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2nd DIVISION EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN FRANCE 17-19. This is a reprint of the original divisional record, this reprint itself was produced in 1989 and is now long out of print. There is a huge amount of detail, some good photographs and maps that cover the actions of this most interesting of U.S. divisions that were formed primarily of U.S. Marine Corps with Army support elements. The book is in good condition with just a little marking to the outer cover and a little fading. The jacket has never had a dust cover.
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 COLLECTOR 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. Condition:
AUSTRALIAN WWI M.15 PATTERN HOLSTER. A very scarce holster for use by Australian troops throughout WWI being the Australian 1915 pattern holster. Australian equipment always appears in either a light green, dark orange or deep brown colour, this particular holster is in near mint condition in light green and has had a little service wear. Designed to take the Webley mark 6 holster, clearly stamped ‘Australia’ with ‘S’ over a downward point broad arrow mark. Overall condition superb, leather supple. To the rear of the holster are the belt mounting attachments, shoulder brace buckle and a slide so the cleaning rod could be stowed by the holster.
AUSTRIAN ARMOURED BROW PLATE FOR THE AUSTRIAN DRAGOON HELMET. 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 FIBRE BOARD AMMUNITION POUCH. A scarce single ammunition pouch made of a composition material, similar to cardboard, where only the closing flap and the belt loop and hinge are constructed of leather. Some scuffing to fibre material but generally good and strong with all leather complete. An excellent example is shown on page 431 of The Emperor's Coat, Uniforms and Equipment of the Austro/Hungarian Army from 1914-18.
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 LEATHER FROG. A very long 13 inch leather frog with belt suspension loop, for the M15 sword for mounted troops
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 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. 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
AUSTRIAN/GERMAN WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL AND HOLDER. A highly unusually and yet to be identified all leather entrenching tool holder, belt suspended, with a clearly maker marked and dated ‘1915’ entrenching tool. The leather holder is in excellent condition, maker marked in Chemnitz dated ‘1916’ to the rear of the leather. To the front of the leather holder ordnance accepted with what appears to be two separate dates of ‘1916’ and ‘1918’. The leather is in superb supple condition, good strong stitching, complete with its entrenching tool, which is clearly marked ‘1915’ to the wood haft and maker marked ‘Bleckmann’ and clear date of ‘1915’ to the tool head.
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 MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. A good combat used large size 100cms in length Bavarian belt leather, which is marked ‘1.L.R.3.B’ Infantry Leib Regiment, this was the premier infantry regiment of the Bavarian Army, with ‘3.B’ 3rd Battalion. Fitted with its original all steel one-piece Bavarian belt buckle, which is of a far deeper strike than normally encountered.
BAVARIAN FIGHTING KNIFE. The excellent knife known as the Lebensretter. This beautiful knife is maker marked ‘Anton Winger Junior, Solingen’ to one side of the blade, which has very slight sharpening marks. To the opposite side is the Bavarian motto ‘In Treue Fest’ surrounded by floriated work. Below ‘Mein Lebensretter D.R.G.M.’ with its all metal simulated stag grip, fitted into its original unique type scabbard, which opens at the top to allow the cross guard to fit snugly into the scabbard. The majority of its original black paint finish remaining. The original belt loops, closing catch and knife retaining strap are in good order, the rivets that hold the belt loop to the rear of the scabbard are missing, the belt loop is attached to the scabbard with wire, the rivets could be replaced if required. A fine knife.
BELGIUM BRITISH MADE 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.
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 1908 PATTERN WAIST BELT. A lightly blancoed waist belt with verdigris build up to brass elements.
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 BATTLE INSIGNIA OF WWI BY KEVIN BECKHURST. A fantastic new and long awaited publication by Military Mode Publishing. Over 220 pages of reference on the battle insignia worn by the British Army in WWI, using data obtained direct from the Regiments and the IWM, this work will aid collectors and historian to identify many treasured artefacts. This colourful work is presented in Military Modes usual hard back format and contains a wealth of valuable information for any First World War collector. The images shown are pre production images.
BRITISH BATTLE INSIGNIA OF WWI BY KEVIN BECKHURST. A fantastic new and long awaited publication by Military Mode Publishing. Over 220 pages of reference on the battle insignia worn by the British Army in WWI, using data obtained direct from the Regiments and the IWM, this work will aid collectors and historian to identify many treasured artefacts. This colourful work is presented in Military Modes usual hard back format and contains a wealth of valuable information for any First World War collector.The images shown are pre production images.
BRITISH BOOK, GAS, THE STORY OF THE SPECIAL BRIGADE. A fascinating WWI book, printed in 1934 and gives excellent details throughout of the Special Brigade. These were formed whilst gas warfare was in its infancy, the book is profusely illustrated with photos and maps and is a highly interesting read. The condition throughout is good with some foxing etc., however all remains stable. Interestingly the book was supplied by Boots the Chemist.
BRITISH DE-FROCKED CRUISE VISOR HELMET. An extremely scarce example of the British steel helmet which had the addition of the chain mail cruise visor to the front, these were found to be extremely inefficient and were generally despised by all who wore them, they were subsequently de-frocked, this meant having the chain mail element taken off. The example has the original housing element, which once held the wire which suspended the mail. The helmet is pitted lightly overall and it is clear that the visor attachment element has always been with the helmet. The liner is present, again dry, with the chin strap missing, however an untouched example of a scarce helmet. A complete example in good condition with all its elements would easily be in excess of £3,000, this historic and combat worn item in its untouched condition is priced at a fraction of that.
BRITISH DIVISIONALLY 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 DIVISONALLY 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 name 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.
BRITISH EARLY PATTERN PO8 WAIST 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 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 MACHINE GUN CORPS BALL TOP SWAGGER STICK. A nice example of a long swagger stick at almost walking stick height that would be used by other ranks and NCO's for walking out dress. The top is a little dented in places and has a heavy patination, however the badge of the Machine Gun Corps and motto are clear to the top.
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 NAVAL PATTERN LARGE PACK. A mysterious object that we received with a number or naval related equipment items. We believe that this is the WWI devised back pack that would be worn with the 1901 naval equipment. The format is very much in the WWI fashion, with the very large 08 type buckles that are extremely square in their method of manufacture. To the rear are two non detachable shoulder straps. It is clear this would be worn as a nap sack and could be worn independently of the equipment. The 1901 bandolier equipment was an awkward item for the naval soldier and had no means of carrying equipment and we believe this pack was designed to supplement that equipment.
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 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 PATTERN 1902 ENLISTED RANKS TROUSERS. A very rare set of WWI enlisted mans trousers in the standard khaki cloth having all the correct features with the double strengthening stitch at the base of each hip pocket. Twelve buttons for the braces. No visible moth damage, nap of cloth thin in place, two darkened stains to the knee area of both legs, one small sewn repair, marked in the waistband ‘118’ over WD over the letter ‘L’. The waist size is 32 inches or 40cms. Inside leg 28 inches or 70cms. A very hard piece of British WWI uniform to obtain. Condition:
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 RMLI KILLED IN ACTION BINOCULARS AT ZEEBRUGGE 1918. An extremely historic pair of binoculars, which we firmly believe were carried by Lieutenant William ‘Willy’ Ernest Silettoe who was a member of the 4th Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry, died 23rd April 1918 on the famous Zeebrugge raid. Recently found within a table of basically junk at a French Brocante, standard British First World War period leather binocular case, which has a private High Holborn retailer’s name gold blocked within the upper inner lid ‘Opticians to H.M.Government Watson & Sons’. The binoculars have been WD accepted on the binoculars and the case, and are stamped on the lid and two places on the front of the case, complete with its leather neck strap. To the front of the case underneath the two WD marks hand inscribed to the leather ‘Landing Party’ with the name on the base of the case ‘Silettoe’. William Silettoe is named on the Hamilton Road Cemetery at Deal in Kent, he was killed in action onboard HMS Iris at Zeebrugge during the famous St.George’s Day Raid of 1918. The binoculars themselves are standard 6 x 30 binoculars, optics slightly cloudy, maker marked in raised relief ‘W.Watson & Sons Limited, London’ with broad arrow marks to both sides of the frame, larger WD marks to the front than to the back. Complete with neck strap. A rare historical artefact from probably one of the most famous actions of WWI and one of the very first combined operations.
