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Mons' :- Winter 2018
Mons Military Antiques tries to add to its site sales pages a diverse range of 1914 - 1945 military antiques and collectables, where all spend capabilities are catered for; allowing beginners as well as advanced collectors to enjoy listed items.
Not all stocked items are detailed / site listed. Many items are awaiting description, photography and subsequent listing.
All listed prices, unlike auction houses, are as stated and are with-out buyer premiums. Easy payment terms are also without surcharges making a purchase as easy as possible.
Mons' is always happy to receive the offer of surplus to collection items, either as part exchanges or direct purchase. (As long as a seller is happy / can comply with my buy in regime, see terms 'Buying In').
The 'house-keeping chores' I have started to carry out are on going, with some being a little more time consuming than I would have liked / expected; the organisation of new stock being the worst offender in this respect.
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Code: 107114Price: On Request
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORY PATRICROFT FIRE GUARD HELMET
A very, nice attributable Fire Guard helmet to the Royal Ordnance Factory Patricroft.
Helmet has been attic stored and as such the exterior now have a light ‘film’ of surface rusting; the interior has more of the original grey paint finish untouched by storage.
Original head liner present, held in place by a black boot lace as was correct. (The lace has a break in it, see images).
Original lace chin band is absent.
To the helmet front is painted the ROF logo and factory location.
Brim underside is with scratched wearer initials and stamped maker details ‘RO & CO’ and date 1 41.
Dent an damage free, an iconic home front helmet, with the added attraction of being attributable.
A rare ‘type’ of helmet to be attributable to an institution.
The ‘Patricroft’ Royal Ordnance Factory was situated near Eccles, the City of Salford, Greater Manchester.
It was founded and owned by James Nasmyth and Holbrook Gaskell, forming the ‘Nasmyth, Gaskell & Co’ locomotive manufacturers. They stopped production in 1938 and ceased trading in 1940.
The Ministry of Supply took over the factory and converted it to a ROF facility, with production starting in Feb 1941.
The Factory produced parts for 40mm Bofors guns and tanks to enable steam locomotives to run on oil rather than coal.
It was privatised in 1984, and in 1988-89 sold off for development.
Their is an image of the factory site taken from the Bridgewater Canal side of the works with the helmet images (Image 10).....This image is here only and not sold with the helmet.
Code: 107113Price: 225.00 GBP
Imperial German enlisted mans shoulder boards of this type.
If you have surplus to collection items, please feel free to contact me.
Code: 107111Price: On Request
WW2 (JUNE 1940) HOME FRONT PRODUCED HOME COOKING BOOKLET BY THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
A very nice 28 page booklet produced by the RHS on ‘Simple Vegetable Cooking’ with a view to ‘beating’ some of the rations now in place in UK shops.
A commercially produced booklet priced 3d (4 1/2d by post) giving ‘good’ advice on the varying ways to cook vegetables, thus laying a varied dinner table.
Some fragility to the lower quarter of the spine to the staple. Sold with a period newspaper cutting again being food related.
Code: 107110Price: 24.00 GBP
WW2 HOME FRONT AIR RAID PRECAUTION MEM. No.2 ‘RESCUE PARTIES AND THE CLEARANCE OF DEBRIS’
An eight page memorandum dealing with the title matter post air raid.
Printed/issued 1936, so one of the early issued documents to the Civil defence services, ay that point, preparing for a war the ‘might’ come.
Slight rusting to the two staples, other-wise excellent condition.
Code: 107107Price: 18.00 GBP
WW2 HOME FRONT AIR RAID PRECAUTION MEM. No.4 ‘AIR RAID WARDENS’
A very interesting eleven page memorandum dealing with ‘Air Raid Wardens’ and the need for ‘citizen volunteers’ to for a body of men to deal with the eventualities of air raid
Printed/issued 1937, this booklet deals with the formation, need, and actions of a very important part of what was to become the war effort on the home front
Rusting to the two staples, with some staining around them, other-wise excellent condition.
