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Rare China War Medal - 1900 Boxer Rebellion - named to Petty Officer 1st Class - Richard Collect Govier - HMS DIDO



Here on offer is a beautiful example of an original 1900 Boxer Rebellion, China War Medal correctly named to Richard Collect Govier.

He was a Petty Officer 1st class who served on H.M.S. DIDO during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion.

This solid silver medal is in near mint condition showing no wear to the high points on either side and no edge dings. (please see my photos).

It retains a bright finish with some age patina around the edges and between the medal lettering.

Engraved into the medal edge are the following officers details:


R. C. GOVIER. P.O. 1 CL. H. M. S. DIDO


The medal suspender arm looks to have had a minor period silver repair at some point as it no longer swivels.

I believe this was quite common on swivel suspenders.


It comes with a good length of the correct type of new ribbon or unissued ribbon.

This medal has no clasps and there is no information on his service papers, which would suggest a clasp, was ever issued?

It is probable that being a Petty Officer he would have stayed aboard ship in a supporting role during the conflict.


The medal measures approximately 1.4” (36mm) diameter and weighs 37g.

It comes with copies of R.C. Govier’s service papers and the China medal roll for H.M.S. DIDO.


Richard C Govier was born on 9th March 1869 in Pimlico Middlesex and he enlisted into the Royal Navy on 9th March 1887 for 12 years.

He served on steam battle ships such as H.M.S. LION through to Battle Cruisers and Battle Ships by the latter part of his service.

In 1900 he was serving on HMS DIDO, an Eclipse-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the mid-1890s. This ship and its crew saw service in the China War 1900 otherwise known as the Boxer Rebellion.

The War was an anti-imperialist, anti-foreign, and anti-Christian uprising in China between 1899 and 1901, towards the end of the Qing dynasty.
It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yìhéquán), known in English as the Boxers.

The Boxers were highly trained in martial weapon arts and came from most of the towns and villages in northern China.
They resented the western world’s interference in their religion and culture and after several months of growing violence and murder in Shandong and the North China Plain against foreign and Christian presence.

In June 1900, Boxer fighters, convinced they were invulnerable to foreign weapons, converged on Beijing to exterminate the foreigners.

Diplomats, foreign civilians and soldiers as well as Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter were besieged for 55 days by the Imperial Army of China and the Boxers and many others were slaughtered.

An Eight-Nation Alliance brought 20,000-armed troops to China, which included a contingent of the Royal Navy, who were the closest to the region.

Petty Officer R. C. Govier was one of those who served during this period.


This is a great opportunity to obtain a rare medal in near mint condition that relates to the Boxer Rebellion.


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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50486

235.00 GBP


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Antique Georgian Carved Horn Oval Snuffbox – Named to OWEN JONES c.1830



Here on offer is an excellent example of an antique Georgian horn oval shaped snuffbox, carved with a dog’s head and the owner’s name, circa 1830.

The top lid has the lovely image of a hunting dogs head and above is the name:

O. JONES

Carved into the bottom of the base is the owner’s full name:

OWEN JONES

The snuffbox has been beautifully made and has no cracks or splits to the horn, just a lovely polished aged patina to its finish.

There is a small-drilled hole at the tip of the top cover that I have seen on other similar examples.

It measures 2.75” (7cm) long, 1.5” (3.8cm) wide and is 0.6” (1.5cm) thick.

It weighs 18.2g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50485

150.00 GBP


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Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with the emblem for The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment



Here on offer is a stunning example of a Victorian period heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion with the emblem for The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment that has been cased in a glass fronted wooden period display case.

In the centre of the cushion is a paper colour printed image of an early The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment emblem with the Lion, Crown and Elephant.

Also across the top are two silk ribbons that have the words:

PRESENT FROM

CATTERICK


This beautiful “Heart” shaped pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in just superb condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened to avoid damaging the decorative display that has been set around the edges of the heart.

The pincushion looks to be made from coloured silks fabrics that have been embellished with lots of clear and colourful pinned on beads and gilt and coloured threads.

I can’t actually tell how old the display case actually is as it has been painted with gilt paint on the front and black paint on the back at some point in its life.


This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions that will make a great addition to any military collection.

The cushion measures approximately 6” (15cm) square and the case is 11” (28cm) by 9” (23cm) and 3.25” (8.2cm) deep.

