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We offer a wide range of Vintage and Antique Timepieces, Firearms and other Equipment, formerly used by Professionals. We specialise in clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches and other historic timepieces previously issued to the Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.

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ANNOUNCEMENT - Business Period 16th - 21st August 2016 Dear Collectors, ZMW Militaria is always open for browsing and buying, but I regret that between the 16th - 21st August we will be unable to reply to any e-mails, or post out items purchased. Sorry. After those five days, all will be back to normal. Thank you. Kind regards, Ziggy M. Wesolowski
"Dawn Patrol" A Sir Douglas Bader Signed Print By Roderick Lovesey This is a limited edition print of the "Dawn Patrol," depicting twoBristol Bulldog biplanes in flight. Limited to 250 prints, this work has been signed in pencil by the renowned artist, Roderick Lovesey, as well as by Sir Douglas Bader. In 1931 Bader was nearly killed when the Bulldog aircraft he was flying, crashed, costing him the loss of his legs. Nevertheless, Bader went on to become one of the RAF's Air Aces, credited with twenty aerial victories, four additional shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and eleven enemy aircraft damaged. The picture is an original Lovesey print, numbered 95 and printed on quality paper. It was professionally glazed and double mounted nearly 30 years ago, on RAF blue card and quality wood frame. The art studio's details can still be found on the back of the picture. Due to the delicate nature of the item, the glass will be carefully removed from the frame and the picture sent un-glazed. Sorry, UK delivery only.
"Gun Artlicles" By Gerry Ford Gerry Ford, an antique gun collector and author with a special interest in the research of arms used by the military, police and other authorities, published many gun related articles in the 1970s, many of which appeared in "Guns Review" magazine. In this publication, "Gun Articles," Ford has gathered more of his original work into a 39 page A4 soft cover booklet, being illustrated with black and white photos of the time. "Gun Articles" contains stories and insights, including an article on, "Young Winston & His Mauser." All in all, a fascinating account, with some repetition of articles from the "Military Pistols" book. "Gun Articles" is a strictly limited publication, personally signed by the author. Price includes UK P&P.
"Military Pistols" By Gerry Ford In a nostalgic blowback to the past, this series of military pistol articles were originally published during the 1970s, in the periodical, "Guns Review." Now their author, Gerry Ford, has gathered his work to compile one handy and useful reference booklet, containing details of more than 30 military and some law enforcement pistols, altogether spanning almost two centuries of small arms development. "Military Pistols" is a limited edition A5 soft cover booklet of 52 pages, amply illustrated with Ford's original drawings. It is a must have booklet, not just for the informative historic content, but also for the reminiscent associations to the wonderful magazine that was, "GunsReview." Each booklet has also been personally signed by the author. Price includes UK P&P.
"Superfine Winegartens" Railway Regulator Pocket Watch c.1930 This is not the standard railway regulator made by Winegartens, but rather, it is their Premium Quality example known as the "Superfine Winegartens." Winegartens of 157 Bishopsgate, London, was a renowned supplier of quality timepieces at discounted prices, giving an additional 20 percent off for personnel serving in the Armed Forces, as well as all government agencies. Not surprisingly Railway Companies also benefitted from their patronage and many a railway regulator bearing Winegarten's name exists. However, very few were adjusted for "Superfine" timekeeping as this one is. Looking over this Winegarten's watch it is clear that this example is superior to others. In fact the Cortebert 526 movement used in this watch is the same as those used by Rolex in their military watches…. but this one is even better. Having "3 Adjustments," the movement is capable of delivering precision timekeeping and as is, it is in working order, but it has not been serviced. Furthermore, the watch company have gone to additional lengths to decorate the movement with extra polishing and the application of Geneva stripes to the plates - details only found on the best watches. Fully marked on the heavy duty case with its railway motif, this watch is in a class of its own and will be difficult to improve upon. It is near faultless, with minimal wear and no case damage, just slight scratches to the robust flat crystal. A fabulous example of a "Superfine Winegarten." The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
*** New Year Specials for a Happy 2017 *** To celebrate the arrival of 2017, ZMW Militaria is offering collectors a selection of antique pistols at discounted prices. Prices of our "New Year Specials" also include Domestic Postage... So grab a bargain and have a Happy New Year.
*** PAY SECURELY WITH WORLDPAY *** ZMW Militaria is pleased to announce that WorldPay will now be handling all credit and debit card transactions for this website. This means that our stock of Antique Pistols and Shooting Accoutrements have been restored… With more to follow. Thank you for your patience, custom and continued support. Ziggy M. Wesolowski
*** ZMW Militaria Notification *** Dear Collectors, Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but I am currently unable to process any orders until the 30th July. Although I will still be able to take your calls on the business mobile, my ability to receive and send e-mails will also be affected. Rest assured, it will be business as usual from the 30th - With some exciting new items waiting to be added. Kind regards, Ziggy
***** An Invitation From Antique Gun Gallery ***** Dear Collectors, ZMW Militaria recommends a fellow antique firearms enthusiast and author, Gerry Ford, together with the Antique Gun Gallery. The gallery is currently displaying a variety of antique guns, which you are invited to view, trade or buy. Many of the pieces have been collected by Gerry, the site's Curator. The gallery may be viewed at; www.antiquegungallery.blogspot.co.uk Please take a moment to stop by. Sincerely, Ziggy M. Wesolowski N.B. The Curator has taken a tumble and will be resting on Doctor's orders, which means that your e-mails to the Antique Gun Gallery may take longer to reply too. Sorry. ZMW Militaria wishes Gerry a speedy recovery.
.31 Rimfire Tipping & Lawden 4 Shot Sharps Patent Repeating Pistol An interesting hideout or back-up pistol patented by Christian Sharps in 1859, but also bearing the Tipping & Lawden name, together with British proof marks. The design incorporates 4 fixed barrels of .31 rimfire calibre, mounted on a frame. An ingenious revolving firing pin then sets off each round independently, every time the pistol is cocked and fired. This pistol is in working order with good grips, however it would originally have been nickel plated in its entirety. The finish is now worn, but traces of the plating remain on the barrels - the frame is largely down to the brass, which was lacquered some while ago. Simulated wood grips with leaf moulding, further enhance this diminutive pistol, which measures only 5½ inches in length. All in all a great obsolete pocket pocket pistols at a reasonable price.
.320 Eley Break Open Style Revolver & Holster c.1910 Styled on the "Baby Russian" revolver, these small pocket pistols were a popular personal defence weapon of their day. As such, they were carried by many and become a favourite back-up pistol for army officers during WW1. This example shows Belgian proof marks. Offered complete with a contemporary leather service holster, this revolver has much to commend it, as it is mechanically good with a positive lock up in both double and single action - however the trigger return requires attention. In addition, the extractor is fully operational and the revolver when closed up, is tight. It further benefits from having a good bright bore and chambers. Overall the metal surfaces have been reduced to a mottled brown and speckled finish, commensurate with age and handling, whilst the holster is supple and good with signs of some scuffs, blemishes and thread wear near the trigger area. Chambered for the obsolete .320 Eley cartridge, this revolver may be owned without a firearm certificate, but only as a curio or ornament.
.38 Rimfire Colt Model 1849 Pocket Cartridge Conversion Revolver The original Colt Model 1849 Pocket percussion revolvers were a popular choice for the self defence of many a civilian and lawman alike. However, with the development of early metallic cartridges, the percussion era was rapidly phased out by the widespread adoption of the handy new and totally self contained rimfire ammunition. So quickly in fact did metallic cartridges change the face of gun design, that in the 1870s Colt found itself with a large stock pile of percussion revolver parts, which had become to all intents, obsolete. However, thanks to the factory's ingenuity, these parts were utilised to form the basis of the new epoch of revolvers, such as this .38 R/F Colt Model 1849. This Colt Factory converted revolver is in crisp working condition, retaining a good amount of original blueing and case hardening colouring. The function is smooth and faultless, with excellent bore and chambers showing minimal signs of use. Clear stagecoach scene engraving, together with patent dates for 1871 and 1872, plus matching numbers throughout and perfect grips, all go towards this being a suitable collector's piece. A great Colt revolver of which about 6,000 are said to have been made.
.38 Rimfire Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver The original Colt Model 1849 Pocket percussion revolvers were a popular choice for the self-defence of many a civilian and lawman alike. With the development of early metallic cartridges, the percussion era was rapidly phased out by the widespread adoption of the handy new and totally self-contained rimfire ammunition. So quickly in fact did metallic cartridges change the face of gun design, that in the 1870s Colt found itself with a large stock pile of percussion revolver parts, which had become to all intents, obsolete. However, thanks to the factory's ingenuity, these parts were utilised to form the basis of the new epoch of revolvers, such as this .38 RF Colt Model 1849. This Colt Factory converted revolver is in excellent condition, with a crisp working action - smooth and faultless, with good bore and chambers showing minimal signs of use. The revolver also retains a good amount of finish, with vivid case hardening colour and tidy screw heads. A clear and sharp stagecoach scene, matching numbers throughout, plus perfect grips and struck patent dates for 1871 and 1872, all contribute to making this Colt, a suitable collector's piece. A great Colt revolver of which about 6,000 are said to have been made.
.41 Colt 1892 Military & Police Revolver
.41 Colt Model 1892 - DA 'New Army & Navy' Revolver When Colt first introduced their modern swing-out cylinder design, they called it the Model 1889 DA [Double Action]. Over the next several years, Colt continued to improve their DA revolvers, which by 1892 had the benefit of having had cylinder stops added… And so, the Model 1892 was born becoming known as the DA 'New Army & Navy.' This Model 1892 is itself a good example of its type, retaining a good proportion of factory blue finish, which is turning russet in part. Mechanically, the revolver functions perfectly, with a good bore and chambers. The grips are of the original hard rubber type with the Colt name embossed and, whilst they are intact, the front corner of the right grip was cracked and well repaired in service, which has withstood the test of time. All in all, this is a fully functioning revolver with signs of honest carry and wear. It may be owned without a certificate as a curio only. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
.41 Colt Model 1892 - DA 'New Army & Navy' Revolver c.1901 When Colt first introduced their modern swing-out cylinder design, they called it the Model 1889 DA [Double Action]. Over the next several years, Colt continued to improve their DA revolvers, which by 1892 had the benefit of having had cylinder stops added to the revolver… And so, the Model 1892 was born becoming known as the DA 'New Army & Navy.' Although known as an Army & Navy model, this name giving was no more than Colt marketing hype, which today serves to confuse collectors. Actually, all production .41 calibre M1892 revolvers were sold to civilians and police authorities, with the US Army and Navy opting to issue their personnel with a .38 calibre version of the same model. Typically, the name of this revolver was later changed to the, "Official Police," in deference to Colt's growing Law Enforcement clientele. This Model 1892 is itself an excellent example of its type, retaining much of the factory blue finish and mechanically, the revolver functions perfectly, with a a very good bore and chambers. The grips are of the original hard rubber type with the Colt name embossed, and they are perfect. Barrel length measures to 4.5 inches. All in all, this is a superior example which should please the collector.
.44 Colt 1860 - Civil War Union Army Issue Revolver Colt's 1860 Army revolver was one of a few pistols that were standard issue to the Union forces, at the time of the American Civil War. As such, there is a great deal of history associated with the military firearms from this era and many of which will have seen action at some point during the conflict. The example offered here bears serial numbers which can be traced through Colt's records, to 1863. Being martially marked, it is not surprising that the cylinder has become mismatched in service, albeit the rest of the gun and wedge, are all showing the same numbers. The cylinder is nevertheless contemporary and likewise dates to 1863. It is possible then that early on in its service this revolver's cylinder must have become lost or inadvertently exchanged with a colleagues, possibly when the soldiers were sat around cleaning their weapons. This was a regular occurrence and given the interchangeability of Colt parts, made no difference to the function of the revolver. Although the finish is now worn, the pistol remains sharp and unmolested, with good angles around the ironwork. Flap holster wear and handling impressions are evident, but the grips are otherwise original and undamaged. Mechanically the action is sound, working crisply with a tight lock up, good cylinders, original nipples and good bore with just light pitting - nothing nasty to report. Clear stampings, deeply impressed barrel address and some evident signs of the cylinder's navy scene are all discernible. Overall this Army Colt is in at least good to very good collectable condition, considering its service history. It will be difficult to find a better example at this price.
.442 British Bulldog - Webley Type Pocket Revolver An obsolete calibre nickel plated .442 British Bulldog pocket revolver. Made c.1880, this robust revolver is in working order with proper double and single action function and correct cylinder lock up. The pistol is stamped with Liege proof marks. Cosmetically the revolver looks to be in very good condition, having been professionally polished and benefitting from good walnut grips. The rifled bore is good with some frosting and light pitting evident.
.442 Centrefire Webley RIC A .442” Centrefire Webley/Tranter Double Action Revolver, 6” octagonal barrel fitted with a Tranters 1863 patent cartridge ejector lever, six shot cylinder, border line engraved frame, two piece walnut grips. This pattern of revolver preceded their famous R. I. C. design and was produced 1865/70?. In vg cond. With sharp profiles, good grips faded blue finish, good action and bore. A rare collectors gun. £995
.442 Webley No. 2 British Bulldog Revolver c.1875 If the Victorian gentleman required a revolver for self protection, what better choice could there have been than a Webley No. 2 British Bulldog? In its day it was regarded as a dependable man stopper and the nickel plating was of additional benefit that protected the revolver, if it were to be carried in adverse climatic conditions. Overall, this is a desirable nickel plated Webley Bulldog in very good cosmetic condition, retaining most of its original finish with just small areas of plating loss around the muzzle. Otherwise it is in working order, with a smooth action, lock up and positive trigger return. What's more, as it is chambered for the obsolete .442 cartridge, no licence is required provided that it is possessed as an ornament or curio. A desirable revolver signed on the barrel, P. Webley & Son, Birmingham.
.442 Webley RIC Police Constabulary Revolver The No.1 gate loading revolver was Webley's first offering of a double action pistol, which became an immediate success upon its introduction in 1868, following its adoption by the Royal Irish Constabulary, among other police forces - hence the RIC label on the frame. The revolver came in a variety of manstopping calibres and was particularly popular due to its ease of operation together with fast reloading capabilities. Yet perhaps most famously, General George Armstrong Custer was known to have owned a pair of these revolvers, which it is believed he used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. This revolver is chambered for the obsolete .442 calibre and is presented in very good condition, both cosmetically and mechanically. Over all, the revolver has retained much of its original blue finish with other areas showing a dark patina and some speckling. Mechanically though, the revolver function is flawless, with solid lock up, a clean bore and fine chequered grips. In addition, the revolver comes with its original leather holster, which shows some sign of wear and tear.
.442 Webley RIC Revolver - Retailed By James W. Rosier c.1875 The No.1 gate loading revolver was Webley's first offering of a double action pistol, which became an immediate success with many police authorities. It become widely known as the "RIC," following its adoption as the service sidearm of the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1868. Exported worldwide, this popular Webley RIC was imported into Australia and retailed by James W. Rosier of Melbourne, as marked on the top strap. In addition to Webley's serial number, a JR prefixed 5 digit number has also been stamped on the front of the frame. The significance of this number is unknown, but a good proportion of the firearms issued to Australian Police were Webley RIC's. Supplies of the RIC were also shipped to the USA, where the British cartridge became known as the .44 Webley - Even General George Armstrong Custer was known to have owned a pair of these revolvers, which it is believed he carried at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Chambered for the obsolete .442 calibre this iconic revolver is presented in very good condition. Although much of the original colour has faded and the exposed metal has darkened with age, this remains a sharp and unmolested example, which is mechanically flawless; with solid lock up, very good clean bore and chambers, untouched screw heads and fine chequered grips. All in all, a great example that is rising in value.
.442 Wolverhampton Police Revolver c.1870 Boothroyd's "Directory of British Gunmakers" William James Hill worked in Birmingham, England 1860-97. He was also Vice-Consul for Uruguay 1877-1884, and pinfires were popular in South America. Wolverhampton Police Wolverhampton became a county borough in 1889 and the force also took that title. Wolverhampton County Borough Police was created to serve the people of Wolverhampton and they served under that name from 1848 to 1966. Lt. Col. Gilbert Hogg was hired as the first Chief Constable and reported to a watch committee. The police station and cells eventually moved to the new Town Hall in North Street, entering from Red Lion Street. In the mid-20th century single men’s quarters were established at Penn Hall. In 1966 the Borough Police merged with what was then known as the West Midlands Constabulary. This was later amalgamated to create what we now know as West Midlands Police in 1974. The last Chief Constable was Norman Goodchild, CBE. Although he led a comparatively small force, he was very influential in national police matters.
.577 Three Band Mark II** Snider Rifle By Barnett, c.1870 The Snider system was originally adopted by the British Army in 1866 as a means of converting their arsenal of 3 band Enfield muzzle loaders, into modern cartridge firing rifles. Although the army rifles were replaced in 1874 by the Martini Henry, the Snider continued to be produced and supplied to Volunteer and Colonial Forces as well as seeing Constabulary usage. This Snider Mark II** was made by Barnett of London c.1870. As is, it is a superb rifle that shows minimal signs of service wear and a pristine bore. A genuinely sharp example that retains clear markings and excellent woodwork. Presented in full working order, complete with its nipple protector.
100 Year Old Metropolitan Police Issue Whistle - Unissued Stock A seemingly unissued example of a genuine 100 year old Metropolitan Police numbered whistle. Made from solid nickel silver, this whistle is presented in a sleepy untouched condition, with all body stamps being good and sharp. This Hudson made whistle still retains its original tunic chain and when blown, produces a very loud dual tone sound. Police whistles were first introduced in 1884 and were used by constables to summon assistance, in the days before police radio. A fine example of a police whistle that will be difficult to improve upon.
11 mm French Officer Modele 1874 "Shooting Award" Revolver The Model 1874 French Officer's 11mm Ordnance revolver is a pretty scarce military pistol, but rarer still are the ones that were given to Officer's as Shooting Awards: Highly sought after, this is one of those "Shooting Awards" made by the gunmaker Lamure & Gidrol (pre 1896), as signed to the front of the cylinder. St. Etienne's details are also variously repeated on the revolver, but, as these became the personal property of the winning top officer, no military property marks were added - Hence these revolvers have a different, or civilian serial number range and no ordnance stamps, as well as the absence of the "M1874" designation to the barrel. This is all normal. Of course, these revolvers were still chambered for the military round. Of course these officer grade revolvers left L&G with an exceptional factory blued finish and fit, which has survived over much of the surface area of this example. The action is also superb, with tight lock up and a good mirror bore showing just minor pitting. A distinguishing and unique feature of these revolvers was the presence of a brass plaque, inlet into the raised oval within the grip. This would originally have been engraved with the recipient's details, so the obvious removal of his name is a significant factor, which was likely done during WW2 - Probably to protect the identity of the owner and their family. Looking over this revolver, it is apparent that it shows some signs of service use and also tool marking to the exterior of the cylinder, which has resulted in some flattening and damage to the flutes all around, as shown (additional Hi Res images are available on request.) However, the revolver was never converted to fire from half moon clips, which is an important point to establishing that it remains an obsolete 11mm calibre revolver. As such, it may be owned as an antique curio under UK Law. Overall a rare and very desirable variant of the French Officer's M1874. To purchase this, or any obsolete calibre pistol from ZMW Militaria, you must be over 18 years of age with no legal bar. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
11mm French Model 1874 Officer's Revolver, c.1876 Introduced as the Model 1874 for Officer issue, this revolver is an upgrade based on the regular Model 1873 that had been adopted earlier by the French military, for standard issue. Being a more refined pistol, with polished blue finish, a lighter fluted cylinder and featuring an overall improved trigger action, it is estimated that only 10 percent of the total Chamelot Delvigne revolvers produced at St. Etienne were of this "Officer" class. Presented in very good condition overall, having retained its sharp profiles and showing no signs of abuse, this revolver still has much original blue finish, with the rest of the surface having nicely darkened to give an attractive plum brown colour. Offered in full working order with good bore and chambers, the revolver benefits from a smooth working action and, as it is chambered for the obsolete 11mm cartridge, it may be owned as a curio without a certificate. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
1799 Pattern Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol A good and interesting example of a 1799 Pattern Light Dragoon pistol, with military proofs. Interestingly this Napoleonic era pistol has been additionally marked with the quartered heart of the United East India Company, suggesting that the pistol saw extended service in various campaigns. Typically then, this pistol has been through the wars and not surprisingly it has sustained some loss to the woodwork around the tail of the lock. Yet despite this, this flintlock retains much character as an honest example of a military pistol. Overall this flintlock is still solid and holding strong in full working order, with all the ironwork having a good dark age patina to it - Likewise the walnut furniture has a rich age colour. The pistol also benefits from having retained what may probably be its original rammer. All in all a respectable example of a military issue Light Dragoon, at a low price.
1829 - 1979 Metropolitan Police Commemorative Medal On the 150th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Police, The Tower Mint marked the occasion by producing a limited number of medals, each marked with the year 1829 - 1979. In relief the medal shows the image of the Peeler, with top hat and long coat, as well as the more modern image on the London Bobby, turned in to face the symbolic crest of the MP. This crest is rarely depicted in such fine detail these days and uses the Lion and Unicorn heraldic imagery to show the police in their role as servants not only to the crown, but also of the common people, as depicted by the pavement upon which they walk. Whist on the obverse, the Brunswick Star, that is the helmet badge of the Constable, is likewise captured in fine detail. Packed with symbolism, the medal is presented in pristine condition, with just a hint of age related bloom, having been retained in its original box all these years - totally untouched. The accompanying care instruction paper is also present and the complete ensemble is in as new condition throughout.
1842 Pattern Lancer's Percussion Pistol By Parker Field & Sons Based on the 1842 Pattern Lancer's pistol, this 50 Bore large sidearm is not a regulation military pistol. The absence of any ordnance marking suggests that it was most probably used by a Constabulary operating a mounted horse patrol, or by the Prison Service. This percussion pistol is in very good 'untouched' condition, with a strong working action stamped to the maker, "Parker Field & Sons." All the furniture is undamaged and the iron work shows only light signs of storage wear and age mottled patina. Overall the pistol measures with a 9 inch long barrel.
1851 Adams 54 Bore Double Action Revolver For the Great Exhibition of 1851, Adams introduced a double action only revolver, which became a popular choice among British Army officers, especially during the Crimean War. To supply the demand for the 54 bore percussion revolver many English, as well as Belgian manufactures, received a licence to produce revolvers to Adams’ design. As such, variations began to appear. This revolver is double action only, as the early Adams 1851 version was. However, it has a side mounted rammer, which is not always seen on the early pieces. Furthermore, what is unusual is that this revolver appears to have never been stamped with any maker’s or retailer's details, or marks of any kind. It certainly has not been refurbished as it retains a fair percentage of original blue finish, with the remainder of the piece having a dark frosted plum brown patina to the metal work. Certainly, many pistols exported to America are known to have been sent without proof, which may explain this piece. Overall, the pistol is in working order but there are some minor bumps as shown and several nipples show evidence of having been struck by the hammer. The trigger, during deliberate slow operation, may sometimes requires a negligible forward nudge to aid the trigger return fully – otherwise for the most part, the action works and the cylinder rotates counter clockwise, with the hammer rising and falling as it should. At the point of firing, the cylinder does have slight rotational movement. Yet despite these typical signs of ageing, this unattributed Adams 1851 revolver has its redeeming features: good undamaged grips; original finish; strong mainspring; adjustable foresight and a military lanyard ring.
1856 Beaumont Adams 54 Bore Percussion Revolver In 1856, a British Army officer, Lieutenant Frederick Beaumont of the Royal Engineers, patented improvements to the Adams revolver. These new features now allowed the Adams revolver to be fired in both single or double action manner. This was the first true double-action system and the revolver saw widespread acceptance, including with the British Army. This particular percussion revolver was made by the London Armoury Company, which was established just days before Beaumont's patents had been finalised. Robert Adams was also the primary and many of the revolvers made were supplied to the Confederacy during the US Civil War. In fact, once the war ended, the LAC could only manage do stay in business for one more year, before closing in 1866. This Beaumont Adams revolver bears a clear LAC stamp and visible proof marks, however the pistol is totally devoid of all its original finish, being evenly pitted along its entire surface. Nevertheless, the revolver is functioning with good springs and bore, and is complete with good grips. All in all, a pleasing and complete example of this much sought after revolver at a bargain price.
1885 T Division - Hammersmith - Metropolitan Police Issue Whistle Following their successful trials conducted on Hounslow Heath, Hudsons' police whistles were originally supplied in 1884. As such, this whistle is among the first of the "Police Calls" to have been made specifically for the Metropolitan Police. It is also documented in archives that this Victorian whistle, numbered 524, was delivered to Hammersmith Police Station in 1885, which was then part of T Division, as is Chiswick, Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding areas. Very few police whistles have survived in this wonderful condition, especially when you realise that they were worn overtly, hanging down the front of the constable's tunic, with the whistle tucked behind the belt buckle. As such, they were prone to be easily dented, or even crushed during scuffles. The example on offer was handmade and individually tested. If it was accepted, as this one clearly was, it was stamped with the crown B1 inspector's mark to the top ring - an issue number would also then be engraved on the body. Over the years most of these whistles were refurbished and modernised. New mouthpieces, top rings and repairs were common place, however this example is in its original condition just as when it was first issued, showing only minor service wear and light age patina. A rare whistle in a condition that would be difficult to improve upon.
1885 T Division Metropolitan Police Issue Whistle Following their successful trials conducted on Hounslow Heath, Hudsons' police whistles were first supplied to the Metropolitan Police in 1884. As such, this whistle was among the first of the "Police Calls" to have been made and this early "498" issue number is documented to have been delivered to Hammersmith Police Station in 1885, which was then part of T Division, as is Chiswick, Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding areas. Interestingly, this whistle was acquired from a family house in Chiswick. Very few police whistles have survived in this wonderful condition, especially when you realise that they were first worn overtly, hanging down the front of the constable's tunic, with the whistle tucked behind the belt buckle. As such, they were prone to be easily dented, or even crushed during scuffles. The rare example on offer here, is made of nickel silver and comes in its original form. Most early MP whistles have had their mouthpieces changed, top rings replaced or their diaphragms repaired, but this one has survived in near perfect condition. It even bears its original, crowned B1 acceptance mark, stamped on the top ring by the examining inspector. A rare whistle presented in a condition that would be difficult to improve upon.
1887 Brass Hudsons Whistle - Jack The Ripper Era This lovely "The Metropolitan" police style whistle was made by Hudsons of Birmingham, at a time of high demand by both police constabularies and the general public alike. This brass whistle was handmade in 1887, during Jack the Ripper's reign of terror. This whistle was also among the last to be made at the factory sited at 131 Barr Street in Birmingham. The whistle is itself dent free and in loud working order however, judging by this whistle's lack of nickel finish, it must have been carried extensively. It has not been polished and retains sharp profiles and well executed engraving.
1887 Nickel Silver Hudsons Whistle - Jack The Ripper Era This is a superb example of a Victorian handmade whistle of police style, made by Hudsons of Birmingham. This whistle comes in excellent collector grade condition, having retained much of its original nickel finish. Dating from the Victorian era, as evidenced from the factory address of, 131 Barr Street, this whistle can be more precisely dated to 1887, due to its classic elongated top loop likewise. Presented in very good condition, free from any damage, the whistle is in full working order.
1891 Pattern Sergeant's .303 Rifle 'Reflector' Bore Viewer This bore viewer is an early example of the 1891 Pattern, which was made for .303 rifles. The brass body has been ordnance inspected and stamped with good clear issue marking, whilst internally the reflector mirror is both bright and intact - generally showing little overall sign of use. Originally these tools were issued at a ratio of one, to every twenty rifles. Typically the NCOs would use them to inspect the cleanliness of the soldiers' rifle bores. An excellent example of an early 1891 bore viewer.
1914 Bradford City Police Gold Filled Pocket Watch Presented to Police Constable Fuller of the Bradford City Police in July 1914, this Waltham pocket watch must have been a prestigious accolade to have been given, marking his farewell from the force. The gold filled pocket watch is in working order and showing signs of careful pocket carry over the years. There are some areas of rubbing, most notably around the high edges and around the winding crown, as well as the odd mark from pocket carry. Nevertheless, over all it is apparent that PC Fuller must have cherished his gift. A very nice example of a quality Waltham pocket watch - not serviced, but still keeping time. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1930s London Transport Station Master's Record Pocket Watch A rare heavy duty LT issue pocket watch, used by station guards on London's Tube network. In 1933 when the LTPB (London Transport Passenger Board) was initially established, the organisation became known simply as London Transport. Typically watches used by any railway employees needed to be robust simply to deal with all the day to day knocks sustained in use. Such watches also required a hermetic case to seal the delicate movement from ingress of a dirt and basically led a hard life. So, to find an example this good is very rare indeed. The case shows signs of extended service use, but it is free of the dents normally found on railway timepieces. Only the glass crystal shows the many scratches and knocks from daily use. However, this is an original crystal that is some 4mm thick, which was required to withstand the bumps, whilst protecting the dial from damage. Mechanically the watch is in excellent order, keeping time and operating well, despite not having been serviced. However, I am advised that this watch did undergo cleaning some 5 years ago. Nevertheless, that does not amount to a Premium Service guarantee. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1930s London Transport Station Master's Record Pocket Watch A rare heavy duty LT issue pocket watch, used by station guards on London's Tube network. In 1933 when the LTPB (London Transport Passenger Board) was initially established, the organisation became known simply as London Transport. Typically watches used by any railway employees needed to be robust simply to deal with all the day to day knocks sustained in use. Such watches also required a hermetic case to seal the delicate movement from ingress of a dirt and basically led a hard life. So, to find an example this good is very rare indeed. The case shows signs of extended service use, but it is free of the dents normally found on railway timepieces. Only the glass crystal shows the many scratches and knocks from daily use. However, this is an original crystal that is some 4mm thick, which was required to withstand the bumps, whilst protecting the dial from damage. Mechanically the watch is in excellent order, keeping time and operating well, despite not having been serviced. However, I am advised that this watch did undergo cleaning some 5 years ago. Nevertheless, that does not amount to a Premium Service guarantee. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1936 Polish Army Issue Zenith Pocket Watch This pre WW2 Polish Army issue Zenith pocket watch is a true survivor, presented in fabulous and original condition throughout. These rare military watches were marked on the inside of the case back cover,"1936r," which indicates the year of issue - where the "r" relates to the Polish word "rok," and translated this means "year." Both the case and dial also have the M.S. Wojsk legend. This is short for, "Ministerstwo Spraw Wojskowych," which is the Polish equivalent of the Ministry of Defence. The dial also gives the Warsaw agent's name as, "Z. Jeznacki." Most frequently these watches have suffered a tough life, so to find an example of a Polish Army Zenith in this unusually fine condition, complete with a perfect dial, with no nasty dents, showing only minor signs of service wear and a nice mellow age patina, is very rare indeed - All serial numbers are matching as well. The watch movement is in full working order, having benefitted from a Premium Service in the past few years. However as with all vintage timepieces, routine servicing needs to be considered if the watch is to be used as a regular timepiece. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1938 RAF Pilot Issue Split Chronograph Pocket Stop Watch A rare opportunity to acquire a fine Air Ministry split chronograph timer, as first issued to RAF pilots pre WW2. This watch is in fact issue dated to 1938 and is of larger proportions than most timers, measuring 60mm in diameter, which made it comfortable to operate in an open cockpit with gloved hands. Of course with the onset of war, these premier stop watches supplied by Lemania, were quickly superseded by what were more basic timers of the day. Presented in untouched and totally original condition, this stop watch, with its dual sweeping seconds hands, is capable of timing two simultaneous events, thanks to its ingenious and complicated rattrapante system, which may be run either in tandem or independently as desired by the pilot. The watch is in good working and fully operational order, with all functions working crisply - however the watch has not been serviced. An optional Premium Service package is available for this timepiece. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1939 Dated WW2 Hudson Military Whistle Here's a great example of a Hudson Metropolitan whistle, made for military service and dated, "1939." Its condition is excellent, with just slight signs of service wear and no nasty dents.
1940s Military Inspired Helvetia Wristwatch It is not entirely surprising that after WW2, a trend existed among watch companies to produce many military inspired timepieces. Perhaps they found that ex soldiers were drawn to a "look" that they had become accustom too during the war. This Helvetia wristwatch is a typical postwar product… but untypically it has survived in excellent original condition, with most of its factory finish remaining intact. The movement too looks absolutely pristine. Many allied and axis soldiers would have been familiar and possibly were issued with Helvetia watches during the conflict. They were a high grade maker who sadly is no longer in business. Presented in working order, but not serviced, complete with a later Vietnam war issue green watch band. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
1944 Ibberson General Service Pocket Knife George Ibberson & Co. were a family business, whose origins in the cutlery trade are believed to have started in 1700. They are a popular company among collectors, perhaps best known for their Special Forces issue knife of WW2. Those knives were marked "C.O.S.D.," which is an acronym for the, "Combined Operations Stores Depot," who ordered the gravity knife for issue to its frogmen, operating within demolition teams in 1944. All that aside, this version is however the General Service pattern, also dated for issue in that same year, presumably being manufactured in anticipation of D-Day. Presented in excellent condition, this knife is one of the best examples that I have owned, appearing to be little used. With no damage and clear markings, the knife is a superb item. The name of George Ibberson can still be found on modern knives, but since 1983 the company became part of "The Egginton Group."
1944 Military Issue Pocket Knife By Wilson A good late war exigency issue pocket knife, manufactured by Wilson in preparation for D-Day and dated 1944. Complete with undamaged grip scales, screwdriver, blade and can opener. Overall showing service wear, but remains a serviceable piece of kit.
1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Watch By Ingersoll Made in Great Britain, original Ingersoll pocket watches from the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, are becoming harder to find in untouched condition, as this one is. Some of the features associated with this collector grade timepiece are unique and include; the chain bow shaped as the Queen's Coronation Crown, polychrome dial, gilt baton hands and the heraldic depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms engraved on the case back. Without one of these important attributes, these watches' lose much in value - however, this example is 100% original and in excellent undamaged condition throughout - plus working order! A scarce piece that will be difficult to improve upon, with no wear or dents.
1956 Air Ministry Omega - RAF Pilot's Issue Watch During WW2 RAF pilots were issued with Swiss Mark VII wristwatches that had white dials and inferior grade alloy cases. This was not exactly what the Air Ministry wanted for their pilots, but under the limitations imposed on Switzerland as a neutral country, only non-war-critical timepieces could be traded out to combating nations. The situation was complex, but somehow Omega still managed to supply the Allies with a significant number of watches equipped with this high grade 30T2SC movements. By 1948 many of the earlier Mark VII RAF watches were now in storage, as they no longer met current specification. When the specifications were revised the Air Ministry were responsible for the creation of the fabled Mark XI. Consequently orders for a new supply of wristwatch began to arrive and in 1953, this included stock from Omega. These were all fine timepieces, but in reality they were not only expensive, but they offered no significant advantage in improved timekeeping above and beyond those watches previously issued - they just looked very different. In 1956 then, in response to a need to make financial cuts, the Air Ministry decided to utilise many of the redundant WW2 stock of Mark VII's, and so they had their own watchmakers refurbish the surplus timepieces and bring them up to date, ready for reissue in the jet age, refurbished with new dials and cases. This here is an original example of one of the 1956 Air Ministry refurbished Omega pilot's watches. As such, it is in excellent condition complete with its excellent wartime movement, that had its white dial repainted in-house to the black configuration and its original hands were then coated in a luminous compound for contrast. A special steel waterproof case was also manufactured for these and the whole reassembled with shock proofing added in accordance with new specification. All in all, whilst a good number of these 1956 Air Ministry watches were produced, they nevertheless remain a rare variant having had an extended military heritage. Offered in good Air Ministry "Original" condition throughout and excellent working order. Complete with NATO strap. Recommended Premium Service with 12 months warranty offered for this watch for only £90
1960s American Railway Pocket Watch An interesting railroad styled pocket watch made for the American market, depicting a diesel locomotive travelling at speed. The overall general style of this Hallmark signed pocket watch is faithful to the railroad watch designs made earlier by the likes of Hamilton, Waltham and Elgin. Made in the 1960s, this watch features a screw back and front case with a clear and bold dial layout. The 17 jewel movement is of good quality and proper working order, but the watch has not been serviced - Nevertheless the watch is keeping time. Overall a pleasant railway watch.
1970s Vintage Stop Watch - New Old Stock Most old stop watches just start, stop and reset, however this Presta watch is a little different. This Swiss watch starts, stops and if necessary, can be restarted before being stopped again and reset… or restarted. Amazingly this pilot's stop watch with its totalising timer, is in absolutely new condition, despite being 40 years old. It is fully functioning and a great useable tool, even in the age of quartz. It does not appear to have ever been opened and retains the remains of a manufacturer's label on the case back.
1W.O.R. - Canadian Expeditionary Force - Ross Bayonet, c.1914 Shortly after the outbreak of WW1, the Canadian government assembled a military force at Camp Valcartier in Quebec, destined for England. This became the original Canadian Expeditionary Force, which by the end of the war numbered 260 battalions. However, these very first troops were the ones that formed the 1st Battalion, of the 1st Brigade, of the 1st Canadian Division - Their unit was named the, 1st Western Ontario Regiment. As such, this Pattern 1911 Ross Bayonet Mk II, can be attributed to being one of their issue blades, clearly marked with the Canadian broad arrow and "1WOR" stamp on the grip. The 1st Western Ontario Regiment went on to fight at Ypres in 1915. Presented in excellent and untouched condition, this bayonet is fully marked, complete with its original leather scabbard, likewise in excellent order.
38 Bore Percussion Back-Action Belt Pistol, c.1840 A good 38 bore percussion pistol of compact proportions, designed to be worn on the belt hook. Featuring a captive ramrod and bead foresight, this pistol would have made a handy self defence piece. Cosmetically this pistol is in very good condition, retaining much original finish and sharp profiles throughout. The back-action lock is unsigned, but does have a good level of engraved decoration as well as a strong functioning action. Overall an attractive belt pistol of utilitarian form. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overal length = 8.5 inches
3818A Bulova Code = Year L8 = 1958 L9 = 1959 M0 = 1960 M1 = 1961 M2 = 1962
40 Bore Percussion Pistol By Westley Richards, c.1850 This gentleman's percussion pistol was made by Westley Richards, c.1850. Typical of this gunmaker, this pocket sized 40 bore pistol is of fine quality, made with superb attention to detail throughout. With such attentiveness to the gunmaker's art, Westley Richards became a popular supplier of arms to the wealthy: Numbered on the trigger guard tang, this pistol could be researched against existing company records. The sighted and browned Damascus barrel is fully signed, "Westley Richards, 170 New Bond Street London." A platinum breech line and vent, together with fine foliate engraving over much of the pistol, exude superior gunmaking skill. Fully functioning, the bolted lock has a silky smooth action, working correctly against strong springs, housed in a walnut stock with a cap 'n' ball trap in the butt, plus a swivelling ramrod. A fine and compact percussion pistol. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 6.5 inches
54 Bore Webley Wedge Frame Percussion Revolver, c.1862 Introduced in 1857, Webley Wedge Frame revolvers proved to be a successful design. Although theoretically superseded by the development of Webley's Solid Frame revolvers two years later, both frame types remained available for a few more years. Wedge frames had a deserved reputation for being robust, double and single action pistols, which benefitted from a straightforward mechanism. This of course made them reliable sidearms, so not surprisingly a good number were purchased into the metallic cartridge era. Signed on the top strap by the retailer, Griffiths & Worsley, a gun making partnership which ran in Manchester between 1862 - 1868, this revolver was likely an Army Officer's private purchase; a notion born out by the fact that it bears just minimal decorative engraving, which comprises of nothing more than simple edge lining to the frame. Presented in good working order with strong springs throughout, the revolver functions fully, but with some rotational play on lock up. The grips are intact and the overall finish shows a good dark age patina, with plenty of original overlying blue finish remaining. A good bore, chambers and solid nipples, make this a good one for the collector. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11.5 inches
6x Victorian Senior Metropolitan Police Officer's Tunic Buttons A set of Senior Victorian Metropolitan Police Officer's tunic buttons. All 6 of the silvered buttons are identically marked," Jennens & Co. London." They are in very good original, if slightly tarnished condition, with no dents or damage. Each one depicts the Queen Victoria's Crown and a laurel wreath surround.
78 rpm Lilli Marlene Lale Anderson This article is about the song. For the 1950 British film, see Lilli Marlene (film). For the 1981 German film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, see Lili Marleen (film). A "Lili Marleen" and Lale Andersen memorial in Langeoog, Germany. "Lili Marleen" (also known as "Lili Marlen", "Lilli Marlene", "Lily Marlene", "Lili Marlène" and similar variants) is a German love song which became popular during World War II with soldiers of both sides. Written as a poem in 1915, during World War I, it was published under the title "Das Lied eines jungen Soldaten auf der Wacht" (German for "The Song of a Young Soldier on Watch") in 1937 and was first recorded by Lale Andersen in 1939 under the title "Das Mädchen unter der Laterne" ("The Girl under the Lantern"). Following the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941, Radio Belgrade became Soldatensender Belgrad and played the song frequently to entertain the German armed forces within its reach. It became popular throughout Europe and the Mediterranean among both Axis and Allied troops. In 1915, as a 22-year-old soldier fighting in the First World War, Leip wrote his poem to express the anguish of separation from his sweetheart, a grocer's daughter named Lili. On sentry duty at night, he would receive a friendly wave from a nurse going off duty; her name was Marleen. In 1937, feeling that the darkness of another war was looming, Leip released his collection of poems, including The Song of a Young Sentry, under the title Die Hafenorgel ("The Little Organ by the Harbour"). It was his hope that those who had not lived through the First World War might be alerted to the pain and horror of wars fought in the name of "national pride". The story behind the song: Moon River The story behind the song: Happy Birthday Norbert Schultze was a successful German composer of songs, opera and film music. He barely remembered the Great War but when he read Leip's poems, he caught their ominous mood and wrote a melody for the Young Sentry poem. But the song was rejected by several publishers. By 1939 Schultze had modified the composition and a successful singer named Lale Andersen was offered the new song to record. It didn't appeal to her but she made the recording, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Its sales were lacklustre. More seriously, Nazi politics nearly sent the song into oblivion. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief, was reported as hating the song for not being "military" enough. He wanted it changed into a stirring march. To loyal Nazis, the song seemed to be anti-war, even close to treason, and singer Lale Andersen was believed to be sympathetic towards Jews. The song was banned and both Andersen and Schultze were charged with "moral sabotage" of the nation's aims. She was placed virtually under house arrest and he was ordered to compose music praising Nazi ideals. By 1941, the Germans were broadcasting to their troops in North Africa from a radio station in Belgrade. When the station was shelled, most of its records were smashed and the station was desperately short of music to play. One day the station's military director, Lieutenant Karl-Heinz Reintgen, came across a dusty box in which a few records had survived - and right at the bottom was Lili Marlene. Officially the recording had been banned, but Reintgen knew that a buddy of his in the Afrika Korps had liked the song, and they had precious little else to play, so Lili Marlene was broadcast. It was a turning point. The German troops asked for the recording over and over again, and non-military people also requested it. Field Marshal Rommel didn't agree with Goebbels and asked Radio Belgrade to play the song every night. Goebbels was forced to retract, and to pretend that the Nazis welcomed the song. Schultze and Andersen were brought in from the cold and sent around Germany to perform the song. Allied troops in Africa could also hear the German broadcasts, and the plaintive song soon crossed enemy lines and became a favourite with the Eighth Army, who sang it with its original German words. American troops followed suit. When a group of British soldiers were on leave in London, publisher Jimmy Phillips chided them for singing a song in German, so the men challenged him to produce an English version. Phillips did so, in collaboration with Tommy Connor. Their "translation" offered words which differed from Leip's original poem. Although still plaintive, it was now a bitter-sweet song of dreaming about a distant love, rather than a plangent anti-war statement. Anne Shelton recorded this English version with the Ambrose Orchestra, and the BBC promoted it enthusiastically, establishing its popularity throughout Britain. In France, Suzy Solidor recorded it in French. By 1943 German-born anti-Nazi Marlene Dietrich was singing the song throughout war-torn Europe, and continued to sing it for the rest of her career, as did Vera Lynn. Many recordings followed - Bing Crosby, Edith Piaf, Perry Como and Jean Claude Pascal. Hans Leip died in 1983, and Norbert Schultze's death followed in 2002. They had seen their song survive the Second World War, be translated into 48 languages (including Hebrew and Latin) and feature on hit parades in countries as diverse as the US and Japan. When the original recording artist, Lale Andersen, was asked in 1972 if she could explain the popularity of Lili Marlene, she replied, "Can the wind explain why it became a storm?"
7mm Solid Frame Revolver & Holster By E. Pope - Clonmel, c.1860 Revolvers like this were among the first of the 'modern' self contained cartridge firearms that brought about the close of the cap 'n' ball era. Made c.1860, this Birmingham proofed revolver has an interesting extractor with elements of Webley and Tranter about it. Chambered for the now obsolete 7mm rimfire cartridge, this revolver bears the retailer's name of E. Pope, a gunmaker residing in Clonmel, Southern Ireland. Given its age, this revolver retains good springs and works in both double and single action modes, with good chambers and reasonable bore to the 4.5 inch barrel. All iron surfaces retain a proportion of original finish, with the rest fading and grey. Complete with damage free walnut grips and its leather holster, this good outfit may be purchased as a curio, without the constraints of a certificate, provided it is retained as an ornament only.
A 1991 Dated Precista - Royal Navy Issue ASDIC Timer Stop Watch This Royal Navy issue Precista stop watch, is new old stock, dating from 1991. It even retains its clear protective label on the case back. These stop watches were used by ASDIC operators during submarine hunting work, where they would be used to manually time the "ping" as it travelled through the sea, returning an echo when a possible enemy submarine was detected. It is interesting to note that the dial is calibrated in yards, even though metric is the order of the day. Presumably these stop watches were use in conjunction with other aged equipment. Such stop watches are now pretty much obsolete as most of this work is conducted electronically. A mint example of a relic from the end of the Cold War era and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
A Bow Street Runner's Flintlock Pistol By W.Parker, c.1820 To see the Bow Street markings more clearly, please enquire for higher resolution images. This is an exceptionally rare "Public Office - Bow Street" flintlock man stopper pistol, made c.1820. Believed to have been issued to Principal Officers and judging by its condition, has seen very little or no use at all. A real sleeper. The Bow Street Public Office likely needs no introduction. Colloquially referred to as "Runners" by the populace of the time, and still reverently referred too as such today, much has already been written about these, initially plain clothed, men that became the world' s first properly organised team of detectives; together with their later formed red waistcoated mounted colleagues, plus their foot patrolling counterparts through their diligence all helped Londoners and the travelling public, reduce the threat of fear from the highway robber, bringing some semblance of law and order to the capital and surrounding areas. It is known from many reports that the Bow Street Runners were frequently well armed; as is documented in 1834 by Henry Goddard, himself an experienced Principal Officer, who was required to ride out from Bow Street to investigate the murder of Mr Richardson, a local carter in 1834. Of the matter Goddard wrote that the Chief Magistrate, "Immediately directed me to proceed without delay to the scene, telling me to use all energy and spare no expense to discover the murderers; and he added that as it is probable that in the course of the enquiry I would have to contend with desperate characters, I was not to forget to go armed with a brace of loaded pistols." Note from the above date that the Metropolitan Police had already been in existence for five years, however it was the Runners who continued to investigate serious crime. From surviving examples of flintlock pistols supplied by the contracted gunmaker W. Parker, it can be evidenced that they would appear to have been generally marked to either the horse or the foot patrols, with the trigger guards being engraved with the legends, "Mounted" or the curiously named "Dismounted Patrol." These pistols would also have been numbered. Of those rare surviving pistols, it is also noted that they were equipped with wooden ramrods. However, this Bow Street flintlock is specifically marked to the, "Public Office" and this suggests that this superior example with its captive iron ramrod, may have been carried by a Principal Officer, who continued to operate independently of the New Police for several years thereafter… until eventually in 1837 the Metropolitan Police finally absorbed the last of the Bow Street Runners into their ranks, taking possession of whatever pistols still remained. Interestingly then, this wonderful Bow Street pistol is in fact broadly very similar to the later Constabulary percussion pistols supplied by Parker Field & Sons, which were issued to the Metropolitan Police in 1856. Overall, a historically important and great Bow Street pistol, with a low rack number of just, "32" and still maintaining a strong working lock, plus a perfect .65" bore. A museum piece.
A British 1915 Commemorative R.M.S. Lusitania Medallion The original version of this medal was sold in Germany to mock the British government for allowing civilians to sail on board the Cunard liner R.M.S. Lusitania, whilst simultaneously permitting the vessel to transport war supplies. They saw the British as being responsible for the deaths of the innocent: In response, the British seized upon a propaganda opportunity to turn the tables and announced that the Germans were being callous in their attitude not only in the sinking of an unarmed vessel, but in reveling in the barbaric act by creating medals to glorify the U-boat's kill. Hence they copied the medals selling them in England to foster resentment of the Germans, thereby deflecting attention from their own shortcomings. This iron medal is a WW1 original British copy, complete with its original issue box. All in very good condition.
A British Constabulary Service Revolver c.1868 This Birmingham proofed .442 CF calibre revolver was made c.1868, in the style of the early Webley RICs. It is a typical gate loading revolver of the type that would have been carried by many police forces in Britain; it has contemporary hand engravings to the top strap reading, "British Constabulary." This revolver is in full working order, with an aesthetically pleasing appearance, having been worn to a mottled black and brown finish. Yet despite the surface colouring, the markings are all discernible. Furthermore, the revolver is in working order with a good action, but the trigger spring is a little weak… although it does work when released smartly. Benefitting from a good bore and chambers, this revolver may be owned without any certificate as a collector's curio, due to its obsolete calibre status under the Firearms Act 1968.
A British Railway Worker's Winegartens Pocket Watch c.1930 Winegartens were a British Jewellers who worked in the City of London. They were primarily importers of quality watches, which they had made for them in Switzerland, and then imported them for retail here. The company is today perhaps best known for their niche in the supply of railway type watches. Whilst from the outside the Winegarten watches may ostensibly appear alike, a closer look at the movements is alway desirable, as the quality whilst always good, is sometimes much higher than expected. Most of these watches were sold at discount to railway staff by way of private purchase. The example offered here is their standard watch, which utilises the exact same movement as was chosen by Rolex for their military pocket watches of the time - namely a calibre 534 Cortebert, 15 jewel movement. It is in working order, but has not been serviced. Cosmetically the watch is good condition, with no dents but some service wear and chips to the original heavy duty glass. Dial is otherwise perfect. A lovely example at a reasonable price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
A Carbine Bore Irish 'Constabulary Pistol' By Kavanagh, c.1845 This percussion pistol with its .65 calibre, "carbine bore," was made by Kavanagh c.1845. It is of typical plain and robust 'constabulary' appearance, very much like earlier pistols that had been supplied to the Irish Constabulary by Rigby. However, there are no details inscribed on this pistol by which to properly attribute it, other than to say that there were several law enforcement or revenue authorities who might have carried pistols of this type. Presented in an untouched state of preservation, this Kavanagh percussion manstopper pistol shows no sign of having been fired - The bore is mint. The springs are all strong and the lock works with a good and firm action. Woodwork is all unmolested without sign of shrinkage. All metal parts retain their crisp sharp edges. All in all, this is a superb and sleepy example of an Irish Constabulary or Authority's percussion pistol, made by a great maker.
A Cased Pair Of W. Parker Pocket Flintlocks, c.1800 A superb pair of William Parker pocket flintlocks, made c.1800, complete with their accoutrements and original pistol case. W. Parker supplied many such pistols, swords and truncheons, initially to the Bow Street Public Office, but following the government passing of the Middlesex Justices Act of 1792, a further six Public Offices were established within the Metropolis. The new offices were set up at Queen's Square (Westminster); Great Marlborough Street (Westminster); Worship Street (Shoreditch); Lambeth Street (Whitechapel); Shadwell, Union Hall (Southwark) and Hatton Garden. By 1816 each office employed up to eight Constables, who were led by three Stipendiary Magistrates. At this same time Shadwell Office was closed, but a new one opened at Marylebone High Street. Presented in fine and untouched condition, the flintlock pistols offered here are sharp, crisp, and in full working order, appearing to be untouched. They are of a pattern that was carried by the Constables and bear the name, "W. Parker" and, "Holborn, London." A more perfect pair of pistols would be difficult to find.
A Coachman's Blunderbuss Flintlock Signed "H. Nock," c.1810 In times past, few but the wealthiest of citizens habitually traveled any distance around England. For those that did journey, the possibility of an encounter with a highway man would have posed an ever present worry, in particular around the turnpikes of London, especially on Hounslow Heath and the Bath Road. Although by the 19th century a decline in Highway Robbery had been recorded: Whilst it is often argued that it was the railway that had brought about this demise, the truth is that by the 1830s Highway Robbery had already been curtailed, which was more down to the increase in coordinated patrols and the ever increasing availability of firearms being produced for the masses, that folk regardless of class, could now afford a pistol to give them some level of personal protection. Meanwhile however, many travellers in an effort to outwit the footpads and highwaymen, relied on their own mount, riding in company and visiting inns outside of normal coach operating times. Alternatively, passengers on a lower income could opt to ride on a lumbering stagecoach or, for a faster transport service, tickets to ride the mail coach would have provided an 'express' mode of carriage. This latter service had the added benefit of providing a well equipped attendant guard, with a remit to protect the Royal Mail. This guard went about this duty armed with a cutlass, a pistol and a blunderbuss, but for safety in transit, the firearms were usually retained in the arms locker when not immediately required.

 Obviously these coaches were operated as a business enterprise and so the passenger compartment would have been shared with whomsoever had purchased a ticket that day. Regardless of station, all occupants would have been tossed around on the rougher roads, which could have been quite unpleasant on a hot day. 

For the well-off, the convenience of travel in your very own carriage, driven by a coachman in your employ and acting at your beckon call, would have been the preferred option. However a merchant, or his family, travelling in their obviously ostentatious coach would have been a clear target to any would-be robber, who could be assured of easy rich pickings. So to that end, any coachman driving on the bidding of a master would have needed to be armed and, be prepared to use firearms for the protection of the family. Therefore in that respect, servants would have relied upon their employers to provide them with the necessary tools and consequently, pistols of this "H. Nock" nature were contrived through the gun trade.

 Purporting to have been made by the renowned London gunmaker H. Nock (Henry Nock actually died in 1804), this blunderbuss pistol was made to typical 'service' or 'servant grade' standard. Often commented on as being of a "Trade Pattern," such pistols when commercially available, were never intended for use by England's nobility, but rather for use by those in the employ of the landed gentry. These 'service' guns would have been carried by servants in connection with their domestic duties, which may have involved an expectation by the benefactor, that their servant would protect them or their family from harm, should circumstances arise. Therefore, a need to supply pistols to trusted servants was a requirement for the master to consider; though sourcing 'suitable weapons' was of course another matter for the financially aware Master of the House. The question no doubt left many in a quandary - Should they supply their servants with the best arms, or would lesser named guns be acceptable? As can be seen by this Coachman's Blunderbuss, one clear option was to buy suitable quality arms, but bearing a usurped maker's name, living or dead. This kind of marketing within the gun trade was not meant to cheat the buyer, but rather, it was a way of delivering status for the master - to help him maintain that all important 'image' with his staff. Plus, in return his servants did actually benefit by receiving appropriate quality firearms that they could genuinely be proud of - All done on a budget. No doubt though that over the course of time these servants' guns, with their bluff names, have lost their true place in social history and have become linked to counterfeiting, which is ashamed as they were never meant to be: A comparison can certainly be seen in the modern trade of pseudo 'military' watches, whereby buyers know their high street watch was never army issue, but to the onlooker that watch, with its phoney broad arrow, conveys kudos upon the wearer. Typically then, this utilitarian blunderbuss lacks any wealth of refinement, but what was lacking in sophistication was made up for in pure functionality. Nevertheless, this pistol did make some allowance for elegance in its barrel style, as well as having some simple decoration. It is also one of at least three identical pistols that are known to exist, all bearing the name of H. Nock. Made for a serious application, these heavy cannon barrelled pistols have a swelling towards the muzzle, increasing the diameter to about 1.2 inches - This was to facilitate reloading. The choice of brass barrel is also one of practicality, required for its all weather anti corrosion properties. Stocky and robustly built, this servant's flintlock sits well in the hand despite being a little oversized, to give it the additional characteristics that make it appear, virtually indestructible. Presented in excellent sleepy condition, the larger lock is darkly patinated, showing just basic floral decoration. The flintlock is in full working order with dark barrel, all crisply stamped on the octagonal. The ramrod also appears to be the original and overall, this is a wonderful damage free example, with what appears to be the remains of a very old [inventory?] label on the grip.

 A superb Birmingham proofed coachman's flintlock, which is made more interesting by the presence of an unusual barrel mark of a lion passant, surmounted by the number 2 within a tombstone surround. More information on this subject can be found on the Birmingham Gun Museum website which shows a number of servant or trade type pistols bearing this intriguing mark. 

Barrel length = 4.5 inches 
Overall length = 10 inches
A Colt Police .36 Calibre Bullet Mould c.1862 The last percussion revolver to be introduced by Colt was known as the Model 1862. It was targeted for customers who required a medium .36 calibre revolver in a small handy package and became known as the Colt 'Police.' Coming as they did at the dawn of the self contained cartridge era, few of the Police revolvers were ever made; instead most of the 1862 components were converted to make breech loading revolvers instead. In consequence to the above, this bullet mould, which is marked ".36P," is actually quite a rare item as it was intended for the the short-lived percussion .36 Police revolver. Made of iron, the mould is signed "COLT'S PATENT" and is able to cast both .36 conical bluets or ball. It is in generally good condition with minor bruises commensurate with use.
A Fine .442 Wolverhampton Police Issue Revolver c.1880 Situated in the West Midlands, Wolverhampton's new police were established in 1848 under the command of Chief Constable, Lt. Col. Gilbert Hogg. Lying in an area aptly referred to as the "Black Country," due to the wealth of coal deposits located there, this industrial region was marked at the time with violence and numerous industrial disputes, amidst a general backdrop of nationwide civil unrest. Wolverhampton's inhabitants of the time were largely made up from a working class society doing their best to improve their lot. Consequently, the Black Country spawned many reformers looking to challenge the government. Not surprisingly rebellion orchestrated by Chartists, was very much part of life. Given these turbulent incidents, it is understandable that Wolverhampton Police felt it necessary to have access to a variety of weapons including, rifles, pistols and swords. However, there is no record of how these weapons were deployed, yet alone any report of them being fired to quell civil disturbances. Nevertheless, the police armoury of outdated single shot muzzle loaders remained unchanged, even after revolver technology had made significant advances. With little urgency being expressed by the administrators of a traditionally unarmed police, their firearms modernisation policy only gained momentum after the development of the metallic cartridge. It is believed that the first widespread issue of revolvers commenced after a quantity of cartridge converted government surplus Adams revolvers were supplied to several British police forces. Being ex military though, these Adams revolvers were larger than the police desired, which in turn prompted the likes of Webley to offer a smaller size solid frame gate loader, which they did in 1867, naming it the "Royal Irish Constabulary" model. Of course Webley receives much deserved credit for their revolver designs, but there were other independent gunmakers that also had aspirations. One clear competitor and associate of Webley's, was the gunmaker William James Hill. At around the same time that Webley was developing the short barrelled MP revolver for the Metropolitan Police in 1880, Hill was also at work selling a virtually identical revolver to his local police. Whether other forces purchased from Hill is not known, but at least one police authority dealt with the man. This is evidenced by his supply of this full-bore pocket revolver, which bears Wolverhampton Police details, together with both Hills' winged hour glass trademark and name. The only significant difference between what Hill and Webley offered, was in the revolver's chambering; Hill opted to use the now obsolete .442 cartridge (also called the .44 Webley), whilst the Met pistols were chambered for the military spec .450 cartridge, which was the same as had been used in the earlier Adams revolvers. These two similar rounds of ammunition are not interchangeable, yet unlike military applications, these variations in calibre did not cause the domestic police any ammunition supply problems. Given the size of the Wolverhampton Police, numbering just 73 officers in the 1870s, a total which includes the Fire Brigade volunteers, the contract likely only called for a small number of these W. J. Hill revolvers. Numbered 18, this police issue revolver is in remarkably fine condition, possibly being unfired. This has resulted in a high percentage of original lustre blue finish remaining, with the remainder having turned to russet. Overall the action is absolutely perfect, as are the chambers and mirror bore. This revolver will be difficult to improve upon. Simply stunning and rare to find a police pistol chambered for this obsolete calibre. For more information on the history of Wolverhampton Police Station, see item Code: 50541. listed elsewhere on this site. Barrel length = 2 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
A Fine Colt .38RF Breech Loading Revolver c.1875 When Colt's London factory closed in 1856, all the left over spare parts were returned to the USA where they were mixed with American stock, for use in the manufacture of successive Hartford Colts. By the 1860s, of the many Colt Pocket and Police revolver components made for percussion systems, most were now being adapted to chamber newly developed self contained ammunition. Of these breech loading revolvers, a number of variations exist, as Colt experimented with various ideas to gradually exhaust their store of outmoded parts. This fine example, which retains most of its original blue and case colours to the frame, is one of the last of its type to be made c.1875. Likewise, mechanically the revolver functions crisply and the cylinder 'Stagecoach Robbery' scene is sharp. Unusually, but perhaps not surprisingly, this Hartford revolver was fitted with a London contract steel strap and trigger guard, which must have been put on the revolver either at the factory, or very soon after, creating a mismatch in the gun's serial numbers. Consequently the revolver has been priced to reflect this contemporary anomaly. Colt has also stamped their revolver with a '.38 Cal' marking on the trigger guard, to obscure the earlier '.31' designation, which indicates that this example was made from surplus 1849 Pocket Model parts. That aside, the revolver shows very little sign of any wear and the action is crisp in every respect, making this a fine example at a reasonable price.
A Fine Colt .38RF Breech Loading Revolver c.1875 When Colt's London factory closed in 1856, all the left over spare parts were returned to the USA where they were mixed with American stock, for use in the manufacture of successive Hartford Colts. By the 1860s, of the many Colt Pocket and Police revolver components made for percussion systems, most were now being chambered for the newly developed self contained ammunition. Of these breech loading revolvers, a number of variations exist, as Colt experimented with various ideas to gradually exhaust their store of outmoded parts. This fine example, which retains most of its original blue and case colours to the frame, is one of the late types to be made c.1875. Mechanically the revolver is faultless, functioning crisply with strong springs. The cylinder 'Stagecoach Robbery' scene is also sharp, as are all the stampings and perfect original grips. Unusually, but perhaps not surprisingly given the assortment of parts being used in the final production guns, this Hartford pocket revolver has been fitted with a London contract blued steel strap and trigger guard. This must have been put on the revolver either at the factory, or very soon after, given the near new condition of the part and revolver overall. However, this trigger guard is a mismatch in the gun's serial numbers - Consequently the revolver has been priced to reflect this contemporary anomaly. Certainly according to these numbers, the trigger guard must have been fitted later the same year. Colt also stamped their revolver with a '.38 Cal' marking on the trigger guard, to obscure the earlier '.31' designation, which indicates that the parts were made from surplus 1849 Pocket Model parts. That aside, the revolver shows very little sign of any wear and the action is perfect. A fine example of its type. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
A Fine Pair Of 20 Bore Coat Pocket Pistols By J. Blanch, c.1835 John Blanch had an excellent start in the gun trade. Following his apprenticeship to the prestigious London gun maker, Jackson Mortimer, as well as his marriage to his master's daughter, the firm of Mortimer & Blanch was established. However, this was was a short lived partnership and Blanch's early years were spent working more in the company of John Manton. Needless to say, Blanch rapidly became a prominent business man in his own right, setting up his own gun making company in 1809, situated at Fish Street Hill, London. In 1826 the firm of J. Blanch moved premises to 29 Gracechurch Street, London, where these pistols would have been made some years later. As his reputation increased, Blanch rose in the ranks of the Farriers' Company, culminating in 1834 with his appointment as ‘Master’. By 1848 his youngest son, William, had become a partner in the business and the firm changed its name to, John Blanch & Son. The workmanship of John Blanch is of premium quality and these percussion pistols show just how talented a gunmaker this man was. Furthermore, these pistols are early percussion pistols which made use of the drum and nipple system. Cosmetically they have stood the test of time and are in fine condition, showing little sign of actual use. In fine condition throughout, these percussion pistols are sharp and no doubt have spent most of their life in a case, rather than any coat pocket for which they were intended. Beautifully engraved and coloured, these pistols are offered in full working order with crisp actions and no significant wear. Barrel Length = 4 inches Overall Length = 9 inches
A Fine Remington 1863 New Model Police .38 Rimfire Revolver This scarce 1863 pattern 'New Model Police' revolver was Remington's answer to Colt's Police model of the previous year. It is offered in fine condition throughout. Light and handy, this revolver was appreciated in the city where the sleek profile, provided comfortable covert carry. Together with the short barrel, it was ideal for those who required an unobtrusive weapon, equal in calibre to the bigger Navy guns. Chambered for five .38 rimfire cartridges, this Remington is in fine original condition, retaining much of its factory finish with just some thinning to the plating around the grip and frame, but no flaking, scratching or pitting. With a crisp action and tight lock up, this revolver generally shows minimal signs of actual use, having survived with an excellent bore and chambers. Sharp angles, unspoilt grips and a clear barrel address, make this an excellent collector grade piece that would be difficult to improve upon. A wonderful example of a scarce Remington Police revolver. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
A Fine WW1 Colt .41 'Army Special' Revolver c.1916 Colt's swing out cylinder revolvers proved to be immensely popular with the army, navy and the police, ever since they first became available in 1886. However, it took several more years to iron out various mechanical flaws before finally achieving this quintessential revolver design. This model went on to become the basis for all their modern revolvers, including the Colt Python. By the time that this outstanding .41 Colt double action revolver was manufactured in 1916, the military had already accepted the M1911 Colt .45 self loading pistol, to be their standard issue sidearm. So, it is somewhat confusing to see that Colt called this model their, "Army Special." This is even more peculiar considering that it was only law enforcement departments and civilians that purchased these. Although, after the Great War this model was re branded as the, "Official Police." This Army Special offered for sale is in virtually mint condition, having retained most of its original factory blue finish. Pristine and untouched screw heads and a perfect action, coupled with the original box, make this outfit one for the collector to enjoy. Being additionally of obsolete calibre, this revolver may also be held as a curio without any certificate, provided it is not fired. Interestingly this revolver came with an original NYPD firearm instruction manual, which suggests a likely police heritage. Other indicators that support this notion, is that the revolver has a small amount of wear to its high spots and back strap, as may be expected from holster carry. Some other small usage marks and knocks below the muzzle are also present, but the revolver is otherwise in 95% condition, with a perfect mint bore and chambers. Difficult to improve upon at this price. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
A Gentleman's Birmingham Proof Boxlock Percussion Pistol This good quality percussion pocket pistol, is a cut above the rest. Made c.1850, the pistol features a 3 inch turn off barrel in .45 calibre, bearing Birmingham proof marks and fine well executed engraving to the muzzle and brass box lock. The added refinements of a concealed trigger and a stout metal eared butt cap, reinforce the notion that this was a pistol intended for the protection of a discerning gentleman. The pistol, measuring 7½ inches in length, retains a strong action and is presented in good unmolested condition throughout, with no appreciable damage.
A Gentleman's Industrial Grade Pocket Watch By Elgin, c.1918 Elgin pocket watches of this robust calibre saw widespread service within industry and military circles alike. Made in 1918, according to official watch company records, this watch must have been genuinely appreciated by its middle class owner, as suggested by its well maintained condition. As is, this industrial model may have been the only watch that the owner could have afforded, compared to the more costly higher jewelled versions. As is, this classic Elgin 7 jewel timepiece is the same as those used by the British Army. In summary, this Elgin is undamaged and showing no sign of abuse, keeping time and being capable still of providing future service despite not having been serviced recently. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
A Large Copper & Brass Powder Flask By Sykes c.1840 This is an original large size copper bodied powder flask, with an adjustable 3 step nozzle signed, "Sykes." It is suitable for use or display with antique long arms and is presented in working order. Cosmetically it is free from signs of neglect, but does bear some minor dings of former usage. Overall, a very presentable shooting accoutrement offered at a reasonable price.
A Metropolitan Police Plate By Wedgewood, c.1980 A Wedgewood blue Jasperware plate, having at its centre the Brunswick Star helmet badge of the Metropolitan Police. The plate is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
A Mid Victorian Police Constabulary Truncheon A good example of a Victorian police constable's truncheon. This walnut stick has the usual service carry marks and minor paint wear, yet over all the condition of the truncheon is very good, with no significant damage or splits. Measuring 17.5 inches in length, this original black painted truncheon is a good example of its type with the Crowned VR cypher, dark walnut ribbed handle and additional gold paint embellishments.
A Military Man's Belt Pistol By Labron & Day c.1840 This large high quality mid 19th century belt pistol of .65 'carbine bore,' was made for a military man by Labron & Day. As such, it was originally carried by William Wilson of Shilbottle, whose details are engraved on the top rib of the twist barrel. Wilson was a Colour Sergeant in the Worcester Regiment, serving in the West Indies before returning to Irealand's Curragh Barracks in 1840, where he passed away from illness soon after. He was buried in the Shilbottle graveyard. Overall this pistol has superb engraving on the lock and barrel back strap, with some trace of original bluing and a percussion cap compartment within the butt. The action is in good working order, with strong springs and solid construction throughout. A quality pistol with military history.
A Near Mint, WW2 Air Ministry Aircraft Clock, c.1943 Made by Smiths and bearing a 1943 production date mark on the dial, this 8 Day Mark II D aircraft clock is in near mint condition. It has retained its original glass complete with the red marker hands and the bakerlite case is damage free. Interestingly the clock bears postwar 1956 dated repair marks that have been applied to the back of the watch. The clock is working properly and keeping time and has been inspected internally, with no obvious faults being identified. The movement is running well and the clock keeps time.
