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A Scarce Presentation Special Edition of 1939, Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Presentation copy, in marbled ivory and blue leather, with the city crest in gold embossed thereon, but unusually never awarded, so the presentation page is not completed or signed. In its original cardboard case [worn]. A most scarce original copy, with a presentation page, without its handwritten dedication to the recipients, to be presented by the unnamed city Burgermeister for a traditional Nazi wedding in 1942, signed with Adolf Hitler's facsimile signature. Wedding editions were specially made bindings in blue half leather and were imprinted with the City State's symbol. SS couples were given a copy within a wooden casket carved with sigrunen SS upon the lid. This copy's box is no longer existing. It has a special printed page inside with a space for the handwritten newlyweds names, date, and signature from the Burgomeister or Mayor who was presenting it to the new couple as a wedding gift from the Fuhrer and state. Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926. The book was edited by the former Hieronymite friar Bernhard Stempfle, who was murdered during the Night of the Long Knives.

Hitler began dictating the book to his deputy Rudolf Hess while imprisoned for what he considered to be "political crimes" following his failed Putsch in Munich in November 1923. Although Hitler received many visitors initially, he soon devoted himself entirely to the book. As he continued, Hitler realized that it would have to be a two-volume work, with the first volume scheduled for release in early 1925. The governor of Landsberg noted at the time that "he [Hitler] hopes the book will run into many editions, thus enabling him to fulfill his financial obligations and to defray the expenses incurred at the time of his trial."

Code: 22305Price: 395.00 GBP


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Original 1941 Civil Defence Rescue Party Shoulder Titles
Rescue Party Shoulder Titles, in gold cotton over blue cloth.
Originally, just a 'RESCUE' shoulder title was implemented in 1941. By early 1944 there was a need to differentiate between the "LIGHT RESCUE' and 'HEAVY RESCUE' squads.

Code: 22303Price: 45.00 GBP


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QMAAS & ATS Comrades Association Badge
WW1 Queen Mary Army Auxiliaries Service and WW2 Army Territorial Service the service for women that served in WW1 and WW2. The United Kingdom's Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (February 1917– 27 September 1921), later named the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (9 April 1918), was the women's unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War.

It was formally instituted on 7 July, 1917 by Sir Neville Macready, the adjutant-general, who had appointed Dr Mona Chalmers Watson the first Chief Controller and senior officer. [2] Over 57,000 women served between January 1917 and November 1918.

On 31 March 1917, women in the WAAC were first sent to the battlefields in France, just 14 cooks and waitresses.[3] Helen Gwynne-Vaughan was the Senior Officer overseas, and Florence Leach was the controller of the cooks. In 1918 women medical personnel were sent to the front in France; one such was Dr. Phoebe Chapple, who was awarded the Military Medal for her actions during an air raid on the WAAC shelter trench outside Abbeville in May 1918 The Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS; often pronounced as an acronym) was the women's branch of the British Army during the Second World War. It was formed on 9 September 1938, initially as a women's voluntary service, and existed until 1 February 1949, when it was merged into the Women's Royal Army Corps.

The ATS had its roots in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), which was formed in 1917 as a voluntary service. During the First World War its members served in a number of jobs including clerks, cooks, telephonists and waitresses. The WAAC was disbanded after four years in 1921.

Prior to the Second World War, the government decided to establish a new Corps for women, and an advisory council, which included members of the Territorial Army (TA), a section of the Women's Transport Service (FANY) and the Women's Legion, was set up. The council decided that the ATS would be attached to the Territorial Army, and the women serving would receive two thirds the pay of male soldiers. There are three photos in the gallery of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Then, she was the youthful and beautiful Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne and eldest daughter of His Majesty King George VI.th. She wears her ATS uniform and stands with an ATS Ambulance in one photograph. It is said that on VE day evening she left Buckingham Palace dressed anonymously, so she could celebrate the victory with all her father's subjects on the streets of London.