BRITISH ROYAL ENGINEERS COLONEL’S CUFF RANK TUNIC. An outstanding example of an early cuff rank tunic, this clearly belonged to a career soldier and was initially purchased in the 1912 style having the closed collar, this has been extensively re-tailored to the front, which is very typical of tunics of the early Great War period. The expert re-tailoring has formed the open collar, which was worn with a shirt and tie. All features are absolutely classic of the August 1914 period. The tunic is made from a very fine woollen material, again an early cloth, lined throughout in brushed cotton with a half lining and having the lower half unlined, in the classic early short style cut with short stubby angular pockets with very large flaps. There is to the waistband the strip of reinforcing cloth, which would lie under the Sam Browne belt and there is the typical small ticket pocket. Epaulettes, yet again are classic First World War style being of wide mitred tipped construction. To each cuff is a set of excellent matching cuff ranking to Full Colonel with five rows of green braid and four rows of cuff tape as well as a typical very stylistic gauntlet type cuff with the reinforcing laying behind the gauntlet area. There are a set of mismatched pips for Colonel being two pips and a crown, it is clear this officer was promoted and thus the use of slightly mismatched crowns would be absolutely normal. There are a full compliment of matching George V officers Royal Engineers buttons to both the fly front and the pockets. To each collar are excellent matched bronze engineers flaming grenades and one can see below them evidence of where the territorial ‘T’s were removed, this again is a very common feature of Great War tunics where the officer has moved initially from a territorial unit into a regular unit and thus removed the ‘T’s. The reverse of the tunic has the correct heavy quality brass hooks for mounting the Sam Browne. The whole tunic is in very good condition with one or two very minor pin prick moth spots, however the general display is very much above average and the tunic is in a wonderful light khaki coloration. It is now very difficult to find decent untouched cuff rank tunics in this level of condition and this particular example makes an above average outstanding example in a good mannequin mountable size.
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.
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 TERRITORIAL 08 AMMO POUCH. A very scarce ammunition pouch being a single left hand pouch in the early configuration. These were often supplied to territorial units and this particular example is in excellent unblancoed condition and is complete except the long strap has been neatly cut from the rear. Any pre war item of 08 webbing must be considered rare. This interestingly has continued in service and has had khaki canvas tongues very neatly sewn to the inner side of the pouches, this does not show on display. All press studs function well. A scarce pouch.
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 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 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 08-14 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 1ST PATTERN BRODIE HELMET. A very rare example of the all green rimless 1st pattern Brodie helmet of WWI. This is the non magnetic shell, complete with its 1st pattern liner, which is in excellent condition. Clearly marked to the interior in red Brodie’s pattern liner. Complete with its original chinstrap, which is slightly stiff through age but is still firm and strong. It can be seen by our web images the degree of paint remaining. Marked to the inner rim ‘F/S’ with number ‘65’.
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 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 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 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 COMMONWEALTH EXPERIMENTAL 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT OFFICERS FLOPPY CAP. A good officers floppy cap so popular with the officers of the First World War, complete with 8 air vented holes on the rear overhang of the cap. Standard narrow chinstrap with General Service side buttons, bronze Loyal North Lancashire officers regimental badge attached, one moth nip to the right hand side of the regimental badge. The interior crown in the classic circular stitched lining of the WWI period, complete with a Samuel Helmet and Cap manufacturers rubber ink stamp into the crown, the remainder of the silk lining is present but slightly shredded in places.
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 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 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 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 FLYING CORPS OFFICERS OVERSEAS CAP. A very fine quality overseas cap worn by a Royal Flying Corps officer. The gabardine ribbed material is in superb condition with some light fraying to the nap to the left hand side of the cap as the cap is viewed, with its original bronze Royal Flying Corps officers badge, which has always been in place. Matching bronzed coloured RFC buttons to the front. Original size label of ‘6 7/8th to the interior attached to the silk lining, which shows much wear use with a velvet sweatband.
BRITISH WWI ROYAL FLYING CORPS WING BADLY MOTHED. A badly mothed Royal Flying Corps pilot’s wing.
BRITISH WWI ROYAL FUSILIERS TRENCH CAP. A fine example of the Gabardine constructed trench cap worn by an enlisted man in the Royal Fusiliers. Overall excellent condition, no moth damage, some stitches slightly loose to the multi stitched centre band, complete with its correct leather chinstrap and its brass Royal Fusiliers badge. To the interior there is obvious wear to the sweatband, marked ‘WD’ with number ‘7’ over letter ‘P’.
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 SERVICE/TRENCH CAP, UNISSUED. A magnificent piece of military uniform history being the khaki wool peaked service cap of WWI. Standard form of cap with the oilskin lining, complete with its chinstrap and General Service side buttons. In its original issue paper, which is size stamped ‘6 5/8ths’. The cap has been folded flat for many years and the rear of the cap laying upon the oilskin surface has virtually glued itself to the oilskin, it would appear to be difficult without damaging the inner lining to lift the back of the cap to see if there are any further markings inside the oilskin. A super untouched piece.
BRITISH WWI SINGLE PO8 CROSS STRAP. Good condition, blancoed. Faint traces of unidentified issue markings.
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 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 WOMAN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE INSIGNIA. An extremely rare p of insignia items 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 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.
BULGARIAN WWI 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.
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.
CANADIAN WWI 1ST MOUNTED RIFLES TUNIC AND CAP. A superb set being a cuff rank tunic and high quality Melton cloth cap worn by a Captain in the Canadian 1st Mounted Rifles. The tunic is the classic cuff rank style. Toronto tailor’s label to the inside pocket named to ‘Captain P.B.Johnson’ dated ’11.5.16’. The overall condition of the tunic is generally good, some repaired moth damage to the base of one upper pocket and just above the waistband. Fitted with a matched pair of 1st Mounted Rifles officers collar badges, all regimental pattern buttons, each sleeve having a rectangular powder blue grey patch with a circular red patch above. Both sleeves have had suede reinforced elbows. The cap is a Melton constructed London made cap, moth nips to the crown, fitted with a Mounted Rifles badge, thin leather chinstrap. A bad section of moth damage to the left hand lower band of the cap as the cap is viewed. Cream leather sweatband complete with its original London maker blocked to the central silk lozenge. The name inside the cap is a different name than the name inside the tunic, we have to assume that then this uniform is associated. Complete with the tunic and cap is a superb Sam Browne set, the Webley mark 6 holster in mid tan colour, ‘Ottawa’ maker marked and clearly dated ‘1916’. A matching colour Sam Browne waist belt, plus a London made ‘1913’ dated ammunition pouch. A good associated set worthy of much further research.
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.
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.
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. 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. 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 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 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 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 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.
