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SOLD SOLD (15/06) WW1 Era British Officer's Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Uniform Cap With RFC Cap Badge By Cater & Co London. Sn 16344 - 16344
This is an excellent original WW1 era British Officer's Royal Flying Corps (RFC) Uniform Cap. It has the correct thin tan leather chin strap secured by 2 King’s Crown embossed ‘RHG’ Royal Horse Guards brass buttons and vent holes at either side. It has its original 'King's Crown RFC' cap badge. The cap has the correct leather trimmed peak and its leather sweatband and cloth lining is clean and undamaged. The crown is crisply stamed by the manufacturer ‘Cater & Co Ltd 56 Pall Mall London SW Established 1776’. The inside of the leather sweatband has a paper label Printed ‘Folio, Order, Name & Regt’. The label has unreadable contemporary ink handwriting. The cap is approx UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16344
£0.00

WW1 Era 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka Kings Crown Plate, ‘KC 9’ Rosette Boss Button With Black & White Horse Hair Plume. Sn 16249 - 16249
The 9th Queen's Royal Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1715. It saw service for three centuries, including the First and Second World Wars. In April 1813, the Regiment was re-designated as the 9th (or Queen's Royal) Lancers in honour of Queen Adelaide in 1830 (Queen Adelaide was the Queen Consort of King William IV and the Regiment was awarded the privilege of bearing her Royal Cypher). During WW1 The Regiment landed in France as part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division in August 1914 for service on the Western Front. Captain Francis Grenfell was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in saving the guns of 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery on 24 August 1914 (he was later killed in action on 24 May 1915, as was his twin brother, Riversdale, a yeomanry officer who attached to 9th Lancers). The Regiment then participated in the final "lance on lance" action of the First World War on 7 September 1914 at Montcel à Frétoy in which Lieutenant Colonel David Campbell led a charge of two troops of B Squadron and overthrew a squadron of the Prussian Dragoons of the Guard. The Regiment survived the immediate post WW2 reduction in forces, but was amalgamated with the 12th Royal Lancers to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in 1960.This is an original, WW1 era Trooper’s Lance Cap of the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancer's. The Lance Cap has the correct skull and peak of black patent leather with correct brass rope effect waist. The rear has the correct brass ring & hook. The sides are covered in black facing cloth. Brass piping with ornate finials extends down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct brass rosette with Crown and ‘9’ (9th Lancer’s) brass button and Lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link brass chain. It has a brass plume boss with black & white horse hair plume. The cap is fitted with correct rayed plate and badge comprising the King’s Crown Royal arms, Queen Adelaide ‘AR’ Royal cypher and Battle honours. The cap is complete with original leather sweat band. It is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this Trooper’s Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 16249
£845.00

WW2 1942 British Hertfordshire Regiment Tropical Slouch Hat With Formation Patch By H.A.P. Size 7. Sn 16263 - 16263
A WW2 1942 dated Tropical slouch hat with Hertfordshire Regiment formation patch and 4 fold linen pagri topped by black & yellow Regimental band. A slouch hat is a wide-brimmed felt or cloth hat most commonly worn as part of a military uniform, often, although not always, with a chinstrap. It is a survivor of the felt hats worn by certain 18th century armies. Since then, the slouch hat has been worn by military personnel from many different nations including Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, Southern Rhodesia, France, the United States, the Confederate States, Germany and many others. Australia has had a slouch as standard issue headwear since the late Victorian era. Our British Hertfordshire Regiment slouch hat has a left side ‘Newey’ press stud to turn up the left side. The left side has its original Hertfordshire regiment formation patch. The brim is edged with khaki linen. The felt is completely free of any holes or damage and has crown ventilation holes . Inside the hat it has a brown leather sweat band which is stamped with ‘Size 7’,’1942’ date and manufacturer mark ‘HAP’. It has its original adjustable leather chin strap with brass buckle. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16263
£475.00

