Approximately 1840s-50s this helmet was worn by Egyptian Cuirassier regiments who were bodyguards to the Khedive of Egypt Muhammed Ali Pasha.He was Khedive or Viceroy/Governor of Egypt and Sudan, a vassal of the Ottoman Empire.
These helmets were made in France and also by Henry Wilkinson of London.The Cuirassier Uniforms of the Khedives regiments followed European military styles of the time particularly France.There is much rust throughout the surface and interior of helmet but this could be cleaned up and removed and improve the appearance.
Crown is missing its dome and half moon spike and there is no chainmail aventail present to rear.Interior liner is also absent.Left side of chinstrap chainmail is present however the right side is missing a part of its attachment.Interior rear neck guard has the aventail chainmail attachment hooks present. Brass helmet centre band and round brass side discs in reasonable condition.There are three dents to the upper crown at front,side and rear.
The front arrow shaped visor guard is rusted but intact.To front right side of helmet crown is white paint that appears to be an accidental occurence at some time.
An unusual and rare helmet.
Japanese naval enlisted mans late model side cap. Olive drab canvas cap with machine embroidered yellow anchor to front. Complete with canvas chin strap and tie strings to back. Inside of cap has a rectangular ink stamp with Japanese characters.
White canvas construction side cap used by naval ratings in the Japanese navy.Machine embroidered black anchor on oval patch sewn to front.White canvas chin strap complete with two adjustment loops.Visor is of the same material as the body. The cap has two reinforced ventilation holes to either side of the crown all showing rust. Two reinforced eyelets are on either side of a slit to the rear and these are also quite heavily rusted.Some staining to interior particulary around the visor. Sweatband is of brown leather material.
Used in Tanks and Armoured Vehicles.Rare lend lease example for delivery to the Soviet Union.Has Russian cyrillic script lettering to front panels alongside English. Training Notes Manual stamped to the 1st Training Regiment Royal Signals included.All controls and switches move.Dated 1942 and 'Zenith Radio Corporation' plate to front with serial numbers.
The Italian Eastern Front medal.Some paint loss to centre.To reverse top is inscription 'DNJEPR DONETZ'. To bottom is dates 'LUGIO 941 LUGIO 942'. Centre of cross has letters CSIR with BUG and DON on either side.Beneath date to bottom is manufacturers name and address 'LORIOLI MILANO ROMA,A PICOZZI MILANO'
WW2 U.S. Grimes signal light or Aldis lamp used on many planes including the tail gunners of B17 bombers to signal to the other planes in the formation, heavily used during D Day. Lamp in good condition however the box has seen better days with rusting to metal parts , top strap broken and base of box has large hole in it, the felt lining covers most of the hole.One metal corner plate is missing from bottom left side of box however it is lying loose inside the box and could be reattached.
Dated 1996,very nice Russian hand painted wooden trinket box with portrait of Count Matvei Ivanovich Platov (1751-1818) commander of the Don Cossacks during the Napoleonic Wars.Above portrait in Russian cyrillic script his name and birth and death dates however the death 1818 is painted 1881.Artist oversight no doubt. In 1806 commanded a Cossack Corp at the battles of Eylau,Guttstadt and Friedland.In 1812 supported General Bagration with a Cossack Corp at Korelichi,Mir and Romanovo.At Borodino he faced the French left flank and conducted a cavalry assault which while not having an immediate effect on the French made Napoleon hold back his Imperial Guard.During Napoleons retreat from Moscow he persistently harassed the French in their rear for which he was awarded the title of Count Of The Russian Empire.
After the war he accompanied Tsar Alexander to London where he was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford University
Instituted in 1971 by the Polish Communist government to honour individuals who contributed to maintaining public order or showed bravery in their duties in public order.Mainly for members of the police and security services.
WW2 Era veterans medal ribbons mounted on postwar rack.Comprises Navy Battle Efficiency Award,U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal,Navy-M.C. China Service 37-39 Medal,American Defence Medal,European/African/Middle East Medal,WWII Victory Medal,National Defence Medal,Korea Medal,Korea U.N. Medal. Reverse has label of well known military dealer Ken Nolan of Irvine California who was a big militaria and medal dealer in the 60's up until 2005.