Uniforms & Headdress

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A superb condition 9th Lancers original officer’s full dress lance cap pre the addition of Mutiny Battle Honours for1857. The skull of black leather with gilt metal mounts and gilt metal lace waist band, the side panels of dark blue cloth trimmed with gilt metal, the gilt back plate with silver cypher and the last of six battle Honours being Goojerat. Gilt lion’s head side ornaments and velvet lined gilt chin chain, gilt leaf finials to the trencher top, plume boss being a large metal gilt rosette with regimental button and gilt metal plume holder supporting an original cock’s feather plume of black over white. Internal correct leather sweat band and fine weight silk liner bearing the official supplier’s trade label for Hawkes Piccadilly.

Superb condition SOLD

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A Fine 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) Officer's 1847 Pattern Helmet The skull and peaks are gilt copper with gilt floral bands on the peaks, around the waist and down the back. The plate has a large Victorian crown at the top with oak leaf on the left and olive leaf on the right with a diamond cut silvered star in the middle underneath a gilt "VR" cypher in the centre with an oval marked "THE CARABINIERS" around it. The plume boss has an 8 point floral base with black horsehair plume. Large Tudor rose ear bosses suspend a velvet backed chin chain. The peaks are lined in green skived leather with tiny rivets. The good condition liner is in the form of a comfortable bag. The skull is in great condition retaining all its gilt.

 

Superb condition SOLD

 

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A rare ROYAL IRISH Officer’s Blue Cloth Helmet c. 1890 - 1902, the blue cloth skull complete with all gilt metal fittings, the helmet plate of gilt with silver title and crowned harp with clover leaf surround. Internally complete with original leather sweat band and silk lining and retailer ‘F. W. Flight Winchester ’ There is no evidence of any other plate being fitted to this helmet. Spike pattern finial complete with chin chain and spine. There is no moth damage to the helmet which is in excellent condition.

Note: Original name label on sweatband gives the officers name as 'Bayard'

 

Very good condition $2650

 

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17th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Lancers Officer’s Full Dress Schapska c.1912.  A fine quality example, the black patent leather skull complete with all gold lace braiding, white cloth covered sides and trencher top, the top with crossed gold orris cord, the very fine frontal plate in gilt with silver overlays (uncleaned) these include ‘Seventeenth Lancers’ regimental title and battle honours to ‘South Africa 1900-02’, gold wire rosette with ‘GR’ cypher on  blue velvet, correct pattern side ornaments and lined chin chain, correct white horse hair plume with good gilt officers plume holder, wide buff leather sweat band is in very good condition but minus silk attached lining. Silk lining to inside crown of mortar board shows maker in gilt as Hamburger, Rogers & Co.

Overall good condition $6500

 

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A superb condition uniform of the Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps who under the Childers reform in 1881 was attached as a Volunteer Battalion to the Northamptonshire Regt. A label in both the jacket and trousers implies ownership by L. H. Church Esq. 1883. All buttons are present being blackened with a Victorian Crown over a stringed bugle. The blackened collar badges have the full title Northamptonshire Regt. The facings are black with red piping.

Overall condition is superb SOLD

 

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PRE-FEDERATION TASMANIAN LOCAL FORCES HELMETS – PAIR – CIRCA 1880

I have been dealing in Military Antiques for 47 years and a collector since I was 6 years old and can honestly say that I have never come across such a wonderful untouched pair of helmets such as these two. Both are in superb condition with no breakdown of cork or mothing. Well done to the people who cared for them over 140 years.

  1. BLACK CLOTH OR’s HELMET complete with Tasmanian Local Forces first type large helmet plate with two attachment lugs - no extra holes and original to the helmet. Attached leather sweat band with gilt embossing “CHRISTY’S LONDON” Has all the expected fitting’s and lined chin chain. Black horsehair plume with ring keeper which is inserted through a ball. Binding to the base of the plume a little loose.
  2. WHITE CLOTH HELMET of the same period with the 1876 patent “CHRISTY’S LONDON” label makes it certain that these helmets were purchased together. Typical six panel cork covered white cloth with patten leather hat band of matching colour to the helmet trim and sweat band which has 8 cork spaces. Two internal large brass hooks for the chin chain which was probably interchangeable with the first helmet.

The white cloth helmet came with a double decker Breather button on the top. This threw me for a while as it served no purpose, however, I feel quite sure it was to allow the plume to pass through for parade use. The original owner probably simply “stored” it this way not to lose it. I believe there is a strong possibility these helmets belonged to the Band.

