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This field covers uniforms, headdress and badges from the 18th century through to Third Reich items from the 20th century. Much of this material can be seen in context in contemporary prints/drawings and other art work, eg bronzes and photographs. I keep a very sharp eye out for, and a photographic record of, all the particularly convincing Third Reich fakes that come my way. Good reference books include: The Emperor's Coat by Rest, Ortner & Ilming (Verlag Militaria) on Austro-Hungarian militaria, Great War period; Shoulder-belt plates and buttons by Parkyn on British militaria; two volumes by King on British military headdress badges. The National Army Museum (Royal Hospital Road, London SW3) has an excellent bookshop and display covering the British side of this great subject.

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militaria item Order of the White Eagle, 5th class
- Serbian
This would have been awarded from 1882 onwards to Serbians who had distinguished themselves in their country's cause and also to foreigners who had aided the Serbian cause. The 5th class is the lowest grade of the order. Beneath this, they simply issued medals.
£400.00
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militaria item Foot Guards gorget, 1816 pattern
- British
Regarding the regiment, the Grenadiers had a very specific gorget with multiple pierce work on both wings, the Scots Guards normally had '3rd Guards' engraved on both sides at the tips, therefore, by elimination, this is almost certainly a Coldstream Guards example. The Dighton watercolours of the period appear to confirm this.
£750.00
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militaria item 4th Bombay Rifles cross belt plate, hallmarked silver
- British Empire
This fine silver badge (Birmingham hallmarked and maker marked for Hobson & Sons of Lexington Street, London W) was made for an Indian Rifle regiment with a most distinguished pedigree. Raised in 1775, in 1889 it became the 4th Regiment Bombay Infantry, in 1903 becoming the 104th Wellesley's Rifles.
£350.00
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militaria item Sapeurs Pompiers de la Marine helmet plate
- French
This has to be one of the rarest of the 2nd Empire military fire brigade badges, being the helmet plate for the navy branch. The helmet was a magnificent looking creation in brass with a high comb and fancy chin scales. This would have been worn on the front of the helmet, above the peak and below the crest.
£300.00
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militaria item Luftwaffe tank crew ski cap
- German
The black ski cap was commonly used by Luftwaffe ground crew. The Hermann Goering Division variant had white piping to the crown. This is a clean example with no interior markings. The cockade fluoresces under UV lamp, so could possibly be a replacement. It is otherwise in excellent condition.
£275.00
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