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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

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 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

Victorian Albert Pattern Staffordshire Queen’s Own Royal Yeomanry Other Ranks Helmet With Chin Strap, Liner & Plume. Sn 14801 - 14801
This is a scarce example of the Albert pattern helmet adopted by the regiment in 1850. It has a blackened steel crown with large brass helmet plate and edges with traces of silvering. The replacement rose bosses support a silvered link chin chain with leather backing. The plume holder which is incomplete supports a black horse hair plume. The interior has the original leather lining. It is approx. UK size 7. This is a scarce helmet worthy of minor restoration. Sn 14801
£745.00

Original, WW2 1944 'D-Day' British 3rd Pattern Camouflaged Paratroopers Jump Helmet By BMB With Camo Netting, Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 14849 - 14849
This is an excellent original WW2 1944 dated 3rd Pattern British Paratroopers Jump Helmet (See page 93 of For King & Country By Glenn). 3rd pattern Jump Helmets were manufactured from 1943 and featured a manganese steel shell with webbing liner & leather chin cup. They 1st saw action on June 6th 1944 for the Normandy Invasion. This helmet has no denting and is complete with correct liner & chinstrap. It has its original green camo paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1944' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size '6 3/4'. The helmet is also fitted with its original Camo netting which is worn in places consistent with age and service use. The price for this Airborne jump helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14849
£1,295.00

WW1 French M15 Adrian Combat Helmet With 'RF' (République Française) Infantry Helmet Badge & Liner. Sn 14727 - 14727
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 M 1926 helmet was made of a single piece of pressed steel without joining rim and top combe. This is an excellent original WW1 M15 French Adrian Combat Helmet complete with its original sweatband liner. The helmet has original chin strap bales. The helmet is fitted with an original Infantry 'RF' (République Française) helmet badge featuring an ignited grenade. The helmet has no dents and it has original dark grey paint finish which has even patina & scuffs consistent with age and service use. It is approx UK size 7. The price for this WW1 Adrian includes UK delivery. Sn 14727
£245.00

Victorian, London Rifle Brigade Shako By Samuel Brothers London With Queen’s Crown Plate. Sn 14703 - 14703
The London Rifle Brigade was a volunteer unit of the British Army. The Regiment was first raised in the City of London on 14 December 1859 as 1st London (City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade) Rifle Volunteer Corps, a rifle volunteer unit made up of five companies. On 1 July 1881 it was made part of the King's Royal Rifle Corps as its 9th Volunteer Battalion. Ten years later, in December 1891, it was renamed the 1st London Volunteer Rifle Corps (City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade). When the volunteer and militia units were re-organised as the Territorial Force in 1908 the unit was again renamed, becoming the 5th (City of London) Battalion of the new London Regiment. This is a very good original Victorian era private purchase Shako of the London Rifle Brigade. The Shako has a blue serge covering with a broad patent leather headband and patent leather peak. The crown of the Shako is trimmed with patent leather. The surface covering has areas of service wear to be expected. The front of the Shako is mounted with its original Victorian blackened metal Queen’s Crown London Rifle Brigade plate. The Shako is complete with its leather sweatband and silk liner. The crown has a gold leaf Queens Crown Military Outfitters roundel ‘Samuel Brothers London’. The liner and sweatband are clean and intact. The Shako is approx. UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14703
£475.00

Victorian, Pre 1899, British 21st Lancers Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka By Cater & Co London, 1st Pattern Queens Crown Silvered Plate With Late Victorian ‘VRI’ Bullion Rosette, White Swan Feathers Plume. Sn 14666:13 - 14666:13
The 21st Lancers Regiment was originally raised in Bengal by the East India Company in 1858 as the 3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry, for service in the Indian Rebellion. As with all other "European" units of the Company, it was placed under the command of the British Crown in 1858, and formally moved into the British Army in 1862, when it was designated as a Hussar Regiment and titled the 21st Regiment of Hussars. A detachment saw service in the 1884–85 expedition to the Sudan, with the Light Camel Regiment. In 1898 the Regiment served in Sudan during the Mahdist War, as the only British Cavalry unit involved. It was there that the full Regiment charged with Lances in the classic cavalry style during the Battle of Omdurman in September 1898. Of less than 400 men involved in the charge 70 were killed or wounded and the Regiment won three Victoria Crosses. This spectacular encounter earned considerable public attention and praise for the Regiment. That same year, the Regiment was given the title 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers, taking the name from Queen Victoria who was the Empress of India. The Regiment was moved to Dublin in 1899, and served in Ireland for several years. In 1912 it was again posted to India. The 21st Lancers did not see service on the Western Front during the First World War, being the only regular Cavalry Regiment of the British Army to spend the duration of the war in India. The Regiment did however see action on the North-West Frontier during 1915–16. A single squadron made up of reservists served in France in 1916–17, attached to XIV Corps. The Regiment was retitled 21st Lancers (Empress of India's) in 1921 and shortly thereafter disbanded as part of the post-War reduction in forces, though a cadre was briefly resurrected in 1922 in order to amalgamate with the 17th Lancers, to form the 17th/21st Lancers. This is an original, Victorian Officer’s Lance Cap of the 21st Lancer’s made prior to re-naming as the 21st (Empress Of India’s) Lancer’s (see pages 27,31,166 of the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman and page 139 which illustrates a 1st pattern Officer’s 21st lancer’s plate, the same as ours). Our Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, peak and body of black patent leather and are adorned with gold purl decoration. The top and sides have Regimental blue cloth covering with correct gold lace waistband. The inside has its original leather sweatband and silk lining in excellent condition. The crown has a gold leaf tailors stamp ‘Cater & Co 56 Pall Mall London Established 1776’ below Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Royal cypher (illustrated). The rear has the correct brass ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. Bullion rope piping extends across the top of the cap & down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct late Victorian bullion rosette with stylised ‘VRI’ cypher (Victoria Regina India) applied in the late Victorian era post 1898 after renaming of the Regiment. It has Lion’s head bosses with correct velvet backed link brass chain. It has a brass plume boss with correct white Swan’s feathers plume. The cap has its original rayed plate and silvered 1st pattern badge comprising the Queen’s Crown Royal arms and banners 21st Lancers (1st pattern badges have the helmet and mantling above the Royal arms). The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:13
£3,950.00

