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British WW2 ARP Axe with Black Wooden Handle

British WW2 ARP Axe with Black Wooden Handle

Here on offer is an excellent example of a British WW2 ARP axe.

I believe this axe is an early wooden handled version that still retains all of its black paint finish.

The wooden shaft is stamped on both sides with the letters A.R.P.

The solid metal axe head is securely held in place with two large metal copper rivets, and retains its black finish.

The axe blade still retains a good cutting edge.
The ARP or Air Raid Precautions refers to a number of organisations and guidelines in the UK dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids during WW2.

Government consideration for air raid precautions increased in the 1920s and 30s, with the Raid Wardens' Service set up in 1937 to report on bombing incidents.

Every local council was responsible for organising ARP wardens, messengers, ambulance drivers, rescue parties, and liaison with police and fire brigades.

The axe measures 13.6” (34.5cm) long and weighs 740g.

Here is a great chance to obtain a real untouched example of this type of ARP axe.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50584

40.00 GBP


Large and Impressive Reference Book - JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS – The collection of G. H. NAUNTON

Large and Impressive Reference Book - JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS – The collection of G. H. NAUNTON

Here on offer is a large and impressive reference book:

JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of G. H. NAUNTON, esq., complied and illustrated by Henri L. Joly.

This fine copy is a 1973 large format reprint of the 1912 original copy of which only 300 wherever printed.

The large hardcopy book itself has blue cloth boards with gilt spine inscriptions, which are covered by a red dust cover. The cover shows signs of shelf wear scuffing especially to the spine edges.

The book has 317 pages and is fully illustrated throughout with 88 finely detailed black and plates, featuring over 1300 items from the collection.

The book measures 12.7” (32.3cm) by 10.2” (26cm) and is 2.3” (5.7cm) thick.

It weighs a heavy 2.75kg.

This is a great opportunity to obtain a fine example of this reference book that is a must for any collector of Japanese Swords.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50583

125.00 GBP


Rare WW1 Trench Art German 7.7cm Brass Cartridge Case – Commemorating the Liberation of - Jerusalem - December - 9th 1917

Rare WW1 Trench Art German 7.7cm Brass Cartridge Case – Commemorating the Liberation of - Jerusalem - December - 9th 1917

Here on offer is a rare and unusual piece of WW1 trench art.

It is a captured German 7.7cm cartridge case that has been ornately engraved to commemorate the liberation of Jerusalem after 400 years of Turkish rule and occupation.

History about the liberation of Jerusalem.

On the morning of December 9, 1917, after Turkish troops move out of the region after only a single day s fighting, officials of the Holy City of Jerusalem offer the keys to the city to encroaching British troops.

The British, led by General Edmund Allenby, who had arrived from the Western Front the previous June to take over the command in Egypt, entered the Holy City two days later under strict instructions from London on how not to appear disrespectful to the city, its people, or its traditions. Allenby entered Jerusalem on foot, in deliberate contrast to Kaiser Wilhelm’s more flamboyant entrance on horseback in 1898.

No allied flags were flown over the city, while Muslim troops from India were dispatched to guard the religious landmark the Dome of the Rock.

In a proclamation declaring martial law that was read aloud to the city's people in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and Greek, Allenby assured them that the occupying power would not inflict further harm on Jerusalem, its inhabitants, or its holy places.

“Since your city is regarded with affection by the adherents of three of the great religions of mankind and its soil has been consecrated by the prayers and pilgrimages of multitudes of devout people, I make it known to you that every sacred building, monument, holy spot, shrine, traditional site, endowment, pious bequest, or customary place of prayer will be maintained and protected according to the existing customs and beliefs of those to whose faith they are sacred.”

Church bells in Rome and London rang to celebrate the peaceful British arrival in Jerusalem. Allenby's success, after so much discouragement on the Western Front, elated and inspired Allied supporters everywhere.

Now on the brass case itself, the patterns on the outside of the case have been worn down over the years by cleaning and now appear very faint. You can make them out but need to angle against the light to see the complex geometric designs, which are really impressive.

