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A beautiful condition all steel Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle retaining virtually all of its original field grey green finish with some thinness on the edges with its near mint condition leather tab, which is ‘Nurnberg’ maker marked with the last two letters of the date ‘18’.
2 IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTO CARDS. A highly interesting card of a line of 8 soldiers all wearing a mixture of 1910 and 1915 tunics, some wearing pork pie hats, some wearing visor caps, 4 of the men having extremely large telegraphers arm badges to their left hand sleeve with a memorial 4 line inscription to the reverse side dated ’24.?? 1916’. Accompanied by another postcard size photograph of 19 men possibly of a storm troop unit all wearing the plain M.16 helmet carrying carbines instead of rifles and wearing the gas mask in the ready position around the neck.
3 X WWI RELATED BOOKS. German Infantry 14-18 by Nash, German Weapons and Uniform by Hicks and Austrian Storm Troopers. These three books are excellent, the Storm Trooper book being in Austrian with much detail and excellent black and white pictures of Austrian Storm Troops. The German Infantry book being an early Almark book with excellent line drawings and many period and colour plates. The German Uniforms and Insignia by Hicks is a very good American long out of print book with excellent plates, particularly of trench mortars and other trench weaponry, as well as good period plates of weapons and grenades. Priced for the three books.
A GUIDE TO COLLECTING THE HEADGEAR OF THE 1914 GERMAN ARMY. A 237 page work authored by James D. Turinetti. Although this work is only ring bounded and the paper quality is slightly lower than standard the work itself is superb and it has to be a must in anybodies library who is interested in the collecting of Imperial German headdress. This is the ultimate pickelhaube collector German headdress collecting for dummies. James Turinetti takes us through all of the individual features of both the officers and men's helmets of the Imperial German Army. He gives translations of all the parts of the helmet with in-depth photographs of all the minutiae of both the officers and men's helmets, which includes standard pickelhaubes, shakos and fur busbies and Uhlan helmets, in fact the whole range of headdress. The collecting of Imperial German helmets in our opinion has always lacked in-depth details such as this especially in the English language.
AMERICAN OFFICERS SOUVENIR GROUPING OF PICKELHAUBES. A magnificent grouping of the French made American tunic of Captain F.K.Leavitt with a photograph album of base hospital number 20 at Chatel Guion France. Two German pickelhaubes and other souvenirs brought back by Captain Doctor Leavitt. A much fuller description with accompanying photographs are in-depth described and illustrated on pages 58 to 69 of Feldzug 1918 by Michael Baldwin. This grouping is accompanied by a hard copy paper description from the original seller from whom Michael Baldwin made the purchase in 1995. The two major objects in the group are the two pickelhaubes, the first being a standard all leather Prussian enlisted ranks pickelhaube, all complete minus the chinstrap and national and state cockades. Beautifully marked to the interior back peak to the 30th Infantry Regiment and dated ‘1900’ and further dated ‘1912’, complete with its liner. The second helmet is a Wurttemberg Reserve officers or 1 Year Volunteer pickelhaube all complete with the majority of the fittings being of officer quality, however attached to the end caps that would normally cover the end of officers chin scales are placed a brass set of enlisted ranks leather strap fittings indicating that at one time it did have a leather chinstrap for an enlisted man or NCO. To the right of the stag on the Wurttemberg front plate is a bullet hole through the leather skull, which has damaged one of the tongues of the inner liner, which again is virtually all complete and has exited the rear of the skull. To the interior rear peak the helmet is clearly unit marked ‘124R’ with date of ‘1906’ with further unidentified markings. In one of the photographs applied to the album pages is a magnificent grouping of all Dr.Leavitt’s war souvenirs arranged in display form, which include both the Prussian and Wurttemberg helmets previously described. Other items in the group of souvenirs include a 29cm high alabaster figure of Kaiser Frederick III, another figure of Field Marshall Von Moltke, a shell trench art item, Captain Leavitt’s tunic and two pairs of breeches, two sets of his puttees, a pair of gloves, one lanyard, a small German postcard album. As previously stated for further in-depth photographs and descriptions please read Feldzug 18.
AUSTRIAN GASSER M.98 POUCH. The pistol utilised by many Austrian troops in WWI was the Rast and Gasser M.98, this was a high calibre pistol and was carried upon belts or shoulder straps by the cavalry. The ammunition pouch is extremely scarce for this item and any item of Austrian field equipment must be considered very hard to find. The pouch is in excellent condition and of a mid brown leather, dusty from storage however showing only mild use. There is a good Austrian acceptance stamp to the interior of the lid in an oval with the letters 'HG' and there are traces of other stamps within the lid. The interior has segmented rounded loop-like partitions within. The whole item is untouched from the war's end and would make an absolutely fantastic accompaniment to go with a pistol and holster. This is the first of these pouches we have ever owned.
AUSTRIAN GERMAN MADE WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL. An entrenching tool, maker marked 'Beckmann' dated '1915' with standard wood haft, in an unusual German Chemnitz 1916 dated excellent condition leather carrier. Observing the leather closely it was originally designed for the leather carrier to be held on a belt with the shovel facing downwards. Two leather loops have been added to the upper part of the carrier for the shovel and holder to be carried in the standard method by a belt with the haft hanging down.
AUSTRIAN WWI CAP COCKADES. An interesting small bundle recently purchased being the late Karl buttons, manufactured in two piece tin construction with a typical field grey paint overall. These are old stock and are being sold individually. Price for each cockade.
AUSTRIAN WWI DROGOON HELMET BROW PLATE. One of the very rarest of all of the First World War experimental body armour elements being the makeshift brow plate that was produced in limited numbers in late 1915, these were to be worn upon the Dragoon helmet which was stripped of all its fittings and had to be worn reversed with the steel forehead cover in place. The only known examples of these are in various museums throughout the world including the Austrian War Museum. This example has been excavated from the battlefield area upon the Italian border and although in an excavated state is extremely stable and good for display purposes. There are some very deep pits to one side and the rest of the surface obviously has pin prick rusting, however this is stable and has been treated and it has been attractively lightly cleaned. The features include an approximate 9mm thickness overall, the item sounds like a bell when it is gently suspended and struck, the rear attachment hole is counter-sunk. Some copies of these did appear in the mid 90's which emanated from the Sovak Republic, however these were vastly inferior of a very thick cast nature, had non counter-sunk holes to the frontal area and the medial ridge to the centre being the joining point, which showed obvious welding and grind marks. This incontestably original example is the only one that we have ever seen on the open market for sale and surely must be one of the most interesting of the body armour story elements from WWI. Because of the appalling conditions and high rates of head injuries all armies rushed to defend their troops by means of helmets from 1915 onwards and thus the war created some of the most oddball and interesting areas of collecting ever.
AUSTRIAN WWI ENLISTED RANKS ENTRENCHING TOOL. A good example of the enlisted ranks entrenching tool, wood haft good, spade section minor surface rusting but complete with its ultra rare leather skeletal holder, in which the leather is strong and supple and fully usable for mannequin display. Slight blackness to the leather in area around the rivets. The roller buckle and its prong are still complete and in good working condition.
AUSTRIAN WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL. An excellent condition leather holder in brown, all rivets and stitching strong, buckles and other metalwork in excellent condition, complete with its slightly surface rusted shovel and good wood haft.
AUSTRIAN WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL. A single entrenching tool without its leather harness of the Austrian pattern. Large date ‘1917’ to the wood haft, which is generally in good condition with slight chipping and faint heavy stamp markings of ‘1917’ to the spade head.
AUSTRIAN WWI GENERAL FLYER’S BADGE. MINIATURE. A wonderful example in miniature of the Austrian General Flying badge from 1916 to 17 measuring 25mm x 30mm, although not tested by us it would appear to be constructed in silver with beautiful enamel plaques having the Kaiser’s letter ‘K’ in silver laid into a white oval background to the above and the three Austro/Hungarian Shields multi coloured below. Complete with its original pin back construction. Very fine detail with white enamel to the outer wreath.
AUSTRIAN WWI POST HOME HELMET. A superb Austrian helmet of WWI that has been used by the German forces, camouflaged, then captured and posted home possibly to the United States. The shell, of which the interior retains all its original Austrian brown paint, stamped size ‘64’, the Rexene type mid tan liner is complete with all its pads, however one tongue has broken away and all the inner pads are missing with just faint remains of its drawstring. An original owner’s name is hand applied to the inner rear skirt. It has its original Austrian canvas, leather and buckled chinstrap. The camouflage finish is typically German with a mix of green, brown and mustard. To the left hand side as the helmet is worn there is the remains of a stuck on paper label, faint traces of pencil lettering with a date of ‘1917/18’. On the opposite side are three blocks of white rectangular shapes, which is where the original posting labels would have been attached, have come off over the intervening years and left the outline of the gummed paper remaining. This helmet is a typical United States veteran souvenir piece.
AUSTRIAN WWI PROPELLER. A restored Austrian WWI propeller being 8’ in length, when discovered this propeller was virtually in parts, it has been re-assembled, it was full of woodworm which has been cured, all the woodworm holes are still visible. The faint traces of the Austrian double headed eagle manufacturers decals are remaining to both ends of the propeller. Both tips are damaged, the central boss is profusely marked, around the base of the boss some small sections of wood have been inserted. A rare item of WWI Austrian aviation.
AUSTRIAN WWI SOLDIER’S TRENCHING TOOL. A rare piece of equipment being the enlisted ranks entrenching tool for the Austrian Army of WWI. Some light corrosion to the spade section. Wood haft excellent. Identical to the example shown in the well known work on the Austrian Army The Emperor’s Coat, published by Verlag Militaria of Vienna.
AUSTRIAN WWI TRENCH HELMET. The exterior of the helmet retains virtually all of its original Austrian brown paint which has suffered from corrosion and lost their paint, which can be viewed on the images. Of the interior liner, the liner band remains with the relic remains of one pad with its inner horse hair. The chin strap is all complete but extremely frail and care needs to the taken in the handling of this helmet. Excellent Austrian stampings with clear date 1915 to the lower left hand inner skirt of the helmet.
AUSTRIAN/GERMAN BROTHERS IN ARMS PRINT, WWI. A superbly coloured print from the famous painting known as The Brothers in Arms. The image depicts Austrian and German soldiers advancing together on the field of battle, measuring 37 inches x 23 inches. It depicts the Kaiser, mounted alongside Franz Josef with a mixed retinue of Generals and enlisted men all wearing different coloured uniforms and different forms of headdress. The frame is in carved wood surmounted by the Austrian eagle with a brass plate at the base, which reads 'Ludwig Koch Die Grosse Zeit' (The Great Time), it is signed 'Ludwig Koch 1915' in the lower right hand corner of the print. Very minor cracks to the plaster work of the foliage on the wood frame, the frame is otherwise in generally good condition.accompanying the print is a separate printed view of the print with all of the main characters number coded and identified
AUSTRO/HUNGARIAN TRENCH HELMET. Known as the Hungarian helmet within the collecting circles, this excellent example with the ‘Berndorfer’ stamp into the rear skirt, the configuration is virtually identical to the Austrian produced version but having one small liner retaining rivet on either side of the helmet just below the armoured plate attachment lug. The exterior shell with virtually all of its original brown painted finish, webbing chinstrap with square flat buckle and including its adjusting roller buckle. The interior with its steel inner band having the three leather liner sections attached, one section has a tip missing but the others are all in place with their original riveted drawstring holes. The leather is slightly hard and one has to be careful with moving the tongues for fear of damaging the leather, however an excellent helmet. Condition:
BADEN ALL FELT ERSATZ HELMET. A superb condition one-piece felt Baden infantryman’s helmet, the body is good strong and firm, never fitted with a back strap or with front peak trim. The non removable spike and circular spike base match the Baden griffin front plate exactly. Light tan leather chinstrap with its original brass buckles. National and Baden State cockades complete. To the interior the 7 tongued liner is all complete and firm to the helmet with the tips of two of the tongues split.
BATTLE DAMAGE BY OLIVER LOCK & DANIEL FISHER. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing. Battle Damage, the latest in a series of fascinating books, showing great detail, incorporating the use of high resolution photography. The style of these books hand the reader the ability to view these items with such large images and close up clarity, almost like holding the artefact in your hand. The book is 192 pages, hardback and it feature the story of war, items that have been found on the battle fields. Helmets with impact from bullets & shrapnel as well as many other items of military history with battle damage. The book covers items from the Napoleonic wars, through WWI, WWII, Vietnam, The Falklands and modern day warfare. Militaria of all countries are covered, this work will appeal to all enthusiasts of military history, especially collectors who appreciate the 'been there' look! The images are accompanied by interested commentary, often explaining the possibilities of how the item was damaged as well the history of where each item was found.
BAVARIAN ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE. An all complete all brass fitted pickelhaube for a Bavarian enlisted man. The body is good and strong, crazed overall, with standard crazing to the front and back peaks, both the peaks are securely stitched to the main body, the rear peak is slightly distorted in shape. All of the brass fittings match, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Bavarian front plate, brass chinstrap fittings and front peak trim. The front peak trim has a split to the centre and has various kinks in the brass, fitted with both its National and Bavarian cockades. To the interior the leather liner is complete with one tongue missing and two other tips torn, no extra holes to the skull and faint traces of an indelible pencil applied owner’s name to the inner upper skull. Very faintly but still visibly stamped to the inner rear peak ‘10th Infantry Regiment’. Some indentations to the back strap otherwise a good and complete Bavarian pickelhaube. To the interior skull an old English collector’s name and address label attached.
BAVARIAN LEIB REGIMENT ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. A very nice condition stamped size ‘57’ all leather pickelhaube to an enlisted man in the Bavarian Light Regiment. The skull is absolutely superb, slight crazing to the front and back peaks both of which are secured to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Bavarian front plate with cut out crown and front peak trim strap fittings all in white metal, complete with its national and State Bavarian cockades, strap very clean, complete with its 8 tongue liner, which is all complete, undamaged and is with its original drawstring. To the interior it has the pencilled name of the original wearer, a good clear date of ‘1915’ plus a circular maker stamp. To the rear peak there is also traces of a previous wearer’s name applied in pen, as well as having all the fittings for the Leib Regiment it could also be a Pioneer Unit.
BAVARIAN POLICE OFFICIAL’S HELMET. A very good condition all leather pickelhaube, front and back peaks securely attached to the helmet. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, tall pointed removable spike, cruciform spike base, domed chin scales, front peak trim and large front plate all in white metal with a single silver and blue Bavarian cockade fitted. The interior officers quality leather liner in magnificent condition with all good colour to the leather and the inner gold silk. The interior of the front and back peaks with their green and red imitation leather.
BELGIUM WWI ADRIAN HELMET. A large size Adrian helmet painted in the Belgium brown with the Belgium lion badge to the front, slight scratches to the paintwork as can be seen on our web images, complete with its excellent condition 6 tongue liner, with the aluminium serrated spacers still fitted, chinstrap missing.
BELGIUM WWI ADRIAN HELMET. A nice large size WWI Belgium Adrian helmet with a huge degree of its original mustard coloured paint remaining with chipping as can be seen on our web images, complete with its interior liner, which has one tongue completely missing, the remainder of the liner is slightly dry and congealed, the aluminium ribbed frame to the liner is all intact, strap missing.
BRITISH 17TH DIVISION LIEUTENANT COLONEL’S CUFF RANK TUNIC. A good large size cuff rank tunic belonging to an unidentified Lieutenant Colonel of the British 17th Division. Standard good quality corded material, slight nicks which maybe moth or maybe slight tears in two places to the front of the tunic, one between the first two buttons and the other in the cut out of the collar below the Royal Artillery officers collar badge. Other slight moth tracking at the lower part of the left hand bellows pocket and the right hand bellows pocket. The weave on the heads of the crown and star rank have been rubbed away, four faded overseas stripes to the left hand sleeve as the tunic is worn, one 17th Division identification bar to each upper sleeve, a matched pair of bronze officers collar badges, all Royal Artillery Corps buttons fitted, medal ribbon bar of five ribbons including South African War medals. The tunic is completely unlined, the sleeves do have sleeve lining, a sprinkling of moth damage across the back panel of the tunic with one larger hole just below the waistband at the rear of the tunic.
BRITISH 1901 NAVAL PATTERN EQUIPMENT. A lovely matched pair of ‘1917’ dated 1901 pattern naval equipment ammunition pouches. Both pouches are marked ‘W.Harvey & Co. Limited, Walsall G & M 1917’ all of the leather strong, all stitching good, original owner’s name ‘F.G.Beale’ hand applied to the upper inner flap of one of the pouches.
BRITISH 1902 PATTERN SERVICE DRESS TROUSERS. Probably one of the hardest element other than the boots to obtain for a British WWI mannequin being an ultra rare pair of the British enlisted mans service dress trousers, as worn in WWI. Standard configuration, straight cut, two straight side pockets with double stitch line strengthener at the bottom of each pocket. The waist band is fitted with all of their zinc buttons, all the original fly buttons complete, WD number over letter stamping to the inner waistband, all lining complete with some inner staining. The previous owner’s army number ‘3352269’ with the initials ‘RH’ applied with indelible pen to the interior pocket bag. There is no moth damage of any type to the trousers and all the nap is good.
BRITISH 1919 PATTERN NAVAL EQUIPMENT FROG. An exceedingly scarce element of combat equipment being the frog specifically designed for the 1919 naval web equipment. This web equipment was manufactured by Mills in small numbers and was issued to sailors engaged in land based operations and raiding parties. The frog clearly influenced the later 37 pattern and its main difference is having the female crown type press stud fitted three quarters of the way up so it could be married to the specific three part naval belt. The item is in good used condition with a good early press stud affixed. There is a good ME.Co stamp to the rear dating it to 1926. The frog would be designed to carry the 1907 type bayonet. Although only a small element of a larger equipment set it is one of the harder pieces to find to complete the extremely rare naval equipment.
BRITISH 1ST PATTERN BRODIE MAGNETIC HELMET. A scarce example of the very first pattern Brodie helmet of WWI with faint remains of its apple green paint, which has been covered in what would appear to be a sand camouflage, which only remains around the lower edge of the helmet as can be seen by our web images. To the interior more evidence of the apple green finish, the skull is magnetic, the interior liner all complete with its original chinstrap.
BRITISH 2ND PATTERN WWI BRODIE HELMET, BATTLE DAMAGED. A standard 2nd pattern Brodie helmet with all of its paint finish remaining, which has taken a shrapnel blow from the inside travelling through the liner and outwards through the shell itself. The liner is all complete and its original chinstrap, it can be seenfrom the trajectory of the shrapnel or round that the helmet was inverted at the time, it has gone through the side at an angle and exited the shell approximately 30cms away from the entry point in the liner.
BRITISH 4TH HUSSARS BRODIE HELMET. A barn find WWI Brodie helmet, which is still with its original chin strap, which has solidified and hardened, it has lost its liner. Some minor corrosion to edges and some paint loss but with a good clear halved rectangular 4th Hussars yellow and red unit flash. Condition:
BRITISH AVIATION PHOTOGRAPH GROUPING. A very neat small set of items that belonged to an airman during WWI, the airman serving in various stations and keeping a good photographic record. The lot consists of a small photographic album with some excellent shots inside, including photos from ships and from land. There are numerous very good uniform details including cowl helmets and flying leather jackets as well as cut down helmets and numerous orders of dress and many good photos of members of the WRAF in their early Russian blue uniforms. There is a good large station photograph that has a multiplicity of different uniform details within as is in many respects a wonderful textbook cross section of what appeared in the late era following WWI, the picture being dated February 1919. Uniforms within the group show WAAFs in WAAF uniform, WAAC members in their uniforms, officers of both RFC and RAF in khaki, airmen of the RAF, interesting combinations of uniform including an RNAS or RAS medic wearing medic's arm badges and an early black peaked cap. Other details shows officers still in RFC uniform as well as other ranks in RFC uniform. This picture really demonstrates the chaos within uniform regulation at this transitional period. The third item of the grouping is an excellent small postcard size but fairly thick autograph album, this airman was clearly a popular man and numerous people have entered messages, signatures and there are some wonderful caricatures and items of artwork to the interior with some amusing pictures and a very high degree of draftsmanship throughout. A stunning set that very much represents the RAF at the time and an important item of social history.
BRITISH BATTLEFIELD RECOVERED PART 08 WEB SET. A part set of the British 08 web set recently discovered in a barn in northern France. Absolutely matching in colour and condition, comprising the 08 web belt, which is maker marked and dated ‘1918’, the Enfield magazine ammunition pouches, complete with the 1907 bayonet frog, rusted into the frog is the top scabbard mount of the 07 bayonet, also maker marked but date difficult to read, broad arrow stamped.1 individual pouch has lost its Brass securing stud pouch , and 1 pouch has never had the Brass stud fitted, even though the flap has the aperture cut.
BRITISH EARLY RAF ALBUM AND EPHEMERA. A hard card album with paper label 'Hendon' on the cover, on opening the album beautifully display 'RAF Air Pageant 1928' with cut out images of the Schneider Trophy seaplanes on the front cover of the programme. The album is fully annotated and beautifully hand drawn containing 65 images of all of the up to date RAF fighter and bomber planes of the period. The opening image shows Their Majesties the King and Queen welcoming the King & Queen of Spain arriving at the pageant in their large vehicle. Close-up images of all the individual aeroplanes at the pageant all annotated below. Many ground to air shots of aircraft flying in formation of RAF bomber squadrons, fully described. An example of one of the description is as follows:- 'Low bomb attack demonstration show how swift the swoop of the machines are carried out, these machines, Fairy Felix were going at £260 miles per hour when snapped. A good attack on an enemy oil refinery with images of the aircraft attacking balloons', with beautifully hand drawn examples of the air attack between the photographs. The owner of the album was a very accomplished artist, all of the images are of a small format and some are under-exposed but generally all good. At the end of the album a wonderful close-up in large format of the Schneider Trophy Cup Winner's Aircraft with the annotation 'Supermarine S5 Seaplane fitted with special racing Napier Lion engine on which flight Lieutenant Webster AFC won the Schneider Trophy at the record speed of 281.6 miles per hour 1927 (it was from this aircraft that 10 years later evolved the Supermarine Spitfire). Accompanying the album is the official programme for the day, which is a wonderful document of aircraft history in itself. The whole group is in excellent condition. Included in the programme is the programme of flying events. Also accompanying the 1928 album is the 1926 pageant album, which the owner has constructed in the same manner with the interior covers having small format images of the posters of the event and again opens with Their Majesties the King and Queen arriving. The album contains 63 images of aircraft all beautifully annotated below with full explanations of some of the images. Fighter planes, bombing planes, an excellent hand drawn map of Africa showing the route of the Cape Town to Cairo air race English flyers achieved in 1926/27. A demonstration of low bombing on the airfield with images of First World War tanks drawn below. A very rare shot of an Autogiro, one of the world's first helicopters. Examples of shooting down balloons, loops and rolls being undertaken by aircraft, demonstration of an air attack on London and in large format are images of the ill-fated R101. Also an image of the Graf Zeppelin at Cardington in Bedfordshire. This album is also accompanied by the programme of events, the spine has been repaired. A fine pair of albums showing all of the different types of aircraft being used in the middle 1920's for the Royal Air Force and beautifully illuminated in both script and drawn images. The owner must have been an avid aviation enthusiast.
BRITISH EXPERIMENTAL MACHINE GUN PHOTOGRAPH. Recently Regimentals have been lucky enough to buy an excellent and well put together Machine Gun Corps related collection. A most intriguing photo worthy of much research. The photo itself clearly shows two Canadian ordinance corps colour sergeants wearing very early Canadian 02 type tunics with stand collars and separate epaulettes with coloured edging. The both have artificers cross tool badges to the upper arms stood with various civilians and a senior looking colour sergeant of a British unit wearing a British 02 tunic. They are stood around an enormous machine gun which we believe to be a version of the 37 mm pom pom gun. To the front are two chalked tablets one reading 'Enfield Maxim gun course,' and the next is showing various Canadian insignias. One would imagine Canadian artificers travelling to the UK to receive advanced training in machine gun maintenance and possibly they would be evaluating the issued guns. It is believed 722 were manufactured and were mostly exported to the U.S for U.S Navy use. Interestingly to the reverse of the card is a staff sergeant's name and address and he mentions upon the card that shortly he will be returning to Canada. We cannot ascertain whether this man was in fact a Canadian or a British soldier, however, research is necessary. The card was probably produced by a photograph taken by a photographer and only reproduced in very limited numbers. The ink stamp to the reverse reads 'August 24 1912.' An intriguing and important card, overall in very good condition unfortunately with one fold 3/4 of the way along, however, the image remains good and strong.
BRITISH GUARDSMEN'S SENTRY MONEY BOX. Just prior to WWI Huntley and Palmer the biscuit and sweet maker produced a series of sweet tins that doubled as money boxes with various exteriors for export, this example is in the form of a sentry box with a slot at the top for inserting money. It was for export to France and showed British Guardsmen at their sentry boxes on two sides. The drummer image is faint, the Guardsman in his box is good, clear, with bright colour. Some light scratches and indentations. The tin contained toffee.
BRITISH KING’S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS OFFICERS TUNICS AND CAP IDENTIFIED. A rare King’s Royal Rifle Corps regimental pattern tunic belonging to Lieutenant W.G.C.Everett who was the Area Gas Officer in the 11th Service Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps. This special pattern regimental tunic is of shoulder rank, it is without any patterns to the base of the cuffs. Open collar with one buttonhole which enables the tunic to be turned into a fully buttoned up garment. Standard wide imitation waist belt, which is fully stitched the full circumference of the tunic. The tunic is in an excellent condition with just two minor moth nips to the right hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed and two to the reverse side of the left hand sleeve. Some light moth around the rear collar and the left hand epaulette. Fitted with all regimental bugle horn crowned composition black buttons. Blackened KRRC shoulder titles with fully blackened lieutenant’s insignia on red base cloth. Insignia to each sleeve of a black roundel with two black cloth strips of the 11th Service Battalion. A ‘Welsh & Jefferies, Duke Street’ woven label to the tunic with the name ‘W.G.C.Everett’. Three inverted blue overseas service chevrons to the lower left hand sleeve as the tunic is worn. Accompanying his khaki tunic is a very dark blue bordering on black patrol service tunic of the same rank, red piped around the stand collar, all regimental composition buttons with a loose matching coloured waist belt with a Samuel & Brothers, Oxford Circus’ label attached with the initials ‘WGE’ applied to the name section. No moth damage. Lastly a beautiful condition officers stiff visor cap of the type where the crown can be folded down, the main body dark green, black removable mohair centre band, red roundel badge with the bugle horn applied insignia of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps to the centre. Standard narrow leather chinstrap, regimental side buttons, complete with its khaki field cover. The interior white Morocco sweatband in excellent order with the initials ‘WGCE’ applied. To the upper inner crown is the name of ‘Samuel Brothers Limited, Oxford Street’ which is identical to the patrol tunic label. The 11th Service Battalion along with the 10th landed at Boulogne Sur Mer as part of the 59th Brigade of the 20th Light Division in July 15 for service on the Western Front and was in continuous service until the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. The whole grouping is worthy of further research.
BRITISH LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH OFFICERS GLENGARRY, MC WINNER. A very nice officers Glengarry with the double constructed badge of the Liverpool Scottish, The King’s Some wear to nap of cloth with its original red pompom, tails missing. A small red label to the inside with the name ‘B.Arkle’. No moth damage, complete with his medal roll, he was entitled to the 1914 Star, Benjamin Arkle, 2nd Lieutenant, Temporary Lieutenant, Liverpool Regiment Territorial Force M.I.D. 15th June 1916. London Gazette 20th December 1918, page 14922. Included in the lot is the supplement to London Gazette 17th April 1915 Private Benjamin Arkle, appointed 2nd Lieutenant plus a full print-out of the history of the London Scottish Territorial Force during WWI.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS BATTALION PHOTO. One of a recent excellent Machine Gun Corps related collection we purchased and this is one of the full length full battalion assembly photograph. The quality of the photo is absolutely superb and shows members of A & B Company, 3rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps, British Army of the Rhine June 1919. Many of the troops in the first three rows wear the cavalry type bandolier and breeches, however troops in the second and third rows are clearly seen wearing 08 waist belts, a mixture of stiff 02 caps and the later trench style cap with stitched peaks are evident. Some troops still wearing the 14 pattern belt. Many of the officers stiff retain cuff rank, however some have the shoulder rank. A mixture of puttees, riding boots and leather gaiters are evident amongst the elegant officers, many of whom sport Wound stripes. The item is approximately 1 metre long and approximately 40cm deep housed in an excellent quality modern frame, this frame is missing the glass.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS FRAMED PICTURE. An excellent and well defined period photograph clearly showing Machine Gun Corps infantry troops adding water to the cooling jacket of a Vickers machine gun, clearly can be seen are MGCI titles, all three wear Brodie helmets, 02 tunics, trousers and puttees and they are administering the water to the barrel jacket with a can or saucepan-like item. Interestingly the Vickers gun is mounted upon the large tripod, to the front is the quick firing bipod mount still bolted in place. The item is beautifully reframed in a period looking dark oak and gold bordered frame.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS INDUSTRIAL APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE. A most interesting illuminated certificate for service in the war 1914-1919, this was issued by the Company of Siemen's Brothers, who were a dynamo works in Staffordshire. The item is facsimile signed by the Works Manager and dated '1919'. A most interesting item and worthy of research having a clear name of 'Private Clarence Perry' neatly inscribed to the top. All housed in its original dark oak frame with original paint which is a little loose to the back, however the original framers card is still glued in place.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS PAINTED SILK. A fascinating item that was almost definitely a unit pennant. These were often painted particularly in France and Belgium upon fine quality silk by draftsmen and artists of considerable skill, this is some such item. It is beautifully framed in an oak frame of the period and has a wonderful scroll written 9th Cavalry Machine Gun Squadron with the Machine Gun Corps badge to the front. There are areas of flaking where the item at some time has been folded, however the overall presentation is excellent and there is a high quality deep card mount to the rear. Upon the back there is an interesting unit research, this includes that they were part of the 9th Cavalry Division and formed from various Machine Gun sections, 15th Hussars 19th and the Bedfordshire Yeomanry and they saw extensive service upon the Western Front including Somme, Hindenburg Line and final advance.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN OFFICERS CADRE PHOTOGRAPH. A most interesting First World War group photo of officers clearly undertaking machine gun training, many of the officers appear to be from various Scottish units including the Royal Scots, Argyle & Sutherlands and the uniform details are most interesting. Many of the rear officers still wear Scottish glengarry caps with Scottish collars and some with Machine Gun Corps collar. The officers who presumably are in charge of the Corps wear a mixture of uniforms including Gor Blimey caps, Machine Gun Corps collars and one officer interestingly wears these upon a Scottish cut tunic, another officer clearly wears a tunic but has had the cuff rank removed, however the silhouette of the rear facing cloth remains clear. There is a little spotting to the photograph and each of the subjects is named. To the top is an excellent blue embossed Machine Gun Corps crest and scroll. An interesting group and worthy of more research housed in a very good high quality frame and mount.
BRITISH MODEL 1922 TUNIC. An excellent condition model 22 tunic, which is virtually identical to the First World War issue tunic. No moth damage, perfect nap to cloth, probably been in storage for many years. Medium size, no label present to be able to give exact size but ideal for medium size mannequin display or a medium sized re-enactor.
BRITISH OFFICERS MOSQUITO NET. A very scarce Colonial item of equipment in excellent condition being off white cotton and netting throughout. These mosquito nets were absolutely essential equipment and this particular example is of high quality and has a small officer's set of initials neatly sewn upon a name tag to the interior, in very good condition for its age.
BRITISH OFFICERS SAND COLOURED RIDING BREECHES. First World War officer’s riding breeches with reinforced inner thighs, all fly buttons remaining. A slight peppering of moth damage to the seat area otherwise visually from the front it is excellent, perfect for mannequin display.
BRITISH OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A beautiful quality soft Melton large size, probably size 57 to an officer in the Northamptonshire Regiment. One very minor 2cm line of moth tracking to the crown otherwise the cap is superb. Six air vents to the under crown, typical First World War style British bronze officers Northamptonshire Regiment cap badge, the width of the leather band is halfway between the very narrow WWI style and the much wider WWII style, complete with correct regimental side buttons, all original leather sweatband, the faint remains of a ‘Herbert Johnson & Company, London West’ maker underneath the waterproof inner crown cover.
BRITISH OFFICERS WWI HOLSTER. A good leather holster undated probably for a short model webley revolver. Complete with its closing loop and two loops for belt fixing.
BRITISH OFFICER’S TRENCH ADAPTED PISTOL HOLSTER. A highly unusual and interesting holster that appears to be manufactured for the standard service revolver. The construction is squared to one side and most unusual. The leather is of typical extremely high English standards with all brass fittings throughout. To the rear of the holster is a very wide belt strap clearly for mounting on the ’08 webbing belt. There is a slider to the rear that incorporates the original cleaning rod, which is still present, as well as two short straps that are to attach the holster to the sword frog mounting D rings of the Sam Brown equipment. The overall condition is excellent, the leather is highly pliable with a beautiful mid-brown colour throughout. The quality and workmanship is extraordinarily good and this is one of the finest examples of a trench holster we have ever had.
BRITISH PAIR OF MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICERS PHOTOGRAPHS. Two very well framed items, both having typical turn of the century style frames. The first one is originally framed at the time and has an excellent framers pasted address to the reverse of the frame and the image is of Hugh Clay Carter Machine Gun Corps, and dated '1919', he can clearly be seen wearing the Military Cross and Machine Gun Corps collars to his whipcord tunic and he appears to have two pips or a crown and pip upon each epaulette. The other photo is a typical officer grouping showing the Colonel to the centre in cuff rank tunic and flanked by two Machine Gun Corps officers being a Lieutenant and a Captain, these appear to be Canadian Machine Gun Corps troops and have divisional signs for each arm, which are forward pointing arrows with a bar underneath. This should be relatively easy to research.
BRITISH PERIOD FRAMED MACHINE GUN CORPS PHOTO. An excellent photo of a Lewis gunner operating the Lewis gun in the anti aircraft improvised configuration, this was where a wagon wheel was applied to an axled upright post and the gun was lashed to it thus the item was highly manoeuvrable against aircraft. The gunner wears a Brodie helmet with MGC collar badges with binoculars around his neck, to the rear one can see the large wooden crate of loose ammunition which has been opened for ease of reloading. All housed in an excellent period looking modern frame and mount.
BRITISH R.100 AIR SHIP OFFICER CAP BADGE One of the finest examples of English hand embroidery we have seen being the cap badge for an officer on the famous airship the R.100. Beautifully gold embroidered badge laid on red velvet within the King's crown. Blue and black very fine ribbed material as a base for the Royal airship works. The R.100 was one of a pair of airships constructed at the Royal Naval Air Station in Yorkshire, the other airship was the ill-fated R.101. The R.100 made her maiden flight in December 1929. The R.100 was formerly handed over to the Air Ministry and then departed for Canada in July 1930. After the crash of the R.101 in October 1930 in France the Air Ministry ordered the R.100 grounded and was sold for scrap in November 1931. An important artefact from the graceful era of airship travel.
BRITISH RAF 1ST PATTERN SLEEVE EAGLE. A typical issue example for the khaki service dress being in the tombstone form and having a red bird with black overlay embroidered upon it. The rear is of a fine Hessian type material. There is one moth nip near the end of one wing, however in general the item is very presentable and a good example of a scarce to find insignia.
BRITISH RAF VICTORY MEDAL. A nice example of the standard single Victory medal, this is well numbered and named to the edge. There is one sheet of research that has been carried out from official records in the form of a photocopy and it appears this man served with the RFC from 5th September 1916 and then with the RAF. It appears to have transferred to RAF Reserve in 1920.
BRITISH ROYAL ARTILLERY LIEUTENANT COLONEL’S CUFF RANK TUNIC. An excellent condition tunic worn by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Tyson. One moth nip to the back panel, some slight black maybe patent leather markings to the rear skirt. Four overseas service stripes to the left hand sleeve as the tunic is worn, fitted with Royal Artillery bronze officers collar badges, Corps Royal Artillery brass buttons, complete with its ‘Keogh’ tailor’s label, ‘Sackville Street, London’ named ‘Lieutenant Colonel Tyson’ with a faint date of ‘1918’ to the upper inner lining. Complete with research paperwork, Charles Edward Tyson, from Catterick inYorkshire was awardd the Military Cross.
BRITISH ROYAL ENGINEERS 1902 PATTERN SERVICE TUNIC. A nice condition large size 1902 service tunic worn by a sergeant in the Royal Engineers. Slight moth to the rear collar and one moth hole to the rear panel. Good nap to cloth overall. Royal Engineers regimental buttons of the removable pattern. RE brass shoulder titles to each epaulette, sergeant’s stripe with grenade bomb above the sergeant’s stripe in brass, with its complete jacket serge drab mixture ‘Hutchinsons Limited, London 1917’ dated label.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS COWL FLYING HELMET. A good example of the Cowl helmet, complete with both of its ear sausages, chinstrap still attached with all its string. Unfortunately all of the fur to the inside has been removed. Some light distress to parts of the leather with one seam stitching undone for approximately a 10cms length, otherwise generally overall good. To the interior because the fur has been removed there are huge size WD issue stamps visible. Condition:
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS FUR MITTENS. An excellent condition pair of fur lined and fur exterior mittens as worn by Royal Flying Corps aviators. Excellent condition overall. Good leather palms with fur all good.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS SWAGGER STICK. A nice well used example of another ranks swagger stick with silver coloured thimble top, this is slightly battered and cracked to the top, however very distinct with the RFC flying wings. There is a neatly cut set of initials 'FB', presumably the original owner to the canes top. The whole item is in typical other ranks proportions, an excellent evocative item of Flying Corps militaria.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS TOOL OR PERSONAL CHEST. An absolutely magnificent item that would make a splendid decorative element of furniture in any period home. The item is an extremely high quality robust cedar wood chest, being of cedar wood this would suggest that this would be for clothing. The trunk is painted in a wonderful deep emerald green with a super deep patination and areas of crackling to the paint. To the top is an extremely well executed sign writer quality set of initials being 'A.W.' over 'RFC'. these are undoubtedly real and have a huge amount of depth, crackling and discoloration to them. The chest has brass handles to either end and runners to the bottom. The dimension are relatively compact being approximately three quarters of a metre by half a metre deep. The original hinges are present and are of good quality brass and there is a good brass lock with its original key present. An item of very decorative interest.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL AIR SHIP CYCLING CLUB BADGE. A very rare 1¼ inch circumference badge, the central feature being an air ship with a gondola below, with running through the spokes of a wheel, above and below the air ship in gold and blue enamel two scrolls reading 'Naval Airship Cycling Club'. Standard pin back construction. Non maker marked. It can only be imagined how few of these badges were produced.
BRITISH SAM BROWNE OFFICERS BELT AND CROSS STRAP. A very nice condition undated but possibly WWI British officers Sam Browne belt with cross strap.