A Pair Of "D. Egg London" Signed Coat Pocket Flintlocks, c.1815 A handsome pair of "D. Egg" signed coat pocket flintlocks, made c.1815, with hexagonal barrels set into walnut stocks. These sleepy pistols are of quality manufacture and show a good standard of decorative embellishment. Both are in full working order, having retained original reinforced cocks, working safeties, roller frizens, semi waterproof pans and captive ramrods. All these features made these desirable personal protection pistols in their day. All springs are strong and the actions work without fault in both full and half cock. The woodwork is in excellent condition with some minor abrasions from service carry. Overall, the pistols are in excellent unmolested condition, with faded traces of original brown to their twist barrels, together with sharp lines and decent angles around the flats. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 8.75 inches
A Percussion Travelling Pistol By E. London, c.1840 A good early percussion travelling pistol, made by Edward London, c.1840. Offered in good condition and working order, this pistol is of around 24 bore, with a captive ramrod and working safety. Cosmetically the pistol is in untouched condition, with no damage. It benefits from having much original finish to the wood and some remaining finish to the brown twist barrel, as well as nicely executed floral engraving around the signed lock, which is additionally marked, 'London Wall.' Iron parts are now mottled, but free from the ravages of pitting. A good and complete example. Barrel length - 5 inches Overall length - 9.75 inches
A Pre WW2 German Airman's Doxa Oversized Wristwatch, c.1938 During the 1930's flying clubs expanded across europe, becoming popular with many a young man. Of course for some, flying would become their vocation in the war years that followed, but in the beginning and for appearance's sake, the German authorities were keen to only show themselves as no more than pure aero club enthusiasts, promoting gliding as no more than a pastime. Away from spying eyes however, more advanced aviation training was being conducted in the surrounding countries who were sympathetic to their neighbour. Hence pilot training was conducted discreetly, mainly in Czechoslovakia and also in Russia. Not surprisingly then, aviator's watches from the region of Bohemia do turn up periodically, but most can only be described as little more than 'wannabe' pilot's watches. Nevertheless, a good percentage of the better ones, typically supplied by the same makers who went on to produce other timepieces for the Wermacht, did offer proper aviation industry grade watches to those who required them. Doxa is of course one such Swiss company, as was Helvetia, Longines and Zenith, as well as H. Moser in the USSR. This aviator's watch is itself a very unusual timepiece in terms of its art deco styling. It actually copies the design of a smaller gent's watch produced by Doxa, but this version measures a generous 40mm across (or 42mm including the large winding crown), plus 50mm end to end. It also benefits from the added features of having a water resistant case, rotating bezel, sweeping hand and clear dial display. As is, this Doxa watch does show clear evidence of service wear, together with the usual case erosion that only occurs in such instances. Nevertheless, historically if this watch did indeed see service with the Luftwaffe during WW2, it would almost certainly have been worn by an aviator that had already cut his teeth during the earlier Spanish campaign. Offered in full working order, this watch is in good condition having retained most of its original finish. It is keeping time, but there is no indication as to when it was last serviced. Furthermore, the watch comes with a new old stock vintage leather strap, which looks good on this imposing watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
A Rare Admiralty Mark II Pilot's Watch c.1912 A rare Admiralty issue Mark II pilot's watch, procured by the War Department for issue to the Royal Naval Air Service. As such, this watch is of the early specification and 8 Day timepiece, which would have been used in the cockpit instrument panel of RNAS aircraft. It is a rare survivor, remaining in outstanding original condition throughout. The watch has not been polished or altered from new, and interestingly, bears the details of the, "Royal Aircraft Establishment" recorded on the face. This is an important detail which evidences this watch's visit to the experimental aircraft facility at Farnborough - in itself a fascinating institution that saw Samuel F. Cody make Britain's first aeroplane flight just a few years earlier in 1908. The movement looks to be unmolested and is working well, keeping time. The luminous paint all looks to be original and this shows signs of deterioration, which can be remedied as part of the Premium Service concessionary deal. A collector's example that will be difficult to find this original. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
A Rare Francois Borgel "Impermeable" Pocket Watch, c.1895 First developed in 1891, the watch's designer Francois Borgel, claimed that his watch was "Impermeable," or in other words, Waterproof - An attribute that was eminently suitable for a military man's watch. The necessary waterproofing was achieved by enclosing the movement into a steel case, that dispensed with the traditional case backs and hinged joints of other watches. Instead, the case was precision engineered in such a manner, as to allow the movement to be drawn out through the front of the watch, with the mechanism contained within a finely screw threaded rim. This in turn had a closely fitting bezel and glass, which fully sealed the watch against the ingress of dirt and water. Although it was not a diver's watch, the design was sufficient to prevent water from entering the delicate movement during daily wear and even up to a point, the rigorous of active service. These watches were a considerable improvement on what already existed, but the complexity of the case manufacture and fine tolerances needed, made these watches expensive to buy. Consequently, these earlier pieces are rare to find today. Note also the F.B. makers initials on the inside of the case. This mid size F. Borgel pocket watch shows more wear to the oxide finish on the back of the case, than on the bezel and surrounding area. This pattern of wear can only mean one thing and that is, that this watch has been carried [worn] face up - unquestionably upon a wrist. This would normally have been achieved by the soldier using one of the special leather straps that were made and sold for that purpose. As a campaign watch retailed in Glasgow c.1895, this watch was most probably owned by an officer of a Scottish Regiment. The dial shows signs of an old repair, which is typical to find on an exposed campaign watch. Nevertheless, the watch is working and keeping good time, despite not being serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
A Scottish Fiscal Officer's Flintlock By J. Thomson, c.1770 An important flintlock pistol formerly used by the judiciary in Scotland. Made by John Thomson of Edinburgh, c.1770, this 36 bore pistol bears the property mark, "F.O.S.," relating to the "Fiscal Of Stirling." Additional "No.4" marking and other court or ward references of, "C1" and, "245," also exist to the side of the woodwork, which give scope for more extensive research into what is a rare overcoat flintlock pistol, from Scotland's ancient Fiscal Office. The "Fiscal Office" has in fact existed since Medieval times, yet despite their long history, little information exists about the lawmen who undertook their legal duties under the direction of a sheriff. Scholars suggest that fiscals initially operated as tax and fine collectors, but by 1434, after the king appointed the first Procurator-Fiscal, their responsibilities had already started to broaden, and were continuing to evolve into something akin to their modern counterpart. Usually employed by the hierarchy of their city, some fiscals are known to have entered into office by paying an incumbent for their title, but not withstanding their means of appointment, the fiscals appear to have held a reputation for being professional crime investigators in both petty and violent crimes matters. Perhaps their singularly most dominant role involved the interviewing and recording of witness' Precognitions (statements/testimonies). These precognitions would then be scrutinised to weigh up whether sufficient evidence existed with which to instigate the arrest of a felon, proceed with a charge, or otherwise compel a defendant to come before the Sheriff's [Magistrate's] Court by way of summons. In return for their services they were awarded a modest salary, with the rest of their pay being made up from a share of the fines collected. A conscientious city fiscal was never a poor man. At the start of the 18th century when the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1701 was passed, the fiscals were granted status as prosecutors for the Crown within the Sheriff's Court. They were also allowed to undertake private prosecutions, for which they charged a fee. A later, Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1867, gave the Procurators-Fiscal full responsibility in law for the prosecution of all criminal acts in Scotland, even when pursuing cases through the higher courts. Typically the work of a fiscal was a respected occupation, but if it was ever necessary to remove an inefficient fiscal, the town council had the power to do just that. One such incident was recorded in 1766, where the fiscal of Dumfries was dismissed by the council due to his, "Inattention and negligence," but the record also elaborates that it was on grounds, "Owing mostly to his old age." Most usually though, a diligent fiscal could remain in office until they voluntarily relinquished their post. The one duty that the fiscal was not expected to perform however, was that of routine patrolling. This was the job for the Watchmen, until the arrival of the police. Interestingly, Glaswegians were very accepting of their first Scottish constabulary, which emerged on their streets in 1779. Unfortunately though, due to a lack of funding, the small force of about 8 constables existed for just a few years. Nevertheless, in 1800 the Glasgow City Police returned and the new constables were again able to foster trust by working with the community for society's benefit. This welcome attitude was in contrast to the distrust that the new police faced in London, 29 years later. From ledgers dating from the mid to late 1700's, the names of every prosecuting authority are recorded onto the court extracts under the heading of, "Pursuers." Next to the pursuers are the names of the "Defenders," together with a case number where more information could be found relating to each specific proceeding. So, what is noteworthy about these records in this instance, is that of all the crown pursuers who use their town or city name, it is only those cases brought about by the most two most important Scottish cities, Edinburgh and Stirling, that identify themselves using full legal parlance. Thereby, cases bought about by Stirling, being the former capital city of Scotland, are represented in extracts as prosecutions by the, "Fiscal Of Stirling." This indeed is the term engraved onto the muzzle of their pistol, abbreviated to just the three letters, "F.O.S." Perhaps being the last words that a felon might read? Offered complete, this flintlock has some service wear and bruising to the woodwork yet the action is working, together with the sliding safety. All markings on the unusually stout and heavy barrel are sharp, and a silver cap finishes the fore end, together with what is believed to be the original wooden ramrod. All in all, a significant discovery from the early years before policing began in Britain. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9 inches
A Special Constabulary, "W.S.C." Marked Truncheon, c.1850 Even though the office of Special Constable is much older than that of the New Police, because they were a body made up of semi volunteers, the Special Constabulary became subservient to the full-time regular officers, regardless of their rank. Typically, the equipment that the Special Constable carried was usually privately purchased or homemade. Certainly, when it came to truncheons, these were usually less than elaborate with many being no more than turned down and crudely painted chair legs. As such, the Special Constable's appointments were in a class of their own, with much variety existing between officers. In fact it took many more years after the introduction of the New Police, to see some meaningful effort made to elevate the status of this old guard, which remained deliberately 'different' at the behest of their new masters. In the case of the Metropolitan Police, it was not until the 1990s that the Special Constabulary were even allowed to wear the same beat Bobby's helmet and permitted to drive a police Panda car! Given the under appreciated status of the Special Constabulary, which was seen by many to be a somewhat comical ensemble, it is perhaps not surprising to find that a small pattern of truncheon existed. Most probably this short stick represented status in rank among the Special Constables who retained their own rank structure, in much the same way as a short truncheon was carried symbolically by senior officers of the New Police: All truncheons existed not just to be used as clubs, but more importantly they were also a means of identification to the masses, many of whom could could not read or write. So the presence of a decorated stick conveyed to their eyes, authority over them being used much like a police warrant card would be today. Even though the Special Constabulary could hold rank of sorts, a New Police constable regardless of experience, could direct them in their duties. So whether this stick is a symbol of rank or a defensive weapon, will remain a question for reasoned debate. This truncheon is plain, measuring just 12 inches in length. It has been painted with an unknown constabulary's initials, "W.S.C." It is in good overall condition, showing some fading to the WSC lettering and minor paint chips all around, but otherwise no damage to the wood. The second larger stick is shown for comparison only, it is not included in this sale.
A Victorian Lady's Concealed Percussion Book Pistol, c.1859 Emily Ellis, the young Victorian lady who owned this leather bound book, may have appeared to gentlemen as a helpless member of the fairer sex. Yet if that was so, then their perception was flawed, for inside her book Emily carried a small percussion pistol for her personal protection. It is believed that this pistol was probably given to her by a relative, possibly her Mother, as the book bears inked details of a former owner, J. R. Ellis and 1859 date. At some point this has been covered over by Emily's paper label. The Birmingham proofed pistol is itself in fine condition, retaining most of its original finish and detailed engraving, with vacant panels and escutcheon for the addition of the owner's name. The ribbed barrel can be unscrewed and takes a ball of around 120 bore. The woodwork is free from defect and benefits from having an unspoilt, detailed lion mask to the finely chequered grip. Presented in full working order, this box lock pistol comes with its own original powder flask of unusual wedge form, together with a handy ornate barrel wrench and treen cap box. All the accoutrements are contained in the leather bound and gilt paged book entitled, 'Poetical Works Of Thomas Campbell.' They are all discreetly housed behind a securely fastened false cover. Overall the entire ensemble is a decorative and a fine collectible for the connoisseur gun collector. Barrel length = 1.5 inches Overall length = 5 inches
A Vintage Brass Advertising Bore Measure By Colt This is a pocket sized brass gun bore measure, produced by Colt. It was likely a free giveaway to Colt's customers as an advertising gimmick, but it is also a handy functioning tool. Measuring 90mm in length, the tool is effectively marked to identify a gun's bore, expressing the result in both the gun's gauge and its calibre in millimeters. Offered in good condition with age patina.
Air Ministry Issue Jaeger LeCoultre Weems Pilot's Wristwatch c.1940 A rare WW2 Royal Air Force issue Jaeger LeCoultre wristwatch, which was designated by the Air Ministry as a Mark VIIa pilot’s second setting watch, when first issued in 1940. This example is in superb original condition throughout, which will be difficult to improve upon. Most of the Air Ministry Weems watches were sourced by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company. These can be immediately identified as they bare Air Ministry markings coupled with the supplier's details, which were machine pressed into the case backs. However, this example has a plain dial and only bares a contemporary King’s Crown and AM mark. This would have been hand engraved here in England prior to issue. Albeit, other examples of this Jaeger LeCoultre watch may be encountered additionally displaying the supplier’s mark of SS&S, which were the brand initials for S. Smith & Son. Hence, the probability that this watch was also part of Smiths stock is most likely. Furthermore, Smiths professional instruments rarely bore any, other than official military nomenclature, which was in keeping with specifications. Interestingly then, those Weems watches that are encountered solely marked as LeCoultre, are products that have been marketed in the USA. There, the Swiss firm of Jaeger LeCoultre operate a business selling their watches from a company they call, LeCoultre & Co. LeCoultre also supplied near identical Weems watches to the USAAF. Due to the design, many Weems watches have suffered the loss of their original factory fitted auxiliary locking crowns; so to find one unspoilt makes this example a museum grade Mark VIIa. The bezel also rotates smoothly and once synchronised to the second, is securely held in place by the lock. Internally, the Jaeger LeCoultre signed movement is working very well indeed. These wristwatches were among the finest to have been produced in Switzerland during the war and after. Their reputation can be validated by the fact that a modified ebauche was used for the production of the postwar Mark XI series of RAF watches. Not only that, but the ebauche was also chosen by Vacheron & Constantine for their Chronometer Royal range of watches. A true gem offered in excellent order throughout. Although the watch is offered in working order, the Premium Service would be a wise consideration to protect your investment. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Aircraft Clocks - Mark IIC 1940 RAF Issue 8-Day Instrument Clock Getting harder to find, these early WW2 RAF issue aircraft clocks were fitted to a variety of aircraft types. It is also a well known fact that even fighter pilots had clocks such as this, mounted onto their cockpit instrument panels. This clock is marked by the supplier S.S.&S., which are the initials for the English maker Smiths. These details are impressed on the dial together with the issue date, 1940. The Air Ministry equipment code, 6A/1104, is also present. The dial is actually in very good condition with clear numbering. Externally over all , this clock show some signs of having been previously used and the original black painted finish is a little scuffed and worn - particularly in the area of the winder but nevertheless, the clock is working and keeping time. A Premium Service is however, recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Aircraft Clocks - RAF Issue Mark IID 8-Day Instrument Clock This Mark IID aircraft clock is dated 1941 on the dial, whilst the plastic casing is impressed with the King's Crown A.M. marking. It has clearly been used, as the case shows signs of having brown cockpit paint applied to it. Presumably also, the clock's original glass must have been damaged, likely during action, as a quick fix period replacement has been fashioned from celluloid, giving the clock a yellowed appearance on the dial. This is purely down to the presence of the discoloured glass, but we prefer to keep it as such for historic reasons. The clock is working, however a Premium Service is recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Allied Military Watches - Pre WW2 Polish Army Issue Zenith Pocket Watch With the possibility of war already on the minds, the Polish Army took possession of this Zenith general service military pocket watch. These military watches were marked on the inside of the case back cover,"1936r," which gives us the issue year as the information conferred by the "r" relates to,"rok" or translated it means "year." Both the case and dial also have the M.S. Wojsk legend. This is short for, "Ministerstwo Spraw Wojskowych," which is the Polish equivalent of the Ministry of Defence. The dial also gives the Warsaw agent's name as, "Z. Jeznacki." Most frequently these watches have suffered a tough life, so to find an example of a Polish Army Zenith in this unusually fine condition, complete with a perfect dial, showing only minor signs of service wear, is very rare indeed. The watch movement is in working order and the watch keeps time, but the opportunity for the Premium Service should be considered. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Allied Military Watches - WW2 Normandie D-Day Army Tribute Wristwatch A scarce Normandie [Normandy] wristwatch, made to mark the D-Day landings, c.1944. These watches were produced to meet the demand for a military inspired private purchase wristwatch, sold to honour those who took part in the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. Other D-Day watch examples made include those marked, "Colomby," whilst some others also bear Free French Army Cross of Lorraine emblems. Given that D-Day could only be achieved with the significant help of a heavy US Army and Airborne troops presence, these watches were not surprisingly first sold in the USA. Although retailed in the States, the watches themselves were actually of Swiss origin. The Swiss manufactured the parts whilst the American watch industry put them together before marketing them. These watches are consequently, comparatively rare here in Britain. The watch on offer is in working order, however Premium Servicing needs to be considered to preserve the watch in peak condition. Interestingly, this watch is fitted to a period metal bracelet of a kind that was favoured by troops during and post WW2. The waterproof case, shockproof precision movement and luminous dial, would have made this watch a prized possession no doubt. All in all, a good and capable watch with a great association to Operation Neptune and the Normandy Landings of 6th June, 1944. Watch diameter is 30mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
American Military Watches - US Army Elgin Wristwatch - Korean War Issue This Elgin wristwatch is very similar to the WW2 variant, however the case, with its dull parkerised finish, dates the watch to c.1950. The watch is also property stamped on the screw back, to the Ordnance Department of the US Army. The watch is in working order, featuring a 15 jewel movement which is protected by an extra internal dust cover and an antimagnetic shield. To keep the watch in top working order, a Premium Service is recommended. During the service the dial will undergo a light clean, but the discolouration that is currently evident, is likely to be ingrained and may not respond fully to the process. As is, the dial patina simply reflects the age and environment in which the watch served. The canvas band that accompanies this watch, is a real bonus. It is a near mint US Army issue strap of the same Korean War period. Watch diameter is 31mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
An Exquisite Enamel & Gold Lady's Fob Watch, c.1880 A rare lady's gold fob watch, made c.1880, depicting an exquisitely hand painted and enamelled polychrome miniature of Raphael's Madonna. Watches of this calibre were, and still are, extremely valuable objects' d'art that would have belonged to a lady of substance, most likely having received it as a gift. The symbolism of the Madonna as seen here, was a popular metaphor to mark a special occasion, usually associated with the start of a new family. Having a jewelled cylinder movement, the watch is of high quality manufacture, which was made by Echinard, of Rue Vivienne 19, A Paris, as detailed and numbered "940" on the watch's inner cuvette. Overall this watch has been used with great care, which has preserved the hand enamel and guilloche work, free from damage. The pristine white porcelain dial and fine Breguet hands, are all perfect as is the dent free case. All in all the watch is showing no more than the delicate sign of respectful use, making this an heirloom quality item. Coming from the Neo-Renaissance Victorian revival period, this 33mm watch is key wound and key set, with an appropriate key being supplied with the watch. Having been serviced a few years ago, the watch is a reliable timepiece that would make a fine gift.
An Officer's Back-Action Belt Pistol Signed, D. Egg, c.1835 An excellent carbine bore belt pistol, signed by Durs Egg and proofed in London, c.1835. Such large percussion pistols were popular with military officers, as they operated using the new ignition system at a time when other issue pistols were still of flintlock type. Fully working, this attractive pistol features a regulation barrel with adjustable sights, which also bears Irish, "EC-506," registration marks, dual platinum lines and a good amount of original finish, all complemented by a finely engraved lock and full stocked chequered walnut furniture. A sprung belt clip and captive ramrod complete the specification of this attractive, damage free pistol. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 13.5 inches
An Original Breitling Chronograph Wristwatch, c.1941 This is a genuine and stunning WW2 Breitling chronograph - Not a fake. Leon Breitling, the inventor of the modern chronograph, was always concerned with the manufacture of functional instrument grade watches for professionals. His watches were often sought out for military consumption, but civilians also found themselves in need of these mechanical marvels. In the earlier years of Breitling, many of their chronographs were sold without any brandname - After all, Breitling was not a household name back then. Sold unmarked, most of these quality watches became unattributed utilitarian tools. Of those that were labelled, some were given the name, "Montbrillant." Today, those early examples are in high demand by investors, as are any genuine vintage Breitlings. The only caveat as always, is to beware of forgeries. Fortunately, I can guarantee from the outset that this is the real deal. Nevertheless, to be 100% satisfied that any watch is a genuine Breitling, collectors are urged to study key Breitling features to become competent at identifying authentic timepieces. These correct features will help to confirm a Breitling's heritage, but an absence of them will not automatically mean a watch is "wrong," just that unattributed watches will require careful consideration. Here we have several genuine characteristics that leave no room for doubt as to this chronograph's authenticity. Such early Breitlings were rarely triple marked on the case, dial and movement. But when they are, as this one is, it is the best way of guaranteeing the provenance of these chronographs, giving peace of mind. Here's what to look for: 1. Many vintage Breitlings have a serial numbers on the case back. If present, this must be machine pressed onto the back of the case, not engraved, crooked or hand stamped. In this instance, the number 446,878 can be attributed to c.1941, but by the end of WW2 the serial numbers had risen into the 560,000 range... And, 635,000 by 1946. 2. Breitling watch dials may or may not be named. Here the "Breitling" name is written in script, which is correct for the era.* 3. The inside of the case back is finely impressed with the words, "Breitling Ltd. Swiss" The use of the term 'Limited' seems to have been only used on the earliest identifiable timepieces. 4. Using another small type face, Breitling have also used a fine rotary engraving tool to apply the "Breitling Ltd. Swiss" legend to the movement. Forgers rarely have access to an appropriate variety of engraving and stamping machines, as these tools are prohibitively expensive... As a result Breitling forgeries will fail to have the same clarity as found on genuine factory marked examples, or their logos and labels may be marked off-centre. Forgers will most likely use identical counterfeit logos or marking methods on both the case and the movement, where they have no option but to use the same engraving template or tool. However, in the instance of a genuine Breitling, where the case and watch movement were not made on the same jigs, but rather at different points on the assembly line, their manufacturer's marks were not repeated by the use of use of the same tool. Any evidence of this should give rise to suspicion. In this instance, this watch can without any doubt, pass any Breitling inspection as genuine. Overall this watch is in stunning condition, showing little sign of service use, with no case restoration and perfectly fitting watch case parts. Most of the factory finish remains showing only the lightest signs of age and wear, commensurate with the rest of the watch. The dial is likewise in outstanding condition, with just a hint of ageing. The hand-set is also correct, all perfectly matched to the dial, but, *given the dial's amazing condition, I am unable to entirely rule out the possibility that the dial may have been professionally refurbished at some point in the past, or possibly even replaced by Breitling - It's incredibly good, with a hint of age showing. Internally the watch works in the manner of other two pusher chronographs, with start, stop, restart or reset options. Timekeeping is excellent and the watch was, according to its previous owner, serviced 3 years ago. A super watch, which quite possibly served among the armed forces. Presented on a new WW2 style army green webbing band. Large hi-resolution images available on request.
Antique .41 Rimfire Single Shot Pocket Or Vest Pistol, c.1870 A plain single shot pocket or vest pistol, probably made by a provincial gunmaker. The palm sized pistol features a tipping barrel, sheathed trigger and bird's head butt. To operate the pistol, the side lever is used to lock and unlock the hinged barrel. Interestingly, although the pistol has a .41 calibre smooth bore barrel, it has been re-chambered in antiquity, to accept an alternative obsolete rimfire round, of around .31/32 calibre. This was most probably done to accommodate a supply of available ammunition - probably shot shells. Fully functioning with a two stage hammer, this pistol is in mechanical working order, whilst cosmetically has faded to a light grey patina.
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Antique Georgian - Wade & Butcher 'Bushman's Friend' Knife c.1825 In the early nineteenth century, William and Samuel Butcher became one of Sheffield's most successful cutlers, who advertised themselves as being part of an original knife making dynasty, established by their father in 1725. Their business expanded, but trade records relating to their company are vague, nevertheless they do state that William, as the elder brother, introduced an edge tool manufactory in Eyre Street, in 1819. This detail is recorded in a company directory dated, 1822. His products may be found marked as, ‘W. BUTCHER. WARRANTED CAST STEEL.' At this same time however, another similarly named business was also listed in the directory. That firm was, 'Wade & Butcher,' which operated in the adjoining Arundel Street. The principal figure, Robert Wade, had been a razor manufacturer since 1816 and was also the captain of the local Volunteers - His partner is believed to have been, Samuel Butcher. Shortly after, in 1825 Wade & Butcher disappeared from the Sheffield directories, presumably due to the death of Robert Wade at the age of 54. Wade was buried in St Paul’s churchyard on 8 December 1825 and with that, the company passed into the hands of the widow, who in 1828, is curiously listed as "Mrs. Robert Wade," a razor manufacturer in Arundel Street - She too died soon after in 1829. Today examples of other Sheffield made knives bearing the name, 'Wade & Butcher,' may also be encountered from time to time. Most of these are however, clearly of more recent 20th century manufacture appearing mainly to be from the 1950's. These do not have the same early manufacture traits as found on this knife. Meanwhile, William and Samuel Butcher renewed their partnership, which became known as, ‘W. & S. Butcher’. This Georgian example offered here, is a rare hunting or skinning knife made by the early firm of Wade & Butcher. It has seen extensive service, but remains in very good original condition. Clearly it has been sharpened on numerous occasions, but as is, it has retained the etched legend details stating, 'Bushman's Friend;' superb brass rivets with cast cattle heads on them; damage free wooden grips and the original stitched hard leather sheath, all in very good condition and rare to find complete. Overall the length of the knife is just short of 9 inches, whilst the blade length measurers 4.75 inches. Apart from the obvious wear and tear caused in use, this knife is nevertheless a superb example. A superb antique item for the vintage knife collector.
Antique Gun Case - Colt 1849 Revolver This is a good antique gun box that has been previously relined to accommodate a Colt Pocket or Police revolver, up to a maximum 5 inch barrel length. The crimson lining is in good cosmetic condition and the compartments are well laid out to permit a number of accessories to be added. All the woodwork is in reasonable order, but the corners are opening slightly. The lock is missing, but the hinges are good and the lid contains a good replacement trade label for George H. Daw & Co. An attractive and serviceable gun case
Antique Guns - Police Constabulary Flintlock Pistol By Barnett c.1825 The Constabulary Flintlock Pistol was of a rather plain overcoat pattern, with a short 4 1/2" barrel, firing a large .68" calibre ball. This example made by Barnett c.1825, is no different to the Tower pattern pistols issued to Customs, Coastguard and Revenue Officers of the same era. The only exception to the Constabularies was that their pistols, the ones carried by "The Law," were never (or perhaps rarely) supplied from military stores. Instead, they were sourced from independent private label gunmakers - many of whom were contracted to the Board of Ordnance anyway. The Constabularies would then buy their pistols out of public taxes. They had to do things that way, as the Police were not under the control of the government, as were the other Crown Servant agencies. The Police did not work on the behest of the government, rather, they held office for the benefit of the people. The government only stipulated that the Police should act within the law and with integrity. Needless to say, the government still appointed magistrates and a Home Secretary to oversee the day to day functioning of the Police. Police equipment then, typically followed pre-existing military patterns, but it had to be sourced and paid for out of their own budget. In the instance of firearms, the police naturally approached local gunmakers to ask them to supply suitable pistols. Most of those provided were unmarked, but some wealthier police establishments did have their pistols engraved to the "Public Office" from whence they operated. Certainly the notion that the police were unarmed, was just a myth that came about later due to certain political edicts. In fact, just before the Bow Street Public Office came under the control of the Metropolitan Police, every "runner" working from that office had been issued with at least one pistol. Those Bow Street pistols are almost the same as the one produced by Barnett. All these Public Office pistols that were in existence when the Metropolitan Police were established, became part of the new police resource. Of course, initially not all the police pistols were precisely to this pattern, but standardisation took time to achieve. As most of these pistols went unmarked, the history as to where the Barnett pistol served, may never be known, yet it remains a good example of what would have been a regularly carried item of equipment. The walnut furniture is a nice deep brown colour and the stepped lock plate, throat hole hammer and roller frizen are all original with good springs. Metal work now shows a good grey patina, with some light areas of pitting. Over all a good pistol of a scarce pattern.
Antique Gunsmith's Tapered Bore Gauge This is an excellent and very useable antique gun bore gauge. It caters for every conceivable calibre, measuring approximately 14 inches in length. The tapered gauge is part round and part flat, marked in bore to one side and inches on the other. Made of solid iron, this antique gauge is in very good original condition.
Antique Model Brass & Bronze British Military Cannon This is a most interesting piece of apprentice engineering, made by a young engineer during his youth c.1920. Whether the model depicts an existing cannon is not confirmed, but it appears to be a very close copy of the type of muzzle loading cannon that the British Military was using in the mid 19th Century. Constructed from a mixture of brass, bronze or gun metal and copper in its entirety, the cannon has a clear touch hole through to the chamber, which is approximately 54 bore. However, that is not to say that this is a signal cannon, nor any indication that the cannon could fire, but it is a statement of fact. Today, it is not known whether the maker intended to make a working cannon, or merely to make a first class model, but it is apparent that it has never been fired. So, it is being sold simply as a model. This model cannon certainly show cased the talents of the engineer, who has created a detailed representation, down from the rivets to the water bucket, tools, jack and many other features. All in, this cannon measures 16 inches in length and weighs about 6 Kg. A most impressive piece. Many more images available on request.
Antique Percussion Gun - 1849 Tower Percussion Coastguard Pistol An 1849 dated Tower Coastguard percussion pistol, showing the stockers name of, "Smith." This pistol is in pristine unissued condition having been released from the Tower Armoury in the 1980s. The light coloured woodwork shows light evidence of inspection marks and the Board of Ordnance acceptance stamp. All metal work is black and free from signs of wear. A very good example.
Antique Percussion Pistol - East India Company Percussion Cavalry Troopers Pistol A British made cavalry soldier's pistol, c.1842, bearing the rampant lion emblem of the East India Company. These large pistols were carried through all the major encounters in India between 1840 to 1860. Some were even issued to elite Indian Regiments. The wood stock is further enhanced by the presence of well stamped "B" Company and Troopers number, also indicating an issue date of 1847. The furniture also has a trace of the maker's name, "Reynolds" and a few other initials can be seen, "W.S.," "T.G.," and "T.S." An armourer's, "F13" code stamp to the barrel indicates the year 1842. It is getting harder to find E.I.C. pistols in such a fine state of original preservation. Additional Bengali characters are also engraved on the brass butt plate. Examination of the barrel reveals it to have an excellent shooting bore and additional proof marks. A good clean pistol with iron work that has aged to a grey patina and whilst the woodwork is generally very good with beautifully impressed rack number, there is still some stock bruising present.
Antique Police Gun - Model 1763 Gendarmerie Flintlock Pistol A rare .60 calibre Model 1763 Gendarmerie flintlock pistol, made c.1765. The pistol has a 5 inch tapering barrel with an iron muzzle cap, retaining its original ramrod. Much original finish remains throughout and the iron pommelled walnut stock shows only minor signs of service carry. The plain and slightly curved unsigned lockplate, features a brass pan with good springs throughout. Overall, a rare to find example in collector condition.
Antique Railway Guard's Watch - Victorian Royal Train Guard's Pocket Watch Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to travel by train, when on 13th June 1842 the Queen travelled from London to Windsor on the Great Western Railway. The GWR was a progressive company who were the first to adopt a coordinated time along their region, as it was already acknowledged that time errors caused by inaccurate station clocks and watches, could lead to a potential disaster. This coordinating of time became known as "Railway Time" and over the next few years, it was adopted by all railway regions throughout Great Britain. After her first experience as a rail passenger, Queen Victoria was soon a seasoned traveller, enjoying the convenience that this mode of transportation offered. In fact, the Queen was so open to the possibilities provided by the railway, that she ordered a train be kept available for her disposal. This led to the introduction of the first Royal Train, which evolved into a most opulent mode of transport, with fully equipped carriages fitted out in grand splendour for the Royal Family. For those entrusted to staff the Royal Train, certain qualities were demanded of them and, of their equipment. Staff needed to be impeccably turned out and Royal Train guards needed to carry an accurate timepiece. Consequently, to ensure that an appropriate watch was used, special pocket watches were purchased for the job. These watches were deliberately made larger than regular pocket watches, simply because it was easier to manufacture a more accurate oversized watch, than try to make a precise smaller version - This was a logical approach. Furthermore, as no railway allows locomotives to cross tracks within seconds of another passing train, timing with the aid of a seconds hand on a watch was simply not required, so that feature common to many civilian watches, was dispensed with. In the 1870s, Gillett, Bland & Co. of Croydon, a company who had already been supplying ornate station clocks to the railways, as well as having made the bell called Big Ben, were requested to produce guards' pocket watches for the Royal Train. This is one of those rare opportunities to acquire one of the more historic railway timepieces made by Gillett, Bland & Co. Gillett & Johnson, (as the clock company is known today), has acknowledged that watches made by them, number very few indeed. That aside, these watches had more than just their size to aid accuracy; this one also has a chain driven fusee which assisted timekeeping, by carefully releasing a uniform degree of power from the mainspring, over the total running period of the watch. This was important, as early watches without this feature, ran well at first winding, perhaps a little fast given the spring was at maximum tension, but as the day went on, the timekeeping changed with the ever decreasing spring power. This was okay for the ordinary gentleman in the street, but such fluctuations in a railway timekeeper were just not acceptable. Clearly these heavy railway watches were impressive with their size and robust build quality, but they were very much meant to be a working watch, a tool to be used responsibly. And this example does show the typical wear of decades of careful and responsible owners, who kept their watches clean and likely, polished them continuously. Not surprisingly then, the once fine Royal VR Cypher, is now but a trace of the former Queen's Crown and issue number 53 - but all of this is still discernible to the eye. There are also some very tiny hairline marks on the outer edge of the dial, just by the 3 o'clock position under the bezel. It is almost inevitable that over many years of daily use, this area of the dial will have become chipped or cracked, as this is where the watch has its locking latch. Internally though, the movement is still in working order and the watch is running for the full length of the chain. Due to the watch's age and a lack of immediately available spares, no Premium Service can be offered at this time. For more information about the care of antique and vintage timepieces, please contact ZMW to ask for alternative service options.
Antique Revolver - A Victorian Gold Filled Pocket Watch Key These rare Victorian novelty pocket watch keys were made during the same period as the pistols that they represent. This fine example dates from c.1860 and is in remarkably good condition. With just a hint of wear, this key has survived dent free and with most of its original gold finish. It measures 50 mm in length and the square key end, is around 1.5 mm across the flats. A great functional novelty item for the gentleman shooter.
Antique Travelling Pistol - Percussion Overcoat Pistol by Hewson A c.1845 18 bore, single shot percussion overcoat pistol by Hewson. Featuring a 6 inch octagonal barrel with adjustable blade foresight and post rear sight, signed "London" to the top flat. The pistol retains a good amount of original colour and has two silver escutcheons to the butt. One plain on the base of the grip and the other with a beast's head crest to the back-strap. The pistol has minimal oxidisation on the exposed metal work and some bumps and chips to the wood.
Antique WD 12 Bore Steel Pincer Mould, c.1800 An antique steel pincer mould used to cast 12 bore balls, marked with the maker's initials of W.D. This is most probably the maker, William Davies, who founded his business in 1790, which became Webley in 1834. The ball mould itself is in serviceable condition with good pivoting hinge and with the actual mould part, being in good order. The remainder of the body is a little pitted, but the No.12 and WD markings are still clear. An unmolested and useable example.
Antique William IV Coastguard Percussion Pistol Scarce antique Tower pistol of Coastguard Pattern made c.1837 and bearing William IV King's Crown marking. This percussion pistol was manufactured as the flintlock era was being superseded by the percussion method of ignition. As such, new percussion pistols were assembled, but using older supplies of lock plates. This WR IV example is particularly interesting as it has the early stepped lock with a working safety and strong springs throughout. All metal work has now faded to a grey patina whilst the walnut stock bears the Board of Ordnance stamp. Light impressions of inspection stamps are also evident. By 1842 Lovell's percussion lock had become available, but it would still be several years before the mass of older locks were exhausted. A good pistol of scarce type.
Aviator's Omega Stop Watch With Fly-Back c.1970 An interesting stop watch of a type that was used by pilots and the Royal Air Force, typically mounted on the aircraft cockpit instrument panel. A similar example of this type can be found at Brooklands Museum, fitted into their Harrier jump jet. These Fly-Back watches were used to calculate time intervals between critical inflight operations. As such, the watch features a high beating precision Omega movement with both regular stop/start operations, as well as an additional fly-back button that allows the operator to rapidly zero the watch and simultaneously restart the timing of the next immediate event. This special feature does away with the 'pause' that is caused by regular stop… reset… restart functions of a standard stop watch. Overall this Omega Fly-Back is a very good example of its type, despite showing signs of service wear to the painted finish and edge damage to the perspex, it is nevertheless in good working order although its precision accuracy has not been tested. All buttons works crisply on demand.
Aviators' Watches - WW1 RFC Mark V Issue Watch - RAF Baldonnel Whilst this is a regular WW1 era RFC Mark V issue pilot's watch, which would have first seen service with the Royal Flying Corps towards the tail end of their existance, a closer examination of this timepiece has revealed that it has been hand inscribed with details of its former user in Dublin, Ireland. This provenance has been recorded on the inner case back, which bears an indiscernible name, followed by the inscription, "RAF Baldonnel, February 1921." RAF Baldonnel was initially an RFC aerodrome, but then in 1922 it was handed over to the Irish Air Corps. This RFC Mark V timepiece is a cockpit instrument watch that has been adapted into a proper pocket watch by fitting a chain bow, thereby extending its usefulness. This conversion was most likely done for service in WW2, where these now ageing watches were redistributed for general service to the Home Guard. The watch is in good order, with typical signs of service wear showing light indentations to the back. Otherwise internally the Gallet Electa signed movement is in good condition and working order, albeit the Premium Service would be of benefit. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Aviators' Watches - WW1 Royal Naval Air Service Mark II 8-Day Cockpit Watch In 1912, the British government created two new air wings. One would be under the control of the War Department, whilst the other came under the auspices of the Admiralty. By the time that WW1 broke out, the Royal Naval Air Service actually had more aircraft under its charge, than the Royal Flying Corps. Whilst the RNAS had a total of 95 aircraft, blimps were also utilised, which were hand-me-downs from the army. The RNAS aeroplanes were primarily used for shipping patrols. The RNAS were also expected to engage and attack enemy vessels, and to harass their coastlines. They were also tasked with locating and bombing Zeppelins still at their German airfields. The task of engaging airborne Zeppelins was in the RFC's remit, but the RNAS worked in cooperation to good effect. This original RNAS Mark II 8-day cockpit watch has retained its original long necked winder in its original form - without provision for a bow. On the dial, the watch's provenance is clearly shown as being the property of the "Admiralty." The only peculiar feature of the watch, which is explainable, is the fact that the case back bears the army War Department mark. Most likely, when this watch was serviced in 1918 by the new Royal Air Force, they must have undertaken remedial work. The evidence that shows this to be correct is the presence of trace wording on the dial reading, "RAF REPAIR." Likely, at the time of the refurbishment, a War Department back must have been used - probably to replace a damaged case back. The inner case cuvette is also lacking, which again supports this notion that the watch sustained damage in its early years, necessitating the removal of the inner dust cover and the replacement of the back utilising a spare WD marked cover. We can only speculate as to how this happened, but it is all part of epic events in history that these timepieces endured. Although the watch is in working order, the movement is in need of a service. The Premium Service is strongly recommended to remove decades of dirt build up. Apart from that, the watch is in good condition and presents well, exhibiting a good dial and slight signs of service use. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Axis Military Watches - Pre WW2 Nazi Police Issue German Army Pattern Wristwatch By Protex A Nazi Police military spec wristwatch made by Protex, bearing the Dienst Uhr (DU) Service Wristwatch marking associated with pre WW2 German watches. DU marked watches are actually very rare to find. They date to c.1938 yet, are basically the same as the more common DH (Deutsche Heer) watches of WW2. Just like many of the DH army watches, most have the AS1130 "Wermacht" calibre movement, waterproof cases, black luminous dials and shock proofing characteristics as standard. This DU example is made by the relatively unknown company, Protex. The watch is in excellent overall condition showing very little sign of wear, retaining most of its original finish, with only some minor dinks and marks. Clearly it has not seen heavy action or been used in the field. Internally the movement appears to be factory fresh and looks sharp. It is in good working order, however it has not been serviced. The Premium Service is therefore recommended, at which point if it is so desired, the minute hand can be refilled. Most extraordinary about this watch, is the fact that it is on a typical German contemporary WW2 black leather strap. The buckle, studs and general style of the strap, are all typically of the WW2 period. The strap itself appears to have been reduced in length, so it might at some point been worn over the top of a sleeve, like many military and aviators watches were, so there's nothing unusual about seeing long military pattern straps. What is unusual though, is the way that the strap has been personalised. It bears Nazi police insignia and faithful service devices. The wear to the insignia suggest that they have been worn in this manner and are not recent or modern add-ons. A rare watch in collector grade condition, with an original WW2 period strap that is still very supple and wearable. Watch diameter is 34mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Barnett Coastguard Pattern Flintlock Pistol, c.1822 Formed in 1809 by the Board of Customs, the Preventive Water Guard had a remit to stop the smuggling trade. However, after their successful formative years, the institution responsible for overseeing the work of the PWG was handed over in 1816, to the Treasury. Now heavily influenced towards the needs of the Board of Trade, their priorities changed, resulting in the PWG concerning themselves mostly with revenue collection. This led again to further government intervention in 1822, amidst public allegations of inefficiency. "The Preventive" were now returned to the control of Customs, who renamed them the, "Coastguard," reinstating their primary task as a proactive anti-smuggling authority. This Barnett flintlock is one of those early Coastguard pattern pistols, made c.1822, which would have been carried during patrols along the British coast: Interestingly, a lock from one of these pistols was recovered a few years ago in relic condition, near to Margate beach. The final image shows that lock (not included in the sale), which had lain undisturbed in a ready position, half cocked with pan down... A poignant relic. A fascinating law enforcement pistol from a violent period in history. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length =
Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company, Bus Conductor's Whistle The Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company was England's largest bus company, operating from 1905 - 1974. After which time the company changed its title to Midland Red, and continued to operate under their new name until 1981 when they were sold off to five large private bus companies. This whistle is a new old stock bus conductor's pea whistle, made by Hudsons pre 1974. Its condition is as new.
Birmingham Arms Fair - 18th September 2016 ZMW Militaria are pleased to announce that we will be trading at the Birmingham Arms Fair on the 18th September. We look forward to meeting up with fellow collectors, both present and new. Best wishes, Ziggy
Birmingham Gaol - Prison Guard's Short Carbine, c.1845 This is a rare short carbine made for the prison service and marked to the "Birmingham Borough Gaol." Interestingly the engraver has made an error in his spelling, writing instead, "Goal." It is additionally marked with the government property broad arrow on the butt. These carbines were intended for use by prison guards, entrusted with prisoner security during transportation. Overall the carbine is in very good condition, both mechanically and cosmetically, with just minor bumps and marks from service use. Barrel length = 16 inches Overall length = 31 inches
Birmingham Gun Trade - Side Hammer Pocket Pistol, c.1835 This is a super original percussion pistol dating from c.1835, which has survived in very good aesthetic condition, retaining most of its original case colouring and sharp profiles, with just some slight fading and surface speckling to a left side barrel flat. Although not attributed to any gunmaker, the workmanship is of a decent standard and the pistol was proofed in Birmingham. Overall this is an appealing side hammer pistol with a hexagonal turn-off barrel, with finely chequered and close fitting grips finished off with an ornate butt cap. However, the action only holds on half cock - otherwise the pistol is in working order with strong springs. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
Birmingham Gun Trade Pocket Pistol, c.1813 A Birmingham Gun Trade turn-off barrel pocket pistol, made c.1813, which was signed "London." Other military trophies adorn the box lock, together with a maker's name, which is not immediately discernible. Basically this pocket pistol lock was adapted to fire percussion caps during its working life, and whilst its springs remain serviceable, the safety was removed. Overall the pistol is working and cosmetically it is in reasonable condition throughout, with good bag shaped grips - No cracks, but a tiny chip to the front right side corner. Barrel length = 2 inches Overall length = 6.5 inches
Birmingham Gun Trade Side Hammer Pistol, c.1835 This is a super original percussion pistol dating from c.1835, which has survived in very good aesthetic condition, retaining most of its original case colouring and sharp profiles, with just some slight fading and surface speckling to a left side barrel flat. Although not attributed to any gunmaker, the workmanship is of a decent standard and the pistol was proofed in Birmingham. Overall this is an appealing side hammer pistol with a hexagonal turn-off barrel, with finely chequered and close fitting grips finished off with an ornate butt cap. However, the action only holds on half cock - otherwise the pistol is in working order with strong springs. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
Boer War Era, Gentleman's Silver Pocket Chronograph Chronograph pocket watches pack an extra complication into what is already an intricate mechanism, which enables the watch not only to tell time in the normal manner, but also to record time intervals. This makes chronographs versatile timepieces, which were often favoured by well to do gentlemen and army officers of the day. Dating from c.1900, this silver marked vintage timepiece is in exceptional condition throughout and, although it is not known when this watch was last serviced, it is nevertheless in full and proper working order. Cosmetically this watch only exhibits the lightest signs of any pocket wear, which supports the notion that it has led a sheltered life for over 100 years. A watch that would be difficult to improve upon. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Boer War Soldier's Wristlet, c.1900 From existing documents, letters and diaries from the Boer War, we have learnt that the first military wristlets to be worn by soldiers in any number, were no more than pocket watches strapped to their wrists. As is, this example must rank as one of the first of its kind, being no more than a late 19th century fob watch, with the only adaptation being the removal of its bow, which allowed it to be inserted into a faux tortoise shell protective case. A long one piece leather thong type strap was then attached, permitting it to be literally, "strapped" to the wrist - being positively bound in place, even around a tunic sleeve. The timepiece is in working order, having a "Cylinder" escapement, with pin-set hand adjustment. This was an early development as the era of key wound watches was coming to a close. Remarkably this wristwatch is in untouched condition, showing just signs of honest dark patina and service wear to the finish, yet remaining in working order. It is all running well and keeping time, but the watch has not been serviced. All together, there is every reason to believe that the watch and its accessories belong together and as such, this timepiece must rank as one of the earliest military watches on offer worldwide today. Measuring approximately 34 cm in diameter, the retaining leather band is still wearable, but a little tired, with slight surface cracking along its 52 cm length, but all too good to replace. A wonderfull survivor for the military watch collector to find. A Premium Service is available, together with a 12 month warranty.
Brace of Rigby Post Office Flintlock Pistols, c.1823 A brace of .65" carbine bore flintlocks, described by W. & J. Rigby in their own gun brochures as being, "Post Office Pattern," which were probably intended for carry by the Post Office Inspector. A larger version of the same pattern was also carried by armed mail coach guards. Made c.1823, these pistols are in excellent sleepy condition showing little sign of actual use, but having some service and carry wear, with marks to the wood. The sighted barrels are both signed ''DUBLIN" and the robust locks are all in full working order, benefitting from roller frizzens, semi waterproof pans and captive ramrods. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
Brander & Potts Revenue Officer's Flintlock c.1810 Brander & Potts were Board of Ordnance contractors, working from their premises at 70 Minories and Goodman’s Yd, between 1802-27. During this time they are known to have supplied a quantity of flintlocks, including modified Light Dragoon, to H.M. Customs House. These were of very plain pattern, being devoid of any extraneous engraving, although some were marked to HMC. This particular 16 Bore flintlock is of a Revenue Officer's pattern, which itself is a design taken from the pistols used by the Preventive Water Guard, c.1810. The PWG were a body of men set up by the Board of Customs in 1809. Interestingly, these pistols all appear to feature a radically re-profiled butt, providing a slimmer grip, presumably aiding retention in wet hands - but whatever the reason, a trend for smaller coast guard butts continued until the last of the Tower Pattern pistols of the 1850s. Presented in full working order and excellent sleepy condition, this pistol has a wonderful dark age patina. The slightly curved lock plate and cock, suggest that this is an earlier made pistol, which has retained its original ramrod with worm. Without any losses to the woodwork, this Brander & Potts pistol is an excellent item for the collector. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Brander & Potts Revenue or Constabulary Flintlock, c.1820 Brander & Potts were Board of Ordnance contractors, working from premises at 70 Minories and Goodman’s Yard, between 1802-27. During this time they are known to have supplied a quantity of flintlocks, including modified Light Dragoons, to H.M. Customs House. These pistols were always of plain pattern, being devoid of any extraneous engraving or other embellishment. However, it appears that just a few were engraved to HMC, whilst most were left unattributed, being conspicuous only by virtue of their distinct pattern. This particular 16 Bore flintlock is of a Revenue Officer's pattern, which itself is a design shared with the pistols used by the Preventive Water Guard, c.1810. The PWG were a body of men set up by the Board of Customs in 1809. Interestingly, these pistols all appear to feature a radically re-profiled butt, providing a slimmer grip, presumably aiding retention in wet hands - but whatever the reason, a trend for smaller coastguard butts continued until the last of the Tower Pattern pistols of the 1850s. Presented in full working order and wonderful sleepy condition, this pistol has good age patina and excellent woodwork all round, although the contemporary horn tipped ramrod and worm, might be a period replacement? Woodwork is without any losses, just a minor line at the tail of the lock, making this Brander & Potts pistol an excellent item for the collector. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Brass "All-Weather" Flintlock Pistol By Wheeler c.1800 Robert Wheeler was a Birmingham gunmaker operating between 1767 - 1813. It is known that he marked his guns, "London," despite only obtaining gun warehouse facilities in Cheapside between 1805 - 1808. Nevertheless, Wheeler became a Contractor to Ordnance and to the Hudson's Bay Company, doing considerable business supplying guns and rifles to the American trading companies. The firm was also involved as armourers to the newly established Thames River Police at Limehouse. "All-Weather" pistols constructed from brass in this manner, were popular wherever arms were required to be carried substantially outdoors and in all seasons. Overall this intriguing 7 inch pocket pistol benefits from having a strong working action, undamaged woodwork and good cosmetic appearance, which does much to recommend this flintlock to the antique gun collector. Examples of a Wheeler pistol, made Thames River Police and an "All-Weather" Millwall Militia pistol can be seen elsewhere on this website.
Brass "All-Weather" Percussion Pistol By Hadley c.1775 Made by Hadley of London in the late part of the 18th century, this pistol features a turn off cannon barrel. In later years it has also undergone conversion to percussion, indicating that it saw protracted service, possibly over several decades. The box lock action is in working order and generally, the pistol is in good overall condition, with good undamaged walnut grips. Little is known of this gunmaker, although Henry Hadley son of Charles, was noted for a series of silver mounted pistols with Spanish type barrels. There are also two pairs of his pistols in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.
Brass 1851 Double Cavity Adams 54 Bore Bullet Mould This is a very good example of a mould capable of producing 54 bore bullets and balls. It is in very good condition and bears the crowned trademark of Adams. A great useable item or accoutrement for the pistol case, keenly priced for the shooter or collector.
Brass 8-Day "Campaign" Portable Clock, c.1890 Designed for military officers requiring a portable timepiece, "Campaign Clocks" were made for field use: Although they could be stood on a mantlepiece in a regular fashion, these clocks came into their own on active service where the function of the top ring allowed the timepiece to be hung from a beam in a redoubt, or inside a tent. Straightforward in nature, the simple 'brass can' body conceals the movement, winding arbour and hand setting knob, but it was the true genius of the clock that when suspended on a lanyard, it was as though it was held on gimbals. This simple trick bestowed rudimentary shock proofing qualities to the clock, which provided it with adequate protection from anything other than a direct hit. Offered in excellent original condition this clock is very well made, bearing the French Government Brevete S.G.D.G. mark, together with two unidentified trademarks; One is a stylised T.B.(?) whilst a smaller pair of initials in an oval read, "A.D." Most unusually however for such a clock, is the additional benefit of a sweep second hand - Most had no seconds or at best a small hand. The 8-Day movement can be wound and set from inside by pulling the back off the case, which is all in excellent dent free condition and keeping good time, although not serviced. It measures just short of 10cm in diameter and 6cm in depth. The bevelled glass, dial and hands are all originals, damage free and in remarkably clean condition, with the face having an aged ivory colour to it. Delicate engine turning on the small turned brass legs and ring post, are also evident decorative touches showing this Campaign Watch to be a cut above the rest. Although made in France, this Campaign Clock was probably made for the British Market, as suggested by the presence of the English abbreviation, "S-F" (Slow - Fast), engraved beside the indicator on the balance bridge. Continental market timepieces tend to be marked either, A - R or possibly, +/-. A very useable military timepiece that is offered with an optional Premium Service and 12 month warranty.
Brass All-Weather Flintlock Pistol By P. Bond, c.1800 All brass or bronze pistols, such as this, were constructed to better suit the needs of those who carried their firearms in a wet environment. The design offered the pistol a greater resistance to corrosion, which made them eminently suitable for those who worked on the rivers or were simply out in all weathers. Made c.1800 by the London gunmaker, Philip Bond, this 54 bore flintlock is of the identical pattern to the contemporary pieces issued to the Thames River Fencibles. Quite possibly then, this flintlock may have served with one of the militia units or watchmen employed to guard against the threat of a French invasion or, to protect the river trade and dockyards from the many thieves and smugglers encountered in their day. Presented in very good cosmetic condition, with damage free and tight fitted woodwork, this brass flintlock is all original. A crisp mechanical action, plus strong springs and deep stamps with clear engraving, make this flintlock a good example for the collector. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.25 inches
Brass Coal Miner's Protective Pocket Watch Case Working down the coal mines has always been a hazardous occupation. The dark, filthy environment, the hard rock surfaces, methane gas and ever present danger of collapse, created great hardships for the miners. If a miner owned a watch that he used at work, it needed to be robust and well protected from the exterior elements. This robust brass case dating from c.1915, will hold a pocket watch measuring 50mm in diameter. That is a standard size watch. The case shows signs of wear and use, but it is remarkably in dent free condition. Interestingly, the screw down bezel has a lead seal, which would be necessary to protect the delicate watch movement from the corrosive nature of the atmosphere.
Breitling "Emergency" Chronograph Watch Used by professionals, these Breitling "Emergency" titanium cased wristwatches, have already been used to help save lives. it is not a gimmick watch, but a genuine tool to be used only in emergency where people are in real danger. If you don't know about these Breitling watches with their inbuilt distress beacons, then you probably don't need this watch. However, if you are aware that this watch, born out of military necessity, is capable of triggering a world wide Sea & Air Rescue, then this watch might be just what you're looking for. Although this watch is over 10 years old, it has always been returned to Breitling for servicing at regular intervals. It has a full service record with Breitling, who tested the watch a year or so ago, replacing its batteries and resealing the watch. These batteries last for several years, but each time the job needed doing, this watch has been returned to Breitling to guarantee the watch will continue to perform. The present owner at regular intervals has instructed the watch company to inspect all the emergency elements and to ensure that the transmitter is fully operational. Each time this is done, Breitling have always returned the watch looking like new. Since the last Breitling inspection the watch has been worn as is evident, but there is no damage to report - just light signs of service wear. The watch has been retained in its original strong case, with all accessories, including the emergency test receiver. The locator beacon within the watch operates on the international distress frequency of 121.5 MHZ. To activate the distress signal, two aerials need to be deployed from the watch, which are enclosed behind tamper evident caps - so there is no likelihood of them being activated in error. Breitling Emergency watches are a must for aviators, mountaineers or for those who generally enjoy the wild outdoors. The watch comes boxed in the original case and self test apparatus so that you may know that everything is functioning without broadcasting an international alert! ONLY TO BE USED IN A GENUINE EMERGENCY. As such, Breitling will be supplied with details of the new owner, prior to the watch being handed over.
British Army Kit Bag Brass "D" Lock A WW2 or earlier, British Army issue brass "D" lock, for use with kit bags and presented in good order throughout. The lock also has what may be a poorly struck broad arrow on it.
British India "Collis" Flintlock c.1850 This large 18th Century style holster pistol is a superb example of artisan ingenuity from the days of British India. Craftsman made, this is an unique working flintlock of a type that was frequently sold to the Victorian Sahibs, as mementos of their visit to India. This genre of original 'tourist' antique was period made from a blend of surplus or obsolete gun parts, previously used in the 18th and early 19th Century - It is NOT a modern reproduction or copy. Utilising an early military lock signed by the original gunsmith, "Collis" and bearing a Crown GR, this flintlock action holds on both half and full cock. The barrel however, is probably from a sporting gun and is half octagonal and part round along its length. All the ironwork is fitted into an attractive stock, which in itself came from something not dissimilar to a Heavy Dragoon, that has been period reworked to accommodate the bigger action. An original iron ramrod complements the appearance, whilst craftsman cast brass furniture add the finishing touches to this most intriguing pistol. As is, this Collis hybrid flintlock appears to be a viable firearm, but as a muzzle loader from centuries past, it may be owned without a licence so long as it is held as an antique ornament or curio.
British Military Firearms 1650 - 1850 By Howard L. Blackmore This is the first edition of one of the classic books on the history of British Military firearms, written in 1961 by Howard L. Blackmore. Although not in collector grade condition, this book is a great working copy and a very good reference tool for the collector to thumb through. No loose pages and a good spine - just general wear from half a century of use.
British Rail (Midlands) Railway Guard's Pocket Watch As part of the railway regrouping after WW2, the London Midland & Scottish railway network was split, forming the British Railways (Midlands) region. This watch dates from that early period, c.1948. The actual timepiece was made by the Swiss watch company Limit, and features a quality 15 jewel movement, mounted in a heavy duty nickel silver case. The watch is in good condition and working order, but given the nature of the environment in which these watches served, the Premium Service would be a worthwhile consideration. As is, the case shows signs of pocket carry and general service wear, but is nevertheless free from any unsightly damage. Only the original thick crystal glass shows typical edge nibbles and scratches - the dial itself is pristine. Overall, a good quality timepiece from the bygone British steam railway era. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
British Rail (Southern) Railway Guard's Pocket Watch, c.1948 The postwar government nationalisation of the railways in 1948, led to the grouping and reorganisation of established rail networks across Great Britain, resulting in the formation of six British Rail regions. The Southern Region served south London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, eastern Berkshire, the Isle of Wight, southern Wiltshire, eastern Dorset through into Devon and Cornwall. Then, in 1991 the Southern Region was abolished in favour of the privatisation of the railways. This particular Limit No.2 pocket watch is from the early years of nationalisation. It is of typical railway pattern, with a perfect dial and well embossed markings to the rear of the screw back case. All in all, the watch is in very good condition with only minor signs of service use and slight wear to the crown. Internally, the movement is signed by the contractor, Limit, who assembled the watch, but the movement was actually made by the Cyma watch company. The movement is in working order but it has not been serviced. Nevertheless the watch is running and keeping time. Overall the watch is a good example for the collector. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Bulldog "Pup" - Belgian Pocket Revolver c.1890 Just like its pocket cousin, this Belgian version of Webley's Bulldog revolver is also chambered for the obsolete .320 calibre black powder round. However, this variant differs significantly in size, appearing here in its most diminutive form. As such, it was a favourite of law enforcement officers, who carried such revolvers as a back-up to their standard service issue pieces. Just like the larger British cousin, this revolver features the advantages of a fluted cylinder and double action trigger, dispensing with the popular folding trigger more commonly found on other casual european pocket pistols of the day. Commonly referred to as a "Pup," this revolver is in full working order, but without adequate licensing, may only be possessed as a curio. Nevertheless, as a collector's piece the condition of the revolver is very good, with some original bluing showing and the rest of the finish having a mellowed, faded dark patina. A nice example with good bore and chambers.
C.1843 Regulation Cavalry Issue Percussion Pistol - Marked QORYC A scarce regulation Tower percussion pistol of New Land form, with property marks relating to the Queen's Own Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. This was the new name for the former Dorset Yeomanry Cavalry, a unit that performed the duty of a mobile police force at a time of much civil unrest, making themselves available to protect the interests of landowners' and farm properties in Dorset. This pistol is basically sound and in working order with good springs, however as with many such designed pistols, there is some loss to the woodwork where the ram rod enters the stock. Cosmetically then, the pistol has a good dark age patina to the iron work, which also bares proof marks to the barrel and a Crown GR to the flat lock. A complete pistol that presents itself well for display.
C.1843 Regulation Cavalry Issue Percussion Pistol - Marked QORYC A scarce regulation Tower percussion pistol of New Land form, with property marks relating to the Queen's Own Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. This was the new name for the former Dorset Yeomanry Cavalry, a unit that performed the duty of a mobile police force at a time of much civil unrest, making themselves available to protect the interests of landowners' and farm properties in Dorset. This pistol is basically sound and in working order with good springs, however as with many such designed pistols, there is some loss to the woodwork where the ramrod enters the stock. Cosmetically then, the pistol has a good dark age patina to the iron work, which also bears proof marks to the barrel and a Crown GR to the flat lock. A complete and interesting military pistol that presents well.
c.1887 Nickel Silver Hudsons Whistle - Jack The Ripper Era This is a great example of a Victorian handmade whistle of police style, handmade by Hudsons of Birmingham. The whistle is made of nickel silver and comes in excellent collector grade condition. It comes from 1887/88 as this is when the company relocated their factory and, as they normally stamped their address on the body tube, they omitted this choosing to replace the address a simple "J.H.& Co. Bir'm" imprint. This was due to the fact that the new address stamp had not yet been delivered. The classic elongated top loop likewise, is of the late 131 Barr Street design used around 1887. Presented in very good condition, free from any damage and with good light age patina. The whistle is in full working order.
Caledonian Railway - Hudsons' Thunderer Guard's Whistle This is a beautiful and well marked Caledonian Railway whistle, issued c.1920. It is well marked with good clear engraving, showing only light signs of service wear. It is in loud working order and was originally used pre the Railway Grouping of 1923. The CR marked whistle also bears 1908 Patent numbers which relate to the reinforcing rings around the barrel, making this whistle a stronger design than other Thunderers. Over all, this whistle is in excellent used, but dent free condition, retaining most of its original finish.
Canadian Army Issue 17 Jewel GSTP Waltham Premier Watch Watches such as this WW2 GSTP Waltham Premier, with higher jewel specifications when compared to the regular British Army General Service watch, were issued to the Canadian Armed Forces. Made by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1941, this watch's movement has been Adjusted for Temperature and Positions, which simply meant that it was additionally checked over a protracted period of time, not only for best timekeeping dial up, down and pendent up, but also through a variety of varying hot and cold temperatures. Typically this fastidious checking of timekeeping to cater for all eventualities, meant that these timepieces were eminently more expensive to produce, but the result was that they became superior grade military timepieces. The watch offered here bears the Canadian Broad Arrow emblem to the screw back hermetic case. This is in good dent free condition, showing just careful pocket wear and light staining to the nickel case. The movement itself is in very good order, working well and keeping time, however a Premium Service may be considered, to prolong the usability of this scarce timepiece. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Cased 54 Bore Pryse & Redman - Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver In 1856, a British Army officer, Lieutenant Frederick Beaumont of the Royal Engineers, patented improvements to the Adams revolver. These new features now allowed the Adams revolver to be fired in both single or double action manner. This was the first true dual-action system and the revolver saw widespread acceptance, including with the British Army. This particular percussion revolver was made by the London Armoury Company, which was established just days before Beaumont's patents had been finalised. Robert Adams was also the primary supplier of revolvers for the Confederacy during the US Civil War. In fact, once the war ended, the LAC could only manage do stay in business for one more year, before closing in 1866. This profusely engraved Beaumont Adams revolver bears a clear LAC stamp, proofs, serial number, Adams' patent details and the retailer's name of, "Pryse & Redman, 230 Piccadilly, London." The revolver is also in very good mechanical condition, with absolutely solid lock up and perfect timing, however much of its original finish has now faded to a grey lustre and a little mottling, although the cylinder has retained a good percentage of its blue finish. Nevertheless, the revolver is fully functioning with good springs and good bore. Only the grips have a minor loss to the top of the back strap on both sides - A letter 'A' has also been scratched into the right panel and some general wear to the checkering, commensurate with service use… Probably an officer's revolver, which has been retained in its oak case, complete with all original accoutrements, all in good to excellent condition and with the mould bearing Adams' details and 54 marks. The English oak case itself is in good condition with no splits, however there are some small gaps opening around some of the corner joints and the lid is missing its lock catch. Hinges and green baize lining are very good, but there is no sign of any former trade label. All in all, a pleasing and complete example of this much sought after revolver, at a bargain price.
Cased 54b Webley Wedge Frame Percussion Revolver c.1857 Introduced by Webley in 1857, their Wedge Frames had straightforward mechanisms, which made them strong and dependable revolvers in their day. As such, they were sold through many outlets throughout Britain, even well into the metallic cartridge era: Usually, as in this instance, the gunmaker's name is omitted in deference to the retailer's name being given priority on the top strap, but there are pointers to help identify the maker in this instance. Evidence points to the gunmaker as being Philip Webley, due to unique characteristics found with the original accompanying accessories, as well as the pistol itself. Firstly, this revolver is boxed in a quintessential Webley mahogany case, where the brass cartouche to the lid is typical of the design found on other known Webley cases. Secondly, the original and rare brass bullet mould is again classic Webley, with the distinctive long scissor curl emanating from the days when the company started out as a bullet mould maker and thirdly, given the fact that the revolver features a "Bentley Patent" hammer safety, to my mind leaves no doubt that this revolver did indeed come from P. Webley & Sons. The top strap is of course engraved to the retailer, "H. Dickenson, Prescot Street, London." From a technical viewpoint, this self cocking (double-action only) revolver's Bentley patented hammer safety catch, is an interesting device. This catch is fully operational and when engaged, it keeps the hammer off the nipples, yet, when the trigger is fingered for use, the safety automatically disengages. The barrel also has the micro groove rifling and this, plus the chambers, are all very good - just as the nipple are too. Grips are also damage free with good checkering. Cosmetically the pistol is sharp, but has no finish remaining, which has allowed the exposed iron to acquire a silver grey patina, with slight frosting and minimal surface staining present. The wooden box has an age split to the base, but no unsightly damage to detract from its otherwise excellent condition, other than some slight age wear to the interior compartments. All the original accoutrements are in good order, with only the pewter oil bottle being a replacement. All in all, this is a rare percussion Wedge Frame revolver, mechanically tight and presented in its original box. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 10.5 inches
Cased Colt M1851 Navy Revolver, c.1856 This is an early .36 Colt cap 'n' ball revolver, which was made in 1856. Interestingly however, it was manufactured with an iron back strap and trigger guard, which is a rare feature for an American made Colt. Presented in an original Colt case, complete with accompanying period accessories, this Navy revolver is free from abuse showing just honest patina commensurate with age and holster carry. Overall this revolver remains mechanically solid with a strong working action, all indexing correctly and benefitting from a good bore, chambers and nipples. With all the serial numbers matching, including the wedge, this Colt Navy is a decent example of what was a used, but very well maintained revolver. Accessories include; Bartram flask, Colt .36 mould, percussion cap tin and original instruction label. The case itself has very good woodwork and crimson interior, showing just light age stains. All in all, a very nice outfit. Barrel length = 7.5 inches Overall length = 13 inches
Cased Fancy Belgian 7mm Pin Fire Revolver c.1860 This is a gorgeous Liege 7mm pin fire pocket revolver, presented in its wood case, complete with accoutrements and label bearing the retailer's details, "M. J. Chaumont - Liege." It also comes with 8 dummy/inert pin fire cartridges for display. This revolver would have been carried by either a lady or a gentleman, and thanks to its folding trigger, would have been an unobtrusive personal protection piece, at home in a purse or pocket. Cosmetically this revolver is in super condition, with much original finish and sharp engraving, plus excellent ivory grips with just minor staining. It clearly has not been out of its case much. The mechanism is fully working with strong springs and a good action. The revolver may be owned as a curio, given its obsolete calibre status. Barrel length - 3.5 inches Overall length - 7.5 inches
Cased Liege Pocket Revolver .320" CF c.1870 Manufactured in Liege c.1870, this pocket revolver was made to chamber the obsolete .320 Centre Fire round, which was a popular alternative to Pinfire ammunition in Britain. This obsolete calibre revolver has since been cased in an attractive contemporary oak box bearing the label for the gunmaker, Robert Jones of Liverpool, and be owned as a curio without a Firearm Certificate, provided it is not fired. Presented in very good condition, both cosmetically and mechanically, this pistol is sharp. It has retained much factory finish throughout as well as a smooth working action, indexing the cylinder correctly, assisted by strong springs - The bore and chambers are all very good too. The case is superb and damage free, having all the original red lining and some associated period accessories, plus a virtually perfect old label. Interestingly the revolver frame is stamped under the trigger, with bullet details specifying, "52 grains," whilst the cylinder is marked .320". All in all, a nice revolver, sold complete with period associated box, accoutrements, working brass lock and key. Barrel length = 3.25 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
Cased Pair - Gentleman's Box Lock Pocket Pistols c.1845 An original pair of box lock pistols, made for a gentleman's carry, c.1845. These pistols are in untouched and sleepy condition, having retained their original accoutrements within a superb velvet lined box, undamaged and showing little sign of wear - Locks are intact but the key is missing. Although unattributed, these two pocket pistols were made in England to an overall high standard and they bear Birmingham proofs. Their locks have well executed engraving, tight working actions, with strong springs holding in both full and half cock. Each pistol also features a concealed trigger, which drops when the hammer is cocked. Both pistols are additionally equipped with metal butt caps giving strength to the woodwork in the event of a fist fight and, vacant cartouches within the checkered grips. Ribbed barrels permit them to be unscrewed easily and identifying them to be of around 88 bore when firing patched ball. This equates nicely to the 3/8" marked on the accompanying bullet mould. Likewise the powder flask is a gem, in excellent condition and working order, showing little sign of wear. All in all, the accoutrements fit the case exactly, appearing to be the original from the set. In keeping with the pistols, none are signed. Furthermore, the case also contains an early tin for percussion caps. A very attractive and original cased pair of pocket pistols measuring 6.5" in length, with 1.75" barrels.
Cased Pair of T. Smith London Pocket Pistols, c.1842 A delightful pair of percussion pocket pistols, signed in gothic script on the barrels, "T. Smith London." Both pistols are in good condition and full working order, with nicely fitted woodwork ending with lion masks to the butt. Featuring captive ramrods and sharp profiles, the pistols have an even dark age patina that compliments this attractive compendium. Presented in a good period gun box, lined with navy blue baize, the additional accoutrements consist of; a pincer "52" bore mould, powder flask, F. Joyce cap tin and a quantity of lead ball. The case itself shows minor wear and has a felt covered base. Thomas Smith was a London gunmaker, first recorded in 1829 as working in partnership with Robert Alden at 10 Ray Street, Clerkenwell and then at 15 Great Portland Street. Thomas Smith began trading on his own in 1835, operating from premises at 55 Parliament Street, before moving in 1842 to, No. 3 Bridge Street, Westminster. A couple years later the gunmaker moved to 288 High Holborn and finally between 1849-50 to, 13 Little Compton Street, Soho. Records show that by 1860 Mrs. E. Smith had taken over the gun business, presumably following the death of her husband. No other entries are found after 1862. All in all, a lovely set. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 7.25 inches
Cased Webley 80 Bore Revolver, Retailed by T. Murcott, c.1861 Regarded as a superior gunmaker, Theophilus Murcott worked from premises at 68 Haymarket, London, between 1861 - 1878, before being bought out by W. W. Greener. Murcott is probably best remembered for his invention of the hammerless "Mousetrap" shotgun, and other long arms in general, but not pistols. This fine 80 bore percussion revolver is something of an exception, although, having been retailed by T. Murcott in the early years of his business, this solid frame Birmingham proofed revolver is actually a Webley. Most probably Murcott had ordered this revolver on behalf of a customer, perhaps as an accompaniment to a rifle that he had supplied. Certainly such combinations were often the requirement of hunters, who might need to dispatch a wounded quarry. Presented in near fine condition, this revolver is retained in its original case and shows no sign of actual use. Mechanically the cylinder rotation and lock up are all rock solid, and the micro-rifled bore is mint. Most of the charcoal blue finish remains, but there is some fading around the frame. Grips are perfect and screws all appear excellent. All accoutrements, with the exception of the quality "Sykes" flask, appear to be the originals and all are in excellent condition. Interestingly, the brass bullet mould is "WD" marked, relating to William Davis, the predecessor of Philip Webley. A superb outfit. Barrel length = Overall length =
Cast Brass Statue of a Bow Street Runner A solid metal, cast brass statue of a Principal Officer from the Bow Street Public Office, depicting the figure in a purposeful stride with staff in hand. Being marked at the green felted base, "Bow Street Runner." The model is of reasonable quality, showing the main detail and trim of the garments worn, standing 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Overall, a good statue by an unattributed maker.
Cavalry Officer's Holster Pistol By H. Nock, c.1800 Made and signed by Henry Nock, this large flintlock is of carbine bore and would have been made c.1800. Its size and style suggests that it was a holster pistol of military type, probably carried by a cavalry officer. It has the regulation length barrel, bored to .65" calibre and the pistol also features a captive ramrod. It is generally in very good and sleepy condition, showing minor signs of service wear and just one old loss to the stock at the fore end. A hand inscribed letter, "B," is also evident, having been no doubt applied to the butt by the armoury. A good example overall, presented in sleepy untouched condition.
Cheshire Police Percussion Belt Pistol, c.1840 A rare Police issue percussion belt pistol, made cica1840 by Cunningham of Manchester, displaying a silver escutcheon engraved to, "No. 5 Division Cheshire Constabulary." This pistol has a plain undecorated back action lock, which is in good working order with strong springs, whilst the bulbous bag shaped butt is of hand filling proportions. Overall the pistol has a utility form and shows signs of service carry, with some armourer's modifications along the way and possibly having had a belt hook replaced or retro fitted - yet throughout this pistol is in good used condition. The pistol measures 12 inches in length and has a 20 Bore barrel of 6 inches.
Circa 1810 - New Land Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol A regulation Light Dragoon .65 flintlock pistol of New Land Pattern, made c.1810. The Tower marked lock has boarder engraving and is in good clean condition with clear marking, plus a strong working action. The 9 inch round barrel, marked with a crowned 4 on the tang, features the standard swivel ramrod, with the usual associated splits existing where the ramrod enters its channel in the wood stock. Typically the furniture has seen service repairs to this area, but basicaly the pistol remains unaltered from its original form, as it has never had the ubiquitous armourer's repair of a strengthening brass plate, fitted to this known weak spot. A generally good example of its type with some minor wood loss around the lock and furniture repair. Offered at a very attractive price.
Circa 1900 Railway Guard's Pocket Watch - By Rotherhams of London This is an early Edwardian Rotherhams pocket watch, of a known type that saw service on the Great Western Railway. Although not marked to the GWR, this watch bears the movement number 178357, which is close to the ranks of other known GWR marked examples. Those known GWR examples are numbered, 177***, 215*** & 216***. Those GWR watches would either have had their cases engraved, or their dials painted with the railway acronym, or both. As is, this large 58mm diameter industrial grade watch is presented here in fine sleepy condition, having seen very little or no use at all. Its over all appearance could easily be described as being close to factory new. Due to their robust workmanlike construction, Rotherhams watches were held in high regard by the Railway Guards and Station Masters, who trusted them to provide an accurate time of day. Even now this watch is capable of delivering good timekeeping, however the Premium Service is recommended to refresh the lubricants. Nevertheless as is, this watch is running well. Visually, inside and out, this watch will be near impossible to better – it is free from dents and all other signs of neglect or abuse. Just some minimal handling or storage marks are evident around the case. A choice original watch at a bargain price, due to it never having been railway marked. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Civil Service (India) Governmet Issue Wristwatch c.1940 A scarce Civil Service issue wristwatch made for issue to the authorities in India. As is typical of these watches, the property marks have been concealed on the inside of the watch case, engraved as C.S.(I). Made by Favre Leuba & Co. in c.1940, this watch model was known as the, "Alresist." This indicates that the watch has characteristics that would make it an admirable service watch. Thanks to an unusual case design, the watch back utilises a bayonet fixing to secure the movement from any possible ingress of water. Furthermore, the watch has additional antimagnetic protection and a shock absorber fitted to the balance. Presented in good working order, the watch is keeping time and functioning as well as can be expected. However, consideration should always be given to having the vintage watch Premium Serviced. All in all, a very capable watch designed for overseas service. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Coast Guard 1849
Coast Guard Cost 600 A Sea Service / Coast Guard Pistol A Sea Service / Coast Guard Pistol, With round barrel struck with Government viewing and proof marks, stepped plain lock, stamped with a crowned VR and TOWER 1841, full stocked in walnut, brass mounts comprising trigger guard, butt cap and ramrod pipe and fitted with a captive ramrod. The pistol has never been fitted with a belt hook so it is almost certainly used by the coast guards. In nice uncleaned condition. Dimensions: Bore: 22 Bore Barrel Length: 6 Inches (15.24 cm) Total Length: 11.5 Inches (29.21 cm)
Coastguard & Constabulary Pattern Percussion Pistol By Beckwith, c.1850 Although these ubiquitous pistols were made to fulfil the needs of the Coastguard and Customs, they also proved to be popular for police work. Not surprisingly numerous versions of this pistol were purchased by British Constabularies, both in England and overseas. Many of these were made by the same gunmakers who also supplied the Board of Ordnance. However, unlike the government "Tower" examples, the police pistols were normally marked with just the gunmaker's name. Upon the death of William Beckwith in 1841, his widow Elizabeth and son Henry, carried on his trade under just the name, Beckwith. They worked from River Street off of Myddelton Square, but later moved in 1858 to 33 Fieldgate Street. Interestingly, their last listed address from 1864 - 1868, was 58 Skinner Street, London E., which was the premises that was ransacked for weapons during the Spa Field Riots while William Beckwith worked there in 1816. This particular pistol was made by Beckwith in around 1850. It utilises a strong working Lovell's lock, which was designed for military service in 1842. But unlike other Tower pistols of this ilk, this one was made with no belt hook or lanyard ring, indicating that it was intended for holster carry. Overall this rarer variation of a police pistol is presented in very good original condition, having a good depth of dark patina and original finish remaining. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Coastguard Pattern Flintlock By Barnett c.1825 The Customs or Coastguard pattern flintlock is a rather short overcoat pistol with a 4 1/2" barrel. This example made by Barnett in c.1825, is bored to fire a large .65" calibre ball and as is, would have been a popular choice for use by Revenue Officers, police and prison service. This coastguard pistol is nevertheless a good example of what would have been a routinely carried item of equipment. All the walnut furniture has darkened to a nice deep brown colour and the stepped lock plate, throat hole hammer and roller frizen are all evenly coloured giving the metal work a good grey patina, with some light areas of pitting. Over all a good pistol of a scarce pattern.