It has six equally spaced Islamic window designs, set around the centre, then an upper and lower geometric patterned band, encompassing the case.

The upper band has three cartouche sections that have the following details that can just be made out, albeit impossible to photograph:

JERUSALEM

DECEMBER

9TH 1917

The impressed German artillery markings on the bottom of the brass case, indicates this cartridge was used in a standard German field cannon of the day, the 7.7cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.

From the marks I can tell it was manufactured in “JUNE 1917”, by “POLTE” Werke in “MAGDEBURG”. The “4” refers to the Lot No.

I think the “SP 406” refers to the inspection mark. And the SP may be an abbreviation for Spandau.

Interestingly the central removable cartridge fuse has the famous makers name of Fried Krupp A G 12 stamped on it.

The case measures 10.9” (27.7cm) tall, by 3.5” (8.9cm) diameter at the base and 3.1” (7.7cm) at the top.

It weighs a heavy 1kg.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain an historic piece of WW1 trench art from the liberation of Jerusalem.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50581

65.00 GBP


Genuine WW2 RAF Padded Cloth Pilots Wings Badge

Genuine WW2 RAF Padded Cloth Pilots Wings Badge

Here on offer is a genuine WW2 RAF padded cloth Pilots Wings badge.

It is made of a padded embroidered pair of outstretched wings supporting a central laurel wreath encircling the RAF monogram with a King’s crown, the wings, monogram and crown in cream and the wreath in brown, all on a black fabric set on a cream backing cloth.

The Wings are in excellent condition, with no moth damage.

The pilot’s wings badge has been in use since 1912 with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). This pattern has been in use since 1920 with variations in the crown. The badge was worn above the left tunic pocket.

The badge measures 4.5” (11.4cm) wide.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50580

75.00 GBP


Post WW2 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife with Original Leather Sheath

Post WW2 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife with Original Leather Sheath

Here on offer is a great example of a post WW2 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife that has seen service use.

The P3 or 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS knife was introduced in October of 1943.

As this example does not have a maker’s or ordnance mark and has what is known as the thinner blade.

It is possibly by William Rodgers, from other examples I have seen of this period.

I believe it is a post WW2 example, albeit I am sure it has seen military service during its life.

Soldiers would buy their own “private purchased’ FS knifes for use during their term of military service.

The “27 concentric ringed” hilt of this knife is clearly the 3rd pattern style, being constructed from a cast zinc alloy that has then been copper plated and then painted black. Most of the surface black finish has now worn off of this knife during its use, so the black only now shows in the deep groves of the ringed grip.

The domed pommel cap is made of brass and shows the flattened tang end at the very top.

The oval shaped steel finger guard shows traces of being blackened.

The double-edged dagger blade measures 6.76” (17.4cm) in length and is the thinner type and I think originally had a black finish. Now most of that finish has gone and it has a grey finish with very some slight surface pitting.

It also retains a good cutting edge to both sides but shows signs of being professionally sharpened during its service life.

If I am being picky, there is a very slight curve to the very tip of the blade.

It is complete with original dark brown leather sheath that has a flat end, blackened brass chape that is in excellent original undented condition.

This is the type where the chape is held in place by a rivet and the belt flap by two nickel “holed” rivets.

The top flap section seems to have had the addition of a small section of leather to reinforce the point where the flap joins the lower section, at some point in its life. This is a weak point on these FS scabbards and many would break off completely during service use.

It has a black elastic grip retaining strap at the top of the flap, that I think is an in service type replacement.

The front shows a couple of light scuff/crease marks on the lower section that covers the blade, but there are no splits or damage to that leather.

On the reverse, it still retains its two original and unused horizontal leather tabs or ‘wings’.

This is a great example of a post WW2 service used 3rd pattern knife that has been loved and maintained to keep it and its scabbard in full “working order”.

It comes from my private collection of FS Knifes.

The blade measures 6.76” (17.4cm) long and the knife is 11.5” (29.2cm) in total length.

It weighs 280g.

