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French M1822 Brass Firemans Helmet With Red Mounted Combe and Liner. HE 863 - HE 863
A French M1822 brass Fireman's helmet and liner. The fire service in France is known as Sapeurs-Pompiers. Sapeur means "sapper" and refers to the 1st official fire fighting unit created by Napoleon I which was part of the military engineering arm. Pompier (fire fighter) etymologically comes from the concept of pumping (water) and refers to the manual pumps that were originally used. This brass helmet is in excellent condition and is complete with the very ornate hand worked leather and brass broad chin strap, leather liner and thick leather sweat band. It is badged on the front, see the close up inset. The brass combe on the top is secured with 5 dome headed brass nuts and bolts. The brass peak and neck flap are both edged in folded brass. It is in very good condition, and is ornately worked with a display of leaves and berries. The combe is topped with a red dyed combe which runs from the back to the front. The leather chin strap is secured with two 2 1/4" rotating rosettes, one either side and is covered in a brass cover either side with very ornate design. The inside has a brown leather liner and drawstring and a metal inner liner. This is a very striking French M1822 Fireman's Brass helmet, in excellent condition and complete. The price includes UK delivery. HE 863
£1,500.00

VERY RARE, SUPERB, ORIGINAL, C1817 British Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Silvered Metal Helmet With Bearskin Mounted Combe, Helmet Plate & Link Chin Strap With 1821 Pattern Life Guards Cuirass Breast & Back Armour Complete With Wood Display Stand. - 13743
The British Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. They are the oldest and most senior Regiments in the British Army. This is a superb C1817 British Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Helmet (an identical helmet is featured on the title page of the book ‘Military Headdress’ by Rankin). It has a silvered metal skull with gilt fittings, leather backed link chin strap & combe with bear skin crest (the fur of the bearskin is delicate and great car should be taken when dusting to prevent malting). Gilt leaves decorate the back and sides of the skull. Lion’s head bosses each side support the leather backed ornate plate link chin straps with buckle. It has a very ornate original ‘sun ray’ helmet plate with heraldic Royal arms and battle honours ‘Waterloo & Peninsula’. It has a leather sweatband which is clean & intact. This helmet is as found and uncleaned, professionally cleaned it would look even more spectacular. In the early 19th Century, the Lifeguards were equipped with chest and back armour known by the French term ‘ cuirass’ (cuirasse). 1821 Pattern Life Guards Cuirass ( Armour ) were issued to the Life Guards for the coronation of King George IV in 1821, this pattern of cuirass has remained unchanged for over 180 years and is worn by the Life Guards today. While 1821 was the date for the official introduction of the cuirass to the Life Guards there was a brief use of cuirasses during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1814 the 2nd Life Guards wore cuirasses when they were reviewed by the Prince Regent, with the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Russia in attendance. It has been suggested this was the same pattern but evidence is inconclusive. The helmet is accompanied by the original 1821 pattern armour with which it was found. Made of thick steel with padded leather lining the curved breast plate and back armour is linked by a bullion leather strap with buckle and ornate link plate shoulder straps which fit to lugs on the breast plate. The edges of the armour have the correct large brass studs. The armour is 19” tall (to the shoulder) and it fits approx 40” chest (over a jacket as it would have been worn). The armour is curved with vertical ridge to provide strength and has a flared waist. The armour has no damage or dents and just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer, date or Regiment marks on either the helmet or armour. This Lifeguards helmet and armour piece is accompanied by the wooden display stand on which it was found. Price for this impressive piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13743
£3,250.00

WW2 Era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet. Sn 13675 - 13675
This is an excellent, original WW2 era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet as used by DAK troops in the Africa & Italy campaigns. One side of the helmet is mounted with its original metal shield badge with enamelled German National colours. The other side has the Nazi Army DAK metal shield badge with silver coloured ‘Eagle with Swastika’ on a black enamel background . The helmet is complete with clean leather sweatband and leather chinstrap. The liner is impressed with a crisp manufacturer’s triangular cartouche (illustrated). The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light areas of wear to the brim edge consistent with age and service use.. The crown of the helmet has the correct brass vent. It is approx. UK size 7 1/2. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13675
£595.00

Nazi German / WW2 Era, City Police Shako By G.Posse Berlin. Sn 13676 - 13676
This is an excellent original Nazi Era/ WW2 City Police Shako. The Shako has a green felt covering with a pair of wire mesh vents on either side. It has an impressive, large stamped aluminum Nazi Police Eagle with swastika and Oak leaf wreath on the front along with a detachable metal cockade with original black & red paint. It has black leather chinstrap and it's swivel chin strap bales are present.It has a black flat top, visor and neck protector. It is complete with its brown leather sweatband with leather cord. The sweatband is nicely ink stamped '43/832'. The crown of the Shako has manufacturer's paint mark ‘G.Posse Berlin' in bold lettering and size '55' (approx UK size 6) . This excellent piece is undamaged with all covering in tact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13676
£575.00

WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel Helmet With Bronzed Badge, Liner and Chin Strap. Sn 13637 - 13637
This is a WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel helmet, complete with bronzed badge to the front, leather liner and leather chin strap. It has a steel comb to the top which is secured with four dome headed rivets. The edge has a folded seam. To the front it has a Belgian Fire Service bronzed badge. Inside the helmet is has a black leather liner with brass eyelets, a drawer string and leather chin strap. The chin strap is secured on one side but the metal wire loop is missing from the other side. This is a complete helmet in very good undamaged condition. The outside is free of dents. The helmet retains about 98% of the original paint on the outside. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13637u
£225.00

Boxed WW2 American Naval Commanders Service cap and Two Covers, Size 7 1/2. HE 864 - HE 864
A boxed original WW2 American Naval Commander's Service Visor cap and two spare covers, named to Commander G. Y. Wilkins and manufactured by Berkshire Flex. As per the 1941 'minimum outfit' requirements, Navy officers were to purchase 2 caps, 1 rain cover, 1 blue cover, 3 white covers, and 2 khaki covers. Later, in 1943, when the grey working uniform was introduced, a matching cover would also be required. An Officer's cap can easily be identified by its large distinctive cap device, cap band with a backing for the device, and gold colour chin strap. The Officer's cap device design was a spread winged eagle in silver, perched on a silver shield, superimposed on a pair of gold, crossed anchors. Its height was approximately 2 1/4-inches and could be made of embroidered wire, metal, or plastic. Prior to May, 1941 the eagle on the officer's cap device faced to the left and thereafter the design was changed so that the eagle faced to the right. This was done so that the eagle's face would be aligned with the sword arm, which is the heraldic position of honour. At this same time all uniform buttons, including cap buttons, were changed so that the eagle faced right. This cap is boxed in the original manufacturers cardboard box which is complete with the lid. It is in good condition. There is a label at one end which gives the style as "Gold Visor" and size as "7 1/2". The cap is complete with the device, gold chin strap and gilt side chin strap buttons. The inside of the cap has a leather sweatband which is in good condition and a liner with "Berkshire Flex" and a hand written name tab "CDR GEO. Y. Wilkins". It is complete with a white cotton cover and navy blue wool cover, both look in as new condition. There is no damage to the cap or top cover and overall it is in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. HE 864
£275.00

Pre WW1 1912 Dated British Rifleman's Seal Skin Fur Busby By Hobsons & Sons London With Label To “No 236 Rfn J Cave D Compy” With Kings Crown Badge & Plume. Sn 13598 - 13598
This is an excellent British Rifleman's Busby. Made of Seal Skin, it has a black fur body with black cords forming a plaited festoon at the front, plain black cloth top, black corded boss mounted with Kings Crown Bugle / Horn front badge in blackened metal. It has a leather sweat band and is complete with its removable green & white horse hair plume. The inside of the busby has a 1912 dated Hobson & Sons label and another label with inked details “No 236 Rfn J Cave D Compy”. It is approx. UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13598
£375.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Junior Officer's Visor Cap with Seaman's Badge. Sn 13611 - 13611
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Junior Officer's visor cap and badge. The caps main body is made of black cotton that is in excellent condition and free of any marks or damage. There is a plain black cloth centre band. The Seaman's insignia is secured with a brass clip on the reverse of the badge. It has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons. The black leather visor is in good condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13611
£325.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Petty Officer's Visor Cap with Petty Officer's Badge. Sn 13610 - 13610
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Petty Officer's visor cap and badge. The caps main body is made of navy blue wool that is in excellent condition and free of any marks or damage. There is a ribbed black cloth centre band. The Petty Officer's insignia is on a black badge cloth roundel. It includes a gilt wreath with a chrysanthemum at the peak. There is a gilt metal anchor in the centre. It has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons. The black leather visor is in good undamaged condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. It has a diamond shaped white cotton label inside with Japanese writing on it, (see the second photograph). The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13610
£345.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's White Cover Summer Uniform Visor Cap with Bullion Badge. Sn 13609 - 13609
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Officer's summer uniform visor cap and badge which is complete with the original white top. The caps main body is made of navy blue wool that is in excellent condition and is covered with a pull on white summer uniform cover. The white cover is original and pulls on and secures with a single press stud at the rear which is still present. There is a ribbed black cloth centre band. The insignia is on a black badge cloth roundel. It includes gold bullion wreath with golden highlights with a nickel silver chrysanthemum at the peak. There is a cockade with a metal anchor and gold bullion. it has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons, the chine strap has the last 1" broken off but is still present. The black leather visor is in good undamaged condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. It has a diamond shaped white cotton label inside with Japanese writing on it, (see the inset). The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13609
£395.00
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