Well it was back to the market today after my holiday and it was nice to get a good haul, at either end of my collecting time range with some nice WW1 items and some very good cold war stuff.
1919 Souvenir Peace Cup
This delightful little cup was produced in 1919 and commemorates the end of the first world war. It is about three inches high with transfer decoration:
On the front is a laurel wreath for victory surrounding a dove of peace with the flags of the allies around:
There are then two contrasting scenes for war:
This is a higher quality souvenir piece than most as it is made by the Aynsley factory:
First World War Postcard
This postcard has a cartoon on the front of soldiers travelling in a French box car with some caricatured French children:
The message reads ’22.10.18. I have had some. am quite well. Love Bel’ This message implies the sender might have been wounded and is sending a message to a loved one reassuring her he is okay.
Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Most Cap Badge collectors like pristine clean badges, however this well polished cap badge is rather appealing to me. It has clearly been well used, indeed it is almost polished smooth in many areas. To me as a collector of general militaria rather than a pure cap badge collector this badge is far more interesting for having been used by a soldier, clearly over many years. Soldiers often polished their badges this smooth deliberately as it was far easier to get a shine from smooth metal than the detail of a new badge:
Meet the Royal Navy Programme
This programme is for the visit of a squadron of the Home Fleet to Liverpool in 1965:
Inside the ships of the squadron are listed and a small biography of each is given:
The ships visiting are HMS Tiger (cruiser), HMS Centaur (Aircraft Carrier), HMS Kent (Guided Missile Destroyer), HMS Dido (Frigate), HMS Berwick (Frigate), HMS Oracle (Submarine), Brave Borderer and Brave Swordsman (Fast Patrol Boats), HMS Iveston and Wolverton (Minesweepers) and RFA Olynthus (Fleet Replenishment Tanker). It is depressing to think today that at the time this was merely a squadron from one of the fleets in the RN…
Royal Navy Publicity Material
This pack of publicity material dates from just before the Falklands war in 1981. It is housed in an RN folder:
Inside is a message from the Admiral of the Fleet:
And a fold out leaflet highlighting facts about the RN since the end of WW2:
1960 Pattern British Army Parka
The Korean War led to a major review of the clothing issued to the British Army, serge battledress and greatcoats were found to be woefully inadequate in the frozen winters of the Korean Peninsula. The system that replaced it included a lined parka in olive drab. This design was to be manufactured into the 1970s, despite being given an erroneous pattern number implying it was part of the 1960 pattern combat clothing.
This example probably dates from the early to mid 1960s, the label changing from white in early examples to black lettering on green in later examples. It is named to a ‘Wroe’ presumably the same chap as the nuclear calculator bought a few weeks back from the same seller:
The parka is made of an olive drab cotton with large plastic buttons and a zip up the front, inside is an artificial fleece liner:
Instructions inside give details of care for the parka:
NBC Casualty Bag
One of the problems facing soldiers fighting in an NBC environment is evacuation if they become injured. Most NBC suits are heavy, hot and difficult to work in at the best of times, once someone is seriously injured they are at much greater risk of contamination. To get around this casualty bags were issued that allowed an injured man to be put inside them and then evacuated to somewhere he could be treated.
Like most other items of NBC gear this bag is vacuum sealed to prevent damage and to take up the minimum space possible:
The label inside identifies it as ‘Bag, Casualty, Chemical Protective Mk1’ and dates it to April 1978: