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A most impressive and well illustrated group of 16 medals with archive, to a twice decorated, and wounded 'Highland Officer': Major Alexander George Denoon, late 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

- 1914 Star. With clasp ' ' (9256 L. Sjt. A. Denoon, 2/Sea. Highrs.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (2 Lieut. A. G. Denoon)
- Interallied Victory Medal (2 Lieut. A. G. Denoon)
- The 1939-45 Star
- The France and Germany Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Coronation Medal 1937
- Special Constabulary Long Service. GVI type I (Sub. Inspr. Alexander G. Denoon)
- Belgium: Order of the Crown. 5th Class 'Chevaliers' breast badge
- Belgium: Cross of War (Croix De Guerre) 1914-1918 issue. King Albert reverse

Note: The above court-mounted mounted group of 11 x medals with traces of having sometime been lacquered & bronze medals gilded. Enamel chipped on reverse of Belgian Order

With loose foreign commemorative medals (all confirmed entitled and all accompanied with their original award documents / brevets) as under;

- France: Commemoratve Medal for the Battle of the Aisne 1914-1918 & 1940
- France: Commemorative Medal for the Battle of the Somme 1914-1918 & 1940
- France: Commemorative Medal for the Battle of Dunkirk 1940
- Belgium: King Albert Veterans Cross. With silver Palm
- Belgium: Flemish Cross of the Three Cities,& 3 x clasps, Nieuwpoort, Diksmuide & Ieper

Sold together with a large archive of papers (as found) and collection of associated shooting medals as under;

- Cripplegate Rifle Club Medal, bronze, 3rd place in 1934 Championship
- Army Rifle Association Medal, bronze, 'A. G. Denoon, Sea. Hrs., 1924.
- Another medal in bronze for Second Prize in the Prince of Wales Cup
- London Rifle Association League Medals (3) in bronze
- National Rifle Association commemorative medal, bronze, unnamed
- L. & M. R. A. Centenary Medal, dated 1962, engraved 'Major A. G. Denoon'
- The Bell Medal in bronze, presented by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs
- St. John's Ambulance Association Long Service badge (448736 Alexander G. Denoon)

Also accompanied by an archive of original documents, as-found, including;

- Award document for Belgian Order of the Crown
- Award document for Croix de Guerre
- Warrants for his appointments as CSM and 2nd Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders
- Brevets for each of the 5 x foreign campaign and veterans awards
- War Office letter of official release from Active Military Duty, dated 10 August 1946
- Selection of original photographs inc in later life wearing his medals circa 1969

Alexander Gilchrist Denoon was a native of, Logie Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, where he was born on 17 February 1889. Alexander enlisted in the British Army, and joined his local regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders, in 1905, being posted to 2nd Battalion. Alexander was evidently a model soldier, as promotion came quick. He served for just over 11 years in the ranks, latterly as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class.

He landed in France as a Lance-Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders on 21 August 1914 and remained on active service until the war's end. The Battalion was heavily engaged in the retreat to Mons in 1914, suffering heavy casualties, among them Lieutenant-Colonel Sir E. R. Bradford, Bt., the unit's C.O., who was killed at the crossing of the Aisne in mid-September. In the following month, the Battalion was engaged in the attack on Meteren, when it carried enemy positions at the point of the bayonet, in addition to heavy fighting at Frelinghen; the unit's war diary records 'no firing' on Christmas Day 1914, when the Seaforths were free to 'walk about in the open'.

On 1 July 1916, the Battalion went into action with the 1st East Lancashires and 1st Hampshires at Redan Ridge on the Somme. In the ensuing fighting - which cost the Seaforths nearly 400 casualties - one of Denoon's comrades, Drummer Ritchie, won a memorable V.C.: amidst a galling fire, he stood on the parapet of a trench and rallied his comrades by sounding the 'Charge'.

Alexander Denoon was commissioned in November 1916'Wounded-in-Action' - reportedly more then once - during the Great War. As a Second Lieutenant serving on the Western Front in France, he received he received a Gunshot & Shrapnel Wound (GSW) to the right knee, that led to his evacuation by 'Wound Convoy' on 25 April 1917 - he was evacuated to the United Kingdom, where spent several months on Rest & Recuperation at the American Women's Hospital for Officers at Lancaster Gate, London. At the time of his wound in 1917, he had completed 12 years military service, of which 17 months had bene spent on active service with the B.E.F. During his period of recovery, his wife (he had married in 1913) resided at Ballachraggan, Kildary, Rosshire, Scotland

