The Armourer

Family archive at Bosleys


Bosleys last sale of 2021 comprised 519 lots of original military collectabl­es plus the outstandin­g Crofton family military archive. A dedicated section started with the state uniform of Lt Colonel

Sir Morgan Crofton Bt. 2nd Life Guards. Bosleys was able to locate an original image of the Colonel wearing this uniform which sold for £14,156.80 (includes Buyer’s Premium of 22%+VAT).

The following lot was his special regimental state sword and the intense bidding finished at £9,100.80. The section also saw a superb Life Guards table ink well in the form of a Life Guards helmet sell for £1,643.20 , a pair of similar silver table lighters at £2,275.20 and a Farrier’s axe at £5,561.60.

The Housed Cavalry regiments featured throughout the sale with consignmen­ts from various vendors with a 1st Life Guards

State sword selling for £2,022.40 and a Royal House Guards sword for £1,390.40. The pomp and ceremony of State occasions was represente­d by a State musician’s uniform which sold for £2,401.60 and a state trumpet banner for £1,516.80. As expected from a Bosleys auction a strong original badge section saw 166 lots where a Royal Anglesey Light Infantry Militia Officer shako plate sold for £783.68.

The medal section saw £5,561.60 paid for a rare Irish

Royal Munster Fusilier Boer War Distinguis­hed Service Order group and £3,286.40 was paid for a Waterloo Medal to the 95th Rifles. The Great War was represente­d by a 2/6th Notts & Derby Regiment Military Cross casualty group of Captain Frances Dawborn Stones who died in Flanders on 28 September 1917 and sold for £2,780.80 and a rare WWII London Blitz Kings Commendati­on For Brave Conduct medal group, awarded to Miss Gwendoline Clark, a Trench Marshal at The Green, East Acton sold for £530.88.

Lots within the German Third Reich section saw an SS 1933 model dagger by rare maker Bertram Reinhard, Solingen sell for £2,022.40 and a NSDAP Political Leaders standard bearer’s gorget by Eugen Schmidhaus­sler, Pforzheim sell for £884.80.

The last 34 lots of the sale were dedicated to knives, fighting knives and bayonets. Here was a fine Edwardian Argyll and Sutherland Highlander­s Volunteer Battalion officer’s dirk selling for £2,528 and an issue piper's dirk of the Liverpool Scottish for £480.32.

It was the special forces which took the highest hammer price of the section with a WWII SOE agent, hatpin thrust assassinat­ion dagger. This dagger was illustrate­d in Fighting Knives by FJ Stephens, which is regarded as a standard reference books on the subject, helping it sell for £6,825.60.

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