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WW1 Era German Inert Drop Fuse Trench Art Topped Walking Stick Cane To 2nd Lieut Ernest E. Hirons Yorkshire Regiment With Period Sepia Photograph Of The Officer Holding The Cane, Additional Images Of His Personal Effects & A Previous Owner’s Research. - 20709:11
Ernest E. Hirons was born in 1875. Between 1894 & 1903 he served with the Royal Engineers, service number 28795. He then re-joined after leaving the territorials and was 2nd Lietenant in the Yorkshire Regiment for the duration of WW1 (service number 40514). This is his period trench art mounted walking stick cane. The cane is 37” overall length. The tip is part of a period brass cartridge case. The top is a period adapted inert, WW1 era drop fuse. The fuse has its original graduated markings and ‘Dopp.Zn/a’ mark. The wood shaft is undamaged. The cane is accompanied by Period Sepia Photograph Of The Uniformed Officer Holding The Cane in a group photograph, Additional Images Of His Personal Effects (the other personal effects in the images were not found with the cane when it came to us) & A Previous Owner’s Research information. The price for this interesting WW1 piece includes UK delivery. Sn 20709:11

INERT DEACTIVATED. American WW2, 1945 Dated Trench Art ‘Battle of the Ardennes’ 57mm (57x441R) Anti-Tank Gun Fired Cartridge Case. - O 1830
INERT DEACTIVATED. Lasting six brutal weeks, from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945, the Battle of the Ardennes, took place during freezing weather conditions, where 30 German divisions attacking battle-fatigued American troops across 85 miles of the densely wooded Ardennes Forest. The battle was part of the Battle of the Bulge and was a turning point in the defeat of the German Army in WW2. This is a fired American made brass cartridge case for the M1 57mm Anti-tank gun which was the British 6 pound 7 cwt modified to American measurements and a 16 inch longer barrel and was used by the soldiers of the 83rd Division in the battle. This trench art cartridge case is inscribed in French on the side ‘Souvenir De la Ardennnes Decembre 1944 – Janniere 1945’ with the name ‘Oster Joseph’ underneath. The American made cartridge case is headstamped 57mm M23A2 F.A. 1943 (1943 date) LOT 57. The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess inert cartridge cases in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1830

INERT DEACTIVATED. WW1 Rare, German, 1916 dated Trench Art 8cm Skoda Shrapnel Projectile. - O 1828
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is nice a piece of German trench art which is made using a fired 8cm Skoda shrapnel projectile. The fired projectile and fuse are in excellent condition, the fuse being a Dopp.Z.C/91 which shows little in the way of damage. The projectile has a black painted background finish and has the date in gold above the top driving band 1916. Between the two driving band is painted an Imperial German cross on an oval yellow background surrounded by gold oak leaves with a gold 42 painted underneath. The top of this plaque has an imperial crown surrounded by 6 flags held by two uniformed imperial soldiers. The flags draped from poles are the Imperial German flag with crest, Turkish, Hungarian, Croatia/Slavonia, Lower Austria and Croatia. The fired fuse is a Dopp.Z.C/91 which is in excellent condition. The base of the projectile has cast into it 3 16 (March 1916). The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess this piece of German trench art in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. O 1828

INERT DEACTIVATED. Rare, British, WW1 (1915 dated) No 82 Marl II Nose Fuse For The 4.5 inch Howitzer Shrapnel Round Engraved Festubert May 1915 Trench At Mounted Inkwell. - O 1723
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is nice a piece of British trench art made from a number 82 nose fuse mounted on the top of a 4.5 inch Howitzer Shrapnel shell top and converted into an inkwell. This fuse was a modified British No 80 time and percussion fuse and the time element was altered at the lower settings by a small steel plate riveted on to the bottom time ring by three brass rivets. The fuse has had the insides removed and the top hinged to open with a brass hinge. This would originally have held a glass ink pot. The fuse is mounted on a turned circular plinth. The brass fuse adaptor at the top of the shell body is nicely engraved Festubert May 1915. The Battle at Festubert was to try and break the attrition of trench warfare and ease the pressure on the Ypres front. This took and took place with British forces between the 15th and 27th of May, 1915. British forces attacked at Aubers Ridge on the 9-10 and 15th May 1915 followed by the Canadian Brigades on the 24th May 1915. The fuse is nicely stamped on the alloy top No82 II, 2/14 (February 1914 date of manufacture) and the manufacturers monogram. No licence is required to possess this piece of British trench art in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. O 1732
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