Coastguard Pattern Percussion Pistol By Beckwith, c.1850 A Coastguard Pattern percussion pistol made by Beckwith, c.1850, which features a strong working Lovell's lock, originally designed for military service in 1842. But unlike other Tower pistols of this pattern, this one was made with no belt hook or lanyard ring, indicating that it was intended for holster carry. Overall this rarer variation is presented in very good original condition, having a good depth of dark patina and original finish remaining. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Cogswell Revolver Case
Colonial Railway Pocket Watch By Omega c.1915 The West End Watch Compay of Bombay, were purveyors of quality timepieces throughout India and became official suppliers to the British Government, military and railway authorities. However, whilst much of what the West End Watch Company sold came from high end Swiss watch manufacturers, most of their stock was marketed with only the West End Co.'s details and trademark Star. Yet, many of their early timepieces had originally been contracted from Rolex, Longines, Zenith and Omega. Indeed, this railway pattern pocket watch is documented to have originated at Omega, having been manufactured in 1915. During WW1, a force of British and Indian soldiers were mobilised from Bombay to the Persian Gulf to reach Mesopotamia. At this time, some of those troops were issued with West End Watch Company watches. The Bombay Railway also saw much activity throughout this era and beyond. This Omega railway watch bears a motif of a railway locomotive on the reverse and is typical of the style that saw use on the many private and government railways operating throughout the region. It is in good condition throughout, with some signs of pocket carry and service wear, but exhibiting no sign of abuse. Mechanically the watch is in excellent condition and it is keeping time. Nevertheless, being just shy of 100 years old, consideration should be given for the Premium Service package. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Colt .31 1849 Pocket Revolver "Six-Shooter," c.1867 The 1849 Pocket Model was Colt's most widely carried revolver, which remained in production for 23 years. However, this variant is the much rarer six shooter (most were five shot), assembled in New York and then sent to their London agency in 1867. As such, it also has the "L" marked [London] iron back strap and trigger guard. Slim and eminently packable, this revolver is in good working order with a crisp action, sharp profiles and clear but slightly worn 'Stage-coach Robbery' cylinder scene. Well defined inscriptions, traces of original finish with the remainder to dull black and plum patina, plus a good bore, make this a collectable example at a reasonable price. Barrel length - 5 inches Overall length - 9.5 inches
Colt .41 Bisley Model Revolver, c.1906 Colt's "Bisley Model" is broadly based on the Single Action Army revolver of 1873, however it is more accurate to say that it is more closely related to the civilian versions that emerged post 1877, under the title of Colt "Frontier Six-Shooter," which were offered in a variety of calibres. Visually distinct, Bisley Models were introduced in 1895 and offered the shooter a more refined revolver with a longer grip and a wider target trigger and hammer. Some Bisley Models were even supplied with adjustable rear sights. Incidentally, 1895 was also the same year when the National Rifle Association relocated their Club-House Pavilion to Bisley, having been granted a Royal Charter the previous year, with the edict to serve the, “Promotion of marksmanship in the interests of the Defence of Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy, Military and Air.” Having a rakish grip, the Bisley mainspring is la little longer to those used in other SAA revolvers, which resulted in a deserved reputation for these pistols having a superb trigger and cocking action. All in all though, this revolver is in excellent and solid working condition, with a good bore and chambers. Chambered for the obsolete .41 LC cartridge, this version may be owned as a curio only without a Firearm Certificate. Manufactured in 1906, this Colt Bisley is also in very good cosmetic condition, with faded case colours and much original but dulled blue finish. Having been previously fitted with attractive vintage stag horn grips (slightly oversized at base), this revolver is a striking example of a model that ceased production in 1912. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
Colt .41 Model 1889 Double Action Revolver In 1889 Colt became the first gun manufacturer to produce a revolver of swing-out cylinder design. Originally offered in a variety of calibres, barrel lengths and finish combinations, these modern style revolvers were purchased by the Army & Navy, as well as Police Departments and civilians alike. Unlike their earlier revolvers, it seems that Colt arranged for their new revolver to have a counterclockwise operating cylinder, apparently following communications with the US Navy. Notwithstanding this decision, Colt later reversed it again to make the future production operate clockwise. So, the counter rotating cylinder is a feature of their earliest design. As is, this Colt Model 1889 was made within the first couple of years of production. It is presented in very good cosmetic condition, retaining much of the factory blue finish, whilst mechanically the revolver functions smoothly with good lock up. The barrel and chambers are all good too, with only the hard rubber grip having a piece missing from the right heel. Nevertheless, this is a good piece for the collector of obsolete calibre weapons: Although no licence is required for this item, an identity and age check will be necessary. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
Colt 1862 Police .36 Calibre Percussion Revolver This scarce Colt 1862 Police percussion revolver was developed for early law enforcement officers, who had a requirement for a pocket pistol, either for concealment or as a backup. The pistol was a successful design that gained favour with those for whom it was intended as well as with Civil War Army Officers and remained in production until 1873, becoming the last percussion pattern revolver to be made by Colt. This example of the Colt 1862 Police revolver is in very good, near excellent condition with all matching numbers, retaining traces of original colour with most of the ironwork having a lightly mottled and peppered appearance. The action is in full working order with very good lock up, clean nipples, bright bore and cylinder. Overall an unmolested pistol for the collector.
Colt 1862 Police .36 Percussion Revolver Ever since Colt marketed pocket revolvers, their handy size has proved to be very popular for self defence and, whilst the Colt 1862 Model Police revolver was meant for individuals that might have been engaged in a law enforcement as an unobtrusive carry gun, these same attributes made it equally desirable for the outlaw alike. Consequently, as this was to be Colt's last offering of a cap and ball pistol on the cusp of the metallic cartridge era, the model 1862 Police has always been in short supply with only 30% of the components produced for the 1862 Police revolver were ever assembled into this model. With that, Colt's percussion era drew to a close making this Police revolver a rare pistol for collectors to find. Presented in unmolested and crisp condition, this Colt 1862 Police revolver is a good looking piece for the collector - totally original with matching serial numbers throughout. The action is also working very well, with smooth operation and indexing of the cylinder as well as tight lock up and strong mainspring. The bore and chambers are all in good order too. Even the hammer rest pins are still proud. All in all a very nice original example with uniform dark age patina. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
Colt Enfield M1851 .36 Percussion Martial Revolver c.1866 This scarce Colt Navy Model 1851, was part of a shipment of revolvers that came to London in 1866, where they were proofed and then stored at the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield. As such, they are part of a small consignment of late fourth model Navy revolvers, which were apparently intended for military issue within the British Commonwealth. They were then simply marked with the Enfield storekeeper's roundel, just to the left side of the butt. Typically, this marking is faint but still discernible. Presented in good condition, this Colt revolver is in working order, indexing well with good springs. With serial numbers prefixed by the code letter "L" for London, they are all matching aside from the unmarked wedge, which is probably a period replacement. Showing signs of armoury handling and service wear, the finish on this revolver is now down to a frosted patina of greys and browns with some light pitting. All nipples are intact and the bore is good, but the cylinder scene is worn. Grips are damage free and generally, this is a very good representative piece of a martially marked revolver. Overall, this Colt Navy has seen service use, but has still survived with important evidence of its military heritage. Barrel length = 7.5 inches Overall length = 13 inches
Colt M1851 .36 Navy Percussion Revolver, c.1857 This is an early .36 Colt cap 'n' ball revolver, which was made in 1857 and bears the rarer "Hartford" address on the barrel. When this model was designed by Samuel Colt, it was initially called the "Ranger," but given its naval calibre the name was soon changed. The Navy revolver is basically a scaled up version of Colt's earlier Pocket models and as such, it became a popular midsize small arm suitable for belt holster carry. Not surprisingly then this example shows typical holster wear probably caused by abrading sand trapped against the iron and leather work. This has resulted in some general muzzle wear and scene loss as the gun bounces and jiggles around, specifically when carried on horseback - Yet it leaves good traces of silver plating to the sheltered areas of the backstrap and the stampings remain good with no significant pitting throughout. Overall this revolver remains mechanically solid with a strong working action, all indexing correctly and benefitting from a good bore, chambers and nipples. With all the serial numbers matching, including the wedge, this Colt Navy is a decent example of what was a used, but very well maintained revolver of the Wild West. Presented in a modern custom made pistol case, in the style of the originals, complete with a mix of associated period accoutrements and a modern brass bullet mould. Barrel length = 7.5 inches Overall length = 13 inches
Colt Model 1849 - London - Pocket .31 Revolver The 1849 Pocket Model was Colt's most widely carried revolver, which remained in production for 23 years. However, this variant is a much rarer British made gun, assembled at Colt's London factory in 1854. As a British Colt, this revolver has retained all the features which are unique to these early Colts built in Pimlico: Iron back strap and trigger guard; dome head screws; 'London' barrel address and proof marks, are all the original characteristics that make these Colts stand apart from their US counterparts. They were only made for a few years between 1853 - 1856, before Colt opted to close the factory, as sales were not as high as expected. Slim and eminently packable, this model was available in various barrel lengths to meet the customer's needs, with this one being the 5" model. It is mechanically perfect with solid, crisp action, sharp profiles, a good 'Stage-coach Robbery' cylinder scene, well defined inscriptions and a very good bore. A rare Colt revolver, which is difficult to find in this untouched and unmolested condition - with the iron work naturally aged to a dark patina. Barrel length - 5 inches Overall length - 9.5 inches
Colt Model 1862 Police .36 Percussion Revolver Ever since Colt marketed pocket revolvers, their handy size has proved to be very popular for self defence and, whilst it is valid to say that the Colt 1862 Model Police revolver was meant for those individuals engaged in a security role who required an unobtrusive carry gun - These same attributes made it equally desirable for the outlaw alike. Consequently, as this was to be Colt's last offering of a cap and ball pistol before their arms production went over completely to metallic cartridges, the model 1862 Police has always been in short supply. Even when metallic cartridges were first available, not everyone could access them, preferring to make their own balls and continue muzzle loading. In this transitional period, Colt realised that the metallic cartridge was the way forward so only 30% of the components produced for the 1862 Police revolver were ever assembled into cap and ball pistols. The majority of the barrels, cylinders and frames were instead utilised in the production of their equally popular pocket rimfire revolvers. With that, Colt's percussion era drew to a close and today, this Police revolver has become a rare pistol for collectors to find. Presented in very good and crisp condition, this Colt 1862 Police revolver is a superb looking piece for the collector - totally original with matching serial numbers throughout. The action is also working very well, with smooth operation and indexing of the cylinder as well as tight lock up and strong mainspring. The bore and chambers are all in good order too with clearly stamped address and patent dates. All in all a very nice original example.
Colt Model 1862 Police .36 Percussion Revolver Ever since Colt marketed pocket revolvers, their handy size has proved to be very popular for self defence and, whilst the Colt 1862 Model Police revolver was meant for individuals, perhaps engaged in a law enforcement role as an unobtrusive carry gun, these same attributes made it equally desirable for the outlaw alike. Consequently, as this was to be Colt's last offering of a cap and ball pistol, before their arms production went over completely to metallic cartridges, the model 1862 Police has always been in short supply. Even when metallic cartridges were first available, not everyone could access them, preferring to make their own balls and continue muzzle loading. In this transitional period, Colt realised that the metallic cartridge was the way forward so only 30% of the components produced for the 1862 Police revolver were ever assembled into cap and ball pistols. The majority of the barrels, cylinders and frames were instead utilised in the production of their equally popular pocket rimfire revolvers. With that, Colt's percussion era drew to a close and today, this Police revolver has become a rare pistol for collectors to find. Presented in unmolested and crisp condition, this Colt 1862 Police revolver is a good looking piece for the collector - totally original with matching serial numbers throughout. The action is also working very well, with smooth operation and indexing of the cylinder as well as tight lock up and strong mainspring. The bore and chambers are all in good order too. Even the hammer rest pins are still present. All in all a very nice original example with uniform dark age patina. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
Colt Model 1877 .41 Thunderer Revolver The Model 1877 was the first successful double action revolver design made by Colt. It had been designed by the same man, William Mason, who had been responsible for the hugely popular Single Action Army Model 1873. The M1877 remained in production until 1909, with this one being dated to 1906. Originally offered in three calibre choices, this example is chambered for the largest cartridge of the trio, the .41 Long Colt. As such, these M1877's became known by customers as 'Thunderers.' Under UK law the .41 LC cartridge is regarded as an obsolete calibre, which basically means that this revolver may be owned as a curio without a firearm certificate, provided the revolver is not used. This Thunderer is in excellent mechanical condition - all good and tight with a fully working action. Cocking the revolver you will hear 4 clear bent clicks, whilst in double action the rotation and lock up are very smooth. Generally looking at the lack of overall finish and seeing that the majority of the ironwork has been reduced to a grey mottled patina, it is clear from this that the revolver has been extensively carried. Note the undamaged grips, worn smooth by the hand of a grateful owner, yet this revolver shows no sign of abuse, pitting or other damage. This suggests that whoever the original owner was, likely depended upon his Colt to be kept in top working order over a protracted period. A very good piece at a sensible price
Colt Model 1877 .41 Thunderer Revolver The early Model 1877 was the first successful double action revolver design made by Colt. It was designed by the same man, William Mason, who was responsible for the hugely popular Single Action Army Model 1873. The M1877 remained in production until 1909, with this one complete with matching numbers, being dated to 1882. Originally offered in three calibre choices, this Thunderer is chambered for the largest cartridge of the trio, the .41 Long Colt. As such, these M1877's became known by customers as "Thunderers" and the short barrelled version like this one, were also referred to as the, "Storekeepers." In reality though, this pattern was popular not just in civilian hands but it was also issued to law enforcement officers, most notably the Pinkerton Detective Agency. This Thunderer is in excellent mechanical condition - all good and tight with a fully working action, whilst cosmetically the majority of the ironwork has been reduced to a faded blue and grey patina, although areas of original finish remain. It is clear from this that the revolver has been carried, yet it still has good undamaged grips, plus clear chambers and a good bore. A good and original Colt. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8 inches
Colt Pocket Model 1849 .31" Percussion Revolver The 1849 Pocket Model was Colt's most widely carried revolver that remained popular throughout its 23 year production run. Light, slim and eminently packable, this model was available in various barrel lengths to meet the customer's needs. Dating to 1860, this Colt is mechanically perfect with crisp action, sharp profiles and a 6" octagonal barrel. The 'Stage-coach Robbery' cylinder scene is very good and all inscriptions are clear, plus, a good amount of silver finish remains. Generally then, this Colt revolver is in good collectable condition with matching numbers, nice screw heads and undamaged grips. Difficult to improve upon at this price.
Colt Signature Series Sports Folding Pocket Knife A previously owned, but never used, original Colt Signature Series sports pocket lock knife, complete with case and papers. As new. This knife can only be sold to those over the age of 18.
Constabulary Pattern Hanger By Parker Field, c.1850 A good mid 19th century police pattern hanger, having a curved blade of 24½” and bearing etched foliate detail of the maker, “Parker Field & Sons, 233 Holborn, London.” This hanger is of the type issued predominantly by the Constabulary, but the design was also used to the prison service, customs and coastguard. Overall it is in untouched sleepy condition, with dark age patina throughout, having a plain steel knucklebow, quillon and pommel. The hanger has retained its wire binding with some minor loss to the fish skin grip. Edge nicks and minor light surface pitting and wear present. Generally, these hangers were only permitted to be issued during large scale civil unrest, however, hangers could carried at the discretion of a senior officer, where it could be shown that there was a risk to a constable's safety when patrolling certain neighbourhoods - but that order could only be given on Night Duty. A good example for the collector who prefers items to be untouched.
Constabulary/Customs Percussion Pistol By Lacy & Co., c.1840 Lacy & Co. were a gunmaker who was very much involved in the supply of military pattern weapons under government contract, including the supply of flintlocks to the Bow Street Horse Patrol. Of those arms that were issued to Crown authorities or supplied for military use, those pistols would have been marked with the standard ordnance and inspection stamps. However, other pattern pistols bear no more than private label of the maker, which suggests that such pistols were made for other authorities - most typically this means police who, despite being Crown Servants, were responsible for the procurement of their own equipment, which was by way of distancing the constabularies from government control. On a historical note, after the Metropolitan Police Force absorbed the Thames River Police in 1839, the Thames Division police were created. It has also been documented that Thames Division kept customs pattern pistols as part of their armoury. Regardless of the history which will probably never be known for certain, this is a superb example of this genre of robust percussion pistol. It is in very good original condition, showing signs of carry, but no actual evidence of use. The bore is very clean and the action is working without fault. All ironwork has faded to an aged grey patina and the woodwork has some minor knocks. A wonderful example of its type.
Cooper .31 Double-Action Pocket Percussion Revolver, c.1863 The Cooper Fire Arms Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, was in business between 1851 - 1869. By and large they made good quality revolvers, mainly based on the expired patent designs of Colt. However, their 1863 double-action revolver was arguably their most successful signature pistol, with many seeing service during the Civil War. Certainly this one, with its iron trigger guard and back strap, is one of the earlier examples, which is confirmed by the low serial number. Presented in very good and tight condition, this revolver has a crisply functioning action, which operates without fault and locks the cylinder with a positive stop in both double and single action mode. Strong springs and smooth operation, coupled with sharp profiles and no significant loss of detail, including clear barrel address and patent details, make this Cooper a good piece for the collection. Good age patina with surface staining but no deep pitting, coupled with good walnut grips, help to enhance desirability. Wholly original and fully working, this one also benefits from good rifling and nipples. Priced to sell. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 8.75 inches
Cooper .31 Double-Action Pocket Percussion Revolver, c.1863 The Cooper Fire Arms Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, was in business between 1851 - 1869. By and large they made excellent quality revolvers, mainly based on the expired patent designs of Colt. However, their 1863 double-action revolver was arguably their most successful signature pistol, with many seeing service during the Civil War. Certainly revolver with its low serial number, is one of the earlier examples made with the rare iron trigger guard and back strap - Apparently only 400 Cooper revolvers were ever made to this configuration. Presented in very good and tight condition, this revolver has a crisply functioning action, which operates without fault and locks the cylinder with a positive stop in both double and single action mode. Strong springs and smooth operation, coupled with sharp profiles and no significant loss of detail, including clear barrel address and patent details, make this Cooper a good piece for the collection. Lovely age patina with surface staining but no deep pitting, coupled with nice walnut grips, help to enhance desirability. Wholly original and fully working, this one also benefits from good rifling and nipples. Priced to sell. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 8.75 inches
Court or Police Brass & Ash Tipstaff, c.1830 An excellent and original 19th Century tipstaff used as a symbol of office by the courts and police. This tipstaff has a brass tubular body, with a heavy crown top mounted onto an ash wood grip. In tree lore, the ash wood handle may have been chosen as it is said to be a symbol of power, used to ward off evil. Overall excellent condition, with little or no wear. Overall length = 11 inches
Crimean War Issue, WD Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver, c.1855 A genuine Ordnance contract 54 bore Beaumont Adams percussion revolver, made and signed by the London Armoury Company. Only around 5000 of these revolvers were made by the LAC, with the majority of them converted to take the .442 centre fire cartridge. So, to find one that has not been adapted or refurbished, is rare. With about 75% of its original finish remaining, this Beaumont Adams revolver has crisp WD and broad arrow marks, as well as a crown inspector's stamp on the butt. Basically this revolver is in a very good state of preservation for an ordnance issue weapon. Tight lock up and smooth indexing, working in both single and double action and all springs are strong. Even the bore, nipples and chambers show little sign of actual use and the grips are undamaged - complete with the military specified lanyard hole. All inscriptions and proof stamps are visible, with some overall service and storage wear being evident. It is of course unusual to find any British martially marked revolvers from this period, as officers were expected to purchase their own. However, it was the NCO's that were supplied with these, brought in for the Crimean War. Difficult to improve upon. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 12.5 inches
Customs Officer's Brass Barrelled Flintlock By Barnett, c.1810 A very good Customs Officer's flintlock by Barnett, being of a rare pattern with brass barrel of approximately 25 bore. Made c.1810, the pistol is fully functioning with a strong action and superb cosmetic appearance, with age patina and overall sleepy, damage free condition - Plus, original ramrod. Such pistols may have been carried on one of the Customs' cutters that operated at sea, in an attempt to trap smugglers before coming inland. The presence of such cutters might well have caused traffickers to dump their cargoes, rather than risk the heavy penalties involved in their illicit trade. Made by the best known supplier of arms to the Board of Customs, this Barnett pistol's provenance is guaranteed genuine, with a correctly impressed "Customs" mark. John Edward Barnett contractor to the Customs and Ordnance, c.1810-1842. An excellent find for the collector. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 13.5 inches
CWC British Army 1979 Issue NATO Wristwatch This is a very good example of a genuine NATO wristwatch, made by the Cabot Watch Co. and issued in 1979. All these CWC general service watches were actually issued to every branch of the Armed Forces and as such, they can be found with various case back markings. This particular example has the W10 code and NATO numbers indicating service with the British Army. These watches are also referred to in military circles as the G ten ninety eight, in reference to the form G1098 that a soldier would need to complete to request the issue of such a timepiece. This watch is presented in very good condition and full mechanical working order, with a functioning hack. These watches need to be hand wound on a daily basis, although they will actually run accurately for around 36 hours. This watch was serviced by a third party recently, however no implied guarantee can be given against a third party's work. Nevertheless, the watch is running as well as can be expected, and an optional Premium Service can be purchased to extend the watch's warranty. Although not shown, this watch will be sold complete with a brand new NATO strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
CWC RAF Issue 1980 NATO Chronograph These watches were previously manufactured for the MoD by Hamilton, however when the Swiss firm went out of business in 1972, the 'Cabot Watch Company' was created specifically to continue the supply of these superb military watches. CWC was at the time established by the business man Ray Mellor, who had been the director of Hamilton, UK. The CWC name chosen by Mellor, pays homage to John Cabot the enterprising 15th century sailor, navigator and merchant, who was sponsored by King Henry VII to explore and find new lands. Cabot is credited for following in Columbus' wake and likewise, finding North America. CWC is now owned by the military surplus dealer, Silvermans, who purchased the business in 2002. Today however, they no longer hold an MoD contract to supply watches to the armed forces, although they do still manufacture a classic range of military watches for the commercial market. The example offered here is a genuine Royal Air Force issue chronograph dated to 1980 - this detail is confirmed by the presence of the 6BB on the case back, relating to 'flying equipment.' This marking is clear, but shallow and therefore difficult to photograph. If clearer images are needed, please ask for a hi-resolution version to be sent to you. This is one of the last mechanical chronographs to have been made for military consumption, on the cusp of the quartz era. It is still a stunning watch in every respect, with just minor signs of service wear. Military chronograph watches are very desirable, but they no longer come on the market as frequently as they once did, consequently their price has seen a meteoric rise. Today, CWC list a very similar watch in their catalogue, but rest assured this example is a genuine vintage pilot's watch in excellent original condition, complete with NATO strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
Czech VTD Military Officer's Pocket Compass, c.1937 A rare pre war Czechoslovakian Army officer's compass, made by the Vojenské Telegrafní Dílny (Military Telegraph Workshop). The VTD company were responsible for field communication equipment, mainly radios and telephones, but under the German protectorate the company was renamed, "Telegraphen Werkstätte." A year later, another name change saw the company calling itself, "Werk Prag, Gbell." The original application of this VTD compass was probably linked to the army's field communications division, as this unusual square compass is clearly marked, "TEL 37." A military property mark, being the Bohemian double tailed lion, is also evident. Presented in excellent used condition, the brass compass is in full working order, with the silvered compass rose being marked, S, J, V and Z. This represent the cardinal points, SEVERNÍ (North), JIH (South), VÝCHOD (East), ZAPÁD (West). A functioning lock is also present and the glass is undamaged. This collector grade compass measures, 4 x 4 cm square.
Detective Duty Irish Constabulary Percussion Pistol c.1848 In 1847 Hollis Brothers were contracted to supply 500 Special Duty pistols. These pistols were made to a new design for the Irish Constabulary and were intended for plain clothes work. Each pistol featured a box lock action with a large heavy hammer and 4 ½” barrel bored to take a man-stopping .65 calibre ball. With the swivel ram rod slung below a strengthening rib, the overall profile of these pistols, was given a smoothly contoured look. The first pistols were supplied in 1848, were stamped with the VR Queen's Crown mark - this mark is still present at the side of the action. Feint proof marks are also present, but these marks have been worn through service wear. Originally the pistols were supplied with a holster, but given their profile and intended duty, no doubt these pistols were carried in coat pockets. Given the troubled times in which this rare pistol served, it is still in good order and is mechanically sound with a proper solid action. A strong period repair to the walnut butt gives further testimony to the circumstances in which these arms were used, as many a constable must have been thankful for the reassuring touch of the bag shaped grip in his hand.
DH Military Watches - WW2 German Army Officer's Gala Wristwatch During WW2, just as the British Army appears to have issued more in the way of military pocket watches to its troops, the German Army appears to have done the reverse, by issuing more wristwatches to its military. Interestingly, when you compare the British Army wristwatch equivalent to the Wermacht's, you will find that the Germans procured superior timepieces from their Swiss watch suppliers. There is a good reason for this too - and not just one of penny pinching cost. Being in a neutral country, the watch companies of Switzerland were able to carry on trading, supplying both combating nations with timepieces. The Germans certainly ordered the latest innovations such as watches with dust and waterproof cases, plus antimagnetic and shockproof movements. No doubt, the British War Department would have been delighted to receive watches with the same specification of attributes, but the Germans authority was able to influence the Swiss trade with England, to only permitting air freight to pass via Berlin, containing lesser grade materials, where they believed that the products may be aiding the Allied war effort. So, only the war grade "economy" watch cases and standard watch movements made it to the UK in this manner. Perhaps that may also account for as to why the British used more pocket watches? After all, the pocket watch was better protected in a Battle Dress pocket. Made by Gala c.1939, this German Army watch is fully stamped with the DH (Deutsche Heer) property mark and issue number. Internally the good movement made by A.Schild calibre 1130, is the ubiquitous and so called "Wermacht movement," as it dominates the German Army wristwatch scene. This in itself was a shrewd tactical decision, thereby limiting the need for numerous spares to be held in stock to fit all manner of watch movements. Therefore, whilst there were numerous watch suppliers providing for the German Army, the vast majority had the mechanical parts and spares all sourced from the one factory. This is just such a utility watch, carefully designed to meet military requirements. Presented in good used original condition, this watch is also supplied on what may be its wartime issue leather strap - it's certainly the correct pattern. The watch is in working order, although servicing is recommended for those who would wish to use the watch on a regular basis. The movement is nevertheless in very good condition, whilst the case exhibits typical signs of service wear. The dial and hands are in excellent condition and should the buyer so wish, the Premium Service would also restore the hands to peak condition. Watch diameter is 34mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Dixon & Sons Pistol Size Gun Powder Flask c.1850 A good copper and brass pistol flask made and signed by James Dixon & Sons. With some minor service wear and bruises, this flask is in overall good condition, with all seams intact, working nozzle and a functioning spring. Unusually the flask has a side suspension loop, allowing it to be worn on a lanyard or cord, which may indicate military use. A good Dixon flask.
Double Action 80 Bore Percussion Revolver, c.1855 This is a smaller 80 bore, 'medium size' six shot version of the double action only Adams revolver, which saw favour with many British army officers. The presence of the lanyard ring certainly suggest that this handy personal protection weapon may have been intended for campaign carry as a back-up. Beautifully engraved in the English style, this revolver is in excellent condition throughout, having retained much of its original finish. Mechanically the action is in very good working order, with good lock up and strong springs throughout. Perfect walnut grips and good screws, make this a wonderful example for the collector.
Double Trigger - Model 1883 10.55mm Reichsrevolver A rare variant of the original Model 1883 Reichsrevolver, issued to German military officers. These Dreyse double action revolvers were refined and benefited from having twin triggers, polished action, hooked guard and finely checkered grips. They were originally issued to the Kriegsmarine officers, however they also saw service during WW1. This particular revolver comes from the estate of the man who acquired it during WW1. As is, this double action Reichsrevolver is a good and solid example offered in fine working order with a good bright barrel bore and cylinders. All functions work well and the revolver is evenly patinated, with some original blue finish to sheltered areas. All in all, a highly presentable and unmolested example of the sought after military Reichsrevolver. It is an obsolete calibre pistol and may be owned in the UK as an antique, without any certificate.
Dublin Preventive Water Guard's Flintlock by Rigby c.1820 Rigby are regarded as Ireland's premier gunmaker, supplying arms to both the civilian population and also under government contract to the Irish authorities. This is one of their overcoat flintlocks, made c.1820 when the gunmaker started trading under the name, W & J Rigby. This rare flintlock pistol was issued to the Dublin Preventive Water Guard, who were an organised body responsible for curtailing the smuggling trade, becoming known as the 'Coast Guard' in 1822. A summary of the PWG's formation and history can be found elsewhere on this site (search for Preventive Water Guard). Also, a larger version of this pistol is available elsewhere on this site. This Preventive Water Guard's pistol is exceptionally rare to find with the "Dublin PWG" provenance stamped along the barrel rib. Having briefly searched the internet, an intriguing history of the Dublin PWG can be found, amongst which is this letter; To Comptroller General. Preventive Water Guard. Dublin. 27th November 1821 Sir, I beg to acquaint you that Mr.Harris, Chief Officer of the Preventive Station at Rush and six of his men being out on duty at Loughshinney in company with the Chief Boatman and five of the crew of the Station at Skerries on the night of the 23rd. at 9 pm. He discovered a smuggling cutter in the bay at 11pm. Burnt a blue light and fired three carbines as a signal for the remainder of the Rush and Skerries crew to join him. At midnight upwards of 300 men, armed with muskets, pistols, pikes and pitchforks came down for the purpose of forcing a landing. At 2 am. the fieldpiece was brought to Loughshinney from Skerries by Lt. Smith, Chief Officer and a party of men when the smugglers dispersed in all directions at 3am. Two large boats apparently laden put off from the cutter and came close to the shore but finding all the smugglers and cars had left the beach they immediately returned on board and after unloading the boats they got underweigh and put to sea. Richard Williams, Commissioned Boatman and Henry Gilmore, an extra man at the Preventive Station, Rush, were surrounded and disarmed by nearly 100 men on Rogerstown Strand at 9pm. And it appears to have been the intention of the smugglers to disarm both the Rush and Loughshinney crews. Thomas Randal, Chief Boatman at Skerries was knocked down and disarmed at Kirkeen Cross, near Loughshinney. The smugglers I am informed succeeded in landing some tobacco but I believe a very small quantity. As they appeared determined to force a landing if possible, I beg leave to recommend that 8 additional extra men may be employed in this district, viz. 3 at Skerries, 3 at Rush and 2 at Portrane. (signed) Thomas Blake. Clearly this highly collectable pistol has been used in service, but it remains in good unmolested original condition, with a strong working lock. It measures 10 inches overall and has a 5 inch barrel of approximately 16 Bore. A difficult piece to find.
Duelling Pistol By Needler of Hull, c.1800 Duelling pistols are relatively scarce, however the amount of them that have survived leads to the perception that the practice of settling disputes in this deadly manner, must have been common place. Of course, it might also be that any wealthy gentleman worth his salt, simply needed to own duellers to be considered worthy in society. Interestingly however, the act of duelling was never legal in England, yet it was officially made illegal by Statute Law in 1819 - Although the last recorded duel was fought as late as in 1852, with fatal consequences. Made by Needham of Hull, this dueller was originally a flintlock pistol, making it an example from the heyday of duelling. Presented in good condition, the pistol retains sharp profiles around the barrel flats and clearly signed top strap. Slightly muted colours but much original finish remains and the pistol benefits from a fully working action with a bolted safety - All with strong springs. Just a partial loss to the edge of a fore end escutcheon. The ramrod is also original, featuring a turn off end cap, which conceals the worm. Overall a slender and well proportioned duelling pistol
Durs Egg - Light Dragoon Pattern Flintlock Pistol c.1795 A Light Dragoon flintlock pistol of regulation pattern, made by the legendary Durs Egg. Initially apprenticed to John Twigg, Egg quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest gunmakers, establishing his own London based trade in 1778. As a gunmaker to the aristocracy, Egg was heavily involved in the supply of pistols to England’s influential nobility. Such a reputation implies that this Light Dragoon pistol was once part of an armoury held by an elite and wealthy Volunteer Cavalry Unit. Many volunteer corps were formed at this time, in response to the wars being fought by revolutionary France - however, only a small number of these volunteer corps could ever be considered as, "Select." Being a member of such an exclusive corps would have either required the purchase of your own regulation pistol, or the patronage of a wealthy benefactor. The latter is certainly more plausible in this instance, as the rack number on the side of the Light Dragoon pistol suggests that it was stored with other like weapons in the unit's armoury. Presumably the benefactor considered it important that his corps would be armed with only the best pistols, supplied by the King’s own gunmaker. The slightly radiused lock shows good clear King’s Crown marks and boarder engraving. All springs are good with the action functioning well. On the 9” barrel there are London Proof marks at breech and all metal work has a grey patina. Woodwork is good and solid, with brass mounts and an iron ramrod. A good regulation pistol by a gunmaker of renowned pedigree.
Early .442 Revolver of Webley/Tranter Pattern, c.1870 This early military type revolver was made by the Birmingham gun trade c.1870, probably with the intention of attracting a private purchase by an army officer. Large and robustly made, this .442 centre fire revolver borrows from the designs of both Tranter and Webley, with its most distinctive feature being the compound link cartridge extracting lever on the right of the frame: In G. Bruce & C. Reinhart's "Webley Revolver" book, they identify this pattern as being made for the gun trade in the late 1870s. Functioning and indexing well with a smooth action, assisted by a friction brake, this revolver is in good condition overall retaining traces of original finish, but generally exhibiting a dark aged patina to the exposed surfaces. Some general signs of campaign wear are also evident, as is a single brass screw within the extractor link. Nevertheless, this revolver benefits from having undamaged grips and a reasonable bore. As is, it is an attractive and scarce pistol for the collector.
Early 1841 Tower Percussion Coastguard Pistol An early Board of Ordnance marked Coastguard percussion pistol, bearing the now rubbed date of 1841. This Tower pistol is marked on the woodwork, "Hollis" and features the early stepped flat lock, stamped with the Queen's Crown and military arrow. The pistol has a strong action with good springs, plus its original nipple. This Coastguard pattern pistol is in service used condition, but it is original and complete, with the usual proof marks on the round barrel and overall surface wear. Iron surfaces have aged to a pleasing salt and pepper colouring and brass fittings are all good. In addition, the trigger guard bears a rack number of XII. A good example of the Coastguard pistol, fully functioning and with evidence of military service use.
Early 1841 Tower Percussion Coastguard Pistol An early Board of Ordnance and broad arrow marked Coastguard percussion pistol, bearing the now rubbed date of 1841. This Tower pistol is marked on the woodwork, "Hollis" and features the early stepped flat lock, stamped with the Queen's Crown and military arrow. The pistol has a strong action with good springs, plus its original nipple. This Coastguard pattern pistol is in service used condition, but it is original and complete, with the usual proof marks on the round barrel and overall surface wear. Iron surfaces have aged to a pleasing salt and pepper colouring and brass fittings are all good. In addition, the trigger guard bears a rack number of XII. A good example of the Coastguard pistol, fully functioning and with evidence of military service use.
Early 1885 Waltham Railway Pocket Watch This is a heavy duty service pocket watch, which still exhibits the coal smoke staining associated with work on a steam railway. This can be cleaned, but as is, it shows the watch to be in a time warp condition. According to Waltham watch company records, this watch was made in 1885, but retailed in London by the firm of H. W. Bedford of Regent Street, London. Identical watches from this period may sometimes be found bearing the initials of the railway companies where they served, however this example has a plain case with no additional engraving. Furthermore, the railway Walthams have some extra features which separate them from regular timepieces. These features include the absence of a second hand and a device that prevents the accidental changing of the watch's time. This means that the time can only be set after a lever is activated under the bezel, before turning the watch crown to move the hands. This large railway watch is in very good and original condition with only mild sign of actual service use. It is presently working with a strong action and keeping good time, although consideration needs to be given to having the movement cleaned. The dial can be also be cleaned if this is desired. A great original railway timepiece in sleepy condition. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Early 19th Century Moroccan Gunner's Powder Horn A Moroccan gunner's powder horn from the early 1800s, of the type and style reminiscent of those used by Berbers along the Barbary Coast. Nominally part of the Ottoman Empire, the area was ruled by pashas in Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis, which together with the independent Sultanate of Morocco were collectively known as the Barbary States. This notorious region was infamously engaged in the slave trade and piracy, with the corsairs being actively at war with America. Overall this gunner's powder horn is in very good original condition, with the body being in solid order and capped at either end with hand chased ironware. A leather bung and hanging belt are also present. A very good item.
Early Brander 25 Bore Duelling Pistol, c.1770 An attractive 25 bore holster or duelling pistol of early style, signed "Brander, Minories London." William Brander is recorded as being at 70 Minories, between 1765-87, during which time he was joined by his son, Martin, as an apprentice gun maker. Interestingly, this pistol bears the initial stamp "MB" on the barrel. Martin later took over from his father and founded the partnership of Brander & Potts in 1802. Just like his father, he was a contractor for the East India Company, as well as to the Board of Ordnance. Martin Brander also joined the Honourable Artillery Company. Converted from flintlock to percussion, using the early drum and nipple conversion, this pistol has seen extended service, but has always been very well looked after, as indicated by the condition of the nickel silver mounts, which now have a pleasant age patina. These mounts comprise of; an early long eared butt cap finished with a cast grotesque mask, trigger guard with finely engraved acorn finial and bearing unidentified family crest of a crossed, bow, arrow and quiver. Overall the pistol is in lovely condition, having strong springs and a working lock - although the nipple is a little short. The warmly coloured full stocked woodwork has most of its original finish, with just minor bumps, compliments the swamped barrel and horn tipped ramrod. An attractive example in all respects. Barrel length = 10 inches Overall length = 15.5 inches
Early Colt 1862 Police .38 Rimfire Revolver The original design for the Colt Model 1862 .36 Police revolver, called for a percussion ignition system - However, it was not too long after its introduction to the Colt line that designers started to consider the commercial benefits of self-contained cartridges. Being a resourceful man, Samuel Colt initially utilised what was available from stock, resulting in the creation of a familiar styled, yet altogether new genre of breech loading revolver for law enforcement officers and civilians alike, that would be capable of chambering the larger .38 Rimfire cartridge. This particular breech loading revolver, with its low three digit serial number, is one of Colt's first transitional Police pistols. It is being offered in perfect working order with a smooth action, good lock up, bore and clear chambers; yet typically being a pocket carry gun, the finish has become rubbed and is now showing a grey, black and brown overall patina. All inscriptions remain clear. A rare Colt Police pistol for the collector, which may be owned as an antique curio.
Early Colt M1862 Police .36 Percussion Revolver & Holster The Colt M1862 Police revolver has the distinction of being the company's final percussion model to be produced before the metallic cartridge era revolutionised the gun world. As such, this model needs very little introduction, although this example does have some additional attributes. Most obviously, this revolver has the desirable longer barrel length, but other peculiarities single this one out as being of extra historical interest to the Colt arms collector. Being an early example dating to 1863, this American made Colt Police revolver was sent to England, as the crown marks and London proofs denote. More intriguing however is the presence of an "E" suffix given to the serial number. Some references suggest that the "E" letter was used to identify revolvers that were factory Engraved, but this seems doubtful given the fact that this, and others like it, have a plain finish. Presented here in its rare service black leather flap holster, this M1862 Colt Police revolver would merit further research. Offered in very good condition throughout, this Colt has clearly been carried, but seldom used, as evidenced by its tight condition, lock-up, excellent bore and nipples. Most of the surface finish is now worn, but the pistol nevertheless remains a sharp example with little in the way of pitting, having retained all stamps and clear New York address. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 10.5 inches
Early Jet Age RAF Pilot's Smiths Stop Watch This is a superb example of an early RAF Jet Age pilot's stop watch, together with an instrument panel mounting case. Made by Smiths in 1952, this stop watch is in full working order with the stop, start and reset functions all operating well, although not tested for precision timekeeping. Exhibiting only light signs of service use, the case and dial are fully marked with the broad arrow emblem and RAF stores references.
Early Military Civil Service (India) Wristwatch c.1920 The Civil Service worked throughout the British Empire and South Asia, with civilian staff frequently working under the gaze of military personnel. As such, the Civil Service were also given watches to utilise them at work. These watches were supplied by the Bombay based West End Watch Company, who were required to property mark their timepieces with the CS(I) stamp. Unusually though, this marking was most frequently hidden from view, being on the inside of the watch case backs - as in this instance. This is an early watch dating to c.1920, which is marked "Secundus" on the dial, a name that most likely meant, "Lucky" or "Favourable." It bears the WEW Co. logo on both the dial and also on the jewelled movement, which is working and keeping time. However there is no indication as to when this watch was last serviced. Overall though, this watch is in good condition with just surface wear to the outer case. A good example of an early issue wristwatch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Early P1887 Martini Sword Bayonet A superb example of an early P1887 Martini sword bayonet, with 18 inch blade. As per the early War Department specifications, this bayonet has the fuller on the blade and, a leaf type spring latch. These features were eliminated in 1888 when a Mark II version was introduced, making the first pattern examples hard to find. Clear WD and Enfield inspector's marks are present throughout and the bayonet comes with a contemporary steel mounted leather scabbard, all in excellent condition, without foreign issue script. Overall, a very desirable sword bayonet.
Early Pattern Webley Holster A pre WW1 military pattern holster, made for a large service revolver of Webley Mark VI proportions. The leather holster is in good condition, with firm stitching, except for the belt tab on the rear where the stitching has come apart. Nevertheless, a nice looking holster which displays well, has no holes and is supple enough to use as storage for your period revolver. Pistol not included.
Early RAF Navigator's Stop Watch c.1940 During WW2, Lemania supplied many pocket stop watches to the Air Ministry. This example is marked with the RAF 6B reference code, identifying that this Lemania was an item of actual 'Flying Equipment." As such, this watch would have been flying with the navigator, performing a crucial role on each of the aircrews' missions. After each operational briefing, the navigator would sit down to calculate a flight-plan. Part of this planning was to identify key points along the route and to work out the time differences between each of these points. Strategic landmarks, turning points and other essential information was as near as could be, calculated to the precise second, so that during the flight the navigator could instruct the pilot at the appropriate time, what to do next. As is, this Lemania stop watch is a good example of its type, with clear signs of service wear, with several abrasions to its finish on the case and glass. The dial is however virtually pristine, with only a tiny crescent clip to the enamel at the very centre below the hand. The case is in good order, with no nasty dents but a mottled aged patina. Internally the movement is in very good condition. The stop watch works, stopping and starting with each depression of the winding crown. This all works as it should, however the watch has not been serviced.
Early RFC War Department 8 Day Pilot's Watch, c.1913 This watch represents a period in history just prior to the inauguration of the Royal Flying Corps, when the War Department controlled the air wing of the Army. Supplied to the military by the London jeweller Casella, this Mark IV aircraft instrument timepiece utilises a Swiss 8-Day pocket watch to conform to the specifications decreed by the War Department. The provision of an 8-Day movement meant that the Mark IV watches could be relied upon to keep running for a prolonged period between winding. Of course these watches remained in service with the RFC, even when the Mark V spec became available. Presented in good condition with only minor signs of service wear, this watch is working well and keeping time; however the Premium Service can be purchased at a concessionary price, which includes 12 months warranty.
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Early Webley No. 2 RIC .320CF Revolver. c.1881 In 1881 Webley catalogued this small frame No.2 revolver, as a model "RIC." However, unlike the larger Royal Irish Constabulary counterparts, these revolvers were never stamped with the acronym and production of this gate loading model ran alongside the more modern hinged frame Webley Pockets. A fluted cylinder was introduced several years later, but as this revolver has the early plain cylinder, a manufacturing date of pre 1890 can be concluded. Historically, this particular model appears to have been favoured by army officers as a backup to their regular revolver, as evidenced by the fact that the Imperial War Museum has a number of these in their archives. Production of the No.2 RIC finally ended in 1915. Chambered for the now obsolete .320 Centre Fire cartridge, this RIC was retailed by the London based gun company of S. W. Silver. It has a heavy trigger pull but is nevertheless in good working order in both double and single action. Internally the bore and chambers are all excellent, showing just a hint of frosting down the barrel - Probably having seen very little actual use. Although the revolver retains much of the original nickel finish, there is some wear and light pitting to exposed surfaces. The two piece checkered gips are perfect and all stamping, which includes the Webley 'Winged Bullet' trade mark, are clearly defined. A good example of a difficult to find British .320 Webley RIC revolver. Barrel length = 2.25 inches Overall length = 5.5 inches
Early WW1 Era Military Trench Watch & Mesh Guard This is an excellent and original military pattern wristlet of the Great War era. It is very much of the pattern that was issued to the British Army, however this watch is not military marked - so most likely this watch would have been an officer's private purchase. The screw case is marked internally as, "Pure Nickel," and this is in very good condition throughout, with little service wear. The narrow leather strap is again of military specification and is of the one piece design - it has been embossed, "Victor." Internally the movement is of high quality and has been identified as a Rotary watch. It has a fine decorated 15 jewel ebauche, which is working well and keeping time, although it has not been serviced. The military features of this wristlet are further enhanced by the presence of a protective grill cover, over the original glass and the presence of an original onion crown. All in all, this watch is a fine collector's item that is difficult to find in all original condition. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Early WW2 Military Issue Mark II General Service Pocket Watch This is a rare General Service military pocket watch made by Grana c.1938. Originally the watch company was founded by the Kurth Frères (brothers), who registered the brand "Grana" as it was the Latin name for their home of Grenchen in Switzerland. The Grana company also went by the name "Certina" with the two being inextricably linked. Their high quality watch movements are easily identified, bearing the Kurth brothers initials, KF. This GS Mark II 50mm pocket watch is in good original condition throughout and, whilst it does exhibit some light signs of service wear, all military engraving is good and clear. These timepieces differed from the later GSTP watches by virtue of their screw cases. The screw case does up tightly, making this a desirable early war timepiece with a high grade movement in full working order. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
English Oak, Revolver Gun Case, c.1860 A good original English gun box that would have once held a revolver. However, since then it has been relined and compartmentalised to hold two small pocket type pistols. Fortunately this work has not impacted on structural integrity of the case, which could be relined again to a higher standard. All screw heads are in good order and most are untouched. The box itself is in good order with solid brass hinges and lock, but no key. All the sides are intact, but there is a minor splits to the case lid on the top panel (as shown). This is minor and is not immediately obvious. Internally the box measures 11.5" x 5.75" x 1.6" (inches). The external measurements are 13" x 7" x 2.5."
English Rifled .577 Target Percussion Pistol, c.1840 True duelling pistols are relatively scarce, however the amount of them that do still exist suggests that the practice of settling disputes in this deadly manner, was not altogether uncommon. Interestingly however, the act was never actually legal in England, as in the eyes of the law killing a person other than in self defence, could be tantamount to manslaughter, or even murder. Nevertheless, duelling was officially made illegal by Statute Law in 1819 - Although the last recorded duel was fought as late as in 1852, with fatal consequences. In essence though, duelling pistols were really nothing other than a matched pair of target pistols, which coming from the duelling heyday, would of course have been flintlocks. Made by an anonymous Birmingham gunmaker, this large bore (patched .577) percussion pistol would most likely have been intended simply for use as a target shooter, rather than a weapon: It features a fully engraved and working action, with half stock furniture, capped at the fore end in nickel silver and an under barrel rib with ramrod pipes, plus a bone tipped rod. The pistol also has a round and sighted barrel, which is rifled, but the bore is pitted along its length. Other elements of ironware have been previously lightly cleaned, but the overall cosmetic appearance of this pistol is pleasing. The only item to note is that the end of the barrel retaining pin, although present, is broken, with the remainder of the pin doing a sufficient job. A lot of pistol at this price. Barrel length = 6.5 inches Overall length = 13.5 inches
ERROR WW1 Officer's Longines Wristlet Trench Watch, c.1915 This superb high grade, 18 jewel watch was made by Longines during WW1. It is of a special design, originally conceived by Francois Borgel, that was claimed to be particularly suited for trench warfare. That is why many of these watches were stocked by military outfitters, available for retail to officers. This example is in excellent condition, free of any damage free and even retaining its original strap and silver buckle. It is mechanically in excellent condition, keeping time and running well, although it has not been serviced. It would therefore be advisable to consider the Premium Service package, should the watch be intended for routine wear. Overall, this is a wonderful example that is still capable of performing well, although the original manufacturer's claims of it being, damp and dirt proof, cannot be verified. Any collector would be hard pushed to find a better high grade Longines Trench Watch at this price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Excellent .41 Colt Single Action Army Revolver, c.1900 An excellent and totally original example of the iconic Colt Single Action Army revolver, chambered for the obsolete .41 calibre. Serial numbers are all matching, dating the revolver to 1900. Mechanically the action is as crisp as you could hope to find, with perfect timing and tight lock up on all chambers. Clearly this Colt SAA revolver has seen little use as both the bore and cylinder are bright, with just a trace of light frosting in the barrel at the muzzle. Grips are damage free and sharply defined, as are all screw heads and ironwork, with no signs of abuse throughout. Basically, a superb example that has retained most factory blue finish, with some areas of holster rubbing and silver grey metal now showing on the back strap. Mellow case colours on the frame are still evident and stamped marking is vivid. Overall, a difficult example to find this good, that has never been refinished. Barrel length = 4.75 inches Overall length = 10.25 inches
Excellent .41 Colt Single Action Army Revolver, c.1900 A fine and totally original example of the Colt Single Action Army revolver, chambered for the obsolete .41 calibre. Retaining much factory finish and with all serial numbers matching, this iconic Colt SAA revolver dates to 1900. Mechanically the action is as crisp as you could hope to find, with perfect timing and tight lock up on all chambers. Clearly this Colt SAA revolver has seen little use as both the bore and cylinder are bright, with no signs of abuse throughout. Basically, a superb example that has some areas of honest rubbing around the silver grey back strap, yet lovely mellow case colours on the frame and vivid stamped marking throughout. Overall, a difficult example to find this good, that has never been refinished. Barrel length = 4.75 inches Overall length = 10.25 inches
Fancy Belgian Bulldog Pocket Revolver c.1880 The popularity of the Bulldog design saw gunmakers producing many variations of this iconic revolver. Like many, this example comes chambered for the obsolete .320 calibre cartridge and bears Liege proof marks. No licence required. Presented in good cosmetic condition with much original finish, this profusely engraved nickel Bulldog with its perfect ivory grips, is an attractive Victorian personal defence pistol. Mechanically though, the revolver functions but the trigger return is on the weak side and consequently the action requires a light nudge. A pleasant example of a Bulldog style revolver that could be easily improved and at a bargain price. Red case not included.
Fine 1854 Deane, Adams & Deane Percussion Revolver This is a fine 1854 Adams' Patent percussion revolver by, Deane, Adams & Deane. Presented in original condition with sharp profiles, this double action revolver retains most of its bright blue finish, with muted case colouring to the cylinder and sharp chequering on the grip, finishing with a starburst pattern to the butt cap. Mechanically the action is faultless, with strong springs, tight lock-up and very good bore. No doubt this revolver was once part of an elegant cased set, as this dandy five shot is beautifully engraved in the English-style of close leaf design. A crisp fully functioning action with very little sign of wear. These sleek 120 bore revolvers were not meant as service weapons so the earliest ones were consequently produced without integral loading rammers. Apparently this was only a feature of the first 6 months of production - making this example one of Adams' earlier pieces. A fine British Adams revolver for the connoisseur collector. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9 inches
Fine Cased 54 Bore LAC Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver c.1860 In 1856 a British Army officer, Lieutenant Frederick Beaumont of the Royal Engineers, patented improvements to the Adams revolver. These new features enabled the Adams revolver to be fired in both single or double action manner, which was the first true dual-action system. These Adams revolvers found widespread approval with customers, especially among British Army officers. This particular percussion revolver was made by the London Armoury Company, which was established just days before Beaumont's patents had been finalised. Robert Adams was also the primary supplier of revolvers for the Confederacy during the US Civil War. In fact, once the war ended, the LAC could only manage do stay in business for one more year, before closing in 1866. This Beaumont Adams revolver bears a clear LAC stamp, proofs, serial number, Adams' patent details and the retailer's name of, "George Gibbs, Bristol." The revolver is in fine condition, both mechanically and cosmetically and appears to have been little used. The action has good indexing and the whole revolver retains the majority of its lustre blue finish; a near perfect bore with sharp rifling and generally sharp profiles throughout; with just some minor marks here and there, as well as some dulling of finish at the front of the grip strap and trigger guard. Right side of grip also bears a slight scar to the checkering. The absence of any extraneous engraving suggest that the revolver was purchased as a working tool, rather than as a functioning decorative piece, probably being an officer's sidearm. The accompanying wood case is complete with its accoutrements, which are all in good to excellent condition. The flask is named, "J. Hawksley" and the pewter oil bottle is one by "Dixon," whilst the brass mould bears "Adams'" trademark details and, "54" stamp. The case itself is in good solid condition with a slight fracture to the top lid, but it is otherwise sturdy and intact. Hinges and original green baize lining are all very good. All in all, a fine and complete example of this much sought after revolver, that will be difficult to improve, and at a sensible price. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Fine Cased Beaumont Adams 54 Bore Percussion Revolver When Lieutenant Frederick Beaumont, a British Army officer serving with the Royal Engineers, patented improvements to the action of the Adams revolver, he enabled these fine revolvers to be fired in both single or double action manner. This was the first true dual-action system. as such, these Adams revolvers found widespread approval with customers, especially among British Army officers. A fine example of an LAC made Beaumont Adams, retailed by Deane Adams & Deane, complete with its original case and accoutrements. It is in superb condition both cosmetically and mechanically, appearing to have been little used. All in all, a superb and complete set of a much sought after revolver, that will be difficult to improve upon. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
First Model Double Action Smith & Wesson .44 Russian Revolver This is a First Model, Double Action Top Break Smith & Wesson revolver, manufactured in the obsolete .44 Russian calibre. It is a good and honest example of its type, with low five digit serial number and a genuine 4 inch short barrel. Although this Smith & Wesson revolver has seen much service use, it remains an unmolested and good example of its kind, with the monogrammed grips having been worn smooth by the grateful hands of its former owner. Over all now, most of the original nickel finish has been lost, which has left the exposed surfaces to darken to a pleasing patina and only some minor pitting. Nevertheless, despite its appearance and service wear, this Smith remains a fully functioning pistol with good timely lock-up, plus a tight hinge and locking catch, with strong working action. All in all a good Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver with some original finish remaining and a wealth of character.
First Model Double Action Smith & Wesson .44 Russian Revolver This is a First Model, Double Action Top Break Smith & Wesson revolver, manufactured in the obsolete .44 Russian calibre. It is presented in very good condition throughout, having retained most of its original finish. It is a good and honest example of its type, with low five digit serial number and a genuine 6.5 inch barrel. Clearly this Smith & Wesson revolver has seen little service use, as it remains much original nickel, case hardening and blue colouring. Even the monogrammed grips show little wear and are damage free. There are however some small areas where the nickel has worn off, exposing the underlying metal which has some darkening and light surface pits being evident - All just surface wear. This Smith remains a fully functioning pistol with extremely good timely lock-up, plus a tight hinge and locking catch, plus a strong working action. All in all a very good Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver that would be hard to better at this price.
First Model, Hopkins & Allen Dictator .38RF Revolver, c.1870 This is a rare 'First Model,' Hopkins & Allen "Dictator," which was made between 1869 - 1872. As such, only 5100 revolvers of this type were produced before the company changed the design to the more common, sheathed trigger variant. Chambered for the obsolete .38 Rimfire round, this Dictator is presented in good order. Mechanically in full working order with smooth indexing and firm lock up, this revolver has the factory adapted cylinder, which allows cartridges to be breech loaded, as well as an altered hammer designed to strike the cartridge on the rim. Much like the Colt, the barrel is wedged and the revolver relies on the open frame set up. Offered with a reasonable bore showing the outline of the rifling but with some light pitting, this revolver has clearly seen action, yet remains in good condition. Cosmetically the ironwork is not abused, but it does have age related surface wear, resulting in some light surface speckling, minor pitting and salt and pepper discolouration throughout. Nevertheless, the cylinder scene with decorative cartouches, have been relatively well preserved, together with the original walnut grips. A difficult to find revolver that was well engineered, at half the price of a Colt. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
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French 11mm Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 Revolver The Model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne revolver was the first double action revolver used by the French army. It was produced by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne from 1873 to 1887. It was widely used during the First World War and remained in service to reserve units during WW2 and the French Resistance made widespread use of this revolver during the occupation. This is a very good example of the Model 1873, chambered for the obsolete 11mm calibre. It has a 4" barrel and nice original metal work that was left finished in the white - meaning that there was never any blued finishing to this model. As is, it has never been buffed, sanded or polished, remaining wholly original throughout. One for the collector who prefers pistols to be original. Mechanically the revolver has a strong action, all working correctly. Plus, a good bore and chambers.
French 11mm Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 Revolver The Model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne revolver was the first double action revolver used by the French army. It was produced by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne from 1873 to 1887. Widely used during the First World War, these robust revolvers remained in service to reserve units during WW2 and the French Resistance also made widespread use of them. Overall this revolver is a very good example of its type, which is chambered for the obsolete 11 mm cartridge. It was actually made in 1876 and was originally produced in the 'white,' meaning that there was no finish applied to the bare steel. As such, this revolver has acquired an age darkened finish, which has never been buffed or sanded. This has resulted in a uniformly wonderful dark mottled grey patina, which looks wonderful, as is. Mechanically the revolver has a strong action which is fully working, with matching serial numbers, plus a good bore and chambers. This is one for the collector who prefers their pistols to be unmolested and untouched. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
French 11mm Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 Revolver & Holster The Model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne revolver was the first double action revolver used by the French army. It was produced by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne from 1873 to 1887. Widely used during the First World War, these robust revolvers remained in service to reserve units during WW2 and the French Resistance also made widespread use of them. Interestingly this revolver has retained its original leather holster, which has been radically adapted in the past. Such a modification would most likely have been made to aid access to the revolver, whereby the flap over top has been cut away. Overall his is a very good example of the Model 1873, chambered for the obsolete 10.4 mm cartridge. It features the standard 4" barrel and unpolished metal work that has never been buffed or sanded, which has resulted in this wonderful dark patina being achieved. Some darker spots also exist with some pitting at the top of each grip. Nevertheless, this is one for the collector who prefers their pistols to be unmolested. Mechanically the revolver has a strong action which is fully working, with matching serial numbers, plus good bore and chambers.
French 11mm Modelé 1874 Officer's Revolver A fine example of a French Officer's, M1874 revolver - Original and unrestored. The 11mm Chamelot-Delvigne was the first double action revolver to become general issue to the French army in 1873 and the following year the design was refined by the Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne, especially for officer issue. This rarer "Officers'" model featured a factory blue finish and a polished action, with distinctive flutes to its cylinder, making it stand out from the rank and file model. The limited production run of M1874's ended in 1887. This early example is dated to 1875. Still widely used during the First World War, many even saw service in 1940, among the reserve units as well as in the hands of the Resistance. Overall, this is a fine example of this desirable revolver, which retains most of its original factory finish throughout. A perfect heavy action works correctly and the cylinder locks as it should. All metal parts are numbered and the firing mechanism can be easily exposed by removal of a compartment secured by a single screw - a useful feature to allow quick field stripping. The revolver's chequered wood grips are excellent & undamaged, with a mint bore and cylinders, generally appearing to have been little used. A scarce obsolete calibre revolver that would be difficult to improve upon. To purchase this revolver from ZMW Militaria, you must be over 18 years of age with no legal prohibition. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
French Gendarmerie 'Marechaussee' Flintlock Pocket Pistol, c.1790 This French Marechaussee flintlock pistol was made c.1790, to a scaled down constabulary pattern - making it just two thirds the size of the regulation pistol carried by the gendarmerie. Its reduced size and light weight does however make it very concealable, leading to a wealth of speculation as to who in law enforcement might have carried such a pistol? The 38 bore (12.7 mm) barrel was still of adequate size to be an effective personal defence weapon. A very interesting flintlock, offered in full working order with good damage free wood and nicely presented ironwork, with light patina and correct ramrod. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 6.5 inches
French Gendarmerie Modèle 1842 Percussion Pistol This French Gendarmerie pistol evolved into the Modèle 1842, having been based on previous police patterns, with their earliest origins being back in 1770. Ultimately, whether they had flintlock or percussion ignition, this genre of pistol was characterised by its compact proportions, with each being robustly built at one of several government arsenals. Manufactured in Alsace, this police percussion pistol is stamped on the lock with the maker's details, "Mre. [Manufacturé] N.le [Nationale] de Mutzig." Other armoury marks and government issue stamps are also present, albeit faint. These are present on the iron and wood work. The octagonal and part round barrel is approximately of 24 Bore and shows some sign of previous cleaning and slight loss of wood around the lock. Nevertheless, it is presented in full and strong working order, complete with its off centre mounted ramrod, which screws into its channel for security. Overall a good example of the final single shot percussion pistol to be issued to the French Gendarmerie. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
French M1842 Gendarmerie Percussion Carbine, c.1855 The Modèle 1842 carbine is a relatively scarce long arm of the French Gendarmerie, with this example being dated to 1855. This interesting carbine is in good working order with some service wear and pitting, but no abuse noted. It even retains its correct iron Tete Clou (Nail Head) ramrod. The lock is robust in all respects and the action has strong springs, as well having a good rifled barrel that would have fired .69 calibre Minié bullets. It is all clearly marked with the Tulle government arsenal script and numerous numbered parts. Even the three quarter length stock is damage free and the butt retains the "MI" marked cartouche, which stands for Manufacturie Imperiale, with deference to Emperor Napoleon III. All in all a difficult carbine to find, let alone in good original condition. Barrel length = 29 inches Overall length = 45 inches
French Revolver The Service Revolver Model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne was the first double action revolver used by the French army. It was produced by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne from 1873 to 1887 who manufactured approximately 337,000. It was widely used during the First World War and issued to reserve units in 1940. The French Resistance made widespread use of it during German Occupation. This is a great example of the Model 1873, 6 shot, Revolver in 11mm Calibre. It has a 4" barrel and nice original metal work finished 'in the white'. The barrel is engraved ' Mle 1873' and the frame 'M' d'Armes de Saint-Étienne'. A great feature of this model is that all of it's parts are numbered. All of this examples' metal parts are crisply numbered and the firing mechanism can be easily exposed by removal of a compartment secured by a single screw (illustrated). The compartment fits snugly. The pistol has all its original parts and springs. The single and double action work perfectly with a strong spring mechanism. The frame barrel and trigger guard are also stamped with matching numbers ' G92192'. The frame is also dated '1879'. The pistol's chequered wood grips are excellent & undamaged. It is complete with Military lanyard ring. Price for this impressive nicely stamped and engraved piece includes UK delivery. NB. As an obsolete calibre antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 8989
General Service Trade Pattern Military Issue Cyma Pocket Watch This is a good and tidy dent free example of a GS pocket watch of WW2, made by the Cyma watch company. It shows some characteristic wear of an issued pocket watch, with light handling marks around the high areas and winding neck. This is typical of a watch that has actually been carried and used for a few years, presumably in a Battle Dress pocket. Yet it remains in good condition, with no signs of abuse. Having retained most of its original finish, this Cyma will make a good addition to any collection. It is in working order, but has not been serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Gentleman's Flintlock Pocket Pistol By Barber & Boaler c.1800 A very good pocket flintlock pistol, made by the Newark gunmakers, Barber & Boaler, c.1800. The box lock action is well engraved with masculine 'military devices' and the butt is embellished with a typical large, plain silver heraldic shield, all well constructed, with much original finish remaining. The pistol also has an unusual sliding safety that automatically disengages when the pistol's action is on full cock, with the folding trigger snapping down at the same moment, making this all in all, a very nice pistol - No doubt, made for the personal protection of a gentleman. Bearing Tower private proof marks, which were only used between 1740 - 1810, the barrel will take a ball of around 50 bore. Furthermore, this pistol was once part of a pair, as is denoted by the presence of the number, '1,' stamped on both the frame and the barrel. This was necessary to prevent the inadvertent mismatching of barrels with its counterpart. A superb pocket flintlock in very good condition and no damage. Barrel length - 1.5 inches Overall length - 6 inches
Gentleman's Self-Cocking Percussion Boot Pistol, c.1840 Made for concealed carry, this scarce rifled percussion pistol would have been worn within the top shaft of a riding boot. Held in place by an internal boot strap, this man-stopping 22 bore pistol had to be quick to access, draw and if needs must, fire! For these reasons this large bore pistol features a snag proof profile, including a hidden hammer and a self-cocking action. It is fully working with strong springs and has a good rifled bore. Overall this handy gentleman's personal protection pistol is in very good aesthetic condition, with profuse engraving around the action. A small heart shaped escutcheon and a butt trap for spare caps, all contribute to making this an attractive item for the collector. Overall length = 6.5 inches Barrel length = 2 inches
Genuine 1952 Police Issue Truncheon Pockets Made of a cotton canvas, these new old stock truncheon pockets make an ideal protective sleeve in which to keep your antique truncheon safe. Each one is perfect, but there may be minor differences to the ones shown in terms of shade or marking. Each pocket measures approximately 12 inches in length and is marked with the King's Crown G.R.VI. The price is for one truncheon pocket and includes free UK delivery.
Genuine WW2 Sterling Silver RAF Sweetheart Broach This pair of silver RAF wings has not seen the light of day for over 30 years. Needless to say they are of genuine WW2 vintage, or possibly earlier, being marked on the reverse, "Sterling Silver." The Austin Reed box has been home for the wings for all of this time and may be the original, despite not being an exact fit. Overall the silver wings are in very good condition with only minor wear around the high spots, but no actual damage - They also measure 6 cm tip to tip. The box is in similar, lightly used condition. A very good original item - Not a reproduction.
Gerstner Oak Hobby, Collector's & Tool Chest This is a traditionally built, high quality and brand new oak chest by Gerstner International. It has a full drop down front panel, which can be locked to secure your contents of the box. This same hinged panel when unlocked, can be lowered and tucked underneath the bottom drawer. All in all, the chest is beautifully made and fully lined with green cloth. It features two smaller draws, below which nest a further two full width drawers and two strong side carry handles allow the box to be transported with ease. This sturdy and solidly constructed chest is on offer well below the usual retail price in the UK. This is a one off item at this special low price. Dimensions: W 55cm x D 25cm x H 24cm Due to weight, this item is suitable only for UK delivery.
Great Western Railway Station Master's Pocket Watch, c.1925 A scarce GWR issue pocket watch made c.1925 by Limit. Used by railway guards and Station Masters, these watches were robust in their construction. With 15 jewel movements and sturdy hermetic cases, they were used day in and day out, so finding one that is as crisp and clearly marked as this one is, is pretty rare. The glass is also the original bevelled variety, with some scuffs and scrapes, but no unsightly damage to note. Offered in full working order, the watch is keeping time, but it has not been serviced. A Premium Service and 12 month warranty are additionally offered for this vintage watch.
Group of Victorian & Police Whistles 1887 - 1972 This is an excellent and interesting group of police whistles, all made by the premier manufacturer, Joseph Hudson & Co. All are in excellent dent free condition. The earliest whistle dates from 1887 and is labeled with the company's, "131 Barr Street" address. It is handmade of nickel silver and shows minor staining and light surface markings. The immaculate "Metropolitan Police" marked whistle was made pre WW2. It appears to have never been used, but it was fitted with a modern 1980s police tunic chain when it was issued to a police recruit - 50 years after it was accepted into police service! The last chrome whistle is from the 1970's. It is virtually mint and is of the pattern that was made up to 1972, complete with its original chain: After 1972, police whistles ceased to be made from rolled sheet metal and were instead made of a one piece tube. With that, production of the Hudson police whistle was also affected by technology, when virtually overnight the role of 'The Metropolitan' whistles as a tool to summon help, was replaced by the introduction of police personal radios. From thereon, the whistle has taken on more of a symbolic role for tradition's sake. Albeit the whistle is making something of a comeback in certain quarters. All of these are in full working order and represent a snapshot of the Metropolitan whistles issued to constabularies over the generations.
H. Nock, 20 Bore Officer's Flintlock Holster Pistol, c.1790 This Henry Nock flintlock pistol was made c.1790, and closely resembles the style of the contemporary duellers. Slim and elegant in form, but less elaborate in external decoration, this Officer's pistol was designed for service use and holster carry. Featuring a slightly swamped, regulation length, 20 bore iron barrel, bearing the maker's name, "H. Nock," as well as his "HN" initials, this flintlock was proofed in London. Furthermore, the signed radiused lock is also in full working order, retaining sharp lines and an overall original dark patina, with just minor pin prick surface pitting. All the woodwork is equally well preserved with rich walnut colouring and no repair or loss. Even the horn tipped ramrod appears to be the original. Overall a very good and sleepy example of a desirable Henry Nock, Officer's Holster Pistol. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 14 inches
H.M. Customs House .65 Regulation Flintlock By Brander & Potts, c.1805 This scarce modified 1796 Light Dragoon Regulation Flintlock pistol is engraved on the brass trigger guard, "H.M. Customs House," as it was once part of the revenue officers' arsenal held at Lower Thames Street, London. These premises were actually destroyed following a fire and subsequent gunpowder explosion on Saturday 12th February 1814. Made by the gunmakers Brander & Potts, who were contractors to the Board of Ordnance, working from premises at 70 Minories and Goodman’s Yd, between 1802-27. This particular flintlock pistol features a plain barrel of .65 calibre and bevelled lock, marked to the maker. In addition, the period repaired walnut stock also bears the B&P stamp, original brass mounts and iron ramrod. Generally the pistol has seen service use and this is evident from by the presence of general wear and pitting, but the pistol is still in fully functioning condition and good cosmetic appearance.
Hamilton W10 Military Wristwatch c.1973 Following the end of Smiths' military contract in 1973, the Swiss branch of Hamilton stepped up to the challenge and continued with the supply of mechanical watches to the Ministry of Defence. The new tonneau pattern case was of monocoque design, where the movement is totally confined in a steel housing machined from a solid block. The only way to access the movement here, is to remove the glass and ease out the mechanism through the front of the watch. A couple of years later the British Cabot Watch Company (CWC), began the production of the very same watch, sourcing the parts from the same company as Hamilton had been using. The switch from a Swiss based company to a London based firm that promised to deliver the exact same product using genuine Swiss parts, was a sound logistical decision. Typically though for collectors, the Hamilton watch brand is most desired as it is the forerunner of this genre of watch, which were the last mechanical watches to be issued in any number to the armed forces. This Hamilton is in great original condition showing virtually pristine, with no appreciable sign of wear. Furthermore, the previous owner gives an assurance that the watch has been serviced within he last 12 months and certainly the watch is running without any obvious fault - However this does not amount to a Premium Service warranty. Watch will be supplied with a brand new NATO strap.
Handheld Vintage Cartridge Primer, Decapper and Sizer This is a complete vintage reloading tool made c.1880, for decapping, priming and resizing shotgun cartridges. The tool is made and stamped for the "Cal. 16" cartridge and it was made in France where this calibre is popular. However, the primer and decapper will work with a 12 bore cartridge as shown. It is in original condition, retaining much of its original finish.
Handmade RAF "Penny Spitfire" Badge c.1940 This wonderful "Penny Spitfire" broach was made by an artisan in the RAF and given to a member of Wing Commander's Moye's family, where it remained until being sold off recently, together with the Wing Commander's pewter tankard. Moyle is known to have served as an RAF pilot during WW2. Apparently the small Spitfire badge was handmade from an old Victorian copper penny, with the work being very well executed and nicely proportioned. The badge can be fixed to a lapel by means of its brass safety pin, soldered to the underside of the fuselage. A great item in unmolested condition with good shape and age patina.
