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Pair of Soviet Mother's Glory Medals 1st and 2nd Class in Silver and Enamel
Stalin period. The order was divided in three classes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd class.
It was conferred to:
1st class: mothers bearing and raising 9 children.
2nd class: mothers bearing and raising 8 children.
3rd class: mothers bearing and raising 7 children.
The order was conferred upon the first birthday of the last child, provided that the other children necessary to reach the qualifying number (natural or adopted) remained alive. Children who had perished under heroic, military or other respectful circumstances, including occupational diseases, were also counted. The award was created simultaneously with the Mother Heroine order and the Maternity Medal and it was situated in between them. The author of the art project was the painter Goznaka.

The first decree for bestowing the award was issued on December 6, 1944, when the first class order was conferred to 21 women, the 2nd class to 26 and the 3rd one to 27. First class medals were totally silver made in a convex egg-shape. They were 36 mm high and 29 mm wide. In the upper part of the medal contained a red enamel flag with the phrase Maternal Glory and the Roman number showing the order's class. Below the flag there was a white enamel shield with the "CCCP" (USSR) inscription. The upper part of the shield was decorated with a five-pointed star and the lower part with the hammer and sickle symbol. On the left side there was a figure of a mother holding a son in her arms covered with roses on her lowest part. The lower part of the medal contains a flag and gilded lettering. In second class medals the flag's enamel was dark-blue and there were not gilded parts

Code: 21477Price: 175.00 GBP


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Spanish American War, Spanish Military Merit Combat Award, in Enamel
The Order of Military Merit was established by Queen Isabel II in 1864 with the aim to reward meritorious service and actions therefore merits of war (red enamel). Issued bewtween 1876-1931. This medal was issued for a Spanish officer for the war against America and Cuban rebels in Cuba in 1898. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War. Crown Royal surmounting red enamel cross with coat quartered castles and lions, the Granada pointed and centre shield with three fleurs de lys, Centre reverse with the text "mérito militar"

Code: 21476Price: 135.00 GBP


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An 18th Century Silver and Enamel Makara 'Lucknow' Palace Damascus Sword
Mahomed's Ladder Kirk Narduban pattern Damascus blade with gold inscription and cartouches. In very good condition for age, polychrome enamels inlaid in the solid silver hilt decorated with three heads of the mythical beast, the Makara, including the pommel and both quillon ends, with just very minor enamel losses. Fine Damascus blade with small areas of surface pitting. One of the finest Lucknow Damascus swords you could find today, from the rulers of Lucknow and most likely from the palace of the Nawab of Lucknow. Almost an identical Lucknow Makara enamel hilted sword to an example in the Getty Research Institute, in LA California. Lucknow emerged as one of the most important centres in the world for courtly crafts such as fine enamelling on silver. It was the capital of the state of Oudh which was established in 1750. The flourishing arts scene was largely on account of the patronage of the local, wealthy Nawabs of Oudh. By the mid-19th century, Lucknow was India's
largest and wealthiest city. Lucknow Moghul daggers and swords, especially with Damascus blades, are considered to be some of the most valuable and desirable in the world of antique weaponry art. Representations of such are in the finest collections, such as the British Royal Collection, The British Museum and the Getty Museum. Dwelling in the Indian Ocean, the Makara is traditionally looked upon as a powerful deity, which was capable of harming or guarding seafarers, depending upon its whims. Many scholars naturally assume that the tales of the Makara are nothing more than myths based upon ancient eyewitness accounts of Indian elephants swimming off the coast of India, as they are sometimes known to do. Until 1719, the subah of Awadh was a province of the Mughal Empire administered by a Governor appointed by the Emperor. Persian adventurer Saadat Khan, also known as Burhan-ul-Mulk, was appointed Nizam of Awadh in 1722 and established his court in Faizabad, near Lucknow.

