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1'' NORDENFELT / AIMING RIFLE ROUND inert Inert 1'' NORDENFELT / AIMING RIFLE ROUND . 2 available , priced at £35 each or £60 for the pair. PLEASE NOTE : Only available for delivery to UK addresses.
British Army Radio Manpack GS frame and straps dated 1945 British Army Radio Manpack GS frame and straps dated 1945 ... In good sound condition , some marks but complete with all straps etc .
'B' CLASS TRADESMAN BADGE (R) 'B' CLASS TRADESMAN BADGEremoved from uniform . Good condition.
'C' CLASS TRADESMAN BADGE (R) 'C' CLASS TRADESMAN BADGE . Good condition. ...
'NAVAL SWORDS - BRITISH & AMERICAN NAVAL EDGED WEAPONS' 'NAVAL SWORDS - BRITISH & AMERICAN NAVAL EDGED WEAPONS 1660 - 1815' by Annis . Published 1970 . Hardback 80 pages with 57 weapons illustrated . Very good condition apart from chips to dustwrapper.
'USE OF TOGGLE ROPES' This is a facsimile which has been done from a very rare possibly unique 1944 manual : 'USE OF TOGGLE ROPES' by Sgt John Liddle , Royal Marines . Published 1st Feb 1944 for the 22nd Training Battalion Royal Marines. It is a unit level production clearly done with the Invasion of France in mind .The 1944 original appears to have been done on a mimeograph ( roneo machine ) and unfortunately many of the diagrams are now faint . This means that in this reproduction the diagrams are also faint ( but legible ) though I have done my best to improve the contrast when printing them. It gives full details of the potential usage of the toggle rope along with chapters on knots etc . 33 pages inc 12 full page diagrams / line drawings
( MERRILL'S ) MARAUDERS by Ogburn MARAUDERS by Ogburn . 1960 . 319 pages , illustrated , well used condition.
10th Royal Hussars Officers’ tent hat badge Excellent quality silver gilt example with pin fixing. Marked S and Gaunt London to reverse.
11th Hussars cap badge Good polished example with Firmin London marked slider.
12th Lancers cap badge King’s Crown bi metal example with slider. Firmin London to reverse.
14/20th Royal Hussars cap badge Good polished example with Firmin London marked slider.
14th (1st Birmingham) Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment cap badge Scarce cap badge in good field used complete condition. Attractive convex shape.
1903 / 08 Pattern OTHER SERVICES (MOUNTED) HAVERSACK Rare1903 / 08 Pattern OTHER SERVICES (MOUNTED) HAVERSACK. Some marks and split to stitching at bottom of side pocket o/w very good,
1903 PATTERN LEE ENFIELD LEATHER BANDOLIER 1903 PATTERN LEE ENFIELD LEATHER BANDOLIER . In excellent condition. Maker marked Leibowitz .Johannesburg and stamped with the S African broad arrow in 'U'.
1939 PATTERN LEATHER EQUIPMENT BINOCULAR CASE 1939 PATTERN LEATHER EQUIPMENT BINOCULAR CASE . A very scarce example of a 1939 PATTERN LEATHER EQUIPMENT BINOCULAR CASE . The belt loops and buckle have been removed , o/w intact and in good condition .
1942 dated OSTERMILK BABY MILK TIN 1942 dated OSTERMILK BABY MILK TIN .Top has surface rust covering and label has some rust speckling , but the tin is sound and the label is clear. A rare Home Front item .
1st Volunteer Battalion Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge All brass cap badge with scroll to bottom edge, with lugs.
1st Volunteer Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment cap badge White metal cap badge with lugs in good order.
22nd Dragoons cap badge Very good condition with Firmin London marked slider.
23 PARACHUTE FIELD AMBULANCE PHOTO ... named 23 PARACHUTE FIELD AMBULANCE FOOTBALL TEAM 1957-58 PHOTOGRAPH ... all named . 16 x 14 inches, framed but not glazed . Some marks to margins , photo in very good condition.
29th Irish Battalion Imperial Yeomanry cap badge Scarce Edwardian era cap badge with the correct four brass (not copper) lugs to reverse.
2nd Battalion Cameronians cloth insignia set Embroidered Y formation sign for 5th Infantry Division together with rifle green arm of service strip on battledress cloth backing. Matching pair worn by 2nd Battalion Cameronians, 13th Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division. Some moth damage.
2nd Volunteer Battalion Hampshire Regiment Cap Badge All white metal with long brass slider.
33rd Guards Brigade formation signs Very good matching pair removed from uniform.
3rd Carabiniers NCO arm badge Bi metal arm badge with 2 loops to reverse. Formed in 1922 from the 3rd Dragoon Guards and the 6th Dragoon Guards. Crisp and clean example save for one very small area of discolouration.
4th & 5th Battalions East Lancashire Regiment cap badge Scarce post 1908 scroll erased cap badge with slider. Very good condition.
5th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment Officers’ cap badge Scarce bronze issue Cinque Ports cap badge with blades.
5th Royal Irish Lancers / 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars NCO’s arm badge White metal arm badge worn by NCO’s of both Regiments. Two lugs to reverse.
5th Royal Irish Lancers cap badge Scarce bi metal cap badge with slider. Blow holes behind pennons and 5.
6th Battalion City of London Regiment cap badge Very good blackened brass example with original green cloth backing cut in a rather attractive shape. Would be very difficult to upgrade this example.
6th Inniskilling Dragoons cap badge Nice used example with slider and two blow holes to reverse.
7/8/9th Battalions Middlesex Regiment cap badge White metal cap badge with South Africa honour only. Very good condition complete with lugs.
A HISTORY OF THE SAS REGIMENT by Strawson A HISTORY OF THE SAS REGIMENT by Strawson . 1984 . 292 pages , well illustrated . Good condition.
A-Z of ROYAL NAVAL SHIPS BADGES 1919-1989 Vol 2 A-Z of ROYAL NAVAL SHIPS BADGES 1919-1989 Vol 2 HMS BACCANTE - HMS BUZZARD by Wilkinson, Stopford & Taylor . Softback , A4 format , published 1988 . 99 pages plus 99 colour illustrations of badges . Very good used condition.
AERONAUTICA - ILLUS GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS AERONAUTICA - AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS 1914-1984 by A J Marriot-Smith . Published Arms & Armour 1989 . 64 pages with profuse illustrations .
AIR COMMANDO by Vaculik 1954 AIR COMMANDO by Vaculik 1954 . 303 pages many illustrations . No dustwrapper , faded bumped boards, contents good .
ALLIED AIRBORNE ASSAULT OVER THE RHINE 1945 STORMING HITLER'S RHINE - THE ALLIED ASSAULT FEB - MARCH 1945 - THE STORY OF THE LARGEST SINGLE AIRBORNE OPERATION IN HISTORY by Breuer 1985 . 308 pages , some illustations. Good condition.
AMERICAN BADGES & INSIGNIA by Kerrigan AMERICAN BADGES & INSIGNIA by Kerrigan . Published 1967 . Hardback 286 pages with over 1,100 illustrations . Covers Revolutionary War to Vietnam . Very good contents in worn dustwrapper.
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SPONTOON Good example of a scarce WAR OF INDEPENDENCE / AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SPONTOON . Overall length c 190 cm , blade length inc socket 56 cm . Blacksmith made iron head and pointed shoe , with wooden pole covered in animal skin probably buckskin. Head pitted overall and some bending to the blade esp near to tip. Stitching missing in some places to the buckskin covering and some weathering and wear to same. One section of skin covering is missing for about 22 cm just above the shoe A good early example of this scarce sought after weapon. For similar examples see Newman , Swords & Blades of the American Revolution.
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders glengarry badge Early pattern non voided white metal example. Gaunt London tablet to reverse.
ARMY BADGES & INSIGNIA since 1945 by Rosignoli ARMY BADGES & INSIGNIA since 1945 by Rosignoli . Hardback , published 1973 . 218 pages with 93 pages of illustrations. Very good used condition.
ARMY CATERING CORPS DINING FORK DINING FORK , stamped : 'THE PROPERTY OF THE A.C.C'. and 'T.TURNER'S HYGIENIC' .
ARMY TRAINING MEMORANDUM No.50 1944 ARMY TRAINING MEMORANDUM No.50 1944 , 34 pages, rather tatty .
ARMY TRAINING MEMORANDUM No.52 1945 ARMY TRAINING MEMORANDUM No.52 1945 , 34 pages, rather tatty .
ARNHEM - A TRAGEDY OF ERRORS by Harclerode ARNHEM - A TRAGEDY OF ERRORS by Harclerode published 2000 . 192 pages with many illustrations & maps. Very good but some nicks to dustwrapper
ARNHEM 1944 - A REAPPRAISAL by Buckingham 2002 'ARNHEM 1944 - A REAPPRAISAL' by Buckingham . published 2002 , paperback , 223 pages , 23 photo illustrations & 7 maps. Very good used condition.
ARNHEM 1944 by Piekalkiewicz ARNHEM 1944 by Piekalkiewicz . 1976. 112 pages , profusely illustrated . Very good condition.
ARP & CIVIL DEFENCE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR ARP & CIVIL DEFENCE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR by P Doyle 2011. 64 pages with profuse illustrations . Softback. Very good condition.
ARP HANDBOOK No 1 PERSONAL PROTECTION AGAINST GAS 1939 ARP HANDBOOK No 1 PERSONAL PROTECTION AGAINST GAS 1939 . 124 pages , many photo illustrations . Good used condition.
