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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 Triple bar cavalry trooper's helmet
- English
This is the classic English Civil War helmet as used by both sides. The hinged visor is struck with the maker's marks 'H' and 'IH'. The mark 'H' was used by William Harrison (flourished 1626-48) and 'IH' by John Hill and John Holloway from 1631 onwards (see The London Armourers of the 17th Century by Thom Richardson, Royal Armouries, 2004).
£2300.00
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militaria item Westminster truncheon, 18th century
- British
This 24" truncheon is the classic Westminster design, with the pre-1801 Royal Arms. It would have been carried by the local watch officers prior to the establishment of Peel's police force in 1832. It is just possible that this is a George II example, which on the death of that king in 1760 simply had an extra Roman numeral I added for George III.
£800.00
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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 WW2. In particular, this size was used as a commissioning flag for U-boats, viz early photos showing this.
£475.00
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militaria item 59th Scinde Rifles crossbelt and pouch, hallmarked silver
- British Empire
This unit was raised in 1843 as the Scinde Camel Corps. At the Mutiny it became the 6th Punjab Infantry until 1903 when it became the 59th Scinde Rifles (Frontier Force). The metalware is hallmarked silver throughout for Birmingham, maker B&P; they are all dated 1904, except for the bugle horn which is hallmarked 1900.
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militaria item Prussian breast plate (cuirass)
- German
This clean example is marked '2' and 'Hartkopf', very probably a retailer's mark, Hartkopf being an early 19th century firm of arms dealers and sword cutlers. Its construction suggests a date nearer to 1760 than later. They were, in any case, proscribed (specifically forbidden) in 1790 by the Prussian army.
£500.00
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testimonials

Chris, the PAB has arrived, a totally genuine wartime piece and I'm very pleased...

G S, UK, 05.07.2012

Received and in superb condition, thank you

A G, UK, 21.03.2012

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