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Availability of Goods
Ordering
Sales of Knives & Firearms
Delivery Charges
Delivery Methods
Overseas Deliveries
Insurance
Payment
Payment in Euros
Payment in US Dollars
Reservation of Items
Enquiries
Our Guarantee
Important Notice - Export
Special notes regarding some items
Condition of goods described
Dated items
Sizes
Items for spares & repairs
General Terms Used
Illustrations
Copyright
Electronic Disclaimer
Political Affiliation:
Availability of Goods

This web site is designed to show only items of stock that are still available for sale, but it is still remotely possible that an item could be sold during your visit to the web site. In the unlikely event that an item has been sold by the time that you place your order, we will inform you by return e-mail and return any monies paid..

Please be aware that, as we attend various militaria fairs throughout the year, it is possible that an item shown on this website may have been sold over a weekend period when we are at such events. The site cannot be updated until we return.

Quantities of items offered for sale:
Please note that all items are offered individually unless stated otherwise. Sometimes a photo will show 2 0r 3 items but this is for information purposes only and does not mean that you are buying all of the items shown for the stated price ! We do offer items in pairs, or lots of 2 or 3 pieces but this is clearly stated in the description and /or main heading.

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Ordering

Orders should be placed through the shopping basket system of this web site. Items are immediately removed from the site & reserved for you.

Orders can also be placed by letter, telephone or email if you wish, in which case please be aware that an item may have already been sold by the time your order reaches us. If ordering by these methods, please identify the items required by the stock item number shown.

Acknowledgment & Acceptance of Orders.
No contract will exist between you and us until we have received full payment from you and have dispatched the ordered products. Please note that our initial acknowledgment of your order does not constitute acceptance of that order. You may also receive a payment acknowledgment email from Paypal, this again does not constitute acceptance of that order.

Should we, for any reason, decide not to accept your order we will advise you accordingly and any monies paid will be refunded.

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Sales of Knives & Firearms

The sale of Knives, other Edged Weapons and Firearms are restricted to those aged over 18. Verification of age is required before purchase is concluded. Contact us for details.

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Delivery Charges

All orders are subject to a postage, packing & handling charge. The correct postage charges for the order will be automatically calculated via our Shopping basket ordering system and are based on the total weight and/or value of your complete order, your stated location and our normal methods of despatch.

U.K. ORDERS :
These are despatched by a 24 or 48 hour courier service. Charges are automatically calculated via our Shopping basket system and are based on a flat rate of £9. 50 maximum per total order for packages weighing 500g - 10 kgs ( which 95% of our orders seem to be). Packages weighing 10 - 20 kgs are charged at £12.00 per order.

NOTE: if you live in the following UK areas / postcodes higher postage costs will be incurred on large items that have to be sent by our Courier service, although many items can be sent by Royal Mail Special or Recorded Delivery. Should there be any strange, or seemingly higher than normal, postage costs we will contact you before processing your order .

Parcelforce Zone 2 :: The Highlands and Islands of Scotland - postcodes IV, HS, KA27-28, KW, PA20-49, PA60-78, PH17-26, PH30-44, PH49-50, ZE

Parcelforce Zone 3 :: Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly & Isle of Wight -postcodes BT, IM, TR21-25, PO30 - 41

Items of excessive size and / or weight are sent by Road Carriers and prices are available on request - such items are noted in their descriptions.

SMALL, LIGHTWEIGHT ITEMS: UK DESTINATIONS:
Postage charges for small items such as insignia, individual pouches, personal equipment and small printed items etc are based on lower rates and are sent by either Special Delivery or Recorded Delivery services only, depending on the value, size & weight of the order. Our MINIMUM postage charge for such items is between � 4.00 GBP however if multiples or larger items are part of the order, then higher rates may apply.
Please note that orders are not necessarily despatched daily . Please allow up to 7 days for UK delivery.

Please note that we do not despatch items by ordinary, unsigned for post.