Many independent kingdoms, such as Awadh, were established as the Mughal Empire disintegrated. The third Nawab, Shuja-ud-Daula (r. 1753–1775), fell out with the British after aiding the fugitive Nawab of Bengal, Mir Qasim. Roundly defeated at the Battle of Buxar by the East India Company, he was forced to pay heavy penalties and surrender parts of his territory. Awadh's capital, Lucknow rose to prominence when Asaf-ud-Daula, the fourth Nawab, shifted his court to the city from Faizabad in 1775.[25] The British East India Company appointed a resident (ambassador) in 1773 and by early 19th century gained control of more territory and authority in the state. They were, however, disinclined to capture Awadh outright and come face to face with the Maratha Empire and the remnants of the Mughal Empire. In 1798, the fifth Nawab Wazir Ali Khan alienated both his people and the British and was forced to abdicate. The British then helped Saadat Ali Khan take the throne.[26] He became a puppet king, and in a treaty of 1801, yielded large part of Awadh to the East India Company while also agreeing to disband his own troops in favour of a hugely expensive, British-controlled army. This treaty effectively made the state of Awadh a vassal of the East India Company, although it continued to be part of the Mughal Empire in name until 1819. The treaty of 1801 proved a beneficial arrangement for the East India Company as they gained access to Awadh's vast treasuries, repeatedly digging into them for loans at reduced rates. In addition, the revenues from running Awadh's armed forces brought them useful returns while the territory acted as a buffer state. The Nawabs were ceremonial kings, busy with pomp and show. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the British had grown impatient with the arrangement and demanded direct control over Awadh.

In 1856 the East India Company first moved its troops to the border, then annexed the state for alleged maladministration. Awadh was placed under a chief commissioner – Sir Henry Lawrence. Wajid Ali Shah, the then Nawab, was imprisoned, then exiled by the East India Company to Calcutta. In the subsequent Indian Rebellion of 1857, his 14-year-old son Birjis Qadra, whose mother was Begum Hazrat Mahal, was crowned ruler. Following the rebellion's defeat, Begum Hazrat Mahal and other rebel leaders sought asylum in Nepal

Code: 21475Price: On Request


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Natal Carabiniers Other Ranks Helmet Plate Circa 1901-13. South Africa
Boer war period. A good die-stamped example. Crowned floreated "NC" cypher. Three loops to reverse. VGC. The Natal Carbineers participated in the invasion of Zululand in January 1879, and on 22 January, 23 members of the Regiment perished in the famous battle of Isandlwana. The unit was subsequently relegated to garrison duties at Landman’s Drift on the Mzinyathi, or Buffalo River.

South Africa, 1899–1902

Main article: Second Boer War

In September 1899, the Natal Carbineers were mobilized for active service in the British campaign to subdue the Boer republics of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Regiment served until October 1900, when the Natal Volunteer Forces were demobilized. Some men continued their service in the Volunteer Composite Regiment until the end of the war in May 1902.
Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal: From 2 November 1899 until 28 February 1900, the bulk of the Natal Carbineers was besieged in Ladysmith, and played a prominent part in that famous engagement. The most prominent military action was the attack by Colonial Forces on the Boer artillery emplacement at Gun Hill on the night of 7–8 December 1899. The Regiment lost heavily from the diseases that ravaged the garrison. A solitary squadron of the Natal Carbineers, the Estcourt-Weenen Squadron, avoided the siege of Ladysmith, and instead participated in the relief operations of Sir Redvers Buller as part of Hubert Gough's Composite Regiment. This squadron’s most notable military action of this period was the disastrous battle of Colenso on 15 December 1899, when four men were killed. These were their most serious losses for any one action during the Anglo-Boer War. Height 3 inches, width 2.75 inches

Code: 21474Price: 125.00 GBP


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Irish Guards Officers cap badge
Irish Guards Officers cap badge, fretted centre with enamel back plate, in excellent condition with a lovely patina, a scarce officers badge. he Irish Guards (IG), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army and, together with the Royal Irish Regiment, it is one of the two Irish infantry regiments in the British Army.

The Irish Guards recruit in Northern Ireland and the Irish neighbourhoods of major British cities. Although restrictions in the Republic of Ireland's Defence Act make it illegal to induce, procure or persuade enlistment of any citizen of the Republic of Ireland into the military of another state, people from the Republic do enlist in the regiment.

One way to distinguish between the five regiments of Foot Guards is the spacing of the buttons on their tunics. The Irish Guards have buttons arranged in groups of four as they were the fourth Foot Guards regiment to be founded. They also have a prominent St. Patrick's blue plume on the right side of their bearskins.

