COMMONWEALTH WWI (AND EARLIER ITEMS)

#CD1040 Victory Bonds Poster "Doing My Bit FOUR YEARS"
Rare original WWI Canadian Victory Bonds full size poster featuring a Highland Soldier "Doing My Bit FOUR YEARS".  The poster is attempting to sell Victory Bonds by reminding the Canadian public their soldiers have been at war in some cases as long as four years and they need to purchase Victory Bonds to finally win the war - everyone must do their part.  The original poster is professionally mounted on a linen backing, which could be removed (by a professional) but is probably best left as is to continue preserving the poster in near mint condition with vibrant colours.  This is the full size version measuring approximately 61cm x 91cm. This is a great poster that would look awesome in any collection.  The poster can be shipped safely rolled in a poster mailing tube. $750
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#CD1025 .303 Lewis Automatic Machine Gun Pamphlet with CEF provenance
Rare original WWI .303 Lewis Automatic Machine Gun pamphlet with Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) provenance to Lt. Albert J. Melanson.  Lt. Melanson named the pamphlet inside the cover, our research indicates he served with the 165th Battalion and we our included some notes on the officer with the pamphlet.  The pamphlet covers .303 Lewis parts, operation, stoppages, and much more. Good lightly used condition without damage, nice pamphlet! $125
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#CD1022 CEF Royal Canadian Regiment (VRI) Flashed Brodie Helmet
Original WWI Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) painted VRI flash infantry Brodie helmet. The VRI stands for Victoria Regina Imperatrix which is Latin for "Victoria, Queen and Empress". The base helmet has received a period coat of grey camouflage paint, and the stencil painted flash has been period applied consistent with other known original examples in advanced collections and museums. Missing the chinstrap and liner, these could likely be sourced from another donor helmet to be completed.  Extremely rare CEF flashed helmet from a desirable unit that will look great in any collection. $650
#CD1020 Canadian Soldiers' Song Book
Original WWI Canadian soldiers song book published by the YMCA.  This booklet belonged to Alvin W. Brown (27679) of Weston, Ontario.  Alvin was born 23-7-1892 and enlisted on 22 Sep 1914 with the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders). Alvin used the back of the book to record where he went during the war.  We haven't done any further research past what is presented here, but this has potential for a research project.  This is a great personalized YMCA WWI song book that would be a great addition to your collection. $125
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#CD1021 Khaki Comedy
Original WWI publication "Khaki Comedy" by Sergeant-Major Edward D. Rose published by The Howell Publishing Co. in 1918.  Publication contains military jokes and skits to boost the moral of soldiers at the front. Rare publication. $50
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#BG3 Canadian CEF Grouping of Dvr. Lake, No. 15 Canadian Field Ambulance
Original WWI Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force grouping that belonged to a Newfoundlander named Hubert M. Lake. Lake was a Driver (Dvr) with No. 15 Canadian Field Ambulance and saw action overseas. You will be e-mailed a copy of Dvr. Lake's entire 44 page service file obtained from Library and Archives Canada with the sale, which you can maintain digitally or have printed and displayed with the group. The group consists of his two helmets (one fully intact and one that is just a shell with pad), bayonet, misc insignia, some interesting belts including a Sam Brown set, pay books, misc. paperwork including a photo, a negative, and a German mess kit he captured likely for personal use and inscribed with his name. The consignor is also offering some of Dvr. Lake's captured German souvenirs in the WWI Germany section of our site. CEF combat groups like this are seldom offered to the public, nice group to a brave CEF soldier from Newfoundland! $850