BRITISH UNIDENTIFIED 08 TYPE BAYONET FROG. A fascinating variation on the Mills frog being dated and marked 'MECo 1911' to the reverse. The item is to the face fairly standard, however to the rear there are two small leather passes neatly sewn in place to the reverse of the frog. The frog is quite wide and could possibly be for the naval boarding cutlass or a bayonet.
BRITISH WALKING OUT CANE. A walking out cane of typical black infantry body with a silver head, clearly hallmarked to the head and beautifully engraved upon the end ‘Presented to Sergeant E. C. Sharp by 25 Platoon 3rd York Regiment, October 5 1918’. The overall condition is beautiful with undented beautifully toned silver head and a very fine japanned lacquered body to the main haFT of the stick with brass ferrul end.
BRITISH WEBLEY & SCOTT AUTOMATIC PISTOL HOLSTER. A very fine and rare holster, which we believe to be for the Webley & Scott 7.65.32 automatic pistol of highly unusual construction, from the exterior the brown leather is identical to British made leather holsters but when opening the holster the lettering on both the inside of the flap and the main body and of the inside of the flap of the magazine portion is all in Arabic, there is a possibility that it has been made within Egypt. The length of the holster is 180mm x 130mm. The belt loops on the reverse side are wide enough to fit over a British 1908 pattern web belt, one belt loop matches the main body of the holster, the other belt loop is of a different section of leather, we belive that the holster was originally constructed with one belt loop and it was realised by the owner that the balance was not good and another belt loop was fitted . The flap closes with a male/female pop stud system with a further pouch affixed to the main flap to take two loaded spare magazines. A very rare holster.
BRITISH WEBLEY MARK 6 HOLSTER 1917 DATED. A lovely condition hard shell brown leather holster for the Webley Mark 6 officers revolver. Clearly dated to the closing tab ‘1917’ with a slightly obscured maker’s mark.
BRITISH WOMAN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE INSIGNIA. Woman's Royal Air Force eagle, the single eagle embroidered in white on very dark blue backing cloth for the Woman's Royal Air Force tunic formed in 1918. Both the shoulder title and the eagle were worn as a pair on each sleeve. An excellent image of this being worn can be seen in colour plate E in the Men at Arms series, British Air Forces 1914-18.
BRITISH WW1 ROYAL FLYING CORPS HELMET AND GOGGLES. A good example of the short necked flying helmet used by RFC personnel with its matching and original set of goggles. Some scuffing to the brown leather skin with one tear in the neck flap area, lined in excellent soft fabric. A full maker’s mark of ‘Ledux’ to the interior with its matching goggles, which are imitation fur lined and complete with their head strap. Some light rust staining to the interior of the neck flap.
BRITISH WWI A BRITISH WAR MEDAL TO A RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT. A highly interesting single only British War Medal for the First World War awarded to Albert Zeligman. The British War Medal to naturalised Russian Jewish immigrant Albert Zeligman who served with Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, The Royal Bucks Hussars and the Machine Gun Corps in India. The single entitlement for the British War Medal only is named in the correct style ‘100324 Private A. Zeligman MGC’. Zeligman arrived in the UK from Russia at the age of 5, with his family including four siblings, the family settled in Oxford Street, London. The 1911 shows him as a Jeweller and that he was naturalised in 1899. He enlisted in the Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, later transferred to The Royal Bucks Yeomanry and then The Machine Gun Corps Cavalry. During the First World War he served in India and was only entitled to the single British War Medal. His brother Harry Zeligman was dishonourary discharged from The Royal Bucks Hussars in 1916 as he was a convicted felon and a bad soldier. According to research accompanying this medal his sister Flora was killed by enemy action in WWII. The medal comes with a huge amount of copies of official documents. A highly interesting recipient. Zeligman eventually passed away in 1962. The medal is without its ribbon.
BRITISH WWI 08 WEBBING BELT. An early item of the 1908 equipment being the basic belt, however with the crimped buckles to the rear. These were very short lived and in List of Changes 15048 22nd November 1909 they were discontinued and replaced by the familiar riveted eyeleted type strap ends. This item is in good used condition, there is a little fraying to the edges and there are profuse markings to the interior including 'Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders'. The date is a little hard to read but is present. A rare early item of equipment.
BRITISH WWI 08-14 PATTERN HAVERSACK. The webbing haversack, which first started life as part of the 14 leather equipment has been period converted for use with the 08. Blancoed to the exterior, all fittings present.
BRITISH WWI 1903 PATTERN CAVALRY WATER BOTTLE AND CRADLE. A good example of the black cloth covered, blue enamel water bottle, carried by cavalry and horse artillery. The brown leather cradle is in superb condition, fully maker marked.
BRITISH WWI 1903 PATTERN CAVALRY WATER BOTTLE AND CRADLE. An excellent condition olive drab enamelled water bottle covered with dark blue felt with its leather cradle, attached cork. The base of the leather cradle is marked ‘M.Y.C.’ all leather good, all rivets strong.
BRITISH WWI 1908 PATTERN WEB SET. A virtually complete 1908 pattern enlisted soldiers webbing set, which comprises a set of ammunition pouches, two cross straps, enamel water bottle and felt cover within its web carrying cradle, the entrenching tool helve holder, which is dated to the interior ‘N’ over ‘18’ with broad arrow, 07 bayonet frog. All of the items have been blancoed from the exterior, some parts unblancoed to the interior with evidence of WD marks and obscure dates.
BRITISH WWI 1914 LARGE PACK. A rare example of the large pack for the 1914 equipment. Generally excellent condition webbing, underneath the flaps stamped ‘FOR TRAINING PURPOSES ONLY’, all leather fittings correct. To the face side two small rectangular patches have been hand stitched to the main body to cover four small nicks to the webbing underneath, in our opinion these should be removed, however because they have been attached for such a long time the colour of the webbing beneath the patches has changed.
BRITISH WWI 1917 DATED AMMUNITION POUCH. A beautiful condition tan leather ammunition pouch for the officers Sam Browne belt. The pouch holds extra rounds for the officers issued or purchased revolver. Marked ‘R.W.Stiby 1917’.
BRITISH WWI 1917 DATED WEBLEY HOLSTER. A good leather holster for the officers Mark 6 Webley with a huge size date of ‘1917’ plus maker’s stamp ‘S.M.Haq’ plus further letters which are indecipherable. Plus an ordnance WD stamp.
BRITISH WWI 1ST PATTERN RAF OFFICERS TUNIC. An excellent condition khaki identified and dated 4 pocket 1st pattern RAF tunic. The label to the interior ‘Wheeler & Company, 14/17 Poultry, London’ named to ‘A.F.Rae’ dated ’12.9.18’. Excellent condition tunic, still with its fixed belt, minor moth nip to the right hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed. All 1st pattern RAF buttons fitted, complete with its 1st pattern lace to the lower cuffs in gold and blue with its albatross and crown above insignia to both sleeves.
BRITISH WWI 2ND PATTERN BRODIE HELMET. Probably one of the nicest Brodie helmets that could be found, the exterior shell retaining its original rough sand finish with some smooth areas just to the right of the crown. The interior colour is magnificent, complete with its oilskin liner, inner string cradle and with its paper instruction label fitted beneath the liner’s securing rivet, its original grained leather chinstrap, which is firm and strong.
BRITISH WWI AMERICAN MADE 14 PATTERN BACK PACK. A very interesting example of the scarce 14 pattern large pack. This example is an American made version and has typical American mechanical riveting throughout. What makes it interesting is the fact that it is effectively unused however very dusty from storage. The webbing elements are of a very attractive dark olive tan colour, there is a broad arrow acceptance stamp to the interior. Also visible upon the flap are the original markings for the factory where the rivets were to be placed and these do give indication of left and right in a symbolic form. The buckles are all present and are the 14 pattern type with the 14 specific small and large pack closure buckles to the front. The leather strapping has suffered a little from dryness and one or two of the straps have snapped, however with gentle care these could be preserved and maybe with some light restoration this could in fact be perfectly presentable. A very interesting example of equipment.
BRITISH WWI ANTI GAS GOGGLES. A mint unused set of the rare anti gas goggles introduced to help combat the affects of the attacks and issued with the P type helmets, this mint unused set with its original paper packet with all the instructions printed to the exterior. Complete with all their tapes, the bag is not torn although slightly stiff and congealed. All the instructions are clearly visible. Identical to a set shown on page 162 and 163 of the excellent work Campaign 15 by Chris Polendine.
BRITISH WWI ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS DRESS JACKET. A high quality very thick light cream material beautifully lined in silk for a white dress tunic, complete with all of its Argyll & Sutherland Highlander buttons. The bullion rank pips seem to have been removed from the shoulder boards but otherwise good and complete, no moth damage.
BRITISH WWI BRODIE HELMET. An absolutely magnificent example of an early magnetic rimless Brodie helmet that has clearly seen long service during WWI. This helmet would have originally appeared from the factory in the apple green finish and with the early multi tongued liner, it has since been recuperated and depot re-finished, this is absolutely normal for WWI helmets, which were recouped from the battlefield in great numbers and depot re-fitted and would have had multiple re-issues as one can imagine with the appalling rate of attrition during WWI. Helmet has received a subsequent coat of an extremely thick sanded finish, which is extremely heavy and has probably doubled the weight of the helmet shell itself. On careful testing with a magnet the helmet is indeed magnetic, which is a clearly indication of one of the very earliest of the runs of this 1st type rimless helmet. The lining system is the late 1917 type, which continued throughout the Great War with the latex rubber donut beneath the pink felt crown pad. All chin strap are complete, there is one well executed repair to the somewhat dry chin strap, however it remains stable and good for display purposes. There is the usual size stamping to the cross piece of the pigskin leather chin strap. The black Rexine is in excellent bright condition with only minor cracking in areas. The paint finish to the exterior is superb with some large areas of loss in two places, however the overall appearance is magnificent. A real combat helmet with clearly long service.
BRITISH WWI BRODIE HELMET. A standard second pattern Brodie helmet. The shell is in good condition and painted in an unusual green over the original sand based khaki. Losses to paint as can be seen by our web images. Whether it was a form of camouflage or single unit speciality is unknown. The colour is good. Complete with its leather chin strap, its fabric liner, the inner horse hair padding is missing. Faint traces of an original owners name or possibly unit designation on the inner flap skirt.
BRITISH WWI CAVALRY OR ARTILLERY ENLISTED RANKS BOOTS. The long trench boot worn by artillery and cavalry personnel for the British Army in WWI. Superb condition, all original laces intact, all leather good and strong with buckles and straps intact and supple. Complete with steel heel cleats. Marked size ‘9’ to the interior. Many photographs of these boots can be found when studying images of the Great War.
BRITISH WWI CAVALRY PATTERN WATER BOTTLE AND HOLDER. The all leather cradle that holds the blue enamel water bottle, which is covered in black felt, complete with its cork stopper being the cavalry pattern water bottle.
BRITISH WWI CAVALRY WATER BOTTLE WITH DATED CRADLE. The all leather skeleton cradle for carrying the issue water bottle. The bottle is khaki painted, covered in felt, which does have some slight loss to the material near the neck. Complete with its steel headed cork stopper, long shoulder strap with canvas centre section. The cradle is maker marked and dated ‘1916’.
BRITISH WWI CAVALRY WATER BOTTLE. The standard blue enamel water bottle with its felt covered body. Some moth damage as can be seen on our web images. Complete with its supple and complete webbing and leather long carrying strap. The leather cradle section at the base of the bottle is maker marked and dated 1918. Complete with its original cork stopper with attachment string.
BRITISH WWI CHAPLAIN’S CHURCH UNIFORM. A highly unusual uniform pertaining only to the Chaplain’s Department of the Army being a very dark blue verging on black four pocket tunic constructed totally on the style of the model 16 officers tunic with lower bellows pocket, large flaps, the waist strengthening band, two upper pockets with flaps and pleats. Open collar wear, shoulder rank, pointed cuffs. To the collars are fitted the blackened badges of the Chaplain’s Department with brass rank pips for rank of Captain with a letter ‘T’ below. All buttons in gilt of the Army chaplain’s Department. Complete with a pair of long trousers with a 1cm strip of violet cross down each exterior seam of the trousers.
BRITISH WWI CHAPLAIN’S VISOR CAP. An ultra rare visor cap worn by a British Army chaplain in WWI. The cap is approximately size 56, it is the standard floppy style of cap so often seen in the trenches. The basic body is in excellent condition, some minor nicks to the cloth close to the chaplain’s blackened badge and in the peak area, otherwise overall very presentable and collectible. The blackened chaplain’s cross has never been removed from the cap, the clear outline behind the crown where the material has dropped forward onto the crown itself has left a big impression. black chin strap indicating Chaplain servic,. The side buttons we have never encountered before, they are of the football leather type with the form of chaplain’s cross impressed into the leather. At the rear of the cap there are eight ventilation holes, to the interior it is fully lined with the crown in the classic multiple circular stitching encountered with WWI period tailoring.
BRITISH WWI DATED NAVAL WEBLEY HOLSTER. A beautiful quality holster for the Webley mark 6 with the riveted construction of the navy pattern 1902 equipment.. The holster produced in one-piece of leather and joined together on the back seam with 12 rivets. Complete with both of its belt loops, also riveted to the main body, clear marking ‘Hobson & Sons 1916 London’. Closing strap complete, excellent form to the leather.
BRITISH WWI DERBY SCHEME ARMBAND. The khaki armband measuring 43cm x 8cm, worn by individuals when they were out of uniform to indicate to the rest of the populous that the individual had volunteered for military service, the atmosphere in the U.K. was not good for men of a military age to the seen not serving the country.
BRITISH WWI DIVISION MARKED BRODIE HELMET. An excellent example of an early brodie helmet depot refinished and relined in 1918. This particular helmet has to the exterior a secondry coat of typical dark grey green paint with two large insignias being a yellow over black. Both insignias show congealing and age pattination. The underline apple green finish shows through in places, however, the paint finish in general is very good. There is some white paint splatter from poor probable garage storage. The liner is of the typical apple green coloured metal to the flared edges. The original chin strap is present and in excellent condition and supple throughout. There is a soldiers number written to the cross piece of leather. There is some mothing to the orange felt pad, however, still very good overall and the helmet is clearly marked 'M & S.' This is one of the rarer makers and this particular stamp is seldom found, it stood for Miris steel company. It is difficult to speculate about what the insignia indicates as this is obviously a vast and complicated subject. The format could well be Australian, however, we can not be sure of this and further research would undoubtedly prove fruitful. Condition:
BRITISH WWI DIVISION MARKED BRODIE HELMET. An interesting Brodie helmet that has to each side divisional insignias which appear to be grey rectangles, we have yet to establish the origin of these patches, however further research may prove fruitful. The finish to the helmet is of the typical Calais sanded finish, this is believed to have been applied at the Calais depot. The sand is extremely heavy to the exterior of the helmet. The lining is of the correct mid to late war style with the rubber donut in place, there is a little looseness to the leather and the chinstrap is missing, however the original black cloth is good and complete. There is little moth to the felt inner pad. The helmet is completely untouched and has not been cleaned in any way.
BRITISH WWI DORSETSHIRE OFFICERS LIGHTWEIGHT TROPICAL TUNIC. This is probably the lightest weight of tunic from the First World War we have ever encountered. Worn by a lieutenant in the Dorsetshire Regiment, all of the buttons are of the regimental pattern, the construction of the tunic is exactly the same as the non cuff rank pattern with four buttons at the front, all removable and with open collar wear. Some service staining and usage, however a scarce tunic worn in the Middle East,Turkey and The Balkans.
BRITISH WWI DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY OFFICERS COMPLETE TUNIC AND TROUSERS. An excellent condition shoulder rank tunic for a Captain in the Durham Light Infantry with the straight leg trousers. The tunic is in superb condition, all bronze officers ranking system to each shoulder board and interestingly the bronze rank badges diminish in size, the exterior being the largest, the next size down then a further size smaller. Evidence that at one stage some form of metallic shoulder title was fitted also the shoulder boards. All the buttons are of the regimental DLI pattern, a matched set of Durham Light Infantry bronze officers collar badges to each collar. Military Cross, British War Medal and Victory Medal ribbon to the upper right breast as the tunic is worn. The tailor’s label situated in an unusual position underneath the flap of the upper right pocket viewed as the tunic is worn of ‘R.C.Heron & Company, Middlesborough. Clear typed date of ‘1918’ with the name of the owner, which appears to be ‘A.C.Hornsby’. The interior lining is superb, complete with the material matched from the same bolt of cloth straight leg trousers with turn-ups. The trousers have suffered some moth damage in the crotch area and there is a form of unidentifiable grey green paint stain to the lower left leg as the trousers are viewed.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED MANS BREECHES. A very scarce set of the jockey type breeches worn by enlisted men in WWI. Minor moth nips to the crotch area otherwise excellent condition complete with all their laces. All of their zinc buttons are marked with number over letter WD mark to the cotton lining. Wear use in evidence. One large moth hole in the lower seat. All of the features of the WWI construction with the double stitching below the pocket apertures. A rare set of leg wear.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED MANS GLOVES. A very nicely woven matched pair of enlisted ranks issue gloves, some slight moth to the cuff of one glove and one finger tip otherwise excellent condition overall.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED MANS LEATHER JERKIN. One of the rare items of British WWI clothing being the utility leather sleeveles jerkin used universally throughout the army and carried on right through WWII. The exterior leather is dry but all complete with any loss to the skin. Of the four buttons only two remain. The khaki blanket lining has suffered from significant moth damage to the and the garment is priced accordingly, this can hopefully be seen in our web images.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED MANS PUTTEES. A very good set of puttees for the British WWI soldier. No moth damage.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED RANKS CAVALRY BREECHES. A set of the scarce breeches worn by enlisted ranks in cavalry and mounted artillery units in WWI. Heavy duty khaki, WD marked number over letter with the original owner’s name had applied to the white cotton waistband. There also appears to be a theatrical costumiers oval stamping to the inner upper waistband. zinc buttons for both fly and brace attachments fitted with 1 rear button missing and one front button missing. Good nap to the cloth, one large moth hole held together with cotton in the seat area and small moth nips in the crotch area. To the inside of the thighs the breeches are with extra oval patches to protect the wearer’s legs.
BRITISH WWI ENLISTED RANKS MOUNTED BREECHES. An excellent pair of enlisted ranks ribbed quality material mounted breeches worn by ammunition trains, Royal Field Artillery and any other of the horse mounted troops. Beautiful condition, a shadow on the rear seat area where the original paper label was affixed, leather strengthener pads to the inside of the lower thigh area, angled pockets, two only of the zinc buttons remaining of the six for the fly area, loops for waistbelt, nice clear number over letter WD stamping, the number over the letter indicating WWI issue.
BRITISH WWI EXPERIMENTAL BACK PACK. A most interesting item of First World War equipment and this is the second version we have seen of this back pack, not dissimilar in format to the Second World War mountain rucksack Bergen, however differing greatly. To the front are two pockets and a main body with drawstring top. To the interior a linen separate double pocketed pouch with typical First War period press studs. The inner of the flap has broad arrow markings and a civilian French address to the interior, faint traces of ink stamp. Interestingly the other example of this pack that we have examined has a ‘1917’ date. The reverse is a complicated affair with two shoulder straps, again marked with the same inspection stamps and clip type attachments for the braces. There appears to be a large waist band for tying around the body and two leather tabs at the bottom presumably for mounting of extra exterior equipment. A most interesting item that surely would be worthy of further research and is clearly an item of ordnance produced equipment as opposed to private purchase.
BRITISH WWI GAS MASK CANISTER DISPLAY. A corroded display of the canister of the First World War British gas mask, mounted on hardboard.
BRITISH WWI GRENADIER GUARDS HOOK QUILLON BAYONET. A rare combination artefact of WWI being a Grenadier Guards marked Model 1907 Hook Quillon bayonet in its original 1st pattern 08 leather scabbard and completed with its 08 pattern web bayonet frog and the ultra rare entrenching tool helve attachment. The blade of the bayonet is generally good, it has not been sharpened or reprofiled, some light spotting to the blade, clearly marked ‘1907’ to the forte, various other British acceptance marks. Good grips good. Regimentally marked ‘G.G.’ plus various other markings to the top pommel. The sprung loaded bayonet retaining catches complete and working correctly. Broad arrow marked to the bayonet frog.
BRITISH WWI INDIAN OFFICERS TRENCH WATCH. A lovely condition watch favoured by British officers in WWI, 32cm width dial, some slight loss to the numbers, fully operational, complete with its officers leather trench type strap. Retailer marked ‘P.Orr & Sons Limited, Madras and Rangoon Swiss made’. A device below the winder has to be depressed to allow the hands to be adjusted. At the time of placing on our web site the watch is fully operational, however no guarantees are given.
BRITISH WWI JEWRY BOOK ON HONOUR Published in 1922 this huge work comprising 363 pages, copy number 402 of 3000 copies only printed, this very rare work was published to show the world the contribution that Jews had made towards the British War Effort in terms of personnel to counter suggestions that the Jewish community in Great Britain had not contributed at all to the War Effort. It lists the many thousands of men and women who served and includes the five Victoria Crosses, 49 Distinguished Service Orders, 263 Military Crosses, 329 Military Medals plus many other awards won by this group of people. Large photographic section at the rear of the book. Some age foxing to some pages, spine good, gilt good to title page with a 1997 inscription to the blank first page.
BRITISH WWI KHAKI GENERAL’S TUNIC. A huge size tunic shoulder rank for Major General Francis Adrian Wilson CB., CMG., DSO., October 1874 to May 1954, he was a Senior Officer in the British Army who served as Chief of the General Staff in Australia from 1911 to 1912. This large size tunic is in magnificent condition, heavyweight khaki, shoulder rank crown with crossed sword and baton, Generals gorget patches in red wool and gold embroidery to each collar with Generals buttons attached. All of the remaining buttons to the tunic are of the Generals pattern. Five loops across the breast for a long medal ribbon bar with two long medal ribbon strips below. The tunic is totally free of any moth, staining or damage, complete with the tailors label ‘J.Daniels & Co Limited, 1 Artillery Place, Woolwich and at 62 Pall Mall incorperating Caters and T.McBride and Sons. Named Colonel T.A.Wilson CBG’. Obviously this tunic was purchased before his promotion to Major General. Wilson was commissioned at the Royal Artillery to 2nd Lieutenant in July 1895, he served in the 2nd Boer War in South Africa where he was promoted to Captain, Mentioned in Despatches and was awarded the DSO following the end of the war. Chief of the General Staff in Australia from 1911 to 12 and then returned to the United Kingdom. He served in WWII which led to the award of the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and the French Legion D’Honneur. A full printout of his military achievements and service are available on Wikipedia, a copy of which is attached with this tunic.
BRITISH WWI LEATHER AND WEB HOLSTER. A beautiful private purchase holster for a Mark 6 Webley where the officer has had his standard holster covered in web. All of the fittings are still in leather with the belt loop, the closing strap, the back seam and the base of holster. A super piece for a mannequin display.
BRITISH WWI LEWIS GUN SPARES BAG. The very rare accessory being the bag that carries the parts for the Lewis machine gun. Constructed in a mixture of the grained 1914 leather and olive drab canvas. Clearly stencilled to the front flap ‘BAG SPARE PARTS MG MARK 3’. All of its inner pouches complete, all of the strapping complete, one slight rot hole to the base of the bag, complete with shoulder strap.
BRITISH WWI MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICERS TUNIC AND CAP SET. A very heavily service worn shoulder rank tunic worn by an officer in the Machine Gun Corps with his matching Gor Blimey style officers trench cap. The tunic with bronze collar badges for the rank of Lieutenant. All buttons of the Machine Gun Corps regimental pattern. Matching bronze Machine Gun Corps officers collar badges fitted. To each sleeve there is a small white over red unit patch. Also fitted to the tunic two service stripes and one wound stripe. As previously stated significant service wear with moth damage coupled with staining and nicks to the material, slight tears, we have done our best to point out these damaged sections on our images but inspection is desired. The trench cap is a rare item complete with its fold down side curtains, Machine Gun Corps officers badge, multi stitched lining in a lozenge pattern, twin air vents to each side of the cap with only very minor moth nips to the crown area. Generally overall a very good cap and also complete with its correct First World War narrow chinstrap. A good but worn set.
BRITISH WWI MAXIM GUN RAZOR. A highly interesting collectible item relating to the Maxim gun, a British made cut throat razor, etched into the blade ‘The Maxim Razor’ with an etched outline of the Maxim gun to the centre. Manufactured by ‘J.Underwood Cutlery, Barrow in Furness. Barrow in Furness is a town in Northern England, we have no history on the purposes of this razor, the British Government were the first purchasers of the Maxim gun prior to 1900 and could possibly be in relation to that purchase. Condition:
BRITISH WWI MOUNTED TROOPS OTHER RANKS BOOTS. A pair of high lace boots as worn by cavalry and mounted artillery troops during the Great War. The boots are of pebbled brown leather and consist of a series of six eyelets in the foot area followed by thirteen hooks. To the top of the boot are double straps and on one boot one of the straps has broken. The soles have been resoled in rubber with steel toe and heel cleats. Many photographs of these boots can be found when studying images of the Great War. One of the long leather laces is all complete the other is completely missing and has probably been removed and been utilised for other uses. The boots are approximately size 8 and would fit a mannequin of a mounted trooper perfectly.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS BEDFORD CORD BREECHES. A lovely set of light sand coloured breeches with reinforced inner lower thighs. Some minor staining and one or two very minute moth nips, complete with a Flights of Aldershot label identified to a DSO winner and dated ‘May 18’.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS CORD BREECHES. A super set of heavy cord breeches, normally these are attributed to the name Bedord Cord, but these are a thicker cord than Bedford. Generally excellent condition, slight staining in the thigh area, no moth damage, rear seam is open for 3cms length, all buttons remaining, complete with original ‘Flight Limited, Winchester, Aldershot and London’ tailors label, with original owner’s name, which unfortunately is indecipherable. The buckle that is used on the rear waist adjusting strap is missing, as is one fly button.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS ISSUE BINOCULARS. A very good set of ‘1918’ dated 6 x 30 binoculars, fully maker marked and clearly dated to the main body. Optics excellent, complete with leather neck strap, they have been marked with nose to nose WD marks indicating sold out of service. Complete in their original mid tan carrying case, maker marked with the case dated ‘16’, case marked ‘Brigadier General T.S.Lambert, 69th Brigade. All stitching good and strong complete with their carrying strap and belt loops. Brigadier Lambert was Commander of the 69th Brigade and was in attendance at the battle of Messines 15th June 1917. A long military history commissioned in the East Lancs Regiment assumed command to the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment 1914, General Officer commanding 69th Brigade 23rd Division, killed June 1921 in an IRA ambush.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS MAKER MARKED AND DATED SAM BROWNE BELT. Excellent condition service used Sam Browne officers waist belt complete with all its loops, strapping and fitments, marked ‘R.W.Stiby 1917’. Condition:
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS PUTTEES. A mint condition set of the Company Fox's puttees. Manufactured in rifle green for Rifle regiments, still with their Fox's paper label attached.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS SAM BROWNE BELT AND CROSS BELT. A good WWI set, undated but early brass fittings. Dusty overall but all complete, no rot to the leather, would clean beautifully.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS SAM BROWNE CROSS STRAP. A single cross strap for the officer’s Sam Browne belt. Excellent condition.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS SAM BROWNE SET. A lovely match ‘1917’ dated British officers Sam Browne set for WWI. Belt, cross strap and the Webley Mark 6 holster, the belt and the holster only are clearly maker marked and ‘1917’ dated. Super condition overall.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS SAM BROWNE WAIST BELT AND CROSS STRAP. A lovely rich deep brown WWI officers waist belt and cross strap, complete with its runner, all D rings present for the attachment of equipment.
BRITISH WWI OFFICERS SAM BROWNE. A lovely condition identified British officers Sam Browne belt and cross strap, stamped in various places and indelibly ink marked the name ‘O.Corderoy’.
BRITISH WWI PRIVATELY PURCHASED ORILUX TRENCH TORCH BY OFFICERS. A nice clean example of the Orilux trench torch with the label to the top of the body ‘The Orilux J.H.Steward 406 Strand, London’ in its lovely condition deep brown carrying case. The stitching at the rear seam is slightly rotted. The closing tab to the lid is good, a slight tear in the closing catch where it is secured to the body but still firm.
BRITISH WWI PROTOTYPE WATER BOTTLE A most intriguing item being in the general shape of the 08 bottle but approximately 1/3rd shorter in depth. The item is of green enamel and is covered in a typical thick orangey beige wool cover which most other ranks bottles were covered with during WWI. Interestingly on carefully peeling back the base one can see a broad arrow with two letters, which appear to be 'BE' stamped below, this broad arrow stamp clearly indicates that these are an ordnance issued item and often items with this broad arrow and letter combination below are of Australian origin, it is believed the letters would have denoted the Military Department of issue. The top cap is a most interesting item, very similar to the clip on a light bulb, which has two pins and depresses and twists. The original cork to the interior is broken but still present and the top cap works perfectly. We have not been absolutely positively identify this item but interestingly many Australian leather water bottle carriers are of a very short nature and will not close upon the normal 08 bottle. It is our belief that this an Australian item of equipment and thus very rare.
BRITISH WWI QUEEN MARY’S NEEDLEWORK GUILD OFFICIAL’S BADGE. These enamel badges worn to show that the wearer was engaged in regular volunteer work for the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild. These badges were originally issued with personal certificates, all members paid for their own badges with ordinary member badges costing one shilling each.
BRITISH WWI RFC GAUNLETS. A fine pair of all leather and fleece lined dark brown leather gauntlets, which are fleece lined to the hand section, used by Royal Flying Corps personnel. Complete with their adjustable male/female pop studs, connectors at the wrist section.
BRITISH WWI ROBBINS OF DUDLEY RARE VARIATION KNIFE. All of the Robbins knuckle knives are scarce and desirable by collectors, the most commonly encountered is the knuckleduster push dagger. This very rare variation of the Push dagger is shown on page 26 of British Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook, plate 37. This rare knife 27cms long has a beautiful twin fullered blade, heavy aluminium grip with steel knuckleduster fitted into the aluminium grip. The Robbins of Dudley marking on the top pommel has been partly obscured for an unknown reason but can just about be seen and it is complete with its totally original leather scabbard, complete with integral belt loop. The pre punched hole for securing the hilt to the brass stud has split. As Flook states on page 233 of his excellent work ‘Robbins of Dudley knives, these have been extensively copied, we can assure any prospective purchasers of this knife this is an undoubted original.’
BRITISH WWI ROYAL ENGINEERS TUNIC. A non cuff rank tunic to an officer serving in the Royal Engineers. Fine corded material, Royal Engineers matching bronze collar badges, all brass Royal Engineers buttons, Croix De Guerre ribbon to upper right hand breast as the tunic is worn. A London Westminster’s tailor’s label with the name ‘MacLagan’ applied to the label. Two wound stripes to the left hand sleeve as the tunic is worn. Various light surface staining, two stitch repairs to the armpit area, all gilded Captain’s rank stars fitted to each epaulette.
BRITISH WWI ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY BOOTS. A superb condition pair of the very rare long boots worn by members of the Field Artillery. Calf high length boots with gaiter style top. Three closing straps across the gaiter. Complete with what we believe to be their original leather laces. Good grain clear to the dark brown leather. The soles are superb. Both boots with their original steel heel cleats.
BRITISH WWI ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE TYPE FLYING HELMET. A black leather flying helmet with a faux fur lining with an English maker’s label to the inside, with a complicated press stud chin cover. The overall condition is good and supple with just a little flaking to the black leather. Condition:
BRITISH WWI ROYAL RFC COWL HELMET. An above average example of the scarce WWI cowl helmet, this is an unmodified version with full cowl in place, made from a typical mid brown redish tan leather with all ear flaps present and the original fur lining still in place to the inner crown. The original tightening rope to the chin section is also present with buckle. There are one or two worm nips to the leather, however this is stable and the item remains very displayable. To the inner crown is a very good silk 1918 dated manufacturers label.
BRITISH WWI SAM BROWNE AMMUNITION POUCH, DATED. A very nice condition ‘R.W.Stiby’ maker marked ‘1917’ dated extra ammunition pouch for the Webley mark 6 revolver ammunition, worn on the officer’s Sam Browne, complete with its belt loop, all stitching strong.
BRITISH WWI SERGEANT MAJOR’S SERVICE TUNIC. An extremely nice large size issue combat tunic worn by a Sergeant Major in the Cheshire Regiment. This tunic previously appeared on the market back in the early 1990’s, then sold by Regimentals from within a very nice First War collection, which was photgraohed in our hard copy catalogue number 47 The insignia fitted is a maroon and white halved lozenge over a very beautifully embroidered cockerel with white lozenge centre with Cheshire acorn on maroon backing cloth to both sleeves. Cheshire shoulder titles to each epaulette, all of the buttons of the regimental pattern, two Sergeant Major’s brass rank insignia sets, one to each sleeve, unmarked and undated whistle attached to the shoulder lanyard. Light moth sprinkling to the base of the upper pocket and the lower skirt and to the very point of the extra cuff pattern that the Sergeant Major has taken it upon himself to have his tunic enhanced as befitting his rank. To the interior the virtually complete ‘Kettering Clothing Manufacturing Society Limited’ paper label reading ‘Serge service dress size no.21 height 5’9 and 10’ breast 36 and 37 waist 31 and 32. Standard skeleton white cotton lining that has obviously seen service use plus WD acceptance stamp to the white lining. A very nice tunic.
BRITISH WWI SINGLE PO8 CROSS STRAP. Good condition, blancoed. Faint traces of unidentified issue markings.
BRITISH WWI SOUVENIR BADGE BELT. 30 regimental badges, all totally original, mounted on an enlisted man’s 08 web belt. Many of these belts exist but many have been abused, had their original badges removed and replaced by reproductions or lesser quality, lesser desired originals. The badges on this belt are superb, 24 are with sliders and six with lugs. All excellent strikes, none are damaged. The rarest badge is a slider example of the Guards Machine Gun Corps, others include Inniskilling, The King’s Own, Gloucestershire Regiment, Royal Ordnance Corps, Royal Artillery, Bedfordshire Regiment, a Fusilier Grenade, South Lancashire, Hampshire, The Buffs, Cornwall, Leicestershire, KLSB, Somerset Light Infantry, Guards, Royal Warwickshire, a rare Guards Household Battalion, Royal West Kent, The Essex Regiment, Liverpool Scottish, Loyal North Lancashire, East Lancashire, Connaught Rangers, Army Veterinary A Corps, KRRC, Royal Engineers, Cameronians and Berkshire Regiment. All have patinated to the same degree, the waist belt is WD marked and ‘1916’ dated.
BRITISH WWI TANKERS HOLSTER. Beautiful tan leather holster dated ‘H.G.R. 1916’ complete with its brass 08 belt fixings.
BRITISH WWI TRENCH CLUB. An excellent condition British trench club of WWI measuring 44cm in length, 4.5cm at its widest point, complete with all of its nails. Heavy leaded top to the club complete with grip grooves at the lower half and complete with its original string. Reproductions have been made of this type of British trench club, this is undoubtedly an original example and extremely scarce.
BRITISH WWI TRENCH FOLDING SAW. The folding saw with two wooden handles, which folds into a circular pattern and is fitted into its original brown leather pouch. The pouch leather is excellent, all stitching good. Marked to the interior with broad arrow mark followed by ‘M.E.Co.1916’.
BRITISH WWI TRENCH SAW. The folding trench saw profusely used in WWI in its 1914 leather pouch, a scarce piece of equipment, dated ‘1915’ and maker marked.
BRITISH WWI W.R.A.F SHOULDER TITLE. An extremely rare piece of insignia item being the W.R.A.F. embroidered white on dark blue backing shoulder title for the Woman's Royal Air Force formed in 1918.
BRITISH WWI WEBLEY HOLSTER IDENTIFIED. A very nice Webley Mark 6 holster, ‘Davies & Co’ marked, clear heavy date of ‘1916’, hand inscribed to the front ‘2nd Lieutenant C.W.Langdon 1st/6th Glos’. Slight wear to the body of the holster where the hammer of the pistol has worn through the leather otherwise good and strong overall. With the holster is the complete print-out from the National Archives of his service record, originally serving with the North Somerset Yeomanry, his hospital records show that his date of joining the forces was 10th April 1915, in 1919 records show that he transferred to the RAF. Also records show that he served in North Russia with the newly formed RAF.
BRITISH WWI WEBLEY MARK 6 HOLSTER, DATED. A beautiful condition Heath Machin & Company, Walsall 1917’ dated Webley Mark 6 holster. Rich deep brown colour, very supple leather.
BRITISH WWI WEBLEY MARK 6 HOLSTER, TROPICAL COLOUR. A very unusual Webley Mark 6 holster, mint condition in a most attractive grained leather, which is the identical colour to tropical khaki drill uniforms, complete with all its fittings, very strong stitching. Unused.
BRITISH WWI WEBLEY MARK 6, MAKER MARKED AND DATED HOLSTER. A lovely condition mark 6 Webley holster, complete with all of its correct fittings, marked ‘Thomas & Son’ with a clear date of ‘1917’ in the area of the main body under the flap.
BRITISH WWI WEBLEY SHOULDER STOCK. A complete and undamaged wood shoulder stock with all of its metal attachments for fitting to the Webley 455 revolver. These were originally designed to fit the flare pistol but also removed from the flare pistol and refitted by officers individually to their Webley pistols. Individually numbered 30627, the wood is excellent, a very minor surface rusting to parts of the blued metal fitment, mounted to a Webley 455 with its Pritchard Greener bayonet it portrays a fabulous trench fighting combination weapon.
BRITISH WWI WELSH REGIMENT BRODIE. A 1st pattern Brodie shell that has been laying in an external location for many years, the outside shell having 50% of its original paint finish remaining with the outline of the decal of one of the Welsh Regiments. The liner has unfortunately rotted away, also the chinstrap.
BRITISH WWI WRAF TUNIC. An exceptionally rare garment being a transitional jacket of the pattern worn by the Woman’s Auxiliary Army Corps, however slightly modified for wear by a member of the early Woman’s Royal Air Force. The uniform is of fine quality ribbed khaki wool, which is typical of officers tunics. The tunic itself has been commissioned by an other rank of the Royal Air Force. Female other ranks generally did purchase their own uniforms. There is a tailor’s label to the rear of the tunic with the address of ‘Blandford’, Blandford in Dorset has been a long time garrison area and was a posting for T.H.Lawrence when he served in the early Royal Air Force after service in the Middle East. Any Royal Air Force khaki garment is considered rare, especially to find a female item of this type. Some interesting Royal Air Force regulations has been applied, there has never been collar badges to the tunic and the belt is the single pronged version that is regulation only with Royal Air Force garments. Generally there would have been a button belt with this garment, however the tailoring stipulations would have varied greatly as there was no clear regulation to the exact detail of these uniforms. All buttons throughout are the roped edged gilt Royal Air Force type, there are two buttons to each cuff, one of these cuff buttons is unfortunately missing, the rest of the buttons are all intact throughout. The condition is extremely good, to each upper arm are the red flying bird badges, these are silk embroidered on a woollen background and the heads face forward, this in fact is contrary to regulations but many examples in collections and in period photographs show the flying bird forward when it should have in fact been flying backwards. There is much excellent information about Women’s Royal Air Force uniforms in the superb book British Air Forces 1914 to 18 volume 2 by the McCormack Brothers by Osprey Publishing.