Hannoverian Military Adapted "New Land" Pistol c.1815 This former British ordnance "New Land" pistol was converted by the Hannoverian military in the 1830s, but the facts which led it to be part of the German military's armoury, are worth reviewing… When Hannover was overrun by French troops in 1803, the defeated Hannoverian forces reformed and enlisted their services into the new "King's German Legion," which was part of the Anglo-Allied initiative to defeat Napoleon. Incorporating the cavalry, artillery and infantry, the KGL were German nationals who learnt to be commanded in English by their own leaders, with just some of their officers being seconded from the British Army. Noted as being a well trained and professional regiment, the King's German Legion fostered a sense of 'Englishness' to permeate its ranks, to the point that many of the men adopted British first names. This level of integration helped establish them as being one of the best regiments of the regular British Army. Never would they be considered as mercenaries in the pay of the King, far from it, as the KGL were seasoned soldiers who were often involved in the thick of action at several historic campaigns; most notably the Walcheren Campaign, the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days. In fact, the King's German Legion fought continuously against the French throughout the Napoleonic Wars. In 1815, making up a substantial part of the army under the Duke of Wellington's command the King’s German Legion, together with the integral King's German Artillery, came into their own. Having been involved in the deciding Battle of Waterloo, the KGA went on to Paris and finally, in February 1816, they reentered their City of Hannover amid cheers from jubilant inhabitants. Having achieved their objective, the King's German Legion were henceforth disbanded, but that was only to facilitate the organisation of the 1st Hannoverian Battalion. Having been previously equipped by the British Army, the former Legion or a part thereof, kept hold of their weapons, which were still stamped with their "Tower" and "GR" marks. So this particular pistol remained in service for a great number of years and in later years, was modernised by the Hannoverian military armoury, c.1830. The German improvements to this New Land pistol are particularly interesting and the execution of the work is craftsman like in all aspects: The breech end of the barrel has been reconfigured to allow a percussion ignition system to be incorporated; armoury engraving of the number "30" can be found on several key barrel components indicating that the work was bespoke; the provision of a taller hammer of German style, notched to engage a safety bar; the adoption of a safety catch to keep the hammer just clear off the nipple; the addition of a foresight and a lanyard ring to the butt cap, completes the list of Hannoverian military mods. A fascinating example in good order throughout but with some obvious signs of service wear. Fully working, it is nevertheless a good example of its kind, with a typical period armoury repair to the ramrod channel. All made more desirable by the presence of regimental markings - With plenty of scope for further research.
Heavy Lignum Vitae Police Truncheon By Hiatt & Co. Ltd. Birmingham This is an excellent Hiatt made police truncheon, made from a dark, close grained dense wood - probably Lignum Vitae, also known as Ironwood. This was the wood of choice, but later police issue truncheons were made of a much lighter timber. This truncheon is free of splits or other notable signs of damage to the woodwork - only the leather strap is worn and split. Otherwise the truncheon is in excellent condition with the grip being fully stamped with Hiatt's details on the end. The number 361 is also stamped along its length. A nice British police stick.
Hermanos .44 Smith & Wesson Russian Revolver Hermanos of Spain produced fine copies of the Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver, which were sold worldwide and seriously affected S&W's retail trade. Smith & Wesson claimed through the US courts, that these copies were built to deceive the unwary into believing that they were Smiths, as the Spanish heritage, at least in the early copies, was craftily disguised with pseudo S&W logos and other patent details that made Hermanos' revolvers appear to be American made revolvers. Anyway, this example on offer here dates from c.1900 and clearly, in small print, bears "Hermanos Eibar Espania" details on the barrel rib. Yet it still has S&W styled monograms on the perfect grips. This top break 5 inch barrelled revolver is every inch a top quality firearm, benefitting from fine factory engraving over most of its surface. It is fully functioning and has a reasonable bore and chambers, and a nickel finish that has not been scrubbed. where the plating has worn, the underlying metal has discoloured, but very light and sympathetic cleaning will see this pistol easily improved upon. Overall a great obsolete calibre revolver at a budget price.
Hertsmere Arms Fair - 29th November 2015 ZMW Militaria is pleased to support the Hertsmere Arms Fair on, SUNDAY, 29th NOVEMBER 2015 HOLIDAY INN, LONDON - ELSTREE WD6 5PU Looking forward to meeting our customers, both old and new. Ziggy M. Wesolowski
Hudson Police Whistle From Hendon Police College c.2000 This modern "POLICE" marked tube whistle is as new and comes from Hendon, Metropolitan Police Training School. As with the first police calls, it was supplied by the police whistle maker, Hudson & Co. These whistles were then sold to police recruits studying at the college, from a retail outlet at the venue. The above information is fact and the whistle is absolutely like new, supplied with its original chain. A scarce to find modern POLICE marked whistle.
Huntsman - Small Silva Compass ex MOD Surplus The Huntsman is an item of MOD escape equipment, issued to RAF aircrews. It is a small and lightweight compass made by Silva of Sweden and can be worn clipped to the uniform by means of an integral safety pin. This compass is in mint unused condition, complete with its red box. It is over 25 years old and genuine military surplus, but it has no issue marks.
Immaculate WW1 Princess Mary Gift Tin & Christmas Card One of the best examples that I have seen in a long while. This Christmas tin was a gift to the troops from Princess Mary in 1914, and although not rare, this example is in particularly fine condition with most original bright gilding and protective lacquer. This tin is also complete with its original Christmas card, which is in equally excellent condition. Overall, a well preserved example.
Imperial German Pocket Watch c.1912
Imperial Russian Military Binoculars By Carl Zeiss c.1907 This is a fine and rare pair of Imperial Russian Military contract binoculars, made by the firm of Carl Zeiss. Having established a company in Tsarist Russia, Zeiss' records indicate that their D.F. 6x glasses, which were first introduced in 1907, were reserved for military supply. Given that the serial number of these glasses is only 1601, such a low number indicates that they must have been among the first of their type to have been made, as by 1910 total binocular production for Zeiss had reached 200,000 pairs and by the Great War that number had risen to close on to half a million. These actual binoculars are marked in Cyrillic with the Carl Zeiss name, plus the place of manufacture is given as St. Petersburg. In addition, they have also been engraved with the military mark of crossed Nagant rifles. As is, those binoculars are wholly original showing just light signs of active service use, with some minor paint loss and handling marks. Optically the image is very good and free from any detracting mould or unsightly damage - although there are a couple of tiny edge chips on one objective lens, almost unnoticeable and invisible when in use. A neck strap is also included, which is believed to be original to the binoculars. Interestingly, these binoculars were found in a WW2 German Army binocular case, some 50+ years ago. It's anyones guess how they came to be together, but as the case is not the original Russian one, it will be offered separately - But this will not happen before the binoculars are sold, just in case they are wanted together. The German case is likewise in excellent original condition, being code marked to the Rudolf Lang, Federn, Draht- und Metallwarenfabrik Brandenburg an der Havel. All in all, a very well preserved set of optics from a rare Carl Zeiss contract.
Irish Mounted Constable's Flintlock By Rigby, c.1820 Originally a brace of large .65 carbine bore flintlock pistols would have been carried by constables on horse patrol in the rural regions of Ireland, such as represented by this example supplied by W & J Rigby of Dublin. A smaller pattern of Rigby pistol was also made available for law enforcement work, as shown elsewhere on this site. This robust Rigby pistol, which measures 15 inches in length, is in good overall condition with just minor service wear and an old armourer's repair to the ramrod channel. It is in proper working order with a strong spring action and features a captive ramrod, plus the traditionally Irish form of slim brass capped butt. A good quality collectable pistol.
Irish Pocket Pistol By Kavanagh, Dublin c.1845 William Kavanagh was first recorded as a gunmaker in 1796, being joined in 1822 by his sons, William and James. On occasion both brothers would periodically branch out opting to conduct business by themselves, but after William senior retired or possibly died in 1853, the brothers continued to work together although there would be continued spells of independent practice by them. Work took place at various premises, but the family are most closely associated as working from both 11 & 12 Dame Street, Dublin. William Kavanagh the younger was also joined in partnership by his son, probably after James died in 1872. In this way the Kavanagh name maintained a long association with the gun industry, which lasted until 1928. This percussion pistol is a very good example of what is probably the brothers' work. In design, the pistol is a scaled down travelling pistol of the period, but configured to suit very pocketable dimensions. The whole pistol retains strong traces of its original finish and the lock is finely chiselled with scroll engravings. The boxlock is all working well, with the side mounted hammer holding through all three bents. Beneath the fixed octagonal barrel there is a nicely miniaturised captive ramrod, making this a neat and compact package measuring a little over 6 inches overall and of around 80 bore. All in all, a neat and well presented pocket percussion pistol, made by one of Ireland's most eminent gun making families.
Jumbo 1966 Omega Seamaster Diver - Chronostop Watch In 1948, Omega's introduced a new range of high grade watches for the postwar market. Basically, their new line of watches were civilianised military spec timepieces, which were given the label, "Seamaster." Over time the Seamaster collection evolved into what was a professional range of divers' and sports watches. In 1966 Omega manufactured a limited series of single button chronograph watches, which were marketed as the Seamaster Chronostop. However, one oversized tonneau version of this watch, measuring 41mm across, with its inner rotating bezel, was marketed by Omega as the "Seamaster Diver". Of course, by modern standards this dive watch is quite a bit different to those made today: This particular Seamaster features an inner bezel, which can be set against the minute hand for measuring dive and decompression times. Presented in excellent collector grade condition, this Seamaster shows very little sign of actual use. All functions are crisp and smooth, with the watch performing as it should - although it has not been serviced recently. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
Knights Of Norwich Flintlock Holster Pistol, c.1810 A very good 200 year old flintlock holster pistol signed by the provincial gunmaker, Knights of Norwich, which, judging by the condition of the bore, appears to have never been fired. The lock itself is in full working order, all attractively engraved with sharp decorative embellishments, as well as the addition of a roller frizzen that dates the flintlock to, c.1810. Looking at the pan, this is free of the pitting that is normally found in this area, which again supports the notion that this pistol is a sleeper. Even the remaining ironwork has sharp detail, with just the lightest of surface wear to the finish... All in all commensurate with the pistol never having been used. Only the furniture shows some sign of bumps and bruises, perhaps from storage or carriage, but nothing serious. The hexagonal barrel has a bead foresight and much original brown colouring, bored to take a ball of about .60," which equates to a 21, or a patched 22 Bore. Overall, a lot of flintlock from a provincial gunmaker and a beautiful historic part of England. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 13.5 inches
L&NER Railway Constabulary Whistle, c.1925 This is a scarce London & North Eastern Railway Constabulary police whistle, dating from the mid 1920s. This force was brought about after the Railway Police were reorganised by the Railways Act of 1921, which caused an amalgamation of the numerous independent railways. Out of the 20 or so organised Railway Police Forces that pre existed, 4 groups now emerged linked to the new networks, namely; the Great Western Railway (GWR), the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) and the Southern Railway (SR). The size of the reorganised Railway Constabulary now began to increase. Ex service men from the Great War became a ready source of recruit who, once again, found themselves in an occupation that was not without personal risk. Disciplined and generally proficient in the use of small arms, Constables were given additional firearms training and access to a service revolver, which could be carried by those who desired to patrol armed. Certainly, with the police undertaking an even greater responsibility for the safety of passengers and the goods carried by rail during the Second World War, it is incredible to note that the incidence of theft from the railway, between 1941 and 1952, exceeded the total number of thefts reported to the combined civilian authorities of England and Wales! This police whistle, in lieu of the telephone or radio, was the constable's only means of requesting help on the hurry up. As it was a mandatory piece of police equipment, most frequently these whistles are found, well used. Yet this example is in excellent and virtually untouched condition, with no sign of damage. An amazing survivor from one of Britain's lesser known armed Constabularies.
L&NER Railway Police Constabulary Whistle This is a great example of a pre WW2 railway police whistle, used on the London & North East Region. Made from nickel silver by Hudson & Co. of Birmingham c.1935, the whistle is in perfect collectible condition with no dents, just minor pocket carry marks. An excellent whistle in fill working order.
Lancaster P1855 Bayonet & Scabbard An excellent example of a Lancaster P1855 bayonet complete with its rare military marked scabbard. Overall this bayonet is free of damage or other abuse, retaining its original factory polish, as well as having good crisp and clear marking comprising of; broad arrow, "X" bend test mark and other numerous inspection stamps. This Lancaster bayonet comes with its military marked leather scabbard, which is likewise in excellent condition with good and firm brass mounts, showing no shrinkage or cracks, but some of the stitching is undone.
LB&SCR Police Railway Whistle This brass LS&SCR constabulary whistle, was made by Hudson & Co., c.1900. It was the property of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway and features an internal partition within the tube body of the whistle, which is of the 1896 patent type. This railway whistle is in good working order and all the stamped details are good and clear. There are signs of service wear, but the whistle looks generally good without any serious dents.
Liege Proof 12mm Pinfire Service Revolver, c.1860 Invented by Casimir Lefaucheux in the 1830s, pinfire became a popular self contained cartridge system before the advent of centre fire. It was available for a great many calibres, including ones suitable for military use, as this large 12mm revolver testifies. Proofed in Liege, this large revolver dates from c.1860. Plain and free of decoration, it appears to have been made in the white, which was common for service weapons of the time. With its big bore, long sighted barrel, trigger guard and lanyard ring, this pinfire is offered in full working order with strong springs - however it may only be owned without a certificate if held as an antique curio and not fired. Cosmetically the revolver has been cleaned in the past, but it still retains a good profile with no significant loss of detail. Solid original coarse cut grips, chambers and bore rifling, are also good throughout, with just some age related wear, but nothing significant. All in all, a lot of service pistol for the collector at a reasonable price. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Light Dragoon Flintlock by Durs Egg, c.1800 A regulation pattern Light Dragoon flintlock made by Durs Egg, most probably for a volunteer regiment in, c.1800. The pistol has the earlier desirable radiused lock plate and swan neck cock, which is in working order with strong springs and all signed by Egg. The tapering barrel is also signed, together with "London," as well as bearing Tower private proofs. Cosmetically, it can be seen that this flintlock has seen extended service, which has left the iron work uniformly covered in light surface pitting and woodwork covered with surface bruises, leaving an uneven and mottled appearance. The iron parts are untouched however, the woodwork shows signs of old repairs and some previous light scrubbing to the brass butt cap - This can be improved. An interesting and early Light dragoon flintlock by a top end maker, at an attractive price. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 15.5 inches
Light Dragoon Pattern Flintlock By Thomas, c.1800 A good Light Dragoon flintlock pistol of regulation pattern, complete with its original iron ramrod, dating to c.1800. This pistol is fully functioning, with strong springs and a good action, holding well on both half and full cock. The lock plate is of the flat type and has a step towards the tail, as well as bearing the maker's name, "Thomas." Aesthetically this pistol looks very good for display, but there have been some minor losses to the woodwork around the lock, which have been neatly attended too. This old wear and tear is commensurate with its military service and as is, the flintlock remains a good representative piece for the collector. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 15.5 inches
LNER Railway Guard's Pocket Watch c.1930 Made by the Record Watch Co. in Switzerland, this is a guard's pocket watch, formerly owned by the London & North Eastern Railway. This watch shows signs consistent with service wear on the railway, but fortunately no nasty damage. Typically work on the railways could be punishing for many lesser watches. This example is in good order both mechanically and cosmetically. Record watches were not only used by many Railway Companies, but were also very much in demand by the military, due to their inherent reliability and robust quality. Nevertheless, railway watches required frequent inspection and repair, simply due to the demanding role that they performed - so it is likely that during its working life, when in for repair, this watch's case was additionally engraved internally with the number 662. This must have been done in an effort to make it easier to match all the components of the movement housing. Presumably there would have been several watches on a work bench at any given time. Fortunately there is no sign of any incompetent watchmaker abuse and the case's screw threads have not been forced, as is common to see. This has kept the watch sealed from the adverse smoke filled environment, which has kept the movement clean and in working order, despite not having been recently serviced. You won't find many railway watches from the famous Flying Scotsman line being offered at this low price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
LNER Railway Guard's Pocket Watch c.1940 Signed Selex, this is an immaculate and totally original London & North East Region railway guard's pocket watch. Amazingly it shows little or no sign of any wear and it is dent free. To find a railway watch in this sharp a condition, where the robust nickel silver case all screws up tightly and displaying sharply stamped details, is everything anyone could wish for. Internally the movement looks virtually factory new and the watch functions without flaw, however a service should still be considered. The wonderful heavy-duty bevel edged crystal is still intact and the dial, hands and crown are all like new, showing no sign of replacement or refurbishment. A real beauty. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
London Colt .31 M1849 Pocket Revolver, c.1854 The Colt Pocket Model 1849 has always been a popular belt holster pistol, especially in the intermediate barrel length. However, it was only the shortest of these percussion revolvers, as this one is, that could be considered suitable for actual pocket carry. Not surprisingly, men often chose the latter model for use as a discreet personal protection revolver. This is born out when in wartime, Colt's London Agency saw British Army Officers purchasing a number of their compact guns - presumably for use as a back-up to their regular service revolver. As such, this London Colt Pocket revolver, which factory records show was made in 1854, may very well have been intended for overseas service in the Crimean War. Presented in very good condition, this Colt is crisp, with sharp lines along the 4 inch barrel and all matching numbers, including the wedge. In the raw, the metal finish is mottled, but it is not as contrasty as the images suggest: The darker areas do retain a good amount of original blue, against a duller grey background, which is all original. Case colours have faded, but the underlying surfaces are nevertheless smooth, with just a hint of isolated light pitting. Nothing bad. Screw heads are not abused and and the cylinder scene is likewise good, with solid nipples. The bore and rifling are also in good order. Mechanically the action is positive with a distinct click and firm lock up every time. A genuinely nice Colt M1849 Pocket Revolver, with the bonus of having undamaged walnut grips. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
London Metropolitan Police Pistol & Holster By W. Parker c.1840 Horse patrols have always been used by those in authority, giving access to outlying areas and enabling the pursuit of criminals who might otherwise remain concealed in their familiar rural settings. The most famous of these authorities was undoubtably the, Bow Street Horse Patrol of 1760. Originally when the new London Metropolitan Police were established, constables patrolled largely on foot, but just as before a mounted presence existed and, together with the Bow Street Horse Patrol, they undertook the work in the rural parts of the capital where civil unrest was growing. In fact, their work was regarded as being especially dangerous, so mounted constables often patrolled armed with a brace of pistols and a sword. Eventually though, what remained of the Bow Street Horse Patrol, was reorganised in 1836 and became a guard to the Royal Palaces: Crowd control was not part of their duty, not until the formation of the specialist Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch in 1919. The percussion pistol being offered here was made and signed by William Parker, c.1840. It is for all intents a Board of Ordnance marked Coastguard pattern pistol, which has had its belt hook removed to permit holster carry; this was officially sanctioned in antiquity and the screw hole left by the hook has been neatly plugged. Overall this pistol is in good solid condition and working order, bearing a number of inspectors' crown stamps and proof marks. All wood furniture is good and the iron work has vestiges of patina and some age wear. The pistol also comes with its 'LMP' marked holster, which is in superb condition and fits the pistol well. A good and rare pistol outfit dating to the early years of the Metropolitan Police (LMP).
London Thames Police - A Victorian Saint Catherine's Docks Naval Truncheon St. Catherine's dockyard was located on the River Thames, between The Tower and London Docks. The area was developed in 1828 and the docks were named after the hospital that once stood in the area. Local maps of the area commonly record the name of the dockyard as being spelt with either C, or sometimes with the letter K. Over the years the name Saint Katherine has become more commonly used. This 16 inch truncheon is itself in good over all condition, having the St. CD mark and anchor, deeply branded into the woodwork. The truncheon is good and solid, but it does show some blemishes naturally found in any wood, together with age splits - Nevertheless, the truncheon remains in robust and attractive condition with wonderful patina.
London Transport Underground Railway Guard's Whistle This is a scarce Hudsons whistle, made for use on the London Underground circa 1948. It dates from 1948, when the London Transport Executive was initially established and bears the LTE property mark. The whistle shows signs of wear, but is nevertheless complete and in working good order.
London Underground Staff "LTPB" Whistle, c.1939 Made by Hudsons & Co., this scarce Thunderer whistle was the property of the London Transport Passenger Board, who were originally formed in 1933. Despite their full title, the board usually went by their shortened name of "London Transport," using a newly adopted symbol of the roundel and bar. Although the LTPB were responsible for the broader network of buses, trams and the Tube, this whistle was issued to key staff at London Underground stations and would have been no doubt used through the Blitz. This whistle shows some service wear and some minor loss of finish, but it is still a good loud and solid working piece.
Longines Admiral Watchmaker's Tool c.1955 The Longines 'Admiral' are a prestige range of sports and waterproof watches, that have appeared in many different model designs over the decades. In the late 50's and 60's Longines manufactured a waterproof design that encapsulated the movement in a seamless case, relying on the crystal to waterproof and protect the inner mechanism from the ingress of dust and water. During servicing though, the crystal would require removal and in order to do this, Longines supplied its watchmakers with a special Admiral crystal extracting tool. This metal tool is in mint condition and comes with its original protective pouch. An interesting and rare Longines tool that is both collectable and useful for the amateur watchmaker.
Longines Chronograph - 1920 Issue Palestine Police Pocket Watch The origins of the Palestinian Police have their roots linked to events in the Middle East, stemming from when the Egyptian Expeditionary Force won the decisive Battle of Gaza in 1917. One month after in December, Jerusalem came under British Martial Law and less than a year later, the Ottoman Empire finally surrendered, leaving the British in full control of Palestine. Not wishing to appear heavy handed and to keep the population on side, a civilian authority was created to administer the British Mandate. Simultaneously then, on the 1st July 1920, the Palestine Police were established under control of Police Commander Lt. Col. P B Bramley OBE. Under his authority were, 18 British Officers supported by 55 Palestinian Officers and 1,144 rank and file, whose role was described as, "Fulfilling the ordinary duties of a constabulary, such as the preservation of law and order and the prevention and detection of crime, [to] act as their numbers will allow as escorts for the protection of tax collectors, serve summonses issued by the judicial authorities, distribute Government notices and escort Government treasure throughout the country." For whatever reason, the civilian authority responsible for the procurement of equipment, decided to purchase this Longines chronograph pocket watch, which they numbered "P.P.9." Certainly a desirable timepiece in its own right, but quite what was envisaged that the Palestine Police should want with such a Longines watch, is not clear. For a fact, this watch was a very expensive commodity and judging by the application of the issue number "9", it would be reasonable to conclude that several chronographs were purchased. According to archived Longines records in Switzerland, information states that this, "Longines watch, serial number 2’975’577 (a silver 0.900 pocket watch), fitted with a Longines' mechanical movement with a chronograph mechanism, caliber 19.73N, was invoiced to Messrs. Kramer, who were for many years, the Longines agent for Egypt, on 23 April 1920." So, this watch was in existence right from the formation of the Palestine Police Force. Possibly issued to one of the 18 Officers, or for the force hierarchy? This chronograph is in very good condition, showing subtle signs of what amounts to careful service wear. The movement is in good order and it is running well, however the Premium Service is recommended for such a complex mechanism, to allow it to continue to give good service. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
Longines Lindbergh Watch - US Army Air Corps c.1939 Original Longines Lindbergh 'Hour Angle' watches are rare, but to find one that was actually a military issue piece, is exceptionally rare indeed. The 'Hour Angle' watch was developed as an aid to aerial navigation by Charles Lindbergh. Its primary benefit was to enable a pilot to quickly read how many degrees, known as Angles of Arc, the globe had rotated since the start of his flight. This was an important calculation that helped the pilot take into account the apparent shift in position of the sun or other celestial body, relative to his position - This was all to do with calculating longitude. The outer rotating bezel of this watch is thus calibrated from 1 to 15 degrees, with Minutes of Arc shown shown in-between. In use, the bezel would be lined up against the minute hand, which would then start to count up the globe's rotated degrees/angle of arc. The inner seconds disc is also rotatable via the additional winding crown, which can then be accurately lined up and paced with the sweeping seconds hand, to coincide with a time signal. With practice, the accurate setting of this watch could be rapidly achieved and the watch became a useful navigational tool. Most of these watches were made by Longines for the American civil aviation market, which accounts for the trend that most were made in gold filled cases, however, this example is a rare version that was purchased by the US Army A. C. and is engraved as such on the movement's centre post bridge. It was imported into the States by Longines' partner agency, Wittnauer. Overall this watch is in very good condition for a working military instrument. Typically the watch has some service wear, but most of its original finish is intact and it has also undergone repair to the crowns, which are very good old replacements - a common matter for this genre of military watch. An original new old stock US military strap dating from WW2, also accompanies this watch. Relatively few Longines Lindbergh watches were ever made as there was a greater emphasis on the production of the less complicated Weems Watch, making this is a rare opportunity to acquire a truly historic US Army Air Corps' watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Longines Weems Aviator's Watch c.1990 Originally designed by Lt. Commander Philip Van Horn Weems in 1938, this genuine Longines Weems aviator's wristwatch is one of the rare collector's watches reissued by the company in the 1990's. The production run was limited to only 1000 pieces distributed worldwide. As such, this is an absolute rarity offered in near mint condition, free of damage and in perfect working order. The steel 33mm case is superb and mechanically the watch keeps excellent time, however a Premium Service and warranty can be requested for the concessionary price, when ordered within 3 months of purchase. See Terms & Conditions. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Lovell's Pattern 1856 16th Lancer's Rifled Percussion Pistol This antique pistol is the property of a discerning collector, offered here with all the benefits of a business sale. Designed in 1856 by George Lovell, the British Army's Inspector of Small Arms, this well balanced percussion pistol can be differentiated from the earlier P-1842, as these later sidearms benefitted from having rifled barrels and adjustable rear sights - some were even slotted for a shoulder stock, but this one has not been so modified. Offered in good condition, this regulation pistol is marked on the butt with the regimental details of the 16th Lancer's, who saw active service along India's North-West Frontier, at a time when the British Army were involved with the Native Uprising. To note, this pistol has lost one of the flip up rear sight leafs, but is otherwise original and in good order.
Man-Stopper Pistol By Kavanagh, Dublin, c.1840 An impressive and stout Man-Stopper pistol by Kavanagh of Dublin. Made c.1840, this .65 military carbine bore side-hammer pistol is in untouched condition and appears to be unfired. A sturdy pistol that is a true sleeper, which has retained strong traces of original blue colouring and very good metal work. All engraving is sharp and screw heads generally appear untouched. The action is faultless, with a clear resounding three bent click as the sear engages the hammer during cocking. All woodwork is likewise tight and free from damage, which all in all makes this pistol a superb example by one of Ireland's finest gunmaker's. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
Manhattan Arms .36" Pocket Navy Revolver, c.1862 Established by a group of savvy business men in 1856, the Manhattan Firearms Company took advantage Colt's expiring firearm patents and produced their interpretation of their rival's best selling revolvers. Production of their arms began immediately at the Manhattan facility in Norwich, Connecticut, but within a few years their factory moved to premises in Newark, New Jersey. Predominantly, Manhattan Arms concentrated their efforts on the famous Colt Model 1851 Navy and Model 1849 Pocket revolver models: The revolver offered here, is an excellent example of their .36" Pocket Navy percussion revolver. It features the Manhattan 10 slot cylinder, which allows their revolver to be carried safely, fully loaded with the cylinder locked and no live chamber under the hammer. This was a positive step to ensuring greater gun safety and, whilst the company did not have any government contracts, their arms were selling well during the civil war and on the civilian market. By the time that Manhattan Arms finally ceased trading in 1873, a total of around 175,000 various pistols had been produced. This Navy revolver is presented in full working order, with much original finish. Sharp lines and a good amount of cylinder scene are all very evident. Likewise, the bright bore is in excellent condition. All matching numbers and prefect grips, make this a superb collectors piece. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
Map RAF Escape & Evasion Map for Germany A wartime early Silk type, single sided, black & white Escape & Evasion Map for Germany and it's border countries. Showing the major German cities including Berlin, Dresden, Chemnitz, Brunswick, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt etc...also parts of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Austria. Date, approximately 1941. Size 18" x 14". Unusually for Escape Maps, this one is Air Ministry marked. In an excellent condition (folded). Code: 50526Price: 85.00 GBP
Mark IV 8-Day Royal Flying Corps Issue Cockpit Watch c.1914 The Mark IV A cockpit instrument watches were the first true aviation orientated timepieces to be issued to the Royal Flying Corps. Up until then, the War Department were happy to make do with ex Royal Navy chronometers or any other timepiece that was to hand. Purchased in 1914, the War Department were making a real effort to get things right for the pilots, many of whom were tyro with little experience of flying before qualifying for their 'wings.' As few persons around at the time had any real knowledge of how flying affected the human body, ad hoc research was being conducted to help with problems that were manifested. That is why the Mark IV A watch can be found with both white and black dials, as quite simply it was not clear at that time of purchase, which dial best met the flyer's needs? However, it did not take long to realise that the black dial with the white numerals, was actually easier on the eye. Data could be acquired from instruments with enhanced rapidity and as such, aviation instruments started to be produced that were in part, user friendly. The Admiralty version of the same cockpit watch was designated as, the Mark II. These were also ordered in 1914, but only after the RFC had considered the merits of the dial choices. Consequently, all the RNAS Mark II watches that were ordered, came with black dials. Later on many of the white Mark IV A watches had their dials replaced with a black version, but this very early timepiece has survived with its perfect original double sunk dial. The fact that it is an early type can also be surmised because the WD case marking is far more ornate than the stamped marks of the later produced examples. Supplied by Moise Dreyfus (founder of the Record Watch Co.) this timepiece is in superb condition, having retained its long winding neck, which never had a bow fitted. Internally the Octava signed movement is running strong and the watch is keeping time, despite not being serviced. A superb example for the collector. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Martial Marked .44 Colt 1860 Army Percussion Revolver Colt's 1860 Army revolver was one of a few pistols that were standard issue to the Union forces at the time of the American Civil War. As such, there is a great deal of history associated with the military firearms from this era, many which would have seen action at some point during the conflict. The example offered here bears all matched serial numbers, which can be traced through Colt's records to 1862. As this is an early issue revolver, commensurate with US Army policy, it was examined twice over by two independent government inspectors, each of whom stamped their initials to either side of the butt. Although the revolver's finish is holster worn, the resulting aged patina is pleasing and shows no real sign of abuse. Furthermore, the revolver has retained very good angles to the ironwork, with only minimal handling impressions evident and some typical wear to the grip caused by the flap holster. Mechanically the action is sound, working crisply with a positive lock up, good cylinders, original nipples and good bore with just light pitting and nothing nasty to report. Clear stampings, deeply impressed barrel address and some sign of the cylinder's navy scene, are also discernible. Overall a good, tight and collectable example that has not been messed with. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 14.5 inches
Massive Man-Stopper Pistol By W. Parker, c.1815 Made by William Parker c.1815, this pistol was designed to be a man-stopper, which a gentleman would have been carried under a heavy cloak or in a great coat pocket. Given its relative short length and capacity to fire a ball of 12 bore size, such pistols would be devastating at close range. Presented in good condition, this pistol shows evidence of careful use and long term associated service wear, through the flintlock era and into the percussion period. Looking also at the style of decoration, it is probable that William Parker himself was responsible for the conversion, as the quality of the engraving on both the lock plate and hammer, together with other custom work, appears to have been finished by the same hand. Mechanically, the signed lock is in full working order, holding firm on both half and full cock. Fixed sights and a captive ramrod, make this a purposeful and no nonsense pistol, marked to the barrel flat, "Gunmaker To His Majesty." Overall, an attractive stocky and robust pistol made by a quality maker, showing signs of handling and gentle wear to the ironwork, but no abuse. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
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Met Police PISTOL A .500” Man stopper or Travelling Percussion Pistol By Parker Field & Sons Possibly Metropolitan Police Issue, 4” octagonal barrel to flat stamped “Parker Field, 233 Holborn, London”, swivel rammer hinged to muzzle. Full walnut stock with chequered bag shaped grip. Iron trigger guard with pineapple finial. Foliate engraved lock inscribed with makers name. Parker Field were an old established London Gunmakers, established 1822-1881, they were contractors to the Ordnance, the East India Co, Hudson’s Bay Co. More interestingly as far as this pistol is concerned they were armourers to the Metropolitan Police. It is stamped with the number “23” on the stock, indicating it must be one of a rack, possibly a Metropolitan Police pistol.In vg cond. with fine grips, barrel to brown/grey patina.A classic piece. £895
Metropolitan Arms Co. Pocket Police .36 Revolver, c.1864 When Colt suffered a catastrophic fire at their factory in 1864, which nearly put them out of business, the Metropolitan Arms Company of New York City was quick to appear, offering customers near identical copies of Colt's best selling revolvers. These arms borrowed heavily from Colt's designs, but some minor improvements were made - particularly in their ability to be carried more securely, with the hammer down in a safety recess. Furthermore, some Metropolitans were cosmetically enhanced by the use of nickel silver back straps and trigger guards, as opposed to brass. Yet, despite the quality of Metropolitan Arms Company revolvers, the firm was a relatively short lived venture, which went into decline once Colt resumed production and marketing in 1866. Typically then, Metropolitan pistols are pretty rare with just 2,750 revolvers of the Pocket Police model being recorded. Another interesting fact about this revolver can be found in the 8th edition of Flayderman's Guide, states that the barrel address of the Police model was omitted on revolvers numbered between, 1100 - 1800, as this one has. Presented in full working order, with a crisp action and solid lock up, this revolver has seen service carry and is now devoid of its original finish, but despite this the profiles are generally sharp with some rubbing to the highlights. The revolver also benefits from excellent grips, nipples, screws and a very good bore; plus all matching numbers throughout - including the wedge. All in all, a very decent example for the collector. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Total length = 9.5 inches
Metropolitan Police - Thames River Police Sword P1868 A rare P1868 Thames River Police issue sword, with brass grips and knucklebow, marked to the ricasso with the maker's name, "Field." "MP" property mark, broad arrow, "X" bend test mark and several inspectors' stamps present. All markings are sharp and clear. Overall this sword is in excellent condition, with no evident damage to the blade, which retains its factory polish and now, a light surface patina. No scabbard.
Metropolitan Police Commemorative Medallion There have been a number of commemorative medals and coins produced for the Metropolitan Police and no doubt this one reflects an anniversary milestone in police history - Believed to be 150 years (1979). On the one side is the 'old' Metropolitan Police heraldic crest, whilst the reverse side depicts different helmet plates of all the ruling monarchs from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. The medallion is of bronze coloured metal, showing some braising to the highlights and edges, but is nevertheless in excellent condition free of damage. Price includes domestic UK delivery.
Metropolitan Police Issue Hiatt 1960 Handcuffs Original Met Police issue Hiatt 1960 pattern handcuffs, complete with their original box, key and instructions. Until the 1990s and the introduction of Speedcuffs, there was no requirement for Metropolitan Police officers to carry handcuffs. Instead, temporary restraints [handcuffs] would be issued on a request basis. Still, many officers either purchased their own pattern cuff or by stealth, managed to retain their temporary issue cuff. This pair of vintage Met Police marked cuffs are in near mint condition and working order.
Metropolitan Police Issue Lignum Vitae Truncheon This Metropolitan Police issue truncheon was made by Hiatt, as stamped on the leather strap. It was likely used in the 1950s and is further marked in pen on the leatherwork, "F.S. Frank Seears." Foxtrot Sierra is the station code for Shepherds Bush police station, which is on F Division - Hammersmith being their HQ. Possibly one of the most notorious incidents to have taken place at around this time, in 1966, was the murder of three unarmed police officers from Shepherds Bush, after a gang of criminals feared that the constables driving in Foxtrot One One, may uncover their stash of guns that they were planning to use in a bank robbery. Also noteworthy, is the fact that F Division is the most bombed peacetime Division in the whole of London. The Irish Republican Army were responsible for the bombing outrages on the Ideal Home Exhibition in Olympia, the Territorial Army building in Princess Louise House, Hammersmith Bridge and the BBC. This truncheon is in good order with some minor knocks, bearing the Crowned MP property stamp.
Metropolitan Police Issue Pocket Chronograph, c.1906 In 1906, to counter the growing problem of speeding motorists in the capital, the Metropolitan Police were issued with a small number of chronograph pocket watches - They were to be used in the first ever speed traps. Imported by Stauffer & Co., a small number of these fine timepieces were selected not only because they were the chosen official motor racing timers for the Gordon Bennett Cup, but because Stauffer were the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chronometer prizes, awarded by the Kew Observatory in 1905-1906. These watches were indeed the best that was available. Perhaps that is why Stauffer had the inside back covers of this watch engraved with the image of the "Flying Lady" Gordon Bennett Trophy. The name on the dial is that of the London jeweller and watch supplier to the police, John Meader. Internally the movement is marked with the S&Co. crowned emblem and throughout, the condition of this watch is superb. It is absolutely free from any case dings or dents and is a reliable timekeeper. In fact, this same watch underwent a Premium Service within the past 3 years. These watches remained in use for a number of decades, well after the Second World War. The watch is completely original and even retains the original glass which shows some minor sign of edge chipping, but remains too good to replace. The Crown and MP stamp to the rear was hand engraved prior to issue. Over all a most desirable timepiece that would be difficult to improve upon. My final image shows plain clothed officers and the obligatory uniformed constable to stop the car, seemingly discussing the finer points of using such a chronograph.
Metropolitan Police Truncheon c.1955 This is one of the older heavy weight truncheons that were issued to the police up to the early 1960s. This one is in excellent condition and bearing the Crowned MP stamp of the Metropolitan Police, as well as the leather wrist strap. All in all a good example of its type with minor service knocks but no cracks.
Military & Pilots' Watches - Smiths W10 Military Issue Wristwatch Whilst this is a relatively modern Smiths W10 military issue watch the company of S. Smith & Son (London), have been in the watchmaking business since the mid 1800s. Certainly by the time WW1 broke out, Smiths was already making watches for the War Department. For Smiths, their production of cockpit watches for the Royal Flying Corps, signalled a new direction for the company towards the pursuit of aviation and military interests. Nevertheless, Smiths still carried on with the production of regular watches, but so much more of what they now produced was aimed at the supply of aircraft and automobile instruments, pilots' stopwatches and ships' clocks. It would be an over simplification to believe that Smiths were only involved in the production of basic affordable watches for everyone. Whilst that notion was a part of their business ethic, Smiths were more concerned with innovative watchmaking and the supply of precision instruments at a competitive price. This resulted in them producing many a fine timepiece at reasonable cost to compete with the Swiss industry. However it would not be until the late 1950's that would see Smiths producing their first true Royal Air Force pilot's wristwatch. These early wristwatches are now rare and highly prized amongst collectors, as their production was short lived. Nevertheless, in 1966 Smiths won yet another tender to supply the Ministry of Defence with more wristwatches. Then in 1967 their latest and arguably their best military watch, the GS.4701, was introduced to the military. Production of this model was based on their renowned 17 jewel Astral movement, that had been modified and equipped with a hacking device. This allowed the watch to be stopped during hand setting to permit perfect time synchronisation to another master clock. The supply of these watches was staggered over a few years, until 1971. Then, manufacturing stopped as Smiths opted to focus their efforts into the production of aircraft instruments. Wristwatches form now would be limited to those that utilised inexpensive imported movements. True English watch production had now come to an end. Here now is one of the final run of Smiths, "Made in England" military watches, dated 1968. It is presented in good original condition and working order, with a fully operational hack, showing just light signs of service wear. Yet despite this being a more modern military timepiece, consideration should be given to the watch being subjected to a Premium Service. Watch diameter is 35mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military A.T.P. Watches - WW2 ATP British Army Timepiece By Cortebert Military A.T.P. Watches - WW2 ATP British Army Timepiece By Cortebert Judging by the volume of surplus military pocket watches left over from WW2, it appears that there must have been fewer wristwatches available to the British Army. This situation seems to have been reversed for the German Wermacht. Cortebert was one of several Swiss watch companies to supply military watches to the British. Today, their watches are regarded amongst the best that were produced and in fact, Cortebert was one of very few companies to supply Rolex with movements for some of their timepieces. This ATP is in very good used condition and working order, with the case retaining a sharp profile with very little wear. However, a service would be recommended for the movement sooner than later. What's more, the winder has at some point in the past been replaced with a crown that is probably only 40 years old. So, should the buyer opt for the Premium Service, a more appropriate period crown will be sourced and fitted. Watch diameter is 30mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military A.T.P. Watches - WW2 British Army Issue Cyma ATP Wristwatch During WW2 military watches like this British Army Cyma ATP were the standard issue wristwatch. Yet, it was not possible for everyone to be issued with a military watch - instead, it would be more to do with need rather than rank. In total there were 17 Swiss watch companies that supplied the British Army with the ATP military watches. Even after the war, some of these watch companies became the supplies of the WWW series of military watches. Whilst the ATP was an army issue watch first and foremost, examples may also be found where the ATP acronym has been erased and replaced by either, RAF 6E codes or Royal Navy "HS," marks. This utilitarian version of the British Army ATP military watch, was made by the Cyma watch company. This is one of the scarcer examples to find with a solid steel case. If you are looking for this watch, you will be hard pressed to find a better example. Offered in completely original condition with good crisp marking and perfectly aged dial, this watch only exhibits careful signs of service wear. It is also in working order, but consideration needs to be given to the benefits of the Premium Service. Watch diameter is 28mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military A.T.P. Watches - WW2 Moeris Military ATP Army Timepiece Wristwatch During WW2, Moeris supplied the British Army with an interesting variant of the ATP wristwatch. It was a little larger than many of its military counterparts, but the movement was a fair bit smaller than the case diameter. This arrangement naturally created a void between the inner edge of the case and the movement. Moeris then had the initiative to fit a soft iron inner shield to surround the movement. This arrangement in effect became a Faraday Shield, which protected the vulnerable hairspring from strong magnetic fields. For definite, the magnetic field generated by a radio transmitter in close proximity to a watch, would of had a detrimental affect on its timekeeping ability, consequently it has been suggested that the Moeris watches were designed for use by radio operators. In fact there may be some truth to this theory, as radio operators were required by the military to wear or carry watches. The reasoning being that when a radio operator passed a message, the communication would be ended by the sender noting the time of the message. The recipient too would also record incoming messages, checking their currency against his own watch. This example of the Moeris ATP shows signs of service wear and field use. Whilst there is a build up of dirt around the case, it is nevertheless in good condition and working order. Should the Premium Service be requested, all traces of dirt will be cleaned as part of the service. Watch diameter is 33mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Apprentice Armourer's Miniature Signal Cannon This is an interesting miniature cannon, which appears to have been made in antiquity as a functioning item. It is clearly of some age and is likely to be Victorian, as indicated by the struck 'VR' mark at the vent, coupled with the additional ordnance broad arrow. This interesting pheon mark is of a form that can only have been achieved using a proper armourer's punch. Given the presence of the broad arrow on this cannon, this may indicate that it was made for a military purpose, rather than being just a simple novelty item… Perhaps having been made as a means of signalling the start of a military event or competition? Whatever the truth, this tiny cannon has clearly been used and shows some minor wear, with the bore measuring to around .25 calibre. Although a little naive in execution, this cannon has been robustly made to no specific pattern, quite likely by an armoury apprentice. Made of solid brass, with the exception of one old steel screw holding down the cap square, this cannon will make a good contribution to your collection. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 5 inches
Military Inspired Watches - Longines Weems Reissue Pilot's Wristwatch Longines commemorated their links with aviation pioneer, Lt. Commander (U.S.N.) Philip Van Horn Weems, by reintroducing a very limited run of the legendary pilot's watch, originally designed by Weems in the late 1930's. Weems was famous in his lifetime for developing much to do with celestial navigation. He even taught Charles Lindbergh the art of navigation, before his epic transatlantic flight. Click on our images and you will see that the last is of a painting of Lt. Commander P.V.H. Weems. It also appears that he is wearing one of these original watches. To commemorate the daring and bravery of the early aviators, in the 1990's Longines produced only 1000 of these watches. They are exact in every detail to the originals and even have mechanical hand wound Swiss movements. Today, original Weems watches are very much sought after by collectors and their value has soared in recent years. However, this example in near mint condition, can be purchased for well under the asking price of a vintage Weems. Rest assured though, this watch is every bit a Longines, just as the original was. It also benefits from being virtually unworn, however, servicing should always be considered to provide many more years of continued use. This watch will come fitted with a quality leather strap, together with the original Longines buckle. Watch diameter is 33mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Issue - Smiths Army 8-Day Wall Clock This is a genuine and unspoilt example of a Smiths military issue wall clock, dating from the 1950s or 1960s. It is in superb condition throughout, bearing military markings and even the remains of the original label setting out the mounting instructions. The clock is undamaged, however it does show mild signs of age related patination. The winding knob is situated below the brown case, allowing the clock to be easily wound by hand, without the need of a key. Once fully wound the clock will run for a full 8 days, however there is no information available as to when it was last serviced. Overall, a terrific clock that would not look out of place in any gentleman's office.
Military Issue Martini-Henry Brass Mk III Foresight Protector This is a genuine Mark III foresight protector, made to fit over the muzzle of the Martini-Henry rifle, of the pattern which was approved for service in 1879 and remained in use until 1888. It is presented in very good dent free condition, free of any splits and nicely stamped with the an Enfield ordnance inspector's mark. A rifle number is also present. All in all, a very tidy example, suitable for the Martini-Henry rifle of the period.
Military Issue Martini-Henry Cleaning Jag This is a genuine and scarce rifle barrel cleaning jag, made for the Martini-Henry rifle cleaning rod, in service between 1871 - 1888. It is offered in very good condition, crisply stamped with the military broad arrow mark. A lovely example to enhance any quality Martini-Henry rifle of the period.
Military KM Watches - WW2 Kriegsmarine German Navy Issue ZentRa Wristwatch Basically, there are two types of Kriegsmarine general service wristwatch, those that are waterproof and those that are not. Clearly for sea going naval use, the waterproof variety must of ranked at the higher end of the desirability scale, as due to the corrosive environment in which they served, with the saltwater spray awash on the decks, these KM wristwatches rarely appear in a good collectable condition. Fortunately this example of the KM ZentRa waterproof type wristwatch, is in remarkably unspoilt condition. Amazingly the dial looks to be near factory fresh, the case retains much original finish and the movement looks like it has never been touched - but rest assured, this is an original example. Internally the working movement is the ubiquitous AS1130 calibre, often referred to as the "Wermacht movement" due to its prolific usage by the German Army in their wristwatches. Again, the movement is in clean condition, however despite its condition, only the Premium Service can ensure continued performance. Externally the case retains much of the original finish, exhibiting just light speckling and wear around the bezel and to the surfaces closest to the points of contact with the mariner's wrist. All in all, a good example. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Pattern 54 Bore Percussion Revolver By Blissett c.1850 This is a scarce large frame military pattern revolver, which carries British proof marks, however the design has not been identified. Nevertheless, this revolver with its solid frame and side mounted rammer, has been retailed by a known gunmaker, Thomas Blissett of Liverpool. The revolver is in generally good original condition and working order, both in double and single action. Presented with a reasonable bore and chambers, the revolver also benefits from having undamaged grips. A little research may reveal details of the design and as is, the revolver is a good buy at this budget price.
Military RAF Clock - 1938 Royal Air Force Mess Room Fusee Clock A pre WW2 RAF fusee mantelpiece clock made by Elliott - having the movement dated to 1938. These much sought after 8 day clocks, served in officers' Mess Rooms at RAF stations. This example has a good and unrestored oak case, which is in excellent condition, having a rich and well figured grain. It is free from damage and repair, although a latch was fitted at some point to the clock's back door panel. The clock retains its original and unrestored silvered dial, as well as having genuine spade and poker hands. Furthermore, the brass bezel has not been polished, so it has retained much of its gilt finish, albeit a little speckled with age. When placed on a level surface, these chain driven and robustly built clocks, are more than capable of delivering accurate timekeeping.
Military Stop Watch - WW1 Royal Navy Issue Split Second Chronograph The Split Second Chronograph is no ordinary stop watch. Sometimes referred to as a rattrapante, such watches were used to time 2 simultaneous events. The complication necessary to build such a timepiece, is regarded as a triumph of horological achievement. This example was issued to the Royal Navy during WW1. Interestingly, the inside of the watch contains a watchmaker's label. On the label it states that the watch was serviced by the, "Central Watch Repair Co. - Glasgow." This company were contractors to the Admiralty and Air Ministry. As such, not only is the watch a rare example of a Split Second Chronograph, but it may well have seen service at Scapa Flow. The watch is offered in very good condition and also has the addition of the Admiralty arrow and Pattern No. 4 designation to the rear of the watch. The case is dent free and over all, the watch is free of damage. Whilst the watch is in good working order, a Premium Service is available to ensure that the watch continues to function efficiently. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Watch Interest - MOD Defence Standards Book Pulication A copy (reprinted in the late 1980s), containing 101 pages from the MOD Defence Standards second issue publication, Def Stan 66-4, Parts 1 to 10. First printed in the 1970s, the publication details the specific requirements for a wide variety of military issue watches used for, navigation, diving, general service and more. The catalogue outlines the patterns, testing and minimum standard to be reached before any watch could be accepted into service. It also outlines the issue markings and stock numbers to be used for the varying categories of watch. An indispensable reference book with softcover and laminated front, bound with a ring spine. Offered in good, new old stock condition. Limited number available.
Military Watch Interest - Wartime Inspired Publication & Watch Adverts A WW2 era or late 1940s publication containing adverts by Rotary, Cortebert, Breitling, Vertex, International Watch Co. and Tavannes (Cyma). Not surprisingly, the companies that are advertising and using the military imagery to capture the interest of potential watch buyers, are the same companies who during the war, supplied the War Department with their military timepieces. The publication concerns itself with informing the general public about the marvel that timepieces are. It briefly summarises the usefulness of the watch as a navigation aid and tool, before going on to describe the function of form of key components. A fascinating insight with illustrations from Omega and Longines in this 60 page booklet.
Military Watch Interest - WW2 Longines 75th Anniversary Watch Catalogue In 1941, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary, Longines published this black and white catalogue advertising their range of gentlemen's and ladies' watches. Their catalogue is in the form of a fold open document, depicting a number of their special timing watches, including Lindbergh and Weems types. The catalogue is in new old stock condition, but does have some minor wear in places to corners and edges - No other rips or staining evident. When opened up, the catalogue measures 50cm x 32cm. Closed, it becomes a pocket sized leaflet of 16cm x 8.5cm.
Military Watches - WW2 German Army Officer's Zenith Pocket Watch This is a stunning example of a German Army issue (Deutsche Heer marked) pocket watch, c.1939. It is totally original and as close to mint condition as you could hope to find - even down to having retained its inner protective shield. The dial, hands and movement, all look pristine and the watch functions as good as can be expected. Nevertheless, a Premium Service would keep the watch running in top condition, well into the future. Even the bow at the top of the watch is still firm, indicating that it has not been extensively carried. There only exist some very minor marks to the rear of the watch case, caused by previous case opening. Being dent free, the solid nickel case screws up securely and the rear cover even retains traces of the original spun finish, further indicating minimal usage. Zenith is a high end watch manufacturing company, that supplied both the British and German forces with timepieces. However, it was only the German procured pieces which had extra refinements such as found on this pocket watch. These additional features include the already mentioned antimagnetic dust shield, waterproofing and shock protection. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Watches - WW2 Royal Navy 1942 Issue Waltham Pocket Watch This genre of military pocket watch with its 9 jewel Waltham movement, was primarily issued to the Royal Navy during WW2. Based on the serial number of this watch, Waltham records indicate that this watch was manufactured in 1942. Made in the USA, this stunning Waltham watch was probably not issued during the war. Instead, judging by its condition, the watch probably remained in storage, whilst awaiting assignment. Whilst in store, NATO codes (0552) indicating RN stock, plus the encircled (T) mark on the dial, must have been added to the watch. This marking would have been necessary to keep the watch up to date with the latest diktats from the Ministry of Defence. This Waltham is presented in very good condition throughout, showing only a hint of service wear, or storage marks. Furthermore, the issue number on the case back and movement are all matching, making this a very attractive original timepiece. Over all the watch is in very good condition and working order, however the Premium Service needs consideration. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Military Watches - WW2 Swedish Army Issue Pocket Watch Probably dating to just before WW2, this Swedish Army issue pocket watch is a difficult timepiece to find. During WW2 Sweden maintained an air of neutrality, however the government did permit the German Wermacht to use the railways to ferry troops and munitions through to neighbouring Scandinavian countries. Covertly however, Sweden was aiding the Allies, by passing on military intelligence and also assisting in the training of refugee soldiers from Denmark and Norway - These troops were later used in the liberation of their homelands. From 1943, Sweden permitted the Allies to make use of their airfields. This watch is presented in good used condition, free from damage, but showing signs of service wear. A really good example that will be difficult to improve upon. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Millwall "Thames River Fencibles" Brass Pistol By Mortimer, c.1800 Historically, an island once existed along the Thames bordered by the two largest meanders of the river, separated from the mainland by a thinner strip of water to the north. This island of marsh and wetland, which was once part of the Parish of Poplar, had become known as the "Isle of Dogs." With settlers having tried for centuries, with varying degrees of success, to farm the land for its rich pasture, working the area was always a risk as it was known to be prone to flooding. Eventually though, a wall was built to separate the land from the river and became known as Marshwall. Later, windmills were erected to help with the pumping process, along that part which became, Millwall. Yet despite the best efforts of the inhabitants, the terrain retained some propensity to flooding and inevitably, peoples' livelihoods were blighted when the river breached. A notoriety surrounded the area due to the often checkered character of some of the settlers that had colonised the island. Certainly, many had indeed been forced there through penal servitude. What's more, the area became a site for ever present gibbets along the river's course, which served as warnings to remind undesirables and arriving pirates alike, of the harsh penalty that awaited them should they pursue their illicit trafficking. With Greenwich being located on the opposite bank, the Royal Navy would have literally overseen the execution of many a smuggler and pirate on the hangman's gallow tree. To help with the drainage of the land, the dozen mills built along the Millwall were a valuable asset to the reclamation work and towards the end of the 18th century, the success of their effort saw the area develop into an industrial site with docks, warehouses and shipbuilding being the main trade of the island. Of course the growing prosperity of the area saw a greater influx of newcomers, although most were poorer families looking to improve their lot, hoping to find work within the riparian trade. As time went on, the maritime services offered on the Isle of Dogs became more diverse and the area burgeoned, but despite their contributions, the working class remained poor. Not surprisingly the abundance of rich pickings that the merchant marine brought to the doorstep of the needy, inevitably had its consequences - Crime was rife. Given this social back drop to Millwall, it would be easy to imagine that the Thames River Police and armed watchmen who patrolled the area, might all of had a need for procuring this type of pistol, but in the light of the growing invasion threat from Napoleon Bonaparte, it was a small band of local volunteers, known as the Thames River Fencibles, who actually would have used this superb pocket flintlock. Acquired in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, when London held a genuine fear of an imminent attack from Napoleon's Army, the Sea and River Fencibles (Defencibles) were a body of volunteer sailors, raised to support the Royal Navy in the defence of Britain, from the threat of French invasion. The Millwall group of Thames River Fencibles were not a standing army, but rather a force of men who would have been the last line of defence to thwart an invasion. They trained with the Royal Navy and several sham invasion scenarios were practised to keep the volunteers in a state of readiness. With medals being awarded for their good work, their history is preserved at the Greenwich Royal Navy Museum. For Millwall these were tense times, and concerns that the guerrilla war for which they had prepared was afoot, Britain prepared her anti-invasion plans in 1803, following reports that Napoleon was once again on the move. It was published at that time that he had said, "All my thoughts are directed towards England. I want only for a favourable wind to plant the Imperial Eagle on the Tower of London". Of course with the majority of the military regiments and volunteer forces being stationed on the south coast, it was down to them, ssisted by the Dover District Volunteers, the Sea Fencibles, plus the Thames River Fencibles at Millwall, to provide what would have been the final line of resistance to thwart Napoleon's fleet from sailing into London. As for this pistol with its solid brass "out in all weather" construction, made this an inspired choice for any a Militia man, whose remit was to harass the enemy, rather than to engage them full on. Made by Mortimer, this concealable pistol was most likely bought and paid for by a wealthy merchant benefactor. The turn off barrel numbered, "Millwall No.44", suggests that a not insignificant supply of weapons was available should the need have ever arisen. The "M 44" numbering is repeated, stamped on the walnut butt, prevented the possibility of mismatching of barrels to frames. This historically important maritime flintlock is presented in full working condition and excellent order throughout. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.25 inches
Ministry of Defence - MOD Police Cap Badge This is the cap badge of the Ministry of Defence Police, established in 1971. The Ministry of Defence Police is a civilian authority that came into being following the merger with; the Air Force Department Constabulary; the Army Department Constabulary and the Admiralty Constabulary. The MDP is staffed by 2,700 constables, most of whom are armed. This MDP cap badge is in very god condition, being free from any obvious signs of wear. The badge is signed, Firmin, London on the reverse.
Ministry Of Defence Police Constabulary Cap Badge The Ministry of Defence police were formed in 1971 when the Air Force Department, the Army Department and the Admiralty Constabularies merged. Whilst the Ministry of Defence Police are a civillian authority they are only superficially similar to other UK police forces. Today their function is more to do with providing armed security at military establishments and a counter terrorism role. This cap badge, made by Firmin of London, is in excellent condition a,d dates to the early formation of the constabulary.
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Model 1883 10.6mm (.44 S&W) Reichsrevolver A very good and totally original Model 1883 Reichsrevolver, issued to the German Army and Navy. These single action revolvers remained in service throughout WW1, before being replaced by the PO8 Luger, right up to 1945. The example on offer here, bears German regimental marks, 1 F.M. 64.17. According to the Militarrevolver book by Rolf H. Muller, it states that revolvers made at Suhl, were distributed by the authorities for whatever reason, to the German Navy. As is, this Suhl revolver is a good and solid example, offered in fine working order with a good bright barrel bore and cylinders. All functions work well and the revolver is evenly patinated, with some original blue finish to sheltered areas. Between the wars, many Reichsrevolvers were shipped to the USA, where they were a popular alternative to the Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver. However, this example is not an American import. Instead, this pistol was a war trophy that came to England at the end of WW1. Regrettably though, there are no additional anecdotal accounts to accompany this revolver's capture. All in all, a highly presentable and unmolested example of the sought after military Reichsrevolver, which is an obsolete calibre pistol and may be owned as an antique in the UK, without any certificate.
Model MP21 - Metropolitan Police Whistle, c.1928 Hudson & Co. have been making police issue whistles since at least 1884 and, whilst they may at first glance all appear to be the same, there are many differences between the models. These differences allow collectors to accurately date their whistles, adding historical interest to these once essential items of police equipment. Actually issued to the London, Metropolitan Police, this whistle is correctly marked in the manner that was prescribed in the late 1920s - without any serial number. However the decision to leave any formal identification number off the whistle, was reversed soon after, so the Model MP21 was a short-lived pattern. Presented in near mint and probably unused condition, this whistle is as sharp as they come, with no dents - just some minor storage marks.With no sign of cleaning or polishing, this whistle works very well indeed and would be great to use.
Modern Quartz UDT BuShips "Canteen" Wristwatch An excellent reproduction of a "Canteen" watch, first ordered by the Bureau of Ships for issue to diver's during WW2. These divers were part of the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams, a forerunner of the special forces SEALs. Brand new and unworn, this quartz watch comes on a military pattern canvas strap, boxed with a manufacturer's warranty and instructions. There are only two of these watches, which are not generally available in the UK - Offered at a special price, including P&P.
Modified P1842 Constabulary Pistol By Parker Field & Sons When William Parker died in 1841, he left instructions that his gun business should carry on under the name of W. Parker Field & Sons. However, it seems that the "W' part of the name was never adopted and a little later on, the "Sons" element was also dropped from the firm's title: This then helps to date this particular pistol, which is based on a modified Lancer's Pattern of 1842, to that same period in history, when William Parker was supplying many arms to various New Police Constabularies. Given that this Lancer's pistol was never destined to be a military service piece, makes it highly likely that this pistol was instead meant for Police issue, specifically for the Horse Patrols. Measuring a little over 15 inches in length, the pistol is of 16 bore, a traditional calibre for Constabulary firearms of the time. This pistol is in unaltered condition; with perfect woodwork, strong working action and good ironwork that has not been cleaned, just showing small areas of pitting around the hammer and ramrod end. The lock plate and barrel are generally unspoilt, with some age related mottling and surface patina. Untouched screws, good brass furniture, captive swivelling ramrod, a perfect nipple and good bore, all go to suggest that this pistol was carried, but not used. All in all, this is a super sleepy example of a modified Lancer's pistol of 1842, made by the official armourer to the Metropolitan Police.
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Muzzle Loading Cannon By William Parker, c.1800 A genuine early 19th Century proofed cannon, signed around the breech section of the cascabel by the gunmaker, William Parker. This miniature firing cannon must be one of his earlier pieces, made at 233 High Holborn and, given the subject matter, may even be a tribute piece made to celebrate the life of Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Certainly the gunmetal barrel has all the astragals, reinforcing rings, raised vent, muzzle and cascabel details of the full-sized Admiralty cannon, as carried on HMS Victory. Even the trunnions are correctly fixed at the lower third for strength, and the barrel bears London proof and view marks. Being clear to the vent, the barrel is bored to accept ball of .40," making it more than just a signal model. The four wheeled truck is also well made, with fully detailed fittings including articulated cap squares, wedge and iron fixings, with one ring being absent. Overall this cannon is a superb and rare, even possibly unique, example of William Parker's work. Presented in very good condition throughout, with some detail loss. Barrel length = 8.5 inches Height at muzzle = 4.5 inches
New Jersey Militia .44 Remington New Model Army Revolver Since the 1850s, the State of New Jersey had among its population, a sizeable and active antislavery community. As such, the sympathetic state was a harbour for many runaway slaves, seeking refuge from the South. Although not keen to enter the Civil War, New Jersey was able to raise 33 regiments of infantry, 4 of militia and 8 of cavalry and artillery, which represented a strength of over 88,000 men. This included 2,900 black New Jerseyans who served in the US Coloured Troop. History records that they fought with distinction in all the major battles of the war, with 26 soldiers being awarded the Medal of Honour. Armed with a range of weapons, the New Jersey militia are noted as taking delivery of 1000 Remington New Model Army revolvers, which upon acceptance were stamped just forward of the frame with the "N.J." property mark, as this example is. Overall this pistol is in very good service condition, with little finish remaining, but now having a good age patina with some light surface frosting and light pitting - Yet it retains its sharp edges and a clear barrel address, with some hints of original blue to sheltered areas. Mechanically the revolver is in perfect working order, with a crisp action, together with a very good bore and chambers. All in all, a rugged and solid example. A rare contract service revolver in unmolested condition and sensibly priced. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 14 inches
New Jersey Militia .44 Remington New Model Army Revolver, c.1863 Since the 1850s, the State of New Jersey had among its population, a sizeable and active antislavery community. As such, the sympathetic state was a harbour for many runaway slaves, seeking refuge from the South. Although not keen to enter the Civil War, New Jersey was able to raise 33 regiments of infantry, 4 of militia and 8 of cavalry and artillery, which represented a strength of over 88,000 men. This included 2,900 black New Jerseyans who served in the US Coloured Troop. History records that they fought with distinction in all the major battles of the war, with 26 soldiers being awarded the Medal of Honour. Armed with a range of weapons, the New Jersey militia are noted as taking delivery of 1000 Remington New Model Army revolvers, which upon acceptance were stamped just forward of the frame with the "N.J." property mark, as this example is. Overall this pistol is in very good service condition, with little finish remaining, but now having a good age patina with some light surface frosting and light pitting - Yet it retains its sharp edges and a clear barrel address, with some hints of original blue to sheltered areas. Mechanically the revolver is in perfect working order, with a crisp action, together with a very good bore and chambers. All in all, a rugged and solid example. A rare contract service revolver in unmolested condition and sensibly priced. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 14 inches
New Land Pattern Flintlock Tower Pistol, c.1810 A regulation .65 Tower flintlock pistol of New Land Pattern, made c.1810 and presented in very good sleepy condition. The GR marked lock is in good clean condition with clear marking, plus a strong action and functioning bolt safety. The 9 inch round barrel has a very good bore and even age patina, with crisp proof stamps as well as a crowned 4 mark on the tang. A clear storekeeper's mark is present on the woodwork, which is free of any significant damage and no sign of repair to the ramrod channel, with just the usual service wear and minor bumps and grazes. Interestingly, this pistol is engraved on the trigger guard with the number, "K52." A generally very good example of its type, with much to recommend it. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 15.5 inches
New Year Special - Early .442 Revolver of Webley/Tranter Pattern, c.1870 This early military type revolver was made by the Birmingham gun trade c.1870. Large and robustly made, this .442 centre fire revolver borrows from the designs of both Tranter and Webley, with its most distinctive feature being the compound link cartridge extracting lever on the right of the frame: In G. Bruce & C. Reinhart's "Webley Revolver" book, they identify this pattern as being made for the gun trade in the late 1870s. Functioning and indexing well with a smooth action, assisted by a friction brake, this revolver is in good condition with some general signs of campaign wear. Nevertheless, this revolver benefits from having undamaged grips and a good bore. An attractive and scarce pistol for the collector.
New Year Special - Percussion Knife Pistol By J. Rodgers, c.1840 Made by the Sheffield cutler James Rodgers, this combined knife and percussion pistol, has its blade etched with the legend, "Self Protector." Made c.1840, this combo has a nickel barrel which bears Birmingham proofs. Overall, this example is in very good original condition, showing minor handling wear and no significant damage. Even the horn grip scales are crack free, although they do have a small chip on the top edge of the right butt scale. Mechanically the pistol is in working order and the action has a very strong spring. The pistol also features a drop down trigger as well as a pair of tweezers that would be used to pick out spare caps from the discreet butt compartment. A miniature ball mould is also included as part of the pistol's tools, all stored within the grip scales. All marking is good and clear and both the knife blades are equally good and stamped with Rodger's details, as well as being acid etched with a still readable inscription and fancy rope design. Both blades have an original sharp edge, which has been well preserved - With nothing detrimental to note. All in all, an excellent example for the collector. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 6 inches
New Year Special - Rifled .577 1856 Tower Pattern Lancer's Pistol The military Pattern 1842 pistol was upgraded in 1856 with the provision of a rifled barrel for issue to lancers. Made and signed by Thomas Blissett, this pistol is in good original condition with a superb rifled and sighted barrel. The lock has a strong working action and generally smooth ironwork with an even speckled appearance. All woodwork is solid, with just minor bruises and the usual split at the lock retaining screw, but nothing serious to note. All brass work and screws are likewise in very good condition, with rotatable lanyard ring. Overall a collectable example in very good original condition. Barrel length = 10 inch Overall length = 15.5 inch
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Obsolete Calibre .320 Revolver - VeloDog Style Cyclist's Personal Protection Pistol, c.1900 Made c.1900, this is a very good example of a cyclist's personal protection hammerless revolver, chambered for the .320 C.F. Revolver round, which is an obsolete calibre. This five shot revolver is also profiled to resemble a self loading pistol reminiscent of the 1900 Browning, which would have been in vogue at the time. The simplicity of operation would however, have made the revolver better choice of pistol, for anyone riding a bicycle when confronted by a ferocious dog! Presented in very good condition and working order, this revolver has retained much original blue, with some light speckling and mottling to the surface finish. All functions operate smoothly with good cylinder lock up and both the cylinder chambers plus the rifled bore, are in very good shape. Over all, a very good example at a reasonable price.
Obsolete Gun Interest - Metropolitan Police Firearms Training Manual Dating from 1975, this original and rare vintage Firearms Manual, contains much obsolete material about the weapons and training once adopted by the Metropolitan Police. It is a real eye opener to note just how much the hardware and training have changed over the decades. In these pages, you will see the police using; .762 Enforcer sniper rifles; various shotguns; Webley revolvers, Walther pistols and more. The manual takes you through aspects of the firearms training, early tactics, weapon handling and ammunition. This publication must be one of the first serious manuals to be written for the police in these respects, yet by today's standards, much of what was once top training, would be woefully inadequate against today's armed threats. This 124 page manual is complete in its loose red leafed ring binder, being marked in gold on the front, "Metropolitan Police Firearms Training Manual." It is in good used condition throughout, being free from annotation and tears.
Officer's .65" Holster Percussion Pistol By W. Parker, c.1840 William Parker was not just a supplier of arms to the Board of Ordnance, but his premises at 233 Holborn also saw the patronage of Army Officer's looking to purchase their own pistols. Of course Parker's London shop needed to keep a good selection of quality pistols with which to tempt his military clientele. This particular pistol was made by W. Parker towards the end of his years (d.1842), and is an example of one of his larger belt holster pistols. Possibly made for the Anglo-Afghan campaign, this large pistol incorporates many characteristics that make it an inspired choice for the soldier. These include a long barrel of regulation carbine bore (.65"), a captive ramrod and an oversized trigger guard to accommodate a gloved finger. However, the major benefit of this pistol is its percussion ignition system. At a time when all military pistols still used flintlocks, officers' pistols like this inspired Lovell to develop the Ordnance Pattern 1842 cavalry percussion pistol, which became the first military percussion pistol - but at this time the P1842 was at best still in its initial production stage. Presented in good overall condition the scroll and shell engraving, especially that found around the barrel tang and rear sight, is of premium quality where the engraver has surpassed himself by adding obscure detail to his work. Looking closely, a Four Leaf Clover motif can be found on the threaded end of the lock screw, where it breaks through the lock plate. A detail so tiny that it is easily missed, yet so significant in meaning. Mechanically the pistol is in full working order, retaining some dulled finish with honest sign of campaign carry and use, but no abuse. The action all holds well against a strong spring, which holds firm on both half and full cock. Other notable benefits are the presence of a safety and platinum vent plug as standard. All in all, a good example of a W. Parker officer's pistol fully signed on the barrel flat and lock, with serial numbers stamped on the base of the butt. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 13 inches
Omega - WW2 British Army Issue Stopwatch Generally speaking, WW2 military stopwatches belonging to the War Department, are not uncommon timepieces. Certainly by the 1940's Lemania and Smiths were supplying the bulk of these timers and in accordance to military spec, the bulk of them were without any brand names. Just some of the Swiss made Lemanias may be found with the company name to the dial - This stop watch is however a little different. Better known for their supply of pilots' wristwatches, this genuine WW2 issue stopwatch was supplied by Omega. It is the only one of its kind that has been found by ZMW Militaria in over 30 years of collecting. According to Omega watch serial number databases, this watch was made in 1943. Furthermore, the dial, case and movement are all marked up with the brand trademark. All in all this is a rare contract stopwatch by Omega, fully marked and bearing the 1/5 Sec. Trade Pattern (TP) mark. This meant that his watch was capable of accurately timing an event down to one fifth of a second. Overall the watch is still running well and functioning correctly, even down to retaining most of its original finish throughout. However, as with other vintage watches offered on this site, there is no information available as to when it was last serviced.
Ordnance Contract Beaumont Adams Military 54 Bore Revolver A genuine Ordnance contract Beaumont Adams 54 bore percussion revolver, made and signed by the London Armoury Company. Only around 5000 of these revolvers were made by the LAC between 1855 - 1863, with the majority being later converted to take the .442 centre fire cartridge. So to find one that has not been adapted or refurbished and retains all matching serial numbers, is rare. Although the finish is worn, it has left a pleasant russet and grey patina, whilst mechanically this revolver is in a very good state of preservation, with no obvious pitting - the lock up is very good and tight. Both single and double actions work perfectly, with strong springs and spot on indexing throughout. Even the bore, nipples and chambers show little sign of use. The undamaged original grips are of the correct standard specification, featuring the lanyard hole to the centre of the woodwork, plus the inspector's acceptance stamp of a Crown over 22, is all still visible to the left top. Inscriptions and stamps are all visible, although with some overall service wear to the engraving. A desirable and rare British Army issue percussion revolver.
Original **Arsenal New** Civil War .50 Maynard's US Army Carbine, c.1864 An amazing, unused and undamaged example of a .50" Maynard Breech Capping Carbine, made in 1864, that is still in original arsenal new condition - As sharp as can be. When the Small Arms Board assessed the suitability of Maynard's Patent carbines, they were impressed with the simplicity of the capping breech system, finding them to be dependable and suitable for military issue. Consequently, an order for 20,000 Maynard's was placed with the manufacturer, the Massachusetts Arms Company, on the 8th June 1863. The board also suggested that the manufacturer should make certain design improvements, which resulted in the production of a second version, which utilised a metallic cap instead of paper priming tape. With the delivery of the carbines, each had to be approved by two government inspectors who added their cartouche to the stock. Later during the war, for expedience, the inspection was conducted by only one official. This means that this Maynard, with its double cartouche, must have been an earlier issue carbine. All in all, this MAC Maynard Carbine is in stunning original, 'Arsenal New' condition. As such, the action is faultless with a firm hinge and tight lock up. The barrel is likewise pristine with a rifled mirror bore, which appears to be unfired, making this carbine a museum grade piece - All totally sharp with no pitting or damage to note. In the field, the Maynard carbine fired via what was called a "Capping Breech" system. Basically this meant that the soldier would need to use an empty brass cartridge case (as supplied with the carbine), to act as a powder scoop. A bullet would then be placed on top to seal the cartridge. The round could then be loaded into the breech, but as it was, it was not fully self contained and lacked any internal means of ignition. Instead however, the cartridge utilised a tiny pin hole in the base of the case, which, once the barrel was shut, presented the rear of the cartridge up against the percussion nipple situated at the breech. Now on firing, with the nipple primed by a regular percussion cap, the resulting cap ignition sent a spark down through the pin hole, which in turn ignited the main charge of gun powder, sending the bullet on its way. A very simple idea, although it was soon superseded by the fully self contained metallic cartridge. Overall a stunning martially marked carbine, which might be impossible to improve upon.
Original IWC Schaffhausen Metal & Resin Advertising Display This is original display art, designed and used as advertising by the International Watch Company, of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The sign itself is quite heavy, as it is made of both aluminium and solid composite material, depicting a watch's movement, which would make a very attractive wall hanging - framed or not. Fully marked "IWC Probes, Scafusia" to the front, as well as having the company details to the rear of the sign, this sign has a raised 3 dimensional presence, showing the metal cogs in both a brushed grey and silvered finish, mounted onto the white background. The modern sign is supplied in two parts, with the largest board measuring, 68 x 47 cm, whilst the smaller one is, 66 x 21 cm approximately. The smaller one has the words, "Made in Switzerland" on one of the components. Both are made to be displayed in close proximity and can be framed as one, or alongside each other with no frame. As is, these represent a versatile and attractive item of watchmaking memorabilia, from one of the foremost watch houses, with a pedigree of fine pilot's watches. Both parts are ex display and so have minor dirt, dust and scuff marks, but much of this could be cleaned.
