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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 16/04) Clean / Un- Used WW2 Era British Para / Airborne Troops Heavy Duty Denison Cloth Sleeping Bag Marked 6/S. Sn 15110 - 15110
This is an original WW2 era British Para / Airborne Troops Heavy Duty Denison Cloth Sleeping Bag in clean and un-used condition. It is made of Denison cloth material (as used in construction of WW2 Para Denison smocks) and has the correct pockets with flap press stud fastening pockets, oil cloth backing which has storage wear, reinforced stitching and cords. The oil cloth backing has a contemporary white paint Unit or Formation marking 6/S (illustrated). The sleep bag is 6’ width at its widest when opened to allow ease of access to a Paratrooper wearing combat uniform and is 6’ 6” length unfolded with correct reinforced padding at the foot end. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15110

Cased, WW1 1915 British Officer's WD Verner’s Pattern Swiss Made Military Compass By B-L With Inter War 1938 Dated British WD Leather Case By Harvey & Co Ltd Walsall. Sn 15122:6 - 15122:6
This is an excellent fully functioning Cased, WW1 British WD Swiss Made Officer's Military Compass By B-L. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly intact. The rear of the compass is nicely marked by the manufacturer 'B-L ' together with 'No.893’, WD arrow, '1915' date & ‘Made In Switzerland’. The rear is also contemporarily marked ‘H. Bamford’ no doubt the name of the WW1 Officer who owned this Compass. The front rim of the case is stamped ‘Verner’s Pattern’. It is complete with its original brown leather case with buckle faster, hinged lid and carry strap. The rear of the case is impressed with WD arrow and ink stamped ‘B128319’. The front of the case is impressed by the maker ‘Harvey & Co Ltd Walsall’ together with ‘1938’ date. The price for this cased, Swiss made WW1 dated British WD compass includes UK delivery. Sn 15122:6

Cased, Early WW1 1914 British Officer's WD Verner’s Pattern Military Compass By Short & Mason London With Original Leather Case. Sn 15122:5 - 15122:5
This is an excellent fully functioning Cased, WW1 British WD Officer's Military Compass By Short & Mason London. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly intact. The rear of the compass is nicely marked by the manufacturer 'Short & Mason London' together with 'No.8264’, WD arrow and '1914' date. The rim of the case is stamped ‘Verner’s Pattern’. It is complete with its original brown leather case with buckle faster, hinged lid and carry strap. The case has no visible manufacturer or date marks. The price for this early WW1 dated cased compass includes UK delivery. Sn 15122:5

SOLD LAYAWAY (24.1) Original German WW1 S98/05 nA Bayonet, Scabbard, Entrenching Tool, Ammunition Pouches and belt. Sn. 14894:29 - 14894:29
This is an original German WW1 S98/05 nA Bayonet by a very rare maker (Cito-Coln) marked S98/05 nA bayonet. In Anthony Carters book on German Bayonets, the models 98/02 and 98/05, he discusses the rarity of this maker on page 66. As at the time of publication (1984) only 2 bayonets had been recorded marked CITO-COLN. CITO was a registered trademark of Ernst Pack Sohne of Solingin and although the trademark of CITO-COLN is unidentified, the most likely explanation is that Ernst Pack had a sub-plant in Coln. It is contained in its steel scabbard which is carried in a standard frog. This is attached to the belt which also carries its entrenching tool in its leather holder. The belt also carries 6 leather ammunition pouches in two sets of three, one dated 1915 and the other dated 1917. The belt buckle is made of brass with a white metal GOT MIT UNS and crown badge. This is a great opportunity to acquire a complete WW1 German soldiers belt kit including a very rare bayonet. Sn. 14894:29

