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 ADOLF HITLER DESSERT FORK.
A rare piece of Adolf Hitler cutlery being the 14cms long dessert fork with the raised in relief down-swept winged Third Reich eagle and swastika with the letters ?AH? either side of the swastika. Marked ?800? on the reverse side with the half moon, crown ?800? and Imperial style eagle silver markings. Excellent condition.
GERMAN WWII ALLGEMEINE SS ENLISTED MANS VISOR CAP.
An untouched stored condition Allgemeine SS enlisted mans visor cap. The Allgemeine caps were produced in two totally different types of cloth, the ribbed black material and smooth without ribs, the most commonly encountered is the ribbed material. This is a classic construction black ribbed material semi saddle shaped visor cap. The crown has one very minute moth nip close to the front. The main upper body again is totally moth free. At the rear of the cap where the leather sweat band meets the lower body it would appear that some damage has taken place to the very narrow piece of black material just below the line of the white waffenfarbe, the black material has been broken for a length of 3cms. The white waffenfarbe around the crown, although not attacked by moth has shredded in places hopefully this can be seen on our web images. The central upper white waffenfarbe is near perfect and the lower white waffenfarbe has shredded in the area previously mentioned where the damage has occurred. The cap is fitted with its totally original leather double buckled chinstrap. The very finely silvered insignia is totally original and untouched to the cap. The fibre peak is RZM marked on the inner side. The leather sweat band has slightly discoloured probably from dampness although the sweat band is all complete and undamaged. The interior body is in the classic russet brown heavy cotton weave material where the upper crown is in the waterproof russet brown. The central lozenge has lost the lower part but with the upper part a good clear gold stamped runic symbol with one crack across the roundel. An original silk woven Reichsfuhrer SS label is also placed and machined in position below the lozenge. The interior of the brown leather sweat band is heavily stamped to an extent we have never observed before. In three places it is marked ?VA 1938? with two other blocks of other unidentified marking, which read ?18./SS 01.? The original orange coloured foam cushion has solidified and broken away. The paper tuchmutze paper label, which is fixed to the interior lining has come adrift from that lining but is still present to the cap and we have attached the paper label to the brown leather sweat band by means of a paper clip. A very good example.
GERMAN WWII ALLGEMEINE SS ENLISTED MANS VISOR CAP.
An absolutely unissued and unworn condition visor cap for an SS enlisted man. The enlisted mans caps were produced in two types of material, black ribbed and black smooth, the most commonly encountered is the black ribbed, this example as described is in superb condition with the black ribbed cloth, totally free of any moth nips anywhere on the cap, all of the white piping is good and bright without any staining. The chinstrap is very faintly RZM stamped on the underside. To the interior of the peak RZM rubber ink stamped later style black tuchmutze label, large gold blocked SS runes to the upper inner waterproof russet brown canvas-like material, also gold blocked size ?56??. Central lozenge with 1cm x 1cm section missing. A small tear to the upper inner crown material. The inner body material in the cotton russet brown weave. The original foam forehead cushion has solidified and broken away. The interior ersatz style light tan sweat band is all complete, supple and unbroken. There appears to be one fixing pin missing from the skull, all other pins, eagle and skull present. A superb cap.
GERMAN WWII SS OFFICERS OVERSEAS CAP.
An exceedingly rare dove grey canvas-like material boat shaped Waffen SS officers overseas cap. Silver waffenfarbe around the side scallops which in places has slightly oxidised. Fitted with an enlisted ranks SS cap eagle and a metallic skull. The lower areas of the cap have sweat staining surrounding the complete base and on pulling back the side scallops there is a distinct colour change where the side scallop has protected the main body from sunrays. The cap was originally the classic dove grey colour, which we have encountered many times with SS headdress. To the interior it is devoid of any markings and is lined in a lightweight black silk.
GERMAN WWII LEIBSTANDARTE ADOLF HITLER SCHARFUHRER'S TUNIC.
