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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

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 Officer’s Dress Shako With Bullion Embroidered Free State Cockade. HE 857 - HE 857 / 11646
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 original Irish Free State Army Officer’s dress Shako. It has a dark blue cloth over a hard body with red piping around the body and the bullion embroidered Free State cockade in the centre. It has a red cloth crown with gold and black piping and intricate embroidered geometric design. It has a patent brim with patent strap and Free State embossed buttons either side. The shako has its original liner and the leather sweatband is impressed ‘Real Calf Leather’. The shako is clean and undamaged. It is approx. UK size 6. Price for this rare Shako includes UK delivery. HE 857
£695.00

RARE, Pre WW2 Belgian Fascist Vlaamsch Nationaal Verbond (VNV) Party Side Cap With 3 Metal VNV Party Eagle Badges. Sn 11654 - 11654
The Belgian Rexist movement and the Fascist Vlaamsch Nationaal Verbond (VNV) party achieved some electoral success in the 1930s. The party gained rapid support for a brief period. Many of its members assisted the Nazi occupation during World War II. This is a rare, original, pre WW2 Belgian Fascist VNV Party Side Cap. The cotton side cap has some light staining and evidence of service use. The cap is piped with green trim. The cap is mounted with 3 white metal VNV Party Eagle cap badges. It is approx UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11654
£495.00

Rare, WW1 German M16 Combat Helmet With Original Sectional Camouflage Paint & Padded Liner. Sn 11659. - 11659
WW1 M16 /17 German camouflage combat helmets had many paint design variants (see pages 46-95 of Helmets of the First War By Haselgrove & Radovic). This WW1 German M16 Combat helmet has its original Camouflage sectioned paint pattern in shades of greens and browns sectioned by broad black painted lines. It has no dents and all rivets are in place together with its right chin strap lugs. The helmet retains its original leather headband liner with cloth pads stuffed with horsehair (1 pad is absent). The inside rim of the helmet is stamped '266' (illustrated inset in image 2). It is approx UK size 7 ½ . Price for this rare quality helmet with original camouflage paint includes UK delivery. AS WITH ALL OF OUR STOCK THIS ITEM IS GUARANTEED 100% ORIGINAL. Sn 11659
£745.00

WW1 British Officer's Overseas Service Wolsley Pattern Tropical Pith Helmet To The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry With Formation Patch. Sn 11496 - 11496
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, which served under various titles from 1685 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by The Rifles. In 1912 the Regiment was named Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). The Regiment saw active service in the First World War, with Battalions involved on the Western Front, Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Palestine. 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 excellent original WW1 British Officer's Wolsley Pattern Tropical Pith Helmet To The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry. Its khaki canvas cover is undamaged. It has its original broad pleated 9 fold pagri head band & vented top mount. The body of the helmet and its leather brim trim is clean and undamaged & all other material and stitching including the liner and sweatband are excellent and clean. The right side of the helmet has its original Black & Yellow cloth military formation patch embroidered with Regiment Badge. It is complete with leather sweatband and cloth liner which are all complete. It has brass chin strap hooks. The liner is crisply ink stamped by the manufacturer ‘Hawkes & Co Ltd’ with size 6 7/8’ (illustrated). It also has an original red and white paper label with cleaning instructions. Initials ‘JAH’ have been contemporarily hand written in ink on the liner in small letters Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11496
£645.00

SUPERB, Victorian Home Service Pattern, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Officer's Blue Cloth Helmet With Spike Top Mount By Hawkes & Co, London. Sn 11552 - 11522
The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) was an Infantry Regiment of the line of the British Army. It served under various titles from 1680 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. The Regiment served with distinction in all major conflicts involving British Armed Forces. This is an excellent, Victorian Officer's spike topped Home Service blue cloth helmet to the The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. It has gilt metal cross piece, spike top and rose bosses supporting a leather backed link chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the impressive Victorian Regiment brass & gilt helmet plate with red felt central background, Lion, Wreath, Garter Star, Queen Victoria Crown and Latin motto. The helmet plate is original. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband, stitched panel lining and red material with draw string. A small area of the red material has become detached from the sweatband at some point in its life but this could easily be re stitched. The lining has a crisp manufacturer's ink stamp 'Hawkes & Co Piccadilly London Cork Patent' (illustrated). The lining also has an unreadable contemporary ink signature, no doubt the Officer who was issued with the helmet. It is approx. UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11552
£975.00
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