It weighs a heavy 910g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50407

85.00 GBP


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Framed Victorian Period Heart-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with the emblem for The Dorsetshire Regiment



Here on offer is a stunning example of a Victorian period heart-shaped sweetheart pincushion with the emblem for Dorsetshire Regiment (formed in 1881) that has been cased in a glass fronted wooden period display case.

In the centre of the cushion is a silk colour printed image of the Devonshire Regiment emblem.

Also along both sides in small red glass pinned beads are the words:

FOND

LOVE


This beautiful “Heart” shaped pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in just superb condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened to avoid damaging the decorative display that has been set around the edges of the heart.

The pincushion looks to be made from coloured silks fabrics that have been embellished with lots of clear and colourful pinned on beads and gilt and coloured threads. The edge is trimmed with lace.

I can’t actually tell how old the display case is as it has been taped up on the back and painted with black paint at some point in its life.


This is just a beautiful example of one of these pincushions, in museum condition that will make a great addition to any military collection.

The cushion measures approximately 5” (12.7cm) square and the case is 10” (25.4cm) by 9” (23cm) and 3.25” (8.2cm) deep.
It weighs a heavy 730g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50409

85.00 GBP


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Framed Victorian Period Rectangular-Shaped Sweetheart Pincushion with the emblem for the 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars



Here on offer is a beautiful example of a Victorian period rectangular-shaped sweetheart pincushion with the emblem for the 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars that’s been cased in a glass fronted wooden display case.

In the centre of the cushion is a paper colour printed image of the 7th Hussars emblem.

Below the emblem the word:

LOVE

have been made up from small bright red beads.

Also at either end there are paper printed images of what looks to be a 7th Hussars hat/cap below which are the words:

HOLSTER CAP 1751


This impressive rectangular shaped pincushion was probably made by injured and recovering soldiers from wars during Queen Victoria’s reign.

They where mostly sent home to a sweetheart or family member.

This example is in excellent condition and I have left the sealed display case unopened to avoid damaging the decorative lace display that has been set around the edges of the heart.

The pincushion looks to be made from coloured silks fabrics on the top that show signs of fading and these have been embellished with lots of clear and colourful pinned on beads along with gilt and coloured threads. The edge is trimmed with a lace tassel ribbon.

I can’t actually tell how old the lovely wooden display case is, but looks to be a later period piece.

This is just a beautiful example of one of these larger pincushions, in excellent condition that will make a great addition to any military collection.

The cushion measures approximately 7.5” (19cm) square by 5.25” (13.3cm) and the case is 12.6” (32cm) by 10.75” (27.2cm) and 4.5” (11.4cm) deep.
It weighs a heavy 1.75Kg.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Code: 50412

85.00 GBP


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Dutch Navy Non-Magnetic Siebe Gorman Diver’s Knife Circa 1960



Here on offer is fine example of a Dutch Navy NON-MAGNETIC SIEBE GORMAN Diver’s Knife, with its original heavy cast brass sheath.

After researching on the internet, (please see the excellent information relating to these knives on Divescrap.com), I believe this version of knife is the type used by the Dutch Navy in the 1960’s.
These knives had no markings on the brass sheath where the Royal Navy versions had the word “NON-MAGNETIC” cast into the sheath.


The pommel is made from brass and the nut fits tightly onto the black “Ebonite” ribbed grip.
The Ebonite grip is in excellent condition with very light scratches and tiny digs to its finish.

The plain oval brass finger guard and ferrule, complete the hilt assembly.

The really impressive 7.8” double-edged steel blade has a bright finish, with some scratches but no greying and it retains a lot of the original cross graining. There is a slight section of pitting near the tip on the front surface as shown in my photos.

The maker’s name:

SIEBE GORMAN & Co. *

is clearly etched onto the blade and the * symbol denotes this knife is NON-MAGNETIC.

Both edges have small nicks and they show signs of sharpening during its service life.

The heavy sheath has been cast from brass and shows usage nicks and scratches to the finish. The top is fluted and there is a slot in the reverse to retain a leather strap, that is not present on this knife.

On the reverse there is also a large copper rivet that secures the internal blade spring to hold the knife firmly in the sheath.

The end of the sheath has an oval opening to allow any water to escape.

This is an excellent example of a Dutch Navy Divers Knife that is not that easy to find, especially in this condition.

The blade measures 7.8” (19.9cm) and the knife itself 13.25” (33.6cm) long.

