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RARE MUSEUM QUALITY C1870 Victorian Collection Of Medieval/ Renaissance Form Armour & Arms By Ernst Schmidt Mounted On A Large Antique English Oak Shield For Wall / Fireplace Display. Sn 11315 - 11315
The Victorian era saw a revival of interest of objects from the renaissance and ancient medieval cultures that influenced architecture, decoration, furnishings and art. This renewed awareness led to an intense affinity of arms and armour from those periods of history. C1870 Ernst Schmidt a dealer in authentic and reproduction arms and armour began production of authentic quality museum quality reproductions of medieval and renaissance arms and armour is considered to be one of the most skilled and prolific manufacturers of the Victorian era and examples of his work are displayed in the London Armoury Tower Collection . This is a fine Victorian collection of medieval/ renaissance form Armour & Arms. Its excellent quality and form indicates that it is by the renowned manufacturer Ernst Schmidt. The collection was recently acquired by us and is in as found unrestored condition. The piece consists of a large pair of articulated steel armour gauntlets with riveted scales and decoratve foliate engraving. The finger scales are leather backed. 2 Battle axes, each axe head being made from the correct single piece of steel with a central voided design and tapering from the cutting edge to shaft edge. One axe has a crescent moon form cutting blade and flat hammer for cracking armour fitted on a solid 24 ½” Ash Shaft. The other has a cutting edge that incorporates and armour piercing spike fitted on a solid 25” Ash shaft. Both shafts have hand tooled decorative bands near to the shaft ends. A bec de corbin ‘War Hammer’ type of pole weapon (popular in medieval Europe. The name is old French for "crow's beak"). It consists of a modified 3 prong armour cracking hammer head with leaf shaped spear spike and beak shaped blade for tearing armour. The War Hammer with long integral ferrule is fitted on a heavy 25” Ash shaft which has 2 decorative strengthening bands in the mid section. Also 2 all steel construction daggers with ornate handles. One with curved cross guard incorporating a ‘sword trap’ ring used to catch and snap the end of an opponent’s dagger or sword, bulbous grip and 9 ½” double edged blade. The other with slim ornate hilt, straight cross guard with ball ends and 10” double edged blade. All of the arms and armour have even patina and no rust. They are all mounted on a heavy shield constructed of Victorian Oak planks. Each piece is mounted on steel hooks and can easily be lifted off for inspection/ handling. The shield measures 32” at its widest point and 38” at its longest point. It is 2 ½” thick and covered with a rich russet coloured material which has areas of surface wear consistent with age. The rear of the shield has exposed Oak planks and is fitted with steel hanging rings and wire for wall mounting. Price for this quality collection of arms and armour mounted for display includes UK delivery. Sn 11315 (NB A FULL SUIT OF QUALITY VICTORIAN GOTHIC FORM ARMOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE)
£2,200.00

WW1 British Government Framed Recruiting Poster 'The Scrap Of Paper'. Sn 10772 - 10772
An original WW1 British Government framed recruiting poster 'The Scrap Of Paper'. This is an original poster which was Poster 7 of a series published by The Parliament Recruiting Committee, London. The poster appeals to men in Britain to join up, playing on their conscience that Germany has trampled on an innocent nation and the fact that the German Chancellor tore up 'The Treaty of 1839' saying it was only "a scrap of paper". The poster measures 30" x 20" and is preserved behind glass and framed in a plain black frame. The poster has a faint water mark to the top right and a small hole in the centre where it has been folded into four. Apart from this the poster is in very good condition for it's age. All of the printing is clear and bright. In the centre of the poster is a copy of the treaty seals and signatures of the six nations who guaranteed Belgian Independence and Neutrality. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 10772
£450.00

A WW2 British Army WS38 MKII Standard Lightweight, Portable Wireless Set. Misc 814 - Misc 814
An original WW2 British Army wireless set 38 (WS38) Mk II, standard, lightweight and portable, complete with a No. 38 junction box, lead and plug and also comes with a complete installed set of valves and appears unmodified. (Not Tested). The WS38 MkII was a 'man pack' transceiver developed in 1942 for short range Infantry communication. The frequency range 7.4-9.2MHz. MO control. RF output 0.2W. R/T only. It's range was up to 2 mile using long 12ft rod. The set had unique design features using only 5 valves. It had a separate battery which was held in a satchel and a throat microphone. This WS38 MkII is in very good, apparently untouched condition, complete with the '5 valves and all other components as can be seen from the photographs. It is housed in a green painted metal case and the top lifts off after removing 2 x screws to reveal the components inside. The top has a cage round the controls and it has a Bakelite socket in the top, a Bakelite tuning dial and large three way switch for transmitting or receiving. The switch and tuning dial turn freely as they should. On the top is a plaquard, "Wireless Set No 38 Z.A. 13280 MW Serial No 38279". Coming out of the top is a cable with a plug on it which plugs into the socket on the No 38 junction box which is fixed to the left hand side of the case. The junction box has a Bakelite plate on the front with two sockets, one for a microphone plug and the other for a telephone plug. It has "Junction Box No 2 ZA13348" on the front. The wireless set measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/4" x 3 3/4". This is a very nice (untested) example of this WW2 wireless set. The set is visibly undamaged, the case is in good undented condition. The price includes Uk delivery. Misc. 814
£195.00

