A scarce WW1 Kitcheners Blues cap, with red piping (as per the Northumberland Fusilier red pagri stripe), a brass other ranks cap badge on lugs, a khaki wallet named in Ink to H L Taylor 12290 9th NF, the cap with a monogramed HT sewn to inside lining, a post war reunion dinner photo (large format mounted on card) B Company 9th Northumberland Fusiliers. B company were the toffs, otherwise known as the Burberry set, and when travelling around often mistaken for officers in mufti, which caused some amusement on occasion as retold in the Battalion Regimental History. The Latter confirms 12290 H L Taylor as embarking with the Battalion in 1915 for France and Flanders and also that he was a member of B Company. Later commissioned in the RAF. An interesting lot of related items which all came together, including a small picture of his gal, found in the lining of the wallet.
A top quality black melton cloth cap with white crown and whiet pipe edge with its original matching gilt cap buttons on fixed shanks and both maker marked Gaunt London, and a fire gilt and enamel collar badge GVI cypher (as also worn on the Forage cap) with two original loops to the reverse and holes match those in the cap lining; secured with a cotter pin. Badge and cap in superb condition with no damage to finish or enamel. Original silk liner and velvet sweat band, minimal wear. Only small sign of damage I can find is at the very back of the cap where there is slight damage to the white felt piping where it meets the back of the cap. Does not detract.
Horsehair plume with brass stem and retaining ring. It also has two black plaid cloth wood lined holders which the brass slider sits in. The wood of one has shattered but the pieces are still in there. The other is undamaged. I suspect these latter pieces are harder to find than the plume itself. Anyway sold as seen, no returns on this item. Reluctant to post overseas without a discussion first about import restrictions given it is horse hair. the plume is about five inches. The brass stem about 2.75 inches so total length just under 8 inches.
An original brass spike for 1878 Home Service Pattern Helmet. In good overall condition some light service wear marks to spike. includes fixing nut.
in good overall condition some light service wear marks to ball. no fixing nut. Second of two listed.
In good overall condition some light service wear marks to ball. no fixing nut. Another one also listed.
Mounted on leather, some stitching repairs otherwise in good condition.
In good condition to the reverse with four of four original fixing loops.
Some moth, minor holes and the odd stain / black paint mark. Despite all these small faults, it is a complete and untouched example with all of its QVC buttons, White worsted Lincoln epaulettes, original white metal collar badges and stencilled in white paint to inner liner "1st Lin" army number "4576" and "7 97" which matches the original dated label which is dated "Sep 1897" and the WD arrow plus measurements. On the leather strap inside the collar, there is an ink annotation " D / 4576" and I think the name "Hill". Billion marksman's badge and single good conduct stripe to bottom left sleeve. White facings. A rare survivor.
Army number 4576 would put the date of enlistment as between 20th January 1896 and 1st May 1897.
Regret unable to post to USA due to textile import restrictions.
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