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Photos of the 100th Foot Serving Sergeants in India

From an old album we offer here a large group of 43 original photographs of the Senior NCOs of the 1st Bn / 100th Foot c.1890. The Indian Mutiny caused a surge in Canadian loyalty to Britain and the Empire. An infantry regiment was raised in Canada in 1858 for imperial service as a distinctively Canadian component of the British Army. However, the Mutiny had been suppressed by the time that the troops were ready to embark and the new regiment sailed for England instead. The regiment was posted back to Canada in 1866 and thus participated in the ceremonials inaugurating the Dominion of Canada on 1 July 1867. The 100th Foot left Canada in 1868 and served at various stations in Great Britain and Ireland until 1877, when it was posted to India.

Under a major reform of the British regimental system, the 100th (Prince of Wales’s Royal Canadian) and 109th (Bombay Infantry) Regiments of Foot merged on 1 July 1881 to form The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). The amalgamated regiment perpetuated the 100th Foot’s historical links with Canada and the Indian origins of the 109th. The regiment also gained a new territorial association with five counties in the Irish province of Leinster, Hence its new name.

The group includes a picture of the CO, all or at least most of the Sergeants Major, Colour Sergeants and Serjeants of the Bn. Some are in full dress, some are portrait shots, some are with full kit and in different forms of headdress. Many have their names glued to the back of the cards. A great collection to a fine regiment with a Canadian connection.

Code: 50572

300.00 CAD

Antique 1844 Second Pattern .704 Cal Brunswick Rifle with Bayonet

Here we offer an Iconic antique firearm that excite British Gun Collectors for their quality, their attractive form and their reputation as a fine military arm. This particular example is in overall fine condition with some minor damage to the stock behind the brass trigger guard and grip. The finish of the wood is beautifully preserved and all of the original brass parts are present and complete. The action is tight and the rifling is in good condition. The barrel and lock have a nice patina with all the correct Tower and inspector marks. The marks are however thin on the lock and a little hard to read, but 100% correct. Comes with an original rare Brunswick bayonet, also well marked and in fine condition. It fits the rifle like a glove.

This is a hard antique firearm to find on the market today and we are pleased to have one in stock for our customers to admire and purchase. These Rifles were not only issued to British rifle regiments serving in Victoria's colonial wars, but to the infamous Royal Canadian Regiment raised in Canada to patrol the frontier and hunt down deserters. There are no unit markings on the weapon, but there is a rack number on the Bayonet.

Code: 50529

3800.00 CAD

Victorian Mounted Rifles Volunteer Bn 1847 Dragoon Helmet

Offered here is a prime example of a helmet in the 1847 style been issued to a Volunteer unit well into the 1870s. This ornate pattern of helmet was obsolete in the regular army by 1871, replaced by the more simplified version of the same helmet style. This is a fine example, near mint condition with the correct chin scales, liner, parts and badge. No obvious dents, near new looking liner, and a beautifully ornate badge.

Mounted units of the Volunteer Force were active from 1859 to 1901, after which the surviving units were incorporated into the Imperial Yeomanry.

Code: 50528

2650.00 CAD

16th Lancers Pre World War One Other Ranks Chapka

Here we offer an early 20th Century headgear for the 16th Lancers. The Lancers and their classic form of headdress were adopted by the British Army in 1816 from the famous Polish Lancers that rode for Napoleon. The Chapka stayed in service well into the 20th century as a full dress accouterment that instantly identifies these units.

This example, with the Kings Crown Chapka Plate, the regimental coloured cap band, along with the black plume, identify this helmet to the 16th Lancers. All helmet parts are present, including the lined chin scales, the plume finial and the cloth liner. The cap is overall in fine shape, but for a small 1/2 " tear in the black ribbed cloth panel at the rear of the helmet and some marring in the leather finish either side of the rear helmet seam. Otherwise this example stands out as a fine specimen of this form of headgear for this unique arm of the cavalry.

