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A scarce original post Boer War vintage period 'C.I.V. old comrades association OCA membership lapel badge', small gilt oval bearing blue enamel title surround, the centre with an embossed white enamel Crowned City shield from the Coat of Arms', red cross and 'Wat Tyler's dagger' in the first quarter. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole lapel fitting, no damage to the enamel.
The 'City Imperial Volunteers' were raised by the Lord Mayor in December 1899 to fight in the Boer War in South Africa. All recruits that enlisted were granted the Freedom of the City of London and embarked for South Africa in January 1900 and were disbanded on their return. The Old Comrades Association survived into the 1950's.
A very scarce original circa 1900 commemorative pin brooch in the form of a gilt early pattern red, white and blue enamel crossed 'Union Flags' the central circlet with an applied photographic image of national hero 'Baden Powell', with white ribbon scroll above '1900'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings, no damage to the enamel, gilt finish remains bright.
A scarce original circa Boer War period possibly prisioners of war work, novelty cufflinks in the form two small gilt coins adapted to make a pair of cufflinks. Very good condition, gilt finish remains bright.
A scarce original Boer War period 'Transvaal War 1899 -1900 National Commemorative gilt medal'; the obverse depicting a wounded but defiant British soldier, rifle at the ready, a representation of 'A Gentleman in Kharki' by Richard Caton Woodville; the reverse inscribed 'The Queen God Bless Her' 'This Medal Commemorates The Magnificent Response of Britain's Sons To The Empire's Call To Arms Transvaal War 1899-1900' 'Daily Mail Kipling Poem'; suspended from patriotic red, white and blue enamel title bow with maker's details to the reverse 'Spink & Son London'. Exceptionally good condition, complete with original pin fittings, enamel perfect, gilt remains bright.
A scarce original 'The national Commemorative medal 1899 -1900' white metal example; the obverse depicting a wounded but defiant British soldier, rifle at the ready, a representation of 'A Gentleman in Kharki' by Richard Caton Woodville; the reverse inscribed 'The Queen God Bless Her' 'This Medal Commemorates The Magnificent Response of Britain's Sons To The Empire's Call To Arms Transvaal War 1899-1900' 'Daily Mail Kipling Poem'; with maker's details to the reverse 'Spink & Son London'. Good condition, small edge knock in the 2 o'clock position, contained in its original buff coloured cardboard box with partial paper label to the inside lid, otherwise very good condition.
A scarce original Boer War period 'London Rifle Brigade gentleman's cravat pin in fitted presentation case' in the form of a very fine quality unmarked yellow precious metal small shield displaying the 'City Imperial Volunteers' 'CIV' monogram to the centre, with blue enamel title scroll below, surmounted by a dragon's wing charged with cross from the arms of 'City of London'. Very good condition, complete with original single spiral turned pin fitting, enamel perfect.
Height of badge 19mm.
with pin 64mm.
A scarce original 'Boer War South African War Veterans Association gilt and enamel lapel badge'. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole lapel fitting, enamel intact, gilt remains bright.
A good original pre-1902 period 'Boer War ZAR brass and enamel pin badge' possibly made by POW from a coin. Good condition. enamel with service wear.
A scarce original Boer War period 'South Africa Light Horse nickel badge' in the form of a small cross, engraved with 'SALH' to each arm, 1899 to centre and mounted on a curly ended sprung bar. Good condition.
A scarce original Boer War prisioners of war work souvenir, made and sold in the overseas camps, in the form of a South African ZAR 1892 silver shilling, cleverly cut out to portray President Kruger with hat, with drilled hole, ring an part chain, worn as a watch fob. Good condition.
A rare original silver 'Boer War Tribute Medal' the silver disc with embossed enamel shield with the ancient arms of the 'City of Worcester', below Birmingham silver hallmarks for 1900 and maker's details 'H.B.S' Sale Birmingham, the reverse inscribed within laurel sprays PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF WORCESTER TO 'Pte. T. Insall' IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICES WITH THE WORCESTER VOLUNTEERS SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 1900 1901. Good condition, enamel with old restoration, evidence of having had a claw style suspension ring, service wear,
A similar illustration of this badge can be seen in the definitive work of 'Boer War Tribute Medals' by "M.G. Hibbard" Page 79.