WW1 1918 British Army Officer's Leather Cased Marching War Department Verner's Patent MK VIII Compass By 'E. Koehn'. Sn 14430 - 14430
Military Marching Compass By Koehn Switzerland With WW1 1918 Brown Leather Case and shoulder strap by 'T. J. Butfield Ltd' also date stamped '1918' with hand written name "E. Smith" on the front. Colonel William Willoughby Cole Verner was born in 1852 and commissioned into The Rifle Brigade in 1874, retiring in 1904. He served on the staff in the Egyptian campaign of 1884-85 and during the Boer War. He died in 1922. During his career Verner patented several marching Compass designs. Whilst the basic prismatic compass design has its origins in Schmalcalder's patent of 1812 (Patent No 3545), Verner's Pattern is a significant development. Verner's Patents were all pocket compasses. Model numbers were issued to his compasses starting with a Verner's Pattern V with developments through to the VII, VIII and the IX of WW2. Verner's Pattern compasses are both incredibly popular with collectors as well being a compass that can still be practically and easily used today. The most common models are the Verner's Pattern VII and Verner's Pattern VIII which were mainly used during WW1. Their basic construction is a prismatic dry card compass with a both a momentary bearing lock and transit lock. This is an excellent original example of the MK VIII. It is fully functioning. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly in tact. The lid is stamped 'Verner's Patent VIII'. The rear of the case is stamped with WD arrows and by the manufacturer 'E, Koehn Geneve Swisse' together with '1918' date and 'no. 114476'. It is complete with brown leather case with hinged top and buckle fastener. The case is impressed with 'T. J. Butfield Ltd' and dated '1918'. The case also has contemporaneous hand written name "E. Smith". All leather and stitching of the case are intact. Price for this WW1 cased piece of equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 14430

SOLD SOLD (12/04) Original 1930-1940's Bisley Pattern Full Bore Rifle Shooters Competition Holdall with Shoulder Strap and Great Britain Rifle Team Label. MIsc 849 - Misc 849
This leather shooting holdall is in fantastic condition. It is made from quality brown leather and is made in the Bisley Patter. It has two rolled leather handles for hand carrying and a substantial leather and white canvas shoulder strap. The holdall has two brass button studs on one side to protect it when it is lay on it's side, the top flaps are folded out to form a water proof open sided shelter, when you are lay prone shooting you can reach into the bag for ammunition, pens etc which will be kept dry and out of the wind. There are two brass 'L' pieces to stop the flap side collapsing. The holdall folds up to form a holdall that can be carried by the handles or on the shoulder. The top flaps are secured together with a short leather strap which fits over a brass button. One of the top flaps has a white label which has "Great Britain Rifle Team" printed on it in black, also one end has the remains of the similar label. On the other end there is a "Palma Centennial Match 1876-1976" sticker in blue, red and white. Inside one of the flaps there is a document sleeve made from leather. Inside the holdall down the centre there is a wooden divider with 24 holes drilled for rounds. Inside it also has two leather pockets. The bottom has four brass studs to protect the leather on the bottom. It measures 16"L x 8"H x 7"W outside dimensions. The price includes UK delivery. Misc 849

SOLD SOLD (WG) s Axe By Sorby Sheffield With Silver Presentation Plaque ‘The Officers And Men Of The Paddington Fire Engine Station To Mr C.I Abud 1875’ With Original Victorian Black Morroco Leather Fireman’s Belt & Axe Holster. Sn 12143 - 12143
Following a multitude of ad-hoc firefighting arrangements and the Great Fire of London, various insurance companies established firefighting units to fight fires that occurred in buildings that their respective companies insured. As demands grew on the primitive firefighting units they began to co-operate with each other until, on 1 January 1833, the London Fire Engine Establishment was formed under the leadership of James Braidwood. With 80 firefighters and 13 fire stations, the unit was still a private enterprise, funded by the insurance companies and as such was responsible mainly for saving material goods from fire. Several large fires, most notably at the Palace of Westminster in 1834 and warehouses on Tooley Street in 1861, spurred the insurance companies to lobby the British Government to provide the brigade at public expense and management. In 1865 the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Act was passed, creating the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. The Victorian Paddington Fire Engine Station was located on Hermitage Street and formed part of London’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s ‘A’ District (a contemporary photograph of Victorian London Fire Brigade Firemen With Their Horse driven Engine's is illustrated in image 2). This is an original Victorian Fireman’s Axe presented to a Paddington Fire Engine Station Fireman in 1875 together with its original Victorian black leather Fireman’s belt with axe holster. The heavy axe with lignum vitae hard wood shaft measures 15 ¼” in length and has a heavy steel axe head with spike securely riveted to the shaft. The axe head is stamped with manufacturer detail and trademark ‘I&H Sorby Sheffield’ (illustrated in image 2). The smooth wood shaft is undamaged and has hand carved grooves cut into it no doubt by the Victorian Fireman who owned the axe to offer a good grip when in use. One side of the axe shaft is mounted with a silver disc engraved with presentation detail ‘Presented By The Officers And Men Of The Paddington Fire Engine Station To Mr C.I Abud On Coming Of Age 1875’ (illustrated in image 2). The axe is complete with its original Victorian Fireman’s Morroco black leather belt. The belt is 2 ¼” wide and 41” length with a large white metal buckle. The belt is fitted with a removable leather axe holster which has a flap cover and clasp fastener. The holster has 2 belt loops to the rear. The belt is also fitted with an additional removable leather open ended attachment most likely for hanging a torch/ lantern or other piece of equipment. All leather and stitching are intact. Price for this excellent piece of fire fighting history worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 12143