#BG10 Canadian 198 Overseas Battalion "The Buffs"
Original WWI Canadian 198 Overseas Battalion "The Buffs" cap badge.  Nice uncleaned example with original lugs. Maker marked on the reverse in very fine lettering "F.W. ELLIS & CO".  Nice example! $75
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#DW27 P08 Webbing Brace
Original WWI P08 "second issue" webbing brace with 2-inch Twigg buckle and brass tips for attaching to the pack or haversack. $40
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#KS6 Canadian Cavalry Spurs
Original WWI Canadian Cavalry spurs.  Excellent condition vet bring back matching pair.  1915 dated with matching serial numbers, C broad arrows, makers mark and date of 1915. Never cleaned, exactly as found.  A very nice pair. $150
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#CD1016 Canadian War Medal Lieutenant C.H. Fox Canadian Railway Troops
Original WWI Canadian War Medal 1914-1918 named to "LIEUT. C.H. FOX" who served with the Canadian Railway Troops.  The railway troops were a relatively small branch and it's tough to find any items related to them. Included with the medal is the officers complete file pulled from archives, you will be able to learn a lot about the soldier from the file and do further research on this soldier who survived the war. $75
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#CD1017 Canadian War Medal Pte H. Warren KIA 42nd Canadian Infantry
Original WWI Canadian War Medal 1914-1918 named to "441822 PTE. H. WARREN 42 - CAN. INF.".  Pte Warren served with the 42nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) CEF.  The 42nd Battalion was an infantry battalion and Pte Warren was unfortunately killed in action 12 November 1916 while fighting in France during the Battle of the Somme.  Included with the medal is the soldiers complete file pulled from archives, you will be able to learn a lot about the soldier from the file and do further research on this brave soldier.  $100
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#BS120 Woman Munitions Worker Badge Grouping.
Original WWI grouping of badges for wartime munitions workers. Lot includes Woman Worker of Canada for the Imperial Munitions Board, Munitions Service Canada, and 1915 On War Service badge.  Nice lot, all badges show genuine period wear and maker marks on the reverse.   $95
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#BS67 1913 Cork Screw
Original WWI British issue cork screw.  Maker marked and dated 1913 with broad arrow applied.  Excellent condition, an interesting accessory to go with your WWI rations or liquor cans.  Uncommon. $85
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#DW3 Canadian Infantry Tunic
Original WWI Canadian production 5 button Infantry tunic. Canada titles, collar dogs, and Infantry shoulder pins.  Named on the pocket to "A.J. Roy" with his service number.  We have not made any effort to do further research and leave that to the next owner.  This has remnants of the original paper tag.  Nice size stamps and C broad arrow. Wound bar on the lower left sleeve.  Missing one pocket button that could be easily replaced.  A good example of the iconic WWI Canadian Infantry tunic.  $800
#CD1002 Assembling and Fitting the Pattern 1916 Dismounted Equipment Manual
Assembling and Fitting the Pattern 1916 Dismounted Equipment original manual. Extremely rare. Overall excellent condition given its age. $325
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#CD1003 The Pattern 1908 Web Infantry Equipment Manual
The Pattern 1908 Web Infantry Equipment original manual. Extremely rare. Overall excellent condition given its age. $325
#CD1006 WARNER OBJECTIVE SIGHTING SYSTEM - Special Regard to the Ross Rifle
Warner objective sighting system book with special regard to the Ross Canadian Military Service Rifle.  Includes information on the Warner sight and the Canadian sight, with illustrations. Incredibly rare and important publication in near mint condition. Bound with a suede cover. Number 9 presented to Mr. C.B. Published in 1915. Probably will never see another one, and as far as I know there is no other known surviving example of this particular publication. $450