FIELD GREY BY MICHAEL BALDWIN & MALCOLM FISHER. FIELD GREY UNIFORMS OF THE IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY 1907-1918. This large work on this highly interesting subject has come to fruition after over 15 years of work. In 1998 Regimentals were offered the largest collection in the world of the field grey uniforms of the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The collection was situated in Arizona, U.S.A. it was purchased and shipped to the United Kingdom. There were a total of 202 field grey uniforms, plus a huge amount of associated equipment and headdress. Up to that point in time and in the intervening years there has been no one specific work on the wartime uniforms of the Imperial German Army. Never before had a huge quantity of field grey uniforms been held by any dealership, museum or individuals and a work needed to be published on this subject. The work took a lot longer than anticipated but with the publishing skills of Schiffer Publishing this most magnificent work has at last been made available to the collector, museums and researchers. This is possibly the largest format book ever produced by Schiffer Publishing. It measures 31 cm x 42 cm, solid hard cover and with its own card slip case. Authored by Michael Baldwin and Malcolm Fisher. It has 270 fully coloured pages, virtually every page showing a single field grey uniform of all the branches of the Imperial German Army. The tunics run from the inception of the field grey tunic for the army being the 1907 pattern enlisted mans tunic, more commonly known amongst most collectors as the model 1910, right the way through the cavalry patterns, the proposed post war walking out tunics, the 1915 bluses and the many variations of the officers tunics whether they be for foot or mounted troops. The photography is accompanied by a huge amount of text, which the authors hope will allow the collector/researcher to have an insight into the complex systems of recognition through insignia and colours of the Imperial German Army. Interspersed with the images of the actual items are a large amount of period black and white photographs, many never published before showing examples of the uniforms in field service wear. Each copy purchased through Regimentals will be author signed. It should also be noted that one of the authors, Michael Baldwin, is also the author of the new series available through Military Mode Publishing and Regimentals web site of the Feldzug series, which charts the history of the Imperial German Army in five separate volumes, through from 1914 to 1918. As previously stated this book is extremely large its weight is 4.6 kg and the postage will be as follows regardless of the websites automated postage calculator, the postage fee will be charged manually and the online quote will be deducted:- Inland U.K. £12, other European destinations £25, USA & the Far East £53, Australia £56 Condition:
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 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 ACIER TROMPE ADRIAN PATTERN HELMET. A very good example of the Adrian helmet known as the Acier Trompe, these early 1915 rare variations are difficult to find, this example still having much of its original brown paint finish remaining, complete with its strap, no indentations to the crown, one minor knock to the comb. The interior 8 tongued leather liner all intact.
FRENCH ARMOURED PLATE FOR ADRIAN HELMET. 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 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.18 SIDE CAP. A typical private purchased side cap made from horizon blue material. Some surface moth. Original headband present in a good size. An impressive item of trench headdress.
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 OS 1915 GRENADE. An excellent example, very well restored and repainted in horizon blue paint with original brass element to the top.
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 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 ARTILLERYMAN’S ADRIAN PATTERN HELMET. A good Adrian pattern helmet, originally painted light horizon blue over the years this has toned down to a dark blue. Some scratches to the paint as can be seen from our web images and very minor indentations to the shell, complete with its flaming grenade and crossed cannon badge to the front. Original chinstrap and totally original liner, which is in excellent condition with one section of leather having a minor rodent hole to the rear of the helmet. A hole drilled in the rear skirt for wall suspension.
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 FIGHTING KNIFE WITH UNUSUAL MAKER. A good example of the Avenger knife of WWI. Good blade, slightly re-profiled to the tip, marked within an oval 'S.G.C.G.'. Excellent condition wood grip, good finish to the cross guard, all fitted into its correct pressed and single shouldered scabbard very similar to the French made American 1917 fighting knife. Complete with its single belt loop.
FRENCH WWI HORIZON BLUE M.18 OVERSEAS CAP. This is the large square M.18 version in good condition overall with some moth nips and a little wear to the nap of the cloth. This is completely unlined and the remains of the sweat band have long since disappeared, this was probably of a fine leather material. A good cap in an excellent size and a great way to complete the French bust display.
FRENCH WWI LARGE FRENCH BALL GRENADE. Excellent body with just very minor surface rusting. Minus its fuse, due to postal difficulties we can not accept orders for this item from outside the UK
FRENCH WWI LEBEL BAYONET. A good example of the Lebel bayonet for the French rifle of WWI, standard cruciform blade in excellent condition, hilt good, scabbard undamaged apart from slight rusting flooding through the blued finish and complete with its rare and excellent condition leather frog, which is clearly dated ‘1903’ and has various other issue stampings and rubber ink stampings, which unfortunately are indecipherable.
FRENCH WWI MADE AMERICAN KNUCKLEDUSTER KNIFE. The far harder to obtain of the two manufacturers of the US 1918 brass handled knuckleduster knife being the French made version with a slightly cruder casting to the brass grip. Complete with its original blade marked ‘Au Lion’, the blade in its original profile, it has not been sharpened, it has blackened in places over the years and has been cleaned. In its original one-piece folded and soldered scabbard, which does have various indentations but is complete with both of its Garrand belt retaining clips, marked ‘US 1918’ cast into the hilt.
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 TANKERS OR AVIATION OVERALLS. An incredibly rare garment, a lightweight workman’s style overalls, which are stepped into, six button closure to the front, adjustable buttoned cuffs, fly front, two upper breast pockets with false pleats, buttoned down flaps, fixed waist belt with sliding buckle closure to the front of the belt. To the upper inner collar area there is the remains of a canvas label, which has lost its markings. The garment has light service usage evident, no holes or deep stains. This very simple but ultra rare garment was introduced in WWI, the date unknown, and it is also unknown whether it was introduced for tank units and then utilised by aviation personnel or in the reverse order, however many images exist of the garment being worn by both arms of the service. Ideal for display with the late war French tanker’s helmet for an armoured display of WWI or with the Roold cork flying helmet for a French aviation WWI display.
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 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 BAVARIAN OFFICERS COMBAT WAIST BELT. The ultimate item to finish off the mannequin of a Bavarian officer in field grey being the scarce leather combat belt with field grey buckle. The belt is a very large size, combat thickness weight to the leather, complete with its interior adjuster tab and complete with both of its leather runners. Fitted to the belt is the field grey officers buckle with a central crown of Bavaria, complete with its original matching clip.
GERMAN CYCLISTS POUCH. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. 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 DRUMMERS STICKS AND CARRYING SET. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A scarce item of equipment being the imperial German drummers stick holder. This is in a bayonet configuration with a frog in many respects of the same dimensions of a bayonet frog, however, with two tubular loops. The two hard wood period drum sticks are present and although slightly mismatched are clearly of the period. The item is of a typical tarred leather material. The Germans did go into action with both buglers and drummers marching in columns with combat troops.
GERMAN ERSATZ FERNGLAS 03 CASE ONLY This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A scarce item of field equipment being the mid to late war constructed box to carry the earlier generation of binoculars. Although superseded by the 08 model, they continued in service throughout the German army. The binoculars case is of brown tan canvas with brown leather fittings throughout and typical German style riveting. There are faint traces of stamps to the inner lid as well as a label. The leather hinge and closure strap are good, supple and stable. A rare item of German field equipment and the first we have ever encountered. Condition:
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 M16 DRINKING CUP. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. An interesting example of the standard enamelled late war cup, however, in a very bright shade of lime green. Most of these are in a very definite field grey colour, however, this interesting variation shows the massive amount of difference in production in a wartime country.
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 NAVY BREAD 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.
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 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 THIRD REICH HELMUT NODINGER'S IRON CROSS 1st CLASS. A good slightly convex shaped Iron Cross 1st Class, non maker marked. Wide tapering pin at the reverse side having all of its black painted finish remaining to the iron centre. Originally the property of Helmut Nodinger, who took part in the Spanish Civil War with the Condor Legion, the Battle of Poland, the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain and uniquely the shooting down of a Swiss Messerschmitt 109,
GERMAN UNIFORMS & BAYONETS 1841-1945. 676 photographs of Imperial German uniforms with their bayonets either being worn or affixed to their rifles. Every image is annotated both in German and in English. 158 pages. A highly informative and useful work for the bayonet and uniform collector/researcher. Published in 1999, author Klaus Lubbe.
GERMAN WWI 1918 DATED FIELD DRESSING. Still in its original string wrap, fully indelible ink stamped with a clear date ‘1918’.
GERMAN WWI ACES BOELCKE & IMMELMANN SIGNATURES. 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.
