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Pre 1902, Victorian Home Service Pattern, British Officers Blue Cloth Helmet Of The 3rd Militia Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment To ‘Col T. Myles Sandys 3rd Bn Loyal Lanc Reg’ With Original Transit Tin. Sn 14432 - 14432
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (until 1921 known as the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) was a Line Infantry Regiment of the British Army that was in existence from 1881 to 1970. In 1970, the Regiment was amalgamated with the Lancashire Regiment to form the Queen's Lancashire Regiment which was, in 2006, amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the King's Regiment (Liverpool and Manchester) to form the Duke of Lancaster Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border). The Loyals were one of seven County Regiments recruiting in Lancashire. Their depot was at Preston, and the Regimental district also included the towns of Bolton, Chorley, Farnworth, Hindley, and the Isle of Man. The Regiment saw much action during the Boer War, WW1 & WW2. Colonel Thomas Myles Sandys (12 May 1837 – 18 October 1911) was a British army officer and Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1911. He was born in Blackheath, and was the only son of Captain Thomas Sandys of the Royal Navy. Following education at Shrewsbury School, he was commissioned as an officer in the 73rd Bengal Native Infantry, a military unit of the Honourable East India Company. After fighting in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 he exchanged into the 7th (or Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, part of the regular British Army. He was to serve in the 7th Foot for twenty years, retiring with the rank of captain. He moved to the family's ancestral home, Graythwaite Hall, near Ulverston, Lancashire. He continued his association with the armed forces as honorary colonel of the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, a position he held until 1897. He was a staunch Protestant, becoming Grand Master of the Loyal Orange Lodge of England and was a deputy lieutenant for the County of Lancashire. In 1852, he leased the mining rights of his land at Roanhead to Kennedy Brothers. The mines were the among the most productive in the area and worked until 1942. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 created the new constituency of Bootle, and Sandys was elected as the first member of parliament for the seat. He held the seat at subsequent elections, either being elected unopposed, or by a large majority. He resigned his seat in March 1911.He died later that year, at his London home, 87 Jermyn Street, aged 74. He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery (a contemporary image of Sandys is illustrated in image 3). This is an excellent near mint, Victorian Officer's spike topped pre 1902 Home Service blue cloth helmet of the 3rd Militia Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. It has a metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a velvet backed chin chain. The front of the helmet bears the original Queen’s Crown Loyal North Lancashire Regiment plate. The helmet is complete with leather sweatband and cloth lining. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. It is contained in its original tin transit case with hinged lid & carry handle. The lid has a brass plate beautifully engraved to ‘Col T. Myles Sandys 3rd Bn Loyal Lanc Reg’. The tin has some of its original Japanned finish. The price for this fine helmet with Tin to a named career Soldier & Volunteer Battalion Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 14432
£895.00

Irish Free State Model 1927 Vickers Steel Helmet With Chin Strap, Liner & Irish Free State Badge. HE 866 - HE 866
This is an excellent Irish Free State P1927 Steel helmet and badge. The Vickers helmet, in spite of its British manufacture, its ‘German’ style rendered it the butt of much anti-Irish British propaganda. During the 1920s the newly formed Irish Defence Forces began looking for a steel helmet. At first the French Adrian model, named after its inventor, August-Louis Adrian, was tested on a limited scale but was found to be unsatisfactory. Eventually it was decided to choose the German helmet used in the First World War, and in November 1926 the Irish government approached the German consulate requesting a modern sample. The German Foreign Office’s reply, dated 30 December 1926, advised that the export of steel helmets was prohibited under the terms laid down by the Versailles Treaty, and for that reason they were unable to comply. So the Irish Free State had to look elsewhere. An order for the helmets was placed with Vickers & Co. Ltd, London, and the design was to be based on the German pattern worn during the Great War. The German consulate in Dublin reported to the Foreign Office in Berlin on 16 August 1927 to the effect that Vickers & Co. had been asked to deliver the helmets ‘to be tested for their expediency during the autumn manoeuvres next year’. The helmet produced was similar to the German one except that the sides were more gently sloped and it was painted a dark shade of green. The most relevant features were the two small brackets affixed to the front to hold an officer’s pattern cap badge painted black and worn by all ranks when the occasion required. On the inside rim of the centre of the rear was a die-stamped inscription ‘V Ltd.’ with a serial number. The interior fittings were completed in Dublin by ‘T. Smith & Son, Dublin’. This helmet is numbered "7224" (Approx 10,000 were made) followed by "V Ltd P 167/27" stamped inside at the rear. It has the three tongue liner pads with draw string and leather liner band. The helmet is fitted with Irish Free State badge. The helmet is in very good undamaged condition. The leather chin strap is complete with buckle. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price includes UK delivery. HE 866
£695.00