His gallant service on the Western Front was recognised by the award of a brace of Belgian decorations both of which were pubblished in the London Gazette

- Order of the Crown, 5th Class 'Chevalier' (London Gazette, 24 September 1917)
- Croix de Guerre (London Gazette, 11 March 1918)

Major Denoon was placed on Retired List in the 1930's, however, with the outbreak of the Second World War in September, 1939, he volunteered his services, and served as a Major in his old regiment and latterly in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. During the Second World War, he saw active service in France, with the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, and later returned for the campaigns of liberation in North West Europe 1944-1945

After leaving the British Army circa 1930, he resided for many years at, 26 First Avenue, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, England. He remained a proud 'Seaforth' Highlander throughout his life, as testified by his appointment as Chairman of the London Branch of the Seaforth Highlanders Association, which office he held between 1930-51. Major Denoon, s recorded as having died at Manchester, Lancashire, England, during the fourth quarter of 1974, at which time he had been residing at 24 Jevington Walk, M13 9DQ.

Note: Some enamel chipping on reverse of the Belgian Order, otherwise a most splendid ensemble of awards for the World Wars

Important: Postage quoted reflects the weight and extra cost in sending this lot. If, pending on destination, there are any additional costs incurred, the buyer will be advised prior to dispatch

Condition: Mostly about GVF

Code: 18582Price:


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A Pipe-Majors group of 7: Pipe-Major D. 'Swank' McLeod, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

- British War Medal. Silver issue (3-7366 Pte. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- Interallied Victory Medal (3-7366 Pte. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- IGS Medal 1908. GV 'North West Frontier 1930-31' (2810142 Sjt. D. Mac Leod.Seaforth)
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Military LSGC. GVI 'Regular Army' (2810142. W.O.Cl.2. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- Efficiency Medal, GVI first 'Territorial' (2810142 W.O.Cl.2. D. McLeod, Seaforth)

The group court mounted for display.

Pipe-Major Donald 'Swank' Macleod served during the Great War with the 2nd and 7th Battalions Seaforth Highlanders, the former''s Pipers (of which Macleod is listed in the Regimental records) were, ''largely employed as runners, orderlies, etc., and suffered very heavy casualties. On several occasions during the open fighting they were employed in the attack as pipers. Of 23 pipers who went to France with the battalion 6 were killed and 10 wounded in the first year of the war. The opinion of the officers is that only the difficulty of reinforcements limits the employment of pipers in action.''

Provenance: Matt Taylor Collection, Christies (London) 1983

Research: The medals accompanied with some copied research including photograph of recipient in uniform, as part of the 'Highland Brigade Gathering Cawnpore, 1931 - Pipe Majors'

Condition: Great Wars medal polished GF, others GVF

Code: 10967Price: 1975.00 GBP


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A 'World Wars' campaign & long service medal group of 6, to a Royal Irish confirmed 'Prisoner-of War' 1918: Sergeant Alfred Godfrey, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, late "A" Coy, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regiment

- British War Medal. Silver issue (11941 Pte. A. Godfrey. R. Ir. Regt.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (11941 Pte. A. Godfrey. R. Ir. Regt.)
- The 1939-1945 Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Military LSGC Medal. GV type II 'Regular Army' bar (7574508 Sjt. A. Godfrey. R.A.O.C.)

Note: The Great War campaign medal confirmed as recipients only netitlement for the Great War, during which he sfirst entered a theatre of war, while serving with the Royal Irish Regiment, (ref WO 329/2119). Alfred had already transferred to the Army Ordnance Corps (later Royal Army Ordance Corps) sometime prior to 1920, as his unique 'Army Number' issued to him in 1920, is from the block allocated to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Important: Private Alfred Godfrey, "A" Coy, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, is confirmed as having been a Prisoner of War, interred in Germany, during the Great War, and returned to United Kingdom on 19 December 1918 (ref War Office Weekly Casualty Lists, issue dated 24 December 1918). He was captured on the Western Front on 21 March 1918 - the opening day of the German Spring Offensive of 1918! Subsequently reported Prioner-of-War, held at 'Metz' (Red Cross records refer)

The group mounted as-worn in the swing-style. The reverse of the mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fitting

Condition: VF

Code: 18581Price: 225.00 GBP


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A regimentally unique full entitlement campaign medal pair combination for Iraq and India service: Private A. G. Walker, 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

- GSM 1918. GV first type with clasp 'Iraq' (30406 Pte. A. Walker. R. Highrs.)
- IGS Medal 1908. GV 'Waziristan 1921-24' (2745852 Pte. A. G. Walker. Black Watch)

