Excellent sleeve diamond for members of Organization Todt. Near perfect example. This one looks to be tunic removed as it has a line of red stitching on both of the upper sides. Being offered with other OT insignia recently acquired.
Interesting SS propaganda leaflet or booklet. 14 pages in rather rough shape and mostly detached; Priced accordingly. Although undated it seems to be from that early to mid war period where the German hierarchy was hoping against hope that the British would just come to their senses and realize that Germany was fighting to save Europe and that the only hope the British had of maintaining their empire was to call a truce with Germany. Interestingly enough, this last bit had some truth behind it. ...
Nice little German bicycle club. Central emblem shows a bicycle over the black white ad red national colors, below which reads ALL HEIL. Nice gilt oak leaf wreath around the bicycle. The back piece is a large ribbon with oak leaves and acorns. The silver wash on this back ribbon is well worn but all in all an interesting and attractive pin. Construction typical of 1920's to early 1930's.
Very cool donation tinnie featuring an armored halftrack. Light weight hollow plastic made of two halves glued together. Fun example.
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.