Ancient Japanese Early Edo Period C1650-1700, Iron Kabuto Helmet & 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour. Sn 14475:2 - 14475:2
The Edo period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyo. Armour in Japan has a history that goes back as far as the 4th century. Japanese armour developed enormously over the centuries since its introduction to the battlefield. It was worn to varying degrees by numerous classes and was seen on the battlefield both on mounted and foot troops. Armour was expensive to produce and held in high esteem by Japanese families. Japanese Kabuto helmets were made from iron or leather riveted together. Shikoro neck guard armour was made from several layers of curved iron or leather strips suspended from the bottom edge of the kabuto by macrame cords (odoshi) made from leather and/or braided silk. This is an original example of an early Edo period C1650-1700 Japanese Kabuto helmet with original Shikoro 5 piece neck guard armour plates. The russet iron helmet has copper fittings and slotted front mount for family or clan badge or mon. The helmet bowl without liner is approx. UK size 7 ½. The 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour iron scales are undamaged and require binding together by cord or leather and attaching to the helmet bowl. The price for this ancient Japanese piece which would make a superb display piece when assembled includes UK delivery. Sn 14475:2
£1,100.00

Ancient Japanese Early Edo Period C1650-1700, Iron Kabuto Helmet , 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour, Woven Agemaki Decorative Cords With Tassels, Demon Maedate, Iron Hanbo Mask Throat & Chin Armour With Purpose Made Wooden Display Stand. - 14475:1
The Edo period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyo. Armour in Japan has a history that goes back as far as the 4th century. Japanese armour developed enormously over the centuries since its introduction to the battlefield. It was worn to varying degrees by numerous classes and was seen on the battlefield both on mounted and foot troops. Armour was expensive to produce and held in high esteem by Japanese families. Japanese Kabuto helmets were made from iron or leather riveted together. Shikoro neck guard armour was made from several layers of curved iron or leather strips suspended from the bottom edge of the kabuto by macrame cords (odoshi) made from leather and/or braided silk. Helmets were often adorned with agemaki decorative cords & tassels. The agemaki also served as an attachment point. This is an excellent original example of an early Edo period C1650-1700 Japanese Kabuto helmet with Shikoro 5 piece neck guard and decorative agemaki cord with tassel. The lacquered russet iron helmet has a copper fittings including a slotted copper front mount for family or clan badge or mon. The mount is fitted with a later, quality made, removable painted wood, demon maedate. The helmet bowl without liner is approx. UK size 6 ½. The 5 Piece Shikoro Neck Guard Armour with correct iron scales retain much of their original lacquer finish. They are joined together and to the helmet by woven cords. The helmet and neck guard come with their woven agemaki decorative cords with Tassels. The original iron hanbo half-mask covering the throat and chin are in similar excellent condition. The iron mask has the correct ventilation/ drainage hole under the chin. The rear has original red lacquer finish. The 4 piece throat armour is held together in layers by woven cord. The metal of the throat guard plates retain much of their original brown lacquer finish. The Armour comes with a quality, purpose made wooden display stand. The stand without armour is 12” height and 10” width. The price for this impressive ancient Japanese piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14475:1
£2,250.00