ARP HANDBOOK No 2 1st AID & NURSING FOR GAS 1938 ARP HANDBOOK No 2 1st AID & NURSING FOR GAS CASUALTIES 1938 . 47 pages . Good used conditions.
ARP HANDBOOK No 3 PASSIVE AIR DEFENCE 1939 ARP HANDBOOK No 3 PASSIVE AIR DEFENCE 1939 . 139 pages with illustrations. Good used condition , some nicks to rear cover.
ARP HANDBOOK No 4 DECONTAMINATION OF MATERIALS 1939 ARP HANDBOOK No 4 DECONTAMINATION OF MATERIALS . 1939 . 69 pages . Very good condition.
ARP RESPIRATOR IN ISSUE TIN Civilian type gas mask in its issue cardboard box contained in its ARP issue red tin printed with instructions . Scarce. The gas mask is marked 'MEDIUM' and the cardboard box is named to 'J EVANS , ORREL PARK , LIVERPOOL' . The gas mask is in good condition with no perishing , the tin is good with some rubbing to finish and rust speckling. .
ARP STIRRUP PUMP WW2 ARP STIRRUP PUMP in superb condition .
ASSAULT BOAT EMERGENCY REPAIR KIT BOX Tin box ( empty ) for the ASSAULT BOAT Mk 4 EMERGENCY REPAIR KIT . Measures 12 x 6 x 6 inches. Some paint splashes, some surface rust and scratches but generally very good with around 90% original finish remaining.
AUSTRALIAN MACHETE BAYONET SCABBARD A scarce genuine AUSTRALIAN MACHETE BAYONET SCABBARD dated 1944 .Very good condition with some superficial mildew and mud stains .
BADGES & INSIGNIA OF WW2 - AIR FORCE - NAVAL - MARINE BADGES & INSIGNIA OF WW2 - AIR FORCE - NAVAL - MARINE by Rosignoli . Hardback published 1980 . 363 pages with 2,500 colour illustrations. Very good used condition.
BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1820- Present by Wilkinson BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1820- Present by Wilkinson. 7th edition published 1992 . Hardback in very good used condition . 95 pages with 436 badges illustrated.
BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1820-1960 by Wilkinson BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1820-1960 by Wilkinson . 4th edition published 1980 . Hardback good used condition . 416 badges illustrated.
Boer War Imperial Yeomanry slouch hat badge and rosette Very nice example in good but used condition. Prince of Wales feathers on loops above IY on blades.
BOER WAR WD ISSUE JACK KNIFE Very rare BOER WAR WD ISSUE JACK KNIFE , horn grips , WD marked , maker marked ATKINS BROS , SHEFFIELD . Blade length 3.75 inches, closed overall length 5 inches. Copper bale missing, sharpened , blade jiggles a little in locked open position.
BOUNCE THE RHINE by Whiting. BOUNCE THE RHINE - THE GREATEST AIRBORNE OPERATION IN HISTORY by Whiting 1985 . 191 PAGES MANY ILLUSTRATIONS . Very good used condition.
BRASS HILTED HANGER BRASS HILTED HANGER possibly a British export to the Confederacy . 29.5 inches long o/a with a blade length of 25 inches. On the hilt it is stamped POWEL IL , and on the ricasso it is clearly stamped '2nd ...' + other letters but tantalisingly illegible .There is a tiny italic 'J' on the other side of the hilt and a Roman numeral 'II' . No scabbard .
BRASS HILTED SWORD BRASS HILTED SWORD 38.5 inches across the curve o/a , with a BL of 33 inches. It is stamped on the hilt with Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association mark. This is thought to be a British export model for the Confederacy . No scabbard
BRITAINS CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES AT WAR 1939-45 PUT THAT LIGHT OUT - BRITAINS CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES AT WAR 1939-45 by M Brown 1999 . Softback , 122 pages, many illustrations. Very good condition.
BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH SPECIAL FORCES INSIGNIA BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH SPECIAL FORCES INSIGNIA - AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS by Shortt. 1988. 68 pages, 300 badges illustrated in b & w. .Very good condition.
British Army FIELD ALMANAC 1917 British Army FIELD ALMANAC 1917 . 48 pages ...Filled with useful info and practical advice for British Officers .. see contents Complete and good but well used .
Can you help me? Does anyone know where this frame of insignia is located? Reward for information leading to the discovery of this frame of insignia. It was sold to me and paid for using a bank transfer. Subsequently the seller has disappeared leaving me without my purchase and money!
CANADIAN WW2 BD TROUSERS dated 1945 CANADIAN WW2 Battle Dress TROUSERS dated 1945 .Correct front pocket , very good condition , no mothing. Waist 28 inches, inside leg 28 inches.
CATERPILLAR CLUB - JUMP FOR IT by Bowman JUMP FOR IT - STORIES OF THE CATERPILLAR CLUB by Bowman . 1st 1955 , 198 pages . illustrated. Ex library , reading copy only.
CAVALRY & YEOMANRY BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1914 CAVALRY & YEOMANRY BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1914 by Wilkinson. 1973. 64 pages with 286 badges illustrated. Contents in good used condition , dustwrapper badly damaged . Hardback.
CAVALRY & YEOMANRY BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1914 CAVALRY & YEOMANRY BADGES OF THE BRITISH ARMY 1914 by Wilkinson. 1973. 64 pages with 286 badges illustrated. Good condition.
CHART OF WAR GASES 1942 CHART OF WAR GASES . Issued by Ministry of Home Security 1942 . Fold out card chart.
CIVILIAN DUTY GAS MASK dated 1938 CIVILIAN DUTY GAS MASK dated 1938 in good condition . Rubber & straps still soft and undamaged.
Coldstream Guards Warrant Officers’ cap badge High quality silvered and enamel cap badge of multipiece construction with lugs.
COMBINED OPERATIONS TIE Jermyn St London COMBINED OPERATIONS TIE from Jermyn St London .Although this will have been owned and worn by a WW2 Combined Ops veteran , it is made of Crimplene so the tie itself dates to the 1960s .
COMBINED OPS MANUAL No.14b LANDING CRAFT SIGNALS'' 1942 Very scarce COMBINED OPS MANUAL No.14b LANDING CRAFT SIGNALS'' 1942 . 28 pages with illustrations....
COMBINED OPS TRAINING MANUAL 'SMOKE' 1943 Very scarce COMBINED OPS TRAINING MANUAL No.5 'SMOKE' 1943 . 32 pages, illustrated.
COMBINED OPS TRAINING MANUAL No.42 'TRAINING AT HOME STATIONS' 1943 Very scarce COMBINED OPS TRAINING MANUAL No.42 'TRAINING AT HOME STATIONS' 1943 . 10 pages of text PLUS 14 pages of fold out illustrations.
COMMANDOS AND RANGERS OF WW2 by Ladd COMMANDOS AND RANGERS OF WW2 by Ladd . 1979. 288 pages, profuse illustrations.
Connaught Rangers cap badge Scarce WW1 Irish brass cap badge with slider.
CRIMEAN WAR PATRIOTIC ROLLING PIN Rolling Pins of BRISTOL BLUE COBALT GLASS were a token of fidelity and a kind of talisman made in Bristol in the 19thC & purchased by sailors to remind a girl of her fiance' or husband, sailing on the high seas, or in this case off to war against the Russians . They were often decorated with portraits of ships and rhymes. This one has the crossed flags of France and Britain along with the patriotic slogans 'MAY THEY EVER BE UNITED' , 'VIVE 'EMPEREUR' and 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN', & with the motto 'LOVE & BE TRUE' . There is wear to the pictures but the glass is not cracked or damaged but at the open end , the cork is missing . The 'cork' end is always rough finished but to me it looks as though it could have been chipped here too ... not sure. Length 14.5 inches , with the greatest diameter being 2.5 inches. The open end was to allow you to pour iced water into the rolling pin to give weight and cool the pastry.
DAVID STERLING - THE PHANTOM MAJOR by Cowles THE PHANTOM MAJOR by Cowles . 1985. 320 pages . Small slit to the back of the dustwrapper o/w very good used condition.
DERBYSHIRE AIR RAID WELFARE ENAMEL PIN BADGE DERBYSHIRE AIR RAID WELFARE ENAMEL PIN BADGE . 25 mm diameter .
DOING THEIR BIT - HOME FRONT LAPEL BADGES 1939-45 DOING THEIR BIT - HOME FRONT LAPEL BADGES 1939-45 by Jon Mills . 1996. Soft back , spiral bound. 259 pages , profusely illustrated. Very good condition.
Earl of Chester’s Yeomanry Officers’ cap badge Scarce bronze issue cap badge with blades.
Early 19th CENTURY BRITISH REGIMENTAL BADGES REGIMENTAL BADGES WORN IN THE BRITISH ARMY 100 YEARS AGO by Almack . This is a facsimile edition of the 1900 1st edition. 92 pages and profusely illustrated with line drawings. Hardback , in very good used condition.
EASTERN COMMAND CLOTH BADGE EASTERN COMMAND CLOTH BADGE
ELEMENTARY FLYING TRAINING 1942 - INSTRUCTORS HANDBOOK ELEMENTARY FLYING TRAINING 1942 - INSTRUCTORS HANDBOOK . 156 pages . Very good condition.
English PERCUSSION BOXLOCK PISTOL PERCUSSION BOXLOCK TURNOFF BARREL PISTOL with English proofmarks and initials to escutcheon . Very good condition .
FIELD GUNNERY - A PRACTICAL MANUAL 1917 FIELD GUNNERY - A PRACTICAL MANUAL by D Macalister published Murray 1917 . 153 pages with many illustrations , plus pages of interesting and informative advertisements .