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#CD1008 NORTH WEST of CAPE COLONY - Original Boer War Map
Rare original map NORTH WEST of CAPE COLONY.  This map features many of the famous battle sites that appear on medal bars from the Boer War including Transvaal, Orange Free State, and Cape Colony.  The map is in excellent condition but is fragile given its age and it has been stored folded.  We would suggest having this map framed in museum archival grade glass and materials, or just carefully stored. This is a great historically important map that would enhance a display of medals corresponding to the battle sites. $200

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#CD1011 WWI Canadian Match Cover with Cardboard Box of Matches
Original WWI Canadian match box cover to keep a package of matches protected.  Graphics for The Canadian Military Forces in "The Great European War".  Contains an original package of matches.  Excellent condition.  $65
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#CD1001 1834-1934 Canadian Centennial Reunion Pin with Reunion Invitations 
Original 1834-1934 Canadian Corps reunion pin for the centennial in Toronto.  Also features the dates 1914-1934 as this reunion was put together by the association and would have been primarily WWI veterans.  Included with the lot are other various invitations to 156th battalion re-unions for WWI veterans.  Interesting lot found at an antique barn and never in a collection before. $30
#CD1038 Britons All Silk Postcard
Original WWI "Britons All" silk postcard. These cars were "Sweetheart" items the soldiers would send home to their girlfriends or wives.  This is a really nice example for your WWI collection that has been filled out and mailed home. $20
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#CD1039 Happy Birthday Silk Postcard
Original WWI "Happy Birthday" silk postcard. These cars were "Sweetheart" items the soldiers would send home to their girlfriends or wives.  This is a really nice example for your WWI collection that has been filled out and mailed home. $20
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#CD1005 Christmas Greetings Silk for a Sweetheart from France
Original WWI "Christmas Greetings" silk postcard. These were "Sweetheart" items the soldiers would send home to their girlfriends or wives.  This is a really nice example for your WWI collection, although undated it could be from around the time of the famous Christmas Truce.  $20
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#CD1004 1917 Silk for a Sweetheart from France
Original WWI early silk postcard from 1917 with French, English, and American flags. These were "Sweetheart" items the soldiers would send home to their girlfriends or wives.  This is a really nice example for your WWI collection. $20

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Trench Map of Beaumont Hamel
This is a genuine trench map of Beaumont Hamel where the Newfoundland regiment was almost entirely wiped out. The map came out of an old collection, it has been folded and carried in combat.  This is a true trench map with trench positions marked and use for actual combat operations. This is a very desirable map showing a very tragic section of land.  This sort of genuine combat map is rarely seen outside of national archives or museums, RARE! *Sold*
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#CD1007 Secret XIII. Corps Barrage Map 1918 Landrecies and Sambre-Oise Canal
1918 XIII. Corps barrage map showing some famous battle sites including where the 25th Division crossed the Sambre-Oise Canal to capture Landrecies. This map actually shows what appears to be creeping barrage strategy.  This is a genuine map used on combat operations, it has 'been there'. The map has been folded and well used, with some notes and markings period applied in pencil.  This sort of genuine combat map is rarely seen outside of national archives or museums. *Sold*
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WWI Canadian / British Brodie Helmet
WWI Canadian / British Brodie helmet.  Appears to be unissued and possibly never worn.  There is a faint name written in pencil on the chinstrap indicating who it may have belonged to, I have not made any attempt to research it. WWI Brodie helmets are often in extremely poor condition, this is the absolute best exampled I've ever seen.  Still even has the original tag with instructions. *Sold*
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#DW2 British Army P08 Web Equipment Set
Original WWI British Army P08 web equipment set in excellent condition.  This complete set consists of waist belt, cross straps, ammunition pouches (left and right), small pack, entrenching tool carrier, entrenching tool, blue enamel water bottle with carrier and wool cover, excellent bayonet and scabbard for the Mark II Lee Enfield (Never sharpened or messed with), bayonet frog, and very rare bayonet frog attachment for the entrenching tool handle.  The components are all in excellent condition, with maker marks, broad arrows, and dates from 1917-1918. This is a superb set ready to be placed on a mannequin or part of a field gear display. *Sold*

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#BS49 Private Purchase 1911 Leather Holser
Private purchase 1911 holster and single spare magazine pouch in leather.  This style holster is attributed to having been sold by London Armoury during WWI to Canadian and British soldiers privately purchase side arms prior to debarking for France.  This would be correct for a 'Canadian Contract' or other Government Model 1911 from the WWI era. *Sold*
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#BS67 Broad Arrow Stamp
Original WWI British broad arrow stamp.  This little stamp is constructed from wood with the stamp itself made of brass to apply the ink.  It is nicely maker marked J.U. HALLAM, MANCHESTER and dated 1916, it also has a small broad arrow stamp on it.  Original stamps like this are very hard to find on the loose. *Sold*
 
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#BS18 WWI Canadian Wool Blanket
Impressive WWI Canadian issue wool blanket in mint condition.  These blankets are scarce in any condition but this one is superb. Constructed of grey wool with appealing red and black stripes and chain stitched red C broad arrow.  Impossible to upgrade, we have never seen another in this condition. *Sold*

