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Original, British WW2 1942 National Fire Service (N.F.S) Motorcycle Dispatch Rider’s Helmet By J.H. Ltd With Liner & Leather Chin Strap. Sn 15014 - 15014
The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) formed in January 1938 and fire stations were set up in buildings such as schools, garages and factories. A recruitment drive was launched with as many as 28,000 fire fighters required to support London Fire Brigade's 2,500 officers and fire fighters. To provide a unified service throughout the country, the National Fire Service (NFS) took control on 18 August 1941 when all AFS were merged with local brigades to form a national service. By 1943 over 70,000 women had enrolled in the NFS in the United Kingdom. This is an original WW2 1942 dated British NFS motorcycle dispatch rider’s helmet. This 4 panel crown leather helmet is complete with original 8 tongue leather liner and integral vented ear and rear neck protector flaps which has a leather fastening strap with buckle. The liner is impressed with 1942 date and by the manufacturer ‘J.H Ltd’. The brown leather helmet has its original red paint band and original NFS badge which has surface wear to be expected. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price for this WW2 dated NFS dispatch rider’s helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 15014
£245.00

SOLD SOLD (19/03) WW1 French M15 Adrian Combat Helmet With 'RF' (République Française) Infantry Helmet Badge & Liner. HE 871 - HE 871
The M15 Adrian helmet (French: Casque Adrian) was a combat helmet issued to the French Army during World War 1. It was the first standard helmet of the French Army and was designed when millions of French troops were engaged in trench warfare The later M1926 helmet was made of a single piece of pressed steel without joining rim and top combe. This is a very good original WW1 M15 French Adrian Combat Helmet complete with its original liner and chinstrap bales. The chin strap is absent apart from a small remnant attached to one bale. The helmet is fitted with an original Infantry 'RF' (République Française) helmet badge featuring an ignited grenade. The helmet has just one dent towards the rear of one side of the helmet which can be seen in the images. It is approx UK size 7. The price for this WW1 Adrian includes UK delivery. HE 871
£0.00

EARLY WW1 1914 5th Royal Irish Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka With King’s Crown Plate, Rosette With Black Horse Hair Plume & Lines. Sn 15045 - 15045
The 5th Royal Irish Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army. It saw service for three Centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War. It amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers in 1922. The Regiment was originally formed in 1689 by Brigadier James Wynne as James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons. It fought at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 and at the Battle of Aughrim later that month under King William III. Renamed the Royal Dragoons of Ireland in 1704, it went on to fight under the Duke of Marlborough at the Battle of Blenheim in August 1404 during the War of the Spanish Succession. At the Battle of Ramillies in May 1606 the regiment helped capture the entire French “Regiment du Roi”, after which it fought at the Battle of Oudenarde in July 1708 and at the Battle of Malplaquet in September 1709. In 1751, it was retitled 5th Regiment of Dragoons and in 1756 it became the 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons. As such, it served in Ireland and had the honour of leading the charge against the rebels at the Battle of Enniscorthy in May 1798 during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. However, its troops were accused of treachery, their accusers claimed their ranks had been infiltrated by rebels. Following an investigation, it was found that a single individual, James M’Nassar, had infiltrated the Regiment, he was ordered to be "transported beyond the seas”. The circumstance was commemorated in a curious way. It was ordered that the 5th Royal Irish Light Dragoons should be erased from the records of the army list, in which a blank between the 4th and 6th Dragoons should remain forever, as a memorial of disgrace. For upward of half a century this gap remained in the army list. The Regiment was reformed in 1858, keeping its old number and title, but losing precedence, being ranked after the 17th Lancers. The Regiment served in India between November 1863 and December 1874 and a contingent joined the Nile Expedition in autumn 1884. It then fought against the forces of Osman Digna near Suakin in 1885 during the Mahdist War. During the Second Boer War. The Regiment, as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, was also involved in the Curragh incident in March 1914. At the outbreak of WW1 The Regiment became part of the British Expeditionary Force, sailing from Dublin to France as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division in August 1914 for service on the Western Front. The 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers also has the grim honour of being the Regiment of the last British soldier to die in the Great War. This was Private George Edwin Ellison from Leeds, who was killed by a sniper as the Regiment advanced into Mons a short time before the armistice came into effect. The Regiment was renamed 5th Royal Irish Lancers and disbanded in 1921, but a squadron was reconstituted in 1922 and immediately amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers. This is a scarce, original, Trooper’s Lance Cap of the 5th Royal Irish Lancer's. The Lance Cap has the correct skull and peak of black patent leather with waist of gold coloured cloth. The rear has the correct metal ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. The cloth sides are covered in red cloth being supported on the inside by a framework of metal rods. Gold coloured cord extends down the 4 angles. The cap has a red and gold wool rosette with brass king’s crown button, Lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link chain. It has a brass plume boss with black Horse hair plume. The cap is fitted with the correct King’s Crown & Harp ‘Fifth Royal Irish Lancers’ rayed plate with battle honours. The Lance Cap is complete with original leather sweat band. The inside brim of the cap is stamped with number ‘5298’ and dated ‘5 14’ (May 1914). The sweatband has a contemporary white paint size mark ‘7 1/8’. The cap is accompanied by it original cord lines which are clean and undamaged. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 15045
£1,450.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 16/04) Boer War Era, Victorian Overseas Service Pattern, British Officers Buff Cloth Helmet Of The Northumberland Fusiliers ‘The Iron Regiment’ By Pearse & Co London To ‘Captain Robert Cecil Hedley 1st Vol N/Fus Sn 15047 - 15047
The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was an Infantry Regiment of the British Army. Originally raised in 1674 as the 5th Regiment of Foot. On 1 July 1881 as part of the Childer's reforms the Northumberland Fusiliers was formed as the County Regiment of Northumberland. The Regiment saw action throughout the Second Boer War, WW1 & WW2 gaining the nickname ‘The Iron Regiment’. Robert Cecil Hedley 1861-1937 was a trained Chemist living in Corbridge with his family.and served as a Captain in the 1st Volunteer Northumberland Fusiliers during the Boer wars. In WW1 he served as Hon. Major with the 4th Battalion N/Fus. His son Percy served as a Lt Colonel with the Gurkhas during WW2, receiving the DSO with 2 bars, CB and CBE retiring as an Hon General in 1952. This is Captain Robert Cecil Hedley’s Boer War Overseas Service Pattern, buff cloth helmet which has remained undisturbed in its original transit tin for many years and recently acquired direct from the family who have provided a brief hand written family history note re the Officer and his service (the original note illustrated in the images accompanies the helmet). The fact that the helmet has been kept within its tin has no doubt resulted in the near mint condition of the helmet. The helmet has a metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a velvet backed chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the original Victorian Queen’s Crown Northumberland Fusiliers plate. The helmet is complete with leather and cloth sweatband. The crown of the helmet has its original mint condition, colourful manufacturers label ‘Pearse & Co London’ (illustrated). The helmet is approx. UK size 7. All material and stitching is superb, clean and intact. It is contained in its original tin transit case with hinged lid & carry handle. The lid has a brass plate crisply embossed with ‘Pearse & Co’ company name and address (illustrated). The front of the Tin has the Officers name and Northumberland Fusiliers designation period hand painted in Gold. The gold paint has areas of wear consistent with age and use. The tin has some of its original Japanned finish. Inside the tin is a an original cardboard transit label printed with Northumberland Fusiliers Ramsey camp address on one side and Corbridge on the reverse together with date ‘1-7-05’ (1st July 1905). The price for this fine helmet with Tin to a named career Soldier & Volunteer Battalion Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 15047.
£0.00

Original WW2 British Overseas Service Tropical Solar Topee Helmet . HE 870 - HE 870
This is an original WW2 British Overseas Service Tropical Solar Topee Helmet. The helmet retains its original leather head band, chin strap & vented top mount. It is also complete with leather sweatband which is marked O over W ARROW D over 290 inside the headband. The headband is also embossed VEROS DETACHABLE& SELF CONFORIMING HEAD BAND. ROYAL LETTERS PATENT. NO. 228467. Price includes UK delivery. HE 870
£245.00

