Extremely interesting tinnie from the 1933 Volksdeutsche Opferwoche (Or Ethnic German Victims Week). The Volksdeiutsche were ethnic Germans who found themselves living in areas that were part of the German Reich mostly before WWI. While many may have been discriminated against in their new countries pre-WWII Germany used them and a greatly inflated image of their suffering to help point out the wrongs of the Versailles Treaty...
Very cool personal size German soldat field cooking stove by Esbit. Includes fuel charge. Condition is just about perfect. Important piece of kit for soldier in the field.
Very nice example of the 1914-1915 Great War medal. Japan's involvement in WWI was minimal, amounting to taking an island colony from Germany, so this is a not too common medal. Nice example in perfect shape except for pinhole in the ribbon that looks to have been caused by the rear attachment end rubbing the back of the ribbon. Really a nice looking medal. The recipient's name is on the rear of the box. We believe the family name is Hirokawa but can't make out the rest. Very nice medal.
Opferrinf Elsess literally means "Sacrificial Ring Alsace". These were worn by Germans living in Alsace Lorraine with NSDAP allegiance. A favorite tactic of the Nazis was to stir discontent among (And hopefully sympathy for) ethnic Germans in areas they were looking for a reason to enter. This is a scarce pin in the first place but most were found unfinished in the manufacturer's factory. It is very hard to find an example with paint applied (Finished)...
Very cool pair of Marx Toys helmets. These are doughboy style but WWII vintage. These are red and I think there is a silver version also. Terrific condition when one looks at what is usually offered for sale. These were toys in every sense of the word and after spending years battling in neighborhood backyards the condition usually suffers significantly. These have good shape and excellent remaining paint. The first one shown in detail is complete with a nice strong decal...
Very attractive pipe with horse racing motif. The metalwork is marked STERLING. Really a neat item touching multiple collectible categories.
Interesting set of two Romanian WWII medals. The first is for the anti-communist crusade they were forced to join in 1941. The second is from when the first crusade failed and they were again forced to join the war against Germany. The pair makes for an interesting conversation point.
Very nice SA sport badge with good silver finish remaining. Nicely marked to reverse, made by W. REDO. Solid example.
Very nice gold mothers cross. Very clean with nice enamel as per attached images. Nice example.
Very nice bronze non-portable medal or medallion for WWI Victory. The front shows a brave Doughboy charging across a battlefield littered with barbed wire and a shell going off behind him. In the distance are manned trenches and defensive obstacles. The reverse reads "1917 FRANCE 1918" which represents the years of American involvement. Below is a map showing battlefields including Argonne, Verdun etc. Made by M. Lordonnois 1919. Very nice item.
Very cool Vietnam era patch from the 478th Avn Co (Heavy Helicopter) Up-Tight Hurricanes. From an advanced Vietnam era flight patch collection. Good looking patch.
Rare German tinnie for the 1933 Weltspartakiade Moskau games which was a communist worker's version of the Olympics. The name itself was a reference to Spartacus who was considered to represent the proletariat influence in Rome.Really a bunch of hogwash but this pin is interesting because this was after the Nazi rise to power when such Communist activities were verboten. Even more interesting, the pin is GES GESCH marked so it was made in Germany...
Sportfest 1933 Nurnberg SA Brigade Mfr. Very cool tinnie from an early, important sporting event in Nuremberg which was obviously a place important to the regime. Mfr should stand for Mittel Franken. Scarce tinnie but I have seen larger awards of the same design.
Nice looking Italian Cavaliere Order of Merit medal. Shows four eagles around a white enamel central cross suspended from a crown formed from a crenelated castle tower. Great looking medal.
This is a very cool medal but I have been only half able to figure it out. It is a scarce medal and I wasn't able to find a single other example online. The reverse shows a flaming bomb with "15" on it backed by a pair of pole arms. Across the top reads "MANI MACCHINE ARMI PRONTE" which translates to something like "handheld machine weapons are ready" which I think is a reference to machine guns. Below the bomb and polearms reads "il Luigi di Ponte L Luigi" (The genius of the Bridge of Luigi??)...
Nice example of OT insignia worn on sleeve of both work shirt and service tunic. Machine embroidered and sewn, rank patch rates in perfect condition. This one has three narrow stripes. Hard to find insignia and priced quite fairly. 8.6x9.5cm.
Nice example of OT insignia worn on sleeve of both work shirt and service tunic. Machine embroidered and sewn, rank patch rates in perfect condition. This one has one narrow and one thick red stripe. Hard to find insignia and priced quite fairly. 8.1x9.6cm.
Interesting hat cockade for Ukranian volunteers serving with German forces during WWII. Due to Soviet treatment of Ukrainian populace (As well as other locals) many Ukraninians first considered the Germans to be liberators and quickly volunteered. To give them a sense of identity this badge was authorized for wear by those volunteers. A couple of light dings to the blue paint on front, otherwise in perfect condition. Both prongs are there on the back; They are just folded together...