Victorian British 16th The Queen's Lancers Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka By Sexton, Dublin With Gilt Fittings, Silvered Queen’s Crown Plate, With Pre Boer War Battle Honours, Bullion Rosette & Cock’s Tail Feather Plume. - 14666:10
The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922. The Regiment was raised in 1759 by Colonel John Burgoyne as the 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, being the second of the new Regiments of Light Dragoons; it was also known as Burgoyne's Light Horse. The Regiment was closely involved, undertaking several cavalry charges, in the action leading up to the capture of the French Garrison of Belle Île in April 1761 during the Seven Years' War. It also made a major contribution to the British victories against the Spaniards at the Battle of Valencia de Alcántara in August 1762 and at the Battle of Vila Velha in October 1762 during the Anglo-Spanish War. In 1766 the Regiment was renamed after Queen Charlotte as the 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, the number being an attempt to create a new numbering system for the Light Dragoon Regiments. However, the old system was quickly re-established, with the Regiment returning as the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. The Regiment arrived in New York in October 1776 for service in the American Revolutionary War. It was involved in fighting at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776, the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777 and the Battle of Germantown in October 1777 before seeing more action at the Battle of Crooked Billet in May 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill later that month and the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778. The Regiment returned to England in spring 1779. The Regiment next landed at Ostend in April 1793 for service in the Flanders Campaign and was present at the Siege of Valenciennes in June 1793, the Siege of Dunkirk in August 1793 and the Siege of Landrecies in April 1794. It also took part in the Battle of Beaumont in April 1794, the Battle of Willems in May 1794 and the Battle of Tournay in later that month before returning to England in February 1796. The Regiment was then based in Ireland between autumn 1802 and 1805. During the Napoleonic Wars the Regiment were ordered to support Sir Arthur Wellesley's Army on the Iberian Peninsula and landed at Lisbon in April 1809. The Regiment fought at the Second Battle of Porto in May 1809, the Battle of Talavera in July 1809 and the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in April 1810. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810 the Battle of Sabugal in April 1811 and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811. It next fought at the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812, the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It was next in action at the Siege of San Sebastián in August 1813 and having advanced into France, at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813. The regiment took part in the Hundred Days landing at Ostend in May 1815. It charged with John Vandeleur's Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. After the battle, their commander, Lieutenant-colonel James Hay, lay so badly injured that he could not be moved from the field for eight days. The Regiment had been the sole British Cavalry Regiment to serve throughout the Peninsular War and at the Hundred Days. In the Victorian era, the Regiment was dispatched to Ireland in March 1816 where it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment in September 1816, becoming the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers). It returned from Ireland in June 1819 and was sent to India in 1822 where it saw action, using lances, against the Marathas at the Siege of Bharatpur in January 1826. It saw action again at the capture of Ghuznee in July 1839 during the First Anglo-Afghan War and at the Battle of Maharajpore in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also took part in the Battle of Aliwal in January 1846, when the Regiment charged and dispersed a body of Sikhs ten times its size, and also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment’s title was simplified to the 16th (The Queen's) Lancers in 1861. It served in India between 1865 and 1876 and again between 1890 and 1899. Prior to the Boer Wars 1899-1902 the Regiment was awarded Battle Honours: Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon. This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s Lance Cap of the 16th The Queen's Lancers (see multiple entries including pages 77 to 80 of the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes, in detail, the components & construction of Lance caps & Victorian 16th Lancer’s plates similar to ours). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather with waist of Gold lace and red band. The rear has the correct gilt metal ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. The peak is adorned with gold purl. The cloth top and sides are covered in black cloth of the Regimental facing colour. Bullion cord extends across the top of the cap and down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct bullion ‘VR (Victoria Regina) rosette on a field of red and Lion’s head bosses with velvet backed link chain. It has a brass plume boss with dramatic Cock’s tail Feather plume. The cap is fitted with the correct Victorian gilt metal rayed plate and silvered badge comprising the correct Victorian Crown Royal arms & correct pre Boer War Battle honours above banner ‘Sixteenth Lancers’. The Lance Cap is complete with original leather sweat band and silk liner which are in excellent condition. The lining has a manufacturer’s/ Retailer’s gold leaf stamp ‘R, Sexton Military Tailor 51 Dawson Street Dublin’ indicating that the cap itself may have been commissioned by the original Lancer Officer who owned this cap when stationed in or visiting Dublin. The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:10 **NB THE 16th LANCERS OFFICER'S UNIFORM THAT WAS ACQUIRED WITH THIS LANCE CAP IS AVAILABLE SEPARATELY (STOCK NUMBER SN 14666:11). A DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE IF THE LANCE CAP AND UNIFORM ARE PURCHASED TOGETHER. PLEASE CONTACT FOR DETAILS**
£3,950.00

