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1918 Dated Pattern 1908 Webbing Set

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WW1  Pattern 1908 webbing set comprising of the waist belt, large pack, small pack, entrenching tool (all maker marked and dated 1918), left and right 5 pocket ammunition pouches, cross braces, bayonet frog, canteen with carrier (unmarked original) and entrenching tool cover. Set shows wear and war time useage. Cross braces have been blancoed black to the inside of the straps. The 5 pocket ammunition pouches are a matched pair that show wear and use.  Small pack and large pack are maker marked “M.W. & S. Ltd” and are dated 1918 with the Broadarrow stamp. The waist belt is of the same maker and date, also with the Broadarrow stamp, and marked as size large. The head of the entrenching tool, also 1918 dated and maker marked is complete with the issue handle that is contained in the bayonet frog. The entrenching tool cover is an interesting modification that appears to be field made and altered from a WW1 U.S. haversack, and made to the same size and configuration of the British issue counterpart. A very nice war time used set that shows its original age and use.


German Forestry Dagger

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German Forestry Dagger in scabbard complete with knot. 2 piece ivory grips with 3 acorns to each side above the clamshell to the right side. D-guard to the handle ending in a deer hoof design. Blade is etched to both sides, with running deer to the left side, and fox and hound to the right. Blade shows some very light discoloration but being bright and clean overall. Blade is maker marked “ACS” with scale symbol. (Alcoso, Solingen). Scabbard shows somw wear to the leather, with most of the original color and finish being present. Brass fixtures have a nice aged patina finish, with the leather having strong stitching throughout. Complete with correct and period knot that is in very good condition.


Pattern ’16 Dismount Set With Yolk

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WW1 Canadian Pattern ’16 Leather Dismount Set With Yolk, comprising of the waist belt, suspenders, yolk, bayonet and frog, small pack, large pack, and ammunition pouches. Pattern ‘o7 C-Broadarrow marked Wilkinson bayonet with scabbard. 2 piece wood grips show the original color and finish. Finish to the blade is grey, with some slight discoloration as to the pommel showing war time use and wear, with scabbard having a nice original finish and strong stitching. Leather frog is maker marked with the leather being soft and pliable. Both the small pack and large pack are in very good condition, complete with all straps, and both having clear makers marks and both being C-Broadarrow marked. Large pack shows a hand written service number to the exterior. Small pack shows some staining to the lower right corner.. Pattern ’16 leather ammunition pouches in place, with all straps and tabs in place with the leather also being in very good original condition. One pouch is marked “Riley & McCormick, Calgary”, with the other manufactured by “Reliance Harness Makers”. Yolk and suspender straps are both in very good condition as well, with strong stitching, and all buckles in place, with the leather being strong and pliable, and maker marked as shown in photos. Belt is very good, also maker marked as all other pieces, with strong, complete stitching, and buckle in place.


WW1 U.S. McClellan Military Saddle

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WW1 U.S. McClellan Military Saddle with issue saddle bags. Saddle is complete with all of it’s brass and metal hardware with the leather having a nice original finish and lustre. The saddle is complete with it’s belly strap and tail strap mounted to the back of the saddle that loops around the horse’s tail. The strap shows some dryness and stiffness, but is complete and without damage. Correct issue stirrups are in place. Tree is solid and strong with no damage, making the saddle very ridable in condition. The saddle is marked “R.C.P.S.” along with the maker’s stamp, “Boyt”, and the number “B.14A.” as well. Issue “U.S.” marked saddle bags are in place with all straps being present on both sides. One mounting attachment for the saddle bags to the saddle is missing but does not distract from the appearance of the saddle.


Cased Naval Items Belonging To Lieut, Cyril Callaghan, RN

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Cased naval items belonging to Lieutenant Cyril Callaghan, RN, comprising of his sword belt with buckle, and matched pair of issue epaulettes. Black morrocon leather with gilt bullion thread sword belt with gilt buckle. Belt is marked on the back, “Matthew’s And Company Limited, Portsea, Portsmouth. Naval Outfitters” in gold embossing. Epaulettes are constructed on gold bullion material and threading with silver pip and rank anchor with a naval button to the tops. Morrocon leather backing, with gold embossed label, same as the sword belt. Items are contained within a metal case measuring 6 and 1/8 by 9 and 1/8, and being 5 and 1/2 inches in height. Brass makers plaque to the top of the case, with an engraved name plate in brass to the lower part of the lid, reading “Lieut. Cyril Callaghan, RN.” Metal constructed case shows a rust patina finish from age, with small denting to the front of the case. Case is lined in a dark red velvet, with the belt and epaulettes being in fitted compartments within the case, with a metal closure to the top. All items are in very good condition, and have been very well kept showing no damage.


Cyril Callaghan (16 June, 1881 – 11 March, 1944), son of Admiral Of The Fleet, Sir George Callaghan. Cyril Callaghan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on October 17 of 1903, and was appointed additional to the Empress Of India on October 23, of 1906. He was then appointed Lieutenant and Commander of the destroyer, Racehorse, on August 15, of 1909. He was later appointed in command of the destroyer, Attack, on 21 of May, 1912. He was still in command of the Attack at the battle of Dogger Bank on January 24 of 1915, and when helping the sinking of  U12 on March 10 of 1915. He was later appointed commander of the Monitor, M29, on June 5, 1915.

