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BH0001
BH0001
A scarce Black Watch ceremonial ostrich feathered bonnet with diced red and white band, ribboned tail and regimental red hackle. Has regimental four ""tails"" for the Black Watch. Complete with chin strap.  Excellent condition though has seen service wear - there are 2 names marked on the sweat band.  Fully adjustable with strap for various head sizes.   The unusual and interesting point is a top quality Officers bonnet badge, this badge is also sought after in its own right.  A really fine item of Scottish Military History.

BH0002
BH0002
A nice early Irish helmet made by 'Vickers', in excellent condition though has seen plenty of service wear - see pictures. Remains of the white paint finish revealing the original issue colouring. Pads in very good condition, with markings, chin strap snapped though complete. A fine early Irish helmet in 'as found' condition, would benefit from some care and attention.
     £375.00
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BH0003
BH0003
Victorian home service helmet leather backed chin strap, gilt curb chain, the links 5/8 inch wide and strap lined with leather, in unworn condition, chinstrap chain length is 41cms and 46 cm including the securing rings, will most likely give a little more once allowed to relax on a helmet, found within a box of shirt collars, rare to find a chin strap in unworn condition, a scarce part to find as a spare.

BH0004
BH0004
A beautiful miniature French Kepi of the Spahis, traditionally light cavalry regiments, France retains one unit of Spahis as an Armoured Regiment, all the other Spahis regiments were disbanded by the early 1960s. The 1st Régiment de Spahis Marocains remains as the armoured regiment and saw service in the Gulf War. The regiment also maintains the traditions of the entire Spahi corps as it previously existed. Exceptionally for a French armoured cavalry regiment, it uses gold (and not the usual silver) insignia. The "Ordonnance du Roi portant organisation de la cavalerie indigène en Algerie" of 7 December 1841 establishing the Spahis as a regular corps of the French Army specifies this distinction for sous-officers, brigadiers and officers both French and indigenous. This beautiful presentation kepi was presented to the Royal Tank Regiment in the early 60s by seconded senior Spahis officers following their tour with the RTR. The kepi is about one third scale, finely made and stunningly presented within a purposefully made box. The box has the manufacturer's details 'Ecole Militaire Interames' name plate within the red silk lined front edge. A fine item in excellent condition overall - slight fraying on the rear right edge where the hat top has rubbed or moved against the box inside.
     £225.00
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BH0005
BH0005
Officer's hat tin in excellent clean condition, diameter is 10.5 inches (26.5cm), name plate on top 'T Cocksedge'. Most likely a navy chap. Nice hat tins are slowly becoming harder to find.

BH0006
BH0006
WW2 Fire Guard helmet, these were volunteer watchers who stood vigil on buildings checking for residual fires after bombing raids, helping to extinguish any such fires and to call for aid if anything presents a danger to proprty and life. White painted helmet with 'FG' stencilled on to the surface to identify the wearer as a Fire Guard. Overall in good condition though used and shows signs of wear and tear which in some ways add to it's character. An interesting homefront item.

BH0007
BH0007
British RAF peaked cap for other ranks, in excellent basically unworn condition, size detail removed though is normal size 57-58 cm.

BH0008
BH0008
WW2 Royal Artillery Officer's side cap in excellent condition, maker marked or though no sizing that I can see, internal length approx 27cm so cap around the 56-58 cm mark, nicely lined, bullion wire cap badge to front along with the correct King's Crown Royal Artillery buttons. A very nice cap.

BH0009
BH0009
Original early 1950-60s officer's peaked cap showing the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to the peak. The hat has no badge and no insignia to the leather covered buttons. It has a faint stamped label to the inside reading 'BECHUANALAND CAP AND HELMET MNFRS (PTY) LTD' and is size labelled 7 1/8. It is in nice condition, showing a few marks and vey light surface moth to the crown. A nice colonial Officers hat which came from the estate of a British Army Officer who served with British East Africa Command and British Land Forces Kenya in the 1950-60s.

BH0010
BH0010
Wolseley pattern pith helmet with 7 fold khaki head band 'Pagri' with the black top line and vented crown. The helmet is made by Gieves of London, the Royal Navy outfitters and is complete with leather sweatband and chinstrap. Helmet, sweatband and chinstrap are undamaged with just a little fraying to the internal green covering. The crown of the helmet has the correct vent. The inside of the helmet has a nice maker’s label ‘Gieves Ld’ along with their London address and the ‘Royal Navy’ connection, some internal staining to the top rear. A nice example of the distinctive British design with its swept back brim used throughout the WW1 and WW2 period.
     £130.00
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