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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
GERMAN WWII SS M.33 ENLISTED MANS DAGGER.
An unissued condition middle period production SS mans dagger. This dagger originally came with another SS mans dagger, both were virtually identical and both have come out of the same storage, they were both the same maker, Eickhorn, plus RZM marked and the only difference was a slight difference in condition and the other example was dated ‘39’ this example is dated ‘38’. It has never before been in collectors hands and was with a family of the soldier who brought them back from WWII in 1945 until recently entered into a U.K. auction. The blade is magnificent with all cross grain finish remaining, good deep grey and sharp edge etching to the Meine Ehre Heisst Treue motto. Very minor rust spotting to the lower edges of the blade, double marked ‘RZM 941/38 SS’ plus original ‘Eickhorn, Solingen’ marking. The ebony grip is absolutely undamaged with a high quality national eagle fitted and undamaged enamel to the SS runic symbol. Plating lifting slightly from the tang nut. The upper and lower cross guard mounts toned to grey. Fitted into its original painted scabbard with virtually all of its original paint finish remaining with the classic spider marks showing through the paint due to rust bleed from the steel below. The upper and lower scabbard fittings are of the middle period plated variety with some slight losses to the upper mount. The lower mount with all plating remaining slight dent to the lower ball. All of the screws for attaching the scabbard mounts to the scabbard intact with heads unturned. A very good example of a middle period manufacture SS mans dagger.
GERMAN WWII ARMY PANZER SIGNALS WRAP OVER TUNIC.
An extremely rare full length uncut black panzer wrap over jacket worn by an enlisted man in a panzer signals unit. One unidentified stain marking at the base of the wide turned back collar and at the very point of the closure portion of the tunic. Fitted with the rare enlisted mans lemon yellow slip-on shoulder boards with matching lemon yellow collar patches. A matching set of panzer skulls, Iron Cross ribbon to the buttonhole of the tunic, Bevo woven grey on black breast eagle, loops to the tunic for one award. Faint remains of size stampings to the standard M.36 grey lining material. A superb tunic.
GERMAN WWII ARMY PANZER CAVALRY RECONNAISSANCE OFFICERS TUNIC AND OVERSEAS CAP.
An ultra rare set being the very first pattern wrap over jacket, without the facility for top closure, circa 1935 to 36, worn by a Leutnant in a cavalry panzer unit. Stitch-in subdued shoulder boards with golden yellow underlay. Matching golden yellow piping to the collar and to the collar patches. A matched pair of aluminium panzer skulls. The early woven white on black panzer mans breast eagle. Standard early grey twill lining material with faint traces of size stampings and possibly a makers name to the upper right hand side of the lining. The tunic has not been shortened and is with its compliment of four closure buttons. One period patched repair to the right hand upper sleeve as the tunic is worn and one section of material to the inner part of the tunic has been repaired also with a professionally either unit or professional tailors patch. Loops to the right hand breast for three awards. Accompanying the rare tunic is the officers overseas cap with cavalry yellow waffenfarbe, standard bullion officers cockade, enlisted mans white on black Bevo woven eagle and silver piping to the crown and front scallop of the cap. To the interior the short leather sweatband in the forehead area, stamped size ‘58’, the remainder of the cap in grey rayon. No moth damage, nap thin to the envelope part of the cap.
GERMAN WWII KRIEGSMARINE M.35 SINGLE DECAL COMBAT HELMET.
A very difficult to find deep gold single decal M.35 combat helmet. The helmet shell is stamped ‘SE64’ retaining all of its very dark grey green finish. One chip to the decal to the upper right hand wing, slight battle damage to the rear of the shell. Very little losses to the paint as can be seen by our web images. Original liner retaining rivet heads in place with their original paint. The M.35 8 tongued liner all in place with the clear marking ‘57’. Original drawstring intact. Both parts of its strap but with the very tip of the long section broken away. Standard aluminium liner with M.35 square edged liner strap clips.