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WW2 Japanese Soldier’s 'Yosegaki Hinomaru' (Or Good Luck) Battle Flag. Sn 21026 - 21026
This is an excellent original 3 feet x 2 feet 2 ½ inches WW2 Japanese 'yosegaki hinomaru' or good luck Battle Flag. These flags were signed by family members and friends of Japanese Soldiers going to war together with messages to bring good luck. The Soldier would carry these flags into battle in the hope that the flag would bring them good fortune. This flag is made of white cotton and has a central red Imperial ‘sun’ printed roundel. The ‘sun’ is surrounded by numerous black Japanese script signatures and some red ink printed cartouches. One edge of the flag has 2 original leather tabs with cord loops for pole or mounting to a rifle. The material has just wear & staining to be expected and a couple of small tears only visible on close inspection & no mothing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21026

**Rare** German WWII Booster Charge Container for the 15 cm Schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (heavy field howitzer, model 18). O 1344. - O 1344
This is a rare WW2 German container for the booster charge for the15 cm Schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (heavy field howitzer, model 18) introduced in 1935. The weapons lack of range on the Eastern Front lead to the introduction for the gun of a muzzle brake that allowed a larger special 7 or 8 charge to be used to increase the range by nearly 1800 metres. This is the lacquered container, 23cm high and 17cm in diameter to hold charges 7 and 8 and consists of rolled steel seam welded cylindrical container with a welded on flanged base. The lid is a steel pressing with a wire handle held on by eight spot welds. The lid is stencilled Send-Kart. 7+8 s.F.H 16 in white paint. Inside the container is a small brown coloured paper label printed in German relating to the use of the booster charges. A rocket-assisted projectile was later developed to further increase the range of the gun. The price includes U.K. delivery. O 1344.

**MINT**1997 Pair Of Limited Edition Commemorative Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Combat Knives (One fixed Blade, The Other Folding) With Signed Blades Made by Gerber & Boker Mounted On Original Wood Display Board With Original Signed Photo of Applegate. 18 - 18630
A development of the British WW2 FS knife were the Applegate Fairbairn fighting knives, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. WE Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). This mint commemorative pair of knives were produced in 1997 in a limited edition run of 3000 by Gerber & Boker in recognition the contribution of Applegate & Fairbairn to the development of combat knives. Each knife has black Lexan plastic handles, oval in section. The brass double guard is angled away from the handle. The fixed blade variant has a 6” double edged steel blade with makers mark "Boker,Solingen” together with trademark. The folding blade variant has a 4 ½” double edged folding blade with thumb spur marked ‘Gerber USA’. Both blades have etched representations of Applegate and Fairbairn’s signatures and are numbered ‘2286/3000’. Both knives are razor sharp. The board has a descriptive presentation plaque marked with manufacturer detail and ‘1997’ date (illustrated). The knives are secured to the board by allen key screws through the lanyard ring holes at the pommel end of their hilts but can easily be removed for inspection and use. The display board measures 12” x9“x ¾”. The knives are accompanied by a framed original black and white photograph of Applegate with his original signature on the front. The price for this mint limited edition commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 18630.

C1886-1941 Original Spanish Officers Gilt ‘Gorgets’ from the Reign of King Alfonso XIII. MISC 866. MISC 866 - MISC 866
During the 18th and early 19th centuries, crescent-shaped gilt gorgets were worn by officers in most European armies, as a badge of rank and an indication that they were on duty. These last survivals of armour were much smaller (usually about three to four inches in width) than their Medieval predecessors and were suspended by chains or ribbons. In the British service they carried the Royal coat of arms until 1796 and thereafter the Royal Cypher. Alfonso XIII -17 May 1886 – 28 February 1941), also known as El Africano or the African, was King of Spain from 17 May 1886 to 14 April 1931, when the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed. He was a monarch from birth as his father, Alfonso XII, had died the previous year. Alfonso's mother, Maria Christina of Austria, served as regent until he assumed full powers on his sixteenth birthday in 1902. 11 ½ cm at their widest point and 4 cm at their curve with the original gold/brass coloured twisted wire with end buttons *one absent* and cloth backing. Mounted onto the gorgets are raised crown emblems over ‘XIII’ beneath an ‘A’ (Alfonso). A very nice pair of gorgets from the reign of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The price includes UK delivery. MISC 866. (Top of Drawers).

