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.455 Webley Revolver Leather Ammunition Pouch By "Alkit" London Although I cannot accurately dated this Leather Ammunition pouch for wear with the Sam Browne Belt, it is just as likely to be WW1 as it is late 30’s. Rather more interesting than the norm, this example is well marked on the belt loop as having been retailed by “Alkit Ltd”, the well-known services and sporting good outfitters in London. Overall condition is very good with the leather showing just storage wear and with all the stitching strong and intact. On the inside of the closure strap the owner has written his name and regiment (RASC). A nice example of an officer private purchase item.
10X80 German Flak Binoculars on Tripod and Cradle A very nice example of these powerful 10 X 80 Flak Binoculars complete with Sun Shades and Brow Pad and mounted on a modern and highly robust Leica aluminium tripod with purpose made cradle. The main body of the glasses and shades retain over 90% of the original ordnance tan finish. Optics are undamaged but a little hazy and reverse viewing through the objective lenses does show traces of grease on both prisms but no chips. This in no way affect the picture. Ocular adjustment is smooth and the filters work well and, whilst horizontal adjustment of the oculars functions, it remains slack and moves freely so is in need of tightening. The rubber to the brow pad has two very well executed repairs which are barely visible and may indeed be wartime repairs. The tripod is in very good condition with numerous adjustments allowing for effective viewing at any height. The cradle is very well fabricated in a blued alloy but removal of the glasses can be a little challenging. A nice useable pair of glasses on an excellent tripod.
1902 Pattern British Army Puttees A perhaps unissued pair of WW1 period other ranks British Army Puttees, Service Dress, being the long type with an overall length of approximately 280 cms excluding of course the ties. This equates exactly to the official Khaki wool serge pattern issued from 1902 which should be 3 yards long by 4 inches wide. Overall condition is near excellent and close inspection reveals only one hole about the size of a pin head. It would be difficult to upgrade these Puttees
1908 Pattern Haversack, Third Issue A good example of what I believe to be third issue of the British 1908 Pattern Haversack. Overall condition is very good with the exception of two holes to the webbing on the lower right front side. This shows well in the images. Inside of the flap carries the manufacture’s stamp, M.W & S and the date, but sadly only the 191 is clear, the last digit being indistinct. It may be a 5,6,2 or 8. All stitching if firm and the Haversack has been green blancoed at some time.
1914 Iron Cross First Class Produced During Third Reich Era A quite beautiful and very rare cased 1914 Iron Cross First Class produced during the III Reich period by the firm of Wilhem Deumer and marked with their LDO code of L/11. Intended as a replacement award for WW1 recipients, the Cross is factory vaulted and exhibits beautifully curved arms, like architecture in miniature. In appearance it exhibits the more attractive features of the 1939 award, but with imperial markings. The core is iron and therefore "magnetic". The Cross retains the majority of its’ original frosted and burnished finish and both the cross and case are free from damage. Complete with the case of issue which is the scarcer variant with the black flocked interior base, it would be impossible to upgrade this outstanding example.
1917 Dated Water Bottle Carrier and Bottle A nice clean example of a 1917 dated 1908 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier, complete with a correct blue enamel bottle of the period. The Carrier itself is in very good condition and clearly marked to MeCo and dated 1917. The Water Bottle has the correct pale Khaki stitched felt cover which has several moth nips and holes, but displays very well. There is no cork.
1918 Dated British Military Pocket Compass An intriguing and not yet positively identified Pocket Compass by the Francis Mfg. Co. Contained in what appears to be a handmade mahogany case the Compass and case are both in very good working condition with some paint loss to the centre of the dial. The underneath of the case carries the War Department Arrow and “FRANCIS. MFG. Co No 4367 1918”. Whilst clearly made for the British military, the use of the abbreviation “MFG” strikes me as being American. A well preserved an attractive artefact from the great war.
1930's Diamond Gold and Platinum Royal Artillery Brooch An absolutely beautiful pre-war Royal Artillery Brooch, identical in appearance apart from the Crown, to that worn today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her capacity as patron of the Regiment. The brooch is circa 1930's and is multi part constructed from 18ct white gold and platinum, the crown, wheel and gun carriage mounted with good quality diamonds (around 25 in total). There is a larger diamond on the wheel hub. All the stones have open fret work to the rear to let through light and enhance the fire of the diamonds. 2 rubies are mounted in the crown to provide the red colour. The RA motto is in an iridescent blue enamel and catches the light most beautifully. The rear shows the multi part construction and the quality hinge/pin and catch with safety lock. The brooch is marked 18ct and PT with other hand applied markings which may relate to the original craftsman. The overall workmanship is of the highest quality
1933 Dated Carving of the Head of Hitler on Marble Recovered after having been buried in a garden in Germany, this beautiful example of Nazi art features the head of Hitler carved in profile into a 50mm thick block of white marble weighing over 10kgs. Actual dimensions of the tablet are 350mm x 234 with the lower left corner shaved off for some unknown reason. The likeness is excellent an and I am still trying to find information on the artist who has signed the work “A. Ebel” and Wesseling, an industrial German city on the Rhine bordering Cologne city on the south. From the quality of the work I would have assumed the artist to have been well known but I have yet to find further details. Beneath the subject’s head are the words “Unser Fuhrer” – Our Leader, and 1933 with a Swastika. It would be reasonable to assume the work was executed to celebrate Hitler’s rise to power in March 1933, after the Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act of 1933 in that month. A quite exception piece of pre-war Nazi art.
1933 Pattern Reich War Flag (Reichskriegsflagge) Far scarcer than the 1935 Reichkriegsflagge which saw service for ten years, the 1933 pattern was only produced in this form for two years and is seen only in use on ships during the early days of the Kriegsmarine. This example measures 78cms x 132cms and is in generally good condition but has for some reason had the reinforced edge which held the hoist ropes at the halyard end removed, the end then stitched back to prevent fraying. There is some moth damage which I have tried to show in the pictures and this is mostly restricted the white portion of the flag between the Maltese cross and the fly end. A nice display piece in a sensible size.
1935 Pattern Breast Eagle For The Panzer Wrap A very good example of what I believe to be the 1935 pattern eagle for the Panzer uniform, the Panzer Wrap. For wear by NCOs and enlisted men the eagle is machine woven in a heavy weave and set on a black rayon backing. Overall condition is very good and although not trimmed for wear as you would expect, stitch holes are evident around the borders of the rayon, suggesting this was taken of a uniform. On the back are two old adhesive strips, no doubt intended to hold the piece in place for stitching and also the remains of a paper label.
1936 Dated Black Leather PO8 (Luger) Holster A very good example of a black leather holster for the PO8 Luger semi-automatic pistol. Made by Wilhelm Brand in Heidelberg, the reverse of the holster clearly displays the date 1936 and the pre Nazi eagle of the Weimar Republic. Unusually, the cutaway below the flap carries a stamped number 7429 which relates to the original pistol issued with it, a practice dating back to WW1 and one soon to be dropped. Hand written on the inside of the flap is BAP11 with a similar text appearing on an attached linen patch inside the magazine pouch. I assume this relates to the owner. The leather is still firm from its original pressing and all stitching, straps and buckles are intact, as is the leather “lifting” strap. The shell appears never to have been polished with some of the original white stitching still showing. There are the usual light scratches and bruises but really the holster is well above average, the only point of note being the missing stud on the loading tool pocket.
1938 Dated Luftwaffe Coffee Pot A very nice example of a 1938 Dated Luftwaffe China Coffee Pot by Heinrich &Co. Standing 95 mm in height, the base is nicely marked beneath the glaze with the early droop tail eagle and Swastika and is in overall very good condition. There are two small chips to the underside of the base, neither of which spoil the appearance when the Pot is standing
1939 Dated NSFK Non Portable Award for Gliding A very good die struck non-portable NSFK award, measuring 99mm x 74mm in the form of a horizontal oval with Icarus encompassed by a raised border with Gothic script. Above Icarus sits the NSFK banner. Translation of the script reveals this award to be to Fliegerkorps Group 10 West Falen, for a Glider completion in 1939. Overall condition is very good with some tarnishing but with no damage or wear to the raised detail. An impressive and rather rare NSFK award
1939 Pattern "Home Guard" & Regular Army Cartridge Carriers Derived from the 1903 pattern Bandolier these leather Cartridge Carriers are generally associated Home Guard use. They were however extensively used by the regular army until supplies of the ’37 Pattern Webbing became available. This pair show very little sign of use and are in generally very good condition. There is however a small repair to one of the cartridge dividing straps. Both are named to Graham.
1940 Dated Cowhide Tornister A nice example of the Tornister 39, in overall very good condition, let down by a poorly done patch repair to the large flapped inside pocket. Apart from some minor wear to the leather trim around the edges of the rich dark brown cowhide, the pack shows little sign of having been used and retains all the straps, buckles and hooks. On the reverse is a good clear 1940 dated manufacture’s stamp.
1940 Dated National Fire Service Mk11 Helmet - Stoke on Trent An very good example of a Mark 11 British helmet to the National Fire Service. Overall hand painted in dark green and I believe having a further coat of lacquer applied, perhaps to add to its’ waterproofing. The decal is extremely good having only one tiny area of distress to the top right side of the crown, otherwise it has retained all its’ original bright colour. Below the decal is a very small area of peel to the lacquer and beneath that, a hand painted 25. The shell is dated 1940, the liner is undated . The inside of the shell shows that this helmet was at one time painted battleship grey. There is an area of minor denting to the top of the shell, slightly toward the rear. I have tried to show this in the images. Oil cloth fingers of the liner are now quite stiff with some cracking. HISTORY: Fire Force 25 had its’ headquarters at Pirehill in Stone, Stoke on Trent, Staffs. After photographing the helmet I subsequently discovered a hand painted, GHX 682 on the inside of the shell. This may well relate to the engine number and is worthy of further research. Until recently this helmet formed part of a Blitz collection in a well known military museum.
1940 Dated RAF Officer's Field Service Cap A very nice example of a 1940 dated RAF Officer’s issue Field Service Cap in overall very good condition, free from moth or other damage. As with nearly all RAF uniforms of the period, the cloth has faded uniformly but this is only noticeable when turning down the flaps for comparison. Inside the cap is a good undamaged gold coloured lining trimmed with brown velvet. Of great importance is the long stores label and clear 1940 date. The inspector’s stamp is later so the cap perhaps remained unissued for some time. Very good two part badge and RAF buttons. Perfect for a Battle of Britain period display.
1940 Dated RAF Scramble Bell Immortalised in the well-known footage of a Battle of Britain period Squadron scramble, these superb silvered bronze bells have forever been known by collectors as Scramble Bells. Standing some 265mm in height with a base diameter of approximately 274mm they were in fact airfield fire bells, hence their red painted finish. Sadly this has been removed in most cases to reveal the attractive silvered coating. Guaranteed to be totally original, as with everything I offer, this example is in excellent uncleaned condition and retains about 60% of the original paint. Manufactured by ATW, whose stamp remains clear on the hanging bars, the Bell was found recently in a house clearance in the Cotswolds, along with two other military bronze Bell. Of particular importance of course is the all-important 1940 date clearly impressed beneath the Air Ministry stamps. The iron clapper appears to be original to the Bell, as is the braided rope which is now in two parts. A lovely untouched example with the most desirable date.
1940 Dated RAF Tunic with Later War Service Dress Blouse Representing a good basis for a Battle of Britain mannequin display, this tailor made RAF Officer’s Service Dress Tunic was made for P/O J R Crook in May 1940 and is offered along with his 1949 pattern War Service Dress Blouse. The Tunic carries two VR label badges and the rosette on the Africa Star Ribbon indicates entitlement to the 1942-43 bar to be worn on the full medal ribbon. Overall appearance is good but with mothing along the bottom edge of each lower pocket and two small holes on the lower front of the Tunic itself. Chest size is approximately 36” The New Pattern Blouse is perhaps of minimal interest and is in very good lightly used condition with one moth hole on the right sleeve which I have shown.
1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse Size 12 1943 A very nice example of an austerity 1940 Pattern, 1943 dated Battledress blouse in a large size 12 appropriate to a 40 -41” chest. The blouse carries the printed sleeve badges of a Warrant Officer 2nd class along with a pin backed medal bar, and interestingly shows the remains of stitching which appears to have held a pair of wings above the left pocket. Overall condition is very good with no wear or fading but with two moth holes on the right pocket and a mark on the left sleeve which will perhaps be easily removed. All buttons are in place. The label is clear as is the ink stamped 12 and WD inspector’s N stamp.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers, 32" Waist A very clean pair of these 1940 pattern trousers in generally very good condition but with two red marks on the rear waistband. These will out of view when displayed with a blouse as will one moth hole also on the rear waistband.. Four or five of the plastic buttons are missing although two loose ones are in a pocket and there are some tears on the inside of the waist where buttons appear to have been pulled off. Inside, they are marked to a size 10 which should equate to a 31”-32” waist (actual measurement being 32”) and a height of 5’9” – 5’10”. Inside leg is 27” with about 1.5” of turn up available. A small label has clearly been removed from the inner waist band but a WD stamp with “L” remains. This dates the inspection to 1946 but I cannot tell if they were made earlier or not. Ideal for mannequin display or for the more athletic reenactor.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers. Size 13 with Label. 1942 A very good pair of the 1940 austerity Pattern Trousers for wear with the Battledress Blouse. Unusually, the original stores label remains stitched to the outside of the waistband and although this is somewhat faded, most of the detail is still legible. I believe these are a size 13 with the waist size showing 5’11” - ?, Waist 33/34”and although there is no date a WD inspector’s stamp confirms these to have been inspected in 1942. Inside leg measurements is 33”. All buttons are in place and are a mix of dished steel, brass and with the dressings pocket having a vegetable ivory button on a revolving shank. The pocket itself is still stitched closed. The Trousers are clean and in generally very good condition with one small wear or moth hole to the seat and with two matching holes at the lower legs where they have perhaps rubbed together during walking, a result no doubt of having been worn bloused over gaiters. It is now very difficult to locate Battledress Trousers in a good large size with the original label remaining.
1942 Dated "Wolseley Helmet". The "Bombay Bowler" Also known as the “Bombay Bowler” these iconic Wolseley Helmets were issued to the British Forces in warm climates until 1943. This example is in very good condition but with external surface marks commensurate with light service use. Made of fabric covered cork, this appears to be an other ranks example, the Officer’s Helmet having the brim trimmed with leather. An interesting feature is the foil lined dome which only appeared on Helmets produced in 1942 and 43. The sweat band is very clean, with minimal wear and clearly marked “Failsworth Hats Ltd. 1942 6 7/8”. Of note is the chinstrap which is marked “T.J.Weeks & Sons Ltd. 1917”.
1942 Dated Fibre Rim British Airborne Helmet Once forming the centrepiece of my own airborne collection, this superb example of an early Fibre Rimmed HSAT is quite simply the best I have ever owned or indeed seen. A size 7 3/8 by BMB and dated 1942, overall condition is justifiably described as very good to excellent. The undamaged shell retains all the original factory olive green and slightly roughened finish as does the fibre band. The interior of the shell matches the exterior exactly with just the very slightest loss of paint at the rim. The Rubber padding is very good, firm but not stiff and with no sign of deterioration. The sweatband again shows no damage or wear and sits over a white felt backing which is free from moth damage. The webbing harness tapes are held in place with the original cord and the bump pad remains firmly glued in place at the crown. The chinstrap is very good and is the early stitched variety with the early ring buckle arrangement. It is without damage or wear the only notable points being the chamois insert for the chin cup which become unglued but which remains, as does on side of one brass eyelet. I do believe this is quite possibly the finest example currently available and one which would prove difficult to upgrade at any time.
1942 Dated Heavy Equipment Support Straps A near excellent and of course original pair of lightly used equipment Y Straps. This example is clearly dated 1942 and represents the early war style in use, prior to the simplified versions which appeared as the war progressed. The blackened leather straps, buckles and fittings are without damage, the leather itself remaining supple.. It would very difficult to improve on this set of Y Straps.
1942 Dated Luftwaffe Mess Hall Serving Platter An impressive Luftwaffe serving Platter by Felda Rhon, Stadtlengsfeld, dated 1942 and displaying a clear Luftwaffe property mark. Overall condition is very good with no chips or cracks and with a nice smooth glaze. Measuring 424 x 275 mm, the platter makes an ideal diorama display piece
1942 Dated RAF Swift Training Rifle A really very nice example of these rather scarce “Swift Training Rifles” used to train both the RAF and the Home Guard and originally costing a fraction of the cost of suppling the real thing. This is the second model serial B and intended to provide training on the P14 rifle, the instruction label dating it to 1942. Supplied to the RAF and complete with the original transit case which is profusely stamped with RAF reference numbers. The rifle itself is in very good condition with all components operating normally but with the two spikes intended to puncture the target held in the very rare wooden target bracket which fits to the muzzle, broken from their shafts, no doubt to reduce the possibility of injury in post war years. To achieve this the muzzle shroud was removed and replaced, but some screws are missing as a result. The spikes are included and could be re-affixed but most importantly the rare wooden bracket itself carrying the RAF stores number on a brass plate, 9b/1591, is also included, making this the complete set. The woodwork to the rifle is excellent and stamped with a circular AID stamp whilst the bolt, trigger, spring and safety catch all work well. The transit case is also very good but with loss to the baize on the securing blocks and with minor loss to the laminate wood construction. Most of the original card packing remains. A complex training aid, its’ intended use is well documented on the internet, most of which I have printed off and will include. This is a "Non Gun" and requires no certification but may I ask that overseas buyers check local regulations.
1943 Dated British Airborne HSAT Mk1 A very good and only lightly used example of a 1943 dated British Airborne Helmet, more correctly termed Helmet Steel Airborne Troops Mark 1. Overall condition is very good with the shell retaining most of the original pea green mid war paint with grit finish. Bands of paint loss to the top of the shell strongly suggest the helmet was stored in a stack of other helmets after the war. Of great interest are the clear remains of the early unofficial Parachute Regiment Formation sign, sadly, removed. The leather harness is very good with all copper rivets in place. All the original early sorbo rubber padding remains soft and without loss whilst the leather sweatband shows very little signs if any, of service use. Clearly impressed is the BMB stamp, 1943 and 6 7/8. The webbing harness remains white and the cord and bump pad are in place. It would be difficult to upgrade this lovely helmet.
1943 Dated Military Issue Stockings, Perhaps WAAF These came as part of a collection and were described as WAAF Stockings. The colour however is more of a taupe than a blue so they may possibly be something else. Nevertheless, a nice 1943 dated pair of military issue Stockings clearly marked “F.F.G. Silk Hosiery Ltd. Nottingham, Made in England, Size 8 ½ “, with the War Department arrow. Both stockings are in unissued condition with one having a very small repair of about 1mm.
1943 Dated RAAF Field service Cap 7 3/8 A very good and perhaps unissued Royal Australian Air Force Field Service Cap in a large size 7 3/8. Dated 1943 the Cap is in excellent undamaged condition and shows no apparent signs of moth or other damage. Of note is the two part Officer’s Cap Badge, mounted on three screw posts through a brass back plate. The screws are very prominent and would have been extremely uncomfortable in wear. I have no explanation for this. Side flaps are secure by two black plastic Air Force buttons.
1944 Dated British Airborne Helmet with Camouflage Finish A very unusual example of a 1944 dated British Airborne helmet with a spray applied camouflage finish. On the left side of the helmet are the painted numbers 106, now partially visible. Inside, the shell has the factory pea green matt paint usually associated with 1943 production helmets so this example probably straddles the changeover in factory finishes. The camouflage pattern is very reminiscent of that employed by the Germans in Normandy but it is impossible to tell if this a wartime or post war application, these helmets remaining in service long after WW2. The shell is without damage, as is the liner which shows a good clear 1944 date and size 7 3/8. The Sorbo rubber padding is still pliable and the chinstrap very good. An attractive helmet which displays very well.
1944 Dated German Camouflaged Fuse or Ammuintion Box A good 1944 dated German Ammunition or Fuse box, measuring 39x36x13 cms. and retaining almost all of the tan and grey camouflage paint. Steel with a heavy pine lining, the case has one foldaway carrying handle on each side and two closure latches at the front, all free from damage and functioning well. There are the remains of a label on the lid but this is no longer legible after a committed attempt to remove it. Despite forum research, I have not been able to establish the exact intended purpose for the box. A nice backdrop display item.
1944 Dated US M6 Bazooka Rocket Carrying Bag An unissued example by the Victory Canvas Company. Whilst those that I have encountered previously appear to be dated 1945 it is nice to find this clearly dated 1944. Overall condition is very good with just light oxidisation on the “lift the dot” fasteners which still operate perfectly. It would be difficult to improve on this example.
1945 Dated British Ankle Boots - Ammunition Boots Commonly referred to as Ammunition Boots, these 1945 dated British Ankle Boots are ideal for a mannequin display or wear. A size UK 8 both Boots are stamped to the maker and are in very good lightly used condition with original soles and heals and with the hob nails still present. The laces appear to be replacement as I believe original laces would have been leather. The right Boot shows a clear WD stamp and 332.
1st Polish Armoured Division Collection with Helmet with Insignia An exceptional collection of artefacts obtained directly from the daughter of Lieutenant Tytus Bzowski of the 1st Polish Armoured Division and never before in a private collection. Listed in Evan McGilvray’s excellent work on the 1st Polish Armoured Division, a copy of which is included in the sale, as a recipient of the “Krzyz Walecznych”, the Lt. Bzowski collection comprises: His British Armoured Corps Helmet, a booklet entitled “Glossary of German Tank Terms”, a booklet on Military Reading, a Pocket Book of the German Army, an A4 size carbon copy with a list of Polish Officers, a captured German Map and a brown German Ammunition Pouch. The Helmet is without doubt the highlight of the collection, clearly displaying the Polish Eagle in yellow and only the second guaranteed originally applied insignia I have seen. Overall condition is very good to excellent. Externally the original early war grit applied green paint is almost 100% intact with the original small weave camouflage net in a matching colour. The net has perhaps never been removed as far as I am aware and I am disincline to disturb it. The inner rim shows the name Browski at one side, T at the other. The oil cloth lining is very good, without wear or splits but now a little firm. The fibre lining bands are clearly stamped size 7 ¼ and 1942. This is of course the early liner secured by a single bolt. A very rare helmet. Of the other items the “Glossary of German Tank Terms” is in very good condition and stamped to the School of Military Intelligence in Cambridge. Military Map Reading Booklet, dated 1942 and in very good condition. The carbon copy list of Polish Offers is very good but with some distress to the edges and corners. The German Map is quite large and covers the area from the North Sea to beyond Dusseldorf, with Arnhem to the North and Antwerp to the South. A 1.200,000 scale, it is titled Rotterdam and Nijmegen – Dusseldorf. It shows markings of German lines in crayon along with German marked regimental and battery headquarters in both Belgium and Holland. Overall condition is good with one tear. The Ammunition Pouch is perhaps Luftwaffe or tropical, dated 1943 and in very good condition. The Pocket Book of The German Army is a 1943 edition with the addition of numerous leaves of a German Military Glossary with Polish Translation and blank pages which appear to form a diary of notes. The cover bears his service number 058523. A very rare collection to the 1st Polish Armoured Division.
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6th Battalion Northumberland (Blyth) Home Guard Denim Uniform A very good example of a pair of Home Guard "Overalls" with the original badges to the 6th Battalion Northumberland Home Guard, Blyth, still in place. Perhaps better known to collectors as the Denim Battledress Brouse and Trousers, since they followed exactly the pattern as the serge Battledress, "Overalls" is in fact the correct nomenclature since the concept was for them to be worn over normal clothing, or indeed the serge Battledress. Popular and comfortable they changed in design along the same lines as the serge Battledress, this example reflecting the 1940 austerity pattern. General condition is very good with no holes but with some paint splashes to the trousers which I have shown in the pictures. All revolving shank removable buttons are in place on the blouse and all buttons remain on the trousers. All insignia is originally applied with the printed Blyth formation signs being rather scarce. With the exception of the Home Guard armband, all insignia is repeated on the left sleeve. Of interest is the Home Guard volunteers sewn on armband. Originally intended for wear prior to the arrival of the Home Guard titles, their use continued on the denim overalls as is correctly reflected here. The labels from both the Blouse and Trousers are no longer in place, a common result of constant washing, but a clear size 4 remains. Because of the full cut the Blouse would fit up to 40" chest with the trousers having a 38" waist and 31" leg. A rare original Home Guard combination
A Collection of Six RAF Propoganda Leaflets A nice collection of six RAF aerial propaganda leaflets covering various aspects including the 1000 Bomber Raid, the disastrous Russian Campaign and including two identical examples from the Oak Leaf series. All are in very good condition and will display well.
A Collection of Sussex Home Guard Shoulder and Arm Badges A nice original group to the 3rd Battalion ( Horsham ) Sussex Home Guard. Comprising two printed shoulder flashes, an SX arm badge and a third Battalion badge, both printed. All in very good used condition and removed from a uniform.
A Good Matched Pair of Shoulder Boards To An Imperial Navy Kaiserliche Marine Kapitan zur See A very impressive pair of Shoulder Boards of the slip on variety which I believe would have been worn a Kapitan zur See, despite the fact that the second and lower pips are no longer present possibly suggesting a demotion. In the Kaiserliche Marine, a Kapitän zur See was a rank equivalent to that of an Army Oberst (Colonel). Typically, a Kapitän zur See commanded a battleship, or a squadron of smaller ships. Such a high rank meant that the Navy had only a few men bearing it at any given time making this an extremely rare item. Made with a twisted silver bullion braid with black and red chevrons at approximately 10 mm intervals and with a dark blue wool backing and strap hand applied. With the notable exception of the single missing rank pip, overall condition is very good with some darkening to the silver bullion but with no damage and no sign of moth to the wool undersides.
A Matched Pair of Luftwaffe Herman Goring Division Collar Patches An exceptionally rare matched air of Luftwaffe Herman Goring Division Collar Patches to a Stabsfeldwebel in an artillery or light flak unit. Clearly distinguished by the white wool background on which the four metal gulls are mounted the enhanced rank above Oberfeldwebel is shown, I believe, by the addition of a single silver tresse to the lower outer corners. The red waffenfarbe of the artillery forms a complete border around each patch. Of particular note are the paper stores labels which remain in place. A rare pair of Collar Patches in very good condition.
Advanced Training For The Home Guard - 1942 Another of these fascinating pocket size manuals produced for the Home Guard. This edition covers Battle Drill, Assault Courses, Field Exercises etc. 142 pages and in very good condition, with no pages missing.
Afrika Korps / Tropical Breeches A good, and really rather rare pair of German Tropical Breeches, made in the classic German riding breech style in an olive green smooth brushed cotton. The breeches are in overall very good condition with one or two stains which I have tried to show in the images. The only real point of note is the integral belt and claw buckle which appears not to be present. All buttons are in place and these appear to be of French manufacture, suggesting that they at least were made in France of French North Africa. The colour certainly does suggest Afrika Korps wear, but, without a date it is always difficult to determine if that is the case or if they were for wear in the Mediterranean theatre. Although normally associated with non-mounted troops, the reinforced back suggests these were perhaps for motorcycle or motorised troops.
Afrika Korps Cuff Title A very good unissued example of the Afrika Korps Cuff title with a forest green central band bordered in silver bullion and with silver bullion letters all on a khaki cotton backing. Worn by the army on the lower right sleeve as this was a formation designation and not an award. It remains full length at 435mm.
Air Ministry Marked Utility Knife Perhaps not positively associated with one particular role, Mick Prodger makes the observation on page 125 of Luftwaffe vs RAF that these are utility knives, generally associated with parachute riggers. The wooden handle is joined to the sharp curved blade with three heavy screws and bolts. The blade itself has only one cutting edge and is well marked with the A.M. reference 53Y/254 and the maker’s name, J. Wison, Sheffield. Overall condition of the handle and blade is very good, with darkening to the blade. The sheath is embossed with the identical A.M markings and has a belt loop at the back. Condition is fair only with the opening having become quite ragged as a result of contact with the cutting edge. There is wear mid way down and at the end. These knives are not often seen.
Air Raid Warden door sign Measuring 150mm x 75mm. Contructed of Mica or perhaps Bakelite. General condition is very good.
Air Transport Auxiliary Cap This wonderful ATA Cap is for me the return of an old friend as I owned it some year ago having originally obtained it directly from the family of Leonard Weller. Tailor made, the Cap is a very good large size and made without a sweatband for extra comfort and in the classic style of the period, without a brim piping. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage and with an excellent example of the two piece ATA gilded badge. In this case the eagle has at some time been raised, no doubt to improve the appearance, and two small holes sit beneath it where the blades originally pierced the material. Perhaps now the scarcest of the British wartime aviation related Caps to find, I am sure it will be some time before I see another example. Overall condition is excellent
Air Transport Auxiliary Pilot's Wings An early listing from a superb collection of ATA, RFC and RAF insignia I have recently acquired, this pair of original ATA Pilot’s wings are in very good display condition with some areas of moth damage to the black Melton backing. These are obvious in the pictures. Original examples such as these are rare, most on offer being 1980’s copies which are slimmer than the originals and which have a beading along the top edges of both wings. Originals such as these never did. As with everything I offer, they are guaranteed original for as long as you own them and are priced to allow for the moth damage.
Air Transport Auxiliary Pilots Wings To a Dutch Female Pilot An excellent pair of Air Transport Auxiliary Pilot’s Wings being part of a high end collection of aviation cloth items I was able to acquire. These are the golden yellow silk thread variety and in my mind have a tangible and historic significance relating to a Dutch Female ATA Pilot. On the reverse are the remains of a now worn paper label which at one time recorded the gift of the wings by their owner. Since the name IDA was clear, research of the wartime female ATA Pilots revealed only one possible contender, Ida Laura Verdhuyzen van Zanten who served with the ATA from May 1943 until September 1945. She was later decorated by the Dutch government and died in 2000. The name fits perfectly, the label clearly once reading ” Air Transport Aux Wings Given by Ida Van Zanten” The wings are in excellent condition and although the pictures of Ida are not included, they can be found on the internet by searching her name.
Airspeed Oxford /Avro Anson Wooden Propeller An attractive black lacquered wooden propeller used with the Cheetah Engine which powered the Airspeed Oxford, the RAF’s basic twin engine trainer throughout WW11 and the Avro Anson which saw service with Coastal Command during the Battle of Britain. Approximately 220cms in length, the propeller is in very good display condition but with damage to one tip and slight damage in two places along the trailing edges. Manufactured in March 1940 by the Airscrew Company Ltd of Great Britain (Z) both manufacturer’s plates remain in situ, one marked Dgr. No. Z 3931/4 Cheetah X LH D7.33 (diameter 7.33 feet) and P6.96 (pitch 6.96 feet) whilst the other carries serial numbers. I have not listed a shipping price and would prefer pick up from the Petersfield area of Hampshire. I would be happy to discuss the possibility of shipping with any interested party.
An almost Complete set of Wartime German Maps of Scotland 28 of the full set of 34 German Military maps of Scotland, all marked “Sonderaugabe nur fur den dienstgebrauch” (Special Edition only for Service Use) and prepared in a Mercator projection in the 1 – 100,000 scale. Never before in a collection, the maps were taken by a Scottish serviceman from Alborg Airfield in Denmark at the end of the war and have remained in the family ever since, those missing being lost whilst being used over the years on holidays in Scotland. Clearly copied from pre-war British made maps, the key to the maps is shown in both English and German with the magnetic variation showing them to be post 1938. All are in very good condition, with no damage and no real sign of discolouration. 21 of the maps measure 890 x 220mm with the remaining 7 measuring 590 x 500 mm. The maps comprise: Shetland Islands North and South, Orkney Islands North and South, Lewis, Cape Wrath, Ullapool, North Uist, Isle of Skye, Loch Carron, Inverness, Elgin, Aberdeen, Barra, Tobermory, Ben Nevis, Pitlochry, Fofar, Broughty Ferry, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Selkirk, Cambeltown, Ayr, Dumfries, Harwick, Wigtown and Kirkudbright. Missing are : 7, North of Aberdeen, 9, Dingwall, 21, Mull, 22, Oban and Inverary, 23, Perth and 25 North of Cambeltown.