EXPORT ORDERS : Charges are Automatically calculated via our Shopping basket, with a Minimum postal charge of 9.50 GBP per total order. This charge includes insurance as provided by the Postal service used and is a "signed for" service. We have no control over the prices charged to us by our postal service.

We have just re negotiated our international shipping rates and are now able to offer vastly reduced rates to most countries*.
The rates up to 2kg ( small packages) remain the same as before, but larger packages are now reduced in cost.
Please remember that international parcels are calculated on volumetric weight, not the actual weight of the item purchased.

Please note:
* Prices are based on surface transport to most of Europe** and, of course, by Air to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the Rest of the World.

** The following European countries BALAERIC ISLANDS OF SPAIN, CANARY ISLANDS, GIBRALTAR, MALTA, LITHUANIA, MADEIRA, ROMANIA ,RUSSIAN FEDERATION are NOT included in our postal rate calculations and higher rates will apply FOR PARCELS. Small packet rates are as previously noted.. We will contact you to confirm the shipping charges.

GENERAL NOTE: When purchasing from the shopping basket of this web site the total amount of your invoice includes all of your shipping charges whereas prices quoted directly from us (for example by telephone) are subject to postage charges quoted separately. However, Blunderbuss Antiques reserves the right to surcharge any orders that are of an extreme weight outside of the pre-computed weight tables preloaded into the web site.

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Delivery Methods

UNITED KINGDOM
The majority of our orders weighing 500g or more (packaged) are now despatched by PARCELFORCEor APC Courier 24 or 48 hour Services. This enables us to despatch regularly, up to 4 times a week, straight from our premises for delivery within 1-2 working day to the UK mainland. If you might not be home to receive your order it can be left in a ''safe place'' ( at your own risk) or with a designated neighbour - please let us know when ordering.

Smaller items are sent by Recorded Delivery or Special Delivery letter post.

Please note that orders are not necessarily despatched daily . Please allow up to 7 days for UK delivery.

EUROPE
Air mail signed for letter post or Courier ( land based) service with a delivery time of between 2 and 5 days.

REST OF THE WORLD
Air mail signed for letter post or International Parcel Post.

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Overseas Deliveries

Blunderbuss Antiques cannot be responsible for any Customs duties and taxes levied by the Customs organisations in the Country of delivery.

We no longer export DEACTIVATED OR ANTIQUE FIREARMS from the UK

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Insurance

Not one carriage company offers insurance for antique & collector's items, however all of our despatches are made using recognised signed for services so that they can be tracked en route and signed for on delivery.
We do not send any items by ordinary post as we have previously encountered problems over proof of delivery.

The postage methods used include insurance coverage for the goods sent based on the regulations supplied and limits imposed by the relevant carriers used ( APC, Parcel Force and Royal Mail). Any claims for loss or damage will be settled when the claims process is completed by the carrier concerned.

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Payment

ALL PAYMENTS ARE TO BE MADE IN BRITISH POUNDS (GBP ) STERLING .

PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BY THE FOLLOWING METHODS:

CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS :
WE ACCEPT VISA & MASTERCARD CREDIT CARDS and MAESTRO / SWITCH, DELTA & CONNECT DEBIT CARDS .

OUR SECURE PAYMENT FORM WILL ASK YOU FOR ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION.

Please note that we can despatch orders to a different delivery address if required. If you wish to use this option please ensure that you have also supplied the name & address that the card is registered with. Security checks are made during the authorisation process and should the details not be confirmed, a delay will occur whilst we contact you for further information.

CHEQUES (UK only). Made payable to BLUNDERBUSS ANTIQUES . We reserve the right to clear cheques through our bank before despatching goods. This will cause a delay in despatch & delivery of your order. If a cheque should be returned to us as unpaid, title to the goods remains with Blunderbuss Antiques until the matter is settled.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHEQUES IN FOREIGN CURRENCY, DRAWN ON BANKS OUTSIDE OF THE U.K. Please do not send such a cheque as delay will occur whilst we return it to you.