Original WW1 Royal Flying Corps Cap Badge This is an original WW1 RFC cap badge, made of brass and having the split pin retainer to the rear. It shows a little wear, but is otherwise in generally very good condition throughout, with age patina to metal work.
Outstanding 1856 Pattern .577 Rifled Lancer's Pistol An outstanding and totally original .577 Percussion 1856 Pattern Rifled Lancer's Pistol, in what can only be described as, 'Arsenal New Condition.' Retaining all its original finish, the long sighted barrel is fully marked with bold stamps both on top, as well as in concealed areas. There it is additionally marked with more inspection stamps, plus the gunmaker's name of "J. Bourne" and "W.G." initials, together with the bore measurement of, "25." Internally the rifling is pristine, showing no evidence of use at all and the hinged leaf sights are each graduated, "100," "200" or "300" yards. The Tower marked lock is original and in full working order, bearing Crown property markings and more inspection stamps throughout. Overall an exceptional Lancer's pistol in untouched condition. Probably impossible to improve upon. Barrel length = 10 inches Overall length = 16 inches
Overcoat Pistol By Conway - Manchester, c.1830 Conway was a supplier of police pistols, with there being several surviving examples known bearing 'Cheshire Constabulary' provenance (see elsewhere on this website). Of those known police pistols, all were found to bear Police Divisional details within the silver escutcheon fitted in the butt - so it is interesting to note that this 16 bore has had lead put over its escutcheon to hide what was formally there. Who knows what secret has been buried under the lead that cleaning will reveal. For my part I have not touched the escutcheon and will leave that to the new owner to carefully reveal its secret. Notwithstanding the possible heritage of this Conway, it was clearly once a quality flintlock pistol that has since undergone an early bolster conversion to percussion: With some minor damage where the rammer enters the stock, this pistol would now benefit from light refurbishing. Nevertheless the action is good with a strong spring and a hammer that holds correctly at both bents. Overall an interesting man stopper pistol with much potential.
Oversized Czech Air Force Pattern Eterna Wristwatch, c.1950 Aviators have always preferred larger than average watches such as this example made by Eterna, which measures 38mm across, or 40mm if you include the winding crown. It is a superior example of a watch first made for the Czechoslovakian Airforce by Longines and later supplied by both Eterna and Lemania. Both mechanically and cosmetically this unrestored Eterna watch is offered in good vintage condition. It is in working order and is keeping time although it has not been serviced. The watch is also being offered complete with a good quality, used, vintage style leather band. This watch although subject to ZMW's usual Terms & Conditions of business, is being sold on behalf of a fellow collector. As such, the usual Premium Service which is offered at our concessionary prices, is not available for this item. However, if servicing and a 12 month warranty are required, this can be arranged at ZMW's normal Premium Service rate.
P1888 Long Lee Enfield Volunteer Regiment Bayonet, c.1890 A rare and untouched Volunteer Regiment P1888 bayonet, typically used with the Lee Metford and Long Lee Enfield rifles, among others. Interestingly, it has never had any military stamps applied, other than the "Wilkinson" name and the bend test "X" mark. The absence of other military marks indicates that this P1888 was a rare private purchase from Wilkinson - Just a few examples are known. Overall a superb blade that has retained its original factory polish, presented together with a correct Boer War frog, but with its retaining strap broken. A collector grade bayonet.
Palestine Police Port & Marine Unit 8-Day Ship's Clock By Smiths This is a rare pre WW2 brass bodied ship's clock, made by the English clockmaker, Smiths. It was issued to the Palestine Police Port & Marine Unit, a division which was formed in July 1935. Later, during WW2, the PP Marine Unit was taken over by the Senior Naval Officer at Haifa and the boats' crews were bolstered by members of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. To mark this switch from police to naval duty, the boats flew the RN's White Ensign. One of these boats was also transported to the Sea of Galilee, where it patrolled under Royal Navy colours. At the end of the war, the PP Port & Marine Unit received orders that allowed it to return once again to its former police patrol role, under its own autonomy. Police uniforms were once more to be worn and ties with the Royal Navy were relinquished. This change was felt by many as a sense of loss, as the PP had formed good relations with their RN friends. It is perhaps then why the Marine Unit (unofficially) adopted a Blue Ensign with a PP crest to be flown from their patrol boats' masts, as a mark of respect to their former partners. Part of the role of the PP Port & Marine Unit was to stop smuggling, terrorist insurgence and Jewish refugees from entering Palestine. At least one PP Marine Unit launch was destroyed in an explosion caused by a terrorist group. This Smiths Empire clock is from one of the PP Marine Unit launches, that were operating during the British Mandate up to 1948. The dial shows signs of some wear, but the inscription is genuine. The former owner stated that the clock belonged to an ex Palestine Police Officer, however details of the man were not divulged. Apparently though, through his surviving medals it had been established through the Palestine Police Old Comrades Association, that the man had served with the PP Marine Unit. Now the clock is being presented in working order, showing signs of cosmetic wear and patina to the brass. All hinges and glass are good and strong, but it should be remembered that the clock may not have been serviced. The Premium Service is advised. The clock comes with a key and older styled PPOCA leather and enamel fob. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Parker Field & Sons 233 Holborn - Police "Beaufort" Whistle Parker Field & Sons were a prolific supplier of police hardware to many of the British Constabularies. Much of the equipment that they manufactured was in the form of truncheons, cutlasses, restraints, as well as whistles. Parker Field was also the official gunmaker to the Metropolitan Police, but they did not become the contracted supplier of police calls for the capital's police. The reason for that was simple, as they were not themselves the whistle maker - Joseph Hudson of Birmingham however was. Now, when it came to the Metropolitan Police, the whistle became a personal issue article of equipment (known as an "appointment") for the rank and file, in 1884. However, this pattern of whistle, which is sometimes called a Beaufort, is a little earlier in manufacture. This means that this whistle was probably a private purchase item: The name in fact comes from the Duke of Beaufort, who popularised this style of whistle. This Police whistle is in very good and damage free condition. Although it is a little rubbed, the conical body is free from dents and the supplier's name and address is still clear. The whistle is in proper working order and comes with a tunic chain. A super whistle for the collector of police accoutrements and calls.
Parker Field & Sons Constabulary Pistol, c.1850 A rare Constabulary percussion pistol made by Parker Field & Son, c.1850. Although this gunmaker was the appointed armourer for the Metropolitan Police, this style of pistol was issued throughout England by many of the New Police Forces. Given the smaller 38 Bore calibre and acanthus engraved lock, it is quite likely that this pistol was intended for the Duty Officer, who would have been a Police Inspector. Numbered to the base of the butt and being struck with a prominent rack number, "23," indicates that this pistol was part of a larger police order. As is, this is a very good and scarce example with signs of use and a working life repair to the ramrod channel. This has been executed professionally and is not immediately noticeable (see image). Offered in cosmetically untouched condition, with a strong working action and good bore. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
Parkhurst Prison Guard's Hanger, c.1841 Made by Parker, Field & Sons c.1841, this warder's hanger originally came from the Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight. When originally built in 1778, Parkhurst served as a military hospital and children's asylum, but in 1838 it had become a children's prison, infamously known for the transportation of many Parkhurst Boys, some of whom were just 12 years of age when they were taken to the far colonies of the New World. Known as "Apprentices," these children were not convicts and of those who remained at Parkhurst, some were put to work making bricks for the construction of new block wings. By 1863 Parkhurst had progressed to incarcerating adults, but its harsh treatment of the prisoners, often involving the routine use of leg irons, led to public and political criticism, most notably through Mary Carpenter. Although showing signs of service wear around the grip, the hanger is fully marked to "Parkhurst Prison" in large lettering along the 24½” curved blade. This etching is faded, but it is nevertheless still evident testimony to the turbulent times in which this prison hanger served. A rare item from a dark past.
Pattern 1860 Military Issue WD Rifle Oil Bottle This is a genuine and scarce British made zinc and brass oil bottle, made for the 1853 Enfield rifle, Snider-Enfield rifle and later for the Martini-Henry rifle. The earliest Martini-Henry rifle, would have been in service from 1871. The bottle is offered in excellent condition, complete with oil dibber. It is free of any dents and crisply stamped with the War Department and broad arrow mark. A superb example to enhance any quality Martini-Henry rifle of the period.
Penarth Fire Brigade, Captain Morris' 1905 Presentation Silver Whistle Silver presentation whistles made by Hudsons are rare, as they were made and engraved to special order only. It is not known why Captain W. L. Morris' Brigade gave him a silver whistle in September 1905, but perhaps it was to mark his attaining of the rank? Only Captain Morris is recorded later that year, in November, threatening to resign from his post if the Penarth council did not stop wasting tax payer's money on bureaucracy, when his Brigade could better spend the money on new equipment. Additionally, Captain Morris is later noted as proposing to the council, that a telephone be installed at his house. He stated that it could be used in order to alert him immediately, of any emergency. He would then be able to give advice and, then travel direct to the scene without having to rendezvous at his station. Morris argued that his proposal would save valuable time. Clearly Captain Morris was a dedicated professional and with a little effort, more information can no doubt be found about the life and times of this man and, the Penarth Fire Brigade. This fine whistle is made entirely of solid silver, including the diaphragm, and not nickel or brass as other Hudson whistles are. It is in excellent condition and working order, probably used on occasion to signal directions to his firemen. Dent free, this is a superb historic item, worthy of further research. Please note: Hudsons made and retained small stocks of presentation grade whistles, made entirely from Sterling silver. These would bear the manufacturers marks of, [J.H.] [&] [Co.], with further Assay Office hallmarks added later, to coincide with the presentation date. In this instance the customer, being Captain Morris' colleagues on behest of the Brigade, no doubt asked Hudsons for a consideration on the purchase price of the whistle. Evidence suggests that Hudsons probably reduced the cost of the whistle, by waiving the fees of the omitted assay silver test.
Percussion Duelling Pistol By Evell c.1840 This antique pistol is the property of a discerning collector, offered here with all the benefits of a business sale. A superb percussion duelling pistol by Evell of London, c.1840. The pistol has much original finish with case hardening colours to the lock; a crisp working action, sharp lines and woodwork with original varnish. A real gem.
Percussion Knife Pistol By J. Rodgers, c.1840 The Sheffield cutler James Rodgers, is probably best known for his pocket knife pistol combo, which were first offered in around 1839, with percussion ignition. Their catalogue of that year also advertised a range of other self-defence blades and the company described their wares as, "Life And Property Preservers," but this pistol blade is etched with the legend, "Self Protector." The maker also claimed that their pistol knives were effective out to a distance of 50 yards! This version of the James Rodgers knife pistol is both solid and very well-built. As a percussion pistol, the nickel barrel is smooth bored to take a diminutive ball and bears Birmingham proofs. Overall, this example is in very good original condition, showing minor handling wear and no significant damage. Even the horn grip scales are crack free, although they do have a small chip on the top edge of the right butt scale. Mechanically the pistol is in working order and the action has a very strong spring. The pistol also features a drop down trigger as well as a pair of tweezers that would be used to pick out spare caps from the discreet butt compartment. A miniature ball mould is also included as part of the pistol's tools, all stored within the grip scales. All marking is good and clear and both the knife blades are equally good and stamped with Rodger's details, as well as being acid etched with a still readable inscription and fancy rope design. Both blades have an original sharp edge, which has been well preserved - With nothing detrimental to note. All in all, an excellent example for the collector. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 6 inches
Plymouth City Police Leather Notebook Wallet & Pencil A scarce "Plymouth City Police" issue notebook wallet, used probably in the 1950s, or possibly earlier. Marked on the front cover with the city's armourial crest, the wallet is in excellent condition, with some minor and faint inscriptions done in service, no doubt by the constable on duty. The leather wallet retains a rare police "Station Office" and Crown marked indelible pencil, which would have been used in all weathers to record the constable's original notes. A lovely item in good original condition, with supple leather.
Pocket Compass & Barometer, c.1900 Made in Paris for the British market, this combination compass and barometer is in the form of a pocket watch, where both devices are hinged, back to back. On the one side is a black dialled compass with the needle being jewelled at the centre, which is in working order, whilst on the other is a silvered barometer. Sandwiched in between the two, there is a mirrored surface which may have been utilised as a heliograph. Presented in good condition throughout, this nickel plated pocket instrument appears to be in working order, with just minor wear to the finish.
Pocket Percussion Pistol By Parker, Field & Sons, c.1845 A gentleman's large bore percussion pistol by Parker, Field & Sons. Made c.1845, this pistol is of plain construction without adornment, apart from a vacant escutcheon to the bag shaped grip. Possibly indicting that this may have been made for service use - quite unlike Parker's usual elaborate commercial grade guns. Typically the pistol is engraved with the maker's details on the barrel, which turns off and is of approximately of 45 bore. The box lock action is mechanically in good working order, with strong springs and bearing London proofs. Showing signs of extended pocket carry, this pistol has surface wear to its finish, including scrapes and scuffs to the grips, but no cracks or loss of wood. Overall a good pocket pistol by a celebrated maker, known as a contractor to the government and supplier of police equipment. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
Police Belt Buckle For Lothian & Borders Constabulary A fine Lothian & Borders Constabulary police belt buckle, made by Hobson & Son of London. These well manufactured chromed belt buckles fit the regular police utility belt, which would carry the cuffs, CS spray and stick.
Police Issue Colt .320 New Pocket Revolver c.1899 Colt's records state that, in 1899 this .320 "New Pocket" revolver was shipped to their agency in England, together with 27 other guns. Although details of Colt's end client are not available, it is known that this snubby revolver was proofed in London, before being marked with a Constabulary inventory number on the frame. Presently the identification of the Constabulary and armoury reference T4651, have not yet been fully researched, but it is interesting to note that this police issue revolver is much smaller than the standard large calibre, .450 Webley Bulldog types more commonly encountered on Division. However, references to .32 Colts being used by the Special Branch, in particular to those detectives assigned to close protection work, are known to have occurred - although, those pistols are believed to have been, Colt Model 1903 self-loaders. As far as police pistols go, this small New Pocket Colt revolver is in very fine condition and possibly unfired. It retains most of its original blue finish, with perfect action, bore and chambers. All in all, an excellent example for the collector. This revolver is chambered to take the obsolete .320 British cartridge, and may be owned as a curio or ornament, without a certificate. Offered complete with its Colt's Historic Archive document. Barrel length = 2.5 inches Overall length = 6.75 inches
Polish Commemorative Medal - Operation Market Garden Made by the Polish National Mint in 1993, this large bronze medal pays homage to the 1st [Polish] Independent Parachute Brigade and their commanding officer, Major General Stanisław Sosabowski. It is in perfect condition, measuring approximately 70mm in diameter and is marked in Polish, "Battle For Arnhem." Originally established in Scotland in September 1941, the Brigade's purpose was to be dropped into occupied Poland in order to help liberate their country. However, due to other pressing agendas the Poles were required to assist in Operation Market Garden and assist their allies advance. Some were initially landed by glider on 18 September 1943, but due to bad weather, the remainder of the Brigade parachuted in on the 21 September. They suffered significant casualties during the next few days of fighting, but their contribution in engaging enemy forces was significant. A lovely and scarce medal, presented in perfect condition.
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POLITE NOTICE - PROOF OF IDENTITY - POLITE NOTICE Would all collectors please note that if you are not personally known to ZMW Militaria, you may be asked for proof of identity before purchasing or making an appointment to view any Age Restricted, or certain other items. Thank you for your cooperation.
POLITE NOTICE - PROOF OF IDENTITY - POLITE NOTICE Would all collectors please note that if you are not personally known to ZMW Militaria, you may be asked for proof of identity before purchasing or making an appointment to view any Age Restricted, or certain other items. Thank you for your cooperation.
Post WW1 Blind Soldier's Pocket Watch By Cyma After WW1 when the soldiers returned home, many had been left blinded by the effects of mustard gas. For those men that could afford the luxury of a pocket watch, several watch companies offered special Braille timepieces. These watches have no glass and rely instead on a hinged opening cover to protect he dial. On opening, the user could then run their fingers over the dial to feel the robust hands, without the worry of bending them, as well as the bumps that had replaced the numerals. This example has a quality silver case and fine movement signed, Tavannes - which is also known as Cyma. This is in very good condition and working order, with only the case showing some bruising from handling. As is, it is in better condition than most. Most probably this watch would have belonged to an officer or other well heeled gent. An interesting military orientated timepiece that is difficult to find. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Pre WW2 Air Ministry 'Time Of Trip' Aircraft Clock This desirable 'Time of Trip' clock was made for the Royal Air Force in 1937 and could have been fitted to a range of aircraft in service at the time. These clocks remained in service throughout WW2, although their high price and complicated movements forced the Air Ministry to source alternative clocks for the war effort. Fully stamped on the back with the King's Crown and A.M. mark, this clock was designated as the 'Mark III A' and further engraved on the dial with various stores reference numbers and the embossed supplier's details are given as, 'Smiths & Son (MA) Ltd.,' yet despite this name, the clock itself was made by Jaeger LeCoultre, a top end Swiss manufacturer. As such, the clock is of the finest quality with some additional complications. These come in the form of a dual 'time dial' feature, which records the elapsing hours, minutes and seconds during a flight. To work the chronograph three separate controls exist which are set at the commencement of a flight. All in all, this 'Time of Trip' clock is totally original, retaining most of the painted finish, with minor scuffs and usage marks. Interestingly there are also some 1939 dated Maintenance Unit Repair markings, which can be seen on the dial - with a little research it might be possible to identify where this MU was situated. The clock is of course fully operational and keeping excellent time however, as with any 75 year old timepiece it may require servicing at some point. Furthermore, in its past the clock was fitted beautifully into a mahogany Napoleon's hat case. This has not affected the clock and has served to preserve the rear brackets, which are the ones that secured the clock originally to its instrument panel. The case makes the clock easy to display but if desired, it can also be easily removed.
Pre WW2 Coal Miner's 25 Years Long Service Award - Presentation Pocket Watch Throughout the world, mining must rank as one of the most hazardous occupations that a person can be employed in. Certainly in any pre WW2 European country, the mining industry would have supplied coal not only for domestic needs, but also would have been providing heavy industry with valuable resources to generate the power necessary for manufacturing to take place. As a sign of sincere appreciation to mark a coal miner's faithful service, after 25 years of duty in those pre war years in Poland, miners were awarded with a specially commissioned Swiss pocket watch. This watch, in this instance made by the Doxa watch company, would have been presented as an esteemed symbol of recognition of the miner's achievement. Every such watch was marked with a laurel garland surrounding the trade tools of a hammer and pick. The number 25 together with the acronym PW are also present and denote, "Przemysl Wegiel," which translates to "Coal Industry." The 15 jewel Doxa watch itself is offered in good working order and condition, only exhibiting slight external signs of service wear to the case. Although the watch works, the Premium Service needs to be considered. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Pre WW2 L.O.P.P. Airman's Badge Although Poland had pilots during WW1, the build up of a true airforce did not occur until after Poland gained independence in 1918, and even then its formation was a slow affair. However, there was also a linked paramilitary group known as the L.O.P.P., "Ligii Obrony Powietyrznej i Przeciwgazowej." This was an organisation that was started in 1928 and translated, their full title reads, "Airborne & Antigas Defence League." It was broadly made up of aviators, plus ballooning and communications enthusiasts. Thanks to the efforts of the League and with their sense of duty and national pride, the L.O.P.P. purchased aviation equipment and even helped further the development of new aircraft. They constructed airfields, parachute towers and throughout the 1930s, created activities to focus youth involvement. They were in essence a training camp, which by 1939 was supplying the Polish Air Force with many of their new recruit pilots. This small winged propellor badge is one of the insignia of the L.O.P.P. As can be seen the style borrows heavily from the white and red checkered square of the Polish Air Force. The badge is in very good condition, retaining the screw back fastener. It measures 31mm wing tip to tip. The badge comes with a box may be the original carton.
Pre WW2 Patriotic Polish Army Doxa Pocket Watch A superb open face Doxa pocket watch dating from c.1930, featuring the Polish national emblem of a crowned eagle to the rear of the nickel silver case. This eagle emblem is in contemporary to the pre war date of the watch and as such, was likely intended as a patriotic display by the original watch owner. Doxa watches were certainly very popular in europe at this time. Being regarded as high quality timepieces, many were purchased by the armed forces of several nations. This example is in excellent order with a perfect dial, keeping time and functioning as it should, although it has not been serviced. Undoubtably the watch would have belonged to a man of substance - almost certainly a military professional. A fine timepiece.
Pre WW2 Polish Military - M.S. Wojsk - Radio Room Clock On 1st September 1939, when Poland was invaded and its armed forces were stretched to their limits, timepieces like this one were being utilised in military command posts as radio room clocks. Conforming to military practice, the frantic radio operators were required to note the times when receiving or sending radio messages and that was the purpose of this clock-watch. This large Lemania timepiece was supplied c.1938 by the firm of J. Jeznacki in Warsaw, a known supplier of military equipment. It is clearly marked as being the property of the Polish Army (M.S. Wojsk) and it is a very rare survivor of its type, having been removed from the instrument panel of a military radio installation before being overrun by occupying forces. The bezel would have been unscrewed to release the watch casing from its mount. Presented in excellent original condition throughout, this watch is in good working order, keeping time. It is also interesting to note that the Lemania name has been changed to "Arma" for retail purposes. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Pre WW2 Royal Doulton RAF Tea Cup Getting rarer to find, this quality bone china cup was once used in a Royal Air Force officer's mess. Made by Royal Doulton, the cup would likely have been used throughout WW2. With its cobalt blue rim and gilt details, this cup was of the finest quality. Although complete and still useable, this china cup does have some age crazing, as well as a hairline from the rim, past the RAF crest to the left, but no restoration.
Pre WW2 Royal Navy Issue Admiralty Pattern 301 Wristwatch Early examples of this oversized wristwatch, date from WW1 and can be found with the supplier's name "Poole" engraved on them. Such military watches were no more than a pocket watch fixed to a strap. Those first timepieces, just as the one presented here, also bore the Royal Naval version of the broad arrow. However, the watch being offered here, also bears an Admiralty Pattern number, 301. Presumably then, these military wristwatches were of sufficiently contributory use that they were allotted their own unique reference number. It is also interesting to note that the preceding AP 300 reference number was also assigned to a Royal Navy issue pocket watch. So, both the AP300 and AP301, are watches made for Royal Navy use. AP300, was a standard type of pocket watch, yet different to the army issue General Service patterns, whilst AP301 was a wristwatch of pocket watch proportions. An unissued example of the AP301 was once encountered on a long two piece pigskin strap. This suggests that the AP301 was worn around the arm, possibly of a coat or gauntlet. Certainly that example was from WW2 surplus stock, which again suggests a supply date from around this period. Unfortunately so far however, the use these big Admiralty Pattern 301 wristwatches, evades research. Nevertheless, they are real and in this instance, they were supplied through Helvetia. Although not signed by the maker, the watch's movement has been identified as Helvetia's calibre 32A. If it follows that the Admiralty Pattern inventory followed a logical listing, then the AP300 and 301, likely shared the same role, although worn differently. From the outset, the Admiralty's use of pocket watches has been dominated by timepieces which were technically more advanced in terms of precision - Deck Watches were navigational tools, but these AP300/1s are not. Instead, the AP300 has a heavy duty screw up case and a 15 jewel movement, whilst the AP301 uses a 7 jewel movement in a standard snap together case. Together their form suggests a usage where these AP timepieces needed to be robust, against the elements and from the potential of knocks. This ruggedness was achieved simply by either making the watch case more substantially resilient to the ingress of sea water and strong enough to take the knocks, or by simply elevating the watch onto the wearer's wrist out of harms way. As you look at the Admiralty Pattern 301 you will notice that the watch uses a movement that places the subsidiary seconds hand into the correct position for the watch to be worn on a wrist. Also, the dial numbering is configured in such a way that the time can be glanced in the same way as a modern wristwatch would be. Should the AP301 have used a regular pocket watch movement, the dial would be out of kilter with the winder and the wearer's orientation to the dial would be skewed. All that is known for certain is that this oversized wristwatch was supplied by Helvetia, on these wire lugs. They were intended for RN service, and have been supplied from WW1. Of course there exist accounts from the battle fields of the Boer War, of soldiers strapping pocket watches to their wrists. Most notably it appears that those engaged with artillery first appear to have adopted that practice. Also, noting just how long the strap of the unissued watch that was encountered, would also suggest that the watch would have needed to have been worn around the sleeve. So, perhaps those engaged in gunnery with the Royal Navy, may have been the intended recipients of this watch? However, it is believed that more examples would exist if this were so. Suggestions have also been made that due to size, that these were early aviator's watches - yet we have plenty of surviving watches that were used by Fleet Air Arm, precisely for that purpose - so that seems an unlikely use for the AP301. Intriguingly, a belief now exists that both the AP300 and AP301 were designed for submarine use. This possibility raises certain questions, which are currently under investigation. This watch is in good condition and working order, having just minor edge cracks at 6 o'clock - these could be cleaned and their appearance reduced during the Premium Service. All in all, a good example of a rare to find watch. Watch diameter is 48mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Premium Service - 2017 Price Increase Dear Collectors, Vintage watches, in particular Military Timepieces, have risen significantly in value over the past few years. This is a good sign for the investor, but on the downside, the cost of spares and their availability, has also been affected. With this in mind, ZMW Militaria has to announce that from 2017 the cost of all our service work, will increase to keep pace with our overheads. Nevertheless, we do genuinely believe that our Premium Service and 12 month warranty, will continue to represent excellent value for the collector. Yours sincerely, Ziggy M. Wesolowski
PREMIUM SERVICE WORK - SPECIAL CONCESSIONARY PRICE Optional Premium Service work is available on most watches offered here. This gives customers real peace of mind when buying a vintage watch from ZMW MILITARIA as our servicing work provides your heirloom timepiece with a 12 month warranty. When a Premium Service is requested at the time of purchase, or within 21 days (see our Terms & Conditions), you will be receiving the service at half the usual cost. Premium Service prices are published for each eligible timepiece. With the discount, the typical charge for the work starts at only £60.
PREMIUM SERVICE WORK - SPECIAL CONCESSIONARY PRICE ZMW Militaria offers a Premium Service option for the clocks and watches sold here: The Premium Service is designed to provide longevity to timepieces and, to give customers real peace of mind when buying from us, backed up by a 12 month warranty for your heirloom. The Premium Service prices quoted at the end of every eligible watch, are shown at a special concessionary rate available only at the time, or within 21 days of purchase (see Terms & Conditions). These charges represent a saving of 50% off of the regular price.
PREMIUM SERVICE WORK - SPECIAL CONCESSIONARY PRICE ZMW Militaria offers a Premium Service option for the clocks and watches sold here: The Premium Service is designed to provide longevity to timepieces and, to give customers real peace of mind when buying from us, backed up by a 12 month warranty for your heirloom. The Premium Service prices quoted at the end of every eligible watch, are shown at a special concessionary rate available only at the time, or within 21 days of purchase (see Terms & Conditions). These charges represent a saving of 50% off of the regular price.
PREMIUM SERVICE WORK - SPECIAL CONCESSIONARY PRICE Optional Premium Service work is available on most watches offered here. This gives customers real peace of mind when buying a vintage watch from ZMW MILITARIA as our servicing work provides your heirloom timepiece with a 12 month warranty. When a Premium Service is requested at the time of purchase, or within 3 months (see our Terms & Conditions), you will be receiving the service at half the usual cost. Premium Service prices are published for each eligible timepiece. With the discount, the typical charge for the work starts at only £60.
Presentation Grade .442 Webley No.1 Gate Loading Revolver This is a superior presentation grade No.1 gate loading revolver, made by Webley c.1868. This would have been made to special order, all hand engraved at their factory and then nickel plated and finish off with the ivory grips before being retailed by T. Miller of Sunderland and marked on the top strap. No doubt this would have been made for a well heeled gentleman, possibly serving as his personal protection revolver, quite likely accompanying him on travels overseas, where the smooth cool grips and protective finish would have been an asset in a hot climate. This type of Webley revolver seldom comes to the market and in this condition, it would prove to be a fine addition to a collection. Fully working with positive lock up and good spring action, the revolver retains much of its original finish. The bore and chambers are all in good condition throughout. Only the grip has an old well executed period repair to the right side. Chambered for the obsolete .442 calibre, this Webley may be owned without a certificate, provided it is held as part of a gun collection without ammunition.
Preventive Water Guards - Revenue Officer's Flintlock Pistol c.1810 In 1809 the Board of Customs formed a body of men who became known as the Preventive Water Guard. This fledgling force used small boats to patrol every bay and cove along their designated shoreline - Their remit being, to end the smugglers' trade. To that end, each station appointed an Officer in Charge who, together with the Master’s Mate, would have been former Royal Naval personnel. Likewise, other crew members would also be ex Matelots or at least highly experienced fishermen. Through their patrol methods, which differed from area to area, their organised persistence contributed to the disruption of the profitable illegal trade. Unhappily though, frequent encounters with determined smugglers left many guards brutally murdered in the execution of their duty. By 1816 the Preventive Water Guard had come under the control of the Treasury. Under their new masters, their primary role became concerned itself with revenue collection. The Board of Trade also contributed to the funding of the guard, supplying the crews with specialist lifesaving equipment and training. In exchange for their investment, the guard were now expected to go to the aid of stricken mariners and to protect shipwrecks and precious cargoes from looters. Of course when working on behest of the Treasury smuggling remained largely unchecked, for which the guard are often unfairly held accountable. It is however from those first formative years of the Preventive Water Guard that this flintlock pistol hails, when the Board of Customs held an influence on the operation of the guard. Typically, much of the guards' early supplies then, were obtained from surplus naval stores. Although officially contrived, this pistol follows no specific military pattern of the day, yet it clearly borrows much from Sea Service and travelling pistols of the period. Presumably, damaged naval pistols, surplus barrels and locks were armoury modified and adapted for reissue to the guard. Of course by 1822 the ineffective role of the Preventive Water Guard came under scrutiny of a government committee, who decreed that the primary function of the guard should be that of an anti-smuggling force - everything else became secondary. With the switch in emphasis, the guard were again absorbed by the Board of Customs who adopted a new title for the force, thus becoming the Coast Guard. This pistol is a very good example of just such a legitimate armoury adapted flintlock, assembled from surplus parts c.1810. Over all, it is 13 inches in length and has a short round 7 inch barrel of naval .54 calibre. The pistol also benefits from having a simple foresight and groove channel to the tang for rapid point and shoot at close quarters. The flat Tower and GR Crown stamped lock is in good order with strong springs and working action, which has been period fitted into a stock, likely borrowed from a part finished walnut blank, possibly destined for another pistol. As is, the butt is slimmer in profile to regular military pieces having flat sides as seen on other constabulary type weapons. Of course, this adaptation also avoided the need to fit the traditional bras butt-cap. Likewise, the brass lock side plate has also been omitted. Furthermore, the wooden rammer appears to be a genuine rod of the time, cut down from a sea service pistol. All of this work has clearly been done at the time that this pistol was constructed and issued to the Preventive Water Guard. A fascinating law enforcement pistol from a violent period in history.
Prison Guard's Rifled "Close Quarter" Percussion Carbine c.1845 This is not a cut down musket but rather, a rare and genuine "Close Quarter" carbine, with a very short 13 inch rifled barrel of .577 calibre. It is absolutely characteristic of the short carbines carried by prison warders and the guards entrusted with prisoner security during transportation. This is a weapon capable of being retained in a struggle with both hands at close quarter, yet just long enough to be a formidable and potentially accurate shooter at longer distances too. A professional's choice that was far better than a pistol, which could never be readied without risk of being lost, with deadly consequences. At the start of the 19th Century, Gaols and Houses of Correction, had confined within their unsanitary surroundings all manner of violent persons, held together with debtors, as well as petty offending men, women and children, whose only respite from the grim conditions rested simply in their ability to be able to bribe the guards - Corruption was rife. However, reformers were working to improve conditions, but this was a slow process that would take many more decades to inflict change on an established institution. Punishments, such as the "Treadmill" and "Crank" continued to be metered out for seemingly petty infringements, often at the whim of misguided guards, which became known as, "Screws." A nickname stemming from these pointless hard labour activities, which were only abolished in 1898. Certainly by the middle of the Victorian era, society was increasingly concerned with the ever rising crime rate, yet there remained mixed feelings towards the Prison Service being the proper institution to rehabilitate offenders. So perhaps this is why gunmakers chose not to identify, or broadcast their association within prisons? Preferring instead to distance themselves from that darkly necessary world of bars and high walls, cushioning themselves from public perception, whatever that may have been. Only the trademark of these prison weapons, is not so much a mark but rather, a deliberate absence of any signature or making these guns totally unattributed in nature. No maker and no supplier's marks that could lead to the identification of the companies involved in this ungentlemanly business. Furthermore, about this close quarter carbine's short barrel, it is safe to say that this carbine has only ever been equipped with a bead foresight and no rear sight. This again demonstrates that this weapon was never anything longer, as any regular chopped carbine or musket would have had a rear sight… or at least would have left a trace of where one had existed previously. There is no such evidence. The overall working and cosmetic condition of this short carbine is very good, especially considering its history. The uniformly patinated ironwork has a strong action and a rifled bore, with only the woodwork showing some signs of old distress. A good opportunity to acquire a historic arm, which has hung on the wall of a family collection of antique weapons, for the past 50 years.
Prison Guard's Rifled "Close Quarter" Percussion Carbine c.1845 This is not a cut down musket but rather, a rare and genuine "Close Quarter" carbine, with a very short 13 inch rifled barrel of .577 calibre. It is an example of the short carbines carried by prison guards entrusted with prisoner security during transportation. The overall working and cosmetic condition of this short carbine is very good, especially considering its history. The uniformly patinated ironwork has a strong action and a rifled bore, with only the woodwork showing some signs of old distress. A good opportunity to acquire a historic arm, which has hung on the wall of a family collection of antique weapons, for the past 50 years. Barrel length = 13 inches Overall length =
Provincial Birmingham Gun Trade Pocket Pistol, c.1840 This unsigned .45" calibre turn-off barrel pocket pistol was made in the provinces and proofed in Birmingham. It was made to a good standard of gunsmithing and has its iron work decorated with with scroll engraving. Overall, the pistol appears to be in good condition, with an even patina showing just light surface staining and minor oxidisation. The action works well and the unusually long spurred hammer holds in both positions, plus, the nipple is good. A traditional walnut bag shape butt is fitted with a vacant escutcheon, all nicely checkered and fitting well, with no cracks. Overall, an attractive pocket pistol. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7.25 inches
Provincial Gun Trade Pocket Pistol, c.1830 An unattributed provincial turn-off barrel pocket pistol, made c.1830, with simple acanthus leaf decoration and Birmingham proofs. The walnut slab sided grips are undamaged and all pistol springs are good, with the box lock remaining in serviceable condition. All in all, the pistol is working and cosmetically it is in good condition, with some minor tool abrasions around the barrel. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7 inches
RAF Fighter Command - Presentation Pewter Tankard This interesting English made pewter tankard and a "Penny Spitfire," come from the estate of Wing Commander C. L. Moye and are being offered separately. Moye is known to have served as an RAF pilot during WW2. This tankard was presented by the Officers of HQ Fighter Command and is in good condition with some light impressions, grey patina and mild wear from use. On the base it bears the maker's mark of Roberts & Dore Ltd. Well worthy of further research.
RAF Issue Jaeger LeCoultre Pocket Watch c.1942 This particular Jaeger LeCoultre pocket watch is of the design termed as the, "General Service Trade Pattern." Such GSTP pocket watches were of course meant for army issue during WW2 however, this example somehow found its way into the hands of the Royal Air Force, making it a rarity for military watch collectors. Of course, the Air Ministry were expecting to receive pocket watches from Jaeger LeCoutre, but their preferred design called for a non-luminous dial. This kind of anomaly then, can probably be best explained by the fact that the RAF had either not yet received their expected JLC watches, or, had received an insufficient number to meet their needs. Consequently, it would have been expedient for the War Department to hand over a quantity of army watches for use by the RAF. Examples of this kind of cooperation between services is not unique in wartime, but it does nevertheless make for an interesting variation. Fully engraved on the back of the watch, with RAF issue codes. Presented in working order, this JLC watch shows only light signs of careful service wear. Cosmetically the watch has some light rubbing to the edges, but it is still an excellent example with an original and unrestored dial. Keeping time, the signed 15 jewel movement is brightly gilded and all functions are as good as one might expect, plus, a warranty and service option is available at a concessionary rate. A Premium Service and 12 month warranty are available at a cost of just £60.
RAF Issue Navigator's Watch - Type A-11 By Waltham c.1942 During WW2 the RAF issued its pilots and navigators with wristwatches, supplied mainly by Swiss makers. These timepieces were designated as Mark VII and Mark VIIa patterns and featured white dials. However, when America joined the war in 1942 they brought with them their own watches, which to the US Army Air Force were known as the Type A-11 Hack Watch, but to the RAF they became the Mark VIII. Unlike the Swiss watches that had been issued since 1939, these new Mark VIII timepieces had black dials and movements that were designed to stop running during hand setting (a feature called 'hacking'). This made them simple to synchronise accurately during pre flight briefings and in particular, navigators appreciated them as good working tools. This particular example was made by Waltham and delivered to the Air Ministry with a plain steel back. It was then engraved with the RAF property code, where the 6B identified the item as flying equipment and the 234 denoted that the watch was issued to a navigator. Undoubtably, this watch would have served in Bomber Command. Presented in good original condition, this Waltham is in working order - including the Hack. Although the watch has seen combat service, it has not been abused and, whilst it may not have been its first, the watch has even retained a rare original US military issue strap which looks excellent. Sold in working order, but consideration should be given to having the watch serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
RAF Navigator Issue Split-Chronograph Stop Watch, c.1938 A pre WW2 Air Ministry issue stop watch, featuring the rare Split-Chronograph movement by Lemania. A true sleeper in mint condition, having survived all this time in its wartime storage carton. Even the inner case has retained a clear and original "G.S. & Co. Ltd." (Goldsmiths & Silversmiths) importer's ink stamp! The watch itself is in full working order, with a factory fresh looking movement. These watches are a little larger than the more common RAF stop watches that followed, and incorporated two sweeping hands that were started simultaneously. However, a feature of the split timers, was their ability to record more than one event simultaneously. To do this, an oversized button in the watch band could be depressed and this allowed the red centre hand to be stopped independently, whilst the main blue hand kept timing. This enabled the navigator to note elapsed time intervals without interfering with the pre prepared, Flight Plan. Any subsequent push of the auxiliary button would cause the sweeping hands to 'catchup' with each other, whilst any depression of the main winding crown button stopped the watch timing entirely and reset the movement. In this manner an infinite number of time [split] readings could be taken by the navigator, without the watch having to be reset between flight operation. This was indeed a valuable precision made tool and an expensive one at that, which could no longer be readily (or at least openly) supplied by the Swiss following the outbreak of WW2. Consequently, the Air Ministry had little option but to accept more rudimentary military timers from other suppliers. Offered in mint condition, the watch has no dings dents or dial damage, only the carton has some surface scuffs and tears to its corners. The brown box is plain and without any manufacturer's details, other than some obscure handwritten references. Overall, a mint example with good age patina, in working order.
RAF Survival Escape Kit Compass - Wristwatch Type It was the armourer's duty to ensure that the pilot's ejector seat was working properly and also kitted out with the prescribed survival equipment in the event of a bail out. This issue wristwatch type compass was part of the survival equipment that was stowed in a pack with the ejector seat of an RAF jet fighter. According to the original armourer who removed this item when the plane became surplus to RAF requirements and scrapped, some 20 years ago... he stated that it was removed in its original sealed pack, which would have also held an emergency saw and food rations. This compass appears to be in new old stock condition and comes complete with strap, showing no signs of ever having been worn. Everything is in full working order.
RAF Watches - WW2 Air Ministry King's Crown Marked Pocket watch There is something special about seeing the Air Ministry mark on the back of a RAF pocket watch, when it incorporates the King's Crown design. The Crowned AM marking is normally only found on early RAF clocks and some stop watches; however if you were looking for a regular personal issue timepiece with that same characteristic marking, you would be indeed hard pressed to find one. Basically, Weems wristwatches and it seems only a small handful of pocket watches appear to have been marked up in this manner. They are rare. Issued in 1941, this is just such an evocatively engraved pocket timepiece, presented in good working order. The marking is clear and genuine. For all intents and purposes, the watch is identical to the early army issue General Service Mark II pocket watches, as it features a solid nickel three piece screw up case. Again, most other RAF watches all had snap back cases, so it just might be that this watch somehow was forgotten about and issued later than it might otherwise have been. Who knows? The watch has some light signs of service wear, but internally the movement looks to be crisp and working well. Nevertheless, you would need to consider the benefits of a Premium Service on a vintage timepiece. A good example of this rare pattern RAF pocket watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Railway Guards North East Region Railway Guard's Whistle, c.1880 A superb example of an NER railway guard's whistle, from the by-gone days of steam. The cow horn whistle is presented in excellent, damage free condition, complete with its original iron ring and good clear, N.E.R. stamp. Altogether a loud and shrill whistle, in full working order with original pea.
Railway Watch - Waltham Railway Locomotive Pocket Watch A good clean example of a Railway Man's Waltham pocket watch. According to Waltham watch company records this large, 18 size, timepiece was made in 1906 yet the 15 jewel movement appears to be in factory fresh condition. The gold filled heavy duty screw back case is of standard railway form and approved large size, bearing a very good rendition of a locomotive in steam. The movement is the 1883 model, first manufactured in that year, albeit the production date of this piece was some years after. Due to its reliable construction, many railway companies in England chose to use Waltham watches as their standard timekeepers. This example however would have been a private purchase by a wealthy gentleman, most likely having railway connections. The case is gold filled and in very good condition, free from any signs of excessive wear and no base metal showing through either. Whilst the movement looks to be in fine condition, the Premium Service will help to make this a reliable timekeeper well into the future. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare "Millwall Militia" Brass Pistol By Mortimer, c.1800 Historically, an island once existed along the Thames bordered by the two largest meanders of the river, separated from the mainland by a thinner strip of water to the north. This island of marsh and wetland, which was once part of the Parish of Poplar, became known as the Isle of Dogs. Settlers had for centuries before tried with varying degrees of success to maintain the area for its rich pasture and farming land. Eventually then, a wall was built to separate the land from the river (Marshwall) and in turn windmills were erected to help with the pumping process (Millwall), but the terrain was always prone to flooding and inevitably, peoples' lives were lost when the river breached their defences. Over time, a notoriety grew concerning the checkered character of some of the new settlers that occupied the island, many of whom were forced there through penal servitude and in this way a colony was soon established. What's more, the area had an association with ever present gibbets along the river's course, which served as warnings to remind undesirables and arriving pirates alike, of the harsh penalty that awaited them should they pursue their illicit trafficking. Certainly with Greenwich being located on the opposite bank, the Royal Navy would have literally overseen the execution of many a smuggler and pirate on the hangman's gallow tree. To help with the drainage of the land, over time around a dozen mills were built along the Millwall as part of the land reclamation project. Towards the end of the 18th century, the success of their effort saw the area developing into an industrial site with docks, warehouses and shipbuilding being the main trades of the island. Of course the area was now subject to a greater influx of lower class newcomers, who saw an opportunity to settle among the established residents. As time went on, the services the maritime traders offered on the Isle of Dogs became more diverse and the area prospered, yet the working class remained poor despite their contributions. Not surprisingly the abundance of rich pickings that the merchant marine brought to the doorstep of the needy, inevitably had its consequences and crime was rife. So, given this social back drop to Millwall, it would be easy to imagine that the Thames River Police and armed watchmen patrolled the area, as well they might have, but the main reason for procuring this pistol was the fear of invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte. This flintlock pistol was acquired in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, when London held a genuine fear of an imminent attack from Napoleon's Army. In response to this crisis the Duke of York put out a nationwide call to arms that saw a tremendous response: Furthermore, an infantry of territorially based Militia was to be raised to be used solely for home defence. The Millwall Militia was not a standing army, but rather a force of men raised by ballot, which the government held in December 1802. The ballot was run locally by churchwardens and overseers of the poor in each parish, who drew up a list of men aged between eighteen and forty five. There were however certain exemptions of service, which included seamen and Thames watermen. Also exempt were those who preferred to pay a financial penalty not to fight, or for those selected individuals who managed to find a person willing to stand in their place. Lists of the balloted men were then posted on the front of the parish church door for all to take note. For Millwall, these were tense times and concerns that the guerrilla war for which they had prepared was afoot, were raised to a all time high when British anti-invasion plans were put into place in 1803, following reports that Napoleon was once again on the move. It was also published that he said, "All my thoughts are directed towards England. I want only for a favourable wind to plant the Imperial Eagle on the Tower of London". Of course with the majority of the military regiments and volunteer forces being stationed on the south coast, it was down to the Millwall Militia to provide what would have been the final line of resistance to thwart Napoleon's fleet from sailing into London. Still, this pistol with its solid brass "out in all weather" construction, was an inspired choice for a Militia man, whose remit, in the event of invasion, was to harass the enemy rather than to engage them full on. Made by Mortimer, this concealable pocket pistol was most likely bought and paid for by a wealthy merchant benefactor, as this London gunmaker was already a highly respected supplier of arms to the King and nobility. The turn off barrel numbered, "Millwall 44", suggests that a not insignificant supply of weapons was available should the need have ever arisen. Whilst the number "M 44" which is stamped on the walnut butt, prevented the possibility of mismatching of barrels to frames. This historically important flintlock is presented in full working condition and excellent order throughout.
Rare "Poke" Ring Sundial Circa 1700 A complete Post Medieval "Poke" Ring Sundial presented in complete and excellent condition. Made of a copper or brass alloy, this ring sundial would have been made in England at some point between the 17th or 18th century, before mechanical timepieces became more widely available. The sundial is of the simple ring type, consisting of a broad, flat, ring with a channel cut into the centre of the outer wall, all along its circumference. This holds a captive sliding collar with a pinhole calibrated for use in British or European latitudes. The exterior has two rows of initials either side of the channel, indicating the months of the year set in groups of six arranged to indicate I [J] F M A M I to one side, for the first months of the year and below these are the remaining initials, D N O S A I. The interior is marked by twelve numerals, each representing the hours of the day from, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11 and 12 [midday] through to, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 at the sunset end of the scale. The surface of the ring dial has a fabulous age patina and has not been polished. These sundial rings were simple to use and became known as poke dials; "poke" being an archaic word for pocket. Alternatively the ring could be worn on the finger or around the neck, for when in use, it would need to be suspended on a string with the sliding collar marker set to indicate the correct month of the year. Then, as the dial was suspended vertically, the sun would shine through the pinhole and a dot of light would shine onto the interior of the ring. The time could then be read by looking at the closest illuminated hour. A truly simple device in museum grade condition, which would have been used to give a rough indication of the time of day and would have been utilised by travelers and field workers and anyone else who needed to know the time where a mechanical timepiece was not available.
Rare & Important Longines Explorer's Pocket Watch, c.1895 Longines has a tradition of being an innovative watch company, keen to associate itself with all manner of world record breaking achievements. As such, Longines was often chosen by pioneering greats to assist in their endeavours. Whether it was on the railways, or far off Antarctic exploration, aerial conquest, ocean navigation... and the list goes on, Longines was always involved. However, one area of particular interest for the watch historian has been in the pursuit of military issue Longines watches - particularly in the diver's watch category where they do indeed hold a notable wartime intrigue. Yet their speciality waterproof watches can be traced right back to watches such as this extremely rare Longines' Explorer's Pocket Watch. Dating to 1895, this Longines Explorer is for all intents, the missing link - an ancestor of the Special Forces diver's watches issued to the first Allied frogmen in WW2: Starting out as a waterproof silver pocket watch with the distinctive canteen screw down cover to seal the watch winder, the resulting dive-watches evolved by the mere addition of strap lugs to an improved watertight case. This particular Longines watch is also identical to the Explorers' Watches designed for the the Royal Geographic Society in the late Victorian era. Many of these are documented by the RGS as having served on notable scientific and surveying expeditions, which add considerable worth to them. The Longines Explorer's Watch being offered here, was made for the London firm of Searle & Co. It was made entirely at the Longines' factory at Saint Imier, a fact which can be confirmed by the presence of Longines serial numbers inside the watch case. Furthermore, this watch is presented in remarkably good condition, free from significant service wear, showing only signs of careful carry, with just one barely obvious hairline in the vicinity of the stylised Roman IIII. The early original leather seals are also still intact, which would have been packed with wax and grease to ensure a hermetic seal. The silver hallmarked case screws up very securely and houses the excellent Longines Lepine 'Adjusted' movement, jewelled to the centre and looking factory fresh. Working well and keeping good time, the watch shows no sign of any inappropriate meddling - nor has it been serviced. A truly beautiful sleeper that could be a special one of a kind, made by Longines on a commission. Worthy of further research, this Longines Explorer's Watch would certainly be an important addition to a collection of early watertight timepieces and, being dent free and altogether in premium condition, will be next to impossible to improve upon.
Rare .442 Webley "Metropolitan" RIC No.2 Revolver c.1870 Webley's range of RIC revolvers were first offered for sale in 1868 and became an immediate success with both the police and civilians alike. These large calibre medium sized revolvers also found favour with military officers alike, both as their service sidearm and also as a back-up. In some quarters however, these pistols were still too obtrusive for convenient carry and, before the advent of the Webley Bulldog, the only option without compromising on firepower or cylinder capacity, was to purchase one of these rarer short barrelled variants that Webley offered. These were listed in their catalogue as their, "Metropolitan" model. With its short 3 inch barrel and a truncated and rounded butt, this revolver was an effective concealment pistol that would have suited an army officer on campaign. As is, this Webley shows clear signs of extended carry and use, far more than it would have if it had merely spent its life in the drawer of a gentleman's writing desk! Presented in good but used condition, this short .442 Webley is in full working order, functioning well with good indexing and strong springs. Only the finish is worn, yet a fair amount of original bluing is still evident as well as clear marking, including the winged bullet W&S trademark. Likewise the walnut grips look very good and the revolver is overall, an attractive looking and well proportioned piece. As is, the Webley is clearly of an early pattern, which can be identified from the style of its cylinder stops and humped rear sight. A rare example of an early Webley RIC revolver for the collector. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
Rare 1859 Webley Solid Frame 54 Bore Percussion Revolver Webley Solid Frame revolvers were a natural development to the already successful Wedge Frame models of 1857. However, by the time these robust revolvers were introduced in 1859 they were already using an outmoded ignition system. The metallic cartridge era had arrived and the Webley Solid Frames became obsolete during this transitional era - Consequently they are rare to find today. This heavy five shot 54 bore Webley Solid Frame revolver is complete and in good working order. It has strong springs throughout and works well in both single and double action, with just a little rotational play. The grips are intact and the overall finish shows a dark age mottled appearance with clear line engravings, serial number and top strap marked with the retailers name of, Thos. Blissett, South Castle Street, Liverpool. The bore and chambers are in comparable, good condition with some wear around the nipples. In short, a hard to find Webley Solid Frame at an attractive price.
Rare 1906 Metropolitan Police Issue Chronograph Pocket Watch In 1906, to counter the growing problem of speeding motorists in the capital, the Metropolitan Police were issued with a small number of chronograph pocket watches - they were to be used in the first ever speed traps. Imported by Stauffer & Co., these fine timepieces were chosen not only because they were the chosen official motor racing timers for the Gordon Bennett Cup, but Stauffer were also winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd chronometer prizes awarded by the Kew Observatory in 1905-1906. These watches were indeed the best that there was. Perhaps that is why the inside back cover of this watch is engraved with the image of the Flying Lady Gordon Bennett Trophy. The name on the dial is that of the London jeweller and watch supplier to the police, John Meader. Internally the movement is marked with the S&Co. crowned emblem and throughout, the condition of this watch is superb. It is absolutely free from any case dings or dents and is a reliable timekeeper. In fact, this same watch underwent a Premium Service within the past 2 years, so at least the mechanism is free from decades of accumulated dirt - However, a fresh Premium Service should be considered soon. From a historical point in 1906, a debate was held at the House of Commons, as some believed that these watches were an unnecessary expense: MR. MARKHAM "I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, seeing that at the recent Olympic Games the time of every race was correctly taken to one-tenth of a second, he will say if with a system of electric signals the speed of motor vehicles could be accurately taken; whether any application has been made by the Commissioner to him for money to install such electric appliances to prevent the law being daily broken by motorists; and whether he will see 1216 that any moneys necessary to enforce the law are granted to the Commissioner." MR. HERBERT SAMUEL "The chronographs used by the Metropolitan police, which time accurately to one-fifth of a second, were adopted after full consideration of various electrical and other timing appliances. In the opinion of the Commissioner timing by chronograph is the method best adapted to the needs of the Metropolitan Police and the conditions under which timing is effected by them." MR. MARKHAM "Is the right honourable gentleman aware that the Commissioner of Police, in a letter to the honourable Member for the Mansfield Division, said he allowed four miles an hour over and above the legal limit owing to the difficulty of marking the exact time?" MR. HERBERT SAMUEL "I am not aware." It seems that even with such fine timepieces, the police would still need to err on the side of caution as operator handling was a questionable factor. These watches remained in use for a number of decades, well after the Second World War. The watch is completely original and even retains the original glass which shows some minor sign of edge chipping, but remains too good to replace. The Crown and MP stamp to the rear was hand engraved prior to issue. Over all a most desirable timepiece that will be difficult to improve upon. My final image shows plain clothed officers and the obligatory uniformed constable to stop the car, seemingly discussing the finer points of such a watch. **************************************************************************** This is a rare Charles Nicolet chronograph, retailed by Stauffer & Co. silver pocket chronograph watch. It is running and the stop watch functions appear to work - however, the watch is running slow. As is, this is one of my projects that I acquired for myself, but have now decided that I have no spare time, nor the inclination to complete the work. With the stop/start and rest functions all operating well via the top pusher, this watch would make a good addition to any collection. I say that this watch is associated with motor racing because in 1903, Stauffer & Son became the official timekeepers for "The Gordon Bennett Cup" international automobile races held in Ireland over several years. Stauffer actually supplied identical chronograph watches for the timing of these races. Many police forces also purchased Stauffer chronographs and you can read more about these at the ZMWMILITARIA.COM website. The silver case is marked "C.N.," which is Charles Nicolet's maker's mark, registered at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London. A hallmark date letter M, also identifies the assay date of the watch to be 1907. The case is in good condition with the two rear covers snapping shut firmly. Generally, the case and the watch overall, is in good cosmetic condition with just minor signs of age related wear and no nasty dents. **************************************************************************** This is a rare Charles Nicolet chronograph, retailed by Stauffer & Co. silver pocket chronograph watch. It is running and the stop watch functions appear to work - however, the watch is running slow. As is, this is one of my projects that I acquired for myself, but have now decided that I have no spare time, nor the inclination to complete the work. With the stop/start and rest functions all operating well via the top pusher, this watch would make a good addition to any collection. I say that this watch is associated with motor racing because in 1903, Stauffer & Son became the official timekeepers for "The Gordon Bennett Cup" international automobile races held in Ireland over several years. Stauffer actually supplied identical chronograph watches for the timing of these races. Many police forces also purchased Stauffer chronographs and you can read more about these at the ZMWMILITARIA.COM website. The silver case is marked "C.N.," which is Charles Nicolet's maker's mark, registered at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London. A hallmark date letter M, also identifies the assay date of the watch to be 1907. The case is in good condition with the two rear covers snapping shut firmly. Generally, the case and the watch overall, is in good cosmetic condition with just minor signs of age related wear and no nasty dents.
Rare c.1900 Imperial German Army Pocket Watch Made pre WW1, this watch is a very good example of an Imperial German patriotic pocket watch, bearing the heraldic image of the Empire Eagle. It is guaranteed to be an authentic original and not a personalised timepiece with applied badges. This type of factory constructed timepiece is rare. The 53mm nickel case is beautifully ornate, bearing the national eagle, which was most likely intended for a military gentleman of some standing. What's more, given the turbulent times it is interesting to note that the dial bears 'Patent London' markings. Furthermore, the cylinder movement has a low serial number of, '412,' suggesting that few of these watches might have been made. All of this is original to the watch. Mechanically and timekeeping wise, the watch is working well although there is no indication as to when it was last serviced. Overall, a superb German military styled pocket watch that has minor damage to the dial, but this is adequately reflected by the price.
Rare c.1944 French Made Cupillard - US Army Military Issue Wristwatch Rare c.1944 French Made Cupillard - US Army Military Issue Wristwatch This is a most unusual and rare French made Cupillard military watch dating from the WW2 era. Initially Cupillard made watches for the French Army, however when France came under Nazi occupation, Cupillard "Etanche" [Waterproof] watches were requisitioned by the Wermacht. Then in 1944, following the Liberation of Paris, the remaining stores of military Cupillards were gratefully given over to the US Army. These later "Liberation" examples are the rarest of the Cupillard trilogy of military timepieces, especially in this excellent original condition. The watch is offered in working order, with the movement looking to be in factory bright condition, but that does not mean that the watch has been serviced. All in all, this rare military watch, presented in excellent collector grade condition, showing little evidence of any service wear. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare Double Trigger - KM Model 1883 10.6mm Reichsrevolver The rare "Double Trigger" version of the Model 1883 Reichsrevolver, was originally intended for issue to Kriegsmarine Officers. Made by Dreyse, these DA revolvers were refined models with polished actions that could be operated single handedly to cock, whilst also allowing the shooter to take a considered aimed shot by virtue of its twin triggers. A hooked trigger guard and finely checkered grips completed the design, which was equally at home on either the battlefield or at the target gallery. These revolvers served until eventually replaced by the 9mm Luger self loader in 1908. Some of these revolvers were however later reissued to troops during WW1. As is, this double action 10.6mm [S&W .44 Russian] Reichsrevolver is a good and solid example offered in fine working order, with a good bright barrel bore and cylinders. All functions work very well and the revolver is evenly patinated, with some traces of original blue finish to sheltered areas and perfect grips. All in all, a highly presentable and unmolested example of what is the rarest pattern of German military Reichsrevolver. It is also an obsolete calibre pistol and may be owned in the UK as an antique, without any certificate. Offered with an associated period leather holster. A difficult to find revolver in unmolested collector grade condition.
Rare Dutch Navy Longines Deck Watch During WW2 the Royal Netherlands Navy survived the occupation by rapidly relocating from their homeland to establish a new HQ in London and Western Austrailia, with smaller bases in Ceylon. Their effort was largely centred around the Dutch East Indies, where in 1942 they suffered heavy losses, virtually wiping out their naval fleet. After the war the Netherlands joined NATO, working in close collaboration with her allies to once again establish a modern navy. To that end the Netherlands' Royal Naval Institute, which is part of the Nederlandse Defensie Academie, enrol between 100 - 150 naval officers annually. Of course after such a devastating conflict it was not only men that were required, but new equipment too. Post war, a number of the watches were supplied to the Netherlands' armed forces by the British Ministry of Defence. This large lever chronometer deck watch was however purchased from Longines on 14th October 1954, by their client Nederlandsche Horlogehendel. The watch has been deliberately made oversized to fit the 60mm housing used to protect naval chronometers when used in service. Furthermore, the movement is of a rare 37.9N calibre, used earlier in the production of the Lindbergh airman's navigational watch - it looks factory fresh. All in all, this Longines is in fine original condition, keeping excellent time, but a service should always be considered. N.B. Dial colour is bright and not yellowed The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare Early Limehouse Issue Thames River Police Flintlock Pistol, c.1798 A rare Thames River Police flintlock pistol, made by Wheeler and marked for issue to Limehouse, c.1798. The Thames River Police are recognised as being among the first professional police forces that the world has ever seen. Originally formed by the Magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and Master Mariner John Harriott in 1798, the River Police eventually merged into the Metropolitan Police in 1839. However this pistol hails from those first years of the River Police, whose remit was to tackle theft and looting from ships anchored in the Pool of London and around the docks of the Thames. These were difficult times with smugglers and other offenders facing harsh penalties in law. If apprehended, wrong doers would just as likely be sentenced to death for theft, just as they would if they had committed murder. Not surprisingly then, many a criminal would fight when cornered, as they had nothing to lose. Typically then, a constable on the Thames beat would likely be patrolling well armed with a service pistol drawn from their armoury, together most likely with other privately owned weapons. This flintlock is one of those service pistols that the River Police would have carried. It is a very good example of its type, with a 9" round barrel of .65 bore, nicely engraved to the top, "Thames River Police No. 42." The strong working lock is signed by the maker, Wheeler and the brass butt cap is engraved "Limehouse 42." The trigger guard is again similarly numbered. All in all this is a very good example of a rare Police issue pistol, with good metal and woodwork, exhibiting some service and age related wear but no significant damage. A difficult to find historic Police flintlock.
Rare German Afrika Korps Military Contract Wristwatch c.1943 Rare German Afrika Korps Military Contract Wristwatch c.1943 There has been much debate and speculation over the years concerning the topic as to whether DI **** H marked wristwatches were actually military issue or not. Certainly when the book, "A Concise Guide to Military Timepieces" was written, little was known about this scarce variant and, whilst the watch was correctly recognised as being of German Military procurement, its proper attributes were not adequately identified. However, with the benefit of the worldwide internet community and some reasoned hearsay over the years, I believe that ZMW Militaria can now reveal the truth about this military contract watch enigma. It is known that the German Army (Deutsch Heer) issued watches to its troops bearing the DH property stamp. However, just as with the British Commonwealth Forces, the Germans also had variations to their regular marking codes when it came to property issued to their foreign troops - namely, the armed forces of the Italian fascist regime under Mussolini. Certainly, right from the onset of war, the German military presence in North Africa had steadily grown to protect their interests and strategic foothold in the area. Eventually then, the Afrika Korps became an amalgamated force of German and Italian forces who had assembled in the region 1941. Jointly then, the combined forces became known as the Panzergruppe Afrika. By 1942 the coalition had reorganised under Rommel and were now referred to as the Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee; a name which was soon to be again modified, to the Heeresgruppe Afrika. Therefor DI **** H marked wristwatches ordered from the Helvetia watch company during this 1942-43 period, simply reflect the requirement to property mark these for the Deutsch-Italienische Heergruppe [Afrika]. Consequently, we see watches just as the one being offered here, marked up and issue numbered to the German Italian Army. However, the mystery has not entirely been solved, as the German authorities apparently cancelled their watch contract when the Italian fascist government was overthrown. It is very likely that when that happened, many wristwatches remained at Helvetia, no doubt in varying stages of completion. Some witnesses have since testified that empty surplus DI **** H cases existed post war. Today, as the Helvetia watch company is no longer in existence, it is no longer possible to determine precisely what happened the DI **** H watches that were ordered by the Wermacht, or how many were actually supplied to the Deutsch-Italienische Heer, but it may also a possibility that these watches (or a good proportion) never made it through to the German authorities. Certainly of the DI **** H watches that do surface, there are considerable variations of dial design and two movements may be found with sub seconds or sweeping second dials. Clearly, today it seems very obvious that the wristwatches which have the sweeping seconds hands, are built on a movement of post WW2 manufacture; albeit the watches that use the older sub seconds movement are very much of wartime design. Of those wristwatches that could be considered as contenders for genuine 1943 Afrika Korps issue, it is most likely that these watches would have been supplied the Wermacht with a military spec luminous dial. Once again though, of the older watches that do surface, most have non standard dials signed either, "Helvetia" or "General." Once again, if the dial is not of military spec, the watch is not army issue… although in all instances the cases were part of the German military contract. So what's left as a true contender for a WW2 Afrika Korps issue watch? Well, ZMWMilitaria.Com believes that the seldom encountered DI****H watches with white dials, bearing luminous Arabic numerals and having the sub seconds movement, are the actual watches that served with the Deutsch-Italienische Heer Gruppe Now, given these variables, ZMW Militaria believes that most DI **** H marked watches never made it to the military. Instead then, they were released onto the commercial market to minimise the company’s losses, either sold in their military guise (luminous dials and sub seconds) or veiled to look in other ways more suitable for the commercial jewellery trade (non luminous, gold dot markers, sweep seconds). This transition from military timepiece to civilian watch would have occurred during the war, or certainly very soon after. For sure, one known DI **** H watch with a personalised inscription "From Thelma to Bob, 1947" example exists, indicating that the sweep second arabic numerated version existed just post war. What ZMW Militaria can state, is that this genre of Helvetia watch [case} was a Nazi contract for issue to the German Italian forces in North Africa. Unfortunately though, that does not indicate that all DI **** H watches that turn up today were military issued… but some very early pieces may have found their way to the coalition forces, and if they were they probably had subsidiary second hands as per the German requirement for their DH marked Helvetia watches. Furthermore from a long time collector's perspective and having now observed many DI **** H stamped watches, it is noted that many examples have a faint number engraved in the space between DI and the H mark. However, what is less common is the presence of a similarly place serial number that has been more heavily struck and is immediately visible to the eye without the need of any close inspection. This duality of serial numbering raises more questions, but it could just be that the watches were to be supplied in two batches… some having possibly arrived earlier. For this version of the military DI **** H watch being offered here, what can be stated is that this watch is in very good working order and keeping time, although not serviced. A further interesting feature to note, is that the balance has an early shock absorber fitted, of a type that was patented in 1938. Cosmetically, the watch is in good used condition featuring the later sweep second movement. ******************* If you happen to have one of these watches already, please check whether your watch has the lighter stamped number or the heavier applied serial number situated between the DI****H. If you would be kind enough to e-mail me which type you own and whether your has the sweep or sub second dial…. and finally, Most importantly, if your DI***H wristwatch has the older sub second movement does it have a dial of military style with luminous numerals? Details like this could help to develop or solve this military enigma watch once and for all. Any meaningful results will be published here for collectors to draw their own conclusions. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare German Military 8-Day Mantlepiece Chronometer Transponder Clock By Mercer This rare chronometer is from a series of just 5 clocks. All were purchased from Mercer in 1931 by their German client, Lidecke of Geestemünde. Lidecke, a noted chronometer maker in their own right, was supplying special contract timepieces to the German military, of which a number had already been sourced from England. The serial number of this 8-day detent chronometer, 705, identifies this clock from Mercer’s own records, as a "Control Chronometer." One and two day chronometers are special in their own way, but what singles this clock out is not just its capacity for 8-day autonomy, but also the extraordinary ability for this clock to be connected to a wireless transmitter. This information comes from a variety of Mercer references and the patent office records from 1926. Mercer records further identify the chronometer as being part of a limited production run of "Industrial clocks." Indeed, the 700 series were precisely that - Industrial, highly accurate, no frills utility clocks, with a twist. Measuring 27 x 25 x 13cm and weighing 5Kg, this is a precision chronometer specially selected and refined with some extra and most unusual technical additions. It is these additions that make this clock a milestone of historical importance. This clock could be used as an aeronautical transponder or beacon, sending out a radio signal via an electrical contact. Every second, for 9 consecutive seconds, this clock emits an electric pulse followed by one second of silence. That same cycle then resumes with its ongoing cycle of transmission. Furthermore, a mechanical device is also fitted to the escapement which sends a rapid signal every ¼ second. The sides of the wooden case show where the brass electrical terminals for both the 1 SEC and 1/4 SEC leads attach. Although Mercer believed and indeed constructed their timekeeper to be used as a mantelpiece chronometer, it was nevertheless fitted out with additional brackets. These brackets act as anchor points on each corner of the heavy timepiece. This adaptation to the case may have been done by Lidecke, for their client, the Deutsche Seewarte. It should also be noted that this type of modification has been seen on other aviation transponders which allowed chronometers to be securely suspended and braced within a sprung mounting frame, as if it were on gimbals. By way of an historical note, in the mid 1920's the Luftwaffe were experimenting, testing and developing transponders and radio beacons. All this was part of their plan to gain air superiority, making air travel safer by aiding efficient navigation. This was to be of great importance, as the Germans government and later the Nazis, wanted to lead the world in long range air travel. A number of references to this fact exist and the author Konrad Knirim, pictures Luftwaffe aviation clocks, which appear to be very much like this Mercer 8-Day Chronometer, both in function and in the mounting frame arrangement. In 100% original and working order, this fine Mercer chronometer is in excellent condition. Having been previously owned for many years by a former Mercer employee, this clock comes with copies of Patent Record Office documents, fully explaining details of "the improvements," complete with schematic drawings. The silvered dial is excellent, with just a hint of light age patina. Hands are blued steel, all original and perfect. The wood case is generally excellent, but it does have some minor service wear marks as shown in the images - certainly nothing nasty. All the bevelled glass is perfect and original. The up/down, or power reserve indicator is calibrated for 8 days running duration. As with other detent chronometers, these beat at a rate of 2 oscillations per second - although the balance wheel, with its free sprung helical hairspring, also controls the ¼ second time function. An ingenious set up. All is working well, however there is no record as to when this chronometer was last serviced. So chronometer grade accuracy is not guaranteed. Nevertheless there is no sign of abuse - yet cleaning is recommended for this precision movement. Furthermore, the wiring has not been tested, but this is not necessary for the mechanical function of the chronometer. Internally the mechanically operated chronometer detent movement looks superb. Not polished, but totally original with Mercer's "Industrial Grade" finish. Totally original and authentic, the industrial finish has a brush applied polish which is untouched. The delicate chronometer balance can also be isolated, blocked from functioning by means of a mechanical corking device. The clock is supplied with its own correct chronometer key. In 1931 this clock cost £26 - A huge amount of money for the German economy! Clearly this chronometer was intended for a serious application. Lidecke sources confirm that chronometer 705 was tested in 1931 - However there is no mention of the name "Mercer" in their records. Lidecke references show that chronometer 705 was examined by the Deutsche Seewarte in 1932, what happened to it after that, can only be speculated on. Due to the highly specialised nature of this chronometer, the Premium Service is not immediately available. However, if servicing is required, this can be arranged at additional cost.
Rare Jaeger LeCoultre Pilot Issue Wristwatch c.1945 In Switzerland the firms of Jaeger and LeCoultre amalgamated their watch houses, but, when JLC came to expand their interest to the USA, they found that they were unable to call themselves by their new european brandname. This was simply because the company of "Jaeger" already existed in The States as an instrument manufacturer. So, in order to cut through American bureaucracy, JLC simply called their US branch, "LeCoultre." They are nevertheless, one and the same company. During the late 1930's and early 40's, at a time when America's home watch companies were just about managing to fulfil government contracts, LeCoultre were also helping by offering high grade timepieces to aviators. The LeCoultre watches, that is to say the Weems patents, were supplied in limited numbers to the USAAF. However, an even smaller number of aviation equipped LeCoultre watches were also provided, which featured a Faraday shield, giving the watch additional antimagnetic properties. This is one of those rarer LeCoultres which can be easily identified with the presence of the iron bezel ring, rather than the more familiar brass type. These watches were all of the highest quality and utilised the same movements as supplied to the sister [premier] watch company, Vacheron & Constantine, which was already a seasoned supplier of military timepieces to the US Forces. What's more, impressed by the calibre 450 movement's capability, Vacheron & Constantine went on to use the same ebauche in their chronometer rated timepieces. As is, the movement of this wristwatch bears the additional US authority granted code lettering of,"VXN," on top of the balance bridge: These three unique letters were an obligatory means to identify any watch as being a sanctioned import into the US. All US agency approved watch importers had their own unique code.... With Vacheron & Constantine's being, "VXN." Precisely how many of these LeCoultre pilots' watches were actually made is not known, but very few are ever encountered on the commercial markets. Although none of them have ever been found bearing any USAF marking, a study of the brand by the watch historian Zaf Basha, has concluded that they were indeed military issue timepieces. Presented in very good and original condition, this watch differs to other wartime LeCoultres, as it makes use of an all steel and iron case - unlike those supplied to the RAF. This example is also in very good condition, retaining the original large diameter crown, again of the same pattern as used on the Weems watches. Likewise the dial and hands are all of the military pattern and these too are in excellent order. Even the celluloid crystal is of the correct pattern, which gives the otherwise off-white dial, its more yellowish hue. Internally the 17 jewel VXN movement is signed by LeCoultre, This is in very good working condition and it keeps time, however it has not been serviced. A Premium Service is offered. All in all, a very rare and highly desirable military JLC pilot's wristwatch.
Rare London & South West Railway Train Guard's Whistle The London & South West Railway existed between the years 1838 - 1922, when following a major regrouping, they were absorbed into what became the Southern Region. In their time, the L&SWR were responsible for the rebuilding of London's Waterloo Station, into what is a world famous terminus. This rare guard's whistle dates from a time in L&SWR's history, when their resources and logistical savvy were tested to extremes. Not only did they mange to maintain a public service, but during WW1 the L&SWR also catered for the troop and supply movements down to the South Coast. This is the era from whence this whistle hails. Most L&SWR whistles encountered are the black horn type, however this example is a Hudsons' Thunderer. The whistle itself is in particularly fine condition, being dent free and unpolished - appearing sharp and virtually factory new, with only some light oxidisation to the split ring. A railway whistle that will be near impossible to better.
Rare Mark II Admiralty & RAE Pilot's Cockpit Watch, c.1913 Created in 1912, the Royal Naval Air Service had a total of 95 aircraft and blimps, which were hand-me-downs from the army. These aircraft were primarily used for shipping patrols, but the RNAS were also expected to engage enemy vessels, and to harass their coastlines. They were also tasked with locating and bombing Zeppelins stationed at their German airfields, in contrast to the Royal Flying Corps, who were expected to engage the airborne Zeps. Nevertheless, the two air wings worked together to good effect: This mutual cooperation between the two wings is highlighted on this watch, as it not only bears the Admiralty Department marking on the dial, but also the 'RAE, 'Royal Aircraft Establishment 'Repair' details of Farnborough, as well as War Department stamps! Remarkably then, this RNAS Mark II 8-day cockpit watch has retained not only all the original features associated with these pre WW1 cockpit watches, but is also cosmetically in excellent, damage free condition. Even beneath the painted numbers, the dial enamel is pristine: Whilst ZMW Militaria prefers to display the watches in their pure, 'as found' state, the individual tastes of the collector can be catered for after purchase. Mechanically, whilst this rare watch is in working order, the movement has not been serviced and if the watch is to be used regularly, servicing is recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60. Please note that the cost of the Premium Service will be going up in 2016.
