Reproduction British memorial plaque (Or death plaque). Being offered as educational example. Nice, heavy piece a little over 8cm in diameter. These were given to next of kin of soldiers killed in WWI and would normally have the soldier's name in the blank rectangle.
Very cool tortoise shell style Bakelite goggles. Shown here with my personal assistant Betty who hasn't complained about anything in years. I have seen many various ages assigned to these but I think they are 19040's to early 1950's but are currently very much in fashion with "steampunk" style. I have also seen these advertised as motorcycle and aviation goggles which may very well be accurate as there was not a well entrenched eye wear industry for those fields but I think the intended use is a...
This set of three hand made pins is really lovely. These were made to celebrate the victory of WWI. The two smaller pins are made for button holes and show Belgian colors and motif. Belgium, of course, was highly publicized as being victims of aggression for propaganda purposes. The first is actually embroidered with a lion rampant and must have required a lot of work. The button backing reads MODE DE PARIS. The second is painted with a nicely detailed rooster which I think refers to Walloon whi...
Great AP press photo titled End Of A Tank. This is from July 1943. The AP description explains this was a German press photo obtained through a neutral country and reports that a German soldier placed explosive charge between turret and tank body. The turret was blown off and sits upside down in the snow beside the still burning hull. This is a brave act bordering on suicidal but was actually considered almost routine for well trained and disciplined German infantry. About 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches.
Nothing fancy about this Japanese map case. Nothing broken and solid stitching. Typical usage wear. About 17cm high.
Nicely made tinnie which looks to be for 1915 Christmas celebration. It is only about 1 1/4 inch tall but nice and solid with an interesting back catch. Front has stippled background and nicely silvered raised details. Really a nice piece.
Nice German veteran's hat device. fabric insert in gilt frame. Two small spots of oxidation on lower right (see photo).
Single DRK Deutsches Reichsbahn shoulder board for pay grade 11 personnel.
Very cool Elastolin soldier. The usual light couple of cracks and some light paint scuffs but still very presentable. The guys firing the machine guns are cool but I don't recall seeing the guy walking with the machine gun before. He looks to be getting ready for business.
Lineol radio operator. No, he isn't shotting a gun but he's still cool. Tiny crack to neck but no wobble there. Some paint scuffing but still very presentable. These things sure are fun.
Very cool stickpin even though the pin is broken. Even though it is shaped like a tinnie and is 5cm wide these really were worn as stickpins. The term "Wehrfahig" meant "Fit to serve" and I believe this was worn by guys that were drafted but not yet assigned or trained. Typical Rah-Rah stuff from the begginning of wars when everyone thought it would be great fun. Good looking eagle over helmet, bayonet and shovel. Nice looking piece.
Unopened Vietnam POW MIA bracelet for LCDR HUGH A STAFFORD USN 30 AUG 67. Band is marked NICKEL SILVER on the inside. Stafford was returned in 1973 and retired from the Navy as a Commander. He passed away in 2003.
AP press photo captioned 'Nazi Gun And Guner Knocked Out'. Interesting Russian front photo showing a knocked out German position and what looks like a short barrel Panzer III in the back. The front of the description page reads CAUTION! WATCH RELEASE DATE! About 8.5x6.5 inches.
This looks to be a volunteer application to join the Wehrmacht but most of the attached papers seem to be regarding Luftwaffe service. I assume this means the same standard application was used by both. 12 page packet. The first page has some chipping on the left margin but no text is lost. The following pages all seem to be fine. I guess if you volunteered for te Luftwaffe you might not get pressed into the army and sent to the Ukraine with a rifle. Interesting document.
Nice, unissued gas mask canister with cardboard wrap. I have a few of these so this exact example is likely not what will be received but they are all basically the same. The cardboard wrap was not meant as a permanent addition and tend to unglue so these may not be attached when received but can probably be reglued. Nice piece of equipment priced right.
Very nice RAD athletic shirt patch. Not a terribly rare piece of insignia but an extremely nice example being crisp and snow white clean throughout except for one tiny spot along the border (See second image). Noce patch.
Very nice Luftwaffe portrait postcard. W. Willrich painted a series of portraits of national war heroes, many of which were made into postcards. This one, dated 1940, is Haputmann Falck, Staffelkapitan einer erfolgreichen Jadgstaffel. Or "succesful fighter squadron leader". Cool, unused postcard.
These old airline travel postcards are so cool. With a little frame this would fit into almost any decor. Only us macho guys would know that the Condor, with only some small modifications, was a top notch Luftwaffe maritime patrol aircraft, flying long-range reconnaissance and was used as an anti-shipping/maritime bomber aircraft. It saw early success as a commerce raider and was later used as a transport. This last role was not optimal for its characteristics and a few were even flown into the ...