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Vietnam War American CIA Phoenix Program PRU (Provincial Reconnaissance Unit) Special Forces Beret With Unit Badge & Saigon Manufacturer’s Label. Sn 21449:5 - 21449:5
The PRU Provincial Reconnaissance Unit was created in 1966, the PRUs were small teams of tough Vietnamese paramilitaries used to seek out and eliminate the Viet Cong Infrastructure as part of the Phoenix Program. Under the control of the province chief but armed and paid by the American CIA, they were successors to the short lived Counter Terror Teams (CTT) that had been formed in the early 60's to hunt down VC leaders. Often comprised of former VC (Hoi Canh) or men looking for revenge, PRU teams were frequently accused of atrocities. The Provincial Reconnaissance Units were integrated into the National Police in 1972. The PRU also acted as advisors to the US Army in the field. An original copy of an image of PRU members with American troops operating in Vietnam during the war is illustrated in image 1. This is an original PRU beret. The black serge material is clean and intact. The crown of the beret has size marking ‘57’ and a nice original Saigon maker’s label both protected by its original clear plastic cover. The beret has the embroidered colourful cloth badge of the PRU (illustrated). The price for this Vietnam war special forces piece no doubt a veteran’s bring back includes UK delivery. Sn 21449:5
£395.00

Suez Crisis Era 1955 Dated British WW2 3rd Pattern Paratroopers Airborne Jump Helmet By CCL With Liner & Chin Strap (Size 7 ¼). Sn 21424 - 21424
After 1944 British para helmet production ceased for a number of years but re-commenced in the early 1950’s when new runs of the WW2 pattern helmets were needed to supplement supplies. This is an excellent, complete, original WW2 3rd pattern 1955 dated British Paratroopers Jump Helmet (see page 176 of British Airborne Headdress By Fischer & Lock). The helmet has the correct manganese steel shell with webbing liner & chin strap configuration with leather chin cup. This helmet has no dents and retains its original green paint. The leather sweatband is date stamped '1955' together with manufacturer's mark 'CCL' & size '7 ¼’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21424
£695.00

French Model 1882, WW1 Era Cuirassier Cavalry Regiment Helmet With Plume & Horse Hair Mane Manufacturer marked By G. Helbronner & Franck, Paris. Sn 9970. - Sn 9970
An excellent WW1 Era French Model 1882 Cuirassier Cavalry Regiment Helmet. The helmet has a white metal skull, brass peak binding, ear to ear wreath with grenade to the centre. The white metal of the skull has some tarnishing to small areas consistent with age. It has leather backed scales chin strap and ornate ear roundels one of which is Stamped by the manufacturer 'B. Franck, Paris'. The rear of the helmet is marked by the manufacturer 'G. Helbronner' together with number '59' and small ' Star with letter C'. It has a superb Medusa head finial and removable red Ostrich feather plume to the left side. It also has a plaited black horse hair falling mane. The exterior of the helmet has just light service wear. We have left it in its original uncleaned, as found condition. Proffessionally cleaned this impressive helmet would have an even greater dramatic appearance. The helmet is complete with cloth liner which is undamaged and has just the service wear to be expected. It is approx UK size 6 ½ . Price for this impressive helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 9970.
£1,350.00

French Late 1800's Third Republic Era Model 1876 Cuirassier Cavalry Regiment Helmet By Alexis Godillot With Plumes & Horse Hair Mane. Sn 17563 - 17563
An original Model 1876, France, Third Republic, Cuirassier Cavalry Regiment Helmet produced by Alexis Godillot (1816-1893). The helmet has a black painted metal skull, a brass peak binding, ear to ear wreath with ignited grenade to the centre. The skull has no dents. It has a leather backed scales chin strap with buckle and ornate ear roundels. It has a superb Medusa head finial with 'shaving brush' plume in its original brass holder and removable red ostrich feather plume to the left side. It also has a plaited red horse hair falling mane. The rear of the helmet is stamped 'Alexi Godillot' and with faint numbers which appear to be '15 6 74 9'. The helmet has its original leather sweatband liner which has some service wear. It is approx UK size 6. The price for this impressive helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 17563.
£1,595.00