Rare Maybach Panzer Factory Stop Watch by Hanhart, c.1938 This is a rare pre WW2 Hanhart military spec stop watch, formerly used at the research and industrial plant of Maybach Motorenbau. The watch itself is in excellent condition and working order, although it has not been serviced. It does show some minor signs of service wear, yet it remains essentially ding and dent free and comes complete with a period unbreakable celluloid glass. Designed to time events of up to 30 minutes, the outer dial is calibrated to show any interval of less than 1 minute duration, as a decimal reading. Such decimal stop watches were useful where they were required to measure a time component for an equation, where 100 units equals 60 seconds. Originally founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach, together with his son Karl, the luxury car manufacturer started business as a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH. However, by 1912 they had established themselves as an independent company, under the title of Maybach-Motorenbau, using their initials within a rounded triangle, as a logo. The company was soon contracted to supply the Maybach Mb.IVa engines as they were needed for use in German aeroplanes and airships of WW1. After the war, to raise their profile as a manufacturer of opulent automobiles, MM set about building an experimental car, which they showcased at the Berlin Motor Show in 1921. At around the same time, Maybach also found a use for their aero engines on the international motor racing circuit - Today, these cars are much prized by collectors. However, in tandem with the luxury side of the business, MM were also involved in the development and manufacture of heavy duty Diesel engines for both marine and railway use. With another war looming, Maybach was compelled to produce engines for Nazi Germany's Panzer tanks, at their engine plant in Friedrichshafen, which, together with other industries in the area, became a frequent objective for bombing raids. After WW2, car manufacturing was never restarted and the company was eventually sold in 1960, to Daimler Benz, where their new owner went on to use Maybach's talents in the construction of their high end, hand-built Mercedes cars. An interesting Hanhart stop watch, of both military and motoring significance.
Rare Metropolitan Police Issue Pocket Stop Watch & Case The Metropolitan Police first used pocket chronograph watches in 1906, although those early watches were considered to be very expensive tools. Typically the Police Commissioner was heavily criticised for their purchase, but he argued that they were necessary to combat the growing number of speeding motorists. So, when the police next purchased more timepieces in the 1950s, they were to be regular stop watches, as this one is. This watch is marked M.P.104 on the dial, movement and leather watch case. It additionally is engraved with the Queen's Crown and MP mark to the rear. It is presented n very good condition and working order, although not checked for precise accuracy. Interestingly the movement has a special compartment, which was used to conceal spare watch parts. Such movements were made by the Swiss company, Excelsior Park. A good example of a rare Metropolitan Police issue watch.
Rare Parker Field & Sons Constabulary Manstopper Percussion Pistol c.1856 A rare Constabulary Pattern tunic coat pistol ordered from Parker Field & Sons c.1856. (See "Police Firearms Officers' Association" website for an identical pistol and an earlier W.Parker version is elsewhere on this website). Since the early years of the 19th Century, William Parker had been the armourer to the Bow Street Runners. Then in 1842 when William died, his son under his married name of Parker Field, took over the business and again in later years, the company underwent another name change to Parker Field & Sons and once again they in turn became the contracted gunmaker, sword and police accoutrement supplier to the Metropolitan Police. A prestigious appointment indeed. That same year, an order was placed with Parker Field & Sons for constabulary pistols with swivelling rammers for issue to Metropolitan Police Inspectors. This in itself was an unusual choice for the Met at that time, as by now most British police forces had equipped themselves with revolvers. In fact the police patrolling the Thames Dockyards were themselves already in receipt of Colt revolvers. Yet, the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police did place the order requiring the arms to be supplied between 1857 - 1859. Police ledgers show that the pistols cost £2 6 shillings apiece. By 1866 the pistols were declared as obsolete and withdrawn from service. The prominent rack number, "23," and butt serial numbers, indicate that this pistol was part of a larger police order, but it is only circumstances that suggest that this pistol was part of the Metropolitan contract. Parker Field may indeed have been supplying other forces at this time too. As is, this is a very good and scarce example of its type and in an untouched condition that should please collectors. Offered with a strong working action and good bore.
Rare Police Issue Coastguard Pattern Pistol By Wilkinson, c.1850 Coastguard pattern pistols were a popular choice among the various official government and quasi, military and civilian organisations that existed during the 19th century. As such, it is not difficult to understand that many pistols of this pattern were adopted by the new police. Being a legal authority, the police administration was run in a manner much in keeping with military practice. So private double inspection stamps on the butt, together with Birmingham proofs on the barrel, can be found on this issue gun. Certainly this civilian version of the Coastguard pistol, which was retailed in c.1850, was used as a Constabulary weapon in Australia. Being the property of a Crown authority, the pistol was not surprisingly impressed with an extra Queen's Crown emblem to the butt, just below the trigger guard tang. This identified the pistol as being official police property, which came from the ordnance contractor, Wilkinson, who at this same time is known to have been also supplying Brunswick rifles to the Victoria Constabulary. The pistol offered here is additionally marked "P-2" on the trigger guard, which was a police designator for an area within V.C. territory. All that is known at this time is that pistols of the Coastguard pattern are sometimes found marked, "P-1," which has been attributed to the lake area of Victoria. Presumably then, P-2 was an adjoining district. This police pistol is presented in near excellent cosmetic condition, being free from damage other than minor bruises to the wood. All completely original with much remaining finish to the barrel and lock. It is of course in full working order. A difficult example to find or to improve upon. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Rare Polish Cyma - LOPP Balloon/Pilot's Wristwatch c.1928 Although Poland had pilots during WW1, the build up of a true airforce did not occur until after Poland gained her independence in 1918. Even then its formation was a slow affair, assisted by the efforts of a paramilitary group who were established in 1928, becoming known as the, "Ligii Obrony Powietyrznej i Przeciwgazowej," or "Airborne & Antigas Defence League." The L.O.P.P. was broadly made up of aviators, including ballooning and communications experts, who through their sense of duty and national pride, ran the League to help with the development of new aircraft as well as the purchase of aviation equipment, including the construction of new airfields and parachute towers. Throughout the 1930s the League focused on youth involvement through their activities, in essence becoming a training camp for young pilots, which by 1939 was supplying the Polish Air Force with many of their new recruits. This genuinely rare and early Polish Air Force watch from the late 1920's, has the rear cover engraved, with the now lightly rubbed details stating, "Okrag. Woj. L.O.P.P. Poznan." This inscription gives you the details of the unit which served near the German lines at Poznan. It is also numbered, "52," indicating that a small batch were purchased and engraved before issue. It is not a private purchase watch and therefore it was most likely for a principal figure within the League. This Cyma is of typical pilot size, measuring a big 38mm across, excluding the crown, lugs etc. Despite probably many years of wear, this watch is in excellent condition. The dial is all original and perfect with correct hands and a perfect glass crystal. The articulating lugs were a useful feature that allowed the watch to flex with the wrists providing not only comfort in use, but also assisted in the retention of the watch, where it might otherwise be torn from the wrist. All the hinges are good and firm, and the watch is in perfect running order keeping good time. This watch has been serviced in the past 5 years. A truly gorgeous and historic timepiece that will be impossible to replace. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare Princeton Sherrif's Department .41 Colt SAA Revolver, c.1901 Originally Princeton, New Jersey, had a marshall appointed in 1813 under State legislature, but not much changed until the town expanded. Being the midway point between two of the largest cities, New York and Philadelphia, Princeton grew and eventually the conditions called for a more effective police service be established. At public meetings, citizens demanded that a, "Society for pursuing and detecting thieves," should be put in place. In turn, ordinance [bye laws] were passed against, "Those who run fast horses through town," and a Night Police was started to keep the peace. The full time Princeton Police Department was not however established until 1886, bringing a proficient law and order authority to the now burgeoning city. This superb Colt Single Action Army revolver is one of Princeton Sheriff's Department issue pistols. No doubt carried extensively in a holster, which has provided some protection to this rare police issue piece. Offered in full working order, with good bore and chambers, this revolver shows typical signs of professional wear, but no abuse. Clearly this Colt has been well maintained and is in perfect working order, with a superb action in all respects. Sold with all matching numbers, the revolver has some original finish with the bluing having dulled. Nevertheless, the markings are crisp, with perfect grips showing nothing but the rubbing of a grateful sheriff's hand. An exciting and rare, first generation .41 Colt SAA for the collector. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Rare Queensland Government Police - .442 Webley RIC No.3 Revolver c.1878 Genuine government issue Webley revolvers, other that the .455 service revolver, are extremely rare to find, let alone in this untouched condition. This particular Webley No.3 RIC, is one of only a small number that were issued to the Queensland Police, with the first 100 being delivered in 1875. Successive small batches were then delivered over the next few years. As with the others, this example is chambered for the obsolete .442 cartridge, which allows it to be owned as a curio without any certificate. An interesting feature of these police revolvers is the additional ejector rod, housed in the butt. Whilst the quick release cylinder axis pin was generally utilised as an ejector in the course of routine filed stripping of the weapon, the supplementary ejector would be used in preference during any live fire situation, giving a tactical option of employing 'top up reloads.' This was a valuable feature during any prolonged or multiple assailant shoot out in the bush, which did occur. In fact, the capture of Ned Kelly would be a prime example of one such violent encounter. Overall this Webley is in excellent condition. It is typical of a well maintained issue revolver, being mechanically perfect with an excellent bright bore and chambers, but with much loss of surface finish. Nevertheless the barrel and sheltered areas due show the original blue, whilst the rest is to a plum brown and black. The top strap is marked P. Webley, Birmingham and the frame has additional QG and broad arrow marking. A superb government issue revolver for the collector. Barrel length - 4 inches Overall length - 9 inches
Rare Signed "Webley & Sons" 120 Bore Revolver, c.1858 Early Webley signed revolvers are rare simply because most of the arms made in their formative years, were sold to the wider guntrade. Consequently, although they made many pistols, most only bear the name of the retailers. Certainly, when Webley & Sons were established in 1854 they did well, but their significant successes came some years after as a result of their innovation towards breach loading firearms. Thanks to the run of government contracts that followed, the Webley name gained acclaim worldwide as gunmakers of established repute. From then on Webley routinely commenced to marking their arms with their details. This means that to find an early percussion pistol parked as retailed by "Webley & Sons," is something of a rarity. Presented here is just such a signed "Webley & Sons" wedge frame revolver of around 120 bore, complete with its case and period accoutrements. It is offered in near excellent condition, showing little sign of use and retaining much original finish, good micro bore and chambers. Mechanically the action is fully working, with perfect timing and good lock up. The period wooden case all appears to be original and in excellent condition, although no gun maker label is present - In fact it looks to have never had a label. The case has its original olive felt lining and the compartment contains accoutrements comprising of; a nipple wrench with pricker, pincer ball mould marked "100," a cap tin, two piece cleaning rod with worm and jag, a powder flask and an oil bottle, the latter of which is probably a quality replacement. A quantity of bullets are also present. Overall, a good looking outfit for the Webley connoisseur. Barrel length = Overall length =
Rare Victorian Police Alarm Rattle - West Midlands Police The alarm rattle was first used by watchmen in the late 17th or early 18th century and in turn, was also carried by the New Police Constables. Swung around, the rattle proved to be a highly effective way of gaining the attention of a crowd, as the wooden slats clacked loudly against a ratchet. However, the rattle was cumbersome and prone to damage but more worryingly, many constables were assaulted with them. In consequence, by 1884 the Metropolitan Police adopted a police whistle, which became the modern way of summoning assistance and its 'call,' could be heard over half a mile (across Hounslow Heath) which was twice the distance of a rattle. Rattles were then withdrawn from Met service in 1887, although provincial areas likely kept theirs for a while longer. Beautifully marked with the Victorian Crown and bearing details of "Bilston," this rattle is dated, "1898." However, this rattle was could have been made earlier, which means that it might have been property marked on instruction or officer's whim, some years thereafter. Interestingly though, the old Bilston Police Station near Wolverhampton was built in 1840 as a prisoner holding gaol. This would be a good reason to retain the services of a rattle, perhaps being used to gain the attention of brawling inmates? Anyway, Bilston was the only station in England to have a deep dry moat encircling it, which the prisoners were allowed to exercise in. When the Victorian station was finally closed in 2011, it was put up for public sale and its historic contents were put into the local museum at Ironbridge, including this rattle. Unfortunately the museum also closed a few years thereafter and their wonderful collection of social artefacts were sold at auction. Bilston police station itself, is now a block of flats. Presented in full working order, this rattle shows typical signs of service wear, but has been treated and waxed to preserve its integrity. Some minor wear to one of the wooden slats, but otherwise a solid example of wonderfully early police kit.
Rare Webley No. 2 RIC .320CF Revolver & Holster c.1914 Webley catalogued this small frame No.2 revolver, with its fluted cylinder and flat base butt, as their model "RIC." However, unlike the larger Royal Irish Constabulary counterparts, these revolvers were never stamped with the acronym. Production of this gate loading model ran alongside the more modern hinged frame Webley Pockets, before being halted just prior to 1915 with serial numbers of around 100,000 being recorded. As was, this RIC version with its smaller dimensions proved to be a popular back-up weapon chosen by army officers and carried alongside their service revolver. A number of these are held as exhibits by the Imperial War Museum. Chambered for the now obsolete .320 Centre Fire cartridge, this RIC was retailed by W. Griffiths of Manchester and judging by the serial number range, it would appear to be one of the later revolvers of its type. This particular Webley RIC is in excellent and original condition throughout, complete with an original period holster. The metalwork has faded to a dull grey and blue patina, leaving traces of original finish surviving. All springs are working well and the cylinder rotates and indexes smoothly with positive lock up. The chambers and bore are all in at least excellent condition. A wonderful example of a difficult to find wartime Webley RIC revolver and holster.
Rare William IV Enfield Coastguard Pistol, c.1831 An early and rare Enfield signed Coastguard pistol, bearing William IV King's Crown marking, plus a Board of Ordnance mark and a plethora of inspector's stamps, c.1831. This pistol has seen much service use, yet the action is still working with strong springs. However, at some point in the past the pistol has undergone armoury repairs to the hammer, together with the addition of a raised foresight, and a replaced ramrod. Fortunately all of this previous work could be improved with little effort - So, selling as is, or for remedial attention. A rare WR Coastguard pistol with good marking and plenty of potential for improvement. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Rare WW1 Air Ministry Issue Zenith 'White Dial' Mark V - Gun Camera Watch During WW1, when the Mark V 36 Hour timepieces became the standard aeroplane instrument watches issued to the Royal Flying Corps, the dial specification dictated that only black dials would be used. Not to be confused by the earlier Mark IV 8 Day watches that were available with both black and white dials, the Mark V watches demanded black dials following field tests where it was decided that white numerals on a black ground gave consistently clearer contrast and thus, better legibility at a glance. After the introduction of the Mark V, many of the Mark IV watches had their white dials replaced, upgrading them to the modern spec. Such upgraded watches can be identified as having had a retro black dial fitted, as they retain their earlier 8 Day movement, whilst their new black dials bear the Mark V designation. This dial reworking was generally carried out during routine services, post 1915. Given the above information, where the Royal Flying Corps chose to implement a programme of updating white dials to black, from that moment it became very unusual to see a Mark V timepiece bearing a white dial - but there is of course a reason for this anomaly. Whilst black was the dial colour that gave pilots the best scope for instrument reading at a glance, white became the preferred dial colour for timepieces which were destined to be used in aerial gun cameras. This Mark V Zenith is in fact a very early RFC/RAF issue watch used in their gun cameras and what's more, the watch comes complete with its original Air Ministry stamped spirit level which was used alongside the watch. The spirit level is actually an angle of bank indicator, showing 0 for level flight, as well as 1, 2 and rate 3 turns. As photographs were taken, the watch face together with the bank indicator would be simultaneously imprinted onto the photo negative image. The time was obviously an important factor in reconnaissance, but the angle of bank was also crucial to giving an indication of the camera's attitude to the target as a skewed image could distort the shape or dimensions of objects. Whilst period pictures exist showing these white dialled Mark V watches imprinted on reconnaissance photos, the timepieces themselves are very rare to find, especially in this original unaltered state. The complete watch is in excellent condition throughout, keeping time and looking good, despite not being serviced. The Zenith is offered complete with the angle of bank indicator. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare WW1 Canadian Army Expeditionary Force Whistle This is a rare 1913 dated, Canadian Army Expeditionary Force whistle, used during WW1. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, as a Sovereign Dominion, Canada spontaneously became involved in the same conflict, declaring war the following day. Being a nation of French and English speaking citizens, they argued that they had a duty to fight and not surprisingly, the Canadian Army raised its own Expeditionary Force. For the first time in history, the Canadian Army fought as an independent force during WW1. Out of a force of 620,000, by the end of the Great War, 67,000 had been killed in action and a further 250,000 were wounded. Canada’s military attainments during the war came at, Somme, Vimy and Passchendaele battles. This Canadian Army whistle itself, shows signs of extended pocket carry, however there are no nasty dents and the whistle is in sound condition and working order. It bears the 1913 date and Canadian military property stamp.
Rare WW1 Military Trench Pattern Wrist-Compass Although it looks similar to the many smaller army issue pocket compasses of WW1, this unmarked wrist-compass was likely made as a private purchase item for the soldier. Compasses like this were of course popular, not only because of their handiness as a utility tool, but also because they mimicked the other valuable accessory that many men could not afford - A timepiece. As such, they have often become associated with NCO's, who might prefer to wear the wrist compass in lieu of the wristwatch, which had become so very popular among the younger officers during the Great War. Measuring a generous 47mm in diameter (not including the push button), this compass is in working order despite showing signs of service use and some field repair. Nevertheless the slightly dented top cover is still attached at the hinge, which has become a little loose due to it having been over extended and then bent back as a 'fix.' As such, the cover still serves as a protective lid over the glass. Internally though, the compass itself is in good cosmetic condition and working order. The leather band is still supple and useable and although old, may have been adapted from another wider military strap. Interestingly, similar wrist compasses were also issued to the SOE during WW2. A rare item of WW1 field equipment.
Rare WW1 RN Issue Waltham Riverside Hermetic Pocket watch This high quality military pocket watch, made by the Waltham Watch Company, is documented to have been made in 1914 and was probably procured for service by the Royal Navy, as there was an acute shortage of navigational timepieces at this point of the war. This watch case design seals the movement, giving the watch enhanced protection from the elements, thanks to the well fitted nickel case - the case is also signed Waltham. Shielded within the hermetic case, the 19 jewel Waltham Riverside movement is marked that it has been Adjusted in 5 Positions. These "adjustments" are a special feature, indicating that the movement has been optimised to give a high degree of exact timekeeping. Before the watch left Waltham, it would have been tested in the Dial Up, Dial Down, Pendant Up, Pendant Left and Pendant Right positions, with adjustments being made at each turn to give the watch its best possible rate of timekeeping, whatever its attitude. Another touch of class is Waltham's use of gold in the manufacture of the movement. Apart from the gold jewel chatons and balance timing screws, there is also gold centre wheel, which is the preferred metal used in the production of high grade timepieces, as the softer metal meshes more positively with the watch's other gears. Interestingly this watch has not been stamped with any military marks to the outside of the watch, however the movement was engraved with a broad arrow and H.W.1055. As is, this watch is in fine condition, working well and keeping time, however the Premium Service should be considered for this specially timed watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare WW1 Silver Trench Wristlet c.1917 Despite their popularity among young officers, wristwatches were not immediately issued to British soldiers during the Great War. Although, contemporary military publications had been advocating wristlets as an, "Indispensable item for an officer's kit," if you wanted a suitable wristwatch, you would have needed to purchase one privately. Eventually however, given military advances in strategy that required soldiers to be able to tell the time at a glance, often whilst carrying a rifle, the British Army took stock of a quantity of wristwatches in 1917. These were the first wristwatches to be issued and were intended for use by NCO's. Due to the volume required, these early military wristlets could not all be supplied by any one company. Instead, a number had to be purchased from different sources, resulting in several variations existing. Most typically though, the Swiss firm of Gallet-Electa produced many of the first examples, which were housed in an English made Dennison waterproof case - Some of these were solid nickel, whilst others were of sterling silver. Gallet-Electa was already a noted supplier of cockpit watches to the Royal Flying Corps. Through the exigency of the war, it appears that no sooner had the watches arrived, many of the wristlets were distributed from the War Department, without being property marked with the obligatory broad arrow. This detail was later rectified on many watches as they were returned for routine servicing. Although this watch is not military property marked, it does nevertheless conform to every detail of those timepieces that were first issued. The Dennison silver case is hallmarked to 1917 and the 17 jewel movement is the high grade ebauche that was supplied by Gallet-Electa. Slightly yellowed with age, the watch has even retained its correct unbreakable crystal, which is made of durable celluloid. Perhaps thanks to its original silver Mesh Guard, the watch dial has also survived intact and damage free. Rare to find genuine trench watches that are this good and dent free. Offered in full working order, this watch is in overall excellent condition, keeping time and running strong, but without having been serviced. A full Premium Service is nevertheless available. All in all, a great example of the first British Army wristwatch issued.
Rare WW2 BBC Sound Recording Of A Spitfire An incredible WW2 vintage 78 rpm recording from the British Broadcasting Corporation, featuring the original sound of a Spitfire aeroplane, running in a variety of modes, both on the ground and in the air, including; a Spitfire engine on tick over, revving up, diving with whine, firing machine guns, etc. All in all, a truly superb and evocative sound recording, formerly used by the Beeb and kept at their sound effects library in Bristol. A truly nostalgic experience just listening to it. The BBC would have used the sound effects to add noise to otherwise silent newsreel footage. This record is in working order and generally good used condition. No cracks, but there are some light surface marks.
Rare WW2 German Luftwaffe Issue Longines c.1944 A genuine and authenticated Luftwaffe issue Longines wristwatch - One of only a few known survivors worldwide. The earliest known surviving German Army (DH) Longines wristwatches, bears a movement serial number that dates their first supply to 1941. Following on from this, a casual study of other Longines DH case numbers suggests that around 5000 of the DH watches were produced, up to 1942. After this time there appear to be no other Deutsch Heer Longines watches ordered. Then on the 9th October 1944, Longines supplied one more batch of wristwatches, handing them over to the Wermacht via their Berlin agent. However, on that occasion what is believed to be no more than 500 (though it might be as little as only 400) military wristwatches were delivered to the Luftwaffe. This Longines watch is one of those very rare variants. Marked correctly and numbered 77 to the case back, this watch's issue number is properly prefixed with the letter "D." When seen on its own like this prefixing a number, the D mark indicates that this wristwatch was a "Dienst" watch. Dienst watches were issued to the Luftwaffe, as this fact has been recorded in former Soldbuchs, documenting their use among Luftwaffe personnel. Longines D77 is in very good condition, both cosmetically and mechanically, having been recently serviced within the past month. However, whilst this work was undertaken by a reputable third party and appears to have been well executed as the watch is running very well, no extended Premium Service warranty applies. Nevertheless, all functions are as good as can be expected. Longines has a long association with aviation and this watch maintains that tradition. It is certainly a beautiful and rare military variant, with a 15 jewel shock protected movement. The watch comes on an old vintage new old stock leather strap that is very much in keeping with the cut and style of the original band. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Rare WW2 RAF Exigency Issue Wristwatch c.1942 This rare wristwatch is an example of RAF ingenuity, which served to bolster their supply of much needed military timepieces during WW2. Originally this watch was conceived as a gun camera watch. This meant that it was specifically made to be fitted into an aircraft camera and was to be used in a reconnaissance role. These cameras took aerial photos with the integrally mounted image of the watch dial being superimposed onto the film negative each time a photo was taken. However, such are the exigencies of wartime, that the role of this watch was officially changed. As a gun camera watch, this Swiss movement was housed in an English Dennison case. Then, when the RAF was struggling to supply a sufficient number of timepieces to its personnel and the interim supply of watches secured from the army became insufficient to meet demand, the RAF adapted a supply of 14A/1102 watches for wrist wear, thereby converting them into wristwatches. Sufficient examples of this modified watch exist to be able to assert that this was an in-house fix by the Air Ministry c.1942/43. The case of course still bears the original equipment code 14A/1102, which identified its foremost function as a gun camera timepiece. Other differences in these timepieces, when compared to the regular issue watch include; the winding crown set at the 9 o’clock position and the very unusual, yet original, black dial configuration. All in all, the watch is in good condition and working order, keeping time. However, the optional Premier Service is recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Regulation Light Dragoon Pattern Flintlock, c.1800 A Light Dragoon flintlock pistol of regulation pattern, having the standard round tapering barrel. The flat lock is fully marked to the with a Crown GR emblem, as well as benefitting from having good springs and a sparking frizzen. Cosmetically the pistol shows some light signs of service use, but is nevertheless an honest and unmolested representation of the ubiquitous Light Dragoon flintlock. Working well and holding in half clock, this flintlock is in solid condition throughout, with some patina to the lock, whilst the barrel has a uniform salt and pepper speckled surface. Only the old ramrod appears to be a replacement, which is of appropriate fit and quality. A good collector grade Light Dragoon flintlock. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 15.25 inches
Regulation Military Pattern Flintlock Pistol A circa 1790 military pattern flintlock pistol of regulation type, having a 9 inch barrel and lightly radiused GR marked lock. This pistol is offered in good functioning order with strong springs throughout, showing signs of previous service repairs, sustained during what was likely a long working life - Possibly suggesting service within the ranks of a volunteer militia. A good pistol with nice patina and speckling, with potential for improvement.
Regulation Pattern Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol c.1800 A Light Dragoon flintlock pistol of regulation pattern, having the standard round 9 inch tapering barrel. The pistol is presented in fully functioning order, benefiting from a Tower and Crown GR marked flat lock, with strong springs and a sparking frizzen. Cosmetically the pistol shows signs of active service use, as well as some loss to the furniture towards the rear of the lock. A very well executed and sturdy repair at the mid point of the stock, meant that this pistol had an extended service life with its Volunteer Regiment. All in all, this pistol is an honest and unmolested representation of the ubiquitous Light Dragoon flintlock. It remains in working order and solid condition throughout, with a good dark patina to the lock, whilst the barrel has a uniformly salt and pepper finish, being lightly pitted along the length of its surface. Although used in the service of a Volunteer Regiment, this Light Dragoon flintlock remains a good example at a competitive price.
Reigate Borough 1914 Commemorative Police Truncheon During the outbreak of WW1, the police in areas south of London were severely stretched with additional work, fearing an influx of refugees fleeing the city. As the military began to assemble, they too required billeting whilst they waited for transport to take them to the front. To that end, Surrey Constabulary were able to rapidly secure additional accommodation for around 58,000 persons, but this number grew three fold by the end of the first year. As the evacuation of London was underway, many undesirable characters took advantage of the situation and an additional 4,000 extra Special Constables were appointed to help. They were detailed to keep order in the villages, however, one of their more unusual duties was that of helping out with the rendezvous of all cattle in Richmond Park. Realising that the military had no provision to guard their lines of communication, including the railway, the Chief Constable arranged a guard of armed civilians to assist the police at strategic locations, until relieved by Territorial soldiers two months later. At Reigate Borough, in a gesture of gratitude, the Police Constables who had been in service from the outbreak of war, were recognised for their hard work and were issued a commemorative truncheon, individually numbered to the officer. This example, made by Hiatt, is in excellent condition and it bears the legend, "Reigate Borough 1914 - 177." This is written in black on a near black Lignum Vitae truncheon, making it difficult to photograph, however the writing is clear and not worn in the slightest. All manufacturer's stamps are likewise good and clear. Showing just minor surface wear from carry and no damage to the hardwood, this heavy weight WW1 police truncheon is an excellent item for the collector. Overall length = 15 inches
Remington .31 New Model Pocket Percussion Revolver, c.1865 An excellent Remington New Model Pocket Revolver, which as the name suggests, was designed for unobtrusive pocket carry. However, the slightly longer barrelled revolvers were sometimes worn in a holster concealed in the waistband at the small of the back. They were distinctive, robust 5 shot revolvers with sheathed triggers and a slim profile, making them ideal for self protection, or for use as a back-up. The first New Model Pockets appeared in 1865 and used percussion ignition. Soon after though, Remington began to offer the same revolvers but with a modified breech loading cylinder, chambered for the .32 Rimfire cartridge. Remington continued to manufacture the converted revolvers until 1873, making a total of of around 25,000. Today, finding a Remington percussion Pocket revolver that has not been converted is scarce, and finding one in such excellent condition is rare indeed. Cosmetically, this example retains much original finish to the barrel, with dulled blue to the cylinder and fading colouring/patina around the frame; whilst mechanically the action works crisply and has solid timing with lock-up. Only the grip plate to the right shows sign of repair, which is common on this model due to the slim nature of the grip, but this has been executed well (as shown). Bore, chambers and all nipples are in good order and the profiles and engravings are all sharp - Difficult to improve upon. An excellent example of a classic muzzle loader. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8 inches
Remington 1863 New Model Army .44 Percussion Revolver Remington 1863 New Model Army .44 Percussion Revolver The earlier Remington .44 [Old] Army percussion revolver of 1861 was a design based on Fordyce Beal's patents, which in 1863 evolved into the New Model Army, following the suggestions of the U.S. Ordnance Department. The end result was a classic - more reliable and altogether safer pistol for the troopers to use. Both the Remington Army revolvers feature a solid frame, which creates strength and stops frame stretching caused through heavy use. It also permits faster replacement of any preloaded cylinder - although the US Army did not supply spare cylinders to its soldiers. Additional New Model improvements saw the "Old" action simplified and safety notches were added to the cylinder, allowing the hammer to rest between chambers, effectively locking the cylinder to prevent accidental discharge. Few pistols of the era could boast this level of reliability, ease of operation and safety. The example being offered here is in excellent condition throughout, with some typical sign of service use and dings, yet retaining a tight and strong working action that indexes perfectly with crisp precision; a pleasing finish that retains a good percentage of original blueing, with the rest to a dark patina; sharp lines, angles and unmolested screw heads; clear stamping and a superb bore, all in all make this a very impressive piece. Correctly marked with matching numbers, this NMA has one set of inspector's stamps, a practice that was first adopted during the war in 1863 to expedite the delivery of revolvers to the Army. This is evidenced by seeing just the Principal Inspector's initials on the left grip, who in this instance was Oliver W. Ainsworth. In total, 122,000 NMA revolvers were produced at Remington, up until 1875, which includes commercial as well as the various breech loading alternatives. A superb example for the collector. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 14 inches
Remington 1863 New Model Army .44 Percussion Revolver The earlier Remington .44 [Old] Army percussion revolver of 1861 was a design based on Fordyce Beal's patents, which in 1863 evolved into the New Model Army, following the suggestions of the U.S. Ordnance Department. The end result was a classic - more reliable and altogether safer pistol for the troopers to use. The example being offered here is in excellent condition throughout, with some typical sign of service use and dings, yet retaining a tight and strong working action that indexes perfectly with crisp precision; a pleasing finish that retains a good percentage of original blueing, with the rest to a dark patina; sharp lines, angles and unmolested screw heads; clear stamping and a superb bore, all in all make this a very impressive piece. Correctly marked with matching numbers, this NMA was first adopted during the Civil War in 1863. As such, it bears the Government Inspector's initials Oliver W. Ainsworth. A superb example for the collector. Barrel length = 8 inches Overall length = 14 inches
Remington 1863 New Model Police .38 Rimfire Revolver This scarce 1863 pattern 'New Model Police' revolver was Remington's answer to Colt's Police model of the previous year. Yet despite Remington's advantages over the Colt whereby the user could swap cylinders between percussion and rimfire - depending on ammunition availability, Colt firearms dominated the industry due their many government contracts. This made it difficult for innovators like Remington to break into the developing law enforcement market. Despite this, Remington was a serious contender manufacturing 18,000 of these revolvers during a 15 year production run. Light and handy, this revolver was mainly appreciated in the cities where its unobtrusive sleek profile allowed it to be comfortably carried, plus, with the short 3.5 inch barrel it was ideal for those who depended on a personal protection weapon, which had a calibre bigger than the Navy guns and yet remained concealable. Chambered for five .38 rimfire cartridges, this Remington is in very good original condition, retaining much of its factory finish. With a crisp action and tight lock up, this revolver shows signs of actual carry and use, but has nevertheless survived with a good bore and chambers, with some light pitting. Sharp angles, perfect grips with much original lacquer, together with a clear barrel address, make this a good collector grade piece. Overall a lovely example of a scarce Police revolver.
Remington 1863 New Model Police .38 Rimfire Revolver This scarce 1863 pattern 'New Model Police' revolver was Remington's answer to Colt's Police model of the previous year. Yet despite Remington's advantages over the Colt whereby the user could swap cylinders between percussion and rimfire, depending on ammunition availability, Colt firearms dominated the industry due to their many government contracts. This made it difficult for innovators like Remington to break into the developing law enforcement market. Despite this, Remington was a serious contender manufacturing 18,000 of these revolvers during a 15 year production run. Light and handy, this revolver was mainly appreciated in the cities where its unobtrusive sleek profile allowed it to be comfortably carried, plus, with the short barrel it was ideal for those who depended on a personal protection weapon, which had a calibre bigger than the Navy guns and yet remained concealable. Chambered for five .38 rimfire cartridges, this Remington is in very good original condition, retaining much of its factory finish. With a crisp action and tight lock up, this revolver shows signs of actual carry and use, but has nevertheless survived with a good bore and chambers, with some light pitting. Sharp angles, perfect grips with much original lacquer, together with a clear barrel address, make this a good collector grade piece. Overall a lovely example of a scarce Police revolver. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
Reproduction - NATO Wooden Chronometer Deck Watch Case All Royal Navy chronometers and deck watches were originally carried in protective cases. These days however, such wooden boxes are very difficult to come by and cost a premium when available. Nevertheless an opportunity exists to purchase a custom made chronometer box, that will fit an HS3 deck watch. The box faithfully reproduces the design of those used at Herstmonceaux Castle, when the Royal Greenwich Observatory occupied the premises as the Admiralty's chronometer testing and repair facility, up to 1990. This chronometer box has the wider opening for the American Hamilton, Elgin or Waltham type watch with the wide railroad bow. Another identical case is available for the narrow necked Swiss Longines or Zenith watches. ZMW Militaria has only four of these cases to offer. Deck Watch is not included.
Reproduction WW1 .455" Prideaux Loader A virtually perfect copy of a WW1 Prideaux Loader, complete with issue and inspector's stamps. Made from spring steel with age patina, the loader is in good working order and overall excellent condition. Museum grade copy.
Rifled .577 1856 Pattern Lancer's Pistol By T. Blissett The military Pattern 1842 pistol was upgraded in 1856 with the provision of a rifled barrel for issue to lancers. The same two patterns were also adopted by some British constabularies for issue to mounted officers, with many being exported to the Australian Police who were disappointed, given that revolvers were by now in common use, to receive single shot pistols. Although this pistol is not police marked as such, a brass plate was fitted to enable a rack number to be aded, suggesting that a quantity of these weapons must have been held in an armoury. Made and signed by Thomas Blissett, this pistol is in good original condition with a superb rifled and sighted barrel. The lock has a strong working action and generally smooth ironwork with an even speckled appearance. All woodwork is solid, with just minor bruises and the usual split at the lock retaining screw, but nothing serious to note. All brass work and screws are likewise in very good condition, with fully rotatable lanyard ring. Overall a collectable example in very good original condition. Barrel length = 10 inch Overall length = 15.5 inch
Rigby Dublin PWG A Rigby Police or Customs Pistol. Stock Code: r031 A Rigby Police or Customs Pistol. 10 ½” overall, 5” carbine bore barrel, stamped ‘Dublin PWG’ on the top flat. Stepped, flat lockplate, signed W & J Rigby with ring neck cock and semi waterproof pan with roller on the frizzen spring. Brass mounts comprising elongated butt cap, trigger guard, side nail cups and ramrod pipe. Walnut full stock with swivel ramrod. With its original leather light dragoon style holster . Circa 1830. In good condition, holster very rare. Provenance Robert E Brooker Jr Collection author of British Military Pistols 1603-1888.
RN Watches - WW2 Royal Navy Issue Admiralty Pattern 300 Pocket Watch Here we have the Admiralty Pattern 300, Royal Navy issue pocket watch. It dates to c.1940 and is of the lend lease type, supplied to the British from the USA. Both during the First World War and in the Second, the Americans lent or gave the British War Department, equipment and supplies, prior to getting involved in the conflict themselves. This "Aristo Import Co. Incorporated" pocket watch was originally shipped over to the States, as nothing more than watch parts from Switzerland. Aristo was the importer and their company then assembled the watch movements at their American factory, before shipping them over to England for the war effort. It had to be done that way, as the American government have strict rules about importing foreign products that were otherwise already being manufactured in the USA. In reality this meant that the US government was looking out for its own watch making industry, preventing their market from being flooded out with cheaper Swiss imports. However, the loop hole was that Aristo did not import watches, rather they dodged the rules by only importing watch parts and they paid American citizens a wage to assemble the movements. Once made, the Aristo watch movements were sent to England where they were cased. Only now were the watches ready to be supplied to the Royal Navy for the war effort. This Admiralty Pattern 300 watch is itself in excellent original condition, having retained a perfect dial, factory fresh movement and the classic thick bevelled crystal. The heavy duty case also screws up tightly and the whole watch is a real find in top condition. Yet despite its stunning sharp appearance, the Premium Service needs to be considered before the watch is pressed further into a new life of service. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
RNAS/RFC Equal Distance Bomb Sight Timer c.1916 Early bomb sights were generally simple instruments that required an aviator to use the device by leaning out to the side of the cockpit, whilst simultaneously flying straight at low level. Needless to say, it was dangerous and the sights were of limited use as they made no allowance for wind drift, although such instruments were used mainly by the Royal Naval Air Service when flying on their anti submarine patrols. In 1916 improvements to bomb aiming methods resulted in the introduction of a new "Equal Distance Bomb Sight" that required a special auxiliary timer to function properly. This bomb sight was mounted within the cockpit, so once the bomb run criteria of altitude and speed, were entered into the sight's mechanical computer, the pilot only needed his timer to identify the precise moment of bomb release. This system found favour not only in Britain and Russia, where their War Departments used the same Birch & Gaydon timers, but also in Italy where a version made by Minerva for the Regia Aeronautica, remained in service until the 1940s. The US Army Airforce also utilised similar watches over the same period. This watch is in working order and generally in good cosmetic condition, however it has been adapted in service and modified from its original specification. Nevertheless the watch as is, is still a viable stop watch, despite the reversing function being inoperative. The steel case is in very good condition, as is the movement and rotating bezel. Both pushers function to stop, start and reset the movement, which operates clockwise only. A very rare find at a fraction of the usual.
Rogers & Spencer US Cavalry Percussion Revolver, c.1865 In 1865, gunmakers Rogers & Spencer were contracted by the US government to supply their .44 percussion revolvers to the US Army. These superior solid revolvers stood out among their competition, yet despite clear advantages of design, less than 5,000 were delivered before the end of the Civil War, including 1000 of the Navy model. Few were ever issued and in fact, most of the revolvers were put into government storage, to be held in reserve. And in storage they remained, as newer breech loading pistols were procured the Rogers & Spencers became out-moded, until 1901 when they were sold as scrap to the firm of Francis Bannerman & Son. Bearing the martial inspector's cartouche to the grip, the Rogers & Spencer revolver offered here is in excellent condition, with little signs of use. The robust action works without fault and cylinder timing is all crisp and positive, locking correctly. Cosmetically, sharp angles have been retained and the solid frame and iron work throughout, retain a good amount of original factory blue finish, with the rest fading. A good bore, nipples and chambers, make this overall an excellent example of its type. A true classic that was the result of a culmination of best gun making improvements, which sadly came too late for Rodgers & Spencer. Barrel length = 7.5 inches Overall length = 14 inches
Rolex British Army GS Mark II Pocket Watch, c.1938 Before WW2, the Swiss were at liberty to trade with any country they chose and as such, they did supply some very fine military grade timepieces to the British Army, including this rare Rolex pocket watch. Unlike the wartime General ServiceTrade Pattern watches, which were inferior to the GS Mark II watches of the pre war years, this Rolex features a premium 15 jewel watch movement, protected in a nickel hermetic case. But the real beauty of this watch is the outstanding condition in which it has survived in, with all matching numbers and perfect enamel dial. Presented in little used condition, this Rolex looks stunning with only minor signs of service wear and no unsightly dents. Internally the movement is near mint, as is the case, which has never been inappropriately opened with the wrong tools - as this is a screw cased watch, many such timepieces show harsh treatment at the hands of the inexperienced, but not this Rolex! Keeping time and working well, the watch was serviced a couple of years ago and all its operating functions are still smooth. A wonderful watch in almost untouched condition with superb hands, dial and an original yellowing celluloid glass. Rare to find this good. A Premium Service option is available for this watch, plus a 12 month warranty.
Royal Air Force Pilot's Issue Longines Wristwatch This is a scarce Air Ministry property marked Longines wristwatch, issued to an RAF pilot during WW2. Amazingly this watch, which dates to 1942, has retained its original leather strap. These were crude pig skin straps, which are nowadays rarely seen simply because they did not last. The replacement straps issued at the time were equally crude and came as a one piece band of leather. Rest assured though, this one is the original strap - guaranteed. Fortunately it is still remarkably supple and wearable. The Longines movement is in full working order, having been previously serviced at ZMW Militaria some 15 years previously. But that's not to say that the watch will continue to run forever, but at least it is testimony that the previous owner had looked after this watch very carefully, wearing it sparingly. Getting harder to find. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Royal Doulton - British Airways First Class Cabin, Cup & Saucer A little touch of aviation luxury - Made for British Airways and used in their long haul First Class cabin, these fine bone china cups and saucers were made by Royal Doulton. Each item is fully marked and in mint, possibly unused condition. Cup and saucer match, with cobalt blue rim and gold embellishment. Although the Cup & Saucer are being sold together as a single set (one of each item), there are currently several identical sets available. All items are genuine and in mint condition with free domestic P&P.
Royal Italian Army Model 1889 Bodeo Revolver First made in 1889, this Italian military service revolver was named after its designer, Carlo Bodeo. Officially made for the military in two different styles, either with a folding trigger or with a trigger guard. It continued in production up until 1925 and also found acceptance as a police sidearm. This version was considered to be the more refined model with the trigger guard and was reserved for commissioned officers. As is, the Bodeo was of straightforward construction which field stripped easily and offered other advanced features over similar revolvers of their day. Commonly referred to by the Royal Italian Army as, "The Leg of Mutton," the Bodeo was made by a variety of manufacturers, each one making cosmetic adaptations to the overall style, seemingly on their whim. Hence today a range of differences exist for what was basically a standard issue revolver of its time. Bodeo revolvers were issued for several decades and saw service in World War 1 as well as other interwar colonial conflicts. During WW2, these revolvers were also used by the German Army in the North Africa campaign, with the Wermacht designating the revolver as the Model 680(i). The Bodeo revolver offered here, is one of the later examples made in the 1920's. It is stamped on the frame with the crowned RE emblem of the Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito) and is presented in a remarkable state of preservation, showing little evidence of service wear. It is totally original with most factory finish being intact, as well as having the action functioning correctly with tight lock up - It is only the bore that shows some signs of having been stored presumably without having been adequately cleaned after use. Nevertheless, the bore is good and today, as it is chambered for the obsolete Italian 10.35mm cartridge, this revolver may be owned without a firearm certificate, provided it is not fired and no ammunition is held. A superb collector's example of a Bodeo Regio Esercito service revolver - a type that saw extensive service through both World Wars and other major conflicts.
Royal Mail Guard's Travelling Post Office Railway Watch, c.1877 Once the Royal Mail saw that the use of coach and horses was a viable means of delivering letters from city to city, the post office could at last offer express services, the likes of which could not be achieved by the vulnerable and slower 'post-boys.' Hiring contractors to drive the carriages, it was only the trusted guard who was an employee of the Royal Mail. Well armed, the guard also carried a reliable pocket watch which he needed to observe, to give advance warning of the mail coach's impending arrival to towns on route. As they were travelling at speeds of 7 - 10 miles per hour, the carriage would rattle through the street, horn blowing and mail sacks being thrown or collected on the move from open windows. This all relied on good judgement and careful timing, as the coach did not stop. When, with the advent of the railway, the Travelling Post Office (TPO) modernised their delivery methods in 1838, their first train coaches were made from converted horse boxes, liveried in black and red, and bearing the Royal cypher. In these carriages, staff could sort the letters as they travelled and just as before, the guard remained responsible for timing the drops and collections, which were now conducted at a much faster pace! But it was still a crude arrangement. In the same way that the first coach and horse services were run from London to Bristol, so to were the first special postal trains. These were operated by the Great Western Railway, with the inaugural train running on 1 February 1855, leaving Paddington station at 20:46, and arriving at Bristol at 00:30. In 1866, advanced apparatus for picking up and setting down mailbags without stopping was installed at Slough and Maidenhead. By now, the system was better than ever, but it still called for split second timing, which had to be monitored by the Post Office staff during their journey. For this, mail staff again required quality timepieces and again, the guard had to keep an eye on his issue watch. Of course GWR staff also carried watches, but these were for a different purpose as their duty was to safeguard the train and its passengers, rather than to ensure that the mail was handled on time. That responsibility remained with the Royal Mail guard who oversaw every mail sack drop and collection. Made by Gillet, Bland & Co. of Croydon, this rare timepiece offered here an example of a Royal Mail guard's TPO pocket watch. It is a massive fusee watch of railway style, made c.1877 and bears the Queen's Crown and Royal cypher, together with an issue number of just "53." The watch is in full working order, having been serviced around 7 years ago. All in all, an impressive fusee pocket watch which keeps good time and comes complete with a key.
Royal Marine Issue Short Sea Service Pistol, c.1847 Traditionally, working alongside the Royal Navy aboard His Majesty's Ships, the Royal Marines were there to perform a dual role: Firstly, they would act to maintain discipline among the ship's crew, as well as providing protection to the naval officers; whilst secondly in battle, the RM would become the ship's fighting force, in which they would engage the enemy with suppressing small arms fire before taking up any boarding action. However, by the mid 1800s such close naval actions had become part of the RM's history, rather than a continued practice. Marked on the brass butt tang, "RM 7," this Tower Short Sea Service pistol is nevertheless a rare example of a Royal Marines marked small arm. It is dated on the early style stepped lock to 1847, which chronologically suggests that it might have been deployed on any of the many amphibious landings and encounters that took place during the Crimea, or Opium Wars of the era. Although another scenario, which to my mind ticks all the boxes, would be that this pistol was once part of the RM's shore base arsenal, of which there were just a few. Most likely then, this would have been in 1848 when the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines took up residency in Forton Barracks, Gosport, where this pistol would have been part of the guards' new armoury. Fully impressed with the Board of Ordnance mark and numerous inspection stamps, both on the iron work and more lightly on the wood. Presented in full working order with strong springs, this percussion pistol is generally in excellent order throughout, but does have one tiny fracture at the tail end of the lock. A very good example for the collector, with rarely seen "RM" marking. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Royal Navy Issue Brass Chronometer Container c.1914 This WW1 era brass mounted casing, is an original container for a deck watch used by the Royal Navy. In Admiralty parlance, the watch would have been referred to as a 'Rated Chronometer' and would have required protecting, so it was kept in one of these tubs and placed within a wooden box. Housed this way also prevented the watch from undergoing any inadvertent time setting changes. The screw bezel can be undone to access the tub, which will easily hold a watch of up to 55mm in diameter. The back of the case also has 3 original screw holes and a drain. All in all, this is a rare item seldom seen and a must have to display any Royal Naval chronometer. It is in excellent condition throughout.
Royal Navy Zenith Deck Watch c.1920 Having demanded navigational chronometers of excellence, the Royal Navy was faced with a dilemma during the Great War when watchmakers were unable to meet the demand for premium timepieces and an acute shortage arose. Certainly, the very best English made gimballed chronometers used on board battleships were regarded as second to none, but an alternative supply for good timekeepers needed to be sourced. Furthermore, the boxed chronometers which used what is known as a "detent escapement," were of little use on smaller vessels whenever any violent rolling motion of the sea was encountered - this played havoc with their more delicate mechanisms. As it was, battleships could keep a gimballed chronometer in the navigation room below decks in an attempt to minimise these adverse effects, but for the smaller and faster vessels this was a serious mechanical problem. So, not only was there an insufficient number of chronometers available for the fleet, but also their suitability for use in sea warfare came into question. In order to tackle both problems, the Royal Naval Chronometer Branch considered the use of high quality pocket watches for use as navigational instruments. They were not affected by pitching decks and they provided good timekeeping potential, despite their daily rate not being as consistent as the more elaborate detent chronometer was capable of in perfect conditions. Importantly though, sufficient numbers of the new genre of "Deck Watch" were available, having met with the approval of the Admiralty. As WW1 progressed, the higher jeweling specification of the early deck watch was reviewed and "lever" movements with just 15 jewels were found to be adequate for navigational purposes. These watches were designated by the Hydrographic Survey as being, H.S.3 grade deck watches; with H.S.1 being boxed gimballed detent chronometers and H.S.2 being, the highest quality boxed lever escapement pocket watch. Having proved their worth on board many a destroyer, corvette or smaller faster MTB, these H.S.3 deck watches have seen extended service use and presumably, some action. Certainly, this Zenith pocket watch, which was made in the wake of WW1, would have still been in use during WW2. Originally the watch was simply marked with a hand painted broad arrow and issue number (which were derived from the last 4 digits of the movement number) together with the simple hand struck broad arrow, with the H.S.3 mark being added a few years later probably when the watch went to a chronometer france for routine servicing a few years later. Many of these early lever deck watches have long since had the dial marking erased and never had the benefit of being brought up to specification by the addition of the H.S.3 classification being added to them. These little details make this Zenith watch a lovely find. Of course it is also in very good condition all round, keeping time despite there being no indication of any recent servicing. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
S&W Pattern .32 Rimfire Army Revolver c.1861 Smith & Wesson introduced their Model No.2 Army revolver in 1861, which became an immediate success that spawned numerous unauthorised copies. Like this example, many of them were made to a very high standard and many went on to see service among Confederate forces. To mimic the originals and yet evade copyright laws, this revolver was labeled by the unknown gunmaker along the barrel rib as, "Smith & Wesson's Pattern Mass." and even the cylinder was marked with corresponding patent dates. Overall this revolver is in very good condition, with sharp lines, excellent bore, chambers and a tight working action, with some factory finish remaining amid areas of russet patina. A superb example of a classic revolver. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Scarce 1939 Dated British Army Whistle Hudsons have been supplying dated military whistles to the British Army since 1887. This whistle is a very good example, which is dated to 1939. It is unpolished, retaining an honest lightly patinated appearance and no nasty dents. One of the scarcer dates to find.
Scarce 7mm Rimfire Tranter's Patent Parlour Pistol c.1860 Gallery, Saloon and Parlour guns all gained their popularity in the mid Victorian era, thanks to the growing availability of the various metallic cartridges. Typically then, this genre of pistol with its single shot capability, was ideally suited for after dinner informal target practice which would have taken place in one of the large rooms or corridors of a grand house, often converted into a private dedicated shooting gallery. Made in England c.1860 and retailed by G. H. Webb of High Street Oxford, this Tranter's Patent parlour pistol was chambered for the low powered 7mm rimfire cartridge. The overall design of this parlour pistol is further characterised by the long heavy barrel, adjustable rear sight and overall high quality of gun finishing which has stood the test of time; retaining much original blued finish to the barrel and greying case hardening colours, this pistol has a strong crisp action and excellent bore. A fine example.
Scarce British Railways (Scotland) Train Guards Pocket Watch c.1950 In 1948, following the amalgamation of the major rail networks throughout the United Kingdom, British Railways came into existence. At this time the ex London, Midland & Scottish railway and the London & North East Railway collaborated to form the BR(Sc). This Selex pocket watch is from those early years of British Railways (Scottish Region). Whilst most railway watches have seen a hard life, this one is presented in good condition with a perfect dial and a good clear set of markings, showing only minor signs of general duty wear. Being free from abuse, this robust watch comes in a case which features a screw on bezel and case back. Internally the movement is working well and the watch keeps time. However, these railway watches were often exposed to adverse environments, steam and smoke, which could be detrimental to the long term well being of the watch, so the the Premium Service is offered at half price, to give peace of mind. All in all, a good example of a railway watch from the bygone era of steam. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Scarce Military Watch Collector's Zippo Lighter, c.1999 This is a scarce new old stock example of a Zippo lighter, made with the depiction of the USAAF Type A-11 pilot's hack wristwatch. It is in first class condition for the military watch collector who appreciates a good petrol lighter. This Zippo is absolutely in 'new' old stock condition with its original box and papers. It has never been used.
Scarce Pennsylvania Rail Road Guard's Whistle Founded in 1846, the Pennsylvania Rail Road was a premiere Class 1 railway, which at one time employed nearly 250,000 staff and operated on a finical budget larger than that of the U.S. Governments. In 1968 the PRR merged with New York Central to form the Penn Central Transportation Company but within two years they had gone bankrupt. This whistle likely dates from the 1950s and is marked with the PRR initials set on a corner stone, the symbol of Pennsylvania. It is in very good damage free condition and loud working order. A scarce find.
Scarce Pre WW2 Hudsons Whistle With Gadget Knife Combination An interesting pre WW2 combination gadget whistle, with an inbuilt folding penknife blade. Although not signed, there are certain features about this whistle that confirm it was made in the 1930s by Hudsons. The tube body is in good dent free condition, with a brass lined channel to hold the knife blade. The folding blade is now a little shorter and shows signs of age discolouration. Over all, a good example of its kind, with the whistle still blowing loudly.
Scarce Victorian Truncheon Marked R.L. This Victorian constabulary pattern truncheon is marked with an incised Queen's Crown and the stylised initials, "RL," the significance of which is not known. There is some conjecture that the truncheon might be linked to the Royal London, which is a hospital. This is of course possible, but whether they had an asylum in the mid 1800s, is not known. Speculation aside, this truncheon is 17.5" in length and in generally very good condition with no cracks or damage.
Scarce WW2 Ebel ATP Hermetic Wristwatch During WW2 Ebel supplied the British Army with two very different patterns of ATP wristwatch. One version of the Ebel came in a regular screw back case, which typically required a watchmaker's bench and case opener to access the movement, whilst the second pattern utilised a male and female case assembly and required no special tools to open it. The watch offered here is of that second type, where the movement is enclosed within a special capsule which is then friction fitted into the outer part of the hermetic case. Such a case in theory, could be disassembled by brute force and no additional tools. Although whilst the merits of the unique design can be appreciated, the fact that most watch companies use a traditional screw back for their watches, suggests that any benefits conveyed by the design were of no significant advantage. Regardless though of the merits of one design over another, this example of the Ebel military watch is superb. Being totally original throughout, the watch shows only minor sign of service wear. The watch is also offered in full working order, however there is no record as to when it was last serviced. Nevertheless internally the movement appears to be factory fresh. A fine example for the collector. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Silver Metropolitan Police Presentation Pocket Watch c.1922 When the Metropolitan Police was established in 1829, it comprised of just 7 areas, at the heart which was 'A' Division which took in Westminster. By 1896, PC Albert C. Long had joined the force and was posted to the Division, where he served for 26 years. Then as a mark of esteem, on his retirement PC Long was presented with this fine silver pocket watch by his colleagues and senior officers, which no doubt was held in high regard being a valuable timepiece in his day. A true mark of respect. The pocket watch is of good quality, housed in a silver hallmarked case. It was retailed in London, but its origin is Swiss. Although not signed, the movement has been identified as being made by the prestigious watch making firm of Cyma Tavannes. Having 15 jewels and a finely pearlised finish to its movement plates, the watch is still working strong and keeping good time. Cosmetically the dial is perfect, but the case shows signs of careful pocket carry with some light wear. All engraving is sharp, having been protected by its location on the inner case cuvette. All hinges are secure and strong and the original glass is in very good order. All in all, an early Metropolitan Police presentation timepiece, given to P.C. Albert C. Long by his officers and colleagues who no doubt paid a considerable sum for it. Approximately 50 mm in diameter.
Silver Mounted Pocket Flintlock By T. Richards, c.1770 This round bodied cannon barrelled pistol was made, c.1770: Presented in good aged condition, this pocket flintlock shows the talent of the original gunmaker, featuring silver mounts that comprise of a grotesque mask and wire embellishment to the butt in rococo style. Also, the body is decorated with scroll and foliate engraving that surround a banner, which bears the name "T. Richards." Thomas Richards had a London shop 1750 - 1780 and was the father of the celebrated Theophilus Richards, as well as the grandfather of Westley. A true dynasty of top gunsmiths. The action on this pistol is working, however the main spring is weak. Nevertheless, the pistol presents well with tidy woodwork and a pleasant dark patina, with some light salt and pepper pitting, serving to enhance the antique appearance of this flintlock. Barrel length = 2.5 inches Overall length = 8 inches
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Small 19th Century Antique Pistol Case This is a genuine antique English box from the 19th Century, that is of about the right size to have once held a small pocket pistol. It does not appear to have ever been compartmentalised and retains its coarse green baize lining. Externally the case measures, 210mm x 121mm x 46mm and is generally in good solid condition, but with some signs of cracking (previously repaired) around the front edge. Internal measurements of the case when closed are, 183mm x 98mm x 30mm. Features all original fittings, complete with an intact lock (missing key), brass hinges and vacant escutcheons. Overall in generally good condition, with some age wear, but still complete and very useable.
Small 19th Century Antique Pistol Case This is a genuine antique English box from the 19th Century, that is of about the right size to have once held a small pocket pistol. It does not appear to have ever been compartmentalised and retains its coarse green baize lining. Externally the case measures, 210mm x 121mm x 46mm and is generally in good solid condition, but with some signs of cracking (previously repaired) around the front edge. Internal measurements of the case when closed are, 183mm x 98mm x 30mm. Features all original fittings, complete with an intact lock (missing key), brass hinges and vacant escutcheons. Overall in generally good condition, with some age wear, but still complete and very useable.
Smith & Wesson .44 Russian, First Model Double Action Revolver This is an 1881 First Model Double Action Top Break Smith & Wesson revolver, manufactured in the obsolete .44 Russian calibre. It is a good example of its kind, which has some honest surface wear, but no abuse - No flakey nickel or aggressive pitting, just age darkening of the underlying steel. The period after market grips are somewhat unusual, but fit very well and the double action is very slick and smooth. Most interestingly, not only has the action been improved, but the hammer has also had some contemporary work to reduce the spur, presumably to aid fast draw. This was clearly done a long lime ago as the metal has aged in keeping with this. Overall, this revolver has the appearance of a gunslinger's piece, with a good bore. Although this Smith & Wesson revolver has seen a fair amount of service use, it remains a good example of its kind. Mechanically the revolver has been well looked after and remains fully functioning with good timely lock-up in both double and single action. A tight hinge and locking catch, with strong working springs, make this gun suitable for the collector. All in all a good Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver with some original finish remaining and a wealth of character. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 10.5 inches
Smith & Wesson .44 Russian, First Model Double Action Revolver This is an 1881 First Model Double Action Top Break Smith & Wesson revolver, manufactured in the obsolete .44 Russian calibre. It is a very good and wholly original example of its kind, which has some honest surface wear, but no evidence of abuse or bad corrosion - just some age darkening of the underlying steel. The grips fit very well, with no damage other than some minor smoothing. Mechanically, the double action is very good and smooth, with perfect timing, good cylinders and bore. Although this Smith & Wesson revolver has seen some service use, the hinge is tight, showing no slack on closure. The locking catch engages securely and all springs operate positively. All in all a good Smith & Wesson .44 Russian revolver with most original finish remaining. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 10.5 inches
Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 .32 Rimfire Revolver, c.1870 Initially, when Smith & Wesson introduced a new "Tip-up Barrel" revolver in 1860, they called their pocketable creation the Model 1, which was chambered for the diminutive .22 cartridge. Then, for those customers who preferred something with a little more stopping power, Smith & Wesson scaled up their revolver and called it their Model 2, which now chambered the .32 Rimfire cartridge - Both revolvers were six-shooters, but the Model 2 was now best suited for belt holster carry. Neither revolver addressed the need for a truly pocketable pistol with adequate stopping capability. Following on in 1865, Smith & Wesson developed the Model 1 1/2: This was a curious label to be given to the revolver, but in fact it fitted neatly between its two predecessors, as a compromise between types. The Model 1 1/2 was there to bridge gaps in customers' needs, by offering them a new revolver as small as the Model 1, but as powerful as the Model 2. The Model 1 1/2 was a five-shooter, chambered for .32 Rimfire. Cylinder fluting and a rounded butt came a little later in the Second Issue, which all helped to reduce the pistol profile - No doubt contributing to the popularity of the model and, a production total exceeding 223,000. The Model was finally dropped from S&W's catalogue in 1892. The Model 1 1/2 offered here is in good order, retaining much original nickel, with the exposed iron work having dark age patina and no bad pitting. No attempt has been made to clean the revolver, which remains fully functioning. Strong springs work the action correctly, but there is a small amount of play in the cylinder axis. Hinges are tight and overall, the revolver is a great representative piece, reasonably priced. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8 inches
Smith & Wesson No.3 New Model .44 Russian Revolver c.1880 In 1878 Smith & Wesson discontinued production of its various Model No.3 revolvers, such as their American, Russian, and Schofields, concentrating instead on an improved design they called the, "New Model Number 3." Its standard chambering was for the .44 Russian cartridge, which is an obsolete calibre which may be owned without a certificate. For many, the S&W New Model No.3 is the best single action pistol of the cowboy era. Certainly these revolvers had many attributes to appeal to those who needed a service revolver, either in the line of duty or for personal use. Not surprisingly many were purchased by police and by militia units. Interestingly, this example does have the number "37" stamped into the base of the wooden grip. Presented in very good cosmetic condition, this revolver retains much original blue finish, with the remainder fading. Generally this Smith shows signs of actual holster carry and minor dints, yet the revolver is mechanically tight, with a perfect action and mirror bore. As is, it appears to have been officially issued but never fired. Some rare versions of S&W's New Model No.3 had provision for a shoulder stock, thereby converting these into Carbine Revolvers, which were issued to the Australian police, mounted constabulary. Overall this revolver is a good example for the collector with sign of professional carry, and mechanically as good as new. Barrel length = 6.5 inches Overall length = 12.5 inches
Smith & Wesson's Pattern - No.2 Army Revolver c.1861 Smith & Wesson introduced their Model No.2 Army revolver in 1861, which became a favourite private purchase handgun among both Union and Confederate forces. So popular were these Smith & Wessons that a shortage in the supply of their revolvers developed. Nevertheless, Model No.2 Army revolvers became unexpectedly available from unauthorised sources. This particular .32 rimfire european break action version of the Model No.2, is of first class construction having German Crown over N proof marks. For all internets, although this was a patent infringement, the arrival of the unauthorised revolvers occurring at the same time as Smith & Wesson's downturn in production, must have helped to bridge the supply gap for weapons during the American Civil War. Naturally though, Smith & Wesson's profits were hit in the process and they sought recourse through legal action to stem the production of these copies. Overall this revolver is in very good condition throughout, with sharp lines, perfect bore, chambers, a tight working action and a good dulled original finish. A superb example bearing the barrel rib legend, "Smith & Wesson's Pattern Mass."
Smith & Wesson's Pattern - .32 Rimfire No.2 Army Revolver c.1861 Smith & Wesson introduced their Model No.2 Army revolver in 1861, which became a favourite private purchase handgun among both Union and Confederate forces. In fact, so popular were these Smith & Wessons that the factory was unable to meet demand. Somewhat audaciously then, european gunmakers began to manufacture this same model and despite being an unauthorised copy, this example ranks among the best produced. It has been labeled by the gunmaker along the barrel rib as, "Smith & Wesson's Pattern Mass." and the cylinder is also marked with corresponding patent dates. Indeed, this particular .32 Rimfire Model No.2 Army is of first class construction and as with other revolvers of this genre, it may well have been shipped to America to help bridge the supply gap for weapons during the American Civil War, especially by the South who were happy to accept all the weapons that they could. Naturally though, Smith & Wesson's profits were hit in the process and they sought recourse through legal action to stem the production of these copies. Overall this revolver is in very good condition throughout, with sharp lines, excellent bore, chambers, a tight working action and a good original finish showing faded colours with areas of russet. A superb example of a classic revolver, with just a minor edge slither missing from the back of right grip. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 11 inches
Smiths British Army Military Wristwatch - New Old Stock Smiths is an old watchmaking company who held a long association with the armed forces. They provided a diverse range of clocks, watches and other specialist timepieces to all the services, during the 20th century, competing with the Swiss watchmaking industry. However, Smiths heritage of English Made timepieces came to an end when their last contract to the Ministry of Defence was fulfilled in 1973. This Smiths watch offered here today is arguably the best example of the English Made military wristwatch on offer today. It is new old stock, exhibiting only minor storage marks and of course, full military engraving. It has never been worn, buffed, or refurbished. Being in such pristine condition with untouched screw heads, the watch has likely never been serviced and, whilst it is running fine, consideration will need to be given to refreshing the necessary lubricants. This work can of course be done in-house, should you wish to avail yourself of the Premium Service at the published concessionary price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Smiths British Army Military Wristwatch - New Old Stock Genuine New Old Stock Watch & NATO Strap: Smiths is an old watchmaking company who held a long association with the armed forces. They provided a diverse range of clocks, watches and other specialist timepieces to all the services, during the 20th century, competing with the Swiss watchmaking industry. However, Smiths heritage of English Made timepieces came to an end when their last contract to the Ministry of Defence was fulfilled in 1973. This Smiths watch offered here is arguably the best example of the English Made military wristwatch on offer worldwide. It is new old stock, exhibiting only minor storage marks and of course, full military engraving. It has never been worn, buffed, or refurbished and all case edges are sharp. The movement is likewise in factory new condition, with no watchmaker tool marks. Being in such pristine condition with untouched screw heads, the watch has likely never been serviced and, whilst it is running fine, consideration will need to be given to refreshing the necessary lubricants. This work can of course be done in-house, should you wish to avail yourself of the Premium Service at the published concessionary price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Smiths W10 Military Issue Wristwatch, c.1969 A Smiths military issue wristwatch, representing the final contract between them and the Ministry of Defence, before this watchmaking dynasty ceased production of their superb English made mechanical watch movements. Presented in excellent original condition, this 1969 dated military watch shows just minor signs of service wear. As is, it is in full working order, which includes the hack feature. Complete with NATO strap. The recommended Premium Service and 12 months warranty are available at the concessionary price of £90.
Southern Railway Guard's Pocket Watch, c.1925 The Southern Railway (SR) was created in 1923, by amalgamating several smaller companies that served the region. The largest of these were the London & South West Railway, as well as the London, Brighton & South Coast lines. Used mainly for the carriage of passengers, SR was kept busy transporting troops during the war years. This SR marked pocket watch would have been used daily on the trains and station platforms, virtually non-stop. As such, the watch has picked up the wear of many years of railway service and although it is in excellent working order, the case shows the usual signs of extensive pocket carry. Nevertheless, it has a character of its own and the dial is cosmetically excellent, with bold Arabic numerals. Whilst the watch is keeping time and running well, it has not been serviced. A Premium Service is however available for this timepiece, together with a 12 month warranty.
Southern Railway Guard's Whistle A Southern Railway guard's whistle from the pre BR grouping era. This Hudson Thunderer whistle would have been used on some of England's most famous steam railway lines during the 1930s. Overall, it is in excellent condition and, being made of solid nickel silver, would polish up very well if so desired. A nice item of railway nostalgia.
Southern Region Railway Guard's Thunderer Whistle c.1925 This is a very good example of a pre grouping Southern Region railway guard's whistle from the steam locomotive era. It can be accurately dated due to the presence of patent details and 1924 year stamped on the body of the whistle. Overall this nickel silver Hudson Thunderer shows just light signs of service use, but unsightly no dents. It is in full (loud) working order and retains a light age patina.
Starter Pistol - Vintage Webley Starting Pistol .22 Blank Firer This is a good example of a vintage Webley Sports Starting Pistol, made in England c.1950. Referred to as the Mark 1, this was the first starting pistol to be produced by Webley and it comes in its original box. As such, the pistol has been protected from over handling, but due to an other than perfect environment, the pistol has picked up some speckling to its surface. Regardless of that, the original blued and blackened finish of the metal parts, is free from any significant wear, even the Webley signed grips are damage free - Only the box has one corner edge split. This Webley pistol was made for the purpose of starting races, however it would also be good for other legitimate pursuits, or simply as a collectable item in its own right. As a working starter pistol, it holds up to six blanks in the horizontally loaded magazine, which is then loaded through the muzzle end of the pistol. On firing, the blanks vent safely upwards and when empty, the magazine vacates through the rear of the pistol. Mid cycle, the magazine can also be removed from the front by depressing the pawl to the left of the trigger, whilst holding the pistol downwards - the magazine will then drop out from the muzzle. Due to its over all construction and mode of operating, this pistol cannot be made to fire live ammunition, nor can it be considered to be a realistic imitation - However, it will only be sold to persons over the age of 18 years.
Station Master's Railway Omega Hermetic Pocket Watch c.1910 This watch is an original and rare Omega railway pocket watch, made in 1910 at their Swiss factory in Bern. Even the robust and dent free nickel silver hermetic case is signed Omega, which is unusual to see as most of these special cases were supplied by other independent case makers. Although unattributed to any railway company, such hermetic watches were used by various railway companies both in England and Europe. The hermetic case design was specially introduced to restrict the number of openings to the watch case through which corrosive elements might ingress. This means that the only way to access the movement is to unscrew the bezel and then swing the movement out in its cage, through the front of the watch. An effective design that pre dates waterproof designs. Presented in very good cosmetic and mechanical condition, this watch is running well land keeping time, although it has not been serviced. Over all, a very good example of a desirable Omega railway pocket watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Superb Liege Percussion Target Pistol, c.1840 A stunning example of a Liege percussion target pistol made c.1840. It is in near mint original condition, retaining much original finish and sharp profiles. The back action lock is in full working order, having strong springs and attractive scroll decoration. The sighted ELG marked barrel has good micro rifling, which measures about 17mm in the grooves at the muzzle. The barrel also retains its original brown finish showing the twist pattern - with just one slight blemish beneath the foresight on the right flat. Otherwise all iron work is nicely patinated with little evidence of use. A particularly nice feature of the pistol is the original ramrod, which has a retractable dual worm and jag device. Overall this pistol is superb. Barrel length = 7.5 inches Overall length = 13 inches
Superb Military Issue Cyma Waterproof Wrist Watch - W.W.W. Issued to the British Armed Forces in the 1950s, this Cyma is stamped with the W.W.W. designation, which in military parlance is catalogued as meaning, Watches, Wristlet, Waterproof. In total a dozen companies were contracted to manufacture these robust timepieces that were required to meet, or surpass, the military's required specifications. Yet, needless to say that whilst the specifications were fulfilled, each of the companies were able to input a degree of individual creative flair, which resulted in all 12 watch companies producing timepieces that were aesthetically markedly different from their competitors' offerings. Cyma were able to produce many W.W.W.s, which stood out as being the largest of these military wristwatches having a diameter of 37mm across the steel case. With the crown, the watch measured in at an impressive 40mm. Coupled with the broad bezel, the watch has a distinctive wide body appeal and clear dial. This example also benefits from being totally original throughout, with minimal signs of service wear. The movement is also in perfect working order and the watch keeps time, however it has not been serviced. Fortunately though, if a service was ever required and parts wanted, the abundant source of spares for the Cyma range of W.W.W.s, ensures that repair costs should never be excessive. Should you desire to take advantage of the Premium Service package, the watch glass, which is slightly crazed, would be exchanged for a new crystal at no additional charge. A superb watch in all respects that will be supplied with the correct NATO strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Superb Rifled Pocket Pistol By P. Bond, c.1790 Although the beneficial effects of 'rifling' on the accuracy of a bullet were discovered in the 15th Century, the actual practice of cutting grooves down a barrel of a gun was not widely practiced. In part, few gunmakers had a thorough enough understanding of precisely how rifling worked, but they also faced technical difficulties in how to tool the barrel effectively. By and large then, rifling was very much reserved for long arms, which were often for military or specialised use. Few pistols benefitted from rifling, let alone one that was designed for close personal protection. Philip Bond was a gunmaker who operated from premises at 45 Cornhill, London, from 1776 to 1800. He was also a supplier of arms to the Board of Ordnance. It is around this same time that this pocket pistol was made, which most interestingly has a deeply rifled barrel with ten grooves along its short length. This sharp pistol is in excellent order, with a crisp action and superb tight fitting stock. A concealed trigger functions correctly against good spring tension, as does the sliding safety and cocking action. The body of the pistol is well engraved with a stand of arms, together with the maker's details and bearing the twin private Tower proofs. All in all, this is a rare version of what would otherwise be, a ubiquitous pocket pistol of the time, made by a quality gunmaker. Barrel length = 2 inches Overall length = 6 inches
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The Metropolitan - Police Issue Whistle & Box c.1980 This is a genuine new old stock police whistle, as issued to UK Constabularies. This particular example is of the first type that Hudson produced in the 1970s, where the cylindrical body was made from one piece tube - Previously a rolled sheet of metal had been used, leaving a distinctive seam along its length. This very whistle is genuine police surplus. It was issued c.1980, but it has never been used and comes with its original box. Not all whistles were boxed like this, in fact most came simply wrapped in tissue or brown paper. Although this vintage whistle is in perfect condition it does show slight age patina nevertheless, it is working very well. Only the box shows some minor wear and is a little creased . A great new old stock genuine police item.
