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**RECENT HOUSE FIND**Victorian Cavalry Officer's Un-Dress' Leather Sabretache Pouch With Large Brass Queens Crown 16th The Queen's Lancers Badge. Sn 18227 - 18227
This is a scarce, original, Leather Sabretache Pouch With Large Brass Queens Crown 16th The Queen's Lancers Badge recently found in a Lake District house. A Sabretache is a flat bag or pouch, which was worn suspended from the belt of a Cavalry Officer together with the sabre. This Sabretache was found together with an original sepia photograph of the Lancer’s Officer. 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 (the photograph is reproduced in image 3). In the image, the Officer is seen wearing his Lance cap which was found at the same time as the sword and is available separately on this website stock number Sn 18224. Also found was the Officer’s 1821 pattern sword and Pair of Lances with pennants available separately on this website Sn 18225 & 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 Sabretache is all original and as found and un-messed with. The sabretache measures 12” x 10 ½” at its widest point (closed). The front is made of hard boiled black leather which has scuffs and service wear to be expected. It has a retaining strap with eyelet that fastens to a brass stud on the body of the pouch (the tip of the retaining strap has become detached at one end but could easily be replaced). It has a hinged lid which reveals a large pocket, with integral smaller pocket with flap cover secured by leather strip with eyelet and brass stud . The top of the Sabretache has 2 brass belt rings and the rear has a large pocket with full flap cover and brass stud fastener. The front cover of the sabretache is mounted with large brass Queens Crown and Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) 16th Lancer’s badge with battle honours. The badge is secured to the cover by a series of brass screw bolts. The price for this Sabretache worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18227

WW2 1945 British WD 1940 Pattern Lance Corporal’s 8th Army (Desert Rats) Battledress Blouson Jacket By Milford Clothing Co Ltd Belfast Size 4. U 379 - U 379
The 8th Army known as the ‘desert rats’ was formed in September 1941, was a diverse formation made up of units from all corners of the British Empire, with infantry divisions coming from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. The original core of the army was based on the Western Desert Force, fighting in the North African campaign. This is an excellent original British WD Battledress Blouson Jacket. It is clean, undamaged with all material, stitching, collar hooks, belt with buckle and buttons intact. Both arms and epaulettes are mounted with cloth formation patches including that of the 8th army (Desert Rat patch) and Lance Corporal rank insignia. The inside of the blouse has an excellent white label printed in black ink 'Battledress Blouses 1940 Pattern, Size No 4' with additional size information and retailer detail 1945 date & War Dept arrow (all illustrated). Also present on the lining is a partially visible WD ink stamp 'W with unreadable numbers' (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. U 379

WW2 1945 RAF Sergeant's Tunic With Embroidered Air Gunner Badge, Rank Insignia RAF Eagle & Air Gunner & Radio Operator / Mechanic Patch Size 8. U 378 - U 378
This is an excellent, original, WW2, 1945 dated, RAF Sergeant's Tunic. The Airforce Blue, Serge Tunic has 2 external pockets the top 2 pockets are buttoned and the lower are the correct flap covered pockets with no buttons. All of the Tunic's brass buttons with embossed ‘King’s Crown and Eagle in Flight' are present as it's original belt hooks and belt with large brass buckle. The Tunic is in excellent clean undamaged condition with all stitching in tact. The arms bear 'RAF Eagle' patches and Sergeant Stripes insignia. The left sleeve also has a cloth patch issued to Radio Operator / Mechanics. The breast has the correct original winged ‘AG’ Air Gunners embroidered badge. The inside of the Tunic has a nice white cotton label printed 'WD Arrow Jackets O.A. Size No. 8 Height 5’7” to 5’8” breast 37” to 38” Waist 34” Verner & Baxter Ltd 1945’ there is also a June 1945 ink stamp. The price for this excellent WW2 dated RAF Tunic includes UK delivery. U 378

British WD 1963 Paratrooper / Airborne Troops Camouflaged Denison Smock By Windsmoor (Macc) L' Size 3. U 377 - U 377
This is an original, British Camouflaged Denison Smock with elasticated cuffs, tail flap and full zip. It has a white cotton label marked Original label inside, stamped 'Smock Airborne Troops War Dept Arrow, 'Size 3', ' Breast 36" - 38", Height 5'6"-5'8"'and Dated 1963. It also has the manufacturer detail ' Windsmoor (Macc) L'. All material is clean The left sleeve has a small patch of old stable bergan - service wear near to the shoulder which can be seen in the 1st image and the zip although fully functioning has become detached fronm the Denison at the bottom edge, this could easily be re-stitched. One press stud on the back of the smock for the monkey tail is absent. The Price includes UK delivery. U 377

