WW2 "Smash Em Up, but Theirs Not Ours" Tank & Vehicle Recognition PosterAn incredible piece of historical original wartime "Operation Sea Lion" period memorabilia. Based at the time of the feared German invasion of the British Isles called Operation Sea Lion, also written as Operation Sealion ( Unternehmen Seelöwe). It was Nazi Germany's code name for the plan for an invasion of the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War. Following the Fall of France, Adolf Hitler, the German Führer and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, hoped the British government would seek a peace agreement and he reluctantly considered invasion only as a last resort if all other options failed. As a precondition, he specified the achievement of both air and naval superiority over the English Channel and the proposed landing sites, but the German forces did not achieve either at any point during the war, and both the German High Command and Hitler himself had serious doubts about the prospects for success. A large number of barges were gathered together on the Channel coast, but they were flat-bottomed and liable to sink in even slightly rough seas. With air losses increasing, Hitler postponed Sea Lion indefinitely on 17 September 1940 and it was never put into action. An original WW2 poster designed for that very potential invasion, in order that future British partisans, Home Guard and resistance fighters, and the Auxilieries would know which invading tanks and armoured vehicles to blow up and attack, but not our own. 20 inches wide x 30 inches high. Small down tear at top-middle area. It would look superb nicely framed. Printed for His Majesty's Stationary Office.
Code: 21270Price: 750.00 GBP
A Very Good Victorian Duke of Cornwall's Regt. Drummer's or Bugler's SwordRegimentally marked for the Cornwall regiment, one of the great British infantry regiments of distinction. With Queen Victoria's monogram, VR inset within the crossguard of the hilt. In the 19th century the Army marched to the band into battle and the bandsman although not required to fight initially was certainly prepared to defend himself. Hence his issued combat sword. A smaller sword than an officer would use, but it's size belied it's power and effectiveness in battle in the hands of the well trained. Drums were used by all regiments at the time for a variety of important battlefield roles such as marching in time as a unit. Bugles were used in the Light infantry. Different drum beats or bugle calls would be used to communicate commands in the smoke filled and noisy battlefield where visual and verbal communication would have been impossible. At the time, muskets were often very inaccurate and took a long time to reload, and so soldiers would often fire their weapons in mass volleys. The beat of a drum or the call of the bugle would enable soldiers to be more cohesive and disciplined in their firing drill. Drummer and bugle boys in the regiments would often be no older than 15 years of age, and would often be the orphans or sons of soldiers. In 1814 the Regiment escorted convicts to New South Wales and remained in Australia until 1817, serving in Sydney, Newcastle, Parramatta and Van Diemens Land before deployment to Madras, India. The Regiment also served during the Crimean War, (1854-1856) fighting at the Battle of the Alma, the Battle of Balaklava, the Battle of Inkermann, the Siege of Sebastopol, the Assault on the Quarries, the First Assault on the Redan, and the Final Assault on the Redan.
In 1881 as part of the Childers Reforms, which restructured the British army into a network of multi-battalion Regiments, the 46th (South Devonshires) Regiment of Foot and the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot were merged to form The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. The newly formed Regiment went on to serve during the Second Boer War (1899-1902) fighting at Paardeburg and Bloemfontein
Code: 21269Price: 375.00 GBP
A Good Cold War Period Roumanian Officer's Dirk and Belt Strap.Thedagger has a brass crossguard with the quillon turning upward at one end and downward at the other, the brass ferrule with a blade release button, smooth white streaked synthetic grip plate, domed brass pommel. The scabbard is brass, illustrating the Roumanian Socialist Republic coat-of-arms inside a swelling frame on both sides, the throat held firmly in place via two screws, the two bands displaying oak leaves and acorns with large dagger hanger rings. Very fine condition overall
Code: 21268Price: 275.00 GBP
A Superb Victorian Crimean War and Indian Mutiny Era General's SabreAlso used continually until the Boer War period. Superb condition with most of its original mercurial 'fire' gilt remaining on the guard. Gothic hilt with crossed sabre and field marshal's baton, the symbol of a British General. Fully etched deluxe quality blade with royal cypher and generals crest with tradtional scrolling and decorative features. Brass scabbard. Overal all in very good near pristine condition with original bullions general's sword knot [with natural age wear]. Here are a sample of the British generals this sword may have belonged to; Lieutenant General Sir William Forbes Gatacre: Commanded a division of two brigades at the Battle of Omdurman and the 3rd Division of the 1st Army Corps during the Second Boer War; suffered a large defeat at the Battle of Stormberg.
