The Prussian and Bavarian telegraphers buckles were constructed in two versions, most commonly encountered in brass but rarely encountered in stamped steel, this is the stamped steel Prussian example with a lot of its original field grey paint visible, with its correct double pronged belt fixing system on the reverse side. Complete with its clip for the fitting of the line laying reel. A rare buckle.
A good condition all leather twin magazine pouch for the PO8 Luger of WWI.
A BF64 manufactured M.17 helmet with the remains of its camouflage finish. The original finish is painted in a stripe pattern with thin separation lines. Many abrasions to the crown and the upper skull area as can be seen from our web images. Originally finished in a two colour plum and green camouflage. The original M.17 liner band is present with one of the liner pads still fitted to the steel liner band, one other pad loose within the shell but attached to the original but very frail chinstrap still with the helmet, this has broken at one stage and has been twisted around the strap lug to secure it. Still with both of the adjusting buckles to the strap. Traces of the owner’s name and unit to the inner lower rear skirt.
An extremely rare all leather pickelhaube being a pre WWI constructed helmet, leather skull excellent, all of the fittings, which include the back strap, large cruciform spike base, unscrewable spike, large Guard front plate, removable clip over chin scales, which are domed, square cut front peak with peak trim, matching exactly. The Guard Star to the front retains much of its original silvering having a slight indentation to the lower point of the star, all the leather backing to the chinstraps complete. The helmet is with both its national and Prussian State cockades. To the interior its 9 tongued leather liner all intact and undamaged, supple with its original leather drawstring. Faint traces of a manufacturer’s ink stamp within a rectangular block close to the inner crown but indecipherable. The marking ‘L.G.15’ stamped into the area just behind the leather liner to the forehead, this could possibly be company markings. Ink stamped size ‘56’ to the inner rear peak.
A very good apple green trench helmet, at least 70% of the original green paint finish remaining. Maker stamped ‘ST66’, with its three pad liner, all of the original horsehair pads have been removed, all of the three sections are with their original horsehair pads and drawstring. Tied around the inner liner band protected by a modern piece of plastic envelope is what would appear to be a bring back label, which has a name of a French village applied to a section of card with a date, which appears to be 1918 with an original owner’s name applied to the rear skirt with the lettering ‘MGK 5’ (Machine Gun Company 5).
A heavily service worn dented but atmospheric all brass with nickel fittings bugle. Marked ‘J.R.57.07.’ Prussian Guard eagle within an oval plaque to the top of the bugle. Many indentations around the lower half of the bugle. Complete with its original mouthpiece and both carrying rings for the cording.
A rare example of the Mauser 98 05 all steel bayonet with saw back blade. Some light corrosion evidence to the one-piece steel grip. The rifle retaining system in place but jammed. Open muzzle ring, saw back blade excellent with Imperial acceptance stamp to the top of the blade, all saw teeth good, in its original undented scabbard, which has good traces of its original field grey green paintwork evident.
Surface staining to the metallic finish of the hilt, Imperial German marked to the upper pommel, rifle retaining system intact and working correctly. Wood grips undamaged. The blade in its original profile, some staining overall. Maker marked ‘Richard Herder Solingen’ to one side. To the reverse side ‘H.Munchlos & Co Magdeburg, in its original undented scabbard that has some surface rust plus its WWI period riveted and stitched frog.
A very nice model 1868 enlisted ranks chapska for a member of the 17th Saxon Uhlan Regiment, 2nd Squadron. The helmets of this period are very difficult to obtain and were worn profusely during the Franco Prussian war of 1870-71. Excellent upper medium size leather skull with the reinforced back section, which was part of the style of the 1868 model, these earlier models also had a much bigger mortarboard top than later model chapskas. The top itself has congealed overall, the skull, as previously mentioned, perfect, congealing to the front peak. It is still with its white, albeit nicotine stained, rabat, with its correct green and white Saxon field cockade. It has its complete set of enlisted ranks white caplines. Standard small size Saxon starburst front plate. Correct domed chin scales. The 10 tongued liner all complete. Hand applied in white paint to the interior skull ’17.U 2E III’ with the remains of a paper label to the inner skull, the only printing left to it is the ‘17’, which obviously indicates Uhlan Regiment 17. Front peak slightly loose. The helmet needs to be displayed on a display stand, one of the weakest points of any Uhlan helmet is the stitching that holds the front peak to the main body, they are always held by two domed rivets, one on each side, but with extra stitching around the front of the peak these have tended to rot over many years, the remainder of the stitching on the helmet is perfect. One minor moth nip to the white rabat. A tremendous condition helmet for its age.
A superb condition straight wood handled fighting knife. Wood grip still with good light colour, all ribbing complete. The blade is extremely good, very faint traces of sharpening at the point but much cross grain finish remaining. Marked ‘Demag’ within a circle, also Imperial German acceptance stamp marked, plus a ‘Germany’ stamp close to the inspection stamp. All leather washer still complete, in its original scabbard with 100% of original paint finish remaining, its good strong supple leather belt loop with its hilt closing catch with fully functional male/female closing studs. The Germany stamp indicating it was possibly originally designated for export with the export contract cancelled and stamped for acceptance into the Imperial German forces.
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