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RAF Centenary Bear By Merrythought, 1918 - 2018To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, Merrythought, Britain's only traditional soft toy manufacturer, marks the occasion with its release of a handsome, fully articulated teddy bear. Much like the mascots carried by aviator's, these lovely "RAF100 Appeal" teddy bears will also help raise funds for RAF charities.
Hand-crafted in Shropshire using the softest pure mohair and cotton velvet, in a beautiful milk chocolate colour, this delightful character features a friendly smile and a tactile, bean-filled tummy. Standing about 10 inches tall, each bear wears an elegant scarlet satin ribbon, adorned with the RAF100 Appeal logo and comes in its own luxury cotton bag.
The sale of this teddy bear raises essential funds for the following RAF charities; The RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Charitable Trust, RAF Museum and the RAF Association.
Bears can be preordered and will be available from the end of March.
Code: 50788Price: 99.00 GBP
Naval 4-Shot Flintlock Volley Pistol, By T. Ketland, c.1800Made by Thomas Ketland c.1800, this rare 4 barrelled naval pistol was intended for use during close-quarter boarding action, where all the 60 bore barrels would be fired simultaneously. Never intended to be carried cocked and locked, this large pistol with its centrally mounted cock and frizzen, has no provision for a safety, other than that afforded by the half cock.
Clearly signed by the maker to the left of the box lock and "London," to the other side, the pistol is in working order. Exhibiting slightly rubbed London proofs, sparse decoration, together with a dot numbering system on the barrels, all combine to give this flintlock a no nonsense quality. An oversized and contoured bag-shaped butt, which swells around the pommel, also serves to give this fighting man's flintlock, a secure hand-filling grip.
Overall, a rare naval volley pistol that has probably seen service during its working life, presented in very good to excellent condition.
Barrel length = 3 inches
Overall length = 9 inches
Code: 50785Price: 2950.00 GBP
Webley & Son .442 British Bulldog Revolver, c.1885A good example of the classic Webley "British Bulldog" pocket revolver, chambered for the obsolete .442" CF (aka .44 Webley) cartridge. Made around 1885, this revolver is fully marked, "Webley & Son, London & Birmingham," along the barrel flat.
Proofed in Birmingham, this Webley Bulldog still has a working action with strong springs, all functioning without fault. It appears that this revolver has been carried, resulting in some rubbing and fading finish - The checkered grips are unspoilt.
Altogether, a very good and iconic Webley for the connoisseur collector.
Barrel length = 2½ inches
Overall length = 6½ inches
Code: 50787Price: 890.00 GBP
POLITE NOTICE - PROOF OF IDENTITY - POLITE NOTICEWould 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.
Code: 50786Price: On Request
80B Webley Wedge Frame Percussion Revolver, c.1857An excellent 80 bore Webley Wedge Frame percussion revolver, first introduced in 1857. These robust revolvers proved to be a successful design, although they were superseded within two years by the development of Webley's Solid Frame. Being both double and single action, these revolvers were considered as reliable, thanks to their straightforward mechanism.
Unsigned, but bearing Birmingham proofs, this Webley is presented in excellent condition, retaining much of its original blued finish, as well as subdued case colours to the cylinder. A working action, good bore, chambers, solid nipples, and perfect chequered grips, make this a good example for the collector.
Barrel length = inches
Overall length = inches
Code: 50758Price: 1200.00 GBP
Silver Motor Racing Chronograph by Stauffer & Co., c.1906Used by the Gordon Bennet motor racing teams, as well as being put to good use during the 1906 Olympics, these same chronograph pocket watches became the must have timepieces for motoring gentlemen, as well the police constabularies that trapped the speeding automobiles.
Not to be confuse by other Swiss watches, these special chronographs bear the Stauffer & Co. mark (Crowned S&Co.) on the high grade mechanism, which was housed in a robust Sterling silver case. Presented in very clean condition, with crisp working functions, this watch offers outstanding timekeeping, as well as a perfect porcelain dial, all original hands, crown and glass, which make this a superb timepiece for the collector or investor.
Code: 50757Price: 475.00 GBP
Antique English Revolver Box, c.1850An antique case for an English revolver, dating to c.1850. It retains its original finish and green baize lining, but the compartments have been removed.
Fitted with excellent unturned brass screws and hinges, the box benefits from having a lock, although there is no key and the escutcheon is lacking. Overall the wooden case has no structural damage - No splits, cracks or repairs. Basically, the box is an excellent starting point for an easy refit, which will require a lid medallion to complete.
External measurements = 12 x 6¾ x 2¼ inches
Code: 50783Price: 250.00 GBP
Thompson Trophy Race Plane Calendar, c.1939A scarce 1930's desk calendar in the form of a race plane from the era. These novelty items were sold as souvenirs at the US National Air Race circuits, of which perhaps the most famous annual event would have been the Labor Day, Thompson Trophy Race.
Traditionally held on the 5th September, "Labor Day," the Thompson Trophy Race would often take place in Cleveland, Ohio, where over 50,000 spectators could attend to cheer the pilots, and watch planes like the, Wedell Williams or the Gee Bee, competing in the 10 mile race, flying laps around a pylon in a hectic low altitude free-for-all. But, arguably the most famous of the racing pilots was, Roscoe Turner. Flying the Laird-Turner Meteor, he won the Thompson in both 1938 and 39, before retiring from racing to set up a pilot training school in Indianapolis. His winning plane was distinguished by having a 3 blade prop.
Other equally important air racing challenges came in the form of the Bendix, and Schneider Trophies.
Die cast, these aluminium aeroplane calendars are scarce today, yet this one is complete with its 3 dice, allowing the user to turn them to the corresponding day and date.
Presented in excellent condition, this model would be a fine and functional item for an aviation enthusiast, or gentleman's study.
Code: 50781Price: 50.00 GBP
Military Style, Smiths Astral Waterproof Wristwatch, c.1958A superb example of a military styled Smiths Astral watch, dating to c.1958. Made in England with a waterproof steel and chrome case, this watch shows little sign of any use.
Internally the 15 jewel shockproof and manual wind movement, is in top condition. The watch is keeping excellent time, but the calibre 6010 movement has not been serviced.
Overall a stunning example in original unspoilt condition. Difficult to improve upon and at a fraction of the price of a Smiths' military issue wristwatch.
A Premium Service and 12 month warranty is available.
Code: 50777Price: 290.00 GBP
Adams' Self Cocking Pocket Percussion Revolver, c.1855This fine self-cocking percussion revolver was made by an unknown European gunmaker to Adams' patent, c.1855. It is nevertheless of fine workmanship, with acanthus scroll engraving and quality finish, having once been owned by Dr. G. Lammert, whose name appears on the top strap. Most probably, Dr. Lammert kept his pistol in a desk drawer, which would account for its excellent condition.
Overall a well maintained example of a personal protection revolver, formerly owned by a professional gentleman. Retaining much original finish and sharp profiles. Mechanically tight with excellent grips.
Barrel length = 4 inch
Overall length =
Code: 50776Price: 950.00 GBP
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