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Victorian & WWI Era ‘Rifle Brigade Officers Sealskin Busby & Plume/Badge’. 19966:29. - 19966:29
This is a very nice King's Royal Rifle Corps Victorian/WWI era Busby. It features a Black sealskin exterior with attached plaited cords. There is a corded boss to front carrying the Rifles Regimental Cap Badge. The top of the cap is black wool felt and the front is equipped with a black over red & black hair hackle plume. The crown is marked with the original maker information under the Royal Supplier logo: Hobson & Sons –Royal Contractors-1, 3 & 5 Lexington St, Golden Square London.W. Size 7 1/8ths. (Hobsons began their uniform business close to Woolwich Barracks, South London, England. Clothing and Regimental Regalia were made for all members of the armed forces using traditional tailoring and handcraft techniques). The King's Royal Rifle Corps was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army that was originally raised in British North America as the Royal American Regiment during the phase of the Seven Years' War in North America known as 'The French and Indian War' subsequently numbered the 60th Regiment of Foot, the regiment served for more than 200 years throughout the British Empire. In 1958, the regiment joined the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Rifle Brigade in the Green Jackets Brigade and in 1966 the three regiments were formally amalgamated to become the Royal Green Jackets. The KRRC became the 2nd Battalion Royal Green Jackets. On the disbandment of 1/RGJ in 1992, the RGJ's KRRC battalion was re-designated as 1/RGJ, eventually becoming 2/RIFLES in 2007. In very good condition as shown in the pictures. The price includes UK delivery. 19966:29. (Soft head wear)
£495.00

Dutch Army Military Cap / Kepi Model Infanterie Regiment 10. HE 844. - HE 844
The kepi is a cap with a flat circular top and a peak, or visor. In English, the term is a loanword of French: képi, itself a re-spelled version of the Alemannic German: Käppi, a diminutive form of Kappe, meaning "cap". In Europe, this headgear is most commonly associated with French military and police uniforms, though versions of it were widely worn by other armies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In North America, it is usually associated with the American Civil War, as it was worn by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This Dutch, green/black coloured 'Kepi' with gold and orange cockade above laurel wreath and number 10. Leather chin strap held by two brass coloured studs with the Netherlands Lion symbol *Small size* in its original tin case which retains the majority of its green/black paint this Kepi is one for the collector/enthusiast. The price includes UK delivery. HE 844.
£395.00

Dutch Dress Kepi with Rooster Feathered Plume. HE 843. - HE 843
The kepi is a cap with a flat circular top and a peak, or visor. In English, the term is a loanword of French: képi, itself a re-spelled version of the Alemannic German: Käppi, a diminutive form of Kappe, meaning "cap". In Europe, this headgear is most commonly associated with French military and police uniforms, though versions of it were widely worn by other armies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In North America, it is usually associated with the American Civil War, as it was worn by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This Dutch, blue coloured 'Kepi' with Rooster plume with brass coloured tulip as intended for the Gala (dress) tunic. Numbered 71 internally *small size* with the name ‘Farber W’ on the tag. With brass coloured chain *loose* and lion head hooks this Kepi is one for the collector/enthusiast. The price includes UK delivery. HE 843.
£395.00

Japanese Navy WW2 Junior Ranks Peaked Cap. - HE 836
This is a WW2 Japanese navy junior ranks peaked cap. The cap has a black braided cap band and the badge has a silver cherry blossom is surrounded by a by a gilt wreath on a cloth patch. The cap has a black leather cap band secured on the sides by two brass buttons with a cherry blossom on them. The leather peak is in excellent condition and has is trimmed by leather piping. The inside of the cap has a waterproof sweat band and inside on the black cloth liner is a diamond white label sewn in with Japanese text woven into it and black Japanese characters stamped on it. There is one small treated moth hole to the top of the cap illustrated in the photographs. The price includes U.K. delivery. HE 836
£195.00

Dutch WW1 Model M1916 Artillery Regiment Kepi. - HE 835
This is a WW1 Dutch model M1916 artillery regiment kepi. The kepi is made of khaki cloth with two red piped bands running round the hat signifying issued to an artillery regiment. The kepi has a leather chin strap attached to two brass buttons and a similar button below the cockarde. The cockarde with an orange centre with a braid surround. The cloth liner is in good condition with no holes or mothing although there is some wear to the leather sweatband. There are some small moth holes that have been treated to the rear of the kepi as shown in the photographs. The price includes U.K. delivery. HE 835
£225.00

