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car boot mystery objects


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Hello to everyone.

I picked up these items today for the princely sum of 50 pence.

I think one of the objects are barbed wire cutters-they are marked "Bradbury 1915".

Can anyone confirm?

The other object is leather,well made ,unmarked ,bar for a "R" stamped on the back.

I can't help thinking it looks like a reciever for a lance or similar.

What do you think?

Thanks,as ever,Paul.

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I think the cutters are wire cutters but electricians not barbed wire. I have a modern set that looks very similar

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The cutters are for cutting barbed wire.

They appear to be Cutters, wire, Mark V, introduced in 1912. They were designed to cut No. 4 S.W.G. of mild steel or hard drawn iron wire. They weighed 1 lb. 8 ozs.
11 inches long. They became obsolescent when the folding wire cutters came into service in late 1916.

Chris Henschke

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The leather piece looks similar to the Bucket, signalling flags.

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Hello to everyone.

I picked up these items today for the princely sum of 50 pence.

I think one of the objects are barbed wire cutters-they are marked "Bradbury 1915".

Can anyone confirm?

The other object is leather,well made ,unmarked ,bar for a "R" stamped on the back.

I can't help thinking it looks like a reciever for a lance or similar.

What do you think?

Thanks,as ever,Paul.

Hello Paul,

I'm no expert but ,the leather object looks like it could be a 'lance bucket' that was attached to the stirrup harness so as to secure the but-end of a lance. (maybe?)

Regared,

C.T.

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Chris is right with the cutters - very common pattern, used to buy them all the time in France at fairs etc.

But at 50p they are still a bargain!

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Yep, and like everything else they certainly aren't common any more. Regardless, for 50p they are a fantastic find.

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Thanks to everyone for their input and ideas.

I think i have found the mystery leather objects function ,unfortunately it is not military,i believe its a hunting horn holder[for the small ,straight horn.]Again,thanks,Paul.

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