Compass with case of Lt. J. M. Bowman

Compass of WWI issue. 1915 by Koehn in Geneva, Switzerland, pattern No. 20096, brass with glass window in cover. Glass has “crazed” from a sharp blow. Tan leather case with buckle, missing shoulder strap. Initials J. M. B. in black ink on cover on front side; “Lieut J M Bowman 48th Highlanders of Canada” on […]

Webley & Scott No.2 Mk.I Flare Pistol 1918 for WW1 Armored Vehicles

The Webley & Scott No.2 Mark I flare guns, often modified just prior to WW2. These were designed for use on light armoured vehicles and slide into a housing. Original date of 1918 on the left side of the barrel. The bore of the flare is 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) with a 2.75 inch (6.99 […]

Leuchtpistole M/1894

The use of purpose built handguns to fire light- and signaling pyrotechnics didn’t really catch on until the Russian-Japanese war in 1904-05, and it became a standard “tool of the trade” during the Great War. In the early days the use of the flare gun was limited to shooting flares to illuminate the battlefield at nighttime. […]

Barb Wire Cork Screw

The 36-inch (99.14 cm) screw pickets, used as supports for barbed wire defences, were introduced c. 1915 as a replacement for timber posts. Crown Iron Works Co. (Minneapolis, MN) made over 10 million of these screw post pickets for WW1, WW2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The French name for this type of “steel stake” […]

Dear Old Pal of Mine Sheet Music

An 8.5 inch (21.59 cm) by 11 inch (27.94 cm) copy of Dear Old Pal of Mine sheet music, which is a World War I song written by Harold Robe and Gitz Rice. The song was first published in 1916 by G. Ricordi & New York, NY. Irish tenor John McCormack earned the nickname the […]

134th Battalion Tunic

The 134th (48th Highlanders) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the 48th Highlanders began recruiting a third battalion, the 134th Battalion, in late 1915 in that city. The battalion was designated to be a combat battalion for a 5th Canadian Division which was […]

Large Caliber Shell

A 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) by 3 inch (7.62 cm) rusted shell. World War I was a war of artillery—The Big Guns. Rolling barrages destroyed the earth of France and Belgium and the lives of many. Millions of shells were fired in single battles, with one million shells alone fired by the Germans at the […]

Ypres Battle Map 1915

A 15 inch by 11.5 inch wooden framed battle map showing the position of the 1st Canadian Division in the front of Ypres on April 22, 1915. The 15th Bn was one of the forward Bns. of 3rd Canadian Brigade when the Germans unleashed in the late afternoon their first gas attack. The Bn. had […]

Trench Periscope

A 3.25 inch (8.26 cm) deep by 4.5 inch (11.43 cm)wide by 13 inch (33.02 cm) high grey wooden box with a 45 degree mirror at either end with a 3 inch (7.62 cm) by 4 inch (10.16 cm) viewing slot on each end. Early trench periscopes were made by installing two mirrors at 45-degree angles […]