WW2 Era Italian Colonial Infantry Tropical Helmet. Sn 14416 - 14416
This is an original WW2 era Italian Colonial Infantry Tropical Helmet. The helmet’s tan canvas body, sweatband, lining and leather chin strap with buckle are clean and undamaged. It has the correct brass hook chin strap bales. The right side of the helmet is mounted with the correct cockade pocket. The crown of the helmet has the correct alloy vent with original olive green paint. The inside of the helmet is stamped with number ‘56’ (size). The helmet is approx UK size 6 ½. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14416
£275.00

Original, WW2 1942 British Army Motorcycle Despatch / Dispatch Rider’s Helmet By BMB With Liner & Leather Chin Strap. Sn 14371 - 14371
This is an excellent original WW2 1942 dated British Army motorcycle despatch / dispatch rider’s helmet. This helmet has no denting and is complete with webbing liner & padded leather sweatband, vented ear flaps, chin strap with buckle and rear laced head piece. The helmet has its original green paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1942' together with manufacturer's mark 'BMB' and size ' 6 3/4'. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price for this WW2 dated helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 14371
£295.00

Pressed Steel Company Oxford WW2 British Home Front, National Fire Service Tommy Helmet, Liner and Chinstrap. Sn 14255 - 14255
This is an excellent original, WW2, steel National Fire Service, factory detachment to the Pressed Steel Company at Oxford 'Tommy' helmet. The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) formed in January 1938 and fire stations were set up in buildings such as schools, garages and factories. A recruitment drive was launched with as many as 28,000 fire fighters required to support London Fire Brigade's 2,500 officers and fire fighters. To provide a unified service throughout the country, the National Fire Service (NFS) took control on 18 August 1941 when all AFS were merged with local brigades to form a national service. By 1943 over 70,000 women had enrolled in the NFS in the United Kingdom. The helmet is painted olive green and has its original transfer National Fire Service badge in gold and red. Also on the front below the transfer is the logo of the Pressed Steel Company at Oxford, a three bladed propeller with "PSC". Inside on the rim it has "Drewett" in white paint. It has its original black oil cloth liner and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original paint. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14255
£245.00

WW2 1941 Dated British Home Front, Worcester City and County Fire Brigade Tommy Helmet By FAI With Liner and Chinstrap. Sn 14254 - 14254
This is an excellent original, WW2, painted steel Worcester City and County Fire Brigade 'Tommy' helmet. The helmet is painted olive green and has its original transfer Fire Brigade badge in silver and red. The inner rim of the helmet is stamped with what looks to "FAI" and "1941". It is also stamped with a number "844". It has its original black oil cloth liner and sprung webbing chinstrap all of which are completely intact. The helmet is undamaged with no denting and it retains most of its original paint. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14254
£195.00

WW2 Era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet. Sn 13675 - 13675
This is an excellent, original WW2 era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet as used by DAK troops in the Africa & Italy campaigns. One side of the helmet is mounted with its original metal shield badge with enamelled German National colours. The other side has the Nazi Army DAK metal shield badge with silver coloured ‘Eagle with Swastika’ on a black enamel background . The helmet is complete with clean leather sweatband and leather chinstrap. The liner is impressed with a crisp manufacturer’s triangular cartouche (illustrated). The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light areas of wear to the brim edge consistent with age and service use.. The crown of the helmet has the correct brass vent. It is approx. UK size 7 1/2. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13675
£595.00

WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel Helmet With Bronzed Badge, Liner and Chin Strap. Sn 13637 - 13637
This is a WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel helmet, complete with bronzed badge to the front, leather liner and leather chin strap. It has a steel comb to the top which is secured with four dome headed rivets. The edge has a folded seam. To the front it has a Belgian Fire Service bronzed badge. Inside the helmet is has a black leather liner with brass eyelets, a drawer string and leather chin strap. The chin strap is secured on one side but the metal wire loop is missing from the other side. This is a complete helmet in very good undamaged condition. The outside is free of dents. The helmet retains about 98% of the original paint on the outside. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13637u
£225.00
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