Our next public sale of military antiques will take place on the 7th November and consignments have been arriving throughout the summer and the sale promises to cater for a large cross section of the military collecting fraternity.
As the sale is within days of the end of the Great War a small section is dedicated to the Centenary of the end of that war to end all wars and and one poignant item consigned is an original army message dated 11th November 1918, and ordering all units to cease hostilities with the enemy at 11.00 hours. It is hard for us now a 100 years later to comprehend the thoughts and feelings that not only the soldiers at the front must have felt, but all those mothers, wives and families back home.
Other items include a rare original run of the “Wipers Times” magazine, these showing a humorous side to the mud and fighting of the Western Front, photographs, maps, documents and medals will also be found and representing the Middle East campaign is a Wolsley sun helmet worn by Private Harold Burrows of the Warwickshire Yeomanry. An attributed Royal Scots 1902 pattern trench fighting tunic, A rare and unusual Royal Marine Artillery Anti Aircraft section Distinguished Service Medal group and Trench fighting knives to mention just a few consignments. The scarlet doublet and sword of Lieutenant Walter John North Cheatle of the 1st Bn King’s Own Scottish Borderers has been consigned for this section, this pre war regular Officer was killed on his very first day of action, the first day of the Gallipoli landings 25th April 1915, his sword edged remains sharpened possible in anticipation of the amphibious landing and charge at the Turks. His sword returned to his family with his chest of uniform.
A Scottish theme will run through the sale with a number of Officer’s dirks, sporrans, silver plaid brooches and Officer’s shoulder belt plates.
Collectors of Victorian parade ground splendid will find a uniform and busby worn by an Officer of the Oxfordshire Hussars, this being the regiment that Sir Winston Churchill served with as a volunteer. Remaining with cavalry is a large selection of Officer’s sabretaches, pouches, accoutrements and for those interested in the slender of the Indian Army a tunic complimented by pouch and pouch belt of the 12th Cavalry. Collectors of Georgian headdress will find a magnificent Officer’s helmet of the 2nd Life Guards, the original owner a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.
A good selection of WW2 German Third Reich items will see a selection of daggers including an SS dagger with full Rohm inscription. Other items include the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross, without swords, SS wedding box, NSKK plaques, etc.
The Fascist movement in Great Britain is represented by a rare British Union of Fascists Banner, of the style carried by the legions of ancient Rome and later by the various organisations of Nazi Germany.
Over 300 lots will be dedicated to military badges and this section will see helmet plates, waist belt clasps and badges to British and Colonial, Special Forces, a selection of Essex items, Royal Marines etc
Medal collectors will not be left out with over 100 lots including gallantry. A fine selection of ten Naval General Service Medals include the two clasp unique example awarded and confirmed to “JAMES WILLS” Bearing the two clasps “Trafalgar”, “6 May Boat Service 1814”. This section will see a scarce post war MBE, Mention in Despatches group to an Officer of the RAF Regiment and a fine Polish Military Cross groups for gallantry at the Battle of Monte Casino in 1944
A selection of rare original “SOE”, Escape & Evasion items, will include a rare dart firing pen, a rare and unusual Dagger propelling pencil, example of at a trial pattern of the spike blade. This section will be complemented by a very good selection of the F-S Commando knife including 1st pattern and variations of the later patterns.
All lots consigned to a Bosley’s Auctions are guaranteed original so both collectors and dealers can continue to buy with confidence.