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 AVIATION SHOULDER BOARDS A superb pair of the lightweight grey cotton square pointed shoulder boards which were originally issued to an infantryman of Infantry Regiment 94. Highly interestingly the embroidered letters numbered '94' have been unpicked and the shoulder boards have been re-machine embroidered with the winged propeller with the numeral '1' below of the 1st Flieger Abteilung. Attached to each shoulder board is an Imperial German crown button.
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 BADEN NCO’S PICKELHAUBE. A very good condition Baden NCO’s pickelhaube being the slightly earlier model that only used one State cockade. Good leather skull, some minor creasing and one indentation to the leather, pencil size marked to the interior upper skull ‘55’. Good matching fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike and spike base, front chin scales, Baden plate and front peak trim all match in colour. Large Baden griffin front plate fitted. One Baden cockade on the right hand side as the helmet is worn. To the interior the leather liner is all complete and undamaged, the leather supple with fantastic original colour to the mid tan leather of the interior peaks and skull.
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 ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. Far harder to obtain than the Prussian buckle, this excellent condition Bavarian buckle constructed in a basic brass rectangle with its nickel circular overlay plate having the scroll ‘Im Treue Fest’ with Bavarian crown to the centre, complete with its matching double pronged belt fixing system.
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 BAVARIAN OFFICERS COMBAT FIELD BELT. One of the hardest elements of the Imperial German officers uniform to obtain is the leather field worn combat leather belt, this example is in beautiful brown leather, complete with its subdued gold Bavarian circular officers buckle with central Bavarian crown, complete with both keepers.
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 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 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 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 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.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.1913 BALL GRENADE. A generally good condition model 1913 ball grenade. Some minor surface rusting, otherwise excellent, complete with its inert fuse. Condition:
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 MODEL 07/15 SIMPLIFIED ENLISTED MANS TUNIC. One of the rarest configurations of enlisted ranks combat tunics in WWI was the Model 07/15. This example in the classic field grey colour. It utilised the stocks of officers quality material and was produced for enlisted ranks and depot issued. The condition is superb, good large size, stand collar with three closing hooks, eight button closed front, red piped collar, red piped both closing sections to the front of the tunic, which are the carryovers from the model 07/10 then having the M.15 non-piped rear skirt with all its metal belt hooks fitted and having deep turned back barrel cuffs, two lower angled pockets. The tunic has all matching enlisted ranks crown Prussian buttons fitted. Company numbered buttons ‘11’ to each shoulder. Shoulder boards do not appear to have been fitted. Deep turned back cuffs have the adjuster tabs for extra tight closure of the cuff fitted with their correct style buttons. On opening the tunic it is fully lined in enlisted ranks material. Bandage pocket to the lower left inner skirt, which is still sewn closed. One inside buttoned pocket and to the upper right hand area of the lining it is size stamped, clearly marked ‘B.A.X. (army Group 10) with a clear date of ‘1915’. This model of jacket is highly desirable amongst collectors and to survive in this condition is a rarity. Condition:
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. The 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 fly front with all of 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 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 1870-71 NON-COMBATANT’S MEDAL. An excellent condition medal, complete with all its original silvering remaining and beautiful detail for the non-combatant’s medal of the Franco Prussian War 1870-71. Complete with a worn section of black, white and red ribbon.
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 BRASS AND NICKEL ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. An extremely good condition rectangular Prussian brass belt buckle with the central raised circlet being in nickel with beautiful detail to the ‘Gott Mit Uns’ scroll and raised crown. Complete with its brass double pronged fixing system. Condition:
GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. A very good condition one-piece stamped steel buckle with ‘Gott Mit Uns’ circlet with raised crown to the front, retaining all of its original paint finish.
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 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 JAGER ZU PFERDE HELMET. Possibly one of the most attractive of all of the Imperial German metal helmets is the early wartime or pre war produced Jager Zu Pferde helmets. The steel skull is in a beautiful blued finish and this example retains all of its blueing. There is one minor indentation to the rear of the crown, the remainder of the body has slight speckling of rust coming through the blued finish but is generally excellent. All of the edge trim is in brass as is the spike and clover leaf spike base. Unique Jager Zu Pferde style Prussian front plate with a pair of the heavy wide chin scales. The helmet is complete with its national and state cockades in the large size. The helmet is stamped size ‘57’ also regimentally marked with ‘8JP’. To the interior skull it is marked ‘C.E.Juncker, clear heavy date of ‘1915’, the leather liner is all in place with one slight tear to the main body and two of the eyeholes in the tips torn and another tongue with a tip missing. Virtually all of the green paint finish on the inside of the front stepped peak is 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 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 SAXON INFANTRY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A good condition medium sized all leather pickelhaube for a Saxon infantry officer. The skull having light crazing overall and slight congealing to the front and back peaks, this is normally encountered with leather pickelhaubes. Some stitching loose to the back peak but still firm and well attached. Excellent gilt to the eight pointed starburst front plate with its nickel Saxon overlay. Good colour to all metal fittings overall. The spike is the very tall spike, which is more commonly encountered on Saxon officers helmets than from any other state. The helmet is with its correct flat infantry chin scales, its slightly larger sized serrated non pointed State and national cockades, again commonly found on Saxon helmets and sometimes on Wurttemburg helmets, the State cockade in standard green and silver, the national cockade in red, silver and black. To the interior the medium light tan leather sweat band is all in place with its inner green silk complete and non shot. All internal fitments excellent. Condition:
GERMAN WWI SAXON INFANTRY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A superb condition all leather pickelhaube to an officer in a Saxon Infantry Regiment. Very good skull. The stitching securing the front and back peaks to the main body are good and strong. All of the gilt from the officers gilt back strap, very tall spike, circular spike base, stars, Saxon front plate, flat chin scales all match exactly. The helmet is fitted with its unique Saxon style officers non serrated edge national and state cockades. To the interior the leather liner is all complete with one old slight tear. The helmet is complete with its blue silk inner lining. The upper inner crown retains all of its original light tan colour. Size ‘55½’ is hand applied in indelible pencil to the interior skull. A superb example.
GERMAN WWI SAXON PICKELHAUBE. A generally good condition other ranks pickelhaube with a leather skull, possibly size 56 or 57. The skull is good with some crazing, front and back peaks with light congealing. The back strap with non removable spike and circular spike base, front plate, front peak trim and all strap fittings all match in colour. The Saxon plate in brass with its nickel silver Saxon overlay plate. Brown leather chinstrap with rather thicker than normal brass buckles, complete with State and national cockades. To the interior the skull has reasonably good colour, the liner is intact to the body but has lost most of the tongues.
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 THIRD REICH PRODUCED IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A most beautiful condition, all the frosting remaining to the exterior frame. All of the satin black finish to the central core superb. Wide tapering pin to the reverse side.
GERMAN WWI TRAINING EGG GRENADE. A good example of the M.1917 egg grenade which is a training model painted in red. Some corrosion to the screw type removable fuse cap otherwise good strong body, due to postal difficlties with this type of item we can not accept oreders from outside the UK
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 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 WURTTEMBURG ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE. A good example of the Wurttemburg enlisted ranks belt buckle, all steel one piece construction, originally in all field grey but only faint traces of the field grey paint remaining.
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/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.
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.
HELMETS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by M HASELGROVE & B RADOVIC. A superb Schiffer publication of 2000. 286 superb photographs of steel helmets of Germany, Britain and the Allies including many rarities in good close-up colour format plus black and white period photographs of the helmets in use in WWI. A most superb work, a must for anybody interested in headdress of the First World War complete with its slightly faded flyleaf cover.
