Wallis & Wallis Auction
- By Pete Moore
- 2 Comments
- Last updated: 21/12/2016
We will start this report as usual with medals and this Military Medal, George V first type, with second award bar, (61810 Sjt C Webb, ‘A P’ Cab. Sec. RE), VF (first B in surname double-struck, bar not riveted to medal). It sold for £475.
A Distinguished Flying Medal group of six was offered: George VI first type (1054033 Sgt R C Judge R.A.F), 1939- 45 star, Air Crew Europe star, Italy star, Defence and War Medals. VF mounted as worn. They sold for £1400.
Moving on to edged weapons with a Third Reich Hunting Association member’s dagger (Jagerschaft) or short hunting sword, by E & F Horster, Solingen, the 13-inch blade etched with panels depicting huntsmen, boar, deer and game birds in woodland scenes, the silver plated hilt with staghorn grip, association badge and portepee, in its silver plated and green leather covered sheath. It was in clean condition and sold for £1000.
Next is a Third Reich Model 1933 SS dagger, the blade bearing no maker’s or RZM marks, the hilt mounts of plated base metal, in its sheath with plated steel mounts. The hilt was worn with very little plating remaining on the mounts, patches of light rust to the blade, sheath paint worn and surface rust to the mounts. Nevertheless it still sold for £775.
Then came a scarce Third Reich manufacturer’s miniature sample of a 2nd pattern Luftwaffe officer’s dagger, the 5-inch blade engraved ‘E & F Horster, Solingen’, with dark orange plastic grip, in its sheath with one hanging ring (the other missing). It sold for £130.
A Third Reich 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe officer’s dagger, with unmarked blade and wire bound white plastic grip, in its sheath with portepee and hanging straps, sold for £350.
A Third Reich 1st pattern DLV (Deutscher Luftsportverband) flyer’s knife, the blade with pre-1935 Eickhorn mark, in its sheath with nickel silver fittings, the throat stamped with DLV wings mark, with its permanently attached hanging straps, the clip scratched with owner’s name, in mainly good condition with some wear overall and dents to the sheath, sold for £575.
Now we move back into the 19th Century with an unusual Victorian sword stick, with heavy single edge fullered blade 29½-inches long, with spear tip, in black painted sheet steel ‘stick’ with small crowned gilt and red VIR at the top, plain grip with brass lower band and flattened ball pommel. It made £475.
A good scrimshaw cowhorn powder flask, 13-inches long, bearing the post 1801 Royal Arms with scroll above inscribed ‘The King’s Arms’ surmounted by a couple enjoying a drink at a round table and with masonic symbols between columns, also with a seated queen (probably representing Queen Charlotte) holding an orb and surmounted by crowned crossed sword and musket, crossed flags, and an exotic bird, with baluster and octagonal section charger end. It was rather battered on one side, the base plug and stopper missing, but sold for £400.
Headdresses always make impressive militaria displays and here we have an officer’s busby of the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars. The scarlet bag with gilt purl button and braid, four cords to the body, cockade, white over red feather plume in gilt (replaced) socket, beaded link chinchain, leather lining, makers stamp of Cater & Co, Pall Mall, inside. In relatively good condition with some service wear, chin-chain backing unstitched, it made £800.
Next was an officer’s 1869 pattern shako of the East York Militia, of blue cloth, with patent leather peak, narrow silver lace trim to headband, sides and double line to crown, silver plated velvet backed chin-chain, ear rosettes, lion’s head hook at the back, crowned star plate bearing rose in Garter with ornamental ‘East York’ scroll, white/red ball tuft plume in socket bearing applied VR, leather and silk lining with name of Cartwright, Military Tailor, London. It came in its tin case with brass nameplate ‘Lt G A Duncombe East York Militia’ and was in very good condition. It sold for £925.
Another good display item was a painted side drum of The East Yorkshire Regt (The Duke of York’s Own) with regimental badge, title scrolls and ‘XV’ with 10 battle honour scrolls ‘Blenheim’ to ‘Havannah’, painted rims, with cords and tensioners (the title Duke of York’s Own was adopted in 1935). It was in good condition and sold for £500.
Finally in this report is a set of five extremely well-painted Indian Army watercolours by the Late Chater Paul Chater, used in the publications ‘An Assemblage of Indian Army Soldiers and Uniforms’ by Michael Glover, 1973. They were each 218mm x 142mm and they came with a copy of the book. They were in excellent condition and sold for £750.
The next sales at Wallis & Wallis are on 25th November 2014. For more information visit www.wallisandwallis.co.uk