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*RARE* Royal Queens County Rifles, Hallmarked silver cross belt plate. Birmingham marked for c1854. 2.5 inch diameter.
English bell top shako plate to the Berkshire regiment, in silvered brass with dark blue enamel center. Garter reads "PRO ARIS ET FOCIS" meaning "For God and Country". From a 1827 pattern Bell top shako.
*RARE* Westmeath Rifles sealed box set. marked on cover No.8894 and Reg. 4 Aug 1864, with official wax seal. Consists of uniform fabric samples, snake belt clasp, rank pip and crown, whistle boss chain and whistle, shako plate and cross belt plate.
Italian Breastplate c1580. Breast-plate of deep peascod form with medial ridge and two embossed volutes at the top, articulated armhole gussets and single articulated plate skirt. Tall inward-turned, finely roped rolls at the neck and armholes. Armourer mark below rope twist at neck center of plate, (See photos). Steel buckles at the shoulders. Breast of heavier form, consistent with those made for cavalry use.
A Rare British officers Horse Guards Cuirass, complete with back and front plate, red Morocco lining, brass and steel studs and trim, brass shoulder scales with lion mask trim, dating from around c1830 - 40's. In very good condition.
Uniform + Feather Bonnet to Lieut. Col. D.Munro of the 1st Volunteer Battalion Cameron Highlanders. Complete with boots, trews, tunic, tartan shawl with plaid brooch, crimson sash, belt with sword hangers and officers belt clasp, cross belt with officers cross belt plate, and feather bonnet with named tin.
WWII Royal Ulster Rifles Officers Tunic, with full ranks and titles, officers collars, metal RUR shoulder titles and Inniskilling transfer printed Shoulder titles. Period binoculars, Belt with pouch and holster. Plus Liberation or Surrender Document. See images.
A Victorian officers Royal Artillery Sabretache, full dress Bullion embroidered.
Ulster Special Service Force cap with original badge. Cap maker G. Baird Mayfair & Belfast (The plastic inside the cap is modern, place in to help protect the silk lining). Extremely rare.
Ulster Volunteer Force Officer’s cap with original 2nd Battalion North Down officers cap badge. Cap maker G. Baird Mayfair & Belfast (The plastic inside the cap is modern, place in to help protect the silk lining). Extremely rare.
Ulster Volunteer Force cap with original badge. Cap maker G. Baird Mayfair & Belfast. (The plastic inside the cap is modern, place in to help protect the silk lining).
Boxed Fur WWI Prussian officers Hussar busby, with original cords and chin scales. Yellow bag, cockade, white and green feather plumbe and Brass banner badge reading “MIT GOTT FUR KONIG UND VATERLAND” meaning “With God for King and Homeland”. Hard leather box with yellow silk lining.
British WWI Tank crew shrapnel mask, nicknamed the Splatter mask. Made up of a crude metal face mask with eye slits, covered in leather front and back and having a chainmail curtain hanging down for protection. The mask was designed to protect the wearer's face and eyes from 'Splash' - hot metal fragments ricocheting inside a tank created by the impact of bullets on a tank's exterior. Some of the stitching has been replaced, but still a rare item.
Royal Irish Constabulary O/R helmet with original King's Crown helmet plate. Large size, and in good condition.
A cased pair of 15 Bore French rifled officer's pistols by BERTHON PERRIN, AIX, circa 1830 converted from flintlock.in original fitted walnut case lined in green baize (areas of light wear), and complete with brass-mounted horn flask, turnscrew and bullet mould.
Boxed pair of percussion pistols by Trulock of Dublin. Saw handle checkered grips and captive ramrod. Box fully fitted. The coat of arms of the Needham family, Earl of Kilmorey, Mourne and Newry can be found ontop of barrel on the tang of both pistols.
Transitional Percussian pistol with rare barrel twist tamp mechanism. Maker Joseph Harkom, Edinburgh. Six shot rifled barrel and spring ram – rod.
Knuckle duster Pistol by J. Delhaxe Brevete, No.23. Over all length of concealed blade 2.5 inch. 6 shot Rimfire.