BRITISH/CANADIAN WWI HORSE HARNESS ACCESSORY. A rare horse harness accessory being the Canadian ordnance marked ‘1914’ dated maker marked horse bit. Stamped solid nickel. Excellent condition.
CAMPAIGN 1914 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 VOL 1 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. From Military Mode Publishing, A hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 VOLUME 1 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1915 VOL 2 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. Campaign 1915 Volume 2 will cover a huge range of items that were to be used and developed as the war was to enter it's tragic second year. The realisation that the stalemate of Trench warfare was now established meant new and often radical measures were to be implemented at all levels. This work will show at great photographic and written lengths how these changes were to effect the British Service man. A very wide and detailed study of uniforms and equipment that was to be employed by both the Army and Navy. This work by Military Mode Publishing is a massive step forward in terms of the range of material covered, many items being of extreme rarity that have never been shown in previously published works at this or any other level. 254 pages profusely Illustrated with studio photography and period images.
CANADIAN ROYAL FLYING CORPS BREECHES. An extremely rare pair of other ranks issued breeches, these are in typical Canadian coarse other ranks wool and have no reinforcing to the inner legs and would have be worn with puttees. The Canadian military provided a great deal of personnel in terms of flying and much training was undertaken in Canada. This particular pair of breeches have a good paper label still intact, printed 'Royal Flying Corps' and Toronto 1918. There are other acceptance stamps throughout. The lining is of coarse olive linen. The buttons are Canadian all metal types including the fly button, which is a mechanically attached riveted type button. Unfortunately these have suffered greatly from moth and this has been well restored to the legs and these still would make an intriguing display item. Any item of RFC clothing has always been considered rare, this is the first pair of Canadian breeches we have ever encountered.
CZECHOSLOAKIAN LEGION IN FRANCE ADRIAN HELMET. A superb untouched example of this scarce helmet being a late war produced French Adrian having the all matt finish mid blue, which has a wonderful frosted appearance overall with some rust bleed and one or two dents and scrapes to the surface, however generally very good. To the front is the Czechoslovakian lion plate which again is French manufactured and factory installed at the time of production. The colour of the plate is an exact match to the helmet and clearly shows it was painted at the time of the helmet's production. The liner is all black and the two-piece type with horizon blue liner band, which is in good order and has suffered little from moth. The leather is good and stable with a few age cracks and some damage to one finger. The original tie cord is present as are the four aluminium spacers. As ever with the majority of French helmets the thin leather chin strap is missing. The helmet is an untouched barn found example showing a great dust patination overall. There is a build-up of dust etc., to the interior of the crown and the item is completely untouched throughout.
DEFROCKED CANADIAN CRUISE HELMET. An absolutely magnificent, totally untouched example of a defrocked cruise helmet having the early configuration of cruise visors, this helmet has been slightly dismounted, the cruise visor itself proved to be not a great success and helmets were stripped of their chain mail visors on mass. This particular helmet is most interest for various factors. The helmet itself has the original cruise type lugs, traces of welding to the front and the tab to the side where the original curtain was attached to the rail, the rail itself has been completely removed from the helmet. The original chin strap is present and this retains both the original cruise visor hooks, these were designed to hold the visor closer to the face and steady it from swaying. The original liner is present with the felt piece mothed away, however the chin strap and the curtains as well as oilcloth liner band are all excellent. To the exterior is a very good set of battle insignia to both sides being for the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, this unit was part of the Canadian 3rd Division and fought as part of an Infantry Division on the Western Front until the Armistice. Interestingly on close examination one can clearly see to one side there was another insignia of the 3rd Division which has carefully been painted over and these secondary insignias applied. Much of the roughened finish is remaining and this has darkened to a rust-like colour. Both the external hooks remain to the outside of the helmet for attachment of the cruise visor when not in wear. An absolutely superb untouched helmet with no waxing, oiling or treatment whatsoever with wonderful gentle paint patination, gentle crazing to the insignia and an absolutely barn found loft-like appearance.
DUTCH M.15 WWI HELMET. One of the difficult helmets to find of WWI being the Dutch M.15. Excellent colour to the skull, complete with its full three pad leather lining and leather chinstrap.
DUTCH WWI COLONIAL OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A rare cap from the Dutch colonies of the WWI period. Standard khaki visor cap, very similar in construction and style to British naval caps of the same period, complete with a removable black heavyweight cotton centre band, attached to the band is a very finely embroidered in bullion wire Dutch lion holding a sword, narrow black chinstrap, again very similar to the British chinstraps with a ribbed patent leather peak with green interior lining. Some moth damage to the cap, which has been identified in our web images. To the interior complete with its leather sweatband, lightweight cotton lining, central celluloid lozenge with an Indonesian maker’s name label underneath the lozenge.
EUROPAISCHE HELME BY HEINRICH MULLER AND FRITZ KUNTER. An excellent work published in the old East Germany in 1984 from the collections in military museums in the then East Germany. £314 pages of text, which is in German but many black and white and colour photographs of dress and combat helmets from all over Europe. A fabulous reference work, we ourselves bought one of the last copies available in the Dresden Army Museum in the early 2000’s. Long out of print and highly desirable work dealing with helmets from the 15th century to the 20th century. Still with original fly cover, which is slightly split at the edges otherwise all good.
FELDMUTZE WURTTEMBERG COCKADES. A paper wrapping of approximately 20 unissued Wurttemberg feldmutze cockades.
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN ALMOST OUT OF STOCK. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format.
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN ALMOST OUT OF STOCK. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples and not proofed)
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN ALMOST OUT OF STOCK. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples and not proofed)
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN ALMOST OUT OF STOCK. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples and not proofed)
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria. Condition:
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1918 VOLUME 5 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. In March 2017 we sadly saw the passing of author and life-long collector Michael Baldwin. Michael had one of the best collections of WW1 German combat militaria in the world. Following on in the series of the very successful Military Mode Publishing volumes covering 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917, with the assistance of military author and former member of the Regimentals team Oliver Lock, the publishers have been able to complete the work. Oliver was one of Michael's close friends and has a wealth of experience, both in the subject matter as well as penning his own successful publications. The book is 220 pages, hard back and full of in depth descriptions and expert photography. The book features very rare aviation artefacts, items of late war manufacture and the introduction of the world’s first mass produced sub machine gun. The book displays many helmets with the 1918 camouflage directive as well as attributed bring back souvenirs. We are very pleased to be able to publish the new book, just one week prior to the auction sale here in the UK of part 1 of Michael's Baldwins fantastic collection, contact us for more information on the sale. These images are pre publication proofs.
FINNISH M.15 ADRIAN HELMET. The Adrian was one of the most exported helmets of the WWI era, the Finnish Army had a massive shortfall in equipment when fighting the Soviets in the 30’s, they ordered helmets from many European countries including France, this is an example of a standard blue helmet supplied to Finland and given a subsequent coat of the grey green tone of paint that many Finnish combat helmets could be found in. At some time there has been another badge fitted to the front at some period during its long service history. This helmet has been updated with the removal of the badge and yet another coat of paint. The French liner remains intact and in good order. The chin strap remains in place over the brim of the helmet. Finnish helmets are a fascinating subject in themselves and offer the collector an enormous range of helmets worn in combat by the Finnish soldier.
FRAMED IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPH. A handmade wood carved frame containing a slightly larger than normal postcard photograph of an Imperial German soldier in full dress uniform wearing his visor cap. To the reverse side a memorial dedication with the original soldier’s name and address.
FRAMED WWI BRITISH WAR MEDALS. A beautifully framed pair of the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for WWI. The silver British War Medal is beautifully deep toned, the ribbon has slightly faded, mounted on a brown velvet background, gilt edged in black hardwood frame with framer’s name and address in West Hartlepool on the reverse side. Medals are named to ‘733766 Gunner J.B.Andrew’. A beautiful decorative piece and historical memory of WWI.
FRENCH CHASSEPOT BAYONET WITH FROG. M.1866 An exceptionally good model 1866 Chassepot bayonet. The blade is superb with acceptance stamp. The cross guard is numbered ‘37365’. Good brass hilt. Rifle retaining button complete and in full working order, other markings. All complete in its undamaged blued scabbard, which retains 100% of its original finish and fitted with its totally original leather frog, which is marked in two places ‘RF’ plus a central stamp ‘Paul Dupuis’ with what would appear to be a date of ‘1.09’. Both the frog and the bayonet have been together ever since issue and with a slight bit of surface rusting on the face side of the cross guard the bayonet is excellent with all leather to the frog soft, supple with good strong stitching.
FRENCH COLLAPSIBLE POP KEPI. A most fascinating object of the hat makers art being a standard polo shaped infantry kepi that would have been worn from just before the Great War in this form throughout the war and until the end. This kepi has a collapsible hinge system to it not dissimilar to that of top hats with depressing the two spring catches either side the kepi can be folded completed flat. The item is of good quality with a fine Melton band and red Melton top. There are one or two areas of moth nipping and somewhat interestingly there appears to be no insignia embroidered to the front and virtually no traces of any insignia being mounted to the centre. The lieutenants gold bars running around the circumference of the kepi have to the centre a central red marking, this inserted area may simply be to marry it with the top on promotion. The thin gilt chin strap is in place as well as both brass infantry brigade buttons. The interior is of good quality dark blue silk with a leather sweat band, this actual hat is a fascinating example of a WWI officers kepi.
FRENCH HORIZON BLUE INFANTRY ADRIAN HELMET. A very large size horizon blue WWI French infantry troops helmet. The skull retains virtually all of its horizon blue finish with slight abrasions and minor surface rust as can be seen on our web images. This helmet has recently been retrieved from a barn, as can be seen by the debris within the liner. The liner is all complete, is slightly loose on its fixings to the serrated aluminium liner band and complete with its leather chinstrap. A lovely barn find helmet.
FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET, BARN FOUND. An item recovered from a barn, this is clearly a war souvenir. It has been gently cleaned and there is some deep pitting to the metal scabbard, however the whole exterior is relatively presentable. This may make a good candidate to mount with a mannequin or simply as a fascinating Great War souvenir.
FRENCH M.15 ADRIAN ENGINEERS HELMET. The Adrian helmet bearing the engineers badge is surprisingly hard to find for the collector and we believe this to be one of the harder versions to find. The helmet is completely untouched and in dusty condition. The elegant helmet plate bearing the Romanesque helmet and Cuirass is in a exact matching blue finish to the helmet. The helmet still bears the scarce rare and fragile French chin strap. The lining is of the brown two-piece type with a mid blue woollen headband. All aluminium spacers remain. All of the lining attachment clips are still present. The original draw cord is present and the item is finished in the factory sprayed finish, which has achieved a very attractive frost-like matt appearance overall. There are some chips and dings and a few areas of rust bleed, however the helmet remains totally untouched and would display well. The size stamping and manufacturer's ink stamp still remain present to the inner of the crown.
FRENCH M.1896 CUIRASSIER OFFICERS SABRE FOR THE RESERVE CAVALRY. An absolutely magnificent sword and one of the harder French fighting swords from the Great War period to find. This particular example has a high quality very sharp combat blade in beautiful condition, manufactured by the well known maker of Chatellerault, this is beautifully inscribed to the reverse of the blade. The other inscription is that for 'Sabre of Cavalry Officer Model 1896'. The hilt is superb and of high quality brass with multiple decoration including the Medusa's head. The grip is of horn with one age split to the rear, all wire is in place. What makes the sword particularly nice, along with the April 1914 date is the First World War field type covering, this has been permanently sewn in place over the white metal scabbard and has been undertaken beautifully. There is also the leather hanger with brass clip for mounting to the officers belt. The overall condition is clean and untouched. There is a beautiful patination to the leather. There is some bruising and small areas of grazing to the leather, however there is a deep shine. A magnificent poignant item of Great War militaria. Condition:
FRENCH TENT PEGS. Three of the tent pegs known as sardines and the double socket type tent poles for the shelter quarter, all held together with the original tent string with waxed wrapped ends. The pegs are in good used patinated condition and the pole is in stock condition and only showing very minor russet to the blue metalwork.
FRENCH TENT PEGS. A good issue set of the pegs known as sardines. These pegs have been lightly used but are excellent with their original tie cords still present.
FRENCH WW1 ARMOURED FRONT PLATE. One of the scarcest and most unusual items of French military headdress accoutrements is the armoured plate for the Adrian. Clearly inspired by the German Stirnpanzer, the French undertook a similar experiment and it appears to have been undertaken in a very small way, approximately one or two regiments only received these in the frontline in the Verdun sector. An excellent article has been written by the superb French magazine Militaria in one of their special dossier editions, a high quality photostat of this article will be provided with the item and there is much information uncovered by this, including a copy of the original instruction leaflets which shows the item was actually held in place with a harness to the rear of the soldier's tunic, which had a special hand held device for levelling the item when looking upwards. There is much note of the specifications etc., It is important to note that some copies have been manufactured of these rare items, however this example has many of the characteristic that are absent from the copies. The metal is clearly of an extremely heavy pressed material and on sounding it the ring is a wonderful tone and very much reminiscent of a church bell. The frontal lobe area where the comb housing is pressed out is in a very distinctive shape and this has clearly been hammered out using some form of high powered steam hammer. The chin strap slots are carefully cut in and have been ground carefully to remove the sharpness. The item has been recovered from the ground and there is deep pitting, however this reveals an excellent stratified high quality dense steel in a typical linear corrosion that would indicate the item has been bent from a sheet of flat steel. Also to the underside of the beak when rested upon a flat surface there is a distinctive upward curve, this again is absent from the copies. The overall thickness is exactly the same throughout and there is a serrated edge where the item has been cut through during pressing. There is a slight nib to the rear of the area that covers the comb, this again is a very original feature. Details of these can be found in the superb book by Verlag Publishing, The French Army 14-18 and the item is also covered in various other specialist publications. This is one of the first we have ever seen on the market and only a handful of these exist in private collections and museums, probably the hardest Adrian accessory to find of all.
FRENCH WWI ADRIAN PATTERN HELMET. An absolutely huge size Adrian pattern steel helmet painted in horizon blue. 50% only of the original paint finish remaining, one dent to the rear crown, some rust flooding through the paint on both sides of the central bowl and on the front peak, however complete with its original infantry RF flaming grenade badge, original chinstrap and complete liner system. The area behind the liner seems to have been lined with a form of padding, one tear to one of the tongues, also complete with its original drawstring. To obtain Adrians in this unusually big size is very difficult.
FRENCH WWI ARTILLERY OFFICERS ADRIAN HELMET. A good Adrian shell retaining 90% of its original dark green finish. At one time the helmet had a commemorative brass plaque laid over the peak, which is unfortunately missing, its artillery badge is complete with, laid over the base of the grenade are four what appear to be rank bars. The aluminium serrated liner band is missing but this example appears to be fitted without a liner band as the leather liner, which is complete and in good condition, is firm and tight to the sides. With the helmet is the remains only of its plaided officers chin cord.
FRENCH WWI BATTLE DAMAGED ADRIAN HELMET. A standard medium size French Adrian pattern helmet with minor traces of its horizon blue finish remaining but generally with surface rust overall. Two slight indentations to the crown and a piece of shrapnel has pierced the front completely removing its original badge but still affixed to the helmet is the thin steel strip that holds the badge to the helmet. The helmet is still with its leather liner, some of which has been apparently rodent gnawed, plus the whole of the shrapnel piece has gone through the liner with its drawstring, remains of the chinstrap and many spider webs from barn storage.
FRENCH WWI CHAUCHAT LIGHT MACHINE GUN. The extremely rare French machine gun of WWI known as the Chauchat, used profusely by French troops in the trenches and also used by the Americans on their arrival in Europe in 1918. Some light corrosion in areas overall. Original wood stock with minor chips to the wood. Wood grip in front of the trigger guard is undamaged, also undamaged wood plates to the trigger grip. Some light rusting but also patches of original blued finish remaining, with its twin legged bipod and its sheet steel magazine, this item is de-activated to the new European standard, complete with its flip up rear sight and fixed front sight, muzzle flash guard.
FRENCH WWI CHAUCHAT MACHINE GUN. A good display worthy example of the French WWI machine gun known as the Chauchat. This has been part battlefield recovered and does have light corrosion overall, it is complete with its original magazine that also shows signs of corrosion, its bipod, the wooden steadying handle forward of the wood grip is a replacement, there is a wood grip also a replacement as is the wood stock. The bipod legs are in a far better condition than the remainder of the gun and would also appear to be replacements. The gun is de-activated and is complete with its new European Union certificate. Ideal for display. The weapon would benefit a French WWI trench display.
FRENCH WWI GREATCOAT. The garment known as the capot, which served both as a protective greatcoat and a tunic in WWI, part of the horizon blue uniform, this example in generally good condition, it is the M.16 model issued to a soldier in Regiment No.21. The garment is complete with its collar patches. The nap to the cloth overall is excellent, there is a minor field repair to the elbow of the left hand sleeve, loops for epaulettes fitted, minor moth nips to the rear back panel otherwise virtually moth free. Unfortunately all of the flaming grenade buttons have been removed from the tunic and is priced accordingly.
FRENCH WWI MARINE INFANTRY ADRIAN HELMET. A good condition large size Adrian retaining much of its horizon blue finish with abrasions as can be seen on our web images. Complete with its flaming grenade and anchor badge. To the interior the liner is all complete, supple with all of its metallic eyelets for the drawstring and complete with its original brown leather chinstrap. The size is approximately 58.
FRENCH WWI OFFICERS BINOCULARS, CASED. A set of trench officers binoculars made in France, marked to the frame. All original enamel finish to the frame intact with leather covering to the centre of the binoculars. Good optics, in their original blue velvet lined case, the case itself is English made with its original long neck strap, closing strap, stitching to the lid of the case is loose.
FRENCH WWI OFFICERS KEPI. A beautiful example of the large early period French infantry officers kepi. The crown of voluminous size as all gilt lace in place with some loose stitches, beautifully embroidered infantry grenade to the black centre band with its gilded front false strap, which has had to be strengthened at one end as it was being held together by very few threads. Front peak with some congealing. Interior black leather sweat band all complete and complete with its red/purple inner silk lining with the remains of a film costumiers oval stamp to the inner crown. Side buttons of the flaming grenade style. No moth, good shape and form.
FRENCH WWI RELIC LEBEL RIFLE. The receiver and barrel highly corroded remains of a French Lebel rifle found in the destroyed village of Douaumont Verdun May 2008, we will only ship within the U.K.
FRENCH WWI ZOUAVE JACKET. A fine WWI issued example to a Zouave soldier, this has stampings for the 4th Regiment as well as various other makers and costumier stamps throughout. The condition is good with some period repairs and obvious small areas of moth damage. There are numerous buttons present to the reverse of each cuff. A very elegant garment indeed. Condition:
GERAM WWI BAVARIAN POLICE PICKELHAUBE A superb condition all fibre bodied pickelhaube worn by a Police officer of the Bavarian State. To the interior the leather liner is in its original light coloured finish and is made by the company Erel and is complete with its inner artificial silk gold lining. Behind the forehead area there is the remains of the foam cushion, which has solidified.
GERMAN 71/ 84 BAYONET. A good condition regimentally marked ‘J.R.6’ Mauser 71/ 84 bayonet. Blade marked ‘Carl Eickhorn’, some minor dullness to the fittings but all complete. Leather good, wood grip undamaged, fully operational rifle retaining button.
GERMAN AIR WAR WEAPONS BOOK. A very good book entitled ‘Die Waffen Der Luftstreitkrafte’ (The Weapons of the Air War). Published in 1935 this much illustrated book containing 275 pages shows the weapons used in the air war through from WWI up to and including 1935. On the early pages which cover WWI there are very good close-ups of the Flechettes that were dropped from aircraft, good close-ups of the aerial machine guns used in air combat in WWI and all of their various mountings, followed by all of the types of bombs used in WWI and the post war era. Superb close-up details of the Scarf and other mountings for the Lewis machine guns of WWI and many German aircraft. Aerial tactics for both fighter planes and bombers. An excellent book for the aviation historian and researcher.
GERMAN ARMY VISOR CAPS 1871-1945 BY TONY VICKERS The new Military Mode Publication, 'German Army Visor Caps 1871-1945'. The book has been penned by, well known collector and enthusiast Tony Vickers and produced by Military Mode as a follow up to the successful books Einheitsfeldmutze and Afrika Korps. The work is a photographic study of the development of the Army visor cap from 1871 right through the First World War, looking closely at the period between the wars, a subject that is very much over-looked until now and then a detailed over-view of the Third Reich period and finally, a look in to the Veteran associations. The book informs the reader on the changes in shape using clever and helpful graphic drawings and of coarse the changes in insignia, colours and styles. All the caps featured in the book are from the authors collection and they are backed up by numerous previously un-published period images. The release date for this book is estimated to be November 2012. The images shown on this listing are pre editing. Condition:
GERMAN ARMY VISOR CAPS 1871-1945 BY TONY VICKERS. The Military Mode Publication, 'German Army Visor Caps 1871-1945'. The book has been penned by, well known collector and enthusiast Tony Vickers and produced by Military Mode as a follow up to the successful books Einheitsfeldmutze and Afrika Korps. The work is a photographic study of the development of the Army visor cap from 1871 right through the First World War, looking closely at the period between the wars, a subject that is very much over-looked until now and then a detailed over-view of the Third Reich period and finally, a look in to the Veteran associations. The book informs the reader on the changes in shape using clever and helpful graphic drawings and of coarse the changes in insignia, colours and styles. All the caps featured in the book are from the authors collection and they are backed up by numerous previously un-published period images. The release date for this book is estimated to be November 2012. The images shown on this listing are pre editing.
GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE TRENCH HELMET. An excellent camouflage finish to this M.17 ‘ST66’ stamped shell, the exterior has standard block in ochre, green and plum with black separation lines, some rust bleed coming through from the shell otherwise very little paint loss. To the interior the inner dome retains its apple green finish, the lower inner skirt seems to have lost most of its finish. Hand painted into the rear skirt is the original soldier’s name that it was issued to. The M.17 steel liner band is in good condition and attached to that band are the three white/cream cushion pads of which one retains both its tongues, the other two have had their tongues cut off, we cannot understand the reason for this. All of the interior canvas to the leather is present for the housing of the cushion pads. Attached to one of the strap posts is the metal fitting from the original leather strap. An excellent helmet.
GERMAN MACHINE GUNS BY DANIEL D. MUSGRAVE. Very fine condition 1992 publication, complete with its undamaged flyleaf cover on the history of the German Machine Gun. 582 pages of huge in-depth text and black and white photographs on all aspects of German light and heavy machine guns including light anti aircraft guns. A wonderful reference work.
GERMAN MAGNIFICENT WILHELM SAUTER SERRE (SOMME) 16 PAINTING. An absolutely magnificent atmospheric and evocative painting by the extremely well known German painter Wilhelm Sauter, he was born in 1896 and passing in 1948. The painting itself is a calm depiction of an otherwise violent scene being the extensive destruction of farm buildings on the Somme front. The painting comprises of a wonderful blue background with muted colours throughout, these colours held within a similarly coloured frame make an absolutely wonderful picture that would grace any stylish interior. Interestingly in the foreground of the picture is a well defined British tommy helmet laying next to an abandoned 303 rifle. The method of media is oil tempera upon wood, it is signed to the lower right 'W.Sauter' and is circa 1942. Sauter's history is most interesting and he was recognised as one of the most important artists of the Third Reich era having work published in the Kunst Dem Volk August 1940 publication. This expensive publication was produced during the war to promote art that the hierarchy of the Third Reich believed to be highly important in fostering national pride. The work itself is of good large dimensions being 64cm x 105cm and when held within the frame 73cm x 114.5cm. To the reverse is an original mounted label from a German art exhibition of 1942, this being the Great Art Exhibition, this document is signed with swastika devices etc., as well as details of the painter, dates of birth etc., Sauter himself a frontline soldier did take part in the battle of the Somme. The overall condition of the work is magnificent with only a few signs of rubbing to the frame and just a very gentle patination to the paintwork itself.
GERMAN MILITARY RIFLE BOOK SET. A beautiful cased set in brand new condition of the Verlag Militaria set of three books, the M.98 Rifle and Carbine, German Military Rifles volume 1 from the Werder Rifle to the M/71.84 Rifle, German Military Rifles volume 2 88 and 91 Firearms, all authored by Deiter Storz and published by Verlag Militaria in its original presentation boxed case. The M.98 Rifle and Carbine alone is being offered on various book site for as little as £239 up to £275.
GERMAN NAVAL FLYERS PHOTOGRAPH. An excellent desk photograph of a head and shoulders study of a German naval flyer. The photo itself is in an oval and clearly shows with great detail the soft leather flying helmet upon which he wears his typical WWI flying goggles. A thick knitted scarf is worn around his neck and one can clearly see to the issue black leather jacket large gilt naval buttons. The item is in its original cromed metal frame. The frame to the rear has the extending leg and is in good condition with just a little crushing to the top portion of the metal. There is some foxing to the mount, however the image is good, sharp and extremely detailed.
GERMAN OR BRITISH WWI BULLET TRENCH LIGHTER. A large capacity round measuring 13cm in length, German or british made trench lighter, made from a WW2 British Boys .55 Round. The marking 'K 40' on the base relates to the manufacturer Kynoch and the date 1940.
GERMAN PAINTING OF KAISER WILHELM II. A most fabulous WWI period oil painting of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The painting which measures 35 inches across x 48 inches high shows the Kaiser in his wartime field grey uniform with full decorations at his neck, Field Marshall's collar patches to his field grey uniform, leather waist belt and wearing his Guard pickelhaube complete with field grey cover. Over the tunic he is wearing his cloak with fur collar. To the upper right of the painting are the Coat of Arms of the Kaiser surmounted by the Imperial crown. The detail to the Kaiser's face and his uniform is absolutely superb. There are faint traces of a signature to the lower right hand corner of the painting but unfortunately we are unable to identify the artist or the name. When we first obtained this painting in 2011 in Germany it was virtually black through nicotine and was unframed. We have had the painting professionally cleaned, which has brought out the beautiful depth of all the colours and we have had a German WWI style period frame constructed to fit the painting. This beautiful piece of art would make a wonderful backdrop for an Imperial German collection. Condition:
GERMAN PRUSSIAN ALL TIN ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. An excellent condition all metal constructed ersatz Prussian enlisted mans helmet, one dent to the back strap with another minor dent to the skull adjacent to the back strap, probably caused by the same blow. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, spike base, front peak trim and Prussian enlisted mans front plate all match, complete with its national and State cockades, original chin scales with matching buckles and clips. To the interior front peak faint traces of the original manufacturer’s stencilling visible, the liner is virtually mint with good bright colour, part of its original lace drawstring complete and also with its inner crown felt padding, which has minor moth damage.
GERMAN PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS ALL LEATHER PICKELHAUBE. A magnificent condition enlisted mans Prussian pickelhaube, stamped size ‘55’ to the interior of the rear peak. The skull is totally undamaged, minor creases. All of the chemically treated fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike and circular spike base, Prussian front plate, strap fittings and front trim all match in colour. The helmet is complete with both its Prussian and State cockades, original brown leather chinstrap. To the interior the leather liner is still in its light tan colour complete with its original leather drawstring. An oval manufacturer’s stamp in black ink to the interior skull, the manufacturer being Karl Schneider, dated obscure. To the interior rear peak it is profusely stamped ‘J.R.156’ with a block ‘1916’ within a block with a further marking of ‘U.B.’ also within a rectangular block. A superb piece.
GERMAN PRUSSIAN GENERAL a.la SUITE PICKELHAUBE.. A rare pickelhaube worn by a General a.la Suite by the Prussian Army, the term a.la Sweet as an example was granted to officers who came to command non Prussian Battalions at certain higher ranks or Princes and Generals as a special honour. The all leather skull in excellent condition, some overall crazing, the front and back peaks are securely stitched to the main body of the helmet, we mention this as it is quite common for the stitching over the years to rot and the peaks become loose. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, flutted spike base, flutted plume holder spike, cruciform spike base, large Guard Prussian helmet plate with its Guard Star of which the white and black enamels are completely undamaged with the scroll Suumechique in gilt overlaying the white enamel, the domed chin scales and front peak trim all in a silvered finish, the only item gilded on the whole helmet are the four stars holding the cruciform to the helmet shell. One small section of the Guard Star damaged. The helmet is complete with its original black and white feather plume, Prussian and national state cockades all complete. To the interior the helmet still has its light tan leather sweatband with its gold interior liner, which has shot in places. The red and green imitation leather covering to the front and back peaks all complete. Marked in pencil size ‘56½’ to the interior. A canvas name label applied to the interior unfortunately without a name applied.
GERMAN PRUSSIAN GUARD UHLAN ENLISTED MANS HELMET. An exceptionally good condition Guard Uhlan enlisted mans helmet, all leather body, which is in magnificent condition, front peak firmly attached to the body. The fittings, which include the large Guard plate, chinstrap fittings and front peak trim all match in the zinc grey chemically finished pattern, original chinstrap, complete with its removable mortarboard top, national cockade fitted to the left hand side of the helmet, the black and white Prussian field cockade is missing. The interior is in virtually unworn condition, very nice bright leather colour, marked size ’54.5’ in ink to the inner skull. Rubber ink manufacturer’s stamp ‘Moritz Stecher of Freiburg-SA’ with a clear date of ‘1916’. The liner is with its original leather drawstring.
GERMAN SAXON MODEL 1887 REGIMENT 106 ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE. A rare leather pickelhaube model 1887 for an infantryman from Saxon Infantry Regiment 106. Unusually the helmet is also stamped ‘1885’ which is two years before the official introduction of the model date. All brass fittings with Saxon front plate, correct style of chinstrap, one Saxon cockade to the right hand side, which is standard for that period. The green and white Saxon State cockade would appear to be a later replacement. Faint traces of the original owner’s name to the inner back peak, the skull is good and very strong.
GERMAN TRENCH CANDLES. Four candles for use in the trenches with an image of Von Hindenburg on the base.
GERMAN WW1 GEW98 POUCHES. A very nice set of pebbled leather matching colour but mismatched maker and mismatched date pouches for the GEW98 ammunition. One dated ‘1917’ the other dated ‘1915’ construction identical to both pouches.
GERMAN WW1 IMPERIAL GERMAN FIGHTING KNIFE. A very good example of the Anton Wingen Junior produced fighting knife, which shows the etched panel of a 42cm mortar shell plus the scroll below ‘DEUTSCHER BRUNNER’ the Anton Wingen logo is on the opposite side of the blade. The blade is in excellent condition measuring 13cm with the overall length of the blade being 26cm. The stag grip having metal top pommel and lower chape, all fitted into its original black painted scabbard with is good strong leather belt loop and hilt retaining strap with a fully operational male/female closing stud.
GERMAN WW1 JAGER ZU PFERDE OFFICERS LOBSTER TAIL HELMENT. A very good condition all white metal lobster tail helmet for an officer of one of the following Jager Zu Pferde regiments, 8,9,10,11,12,13. The skull is totally undented, all of the plating excellent to the upper skull section. To the lower lobster tail section the plating is thin in places which have been identified on our web images. The coloration of all the fittings, which include the complete trim to the helmet, the fluted spike, clover leaf spike base, Jager Zu Pferde Prussian style front plate, large curved chin scales, side trefoils covering the correct large size national and Prussian State cockades all match. To the interior the original officers sweatband and inner liner is in place, it has seen considerable wear use. The fawn velvet lining to the interior lobster tail is discoloured but complete. There appears to be an inventory, which maybe museum numbers, of ‘0007600’ stamped to both the silk of the inner liner and the leather sweatband, these may be museum accession numbers. The leather of the sweatband is slightly loose from the main body at the rear of the helmet.
GERMAN WW1 PRUSSIAN FIELD ARTILLERY RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. Very good leather skull, some minor indentations, both peaks firmly affixed to the main body. All of the fittings match with nice frosting to the Prussian front plate with Reserve Officers Cross below, correct domed chin scales, full officers national and State cockades. To the interior the leather sweatband has seen wear use but all complete with the inner silk liner sweat stained and shredded in places. There is a size button of ‘57’ fitted to the inner rear peak.
GERMAN WWI AUSTRAIN OR GERMAN AMMUNITION POUCH A very nice single ammunition pouch for rifle ammunition made from fibre board with riveted edges. Belt loop to the reverse side complete.
GERMAN WWI AVIATION AND AIR BALOON PHOTO ALBUM. A fabulous album containing 183 images, starting in WWI with images of the pilot sitting in his single wing monoplane carrying his flying helmet. Another Sanke card of Otto Stiefvater and Jeannin-Stahltaub at the Johannisthal Flying School, which is pen signed and dated '1913'. Men and vehicles of the Feldflieger Abteilung 47 standing next to one of their vehicles with the unit markings clearly showing on the vehicle. Many more images of mechanics standing next to their machines. Aviators standing in their cockpits of their machines posing for the camera. Crashed aircraft in the snow. Air to air shots of First War machines. Uniforms with flying distinction badges being shown. Observation balloons being erected with Iron Crosses on the balloons. Air to ground shots. A wonderful large size format image of an Imperial German aviator wearing a full length cross over flying suit wearing a visor cap carrying his classic German flying helmet. More images of aircraft on the ground. The men of the unit at rest. A wonderful shot of a machine having a very distinctive camouflage and starburst insignia to the right hand side of the fuselage. Damaged French towns and cities. The album then moves on the late 1920's and early 1930's with images of aeroplanes with accompanying logo of Deutscher Luft-Lloyd on both the aeroplanes and buildings. A great image of post being loaded onto a Deutscher Luft-Lloyd aircraft. Operations Room for the aircraft with engine repair shots. A De Havilland Aircraft Company large bi-plane landed in Germany. Flying days with lots of aircraft lined up. Many more crashed aircraft shots of bi-planes. The album then moves into what we identified as the early 1930's with monoplanes crashed in a forest. Danish bi-planes. Latvian Air Force bi-planes in camouflage. An Aero Lloyd passenger aircraft loading passengers. Japanese aviators. Seaplanes. A Russian bi-plane visiting. Images of a military style funeral in the Reichswher Period. All of the men wearing the M.16 trench helmets. A very interesting shot of a group of men at a party, we presume they may be members of a Reichswher Flying Unit, they are all wearing winged propeller collar insignia and one with Imperial German Flying Badge at his breast. More group images of the same unit with more Imperial badges in evidence. One shot of all the officers and men sitting together with a background notice on the wall 'Flugwache Adlershof'. More shots of different groups of officers and men in this flying unit. The album then moves onto ballooning where the officers and men are wearing police style uniforms, one with an armband clearly marked 'Luftfahrt' with a propeller below, followed by the letters 'Uberwachung' with great detail close-up shots of wickerwork baskets loaded with men about to embark on a balloon flight. A highly detailed and interesting album charting aviation, mainly German, between WWI and the middle 1930's.
GERMAN WWI AVIATION PHOTO ALBUM. An album containing 48 images charting the life on an aviators station in WWI. 14 of the images contain machines, at least four are very good air to air shots. Aircraft lined up on the landing fields outside their pilot engineers tents. Spectacular crashes. Aircraft taking off. One image taken just after a crash with the aircraft still burning. Other shots of pilots of the squadron either in their mess studying maps discussing tactics, this is by high ranking officers of the squadron. Officers in motor vehicles. Destroyed French buildings. Five air to ground shots.
GERMAN WWI AVIATORS LEATHER FLYING HELMET. A good small group comprising a well service used Imperial German flying helmet of the standard form. The outer crown crazed overall through heat. Some abrasions to the leather of the edge and crown cushion. Complete with its front peak, ear protectors and neck flap. The neck flap is issue stamped, however through dirt and age it is difficult to clearly make out any of the markings. Inside the front peak the initials ‘HO’ have been hand applied. Accompanying the helmet is a studio portrait, head and shoulders of an Imperial German aviator wearing the Litewka tunic with his flying wing propeller shoulder boards clearly visible, the picture is slightly faded. Situated in its black wood frame, interestingly the backing to the frame including its stand is profusely covered in impregnated iron crosses. The condition of the frame and picture are identical in storage staining to the helmet, indicating that the picture and the helmet belonged to the same man.
GERMAN WWI BALLOON AND AVIATION ALBUM. A very interesting album containing 59 images, the first is of a large German observation balloon with a large Iron Cross on the side being hoisted aloft, followed by Western Front images. Groups of army officers and NCOs. Air to ground shots. Destroyed buildings. An excellent shot, side on view very large format of a Maxim 08 being used in its anti aircraft role with its three man gunner crew and NCO observing, followed by more images of balloons being hoisted aloft. An excellent large shot of a captured French aircraft with unusual insignia to the fuselage. More images of officers being hoisted into observation balloons. 17 loose images all large format excellent exposure of close-ups of all the balloon unit's equipment, trolleyed radio telephone units, the winch vehicles, portable hangers, a balloon crashed in a forest, an observer just being lifted off the ground in the balloon wearing his full flying equipment. Excellent close-ups of the wicker basket. Accompanying the album is the owner's WWII Third Reich period wherpass. A photograph of himself in civilian dress, age of birth 1894. Page 12 and 13 give a full list of his units and service from 1914 through to 1918 in balloon units. A good album for the ballooning enthusiast.
GERMAN WWI BATTLE DAMAGED M16 COMBAT HELMET. A good souvenir relic of WWI being a size 64 shell sized M16 helmet. The maker’s initials have been stamped weakly and cannot be clearly observed. The exterior shell still has at least 50% of its original apple green finish remaining. It has been battle damaged in three places. To the crown there are two long rectangular marks that are clear. This is the remains of a glued post home label probably at same time in its life it was sent back to the USA. The glue marks are typical of tape used by US postal services during WWI. Slight scorch marks to the front brim area and light rust around the shrapnel damage of the helmet. To the interior, the leather liner band is all complete as are all of the three head pads with all their tongues complete with only two torn. They are also all complete with their three inner horsehair stuffed pads. One of the straps buckles still remains on its mounting post. A fascinating battle damaged M16 of WWI.
GERMAN WWI BAVARIAN INFANTRY NCO PICKELHAUBE. A very nice pickelhaube, stamped size ‘58’ to the interior. The skull is excellent, front and back peaks free of any congealing and firmly attached to the main body of the helmet. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, unscrewable spike and circular spike base, Bavarian front plate, front peak trim all match in colour, the frosting to the Bavarian front plate is superb. Complete with both its national and State cockades, original brass mounted leather chinstrap. To the interior it is fitted with an officers liner, mid tan leather sweatband with the inner silk liner, which has one ink stain to it. The front and back inner peaks are lined in red and green. The inner crown area also having all of its original colour remaining.