To the to right corner of the cover is a district stamping, ‘ARP Kent No 7 Area’.
Code: 107106Price: 28.00 GBP
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘CLEANSING DEPOT’ ENAMEL DIRECTIONAL SIGN.
A reasonably scarce enamel, home front directional sign, indicating the way to a ‘Cleansing Depot’ entrance.
I’d rate the sign in terms of condition, high 6-7/10
Like many a sign that now comes to the market they are not without edge corrosion and enamel damage issues.
The vast majority of the enamel damage is to the lower edge, with the remaining damage no better of worse than a sign that would be classed as very good condition.
Their is storage corrosion to the bare metal areas to the signs obverse and reverse.
Six fitting holes. No maker details to the reverse enamel.
Cleansing Depots were usually located within inner city public baths, and ‘fitted out’, with the necessary equipment to clean casualties ‘trapped’ in gas or chemical attacks.
The number of CD signs issued for use were a fraction of the equivalent sized directional shelter signs....Due to this factor, Cleansing Depot signs are by comparison quite scarce.
Code: 107104Price: 335.00 GBP
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT CIVILIAN GAS MASK (CARRY CASE VARIANT)
A civilian issue pre/early war gas mask contained in one of its carry variants, being a cylindrical tin.
The mask is the standard civilian type with the period addition of the extra filter canister. Mask is complete with some rubber perishing to the face face, forehead area (see images).
Good clear maker mark with manufacture date 4/37 (April 1937)
The carry tin is the ‘more interesting’ item of the combination, being a carry tin rather than the more common card box.
Brown paint finish. Cannot see any maker details with some period use denting.
This item is sold as a STATIC display item only. Not four use in any capacity.
Code: 107103Price: 55.00 GBP
WW1 BRITISH SMALL BOX RESPIRATOR
A ‘good’ example of a British WW1 small box respirator and its carry bag.
The bag I would rate 9.5/10 and the mask and filter canister 5-6/10.
The bag is in fine condition with all fixtures and fittings present and in working order, with the very nice touch of the original chest tie cord being present and tied and stowed away to one side of the bag. Clear maker markings to the underside of the front flap. Very faint owner/carrier inked details to bag rear, lower left.
Now the mask and filter which does have age/use issues.
The face mask is pretty much complete (apart from the exterior rubber valve which is always missing). The rubberised face mask has a couple of areas of holing, and the elasticated head straps are detached at varying points (but all their). Inner face mask complete with nose tongs and mouth piece.
The hose doughnuts are fractured in places but held in place by the canvas covering, and as such is quite mobil.
The filter canister (the real ‘Achilles heel’) of most masks is with heavy corrosion and held intact with paper masking tape (see images).
All the above said (trying to give an accurate account of how the mask is) the mask is all their and with a certain amount of low level, sympathetic restoration could be made into a very presentable mask.
I believe their service life was intended to be less than six months, so I suppose 100 years on its not doing so bad !
Sadly now a rare thing in pretty much any condition !
This item is sold as a STATIC display item only. Not four use in any capacity.
Code: 107101Price: 595.00 GBP
WW2 BRITISH ‘TOMMY’ HELMET (ROYAL ARTILLERY FORMATION SIGN)
A fine, early war example of a British ‘Tommy’ helmet with ‘sand textured’ finish and a Royal Artillery painted formation sign to the left flank of the helmet (as worn).
Helmet shell is dent and damage free with 90% plus of the original khaki/green and textured finish remaining.
Red and blue painted formation sign to helmet flank in damage and mark free condition.
Underside rim with textured finish also, possibly covering any maker and date details.
Liner in matching condition with ‘faintish’ maker details ‘JMB’ size 7 1/4 and date 1940 (see images).
Chin strap is clean and in damage free condition.
Formation sign marked helmets, now, like most ‘nice things’ becoming hard to find !
Code: 107099Price: 260.00 GBP
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