An incredibly rare and superb condition Allgemeine Scharfuhrer's tunic whilst as a member of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. The Allgemeine uniforms generally came in two distinct types of cloth, the ribbed material and smooth Melton, this is a smooth Melton example of the standard configuration tunic. Open collar style, two upper pockets patch style with scalloped pocket flaps and central raised pleats, two lower angled pockets, non patch style, with scalloped pocket flaps. Four button construction, the rear having a double skirt. Central back seam. All of the buttons are RZM SS marked and match exactly. To the interior of the inside pocket is the canvas SS Rock issue label. The interior lining is of the black/grey heavy duty cotton twill with its inner bandage pocket, one inside pocket, two hidden pockets within the rear pleat, which is a carry over from the Imperial period. Both sleeves are lined with a light tan artificial silk material. Deep barrel cuffs The size stampings are clearly in white ink in the upper inner rear panel. There is a second bandage pocket on the inner left hand side of the jacket, which the top has never been opened. The exterior collar is trimmed in the black and silver twisted cord, which matches exactly in size and configuration as the waffenfarbe around the collar patches. The single shoulder board is of the lower rank style for the Allgemeine SS being button down, stitched to the tunic with black and silver twisted cord. The right hand collar patch as the tunic is worn is an officer quality heavy wire woven pair of SS runes, the opposite patch is plain black Melton with a single rank star to the centre. To the upper left sleeve is the Allgemeine SS armband, which has some discoloration and age spotting to the white field surrounding the central swastika and to the lower left hand sleeve is the RZM enlisted ranks Adolf Hitler script type cuff title in RZM weave. To the rear pleat of the tunic are two RZM SS marked belt ramps and to each side of the waist are twin pebbled aluminium RZM marked belt supports. This is a most superb condition piece, there is no moth damage or staining, it has every feature that collectors desire such as the RZM issue label, all SS marked buttons and belt ramps and would be the central point of any Allgemeine SS collection.
GERMAN WW II WAFFEN SS DOT 1944 PATTERN CAMOUFLAGE SUIT MINT.
An absolutley mint unissued condition 1944 pattern camouflage two piece suit, we remember these suits appearing on the collectors market in the late 1970s and this is undoubtably one of that grouping of suits the material even still retains the stiff feel of a mint stored item. Medium sized tunic standard 4 pocket configuration complete withs it machine embroidered Waffen SS arm eagle, good clear size markings and what appear to be RB numbers to the interior,the exact matching trousers are Ravensbruk concentration camp produced marked Betr Ra Long legs and a good size waistband, we well remember that all of the suits found in the 70 s were of medium to large sizes,the ultimate conditon suit.
GERMAN WWII SS OBERSCHARFFUHRER?S FOUR POCKET COMBAT TUNIC.
An excellent and rare four pocket combat tunic being of correct SS issue with the twin belt hook holes just above the lower pockets. Considerable overall service wear, some light staining but no undue damage or repairs. Standard construction of a six button front, two upper breast pockets with flaps without pleats and two lower bellows pockets with flaps without pleats. The nap of the cloth has disappeared overall but is still present underneath the bellows pockets and behind the open folded collar. The insignia fitted is to an SS Feldgendarmerie Oberscharffuhrer. A set of slip-on black wool based shoulder boards with orange silk piping, one rank pip attached to each board with grey underlay to the boards, surrounded by a full compliment of silver tress which matches the silver tress to the collar. The SS runic collar patch is of the wool machine embroidered style with the opposite patch having two rank pips. To the upper right hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed is a machine embroidered SS arm eagle and to the opposite side the scarce Ehrenwinkle (Honour chevron) with silver black and silver base with a bullion embroidered centre star. A section of Iron Cross ribbon to the second buttonhole. Loops to the upper left breast for two awards. There is no evidence of a cuff title ever being fitted. The interior grey silk lining is generally in good condition but with obvious wear use. Beautifully marked ?BETR.RA? (Production Ravensbruck Concentration Camp) with various size stampings below. Both interior belt hook suspenders are present being in a grey herringbone twill material different than the interior lining. A superb tunic.
WWII GERMAN SS M.44 PEA PATTERN JACKET.
An absolutely magnificent textbook example of the M.44 tunic in the herringbone twill material. The tunic has typical areas of fade and clear signs of combat use. At one time there was a zigzag machine applied eagle to the left arm, this has been removed at the time and the tunic was probably worn by a POW. Recently purchased by ourselves in the United States and is typical of examples that went to the States upon the backs of POW?s. The condition is as mentioned previously, combat used however not excessively worn with areas of fraying. There are some small areas of rust staining to the underside of the collar and one or two areas of small holing due to prolonged mounting upon a wire coat hanger. The colour of the camouflage is excellent in a light pinky tone and the overall look of the tunic would greatly compliment a combat type mannequin.
GERMAN WWII WAFFEN SS OFFICERS VISOR CAP.
A most superb untouched condition Waffen SS Infantry Officers visor cap. Constructed in a Melton cloth very close to dove grey in colour. One very minor moth nip to the crown with three slightly large moth nips to the rear overhang. White wool piping overall. The central band of high quality velvet, standard silver wire officers cap cords, black fibre peak with some minor abrasions. The insignia fitted are an exact matching set of the aluminum shade wash with some rubbing to the finish of the head of the skull. Also the high points of the unique style SS eagle. To the interior the beige silk lining has evidence of wear use with minor staining. The central celluloid lozenge is all complete which is gold blocked below marked Sonderklasse. The all leather sweatband is complete and undamaged and the foam rubber cushion in the forehead area is all complete but has solidified. Price on request.