Fife & Forfar Yeomanry cap badge Heavy white metal example with brass strengthening bars behind sword and legs of horse. Best white metal example I’ve seen of this badge.
FRANCOTTE-MARTINI CADET RIFLE BAYONET Scarce FRANCOTTE-MARTINI CADET RIFLE BAYONET .Total length 415 mm . Socket length 60 mm. MRD 14 mm. Light surface pitting overall , locking ring operates fine.
French Napoleonic SABRE DE BORD Rare French Napoleonic SABRE DE BORD , inscribed to the blade 'VINCRE OU MOURIR' ( Victory or Death' ) overall length 31 inches. Some of the leather covering to the grip is missing , o/w good condition
French WW1 FIGHTING KNIFE Interesting stiletto FIGHTING KNIFE .. probably French , WW1 period overall 12 inches, blade 8 inches. Hardwood grip . Blade slightly pitted , but generally good condition.
George V Grenadier Guards pagri badge Die stamped brass other ranks pagri badge with long slider and red cloth backing. Very good condition.
George V North Somerset Yeomanry Officers’ cap badge Scarce bronze issue George V cap badge with blades.
GERMAN MILITARY FIGHTING KNIVES 1914-1945 by Hughes GERMAN MILITARY FIGHTING KNIVES 1914-1945 by Hughes . This edition published 2006 , softback, 61 pages, profusely illustrated. Very good condition with a slight crease to cover
GERMAN PARATROOPERS in WW2 GERMAN PARATROOPERS - THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE FALLSCHIRMJAGER in WW2 . Published 2000 . 176 pages with over 200 previously unpublished photographs. Very good used condition
GERMAN WW1 WURTTEMBURG BELT & BUCKLE GERMAN WW1 WURTTEMBURG BELT & BUCKLE some wear to buckle commensurate with usage and age , o/w good. Belt is complete and leather is in good condition .
Glasgow Highlanders / 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry cap badge Good used condition with some verdigris which would clean off. Lugs to reverse.
Gold coloured ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SWEETHEART BADGE Gold coloured King's Crown ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SWEETHEART BADGE in very good condition ...
GREAT BRITISH GUNMAKERS 1540-1740 by Neal & Back GREAT BRITISH GUNMAKERS 1540-1740 by Neal & Back . Hardback.First edition (hardback), limited to 750 copies, of which this is copy number 361.( 30cm by 23cm ), 479pp. Illustrated throughout, mainly in black & white, but including 24 pages in colour. ,Dustwrapper edge rubbed but contenets very good.
GREENSLEEVES - THE STORY OF THE WVS / WRVS GREENSLEEVES - THE STORY OF THE WVS / WRVS by K Beauman 1977. Hardback 193 pages , illustrated. Very good condition.
Highland Light Infantry South Africa 1900-2 cap badge White metal Highland Light Infantry cap badge with South Africa 1900-02 scroll, with lugs.
HM PRISON SERVICE DOG SECTION N IRELAND BADGE HM PRISON SERVICE DOG SECTION N IRELAND BADGE Very small enamel ( lapel ? ) badge c 1 cm high.
HOME GUARD GOINGS ON from PUNCH 1941 Rather nice original book published 1941 : 'HOME GUARD GOINGS ON from PUNCH 1940 - 1941' by Basil Boothroyd , illus Maurice McLoughlin . 130 pages. Good condition internally but no dustwrapper and boards slightly rubbed and faded.
HQ LAND FORCES HONG KONG CLOTH BADGE HQ LAND FORCES HONG KONG CLOTH BADGE
HUNTERS FROM THE SKY - GERMAN WW2 FALLSCIRMJAEGER HUNTERS FROM THE SKY - THE HISTORY OF THE GERMAN PARACHUTE REGIMENT 1940-45 by C Whiting 1975. 231 pages with many illustrations. Good used condition.
Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion cap badge Good example with slider, maker marked Gaunt London.
INDIA COMMAND 'VICTORY' magazine with PARA ARTICLE etc INDIA COMMAND 'VICTORY' magazine June 11 1944 with PARA ARTICLE etc . 75 pages, profusely illustrated . Minor rubbing to covers, internally very good.
INDICTMENT - INT MILITARY TRIBUNAL - BERLIN OCT 1945 INDICTMENT PRESENTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL SITTING AT BERLIN ON 18th OCTOBER 1945 . 50 pages , good but well used condition .
Inniskilling Fusiliers plastic economy cap badge Very good crisp clean example with two blades to reverse. No distortion.
JAPANESE ARMY WW2 CANVAS SADDLE BAGS JAPANESE ARMY WW2 CANVAS SADDLE BAGS in very good clean condition
KERIS KERIS 34 cm overall , blade length 22 cm.
KERIS with white metal mounted scabbard KERIS with white metal mounted scabbard . Overall 34 cm , blade length 22 cm.
King’s Crown Parachute Regiment cap badge Scarce King’s Crown example with slider and Gaunt markings. Heavily reproduced type and made in the years 1947-1953.
King’s Crown RAF Pilots’ wings Fantastic locally made wings. Very good quality and attractive piece with poppers on dark blue material backing. Interestingly the wings have been stitched onto a piece of battledress blouse material and then the backing material has been sewn onto this, to give the effect of a sandwich, which I have done my best to picture. A very fine set and probably one of best I’ve sold.
King’s Crown RAF Pilots’ wings A very interesting locally made example of the Interwar period. Padded with pin fixing to reverse.
LEWIS GUNNER TRADE BADGE (R) LEWIS GUNNER TRADE BADGE good condition , ink stain to back.
Liverpool College CCF cap badge Brass cap badge with two lugs.
Liverpool Pals / 17-20th King’s Liverpool Regiment cap badge Hallmarked Silver example in good complete used condition with two lugs to reverse.
LIVERPOOL TRANSPORT HOME GUARD INK STAMPER An extremely rare ink stamper plate for the 90th Bn. ( LANCS ) HOME GUARD ( LIVERPOOL CORPORATION PASSENGER TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ). Metal type face mounted on wooden block . Measures 6 x 5 x 1 inch .
Major Toler’s 2 pounder Anti-Tank shell case and recovered round 1940 dated 2 pounder shell case with spent round recovered maybe from battle maybe from a training exercise? Nice display piece and talking point. This is from a large lot of items belonging to the late Major Thomas Ian Jodrell Toler. He served with distinction throughout WW2 being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, then becoming Battery Commander of No 1 Air Landing Anti Tank Battery in 1942 and then commanding B Squadron No 1 Wing Glider Pilot Regiment in the Normandy, Arnhem and Rhine campaigns. He successfully swam the Rhine after escaping from Arnhem and was awarded the DFC for his actions. An excellent opportunity to own a real piece of our military history.
Major Toler’s printed Airborne insignia from his working / combat BD blouse Rare set of printed Airborne strips. Very hard to find especially with such historically significant provenance. Might have been used on his Arnhem DFC blouse! Impossible to upgrade. Sold with my original auction invoice. This is from a large lot of items belonging to the late Major Thomas Ian Jodrell Toler. He served with distinction throughout WW2 being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, then becoming Battery Commander of No 1 Air Landing Anti Tank Battery in 1942 and then commanding B Squadron No 1 Wing Glider Pilot Regiment in the Normandy, Arnhem and Rhine campaigns. He successfully swam the Rhine after escaping from Arnhem and was awarded the DFC for his actions. An excellent opportunity to own a real piece of our military history. Previously offered with mismatching Pegasus. Now offered alone for a discounted price.
Major Toler’s Shell Dressing from his Arnhem Denison Smock Unused but dirty and battered Shell Dressing dated 1940 removed from the Denison Smock that Major Toler wore at Arnhem. In his personal account of the Battle he describes damage to his Smock after being hit by German mortars which matches perfectly the damage on the Smock I acquired from his estate recently. This Shell Dressing pouch having been removed from this same Smock. A rare chance to acquire a Battle Of Arnhem relic. This is from a large lot of items belonging to the late Major Thomas Ian Jodrell Toler. He served with distinction throughout WW2 being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, then becoming Battery Commander of No 1 Air Landing Anti Tank Battery in 1942 and then commanding B Squadron No 1 Wing Glider Pilot Regiment in the Normandy, Arnhem and Rhine campaigns. He successfully swam the Rhine after escaping from Arnhem and was awarded the DFC for his actions. An excellent opportunity to own a real piece of our military history.
Major Toler’s WW2 No 36 Mills hand grenade In rough shape having a section cut from it and missing lever, spring and striker. In Major Toler’s account of the Battle Of Arnhem he states that he still had a hand grenade in his possession. Maybe this was the one? I can’t prove it but it is likely to be a relic of the Battle. This is from a large lot of items belonging to the late Major Thomas Ian Jodrell Toler. He served with distinction throughout WW2 being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, then becoming Battery Commander of No 1 Air Landing Anti Tank Battery in 1942 and then commanding B Squadron No 1 Wing Glider Pilot Regiment in the Normandy, Arnhem and Rhine campaigns. He successfully swam the Rhine after escaping from Arnhem and was awarded the DFC for his actions. An excellent opportunity to own a real piece of our military history.
MAP of THE WAR IN EGYPT & THE SOUDAN Very scarce MAP of THE WAR IN EGYPT & THE SOUDAN by T Archer , published by Blackie . Contemporary map , hardback covers , folds out to 20 x 28 inches . Very good condition
MARINE BADGES & INSIGNIA OF THE WORLD MARINE BADGES & INSIGNIA OF THE WORLD by Campbell & Reynolds .1983 . 191 pages with 51 pages of colour plates . Very good condition though a few small nicks to dustwrapper.