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 GERMAN CAVALRY 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. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW98 POUCHES. A very close miss matched pair of GEW98 pouches. Both sets are in good clean undamaged condition, both are 1916 dated from different makers with nice clear marking to the reverse. The inside lid of one central pouch is unit stamped BAII within a box.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NCO’S VISOR CAP. A rare cap from WWI being the worn by a member of one the Saxon Duchies . No moth, damage or staining. The mid green centre band contrasting against the main body. Complete with two enlisted mans cockades, one being the national cockade, the other being Saxon Duchies in green and white. Much crazing to the visor. The interior sweat band is of an ersatz material, it has one split on the inner reverse side. The artificial silk lining in good condition with what appears to be a theatrical costumiers inventory stamp to the inner crown. One very minor moth nip to the very top of the crown at the front of the cap, otherwise complete moth free.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 10TH JAGER BATTALION PRE 1914 TUNIC. A superb quality and condition parade tunic for an enlisted man in the 10th Jager Battalion. This rare unit were the only Jager Regiment allowed to wear the Gibraltar cuff title. Standard mountain green cloth body, red collar, red cuffs, red stitch-in shoulder boards with beautifully embroidered regimental number '10' to each board. Red piped rear skirt with all brass domed buttons intact. Beautiful brass Prussian buttons to the collar. Black lining superb.
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 these binoculars were the standard officer and NCO issue for field use , the condition of these binoculars could be termed as fair , there are pieces of the eye covers broken away and the finish is dull overall , however the leather case which is not the issue pattern but a private purchase item is regimentally marked to the 5 th company , 2 nd battalion Regiment162 ,J.B. 162.2.5.k.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 2ND JAGER ZU PFERDE TUNIC. A very good condition Koller for an enlisted man in the 2nd Jager Zu Pferde Regiment. The tunic is constructed in the unique colour of the JZP units. One moth hole on the back of the darker green collar. The remainder of the tunic is moth free. Metal numerals have been removed from the shoulder boards. Each button has a number ‘1’ embellished for the Company number. Complete with its Prussian collar discs. A good size. To the interior it is lined completely in brushed cotton with all of the closing clips to the front intact. Some stitching of the red, green yellow lace loose at the front.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ALL BRASS TWO-PIECE BELT BUCKLE. An unusual Prussian enlisted ranks belt buckle with both the separately applied central circlet and the base both constructed in stamped brass, normally they are in separate metals of nickel and brass. Good overall. A good dome shape to the central circlet with the motto ‘Gott Mit Uns’ surrounding the central Prussian crown. Complete with its double pronged system.
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 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 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 ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. An extremely good condition heavy leather weight combat belt measuring 100cms, good strong stitching to both the adjuster tab and the closure tab with the clip in grey green steel paint. Beautifully marked to the leather ‘1.L.B.3.B.’ 1st Leib Regiment 3rd Battalion. The buckle is the all one piece steel stamped buckle with central Bavarian crown and scroll reading ‘In Treue Fest’. The 1st Leib Regiment was the premier regiment in the Bavarian Army.
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 PICKELHAUBE. A very good large size officers pickelhaube for a Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment. The skull is absolutely perfect, no undue crazing to the front or back peaks, both peaks with strong stitching securing them to the main body. The gilding overall is excellent and all matching. Front chin scales are half domed. Complete with its officers national and state Bavarian cockade. Fluted spike. To the interior front peak is green imitation leather and to the rear peak red imitation leather. The leather sweat band in a medium tan colour with scalloped edges with evidence of wear use but excellent condition. Complete with the ability to faintly view the maker’s name stamped into the leather and complete with its inner russet brown silk, which has had applied in ink ‘H.S.1’. The skull is the wartime fibre construction. A super helmet.
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 BREAD BAG STRAP. The bread bag strap is a hard piece of the Imperial German equipment to obtain, due to the WWI infantryman not having leather waist belt and heavy ammunition pouch support the bread bag strap was removed from the bag, strung around the shoulders and clipped to the D rings on the back of the heavy ammunition pouches, therefore acting in place of later World War 11 introduced Y straps. This example with all its sprung loaded clips complete, leather fittings in a grey green canvas. Condition:
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 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 TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS. Two unbacked shoulder boards for the Imperial German Colonial tunic in the inter-twined white, red and black weave.
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 ENLISTED MANS GUARD PICKELHAUBE. An excellent all leather skull style pickelhaube, some minor crazing to the skull but generally firm and strong, all of the stitching holding the front and back peaks to the main body are good and tight, all of the brass fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, front large Guard plate, front peak trim and strap clips and posts all matching. The large front Guard plate with its nickel overlaid Guard Star. Some slight paint loss to both the national and state cockades. Beautifully unit stamped to the inner rear peak. To the 4th Guard Regiment of Foot, markings ‘B.A.G’ (Clothing Depot Guard) followed by ‘G.R.4’ (Guard Regiment 4), date of ‘1909’ Kaiserin Augusta Garde-Regiment no 4.. The interior liner is all complete, supple and undamaged. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE SPIKE AND CIRCULAR SPIKE BASE. A rare accessory being the all brass circular spike base and non removable spike for an all brass fitted Imperial German enlisted ranks pickelhaube.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EQUIPMENT STRAP. A scarce item being a 57cms length brown strap with buckle and runner, maker marked and dated ‘1915’, also regimentally marked JR 68 1915 probably used on the back pack for securing the blanket roll.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EXCAVATED M.16 SNOW COVERED CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A very scarce M.16 German trench helmet clearly stamped 'ET64' to the inner shell, which appears to have been buried but still has stayed relatively intact. We have never before had in our stock an original white painted snow camouflaged M.16 helmet. The white is concentrated over the whole of the shell with some abrasions to the crown area. There are various other chips. It would appear that the helmet may also have been struck by shrapnel as there is a V section missing from the lower rear skirt area, plus a split in the steel at this point. The turned over rim of the helmet is missing through rust to at least 50% of the rim, there are four very minute perforations to the steel in the skull area. In the holes for the front armoured plate fixing there is congealed mud in those air holes, also around the chin strap lugs. Interestingly the liner has gone, also the rivets. In the area around where the rivets were originally fitted through the holes in the skull the paint has chipped away. This is a rare helmet to find, probably used on the Eastern Front.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EXTRA AMMUNITION BANDOLIER. The very rare and in generally good condition but fragile light blue long neck carried extra ammunition bandolier for the GEW98 rifle ammunition. 110cms in length, it has 10 compartments for clips of GEW98 rifle ammunition. Some staining as can be seen in our web images but generally good and strong. Stamped ‘16’ within a circle to one of the compartments, whether this is a date or a number for another usage we are not aware. Padded with imitation clips these can be a super display piece on a later war mannequin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FELDMUTZE. A fabulous condition stamped size ‘56’ enlisted mans Prussian feldmutze. All the nap of the cloth is superb, complete with red waffenfarbe around the crown, red lower band, enlisted ranks state and national cockades fitted. The interior cream cotton lining is maker marked ‘L.Henkel’ Army Group marked ‘B.A.1’ with date slightly obscured but possibly ‘18’ with a name attached ‘L.Granier’. A superb example totally moth free.
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 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 FLYERS CAP TALLY. A full length beautiful unissued condition cap tally for the naval style cap worn by the Imperial German naval flyers. Beautiful silver weave on black of the II Marine' Flieger' Abteilung.II.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FRIEDENSROCK TUNIC. 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.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GENERAL A LA SUITE PICKELHAUBE. An extremely rare pickelhaube worn by a General a la Suite of the Prussian army, the term a la Suite 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 light creasing, both the front and back peaks are securely stitched to the main body, we mention this as quite often the stitching has rotted and peaks can become loose. All of the fittings are in silver with the only gilded parts being the four stars on the cruciform spike base and the gilding within the Guard Star, otherwise all silver as stated. A beautiful set of domed silver chin scales, large Guard Star front plate with undamaged white enamel to the background of the gilded and black enamelled Guard Star. Complete with its original State and Prussian officers cockades. To the interior the leather sweatband has seen much service use. The red imitation leather to the interior of the rear peak and the green matching imitation leather to the interior front peak are all intact. The inner silk cream liner is complete and has shredded in places. All nuts and original washers that hold the cruciform spike base and the front plate to the helmet are intact. The helmet is complete with its grey field cover.