WW2 1945 North Africa Campaign British Officer’s Slouch Bush Hat By Harritz Hat Factory South Africa With Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) Divisional/ Formation Patch, Ostrich Feather Plume & Pagri Headband. Sn 21363 - 21363
The Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) was a corps of the British Army responsible for land, coastal and lake transport, air despatch, barracks administration, the Army Fire Service, staffing headquarters' units, supply of food, water, fuel and domestic materials such as clothing, furniture and stationery and the supply of technical and military equipment. During WW2 the RASC served in all theatres of war including Italy & North Africa. This is an original WW2 Slouch Hat Bush hat by a South African manufacturer with formation patch of the RASC. The hat has its original khaki Pagri headband and its khaki body is undamaged. It has its original ventilation holes at the edge of the crown and press stud fastener on the left side of the brim and skull. The hat is mounted with its original embroidered cloth Divisional/ Formation Patch with Ostrich feather plume. The hat has its original leather sweatband . The sweatband is impressed by the maker ‘Harritz Hat Company’ and 1945 date. The sweatband has an ink hand written name ‘S.Kirkham’ most likely the Officer who owned this hat. The hat is approx. UK size 6 ½ and it is clean with no mothing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21363
£475.00

*Original* British WWII Childs Steel Tommy Helmet. HE 840. - HE 840
This is an original British WW2 childs tommy helmet. The steel appears to have an old green lacquered green finish and has a raw steel edge. The helmet bears no stampings or identification although it has a glued in foam sweatband. The helmet has a khaki webbing chin strap secured to the rim by 2 copper rivets. The adjuster on the chin strap is made of pressed and stamped steel. The helmet measures 10 inches by 10 ½ inches diameter. The price of this childs wartime helmet includes U.K. delivery. HE 840.
£125.00

*Rare* WW2 Factory Fire Brigade Steel Helmet. Sn 2178. - 2178
A very rare WW2 Factory Fire Brigade steel helmet of the Battery Symbol factory. Original black paint with original blue and white transfer to the front with painted 'FB' below *the outer looks to have been later painted and has a residue that would no doubt be removed with a product* The liner is 6 ¾ " and dated 1940. The shell has the number '102' painted inside and a paper label, 'F. White' and chin strap. In good condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 2178.
£175.00

