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WW2 FAA HS8 Omega Pilot's Watch, c.1942

WW2 FAA HS8 Omega Pilot's Watch, c.1942

An outstanding and possibly unissued example of a Fleet Air Arm pilot's wristwatch by Omega. Made c.1942, the FAA versions are rarer and do not conform to the same spec as those used by the RAF. Although both the air force and the navy used the legendary 30T2SC movement, there were a number of differences in the case construction. True to these, this watch features the higher grade brass casing, typically reserved for sea service. This case is cosmetically untouched, retaining its unpolished factory dull "industrial-grade" finish. This is all correct for this model, which still has its original strap bars, retaining its service issue leather two-piece band. This remains in supple and wearable condition.

All Hydrographic Survey and broad arrow marks are clear, although, in all instances that I have examined over 30 years, these were never deeply engraved.

Those rare military watches that have survived the war "unissued," often have a reason for remaining in-store and whilst collectors will hypothesise as to the reasons, it won't change the fact that this is a superior and near-pristine wartime FAA issue pilot's watch, with the Lemrich signed dial showing some minor speckling - For all intents, unworn and functioning perfectly.

A stunning example.

Code: 51207

2250.00 GBP

Pre WW2 Longines Deck Watch & Box

Pre WW2 Longines Deck Watch & Box

An immaculate Royal Navy issue Longines Deck Watch of the first pattern, complete with its original box. These pre-WW2 non-gimballed watches were received by the Admiralty in time for the start of the war and as such, few remain and even less are still together with their factory protective numbered boxes. In fact, this is the only example known to still be with its box.

Presented in pristine condition, the watch is in full working order - Undamaged and untouched - keeping excellent time. The dial, movement and box all bear the broad arrow, as well as the same serial numbers and production numbers, dating the watch's manufacture to 1938.

Whilst the second pattern issued in 1944 is more plentiful, this earlier watch is a difficult version to find, let alone in this outstanding and complete condition.

Code: 51208


HS9 Royal Navy Lemania Chronograph, c.1947

HS9 Royal Navy Lemania Chronograph, c.1947

An excellent example of an early Royal Navy Lemania chronograph wristwatch, issued to the Fleet Air Arm. Fully marked with the pre-NATO Hydrographic Survey codes, and never renumbered, identifying it as a pilot's watch.

This watch is in perfect working order, with all the chronograph functions operating crisply. The high-grade signed movement looks bright and fresh and free from any inappropriate tool marks. Equally lovely is the white dial, which is stamped with the pre tritium era, "P" for promethium mark. All hands, crown and chrono-pusher are the factory originals, making this a stand-out example. The steel case is sharp and the watch will come fitted to a genuine NATO strap, including the leather band that it is currently fitted to.

A great example for the investor, collector and everyday user of top-end watches.

Code: 51209

2995.00 GBP

Irish Top Hat Percussion Pistol By Calderwood, c.1830

Irish Top Hat Percussion Pistol By Calderwood, c.1830

A percussion pistol by the Irish gunsmith, Calderwood of Dublin, made during the early years of the percussion era, c.1830. At this time percussion caps were different and relied on a flange around their rim making them look like tiny "top hats", which were held down by a false frizzen device. This arrangement not only prevented the cap from falling off but also offered some protection from accidental discharge.

Top hat caps were short-lived before simple improvements in manufacturing techniques made the rim unnecessary. This improvement makes the earliest pistols hard to find.

Presented in full working order, this turn-off barrel pistol is offered in good cosmetic condition, showing just light sign of former carry, the ironwork has a dark age patina and some age-related staining. The action is strong and all springs function positively, including the automatic trigger.

Overall this is a good example of a pocket pistol, morphing from flintlock and into the new percussion era.

Barrel length = 2 inches
Overall length = 6¾ inches

Code: 51206


Unissued - WW2 J Rodgers Jack Knife, c.1943

Unissued - WW2 J Rodgers Jack Knife, c.1943

Made by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield, this 1943 dated Jack Knife is in untouched condition, showing just a hint of age patina - No sharpening evident. It looks absolutely superb.

A great knife for the collector or one for the individual who requires a substantial knife that complies with UK Law for EDC.

Code: 51205


S&W No.2 Army Revolver, c.1861

S&W No.2 Army Revolver, c.1861

Smith & Wesson introduced their Model No.2 Army revolver in 1861, which became a very popular handgun among both Union and Confederate forces. In fact, these revolvers were so sought after that many copies were spawned from unauthorised gunmakers. However, this No.2 revolver is guaranteed to be genuine.

Chambered for the obsolete .32 rimfire round, this revolver is in good condition throughout, with some traces of original finish remaining in sheltered areas, whilst the rest of the ironwork displays an attractive aged salt and pepper patina. All engraving is clear, including the patent dates around the cylinder and the action works crisply. The bore shows clear rifling, with some pitting. The grips are good, retaining some original varnish.

Overall this classic S&W revolver is in very good condition, with no sign of abuse.