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. An excellent mismatched makers but virtually identical construction pair of the GEW98 ammunition pouches worn as a pair, retaining much original tan colour, all of the configuration of the stitching, which is in white and good and clear match each pouch, all of the fittings match in zinc, also the rivet heads on the reverse side. One pouch is maker marked to a manufacturer in Kaiserslautern and dated ‘1917’, the other is a maker from Nuremberg and dated ‘1918’. All of the leather tabs are still supple without any dryness or breakages. To the interior lid of one of the sets of pouches is an original owner’s name. A magnificent set.
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.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW98 TRENCH MOUNT. more images
IMPERIAL GERMAN GREATCOAT, NEAR UNWORN CONDITION. A superb condition 1916 dated 1915 Prussian troops universal greatcoat. Standard field grey cloth with the nap of the cloth absolutely superb overall. Six crown button front with apple green collar, deep turned back cuffs, fixed belt to the reverse, complete with all its original cotton twill lining, all of the other features standard to this greatcoat are complete. Profusely size stamped with good clear large army group markings of ‘B.A.XVI.1916’.To obtain a better example than this would be extremely difficult. No evidence of any moth damage, either holes or tracking anywhere on the garment.
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 DU CORPS ENLISTED RANKS HELMET PLATE. A rare other ranks helmet plate for the enlisted mans Guard du Corps helmet. The Guard du Corps were the Kaiser's bodyguard and wore the brass or tombak helmet with the large crown adorned eagle. The plate has lost one lug on the reverse side, however the two main fixing lugs are in their original positions. There is minor distortion to the tip directly above the central Guard eagle.
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 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 IDENTITY DISC, PUNSTEIN. A one piece split-able zinc identity disc for Cornet Punstein, born 4th June 1892. He was a member of Prussian Field Artillery 31, soldier number 81.
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 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, 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 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 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 KAISER WILHELM IMAGE A postcard size image of Kaiser Wilhelm the 2 nd wearing his field grey uniform and greatcoat, mounted in a non contempory but period style carved oak frame.34cmx28cm
IMPERIAL GERMAN KAISER WINTER IMAGE A unusual image of Kaiser Wilhelm the 2nd, a postcard size image of the Kaiser side on view head and shoulders wearing a field grey cover to his Picklehaube and a winter balaklava for protection against the cold, probably an image taken at field manoeuvers, non contempory mounted in a very nice period style oak frame measuring 34 cm x 28 cm.
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.17 HELMET. An interesting M.17 shell size ‘68’. The interior has been given a covering of matt grey apple green paint as a form of camouflage for the shiny factory painted finish. To the interior only one of the leather pads for the liner system is fitted, the other two are missing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.18 COMBAT HELMET. A superb example of the last model in the series of M.16, M.17 and M.18 helmets of WWI. This is a good size, marked ‘TJ66’, the exterior retains virtually 100% of its original grey painted finish with some slight faded sections with a light flavour of rust coming from the steel shell through the paint on the rear right hand side. The interior also retains much of its original colour. The three liner pad system in cream leather all intact and complete with its inner horse hair pads, one of the cream leather pads has a congealed and split tongue. The unique carbine type clip 1918 strap is complete but has split in one section to the middle, this could be collector repaired. Underneath the carbine clip is clear maker’s mark and ‘1918’ date.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.18 GUARD UNIT HELMET. A superb helmet being an untouched barn find shell size ‘66’ M.18 helmet issued to Guard Regiment Company No.10. The helmet, as can be seen from our web images, has a matt overall finish and the evidence overall is that it has been laying in a barn or some other semi outdoor storage. Some loss to the paint with rust coming through, complete with its Guard black and white chequerboard insignia to the left hand side of the helmet , and to the reverse side large letters ‘10’ being the 10th Company of an unidentified Guard Regiment. To the interior skirt is the size stampings and the faint ink stampings of ‘AK’ plus other unidentified numbers. The interior liner thankfully is all intact with the classic white/cream three padded liner with all of the inner horsehair pads present and its original drawstring and it even has the one long side remaining of the M.18 unique type of strap, it is very dry, slightly cracked on the manufacturer’s mark and ‘1918’ tab but it would easily break if handled roughly. To avoid breakage of the leather tab we have unclipped it from the long section, protected it in a stiff card backing for future collectors. A superb rare helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MAUSER SAW BACK BAYONET. A beautiful blade to this example, Duisburg maker’s mark to the forte of the blade, clear Prussian Wilhelm acceptance stamp with date ‘16’ to the flat back of the blade. Wood grips excellent. Rifle retaining button all in place and working correctly. In its blue all steel scabbard, which retains much of its original blueing with some light rust flooding through. Also complete with its leather frog, which is unmarked.
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 MERCATOR FIGHTING KNIFE. A good example of the favoured by troops in the trenches Mercator utility/fighting knife. This example was the model that only had the main blade, marked ‘Mercator DRGM’ on the back edge, also marked identically on both sides of the upper forte of the blade. The blade itself is with good original profile, one slight nick to the blade, some black spotting and some of the black finish remaining to the grip of the knife.
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 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 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 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 NAVY FLYERS CAP TALLY. A rare cap tally finely machine woven in silver on black silk cap tally for a Marine Flieger Abteilung No.2. Full length uncut.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A very rare piece of Imperial German Naval headdress being the white/cream visor cap worn by Imperial German naval officers in the tropics. The form of the cap is the typical Imperial style. It is fitted with the European style blue backed gold wire Imperial Naval cockade, undoubtedly totally original to the cap as the crown is pulled forward the shadow of the crown can clearly be seen against the cream material behind. Some light shredding to some of the bullion wire to the insignia. The cap has anchor side buttons, each surmounted with the Imperial Naval crown and the leather strap is in the grey green material, again typical of tropical items. The material covering to the cap has shredded in place, primarily on the right hand side of the peak and on the left overhang of the cap, hopefully the shredding can be clearly seen in our web images. To the interior the cap has its original mid tan grained leather sweat band intact which shows wear use to the forehead area. It is lined with a perforated canvas with an embossed black maker's stamp to the single solid centre of the crown 'Rudolph Hertzog, Berlin'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS JAGER ZU PFERDE COLLAR. A rare tunic being an officers quality collar worn by a Major in the 7th Jager Zu Pferde Regiment. High quality thick material. No moth tracking anywhere on the tunic. Beautiful mixture of green and pink litzen to the collar with green and pink underlay to the black and white flecked Prussian twisted cord shoulder boards, each board having a gilt regimental number '7' attached. All buttons both to the front closing cuffs and rear skirt are of the white metal style. Two loops for one award on the upper left hand breast and two smaller loops to the upper breast for a short medal ribbon bar. The tunic is fully lined to the interior with an enlisted ranks style heavy cotton twill cream lining, clearly dated to the inside '1918'.
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 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 OFFICERS TUNIC STOCK. A black wool on canvas stock, these were used for lining the interior of the officers tunic to avoid rubbing against the neck.
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 PERLUX FIELD LAMP. A superb condition 10cms circular lamp used by troops in the trenches, known as the Perlux containing all of its field grey green finish complete with folding holding handle, on opening the lamp reveals of ‘DRGM’ decaled battery box with original lamp and reflective shield.
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 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.
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 1870’s BELT BUCKLE. The larger format all brass two-piece stamped buckle for Prussian enlisted men. Good age patina, complete with both belt fixing prongs.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN BELT BUCKLE WITH LEATHER TAB. 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’.
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 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 HAUPTMANN’S SHOULDER BOARDS. An exact matching pair of slip-on shoulder boards for a Prussian Hauptmann in the 19th Infantry Regiment. The underlay is in white with white slip-on tabs, Regiment No.19 in gilt numbers to both boards with a complete set of rank stars.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN IMPERIAL GUARD PICKELHAUBE PLATE. An excellent condition Prussian enlisted ranks Guard one-piece single stamped front plate with its nickel Guard Star overlay. One of the lugs for helmet fixing to the reverse of the plate is missing, no other damage.