The Tower Bulldog .442 Webley Revolver, c.1880 The 'Tower Bulldog' revolver is something of an enigma in the history of British Bulldog pocket revolvers, especially those made by Webley. For sure, given the scarcity with which this model comes onto the market, it would appear that not many were made, and with the serial number being just 139, this would support the notion that this is a genuinely rare piece. Particular to this .442 revolver, there is an impressed "London Tower" stamp, which according to "The Webley Story" was a trademark owned by Webley in around 1880. However, it is debatable as to whether Webley actually made these themselves, or whether they were the product of fellow gunmaker, Thomas Turner. Whatever the truth, these guns were proofed in Birmingham with the additional engraving to the top strap denoting, "The Tower Bulldog." Along with other surviving Tower Bulldogs, this one has the unique frame design, coupled to a two piece wood grip, held in place by a grip screw through the base, in a manner much like that used by Tipping & Lawden. The calibre is identified on the side of the top strap as, "For .442 Central Fire Cartridge." This inscription is just discernible, but clarifies that it is of obsolete calibre. Retaining some traces of blued finish, this Tower Bulldog has aged with a dark brown patina over much of its surface, with some areas of light pitting around the grip straps. Generally though the cosmetic condition is good, with a very good bore and chambers. Mechanically the revolver is functioning with adequate spring tension, with a little rotational movement at lock up. Overall an interesting revolver from the Bulldog genre of pocket revolvers, priced to sell. On a social historical note: In 1940 this Tower revolver was donated for the war effort, to the LDV at Ramsgate, following a newspaper appear for small arms in the Kent area. In turn, this body became the Home Guard. Barrel length = 2.5 inches Overall length = 6.5 inches
Tipping & Lawden - Short Sea Service Tower Pattern Pistol c.1855 A very good example of a Tower marked Short Sea Service/Coastguard percussion pistol made by the firm of, Tipping & Lawden. This gunmaker's name appears on the woodwork, together with the stocker's details of, Duffield. Dating to 1855, this pistol is in overall damage free condition, with a fully working Lovell's Pattern lock, which has retained most of its original blued finish, with just a trace of light surface speckling of age oxidisation. Although retaining much original colour to the sighted barrel, this does nevertheless show a thinning commensurate of service wear, which is only light. The brass trigger guard tang, extending to the front of the butt, also bears the neatly hand inscribed name of a former owner, "R. Beverson." No information exists as to who this gentleman was. A standard belt hook is also present, showing a fine light peppering of pits, but nothing heavy and still showing the inspector's stamp. Overall this 25 bore percussion pistol is presented in very good collector grade used condition, with the usual well stamped barrel proofs and inspector's marks. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Tower Coastguard Percussion Pistol, Dated 1849 An attractive and very good 'Tower' marked Coastguard pistol, that has survived in sleepy original condition with some evidence of service use - possibly Crimean War. Dated to 1849, this Coastguard pistol bears the usual BO ordnance marking and many inspection stamps, plus the name 'Rutler' on the woodwork. The iron work is also excellent, having retained a good proportion of finish and a strong working action. Military issue percussion pistols seldom turn up this good, exhibiting only handling knocks to the woodwork and dings to the brass butt cap, but no losses or cracks. A great example for the collector.
Tower Sea Service Flintlock Pistol c.1800 There are a few pistols in the antique gun world that are as immediately recognisable, or desired, as the long Sea Service pistol. However, few turn up at this price that are in unmolested or 'untouched' sleepy condition as this one is. Of course it's not pristine, but few that have served, are… More importantly though, it has not been messed with or cleaned up. The woodwork is all intact with no loss and bearing the impressions left by the storekeeper's mark, together with other inspection stamps, all of which are now age rubbed. The iron work has darkened and the king's Crown, Tower and proof marks are all clear. Needless to say the robust action is in full working order. In fact, everything appears to be original. The only one loss to note is to the belt hook, which is more than accounted for by the price. All in all, a good and honest example for the collector.
Tower Short Sea Service Pistol, Dated 1849 An excellent Tower Short Sea Service pistol of .56" calibre, dated to 1849 and bearing Board of Ordnance acceptance marks. Being untouched, this percussion pistol bears a clear array of inspection and proof stamps, both on the iron work and wood. This percussion pistol was a robust navy issue sidearm, which is rarely found in this sleepy condition. Retaining much original colour to the barrel and lock case hardening, this pistol has a solid and crisp working action. Signed on the furniture by the stocker, "P. Cook," this pistol will make a fine example to any collection of military weapons. Barrel length = 6 inches Overall length = 12 inches
Tranter Patent .32 Rimfire Revolver c.1863 William Tranter continued to manufacture some excellent percussion pistols well into the cartridge era, simply because it was felt by his clientele that the emerging new technology would never replace cap 'n' ball. However, Tranter himself was an innovator at heart and he took an interest in the modernisation of firearms, to the point that in 1863 he was granted patents for refinements made to his Rimfire Revolvers. These he offered in a wide range of calibres, which he sold for home and self-defence purposes. Tranter went on to make his first Centre Fire pistol in 1868. Tranter's pocket pistols were mostly on the small side, which makes this .32RF revolver, one of the larger offerings to come from the gunmaker. It is presented in good condition and working well, but with a slight amount of play in the cylinder - Otherwise the function is fine with no sign of abuse. Whilst cosmetically the revolver has a patina consistent with age, it does also have small amounts of original colour in sheltered areas. All marking and engraving is clear and the barrel rib is marked by the retailer, Holland of 92 New Bond Street, London. The smooth grips are very good and probably helped the shooter adjust his hold in use, unlike chequering which might commit the hand to adopt a poor or hasty grasp in the heat of the moment. Likewise, the elongated hammer spur mades for quick cocking and subsequent follow up shots. One of his other refinements was to fit a frame mounted safety bar which automatically disengaged when the hammer was fully cocked. This was considered to be a securer way of carrying a loaded revolver, rather than using half-cock. All in all, a very good and tidy Victorian self defence pistol by a top maker. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 8 inches
Turn Off Barrel Boxlock Percussion Pistol c.1840 A Birmingham proofed box lock pistol of good quality, but unattributed to any maker. This pistol is in good working order with strong spring action and generally good aged appearance - just the nipple has some damage but at least the barrel screws on and off securely. A good piece at an attractive price.
Turn Off Barrel Pistol By Twigg, c.1790 A pocket pistol with turn off barrel, made c.1790 and signed by Twigg to one side and London on the other. Having Tower private proofs and generally good profiles, the pistol shows signs of service wear, but is nevertheless complete and in good working order, with a functioning safety. Unmolested with mottled age patina, this pistol was adapted in service to make use of the percussion system, suggesting that it had a prolonged life over several decades. Yet it remains presentable and priced to sell. Barrel length = 3 inches Overall length = 7 inches
Turn-Off Barrel Pocket Pistol By Wood of York, c.1835 It was due to the Industrial Revolution that firearms eventually became available to the masses. Such basic arms were usually of a simple turn-off barrel type, but each also ranged in quality of construction, with the better ones being signed by a gunmaker. In this instance the pistol has been signed by Wood of York, who had the pistol proofed in Birmingham c.1835. This percussion pistol is in good condition with sharp profiles and a strong working action, which has been decorated with scroll work. Traces of the original case hardening remain and the barrel retains a decent bore. An automatic drop down trigger works without fault and the dolphin hammer holds in both positions. Woodwork is undamaged and the bag shaped butt is finely chequered, as well as being a tight fit to the surrounding ironwork. All in all, this is a lovely example of a ubiquitous turn-off percussion pistol.
UK Obsolete Calibre List 2014 UK Obsolete Caliber List Taken from the Home Office Guide on Firearms Licensing Law June 2014. Appendix 5: Antique firearms – obsolete calibres: Breech-loading firearms originally chambered for the following ammunition, and which retain that original chambering, should be regarded as benefiting from exemption as antiques under section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968. [NOTES] 1. All the cartridges listed are centre-fire. 2. The chances of the survival of more than a tiny number of most of these cartridges – or of the arms which they fit – are very low indeed. But those firearms listed in bold may survive in some quantity. 3. Each cartridge in the list is followed by initials referring to a published source whose description may be accepted as the norm for each round. These are as follows B – “Cartridges of the World”, by Barnes D – “Cartridges for Collectors”, by Datig (three vols) ECRA-“European Cartridge Research Association Data Viewer” E&B – “Manual of Pistol and Revolver Cartridges”, by Erlmeier and Brandt H – “The History and Development of Small Arms Ammunition”, by Hoyem (volumes two and three) Hu –“Military Rifle and Machine Gun Cartridges”, by Huon W&M – “Pistol and Revolver Cartridges”, by White & Munhall, single volume edition by Bearse The list includes some obsolete calibres for which firearms may be found in some quantities. This list will be reviewed and updated as necessary. .22 Extra Long Maynard (B) .22-15-60 Stevens (B) .22CF (E&B) .230CF (E&B) .25/20 Single Shot (B) .25/21 Stevens (B) .25/25 Stevens (B) .250 Rook (or .297/.250 Rook) (H) .255 Jeffrey Rook (H) .275 Jeffrey (H) .276 Enfield P.13 (Hu) .28/30/120 Stevens (B) .297/.230 Sporting (H) .297/.230 Morris (H) .298 Minex (H) .300 (.295) Rook (H) .300 Sherwood (H) .300/.250 Rook (H) .30/30 Wesson (D) .30/40 Wesson (D) .310 Cadet (H) .310 Greener .31 Thuer .310/.300 Rook (H) .320/.230 Rook (H) .32 Protector (W&M) .32 Long Rifle CF (NB recommended for section 58(2) in rifles only) (B) .32/35 Stevens (D) .32/40 Remington-Hepburn (D) .32/40 Bullard (B) .32/ 40 Winchester and Ballard (B) .32 Ideal (B) .32 – .44 Smith & Wesson (W&M) .320 British (also known as the .320 Revolver C.F., Short or Long) (W&M) .35/30 Maynard (B) .35/40 Maynard (B) .340 Short or Long Revolver (W&M) .360 Thuer .360 Rook (also known as the .360 No. 5 ) (H) (recommended for section 58(2) rifles only) .360 shotgun .360 Westley Richards No.3 Express (H) .360 No.3 Gibbs (H) .360 Gibbs No.4 (also known as the .380 Gibbs No. 4) .360/.300 Fraser (H) .360 2 7/16 Black Powder Express (H) .360 2 3/4 Boxer (H) .369 Purdey (H) .38/35 Stevens Everlasting (D) .38/40 Ballard Everlasting (D) .38/40 Remington-Hepburn (D) .38/45 Bullard (D) .38/70 Winchester (D) .38/56 Winchester (D) .38/90 Winchester (B) .380 Black Powder Express (also known as the .380-21/4 Rigby and .360-21/4) (H) .380 Long Rifle (NB recommended for section 58(2) in rifles only) (H) .40 / 40 Maynard (B) .40/.50-70 Caliber Reduction Exptl.(H) .400-2.5 inch Kynoch (H) .400-3.25 inch Boxer (H) .400-3 inch Purdey (H) .40/60 Marlin (D) .40/60 Winchester (D) .40/60 Maynard (B) .40/70 Ballard (D) .40/70 Sharps Necked (D) .40/70 Sharps Straight (D) .40 / 70 Maynard (B) .40/ 70 WCF (B) .40/72 Winchester (D) .40/75 Bullard (D) .40/82 Winchester (D) .40/90 Bullard (D) .40/90 What Cheer (D) .40/50 Sharps Straight (D) .40/65 Sharps Straight (D) .40/65 WCF (D) .40/90 Sharps Necked (D) .40/40 Maynard (B) .40/60 Maynard (B) .40/63 Ballard (B) .40/65 Ballard Everlasting (B) .40/70 Maynard (B) .40/70 Peabody What Cheer (B) .40/85 Ballard (B) .40/110 Winchester Express (B) .400 2 3/4 Westley Richards (H) .402 Enfield-Martini Exptl. (H) .41 Colt (short or long) (W&M) .42/.50-70 Caliber Reduction Exptl. (H) .425 Webley (H) .425 Webley 1 5/16 (H) .430 Long Rifle (also known as the .430 Long Revolver) (W&M) .430 Revolver (W&M) .44 Thuer .44 Morse necked (H) .44-50 Meigs (H) .44 Dupee rimless (H) .44/60 Creedmore (D) .44/77 Remington (D) .44/90 Sharps 2 7/16 inch (D) .44/90 Sharps 2 5/8 inch (D) .44/90 Remington Special (B) .44/95 Peabody What Cheer (B) .44/100 Maynard (H) .44 Evans Short and Long (B) .44 Devilliers (W&M) .440 Revolver (W&M) .440 Long Revolver (W&M) .440 Nagant (Argentine model) (W&M) .442 Carbine 1.025" (H) .442 revolver (also known as .44 Webley) (W&M) .442 Long Revolver (W&M) .44 Colt Revolver (W&M) .44 Remington Revolver (W&M) .44 S&W American (W&M) .44 Merwin Hulbert Long (W&M) .44 Merwin Hulbert Short (W&M) .44 S&W Russian (W&M) .45-85 Ward Burton Exptl. (H) .45/.50-70 Caliber Reduction Expti. (H) .45 US Exptl, 1869 (H) .45-200-500 Winchester Exptl. (H) .45 Boxer-Henry Long Chamber 1869 (H) .45 New South Wales Police Carbine (H) .45 Gardner & Gatling (H) .45 Mars Long (W&M) .45 Mars Short (W&M) .45 MP (very rare Maxim Pistol round mentioned in the ‘Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association’ Vol 2 No 6 Page 24) .450 No. 1 Bland (E&B) .450 Soper 2.5 inch (H) .450 Needham (H) .450 No. 1 Musket (H) .450/.360 Purdey (H) .450/.350-2 3/8 inch (H) .45/75 WCF (Hu) .45 Brown Standard Military Target Rifle (D) .45/50 Sporting (D) .450/.400 Black Powder in case lengths of 2 3/8", 2 7/8", 2 19/32" Thomas Turner No 2, 2 ¾" Westley Richards and 3 1/4". Also the .450.400 3" Jeffrey (H) .450 Black Powder Express in case lengths of 1 ½", 2 ½", 2 9/16", 2 6/10", 3", 3 1/16" and 3 1/4" (H) .45/125 Winchester (B) .45 Turkish Peabody (also known as the 11.43 x 55R Turkish) (B) .46 Winchester (H) .461 Gibbs No. 1 (H) .461 Gibbs No. 2 (H) .476 Indian Police (H) .48 Morse (H) .490 BSA (H) .50/.58 Morse sleeved (H) .50 Morse (H) .50 Meigs (H) .50-.48 Meigs (H) .50 Peabody (?) (H) .50 Spencer Carbine (H) .50 Springfield Cadet (H) .50-70 Springfield (H) .50 Daw’s Patent 1867 (H) .50 Boxer 1867 (H) .50/50 Maynard (B) .50/70 Maynard (H) .500/.450 Westley Richards No.2 Musket (H) .500-1.5 inch (H) .500-2-25 inch (H) .500-2.5 inch (H) .500-3 inch (H) .500-3.25 inch (H) .500/.450 No.1 Carbine (H) .500/.450 Webley Carbine (H) .500/-450-2.5 inch (H) .500/.450 No.1 Express (H) .500/.450-3 3/8 inch (H) .500/.450-3.5 inch (H) .50 Remington Army Pistol, M1871 (W&M) .50 Remington Navy Pistol, M1867 (W&M) .50 Springfield Pistol, M1869 (W&M) .500 Revolver (W&M) .50/95 Winchester (D) .50-100 Winchester Express (D) .50-110 Winchester Express (D) .50/115 Bullard (B) .50/140 Sharps (B) .52-70 Sharps (H) .54 Morse (H) .55 Morse (H) .55 Gatling (H) .55/100 Maynard (B) .56-56 US Exptl. (H) .577 Selwyn 1865 (H) .577 Daw’s Patent 1867 (H) .577 Snider (H) .577/.450 Martini-Henry (H) .577-2.25 inch (H) .577 2.5 inch (H) .577-2.75 inch (H) .577/.500 No.2 Express (H) .577/.500 Magnum Express (H) .577 Pistol (W&M) .58 Morse (H) .58 US Converted Musket, 1865 (H) .58 Remington Carbine (H) .58 US Berdan System Conversion (11) .58 Tibbals/Roberts 1869 (H) .58 Roberts (H) .60 Chinese Jingal (H) .65 Gatling (H) .69 Morse (H) .75 Gatling (H) .75 Chinese Jingal (H) .80 Gatling (H) 1 inch Nordenfelt-Palmcranz (H) 20 bore/.577 Alex. Henry (H) 2.7mm Kolibri (W&M) 3mm Kolibri (W&M) 4.25mm Liliput (W&M) 5mm Bergmann NO.2 Pistol (W&M) 5mm Charola-Anitua (W&M) 5mm Clement (W&M) 5mm Brun (E&B) 5mm French (E&B) 5mm Pickert (E&B) 5.2mm Pickert revolver (W&M) 5.2mm Mondragon (Hu) 5.2mm x 34R Kronprinz (D) 5.43mm x 26.BR revolver (W&M) 5.5mm Velo-Dog revolver (W&M) 5.6mm x 34R Francotte Carbine (D) 5.6mm x 33 Rook (B) 6mm Beaumont revolver (W&M) 6mm Merveilleux (W&M) 6mm Protector (W&M) 6mm Lee Navy (Hu) 6mm x 58 Gewehrprufungskommission M1897 (also 6 x 58 Forster) 6mm x 58 Forster (B) 6mm x 29.5 Stahl (D) 6.3mm x 21 rimless (W&M) 6.5mm Bergmann No.3 Pistol (W&M) 6.5mm Mannlicher Pistol M.1894 (W&M) 6.5mm Mondragon (Hu) 6.5mm x 27R (D) 6.5mm x 4OR (B) 6.5mm x 48R Sauer (B) 6.5mm Ronezewsky (E&B) 6.6mm x 7OR (D) 6.8mm x 19.6 Revolver (W&M) 6.8mm Schulhof pistol (W&M) 7mm Bar (W&M) 7mm Charola y Anitua (W&M) 7mm French thick rim (W&M) 7mm Galand (W&M) 7mm Revolver (W&M) 7mm CF Walking Stick 7mm Devisme (E&B) 7mm German Target Pistol Cartridges (Nos. 46-49, E&B) 7.25mm Adler (W&M) 7.5mm x 53.5R Rubin (H) 7.5mm x 53.5 Rimless Rubin (H) 7.5mmx 53 Swiss Schmidt Rubin M.1890 (H) 7.53mm x 60R Hebler (H) 7.65mm Frommer M. 1901 (W&M) 7.65mm Roth-Sauer (W&M) 7.7mm Bittner pistol (W&M) 7.7mm x 60R (D) 7.8mm Bergmann No.5 (E&B) 7.8mm x 19R Laumann (referred to in J.HBSA Vol 2 No 6, as above) 8mm German Target Pistol (No. 86, E&B) 8mm Schonberger (W&M) 8mm x 55R Petit Gras (H) 8mm x 58R Petit Gras (H) 8mm x 57R Petit Gras (H) 8mm x 75R Pieri (H) 8mm x 61R Rubin (H) 8mm x 57.5R Rubin (H) 8mm x 57R Spanish Exptl. (H) 8mm x 60R Guedes and Portuguese Kropatschek (H) 8mm Gaulois pistol (W&M) 8mm Bergmann No.1 pistol (D) 8mm x 48R (D) 8mm x 72R (D) 8mm x 48R Sauer (B) 8mm x 58R Sauer (B) 8mm Bergmann No.4 (E&B) 8mm Bergmann No.7 (E&B) 8mm Bergmann-Schmeisser (E&B) 8mm Protector (E&B) 8mm Raphael (E&B) 8mm Schulof (E&B) 8.15mm x 46R (Hu) 8.15mm Mauser Experimental (ECRA) 8.3mm x 53.5R Rubin (H) 8.5mm Mars (E&B) 9mm x 5l.5R Rubin (H) 9mm x 57R Rubin (H) 9mm Devisme (E&B) 9mm Moutier rimless-grooveless (E&B) 9mm French Thick Rim (E&B) 9mm Mars (E&B) 9mm Belgian Nagant (W&M) 9.1mm x 40 Walking Stick 9.3mm x 58R Koeffler (H) 9.3mm x 63.5R Koeffler (H) 9.3mm x 70R (D) 9.3mm x 75R Nimrod (D) 9.3mm x 82R Nimrod (D) 9.3mm x 65R Collath (B) 9.4mm Dutch Revolver (W&M) 9.5mm x 59R Gras Exptl. (H) 9.5mm x 60R Turkish Mauser (H) 9.5mm x 42R (D) 9.5mm x 47R (ECRA) 10mm x 47R (D) 10mm Gaupillat (E&B) 10mm Bergmann (E&B) 10mm Mars (ECRA) 10mm Mauser Short (E&B) 10mm Mauser Long (E&B) 10.15mm x 61R (H) 10.15mm x 63R Serbian mauser (H) 10.15mm x 61R Jarmann (H) 10.16mm x 57R Berdan Exptl. (H) 10.25mm x 69R Hunting-Express (B) 10.3mm x 41R (H) 10.3mm x 65R Baenziger (D) 10.35mm x 47R Italian Vetterli (H) 10.4mm x 56R Swiss (H) 10.4mm x 42R Swiss Vetterli (H) 10.4mm x 38R Martini-Galland (D) 10.4mm Swiss M.1878 (W&M) 10.4mm x 47R Stahl (D) 10.6mm German Ordnance Revolver (W&M) 10.6mm Mauser (W&M) 10.66mm x 57R Russian Berdan (H) 10.66mm x 48R Russian Berdan Carbine (H) 10.7mm x 57R Krag Petersson (H) 10.75mm x 55R (H) 10.8mm x 47 Martini (B) 11mm x 42R (H) 11mm x 45R (H) 11mm x 53 Gevelot (H) 11mm Manceux (H) 11mm x 59R Gras (H) 11mm x 48.5R Gras “Battalion Ecole” (H) 11mm x 50.5R Comblain (H) 11mm x 43R Comblain Carbine (H) 11mm x 70R Mitrailleuse (H) 11mm x 46R (H) 11mm x 50R Egyptian Remington (H) 11mm x 57R Spanish Remington (H) 11mm Devisme (E&B) 11mm French Ordnance Revolver M1870 (Navy) (ECRA) 11mm French Ordnance Revolver M1873 (Army) (W&M) 11 mm Devilliers (W&M) 11.15mm x 42R Austrian Werndl (H) 11.15mm x 36R Austrian Werndl Carbine (H) 11.15mm x 58R Austrian Werndl, Holub (see below) and Mannlicher (H) 11.15mm x 36R Fruhwirth (H) 11.15mm x 60R Mauser (H) 11.15mm x 37R (H) 11.15mm x 60R Japanese Murata (H) 11.5mm x 50R (D) 11.15mm x 58R 11.15mm x 65R (D) 11.15mm x 71R (D) 11.15mm x 52 Walking Stick 11.2mm x 51R Kropatschek-Hessig (D) 11.2mm x 39.6R (D) 11.25mm x 44.5R (H) 11.3mm x 51R Dutch Beaumont (H) 11.35mm Schouboe (Rimmed and Rimless Version) (W&M) 11.4mm x 53R Brazilian Comblain (H) 11.4mm x 44.5R Dutch Gendarmerie Carbine (H) 11.4mm x 57R Spanish Remington (H) 11.43mm x 49R Romanian Peabody (H) 11.43mm x 59R Turkish Peabody-Martini (H) 11.43mm x 41R Peabody Carbine (H) 11.5mm x 50R Austrian Werder (H) 11.5mm x 35R Werder Carbine (H) 11.5mm x 60R (D) 11.53mm Albini-Braendlin (H) 11.6mm x 50R Chilean Comblain (H) 11.7mm x 57R Berdan Exptl. (H) 11.7mm x 41.5R Danish Remington (H) 11.7mm x 45.5R Danish Remington (H) 11.7mm x 51.6R Danish Remington (H) 12mm Perrin Thick Rim (E&B) 12mm Raphael (E&B) 12mm Moutier (E&B) 12mm Pidault & Cordier (E&B) 12.2mm x 70R Mitrailleuse (H) 12.5mm x 60R (D) 12.7mm x 48R (H) 12.7mm x 70R Mitrailleuse (H) 12.8mm x 45R Papal Remington (H) (also known as the 12.7mm x 45R) 13mm x 87R Mitrailleuse (H) 13mm Rochaz-Lindner (H) 13mm x 92 Mauser T-Gew (H) 13.2mm x 32R (H) 14.5mm x 33R Austrian Wanzl (H) 14.5mm x 41R Spanish Berdan (H) 14.66mm x 35R Serbian Peabody (H) 14.7mm x 58R Schneider (H) 15mm revolver (W&M) 15.2mm x 110R Mitrailleuse (H) 15.2mm x 28R (H) 15.24mm x 40R Krnka (H) 16.5mm x 18R Beringer (E&B) 17mm Danish Snider (Hu) 17.5mm x 29R Dutch Snider (Hu) 18mm x 35R Tabatiere (H) 18.84mm x 38R Tabatiere (H) 18.84mm x 57R Wanzl-Albini (H)
Unusual Metropolitan Police Cap Badge Unusual Metropolitan Police Cap Badge This Metropolitan Police issue cap badge dates from the 1980s. It has proper enamel inlay, which is in perfect condition and not the blue enamel paint of a more modern badge. There is no maker's name to the badge, but it has a different means of fixing than is usually seen. On the back of the badge there is both a securing spike and a brass screw device to hold the badge in place. This badge is in mint condition.
Unusual Military Watches - Lemania Centre Second British Army Timepiece ATP Wristwatch During WW2, Lemania supplied a great number of timepieces, mainly stop watches, to the British War Department. They also provided standard Army Timepiece wristwatches, but also a much rarer ATP with a sweeping centre second hand like this one. So, did this watch have a special application? Well perhaps it did. This is the latter type of Lemania watch. If you were to look closely at the movement of this watch and compare it to a Lemania chronograph, you would see that both watches are based on the same raw ebauche. The only difference with the ATP version, is that the mechanism was never fitted out with any of the wheels and levers associated with the more complicated chronograph. The watch is also slightly larger than its subsidiary seconds ATP predecessor. The original vendor of this watch believed that he had obtained the watch from the former WW2 veteran owner of this timepiece. Apparently he had been involved in the dismantling of explosive booby traps, rigged by the German Army, in the face of the advancing allies after D-Day. This information is hearsay, however, if it is correct, this watch may amount to being a very early version of the Longines COSD (Company Ordnance Supply Depot) watch. The acronym COSD was identified by a colleague who was by chance working on an unrelated military project many years ago, involving unidentified COSD markings found on a WW2 issue Ibertson gravity knife and, on a No.4 Lee Enfield rifle. Therefore the COSD mark was confirmed as meaning, Company Ordnance Supply Depot, by virtue of a period printed military glossary of terms. Unfortunately though, access to those records no longer exists and, as for our original veteran owner, there is not information as to what regiment he was was linked to, nor do we know if he ever worked submersed. According to a military manual published in 1944, concerning itself with "Amphibious Landings and Operations," it outlines some of the kit carried by the British equivalent of the Underwater Demolition Teams. One of those items was a wristwatch, known as the COSD. It appeared that it was a standard watch, made special only because it was worn, housed in a waterproof container. Most military watch collectors will of course be familiar with the Longines COSD tuna can waterproof wristwatch, with its sweep second hand and they will know that it was developed for the role of being a demolition/bomb disposal man's watch (the US Equivalent were the UDT - Underwater Demolition Team, later SEALs). Well, those Longines watches were marked COSD, however those timepieces did not require a waterproof container - instead they had their own heavy duty integral watch case. So, could this Lemania ATP be the original COSD that was worn in a waterproof tub on the wrist as per the amphibious operations handbook of 1944? Perhaps one day one of the watch containers will show up, but until then, is this Lemania the missing link? Is it the stop gap between D-Day and the development of the Longines COSD? For more information about the original COSD watch and the frogmen of 1944, see Konrad Knirim's book on "British Military Timepieces." This Lemania watch is in good original condition throughout. The glass looks yellow and is a bit crazed, but that's because it is the original celluloid glass. Nevertheless, the good dial can still be seen and read clearly. The movement is all in working order, but regardless a Premium Service is advised. All in all, this wristwatch is a good opportunity to acquire a rare ATP variant. Watch diameter is 32mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Unusual RIC Police Type .442 Revolver c.1868 The first revolvers approved by the Royal Irish Constabulary were made by Webley in 1868, becoming the revolver of choice for many police forces worldwide. Certainly the design of the RIC model inspired many within the gun trade to produce similar firearms, albeit this Birmingham made revolver might be of slightly earlier manufacture than its competitors. What is noteworthy about this revolver is the rapid take down facility, which allows the cylinder to be removed quickly by depressing the lever at the front of the frame. This made the task of routine field stripping more efficient and saw the cylinder axis pin being used as the main extractor, however the real benefit of this system was that it added an optional ejector rod that was screwed into the butt. Although a somewhat curious provision, this layout made the optional rod accessible during a live firing situation, which despite sounding like a dubious feature, was meant to be a potential lifesaver. Basically, if it ever became necessary for a constable to perform a tactical 'top-up' reload during a multiple assailant confrontation, his ability to maintain fire would not be affected to the same extent as it would be if using a standard swinging ejector rod revolver. Both these innovative features seen here are actually found on later Webley No. 3 RIC revolvers, which were issued to the Queensland Government. Chambered for the manstopping .442 cartridge, this solid frame revolver bears the Newcastle retailer's name of, 'W. R. Park.' It is presented in original aged condition, with pleasing mottled appearance, a good bore and very good working order. The presence of extended cylinder stops on this revolver, are also an indication of early design. An interesting and innovative revolver for the collector.
Unwin & Rodgers "Life Preserver" Pistol Knife, c.1861 The Sheffield cutler Philip Unwin & James Rodgers, are probably best known for their pocket knife pistol combos, which were first offered in around 1839, with percussion ignition. Their catalogue of that year also advertised a range of other self-defence blades, and the company described their wares as, "Life And Property Preservers." The makers also claimed that their pistol knives were effective out to a distance of 50 yards! Interestingly, this firm of cutlers are also known to have supplied other small percussion calibre revolvers, specialising in highly pocketable models - At least one of which was of Webley Bentley design. This version of the Unwin & Rodgers knife pistol variant is both solid and well-built. As a breech loader chambered for a diminutive .28 Rimfire cartridge, it was first patented in 1861 and as such, bears the designer's details on the nickel barrel. Overall, this example is in very good condition, showing minor handling wear and no significant damage. Even the horn grip scales are crack free, although they do have a tiny chip at the bottom edge of the left butt scale. Mechanically in working order, the action has a very strong spring and excellent smoothbore. The pistol also features a drop down trigger that falls automatically when the hammer is cocked and the existence of a small butt trap to hold a few spare cartridges, is a convenient touch. All marking is good and clear and the knife blades are equally stamped. These blades have a sharp edge, which has been well maintained - With nothing awful to note. A good example for the collector and priced to sell. Barrel length = 3.5 inches Overall length = 6 inches
US 7th Cavalry - Cowboy Western Film Prop c.1960 This item was recently acquired as a ex 'Hollywood' film prop: The brass buckle dates from the late 1950s or early 60s, having been picked up by the previous vendor when he was a 12 - 14 year old. It is understood that just the buckle was found on a film set during the making of a cowboy western, whilst the leather belt part was added by his father - apparently the strap was his dad's military issue belt. It has been firmly riveted to the buckle and the whole outfit is clearly old, yet is still in excellent useable condition. It is not a modern reproduction, nor is it a Civil War item. The belt will accommodate a waist of up to 35 inches… so it's around a medium size. There are no holes in the leather and the strap has to be put through the buckle as shown in the fourth image, holding securely. No bad stains, just some slight spotting to the inside of the leather that should clean and no dry areas. The brass does have some light scratches and slight discolouration. Overall a nice item.
US Army General Service Wristwatch By Waltham, c.1942 This is a Waltham US Army issue wristwatch from WW2, which is a relatively scarce timepiece as military wristwatches were more of a priority for airforce issue. Instead, the army had to accept a smaller ratio of wristwatches, with the rest of their quota of timepieces being made up of pocket watches. Although not rare, there is a disproportionately lower number of General Service US Army wristwatches in existence. This example is in original and good condition, complete with military Ordnance Department marks to the rear of the excellent case. The watch is currently on a modern leather strap, which allows it to be worn. Offered in working order, the watch is keeping time and looks good with no significant wear - just some light age related discolouration to the dial. A Premium Service watch facility is available with 12 month warranty.
US Army M1836 Flintlock Pistol By A. Waters Regarded by the military as a fine 54 bore single shot muzzle loader, the Model 1836 was to be the last flintlock to be issued to the US Army. Around 41,000 of these pistols were made by Asa Waters of Millbury Massachusetts, becoming the standard issue pistol during the Mexican War. Most were later converted to percussion ignition, so to find an early example as this one is, in unmodified condition, is a rarity. Most of the conversions ended up in storage and when the Civil War broke out, many were taken from the southern State arsenals by the Confederacy. It is also suspected that many of the M1836 pistols went on to serve with the navy, used as boarding pistols filled with shot. This original example offered here is in good condition and bears the early date of "1837" on the lock plate. Some service wear is evident, but the pistol remains in solid condition and working order. The sighted barrel has the vestiges of markings towards the breach, but they are worn, nevertheless these indicate military heritage. A "K" sub inspector's mark is still clearly visible forward of the trigger guard, as is an "H" mark stamped beneath the brass pan. Generally presented in unmolested condition, this flintlock has good age patina with some minor pitting to the ironwork. Whilst the half stock has an old armoury repair to the butt, it nevertheless is solid and displays very well. Overall a good robust example in sleepy condition. Barrel length = 8½ inches Overall length = 14½ inches
USN Military Watches - US Navy Longines Torpedo Boat Deck Watch In 1907 when Longines was first contracted by the US Bureau of Equipment to supply deck watches, several types were submitted for evaluation. The specification called for a large 21 jewel, quick motion lever escapement. All the watches came in silver cases, measuring 68mm in diameter as standard. The very best examples had the calibre 24.99 movements. Next, every deck watch had to be assessed over a 2 week period and only then, the cost for each watch was determined by its accuracy level, determined by the results of the test. The US Naval Observatory themselves conducted the evaluation and paid out as much as $150 a piece for the very best Longines timekeepers. This for Longines, marked the start of a long association with the US Navy and over the next few years, they submitted several different models with a number of refinements, for testing. Although today these watches are generally referred to as "deck watches," the nomenclature according to the US Navy, termed these oversize pocket watches as, Torpedo Boat Watches. During their tests, the US Navy found that the best TBWs outperformed many of the larger, delicate detent chronometers, when placed in service on the smaller and faster moving motor torpedo patrol boats. By their very nature, these watches were less susceptible to the effects of sea and wave action, unlike the gimballed chronometers. This made these Longines watches eminently suitable for their role - A number of them were purchased, as this one was in 1910. Some were engraved with the 'US Navy' mark and issue number. As war loomed over Europe, the US Navy sent a supply of Longines watches to the Royal Navy, where they saw active service. Many of those that came to England in that first year, were unmarked or simply had a hand painted Broad Arrow emblem, crudely applied to the dial. By now, the US Navy had become alarmed at the slow progress being made in locating sufficient navigational timepieces for their own fleet. Consequently, there was a shift in thinking and the earlier higher specifications were altered. From here on, 17 jewel watches would be permitted for naval trials, timed to 5 positions. This time the purchase price for the 17 jewel timepieces worked out to be as little as $75: It just goes to demonstrate how the cost of a watch falls when it is not subjected to the extra refinements of the earlier 21 Jewel chronometer rated watches. Presented in excellent and 100% original condition, this watch is as good as they come. No dents or dings, just light evidence of service wear, a perfect crystal, tight hinges and bow. The watch also features an enamel dial that is seldom seen this clean, with only a tiny chip to the centre and no underlying metal is seen. Perfect original blued steel hands are all in mint condition. Whilst inside, the 24.99 calibre movement with its maximum 8 Adjustments, looks to be in excellent near factory fresh condition. What's more, the movement in this watch has an autonomy of 50 hours, whilst most deck watches run 36 hours. All working well and keeping time, nevertheless the Premium Service is recommended. This watch is a superb example that will be difficult to improve upon, with matching numbers throughout the watch too. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
Utilitarian Back-Action Pistol By Barnett c.1845 Originally Barnett was established as a London gunsmiths in 1796, working from 134 Minories. By 1811 he was joined by his sons, who together worked under the company name of Thomas Barnett & Sons, continuing as such until 1832 when it was renamed by one of the principal sons to, Barnett & Sons. Most notably the premises associated with the family at this time were; 37 Camomile Street, Brewhouse Lane and Duncan Street. By the mid 1800s, the company was owned by John Edward Barnett, who traded under his name. Other records also identify a J.E. Barnett & Sons, working from Duncan Street in the early years of the 20th Century. This utilitarian back-action percussion pistol was made by Barnett c.1845, most probably for a civilian authority. Being a very plain percussion overcoat pistol of around .50" calibre and devoid of any extraneous decoration, this gun likely served as a personal protection pistol for an official or guard; however, apart from proof marks and the maker's details to the lock, there are no known details about this unusual pistol's history. Presented in very good condition, this robust pistol with its 6" barrel and captive ramrod, is in full working order with strong springs. All original ironwork has aged to a dark patina and the woodwork is also in unmolested condition, featuring a flared grip to aid retention. All in all, a very good example of a utility pistol.
Very Rare Metropolitan Police Service MPS Marked Whistle Of course the whistle maker Hudsons had, since the early 1880s, been producing whistles for the police constabularies. From 1884, all Met whistles had been stamped up, with "Metropolitan Police" property marks and numbers. This continued to be the case, up until the 1950s. The practise stopped after that, simply for financial reasons. Of course, any new police recruit that joins today, is still issued with a whistle, but that is more ceremonial than for any serious intended use. In 1988 the Metropolitan Police wanted, or perhaps needed, to change its perceived image. No longer did the hierarchy want the police to be viewed as a "Force," rather the police were from hereon to be known as a "Police Service." To mark this change in their approach to the public, there was much media coverage. Things were changing. Perhaps the most outwardly obvious change was to the Metropolitan Police Force crest. Out went the heraldic imagery of the crowned coat of arms resting on the pavement stones of London's streets, and in came the revamped and much simplified version bearing the new name, "Metropolitan Police Service." To promote the new ethos to the recruits, in 1988 Hudsons proposed to make a small batch of whistles for the Met, bearing the initials, "MPS." The idea never caught on, as the service was already being criticised for over spending on the marketing and launch of their new image. So only a very small number of these whistles exist. They may well be amongst the rarest of the police whistles to have been manufactured for the Metropolitan Police. Here is one of those very rare variants, which is from the 1980s and roll stamped by Hudsons, "MPS," on he tube body. Offered in mint, unissued condition.
Victorian & WW1 Military - Miniature Compass Collection This is a collection of 8 useful, new old stock compasses dating from the late Victorian era, through to WW1. Compasses such as these were fitted into Vesta cases, watch fobs, charms, cane tops and many other devices and accoutrements. The compasses are a mixed lot of assorted sizes with minor variations between them however; the smallest compass measures 12mm across the base and 13mm across the top flange; the mid sized ones measure 15mm in base diameter, whilst the largest see-through types are 22mm. All compasses appear to be working and are presented in unused, vintage condition.
Victorian .38/44 S&W Cartridge Reloading Tool A scarce tool used for the reloading of the .38/44 Smith & Wesson cartridge. The tool was made by the Ideal Manufacturing Company and is complete with an integral bullet mould, primer capper and bullet seating device. The tool dates from the Victorian era and is marked with a Patent date from 1884. This tool is original and unpolished, retaining much original nickel finish.
Victorian Brass "The Metropolitan" Police Pattern Whistle c.1885 This is a genuine Hudson & Co. whistle as used by the British police since the 1880's. Handmade from brass, this solid whistle is in great used condition, free from dents and showing a light age patina. Made originally in 1885 as indicated by the company's early factory address (131 Barr Street) in the body of the whistle, this whistle is still in loud working order. Overall, a good and very usable example.
Victorian British Army Button Whistle, c.1875 This is a rare pea whistle officially made from a pair of Victorian British Army tunic buttons, c.1875. Being of quality construction and having a nickel plated finish, this whistle would most likely have been made by the Birmingham firm of Hudson, who were a prolific brass and sheet metal manufacturer. Their work involved making items such as buttons and whistles, much of which was for government contract. At this time in their history, the firm was not yet fully automated and much of their work was done by hand. The whistle itself in in excellent condition, bearing the words in French, "Dieu Et Mon Droit," meaning "God and my right" or sometimes translated into, "My divine right." It is said that this legend was first used by Richard I, as a battle cry, but was later taken as an official royal motto by King Henry V of England. Surmounted by the Queen Victoria's Crown, the whistle buttons typically have the rampant lion and unicorn guarding the royal shield, which is bordered by garter bearing the words, "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense," - "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it." Presented in excellent condition with just minor age wear, the whistle has solid seems without any sign of repair, all in full working order.
Victorian City Of London Police Truncheon c.1860 In 1838 the City of London had a Day Police and Nightly Watch of 500, but this was reorganised in 1839 and the force became known as the City of London Police - Daniel Whittle Harvey was appointed their Commissioner. Constables were expected to live in the City, but with low wages most could just about afford to live in the poorest areas, where the majority of the villains on their beat likely resided as well. Initially the earlier watch houses that existed, had to be used as police stations and the City was divided into six divisions. Each division had its own station with the City's first police station being constructed on No. 2 Division. That station had been converted from a pub called the Greyhound, opposite the Henry VIII gateway of St. Bartholomew's hospital. The stick offered here is in excellent condition. It must have once belonged to a Constable from the City of London's No.2 Division and is marked as such on the truncheon, as well as bearing the the VR Qunne's Crown and City Coat of Arms shield. A great Victorian item with no damage.
Victorian Customs Officer's Briarwood Rummage 'Sword Stick' Dating from mid Victorian times, this Customs Officer's rummage 'sword stick' would have been used as a probe to search for contraband. Searches were routine, either at a harbour, or even at sea with vessels being intercepted by Revenue Cutters. As smugglers worked to evade the payment of excise to maximise their illegal profit, the work of the Customs and Revenue Officers was often dangerous, so the benefit of carrying one of these sword sticks was of course twofold. Measuring 36.5 inches in overall length, this briarwood sword stick is signed by the government supplier, "Mole of Birmingham." Generally it is in good condition, having retained its original steel and brass fittings, with both the handle and shaft coming together firmly with no rattling parts. The 29 inch square section blade is also in good order, but as it tapers down towards its point there are signs of pitting. Externally, the naturally gnarled and ribbed wood shows typical signs of use and age wear, yet this sword stick is solid and would make an attractive addition to a collection.
Victorian General Post Office Button Whistle c.1865 Being loud and convenient to carry, pea whistles became indispensable items of equipment, which were carried by a multitude of individuals. This brass and steel button whistle was part of an official contract, which was likely fulfilled by the Birmingham company of Hudsons on behalf of the General Post Office. Made in the 1860s, this whistle is in good and loud working order, however it does exhibit some signs of service wear but no dents. There is also an over-soldered repair in the area of the chain ring, which could be tidied up. A rare find.
Victorian Gentleman's Horn Pocket Loupe A horn pocket loupe that would have been carried by a Victorian gentleman, who enjoyed the pursuits of nature trails. As such, this tool would have been a companion in woodland or, on any nature ramble. Used to view close-up the world around him, the loupe could be used with either of the two magnifying lenses, or, the two lenses could be used in tandem with the iris, to focus close on the detail of flora or fauna. Presented in excellent condition, the lenses are in perfect order, with just minor service wear to the horn casing. Length Closed = 6 cm Length Extended = 9 cm
Victorian Hudson "The Metropolitan" Police Whistle c.1885 This whistle was handmade in 1885, one year after the pattern was approved for issue by the Metropolitan Police. However, this example was likely a commercial example, as most constabulary whistles bore the name of the Police Force. Made from solid nickel silver, this example is presented in totally original and in very good condition being basically dent free but showing some sign of pocket carry, with a nice even age patina. It is in full working order. Typically whistles were carried by ladies and gentlemen in the crowded cities where there was an anticipation of help arriving quickly in the event of an attack.
Victorian Metropolitan Police Truncheon c.1870 This Victorian Metropolitan Police truncheon was made by Field, who was part of the Parker Field generation of gunmakers, running their business from premises at 233 High Holborn, between 1842 to 1877. This truncheon is in excellent original condition throughout, retaining its vivid colours and much gilt finish, showing just minor signs of service wear. A difficult item to improve upon.
Victorian Military Prismatic Compass c.1890 A large military pattern prismatic compass, offered complete with its original brass protective lid and leather carry case. The compass measures approximately 75mm in diameter and appears to be in excellent condition, showing only light signs of service wear and no damage. On the leather case there is the stamped number 133 and no other marking. All in all, this is a great looking prismatic compass that is in full working order.
Victorian Police Constable's Truncheon, c.1835 Made and signed by William Parker, this early New Police truncheon is in very good and original condition. It shows general service wear and some scrapes to the painted surface, but the colours are nevertheless bright and vivid, depicting the Queen's Crown over VR, and the rank of "Constable." All maker's stamps are clear and the stick retains a fragment of the leather strap on the ribbed handle.
Victorian Police Leather Truncheon Case A scarce police issue truncheon case to accommodate a standard 15 inch stick as shown (stick not included). Made of thick black leather, this truncheon case has had its belt loop removed, but all the other stitching is solid and remains intact. Otherwise, the case shows general signs of age related wear, yet it is still serviceable. Interestingly, the case is numbered "A372." A Victorian police item in useable condition.
Victorian Railway Guard's Carriage Key c.1880 Just as they do today, in the Victorian era railway guards also carried square sectioned keys to open and lock an assortment of train carriage doors. This particular example is an iron key, measuring approximately 3.5 inches in length. The squared section is on a taper which allows the key to multi fit a variety of locks from a quarter inch up to about half. The attachment ring itself is quite substantial as this needed to be used as a handle to gain the necessary leverage for some of the more stubborn doors. All in all, this is an interesting piece of railwayman in lovely aged condition with good dark patina.
Victorian Railway Police Truncheon c.1845 This is a good example of a constabulary truncheon, of a type associated with the Railway Police of the early Victorian era. These truncheons were distinguished in so much as they were usually painted red along much of the stick's length, as this one is; (see Policeman's Lot by Mervyn A. Mitton). As the steam railway expanded rapidly across the United Kingdom, the first railway laws were enacted in 1838 giving powers to the police to protect the safety of the public. To that end men were recruited to visibly work alongside the railway, wearing a top hat and tunic uniform, much like that worn by the New Police. However, the railway police was not so much interested in crime, but rather the need to ensure that the locomotives ran with due regard for public safety - although to be fair, many of them were sworn constables too. The Railway Police worked around the junctions and signals, possibly giving rise for the need of a red baton, in lieu of a red flag. Still, in more modern times railway staff employed in trackside signal boxes were still referred to as "Bobbies." The truncheon was also useful when dealing with the many navies and drunks that frequented the early railways. Overall a good truncheon with much original finish, bearing the Queen's Crown over V.R. No repairs, but there are some knocks and small splits to the base of the hand grip; these do not affect the main body which is solid. Also, there are no maker's marks present, but the number "82" is stamped midway on the stick.
Victorian Special Constable's Police Truncheon, c.1835 A plainer William Parker police truncheon, typical of the less elaborately decorated versions issued to the Special Constabulary, c.1835. Presented in very good condition, with minor service wear and marks to finish, the body of the truncheon is mainly of a flat black finish, with the "VR" monogram and "Special Constable" rank being depicted in gilt. Good clear stamps to base of ribbed handle.
Victorian Wood & Brass Tipstaff c.1840 An attractive round bodied tipstaff, with a turned wooden handle, ribbed and holed for a lanyard. Towards the top of the shaft is a hand painted V.R., surmounted by a cast Queen's Crown, measuring 1.25 inches at its widest. Showing slight signs of wear, commensurate with carry and service use. A good collector example, with much original varnish and no splits to the wood. Total length = 9 inches
Vintage Brass & Wood Model - Bloomfield Naval Cannon This well made model of a naval style cannon is of some age, apparently having been handmade, c.1960. The model is very detailed, being based on the Bloomfield design of the 18th century and features a cast brass or bronze barrel, which has not been bored through. Other period elements include; reinforcing rings, a raised vent field, a looped cascabel and working hinged cap squares, all in all making this a well executed piece. All metal parts have a dark patina and the iron components have oxidised to an attractive colour. The dark wood truck is complete with a wedge and pinned wheels, with some aspects showing minor signs of previous repair. An interesting and detailed vintage model cannon. Barrel length = 7 inches Overall length = 7.5 inches
Vintage Bullet Starter - Muzzle Loading Tool A vintage and probably homemade, bullet starter. Made from brass with a cone rammer, hollowed to seat a lead ball which would be no smaller than about 54 Bore, but would work equally as well with a larger ball. With some slight wear and minor chipping to the Bakerlite(?) type handle, the tool remains in serviceable condition.
Vintage English 12 Bore Reloading Tool c.1880 This is a particularly good table top 12 bore shotgun reloading tool, made in the manner of Hawksley or Dixon. It is in working condition, retaining much of its original green painted finish to its cast and wooden handle. The two brass pillars will both prime and decap shotgun cartridges with the aid of the integral central mounted arm. Although not maker marked, this is a good quality item in very good condition.
Vintage Super Compressor Professional Diver's Watch The "Super Compressor" is an iconic diver's watch designed in the 1960s. Its waterproofing capabilities were achieved by means of a unique design, invented by Ervin Piquerez, whose Swiss watch case company, EPSA, then sold them on to several prestigious watch houses including, Longines and their historically linked partner, Wittnauer: The compressor case ensured water resistance through its clever construction, whereby a specially sprung screw down back applied uniform pressure to the case gasket. This authentic military inspired Wittnauer Super Compressor appears to be in totally original condition, which includes the special twin crowns that operate the time setting and a useful inner rotating bezel. Overall, it is presented in very good order and its automatic movement is keeping time. However, the Premium Service is nevertheless recommended to protect your investment, of what collectors agree to be a fast appreciating classic watch. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Vintage Wood & Brass Howitzer Cannon Model This is a good desk sized model cannon, depicting a 19th century Howitzer. It was scratch built in the 1960s by an amateur model maker, who only part bored the barrel and covered over the vent [touch hole] as shown. So, although it has a substantial brass barrel, it has never been a Section 1 cannon and can therefore be owned as an ornament without certification. Measuring 10 inches overall, the 7 inch barrel has been turned from solid with a muzzle diameter of 1 inch, with the bore size measuring down to approximately 120. Overall the model is of good appearance without damage, made from a mix of wood, copper and brass detailing including, a working elevator, hinged and pegged cap squares, tamper and wooden water bucket. The copper rimmed wheels have been over painted, but nevertheless everything looks to be presentable. A good looking cannon.
Vintage WW1 Era Pocket Compass Probably of German manufacture, this good quality pocket compass dates to the WW1 era. Measuring 57mm in diameter, the compass is offered in excellent condition throughout, retaining most of the original nickel finish. Benefitting from having a damper and lock in the side of the case, plus an internal rotatable pointer, this compass is still in working order. A very nice example, hand marked to the edge with what appears to be a name, "LOUP MALIN."
Volunteer Regiment Heavy Cavalry Flintlock, c.1800 A very good private purchase example of a regulation 1796 Heavy Cavalry flintlock, made by Spencer. These large pattern musket bore flintlocks were traditionally issued to dragoons, which in this instance would have been in the service of a volunteer regiment. The pistol has also been struck with an armoury rack number, "33," just back from the barrel tang. Presented in superb cosmetic condition, with a good age darkened patina to the large radiused lock, this flintlock is all fully functioning. The furniture is also tidy and displays well, despite a split in the ramrod channel. All woodwork is present and holding firm. Overall an attractive and iconic military flintlock. Barrel length = 9 inches Overall length = 16 inches
W Richards 13 Bore Percussion Pistol
W&J Rigby Pocket Protective Services Pistol, c.1825 W&J Rigby supplied a variety of utilitarian style firearms to many Irish government organisations that existed in the 19th Century. This predominantly amounted to military and militia units, but also went on to include many other 'Protective Services,' with their largest client becoming the New Police. However, as this genre of pistol was generally unmarked to any particular law enforcement agency, most remain unattributed. Although if we were to make a list of potential end users, possible contenders could easily include the Preventive Water Guard, Prison Services, Revenue Police or Mail Inspectors, just to name some of the more obvious - regardless, the police remain the main benefactor of these arms. Even though these pistols were rarely adorned with owner's details, their form and basic no frills construction is very indicative of an official issue pistol. With its "Dublin" marked barrel, this percussion pistol was equipped in service with a drum and nipple arrangement, providing the ability to take percussion caps. Presented in working order, with much original finish, this coat pocket pistol shows little sign of any actual use, exhibiting just light signs of wear with minor abrasions to the woodwork, together with a small loss at the base, towards the tail of the lock - but no cracks. All in all, an interesting pocket pistol once carried by a Law Enforcement agent. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 8.5 inches
W. Parker Carbine Bore Belt Pistol c.1840 This good 16 bore percussion belt pistol, is a superb example of William Parker's gun making skill. Made circa 1840, the pistol has been profusely engraved over the box lock and top tang, with the maker's details and address being clear to the top rib of the twist barrel. Cosmetically the pistol is very good, with generous amounts of original barrel brown colour, case hardening and charcoal bluing throughout. A strong working action, swivelling rammer and percussion cap compartment within the butt, indicate that this was likely a military man's pistol, firing the same calibre ball as his rifle. A solid and fine quality pistol. Barrel length - 5 inches Overall length - 10.5 inches
W. Parker Coast Guard & Police Pistol c.1840 This is a good Coast Guard percussion pistol by William Parker, dating from c.1840. It is offered complete with an original holster, suggesting that its use may not have been a strictly maritime concern. The holster is marked 'LMP,' which may indicate service with a Mounted Police authority - possibly Lancashire. The design of this holster allows this pistol to be carried whilst riding horse back. Certainly mounted patrols have always been used by those in authority, giving access to outlying areas and enabling the pursuit of criminals who might otherwise evade the law. Away from the cities civil unrest was growing, compelling the work of the rural constabulary to be regarded as 'especially dangerous.' That is why so many mounted constables patrolled armed with a brace of pistols and a sword. This percussion pistol impressed "W. Parker" in the woodwork, is for all other intents, a Board of Ordnance marked Coastguard pattern pistol, which has had its belt hook removed to permit holster carry: This was officially sanctioned in antiquity and the screw hole left by the hook has been neatly plugged. Nevertheless, this pistol is in overall good solid condition and working order, bearing a number of inspectors' crown stamps to the wood and proof marks. All furniture is good and the iron work has light vestiges of patina and some age wear. A good and rare pistol outfit.
W. Parker Constabulary Style Great Coat Percussion Pistol, c.1840 William Parker was a supplier of flintlock and percussion pistols to the constabularies. They were also the official gunmaker to the Metropolitan Police. Although he had been supplying the Bow Street Public Office with pistols since the early 1800s, it should also be noted that Parker was a gunmaker to the King and, supplier of pistols to the public from his premises in Holborn. This attractive and well proportioned traveling or great coat pistol, fires a ball of around .50 calibre and dates to c.1840. It features a heavy octagonal twist barrel and fixed sights, retaining a good amount of original finish throughout. The wood furniture has some abrasions and bumps as is normal for a pistol of this type, and also has a silver escutcheon to the butt. The pistol offered is of the same finish, with scroll and leaf engraving to the lock, hammer and trigger guard, as has been encountered on previous police marked examples and also retains much of the original blue finish - however the ramrod is a quality replacement. Overall this pistol is a solid and clean example, presented in good condition, with just minor bumps and bruises to the woodwork.
W.W.W. Military Watches - Wrist Watch Waterproof - Army Issue WWW Omega Wristwatch Based on official Omega records this military watch's serial number, which is in the region of 10.2 million, dates the production of this army issue watch to 1944. So, the Omega range of WWWs were possibly amongst the earliest of this genre of watch, to be issued to the British Army from the late 40s and through the 50's. In fact, as this watch has been in the one family since it was issued, it has retained a modicum of historic hearsay. As such, it is believed to have served with a member of the Royal Armoured Corps. From there, it was handed down the family line before arriving with a great nephew... who sadly, has not recalled the name of the original owner. Throughout its time, the watch has remained in unspoilt condition. The movement looks to be unmolested and is presented in immaculate order, albeit to keep it that way, the Premium Service is recommended. As is, the only sign of heavy handed application is to the luminous paint that has been coated onto the hands. During the Premium Service, if requested, the original factory hands could be redone to provide a more authentic appearance. That aside, this Omega watch is in remarkably good order throughout. Watch diameter is 34mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
W.W.W. Military Watches - Wrist Watch Waterproof WWW Military Issue Eterna Wristwatch Eterna is one of just twelve watch companies to have received a contract to supply the War Department with military wristwatches, towards the end of WW2 and into the 1950s. These robustly designed Eterna WWW military watches are amongst the most sought after examples to have been supplied to soldiers. This was due not only to the quality and design of the movement, but also to the fact that Eterna is one of only a few military watch manufacturers to have used steel in the manufacture of their cases. The classic lines and pedigree of the scarce Eterna WWW military wristwatch, have seen these timepieces grow in value over the past few years. Showing only light signs of service wear, this watch would benefit from the Premium Service, to freshen the overall appearance of this otherwise totally original military timepiece. Watch diameter is 36mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
W.W.W. Watch Waterproof Wristlet - Army Issue Vertex This military Vertex W.W.W. watch is in superb condition throughout and it retains virtually all its original finish. Overall it is one of the best examples of this watch on the market today, showing only light sign of service wear. Internally the movement looks near factory fresh and is in full working order, keeping time. Sold complete with new NATO watch strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Waltham Pocket Watch Movement, Transport or Salesman's Case It was standard practice for the American Watch Companies to supply watch movements only to the jewellery trade; that is, without watch cases. A customer would then select a movement that met their demands and next, they would choose one of the many contemporary cases that the jeweller could offer, usually choosing one which reflected the status and financial means of the client. Today these transport cases are often referred to as 'Salesman Cases.' They are quite scarce and make a great alternative for showing off a quality movement, allowing it to be admired from both sides. Made in c.1900, this Waltham signed glazed inner container will hold any regular 16 size movement and comes equipped with an integral winder. Altogether this is held within an outer Waltham marked metal box - All in perfect original vintage condition.
War Department Military Watches - Ehrhardt 8-Day Mark IV Royal Flying Corps Watch Ehrhardt was one of the earliest suppliers of these Royal Flying Corps instrument panel watches. Designated as the Mark IV, this watch dates to c.1914. It served at a time in the history of the RFC, when the War Department had authority over them. Furthermore, Mark IV watches can be found with both black dial and white dial versions, before the black became the standard spec. This was to do with the greater contrast and therefore better dial visibility in poor light. Furthermore, fewer luminous examples exist - most were marked "Non Luminous." This was simply down to the durability of the early luminous paints that were used, as they were brittle and could crumble easily, necessitating a likelihood that the watch would be taken out of action, as the debris created needed to be cleaned away by a watchmaker, lest it enter the delicate movement. Yet, luminous watches were in demand for night time applications. This RFC watch is further made interesting by the unusual fact of having a blackened steel case. As can be seen, the exterior finish is evenly worn, but the inner case covers retain all the original finish. The meaning of the "Sth" marking is yet to be determined, but it has been recorded on multiple examples of RFC watch suggesting that the abbreviation was a common practice. The original glass has several scratches to the surface, but the glass is not cracked or broken. Internally the movement is in good working order, running for 8 days between winding. However, the Premium Service should be considered to clean the dial from flaking paint debris. With modern technology, this paint can be replaced with an inert substance as part of the service, at buyer's request. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Watch, Wristlet, Waterproof - British Military Issue Timor c.1950 Timor was one of 12 manufacturers to be awarded contracts for the supply of wristwatches to the British Armed Forces after WW2. In fact, the same group of watch companies had already supplied the British armed forces since WW2, or earlier. Now, with updated specifications and designated as the military as the WWW, the new waterproof watches were superior to any other general service wristwatch that had been previously issued. Perhaps the brand-name Timor may not be very well known outside of the circles of watch connoisseurs, but their military watches show innovations not usually found among the other WWW marks. These robust watches measuring 35mm in diameter (39mm with the crown), features a special watch movement which, whilst based on the A. Schild 1203 calibre and widely used in the civil watch industry, Timor had their watchmakers rework the ebauche to create a modified version especially for military use - They called it their Calibre 6060. It was time adjusted in 4 positions to create an enhanced ability to keep accurate time in a variety of different situations and the standard hairspring was replaced with a Breguet over-coil. The movement was then protected by a separate dust shield and the whole sealed in a waterproof casing (water tightness no longer guaranteed). Presented in excellent original condition, this watch is working well and has retained most of its original finish, exhibiting just light signs of service wear. All in all, it is a collector grade example to be proud of, complete with new NATO strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WD British Army Issue Powder Flask By J. Dixon, c.1855 Between 1855 - 1865, Ordnance received a supply of 7,700 54 bore Beaumont Adams percussion revolvers, together with flasks and accoutrements. However, in 1869 the majority were converted to cartridge firing, which makes these WD issue powder flasks very rare indeed as most were scrapped. Made by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield, this bag shaped flask shows honest signs of campaign and service wear, yet it is still very useable with no splits. Top unscrews and the nozzle is calibrated to deliver gun powder at increments of, 3, 4 or 5, eighths of a dram. Age patina and discolouring of metal components evident, but a pleasing appearance overall. Overall length = 5.5 inches (including the end ring)
WD Issue Beaumont Adams Percussion Revolver, c.1855 A genuine War Department Ordnance contract 54 bore Beaumont Adams percussion revolver, made and signed by the London Armoury Company. Only around 5000 of these revolvers were made by the LAC, with the majority of them being later converted to take the .450 centre fire cartridge. So, to find one that has not been re-chambered, is rare. With much of its original finish remaining, this Beaumont Adams revolver has crisp WD and broad arrow marks, as well as a crown inspector's stamp on the grip. Basically this revolver is in a very good state of preservation for an ordnance issue weapon. With good lock up and correct indexing, the revolver works well in both single and double action modes and all springs are strong. Even the bore and chambers show little sign of actual use, with the nipples being generally in very good order. Interestingly though, this military revolver has been armoury adapted to accommodate a butt stock. This work was done in antiquity and has not affected the military marks on the grip. All inscriptions and proof stamps are visible, with some general service and storage wear being evident. It is of course unusual to find any British martially marked revolvers from this period, as officers were expected to purchase their own. However, it was the NCO's that were supplied with these, brought in for the Crimean War. Barrel length = 5.5 inches Overall length = 12.5 inches
Webley Bentley 80 Bore "Safety" Revolver, c.1861 This is an archetypal revolver of the Webley Bentley design, probably made after Joseph Bentley allowed his patent for a double action percussion revolver, to lapse in 1861. When this occurred, other gunmakers were allowed to produce similar revolvers, often incorporating their own upgrades to the original design. By way of improvement, this example features a safety mechanism, designed by Bentley to keep the hammer clear of the nipple. Overall this 80 bore revolver is in excellent condition, retaining much original blue finish and sharp details throughout. All functions operate as they should, with solid lock up and smooth cylinder rotation. Perfect grips and some engraved adornment remain clear and the whole pistol shows little sign of use. Unusually this revolver is unattributed with no maker's details, but does have Birmingham proofs. A great example that has the curious, but well designed, wing nut securing bolt. Barrel length = 5 inches Overall length =
Webley Bentley 90 Bore Revolver, By G. Maleham, c.1861 This is an archetypal revolver of the Webley Bentley design, probably made after Joseph Bentley allowed his patent for a double action percussion revolver, to lapse in 1861. This then allowed other makers to produce similar revolvers, often incorporating their own upgrades to the original design. Marked on the back strap, "Improved Pattent," this Bentley revolver was in fact made by George Maleham, who operated a business as a gunmaker and ironmonger, from his premises at 5 West Bar, Sheffield, working there from 1830, until his death in 1873. Overall this is a very good 5 shot, double action only, spurless revolver of about 90 Bore. Cosmetically it retains a good amount of original blued finish, mainly around the barrel, whilst overall the metal work and grips all remain sharp and damage free, with nicely executed engraved decoration. Likewise the revolver is free from any rough pitting, or other abuse and is offered in full and proper working order, with good springs throughout. Additionally the bore and chambers are all in good condition. A scarce British revolver for the collector. Barrel length = 4.25 inches Overall length = 10 inches
Webley British Bulldog .442 Revolver If Sherlock Holmes or Dr Watson, or for that matter any other detective required a revolver for self protection, what better choice could there be than pocketing a Webley No. 2 British Bulldog? It was after all a high quality dependable man stopper. This is a very desirable collector's piece in very good cosmetic condition and working order, chambered for the obsolete .442 cartridge - So no licence is required as long as no ammunition is held. Retailed in France by Gastinne Renette of Paris, this revolver has been well looked after, whereby it has retained its sharp contours and much faded blue finish, with the rest turning to a pleasant russet colour, with some light surface salt and pepper marking. Bore and chambers are all likewise very good. All functions operate smoothly with good strong spring and positive indexing of the cylinders. Overall, a superb addition to a Webley collection.
Webley Bulldog .442 Pocket Revolver The Webley Bulldog has been a favourite pocket companion for many civilian and professional persons the world over, appearing in several different forms since its initial conception in 1872. Made by Philip Webley & Son, this revolver is a classic British proofed Bulldog, characterised by its distinctive compact solid frame design, short barrel and man stopping .442 calibre. It is offered in perfect working order with a large amount of original finish, perfect grips plus, a good bore and chambers. The nickel plate finish was a first class option chosen for its durability and anticorrosion properties - A must for a concealed carry weapon. All in all a desirable P. Webley Bulldog with Winged Bullet trademark with some wear, but otherwise sharp features and much original finish.
Webley Military Pattern RIC 'New Model' Holster, c.1885. This period leather holster accommodates the scarce Webley New Model revolver, perfectly - or other similar 4.5 inch barrel service revolver. Presented in very good supple condition, with no dryness or cracking, the holster has all its stitching intact, with firm strap attachments and generally, stain free appearance. Deactivated RIC Webley sold separately.
Webley Mk III .320
Webley RIC .455 CF New Model No.1 Revolver, c.1882 - Deactivated When Webley introduced their first double action revolver in 1867, the Royal Irish Constabulary famously adopted it as their service pistol. Over the years the design saw many changes, as well as being widely copied, particularly in Belgium. By 1882 the Webley RIC had evolved into this rare variant, designated by Webley as their RIC, 'New Model No.1.' This revolver featured an adapted frame to accommodate the extended fluted cylinder, required for the longer .455 Centre Fire cartridge. With the adoption of Webley .455 CF revolvers for general issue to the British army in 1887, a switch to the break frame revolver meant that fewer of the solid frame RIC's were now being made. As such, this Webley New Model is a scarce revolver to find. Presented in very good condition and retaining some original finish, this revolver was deactivated by the previous owner. Fortunately the work was completed to a high standard, leaving no external sign of cutting - A Proof House certificate was issued. As is, the action is fully working with solid lock up, good grips and clear Webley markings. All in all, a desirable piece for the collector. A genuine period leather holster for this Webley (but not original to it) is currently available as a separate purchase item. Holster shown here for information purposes. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 10 inches
Westley Richards 13 Bore Officer's Belt Pistol c.1840 This massive 13 Bore Officer's Belt Pistol, was made by Westley Richards. Overall it is in excellent condition, with only light surface signs of handling and a slight fading of the original colour. Nevertheless, this is an impressive piece made by a premier gunmaker, circa 1840. Most likely this W. Richards percussion pistol started life as one of a cased pair, as finding one on its own is a scarce occurrence. This does however mean that as a single pistol, it has become more accessible to those who desire craftsmanship, but at affordable prices. The quality of this piece, with its fine engraving and smooth working action, is clear to see. With just a few minor marks and only slight fading of the finish, this pistol is priced to sell. A super quality piece.
William Parker Constabulary & Police Flintlock Pistol c.1820 William Parker is known to have supplied similar police pistols to both the Mounted and Dismounted Horse Patrols, operating in and around London during the early 19th Century. More importantly however, it was this exact pattern of Parker Man-Stopper, with its captive ramrod, that was supplied in much smaller numbers to the Principal Officers of the Bow Street Public Office in London. The Principal Officers were unlike their uniformed patrol colleagues, the as they were plain clothed detectives of the time. Although not marked to a specific police force (few were), this plain, no frills pistol is a genuine constabulary piece that would normally have been toted in the pocket of a great coat. Unlike the civilian pistols of the same pattern, the Constabulary ordered firearms were made up of coarser finished pieces, often devoid of any engraving embellishments - No doubt to reduce the cost to the Force. Fascinating historic references also exist, which documenting a detective, attending a criminal investigation, armed with a brace of such pistols. (See the Bow Street Flintlock previously offered on this website). Presented in fine condition, this example will be next to impossible to improve upon for a Constabulary Flintlock. The signed working action and barrel all retain much finish, with the lock being darker than it appears in the photos - All fully signed and addressed. Interestingly, this pistol is London proofed to the underside of the barrel, meaning that the markig is only visible when the pistol is disassembled - see photo. Whilst the pistol is in generally excellent condition, the woodwork has one small split to the area at the top screw, holding the side plate. Other than that, there is no other significant defect to note. A genuine rare and excellent flintlock pistol, formerly carried by the earliest police professionals. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9 inches
William Parker Flintlock Coat Pocket Pistol, c.1825 A stunning example of a William Parker flintlock coat pistol, dated to c.1825. Parker, a noted gunmaker to the King, was supplying these flintlocks through his London shop, however, when the burgeoning English constabularies expressed interest in acquiring a handy carry gun, it was this exact same model that was adopted for issue to the New Police. Indeed, there are certain traits about this Parker pistol which support the notion that it may have been sold for such purposes: * Police issue 16 bore * Smooth grip * No platinum or gold vent/lines * Plain barrel finish * Plain lock In summary, the elaborate brass trigger guard engraving and fine pineapple finial, suggest that the pistol was originally destined for shop retail. However, the lack of further embellishment to the barrel and lock, might suggest that the pistol was pulled from the retail production line and expeditiously finished in a manner to reduce cost. Cost was certainly something that the police were always keen to keep to a minimum, as they were put in charge of their own budget, free from government interference. Of course later Parker Constabulary pistols were very much plainer indeed - See elsewhere on this website. Nevertheless, police or civilian, this pistol is in superb condition and working order, benefitting from a rainproof pan and roller frizzen, whilst also retaining its original ramrod with worm. Barrel length = 4.5 inches Overall length = 9 inches
Williams & Powell Cheshire Constabulary 38 Bore Percussion Pistol c.1845 The modern Cheshire Constabulary traces its origin to 1857, at a time when protracted incidents of civil unrest had dogged the country for well over a decade. However, the Cheshire Constabulary had actually existed prior to this date, which employed virtually powerless Special Constables. These constables acted under the direction of magistrates to provide a semblance of law and order in everyday scenarios, but when it came to mob incidents, militia would frequently be required to resolve trouble. In one instance, cavalry, complete with canon, were even called for. In those incidents the constables were simply required to, "Note ring leaders and their seditious utterances", in order to obtain warrants of arrest at a later date. Clearly reform was necessary. In 1840, during one particular revolt involving the Chartist Movement, Stockport Magistrates issued a government supply of 500 pistols and 800 cutlasses to its 1000 constables on the prudent order that the weapons be, "On no account used except in defence and then only after firing by armed mobs". Although the precise make of these government pistols is not known, they would most likely have been of a Tower ordnance pattern - perhaps even flintlocks. Instances of drunkenness, sheep rustling and large scale organised poaching, leading to more violence and even murder, continued to stretch Cheshire's resources. So, when several Metropolitan Police Inspectors took up senior positions in the Hundreds, as Cheshire Constabulary High Constables, they began to implement many contemporary traditions of London's New Police, changing the face of policing. By 1857, when Cheshire fully embraced the parliamentary law governing the establishment of their new police, records indicate that their old stock of pistols was absorbed into the current force. Presumably then, this coat pocket pistol was once part of the old guard's arsenal, but then saw continued service under the new constabulary organisation. Made by Williams & Powell, a gunmaker that was active in Liverpool, operating between 1833-1892, this pistol was made in c.1845, which coincides with the timeline when the Met influences were already in place. Interestingly then, the pistol was sent to London for proofing, which causes a belief that it was part of a consignment ordered in an attempt to 'update and modernise' the arms available to the constabulary, rather than rely on those given earlier by the government, which might have been required to be returned. Presented in very good order throughout, the pistol is clearly an example of quality manufacture, without any of the cost cutting features often found on other police service pistols, indicting that it might have been commercial stock destined for public retail. This was common practice for small gun orders, so to ensure that it would not 'get lost', Cheshire Constabulary had their details added to the barrel as well as the police area, "Wirral Hundred". Strong springs and damage free woodwork indicate that the pistol saw limited action, resulting in honest handling wear to the finish and generally, very clean unabused condition - only the ramrod, whilst it appears to be contemporary, is a little short. A terrific pistol from a turbulent period in the history of Cheshire Constabulary. Barrel length = 4 inches Overall length = 9.5 inches
WJS 1939 German Third Reich Canteen Knife An excellent and little used German military canteen knife with steel Solingen blade and aluminium handle, which is marked with the party eagle, swastika and WJS39 maker's mark. Original and in near mint condition - Would make an interesting letter opener! Be aware, picture 1 and in particular picture 4, contain images of the nazi party eagle and swastika.
WJS 1939 German Third Reich Canteen Knife An excellent and little used German military canteen knife with steel Solingen blade and aluminium handle, which is marked with the party eagle, swastika and WJS39 maker's mark. Original and in near mint condition - Would make an interesting letter opener! Be aware, pictures contain images of the nazi party eagle and swastika.
WW1 - WW2 RAF Propellor Sweetheart Broach A near mint example of a late WW1 or inter wars Royal Air Force Sweetheart Broach, depicting a propellor and pilot's wings combined. The rear of the broach is bears the manufacturer's mark of F.W.C.&S. Made from a plated metal, the broach is in near immaculate and original condition, having only slight loss to the red/blue painted finish as show. This item has been owned by one family for the past 40+ years.
