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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 Welsh harpist's badge, unmarked silver
- British
This interesting badge is a lost wax casting which has had the strings of the harp and the Welsh motto ('RHYDD-DID SADWEDD CYFF.LLGARWCH') engraved. The style of construction would suggest some royal appointment, as the use of the royal crown (in this case the shape is Hanoverian) was fairly carefully guarded at this period.
£250.00
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militaria item George III truncheon for Little Cressingham
- British
This is a parish truncheon from a small village in Norfolk. It bears the coat of arms current from 1801-16, the latter part of George III's reign, as well the name 'L.Cressingham' to distinguish it from Greater Cressingham nearby. These parish truncheons are quite hard to come by, not quite as rare as the Tithing or Hundred type.
£300.00
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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 1915 Star trio, 2nd Lt M T Allan, 6th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers (killed in action)
- British
Marshall Thomson Allan was commissioned 2nd Lt on 1.9.14 on the recommendation of the commandant of Glasgow University OTC. The 6/RSF disembarked at Boulogne on 7.5.16. He was killed leading a rear guard hand grenade attack against overwhelming odds near the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos on 27.9.15.
£600.00
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militaria item Reichskriegsfahne (Third Reich war flag) - Kriegsmarine
- German
This fine flag (1.7m long) was made by Hannoversche Fahnenfabrik. It is the standard war flag, with navy markings, flown on all small ships of the German navy in WWII. In particular, this size was used as a commissioning flag for U-boats, viz early photos showing this.
£475.00
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I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005

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