Five shot Tranter, No.12395T with 4.5 inch barrel. Boxed with accessories. Personalised in Gold (D Hutchinson) on side of barrel. Supplier John Hayton, Graham's town S.Africa, No.12395T.
Irish "Pomeroy Infantry" oval and convex cross belt plate c1798. Complete with hook and two studs to back for attachment.
Nineteenth Century Bronze signal cannonwith turned detail to barrel, complete with cast iron carriage. Over all barrel length 305mm and over all barrel and carriage length 430mm.
Japanese Edo Period Samurai Armour. The Armour - (Cuirass, Fauld, Cuisse, Shoulders, etc.. ) have small minor damage from historical use. The arm and leg armour is missing.
The Kabuto (Helmet) is in excellent condition, the Shikoro (Neck Guard) has some minor damage, the Kabuto crest is undamaged, and the Kabuto liner is in excellent condition, apart from one of the three tie loops being broken. (the loop to right as you look at helmet).
The Mempo (Face mask) is in typical grotesque mask style and is in great condition.
Military Cross to Captain James McMechan M/C Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Named and dated on reverse of medal
A World War Two bronzed figure sculpted by Robert Delandre and presented as a prize trophy in 1941. The plaque on base reads " SIEGER LEUTNANT KARL KEMPE LUFTWAFFE DEUTSCH WEHRSPORTEREIGNSIS PARIS 1941" which translates as "Winner Lieutenant Karl Kempe Luftwaffe German Military Sports event Paris 1941". It measures 533mm over all to highest point. The base is marked R.Delandre (the sculpter, born in October 1879 and died June 1961).
A framed blazer badge and Glengarry to the Wellington College Volunteers, c1883. *RARE*
This is a swagger stick markered to the C.I.V. or City of London Imperial Volunteers, and dated 1900, fully hallmarked and engraved to the owner, Lord Major Sir. James Alfred Newton Bt. and his address in Regents Park. James Alfred Newton was responsible for raising the finances to form the C.I.V. This item comes with research on Sir. Newton with background research on how he raised the money, plus a printout of him in his Lord Majors robes.
Large Original Sixth Inniskilling Dragoons framed Muster Roll December 1890, in original frame. overall width 615mm x over all high 770mm. This is printed and then hand coloured, and hand signed by every member of the Regiment for December 1890.
RARE 1st Nottinghamshire Rifle Volunteer corps Cross belt and pouch. Unmarked silver or white metal, complete with whistle boss, chains and whistles, cross belt plate and pouch. Pouch badge slightly bent out of shape but could be easily fixed. This unit was raised c1859 - c1881.
Prussian WWI officers Fur Busby, 1st life Hussars regiment. with original silver securing cords and chin scales. Red cloth bag, officers cockade and field insignia. Silvered banner badge which reads "MIT GOTT FUR KONIG UND VATERLAND" meaning "With God for King and Homeland" over characteristic Totenkopf badge, the Death's Head. very good condition.
Prussian WWI officers Fur Busby, with original cords and chin scales. Light blue bag, cockade, feather plumbe and silvered banner badge which reads "MIT GOTT FUR KONIG UND VATERLAND" meaning "With God for King and Homeland" very good condition.
WWI German M16 Camouflage Steel Helmet stamped I believe "ET66" (hard to make out) In good over all condition.
WWII Italian SS Tropical Sahariani Bustina or side cap, worn in North Africa and Sicily. Has Totenkopf skull to front of cap and Italian SS eagle badge to side of cap, (Eagle stamped 800 for silver purity). very good condition.
WWII German M43 Army Officers Field cap. In excellent condition, almost unissued condition. Please see images for details.
Rope twist silver Viking bracelet - Tenth Century
36th Ulster Division UVF French lessons for Soldiers booklet. Designed to provide basic French for soldiers fighting in France.
Original 1st Battalion Irish Guards Rope Tension Brass Side Drum, hand painted. In excellent condition, almost mint.
