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Mint Unissued WW2 German 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Portepee in Original Maker’s Cellophane Package



Here on offer is a MINT unissued WW2 German Luftwaffe portepee still with factory tie string and original maker’s clear cellophane package.

This is the short version portepee that is suitable for use any 2nd pattern Luftwaffe Dagger.

It is made from the slightly thinner and brighter silvered material and is in mint condition.

The clear cellophane package as a split along the crease of one end, which allowed me to remove the portepee for photos.

There is also a small split where the maker’s name is printed, but the remainder of the packaging just shows age related crinkling.

On the front it has printed:

Dolchportepee
Auf Zlluminiumgefpinft

The maker’s address printed at one end seems to read as:

Heeres kleiderfaffe
Berlin m62
Budapester strasse 28

Finding examples of these portepee’s in their original packaging is becoming impossible!

This is an excellent example which can only increase in value.

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

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Code: 50363

120.00 GBP


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Unusual WW2 Period “Trench Art” Wooden Desk Tidy made using Oak from a WW2 Bombed Site



Here on offer is an unusual WW2 Period “Trench Art” wooden desk tidy or pencil holder that has been made from dark oak wood recovered from a WW2 bombed site.

I believe these “Souvenirs” where made by disabled servicemen and women to raise funds to support their charities.

The four-sided desk tidy has been mounted on a square oak base and there is a label attached to the base that reads:

SOUVENIR
The Oak from which this
article is made, was taken
from a bombed site.

It measures 5” (12.7cm) high by 2.25” (5.6cm) square at the top and 2.8” (7.2cm) square at the base.

It weighs 121g.

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

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Code: 50375

15.00 GBP


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WW1 (RFC) Royal Flying Corps Gilt Cap Badge Sweetheart Brooch



Here on offer is an excellent example of a WW1 (RFC) Royal Flying Corps, gilt cap badge sweetheart brooch.

I believe this brooch started life as an RFC Cap Badge, but the rear fixing lugs have been removed and a “C” clasp and long pin professionally fitted in their place, so it could act as a brooch.

The RFC pilots loved giving these to their ladies as love tokens, at a time when the pilot’s life could end with the next mission.

The brooch itself is in excellent condition, still retaining its gilt finish and all it’s original crisp detail.

It measures 1.2” (3cm) wide by 1.4” (3.4cm) high.

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

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Code: 50374

30.00 GBP


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WW2 German Army Dagger with Beautiful Double Etched Nickel Plated Blade by PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co



Here on offer is a rare and excellent example of an early WW2 German Army Dagger with Double-Etched Blade by PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co.


The dagger is in excellent condition with the age dulled greyed metal finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard. These would polish up to a bright finish, if so required.

The early 14 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in excellent condition, showing a crisp outline to the hand finishing of the oak leaves.

The white grip is an early solid trolon/celluloid type, with no cracks or chips.

The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains a very fine and crisp detailing to the image.

The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design.

This example still retains its original and correctly tied long silvered portepee, which does show some fraying.

The richly nickel-plated Double Engraved Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in stunning near mint condition with just light surface runner marks neat the tip.

The blade has been etched with beautiful arabesque motifs on both sides.

On the obverse is a central frosted panel that features a finely detailed spread winged Army Eagle in the centre.

On the reverse the central panel depicts the following gothic dedication:

Fur Langjahrige Treue Dienste
Der Generalstab

Which roughly translates to:

For years of long service
The general staff


The original factory background frosting is in place and there is no lifting or nicks to the edges.

Also on the reverse it has a clear oval PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. maker’s trademark (Sword with Laurel Wreath) with the word SOLINGEN underneath.


The blades leather buffer pad is missing.


The silver-plated metal scabbard is dent free and shows some loss of plating mainly to the top and bottom edges. Again the scabbard would polish up to a brighter finish if required.


The throat is held in place by one round-headed screw on the upper edge.

I my opinion the blade on this dagger is a work of art and the dagger would make a great addition to any Army collection.

The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.7” (39.8cm) long and weighs 375g.

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

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Code: 50373

2450.00 GBP


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Rare Solid 9ct Gold GARRARD Wristwatch Hallmarked 1962 in Full Working Order with “Dunlop Service” Dedication



Here on offer is an excellent vintage solid 9ct gold GARRARD wristwatch English hallmarked for 1962 in full working order with a “Dunlop Service” dedication.

The House of GARRARD is the longest serving jeweller in the world. Its origins can be traced back to 1735, when master silversmith George Wicks opened a store on Panton Street in the heart of London’s West End. It was in this year that the firm received its first royal commission from Frederick, Prince of Wales.