SOLD SOLD (11/09) WW1 campaign medals ‘Trio’ and ‘Death Plaque’ to ‘A.G.C. Mousley R.F.A. with ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ printout. MISC 905. - MISC 905
The 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal respectively. These medals were primarily awarded to the Old Contemptible (B.E.F.). and by convention all three medals are worn together and in the same order from left to right when viewed from the front. The WWI Memorial Plaque was made from Bronze and hence it was popularly known as the “Dead Man’s Penny” among front-line troops, also becoming widely known as, the “Death Penny”, “Death Plaque” or “Widow's Penny”. It was in October 1916 that the British Government setup a committee for the idea of a commemorative plaque that could be given to the next of kin for those men and women whose deaths were due to the First World War of 1914-18. This ensemble is set onto and fixed to a piece of velvet covered hardboard, with the 1914 Star being engraved with ‘HMBR A.G.C Mousley A.F.A.’ The ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ printout gives personal and military details of ‘Arthur George Culver Mousley’. A great piece of history, worthy of further investigation. The price includes UK delivery. MISC 905. (Top of Drawers)

Pre WW2 Nazi German Era 1935-36 Commemorative Wall Plaque to 'Unserem Zugfuhrer' (Our Leader) 1/J.R.47" Platoon / Division. Sn 14423. - 14423
This is a pre WW2 German Nazi Era 1935-36 Commemorative wall plaque to 'Unserem Zugfuhrer' (Our Leader) at Schutzenzung, Platoon 1 / J.R. 47. The wooden plaque is stained dark black and has a circular metal German Soldiers Bust plaque secured to it. The soldier has a decaled German helmet and dress uniform. The bust measures 6 ½ " in diameter and is bordered with foliage decoration. Below this is a rectangular metal plate with "Unserem Zugfuhrer 1935 /36 Schutzenzug 1./J.R. 47". which translates to something similar to "Our Leader" and Schutzenzug" being a name of a place with "1/J.R.47" being a platoon or division. The plaque measures 11 ½ " x 8 ¾ " and has rounded corners. It has a hanging loop on the rear for wall mounting. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14423.

SOLD SOLD (21/09) 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)

*Rare/Original* 1960’s North Vietnamese ‘People’s Army of Viet nam’ Embroidered Banner. MISC 924. - MISC 924
The Vietnam Propaganda Liberation Army came into existence on 22 December 1944. The first formation was made up of thirty-one men and three women, armed with two revolvers, seventeen rifles, one light machine gun, and fourteen breech-loading flintlocks. The name was changed to the Vietnam Liberation Army on 15 May 1945. Lastly, in 1950, it officially became the People's Army of Vietnam (or Vietnam People's Army). This banner is embroidered in yellow thread on a red background; the script roughly translates as ‘People’s Army of Viet Nam. Warriors of Viet Nam determined to keep the country 1964’. It measures 70 x 100cm and has golden tassels to three sides. The price for this rare piece of history includes UK delivery. MISC 924. (Large flag box)

A Set Of Four 1904 Sheffield Solid Sterling Silver Hallmarked Boer War Commemorative Teaspoons By William Hutton & Sons Ltd Sheffield & London With Handles In The Form Of Period British Enfield Long Lee Bolt Action Rifles. Sn 20089 - 20089
During & at the end of the Boer wars (1899-1902), British Victorian & Edwardian produced many items of commemorative tableware on the home front to commemorate the British Army’s involvement in the conflict, including, these excellent solid sterling silver hallmarked teaspoons whose handles are quality made and in the form of the famous Enfield Long Lee bolt action .303 calibre rifle which were successfully used by British Forces during the Boer wars (illustrated in image 1 is The Battle of Biddulphsberg during the Second Boer War, 28 May 1900, a copy of a contemporary illustration by Richard Caton Woodville, which depicts British troops in action with Long Lee rifles). The teaspoons are each 4 ¼” in length and each weigh 0.016 grams. The rear of each teaspoon bowl have crisp Sterling Silver Hallmarks ‘Crown, Lion Passant, M’ (Sheffield 1904) together with maker’s mark ‘W over SS H Ld over &’ which is William Hutton & Sons Ltd (The firm was established in Birmingham in 1800 by William Hutton, and was transferred to Sheffield in 1832. After the founder's death the business was continued under the style of William Hutton by his son William Carr Hutton. The firm was transformed in William Hutton & Sons in 1864 and William Hutton & Sons Ltd from 1893 to 1930. In 1930 goodwill transferred to James Dixon & Sons Ltd). These attractive teaspoons are clean & a nice conversation piece. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20089 (jewellery draw office)

Original WWII British Dated 1943 Commando Equipment Folding Wire Cutters. MISC 922. - MISC 922
Wire cutters were typically stored for easy access on a utility belt or in a bag. Barbed wire posed a significant obstacle to attacking troops: it slowed or prevented progress across the battle field and made soldiers easy targets while they were tangled or being cut free. 'Wiring parties' of engineers were tasked with cutting through barbed wire blockades, often at night, working silently to avoid detection. Measuring 27 ½ cm in length this example works effortlessly and silently. They are all steel construction and have a hole to one arm to attach a rope or belt for easy access. These Commando issue wire cutters are foldable for easy transportation. Folded they measure 24 ½ cm and un-folded they measure 33 ½ cm allowing for greater leverage. They are all steel construction with a hole to both arms for the attachment of a rope or strap. On the inside of one arm there is a War Department Broad Arrow and 1943. On the inside of the other arm there is a War Department Broad Arrow and 44. In fully working order with an extremely smooth action these wire cutters are a credit to the manufacturer. The price includes UK delivery. MISC 922
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