An Amazing Collection of Artefacts Collected by Lieutenant-Colonel Joshua Steward During His Time as an Intelligence Officer in WW11. Multi lingual, Lt.Col Steward initially joined the Commandos before transferring to the Intelligence Corps. He arrived in Normandy on D Day plus two to interrogate captured prisoners and clearly retained numerous items from these prisoners, perhaps the most significant being two outstanding SS Sleevebands. He remained in the Intelligence Corps after the war and joined MI6, initially scouring Europe for wanted war criminals before retiring in 1950. Included in the collection is a copy of his obituary and a privately printed booklet entitled “Migrant Warrior, a Personal History of a War” Given the size of the collection it is impossible to photograph each item individually but I would be more than happy to provide further pictures of individual items on request. Briefly, the collection comprises: Leibstandart SS “Adolf Hitler” sleeveband. Full length SS “Totenkopf-Standarte” sleeveband. Full length Kriegsmarine Dagger by Eickhorn. Excellent condition One long and two short KM Hanging straps. Four clips at fault Heer Dagger by Paul Weryersberg. Excellent blade. Screw back Iron Cross first class (Screw missing), Stretcher bearer’s armband, Map reading Deckungwinkelmesser (Cover angle gauge), Luftwaffe Breast Eagle, Bar to the Iron Cross (de-nazified) Krim Shield, Demjansk Shield, Narvik Shield, NSDAP Day Badge, General Assault Badge (de-Nazified) Tank Battle Badge, Two Infantry Assault badges, Luftwaffe Flak War Badge (de-Nazified) Ground Combat Badge (Luftwaffe de- Nazified) Cloth Luftwaffe Parachutist Badge, Destroyer War Badge (de-Nazified) Minesweeper Badge, Iron Cross Second Class (suspension mount missing), two War Merit Badges, Coastal Artillery Badge (de- Nazified) Edelweiss Cap Device, Eastern Front Medal (no ribbon) a small number of day badges and a Linen Backed, unit marked Reichkarte. Also include are an excellent double sided party Flag, two K98 Bayonets (one with light surface rust the other with a dented scabbard), a sporting Telescopic Sight of the type used on a .22 Rifle and a number of publications such as song books etc. There are also five partially filled Diaries, one being SS and one Luftwaffe. In addition there are a large number British Army Formation Signs and badges including a good pair of Intelligence Corps Titles and Cap Badge. PLEASE NOTE. These items are offered as a complete collection and no items will be available separately. SHIPPING. Collection is strongly advised. Please contact me for details.
An exceptional D Day and Arnhem Log Book and Uniform Collection to 5341751 Sergeant Patrick Richard Hedderman of G Squadron, 24 Flight of the Glider Pilot Regiment. Obtained directly from the family of Sergeant PR Hedderman the Collection Comprises: 1944 dated Battledress Blouse with 1st Pilot wings, GPR shoulder Titles and re badged formation patches for later India service. All very good condition 1945 dated size 6 7/8 Kangol Beret with GPR cap badge. Very good condition with no moth but altered to allow extra room. Sgt. Hedderman’s Pay Book states his head size as 7 which explains this. RAF pilots Log book with entries for Operations Mallard and Market. Mallard was the second wave of landings on D Day and met fierce resistance. The Log Book has some water or moisture damage but is fully legible. His Original service medals, 39-45 Star, Burma, France and German, Defence and War Medal, Swing Mounted. 2 Arnhem issued escape maps carried by him, Maps 43C/43A An extremely rare Pass slip for Sgt. Hedderman for return to the UK (thought to be Arnhem issue) Green square material patch with holes, Arnhem related and probably for identification puroses. First pilot wings on a pin bar for use in India on the tropical shirt. Various bank notes, wartime dated from Holland, Netherlands etc RAF Dum Dum Xmas Menu 1945, signed on the rear. G Squadron Panorama Photo dated June 1944 24 Flight Panorama Photo dated June 1944 Soldiers Service Book. A Normandy Veteran Association Pin Record of Service Army Form W5258 Photos (copies) of his Father, Mother and him as a baby, his father was a Soldier in the Royal Artillery in WW1 and his medals are included in the sale. Victory and War Medal named to Driver P Hedderman. Clothing Book 1947-48 Release Certificate from India Soldiers Release Book 673 Squadron Photo India. Copy 2 Arnhem Commemorative spoons Various Newspaper clippings WW2 Copy Birth Marriage and Death Certs A number of Blue Triangle air letters from India Enlistment Certificate Various Photos of Sgt. Hedderman, mostly copies Flight Photo of 24 flight with Captain R V D Palmer G Squadron Photo which also shows Captain Croot who survived Arnhem but later killed in the same Dakota Crash as Palmer, Captain William N Barrie DFC who was KIA at Arnhem and its is thought Mike Dauncy DSO who was recommended for the VC but downgraded. On the first day of the operation, 17 September 1944, Dauncey flew a Horsa glider into Arnhem. Several days of fighting ensued, during which he sustained eye injuries. Despite being blinded in one eye, he fought on, but was taken prisoner. With another officer he escaped from a Dutch hospital on a rope of knotted sheets and hid in the Utrecht English Parsonage for four months. He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order for bravery shown during this battle In February 1944 Hedderman posted to RAF Fairford No 1 Wing under the command of Lt Colonel I A Murray, where he joins G Squadron, 24 flight to fly the Horsa Glider. Here he pairs up with 886629 Staff Sergeant C G R Harper who he later flies with on both Mallard and Market Garden. His log book is signed at this stage by Lieutenant Robert Victor Douglas Palmer (ex Royal West Kents) who later post Arnhem was to lose his life in a Dakota crash on the way to India (see separate research). It is believed that Palmer is in the flight Photo as he is a troop commander of 24 Flight. The log book is also countersigned by Captain R O Walchli, he was involved in operation Turkey Buzzard and the Sicily airborne operations. He was at the time CO of 24 Flight On the 6th June his log book states that he took part in Operation Mallard with SSgt Harper as his pilot. He also in the collection has a Normandy Veterans Association badge which bears this out. The G Squadron pilots were part of a force of 81 Gliders that left for landing Zone W outside of Ranville. Their Horsas carrying anti-tank guns and support weapons of the 7th Parachute Battalion. The opposition was fortunately fairly light and by the 7th they were on their way home. Operation Mallard was the codename for an airborne forces operation which was conducted by the British Army on 6 June 1944, as part of the Normandy landings. The mission's objective was to airlift glider infantry of the 6th Airlanding Brigade and divisional troops to reinforce the British 6th Airborne Division on the left flank of the British invasion beaches. Using two landing zones, one to the west of the Caen canal and the other to the east of the River Orne, Mallard was the third airborne operation involving units of the division on D-Day. The first, Operation Deadstick, had captured what are now known as the Pegasus and Horsa Bridges. Operation Tonga followed, dropping the division's two parachute brigades near Caen to the east. Mallard proved successful with 246 of the 256 gliders towed by aircraft from No. 38 Group RAF and No. 48 Group, arriving safely at their landing zones. The landings included the first Tetrarch tanks to be delivered into combat by air. 256 Operation Mallard gliders carrying the remaining men and equipment of the 6th Airborne Division took off. Fifteen squadrons of fighter aircraft were deployed by the RAF to escort the gliders and towing aircraft. The force crossed the English Channel unhindered, and arrived in Normandy at 21:00. As it was still daylight, previous navigation problems that had affected the earlier operations were absent. As the gliders approached the two landing areas they met with anti-aircraft fire from German defenders on the ground. The gliders headed for two landing areas, Landing Zone 'W' (LZW) to the east of Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay and Landing Zone 'N' (LZN) to the north of Ranville. The remaining troops of the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and 'A' Company, 12th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment landed at LZW. Given the limited availability of aircraft, even two lifts did not provide capacity to transport all of the Devonshire battalion, the rest of whom arrived by sea on 7 June. The 6th Airlanding Brigade headquarters, 1st Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles and the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment landed at LZN, the latter equipped with the Tetrarch light tank – the first time that any tank had been flown into battle by air. Watching the arriving gliders, Major-General Richard Nelson Gale later wrote: "It is impossible to say with what relief we watched this reinforcement arrive.” German reaction to the second airborne landings involved mortar barrages and small arms fire, but casualties were negligible. Generalmajor Feuchtinger of 21st Panzer Division watched the gliders descending and, believing the arriving force would threaten his lines of communication, ordered those elements of the division that had reached the beaches to withdraw to the north of Caen. The gliders' arrival had inadvertently stopped the only German armoured attack on D-Day. He returns to the UK and carries out a few training flights before being tasked for operation Market Garden on the second day of operations the 18th September 1944 which was indeed the hottest day in terms of enemy opposition. G Squadron were to land at Landing Zone X Ray (see map).He was towed in Horsa PW364 behind a Short Stirling, a sortie of 3 hours 10 minutes. This second Day, flak was bad and German opposition increased. The pilots of G Squadron were earmarked to carry the light guns and equipment of the 1st Airlanding Regiment Royal Artillery which were key to the success of the 1st Airborne. It is not clear if Sgt. Hedderman was in the first lift lead by Croot of the second lift lead by Barrie DFC. Once on the ground Sgt. Hedderman and 1 Wing GPR were heavily embroiled in the defence of the Hartenstein Hotel and Oosterbeek Perimeter. The items came immediately from the family who confirmed Hedderman had been and around the Hotel. He and his 1st Pilot both survived and made it out via Nimegen on the 25/26th September. On return to the UK Sgt. Hedderman flew a Horsa again on the 23rd October with SSgt Miller who had also just returned and was at Arnhem before being made ready for a posting to India. Included within his items is the original transport Command chit for his flight to Karachi. He flies out in avro York RW138 via Malta and Cairo arriving on the 7th January. In India he flies the Waco glider for 8 sorties in January 1945. With 673 Squadron 673 Squadron was formed up as part of 344 Wing RAF on 1 January 1945 at Bikram, India, as a glider squadron with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. 344 Wing consisted of the following three Squadrons. He is released via 670 Squadron. 670 Squadron was formed up as part of 343 Wing RAF on 14 December 1944 at Fatehjang, India, as a glider squadron with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. 343 Wing RAF was comprised of three Squadrons: There are original letters home from India included within the collection which give a nice insight into his time in India. Eventually he returns home by sea in the P&O liner SS Stratheden a picture of which is included. He is discharged in 1946. A quite amazing collection never before seen publically
An Extremely Rare Royal Flying Corps Naval Cap Ribbon It is difficult to over emphasize the scarcity of this original Royal Flying Corps naval cap ribbon, the existence of which I have known about for many years, pinned as it was to the ceiling of an antique shop. Despite countless attempts to acquire it over the years I am now in a position to offer it for sale. In March 1913, the Royal Flying Corps established Calshot Naval Air Station for the purpose of testing seaplanes for the RFC Naval Wing, with other ranks wearing the blue sailor’s uniform adorned with the Royal Flying Corps ribbon. By July 1914 the newly formed RNAS took over the station and the RFC naval wing ceased to exist. As a testament to its’ rarity I have so far been unable to find a period picture showing it in wear with some comment suggesting only about two hundred were ever issued. The only one I am aware of having changed hands was through a leading auction house in the UK in 2004 where it achieved a sale figure closely approximating my own. This example is in overall very good condition and full length with the ends cut to swallow tails. The ribbon was displayed folded with two drawing pins and these puncture holes represent the only damage other than some fading to the black ribbon itself. The golden wire has darkened somewhat, this being the natural process of time. I have little doubt this will be the last of these incredibly rare ribbons I will ever see.
An Historically Important Copy of "War Birds" Along With 28 Original RFC Photographs and Pilot's Signatures An original and historically important 1933 copy of , “War Birds – Diary of an Unknown Aviator” by Elliott White Springs, once owned by a founder member of 85 Squadron, W/Cdr H F Fulford. Fulford has taken his copy and added numerous handwritten annotations to the events and incidents and most importantly affixed some twenty eight original photographs from his own collection, some taken during training and others at the front and including Major Bishop VC and Mannock. Towards the front of the book is a handwritten list of the pilots of 85 Squadron including Mannock and McCudden, whilst near the back is a hand painted card dated 21st Nov 1918 Here was a souvenir gathered by Fulford of a celebration of pilots who at the time were based at Escaufourt in France at the time of the Armistice. In the middle top section of the page is the signature of Lieutenant Donald C Inglis DCM, the last man to see Major Edward Corringham "Mick" Mannock VC, DSO & Two Bars, MC & Bar alive and who of course was airborne with him on that fateful day 26 July 1918. It was incredible that this war economy paper had survived intact, probably only because the previous owner had pasted it in to the book. Amongst the other signatures on the page are Lt J A Egan of 2 Squadron Australian Flying Corps who served with Captain F. McNamara, V.C, Captain Frank Ormond "Mongoose" Soden DFC & Bar of 41 Squadron, an ace with a score of 27, Major Geoffrey Hilton "Beery" Bowman DSO MC* DFC with 32 Victories, Captain Malcolm Charles (Mac) McGregor DFC of 85 Squadron with 11 victories amongst others. An amazing piece of history, tucked away in a beaten up old book. Amongst the other pages is a Squadron Christmas card for 1918 designed by one of the squadron mechanics by the name of Arnold and a dinner menu from armistice night 1918 signed again by some of the Squadron members including Captain (later Air Vice Marshall) George B A Baker MC (Major Bishops second in command and temporary CO whilst awaiting the arrival of Mannock) and Lieutenant William E. W Cushing (Recording Officer) So important was the book that Mark Hillier set about contacting the family of Elliott White Springs to gain approval for a reprint of the publication with the addition of the photographs and annotations of Fulford. With the approval obtained the new edition was published this year and reviewed by Cross and Cockade in the spring. A copy of the new book will be included in the sale. Somewhat ragged in appearance and with numerous pages detached but present, the book provides a unique and historically important insight into 85 Squadron Royal Flying Corps along with original photographs and seldom seen signatures of the Aces. It is indeed an item of true historical importance.
An Historically Important K.G’s Garter Purportedly Worn by the 1st Duke of Wellington An undocumented and historically important K.G’s Garter, purportedly worn by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, being The Most Noble Order of the Garter, K.G., Knight’s blue silk Garter, with embroidered motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense in silver bullion, and additional decoration. The 19th century Garter is in overall good condition with some wear to the bullion edges from having been passed through the gold buckle and a well executed repair at the point where the buckle claw would have penetrated. The Duke was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter in March 1813. Background Information. The Garter Was Gifted to the current owners whilst publicans of a Public House in Horsham Sussex in the 1980s. Whist then a Military themed Public House, a company of players performing a Christmas pantomime production in the area became regular visitors. To the surprise of the landlord, the leading lady produced a box containing souvenirs obtained from Arthur Wellesley's house, all of which had been salvaged from a paper basket by a relative in the service of the Duke and handed down through the family. Amongst the numerous artefacts were two Garters, one of which was gifted to the Landlord and his wife and is the one now offered here for sale. The present owner, a former RAF Officer is happy to attest to this information and provide a hand written letter of provenance. A fascinating piece of English history which will prove a sound investment.
An Interesting Ministry of Aircraft Production Poster, "SPITFIRE BULLETIN No.23" An Interesting an Rare Ministry of Aircraft Production Poster, "SPITFIRE BULLETIN No.23" Measuring 16”x11” the Poster is in good condition, folded twice and with two minor breaks at the folds and a small tear in the bottom left hand corner. The poster appears to have been displayed with a desert Air Force Spitfire, MA 330 and details the events which explains the damage sustained to the aircraft. Handwritten on the bottom left is “Wings fitted 13.4.43, Engine run 14.4.43, Off test 17.4.43 , Wired 18.4.43, COSFORD’s 372nd. A/C” HISTORY: Worthy of further research, the poster details an event which seems to have taken place over the Sangro river in Italy on 29th November 1943, MA 330 having been a Spitfire with 7 Sq. SAAF. It never flew again and was Struck off Charge 16.4.44.The annotations on the poster pre date this and although Cosford was a Maintenance and Repair facility, I am led to believe the aircraft was built at one of the Castle Bromwich shadow factories and assembled and test flow at Cosford. My best guess is that the aircraft was perhaps shipped home and displayed somewhere to the public with history being added to the poster at that time. A nice and perhaps unique piece of Spitfire memorabilia.
An Oak Cased RAF Officer’s Mess Fusee Mantle Clock Dated 1939 By F.W. Elliott A lovely example with Silvered dial with black inlaid Roman numerals, engraved RAF insignia, outer minute track, original blue steel hands and winding hole. The dial is in very good unrestored condition with some scratches but with a very pleasing appearance. The oak case is also very good but the some bruises and a small portion of wood missing to the pediment top and one foot. These are only noticeable on close inspection. The fusee movement is signed F.W.Elliott LTD, 1939 and has the serial number 6170. The movement runs well, retains the original pendulum (shown in transit position in the images) and keeps good time. The Clock stands approximately 14” (35 cms) in height. There is no lock and a later latch as been added to keep the door in the closed position. Collection is recommended if possible.
An Original and Unopened Pack of 20 Wartime Kool Cigarettes The pack shows some compression and appears to have been in a pocket even though it is unopened. Overall condition is good with some wear to one corner and distress to the original cellophane wrapper which is about 70% intact. These came with a large collection of wartime US uniforms and equipment and I am assured it is of wartime manufacture. The Copyright states 1944 on the side of the pack. Interesting that tipped menthol Cigarettes were produced in the US at that time, but they were as the last image of a 1942 dated advertisement shows. The advertisement is not included in the listing. An excellent accessory for the re-enactor and that helmet band. You must be over 18 to buy this item.
An Unopened and Original Pack of 20 Old Gold Cigarettes Overall condition is very good, complete with the cellophane wrapper which is 90% intact. The pack is uncrushed and unopened. This came along with a large collection of US wartime uniforms and equipment and I have been assured it is of wartime manufacture even though it is undated. The pack measures 70mmx55mm. The final two images show wartime advertisements for these cigarettes, one dated 1944 and one 1941. These advertisements are not included in the listing. An ideal accessory for the re-enactor and that Helmet band. You must be over 18 to buy this item.
Anti Aircraft Headquarters Sign From the Siege of Malta A truly historically significant cast aluminium Anti-Aircraft Headquarters sign to HQ 10 AA Brigade which, along with 7 Anti-Aircraft Brigade controlled the defences of Malta during the famous siege. Whilst 10 controlled the heavy regiments, 7 controlled the light Anti-Aircraft and Searchlight regiments. Measuring 170 mm x 19 mm the sign is in very good condition with a good amount of the original Royal Artillery colours still present and no damage to the raised cast lettering and numbers. A wonderful piece of history.
ATS Overalls, Women Workers. 1942 Dated, Size 7 In unissued condition and completely without stains or damage. Unusual to find these with a good wartime date, in this case Feb. 1942 and even harder to find one in this large size. An iconic garment so often seen in images of wartime Britain where the ATS did such valuable home front work.
Beautiful Silk Japanese Flag with Kanji An attractive silk Japanese flag measuring approximately 108 cms x 68 cms being, I believe, a good wishes flag prepared for a serviceman leaving for war and taken with him for good luck. Overall condition is very good with a tear at one corner near the leather re-enforcing tab otherwise; there are no rips or additional damage. The entire flag is adorned with Kanji which I am unable to translate. A nice display piece or backdrop for a Japanese collection.
Behind Enemy Lines. A New Reference Work on Escape and Evasion Items Behind Enemy Lines Evasion and Escape Aids of World War II by R.E. Baldwin Elm Grove Publishing Large format 8.5” x 11” soft-cover 102-pages, In 2013, well known scholar and leading authority on Second World War evasion and escape tactics Bob Baldwin, author of “Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story” (Schiffer Publishing, 1997), was invited to guest curate an important exhibit of evasion and escape artefacts at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (US affiliate of the London Armoury). The exhibit, “Behind Enemy Lines: Evasion and Escape Aids of World War II,” showcased hundreds of rare items which are seldom seen and had never previously been displayed together in one place. To accompany the exhibit, a high quality, full colour catalogue featuring photographs and descriptions of all of the artefacts on display was produced. The dangers faced by soldiers trapped behind enemy lines has been recognized since the beginnings of warfare. Allied aircrew members, special operations personnel, and other soldiers at high risk of being caught behind enemy lines during World War II had a “secret weapon” unlike anything seen before. This weapon came in the form of the secret Evasion and Escape (E&E) organizations established first by the British government, and then by the United States. These organizations provided E&E training for Allied soldiers, organized safe escape routes in occupied countries, communicated with prisoners in enemy prisoner-of-war camps, and provided special E&E aids. It was an extraordinary operation, unique in military history, and inspired the Survival, Evasion, Rescue and Escape (SERE) operations conducted by today’s military. The illustrated catalogue proved to be extremely popular as a reference source for students, historians and collectors, and, long after the exhibit ended, copies of this book are still highly sought after. It is now offered as a reprinted second edition, featuring a new foreword and introduction by Mr. Baldwin.
Binocular Case For The 7x50 and 10X50 Dienstglas A very useful accessory for the standard German Army and Luftwaffe, 7x50 and 10x50, Dienstglas Binoculars. Suitable for glasses produced by Zeiss, Leitz and bmk, the case is in overall very good condition but with the belt flap later replaced. This has been done very well and clearly a long time ago. It was not until taking the photographs that I even noticed it. The markings on the lip of the case are now quite indistinct although you can still make out the Eagle. The strap is not original.
Brass Ships Crest From HMS Glasgow WW1 An impressive and very heavy wooden plaque measuring 47 cms x 50 cms and bearing the ships crest of the Town Class Light Cruiser H.M.S. Glasgow, along with a brass dedication plate. Glasgow was scrapped in 1929. Powered by two Parsons Steam Turbines which were clearly state of the art at the time, the actual background to the plaque is yet to be established, and reads: “This Steam Set, erected here in 1933, was taken out of HMS Glasgow when the ship was broken up in 1929. Glasgow was the sole survivor of Admiral Craddock’s Squadron in action against Admiral Von Spee off Coronel on November 1st 1914. The other ships were sunk with all hands but although badly damaged, Glasgow escaped owing to her superior speed, and was with Admiral Sturdee’s squadron when he sank Von Spee’s ships off the Falkland Islands on December 8th 1914. But for excellence of the machinery in HMS Glasgow, this plant would now be at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.” I have yet to establish where the steam set was erected or indeed what it actually was. I assume it relates to one of her steam turbines, or a part of one. Overall condition is very good, with some bruises to the wooden plaque.
British 1918 Dated Gas Alarm Rattle A good working example of a British 1918 dated Gas Alarm Rattle by W.B. Ltd. Overall condition is very good but with a small portion of the clacker blade missing along the bottom edge and some loss of paint to the metal fittings. Found to be more effective than the use of bells they were cheap to produce and readily portable
British 1943 Dated Sterescopic Binoculars A quite outstanding pair of 1943 dated British Telescope Stereoscopic No. 1B Mk1 Binoculars. Contained in their original wooden transit case, these periscope binoculars, similar in appearance to the German SF14 “Donkey Ears” are in excellent condition and appear to have been completely refurbished by the military with both the paint and optics near perfect. All accessories are in place in the box and comprise the mount to enable fitting directly on to a spigot on a tripod, two lens shades, numerous ocular filters, a spare eyecup and cleaning brush, a chamois lens cleaner and various srcews etc. some of which have been sealed for storage with 1973 dated labels. The case has the remains of a 1988 dated label attached totally in keeping with the British military practice of preparing obsolete items prior to storage. The binoculars and mount appear to be made of brass judging by the weight which offers the ideal opportunity for them to be polished if preferred. Optics are very good, without damage and give an nice clear picture with the range reticle still in place in the right ocular. It would be very difficult to upgrade this lovely set.
British Airborne / SOE Parachutists Knee Pads An unissued pair of British Airborne and SOE Parachutists protective Knee pads being the last of two original pairs I recently managed to acquire. Made by Belmont in 1943 the main body is a white ribbed wool secured at the side with a leather lace threaded through ten brass eyelets and with a rubber pad sewn into a serge pocket. A size small, overall condition is very good but with slight discolouration to the ribbed wool from age and storage.
British Army 1905 Pattern Field Service Cap A very well preserved example of the 1905 Pattern British Army stiff peaked field service cap, the peak itself being the early shorter type. Maintaining its’ original shape throughout, overall condition is very good with one larger moth hole at the rear of the hat band and four smaller holes near the chinstrap buckles. The black leather chinstrap is correct for a rifle regiment and secured by the two correct buttons, the cap badge itself being for the 12th County of London, the Rangers. This large sized cap has a good supple and undamaged sweatband behind which sits a Buckram stiffener to the hat band. The inside top is also lined with black oilcloth in very good condition whilst the underside of the peak is green oilcloth. Generally a very good example of a rare cap.
British Army Battledress Trousers. 1940 Utility Pattern A good pair of these now increasingly hard to find 1940 Utility Pattern Battledress trousers. As economies continued, the Battledress continued to see changes such as those reflected in these trousers. The large loops on the waistband were discontinued and pocket flaps were closed with the buttons now fully visible. Overall condition is very good but there is one noticeable mark on the left leg, just left of the crease. The right leg shows a few very small marks in the same area. It may be possible to remove these but other than having them dry cleaned, I have not tried. In addition I have found about four small moth holes, no more than about two or three millimetres in diameter. The inner waistband is stamped with two different service numbers, a 7 (for size 7) and a good clear war department inspectors stamp surmounted by “N”, positively dating these to 1943. No label is present and actually no sign of one ever having been attached. The buttons are a mix of dished metal and brass with some of the later plastic variety. Size 7 measurements equate to a waist size of 30” – 31” and an inside leg measurement of 31”. A typical wartime size, ideal for a mannequin display or for the more youthful re-enactor.
British Army Cold Weather Hat. 1943 71/8 Manufactured in the typical army Bedford cord with the inside of the fold down flaps and peaked lined with sheep fur, this cold weather cap has a quilted ribbed cotton interior. The original manufacture’s label remains in place and carries ink stamps of 7 1/8 and 1943. The lining also shows the WD inspector’s stamp with “N”. Overall condition is very good with light moth trails in the cord but no holes. Both tie down tapes remain. A small area of wear to the fur at the rear seam shows the sheepskin. General a nice unused example.
British Made WW1 Camouflaged Brodie Helmet A very impressive British WW1 rimmed Brodie Helmet, made by the Sheffield firm of Hadfield, who held a contract from 1916-19. Overall condition of the helmet is very good with the exterior displaying a random camouflage finish with the remains of a unit or divisional insignia at the front. Just visible are the numbers 3 and 2, below which is A.E.F. The insignia itself is no longer discernable. The painting of unit signs was much more prolific in WW1 than WW2 and often offers interesting research opportunities. Inside, the shell has the original brushed mud colour with the rim stamped HS 89, 89 relating to the steel batch number. The liner is the third type with the doughnut crown protector ring. Again the liner is very good and although the Rexene sweatband is quite stiff, it is still very good, as is the netting and cheese cloth. The paper label is no longer there but the red Brodie patent stamp can still be seen inside the sweatband. The chinstrap is unbroken and in good used condition with some surface cracks.
British Mk4 Helmet 1945 Not uncommon but nice to find in this condition. A 1945 dated British Mk4 helmet in very good condition and retaining virtually all of the middle to late war brown rough paintwork. The "Lift The Dot" liner is also very good with the cross bands dated 1945 and showing a clear size 7. The shell is stamped BMB D71 1945 Mk4. Very good chinstrap. Difficult to upgrade this example.
British Officer's Leather Covered Baton A good quality Officer’s Baton, in very good condition but with slight stretching to one area of the seam of the Pig Skin covering. Overall length is approximately 24” and the leather is marked with the owner’s initials C.H.C in two places. A difficult item to photograph but a nice piece which will provide the finishing touches to an Army or RFC Officer’s uniform.
British WW11 Vehicle Roadside Blackout Warning Lamp Used to mark British Military vehicles parked at night during blackout conditions, this paraffin lamp stands about 27 cms in height and is in overall very good condition with three cross shaped windows allowing a warning light. Most of the original paint remains but someone has hand painted INF 1956-60 on the horizontal ledge, designed to prevent any upwards glow of the light. I assume this relates to post war service but the lamp itself has a 1941 date in the patent number. Ideal for the WW11 military vehicle enthusiast.
Canadian Made 1897 Pattern Bandolier A good example of the 1897 Pattern Leather Ammunition Bandolier, intended to hold 50 .303 cartridges in flapped pockets of 10, 5 and 4 loops. This particular piece was made in Canada and bears a 1912 manufacturer’s date along with other stamps which may relate to the trooper who wore it. Superseded by the 1903 pattern, these remained in service into the First World War with cavalry and mounted infantry troops, as testified by the 1915 dated image of British troops in Aldershot at the end of the listing. Overall condition is good with some surface crazing to the leather, most noticeable on the flap closure straps, with strap missing. This was noted as a common problem.
Case For The Ultra Rare SOE Bakelite "Tabby" Infra-Red Viewer Whilst perhaps all of the compact WW11 “Tabby” Infra-red Viewers to have appeared on the market are referred to as for SOE use, they should perhaps more correctly be considered as having been issued to the British Army. A little known fact is that there was an earlier Bakelite version which is generally believed to have been produced specifically for the SOE in Europe. Larger in construction, the choice of Bakelite is thought to have been to allow for its easy destruction, perhaps not to hide the identity of the agent but more to preserve the technology. These early versions are extremely rare and whilst I do not have one, I have listed here an original and understandably unmarked, case for one. The case is large, measuring 270mm in height by about 210mm wide. Overall condition is very good and the original neck strap is in place. The last image shows a rare image of the SOE Bakelite Tabby. This is formation only and the listing is just for an original case. If you have one without the case, I doubt you will ever have an opportunity like this again.
Case for the German ZF41 Telescopic Sight A very nice example of a carrying case for the ZF41 telescopic sight used on the K98 rifle. Very hard to find on their own and often missing from the sight, this case is in very good condition but appears to have perhaps been overpainted at some time, that paint now removed to reveal the original ordnance tan paint which has been somewhat rubbed in the process. Maker marked jvb the case is without damage with both hinges working well and with the felt lining and wooden internal fitting for the sight intact. The belt strap is original but the cloth pull on the sprung closure strap is a post war fabrication.
Cased Iron Cross Second Class by Wächtler & Lange An absolutely superb, near mint and very scarce unmarked Wächtler & Lange Iron Cross 2nd Class with mint full length ribbon in Knights Cross style case. The case is in excellent undamaged condition and is a highly desirable private purchase RK type example with fitted recess for the EKII and upper compartment for the ribbon. Overall condition of the cross is near mint with slight loss to the lacquer allowing the silver plate to darken in places but retaining a bright and impressive frosting. The the suspension loop is without stamps suggesting this to be an early Wächtler & Lange and the suspension hook remains slightly open on the reserve, typical of the maker. A truly beautiful example of a very rare cased Iron Cross 2nd class, the first I have personally encountered.