The IGS medal is a 'Royal Mint' issue

Important: The recipient did not serve overseas during the Great War. The respective campaign medal rolls confirm the two medals listed above, and here offered, as the recipients full and only medal entitlment. The GSM 1918 and clasp per medal roll (ref WO 100/G5/415) signed at Dera Ismail Khan, North West Frontier Province, India, and the IGS 1908 and clasp per medal roll (ref WO 100/I25/491) signed at Quetta, India, on 20 December 1925. The medal rolls show that Private Walker had been attached to 32nd Divisional Signal Company (which became "B" Divisional Signals), and was returned to his unit, 1/Black Watch on 1 May 1922. Private Walker took his discharge on 28 January 1923

Note: A study of both the GSM and IGS medal rolls confirm that a total of only 3 x 'Other Ranks' of the regiment qualified for both of the above medals and clasps while serving on attachment. However only Private Walker has the distinction of having earned the 'pair only' as a full medal entitlement - the other 2 x recipients each additionally earned Great War British War & Interallied Victory Medals, and one of those recipients - Private Cunningham - is recorded as having been issued 'Replacement' GSM & IGS medals

A unique full medal entitlement campaign medal pair to the Black Watch

Sold together with some copied medal roll entries and medal index cards

Condition: GVF

Code: 15484Price: 1175.00 GBP


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A multiple North West Frontier & Second World War campaign medal group of 7 to a casualty of the 'Italy Campaign 1944': 2979350 Private D. Dick, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

- IGS 1908. GV type II ''North West Frontier 1935' (2979350 Pte. D. Dick. A. & S.H.)
- IGS 1936. GVI & clasp 'North West Frontier 1936-37' (2979350 Pte. D. Dick. A. & S.H.)
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Africa Star
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal

Important: Private Dick is confirmed as having been 'Wounded-in-Action' in Italy on 12 January 1944, while serving with 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (ref WO 417/71)

Note: Both IGS medals and clasp entitlements are verified on the respective campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, as under;

- IGS 1908: Ref WO 100/497. Roll signed Rawalpindi, Punjab, India,11 December 1936
- IGS 1936: Ref WO 100/498. Roll signed Trimulgherry, Madras, India, 3 December 1938

Private Dick was transferred to the Army Reserve sometime after 3 December 1938 and was recalled to 'The Colours' on the outbreak of the Second World War, in September 1939, at which time he was posted to 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

8th Argylls served 154th (Highland) Infantry Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division in France in 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The 154th Brigade, with 8th Argylls, was evacuated from Le Havre in June 1940. After a period of rest and recuperation, 8/Argylls now assigned to 36th Brigade, formed part of the 78th 'Battleaxe' Division, serving during the Tunisia Campaign. 8/Argylls won fame during the assault on Djebel Ahmera where in the attack on Longstop Hill, in spite of heavy casualties from mortar and machine gun fire the battalion scaled and took the heights. During the battle Major John Thompson McKellar Anderson was awarded a Victoria Cross for inspiring his men and eliminating strong points. 8/Argylls subsequently served through the Sicily and Italy campaigns

Sold together with hard copy extract page from the respective 'Casualty List' entry

Condition: GVF

Code: 18354Price: 375.00 GBP


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A 'Bearer's' double North West Frontier of India campaign medal pair: Bearer Rakhmat Shah, 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment

- IGS 1908. GV 'Mohmand 1933' 'N.W.F. 1935' (Br. Rakhmat Shah, 5/12 F.F.R.)
- IGS 1936. 'N.W.F. 1936-37' 'N.W.F. 1937-39' (Bearer Rakhmat Shah, 5/12 F.F.R.)

The recipient, a Punjabi Muslim, was an attested 'Follower' who performed the trade of 'Bearer' (an officers servant, or mess steward) while serving attached to the 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment 'Guides'

Condition: VF

Code: 17929Price: 150.00 GBP


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A decorated Viceroy's Commissioned Officer's campaign & royal commemorative medal pair: Subadar Misri Khan, Saradar Bahadur, O.B.I., 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment

- IGS Medal 1936. 'North West Frontier 1936-37' (1309 Jemadar Misri Khan 5/12 F.F.R. )
- Jubilee Medal 1935

Note: Jubilee Medal confirmed as entitled per the respective Medal Roll held at the National Archives, wherein he is shown as holding allocated serial number 1832, listed under the 'India Allocation', holding the rank of Jemadar with 5/12 F.F.R.

