I too had the privilege just last year of getting to take a look at some of the militaria from Smokey Smith's estate. I followed up on a posting on eBay listed from my former home town. I was curious to see what the connection was with this person posting items from Smokey Smith's estate and my home town. It turns out, the seller was Smokey's granddaughter. The family was in the process of trying to sell off much of his remaining militaria (most of the best stuff had already gone to museums). She invited me out to have a look at what she had.
Lots of great stuff, but much of it not for sale at that point as the family (daughter, granddaughter, grandson) was unsure of what to price things at. There were many photos and VC reunion programs (with MANY VC signatures) as well as several uniform items. Some of the uniform items would have most likely went with the uniforms you aquired. I do remember a few post-war caps, including a Black Watch tam and a nice glengarry, as well as some miscellaneous highland items (hose, spats, sporran, etc.). The caps were missing all insignia, but you could clearly see where the red hackle was worn on the tam. None of these items were for sale at that time (though the tam did end up on eBay shortly after), but I was still very grateful that the family took the time to show them to me. We had a very nice visit, and I was able to learn more about the man that Smokey was.
I was fortunate enough to pick up several fantastic items that now have a special place in my collection:
The first is a beautifully framed 19x15 photo of Smokey receiving the VC. The daughter confirmed that Smokey had this photo on the wall in his home in Vancouver. The second photo is a small 5x7 photo of Smokey on one of his return trips to Italy. It shows Smokey visiting the grave of an old friend. Of all the items I looked at, this small but poignant photo moved me the most. The last item is a Veterans Affairs name tag worn by Mr. Smith on his trip to Cessena, Italy in October of 2004 for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the night of October 21-22, 1944.
I am honoured to have these items in my collection and am am just trying to do my part to help preserve the memory/history of a truly great Canadian!