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WW2 Japanese Silk 'Yosegaki Hinomaru' (Or Good Luck) Battle Flag With Manufacturer Ink Cartouche. MISC 885 - MISC 885
This is an excellent original 34” x 27 ½” WW2 Japanese 'yosegaki hinomaru' or good luck Battle Flag. These flags were signed by family members and friends of Japanese Soldiers going to war together with messages to bring good luck. The Soldier would carry these flags into battle in the hope that the flag would bring them good fortune. This flag is made of white silk and has a central red ‘sun’ roundel with stitched edge. The ‘sun’ is surrounded by numerous Japanese script signatures. The flag has a red ink cartouche mark, no doubt of the original flag manufacturer. Two edges of the flag have original leather tabs mounted with cord for pole or mounting to a rifle. The material is clean with no holes or mothing. The price includes UK delivery. MISC 885

SOLD SOLD (22.11.21) **WW1 1918 OSTEND RAIDS CONNECTIONS**Silver Mounted Walking Stick Cane Made From Wood Salvaged From The Wreck Of British War Ship HMS Vindictive Presented 1921 To Dover Resident ‘W.J. Moor’ From Residents Of Ostend. Sn 18883 - 18883
The Ostend Raids were two attacks made during the spring of 1918 by the United Kingdom's Royal Navy to block the channels leading to the Belgian port of Ostend as a part of its conflict with the German Empire during World War I. Due to the significant strategic advantages conferred by the Belgian ports, the Imperial German Navy had used Ostend as a base for their U-boat activities during the Battle of the Atlantic since 1915. The cruiser, HMS Vindictive damaged during the 1st raid was fitted out for the 2nd operation by having their non-essential equipment stripped out, their essential equipment reinforced and picked crews selected from volunteers All preparations for the 2nd operation were completed by the first week of May and on 9 May the weather was nearly perfect for the attack. The British armada had collected at Dunkirk in Allied-held France and departed port shortly after dark. After heavy fighting and casualties the decision was made to scuttle HMS Vindictive at Ostend, The scuttling of Vindictive did prevent larger enemy warships passing through the channel. The larger enemy warships in Bruges were trapped there for the remaining months of the war; the town was captured by the Allies in October 1918. The blockages at Ostend and Zeebrugge took several years to clear completely, not being totally removed until 1921. The Imperial War museum online ( has a contemporary newsreel film detailing the raids and HMS Vindictive’s involvement. In 1921, a Dover resident W.J. Moor or Moore was presented with a silver mounted walking cane made from wood salvaged from the wreck of HMS Vindictive. Text from a local period Whitstable & Herne Bay Herald newspaper describing the presentation as being for ‘Kindness shown to Belgian refugees during the war’ is illustrated in image 2. The name in the article is spelt Moore but the spelling on the presentation cane is Moor (most likely a typo error by the journalist). Also illustrated are copies of contemporary images of HMS Vindictive before and after the raids. This is the cane presented to Mr Moor by the residents of Ostend. The varnished wood cane measures 35 ½” overall length. It has a silver top cap engraved ‘Vindictive Ostende 18 Mai 1918’. It also has a silver collar engraved ‘W.J. Moor’ and silver tip cap. The price for this cane worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18883

**RARE**WW1 Bring Back Gallipoli Mesopotamia Era Turkish Ottoman Crescent & 5 Pointed Star Flag With Turkish Military Acceptance Marks. Sn 18869 - 18869
In 1844 the crescent with a five-pointed star flag , was officially adopted as the Ottoman National flag. This is an original rare to find, WW1 era Turkish Army Flag. The flag is made of red cotton material with white hem and original hanging ropes. The hem has crisp black ink Turkish military inspection marks and Turkish script (illustrated). Both sides of the flag have typical stitched patch white cloth Crescents centrally mounted alongside stitched patch white cloth 5 pointed stars. The material is clean, has no mothing and all stitching is intact. The flag measures 93cm x 60 cm. The price for this rare flag clearly a bring back from the Great war includes UK delivery. Sn 18869

