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Mons' :- Site news Summer 2017

Summer 2017
I'm adding 'new' listings, 'Little & Often' to my web-site sales pages on a minimum of twice a week.
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. It is something that I MUST however do before my stock becomes unmanageable.
I have a good number of 'interesting' items to list, so continued site viewing is as ever encouraged.
Site promotion via social media and attendance at militaria fairs is bringing to Mons' new site viewers, buyers and sellers alike.
Its hoped that new and old site viewers alike are at the very least kept interested by new site additions.

Mons Military Antiques can now also be followed on 'Twitter'....search & follow Richard Archer @DICKY61ARW

....'I have busy times-ahead, and much too do, and catch up on.....please remember its only me doing it !

'Hope to hear from you soon' !

Best regards....Richard

Code: 106820Price: On Request


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IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS WAR ECONOMY ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE (3)
An un-issued / un-used Imperial German enlisted mans belt buckle, mid / late war economy, made in steel.
Buckle retains virtually all of its original finish to the obverse and reverse, with some surface rusting to the buckle centre reverse.
Would be had to better for condition.
No maker details to reverse.

Code: 106819Price: 48.00 GBP


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IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS WAR ECONOMY ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE (2)

A field used Imperial German enlisted mans belt buckle, mid / late war economy, made in steel.
Buckle is devoid of any finish to the obverse with only traces remaining to the reverse.
'Heavier' detailing to the obverse detail, when compared to the previous listing.
No maker details to reverse.

Code: 106818Price:


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IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS WAR ECONOMY ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE (1)

A field used Imperial German enlisted mans belt buckle, mid / late war economy, made in steel.
Buckle is devoid of any finish to the obverse with only traces remaining to the reverse.
Slight wear to high points of the crown, otherwise excellent used condition.
No maker details to reverse.

Code: 106817Price: 35.00 GBP


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PRE-WW1 / WW1 STAFF OFFICER PORTRAIT PHOTOGRPAH

A very 'crusty' looking pre WW1 staff officer in high neck khaki service dress.
Victorian / Edwardian era. I believe the medal ribbons represent Victorian campaign service medals (one possibly the Egypt or IGS medal).
Image is 'signed' but the signature is partially lost / illegible.
A smashing image of period long gone !
Image outer dimensions approx 17.5 X 12.5cms

Code: 106815Price: 6.00 GBP


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WW1 BRITISH (MIDDLESEX Regt.) CASED, LOCKET PHOTOGRAPH

A very 'touching' head and shoulders photographic image of a Middlesex Regt. other rank in uniform.
The photograph is contained in a neck locket frame and is contained in its original mantle cabinet.
Good untouched condition with age to both the frame and locket itself.
Sadly the individual is un-named, I have not opened the photograph frame.
I would say from the items ambience and fading to the green velvet lining that it has for many years been cared for and displayed with pride and affection.
New to the market.

Code: 106812Price:


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WW2 BRITISH ARTILLERY, ATTACHED ARMOURED YEOMANRY, BATTLEDRESS UNIFORM (8th ARMOURED BRIGADE, ESSEX YEOMANRY)

A (late war / 'Sunday best') 1940 pattern BD top and trousers complete with black armoured corps beret uniform to a corporal serving with the Essex Yeomanry within the 8th Armoured Brigade.
An excellent condition ensemble with the tunic trousers and beret in very good damage free condition, showing only moderate / light wear, with I believe the only moth being to the beret crown (see images).
The tunic and trousers are of a larger size for the vintage.
Trousers complete with braces. No issue label to the trousers, issue label to the BD top with the date of issue stamp faint and indistinct. Beret with maker / issue details and date 1944.
The BD is complete with all the related formation signs 8th Armoured, Essex Yeomanry, gun layer trade badge, branch of service bars and corporal stripes.
The beret is with the Essex Yeomanry other ranks cap badge.
The BD has at some time been (incorrectly for a BD) fitted with the respective correct collar badges and shoulder titles, now absent.
A very clean uniform grouping !

8th Armoured Brigade served in the western desert with the 8th Army; later, forming part of the 21st Army Group in the North Western Europe campaign to the wars end and then the Army of Occupation in Germany.

