior arrangement.

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Code: 63294

95.00 GBP


Copy / Theatre Made Commando Fighting Knife

Copy / Theatre Made Commando Fighting Knife


A home made version of a Commando fighting knife with scabbard. A crude looking thing but if anybody has attempted to make a knife a lot of skill is involved / access to good machinery such as a lathe. File marks to diamond shaped blade, metal leather covered scabbard, a lot of wear to the surface of the leather finish, tipped with a brass chape. Possibly of Indan manufacture. Could be theatre made (unlikely), but also could have been made as a project by somebody (probable).

Will only post to a UK address upon receipt of proof of age (18+). A collectable / curiousity. I have had it over 40 years but this does not make it any more original - just that it was not made yesterday and it is a one off. Bought as seen, no returns on this item. Price on application by email only please.

See here for more information on these oddities

https://www.fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com/variants.html

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Code: 63280

Price
on
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1 RTR British Army Stainless Steel Folding Jack Knife Joseph Rodgers Sheffield Maker - Attributed

1 RTR British Army Stainless Steel Folding Jack Knife Joseph Rodgers Sheffield Maker - Attributed

Cold War Stainless Steel Folding Jack Knife (1950s - 1980s). Some surface scratches to body and main blade, otherwise in good used condition, not oiled recently so a bit stiff but fully functional with a good 'click back' to the blade. The body of the blade has been stippled with the owners details in three places as '1 RTR' (1st battalion Royal Tank Regiment) and " 860 McKale" on the case and along the spine. The "860" presumably the last three numbers of his army number.

This is a genuine British army vintage folding jack knife.

All metal, stainless steel body:

Blade: Lambfoot
Blade Length: sub 3 inches - 2.75"
Knife Length Closed: 3.75"
Can Opener
Key Ring
Screwdriver tip.

Stamped in three lines on blade:
* + / JOSEPH RODGERS / SHEFFIED, ENGLAND"
And on the case:
"OIL THE JOINTS"

Well built and heavy.

Will post to a UK address only and proof of age (18+) required.

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Code: 63267

18.00 GBP


WW1 1916 Hudson & Co British Army NCOs White Metal Whistle

WW1 1916 Hudson & Co British Army NCOs White Metal Whistle

A good example of the pattern issued to NCO's. Made by J. Hudson of Birmingham with clear 1916 stamp. Scarcer than the officer's pattern.

Code: 53514

75.00 GBP


Welsh Guards Other Ranks Brass Waist Belt Clasp (WBC), QEII issue

Welsh Guards Other Ranks Brass Waist Belt Clasp (WBC), QEII issue

Matched and fits together well, some polishing to detail on highpoints of badge in centre, only to be expected from a smart guardsman.

D80.2

Code: 61169

15.00 GBP