Framed Hand Stitched Silk Boer War Battle Honours Of The 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment (63rd Foot) With Silver Wire Embroidery. Sn 10429 - 10429
Amidst growing tension between Boers and the British in the Transvaal, the 1st Manchester shipped to South Africa in September 1899. The Battalion arrived in Durban, Natal Colony in early October and was soon afterwards moved to Ladysmith. The War began on 11 October with a Boer invasion of the Colony. After Boer forces captured Elandslaagte railway station, the Manchesters had four companies sent by armoured train to Modderspruit. While disembaking there, the Manchesters and accompanying Imperial Light Horse came under artillery fire. The 1st Manchesters, along with a number of other Regiments, took part in the subsequent assault. The fighting was heavy, with the Boers pouring accurate fire into the advancing Manchesters. Under increasingly heavy fire the 1st Manchesters became the main vanguard of the frontal assault. On 2 November, Boer forces encircled and isolated the town of Ladysmith, beginning a 118-day siege. On 6 January 1900, a contingent of 16 soldiers of the 1st Manchesters came under attack at Wagon Hill, near to Caeser's Camp. Against superior numbers, the detachment held its position for 15 hours. Only two survived. Both survivors received the Victoria Cross for their actions, giving the Regiment its first two VCs. By 28 February, Ladysmith had finally been relieved by a force under the command of General Redvers Buller. The 1st Manchester's then participated in the offensive which followed the relieving of Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking. This is a beautiful original framed Silk Boer War Battle honours of the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment (63rd Foot). The hand embroided silk with silver wire features a banner '1st Batt Manchester Regt' above Battle Honours of the Regiment, Union flag, Star with Crown '63' (Foot) and Manchester's 'Egypt' embroided badge above banner '99-00 South Africa 01-02'. The Silk is undamaged with no mothing and retains all of it's original vivid colour and hand embroidery stitching. The silk is contained in it's glazed dark wood frame which measures 27 x25 x1 1/2 inches. The rear of the frame is mounted with cord for wall hanging. Price for this impressive original Boer War piece to a Battalion of the Manchester Regiment which saw much action during the Boer Wars includes UK delivery. Sn 10429
£275.00

1936 British Royal Navy Marked No.56 VI Leather, Cork & Canvas Cordite Charge Carrier. MISC 812 - MISC 812
An excellent original Brown leather Royal Navy cordite charge carrier. Constructed of Leather, cork and canvas, these carriers were used by the Royal Navy prior to, during and after WW1 to carry the cordite charges for Naval guns. The front is ink stamped with the Royal Navy 'N' mark, War Dept Arrow and diamond cartouches. It has a complete canvas lining, heavy duty leather carry handle and separate brass riveted canvas carry handle. It has a hinged lid with brass riveted leather retaining stap and brass stud. It measures 38" in length & 8" diameter. The lid of the carrier is crisply impressed 'No.56 VI' and 'RL' either side of War Dept arrow. It is also dated '3-36' (March 1936) Price includes UK delivery. MISC 812
£395.00

RARE, UNUSUAL, English, 1935-1936 Farrier's Walking Stick With Integral 'Hands' Measure, Spirit Level Arm & Hallmarked Sterling Silver Mounts. Sn 10206 - 10206
This is a rare Farrier's walking stick. Made of sycamore it measures 37" in length with a curved handle. The head of the stick has Sterling silver hallmarked mounts which date to London 1935-36 and a German Silver end cap. The upper mount has a thumb recess which, when pushed reveals an integral folding wood measuring stick which lies within a recess in the walking stick. The professionally made measuring stick is graduated in 'hands' and metres/cms (to 170cms) for measuring the height of horses. The measure has a hinged 15 " brass arm made to lie across the horse to measure it's exact size. The arm incorporates a small glass spirit level to ensure the arm is straight when measuring. The measure is marked 'Made In England'. Price for this rare, unusual functioning piece of Farrier's equipment with Sterling Silver mounts includes UK delivery. Sn 10206
£395.00