Code: 22302Price: 55.00 GBP


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Original Scarce, British 40th Infantry Divisional Pair Sleeve Patches
Uniform removed. In excellent condition showing all original colour. Originally formed in WW1 known as the Fighting Bantams as it recruited fighting fit men but below regulation height. The Division was re-formed by the British Army in 1943 during the Second World War for deception purposes. It was formed in Sicily from the H.Q. of the 43rd Infantry Brigade and its units were designated for deception purposes as well. The division ceased to exist on 17 June 1944. Following the increasing success of the Communists in the Chinese Civil War, the 40th Division was reformed to bolster the defences of Hong Kong in 1949 under the command of Major General G.C. Evans. In Hong Kong the Division comprised the 26th Gurkha, 27th and 28th Infantry Brigades, and 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. However the 27th Brigade was soon dispatched to Korea in August 1950, and followed by other units of the division.

Code: 22301Price: 50.00 GBP


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A Most Scarce WW2 Parachute Regt Senior Jump Instructor's Brevet Wing
With open parachute, padded single wing and surmounted by a star. The star denotes it is for the senior instructor of the training squad. In very good condition for age. Between June 1940 and early 1946, No.1 Parachute Training School provided initial training to all 60,000 allied paratroopers who volunteered or were recruited for that role in Europe. In addition to British troops, men from many nationalities trained to jump at RAF Ringway and nearby Tatton Park including Americans, Belgians, Canadians, Czechs, Dutch, French, Norwegian and Poles. Agents of the Special Operations Executive, both men and women were also given parachute training by No.1 PTS to enable those who were to be dropped into occupied territory to do so safely. To maintain secrecy, these men and women were accommodated in separate secure premises in Bowdon and Styal and were trained in select groups. Uniform removed and very small piece of blue cloth lacking at the 'elbow' of the wing.

Code: 22300Price: 225.00 GBP


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An Original & Good WW2 Kriegsmarine Officer's Dagger
By Eikhorn of Solingen. Overall a jolly honest German naval officer's dagger, with deluxe fully etched blade, nice and very sound indeed. It has been gently and sympathetically conserved in our workshop over three weeks, but the price reflects this. It has revealed all the original gilt remaing to the hilt. The Kriegsmarine [War Navy] was the name of the Navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of World War I and the inter-war Reichsmarine. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s (the Treaty of Versailles had limited the size of the German navy previously). In January 1939 Plan Z was ordered, calling for the construction of many naval vessels. The ships of the Kriegsmarine fought during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute Nazi power) was Adolf Hitler, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine.

The Kriegsmarine's most famous ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned in the second half of the war. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of commerce raiders against convoys. Small crack to rear ivorine grip, and the usual small denting areas to the scabbard.

Code: 22299Price: 875.00 GBP


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Historically Significant Book From Winston Churchill's Personal Library
Presented to Winston Churchill during the early War as a Ist Edition gift by the world famous author Robert Graves. Probably one of the most historically significant books of WW2, as it was used to assist in the creation of the British commandos under Churchill's personal instructions. We have only ever seen items of comparable significance, that personally belonged to Churchill, and were used by him, that are still on view within his country residence, at Chartwell, in Kent. This book was presented by the author Robert Graves to Churchill in 1940. This actual, signed, 1st Edition, presentation book, was one of the only 6 or 7 books Churchill had declared, that he had read, during his Premiership in WW2, up to May 1942. It was also used to base some principles of commando warfare in Churchill's newly formed commando force. With a letter from Major Pearce [asst. to F.M Dill] describing it's gift to Churchill, and it's subsequent passing to Major Pearce by Field Marshal Dill, in order to assist in the creating principles of the commandos [and for his enjoyment]. `Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth` by Robert Graves, the loose fly paper inscribed `Winston S Churchill from Robert Graves Sept 1 1940` This volume was presented to Winston Churchill by Graves in September '40 and it was subsequently given by the Chief of the Imperial General Staff Field Marshall Sir John Dill to his military assistant Major Herbert Pearce, for purpose of the inculcation of some of it's contained ideas into the tactical principles of the newly created [under Churchill's instruction] commandos. In 1942 Churchill wrote a letter of thanks to Robert Graves for this book that he gave him. Churchill describes how much he enjoyed it and incredibly during the whole of WW2 Churchill states he only had time to read 6 or 7 books in the war, and this copy of Sgt Lamb of the 9th was one of them. Just that simple letter of thanks, for this very book and confirmation telegram, typed on 10 Downing St. notepaper, dated 1942, was sold for £2,250 at Christies Auctions in 2010. Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill, GCB, CMG, DSO (25 December 1881 – 4 November 1944) was a British commander in the First and Second World Wars. From May 1940 to December 1941 he was the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, and subsequently in Washington, as Chief of the British Joint Staff Mission and then Senior British Representative on the Combined Chiefs of Staff, played a significant role during the Second World War in the formation of the "special relationship" between the United Kingdom and the United States. Dill served in Washington until his death from aplastic anaemia in November 1944. His funeral arrangements reflected the great professional and personal respect and affection that he had earned. A memorial service was held in Washington National Cathedral and the route of the cortege was lined by some thousands of troops, following which he was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, where a simple service was conducted at the graveside. A witness recorded that "I have never seen so many men so visibly shaken by sadness. General Marshall's face was truly stricken …". He was sorely missed by the American Joint Chiefs of Staff, who sent a fulsome message of condolence to their British colleagues. Graves Book, Sgt Lamb of the 9th, was about an American Wars of Independence soldier, serving in the 9th Foot. Robert Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an great English poet, novelist, critic, and classicist. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's poems—together with his translations and innovative analysis and interpretations of the Greek myths, his memoir of his early life, including his role in the First World War, Good-Bye to All That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess—have never been out of print.

He earned his living from writing, particularly popular historical novels such as I, Claudius, King Jesus, The Golden Fleece and Count Belisarius. He also was a prominent translator of Classical Latin and Ancient Greek texts; his versions of The Twelve Caesars and The Golden Ass remain popular, for their clarity and entertaining style. Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both I, Claudius and Claudius the God
On 11 November 1985, Graves was among 16 Great War poets commemorated on a slate stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner. The inscription on the stone was written by friend and fellow Great War poet Wilfred Owen. It reads: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity." Of the 16 poets, Graves was the only one still living at the time of the commemoration ceremony.

UK government documents released in 2012, indicate that Graves turned down a CBE in 1957. In 2012, the Nobel Records were opened after 50 years and it was revealed that Graves was among a shortlist of authors considered for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with John Steinbeck (winner), Lawrence Durrell, Jean Anouilh and Karen Blixen. Graves was rejected because even though he had written several historical novels, he was still primarily seen as a poet and committee member Henry Olsson was reluctant to award any Anglo-Saxon poet the prize before the death of Ezra Pound, believing that other writers did not match his talent. We offer this book complete with the letter from Major Pearce. [Asst to F.M. Sir John Dill]

Code: 22298Price: 8450.00 GBP


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A Paleolithic Henley Pit Chopper Core & Moortown Pit Handaxe 200-300,000 BC
Approximately a quarter of a million years old. A framed display containing two large stone age tools, a Paleolithic Henley Pit chopper core and Moortown Pit handaxe Acheulian (Homo erectus) brown flint hand axe / chopper, c.300,000 to 200,000 B.C. One artefact comes from Moortown Pit, Dorset, UK. The other Henley Pit. There are no alterations, restorations or modern re-chipping. is in fine condition. From an early Lincoln Collection found in Dorset. The frame is somewhat later.