GERMAN WWI BAVARIAN LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE 2ND CLASS CLASP. The rare clasp being the Bavarian Long Service Cross 2nd Class, 1876 to 1913. Beautifully embroidered into the ribbon ‘LII’ indicating Ludwig 2nd of Bavaria.
GERMAN WWI COMMEMORATIVE CHINA. A very nice and delicate Rosenthal cup and saucer, all in blue porcelain with gold edging, the cup 8cm in height having the impression into the porcelain of the Iron Cross, dated ‘1914’ with crown and the letter ‘W’ for Wilhelm to the centre of the Iron Cross. All gold handle. To the saucer in raised gold lettering in German ‘In memory of a great time 1914/16’, both piece ‘Rosenthal Bavaria’ marked.
GERMAN WWI CRUSHABLE OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A superb battlefield style cap constructed in field grey corded material, red centre band, red waffenfarbe to the crown, twin officers Reich and State Prussian cockades, patent leather strap, congealed leather soft crushable peak, sweatband of the ersatz type complete although slightly loose from the main body, complete with all heavy duty cotton interior lining. No moth damage, considerable service wear use evident but still all complete and very attractive.
GERMAN WWI CYCLIST BAG. An extremely rare item of pre war equipment being the bag for cyclists. This particular example is in the red/brown material and has the fixtures for shoulder straps to the rear which have clearly never been fitted. There is a date of ''1888'' to the top throat. All closures are good and supple. There are various markings inside of the bag. This item has clearly never been issued and remains in superb stored condition.
GERMAN WWI ENLISTED RANKS JACK BOOTS. A rare pair of Imperial German jack boots, complete with their unique side seam. Leather good overall still with the heel steel cleats and toe cleats. The soles have never been fitted with studs and one sole has worn through.
GERMAN WWI ERSATZ LINE TESTER KIT BOX. A scarce ancillary box to carry the line testing set being of the Imperial German paper cloth material, this was a woven material made from wood pulp that increasingly became used during the mid to final stages of the First World War. The sides and closure are in black leather. There is a linen lining. The lid is stable and fixed, however a little split to the rear. There is one mouse chew to the black sides. Any element of this scarce paper cloth material must be considered rare, an unusual item.
GERMAN WWI ERSATZ MAUSER 98 05 BAYONET. A lovely condition ersatz all steel hilted 98 05 bayonet for the GEW98 rifle. The hilt retains much original field grey finish with matching paint to the scabbard, one minor crease across the lower half of the scabbard, complete with an original leather frog.
GERMAN WWI FIELD ARTILLERY STEIN. A beautiful deep blue porcelain stein of half litre size purchased by a member on his two year national service of the 4th Battery 2nd Thuringen Field Artillery Regiment No.55, who served between 1912 and 1914. The detail to the main body is absolutely superb with a multiplicity of colours of Field Artillery being horse drawn across fields, the guns in action with very fine detail to the pickelhaubes with the ball tops in the images. The actual lid is in the shape of a fuse head from an artillery shell. The list of names of the reservists on either side of the handle is very faint. The Imperial eagle thumblift, absolutely undamaged and in original condition. The lithophane in the base shows the soldier saying goodbye to either his mother or girlfriend. Totally without cracks or damage of any sort.
GERMAN WWI FLYING UNIT TENT POLE BAG. A standard field grey canvas tent pole bag with various staining but complete with its twin buttons and its undamaged leather strapping, containing the three zeltbahn wooden poles. Beautifully marked to a Breslau maker to the inside of the flap and to the exterior a hand applied printed label very worn with the name ‘Flieger Fratle Feld-Flieger-Abteilung 29’. A rare standard piece of equipment but rarely issued to a Flieger unit.
GERMAN WWI GEW 98 BAYONET. A good example of the 98/05 bayonet for the GEW98 rifle, marked to the flat back of the blade crown over ‘W’ with date ‘15’, maker marked ‘V.G.Schilling of Suhl’. The blade is excellent, wood grips undamaged. Some surface rusting to the top pommel, which is Imperial acceptance stamped in its scarce leather scabbard, which is a little distorted but the stitching to the reverse side of the scabbard still good and strong with its extremely rare leather frog, which is marked ‘B.A.M’ the frog also marked ‘Hans Romer of Neu-Ulm’ with a date of ‘1914’. The bottom chape fitted to the scabbard is slightly dull in finish.
GERMAN WWI GEW88 AMMUNITION POUCH. A very good single pouch for the Gew 88. All leather stitching strong to the flap of the pouch, complete with both of its leather belt loops, again the stitching is strong. No breaks in the leather anywhere. Faint remains of infantry regiment markings and the date ‘1888’ within the upper inner lid.
GERMAN WWI HAMBURG FIELD DECORATION HONOUR BADGE. The unofficial award for participation in WWI issued by the Veterans Assocation of Hamburg during the years 1920 to 1933. Beautiful condition, all original gilding to the crossed swords, undamaged white enamel, complete with its inscription to the reverse side ‘Deutschez Feld-Ehrenzeichen Hamburg 3’ with unique double thickness pronged pin and original catch with all finish remaining to the reverse side. Placed in a period box but we do not believe this to be the original presentation box if there ever was one.
GERMAN WWI IMPERIAL BAVARIAN PARADE SASH. A most beautiful blue and silver officers parade sash for wearing on full dress occasions by Bavarian officers. The brocade is in blue and silver, absolutely super. A couple of light discoloration areas on the drop parts. There is no oxidisation anywhere on the silver lace and the distinction between the blue and white is very good.
GERMAN WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN JAGER SHAKO. An absolutely superb example of the Imperial German Prussian Jager shako, this is a large example, stamped size ‘57’ to the interior. To the exterior shell the finish is absolutely superb, all the original lacquer remaining, very minor creasing to the leather back peak. All of the fittings, which include the Prussian front plate and the strap attachments and buckles are completely matching in their field grey chemical finish. The black and white Prussian field cockade in cloth is original to the helmet, with its national red white and black cockade fitted to the right hand side of the helmet, the paint is mint. To the interior the liner is complete, one tongue has slightly torn away from the main body of the liner and has been collector repaired. It is complete with its original leather drawstring, all the original colour remains to the interior shell with a ‘1918’ clear date and slightly faint oval maker’s stamp. A beautiful example of this Imperial German item of headdress.
GERMAN WWI IMPERIAL SAXON FRIEDRICH AUGUST MEDAL. A superb quality example of the Friedrich August medal, all finish remaining to the award with its correct yellow and grey ribbon, this is the 2nd class example.
GERMAN WWI IMPERIAL WOUND BADGE AND CITATION. A scarce one piece stamped black naval issue wound badge retaining all of its original colour and its fixing pin with its small size citation issued to an officer wounded during an air attack on Ghent in Belgium on the 30th October 1918. The citation was issued at the naval base of Wilhelmshaven on the 30th January 1920.
GERMAN WWI IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A Court mounted Iron Cross 1st Class in excellent condition. The award has possibly been removed from a medal bar as there is no pin fixing on the reverse side.
GERMAN WWI IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS. A good stored condition Iron Cross 2nd Class with good finish remaining to the central frame. The ring is unusually marked in what appears to be ‘GD 800’. Complete with a section of black and white ribbon.
GERMAN WWI JAGER ZU PFERDE HELMET. A most superb condition all blued skull Jager Zu Pferde enlisted mans lobster tail helmet. We have had many of these helmet over the preceding years in varying conditions, this has to be possibly the best and certainly the largest we have ever encountered. The all blued metal skull retains all of its finish. Three minor creases to the skull, which hopefully would have been picked up on our web images. All of the accessories, which include the removable spike, the front plate, buckle fittings all match in the chemically finished field grey. Complete with its correct large size national and state cockades. Black leather chinstrap. To the interior the helmet is complete with its black leather liner, which has the tip of one tongue torn. What is interesting is that it would appear that because of the size of the helmet the manufacturer, which was Helbing, dated ‘1915’ did not have liners large enough to fit this size 62 stamped skull and have inserted a short leather section to the rear of the inner liner band to bridge the gap from a smaller liner, but undoubtedly this is the complete original liner for the helmet. The interior skull is maker marked as stated, clearly dated ‘1915’, good green paint finish remaining to the interior front peak. Most of the blacked finish to the interior skull with slight rusting is all complete. One leather brag holding the JZP plate to the helmet is missing. A superb and impressive Jager Zu Pferde helmet.
GERMAN WWI LUGER HOLSTER. A good all brown leather Luger holster from WWI with both original belt loops fitted. No visible markings, good form to the holster complete with its closing strap and buckle. Some areas of dark toning to the leather with stitching good, strong and secure.
GERMAN WWI LUGER P08 HOLSTER. A beautiful condition maker marked ‘A.Ricke Castle 1916’ holster with its original stripping tool. Good hard form to the leather, complete with both original belt loops.
GERMAN WWI LUGER PO8 PISTOL HOLSTER. A scarce WWI all brown hard shell holster for the Luger PO8 semi automatic pistol. Standard armed forces closure system. Clearly stamped to the interior lid a Nuremberg maker with clear date ‘1915’. To the reverse side both the original belt loops fitted to the main body.
GERMAN WWI M.15 SIMPLIFIED SHOULDER BOARDS. A nice quality, possibly private purchase set of shoulder boards with regimental number ‘87’ embroidered to both boards.
GERMAN WWI M.16 TRENCH HELMET. A good untouched M.16 trench helmet, clearly marked ‘ET’ but the size stampings are obscure. On test we believe this to be a medium size helmet. A good degree of its original green paint finish remaining to the exterior with slight rusting through the paint. No damage to the exterior. More original paint remaining to the inside skirt. The helmet is fitted with its original M.16 leather liner band and all three of its inner liner pads complete with the drawstring. Interestingly the original colour of the leather is of the very light cream close to white colour, which were generally thought not to come in until the late M.17’s and M.18’s. The liner band has shrunk slightly but it is without doubt the original liner to the helmet.
GERMAN WWI M.16 TRENCH HELMET. Shell marked ‘G.64’, the exterior retaining a good degree of its original apple green finish with light rust flooding through the paint in areas that can be seen on our web images. Complete with its original M.16 liner band. All three of the padded sections are complete, with their tongues, missing their inner horsehair pads but all congealed.
GERMAN WWI M.18 COMBAT HELMET. A very fine example of the rare M.18 model, the helmet is shell stamped ‘BF64’ the exterior retaining all of its original paint finish. The three pad liner shows service use with what maybe a slight burn mark to the front pad of the three pads, all retaining their original tongues with their original horsehair pads to the interior and the helmet is complete with its correct carbine clip strap, which is frayed in places. The wider part of the short section of strap marked ‘J.L.S’ maker marked with a Munich maker and dated ‘1918’.
GERMAN WWI M15/16 STITCHED DOWN ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER BOARDS. A nice matching pair of stone grey shoulder boards with white piping, chain stitched ‘66’ to both boards in an identical manner.
GERMAN WWI M16 TRENCH HELMET. A fabulous battlefield recovered M.16 trench helmet in the very large size TJ66, the skull having 98% of all its original apple green finish remaining with slight rust flooding through the paint on the crown area, even impacted small traces of battlefield mud are still adhered to the outer crown. The M.16 leather liner is all intact with all three pads including the drawstring, all the inner horsehair pads are present and the original strap with one end fitting broken however a full length strap is present. The condition of this helmet lends itself to the theory that this may have been recovered by British forces to use for battlefield analysis and then stored in a military complex ever since. Ex Michael Baldwin collection.
GERMAN WWI MACHINE GUNNERS ARM BADGE EMBROIDERED PATTERN. We have never come across one of these pieces of insignia before in officers quality embroidery. It is obvious that in WWII there were embroidered versions notably of Luftwaffe aviation badges, which was a follow on from some of the very few insignias of WWI being fashioned in the same manner. Superb quality with the outer band, which simulates the belt of the MG08 machine gun, picked out in silver and tan. The MG08 machine gun all completed in silver with the flash hider and a small section near the breech picked out in yellow. One moth nip just below the gun otherwise perfect with stitches still remaining where removed from an officers tunic.
GERMAN WWI MECKLENBURG STRELITZ OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE WITH PARADE PLUME. One of the very rare helmets of the Imperial German Army to obtain being an officers helmet of Mecklenburg Strelitz, Grenadier Regiment No.89. Standard all leather body, some crazing and creasing to the right and left hand sides of the shell but still in a good form. Mecklenburg Strelitz front plate, no extra holes to the helmet, totally original to this leather helmet, complete with its flat chin scales in gilt, white horsehair parade plume and its correct national and Mecklenburg officers cockades. The leather sweatband is intact but showing wear use with the inner silfk lining missing.
GERMAN WWI MEDAL GROUP MOUNTED IN PRUSSIAN STYLE. Comprising the Prussian WWI Service Cross 1914-18, the Third Reich awarded 1914-18 War Cross with swords, Prussian Army 9 years service medal and the Wilhelm 1st Centenary Medal. The ribbon is slightly dull, all finish to awards good, uniform mounting pin complete on the reverse side.
GERMAN WWI MESS TIN SET OF TORNISTER. A lovely set being the canvas tornister for an enlisted soldier, which is Berlin maker stamped and clearly heavily marked ‘1917’ to the reverse leather portion. The reverse of the tornister is animal skin covered, straps dated ‘1915’ also very faint army corps markings. Good light brown colour to all the strapping. Attached to the tornister is a very nice field grey painted enamelled soldier’s mess tin, which is maker marked ‘Wupperman 16’ with its attachment straps. This is a top quality set, the tin having all of its field grey paint, the light tan leather remains to all the strappings of the tornister and including two very rare maker marked and dated utility straps for holding the mess tin to the tornister.
GERMAN WWI MODEL 1892 OTHER RANKS HELMET COVER. The 1892 differs from the later model by having a fixed spike cover, which is lined in leather with four brass circular air vents. Four clips for fitting to the pickelhaube. Superb unissued condition.
GERMAN WWI MOUNTAIN TROOPERS SMOCK. An extremely rare garment being the jacket portion of the windproof suit supplied to German mountain troopers of WWI. This article is shown being worn in a photograph on page 316 of The German Army in the First World War, Uniforms & Equipment 1914/18 by Jurgen Kraus. Also the exact garment is shown in the Imperial German work by Johann Somers. Three-quarter length lightweight grey cotton material, long sleeves, standard style collar, five button front with all its original wood buttons intact. Adjustable windproof cuffs, slight storage staining, no damage or repairs, clearly maker marked and dated ‘1918’ to the interior with a rubber ink stamp. A very rare Imperial German piece of uniform.
GERMAN WWI MUNITIONS CONTAINER BOX. A German armed forces wooden box measuring 37 x 20 x 15 cms, profusely stencilled to the exterior ‘Heers Munition 8.3 kg with paper label to the inside profusely marked, with its single carrying handle with closing catch.
GERMAN WWI NEAR MATCHED PAIR OF INFANTRY REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARDS. A pair of M.15 white piped field grey uniform, red chain stitched ‘388’ to the centre. Ex Michael Baldwin collection.
GERMAN WWI NON BLACKENED COMBAT WAIST BELT. A good combat weight waist belt that is still in its original brown, it has not been blackened, the belt has been shortened slightly but is still at 102cm in length. The adjuster strap is still in its original stitched position. Complete with its field grey colour steel attachment clip.
GERMAN WWI POLE CARRYING CASE. An interesting WWI German pole carrying case, we presume probably for a collapsible flag pole or some sort of signals device. This is made in fleck German material, which is most often encountered in pickelhaube covers. The item is in a similar shade and style to a gun carrying sleeve, however slightly wider and divided into three equal sections by machine sewn lines to the entire length, this is closed by a horn button and there is a simple hand carrying handle. The overall workmanship is excellent throughout and would indicate a factory manufactured item.
GERMAN WWI POTTERY STEIN. Half litre pottery stein for a reservist who served for two years in the 11th Company of Infantry Regiment Von Horn in Trier from 1905 to 1907. These half litre steins and other porcelain glass objects were frequently purchased by reservists when they did their two year service from salesmen that used to visit the local barracks. This example has some slight damage but is priced accordingly. Excellent body to the stein with beautiful colouring to the centre with the regimental number ‘29’ applied to a blue epaulette. Slight paint loss to the uniform of the embossed soldier above the epaulette with the soldier’s name ‘Reservist Barion’. The full list of his colleagues who served in the 11th Company is visible close to the handle. There is one slight crack to the base, which is faintly visible. The thumb lift, which shows the infantryman sitting on a log is slightly distorted and dented but however is in situ and works correctly. A very attractive Imperial German military showpiece.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN 53RD INFANTRY REGIMENT MEDAL. A good example of the very large size Prussian 53rd Westfalian Infantry Regiment medal from 1860 to 1910.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS ARTILLERY PICKELHAUBE. A beautiful field grey fitted all leather pickelhaube to a soldier in Field Artillery Regiment 44 Being an enormous size stamped ‘59’ all leather pickelhaube with a superb skull, front and back peaks without crazing or congealing and firmly attached to the body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable ball top, circular ball top base, standard Prussian front plate, front peak trim, strap fittings all match in the chemically patinated field grey finish, complete with its national and State cockades. Slight loss to the white section of the Reich cockade, complete with its 9 tongue leather liner, which shows mild evidence of wear use mainly in the forehead area but retaining excellent light tan colour. Evidence of a maker’s circular rubber ink stamp to the inner crown. Marked to the inner rear peak ‘F.A.R.44’ with a date of 1916. It would be very hard to better this enormous size helmet in its condition for a field grey issued helmet.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN ENLISTED RANKS SUBDUED HELMET PLATE. A standard brass helmet plate for an enlisted mans Prussian pickelhaube, which has been chemically treated on the face side only to an olive drab finish. All fittings complete, undamaged.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN GREY FINISH BUCKLE WITH DATED TAB. A very good all field grey metal one-piece enlisted man’s belt buckle in good condition, complete with its leather tab, which is marked to a Guard Regiment. Maker marked and dated ‘1915’, also depot marked ‘BAG’ indicating it as issued by the Guard Depot.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN’S PICKELHAUBE. REGIMENTALLY MARKED. An all leather skull Prussian enlisted ranks pickelhaube. The skull is generally excellent with some slight areas of the lacquer lifting. The front and back peaks have the standard congealing and crazing securely fitted to the main body with good strong stitching. The back strap, non removable spike and circular spike base, Prussian front plate, peak trim and all strap fittings match in colour. Good chinstrap and both national and state cockades. Ten tongued leather liner is all intact, supple, with its original leather drawstring. The interior to the skull retains good colour with the faint remains, unfortunately indecipherable, of the maker’s rubber ink stamp marking. The helmet is marked ‘B.A.XV’ (Army Corp 15) to the back peak, also following mark Regiment No.136 with the 4.Lothringisches Infantry Regiment Garrison, formed in 1887 with the Garrison town of Strasbourg in what is now Alsace Lorraine and to the opposite inner peak marked again to Jager Regiment 136 with the size stamping of 57.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN JAGER SHAKO HELMET PLATE. Unissued condition Prussian helmet plate to fit the enlisted ranks Jager shako. Complete with both of its fitting lugs on the reverse side. All of its chemically grey finish complete.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN KONIG GRATZ CROSS. A good example, fine strike, with a very short section of faded and slightly shredded black, white and red ribbon.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE 2ND CLASS CLASP. A good example of the silk ribbon with beautifully embroidered lettering and Iron crosses either side. The Long Service clasp dates from 1842 to 1913.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN OFFICERS PARADE SASH. Imperial German Prussian officers full parade sash, the main belt and drop sections are all in very dark grey bordering on black lace with silver. Some light discoloration to the belt section. The two drop sections are in beautiful condition with the silver to the tassels very bright and with no oxidisation to any of the parts.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN VETERANS CROSS 2ND CLASS. A good example of the Prussian Kyfhauserbund Veterans Cross 2nd class.
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN WAR SERVICE MEDAL. A very good example of the 1914-18 excellent quality early silver type. Complete with a rather worn piece section of black and white ribbon.
GERMAN WWI REICHSMARINE RATINGS JACKET. An excellent condition Reichsmarine ratings jacket in the most beautiful quality Melton cloth. All silver Imperial anchor buttons for a member of the Reichsmarine Reserve. Heavily stamped in a red/orange ink to the interior ribbed lining ‘B.A.K.20.4.06’ with a further number ‘2’. It is further stamped ‘I.T.2.252’ followed by ‘08’ indicating it was issued to the 1st Torpedo Flotilla on the 20th April 1908. One moth hole to the left hand elbow, otherwise superb condition with all of its sleeve and front buttons.
GERMAN WWI ROOLD DESIGN BAVARIAN FLYERS STURZHELM. A private purchase just pre First World War example in magnificent condition being the very rare private purchase type flying helmet, these have come to be known as the Bavarian helmet due to their Munich manufacture, however this example is like so many unmarked and it is quite possible these were made in various areas of Germany, these have also become known as the observer helmet at times. The helmet itself is of a beautiful light mid brown leather, all supple with just a few small surface grazes however the patina and shine is of a deep wonderful gloss quality. The helmet is clearly unworn with the pickelhaube-like black leather liner still retaining its tightening cord with no wear of flaking to the leather. The black woollen lining to the neck flap again is moth free and in superb condition for its age. The inner lining of the helmet is of a typical field grey mid weight satin-like cotton material belying its German manufacture. Much detail about these very rare helmets can be found from page 24 through to page 29 of Feldzug 1918 by the late Michael Baldwin, within this book he describes this helmet with far greater detail than we can here and explains about variations in colour and materials that can be found in the vast range of these extremely rare helmets.
GERMAN WWI SAXON BELT BUCKLE. A one piece stamped steel Saxon enlisted ranks belt buckle, which has traces of its original field grey paint on the reverse side. Maker stamped close to the hook, complete with its double pronged belt fixing system. The face side has been refinished.
GERMAN WWI SAXON BRASS AND NICKEL BELT BUCKLE. A standard rectangular belt buckle for a Saxon enlisted man. Some minor corrosion to the brass body, which has been polished out, complete with its original proudly domed nickel centre with the motto of Saxon. It is with its matching double pronged belt fixing system and original fitting hook.
GERMAN WWI SOLDIER’S LEATHER GAS MASK WITH WIDE FLANGE FILTER. An excellent condition M.16 gas mask with leather face mask and rare wide flanged filter, good field grey paint to all the internal fittings, marked ‘1918’ date on the filter. All of the paint finish to the exterior tin is good with minor abrasions. Complete with its paper cloth shoulder and steadying strap. At the inner base of the tin is the full printed instructions on the use. Spare lenses in the container to the upper inner lid.
GERMAN WWI TENT POLE SET. An original set of tent poles for the WWI zeltbahn in its original container, which has faint manufacturers marking to the interior flap but a clear date '1916'. Of the two fixing straps one is missing but the buckle remains.
GERMAN WWI TRENCH KNIFE. Scarce model by Ernst Busch of Solingen with the longer than normal cross guard, Imperial German acceptance stamp to the forte of the blade, the blade is very good with original profile. The top of the grip has been customised for a better fit in the hand, in its original black painted scabbard, complete with belt loop, hilt retaining strap missing.
GERMAN WWI TRENCH KNIFE. A very nice condition example of an Imperial German trench fighting knife of one of the standard forms, 14.5cm blade, 27cm overall, the blade is excellent in its original profile, some slight sharpening scratches. Imperial acceptance stamped close to the cross guard. Some light spotting to the blade. Good wood angled grooved grips. Complete in its original steel scabbard with its correct leather belt loop and hilt retaining strap. The male/female closing stud is present and working correctly.
GERMAN WWI VETERANS MEDAL. Iron Cross obverse with soldier and goddess of victory on the reverse. Complete with original ribbon.
GERMAN WWI WILHELM 1ST CENTENARY MEDAL. A good example of the Prussian Wilhelm 1st Centenary medal, complete with its original orange ribbon.
GERMAN WWI WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED MANS FELDMUTZE. REGIMENTALLY MARKED. A very good pork pie hat, one of the many stored pork pie hats recently discovered. Minor moth nips to the crown, two other moth nips to the red centre band, good nap to the wool, red waffenfarbe to the crown. Profusely stamped size ’54 J.R.120’ with Army Corps marking of ‘B.A.XIII 1914’. Slight staining to the lower forehead area but these are storage stains not wear stains, the cap is completely unworn. Complete with large size national and Wurttemberg State cockade.
GERMAN WWI WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. A slightly dented all brass with nickel overlay plate enlisted mans buckle for the State of Wurttemberg. Generally good condition with its double pronged belt fixing system with good clear detail to the central circlet.
GERMAN WWI WURTTEMBERG WILHELMS CROSS FOR MILITARY SERVICE. A scarce Wurttemberg medal, good bronze finish to the award with its yellow and black ribbon.
GERMAN WWII 1914-18 HONOUR CROSS PAIR. A pair of the 1935 Third Reich awarded 1914-18 War Honour Cross medals. One example all in bronze with swords, maker marked in raised relief on the reverse side, the other all in blackened finish without swords, both with their original ribbons.
GERMAN WWII 2 GERMAN HISTORY ALBUMS. Two large albums produced during the Third Reich period by cigarette companies, first published in 1936 is a pictorial historical history of Germany from the middle ages to 1914 containing over 200 coloured photographs and drawings, entitled ‘BILDER DEUTSCHER GESCHICHTE’. The second is another cigarette company publication 1938 entitled ‘DIE MALEREI DER GOTIK UND FRUH-RENAISSANCE’. A pictorial history in colour plates of the renaissance period in Germany and finally accompanying these two books is a third album, which appears to be put together privately of many of the historic sites in France, Italy and North Africa.
GERMAN WWII PERIOD BAVARIAN 25 YEAR INDUSTRIAL MEDAL. An extremely nicely presented and constructed oval medal from the State of Bavaria during the Third Reich period to an industrial recipient. The medal itself is beautifully stamped with blue and white colours of Bavaria to the central shield, swastika at base, complete with its miniature with blue and white ribbon and the full length ribbon both a straight section and a court mounted section, all placed in its light blue box that is gold block titled to the exterior ‘TREUDIENSTABZ EICHEN DER BAYERISCHEN INDUSTRIE’.
GERMAN ZF12 MG08 MACHINE GUN SIGHT. The optical sight for the MG08 heavy machine gun of WWI retaining virtually all of its original olive green finish, its leather protector over the eyepiece, its dust cover over the lens with the attached webbing strap, clearly marked ‘Z.F.12 No. 70819 Emil Busch A-G.Rathenow’. Some slight loss to the crackle finish close to the attachment groove otherwise excellent optics.
GERMAN/TURKISH MG08 AMMUNITION BOX. A rare accessory for the MG08 Maxim machine gun being the very first pattern ammunition box constructed in wood with all brass edge fittings and brass handle with Turkish script hand applied to the side of the box, this is faint and maybe difficult to pick up on our web images but is clear when held in the hand.
GERMN WW1 HESSIAN MODEL 1871 LINE INFANTRY HELMET. A fantastic piece for the collector of a Franco Prussian War era to a rare State being this all leather enlisted ranks pickelhaube in an excellent condition body, both the front and back peaks securely attached to the main body for the State of Hesse. All brass fittings superb with its correct Hessian spike, flat chin scales, one single Hessian white and red cockade as is standard for this period of helmet. The helmet’s 9 tongue liner all complete with its original drawstring, no extra holes anywhere on the body. An absolutely original untouched model 1871 Hessian helmet.
GROUP OF 7 GERMAN WWI AVIATION BOOKS. Seven books on German aviation of WWI all soft cover. Rumpler Aircraft of WWI by Jack Herris. Rumpler C.1V by Peter Grosz part of the windsock data file number 35. Windsock Special 20th Anniversary addition. Foker DR.1 by Brian Knight. Pernel History of the First World War Aeroplanes. Von Richtfhofen’s Flying Circus by Greg Van Wyngarden. Richthofen by A.E.Ferko. Seven publications.
GROUP OF SOFT BACK MILIARY BOOKS. Eight soft backed military books, a mixture of the series of Men at Arms and Osprey, Osprey no 341 British Air Forces 1914-18 volume 2, Osprey 157 20th Century Military Body Armour entitled Flak Jackets, Osprey Men at Arms series, The Austro Hungarian Forces in WWI, 14-16, Osprey Men at Arms series The Austro Hungarian Forces in WWI Volume 2, Osprey Elite series The German Freikorps 1918-23, Europa Militaria no. 2 WWII Infantry in Colour, WWI Infantry in Colour.
GWERMAN WWI PERIOD AVIATION PHOTO, LARGE FORMAT. An extremely large format photograph being approximately 1 metre high x 3/4 of a metre wide. The excellent photographic image has been period blown up and shows a young Flieger NCO wearing a converted bluse with top pockets added, Iron Cross 1st Class and the Air Crew badge below the cross. The picture itself has a pen date of '1920' to the base. This was almost definitely a First World War photo that has been blown up by the family after the soldier's death. The item is mounted on thick card and is original and completely untouched. A highly impressive large image.
HAND MADE ZEPPLIN MOMENTO. Most of the momentoes of WWI Zeppelin crashes were commercially marketed, this is a very nice small piece of aluminium from the Zeppelin L15 in the form of an Iron Cross measuring 2.5cm, which has had engraved upon it ‘L15 Zeppelin 1st 1.4.16’ with an old label attached ‘Piece of the envelope of the Zeppelin L15 brought down in the Thames Estuary April 1916’. Accompanied by a piece of the envelope of the L15, the envelope has then had the inscription written upon it. From the Michael Baldwin collection.
HANOVARIAN JAGER BATTALION NO.10 SHAKO PLATE. A beautiful quality early shako plate for Hanovarian Jager Battalion No.10. 8 pointed star with the most superb central enamel plate with scroll below with battle honours Peninsular, Waterloo and Venta Del Pozzo. One only of the two fixing lugs present on the reverse side.
HESSIAN LEIB GUARD INFANTRY REGIMENT NO.115 NCO’S PICKELHAUBE. An extremely nice good size all leather pickelhaube for an NCO in Hessian Regiment No.115. The leather body all good, minor congealing to the rear peak, both peaks securely attached to the body. All of the fittings, which include the NCO’s back strap, cross base, domes to the cross base instead of stars, fluted Hessian trichter (plume holder) large front Hessian front plate with non cut out crown and non enamelled star, complete with a 1621 scroll, a correct set of flat chin scales, white metal peak trim and parade horsehair officers quality plume. To the interior the front and back peaks are lined in green and red. Standard leather wide sweatband, which shows wear use but good, clean and undamaged and complete with its inner russet brown silk liner. Two minor extra punched holes in the area of the front plate fixing, which are entirely contemporary to the period, the helmet body would have been pre-punched for one of the smaller Hessian plates but was converted at issue to the 115th, which has a much larger plate than the other Hesse regiments. Complete with its national and State enlisted ranks quality cockades.
HESSIAN REGIMENT 116 OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A most beautiful all leather skulled large size officers pickelhaube for Hessian Regiment 116. The leather skull is good with just minor crazing, some congealing to the rear peak, both the front and rear peaks are securely attached to the main body, fitted with its correct Hessian spike, smooth cross base with domes and not stars, domed gilt chin scales, lovely gilt with frosted highlights to the Hessian front plate, some minor kinks to the front peak trim, complete with its standard officers national cockade and the Hessian style non-serrated edge red and white State cockade. The interior leather liner is complete with evidence of wear use with its inner silk lining. The remains of the printed manufacturer’s marking to the upper inner crown. A highly attractive and rare helmet.
HISTORY OF THE GERMAN HELMET 1916-45 BY LUDWIG BAER. Still after all these years the bible for the German helmet collector, this superb third printing initially published 1985 has been the most successful work ever on history and in-depth detail on the German helmet 1916 to 45. Superb virtually unused condition.
IMPERIAL AUSTRIAN WWI AVIATION AND TRENCH ALBUM. A 10 inch or 25cm x 7 inch or 17.5cm classic WWI style photograph album from an Austrian unit. The album itself contains only 17 images, all of large format, mainly comprising of an Austrian artillery unit in the field. Images of Austrian artillery men at their guns, groups of soldiers with the Schwarzlose machine guns, larger guns firing, mounted horse artillery. Within the album there are two images of artillery observation balloons being hoisted aloft with images of Austrian flying machines complete with their Schwarzlose machine guns. One superb shot of an Austrian aviator within the cockpit of his machine with his flying helmet laid to his side on the wing. Nine accompanying loose images of aviation interest showing German troops surrounding a crashed British or French machine with the bodies of the dead clearly in view. One of the cards has a handwritten annotation to the reverse side dated 'June 1916'. Other images with German troops surrounding a captured French or British machine. A further grouping of the images of German troops in the field with both M.16 helmets on, and field caps. A group of captured Hindu Commonwealth soldiers, a Sanke Berlin published postcard size images of Manfred Von Richthofen. A good grouping of trench and aviation related albums and images plus four large Austrian War Ministry official photographs showing Russian prisoners, naval forces at work, trench warfare all dated '1915' on the reverse sides. A good interesting grouping.
