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A nice and never seen before 1st World War period pencil drawing by the well known Canadian cartonist Donald Mc Ritchie

I was lucky to find this little beauty last time at a local car boot sale in Holland. Donald McRitchie (1881-1948) was born at Englishtown, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 2 June 1881, son of Donald and Catherine McRitchie, he moved with his mother and sister to Glace Bay after the death of his father. After graduating from high school, he worked in the offices of the Dominion Coal Company, subsequently being transferred to its office in Boston, Massachusetts. There he appears to have developed his talent for drawing. Returning to Cape Breton by the winter of 1904, he began producing cartoons for the Sydney Daily Post. McRitchie continued to work as a cartoonist and illustrator until the 1930s, interrupted only by service in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. By the spring of 1905, he was living in Ottawa and producing cartoons and illustrations for the Ottawa Journal. Moving west, he stopped briefly at Port Arthur, Ontario before arriving in Winnipeg in the fall of 1906. He was probably working as a freelance artist through 1911, having art work published in the Winnipeg Telegram and Calgary Eye Opener, and may have also tried ranching in Alberta. Between 1908 and 1911, he prepared, along with fellow cartoonist Hay Stead and others, a series of caricatures of noteworthy men for publication in the book Manitobans As We See ‘Em, and a similar volume entitled British Columbians As We See ‘Em.

In 1911, he moved to Montreal to become Advertising Manager for Carrick Real Estate Limited while continuing to do art work on the side. After returning from military service overseas, he found work at the Halifax Herald, where he was political cartoonist and manager of the engraving department, and after 1931, library supervisor, until retirement in 1937. On 20 June 1912, he married Mary Jane Fraser at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. They had one daughter, Margot McRitchie (wife of Jack Miller). After retirement from the Herald, he returned briefly to real estate work for the J. J. Carrick firm at Toronto, Ontario before returning to Halifax to administer the federal government’s telephone censorship policy during the Second World War.

After the war, McRitchie worked briefly for the Information Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Trade and Industry. He died at Halifax, after a lengthy illness, on 29 November 1948 and was buried in Camp Hill Cemetery. A collection of his art work is contained in the Esther Clark Wright Archives of Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia).

This pencil drawing is in a perfect condition with it's original glass and ebonized frame still present. The frame it self measures 22.0cm x 26.0cm.

Code: 51273Price: 120.00 EUR


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A nicely Dutch made 1944-1945 so called Brabant weef volunteer star

This is a good example of a nicely Dutch made 1944-1945 so called Brabant weef volunteer star. This Dutch production (Brabant weave) was worn on the battle dress on the lower arm. The badge was determined on September 19, 1940 and expired on January 30, 1950. It was worn by voluntarily serving soldiers below the rank of officer. This example is in a perfect un-issued condition.

Code: 51272Price: 20.00 EUR


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A nice un-issued British made 1st Canadian Corps RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps) shoulder patch

This is a nice example of a good un-issued British made 1st Canadian Corps RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps) shoulder patch. The RCASC, along with the rest of the Army, underwent a rapid expansion as Canada mobilized for the Second World War. In addition to maintaining transport for the army on land, the RCASC also commanded and maintained a ship-borne freight and patrol company, the Pacific Command Water Transport Company, during World War II. The RCASC provided support to Canadian Soldiers wherever they went; training in Canada and Great Britain, the campaign in north-west Europe, and in the campaign in Italy. The RCASC moved supplies from the rear areas to the front-lines. They delivered all rations, ammunition, petroleum products, and all other essentials. They did so with a variety of vehicles ranging from three to ten ton trucks, and forty ton tank transporters.

Code: 51271Price: 25.00 EUR


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A original not so often seen full 1930’s Howard razor blade counter display

This is a perfect example of a near mint condition shop counter point-of-purchase display box from the 1930’s for Howard razor blades. There are 20x boxes of blades held within the unit – each box holding 5x individually wrapped unused razor blades. A rare piece of new-old stock. Hard to upgrade.