Code: 50527

2650.00 CAD

Victorian Officer's Life Guards Household Cavalry Helmet

A magnificent original Life Guard Officer Helmet with silver washed helmet shell and gilt insignia and fittings. The shell has silver plate that has tarnished over time but none has worn away, just requires a light careful cleaning to bring its luster back. All of the fittings and the Helmet plate badge are gilt, retaining about 95+% overall. The correct velvet lined large officer's chin scales are in fine condition and the original officer's helmet liner is in overall good condition, with a bit of the silk puling away from the leather for 5 or 6 inches. The plume is the early correct long white horse hair plume with large rosette fitting atop the post. The enamel on the helmet plate central garter star is 100% and is a stunning example of these fine helmets. If you want the most elaborate Dragoon helmet for the 1880s - 90s to add to your headgear collection this is one of the best examples you can find. untampered with and in brilliant shape.

Code: 50526

5000.00 CAD

The Leinster Regiment Senior NCO Forge Cap Badge c. 1880-1900

This is a fine example of the Forge Cap badge for NCOs. The officers would likely be in silver bullion. Again, more rare than the helmet plate, with its lugs intact. Pictures of this cap badge can be found worn by Sergeants on the forge cap and the Overseas Helmet in a group of photos from India available in the British Photo Section on this site.

Code: 50504


Other Ranks 100th Foot Leinster Regiment Glengarry Cap Badge c.1880-1900

A classic Glengarry badge for a British Regiment with a Canadian connection. These are harder to find than the helmet plates, with the original lugs on back. A nice badge in good condition. Not a copy.

Code: 50503

200.00 CAD

Officer Militia Artillery 1876 Helmet Plate

Standard silver washed officer's plate to a member of the Royal Artillery Militia. The badge has a dark patina, never cleaned, showing it is original silver wash. The post are all accounted for on the device. A solid representation.

Code: 50502


16th or early 17th century North European Swept Hilt Rapier

Probably German made, this wonderful example of a period sword has a minor restoration. The Swept Hilt Rapier normally has a very thin blade, this version is slightly broader than most, but the hilt is in the classical form and the construction is consistent for the period. The hilt has a little play in the guard, but not unexpected for a 400 year old sword. The pommel is perfect in its urn form and is inconsistent with the rest of the construction of the sword. It is likely a Victorian replacement. It is a nice job of restoration, maintaining the correct look and tone, but the pommel it is just too clean, free of dents or scratches, too well made to be period. The Sword blade is marked by the smith and has some minor abrasions along the edge. The wire grip wrap is in good condition, hard to say if it is a replacement wire, it does show age.

Opinions from sword collectors on this piece are consistent, with the consensus being it was probably a damaged old sword repaired to hang from a wall in some castle in Europe in the 19th century, a common practice. Regardless it is an affordable and handsome example of a real sword of the period.

Again this type of sword was also used in the North American colonies ( by Spain, France, England and Holland) as well as in European conflicts. A mint sword of this period will easily fetch well over $4k, we have priced this example to suit its condition. This sword has all the indication of being an authentic sword, just given some TLC to bring it back to life 100 years or more ago with a replaced pommel.

Code: 50501

2600.00 CAD

Classic English Civil War Lobster Tailed Pot Helmet

This is an original marked Tower of London lobster tail pot worn by the Parliament troops or round head cavalry under Cromwell, circa 1640. All steel construction, ammunition grade armour plate helmet with articulated guard on the back with rivets to protect the wearers neck. The classic 3 guard front tilts on the front protecting the wearer, but still allowing all around unobscured observation. The ear guards are attached and in good condition. The seam construction on the crown is solid and correct. The owner punched his initials into the rear tail to identify and an armourer's mark is found on the steel peak, half punch, looks to be DH. This is typical of Tower made armour.and there are remnants of leather and lining on the interior. The nuts are handmade and the interior shows patina and wear. The outer shell was polished at sometime in its later life giving the pot a shine. These helmets were used in North America with examples being found in excavations at the James Town site, occupied around the same time in the early 1600s, probably used by infantry, but there were some cavalry recorded in small numbers protecting the colony. A fabulous helmet, a great example of the transition from full armour to felt or leather headdress.

Code: 50499

3700.00 CAD