IMPERIAL BAVARIAN SCHWERES (HEAVY) REITER REGIMENT OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A superb condition large size 56 skull, 1915 dated all leather pickelhaube. Skull excellent, some congealing of the black covering to the front and back peaks, to the front peak a long patch of leather covering has stuck itself to the field cover, all fittings in silver which includes the back strap, fluted removable spike, cruciform cross base, large cut out Bavarian front plate, domed silver chin scales, silver front peak trim, all the colours match. Complete with officers national and Bavarian state cockades. Some slight paint loss to the blue of the Bavarian cockade. Typical wartime construction with an ersatz type leather interior liner with gold silk inner liner. To the interior of the skull the oval stamp of Hans Romer of Neu-Ulm with date ‘1915’. Typical of mid to late war pickelhaube construction, the helmet was originally provided with pre prepared plate holes that have their own internal brass rivets and had been purchased by an officer of the Schweres Reiter Regiment because of the extra width of the plate threaded studs, two extra holes have had to be pierced through the helmet for the fitting of the helmet plate, this was quite a common occurrence during this period of the war. The helmet also was pre prepared with four holes through the leather skull for the provision of a circular spike base but also has been fitted with a large cruciform spike base by creating extra holes. On removing the plate from the body it can clearly be seen that the plate has always been affixed to this helmet with clear imprint of the plate on the leather below. The helmet is complete with its field cover and the afore-mentioned black leather covering to the peak can be seen where it has imprinted itself to the field cover. The helmet is reasonably priced accordingly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 17TH BRUNSWICK HUSSARS ENLISTED RANKS VISOR CAP. The rare field grey cap for an enlisted man or possibly an NCO in Brunswick Hussar Regiment No.17. All field grey body without any moth damage, red piping to the crown, red centre band, fitted to the cap are the enlisted mans versions of the national and the Brunswick cockades with between the two cockades the skull and crossbones distinctive of the 17th Brunswick. On slightly lifting back the Brunswick blue and gold cockade a clear imprint of the cockade onto the main body of the cap can be seen, also to the national cockade and the skull. Standard patent leather chinstrap and front peak. Ersatz style mid brown sweatband, the upper inner crown is lined in a light blue canvas-like material with beautiful silver blocking name of a Braunschweig retailers. There is also a hand applied owner’s name just above the coat of arms.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1889 SWORD FOR WAR SERVICE. The Imperial German model 1889 sword is not a rarity, however the examples all finished in black and sharpened for war service are rare. Its 84cms double fullered blade has a sharpened edge, manufacturer marked ‘Carl Eickhorn’ having an excellent blade, fitted into its originally black painted scabbard, which has a few chips and its black painted all steel hilt, which has a folding shell guard and its leather thumb holder in place. All the wire to the grip is good but slightly loose, complete with its Wilhelm II Coat of Arms. This sword is ideal for placing with a field grey dressed Imperial German infantry officer display.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1908 PATTERN BINOCULARS. Known as the Fernglas 08, the standard issue officers and NCO binoculars, excellent optics with the body having at least 70% of its original field grey green finish remaining with its composition eyepieces, marked ‘Fernglas 08’ with the manufacturers markings, in its original carrying case which has the instruction of use of the binoculars pasted to the upper inner lid. One rectangular belt attachment with two leather belt loops both of which are maker marked ‘Emil Busch A.G. Rathenow’. One side closing leather tab has broken away, the other is half complete.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AIRSHIP (ZEPPELIN) UNIT’S OFFICERS TUNIC. An excessively rare Imperial German tunic known as the Kleiner Rock in field grey worn by an Oberst in the Prussian Airship Service. The tunic is constructed in field grey, a double row of domed plain nickel buttons, red piped to the deep turned back cuffs, front closure flap of tunic and collar. The insignia beautifully fitted is a set of Prussian Oberst’s shoulder boards which have a first colour of white and lower colour of dove grey which is the actual colour for the airship and aviation troops. A gilded letter ‘L’ attached to the shoulder board with the one rank star below indicating Oberst. The apple green collar has dove grey collar patches attached, two medal ribbons attached to the second buttonhole. The tunic has one minor moth nip to the rear back panel. The remainder of the tunic is totally moth free. Beautiful quality nap to the field grey officer quality cloth. All green lightweight cotton lining again in excellent order. Some obvious wear use to the upper edge of the apple green collar but no breakage of the cloth. One 5mm tear to the apple green cloth to the exterior of the collar. Two loops to the front right hand body of the tunic, presumably for the fitting of an Iron Cross. The tunic is identical in construction with the exception of the shoulder boards to the example shown on page 275 of The German Army in the First World War Uniforms and Equipment 1914 to 1918 by Jurgen Kraus.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY ARM PATCH. A beautiful quality of embroidery to this blue circular patch, the staffs of the flags are embroidered then hand intertwined with each flag being in white and red.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY BOOKS BY JURGEN KRAUS. Known as ‘The Bible’ of the Organisation, uniform detail and a complete overview of the German Army in WWI in field grey by Jurgen Kraus, published in two volumes known as Band 1 and Band 2. the text is all in German published in 1999, volume 1 has the colour plate section for insignia and waffenfarbes at the rear of the book, consisting of 25 colour tables. Combined Volume 1 and 2 have over 1,000 pages. A must for any serious collector of Imperial German militaria. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN ARTILLERY/TECHNICAL OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A good issue quality crusher cap complete with Prussian officers state and national cockades, red piping, which has faded to an orange hue, black velvet centre band, chinstrap, visor securely attached to the cap, complete with its substitute leather liner, which again is all good with some minor abrasions to the liner. Good jaunty battle shape, black canvas lining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ASSAULT SHOVEL SUSPENSION STRAP. A very rare small piece of Imperial German equipment being a ‘1915’ dated and maker marked teardrop leather carrier that the assault shovel is clipped to. Profusely stamped ‘Army Corps 12’ followed by a date ‘15’, also marked to the Saxon Fusilier Regiment 108 3rd Company, soldier number ‘111’. Complete with its galvanised clip, all stitching strong, leather supple.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. A soft cover hand applied Fliegerstation Schwerin. Schwerin is a town just beside the borders of the old East Germany, east of Hamburg. This album containing only 21 images, however of good quality and one excellent shot of Rittmeister Von Richthofen. The album is a record of events at Schwerin in 1917. The first image is a huge size image from the air of the castle at Schwerin, which was in the State of Mecklenburg. Other images from the sky of the air station. The canteen and men's kitchens. An aircraft wreck on August 1917. Whole air to air shots at 1500 to 2000 metres. A shot from the ground of the Geschwader in the air. Very good shots of machines close up with ground crew and pilots. A marvellous close up shot of six people, obviously testing the aeroplanes, of the six people one of them is the designer Fokker, the other in aviation kit ready for flight is Rittmeister Von Richthofen standing next to an automobile. Further large images of aircraft slightly damaged, aircraft under repair within the hangers. An unusual image of aeroplane crashed through the roof of one of the men's barracks at the air station. A high ranking visit of Generals to the station.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS. A very fine group of 21 images all of large size between 5 3/4 and 4¼. It is difficult to ascertain whether these are press photographs or privately taken large shots, one has a hand annotation on the reverse side, the others all have typed annotations, plus a series numbers which may possibly be inventory numbers, however the contents of these photographs are superb from a technical aspect. The hand annotated image shows a beautifully camouflage German flying machine crashed, Marine bi planes on their airfield on the edge of the North Sea in preparation for flying, a superb close up shot of a German machine gun with both its crew in the cockpit with a clear view of the machine gun, one small image of what may be a French or British machine crashed with its squadron insignia painted on the side, a large image of German mechanics working on a machine refilling or servicing, pigeon carriers being loaded upon a German machine with the observer receiving the pigeons next to his machine gun, a wonderful close up of an observer wearing a feldmutze with a machine gun in the observer position, one small postcard size image of what possibly could be a French machine with the pilot and observer sitting on the wing and standing, an excellent close up of Flieger Leutnant Immelmann standing in front of his Fokka monoplane, a See Flieger Abteilung machine being winched aboard its mother ship, a large group of pilots and mechanics from a naval See Flieger unit standing in front of a naval flying machine 16 persons in the image wearing a variety of uniforms and flying clothing, a postcard size image of an extremely good close up of a rare aircraft machine gun with two German aviators in the machine, one large image of an aircraft camera being loaded aboard a machine, another very rare image of an observer or pilot seated in his plane wearing a parachute harness. The remaining images all of excellent detail and quality for German WWI aviation.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATORS SHOULDER BOARD. A scarce single slip-on shoulder board for a member of an Imperial German Aviation Unit. Field grey with dove grey piping and beautifully cut and applied wing propeller motif in red to the centre of the board.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN 1917 UNIVERSAL FIELD CAP. An unusually large size Baden used universal field cap, slightly darker shade of green centre band with lighter shade crown, some sprinkling of moth damage, which hopefully can be picked up on our web images. Good size. Complete with its national and Baden cockades for enlisted ranks, complete with its original adjustable leather chinstrap, soft crushable peak, ersatz type sweatband, which is split in one place but otherwise complete with their retailer’s mark of ‘Erwin Neier of Durlach’ (Baden) to the interior light tan lining material, which does have water staining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN ENGINEER TROOPS ENLISTED MANS NCO’S VISOR CAP. A nice condition issue quality field grey crown to cap, red waffenfarbe overall, black centre band, enlisted ranks cockades of Baden and the national cockade, complete with its adjustable chinstrap, twin side buttons, soft leather crushable peak, full leather lining intact and mid tan inner silk lining. The stitching where the sweatband is attached to the visor to the interior has rotted slightly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN NCO OR OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A quite heavily mothed but scarce Baden NCO or officers field grey field cap, considerable moth damage along the lower base of the cap at the rear. The crown is generally good, some light moth to the left hand side of the national cockade and on the rear overhang. Good shape to the cap. The peak needs re-stitching to the distance of 2cm to the left hand side where the peak stitches have come adrift from the main body. The cap’s substitute leather sweatband in light cream is all intact, the interior silk lining has shot in places. Complete with its leather strap and side buttons.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BATTLE DAMAGED BODY ARMOUR. An excellent and evocative battlefield recovery damaged body armour, this is the largest size body armour and looks extremely impressive, complete with all its three lower plates and its inner canvas ties and protective felt pads. A bullet hole has travelled straight through the chest area, the remainder of the body armour retains virtually all of its apple grey green finish with slight areas of rusting coming through the paint. Please consult Regimentals for shipping costs.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICERS TUNIC. A scarce field grey friedensrock (proposed post war parade tunic) for a Bavarian Administration officer. All field grey body. Minor moth nips across the back panel. All gilded domed buttons fitted. White piped rear skirt, collar and front flap of tunic plus cuffs. The stand collar is in dark blue wool cloth with the blue and silver Bavarian lace running around the upper edge of the collar. Slip-on Bavarian Administration officers shoulder boards with the crown over the central shield in Bavarian colours, one rank pip below indicating the rank of Oberleutnant. The boards themselves are Bavarian blue flecked amongst the toned exterior of the boards. Interior lining virtually perfect in a lightweight grey green ribbed cotton.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN CHILD’S UNIFORM. A highly interesting artefact from the pre First World War period of a Bavarian child’s military uniform, which comprises a cardboard pickelhaube with fabric inner lining, spike, chin scales, field cockades with the stencilled outline of a Bavarian helmet plate to the front of the pickelhaube, the stencilling is faint. A pre WWI tunic all in blue with red cuffs, collar and epaulettes, plain domed silver buttons, narrow waist belt with child’s size nickel buckle, which has the Prussian coat of arms to the centre. Imitation wood and metal constructed bayonet, complete with bayonet frog and portapee knot. Fur covered back pack with twin leather shoulder straps and militarised mess tin fitted to the fur back pack, the fur back is fully functional with an opening flap with two extra spare leather straps to the interior. Finally finished with an imitation wood rifle.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN EM PICKELHAUBE WITH NUMBERED TRENCH COVER. A fabulous helmet from the Michael Baldwin collection being a huge size all leather pickelhaube, all leather body in magnificent condition with two areas of crazing around the circular spike base. Both peaks are firmly attached to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Bavarian front plate, front peak trim and all strap fittings match in colour. Original leather chinstrap complete with its national and Bavarian State cockades. To the interior the helmet retains all its original mid tan colour, its 9 tongued leather liner all intact and supple without any of the tips of the tongues being split. Very faint traces of a manufacturer’s circular stamp to the interior of the body but totally unreadable. Complete with the helmet is a beautifully matching fitted sized helmet cover with the green numerals ‘21’ attached, one of the hooks for attaching the cover to the helmet is missing. Interestingly the helmet has been assembled with the japanned black circular plate that normally sits on the interior of the helmet, which serves as a large washer for the domed split pins to secure the spike base against has been assembled on the outside of the helmet, there are two theories to these helmets, which are quite often encountered, firstly is that they were assembled like this at the manufacturers but more than likely the following story is the correct one, is that when these helmets were souvenired but either British or American troops, to enable the helmets that do not have a removable spike to be fitted snugly into a kit bag, the fitted spike and spike base were taken off the helmet and when re-assembled after getting home from overseas they were re-assembled in the incorrect manner by having the back plate located on the exterior of the helmet under the circular spike base. When we encounter these helmets we never move the plate to the interior of the helmet as this takes away the complete originality of this historic piece of headdress. This helmet is shown on pages 4 and 5 of Feldzug 1915.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN EM PICKELHAUBE WITH NUMBERED TRENCH COVER. more images
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN ENLISTED MANS ALL LEATHER PICKELHAUBE. A very nice condition all leather pickelhaube, excellent body, some light crazing to the back peak, both peaks are firmly secured to the main body. All the field grey chemically treated fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, Bavarian front plate, front trim and all of the fittings match. The helmet is complete with its national and Bavarian State cockade. The original chinstrap is present, however it has come adrift from the strap attachment post on the right hand side as the helmet is viewed. To the interior the inner skull retains all its original light tan leather colour, clearly marked ‘1918 Size 54’ complete with its original leather drawstring. Ex Michael Baldwin collection. Shown on pages 102 and 105 of Feldzug 1916.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN FIELD ARTILLERY ENLISTED MANS SWORD. A good condition Bavarian curved blade good and bright with half of both sides having central etch panels. To the reverse side there are floriated patterns with the Bavarian motto ‘IM TRUE FEST’. To the opposite side the full regimental designation of the 5th King’s Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment King Alfons XIII of Spain. Excellent nickel plating to the hilt, composition grip undamaged with its leather corded knot, which has lost its acorn. The scabbard is totally undented with at least 60% of original black painted finish remaining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE MEDAL 2ND CLASS. A very good example, good strike, of the Bavarian Long Service Medal 2nd Class complete with its blue and white ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN OFFICERS GREATCOAT. A field grey greatcoat worn by an officer in a Bavarian Regiment, some light moth to the main body and more moth nips to the dark green collar, retaining all of its original nickel plated domed buttons, a set of Bavarian shoulder boards, which have had their rank stars removed. Green underlay with a further underlay of maroon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN OFFICERS PARADE BELT. A large size brocade blue and silver waist belt complete with both of its blue and silver runners for a Bavarian Administrative Officer. The buckle all in white metal, complete with its Bavarian crown centre, some minor snags and discoloration to the belt itself and some light moth damage to the backing cloth, complete with its leather belt adjuster. The wear to the belt overall indicates that this belt has been used as a field service belt instead of for parade.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A super boxed set in completely untouched condition being a medium sized pickelhaube with a good degree of congealing and crazing to the body the gilt metal fixtures are all excellent throughout with a very good high quality plate with deep relief and flame gilt highlights with a white metal reserve cross to the centre. The flat chin scales are excellent and lightly toned. Both the original cockades are present being the typical national type and the Bavarian State cockade to the opposite side. The off cream silk liner is very good and complete. There is a very good label to the interior in paper reading ‘Prima Qualtat’. The whole helmet is completely untouched and stored in its original wartime quality paste paper carton carrying box with fine officers name written in script to the inside of the lid. An absolutely untouched set with a very pleasant overall untouched appearance.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN SHOOTING AWARD SET. A rare item being a beautifully constructed and enamelled Bavarian shooting award 5th class. The shield measuring 6.5 x 4cm in diameter enamelled in the Bavarian blue and silver colours to the centre, all of the frosting to the remainder of the shield is bright, laid onto its blue and silver twisted cord lanyard. Accompanying the standard size shooting award is a smaller version with the shield measuring 3cm x 2cm, non enamelled central shield, some light rubbing to the edges with its slightly subdued blue and silver fleck cord, complete with one acorn attached. A rare set.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BREAD BAG AND WATER BOTTLE SET. A good example of the early maroon/brown bread bag dated ‘1901’ unit marked ‘F.R.86 1.B.’ complete with its original matching coloured carrying strap, clipped to the bread bag is a corduroy covered water bottle. The bottle is complete with its metal and cork stopper however the leather strap securing it to the cradle is broken.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BREAD BAG STRAP WITH EXTRA LOOP. A standard issue bread bag strap in field grey canvas of the type that has the extra loop to the centre enabling two bread bag straps to be used as an X frame for the assistance in carrying heavyweights on the waist belt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BREAD BAG STRAP. A rare variation of the bread bag strap, full length, good colour, complete with its sprung loaded clips, which are leather secured to the canvas strap, adjustable buckle in field grey to the centre. Faint traces of company ink stamp marking. This particular bread bag strap has an extra loop fitted to the centre of the strap, which allows another bread bag strap that is without a loop to pass through it thereby creating an X shaped cross over style support.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BRUNSWICK INFANTRY REGIMENT 92 SHOULDER BOARD. A rare shoulder board, ex Michael Baldwin collection, of the 1915/16 pattern, single stitch-on with the red crown and stylised ‘W’ for Brunswick Infantry Regiment 92, this regiment wore the skull and crossbones on their pickelhaubes.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAMEROON SERVICE OFFICERS CAP. A very rare cap from the colony of Cameroon constructed in the heavy sand coloured corduroy material. Red piping to the crown, red centre band, officers or NCO’s cockade to the centre, brown visor, some slight loss from moth damage to the corduroy material, no actual moth holes on the crown, complete with its original light tan leather sweatband, lightweight cotton lining material, stamped ‘B.A.A.1915’. Some stitches securing the peak to the body are loose, one tear to the sweatband.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAMOUFLAGE M.17 TRENCH HELMET. A very good untouched condition camouflage M.17 trench helmet, the camouflage is in the three standard colours of plum, ochre and green with black separation lines, slight rubbing to the paint to the crown with the skull retaining virtually all of its paint finish. Evidence of storage staining can be seen around the complete lower rim, complete with its M.17 metal liner band and its three pad liner, which is very dry but still supple and well attached to the liner band. All of the inner pads are missing. Slight rusting to the inner skull and lower interior skirt. A nice untouched helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAMOUFLAGE M16 HELMET. An ET 62 sized M.16 shell that was originally painted in green, plum and light tan with black separation lines. The shell has lost a good proportion of its camouflage finish mainly through rust bleed from the steel shell through the paint however good images of the camouflage pattern still exist to the shell. The helmet is all complete on the interior, it has its leather M.16 liner band, all of its three interior pads complete with all the tongues. The horsehair pads are missing and unusually it is still complete with its very rare strap. One of the metal strap attachment clips has broken but is still attached to the helmet, the split at the side of the post can allow the strap to fall off the clip.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAMOUFLAGE TRENCH HELMET. A standard M.17 trench helmet that has a camouflage finish in a very unusual fashion, the helmet shell stamped size ‘G62.’ The camouflage finish is a three coloured combination of plum, green and ochre in a subdued fashion without black separation lines. The helmet still has, forced into the front plate attachment lugs, sections of paper, this was a commonly seen practise amongst troops. The interior liner is absolutely superb in its standard mid tan colour with its original drawstring, all of the three inner pads are missing. By the condition of this helmet it would appear that it has been camouflaged and possibly never used again. To the inner rear skirt there is the faint remains of a rubber ink stamp ‘K62’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAPTURED RUSSIAN BAYONET. A rare bayonet, one of the many variations of ersatz bayonets utilised from captured stocks, the bayonet being a Russian Model 1891 Moisan Nagant bayonet in a German made cylindrical field grey painted scabbard, only faint traces of the field grey paint left remaining however a scarce bayonet. From the Michael Baldwin collection.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAVALRY ISSSUE ENTRENCHING TOOL COVER. A rare cavalry cover, brown leather in excellent condition complete with both belt loops. Maker marked 'Berlin' dated '1916' with various other issue stamps. The variation is that the normal skeleton leather cover has had two sections added to the base of the cover close to where the leather strap loops around the wood haft, the intension seems to be protection of the ears of the entrenching tool itself, we have never encountered this variation previously. Stitching good and strong overall, slight wear to the haft leather loop close to where it is stitched to the main body, otherwise generally good.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAVALRY MANS WEHRPASS. A nice clean wehrpass to soldier Lorenz born in 1885, the date ‘1904’ to the front cover, he appeared to be a member initially of Dragoon Regiment No.2, then a member of Cuirassier Regiment No.4 3rd Squadron, he seemed to be a long serving soldier through from 1909 to 17. The wehrpass is in its pass cover with the matching name to the exterior of the cover.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CHINESE COLONIAL ARTILLERY UNIT CAP. A super scarce hat for an enlisted man in the 3rd Matrosen Artillerie Kiautschou. The Kiautschou Bay concession was a German leased territory in Imperial and early Republican China. The cap is in good condition, no moth damage, complete with its gold woven cap tally, Imperial red, white and black other ranks cockade, the silk lining is complete but shredded in places, complete with its mid tan leather sweatband. Full length tallies to the cap.
IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL FELDPOST ENLISTED RANKS CAP. A rare hat of the Imperial German period being a light grey canvas cap with faded orange and red piping indicating feldpost troops, complete with its enlisted mans national and state cockades. Some slight shredding to the unusual lightweight orange material of the headband, complete with its field grey peak, ersatz paper sweatband with grey canvas interior lining with an original owner’s name label attached.
IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL NAVAL ADMINISTRATION HELMET. A rare tropical helmet being a cork constructed helmet with six panel crown, pagri, white leather trimmed having the badge at the front for the Colonial Naval Administration Branch with a single cockade fitted. The inner base of the headdress is lined in a green lightweight cotton, complete with its inner grained leather sweatband with its inner silk missing. The label to the interior ‘Gebr.Messerschmidt’ head size ‘55½ Cottbus’ with an unidentified name applied to the label. The liner is slightly loose from its metal mounting brackets to one side.
IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS. Two unbacked shoulder boards for the Imperial German Colonial tunic in the inter-twined white, red and black weave.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CUIRASSIER OR GUARD DU CORPS OFFICERS HELMET COCKADES. A matched mint condition set of officers quality cockades for fitting to a Guard du Corps, Guard Cuirassier or any of the Cuirassier Regiment officers helmets.
IMPERIAL GERMAN DAMASCUS BLADED AND GILDED LION’S HEAD SWORD. A most beautiful 81cms Damascus bladed Imperial German officers sword with the first third of the blade having gilded floriate matching patterns to both sides of the blade. Retailer marked in gilt on the back edge ‘M.Neumann Hoflieferant Berlin’. Good deep Damascus flowing pattern. Some lightness to the gilded finish in the lower part of the gilded panel, which is 31cms in length. Spear point with piped backed design to the blade, all fitted into one of the best and deepest cast lion’s head hilt we have ever had. Known as the massive style, deeply cut lion’s mane with red jewelled eyes. A panel to the D guard having the coat of arms of a noble family, which unfortunately we have been unable to identify. Ray skin grip all complete with its three banded grip wire. The steel scabbard, once nickel plated now with most of the plating missing, complete with its two brass hanging rings, completely undented with some light traces of the original nickel plating on the inner side of the scabbard.
IMPERIAL GERMAN DECORATED SUBMARINE BALL. A very interesting artefact of WWI. A 5 inch cylindrical hollow glass ball which was at one time one of the flotation balls for a British anti submarine net. It has been captured by German Naval forces. On one side it has been over painted in black with on the complete circumference to the width of 3/4 of an inch, The black, white and red colours of Germany and on the complete face side a painted scene of two German float planes attacking and bombing presumably an English ship. To the very top of the painted image in Gothic German it reads 'Glass flotation from an English submarine net'. Some minor scratches. Good original hand painted artefacts from a German sailor or air man of WWI.
IMPERIAL GERMAN DRINKING MUG. A field grey/green painted enamel drinking cup, dated to the base ‘1917’ with a ‘Wupperman’ maker mark. Some rust spots overall.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EARLY GEW98 AMMUNITION POUCH. A well used but sturdy single GEW98 pouch. All of the leather flaps and fixings are in good and supple condition. To the reverse, the pouch is marked ‘A.STANENDA. BERLIN’ AND DATED ‘1912.’ Inside the lid of the central pouch is the soldiers name in indelible ink.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EAST AFRICA FELT HAT. A rare piece of headdress from the German colonies being the grey large felt wide brimmed hat, which the British would call a slouch hat. The hat has seen a good amount of service wear, there is some light moth tracking, only one slight moth hole to the reverse side. The cap is complete with its black, white and red cockade, which also acts as an air vent. It is complete with its leather sweatband, which has seen considerable service wear and has been reattached in places to the main body of the hat. In the area where the white trim surrounds the complete rim of the cap there is shading where another band was originally fitted which would appear to be of a bluish colour, we can only assume this was originally a hat worn by a member of the South West Africa area and transferred to the East Africa thereby changing the colour piping from blue to white. A rare piece of headdress.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS COMBAT BOOTS. A pair of Imperial German enlisted mans combat boots known as the jack boot, these have been civilianised on the sole and have had various ordnance repairs but are still very useful for an Imperial German mannequin display. Both the soles and heels have been replaced but both having their toe and heel steel cleats, classic construction with the seam running down either side of the boot. The right hand boot has an oval patch to the instep and various other small ordnance work patches. The left hand boot has one repair just above the heel at the rear and both have their canvas pullers and are priced accordingly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS PRUSSIAN FIELD GREY FITTED PICKELHAUBE. An excellent condition all leather skull Prussian pickelhaube, all the fittings in field grey, which match. The front and back peaks securely stitched to the main body of the helmet. One small hole through the rear peak where the helmet has been mounted on a display bracket for a wall display. Complete with its original brown leather chinstrap, national and Prussian State cockades. The fittings for the chinstrap match the other field grey fittings exactly. On inverting the helmet it has much of its original light tan colour. The leather liner is absolutely complete with its original drawstring, marked size ‘55½’. The rear peak is clearly marked ‘J.R.69’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE. A good all leather pickelhaube with chemically patinated field grey fittings. Both of the peaks are securely stitched to the main body with its national and State cockade, original chinstrap with the fittings matching the helmet in colour. The interior leather liner is in good light tan colour. All tongues complete with its original drawstring. A highly unusual regimental stamping to the inner rear back peak. The manufacturer has stamped their name to the back peak, the army depot have used stampings rather than rubber ink markings to identify the unit, the markings are as follows: ‘B.A.8 (clothing depot 8) TR.A.8’ with two separate dates of ‘1915’ with a size stamping in ink ‘53’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ERSATZ JACK BOOTS. An extremely rare set of the jack boots from the Michael Baldwin collection. The boots are in unused condition and are a classic example of the later war shortage of materials, the leather sole has been substituted with wood. The upper part of the boots are constructed with the classic side seams of WWI construction, a leather toe cap has been added to the very front of the boot and the sole is 2½ cm thick in wood and is size stamped ‘27’ plus other manufacturers markings in red ink. Both boots are complete with their canvas pullers. Beautiful contrasting white stitching to the leather upper parts.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FELDMUTZE. A good example of a Prussian Imperial German feldmutze. Good nap to the field grey cloth, one very minor stitch repair to the crown otherwise the cap is perfect, complete with its red waffenfarbe surrounding the crown and the red wool base. Both its Prussian and national cockades fitted. Evidence of wear use to the interior. Many stampings also some which appear to be for a theatrical inventory, with a hand written size of ‘52’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FELDMUTZE. A very good condition grey green issue quality feldmutze, all the nap to the cloth remaining, red piped to crown, red band around the base, complete with its larger size national and state cockades. One slight moth nip just to the left of the Prussian State cockade. White cotton lining, faint traces of army group markings and an oval red manufacturer’s stamp to the interior.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FERNGLAS 08 BINOCULARS. A good set of the Fernglas 08 binoculars, optics good, both lenses need cleaning but are not obscured having all of the field grey paint remaining. Two chips to the field grey eyepieces. Unusually regimentally marked to the ‘78th R.J.R.’ 78th Reserve Infantry Regiment 1.B. 1st Battalion.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD ARTILLERY FRIEDENSROCK. The proposed post war parade tunic for the Imperial German Army, the Friedensrock, this example is in more of a slate grey than a field grey green. Good condition overall, ribbed material, slight moth to the upper right hand shoulder and some moth damage to the regimental numbers of the shoulder board. The main body of the tunic is excellent, all gold domed buttons, black collar, NCO’s gold lace around the collar and the upper part of the cuffs. Red based shoulder boards with applied yellow flaming grenade and chain stitched regimental numbers ‘246’. Loops to the upper left breast for two awards. Standard skirted back with domed buttons. Excellent condition green artificial silk inner lining. To the interior pocket there is a Leipzig tailor’s label with the original owner’s name, which is difficult to read but a clear date of ’26.10.17’. One further moth holes to the upper right breast. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD ARTILLERY GREATCOAT. Light grey, all brass domed buttons stitched to the shoulder boards, red cloth epaulettes with the numbers ‘21’ in yellow, originally the numbers were 121 but a single letter number ‘1’ has been removed from each shoulder board. Complete with collar patches, some light moth, remains of a silk tailor’s label to the interior, complete with a fitted belt to the reverse side. Priced accordingly to the moth damage.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. NEAR MINT. A magnificent condition all leather enlisted ranks pickelhaube, the leather body is superb, all of the peak securely attached to the main body, all of the fittings which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, leather strap fittings all of the same field grey chemically patinated colour. On inverting the helmet the 9 tongue liner is still in good bright light tan colour as is the interior skull. Profuse markings, which include a clear interior skull date of ‘1916’, a circular maker’s mark, two individual size stamps of ‘53’ plus on the rear peak the regimental issue stamp of ‘J.R.63’ within an ink block. The drawstring is missing and the tips of two tongues have torn. The leather brad securing the helmet plate to the body are of the same colour, original factory fitted as the liner band itself. Complete with its national and state cockades. This is an example that would be unsurpassed.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY FITTED PICKELHAUBE. An extremely good condition all leather bodied enlisted ranks Prussian pickelhaube, a very good size of 58. Three minor creases to the lacquer covering on the skull otherwise good. The front and back peaks securely stitched. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, front plate, front peak trim and strap buckle fittings all match, complete with the national and Prussian State cockade. On inverting the helmet it appears to have very little wear use. The whole interior is in its original mid tan colour with clear large stamping of size 58. The leather liner is complete and untouched with the majority of its leather drawstring still complete. A maker’s round stamp to the inner skull, also a good clear date of ‘1915’. To the rear peak the marking of ‘23R’ with a further marking, which is indecipherable. An excellent helmet for the 23rd Prussian Infantry Regiment.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY PICKELHAUBE SPIKE BASE. The chemically treated all steel circular spike base without its bayonet fixed spike for a field grey all leather pickelhaube.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIGHTER ACES SIGNIATURES. A very rare Sanke card that has been cut from a WWI album showing a group of 13 WWI German flying officers, which include Hauptmann Boelcke & Oberleutnant Immelmann. Both Boelcke and Immelmann have signed this card. They are both signed in ink, the signatures are slightly faded, however individually both of these signatures are extremely rare, to have both of them sign the same card is possibly unique. Boelcke has signed his name with the 'O' for Oswald, Immelmann has used his full name of Max Immelmann in the signature. Both of these air aces of WWI were killed during the Great War.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FLYER’S BREAD BAG. A standard Imperial German field grey canvas bread bag with some service staining. A leather loop missing from the front for the attachment of the water bottle, all other leather straps complete with zeltbahn buttons, one button missing from the belt loop with a rare marking to the interior for the ‘B. Flieg Ers.Abt 1’ with date ‘1915’. Any item of equipment marked to an aviation unit is considered scarce.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FLYING GOGGLES CASE. A single pressed board pouch for the Imperial German Flying Corps issue goggles.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW71/84 AND GEW88 MAGAZINE POUCH. A much modified single magazine pouch for either the GEW71/84 or the GEW88. All stitching good and strong, old stitches are present where the pouch has been modified for further use, maker marked on the reverse side, all fittings intact, all brass good.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW88 MAGAZINE POUCH. A superb condition and extremely hard to find magazine pouch for the GEW88 rifle. All the stitching is strong, the interior leather cover is good, all closing tabs and brass closure fittings are complete and in good condition. To the interior there are excellent regimental markings of '120.R.' with a good clear rectangular date of '1888' with a faint further re-issue date to the exterior of '1912', when it was possibly used by Landwehr forces.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW98 POUCHES. A very good close matching pair of GEW98 ammunition pouches, constructed identically with two horizontal rows of cream stitching to the front and to the corners of each lid. Identical pebbled leather, colour virtually identical. One of the leather lid securing tabs has slightly distorted from heat. On the reverse side both are maker marked, one is completely indistinct but is clearly dated ‘1914’, the other dated ‘1915’ both have D shaped attachment rings, one in steel, one in brass. All of the rivet construction on the reverse side being vertically identical to each other. To the interior of the right hand lid of one set of pouches clearly stamped ‘J.R.139’ and to another lid in the opposite set of pouches vertical identical ‘J.R.138’ and to a third pouch marked ‘RJR70’, we feel sure that they have been worn as a pair. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN GRENADE BAGS. A very rare piece of first war trench kit being a mismatched pair of grenade bags, one being constructed from paper cloth, the other being from standard sandbag material. One is 55cms in length the other 70cms in length. The canvas bag still has its drawstring, these grenade bags were commonly worn by stormtroopers towards the end of the war.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD INFANTRY PICKELHAUBE. A magnificent condition souvenir helmet for a Prussian Guard infantryman, the skull is enormous, although the skull is stamped size ‘57’ we estimate it to be at least a size 60, which is highly unusual for any leather pickelhaube, the skull itself is in magnificent condition with both the front and the back peaks securely stitched to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, large Guard front plate and front peak trim also strap fittings all in matching chemically patinated field grey finish. Some congealing to the leather on the back peak and minor age creases to the front peak, complete with both its national and state cockades. The helmet retains a beautiful colour to the interior skull, which is Berlin maker marked, size stamped, hand applied in pencil to the interior ‘Won by Francis Adolf in Liberty Loan Contest May 21st 1919’. To the interior back peak it is clearly Guard stamped ‘K.B.A.G.1916’ within a rectangle. The liner is still with a good colour, some wear use obvious to the forehead area, still with its original drawstring, the tip one tongue has broken away two other tongues are split between the drawstring hole and the edge of the tongue. A superb helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD REGIMENT OFFICERS SWORD. A standard model 1889 Prussian officers sword measuring 105cms in length, the twin fullered straight blade is mint bright, non maker marked, fitted with its standard 1889 hilt, which has subdued gilt. The celluloid grip is completely undamaged, complete with its officers portapee knot and with its Guard Regiment large star insignia fitted to the hilt. Some minor chipping to the white enamel surrounding the central black eagle order of the badge.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HESSE ALL STEEL BUCKLE. One of the most difficult buckles to obtain being the ersatz all steel buckle for the small state of Hesse. The buckle still has half of its leather tab fitted. All the finish to the buckle is present.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HESSE ENLISTED RANKS COMBAT BELT AND BUCKLE. A superb quality combat leather belt, which was originally fitted with this all steel field grey painted Hessian enlisted mans buckle. The buckle still has its leather tab, it is maker marked and dated ‘1917’. The belt is size 100cm. The identically painted field grey clip is still with its original belt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HESSIAN REGIMENT NO.117 SHOULDER BOARDS. A matched pair of shoulder boards for a Leutnant in Hessian Infantry Regiment 117. Both have been removed from a tunic, one has had its regimental motif and crown removed, standard subdued wartime lace with red fleck indicating Hesse, worn overall.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HUSSAR OFFICERS BUSBY COVER. An extremely rare cover and a huge size for the officers pelmutze, the exterior side in field grey, the interior having the addition of a red manoeuvre band, complete with aperture for the field cockade to fit through.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IDENTITY DISC, MAX SALCHER. A complete identity disc, zinc, belonging to Max Salcher, born 31.1.1879 and was a member of Reserve Battalion 1 of Bavarian Foot Artillery Regiment. The soldiers number 1780.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IDENTITY DISC, MULLER. A one piece zinc split-able identity disc previously worn by Friedric Muller, who was from Bremerhaven and was soldier number 141 in Reserve Field Artillery Regiment 16.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IDENTITY DISC, PIKO. A one piece split-able zinc identity disc belonging to Otto Piko, born 14th July 1893. He was a member of Infantry Regiment 76, soldier number 603.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IMPERIAL HANOVER LANGENSALZA MEDAL. A very good example of the Hanoverian battle of Langensalza medal. Beautiful deep strike with all its original gilt. On the reverse side ‘Langensalza 27th June 1866’. The medal for the 1866 battle between Hanover and Prussia. Complete with its original yellow, red and white ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN INFANTRY REGIMENT 74 ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE. A beautiful condition and extremely hard to obtain model 1887 enlisted ranks pickelhaube for the 1st Hannovarian Infantry Regiment No.74, formed in 1813 with a garrison from Hannover, part of the 10th Army Corps. Although non sized the helmet is possibly size 56, the skull is absolutely beautiful, slight crazing congealing to both front and back peaks, which are firmly joined by stitching to the skull. It can be clearly seen that the 1887 model is slightly taller than the last model pickelhaube. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable brass spike and circular spike base, front plate with Waterloo scroll, front peak trim, strap posts and buckles all matching in colour, complete with their rather crazed paint national and state cockades. The interior leather liner, which comprises eight leather tongues in excellent condition with the remains of its original leather drawstring. Good colour to the interior. To the inner rear peak beautiful clear markings ‘J.R.74 1B (1st Battalion) 4.C (4th Company)’ To the opposite side of the rear peak two separate dates of ‘1888’ and ‘1890’ with repeated ‘4.C’ within a rectangle. To the interior of the helmet is a paper label with the original owner’s name with accompanying ‘4.Komp’. The front plate is attached to the helmet in the early manner instead of having wire loops with leather prongs, these are threads studs with attached metal loops. There were only three Prussian Regiments that were entitled to wear the Waterloo scroll alone, they were Regiment 74, 77 and 78.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS 1914 A convex shaped beautifully constructed Iron Cross 1st Class 1914, excellent bright detail to the frame, some slight loss of paint to the centre.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1st CLASS CASED. A nice condition Iron Cross 1st class in its original case. The case having its velvet blue/purlpe based, silk lined inerior lid and gilt embossed maltese cross to exterior lid. The box catch in working order, non maker marked example.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS, DISC BACK. A good Iron Cross 1st Class, complete with its original disc back fitting and nut. Non maker marked. Good finish remaining to the frame. Slight rubbing of black finish to the high points of the crown, the ‘W’ and the ‘1914’. BC195
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1st CLASS. An extremely good condition convex constructed 1914 dated Iron Cross 1st Class. Very fine detail to the ribbed frame of the black centre. Good definition to the crown and the letter 'W'. Most of the original finish remaining on the reverse side with its wide tapering pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A convex version, non maker marked Iron Cross 1st Class. Some light toning to the central Iron core, complete with its original pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A superb example of a flat constructed Iron Cross 1st Class, screw back. Excellent detail to the face side. All finish to the central iron core good. To the rear of the award is fitted the threaded tube to which over fits a domed uniform fitting disc and then its thread studded serrated edged circular closure disc. B C 145
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A good disc back Iron Cross 1st Class, slightly convex construction, complete with its disc back. Slight wear to the frame with the brass base metal showing through to the high points of the cross.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. An excellent example of the WWI Iron Cross 1st class, flat version. All black finish remaining to the central iron core, good silvered finish to the frame and the reverse of the award.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A good condition Iron Cross 1st Class, all the original finish remaining to the central Iron centre. Tapering pin to reverse side.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS. Excellent condition, all black finish remaining to the central core, good silvered finish to the edge with a short section of original ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS An Imperial German Iron Cross second class with elaborate medal ribbon by the maker Alfred Rosner, Dresden. Good condition with some marks to the ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS. A fare condition Iron Cross second class with full ribbon by the maker HR WILM Berlin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS. A good condition iron cross second class with full ribbon by the maker Alfred Rosner, Dresden.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ISSUE GOOGLES POUCH. A scarce square box-like pouch which was for belt mounting and carried the issue goggles, these goggles were issued to flying troops and motorised troops during WWI. The box is a rarer variation than normally encountered and appears to be made from boiled leather. The item is multi riveted construction with a leather closure tab and belt mounting tab. The overall condition is stored and excellent. The leather remains good and supple.
IMPERIAL GERMAN JACK BOOTS. A very good pair of Imperial German soldiers fighting boots known as the Jack boot, WWI examples can be easily identified by the construction insomuch as there is a seam the full length of both sides of each boot. Complete with their canvas pulls. Both boots have their steel toe and heel cleats, hobnails never fitted.
IMPERIAL GERMAN JACK BOOTS. An excellent pair of Imperial German enlisted ranks jack boots. Good form to the boots, no repairs, one boot has leather pulls the other has canvas pulls, worn as a pair, slight mismatch in size of approximately 5cms. It is a well known fact that when issued with boots German soldiers in both wars had to approach piles of left and rights and tried boots until they fitted each individual soldier. The leather soles to both boots with rubber heels, which have been replaced.
IMPERIAL GERMAN JAGER BATTALION TUNIC. A scarce Prussian Jager Battalion M.1915 friedensrock. The friedensrock was designed in 1915 to be used as a post war parade tunic. Good large size, constructed in the classic Jager green with a darker green collar, cuff facings and shoulder board underlay. All domed gold buttons fitted. No moth damage or staining. Three loops for short medal ribbon bar to the upper left breast. Prussian shoulder boards fitted for a Leutnant. Lining all complete and totally undamaged. Classic Prussian rear skirt with six gold domed buttons.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LANDWEHR INFANTRY REGIMENT NO.25 WEHRPASS COVER. A beautifully gold and silver blocked leather pass cover, blocked to the exterior ‘4th Company Landwehr Infanterie Regiment No.25’ with a silver blocked outline of the Iron Cross with below ‘Weihanachten’ (Christmas) ‘1914 Vor Verdun’. To the interior is a very clean pencil with the tip of the pencil in the German colours of red, white and black, also a military pass, which is blank and has not been designated to any individual or unit.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LUGER HOLSTER. A very good condition brown leather holster for the Luger PO8 semi automatic pistol. The body of the holster has a good form, it is supple, it has not been crushed or damaged in any way, all of the white stitching is good clear to all of its elements. The closing leather strap, although cracked to the surface is dry and supple and is not in danger of breaking. The steel buckle has not caused any rusting to the leather holding it to the body of the holster. It is still with its pouch for the stripping tool, its strip of leather for ease of removing the pistol from the holster, beautifully maker marked to the interior and dated '1918'. The numbers '1938' have been hand inscribed to the exterior rear of the holster, we do not believe this to be a date and possibly is a gun number. The holster has both of its original belt loops fitted to the reverse side. An excellent condition WWI Luger holster.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.15 HERRINGBONE TWILL TROUSERS. An absolutely mint pair of the light tan herringbone twill work trousers. An excellent image of these herringbone twill trousers is shown on page 211 of The German Army in the First World War by Jurgen Kraus. They are known as the M.15 twill trousers for troops, they were worn in a light colour and many were dyed field grey. Two side pockets, one watch fob pocket to the front, large adjuster straps to the rear of the waist. Fully size stamped and marked ‘B.A.X.1916’ (Army Group 10).