Major General Charles George Gordon: Colorful Royal Engineer officer; employed by the British-dominated Egyptian government (for the second time) as governor-general of the Sudan; killed after the Siege of Khartoum during the Mahdist War.
Field Marshal Viscount Gough: Commander of British forces during the First Opium War and the First and Second Sikh Wars.
Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Graham: Victoria Cross winner and senior commander during the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Mahdist War of the 1880s.
Code: 21267Price: 1395.00 GBP
A Magnificent Antique French Rococo Silvered Bronze Table LampA wonderful example of the finest object d'art. Superlative quality of the highest grade, of the most substancial quality from the Rococo Revival period that emerged from the King Louis Phillipe and Second Empire eras in France, and was then adapted in England. Revival of the rococo style was seen all throughout Europe during the 19th century within a variety of artistic modes and expression including decorative objects of art, paintings, art prints, furniture, and interior design. In much of Europe and particularly in France, the original rococo was regarded as a national style, and to many, its re-emergence recalled national tradition. Rococo revival epitomized grandeur and luxury in European style and was another expression of 19th century romanticism and the growing interest and fascination with natural landscape. Louis Philippe (1830-1848)
The rising bourgeoisie in France demanded rococo decorative-art objects as a reflection of status, wealth, and material possession. The bourgeois consumer purchased objects and furnishings from a variety of revival styles, including rococo, for its significance in historicizing opulence and grandeur.
Modern French Rococo furniture and decorative arts were characterized by their opulance elegance and grace. Its ornamentation consisted of delicate foliage and intricate details. Other characteristics included: embellished and elaborate carving, rich carving of floral and fruit motifs, curved frames, and tufted upholstery.
Code: 21266Price: On Request
A Simply Stunning Quality 2/3rd Size Victorian 1st Dragoon Guards HelmetA truly amazing miniature version, faithfull and exact in every respect. Even in highly detailed photographs one could never tell it was not a full size helmet. It may have once been a presentation piece for a member of the regiment. Almost certainly made by the regimental helmet maker. The 1st King's Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army. The regiment was raised by Sir John Lanier in 1685 as the 2nd Queen's Regiment of Horse, named in honour of Queen Mary, consort of King James II. It was renamed the 2nd King's Own Regiment of Horse in 1714 in honour of George I. The regiment attained the title 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1751. The regiment served as horse cavalry until 1937 when it was mechanised with light tanks. The regiment became part of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. After service in the First World War and the Second World War, the regiment amalgamated with the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) in 1959 to form the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards. The regiment was raised by Sir John Lanier in 1685 as Lanier's Regiment of Horse or the 2nd Queen's Regiment of Horse, named in honour of Queen Mary, consort of King James II, as part of the response to the Monmouth Rebellion.
The regiment saw action at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 and the Battle of Aughrim in July 1691 during the Williamite War in Ireland. It also fought at the Battle of Blenheim in August 1704, the Battle of Ramillies in May 1706, the Battle of Oudenarde in July 1708 and the Battle of Malplaquet in September 1709 during the War of the Spanish Succession. The regiment was renamed the 2nd King's Own Regiment of Horse in 1714 in honour of George I. It saw action again at the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743 during the War of the Austrian Succession. The regiment was renamed the 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1751. The regiment made a desperate charge which saved the army at the Battle of Corbach in July 1760 and then made another famous charge at the Battle of Warburg later that month during the Seven Years' War. The regiment charged again with devastating effect at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815 during the Napoleonic Wars.
The regiment took part in the response to the Indian Rebellion in 1857 as well as the Battle of Taku Forts in August 1860 and the capture of Peking during the Second Opium War. A detachment of the regiment was responsible for the capture of King Cetshwayo at the Battle of Ulundi in July 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War and the regiment saw action again at the Battle of Laing's Nek in January 1881 during the First Boer War. The regiment, which had been was stationed at Lucknow in India at the start of the war, landed at Marseille as part of the 8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division in November 1914 for service on the Western Front. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Festubert in May 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres also in May 1915 and the Battle of Morval in September 1916 but returned to India in October 1917. Approx 10 inches high from front peak to top of plume, a regular full size helmet would be around 14 inches.
