This listing is offerred with all due respect for our veterans; Especially those called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Very nice POW bracelet in memory of CDR CARROLL CRAIN 3-8-67. This is the more desirable type made by VIVA. This bracelet is in its original plastic wrap with original paper. Due to age the plastic does have a few wear holes in it but the bracelet is perfect...
Interesting Japanese collar insignia. It took me a while to figure out exactly what this was but finally found it in my Nakata book. Of course I am not sure if my translation is perfectly accurate but it seems to be collar insignia for cadets at officer training school and would go along with the usual rectangular rank insignia with stripes and stars. I was not able to find any similar examples offered for sale. Nice bullion wreath with metal star affixed in center. Apparently a scarce item.
Nice enamel diamond HJ membership stickpin. I believe these went out of official use in 1937 and the larger diamond pin was used. Nice example with clean and strong enamel.
Very nice signals badge, type as worn by Afrika Korps. Red lightning bolt represents artillery. Very nice patch.
Very nice, large WWII era Japanese naval sake cup with a diameter of 10cm. Very strong paint with gold leaf anchor with Rising Sun flag in the center adorned with cherry blossoms. Also in gold, across the top is a crane whose wings extend to give the whole cup a gold rim. The crane is a symbol of loyalty to the emperor. On the bottom is the soldier's name: Yoshikawa. I find no damage or even paint rubs. Great piece to add to an Imperial Japanese navy display.
I have seen this one before but certainly not very often. Ceramic pilot tinnie measuring about 4.5cm. Pin shows some oxidation but is complete. The paint is perfect. Really cool addition to any tinnie collection.
Small plaque with profile bust of Helmuth James Graf von Moltke. Moltke was a very forward thinking Field Marshall. At the top of this piece is a famous quote of his "Erst Wagen Dann Wagen" the meaning of which translates to "First you leap". His main theory being that one should attack strongly but never to plan to deeply past the point where contact is made. Since there are simply too many possibilities and varying factors it does no good to over plan to far into the future of a conflict...
Very nice looking and rather uncommon WWI medal with a pleasant bronzed finish throughout. This was made for veterans from the DC area. The front shows winged Victory standing atop a globe with the capital building in the background. On the arms of the cross are 1917 and 1919 which represent the span of American involvement in that particular mess. Original ribbon and pin. Reverse reads "Presented by the citizens of the District of Columbia February 1919"...
Nice gebirgsjager officer's edelweiss cap badge. Some oxidation to reverse. Pin assembly still works fine. Nice example.
Nice tinnie for German armed forces day of 1939. Helmet profile of soldat. One of a group of interesting tinnies recently acquired.
Very nicely made enamel membership pin for KDF (Kraft durch Freude) Gau Köln-Aachen. Nicely maker marked on reverse F Hoffstatter Bonn. Kraft durch Freude translates to "Work through joy" and was an NSDAP organization designed to offer state run vacations at low cost to German workers and their families. Run by Dr Ley this was actually one of their better ideas and did make it possible for workers to achieve vacations they otherwise would not be able to afford. Nice pin.
Nice political edelweiss cap badge. These were authorized for wear on some SA or NSKK headgear. I have also seen these on HJ collars but more likely this was an unofficial use. RZM M1/59 back marked for the firm Paul Cramer, Lüdenscheid.
Nice cockade for Luftschutz visor cap. Nice, even silver wash to the wreath with very gentle rub wear to the high relief of the oak leaves. Red felt center is complete. Multiple piece construction with pleasant, even patina on reverse indicating all pieces have been together as a unit for the duration. Nice example of a difficult piece of insignia to find.
Super cool medal given to spectators at the 1912 Air Show in Berlin. Students of history will note 1912 as a very early date when airplanes were hardly thought of in military terms. This was 2 years before WWI and only 9 years after the Wright brothers first flight. I think that anything flight related before WWI is supremely interesting. Very cool medal.
P.N.F. was Partito Nazionale Fascista, Mussolini's Fascist political party which lasted until 1943. Condition is perfect with nice, bright metal and undamaged enamel work. Maker marked A. PAGANI MILANO and the button clip has this name and the address. Great example.
Interesting embroidered tinnie for a 1936 rally in Garrbrucken. Interesting piece.
Nice pair of 1943 dated U.S. Navy BUSHIPS binoculars. Good overall condition. A little dusty since I don't clean anything except my kids and my kitchen.Optics seem to be fine.
These are out of my field of expertise and I am relying on a colleague who identified these for me. He says they are %Rhodesian and hasn't been wrong yet for me but if anyone out there has a different opinion I would much appreciate it. Photos show the pattern and the "busy" areas. Looks like one button has been replaced. That is typical of well used bush combat gear, together with the other repairs shown and the fading.