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WW1 Era British West India Regiment Wolseley Pattern Overseas Service/ Tropical Pith Helmet Solar Topee With 9 Fold Pagri By Ellwood & Sons London With Regiment Badge. Sn 12147 - 12147
The regular West India Regiment long pre-dated the Great War. The creation of the British West Indies Regiment was formalised by Army Order number 4 of 1916. The Order stated that the Regiment would be recognised as a Corps for the purposes of the Army Act. Its 1st Battalion, based at Freetown, sent a detachment for service in German Cameroons. 2nd Battalion saw much service in the West and East African campaigns and then went to Palestine in September 1918. Other Battalions saw action in Flanders. The Wolseley pattern Pith helmet is a distinctive British design developed and popularised in the late-19th & early 20th Century. With its swept-back brim it provided greater protection from the sun than the old Foreign Service helmet and its use was soon widespread among British Civil and Military personnel serving overseas. This is an original WW1 Era Wolseley pattern pith helmet. It has its original 9 fold khaki head band 'Pagri' & vented top mount. The front of the helmet is mounted with its original silvered, gilt and enamel Regiment badge. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband and leather chinstrap. The green cotton brim lining has areas of wear. The rest of the helmet is clean and undamaged. The crown of the helmet has the correct brass vent and red leather label ‘Ellwood & Sons London’ in gold. The crown also has a contemporary handwritten pencil name ‘Liston’ most likely the name of the West Indian soldier who was issued with this helmet. It is approx. UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12147
£375.00

WW2 Era 1938 Dated Home Front, British Special Constabulary Police Sergeant’s 'Tommy' Helmet By HBH With Liner & Chinstrap. Sn 12095 - 12095
This is an excellent condition, complete, original, WW2, painted steel Police Special Constabulary Sgt’s 'Tommy' helmet. The helmet is painted Navy Blue and has its original white paint lettering 'POLICE', ‘SC’ (Special Constabulry) and Sgt’s Chevrons. The inner rim of the helmet is faintly stamped by the manufacturer ‘HBH’, ‘OII’ & dated '1938’. It has its original black oil cloth liner with adjustment cord and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original paint. It is approx. UK size 7 ½. This is an excellent Helmet made prior to the outbreak of WW2 when the threat of Air raids was imminent. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12095
£275.00

WW2 1945 British RAF Warrant Officer's Field Service Side Cap With Brass King's Crown and Wings Cap Badge and Brass Buttons Size 7 3/8. HE 860 - HE 860
An original WW2 1945 dated British Royal Air Force Warrant Officer's field service side cap with brass King's Crown and Wings Cap Badge and brass buttons by S & P Harris Ltd, Glasgow. The blue serge RAF side cap is in excellent clean undamaged condition. It has original brass King's Crown and Wings cap badge secured onto a brass plate on the inside with brass nuts. Also two brass buttons to the front. The inside of the cap has it's original brown velvet headband and lining. The cap is UK size 7 3/8. It has the original lining inside which is stamped with "Caps F.S. B.G. W.O. 7 3/8 S & P Harris Ltd. Glasgow 1945" and the War Department 'Broad Arrow'. This is an excellent example of the side cap. The price includes UK delivery. H 860
£225.00

Victorian Officer's 'Pillbox' Hat With Gold Bullion Embroidery By Hobson & Sons. Sn 11904 - 11904
A Victorian Army Officer's 'Pillbox' hat with gold bullion embroidery by Hobson & Sons. The hat was worn when not on parade or ceremonial duties and was for every day use. Other ranks had the similar hat but without the ornate embroidery. It is beautifully constructed of eight panels of navy blue Melton cloth and handsomely decorated with gold bullion to the crown and all around the tape border. It has a thin leather chin strap and was typically worn on the side of the head. It has a leather sweat band inside and red silk head liner. The head liner has the makers details, "Hobson & Sons Military Tailors, Outfitters and Army Contractors 1, 3 & 5 Lexington Street, Golden Square. W." The hat has no holes or rips and retains all of its stitching which is all secure. Altogether a very nice example. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 11904
£395.00

