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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 Royal Scots Greys silver back pouch, hallmarked
- Scottish
This rather battered example of a mid-19th-century Scots Greys officer's pouch (worn in the small of the back on a gold braid belt) is unique to the cavalry, with its image of a captured French standard ornament as a central device. (Sgt. Charles Ewart captured the eagle of the 45th French Line at Waterloo on 18th June 1815.)
£385.00
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militaria item Pair 7 x 50 prismatic binoculars
- German
This particularly fine pair was made by Busch of Rathenow (East Prussia). The case is made by Hensoldt of Wetzlar and is marked with the Weimar Army acceptance eagle. The lenses are almost as they left the factory and the resulting vision extremely sharp. There is a 1944 date on the steel snap of the case, together with a code 'crn'.
£300.00
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militaria item Saxon 1st Horse Regiment helmet, 1867 model, ORs
- German
This regiment took part in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871, serving at Gravelotte, Sedan and the Siege of Paris in the army commanded by Gen Crown Prince Albert of Saxony. The regiment fought with the 1st Infantry Division as divisional cavalry under Lt Gen Prince George of Saxony.
£1200.00
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militaria item Munich Town Guard morion
- German
This was almost certainly made in Augsburg or Nuremburg, the two main armour manufacturing centres of Bavaria. By tradition, the Munich Town Guard wore these helmets together with a black and white half armour. The fleur de lis emblem commemorates the Virgin Mary. The period of production for these was roughly 1580-1620.
£1500.00
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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.
£395.00
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Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

Just to let you know that the kokarde [cockade] arrived today. Looks great. Definitely original.

S S, Australia, 16.08.2012

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