MAUSER TYPE SCABBARD All metal MAUSER TYPE SCABBARD , length from mouth to tip of 'bobble' 10.5 inches. Not sure what it is for , but is too narrow for a K98 type bayonet.
MEN OF THE RED BERET by M Arthur . MEN OF THE RED BERET - AIRBORNE FORCES 1940-1990 by M Arthur. 1990 . 430 pages , many illustrations . Very god used condition.
MERVILLE BATTERY ASSAULT June 1944 THE BIG DROP - THE GUNS OF MERVILLE JUNE 1944 - Golley . Published 1982 , 174 pages plus profuse illustrations. Very good condition.
MILITARY BADGE COLLECTING by Gaylor MILITARY BADGE COLLECTING by Gaylor . Published 1973 . Hardback , very good used condition. 150 pages with photos of over 600 British Army badges from 1881 - 1971.
MILITARY INSIGNIA by Avery MILITARY INSIGNIA by Avery . Publish 1995 , paperback. 96 pages of world modern insignia. Good used condition
MILITARY INSIGNIA OF THE 20th CENTURY by Rosignoli MILITARY INSIGNIA OF THE 20th CENTURY by Rosignoli .Published 1987 , hardback. 224 pages , profusely illustrated. Very good used condition.
MILITARY METAL SHOULDER TITLES Vol 1 INFANTRY MILITARY METAL SHOULDER TITLES Vol 1 INFANTRY by Westlake. Hardback published 1977 . 166 pages with over 500 titles illustrated. Very good used condition.
MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE DESERT MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE DESERT 1950 . 41 pages, generally very good but some rust staining to covers near the staples.
MORTAR MAN TRADE BADGE (R ) MORTAR MAN TRADE BADGE in good used condition.
Named WW1 RNR OFFICERS CAP TIN WW1 RNR OFFICERS CAP TIN named to R.B Ayers who served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve during WW1 and came from Liverpool. Tin is in good condition but with some scratches to paintwork and some minor rust..
Named WW2 MEDICAL OFFICER'S S.O 136 NOTEBOOK WW2 MEDICAL OFFICER'S S.O 136 NOTEBOOK named . Most pages have handwritten notes & diagrams .
NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE CAP BADGE & BIRKENHEAD BUTTONS WW2 King's crown NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE CAP BADGE & 4 BIRKENHEAD FIRE SERVICE BUTTONS .
NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 2 NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 2 . 2005 7th edition . 485 pages , profusely illustrated . Spiral bound , very good condition
NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 3 NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 3 . 2005 7th edition . 425 pages , profusely illustrated . Spiral bound , very good condition.
NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 4 NAZI DAGGER MAKER TRADEMARKS by Fisher Volume 4 . 2005 7th edition . 386 pages , profusely illustrated . Spiral bound , very good condition.
NAZI DAGGER TRADEMARKS ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Fisher. 2003 NAZI DAGGER TRADEMARKS - ANNIVERSARY EDITION. 2003 5th edition .590 pages , profusely illustrated . Spiral bound , very good condition.
NEW ZEALAND PATTERN WATERBOTTLE Scarce NEW ZEALAND PATTERN WATERBOTTLE . Special pattern hard rubber stopper, drawstring cover and makers label to base . The felt cover has much mothing.
NEW ZEALAND PATTERN WATERBOTTLE Scarce NEW ZEALAND PATTERN WATERBOTTLE in superb condition. Special pattern hard rubber stopper, drawstring felt cover and makers label to base
NINETEENTH CENTURY FIREARMS by Myatt NINETEENTH CENTURY FIREARMS by Myatt ...large format hardback book , published 1989 , 216 pages , profusely illustrated. An excellent introduction to 19th C military firearms . Very good condition.
Norfolk Regiment Officers’ bronze cap badge Very good example with two long blades. Strong details, heavy and with strengthening bars.
NORTHOVER PROJECTOR MANUAL Facsimile of HANDBOOK FOR THE 2.5 inch NORTHOVER PROJECTOR 1941 & the 29 m SPIGOT MORTAR 1942 bound together in this volume. Very good condition. Around 160 pages , profuse illustrations , fold outs to rear. Softback.
ON TO BERLIN - BATTLES OF AN AIRBORNE COMMANDER 1943-46 ON TO BERLIN - BATTLES OF AN AIRBORNE COMMANDER 1943-46 by J Gavin . Personal a/c by Gen Gavin of the 82nd Airborne . 1979. 336 pages many maps and illustrations. Ex library but good used condition.
ON WAR SERVICE BADGE 'NORTH WALES POWER & TRACTION Co' WW1 ON WAR SERVICE BADGE 'NORTH WALES POWER & TRACTION Co' enamel badge . Maker marked Vaughton and Sons , Birmingham
Operation Grapple - Megaton Trials, Christmas Island mission patch Historically important mission patch for Operation Grapple which was Great Britain’s quest to become the world’s third thermonuclear power by conducting a series of detonations of different types of fission and fusion devices on Christmas Island and on the nearby Malden Island. This is not a modern made blazer patch or the more commonly encountered veteran’s badge (see last image). These were produced just after the tests were concluded and issued to some personnel, civilian and military, who were involved in the manufacture and testing of these new devices.
OPERATION TONGA - ONE NIGHT IN JUNE by Shannon & Wright ONE NIGHT IN JUNE THE STORY OF OPERATION TONGA , THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE INVASION OF NORMANDY by Shannon & Wright 2000 . 208 pages , many illustrations . Very good condition .
OPERATIONS - MILITARY TRAINING No.23 1942 OPERATIONS - MILITARY TRAINING PAMPHLET No.23 . 1942 . 28 pages with fold out chart to rear. Good used condition.
Original 152 Parachute Battalion cap badge White parachute embroidered on maroon cloth diamond, worn on the bush hat.
Original BOER WAR GLASS SLIDES in BOX Original BOER WAR GLASS SLIDES in BOX .Only 6 of the set of 8 are present , some damage mostly edge chips etc , box is complete but split along one corner , study pics please
Original Eisenhower D-Day letter and SHAEF patch framed Very nice D-Day letter and SHAEF patch framed and ready to hang in frame and UV protective glass.
Original SNIPING (SMALL ARMS TRAINING Pamphlet No 28 Very scarce original British Army SNIPING MANUAL (SMALL ARMS TRAINING MANUAL No 28') Although it was not published until 1946 , it was a project begun during the was & is based on wartime experience, 65 pages with profuse illustrations both photos and line drawings. Some marks and creases to the covers o/w very good used condition..
OTTO SKORZENY - COMMANDO EXTRAORDINARY by Foley COMMANDO EXTRAORDINARY by Foley 1954 . 232 pages , illustrated. Good used condition.
OUT OF THE SKY - A HISTORY OF AIRBORNE WARFARE OUT OF THE SKY - A HISTORY OF AIRBORNE WARFARE by Hickey . 286 pages , profuse illustrations . Generally very good condition
OWEN SMG BAYONET SCABBARD OWEN SMG BAYONET SCABBARD , marked 'MANGROVITE 44' on the back. Very good condition.
P08 LUGER MAGAZINE IMPERIAL GERMAN. P08 LUGER MAGAZINE IMPERIAL GERMAN. Operates well. Note : Available only for delivery to UK addresses.
PACKET OF PRICE'S WARTIME NIGHT LIGHT CANDLES PACKET OF PRICE'S WARTIME NIGHT LIGHT CANDLES as seen , in the original box. Box is all there but missing tab at one of the corner seams. Rare to find in this good condition.
Pair NORTH WEST DISTRICT CLOTH BADGES Pair NORTH WEST DISTRICT CLOTH BADGES
Pair of CAP size K.C GENERAL SERVICE BUTTONS Very hard to find pair of the very small King's Crown GENERAL SERVICE BUTTONS for the British Army field service cap and the Officers Service Dress cap.
Pair of ROYAL ARTILLERY ARM BADGES (R) Pair of ROYAL ARTILLERY ARM BADGES some moth nibbles to edges.
Pair of SAM BROWNE BRACE ATTACHMENTS Pair of original SAM BROWNE BRACE ATTACHMENTS , used but good condition.
Pair scarce WW2 printed ARMY EDUCATIONAL CORPS cloth titles Pair scarce WW2 printed ARMY EDUCATIONAL CORPS cloth titles . The AEC changed its name to Royal A E C immediately after the war in 1946 .Nice removed from BD condition.
PARA ! FIFTY YEARS OF THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT by Harclerode PARA ! FIFTY YEARS OF THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT by Harclerode 1999. 415 pages many illustrations. Very good condition.
PARACHUTE HARNESS RELEASE / RESCUE KNIFE Unmarked but made by Hopkinsons for an MOD contract . Unissued condition .
Perthshire Volunteers 1916 cap badge White metal cap badge with attractive backing cloth. Became 5th and 6th Volunteer Battalions Black Watch. Nice polished example with age and patina showing.
PHYSICAL & RECREATIONAL TRAINING 1940 PHYSICAL & RECREATIONAL TRAINING 1940 . 74 pages , many illustrations. Very good condition.
Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry cap badge An excellent example of the post 1902 two part cap badge complete and in good condition.
Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry cap badge King’s Crown post 1920 cap badge with slider.