Caterpillar Pin Collection to a Spitfire Pilot on ‘The Channel Dash’ Whilst any Caterpillar Pin presents an exciting opportunity for collectors, the overwhelming majority of the wartime recipients were bomber crews. Caterpillar Pins to a fighter pilot are very rare and particularly so when associated with a significant event and accompanied by artefacts most probably used on the day. This group is to Sergeant “Mick” Wilson, a Spitfire Pilot with 129 Squadron who was forced to abandon his aircraft as a result of damage sustained during the attack on the Battle Cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisnau during their escape from Brest in what was later to be known as the Channel Dash. The Collection comprises, his Caterpillar Pin engraved with his name and the inscription “Pres by Irving Co” in very good condition but missing one eye. It is interesting to note the spelling Irving, the G being later dropped I believe over some copyright dispute. His C Type Helmet with his name, in good condition but missing the leather covering the Bennett Buckle and the metal tip to the chinstrap, and his parachute bag with his name, in very good condition. In addition there are three original photographs and a large amount of fascinating research material. In March 1941 the German battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisnau were taking refuge in the French port of Brest. They were joined by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugene which had recently left the battle-cruiser Bismarck to its fate at the hands of a British Navy who were determined to avenge the sinking of HMS Hood. Responsible for heavy losses of allied shipping in the North Atlantic, these ships were subject to constant surveillance and regular air raids from the other side of the Channel. The British ensured they remained bottled-up on France's Atlantic coast, which was one of the reasons the Scharnhorst and Gneisnau had been unable to assist the Bismarck. Adolf Hitler needed his ships for the defence of German occupied Norway and for intercepting supply convoys bound for the Soviet Union, so he ordered their return to Germany. A plan was developed to get the ships out and make for Germany via the English Channel, through the Straits of Dover. Some thirty escort ships accompanied the cruisers. On 11th February 1942 under cover of darkness, the cruisers slipped undetected into the English Channel and made for the Straits of Dover at speed. Operation Cerberus got underway, this was later to become known by the Allies as the Channel Dash 129 (Mysore) and 41 Squadrons were based at RAF Westhampnett and were to be thrust into the action to help stop the break out, both armed with cannon equipped Spitfire Vbs and were scrambled from RAF Westhampnet into the Frey. The Luftwaffe always had at least 16 fighters over the flotilla day and night and the sky would also have been full of RAF fighters and bombers. In total the RAF put up 398 fighters over the period of the dash and over 300 bombers. Sergeant Drew of 129 was almost immediately shot down. Sergeant Pilot Mick Wilson lost a third of his wing to flak from the enemy ships Ray Sherk, one of the veterans of the operation remembered this day vividly “We were called to readiness at noon (without dinner) and took off at 1:15 p.m. to escort some cannon armed Hurricanes of No 1 Squadron to shoot up some shipping of Calais that turned out to be the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with some destroyers. Several aircraft missing, Dixie Davis was shot down and killed in action, McPhie got a bullet in his shoe which grazed his heel and had several bullet holes in his aircraft. Sergeant Mick Wilson bailed out over Ipswich after losing part of his starboard wing. Bowman got two Bf 109s damaged. It was a pretty shaky do I recall avoiding ship masts. I was involved in the melee but was not hit although a shell from a destroyer just missed me! Upon our return, the intelligence officer Flying Officer Chapman was very interested in our individual recollections and we were interviewed extensively. It was much later on that we learned the full extent of the operation”. An excellent and historic Caterpillar Group
Civilian Workers Deutsche Wehrmacht Armband A somewhat unusual printed variant of the armband worn by civilians working for the Wehrmacht, more usually encountered with the wording Im Dienst der Deutsche Wehrmacht. White cotton stitched over top and bottom with a single vertical seam. Very good overall condition but now a little dirty from age.
Deutsche Jungvolk Sleeve Badge An excellent and unused example of Deutsche Jungvolk - German Youth, Sigrune Sleeve Badge. Brown rayon base with white and red machine embroidered cotton stitching forming the DJ lightning bolt on a circular red background. The reverse retains its’ blue and red rectangular paper RZM label. An uncommon sleeve insignia, completely from damage or discolouration.
Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht Armband Light weight, cotton construction, official pattern armband with a multi-colored, printed design featuring horizontal, red bordered, top and bottom edges and a black/white/black center stripe. The armband has white printed Latin script, "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht", (German People’s Militia Armed Forces), in two lines, to the front centre which is flanked by a white national eagle, with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika to either side. Both the top and bottom edges of the armband have a dual-ply, machine stitched, hem. Overall condition is very good.
Dienstglas 6x30 Binoculars with Bakelite Case A very interesting combination of the standard 6x30 Dienstglas Binocular with its original black Bakelite case. The Binoculars are unusual. Although they are without doubt Dienstglas and easily recognised as such by the general construction, material used and most significantly by the oculars, they bear no markings other than simply the objective size magnification. Close examination under an eyeglass shows no sign of there having been any so clearly they have not been removed. Whilst this is not uncommon on very late war glasses, these are earlier. Something of a mystery which I cannot explain. Perhaps they were made that way, perhaps they were repaired during the late war period and brought up to the relevant specification or perhaps even post war repaired. I have no idea. The exterior finish is very good and the optics are undamaged. They are useable as they are but the optics are hazy with some dirt. Original neck strap and studs The body of the Bakelite case is excellent, as is the closure strap. However, both of the rear belt straps are missing and the original neck strap has been reconfigured and secured around the studs for the belt loop.
Double Decal Heer M35 Helmet A well used and very early M35 Double Decal Heer helmet, the shell stamped NS64 and with a lot number partially obscured by a nicely painted name. Originally pea green in colour, the helmet was at some time over painted in a rough finish green which obscured both decals. About 50% of the overpaint has now gone, revealing the original factory finish but resulting in wear to both decals. The shell is otherwise undamaged. The liner band is 1937 dated and is the original non reinforced type secured to the helmet with the early brass head split pins. The leather is undamaged and remains supple. The draw string has been replaced with a shoe lace. There is no chinstrap. A fair example of a very rare helmet, priced at perhaps one third of the cost of a very good Double Decal Army Helmet.
DRKB Pole Top Finial (German National Association of Veterans) Fahnenspitzen The Pole Top measures roughly 25cm tall by 10cm wide and is cast from steel, with a gilt wash and painted details. Paint and gilt wash are both good with overall condition being very good The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938.
Early British Rimless Brodie Helmet C.1915 A very good example of an early British made rimless Brodie Helmet with a so far unidentified painted divisional sign. The shell is painted a dull brownish green with grit added to improve the camouflage effect, the paint being 90% intact. The divisional sign appears to be a hand painted red star but is indistinct. At the dome of the shell is an area of perhaps four shallow dents which in no way detract from the appearance. Inside, the one part chinstrap is complete with some light surface cracking but remains strong. The oilskin liner is very good with the rectangular stamp of the John Brodie patent on the inside. Of the twelve tubular rubber pads which surround the headband, four are missing, the result of their retaining loops having worn through. The netting and Buckram padding is very good.
Early Jet Age RAF J Type Oxygen Mask A must for the early Jet Age flying clothing collector is this extremely rare RAF “J” Oxygen Mask, a short lived development of the well known H Mask. Featuring a High/Low oxygen regulator and extended aluminium oxygen hose connector, the body of the mask is otherwise virtually identical its predecessors of the same period. This large size mask is dated 1/51 and produced by LBRC (** Rubber Company?). It is the earliest example I have seen of the very few I have in fact inspected over the years. Clearly the rubber employed in the manufacture of the series did not stand the test of time and probably accounts for, along with the short lived period of production, why they are now so rare. This example is generally good but minus its nose bridge wire and with both the retaining rubber loops for the harness missing either side of the nose. Despite this, the Mask displays well. In addition the rubber sleeve covering the microphone assembly cord where it exits the mask has perished, but the cord itself remains firmly attached by the wires. A very rare Mask with some issues but generally far better than one could expect from this series.
Early RAF Single Rear Seam Personalised Irvin Jacket Perhaps better suited to a Battle of Britain or early war display rather than wear, this lovely personalised example of the so called Irvin Jacket has the sought after two panel back and measures 23” from armpit to armpit and 21” from shoulder to cuff. The leather is generally very good with some areas of light and typical service wear. There are one or two very small holes ( no more than 2mm) but no rips or tears. All three zips are in perfect working condition with no loss to the teeth and with the pulls on the Lightning runners retaining their original leather taps. The left breast in nicely personalised in red and yellow paint and with cracking to the paint very much in keeping with the general condition of the leather. I have no reason to believe this is not period applied. Inside, the fur has a lovely appearance but the right armpit has considerable loss. There is some minor loss to the fur along the edges of the right cuff, collar and lower edge of the jacket. A nice early jacket with all stitches firm and intact. A nice and well above average example.
Early Series Far East "Ghoolie Chit" A good early example of a so called Ghoolie Chit issued for use in the India / Asia theatre. Measuring 40cms x 28 cms, these early pieces were printed on silk and displayed seventeen languages promising reward in return for help. The language titles are printed in the same blue as the message and this was to change to red with the later and more common Rayon variety to make them easier to read. Far scarcer than the later series, each of these early chits were numbered by hand, this being number 184
Early War MG 34/42 Aluminum Ammunition Tin A good example of the somewhat scarcer early war Aluminium ammunition tins. Overall condition is very good with all three carrying handles retaining their leather loops, one being at fault. No obvious dents or damage and although the paint does appear to be original in colour, it has been brush applied and has obscured any markings.
Early Women's Land Army Armlet / Armband The first of a small collection of original Armbands I have recently acquired. This is a very early example for new entrants. Made of wool with a single featureless red crown, this may even date to WW1. General condition is very good with some moth damage and wear to the crown.
Edwardian Sailor's Life Preserver Distinguished from later early twentieth century Life Preservers by the presence of a seventh cork flotation pocket front and back, this Edwardian period example is constructed in a heavy green marine canvas with fourteen pockets in total. At each side are tapes for securing it in place and whilst there is some distress in places to the tapes, they are complete. The main body is generally very good with two small areas of wear at the neck opening. There are no discernible markings and I have not been able to locate any period images so I cannot determine if this rare Life Preserver was intended for the Royal Navy or a commercial shipping company.
Escape and Evasion Purse Termed an Evasion Purse, these Maps Only Purses were issued with the large 1943 series rayon maps, in this case with the 43 C/D map and escape compass and perhaps in its’ original unopened state, with a saw blade and currency which are no longer present. Overall condition of the purse, compass and map is very good. Map 43 C shows Holland, Belgium, North Eastern France and German as far as Berlin in a scale of 1-1,000,000 whilst map sheet D shows South Eastern France, South West Germany and Switzerland in 1-1,000,000 with an insert for Belgium and Germany in scale 1-250,000. Now really quite difficult to find and with the map remaining in its correctly folded state.
Extremely Rare Brussels Gestapo Document Folder An extremely rare and quite possibly the sole surviving example, of a card Gestapo (Geheimen Staatspolizei) document folder used by the Gestapo in Brussels. The folder is in generally very good condition with a split at the bottom of the fold. Interestingly some typing on the back suggests it was once inadvertently placed in a typewriter the wrong way round, and then presumably never re-used. It measures 230mm x 330mm. Historic note: Gestapo Headquarters in Brussels was located in one of the tallest buildings in the city, at 453 Avenue Louise. On 20th January 1943 a Brussels born Typhoon Pilot with 609 Squadron, Jean de Selys Longchams, was ordered to attack railway yards in Belgium. On completing his mission, he ordered his wingman to return to England and set off for Brussels. He flew in at low level until reaching his target at 453 Avenue Louise, which he racked with cannon fire. Several occupants were killed and the building severely damaged. On his return he was demoted for the exploit but simultaneously awarded the DFC. He was killed in August 1943 The attack gave a huge boost to the citizens of Brussels and the Gestapo subsequently moved to a less conspicuous location.
Fairbairn Sykes Beaded and Ribbed Commando Knife WD Marked A very good example of what is generally thought to be the finest variant of the wartime produced Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knives, the Beaded and Ribbed. Believed to have been produced from late 1942, a relatively small number carry War Department stamps as is the case here with the ferrule showing the WD Crow’s Foot atop the inspector’s mark 1. Overall condition is very good with the undamaged grip showing nine rings of beads. The crossguard is unmarked and sits firmly on the ricasso of the thin machine ground blade, itself in very good unsharpened and undamaged condition with most to the blueing intact. The leather frog and scabbard are very good but with the frog missing its’ retaining strap. EU Sales only.
Fallschirmjager RZ20 Parachute Harness, Packs, Static Line and Transit Box Despite missing the parachute canopy and lines, this fallschirmjager parachute harness is complete with both inner and outer packs, static line and metal Tarnsit Case and is ideal for display in this configuration. Overall condition is very good with all four quick release clips stamped FL 412503 and in good working condition but with some discoloration caused by a light surface rust. In parts this has transferred to the webbing straps, particularly on the leg straps which are otherwise free from damage or wear. The outer pack is marked for use on both the JU52 and He111 and retains its’ label now showing only the serial number and an LBA stamp. The inner pack is closed by tapes and retains the often missing static line. Included is the original parachute carrying bag which has one patched repair. All press fasteners are intact and working well. The metal transit case is in good condition but with the lid partially repainted obscuring most of the lettering. Only two of the four locking hinges remain. An excellent display item, padded out for wear on a mannequin.
First Gulf War Campaing Map Operation Granby The first I have seen, this theatre printed British Map Campaign Map for Operation Granby / Desert Sabre measure 78 x 63cms and is in very good condition, free from tears or damage and never folded. Produced and printed by 42 Survey Engineer Group and drafted in theatre by Tacipanzer 1 (UK) Armoured Division the map provides a detailed plan of the campaign to retake Kuwait during the first Gulf War. According to the MOD quoted in the London Gazette on Friday 28th June 1991, ‘The initial objective of Operation GRANBY was to help deter any further aggression by Iraq in the Gulf and particularly against Saudi Arabia. The objectives were later expanded to: secure, together with our Coalition allies, a complete and unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait; restore the legitimate government of that country; re-establish peace and security in the area; uphold the authority of the United Nations.’ Operation Granby was the name given to the British military operations in the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1991, that were precipitated by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This includes British participation in the international Coalition’s defence of Saudi Arabia (known to the Americans as “Operation Desert Shield”), and the liberation of Kuwait (known to the Americans as “Operation Desert Storm”). The operation was named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby who had commanded British forces at the Battle of Minden (1759) during the Seven Years’ War. The British contribution to the Coalition effort was, by far, the largest of any European nation, and included British Army regiments, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons. In total, the British forces included about 2,700 armoured vehicles and 45,000 troops. The map will be sent rolled
First Pattern Heer Tropenhelm - Pith Helmet A very nice example of a cork bodied 1943 dated Heer Tropenhelm, complete with all original insignia and chinstrap. Overall condition is very good, free from damage and with the six panel cotton cloth covering remaining clean, the only noteworthy points being some wear to the leather trim to the brim and the crown vent cover. Inside, the brim is covered in a green cloth. The sweatband shows only light use, with partially readable stamps to the inside, which look to be 1.43 and a makers initials. Both insignia appear to be original to the helmet and are in very good condition
Four Combat Award Documents To One Soldier. Sevastopol, Stalingrad, Normandy (Omaha) .Original Knights With Oakleaves Holder Signature and Gold Cross Winner Signature A four piece Ostfront and Normandy combat document group named to a Gefreiter later Unteroffizier Karl Neumann, a machine gunner with Infanterie Regiment 105 and Grenadier Regiment 546. The group comprises an Iron Cross Second Class certificate dated 1st July 1942 and awarded Vor Sewastopol (in front of Sevastopol). The document is signed by an Oberst Vogel (German Cross in Gold winner) and Kommandeur of the 72nd Inf Div. An Infantry Assault Badge in Silver certificate dated 16th July 1942 and awarded in the Crimea (Krim), signed by an Oberst Martin Strahammer, a Knights Cross with Oakleaves holder who was shot by the Americans under unclear circumstances. Black Wound Badge certificate signed by the Battalion Commander who incorporated a swastika in his signature, cert dated 4th June 1942 for a wound received on the 12th March 1942. Silver Wound Badge dated 15th January 1945 for a wound received on the 28th September 1944, signed by the Battalion Führer. Karl Neumann was a machine gunner in 4./ Inf Regt 105 (the 4th company were machine gunners) and as part of the 72nd Inf Div took part in the great battles and siege of Sevastopol where he earned his Iron Cross, Infantry Assault Badge in Silver and Black Wound Badge for his first wound received in action. At some point after this he must have transferred to 8.(M.G.)Kp./ Gren Regt 546 (again a machine gunner) and took part in the battle for Stalingrad, he was probably wounded and was one of the few survivors of the regiment as it was virtually destroyed at Stalingrad. The survivors of Gren Regt 546 were then transferred to the new Inf Div 352 which was being formed, this division was the first to defend Omaha and Normandy on D-Day against the Allies. Karl Neumann was again wounded fighting the Americans for which he received the Silver Wound Badge for his 3rd wound.
Framed WW1 British POW Armband and Camp Card An extremely interesting WW1 British Prisoner of War Armband “Kriegsgefangen”, numbered 252 along with the owners Ausweiskarte to William Godden. Godden’s service number appears to be 26025 but states he is a civilian. B111 may refer to the camp. Brief research has revealed a William Thomas Godden who was a civilian cook in the service of the Red Cross during WW1. Beyond that the grouping is unreseached. Both the armband and the card appear in excellent condition but I have not attempted to remove them from the glazed frame in which they are mounted. The frame itself measures 463 mm x 240 mm and is also in very good condition. A fascinating memento well worthy of further research.
Framed WW1 British POW Armband and Camp Card An extremely interesting WW1 British Prisoner of War Armband “Kriegsgefangen”, numbered 252 along with the owners Ausweiskarte to William Godden. Godden’s service number appears to be 26025 but states he is a civilian. B111 may refer to the camp. Brief research has revealed a William Thomas Godden who was a civilian cook in the service of the Red Cross during WW1. Beyond that the grouping is unreseached. Both the armband and the card appear in excellent condition but I have not attempted to remove them from the glazed frame in which they are mounted. The frame itself measures 463 mm x 240 mm and is also in very good condition. A fascinating memento well worthy of further research.
French Resistance Brassard Produced in Algeria for use by members of the French Resistance operating in support of the allied landings in North Africa in November 1942, and later dropped into areas of Southern France for use there by the Maquis, this is the first original example I have ever encountered. Brought home from North Africa by a private serving with the Hampshire regiment as part of the 1st Army, it features the Cross of Lorainne on a white diamond shaped patch stitched on to a blue and red background, representing the colours of the French flag. The brassard is secured by a claw buckle marked “Paris France” closing on to a short tab The reverse has a circular stamp with the partially discernible wording “ Magasin General Habillement Alger". A very rare and of course totally authentic piece.
German A Frame Bag, 1940 Dated These equipment, or A Frame bags, have never been easy to find and were designed to fit, as the name suggests, on the equipment A Frame or onto the vertical leather strap of the Y Straps. Correctly termed Complementary Equipment Bag, it was intended to hold a rifle cleaning kit in the flap pocket and a Sweater, a Guy rope for a Tent Poncho and Iron Rations in the bag itself. This is an early war example with leather closure straps and is dated 1940. Although apparently unissued, the bag has suffered considerable during storage. The leather closure straps are a little stiff, but most significant is the damage, perhaps caused by a rodent, to the top left side of the bag and the internal fold over flap. Fortunately this is not too visible with the bag closed for display but it now fragile and will tear easily. In addition there some light fraying to the A Frame attachment straps and one of the tie laces has been cut short. Nevertheless, an uncommon piece which would be offered at certainly three times the price had the condition been better.
German Army "Silvana" Wristwatch D.H. A very good example of a standard issue German Army Wristwatch by Silvana. Whilst most I have encountered over the years show deterioration to the dial and markers, this has none of the usual defects. The dial is clear with all the luminous paint in place on the hands and markers. The glass shows some light scratches with minor dust particles on the inside. The case measures approximately 34 mm excluding the crown and although without noticeable damage, does show wear to the nickel plating. Case back is marked D 259593 H and displays signs of being opened without the correct tool, resulting in deep scratches. The strap is not original but is in very good condition. I understand the watch was recently serviced. It now runs well and keeps good time. A very collectable and wearable WW11 German Army Wristwatch.
German Army Brotbeutel 31 Bread Bag Dusty and dirty but a useable example of the 1931 pattern Bread Bag, dated 1936. The bag is in generally good condition but both equipment rings have been carefully removed from the back and one of the leather loops on the flap has been period replaced, using part of a gas mask strap. The three leather straps are sound but a little dry.
German Army Divisional Commander's Staff Officer Car / Fender Pennant Following exactly the pattern of the Pennant flown on the left wing of an Army Divisional Commander’s car, this example is 215mm tall and 320 mm in length. With the Divisional Commander’s Pennant being somewhat larger, these smaller flags were flown on vehicles used by staff officers of the Commander. Horizontally triangular, the Pennant is of three piece cotton construction, dual sided and features three separate horizontal strips of cotton in the German national colours of black, white and red with machine stitched seams. It is permanent encased in the original celluloid cover trimmed with red leather stitched into place. At the top of the hoist end is a typical spring clip whilst at the lower edge a single cord secures it to the flagstaff. Overall condition is very good with light wear to the leather trim at the lower hoist end and Pennant tip. The celluloid is without cracks but does have some slight ripples. A rare Pennant to find.
German Army Drillich Shorts A very good pair of German Army Drillich Shorts of the same cotton herringbone twill as the Drillich Tunic. My first felling was that these were simply cut down trousers but they do appear to have been made like this without having undergone any alteration and with the design of the pockets, belt loops etc. being quite different to the summer trousers. Overall condition is very good with some fading to the cloth from washing but the shorts are otherwise without damage. The fly is closed with three steel buttons and one hook and eye. Inexplicably, the inner flap of the fly is lined with material from the Zeltbahn 31. At the waist are four wide belt loops with fine waist adjustment from a cloth belt with a blued steel buckle. The buckle is marked OO SOLIDE OO
German Army Officer's Brocade Dress Belt A good used example of the German Army Officer’s silver Brocade Dress or Parade Belt. The Belt is made of woven silver aluminium thread with two horizontal green lines backed with green velvet and a leather tongue to allow for adjustment. The Buckle is of a stamped zinc alloy showing three rows of oak leaves encompassing an army eagle with down swept wings. One closure hook is joined permanently to the buckle. Both runners are in place. Overall condition is good with a small amount of surface and edge wear to the Brocade. The Buckle is marked 110 in pencil. A nice display item
German Army Provisions Sack. 1940 Dated Generally referred to by collectors as a Flower of Grain Sack, these are actually Army Provision Sacks, used for a multitude supplies. This example has five significant patched repairs, no doubt post war applied when the sack was used inside out by a German firm as the inside printing shows. Well marked, these heavy cotton weave Sacks make an idea backdrop for a display.
German Army Thermometer A 1942 dated German Army Thermometer contained in the original card sleeve. Measuring 125mm in length, the Thermometer is in very good undamaged condition and appears to function well. Heer is printed on the reverse of the centigrade scale and just visible on the glass itself are a printed series of numbers with “42” within a shield. I understand this is the date. The card sleeve is good, but reinforced at the base with brown tape.
German Army Tropical / Afrika Korps Breast Eagle A scarce example of an army bevo weave Tropical Breast Eagle generally associated with early use by the Afrika Korps. Retaining all the original colour, the eagle is in generally very good condition but with slight loss to the bevo backing on the eagle's left wing tip. Clearly removed from a tunic
German Army Tropical Canteen, 1943 A good example of the German Army Canteen featuring the synthetic cotton harness which began to appear in 1943. Aluminium bottle is dated 1942 and has a dent which can be felt below the covering. The covering itself in in very good condition with just one small moth nip and some stress to the material at the top press fastener. Harness, Bakelite cap and buckles are very good with some surface rust to the metal fittings.
German Army Whistle with Original Lanyard Issued to Officers, NCO’s and appropriate other ranks from 1943, these Whistles were made either of Bakelite or Celluloid. I believe this example may be Celluloid. Complete with the original green plaited Lanyard, all components are in very good condition with the Whistle functioning well.
German Bakelite Barograph / Altimeter - Hohenschreib An interesting brown Bakelite Barograph for use in Gliders and Airships. Whilst all Barographs are in effect altimeters, this is designed to display height rather than barometric pressure. The mechanism runs well and turns the scale however, the clear perspex window is broken. This is a flat piece of material bent and held in place by six screws. As such, I assume it would be a simple matter to replace it. The last image shows a diagram of these barographs in a reference work on pre war gliders. However, I can find no date anywhere and am unable to guarantee a pre 1946 date of manufacture.
German Bunker or Tunnel Carbide Lamp Extensively used by the German forces during WW11, this particular form of Carbide Lamp is perhaps better referred to as a tunnel lamp rather than a Bunker lamp. Nevertheless, this type is associated with use in both, as the last picture shows. Carbide lamps, or acetylene gas lamps, are simple lamps that produce and burn acetylene which is created by the reaction of calcium carbide with water, producing a bright and long lasting flame. We are perhaps more familiar with the Bakelite variety. This example is complete although the vertical front bracket may be intended for the addition of a mirror when Omni-directional lighting is not required. It stands approximately 22cms in height excluding the suspension hook. Overall condition is very good with the white remains of spilled Carbide still evident. A very good display piece
German Carbide Lamp Carbide Container Intended to contain the Carbide stones for the German Carbide Lantern, these Bakelite containers sat in a compartment in the wooden transit case in which the Lanterns themselves were transported. The principle of the Lantern was to ignite gas from the Carbide produced by adding water via a reservoir on the back of the Lantern. A nice display addition to your Carbide lamp, this container is in generally good condition but with surface pickling and with one penetrating crack.
German Cavalry / Fallschirmjager Y Straps A good strong pair of the Cavalry Pattern Y Straps maker named and dated 1942, with blackened leather outside to the straps and natural brown on the inside. Hooks are maker marked and metal fittings are finished with a grey paint. Overall condition is very good with light crazing to the leather from use and showing the effects of some old leather dressing which kept them supple. Originally intended for mounted personnel, although they saw widespread use by Officers, motorcycle, bicycle and Paratroop personnel. The cavalry pattern Y-straps followed the basic design of the Infantry pattern combat Y-straps but excluded the auxiliary straps as cavalry personnel didn’t require the additional support for the waist belt, being equipped with saddle bags instead of the standard backpack or rucksack.
German Hand Held Cable Reel A very good undamaged example retaining at least 90% of its original field grey paint and nicely marked with the manufacturer’s logo and 1935 date along with its early Wa. ink stamp. The wooden handles are free from worm damage and the wheel rotates freely. This piece would be difficult to upgrade.
German Infantry Oberleutnant's Shoulder Boards A good service used pair of German Infantry Oberleutnant’s shoulder boards with a detached pair of devices to Weiskreis area X11 (Wisebaden), seemingly removed from the boards. The Boards themselves are in very good condition with gold washed rank pips but with several puncture holes, no doubt from the officer having moved regions during his career. The area devices are undamaged and retain both prongs.
German M42 No Decal Helmet 66 Shell Despite showing considerable distress to the liner and without a chinstrap, this no decal M42 Heer helmet goes some way for making up for the deficiencies in being a very desirable shell size 66. The shell retains most of the original factory paint and is without damage. The liner itself has never been disturbed and sits firmly against the shell. Both stamping on the rear skirt are almost impossible to make out but the manufacture’s code begins with E and the lot number may be 4782. A god large sized helmet that will display very well.
German Military Butter or Fat Container Perhaps not the most exciting piece I have ever been able to offer, this two coloured German Bakelite or butter container is in very good condition but with a chip at the top of the locking thread. Ideal for displaying the contents of the bread bag,there are no visible markings.
German Military Novelty Cigarette Lighter An amusing variation to the usual WW11 German Military cigarette Lighter is this china bodied example in the shape of a shell. Overall condition is very good and it appears to function well, the central portion lifting out to expose the wadding which forms the reservoir for the fuel. The base is marked DRGM with the lighter measuring 76 mm in length with the head on.
German Naval Kaiserlische Marine Ensign A nice example of the impressive Imperial Reichkriegsflagge of Kaiserlische Marine War Ensign, in service with the German forces from 1903 – 1919. Measuring 157 cms x 95 cms this is a true Kaiserlische Marine Ensign and carries the printed wording “Boots Fl. 1.57 X 0.95” to one side of the hoist end and with an Imperial Crown printed to the other side. At the canton is the Nordic Cross sitting over the national colours whilst the Prussian Eagle takes centre place. Generally the flag is very good but with a sprinkling of moth holes, all of which are fairly small. The fly end shows minor fraying from service use.
German Officer's Brown Leather Claw Belt A quite superb example of the Model 1934, 55mm wide Brown Leather Officer’s Belt. Originally intended for use with a cross strap, the belt retains both the slotted leather interior fixing strips for the strap. By September 1939, use of the cross strap was abolished and belts continued in used without them. Secured in wear by a matte nickel, rounded corner pebbled double claw buckle, the belt has seven double rows of closure points, the overlap tucked into a matching brown leather belt loop. Overall length between claws and last closure holes is 114 cms. The maker’s name, Luneschloss, Solingen is impressed in gold block on the inside turn over with numerous hand written notes along the inside of the belt, the only discernible one being Dr. Nagel. Overall, the Belt shows very little wear. All stitching is firm and intact. There are two water marks and some very minor scratches but the belt still squeaks where rolled up. It would be very difficult to upgrade this lovely example.
German Officer's Claw Buckle Belt 1935 An excellent example of an early German Officer’s Claw Buckle Belt, in overall very good condition and showing signs of minimal use only. The leather is clean and supple with a width of 58mm, corresponding to regulations pertaining to the early belts. The often missing keeper is in place and the end is size stamped 85 (36" from the first holes to the claws) . The turn back holding the buckle in place remains securely stitched and is profusely stamped with the RZM stamp and the makers name and code which incorporates a 1935 date. The pebbled double claw buckle is again in very good condition and retains virtually all of the silvered finish along with the manufacture’s markings. Always difficult to establish conclusively the branch of service, I believe this to be a Political Leaders Belt as popular opinion dictates that the RZM stamping applied only to their Belts after 1934. Nevertheless an excellent example which would display well with most uniforms.
German Officer's Suede Pannelled Riding Breeches An excellent pair of early Breeches for an Officer with a mounted unit, distinguished by the large grey suede insets to the inner thighs. Officers were expected to fund certain uniform items using the clothing allowance provided and these items could be purchased from uniform stores or from a private source. This stone grey pair of Breeches would appear to be from the latter and are well made of the standard ribbed Trikot Wool with grey Rayon interior trims. At the front are two buttoned slash pocket with a small flapped coin pocket, button fly and closure hook. The waist has six belt loops and one button flapped pocket at the rear. At the sides are adjustment straps with blued steel buckles, with each lower leg culminating in fourteen pairs of enamelled eyelets with laces. At each side a panel of matching material has been neatly added to allow for an increase in waist size to approximately 34.5” Overall condition is very good, the Breeches being clean and free from marks. On close inspection I can find only two or three very minor moth holes. It would be very difficult to improve on these lovely Breeches.
German Panzer Cross in Gold. Cloth Version by Juncker A very good service used cloth example of the German Cross Gold for Panzer Units. Hand embroidered and featuring a double-overlaid sunburst pattern with eight points, with the bottom outer layer of the cross in silver/aluminum threads. The cross features a fire gilded stamped circular wreath impressed with oak leaves, ribbons, and the introduction year (1941) with the typical die-flaw on “9” determining this piece to have been manufactured by “C.E. Juncker, Berlin”. Overall condition is very good with all threads intact but with some darkening from age and dust. On the reverse the black paper covering is now missing. Examples for issue to Panzer units are considered rare to find
German Political Musician's "Swallow's Nest" Pair A very nice matched pair of political Musician’s shoulder “Swallow’s Nests” with seven vertical ribbed golden braid bars sitting above one horizontal bar. The background is of an orange / pink colour wool with the reverse being a blue wool with five hooks in place for attaching to sewn loops on the jacket or shirt. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage.
German Soldier's Clothing Sack - Bekleidungssack 31 A scarce German Clothing Sack (Bekleidungssack 31) and the first I’ve had. Used to compliment the Rucksack and Tornister, these sacks were for personal effects and work clothes and did not general accompany the soldier, but followed on transports such as trains and trucks. Measuring approximately 40x30 cms., this example is in generally good, sound, but very dirty condition. The right hand closure strap may be a period replacement, perhaps made from a Zeltbabn carrying strap with the buckle section having been reinforced with wire. This should be removed and hand stitched to maintain its original appearance. A very nice display item.