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 1ST GUARD HELMET. An absolutely magnificent and very scarce camouflaged helmet as worn by a member of the 1st Guard Regiment. The Guard Regiment wore the black and white shield to the side of their helmet. This helmet has been camouflaged in a two colour configuration being of the buff ochre colour and forest green sections divided by fine black lines. The shield is hand painted upon the camouflage. The overall condition is excellent with areas of chipping and slight rust bleed. The liner is the very thick early type with multiple layers to the leather band. The leather lining pads are good and complete, however the front pad has broken away from the band. A very scarce item of Imperial headdress.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. An interesting M.16 helmet, stamped size ‘CRM 66’. The helmet has been camouflaged in an unusual pattern but using the standard colours of green, ochre and plum. A huge degree of the camouflage finish remaining with very faint black separation lines between the colours and camouflaged in an unusual swirl pattern. This helmet is featured on page 271 of Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army authored by Baldwin & Fisher,The interior shell retains at least 80% of its original apple green finish. The M.16 leather liner is complete, all the tongues are good and strong and all of the pads retains their inner horsehair pads.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 HELMET IN APPLE GREEN. A very good example of a large sized M.16 trench helmet. Maker marked E.T.66 to the inner side shell. The exterior retaining much of its original apple green finish with abrasions and losses as can be seen on our web images. Untouched liner retaining rivets. The helmet is complete with an original chin strap which is of a slightly better condition than the helmet itself and we would suggest that it has been collector added, The inner liner band is the standard M.16 leather, with only two of its twin tongued support pads fitted but both have their original inner horsehair pads. It is now difficult to find M.16 helmets in this early apple green colour.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.18 HELMET. Out of the three major models the M.16, 17 and 18, the 18 is the most difficult to obtain, this very good example is stamped ‘BF64’ retaining virtually all of its original finish to the exterior skull. The inner M.18 style liner band is untouched, complete with its three inner leather pads, the inner horsehair pads missing. To the three leather pads two have their tongues intact with one tongue split at the drawstring hole, the last pad has the complete tip of one tongue missing another very frail and lightly attached. Size stamped ‘64’ in rubber ink stamp to the inner rear skirt, as well as a manufacturer’s stamping plus other indecipherable rubber ink stampings, also to the inner skirt area and traces of the owners names. Only a very short section of the original chinstrap remaining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.18 TRENCH HELMET. A very good AL64 produced M.18 trench helmet, the exterior retaining at least 80% of all its apple green finish. The helmet is complete with its three pad liner, the liner is very frail and has been stitched back to the metal band by a collector, two repaired splits, one to each of two pads. All of the tongues are present to each pad but with the tips broken, each pad has its own inner horsehair padding complete. The helmet is with its rare original 1918 maker marked chinstrap.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.18 TRENCH HELMET. A good ST62 stamped M.18 shell retaining all of its original subdued finish with small evidence of a dusting of rust coming through in the area of the front brim. Minor abrasions. Complete with its three light cream leather internal pads, two of the pads are complete with all their tongues with the original drawstring running through the eyelets, the third pad is slightly torn away from the M.18 liner band with the tips of both its tongues missing. Original owner’s name of ‘Stadelmann’ hand applied into the rear skirt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MAXIM AMMUNITION CAN. The all metal ammunition can for two Maxim 08 250 round ammunition belts. Complete with its three carrying handles and sprung loaded closing clip. To the interior there is a central metal division to separate the belt and ammunition. Slight rusting from the steel shell. A small degree of field grey paint remaining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MEDAL BOOK. Die Ehrenzeichen Des Deutschen Reiches by Dr. Von Hessenthal/Schreiber. An excellent work which would appear to be a reprint of a 1940 work of 560 pages of medals and awards of all of the individual German States up until 1940, the early years of the NSDAP. The book is in alphabetic order and starts with the State of Anhalt and finish with Wurrtemberg. There is a short section on four pages only of the NSDAP. At the end of the book are 32 plates in black and white illustrating a large majority of the medals and awards described within the work.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MEDAL GROUP PAIR. Comprising the Iron Cross 2nd class, the Third Reich awarded 1914-18 War Honour Cross with swords, both court mounted with their pin back suspension.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHS. A group of six postcard size images all relating to the German medical services and hospitals. One posted Stuttgart with 1915 franking.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MERCATOR TRENCH UTILITY KNIFE. The scarce knife known as the Mercator, marked on its back edge ‘Mercator DRGM’, complete with its lanyard ring. The main blade is marked ‘Solingen’ at its base, the blade itself with its original profile, slight sharpening marks but generally very good. Complete with its can opener and its spike. These were a much loved utility knife by the German forces in the trenches.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MG08 15 DRUM MAGAZINE CARRIER. The wooden box designed for carrying two full drum magazines for the MG08 15. Good field grey green paint finish remaining, slight damage to the edge of the lid with its metallic strengthened corners. Some evidence of old woodworm, complete with its swivel closing catch.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MG08/15 AND TANK GUN BIPOD. The two-legged bipod that was primarily used on the MG08/15 machine gun but was also used with the very large T-Gewher. This is a dug item that has been restored, it is still fully useable on either of the weapons mentioned, although it has had painted corrosion. The sprung loaded attachment clip is in place and fully functional.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MODEL 1898 BAYONET WITH STEEL SCABBARD. Excellent condition blade, maker marked, wood grips excellent, regimentally marked, the scabbard being of the steel variety with 40% of its original black paint finish, undented, complete with original frog, which is dated ‘1916’ maker marked and Army Corps marked ‘B.A.XII 16’. Complete with company knot.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MODEL 1916 INERT STICK GRENADE. A good clean example of the Model 16 stick grenade with good clear stencilling to the field grey green painted head. The actual top of the canister is loose from the grenade and is secured to the main body at the moment but this is only a temporary measure. The wood haft is good but stained, clearly marked ‘5½ SEK.’ (seconds) followed by ‘AEG’. The end cap, cord puller and porcelain ball is missing. Unfortunately due to postal difficulties we are unable to post this stick grenade outside of the United Kingdom. Ex Michael Baldwin collection. Shown on pages 118, 119 of Feldzug 1916.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MOUNTAIN TROOPERS GAITERS. A very rare pair of field grey long gaiters measuring 46cms in length for use by the mountain troopers of the Imperial German Army. Lined in black wool. All of the leather strapping is complete but has been affected by the phrase known as American red rot but can be stabilised with leather food. All metalwork complete. One leather strap that runs around the boot of the mountain trooper has broken away. One tear to the canvas.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL AIR SERVICE CAP TALLY. A rare cap tally for the Imperial German Naval Air Service of See Flieger Abteilung II. Mint unissued condition, full length.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL AVIATION CAP TALLY. A rare Imperial German Naval cap tally for the naval air service of Seeflieger Abteilung I. Very fine Silver weave to the lettering. The tally is absolutely complete in length. One slight tear to the silk woven tally just to the right of the numeral I. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL BREAD BAG STRAP. A very rare piece of strap equipment being the slightly wider than the standard army bread bag strap having one sprung loaded hook, its adjuster buckle and clearly dated ‘1915’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL FLYERS CAP TALLY. The scarce gold woven cap tally, slightly shortened for ‘1.See Flieger. Abteilung.1.’ Naval Aviation Units who mainly served off the Belgium coast in WWI.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL HAVERSACK. An extremely rare element of imperial equipment being the standard issue haversack for marine troops. Marine troops fought in various areas and even formed divisions. This particular haversack is of the early brown coloured canvas with brass fittings. The item has an integral very thick shoulder strap as is characteristic of navy equipment. This has been sewn to one end permanently in place. The belt hook has the central d ring mounted upon it. There is a name tape to the interior. The item remains good and used with some fading and surface staining, however, remains perfectly stable and useable for display and mannequin mounting. Marine field equipment is seldom ever found these days due to the small elements of troops that would have been issued the items at the time.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL OFFICERS CAP COCKADE. A beautifully hand embroidered gold bullion cockade for the Imperial German Naval officers visor cap, the upper edges of the crown picked out with gilded discs, all laid on its dark navy blue backing cloth with its black buckram backing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL RESERVE OFFICERS COCKADE. A beautifully embroidered gold wire bullion cap cockade with reserve officers cross laid on red to the centre of the cockade for a reserve officer in the Imperial German Navy. A rare piece of naval insignia.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE COVER. A good condition pickelhaube cover, two light stains to the right hand side as the helmet cover is viewed and one slight nick to the cloth on the left hand side, complete with its spike ‘D.R.P.’ ink marked underneath the front securing brim. We have tested against pickelhaubes in our stock and found that it will fit comfortably on a size 57, slightly tighter on a size 58 and slightly looser on a size 56 helmet, anything smaller or larger would be suffice. One of the lightweight webbing connecting tabs between the spike cover and the base is present but has come away from the main body of the cover.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS STOCK. A small item of black light form canvas lined for the lining of the high Imperial German officers collar to protect from wearing against the neck.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS STOCK. A small item of black and grey lightweight cotton with tapes for the wearing inside the high collar of the Imperial German officers tunic. Grey lined with remains of a theatrical costumier company.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAPER CLOTH ARTILLERY MANS VISOR CAP. Any item of Imperial German militaria constructed in paper cloth is considered extremely rare, the paper cloth was introduced to substitute the lack of wool during the blockade of Germany in WWI. This example has seen much service and is in a delicate condition. The whole body of the cap is constructed in the paper cloth with the exception of the black (artillery/transport/engineer troops) centre band. Red waffenfarbe to the crown and to the upper and lower sections of the black centre band. Complete with its original enlisted mans Prussian and state cockades, which have lost the majority of their paint. The main body of the cap is in excellent condition without any damage. The centre band has been covered with a camouflaged band made from the identical material as helmet covers. The black fibre peak is loosely attached to the cap. The ersatz sweatband is all complete but has lost some of the stitching securing it to the main body of the cap. As the cap is viewed at least a 7cm section of the stitching securing the visor to the main body is damaged, however the cap has good shape and is an extremely good example of ersatz production.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAPER CLOTH COLONIAL OR TROPICAL OFFICERS VISOR CAP. Possibly the rarest piece of German Colonial or tropical headdress we have ever had in stock is an ersatz produced paper cloth officers visor cap, as the war progressed and materials became scarce many items of the Imperial German equipment and clothing began to be made in substitute materials and many in reconstituted paper. This fabulous example is maker stamped and clearly dated ‘1916’ to the inner crown is in the most magnificent condition, the whole cap with the exception of the ersatz sweatband is constructed in paper cloth including the chinstrap. Two side buttons of standard form constructed in bone with its single cockade fitted to the centre band. The size is possibly a 56 or 57 and there is no damage to the headdress in any form. Its rarity is extenuated by fact that there is not even an example in the excellent work German Colonial Troops from 1889 to 1918 by Jurgen Kraus and Thomas Muller.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAPER CLOTH HAVERSACK. A super rare item being a simple haversack constructed out of paper cloth, possibly private purchased by an officer, measuring 42 x 42cm, a pouch to the front closed with a leather football button, closing flap also closed with the same style of button, drawstring top, paper cloth shoulder straps. Unissued condition. A super item to have on a field prepared Imperial German officer mannequin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAPER CLOTH OFFICERS PICKLEHAUBE COVER. The officers pickelhaube covers are generally available but not in this construction, anything produced in paper cloth should be considered rare. This method of construction was introduced when other forms of materials were getting very difficult to obtain due to the allied blockades of Germany. Perfect condition, maker marked Vorn to the interior of the front peak, some traces of Shellac on both front and back peaks of the cover where it has been resting against a black leather Shellac helmet, the cover otherwise excellent condition. The cover is of large proportions and would fit any helmet from 57 through to 59 or even 60. ). Ex Michael Baldwin collection. Shown on page 15 of Feldzug 1917.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAPER CLOTH WATER CARRIER. A highly unusual item being a small capacity water carrier with its four piece carrying cradle, constructed in the rare paper cloth material.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM AND PAPERWORK. A small album of a German driver both on the Western and Eastern Fronts of WWI. The album contains 47 images, French scenes around Verdun with German soldiers, observation balloons being used over the battlefield. An Interesting shot of Jager Zu Pferde soldiers wearing gas masks. Trench scenes. Officers identified. A large format picture of what appears to be an Austrian soldier lying dead. A destroyed airship. Burning railways station in Warsaw. At the rear of the album is a mounted Cossack officer dated 1916 plus captured Bulgarian officers with an Austrian officer. Accompanying the album are both the wehrpass and the soldier of Feldwebel Richard Hubner. It is very difficult to obtain both the wehrpass and the soldier of the same soldier, both books are profusely filled out with many inlaid documents. He is also attached at one stage to the Prussian flying station at Cologne. Accompanying the two soldbuch are a huge amount of other documents including citations to the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Bulgarian WWI award, which was awarded in 1939, a Third Reich awarded 1914 War Honour Cross, a certificate for an award from the City of Bremen, plus other related military documents from the period. Also wedding photographs of Hubner dated '30th March 1918' in full military uniform with his wife. An interesting identified documentation and album group.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PICKELHAUBE BOX. A very good condition hard card box, conical shaped for the transportation of the officers pickelhaube, this example in excellent condition, complete with all of its straps and buckles. The tip of the main closing strap has broken away.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PICKELHAUBE CARRYING CASE. A standard cardboard conical shaped carrying box, which was supplied with every pickelhaube that was purchased, this example still having its carrying strap. The closing strap for the lid is too short to reach the buckle also is very frail, the buckle is still present. A 14cm section of the rim of the box is missing. Complete with its padded brushed cotton interior lining. A nice old ‘From Frankfurt to Bicsbaden’ forwarding label attached to the conical top of the case.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PIONEER BATTALION 24 PICKELHAUBE. A good medium sized all leather bodied pickelhaube for a member of Pioneer Battalion 24. The skull is in excellent shape, light crazing overall, some misshaping to one side of the leather rear peak, front peak good. The back strap, Prussian front plate, front peak trim and strap bosses are all in white metal for Pioneer troops. Interestingly the spike and circular spike base had been depot replaced during WWI and are in the chemically finished field grey. The front peak trim has the crimping on the inside of the trim and one split to the middle, this is normally caused by slight compression of the peak from either side. to the interior the colour of the helmet is superb, retaining all of its original mid tan colour, the liner is absolutely complete with some age foxing to the leather and fitted with its original leather drawstring. Beautifully stamped to the interior of the rear peak ‘B.A.VII’ (Army Group 7), clearly dated ‘1908’ and a very deeply ink stamp of ‘P.B.24’. There is a manufacturers stamp to the inner upper crown but this has been obscured by further unit marking of ‘PB24’. The helmet is complete with both its natioanl and Prussian cockades, the Prussian State cockade is missing. The chinstrap is present but the leather is frail. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN PIONEER REGT 283 OFFICERS SHOULDER STRAPS. A matching pair of stitch on Regiment 283 shoulder boards for an officer in the Pioneer or Engineer unit. Some service wear overall.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PIONEER WIRE CUTTER CARRIER. A rare accessory from the Michael Baldwin collection being the belt loop wire cutter carrier for holding the model 1911 pioneer wire cutters. Constructed in steel, painted in field grey green, the clip loops over the waist belt, the wire cutters are inserted into the open frame and allowed to open, thus holding themselves by tension with the carrier. Fully photographed in Feldzug 17 page 204.
IMPERIAL GERMAN POCKET WATCH CASED. A highly interesting item being a non maker marked but nice quality pocket watch, which appears to be in full working order, nickel plated case, which opens at the back engraved to the inside in German, the movement has 15 jewels, various other makers stamps including the maker stamp of ‘Junghans’ with the silver mark of ‘800’ plus crescent and crown. No damage to the enamel face. All situated in a very interesting 7cm in length hinge nickel case, which has an open face to the front, a pocket suspension chain stamped ‘BRAVO’ to the front of the case and on the reverse side the Iron Cross with ‘1914’ above. On opening the hinge the pocket watch can be removed.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN 1847 ENLISTED MANS BUCKLE. The large 1847 Prussian enlisted mans buckle in heavy brass with nickel overlay plate, with its belt securing prongs missing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN BATTLE DAMAGED BELT BUCKLE. A two-piece brass and nickel Prussian enlisted mans belt buckle from the Michael Baldwin collection, which has been distorted after being hit by a shell fragment, with its original leather tab, which unusually has three riveted holes to the leather tab, which is marked ‘A.Wunderluch, Berlin S.W.’
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN BELT BUCKLE WITH LEATHER TAB. ARMY GROUP MARKED. An excellent field used all steel Prussian belt buckle with a good amount of field grey paint remaining with its original leather tab, which is profusely marked ‘Eugen Heinrich Koln’ with on the reverse side Guard Regiment marked ‘BAG’ with another maker’s mark on the reverse side. Any equipment marked to a Guard unit is rare.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN BELT BUCKLE, TROPICAL PAINTED. A highly unusually painted all one-piece stamped steel Prussian belt buckle in a light sand, as if this was designed similar to the second war troops for the Middle East or the Southern Balkans.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. A slightly corroded Prussian belt buckle, one-piece stamped steel.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN FELT ERSATZ PICKELHAUBE. A most excellent condition all felt ersatz pickelhaube, these helmets are prone to damage, this example is absolutely superb with good strong felt skull. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike and circular spike base, Prussian front plate, leather chinstrap with all strap posts plus front trim all matching in colour. Complete with both its national and state cockades. To the interior its ten tongued leather liner all complete and supple with its original leather drawstring. The split pins of one of the domed rivets holding the circular spike base to the skull has lost one of its prongs. A very fine condition ersatz helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN GUARD PIONEER OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A good condition very large size officers fibre skull pickelhaube for a Guard Pioneer Regiment officer. The skull is generally excellent with some minor congealing and crazing. The rear peak is affixed strongly to the body, it has two 1cm areas where the stitching is adrift of the main body. The front peak is firm and strong. All the fittings, which include the back strap, un-screwable spike, circular spike base, large Guard front plate and front peak trim all in the correct silver finish for a Pioneer unit with its flat chin scales being in good quality gilt. The white, black and green enamel to the central Guard Star is excellent and undamaged with good colour. The interior leather liner is complete with the upper inner silk lining fitted to the helmet but shredded badly to one side. The helmet is complete with its officers state and national cockades.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN HUSSAR REGIMENT NO.11 ATTILA TUNIC. A beautiful condition enlisted ranks high quality Attila tunic, all green body for the 11th Hussars, white frogging, all metallic roses at the end of each length of frogging complete. The metallic twisted toggle buttons are all complete. There is one large proficiency award in a frogging form to the left hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed. Prussian eagle buttons to each collar denoting the rank of Gefreiter, Company No.4 buttons at the end of each shoulder board, completely lined in black silk. No moth damage or staining on any part of the tunic.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN NCO’S PICKELHAUBE. An excellent condition large size possibly 58 all leather skulled pickelhaube, the main body totally undamaged, standard congealing to the front and back peaks, both of which are securely stitched to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, NCO’s/officers type chin scales and front peak trim all match in colour. The crown to the front plate is cut out as for an officer. The helmet is fitted with officers national and state cockades, infantry flat chin scales of officer quality, the only thing that differentiates this helmet from a full officers is the pearl ring around the base of the spike, the domed circular spike base attachment and the NCO’s liner, which is all complete in superb condition containing 14 tongues of leather, all undamaged. The interior of the helmet retains virtually all its original mid tan colour. To the interior of the skull between the two plate fixing points there is an original paper label, which reads ‘Unteroffizier Franz Ronn 11th Company Regiment 114’ the label is slightly damaged but all the letters are still readable.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PARADE BELT AND BUCKLE. A black leather thick quality belt lined with blue cloth to the interior, which has suffered some moth damage having an all brass Prussian buckle, which has deeply toned, also a minor indentation to the crown of the buckle. The belt is complete with a matching sword sling.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PARADE BELT WITH STANDARD BUCKLE. An exceptionally good all brass two-piece constructed Prussian enlisted ranks rectangular buckle fitted to its patent leather covered large size waist belt. Some creasing to the patent finish of the belt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PARADE BELT. A early brass and nickel two piece construction buckle with its parade belt in used relic condition. No makers stamps to the buckle or the belt. The belt has lost it’s fixing hooks to one end.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE INFANTRY REGIMENT MARKED. A good all leather pickelhaube marked ‘Regiment 28’ dated ‘1910’. Some areas of the skin to the leather missing to the crown, however no distorting of the shape. Front and back peaks securely stitched to the main body. The brass spike, circular spike base, back strap and front trim all matching in colour and consistency. The Prussian plate is of the slightly different quality of plating, which is quite brighter than the remaining fittings. All fitted with its original leather strap and both national and state cockades. To the interior the leather liner is all complete and supple with faint traces of the original maker’s stamp and regimentally marked, as previously mentioned.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE. A good all leather bodied enlisted ranks Prussian pickelhaube, size stamping very faint, possibly 54. Main skull superb, both the front and back peaks having the standard congealing but firmly fixed to the body, the stitching has not rotted. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, brass front trim, strap fittings all matching in colour, complete with its Prussian eagle a with original leather strap. National and state cockades complete with faded paint. To the interior the full 11 tongued leather liner all intact with its leather drawstring, the interior colour of the skull is unchanged, faint traces of what maybe rubber ink stampings to the inner rear peak, which could be interpreted as Regiment No.137. One pinhole in the rear peak where the helmet was once affixed to a mounting bracket for wall display.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN RESERVE TECHNICAL OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A field grey visor cap worn by an Engineer or Technical Officer in the Reserve. Some slight moth damage to the crown but otherwise the nap is good. Faded red piping to the upper and lower level of the velvet centre band. Officers cockades including the lower cockade having the Reserve Officer’s cross to the centre, standard visor peak which has had some crazing, the interior silk lining all complete with a Berlin retailer, the ersatz style sweatband virtually missing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN SCHLOSSGARDE COMPANY TUNIC. This exceptionally rare double breasted tunic worn by the Prussian Schlossgarde, the bodyguard of the Kaiser, Schlossgarde Company from 1861, the Schlossgarde Company of the Palaces of Prussian Kings was composed of 70 non commissioned officers all veterans having the rank of Vice Feldwebel. The Company was commanded by Flugel Adjutant of the King and served as guard within the Royal Palaces along with the Lieb Gendarmerie. The tunic all in blue trimmed in silver lace with white canvas-like strips to the red cuffs and the long canvas stripes across the front of the tunic. Totally free of moth, this ¾ length jacket has all of its original silver domed buttons, white shoulder boards, both shoulder boards have the gilded Kaiser’s crown but one shoulder board only has the large ‘FR’ scroll, the opposite side is missing. At one period in its life this tunic has been in the famous Brauer Theatrical Costume Company from Munich, the Brauer logo is stamped into the inner lining. What appears to be a large issue number ‘106’ is ink stamped to the inner lining. It is incredible that this tunic has survived all of these years totally free of moth and totally free of any abuse by film costume companies. The helmet to this tunic is listed separately on this web site. A full set of the white full front breeches are with this tunic, the lower part of the leg have integral pre fitted gaiters. Slight age foxing otherwise superb.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD. An officers full dress single shoulder board being a oberleutnant with the 24th Regiment. Red underlay, good gilded letters, black and silver Prussian lace.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN UHLAN OFFICERS HELMET. An extremely good condition and very large size Prussian Uhlan officers helmet. Excellent leather body with just slight crazing age lines below the mortarboard top and some minor congealing, the mortarboard top is totally undamaged also in leather with minor congealing to the top, complete with its officers quality beautifully gilded Prussian front plate, correct domed chin scales, one officers national cockade and the state cockade being the officers field cockade situated at the top of the mortarboard. To the interior the helmet has its complete mid tan leather sweatband fitted, which is supple with age usage showing, it is also complete with its inner silk, which again has age use and slight shredding to the silk. A beautiful helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN/LUBECK INFANTRY OFFICERS HELMET. A good size, possibly 57 all leather pickelhaube to a Prussian Reserve Officers helmet to the 162nd Regiment. Size 56. Good skull with light crazing, standard congealing to both front and back peaks which are both attached firmly to the main body. Slight distortion in shape to the rear peak. Good gilt to the officers back strap, very tall removable spike, spike base, Prussian front plate with its nickel Reserve Officers cross overlaid, flat chin scales, one multi constructed national cockade with a single officer cockade for the Hanseatic State of Lubeck. The front peak trim is good with three minor kinks, complete with its cream leather interior sweatband, which has evidence of wear use and is also complete with its inner silk. Marked in pencil to the interior crown ‘56’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT 21 STITCH ON SHOULDER STRAPS. A matching pair of stitch on Regiment 21 shoulder boards for the 07/14 uniform with white piping to edge and red numbers 21 chain stitched to the firld grey underlay, some red dye bleed has run from the red numbers.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT 37 INFANTRY SHOULDER BOARDS. A matching pair of Regiment 37 stitch on shoulder straps. White piping to the edge denoting pre 1915 issue. Fine chain stitched ’37’ in red to the centre. A collectors label to the reverse stating ‘Fusilier-Regiment no.37 for the feld uniform 1915.’
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT 46 STITCH ON SHOULDER STRAPS. A matching pair of stitch on Regiment 46 shoulder boards for the 07/14 uniform with white piping to edge and red numbers 46 chain stitched to the firld grey fabric. Moth damage to the edge of one of the straps and some light rust bleed to another.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT 76 07/14 SHOULDER STRAPS. A matching pair of stitch on Regiment 76 shoulder boards for the 07/14 uniform with white piping to edge and red numbers 76 chain stitched to the firld grey underlay.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT NO.79 GROUP PHOTOGRAPH. An impressive oak framed photograph, the photograph itself measures 9 inches x 11 inches, the overall frame measures 18 inches x 18 inches, an individually named group of Gefreiters from the 7th Company Infantry Regiment No.79. The image is taken between 1911 and 1913. All of the enlisted ranks are wearing the Gibraltar cuff title on their right sleeve. A cuff title was awarded for regiments that participated with Great Britain through their Hanoverian connection in the siege of Gibraltar in 1784.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGT 4 PIONNER/ENGINEER SHOULDER STRAPS. A close miss-match pair of stitch on Pioneer or Engineer enlisted mans shoulder straps. Regimentals number 4 chain stitched in red to the black base, the black base being cotton on one board and wool on the other. Red piping to edge.
IMPERIAL GERMAN RELIC BROW PLATE. An absolutely fascinating relic that would be a marvellous talking point from any collection. This brow plate was found many years ago in France and has clearly lain at the bottom of a trench for many years, most of these helmet plates in fact proved next to useless as their design was hugely uncomfortable and did find themselves being thrown away. There are many elements of original sandbag that have through time encrusted themselves to the helmet plate, interestingly this appears to have been very neatly folded over the brow plate at the time and held in place with wire and although we cannot be certain we believe that this in fact was carried out to camouflage or to subdue the noise of the heavy plate upon the helmet. This particular item featured in the superb book Helmets of the First World War by Branaslav Radovic and Michael Haselgrove. The condition of the helmet plate at present is stable, however the item requires very gentle handling simply because of the delicate nature of the sandbag covering. A fascinating centrepiece for the Imperial German collector.
IMPERIAL GERMAN RESERVE MEDICAL OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A beautiful cap in deep blue complete with the officers quality national and Prussian State cockades with Reserve Cross to the State cockade. Red waffenfarbe. Good large size. Ersatz lining all complete with its complete inner russet brown heavy cotton twill lining material.
IMPERIAL GERMAN RGT 6 PIONEER/ENGINEER ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER STRAPS. A matching pair of stitch on Pioneer or Engineer enlisted mans shoulder straps. Regimentals number 6 chain stitched in red to the black cotton base with red piping to edge.
IMPERIAL GERMAN S 98/ 05 BAYONET. A good clean example of the standard Mauser bayonet of WWI. The blade is generally good, some black spotting, which has been cleaned, maker marked ‘Fichtel & Sachs of Schweinfurt’. Bavarian Army acceptance stamped over the date ‘18’ to the flat reverse of the blade. Wood grips undamaged. Some cleaned corrosion to the upper pommel, rifle retaining buttoned system in place and working correctly. The scabbard is painted in field grey green, it has one slight crease towards the base but is rare instead of being found in the normal blued finish. Fitted to the scabbard is a correct leather frog, beautifully stamped for Army Group 14. Stitching generally good but slightly open on both sides of the lower section of the frog. It is incredibly difficult to find any scabbards that are field grey painted.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON BELT BUCKLE AND POUCH SET. An extremely nice set, which comprises of a non blackened large size 100cm long combat waist belt with its original Saxon brass and nickel buckle fitted with a very close matching set of GEW98 pouches. The pouches all constructed in the brown pebbled leather, one section of one set of pouches is marked ‘J.N.G.’ we are not sure whether this is a unit marking or a personal initials marking. A beautiful set for display.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. An enlisted mans brass and nickel two piece construction saxon buckle, maker marked G.H.OSANG DRESDEN 1914. The buckle is in near mint condition. The belt leather is maker marked J.G.LIEB OF BIBERACH, and dated 191? (the year digit is unidentifiable.) The belt leather is also size marked 96. Upon the tongue of the belt fixing end appears to be a faint regimental stamping of J.R.170.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. An all steel one piece construction Saxon enlisted mans belt buckle. A good amount of field grey paint remaining. Non maker marked, however collector tag identified as G.H.OSANG Of Dresden 1918.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON INFANTRY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A good all gilded Saxon Reserve infantry officers pickelhaube, the skull with some light cleaning and restoration, front and back peaks securely attached to the main body with the correct stitching, all of the officers fittings, which include the back strap, unscrewable spike, circular spike base, large front Saxon Star with its nickel overlaid reserve officers cross and Saxon coat of arms, flat gilded chin scales and officers peak trim all match, complete with two large size officers Saxon style non serrated cockades. To the interior the front and back peaks are both in red and green, the leather liner in mid tan colour in good condition with its light green silk inner liner, which has two small areas of shredding. The interior body has good original light tan colour with all original split pins and washers in place.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON PICKELHAUBE PLATE. Double constructed, gilded 8 point star, slight flattening to some of the tips with aged nickel Saxon crown central coat of arms.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON RESERVE CAVALRY ENLISTED MANS TSCHAPKA. An extremely nice all leather bodied with tin mortarboard top tschapka for an enlisted man in a Saxon Uhlan Regiment. Leather body good, complete with its Saxon Reserve enlisted ranks plate, basic gilt brass with nickel coat of arms of Saxony over a Reserve Cross, its correct white and green Saxon field cockade fitted to the mortarboard top, to the right hand side of the helmet as the helmet is worn the national black, white and red enlisted ranks cockade, brass front trim. To the interior the ten tongue liner is in place, the tip of one tongue has broken away, the lower edges of the liner have suffered slightly from leather red rot but this is stable and will not deteriorate further. The liner is all in place correctly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SEA BATTALION OFFICERS SWORD. One of the rarest variations of the Imperial German Naval pattern of swords being the sword designated for the Sea Battalions. The blade is absolutely superb, one central fuller blade measuring 85cms in excellent condition, good bright finish remaining the full length of the blade the upper half having to both sides etched panels, one side having floriated patterns, central fouled anchor with naval ships in full sail at the base. To the opposite side the identical pattern, also etched the matching full length on the half round back strap of the blade. The hilt has the two folding shell guards as per the sea based officers however the front large folding shell guard having the Imperial German square edged crown above an anchor within an oval, which is then surrounded by a full circlet of laurel leaves. Although various patterns of the Imperial Naval shell guards do exist they all do follow a similar pattern, this is totally different. Standard lion’s head without glass eyes, the grip being of army style ray skin with gilt grip wire, the smaller shell guard on the reverse side always has a hole fitted to secure it to the securing pin on the upper scabbard chape is still functional but one of the hinges has broken. The three scabbard mounts are identical to the standard naval pattern however the scabbard itself instead of the normal leather is steel with traces of its original black paint remaining. This pattern of sword is designated as the Sea Battalion sword in manufacturers catalogues.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SEE BATTALION SHAKO. An extremely rare shako of the late 19th century style, which is slightly higher than the very last model shako. Issued and worn by See Soldat Leopold of the 2nd Company 3rd See Battalion. The leather to the body is crazed overall but is not distorted. There is one tiny pin hole to the crown just behind the officers State cockade, two side vents, which are tied but can be open and closed, fitted with its original See Battalion brass enlisted ranks front plate, its correct brass mounted leather chin strap, the one national cockade is missing. To the interior the leather liner is all complete, even with the tips of the tongues intact. There are some minor holes, possibly from some form of rodent. One of the arched securing nuts for the back of the plate is missing. The helmet is profusely stamped to the upper inner crown with the date ‘1912’. The ink stamping of Roman numeral ‘III’ followed by ‘S.B’ within a circlular is visible but the three Roman numerals are partly obscured. There is also an unidentifiable circle makers mark and its original paper label to See Soldat Leopold. It is also stamped size ‘55½’ to the inner back peak. The helmet is fitted with an officers field cockade, which is incorrect, it should have a black, white and red enlisted rank style. This has sat in an American collection for many years in this form and we are offering it in that state. An interesting back story is that many of these helmets have originated from Japan, after the fall of Tsingtsao on the Chinese coast in 1914 all of the captured German marines were imprisoned in Japan and many of the helmets were left there after their repatriation at the end of WWI.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SIGNALLERS ARM PATCH. A very nice quality 9cm circumference section of field grey cloth with laid upon red and grey flags with yellow flagpoles. Beautiful quality stitching for fitting to the field grey uniform.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SILK OFFICERS VISOR CAP. Any part of the Imperial German uniform constructed in silk known as the racing silk is very scarce, tunics and caps were the only items produced, this example being a racing silk body, slightly shredded as our web images show, red piping to the crown, red centre band, field grey painted visor with field grey strap, Prussian officers state and national cockade, gold lining, unfortunately the sweatband is missing, nevertheless a rare cap.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SINGLE GEW98 POUCH. An interesting pouch, possibly cut from a set of three or possibly manufactured in this way. These single pouches were popular with naval troops etc., and are to be considered scarce. The item is in good used condition, a little dark from oiling, however the leather is excellent and supple throughout with contrasting off white stitching.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SNIPER SIGHT CASE. A rare all steel oval shaped case for the telescopic sight for the GEW98 rifle, marked to the lid ‘Emil Busch of Rothenow’ with accompanying weapon number ‘4797’, with its original leather belt loop.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER’S BREAD BAG. A good condition enlisted mans bread bag, overall some staining but all elements intact including all leather strapping. One steel zeltbahn style button missing from the exterior of the bag. Complete with the original owner’s initials embroidered in red to the interior of the bag.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER’S EATING UTENSILS. The standard steel pair of a fork and spoon that would be included in the German soldier’s pack for eating from the mess tin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER’S METAL POLISH. Five tins of universal metal polish issued to Imperial German soldiers for cleaning equipment. Full Berlin maker applied to the exterior of every tin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER’S TORNISTER. The back pack known as the tornister, worn by all German enlisted ranks, the rear of the tornister completely covered in rabbits fur, the outside in ersatz canvas . Interestingly both of the suspension straps are marked and dated, both of the same size ‘55cms’ but both of different makers, both dated ‘1916’ this is not unusual, these tornisters were obviously constructed from bundles of supplied components. The leather edging to the tornister on the lower part of the flap has come adrift from the main body through wear use. All other buckles and strapping complete, one closure strap for the tornister flap has lost a 6cm tip to the leather, all metal fittings retain their field grey finish.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOUVENIR BUCKLE. A highly unusual buckle, the base buckle being an all brass French enlisted mans belt plate from the Franco/Prussian war with an Imperial German Gott Mit Uns Prussian crowned centreplate affixed to the French buckle. This is more than likely a souvenir by a German soldier of the 1870 Franco/Prussian conflict.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOUVENIRED BELT. Prussian brown leather combat belt, complete with its all brass two-piece Prussian enlisted ranks buckle. The belt is complete with one Prussian Colonial, one rare Mecklenburg Schwerin tunic button, two Wurttemberg NCO’s collar discs, a Saxon tunic button, nine ciphers from Imperial German officers epaulettes and one naval crown, 15 pieces in total.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STAG HANDLED TRENCH FIGHTING KNIFE. A rare variation of the trench knife, standard clip back blade with no manufacturers markings, slightly sharpened but the profile is excellent. Complete with its original stag grips, in its one-piece scabbard with much original finish remaining. The leather belt loop and the hilt retaining strap still intact, good strong and firm with a fully operational male/female pop stud closing system. Ex Michael Baldwin collection.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STATE OF HESSE ALL STEEL ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. Of all the major States and Principalities and Duchies of the Imperial German Army the Hessian buckle is second only to the Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Strierlitz buckles in terms of rarity. This example all in stamped steel, field grey painted with a huge majority of its paint finish remaining, losses can be seen. Original leather tab, which is maker marked and clearly dated ‘1917’.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STICK GRENADE. A very good example of an inert model 1917 stick grenade. The head retains virtually all of its field grey green finish with some minor rusting to the very top, which has its belt hook present, good wood haft marked ‘5½ SEK’ (seconds), followed by ‘G.J.B.’ to the wood haft, complete with its screwable end cap, which to the interior holds its pull cord and porcelain puller ball. ). Unfortunately due to postal difficulties we are unable to post this stick grenade outside of the United Kingdom. Ex Michael Baldwin collection. Shown on pages 98 and 99 of Feldzug 1917.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SWORD HANGER/STRAP. A rare piece of Imperial German equipment being the shoulder carried white leather sash for carrying a large side arm or sword. Standard buff leather, it has been whitened for gala use, double pronged large brass buckle, this was fitted to the Imperial Prussian Schlossgarde uniform also available on this site.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TELEGRAPHER’S BUCKLE WITH ORIGINAL BELT FITTED. The very scarce to obtain long all one-piece stamped steel buckle for use by telegraphers. Excellent condition overall with good field grey painted finish to the face side, some losses to the interior with its twin apertures for the clipping of the telegrapher’s reel, its correct double pronged belt fixing system with its beautiful condition original leather belt marked ‘Eckart 1917 Ulm A/D’. This is a large size belt of 100 cms. We have photograped the belt fitted to a original reel for information only, the item is priced for the belt and buckle only.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TELEGRAPHIST’S LINE LAYER. This incredibly rare piece of Imperial German equipment used by the telegraphists by clipping the two expanded sprung loaded catches into the specifically designed long belt buckle having virtually all of its original finish remaining. The reel is virtually complete with telegraph wire. This item mounted on its correct belt buckle fixing with a mannequin is a superb museum or private collection display piece, we have photogarped the reel attached to a correct belt buckle for information only the item is priced for the reel only.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TENT POLE BAG. The field grey bag used for carrying tent poles and pegs, each soldier was issued with one set. Army group marked and faint traces of a maker mark. Some light staining, all good leather.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRAIN BATTALION PICKELHAUBE. A very good enlisted mans/NCO’s all leather bodied pickelhaube, crazed overall to the leather covering with slight chipping to that covering just close to the circular spike base but with good form, no damage to the skull. Both front and back peaks are firmly stitched to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, domed clip-over chin scales, front peak trim all match perfectly in colour. The helmet is fitted with its correct national and Prussian State cockades. The interior liner is absolutely complete, a collector has introduced a piece of modern string to act as a drawstring. There is one tear to the leather of the liner close to the rear peak. There is an old French collectors label pasted into the upper inner crown on the black disc that sits below the circular spike base. To the rear peak the helmet is clearly marked ‘T.B.2 ( Train battalion 2 )1905’. The helmet is correctly fitted with its domed chin scales, which are significant to train troops, this was obviously worn by an NCO. Unusually the front peak trim is not kinked inside, however the two tiny split pins that hold the peak trim to the body are missing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH ART BOX. A very finely made box in aluminium 7.5cm in circumference, 4.5cm in depth, the box has been handcrafted by a talented individual formed with lid and base with engraving to both the base and lid, within the centre of the lid the centre of an Imperial German belt buckle, probably for carrying needles, pins or small items.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH HELMET AND BROW PLATE. An excellent set M.17 trench helmet being of the popular G manufacturer size 62 retaining virtually all of its original apple green finish. The interior metal band holding its service worn three padded light cream liner to which one only of the inner horse hair pads remain, all of the three pads are securely affixed to the steel band, all of the tongues to the pads are complete. The drawstring is complete and has torn through the tip of one of the tongues. The buckle only remains of its original chinstrap. Attached to the helmet is a near matching colour size II in roman numeral marked brow plate with a period leather strap. To the exterior virtually all of its apple green finish remains. To the interior the colour is thin. We are not suggesting that the attachment strap is the original to the helmet, but it has been in place for many years and could possibly be a period replacement.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH HELMET. A good example of a standard form Imperial German trench helmet, M.17. Maker marked ‘BE 64’. The exterior retains most of its original green paint finish, which has dulled somewhat. Thin to the crown. A better degree of green colour remains to the interior. Still retaining its light cream three pad liner to which the inner horsehair pad is fitted to each leather pad and complete with its original drawstring. Some obvious wear use to the cream leather and one is split but still firm to the M.17 steel liner band.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH KNIFE. A very nice condition Imperial German trench knife 14cm length blade in excellent condition, marked ‘ERN Wald.Rheinl’. 28.5 cm in length. The blade is still with the original cross grain finish showing. The leather washer still remaining between the blade and oval cross guard. Wood grip excellent, undamaged. Complete with its original black painted scabbard with good strong leather belt loop and hilt retaining loop with its male/female closure stud working correctly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH KNIFE. A non maker marked, clean condition trench knife, sharpened blade and undamaged wood grips. It has an excellent paint finish to the scabbard. The retaining leather fixing strap is good and supple as is the belt fixing loop.
