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WW2 Era Bersaglieri Light Infantry Hat With 1st Bersaglieri Plate & Black Capercaillie Feather Cockade. Sn 13203 - 13203
The Bersaglieri (Marksmen in English) are a corps of the Italian Army originally created by General Alessandro La Marmora on 18 June 1836 to serve in the Army of the Kingdom of Sardinia, later to become the Royal Italian Army. They have always been a high-mobility light infantry unit, and can still be recognized by the distinctive wide brimmed hat that they wear (only in dress uniform in modern times), decorated with black capercaillie feathers. The feathers are usually applied to their combat helmets. Another distinctive trait of the Bersaglieri is the fast jog pace they keep on parades, instead of marching. Italy began the Second World War with 12 Bersaglieri Regiments of three battalions each. Over the preceding years the Army had resisted suggestions to dilute their quality, and recruits continued to be of above-average size and stamina, endured intense physical training and had to qualify as marksmen. The Bersaglieri fought in southern France and then in Greece, later, Bersaglieri Regiments were also deployed on the Eastern Front. One Battalion of Bersaglieri participated in the East African Campaign. This is an original WW2 Era Bersaglieri Hat. The helmet’s body, sweatband, lining and leather chin strap are clean but have areas of surface wear consistent with age. The front of the helmet has its original large gold coloured metal plate with Number ‘1’ to the 1st Bersaglieri Light Infantry mounted on a cloth rosette in the colours of the Italian flag. The hat has its original leather chin strap with buckle and is mounted with the correct original Capercaillie Feather cockade. The helmet is approx UK size 7. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13203
£475.00

A Belgian NCO's Gendarme Parade Kepi From The Era of King Baudouin, Size 57 1/2cm. Sn 12438 - 12438
This is an early Belgian Gendarmerie Parade Kepi for Warrant Officer (NCO) ranks of the National Police (Rijkswacht) which was part of the Belgian Army. The kepi is in good condition and free of any damage. It has a black peak with a silver bullion braided and knotted cord chin strap. Secured with a metal gilt button on either side. The kepi has a black head band. To the front it has a metal gilt button with a loop of braided silver bullion cord similar to the chin strap looped up to a cockade in silver bullion cord with a Kings Crown and the letter 'B', the letter B stands for the late King Baudouin. The sides and top are in very good undamaged condition, piped in silver round the top and above the head band and up the sides on each side. Inside it has a grey leather headband with a cloth lining. There is a makers label inside "'Labor Van Poucke Kerkistraat 22" and a small size label "57 1/2". This is a very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12438
£175.00

Boxed Post 1953 Royal Artillery Officer's Uniform Cap To Major C D Robins By Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London & Regiment Badge. Sn 12644 - 12644
A boxed Post 1953 Royal Artillery Officer's uniform cap with Regiment badge by Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London. The cap is in excellent condition and free of any moth damage. Its green material is clean & free of any damage, showing signs of careful use and storage. It has a brown leather chin strap secured with brass Royal Artillery buttons. The cap retains a nice shape. To the front it is fitted with Queen’s Crown cap badge (Royal Artillery) which is in excellent condition. Inside the cap it has the leather sweat band. The crown has some service wear but has a partially visible Johnson manufacturer’s stamp. There is no size inside but it measures 17cm side to side and 18cm front to back. The cap comes in a transit, heavy duty cardboard box which is labelled on the top with a Herbert Johnson label & a 1965 dated Royal Mail ink stamp. The box is addressed to "Major C D Robins, R.A. HQ RA 3rd Division Bulford Camp Wiltshire". This is an excellent condition example of the RA Officers Uniform cap and box. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12644 **Please see the other two boxed cap listings Issued to the Same Officer when promoted to Lieutenant & Captain**
£175.00