CHRISTYS is not a very recognized maker in the field of Australian Pre-Fed Helmets and helmets to other ranks are impossible to find.

Superb condition and rare EOI

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A WW1 BAVARIAN ERSATZ LANCE CAP in amazing condition. Absolutely no moth or damage of any sort. Marked on inside of front peak BJ 111 over 1917. Exceptionally good original liner with no tears with correct Bavarian helmet plate original to the helmet. Complete with regulation single side cocarde, chin strap and correct helmet cockade. You simply could not find a better example of a pressed felt lance cap.

Excellent condition $3750  

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A WW1 PRUSSIAN ERSATZ LANCE CAP in exceptionally good condition completely made of metal construction. Complete with correct single cocarde, chin strap and helmet plate original to the helmet. It also has its original mortar board cocarde. Particularly good leather liner with no damage.

Particularly good condition $2750  

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An extremely rare Saxon Lion top helmet stand/fitting on which the Lion is attached. When Wilkinson sword closed down, a number of moulds, dies and oddments were sold off online.  We were fortunate in purchasing two of these fittings and one can’t help but speculate what Wilkinson were doing with them or if the were contracted to make the helmets at some stage. This one is numbered 69. It is very well made and no doubt impossible to find and guaranteed original as described.

Very good condition $650

 

 

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An extremely rare Australian White cloth helmet attributed to (Lt. Colonel) Sir Frederick Thomas Sargood of the State of Victoria Local Forces circa 1875. Six panel body with an unusual four large pleat puggaree. Good leather sweatband with a good silk attachment liner. Great maker’s label "made in England for A.BOWLEY & Co, Melbourne", leaving no doubt as to the Australian provenance. Complete with named carry tin.


Note: Major F.T. Sargood entered the Volunteer Force in 1859 finally attaining the rank of Lieut. Colonel. He was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as the member for South Yarra in 1874. In 1883 he was Minister for Defence and received the CMG in 1884. He was knighted KCMG in 1890. In 1901 was elected member of the Commonwealth Senate and died 1903. This is an exceptionally rare helmet with the rank of Major on the carry tin indicating a very early helmet.



Extremely rare and in very good condition SOLD

 

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A scarce 1871 Pattern  British Cavalry Helmet of the 1st (Royal) Dragoons.

Regulation form with nickel skull and brass fittings including helmet plate and chin chain.

Leather liner is in good condition. The nickel Dragoon helmets are much rarer than the 7 Dragoon Guards Regiments who wore brass helmets.

Very good condition SOLD

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A PERSONAL ITEM OF FIELD MARSHALL WILLIAM BIRDWOOD

A late 18th Century George 111 Commode which has been converted to a bedside cabinet or small writing desk. The significance of this piece is that it was formally the property of Lord Birdwood (Field-Marshall the Lord William Birdwood, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, CIE, DSO. Barron Birdwood of Anzac and of Totnes). Lord Birdwood had family in Western Australia and the grand-daughter sold a number of his personal effects in a Gregson’s Auction in 1991.

Galleried top with cut out handles. Tambour front and in the Chippendale style. Comes complete with Auctioneers letter of provenance and some research. It was even suggested that this item went ashore at Gallipoli among Birdwood’s smaller items of creature comfort.

Good condition $6750

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A good Victorian 12th Lancers cap complete. Helmet plate with Battle Honours, Peninsular, Waterloo, South Africa 1851.2.3 , Sebastopol & Central India. Two Lion head boss and velvet backed chin chain. The mortar board and skull still have superb finish although the yellow and blue band and red material show a few very minor nips.

The internal liner and frame are in very good condition and there are two marks being W^D and 3 1900. Complete with plume holder and red plume with correct tongue which has lost a little colour.

 A really nice example lance cap $2885

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A scarce Napoleonic Bi-Corn General Officers hat. The bow in the liner would indicate this hat was worn shoulder to shoulder. Unfortunately the large silk cockade and button are no longer present, but the liner shows good honest overall wear and is all present.

Overall good condition $1650

Extremely rare personal rank insignia for KAISER WILHELM 11 on an original pattern card with embossed gilt and colour cypher of the Emperor and Empress.

This insignia not only has the crown over the cypher but also the crossed batons signifying a Prussian General Field Marshal.

It is understood that this insignia was worn on the Field grey uniform of 1915 for the No.1 Regiment Konig-Jager (cavalry).