Important: The recipient was also decorated during the Second World War (the Regimental History refers)

- Order of British India, First class with title 'Saradar Bahadur'

Misri Khan first enlisted in the Guides Infantry on 2 March 1915, and served on the North West Frontier of India (Mohmand Campaign of 1915), and later overseas in Mesopotamia (4 March 1917 - December 1917); Egypt Expeditionary Force (Palestine) 8 January to 11 November 1918. During the inter-war years Misri served in no less than 4 x frontier campaigns viz; N.W.F. 1930-31; N.W.F. 'Mohmand' 1933; N.W.F. (Loe Agra & Mohmand) 1935, and N.W.F. (Waziristan) 1936-1937. Commissioned as V.C.O. (Jemadar) on 1 March 1934. During the Second World War he served overseas in Iran & Iraq as a Subadar with 26th Garrison Battalion 12th Frontier Force Regiment, where the battalion was deployed between December 1942 - August 1945

Note: The most famous - and distinguished - unit of the British Indian Army was the Corps of Guides (1st Battalion Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (Frontier Force) (Lumsden's) Infantry - that was restyled as 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment, in 1922

'Guides' - both British and Indian - under their new guise as 5/12 F.F.R. continued to perpetuate numerous deeds of supreme gallantry during the inter-war era, not least in the frontier campaigns of 1933 & 1935, as manifested by the heroism of former Etonian, Captain Godfrey Meynell - who earlier received a rare Military Cross for 'Mohmand' - and was later awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross - a unique award of the British Empire's highest reward for gallantry to be issued during the reign of King Edward VIII, the uncrowned King;

Quote (London Gazette 24 December 1935),

His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned officer : The late Captain Godfrey Meynell, M.C., 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides), 12th Frontier Force Regiment, Indian Army. For most conspicuous gallantry and extreme devotion to duty. On the 29th September, 1935, while operating against Mohmand tribesmen in the attack on Point 4080, Captain Meynell was Adjutant of the Battalion. In the final phase of the attack, the Battalion Commander was unable to get information from his most forward troops. Captain Meynell went forward to ascertain the situation and found the forward troops on the objective, but involved in a struggle against an enemy vastly superior in numbers. Seeing the situation he at once took over command of the men in this area. The enemy, by this time, was closing in on the position from three sides. Captain Meynell had at his disposal two Lewis guns and about thirty men. Although this party was maintaining heavy and accurate fire on the advancing enemy, the overwhelming numbers of the latter succeeded in reaching the position. Both the Lewis guns were damaged beyond repair and a fierce hand to hand struggle commenced. During the struggle Captain Meynell was mortally wounded and all his men were either killed or wounded. Throughout the action Captain Meynell endeavoured by all means to communicate the situation to Headquarters, but determined to hold on at all costs and encouraged his men to fight with him to the last. By so doing he inflicted on the enemy very heavy casualties which prevented them from exploiting their success. The fine example Captain Meynell set to his men, coupled with his determination to hold the position to the last, maintain the traditions of the Army and reflect the highest credit on the fallen officer and his comrades.

Unquote.

Remark: Misri Khan is confirmed as having served during the Loe Agra / Mohmand campaigns of 1933, and was likely present during the action in which Captain Meynell was decorated with a poshumous award of the Victoria Cross. Misri Khan was commissioned as a Viceroys Commissioned Officer less then 6 months after the death of Captain Meynell......

Sold together with a letter confirming the award of the Jubilee Medal, this issued by the Central Chancery of Knighthood in 1986, and with extract of services and related entries form the Regimental History

Condition: VF

Code: 17928Price: 130.00 GBP


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A fine confirmed 'Battle of Leros 1943' Prisoner of War and later Korean War medal group of 6 to 'The Faughs': Private K. Gavin 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, late 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Africa star
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Korea Medal (7043160 Rfn, K. Gavin, R.U.R.)
- United Nations: Service Medal with clasp 'Korea'

Important: Recipient is confirmed 'Prisoner of War' in German hands from 16 November 1943, while serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (Ref War Office casualty list WO 417/75)

The recipient originally enlisted in the British Army sometime prior to 1940. On enlistment he was posted to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and was serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, which battalion served at Malta 1940-1943. In 1943, 2/RIF was deployed to Leros, in the Aegean to prop up the Italian forces there against an anticipated German attack. The subsequent 'Battle of Leros', resulted in the anihalation of the British and Italian forces there, Fusilier Gavin being amongst the British troops captured on the island.