We do accept payments by Sterling Bank Draft or International Money Order (IN BRITISH POUNDS STERLING & MADE PAYABLE TO BLUNDERBUSS ANTIQUES)

BBANK TRANSFER PAYMENTS Payment can be made by U.K INTERNET BANKING or by IBAN / SWIFT to:
NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK 10 MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET LONDON W1A 1FH UK

Bank Sort Code; 50-30-25 Account Number: 26119897 Account Name; BLUNDERBUSS ANTIQUES

BIC: NWBK GB 2L IBAN GB68 NWBK 5030 2526 1198 97

Please note that there is an 10.00 GBP surcharge on transfers from other countries into the UK.
There are no charges for transfers from UK banks

POSTAL ORDERS: Crossed and made payable to BLUNDERBUSS ANTIQUES.

CASH. If you wish to pay by cash, please send it by REGISTERED (SPECIAL DELIVERY) MAIL ONLY. For your own security we insist that you do not send cash by any other means and we will not be responsible should such payments be lost in the post .

PAYPAL : We also accept payments by PAYPAL. If you wish to choose this method of payment please place your order on our website and choose Paypal as your option. Please note that a surcharge of 4 % will be added to the total order, to cover the high cost of Paypal fees.

If for some reason you should send your Paypal payment seperately from our ordering system, please ensure that you have added the 4% surcharge fee to your order. Delays will occur if we have to ask you for any shortfall.

Our PayPal account is bbant29@blunderbuss-antiques.co.uk


Acknowledgment & Acceptance of Orders
No contract will exist between you and us until we have received full payment from you and have dispatched the ordered products. Please note that our initial acknowledgment of your order does not constitute acceptance of that order. You may also receive a payment acknowledgment email from Paypal, this again does not constitute acceptance of that order.

Should we, for any reason, decide not to accept your order we will advise you accordingly and any monies paid will be refunded.

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Payment in Euros

For our customers in Europe, we offer the option to view our prices in Euros, although we do stress that the conversion rate used & generated by our web site shown is approximate, not updated daily and is given for your guidance only. We can accept payments in CASH Euros which MUST be sent by Registered Mail. Please contact us by e-mail for full details.

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Payment in US Dollars

For customers who prefer to see the prices in US dollars, we stress that the conversion rate used & generated by our web site is approximate, not updated daily & only given for guidance. Please remember that all payments must be received in British Pounds Sterling, unless we make individual, special arrangements to receive payments in CASH Dollars or Dollar Traveller's cheques, which MUST be sent by REGISTERED MAIL. Please contact us by e-mail for full details.

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Reservation of Items

Where it is intended that payment is to be made by means other than by Paypal, Credit or Debit card, orders should still be placed through the shopping basket system of this web site.
These items are immediately removed from the site & reserved for you for 5 working days whilst payment is sent. If payment is not received within this time, the goods will be returned to stock to give other customers a chance to purchase them.

Orders of a substantial value will require separate confirmation and may require a separate, holding deposit to be paid.. We will contact you by e mail or telephone to discuss the payment options and time period. Should we be unable to make contact within a reasonable time period the items will be returned to stock.

We do not offer a "lay away" scheme.

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Enquiries

If a general enquiry is received by e-mail regarding items in our web site, a reply will be sent as soon as possible, usually by return e-mail. However these items will not be reserved until an order is placed. Please do not order an item, thus reserving it, if you wish only to find out more details.

EXPORT POSTAGE ENQUIRIES:
We receive many enquiries from foreign clients regarding the actual cost of posting their intended orders.

You can find out the postage prices at once through the shopping basket system of this web site.

Just enter the items required and, provided that you have entered your location correctly, the shopping basket will show the postage charge due on the order.

Should you choose not to proceed, then just delete the items in the shopping basket. Remember that no actual order is placed with us until you submit the completed Payment Form.