German Telescopic Sight "Ajack" I believe this to be an inter war German Telescopic Sight made by the firm of AJAK. Carrying a serial number of 14457 and the maker’s name, the sight sits on its original mount marked AKAH, D.R.G.M along with other stampings. Magnification is effected by rotating the rear optical tube whist range is compensated with a turret knob. Windage, as far as I can see, involves turning two screws on the mount to alter the angle of the sight rather than the internal blades. The sight is 250mm in length with an optical diameter of 19mm increasing to about 20 at the viewing end. Everything appears to function well and whilst overall condition is good, light surface rust with some pitting is evident over about 70% or the sight and mount. The optics are a little dirty but still useable.
German Tropical / Afrika Korps Shorts A well-used pair of these rare olive coloured cotton shorts, seen in so many early images of the Afrika Korps in North Afrika. Use continued after the demise of the DAK where they were extensively used in warm climates such as Italy. This pair has a large field repair to the front left side, executed using original material and perhaps suggesting prolonged use as a POW. All buttons are in place but the claw buckle is missing from the belt. None of the original stamped markings remain visible. A good used pair, ideal for display.
German Tropical K98 Ammunition Pouches A little used set of three Ammunition Pouches for the K98 rifle. Issued initially for tropical use, their use became more widespread as the war continued since production in a natural colour expedited the manufacturing process. Clearly dated 1943, their overall condition is very good with little sign of use. There is some smoothing to the pebble leather grain but with firm stitching and no sign of damage. Although frontline troops were issued with two sets of pouches, rear guard troops and drivers received only one. Brought back to the UK by a driver with the 1st Polish Armoured Division.
Gold Caterpillar Club Pin Related to a Disasterous Test Flight The last of a very small collection of these wonderful Caterpillar Pins I have been able acquire, this example named to BAG Mac Gowan BA, had so far eluded all attempts to uncover its’ history,until that is until I received and email from Paul F who revealed the story, for which I am most grateful. Barry A MacGowan (no third initial which explains why BA was added to his name), was an observer in an experimental tailless glider flying from RAF Lasham. This strange aircraft was the General Aircraft GAL/56. It was a tailless experimental glider which arrived at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough in the spring of 1946. Those who flew it - it was normally towed to about 20,000 feet by a Spitfire IX and then released - described it as the worse aircraft they had ever flown! The flight observers - it was a two seat aircraft - were just frightened. By August 1947 the tests were completed at the R.A.E. and the aircraft was flown to nearby Lasham by the famous test Pilot Eric Winkle Brown who covers the defects of the glider to great extent in his book "Wings on my Sleeve". It was next flown by General Aircraft’s chief test pilot and acknowledged world's most experienced glider pilot, Robert Kronfeld who was to repeat some of the tests for his own benefit. Unfortunately he was caught out by its stalling characteristics and got into a spin from which he never recovered. The aircraft came down just to the north of Lower Froyle and one of the world’s most experienced glider pilots died in the crash. The Alton Gazette reported in February 1948:- “An experimental aircraft from General Aircraft, known locally as the Flying Wing crashed into Rockhouse Field, Lower Froyle, at mid-day yesterday, and one man, the pilot, is believed to have been killed. He was promptly removed in an ambulance. A second man (BA Mac Gowan) landed by parachute and escaped with shock. Mr F Pinnells, an agricultural worker of Westbrook Cottages, Froyle Road, told our reporter that he was riding a carthorse home to lunch when he saw an aeroplane approaching at roof-top level. It appeared to be flying upside-down, and he saw a man drop from it by parachute. Mrs Pinnells said that she was resting on a settee by the fire in her cottage when she heard a rushing and whistling noise, and through the window she saw the aeroplane crash.” Both Kronfeld and Mac Gowan had blacked out during the descent, Mac Gowan recovering and managing to abandon the aircraft by parachute. This gold pin is in excellent condition with both ruby eyes in place and a roll over security latch. An early post war award with a fascinating history embracing the world's most famous test pilot, the world's most famous glider pilot and a design borne of the wartime German Horten Delta Wing design, not to mention a luckless civilian observer.
Government Officials Dagger by Eickhorn A very good and completely untouched example of the Government Officials Dagger by Eickhorn, complete with Portapee and the extremely rare hangers. Introduced in 1939 and only produced by Alcoso and Eickhorn until 1942, Eickhorn examples are by the far the rarer of the two makers. The dagger was 39 cm long with a stylised eagle’s head pommel and a mother of pearl grip which as is the case here, tended to adopt a pleasing tone with age. All fittings including the scabbard are silver plated with the crossguard showing an Eagle with upturned wing tip facing to the viewers left. The pommel is again facing to the viewers left, with a recessed locking nut at the top to allow for a smooth appearance. All fitting are in very good condition with an attractive patina noted on silver plate. Beneath the crossguard the leather buffer pad remains. The blade bears the Eickhorn trademark in use between 1935-41 and is full length and very good, with some darkening caused by dried oil deposits which will clean away. The is no damage The scabbard was identical to the Army dagger but has larger oak leaf suspension bands and is silver plated. Here again it has a nice age patina with just one barely discernible bruise between the two suspension bands. The portapee shows extensive wear with the core showing through in places. This is perhaps an Army portapee but this variation is noted on these dagger. The hanging straps are extremely rare, the backing and edges being a grey/green velvet whilst the squared aluminium buckles and sliders feature an oak leaf design. Overall condition is very good but one sprung latch is slow to return. An extremely rare untouched dagger which will prove a sound investment. No shipping price is quoted by virtue of the high value of this item. Please contact me to discuss shipping options or collection
Haversack Patt 08/14 Converted A good strong example of what I believe is a Patt 08/14 Converted Haversack, immediately recognisable by the addition of the two brass eyelets added to each vertical strap at the rear. Whilst overall condition is good, the Haversack is rather dirty and has 6cm long area of re-stitching to the back right hand side seam. This shows well in the last image. No sign remains of the ink stamping that would have been on the inside of the flap and it is therefore not possible to accurately date it. It is, however, thought that this modification may have been implemented in 1918 .
Heer Artillery Shoulder Straps A good matched pair of Heer enlisted man’s stitch in artillery shoulder straps. The dark green wool upper is bordered with the red artillery waffenfarbe, whilst the underside is field grey. Overall condition is very good and free from moth or other damage. The feint outline of the regimental cyphers remain on each strap but the numbers are unclear.
Heer fatigue Jacket - Drillich Herringbone Twill Obvious in so many period photograph, these Drillich Jackets were initially issued to the Army in various colour shades, this example being an off white natural cotton colour. Worn with the lay down collar either open or closed, they are perhaps better referred to as being part of the Fatigue Uniform and are made in a comfortable Herringbone Twill. This example is an early jacket and features the flapped buttoned side pockets, the flaps being abandoned on later jackets before changing to a more practical reed green colour. There are five closure buttons at the front all held in place with the correct S clips for removal during washing. At the neck is a single hook and eye. Inside, the collar has two buttons to take the collar liner and at waist level is a single adjustment cord and flaps to take the belt hooks. The original markings remain clear and suggest this to be for a 90 cm chest. Overall condition is very good with no rips or tears but with some marks to the lower from service use. Worn with either matching trousers or service dress trousers and cap, this jacket forms an excellent basis for a mannequin display
Heer Officer's Silver Wire Cap Cockade A very nice good quality example showing some age toning to the silver wire. Clearly removed from a uniform cap, there is some loss of silver wire along the spines of two of the Oak leaves. This shows well in the images. There is no moth damage to the green cloth backing.
Heer Tropical Belt and Buckle Perhaps best described as an entry level example of an uncommon belt and buckle, this Tropical Belt and Heer Tropical Buckle are in overall fair to good condition. The green cotton web belt displays clear signs of having been decorated with badges at some time to form what was commonly known as a hate belt, in addition to which it has been shortened to an overall length of just 79cms. A name which appears to be Lt. Rohwer, is still visible. The steel Buckle is in good condition with little wear to the high points but with nearly all of the paint missing, whilst the all-important tab remains securely stitch over the claw bar.
Heer Tropical Belt and Buckle A very nice example of army tropical belt and stamped metal Heer Buckle. The cotton webbed belt retains its’ original colour and is in very good undamaged, unstained condition and stamped 95 (cms). The leather tongue for the buckle has seven adjustment points for the buckle claws, six of these having the points for the prongs joined, perhaps to ensure a more secure seating. The buckle is by B & N (Berg and Nolte) and dated 43. It retains about 60% of the original olive green paint with wear to the finish on the high points and with light rust along both top and bottom edges.
HELP WITH A MYSTERY ITEM Gentlemen. I would very much appreciate any help you can offer to identify this mystery item. Displayed for many years in a military museum where it was described as “A WW1 British Tank Crew Protective Suit” it is fabricated in heavy thick leather and comprises one body piece to which are joined, by a series of saddlery buckles, the arms and legs, the legs additionally supported by leather braces. It certainly does have the appearance of the design of the 1916 Tank “Crash Helmet” and could just provide some protection from the splatter effect caused by an armour piecing round. Realistically though, it might just as easily have no military application whatsoever. The only markings I can find are the remains of a name and “BAT 37”. It has been suggested this could stand for Battery 37 which does make some sense as I understand Artillery personal were used to operate the heavy guns in tanks. Over to you Gentlemen! Best regards, Simon. firstname.lastname@example.org
Herman Goring Division Shoulder Boards Leutnant An extremely rare pair of slip on Shoulder Boards for a leutnant in the Flak Division Hermann Goring. The boards are backed with a white wool in the colour of the Herman Goring Division with the upper side showing the rank in a bright silver Celleon wire bordered with the red waffenfarbe. Both securing straps are in place and overall condition is very good with no signs of moth damage.
Historically Important Afrika Korps Soldbuch with Armband Award Document An extremely rare and historically significant Afrika Korps Soldbuch and Cuff Title to Gefreiter Horst Kaiser who entered military service on 26.02,41, going through ‘2. Komp. Ers.Btl.309’, based at the Ruhleben Alex Kaserne in Berlin/Spandau. An entry on page 18 concerning pay rates dated 01.04.42 has the FP number 35 339 which in 1941 was assigned to a Wehrmacht military prison in Naples. (Based on Kaiser’s later assignment in Africa it can be assumed he may have had a clerical or administrative role in Naples). Horst Kaiser arrived in Africa at 1730 on 13.05.1942 and was posted to "Betriebsstoff-Verwaltung 980", a small unit subordinated directly to Panzergruppe-Afrika with responsibility for the collection and distribution of gasoline in North Africa. The unit entry on page 4 notes the special relationship the unit had with “Pz Gr. Afrika”. Horst Kaiser had a K98k and a bayonet issued to him (page 8a) so therefore would have been expected to be in the front line at times and facing combat. The important entry for the award of the AFRIKA cuff band is on page 14, signed by the unit commander over the unit stamp of "Betriebsstoff-Verwaltung 980" with the Feldpost number 41503. (The award of the Italian-German Campaign Medal dated 21.01.43 is entered on page 15.) The provisional award certificate for the “AFRIKA” cuff band, with its stamped facsimile signature of Rommel, has been pasted in place over page 24, the last page in the Soldbuch. The Soldbuch is complete, i.e. no pages are missing. The original insert against page 8 for issue of uniform and field equipment, dated 14.10.41, is in its original location. The subsequent special insert for tropical uniform and equipment is complete but was separated and was found folded inside the pocket behind the back cover. Along with the list was a black and white photo of a US White half track vehicle with German markings. The “AFRIKA” cuff band is untrimmed and in its full length, 45.5cm and in fine condition. Although it is impossible to say for certain without knowing the full history of this lot, it is certainly highly likely that this is the original cuff band presented along with the provisional award certificate on 20th April 1943 (Hitler’s birthday) and as such could be the earliest known issued example of the “AFRIKA” cuff band in existence. Given its recent origins in the UK it is very likely this Soldbuch was picked up as a war souvenir by a British soldier in Tunisia. It does not show any obliterated swastikas and other evidence of use either in a POW camp or in post-war occupied Germany as personal ID. It contains all pages, including pp 4and 5 usually removed by German soldiers before surrendering. It is an ultra rare example in several respects- as belonging to a very special unit, as having the entry for the hardly ever seen award of the “AFRIKA” cuff band ,in Africa, and in the ultra rare category is the example of a unit generated provisional certificate for the award of the “AFRIKA” cuff band, bearing facsimile signature of Rommel, and, the actual cuff band comes with the Soldbuch, in unissued and original full length.
Historically Important British Airborne Collection. Pegasus Bridge An incredibly rare Battledress Blouse, Trousers and Beret attributed to Captain B.C.E. Priday of the 2nd Battalion Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the 6th Airborne Division which participated in the assault on Pegasus Bridge shortly after midnight on the 6th June 1944. Part of the “Coup de Main” force which landed by Horsa Glider on the Orne Bridges, Glider number 4 carrying Capt Priday as Coy. 2nd in Command was scheduled to land first but was pulled of course by its’ tug and landed by a bridge over the river Dives some 8 miles from its’ objective. After losing some men in fighting along the way, the Airborne Infantry, engineers and crew successfully fought their way through the flooded Dives valley and back to Herouvillette, to meet up with the Regiment on the 7th June. Captain Priday took part in the subsequent battles around Escovill, Herouvillette and Breville and it was during one of these engagements as Commander of B Company that he was seriously wounded the face. He was evacuated to England and never recovered sufficiently to rejoin. After many months in hospital he left the service. He was mentioned in despatches in March 1945. This truly historic uniform group is one of a small number I will be offering from a long established collection of British Special Forces items. It comprises: Captain Priday’s maroon Beret by Kangol in a size 6 ¾ and clearly dated 1944 with Oxf & Bucks Beret Badge sewn in place. Overall condition is very good with light surface moth nips but no holes. The Beret is unnamed. His American War Aid Battledress Blouse with printed Oxf & Bucks shoulder titles, Pegasus formation patches and on the lower right sleeve the badge of the glider borne units and a four year service patch, both hand applied. Rank pips are in place and two Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire buttons sit above a single stripe on each collar. Medal ribbons are stitched in place with his MID clasp on a serge backing. Inside, on the lower label, Capt Priday has written his name and initials which are just discernible. Sadly, the Blouse has suffered from significant moth damage. His matching American War Aid Battledress Trousers, also with some moth damage and with his initials B.C.E.P written in two places. A small amount of research material and some photocopies of images sourced via the internet. The collection has been posted on The Wehrmacht Awards Forum where it met with mixed opinions and I would have to be the first to admit that an element of doubt will always exists with these Airborne Blouses. I guarantee everything I offer and there is no doubt in my mind that the original insignia is period applied but I would be happy to offer an initial inspection to any potential buyer, and of course a link to the WAF thread.
Historically Significant Home Front Water Warden's Uniform I doubt another example exists of a Water Warden's uniform and their very existence seems difficult to prove. This appears to have been offered to the "Inspectorate of Clothing" for evaluation in 1942 and comprises a single breasted Jacket, long sleeved Waistcoat and Trousers. Everything is in excellent unissued condition and carry manufacture's labels dated 1943, presumably when it was expected to be issued. Still attached are the Inspectorate of Clothing labels detailing the garment, and accompanied by a wax seal. Military in colour and with military style buttons, the design of the uniform is much more Country Gentleman in appearance. I haven't been able to find any information relating to the Water Wardens so it is possible they were never formed. That being the case, this uniform is quite possibly unique. An opportunity not to be missed for the Home Front collector and certainly worthy of museum display.
History Of The German Steel Helmet 1916 - 1945 by Ludwig Baer Still perhaps the only complete history of the German Steel Helmet and now long out of print, The History of the German Steel Helmet 1916 - 1945 by Ludwig Baer is still considered the definitive work on the subject with recent publications by other authors crediting it for information. Published by Bender in a very robust hardback version with 448 glossy pages covering every aspect of the subject with detailed text packed with essential information and supported by both black and white and colour photographs. This is the second printing from October 1993 and is in very good used condition with slight bumps to the corners. Unlike so many other books on the subject, this is a true and complete reference work and not simply a picture book.
Hitler Jugend SS Sleeve Insignia The first I have ever seen is this sleeve insignia worn by any foreign HJ member who was a flak helper attached to an SS flak unit. Below the SS insignia, he would wear the armband of his foreign unit. In very good condition with no damage to the cotton patch itself but with some fading to the black printed design. It wasn’t until starting to research this piece that I began to fully appreciated the huge numbers of foreign volunteers that joined the Hitler Jugend from all over Europe and indeed Russia, releasing troops for frontline service on the Eastern Front and elsewhere.
Hitlerjugend Belt and Buckle A particularly nice example of Hitlerjugend Belt and Buckle by RZM M4/27 - Overhoff & Co., Lüdenscheid. The Buckle is of one piece construction in pot metal with a field grey finish which I believe was created using a chemical treating process. Condition of the Buckle is very good with the two circle RZM stamp indicating late 1930’s onwards production. The belt is again very good, supple and without damage. No maker’s name is obvious but the owner has written his name on the fold over of the belt at the clasp end.
Home Guard Battledress Blouse. 3rd Middlesex Battalion Twickenham A nice originally badged 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse with two printed Home Guard Shoulder Titles and the Formations signs to the 3rd Middlesex Home Guard Battalion (Twickenham) The waxed label remains and is now unreadable but of course the vintage of the Blouse is not open to dispute because of the style which was superseded by the 1940 utility pattern. On the lower right sleeve are the red inverted chevrons of four years home service. Overall appearance of the Blouse is very good but there are a number of significant moth holes near the centre of the lower back. Front concealed closure buttons are dished brass whilst the pockets and shoulder straps are a mix of brass and vegetable ivory. Chest size appears to be about 36”
Home Guard etc. 1939 Pattern Leather Belt and Bayonet Frog Immortalised by the famous series “Dad’s Army” and certainly most associated with the Home Guard, the 1939 pattern equipment was issued to other troops at a time when the strangle hold on Britain by the U Boat Fleets made the importation of cotton for the 37 pattern, difficult. While a nation continues to eat, leather will always be available. The Belt is a good size with Both Belt and Bayonet Frog being in very good used condition with a light roughened surface stain on the lower loop of the frog.. Neither is dated but both have WD inspection stamps.
Home Guard Officer's 37 Pattern Battledress Bouse. South-Eastern Command An extremely nice tailor made Battledress Blouse bearing very good original Home Guard rubberised shoulder flashes and two Wolf’s Head embroidered badges to the Sussex and Surrey District, South –Eastern Command. The rank pips show clearly that this Officer first wore the Blouse as a second Lieutenant, with a second pip added later on promotion. Both epaulettes have small holes from metal pips also having been worn at some time. The Blouse itself is slightly darker serge than usually seen and is in very good clean and undamaged condition. Overall, there is very little sign of use, the condition of the badges being entirely commensurate with that of the Blouse. Clearly a bespoke garment, the size is approximately a 38” chest with the tailor’s label showing the customer’s name, Digby and date 1-43. One button is a replacement but I will include an original button. Early research shows these rubberised shoulder flashes to be quite uncommon and only manufactured by the firm of P.B. Cow in Slough.
Imperial German Naval (Kaiserliche Marine) Officer's Cap Badge Worn on the Kaiserliche Marine naval officer’s schirmütze this badge is made of fine gold bullion with the exception of the Hohenzollern Crown which is of guilded metal and represents a rare variation, the Crowns usually being bullion. The bullion extends to the laurel leaves that encircle the badge’s kokarde, these varied according to officer’s duties. This particular variety is for an officer who served aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship. The kokarde has a red centre surrounded by rings of black and silver, indicating the Reich rather than a particular State. Overall condition is very good with some darkening from age but with no damage to the hand embroidered bullion or black wool background. A beautiful badge made even more attractive by the rare variation to the Crown
Imperial Kaiserliche Marine Cap Tally " S.M.S. Bremse" A very good unissued example of this rare Imperial Kaiserliche Marine Cap Tally to the light Cruiser “Bremse”. Still full length at 135 cms. the Latin scripted title is woven in gold wire and retains good colour. Of note is a slight vertical flaw in the first “E” of the title, otherwise overall condition is excellent. “Bremse” was launched in 1916 and saw service as a Mine laying Light Cruiser. Interned at Scapa Flow she was scuttled in 1919 and salvaged with great difficulty in 1929 to be broken up for scrap. One of her 15 cm guns remains on display at Scapa Flow to this day. “Bremse’s” short career makes this one of the rarer Light Cruiser Tallies. The image on the “Bremse” is not included in the sale of this Tally. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Imperial Kaiserliche Marine Cap Tally "S.M.S Nurnberg" An extremely rare Cap Tally from the Light Cruiser "S.M.S Nurnberg", complete with its original tissue paper protective wrapping The Tally is in excellent unissued condition and is full length at 135 cms. The Latin script title is of woven gold wire and has perhaps darkened slightly with age. However, this in no way detracts from the general appearance of the piece. The Nurnberg was from the Konigsberg class Cruisers and was a late arrival in WW1, not being launched until 1916. At the end of hostilities she was interned at Scapa Flow and was saved from destruction during the scuttling of the German fleet in 1919, when she was beached by the British Navy. In 1922 she was used for target practice and sunk. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Imperial Kaiserliche Marine Cap Tally, V Torpedoboots = Halbflotille V An excellent example to the Fifth Torpedo Boat Half Flotilla of the Imperial Kaiserliche Marine, in apparently unissued condition. The distinctive Latin scripted title is in silver wire which suggests this was intended for either technical or administrative staff. Overall length is 117 cms and general condition is very good without stains or damage. A rare and hard to find Imperial Tally. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Inert Model 1915 German Kugel Hand Grenade A very nice and, of course, completely inert example of an M1915 Kugel Hand Grenade ( Kugelhandgranate) Essentially a simplified version of the Model 1913 fragmentation Grenade, this piece is in overall very good condition with minor age chips to the cast alloy body. A “5 “ impressed in the fuse suggests this to be a 5 second fuse, which is also in very good condition. Large and heavy, the M15 was only marginally successful, with a hand launch distance of only about 15 meters. Nice display piece. EU sales only and please ensure you are able to legally import this item into your country.
Inert WW1 M1917 German Egg Grenade Missing only the pull cord, this inert Model 1917 German Egg Grenade is in very good condition and complete with its fuse. Introduced as a lightweight alternative to the heavy M1917 Grenade, its size greatly increased the hand launch distance. A nice example. EU Sales only
Infantry Officers Issue Service Cap An absolutely wonderful example of an issue Infantry Officer’s Dienstmutze, commonly referred to by US collectors as a Visored cap. Whilst most that we see are of a private purchase quality fine Trikot wool, it is very unusual to see a true issue cap in a field grade heavy wool cloth as is the case in this example in the exaggerated saddle form. The field grey wool is in excellent condition, without moth or other damage and free from stains as is the cap band. Both are piped in the white waffenfarbe of the infantry. There is a nice mix of insignia, the cockade and roundel being hand embroidered wire, surmounted by an aluminium eagle, both in excellent condition. Both the silver twisted chin cord and peak (visor) are also very good, the peak sharply sloping and free from surface cracks. Inside, the diamond shaped celluloid protector remains over the rayon lining, the lining itself having light sweat staining. The leather sweatband represents the only point of note with about four vertical splits. A very nice and uncommon officer’s issue cap
Inspection Panel from a WW11 Luftwaffe Aircraft Although so far unidentified, this panel is reputed to have been taken from a crashed JU87 which down over the UK. However, I have absolutely no provenance or evidence to support the claim. Measuring 400mm x 258mm at its widest points the panel and cover retain approximately 90% of the original dark green camouflage paint. General condition of the main panel is good whilst the removable inspection cover has lost a portion of the inner lip to corrosion and is missing the four locking arms that hold it in position. The centre locking wheel is marked ?N 164-10-11 and 3115.4. The top surface is marked Auf and Zu. An interesting piece well worthy of research.
Instructional Wall Diagram for the Browning Aircraft Machine Gun A very nice and colourful instructional Wall Diagram for the Browning .303in Gun, MK11. Prepared by the Ministry of Aircraft Production for the Air Ministry as Air Diagram 1224, the chart is dated May 1943 and measures 113cms x 87 cms. Overall condition is very good with minor tears on all four sides, some reinforced with old Sellotape. The same process has been used on some of the folds on the back but this seems to have been preventative since no tears to the folds are obvious.
Inter War RAF Small Practice Bomb Weighing in at about 10 lbs and about 45 cms in length, this RAF practice bomb is somewhat reminiscent of the 20lb bombs carried by the Hawker Biplane variants during the inter war years and perhaps dates from that period. Chrome plated, it appears to have been used in the past as a table lamp, a small cut out in the fin ring allowing for an electrical cable to sit recessed and not to interfere with the balance when standing on its tail. Overall condition is good with some dents to the body and some rust on the fins. Regrettably EU Sales Only
Iron Cross First Class by C.F. Zimmermann A particularly nice example of an Iron Cross First Class by the maker C.F. Zimmerman of Pforzheim. Overall condition is very good, completely free from damage and with the paint to the magnetic core 99% intact. What makes this piece unusual is the way it has been vaulted by gently and uniformly bending the arms of the cross to allow for a more comfortable fit to the human frame. All government issue or awarded Crosses were and had to be of the flat type but vaulted Crosses were produced for private purchase. As this Zimmermann EKI is marked with the Prasidialkanzlei number of 20, this means it is a government awarded Cross and was originally flat. The pin is slightly tapered and impressed 20, the supplier’s number allocated to Zimmermann, on the reverse.
Iron Cross First Class by Klein und Quenzer A very nice cased Iron Cross 1st Class by Klein und Quenzer, maker marked 65 and in its’ early domed typical D&B case. Both Cross and Case are in very good condition with the compressed card inserts to the Case clearly marked with the D & B logo and number along with and inspector’s handwritten 77.
Kaiserliche Marine Cap Ribbon / Tally. Light Cruiser S.M.S "Bremen" An unissued example retaining its original stores brown paper wrapper. The Tally is in excellent undamaged condition with the gold wire Latin scripted title displaying most of its original colour. The ribbon is full length at 135 cms and cut to a swallow’s tail at both ends ready for wear. The ribbon is creased from storage. The S.M.S Bremen was launched in 1905 and was the lead ship of the Bremen class. She spent most of her early career in Eastern American waters and was a frequent visitor to the USA. At the outbreak of war she returned to German and saw service containing the Russian in the Baltic. In December 1915 she was sunk by two Russian mines with great loss of life. The last images shows the Bremen in pre war years. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kaiserliche Marine Cap Ribbon / Tally. Light Cruiser S.M.S "Hamburg" An unissued and undamaged example retained a good bright colour to the gold wire Latin script. The black silk ribbon is excellent and full length at 135 mm. One of the seven Bremen class Cruisers the “Hamburg” was launched in 1903 and enjoyed a forty year career serving with the Imperial Navy, the Reichmarine and finally the Kriegsmarine. Towards the end of her service she became a Barracks ship for the U Boat Flotillas and was eventually sunk by British bombers in 1944. The wreck was raised in 1949 and dismantled. This Ribbon was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kaiserliche Marine Cap Tally. Light Cruiser S.M.S "Dresden" An unissued example in excellent overall condition. The Latin script in woven gold wire retains most of its original bright colour and the ribbon is without damage and full length at 135 cms. Both ends cut to swallow tails ready for issue. The Kaiserliche Marine saw two Light Cruiser “Dresden”, the first being sunk after the Falklands Battle, the second being launched in 1917. She eventually met her fate a Scapa Flow during the scuttling of the German Fleet in 1919. I believe this Cap Tally is entirely appropriate to both ships. The last two images show the first “Dresden” and a sonar scan of her replacement today as she lies on the seabed at Scapa Flow. These images are not included in the sale. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kaiserliche Marine Sailor's Cap and Ribbon An excellent example of a rare Imperial German Naval Sailor’s Cap and Cap Ribbon, to 5.11.WERFT = Division 11.5 Overall condition is near excellent and suggests this cap was never issued. It is quite incredible to think it is perhaps 100 years old. The blue wool material retains all the original colour and is virtually without damage, the exception being two tiny moth nips under the brim on the left side. At the front sits the tri colour rosette, the centre red section having minor loss to the red paint. The silver wire ribbon is again virtually as new with the ends cut to shallow swallows tails. Inside, the sweatband shows no sign of use, whilst the lining shows most of the original manufacture’s printed log. Research shows that 5.11 WERFT = DIVISION 11.5 relates to the Wilhelmshaven Depot Organisation that provided initial recruit training for conscripts for the technical branches. Two original postcards showing recruits wearing these caps are included in the sale. A beautiful piece that will prove impossible to upgrade.
Kings Crown RAF Chaplain's Service Dress Cap badge Given that no more than about 1000 Chaplains saw service in the RAF during WW11, it is hardly surprising that original cap badges from the service dress cap of the period are now extremely rare, particularly so in unissued condition as we have here. Completely free from damage, this textbook example features the RAF crest over the Maltese cross and a pair of gilt extended wings. The reverse of the badge shows the folded blades of the Chaplain’s wings, exactly as you expect to find. A lovely example of a rare badge and one which would be difficult to upgrade.
Kriegsmarine "Cranked Catch" Gilded Belt Buckle A good example of the very scarce “Crank Catch” Kriegsmarine belt buckle for wear with the blue uniform and white summer uniform after the order which dispensed with the use of the leather tab. The buckle retains about 20% of its’ fire gilded finish and has mostly reverted to an underlying golden coppery toned protective lacquer. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has the unique "crank" style, buckle catch, inserted into small puncture holes to both the top and bottom edges of the buckle and brazed into place with the prong bar and prongs all intact. Marked with the embossed manufacturer’s initials and date, "C.T.D. 1942", indicating manufacture by Christian Theodor Dicke of Lüdenscheid in 1942. The Christian Theodor Dicke firm of Lüdenscheid was the primary, but not the sole, manufacturer of the unique "crank" catch style buckles. A rare buckle for both the Kriegsmarine and buckle collector.
Kriegsmarine Barograph by Lufft In good working condition this Kriegsmarine Barograph by Lufft is very good overall with the mechanism clearly bearing the manufacture’s logo. The glass sided hinged wooden case is free from damage of any kind and opens to reveal a clean mechanism with rotating clockwork drum and pressure indicating lever. Not surprisingly the chart itself is modern with replacements being readily available today. The top of the case has a carrying handle and an excellent Kriegsmarine property plate showing the eagle over the M and 392 OBS, indicating that this was used by a KM shore based observatory.
Kriegsmarine Barograph By Lufft with Original Transit Case A very good example of these extremely attractive and useable Kriegsmarine Barographs, by Lufft. Contained in its original wooden transit case, itself clearly monogramed to Lufft, the Barograph is in excellent overall condition and appears to function well. There is no sign of damage other than a small portion missing from one of the wooden feet and a ring on the top surface finish where a hot drink looks to have been placed at some time. The original Kriegsmarine property plate is in place and numbered 182. The mechanism is very clean, with the paper millibar pressure chart sitting on an rotating aluminium drum housing the clockwork movement. The transit case is excellent, without any sign of worm or other damage and with its’ original card sleeve containing further millibar scales, sitting in the correct compartment. A beautiful, functional and aesthetically pleasing piece, which that will gain acceptance in any home.
