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WWII USAAF "Cap Crusher" Pilot/Officers Cap. HE 833. - HE 833
These caps were worn by the pilot officers during the Second World War. The cap also called, "Cap Crusher" or "50 missions". It is a soft cap with a chocolate coloured brown leather visor with a Usaaf metal badge reading ‘Epluribus Unum’ (E Pluribus Unum" was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. A Latin phrase meaning "One from many," the phrase offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states). It has a leather chinstrap with two small American eagle buttons. The cap was made by ‘Imperial Cap Works’ of Denver. Cap size 7 1/8. There is a name card inside the cap ‘Lloyd. I. Riegel’ Lieutenant Air Corps Army of the United States. This is worthy of further research. Very good overall condition. The price includes U.K. delivery. HE 833.

A Spanish garrison ( Gorrillo de Tropa ) Cap with Lanyard and Stand. HE 832. - HE 832
This is a Spanish garrison ( Gorrillo de Tropa ) cap made according to the Uniform Regulations of 1943. Based on the Foreign Legion's Isabelino cap, this one is made with wool, a cotton liner, and wood buttons, one is used to button the flaps above the head, the other under the chin. In 1933 the 2nd Republic regulated the use of the barracks cap. During the civil war, the barracks cap was used in both armies, and afterwards the Regulation of 1943 maintained it and added the fold-up earflaps. This is a small sized Spanish garrison cap, model 1943. The exterior circumference is approximately 62 cm. it is an Isabelino field cap used by the Spanish Foreign Legion and then later by the Army into the Spanish Civil War and perhaps later. Made with wool, with red cloth piping and a brown wooden button to hold the flaps on the right side. A red tassel is attached to the front. There is no date stamp, but a number 6 is hand written inside possibly denoting the size? Condition is excellent. The cap comes with a silk/cotton plaited plumb coloured lanyard with balls and tassels held together with a gold coloured ring with the dates ‘1936-1939’ stamped to it. The cap and lanyard come with an attractive wooden based stand. The price includes U.K. delivery. HE 832.

**MINT**Post 1902 / WW1 Era British Grenadier Guards, Guardsman's Bearskin With Grenadier Guards Regimental Brass Badge, White Feather Plume, Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 18725 - 18725
The Grenadier Guards are one of the 5 Foot Guards Regiments in the British Army Household Division. The Regiment can trace its lineage back to 1656 when Lord Wentworth's Regiment was raised in Bruges to protect the exiled Charles II. The regiment's early history saw it take part in numerous conflicts including the War of Spanish Succession, the War of Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War, and the Napoleonic Wars; at the end of this period the regiment was granted the "Grenadier" designation by a Royal Proclamation. During the Victorian Era, the regiment took part in the Crimean War, the Anglo-Egyptian War, the Mahdist War, and the Second Boer War. During the First World War, the Grenadier Guards served on the Western Front, while later during the Second World War, six battalions were raised, and several were converted to an armoured role as part of the Guards Armoured Division. These units fought in France, North-West Europe, North Africa and Italy. After the Second World War the regiment was reduced first to three battalions, then to two, and finally to one battalion in the mid-1990s. Major deployments during this time have included operations in Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Their Uniform includes a prominent white feather 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 Grenadier Guards. Its deep pile black fur body is in superb clean condition. The Bearskin is fitted with the correct removable white feather plume of the Grenadier Guards and Brass King’s Crown Grenadier Guards brass ignited grenade Regimental badge. The Bearskin has its original internal wicker basket frame, black sweatband / liner and leather backed graduated brass link chin chain. The bearskin is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18725

Kings Royal Rifle Corps WWI Busby. Sn. 18549 - Sn 18549
This is a very nice King's Royal Rifle Corps Other Ranks pre WW1 Busby. It features a Black sealskin exterior with attached plaited cords. There is a corded boss to front, which holds the Regimental insignia. The top of the cap is black wool felt and the front is equipped with a black over red & black hair hackle plume. The sweatband and lining show signs of service wear and are intact.. Approximately size 6. This is a good example of a scarce busby. The price includes U.K. delivery. Sn.18549.

