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SOLD SOLD (4/12 lAY-AWAY) Post 1902, British 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka Kings Crown Plate, Rosette With Black & White Horse Hair Plume & Lines. Sn 14666:3 - 14666:3
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. The Regiment survived the immediate post-war reduction in forces, but was amalgamated with the 12th Royal Lancers to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in 1960. The Regiment was formed by Major-General Owen Wynne as Owen Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons in Bedford in 1715 as part of the response to the Jacobite rising. The Regiment's first action was to attack the Jacobite forces in Wigan in late 1715. In 1717 the Regiment embarked for Ballinrobe, in Ireland, and was placed on the Irish establishment. The Regiment was ranked as the 9th Dragoons in 1719, re-titled as the 9th Regiment of Dragoons in 1751 and converted into Light Dragoons, becoming the 9th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1783. The Regiment fought at the Battle of Kilcullen, inflicting severe losses on the rebels, on 24 May 1798 and at the Battle of Carlow on 25 May 1798, when they successfully ambushed the rebels, during the Irish Rebellion. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on 21 June 1798. The Regiment took part in Sir Samuel Auchmuty's disastrous expedition to the River Plate in October 1806, including the occupation of Montevideo in February 1807 during the Anglo-Spanish War. It then took part in the equally unsuccessful Walcheren Campaign in autumn 1809: a total of 152 men from the Regiment died of fever during that campaign. The Regiment then embarked for Portugal and fought at the Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos, capturing General De Brune of the French Army, in October 1811 during the Peninsular War. It was also part of the force involved in the Siege of Badajoz in March 1812. In April 1813, the Regiment returned to England. They were re-designated as a Lancer formation in 1816 and became the 9th (or Queen's Royal) Lancers in honour of Queen Adelaide in 1830 (Queen Adelaide was the Queen Consort of King Willianm IV and the Regiment was awarded the privilege of bearing her Royal Cypher). The Regiment was posted to India in 1842. It saw action at the Battle of Punniar in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War and undertook a successful charge at the Battle of Gujrat in February 1849 during the Second Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment then fought at the siege and capture of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow in summer 1857, as well as the capture of Lucknow in spring 1858 during the Indian Rebellion: the Regiment, which was described by the rebels as the Delhi Spearmen, was awarded twelve Victoria Crosses. The Regiment was renamed the 9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers in 1861. The Regiment was posted to Afghanistan in 1878 and marched through the Khyber Pass in March 1879 as part of the Cavalry Brigade led by General Hugh Henry Gough. Following the murder of the British ambassador and his guards at Kabul in September 1879, the Regiment saw action at the Battle of Charasiab in October 1879. During the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Cleland, was killed while leading a charge at the Battle of Killa Kazi in December 1879. A Squadron from the Regiment took part in the Second Battle of Charasiab in April 1880 and the Regiment, as a whole, undertook the long march, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Bushman, leading to the relief of Kandahar and defeat of Ayub Khan in September 1880. The Regiment saw much action in the Boer wars 1899-1902 and were involved in the Relief of Kimberley in winter 1899 and subsequent Battle of Paardeberg. Prior to WW1 the Regiment were awarded the following Battle Honours : Peninsula, Punniar, Sobraon, Chillianwallah, Goojerat, Punjaub, Delhi 1857, Lucknow, Charasiah, Kabul 1879, Kandahar 1880, Afghanistan 1878-80, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899-1902. This is an original, Trooper’s Lance Cap of the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancer's (see multiple entries including pages 18 & 63 to 66 in the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes head wear and badges of the 9th Royal / Queen’s Royal Lancers). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, 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 Lancr’s) gilt 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 original cord lines and correct rayed plate and badge comprising the King’s Crown Royal arms, Queen Adelaide ‘AR’ Royal cypher and Battle honours up to and including the Boer War above banner ‘Royal Lancers’. The cap is complete with original leather sweat band. The underside of the peak is stamped with numbers (illustrated). The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:3
£0.00

Victorian Pre 1899, British 9th Queen’s Royal Lancer's Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka By Cate & Co London With Gilt & Silvered Queen’s Crown Plate & Bullion Rosette With Black & White Swan’s Feather Plume. Sn 14666:2 - 14666:2