American U.S. Army Early Model M1907 Winter Wool Arctic Cap Size 7 5/8 Marked Phila Q.M. Depot. - HE 834
This is an early model American US Army model 1907 winter wool arctic cap. The cap has a khaki denim cotton outer skin with a tie cord to fasten the ear flaps up or round ones neck. This is an early version of the cap, the later ones having the tie cords were replaced by a buckle. The inner lining of the cap and peak have a woollen khaki lining sewn in. There is a white identification label inside the cap with Phila Q.M. Depot (Philadelphia Quarter Masters Depot) Size 7 5/8 printed on it. The cap has the number 800 stencilled in black to the inside of left ear flap. The price includes U.K. delivery. HE 834
£145.00

WW2 1942 British Officer’s WD Tropical Slouch Hat By Moores London With Divisional/ Formation Patches, Pagri Headband & Provenance To Captain Edwin Eastwood Rayner Signals Officer 36th Division Army Of Burma. Sn 19461 - 19461
The 36th Indian Infantry Division was an infantry division of the Indian Army during the Second World War. The division was subsequently redesignated as a British Army formation, the 36th Infantry Division in September 1944. It served in India and during the Burma Campaign. After the end of the war it was disbanded and its remaining British units were transferred to the British 2nd Infantry Division. During the Burma Campaign, the division was distinguished for being the only British division to rely entirely on air supply, mainly by the United States' Tenth Air Force, for an extended period. The United States Army Air Force also provided the division with 12 light aircraft equipped for casualty evacuation and a US Army engineer company to construct its airstrips. Initially, the division was without its own divisional artillery and instead relied on a Chinese artillery group under US command. The division, having linked up with the main body of Lieutenant General William "Bill" Slim's British Fourteenth Army, crossed the Irrawaddy River and advanced independently down the eastern side of the river. Units from the division suffered losses forcing the crossing the 300 yard wide Shweli River but the division continued to advance until the fall of Mandalay in March 1945. This is an original WW2 Tropical Slouch Hat to a named British Signals Officer who served with the 36th Division in the Burma campaign. A 1 page typed note from a member of the Oficer’s family identifies him as Captain Edwin Eastwood Rayner and contains antecedents and anecdotal service history of the officer which can be read in image 2. The note and a copy of an original photograph of the Officer wearing tropical uniform and his slouch hat accompanies this piece. 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 Patches with vivid colour. The hat has its original leather sweatband . The sweatband is impressed by the maker ‘Moores London’ and has WD arrow mark together with size 7 1/8 and 1942 date. The Officer’s ink hand written name and rank is also visible on the sweatband. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19461
£495.00

**RARE** Edwardian British East Riding Of Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry Lancers ‘Lord Wenlock’s Horse’ Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka, Kings Crown Plate, Unique Silvered White Rose Rosette With French Grey Swan Feathers Plume & Lines. Sn 18289:5 - 18289:5
The East Riding Gentleman and Yeomanry Cavalry was disbanded in 1801 then reformed in 1803 as the Grimston Yeomanry Cavalry. Disbanded again in 1814 it then emerged once more in 1902 as The East Riding Yeomanry, a Lancer regiment which was also known as Lord Wenlock’s Horse. In 1915 the East Riding Yeomanry sailed for Macedonia, but the destination was altered and in November they landed in Egypt. They became part of the Western frontier force in Libya before being transferred to Palestine. From March until October 1917, they fought the 1st and 3rd battles of Gaza, and in November they advanced into the Judean Hills to cut off Jerusalem from the north. The ERY sailed to France in May 1918 and on amalgamation became 102nd (Lincolnshire and East Riding Yeomanry) Bn, The Machine Gun Corps. After the Great War the Yorkshire Hussars and Dragoons reformed as cavalry regiments, forming the 5th Cavalry Brigade together with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. The East Riding Yeomanry re-roled to form the 26th Armoured Car Company of the Tank Corps (see pages 180-185 in the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes head wear and badges worn by the East Riding Lancers and states ERY lance caps as rare to find). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction with correct skull and peak of black patent leather with correct gilt metal waistband. The rear has the correct brass ring & hook. The sides are covered in French Grey facing cloth. Gilt metal leaf pattern ornaments cover the 4 corners. The cap has the correct silvered white rose of Yorkshire metal plume holder described as ‘unique’ to the East Riding Lancers in Rowe & Carman’s book and Lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link brass chain. It has the correct French grey Swan feathers plume. The cap is fitted with original cord lines and has the correct gilt rayed plate and silvered white metal devices comprising the Kings Crown ER VII (Edward 7th Rex), white rose of Yorkshire, ‘running fox’ and scroll ‘East Riding Of Yorkshire Imperial and laurel sprays. The cap is complete with original leather sweat band liner which is complete and clean. There are no visible date or maker marks. The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price for this rare impressive Lance Cap includes UK delivery. Sn 18289:5
£3,250.00