WW2 1939 British WD Special Forces/ SAS/ Commando Pattern Windproof Camouflaged Over Suit Smock & WW2 1943 WD Windproof Camo Over Trousers Size 2. Sn 17949 - 17949
This is an original WW2 British Special Air Service (SAS) / Commando Pattern, Brown, Green & Tan, camouflaged hooded, over smock and over trousers. These windproof suits were manufactured for Special Forces during WW2. The hooded smock has its original hood cord & 4 exterior flap pockets. The inside of the smock has a WD ink stamp together with '39 date (1939). The smock is UK men’s medium size (approx. 38” chest). The trousers are complete with original waist cord, 2 side pockets and the left leg has a single large Map Pocket with Flap & button. The trousers have a nice label ‘Trouser’s Windproof Size No 2 Height 5’ 3” to 5’ 5” Waist 31” to 33” Breech 37” to 39” I.Miller & Co Ltd London’. All material of the smock and trousers are clean and intact and all buttons present. The price for this very rare Special Forces Camouflaged over suit includes UK delivery. Sn 17949

MINT, Victorian British Army, Scottish Black Watch Regiment 5 Tassel Horse Hair Sporran With Leather Pouch & Regiment Device Cantle. Sn 18029 - 18029
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The regiment was created as part of the Childers Reforms in 1881, when the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) was amalgamated with the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot. It was known as The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) from 1881 to 1931 and The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) from 1931 to 2006. This is a near mint, Victorian era five tassel Sporran to the Cameron Highlanders. The white horse hair sporran has 5 black horse hair tassels, with copper gilt cantle with thistle border and centred Regimental motif on a stippled ground. It has its red leather pouch with flap covered pocket and 2 belt loops. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18029

Late WW2 1945 British WD Airborne Paratrooper’s Camouflaged Denison Smock With Correct 'Half Zip' Fastener By P. Frankenstein & Sons Ltd Manchester. Sn 17601 - 17601
This is an original WW2 British Camouflaged Denison Smock with tail flap and correct half zip (see pages 100 to 106 of Denison published by Wilson & Military Mode where similar 1945 dated smocks are illustrated ). It has its original clean and undamaged white cotton label inside ' Airborne Troops Size 4 Height 5’ 6” to 5’ 8” Breast 39” to 41” P. Frankenstein & Sons M/C (Manchester) Ltd, 1945 (date) and War Dept arrow'. All material and stitching are in excellent clean undamaged condition with no mothing. It's half zip works perfectly and it has correct 'Newhey' marked stud fasteners. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17601

WW2 Battle Of Britain Era 1940 Dated British Air Ministry RAF Medical Officer’s Red Cross Armband To Dr Or Mr R.H. French. Sn 17414 - 17414
Active from 1918 to present date, Medical Officers are the doctors of the RAF and have specialist expertise in aviation medicine / surgery to support aircrew and their protective equipment. Medical officers also carry out Aeromedical evacuations, providing vital assistance on search-and-rescue missions or emergency relief flights worldwide. This is an original WW2 dated RAF Medical Officer’s armband to a named Medical officer. It is made of white cotton material and has a stitched patch red cross centrally mounted. The back is stamped with King’s Crown above A.M (Air Ministry) and 1940 date (The Battle Of Britain was fought during Summer & Autumn 1940). It is also stamped ‘Dr (or Mr) R.H. French’ no doubt the RAF Medical Officer or Surgeon / Consultant who was issued with this armband. The material has old staining consistent with age and service use but the material and stitching are intact with no mothing. The price for this armband worthy of further research regarding the Medical Officer’s name includes UK delivery. Sn 17414

WW2 1944 British WD RAF Lightweight Tropical Bush Shirt / Jacket By Ballymena Mfg Co With Cloth Formation Insignia, 1942 Trousers By Blond Brothers, 1945 Belt By Johnston Allen Co Ltd. Sn 17404:3 - 17404:3
This is an original WW2 British RAF lightweight tropical bush jacket with removable belt & trousers. The light cotton jacket has chest and hip patch pockets with flaps and buttons. The jacket has its original RAF Kings crown buttons (the top collar button is plain). The epaulettes and shoulders have cloth formation insignia. The inside of the jacket has an excellent clean WD size and manufacturer label together with 1944 date (illustrated). The tropical trousers have open top hip pockets and press stud fly. The rear of the trousers has a clean WD size and manufacturer label together with 1942 date. The inside of the trousers has a crisp AM air ministry ink stamp (all illustrated). The belt has a clean WD size and manufacturer label together with 1945 date (illustrated). All material & stitching are intact with no mothing. The price for this WW2 RAF uniform collection includes UK delivery. Sn 17404:3

WW2 Era Nazi German Luftwaffe Gefreiter (Aircraftman 1st Class) Tunic With Insignia. Sn 17235:19 - 17235:19
This is a very good, original, WW2 era Nazi German Luftwaffe Tunic. The grey wool material is clean and has just small areas of old stable mothing. It has the correct 2 external pockets with flap covers and buttons. All of the Tunic's buttons are present. The collar has Gefreiter (Aircraftman 1st Class) metal rank insignia on a field of yellow (denoting Air Crew or Ground Crew). The epaulettes have yellow pipe edging. One sleeve bears the single stripe Gefreiter rank insignia. The breast bears the embroidered Nazi Luftwaffe ‘Eagle with Swastika’ patch. One breast button is mounted with ribbon. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the tunic. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17235:19 **NB The WW2 Luftwaffe Cap illustrated is not included but available separately on our website (Sn 17235:20). Please note if the Tunic and Cap are bought together, the torso with head mannequin will be included free of charge**
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