Code: 51270Price: 95.00 EUR


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A nice British made Canadian Hastings&Prince Edward Regiment shoulder title

This is a good example of a nicely British made Canadian Hastings&Prince Edward Regiment shoulder title. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, mobilized for active service on 1 September 1939 and was redesignated the 1st Battalion, The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, on 7 November 1940. The unit embarked for Great Britain on 22 December 1939, and on 13 June 1940 it went to France as part of the Second British Expeditionary Force, reaching a point beyond Laval before being ordered back to the United Kingdom. It landed in Sicily on 10 July 1943, and in Italy on 3 September 1943, as part of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. On 10 March 1945, the battalion moved with the 1st Canadian Corps to North West Europe, where it fought until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 October 1945. This title is in a nice un-issued condition.

Code: 51269Price: 25.00 EUR


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A nice original un-issued French Resistance 1944 FFI Quercy patch
This is a neat example of a original woven patch for the Forces Francaises de l'Interieur - Maquis at Quercy. The FFI were the battle groups formed after D-Day to fight the Germans in the still occupied interior of France, tying down German resources that might otherwise have been sent to Normandy. To prevent being shot as saboteurs etc, the FFI all wore some kind of identifying insignia or uniform, that showed they were combattants and entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention. This patch dates from that era in 1944-45. 85 x 57mm. This example is in a perfect and un-issued condition.

Code: 51268Price: 25.00 EUR


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A nicely worn and issued mid war i.e late war period RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) arm band i.e brassard

This is a good example of a army issued and nicely used '30s or '40s period RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) arm band i.e brassard. These brassards were worn by most of the army medical personal. This example has still his ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE (see photo) ink stamp present. The arm band it self is in a nicely issued condition.

Code: 51267Price:


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A nice little lot of three orginal well known so called 'Arnhem' photographs

This is a need little lot of three orginal well known so called 'Arnhem' black and white photographs. These photographs in the lot were printed at the end of the war or just post war.The three picture well know scenes from the Battle of Arnhem and after. On one of the pictures members of the 2nd Battalion, the South Stafforshire marching along the Utrechtseweg towards Oosterbeek. On the other there are members of the Airborne Division press team in front of the girls college at the Groesbeekseweg in Nijmegen. The other one was taken at the Hartenstein park at oosterbeek. The photographs are coming from a photoalbum and have been glued to a piece of black cardboard. The photo's are measuring 9.5cm by 7.0cm. These original prints of these Arnhem photographs are harder to find these days.

Code: 51266Price:


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A nice single left facing embroided Airborne 'Pegasus' Division shoulder formation sign

This is a neat example of a single nicely embroided left facing Airborne 'Pegasus' Division shoulder formation sign. First introduced in 1942 and designed by Major E.Seago based on the Greek saga of the winged horse Pegasus and his rider Bellerophon. This example is in a perfect un-isued condition and the patches are harder to find these days.

Code: 51265Price: 65.00 EUR


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A nice early '30/'40 embroided Canadian made Canadian Grenadier Guards shoulder title

This is a good example of nice early '30/'40 embroided Canadian made Canadian Grenadier Guards shoulder title. The Canadian Grenadier Guards originated in Montreal, Quebec on 17 November 1859 as the First Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the regiment furnished 20 officers and 125 other ranks to other units before its own mobilisation in 1940 when, as 1st Battalion, The Canadian Grenadier Guards, it reached full strength in three weeks. It trained first on St. Helen's Island in Montreal, moved subsequently to Camps Borden and Valcartier, garrisoned the Halifax citadel, was stationed in Saint John, New Brunswick, and trained in Sussex, New Brunswick and Debert, Nova Scotia.
On 5 February 1942, the First Battalion became 22nd Canadian Armoured Regiment (CGG), a unit of 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division (which included 21st Canadian Armoured Regiment (GGFG)). In September, proudly wearing the black beret of the Armoured Corps, 22 CAR moved to England where it would continue to train in a number of areas until deployed to Normandy on 21 July 1944. From that time until VE Day on 8 May 1945, 22 CAR fought throughout the battles around Falaise, the move into Belgium and the Netherlands and finally across the Rhine, earning 12 Honorary Distinctions. By this time, 22nd Canadian Tank Battalion (CGG) had been raised for the Pacific Force, but the war in the Pacific ended before it could be deployed overseas. 22nd Canadian Armoured Regiment returned to Montreal in February 1946 for demobilization and gave up its tanks. This example is in a nice and issued condition.

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