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Our Guarantee

ALL ITEMS ADVERTISED ON THIS WEB SITE ARE OF ORIGINAL PERIOD MANUFACTURE UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE
WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR A LONG TIME AND BASE THIS STATEMENT, AND OUR DESCRIPTIONS OF THE ITEMS OFFERED FOR SALE, ON OUR EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER, WE DO NOT PROFESS TO BEING ABSOLUTE EXPERTS IN ANY FIELD AND, ALTHOUGH GREAT CARE IS TAKEN TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY OF THE DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS OFFERED WITH REGARD TO AGE, ORIGIN AND CONDITION, ETC, ALL SUCH STATEMENTS REPRESENT OPINION, AND ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN AS FACTS.

REFUNDS:
WE OFFER A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ON ALL OF THE GOODS SUPPLIED SUBJECT TO THE TERMS LISTED BELOW:-

SHOULD YOU BE UNHAPPY WITH ANY ITEM PURCHASED FROM US, PLEASE BCONTACT US BY E MAIL OR TELEPHONE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE GOODS (TIME OF THE ESSENCE) . IF AN ITEM IS NOT NOTIFIED TO US WITHIN THIS TIME, THE SALE WILL BE CONSIDERED FINAL.
AFTER SUCH NOTIFICATION THE ITEM CAN THEN BE RETURNED TO US, PROVIDED THAT IT IS IN THE CONDITION AS SENT, FOR A FULL REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.
WE REGRET THAT RETURN POSTAGE COSTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

EXCEPTIONS:
THIS REFUND OFFER DOES NOT APPLY TO:
GOODS PURCHASED IN ERROR (INCLUDING ERRORS IN TRANSLATION OF THE TEXT OF THIS WEBSITE TO ANOTHER LANGUAGE)
GOODS PURCHASED ON THE BEHALF OF A THIRD PARTY
GOODS RECEIVED BUT NOT INSPECTED IMMEDIATELY
GOODS WHICH HAVE BEEN DAMAGED, DISASSEMBLED, RENOVATED OR TAMPERED WITH AFTER PURCHASE.
PRINTED MATTER (REFERENCE BOOKS, MANUALS, PAPERWORK, MAGAZINES, ETC) ARE SUPPLIED AS DESCRIBED AND ARE NOT RETURNABLE.

We supply items for COLLECTOR'S DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY & such items are not intended for actual wear or use. We do not guarantee the size fitting of any equipment, clothing, footwear or headgear, nor their suitability for being worn. Therefore we are no longer able to accept returned items on the basis of their not fitting a customer. Neither can we be responsible for items sold being unsuitable for use by re-enactment groups where certain specifications as to type or model are required.

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Important Notice - Export

The responsibility lies with the customer to ensure that any goods ordered are allowed to be imported into your country.

In our experience, the items that we sell can be imported without any problems, however some countries have import restrictions on antique firearms, edged weapons & inert munitions. Therefore we suggest that you check with the appropriate import authorities regarding import restrictions that may apply.

If an item is seized by your country's customs authorities and will not be released, we are unable to offer a refund. Therefore we repeat that we advise you to check with the appropriate import authorities regarding import restrictions that may apply.

If an item has to be returned because it cannot be imported to your country, we can offer other goods to the same value in exchange, less any return postage & import costs incurred by us, but are unable to give a refund.

Due to recent & very obvious problems with airline security, we can no longer export inert grenades, inert ammunition, ordnance, munitions, weapon magazines, etc by Air Mail. However, we can despatch these items to Europen desinations by Surface / Road Courier services at your own risk, if required. Details of services are available on request.

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Special notes regarding some items