Post 1902 British 16th The Queen's Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka With King’s Crown Plate & Pre WW1 Battle Honours, Rosette,Black Horse Hair Plume & Lines. Sn 14666:8 - 14666:8
The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922. The Regiment was raised in 1759 by Colonel John Burgoyne as the 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, being the second of the new Regiments of Light Dragoons; it was also known as Burgoyne's Light Horse. The Regiment was closely involved, undertaking several cavalry charges, in the action leading up to the capture of the French Garrison of Belle Île in April 1761 during the Seven Years' War. It also made a major contribution to the British victories against the Spaniards at the Battle of Valencia de Alcántara in August 1762 and at the Battle of Vila Velha in October 1762 during the Anglo-Spanish War. In 1766 the Regiment was renamed after Queen Charlotte as the 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, the number being an attempt to create a new numbering system for the Light Dragoon Regiments. However, the old system was quickly re-established, with the Regiment returning as the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. The Regiment arrived in New York in October 1776 for service in the American Revolutionary War. It was involved in fighting at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776, the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777 and the Battle of Germantown in October 1777 before seeing more action at the Battle of Crooked Billet in May 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill later that month and the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778. The Regiment returned to England in spring 1779. The Regiment next landed at Ostend in April 1793 for service in the Flanders Campaign and was present at the Siege of Valenciennes in June 1793, the Siege of Dunkirk in August 1793 and the Siege of Landrecies in April 1794. It also took part in the Battle of Beaumont in April 1794, the Battle of Willems in May 1794 and the Battle of Tournay in later that month before returning to England in February 1796. The Regiment was then based in Ireland between autumn 1802 and 1805. During the Napoleonic Wars the Regiment were ordered to support Sir Arthur Wellesley's Army on the Iberian Peninsula and landed at Lisbon in April 1809. The Regiment fought at the Second Battle of Porto in May 1809, the Battle of Talavera in July 1809 and the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in April 1810. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810 the Battle of Sabugal in April 1811 and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811. It next fought at the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812, the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It was next in action at the Siege of San Sebastián in August 1813 and having advanced into France, at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813. The regiment took part in the Hundred Days landing at Ostend in May 1815. It charged with John Vandeleur's Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. After the battle, their commander, Lieutenant-colonel James Hay, lay so badly injured that he could not be moved from the field for eight days. The Regiment had been the sole British Cavalry Regiment to serve throughout the Peninsular War and at the Hundred Days. In the Victorian era, the Regiment was dispatched to Ireland in March 1816 where it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment in September 1816, becoming the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers). It returned from Ireland in June 1819 and was sent to India in 1822 where it saw action, using lances, against the Marathas at the Siege of Bharatpur in January 1826. It saw action again at the capture of Ghuznee in July 1839 during the First Anglo-Afghan War and at the Battle of Maharajpore in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also took part in the Battle of Aliwal in January 1846, when the Regiment charged and dispersed a body of Sikhs ten times its size, and also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment’s title was simplified to the 16th (The Queen's) Lancers in 1861. It served in India between 1865 and 1876 and again between 1890 and 1899. Prior to the Boer Wars 1899-1902 the Regiment was awarded Battle Honours: Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon. During the Boer wars 1899-1902 the Regiment landed at Cape Colony in January 1900 for service in the Second Boer War and took part in the relief of Kimberley in February 1900. This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Trooper’s Lance Cap of the 16th The Queen's Lancers (see multiple entries in the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes, in detail, the components & construction of Lance caps & page 96 which illustrates a 16th Lancers KC plate, the same as ours). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather with waist of yellow cloth and red band. The rear has the correct brass metal ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. The cloth sides are covered in black cloth of the Regimental facing colour. Yellow cord with brass finials extends down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct green and yellow wool ball rosette with Kings Crown ‘QL XVI’ (Queens 16th Lancers) button and Lion’s head bosses with 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 metal rayed plate and badge comprising the correct Royal arms & pre WW1 battle Honours above banner ‘Sixteenth Lancers’. The Lance Cap is complete with original leather sweat band liner. The crown of the cap has a size label 6 5/8. The size is repeated in contemporary white paint on the liner. The cap has its original Lines. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:8
£1,575.00
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