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Code: 50484

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Original Hitler Youth Knife with full Blade Motto “Blut und Ehre!” by Gottlieb Hammesfahr

Original Hitler Youth Knife with full Blade Motto “Blut und Ehre!” by Gottlieb Hammesfahr

Here on offer is an excellent original Hitler Youth Knife with full blade motto, “Blut und Ehre!” by a rare maker, Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen.

The nickel-plated hilt fittings are in excellent condition with the usual genuine loss of plating on the front of the pommel where the scabbard strap has worn the plating off over the years of use.

The Bakelite grip plates are in perfect condition and are still held in place by the two nickel rivets.

The HJ diamond emblem retains its enamel finish with a couple of tiny stress cracks to the upper clear finish. It still fits tightly into the grip.

The blade is in excellent condition with just some slight pitting to the front of the blade where the motto is.

It is the thin blade version with no stepped ricasso and it has the HJ motto, Blut und Ehre!” (Blood and Honour) etched into one side. The motto is now slightly faint but can still be made out on the blade when it is moved around in the light.

The reverse the blade is near mint with just the slightest areas of dulling.
Stamped into it is a crisp maker’s mark, being the pyramid with a cross in the centre and the lettering:

GOTTLIEB HAMMESFAHR
SOLINGEN. FOCHE
GES. GESCH. (Copyrighted)

The leather buffer pad is still in place.

The excellent steel scabbard looks to have been repainted at some point in its life, as many where and retains nearly all the black paint finish.

The original leather belt loop hanger and fastening strap and stud are still in place and in truly excellent condition. There is just some light surface wear to the leather-fastening strap, which could be polished if required.
On the reverse of the back strap you can just make out the stamped maker’s mark, being LFS set across an oak leaf.
It appears it is rare to find a strap with a maker’s mark, but I can’t find any reference so the makers name?

The blade measures 5.4” (13.6cm) long and the knife is 9.6” (24.5cm) in total length.

Inserted in the scabbard it measures 10.25” (26cm) long.

It weighs 305g.

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Code: 50494

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Genuine WW2 RAF Cloth Pilots Wings Badge

Genuine WW2 RAF Cloth Pilots Wings Badge

Here on offer is a genuine WW2 RAF cloth Pilots Wings badge.

It is made of a flat embroidered pair of outstretched wings supporting a central laurel wreath encircling the RAF monogram with a King’s crown, the wings, monogram and crown in cream and the wreath in brown, all on a black fabric set on a black backing cloth.

The Wings are in excellent condition, with no moth damage.

The pilot’s wings badge has been in use since 1912 with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). This pattern has been in use since 1920 with variations in the crown. The badge was worn above the left tunic pocket.

The badge measures 4.25” (10.8cm) wide.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50562

50.00 GBP


Top Quality Antique Silver and Carved MOP Folding Pocket Fruit Knife by John Yeomans Cowlishaw, Sheffield 1875

Top Quality Antique Silver and Carved MOP Folding Pocket Fruit Knife by John Yeomans Cowlishaw, Sheffield 1875

Here on offer is a top quality antique English silver and carved Mother of Pearl folding pocket fruit knife by John Yeomans Cowlishaw 1875
This beautiful knife is just in a class above the rest. It has a solid silver plain blade with a clear set of English silver hallmarks, the Lion Passant for English silver (925), Queen Victoria’s head in profile, a Lions Head for the assay office of Sheffield and the date letter “H” for the year 1875.
It also shows the maker’s mark, “JYC” set in a rectangle, which relates to the top quality English knife maker and silversmith, John Yeomans Cowlishaw, of Market Street, Sheffield, England.