WW2 Dated British 1939 Pattern Mills Equipment Co Webbing Equipment Belt Rig With Holster, Pouches, Carriers, Straps, Haversack WD Marks & Various Dates With Original Equipment Including Torch, Bayonet & Helve. EQ 33. - EQ 33
An excellent WW2 Dated British 1939 Pattern Webbing Equipment Belt Rig. The rig comprises, Belt with brass buckles and fittings, Shoulder straps, Service Revolver Holster, Ammo/ Compass Pouches, Helve Carrier With Helve which has a wood shaft with removable steel spade head and steel butt, Frog With 'SN' marked spike bayonet for Enfield .303 SMLE Rifles, Scabbard, Canteen Carrier & Canteen with cloth cover and original cork stopper with metal top, Torch with leather retaining strap to the rear (torch untested) & Haversack. The webbing components of the rig have profuse ink War Dept marks, various WW2 dates and Mills Equipment Co (ME Co) and P.S.S. manufacturer marks (some illustrated). All material and stitching of the webbing are clean & intact and all brass buckles fittings and press studs are present and function as they should. Price includes UK delivery. EQ 33

1974 dated Brish Parachutists Life Jacket Pack By Frankenstein Manchester Complete With Original Khaki Quick Release Pack. Sn 7947. - 7947
This is a complete original Military issue British Parachutists Life jacket dated 1974. The jacket has a green cotton waistcoat with webbing straps and steel buckles. The lower strap has a manufacturer's label Frankenstein & Sons (illustrated). All webbing straps and pull cords are present & undamaged. It is contained in it's khaki quick release pack with carry handle. The pack has it's original inspection label attached which reads 'Exam Packed Bicester COD NBCEMO/ RSG' with 'Sept 1974' date. The pack which would be attached to the parachute rig is stamped 'Life jacket Parachutist Pack Complete With Life Jacket Parachutist PT A4/AD 1378, Stole Gas Inflatable Co2 Cylinder 86 Grams Operating Head'. The inside of the pack is stamped with War Dept arrow and it contains it's original instruction leaflet. When packed the carry case measures 13 x 9 x 3 inches. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 7947.

WWI Imperial German Army Back Pack Reg't Markings 'III.A.9.H'. Sn 7877. - 7877
After WWI German weapons were destroyed at a great scale, but the field equipment remained. Some of the remaining WW1 equipment was re used by the Wehrmacht during the first years of WWII. This is a rare to find original Imperial German Army WW1 Era backpack Haversack. It is made of leather and canvas & in good condition for its age. The pack when closed measures Size: 15" x 13" x 3" when empty & closed. It opens to reveal several compartments with leather straps and buckles all intact. The top of the backpack has a leather carry handle and the backpack is complete with all of it's corect shoulder straps and buckle fasteners. The exterior rear of the pack is mounted with animal skin which is complete but does have some service wear to be expected. The interior of the pack is nicely ink stamped with Regimental & inter War date markings 'III A 9 H', ' H. Lobert' Fahndern 36/75' , R-AIX 1919, 'S.P.Br., '1920'. This is scarce and highly collectable original item. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 7877.
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