Original 3rd (Co.Down) Battalion ULster Defence Regiment Rod Tension Side Drum.
WWII Irish Guards Officers Cap. In excellent condition, (Some minor marks) and with silver and enamel officers badge, Marked "L & Co. Sterling".
RARE Boxed Pinfire Pepperbox, six shot, with rifled barrels. Good crisp action.
C96 Mauser Holster / Stock Imperial German Prewar Commercial, serial No. on wrist iron 214, and regimentaly marked P.H.7.98.
A 90th Stirlingshire Militia Officers Sabretache. Approx 90% - 95% of original Silver finish remaining on badge.
A Victorian 5th Royal Irish Lancers Officers Sabretache. Approx 50% - 60% of original gilt remaining on badge and Crown.
A rare Silver spoon, Birmingham hallmarked for c1913, the year of the UVF formation, with an Enamel portrait of Sir Edward Carson to the handle and an enamel panel of the Red hand of Ulster on Shamrock in the spoon bowl. A rare Ulster Volunteer Force collectable in exceptional condition for its age. Spoon measure 122mm over all length.
Prussian Garde du Corps M1867 helmet, Jaeger 45 Marked to rim of stepped visor, and GKR. 5E. to rim of Lobster tail. Some over all wear and old repairs (See images) and good original liner. Helmet in excellent condition for its age and the history this piece has seen.
An Ivory hilted Grenadier Officers Blue & Gilt Sword, 35.5 inches over all length with 30 inch curved blade with wide fuller, Blue & Gilt panels, (Davis Birmingham) and etched for three quarters of its length with foliage palms, Trophies of arms, Crowned GR, figure of Britania. On other side of blade is foliage, trophy of arms, Royal Coat of arms, figure of Justice, with blue & gilt panel "Warranted". The Spine in Blue & Gilt with 'Lieut Col. Kearsley'. Gilt stirrup hilt with Grenade, (Small break above Grenade), lion's head pommel & Ivory grip with twisted wire. In its original gilt & tolled black leather scabbard. C1800. Research which will be included with the sword has Lieut Col. Kearsley in service with The 60th American Regiment of Foot.
The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire buffs, The Duke of Albany's) Officers plaid brooch, maker marked R & H.B. Kirkwood, 66 & 68 Thistle Street, Edinburgh. Hallmarked for c1881. Approx 80mm across at widest point.
British P-1907 First Model Hooked Quillon Bayonet & Earliest Scabbard. An Original WILKINSON made and marked Hooked Quillon P-1907 Bayonet dated "03,09" for (March 1909). Showing "Crown" over "E.R." for King Edward the Seventh (1901-1910) plus acceptance with broad arrow markings. The wooden grip with Crown over W, and the pommel cap is marked NK. (for The Norfolk Regiment) over R540, (R being Reserve).
Early pattern P-1907 long scabbard with blued standard top mount marked R596 with tear drop frog stud and the exceptionally rare internal bottom mount fully covered by the scabbard leather all but the oval tip. The rear of the Scabbard marked in the leather with Broad arrow, acceptance markings under a faint crown and 09 date, EFD and the number 6. This is a very rare bayonet and scabbard incorporating features later abandoned with the coming of World War One.
1798 Breadalbane Fencibles Irish Rebellion Scottish Volunteer Regimental Medal.
The obverse of this medal depicts a Highland Soldier holding a claymore, the reverse with long text stating that the medal was presented to 2nd Volunteer Battalion by their Colonel The earl of Bread Albane for service in Ireland following the French Invasion and suppressing the Irish Rebellion 1798.
The 1917 to 1921 Service Medal (Black and Tan Medal)
1921-1971 Survivors Medal, unnamed as issued
Rare silvered Victorian Royal Cornwall Militia or Duke of Cornwalls Rangers Cross Belt Plate, measuring 90mm from top to bottom and 76mm across widest point. Has four screw fixings North, South, East and West of reverse.
Rare early Victorian Inniskilling Dragoon Horse bit or Snaffle bit, measuring 195mm from top to bottom and 155mm across widest point.
