It makes me feel old to call 1980's vintage but I think it works with this one which just off the chart on the Richter Scale of coolness. The jacket is typical 80's Levi and the entire thing is covered in superb artwork, patches and pins. Just as proof that our man here was well rounded the right sleeve has a long Metallica patch and the left side of the back has three smaller patches. Everything else is all K.I.S.S. and the hand done portrait work on the back is fabulous (Image 2). There are mu...
Nice JFS Infantry Assault Badge in bronze. Not a whole lot of finish left but certainly more then enough to see it is a bronze (See attached images). No structural damage but the ball hinge on the reverse is a bit loose in its socket and turns like a bomber's ball turret gun if it is pushed when the pin is not latched. This is not at all ready to brake but should be mentioned. Overall a nice badge priced right.
Very nice RAD belt buckle with leather tab. The front of this aluminum buckle is superb with high relief and virtually no wear. The reverse is nicelt marked with the Assmann A on one side of the shovel and 37 on the other side. The leather tab is correctly marked F.W. ASSMANN & SOHNE LUDENSCHEID and dated 1937. The tab does show some age wear but is in generally nice condition with no real damage and nice clear maker mark. Very nice buckle.
Very interesting army wehrpass. I am not very good at deciphering these things but luckily the fellow I traded for it had a very nice and clear write-up done on it. According to this the fellow was drafted Aug 7 1939 and called up Sept 19 1939. He served in a few different Landeschutz battalions but his last assignment on Dec 28 1942 was Feldstras Gef.Abt.14/Stab. I think maybe he wasn't being punished but rather was put on the staff of this unit as that is what "stab" means. His service includ...
Nice, original Silver Star in case. Both WWII vintage. The case does show good solid wear but still functions just fine. Nice medal awarded for gallantry in action.
Nice Infantry Assault Badge by R.S. Original war time production. Comes with the envelope marked Infantrie Sturm Abzeichen Bronze. Towards the bottom a bunch of purple numbers that might have meant something to someone a long time ago. Envelope is every bit of 70 years so a bit delicate, a small hole bottom reverse and some paper damage toward the reverse top. Nice badge and still presentable envelope. Nice item.
Very cool and very rare patch This is the sleeve patch or arm badge as worn by women in the Nachrichtenhelferinnen des Heeres (Army signals). With the number designation this was probably intended for some HQ unit. Unissued. Very hard piece of insignia to find.
Excellent Luftwaffe belt and buckle rig. Buckle is a solid example with a bit of smoothing to the raised center eagle. The Size 95 belt is a top notch example with soft and supple leather. The end is marked L.B.A.(S) which is a standard Luftwaffe marking. Below this it is also nicely maker marked Henseler & Co ULM 1936.
Early photo album (Dated 1934-1935) for a motorized unit termed Kraftfahr. As it is well before significant military build up, the vehicles are not very impressive, although there are some decent motorcycle photos. Album is most notable in its condition. The only appreciable damage I can find is a minor tear to one of the waxpaper page dividers. Also, on the inside cover there is some juvenile grafiti which is certainly German in origin and old in flavor (see photo). If I were to guess I would s...
This is a rather scarce pin. N.S.F. National Sozialistische Frauenschaft was the women's league and the Kinderschar was the kids (Girl's) portion of this organization. Basically they were taught how to be "good National Socialist wives". While there is some controversy on others, this version is the universally accepted RZM example with RZM at the top of the reverse, 63 at the bottom and GES GESCH on the back of the pin assembly plate. Great condition with almost perfect enamel. Rare pin.
Very nice belt and buckle rig. Buckle is Rodo marked with good paint remaining. Leather is healthy and supple but has been skilfully trimmed down to about a size 86, probably as the guy was in some cut off pocket at the end of the war dreaming of sausages as he lost pound after pound. Nice combat setup.
Gorgeous silver wound badge marked 107 for the firm Carl Wild as well as original envelope back marked to the firm Carl Wild. Terrific combination despite the packet being a bit torn as per images. Really nice set.
Nice cased example of War Merit Cross w Swords. Die struck zinc construction typical of late war production. Medal is in very good condition and maker marked "3" for Wilhelm Deumer. The box has an embossed War Merit Cross on the lid and looks good closed. The back leatherette spine is separated. Inside, the cardboard paper trim is lifted in the back left corner (This really could be glued down with decent results) and the silk joiner in the back is ripped a little more then half way. This all ad...
Very interesting piece of trench art with a very unfortunate antisemitic carving. The front shows three caricatures. The first is the typical propaganda driven version of a Jewish man scheming with a vulture. To the right of that pair is a donkey reading a newspaper (maybe the Huffington Post?) and a capitalist pig complete with tuxedo, cigar and lapel flower. The reverse side has the date May 13, 1943. Below the date is Italian writing which seems to be a prayer that God should protect him and ...
Very hard to find tunic removed flak officer's badge or patch. This is very similar to the EM flak patch but with high quality, raised embroidered 88mm gun, swaz, wings and oak leaves. The embroidery is bullion quality but without the interwoven aluminum wire. This is really a great looking and seldom encountered patch. Except for the embroidery and a few other stitches the backing is loose from the wool fronting. There are a few threads remaining here and there from when it was sewn on a unifor...
The Spanish Blue Division represented the Spanish military contribution to the German effort in WWII. For Franco's part it was a way to get the hotheads out of town. For the soldier's part, the Blue Division represented a solid group of anticommunist believers. As a result, the Blue Division is widely accepted to have fought like tigers and was certainly one of the more effective volunteer "legions" in the German war effort and are generally accepted as being an elite unit. This wonderful little...
Very nice cap talley for the K-Klasse cruiser Karlsruhe. Kriegsmarine crew members of ships were authorized to wear such tallies on their Donald Duck hats to identify the ship they were assigned to. In 1938 these were withdrawn in anticipation of mobilization and all members were then to wear the generic "Kriegsmarine" talley except for some naval schools. Condition on this talley is superb with perfect machine woven gilt thread with no snags or "washing out". There are some folds due to in bein...
This might be the greatest country on earth but that does not mean we don't periodically do stupid things. For example, Prohibition which made recreational alcohol consumption illegal thus opening the door for the antics of guys like Al Capone. It rarely works out when one tries to impose their morality on others. Prohibition began in 1920. This medal is for a delegate to the Atlantic City NJ Prohibition National Convention of 1912 when this movement was gathering steam. When seeking prohibition...