Code: 22297Price: 295.00 GBP


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A Good Victorian 5th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Officer's Sword
With a good fully deluxe etched blade bearing the officer's monogram and the devices of the 5th L.A.V Lancashire Artillery Volunteers. With cannon grenade, lightning flashes and scrolls and decorative features. Most of the original frosting is still present. The traditiona 3 bar hilt is patinated grey to match the scabbrd and the wirebound sharkskin grip is very good. Scabbard has one mid section dent. The Lancashire Artillery Volunteers were first raised in 1859 as part of the Volunteer Force raised in response to threats of French Invasion. A total of 23 Artillery companies were raised initially. However, in Manchester, numerous units that would later form the Lancashire Artillery Gunners had existed from as early as 1804, when the Duke of Gloucester inspected the Heaton Artillery Volunteers before they were shipped off to the fronts of the Napoleonic Wars.
20th Century History
Officers and men of the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers continued to give service during the two world wars of the 20th Century.

Code: 22296Price: 625.00 GBP


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A Wonderful 1844 Hallmarked Sheffield Silver American Bowie Knife Hilt &
Blade. Probably one of the most desirable and collectable types of original 19th century Bowie knife within the world of knife collecting. A large, original, antique hallmarked imported Sheffield silver and ivory American horse-head Bowie knife hilt, with an optional matched companion blade to fit. This original 1840's Bowie hilt is one of the most desirable and collectable Bowie's ever made. With blades fitted they are known to fetch up to 18,000 dollars US and beyond. This is a superb example, perfect for refitting to an replacement Bowie blade, or displayed as a wonderful, early 1840's, original American Wild West Frontier artefact. We do have a blade that would be suitable for it by John Nowill [established in 1700]. The finest and most desirable Bowies were imported from Sheffield in England and this is one of the very best ever made, in hallmarked silver and carved ivory. The term "Bowie knife" appeared in advertising by 1835, about 8 years after the Bowie's famous sandbar knife brawl, while James Bowie was still alive. The first knife, with which Bowie became famous, allegedly was designed by Jim Bowie's brother Rezin in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana and smithed by blacksmith Jesse Clifft out of an old file. Period court documents indicate that Rezin Bowie and Clifft were well acquainted with one another. Rezin's granddaughter claimed in an 1885 letter to Louisiana State University that she personally witnessed Clifft make the knife for her grandfather.
This knife became famous as the knife used by Bowie at the Sandbar Fight, a famous 1827 duel between Bowie and several men including a Major Norris Wright of Alexandria, Louisiana. The fight took place on a sandbar in the Mississippi River across from Natchez, Mississippi, and is the only documented fight in which Bowie was known to have employed his Bowie knife design. In this battle Bowie was stabbed, shot, and beaten half to death but managed to win the fight using the large knife.
From context, "Bowie knife" needed no description then, but the spelling was variable. Among the first mentions was a plan to combine a Bowie knife and pistol. Cutlers were shipping sheath knives from Sheffield England by the early 1830s. By 1838 a writer in a Baltimore newspaper (posted from New Orleans) suggested that every reader had seen a Bowie knife.

The Bowie knife found its greatest popularity in the Old Southwest of the mid-19th century, where several knife fighting schools were established to teach students the art of fighting with the Bowie knife pattern.

Bowie knives had a role in the American conflicts of the nineteenth century. They are historically mentioned in the independence of Texas, in the Mexican War, the California gold rush, the civil strife in Kansas, the Civil War and later conflicts with the American Indians. John Brown (the abolitionist) carried a Bowie (which was taken by J. E. B. Stuart). John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Abraham Lincoln) dropped a large Bowie knife as he escaped. "Buffalo Bill" Cody reportedly scalped a sub-chief in 1876 in revenge for Custer (the Battle of Warbonnet Creek). We show in the gallery a pre Civil War American advertisement for a horse head Bowie circa 1860. A 1923 made copy made for the British Chief Scout Robert Baden-Powell sold in 2014 for $9000. and that was a modern 20th century copy. In 2006, in an American, auction two original antique dress Bowies, one by Price and another by McConnell, sold for an incredible $136,200 each. Approx 7.5 inches x 2.75 inches. Not suitable to mail order export to the USA..

Code: 22295Price: 3850.00 GBP

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