It weighs a heavy 855g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50483

475.00 GBP


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Victorian Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officer’s Full Mask Badger Head Sporran c1890



Here on offer is a fine example of a very well preserved Victorian period, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders officer’s Badger Head Sporran, circa 1890.

The badger head is inset with two perfect yellow glass eyes and has snarling serrated leather teeth. The only wear is slight loss of fur to the brow of the nose

The front is complete with its six horsehair bristle tassels, suspended from serrated gilt brass thistle motif cones with red leather accents. Each tassel is hung from a rope secured inside the rear pouch.

On the back is the earlier period large opening rear leather purse that still retains its original gilt button. Both inside edge flaps have parted from the inner edge, but I guess could be re-stitched if so required. This isn’t noticed unless the purse is opened.

The leather is very dark and still subtle for its age.
The top belt loop shows signs of usage a slight split on one edge and possibly an aged repair to the other edge.

The top still retains its metal top cap that shows a beautiful age patina to the finish.

What is unusual about this sporran is it still comes with its original under uniform thick leather belt, which has a rough suede type finish to it.


I believe the full mask or head on sporran is the oldest form of sporran and they have been worn for 100’s of years.

The pelts of wild animals would be used when the animals were captured for food, that way none of the animal was wasted.

Today they are still using this age-old style of sporran, mainly for dress occasions. Some Highland Military Regiments such as the Argyll and Sutherlands Regiment and the Calgary Highlanders Regiment.

As you can see from the photos, this is really a truly impressive example of a Badger Sporran that predates WW1, albeit it may have been worn during that period.

It makes a really impressive display piece that will be hard to upgrade.

It measures approximately 14” (35.5cm) long by 7.5” (19cm) wide and weighs 700g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.



Code: 50475

650.00 GBP


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Boer War QSA Medal to 8643 Private H. A. FUNNELL of Royal Sussex Regt with 4 Clasps TRANSVAAL - ORANGE FREE STATE – CAPE COLONY – SOUTH AFRICA 1902



Here on offer is a full size genuine Boer War Queens South Africa (QSA) medal awarded to; 8643 Private H. A. FUNNELL who served with the Royal Sussex Regiment.

The medal comes with the correct ribbon, which looks to be a replacement and 4 silver clasps:

Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony and South Africa 1902

The solid silver medal is in excellent condition with a bright finish and just a minor ding to the edge. There is also a scratch mark just from the back of Queen Victoria's head to the letter "E"

The suspension bar still swivels and all four clasps are in great condition.
The following information is stamped on the lower rim of the medal:

8643 PTE H. A. FUNNELL. R.SUSSEX REGT

The medal is 1.4” (3.6cm) diameter and each clasp is 1.4” (3.6cm) wide.

It weighs 47g.

A great addition to any Boer War or Royal Sussex Regiment collection and worth further research.


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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.



Code: 50482

165.00 GBP


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5 INERT Relic WW1 British Brass Fuse Heads from the SOMME Battlefields Mounted on an Oak Base



Here on offer is a great display of 5 INERT Relic WW1 British brass fuse heads, mounted on an oak base.

I was told these where recovered from the battlefields of the SOMME battlefields many years ago.

All 5 of the fuses look to be British from the markings that I can make out. They all show signs of being fired in anger and some are in better condition than others. Please see my photos.

They have all been securely fitted to the oak base and can’t be easily removed.

Each fuse measures about 2.4” (6cm) diameter and is approximately 2” (5.1cm) high from the base to the top of the cone, where the cone is still in place.

The wooden base is 12” (30.5cm) by 5.7” (14.4cm) by 1” (2.5cm) thick.

It weighs a very heavy 5.25 Kg, so postage will be high!

It makes a great WW1 desk display item of real items recovered from the battlefields of France.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.




Code: 50481

100.00 GBP


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Taxidermy of a Professionally Mounted and Framed Fox Skull



Here on offer is a great example of taxidermy that shows a professionally mounted and framed Fox Skull, possible a red fox.

The skull has been cut in half down the centre and mounted into a sealed glass fronted ‘shadow box’.

The frame is finished in a wonderful antique gilt finish and is in excellent condition and has a brass wall fixing on the back.

The frame measures 10.5” (26.7cm) by 8.5” (21.5cm) and is 2.75” (7cm) deep.

It weighs 770g.

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

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.


Code: 50480

25.00 GBP


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