John Yeomans Cowlishaw was related to the Mappin family through his mother Mary; he was nephew to John Newton Mappin, and was cousin to the Mappin brothers, who founded Mappin Brothers and Mappin & Webb.
John Cowlishaw lived with his uncle John Newton Mappin from a young age and followed him into the family business, making silver fruit knives.
Cowlishaw joined the family firm, Joseph Mappin & Son, in Pepper Alley as a pearl cutter and dealer, and by 1854 he had started his own firm in Norfolk Street making silver fruit knives and cutting mother of pearl. When John N. Mappin finally retired from pearl cutting he gave the business to Cowlishaw who combined it with his own.
As the business grew, he moved into larger workshops finally working from 67 Arundel Street. After Cowlishaw’s death in 1895, his son John Edward Cowlishaw took over running the company until his retirement in 1901.
The Cowlishaw name passed out of the family and was run from various different addresses in the city. By the early 1970s the company was based at Portland Works, Hill Street.

The blade is in great condition but the very tip has been bent over and then straightened at some point in its life. Please see my pictures.
The blade spring is still strong and it slots easily back into the handle when closed up.
What makes this fruit knife stand out from the rest is the stunning carved Mother of Pearl handle. I have never seen one with a ‘diamond’ pattern carved into it, in this case on both sides of the handle. Then a tiny silver pin has been inserted into the centre of every diamond, it is truly a work of art!
I have seen simpler examples of Cowlishaw’s work sell for £175 as he was considered to be the best Pearl carver in the business.
This knife blade measures 2.75” (7cm) long and the handle measures 3.25” (8.5cm). So combined the knife measures 6” (15.3cm).
It weighs 27g.
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Code: 50059

100.00 GBP


Set of German WW2 Kriegsmarine “Lions Head” Sword Hilt Candlesticks

Set of German WW2 Kriegsmarine “Lions Head” Sword Hilt Candlesticks

Here on offer is an excellent set of German WW2 sword hilt candlesticks, which take the form of the hilts from a standard "Lion's Head" style of officer's sword.

I believe this type where used on board Kriegsmarine ships and traditionally one stick would hold a green candle, while the other a red one, representing the standard colours for starboard (green) and port (red), and on the officer's table they would be properly oriented with respect to the ship.

The castings don’t seem to be the same quality casting as would have been used on actual swords, they are still very nice, made from a cast brass alloy, and heavily gilt, most of which is remaining.

Both have the proper wire wrapped white celluloid covered grips, as used by the Kriegsmarine.
One of the grips has a hairline crack, as can be seen in my photos, but that is the only damage that they have.

Each "hilt" is mounted on a nickel-plated domed steel base, and attached to the bottom using round split bolts.

The "Blade" of each is a short steel bar, the tang of which terminates in a nickel-plated candle socket at the top.

The "P" guards on both are decorated with the typical "Oak Leaf and Acorn" motif, which is on both grip ferrules as well.

The grip back straps are a nice floral motif, and both lion's heads are finely executed and both still retain their red glass eyes.

The crossguards are decorated with the standard spread wing NDSAP Eagle over a Swastika.

A similar example of these candlesticks is shown on page 202, Vol. V of Thomas Johnson’s excellent book, Collecting The Edged Weapons of the Third Reich Volume V.

These make a stunning display set and would make a great addition to any WW2 German Militaria collection.

Each candlestick measures 8.5” (21.6cm) high and the circular base is 4.5” (11.4cm) diameter.

They each weigh about 580g.

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Code: 50577

200.00 GBP


Original WW2 German Hangers for a 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger

Original WW2 German Hangers for a 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger

Here on offer is a beautiful pair of original WW2 German hangers for a 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger.

All the aluminium metal fittings for the buckles, and sliders feature raised oak leaves.

The top clip has the plain aluminium finish and doesn’t have any markings.

The two lower scabbard clips are the lobster claw type with a stippled finish. The clips are all in working order.

These are the heavier true aluminium type that, don’t have any RZM or DRGM markings.

The stiff fabric hangers are in excellent condition with blue/grey fronts and sewn silver stripes.

The reverse of the hangers is a dark grey/mauve velvet.

They are fixed to the top clip in the normal manner of being stitched over.

These are an excellent set of original deluxe hangers that can only enhance any 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger.

They measure 11” (28cm) from the tip of the top clip to the end of the scabbard clip on the long strap and they weigh 95g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50579

140.00 GBP