RARE Victorian other ranks 18th Royal Irish Regiment Cross Belt Plate. These plates are heavily copied and it is rare to find an original. Plate is maker marked to back "Hawkes & Co. 14 Piccadilly" and it comes with a letter on letter headed paper from the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, based in Belfast, confirming that this is an original plate. It measures 95mm by 65mm, made of cast brass with two studs and two hooks for Shoulder belt attachment.
Victorian 8th Irish Hussars Sleeve badge, measuring 63mm from top to bottom and 38mm across widest point. Has three air holes to reverse and three fixings.
RARE c1888 Enamel Orange Order badge Adopted by Eldon No.7 Lodge. Measuring 32mm, with King William III on horse back and No Surrender 1688 - 1888 around the outer edge. The back of badge is marked "By Appointment to H.R.H the Prince of Wales, Sharman. D. Neill Manufacturing Jewellers, 12 Donegall Place Belfast, Rd.93488". Included is a printout of the original order for the badge from Sharman. D. Neill to the order.
Irish Officers "Pro Rege et Patria" meaning "For King and Country" oval cross belt plate c1778. Complete with both hooks and studs to back for attachment.
Rare Sandstone Urn made from foundation stone of Belfast City Hall, measuring 192mm in height by 85mm in width at widest point. The base of the Urn has an old repair which can be seen in the photographs provided. Silver plaque reads : "This Urn was made from Stone from the Foundations of the City Hall, Presented to Lady Henderson by Messrs H & J. Martin Builders, 18th October 1898".
The new hall was built by local firm H & J. Martin, following a design from Alfred Brumwell Thomas, who won a public competition with his classical Renaissance design. The first foundation stone were laid in 1898 and was completed eight years later when the Belfast City Hall opened its doors on 1 August 1906.
Lady Henderson, mentioned on the Urn was the wife of James Henderson, the Lord Mayor of Belfast at the time.
Funding for the new building was raised from the profits of Belfast Gasworks for which Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) was responsible.
This is a unique piece of Belfast City history.
District Inspectors Special Crime unit letter on Sean Milroy and Arthur Griffith (Founder of Sinn Fein), a rare piece of local history, measuring approx 330mm x 180mm, dated c1919 and baring the Royal Coat of Arms punched into the letterhead.
Arthur Griffith was an Irish politician and writer, who founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin. He served as President of Dáil Éireann from January to August 1922, and was head of the Irish delegation at the negotiations in London that produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, attending with Michael Collins.
Seán Milroy was an Irish politician. He was born in Maryport in Cumberland, England. He was a journalist by profession.He contested a by-election for Sinn Féin in Tyrone North East unsuccessfully. He was elected a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) at the 1921 elections for both the Cavan constituency and for the Fermanagh and Tyrone constituency. He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted in favour of it.
The letter states :
"Secret & Crime Special.
County of Tyrone
D. I. Office Omagh 21.4.1919.
A cipher message has been received here at 8.30. P.m. from Const. Gallagher, Strabane to the effect that Griffith, and Milroy left Strabane by the last train this evening for Omagh. Please report as to their arrival here."
1 D. I.
Const. Hynes. Omagh 21:4:1919
" I beg to report that the above named suspects arrived here by the 8:30 Pm train from Strabane this evening and were accompanied by Mr George Murnaghan Solicitor Omagh, who took them down to his house. I am informed that they are to remain with Mr Murnaghan tonight. There was no demonstretions of any kind for them on their arrival here."
The Dist Inspt.
RARE, WWI Imperial German Christmas Gift to the Trenches hidden Pencil. These pencil allowed the men a chance to write home. It is made of silvered brass with a WWI Iron Cross symbol on one side, and measures 55mm overall.
Victorian Inniskilling Dragoons Horse bridal Throat Plume, strap and cover, measuring 650mm over all
Edward VIII Royal Doulton Coronation Loving Cup and Official Certificate. Produced in c1937, this is marked No.225 of 2000, (Although there was apparently only around 600 produced as Edward abdicated from the Throne, measuring 260mm or 10.25 inches in height.
