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2014 Carboot Finds Etc

Article about: I thought I would post my finds for this year, from bootsales and local auctions, etc. I went to my local village auction yesterday and was fortunate to pick up the the following trunk, from

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    I thought I would post my finds for this year, from bootsales and local auctions, etc.
    I went to my local village auction yesterday and was fortunate to pick up the the following trunk, from an estate clearance, the contents were from a Captain Despaigne 214078. There was stiff competition and bidding for it, but I eventually came through with a 40 bid. From the same estate there was also a Snider Rifle, the lock is marked Tower 1871 (and a crown), but I think it is a private purchase one rather than military issue. Condition is fair, but it appears to have a replacement hammer.
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    Jackets and trousers are cotton, labels have been removed from the trousers, dated 1944 mosquito net, 1943 US canvas/rubber soled boots, these items make me think far east use ?
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    Nice find ! Great wedding , almost a total display in a box .
    Cheers

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    Cool jungle boots.

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    He was with SOE and went to SE Asia late in the war. Here's his obituary:

    Obituary: Harry Despaigne - People - News - The Independent


    Cheers, Tom

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    Hello, I was issued a pair of boots that from your photo's appear identical to yours. The boots were issued to me during a tour of Belize in the mid 80's. I didn't rate them very highly, the sole seperated from the uppers after the first 3 day patrol. After that I reverted back to the good old combat high.

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    great looking finds.


    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    Nice find well worth it

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    What a great story -
    Carcasonne is where we spend our holidays, a beautiful part of France, but the only thing I found there was a rusty Lewis magazine -
    Your collection is really a treasure to find - are you going to put it on a mannequin?

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    Thankyou for your replies, it would appear this trunk is from the time when Harry Despaigne was in Force 136 in the Far East. It will make a good display piece at some time in the future. It would be good to find photos of this period and maybe some of Harry himself maybe.
    Regards Gary

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