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**Scarce** WWI Iron Cross 1st Class Awarded to Fw. Konrad Illion 1942. N 434. - N 434
On 17 March 1813 King Frederick William III of Prussia who had fled to non-occupied Breslau (today Wrocław) – established the military decoration of the Iron Cross, backdated to 10 March (the late Queen Louise's birthday). The Iron Cross was awarded to soldiers during the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon. Before a soldier could be awarded with the Iron Cross 1st Class, he needed to have been decorated with the Iron Cross 2nd Class. It was first awarded to Karl August Ferdinand von Borcke on 21 April 1813. The first form of the Iron Crosses 1st Class were stitched in ribbon to the left uniform breast. By order of 1 June 1813, the 2nd form was created in cast iron with silver borders, and 8 loops on the reverse, to be fixed to the left uniform breast. In 1817 a total of 670 chevaliers had received the Iron Cross 1st Class. This example is marked to the rear ‘Fur Deutschland Fw. Konrad Illion 2.3.42’. A real collectors piece. The price includes UK. delivery. N 434.

A Silver St. John Ambulance Ass. Medal, St. John Ambulance Brigade Badge & Order of St. John Priory Of Wales Miniature L.S. Medal & Ribbon. Sn 10391:3. - 10391:3
A Silver St. John Ambulance Association medal named to 242893 Herbert Jordan and hallmarked for 1919. These were issued for efficient service, bars were added for further service. The second is a St. John Ambulance Brigade membership badge complete with wearer's pin on the reverse. The last being a Order of St. John, Priory Of Wales miniature Long Service medal and ribbon. The medal is to Robert P. Williams and it is hallmarked on the reverse for 1913. This is complete with correct ribbon. The price includes UK delivery. 10391:3.

C1803-1812 British General Service Stove Pipe/Shako Plate. BA 385. - BA 385
A shako is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor, and sometimes tapered at the top. The British pattern "stovepipe" shako is a tall, cylindrical type of headwear. The stovepipe was used by the infantry of the British Army from around 1799. From 1800 on, the shako became a common military headdress worn by the majority of regiments in the armies of Europe and the Americas. Replacing in most instances the light bicorn, the shako was initially considered an improvement, and its use was continued until the end of the Peninsular War, 1814. This is a British ‘General Service’ example, Solid brass, 156 mm in length and 104 mm wide with fixing holes intact. See ‘The British infantry shako, in: Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 15, No. 60 (Winter, 1936), pages 188-208 by Alex. R. Cattley. The price includes UK delivery. BA 385.

Victorian Miniature Silver Copy of the Elcho Challenge Shield. 20433. - 20433
This is a very nice Victorian miniature silver copy of the ‘Elcho Challenge Shield’ with embossed decoration representing Scotland and England. Measuring 104mm in length and 63mm wide, hollow 10mm in depth. The elcho challenge is an annual long range shooting completion between National teams from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The first match was held in 1862 at Wimbledon Common between England and Scotland, which England won by 166 marks. The original shield was six foot high and made from a sheet of iron with gilt highlights. The decoration is clear and there is some minor surface scratching which is to be expected due to its age. An interesting piece worthy of further investigation. The price includes UK delivery. 20433. (Drawer)

Encased Bronze WWI Memorial Plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Frank Graham Edwards of the R.A.F. 20361. - 20361
In 1916, the British government decided that steps should be taken to create a memorial for the next of kin of service personnel who died during the war. In the summer of 1917, it was announce that a government committee had decided that the memorial would take the form of a Bronze plaque. A competition to design the memorial plaque was announced in The Times on 13th August 1917. Applicants were instructed that their design had to be a s near as possible 18 square inches. It may be a circle of 4 ½ “ in diameter, or square of 4 ½ “ or a rectangle of 5 by 3 ½ “. The only other stipulation were that the design should include the inscription ‘HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR’. This example has been mounted on a round frame with intricate design to the edge, backed with a Bronze metal material with a swing arm for display. The plaque was dedicated to a Frank Graham Edwards who was a Lieutenant in the R.A.F THAT DIED ON 26th April 1918 aged 19 years old. Frank met his death in an accident when flying over Salisbury plain. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on Friday 3rd May 1918. The reg No 687110 is inscribed on the frame and the ‘Forces War Records’ show ‘Frank Graham Edwards’ as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1918. Commonwealth War Graves show him as being buried at Macclesfield Cemetery, and as the son of ‘Henry Deakin Edwards’ & ‘Charlotte Mary Edwards’ of 30 Beech Lane in Macclesfield. A substantial print out of Franks history will accompany the plaque. The price for this piece of history includes UK delivery. Worthy of further investigation. 20361. (Top shelf stores)

