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1948-1950, British War Dept Factory Sectioned Cut-Away Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 .303 Calibre, SKN 2256 Armourer’s Instructional Rifle Action, Shoulder Stock & Part Barrel. Sn 16590 - 16590
This is a now scarce Lee Enfield .303 No4 "SKN" Armourers Instructional Action. Approximately 2500 official SKN No4 actions were manufactured between 1948 & 1950 utilising components from out of service rifles. Quite a number of skeleton actions were assembled by the Gun trade and by REME workshops, but these lack the official SKN number on the left hand wall of the action body. The contract was originally given to ROF Enfield, but following legal action involving the alleged un-licensed Government manufacture of the L2 Sterling SMG, manufacture was given instead to Sterling Engineering as part of the legal settlement. Sterling then sub-contracted the work to List Engineering of Dagenham, which completed SKN's returned to ROF Enfield for inspection and service acceptance. This example is stamped with the correct SKN designation (see page 230 of the Lee Enfield Story By Skennerton) ‘SKN 2256’. The stock has a brass butt plate with trap. Component parts were carefully sectioned at the factory, with cutaway areas painted red. The piece measures 28” overall length. This SKN is in excellent overall condition. The bolt action works as it should and it cocks and dry fires. The sectioned magazine can be removed. As a sectioned instructional piece not capable of discharging, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16590
£475.00

RARE, Original French & Allies WW1 / WW2 Era Tanker’s Fighting Axe With Integral 47mm Tank Shell Case Extractor Tool Marked ‘MODL E DU CAPITAINE LEFEBVRE EUREY. SCHY PARIS’ & Matching Marks Original Leather Belt Scabbard. Sn 16992 - 16992
This is a rare WW1 / WW2 French & Allies Tank crew piece. The steel tang has undamaged wood scales secured by 3 large screw bolts. The axe measures 8 ½” from the broadest part of the cutting edge to the crows beak spike. The cutting edge measures 4” from tip to tip. The centre of steel shaft head has a large void oval. The horn shaped top of the head is designed for use by Tank crew to extract 47mm Tank shells. The overall length of the axe is 14”. The steel axe head tang is marked on one side with model detail which appears to be ‘MODL E DU CAPITAINE LEFEBVRE EUREY. SCHY PARIS’ (illustrated). The axe is undamaged with even patina. The axe is complete with its original leather scabbard with belt loop for carrying at the waist. The scabbard supports the head and spike of the axe. The leather has surface wear to be expected with age and surface use. The rear of the scabbard has matching model detail (illustrated). The price for this rare piece of Tanker’s equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 16992
£595.00

British ML 4.2 Inch Mortar Sight Mk4. MISC 879 - MISC 879
This is a British ML 3 inch and 4.2 inch mark 4 sight for the British Army’s muzzle loading heavy 4.2 inch mortar used extensively from its introduction in 1942 and whose main use was in firing High Explosive and Smoke rounds. The mortar was used by both British and US forces during WWII. The sight was made by G.D.LTD in 1954 and was designed to measure bearing and angles and would be attached near the muzzle end or was mounted on one of the mortar's legs. The sight is engraved on the body for 3 inch and 4.2 inch mortars with the large alloy drum scale ENGRAVED FOR SIGHT S.B. 4.2 IN MORTAR MK 4. The sight retains most of its original black paint and is complete with its mounting lug. The price includes U.K. delivery. MISC 879
£375.00

SOLD SOLD (12/11) WW2 1941 Nazi German Battle Of Crete (Kreta) Commemorative Wall Plaque Featuring The White Metal Bust Of A German Fallschirmjäger Paratrooper. Sn 16900 - 16900
The Battle of Crete (German: Luftlandeschlacht um Kreta), was fought during the Second World War on the Greek island of Crete. It began on the morning of 20 May 1941, when Nazi Germany began an airborne invasion of Crete. Greek and other Allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island. The Battle of Crete was the first occasion where Fallschirmjäger (German Paratroops) were used en masse. This is an excellent original wall plaque made in the period commemorating the Battle of Crete. The plaque features a large side profile bust of a Nazi German Fallschirmjäger Paratrooper in uniform wearing a Para jump helmet featuring the Luftwaffe Eagle with swastika. The bust is made of heavy deep cast white metal. The bust is securely fixed to its dark wood plaque by 2 concealed pins or bolts. The plaque with bust measures 8 ½”x 11"x 1 ½”. The bottom right of the plaque has carved text ‘Kreta’ (Crete) & ‘1941’ date. The heavy commemorative piece weighs 2.640 Kg. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16900
£0.00

