Collection of Lancashire’s military treasures go under hammer

Under the hammer: Some of the items from the Lancashire Fusiliers due to go up for auction
Under the hammer: Some of the items from the Lancashire Fusiliers due to go up for auction
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TREASURES from a First World War Lancashire volunteer regiment are up for sale in Suffolk.

Items once belonging to soldiers of the Third Volunteer Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers will go under the hammer next week at an auctioneer house in Suffolk.

Under the hammer: Some of the items from the Lancashire Fusiliers due to go up for auction

Under the hammer: Some of the items from the Lancashire Fusiliers due to go up for auction

The collection is being sold on behalf of a private collector and include the belt buckle bearing the regiment name, plus a collection of cap badges, collars and buttons.

These are all in very good condition and will be sold as one lot by Lockdales, the auctioneers of Martlesham near Ipswich, on January 24 with a catalogue guide price of £200-£250.

Other lots include four Lancashire Fusiliers Busby badges including gilt, white metal estimated to fetch £100 - £150, a helmet Helmet plate from the Royal Lancashire Regiment, expected to fetch between £100 - £150 and another from 10th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers with and enamelled centre.

Chris Elmy from Lockdales said: “Items such as these are quite scarce in such nice condition.

“They are part of a private collection that we are selling on behalf of the owner.

“They are mostly from the Victorian period.

“We expect there to be quite a lot of interest in these quality pieces.”

The Lancashire Fusiliers was an Army infantry unit famous for winning ‘six Victoria Crosses before breakfast’ in the First World War landings in Gallipoli.

The unit was merged with other Fusilier regiments in 1968 to become the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.