Barrel length = 6 inches
Overall length = 11 inches

Code: 51204


Colt M1849 .31 Pocket Revolver, c.1870

Colt M1849 .31 Pocket Revolver, c.1870

A Model 1849 .31 Colt Pocket revolver, dating to 1870, must make it one of the last percussion pistols to have been made by the gunmaker.

With a full set of matching serial numbers, this revolver is in good condition, with working action and dark age patina, retaining some elements of the cylinder scene and clear barrel address. The bore is good with deep rifling and the grips are undamaged, overall, making this revolver much better than the price suggests.

Barrel length = 4 inches
Overall length = 8½ inches

Code: 51203


Pre War

Pre War "Battle of Britain" Longines Pilot's Watch

A very good, Longines pilot's wristwatch of pre-war pattern, supplied to the Air Ministry by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company. According to Longines records, these watches were produced in 1939, making this among the first military wristwatches to reach the Royal Air Force, perhaps even before the Battle of Britain.

Purchased from Longines by their London agents, this particular batch of 6B watches differed from later wartime variants. Most noticeably, these utilised "all-steel" cases that housed a decorated commercial-spec 12.68 movement, as well as featuring hand styles and oversized crowns of the type that appear in 1930s Longines' catalogues. As such, this watch is correct, having retained the proper factory, "leaf", blue hands and early big crown. Both these features were later redesigned for the subsequent versions of the Longines' RAF watch.

Overall, the watch's steel case shows just minor signs of service wear and has not been polished or restored. The "AM" marking, flying equipment codes, supplier's details and date, whilst a little rubbed, remain clear and legible, as is the wartime dial - Probably refurbished by G&S Co. during their routine servicing of the timepiece.

Presented in full working order, this Longines is still keeping excellent time, making it an admirable addition to any collection of historic timepieces, or to wear. Sold complete with a vintage wartime pattern leather strap.

A very difficult to find "Battle of Britain" Longines of 1939 spec.

Code: 51202

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Tower Coastguard Flintlock Pistol, c.1825

Tower Coastguard Flintlock Pistol, c.1825

A rare Tower flintlock pistol dating to c.1825 and first issued to the Coastguard - an anti-smuggling force formed in 1822 from the former Preventive Water Guard.

"Tower" marked on the bolted lock tail, this flintlock is Board of Ordnance marked on the furniture as well as having the government acceptance stamps, plus the additional crown stamp to the barrel tang. The butt also appears to have a partial crown emblem struck to the left side, as well as other armoury marking.

Presented in good working order, with strong springs, the iron work is showing a grey age patina. Woodwork is generally good but with some evident wear and service knocks - nothing major.

All in all, a rare flintlock seldom found in such a good condition.

Barrel length = 4¼ inches
Overall length =

Code: 51188


Silver Royal Artillery Issue Pocket Watch, c.1895

Silver Royal Artillery Issue Pocket Watch, c.1895

A fine and rare watch made by Adam Burdess in Coventry and issued to the Royal Artillery. These pocket watches are among the earliest British Army timepieces to be issued to soldiers, with this example being silver hallmarked for 1895.

At first, the Army's procurement of key-wound fusee pocket watches might seem questionable, after all, "keyless" watches were in plentiful supply from Swiss and American companies that had invested in a programme of industrial modernisation; however, it was not the same in Britain. Here, good watches were not mass-produced and if you needed a quality robust timepiece then it would be largely handbuilt to a proven (some would say "antiquated") design. In this instance, the watch was made in Coventry, one of England's important industrial centres.

Adam Burdess himself was an innovative watchmaker who developed his own "Pump" winding system for his watches that did not use a key, nor a crown. Burdess supplied these watches at a time when the face of modern warfare was rapidly changing. Technology in the form of improved transport, weapons and communication brought about advances and in turn new military tactics needed to be devised. Rather than leave strategies to develop at their own pace, use of synchronisation and timing became a necessity for the armed forces.

Just a few years later the Royal Artillery would see action in the Boer War where telegraphy was to be used for the first time in battle. To promote better communication watches were needed by the telegraphers (see item #50967). On this occasion however, the War Department with just short notice obtained Swiss keyless watches, albeit supplied via the British jewellery trade. One can only believe that the RA brought along their prized watches too, as they would have been privy to the communications directing their synchronised fire. Their watches would originally have the Regiment a substantial sum.

This Adam Burdess watch is in superb condition and excellent running order, keeping time as it also benefits from a recent service by the previous owner. The double-bottomed silver case shows only the slightest sign of service wear and features a beautifully hand-engraved broad arrow as well as Regimental markings - Worthy of research. Inside the bright gilt movement is also beautifully hand engraved in the English tradition, with floral and scroll swirls. The porcelain dial is likewise excellent but as is typical of a watch that has hands set from the front, there are slight marks on the porcelain dial. Nevertheless, the watch remains a useable example for the collector and historian.


Code: 51146