RAF MK II Type 22C / 826 Tinted Pilot Flying Goggles RAF MK II Type 22C / 826 Tinted Pilot Flying Goggles in well used condition. No markings,
Rare WW2 Polish 1st Rifle Brigade 1942 fighting knife Very unusual fighting knife made from a Fairbairn Sykes blade by a Polish soldier serving with 1st Rifle Brigade. Antler grip with metal badge of 1st Rifle Brigade attached. Very nicely made unique item.
READY FOR ANYTHING - THE PARACHUTE REGT AT WAR 1940-82 READY FOR ANYTHING - THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT AT WAR 1940-1982 by J Thompson 1989 . 365 pages , many illustrations . Good used condition .
Reconnaissance Corps beret Very hard to find beret with contemporary Recce cap badge and green backing. Canadian made beret, size 7 1/8, dated 1946. Signs of wear and use but still in good condition. NB Reconnaissance Corps disbanded August 1946
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS SWEETHEART BADGE ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS SWEETHEART BADGE
ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS COLOURED SERVICE CAP ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS COLOURED SERVICE CAP . No moth to the blue sides of the cap , but extensive holing to the white top ... none of which is visible when the cap is flat.
ROYAL FLYING CORPS OFFICERS SWAGGER STICK Good example of the scarcer 'mushroom' top ROYAL FLYING CORPS OFFICERS SWAGGER STICK . Diameter of top 1.5 inches, total length 30 inches. Minor dings to top , o/w very good condition .
Royal Gloucestershire Hussars cap badge All brass example with slider. Gaunt London marked in correct font.
ROYAL NAVY OFFICERS SWORD ROYAL NAVY OFFICERS SWORD & scabbard . King's crown , c/w sword knot. Marked 'BATSON , LONDON' on ricasso and has the numbers '2437' on back edge . Very good condition
ROYAL NAVY WARRANT OFFICERS SWORD Scarce ROYAL NAVY WARRANT OFFICERS SWORD & scabbard . King's crown , c/w sword knot. Marked 'E W CRACKNELL, NAVAL OUTFITTERS, PORTSMOUTH' on ricasso and has the numbers '03090' on back edge . Plain blade . Very good condition.
ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SWEETHEART BADGE King's Crown ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SWEETHEART BADGE in very good condition
SAND GOGGLES in original tin , by J G Andon & Son ,Calcutta 1942 SAND GOGGLES in original tin , by J G Andon & Son ,Calcutta 1942. Blackened frames marked JGA 1942 , clear glass lenses. Tape head ties and small leather strap between eyepieces. Tin has some scuffing o/w all in very good condition
Sans Peur 5th Seaforth Highlanders glengarry badge Post 1916 white metal example with lugs.
SBS PERSONAL ACCOUNT by Falconer FIRST INTO ACTION by Falconer . 1998 . 338 pages. Very good condition.
Scarce ADMIRALTY PATTERN 301 JACK KNIFE Scarce ADMIRALTY PATTERN 301 JACK KNIFE by HARRISON BROS & HOWSON . This pattern of jack knife was introduced in 1910 . In good used condition.
Scottish Horse Yeomanry Officers’ cap badge Silver plate die cast cap badge with two post type fixings. Very nice quality badge.
SCOTTISH SWORDS & DIRKS by Wallace SCOTTISH SWORDS & DIRKS by Wallace . Published 1970 , 80 pages, hardback, profusely illustrated. Very good used condition.
SERVICE IN HOT CLIMATES - FOR OFFICERS 1943 SERVICE IN HOT CLIMATES A PAMPHLET FOR OFFICERS 1943 . 17 pages , good used condition .
SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 12 - BAYONET 1942 SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 12 - BAYONET 1942 . 15 pages , illustrated. Very good used condition.
SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 2 - APPLICATION OF FIRE 1942 SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 2 - APPLICATION OF FIRE 1942 . 20 pages , . Good used condition.
SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 6 - ANTI AIRCRAFT 1942 SMALL ARMS TRAINING No. 6 - ANTI AIRCRAFT 1942 . 59 pages , illustrated. Very good used condition.
South Irish Horse Yeomanry cap badge Scarce brass cap badge with two lugs to reverse.
SOUTH STAFFS BRASS STAFFORDSHIRE KNOT SOUTH STAFFS BRASS STAFFORDSHIRE KNOT ..possibly a bed plate . 4.5 x 3 inches .
Special Air Service beret Kangol made example, size 7, 1964 dated. Overall condition is good but used. Leather is supple, slider pocket for beret, leather backed grommets. Hard to find an official issued SAS beret of this period, infact of any period.
STEN GUN MANUAL Interesting commercial fold out card STEN GUN MANUAL .
SURGERY OF MODERN WARFARE 1941 SURGERY OF MODERN WARFARE 1941 ed Hamilton Bailey . Comprising 2 sections WOUNDS OF BONES & JOINTS and WOUNDS OF THE FACE & NECK, Published Edinburgh 1941 . 159 pages with 180 illustrations . Covers tatty but contents very good . Paperback.
THE ART OF THE SAMURAI by Baird & Smith THE ART OF THE SAMURAI by Baird & Smith . National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, 1996 . 32 pages, profuse illustrations , softback. As new condition.
THE BRUNEVAL RAID by Millar 1974 THE BRUNEVAL RAID - FLASHPOINT OF THE RADAR WAR by Millar 1974 . 206 pages , many illustrations . Good condition with some marks .
THE COMMANDOS D-DAY & AFTER by Gilchrist DONT CRY FOR ME - THE COMMANDOS D-DAY & AFTER by Gilchrist . 1982 . 192 pages , illustrated. Ex library well used .
THE DEFENCE - MILITARY TRAINING PAMPHLET No.3 THE DEFENCE - MILITARY TRAINING PAMPHLET No.3 , 46 pages , very good condition .
THE DEVILS BIRTHDAY - THE BRIDGES TO ARNHEM 1944 by Powell THE DEVILS BIRTHDAY - THE BRIDGES TO ARNHEM 1944 by Powell . 1984 . 276 pages many illustrations . Very good condition.
THE GREY GOOSE OF ARNHEM by Heaps THE GREY GOOSE OF ARNHEM by Heaps . 245 pages , many illustrations . Ex library , well used condition.
THE IRON CROSS 1813 - 1957 by Williamson THE IRON CROSS 1813 - 1957 by Williamson . Published 1985. Hardback. 176 pages with profuse illustrations. Very good condition with slight creasing to dustwrapper.
The Leinster Regiment cap badge Bi metal cap badge with blow holes and slider to reverse.
THE LONDON KNIFE BOOK 1820-1945 by Flook THE LONDON KNIFE BOOK 1820-1945 by Flook . Published 2008 , hardback, 230 pages, profusely illustrated. Very good unused condition.
THE LUGER PISTOL by F Datig THE LUGER PISTOL - ITS HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT FROM 1893 - 1945 by F Datig . 1962 revised & enlarged edition of this classic work. 328 pages profusely illustrated. Some wear and chips to dustwrapper o/w in good used condition.
THE PARAS by J Parker 2000 THE PARAS by J Parker 2000 . A general history . Very good used condition.
THE PLUG BAYONET by Evans THE PLUG BAYONET by Evans , published 2002 , signed by author. Hardback 263 pages , profusely illustrated. Very good unused condition.
The Queen’s West Surrey Regiment cap badge All brass 1916 economy issue cap badge with slider.
THE RED DEVILS - BRUNEVAL TO THE FALKLANDS by G G Norton THE RED DEVILS - BRUNEVAL TO THE FALKLANDS by G G Norton . 1984. 310 pages , many illustrations. Very good used condition.
The South Africa 1853 Medal Roll The South Africa 1853 Medal: Being the Roll of the Recipients and the Story of the Campaign Medal Issued for the Frontier Wars Between 1834 and 1853 by G.R. Everson Samson Books, 1978. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 156pp with tables. In excellent almost unread condition
THE STORY OF THE W.V.S By V.Graham .Published HMSO 1959. Softback , 52 pages , profusely illustrated . Good used condition
THE VISSER COLLECTION OF RARE & IMPORTANT ARMS Vols I & II THE VISSER COLLECTION OF RARE & IMPORTANT ARMS Vols I & II SOTHEBY CATALOGUES . Hardback , very good used condition. Approx 350 pages in total with hundreds of colour illustrations.
Tribal ARROW QUIVER Antique QUIVER , not sure where in the world it originates ... 36 cm long , 6 cm diameter . Wooden body , lid and base from leather as is the carrying strap . Very good old example,
TUAREG TAKOUBA SWORD TUAREG TAKOUBA BROADSWORD is the traditional weapon of the Tuaregs and other peoples of the Sahel region . This one is in good condition in its correct scabbard. Overall length 37 inches . Blade length 32 inches . Armourers marks to blade . A nice example
Unique D-Day Killed In Action Parachute Regiment Airborne Forces’ steel helmet More pictures.
Unique D-Day Killed In Action Parachute Regiment Airborne Forces’ steel helmet Very rare opportunity to acquire a D-Day used helmet being the former property of Private Arnold Hargreaves of 13th Battalion who was killed in action on D-Day. BMB made, size 7 1/8, dated 1943. Early yellow sorbo rubber padding, early stitched not riveted straps and original helmet net to exterior which has now fused to the helmet and cannot be removed. Chin cup named to ‘A Hargreaves’. Found in a farm in Normandy in the 1970s. Airborne Forces steel helmets with their original nets are very difficult to find, and being named with D-Day provenance puts this amongst the best. Not much is known concerning what killed Private Hargreaves but some think he was part of a group of Parachute Regiment soldiers which were captured on D-Day and executed that same day by Karl Finkenrath who was himself later tried and executed for war crimes. This link provides some information http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/paratroopers-murdered-in-herouvillette.17653/ Information on Para Data site. Private Hargreaves is buried at Ranville War Cemetery.