Senior Service Advert Sign depicting H.M.S. Eagle For Newsagent & Tobacconist Shops Circa 1960-70. Sn 9717 - 9717
An original hardboard Senior Service advertisement sign for Newsagent & Tobacconist's shops (Circa 1960-70). The sign is thin hardboard and is painted on both sides. On the front it depicts an aircraft carrier H.M.S. 'Eagle' being escorted by 'Weapon' class destroyer with an aircraft over head and another escort in the background. The painting has a signature 'John S. Smith' in the bottom left corner and an open packet of 'Senior Service' cigarettes on the bottom right. It has a blue and white thin boarder. On the reverse the sign is painted in plain blue. The sign measures 30" x 20". The sign has a small 1" piece missing from the bottom right (as can be seen in the photographs) but other than this it is in fantastic condition and the paint is bright and undamaged. The price includes Uk delivery.
£195.00

Mint Original 1965 Dated British Army Issue Regimental Sergeant Major's Pace Stick WD Marked By C&S Ltd. Sn 9583 - 9583
Pace sticks are usually carried by warrant officer and non-commissioned officer drill instructors in the British and Commonwealth armed forces as a symbol of authority and as an aid to military drill. A pace stick usually consists of two pieces of wood, hinged at the top, and tapering towards the bottom, very similar to large wooden drafting compasses used on school blackboards. They are usually shod and fitted with highly-polished brass. They can open so that the tips separate at fixed distances, corresponding to various lengths of marching pace, such as "double march", "quick march", "step short", etc. When opened to the correct pace length, the pace stick can be held alongside the holder's body by the hinge, with one leg of the stick vertical to the ground, and the other leg pointing forward. By twirling the stick while marching, the stick can be made to "walk" alongside its holder at the proper pace. Otherwise, while on parade or when marching, it is normally carried tucked tightly under the left arm and parallel to the ground, with the left hand grasping the stick near the top. The pace stick is usually permitted to be carried off the parade ground by the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM); however, at a particular Regiment's discretion, other Srgeant-Majors may carry a pace stick. This is a near mint original 1965 dated British Army issue RSM's Pace Stick. It's legs with correct brass fittings measure 37 1/2" and have the correct brass hinge and hinged 'pace measure' bar recessed into one leg. The same leg has a steel plate with War Dept arrow mark, 1965 date and manufacturer's mark 'C&S Ltd' together with stores code numbers in original white paint. The wood is impressed with WD arrow and number '237'. It has it's original brass retaining screw which keeps the stick securely closed when carrying. Price for this superb RSM's Pace Stick includes UK delivery. Sn 9583
£195.00

WW1 Era 5 Piece Collection Of Commemorative Pottery By Grimwades Stoke On Trent Featuring 'Bairnfather's Fragments From France' Cartoons. Sn 9246 - 9246
In 1916 The Bystander published their Bairnsfather book Fragments from France, described as “48 pages of screaming comicality". Towards the end of 1917 the owners of The Bystander granted Leonard Grimwade of Stoke On Trent permission to reproduce a limited number of Fragments From France cartoons on items from the Grimwades range of pottery then in production. The first piece to be made by the Staffordshire firm bearing one of Bruce Bairnsfather’s illustrations was “Well if you knows of a better ‘ole go to it “ Bairnsfather Ware was an immediate success, and for the remainder of the duration of the war, the Grimwades factory produced pieces featuring the Fragments from France drawings. The Pottery was marked " A Souvenir of the Great War” or “A Momento of the Great War”, with the dates of commencement, Armistice and the Signing of Peace underneath. This nice collection of Bairnfathers pottery features the famous "Well if you knows of a better ‘ole go to it “, 7" diameter circular dish. A 9 /4" diameter fruit bowl "Dear_ At present we are staying at a farm". A 5 3/4" diametr dish & cup, ”When the ‘ell is it goin’ to be strawberry?”. A 4" diameter circular butter/pin dish "Keeping His Hand In". All have nice glaze with clear illustrations and no chips or cracks. They all have the Stoke on Trent manufacturer's marks on the base. The cup & pin dish are marked with the correct 'Souvenir of the Geat War & Armistice' lettering. Price for this nice set of original WW1 commemorative pottery includes UK delivery. Sn 9246
£275.00

WW2 1943 & 1944 Dated Canadian 'D.I. (Dominion Industries) MK VIIz .303 In Cartons' Labelled .303 Ammunition Box. O 855 - O 855
This is an excellent original WW2 Canadian .303 Ammunition Box. The box measures 16 1/2"x10 3/4"x81/2"and is constructed of wood with iron fittings. It has a removeable lid which is secured by 1 fixed & 1 hinged iron bar. It has 2 original webbing carry handles & has it's original black painted removeable steel liner. The box is complete and undamaged. It does have superficial scuffs to the body which is to be expected of an original WW2 piece and is consistent with Military use. The box has nice original labeling to the front, back & sides 'D.I. (Dominion Industries) MK VIIz .303 In Cartons' together with date '3-7-44' (3rd July 1944), 'Warning' notices and the remnants of Canadian Maple Leaf sticker. The box also has numbers stamped in original yellow paint. The edge of one panel is date marked 'CF-1943'. Price includes UK delivery. O 855.
£275.00
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