Code: 21265Price: 650.00 GBP
Rare, Bound Copy The Stranger in Brighton & Baxter's Directory by J.BaxterBaxter's Stranger in Brighton and directory : comprising a brief, yet comprehensive historical and topographical account of the town, and immediate neighbourhood ...Published circa 1822 by Baxter & Co. North St Brighton. Finely bound in light brown calf with calf spine and red Morocco leather and gilt title. The directory contains I. An alphabetical arrangement of inhabitant householders. II. An alphabetical arrangement of the professions. III. A list of coaches, waggons, carts, etc. Plus interesting tales of Brighton and its history and sights and places of interest. A wonderful and informative volume. According to J.H.Farrant Directories are an important source of information for studying the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. For the family historian they help to identify the residence of individual people within narrow time limits; for the social historian they can indicate the internal structures of communities; for the economic historian the relative and changing importance of occupations and industries may be revealed, whilst the historical geographer can plot the spatial distribution of those activities. In few instances are directories undoubtedly better in quality of information than other sources: census enumerator’s tallies are more comprehensive and probably more accurate for identifying individuals; rate books can be much preferable for discovering the distribution of occupations and businesses; and so on. But directories have the indisputable advantage of being printed and published books. Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England which is now part of the city of Brighton and Hove, in the county of East Sussex, in England.
Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.
In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era.
4.75 inches x 7.25 inches. It mentions in the title page a map and three engravings, but in this deluxe calf leather binding [they were initially sold in simple grey board] there are no engravings or any indication they have been removed.
Code: 21263Price: 450.00 GBP
A Rarest, Unique, British 2nd Queens Regiment of Foot Mitre Cap of 1727-43Wool grenadier mitre cap. 2nd Regiment of Foot (The Queen's). 'CR' monogram and garter for Queen Caroline, and the white horse of Hanover. Probably, and believed to be, the only surviving example in existance today. Making it, effectively, a unique survivor of 18th century British military headgear. Fully expertly restored with incredible detail and skill for posterity, by Turner, Laughlin & Associates of Tucson, Arizona. Here are some excerpts from Turner Laughlin's restoration work on this rare military cap:
"I believe this mitre to be one of the last of its kind, preserved by the regiment for Honor or Legacy presentations. By the 1880s, it was more than century old, was looking a little ratty, so was sent to a military hatter for repair. That's when the old stiffeners and lining were removed and replaced with the cork and Berlin (both materials were all the rage in the 1880s)."Treatment Details
Note: All materials employed in conservation and reconstruction were of museum/archival quality, including filtered water, and pH-neutral soaps, paints, varnishes, and adhesives. All thread used in restoring the cap was pure cotton and silk, usually of pre-WWII vintage. Wherever use of materials is mentioned, we will avoid redundancy, and permit the reader to infer “archival quality” or “pH neutral.” Artifact's Significance: Our researches indicate that this mitre is one of perhaps a dozen known original British Army examples dating to the eighteenth century. Of that number, few are enlisted versions, and no other examples from the Queen's Own Regiment appear to have survived. To, the fact that this restoration project entailed complete disassembly of an original cap enabled rare opportunities for study. This documentation--pertinent especially to the construction of accurate reproductions--is now housed in the Turner, Laughlin & Associates archive."The Regiment is the oldest English line Infantry Regiment in the British Army as it was first raised in 1661 as The Earl of Peterborough’s Regiment of Foot, by Henry Mordaunt 2nd Earl of Peterborough. The newly-restored King Charles II agreed to marry Catherine of Braganza and gained possession of Portuguese territories of Bombay and Tangier as part of her Dowry in return for her religious freedom and military support for Portugal against Spain. The Regiment was raised to garrison Tangier and defend against the Moors, also becoming known as the Tangier Regiment, remaining in Tangier for 23 years. We have a copy of a reference letter from the 'Senator John Heinz History Center in Association with the Smithsonian Institution' in Pittsburgh PA, USA. In it the President & CEO, Andrew E. Masich, states they have used Turner Laughlin and Associates for many years to restore rare museum specimens. Noting further that their capacities for accurate research, artistry and documentation are extraordinary.
