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Victorian 1865 Dated British WD LA Co (London Armoury Company) Snider .577 Calibre 3 Band Rifle. Sn 15687 - 15687
This is an original British .577 Snider Patent MK III 2 band rifle by LA Co (The London Armoury Company). The Snider action was introduced to British service in the mid 1800’s and muzzle loading Enfield Carbines were converted to allow the use of the .577 calibre brass cartridge. They remained in use until the Martini Henry was introduced. This Snider rifle has a 35 ½” round steel barrel with clean bore and crisp rifling. The barrel has inspection / proof marks. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has a brass butt plate, fore end block & trigger guard. The original wood is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected. The wood has a crisp WD roundel. The action plate is marked ’LA Co’ together with ‘1865’ date & crisp Crown VR mark (Victoria Regina). The breech has proof/ WD inspection marks together with ‘Snider Patent’. The breech has a steel cover correctly without locking catch. The action is strong and works as it should. It has sling swivels, cleaning rod, fixed foresight and adjustable rear ladder sight. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre weapon no licence is required to own this weapon in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15687

VERY RARE, WW1 1914 British Royal Navy Air Service Issue 'N' Naval Marked Webley & Scott .455 Calibre MK I Self Loading Semi Automatic Pistol.*UK / EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED* D 1476 - D 1476
Webley & Scott Ltd, began experiments with self-loading pistols during the earliest years of the 20th century. The MK 1 was adopted by the British Royal Navy Air Service in WW1. It was also issued to the Royal Flying Corp during World War One. The pistols have a large frame and were well made. They were chambered for the .455 Webley Auto which is a semi-rimmed round. Production of these pistols was relatively limited, as after WW1 the British military returned to issuing revolvers. This is a rare original example of the Webley MK I .455 Semi Automatic Pistol. It measures 8 ¾” overall length. It has the correct grip safety and chequered brown bakelite grips. The bottom edge of the underside of one grip has a small chip only visible on close inspection. It has a military external ring hammer and lanyard ring. The left side of the frame is crisply marked 'Webley & Scott Ltd Pistol Self Loading .455 MK1’ & ‘1914’ (date) together with ‘N’ (denoting Naval issue) & Webley Winged Bullet legend. The underside of the frame is also stamped number '5799'. The metal has several WD inspection marks. The metal work has even patina throughout & retains much of its original blue finish. The pistol is complete with its original magazine (the original magazine locks in place but has not been modified or cut to fit into the pinned breech completely). Deactivated to UK / EU specification the magazine can be removed and the pistol cocks and dry fires. The price for this rare pistol includes UK / EU deactivation certificate and UK delivery.. D 1476

SOLD SOLD (02/10) WW1 1916 Imperial German Army Officer’s Mauser (S/42) Luger PO8 9mm Parabellum Pistol.*UK / EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED* D 1477 - D 1477
This is an original, WW1 dated Luger, PO8 9mm parabellum pistol, the standard German Infantry Officers' 4” barrel, side arm. It is complete with its original wood chequered grips which are undamaged. It has clear Imperial German inspection marks and has matching serial numbers 4401 /01 on the frame, action and barrel block. The magazine has a bakelite butt. The pistol is dated 1916 and bears the Mauser manufacturer’s code S/42. Deactivated to UK / EU specification the magazine can be removed and the slide & trigger moves but it does not dry fire. Price includes UK / EU deactivation certificate and UK delivery. D 1477

RARE, WW2 British Air Ministry Coastal Command & Royal Navy Fleet Arm Special Version Irvin Pilot’s & Air Crew Sheepskin Lined Leather Flying Jacket With ‘AM’ & ‘N’ (Royal Navy) Marked Zip Pull & Correct Integral High Visibility Hood . Sn 15703:16 - 15703:16
This is a very good, rare to find WW2 British Flying Jacket. These jackets were a special version of the Irvin jacket and were issued to Coastal Command & Royal Navy Fleet Arm pilot’s and air crew. Because of the higher risk of ditching in open water the jackets had an integral fitted hood to provide additional protection against exposure and was painted yellow to aid visibity (see page 65 of Prodger’s book Luftwaffe vs RAF). The Dark brown leather jacket has the correct panels and waist strap with buckle and plush fleece lining. The jacket has the correct integral yellow painted fleece lined hood. The body of the jacket has traces of contemporary painted personalised decoration which was common practice in the era. The leather of the jacket is clean with just a few small areas of service wear to be expected. It’s body and cuff brass zips are present and function as they should. One sleeve zip pull is absent. The body zip pull is manufacturer marked ‘Flash’ & ‘Made In England’. The sleeve zip pull is AM (Air Ministry) Kings Crown & ‘N’ (Royal Navy) stamped. There are no visible date manufacturer or size markings. It is approx. UK size 40” chest. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:16

