THE MILITARY SALE Historically Important World Medals and Militaria Go Under the Hammer in London 6th November 2013 sees Baldwin’s and Dreweatts hold the second of their bi-annual Military Sales, comprising 320 lots of Medals, Militaria and Military ephemera. The sale will be held at Dreweatts Lo
during which time in spite of much economic growth, the Central African Federation began to fall apart. He played a central role in the negotiation of the 1961 Constitution, which increased Parliamentary representation for the local population and helped to introduce progressive laws against racial discrimination. Despite his efforts, he lost much of his support and failed in his bid to remain Prime Minister in 1962 against Winston Field’s Rhodesian Front. He remained Leader of the Opposition until 1964, and soon after retired back to the United Kingdom, living with his sister in Hampshire. He died on the 23rd of September, 1971, at Newbury in Berkshire. His name was commemorated in Harare Cathedral cloisters, and his own unpublished autobiography remains in the Rhodes House Library, Oxford.
Sold with OBE box with small printed name cutting from original documentation, typed ‘Maj. E. C. F. Whitehead. OB.E. (.).’ (sic)
A North European Two-Hand Sword, with a 100cm plain broad double-edged blade, the forte flattened with leather covered edges for additional grip and incorporating a pair of basel lugs, the ricasso stamped with a bladesmith's mark on each side, steel hilt comprising a pair of down-turned flattened quillons with spatulate terminals formed with a pair a pair of tightly scrolling finials, a further pair beneath, inner and outer ring-guards each interrupted by a pair of tightly scrolled fleur-de -lys, gadrooned bun-shaped pommel, and leather-covered wooden grip, 168cm.
A Rare George I 1738 Tower Marked Heavy Dragoon Pattern Land Service Pistol, of standard production specification, with a 30cm round tapering barrel, inscribed '1st Dragoon Guards', signed rounded lock 'Tower 1738' with crowned 'GR', full-stock figured walnut stock, brass mounts, comprising, rounded side-plate, trigger-guard with acorn finial, spurred pommel, vacant escutcheon and ram-rod pipes, complete with brass-tipped ramrod, 47cm.
India - King George V & Queen Mary - A Small Edwardian Secretaire Cabinet by Waring & Gillows, London, of Delhi Durbar 1911 Royal Significance, fine grained laquered finish on mahogany, the separate cornice above four open shelves, with a lift-forward leather-lined writing surface above a drawer, brass grilled door to a cupboard beneath with spring-loaded white metal fitments, a brass plaque to drawer inscribed 'H.M.S. Medina used on state visit of the King & Queen to India 1911-12 Warings' (Waring & Gillows) London.
The RMS Medina was the last of ten ships ordered by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company of the ‘M’ class, the order was placed with Caird and Company of Greenock, Scotland, she was 550 feet long and 62 feet wide with a depth of 34 feet, and was to carry 670 passengers, 450 in first class and 220 in second, powered by quadruple-expansion steam engines which produced 1,400 horse power two her twin screws which moved through the water at a top speed of 19 knots (35 km/h)
During building it was decided that Medina would take King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Delhi Durbar. Medina