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 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 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 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 RELATED GROUP OF FIVE BOOKS. A group of five books, four of which are directly related to the German Forces of WWI, the last a General Militaria book. Hard back WWI German Army by Steven Bull, part of the Brasseys History of Uniforms, hard back with original flyleaf cover, 142 pages of in-depth research to the structure of the Imperial German Army plus many black and white photographs from the period and modern colour images of weapons, uniforms, equipment of the Imperial German Army, published in 2000. The very first work on Imperial German headdress by Colonel Robert H. Rankin, published 1965 entitled Helmets and Headdress of the Imperial German Army 1870 to 1918, still with its flyleaf cover rather stained and frail, 152 excellent pages with much information on headdress of the Imperial German Army. The German publication Militaria by Jan K. Kube, hard back still with its original flyleaf cover, although rather frail, 240 pages of huge in-depth detail of the Imperial German Army from the early 1800’s to 1918, text all in German, many black and white and some colour photographs. Deutsche Sturmtruppen by Jean-Louis Lacarde, the soft back French publication all on the stormtroops of the Imperial German Army, publication date unknown, 190 pages of black and white and colour photographs, the whole book is related to the stormtroopers, fantastic work. Lastly, Military Collectibles, the English language 1983 publication on collecting all aspects of militaria including Imperial German items, over 200 pages of excellent colour photographs of all the aspects of collecting militaria, still with original flyleaf.
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 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 SAW BACK MAUSER BAYONET. A good example of the Mauser 98/05 saw back bayonet having an excellent blade, which has a Berlin maker’s mark to the forte of the blade. Good saw back edge. Wood grips excellent. Faint traces of the Imperial acceptance stamp to the flat back portion of the blade. The rifle retaining button works correctly. Metal blued scabbard in excellent order with virtually all of its blueing remaining and fitted with its leather frog, which is maker marked and ‘1915’ dated. There is some degrading to the leather in the belt loop area and a split in the upper part of the base of the frog above the frog retaining lug.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. An extremely good and clear dated 1914 all brass bodied buckle with its Saxon overlay circular plate. Maker marked into the hollow on the reverse side ‘Wimmel & Lewy Leipzig 1914’, complete with both of its belt attachment prongs.
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 SHOOTING AWARD WITH METALLIC ARTILLERY SHELL. Complete with both of its attachment cords for the uniform, beautifully woven in the German colours.
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 SOLDIER’S BOOTS. Probably the best pair of Imperial German soldiers boots we have ever had, these are totally unissued, all of the light tan colour to the leather present to the inside of the boots. Standard construction of two side seams to each boot, they are still with their toe and heel cleats, the nails have been removed. Various size stampings to the inside including a rubber ink stamp with the name ‘SESPERAT’. Each boot should have a set of red and black canvas puller tabs, one boot is complete with its pair, one other boot has one missing.
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 IDENTITY DISC PRAMME. A complete zinc identity disc to August Pramme, born 18.3.1896 and was a soldier number ‘625’ in Reserve Pioneer Battalion 21 5th Company.
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 SOUVENIR FIGHTING KNIFE. A highly interesting souvenir fighting knife with 15cms Bowie style blade marked to the non etched side ‘Nahkampfer’ also ‘DRGM’. To the opposite side it has a long etched panel ‘Souvenir of Sieburg’ with 1914 Iron Cross to the centre, these were presumably produced with old stocks of the fighting knife having a later etched panel added by the manufacturers ‘For sale to occupation troops in 1918’. The central etched panel is good and clear, some light spotting to the reverse side, its steel hilt is generally good, slightly dull with totally undamaged multi cross hatched wood grips. All fitted into its original scabbard, which retains it black painted finish plus its leather belt loop with its male/female closure stud present and working correctly. Minor non-contemporary stitch repair to the reverse of the belt loop.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SUBMARINERS BADGE. An excellent example of the Imperial German Submariners Badge, manufactured by the Company Walter Schot, constructed in a solid form. Excellent detail to the WWI style submarine with the Imperial crown above. Horizontal pin and hook, slight distortion to the pin, which indicates this has actually been worn by a recipient. Maker marked ‘Walter Schot FEC.’ below the name. All the badges manufactured by this Company are the most popular amongst collectors, anything in a hollow form is normally regarded as of a post WWI construction purchased by many veterans in the 1920’s and 30’s.
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 WING PROPELLER NECKLACE. An original winged propeller motif from the shoulder board of an Imperial German aviator’s shoulder board with a loop soldered and neck chain for wearing by possibly a female friend.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WIRE CUTTERS. A good condition pair of short wire cutters complete with their leather securing and carrying strap, hand held wire cutters but used by German troops in the trenches, marked ‘OGELB NOOT of Wartberg’. Overall length 20cm. Some slight surface rust but overall good condition.
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 WOUND BADGE IN SILVER. A very fine fretted version of the one-piece stamped Imperial German Wound Badge. Good silver finish, thick needle pin to reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. A very good all steel field grey single stamped buckle for the state of Wurttemberg fitted to a combat quality leather belt that has been shortened by the owner, the belt now 82cms in length with a shortened adjuster tab on the reverse side. The belt itself is still in its light tan colour, it has not been blackened.
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 WURTTEMBERG FIELD CAP, MINT. An absolutely mint unused condition field cap worn by a member of a Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment. Approximately in 2014 a quantity of these caps were found still folded in unused condition, the nap of the cloth is absolutely superb, complete with its originally attached national and Wurttemberg State cockades, red waffenfarbe to the crown, red centre band. The interior cream lining again unused, maker marked ‘Adam Munch, Cannstatt’. Army group marked ‘B.A.XIII’ clearly dated ‘1918’ with size ‘55’.
IMPERIAL MARINE OFFICERS SWORD. A very fine example of the Imperial German Naval officers sword having an excellent blade, non maker marked. pipe backed blade with two excellent long panels to the upper section of the blade fully etched with ships, stand of arms, Imperial German eagles and on both sides having the Imperial German motif of the crown over the anchor. The etching is superb, it is clear and deep. The sword still retains its red felt washer than sits between the upper part of the blade and the excellent detailed gilt hilt which has the lion’s head, red and green imitation jewelled eyes, both shell guards are of the folding variety the large one having the logo of the Imperial German Marine with the crown over the anchor. Excellent gilt overall to the hilt, the white celluloid grip is totally undamaged with all its original wire intact complete with its leather and gilded fitted scabbard, which again the leather is excellent, there is evidence of one minor crease between the centre and lower scabbard mount. Both upper mounts have their hanging rings, all of the flat headed rivets that hold the mounts to the leather are in place and it is complete to its upper mount close to the throat the extended pin for closing the smaller folding shell guard into the scabbard, the gilt is magnificent to the scabbard fittings. Overall a superb sword.
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.
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.
ITALIAN WWI ENLISTED RANKS FIELD CAP. A rare cap from the Italian forces of WWI being the standard peaked field cap in the classic Italian version of field grey. One repaired split to the crown, nap of cloth thin overall but no other moth holes, complete with its patent leather wide field grey painted chinstrap and field grey painted peak. Interior black lightweight cotton lined sides to the cap with a gold coloured cotton upper inner crown. Complete with its side buttons and badge of the 52nd Regiment. Any Italian uniform of WWII is considered scarce.