WW2 Era British WD RAF Lightweight Calf Length Suede Desert / Tropical ‘Mosquito’ Boots With Correct Draw String Tops Size 9. Sn 15703:17 - 15703:17
These unlined green suede boots were issued in what the Air Ministry termed ‘Mosquito Regions’. The leather soled boots have the correct draw strings at the top of the calf which could be pulled tight with trousers tucked in for protection against insects (see page 146 of Prodger’s book Luftwaffe vs RAF). The boots are clean and have no damage. The inside of the suede of each boot have ink WD arrow marks. The sole of each boot is impressed with WD arrow and size ‘9’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:17

WW1 Era British Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF) Territorial Officer's Mesopotamia / Gallipoli Service Tunic Jacket With Major Rank Insignia, Overseas Service Stripe, Formation Patches & Rare To Find Silk 5 Tape Regiment ‘Pig Tail’ Flash. Sn 15703:18 - 15703:18
The RWF Regiment has a very unique feature to its uniform; a flash made up of five overlapping silk ribbons at the back of the neck. This legacy is from 1808 when the common practice of soldiers wearing pigtails was abolished. The Regiment did not receive the orders until 1809 when it returned to England and then continued to wear the ribbons which had tied the pigtails. In 1834 the Regiment was finally given permission to wear this non-regulation item by special Royal concession. Elements of the RWF Territorials fought in Mesopotamia and at Gallipoli. This is an excellent Service Tunic Jacket of the WW1 era as worn by troops fighting in Mesopotamia and at Gallipoli. The lightweight sand coloured Tunic is clean with just minor areas of service wear. It is single breasted with open collar, pleated chest pockets, Plain lower bag pockets and false turn back cuffs. All pockets have flap covers. The lapels have brass ‘T’ Territorial insignia. The epaulettes bear the single King’s Crown insignia of Major and RWF brass titles. It has Kings Crown RWF Regiment buttons (one pocket button is absent). Both shoulders have black and white formation patches. One sleeve has an overseas service stripe. The back of the collar has its original RWF silk 5 tape Regiment ‘Pig Tail’ flash. The body of the Tunic has brass belt hooks. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the Tunic. It is approx UK size 38" Chest. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:18

Original WW1 British WD 1918 Pattern Other Ranks Field Service Cap Of The Royal Marines Artillery With Regiment Cap Badge . Sn 15703:19 - 15703:19
The Royal Marine Artillery was formed as an establishment within the British Royal Marines in 1804 to man the artillery in bomb vessels. As their coats were the blue of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, this group was nicknamed the "Blue Marines" and the Infantry element, who wore the scarlet coats of the British infantry, became known as the "Red Marines". During the First World War, in addition to their usual stations aboard ship, Royal Marines were part of the Royal Naval Division which landed in Belgium in 1914 to help defend Antwerp and later took part in the amphibious landing at Gallipoli in 1915. The Royal Marines also took part in the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918. This is an original Royal Marines Artillery 1918 pattern OR’s field service cap. The khaki cloth cap with peak and leather chin strap has a black oil cloth lined crown and sweatband. The left and right sides of the cap have small brass Regiment button bosses for the chin strap. The crown has some indistinct original white ink lettering and crisp white ink WD arrow mark. The cap is fitted with its original Brass Regiment cap badge. All material is clean and undamaged. It is approx. UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:19

SOLD SOLD (12/10) Original WW1 British 1914 Pattern Other Ranks Field Service Cap Of The ‘Liverpool Irish’ 8th Irish Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment With Regiment Cap Badge . Sn 15703:20 - 15703:20
The King's (Liverpool) Regiment raised a number of Service battalions at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and its 8th Battalion became known as the Liverpool Irish. During WW1 The Liverpool Irish fought in France from 1915 to 1918. This is an original Liverpool Irish 1914 pattern OR’s field service cap. The khaki serge cloth cap with peak and leather chin strap has a leather sweatband. The left and right sides of the cap have small brass Regiment button bosses for the chin strap. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the cap. The cap is fitted with its original Regiment cap badge mounted on a patch of green felt. The cap is clean with just small areas of service wear to be expected. It is approx. UK size 6. The dummy head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:20

SOLD SOLD (18/10) WW1 Ornate Oak Memorial Plaque With Glazed Original Portrait Photo Post Card Of An Unknown British Officer In Uniform. Sn 15703:21 - 15703:21
This is an original WW1 Oak Memorial plaque of an unknown British Officer who fell in the Great War. The Oak plaque has an ornate deep carved centre panel with Angel bearing laurel wreaths atop columned crypt, Soldiers in mourning standing guard with upturned rifles, banners and arms and panel with text ‘The Path Of Duty Was The Way Of Glory’. In the background WW1 fighter aircraft in flight are depicted. Between the columns is a glazed window which contains an original WW1 era French postcard photo of an unknown British Officer in Uniform (it was common practice for Soldiers serving overseas to have photos taken of themselves to send to family and friends). The rear of the plaque has a hinged panel secured by 2 small brass swivel bars which allows access to the postcard for cleaning / inspection. The postcard has printed French & English text to the rear. There is no postage stamp or handwriting on the postcard and there is nothing to identify the Officer in the photo either on the card or plaque. The plaque is clean and has just a few light bumps and bruises consistent with age and storage. The plaque measures 22 ½” x 17 ½” x 1 ½”. The top edge of the frame has 2 hanging rings fitted with cord for wall hanging. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:21