On April 9 of 1915, Lieutenant Cyril Callaghan received the Letter on Vellum for his involvement in the sinking of the German submarine, U8, off Dover on the 4th of March, and the sinking of the German submarine U12, off the Forth, on March 10, 1915.

Footnotes And Service Record

  1. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 130.
  2.  The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 308.
  3.  The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 119.
  4.  Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/142 f. 524.
  5.  The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 278.
  6.  Naval Operations. Volume II. p. 280.
  7.  Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/142 f. 524.
  8.  Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/142 f. 524.
  9.  The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 389.
  10.  Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives.  ADM 196/142f. 524.
  11.  The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 392f.
  12.  The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 392f.
  13.  The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392f.
  14.  Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/142 f. 524.
  15.  The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395j.
  16.  The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 809.
  17. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/130

C-Broadarrow Marked 1902 Cavalry Saddle

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C-Broadarrow marked Pattern 1902 Cavalry Saddle. Cast metal cantle with horn to the front of the saddle with all brass hardware and straps being present with some re-lacing being done under the cantle. Tree is solid and rideable with all of the leather still retaining some softness and flexibility. The saddle is British maker marked in two locations, and shows a larch C-Broadarrow in a diamond stamped into leather. The saddle also shows the regimental stamp “76th”. Other markings also show a “D” followed by the number “10”. Stirrups are in place, and have been painted a silver colour at some point in history. The saddle shows strong stitching with all parts in place, along with the under padding that is also in very good condition. The leather has been very well maintained and shows it’s original finish and wear.


S88/98 German Ersatz Bayonet

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Original, unmodified, S88/98 German Ersatz brass hilt bayonet with scabbard and issue leather frog.  Distinguishing characteristics include: a cast brass grip; thin false crosspiece beginning in the center of the hilt; sharp pommel beak; raised reverse lug catch aperture, and single-stage muzzle ears. Brass hilt is in very good original un-touched condition showing only minor wear with some nicks from war time use. Blade spine is marked with the Fraktur proofmark, which is very visible and distinguishable. The blade is in very good condition, showing only very minor discolouration with no pitting or rust present. Clean and bright original finish showing. Steel release button is present, complete, and working perfectly with no damage. Metal scabbard shows 50% of it’s original blackened finish. Leather frog in place, with the leather being soft and pliable with strong and complete stitching. Most of the original finish to the leather remains. Very rare.


British Pattern 1907 Hooked Quillon Bayonet

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WW1 British Pattern 1907 “Hooked Quillon” bayonet. Manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee Enfield Number 1 series of infantry rifles.  Steel “Bird’s Head” pommel with no oil hole. Push button spring latch in place and working correctly. Wood panel grips. Complete with scabbard.

Marked “1907 Wilkinson” with proof marks, along with the number “08” under the date, along with the number “11”. (Date of issue.) Also marked with the British Broadarrow.  Blade shows it’s war time use with some staining to the blade. Pommel and quillon have turned to a brown finish. Scabbard is in very good condition.


Prussian 82nd Infantry Regiment Reserve Pickelhaube

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Prussian 82nd Infantry Regiment Reserve Officers Pickelhaube.  The helmets leather body is in exceptional condition being both subtle and smooth with a nice bright original finish. All of the furniture is brass with a silver iron cross in the lower centre of the plate. The wappen is very attractive showing a fine frosted finish. The Reserve Officers silver cross appears just below the “FR” on the eagle’s chest. Bottom right side of the helmet shows a 2 inch section of worn leather to the edge of the helmet.

The flat chinscales are gilt toned, as is the spike, cruciform, officer’s stars, and the front and rear trim to the visor. The correct state and Reich’s kokarden are present. The leather chinstrap is also present below the chinscales, being in very clean and bright condition with no damage and buckles present and in place.

The leather interior is in excellent condition as is the sweatband with all original mounting screws in place. The light beige silk liner is also in excellent condition showing no damage with all the original mounting hardware under it being present. No double holes appear where the wappen is attached.

The helmet is named on the sweatband to a soldier from the 82nd Infantry Regiment.


WW2 British Paratroopers BSA Folding Bicycle

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WW2 British issue 2nd Model BSA Paratroopers folding bicycle. Metal elliptical frame that folds vertically along the center line by means of two articulated joints with butterfly nuts that are in place on the frame that is in its original paint with the British Broadarrow largely marked on the front of the frame under the handlebars that are complete with the issue grips. Sprocket is cast with BSA within it and is complete with chain. Pedals are simple rods locked by a spring loaded pin. Leather covered BSA marked spring seat in good condition showing wear and use from age. The bicycle is also complete with its front lamp holder. Rims are present with one being a later, but wartime replacement. Original rubber tires are present but show heavy use. The bicycle is in its original untouched condition out of the war