The wonderful watch case is made from 9ct solid gold measuring approximately 30mm diameter, excluding the original crown and 38mm from lug to lug.
The lugs are 16mm wide (the strap size) and the watch with its strap weighs 31.6g.


It is in truly excellent condition, no signs of repairs, dents or scratches.

The domed watch crystal glass is in unscratched condition.

The main gilt dial face is in excellent condition, but does show some signs of light “dot foxing” to its finish, that you can only see from certain angles.

It has the name GARRARD and SWISS MADE printed in black on the gilt face and the hours are marked by black Arabic numerals.

There is also a small “seconds” dial at the 6 o’clock position, marked with the numbers, 15, 30, 45 & 60.

It has an unusual “hands” configuration, with a blued steel “minute” hand and a gold “hour” hand that are both in excellent working condition.


The watch still appears to have its original brown leather strap, the type for fixed lugs, which shows some light usage marks to the leather.


With the rear gold cover removed the beautiful movement bears the details; -GARRARD, Swiss Made - 17 Jewels.

I have just had the watch professionally serviced and it is in full working order and keeps excellent time (+-1-2 min a day).


The back of the gold case has a dedication for service to the famous Dunlop Tyre Company.

The inscription reads:

For
Dunlop Service
D.J. Davies


I can’t find any specific reference to a D.J. Davies at Dunlop, but some may surface with further research?

As this would have been an expensive watch, I would imagine this was a long service award, normally for 25 years service to the company.


A brief history of Dunlop:

Dunlop rubber was a multinational company involved in the manufacture of various rubber goods. Its business was founded in 1889 by Harvey du Cros and he involved John Boyd Dunlop who had (re-)invented and developed the first pneumatic tyre. It was one of the first multinationals, and under du Cros and, after him, under Eric Geddes, grew to be one of the largest British industrial companies.
J B Dunlop had dropped any ties to it well before his name was used for any part of the business. The business and manufactory was founded in Upper Stephens Street in Dublin. A plaque marks the site, which is now part of the head office of the Irish multinational departments store brand, Dunnes Stores.
Dunlop Rubber and lesibana Tevin Ramasobane failed to adapt to evolving market conditions in the 1970s despite having recognised by the mid 1960s the potential drop in demand as the new much more durable tyres swept throughout the market. After taking on excessive debt Dunlop was acquired by the industrial conglomerate BTR in 1985. Since then, ownership of the Dunlop trade-names has been fragmented.

The inside of the rear gold cover is stamped the following details:

12321
DENNISON
MADE IN ENGLAND
9.375 (Anchor and date letter N)
A.L.D.
205197


The full set of English 9ct Gold Hallmarks show the assay office was Birmingham and the date letter “N” dates it to 1962.


The makers mark, A.L.D into a chamfered rectangle, stands for:

A L Dennison: Aaron Lufkin Dennison,
subsequently Dennison, Wigley & Co until 1904 and then The Dennison Watch Case Co. 


Aaron Lufkin Dennison, born in Freeport, Me, USA, in 1812, was the first to manufacture watches by machinery building his business on a system of interchangeable parts. Dennison built a factory at Roxbury, Mass. in 1853, later moving to Waltham, near Boston.
Meanwhile he moved to England where he commenced the manufacture of watchcases with premises in Handsworth, Birmingham.
The business was known as Dennison, Wigley & Co.
He died in 1895 and the business was continued under the same style until 1905.
Franklin Dennison continued the business as The Dennison Watch Case Co and in 1919 the business was converted into a limited liability company.

I believe the numbers relate to the serial number for the case 12321 and the watch serial number being 205197.


This is a wonderful example of a vintage GARRARD gold watch, in full working order, that are hard to find these days.

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

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Code: 50372

325.00 GBP


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Original Fully Working WW2 German Luftwaffe “Blindflieguhr” FL23885 Cockpit Chronograph Clock by Junghans



Here on offer is an outstanding example of a fully serviced WW2 German Luftwaffe “Blindflieguhr” (Night Fighter) Cockpit Chronograph Clock by Junghans of Schramberg, Germany.


This model was used in almost all German fighter planes and so called " night hunters" (Nachtjäger) like the Junkers Ju88 and fighters like the Junkers Ju 87 G-1 Stuka, the Focke-Wulf Fw190 and the Messerschmitt BF109.

During WW2, 5 models were made, changing in manufacture from brass bezel and knobs, to Bakelite.

I think the main difference was the location/position of the hand-setting lever.

On early versions you just pulled the knob up to set the hands, next there was a lever at the 3 o’clock position, and finally the lever setting was at the 5 o’clock position, as shown on this version.

You just slide the lever down to engage the knob to switch from a winder to activate the setting of the clock hands.

To use the clock, the flight time was set by selecting with the arrow in the rotating bezel and the minute hand during the take off.