Boxed Kings Crown Royal Artillery Officer's Full Dress Cap To Lieutenant C D Robins By Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London & Gilt Badge. Sn 12645 - 12645
A boxed Kings Crown Royal Artillery officer's full dress cap with gilt cap badge by Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London. The cap is in excellent condition and free of any moth damage and has vivid colours to the red piping and head band. The cap is free of any damage, showing signs of careful use and storage. It has a black peak with gold bullion braid and a black leather chin strap secured with brass Royal Artillery buttons. The cap retains a nice shape. To the front it is fitted with a gilt Kings Crown cap badge (Royal Artillery) which is in excellent condition. Inside the cap it has the leather sweat band and clear plastic liner. There is no size inside but it measures 17cm side to side and 18cm front to back. The cap comes in a transit, heavy duty cardboard box which is labelled on the top with a Herbert Johnson label a Cabin Label for postage to Cyprus and the hat is addressed to "LT. C D Robins, R.A. T.T. Empire Fowey, Southampton". This is a very nice excellent condition example of the officers dress cap and box. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12645 **Please see the other two boxed cap listings Issued to the Same Officer as he got promoted to Captain and Major.**
£275.00

Early Belgian Gendarmerie Warrant Officer's Kepi. Sn 12437 - 12437
This is an early Belgian Gendarmerie Kepi for Warrant Officer (NCO) ranks of the National Police (Rijkswacht) which was part of the Belgian Army. The kepi is in good condition and free of any damage. It has a black peak with a braided and knotted cord chin strap with a black 'dash' pattern. Secured with a metal 'Exploding Grenade' button on either side. The kepi has a white head band which also has a black 'dash' decoration. To the front it has a metal 'Exploding Grenade' button with a loop of braided cord similar to the chin strap looped up to a cockade in red, white and black. The sides and top are in very good undamaged condition, piped in red round the top and above the head band and up the sides on each side. Inside it has a tan leather headband with a cloth lining. There are three numbers inside along with a name, two crossed out, the uncrossed one is "V.R 24769". It measures 160mm across from side to side and 190mm from front to back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12437
£175.00

Spanish Model 1942 Steel Helmet. Sn 1094 - 1094
A mint condition Spanish 1942 pattern Steel Helmet of of identical design to the German WW2 helmet. It has its original green paint and gold badge to the front. Original 3 pad brown leather liner, chinstrap and buckle. Stamped 3140 on inside neck. Size 64. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 1094
£295.00

WW2 1945 WD Scottish, Glasgow Highlanders Volunteers (Highland Light Infantry City Of Glasgow Regiment) Tam O Shanter Bonnet By S&P Harris Ltd Glasgow With Large Regiment Cap Badge. Sn 12434 - 12434
The Glasgow Highlanders was a former Infantry Regiment of the British Army, part of the Territorial Force, later renamed the Territorial Army. The Regiment eventually became a Volunteer Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) in 1881. The Regiment based its cap badge upon that of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment). The Regiment saw active service in both World War I and World War II. Elements of the Glasgow Highlanders fought at Normandy. This is an excellent original WW2 Tam O Shanter to the Glasgow Highlanders. Its khaki serge material is clean. It has the correct cotton adjustment cord and bears it's large metal Glasgow Highlanders badge. The top of the Tam O Shanter has a brown wool bobble. It's quilted liner is ink stamped with WD arrow, manufacturer’s name ‘S&P Harris Ltd Glasgow’ together with 1945 date and size ' 6 3/4'. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12434
£245.00

Post 1952 Female British RAF Nursing Officer’s Tropical Felt Tricorn Hat By Moss Bros With Bullion Embroidered & Metal Badge. Sn 12441 - 12441
This RAF Nursing Officer’s hat is clean and undamaged. The lightweight felt tricorn form hat has its original cloth headband with cord and felt patch mounted with post 1952 gilt metal winged RAF badge and embroidered bullion and red felt Queens crown and bullion wreath. The silk sweatband on the inside of the hat is undamaged and the crown has a silk manufacturer’s label faintly marked ‘Moss Bros’. The tricorn hat is approx UK size 5. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12441
£195.00

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

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
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