Kriegsmarine Binocular Case Leitz 7x50 A good example of the scarce “Top Hat” Binocular case for the early Leitz Kriegsmarine 7x50 Binoculars. This will not take the later armoured variety. Far scarcer than the binoculars themselves, the case is in very good condition with the all-important Kriegsmarine Eagle and Swastika completely without damage. The lid closure strap remains intact and the often removed spring mounts in the lid for the rubber eye wings, are still in place. Although now faded the 1943 date remains on the lip of the case. Overall condition is very good but on close inspection I believe the belt straps and lid hinge have been expertly replaced
Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle An excellent unissued machine woven Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle for wear by other ranks. The golden thread retains all the original colour and both that and the blue / black wool backing are completely free from damage.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally "Torpedoboot Albatros" An excellent and unissued example to the Torpedo Boat Albatros – “Torpedoboot Albatros”. The Tally is full length at 150 cms and has the ends trimmed to a swallow tail, ready for issue. The woven Gold Wire Gothic script remains protected by the original brown tissue wrapping and retains its bright gold appearance. The ribbon is undamaged. "Albatros" was launched in 1926 and wrecked when she ran aground during the invasion of Norway, 10th April 1940, making this a rare Tally. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally "Torpedoboot Falke" An excellent and unissued example to the Kriegsmarine “Torpedoboot Falke”, retaining the original protective paper wrapping. The ribbon is full length at 150 cms with woven gold wire Gothic script which shows minor darkening. Both the wire and ribbon are without damage, the ribbons ends being cut to swallow tails ready for issue. “Falke” was launched in 1927 and amongst her many duties saw service escorting the “Scharnhorst”. On 15th June 1944 she was sunk, along with others of her sister ships, during and RAF raid on Le Havre harbour. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally "Torpedoboot Tiger" In excellent unissued condition, still retaining its original protective tissue wrapping. The ribbon is full length at 150 cms with the ends cut to swallows tails ready for wear. The Gothic script title is of woven gold wire and retains the original bright colour. The “Tiger” was launched in 1928 sank in August 1939 following a collision with a Destroyer, thus making this a rare pre-war Tally. The final image of the “Tiger” is not included in the sale. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally / Ribbon. "Torpedoboot Kondor" An excellent and unissued example retaining its original brown paper stores wrapper. Full length at 150cms the ribbon has both ends cut to a shallow Swallow tail, ready for wear. The gold wire Gothic scripted title it without damage and still displays the original bright colour. “Torpedoboot Kondor” was launched in 1927 and enjoyed a full and varied wartime career until hitting a mine in May 1944. Towed to Le Harve, she was destroyed in an RAF bombing raid there in July 1944. This Ribbon was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4. A very nice example from 4.Zerstorerdvision (4th Destroyer Division) measuring 115cms and without swallow tails. This tally is woven with gold artificial thread which was a change from the traditional gold wire and came into effect by order from October 1936. Overall condition is very good but with five minor areas of wear along the lower edge. There are four small holes in the ribbon which may be as a result of having been pinned for display at some time. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Grey Leather Trousers A very good used pair retaining all their original colour and without damage. Clearly used with the legs turned up, the leather is still supple and all buttons, buckles and hooks are in place. There is a good label showing a clear 1942 date. Worn with the mid length grey leather jacket, these Trousers are somewhat harder to obtain, this pair showing just the right amount of service wear. This item is from an important and long established private collection put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Kriegsmarine Harbour Pilot Flag - Hafenlotseflagge A very good and perhaps unissued example of the German Harbour Pilot’s Flag, the Hafenlotseflagge. Flown at any time a qualified Pilot was aboard to guide a ship into port, this example is of multi panel construction and measures approximately 110cms x 95 cms. Overall condition is very good with absolutely no moth or other damage and with the colours still bright. Close inspection reveals some marks to the white borders but these are few and do not detract in any way. Both halyard hooks are in place on their respective ropes. A very nice piece of quality manufacture which will display well.
Kriegsmarine Klasse 11 Observer Watch by Stowa An excellent example of these beautiful and rare Kriegsmarine Class 11 Observer Watches by the highly respected manufacturer, Stowa (Walter Storz) With a large brass nickel silver plated case measuring approximately 59mm, watches by Stowa are as sought after as those made for the same purpose by IWC. They were available with either a matt silver or fully luminous dial, as is the case with his example and several reference works state that the fully luminous dial was specifically intended for use on U Boats. The dial itself is in perfect condition with no loss or decolourisation to the luminous paint. Below the 12 o’clock position is the KM contract mark sitting above the Stowa manufacture’s logo. There is a sunken subsidiary seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position. Both the minute and hour hands are of blued steel and are again in perfect condition. The case back markings are undamaged and display a good clear Eagle and Swastika above the M, a property number of 15057, 11Kl and Stowa’s serial number 346 which is repeated on the 19 jewel movement and the inside of the case back. Discussion with Stowa has indicated that this triple signed watch was manufactured in 1940. There is some loss to the nickel coating on the case back from use and the crystal, which appears to be the original, displays minor surface scratches that can be seen in the right light. There is one slightly more noticeable mark on the crystal between the 10 and 11 position. The high quality movement is in excellent working order and keeps near perfect time. A fine example that will undoubtedly continue to increase in value
Kriegsmarine Mess Dress Blue Vest An excellent blue doeskin wool waistcoat for wear with the Kriegsmarine Mess Dress. Approximately a size 36” the vest is in unissued condition without damage or marks. The front has four shallow pockets and is closed be four gilt Kriegsmarine fouled anchor buttons, each marked “Extra Fein” to the reverse. The collar is ornamental and the vest is lined with a dark blue rayon or similar material. The back is black smooth lining material with a claw buckle adjusting belt and two short side vents.
Kriegsmarine Officer's Car / Fender Pennant An extremely nice example of a Kriegsmarine Officer’s Car Pennant with the classic chain stitched eagle and swastika on a heavy navy blue cotton background. Trimmed with a golden yellow cotton border the Pennant retains both of the original clips for mounting to the pole and is in very good condition. Measuring 30cms by 20 cms the Pennant was to be flown at any time the Office was in the car and is shown in the last image in use by a Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer.
Kriegsmarine Officer's Gold Wire Breast Eagle A very good and perhaps hand embroidered example. Total wingspan including material is 115 mm. There is toning to the gold wire and some thread is present where it has been removed from the tunic. The reverse still shows signs of the original paper backing. Now quite difficult to find in this condition.
Kriegsmarine One Piece Leather Overalls Heavy, black leather, blanket wool lined Overalls, issued on a limited basis to U Boat Crews but also know to have been utilised by Kriegsmarie Gunnery and Panzer Crews With two front slash pockets and one side zippered pocket, the suit has one full length front zip and one zip to each arm and leg. The leather is in very good condition with only minor abrasions and the wool lining is without damage. There is only one label to be found and this reads simply, 12. All zip pulls are clearly marked “Zipp” and whilst the all-important main Zip is in excellent condition, all remaining zips have some loss of teeth to a varying extent, with the right leg zip being almost devoid of teeth. This seems to be a common problem and of those I have seen for sale in the past, all have had replacement modern zips. Approximately a 36” chest, the suit would be an excellent mannequin display piece
Kriegsmarine or Heer Lace Up Shoes or Ankle Boots. Unissued Although most would without doubt consider these unissued Kriegsmarine or Heer shoes to be marching boots, Angolia and Schlight refer to them on page 378 of Volume 1 of The Kriegsmarine Uniforms and Traditions, as a lace up shoe. This pair is virtually identical to those shown in the book and remain in their undyed brown leather. When issued to the Kriegsmarine they were to be dyed black however they remained in their natural state when issued to the Heer. Mint is a word I avoid using as anything that has been touched does not meet the definition, nevertheless it perhaps best describes these lovely shoes. Stamped 42 to the sole, which I take to be the date, there is absolutely no sign of them ever having been worn, a compressed card remaining inside as they left the factory to protect the inner sole. Each sole features 24 hob nails, fewer than those normally seen on army boots and more in keeping with the light patrol duties of the Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces or for wear as a walking out shoe. The heal has a full horseshoe steel cap stamped SCHWELMA8L whilst the sole terminates in a cap at the toe marked 7. There are four pairs of eyelets and three pairs of lace hooks which close the shoe over a heavy tongue. Introduced in 1941 as leather for the tall marching boot became limited, it would be quite impossible to upgrade this exceptional example
Kriegsmarine Rank Sleeve Insignia. Obermatrose Unissued example of a Kriegsmarine single sleeve chevron for an Obermatrose. Excellent undamaged condition with toning to the golden tress
Kriegsmarine Sea Water Thermometer An excellent example of these well marked Salt Water Thermometers, contained in its original car sleeve. Both the Thermometer and the sleeve are in very good undamaged condition. OVERSEAS BUYERS please note. This Thermometer contains mercury and I am therefore not able to ship to addresses outside the UK.
Kriegsmarine Soldbuch Coastal Artillery By virtue of the size of the service itself when compared to the Army or Luftwaffe, Soldbuchs to members of the Kriegsmarine are seldom found. This example is in very good complete condition and relates to Johannes Hilck, a soldier with Kregsmarine Flak Division 294, part of Kriegsmarine Flak Regiment 14. The inside front cover shows Hilck wearing the uniform of a Waterborne Customs Official, perhaps prior to his transfer to the Coastal Artillery as the need for personnel increased. Page two shows his personal details along with a good Flak Division 294 stamp, feldpost number and signature of the Batterie-Chef. All pages are present and show the usual next of kin and equipment issue but with no sign of awards.
Kriegsmarine Vest (Waistcoat) Perhaps originally intended for wear with the frock coats and Reefer Jackets, these vests became unnecessary as dress regulations required them both garment to be worn buttoned. By 1940 the vest were omitted from the clothing list. They are therefore, quite uncommon. Made of a heavy blue woollen material, the vest is closed at the front with six gilt fouled anchor buttons each marked with the manufacturer’s name and Reichmarine. There are three horizontal pockets and a lining of a striped sateen material at the top of which is a clear clothing depot stamp dated 15.9.38. The back is constructed of two panels made of dark cotton lining material with a belt and claw buckle arrangement to adjust the fit. Overall condition is very good, with no moth damage or wear, the lining showing some signs of use. There appears to be a panel stitched under the belt on the left side, which I assume was to repair damage. A very good display piece, not often seen.
Kriegsmarine White Work Shirt and Trousers A very nice and well matched example of the Kriegsmarine Work Shirt and Trousers. Constructed in a Cotton / Rayon combination, overall condition of both items is very good with some staining from use evident on the back of the Work Shirt only. The Work Shirt itself is of the traditional full cut with a large breast pocket on the right side, these being introduced in 1941. Above the pocket is a fine machine woven artificial silk eagle in cornflower blue. The neck opening is secured by a single tie. On the left sleeve is a Musician Career Insignia formed of a Music Lyre on an Anchor in Cornflower blue rayon thread. The larger size of this insignia suggests an NCO rank of Musikmaat. As with the Trousers all buttons are present and constructed of a natural alloy. The Trousers are the Naval style with a front closure in the form of a horizontal rectangular fold down. Inside, they are well stamped with the store reference, the owner’s location and date in red thread and the owners name tape, also in red thread. Fine adjustment for fitting is by a V shaped panel at the back with six eyelets. The tie cord is not present. An excellent combination seen in so many period photographs, and ideal for display.
Kriegsmarine Zeiss 7 x 50 Artl. Binoculars A very good useable pair of Kriegsmarine Zeiss 7x50 Artl. Marked Binoculars. Cleaned and serviced by Optrep here in the UK they give a nice clear and well collimated picture with the artillery reticule still in place in the right ocular, but the coating is no longer evident on the lenses. All markings are original and undamaged and include the serial number 1968985 which date these to late 1939. I suspect both shoulder plates may have been repainted at some time but clearly a very long time ago and very well done. Most unusually, the early external covering is completely intact, most showing at least some loss. Each eyecup show very small chips at some point on the rim but these are barely noticeable. The neck strap is not original but a bracket for a rain guard remains in place on the centre bending bar.
Large Wehrmacht Clothing and Personal Effects Bag A rather uncommon heavy cotton canvas Clothing and Personal effects bag. Measuring approximately 60 x 46 x 15 cms, the bag has a stiffened top section with carrying handle and internal rayon loop for a clothes hanger, whilst on the back are two sturdy carry straps to allow it to worn on the back. The front has a three strap and buckle closure arrangement underneath which sit ten pairs of large eyelets closed with a cord for weather proofing. In addition there are further loops and straps to allow further equipment to be attached. Well Rb numbered, the inside has numerous pockets for the personal effects. A late war example, the cotton webbing straps terminate with the standard “Lux” stamped triangular metal tabs. Overall condition is very good with on patched repair to the bottom left hand inside corner and a name panel painted out on the back. A very unusual piece and the ideal finishing touches for the weekend re-enactor.
Late 30s to Early War RAF Officer's Peaked Cap A particularly nice example of a late 30’s to mid war RAF Officer’s cap in the classic saucer shape with large peak. The cap shows very little sign of use and is completely free from moth damage, the only point of note being wear and loss of stitching to the Real Roam Leather sweatband where it nears the peak, entirely in keeping with the cap having been regularly carried under the arm. The lining is clean with a nice Horne Brothers of Oxford Street silk label. Interestingly, the officer’s cap badge is a mid- war metal three part badge, in itself quite uncommon. These were introduced as the attrition rate of aircrew necessitated the rapid promotion of NCO aircrew, with badge manufactures unable to meet the demand for the wire badge. Size appears to be about 54 cms.
Late War Produced Heer Belt Buckle A very good, perhaps unissued, late war steel Heer Belt Buckle in the typical field grey of the period. Overall condition is very good with the Buckle retaining perhaps 90% of the original paint with just some light wear to the high points on the eagle and the lower front edge.
Luftwaffe 10-6701 Oxygen Mask A very good example of the rare Luftwaffe 10-6701 Oxygen Mask which did not feature the third vertical strap attachment and is generally associated with use by fighter crews. The black rubber face pieces remains supple and free from cracks or other damage with the model number and manufacture’s code clearly visible. Similarly the tube is in very good condition with the connector and crocodile clip in place although I believe the attachment bracket for the clip may be a replacement. The two strap harness is also very good but I am told by the previous owner that this may be a replacement. I must admit that surprises as the workmanship is outstanding in every respect, but I am offering it on that basis. An excellent display piece priced to allow for possibility of replacement straps.
Luftwaffe Air Branch NCO's Tunic An exceptionally nice 1937 dated Luftwaffe NCO’s four pocket Service Tunic to a flying branch Gerfreiter, in the standard issue heavy blue – grey wool. The Tunic shows little sign of wear but there are perhaps two or three small moth nips around the waist, with a small area on the back of the collar and along the skirt on the left side. All are quite inconspicuous. Typical of the style of the period, it closes with four aluminium coloured pebbled buttons with two pleated pockets with buttoned flaps at the breast and two flapped bellows pockets below. The right breast has an excellent machine embroidered early pattern droop tail eagle and Swastika whilst the collar is piped with the yellow twisted yellow waffenfarbe cord which matches the collar tabs, each showing two metal rank gulls. Shoulder straps are stitched in and are again piped with the yellow waffenfarbe whilst the left sleeve has an early style Gerfeiter chevron. The lining is a grey cotton profusely stamped with the date, size markings and interestingly the stamps of a Fliegershcule and "Lw. Gr. Kdo. 2 " - Luftwaffen Gruppen Kommando 2 (Luftwaffe Group Command 2) later to become Luftflotte 2 which played an active part in the Battle of Britain. On the left side there is an opening in the lining which enters the lower pocket to allow wear of a dagger. Not shown in the pictures is the original two medal ribbon bar for the Iron Cross Second Class and the War Service Cross, just discovered in one of the pockets and of course included in the sale.
Luftwaffe Armbandkompass 39 A very good example of the second pattern Luftwaffe AK 39 (Armbandkompass) Arm Band Compass, issued to aircrew and intended for wear on the wrist but often worn on the Life Vest (as the pictures show) or elsewhere. The second pattern incorporated a more visible white compass dial with a see through segment on the reverse to allow it to be used on a map. Very good condition in seemingly good working order and with and undamaged leather wrist strap.
Luftwaffe Breast Eagle Standard Luftwaffe Breast Eagle in machine embroidered off white thread on a grey cloth backing. A particularly nice, perhaps unissued example with absolutely no damage.
Luftwaffe Breast Eagle for the Drillich HBT Tunic Very occasionally seen on Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager jump smocks, these scarce Luftwaffe Breast Eagles, machine embroidered on a green cotton herringbone backing, were primarily intended for wear, when used, on the summer weight Drillch or Herringbone Twill Tunic. Overall condition is very good with no damage and perhaps unissued. A rare breast eagle
Luftwaffe Cap Eagle - M43 Cap Medium sized machine embroidered second pattern Luftwaffe Eagle, perhaps for wear on the M43 field cap in the two part insignia combination. Removed from a cap and in very good condition with a slightly stiffened backing to assist stand up on the cap.
Luftwaffe Carry On Case for Weapons System An aluminium Luftwaffe carry on case for the inflight equipment needed to operate the PVC 1006 weapons system. The drop weapon PVC 1006 was mainly incorporated into the body of seaplanes and aircraft operating against marine targets. It was used for the horizontal suspension and drop of the following loads: Torpedo, Fallschirmlot LMA III, Fallschirmlot LMB III, S 300, SD 1000 The case is of course empty, in overall good condition, with some depression to the lid from storage and retaining its’ data plate and most of the original paint. It measures 43 x 43 x 17 and is closed by a rotary catch at the front. A nice display piece for a Luftwaffe aircrew collection.
Luftwaffe Chest Parachute Pack Now an extremely difficult piece to find, this Luftwaffe chest parachute pack is in overall very good but incomplete condition. The pack itself is without significant damage although the label has some staining and fading. There is no canopy and only a small amount of the lines remain, still attached to the rectangular attachment points on the back which are original and very rare in themselves. Two of the opening elastics are modern examples whilst the others may or may not be German. The D handle is certainly not original to the pack and is probably from a seat pack, of undetermined vintage and without the cable and pins. Nevertheless, the pack displays well with the shape having been maintained with a padding of 1969 dated copies of the New York Tribune!
Luftwaffe Cloth Version German Cross in Gold Bridging an obvious gap between the Iron Cross First Class and the Knights Cross, the German Cross in Gold was instituted in 1941. Because of the size and weight of the metal Cross, it was felt a cloth version should be available for wear with combat clothing making, in my view, the cloth version more interesting. They were produced with a Luftwaffe grey backing as we have here, a field grey for the army, dark blue for the navy and black for Panzer. Approximately half the number of the Cross were awarded to the Luftwaffe as to the army. This example follows the standard pattern,72mm wide hand embroidered, featuring a double overlaid eight point sunburst pattern with the top inner layer sunburst in a matt, brownish/grey cotton thread, and the bottom outer layer in bright silver/aluminium wire threads. The cross has a gilt washed circular stamped alloy wreath with embossed laurel leaves and “ribbons” and a small banner with the impressed introduction date, “1941”. Identical in appearance to the wreaths utilized on the metal crosses, the inner edge of the alloy wreath has a red thread border with an additional silver/aluminium thread border to the outer edge. The wreath encompasses an embroidered, canted, black swastika with a silver/aluminium thread outer border on a white rayon ribbed backing. Mounted on a cut-out, Luftwaffe grey wool base indicating the service branch of issue and clearly removed from a uniform, the Cross is in generally very good condition whilst showing signs of light service use such as would have been encountered during wear on a Fliegerbluse. Approximately 50% of the paper backing remains, beneath which the manufacturer’s stamp is still visible.
Luftwaffe Cockpit UV Lamp FL 32269-6 . Me 410/110 A now extremely rare Ultra Violet lamp taken from the cockpit of an Me410. I have found reference to this type of lamp also being used in the Me110 and no doubt other types. In very good condition but missing the light diffuser from the end. A broken bulb appears still to be in place. According to a note found with it, this was removed from the aircraft in Norway in 1945.
Luftwaffe Cold Weather Pelzmutze Although most commonly thought of as being for use on the Eastern Front, the Pelzmutze was defined simply as a cold weather cap. Basic in construction and seen with many different furs, this example is sheepskin with natural coloured wool and leather. The peak or visor is a stiff card with a white cotton covering but again these are seen with a leather covering. Overall condition is very good with a small repair near the left wing of the eagle and with the female portion of the press fastener on the left ear flap missing. The large cream button for securing the side flaps is present. Both the eagle and the rosette have been re applied as is usually the case.
Luftwaffe Collar Tabs - Signals An excellent unissued pair of Luftwaffe Collar Tabs to a Funker (Radio Soldier) in signals. Beige coloured felt with single gull of silver wire and backed with Buckram stiffened with fish glue
Luftwaffe Directional Gyro Fl. 22561, Ju88, Bf 110, He 111 etc. Forming part of the Autopilot system on heavy types such as the JU88, Bf 110, He 111 etc, this Directional Gyro Compass was recovered by a member of the Home Guard in the Bedington area of the Wirral, near Liverpool. Unfortunately, the family were unable to remember the date or type of aircraft. General condition is very good, the gyro locking with the knob pushed in and rotating freely with it released
Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner DR2 Navigation Planning Computer Essentially a circular slide rule used for navigation planning, this example is in very good but slightly dirty condition. Made by Dennert & Pape in Febraury 1941 it isroughly 15cm in diameter, dual sided, multi-piece, molded bakelite, celluloid and tooled alloy construction
Luftwaffe Flak Artillery Shoulder Straps, Unissued A very good matched pair of Luftwaffe Feldwebel’s slip on shoulder straps for a Feldwebel in the Flak Artillery. Perhaps never used, the straps are free from moth or any other damage and are ideal for display on the Flyer's Blouse
Luftwaffe Flight Section Oberleutnant's Collar Patches A matched pair of Luftwaffe Flight Section Oberleutnant Collar Patches. Overall condition is good but with surface moth damage evident, fortunately not completely penetrating the yellow cloth.
Luftwaffe Gefreiter Rank Chevron An individual chevron appropriate to the Luftwaffe rank of Gefreiter. Excellent unissued condition with silver tresse
Luftwaffe General's Car / Fender Pennant A very good example of the rare and beautiful Luftwaffe General Officer’s Car Pennant, intended to be flown on the right wing fender of the car, only when the officer was being carried. Measuring 425 x 245mm, the pennant is in very condition and free from damage or stains. Double sided, it is composed of two golden yellow Luftwaffe eagles, hand embroidered in Cello wire thread against a blue grey wool mix material, identical in appearance to the officer quality uniform. Top and bottom edges are trimmed with a 2cm wide Tresse adorned with golden Swastikas, whilst the hoist end features a 1cm wide ribbed Tresse intended to be closed with hand stitching over a stiffener and then mounted and flown in a nickel plated frame. Both stiffener and frame are no longer present and the hoist end remains open. Of the very few examples I have seen over the years this is generally the case, allowing easy stowage in the souvenir hunter’s kit bag. Two variations of this Pennant exist, one with the Eagles constructed in yellow silk, whilst the other and far more desirable Cello thread version is the type I am able to offer here.
Luftwaffe Honour Goblet Awarded to Oberfeldwebel Johann Schumm for Outstanding Achievement in the Air War 1941 An excellent example of these rare “Ehrenpokal” or Honour Goblet, awarded to Oberfeldwebel Johann Schumm and dated 21.4.41 Early issue in silver, the base with surrounding engraving "Oberfeldwebel Johann Schumm am 21.3.41" and stamped with the maker's name "JOH. WAGNER & SOHN" and hallmark "835" with crescent, crown and eagle. Height 20.4 cm, weight ca. 410 g. Overall condition is very good with one slight dent to the edge of the base rim. Established in 1940 and awarded on the authority of Hermann Goring to Luftwaffe Personnel “For Special Achievement in the Air War” and available to aircrew only, these Goblets reflected the WW1 design and bridged the gap between the Iron Cross First Class and the Cross in Gold or Knights Cross. Wagner was the sole manufacturer of Goblets in fine 835 silver. Research shows Johann Schumm was a crew member in HE 111 H6 of 6./Kampfgeschwader 4 "General Wever" and with Olt. Ulrich Knauth attacked the Ransome and Marles factory in Newark, Nottinghamshire on March 7th 1941. They were operating from Eindhoven, the pilot was a Gold Cross winner. At time of his death on 21/10/44 Staffelkapitän 6./KG 4 Hptm. Johann Schumm , Uffz. Heinz Geilber , FW Friedrich Bunker and FW Leonhard Mayer were reported missing in action after their Heinkel He 111H-20 5J+GP crashed into the Aegean off Crete after an attack by a Beaufighter of 108 Sqd. Wally Cunningham & Bob Common in Beaufighter mk 6 ND145W attacked the 111 and it's starboard engine caught fire. The Heinkel was seen to crash vertically into the sea. There were no survivors. The picture of Oberfeldwebel Johann Schumm was found on the internet and is not included
Luftwaffe Junghans Cockpit Clock Always an attractive display piece this Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock by Junghans shows no visible damage other than loss to the luminous paint on the hands. Nevertheless, it is not in working condition and is sold as such. The clock winds but to no effect so this may be a mainspring problem although I have not had it examined. The Bakelite outer bezel turns and the stop watch function operates. The Junghans J30BZ movement appears complete. The identical clock is shown in the last image, in place on a JU87 instrument panel.
Luftwaffe Leutnant Shoulder Boards A pair of tunic removed Luftwaffe Flight Section Shoulder boards to a Leutnant. General appearance for display is very good but with wear e to the dark yellow wool on the underside.
Luftwaffe M40 Helmet Q64 An exceptionally nice example of a single decal Luftwaffe M40 Helmet by Quist. A Q64 with a lot number of DN143 the Helmet was probably produced around the middle of 1943, but shows very little sign of use. The factory rough textured blue/ grey paint is without loss and retains all of the mat finish, most having developed something of a shine from handling over the years. The liner sits on a zinc plated band with undisturbed pins and washers whilst the leather is soft and without damage, an original draw string securing the fingers. The decal is a second pattern eagle which has toned nicely but has lost one arm of the Swastika, whilst the original 1941 dated chinstrap has separated. Both parts remain however allowing for a repair.
Luftwaffe Man's / NCO Cap insignia Excellent unissued cap insignia for the Luftwaffe NCO’s / Enlisted Man’s Peaked Cap (Schirmmutze). Winged Cockade in aluminium with blades
Luftwaffe Man's/ NCO Cap Insignia Excellent unissued cap insignia for the Luftwaffe NCO’s / Enlisted Man’s Peaked Cap (Schirmmutze). Winged Cockade in zinc with prongs
Luftwaffe Marksmanship Lanyard A very good undamaged example of a Luftwaffe Marksman Lanyard which I believe to be for grades 1-4. Formed of an interwoven braid of blue grey silk with aluminium thread and three fixed aluminium sliders. A wreathed Luftwaffe eagle with a darkened or matt finish sits on an oval backing the reverse of which is hand finished with a dark blue grey wool. Awarded to individuals for proficiency with firearms up to and including flak guns. Worn on the right side of the service tunic, flying blouse etc. when on parade, walking out or guard duties.
Luftwaffe Ordnance Personnel Trade Badge Luftwaffe Sleeve Badge to a Luftwaffe specialist in Ordnance. Excellent unissued condition
Luftwaffe Parachute Bag A Luftwaffe parachute bag ideal for the display or storage of both aircrew and Fallschirmjager Parachutes. A heavy cotton weave, the bag is in overall very good condition but as is always the case with these bags, three of the male fasteners have pulled through. Fortunately they all remain in the female side so could perhaps be refitted. No markings are obvious, the bag having clearly been washed in the past.
Luftwaffe Parachute Mine (Luftmine) Elelectro-Mechanical Timer Fuse An extremely rare Electro-mechanical Timer Fuse for the famed Luftwaffe Parachute Mine. Originally intended for use as a sea mine these “Luftmines “ were later dropped on land and caused havoc around the UK. There use continued into the Battle of Britain and Blitz period. On the base of the device is a mica blank, below which is a plunger which starts the mechanism running when depressed. This example ticks away very well and is in generally very good condition but with some distortion to the clear Perspex top cover and a vertical split in the Perspex side wall. It stands 3" tall with a diameter of 3.5". On the base rim is the manufacter's stamp, atb and a Luftwaffe inspection stamp. The Internet provides numerous photographs of the Parachute Mine itself, including one which now resides in the Imperial War Museum (see last image), having been recovered by Lt. Commanders Ouvry and Lewis from the mud flats at Shoeberrynes in November 1939. 60.000 tons of shipping had been lost between September and October 1939 and Churchill himself described the mining of our waters with these magnetic mines as “the biggest single threat to our survival”. Its secrets uncovered at Shoeberryness it was discovered that placing an electrically charged wire around the ship, a Degaussing Cable, prevented operation of the detonator. However, within a short period a new device was added called a “Clicker”. The Electro-Magnetic Time Fuse on offer here is part of the Clicker. If the mine landed in water the clicker allowed for five clicks (five ships passing overhead) and would detonate on the sixth. If, as become more the case, the mine was directed at land targets, the initial impact on a hard surface started the Timer Fuse running which fired the detonator. A fascinating and extremely interesting item with strong connections to the Battle of Britain and Blitz period, this Timer Fuse has no explosive components and is completely safe. The last two images are for interest only and are not included in the listing.
Luftwaffe RO/AG Badge By Juncker in Tombak A very good example of an early Tombak Luftwaffe Radio Operator/Air Gunner’s Badge by the highly desirable manufacturer, C.E. Juncker of Berlin. Overall condition is very good with slight bends to the pin but no damage. Awarded after the completion of two months service in a non-operational squadron or participation in five operational flights
Luftwaffe Signals EM/NCO's Saddle Form Cap A good Luftwaffe issue blue/grey Nachrichtern (Signals) EM/NCO's peaked cap. Constructed in a coarse basic wool it features a black, horizontally ribbed, interwoven, mohair cap band, and cinnamon coloured waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the cap band. The front centre of the cap has a second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), silver washed, stamped alloy, Luftwaffe eagle below which is a silver washed, stamped alloy, winged wreath with a black, silver and red painted national tri-colour cockade. The chinstrap is of patent leather with two, black painted, vertically rectangular, metal, retaining clips and two, black painted, vertically oval, metal, sliding length adjustment buckles. The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, smooth, black painted sheet metal buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, ersatz peak. Interior of cap is fully lined in rust/orange coloured oilcloth or cotton. Celluloid sweat diamond is complete, underneath which is the size, 56. The tan leather sweatband shows slight cracking and has ventilation perforations to front section. Overall appearance is very good with minor moth nips along the rear lower edge where the waffenfarbe sits above the wool cloth.
Luftwaffe Signals Specialist Trade Badge Worn on the left sleeve by qualified Signals Personnel. Off white machine embroidered lightning bolt on Luftwaffe blue backing Excellent unissued condition
Luftwaffe Single Decal M42 Helmet A good and completely untouched Luftwaffe single decal M42 helmet, ET64 with an undiscernible lot number. The shell is without damage and with the aluminium oxide grey green paint perhaps 70% intact with more notable loss to the crown. The liners is good with a small tear to one tongue and a few puncture marks although slightly firm with the effects of dust over the years. The drawstring is in place but there is no chinstrap and the second pattern Luftwaffe eagle remains about 70% intact.
Luftwaffe Trade Badge. Transport Sergeant Specialist trade badge to a Luftwaffe Transport Sergeant. Excellent undamaged and unissued condition
Luftwaffe Tropical "Bloused" Trousers A very scarce pair of Luftwaffe “Bloused” Tropical Trousers, issued not only to field and ground units but most significantly to the Fallschirmjager Troops. Worn in the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and Southern Russia during the summer months these were the most commonly worn trousers. They are of a full cut with two angled front pockets and a large sewn on rectangular flapped pocket on the upper part of the left thigh extending down to the knee. At the back are two flapped and buttoned pockets. The legs are very wide, narrowing at the ankles with ties and the waist is closed with an integral belt secured with an aluminium buckle. The front is closed with six buttons. Overall condition is very good with no damage to the Khaki herringbone twill material and with no buttons missing. There is some very light staining in the area of the left knee which does not detract from the appearance. Very rare Tropical Trousers
Luftwaffe Tropical Belt and Buckle Far scarcer than their army counterpart, this late pattern Luftwaffe Tropical Belt and Buckle shows signs of having come into contact with water at some time. The pressed steel Buckle retains a good amount of the original blue grey paint but shows surface rusting to both the outside and inside. There are no maker's marks. The belt itself is quite dirty with rust stains having transferred from the Buckle and with evidence of it having been pinned up for display. The leather inside Buckle adjustment tongue is still supple but with surface splits, again the result of water contact. A rare belt, priced, I hope to account for its’ drawer backs.
Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Breast Eagle A very rare bird indeed is this original machine embroidered Second Pattern Luftwaffe Breast eagle for wear on the tropical shirt. Overall condition is excellent with stitch holes evident after removal from the shirt and with both the eagle and triangular cotton patch retaining all their colour without stains. It would be difficult to upgrade this example.
Luftwaffe Tropical Shorts A very nice pair of what I believe are Luftwaffe Tropical Shorts showing just the right amount of service wear, complete and free from damage part from a small split to the seam at the lower end of the left pocket opening. Made by Franz Weck in Berlin in khaki cotton drill the shorts have two vertical side slash pockets, two flapped rear pockets with hidden buttons and short pleated front. The fly is closed by five buttons and the waistband by two inward facing buttons over which an aluminium buckle adjusts a waist belt. Waist size is approximately 33”.
M42 Shell Only. Size 64 Providing an excellent basis for a restoration project, this no decal M42 shell retains most of the original dark green Heer finish and is without dents or significant scratches. Overall condition is generally very good with some light surface rust patches to the inside. These show well in the images. The shell size 64 is obvious but the other markings are not discernible on the inside rim.
M43 Drillichbluse Summer Tunic Generally referred to by collectors as a Herring Bone Twill Jacket, this is the first model summer tunic used for both combat and duty. Its pattern and manufacture was the same as the M43 field blouse but with just two belt support hooks both of which remain in this example fitted to rayon strips on the inside. Popular and comfortable it is seen in numerous images showing wear in the summer months in Europe, Russia and the Channel Islands. This appears to be an example made of natural linen in a herringbone pattern, later jackets made of an artificial linen. The machine embroidered eagle has possibly been re applied as is so often the case with jackets worn by POW’s. Nevertheless, it is original and absolutely correct. The collar bars have never been touched and are correctly stitched in place. Both shoulder straps have a yellow waffenfarbe which suggests signals and are of the early wool variety, later jackets being fitted with a linen strap closely matching the jacket. Overall condition is really very good with no rips, tears or damage and with signs of minimal washing giving it just the right appearance. All the pebbled buttons are in place and secured by the correct S clips. The original label remains but this has been mostly washed out and at one time detached, being secured now simply to keep it with the jacket. Points of note are minor. Each cuff should have two closure buttons for adjustment whilst only one remains on each cuff and the left lower bellows pocket has become partially unstitched on the inside. An extremely nice jacket and one which prove difficult to upgrade.
Matched Pair of 6th Armoured Division Formation Patches A good matched pair, clearly removed from a uniform. Overall condition is good with a small amount of moth to the edge of one and light surface nips to the other. Perfect for adding to a Battledress Blouse. The 6th Armoured Division saw extensive action through North Africa with the 7th, (Desert Rats) on to Italy and Austria where it finished the war.
Matched Pair of Luftwaffe Collar Patches A good set of uniform removed collar tabs for an Leutnant flying branch and covering aircrew and Fallschirmjager personnel. Silver bullion rank insignia on a dark yellow wool background piped with silver cord. Whilst on tab is in very good condition the other displays what appears to scorching damage
Matched Pair of Panzer Collar Tabs A very good matched pair of Panzer Collar Tabs of the September 1935 pattern Machine woven, rayon construction collar tab with a light, field-grey litzen with an interwoven grey centre stripe and pink branch of service stripe. The collar tabs are machine stitched to a blue/green badge cloth base, which is mounted on a light buckram backing. Overall condition is very good.
Matched Set of Luftwaffe Flying Personnel Insignia A good used set of uniform removed matching shoulder boards and collar tabs for an Oberleutnant flying branch and covering aircrew and Fallschirmjager personnel. The shoulder boards are of the stitched in variety with four rows of bullion aluminium wire, each with a single rank pip all mounted on a dark yellow wool backing. Both are in good used condition. Collar tabs reflect the rank and are in very good condition with slight age related marks.
MG 34/42 Ammunition Box - 1944 Dated A good 1944 dated MG34/42 250 round ammunition case clearly stamped Patr. Kast 411.MG ( Patronenkasten 411) with manufacturer’s code, ada. This late war case is of steel construction and in overall very good undamaged condition. Whilst the paintwork appears to be original, the shade of green is not typically German so it may be a later repaint. The leather protecting rings are missing from the carrying handles.
MG34 Breech Cover Now very scarce and actually the first I’ve owned, this Breech Cover for the MG34 is in overall very good condition without any signs of damage other than some discolouration on the inside, perhaps from grease or oil from the gun. Constructed in a blue grey canvas with leather closure straps, horse hair padding and leatherette reinforcing panels, these covers formed part of the contents of the boxed MG34s, but few seem to have survived. Clearly stamped 43 on the leather of the equipment catch. A rare finishing touch to a deactivated MG34
Mid War RAF Irvin Jacket A particularly nice example of a mid war Irvin Jacket wearable by a 38” chest size over light clothing, but ideal for a mannequin display. Retaining most of the original colour, the jacket is without rips or tears and with the exception of the seam at the back of the collar, all stitching is firm and intact. All three zips are original, operate perfectly and the AM marked runners are complete with their original leather pulls. The hanging chain is in place. The fur is a lovely dense honey colour, the only sign of wear being an area about 10cms in length along the lower edge of the jacket at the opening beneath the buckle strap. A truly lovely jacket and one that would prove difficult to upgrade.
Mk1A Helmet Risdon Beazley Marine Salvor. D-Day? Perhaps one of the scarcest of British wartime Home Front Helmets is this double 1939 dated Mk1A Helmet bearing the stencil painted name R.B.Ltd SO’TON. This was the firm of Risdon Beazley, marine salvor in Southampton At the outbreak of World War II the Admiralty requisitioned salvage vessels and most were put under Risdon Beazley's management. By 1945 Risdon Beazley were operating 61 vessels, including 29 that were owned by the Admiralty, working as far east as Colombo. They lost three vessels and a barge in the war. The other managers operated less than 20 vessels between them. Risdon Beazley managed all but three of the salvage vessels that went to France for D-Day so it is possible this helmet was issued for the D-Day operations. Their ships went on to clear ports in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The vessels were civilian manned. Usually the only military people aboard were DEMS gunners and a salvage officer. The company built 22 Fairmile Motor Gun Boats and Motor Torpedo Boats; they were the fastest UK yard to turn out the D type MTB and fourth fastest in the UK for all Fairmiles. They also built ten harbour Service launches. The Helmet is in overall very good condition with the shell retaining the majority of the early war factory finish, with surface rust mottling to the inside or the rim, which also carries the hand painted size 6 ½ a good clear 1939 date and manufacturing details. Despite the painted size the bands are marked 7 ½ 1939 and a clear early inspection stamp. The oil cloth liner is very good and without cracks or splits. A very scarce Helmet
Mount for the German ZF41 Telescopic Sight A very good mount for the German ZF41 Telescopic Sight used on the K98 rifle. The sights often appear without this scarce mount, perhaps being used for some other purpose after the war, so a good opportunity to complete a set. Overall condition is very good with the spring release catch working perfectly and with both top clamps and screws in place
MP40 Magazine Pouch Always one of the most difficult pieces of combat equipment to find, it is hardly surprising that most on offer are not original. This totally original single three magazine pouch for the MP40 has certainly endured a long war with two of the magazine compartments having been reinforced with closely matching heavy cotton canvas, absolutely typical of German field equipment and clearly a field repair. In addition, one of the closure flaps has portions of the cloth missing near the strap and at the back of the flap. The three brown leather straps and loops are very good as are the belt loops at the rear and whilst there is just a very slight sign of stampings, these are not discernible. A good original combat used example.
N0 9 Commando Shoulder Flashes Very good original and unissued pair showing very light signs of storeage only.
National Fire Service Cap 1942 A good and apparently unissued example by Hobson & Sons London. Externally the cap is nice and clean, retaining all the original colour and shape. Whilst the main body is free from moth damage there is evidence along the extreme bottom edge, mostly on the inside but with two areas on the outside, all of which I have shown in the images. For general service wear when not wearing a helmet, the cap is a size 7 with a WD “O” inspectors stamp on the inside of the sweatband dating it to 1942 . Part of a small collection I am currently listing
National Fire Service Heavy Canvas Waterproof Coat. 4-43 An interesting and perhaps rather scarce National Fire Service overcoat made in a heavy khaki waterproof canvas, with a distinct red selvage. Despite the lack of a label this coat accompanied the small collection of NFS items I have recently listed and carries the distinctive NFS buttons. Inside, the coat is named to C.E. Martin and bears a circular stamp which appears to read 4-43. Overall, the coat is in very good used condition with some light staining and minor loss of stitching to one of the slash side pocket tops. The cuffs have adjustable straps with two pockets on each sleeve, one of which is missing. At the front, the coat closes with five concealed NFS buttons by Firmin, with a further closure tie at the bottom. One of the small plastic buttons is missing here. At the neck, closure is secured by a hook and eye and the collar features another strap and button to ensure a water tight fit with the collar lifted. The coat is a good large size and would certainly fit comfortably over a clothed 42” + chest.
Navy Blue Beret, 1944, Large. Royal Corps of Signals/ REME etc. A good and large navy blue Beret which I take to be Royal Corps of Signals or REME. Overall condition is very good with no signs of moth but with some cracking to the leather trim. Size appears to be about 59cms. Although the stamping to the crown is invisible to the naked eye, the camera reveals this is a British Beret Basque Ltd Beret. Again, no date visible but a good clear “M” with the inspector’s stamp so this is 1944. Slider pocket is intact.
NCO and Enlisted Man's Artillery Schirmmutze A very good example of private purchase NCO’s and enlisted man’s “Saddle Form” Schirmmutze – Service Cap. Tailored in a good quality field grey wool and trimmed top and bottom with the red waffenfarbe of the artillery branch of service which is repeated along the lower edge of the dark green cap band. The visor or peak is black lacquered “Vulkan Fibre” and is without damage. The insignia comprises a stamped metal eagle with a cockade of aluminium both of which are in very good condition as is the three part black leather chinstrap. Inside, the ventilated sweatband is in good condition with loss to the red foam padding at the underside at the brow. The celluloid diamond shaped protector is complete but the green lining does show signs of perspiration. The cap is free from moth damage or stains and is in overall very good condition.
Near Excellent 1943 Dated Battledress Blouse and Trousers, Size 13 Royal Ulster Rifles An outstanding example of a US manufactured Battledress Blouse and Trousers, extensively issued to British and Commonwealth troops as part of the “lend-lease” agreement enacted during WW11. A good size 13 (38”-39” chest and 33”-34” waist), both pieces are clearly dated 1943 and in as new condition, showing no signs of ever having been used. The Blouse has been tailored as was allowed for Officers, and a smart open collar created along with multiple back pleating for a smarter look. Sadly, neither item is named but it may be possible to find the name of the original owner from the medal ribbons, rank and regiment. The Blouse is ranked to a Lieutenant Colonel and sports the green shamrock of the 38th Infantry Brigade which composed Irish Regiments which were part of the 78th Division. This no doubt explains the Africa and Italy stars, where the division saw heavy fighting. Other ribbons include the British Empire Medal, The General Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the 1937 Coronation Medal. On the right shoulder is an Irish Regiment Formation Patch to the Royal Ulster Rifles. Clearly, this was a career Officer. A near excellent pair with just a very slight difference in colours between the Blouse and Trousers
No. 2 Commando Officer's Beret / Cap Badge A very rare service used example of the trapezoid badge worn by officers only with No. 2 Commando. Featuring a vertical Commando dagger between two S’s (Special Services) in silver wire and sitting on a background of black Melton wool, the badge shows considerable use and has darkened with age. In addition there are several moth holes to the wool. The last picture shows an officer with number 2 Commando sitting in the front row and wearing what appears to be a metal version of the badge. The picture was taken at the SOE base at Monopoli in Italy with my own father in law appearing elsewhere in the picture. The picture is not included.
NSDAP District (Gau) Level OberGemeinschaftsLeiter (Head Community Leader) Collar Tab. An extremely rare 1st Pattern NSDAP District (Gau) Level OberGemeinschaftsLeiter (Head Community Leader) Collar Tab. Red wool upper with gilt eagle insignia, four gilt pips and a strip of dark yellow piping along the bottom, all four edges being trimmed in burgundy piping. This Regional Party Organisation (Reichleitung) collar tab is in very good condition and represents a seldom seem example of the type
NSDAP Marked Bread Bag and Water Bottle A very nice early NSDAP Bread Bag and Water Bottle, both in very good overall condition with no damage, The Bread Bag retains all its’ straps and buttons and all stitching remains firm. The inside of the flap carries good clear NSDAP markings. The Water Bottle is without dents and the felt cover is free from moth holes. All press fasteners are in place as is the leather hanging strap and cap and the cork stopper.
NSDAP Political Leader Candidate Armband A virtually mint and unfinished Political Leader Candidate Armband at the Ortsgruppen level, designated by the blue edge piping. These came into being with the 4th pattern 1939 Political Leader Uniform revisions and has nothing to do with the Gau level. The full length open ended Armband is constructed with a blue piped red wool backing on which is centred a ribbed white circle over which is laid a black Swastika of ribbed black material. It would be impossible to upgrade this excellent example which retains its' original NSDAP Label.
NSDAP Political Leader's Belt and Buckle An excellent example of a Political Leaders Belt and Buckle, the belt produced in the later Havana brown leather which replaced the early chocolate brown in 1939 and was closely followed by the circular aluminium gilt washed Buckle we have here. Earlier Buckles were of the double claw type. Both Belt and Buckle are in very good undamaged condition and show very little if any signs of use, the original retailer’s or manufacture's label still being attached and the RZM control stamp clearly visible. The Belt measure 100 cms in length with a fitting size of 95 cms stamped into the leather. Both leather runners are in place. The gilt wash to the Buckle and its’ components is without wear and all are marked RZM M4/24 indicating manufacture by the firm of Friedrich Linden of Ludenscheid. It would be very difficult to upgrade this example.
NSDAP Political Leader's Cap Insignia A very good and complete three part set of Insignia for an NSDAP Political Leader's Peaked / Visor Cap. Comprising die stamped gilded wreath with metal prongs, a central rosette and a 1939 pattern Political eagle. The wreath is in very good condition with perhaps some toning to the finish but without damage and perhaps never fitted. The central rosette is again in very good condition with a good clear RZM mark and M1/63. The eagle is very good with all three prongs intact and M1/44 clear in the stamping.
NSKK Sleeve Eagle A good and perhaps unissued example of the silver bullion NSKK eagle, worn on the left sleeve of the brown uniform. Overall condition is very good with some pulls to the threads, the brown baked cloth variety being somewhat scarcer. Wingspan approximately 85mm
NSPDA Foreign Ministry General Government Official's "OST" Cuff Title (Ärmelstreiffen) Without doubt the finest of only two other similar Cuff Titles I can find for sale anywhere, this recently acquired piece has never before been in a collection and is in near mint condition. Constructed in a high quality blue / black wool bordered top and bottom with a bright silver Russian braid and boldly highlighted with a hand embroidered “OST” silver wire raised script, it has an overall length of 42 cms and is stitched closed at the reverse. For wear on the dramatic if ostentatious blue/black uniform of the Governments Officials, the size and pre finished state suggest it was intended for easy removal, perhaps from an overcoat. Shortly after the successful take-over of Poland personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assigned for temporary service in Poland were allotted this Cuff Title to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the navy blue service tunic and greatcoat as in this case. A very rare and quite beautiful example.
NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth An excellent silver award badge for the NSRL, "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (National-socialist State-league for Physical-fitness), which was later incorporated into the DRL, "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (German State-league for Physical-fitness), without changing their award insignia, in 1938. This cloth version of the award, which would have been sewn to an athletic uniform, has machine woven in silver-coloured threads to its black rayon base, an eagle with down-swept wings and a black, mobile swastika to its breast with the date "1937". The eagle is encircled by a silver coloured, 70mm diameter wreath. The silver award signifies qualifying for the final of an all Germany championship in one sport Excellent unused condition and very scarce to find in silver.
NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth An excellent bronze award badge for the NSRL, "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (National-socialist State-league for Physical-fitness), which was later incorporated into the DRL, "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (German State-league for Physical-fitness), without changing their award insignia, in 1938. This cloth version of the award, which would have been sewn to an athletic uniform, has machine woven in bronze coloured threads to its black rayon base, an eagle with down-swept wings and a black, mobile swastika to its breast with the date "1937". The eagle is encircled by a bronze coloured, 67mm diameter circle. The bronze award signifies qualifying in one sport only. Excellent unused condition but with the remains of a gummed paper strip to the rear where it has been mounted for display.
Oversized Party Pennant A high quality oversized Party Pennant from the same outstanding collection as the previous two flags. Measuring 380 mm x 460 mm, the Pennant is double sided with sewn on circular panels with printed Swastikas. Both attachment cords are in place on the Halyard. Clearly never used it retains all the original bold colours and is in very good condition, the only points of note being a small ink stain and slight marks to the white panel, all being on one side.
P38 Holster with Police Markings A superb and unissued example of a late “Soft Shell” Holster for the P38 Pistol. The Holster has clearly remained stored with the flap open since manufacture and overall condition must be described as excellent. Stampings are clear and include the very rare Police eagle. It would be impossible to upgrade this example
Pair of GHQ India Formation Patches A very good matched pair with poppers for fitting to a tropical Jacket or shirt
Panzer Grenadier Grossdeutschland Officer's Cuff Title in Doe Skin An extremely rare Officer's Panzer Grenadier Grossdeutschland Cuff Title in a soft black doe skin material and not to be confused with the ordinary other ranks title sometimes seen. Measuring approximately 43 cms in length and perhaps never worn. Displayed in Sütterlin script, "Grossdeutschland" is machine woven in a silver wire/thread with the top and bottom edged by machine woven silver braiding. Overall condition is very good no damage and no marks. Replaced in 1944 by a Cuff Title with a more discernible depiction of the name, this is a very scarce version sometimes referred to (rightly or wrongly) as the third pattern. The Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland "Greater Germany" was an élite German Army ceremonial and combat unit which saw action during World War II. Originally formed in 1921 it was known as the Wachregiment Berlin. Renamed Infanterie-Regiment Großdeutschland in 1939 the regiment served in the campaigns in France and the Low Countries. It then served exclusively on the Eastern Front until the end of the war. It was destroyed near Pillau in May 1945. Großdeutschland is sometimes mistakenly perceived to be part of the Waffen-SS, whereas it was actually a unit of the regular German Army. A rare example and one which be difficult to upgrade
Post War RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat Useful as a backdrop display piece, a 1949 date RAF Ordinary Airman’s Greatcoat of the style used in WW11. Overall condition is very good with no visible moth holes to the blue grey wool but with one or two in the white blanket cloth lining.
Pre War German Walkers Bread Bag Following almost exactly the design of the NSDAP Bread Bag with the exception of the belt support hook, this example appears to be private purchase and absolutely in keeping with the pre war German popularity of outdoor activities. Overall condition is good with some detachment of the leather flap trim with the owners name tag still attached.
Private Purchase Iron Cross Second Class in Original LDO Case A very uncommon example of an LDO cased Iron Cross 2nd Class by Wilhelm Deumer. Maker marked with their LDO code of L/11, this example is typical of a private purchase EK11 contained in the its rare LDO fitted case, presentation pieces issued in a paper envelope. With the L/11 mark clear on the suspension loop, the Cross itself is in very good condition. The box is also very good but with splits to two corners of the lid. A short length of ribbon for fitting to a button hole remains.
Published SS WKC Degen (Sword) Following reorganisation by Himmler, the Police was taken over by the SS and consequently large numbers of existing and future SS personnel had Police backgrounds. This is reflected in the Degens (Swords) and this example is typical. This WKC example has solid nickel construction and is the actual piece shown on page 489 of “Exploring The Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS” by Thomas Wittman The upper hilt area of this Degen has an integral step-nut. The matching pommel nut is also nickel and in good condition, with no burring on the serrated edges and with the SS runes raised from a blackened background. The fine “D” guard curves nicely through the crossguard, ending in a teardrop Quilon. The lower ferrule has heavily hand engraved oak leaves. The ebony grip of this Degen is in perfect condition throughout with no chips or problems and is complete with fine, tightly wrapped nickel wire. The Police logo is of brass and provides a striking contrast. There is an original SS portepee on the hilt and this extremely rare piece is correctly tied and in excellent condition. It is constructed with finely textured aluminium bullion strapping, decorated with two sets of dual black lines. The slide is of woven bullion. The stem is slightly bulbous and is marked with circled set SS runes on each side. The lower ball is of tight bullion with an insert that matches the bullion strapping. The scabbard is completely straight throughout with original period paint which shows no loss. The upper mount features the Wotan's Knot design, with black infilled background. The blade of this example is approximately 35cm in length and is in near mint condition. The ricasso is stamped with the WKC Logo and double SS runes above which sits the original white leather buffer. To complete this exceptional example is the silver aluminium wire and black leather hanger with all fittings and the original grey felt storage sleeve with leather fittings and RiRi zip, all in as new condition. An incredibly rare published example that would be almost impossible to upgrade. Due to the high value of this item, please contact me to discuss shipping options, with collection possibly and recommended.
Q64 M40 Single Decal Heer Helmet A good single decal M40 Heer Helmet with an overall rough brush painted blue grey application. Intended as a camouflage finish with the decal now partially exposed, the shell is undamaged and maintains at least 80% of the period applied paint which extends to the inside of the skirt, obscuring some of the stamping but with the lot number DN 368 (?) and Q 6 just discernible. Nevertheless I have no doubt this is a shell size 64. Inside, the leather liner shows wear but has all the fingers present. There is one tear on the left side and significant wear at the brow. There is no chinstrap or draw string.
RAD Mess Hall Dining Plate A good 1937 dated dining plate produced for the Reicharbeitsdienst (RAD) Measuring 234 mm in diameter, the plate is in overall very good undamaged condition with some very minor patches of discolouration beneath the glaze at the centre.
RAF 1908 Pattern Belt A good example of the 1908 Pattern RAF Waist Belt in a size large, dated 1923 and by the Mills Equipment Co – MECo. Overall condition is very good with two areas of slight wear to the edges, one cause by the Twigg closure buckle, the other by equipment having been attached to one of rear tabs. There is also an area of surface liquid marking which I have shown in the pictures. Rear tabs are riveted in place, the later economy version having been stitched. Of interest is the service number 414120 stamped into one of the brass end finishing plates.
RAF 1939 Pattern Flying Boots with History A very good pair of the sought after 1939 Pattern Flying Boots, these with the improved webbing strap giving precise fitting. Although perfect for a Battle of Britain display, this pair has a contract date of 41 so perhaps amongst the last produced before the appearance of the ’41 pattern boot. A good size 9, the black leather shoe sections are in very good condition and although the soles are perhaps the originals they have had stick on rubber soles applied over them. The uppers are the correct heavy cotton whipcord, often incorrectly described as canvas. Generally very good, both have wear at the ankles where they have rubbed together whilst walking, absolutely typical of this pattern. Both webbing straps are very good. Inside the fur is very good and without loss. All four leather patches are in place on the pulls, two showing the AM stamp, size and contract date. Of interest is the ink written name A.C. Tulley on two of the tabs. Arthur Charles Tulley became operational as a Pilot Officer Pilot on 3.11.40 flying Blenheims with 84 Squadron. First in Greece, he moved with the Squadron to Iraq based at Habbaniya, the scene of a little known but fascinating episode in WW11. The 1941 Iraqi coup d'état , also called the Rashid Ali Al-Gaylani coup or the Golden Square coup, was a nationalist and pro-Nazi Coup d'état in Iraq on 1 April 1941 that overthrew the pro-British regime of Regent 'Abd al-Ilah and his Prime Minister Nuri al-Said and installed Rashid Ali al-Gaylani as Prime Minister. The coup was led by four Iraqi nationalist army generals, known as "the Golden Square", who intended to use the war to press for full Iraqi independence following the limited independence granted in 1932. To that end, they worked with German intelligence and accepted military assistance from Germany and Italy. Me110s and He111s based in the Greek Islands and painted in Iraqi Air Force colours attacked the RAF airfield at Habbanyia. The attack and siege was beaten back but P/O Tulley was unlucky and was attacked by a 110 and had to force land his Blenheim in the desert. A good pair of boots with an interesting history.
RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots, Size 8-9 Generally a very nice pair of late war boots in what would seem to be a size 8-9. Overall appearance is very good but they are a little dusty and would benefit from a light vacuum. Both shoes are in very good condition although they have been re-soled and are without laces. The suede uppers are very good but with some minor marks, which may brush off. These show well in the images. The zips and leather straps are very good, the zip pulls displaying the late crows foot stamp. The zips work perfectly and all stitching is intact and strong. The sheepskin lining to the uppers display some loss of fur, most noticeable on the right boot, but the full extent can be seen in the pictures. Both insoles remain but these have lost all their fur and are perhaps best removed. A good pair of boots, ideal for display or wear.
RAF Blenheim / Baltimore Log Book and Medal Group A very interesting Log Book and medal group to Flight Lieutenant H Long 127528, comprising three Log Books (the first completely filled, the second and third only partially so), his medals comprising Air Crew Europe Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 39-45 Star, Defence Medal and War Medal all contained in their wrapping in the original box of issue with entitlement slips, his Service and Release book and a small quantity of paperwork. Also included is a good amount of well prepared research material. His first Log Book starts with basic training in July 1940 and continues through to December 1943 with in excess of 1,000 hours logged. After conversion to the Blenheim he becomes operational and flies his first operation 4 April 1941 with 82 Squadron. On his second operation he records “Operations, bombing attack on Nordeney. Attacked by two Me 110’s, A/G killed. Starboard airscrew lost over sea. Crash landed Horsham St. Faith “ His gunner that day was Sgt. John Glen Cameron. He goes on to record another eleven operations mostly anti shipping off Norway and Holland. Long heads out to Malta on the 22 June and carries out attacks on enemy convoys. It seems they operated from TAMET Airfield and attacked targets in Libya including an airfield. He was attacked by an Italian CR42 near Tripoli harbour 3rd July 1941.They head back to the UK at the end of July. He is posted 70 OTU to be an instructor, October 1941 to December 1942. In July 1941 the unit moved to Nakuru in Kenya. 15th November 1942 Long receives a Red Endorsement for carelessness resulting in damage to an aircraft damaged aircraft. He then converts to Baltimores and moves to 52 Squadron in January 1943. No. 52 became a flying squadron again in October 1942, when it received Bristol Blenheims, which were used for survey work over Iraq. It’s Blenheims were supplemented with Martin Baltimores in January 1943. It moved to Egypt in February 1943, when it discarded its Blenheims to become a solely Batimore equipped Squadron. 1st Operation was off Crete on May 1st 1943 with the squadron moving to Landing Ground LG91 at Castel Benito on June 8th 1943 mainly flying shipping patrols. He was attacked by 2 109s on the 8th August 1943 and he claimed both damaged. His second Log Book starts in January 1944 with 69 Squadron where he notes “2nd tour hours 162.30 and 39 sorties” (carried forward from previous log) Here he is engaged mainly on anti submarine patrols in the Med area. Posted to 105 OTU for conversion to Wellington. Then 107 OTU for conversion to Dakota. 147 Squadron 18th Sept 1944. On 5 September 1944, the Squadron was reformed again at Croydon as a transport unit and its Dakotas began passenger and freight flights between the UK and the newly-liberated cities in France and Belgium. These were extended to Italy soon afterwards and a flight of Ansons was placed in service for short-range services. On 31 August 1946 the last scheduled service took place and the Squadron was disbanded on 13 September 1946. Many transport flights across the channel from RAF Kenley, Ford, Lynham etc. F/L Longs last Log Book entry is on 24th June 1945 with his final discharge from the RAF shown in his release book as 29th January 1946. A good complete collection in overall very good condition.
RAF Double Caterpillar Group with Logbook and War Crimes Association An extremely interesting RAF Flight Engineer's “Twin Caterpillar” grouping to Sergeant J. Tame, shortly to become the subject of an article to be published in the “Britain at War” magazine. Following completion of his RAF Flight Engineer Course in December 1944, Sergeant J.D.A. Tame is posted to 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit at Dishforth, to undertake training on the Halifax 111, during which time he completes two “Sweepstake” operations conducted by the training flight and intended to draw up enemy fighters. Training completed, Sgt. Tame joins 425 R.C.A.F “Alouette” Squadron at Tholthorpe and embarks on his first operation on 31/3/45, to Hamburg. Captained by a American, F/Lt Lesesne, this flight was to end in tragedy. Believed to have been hit by Flak near the target, the entire crew parachuted safely and whilst some of the crew were quickly picked up and placed in a cell, one landed in the compound of a concentration camp. For F/Lt Lesesne, far worse awaited him. Landing close to a Flak battery crewed by female Flak helpers, he was severely beaten before being handed over, eventually being thrown into the cell with his crew. Lesesne’s injuries needed immediate medical attention but despite repeated requests for a Doctor, he died in the cell. He lies buried in Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg. Sgt. Tame and the rest of the crew were later transported to Stalag Luft 1 where he remained as a P.O.W until being released by the Russians after what the RAF Ex POW association remark in the letter accompanying the group, “I can’t at the moment recall any member with less service than you”. The grouping comprises: Two gold Caterpillar Pins, both named to Sgt. Tame on the reverse, one of which has had the clasp removed and replaced by a gold Tie Pin. No evidence has yet been discovered to show his entitlement to two pins, but research continues to see if another descent was made during training. His Caterpillar Card signed by Irvin himself and not his wife as is often the case. His Identity disc from Stalag Luft 1 His Logbook, with the last entry listing him as missing. Two letters from his Commanding Officer to his family, one informing them of him being listed as missing and another relating to his personal effects. One letter from The Air Ministry expressing regret at his loss. A letter from The RAF Ex POW Association dated 1986. A copy of the last Newspaper ever produced at Stalag Luft 1 A bomber Command Flight Engineer Log Two Luftwaffe Sports Vest Eagles His Flight Engineer Wing and POW Association Blazer Badge An A4 size studio photograph of him, various pictures, and paperwork, most issued following his return to the UK, and an RAF Prayer Book.
RAF Escape and Evasion Map. 43K French / Spanish Border Area British made Escape and Evasion Map from the 1943 series produced for aircrew and other Special Operations forces. This is map 43K East, Southwest France / Spain Northeast and 43K West, Spain Northwest and Portugal North. Made in artificial silk with the edges heat-sealed this map covers the all-important border between France and Spain. Highly detailed, it measures 600mm x 520mm in the scale 1:1,000,000 and was intended for inclusion in the Evasion Purse issued for each operation with the appropriate maps. Overall condition is very good with no damage or marks.
RAF Escape Compass Button Now very rare to locate an original example such as I have here, this RAF Tunic Escape Compass Button has lingered for some time in my own collection and is in very good overall condition. The history and background to these buttons is well known with the thread being changed on later pieces to confuse the enemy. This example has the early standard thread which is turned counter clockwise to unlock and reveal the compass. The thread is perfect and opens and closes with ease, the seam being virtually invisible when closed. Sadly, as with so many things now, they are being reproduced and offered by the unscrupulous as genuine. Fortunately, they are quite crude and amateurish and easily detected if you’ve handled the genuine article. Naturally, this is guaranteed genuine for as long as you own it, as with everything I offer and beware of other example where the compass forms part of the top of the button and not the base.
RAF Evasion Maps C & D A very good example of the rayon RAF Evasion Maps C and D, issued to crews in the Evasion Purse and covering the appropriate route to target. Map 43 C shows Holland, Belgium, North Eastern France and German as far as Berlin in a scale of 1-1,000,000 whilst map sheet D shows South Eastern France, South West Germany and Switzerland in 1-1,000,000 with an insert for Belgium and Germany in scale 1-250,000. Very good condition with original folds.
RAF Flight Engineer's Bullion Half Wing. Tropical A very unusual RAF Flight Engineer’s Half Wing, handmade in silver and gold bullion on black wool and backed with khaki cloth. The wing has two male press fasteners in place for wear on a shirt or tropical KD jacket. Probably theatre made. Light service wear but generally very good used condition.
