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The Brian Higgs Collection, Part 2

In memory of Brian Higgs 14/11/1936-8/11/2015

We are sad to report the death of well-known local

collector Brian Higgs of Harwich on 8


November 2015.

Brian had collected militaria, guns and bayonets for over 70

years. He was a regular exhibitor at local militaria fairs and

had a wide circle of friends from far and wide. He was held

in great esteem by those who knew him, for his friendly

approach and straightforward trading. He was in every

respect a Gentleman of the old school, honest to the core,

unfailingly polite (and always willing to give a discount!).

He is already much missed by his close pals, and our

condolences go to his wife Jean, and children Mark and


Lockdales has been entrusted with the sale of

Brian’s collection, which has been very competitively

reserved on the instructions of the Executors. I’m sure

Brian would join me in wishing you well with your bids and

hoping you can find a bargain matching your interests.

-Howard Williamson, Harwich, November 2015


A 19th century Indian Matchlock musket 'Torador'.

Long barrel 39.5" with reinforced breech. Approx 12

bore. Muzzle of swelled form. Indian hardwood stock.

Good working order and sound condition. Buyer collects.

No Reserve

£30 - £40


A brass framed four barrelled sharps pepperbox pistol.

Model 1A. Frame marked 'C. Sharps & Co' & 'Philade

P.A.' SN: 37.059. Forward sliding barrels. Cal .22. Patent

date 1859. A gamblers self defence weapon from the

height of the 'Wild West'. This made at the time of the

American Civil War c1860-5. Excellent gutta percha

grips. The whole in good & better condition. Deactivated

with certificate. (Mainspring requires replacement).

£150 - £160


A double barrelled Brazilian Rossi .32 cal pocket pistol,

circa 1870. Twin side by side barrels. Centre rib marked

'ROSSI CAL: .32c'. Nickel finish. GWO & condition.

Twin triggers. Deactivated with certificate.

£100 - £120


A percussion holster pistol of Eastern origin. Barrel 11".

Fullstocked (repair to fore-end) skull crusher buttcap.

Steel mounts. Border engraved backplate. Ramrod

missing. In good working order and sound & better


£100 - £110


A very useful bag of helmet parts including a helmet spike

(U.K.?) Chinstrap chain, Picklehaube rosettes, bits of

helmet furniture. All good condition. (qty)

£20 - £25


A .32 Cal. Hopkins & Allen U.S pocket revolver. 5 shot

unfluted cylinder. Good hard rubber grips. Top strap

marked 'Hopkins & Allen' MFG. LTD. The

DICTATOR' Pat 27 May '79. Good working order and

condition. Virtually all original nickel finish. Barrel 3".

An attractive 'Wild West' pocket revolver circa 1880's.

Deactivated with certificate.

£100 - £120


An attractive pierced TSUBA with Seppa washer. Age

uncertain. Viewing recommended. a/f

£20 - £25


Belgian 9mm pinfire revolver. Barrel 4". Belgian proofs.

Barrel marked 'Canon Acevisse'. Folding trigger. Side

mounted ejector rod. Sidegate loading r/h grip with

fracture to wood (no losses). Dates 1855-60. No licence


£60 - £65


Belgian 9mm Pinfire Revolver. Barrel 6" single action.

Chequered walnut grip. Belgian proof to cylinder. Dark

patina overall. Action partly a/f, screw absent from

Trigger guard. No licence required.

£80 - £90


Box of general Militaria including: WW1 water bottles,

bag of ships modelling spares, model ships cannon on

carriage, brass button polishing tools, bullet mould.

Martini Henry screw gauge, no 16 striker protrusion

gauge dated 1942 army 'Housewife' pack of patches,

magnifier. (Buyer Collects)

£25 - £30


Boxlock turnoff percussion pistol circa 1835. Good

quality. Barrel 2.5" chequered walnut bag shaped butt

with silver escutcheon. Cal .45. Acanthus scrolling to

panels. In working order and good condition. No licence


£60 - £70


British Army Bearskin with red & white plume.

Grenadier Guards badge to front. With 8 tab liner. Age

not known. Viewing recommended.

£150 - £160


Defence Medal WW2 plus photographs last letter to

mum (?). Defence medal issue slip to 'Pte E. Higgs' Two

photos of Elsie Higgs in A.T.S. uniform. CWG details:-

Pte Elsie Higgs W/52953 Auxiliary Territorial service

Died 9.3.1942 aged 18. Daughter of Fred & Esther Higgs

of Gorton Manchester. Buried Manchester (Gorton)


£30 - £35


Display box with 5x U.S. Civil War Relics from the

Battlefield of Fredericksburg, Virginia (labels states) and

A U.S belt buckle with revolver motif to front. (Buyer


£20 - £22


Firemans Sabertache with brass badge depicting crossed

axes and a building on fire. In good overall condition

(leather a little dry) AND a Slade Wallis despatch satchel

with cross strap & buckle. (strap marked '2 LEIC' '35' 2nd

BN Leicester Regiment) Name 'F. LEIGH' marked to

back. Badge missing. Brass fittings. Very good condition.

Victorian circa 1889? (2)

£30 - £40


French Model 1895 Fireman's brass helmet. 'Modele

1895 De Paris'. With ornate badge 'FLUCTUAT NEC

MERGITUR'. Complete with original (?) leather liner &

later chinstrap. With chicken (?) red feather plume to side.

The whole in excellent condition for age. A fine display


£100 - £120


French Second Empire, Brass Fireman's (Casque de

Pompier) helmet. High brass comb with 2nd Empire

Eagle badge and the legend 'POMPIERS DE

COURTERANGES'. Helmet is the 1855 Pattern (2nd

Empire) with its original brass chinscales. Please note the

liner is absent. A lovely old, highly decorative brass

helmet from the mid 19th century. In good original


£100 - £120


Good military Japanned tin circular helmet box with

blank nameplate containing 3x helmet plumes, odd tin

items of militaria and a quantity of photos of military

equipment. Viewing recommended. (Buyer collects)

£20 - £25


Harwich Interest. A large box of WW2 (mainly)

Ephemera much of it relating to Harwich. The box

contains photos, service records of individuals, Home

Front literature and much more. Viewing recommended.

(Buyer collects) Qty

£30 - £40


Helmet Parts: A box of extremely useful helmet parts

largely for WW1 Pickerhaube including: Two spikes and

a Bavarian Head Dress Plate, a WW1 Belgian Lion

badge for Adrian helmet & miscellaneous parts. All in

good condition. (Buyer collects)

£50 - £60


Helmet Plate: A good Geo V helmet plate of the 16th

Lancers. Battle Honours to South Africa 1900-1902. In

very good condition with two screw lugs to reverse. No

damage with age patina.

£30 - £35


Helmet Plate: A good Geo V? Life Guards helmet plate.


very good with various lugs and clips to reverse.

£30 - £35


Helmet Plate: A good Victorian helmet plate of the Life

Guards. Badge with additional 'wings' attached to the

foliage either side of the badge. Victorian Crown 5 short

lugs to reverse. The whole in good complete condition.

£30 - £35