The Timer is started by pressing on the oval button situated on the bottom, the chronograph starts, the second hand starts moving and the 30-minute counter dial starts at the same time.

If you click the button again, both hands stop.

If pushed again, both hands reset to zero.


I believe this model (Bo UK 1) has the 36-hour, J30 BZ, 11-jewelled movement and is also known by the Luftwaffe standards reference of FL23885.

This near mint example has the earlier painted metal bezel with the red painted pointer.

The brass winder knob retains most of its black finish, but some brass shows through where it has been worn off the knurled finish through use. On the top of this knob is stamped the Junghans, 8-pointed Star with the “J” for Junghans Schramberg.

The metal casing retains all its original paint, and is undamaged. There is only a slight loss on paint to the rear of one of the fixing holes.

By this hole there is a red stamp manufacturer/inspection stamp that reads: BAL 636.

The black dial face and glass are in mint original condition and the dial retains its original glow in the dark hands and numbers, albeit the luminescence has all but gone.

The internal mechanism is accessed by turning/unlocking the rear metal cover. There appears to be some faint ink letters and written on the rear of the cover, that possibly read as: GH+FW, but I have no idea what they mean?


Stamped on the outer edge of the mounting plate is the movement reference “J30 BZ and the serial number 43578.

As this is such a fine timepiece, I have just had the clock fully serviced which cost me £90 and it is therefore in full working order, keeping accurate time.

The clock bezel measures 2.25” (5.7cm) diameter and the case is 1.2” (3cm) deep.

It weighs 194g.

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

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Code: 50370

690.00 GBP


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Rare Model Obelisk made from the Teak of H.M.S. Captain with Engraved Brass Shield Cartouche Remembering Her Loss on 7th Sept 1870



Here on offer is great piece of 150 year old antique “Naval Trench Art” as such; being a Rare Teak Wooden Model Obelisk made from H.M.S. Captain (1869) with Engraved Brass Shield Cartouche Remembering Her Loss on 7th Sept 1870

The four-sided Obelisk has been beautifully made and shaped out of a piece of recovered teak from the ship and fitted to a square wooden teak base.

One side of the obelisk is set with a brass shield shaped cartouche that has been professionally hand engraved with the following dedication:

H.M.S. Captain
Lost
7th Sept
1870

This is a wonderful piece of British Naval memorabilia that will look good in any Naval collection or even just as a desk ornament.

It measures 6.9” (17.5cm) high and the base is 3.1” (8cm) square.

It weighs 90g.

Some history and information about H.M.S. Captain:

H.M.S. Captain was a masted turret ship built for the Royal Navy in 1869.

Prior to being launched, concerns had been raised about the design, in particular the low freeboard, the high centre of gravity, and the heaviness of the vessel. All of these would be further worsened during construction, which lacked supervision due to illness of the vessel's designer, Captain Cowper Phipps Coles.
In particular the Chief Constructor of the Admiralty, Edward James Reed, raised particular concerns over the stability of the vessel but these were over-ruled during the seemingly successful sea trials in spring of 1870.
On 6-7 September 1870, H.M.S. Captain was sailing off the west coast of Spain in force six winds and a storm considered "unexceptional" when, despite desperate attempts to prevent it, the vessel capsized and rapidly sank with the loss of 473 lives including that of her designer, Captain Coles, and her commander, Captain Hugh Talbot Burgoyne. Only eighteen members of the crew would survive her loss – one of the Royal Navy's greatest peacetime disasters.

In the aftermath of the sinking, a court-martial and inquiry would be held on board at Portsmouth and presided over by Admiral Sir James Hope.

The Captain affair became a long-lived naval controversy, and immediate steps were taken to improve the stability of warships built for the Royal Navy, this leading to the appointment The subsequent court-martial and inquiry would lead to the creation of the Committee on Designs of Ships of War.

Westminster Abbey, London.

In the north transept of Westminster Abbey is a stained glass window and memorial brass to those who were lost when the ship HMS Captain sank.

HMS Captain window

The window was designed by J.R. Clayton and Alfred Bell and was installed in 1871. The scenes shown are from the Old and New Testaments (left from top): building the Ark, the passage through the Red Sea, Solomon's fleet of ships, building the ship of Tyre and Jonah's deliverance from the whale, (right from the top): Christ stilling the tempest, walking on the water, teaching from the ship, the miracle of the draught of fishes and St Paul's shipwreck. The inscription reads:
In memory of the officers men and boys drowned off Cape Finisterre in HMS Captain Sep 7, 1870

HMS Captain memorial brass

On the floor below the window the brass inscription reads:

The stained glass window above commemorates the foundering of HMS Captain on Sept 7 1870 when Capt. Hugh Burgoyne V.C. Capt. Cowper Coles C.B. with 49 officers and 402 men and boys perished off Cape Finisterre in the service of their country. The
names are recorded on brasses in St Paul's Cathedral

Captain Hugh Burgoyne

He was the only son of Field Marshal Sir John Fox Burgoyne and his wife Charlotte (Rose), and grandson of Lt. General John who fought the Americans at Saratoga and who is buried in the north cloister of the Abbey. Born in Dublin in 1833 he joined the navy in 1847, serving with the fleet in the Crimean war where he won his Victoria Cross. He later served in the Pacific, China and North America. In 1864 he married Evelyn Wake Walker. In 1870 he sailed with HMS Captain, a ship of a rather controversial design by Cowper Coles.
But when returning from Gibraltar the ship sank in a moderate squall and only eighteen members of the crew survived. Even though Burgoyne had been among those survivors clinging to the upturned ship he did not jump to the safety of a launch, which was floating by like the other men but went down with his ship. The loss of the ship exposed the poor design of some of the ships in the fleet of the time but Burgoyne was not blamed at the court martial.

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

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Code: 50371

40.00 GBP


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WW2 British Trench Art Brass and Wooden Toy Model of Artillery Gun



Here on offer is a unique piece of British WW2 Trench Art, being a toy model of an Artillery Gun made out of brass and wood.

This hand made model I believe was constructed from various pieces of brass from shells and WW2 machinery, nuts and bolts etc and even uses two rubber tyres/wheels from a model car or truck of the period, that still work.

The barrel of the gun tilts up and down and the whole upper section rotates 360 degrees on its wooden wheeled trolley base unit.

It even has a cut out piece of brass fixed in place as a gun sight!

The toy model comes in excellent condition with no damage as such. The brass elements have a lovely aged patina finish to the brass.

It measures 6.25” (16cm) wide, 2.75” (7cm) deep and 6.25” (16cm) high to the tip of the barrel.

It weighs a heavy 745g.

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

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Code: 50369

30.00 GBP


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Rare WW2 RAF Wellington Bomber – Bomb and Fuzing Selector Switch



Here on offer is a rare WW2 RAF Wellington Bomber – Bomb and Fuzing Selector Switch.

The case and main switch are made from black Bakelite and it has four panel mounting holes, to secure it to the RAF bomb aimers control panel.

The main switch has six selectable positions, labelled 1 to 6, which also have a clear circular window overprinted with a number that would illuminate when the night position was selected on the Day-Night slider switch at the bottom.

The main switch has the military “crows-foot” and a reference 5D/1363 on the top.

There is some slight damage to the back edge of the case as shown in my pictures.

It measures 3.5” (8.9cm) diameter, 3” (7.7cm) deep and weighs 510g.

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

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Code: 50368

45.00 GBP


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Rare WW1 Perpetual Calendar made from Teak of H.M.S. VALIANT – Jutland 1916



Here on offer is a genuine piece of Teak wood from the WW1 Royal Navy Battleship H.M.S. VALIANT that has been used to make the frame for a souvenir perpetual calendar.

On the front it has a quality brass plaque pinned in place, which reads:

FROM THE TEAK OF
H.M.S. VALIANT
JUTLAND 1916

The calendar numbers, days and months are printed onto double sided thin cream coloured early plastic part sectioned discs.

You just remove and rotate the relevant disc to change the date, day and month of any year.

All the months and days are present and nearly all the numbers, just two half discs are missing for the numbers 7 & 8 and 9 & 10.

I think these can easily be made up from thin cream card if you wanted to actually use the calendar.

On the base is a very thin green felt material, to stop it scratching the top of a wooden desk.

The beautifully made piece measures 6” (15.2cm) wide, 2” (5cm) deep and 3.5” (9cm) high with the discs in place.

It weighs 150g.

Some history relating to this great ship follows:
Launched in 1914 this Queen Elizabeth class battleship was completed early in 1916, shortly before taking part in the Battle of Jutland. During the battle she fired 288 x 15" shells at the German High Seas Fleet and suffered no damage.
She underwent a major refit in 1929 – 30, which is probably when the old battle hardened teak was removed to make this barrel?
During the Second World War she was one of the ships which destroyed the French fleet at Mers-El-Kebir and saw action during the Battle of Crete.
In 1941 she was extensively damaged in Alexandria Harbour when mined by Italian 'Human Torpedoes'.
Repaired in South Africa, she went on to support the landings in Sicily and Salerno. Towards the end of the war she saw action in raids against Japanese bases in Indonesia.
She was decommissioned in July 1945 and sold for scrap in 1948.

The Calendar is in excellent condition, with no damage to the wood, just the two discs missing.

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

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Code: 50367

45.00 GBP


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