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Rare WW1 The Household Battalion Officer's OSD Bronze Cap Badge - Blades Firmin Tablet

Rare WW1 The Household Battalion Officer's OSD Bronze Cap Badge - Blades Firmin Tablet

WW1 War Raised Unit - Reservists from The Household Cavalry, c.1916 - 1918

A large bronze die cast oval badge with two original blades and maker's table Firmin London to the reverse. Circa 5.7cm tall. In excellent condition. Rare.

Strictly not a cavalry regiment, The Household Battalion was raised as an infantry battalion in September 1916 from reservists of the Household Cavalry ( 1st and 2nd Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards ) and served on the Western Front as part of the 4th Division.

K&K, Vol 1, No 733 refers.

D49

Code: 58998

SOLD


Honourable Artillery Company Infantry pair of tall Flaming Grenade Collar Badges

Honourable Artillery Company Infantry pair of tall Flaming Grenade Collar Badges

Die struck collar badges coppery brass in colour with two original long loops the the reverse, a closed matched pair. Each is circa 6.2cm tall. These are a very distinctive pattern as worn by the HAC Infantry only. In very good condition.

A158.2

Code: 57744

35.00 GBP


H.A.C. Honourable Artillery Company Embroidered Grenade

H.A.C. Honourable Artillery Company Embroidered Grenade

An unusual white worsted thread grenade on black outline and in turn on red outline felt backgrounds. I acquired this as an HAC item, always happy to be corrected. Circa 6.5cm tall. In good condition.

Coll.

Code: 57737

45.00 GBP


Honourable Artillery Company ( HAC ) Officers Victorian Waist Belt Clasp ( WBC ), 1855 - 1901

Honourable Artillery Company ( HAC ) Officers Victorian Waist Belt Clasp ( WBC ), 1855 - 1901

A very fine and scarce silver and gilt example, following the pattern worn by the Grenadier Guards, the circlet inscribed “ Honorable Artillery Company ”; mounted on the seeded gilt centre, a silver flaming grenade, the ball of the grenade bearing gilt Crowned VR Cypher, reversed and interlaced. Universal pattern rococo ends. No benchmarks. A little wear gilt highpoints and silver dark toned otherwise excellent condition.

Coll.

Code: 58898

145.00 GBP


Officers Gilt Brass Greatcoat / Cape Cloak Chains

Officers Gilt Brass Greatcoat / Cape Cloak Chains

A lovely pair, with some minor service wear and complete with original chain, clasp and three original horizontal loops to the reverse of each grenade. Worn by regiments such as the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Northumberland Fusiliers, and surprisingly, the Life Guards. This is an early Victorian / Edwardian set.

Comm TeMo

Code: 63773

55.00 GBP


British Army Lieutenant Colonels Bullion Shoulder Strap and Rank Insignia

British Army Lieutenant Colonels Bullion Shoulder Strap and Rank Insignia

A single full dress epaulette with the rank insignia of Lt-Col. in very good condition. Missing retaining button. King's Crown 1902 - 1952.

Comm TeMo

Code: 63772

25.00 GBP


British Army Officers 1881-1901 Levee Dress Waist Belt Clasp and Belt

British Army Officers 1881-1901 Levee Dress Waist Belt Clasp and Belt

Made from red / crimson leather with gilt lace with central red/crimson line and gilded fittings. Gilt buckle with silver lion over crown. The belt buckle is in silver and gilt with a Victorian crown and with gilt fittings. Some slight marks to gilt on either side of the crown otherwise in superb condition.

Comm TeMo

On hold for DH

Code: 63771

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British Army Officers Crimson Red Sash, attributed to MC Winner

British Army Officers Crimson Red Sash, attributed to MC Winner

An officer's red sash with tassels, embroidered neatly to the inside with the owners name, E.W.N. Wade M.C. In good overall condition.

Lt-Col E.W.N. Wade, M.C. won his Military Cross with the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment in WW1. He was also the husband of a famous wife. Read more below!

Eric Wade started his military career in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, surrendering his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th (Militia) Battalion in 1905. With the outbreak of the Great War, as a reservist, he was recalled to the colours and appointed to the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment as a Lieutenant.
The War diary for September 1914 confirms Lieutenant Wade’s arrival with the 3rd reinforcement to the 1st Battalion then in France as part of 11th Brigade of the 4th Division. His MIC confirms his entitlement to a Mons Star with clasp and also the Military Cross, which was earned as Lieutenant with the 1st Hants. After a stint at Staff College in Sept - Oct 1916, he was appointed Brigade Major to 131st Brigade. He continued his career with the Army post war, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in command of the East Yorkshire Regiment. He retired from the Army on age grounds in October 1941. He died in 1956 and was survived by his Wife, Mollie (Nee Ellis), They had one son, Peter Wade, born in 1931, who also served in the Army.
However, his marriage to Mollie Ellis in 1930 following their meeting in Lucknow, is perhaps the most fascinating part of his story. Mollie was taken captive in 1923 at the age of 17 on the North West Frontier of India, following the murder of her mother, and her capture and subsequent ransom was to hit the headlines around the world. Her release 10 days later by the Pathans who took her, following the daring intercession of a nurse Starr is a stirring story in itsself and was told to the BBC in 1979 (see the link which contains this interview - https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1049805551818990&_rd
Mollie revisited the site of her mother’s grave in 1983 at the age of 77. There is a hint that she fell in love with one of her captors, perhaps an early case of Stockholm syndrome! Anyway, she went on to a adopt the role of the model Colonel’s wife. There is a picture of them both on the front cover of the October 1935 Edition of “The Snapper” – The Regimental Journal of the East Yorkshire Regiment (photocopy to be provided along with copies of newspaper extracts, MIC, London Gazette entries and general information on Mollie's exploits as well as Eric's military career).

Comm TeMo

Code: 63770

85.00 GBP


WW1 Embossed Paper Crest 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

WW1 Embossed Paper Crest 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

In good condition. Circa 3cms wide.

The 10th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers was formed at Lurgan, County Armagh in September 1915 from the depot companies of the 9th Battalion as a local reserve Battalion. In January 1916 it moved to Newtownards as part of the 15th (Ulster) Reserve Brigade, returning to Armagh in August 1917. In April 1918, it moved to England, based at Rugeley. May 1918 Absorbed by the 3rd Battalion.

H45

Code: 63769

6.00 GBP


Honourable Artillery Company ( HAC )  White Metal Beret Cap Badge

Honourable Artillery Company ( HAC ) White Metal Beret Cap Badge

Solid die struck in white metal with two loops to the reverse. Depicts the short arms / crest of the HAC. In very good condition and complete in all respects. Circa 3cm wide and 2.5cm tall.

K&K Vol 2 No 2371

Coll

Code: 57926

12.00 GBP