1937 Nazi German & Into WW2, Rural Police Shako By Hans Romer. Sn 16256 - 16256
This is a very good, original Nazi Rural Police Shako. The Shako has a green felt covering with a pair of wire mesh vents on either side. The felt has just a few minor areas of wear but is clean. It has an impressive, large stamped aluminum Nazi Police Eagle with swastika and Oak leaf wreath on the front along with a detachable metal cockade with traces of original black & red paint. It has a brown leather chinstrap and it's swivel chin strap bales are present. It has a brown flat top, visor and neck protector. It is complete with its brown leather sweatband. The sweatband is clean & nicely ink stamped on the inside with size '59' (approx UK size 7). And by the manufacturer ‘Hans Romer’. It is also dated ‘1937’ (all illustrated). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 16256
£575.00

SOLD SOLD (05/05) WW1 British Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 16182:3 - 16182:3
The Leeds Pals were a First World War Pals battalion of Kitchener's Army raised in the West Yorkshire city of Leeds. When the battalion was taken over by the British Army it was officially named the 15th Battalion (1st Leeds), The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). The battalion was formed in September 1914 and underwent training at Colsterdale in the Yorkshire Dales. It became part of the 93rd Brigade of the 31st Division, along with the two Bradford Pals battalions (16th and 18th Battalions, The West Yorkshire Regiment). In December 1915 the Leeds Pals were deployed to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal from the threat of the Ottoman Empire. In March 1916 the battalion landed in France, joining the British build up for the Battle of the Somme. On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the 31st Division attacked towards the village of Serre and the Leeds Pals advanced from a line of copses named after the Gospels. The battalion was shelled in its trenches before Zero Hour (7.30 am) and when it advanced, it was met by heavy machine gun fire. A few men got as far as the German barbed wire but no further. Later in the morning the German defenders came out to clear the bodies off their wire, killing any that were still alive. The battalion casualties, sustained in the few minutes after Zero, were 24 officers and 504 other ranks, of which 15 officers and 233 other ranks were killed. In December 1917 the Leeds Pals were amalgamated with the 2nd Leeds battalion (17th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment, a Bantam battalion) to form the 15th/17th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment. This is a nice, original, WW1 British OR’s Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) Service Cap in very good condition. It has just one small old moth hole on the crown near to the peak only visible on close inspection . It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service brass buttons and vent holes at either side. It also retains its original liner and headband. The cap is mounted with an original brass Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) cap badge.The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16182:3
£0.00