George VI and Elizabeth Royal Doulton Coronation Loving Cup and Official Certificate. Produced in c1937, this is marked No.735 of 2000, measuring 260mm or 10.25 inches in height.
Rare WWII Chindits CBI shoulder insignia Burma Campaign. Badge is approx 70mm in diameter and has three hook clasps to rear.
Very Rare WWII Facist Italian Militia Anti-Aircraft Artillery Lieutenants Bullion badge. MVSN Black Shirts Territorial, established in 1930's.
Rare World War One Italian Farina or Machine Gunners armoured helmet. In excellent condition given rarity. Missing leather straps, just the remnants of them left behind.
WWII MILITARY GAS MASK WITH BAG. Bag stamped "Hampton & Sons 1942", the gas mask is dated 12.9.39 No.4 BARNSLEY and Canister No.4A 1940 BARNSLEY.
Original Boxed, WWII 1939 Child's Gas Mask / Respirator, Mickey Mouse Type. Having seen the devastation caused by use of mustard gas ordnance on the battlefields of WW1 these masks were issued at the onset of WW2 when the fear of mustard or other noxious gas being dropped on the Home Front by the Luftwaffe were at their highest. The gas mask is made of rubber and is stamped 'Lot 327' & 11/39 ( November 1939). It has elasticated head retaining straps and metal filter canister with filter. The mask is complete with original cardboard box which has the name and address of owner. Caran Alexander Bryson, Carrick House, Lough Brickland, County Down.
WWII German Hero “Soldatenkopf” Sculpture of Soldier Bust on marble base. The Helmet is done in a Matt finish, resembling the coating on a combat helmet, where as the male bust has a smooth dark brown bronze finish. Over all height 310mm, bust height is 185mm bronzed white metal, marble base is 120mm in height x 135mm across x 112mm in depth at widest points and displays a brass plaque. Plaque is dated 31.01.1931
Rare Ulster Home Guard Silver Hallmarked Presentation Salver. It reads " Presented to 2nd Lt. D. Johnston by the N.C.O.s & Men of Dunmore - Crossgare Platoon U.H.G. December 1944 ". Measures approx 260mm across. Hallmarked for c1904
Rare 88th Connaught Rangers Enamel, Hallmarked Silver & Gilt Lodge medal, in original box c1907.
19th Century Silver Gilt and Enamel Pendant Hindoostan 76th Regiment of Foot, pre c1881. Measures approx 45mm from top to bottom including suspention loop and 32mm in width. The 76th regiment of Foot was presented with a new regimental standard bearing the Indian Elephant of Strength and courage whilst serving a 20 year campaign in India in the 1780's and used this emblem along with their 76th title until c1881.
Rare Boer War Officers pocket Compass and collapsible cup, both gilt and in working order. Cup measures approx 45mm in hight and 40mm across top, and case measures approx 48mm across x 15mm in depth. Bottom of the cup is marked C.T. & S. No.54707 within a Garter belt, and the case is marked Patent E.J.T. No.15061 within a Garter belt.
Large Imperial German hand embroidered velvet and silk tapestry. Measures 560mm x 560mm and is embroidered with foliage and the words Andenken Belgium 1914 - 16 around a Prussian Eagle with crossed Lances.
Framed print of the Second Dáil c1921 plus Second Dáil enamel badge. The over all frame size is approx 420mm x 268mm
Rare William III Stoneware Plate by Samuel Alcock c1828 - 1859. Two small chips on edge of plate at 5 and 6 o'clock positions, otherwise in excellent condition. Plate measures 265mm across or 10.25 inches
Boer war campaign surgeons medical tools Evans & Co. and Arnold & Sons London. Box measures 425mm x 195mm x 86mm and contains tourniquet, two bone saws, tweezers, four flesh knives, a hole saw, wire thred, a brush, and five other medical instruments. Almost all the items are marked Arnold & Sons or Evans & Co. and are housed in an original Brass strapped box marked Arnold & Sons West Smithfield London.