IMPERIAL GERMAN UNIVERSAL FELDMUTZE. The mid war introduced universal feldmutze, lovely condition, no moth or damage. Size unmarked but possibly size 55 or 56. Good nap to cloth, complete with its apple green piping around the crown, apple green centre band, complete with both of its larger size Prussian and state cockades. To the interior the standard cotton lining has its original owner’s name ‘Strassmann’ applied in hand. Various maker markings including faint traces of an army corps marking.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WAIST BELT AND SWORD SLINGS. A pre WWI white buff waist belt, blue felt lined, complete with its rectangular buckle and both of its white buff sword slings. The buckle is maker marked to the reverse side and individually numbered ‘40199’. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN WIRE CUTTERS. A good set of the short handled wire cutters carried by pioneer troops in the trenches of WWI. 34cms in length with traces of field grey green paint remaining, no visible markings.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IN BLACK IN ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPPING. An absolutely mint condition Imperial German one-piece stamped Wound Badge in black in its original wrapping delivery paper.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IN BLACK. The one-piece stamped steel black version of the Wound Badge.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IN SILVER. A single stamped field grey coloured Wound Badge in silver, some loss of finish to the M.16 style helmet, otherwise good, complete with pin, hook and hinge assembly. Normally these appear in actual silver colour, this is definitely field grey. Would look excellent pinned to an officers of mans field grey tunic.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IN SILVER. A good example of the all silvered hollow stamped Wound Badge for WWI. All silvered finish remaining to the exterior. Thick needle pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. An excellent condition all brass construction with nickelled overlay plate for the State of Wurttemberg. Much clarity to the detail of the Wurttemberg overlay.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WWI FERNGLASS BINOCULARS. A good set of the Fernglas 08 binoculars in their original carrying case. The glasses have good optics, the body is painted in field grey with its field grey lens cover, original leather neck strap, fitted in its fibreboard carrying case with paper instructions riveted into the lid. The case with both of its belt loops fitted, which are maker marked. The two closing side tabs in leather are present but both have the area around the rivet closure broken.
IMPERIAL RUSSIAN GUARD DU CORPS ENLISTED RANKS COCKADE. The very rare large size cockade for the enlisted ranks Russian Guard du Corps helmet. Maroon and white.
IMPERIAN GERMAN MINENWERFER OFFICERS SHOULODER BOARD. A single stitch on officers Minenwerfer shoulder strap. Standard colour configuration for Engineers and Pioneers, with gilt cyphers MW upon the board to signify Minenwerfer.
IMPERIAN GERMAN PRUSSIAN 16th DRAGOON REGT OFFICERS TUNIC IDENTIFIED. An absolutely fabulous service worn heavy corded material Hauptmann’s tunic for Prussian Dragoon Regiment 16. This large size tunic in the standard 1910 configuration of two lower pockets with non buttoned flaps. Swedish cuffs. All nickel officers type crowned buttons with all of the original buttons intact. A beautiful set of Prussian black and white fleck shoulder boards with subdued rank stars number 16 regimental numbers and crown buttons with the base colour being lemon yellow, . White piped collar, lemon yellow piped front of tunic with white piped Swedish cuffs and yellow piped Prussian rear skirt. The tunic is virtually moth free with having one moth hole close to the second buttonhole. A superb silk woven label inside the inner pocket giving the name of the officer Von Donop with the date ‘26th November 1914’, His name appears on the ranklist for 1914 on page 747 listed as a reserve officer with Dragoon Regiment 16, stationed at Luneburg, more details of this noble family are available on the internet at https//de.wikepedia.org/wiki/donop( Adelsgeschlecht). The interior of the tunic has had extra tailoring added with blanket lining for winter wear purposes. There are a total of three inside pockets in the blanket lining plus the two standard lower inner rear skirt pockets. We thank our good friend in Germany Paul for helping in the identification of this rare tunic.
IMPERIAN GERMAN REGIMENT 216 SHOULD BOARDS A pair of stitch on Regiment 216 shoulder boards for the 07/14 uniform with white piping to edge and red numbers 216 chain stitched to the firld grey underlay.
INTRIGUING BRITISH 51ST DIVISION ARTILLERY PERSONALISED BRODIE. On occasion one finds items that clearly reflect the personality of the owner and this helmet is one such item. We have placed it in the Great War category, however it is somewhat difficult to define the exact date of its usage. It is well known that the Brodie helmet was issued from 1915 and was still in service in the early years of WWII. This helmet is clearly of W W 1 vintage and has to the front a beautifully executed Royal Artillery insignia hand painted in oils and to the side an equally well executed Highland Division badge in the early format of red upon white. What makes this helmet particularly interesting is the fact that the soldier has intricately formed a high quality lining using a pith helmet, he has carefully dissected the pith helmet, re-introduced it to the lining and multiply bolted it around the circumference of the helmet, then overlaid the original chin strap bales over the original flanges of the pith helmet shell. The pith helmet's exact date is difficult to ascertain but we believe probably of inter-war vintage. The 51st Highland Division fought with incredible honour during W W 1 and then were made into a Territorial Division in the inter-war years. In early WW II they were part of the BEF and then moved to North Africa and onto Italy. We believe, although only a theory, that this helmet was probably an officers helmet that saw Great War service and moved right through the 20's and even possibly into the early WWII period, thus this type of helmet could have covered many regions and campaigns. As an example of a Brodie helmet it is absolutely unique and we have never seen one like it. We hope the images on our web site will reflect the amazing appearance of the helmet and we thoroughly recommend hands-on inspection to ascertain the fact that it is so obviously real and has not been tampered with in any way. A fascinating item for the advanced helmet collector.
ITALIAN ARTILLERY KEPI COVER. An extremely rare accessory for an equally rare hat, this cover is made from a typical Italian light duck cotton material and the badge itself is made exactly from the same cloth, which has been neatly over-embroidered, the embroidery is of the highest standard carried out over a card backing template. There is a small hole at the front to incorporate the cockade for the shako. There is dirt, wear and some areas where the embroidery has come slightly adrift, however the item is very stable. Any cover from the WWI period must be considered extremely rare.
ITALIAN WWI ADRIAN HELMET. Produced in France and exported to Italy without holes to the front to accommodate any badge. Originally painted in France in horizon blue and then recovered in Italian green when delivered to Italy. To the inside of the crown the original semi matt horizon blue is absolutely superb with hand applied coat of Italian green to the exterior with slight chipping to the comb where the horizon blue can be seen. One slight crease dent to the skull, complete with its original leather liner in magnificent condition, strap missing, very large size.
JAGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NO.8 PRE WAR HELMET. A very rare helmet being the standard Jager Zu Pferde blued metal skull with its 1st type Cuirassier eagle, this coincides with the dating of the helmet being 1913. Large size skull stamped ‘57’ to the rear inner peak trim. Loss of blued finish in many areas of the skull but no actual damage. All of the fittings, which include the edge trim, spike and clover leaf style spike base, brass Jager Zu Pferde width chin scales. Standard larger size and pickelhaube size front plate, complete with totally original large size national and state cockades. To the interior the leather liner is all complete, it is slightly dry and a very small tear on the lower inner edge. All of the tongues are complete and the leather is supple with all of the holes for the drawstring intact and not torn. Beautifully stamped to the upper inner crown ‘C.E.Juncker 1913’. It is incredibly difficult to obtain one of these very early 8th Jager Zu Pferde helmets( originally known as Meldreiter units before 1897 ) with its original Cuirassier plate attached. One minor indentation to the spike top. An untouched piece, never attempted to be cleaned or restored.
MANCHESTER CASUALTY TEACHER’S GROUPING. An exceptional small grouping of documents that in themselves are extremely poignant, they are a certificate of best wishes for a Bombardier J. Halworth East Lancs Royal Field Artillery, a beautiful illuminated document awarded from the Manchester Teachers Association of the National Union of Teachers. The document itself is excellent and in very good order with no rips or tears with a beautifully inked name inscription. The picture itself again is poignant and shows typical Great War propaganda type images, interestingly these images are explained within the letter, which reads ‘Description of card sent to teacher soldiers Easter 1917’, again the reading is very much of the time. There is a National Union of Teachers letter from Brooks Bar Manchester to the soldier, he is addressed as ‘Dear Friend and Colleague’ again dated ‘1917’. There is a very interesting scholars souvenir No.2. sheet of paper, this presumably would be coloured in and cut out by school pupils showing typical patriotic images throughout. There is a coloured postcard of Lord Kitchener from the period and much research has been carried out upon this super grouping. Like to many others Thomas Halworth was a casualty and died on the 28th March 1918 aged 29, he served C Battery 211 Brigade RFA. There is a Commonwealth Graves Commission memorial paper with a photo showing the gravestones. There is research for more than a name showing again details of Bombardier Halworth. Good clear photocopies of the censors of England and Wales. Various Photostats of documents relating to his death and a good copy from the medals roll document listing Halworth. A super talking point and a great centre point to a First World War document collection.
MAUSER 71/84 RIFLE STRAP. The rare leather strap for fitting to the German Mauser 71/84 rifle. Full length with all fittings intact.
MAUSER BOLT ACTION RIFLES. Excellent work by Ludwig Olson, 3rd printing, complete with its original fly leaf cover. This 1976 work on the history of Mauser bolt action rifles from the model 71 rifle up to the Mauser 98 of WWII and includes many export models of Mausers. Superb quality research.
MAXIM MODEL 10 AMMUNTION BOX. A plain ammunition box for the Russian Maxim Model 1910, complete with Finnish over-stamp. These pieces of equipment were captured from the Russians in the winter war and later re-issued to the Finnish Forces. Complete with long section of ammunition links.
MEN AND MACHINES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS 1914 TO 1919. A 60 page publication with many black and white images and a huge amount of text relating to the formation and activities of the Australian Royal Flying Corps in WWI. First published in 1972.
NIGERIAN FORCES SEALED PATTERN GROUPING. A most intriguing set of items that came from the pattern rooms, these are all with their sealed pattern labels that would have been for tradesmen and manufacturers to study the examples and for aiding production. Interestingly this was first sent for factory evaluation on the 27th October 1925 and is a rare green felt fez. The label mounted to it and attached with a lead seal. The label Fez for Nigerian native troops. There is a blue set of shoulder boards with fine Morocco leather backing for Trinidad customs. One or two moth nips to the epaulettes an interesting crescent and moon embroidered insignia for the Malayan Air Force dated '56' and a Nigerian Medical Service Commonwealth crowned arm band which has no label but is mildly used. Items such as these seldom appear and are of great historic interest, the sealed pattern labels making them most intriguing.
PORTUGUESE OFFICERS AUTOMATIC PISTOL HOLSTER. An extremely scarce item of equipment being a Portuguese produced holster to fit to the British supplied 08 webbing. To the reverse the holster is the typical large C clips that were used with Sam Browne equipment. The item is in excellent supple condition with a little flaking to the leather. This would greatly benefit from a coat of clear wax polish. The twin pouches for the magazines are good, however the press studs to the interior have pulled throughout, this is not noticeable in the closed position. Period pictures during WWI of Portuguese troops using these automatic holsters have been observed. The actual auto pistol used by Portugese officers has not been identified Any item of WWI Portuguese militaria must be considered extremely rare.
POST WWI USED GAS MASK TIN. A standard German Armed Forces gas mask tin of WWI, which has been enamelled and had a carrying handle added to it for civilian use with the shortages after WWI.
PRE WWI BRITISH NORTH SOMERSET YEOMANRY OFFICERS UNIFORM. A wonderful uniform that was worn by a Lieutenant of the North Somerset Yeomanry, the lot includes his working dress type tunic in very dark blue having fabulous and intriguing cut found within British Victorian uniforms having a high collar, made of serge type wool and having interesting pocket arrangements throughout. The uniform is in excellent condition for its age with some moth nips and a little degrading to the lining. The white doeskin wool high collar is good however there is moth tracking and a little moth damage to one corner. The Yeomanry type chained epaulettes are complete with their regimental pattern gilt and pewter coloured pips. All buttons match and have a broad Victorian crown. There are South African medal and Delhi Durbar ribbons to the upper chest. The trousers accompanying the set are in the same condition and colour with specific double white stripes to each leg, these are riding type breeches and are in heavy whipcord material with leather re-inforcers to the inner calf. Completing the outfit is an absolutely magnificent large mantel-like greatcoat of super quality Melton navy blue wool with wonderful scarlet lining. To each epaulette are high quality embroidered pips. All buttons are the same pewter coloured Queen’s Own Yeomanry type. There is a little moth damage to the rear of the collar and some scattered other moth however the item remains very good for display. Completing the mantel is the most superb wide woollen belt in the same matching material, again with its toned pewter coloured double pronged buckle. The unit was raised in the Somerset town of Frome in 1798, it served as part of the 7th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War, they became dragoons in 1908 and resumed the Yeomanry role during WWI. Judging by the Boer War medal and the transfer and named to dragoons in 1908 it is fairly easy to date this item and possible research may in fact reveal who the wearer was. Condition:
PRUSSIAN 1871 POUCHES AND BELT. A lovely mid brown set of the 1871 Mauser pouches in mid tan colour. All the white stitching is good and clear, the four closing tabs all intact, all of the internal leather and metal separate compartments are intact. Maker marked ‘Johann Cloeren of Neuss’ to the inner upper lid of one of the pair, complete with its matching tan combat weight belt fitted with its two-piece Prussian nickel and brass buckle. A rare set probably worn by Landsturm or Reserve troops who still carried the 1871 Mauser long into WWI. Ex Michael Baldwin collection. Condition:
PRUSSIAN 1ST OR 3RD GUARD UHLAN NCO’S HELMET. A rare helmet from the 1st or 3rd Guard Uhlan Regiment worn by an NCO. Good large size helmet, the skull excellent, the mortarboard top is of the attached type also constructed in leather, slight sinking of the mortarboard into the skull. Minor congealing to the mortarboard top. The front peak is securely attached to the helmet. The large front Guard plate with its enlisted ranks overlay star being in white metal with a set of officers domed chin scales fitted, which is absolutely correct for a Uhlan helmet. One single Reich cockade of enlisted ranks style. The helmet is also fitted with its black and white field cockade. To the interior an officers leather liner and silk secondary liner is fitted, evidence of wear use without any damage. One front plate securing nut and washer missing from the area fixing the plate to the helmet, the plate however sits firmly on the main body.
PRUSSIAN 8TH CUIRASSIER REGIMENT OFFICERS TUNIC. A fabulous wartime field grey Oberleutnant’s tunic for an officer in the 8th Cuirassier Regiment. Beautiful quality field grey cloth, very minor areas of moth tracking with only two very small moth nips through the cloth. Stitch-on shoulder boards, white underlay with the exterior in silver with the Prussian fleck, one gold rank pip to each shoulder board. Both the collar and the cuffs are fitted with the wartime subdued grey lace with green edges with green piped two front closing flaps to the tunic. Rear Prussian style skirt also piped in green to indicate the 8th Cuirassier Regiment. Two angled pockets to the flaps, the interior is lined in grey green brushed cotton. Some minor loose stitches to one of the cuffs, all the buttons to the tunic are totally original, officer quality. A large size tunic and would be fabulous for a Cuirassier display.
PRUSSIAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL’S ALL LEATHER PICKELHAUBE. A good leather bodied pickelhaube for a Prussian administrative officer, the leather skull excellent with minor creases, both front and back peaks securely attached to the helmet. The lower edge trim to the rear peak with a small section missing. The all white metal fittings of the rear spine, cross base, officers removable spike, curved front chin scales, front peak trim and front plate all matching in a white metal finish with gilded stars. Both State and Prussian national officers cockades fitted. The interior officers leather light tan sweatband all complete but frail in place, inner silk missing.
PRUSSIAN ARTILLERY/ENGINEERS/TRANSPORT TROOPS OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A very good large size possibly size 56 officers visor cap for one of the above three formations. High quality field grey green body, red piping overall, black velvet centre band, soft crushable leather peak, officers Prussian and state cockades fitted. The upper inner body lined in grey silk with a complete centre celluloid lozenge with silver blocked below the lozenge onto the silk the Company of ‘Mohr & Speyer A.G.Koln-Essen’, complete with its original sweatband. No moth damage anywhere on the cap.
PRUSSIAN DRAGOON REGIMENT OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A scarce and lovely condition all leather pickelhaube to an officer serving in either Dragoon Regiment 10, 12 or 15. The leather skull is absolutely superb without any creasing or crazing, the white finish to both the back strap, officers removable spike, which is of the screw on variety, cruciform spike base, good frosting to the dragoon style eagle, some thinness to the white plating on the cross base and the front peak trim. The correct silver end caps to the gilded domed chin scales. To the interior some minor wear use evident to the light tan leather sweatband, all of the green inner silk present. Pencil marked size ‘57’ to the inner crown. An early German newspaper has been used to pad out the inside of the liner to make it a snugger fit to the wearer’s head. The newspaper is dated ‘January 1918’. The helmet is fitted with both of its officers quality State and national cockades.
PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. 92cm length combat belt, which has an obscured maker’s mark but clear date of ‘1915’ fitted with its double constructed nickel and brass enlisted ranks belt buckle, which still has its pigskin leather tab attached. There are faint traces of markings within the pebbled leather but impossible to decipher.
PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE, LEATHER. A very good size 56½ all leather pickelhaube to a Prussian infantryman, body superb, crazing to the front and back peaks both of which are firmly attached to the main body. Good brass fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, front peak trim and all brass strap fittings. Everything matches in colour. The cross to the orb of the Prussian plate has broken away, with its original chinstrap, brass buckles, complete with its national and Prussian State cockades. The 8 tongued leather liner is all intact, however there are some splits to the lower body and the tips of two tongues are missing. Good light tan colour to the interior body of the helmet. Army group marked ‘B.A.XI’ 1916, plus a further Strasbourg maker’s name and a further date of ‘1916’.
PRUSSIAN ENLISTED RANKS BRASS AND NICKEL BELT BUCKLE. A very nice condition brass bodied with nickel overlay plate for the State of Prussia, complete with its Kaiserslauten maker’s stamp to the leather tab. Also stamped to the leather ‘R.17’ (Regiment 17).
PRUSSIAN ERSATZ ALL FELT ENLISTED MANS HELMET. A very nice strong condition one-piece felt helmet, never fitted with a back strap or front peak trim. The non removable brass spike and spike base and the Prussian front plate plus the strap posts all match in colour. Some battlefield shrapnel damage to the point of the spike. Excellent chinstrap with all brass fittings, complete with its national and Prussian State cockades. The 9 tongued liner all intact, the tip of one of the tongues has broken away and some other further degrading to the leather material to that part of the liner. The remains of a size 57 paper size label attached to the inner crown. Regimentally marked to the interior back peak but unfortunately the number is obscured, also a good date of ‘1916’ only the ‘16’ is clearly visible.
PRUSSIAN GUARD FOOT ARTILLERY NCO OR 1 YEAR VOLUNTEER PICKELHAUBE. A size 56 ¾ all leather pickelhaube, some light crazing to the skull and to the front and back peaks, both of the peaks are securely attached to the body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, ball top, circular base, large Guard Landwehr eagle, flat chin scales and peak trim all match. The Guard Landwehr plate is without any motto, it has the large Landwehr star to the centre with the Reserve Cross. The cockades fitted are NCOs quality, both State and national. The interior liner has the multi tongued 1 Year Volunteer or NCOs leather liner with its original drawstring. Two makers or retailers paper labels are affixed to the interior crown.
PRUSSIAN GUARD INFANTRY ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. A very nice condition huge size all leather pickelhaube belonging to an enlisted man in a Guard Regiment. The skull is excellent overall, both peaks securely stitched to the main body, all of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable brass spike and circular spike base, large Guard front plate, front peak trim and all strap fittings match in colour identically. The Guard star to the plate naturally in white metal. Good leather chinstrap, both Prussian and State cockades have been retouched but are original cockades. The interior lining generally in good condition with nice original light tan colour. One section of the sweatband appears to have been eaten away by rodents. Good colour to the interior of the skull and an original owner’s name is hand applied to the interior of the back peak.
PRUSSIAN GUARD TRAIN ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE WITH PARADE PLUME. A nice condition helmet being a large size all leather construction, skull excellent with some minor crazing at the rear of the skull, some minor congealing to the back peak, both of the peaks securely attached to the helmet. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, plume trichter (stem) front large guard plate with overlaid nickel Guard Star, front domed clip-over chin scales and front peak trim all match in colour and consistency. The helmet is complete with its other ranks State and national cockades, white other ranks horsehair plume. To the interior the 9 tongue liner is all intact with its original drawstring. A Berlin circular maker’s mark stamped into the upper inner crown. To the rear peak a rectangular block reading ‘B.A.G.’ (Clothing Depot Guard) with date ‘1908’ with a further block with larger letters ‘G.T. (Guard Train). A lovely helmet for an enlisted man and extremely attractive.
PRUSSIAN INFANTRY HAUPTMANN’S SHOULDER BOARDS. A very nice combat pair of wartime subdued lace and fittings slip-on shoulder boards for a Hauptmann in an infantry unit. The subdued lace is intertwined with black and white fleck for Prussia, all four rank pips and regimental numbers of ‘111’ all in the subdued wartime brown finish. Complete with their slip-on tabs.
PRUSSIAN INFANTRY OFFICERS BELT AND HOLSTER, MATCHING SET. An extremely nice matching what appears to be pigskin all leather officers combat belt and matching small calibre pistol holster. The belt is of a good size 110cm in length, it has been fitted with the gilded Prussian officers circular buckle with matching gilded keeper, both of the correct matching pigskin runners are complete with the belt. Fitted to the belt is an identical colour ‘1915’ dated and maker marked small calibre pistol holster with its original spare magazine. This would make a fine display fitted to a model 1910 officers tunic.
PRUSSIAN INFANTRY REGIMENT 42 ENLISTED RANKS FELDMUTZE CAP. The famous pork pie (Feldmutze) cap as worn by all German enlisted men, this example being a large size of 57¼, it is constructed from the very late war type of wool paper mix, standard red band, national and State cockades fitted, red waffenfarbe to the crown, no moth damage with a label attached to the heavy cotton drill cream lining ‘Unteroffizier Hautch 10.KP.INF.ARMY GT.42’. Condition:
PRUSSIAN INFANTRY REGIMENT 55 FELT PICKELHAUBE. An excellent condition all felt single moulded skull pickelhaube for an enlisted man. All of the brass fittings, which include non removable spike and circular spike base, Prussian front plate, all of the strap fittings are brass mounted, complete with its national and State cockades. To the interior the nine tongued leather liner is all intact. Very faintly marked into the back peak is ‘J.R.55’ the last digit of ‘5’ is very clear and only just the top of the first ‘5’ is visible but enough to identify the regiment.
PRUSSIAN JAGER ZU PFERDE ENLISTED MANS LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. A good large size 59 all steel skull lobster tail helmet for a Jager Zu Pferde regiment. The blueing to the skull thin, field grey removable spike and clover leaf spike base with matching unique style Jager Zu Pferde front plate, complete with its original steel grey fitted dark brown leather chinstrap with a set of the correct large size pickelhaube national and state cockades. To the interior its nine tongued leather liner all intact. Clearly dated ‘1916’ to the upper inner skull plus a maker’s mark of ‘DAMASCHKE’, to the back peak marked size ‘59’ with a separate number ‘5’, this could either indicate a size 59½ or 5th Jager Zu Pferde.
PRUSSIAN LANDWHER PIONEER OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A good service used Landwher Pioneer officers pickelhaube, leather shell good with crazing overall. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, front Prussian plate with cut out crown and front trim plus end caps for the straps are in white metal indicating a Pioneer officer. The flat chinstraps are in gilt with four gilt stars to the circular spike base. Both peaks are securely attached to the helmet. The colour to the interior skull is good, both the front and back peaks have their respective green and red internal covering. The leather sweatband is all complete with its scalloped edges. Obvious service wear. Light tan inner silk lining. The helmet is complete both its national and Prussian State cockades. The cross fitted to the front of the Prussian helmet plate is plain, which indicates that it is a Landwher and not a reserve officers helmet.
PRUSSIAN PIONEER BATTALION NO.1 OR 3 NCO’S HELMET WITH PARADE PLUME. A good possibly size 56 all leather skull pickelhaube, skull in superb condition with minor crazing, front and back peaks securely attached to the helmet also with crazing to the finish. All of the fittings, which include the other ranks back strap, the trichter (plume stem) circular spike base, front Prussian plate, front peak trim all match in white metal with a correct set of brass clip-over chin scales. Cut out crown to the Prussian front plate, complete with both its Prussian State cockades, its parade plume and black horsehair for other ranks. To the interior the helmet is complete with its 9 tongued leather liner, which is complete with its original drawstring.
PRUSSIAN REGIMENT 123 OFFICERS SHOULDER BOARDS. A pair of Prussian technical/engineer Leutnant’s shoulder boards, as removed from a tunic, the shade of colour at the base of the boards is brighter than the remainder of the lace with field grey numbers ‘123’ to each board, black and white fleck within the lace with a red over black underlay cloth.
PRUSSIAN REGIMENT 28 ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. A very nice untouched condition all leather pickelhaube. The skull is superb, both front and back peaks which are securely attached to the main body with slight crazing to those peaks. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, Prussian front plate, front trim and all the strap fittings all match in a deeply toned brass colour, the back strap has been flattened slightly. Complete with its original national and state cockades plus its original leather strap with subdued brass buckles. To the interior the 9 tongue liner is all complete, the tips of two tongues have been split, the remains of the original drawstring present. The interior skull has good colour and profusely stamped ‘28R’ roman numeral ‘III’ with two dates, one of ‘1903’ and one of ‘1910’. The helmet is stamped size ‘57’ to the rear peak, there are also other markings to the rear peak, which unfortunately are indecipherable. A very nice helmet with good shape and in an untouched condition.
PRUSSIAN TIN ERSATZ PICKELHAUBE. A magnificent condition all tin Prussian enlisted mans pickelhaube, as the leather shortage grew in Germany the manufacturers turned to other materials and one was the profuse use of tin, these helmets were primarily made by tin toy manufacturers. This example is absolutely superb, the skull is completely without any indentations and abusing, complete with both its national and state cockades, original chinstrap, all of the fittings match in colour. The interior bowls of these helmets were always lined in felt, this example is complete, a little bit of shredding around the aperture for the spike base. The leather liner is in a good mid tan colour with some minor spots of wear use evident around the forehead area. All the tongues complete, one tongue with a hole also to its corresponding tongue where a male/female closure system stud is normally placed. Complete with its original drawstring.
ROMANIAN WWI ADRIAN HELMET. A super and completely untouched example of the scarce M.15 helmet exported to Rumania for use by their army. The helmet is an absolutely standard mid war M.15 helmet with the original factory sprayed finish overall, which is in the dark slightly subdued grey blue colour. The badge to the front matches exactly and is clearly factory applied. There is patination and dust overall with many scratches and minor blemishes to the painted surface, one or two tiny dents to both the shell and the comb. The original liner is present and is of brown leather with a horizon blue cloth headband. There are one or two of the original eyelets missing from the fingers and the two aluminium spacers remain in place. All of the original liner retention staples are present and unbroken. The interior is dusty and dirty from storage. An absolutely untouched example of a scarce WWI helmet.
ROMANIAN WWI ADRIAN HELMET. An excellent condition Adrian helmet as issued to the Romanian armed forces of WWI, the skull generally having 90% of its original paint finish remaining with one minor indentation, which has rusted, the skull also overall has rust flooding through the paint finish. Complete with its Romanian oval front badge fitted also complete with its liner, which does have only three of the tongues remaining to the leather. Strap missing. The aluminium spacers are complete.
ROYAL ARTILLERY OFFICERS BUSBY TIN. The japanned tin for carrying the officers busby of the Royal Artillery with a plaque to the front ‘E.L May Esquire, Royal Artillery’. Complete with closing catch.
ROYAL FLYING CORPS ENLISTED MANS TUNIC. A good service worn condition large size Royal Flying Corps enlisted ranks maternity tunic. The nap to the cloth is thin overall, in their protected areas such as pocket flaps and under the shoulder boards the nap is still good. No moth damage. All four original maternity tunic buttons complete as are the pocket flap buttons. All of the closure hook and eyes for closing the collar are complete with slight rust. The tunic with its matched set of Royal Flying Corps white on dark blue shoulder titles intact. The main body half lining in light cream, the pocket lining in a light tan, WD number over letter stamping.
ROYAL FLYING CORPS SOUVENIR SILK. A magnificent and beautifully framed silk soldiers souvenir piece being of a good large dimension being approx. 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet in height and length. The item pertains to the Royal flying corps and in the central area is a brass royal flying corps badge and to each corner Royal flying corps embroidered titles. The overall colour is a little faded and the item has been expertly re framed. The condition is very good and stable. There are one of two small areas of shredding to the silk however, this now remains isolated and has been placed in the frame in such a way that no further degradation will take place. An excellent item with two rare embroidered shoulder titles within.
RUSSIAN WWI ADRIAN HELMET SHELL. An exceptionally interesting shell of an Adrian helmet painted blue and supplied to the Russians. Some research has shown us that it is quite possible the initial deliveries of Adrian helmets to the Russian Government were in fact blue, this was also the case with the Belgians and the Italians, the initial deliveries were supplied in French standard blue grey colour. This particular helmet is photographed in the excellent book The History of the Steel Helmet in the First World War by Michael Haselgrove and Branaslav Radovic and published by Schiffer Books. The helmet is pictured on page 632. Another picture of Adrian helmets with vastly different coloured badges can be found on page 204 of The Russian Imperial Guard by Gorokhoff. This period photo shows a large grouping of troops all wearing the Adrian helmet, some appear to wear no badge where the vast majority seem to wear what is obviously difficult to ascertain from a black and white photo but a very light coloured helmet probably in the sand colour, however the badge is much darker and appears to be blue. Due to the desperate nature of the issuing of equipment it is quite possible it was issued in odd batches. The helmet itself is in fairly average condition, there is an area where the comb has rusted through to the rear, there is no liner or chin strap. An historically important helmet.
RUSSIAN WWI ZELINSKI GAS MASK CAN. One of the hardest pieces of WWI gas equipment to find is the standard issue Russian gas mask. This particular item is the filter and the carrying tin combined. The original rubberised hood would have been stored in the small lower portion, unfortunately this is now missing however both upper and bottom carrying can elements remain and the original Russian webbing carrying strap. There is a typical tinned number plate to the side and the impressed initials of the central War Committee to the base of the can. Much of the original pea green paint remains with some obvious chipping and areas of very minor denting. This would make an excellent candidate to display upon the WWI Russian soldier mannequin. Condition:
SAXON ARTILLERY REGIMENT NO.77 FIELD GREY OFFICERS TUNIC. An extremely nice large size beautiful condition tunic for a leutnant serving in Saxon Field Artillery Regiment No.77. All matching officers buttons, Swedish cuffs black piped, complete with a set of red based green and white flecked stitch-in shoulder boards with wartime subdued number ‘77’ attached. Standard M.10 style, high collar black piped, red piped front and lower front skirt with classic red piped Saxon rear skirt, two minor stitched repairs, light cream brushed cotton lining all complete, slight loose below the inner collar.
SAXON FIELD ARTILLERY NO.32 ENLISTED MANS TUNIC. The all green pre war tunic worn by a member of Saxon Field Artillery Regiment No.32. Excellent condition, no moth or loss of nap to anywhere on the cloth, red collar, red cuffs, all the gilded domed buttons are present, complete with the NCO’s Saxon style discs to the collar. Each shoulder board is beautifully piped in red with all of the regimental motifs, the crown and the crossed cannons also in red. Classic Saxon rear skirt, all lining to the interior in brushed cotton without any damage. A very nice tunic overall.
SAXON FIELD GREY ENLISTED MANS PICKELHAUBE. A very nice condition good size 57 all leather pickelhaube for a Saxon enlisted man. The skull is good and firm, some minor abrasions, congealing to the front and back peaks but both peaks are securely attached to the main body. All the field grey fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, Saxon front plate, front trim and all strap fittings match in the chemically patinated field grey. Complete with both of the cockades being the national and the State being in the non serrated style. On inverting the helmet it is in virtually unworn condition, it is a 9 tongue liner with good original colour, complete with its original drawstring. Dresden maker marked with a large date of ‘1915’ plus size ‘57’ stamp to the interior. To the rear peak Army Corps marked ‘B.A.XII’. Inside the front peak written in English ‘Lieutenant W.E.Jones Engineers’ has been hand applied, this is obviously the original souvenired owner of the helmet. A very fine example.
SAXON UHLAN REGIMENT NO.17 ENLISTED MANS CZAPSKA. An extremely rare Model 1868 Imperial German Saxon Uhlan Regiment No.17 enlisted mans czapska. The leather body in exceptionally good condition with just minor crazing to the peak. The larger square mortarboard top totally undamaged but with crazing overall. The white material to the lower sides of the mortarboard top has suffered severely from moth, which we have tried to indicate on our web site images, however the correct white material for Regiment 17 is clear. The helmet is with its correct domed chin scales. Saxon enlisted mans front plate and Saxon green and white field cockade. The interior liner is again in exceptional condition with very slight rodent nips to two areas in the lower section of the liner. Fitted to the inside of the skull is the original owners name label 'Gefreiter Buchner' his unit details are exactly correct, he was a member of 1.ESK (Squadron) 1.Uhlan Regiment No.17. Kaiser Franz Josef Von Osterreich Konig Von Ungarn (Hungary). Peak trim is virtually undamaged with just one small kink to the inner edge. The trim is maker marked 'G.H.Osang' who as all collectors will know originate from Dresden, Saxony. A very rare early Franco Prussian War Uhlan helmet in untouched condition. This regiment formed in 1867, the garrison town of Oschatz, they were part of the 12th Army Corps.
SAXONY OFFICERS SWORD KNOT. A scarce leather sword knot with green fleck running down the centre of the leather, green fleck within the twist cord at base with its silver pommel with green base.
SCOTTISH LEWIS GUNNERS PHOTO. An excellent photo clearly showing Scottish troops around the 1916 period attending a Lewis gun cadre. Many of the troops wear the simplified '16 style tunic with one pleated pocket and many of them can clearly be seen wearing the brown leather belts imported from Japan. The Lewis guns to the front are two mounted upon the rare Vickers type mounts and two on typical bi pods as well as a typical optical device placed in front of the officers. The photograph is particularly clear and distinct mounted in a molten period style frame.
SHARPS FIREARMS BY FRANK SELLERS. Disposing from our own library, 345 pages of top quality information, photographs of all the variation of weapons and cartridges produced by the Sharps Firearms Company from 1849 onwards. Complete with its dust cover, which is torn but it is complete. Published 1978, this printed 1988.
THE BRITISH SERVICE LEE. The excellent 1981 publication by the renowned author of British weapons Ian Skennerton. 400 pages of superb in-depth text, descriptions, photographs of all of the models of the Lee Enfield bolt action rifle, complete with its undamaged flyleaf cover, some age foxing to the edges of the pages, this is the bible of the Lee Enfield rifle.
THE DEVIL’S PAINT BRUSH BY DOLF L.GOLDSMITH. The most superb work on the history of the German Maxim gun. This monumental work published by Collector Grade Publications being a 1st edition 1989. This has been in our own library since 1989. Complete with its original dust cover, which is excellent. 363 pages on everything you need to know about the Maxim gun, its uses, its countries which used it. Wonderful photographs and in-depth text.
THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN STEEL HELMET BY IVAN KARABANOV. A wonderful new work published by the noted Russian collector Ivan Karabanov. Just over 500 pages on the history of the Russian steel helmet from 1916 to 1945. Hundreds of beautifully taken colour photographs, many copies of Russian documents, the majority of the text is in Russian however the table of contents, the introduction, the acknowledgements, every photograph has been annotated in Russian and English and the introduction to each chapter is in English. Many original drawings, diagrams and basically everything the collector needs to know on the history of the Russian helmet and will be from this day on classed as The Bible of the Russian helmet. A superb work.
THE HISTORY OF THE STEEL HELMET IN WWI BY HASELGROVE & RADOVIC. This is volume one of this superb book by Michael J Haselgrove and Branislav Radovic covering Austro/Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, France and Germany. Excellent large format Schiffer publication of 2006 with 351 superb close-up images in colour of helmets of that period from all the different nations including many black and white images from the period, including images of the famous German elephant mask and the Gaede helmet. A most have work for anybody interested in the helmet protection of the First World War, complete with its original flyleaf cover.
THREE FRAMED LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS, 2nd 7th LONDON REGIMENT Three very nice framed long photographs clearly the property of a soldier who served with the 2nd 7th Battalion, London Regiment. The pictures have matching hardwood coloured frames. There is a large Company sized photograph showing soldiers wearing 14 pattern leather equipment, soft caps and 02 tunics, their officers sat to the front including their Chaplain, interestingly the senior NCO's all wear the soft Gor'Blimey cap, this is clearly a mark of their past service in the trenches. Another photograph clearly says to the bottom 'B.COMPANY 2ND 7TH' and again shows soldiers in stiff caps with 14 pattern waist belts. There are various officers, again, sat to the front from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant up to the grade of Captain. There is a third photograph showing the Brigadier Generals and officers 2nd 7th Battalion, dated '1917', this particular photo has marvellous details of various officers costumes, some wearing soft trench caps, others wearing soft Gor'Blimey caps, the Chaplain himself wearing a soft cap and clearly showing details of his tunic, most officers wearing cuff rank tunics. It is difficult to find regimentally marked photographs, however to find three to the same unit and presumably to the same man is indeed rare. These have always been within the frames and the original frame has paper sealing still remaining to the rear of each frame. The 7th Battalion were known as 'The Shiny 7th', they served Arras, Ypres and Passchendaele. They were part of the 174th Brigade of the 54th London Division.
THREE IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE WEARER POSTCARDS. Three postcards, all studio shots, the first showing two soldiers and two nco’s, two wearing the Wound badge, wearing a mixture of 1907 and 1915 tunics, the second photographs is two soldiers both wearing the 1915 tunic, one with Wound Badge and the third two soldiers half bust both wearing the 1910 tunic, one wearing the Wound Badge in silver. Priced for all three postcards.