Unique D-Day Killed In Action Parachute Regiment Airborne Forces’ steel helmet More pictures.
UNITED STATES NAVY PATCHES by Roberts UNITED STATES NAVY PATCHES by Roberts . Hardback published 1996 . 157 pages with 1,150 illustrations . Covers WW2 to 1990s. Very good used condition with bumps to board corners.
Unusual enamelled ON NATIONAL SERVICE PHOENIX BADGE Unusual numbered 'ON NATIONAL SERVICE' PHOENIX badge , 25 mm diameter enamelled badge , Very good condition .. By Fattorini
Unusual SORBO LINED TOMMY HELMET Unusual SORBO LINED TOMMY HELMET .It is complete with its correct chinstrap but one half is missing ( see pics ). These helmets were sold to factory ARP units during WW2 and are rather scarce . It has its original wartime paint finish . Note the unique folding under of the rim .
US ARMY 30 CAL M1 AMMO BOX US ARMY 30 CAL M1 AMMO BOX ... good condition , some light rust but 80% finish remains.
US ARMY WW2 BOOTS High quality reproduction pair of US ARMY WW2 BOOTS in box. Have been worn but only twice and in near mint condition. Marked '8' on sole but seem much larger to me ..they measure 12 inches long from the back of the heel to the toes along the sole.
US MARINE CORPS SCOUT SNIPER - WW2 & KOREA US MARINE CORPS SCOUT SNIPER - WW2 & KOREA' The definitive book on the subject. 'US MARINE CORPS SCOUT SNIPER - WW2 & KOREA' by Peter R Senich . Large format 230 pages, profusely illustrated . Published in 1993 by Paladin Press and now long out of print , this is a very difficult book to find .. especially in this MINT condition .... the example you will receive is still in in its shrink wrapper . Covers : SHARPSHOOTERS BETWEEN THE WARS ; SNIPER EQUIPMENT ; TARGET SCOPES FOR SNIPERS ; SNIPER ISSUE - MATCH GRADE SYSTEM ; RIFLESCOPES IN ACTION - PROBLEMS IN THE FIELD ; THE BOLT ACTION SNIPER RIFLE - END OF AN ERA ; THE TARGET TELESCOPE ; TELESCOPIC SIGHTS - THE M1 RIFLES ; SCOUT SNIPER TRAINING ; THE JAPANESE APPROACH TO SNIPING ; SCOUT SNIPER COMBAT EXPERIENCES ; SPECIAL EQUIPMENT etc etc
US SILENT SERVICE DOLPHINS & COMBAT INSIGNIA by Jones US SILENT SERVICE DOLPHINS & COMBAT INSIGNIA 1921-1945 by Jones . Published by BENDER 1st edition 2001 . . 224 pages with profuse illustrations of insignia . Hardback. . Boards rubbed and bumped, contents good
USE OF GAS IN THE FIELD - MILITARY TRAINING No.5. 1943 USE OF GAS IN THE FIELD - MILITARY TRAINING PAMPHLET No.5. 1943 12 pages . Very good used condition.
USE OF TOGGLE ROPES Feb 1944 A facsimile of a very rare WW2 ' unit produced ' training manual : USE OF TOGGLE ROPES by Sgt J Liddle , 22nd Training Bn Royal Marines Feb 1944 .The original was a poorly produced item done on a Roneo duplicating machine and hence this facsimile taken directly from an original , also suffers from poor reproduction quality ... neverthess it is readable though faint in places . 33 pages and many illustrations .
WAR TIME HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS WAR TIME HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS published by the Daily Express 1940. 168 pages, profusely illustrated . Cracked hinges internally and wear to spine, but complete in well used condition.
WARRANT OFFICER 2 PADDED CLOTH BADGE (R) WARRANT OFFICER 2 CLOTH BADGE - interesting as it has been customised by padding it with the tip of a shoulder strap from a BD .
WOMAN & HOME MAGAZINE Aug 1944 - WVS FRONT COVER An original and complete WOMAN & HOME MAGAZINE issue Aug 1944 - with a superb picture of a WVS woman on a bicycle depicted on the front cover . Mounted in a modern clip frame .
WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT ASSOCIATION LAPEL BADGE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT ASSOCIATION LAPEL BADGE some knocks to enamel .
WORLD ARMY BADGES & INSIGNIA since 1939 WORLD ARMY BADGES & INSIGNIA since 1939 by Rosignoli . Hardback publish 1985. 450 pages with around 4,000 colour and 280 black & white illustrations . Very good used condition.
WORLD SPECIAL FORCES INSIGNIA by Rottman WORLD SPECIAL FORCES INSIGNIA by Rottman . Published 1989. Softback. 64 pages, profusely illustrated.
WRITINGS OF LADY READING FOUNDER OF THE WVS ITS THE JOB THAT COUNTS - SPEECHES & WRITINGS OF LADY READING 1939-1953 . Private circulation so limited number produced . Hardback 155 pages . Boards a little faded , contents very good.
WVS OVERALL & BERET PURCHASE CHIT + WVS EPHEMERA A WVS OVERALL & BERET PURCHASE AUTHORITY plus 2 other pieces of WVS EPHEMERA comprising a letter donating a copy of WOMEN IN GREEN to a WVS Centre,and a photograph showing 2 WVS members .
WVS HOUSEWIVES SERVICE WINDOW CARD WVS HOUSEWIVES SERVICE WINDOW CARD ... marked to back 'PROPERTY OF KINGSTON WVS' . These were placed in the windows of volunteers to indicate they were available to assist ARP and Civil Defence personnel. Measures 7.5 x 7.55 inches. Very good condition. The W.V.S Housewives Service was first formed in Ilford in 1938in the early 1940's and quickly spread throughout the country, These on-call local women volunteers who had detailed knowledge of the residents of their streets, could be called upon to assist ARP Wardens with the care of the casualties after an Air Raid attack and before the arrival of the first aid services.
WVS IDENTITY CARD & PHOTO WVS HOSPITAL SUPPLY IDENTITY CARD dated 1939 & a PHOTO showing the member in her hospital uniform .
WVS IN KENT 1939-45 by J D Lewis Very scarce .... 'WVS IN KENT 1939-45' by J D Lewis . Hardback published by the Kent Messenger , 115 pages and many illustrations ... done to War Economy standards so probably a wartime or early post war publication. Includes various rolls of honour inc KIA list . Very good condition in dustwrapper.
WVS OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH WVS OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH showing Lady Reading presenting service medals.
WW1 Cambridgeshire Regiment cap badge Scarce all brass economy issue with slider. Nice worn patina to front.
WW1 Cheshire Regiment brass economy cap badge All brass economy issue cap badge with slider.
WW1 FARRIERS TOOL SATCHEL dated 1916 Very scarce WW1 FARRIERS TOOL SATCHEL dated 1916 , former property of Major Toler’s father who served in the cavalry in WW1. It is stamped with the initials T.C.T. ... and is maker marked. These satchels contained all the tools required for shoeing horses in the field. It measures 15 x 8 x 1.5 inches and is empty.
WW1 German Granatenwerfer mortar bomb INERT WW1 German Granatenwerfer mortar bomb with fragmentation body. This bomb was fired from the portable "Granatenwerfer 16" . Introduced in 1916, this was a German grenade thrower which bridged the gap between hand-thrown grenades and the light mortar. It was small and ideally suited for trench warfare. This mortar round is still in great condition with complete flight wings but w/o nose fuze . NOTE - AVAILABLE ONLY FOR DELIVERY TO UK ADDRESSES .
WW1 GERMAN M 1915 WURTTEMBERG BELT & BUCKLE WW1 GERMAN M 1915 WURTTEMBERG BELT & BUCKLE ... some marks to belt plate but belt leather is in very good order .
WW1 London Scottish cap badge A very nice example of a relatively common cap badge. This example being backed in wool and reinforced on the reverse with a WW1 period food or ration tin.
WW1 Machine Gun Guards Battalion cap badge White metal cap badge with brass slider.
WW1 Mine Clearance Service arm badge White metal arm badge. Correct example without the flaw commonly encountered on copies of this badge. Two lugs to reverse.
WW1 RAF 1918 pattern Pilots’ wings Lovely used example removed from uniform.
WW1 South Lancashire brass economy issue cap badge All brass economy issue cap badge in very good condition with long slider.
WW1 South Lancashire economy issue cap badge All brass economy issue cap badge in very good condition with long slider.
WW1 Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Officers’ cap badge Scarce bronze issue WAAC cap badge with blades.
WW2 WVS ARMBAND Original WW2 WVS armband. Embroidered cotton on wool WVS armband. Introduced in 1943 for members of the WVS not in possession of uniform who were engaged on work where 'recognition of status is desirable'. In excellent, used condition
WW2 11th Armoured Division formation signs Very good painted type matching pair in good used removed from uniform condition.
WW2 15th Scottish Division formation signs Perfect matching pair of embroidered formation signs.
WW2 1st Battalion Border Regiment shoulder title Rare unofficial embroidered cloth shoulder title worn only by 1st Airlanding Battalion of the Border Regiment during WW2. This is the first pattern of this shoulder title, not to be confused with the post war variants. A very similar trimmed down example can be seen in the at the Hartenstein hotel museum.
WW2 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment lanyard Yellow lanyard with brass hook fitting. Bought with a collection of Parachute Regiment items so I’m sure this is contemporary with this collection.
