Sold Gallery

These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.

FRENCH GUARD DU CORPS DE LA MAISON DU ROI 1ST MODEL HELMET.

FRENCH GUARD DU CORPS DE LA MAISON DU ROI 1ST MODEL HELMET.

An incredibly rare helmet being the model 1814/15 of the Guard Du Corps De La Maison Du Roi, excellent condition all black lacquered leather skull with silver plated intricately decorated silvered mounts, a tall Roman style comb embossed with feathers and black horsehair plume. The front plate is in the form of a sunburst with central Apollo mask and crowned mirrored monogram 'L' (King Louis XVIII) 1814-24. At the lower point of the front plate the inscription 'NEC PLURIBUF IMPR' which is the motto of the French Empire. The chin scales are backed with black velvet on Apollo mask bosses. On both sides of the skull two curled vines (palmes). The leather sweat band is all original, traces of the silk lining still intact. Side plume missing ,the side plume mount secured with later added wire. Some signs of restoration where the side palmes, which were added in 1815 have been re-attached with non contemporary wire. The Guard Du Corps De La Maison Cu Roi was re-established in 1814 and disbanded for good by King Louis Philippe on the 11th of August 1830. It comprised of six companies with a total of 2,686 men. The palmes were added as a decorative element on the 16th January 1815. This is in such superb condition even the original bullion decorative tassels which link the chin scales together are still present. The hook above the front plate for the chin scales to be hooked up to is all complete. Horsehair plume absolutely original, velvet backing to the chin scales again absolutely original.

GERMAN WWII SS OFFICERS SWORD, INITIALLED.

GERMAN WWII SS OFFICERS SWORD, INITIALLED.

A very nice condition 96.5cm long SS officer pattern sword. Beautiful blade manufactured by Peter Daniel Krebs of Solingen. Complete with its white leather washer between the cross guard and the scabbard throat. Standard SS markings within a lozenge on the upper throat and on the underside of the D guard hilt. Nickel plating to the hilt excellent. On undoing the top cap the nut cover normally found on these swords is present. The grip is totally undamaged with its original SS inset and grip wire complete and fitted with its original SS sword knot, which appears never to have been off the sword, some slight oxidisation and one small area of staining on the reverse side. The paint finish to the scabbard again excellent with minor abrasions. The plating to the officers bottom chape good with some slight bubbling, upper chape perfect. To the top cap the initials ‘EH’ have been engraved, it would be possible to trawl through the SS officer records and possibly find numerous officers with these initials, at least the identification could be focused down to a few names.

GERMAN WWII LUFTWAFFE OFFICERS JAGDGESCHWADER MOLDERS OFFICERS FLIGHT BLOUSE.

GERMAN WWII LUFTWAFFE OFFICERS JAGDGESCHWADER MOLDERS OFFICERS FLIGHT BLOUSE.

A superb item of uniform being a good upper medium size officers flight blouse constructed in the standard officers material. Luftwaffe blue grey rayon lining. Loop to the inside for a dagger hanger, the label in silk reading ‘L.V.A. Berfausabteilung Der Luftwaffe, Berlin SW68’. The tunic is in absolutely mint condition, no moth damage or staining having the mint bright stitch-in shoulder boards of a Luftwaffe Flight Oberstleutnant. Mint bright silver cross weave lace over golden yellow base cloth with mint bright gilt rank star. Matching collar patches, again silver bullion high quality. A beautiful early droop tailed breast eagle in bullion wire. Iron Cross 2nd class ribbon to the buttonhole. Fitted with its magnificent quality Luftwaffe Pilot Observers Badge in gold and silver weave. A cloth version of the German Cross in Gold again near mint but with slight green oxidisation at the very tip of the upper arm of the swastika. To the lower left hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed an enlisted ranks Jagdgeschwader Molders cuff title. Standard bluse cut fly front, two scalloped pockets without pleats, loops for a short medal ribbon bar to the upper right hand breast and two extra loops above the Pilot Observers Badge. Probably the finest officers flight blouse we have had in many years. The value of the bullion Pilot Observers Badge and the German Cross in Gold comes to at least half the value of the overall item.

GERMAN WWII GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD BY ZIMMERMANN.

GERMAN WWII GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD BY ZIMMERMANN.

A nice German Cross in Gold, marked number ‘20’ on the reverse side of the pin, which indicates the Company of Zimmermann. Good gilt to the ‘1941’ dated wreath, some slight rubbing to the high points. Minor scratches but no damage to the enamel. Some of the points of the ray, which are normally black, have been rubbed, with its four domed hollow rivets on the reverse side, original hook, pin and hinge. Fitted into its original presentation box, of which the upper inner silk lid has toned and the flock to the base of the box has generally disappeared through age, however the exterior of the box in very nice condition with its full circumference of the gold line indicating the gold award to the interior that all still visible.