RAF Full Dress Pilot's Wings 1920-30 A heavily padded pair of gold bullion Pilot’s Wings for wear on the full dress RAF uniform. Monogrammed in silver bullion, the Wings are hand embroidered and are in near excellent condition, perhaps dating from between 1920 -30. Clearly removed from a uniform
RAF G Type Oxgygen Mask with Early Harness Although this G Type Oxygen Mask does have issues, it somewhat redeems itself by being an early example with the sought after figure of 8 harness clip. The medium sized face piece is supple and generally in fair to good condition, but with a significant split on the bridge of the nose and missing the nose wire. All three of the securing points for the wire are broken. A good AM marked microphone with short cord remains but the rubber surround has badly deteriorated and hardened. The harness and clip are good, the harness itself retaining a good degree of elasticity
RAF Jaguar Windscreen A rather unusual item for me to offer, having arrived as part of a large collection of WW11 items I acquired, is this heavy centre windscreen panel from an RAF Jaguar strike aircraft. Some 110 cms in length, it weighs in excess of 12 kgs and is of 30mm thick acrylic heated laminate construction. Overall condition is good with all the surface scratches you would expect from the storage of a non-serviceable aircraft part, but an impressive display piece nevertheless. Developed jointly with France, the Jaguar still remains in service with the Indian Air Force, but was retired from the RAF in 2007
RAF Kings Crown Air Rank Officers Cap Badge A really rather scarce example of a King's Crown RAF Air Rank Officer's cap badge for the Service Dress Cap, no doubt dating from WW11.. Removed from a cap, overall condition is very good with no signs of damage.
RAF Mk1a Bone Dome and G Type Helmet. 1968 A nice example of a 1960’s cold war period RAF Mk1a Bone Dome and G Type inner Helmet. The Mk1a is a size 2 Narrow with a contract date from 1968. Overall condition is very good with the original silver paint showing light scratches, but generally much better than usually seen. Inside, the name Sgt. Casey is hand written and this may relate to the letters BC on the outside. The tinted visor is also very good and complete with its velvet cover. The visor track works well and the chinstrap is complete. The G Helmet is again a size 2 and although without damage, is rather dirty. It is, however, fully wired with the correct receivers, ear defenders and short cord for use without an extension when used with ejector seats. A nice combination which fits well on a medium sized male display head, as shown in the images.
RAF Officer's Field Service Cap. Unissued Uniform Issue Cap An unissued example of an RAF Officer’s Field Service cap, being a uniform issue item rather than the more commonly seen private purchase variety. Overall condition is near excellent with the cloth and lining still very clean, the imitation silk lining clearly marked “Caps FS BG WO , 6 7/8, S & P. Harris Ltd. Glasgow 1945. The appropriate WD Inspection stamp shows a clear Z. No RAF badge was ever fitted and the buttons are of the black plastic type.
RAF Officer's Kings Crown Beret Badge Removed from a Beret, this one piece badge is in excellent condition retaining all the original finish and with no fading to the velvet insert in the Crown. Smaller than the Officer’s Cap badge, these were sized to suit the Beret which came in to service from 1943. Although a Kings Crown example, it would be impossible to date this to any year between 1943 and 1952.
RAF Parachute Seat Cushion Undated but absolutely correct for a wartime RAF Seat Type Parachute assembly, this cushion is in very good condition but missing one of its eyelets. All four attachment tabs and press fasteners are present and the Sorbo rubber padding remains soft and intact. The printed “Flying Club” no doubt indicates its post war use as an aircraft seat cushion.
RAF Pilot's Gold Bullion Wings 1918 An extremely rare pair of early RAF Pilot’s Wings dating I believe from 1918 and intended for wear on the first light blue uniform. Gold bullion with the monogram in silver bullion, the wings are in very good condition with perhaps some signs of age fading. See Eagles Recalled by Warren Carroll pages 62 and 63.
RAF Signaler's Padded Half Wing An unissued padded example in near excellent condition. The Signaler’s wing appeared in 1943 to reflect the post of the Wireless Operator.
RAF Tropical Brassard and Chevrons Both in very good used condition. The Brassard has eight small Newey poppers in keeping with the early style of these fittings. The Chevrons are undamged and free of moth. Quite unusual to see these Brassards.
RAF Type D Gautlets With Inner Gloves Featuring a heated inner glove, The Type D Gauntlets were introduced late in the war and remained in service during the early jet age. In very good overall condition, this medium sized pair show only light use, however, both labels have been removed. The black inner gloves have both had the electric elements and connector plugs removed, with the subsequent holes to the linings neatly finished. Whilst this could represent a modification, it is just as likely these were altered for private civilian use. Still excellent for display I have tried to adjust the price accordingly.
RAF Typhoon / Tempest Spade Grip An extremely nice example of an AH8005 Spade Grip (more correctly called Ring Grip) as fitted to the Typhoon and Tempest and possibly to nine only, Firebrand aircraft. Complete with the rarely seen control stick top and chain sprocket, the Spade Grip retains a good 99% of the original covering and has a fully functioning and original electric Mk11 gun firing button, with the rotating safe/fire selector operating correctly. I believe this example to be of Canadian manufacture. The brake lever is however a reproduction and there is no brake catch and no camera gun button which was retro fitted by means of a simple bracket. The camera gun buttons themselves are commonly available. An excellent display piece
Reichmarine Cap Ribbon / Tally "Torpedoboot Leopard" An excellent and unissued example, the ribbon is full length at 150cms and retains its’ original brown paper stores wrapper. Both ends are cut to a shallow Swallow tail ready for wear and the Latin scripted gold wire title "Torpedoboot Leopard" shows the original bright colour. “Torpedoboot Leopard” was launched in 1928 and enjoyed only a short wartime career. In April 1940 mechanical failure caused her to lose her rudder after which she was rammed by the Mine Layer “Kaiser”, and was lost. This Ribbon was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Reichmarine Cap Ribbon / Tally "Torpedoboot Tiger" A very good unissued example of this Reichmarine Cap Tally to the “Torpedoboot Tiger”, complete with its original paper protective wrapping. 116 cms in length the ribbon is in very good condition with one end cut to a swallow tail ready for wear. The Latin script woven gold wire title is also in very good condition but has taken on a classic greenish / black hue as a result of oxidisation. “Tiger” was launched in 1929 and enjoyed a short pre-war career before being sunk on 27th August 1939 after colliding with the destroyer “ Max Schultz”. I also have listed a Tally to “Tiger” showing the gothic script adopted during her time with the Kriegsmarine. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Reichmarine Cap Tally "Kreuzer Hamburg" An excellent and unissued example to the Reichmarine Light Cruiser “Hamburg”. Retaining its original brown tissue paper protective cover the Tally is full length at 150 cms, with swallow tails cut at either end ready for wear. The ribbon is without damage and the woven Gold Wire Latin script retains its original bright colour. An attractive and rare Cap Tally. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Reichmarine Cap Tally "Torpedoboot Moewe" An excellent and perhaps unissued example of a Reichmarine Cap Tally to the Torpedoboot ” Moewe”. Both the ribbon and the Latin script title are undamaged with slight darkening to the woven gold wire lettering. The ribbon is full length at 150 cms with the ends cut to a swallow tail ready for issue. Torpedoboot “Moewe” is something of an enigma with records showing she was launched in 1926. However, Moewe (Seagull) has two spellings and it appears that the alternative spelling, “Mowe” may have been used later. In May 1940 she was torpedoed by the British Submarine “Taku” and remained under repair until spring of 1943. Her finest hour came during the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944 when she participated in the sinking of the Norwegian Destroyer “Svenner”, the last allied naval ship to be sunk by German surface vessels in WW11. The moment was short lived and on 15th June she was sunk during an RAF raid on Le Havre Harbour. The last image of the ship herself is not included in the sale. Perhaps rare to find with this spelling of the name. This Tally was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Reissue M35 Helmet A reissue M35 which appears to be a shell size 64 with a lot number of 2788 or 2783. The maker is not visible due to the application of paint on the inner skirt. The reissue process seems unlikely to have been carried out at the factory and has more likely taken place at a depot since the finish appears to be quite a thin application of a smooth grey green paint with no aluminium oxide content. This type of basic paint finish is absolutely typical of the rushed process which started round about 1942 when growing demands for equipment left little time for perfection. What makes this helmet intriguing is the outline of a decal on the right hand side. Since this is unlikely to be an SS helmet I can only assume the eagle was correctly removed from the left and the tricolour on the right simply over painted. The reissue liner is good with one tear and with loss of stitching to the seam. The pins show no signs of having been removed. There is no chinstrap
RFA Blue Ensign with "Dr. Who" Connection. An attractive and seldom seen Royal Fleet Auxiliary “Blue Ensign” measuring approximately 53”x 108” and taken from the RFA Coastal Stores Carrier “Robert Dundas” The Ensign is in very good condition and retains its securing hooks at both ends of the Halyard. It is however, rather dirty. The Canton is comprised of a multi panelled Union Jack with a gold anchor towards the fly end. “Robert Dundas” was launched in 1938 and served until she was decommissioned in June 1972. Laid up at Chatham, she was sailed to Grays, Essex for scrapping. Whilst in transit to Grays she was utilised by the BBC on 1-2 June as a filming location for the science fiction series, “Dr. Who” where she represented the fictitious “SS Bernice” in the episode “Carnival of Monsters”. On her arrival a young man asked if he could have the flag and was told once filming had finished he was welcome to it. He kept it until I acquired it recently. I have no idea if the flag is visible in the episode. The last image shows a scene from "Carnival of Monsters". Here the mast arrangement can be compared to the two previous images of the ship. I have no idea of the vintage of this Ensign so I am unable to guarantee it is of pre 1946 manufacture. An interesting British Ensign for the marine or “Dr. Who” collector.
RFC 1916 Pattern Full Dress Gold Bullion Pilot's Wings An extremely rare full dress variant of Royal Flying Corp Pilot’s wings as pictured on page 30 of Eagles Recalled by Warren Carroll. 110 mm in wingspan, the wings are constructed in gold bullion wire and feature the RFC monogram within a wreath, the crown being filled with red velvet, all having a black woollen Melton. Intended for wear on the dark blue jacket, these wings are in very good condition with clear signs of having been removed from a uniform.
RFC Ace's Original Combat Report 39 Victories Original Combat Reports to aces from WW1 or indeed WW2 are extremely rare to find with those that do appear, often having a very dubious recent history following their unauthorised removal from the Public Records Office. The PRO is still actively searching to recover these missing treasures and it is nice to see that this report, dictated and signed by the RFC ace Captain, later Major John Ingles Gilmour, was subpoenaed by the FBI in the USA in 2001 and underwent special investigation in conjunction with the PRO in London. The PRO laid no claim to it and it comes with a letter from the FBI confirming that. The report itself is in generally very good condition but with age darkening to the paper and some fading to the typeface, which is still legible. It refers to his thirty seventh victory which took place on 2nd July 1918 and comes with a copy photograph of Gilmour, the letter from the FBI and list of his credited victories. Gilmour transferred the Royal Flying Corps in December 1915, and was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate No. 2888 after soloing in a Maurice Farman biplane at the military flying school at Farnborough on 17 March 1916. He was assigned to No. 27 Squadron. They were the sole squadron equipped with the Martinsyde G.100, commonly called the Elephant. This aircraft was nicknamed for being large and ungainly. A single seater, it was too big, slow, and manoeuvrable to be a successful fighter, and without a rear gunner, too defenceless to survive well in a ground attack or bombing role. It was equipped with a Lewis machine gun mounted on the upper wing firing over the propeller, and a second one on the fuselage pointed toward the rear. Nevertheless, before the Elephants were withdrawn from service, Gilmour scored three victories flying one, though his primary duty was bombing. On 15 September 1916, in conjunction with several other pilots, he destroyed an Albatros D.I. On the 24th, he destroyed a Fokker Eindekker; on the 26th, he drove another down out of control. On 26 May 1917, Gilmour received the Military Cross for his prowess as a bombing formation leader. At this point, he was almost certainly still flying the Martinsyde. Late in 1917, Gilmour was assigned to No. 65 Squadron RAF as a flight commander. After a fourteen-month gap in his aerial victory list, he scored flying a Sopwith Camel, on 18 December 1917. His two triumphs that day made him an ace. He shot a triple on 4 January 1918, including one down in flames, and followed it up with number eight on 9 January. He then began to run up his score by single and double victories—two in February, one in March, seven in April, eight in May, four in June. By 29 June, his total was 31. On 1 July 1918, Gilmour capped his career with a performance that earned him a Distinguished Service Order. On that evening, within 45 minutes, he burned two Fokker D.VIIs and knocked another down out of control, set an Albatros D.V afire, and drove a Pfalz D.III out of the air. The times on his combat reports make it clear these were five separate engagements; many times, aces reporting multiple victories scored in a single engagement. Gilmour destroyed a Pfalz the next day, and two the day after, for his final successes. In the end, his victory record showed that he had 1 balloon destroyed, 1 enemy aircraft captured, 24 aircraft destroyed (and 3 shared destroyed) and 10 claimed 'out of control'. Eight of the destroyed craft had gone down in flames, as had the balloon. He was promoted to major and transferred to Italy to command 28 Squadron, but added no further victories to his record. His victory list made him the leading ace of the 13 aces in 65 Squadron. On 3 August 1918, Gilmour was awarded the DSO; on 16 September, he was gazetted for his second bar to his MC. After the war, he had a brief tenure as air attaché in Rome in July 1919. He then transferred to the Middle East to join No. 216 Squadron RAF. John Ingles Gilmour died in London on 24 February 1928, having committed suicide by cyanide poisoning. His death certificate describes him as being of independent means but unsound mind. Gilmour's medals were auctioned on 13 September 2012, and sold for £40,000.
RFC Goggle Mask A very good pair of RFC period goggles, perhaps private purchase but absolutely typical of the type. Leather face mask showing only light surface wear backed with what I take to be dark brown rabbit fur. The glass lenses show slight delamination at the edges but are without cracks and sit well in the aluminium frames which are hinged to allow for replacement lenses, with the breathable cotton sprung panels being in very good condition. The elasticated headband remains intact but has now lost its elasticity and shows signs of stretching.
RFC Observer's Padded Wing An issued but virtually as new example of the padded RFC Observer Wing, issued from 1915 onwards. White silk embroidered feathers on a black wool backing and with the “O” surrounded with a single gold bullion wire. The paper backing shows perforations from having been stitched to a uniform. See page 30 of Eagles Recalled for further reading.
RFC Pilot's Wings Unpadded An unpadded variant of the RFC Pilot’s Wings in overall very good condition with the monogram sitting above a wreath of light brown. On this example the leg of the R sits over the F and whilst in no way significant, it is a nice variation. For further reading see Eagles Recalled pages 23-29
RFC WW1 German Aircraft Souvenir - Oil Svanenge Pump An interesting WW1 souvenir being a German Aircraft Engine Oil Scavenge Pump manufactured by the firm of Alex Friedmann. Attractively mounted on a polished wooden plinth measuring 150 x 190 mm, the bottom right corner of the plinth bears a brass plate engraved Grossa – Italy 7th. June 1918, at that time the base of No.45 Sopwith Camel Squadron RFC suggesting this pump came from one of the Squadron’s victories. The pump itself is in excellent condition and works well. Rotating the drive shaft turns the cogged wheel which in turns drives two alternating action pistons marked L and R which once created the suction to return surplus oil back into the engine sump. The plinth is without scratches or damage of any kind. A wonderful “boys toy” which looks very good sitting on a desk and provides an entertaining working piece of engineering which can be operated by hand and offers excellent research potential.
Riechmarine Cap Tally / Ribbon "Torpedoboot Iltis" An excellent and unissued example still retaining its original brown paper stores wrapper. Full length at 150 cms, the tally has both ends cut to a swallow tail ready for wear. The Latin Script gold wire is bright and has not tarnished with age. “Torpedoboot Iltis” was launched in October 1928 and spent most of her wartime career as a minelayer. In January 1940 she was involved in an incident where she rammed and sank U115. In May 1942 “Iltis” herself was sunk by British MTBs. This Ribbon was held in a museum inventory in Germany until about thirteen years ago when it was purchased, along with several others, by a private collector. I am now offering items from this important and long established private collection, put together with great care over many years. Whilst collecting the artefacts, particular attention was paid to seeking out the best available, a policy which is clearly reflected in the quality and condition of every piece. Over the coming weeks I will be listing further items from the same collection, which will include both instruments and uniform related pieces.
Right Facing Eagle for the Luftwaffe Tropenhelm Although unassuming in appearance, original example of the right facing eagle for the Luftwaffe Tropenhelm or Pith Helmet, are really quite scarce. This original zinc example is in very good condition with all three blades in place and clearly never opened. The Swastika is slightly twisted and I have no doubt this could be bent straight again.
RN / Royal Australian Navy Underwater Submarine Detection Device 1942 Designed by the Royal Navy and intended for the detection of underwater vessels such a submarines, these integrators were suspended along a submerged cable and are well known for their deployment at locations such as Sydney harbour for protection against Japanese miniature submarines, following the attack there in 1942.. The integrator is in reality a flux meter, which may be defined as a moving coil galvanometer specially designed for the measurement of magnetic fields, its deflections being determined solely by the total quantity of electricity discharged through the moving coil and being practically independent of the rate at which the discharge takes place. The special design of the integrator is such that its accuracy for measuring changes in flux linkage in the loop is very high, even when the change takes place very slowly, such as when a vessel crosses at only one or two knots. This means that the size of the signature obtained from a crossing vessel will be approximately the same no matter at what speed the vessel is travelling, since the integrator measures the actual field emanating from the vessel and this does not depend on its speed. Even if wiped or degaussed, submarines still have sufficient magnetism to produce a small current in a loop. The technology was developed by the British Royal Navy at HMS Osprey (Portland Naval Base) starting back in 1915. It was sent to various Commonwealth countries for deployment. For example, all of the loop materials used in Australia were of British origin (Admiralty Pattern) although Australian manufactured examples were produced after 1942. The Integrator is in good condition but missing on of the fittings and leg to suspend it from the boom. A rare and unusual piece of underwater submarine detection equipment.
Royal Naval Air Service Armoured Car Division Lapel Badge Mistakenly believed by most to be a cap badge, forum discussion on this very piece reveals them to be in fact lapel badges. A nice original (forum approved) example in very good overall condition but with a slight dent at the front of the armoured car turret, only discernible by touch.
SA Haupttruppfuhrer Collar Tab Set A scarce pair of post 1939 Collar Tabs for a Haupttfuhrer in SA Group Nordmark, Standarte 216 based at Kiel under Brigade 16. The dark green wool backing (known as Steel Green) is surmounted with the unit details on the Tab worn on the right side whilst the left Tab carries the rank insignia with the RZM manufacture’s label dated 1941 on the reverse. Although well used the Tabs remain in good condition and free from moth damage but with the golden yellow piping missing along the top of the right Tab.
Screw Back Iron Cross 1st Class A very good original example of the scarce vaulted screw back Iron Cross First Class by the Austrian manufacture, Souval. The centre blackened magnetic core retains most of the original finish with minor wear to the raised Swastika and very minor rust marks to the edges, not really visible to the naked eye but showing well in the pictures. The vaulted screw wheel carries the Souval mark L58 and a single pin protrudes from the top arm of the cross to prevent it rotating. It is worth noting that whilst everything I offer is guaranteed original, all Souval badges are worthy of special mention, this piece having been discussed to positive acclaim with both a respected authority and on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum. Souval is known to have continued to produce badges and awards post war but fortunately wartime examples have distinct characteristics, all of which are evident with this example and which I have attempted to show in the pictures. Wartime crosses have a flaw in the shape of a short horizontal line running through the second, third and fourth vertical lines of the silver beading at the top right hand side of the cross (left as you look at it) and each corner of the beading shows a “bird’s foot” design, both clear signs of an original piece. A very attractive and scarce piece.
Second Pattern Kriegsmarine S Boat Badge by Schwerin A good zinc alloy example of the second type S Boat war badge instituted in 1943 as a replacement design for the earlier type. Marked to the reverse “F.E.C. W.E. Peekhaus Berlin Aufs. Schwerin Berlin 68” it featured an S Boat with a silver grey wash to the centre with a wreath topped by the Kriegsmaine eagle, both with gilt finish. As is so typical with the zinc awards, the gilt on this example has been absorbed into the metal leaving little of the gilt on the wreath and eagle. Apart from this the badge is without damage with both the horizontal fixing pin an upper securing hook in place. Here is a very informative link that will help you confirm the guaranteed authenticity of this badge: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=682198
Silk RAF Escape and Evasion Map France and Germany A good example of an early RAF Escape and Evasion map 9.C (a) and 2.B with magnetic variation noted as correct for 1941. Double sided showing the whole of France, Belgium the Channel Islands and Holland on one side with borders and coastal defence areas along with Western Germany and Switzerland and Northern Spain and North West Italy. On the reverse shows the whole of Germany with bordering countries. A silk map in overall good condition with some very light staining at the centre.
Silver Panzer Assault Badge by Hermann Aurich A very good example of a zinc die forged flat back silver award Panzer Assault Badge by the firm of Hermann Aurich. Displaying the unique hinge style for which this manufacture is well known, the badge is in very good condition but with extensive loss to the finish, absorbed as is often the case into the zinc. The reverse shows the maker mark in relief.
Silver Panzer Award Badge by Rudolf Richter A very attractive scalloped back die forged white metal example of the Panzer Assault badge in silver by the firm of Rudolf Richter, Sclag. Overall condition is very good with a good degree of the silvered finish remaining, giving the badge a well preserved but combat used appearance. The reverse shows the scooped out appearance of the scalloped version with the manufacturer’s mark still prominent.
Silver Plated Infantry Assault Badge. Near Mint A near mint example of what I believe to be an early war manufactured hollow backed silver plated Infantry Assault Badge. The badge is of course completely without damage and retains at least 98% of the white frosting finish. The metal is Finezink and indicates an award for the Infantry and Mountain Infantry, the Motorised Infantry badge being of brass. Worn on the left breast and instituted in December 1939, eligibility required participation in at least three infantry assaults on separate days. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this superb example.
Silver Wound Badge in Tombak An excellent and textbook example of a broad pin Hauptmünzamt Wein (Vienna State Mint) Silver Wound Badge, made from silver plated Tombak and complete with its’ original case. The Badge is in very fine undamaged condition without obvious wear. The Case is of the style without a fastening catch and known as a "halbe etui" or half case, the lid being hinged by a simple tape which is no longer present with this example, the lid being held in place by the lining material. Silver Would Badges are usually found with a red case, the black case being more associated with the gold Wound Badge, but both combinations are correct. Overall condition of the case is very good. A very desirable Tombak Wound Badge
Single Collar Tab Luftwaffe Hauptmann Flying Branch A very good single Collar Tab to a Luftwaffe Hauptmann, flying branch. Clearly removed from a uniform and in very good undamaged condition.
Single Decal ET68 Luftwaffe M42 Helmet A very nice Luftwaffe Single Decal M42 in an extremely rare and desirable shell size 68. This ET68 has a lot number 2575 and retains virtually all of its’ original blue grey rough finish paint with the eagle showing about 20% loss. The liner somewhat lets the helmet down with one split and with the edge of the forehead leather having some wear which appears to have had a shellac applied in places to prevent further damage. The chinstrap shows an rb number but the buckle section is broken and missing its’ lower half. Despite the drawbacks I believe the scarcity of these very large shell sizes more than compensates.
Single SA "Swallow's Nest" - Bugler or Drum Major A single Musician’s “Swallow’s Nest”, I believe for the SA district of Sudwest, having seven vertical silver braid stripes and one horizontal stripe. From the lower edge hang an elaborate arrangement of twisted silver wire tassels indicating use by a bugler or drum major. Background is orange wool whilst the reverse is blue felt with five attachment hooks for fitting to the jacket or shirt. Overall condition is very good with no sign of damage.
Single SA Musician's "Swallows Nest" A single Musician’s “Swallow Nest”, I believe for the SA districts of Sudwest. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage. The background is an orange wool with seven vertical ribbed bars of silver braid adjoining one horizontal bar at the base. The reverse is blue felt with five hooks for attaching to the loops on the jacket or shirt.
Small Luftwaffe Eagle For The Field Service Cap Small sized second pattern machine embroidered Luftwaffe eagle for wear on the field service cap. Clearly removed from a cap, the grey wool backing has been closely trimmed for a smarter look. Overall condition is very good.
South African Air Force Pilot's Wings - Named A very nice example of a pair of King’s Crown South African Air Force wings, removed from a uniform. Clearly discernible of the reverse is the name Eugene Marais and the number N.16421, presenting very good research opportunities. Overall condition very good.
Spare Parts For Early RAF Irvin Jacket A small collection of extremely useful spares taken from a wrecked single seam electric Irvin Jacket. Comprising a collar with, closure strap, loop for closure rings and the two eyes for the hooks on the elastic strap. Generally very good with some wear to the fur on the right end and top edge. A hanging chain in very good condition marked to Wilkinson Sword. A complete Belt. Generally very good with some loss to the stitching and now a little stiff. Two very good DOT marked zip pulls with their leather tabs and a zip end stop DOT marked.
SS Allgemeine Black Peaked / Visor Cap A forum discussed and absolutely textbook example of an early SS Alllgemeine Enlisted Mans/ NCO’s peaked or Visor Cap perhaps dating from around 1936. The black wool cloth exterior is general very good with some minor moth trails and I can count three moth holes where the lining is visible, the largest being about three mm in diameter and situated above the eagle’s right wing, just below the white piping. The insignia has darkened slightly with age but both retain a good degree of the original silver wash. Leather chinstrap is in very good condition and has clearly never been taken off the buttons and whilst I do not intend to disturb it, the SS runes can clearly be seen printed on the underside when carefully lifting the strap on the left side. The peak or visor is also very good, firmly stitched in place and with the all important SS RZM stamp clearly visible to the patterned underside. Inside, the leather ventilated sweatband is very good with the two studs bearing the owner’s initials, FM. There are further ink stamping on the underside of the sweatband and although these are not discernible this will be the date of manufacture and could be 1936. The golden / brown cloth lining is in very good condition with the RZM manufactures label still attached to the side wall. At the centre, the diamond shaped celluloid moisture shield is in place with the SS runes silkscreen printed underneath in gold. Below that is a black silk label machine embroidered “Vom Reichsführer SS befohlene Ausführung” (By Order of the Reichsführer SS) and has encircled runes and RZM motto. A white card insert sits in the sleeve for the owner’s name and whilst a hand written SS can be determined, I cannot make out the name. An excellent and unmolested early SS Cap at what I believe to be a competitive price.
St. John Ambulance Brigade Helmet & Gas Mask With far fewer St. John Ambulance Brigade Helmets being issued than those to other civil defence branches, it’s not surprising that these amongst the hardest to find. The helmet is accompanied by a civilian style Gas Mask contained in its original carrying bag, bearing a matching embroidered St. John Ambulance Brigade Badge. Whilst the helmet has some initials stamped into the rim, the Gas Mask box is clearly marked to Miss Etty Stafford, 15 Harris St, Peterborough. The Helmet is in generally very good condition with some loss to the black painted finish revealing grey paint underneath. The St John Ambulance decal is perhaps 90% intact as shown in the images. Two groups of three holes appear in the rim indicating this helmet is of low grade steel, entirely appropriate for civil units. Inside, the helmet is painted silver with the liner cloth being far better than usually encountered and still quite soft. The fibre bands carry the size of 6 ¾ and the manufactures stamp, J.C.S & W Ltd with the date 1939 just visible. The Gas Mask carrying bag is marked 2/6 and is in excellent condition as is the box and the 1937 dated Gas Mask. Completely un-researched, this is a lovely grouping for any Home Front collection
Summerweight Truppensonderdienst Tunic An impressive example of a tailor made lightweight cotton twill Tunic for a Lieutenant in the Truppensonderdienst (TSD) The very good overall condition of this piece correctly reflects the fact the TSD was not formed until 1944, so the tunic cannot have seen more than one years’ service, completely in keeping with its appearance. Apart from some minor moth on the underside of the collar, it is without damage and has only one or two very minor marks. Four pleated pockets are closed with scalloped flaps by the original grey pebbled buttons, one being held in place by a wire ring where it has become unstitched. The Tunic itself is closed by five identical buttons with an Iron Cross ribbon incorrectly positioned in the third, rather than the second buttonhole. This has been secured simply by a safely pin so it should be relocated although I have left it untouched, the pin itself appearing very old. The eagle is an attractive flat wire example, machine stitched into place. The collar is overlaid with dark blue green cloth, whilst the collar tabs have light surface wear to the braid which surrounds a pale blue waffenfarbe. Inside the collar the three attachments for the stiff collar remain, as do the two hook and eye closure hooks. Both shoulder board are stitched in place and secured by matching grey pebbled buttons, the boards themselves being of a matted braid with pale blue waffenfarbe. There is light surface wear to the braid. Sitting on the boards are the single pips of an Oberzahimeister, both with a matte finish wash. Of particular note are the TSD Mercurian Staff/Cadeuces, often mistaken for a Medical Cadeuce. A rare and original Tunic, seldom seen now.
TeNo Collar Patch A single TeNo Collar Patch for wear by the rank of Vorman or Norhelfer. Overall condition is very good with no sign of wear or moth damage.
Three Large Format Original German Press U-Boat Photographs An interesting and as yet unresearched group of three wartime German press photographs. The photographs are large format, the first measuring 183 x 130mm and the remaining two measuring 241 x 183mm. Photograph one is dated August 1941 whilst the other two have October 1939 dates. All are in very good condition with the original text on the reverse.
Tornister 39 for a Medic A very good and perhaps unissued Medic’s ‘Tornister 1939’, complete with attachment straps and dated 1941. This is the first I have seen with the metal Red Cross disc riveted to the closure flap, which by this stage in the war no longer featured the cowhide cover. There are some area of light marking to the closure flap which show well in the images All straps are present and in very good condition, and of note are the markings F.San which I imagine refers to “Sanitats-“ Medical. A rather scarce piece in very good condition.
Trapezoid Insignia for the M43 Cap Unissued and uncut to form the Trapezoid insignia for the Heer M43, this example is in excellent and undamaged condition in the classic BeVo weave construction
Tropical / Afrika Korps Breeches Profusely stamped and including an M42 mark, I feel I can quite justifiably say these olive coloured Tropical Breeches are indeed of Afrika Korps issue. Produced in a smooth brushed cotton, the Breeches are in overall very good condition but with some distress to the two button fastenings at the waist and possibly missing two cotton leg ties where they terminate at the calf to allow wear with the high lace up boots. In addition there is a small well repaired L shaped cut at the back, below the pocket. A rare pair of Breeches, ideal for display.
Tropical Gas Cape (Gasplane) Bag A virtually mint, and certainly unissued example of a later war bag for the gas Cape or “Gasplane”. Manufactured in a non-waterproof tan colour material, the bag is closed by two “Stoko” press fasteners with colour matched enamel covers. Part of an Afrika Korps / Tropical collection I recently acquired, the inside is marked with the manufacture’s code, beneath which is stamped “TP”, which I assume indicates for tropical use.
Tropical Luftwaffe Cap Eagle Tropical Luftwaffe eagle removed from a field service or visor cap Machine embroidered in an off white thread on a cotton backing and in very good condition. Free from damage or marks. Width 88mm.
Tropical Luftwaffe Shirt Eagle Clearly removed from a Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt, the Eagle is machine embroidered in an almost white thread on a triangular light cotton backing. Overall condition is very good and free from damage or staining
U Boat Combat Clasp in Bronze by Schwerin - Forum Discussed Instituted in May 1944 in recognition of the hazards faced by U Boat crews, the U Boat Combat Clasp was awarded to the seaman on the specific recommendation of the Commander. By virtue of the late war date of institution, the award is quite rare, especially in this near excellent condition. Manufactured in a zinc alloy, the clasp is finished in a bronze wash which shows no immediately obvious wear. The badge is nicely detailed and features cut-out detailing to the submarine's conning tower, flag, and the forward deck gun. The reverse of the clasp has an integral hinge, a broad, tapering, fluted, horizontal pin and a heavy soldered catch inset into a circular recess all intact. The reverse is well marked with the embossed designer's name, "Entwurf Peekhaus", and the manufacturer's name and location, "Ausf. Schwerin Berlin 68". A scarce late war award and one which would be difficult to upgrade but please note that whilst the Clasp has been kept in the case shown in photographs, this is not the original case and is in no way related to it. I will however include it in the sale.
