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SOLD SOLD (18/03) 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, 3 Plumes & Original Image Of Officer Holding This Cap. - 18224
This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s Lance Cap of the 16th The Queen's Lancers recently found in a Lake District house. The cap was found together with an original sepia photograph of the Lancer’s Officer holding this cap & other items of his 16th Lancers equipment. The photograph accompanies the cap. The name of the Officer is unknown but the card that the image is mounted on has a period hand written signature which is indistinct and there is an impressed cartouche (illustrated in the images). In the image, the Officer is seen wearing his 1821 Pattern sword which was found at the same time as the cap and is available separately on this website stock number Sn 18225. Also found was the Officer’s Sabretache and Pair of Lances with pennants available separately on this website Sn 18227 & 18226. 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 16th Lancer’s Lance Cap is all original and as found and un-messed with. It has the correct internal construction, skull and peak of black patent leather which has areas of service wear and waist of Gold lace. 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 ‘VR’ Victoria Regina monogram rosette on a field of red and Lion’s head bosses. The cap is without its linked scales chain. It has a brass plume boss with post 1883 dramatic drooping black Swan’s feathers black horse hair plume (16th lancers plumes were White over Scarlet until were worn pre 1883, then Black. Included are 2 additional plumes found with the cap. One White Over Scarlet Swan’s Feathers, the other White over scarlet Horse Hair). 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 cap has its original leather sweat band and part of its silk liner is present but partially detached. There are no visible manufacturer, size or date marks. The cap is approx UK size 6. The price for this impressive Lance Cap to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment worthy of further research and restoration includes UK delivery. Sn 18224
£0.00

**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
£295.00

**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
£245.00

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
£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 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
£2,850.00

**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
£975.00

**RARE**WW1 British King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 17999:2 - 17999:2
The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) was an infantry regiment of the line of the British Army. It served under various titles from 1680 to 1959. Its lineage is continued today by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. The Regiment served with distinction in all major conflicts involving British Armed Forces. This is a rare to find WW1 era Other Ranks service cap with brass Kings Own cap badge in very good condition. It has just 2 very small old, stable moth holes on the crown only visible on close inspection. It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service brass buttons and ringed vent holes at either side. It also retains its original oil cloth liner and cloth sweatband. All material is clean and intact. The cap is mounted with an original brass King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) cap badge.The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17999:2
£650.00

**EXTREMELY RARE**NEVER SEEN**1860-1875 Victorian, 2nd Lancashire Light Horse Volunteers Officer’s Shako, Liner Marked ‘R.J. Nodder Church Street Liverpool’, With Plume, Queen’s Crown Shako Plate & Japanned Metal Transit Tin. HE 820 - HE 820
British Volunteer Forces were revived in 1859 after a French invasion scare. In 1860 the Rifle Volunteers were formed including the 2nd Lancashire Light Horse Volunteers (LLHV): The intention was that the unit was to be a Mounted Rifle Corps and in local newspapers of the time was referred to variously as “Liverpool Mounted Rifles”, “Liverpool Mounted Volunteer Corps” and “Liverpool Mounted Volunteers” and “Liverpool Light Horse”. The unit was commanded by Major Nicholas Blundell of Crosby and on 21st June 1861 approval was given for the unit to become the 2nd Lancashire Light Horse Volunteers, although even after that the unit was still referred to in local newspapers as “The Liverpool Light Horse”. The unit which was attached to the 5th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers ( Liverpool Rifle Brigade ) along with the 15th and 42nd Lancashire Rifle Volunteers. The unit was disbanded in the year of 1875. 2nd LLHV Officer’s Shako plates alone are extremely rare and fetch Circa £600 each, Shako’s of the 2nd LLHV are seldom seen & never with their transit tins. This is an original 2nd LLHV Officer’s Shako, with Shako plate and transit tin. The leather Shako The Shako has a cloth backed black velvet covering with a broad silver lace headband and patent leather peak with bullion brim. The crown of the Shako is leather. The velvet covering has wear to be expected with age. The Shako has its original removable red horse hair plume, white metal rose, Lion's head and grotesque face bosses. It has its original white metal link chain. The front of the Shako is mounted with its original Victorian die-stamped white metal 2nd LLHV Officer’s Shako plate which consist of an elongated star mounted with three lions, passant guardant in pale “The Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Lancaster” and the star surmounted by a Victoria crown. The Shako’s leather sweatband is undamaged. It’s silk lining has wear & has become detached from the crown at some point in its life. Red cloth lining material accompanying the Shako has gold leaf lettering ‘R.J. Nodder Church Street Liverpool’ & heraldic arms. The Shako is approx. UK size 6. The Shako is contained in its original japanned tin transit case with hinged lid & carry handle in very good condition with no cracks or dents and original finish. The price for this extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. HE 820
£1,795.00

SOLD SOLD (31/03) 1937 Nazi German Rural Police Shako With Large White Metal Plate, Removable State Cockade By Assman & Sohne Ludenscheid, Liner Marked ‘Po’ & Chin Strap. Sn 17775:2 - 17775:2
This is an excellent, original,Nazi Era dated Rural Police Shako. The shako is covered in field green felt which has small areas of service wear. it has a pair of wire mesh vents on either side and brown patent leather crown, visor and neck guard. It has an impressive, large stamped alloy Nazi Police Eagle with swastika and Oak leaf wreath on the front along with a detachable alloy State cockade with original red & black paint. The rear of the cockade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Assman & Sohne Ludenscheid ‘ together with ‘A’ trademark. It has black leather chinstrap with buckles and its swivel chin strap bales are present. It is complete with its original brown leather sweatband liner in clean, un-damaged condition. The liner is ink stamped with size ‘59’ (UK 7 1/4) and ‘Po’ within rectangular cartouche and 1937 date. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17775:2
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (31/03) **UN-ISSUED CONDITION** WW2 Era Nazi German City Police Shako By Friedrich Becker & Co Berlin With Large White Metal Plate, Removable State Cockade, Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 17775:1 - 17775:1
This is an excellent, original, un-issued condition Nazi Era / WW2 City Police Shako. The black patent leather shako has a pair of wire mesh vents on either side. It has an impressive, large stamped alloy Nazi Police Eagle with swastika and Oak leaf wreath on the front along with a detachable alloy State cockade with original red & black paint. It has black leather chinstrap with buckles and its swivel chin strap bales are present. It has a peak / visor and neck protector. It is complete with its original brown leather sweatband liner with leather cord in clean un-worn condition. The crown has a nice, colourful manufacturer label ‘Friedrich Becker & Co K.G Berlin SW68 Original VUPA’ together with rampant Bear trademark. The liner is ink stamped with size ‘58’ (UK 7 1/8). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17775:1
£0.00
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