Some more nice little finds on the second hand market this morning, including a little collection of papers from WW1 we will be returning to in more detail in the coming weeks.
Anti-Dim Cloth Tin
This tiny little tin, now sadly empty, was part of the ancillary equipment used with gas masks and goggles. The tin is a two part square tin with rounded corners, painted gold and with black lettering on the outside:The cloth would have been used to clean the inside of the lenses, adding a coating that prevented them from fogging up due to the condensation from the wearer’s breath.
Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Wedding Photo
This large photograph depicts a wedding party, from the ladies’ clothing I would guess it dates to the 1930s. The groom and his best man are both wearing officer’s uniform:Unusually for officers they are wearing field service caps rather than service dress caps:They both have the elephant collar dogs that indicate they are from the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment:Both have Sam Brown belts on and carry swords:I can’t be sure but judging by their age and the single raised bump on their epaulettes I am guessing they are second lieutenants. I do find a lot of material for the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, however as they are the local regiment recruiting in Halifax and Huddersfield, this is hardly surprising a most dealers will do house clearances in the immediate area. Material relating to officers is more unusual though just due to the fact that there were proportionately fewer of them compared to other ranks.
World War One Era Paperwork
This fascinating selection of paperwork came up today for £7, which seems very little for a selection of such interesting material. It all relates to a gentleman called Ernest Burton Whittle, from Sissett near Huddersfield and ranges from about 1910 to 1920. There are civilian papers in it such as his school report and letters on his birthday, but also papers relating to his attempts to join the Manchester University Officer Training Corps (he was too young) and indications that he ended up as a Seaman on board minesweepers in the North Sea:A brief search online shows that Ernest was born in Clayton West, Huddersfiled on 10th February 1899 and after the war he married Dorothy Shaw in All Hallows Church, Almondbury on 14th July 1924. We will look at some of these documents in more detail in future weeks, but it always amazes me that papers like these, a hundred years old, are still coming out of the woodwork and costing very little for what is a snapshot into history.
RAF Common Prayer Book
This little blue book is a Common Prayer book issued to RAF personnel. It is embossed on the front with the crest of the RAF:Interestingly the crest has the King’s crown, despite the book being dated to 1956 inside:This suggests that updated dies for embossing the crest onto the cover of the book had not yet been supplied, even four years after the ascension of Queen Elizabeth to the throne.
These two postcards both date to WW1 and were made by Bamforth & Co of Holmfirth, just up the road from Huddersfield:The postcard on the left is mildly humorous (very mildly to be honest) whilst that on the right is far more sentimental and clearly intended to be the sort of wistful postcard sent by a soldier to his sweetheart or his mother. The reverse of the postcards are blank, but have a wonderfully art-noveau style to the printed sections: