What a wonderful item celebrating its 100th anniversary. As the British were approaching Christmas in the first year of the war Princess Mary commissioned these to be made and sent to British soldiers. There were far too many in uniform to all get one so there was a prioritization method. Princess Mary went to great effort to show her appreciation and solidarity to British soldiers in many other ways including visiting the wounded in hospitals. There are some sites with great information availab...
Nice German trench art type sweetheart bracelet featuring 1914 Iron Cross. Bracelet is made out of a piece of a shell casing but well made with a hinge crisply working catch. Perhaps best of all is the catch plate which bears the engraving: S/L. SCHWESTER ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN FELDZUG 1914/15 HERBERT HEINMUTH which basically says this is a present for his sister commemorating the campaign of 1914 to 1915. Early on when war still seemed glorious and the young men were still innocent. Lovely piece...
This is a very cool and very rare summer weight sleeve eagle with the Saarbrücken city name. Unfortunately there is a spot of damage at the 10 o'clock edge position. Priced accordingly; Rare patch.
This is an interesting button hole pin reading "zur erinnerung an 1870" and a Maltese or Iron Cross in the center. I have actually seen a lot of fake enamel examples of this pin but didn't know there really was such a thing. This war was a rather quick French thumping. This is a painted example and I have included obverse photos both with and without flash to show the most detail possible. Cool item very reminiscent of later Third Reich membership pins.
Very nice silver medal; The 1870 Medal of Merit for the City of Rome. The only negative is the blob of wax on the ribbon which could certainly be removed by someone properly motivated. The important point is that the original ribbon is present. ROMA is found on the ring attaching the medal to the suspension ring. Very nice medal.
This armband was introduced in 1937 and was meant for combatants who were not member of the armed forces (Wehrmacht). I am still not sure what that exactly means but it is a good looking eagle on an eye-catching yellow field so a great piece for display purposes.
Lot of three fire fighter medals. They are from Bethlehem (1910), Harrisberg (1914) and Allentown (1910). Condition is generally good and can be seen in the photos. There is a small stain to the left side of the photo on the Bethlehem medal. There is enamel chipping to the Harrisberg medal and the Allentown medal has a stain and wear to the edge of the photo. Neat set of medals, two of which have photos of horse pulled fire wagons.
Very nice pipe with beautiful artwork. In the center is the black Imperial eagle under the crown. To the right and left are the various state flags. Below is a furled banner reading "WIR DEUTSCHE FURCHTE GOTT SONST NICHTS IN DER WELT". We German fear God and nothing else in the world. Wow. Light hairline crack on the right side. This is darkened with age and there is no looseness. The metal top is age tarnished but would likely clean up quite well if so desired. The pressure clip works great and...
Interesting ID not very commonly found. This is ID card for an air raid warden. The town is Bruchhausen on the western side of Germany. In 2011 it had a population of under 1000. Issued in January of 1943 which is probably about when air raid wardens really became necessary. These were important people in the civil community during war time and even had special plaques to put on their front doors so they could be found easily. The plaques are far more common then the ID and this would be probabl...
Nice grouping of three Pakistan medals supposed to have been from one person. The 1947 Pakistan Independence Medal is marked 1222821 GNR MOHD GUL R.P.A. indicating this fellow was a gunner in the Royal Pakistan Artillery. The other two medals have the Kashmir 1948 bar and the Dir-Bajaur 1960-62 bar. Nice little set if you like odd foreign medals.
This is a neat little document. Basically it is a supporting member booklet (Direct translation is Alliance partner ID Card). The stamps inside are given after donation is received to show the fellow was a contributing member. Nice that it specifies the group as Landesgruppe XIII Nordbayern., specifically the city of Coburg. Signed inside by the Orts-Kriesgruppenfuhrer. Also a nice, crisp and legible stamping with the same district identified. It is interesting the the first stamps of 1937-1938 ...
Nice set of WWI tent stakes and pegs. Excellent condition for their age as per photos. The only real damage I find is a small hole in the bag at the side of one of the buckles (Image 7). The bag has some marking on the inside of the flap but very faded (Image 2). Looks like the original rope. I haven't pitched a tent since Boy Scouts so I have no idea what the difference between a peg and a stake is but there are three of one and two of the other. Nice original set of equipment.
Very nice 40 year faithful service for civil service. Condition is excellent throughout. One side of the pin has a popped stitch. This is an easy fix if someone wants to do it but medal displays well as is. Nice example.
Another SS NCO photograph. This one is dated 1934 on the back. Looks like good information written on the back but I have trouble reading it. Koln is about all I can decipher.
Very cool sleeve patch or trade badge for German chemical weapons. Chemical weapons are not thought to have been used in Europe during the war so this is not a very common patch. GU in Gothic script on feldgrau backing. Excellent condition.
Very nice Prussian plate. Size is a bit smaller then normal so I believe this may be less for a pickelhaube and more for a shako. At any rate this is certainly far scarcer then the full size type. A little over 3.5 inches wide and a little over 4 inches high.
Very cool 1935 tinnie for the dedication of the monument for 28th Infantry Regimen Von Goeben (2.Rhein). I remember visiting this monument in Koblenz on my honeymoon and I believe there is a reenactment group which has revived the unit name. Nice tinnie from the reunion of a very solid unit.
Very nice Imperial German flyer stickpin. Miniaturized version of the full size medal for wear with civilian clothes. Nice example as per photos.