THREE WWI FRAMED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS. These interesting Machine Gun Corps related pictures are beautifully framed in nice period looking modern frames. They consist of an interest photograph of the King speaking to a Scottish Machine Gun Corps soldier wearing the tam-o-shanter with Machine Gun Corps badge in marching order. An excellent photo probably from the Palestine campaign showing British troops with toupees goggles and rear sun flaps to their Wolsey helmets behind a Vickers gun and another Vickers gun Scots Guardsman, an excellent study of the Vickers gun including the cooling element.
TURKISH WWI FIGHTING KNIFE. A rare knife with fullered blade, flat back, sharpened edge and measuring 19cm. The overall length is around 32cm. These knives were never seen on the collectors market but one had always been on display in the Army museum in Istanbul. Then approx, 6 years ago, a small quantity appeared on the market with the story that they appeared in Afghanistan. How correct this is will never be known. However, we have owned three. One with a composition bone handle and two with wooden handles. The blade is excellent. There is slight sharpening to the fighting edge but there is no loss to the profile, steel S shaped guard with Turkish markings. Wooden grips and within the grip there are two tool implements. Excellent blued undamaged scabbard with its original brown leather frog. The stitching to the frog is good. The scabbard would appear to be of German quality. A good example is shown on page 265 of the work ‘The military knife and bayonet’ by Homer.M.Brett.
TURKISH WWI PILOT’S BADGE. A superb example of the WWI Turkish Pilot’s Badge, a German made example, wonderful deep detail to the gilded laurel and oak leaf wreath, good thick heavy construction, finely picked out wings and star. Two delicate domed rivets, thick needle pin with original hook and catch.
TWO IMPERIAL MILITARIA RELATED BOOKS. Austro Hungarian Infantry 1914-18 and Cuirassiers and Heavy Cavalry. These two books produced by the well known Almark Publications range are excellent reference with much detail and a huge amount of black and white photography and well as colour plates. Essential reading for anyone interested in these subjects. Price per pair.
TWO LARGE IMPERIAL GERMAN MAXIM PHOTOGRAPHS. Two Imperial German machine gunner photographs, both measuring 9 x 5½ inches. One image shows the machine gun crew refilling their water buckets whilst another refills the water jacket of the machine gun. The second shows the carrying of what appears to be a captured Russian Maxim 1910 carriage on horse transport, two soldiers are loading the wheeled carriage another is carrying the ribbed jacketed Maxim. Excellent technical details.
TWO WWI FLYING RELATED BOOKS. The first book being America's First Air War by Tredwell, the second book being Royal Flying Corps Communication 1917-1918. Both books in excellent used condition with just light marking and a few marks to the outer covers. The books have a wealth of interesting information and make excellent reading for the aviation fan. Price per pair.
U.S. BRITISH USED WWI BAYONET. The Remington 1917 sword bayonet, the blade with its original profile, it has been sharpened for combat service, slight dulling to the blade but generally good. Wood grips excellent, all blued finish remaining to the top pommel and cross guard. The top of the blade is marked with U.S. and flaming grenade, dated ‘1917’ with ‘Remington’ within a circle. All fitted into its green leather scabbard with its metal lower chape and fitted with the British 1907 pattern leather frog, complete with its undamaged hilt retaining strap.
U.S. CAMOUFLAGE COVERED HELMET. One of the rarest of all the American steel helmets to find is one that has the original sand bag covers. Sand bag covering of helmets was immensely popular amongst British troops, however far less so within American ranks. Period photographs do show that certain American troops, particularly those engaged alongside British troops did in fact adopt this practise and it could well be that the helmet cover itself came from British stocks. It is a purpose made item using typical sand bags and being of reasonably sophisticated manufacture having a central seam and a sewn in tunnel tube for tightening around the base of the interior of the helmet. The cover is rather fragile and completely stable if handled gently. A large proportion of the rim has broken through the cover. Interestingly there is period graffiti with the letters 'FR' and what appears to be a crocodile inked to the side of the helmet, this is interest as the graffiti of helmet covers has remained a popular pastime amongst U.S. soldiers. On carefully examining the helmet underneath it is in fact a British produced example. The lining has now long gone. There are traces of the original chin strap and the original crown pad remains in place, however again this is dry and dusty from American loft storage. The insignia painted neatly to the front is that of the 77th Division, this unit came from New York and displayed the Statue of Liberty as their insignia. The 77th were after WWI knwn as the Lost Battalion, they were heavily engaged in the Argonne Forest of France. Much in-depth reading is available on the Division on Wikepedia. This is a most intriguing set and one of only a handful of covered First World War U.S. helmets we have ever been lucky enough to encountered.
U.S. M.18 COLT 1911 MAG POUCH. An excellent example dated 1918 with various stamps under the lid. It is in stored condition with one or two stains, however no surface damage.
U.S. MARINE CORPS WOOLLEN BLANKET. A classic forest green blanket carried by Marines within the Doe boy packs. This example is has a few small moth holes to one end, it has the chain stitched 'U.S.M.C.' to the centre. What makes it particularly nice is to one of the darker stripes to the edge is typical marine stencil work with a name stencilled in white, the letters are distinct although there is some obvious flaking to the congealed paint. An excellent item as a backdrop to a Marine Corps display or to complete the pack set.
U.S. MICHIGAN STATE GUARD 1912 SUMMER UNIFORM. A super set of uniform being in the lightweight material. There is trousers in a matching material and shade as well as a woollen knitted tank top. There are the correct MSG cotton woven '20' insignias to the collar's Corporal's ranks. The item is in a good size and is a most interesting item of American military uniform with matching State buttons.
U.S.A. 1917 DATED BAYONET. An excellent condition blade with original parkerising, clearly marked and dated ‘Remington 1917’ with U.S. ordnance stampings. All blued finish remaining to the fittings, good wood grips in its original steel scabbard.
U.S.A. WWI MODEL 1917 BOLO SCABBARD. The rare variation all metal olive drab ribbed scabbard for the 1917 Bolo knife. Complete with its leather hanging tab and Garand belt fixing system. Stamped ‘US L.F. & C. 1918’. One minor indentation to the base otherwise all original paint remaining. This scabbard is a rare accessory.
U.S.WWI 5TH DIVISION SOLDIER’S COMBAT TUNIC. Although American tunics from WWI are quite common, this British made example is a rarity, constructed in the standard British colour and weight of cloth being a good upper medium size with insignia to the right hand shoulder as the tunic is viewed of a red diamond on a khaki backing of the 5th Division. Rank stripe and service strip to both sleeves, all U.S. patinated buttons fitted with 61st Regimental crossed rifles badge fitted to the upper collar. No moth damage or staining. The 5th Division were a regular division of the U.S.Army and was the first organisation to leave for overseas, the division was made of the 6th 11th 60th and 61st regular army infantry regiments. The division saw much service on the Argonne front.
UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT OF THE IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY 1900-1918. An excellent Schiffer publication by Charles Woolley, a study in photographs of the Air Service Cavalry, Assault troops, Signal troops, pickelhaubes, steel helmets and vehicles of the Imperial German Army. 299 pages including colour section at the reverse of black and white original photographs of the Imperial German Armed Forces. Highly informative and a serious study for the Imperial German collector. Complete with its flyleaf which is slightly distorted at the edges.
UNIFORMS, ORGANISATIONS AND HISTORY OF THE WAFFEN SS Volume 3. author Hugh Page Taylor 1st Edition 1972, 2nd printing 197? In-depth photographs and huge amount of text in this high quality work on the Prinz Eugen Division Florian Geyer, Hohenstaufen, Frundsberg, Grenadier Division Nordland, Panzer Division Hitler Jurgend, Mountain Division Handschar.
US WWI EXPERIMENTAL NO.5A HELMET. A very good condition experimental helmet No.5A, which although the shell was produced in 1918 this example has been experimented with again officialy after WW1 by changing the liner to the USA produced liner for the US Brodie the small holes that held the original inner in place have been ordnance filled and the shell repainted in a smooth finish some losses to paint as can be seen from our web site images , the original finish was always a rough sand inclusive finish, Complete with its original canvas chinstrap and its four sections of the leather liner with its head crash pad in place. All of the four tongues of the leather liner system are present, three are split but still retains its original drawstring. During the latter stages of WWI the United States made many experiments to find a successor to the British designed American produced Brodie helmet, none were accepted but evidence is known of service trials at the front.
VICKERS GUN PHOTOGRAPH. Two excellent period photographs, one appearing to be a squad of machine gunners sat with Vickers in front of them, flanked by officers and horse drawn carriages. This photo was clearly taken at the end of one of the classic Victorian type barrack room areas and is housed in an excellent quality modern frame in an old style. There is another photo, which appears to be a Machine Gun Corps with mixed cap badges, both officers and men and in front of the soldiers are Lewis guns and Hotchkiss machine guns. An excellent clear image.
WEBLEY HOLSTER 1915 DATED. A very nice condition mid tan all leather holster for the WWI Mark 6 Webley revolver. Maker marked and clearly dated ‘1915’ to the flap closure tab.
WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED RANKS BELT AND BUCKLE. A good long 104cm leather combat belt with its brass clip, matching to the Wurttemberg brass and nickel buckle, which would appear to be totally original to the belt. The buckle is in excellent condition, no maker’s markings.
WURTTEMBERG INFANTRY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE AND COVER. An extremely good condition and large size officers all leather pickelhaube from the State of Wurttemberg. Good leather skull with some cracking and crazing to the finish, both the front and back peaks are securely attached to the main body, good gilt to all the fittings, which include the back strap, officers non-removable spike, cross base, Wurttemberg front plate with undamaged antlers to the stag, flat gilded chin scales with its standard officers national cockade and a black and red Wurttemberg non serrated edged cockade, square cut front peak. The interior leather liner has evidence of wear use but all complete with its inner silk lining. Complete with its officers helmet cover with faint traces of the original owner’s name hand applied to the interior.
WURTTEMBERG OFFICERS FIELD GREY CAP. A beautiful condition high quality material field grey officers visor cap for a Wurttemberg officer. To the upper crown a small area of moth tracking with one moth hole, red centre band, both the national and State Wurttemberg cockades fitted, field grey visor. The ersatz sweatband is intact but half of it is loose from the main body. Interior canvas waterproof lining and unusually for an officers piece of equipment regimentally marked ‘JR120’. Ideal for placing with a Wurttemberg field grey uniform display.
WW1 CONVEX IRON CROSS 1st CLASS A very fine condition possibly 1930's produced, convex shaped, Imperial German Iron Cross 1st Class. The surrounding frame retains virtually all its original frosted finish with good paint to the centre. Wide tapering pin on the reverse side. Non maker marked.
WWI AUSTRIAN INFANTRY SHAKO. A Corporal’s shako for the Austrian Infantry of WWI complete with its woollen zigzag pattern lace. One moth nip only to the wool body. The form is good and strong, slight congealing to the front peak, complete with its double headed eagle Austrian front plate and brass cockade, chinstrap missing. Part of the original owner’s name applied to a paper label in the upper inner crown area. Although not sized we estimate a size 55 or 56.
WWI AUSTRIAN MARINE TROOPS FIELD BELT. An exceptionally rare item of Austrian field equipment being the officers field belt worn by Marine land based troops of the Austrian Empire during WWI. A standard brown leather Austrian belt with clear manufacturer’s marks and logos to the rear and the rare two-piece high quality bronze naval infantry buckle to the front being the crowned anchor with scrolls either side and the oak leaf and laurel buckle surround. These belts are manufactured as one unit and therefore cannot be changed as with other German buckles and Austrian buckles. The overall condition is excellent, there is some scuffing but the leather remains good and clear. Some of the original grey felt lining cloth is still present however much has disappeared with time. An exceptionally rare item of WWI equipment.
WWI AUSTRIAN WAIST BELT. A typical wartime produced waist belt in grained brown leather with the large Corps type buckle in black japanned steel. The overall condition is excellent and supple with some service staining and normal wear and tear, however perfectly usable for a display.
WWI BADGE RELATED BOOKS. Three books by Short, Ripley and Wilkinson, Buttons of the British Army, Badges of the British Army and Special Forces Insignia of the British Army. Excellent small guides now out of print with many illustrations and descriptions. Priced for three books.
WWI BAVARIAN GENERAL’S PICKELHAUBE. A magnificent condition pencil marked size ‘57½’ to the inner crown area. Skull superb. Some minor crazing to the front and back peak, both peaks securely attached to the main body. The gilt overall to the back strap, fluted spike, cross base beautifully struck and detailed Bavarian crown with large blue, white, red and gold enamelled Bavarian Coat of Arms only worn by Generals. Flat chin scales, square cut front peak with gilded peak trim, both national and Bavarian cockades are of the utmost quality. To the interior the front and rear peaks are lined in red and green, the interior leather liner is excellent showing some wear use with its inner silk complete. Lightly stamped in ink to the upper inner crown is the word ‘Extraleicht’ (extra light).
WWI BOOKS -FLANDERS THEN AND NOW & PHOTO HISTORY OF WWI. Both are excellent books, the photo history being packed with black and white images of First World War subjects. Xlibris in very good condition with only some minor turning to the corners, etc., The Then and Now book is good, however the dust jacket and outer cover has become detached from the main book, with a little elementary DIY gluing this would be perfectly good, the book is perfectly readable as it is. Price per pair.
WWI BRITISH BATTLE DAMAGED BRODIE HELMET. An excellent example of the typical Brodie steel helmet of late war production with rim to the edge and rubber donut fitted underneath the felt head pad. The whole helmet is in very nice untouched condition and has come from a small regimental museum and still has tiny numbering from the museum acquisition to the band. To the side is a very small hole that clearly a grain of shrapnel has driven through the helmet side, this is only very lightly damaged to the leather at the exterior of the lining band. The chinstrap is good and complete and unbroken with just a little dryness to one end and a little staining, this would appear possibly to be small splatters of blood, probably from the small impact of the shrapnel. The helmet is in above average condition with most of the felt pad remaining with a little moth and displacement to the felt, however good and complete. There is the typical Brodie patent pink stamp to the underside of the Rexene band that again is very good and again in a highly polished state with little cracking and crazing to it. The helmet is marked ‘MWS’ and ‘6’ stamped into the metal and the exterior finish, which is 85% present, appears to be an initial coat of smooth green that has received a subsequent coat of very finely textured sand-type finish.
WWI BRITISH MADE BELGIUM FIGHTING KNIFE. An excellent example of the scarce trench weapon, these were extensively issued to Belgian troops and were particularly popular with tank crews towards the end of the war and into the inter war years. These were produced using shortened British 08 swords and the item has to the upper recasso the Sanderson full address. The blade is good and bright with just some areas of darkening with a good sharp tip. The original wide plate-like cross guard is excellent and again bright. The hardwood handle is good and with only one or two stains and small knocks. The scabbard is excellent and is the all metal type very reminiscent of bayonet scabbards with a particular turned over metal belt clip.
WWI BRITISH MOUNTED OTHER RANKS BOOTS. A pair of high laced boots as worn by mounted troops such as cavalry and mounted artillery during the Great War. The boots are of pebbled brown leather and consist of hooks and eyes and eyelets. There is a single strap to the upper cuffs. This single strap configuration is consistent with early issued boots. The sole is of the other ranks pattern with horseshoe heel guards and nailed but unstudded soles as is concurrent with artillery boots. Many photographs of these boots can be found when studying images of the Great War and although these boots do not appear to have WD stampings, many of these types of equipment were purchased semi privately by militia and territorial units. The boots are of a good size 9, the leather is supple. There is a little splitting to the rear calves, however this does not affect the overall appearance. The lower part of the boots is almost identical to the rare B1 infantry boots in cut, style and squared toe.
WWI BRITISH OFFICERS BEDFORD CORD BREECHES. A very nice set of service worn sun bleached and age fox stained British officers breeches. A classic pair of the large size breeches, which would contrasting beautifully against a khaki tunic, or could be worn with a khaki drill tunic. All buttons remaining.
WWI BRITISH RFC OFFICERS SIDE CAP. An exceptionally nice example of the iconic RFC side cap, this appears to be a very early produced example made from an extremely heavy whipcord type material having a cream silk lining throughout and having the original thin leather chinstrap being slightly offset to either side so it could be worn at a jaunty angle. This very thin leather chinstrap is held in place by small brass hooks, these are deeply verdigris patinated and the very thin elegant leather chinstrap remains good and supple. There is a very good RFC badge with all of its blackened finish to the exterior and to the front simple black leather football buttons. The high fronted form and excellent quality all indicate possibly pre First World War production making this a most interesting and rare item of RFC headdress.
WWI BRITISH WELSH KNIFE. Without doubt the rarest of any fighting knife, sword or bayonet of WWI being the famous Welsh knife. The knife with its 50cm leaf shaped blade with broad central ridge, a circular hand guard, which is ridged. The knife was designed in 1916 by the sculptor and armourer Felix Joubert and patented by him as a new or improved trench knife. It is presumed it based on an ancient Welsh weapon. An unknown but very limited number of Welsh knives were manufactured by the Wilkinson Sword Company at the request of Lord Howard De Walden. De Walden had the knife issued to the 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers with whom he was serving as a Major. The blade’s body inscription ‘Dros Urddas Cymru’ (For the honour of Wales). Our example is in excellent condition, the blade having some sharpening edges but still retaining its leaf shaped form. Below the Welsh inscription is the initials of the designer and on the reverse side the name ‘Joubert’ is stamped into the flat section of the upper part of the blade. All of the string wrapping to the hilt is complete with its original thicker string wrist strap. The knife is fitted into its totally original scabbard, constructed of leather and herringbone twill binding cloth. The example shown on the Imperial War Museum’s website illustrating its own example, does not have the bottom leather chape.
WWI BRITISH WIRE CUTTERS BY CHATER LEA 1917. A pair of folding wire cutters by Chater Lea dated 1917.
WWI BULGARIAN ENTRENCHING TOOL. An extremely rare piece of equipment from WWI being a 1915 dated Bulgarian entrenching shovel. We have not translated the Cyrillic script but we have been firmly assured it is Bulgarian and not Russian. Maker marked. One rivet missing to shovel head. Good wood. Leather cradle missing.
WWI CANADIAN 143rd BATT CEF SCRAP BOOK. A superb scrap book and various other items of paperwork pertaining to the 143rd Battlion. The 143 were a Bantam battalion of the Canadian Army, they crossed to France and fought on the western front during WWI. The scrapbook itself has been compiled by an adult who is closely connected with the regiment and particularly with the band of that regiment. The scrapbook itself is approximately 2 inches thick and contains a huge amount of press cuttings of the period pertaining to the battalion. There are many annotations, some menus, various invites, paper clippings, a large size cabinet photo of a famous officer of the battalion who was killed during the war, Lieutenant R.B. Powell, a well know Davis Cup tennis player, the portrait is of excellent clear quality, it shows the officer wearing the extremely rare Canadian 1915 pattern webbing officers set, this was produced by Mills and contracted to the Canadian Government, it clearly shows the copper bottomed holster, the ammunition pouch, Mills belt and shoulder strap. There are three copies of Chevrons to Stars, this was the quarterly journal of the Canadian Officers School where other ranks were promoted to officers. There are two large photographs, one of the battalion band and another that appears to be a company of the battalion, one of the photos has a split towards the end however it can be repaired and displayed easily. There is a separate notebook listing music issued to the battalion band, dated ‘July 1916’ inscribed to the interior ‘The Band President’. Within the grouping there is a huge amount of research material and a comprehensive history of the battalion and its activities throughout the war, the condition is good, there is foxing to the pages and typical fragility to the background paper, however the printed matter remains clear and readable. There is also a copy of the Bantam Review, printed at Sydney Camp in British Colombia, the 5th August 916. To the front is a large photo of the Commanding Officer of the battalion. The souvenir book seems to have been compiled by a Violet Bridgewater, who is probably the daughter of one of the officers of the battalion, the name Bridgewater appears several times within the text found inside. Overall a huge amount of research.
WWI CZECH LEGION CAP. An excellent version of the distinctive cap worn by Czech Legion volunteers who fought their way across Russia. These caps were particularly popular while in Vladivostok awaiting repatriation and were often made from Japanese imported cloth. The cap is in very much above average condition with typical Czech Lion Sovak Cross insignia to the front as well as red and white ribbon. There are one or two tiny moth nips and the original headband is present as is the liner.
WWI FIFE CASE. A scarce case for the Fife musical instrument. These cases have a very wide slider to the rear, this was to attach to the 1908 webbing belt, these were indeed carried on field operations. To the front flap is a very clear maker’s mark ‘J.A.Jacobs & Co Limited 1915’. The leather remains good and supple and a good deep brown colour.
WWI FRENCH ADRIAN SHELL. An interesting infantry variation and one that we have only encountered on a few occasion being made complete offset, this shows human error in the manufacture, this was clearly continued into service and issued as such. The badge is clearly out of line to the comb and the whole helmet remains completely untouched. There is much original blue paint, however a rust build and areas of deep pitting to one side. A very interesting variation to the Adrian.
WWI FRENCH TRENCH PERISCOPE. A 75cm long grey painted trench periscope. The optics are good and clear. Manufacturer marked ‘Societe d-optique Berthiot Paris’ with issue number 2792, still with its complete but slightly damaged canvas carrying case. The canvas case has leather fittings, including what was a leather carrying handle that has now disappeared. The central section of the canvas carrying bag is split as can be seen on our web images. A nice First World War trench item.
WWI FRENCH/CONTINENTAL MILLS WEB BELT. The great success of the Mills Company meant that many countries including France experimented and had small factories producing items in the Mills style. This belt is most interesting being of approximately 2¼ inches in width and having U.S. twig type buckles. The item has been used and has faded to a light khaki colour with a gentle hint of grey overall. The item is very good throughout and is to be considered a rare item of webbing.
WWI GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS. A very fine group of 21 images all of large size, between 5 3/4 and 4¼, with only at 5½ inches x 3¼ inches. It is difficult to ascertain whether these are press photographs or privately taken in large shots. One has hand annotation on the reverse side, the others all have typed annotations plus a series of numbers which may possibly be inventory numbers, however the content of these photographs are superb from a technical aspect. The hand annotated image shows a beautifully camouflaged German machine crashed, Marine bi-planes on their airfield on the edge of the North Sea in preparation for flying, a superb close-up shot of a German machine with both of its crew in the cockpit with a clear view of the machine gun. One small image of what may be a French or British machine, crashed with its squadron insignia painted to the side. A large image of German mechanics working on a machine, refilling oil and servicing. Pigeon carriers being loaded aboard a German machine with the observer receiving the pigeons next to his machine gun. A wonderful close-up of an observer wearing a feldmutze with a machine gun in the observer position. One small postcard sized image of what possibly could be a French machine with a the pilot and observer sitting on the wing and standing. Excellent close-up of Flieger Leutnant Immelmann standing in front of his Fokker monoplane. A See Flieger Abteilung machine being winched aboard its mother ship. A large group of pilots and mechanics from a Naval See Flieger unit standing in front of a naval flying machine, 16 persons in the image wearing a variety of uniforms and flying clothing. A postcard size image, an extremely good close-up of a rare aircraft machine gun with two German aviators in the machine. One large image of an aircraft camera being loaded aboard a machine. Another very rare image of an observer or pilot seated in his plane wearing a parachute harness. The remaining images all of excellent detail and quality of German WWI aviation. Condition:
WWI GERMAN BAVARIAN ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. A good brass bodied buckle with nickel overlay plate for the State of Bavaria, non maker marked, complete with its double pronged belt fixing system.
WWI GERMAN FLANNEL DRAWERS. An excellent pair of flannel draws as worn underneath the field trousers during WWI, they have the characteristic high fishtail back with the loops for shoulder braces. The soft flannel lining is complete. The outer cream material is excellent with the characteristic pin stripes. They are profusely size marked, factory marked and army group marked. The BA group marking is for BAX VIII, this was Stuttgart Im Wurttemburg. A rare WWI accessory.
WWI GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE TRENCH HELMET. A nice camouflage finish mainly around the lower half of the helmet, a two colour camouflage with two different colours of green and two browns set with black separation lines. To the interior the M.17 steel band is in place with two of its leather pads with the inner horsehair pads fitted, the third pad is complete with the helmet but is adrift from the liner band, also complete with its inner horsehair.
WWI GERMAN M16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A totally untouched German camouflage helmet in exactly barn stored condition. The exterior paint is approximately 75% present and shows the ochre, brick red and forest green sections divided by black lines. There is some original crackling to the paint finish and the paint is extremely dry and has an almost frosted quality overall. This finish possibly could be brought to life with the application of a light oil, however we prefer to leave the item as it is. To the interior of the helmet the condition is approximately the same. There is a soldier's name written in a hasty manner to the rear of the apron. The original liner is present with its double layered leather head band and the pad elements are basically complete with the original pads present, however these are somewhat dry and fragile and a large portion of the original chin strap is remaining with both adjustment buckles and both attachment keyhole fixtures, however one has broken away at one end. The rear fixing pin is now missing from the helmet. This item, although far from perfect, condition-wise, is absolutely untouched and straight from a loft. Condition:
WWI GERMAN NAVAL BAG. Although the item was issued and used pre war, these were used also during WWI by naval troops engaged in land combat. This is of typical construction with a fixed very wide shoulder strap and a single button closure to the front. It is profusely stamped to the interior with a very clear 'BAW 15.5.07' date as well as various unit markings being 'HM2 630' and a printed German name tape sewn in place. The item is of the pre war reddish brown heavy canvas material that has faded in places, there is some staining however no rips or tears or damage to the material. A excellent and rare item of equipment.
WWI GERMAN PRUSSIAN ENGINEERS FIELD CAP. An excellent example of the Prussian engineers field cap with green soft painted leather peak and matching strap. No moth damage, complete with large size national and state cockades. The interior lining is complete, some obvious wear use to the forehead area. Ultra rare item of Imperial German headdress, often worn by NCO's and officers.
WWI GERMAN SAXON RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A good Saxon reserve officers pickelhaube with very tall spike, some light crazing to the skull, both front and back peaks securely attached to the main body. The back strap, removable screw off spike and circular spike base slightly duller than the nice frosted gilding remaining to the protruding front Saxon reserve officers plate, the overlay being in white metal. Standard flat gilt chin scales with matching peak trim. The national and State cockades are matching pattern without serrated edges. To the interior front and back peaks are both green and red lined, the inner leather liner showing good colour but with wear use, its inner silk in light cream still present. Marked in pencil to the interior skull size ‘55½’. A very nice Saxon reserve officers helmet.
WWI GERMAN WURTTEMBURG FIELD ARTILLERY NCO's PICKELHAUBE. A scarce Wurttemberg Field Artillery NCOs or 1 Year volunteer all leather picklelhaube. Good size skull which is size marked ‘55½ in pencil to the interior skull. Some crazing to the upper outer skull area with minor creases. All of the fittings are of officers quality in gilt brass with extremely good gilt to the Wurttemberg front plate, which includes undamaged antlers on the standing deer, these are invariably broken on Wurttemberg helmets. Ball top indicating artillery. Domes instead of stars to the base plate to the artillery ball indicating NCO rank. Officers domed chin scales with enlisted mans national and Wurttemberg cockades fitted with officers front peak trim. To the interior the leather liner and inner artificial silk liner are of officers quality. The leather retains good colour and is undamaged. The artificial silk is intact but slightly shredded in places. The interior skull retaining much original colour. The domed chin scales indicating that this is a field artillery regiment of which Wurttemberg only had three regiments of field artillery, No.29, 49 and 65.
WWI HUNGARIAN MEDAL. All finish remaining, complete with its Austro Hungarian style of ribbon mounting. Good patina finish remaining to the lower field of the award.
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPGHS. Five excellent postcard size photo cards all of NCOs or Officers wearing various shapes and forms of visor caps. One signed and dated on the reverse 1918 and another signed and dated 1915, the three others are blank.
WWI IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHS. Four postcard size photographs, one that has been written, franked and posted and one other written but no postal franking. Of four Imperial German soldiers wearing 1910 pattern uniforms and all wearing Feldmutzes.
WWI INSIGNIA. A fascinating pair of cloth insignias recently found in Austria being a portion of French cloth with the letters 'KG' which would indicate a prisoner of war, this would be stencilled onto the garments of prisoners of war. A very large insignia being a yellow velvet star overlaid on grey green cloth with the white and red Czechoslovakian colours underneath. These are both mounted on cards with original period annotations about their origin, we can only theorise that this was formulated by an Austrian intelligence officer or equivalent to identify enemy troops as well as categorise prisoners of war. The label appears to be dated '1917' and '1918'. To the rear of one of the labels is a modern translation, which we believe pertains to their Czechoslovakian Legion in Italy. Two have some moth and there is much dust and areas of moth residue, we have left these completely untouched and uncleaned and the cards they are mounted on are old and somewhat brittle but the two items remain a highly fascinating piece of WWI history.
WWI ITALIAN COASTAL DEFENCE GUN ITEMS. Two interesting items brought back at the end of WWII by a British officer. Being two impressive brass items removed from an Italian coastal defence gun in the area of Naples. The larger piece is maker marked and dated January 1918 measuring 40 cm by 29cm. It has beautifully engraved crossed cannons, an anchor and what appears to be a weapons stand. Also heavily engraved Gio Ansaldo & Co STAB. Artigliere’Genova 1918. To the interior there is a hand written label taken from coastal defence battery Capri, Naples by Leutenant commander D.R.Moore rn H.M.S Faulkner 1943/4. Accompanying this large piece is a smaller square manufacturers plate Measuring 14 x 8cm, which we presume was taken with the same gun, which is cast with all the technical details of the gun and the maker, shipping will be have to be quoted separately on this item. Condition:
WWI ITALIAN SPLINTER GOGGLES. An exceptionally rare pair of splinter goggles, these were issued items to Italian troops during the latter part of the Great War. A huge amount of experimentation took place during the war to defend troops against the terrible losses, the nature of trench warfare meant that the head area was the most exposed part of the body, helmets were developed and various facial defences were also developed against the horrendous injuries caused by shell fragments, these often resulted in blinding. The pair of goggles are a configuration that many nations experimented with being of oval pressed metal eyepieces with a series of thin eye slots. These eyepieces are pressed into a larger metal sheet, each eye and a considerable area of the cheek is covered by steel, the steel itself is encased in a typical Italian colour grey green flannel envelope type frame. The elastic strap to the rear has button adjustments and buttonholes to the period elastic. The paint of the eyepieces is the Italian grey green colour. The overall condition is very good with some light rust staining and a little wear to the nap of the cloth. The elastic remains flexible although a little brittle. These items of facial defence proved impractical and were often disguarded by the troops at the front making these items exceptionally rare today. Many illustrations exist of this particular pair of goggles, the excellent but hard to find Italian book Storia Dell Elmetto Italiano show these exact goggles in illustration number 14, unfortunately the pages are not numbered in this book. Also in Bashford Dean's brilliant work on helmets and body armour similar goggles and considerable text can be found on page 234. These goggles can often be seen worn tied around the helmet itself by Italian troops during the Great War period.
WWI NEW ZEALAND ISSUED 08 PATTERN HAVERSACK. A well service worn haversack worn by Soldier 3/262 TOL Jenkins NZMC’ (New Zealand Medical Corps). The 08 pack has had long shoulder straps fitted, all other 08 pattern fittings are complete, marked inside of the flap ‘MW & S Limited 1915’ broad arrow marked and the matching number of ‘3262’ heavily stencilled to the interior flap. An interesting piece of New Zealand used field equipment.
WWI PORTUGUESE WATER BOTTLE. A very rare piece of equipment being the water bottle issued to the Portuguese contingent in Europe in WWI. Standard metal and enamelled water bottle, covered in felt, very similar in shape to a German WWI water bottle having a metal base which doubles as a drinking or food cup, complete with its leather shoulder length strap and leather cradle that holds the base cup to the bottle itself. A rare item.
WWI PRUSSIAN MODEL 1887 DRAGOON HELMET. A very good example of an extremely rare 1887 Prussian enlisted mans Dragoons all leather pickelhaube. In the lineage of the shape of the pickelhaube the 1887 was the last but one shape, starting back in the early 19th Century with the very tall pickelhaube, it was gradually reduced in size through various model years. This example has its leather skull in excellent condition, just minor crazing to the front and back peaks with the square cut front peak having its correct white metal trim in place and undamaged. The helmet plate, spike and spike base all in white metal of which a lot of the plating is missing revealing a brass-like finish below. The clip-over chin scales are of the brass variety, the helmet is complete with its totally original national and State cockades. The interior of the helmet has its original liner of which one tongue is missing and one other has been replaced. There are other minor tears, but the leather is generally good and strong. In the area between the two plate fixing points there is the remains of the original owners name label, which clearly states 'Dragoon Regiment' apart from that the details are missing. There are also other painted markings of '2EI', there are other unit markings, which we have been unable to identify to the rear back peak. With the configuration of white metal, spike, spike base and plate and brass chin scales with white metal front peak trim the helmet could be narrowed down to Prussian Dragoon Regiment 4, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 15. One of the markings on the back peak is identifiable as a 5, which would further pin the regiment down to Dragoon Regiment Freiherr Von Manteuffel, who were formed in 1860, they were part of the 11th Army Corps from the garrison town of Hofgeismar.
WWI PRUSSIAN NCO's FIELD CAP. A slightly mothed and well used example of a field grade quality cap having grey wool to the crown, red piping and band throughout and a semi soft pressed card peak. This is clearly a very late war cap having a Rexene head band and paper cloth lining with the size stamp, which appears to be '56' to the interior. Although the condition is far from superb the item still remains an excellent historic piece. None the less an excellent item of late war German militaria.
WWI ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE MEDAL & INSIGNIA GROUP. An extremely rare grouping to a Royal Naval Air Service Petty Officer, F.C.Wheeler. comprising the 1914/15 Star, named. British War and Victory Medal, both named. The medals are loose contained in their original cardboard boxes accompanied with their correct ribbons. To the exterior of the lid are the typed attached labels describing the enclosed medal and the recipient’s name. All three medals are mint, unworn. They have never had their ribbons fitted. Situated in a nicely crafted painted decorated edged oval frame measuring 5 x 4 inches is the ultra rare Royal Naval Air Ship Coxswain Badge, which is beautifully embroidered in heavy gold wire on dark blue backing cloth. Surrounding the Coxswain’s Badge are examples of his three WWI medal ribbons and two items of V shaped rank lace. To the reverse of the frame there is old paper covering with a hook for wall hanging. Also accompanying the group is an 8½ inch length of pierced aluminium frame with an engraved plaque attached to the wooden mounting plate ‘Naval Airship C.18’. Petty Officer Frank Charles Wheeler enlisted into the Royal Naval Air Service as a Petty Officer Mechanic in May 1915, he remained at this rank until February 1917 and is then shown as an Air Mechanic 1. He saw service at Cranwell and the Naval Air Station at Wormwood Scrubs in London, which operated airships. He was appointed a Leading Mechanic in August 1917 and was later re-appointed a Petty Officer. Any items whether it be medals or artefacts to the Royal Naval Airship units are extremely desirable and rare. Accompanying the grouping is a photocopy of his WWI service record. Condition:
WWI TRENCH UNIT SIGN. A stunning example of a unit related sign from WWI. Painted on a roughly cut piece of ration or petrol tin, the sign depicts a red bearded devil type face on a black and white background. The paint itself is beautifully patinated and has the cracking overall associated with old oil paints. There are two holes to either side where it was presumably attached to either a vehicle or a sign, unfortunately we have not been able to identify the unit that this sign belonged to however extensive research could prove fruitful.
WWI U-BOAT COMMANDER'S GROUPING. A large grouping of paperwork, photographs and documentation belonging to the former Oberleutnant Zur See Helmut Lorenz. He was born October 1889, he joined the Reich Marine. During WWI he was Commander of UC14 from July 1917 to September 1917. Commander of UB10 from the 8th September 1917 to the 16th October 1917. Finally Commander of UC48 from October 1917 to March 1918. During his career on these three submarines there were three ships sunk for a total of 1,757 tons and one ship damaged. The total number of ships sunk by UC48 was 35. All but two of these were under the command of Kurt Ramien. On the 22nd October 1917 under the command of Helmut Lorenz UC48 sunk a Spanish ship and on the 17th November 1917 also under the command of Helmut Lorenz it sank a Norwegian ship. On the 20th March 1918 the UC48 was badly damaged by depth charges from the RMS Loyal, the submarine limped into the Spanish port at El Ferrol, Spain where the submarine and the crew were interned. The Spanish authorities removed the propeller from the submarine to prevent any breakout. Included in the group is the award document for the U-Boat badge dated 12th January 1920 with his original single stamped version of the WWI Submariner's badge. There is a large typed report on the damaging and eventual internment of UC48 in Spain typed at the time of the interment plus the 1919 Reich Marine Headquarters report on the incident. A 1975 signed letter to the still surviving wife of Helmut Lorenz from Karl Donitz and pen signed by Donitz, who was a First World War submarine officer himself and commanded the Submarine Service in WWII and was the last Chancellor of Germany in 1945. Newspaper cuttings from Madrid in 1919. German and French newspapers from WWI. A huge amount of personal and family photographs and other memorabilia relating to his service in the Reich Marine. Lastly a nickel plated cup with engraved plaque to the base 'Herrn Helmut Lorenz Zur Bootsubernahme Von U48'.
WWI U.S. FATIGUE HAT. One of the rarest items of WWI doe boy headdress is the working hat. These simple hats known as Bob's were wore for fatigue dress and can be seen worn in France by cooks and other troops undertaking fatigue type duties, this is a well washed out used version. Complete with all eyelets and lining remaining. The simple cardboard tag has long since disappeared, however this is most definitely a WWI example in a good reasonable size. A scarce element of headdress to find for the WWI U.S. collector. XJLP
WWI WURTTEMBERG NCO’S PICKELHAUBE WITH CASE AND COVER. An absolutely superb condition Wurttemberg NCO or 1 year volunteer helmet, the skull although not sized, possibly size 56 has a semi satin finish, slightly crazed leather. All of the stitching for the front and back peaks is absolutely firm and strong, the body totally undented and is not abused in any way. All of the gilt fittings, which include the NCO’s back strap, tall pointed officers quality spike with the pearl ring below the spike of the officer form, the circular spike base having NCO’s domes fitted, officer quality Wurttemberg front plate with the antlers to the stag undamaged, enlisted mans national and Wurttemberg State cockade, flat chin scales, front peak trim all match in colour. On inverting the helmet the light tan leather sweatband and interior silk would appear to be virtually unworn. The helmet has two minor problems, a metallic size disc normally situated at the rear of the leather sweatband has come away leaving a small hole in the leather and one of the front plate securing threaded studs has come away from the reverse of the helmet plate itself. There is some unidentified pencil annotations to the interior of the skull and an adhered paper label with what appears to be a name applied and the number ‘180’. The helmet has all its original washers behind any split pins and is complete with its original field cover, which is stamped size 57, in its original conical carrying box with all strapping intact. An excellent item.