Special notes regarding some items offered for sale:
NOTE 1: ANTIQUE FIREARMS: We no longer export ANTIQUE FIREARMS from the UK
NOTE 2: GRENADES & MUNITIONS: Due to recent & very obvious problems with airline security, we can no longer export inert grenades, ordnance or, munitions by Mail.
NOTE 3: DEACTIVATED FIREARMS: NO LICENCE REQUIRED. Deactivated to British Home Office specifications & supplied with a PROOF HOUSE CERTIFICATE . UK sales only, not available for export . NOTE 4 : STOCK CLEARANCE ITEMS : Items offered in this section are of comparable quality to our normal stock and are offered at low prices purely to clear stock and not, unless stated otherwise, because there is anything wrong with them ! Our usual terms and conditions of sale apply so please be aware that : A) The postage will, in many cases, be more than the value of the items. B) Our standard refund system applies, however return postage costs are not refundable.
NOTE 5: Items for SPARES & REPAIRS. This section covers actual spare / loose fittings etc or items that are in a much lower condition grading than we normally offer. They may be repaired, stained, worn or otherwise damaged but they are cheap !! Items from this section are not intended for any use or wear whatsoever but might well offer spare parts that could be used to repair items that you already have, although this cannot be guaranteed!. Please note that these items are marked as SPARES & REPAIRS ITEM in their descriptions and we suggest that you read these notes carefully. The postage will, in many cases, be more than the value of the items. Items marked as FOR SPARES & REPAIRS are offered & sold as described and are offered outside of our usual terms & conditions. NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS are allowable on them.

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Condition of goods described

We try to be as accurate as possible when describing the condition of articles offered for sale. However, as the majority of items are well over 70 years old, allowance must be made for their being in existence, and stored, for this amount of time.

BModern Items/B

We use a condition / quality grading system, based on "marks out of 10". Basically the higher the number, the better the condition. Any individual defects, whatever the overall condition, are noted in the general description of the item.

Items are described in the following categories, the grade number is shown at the end of the description of the item in the website:

10 : Excellent, sometimes unissued, condition with nearly all of the original finish or paint work. No wear or damage, but perhaps with some slight storage marks. Note: if we give an item a 10 + it will be in virtually as new condition

9 : Excellent condition with more noticeable storage marks, but very little wear.

8 : Very good, used condition. Issued with slight wear / staining to the surface or edges, achieved during normal use or storage, but no damage or repairs.

7 : Good, used condition. Average wear & tear. Light surface marks or dents achieved through normal, military use. Some items lightly repaired or refinished / repainted where necessary. (Very little of our stock falls into this category.)

6 : Sound condition, well used but still serviceable. Paint work / finish worn or surface is pitted and / or dented. Properly repaired or repainted where necessary (almost NONE of our stock falls into this category and such items are usually offered for "spares & repairs".)

+ / ++: Slightly better than the stated grade number, but not quite of the next, higher grade.

BAntique Items/B
Our numbered grading cannot be accurately applied to antique items & the overall condition is stated in the description of the item concerned. If appropriate we will use the grade number system

REPAIRS & RENOVATIONS:
Due to the age of the antique items offered, contemporary / period repairs may have been made to some items.

Such period repairs are not always noted in the descriptions, unless the repair work is substantial enough to be of note and have a bearing on the overall value of the stated item. Minor repairs to the woodwork of an antique firearm would not normally be noted, especially as many such repairs could have been made in the working life of the item. Again in the case of antique firearms some internal mechanism parts may have been repaired / replaced (sears, springs etc) and may not be noted.

Please understand that we do not sell any heavily restored items, and pieces with notable repairs (contemporary or later) will always be noted as such. Please note that, although we try to describe such items as accurately as possible, not every small blemish can be listed. If you have any individual queries on any item on this web site, please telephone for a full, inch by inch description of the item.

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Dated items

If a description specifies a date, this is marked on the item supplied. If an item is described as "WW2 dated", please do not ask for a specific date as we may not be able to supply it

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Sizes

Any sizes stated are based on existing labels or visible markings. In the absence of such labels or markings, all sizes given are approximate, and are not to be taken as guaranteed. Chest (ch) and waist (w) sizes are given in inches (ins) unless stated. Headgear and footwear sizes are shown in the size range relevant to the country of origin and may differ from U.K sizes, notably U.S head & foot sizes which are usually one "size mark" larger than U.K equivalents. If in doubt, just ask us !

Please note that although there is a growing trend in the field of re- enactment & living history, and many customers purchase items to be worn at such events, we supply items solely for COLLECTOR'S, DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY & such items are not intended for actual wear or use.
WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE FITTING OF ANY EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR OR HEADGEAR, NOR THEIR SUITABILITY FOR BEING WORN. THEREFORE WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCEPT RETURNED ITEMS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR NOT FITTING A CUSTOMER.
Neither can we be responsible for items sold being unsuitable for use by re-enactment groups where certain specifications as to type or model are required.