Pietta Blank Firing, Western Colt Model 1861 Navy 9mm Calibre Brass Framed Revolver With Engraved Cylinder Scene. MISC 878 - MISC 878
The Colt Model 1861 Navy cap & ball .36-calibre revolver was a six-shot, single-action percussion weapon produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1861 until 1873. It was used as a side arm by Navy, Cavalry, Infantry & Artillery troops during the American West & Civil War Era. The Colt design lives on today in the form of quality full size replicas and blank firing pistols true to the original Colt pistols, from Italian manufacturers Uberti, Pietta, and Euroarms. This quality Pietta manufactured example of the Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver is in excellent condition. The pistol has brass frame, an 8” blued steel barrel and measures 14 ½” overall. The left side of the barrel is crisply stamped 'Cal 9mm K'. The right side 'Pietta Made In Italy'. It’s blued cylinder has the correct engraved cylinder scene of the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche on May 16, 1843 as found on the original Colt pistol’s . The scene is crisp and has the inscription ‘Engaged 16 May 1843’. The cylinder is also marked with Colt’s Patent detail (illustrated). Its wood grip is undamaged. The pistol’s single action firing mechanism works as it should. It has the correct blocked barrel & off set cylinder. The price includes UK delivery. MISC 878
£225.00

Pietta Sheriff’s 1851 (American Western Colt M1851 Navy) 9mm Blank Firing 6 Shot Single Action Revolver. Sn 16885 - 16885
The Colt M1851 Navy cap & ball revolver was a six-shot, single-action percussion weapon produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company. It saw widespread use in the American Civil War and on the American Western frontier. The Colt design lives on today in the form of quality full size replicas and blank firing pistols true to the original Colt pistols, from Italian manufacturers Uberti, Pietta, and Euroarms. This Pietta manufactured example of the Colt Navy revolver, retailed by Pietta as the 'Sherrif’s 1851' is in excellent condition. The pistol has a 5" round stepped to octagonal blued steel barrel and measures 11 ½” overall. The right side of the barrel is crisply stamped 'Sheriff’s 1851 Cal 9mm K’. The left side 'Pietta Made In Italy'. It has a brass frame & blued cylinder. It has an undamaged wood grip. The pistol’s single action firing mechanism works correctly and it has the correct blocked and slotted barrel & off set cylinder. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16885
£225.00

MINT, Blank Firing, Pietta Western Remington New Army 9mm Calibre Single Action Revolver & Black Leather Holster By PWL (Price Western Leather Company). Sn 16884 - 16884
The Remington New Army Model, was a single action, 6 shot, percussion revolver manufactured by Remington & Sons in .44 Calibre used by soldiers of both sides during the American Civil War. The Remington design lives on today in the form of quality full size replicas and blank firing pistols true to the original Remington pistols, from Italian manufacturers Uberti, Pietta, and Euroarms. This quality Pietta manufactured example of the Remington Army revolver retailed by Pietta as the ‘Western Remington New Army’ is in near mint condition. The pistol has an 8” blued steel octagonal barrel and measures 14 ½” overall. The right side of the barrel is crisply stamped ‘Western Remington New Army Cal 9mm Knall'. The left side 'Pietta Made In Italy'. It retains all of its original blue finish and has a brass frame. Its wood grips are excellent and undamaged. The pistol’s single action firing mechanism works as it should. It has the correct blocked barrel & offset cylinder. The pistol in similar near mint condition, comes with a quality black leather holster true to the form of original American Civil war period holsters. Made of cow hide all leather and stitching are clean and intact. It has a full flap cover and brass press stud fastener. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop which is impressed by the manufacturer ‘PWL (Price Western Leather Company) Made In England’ above ‘9303’ and ‘L/7’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16884
£245.00

