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WW2 Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa U.S. Navy USN Mark 1 Training Rifle (1903 Springfield). Sn 14972 - 14972
The Parris-Dunn Corporation was founded by William G. Dunn and Cecil L Parris when they formed a business partnership in 1937. Each of these men brought unique contributions to this partnership. Although Dunn had no formal technical training he, like many great inventors, could see the interrelationships that existed between different mechanical devices and could modify or combine them to solve problems. Parris had a background as sales manager for the Kari-Kleen company of Souix City, Iowa and was a talented merchandiser. Initially Parris was the President of the corporation and Dunn the Vice-president but during the war years their positions reversed. William G. Dunn (1883-1968) ran a hardware business in Clarinda, Iowa in the early 1900's. In 1917 he formed the Dunn Counterbalance Company operating out of the back of his hardware store. He eventually built a factory on South 15th Street in Clarinda and the name was changed to the Dunn Manufacturing Co. He was a very talented inventor and eventually held patents for 75 different mechanical devices, many of which were related to the early automobile and aircraft industry. In 1936 he formed a partnership with Cecil Parris in order to better promote his generator business. When WWII broke out there was a severe shortage of military firearms at the start of the war and they were approached by US Army Ordnance to produce a non-firing training rifle. Shortly after, the US Navy also expressed interest in this project but they wanted some slight modifications in their model. The stock and the bolt mechanism are identical on both models and both models have 3 sling swivels. The following differences identify each model. The typical Army Model 1.It has a simple trigger that does not move. 2.It has a sheet metal trigger guard. 3.It either had no middle barrel band or it had a painted black stripe to simulate this band. 4. It has no bayonet lug. The typical Navy Model 1.It has a movable trigger that makes an audible click when pulled. 2.The trigger guard was made of cast iron 3.It has a metal middle barrel band. 4.It has a bayonet lug on the metal front barrel band. In July of 1942 the Army let contract 271 ORD for 35,000 training rifles of their pattern at a cost of $166,000. In August the Navy let contract NROS 10993 for 190,000 training rifles having their changes at a cost of $903,000. In October of 1942 the Army contract was completed and in November they finished the first Navy contract. In January of 1943 the Navy let contract NORD 808 for 110,000 additional training rifles and in June that contract was completed. The Parris-Dunn Training Rifle is not a very accurate replica of the 1903 Springfield Rifle. It has a similar profile but is thinner in cross section and 3 pounds lighter in weight. The receiver, bolt and trigger mechanism are simple by comparison to the Springfield. Plastic training bayonets and scabbards were available for the Navy Model training rifles. This is an original, WW2 Parris-Dunn Mk 1 USN training rifle. It measures 43 ¾” overall length, has the correct 3 sling swivels, large blade fore sight and bayonet lug (The rear sight is absent). The bolt action works as it should and it correctly cocks and dry fires. The steel butt plate is crisply stamped ‘Dummy Training Rifle Mark 1 USN Parris-Dunn Corp Clarinda Iowa’ (illustrated in image 2 along with a contemporary image of a US Navy Sailor with a Parris Dunn USN MK1 dummy training rifle). The woodwork has old stable cracks and scratches but is complete. NB As a dummy training rifle incapable of firing ammunition, no licence is required to own this item in the UK. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14972
£395.00

1899 – 1930 Large, Imperial German, Naval Brass Cased Chronometer Bulkhead Clock By Gustav Becker With Key Mounted On Wood Base. Sn 15174 - 15174
This is an original large, Imperial German, Naval brass cased chronometer bulkhead clock. The clock has been cleaned & is in perfect working order. It has its original brass casing. The rim of the case is holed for screws to allow wall / bulkhead mounting and is mounted on a later wood base which itself is holed for wall mounting. An additional hole has also been drilled in the base when it was made to allow convenient placement of the clocks winder / lock key. The clock including case measures 8 ½” in diameter (including the rim) and is 3 ½” depth . The clock face has a hinged glass cover with brass rim and lock. The face is marked ‘Chronometer – Werke Gesellschaft Mit Besschrankter Haftung’ above ‘Hamburg’. The face with blackened hands and Roman numerals also has a small 60 second timer, slow/ fast adjustment slider and brass rimmed winder key slot. Internally the clock has a trade stamp which reads Gustav Becker indicating that the clock was made sometime between 1899 and 1930 (after this date it would have been marked Junghans). The clock winds and works correctly, keeping precise time and has its original brass winding key which also locks the hinged cover correctly. The price for this rare fully functional U-Boat clock includes UK delivery. Sn 15174
£745.00

