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An excellent sword with an 81cm Spearpoint blade with central blued and gilt inlay panels on both sides. The Damascus pattern is standard water Damascus. The gilt surrounding the two panels excellent with the gilt to the lettering faded. To one side reads in German ‘WITH FRIENDLY MEMORIES OF CASSEL 1888’ with the face side ‘VON STEINBERG FREIHERRN VON KETTELER’, the Von Ketteler name is a well known aristocratic name within Germany and we have not had the time to further deeply research this officer, this is obviously a gift from one officer to another in memory of their service in one of the Guard Cavalry regiments in 1888 in Cassel. The blade is by WKC with the Eisenhauer Damast-Stahl oval circlet to the upper part of the blade. The hilt is the massive size hilt with the Garde Korps badge to the front langet, gilt excellent overall, red ruby eyes to the lion’s head. The fish skin grip is intact with grip wire. All fitted into its original nickel plated scabbard, which has lost some of its nickel plating, there are no dents or damage to the scabbard with both hanging rings complete. To the rear of the piped back blade close to the hilt is the name of the retailer of ‘Carl Stahl, Cassel’.
A good lightly restored example of the very rare Berndorfer helmet. This helmet with its highly unusual shape with faint remains of the bear stamping and size ‘64’ stamped into the rear skirt having good colour to the exterior with some losses and rust bleed as can be seen in our web images. The helmet is complete with its correct inner metal liner band. The three pad liner and chinstrap has evidence of restoration and may have some restored parts to the liner system, this has been taken into account in our pricing, these helmets are now incredibly difficult to obtain.
The rare piece of Imperial German equipment associated mainly with the storm troopers of 1917/18 is the long handled pioneer shovel. This is a dug item but is remarkably good condition, some rust and slightly losses to the tip of the spade and some corrosion at the joint of the spade to the haft. The haft is all complete but has evidence of ground dampness.
Extremely rare two pieces of equipment from the Imperial German Army of the ersatz period being the twin pouches carried on the belt of medical personnel, constructed from solidified paper cloth. These extremely rare items are in superb condition, the leather attachments being the belt loops and the lid closures are all complete and undamaged, both zinc neck strap rings are perfect. Maker marked and dated ‘17’ to both pouches. The contents label is complete to the upper inner lid of both pouches are in superb condition overall.
A new long awaited publication by Military Mode Publishing in collaboration with esteemed Author Oliver Lock. Stahlshutzehelme is a 230 page book in the familiar format of all Military Mode productions with extensive, his resolution photographs and dramatic design style. This work was spawned from the mind of much missed Author/Collector, The Late Michael Baldwin, it was originally to be a dual effort with Oliver however after the sudden loss of Michael, Oliver continued the work in memory and tribute of our great friend.
The style is clearly formatted to follow the Feldzug series and delves deeper in to the production and design on the German Steel Helmet of WWI and its early pre war prototypes. This book is a must for both helmet enthusiast and fans of the aforementioned Feldzug books.
This book is due for release in Early November 2020
these images are pre production. Yes we are aware the title is to be changed to Stahlshutzehelme
A good clean example of the M.16 trench helmet, the maker and size markings are unfortunately indecipherable within the slight piece of corrosion in that area of the shell. The exterior has at least 70 % its original apple green paint finish remaining with losses as can be seen on our web images. The interior M.16 style leather liner band all complete with all three of its original liner pads, however of the liner pads only three of the original six tongues remain in place, all of the pads have their original horse hair interior padding, one of the interior pads is broken away from the main leather liner by 3cm and is delicate. The rivet that holds the rear section of the liner in place is missing, nevertheless still good for a trench display and priced accordingly.
An absolutely mint unissued drawn from stores, non-blackened combat belt leather. Ink stamped Army Corps marked ‘K.B.A.XVIII’ (Army Corps 18) with a further stamping of ‘3K’ (3rd Company). The belt leather is stamped in size ‘115cm’, also maker marked ‘L.Z.A. J.Offenbach’ White stitching holding both the clip and adjuster strap in clear white.
A very good strong set of the all leather cavalry Y straps. These Y straps were highly sought-after by infantryman to wear and take the weight of the heavy infantry cartridge pouches, the soldier would utilise the bread bag strap wound around his neck to support the ammunition pouches but would prefer to have had a set of cavalry Y straps, which were not part of the infantryman’s issue equipment. All stitching strong, all fittings in brass, one small leather tab at the end of one of the straps missing. good clear maker marking and date of ‘1915’ on the short rear strap.
A rare combination, a 100cm long combat weight leather belt, the belt buckle all steel with faint traces of its field grey green paint on the reverse side, the majority of the paint missing from the face side, with its original leather tab, which is ‘Offenbach’ manufactured and dated ‘1918’, Offenbach is in the State of Hesse.
A super artefact of trench warfare being the all steel field grey belt buckle with a bullet or shrapnel round at the lower half of the buckle. Complete with its double pronged belt fixing system and two other minor indentations to the upper part of the buckle
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