A very scarce set of leather equipment uniquely issued to members of the colonial troops for the German colonies. The leather is soft and supple, complete with its cross straps, riveted bayonet frog. Faint remains of a station issue stamp to one of the shoulder straps but too faint to read. All of the closure caps for the ammunition pouches in place with the orange coloured cap of one of the compartments missing. All of the rivets holding the bayonet frog to the main belt good and strong with its single pronged heavy duty nickel buckle.
An unusually large size all leather enlisted ranks pickelhaube for a Prussian infantryman. The skull in good condition with slight crazing, both front and rear peaks securely attached to the main body with congealing to the leather on both peaks. All of the fittings in brass match, standard front Prussian plate, original chinstrap and correct national and state cockades. Minor kinks to the interior of the front peak trim. The interior 9 tongued liner all present, minor weavel nips to the leather liner, with its original drawstring. Faint traces of manufacturers circular stamp, good stampings for Regiment 143 to the rear peak and faint traces of other markings, which are difficult to decipher, other markings have been semi erased contemporarily. It is difficult to obtain a large size enlisted ranks pickelhaube in this condition regimentally marked.
A most fabulous replication of the famous MG08/15, exact in every detail without, of course, its firing mechanism or barrel, with its correct tripod. Fitted with an original Trommell magazine, which has been repainted and fitted with a full length MG08 ammuniton belt with dummy rounds. Etched into the steel on the top plate is full designation ‘M.G.08/15.S.& H.BERLIN 1918’ WITH THE GUN NUMBER ‘411’. Wood grip, wood removable butt stock and flash hider. An original MG08/15 would be in the region of £6,000 to £8,000, this example is fine for display. The weapon is heavy, please consult us for shipping costs.
The optic sight for the MG08 Maxim machine gun. Good paint finish to one side of the body, most of the crackle finish from the interior broken away and some of the crackle finish from the left hand side of the exterior broken away. Marked ‘Z.F.12 No.3262’ maker marked ‘Emil Busch A.G.Rathenow’ complete with its leather cushion eyepiece and leather attached optic cover.
A very nice example of an all lether pickelhaube with field grey fittings. All of the fittings match in colour and patination. The skull is absolutely perfect. Minor crazing and minor distortion to the rear peak. Both the front and back peaks securely attached to the main body. Good bright finish to the skull. The helmet is with its completely original chinstrap, national and state cockades. The interior 9 tongued liner in mid tan all intact with its original leather drawstring. Faint traces of an army group mark, which appears to be ‘B.A.X.II’ to the area between the two front plate securing eyelets. A circular maker’s mark to the rear of the peak. The inside of the crown retains much original light tan finish. A very good example of an ersatz pickelhaube.
A very clean example of the well known Demag bayonet fighting knife. Deep circular ‘Demag of Duisburg’ stamp to the forte of the blade, the blade in its original form, very lightly sharpened to one edge, with its leather washer. The majority of the black finish remaining to the cross guard and good amount of finish in field grey green to the hilt. The bayonet retaining system intact and working correctly. Contained in its original steel scabbard, which has approximately 50% of its original black paint finish remaining with its original leather belt loop. Hilt retaining strap with a fully functioning male/female closure system.
A very fine example of the classic M.16 trench helmet retaining virtually of its original apple green paint finish with minor abrasions. Stamped ‘GBN’ with the last digit of the shell size being indistinct, we estimate 64. The interior liner with all its three double tongued pads in excellent supple condition, two of the pads retain their original horsehair pads, one is missing. The original drawstring is intact fitted to the M.16 leather band. Two individual names hand inscribed to the rear of the helmet.
An exceptionally good example of the Mauser 98/05 bayonet. Good blued blade, heavy stampings ‘Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G.Oberndorf a.N’. Numbered ‘929’. Imperial acceptance stamping in two places on the flat back portion of the blade. Very nice stampings on the reverse side of the scabbard identical to the markings on the blade. Just below the base of the frog there is what appears to be shrapnel damage to the body of the scabbard, the scabbard retaining much original blued finish. The leather frog all intact with some slight stitching loose. Faintly maker marked and dated, the last digit of the date cannot be seen clearly. Complete with its red and white company knot. The upper pommel of the grip Imperial acceptance stamped. Wood ribbed grips excellent. Rifle retaining button complete and functioning correctly.
A rare helmet of the Landesgendarmerie, virtually identical in form to the 1st Prussian Guard Dragoon Regiment, this example marked to the interior ‘LG15’. The Landesgendarmerie were mounted police responsible to local government in the provinces of Prussia. Virtually all of the personnel were ex military NCOs. The helmet is in magnificent condition, solid leather skull, both peaks firmly attached to the body. All brass fittings, domed clip over chin scales, large Prussian front plate with Guard Star. The 9 tongued leather liner all intact with its original leather drawstring.
The optical sight for the MG08 heavy machine gun of WWI retaining virtually all of its original olive green finish, its leather protector over the eyepiece, its dust cover over the lens with the attached webbing strap, clearly marked Z.F.12 No. 70819 Emil Busch A-G.Rathenow. Some slight loss to the crackle finish close to the attachment groove otherwise excellent optics.
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