JAGER ZU PFERDE 1 YEAR VOLUNTEER LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. In both the Imperial German Army and the British Army of the late Victorian and early 20th Century period NCO's helmet are scarcer than either officers or enlisted men. The classic deep lobster-tail shape of an officers helmet with stepped peak fitted with the correct large size enlisted mans cockades. Domed gilt officers chin scales. Officers cut out crown helmet plate. Domed screws for fitting the clover leaf spike base to the skull. Officers liner with grey velvet lining to the rear lobster tail with the front peak being unlined. The helmet has suffered some indentations to the skull in the area either side of the raised rim that runs down the back of the lobster tail and a very small area of plating missing from the very lower part of the lobster tail, otherwise the helmet is in excellent condition. Good gilt to chin scales. All paint remaining to the enlisted mans cockades. All silver finish remaining to officers plate. Mid tan leather sweat band showing some wear use with the officers quality silk inner liner present with some minor wear use. The inner edges of the grey velvet lobster tail lining slightly frayed. The helmet is complete with its original studs and washers for fitting of the spike base and plate. The Jager Zu Pferde units were first introduced and known as Meldreiter units, and saw extensive service in WWI as reconnaissance troops.
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 with its original Cuirassier plate attached. One minor indentation to the spike top. An untouched piece, never attempted to be cleaned or restored.
JAGER Zu PFHERDE OFFICERS SHOULDER BOARDS.. A scarce pair of wide pattern shoulder boards for a Hauptmann of Oberleutnant in the Jager zu Pfherde units. Black and white inter-twined bullion with Jager zu Pfherde, base colour in green. One rank pip to each board. Boards are a slip-on style. The marks where a rank pip has been fitted to each board is clearly visible.
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 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.
POLISH LEGION PAPERWORK. An interesting small grouping of items being a certificate for a sergeant who served with the Polish army in France from 1918 to 1920. This presumably is the citation for the medal. An interesting photo of a sergeant major in an officers quality uniform with excellent detail of hat and insignia and medals. This comes with a small piece of paper in the form of a desk memo gifting this item to the collector. There is another earlier photo of the same man in training in Niagra where the Polish forces trained prior to their departure to France as America at that time was still neutral. So to have as many interesting details including the early US uniform, a slouch hat turned up to the side in the European fashion. An arm band and a very archaic looking percussion musket used presumably for training. He has a belt with the socket bayonet scabbard mounted to it. There is also an interesting booklet from the Niagra historical society and has various details to the front including the Polish forces in Niagra and Polish relief work there also. The booklet is date ''1923,'' and is highly interesting with many details and photos of training officer's of Canadian origin who worked training the unit prior to their departure to France. Any item of Polish Legion militaria must be considered extremely rare and any paperwork is of huge value to the collector.
PORTUGUESE 1886 STEYR BAYONET. An impressive bayonet with a Yatagan type blade. The weapon is very clean and has been well polished. The blade is extremely good and bright with numerous markings. To both weapon and scabbard the dark hardwood grip is good with some bruising, however no cracking and remains good. A highly collectible bayonet.
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.
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 ALL TIN ERSATZ PICKELHAUBE. A fantastic condition olive drab one-piece stamped ersatz pickelhaube, the paint is superb to the skull with one small 30mm x 15mm score to the paint on the left hand side of the skull as the helmet is viewed. Beautiful colour, complete with its national and state cockades. Original light brown leather chinstrap, slight indentation to the point of the non removable spike. The interior leather liner showing all its original tan colour with absolutely clear army group markings ‘B.A.XVI.’ with the date ‘1915’ stamped into the rear peak with a rubber ink stamping of size ‘56’.
PRUSSIAN RESERVE CUIRASSIER OFFICERS HELMET. A good example of a rare helmet being the lightweight officers version as worn by a Prussian Reserve Cuirassier officer. The all white metal skull is generally in good condition, very minor indentations to the back of the skull, some areas of the plating lifting mainly on the lower rear lobster tail and on some areas of the double stepped front peak. The helmet is of a very large size, which is unusual for the late 19th century, the wearer obviously being a very large man. We have not attempted to clean the skull of this helmet, that task we would leave to the ultimate purchaser of this scarce item. The gilt is good to the Prussian front plate, which of course being a reserve officer has the 'FR' in raised relief to the centre of the eagle's breast with the reserve officers white metal cross below. Standard domed officers chin scales with side clover leaf and correct officers large size cockades. The white metal fluted spike, which is removable, is undamaged. It would appear that one of the domed nuts holding the clover leaf spike base to the helmet has been replaced, three have nuts and bolts, one has a split pin. To the interior of the helmet the green leather to the interior of the front peak is all complete and in good order. The light tan leather to the interior of the back peak has suffered and is shredded in places. The interior leather sweat band is complete and in good order with obvious wear use and is still complete with its artificial silk inner liner.
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 FLYING CORPS GAUNTLETS 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. Condition:
ROYAL FLYING CORPS GOGGLES. A good set of tinted lens leather surrounded face mask goggles as worn by Royal Flying Corps pilots. Complete with its elasticated head strap which has now lost its elasticity. Marked in gold stamped lettering ‘GOGGLE MASK FLYING MARK 1’ with a London maker mark with WD stamp.
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 BLUE ADRIAN 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 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.
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 GOVERNMENT MODELS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLT MODEL 1911. Disposing from our own library this very informative soft back 1988 publication by William H.D.Goddard. 293 pages of superb reference work to all the different models of the famous Colt 1911 semi automatic pistol and its derivatives starting with the model 1902. This work never had a flyleaf cover, slight service wear but generally good and clean.
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 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.
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. CAVALRY PICKET CARRIER. A scarce element of equipment which fitted to the scabbard of the pattern sword, this was to carry the picket post for tethering the horse to. The leather is reasonably supple throughout with a little dryness in place. An original closure strap is good, however the top mounting strap is broken in one place, this could be repaired. The leather would benefit from some treatment. This would make an excellent display item attached to a pattern sword. XJLP
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 M.16 HELMET & BROW PLATE. An exceedingly rare combination being the standard issue Austrian M.16 helmet in its typical Austrian brown finish with canvas and leather chin strap. There is a good degree of patination and some damage to the leather pads, however they remain intact with breakage to the finger ends. There is a little rust build to the inner of the crown. The steel helmet itself has a pleasant slightly rust spotted appearance to the whole exterior. The exceedingly rare 2nd type Berndorfer produced brown plate is present, this was slightly different to the original German style version but of a similar thickness, this too has its original strap in place, however the buckle has now broken away. There are traces of the original Austrian stampings to the interior, some rust bleeds, areas of scratching and bubbling of paint.
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 BELGIUM OFFICERS TRENCH CAP. An extremely rare trench cap, clearly modelled on the British style of cap. Belgium adopted khaki in 1915 and 1916, they took great influence from both the French and the British. This cap is in the typical jaunty soft top trench style having Belgium rosette insignia to the front in cloth form with the number '1' and blue piping around the crown, interestingly the chin strap is clearly of British manufacture type which would be used on both officers and men's side caps. The buttons are domed. The interior is of a brushed yellow cotton material with brown leather headband. There are one or two repairs to the headband but the overall condition is excellent with light staining and one or two very tiny nips to the cloth. Any Belgium khaki First War item of headdress must be considered very rare.
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 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 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 ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE TYPE FLYING HELMET. A black leather flying helmet with a faux fur lining with English makers label to the inside with complicated press stud chin cover. The overall condition is good and supple with just a little flaking to the black leather. SC26B
WWI BRITISH WIRE CUTTERS BY CHATER LEA 1917. A pair of folding wire cutters by Chater Lea dated 1917.
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 FOX'S RIFLE GREEN 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.
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 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 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.
WWI GERMAN SAXON DUCHY VISOR CAP. A rare cap from WWI being the worn by a member of one the Saxon Duchies . No moth, damage or staining. The mid green centre band contrasting against the main body. Complete with two enlisted mans cockades, one being the national cockade, the other being Saxon Duchies in green and white. Much crazing to the visor. The interior sweat band is of an ersatz material, it has one split on the inner reverse side. The artificial silk lining in good condition with what appears to be a theatrical costumiers inventory stamp to the inner crown. One very minor moth nip to the very top of the crown at the front of the cap, otherwise complete moth free.
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 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 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.
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 of 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