As a Prisoner-of-War, Fusilier Gavin was interred in Germany at Stalag 4G located at Oschatz

Private Gavin served in the Korean war with 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, which regiment earned the below following battle honours for their services in Korea;

- Seoul (only awarded to 3 x British Regiments)
- Imjin
- Korea 1950-51

Condition: GVF

Code: 18579Price: 475.00 GBP


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A 'Wokingham Mayor's' Second World War campaign medal group of 4: Corporal Robert Benjamin Naish, Royal Corps of Signals, later Mayor of Wokingham, Berkshire, England

- The 1939-1945 Star (2383835 Cpl Naish R.B.)
- The Burma Star (2383835 Cpl Naish R.B.)
- Defence Medal
- War Medal

Note: The 2 x campaign stars are named in the distinctive 'Boots' style of contemporary engraving

Imp: Robert 'Bob' Benjamin Naish is confirmed as having been a long serving Councillor in his community, and ultimately was Mayor, of Wokingham, Berkshire, in 1977

The source "Wokingham men who returned from the Second World War" includes the details of Corporal Robert B. Naish (2383835) Royal Signals, of 70 Evendons Lane. He returned on January 29th 1946.

Reference 'Wokingham, Former Mayors of 1947-1979' (Jim Bell, 2009), there is a detailed biography of Mayor Naish, together with a copy of the portrait here attached courtesy of Gemma Cummings of Wokingham Town Council, showing Major Naish in his Mayoral Robes and wearing his impressive 'Chain of Office'

An interesting item of local Wokingham / Berkshire history interest

Condition: GVF

Code: 18066Price: 75.00 GBP


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A 'First to Jump' - Battle of Arnhem - 'Pathfinder' campaign & long service group of 6: Staff Sergeant Anthony Charles Pardoe, late Rhodesian Army, Royal Army Pay Corps, 21st Independent Parachute Company, Army Air Corps & Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

- Rhodesia: General Service Medal (2276 WO1. A. C. Pardoe)
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The France & Germany Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Military LS&GC. EIIR issue 'Regualr Army' bar (2944785 Sgt. A. C. Pardoe. R.A.P.C.)

Note: RGSM with edge prepared prior to being officially impressed. L.S.G.C. with official corrections to recipients army number

Anthony Charles Pardoe, was a native of, Romford, Essex, England, where he was born on 20 June 1920. Anthony attested for the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders on 19 April 1939, receiving the unique army number 2944785 (from the the block allocated to the Cameron Highlanders). During the Second World War, Anthony - like many other Cameron Highlanders, including General Urquhart of Arnhem fame - volunteered for service with the Special Forces of the British Army, joining the Army Air Corps. At the time of 'Operation Market Garden' he was serving as a Private with the elite, 21st Independent Parachute Company, Army Air Corps - the Airborne's 'Pathfinder' unit that 'dropped by parachute' in advance of the main attack force - and always 'First In' - to secure and mark the designated drop zones and landing strips prior to the attack force troops being dropped by parachute and landed by glider. Private Pardoe would have been amongst the first 'Paras' dropped at Arnhem on 17 September 1944. After carrying out their designated roles as 'Pathfinders', the men of 21st Independent Parachute Company, were deployed as a HQ reserve and in general 'Recce' work. The 'Pathfinders' at Arnhem were eventually trapped within the Oosterbeek perimeter along with the rest of the 1st Airborne Division - they had like all the Para units present fought courageously against ultimately overwhelming odds. Private Pardoe was reported 'Missing-in-Action' from 25 September 1944 (ref WO 417/83), his casualty status changing to being confirmed Prisoner-of-War (ref WO 417/86/1). As a Prisoner of War, Private Pardoe, was interred in Germany at Stalag 12A located at Limburg s.d. Lahn

Post War, Anthony, transferring to the Royal Army Pay Corps, and was advanced to Sergeant, R.A.P.C., on 31 October 1956. He was also attached in that same year to the 1st Battalion Sierra Leone Regiment with the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant. After leaving the British Army, Anthony served with the Rhodesian Defence Force, and was with Headquarters, 3 Brigade, in June 1971

Provenance: John Prior Collection, 2002 (John Prior was President of the Orders & Medals Research Society 1981-1985)

Sold together with some copied research including entry pages from respective War Office casualty lists, and a copied entry with captioned illustration of the recipient as a Warrant Officer Class I from the Rhodesian Army magazine 'Assegai '

The group mounted as-worn in the swing-style. The reverse of the mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fitting

Condition: GVF

Code: 18580Price:

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