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Militaria & Ethnographica: Sale Preview

21st May 2019.

The Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 5th June includes a wide selection of medals, including a First/Second World War group of five medals awarded to Lieutenant E. H. P. Jolly. After serving in the RAF in the First World War, Jolly became a Civil Judge in India, and in the Second World War served on special Commission writing Military Law for the Indian Air Force after Independence. The medals include a British War Medal, a Victory Medal, a General Service Medal with clasp S Persia (Estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium). Also of note in the medal section is a George Medal, awarded to Percy Hague of the Home Guard, for his actions in saving Nottingham Corporation Gas Works in 1941 (Estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus buyer’s premium).

Amongst a good selection of firearms are a Late 18th Century Flintlock Greatcoat Pistol by G. Wallis of Hull (Estimate: £1,900-2,500 plus buyer’s premium), a pair of Early 19th Century Flintlock Pocket Pistols by Southall of London (Estimate: £1,800-2,500 plus buyer’s premium), and a small collection of British 1801 Pattern Flintlock Sea Service Pistols.

Also of note is a Late 17th or Early 18th Century Moroccan or Arabian Nimcha (Mahratta Sabre), with a rhinoceros horn handle and a richly chased and engraved silver scabbard (Estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium). It is believed that the nimcha was a retirement gift from Lord Leverhulme of Port Sunlight Soap to a friend and employee before the First World War. Other good blades include an 18th Century Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz (Estimate: £2,000-3,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and an 18th or 19th Century Indian Kahnjali (Estimate: £600-800 plus buyer’s premium).

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