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Judith Anne Hawkins 1956-2015
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Code: 19193Price: On Request


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A Super 19th Century Antique Bronze of Napoleon in a Standing Pose
Ideal for a bookcase, cabinet or desk. Napoleon became first consul. In 1802, he was made consul for life and two years later, emperor. He oversaw the centralisation of government, the creation of the Bank of France, the reinstatement of Roman Catholicism as the state religion and law reform with the Code Napoleon.

In 1800, he defeated the Austrians at Marengo. He then negotiated a general European peace which established French power on the continent. In 1803, Britain resumed war with France, later joined by Russia and Austria. Britain inflicted a naval defeat on the French at Trafalgar (1805) so Napoleon abandoned plans to invade England and turned on the Austro-Russian forces, defeating them at Austerlitz later the same year. He gained much new territory, including annexation of Prussian lands which ostensibly gave him control of Europe. The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved, Holland and Westphalia created, and over the next five years, Napoleon's relatives and loyalists were installed as leaders (in Holland, Westphalia, Italy, Naples, Spain and Sweden).
The Peninsular War began in 1808. Costly French defeats over the next five years drained French military resources. Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 resulted in a disastrous retreat. The tide started to turn in favour of the allies and in March 1814, Paris fell. Napoleon went into exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba. In March 1815 he escaped and marched on the French capital. The Battle of Waterloo ended his brief second reign. The British imprisoned him on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, where he died on 5 May 1821. Set on a marble base. 9" high

Code: 19192Price: 795.00 GBP


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Signed Order From Naval Hero, Admiral Earl St Vincent, on HMS Victory, 1796
HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Jervis during the Battle of Cape St Vincent, [later flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar]. Order signed by Admiral Sir John Jervis [later Earl St. Vincent], Knight of the Bath, Admiral of the Blue, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships and Vassals in the Mediterranean and patron of Admiral Nelson. Signed in 1796 aboard his flagship HMS Victory in Gibraltar, just one year before his tumultuous victory at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797, with Nelson as one of his command Captains on HMS Captain. The order sent to the Boatswains of the St George the Blanch and The Britannia. It concerns the re-assignment of Boatswains and a strict and careful survey of Boatswains stores on Horatio Nelson's ship, HMS Captain, and to duly report back to the Admiral. Jervis served throughout the latter half of the 18th century and into the 19th, and was an active commander during the Seven Years' War, American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. He is best known for his victory at the 1797 Battle of Cape Saint Vincent, from which he earned his titles, and as a patron of Horatio Nelson. ." The Battle of Cape St. Vincent
The British and Spanish fleet sighted one another at dawn on 14 February 1797. The British fleet had fifteen line-of-battle ships against the twenty four Spanish ships. On the quarter-deck of Victory, Jervis and his flag captain, Robert Calder counted the ships. It was at this point Jervis discovered that he was outnumbered nearly two-to-one:
"There are eight sail of the line, Sir John"
"Very well, sir"
"There are twenty sail of the line, Sir John"
"Very well, sir"
"There are twenty five sail of the line, Sir John"
"Very well, sir"
"There are twenty seven sail of the line, Sir John"

"Enough, sir, no more of that; the die is cast, and if there are fifty sail I will go through them."
A passenger aboard Victory, Captain Benjamin Hallowell, achieved a brief notoriety for slapping the admiral on the back and calling out "That’s right Sir John, that's right. By God, we shall give them a damned good licking!"
During the battle Nelson, in command of HMS Captain, wore out of line and performed a stunning feat by capturing two of the enemy vessels within moments. Nelson and his crew boarded and captured one and crossed her deck and boarded and captured the second, which had collided in the smoke and general melee of the battle. The move was later feted by the public and press and dubbed "Nelson’s patent bridge for boarding first-rates." When the Spanish retreated Jervis did not press his advantage but consolidated his victory and began the lengthy job of repairing both his ships and crews. The British had suffered casualties of 73 killed and 227 wounded.

Sir John did not mention Nelson's achievement in his initial despatch to the Admiralty despite Nelson's obvious contribution to the success of the battle. In later despatches Jervis did mention Nelson. In one anecdote, when discussing the battle with his flag-captain, Sir Robert, who had been mentioned in the despatch and had been awarded a knighthood for his services, brought up the issue of Nelson disobedience of the admiral's orders for having worn out of the line of battle in order to engage the enemy. Jervis silenced him by saying: "It certainly was so, and if you ever commit such a breach of your orders, I will forgive you also."