GERMAN WWII WAFFEN SS GENERAL’S VISOR CAP.

GERMAN WWII WAFFEN SS GENERAL’S VISOR CAP.

A very fine condition totally original Waffen SS General’s visor cap. Approximately size 58, constructed in the very lightly ribbed officer quality material. Silver waffenfarbe to the crown and the upper and lower sections of the black velvet centre band. Some sections of the silver waffenfarbe have oxidised down to a grey colour. There is no moth damage whatsoever to the cap. Black velvet centre band perfect. Matched set of frosted eagle and skull set. Standard wire cap cords with pebbled side buttons. The standard visor light green to the interior showing wear use where the hat has been removed from the head many times. The interior mid tan leather sweatband also showing wear use but completely undamaged. The orange cushion found on many Third Reich peak caps behind the forehead area has solidified and disappeared. The interior mixture of gold and very light cream lining all intact. Centre celluloid lozenge 95% complete, there is a small crack in the area of the name tag section with a small portion of the celluloid missing.

GERMAN WWII MOUNTAIN TROOPER OFFICERS UNIFORM AND PAPERWORK GROUPING.

GERMAN WWII MOUNTAIN TROOPER OFFICERS UNIFORM AND PAPERWORK GROUPING.

A fabulous untouched grouping of a WWII mountain trooper leutnant being the tunic, cap, soldbuch and spare insignia of Leutnant Johann Nowak. The tunic is the standard heavyweight officers tunic, M36 style, six button closure, four pockets all with pleats and flaps, deep barrel cuffs, dark green collar. The insignia fitted are a set of slip-on subdued grey lace shoulder boards in mountain green with regimental numbers in nice frosted silver ‘98’ attached. Matching officers wire woven mountain green centred collar patches, some evidence of surface moth damage to the green collar. The breast eagle is the heavy bullion wire style. Iron Cross ribbon to the second buttonhole. Single East Front ribbon pinned to the upper right breast, with its original ‘RS’ ( Rudolf Souval ) marked Infantry Assault Badge in silver and its pre war DRA sports badge. Enlisted ranks Bevo woven mountain troopers arm shield to the left hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed. No other moth damage on the tunic apart from the moth tracking to the collar. Fully lined to the interior with a Vienna tailor’s label. The tunic is accompanied by his very hard to obtain mountain troop officers Bergmutze in a very close matching colour to the tunic, officers silver wire to the crown, fitted with the Bevo woven silver wire T shaped national eagle and cockade, stamped metallic edelweiss badge to the side of the cap, on pulling back one of the arms the imprint in the material can clearly be seen, twin button front. The interior is stamped size ‘57’, maker marked ‘Adrion Mutzenfabrik Landstrasse Heidelberg with its original light tan leather forehead protector, a single NCO’s Regiment 98 shoulder board, mountain green piped, moth hole to the centre. A pair of spare mountain green based leutnants stitch-in shoulder boards without regimental numbers. His army soldbuch, standard form with a photograph of Nowak in civil dress, the soldbuch opens in 1944 with the rank of Oberjager, then promoted to Fahnenjunker and subsequently in December 44 Leutnant. Page 3 shows service continually in Mountain Troop Regiment 98 and on page 4. Pages 12 and 13 show medical records. Page 22 shows the award of Infantry Assault Badge in silver, Iron Cross 2nd class and East Front Medal. We would assume that he survived the war and was captured by the western allies otherwise this service worn uniform would not be in the condition that it is.

GERMAN WWII SPLINTER PATTERN PARATROOPER SMOCK.

GERMAN WWII SPLINTER PATTERN PARATROOPER SMOCK.

A very rare and desirable Luftwaffe paratrooper smock of the close front style, two upper angled pockets with covered flaps, two lower pockets hidden with covered flaps. This is produced in the single sided zeltbahn type of Spliter camouflage with all its original RiRi plastic zips, all of the zip pullers in leather have shrivelled and the only section that remains is the tab fitted to the plastic zip puller. All of the original closure Luftwaffe blue buttons are intact. The internal windproof cuffs are intact with their male/female closure studs, some of which are rusty and it is probably inadvisable to try to open the windproof cuff snaps as they may damage the rayon cuff material. The exterior closure studs for the cuffs are all present, rusty but still operable and have not rusted the material around the closure snaps. The smock has its original flare pocket holster all in the same camouflage material. The rear adjuster snaps are both present, one works easily another is slightly rusted and again inadvisable to try and open it. nearly all of the leg closure snaps are present with surface rust. The smock is still with its originally stitched breast eagle in grey embroidery with the backing material in the early green originally designed for the plain green step-in smock. There are areas of stitching that have slightly rotted through age. This has certainly seen service, there are no repairs, alterations, patches or moth damage. Interestingly the interior lining to the flare pocket holster is in a herringbone twill camouflage material, again another example of the uses of different types of patterns and weave of camouflage on individual garments. To the upper inner lining full RB number and size stampings. The interior waist closure cord is present. To the lower inside left leg flap one female press stud has rotted and removed itself from the inner material. Also the armpits have been lined in camouflage material, one armpit has used a different shade of camouflage material than the other. A super battle worn paratrooper smock in excellent displayable condition.