WW2 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION CLOTH BADGE Nice original THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION CLOTH BADGE in superb condition
WW2 43rd Wessex Division formation signs Matching pair of embroidered formation signs.
WW2 43rd Wessex Reconnaissance Regiment insignia Pair of painted type 43rd Wessex Division formation signs above Recce Corps arm of service strips. Removed from uniform still on battledress blouse material. Moth nip to one arm of service strip. Very hard pair to find and undoubtedly put together during the war and not a modern construction. Fought with distinction in Normandy and NW Europe.
WW2 46th Division formation signs Perfect pair of printed matching formation signs, removed from uniform.
WW2 49th West Riding Division formation signs Perfect embroidered matching pair of 49th West Riding Division cloth formation signs. UK made glue back type.
WW2 49th West Riding Infantry Division / Iceland Force formation signs Printed matching pair of 1st pattern printed cloth formation signs with Polar Bear’s head facing downwards. Removed from uniform. Very hard to find as a matching removed from uniform pair!
WW2 50th Northumbrian Infantry Division formation signs Matching pair of embroidered cloth formation signs, removed from uniform.
WW2 8th Army formation signs Locally made in Italy and often associated and worn by Polish troops. Very high quality embroidered matching pair, removed from uniform.
WW2 AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS WHISTLE Very clean WW2 AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS WHISTLE .
WW2 Airborne Divisions formation signs Quality embroidered Pegasus pair with paper backing.
WW2 Airborne Divisions insignia set Excellent printed set of Pegasus formation signs and Airborne strips. Edges of each item have been folded. Very hard to find, one similar set sold recently by me, this is my last one left.
WW2 Airborne formation sign / strip set Embroidered Pegasus formation sign and Airborne strip stitched together and worn as a pair. Not the usually encountered glueback types, these are higher quality.
WW2 Airborne Military Police insignia combination Very rare unofficial Airborne red on black Military Police embroidered cloth shoulder title together with parachute qualification badge of the split feathers type and correct right facing printed Pegasus formation sign. Only the third example of the Military Police shoulder title I’ve encoutered in 20 years.
WW2 Battledress Blouse Early Pattern / Large Wearable Size Absolutely mint condition early pattern battledress blouse. Size 16 for height 6’0’’ to 6’2’’ and breast 39’’ to 40’’ (although would easily fit 42’’ chest). Date unclear but bears WD issue marks for 1942. All fixtures, fittings and brass buttons present save for clips on collar which have been professionally removed. Not seen a better example in years!
WW2 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire OFFICERS SD JACKET 1940 Superb unmessed with 1940 dated Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire OFFICERS Service Dress JACKET . Named to R Poole Esq and c/w London tailors label. All regimental buttons present but missing the collar insignia and the rank pips ( which indicate he was a Captain ) . Very good used condition and I can find no moth damage or tears. A very good example.
WW2 Border Regiment plastic economy cap badge A good crisp example in used condition. Blades to reverse. Maker marked Stanley & Sons.
WW2 CANADIAN P '37 COMPASS POUCH WW2 CANADIAN P '37 COMPASS POUCH in very good condition . Dated 1940 maker marked 'Z.L & T Ltd' . Clearly stamp to back with Canadian broad arrow.
WW2 Chindits / Chinthe sweetheart jewellery set Beautiful well made pin brooch and earring set. Brooch measures 5cm and earrings 2cm. Appear Far East made and possibly sent back to a sweetheart.
WW2 CIVILIAN DUTY RESPIRATOR in WEBBING CARRIER WW2 CIVILIAN DUTY RESPIRATOR in WEBBING CARRIER Carrier dated 1941 . Gas mask marked 'NORMAL' , dated 1941 and maker marked 'L & BR' . Very good condition with no perishing of the rubber, The carrier however is split along one seam for about 4 inches.
WW2 CIVILIAN GAS MASK in a period waterproof brown textile carrier WW2 CIVILIAN GAS MASK in ISSUE CARDBOARD BOX contained in a period waterproof brown textile carrier Dated 1937 & maker marked 'L & B B Co' Strap stamped 'LARGE' Good condition with no rubber perishing.. Owners name Morrison , Hoylake , written on inside of mask .
WW2 CIVILIAN GAS MASK in ISSUE CARDBOARD BOX Dated 1939 & maker marked 'A B Ltd' Strap stamped 'MEDIUM' .Box stamped 'M' and inked on top is 'CIVILIAN RESPIRATOR 1940'. Good condition with no rubber perishing .
WW2 Combined Operations / Commando formation sign Just how I like them! This more desirable circular printed matching pair has seen lots of use and wear and are removed from uniform.
WW2 Combined Operations / Commando formation signs Perfect matching pair of circular embroidered cloth formation signs with paper backings. Good used removed from uniform condition.
WW2 Combined Operations formation signs Good printed matching pair.
WW2 Commando green beret A very nice used and worn example of the famous green beret. This example is 1944 dated and made by Kangol. M date issue letter for 1944. Grommets and leather backing present; leather sweatband supple; ribbon neatly tied at back; issue tag inside complete; and two holes in front for a cap badge with lugs. Overall condition is good and displayable but this does have one or two areas of wear and has had a hole/period repair just under where the cap badge was once present. This isn’t an example that has been stuck in storage for 70 years!
WW2 Commando green beret A nice example of the famous green beret. This example is 1943 dated and made by Jalpotex. R date issue letter which is for post war issue (price reflects this). Grommets and leather backing present; leather sweatband supple; ribbon neatly hand stitched down at back. Overall condition is very good and displayable. No sign of cap badge having been worn on this one. A wartime green beret at an affordable price.
WW2 CORPORAL'S RANK ARMBAND - JUNGLE GREEN (R) Jungle issue corporal's rank armband .... good condition.
WW2 Dutch Troops in Exile cap badge Very nice example in excellent condition. Gaunt London made.
WW2 EMERGENCY RATION TIN WW2 EMERGENCY RATION TIN , measures 10 x 8 x 2.5 cm.
WW2 FIBRE BUTTON STICK named to S.L. FORSYTH WW2 FIBRE BUTTON STICK named to S.L. FORSYTH
WW2 GERMAN TORNISTER BACKPACK dated 1939 Very clean condition WW2 GERMAN TORNISTER BACKPACK dated 1939 by CARL VOM FELD of Solingen . . Complete with all straps etc . Outstanding condition.
WW2 Glider Troops qualification badge Very good condition, earlier type. See also 14001.
WW2 Glider Troops qualification badge Nice removed from unform example.
WW2 Green Howards Yorkshire Regiment shoulder titles Matching printed pair of shoulder title removed from uniform.
WW2 Highland Regiment shoulder titles Scarce pair of slip on cloth shoulder titles for Highland Regiment. Very short-lived unit.
WW2 HOME FRONT VEHICLES A useful article on Home Front service vehicles in WW2 Britain , contained in the magazine 'Vintage Roadscene' of of Feb 2012 . Very good condition. 6 page article , mostly pictorial.
WW2 Home Guard Auxiliary Unit lapel badge Rare lapel badge in good but worn condition. Chrome and enamel badge with half moon button hole fixing.
WW2 India Airborne formation signs Matching pair of printed cloth formation signs removed from uniform.
WW2 JAPANESE OFFICERS WINTER JACKET & TROUSERS Scarce find : WW2 JAPANESE OFFICERS WINTER JACKET & JODPHUR type TROUSERS . Jacket in good used condition , trousers showing much repair ( see pics ) . no moth. Composition buttons . Chest size 34 inches, trouser waist 32 inches, inside leg 23 inches.
WW2 LAMP SPOT ELECTRIC with HELMET CLIP Very rare WW2 LAMP SPOT ELECTRIC with HELMET CLIP ... used by ARP etc . Complete in its issue cardboard box , and in unused condition,, never seemingly to have been assembled. The paintwork is crisp ... you will not find a better example.
WW2 Master Parachute Jump Instructor qualification badge Rare embroidered cloth qualification badge. Very good condition save for one very minor moth nip.
WW2 No. 9 Commando black hackle No. 9 Commando was initially formed with 11 Commando in 1940 from Scottish Command. It became part of 2nd Special Service Battalion. The unit did not wear a cap badge as such but while serving in 2nd Special Service Battalion they wore a black hackle in a khaki Balmoral hat. When the Special Service Battalions were re-organized in March 1941, the unit reverted to its 9 Commando title, retaining the Balmoral and black hackle. The hackle was transferred to the green beret when the latter was adopted in 1942. These are genuine old WW2 stock and NOT more modern examples! Very small number available (three now left).
WW2 North Somerset Yeomanry Officers’ silver cap badge Scarce silver Officers’ cap badge for North Somerset Yeomanry in silver, stamped P to reverse. Two intact silver lugs.
WW2 Northumberland Fusiliers cloth insignia set Lovely set of embroidered shoulder titles and formation signs removed from uniform still attached to battledress material.
WW2 Northumberland Fusiliers Officers’ Cap Badge Gaunt marked with ‘P’ silver and gilt very high quality example. Very good condition.
