Combined Military Services Museum

Once again the ECW Travelogue packed a toothbrush and set off for the wilds of Essex, this time to visit the Combined Military Services Museum (henceforth CMSM). 

CMSM grew out of a private collection to be the museum that is seen today. The museum houses a number of collections of national importance including the Donnington Collection, as well as an extensive SOE collection, and a very impressive collection of WWII uniforms. 

However, what interests the ECW Travelogue is the arms and armour, 1800BC- 1800AD collection. Apparently the curator's interests lie with the Civil Wars too...

The evolution of the helmet

The museum really is worth travelling out of your way to; the displays are inevitably a little crowded (as they have so much stuff in a relatively small space), they would need a much larger site to display the collection better.

So here's a photo gallery of some of the items on display (lighting in the museum makes photography pretty difficult), notable items have a caption. 

A rare 1640s felt hat

Lochaber axe c1680

Described as a 'rare 1645 ECW Royalist marching drum'

This post, and an email enquiry has led to a very interesting conversation with the CMSM curator. She very kindly supplied me with pictures of the other side of the drum that bears a coat of arms. I'm no heraldry expert but the drum's armorial crest has quite a few similarities with the Ducal arms of the Palatinate. Possibly a German coat of arms? The following two pictures are courtesy of The CMSM

A selection of musket rests

Fabric sword hanger

Scottish morning star c1640

Postcodes for SatNavs

CMSM, Station Road, Maldon CM9 4LQ

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  1. Love the Travelogue- some great pictures that are really inspiring.

    1. That's good to hear. Toying with the idea of turning the Travelogue into a book... The painting guides, and coat colour series are already earmarked for publication.


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