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 ARMED FORCES RIFLE GRENADE BAGS.
A super unissued pair only showing evidence of many years of storage having the very heavy herringbone blue/grey strapping with contrasting dark grey/green canvas bodies. These were to carry the rifle grenade however, were used extensively for carrying hand grenades and would have been issued to Army SS and Luftwaffe troops. An almost identical pair can be found illustrated upon page 150-151 of the Ausrustung book Volume 1.
GERMAN WWII ARMY/SS BLACK LEATHER MP40 POUCH SET.
A super field used set of the beautifully constructed black leather pouches. Although these subtly differ they would appear to have always been together. It must be remembered more often than not, pouches were not maker matched but simply issued and re issued from stores with no thought of collector idiosyncrasies. These remain in a good solid shape with good supple leather to the flap closures. All stitching remains off white and there is a very nice russet rust to all the steel fittings throughout.
GERMAN THIRD REICH WAFFEN SS RUBBERIZED BELT & BUCKLE BY RODO.
An extremely rare rubberised belt with Waffen SS buckle made by the popular maker RODO. Featured on page 22 of the new book Ausrustung volume 1 by Rolly Pickering. The condition is superb overall and the clear maker stamp of Kurt Seidel 1941 is visible upon a leather section of the belt.
GERMAN THIRD REICH CAMOUFLAGE K.98 AMMO POUCH.
An absolutely magnificent and highly scarce item being a camo painted ammo pouch. The application of camo paint was relatively common upon many objects of German equipment and it is obvious that the German soldier was highly aware of the need to conceal himself and a high degree of individualised field craft application was applied. This particular pouch has a typical yellow tan camo splotch and green overpaint in a fairly random fashion. There is areas of cracking and crazing to the paint and areas of minor loss as well as abrasion. The pouches are slightly distorted for years of storage, however remain excellent. The markings appear unreadable to the back and perhaps are very faintly stamped. The whole set is an excellent and dramatic and very scarce item that would display wonderfully on its own or with a grouping of camouflaged items.
GERMAN WWII INFANTRY CRUSHER CAP.
A fine example of a white piped cap of doe skin construction, with all cloth insignia. The lower flat wire officers cockade insignia has slightly faded to a beautiful light field grey colour. The upper cap eagle is of high relief bullion construction and appears to be a period addition to smarten the appearance. The soft crushable patent peak is excellent with only minor crazing. The complete head band is good and supple and just slightly loose to the front forehead section. There is a full combat quality cinnamon cotton lining. Maker stamped to the crown shield with verdigris to the original gold blocking. Very minor moth nips throughout with one or two well executed collector grade repairs.
GERMAN THIRD REICH PRIVATE PURCHASE PARATROOPER TROUSERS.
A most interesting item of German military uniform. Almost all uniforms of the Third Reich existed in issue ordnance quality for men and higher quality versions for officers for field wear. This particular pair of trousers is a tailored produced field service quality pair of trousers possibly for an officer or an NCO. Externally these are almost identical to the issue trousers being of a heavy-weight wool, this wool having a slightly grey green tone to it and is almost definitely of Dutch captured cloth. Large bolts of cloth were used from the occupied countries to produce clothing both at ordnance and private level. These trousers are deluxe lined in rayon silk throughout with linen pocket bags and a hook closure to the waist. The rear two pockets do not have press studs, again this probably being produced for comfort. The two main hip pockets have the typical Prym press studs that would have been found upon the issue examples, there is a small ticket style pocket with again press stud closure. To the leg is the double lined pocket for the drop knife. There is a good degree of field wear and at some time these have probably been used for work and have some minor paint splashes, however these have been very carefully removed in most cases and in general they do not affect the overall appearance of the trousers whatsoever. The trousers are a good medium large size with all buttons and press studs correct. An intriguing and interesting pair of trousers that would greatly compliment a fallschirmjager NCO or officer mannequin display.
GERMAN THIRD REICH PANZER BERET.
One of the hardest to find items of WWII German Army headdress is the complete Panzer beret unit. These were a pre Nazi era item of headdress, they extended into service into the early years of the war and could be seen extensively used during the blitzkrieg phase of WWII. Many of the few that do survive are in mint unissued stored condition, however this example shows clear signs of use and age. The outer beret has suffered a little from moth and there is some wear to the nap of the wool revealing the characteristic spiral weave of these berets. The insignia is lightly toned to the front and an excellent matching set, all black backed with off white thread throughout. The lining is excellent with a little depression from storage to the centre of the dome, however this does not show on display. There is excellent Clemens Wagner label to the underside of the oilskin lining. The all leather headband is complete throughout. All rubber vent buffers are present, there are just one or two small areas of tearing to the very edges of the oilcloth, again this does not greatly interfere with the display-ability of the hat. The lower band of the Panzer beret has some areas of moth nipping and some insect holing. This item has been extensively treated and now the condition is absolutely stable. An unquestionably real example of an exotic and rare item of wehrmacht headdress.
WWII GERMAN CAMOUFLAGE ENTRENCHING TOOL COMBINATION.
A very rare and completely untouched set being the standard fixed head spade fitted into a prestofff carrier that has been sprayed to the front in typical yellow Dunkelgelb finish. Much wear, dust and dirt build up and in stored condition with a '42' date and Waffen Ampt stamp to the interior.