WW2 PARA PERSONAL A/C BRIGADIER PEARSON A FIERCE QUALITY - THE FIGHTING LIFE OF BRIGADIER ALISTAIR PEARSON DSO, MC by Julian James 1989 . 134 pages 12 illustrations .3 maps. Very good condition
WW2 parachute qualification badge Scarce example white parachute and blue wings on black background. Often associated with 2 Commando and SOE, different theories exist. Removed from uniform in good used condition.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Scarce example white parachute and blue wings on light khaki oval. Most likely an early type. Removed from uniform in good used condition.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Scarce type with red thread to reverse. Associated with the Parachute Regiment Battalions of the 6th Airborne Division
WW2 parachute qualification badge Standard UK made example with provenance. Very good condition. Lot of items that were previously the property of 14951466 Private J Walker of C Company, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Standard UK made type removed from uniform. Very nice example.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Early UK made parachute lightbulb qualification badge. This example being particularly desirable as it has been trimmed and is removed from uniform unlike the majority of these encountered which come unused.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Scarce type with red thread to reverse. Associated with the Parachute Regiment Battalions of the 6th Airborne Division.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Scarce type with red thread to reverse. Associated with the Parachute Regiment Battalions of the 6th Airborne Division.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Standard UK made type. Very good order, removed from uniform.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Early type on khaki cloth oblong usually seen sewn directly on to the early step in smock in this manner.
WW2 parachute qualification badge Standard UK made example with khaki backing. Nicely removed from uniform having been machine stitched previously.
WW2 Parachute Regiment / Glider Pilot Regiment / SAS rank pips Correct wartime light blue padded pips with paper backing. Six available, priced at £10 each.
WW2 Parachute Regiment / Glider Pilot Regiment / SAS rank pips Correct wartime light blue padded pips with paper backing. Six available, priced at £10 each. See also 14157.
WW2 Parachute Regiment cap badge King’s Crown voided type cap badge. Attractive nickel plated example with two lugs. Shaped to fit beret.
WW2 Parachute Regiment cap badge Standard white metal King’s Crown cap badge with lugs and split pin fixing. Nice patina.
WW2 Parachute Regiment cap badge Standard white metal King’s Crown cap badge with lugs.
WW2 Parachute Regiment cap badge Rare all brass issue cap badge. Lugs to reverse.
WW2 Parachute Regiment cap badge Standard King’s Crown white metal example with lugs.
WW2 Parachute Regiment Officers’ cap badge Beautiful silver example with voided Crown, marked Firmin London to reverse. Front has tarnished with use. Two silver lugs to reverse.
WW2 RAF Officers’ cap badge Padded bullion and cloth example in very good order.
WW2 RAF Officers’ side cap insignia Two piece metal insignia set on brown leather backing with 2/3 nuts present to reverse.
WW2 RAF Pilots’ qualification wing Large elegant padded example removed from uniform....
WW2 RAF Pilots’ wing Nice early issue padded example in very good condition.
WW2 RATION CARD IN SPECIAL COVER WW2 RATION CARD IN SCARCE SPECIAL COVER . Ration card part used , cover made from an oilcloth type material.
WW2 Reconnaissance Corps arm of service strips Excellent matching pair removed from uniform on battldress backing. Nice worn and used condition. Impossible to upgrade from these.
WW2 Reconnaissance Corps arm of service strips Excellent matching pair removed from uniform on battldress backing. Nice worn and used condition. Impossible to upgrade from these.
WW2 Reconnaissance Corps cap badge High quality made piece marked Ludlow London to reverse. Copper lugs bent inwards as was worn. Scarce.
WW2 Reconnaissance shoulder titles Rare matching pair of printed cloth shoulder titles.
WW2 Royal Armoured Corps cap badge Very attractive used example showing lots of wear and character with red cloth backing.
WW2 Royal Artillery bush hat A nice early example dated 1942; made by J Collett Ltd; large size 7 1/8; complete intact chinstrap; RA formation sign to left side; and pagri band with red/blue RA colours. Overall condition is very good with no holes, rips or damage. This has been used so does have one or two marks that are consistent with a period worn piece over 70 years old. A very displayable example.
WW2 Royal Corps of Signals shoulder titles Scarce matching pair of unofficial printed cloth shoulder titles. Removed from uniform.
WW2 Royal Ulster Rifles plastic economy cap badge Very good condition clean crisp example with no distortion. Blades to reverse.
WW2 Special Air Service beret 12/03/2019 - Sold payment received in full I'm sat here with my laptop open, wondering, where do I start with this? Forgive me for the relatively long description, but it is necessary. There is not much written or photographed information available on WW2 issued beige SAS berets. However, I intend to put this right. Firstly, it was not an officially approved War Department issued piece and a sealed pattern did not exist during WW2. Secondly, these were not made by the main British beret manufacturers of the war ie Kangol Wear Limited, British Beret Basque etc. To the very best of my knowledge and from the evidence that I have obtained, these were made in Egypt during 1942 and I believe all come from the same batch. Thirdly, the few known examples that exist and have solid provenance all appear to be identical in pattern, construction and materials. I am lucky enough to own two of these berets, and this is the only example I have ever offered for sale. I will now talk about the pattern, construction and materials used. The external beige cloth section is less circular than say, Kangol made berets of other colours, being more oval in shape. It is made from a relatively coarse light beige wool which was of course prone to shrinkage, fading and wear. This outer part was then stitched to a black cloth lining which has one or two features only encountered on these berets. The lining itself has a fine weave and is made in several sections, stitched together in panels and then sewn using a machine to the beige outer with the addition of a black leather trim with ribbon. This black leather trim is narrow, not particularly supple and, for the avoidance of any doubt, was always made from black leather (please see my Limitations section at the end for further information). There are two painted metal grommets used as air vents similar to berets of other types, but the size and spacing of these is unique to this type of beret. The air vents are backed internally with black leather which is hand stitched to the lining. Other stitching appears around the inside of the lining headband where the piece of hessian type material is sandwiched between the beret outer and lining, and the internal ‘diamond’ which would usually contain the manufacturer’s details, size, date etc (see next paragraph). One feature unique to these berets (which I am willing to disclose at the risk of better fakes appearing) is the design of the internal ‘diamond’ which appears in the visible part of lining, in the centre. This ‘diamond’ is more of a square on an angle having sides of equal length. It consists of one row of stitching for each side and then a further one row of diagonal stitching. To the best of my knowledge this is the only time where this type of design can be seen. I have seen examples of these berets with remains of a white ink manufacturer’s stamp which has been poorly applied and difficult to read. On the example I offer for sale below and on the examples I own, this stamp has completely faded from use and wear. I have seen one example with more complete markings which appears to prove these berets were made in Egypt, and more specifically, in Cairo. Of course, there are no WD issue markings present in any of these berets. The use and life of these berets during WW2 was limited. If they were all made in 1942 and it was only the one (relatively small) batch made, also considering that later in the War and in some cases as early as 1944 these berets were replaced with red berets; any surviving examples encountered today are extremely rare. Given the fact that these berets were short lived and possibly couldn’t be replaced (except slightly later on with the red beret), it is usual (maybe 50/50) to find them with period repairs or replacement parts. One such example of this was a grouping sold in a UK auction in the last couple of years with provenance. That example had a cloth trim on the headband which had replaced the original black leather trim (this lot fetched well over £5000). Another example of this is the beret for sale here today. Again, the black leather head band trim has been replaced, but this time with brown leather. The internal grommet backing has also been replaced with the same leather. I am confident these repairs are contemporary and of the wartime period given the age and wear they display. Another minefield we now enter are original WW2 SAS cloth beret badges. Most of these early berets I have handled have either had no cloth beret badge present (either never stitched on or removed) or later beret badges of the ‘1944 pattern’. I am lucky enough to have two such examples sporting their early War Egyptian made badges and the third I have ever owned is for sale here. These badges are heavily faked and are amongst the rarest of the wartime raised unit insignia to find. I have studied these badges for many years and they all have a certain look, feel, smell and construction which is impossible to reproduce. The example I am selling here today on the beige beret is almost identical to one of mine acquired with extensive provenance of the Trooper’s early service in WW2. The badge is of multipiece construction and well made. The black cloth shield shape is over stitched with the Special Air Service insignia using a thin paper template (close inspection of the front of the badge reveals this on both my example and the example here) in the correct colours. The quality and uniformity of this puts the modern Pakistani and Indian made fakes to shame. Put them side by side (which again I can email you images of) and the differences are striking. I am happy to provide further pictures of this beret and also (upon completion) detailed pictures of my two examples with provenance which will prove their identical design traits etc. However, I am not willing to do reveal this information publicly for fear of very good fakes appearing. Limitations … This article relates to WW2 issued SAS beige berets only and does not relate to LRDG, Raiding Support Regiment, Popski’s Private Army etc I have not given exact measurements or dimensions for obvious reasons
WW2 Special Air Service beret badge Attractive mid War SAS beret badge. Good quality embroidery, tan coloured hessian type backing. Back mirrors front perfectly. Not to be confused with the 1944 pattern.
WW2 Special Air Service qualification badge Very nice early Egyptian made wartime padded SAS wing. Heavily used and worn condition. If only these things could talk!
WW2 Special Air Service qualification badge Wartime padded SAS wings in good used removed from uniform condition. A desirable piece that has seen use and not been sat in stores.
WW2 Staff Sergeant plastic economy rank insignia Matching pair of plastic economy rank insignia Crowns on backing and with lugs and pin fixing.
WW2 WVS ARMBAND - EARLY SCREEN PRINTED TYPE Rare early screen printed WVS armband. Red on white cotton material which would have had safety pin fixing to reverse. In excellent, clean condition a good example of an early armband before standardised patterns were introduced.
WW2 WVS CIVIL DEFENCE ENAMELLED SIGN Exceptionally rare original enamelled sign , measuring 17 x 13 inches . Some chips and rust as shown on pics.
X TROOP - No 10 Commando - THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR by Leasor THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR by Leasor . 1980 . 264 pages . Good used condition.