Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich Volume 2 First Edition 1976 by LTC Thomas M Johnson. Another classic that I need to part with due to necessary downsizing. Very early in my collection this is well used and has many tissue place holder I just can't take out but buyer certainly may. Dust jacket shows good solid wear but book is in solid shape and pages are clean and sharp throughout.
Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich Volume 1 1977 Second Edition Paperback by LTC Thomas M. Johnson. Closer customers will probably know that I am at a point where I need to downsize significantly. This is one of the first reference books I ever bought when I first started collecting. It remains a classic. It is well worn on the cover but pages are generally clean and sharp and I would say it is in excellent shape...
Nice Deutscher Turnerbund tinnie from 1935. The date 1860 is given as a start date. I believe the DTB was founded in 1848 and the first gymnastics tournament held was in 1860. The organization was banned by the new regime in 1933 and was dissolved in 1935 (The year of this tinnie) when it was replaced by the umbrella of the NSRL. This may be for one of their last events before the war. Kreisturnfest Der Niederbayr. Ostmark Pfarrkirchen 29 u 30 Brachmond. Nice, historically interesting tinnie.
Very respectable early transitional DLV - Luftwaffe dagger. These early DLV examples have the staples on the reverse of the scabbard fittings and are not easily found these days. This example is by SMF (And it is always hard to resist pondering what "SMF" may be an anachronism for). Blade is excellent and far better looking then my heavy flash photography conveys. The fittings throughout all have nice, dark patina giving that great uncleaned look. The crossguard is engraved F.A.S...
Interesting tinnie by Richard Sieper & Sohne. White plastic tinnie shows a great looking eagle with outstretched wings over a winged griffin. Text reads GAU KULTUR TAG (TAGE?) POMMERN 1939. I have seen similar tinnies but this Pommern variation appears to be a scarce particular example. The animals and lettering are all contrasted with gold paint giving it a good overall look. Attractive tinnie to add to a relevant collection.
Very nice first model Luftwaffe dagger produced by Alcoso. Gorgeous, mirror bright blade. Early nickel fittings throughout. Some moderate wear to the scabbard fittings but still highly respectable (See photos 9 10 and 11) with beautiful dark patina throughout. The leather throughout handle and scabbard is all original with only gentle signs of age wear...
Wettkampflage Der SA Gruppe Niedersachsen 6-8 Sept 1935 Hannover. This tinnie was for some competition, probably sporting event, for this SA gruppe. Nice SA tinnie.
Very attractive embroidered tinnie from June 1938 Gau Tag in Sud-Hannover Braunschweig. Ebroidery gives a useful tool to present various city crests in color. Really a very attractive tinnie.
DLRG Prüfungskarte für den Grundschein or Basic License Test Card. DLRG is a nonprofit life saving society founded in 1912 and remains active today. It is focused on water rescue and its activities stretch from life guarding, swimming instruction, rescue diving and assisting civil authorities with flood control. This document is dated 1942 and looks to be related to a lifeguard course.
Very nice plastic SA sport tinnie. Given for a three day sporting event in July 1938. Cool motif shows both rural and industrial scenes from the area and at the bottom the SA symbol in red surrounded by "SA Gruppe Westfalen". Maker marked Richard Sieper & Sohne Ludenscheid and very characteristic work by that manufacturer. Very attractive tinnie with very solid paint.
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...
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.
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.