These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
Original 1870s British Army staff officer forage c
A very rare original British Army staff officer forage cap. Moth damage evident and can be seen in photos. Gold braiding in very good condition. Manufactured by Hawkes& Co of Piccadilly, London. Given the age of this item, the overall condition is 7/10.
RARE UNOPENED BOER WAR IRON RATION
AN UNOPENED BOER WAR 1899-1902 IRON RATION. VERY RARE ITEM. English: This ration tin most likely dates to the Boer War period (1899-1902), and is sometimes referred to as an 'iron' ration. The tin is divided into two sections, the 'DINNER' containing a beef extract (a little like 'Oxo Cubes') and the 'COCOA' compartment contains compressed cocoa powder. There is a soldered tin strip at each end of the tin, which would have been opened with a small key, similar to the way some modern cans are opened today. This example is intriguing, because as the tin is still sealed, the food ration is probably still inside. The tin would have originally had a paper label with these instructions: EMERGENCY RATION Field Service This ration is not to be opened except by order of an officer or in an extremity. It is to be carried in the haversack and produced at inspections etc. The ration is calculated to maintain strength for 36 hours if eaten in small quantities at a time.
RARE LARGE WW1 CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TIN
A LARGE TIN MEASURING 9 X 6 2.75 INCHES BY CHRISTIE BROWN & Co LIMITED, TORONTO & MONTREAL DATED OCT 1915. THE TIN IS IN REAT CONDITION GIVEN THE AGE WITH NO DENTS OR DAMAGE. THE PAINTWORK HAS SOME SCRATCHES AS WOULD BE EXPECTED. ON TH ETO THERE ARE FIVE FLAGS REPRESENTING THE ALLIES WITH THE WORDS " FROM THE LAND OF THE MAPLE" AND "THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE" SEE PHOTOS