Nice looking Italian medal. This was awarded to volunteers for the war 1940-1945 (WWII). "PER L'ITALIA" on obverse. VOLONTARI DI GVERRA A.O.I. on reverse. Looks to be original ribbon with a small hole on the left front that goes through. Nice medal.
Very nice fascist Italian 9th Army (9 Armata) medal commemorating the 1940-1941 campaign in Greece and Albania (Given on the medal as Grecia E Jugoslavia). This famous campaign was basically a disaster and required the involvement of German forces to save the day. This of course caused a delay in the German invasion of Russia spelling disaster for the enterprise. One could say that this poorly planned and poorly executed campaign by the Italians drastically changed the course of history. Ever se...
Cool little feldpost box, originally measured 14x8x3cm but is a little bowed out. This is the second of two small ones and there is also a large one. The two small ones are in great shape because they were stored by the collector in the big one. The big one is a little beat up as it was exposed over the years. these were the type of thing the soldiers would send home various items that they plundered along the way. This has been a hobby for soldiers since soldiers were invented. Boxes are priced...
Cool little feldpost box, measures about 30x11x10 cm. This is the This is the largest of the three. The two small ones are in great shape because they were stored by the collector in the big one. The big one is a little beat up as it was exposed over the years. these were the type of thing the soldiers would send home various items that they plundered along the way. This has been a hobby for soldiers since soldiers were invented. Boxes are priced at $45 each but would be 120 for the three.
Cool little feldpost box, originally measured 14x8x3cm but is a little bowed out. This is one of two small ones and there is also a large one. The two small ones are in great shape because they were stored by the collector in the big one. The big one is a little beat up as it was exposed over the years. these were the type of thing the soldiers would send home various items that they plundered along the way. This has been a hobby for soldiers since soldiers were invented. Boxes are priced at $45...
The air gunner / wireless operator badge is one of the cooler Luftwaffe badges. Cloth versions were authorized for wear on flight blouses (For the business end of things) and continued to be worn throughout the war even though production was stopped in 1942. This is a very nice, used example in solid condition as per photos.
Very nice SA Gruppen Tinnie - Sport Wettkampfe 1938 Gruppe Kurpfalz. Plastic type tinnie typical of Richard Sieper. Mint condition except for nick on edge at 6 o'clock position which looks more like a production divet then actual damage. Back marked Richard Sieper & Sohne Ludenscheid. Nice tinnie.
Very interesting army wehrpass. I am not very good at deciphering these things but luckily the fellow I traded for it had a very nice and clear write-up done on it. According to this the fellow was drafted Aug 7 1939 and called up Sept 19 1939. He served in a few different Landeschutz battalions but his last assignment on Dec 28 1942 was Feldstras Gef.Abt.14/Stab. I think maybe he wasn't being punished but rather was put on the staff of this unit as that is what "stab" means. His service includ...
Very cool item. This is from the estate of Joe DiMaggio and has letter of provenance from the auction signed by Paula DiMaggio Hamra, Joltin' Joe's granddaughter. This auction was well known and much information can easily be found online. Obviously most of the material there-in was TO Joe and not FROM Joe, so is unsigned. This document is an honorary citizenship to the City of Baltimore and signed by Mayor Willaim Donald Schaefer. I really like this document as I grew up in Baltimore and rememb...
Interesting souvenir flag from veteran's estate. His name is on lower left. The center shows the cities or islands he visited on his tour and the ship name is at the top. Probably done up just after the war on a war period silk flag.
Interesting NSBO tinnie looks to be from the September 1933 flag consecration in the city of Kirchen. We do know for sure that that particular administration loved their flag ceremonies. I don't believe that Kirchen was ever a terribly large city so really an interesting tinnie.
Nice lot of 10 patriotic envelopes. I believe all are Civil War era but some may be +/-, I am just not an expert on the topic. Offered at a gift price nonetheless.
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.
I am guessing imperial but really have no idea. This town is very small at about 5000 in 1939 so I can't understand why they would have such a medal. But if your one of these guys that wants one example of every German awarded cross, here you go. Not a big piece with the cross measuring 3cm from tip to tip. Ribbon is fraying but it is kind of neat how it is sewn on the reverse. A neat little medal at a tidy price.
Early SA dagger by Henckels. Anodized scabbard and all nickel fittings. Gau mark Wf. The blade is not sharpened but does surface scratches and light grey spotting. Blade is unpitted and smooth to the touch, fitting perfectly to crossguard. Wood grip has a good chip out of top and bottom but is original to the dagger, again fitting perfectly. Scabbard also fits perfectly. The ball is smooshed and the finish to the anodizing is pretty worn but the good thing is that nobody has ever tried to "fix" ...
While this is well past the point of having collector value this is still a very interesting conversation piece that almost speaks for itself. There is just enough left to see the ghost of the SS decal. It also appears to have been a camo. I believe the previous owner put replacement rivets in to make it look more complete. I will leave them there to the discretion of the next owner. The pitting is too extensive to make out shell markings but again, the ghosts seem to be there. Very cool piece.
Two very interesting work passes for Polish citizens living in German Occupied Poland or what the Germans called "Generalgouvernement". Both pass are identical on front and read. The boy was 18 when given his pass. The girl was 17. They both look absolutely thrilled. The girl's photo has two stamps, one from the Generalgouvernment and the other from some camp or another. Neither stamp goes onto the paper stock of the pass itself so was probably removed from a different ID when this one was issue...
This tinnie has what is just a great looking eagle perched on a three dimensional swaz overlooking a map of the area with Trier and Koblenz. Just a great looking tinnie for a Gau tag celebration on 1936