West Point United States Military Academy Cadet Shako To WW2 & Korea Highly Decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Bartley Shanley. Sn 15980:10 - 15980:10
Thomas James Bartley Shanley graduated from the prestigious U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, Class of 1939. He saw much action in WW2 and served in Korea. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division attached to the 508th Parachute Infantry regiment (Red Devils). When serving in the UK he was based at Wollaton park Nottingham. He was promoted to Colonel in 1944. During his service he was highly decorated and awarded many decorations comprising : Silver Star, Bronze Star x2, Combat Medal, Purple Heart, Croix De Guerre, US Defence Medal, US Campaign Medal, Europe / Africa Campaign Medal With 4 battle Stars, WW2 Victory Medal, WW2 Occupation Medal, National Defence Medal, Korea Medal, Distinguished service Citation, Meritous Service Citation, French Fourrage, Belgian Fourrage, Militaire & Orde Decree Of Knight (Holland). The following text is abstracted from the Officers Silver Star award citation “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Thomas James Bartley Shanley (ASN: 0-21828), United States Army, for gallantry in action one mile west of ****, France, between 6 June and 10 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley, Commanding the Second Battalion, 808th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, dropped by parachute north of *** and assembled approximately 400 officers and men within enemy positions. Despite continuous activity of static and mobile anti-airborne enemy landing groups supported by artillery, mortars and numerous machine guns placed at strategic points, he seized Hill 30 west of the Merderet River. Lacking artillery and with only such equipment, supplies and ammunition as could be recovered from the DZ, Lieutenant Colonel Shanley organized and conducted such an aggressive defense of Hill 30 that continually mounting counter-attacks by numerically superior enemy forced failed to penetrated his defenses during the five days prior to relieve by other United States forces. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley's own will to resist at all cost, and his personal indifference to the hazards of the position were the prime factors in its successful defense. He distinguished himself throughout this period by extraordinary heroism involving risk of life beyond the call of duty. His superb courage in the exercise of outstanding leadership in a critical situation inspired and encouraged all who shared danger to emulate his example in the execution of an extremely difficult and hazardous mission. He was directly responsible for the immobilization of considerable enemy strength which might have been used to imperil the successful operations of other airborne elements east of the Merderet River. His performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army”. Lt Col Shanley retired as a U.S. Army Colonel & died in 2004. This West Point Cadet’s Shako belonged to Lt Col Shanley. It has a black felt covering with a patent leather flat top. It has an impressive, large brass West Point plate with Academy arms and motto. It has the correct cockade, patent leather peak with brass rim and embossed brass ‘USMA Cadet American Eagle’ bosses with leather chin strap. The Shako is complete with its original leather sweatband which has some service wear. The sweatband has its original stamp ‘ The Cadet Store West Point NY’ and size label ‘7 1/8’. The Shako is accompanied by a hand written list of the Officer's awards which was acquired with this item. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:10
£575.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Hitler Youth (HJ) Blue Cloth Visored Field Cap With Enamelled HJ Pin Cap Badge RZM Marked M 1/66 (Fritz Kohm Pforzheim) . Sn 15793:56 - 15793:56
This is an original WW2 Era HJ field cap. These caps were based on the Bergmutze (mountain cap) design. Our example is constructed of the dark blue material. The cap is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age and use. The front of the cap is mounted with a small HJ enamelled brass pin badge with rear clasp fastener. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and the enamel undamaged. The rear of the cast badge has an embossed Nazi RZM roundel mark and code ‘M1/66’ which is the Nazi wartime manufacturer code for Fritz Kohm Pforzheim. The cap has its original padded grey material lining. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:56
£375.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades) Dark Blue Cloth Visored Cap With Manufacturer’s Label & Enamel & Gilt Cap Badge. Sn 15793:49 - 15793:49
The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of “Kyffhäuser” in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938. The organization was known as the Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades). This is an original WW2 Era Old Comrades cap. Our example is constructed of dark blue serge material. The baggy cap is undamaged and has no mothing. The cap its original black material headband embroidered with Tutonic crosses & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial devices. The front of the cap is mounted with an enamelled oval shield metal badge with enamelled Swastika & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial imagery and gilt Oak leaves wreath. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean. He enamel has small areas of wear. The cap has its original leather sweatband and the crown of the cap is lined in blue material. The crown has its original manufacturer’s label printed in red on a clear cellophane panel together with Old Comrades monument image. The panel also has a size marking 6. The name of the maker is obscured by a contemporarily applied label with hand written name ‘Brosch’ no doubt the name of the Nazi Old Comrade who owned this cap. The top edge of the panel is worn consistent with age and use. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:49
£375.00

SOLD SOLD (17/06) RARE, WW2 Era Nazi German Waffen SS NCO’s & Other Ranks Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Army Eagle & Death’s Head Cap Badges. Sn 15793:48 - 15793:48
This is a rare, original Nazi German Waffen SS, NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Waffen SS cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 4 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green material it has the correct yellow piping and black headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Army Eagle with Swastika & Death’s Head Cap Badges. The material has no mothing. The cap has a patent leather visor. The cap has its original clean brown leather sweatband. There are no visible manufacturer or size markings on the cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:48
£0.00

WW2 Era Nazi German NCO & Other Ranks Heer Army Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Eagle & White Metal State Cockade Badges. Sn 15793:36 - 15793:36
This is an original Nazi German NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Heer cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 3 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green ‘Eskimo wool’ material it has the correct red piping and dark green headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Eagle with Swastika & enamelled State Cockade with Oak Leaves wreath. The material of the cap has no mothing or damage. The cap has a patent leather visor and leather chin strap with buckle. The cap has its original leather sweatband and cloth liner. The liner and sweatband have areas of service wear. There is the indistinct imprint of an original manufacturer’s label which is un-readable. The sweatband has 2 white metal discs stitched to it with letters ‘K’ & ‘D’ highlighted in black, most likely the initials of the soldier who was issued with this cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:36
£675.00
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