Brodie helmet and personal Effects Of Colonel Frederick Gordon Blair Aide De Camp To King George VFrederick Gordon Blair was born on 11 November 1852 the son of Captain W F Blair R.N. of Blair, Dalry, Ayrshire,Scotland. He was educated at Harrow School (The Grove) from Easter 1867 to Easter 1868. Blair was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in the 14th (King’s) Hussars on 26 March 1873. He transferred to the 16th Lancers in 1874.He joined the Ayrshire Yeomanry in 1870 before joining 14th Hussars in 1873 with whom he went to India then served in the 16th Lancers from 1874-81 then joining the Leicestershire Yeomanry in 1881 and became commandant in 1895-1905.He was commander of 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry during the 2nd Boer War 1899-1902 and was mentioned in dispatches.In 1902 a party was sent to London to represent the regiment at the coronation of Edward VII. On this occasion, Colonel Blair, riding abreast with other officers of the Militia and Volunteers, had the honour of representing the entire yeomanry force in the King's procession from Buckingham palace. In 1906, he became the regiments third Honorary Colonel after the death of Colonel Baillie.In 1914 Colonel Blair became Aide de Camp to King George V serving until 1920.The collection comprises1. Brodie helmet complete with strap and liner (the liner is a little loose to one side) Liner has the red Brodie maker stamp.2. Brodie helmet leather carry case a very rare item.3. Two personal effects bags one leather with his initials F.G.B. to front. The other a leather and canvas bag.4. His personal Kodak 'Vest Pocket Camera' with leather case in excellent condition.5. Sam Browne belt with cross strap.6. Leather knife sheath for attaching to belt.7. A pair of black leather riding boots with stirrups attached, made by Maxwell.Stirrups also stamped Maxwell. Inside of boots are stamped in gilt lettering 'MAXWELL, BY APPOINTMENT TO H.M. THE KING, H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES, H.M. THE KING OF PORTUGAL, H.M. THE KING OF SPAIN, DOVER ST PICCADILLY'8. A pair of brown knee high boots for wear with his uniform. Inside boots are period wooden boot trees maker marked 'Geoha' and size stamp 7-8. The brown boots are in excellent condition. Inside are stamped with maker 'MAXWELL, DOVER ST,PICCADILLY,LONDON.9. Rope riding crop.10. Unidentified leather accoutrement which we believe to be riding equipment, a large leather strap with buckles.11. Unidentified leather accoutrement which we believe to be riding equipment, a leather covered canister with lead lid.12. Unidentified leather accoutrement which we believe to be riding equipment, a triangular brown leather case with belt attachment.Also included is the auction catalogue from 2012 from the sale of the Blair estate, Blair House, Scotland which includes an illustration of Colonel Blair. Everything is in very good condition, although the liner of the Brodie helmet has become detached and the chin strap is quite fragile.
Very rare periscope made for enabling the firing of a machine gun from the safety of a trench.Developed from the earlier Type 30.Brass made with cross hair sights.Maker stamped 'Periscope 31 A.Kershaw & Son Ltd Leeds 1918 No 221.War Department stamp is present.
private purchase regimental kilt of the Seaforth Highlanders.Complete with all metal buttons which are maker marked Dugald Maclachlan Oban. Correct course material which is in very good condition despite it's age with no mothing which is usually found on these type of kilts.
WW1 Commemorative Glazed bust approx 3 inches tall.City Of Canterbury crest to front and Kitchener details to reverse.Base stamped 'GRATTON CHINA B.A.J. & SONS ENGLAND' and 'MADE FOR S.A. GRINDER ST GEORGES ST CANTERBURY.'
Duke of Wellington Commemorative medallion struck by John Pinches London 1852.Commemorates the life of Wellington. A relief portrait of The Duke to the obverse. To reverse are the words 'Britannia Mourns Her Hero Now At Rest' and dates of birth and death, along with flags and urn and Britannia in mourning with a lion and angel lying and kneeling in reverence.Case in good condition.
Commemorative medal issued in 1915 and commemorating 110th anniversary of The Battle Of Trafalgar and 100th anniversary of Battle Of Waterloo.Inscribed with 'Duty 1915 Honour' and bordered with the WW1 allied nations.Made from copper from Nelsons flagship HMS Victory
China ornament of British tank during WWI .5'' in Length.Top of tank has the crest of the Parish of Aspatria,Cumbria.Base has serial number and maker stamp with 'A&S ,STOKE ON TRENT, ARCADIAN CHINA'.