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. The Regiment survived the immediate post-war reduction in forces, but was amalgamated with the 12th Royal Lancers to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in 1960. The Regiment was formed by Major-General Owen Wynne as Owen Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons in Bedford in 1715 as part of the response to the Jacobite rising. The Regiment's first action was to attack the Jacobite forces in Wigan in late 1715. In 1717 the Regiment embarked for Ballinrobe, in Ireland, and was placed on the Irish establishment. The Regiment was ranked as the 9th Dragoons in 1719, re-titled as the 9th Regiment of Dragoons in 1751 and converted into Light Dragoons, becoming the 9th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1783. The Regiment fought at the Battle of Kilcullen, inflicting severe losses on the rebels, on 24 May 1798 and at the Battle of Carlow on 25 May 1798, when they successfully ambushed the rebels, during the Irish Rebellion. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on 21 June 1798. The Regiment took part in Sir Samuel Auchmuty's disastrous expedition to the River Plate in October 1806, including the occupation of Montevideo in February 1807 during the Anglo-Spanish War. It then took part in the equally unsuccessful Walcheren Campaign in autumn 1809: a total of 152 men from the Regiment died of fever during that campaign. The Regiment then embarked for Portugal and fought at the Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos, capturing General De Brune of the French Army, in October 1811 during the Peninsular War. It was also part of the force involved in the Siege of Badajoz in March 1812. In April 1813, the Regiment returned to England. They were re-designated as a Lancer formation in 1816 and became the 9th (or Queen's Royal) Lancers in honour of Queen Adelaide in 1830 (Queen Adelaide was the Queen Consort of King Willianm IV and the Regiment was awarded the privilege of bearing her Royal Cypher). The Regiment was posted to India in 1842. It saw action at the Battle of Punniar in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War and undertook a successful charge at the Battle of Gujrat in February 1849 during the Second Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment then fought at the siege and capture of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow in summer 1857, as well as the capture of Lucknow in spring 1858 during the Indian Rebellion: the Regiment, which was described by the rebels as the Delhi Spearmen, was awarded twelve Victoria Crosses. The Regiment was renamed the 9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers in 1861. The Regiment was posted to Afghanistan in 1878 and marched through the Khyber Pass in March 1879 as part of the Cavalry Brigade led by General Hugh Henry Gough. Following the murder of the British ambassador and his guards at Kabul in September 1879, the Regiment saw action at the Battle of Charasiab in October 1879. During the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Cleland, was killed while leading a charge at the Battle of Killa Kazi in December 1879. A Squadron from the Regiment took part in the Second Battle of Charasiab in April 1880 and the Regiment, as a whole, undertook the long march, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Bushman, leading to the relief of Kandahar and defeat of Ayub Khan in September 1880. The Regiment saw much action in the Boer wars 1899-1902 and were involved in the Relief of Kimberley in winter 1899 and subsequent Battle of Paardeberg. Prior to WW1 the Regiment were awarded the following Battle Honours : Peninsula, Punniar, Sobraon, Chillianwallah, Goojerat, Punjaub, Delhi 1857, Lucknow, Charasiah, Kabul 1879, Kandahar 1880, Afghanistan 1878-80, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899-1902. This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s 1856 Pattern Lance Cap of the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancer's (see multiple entries including pages 18 & 63 to 66 in the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes head wear and badges of the 9th Royal / Queen’s Royal Lancers). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather with correct gilt brass rope effect waist. The rear has the correct gilt metal ring & hook. The peak has a brass rim. The sides are covered in black facing cloth. Gilt brass piping with ornate finials extends down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct bullion rosette with Crown gilt button marked '9' (9th Lancers) and Lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link gilt chain. It has a brass plume boss with dramatic black & white Swan’s Feather plume. The cap is fitted with the correct Victorian gilt metal rayed plate and gilt badge comprising the correct Queen’s Crown Royal arms, pre Boer War Battle honours and correct silvered Queen Adelaide Regina stylised ‘AR’ Royal Cypher above banner ‘Royal Lancers’. The cap is complete with original leather sweat band and silk liner which has a gold leaf maker’s or outfitters mark ‘Cater & Co London Established 1776’ (illustrated). The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:2
£3,750.00

Early 1900's 5th Royal Irish Lancer's Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka With Gilt Fittings, Silvered King’s Crown Plate, ER VII With Pre Boer War Battle Honours Bullion Rosette With Green Swan’s Feather Plume. Sn 14666:1 - 14666:1
**PART OF A LIFETIME'S COLLECTION** The 5th Royal Irish Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army. It saw service for three Centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War. It amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers in 1922. The Regiment was originally formed in 1689 by Brigadier James Wynne as James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons. It fought at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 and at the Battle of Aughrim later that month under King William III. Renamed the Royal Dragoons of Ireland in 1704, it went on to fight under the Duke of Marlborough at the Battle of Blenheim in August 1404 during the War of the Spanish Succession. At the Battle of Ramillies in May 1606 the regiment helped capture the entire French “Regiment du Roi”, after which it fought at the Battle of Oudenarde in July 1708 and at the Battle of Malplaquet in September 1709. In 1751, it was retitled 5th Regiment of Dragoons and in 1756 it became the 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons. As such, it served in Ireland and had the honour of leading the charge against the rebels