Lovely blue and red enamel medal for Honorable Member of the 13 Husaren (Hussars) Regiment. Very well made badge measuring 4.5cm high. I find no damage to the enamel or the rest of the piece. Backmarked A. SCHWERDT STUTTGART. Very cool badge would look great in just about any display.
Nice wound badge and matching document. Document is in decent shape with the usual crease down the middle. For its age the corners are reasonably sharp and there are no tears or missing material. The last name looks like Kargelain. I can't make out the unit but it looks like it starts with "mg" so possibly a machine gunner? Dated October 5, 1918. The wound badge is very attractive example with nice raised details...
Classic and exhaustive reference book devoted to Third Reich belts and buckles. This is a fabulous reference and my copy has helped me immensely over the years. First edition released. 656 pages. Like new condition with tight spine and crisp, clean pages throughout. There is one spot of residue upper center from an old price tag is virtually invisible but can be felt (Last photo).
Good looking tunic removed SS sleeve eagle. Machine woven EM or NCO pattern. Some darkening to the eagle's right wing possibly combat related. Very nice insignia if you like the combat worn look. I really like this eagle and think it has a great overall look.
KM coastal artillery cap eagle. Good looking gold eagle on green fabric. Patch is about 8cm long and eagle's wingspan is 6cm from gold wingtip to gold wingtip. Not a very easy patch to find.
Nice army tunic removed breast eagle. Shows nice signs of wear and really has the been-there look. On the eagle's left side is a stain likely of human origin (Not the same kind of stain as Monica's infamous blue dress). Cool insignia with a good story behind it.
This is a top nothc, unpublished Hitler photo with real historical significance. This is from a grouping from Gauleiter Adolf Scheel and is subsequently backmarked from the office of the Salzburg Gauleiter. The photo is dated April 29 1942 which coincides with a meeting with Benito Mussolini. The photo shows a group of nine German big-wigs at the train tracks presumably waiting for Mussolini. The mountains can be seen in the background...
Terrific photo of an early party parade rally. The focal point of the photo is a truck full of SS men in very early SA style uniforms passing a band in similar uniforms. SS insignia are clear on the coffee can hats. The truck itself has a large side banner with national flag and SS runes and reads SS Motorsturm I/21 (The last numbers are not clear but I this is the closest approximation I can give). The reverse has the photographer stamp Brillen-Schmidt Magdeburg Breitweg 56...
This SS marked ordnance sword by Carl Eickhorn is a special item and has been in my collection for a good number of years. There is little doubt that the SS/I markings are original to the sword. The obvious assumption that the "I" would indicate Leibstandarte A.H. is supported by the very limited number of "armed" SS units at the time these ordnance swords were in use...
WWI USN dog tag. It is on what appears to be the original chain which is, unfortunately broken. Obverse includes name, Frank Brody as well as what I assume are his birthdate and maybe date of entry to the Navy: 9-1-97 and 6-18-18. USNRF was the US Naval Reserve Force. The reverse shows Frank's thumbprint. Nice piece of WWI history.
Very nice signals badge, type as worn by Afrika Korps. Red lightning bolt represents artillery. Very nice patch.
Lovely Imperial German four place stickpin. The first medal is a nice enamel 1914 iron cross but the prize in the row is the second medal which is a lovely Bavarian merit cross with very fine detail and nice blue enamel arms. The row is finished by a Hindenburg Cross and a black wound badge. Very nice lapel pin intended for wear by the recipient of these medals while in civilian clothes.
GIL membership badge. The GIL was the Italian fascist equivalent to the Hitler Youth. This piece is termed a badge but is not too large with a height of 2.5cm. This was to be worn when the member was in civilian clothes. Nice red enamel on the lower half with orange on the top. Condition is perfect. Very well marked on the reverse, including patent information. Interesting pin.
Very nice all original M16 German Helmet. Great example in untouched example. Strong finish on the outside. Rivets are nice and tight and never tampered with. Soldier's name on the rear looks like Blankenberg. Maker and size marked TJ66 for C. Thiel & Soehne, Luebeck. There is damage to the front two liner tongues. The chinstrap is included but I took it off for preservation; See last photo. Very nice helmet.
Very nice WWI camouflage M16 helmet. Gentler camo pattern then found on most German helmets but a very nice and very undoubtable overall package. Some paint loss due to age and wear and a rub here and there but a great overall look. The liner is complete with pads except for damage to one of the six tongues tongues (Image 5) and small chips to two others. The manufacturer mark looks like TJ 66 for C. Thiel & Soehne, Luebeck...
Nice looking Kriegsmarine flag with signautres and hometowns of the American soldier's friends. 10 names with hometowns all over the United States. Overall condition is decent. There are no holes but their are light stains here and there. It looks like maybe something was spilled on it when it was folded but the stains are relatively light. I did make sure the stains show in the attached images...
I believe this to be a horseshoe cleaner. During WWI armies were extremely reliant on horsepower for mobility. This was a fact even in WWII far more then most realize. This is a simple blunt iron blade on a wood hilt. The "blade" is slightly curved but with an exaggerated hook on the end. The blade is dated 1916. There is also a maker logo on the ricasso. It is very light only only a few letters are visible on the right side around the image of a horse. Interesting item.
Terrific quality GIL leader dagger. GIL was the Fascist youth movement and basically equivalent to the Hitler Youth. This dagger also includes the extremely hard to find leather hanger. These hangers were not particularly well made and the leather used is a bit flimsy so few have survived the decades...