Code: 21473Price: 100.00 GBP


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A Superb WW2 Royal Armoured Corps Tankers Combat Helmet
Two side rivet strap mounts and early top centre screw bolt liner attachment. With felt pad liner and chin strap. Dark olive green paint. The success of the German paratroopers early in WWII inspired the British army to form their own airborne units. It was immediately clear that a new type of helmet would be needed. The infantry MkII, which retained the basic shape of the helmets worn during the First World War, was utterly impractical for a paratrooper and soon a variety of training helmets–mostly made of rubber or padded leather–were introduced. The basic MkI paratrooper helmet shell was not exclusively used by the airborne divisions. The Royal Armoured Corps adopted the basic MkI paratrooper shell with the addition of the liner of the “Helmet, Steel, MkII.” From the outside, it is actually easy to recognize that one of these tanker-modified shells is not a paratrooper helmet. It will have a single rivet or screw bolt at the top of the dome, and one rivet on each side for the chinstrap mount. This helmet was officially designated “Helmet, Steel, Royal Armoured Corps, MkI.” It was replaced on 1944 by a modified MkII, which used the “lift-the-dot” design.

Code: 21472Price: 245.00 GBP


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A Very Good Original King George IIIrd 'Two Pounder' Naval Cannon in Iron
Of the so-called Blomefield pattern of Royal Naval ordnance from the 1790's. 2.47 inch bore approx. The smaller of the original ships cannon used by the navy and maritime services during the reign of King George IIIrd, during the Napoleonic Wars with France and her allies, therefore a comfortable size to display both for interiors or exteriors, for a gentleman's study or a traditional garden. From the era of The Battle of the Nile, The Battle of Trafalgar and on through the 19th century up to and including Crimean war. Ringed barrel with Blomefield's typical cast cascabel and breeching loop combination at the breech, King George's Crown within the casting on the top centre. Perfect for mounting on a traditional bespoke naval carriage or a large wheeled field carriage [which we can supply to order]. Thomas Blomefield, son of the Rev. Thomas Blomefield, rector of Hartley and Chalk, Kent, and Chaplain to the Duke of Dorset, was born in 1744.

When he was 11 years old he was sent to sea on HMS Cambridge (80) under a close friend of his father, Sir Peircy Brett. His naval career was short lived and in February 1758 he enrolled as a cadet at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich.

He was a talented student, gained the notice of his professors and passed out as a lieutenant eleven months later at age 15. He saw combat in the West Indies and Florida. He became aide de camp to General Conway, who was then acting Master General of the Ordnance and was retained in that position by his successor, Lord Townshend.

He resigned that high profile post to serve in the war in America. He was wounded in the head at Saratoga, returned to his duties as aide to the Master General of Ordnance. In 1780 he was appointed Inspector of Artillery and Superintendent of the Royal Brass Foundry.

At the time Britain’s military administration was virtually belly up. The nearly medieval system of military administration used by Britain was obviously incapable of supporting an army and navy engaged in a worldwide war.

Blomefield set about his task with energy. In his first year he condemned 496 new artillery pieces and unsuitable before they were sent to the army or the fleet. This represented about a quarter of the national production.

Around 1783, Blomefield set his hand to designing artillery. Apparently he was a dedicated experimenter and used his experiments to inform his designs. There are several key deviations from the Armstrong-Frederick pattern gun in the Blomefield gun.

First, it is much more simple in design. A lot of the more decorative features at the cascabel were done away with to ensure a uniform thickness of metal.

Second, an attempt was made to lessen the weight of the gun by trimming the thickness of the tube while retaining a strong breech. This is a theme one sees with cast iron guns probably culminating in the Parrot guns

Third, the chamber for the powder bag was a bit larger in diameter than the bore. This resulted in a better burn rate for the powder and hence a higher muzzle velocity.

Lastly, a loop was forged over the knob on the cascabel. Aboard ship, this enabled the breeching rope to pass through the loop rather than being looped around the knob. This subtle change enable shipboard artillery to be shifted much farther off the center line because it could be fired with the risk of snapping the breeching rope.

After 1794 the Blomefield pattern gun was the standard within the navy. In this cannon's serving life the cascabel and ring have been repaired. For reference see; B. Lavery "Carronades and Blomefield Guns", Royal Armouries Conference Proceedings !. Sold 'as is' without a carriage, but we can have them bespoke made, by an excellent old carriage maker of many generations experience. Approx £1,100 for a naval/garrison carriage and approx £2,000 for a large wheeled field carriage in hardwood. Photos for illustration purposes of either cannon carriage type, one in the workshop the other on display. This cannon barrel is 44 inches long, 10.5 inches wide at the trunions. Delivery extra, but by arrangement p.o.a.