at the Battle of Enniscorthy in May 1798 during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. However, its troops were accused of treachery, their accusers claimed their ranks had been infiltrated by rebels. Following an investigation, it was found that a single individual, James M’Nassar, had infiltrated the Regiment, he was ordered to be "transported beyond the seas”. The circumstance was commemorated in a curious way. It was ordered that the 5th Royal Irish Light Dragoons should be erased from the records of the army list, in which a blank between the 4th and 6th Dragoons should remain forever, as a memorial of disgrace. For upward of half a century this gap remained in the army list. The Regiment was reformed in 1858, keeping its old number and title, but losing precedence, being ranked after the 17th Lancers. It was immediately converted into a Lancer Regiment and titled 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers). In 1861, it was renamed the 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers and then the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. The Regiment served in India between November 1863 and December 1874 and a contingent joined the Nile Expedition in autumn 1884. It then fought against the forces of Osman Digna near Suakin in 1885 during the Mahdist War. The Regiment fought at the Battle of Elandslaagte on 21 October 1899, at the Battle of Rietfontein on 24 October 1899 and at the Siege of Ladysmith in November 1899 during the Second Boer War. The Regiment, as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, was also involved in the Curragh incident in March 1914. At the outbreak of WW1 The Regiment became part of the British Expeditionary Force, sailing from Dublin to France as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division in August 1914 for service on the Western Front. The 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers also has the grim honour of being the Regiment of the last British soldier to die in the Great War. This was Private George Edwin Ellison from Leeds, who was killed by a sniper as the Regiment advanced into Mons a short time before the armistice came into effect. The Regiment was renamed 5th Royal Irish Lancers and disbanded in 1921, but a squadron was reconstituted in 1922 and immediately amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers. The Regiment was awarded the following Battle honours prior to WW1, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Suakin 1885, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899–1902. This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s Lance Cap of the 5th Royal Irish Lancer's (see pages 38 to 47 of the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes, in detail, the components & construction of a Post 1902 Officer’s 5th Royal Irish Lance cap similar to ours). The Lance Cap has the correct skull and peak of black patent leather with waist of Gold lace. The rear has the correct gilt metal ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. The peak is adorned with 3 stripes of gold purl. The cloth top and sides are covered in cloth of the Regimental facing colour, being supported on the inside by a framework of metal rods. Gold cord extends across the top of the cap and down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct bullion ‘ER VII’ (Edward VII Rex) rosette on a field of green and lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link chain. It has a brass plume boss with dramatic Green Swan’s Feather plume. The cap is fitted with the correct post 1902 gilt metal rayed plate and 5 piece silvered badge comprising the correct post 1902 Kings Crown Royal arms, Battle honours up to 1885 (Boer War honours not present) and ‘Angel Harp’ above banner ‘Fifth Royal Irish Lancers’. The Lance Cap is complete with original leather sweat band. The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14666:1
£3,950.00

SOLD SOLD (1/12) MINT, British Coldstream Guards, Guardsman's Bearskin With Correct Red Plume, Liner & Chin Strap. HE 867 - HE 867 / 14732
The Coldstream Guards are one of the 5 Foot Guards Regiments in the British Army Household Division - the personal troops of Her Majesty the Queen. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War, the Coldstream Guards swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country's monarchs since. The Regiment’s anniversary is 23rd April (St George’s Day). The Regiment has fought in every major conflict involving British troops since their creation. Their Uniform includes a prominent Red plume on the right side of their bearskin headwear (each of the Foot Guards Regiments i.e. Grenadier, Scots, Welsh, Irish & Coldstream are identified by different coloured plumes (except Scots who wear no plume) & different button, collar and shoulder badge designs / configurations). This is a near mint, original Guardsman's Bearskin of The Coldstream Guards. Its deep pile black fur body is in superb clean condition. The right side is fitted with the correct Red plume of the Coldstream Guards. The Bearskin is complete with its original internal wicker basket frame, black sweatband / liner with draw string and leather backed graduated brass link chin chain. The bearskin is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. HE 867
£0.00

**JUST IN** MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL VICTORIAN & POST 1903 KING’S CROWN BRITISH CAVALRY OFFICER’S & TROOPER’S LANCE CAPS & LANCER’S UNIFORMS. Sn 14666 - 14666
This superb collection of original Lance caps and Lancer’s Uniforms has just arrived. The Uniforms are in the same splendid condition as the caps shown in the images but we have not yet unpacked them. The collection comprises: 17th troopers cap 12th lancer toppers cap x2 16th lancers officers cap with uniform 16th lancers officers cap only 16th lancers troopers cap 21st lancers officers cap early Victorian 21st lancers cap troopers 5th Royal Irish lancers officers cap 9th lancers officers cap 9th lancers troopers x2 Lancer band cap modern one of only 14 commissioned; made using traditional methods complete with certificate. The caps and uniforms will be listed individually in due course but should you wish to enquire about or buy one or more of the caps / uniforms, or even purchase the whole collection please contact for prices. Telephone us direct 0161-476-0436 or e-mail jc.militaria@btinternet.com