WW1 1917 Cased British Officer’s ‘Diswan’ (Swan UK / Edison USA) Bullseye Trench Torch. Sn 16874 - 16874
Established in 1886, within five years of the foundation of Swan's Electric Light company at Duck Lees Lane, Ponders End Factory, Middlesex, England the Company swiftly amalgamation with the American Edison's British operations to form ‘Ediswan’. The company made a broad range of lighting equipment including torches and equipment for the British military in WW1. This is an original WW1 1917 dated Cased British Officer’s ‘ Bullseye’ lens trench torch by ‘Ediswan’. These torches were meant to be used while still in their cases to provide protection in the field to the body of the case. The torch measures 12” overall length. The leather bound metal body has nickel plated brass mounts including on/off switch, screw off battery compartment cap which has a stylised Union flag and WD arrow scratched into the surface of the plating & screw off bullseye lens holder. The Bullseye lens is clean and undamaged. The body of the torch is stamped with ‘1917’ date and manufacturer detail ‘DISWAN’ together with ‘2’ above ‘302871’. The torch has no damage and is in excellent condition (we do not know if the torch works). The torch has its original brown leather case with hinged lid so it can be used while cased and leather shoulder strap. The case is correctly holed to allow the on /off button to be used while cased. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16874
£245.00

SOLD SOLD (16/11) WW1 BATTLE OF JUTLAND CONNECTIONS, 1922 Thomas W. Ward Sheffield Brass Battleship Gun Turret Desk Top Ink Well Made From Brass Recovered From Surrendered WW1 Imperial German Dreadnought SMS Helgoland. Sn 16872 - 16872
SMS Helgoland, the lead ship of her class, was a dreadnought battleship of the German Imperial Navy. Helgoland's design represented an incremental improvement over the preceding Nassau class including an increase in the bore diameter of the main guns. Her keel was laid down on 11 November 1908 at the Howaldtswerke shipyards in Kiel. Helgoland was launched on 25 September 1909 and was commissioned on 23 August 1911. SMS Helgoland saw action against Britain's Royal Navy during World War I. The ship participated in several sweeps into the North Sea as the covering force for the battlecruisers of the I Scouting Group. She saw duty in the Baltic Sea against the Russian Navy, including serving as part of a support force during the Battle of the Gulf of Riga in August 1915. Helgoland was present at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May – 1 June 1916. Helgoland was ceded to Great Britain at the end of the war and broken up for scrap in the early 1920s. A copy of a contemporary photograph of the battleship Helgoland is illustrated in image 2. Thomas. W. Ward Ltd was a Sheffield, Yorkshire, steel, engineering and cement business which began as coal and coke merchants then expanded to recycling metal for Sheffield's steel industry, engineering and the supply of machinery. In 1894 as part of the scrap metal operation Ward's began to set up substantial shipbreaking yards in different parts of England and in Scotland and Wales. By 1953 Thos W Ward employed 11,500 people. This ink well by Thomas W. Ward Sheffield was made in 1922 from brass recovered from Helgoland after she was broken up for scrap. The solid brass ink well represents a ships gun turret modelled on Helgoland’s guns, with 2 barrels. The top of the turret has a hinged compartment which contains 2 white metal ink holders. The inside of the lid is cast “Cast from metal Ex-Surrendered German Battleship ‘Helgoland’ Thos W Ward Ltd Sheffield” & dated “1922”. The turret is bolted to its original solid brass octagonal plinth and the turret swivels 360 degrees on the plinth. From muzzle to rear of turret measures 19.5 cms. The base is 10.6 cms x 10.6 cms and it is 5.5 cms height overall. The ink well is a hefty 1.980 kilos weight. The brass & ink holders are clean and undamaged. The price for this interesting conversation piece includes UK delivery. Sn 16872
£0.00

RESERVED RESERVED ‘MEMENTO OF THE GREAT WAR’ Original WW1 British No.5 Mills Hand Grenade Hollow Casing Period Converted To Ink Well 1915 Regd No 651542 With Porcelain Ink Pot Insert On Pen Holder Plinth. Sn 16573 - 16573
This is an original WW1 British No.5 Mills Hand Grenade hollow casing period converted to ink well. The top of the casing has been factory cut and hinged to provide a lid and the body contains a white Porcelain pot for ink. The edges of the pot have some chips but it is still able to hold ink as it should. The segmented casing is bolted to its original heavy square glazed ceramic plinth the top edges of which are grooved to hold pens / quills. The bolt, nut can be accessed from the underside to remove the casing from the plinth if required. The underside of the plinth is cast with indistinct Registration numbers which appear to be ‘ Reg No 6-2414 and 1116-9’. The front aspect of the plinth has ‘MEMENTO OF THE GREAT WAR ACTUAL HAND GRENADE CASTING AS USED BY THE ALLIES’ In yellow. The rear aspect has ‘Regd No 651542.’ & ‘1915’ date. The plinth measures 4”x4”x1 ¼” and the height of the whole piece with grenade mounted and lid closed is 4 ½”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16573
£225.00
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