GERMAN WWII TENO HEWER.

GERMAN WWII TENO HEWER.

This dagger from the recently purchased collection of 18 daggers, all of these daggers are and were of the utmost quality, the collector was extremely patient in waiting for the right type of dagger to appear on the market and 16 of the 18 daggers were all by the manufacturer Eickhorn. We cannot express enough the quality of all of these daggers. An absolutely complete Teno hewer, mint blade by Eickhorn with its original leather washer, also with its etched Teno insignia. The one-piece cast grip has just very minor touches of flaking to the plating to the pommel head and to the lower grip. The celluloid white grips are totally undamaged. Much of the original black chemical patination in the lower shadow field of the eagle and swastika still present and in the area around the cogwheel to the top of the pommel. Etched to the blade and stamped to the upper throat of the scabbard the matching number ‘3179’. The scabbard paint all complete with just two minor areas of thinness on the very edge of the scabbard. Both upper and lower scabbard fittings superb with all screws fitted without the heads being turned. The hewer is complete with its leather and metal hanging strap, the metallic part ‘Assmann’ stamped. The hilt closing strap is firm and strong, we mention this as these are quite often broken. Complete with its rare enlisted ranks blue and silver service knot. A better example would be very difficult to achieve.

GERMAN WWII ADOLF HITLER OFFICERS CUFF TITLE.

GERMAN WWII ADOLF HITLER OFFICERS CUFF TITLE.

An absolutely mint condition flat wire Adolf Hitler officers cuff title. Bevo weave in the finest quality, silver for the name with its upper and lower sections of silver strands. Full length, with its original RZM ticket in place.

GERMAN WWII LONG DLV DAGGER.

GERMAN WWII LONG DLV DAGGER.

The ultra rare 55cm long dagger, the forerunner of the Luftwaffe 1st pattern officers dagger and in this case produced by the rarest supplier of the three only suppliers of this dagger Adolf Braun of Berlin, Braun was a military outfitters and equipment supplier not a dagger manufacturer.Who the actual manufacturer of the Adolf Braun dagger was has never been discovered. The blade in excellent condition, fully marked ‘Adolf Braun, Berlin’ close to the lower cross guard. The blade length 37cm, Tom Wittmann in his excellent book Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Luftwaffe volume 2 page 7 states DLV officer blade 38.5cm, we can categorically assure any possible purchaser that the blade on this dagger has not been shortened, it is with its original profile and there is no evidence anywhere of any reshaping of the blade, in fact there is a small curvature at the very point of the blade where at some point in its life possibly a child has stabbed the blade into an object and not removed in a straight manner. The blade itself has not been abused or has not suffered any corrosion and is still with its original leather washer meeting the underside of the cross guard. The other very highly unusual feature of this dagger is that again Wittmann in his again excellent work describes the scabbards on these long DLV’s produced with composition cardboard-like base, this dagger has a steel scabbard. Grip leather excellent, scabbard leather again excellent, the hilt constructed in its correct manner with its blade tang showing on the very top of the pommel with its mobile swastikas. The mobile swastikas on all four sides have all their original gilt colour showing. The blade fits neatly into the scabbard and is a little tight at the final push. It should be noted also referring to Wittmann’s work the rivet patterns used to hold the three scabbard mounts in position used by Adolf Braun were much thinner than the examples used by Eickhorn or Weyersberg. The lower scabbard mount pattern identical to the Eickhorn and Weyersberg. Chain hanger of the correct pattern with the S shaped attachment rings from the main chain system to the two larger scabbard rings, also the clip itself having the riveted interior spring to the clip. Just close to the scabbard fitting retaining rivetts small numbers can be seen behind the rivet indicating these daggers were assembled number matched. Minor indentation to the reverse lower side of the bottom scabbard mount. It should always be remembered that these early daggers were all hand assembled and finished and slight differences between known examples do exist such as this, particularly with the steel scabbard. The section in Tom Wittmann’s book is the only full in-depth analysis of the long DLV daggers that should be studied. The dagger is accompanied by three photographs of DLV officers wearing the long 55cm dagger, we do not know which of the three officers is the owner of this particular dagger. A very rare dagger.