WW1 1915 Hallmarked 18ct Gold Longines Trench Watch Retailed By Mappin Originally retailed by Mappin of London, this prestigious watch was intended for a wealthy customer. Made by Longines, this 18ct gold Longines is a smaller version of the gentleman's military trench watch, popular in WW1. As such, it may possibly have been part of a His & Hers pair of watches, where one watch would have been worn by the man and the other would have been given as a parting gift to a sweetheart. A wonderful watch in good cosmetic order and working well throughout and keeping time, although not serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Army Issue Pocket Watch Style Compass & Lanyard A WW1 era pocket compass in the form of a small fob watch, made by Terrasse W. Co. and dated 1918. Complete with original plated lanyard. The compass is offered in good working order, with some signs of service wear and pocket carry.
WW1 Army Officer's Alarm Pocket Watch By Zenith During WW1, the Zenith Watch Co. realised that army officers could benefit from using a dual purpose timepiece - one that could be either carried as a handsome military pocket watch, or be equally suited as their bedside alarm clock. No doubt, such watches would also have been set to remind the wearer of some impending event, as they rang and vibrated in the wearer's pocket. Made in typical military form, this Zenith is of fine quality having been made from gunmetal, which shows signs of extended but careful pocket carry and the resulting wear to the black finish. Nevertheless, a high percentage of all the original colours are still present. The winding crown shows some smoothing to its once sharp ribbing and the back cover, which doubles as a watch stand, has no doubt been opened and shut on repeated occasions, indicating that this timepiece was probably a campaign or trench watch. Despite the cosmetic handling wear, this Zenith remains in very good condition. There is no damage to the mechanism, which still works and keeps time as it should, with the internal hammers string on a gong, at the prescribed time set on the alarm dial. Dual springs operate the two separate functions, so as not to interfere with the watch's running autonomy of around 30 hours. Most of these military alarm watches were sold by high end third party retailers, hence they do not always bear the Zenith name, allowing others to take the credit for the manufacture of these fine timepieces - Nevertheless, this watch can only have been made by the prestigious firm of Zenith. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Army Officer's General Service Pocket Issue Parallel Rule This handy 6 inch pocket sized parallel rule, was made c.1914 by Stanley, London. It is additionally marked with the King's Crown flanked either side by the letters, G.S. It is made of a heavy hardwood, likely to be either, ebony or lignum vitae and has brass fittings. Presented in good used condition, with just a tiny sliver of wood missing to one corner as shown.
WW1 Army Officer's Longines Trench Watch Marked RHA 1918 This WW1 Longines is everything that a young army officer would have wanted from a military timepiece of the day. From the bold luminous black dial to the damp & dustproof nature of the hermetic case, this watch must have been a treasured item. So much so in fact, that the previous owner felt the need to have it inscribed, "R.H.A. 29th Sept. 1918," which possibly relates to the year of the officer's commission? As is, this Longines represents the highest quality of watch that was available from top end retail shops. The premium 18 jewel movement is still today, keeping good time and functioning well, but obviously the watch itself shows signs of use. Now dark with age, the silver case is of a design that is credited to Francoise Borgel, but Longines have gone a little further by refining it, adding articulated strap lugs. These allow the watch to move with the wrist, making its wear more comfortable as well as reducing the likelihood of the watch from being torn from the wrist. The case does show some minor signs of abrasion and some bruising to the side nearest 10 o'clock. Nevertheless, the watch is a sound example offered in good working order, but not serviced. A modern period pattern leather strap is included. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Army Officer's Mappin "CAMPAIGN" Trench Watch By Longines This is a very good example of a London retailed military trench wristwatch, which would most likely have been a private purchase by a young Army officer. Such wristlets were of course frowned upon by older soldiers, who considered them to be too dainty, preferring instead the manliness of a pocket watch. Nevertheless, the emerging officer class had a different outlook, and they favoured the practicality of a wrist worn timepiece, despite its inherent vulnerability. As was, these modern wristlets rapidly proved their worth and became fashion icons. No doubt this example with its aptly marked, "CAMPAIGN" dial, would have caught the imagination of eager spirited youth. Furthermore, this watch would have needed to be a quality product, given that its retailer was none other than the famous jeweller, Mappin... So not surprisingly then, inside the silver double case, we find that the watch is actually a Longines made timepiece, which according to archive records, was made in 1914 - although not hallmarked until 1916. This silver wristwatch has obviously been worn, yet it remains in remarkably unspoiled condition, showing only light signs of service wear on the 35mm case. The Longines movement is in working order, but it has not been serviced and if extended wear is required, a Premium Service at the concessionary price is strongly recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Army Officer's Pocket Parallel Map Rule This is a lovely and well made personal item, dated to 1914. It is of British Army issue and made from a dark hardwood and carries the maker's details of, "Houghton's Ltd., London." This parallel rule is in very good condition, measuring 6 inches in length. A really tidy piece for the collector.
WW1 Brass Army Cyclist Corps Cap Badge An original WW1 era Army Cyclist Corps cap badge, made from brass and having a slide fitting to the back. Overall the badge is in very good condition with only minor service wear and patina.
WW1 British Army (India) Military Issue Longines Pocket Chronograph This Longines pocket chronograph was military issue during WW1, having been supplied by the West End Watch Company after a force of British and Indian soldiers were mobilised from Bombay, to the Persian Gulf and on to reach Mesopotamia. During this time the watch came into the possession of Captain B. S. Baily ARIBA - Associate Royal Institute of British Architects - who engraved his details on the inside back cover, chronicling his military service and beyond. Captain Baily records details for both the, "8th Welsh Regiment (Pioneers)" and for the, "106th Hazara Pioneers." Potentially, these would almost certainly be the regiments that he was associated with. Whilst the last entry on the watch reads, "London County Hall." Cosmetically then, this Longines is in excellent condition, free of damage, whilst mechanically the technically complex movement is in full working order and keeping time. A genuine rare military contract Longines. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
WW1 British Army Issue Officer's Trench Whistle By A DeCourcy Perhaps not as well known as their rival company Hudsons, A. DeCourcy & Co., were also suppliers of whistles to the British Army during WW1. This tube type whistle is dated 1916 and the body is free from dents, however, there are several curious notches to the back of the tube. These notches are most likely a sign that this whistle was of a pattern made for the cavalry. Cavalry whistles had an additional finger ring fixed in that location, to aid retention when using at the gallop. A good WW1 whistle with great loud sound.
WW1 British Army Issue Small Wood Plane This is a most unusual small sized British Army issue marked wood plane, measuring 9 1/2 inches in length, which is dated 1917. It is in good condition, being clearly impressed in a few locations with the user's name, "F Gander," as well as the broad arrow mark above a "5." Furthermore, this carpenter's tool is also stamped with the manufacturer's trademark. Wood planes such as this, may well have been used in the shoring out of trenches, or possibly in the maintenance of carts or other timber structure. This wood plane is in good condition and working order, but the cutting edge could do with sharpening.
WW1 British Army Issue Webley Mark VI Holster This is a good, robust and solid example of a Webley Mark VI holster, bearing issue marks and 1918 date. Although slightly scuffed on the surface, the leather is supple and free from dryness, cracking or holes. All stitching is intact.
WW1 British Army Issue Webley MkVI Holster This is a good, robust and solid example of a Webley Mark VI holster, bearing army broad arrow and issue marks, including the letters, "I" and "M" over "S," plus, "Ca" and 1917 date. Although slightly marked on the surface, the leather is supple and free from tears or damage to stitching. A good useable example.
WW1 British Army Officer's Pocket Alarm Watch By Zenith When an officer was commissioned into the army, he was expected to purchase much of his own equipment, which would have included a timepiece of a suitable pattern. Certainly this pocket watch made by Zenith, c.1914, would have been a good choice, as it was a high grade timekeeper, which also has a built in alarm making it highly versatile. The blued gunmetal case is in excellent condition, as is the pristine enamel dial, which has retained much original colour. In fact, this entire pocket watch is in superb condition throughout. The gilded movement is also running well and keeping time, but the watch has not been serviced. The watch is of an interesting design as it incorporates two spring barrels, one to drive the hands around and the other to power the alarm - Both these functions are operated through the one winding crown. Overall this is an excellent example, where the watch can be stood up by the bedside, thanks to its built in stand. A Premium Service is offered for this watch, together with a 12 month warranty.
WW1 British Army Officer's Trench Whistle Dated 1915 This genuine 1915 whistle was made for the British Army by Hudson & Co. of Birmingham. They had been supplying the War Department with dated whistles since 1887. Collectors can tell that this whistle was manufactured in the early stage of 1915, because the date stamp used on the tube body had the larger type face. In that same year the stamp needed to be replaced at Hudsons and a smaller font was provided thereafter. An interesting whistle presented in excellent unpolished condition, showing just minor signs of service wear. Works good and loud too!
WW1 British Army Pocket Watch Compass Dated 1915 Taking the form of a small pocket watch, this British Army marked compass features a "Hunter" style case which helps protect the glass from accidental damage. The flip open lid is marked with the supplier's details, "L. Kamm & Co., London." It is also broad arrow marked and dated 1915. Overall the compass shows evidence of pocket carry, yet it remains in working order with good glass and strong opening and closing hinges.
WW1 British Army Trench Issue Gas Rattle Despite being regarded as a "War Crime," in violation of conventions from as long ago as 1899, poison gas was used against soldiers in the trenches on both sides. Ranging in its affect, chemical weapons could be unpredictable as being either a temporary choking incapacitant, through to being a deadly nerve agent. Their use would cause invisible gas clouds to hang about on the ground, drifting with the breeze ready to slip unannounced, into the dugouts. As such, these weapons caused fear and demoralised infantry men serving at the front. To help warn of the presence of gas, men would shout and whistles might be blown, but that would be against the back drop of such daily noise, which to some might be mistaken as a different call to action. Plus, once a gas mask was donned such typical means of raising an alarm became redundant, so hence the rattle was devised as a specific warning device. "Gas!" This solid military issue example is made of wood and steel, with its handle stamped with broad arrow and service marking, as well as 1918 date on the handle flat. It is in undamaged condition and full working order, clacking loudly against the ratchet and, it has not been cleaned. A light coat of surface rust is present on the metal parts. Overall a good, damage free example.
WW1 Ehrhardt British Army Issue Pocket Watch This large military pocket watch was made in England by Ehrhardt and was issued to the British Army c.1914. These watches were of a robust design, which featured an unusual and unique captive balance assembly. This comprised of a ringed cage on top of the full plate movement, which held the balance wheel and hairspring in the optimum position. Should the watch then be put out of beat, the problem could be easier rectified even in the field. This totally original Ehrhardt watch is in very good order, with minimal service wear. All the serial numbers match on the screw back case and movement. The watch is running well and keeping good time, although it has not been serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Era .303 Lee Enfield Rifle - Armourer's Bore Viewer Made at the Enfield factory during WW1, this original .303 rifle bore viewer is the perfect tool with which to inspect barrels. The brass cylindrical viewer, mirror and chained cover, are all in perfect dent free condition.
WW1 Era Military Target Rifles - Pocket Watch Fob Dating from the WW1 era, this base metal pocket watch fob has been nicely cast in a military style, depicting crossed rifles and bull's eye target. The rear of the fob is plain, having never been inscribed. A nice example ready to hang on your watch chain.
WW1 Era Miniature Compass Dating from the Great War era, this tiny brass and gilt compass is of similar dimensions to a pilot's escape compass. It is in mint, new old stock condition and working order.
WW1 German Fliegertruppen Aviator's Pocket Watch Before the start of WW1 both the Imperial German army and navy operated their own air wing. The army's was most commonly shortened to Die Fliegertruppe, whilst the naval air service went under the title, Marine-Fliegerabteilung. Both wings flew a variety of aircraft types, including balloons and Zeppelins, although the army Zeppelins were biplanes of the Riesenflugzeug class - giant long range bombers - The navy had the monopoly on airships. In 1916 an additional Prussian army elite fighter group was established, known as the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte. This particular watch is therefore a genuine army aviator's watch, that would have been carried or probably fitted in the cockpit instrument panel of one of these army aeroplane's. It dates from c.1914 and is specifically marked on the dial, to the army air wing, whilst the back of the watch is marked with the aviation symbol and the initials, FLZ. This is an abbreviation for Flugzeugmeisterei, a supply and service department of the Fliegertruppen. Overall this watch has survived in remarkable condition. Having iron cases, most of these watches are usually badly corroded, but this example retains most of the original nickel finish and an excellent dial, with just a tiny repair at 11. This is a good repair, but could be improved professionally if desired by the perfectionist. As a highly sought after military timepiece, this watch benefits from already being in full working order: Assembled and supplied by the noted firm of F. W. Kreis in Berlin, the components for their movements are believed to have been sourced from Gebrüder Thiel in Germany. Kreis later became the owner of the famous manufacturer of regulators, Strasser and Rohde of Glashutte. Cosmetically the watch case is free from damage or abuse, showing just minor age darkening and superb crisp military marks. A difficult watch to find or to improve upon. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Mark VI Webley - Battlefield Relic This Webley was found this year in a previously undisturbed section of a British trench system in Belgium. According to the previous owner, he states that his friend (the finder) is an avid military historian who enjoys visiting the battlefields of WW1. The following account has now been corroborated by the finder: Apparently in the Spring of this year the finder was visiting Nieuwkerke when, during a walk in a wooded area within a kilometre of the village, he chanced upon what were the remains of a deep dugout. As curiosity led him to explore further, it took him down through chalky soil and into a passage where a room was revealed. Upon entry, a makeshift table presented itself, upon which lay the remains of this dismantled Webley and a greatcoat was hanging on a peg. Of course this information originally came third hand from the owner of the relic, however the finder has responded to a request to contact ZMW Militaria, which he has done, corroborating the information and adding to what had been stated earlier. As is, these revolver parts are in battlefield relic condition and nothing more than a poignant curio. Much of the metal work is very heavily pitted, yet in places part of the serial number, an ordnance mark, broad arrows and part of the legend, "-ARK VI," are still just discernible. Despite this however, the bulk of the metal has been ravaged and perforated in several places by rust, to the point where these items are no longer considered to be components of a lethal barrelled weapon.
WW1 Mills Bomb - Inert Relic Condition This WW1 era Mills Bomb is inert having allegedly been recently recovered from a location near the Somme. It is missing its base plug and its other components are absent or insert, as shown. Basically, all that remains is a recognisable segmented grenade iron body, with part of its original handle and pin, in excavated condition. It has not been cleaned, but is nevertheless good enough to become a decorative object if so desired. Sorry, UK sales only for this item.
WW1 Officer's Longines Wristlet Trench Watch, c.1915 This superb high grade, 18 jewel watch was made by Longines during WW1. It is of a special design, originally conceived by Francois Borgel, that was claimed to be particularly suited for trench warfare. That is why many of these watches were stocked by military outfitters, available for retail to officers. This example is in excellent condition, free of any damage free and even retaining its original strap and silver buckle. It is mechanically in excellent condition, keeping time and running well, although it has not been serviced. It would therefore be advisable to consider the Premium Service package, should the watch be intended for routine wear. Overall, this is a wonderful example that is still capable of performing well, although the original manufacturer's claims of it being, damp and dirt proof, cannot be verified. Any collector would be hard pushed to find a better high grade Longines Trench Watch at this price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60. Please note that the cost of the Premium Service will be going up in 2016.
WW1 Polish Legions Army Officer's Trench Watch This early Cyma wristwatch is of a known military pattern that was ordered in small numbers by the Polish military for use by their Legions, then again in the 1920s Cymas were once more supplied to principal members of Poland's, Air & Chemical Defence League. Cyma watches of this type are ostensibly the same as those used by the Imperial Russian Army during WW1, but those tended to be marked in cyrillic script. Having a blackened gunmetal case, this Cyma also features swinging strap lugs that allow the watch to adapt readily on the wrist to comfortably meet the soldier's needs. The high contrast dial made the watch readable at a glance and has likely never had luminous paint applied to it. Interestingly and independent from this, British authorities who conducted tests on the suitability of dials for military purposes, concluded that white numerals on a black background provided the wearer with the best option for the rapid acquisition of time at a glance. Luminous dials were of course a new development in the war and provided additional benefits, as well as negatives too. This Cyma is an original wristwatch, offered in excellent condition. The case retains much of the factory black finish and has not been cleaned or polished. It is also worth mentioning that the back of the case is made of nickel silver, presumably to prevent the case from rusting when in prolonged contact with the wearer's skin - a nice touch. Presented in full working order, although there are no records to state when the watch was last serviced. The watch will be provided with a new period pattern straight leather strap. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW1 Princess Mary Bullet Pencil - 1914 Christmas Gift In 1914, when the soldiers received their Christmas gift tins from Princess Mary, they found that each tin contained a thoughtful present, which was of some use and comfort to the recipient. This pencil is an example of one of the gifts. This original Princess Mary pencil is made from a specially engraved .303 bullet, bearing the crowned M monogram. It is in excellent dent free condition, retaining its original pencil and Sterling Silver marked bullet top. Unpolished with minor staining.
WW1 RFC Mark V Aircraft Instrument Watch By Zenith Not everyone knows this, but many watch brands do not make their own movements. Instead, they buy in mass produced ebauches sourced from other watch companies specialising in the wholesale of raw movements. However, Zenith has always been a company that at first may appear to be working in the shadow of other watchmakers, but nothing could be further from the truth. Volume production has never been part of Zenith's business plan, but their ethos has been more concerned with the supply of superior timepieces built to high standards. They are definitely an innovating company much like Longines, working to meet the pioneering needs of maritime, railway and aviation pursuits worldwide. It is therefore little wonder that the War Department accepted Zenith to be a supplier of Mark V aircraft instrument watches. These were of course issued to the Royal Flying Corps during WW1. On closer inspection, their Mark V watch reveals some interesting attributes: Whilst the Mark V was built to a specification, Zenith have added a few of their own improvements along the way, to help make the aviator's job just that bit easier. Often lost over time and replaced with a more traditional hand, this Zentih watch has nevertheless retained its original "leaf" seconds hand. Whilst this may look an oddball feature, from the shaking and vibrating cockpit of the biplane this broad hand could be checked at a glance so the aviator could confirm the hand was actually moving. From that, he could tell that his watch was still working and ergo, the watch could be assumed to be telling the correct time. Secondly, Zenith opted to make cases with double backs to help isolate the movement from the ingress of dirt and moisture. And thirdly, Zenith movements were precision built to a high quality before being heavily gilt finished to protect the components from unnecessary tarnishing and then fitted with a polished steel micrometer regulator, enabling the Zeniths to be adjusted with absolute precision. This was a much better system and a distinct improvement on the laterally moving regulating arm. All in all, Zeniths are a gem of a watch and this one is no exception. It is presented in first class condition throughout. Like many of these watches, this one now has the benefit of having had a bow fitted to the neck. Given the high volume of Mark V watches that have been converted to pocket watches, together with the occasional "G.S." marked examples that may be encountered, it can be suggested that many were adapted for reissue during WW2, most likely for Home Guard consumption. This example is in full working order, running well and keeping time, although it has not been serviced.
WW1 RFC Pilot's Mark V Watch By Zenith, c.1915 A desirable Royal Flying Corps Mark V pocket watch, issued to airmen for use in the cockpit of their WW1 aircraft. Made by a top ranking Swiss watch company, Zenith, this timepiece is in very good order with just minor signs of service wear and in-house repairs. Nevertheless, this watch is dent and damage free, with a perfect dial and original crystal. It is believed that these watches were reissued to the Home Guard during WW2, which would account as to why so many of these former flying watches now have bows fitted to their pendent stems. Presented in working order, the movement shows no sign of abuse and is working very well, keeping time. However, there is no information as to when it might have been last serviced. A Premium Service option is available for this watch, plus a 12 month warranty.
WW1 Royal Engineers Silk Handkerchief A beautifully made WW1 Royal Engineers silk handkerchief, probably made in Belgium and sold to an army officer, to be sent back to Britain for his wife or sweetheart. Presented in very good and apparently unused clean condition, Measuring approximately 11 inches square. Price includes P&P
WW1 Sweetheart Bayonet Broach - Belgian Bruges Souvenier A lovely example of a WW1 era Bayonet Broach with mother of pearl grip and inscribed Bruges. The reverse side has a maker's mark appearing to be EH. The broach is all original and immaculate having been been family owned for at least the past 40 years.
WW1 Sweetheart Propellor Broach - Royal Flying Corps Souvenier An interesting WW1 propellor styled Sweetheart Broach, with rotary aerial engine centre - Possibly pre Royal Flying Corps. Made from a nickel silver, the broach is in immaculate original condition having been owned by one family for the past 40+ years.
WW1 War Department Issue - British Army Officer's Trench Watch This is a rare example of a solid silver British Army Officer's issue military wristwatch. It is presented in excellent condition throughout, retaining all original ancillary parts including the correct glass, winding crown and leather strap, which show only minor signs of service wear. Wristwatches were not part of the War Department's inventory at the start of the war, partly because of concerns of vulnerability, but equally to the apprehension that wristwatches were generally not suited for the 'sterner sex.' Yet despite these Victorian values military publications advocated the use of 'Wristlets' as being an, "Indispensable item of an officer's Kit." So much so in fact, that a watch journal of 1916 records the military watch supplier H. Williamson as stating, "It is said that one soldier in every four wears a wristlet watch, and the other three mean to get one as soon as they can." Faced with the ever growing demand for the convenience of a wristwatches, the British Army took receipt of their first consignment of watches in the final year of the conflict. This particular example features a high quality Swiss, "Fabriques d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon," 17 jewel movement with micrometer regulator to the balance. The silver watches themselves were cased in England, by the Dennison Case Company and hallmarked to 1918. War Department marks were added to the case back following their acceptance into military service. Mechanically the watch runs very well and keeps time, however there is no record as to when it might have been last serviced. As is, the watch is suitable for daily wear, but consideration should be given to investing in the concessionary priced Premium Service, which is guaranteed to protect your investment. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60. Furthermore, if desired, the infill of the hands can be replaced with an antique compound to closely mimic the colour and texture of the originals.
WW1 Webley .455 Mark VI Leather Holster A genuine WW1 leather holster for a .455 Mk VI Webley service revolver, presented in good condition overall. The leather is still supple, but there is a small split to the area that rests against the revolver cylinder. The holster has both a belt attachment loop and a shoulder cross strap. This strap has broken, but can be repaired or removed totally depending on preference. All stitching is intact with no sign of drying out. Overall, a serviceable holster.
WW2 "Bomber Command" Smiths Stop Watch When the Avro Lancaster first flew in service in 1942, Bomber Command were now in a position to step up operations into the industrial regions of Germany. However, this escalation of activity created a greater need for stop watches, so the Air Ministry approached Smiths for help. This is one of those Smiths stop watches, dated 1943, which most likely saw service with Bomber Command. It is Air Ministry marked and bears the RAF 6B flying equipment code, meaning that this watch would have been flying with the navigator, performing a crucial task. As is, this stop watch is a good example of its type showing slight signs of service wear, but nothing detrimental. The dial is virtually pristine and internally the movement is in good working order, despite not being serviced.
WW2 1940 Dated British Army Issue Pocket Knife By Westby The ubiquitous pocket knife was carried by many a British soldier during WW2 and was an indispensable piece of kit. This broad arrow marked knife was made in 1940, as dated on the can opener with its blade marked further, "Joseph Westby, Shefield." The knife has been used, but the grip panels are undamaged and it retains its copper lanyard loop. Metal surfaces show some sign of staining and pitting, but are nevertheless in a good useable condition.
WW2 Air Ministry Binoculars By Wray Dated 1943, these RAF issue binoculars were made by Wray of London. They are in very good used condition, complete with their original case and all straps, plus a complete box of lens filters. At 6x30, these focus free binoculars were perfect for their role of scanning around the airfield. They are not so powerful that shake becomes an issue and will even be good for night time sky viewers, as they have an exit pupil diameter of 5mm, which is adequate for poor light conditions. Both eyepieces can also be adjusted for dioptre. The optics are good and free of damage, but there are some slight internal specs of debris that can be seen when viewing through the objective lens. The remainder of the binoculars body is in very good order, with no damage, just rubbing from the case to the brass highlights. The leather case is as good and as strong as they come, with no sign of fraying or cracking to the leather or stitching - beautifully marked too. A really handy grab and look pair of bins.
WW2 Air Ministry Issue Adjustable Spanner Probably made by "King Dick," this adjustable spanner is in mint, near new condition. Fully marked with the King's Crown and Air Ministry stamps, this pocketable tool would have been an indispensable air mechanic's tool, used during WW2 or earlier. KD were in fact making these spanners in the early 1920s. A very collectable tool with clear marking, all original finish and perfect jaw flats.
WW2 Army Issue - Lemania ATP Wristwatch This is a very good example of a WW2 issue Army Timepiece, made by Lemania. It is presented in very good order throughout, showing only minor signs of service wear. The watch is working and keeping time, however it has not been serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 ARP Axe From Rolls Royce Merlin Factory Hillington As a major location for the manufacture of the Merlin aero engine, the Rolls Royce factory at Hillington, on the edge of Glasgow, was a target for Luftwaffe bombing raids. As such, the factory had its own complement of Air Raid Precautions wardens who used these axes as part of their rescue equipment. Fully marked, the axe is very similar to those issued to the RAF. It is offered in good original condition, with some signs of use.
WW2 Artisan Made Polish Army Eagle Badge Made during WW2, this Polish Army eagle cap badge has been artisan made, possibly in Palestine, as a stop-gap insignia provided for the assembled Polish troops. It depicts the national emblem, which the soldiers wore alongside their British issue regimental badges. Cast from lead, the eagle is of typical form retaining the original wire fastening and much of its thin wash of nickel plating. It appears to have never been worn. Rare to find in this near perfect condition.
WW2 British 8th Army Vertex Military Wristwatch When the British 8th Army assembled in North Africa, many soldiers found an opportunity for sightseeing, whilst they waited for the allied coalition to form. Typically, the sites of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, were a top attraction for the soldiers and the local shopkeepers found many an opportunity to sell them all manner of souvenirs - amongst them, this Vertex watch. This watch was certainly one of the more useful items purchased in Cairo, together its military protective leather strap. Made by the Swiss maker Vertex, the watch is actually very similar to the military issue Army Timepieces, with fixed strap lugs, that the company was supping to the War Department. Presented in very good order, this watch shows only minor signs of service use, remaining in excellent original condition throughout... and keeping time. The leather protective strap is in superb condition with supple leather and a well padded protective flap fastener, which depicts the local wonders of the world - The Sphinx and Pyramids. All in all a genuinely good item that saw active service, yet remains very useable and collectable today. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army "Montgomery Dial" - Military Issue Elgin Pocket Watch This is genuine and rare WW2 British Army issue 19 jewel Elgin, General Service Mark II pocket watch. Such watches were normally held in reserve for US Army issue, but a very small number of these higher spec watches were released by the American watch company, to aid the British war effort. When Elgin supplied these fine watches, they fitted them with this most unusual dial, that they had named the "Montgomery" pattern. This dial is distinctive in so much that it is normally only found on Elgin's chronometer timepieces, with every numbered minute being detailed around the dial. The nickel case is also correct, but it too has an unusual rope twist design around the outer boarders. Elgin also had these watches lightly factory engraved as the G.S. Mark II, which is still evident on the case back, but the detail is difficult to capture in the photographs shown. The remaining deeper marked broad arrow and A prefixed number, were added by the British Army before issue. Over all, this watch is in very good condition and working order however, the movement has not been serviced. The Premium Service would be recommended to bring out the bright finish and detail to the fancy damascene finished plates. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army ATP Wristwatch By Unitas This is a scarce WW2 military issue ATP wristwatch, supplied to the British Army by Unitas. Interestingly, many of the armed forces' pocket watches and deck watches, may be found to contain Unitas movements, however it is only the Unitas wristwatches that were ever marked with the company name. This Unitas ATP watch has survived in excellent condition with a stunning original dial. It is a great looking timepiece, which is among the largest of its type, measuring 33 mm in diameter. The watch also benefits from having a solid steel case, which shows only minor signs of service wear. As such, it is among the largest of the ATP watches that were issued. Internally the Geneva stripped movement is looking very good and functions perfectly. However, the Premium Service should be considered to extend the usefulness of this fine watch. If required, during the Premium Service, any missing luminous infill lost from the hands, can also be replaced. All in all, a fine military wristwatch which is eminently usable. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Elgin GSTP Pocket Watch To assist the War Effort, the American watch company Elgin, supplied the British with a wealth of timepieces suitable for a variety of applications. This example made c.1942, is one of their more basic models, which was nevertheless of suitable quality to be adopted by the army as their General Service Trade Pattern timepiece. One of the benefits of the USA imported timepieces was that they featured hermetic screw up cases, unlike their Swiss counterparts. This Elgin is in very good and original condition, retaining all original parts. Even the glass is the original, which has become stained by the numerals on the dial… this can of course be replaced as part of the Premium Service if so desired. Mechanically this Elgin watch is fully functioning and keeping time, however it has not been serviced. A great original example of American and British cooperation. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Issue General Service Pocket Watch By Frenca This is one of the scarcer WW2 issue pocket watches to be issued to the British Army. Made by Frenca, this is a fine example of a quality watch, in near mint condition. Being untouched for many decades, this watch has acquired a good age patina and is otherwise totally unspoiled. It is in full working order, but like any vintage watch, would additionally benefit from a service. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Issue GSTP Buren Pocket Watch Issued to the British Army during WW2, this Buren General Service pocket watch is in untouched and sleepy condition. This scarce example is made by a top maker and although it's not as new, some of its dial and hands appear to be in factory fresh condition. Overall this Buren watch shows just light signs of extended carry, resulting in some rubbing around the edges. Clearly this is a watch that has been used, but not abused, in fact it has been very well looked after. Internally the movement is in full working order, however this watch has not been serviced in over a decade. Nevertheless, it keeps time and gives no cause for concern. A great iconic timepiece by a high end watch company. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Issue Moeris ATP Wristwatch A good genuine example of a British Army issue wristwatch, issued during WW2. The watch shows general signs of service wear as would be expected from an active service watch and yet, the watch remains good looking and in working order throughout. Whilst this Moeris is working and keeping time, the Premium Service package is recommended to provide this watch with deep cleaning and fresh lubrication. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Issue Timor ATP Wristwatch Many of these ATP wristwatches were issued to active service soldiers during WW2. However, many were destroyed, if not in combat, then post war as part of the War Department's promise to the Swiss watch trade, so as not to release any surplus timepieces into public hands. For most part, the War Department did just that, but of course some watches like this Timor, escaped the scrap heap. Offered in very good condition throughout, this ATP Timor is still in good working order. However, there is no record as to when the watch was last serviced. The Premium Service is therefore to be recommended. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 British Army Jaeger LeCoultre GSTP Pocket Watch Seldom do collectors find army issue Jaeger LeCoultre watches in top condition such as this. Not only is the watch original, but it has retained virtually all of its factory finish, looking bright and fresh as though it were made recently. Presented in full working order and keeping good time this Jaeger LeCoultre is a gem to hold, despite its one slight dial flaw that appears to affect many of these watches. That is to say that there is a slight paint imperfection on the dial which has stained the dial at 11 o'clock. Given though that there are a great number of JLCs with this flaw, it seems logical to assume that this was a factory snag. Furthermore, many of the timepieces produced at JLC at this time have reacted badly to the ageing process, but not this one - The dial is paint flake and crack free making it a very sound example. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Bulova Type A-11 USAAF Pilot's Wristwatch, c.1943 An American Bulova Type A-11 'Hack' watch, issued in 1943 to a pilot or navigator of the United States Army Air Force. Presented in good working order, these watches were particularly useful thanks to their ability to hack, that is to stop the seconds hand from moving during hand setting. A feature that was necessary during the synchronisation of watches during a pre flight briefing. The watch keeps time, although it has not been serviced. Overall the watch is in good condition, with clear engraving and much original finish, with some rubbing and wear as to be expected from service use. Presented on a modern version of the issue khaki strap. A Premium Service is available, together with a 12 month warranty.
WW2 Carl Zeiss - German Army Issue Binocular Case This is an original WW2 German Army issue binocular case made of black leather and lined in a grey felt. The case will perfectly fit the regular Carl Zeiss 6x30 Dienstglas that were standard issue. The case is in overall very good condition, showing minor signs of wear - No alterations or repairs. All stitching is strong and sound, as are the rivets; the leather work is likewise good and supple. It comes with the original shoulder strap and the top can be securely fastened with the metal clasp, which shows the code stamp "frn44." This mark denotes the year of manufacture and identifies the maker as being one, Rudolf Lang, Brandenburg an der Havel. A scarce item that will enhance any good pair of standard German Army binoculars.
WW2 Cased Hezzanith Marine Sextant, Dated 1944 This excellent marine sextant was made at the "Hezzanith" Instrument Works in London, and comes complete with its wooden case and accessories. The box lid even retains the certificate of examination, which records an inspection date of 1944. All hinges and clasps are brass and are likewise in perfect condition throughout. Overall this attractive sextant is in excellent order, retaining most the factory finish, as well as a telescope viewer, extension piece and sun filter eyepiece. In addition, it is in full working order with perfect lenses, mirror and swing out filters. All knobs and screws appear to be untouched and damage free throughout, making this instrument a fine example of its kind - Still capable of use today.
WW2 Cortebert - British Army Issue General Service Pocket Watch Cortebert military pocket watches are much sought after by those who know about quality timepieces. Rolex certainly recognised the quality of Cortebert watches, when back in the 1930s, they approached Cortebert to supply the same generic movement to Rolex who then fitted them into their British Army General Service timepieces. So, the British Army issue Rolex is actually a Cortebert under a different badge. When the specialist watch company Panerai, wanted quality movements, for the Italian Regia Marina frogman's watches, they also turned for help, to the Rolex/Cortebert partnership. Once again these very same pocket watch movements were used for these Panerai diver's wristwatches. Not surprisingly then, given Cortebert's historic links to some of the most cutting edge and influential companies involved in military horology, watches like this General Service timepiece, are much in demand - especially when offered in fine condition. Another bonus is that this watch is triple signed "Cortebert," on the dial, movement and screw back case. The dial is also in wonderful factory new condition, although the watch dates from 1939. Therefore, despite the watch working at the moment, this movement might never have been serviced. As such, the Premium Service is highly recommended to keep the Cortebert in peak performance. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 D-Day Military Tribute Normandie Wristwatch A scarce Normandie [Normandy] wristwatch, made to mark the D-Day landings, c.1944. These watches were produced to meet the demand for a military inspired private purchase wristwatch, sold to honour those who took part in the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. Other D-Day watch examples made include those marked, "Colomby," whilst some others also bear Free French Army Cross of Lorraine emblems. Given that D-Day could only be achieved with the significant help of a heavy US Army and Airborne troops presence, these watches were not surprisingly first sold in the USA. Although retailed in the States, the watches themselves were actually of Swiss origin. The Swiss manufactured the parts whilst the American watch industry put them together before marketing them. These watches are consequently, comparatively rare here in Britain. The watch on offer is in particularly good condition and working order, however Premium Servicing needs to be considered to preserve the watch in peak condition. The waterproof case, shockproof precision movement and luminous dial, would have made this watch a prized possession no doubt. All in all, a good and capable watch with a great association to Operation Neptune and the Normandy Landings of 6th June, 1944. Watch diameter is 30mm, excluding the winder. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Deutsch-Italienische Heergruppe [Afrika] Helvetia Wristwatch This military Helvetia wristwatch was made during WW2. Initially the contract was meant to supply the Deutsch-Italienische Heergruppe [Afrika] with the watches, but due to a change of allegiance the German authority cancelled their contract, which meant that many (if not all) of the military watches remained at Helvetia. It is known that many of these watches were never completed, as evidenced by the cache of new old stock empty cases that have surfaced postwar. From this fact, it can also be determined that Helvetia utilised some of their military surplus DI****H watch cases in later years, fitting them with 1950s movements, which featured sweeping seconds hands. Despite the cancelled contract, it is wholly possible that some of these DI****H wristwatches may have been supplied to the Wermacht. Clearly, if this was so, such watches would feature a wartime spec movement most likely of the same type as that found in other Deutsch Heer Helvetias. If this were so, the Wermacht approved DI****H Helvetias would feature an early patented shock absorber and a small second hand - just as shown in this watch. However, what stops this watch from being a contender as a military issue watch, is the absence of a luminous dial and the presence of gold baton hands. This assembly of components reinforces the notion that Helvetia probably released this watch onto the general commercial market. The addition of the 1947 inscription, "From Thelma to Bob," intimates that this is indeed so. Presented in good working order and condition, this watch keeps time and runs well, despite not having been serviced. An intriguing watch resulting from a cancelled military contract for the Afrika Korps. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Dienst Uhr - German Police Service Watch Dienst Uhr or DU (Service Watch) marked watches are comparably rare, as they were not Heer or army issue, but were issued to other authorities requiring the use of a timepiece. About a year ago ZMW Militaria was in possession of an identical DU Protex, but that one came with an original service strap that had been decorated with miniature Nazi police insignia. That was of course a personalised timepiece, but it did indicate that these watches were issued to some police units. This Protex is for all intents, identical to the army issue watches of WW2, featuring the same durable 15 jewel shock protected, Wermacht AS1130 movement, and fixed lugs. It is also in very good condition throughout, being completely original and in good working order - but may need servicing at some future point. Additionally, this watch bears the lightly inscribed name of 'B H DOLLEY,' which gives scope to some lines of investigation for the curious collector to explore. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Era Hamilton Railroad 992B Chronometer Watch Hamilton have a well deserved reputation for the manufacture of fine American Railroad chronometers and as with any RR watch, these were required to be made in the US, as well as be capable of delivering accurate time. Certainly the Hamilton 992B watches did precisely that and many were used as private timepieces by railway employees who, by and large, were required to purchase their own watches. This 992B has the added destination of being regarded by Hamilton to be their "Railway Special" model. As such, their watch has certain additional attributes making it perfect for the role: Not only was the watch a reliable chronometer that had its timing adjusted for enhanced accuracy over a range of 6 positions and for fluctuations in temperature, but the movement is jewelled to the centre with using 21 jewels, each being set into a gold chat on. The balance timing screws are also solid gold and a micrometer regulator permits minute adjustments to be made to achieve split second precision and the watch is working very well. Overall the movement appears factory fresh having been serviced in recent times and the fancy stripe machining is of the highest order. The porcelain RR dial is pristine, as are the hands and excellent gold filled case, which shows no dents or pocket cary wear. A real gem and all to Railroad specification. Even the winder is marked as "Railroad" as this is of a special type that cannot set the hands in the normal manner due to the restraining bar that bridges the top of it by the chain bow. Instead, to prevent any possibility of accidental hand altering, the watch's screw bezel needs to be turned off to reveal a setting lever - this needs to be pushed to allow the hands to be set via the crown, without the need to pull on the winder. Once the hands are set, the bezel is then replaced. This does not need to be done often, as the watch is a chronometer it is sufficient to wind it daily without worrying about adjusting the time. A particularly fine example offered complete with its original white bakerlite "Hamilton" plush lined case, which just like the watch, is in perfect condition. A Premium Service and 12 month warranty are available for this watch for £90
WW2 Era Royal Navy Split-Second Chronograph Timer Dating from the 1930s, this interesting and scarce split-second chronograph timer has been adapted in-house, for wrist wear. Ostensibly this pattern of watch was used by the Royal Navy and as such, it is normally seen with Admiralty Pattern references engraved on the case back. However, this example has never been marked in such a manner, which suggests that the watch was taken from store and sidetracked for another application. It is also noteworthy to see that a period unbreakable glass was fitted and the whole timer was configured for wrist wear. The further addition of two bold red 5 minute markers, is also a telling pointer and, as this chronograph is capable of timing two simultaneous events, there is a strong possibility that this watch was utilised in submarine warfare and the timing of torpedo releases. Offered in full working order, this chronograph timer was made by the Swiss watch company Lemania. It is presented in undamaged condition, but the precise accuracy of this watch as a timer has not been verified. Nevertheless it appears to be working fine, with the dual timing modes responding crisply to the press of the buttons. All in all, a most interesting timer with just minor sign of service wear.
WW2 Era, Vintage German Revolver Holster This is somewhat an unusual military pattern holster, as it is of German origin duly stamped with crossed rifles and the maker's name, "Akan." Offered in excellent vintage condition, with no cracks, dryness or loose stitching, this holster will accommodate a large revolver of similar dimensions to the Reichrevolver, or possibly the Italian Bodeo, both of which saw some service in the Wermacht during WW2. Certainly the ammo pouch to the front suggests similar calibre bullets would have been held, so it is definitely not a flare pistol holster. An aluminium stud and strap fastening help to hold the flap cover securely. All in all an interesting holster, but for unknown ordnance.
WW2 Field Marshal Montgomery Stick Pin Badge This is an original WW2 vintage stick pin badge bearing the bust of Field Marshal Montgomery. These were produced to raise moral and funds for the war effort. Made of white metal, the badge is in good condition, retaining the original pin. Price includes UK domestic postage.
WW2 General Service Cyma Pocket watch c.1940 Issued to the British Army during WW2, this Cyma General Service pocket watch is in untouched and sleepy condition - Hard to fin this good. This scarce example is made by a quality maker and although it's not as new, the pure white dial, which appears yellow due to the presence of the original celluloid glass, is perfect. Overall it retains much factory finish, which has not been messed with. All together, this Cyma watch shows just light signs of service carry, resulting in some minor rubbing around the edges. Clearly this is a watch that has been used, but not abused. In fact it has been very well looked after. Internally the movement is in full working order, however this watch has not been serviced in over a decade, yet it keeps time and gives no cause for concern. A great iconic timepiece by a high end Ordnance contracted watch company. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £80.
WW2 General Service Omega Pocket watch c.1940 This Omega is an excellent example of an original wartime GSTP pocket watch. Most of the early issue watches have been badly worn or they have been over restored since, but this timepiece retains all its factory finish. Even the celluloid glass is correct, although showing some age with slight discolouration. The dial beneath is however unaffected by the yellowing - it is still white. Internally the movement retains the bright gilt finish it is working and the watch is keeping time, albeit the watch has not been serviced. Interestingly there appear to be two patterns of this same watch. One has straight Baton hands, whilst the other features the Cathedral hands, as this one has. Either would be correct. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 General Service Pocket Knife An indispensable British, General Service pocket knife, as issued to the armed forces during WW2. Fully marked with with the broad arrow and 1942 date, this knife has been well used and sharpened, but remains undamaged. Part of the manufacturer's details are still evident, identifying the cutler as, Joseph Rodgers & Sons, 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield.
WW2 German Army Issue Longines DH Wristwatch The German Army issued many wristwatches to its troops, but perhaps none is more desirable that those supplied by Longines in 1942. This example is in excellent original condition. It is correctly marked with the Deutsche Heer property stamp and issue number, which is again repeated on the case lug. The dial and crown, and all the usual parts that are generally replaced or restored over the years, appear to be the originals, making this a very good example of its type. Cosmetically the steel case shows only minor service wear and likewise the movement is in good working order and keeping time - however consideration needs to be given to servicing the watch if it is to be used regularly. This Longines is currently fitted to a field grey leather strap, which is post war, but looks to be in keeping with the character of the watch. Interestingly, below the DH issue number there is another tiny hand applied inscription which appears to read, 5897 1 KF39. This does not appear to be a watchmaker's reference and might give some insight to the more knowledgeable historian, as to its former owner's role during WW2 ? Overall a scarce original example that has not been buffed, polished or messed with - With scope for a little research. If you want to check out some 'K.F.' possibilities, take a look at this original document for German Military Abbreviations - http://www.wartimepress.com/WWII-Archives/images/631/German%20Military%20Abbreviations.pdf The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 German Army Issue Longines DH Wristwatch, c.1942 A scarce example of a WW2 German Army military contract wristwatch by Longines. This example is in excellent original condition, having retained a perfect dial and hands, which is an important factor governing the desirability of any investment grade timepiece. Other original features include the winding crown and all markings, which are crisp and well struck and unlike many DH produced watches, this Longines has a desirable solid, all steel case that has not been buffed or messed with. Mechanically the movement is near mint and working very well, having been serviced in the past year, with all functions operating smoothly. Overall a very sharp example of a genuine WW2 Deutsch Heer issue Longines.
WW2 German Artillery Issue Minerva Pocket Chronograph An excellent WW2 military issue chronograph made for the German armed forces. Used by both the Wehrmacht and the Kriegsmarine, these Minerva watches were delivered early on for the start of the war. Those that were received by the navy were duly engraved with the eagle and coastal artillery issue numbers, but those that became army property were left unmarked. No doubt that the existence of all the marked examples gives rise to the theory that all such watches were intended for artillery use, which is probably true, because German artillery practices often called for bombardments to commence at a predetermined hour, followed by sustained fire for an allotted "Time on Target." The "Rate of Fire" was also an important factor to determine "Concentration," which the artillery officer needed to be aware of, as well as knowing precisely when to change shell types... High Explosive for destruction or aerial burst for inflicting casualties, etc. Predetermined barrage operations were also a tactic that required coordination and synchronisation between multiple gun batteries, all having a key requirement for a chronograph to deliver optimum results. Offered in first class cosmetic condition and full working order, this example shows just minor sign of service wear. Internally, the movement is likewise excellent and free from abuse, looking to be near factory fresh. All functions run correctly, operated crisply by the top button. A hack or stop second device is also fitted to this watch, that causes the subsidiary seconds hand to stop during hands setting. Overall an excellent chronograph that remains suitable for use, although not serviced. A Premium Service option is available with a 12 month warranty.
WW2 Helios Deutsche Heer Wristwatch The Wehrmacht procured high quality wristwatches for issue to the German Army, with each having a 15 jewel shock protected movement, which was housed in a waterproof case. However, a batch of watches from Helios, were larger than the majority of other DH watches, measuring in at an impressive 34 mm in diameter (not including the crown), due to the use of the Precimax 300 movement. The case back of this watch is fully marked to the Deutsche Heer. This example is in very good condition, retaining a high percentage of original finish, as well as its inner protective ring. Offered in good working order, the P300 movement keeps time, even though it has not been serviced. Sold complete with an excellent period military pattern leather strap. A Premium Service is available, together with a 12 month warranty.
WW2 Helvetia British Army GSTP Pocket Watch Helvetia watches were part of the General Watch Company based in Reconvillier Switzerland. Since their establishment pre WW1, Helvetia built watches on the principal that parts should be readily interchangeable, which of course meant that their watches became attractive for military applications. This particular Helvetia watch was issued to the British Army during WW2. It is appropriately marked with the General Service Trade Pattern mark, indicating that the watch was not to be released on the commercial market. As such, many were destroyed after the war. Fortunately this example has survived in very good condition and working order, having retained most of its original finish. The timekeeping is also very good, however the watch has not been serviced. A quality British Army GSTP watch in original condition that will be difficult to better at this price. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Ingersoll Military W/T Pocket Watch When receiving a Wireless Telegraphy transmission, the radio operator was required to note the time the message was received. This was a simple but important task, as knowing whether information was current in a battle situation was critical. This is why military radio stations were required to have an available timepiece close by. Some radios even included mounts into which a pocket watch could be placed. A difficulty that arose with wartime radio sets was that they generated a strong electro-magnetic field, which was capable of affecting a watch's time keeping ability. One solution to this problem was to issue "Anti-magnetic" watches that used special alloy hairsprings. Unfortunately, such Swiss high grade watches were in short supply. Another solution was to select an Ingersoll watch: Although these were not high end timepieces, Ingersoll watches could be relied upon to work in a variety of combat situations. Their simple construction made them robust and Ingersoll's reliance on alloy, made there watches resistant to the magnetism that affected more expensive watches. The Ingersoll watch on offer here, is one of the wartime Temporary Pattern Wireless Telegraphy timepieces supplied from the USA. It is still in excellent condition, with just minor service wear, all working well and keeping time although not serviced. A great example for the collector who appreciates unusual military timepieces. A Premium Service is available for this timepiece, which includes 12 months warranty.
WW2 Ingersoll Trade Pattern Radio Operator's Watch This is a scarce WW2 pocket watch supplied by the U.S.A. watch company, Ingersoll. As denoted by the dial, this watch was a Trade Pattern (TP) item, which meant that it was not a commercial product and should be disposed of [destroyed] after its services had been dispensed with. In fact, most military watches supplied during the war were designated as Trade Pattern pieces. Interestingly this Ingersoll is of a design that never had a bow fitted. These bow-less watches were for all intents normal timepieces, but they were made to be placed into a receptacle. Such watches were for use by radio operators who needed to refer to them when receiving communications and also when signing off any coded message, perhaps in morse code. Timing of messages was important to ensure that the most current information was acted upon and it was a standing order that this would always be done. As such, a watch needed to be ever present by the radio. One of the negative aspects of working with a radio is the strong magnetic field that the transmitter generated. However, Ingersoll watches appeared to be inherently good at reducing the effects of the magnetic field due to the bulk of non ferrous materials used in the construction of their movements. We also know that this is a radio operator's watch due to the use of the acronym WT, which referred to Wireless Telegraphy. This example is in working order and keeps adequate time. However, this basic watch has not been serviced nor checked for accuracy over any protracted period, as these watches were not anticipated to be precision instruments let alone to still be functioning 75 year on.
WW2 Jaeger LeCoultre RAF Issue General Service Pocket watch A typical WW2 General Service timepiece of army issue pattern, but engraved with Royal Air Force property marks. This cross over of equipment from one branch of the Armed Forces to another, is actually not so unusual, although to see an army timepiece marked up as RAF property, is! This Jaeger LeCoultre pocket watch is actually in very good untouched original condition and working order. The yellow colouring seen on the watch face, is caused by the aged celluloid glass and the dial beneath is very clean and bright indeed, with no flaking paint. Likewise, internally the movement is also fresh looking. Externally the case shows some minor signs of service wear, which only amounts to some rubbing of the high spot edges and a tiny pin head pocket dint on the case back. All in all, a very good example of a difficult to find RAF general service pocket watch, by a prestigious maker. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Longines US Navy - Stop Second Chronograph Wristwatch Made by Longines in around 1938, this watch was originally developed as a "Hack" Watch for the US Navy and the maritime Distance Finding Stations. As such, this watch is known to have been shipped to their American agency, Longines-Wittnauer in May 1940. Although few of these watches were ever military marked, Hack Watches like this and the Weems patent, were useful for aviators and anyone else requiring precision timing. The steel cased versions were initially made to fulfil military contracts, whilst gold filled base metal cased versions were commercially sold to other professionals users, doctors and the like. This version on sale here is the considerably rarer military steel variant and given it come from a 1938 batch shipped to the US Navy supplier, odds are that this example is one of the USN contract pieces. Longines' archives as well as M.E Whitney's book, "Military Timepieces," have been used to confirm this information. As is, this watch is presented in superb condition and proper working order. The last owner states that the watch has been serviced within the last two years - certainly judging by the bright clean condition of the movement, this appears to be so. However, that is just an opinion and does not amount to any expression of warranty; this can be purchased separately. A box is shown for display purposes, but that is not included in this sale. Overall a superb example of a rare and desirable military specified Longines, with its original signed crown and the rare 17 jewel caliber 12.68Z Stop movement. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £120.
WW2 Longines Weems Pilot's Wristwatch Longines were perhaps the front runner for the supply of professional pilot's watches, many of which were designed for Longines, by aviators themselves. This watch is no exception, having been conceived by Lt. Commander Philip Van Horne Weems, a pilot with the US Navy and friend of Charles Lindbergh. This Longines is certainly a military grade watch, coming from a batch that were imported to the USA via their Wittnauer partner agency. This can be checked by the presence of the initials LXW on the balance cock. These 3 letters are simply an import code denoting Longines@Wittnauer. As such, this Weems watch may very well be a US Navy issue timepiece or possibly, one of the private purchase examples that were retailed at the USN Academy at Annapolis. It is not a commercial piece simply because it has been factory fitted with the military spec fixed strap lugs. This Weems watch is in good working order and keeping time, but it has undergone some previous work to replace the locking crown. This is typical of many Weems watches, which are now rare to find with all their original crowns. Nevertheless, the replaced locking mechanism is functional and looks convincing. The dial has also been restored in the distant past and is now once again starting to show signs of age related wear. Perhaps these alterations merely go to show that this Weems watch remained in service long after other watches might have been retired. It suggests that its former owner placed a high value upon his trusted timepiece. Rarely offered at prices this low. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Military Issue Cyma - GSTP Pocket Watch This is a good and tidy, dent free example of a General Service Trade Pattern pocket watch of WW2, made by the Cyma watch company and supplied to the British Army. It shows just minor wear and light handling marks, but is nevertheless in excellent condition throughout. Presented in full working order, this GSTP has an excellent fresh looking Cyma movement, but it has not been serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Military Issue GS Pocket Knife - Aircrew Used c.1942 Made by J. Rodgers & Sons of Norfolk Street, Sheffield, this particular General Service issue pocket knife was one of several designs that were produced during WW2, by many manufacturers. This example is a little larger than some, and has the maker's details on the blade, as well as the "1942" date. A stamped number '6' or '9' is also present on the spike. Although usually attributed to the Royal Navy as a jackknife, this one was reportedly carried by an RAF aircrew gunner. However his details are not known, with the information merely being anecdotal from the man's nephew. Presented in good condition with a sharp blade, showing signs of service use and age discolouration. Good spring tension holds the blades tight when closed.
WW2 Military Pattern Wristwatch By Elco This is a lovely military pattern wristwatch, made by Elco during WW2. It is a commercial timepiece, but features all the attributes of a soldier's watch. The black luminous dial, waterproof case and shock-protected fully jewelled Swiss movement, would have made this watch a good choice for field wear. Even today the watch is capable of working well and keeping time, but please note that it has not been serviced and its waterproof qualities will have deteriorated over the decades. A great military inspired watch at a bargain price.
WW2 Military Service Omega Wristwatch A scarce WW2 military pattern Omega wristwatch, similar to those worn by RAF pilots, but benefitting from having an all steel (not economy alloy) case. All snap closures are tight. Case showing natural service wear with tiny ding to back - with no polishing or dressing up! Overall, the watch has some minor age related imperfections to the dial, possibly caused by bright sun bleaching resulted in a faded "Omega" name to front. Case and movement all fully signed. Omega 15 jewel movement is working well and keeping good time, but watch has not been serviced. Watch measures approximately 31 mm excluding the crown. Offered complete with an original and new old stock WW2 military canvas watch strap. A Premium Service option is available for this watch, plus a 12 month warranty.
WW2 New Old Stock - RAF Mark IID 8 Day Aircraft Clock This is a rare 1944 dated Air Ministry, RAF aircraft clock made by Smiths. It is in pristine condition, showing virtually no signs of wear or use. The black bakerlite casing is perfect, as is the glass and subsidiary red indicator hands that the pilot would have set to a mark a predetermined time. The dial is fully marked with printed details and impressed serial numbers, plus date. All in all, a very impressive example of a wartime instrument panel clock. Presented in full working order, the clock runs well and keeps time over its 8 day running duration. This would be a difficult clock to improve upon. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 New [2nd] Pattern FS Knife, c.1941 The original Fairbairn Sykes knife was modified in 1941, into this simpler form, which most obviously now had a straight hand guard. With this change, Wilkinson Sword termed the knife as their, "New Pattern," which they continued to manufacture along with J. Clark & Son. It was only in more recent times that collectors termed this design as the "Second Pattern," to rear to the FS knives produced between 12th of August 1941 until the end of 1943. During this time, Wilkinson estimates that 53,000 FS knives were produced, although other patterns followed thereafter. Stamped with a War Department issue broad arrow and B2 mark, this knife is in very good used condition, with no damage, other than the working life removal of the tabs on the scabbard. The brass flat ended chape is typical of those produced by Wilkinson, suggesting that the knife was also likely by the same manufacturer. Overall, a very good example of a scarce wartime FS knife, probably made by Wilkinson, with some original colour. Overall length = 11.5 inches Blade length = 6.6 inches
WW2 Old Military Surplus - Ebel ATP Military Wristwatch Case Dating from WW2, this is an old army surplus part case for the rare Ebel ATP wristwatch, complete with the correct glass. As it has never been issued, the steel case back has not yet been engraved.
WW2 Polish Army Eagle - Embroidered Armoured Corps Beret Badge This is a genuine WW2 British made sew on cloth badge, made for the Polish Army. With its black ground, it is of the type that would have been used by the Armoured Corps. The badge is in mint, new old stock condition, showing just a little age crazing to the waxed finish on the rear of the badge.
WW2 Polish Army Eagle Cap Badge - Palestine Issue A scarce and genuine Polish 2nd Corps, Army Eagle cap badge, made for the troops of General Anders' army in Palestine, c.1942. This badge is a sturdy brass casting made at source by local artisans. The eagle retains its original patina and the correct square iron nut, to the slightly worn thread, fixing on the reverse. A good example.
WW2 Polish Second Korps - Palestine Made Army Eagle Badge A genuine WW2 Polish Eagle Badge made from sheet brass, which has been hand stamped and artisan worked in Palestine. The badge retains its original square nut and steel washer, with age related wear and patina.
WW2 RAF Aircrew Issue Ditching Whistle This is a genuine WW2 issue whistle made by Hudsons, bearing Air Ministry marks. Whistles of this type were carried by aircrew for attracting attention in an emergency. They were most often attached to lapels or worn around the neck, as suggested by this example that comes with a neck cord and old label, possibly bearing the name of its original owner, "N. R. PARMENTER." Overall a good honest example with some slight sign of service wear. Original cork pea still present.
WW2 RAF Coastal Command Admiralty Pattern ASDIC Stop Watch Founded in 1936, RAF Coastal Command's primary task during WW2 was to protect convoys from U-Boat attack. This took the form of flying visual patrols over the sea in a hope of catching a U-Boat on the surface recharging its batteries, to the more high tech use of sonobouys. These US invented sonobouys were first used in 1942, being deployed into the water by Short Sunderalnd flying boats of 210 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command. These bouys emitted sonar (aka ASDIC) pings which were transmitted through the sea to receiving ships and aircraft. In this manner RAF Coastal Command was also instrumental in safeguarding allied ships. This Admiralty Pattern Waltham can be dated from the serial number to a manufacturing year of 1941… delivered in time to have been of used in conjunction with sonobouy. Of course, these timers were Royal Navy issue, but this stop watch bears the added flying equipment property code of the RAF, making this a most interesting Coastal Command timepiece. Presented in working order, this watch is in good condition showing just light sign of service wear. However, the watch has not been tested for accuracy in timekeeping - nevertheless, a Premium Service can be requested. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 RAF Escape Compass - Aircrew Issue This small concealable escape compass was available to RAF aircrews during WW2 and may have also been adopted as kit by the SOE. This brass compass is in good condition, having retained much original finish. The glass is not cracked, but it does have a couple of tiny imperfections, which appear to be manufacturing flaws. It also appears to be in working order, using a luminous squared off compass rose with red North pointer.
WW2 RAF Ground Personnel Issue Pocket Watch Robert Pringle & Sons were a family run jewellery business in Clerkenwell London, from 1835 to 1965. During WW2, this family business stepped up to supply stopwatches to the War Department, but timepieces of this nature were only offered in smaller quantities to the Air Ministry. These Air Ministry timepieces were issued to RAF ground staff as general service pocket watches and as such, they are beautifully engraved with the A.M. and King's Crown mark. Furthermore, each timepiece was boldly marked with the supplier's name. Offered in excellent condition, this watch is in wonderful untouched condition. Even the dial still bears the original numbered ink stamp. All fully working and keeping time, but not serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 RAF Issue Jaeger LeCoultre Pocket Watch This is a rare version of the WW2 issue Jaeger LeCoultre pocket watch, made especially for Royal Air Force issue and, to Air Ministry specifications. This variant is unmistakable, having the non luminous dial and correct pattern hands together with the enlarged subsidiary seconds hand. Coupled with all of this, this watch also bears RAF codes to the rear of the case. Over all, this watch is in very good condition throughout, showing just a hint of service related wear, but no damage or evidence of abuse. Even the glass is the original celluloid type, giving the otherwise white dial, a yellowish hue. Even mechanically the watch is in good order and keeping time, but as always with vintage watches, the Premium Service would be a recommended investment. A difficult watch to better. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 RLM Wempe Luftwaffe Pilot's Wristwatch, c.1935 The Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) was formed in 1933, tasked with the development and production of all German aircraft. Under the charge of the Minister, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, civil aircraft designs were made to be adaptable, to fulfil planned military expectations. This was also true of the Nav. B-Uhr (Navigation Beobachtungsuhr) watches that they developed, which were adopted in 1935 by the newly emerging Luftwaffe. The RLM nevertheless continued to exist throughout WW2, advancing the needs of the Luftwaffe. Signed by Wempe on the inside of the back cover, this pilot's watch was constructed c.1935. It is a large wristwatch, meant to be worn around the arm of a bulky flying suit, which essentially used a Swiss pocket watch movement at its core. Such earlier watches, with their traditional 12 hour dial layout, would have been worn by the Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War, but later recommendations saw the dial design change during WW2. The second pattern of B-Uhr watch featured a more prominent outer seconds track, together with a smaller inner hour dial. With its low 3 digit serial number, this early RLM timepiece existed before the outbreak of hostilities and as such, would likely have been one of the first Luftwaffe timepieces to have seen combat in an aerial campaign. Yet the watch remains in very good cosmetic condition and working order, working and keeping time, although it has not been serviced. However, a Premium Service option complete with a 12 month warranty is available. This 55 mm diameter watch is fully marked on the outside, as well as having its Herstseller details on the inside. Plus, much of the original grey coated finish remains to the case, making this watch a good example at a sensible price.
WW2 Royal Navy HS^5 Survey Vessel's Pocket Watch In 1939, the Royal Navy appears to have had in service, 9 Survey Vessels, but by 1943 only four of the ships remained; HMS Challenger, Franklin, Scott and White Bear, with most having been lost in the first year of action. The Survey Ships' work involved the preparation of nautical charts, which included the position plotting of sea-mines. However, between 1943 - 44 the Hydrographic Survey was very much involved in mapping of the French coastline, which helped to determine the best D-Day beeches and locations for the harbours that were to be erected. This particular watch, with its HS 5 reference, was specifically for issue to one of the RN's Survey Vessel and as such, it is a rare timepiece. Amazingly it is in excellent condition, with no damage - just minor service wear. Unlike the more common RN navigational deck watches, these timepieces have more of a utility function about them. Nevertheless, the 15 jewel Swiss movement is of a more robust quality, as is the hermetic case and thick crystal. Presented in working order and keeping time, this watch is a difficult example for the collector to find, especially in a condition as fine as this. A Premium Service watch facility is available with 12 month warranty.
WW2 Royal Navy Issue Elgin Deck Watch Made by Elgin in the USA, this watch movement was shipped across the Atlantic in 1940 as a movement only. It was then fitted into the water resistant Dennison case at one of the Royal Navy's chronometer branch workshops, before being issued as a Deck Watch. Deck Watches were used by navigators to take the correct time from the master ship's chronometer, out on deck where they would conduct their astronomical observations. For example, at midday a sextant would be used to calculate the angle of the sun. If the timing was out by just 1 minute, the error in the reading would equate to the ship's position being plotted, 17 miles out of true. Time keeping was therefore extremely important for precise navigation. This Elgin timepiece has a quality 17 jewel movement which was deemed as being adequate for the role as a Deck Watch. It is also well finished with nicely decorated top plates that only go to enhance the appearance of what was a quality watch. The Bravington's name was added after the war when stocks of these watches were purchased by the jewellery trade and sold off as military surplus. Although not serviced, this fine Elgin is presented in full working order and very good condition, with no evidence of inappropriate case opening or other nasty scratches. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Royal Navy Issue Waltham Pocket Watch A very well preserved WW2 Royal Navy issue general service pocket watch, which according to Waltham's watch records, was made in 1942. Showing just minor sign of service wear, this watch is in original issued condition - even down to having retained its correct wartime celluloid glass. This glass surface is lightly scratched, making the dial appear to be not quite as sharp as it is in reality. This glass can be polished as part of the Premium Service, if so desired. To the back of the watch the screw case is fully marked with the Admiralty broad arrow and it also bears NATO stores numbers, which evidence that the watch saw continued service with the Royal Navy after 1948. Internally the watch is in equally fine condition, mechanically working very well and keeping time - However, there is no record as to when this watch may have been last serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Small Army Issue BA Engineering Spanners This is a set of BA (British Association) magneto spanners, dated to 1943. They were military issue and bear the broad arrow, plus maker's details of J. E. R. & Co. The set, comprising of spanners 2BA, 4BA and 6BA, are in good serviceable condition.
WW2 Surplus Stock Military Lemania WWW Wristwatch Case This is an old stock military wristwatch case in near new condition, made for the Lemania Army Timepiece (ATP). However, it was never or perhaps little used, when the military changed its watch criteria to meet the specification of the Wrist Watch Waterproof, the watch was then engraved with the latest WWW military marking.
WW2 Unissued Royal Navy Torpedo Boat Deck Watch c.1942 During WW2 the Royal Navy had a requirement for accurate navigational timepieces; known as Deck Watches these came in two basic types. Larger ships carried gimballed (mounted) chronometers, whilst a regular non-gimballed version was available, mainly for use on board fast patrol and Motor Torpedo Boats. On a daily basis then, these MTBs would return to port, where their chronometers would be compared to a master time source and made ready for the next patrol. Such chronometers were given the designation of HS3 by the Hydrographic Survey department. Although unmarked, this watch presented here is a c.1942 HS3 non-gimballed deck watch, however, this example was never issued. Measuring 62mm in diameter, this watch is in excellent condition and good working order. However, the Premium Service is an optional consideration to ensure optimum performance. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 Unitas British Army Issue Wristwatch Unitas was a high volume provider of pocket watch movements during WW2, however it is only the British army issue wristwatch that ever got to bear their name. Unitas watches are sought after not only because of their quality, but also as wearable item, they are one of the larger ATPs to have been supplied. Furthermore, the cases made of steel case too! Offered in excellent condition, this Unitas ATP is quite simply a lovely watch in wonderful unspoilt condition. Frequently referred to by soldiers as the Army TimePiece, this acronym is now known to stand for Army Trade Pattern. This is merely a reference to the fact that the watch was not for public consumption and part of the supply deal was that these watches should be destroyed when their services became obsolete. However, the watch has clearly been sold off as surplus to the London jeweller Bravingtons, who sold them on to consumers as inexpensive ex military watches - something that should never have happened, but fortunately it did, salvaging this watch from what otherwise would have been the scrap heap. The watch is in good working order, but it has not been serviced. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Thanks to an eagle eyed collector who noticed that this watch features an inner shock protecting ring with just 3 prongs, it has now been identified that there are indeed two types of case for the Unitas ATP. The most obvious distinction between the two types is that the case back of this example has longer and deeper machined key slots around its edge. ZMW Militaria suspects that this was the first case to be produced at Unitas (or possibly being made for them, as Unitas tended to be a factory specialising in the manufacture of watch movements). Next, for ease of construction, a screw back case made with the aid of a press was introduced. The second generation case can be quickly identified as having smaller key notches around the rim and would likely have been more expeditiously manufactured. To support this notion it is recognised that these later cases are in more plentiful supply and internally too, they differ with a shock protecting ring of thinner metal gauge that has a 5 pronged ring. Case parts are not interchangeable between the two models. So, two types to watch out for!
WW2 US Air Corps Jaeger Disk Speed Indicator Jaeger and LeCoultre were once two separate watch companies, following parallel paths. Jaeger became increasingly involved in the industrial side of watchmaking, producing automotive and aviation instruments, setting themselves up in America to become the, Jaeger Watch Co. Inc. of New York. LeCoultre also looked to expand in the USA with the assistance of Longines-Wittnauer, establishing themselves as importers of unfinished Swiss watches, calling themselves LeCoultre & Co. They also had aspirations to become involved more in the aviation market: Then, later on in Switzerland during the 1930s, the two watch houses merged to become the great, Jaeger LeCoultre, just as they are known today. This superb Jaeger Disk Speed Indicator is a most unusual military contract timer made in the 1930s for the US Army Air Corps. It is presented in excellent original condition, complete with its original box, instructions and spare shaft tip. The DSI works somewhat like a stop watch that has a working balance within its mechanism. This is activated by pressing the push button, which gets the balance swinging and the movement begins to tick. At this point the DSI's drive shaft is placed onto the spinning axle (perhaps on an aircraft propellor boss) that would have required to have its speed of rotation checked. Only when the DSI is ticking will the instrument function to accurately time the revolutions per minute. An intriguing aviation instrument by a world class company. All fully working - although not tested for accuracy.
WW2 USAAF Aircrew Escape Kit Compass Developed by the Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company, this compass was issued to US Army Air Force aircrews, as it formed part of their emergency survival equipment kit. Presented in excellent dent free condition, the nickel case is arranged like a pocket watch, opening and closing smartly at the press of a button. Offered in full working order, the compass is a very useable collector's item. Price includes UK domestic postage.
WW2 Waltham RAF Specification 870 Premier Wristwatch During WW2, Waltham supplied "Hack" wristwatches to both the US Army Air Force and to the Air Ministry. These timepieces became available in 1942 and were designated by the USAAF as the Type A-11. However, prior to the hack wristwatches becoming available, Waltham delivered a small stop gap quantity of their Premier 870 movements to the RAF. Little is known about these, but it is generally held that only the 18 jewel movements were supplied - not the complete watch. The reason for this well founded assumption is that once the Air Ministry took receipt of them, their in-house watchmakers fitted the Waltham Premier 870 movements into British made Dennison cases. These were then engraved or sometimes counter engraved, with 6B flying equipment codes. These earlier non-hacking Waltham Premier 870 watches were catalogued by the Air Ministry and were referred to as the Mark VIII series, for issue to navigators. In other words, the Walthams with their greater level of jewelling, superseded the ranks of the Swiss Longines, Omega, Ebel and other Mark VIIs of the day. The hack Type A-11s that followed, were delivered to the Air Ministry already fitted in American made watch cases. They were also designated as the Mark VIII. There is no denying that the rare Waltham Premier 870 Dennison cased RAF watches, were indeed wartime Mark VIIIs, but a paradox developed overtime, due to their piecemeal assembly: Periodically RAF spec Waltham Premier 870s surface (as this one has) in a plain and unattributed cushion formed case. Just like the Dennison cased examples, these too were cased in Britain. However to date, no such cushion cased watch has been found bearing any RAF property marks. The questions that this raises therefore is, just when were these cushion watches cased? Was this work authorised by the Air Ministry, or was the work done on behest of the post war jewellery trade? Still, although rare, sufficient examples of the cushion cased RAF Waltham Premier 870 exist, that it cannot be dismissed as any unprofessional amateur tampering of an RAF watch. Given the facts, a belief is held that at some point during the war, the supply of Dennison cases simply dried up, meaning that a quantity of Waltham Premier 870 watch movements remained on the shelf in storage. It is likely then that many of these fine movements were only kept for spare parts, or to repair or replace returning broken watches. This would go some way to explain why so many of the issued RAF Waltham Premiers do turn up with crossed out code and stores reference numbers. Most often these Walthams were marked as 6B/234, which was the correct reference for a navigator's wristwatch. This detail has been confirmed by the existence of an AM Air Publication dated 1942. Once the war was over, the Premier movements simply became obsolete and were most likely, sold off to the trade who cased the movements themselves, before selling them to the public. This process of liquidating military surplus in this manner, is nothing new. Jewellers of the likes of Bravingtons and Kays, plus many others, could easily have accomplished this level of work for the commercial market. Not surprisingly then, if this hypothesis is correct, it would explain just why the cushion cased RAF Walthams frequently look this good! As is, this example of the Waltham 870 Premier offered here, is one of the WW2 RAF spec Waltham movements, housed in the associated cushion case. The watch is in very good condition and working order, with little or no service wear – Nevertheless, the Premium Service is available to ensure future good running and peace of mind. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
WW2 War Department "Broad Arrow" Armourer's Punch This is a genuine new old stock armourer's punch that is wartime dated, "WD 1944." Originally such War Department punches would have been used to stamp military equipment with a Broad Arrow pheon, to show ownership and acceptance into the service, however, this example shows no sign of any use. No doubt, few will have survived intact as the smaller punches like this, were often used to mark individual components, even screw heads, to place a plethora of arrow marks over the surface of small arms. Made from hardened steel, this WD stamp measures 78mm in length and has a perfect arrow head ground into its tip, which measures 3mm in height.
WW2 War Department "Broad Arrow" Property Punch This is a genuine armourer's War Department Property marking punch, used to stamp military equipment with the Broad Arrow mark. Made from hardened steel, this steel stamp is marked with the maker's details "JTC & SLD," together with a manufacture date of 1943. Overall the stamp is 70mm in length, with the arrow mark measuring approximately 4mm in height, showing little sign of use.
WW2 War Department "Broad Arrow" Property Punch ZMW Militaria has acquired a number of Broad Arrow armourer's punches, but this sale is for one only, as shown: This is a genuine armourer's War Department Property marking punch, used to stamp military equipment with the Broad Arrow mark. Made from hardened steel, this steel stamp is marked with the a manufacture date of 1944, together with an additional Broad Arrow impressed into the shank. Overall the stamp is 75mm in length, with the arrow mark measuring approximately 4mm in height, showing little or no sign of use.
WW2 Zenith - German Army Issue DH Wristwatch This military wristwatch was made by the Swiss company Zenith. It is a superb example of one of the high end timepieces that were supplied during WW2, to the German Army c.1942. Overall the watch shows little sign of service wear, retaining most of its original finish. The movement looks to be immaculate and is working well, keeping time. However, there is no record as to when this watch was last serviced. Overall this is a wonderful example of one of the best quality timepieces that were issued through the Wermacht. All fully marked on the steel back with the DH issue number. Actual watch measures 34mm in diameter, without the crown. The strap that accompanies this Zenith is a high quality modern matt black "military vintage style" leather band faithfully copies the character of the WW2 originals. The recommended Premium Service, including a 12 month warranty, is offered for this timepiece for only £60.
Zeiss Dialyt 10x40 Binoculars & Case A superb pair of high grade Zeiss Dialyt roof prism binoculars, presented in excellent condition. The 10 x 40 multicoated lenses are pristine and are suitable for a multitude of applications, but particularly good for bird watching and scanning the sky at night. The body has a perfect leather covering, showing little sign of any use. Sold complete with leather neck strap and case - All immaculate. A fine pair of vintage Zeiss binoculars, which are an appreciating asset comparable to many top end optics produced today, yet at a fraction of the price.
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