SUPERB, ORIGINAL, SINGLE KRIEGSMARINE DECAL, WW2 Nazi German Combat Helmet With Liner & Chinstrap. Sn 9747 - 9747
An excellent WW2 Nazi German single decal Kriegsmarine helmet. The helmet retains its original dark grey/ green paint. It has no dents and all rivets and steel chin strap loops are correctly in place. The inner rim of the helmet is stamped with numbers which appear to be '962' and has contemporary white paint hand written letters & numbers ‘Engeler S80/41’. The left side of the helmet features its original Kriegsmarine ‘Golden Eagle With Swastika’ on a black shield background decal. The decal has some wear consistent with service use but is well defined with vivid colouring. The helmet is complete with original leather liner with leather headband. The liner is stamped with an ink roundel containing number ‘57’. It has its original leather chinstrap with buckle. The helmet has the correct chin strap bales. All leather and stitching are intact. The helmet is approx size 6 1/2. The price for this superb Kriegsmarine combat helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 9747
£945.00

WW2 1943 Dated British Army Slouch Hat With Royal Regiment Of Artillery Divisional/ Formation Patch, Pagri and Headband. Sn 14894:28 - 14894:28
This is an original WW2 1943 dated British Army topical slouch hat to the Royal Regiment of Artillery. It has its original khaki pagri headband and its khaki body is undamaged. It has its original ventilation holes at the edge of the crown and a press stud fastener on the left side of the brim and skull. The left side of the brim is stitch mounted with its original embroidered cloth divisional/ formation patch for the Royal Regiment of Artillery (a square split diagonally into red and blue triangles). The hat has its original leather sweatband with the makers name of Moores, London, 6 7/8 hat size, 1943 date, a crowfoot. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:28
£295.00

ORIGINAL, WW2 Japanese Infantry Steel Combat Helmet With ‘Star’ Badge, Padded Liner & Cloth Tape Chinstrap With Ink Japanese Script Characters . Sn 14894:11 - 14894:11
This is an original WW2 Japanese Infantry Combat Helmet complete with its original padded leather liner & original cloth tape chin strap (see page 110 item 314 of Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Uniforms & Equipment By Nakata & Nelson). The steel helmet has its brown paint finish and no dents. The front of the helmet has the original metal ‘star’ badge. The padded liner is clean and undamaged. The inside rim of the helmet has an original white paint Japanese script symbol / character and ‘s’ within diamond cartouche stamp and the chin strap has red ink Japanese script ink characters (illustrated). The top of the helmet has the correct small ventilation holes. The helmet is approx. UK size 7 1/2. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:11
£495.00

ORIGINAL, WW2 Japanese Infantry Officer’s Combat Cap With Embroidered ‘Star’ Badge, Chinstrap & Removable Neck Cover For Tropical Use. Sn 14894:8 - 14894:8
This is an original WW2 Japanese Officer’s combat cap complete with its original chin strap and neck cover for Tropical use (see page 108 item 296 of Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Uniforms & Equipment By Nakata & Nelson). The olive serge cap with peak and original fabric chinstrap is clean & intact. The front of the helmet has the original embroidered yellow ‘star’ badge on a felt patch roundel. The leather sweatband is clean and undamaged. The band is ink stamped ‘7’. The cap’s removable 3 panel cloth neck cover is secured to the cap by a knotted cloth tape at the rear of the cap and small brass hooks on the cover which slot into small stitched loops on the rim of the cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:8
£475.00

ORIGINAL, WW2 Japanese Infantry Tropical Canvas Combat Helmet With ‘Star’ Badge, Ink Stamps & Chinstrap. Sn 14894:7 - 14894:7
This is an original WW2 Japanese Tropical Combat Helmet complete with its original chin strap (see page 110 item 309 of Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Uniforms & Equipment By Nakata & Nelson). The padded 6 panel canvas helmet has small areas of staining consistent with storage but all material and stitching are intact. The front of the helmet has the original cloth yellow ‘star’ badge which has service wear. The leather liner is clean and undamaged but without its padding. The tape sweatband with loops and chin strap with buckle are clean and intact. The crown has 2 nice clear labels with black & red ink Japanese script characters (illustrated). The inside rim of the helmet has an indistinct contemporary paint mark (illustrated). The helmet is approx. UK size 8. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:7
£475.00
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