Code: 21471Price: 2450.00 GBP


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A Simply Wonderful 'Miniature' Rifled Flintlock Pistol By Bond of London
Around a half size miniature rifled breech loading boxlock flintlock pistol from the Napoleonic Wars. A most rare half size pistol, of fabulous quality and condition. This is a truly superb and rare piece. It is a concealable pistol that could be hidden with ease upon one's person in the smallest of pockets or a ladies muffler to use as a close quarter defender. William Thomas Bond was appointed Gunmaker to the Grocers Company in 1803. The colour of the pistol's patina is exceptional, and it is deluxe engraved by the finest expert hand. The action is as crisp as new, and the trigger drops down from it's fold-away position beautifully. The barrel unscrews superbly and is hand rifled. Only 4 7/8ths inches long overall, and a 1 1/4 inch barrel. Half sized, original, and fully functioning, useable pistols are highly desirable in their own right, attracting prices far more than their full size counterparts, and naturally much rarer. Referred to as 'miniature' due to their diminutive size compared to their full sized counterparts. Not to be confused with later made finely engineered, much smaller but non working miniatures

He was based at 'The Golden Blunderbuss' 59 Lombard Street between 1803-36

Other Business premises at 31 Nicholas Lane.

Code: 21470Price: 995.00 GBP


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A Magnificent 1845 Pat. British Infantry Officers Deluxe Combat Sword
With original gilt bullion knot. Such a beautiful Victorian officer's sword made by the world renown Wilkinson Sword Co. in the mid 19th century. Deluxe leather and copper gilt scabbard, large open pierced half basket hilt containing the pierced cypher of Queen Victoria triple wire bound sharkskin grip, and fully original gilt hilt. Deluxe fully etched blade of fighting weight extra wide size. It is in incredibly fine condition for its age, naturally showing signs of use, but the original mecurial gilt finish to the hilt is spectacular. Fully etched blade bearing repeats of the crowned royal cypher of Queen Victoria. Maker marked scabbard with Wilkinson shield, and blade bearing the proof mark and makers address of Wilkinson too. A super example, that would compliment any fine collection of antique arms. It would have been used througout the Empire by a British infantry officer, in the numerous wars in India, China and Africa etc. And this is exactly the same form and pattern of sword as was used and worn by Lt Bromhead VC at Rorke's Drift, including its steel combat scabbard, during the Zulu War of 1879. On the morning of 22 Jan 1879, some 20,000 Zulu warriors attacked a British invading army. They carried spears and clubs; the British were armed with modern rifles and two heavy guns.

But the Zulu commander, Ntshingwayo, deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest generals in African history. First he used a masterly deception plan to lure Lord Chelmsford, the British commander, and 3,000 troops away from their main camp at the foot of Mount Isandlwana and send them on a wild goose chase across the plains.

Then Ntshingwayo opened a massive attack on the weakened British force left in the camp. He deployed his warriors in a classic "buffalo horns" formation. The left horn broke through the British firing line, while the right swept around behind Isandlwana and occupied the supply depot and ox-wagon train. They separated the British from their ammunition supply and also stampeded their oxen, sending about 4,500 animals careering across the veldt.

In the ensuing chaos, the British were overwhelmed and cut to pieces. Of 1,774 British and African troops in the camp, only 55 survived. Some 14 British soldiers, led by Capt Reginald Younghusband of the 24th Foot, made a last stand on the slopes of the mountain. Zulu sources record that the men shook hands before making a final bayonet charge.

Code: 21469Price: 1295.00 GBP


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A Superb 1796 King George IIIrd Officers Gilt Bullion & Silk Sword Knot
With silver gilt wire bullion stripes on a yellow silk ground with a bound silk and silver gilt tassel, with three original knotted slides. Very rare to find in such good condition, with perfect and natural aging to the gilt bullion and yellow silk. An absolute joy to see and as good as the best you can see in the Royal Collection. Used by a British officer in the Napoleonic Wars, including the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal, and probably in the so-called '100 Days War', against Napoleon once more, culminating in the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Code: 21466Price: 675.00 GBP

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