Native American Indian throwing tomahawk or Fighting Axe. This style of Tomahawk was trade out to the Native Indians by Companies such as the East India Company. This one has a axe blade and spear point, and is inlaid with stripes of gold for decoration. Shaft has an S curve to aid balance when thrown and has a decorative leather and brass stud pommel. Over all length 385mm from top of axe to pommel, axe head measures 215mm over all from axe blade to tip of spear point.
RARE WWI Trench art Message Pigeon Drinker. This piece is as unusual as it is rare, made in two pieces, the base made from a tinned metal affixed to a copper front baring the Glengarry badge of the Argyll and Sutherland and two enamel sweetheart badges. The top is made from copper and brass and bares the badge of the Royal West Kent regiment along with a brass badge of a bird. Measures approx 135mm over all hight x 106mm over all width. There are two small hooks to allow for attachment to cage and the top lifts off to allow for refill of water.
34th North Cork Militia Officer's cross belt plate c1790 - c1811, some wear to badge from polishing but still has 85% - 90% of detail. Towards tip of garter there is an old repair done in steel, can be seen better on back of plate. Back has roman numerals XIII scratched into it, along with the name Heard or Meard and what looks like the name Starkey. Both the hooks and both fixing studs are present.
This is a rare piece of high standard. An Irish Orange order Sash jewel dating approx c1800, Reign of King George III. A Seven pointed star with Royal coat of arms of George III in centre, set on a purple enamel background and incased in glass. Running around this is the inscription "IF YOUR GOD YOU DO REVERE YOUR ENEMIES YOU NEED NOT FEAR". Each of the seven star points is engraved with Masonic and religious symbols. The outer rim of the jewel is engrave with the inscription "HONORABLE PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION OF LOYAL ORANGE MEN, SUCCESS TO OUR KING & GLORIOUS CONSTITUTION." The back of the jewel is inset with coloured paste and glass panels, and a ring of cut glass false diamonds. This item measures approx 85mm across at widest point, and weighs 84g.
The Highland Light Infantry Officers plaid brooch 1881 - 1901 pattern . Approx 100mm across at widest point.
The Royal Highlanders Black Watch Officers Silver & Gilt Cross belt plate, post c1902 pattern with King's Crown.
Seclection of Georgian and Victorian regimental and Militia buttons ; including regiments such as 107th Kerry Militia , Tipperay militia , 80th Tyrone Militia , Loughry Infantry , Kilkenny regiment , Royal Meath Militia , Clare Militia , 101 st , 102 nd , 103 rd , Royal South Down militia , 8th Armagh , Armagh Light Infantry , Galway Militia and many more.
RARE WWI British Expeditionary Forces Prisoner of War Token. Measures approx 24mm, Obverse reads "P.of W. TOKEN B.E.F." and reverse "10 Cts"
We have a good selection of coinage of the British Isles and Ireland from numerous periods, including Medieval, Tudor, Stewart, Early and Late Milled coins, etc.
Late 19th Century French Dragoon helmet, with platted black horse hair crest, chin scale and red horse hair plume at plume throat. Red feather plume is a well made replacement. The steel body of the helmet has two marks at the back behind the horse hair crest, the number "59" and "HELBRONNER". Helmet and liner are in excellent condition.
Rare Victorian 5th Royal Irish Lancer Regimental jug by Doulton & Lambeth, measuring 180mm from top to bottom and 120mm across widest point. There is a vintage repair to the handle (see images.
We have a selection of Regimental swagger sticks and walking canes ( some rare examples ) mostly of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish regiments.
A rare Sir Edward Carson Ulster Volunteer Force c1914 Cast iron plaque, the second year of the UVF formation, with side profile portrait of Sir Edward Carson within a border of art nouveau style Celtic knot work, to the top left a Union Jack with Red hand of Ulster in centre, at top it reads "For God and Ulster", bottom left is a Red hand of Ulster beside Sir Edward Carsons signiature. On the back of the plaque we have "Rgd Ferrograph Regd No." plus makers name "Man'F'D by Booth & Brookes Ld", "Burnham on Crouch". A rare Ulster Volunteer Force collectable in exceptional condition for its age. Plaque measure approx 8.75 inch x 7.25 inch.