Framed Original WW2 Nazi German Luftwaffe Parachute Fragment Recovered From The Crash Site Of German 2 Group KG55 Griffin Squadron Heinkel He111 Bomber Number 2877 Shot Down By AA Fire Over Birmingham 19-11-1940 With Notes Regarding Fate Of Crew - 15703:22
Kampfgeschwader 55 "Greif" KG 55 or Battle Wing 55 was a Luftwaffe bomber unit during World War II. KG 55 was one of the longest serving and well-known in the Luftwaffe. The wing operated the Heinkel He 111 exclusively until 1943, when only two staffeln of its four Gruppen (Groups) used the Junkers Ju 88). The Luftwaffe He111 Bomber Number 2877 took off from Dreux near Paris to take part in a night raid over Birmingham 19th November 1940. The aircraft hit by Anti-Aircraft (AA) fire over Birmingham and when the wireless operator saw the observer bale out, he followed suit. The aircraft was completely wrecked and burnt out. Armament: Parts of one MG 15 and some pieces of armour were found. Markings on a small plate found in the wreckage showed that the aircraft or component was made at Heinkel Werke, Oranienburg. Its bomb load included at least one 500 kg bomb slung on the underside of the aircraft. The aircraft crashed at Workshop Farm, Wolvey, Warwickshire. This parachute fragment 13” x 11” measured within the frame was recovered from the crash site. The fragment with section of cord attached has old dry blood stains and areas of scorching no doubt as a result of the action which left the pilot & one gunner killed and the 2 crew who baled out, captured as prisoners of war. One edge of the fragment has ink writing ‘He 111 19-11-40 (date)’. A card mounted within the frame has information regarding the incident, the aircraft shot down, names & designations of the 4 man German crew together with what happened to them as a result of being shot down (illustrated). The glazed gold painted wood frame measures 15”x 12”x ½”. The rear has hanging rings with cord and a label naming the crash site of the aircraft which can be seen in image 3. More information regarding the Griffin Squadron, the aircraft that was shot down and its crew together with later excavations of the crash site can be found at the website The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:22

SOLD SOLD (05/10) Original WW1 Era British Field Made Nail Spiked Trench Club With Lead Weighted Wood Shaft. Sn 15703:23 - 15703:23
During WW1 Military Units on both sides improvised their own trench warfare weapons which they saw as being of more use than issued weapons, when fighting hand to hand. This is an original, WW1 British Trench Club. The club measures 12 ¼” overall length. The wood shaft has been contemporarily weighted by having a bulbous 3 ¼” long, 1 ½” wide piece of lead fixed to the top section. The lead and shaft are pierced through with heavy duty 3” nails. The wood has all the patina of a field made weapon of this age, no damage and no woodworm. All nails have just light surface rust to be expected but are secure and intact as is the lead weight. The butt end of the wood shaft is holed for wrist cord and fitted with cord. The price for this hard to find reminder of the brutal nature of trench warfare includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:23

SOLD SOLD (26/09) VERY RARE, ORIGINAL , Early 1800’s Battle Of Waterloo Era 7 Pound Iron Cannon Ball With Field Carved Message ‘RIP Bon A-Part (Napoleon Bonaparte)’ On Contemporary Ox Bone Stand. Sn 15703:24 - 15703:24
Throughout the ages it has been common practice for soldiers to carve messages or insults onto bombs and other projectiles fired at the enemy. The abbreviation ‘RIP’ (Rest In Peace) is used by many faiths as an affectionate epitaph for the deceased and the abbreviation came into usage in Britain during the 1600’s. This is a very rare original iron cannon ball from the Peninsular War / Waterloo era. It has all the correct form & patina of cannon balls from that era. It is approx. 4” diameter & has a contemporary hand carved in the field sarcastic message cut into the metal ‘RIP Bone A-Part (Napoleon Bonaparte)’ , no doubt by a member of the period British Artillery Gun Crew. The ball comes with its original section of hollowed out Ox horn period cut to form a display stand (Ox were used to pull some artillery pieces in the early 1800’s) . The stand was found with the ball. The stand is undamaged and is 3 ½” width & 2 ¾” height. This rare piece would make a great desk / conversation piece. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:24
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