Bosleys' anniversary badge sale
Just as it was in 1994 when Bosleys held its first auction, 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of Bosleys Military Auctioneers with a Military Badge Auctions, on 30 January.
The sale will contain a wide range of both metal and cloth badges, including South African featuring a number of Boer War sheet brass slouch hat badges including Green and Seapoint Town Guard which was raised in 1899. Badges representing the Indian Army will be found including a 255 Indian Tank Brigade, rare WWII cloth formation sign. Colonial Police badges which have a strong international following will see Reserve Battalion Burma Military Police Officer’s cap badge and Gold Coast Northern Territories Constabulary police cap badge c. 1914-29 to name a few. There will be a strong showing of badges representing the Great War, these include ‘Pals’ Battalion cap badges and shoulder titles. Royal Naval Division and rare examples of Volunteer Training Corps including Guernsey Volunteer Corps, Royal Flying Corps pilot wings will represent Aviation along with examples of WWI Observer wings, pair of WWII ATA pilot wings and 1st British Flying Training School Instructors Pilot wings.
The senior service will see a selection of Royal Navy tallies and Officer’s cap badges of the various branches of the Royal Navy. Victorian British Army badges will be on offer including cavalry and line infantry, worthy of a mention is a fine Irish 5th Lancers/8th Hussars Victorian 1886 London hallmarked silver NCO’s arm badge. A number of the elite special forces will be represented and these include the Special Air Service, WWII Southern Rhodesia Commando, New Zealand Long Range Desert Group and No. 1 Demolition Squadron (Popski’s Private Army).
Moving onto the 6 March this will be Bosleys’ next public auction and already consignments are arriving for this sale which will include a number of Scottish Highland Officer’s dirks and the second part of a WWII period British Fighting Knife collection which will include one of the rarest patterns, the Lord Lovat’s No. 4 Commando Wilkinson Fighting knife. It is believed that less than 12 were made by Wilkinson and of the pattern according to the book British and Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook states that only five examples are known.
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