 

Extremely rare and in exceptional condition. $1685

 

 

Extremely rare personal rank insignia for KAISER WILHELM 11 on original pattern card with embossed gilt cypher of the Emperor and Empress.

This insignia not only has the crown over the cypher but also the crossed batons signifying a Prussian General Field Marshal.

It is understood that this insignia was worn on the Field grey uniform of 1915 and could be classed as a general pattern.

 

Extremely rare and in exceptional condition. $1585

 

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A good Victorian 17th Lancers cap complete. Helmet plate with 4 Crimea Battle Honours, Central India and South Africa 1879. Two Lion head boss and velvet backed chin chain (parting company with the scales towards one end). The mortar board and skull still have superb finish although the yellow and blue band show a couple of nips.

The internal liner and frame are in very good condition and there are two marks being W^D and 3 years. Complete with plume holder and white plume with correct tongue which does appear somewhat long.

 

A really nice example lance cap to a very popular Regiment. SOLD

 

 Artillery Welsh Division Officer’s Blue Cloth Helmet c. 1890 - 1902, the blue cloth skull complete with all gilt metal fittings, the helmet plate of Royal Arms pattern with laurel scroll above the cannon and ‘Welsh Division’ below, internally complete with original leather sweat band and silk lining and retailer ‘Hobson & Sons, London’, no evidence that any other plate was fitted to this helmet, ball pattern finial with the gilt rubbed on the front peak trim, chin chain and spine, moth damage to the right hand side near the rose side ornament

$1475

 

 

 The North Staffordshire Regiment Officer’s Victorian Period Blue Cloth Helmet, the standard pattern blue cloth skull in good condition complete with correct pattern helmet plate (no evidence of any other plate being fitted), quadrant and spike polished down to the brass, with chin chain and original leather sweat band with attached crimson silk lining, some gilt loss to the helmet plate, front peak trim and spine.

$1850

 

 

10th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Officer’s Green Cloth Helmet, a very fine example, the green cloth skull complete with all plated fittings comprising chin chain and rose side ornaments quadrant and spike QVC star pattern helmet plate this with laurel overlays and title strap ‘10th Lancashire Rifle Vols’, in the centre on a ground of dark green velvet a silver and red enamelled rose, the plate is original to the helmet, original leather sweat band and perished elements of the attached purple silk lining, very good overall condition

$2250

 

 

 6th Lancashire (1st Manchester) Rifle Volunteers Officer’s Blue Cloth Helmet 1878-1888, an extremely fine example, the blue cloth body complete with all silver plated fittings, the helmet plate of crowned eight pointed star pattern overlaid with oak sprays and circular strap ‘Sixth Lancashire First Manchester Rifles’, in the centre on a ground of black velvet ‘6’; the helmet retailed by D. Jones, 136, Deansgate, Manchester and is complete with sweat band lining etc., together with an unnamed carrying tin, in overall excellent condition

$2475

 

 

The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own) an Officer’s Black Persian Lambskin Busby. A good quality example as described in Dress Regulations complete with rifle green sewn in cap lines, coiled bugle horn badge with green oval boss, complete with black leather chin strap, sweat band and dark crimson silk lining, scarce with original black ostrich plume over black vulture lower plume with retention ring and plume tin, good condition

$1250

 

 

 Austrian Cavalry Dragoon Officers Helmet. The skull is made of black-lacquered iron sheet, the visor and neck guard of similar construction and edged in a gilt brass rail, fire-gilt comb, side plates with snake-fighting lion decoration, triple-undulated base plate with 3 semi-spherical rivets per side, imperial double-headed eagle application to the front, chin scales in the form of stylised laurel leaves mounted on black velvet-lined leather, and lion-head rosettes. Below the lion-head rosettes, "Wassersenkel" of black lacquered sheet metal, from which gilt side forks run up to the lower edge of the side plates. The comb decorated with the imperial cipher, the crown and with armatures. No liner otherwise very good condition and a very impressive helmet

$4250

 

 

A English PIKEMANS POT circa 1650 formed in two halves joined by a turn over low comb. Broad down turned brim with all rivets present. Display holes to both ends of the points. Black tar type paint.

Reasonably Good Condition $2750

 

CABASSET late 16th century. Typical form with short spike comb. One lining rivet missing at rear. What is particularly nice about this helmet is that it retains a single original ear flap with small part of liner (see photo). These ear flaps are never seen on these helmets.

Good Condition $3650