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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESERVED RESERVED 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
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