U-647 Death Document With Knights Cross Winner Signature An extremely rare Kriegsmarine Death Document for Maschinenmaat Horst Wauer who was lost when U-647 went missing on her first active patrol with the 7th Flottille in July 1943. A4 size and printed on an off white vellum paper, the document is signed by Knights Cross Winner Flotille Commander Adolf-Cornelius Piening of U-155. Overall condition is very good. Missing since 28 July 1943 in the Norwegian Sea north of the Shetland Islands, there is still no plausible explanation for the loss of U-647. The last radio message was sent on 28 July 1943 from approx. position 64.00N, 01.30W whilst en route to its operational area in the North Atlantic through the Iceland passage. The boat was posted as missing after failing to report its position on 9 August 1943 and it is assumed she may have been the victim of a mine.
Unfinished Schutzpolizei Sleeve Badge. An interesting and clearly unfinished example of the Schutzpolizei Sleeve Badge, no doubt liberated from factory stores prior to completion. Machine embroidered in a green thread on a lightweight cotton backing for the summer uniform, the stages of manufacture would have been the addition of the Swastika in black thread and the city name, which did not take place. Very good unissued condition. The Schutzpolizei des Reiches was the uniformed police in most cities and large towns An interesting curios
Unissued '37 Pattern Shell Dressings Bag. 1942 In virtually as new condition the bag is clearly marked and dated 1942 and shows only the very lightest of storage marks. Unusual to find in this condition.
Unissued NSDAP Belt Buckle An unissued NSDAP Claw Type Belt Buckle complete with the original RZM stores label. Minor wear to the plating of the pebbled buckle but otherwise both Buckle and Label are very good.
Unofficial U Boat Engineer Officer Qualification Document An unofficial but amusing cartoon style Qualification Diploma Document awarded to Obermaschinist K.O.A Hartmann who qualified as an Engineer Officer on U-Boats. Measuring 270mm x 190 mm, the Diploma shows an unfortunate Officer being bullied by other ranks. Double signed in ink and dated 22. 9.44. Twice folded and punched for file storage this rare piece of U Boat humour is in otherwise very good condition and printed on heavy off white paper.
Unter-Offizier Korps 7.J.R 65 Table Flag An interesting table flag or souvenir, double sided with a machine embroidered dedication on one side and the Reichkriegs flag on the other. Measuring 235mm X 140mm the dedication is to the Unteroffizier – Korps, 7th Jager Regiment of the 65th Infantry Regiment. Central to the text is the profile of a steel helmet in silver grey thread all on a white silk or Rayon background. The well-executed Reichkriegs Flag is again machine embroidered on a red Rayon background, trimmed with a gold wire piping. An attractive and easily displayed piece.
US Army Greatcoat and Shirt to a Sergeant Comprising a Greatcoat carrying Sergeants stripes on both sleeves, the Advanced European Operations badge on the left sleeve and the badge of the 15th Army on the right sleeve and a Shirt with similar stripes, and ETO badge and one year service bars.. The Greatcoat is in near excellent condition retaining all the original colour and free from moth or any other stains or damage. The name Beaumont, 20163,6B and printed numbers 36 F L appear on the lining along with a label marked 38R, everything else being indiscernible. The shirt has not fared as well and has some darned and worn areas which I have tried to show in the images. Nevertheless, clean and ideal for display. Both items appear to be 36-38” chests however, please ask for exact measurements if these are important. The 15th Army served in the Atlantic ports pockets and Germany during WW11. A colourful, pleasing and original uniform grouping.
US Made WW1 Brodie Helmet Retaining virtually all of its original rough camouflage finish but with the exception of a large area to the front of the helmet where an unidentified emblem has been removed. Research on the missing emblem is still in progress. The original chinstrap is in place, but broken. The liner is generally in good condition and well above average for helmets of this period, with the netting intact, the felt without moth and the oil cloth sweatband intact but stiff. The leather band retains all the original rubber pads. The inside of the sweatband is marked R.R. Long, 7-18. The inner brim is stamped ZC182.
US Navy PT Boat Group A colourful group of WW11 USN artefacts relating to an enlisted sailor in the PT Boat service. Comprising, his “Cracker Jack” uniform jumper shirt, with the machine embroidered circular badge on the left sleeve showing PT over a speeding Torpedo, and the Ruptured Duck embroidered patch on the right breast. The shirt is in overall very good condition but a little dusty and with one or two light surface marks which would probably clean off. There is a small area of wear above the breast pocket where a badge has rubbed. Manufactured by Better Made Uniforms, it a small size. A 48 Star Stars and Stripes flag measuring 5’ x 3’ and made by Storm King. The Flag is without damage and constructed of 13 stitched stripe panels. There are however some stains which show in the pictures. A July 1944 dated Life Vest by Firestone in very good, perhaps unissued condition, complete with all straps and inflation tubes but minus the two Co2 inflation bottles.
USAAF A9 Flying Helmet - Size Large Although there is evidence of the original owner’s name inside, this helmet shows no sign of ever having been worn with overall condition being very good. Clean and without damage the helmet is a desirable size “large” and displays well on the most generous of male polystyrene heads.
USAAF Personal Aids Kit E-3A Originally the brainchild of Clayton Hutton of the British MI-9 and called “Ration Boxes or Aids Boxes, the USAAF was quick to develop and improve on the idea for their own crews. Now called “Personal Aids Kits” their own kits continued to be improved to the “Bale Top” E-3A where E stands for Emergency. The E-3A featured a “bale top” held in place by a strong spring which allowed the empty container to be used as a water flask. This example is in very good condition and appears to have all original contents in place. Apart from some wear to the printed directions, it shows only light surface scratches.
VE Day Bunting and Union Flags I am assured this collection of Bunting and Flags was actually used on VE Day in 1945 and has remained tucked away ever since. It’s age is obvious with all the printed flags showing a good degree of wear and fading with some having holes and tears. The bunting itself is approximately 27 meters in length with fifteen 40 x 25 cms Union Flags suspended on the single tape. In addition there are three good printed Union Flags, two measuring 85 x 44 cms and one measuring 110 x 77 cms. The Larger flag is in quite poor condition with several holes and one long repaired tear. Finally, there are three red white and blue swathes measuring 460 cms, 250cms and 120 cms. Generally, everything is now quite fragile and the material may rip if not handled with care so perhaps better suited for indoor display.
Vintage Stampe Biplane Rear Seat and Sutton Harness A rear seat from a vintage Stampe Biplane, distinguished I understand by the curved area on the left side of the seat pan. Painted red overall, the general condition is very good and the seat comes with the shoulder straps from a harness (detached) which may, or may not, be correct for the seat. The Stampe found fame as the aircraft used to portray RFC aircraft in the classic film, “The Blue Max” when one seat was removed from each aircraft. Since this was found at Redhill Aerodrome where I understand the conversions took place, it is quite possibly from one of those aircraft. Not guaranteed as a serviceable item although I see no reason why not and would undoubtedly polish well for display.
WARNING! Fake Kriegsmarine Clocks at the War and Peace Reivival Gentlemen. With the War and Peace Revival about to start in the UK, now is a good time to remind you of the dangers of buying Kriegsmarine and Kaiserliche Marine Clocks on sale there and indeed at Ardingly and Newark. The UK’s most active faker of these clocks will be there as usual displaying a number of clocks which will enable you to recognise him. He sells clocks which range from fake dials on de-nazified clocks, to clocks which are complete fakes, including the cases. These are well executed fakes designed to deceive and defraud. All numbers should match the serial number on the back of the case, including the movement. If someone tells you the movements get changed, he’s not telling you the truth although the number on the dial will differ as this is not the serial number of the clock. Know your eagles, here is one of his fakes. Note that the feathers touching the legs are perfectly balanced. On originals, one is usually lower than the other. Never pay cash. If he won’t take a card, give you his contact details, tells you he doesn’t have a land line telephone or a computer and speaks with a strong Scottish accent, walk away. If you do decide to buy a clock at the show, buy it from a dealer you know or one who will take a card so you have some security. Even other dealers at the show may have been taken in by his clocks which also appear on eBay and other websites. Tell your friends!
Wartime Plastic Economy Badge - South Wales Borders An excellent undamaged example on blades. Part of a large collection of genuine plastic economy badges I have recently acquired.
Wartime Plastic Economy Badge - The Hampshire Regiment One of the least often encountered Regiments in the wartime economy badge range. Very good undamaged condition on blades by A Stanley and Sons, Walsall. Part of a large collection of genuine plastic economy badges I have recently acquired.
Wartime Plastic Economy Badge on Slider - ATS In excellent undamaged conditon on slider by JR&L Ltd, Birmingham. Part of a large collection of genuine plastic economy badges I have recently acquired.
Wartime RAF Officer's Cap 58 cms A very good and typically wartime produced private purchase RAF Officers Cap. Retailed by the firm of Rowans, the cap is approximately a size 58 cms and shows the usual features of a true wartime piece, the lack of piping to the top seam and flatish peak which in this case has the rather rare black rather than green underside. There is some loss to the stitching securing the sweat band but apart from three small moth holes, the cap is without damage and retains its’ original colour.
Weapon Training Poster No.2 Bren LMG Mk3. Part 2 Main Components A nice wall display piece, this Weapon Training Poster for the Bren Mk3, measures 100cms x 76cms and carries the store code 7131. Overall condition is good with minor tears around the edges and with one longer 7cm tear towards the top right hand corner which has been reinforced with tape from behind, along with a small length of one fold. The colours remain bright and although the weapon depicted shows a 1945 date, the figures 11/55 appear in the printer’s code at the bottom left corner and suggest this to be of mid-fifties production.
Weapon Training Poster No.2 Bren LMG Mk3. Part 3 Stripping Always an excellent wall display piece, this Weapon Training Poster No2 for the LMG Mk3, covers lesson 3, “Stripping the Piston and Barrel Groups”. Measuring 110cms x 71cms the poster has a pleasing appearance spoiled by long tears at the top third, reinforced with tape which has darkened with age. No date is apparent. A nice addition for the Bren Gun collector
Wehrmacht-Verkehrsdirektion Brussels Sleeveband An excellent unissued example of a German Traffic Directorate Sleeveband for Brussels. The black rayon backing carries the BeVo weave wording “Wehrmacht Verkehrsdirektion” in golden script with matching borders top and bottom. The sleeveband is full length with some slight dust mark but completely without damage. The WVD, "Wehrmacht Verkehrsdirektion" (Armed-forces Traffic-directorate) was one of four German Railway directorates. Staff were originally issued an identifying sleeveband with place name. Discontinued in September 1941 they were replaced with a sleeve eagle insignia bearing the directorate and location and are consequently rather scarce, particularly in this unissued condition.
Woman's ATS 1945 Dated Leather Jerkin A very nice wearable example with a good clear 1945 dated labe. Seen in so many wartime images of the numerous roles performed by the ATS from the humble NAAFI truck to the Motor Cycle Dispatch Riders . General condition is very good with very minor scuffs to the right shoulder. All buttons are present and original. The lining is very good with just two small holes. The leather is nice and supple with all stitching intact and strong.
Women's Land Army 2 Years Service Armlet / Armband The fourth from the small collection of original Women's Land Army Armbands I have acquired, is this two years service example. In very good unissued condition and showing no signs of wear, there is one 1mm moth hole situated mid way between the Crown and the L
Women's Land Army 3 1/2 Years Service Armlet / Armband The fifth from the small collection of original Women’s Land Army Armbands I recently acquired, is this two year service example upgraded to show 3 1/2 years’ service, by the addition of three hand applied half diamonds. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage. A very nice example.
Women's Land Army 6 Months Service Armlet / Armband The third example from the small collection I recently acquired, is this very nice standard Women's Land Army New Entrants Armband, with a half diamond added to indicate six months service. In very good condition and free from moth, a lining has been added, perhaps to provide a more comfortable fit. The back shows signs of a label having been attached at some time.
WW1 Belgian Lightweight M15 Adrian Helmet An extremely unusual and no doubt rather rare, Lightweight Belgian M15 Adrian Helmet constructed, it appears, of cork and covered in a brown oil cloth in the correct colour of Belgian Helmets of the WW1 period. Weighing just 230 grams I can only assume the Helmet to have been a private purchase item for an officer and possibly have been for parade purposes. In appearance it seems identical to the standard issued steel version with the Lion’s face badge and with the main body and visor formed in two parts with a band covering the join. The liner is of brown leather with nine fingers held in place by what appears to be the original drawstring. The leather chinstrap is a single piece with a single buckle for adjustment. The name Colmette is hand written on the underside of the peak. The comb, which allows for ventilation, is of lightweight metal and apart from minor dents to the comb, the Helmet, liner and chinstrap are in overall very good condition with no damage but with minor lifting to the oil cloth on the visor. Belgian WW1 Helmets are scarce, the army itself being small but this is the first lightweight variant I have heard of.
WW1 British Army 1903 Pattern Water Bottle with Leather Carrier The 1903 pattern leather equipment was used extensively throughout the First World War due to a lack of 1908 pattern webbing to equip all members of the British armed forces. 1903 pattern was the standard webbing of the British cavalry and notably used by the Royal Corps of Engineers and other front line and reserve troops, Royal Navy and Royal Flying Corps. The 1903 pattern cradle is in good condition, a Walsall manufacturers stamp is present with a 1917 date The carrying strap is unbroken but with some surface cracks and retains the intact linen shoulder segment. The water bottle is an early production MkVI model with blue enamel paint and the earlier form construction with rolled edged seams to the top and bottom. The black felt covering has worn through on the top and bottom edges and a rust hole penetrating the bottle is visible when lifting the bottom edge of the felt
WW1 British Brodie Helmet With Cover An exceptionally nice example of a British Brodie Helmet dating from perhaps 1917, complemented by a heavy brown canvas cover bearing a woven badge to the Northumberland Fusiliers. To properly describe and photograph the helmet I removed the cover albeit with some difficulty, suggesting as I believe, that this was a period piece. Nevertheless, it would be quite impossible to prove that and as such I am unable to guarantee it. The helmet itself is in very good condition. The shell by HS is without damage and retains virtually all of the factory Khaki Brown finish with a light mix of grit. The chinstrap and harness are of a light brown leather and remain lovely and supple, the chinstrap carrying what appears to be a service number, 62189. The felt dome pad, netting and oil cloth sweatband are in near perfect condition with the Brodie patent stamp clear under the sweatband. The cover is general very good but with two splits at the rim and light wear to the edges where the folds sit at the rim. I am aware the cover will always be contentious and whilst feel comfortable with it I have priced this piece primarily as an exceptionally nice Brodie Helmet
WW1 British POW Art. Carved Walking Stick A beautifully executed example of POW artwork, this 1918 dated walking sticking stick has been painstakingly carved with an intricate design of flowers and foliage, covering the entire length and also carrying the initials R.H.S, Furstenberg, and the date. Overall condition is very good with the metal tipped shaft and handle being clean and free from damage of any sort. Obtained indirectly from the family of 2nd Lieutenant R.H Stafford of the Lincolnshire Regiment who was reported missing on 22nd March 1918 and later found to be a Prisoner of War at Furstenberg POW camp in Northern Germany. Lt. Stafford was repatriated to the UK on 17th December 1918. A truly lovely item, carved with great care and expertise.
WW1 French Mortar Bomb for Dumezil Mortar An impressive and complete French WW1 Mortar bomb for the Dumezil 58mm No.2 Pattern Trench Mortar, also known as the “Crapouillot” or “Little Toad”. This is a an inert training bomb measuring approximately 112 cms in length, with three steel fins and a detachable 58 mm diameter loading arm. The date 7.11.16 and PGE 37 kgs 400 are painted on one fin with the outline of the original stencilling clearly visibly underneath. Repainted but in excellent condition, free from pitting and with a removable brass dummy fuse in place. A museum quality display piece which will have to be collected from the Petersfield area of Hampshire. Shipping will not be available.
WW1 German Imperial Navy Shoulder Boards A very impressive pair Kaiserlische Marine Shoulder Boards, intended for wear on the Tropical brown uniform. Handmade in a heavy silver bullion thread with alternating black and red diagonals, the boards show two golden pips of a Kapitanleutnant. Backed with a bark blue wool they are finished with a short wooden post which secures them through an opening in the Tunic then held in place with one button. Overall condition is very good with some wear to the wool on the posts
WW1 German Water Bottle A quite exceptional example which I believe to be of mid war manufacture and featuring a metal, blue enamelled, bottle, the main body of which is covered with a brown cloth. The neck shows some loss to the enamel with subsequent surface rust with one pin sized area of penetration. The covering is formed of two pieces stitched together at the sides and is not removable. Condition of the cloth is excellent and completely free of moth damage. Suspension from a Bread Bag is by a sprung clip attached to a single strap and buckle arrangement around the neck. The stopper is original to the bottle and is complete with a leather strip which is probably intended to be tied to the buckle but presently hangs loose.
WW1 Log Book To RNAS "Ace" Frederick Carr Armstrong 13 Victories An extremely important WW1 Royal Naval Air Service Log Book collection to Flight Commander Frederick Carr Armstrong who, whilst flying with 3 (N) Squadron, claimed 15 victories as a Sopwith Pup and Camel pilot. He was awarded the DSC and Croix de Guerre before being reported missing in action. The collection compises: His official S.1516 RNAS Pilot’s Flying Log Book in very good condition with 42 completed double pages covering his entire career from enlisting in Toronto Canada at the age of 20, departing for England, and training at R.N Air Station Chingford prior to his departure to France. It then covers his operational flying in its entirety with his victories mostly noted as “Driven Down”. The last page and back cover give an excellent summary from his enlistment through training and active service, the last note in a different hand “Mar 25 reported missing assumed killed”. He records some 500 hours flying. A newspaper cutting recording his award of the Croix de Guerre. A small group photograph in flying clothing A picture of Armstrong shaking hands with the King. A coloured photograph of him. A copy of Cross and Cockade Vol 45/4 Winter 2014 with a 21 page article on Armstrong and 3 Naval Squadron. An extensive and skillfully researched amount of material including numerous photocopies of Combat Reports etc. far too extensive to list in detail, and an unrelated postcard featuring the aircraft type on which he trained. 3 Books. "I Chose The Sky" by Leonard H Rochford DSC, DFC, first edition. "Air Command" by Raymond Collishaw, first edition. "Black Fokker Leader" by Peter Kilduff. All three books make reference to Armstrong. Armstrong was first posted to No. 3 Wing RNAS, part of a joint Franco–British force formed to fly bombing raids on German industry. The British contingent was based at Luxeuil-les-Bains and flew a variety of aircraft, but principally the Sopwith 1½ Strutter, and flew its first mission on 30 July 1916. In January 1917 nine pilots from No. 3 Wing, of whom Armstrong was one, were selected to become the nucleus of the newly-formed No. 3 (Naval) Squadron. Armstrong joined No. 3 (Naval) Squadron, based at Dunkirk, in February 1917, to fly the Sopwith Pup single-seat fighter. He scored his first victory on 6 April 1917, in Sopwith Pup serial no. N6178. Using this same aircraft, on 12 April, he shared his second victory with fellow ace Edmund Pierce. In late April he was awarded the Croix de Guerre by France. His third win was shared with Pierce and Arthur Whealy on 2 May, when they set an Albatross reconnaissance aircraft ablaze. A fourth victory, four days later, an Albatros D.III sent down out of control over Bourlon Wood, was shared with Kerby. Armstrong was promoted to flight lieutenant on 30 June, and on 7 July, a splashed German seaplane six miles north of Ostend was worth a win apiece for Armstrong, Joseph Stewart Temple Fall, James Alpheus Glen, and Leonard Henry Rochford, and Armstrong became an ace. He then switched to the Sopwith Camel. Thus mounted, he scored two single-handed wins on 16 September 1917. Armstrong was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, which was gazetted on 27 November 1917. His citation read: Acting Flight Commander Fred Carr Armstrong, R.N.A.S. "In recognition of his services with a Wing of the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk between February and September, 1917. He has destroyed several hostile machines, and has led his flight with very great skill and gallantry." On 31 December 1917 he was promoted to flight Commander. He resumed his victories on 24 January 1918. He went on to score five times in March 1918; the last win, on 24 March, seems to have been a squadron affair, with Armstrong, Pierce, Whealy, Edwin Hayne, Frederick Britnell, and three other pilots all being credited with a victory for driving an Albatros D.V down out of control. Armstrong was shot down in flames south of Ervillers on 25 March 1918 while he was on Special Patrol, and was listed as "Missing believed killed". As one of the Commonwealth airmen killed the Western Front who have no known grave he is commemorated at the Arras Flying Services Memorial, and there is also a memorial plaque to him in the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto. For further reading on Armstrong see page 52 of Above the Trenches. A museum worthy and very well written up Log Book and associated pieces to a well known and documented WW1 fighter Ace.
WW1 Period RAMC Officer's Service Dress Cap A very uncommon example of a WW1 period British Officer’s Service Dress Cap, to an officer in Royal Army Medical Corps. Bordered in maroon with a maroon piping to the brim and a RAMC in place at the front, the cap is in generally very good condition with some very light moth trails to the coloured border only, but no moth holes. A little dusty and dirty overall, the chinstrap is held in place by two RAMC buttons, the securing stitches to which have now become slack. Inside, the sweatband stitching has come away in places but is otherwise very clean. The remains of a size label shows the cap was a good size 7+ with the actual internal measurement around the band being 57cms. A brass post at the front holds the front of the cap up but this has now become unstitched. A paper label shows the owner to have been a Lieut. Mclure, possibly Lieut. Walter ST.Clare Mclure RAMC, who went to France with the Regiment in August 1917 and was later promoted to Captain. He later became advisor to the Ministry of Health on Smallpox.
WW1 RFC Pilot's Wings A slightly ragged but still good pair of RFC padded wings displaying some loss to the black backing at the edges and displacement of the top feathers on the right wing. Very good as is for display and if added to a Tunic the displaced feathers will not be noticeable as they will become secured back into wing.
WW1 RNAS Airman's Cap Badge A very good example of a WW1 Royal Naval Air Service Airman's Cap Badge. Overall condition is very good, the badge perhaps never having been issued. Red silk thread Albatross sits on a black padded velvet background as does the crown. The reverse shows traces of some form of light adhesive, perhaps for display at some time.
WW1 Royal Naval Group - Zeebrugge Raid A nicely framed WW1 trio with Royal Navy Good conduct medal to 279680 Chief Stoker GE Miller who served aboard HMS Attentive. All appear in very good condition with some wear the ribbon of the Good Conduct Medal although close examination is not possible due to the sealed frame Famously a participant in the Zeebrugge raid of April 1918, Attentive was Launched 24/11/04, and commissioned at Chatham in March 1907 for Nore Division, Home Fleet. On 6 August 1907 collided with destroyer Quail off Portland. On 27 April 1908 was involved in double collision with destroyers, sinking the Gala (1 life lost) and holing the Ribble. On commissioning at Chatham in July 1909 she became leader of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla but transferred to 2nd DF in 1910, and recommissioned at Devonport in October 1911. Refitted at Devonport in August 1912 and joined 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron for the 1913 Annual Manoeuvres. Commissioned at Devonport for 1st DF in July 1913, but transferred to 6th DF (Dover) early in 1914. Spent April 1914 in Ulster but spent most of the war with the Dover Patrol, including the Zeebrugge Raid on 25 April 1918. Sent to Gibraltar to escort convoys and then sent to North Russia. Paid off in December 1918. A nice group to a crewman on a famous WW1 Naval raid aboard a rather unlucky ship.
WW1 Royal Naval Officer's Cap A very nice example of a WW1 or earlier Royal Naval Officer’s peaked cap, complete with its’ tropical detachable white cover. The cap is without padding or stiffener, the blue wool cloth being completely free of moth or other damage, as is the detachable cover which bears the name Hemmingway. The only point of note is a missing slider to the left side of the leather chinstrap. The cap badge is embroidered with gold wire and sits on the correct black mohair cap band, the upper silver wire “rope” having become detached from the cross stock but remaining present. Of particular note is the short, sharply sloping leather peak which is soft and supple and completely in keeping with the period. Inside, the gold coloured lining and natural coloured sweatband are in very good condition with the retailer’s details printed on a silk diamond label.
WW1 Wounded Stripe Instituted in 1916 in recognition of the suffering endured, these wound badges were worn on the left cuff. Multiple wounds attracted additional stripes. This example is in brass with blades for attaching to the sleeve and mounted on a zinc backing plate stamped “The Wounded Stripe Prov Pat No.2". Very good condition
WW1 Wounded Stripe Instituted in 1916 in recognition of the suffering endured, these wound badges were worn on the left cuff. Multiple wounds attracted additional stripes. This example is in brass with posts for an attaching a sprung pin and mounted on a brass backing plate stamped “The Wounded Stripe Prov Pat No.4". Very good condition
WW11 British Officer's Private Purchase Helmet Only the second of these interesting private purchase British Officer’s helmets I’ve seen in recent years, this example is in generally very good condition, but missing what appears to have been a leather chinstrap utilizing the standard attachment hooks. In some ways the liner is reminiscent of a WW1 Brodie in that the band is made with cloth loops to accommodate tubular rubber sections for extra comfort, most of which are present. The sweatband is clean and intact with the original drawstring for fine adjustment still present, however perhaps 70% of the stitching that attaches the sweatband to the liner is missing. Nevertheless, it sits in place very well. In the crown is a nice soft rubber buffer, still attached to the rust red fibre cross bands. The most interesting aspect of the liner is the cloth section at the back which drops to a protruding peak, making for a secure fit. The shell is without damage and retains about 80% of the early WW11 shiny finish, the back showing an area of light surface rust which I have shown in the pictures. A rare helmet probably supplied by a high class military tailor.
WW11 Czech Forces In Exile Field Service Cap Badge for Other Ranks A very good unissued example of a British made Field Service Cap Badge for the Czech Forces in Exile in the UK. Smaller than the previously listed example for officers, this badge was for wear by NCO’s and other ranks with the anchor shaped cross in the Slovakia Shield being a clear sign of a British made badge. Very good undamaged condition with the prongs remaining
WW11 German Army Mosquito Net A WW11 German Army one man Mosquito Net or Shelter which formed essential equipment for bivouacking outdoors in the marshy mosquito infested areas encountered during the summer months of the Russian campaign. Pictures exist of the same shelter in use in the western desert where sand flies were an enormous problem. Measuring 170 cms in length with a height of 177 cms and 80 cms wide at the base, the shelter is made of a cotton mesh with a series of ties at the side and ends. It could be supported at either end by the Zeltbahn poles or by simply tying the top ropes to a stake or branch. Overall condition is very good with perhaps four of five small holes, the largest of which I have shown, in the mesh. Really rather a rare item
WW11 RAAF Unpadded Pilot's Wings An excellent unissued example of machine embroidered unpadded Royal Australian Air Force Pilot’s Wings showing only two spots of dried adhesive on the reverse from having at one time been mounted for display. White and blue stitching on dark blue Melton wool backing. 120mm overall wingspan.
WW11 RAF Propaganda Scarf by Jacqmar Designed by Arnold Lever who was employed by Jacqmar during WW11, this lovely Propaganda Scarf measures approximately 85cms x 90 cms and is in very good condition retaining all the original bright colours and is completely free from damage. The pattern is repeating and features a pair of Pilot’s wings with the alternating slogan, “Happy Landings by Jacqmar” and “Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few”. Jacqmar produced these scarves both for home and overseas sales in either pink or blue, the blue, in my view being the more attractive and in keeping with the theme. Single side printed, the Scarf is made in Rayon with turned over hand stitched edges. Difficult to upgrade this example.
WW11 RAF Type J Landing Lamp. Mosquito etc. A single WW11 RAF Type J 24 volt landing Lamp used on such aircraft as the Mosquito, Halifax and Lancaster. Overall condition is good but with some scratches to the 7” reflector and one dent on the back conical fairing. An original bulb remains along with the electric lowering mechanism, but the glass is missing and a some fragments sound to be loose behind the lens.. These lamps featured a slipping clutch which allowed automatic retraction at speeds in excess of 175 kts.
WW11 RCAF Pilot's Wings A very good an unissued pair of machine embroidered RCAF padded Pilot’s wings. Overall the wings are in very good condition but with some staining to the top edge of the left wing and signs of three spots of adhesive to the back from being mounted for display
WW11 St. Johns Ambulance Waterbottle A good example of the St. Johns Ambulance uniform Waterbottle seen in so many wartime images of the Brigade engaged in rescue operations around the UK. This is the MkV11 Waterbottle, introduced in 1939 and carried in the 1905 pattern leather General Service Carrier. The carrier is in excellent condition and distinguished by its fabric section at the top of the shoulder. The Bottle itself is in good condition but missing its cork chain and with a number of moth holes and trails to the three part felt cover. Because of the early style blue enamelled bottle these are not too obvious. The top of the cover is dusty but not stained.
WW11 US M1C Paratrooper Helmet from Bill Shea A quite superb example of a WW11 US M1C Paratrooper Helmet originally sourced by and purchased from Bill Shea at the Ruptured Duck. Included in the sale is the original Letter of Authenticity from Bill Shea which offers a lifetime guarantee. The letter gives an accurate description of the Helmet which I have repeated here: “Stunning WW11 US M1C Paratrooper Helmet – This example is in absolutely stunning condition throughout. The original green finish is fully intact on the shell, and mostly intact on the brim. It is a front seam square bale example. The green cloth net is in great condition except for one small section on the top of the dome that is torn. The Westinghouse high pressure liner is fantastic, retaining all of the original finish. The liner band and nape strap are both well marked. The four hole chin cup is stamped U.S. A majority of the black finish is intact on the metal chinstrap components. The rest of the liner itself is excellent. The brown leather chinstrap is a gem. Overall, a top shelf example of a very desirable U.S. Paratrooper M1C Helmet!” The helmet has also been examined and confirmed original by American Helmet expert Mike Whitehead. A truly rare opportunity to acquire a very rare Helmet in exceptional condition.
Zeiss 6x30 Dienstglas with Bakelite Case A very good example of a c1939 pair of Zeiss 6x30 Dienstglas Binoculars, contained in the correct Bakelite case. The Binoculars are in overall very condition, retaining virtually all of the Rauhlack exterior finish. Both brown Bakelite eyecups are undamaged and the oculars adjust smoothly. Markings on both shoulder plates are clear and without damage. Optically the glasses are in very good condition with a light haze. They are in collimation but the range reticule has been removed. The Bakelite case is generally very good but with a hairline crack running from the front left of the lid down into the main body of the case. Nevertheless it is intact and sound. The closure strap works well and the leather tab is in place. Both belt loops are in good condition, one displaying a good waffenampt stamp. Generally a very good set, ideal for display or use.
ZF41 Telescopic Sight With Case A nice original example of the much copied ZF 41 Telescopic Sight for the standard K98 rifle. Complete with its carrying case for wear on the belt, the sight itself is by clb and numbered 57371. Optically it is in good condition with all functions working well, the only point of note being a slight loss to the markings of the sight blades themselves. The mount is in very good useable condition and correctly marked and stamped to the maker duv. The scarce case is in very good condition generally but missing the original tab to the closure spring, this having been replaced with a piece of stitched cloth. The original ordnance tan remains but the generally smooth finish, particularly on the high points, leads me to believe it was once repainted and then rubbed down to reveal this, the original paint. The rear of the case is stamped jvb and the original belt loop remains. Inside, the felt buffer from inside the lid is missing. The sight is missing both shades but one rear shade, a cleaning brush and the fitting to attach the mount to the rear sight came with it. I take all these to be modern copies and are included as such. Despite some drawbacks, a very nice piece.