Despite the capture of only four vessels, the Battle of Cape Saint Vincent became celebrated as an outstanding victory and the awards and recognition far outweighed the achievement. The bad news of the evacuation of the Mediterranean, the capitulation of the Spanish and the Italian city-states and the defeat of the Austrian army alongside the increasing threat of a French invasion of Britain had depressed the politicians and general public. A victory, such as that of Cape Saint Vincent, was more important for the morale of the country as a whole than its military ramifications. Both Jervis and Nelson were hailed as heroes and Jervis was made Baron Jervis of Meaford and Earl St Vincent. Songs were written about Jervis and the battle and there was a general feeling of relief in both the Government and people of Britain. Nelson for his services was invested as a Knight of the Bath. The now Earl St Vincent was gifted a pension for life of £3,000 per year. The City of London presented him with the Freedom of the City in a gold box valued at 100 guineas and awarded both him and Nelson a ceremonial sword. The presentation box and sword are both currently held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The two swords awarded Jervis and Nelson were the first of their kind that the City of London issued. St Vincent was awarded the thanks of both Houses of Parliament and given a gold medal by the King. The London Gazette published an advertisement in 1798 regarding the prize money that was due to the officers and men who had fought at the battle. The sum quoted was £140,000, in inflationary terms this would be approximately £12,949,400 as of 2015, of which, as admiral, Jervis was entitled to a sizeable share. Jervis resumed his blockade of the Spanish fleet in Cadiz. Sold unframed, but should frame beautifully, and small tears at the bottom up and top down.

Code: 19191Price: 2950.00 GBP


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A Members Badge of the Magician's Club of London, of Houdini's Great Friend
Both gilt and enamel, with blue water silk ribbon mount. Together with a Member of the Magic Circle Badge in gilt and enamel of Wilfred Allan, Douglas Dexter's principle pupil. The Magicians' Club of London was formed in 1911 by Harry Houdini along with others including Servais Le Roy, Chris Van Bern, Carl Stakemann, and Stanley Collins.
It was a concept of Will Goldston who had taken umbrage with The Magic Circle (founded in 1905) and decided to start his own society. He wrote an article titled "The League of Magicians - A Suggestion by Will Goldston" in his Magician Annual for 1910-11.
The first meeting was officially reported in Goldston's Magician Monthly.
Houdini was elected president, the rest as Vice-Presidents with Stanley Collins as Secretary and Will Goldston as Treasurer. Nearly a hundred members were enrolled at the inaugural meeting on May 27, 1911. Houdini remained president until his death.

After the death of Houdini in 1926, Will Goldston was unanimously elected to succeed him. He held this office for the next three years, relinquishing it to Louis Gautier in 1929, but continuing to serve as Treasurer

The club seemed to have disbanded some time after Will Goldton passed away in 1948. In Goodliffe's Abracadabra magazine July 1949, inquiries were made regarding the Magicians' Club, London, since the death of Will Goldston asking if it had died a natural death along with its founder. As far as they were able to ascertain, it had. Wilfred Allan was the principle pupil of magician, and dear friend of co member Harry Houdini, Douglas Dexter. Douglas Dexter was once summoned to the Royal Palace for a personal Command Performance for the King, died in 1938 and Wilfred Allan died a year later in 1939.

Code: 19190Price: On Request


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Unique Piece of History, Part of Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb
As dropped by 617 Squadron to Breech the Mohne and Eder Dams on the night of 16th 17th May 1943. During the early stages of testing these bombs at the experimental bombing range at Ashley Walk Godshill, a lot of these bombs broke up with the force that they hit the water, but in the final stages they had got the true bouncing bomb that stayed in one piece.

One of these whole bombs that bounced and then sunk was retrieved by The Royal Observer Corps. Out of this find came the idea of helping Service Charities and share a little piece of history with the public. To honour the 617 Squadron who carried out “Operation Chastise”, in their successful mission. The end section of the retrieved bomb was cut into 617 fragments and display-mounted by the Aircraft Engineering Technician Apprentices of No1 School of Technical Training, Royal Air Force Halton. Members of the Royal Observer Corps were giving the chance to purchase a piece and also receive a signed certificate to prove its authenticity.
The rest of the bomb I believe stands at the entrance to the R.A.F Station where the planes left from on their mission. ,
Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO* DFC* (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944),[1] was the first CO of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron, which he led in the Dam Busters raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, but lost his life later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations at the age of 26. David Hawkins snr. father of the company's partners, during his days in the RAF Provost, had the priveledge of serving alongside Barnes Wallis as part of his security and protection detail and he described him as a great and inspired genius whose part in shortening WW2 is often underplayed or ignored by many. Overall 2" x 2" x 1.75" high

Code: 19189Price: 375.00 GBP


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A Most Attractive Shin Shinto Japanese Carved Bone Tanto Dagger
Blade very grey and will be repolished. Carving of very nice quality depicting samurai in combat. Mounted in the late Meiji to Taisho period as a most decorative dagger, representative of the legendary samurai. Of course this was not a traditional sword wearing mount, but when Japan was opening up to the world, after being a closed feudal society for almost 400 years, swords such as these were most popular with visitors from Europe from the earliest steamship trade. They were also given as gifts for presentation

Code: 19188Price: 1750.00 GBP


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A Simply Fascinating Piece. A Section of Barbed Wire From Colditz Castle
Part of a long coil of outer ring fence barbed wire of Colditz Castle POW camp, taken by a Major Pickering, Highland Light Infantry. A prisoner of Colditz Castle took the barbed wire as a souvenir after the liberation. Acquired from his direct family. Accompanied with Cert of Authenticity. Approx 15 inches. We had just a few of these which we were selling separately. A conversation piece par excellance.