A scarce original Boer War prisioners of war work souvenir, made and sold in the overseas camps, in the form of a South African ZAR 1896 silver shilling, cleverly cut out to portray President Kruger with a hat and pipe, with additional ring added, so to be worn as a watch fob. Good condition.
A rare original circa 1920's 1930's 'Defenders of Ladysmith Association' gilt and enamel lapel badge, the reverse with maker's details 'Fattorini & Sons Ltd Bradford House Birmingham' a pattern used between 1928 and 1932. Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, no damage to the enamel.
A rare surviving souvenir from the Boer War in the form of a small oval photograph frame, bearing a gold plated metal insert with embossed Royal Arms, crossed flags with four vignette, the centre being a black and white photograph of 'Queen Victoria' with her Commanders 'General Lord Roberts', 'Lord Kitchener' and 'Lieutenant General Lord Methuen' titled 'Hand in Hand For The Empire'. Very good condition, complete with suspension ring, colour remains bright, minor surface scratches to glass.
A scarce original 'South African War Veterans Association gilt and enamel lapel badge', the reverse with maker's details "Fenwick Birm". Very good condition, complete with original buttonhole fitting, enamel intact, gilt remains bright.
A scarce original second Boer War period 'Dont Forget Majuba' celluloid tin button badge' the centre displaying a 'Red Ensign Flag' the rim with details "Pat.July 21 1896", the reverse with card insert "Made by The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N. J., U.S.A. Patented July 17, 1894 April 14, 1896 July 21, 1896". Very good condition, retaining original single pin fitting, colours remain bright, minimal foxing, minor surface scratches.
A scarce original Boer War period gift tin sent to troops serving for Queen and Country. Gilded red and blue painted tin, bearing embossed portrait medallion of the Queen; to her left the 'Royal Monogram' and to her right 'South Africa 1900' below a handwritten facsimile message 'I wish you a happy New Year'. Upon opening a full array of chocolate bars alternatively stamped 'ROWNTREE' and 'YORK' within waxed paper lining. Good condition, hinges in working order, no major dents, no splits to the corners, paintwork bearing service wear, three choc bars with cracks, minor flakes. Not suitable for consumption !
Size 159 x 86mm.
The Queen commissioned the country's three principal chocolate manufacturers, J S Fry & Sons, Cadbury Brothers Limited and Rowntree and Company Limited, to undertake the order for what amounted, by the end of 1900, to 123,000 tins. As Quakers, all three manufacturers refused to accept payment for the order and, not wishing to profit from the War, they offered to donate the chocolate instead.
A scarce original 'Boer War large tin button badge', mounted with black and white photographic image of Robert Baden Powell in Army uniform, complete with pin fitting to the reverse. Very good condition, minor surface scratches.
A scarce original circa pre-1902 'Boer War patriotic brooch'; a large imposing unmarked silver gilt example, depicting Queen Victoria Crowned crossed rifle and 'Union Flag'; to the left the 'Coat of Arms of the Transvaal' and to the right those of the 'Orange Free State' all in fine quality vivid enamelling; the reverse impressed with maker's details "Max Minck & Co Durban" and "Patent" mark. Very good condition, complete with old period replacement padded pin fittings, enamel almost perfect except for defect to rifle butt.
Width approx 46mm.
Height approx 24mm.
Please see: 'BOER WAR MEMORABILIA The Collectors' Guide by Pieter Oosthuizen' for a similar example of this brooch illustrated from the 'Oosthuizen Collection'.
A very attractive scarce silver spoon, the finial a khaki uniformed Boer War soldier about to fix bayonet, the ground on which he stands with plinth below inscribed 5 VB the shank a column of crossed rifle and flag; the reverse of the bowl bearing Birmingham silver hallmarks for 1904, maker's details "C.B&S" (Cooper Brothers & Sons Ltd) and "Rd354104" a registered, design and patent date of 1900. Very good condition.
5th VB South Wales Borderers were formed in 1897 with HQ Newton, Montgomeryshire. Many of its members served in the Boer War resulting in the Battalion being accorded the battle honour South Africa 1900-01 in 1905. When the Volunteer system ended in 1908, the Battalion was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as its 7th Battalion.
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