LFDCA-LFB Vintage fire engine in a Clapham street
A former Middlesex Fire Brigade pump escape which was visiting Clapham fire station. Middlesex was absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade in 1965 with the creation of the Greater London Council. This Dennis dual-purpose appliance was restored by fire service enthusiasts and used at displays and open days.. Here it is seen in a Clapham street with the 50 foot escape ladder slipped from the rear of the engine.
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library
Bullion Office. Bank of England. Balance for Bar Silver
Engraving of fine weighing scales for bars of silver, with a bar of silver on one side of the scales and the weights on the other. The balance was invented by Mr Bate for weighing silver in bars from 50 lbs to 80 lbs troy.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
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Auckland's advance from its battalion headquarters
This drawing relates to an incident on the 14th/15th September 1916 and is described in a book entitled 'A Saga of the Sword' by Austin F. Britten, published by Arrowsmith, London 1928. The chapter, entitled 'The End of an Epoch', contains the following map reference : S11 b4.9. This is right in the middle of the area of the 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment which was in No-Man's Land, just a shade short by 50 yards or so of the German Front Line in Coffee Lane. And, no doubt, Matania is attempting to portray an incident in the initial phase of the Auckland's advance from its battalion headquarters, slightly on the right of the fork (La Forche) which is where the New Zealand memorial now stands. It would also appear that four tanks were allocated to the New Zealand Division and all four passed this way towards the fork before spreading out. They were from D Company and were numbered D8, D10, D11 and D12. The actual image was never used in the book (which in the end did not have any illustrations) but no doubt Matania was asked by Austin Britten to produce this incident at the above map reference. The name of the book was written on the back of the picture. Fortunino Matania, Ri (1881-1963). One of the most accomplished realistic illustrators and artists of his time, his wartime work was immensely popular and appeared in nearly every major news magazine, Allied, Neutral and Central Powers alike. Date: 1916
© David Cohen Fine Art/Mary Evans Picture Library