All stamped aluminium absolutely mint, the eagle being the three pin construction, highlighted swastika and polished upper wing edges with its matching national wreath with both pins attached and its central cockade.
Over the last 40 years we have had virtually every pattern, colour and construction of Luftwaffe flying suits, both single and double piece suits that were ever produced but never a pair made from the same material as the 1st pattern Luftwaffe paratroopers smock, this must have been made originally as a two-piece suit , Magnificent condition, all the zips, although totally original, are of different manufacturers, the upper thigh zip marked ‘Rapid’ the main crotch long zip marked ‘Elite’ the upper right hand thigh zip marked ‘Prym’ the lower left thigh zip marked ‘Rapid’ one leg zip marked ‘Zipp’ the other marked ‘Prym’. The trousers are complete with their webbing issue braces. All male/female closure studs are complete. All the fittings inside the pockets including the D ring for attaching the gravity knife is complete. The only labelling is a simple Roman numeral ‘IIA’ size label with the Luftwaffe acceptance stamp of ‘LBA 42’., theoretically the eagle that would have been fitted to the original jacket of the 2 piece suit would have been of the same unique design as the the paratrooper smock eagle. Some minor staining at the very lowest part of one of the legs otherwise perfect overall.
Ausrustung, Field Equipment of the German Forces in WWII. The exclusive two volume book incredibly limited in stock. The title 'Ausrustung' being the German translation for 'Equipment' is an in-depth guide in to exotic field equipment of the German forces in World War II covering Army, Luftwaffe, SS, Fallshirmjager, Panzer, DAK, Luftwaffe Field Division and more. Each volume is over 220 pages, bound in hard back format and , The book follows the design of previous Military Mode presentations, packed with large high resolution photographs of items from within a selection of the world's top collections including the author's himself. In association with the two leading museums of WWII equipment in the world, the book contains some items never seen or published until now.
A lovely set being the Iron Cross 2nd class of WWI beautiful finish, markings to the ring which are difficult to decipher but appear to be the German silver content markings. finish to the frame excellent and to the centre of the award, with its section of ribbon laid into the lower compartment at the top of the fitted case, laid also into that compartment is a superb condition 3cm width wingspan 1939 2nd award bar for the award of the Iron Cross 2nd class in WWII. Highlighted swastika, highlighted ‘1939’ date also highlighted frame to the date block, matt silvered finish to the lower areas with its full length section of ribbon with all four fixing pins adhering the award to the ribbon in place. All fitted into the custom made presentation case in very nice dark maroon exterior leather with a padded silk upper inner lid and cream velvet lower section to the box.
A good example of the very scarce blue webbing K98 frog. Complete with its hilt retaining loop with the steel button for securing the second part of the loop in Luftwaffe blue. This particular example shown in Ausrustung Volme 2 pages 60 and 61. Recently purchased from probably the best combat uniform and equipment collection in the United Kingdom comprising Army tropical, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe paratrooper and many other items of the same genre. The collection was begun by the then 15 year old boy who used to visit our own shop in London in the very early 1980’s and has built this collection up over 40 years culminating in the writing of excellent books on these subjects.
A beautiful condition and extremely scarce Waffen SS infantry officers visor cap, constructed in the finest Melton cloth material. Some light moth tracking mainly around the high point of the front saddle shape, no actual moth holes. Standard high quality black velvet centre band, the velvet of the centre bands on the privately purchased caps are always of higher quality than the issue officers cap. White waffenfarbe standing out proudly against the slightly dove grey colour of the main material and against the black centre band. Standard officers cap cords. The skull is an aluminium Deschler M.52, the eagle is a zinc example marked ‘SS M1/167’ the company of Augustin Hicke in double pin construction , 1 pin missing, Standard fibre visor, which has a slight bend towards the very point of the peak. To the interior the cap appears to have had hardly any wear, the interior sweatband is of superb light colour with the leather supple, all stitches holding the liner to the main body strong, the visor tight to the body. The interior lining is of gold silk, which has one rust stain just close to the forehead area. To the centre of the upper inner crown it is complete with its centre celluloid lozenge which has one edge loose, below the lozenge silver blocked to the silk the logo ‘CW’ and below ‘C.Louis Weber Uniformen Und Mutzen Hannover’. The cap size is approximately size 56. This is a magnificent example of a private purchase Waffen SS officers visor cap.
A nice clean Iron Cross 2nd class with toned finish to the frame. All the black finish to the central core complete, with a short section of ribbon, all fitted into its cut out based ‘RDO’ marked cardboard box, the lid to the box is slightly domed, box totally undamaged with its original price written in pencil on the base of the box of ‘4 marks 80 pfennigs.
A size 56 M.43 cap in excellent condition, good nap to cloth overall, double button front, complete with its late war machine embroidered on grey green one-piece triangular set of insignia with the embroidered national cockade below in red, white and black. To the interior standard lining ink blocked to the centre with the RB number, size ‘56’ and date ‘1944’. The cap is virtually unworn. Recently purchased from probably the best combat uniform and equipment collection in the United Kingdom comprising Army tropical, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe paratrooper and many other items of the same genre. The collection was begun by the then 15 year old boy who used to visit our own shop in London in the very early 1980’s and has built this collection up over 40 years culminating in the writing of excellent books on these subjects.
An absolutely one looker example of an original WWII M.42 helmet with its wire cradle still fitted. A time warp piece being just a non decaled large size shell, stamped into the rear skirt ‘S66’ with batch number ‘6723’, the wire cradle has been built to the exterior shell, no explanation should be needed, the web images show the total originality of this magnificent piece. With its original liner, which has wear use conversant with the overall condition, interestingly still having its original drawstring and it original chinstrap. Slight traces and markings and a date to the very point of the original chinstrap. Recently purchased from probably the best combat uniform and equipment collection in the United Kingdom comprising Army tropical, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe paratrooper and many other items of the same genre. The collection was begun by the then 15 year old boy who used to visit our own shop in London in the very early 1980’s and has built this collection up over 40 years culminating in the writing of excellent books on these subjects.
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