I have previously offered and sold this item (before the opportunity to site list). It has been re-bought into stock, due to the collector 'down sizing'. I have purchased this and other 'nice' WW2 items, some of which have already been listed.

Code: 106810Price:


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EX-MUSEUM DISPLAY 1922 PAT. TUNIC, REPRESENTING THE 3rd BATTALION TANK CORPS

A defunct (European) museum display item being a 1922 pattern service dress tunic, representing a trooper serving with the 3rd Battalion, Tank Corps.
The tunic has been well researched and put together in a very meticulous, correct manner.
All the insignia I would say is reproduction but none the less looks very 'convincing'.
The exterior of the tunic appears to have been artificially 'grubbied up', with an oily appearance as one might expect from such a tunic servicing in an oily mechanical environment.
The interior of the tunic is clean and not in keeping with the exterior.
Their is some moth (none active) damage to a couple of areas of the tunic and insignia, so I am again assuming that the tunic has some age in terms of how long its been put together and its representation.
The tunic displays very well, and for a copy item 'catches the eye'.
The size is in keeping with a period tunic and is not overly large.
The marking to the interior, single letter, four digit, is I believe the museums stock / item code.
A very good representation of what would be a very, very rare original tunic....and at a fraction of the price of said original.

NOTE:- I reiterate that this listing is a NONE PERIOD item, and is offered as exactly what it is and represents.

Code: 106808Price:


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WW1 BRITISH TANK CORPS, TANK CREW LEATHER 'CRASH' HELMET

One of the true rarities of the 'range' of WW1 British collectables, being the tank crew protective leather crash helmet, yet an item, for varying reasons not a success in its day.
A superb, complete, example of the leather protective crash helmet as used by the crew members of the 'new' Mk 5 British tank.
Four leather panels held together by steel rivets, complete with its head liner and rarely encountered chin strap. (The chin strap leather is with fragility and needs to be handled with the utmost care).
All elements of the helmet are present and in damage free condition. No maker or issue markings which is correct for this item.
The helmet leather is firm, with a certain amount of age hardening. (The helmet has been in a collection for many years with the past owner aware that the leather needed to be cared for. As such it has been over the years been treated with a 'neutral' leather treatment to maintain the leathers integrity).
A fine example of this extremely rare WW1 collectable, issued, to what was in WW1 a 'special force'.

The leather British tank helmet never really caught on for wear by its respective intended uses.
It was considered cumbersome, and while offering limited protecting from head injury within the tank, was also very hot to wear within the confines of the noisy machine while in use.
Also, against it, was its profile, which from a distance looked like the German steel.

Code: 106806Price:


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WW1 BRITISH LATE / EARLY POST WAR 6th BATTALION TANK CORPS ex ROYAL FUSILIERS CUFF RANK TUNIC

A very clean, 2nd Lt. cuff ranked tunic, to an officer serving with the 6th Battalion the Tank Corps, previously serving with the Royal Fusiliers.
The tunic is mounted with officer quality Royal Fusilier tunic buttons, MGC OSD bronze collar badges (Indicating heavy section Machine Gun Corps....to become the Tank Corps) officer quality khaki backed tank sleeve badge to the upper right sleeve, red and yellow 6th Battalion TC shoulder board identification flashes and a full set of WW1 medal ribbons to include the ribbon for the award of the Military Cross and the bronze oak leaf for mention in dispatches (M.I.D).
(It can be assumed that the tunic is late to early post war due to the addition of the WW1 trio of medal ribbons).
Tunic lapels have not been multi punctured with holes denoting many changes of collar badge. The tank sleeve badge is with a small area of seem breakage and the khaki cloth backing is with some edge fraying.
A couple of the tunic seems are now with some fragility, notably the collar and as such need either professional restoration or at the very least treating with care.
The tunic is with light wear and is basically moth free. It has a couple of small 'snags' to the khaki cloth material due to wear / use.
Liner in matching condition to exterior. No shell dressing pocket has ever been tailored into the tunic (another late / post war indicator).
The tunic is sadly devoid of any tailor labels or issue markings and is un-named.
Its a fine clean example of a cuff rank tunic with the added interest of being related to service with this iconic WW1 unit.

Code: 106805Price: 1350.00 GBP

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