Very cool pair of desert color binoculars. These are classic Afrika Korps type. Frame is made of a lightweight white metal that had the dual advantage of not being heavy and not becoming blazing hot in the sun. This particular set has a surprising amount of original paint left and has a really good look. Left eye piece is marked cag with a blue triangle. 'cag' is the code for Swarovski which, interestingly enough, is still in business making optics...
Nice pair of black widow Luger grips. Unfortunately someone along the way found the need to carve a "W" on one side. The other side has one small hit (See next to last photo). This is a shame because otherwise these grips are in great shape with no cracking or warping and nice, unworn checking. I hope "W" feels bad for what he did.
This is an extremely interesting badge from the February 25 1934 swearing of the oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler. It was a day of infamy when the Wehrmacht took such an oath and paved the way for the crimes that were to follow and be condoned and even aided by the German army. The event for which this badge was issued was a similar event in which around a million party members made a similar oath. Perhaps it seemed like a good idea at the time...
Field equipment is certainly not my game but I did pick these up at a price where I can certainly leave room for the next guy. Condition is superb. Leather is very fresh and I find no damage. Looks to be a very good set of an item that is becoming hard to find in good order.
The sinking of the Lusitania was considered an acceptable act in Germany and a medal was minted in honor of the incident. The British, of course, considered it very much a war crime. They reproduced the German medal and used it as a propaganda tool emphasizing the civilian loss of life. Indeed. on the reverse of the medal we even see Death working the ticket stand for prospective passengers. Medal is in its original box. The box shows solid wear and is missing one edge...
Original example of a luftschutz gladiator helmet. Wear as shown in photos. Liner is a bit chewed up but mostly there and chin strap is broken on one end (But buckle is there). Also seems to be bent just a little. An honest example priced right if you want one that looks like it's "been there".
Very nice example of a hard to find cap tally. III. TORPEDO BOOTS = DIV.III. Solid condition as per photos. There is a small piece of scotch tape at each end from previous owner. Probably removable but I don't pick at things. Nice example.
Nice quality leather holster for the German grenade launcher. Generally in good condition with original sling and internal leather dividers. The leather tongues at the top sides are a little floppy but are still there and undamaged. Certainly a nice example.
Nice steel Wurttemberg belt buckle with leather tab. The tab is folded over a bit but not torn. Good been-there look throughout. No idea what the numbers on the back are. Hard to find belt buckle.
These riding breeches are not minty by any means but they are extremely interesting and really tell a story if one takes the time to look at them. They are really well made with nice, baggy thighs that taper nicely to the calves to be tucked into boots. Each calf area has 4 buttons and a string tie. The waist has a built in fabric belt system. To add strength the front of the thighs are gently ribbed by added lines of stitching giving it an interesting ridged texture...
Nice, original medal bar as worn on parade uniform. WWI Iron cross hallmarked "W", Hindenberg cross maker marked 0.2 and 25 year faithful service NSDAP having about 40% original silver wash intact. A nice grouping with some character.
Beautifully made stickpin with three miniature Imperial German medals. Two pins suspending a gold chain with properly fit loops for the medals. The third medal is the Friedrich August Medaille in silver which was a Soxon medal awarded to NCO's in acknowledgement of notable service. The other two medals are the Hindenburg Cross for WWI veterans and the 1914 Iron Cross which, again, was awarded for outstanding service...
Very nice GIL Alpini sleeve shield. Paint is almost perfect on the front with no damage found. Very nice example of a hard to find shield.
Excellent example of a relatively scarce veterans cross. PLKV was the Preussicher Landes Krieger Verband. Nice first class pinback example in gold. No damage that I find.
Nice set of American WWII wings. Marked Josten Sterling, with Josten being a premium maker. Excellent condition with only honest, light age wear.
Nice pair of Hitler Youth shoulder straps. Blue trim for flieger group. 2 pips for the rank of scharfuhrer. Nice, matched set.
Unnumbered gold SA sports badge. This example is by Redo. This is the third pattern that went from 1939 to the end of the war. This is a very nice example and the gold finish is in excellent shape with very minimal wear mostly to raised surfaces. A very nice medal.
Nice belt and buckle rig. Buckle is an early scoop catch example. The leather belt is just about perfect. Leather is soft and healthy with good color and virtually no wear. A very good buckle with a fabulous belt.