£0.00

Original, WW2 British Parachute Regiment Red Beret With Kings Crown Para Cap Badge To Para 6162000. Stock Number HE 865 - HE 865
This is an excellent original Para Red Beret With KC Para Regiment badge to Para 6162000. The Red Beret is in excellent undamaged condition with all material intact. It is mounted with the original correct metal KC Para Regiment badge. The rear of the badge is nicely stamped with service number 6162000 and is mounted against a patch of Denison smock. The crown of the beret has a stitched patch of Denison with printed matching service number. The beret is approx. UK size 6. The price for this WW2 Para beret worthy of further research re the paratroopers service number includes UK delivery. HE 865
£1,200.00

Boxed WW2 American Naval Commanders Service cap and Two Covers, Size 7 1/2. HE 864 - HE 864
A boxed original WW2 American Naval Commander's Service Visor cap and two spare covers, named to Commander G. Y. Wilkins and manufactured by Berkshire Flex. As per the 1941 'minimum outfit' requirements, Navy officers were to purchase 2 caps, 1 rain cover, 1 blue cover, 3 white covers, and 2 khaki covers. Later, in 1943, when the grey working uniform was introduced, a matching cover would also be required. An Officer's cap can easily be identified by its large distinctive cap device, cap band with a backing for the device, and gold colour chin strap. The Officer's cap device design was a spread winged eagle in silver, perched on a silver shield, superimposed on a pair of gold, crossed anchors. Its height was approximately 2 1/4-inches and could be made of embroidered wire, metal, or plastic. Prior to May, 1941 the eagle on the officer's cap device faced to the left and thereafter the design was changed so that the eagle faced to the right. This was done so that the eagle's face would be aligned with the sword arm, which is the heraldic position of honour. At this same time all uniform buttons, including cap buttons, were changed so that the eagle faced right. This cap is boxed in the original manufacturers cardboard box which is complete with the lid. It is in good condition. There is a label at one end which gives the style as "Gold Visor" and size as "7 1/2". The cap is complete with the device, gold chin strap and gilt side chin strap buttons. The inside of the cap has a leather sweatband which is in good condition and a liner with "Berkshire Flex" and a hand written name tab "CDR GEO. Y. Wilkins". It is complete with a white cotton cover and navy blue wool cover, both look in as new condition. There is no damage to the cap or top cover and overall it is in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. HE 864
£275.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Junior Officer's Visor Cap with Seaman's Badge. Sn 13611 - 13611
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Junior Officer's visor cap and badge. The caps main body is made of black cotton that is in excellent condition and free of any marks or damage. There is a plain black cloth centre band. The Seaman's insignia is secured with a brass clip on the reverse of the badge. It has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons. The black leather visor is in good condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13611
£325.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Petty Officer's Visor Cap with Petty Officer's Badge. Sn 13610 - 13610
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Petty Officer's visor cap and badge. The caps main body is made of navy blue wool that is in excellent condition and free of any marks or damage. There is a ribbed black cloth centre band. The Petty Officer's insignia is on a black badge cloth roundel. It includes a gilt wreath with a chrysanthemum at the peak. There is a gilt metal anchor in the centre. It has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons. The black leather visor is in good undamaged condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. It has a diamond shaped white cotton label inside with Japanese writing on it, (see the second photograph). The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13610
£345.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's White Cover Summer Uniform Visor Cap with Bullion Badge. Sn 13609 - 13609
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Officer's summer uniform visor cap and badge which is complete with the original white top. The caps main body is made of navy blue wool that is in excellent condition and is covered with a pull on white summer uniform cover. The white cover is original and pulls on and secures with a single press stud at the rear which is still present. There is a ribbed black cloth centre band. The insignia is on a black badge cloth roundel. It includes gold bullion wreath with golden highlights with a nickel silver chrysanthemum at the peak. There is a cockade with a metal anchor and gold bullion. it has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons, the chine strap has the last 1" broken off but is still present. The black leather visor is in good undamaged condition. The interior is fully lined in black cotton that is in excellent condition. It has a diamond shaped white cotton label inside with Japanese writing on it, (see the inset). The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather. The cap is in excellent overall condition and original. Sn 13609
£395.00
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