WW2 Hong Kong Military Service Corps (HKMSC) Burma Issue Tropical Slouch Hat With Dragon Divisional/ Formation Patch, Pagri Headband & Chin Strap. Sn 11872:8 - 11872:8
The HKMSC were formed from ethnic Chinese soldiers serving in the British Army. Their military history can be traced back to the 1880s when Hong Kong locals were employed by the Royal Engineers in the building of barracks and defence works. Many ethnic Chinese Hong Kongers fought alongside the British troops in the defence of Hong Kong in WW2. One battle group of the British Battalions consisted of 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots and the Hong Kong Chinese Regiment. A large number of ethnic Chinese Hong Kongers were killed or became prisoners of war. The HKMSC saw active service outside Hong Kong in Burma in 1942 against the Japanese forces, they fought alongside the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. This is an original WW2 Tropical Slouch Hat To the HKMSC. 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 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 with vivid colour Chinese Golden Dragon on a field of red (the red colour has faded over time with light exposure) and horizontal black band. The hat has its original leather sweatband and chin strap (one end of the chinstrap is perished but could easily be replaced). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11872:8
£395.00

**SOLD**SOLD**Early WW2 1939 Dated Home Front, Essex County Fire Brigade Tommy Helmet By EC Co With Liner & Chinstrap. Sn 11836 - 11836
This is an excellent original, WW2, painted steel Essex County Fire Brigade 'Tommy' helmet. The helmet is painted Maroon and has its original transfer Fire Brigade badge in gold and red. The inner rim of the helmet is stamped with 1939 date and by the manufacturer ‘EC Co’. It is also stamped with a number which appears to be ‘CC8335’. It has its original black oil cloth liner and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original paint. It is approx. UK size 6 ½. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11836
£0.00

Victorian Royal Fusiliers Officer’s Uniform Pill Box Hat With Regimental Badge By White London ‘Hatters To The Royal Family’. Sn 11835 - 11835
This is a very good Victorian Royal Fusiliers Officers Pill box hat. It is 7 1/4 inches in diameter at its widest point and 2 1/4 inches high. It has a scarlet crown and body with lower blue band and blue braid crown Austrian knots and button. The hat is mounted with its original Queen Victoria Crown bullion embroidery Royal Fusiliers badge and has a thin cord chin strap. It has a tan quilted silk sweatband and crown with gilt manufacturer mark ‘A.J. White London 74 Jermyn Street St James London SW’ together with Royal appointment ‘Hatter To The Royal Family’ & heraldic arms. It has no damage, mothing or repair; it does show signs of having been worn. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11835
£375.00

WW2 1940 WD Gurkha Uniform Pill Box Hat By Hobson & Sons London. Sn 11837 - 11837
This is an excellent original War Dept marked, WW2 dated Gurkha Uniform pill box hat. The hat, which has a thin leather chin strap, is good quality, 8 inches in diameter at its widest point and 4 inches high with central wool bobble at the crown. It is dark Navy blue with red piping. It has a clean soft leather sweat band. It has no damage, mothing or repair. The sweat band bears its original printed paper label ‘Hobson & Sons London Ltd’ together with 1940 date, WD arrow and size ‘6 ¾’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11837
£175.00

Pre 1918 WW1 Era British Royal Flying Corps Pilot’s Side Cap With RFC Cap Badge. Sn 11639 - 11639
The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the air arm of the British Army before and during the First World War, until it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service on 1 April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. This is an excellent original British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Pilot’s side cap. Made of cotton it has a quilted lining and embossed brass Kings crown heraldic arms buttons. It has its original large WW1 Era 'King's Crown RFC' brass cap badge. The cap including its lining has some service wear and stains consistent with age. The cap is approx UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11639
£375.00

RARE, ORIGINAL, 1922-1937 Irish Free State Army Other Ranks Service Cap By Jonathan Richards & Co Dublin With Irish Free State Cap Badge. HE 858 - HE 858 / 11647
In 1922 after much civil disorder between Loyalists and Republicans including the Easter Rising of 1916 the Irish Free State was established in 1922 under the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed by British and Irish representatives. The Free State had its own armed forces. The Free State came to an end in 1937, when under the new constitution the Irish state was named Ireland (Eire). This is an excellent Irish Free State Other Ranks Service Cap. It has excellent clean and undamaged khaki serge material with brown leather chinstrap which has plain metal buttons either side. The cap is mounted with its original metal Irish free State Cap badge. The brown leather sweatband of the cap is clean and it has its original white paper manufacturer's label ink stamped ‘Irish Made Jonathan Richards & Co Dublin Size 7 ¼’ (illustrated inset in image 2). Price for this rare piece includes UK delivery. HE 858
£575.00
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