Victorian British 16th The Queen's Lancers Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka With Gilt Fittings, Silvered Queen’s Crown Plate, With Pre Boer War Battle Honours Bullion Rosette & Black Cock's Tail Feather Plume. Sn 14666:7. - 14666:7
The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922. The Regiment was raised in 1759 by Colonel John Burgoyne as the 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, being the second of the new Regiments of Light Dragoons; it was also known as Burgoyne's Light Horse. The Regiment was closely involved, undertaking several cavalry charges, in the action leading up to the capture of the French Garrison of Belle Île in April 1761 during the Seven Years' War. It also made a major contribution to the British victories against the Spaniards at the Battle of Valencia de Alcántara in August 1762 and at the Battle of Vila Velha in October 1762 during the Anglo-Spanish War. In 1766 the Regiment was renamed after Queen Charlotte as the 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, the number being an attempt to create a new numbering system for the Light Dragoon Regiments. However, the old system was quickly re-established, with the Regiment returning as the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. The Regiment arrived in New York in October 1776 for service in the American Revolutionary War. It was involved in fighting at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776, the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777 and the Battle of Germantown in October 1777 before seeing more action at the Battle of Crooked Billet in May 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill later that month and the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778. The Regiment returned to England in spring 1779. The Regiment next landed at Ostend in April 1793 for service in the Flanders Campaign and was present at the Siege of Valenciennes in June 1793, the Siege of Dunkirk in August 1793 and the Siege of Landrecies in April 1794. It also took part in the Battle of Beaumont in April 1794, the Battle of Willems in May 1794 and the Battle of Tournay in later that month before returning to England in February 1796. The Regiment was then based in Ireland between autumn 1802 and 1805. During the Napoleonic Wars the Regiment were ordered to support Sir Arthur Wellesley's Army on the Iberian Peninsula and landed at Lisbon in April 1809. The Regiment fought at the Second Battle of Porto in May 1809, the Battle of Talavera in July 1809 and the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in April 1810. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810 the Battle of Sabugal in April 1811 and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811. It next fought at the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812, the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It was next in action at the Siege of San Sebastián in August 1813 and having advanced into France, at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813. The regiment took part in the Hundred Days landing at Ostend in May 1815. It charged with John Vandeleur's Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. After the battle, their commander, Lieutenant-colonel James Hay, lay so badly injured that he could not be moved from the field for eight days. The Regiment had been the sole British Cavalry Regiment to serve throughout the Peninsular War and at the Hundred Days. In the Victorian era, the Regiment was dispatched to Ireland in March 1816 where it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment in September 1816, becoming the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers). It returned from Ireland in June 1819 and was sent to India in 1822 where it saw action, using lances, against the Marathas at the Siege of Bharatpur in January 1826. It saw action again at the capture of Ghuznee in July 1839 during the First Anglo-Afghan War and at the Battle of Maharajpore in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also took part in the Battle of Aliwal in January 1846, when the Regiment charged and dispersed a body of Sikhs ten times its size, and also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment’s title was simplified to the 16th (The Queen's) Lancers in 1861. It served in India between 1865 and 1876 and again between 1890 and 1899. Prior to the Boer Wars 1899-1902 the Regiment was awarded Battle Honours: Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon. This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s Lance Cap of the 16th The Queen's Lancers (see multiple entries including pages 77 to 80 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 Lance caps & Victorian 16th Lancer’s plates similar to ours). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather with waist of Gold lace and red band. The rear has the correct gilt metal ring & hook with 4 leaf mount. The peak is adorned with gold purl. The cloth top and sides are covered in black cloth of the Regimental facing colour. Gold cord extends across the top of the cap and down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct bullion ‘VR (Victoria Regina) rosette on a field of red and Lion’s head bosses with velvet backed link chain. It has a brass plume boss with dramatic correct black Cock's tail feather plume. The cap is fitted with the correct Victorian gilt metal rayed plate and silvered badge comprising the correct Victorian Crown Royal arms & correct pre Boer War Battle honours above banner ‘Sixteenth Lancers’. The Lance Cap is complete with original leather sweat band and silk liner which has become detached. The sweatband is complete but has service wear to be expected. 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 14666:7.
£2,950.00

Chinese Latest Generation TK-21 Fighter Jet Pilots ‘Smart Helmet’ with Oxygen Breathing Mask Microphone Socket and Visor Cover. HE 823. - HE 823
An original Chinese fighter jet helmet provided with grey shell paint which includes a new three-dimensional red star device in place of the previously painted red star emblem. Accompanying the helmet is the YM-12 mask which is dark jade green is of the non-pressure demand type, obviously intended for use at lower altitudes and lacking a pressure-compensating valve component. The helmet colour was changed from white (originally thought to help facilitate wearer cooling under sun-heated transparent glazed canopies) to dull grey due to concerns about the visual contrast aspects of white helmets possibly aiding visualisation of the cockpit by opposing hostile aircraft. The helmet is in very good condition throughout; the grey paint still has its original finish, the plastic on the visor, mask and sockets are all in excellent condition. The webbing, stitching and foam leatherette ear pads are undamaged and the visor cover is in perfect condition. The label inside states a size 2 which would equate to 56/57cm. The price includes UK delivery. HE 823. (Right hand rear shelf 2nd down)
£395.00

Victorian Era, British Fire Brigade, Brass Fireman’s Merryweather Helmet and Liner. Sn 21221 - 21221
This is an excellent Victorian era brass Fireman's Merryweather helmet and liner. Merryweather helmets were used by British fire brigades from the Victorian era into the early 1900’s. These helmets were modelled on the helmets of the Sapeurs-pompiers which Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw had seen on a visit to Paris and introduced to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in London in 1868, replacing a black leather helmet. The design was widely copied by other British and British Empire fire services. These helmets were made of brass. This brass helmet has no dents and is complete with its original leather backed brass link chin strap, high combe with embossed dragon design sides and leather liner. The front has a crossed fire axes and hose badge. The chin strap is secured with two rotating brass rosettes, one either side. The has a period hand written label that looks like ‘Fireman Shepard, hat 7 full Lowe Head’. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21221 (on top of bookcase office)
£675.00
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