Turkish Police ‘Polis’ Hat. Belgium Federal Police Hat. Portuguese Police ‘Policia’ Hat. (Price is per hat) HE 827. - HE 827
All hats in good used condition. The price is for EACH hat and includes UK delivery. HE 827.

**RARE** WW2 Era, Imperial Japanese Navy Green Seaman's Cap With Marine Anchor Badge. Sn 18168:15 - 18168:15
This is a rare, original, WW2, Imperial Japanese Navy Seaman's Cap. Made of green cloth it has a small peak with brow strap and adjustable cord at it's rear. It has 2 ringed ventilation holes on its left and right sides. The front of the cap has its original green roundel patch badge which has a stitched edge and an embroidered yellow anchor design. Inside the cap there are whaty appear to be hand written Japanese script characters. The cap is small size approx. UK size 6. All stitching and material are clean and intact. The price for this original, hard to find, Imperial Japanese Navy item includes UK delivery. Sn 18168:15

**RARE**WW2 Era, Imperial Japanese Navy Blue Seaman's Cap With Embroidered Ship’s Wheel Or Imperial Rising Sun & Waves Badge. Sn 18168:14 - 18168:14
This is a rare, original, WW2, Imperial Japanese Navy Seaman's Cap. Made of blue denim type material it has a small peak with brow strap and adjustable cord at it's rear. It has 2 stitch edged ventilation holes on its left and right sides. The front of the cap has its original green embroidered patch badge which depicts either a Ship’s wheel or Imperial rising sun & waves. Inside the cap, the cotton lining has hand written Japanese script characters and clean leather sweat band. The cap is small size approx. UK size 6. All stitching and material are intact with no mothing. The price for this original, hard to find, Imperial Japanese Navy item includes UK delivery. Sn 18168:14

Operation Desert Storm French Combat Engineering Company, The 1re Compagne, 31e Régiment du Genie Beret - MISC 881
This is a near mint Operation Desert Storm French 1re Compagne, 31e régiment du genie beret. The regiment is a French combat engineering company and their main use is to build and repair roads and railway infrastructure. This is an unused cap belonging to their regiment and was worn in by them in Operation Desert Storm. The beret is made of a heavy wool material with the regiment motif woven into the top. The beret is 10 inches in diameter and held by the rim is 11 inches tall. The price for this us used Operation Desert Storm beret includes U.K. delivery. MISC 881

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 Horse Hair Plume. Sn 17600 - 17600
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. 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. Bullion cord extends across the top of the cap and down the 4 angles. The cap has stylised monogram rosette on a field of red and Lion’s head bosses with velvet backed link chain. It has a brass plume boss with dramatic black horse hair plume. The cap is fitted with the correct Victorian gilt 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 are clean but have service wear to be expected. There are no visible manufacturer, size or date marks. The cap is approx UK size 7 ½. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 17600

**RARE**WW1 1918 British Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap By Compton & Sons Ltd London With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 17999:3 - 17999:3
The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) was a line infantry regiment of the English and later the British Army from 1661 to 1959. It was the senior English line infantry regiment of the British Army, behind only the Royal Scots in the British Army line infantry order of precedence. Elements of the Regiment landed at Le Havre as part of the 3rd Brigade in the 1st Division in August 1914, and spent the entire war on the Western Front. They saw action at the Battle of Mons, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne, the Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Aubers Ridge, the Battle of Loos, the Battle of Festubert, The Hindenburg Line, the Battle of Bellecourt, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Passchendaele and the Battle of Arras. This is a rare to find WW1 dated Other Ranks service cap with brass ‘The Queen’s’ cap badge in very good condition. It has no mothing or damage & is clean with just service wear to be expected. It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service buttons and ringed vent holes at either side. The crown is ink stamped by the manufacturer ‘J. Compton & Sons Ltd London’ together with size ‘6 7/8’ and ‘1918’ date. It is also stamped with ‘WD’ and broad arrow mark between ‘244’ and ‘P’. The cap is mounted with an original brass Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) cap badge. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17999:3
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