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Carved British SMLE Stock

Article about: by Cameron Stockton Hi Yeah, it sold for 82.00 plus postage. Cameron Thanks Cam.

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    Hi

    I have seen this for sale and I was wondering what peoples opinions of it are. The seller says he brought it from a French farmer in the 70s/80s (belive the item not the story).

    It is carved with the the cap badge of the Lincolnshire Regiment and the name '340 S J Watts'.
    Doing a search on the CWGC I found a '304 Pte S J Watts Lincolnshire Regiment' who was killed in action on 1/7/16. The first day of the Battle Of The Somme.

    It appears to be a grave marker of sorts but sadly he has no know grave. So my guess is a hasty burial and no records recorded?

    Thanks

    Cameron
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    In many cases temporary burials were made where they fell, but as in many areas the battles continued across the same areas, these graves were often lost/destroyed by continued fighting. It is likely that this was such an original grave marker the location of which was later lost. A strange thing to fake so probably an original period artefact.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Hi

    Thank you Jerry, its the sort of item which puts the real cost of war into perspective....

    Cameron

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    Yes, an evocative and interesting piece and very likely to be authentic.

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    I agree, this would be an odd thing to fake. I have never seen a marker specifically like this, although I know they were made out of whatever was available. Pilots for example often had propeller grave markers. I imagine that this is quite a rare item and an important piece of history. Out of interest are there any markings on the disc, or is that missing?

    Cheers.

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    Quote by Spitace41 View Post
    I agree, this would be an odd thing to fake. I have never seen a marker specifically like this, although I know they were made out of whatever was available. Pilots for example often had propeller grave markers. I imagine that this is quite a rare item and an important piece of history. Out of interest are there any markings on the disc, or is that missing?

    Cheers.
    Hi

    I dont think there are any other markings. It is finishing soon so if I win it, I will tell you guys.

    Cameron

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    Interesting find Cameron.


    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    Hi

    Unfortunately I didn't win it.

    Thanks

    Cameron

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    Quote by Cameron Stockton View Post
    Hi

    Unfortunately I didn't win it.

    Thanks

    Cameron
    Bummer Cam. Was it on ebay? How much did it sell for?
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    Bummer Cam. Was it on ebay? How much did it sell for?
    Hi

    Yeah, it sold for 82.00 plus postage.

    Cameron

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