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Items for spares & repairs

ITEMS FOR SPARES & REPAIRS. This section covers items that are in a much lower condition grading than we normally offer. They may be repaired, stained, worn or otherwise damaged but they are cheap !! Items from this section are not intended for any use or wear whatsoever but might well offer spare parts that could be used to repair items that you already have. Please note that these items are marked as spares & repairs item in their descriptions and we suggest that you read these notes carefully. The postage will, in many cases, be more than the value of the items. NOTE: Items marked as FOR SPARES & REPAIRS are offered & sold as described and are offered outside of our usual terms & conditions. NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS are allowable on them.

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General Terms Used

WW2 : 2nd World War period issue (1939-1945). Manufactured for issue during, or before, this period.

WW1 : 1st World War period issue (1914-1918). Manufactured for issue during, or before, this period.

VIETNAM , KOREAN WAR, GULF WAR etc : Type as used at the time of this conflict, but not necessarily actually used in that country.

PATTERN : Denotes a particular model of weapon, clothing or equipment etc. Usually accompanied by a year, number or other distinct term (i.e. M3, M1944, P1937, 2nd pattern).

TYPE, STYLE : Original military issue, made or issued after a particular wartime period, but with the appearance of the period article.

REPLICA / REPRODUCTION: Modern made copies of an original item intended for Display, Re -Enactment or Living History etc. Such items are always noted in their title and / or description..

Gold, Silver & Bronze : The terms Gold, Silver, Bronze etc relate to the coloured finish, or issue/awarded grade of the item concerned ( mostly insignia), and not to the actual content of the metal used, unless stated otherwise.

PUBLICATIONS REFERRED TO FOR REFERENCE: We do not often refer to reference books when describing our items however sometimes we find it helpful to do so. You may find a note in an item's description appearing as Watts & White Ref xxx or Ken Lewis Page xxx or similar. These references are purely offered for guidance only and to assist you in identifying an item and, perhaps, its technical history.

Publications referred to are:
BRAYLEY & INGRAM - WW2 BRITISH WOMEN'S UNIFORMS IN COLOUR PHOTGRAPHS 1995
WATTS & WHITE - THE BAYONET BOOK 1975
SKENNERTON - BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH BAYONETS 1986
FLOOK - BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH MILITARY KNIVES 1999
COLE -. U.S MILITARY KNIVES - BOOK 3 1981
KEN LEWIS - DOUGHBOY TO G.I 1993
WINDROW - WW2 G.I IN COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS 1993
ENJAMES - U.S ARMY ETO COLLECTOR'S GUIDE Vol 1 & 2 2003 /08
HOWARD -. AMERICA'S FINEST 1994
MORAN - USMC UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT (1) 1992
Plus others as necessary

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Illustrations

All of the items on this web site have an individual photograph attached and UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE are actual photos of the item offered.
However photos of some items that we hold in quantity are shown for illustration purposes only and the item supplied may vary slightly from the photograph shown. Such items will usually have the terms GENERAL STOCK PHOTO or a similar term

PLEASE NOTE THAT ITEMS ARE OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE. IF A PHOTO SHOWS 2 OR 3 ITEMS THIS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE PURCHASING 3 ITEMS FOR THE STATED PRICE. We do offer items in pairs, or lots of 2 or 3 pieces but this is clearly stated in the description and /or main heading.

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Copyright

All photographs & descriptions on the web site are the property of Blunderbuss Antiques and are not to be reproduced without prior permission.

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Electronic Disclaimer

Due to the complexities of the electronic world regarding our web site, Blunderbuss Antiques reserve the right to refuse a sale if there has been an electronic failure in the description or pricing of any specific item.

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Political Affiliation:

Please note all items are offered for their historical interest only and we have no political affiliation with the organisations using such items throughout history.

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