Victorian Officer’s Brass, Gilt, & Silver York & Lancaster Regiment Plate For Home Service Pattern Blue Cloth Helmets. Sn 20368:6 - 20368:6
The York & Lancaster Regiment was formed on 1 July 1881 as part of the Childers reforms. The Regiment inherited the title "York and Lancaster" from the 84th Foot to which the title had been awarded in 1809. Since it's formation the Regiment served with distinction in all major conflicts involving British Armed Forces. In 1968, during reforms of the British Army, the Yorks and Lancs was one of two Infantry Regiments that chose to be disbanded rather than amalgamated with another Regiment. This is an excellent, impressive Victorian York & Lancaster Regiment Officer’s Brass, Silver & Gilt helmet plate for Home Service Pattern Blue Cloth Helmets. The plate has central removable Rose with traces of gilt finish on a field of velvet, Wreath, Garter Star, Queen Victoria Crown and silver banner with Regiment name. The helmet plate has the correct lug mounts and pin securing the central rose. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20368:6

Edwardian / Pre-WW1 5th Royal Irish Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka King’s Crown Brass Plate. Sn 20368:5 - 20368:5
The 5th Royal Irish Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army. It saw service for three Centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War. It amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers in 1922. This is an excellent original Edwardian / Pre-WW1 5th Royal Irish Lancers Trooper’s Lance Cap / Chapka King’s Crown Brass Plate. The curved plate has the correct King’s Crown, Royal heraldic devices & Harp with banner ‘Fifth Royal Irish Lancers’. The rayed plate has pre WW1 battle honours Blenheim (August 1404), Ramillies (May 1606), Oudenarde (July 1708), Malplaquet (September 1709), Suakin (1885) South Africa 1899-1902 & Defence Of Ladysmith (Boer War). The rear of the plate has its original 2 screw bolt lugs. The price for this impressive Lance Cap plate to a Prestigious Lancer’s Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 20368:5

A Collection of 1961-1967 Brass ‘B&W’ Dragoons Shoulder Titles (Sold Separately). BA 393. - BA 393
The Berkshire & Westminster Dragoons (WDs) was a yeomanry regiment of the British Army Army Reserve, located in central London. Its lineage is continued by one of the Royal Yeomanry's six squadrons. Formed in the aftermath of Second Boer War as part of the County of London Yeomanry, the WDs fought in the Battle of Gallipoli and led British forces onto the beaches during the Normandy Invasion in 1944. The squadron most recently saw action on Operation Telic, for which it was mobilised for the 2003 war in Iraq. Seven items available with pins and backing plates *one with pin missing from the rear*. In good condition. The price includes UK delivery (the price is per title). BA 393. (Buckles badges drawer)

*Original WWI Prussian ‘Garde Helmewappen’ (Helmet Front Plate). 19966:13. - 19966:13
This pattern of ‘Garde star’ is found on issued ‘Mannschaft Pickelhauben’. The appearance of the star is flat and the crown is solid. The star is stamped from German silver. With the curvature of the Eagle, the star measures 8mm in depth. This pattern of helmet plate was worn from 1895 to 1918. The Eagle is found in German silver of Brass, depending on regiment. In near perfect condition. The price for this helmet front plate includes UK delivery. 19966:13. (Front plate only)

Victorian Officers ‘Northumberland’ Fusiliers Fur Cap Grenade Badge. 19289:17. - 19289:17
The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were an infantry regiment of the British Army. Raised in 1674 as one of three 'English' units in the Dutch Anglo-Scots Brigade, it accompanied William III to England in the November 1688 Glorious Revolution and became part of the English establishment in 1689. In 1751, it became the 5th Regiment of Foot, with the regional title 'Northumberland' added in 1782; in 1836, it was designated a Fusilier unit and became the 5th (Northumberland Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot. After the 1881 Childers Reforms, it adopted the title Northumberland Fusiliers, then Royal Northumberland Fusiliers on 3 June 1935. In 1968, it was amalgamated with the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and Lancashire Fusiliers to form the present Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. 10 cm in length and 4 ½ cm in width. Both lugs are present at the rear. Price includes UK postage. 19289:17.
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