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Superb original WWI WRAF photograph

 

Excellent and large fornat original photograph showing three women of the WRAF in WWI. an outstanding example of the uniforms they wore c.1918-19.  Approx. 4" x 6" with slight creasing / cracking at bottom corners.

 

£28 / $35  / €30  email for more details

Historic Artifacts

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Ceremonial George V Police truncheon - WWI era.

 

Absolutely superb George V Ceremonial Police truncheon. Made from hardwood with grip and the addition of a GRV decal for special presentation / ceremonial parade use. Retains original leather wrist strap. Beautiful condition with a few minor scratches to decal but about 90% intact. British police uniforms and equipment, especially truncheons, have become highly collectible in recent years since the British police ceased carrying these in the 1990s. 15" long.

$185 / £150 / €165

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George III Napoleonic / Revolutionary War era "Cartwheel" penny.

 

Minted only for one year, 1797, the "Cartwheel" penny was designed to eliminate the problem of coin "shaving" which resulted in loss of copper - an expensive commodity in those days. The result was a raised ridge around the edge of the coin, like the rim of a wheel. Measuring 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) across and 1/8-inch (4mm) thick - a pocketful (if you were lucky enough) would weigh you down. I am not a coin grading expert so I will let the pictures tell the story, and please feel free to email with questions. This is a very nice coin with a lot of detail visible.

 

Priced at £49 / $65 / €57  email for more details

George III Napoleonic / Revolutionary War era "Cartwheel" two-pence (tuppence).

 

Like the Cartwheel penny, the "tuppence" (worth two pennies) was minted only for one year, 1797. Measuring 1.625 inches (4 cm) across and 5mm thick it is a massive coin. I am not a coin grading expert so I will let the pictures tell the story, and please feel free to email with questions. This is a very nice coin with a lot of detail visible.

 

Priced at £73 / $95 / €84  email for more details

English Civil War / Colonial America period C1650

seige weight armour for a pikeman, with helmet. 

 

Extremely nice and very heavy set of pikeman's armour, comprising a seige weight breast plate of forged steel with matching left and right tassets (thigh protectors) and "pikeman's pot" helmet. The attachment of the tassets to the fauld is unusual: threaded posts and hand-made wingnuts securing the ornate brass hinges in place. The threads appear to be hand cut and similar threaded posts are attached to the shoulders and each side of the waist on the breast plate for secusing the straps of the back plate. The breast plate is hallmarked "M". The breast plate is very heavy, almost 1/4-inch thick and decorated with rivets and incised lines. The waist section or fauld, for supporting the tassets, is riveted to the breast plate. The edges of the tassets are rolled and have a traditional decorative pattern in rivets and incised lines. The helmet is in two pieces, hammered and joined with a centre seam and raised comb, and similarly decorated with rivets. The riveted leather band, albeit hardened, remains inside. There is a slot for a panache suggesting this was possibly made for an officer. Lovely even patina to the armour and some overall pitting.

 

Priced at £3,280 / $4,250 / €3,840  email for more details