Victorian, 12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers Officer’s Lance Cap / Chapka, With Early Queens Crown Plate (Pre South Africa Wars Battle Honours), Rosette With Scarlet Swan Feathers Plume, Lines & Bullion Strap. Sn 18289:4 - 18289:4
The 12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers, was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army first formed in 1715. It saw service for three centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War. This is an original, Victorian Officer’s Lance Cap of the 12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers (see multiple entries including pages 13, 19,128 & 129 in the book ‘Head Dress Of The British Lancer’s 1816 To The Present’ by Rowe & Carman which illustrates & describes head wear and badges as worn by the 12th Lancers). The Lance Cap has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather with correct bullion lace waistband. The rear has the correct brass ring & hook. The sides are covered in scarlet facing cloth. Bullion rope piping with ornate brass finials extends down the 4 angles. The cap has the correct bullion and green velvet ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) and Lion’s head bosses with correct leather backed link brass chain. It has a brass plume boss with correct scarlet Swan feathers plume. The cap is fitted with original cord lines, bullion belt has the correct and correct early rayed plate and badge comprising the Queen’s Crown Royal arms, Prince of Wales Feathers and pre South Africa wars Battle honours, Egypt, Peninsular, Sevastopol Waterloo. The cap is complete with original leather sweat band liner which has service wear to be expected. There are no visible date or maker marks. 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 18289:4
£3,250.00

Transit Tinned Victorian British Officer’s Uniform Pill Box Hat To Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sanderson Scot’s Greys Dragoons Cavalry Regiment With Provenance. Sn 18289:3 - 18289:3
Pre 1713 The Scottish , Royal North British Dragoons (North Britain then being the envisaged common name for Scotland), were already being referred to as the Scots Greys as they were mounted on grey horses . In 1713, they were renumbered the 2nd Dragoons . In 1877, their nickname was finally made official when they became the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys). The Regiment saw much action during the Crimea war & Indian Campaigns. Lieut Col Patrick Sanderson was born on 29th August 1844, he was first commissioned 17th November 1863 and attained the ranks of Lieut Col 1882. He retired 5th July 1893. This is an original Transit Tinned Victorian British Officer’s Uniform Pill Box Hat To Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sanderson Scot’s Greys Dragoons Cavalry Regiment With Provenance consisting of correspondence from The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards dated 26th September 1997 confirming the Officer’s service with copies of confidential inspection reports dated 31st January 1887 and 2nd February 1888 when Lieut Col sanderson was in command, a copy of page241 of ‘The history of the 2nd Dragoons’ almack which has information regarding the Officer’s service and a copy portrait image of the Officer. The hat has its original leather chin strap. The Navy Blue serge material body has no holes or mothing and is clean. It has its original bullion lace ribbon headband and bullion ball at the crown. The chin strap buttons either side of the cap bear Scottish thistle devices. The hat has its original leather sweatband and quilted silk crown lining. The lining has service wear to be expected. There are no visible maker or date marks on the cap. It is a small size approx. UK size 6. The hat is contained in its original japanned transit tin with hinged lid, clasp fastener and carry handle. The top of the lid has the remains of an original paper transit label with partially visible ‘URGH Station’ (most likely an Edinburgh Scotland baggage train label). The lid also has its nice original brass plate engraved with the Officer’s name & Regiment (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18289:3
£575.00
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