Code: 19187Price: 95.00 GBP


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A Simply Stunning London Silver Hilted Sword of 1766, With Silver Scabbard
Superbly crafted solid London silver hilt, hallmarked to 1766, with open pierced work shell guards, multiwire silver grip, pierced silver oviod pommel, single knuckle bow, single quillon and pas dans. Remarkably in it's original vellum and silver mounted scabbard. The whole design of the relief décor is based around military stands of arms, classical helmets, cannon flags banners, spears, axes polearms and quivers of arrows. The blade is engraved with scrolls and decorative motifs. The blade is finely engraved with traces of gold decoartion. Admiral Rodney had an almost identical silver sword in a vellum scabbard [they were white originally before natural age colouring] and General George Washington, who later became the first President of the United States of America,also had an almost identical type of sword. One can see him wearing his sword, in the earliest known portrait of Washington, aged 40, in his position of colonel of the then British colonial Virginia Regiment. Painted by Charles Wilson Peale in 1772. Although George Washington is the first uniformly accepted President of the United States of America, there were 16 men who held the post of President before him. However, the so called 'Forgotten Presidents' were either Presidents of Congress or Presidents of the United States Under the Articles of Confederation. This sword is without doubt a sword of quality and status, from the time before and of the Revolutionary War, and absolutely the very kind carried by men of Washington's position, and Adsmirals throughout the British Royal and American navies. The guard has had in it's working life a locating soft metal repair and one quillon is now shortened. The russetted blade has a few contact edge losses.

Code: 19185Price: 1950.00 GBP


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A German Nazi Occupation Anschluss Medal of 13th March 1938
Excellent condition. The Anschluss Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938) was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded in the interwar period.Instituted on May 1, 1938, the medal commemorated the annexation of Austria to the German Reich, the so called Anschluss. The move was the first in Hitler's quest for Lebensraum, and it strengthened German flanks while weakening those of Czechoslovakia. German troops crossed the border on March 12, 1938, without meeting any resistance. The stage had been set by a series of "incidents" provoked by members of the Nazi Party in Austria, and diplomatic pressure and ultimatums set forth by the German government. This first action, while perhaps raising suspicions, did not cause general alarm in the world community, as it seemed to be done by choice of the Austrian people who spoke German.

The medal, known as the "Anschluss medal", was awarded to all those Austrians who contributed to or participated in the annexation as well as the members of the Austrian National Socialism movement. It was also awarded to German State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and SS who marched into Austria.

It was awarded until December 13, 1940. In all 318,689 medals were awarded.

Code: 19184Price: 100.00 GBP


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A Very Clean Imperial Japanese Officer's Kaneaki Gendaito Tachi
With traditional fittings and mounts, and leather combat covered saya. Good clean binding and blade in 90% polish. By Minamoto Kaneaki [tachi mei]. A very honest good WW2 officer's sword, made for and used by an officer in service of the Imperial Japanese Army in the war in the Pacific. Surrendered at the end of WW2. Overall in very nice condition for age, and after it went through our cleaning and polishing workshop for 20 odd hours to remove the past 70 odd years of storage dirt accumulation. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theatre of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China (including the 1945 Soviet–Japanese conflict).

It is generally considered that the Pacific War began on 7/8 December 1941, on which date Japan invaded Thailand and attacked the British possessions of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong as well as the United States military bases in Hawaii and the Philippines. Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to 7 July 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China, or possibly 19 September 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself started in early December 1941, with the Sino-Japanese War then becoming part of it as a theatre of the greater World War II.

The Pacific War saw the Allied powers pitted against the Empire of Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by its Axis allies, Germany and Italy. The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the United States Army Air Forces, accompanied by the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on 8 August 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on 15 August 1945. The formal and official surrender of Japan took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. Following its defeat, Japan's Shinto Emperor stepped down as the divine leader through the Shinto Directive, because the Allied Powers believed this was the major political cause of Japan's military aggression and deconstruction process soon took place to install a new liberal-democratic constitution to the Japanese public as the current Constitution of Japan.

Code: 19183Price: 1650.00 GBP

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