Upon its return to England (due to financial pressures Charles II chose to abandon Tangier) it was granted the Royal title of the Queen Dowager’s Regiment of Foot. After the King’s death the crown passed to his brother King James II, who only reigned for only 3 years due to his unpopular Catholic convictions, in Protestant England. However, the Regiment was soon in action for its new King at the Battle of Sedgemoor during the Monmouth Rebellion (1685), when James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (the oldest of Charles II illegitimate sons and the current King’s nephew) unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow King James II. Four year later it would be fighting against the King at the Battle of Boyne, following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when Prince William of Orange was invited to take the throne by the English Lords becoming King William III and deposing James II.
The Regiment went on to serve during the Spanish War of Succession (1701–1714) fighting at Cadiz, Vigo, the sieges of Valencia de Alcantara, Alburquerque, Badajoz, Alcantara and Ciudad Rodrigo, and at the disastrous Battle of Almansa where the Regiment was virtually destroyed. In 1703 the Regiment confirmed its reputation for tenacity and courage at the Battle of Tongres, where 40,000 French troops were held at bay by the Regiment and one Dutch Battalion for 28 hours until reinforcements arrived. For this action it was awarded the title ‘Royal’ to become The Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot.
In 1715, the Regiment was renamed ‘The Princess of Wales's Own Regiment of Foot’ after Caroline of Ansbach, Princess of Wales. In 1727 it once again became the Queen’s Regiment with the ascension of the Princess of Wales to Queen Caroline, queen-consort to George II. In 1751 it was ranked as 2nd Foot and renamed the ‘2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot’.
1661 The Earl of Peterborough’s Regiment of Foot
1662 The Tangier Regiment
1715 The Princess of Wales's Own Regiment of Foot (the Princess of Wales was Caroline of Ansbach)
1727 The Queen’s Regiment
1751 2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot
Later it became the Royal Surrey Regiment and is today part of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, so back to its pre-1727 regimental title.
Code: 21262Price: 6950.00 GBP
A German 1930's German Infantry Heer Officers Dagger by WKC SolingenMade by WKC of Solingen. With small hairline cracking damage the rear of the amber spiral celluloid grip. The German Army, or Heer, was the land forces component of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces, from 1935 to 1945. The Wehrmacht also included the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). During World War II, a total of about 15 million soldiers served in the German Army, of whom about seven million became casualties. Separate from the army, the Waffen-SS (Armed SS) was a multi-ethnic and multi-national military force of the Third Reich. Growing from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, it served alongside the army but was never formally part of it.
Only 17 months after Hitler announced publicly the rearmament program, the Army reached its projected goal of 36 divisions. During the autumn of 1937, two more corps were formed. In 1938, four additional corps were formed with the inclusion of the five divisions of the Austrian Army after the Anschluss in March. During the period of its expansion by Adolf Hitler, the German Army continued to develop concepts pioneered during World War I, combining ground (Heer) and air (Luftwaffe) assets into combined arms teams. Coupled with operational and tactical methods such as encirclements and the "battle of annihilation", the German military managed quick victories in the two initial years of World War II, prompting the use of the word Blitzkrieg (literally lightning war, meaning lightning-fast war) for the techniques used.
Code: 21257Price: 475.00 GBP
Early 19th Century 'Tiger's Claw' Horn Hilted Khanjar DaggerA most attractive antique dagger with an impressive blade. A middle eastern long bladed dagger, also called a jambiya. With a long, curved double-edged sturdy steel blade, with a medial ridge. Beautifully hand carved horn hilt of elegant form with waisted grip with central carved spiral and typical hooked pommel. In its original leather covered wooden scabbard with metal conical chape. Jambiya were taken by travellers to other cultures including Persia, the Ottoman empire, and India, where they were adopted with slight differences to the blade, hilt and scabbard. The horn hilt has old small losses to some surfaces. Blade 9 inches overall in scabbard 16.25 inches long, both measured straight across
Code: 21254Price: 475.00 GBP
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