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#CD1012 WWI Canadian Ross Rifle or Lee Enfield Leather Sling
Scarce WWI Canadian Ross Rifle or Enfield sling.  Not many of these have survived in excellent condition like this. Still complete with the original leather string. Perfect to complete a nice Ross Rifle or Lee Enfield.  Appears to be unit marked as well.  Excellent condition, would be nearly impossible to find better. Nice! *Sold*
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#BS48 Private Purchase 1911 Canvas Covered Holster and Spare Magazine Pouch
Private purchase canvas covered 1911 holster and spare magazine pouch in leather.  This is one of the style holsters and pouches attributed to having been sold by London Armoury during WWI to Canadian and British soldiers privately purchase side arms prior to debarking for France.  This would be correct for a 'Canadian Contract' or other Government Model 1911 from the WWI era. *Sold*
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#BS58 Stretcher Bearer Arm Band
Original WWI Canadian Stretcher Bearer armband.  The armband has been painted or blanco'd white with ‘SB’ (Stretcher Bearer) stencilled in red over the white paint.  This example shows use and lots of patina. An uncommon and desirable armband! *Sold*
#CD1018 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin
Original WWI 1914 Princess Mary Christmas tin.  "On Christmas Day 1914, over 426,000 tin boxes were given to '...every Sailor afloat and every Soldier at the the front...' Princess Mary, 17, daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, had the idea of this special Christmas gift.  Inside the box, the receiver may have found tobacco, a confectionary, spices, pencils in the shape of a bullet, a Christmas card, and a picture of the princess".  This example is empty but in excellent condition.  Information card is included with it, the previous owner had it made to complete a display.  Nice example and an essential item for any WWI collection! *Sold*
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#CD1024 CEF Diary Pte. Walter Thorpe, 46th Battalion
Original WWI Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) diary of Pte. Walter Thorpe (Regimental Number 887141) of the 46th Battalion. Walter died of wounds on 12 April 1917 and this diary contains details of his service leading up to his death. Walter was born in England and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, XXII. G. 18A. and his gravesite can be visited.  This is a really nice and very personal item that you can do additional research on and perhaps even visit Walter's resting place with it someday. Walter's complete file is available for viewing online using the LAC search engine and entering his Regimental Number. In the main cover Walter wrote his rifles serial number and  some friends names Names and Regimental Numbers and some basic research is included on these soldiers as well; 81885 Thomas Thorpe, 81303 Herbert Gascoigne, 101849 Hebert Buckley, 887116 Clement Randall, all these fellows survived the war.  Really nice item for your WWI collection with a personal connection and research potential. *Sold*
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#CD1037 CEF Medical Officer's Cap 
Original WWI Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) Medical Officer's cap worn by Dr. James F. Weir.  Untouched and complete in genuine worn condition with only a couple tiny moth nips under the fine leather chinstrap. Very nice original cap with great provenance and more research potential! *Sold*
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#BS78 Chloroform Drop Bottle
Original British issue chloroform drop bottle for medics and surgeons, likely WWI but it could be as early as the Boer War period. Nicely marked on the top of the container with broad arrow. Bottle has no contents, it is empty. Excellent condition and very tough to find on the loose. *Sold*
#BS150 Canadian ID Bracelet - Sgt Mackie Barr Muirhead
Original WWI Canadian ID bracelet named to Sgt Mackie Barr Muirhead, No. 132143, 4 Bn C.M.G. Sgt Muirhead was from Renfrew, Ontario and attested on 31 August 1915 with the 73rd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, C.E.F. The 73rd Battalion was awarded the following battle honours, perpetuated by The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada: SOMME 1916, Ancre Heights, ANCRE 1916, ARRAS 1917, VIMY 1917, FRANCE and FLANDERS 1916-1917.  Sgt Muirhead was killed in action 29 April 1918, he was likely wearing this bracelet at the time of his death. Sgt Muirhead's Library and Archives Canada file is located here: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B6464-S001 *Sold*
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