Ulster Volunteer Force - training camp photograph, possibly Enniskilling. Mounted on an old photo album card, over all it is 287mm x 225mm, the long UVF training ground picture is 260mm x 103mm, Horse and chart picture 100mm x 70mm, Rifles picture 34mm x 44mm, and the family picture 80mm x 103mm.
Extremely rare Belfast Irish National Volunteer cap badge. Two blades on reverse with maker mark "Made in Ireland P.Quinn Belfast"
Extremely rare Irish National Volunteer INV cap badge. Two blades on reverse are missing and replace with a period repair.
Rare set of Royal Ulster Constabulary Pipers badges, consisting of two collar badges, four buttons, a waist belt clasp, a cross belt plate and a Plaid brooch.
A scarce obsolete .41 calibre double action COLT Lightning Revolver .41 calibre, also known as the Thunderer revolver. The barrell engraved "COLT'S PT F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. The side of frame stamped with the Colt patent dates. Serial number "43588" dating this model to around 1883. Good condition retaining some of its original nickel finish. Action in perfect working order. The 1877 Colt Thunderer was Billy the Kid's weapon of choice when he was killed by Pat Garrett in 1881.
This example has Tiffany grips made from ebony with checked hatching and silver dot inlay decoration. An Excellent example in good working condition. Overall length 10.5 inches, barrel length 6 inches.
Pinfire to Lt. Thomas Purvis Natal Native Contingent (Rorke's Drift). Lefaucheux marked double action large bore pinfire revolver with Belgian proofs, 6-shot cylinder, blued finish, plain wooden grips, serial #34413. The pistol remains in excellent original condition. Dating to around 1860s. Engraved silver banner embedded into grip read "Lt. T. PURVIS 1st/3rd NNC".
Lieutenant Thomas Purvis 1st Battalion 3rd Regiment of Natal Native Contingent was the first officer and one of only three Military men to be wounded on the first day of the campaign in Zululand, at the capture of Sirhayo’s Kraal, 12.1.1879, ‘There was a short, sharp melee among the boulders, and then Sirhayo’s retainers broke and fled into the depths of the gorge, leaving 20 dead men behind. Two of Mvubi’s Zulus had been killed, Lieutenant Purvis had been shot through the arm and Corporal Mayer behind the knee, and Corporal Scheiss [shortly to win a V.C. at Rorke’s Drift] in the thick of the fight, had been struck by a lunging assegai which ripped his boot open and slashed his calf. They were joined in the ambulance for the trip back to the hospital at Rorke’s Drift by two wounded survivors of Sirhayo’s party, one
with a thigh broken by a rifle bullet.’ (The Washing of Spears refers) Whilst being nursed at the hospital Purvis also started to suffer from an acute form of dysentery. Luckily for Purvis, however, he left Rorke’s Drift with Captain Stevenson’s Natal Native Contingent just before the legendary action took place, a statement from Lieutenant W.R. Higginson N.N.C. offers further insight, ‘We got into Helpmaaker about 7pm. I found that Captain Stevenson of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Regiment N.N.C., had brought Lieutenant Purvis up from Rorke’s Drift, where he had been in hospital as he had been wounded in the arm in the cave fighting on Sunday, 12th January; he asked me to help him take Purvis to Ladysmith..... so at 9pm we started for and got to Dundee at 3am, from there we pushed on to Ladysmith and got there on Friday, being obliged to go slowly on account of Purvis. On Saturday morning the General and his staff arrived, and he was kind enough to see me. I told him all that I have stated here. Major Buller then saw Lieutenant Purvis and took a seat for him in the post-cart for Maritzburg.’ At Maritzburg, Purvis had a medical examination in which it was concluded that his wound was the equivalent to the loss of a limb and that he would be unlikely to be fit enough for military service again.
WWI German Flat back Tin or Lead toy soldiers in original box 80 Piece set. Containing Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry and Officer's.