WW1 Era Original Imperial German Porcelain Pipe With Deer In A Forest Scene Decoration, Plated Metal Hinged Bowl Cover, Wood & Polished Horn Stem. Sn 14864:3 - 14864:3
This is a porcelain pipe in the form favoured by Imperial German Soldiers in the WW1 era. The porcelain bowl has no chips or cracks and is clean. The front of the bowl has a colourful panel depicting Deer in a forest setting. The top of the bowl has a plated metal hinged cover. The pipe has its original carved wood and polished horn section stem. The pipe measures 10" overall length. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the pipe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14864:3
£125.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) Original Imperial German Army / Cavalry Reservists Porcelain Bier Stein To A Named Reservist Soldier Alois Bohm 1st Regiment With Lithopane Image Base Of A Posed Naked Female Model & Pewter / White Metal Hinged Cover. Sn 14864:2 - 14864:2
This is a splendid Imperial German personalised Reservists Bier Stein. The porcelain has no damage or chips and its colourful art work depicting Cavalry & Infantry Troops both in the field and on Socialising off duty together with banners and martial arms and shield with central number ‘1’ (1st Regiment). The rim of the top of the stein is marked to Alois Bohm, no doubt a Reservist soldier and the rim of the base is dated 1911-1912. The imagery in the central panels of the stein has passages of German text which would be worthy of translation. The top of the stein has a pewter / white metal hinged cover fixed to the top of the stein’s handle. The cover has crisp foliate embossed decoration and cast figure of a mounted Cavalry horseman in full Uniform. The stein measures 11" tall with lid closed. Interestingly the base of the stein has a concealed lithopane panel which can only be viewed when held up to the light and viewed from the open end i.e when drinking the last dregs of the beer content . The crisp panel depicts a posed naked female model. The stein is clean and untarnished both inside and out and would make a superb display / conversation piece. The stein is accompanied by a label which has a photo image copy of the lithopane panel. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14864:2
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (02/04) 1896-1899 Original Imperial German Cavalry Trooper’s Porcelain Bier Stein To Trooper Nachrainer Of Prinz Carl Of Bavaria’s 1st Heavy Cavalry Regiment With Lithopane Image Base Of A Soldier & His Lady & Pewter / Hinged Cover . Sn 14864:1 - 14864:1
This is a splendid Imperial German cavalry trooper’s personalised Bier Stein. The porcelain has no damage or chips and its colourful art work depicting cavalry Officers and Troopers parading and in the field together with comical representations of Officers and Troopers with ‘their ladies’. In Tavern and Guard duty settings. The rim of the top of the stein is marked to Prinz Carl Of Bavaria’s 1st Heavy Cavalry Regiment together with date ‘1896-99’ and the rim of the base is named to Trooper Nachrainer. The imagery in the central panels of the stein has passages of German text which would be worthy of translation. The top of the stein has a pewter / white metal hinged cover fixed to the top of the stein’s handle. The cover has crisp foliate embossed decoration and cast figures of a Lion with shield and mounted Cavalry horseman in full Uniform. Interestingly the base of the stein has a concealed lithopane panel which can only be viewed when held up to the light and viewed from the open end i.e when drinking the last dregs of the beer content . The crisp colourful panel depicts a ‘Cavalry Officer and his lady’. The stein is clean and untarnished both inside and out and would make a superb display / conversation piece. The stein is accompanied by a label which has a photo image copy of the lithopane panel. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14864:1
£0.00

British Royal Navy Red Ensign Flag, Military Quality, New, Hand Stitched Panels, Size 6 Feet By 3 Feet With A Strong Heading. Toggled Top And A Bottom Cleats For Securing The Flag To The Pole Halyard. MISC 866 - MISC 866
This is a brand new military Royal Navy British Red Ensign flag, hand stitched panels, measuring 6 feet long by 3 feet tall. The flag is secured to a strong heading with a wooden toggled top cleat and a 28 inch bottom cleat for securing to the flag pole halyard. Price includes UK delivery. MISC 866
£45.00

Union Flag, Military Quality, New, Hand stitched panels, Size 6 Feet By 3 Feet With A Strong Heading. Toggled Top And A Bottom Cleats For Securing The Flag To The Pole Halyard. MISC 865 - MISC 865
This is a brand new military quality Union flag, hand stitched panels, measuring 6 feet long by 3 feet tall. The flag is secured to a strong heading with a wooden toggled top cleat and a 28 inch bottom cleat for securing to the flag pole halyard. Price includes UK delivery. MISC 865
£45.00

19th Century Indian Fighting Spear With Pierced Blade & Ebonised Wood Shaft. Sn 14797 (Swords & Edged Weapons) - 14797
This is a very good quality Indian Fighting spear made in the 19th century. It measures 65” overall length. It has an ebonised wood shaft with 6” leaf shaped blade. The blade is pierced with an intricate heart design and sits on top of a pierced clover heads and tooled steel shaft. The blade including steel shaft measures 14” length. The base of the wood shaft is fitted with a 1 ¾” length brass band. The spear is straight with no damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14797
£345.00

Original, WW2 Japanese Naval Landings / Marines Cloth Sunburst Battle Flag. Sn 14894:10 - 14894:10
This is an excellent original 28” x 32" WW2 Japanese battle flag carried into battle by Japanese Soldiers and marines during naval landing attacks. This flag is made of cloth has a central vivid red printed ‘sun’ roundel with dramatic red sunburst rays. The flag has stitched edges. The material is clean with no mothing. The price for this colourful WW2 Japanese flag includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:10
£345.00

Original, 1955 Dated British WD Bren Gun Canvas Cover & Webbing Tool Bag With Original Bren Gun Maintenance Components & MK 1 Bren Gun Multi Tool. Sn 14811 - 14811
The British .303 Calibre Bren Light Machine Gun was introduced in the 1930's and used extensively by British & Allied Forces throughout WW2 and into the modern era. This is an original WD waxed canvas cover designed to cover the body of the Bren including top carry handle and magazine has webbing straps with brass buckles on the bottom edges to secure the cover to the weapon. The inside of the cover has a post War ‘1955’ date stamp together with ‘D War Dept Arrow D’ mark & stores codes. The cover is in as new un-issued condition. The cover is accompanied by an original webbing tool kit for Bren guns. The bag with shoulder strap has internal pockets with flap covers which contain a variety of parts and accessories such as allen keys, wire gauzes, springs, pull through, tin & oil bottles for Bren gun maintenance including an original paper leaflet describing contents of a complete kit. One of the oil bottles in our kit has a WD arrow mark. The kit also has its original MK1 Bren gun steel multi tool. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14811
£225.00
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