**MASSIVE 14 FEET OVERALL LENGTH**WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Prisoner Of War Hand Made Beaded Snake With Beaded Script ‘Turkish Prisoners Ypres, Dardanelles’. Sn 18346 - 18346
WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Empire prisoners of war made many items whilst in captivity. It kept them occupied and was an avenue for them to earn money to supplement their rations and purchase items they required. Some prisoners even sent them home as gifts for family members or used them to barter with other prisoners. The Australian Memorial's collection of Ottoman prisoner beadwork includes snakes, lizards, bags, bookmarks and jewellery. All were handmade with small glass beads using either beaded crochet method or weaving on small looms. Crochet beaded snakes were the most popular of the beaded souvenirs created in the prisoner of war camps. Nearly half the Memorial's collection of beadwork items is made up of snakes. This is probably for two reasons, firstly a snake is basically a tube, a very easy shape to make with bead crochet. Secondly, snakes were a symbol of good luck in parts of South East Europe, so the prisoner of war snakes could have had a symbolic importance for their makers. The text on the belly usually says ‘TURKISH PRISONER’. However this does not mean that all the prisoners who made the items were ethnically Turkish. The Ottoman Empire stretched from the Balkans to the Sinai. This means that the makers could have been Turkish, Kurdish, Arab, Greek, or Eastern European. This massive hand made WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Prisoner Of War Beaded Snake measures a massive 14 feet overall length and is decorated with colourful beads in typical snake skin diamond back design. The belly of the snake has beaded script ‘Turkish Prisoners Ypres, Dardanelles’ and other indistinct lettering and or numbers (illustrated). It has the correct snake’s head with typical forked tongue. The body has over its lifetime had a few small repairs but these are only visible on close inspection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18346

WW1 Era British Field Made Tree Branch Nail Spiked Trench Fighting Club. MISC 884 - MISC 884
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 field made from a section of tree branch measures 26 ½” overall length. The head of the wood is studded with heavy duty iron 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. The butt end of the wood shaft has an iron ring for wrist cord. The price for this hard to find reminder of the brutal nature of trench warfare includes UK delivery. MISC 884

**VERY RARE**Original, WW1 Era British Tank Driver’s Armoured Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil & Original Correct Double Cloth Tape Ties. Sn 18043 - 18043
This is a very rare, original WW1 British Tank Driver’s Steel & Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil. The steel mask with slotted steel eye guard protection and ridged nose guard is leather covered and has a padded chamois leather backing. It has its original, correct double cloth head ties either side of the eye guards and original chain mail veil to protect the driver’s mouth and chin. The steel, leather and material are clean & intact. The price for this very rare piece of WW1 tanker’s equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 18043

Large, Framed Original WW2 Japanese 'Yosegaki Hinomaru' (Or Good Luck) Battle Flag. Sn 18125:4 - 18125:4
This is a nice original large, WW2 Japanese 'yosegaki hinomaru' or good luck Battle Flag. It is made of white silk and has a central vivid red painted roundel surrounded by numerous Japanese script signatures. The flag has some staining and fraying consistent with age. 2 corners of the flag have their original leather tabs with cord for pole hanging. The Flag is contained in it's lightweight plastic frame with clear celluloid panel. This item including frame measures 39” x 28 ½” x ½”. The price for this nice WW2 Japanese flag which is framed and ready for wall mounting includes UK delivery. Sn 18125:4

British Officers WW1 1915 Hallmarked Quality Silver Folding Cigarette Case By A and J Zimmerman - MISC 883
This is a quality good sized English Sterling silver British officers WW1 folding silver cigarette case made by A and J Zimmerman. The case measures 3 ½ inches square and is curved in shape. The case is kept closed by a spring strap and there are two elastic straps to keep the cigarettes secure when the case is carried and opened. The cigarette case has a vertical striped pattern engraved on the front and rear of the case together with a monogram J P McV engraved in the cartouche. The case weighs 4.32 ounces and has a gilt finish to the inside. The case is hallmarked sterling silver to A and J Zimmerman for the years 1915 to 1916. The price includes U.K. delivery. MISC 883

WW2 German MG34/MG42 Spent Cartridge Case Catcher - MISC 882
This is an original German WW2 MG34/42 spent cartridge case catcher. The catcher was fitted to the underside of the MG34/42 when used in a confined environment, eg inside a vehicle. This catcher is made of a steel frame with a coarse green cloth bag closed by 2 studs held to the frame by 6 rivets. Both the exterior circumference of the catcher and the stud holes are lined with leather edging sewn on. The steel frame retains much of its original green finish. The price includes U.K. delivery. MISC 882

British WW1 SMLE Rifle Bayonet Attachment, Trench Mirror - MISC 880
This is a rare WW1 British trench mirror for attaching to the tip of a bayonet for looking over a parapet. The mirror is has a swivel attachment with a small hole in it to fit on the tip of a bayonet to secure it. The glass mirror is intact and it retains most of its original khaki painted finish, but the metal mirror protecting cover has become detached at some time in its life. The price for this rare item includes U.K. delivery. MISC 880
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