A most magnificent Teno officers dagger with the very low number of ‘1500’ stamped to the upper section of the blade below the Teno insignia and to the throat of the scabbard. The blade retains all of its original cross grain finish, mint bright with its Teno and Eickhorn logos deeply etched into the steel, complete with its original leather washer. Deep orange grip without any cracks. The upper pommel, central cross guard and scabbard all matching with virtually all of the original patinated finish in black remaining to the parts. One very minor indentation on the rear of the scabbard at the upper point of the end of the leaf pattern on the reverse side of the scabbard. Complete with a silver portapee knot. No plating lifting, no corrosion, no discoloration, the best we have had for a long time.
The machine woven example of the SS runic collar patch, minus its buckram backing.
One of the rarest composition helmets of WWII being the First World War constructed M.18 with Luftwaffe twin decals, the army versions of this helmet can be obtained, there are examples of navy twin decals existing, we have never owned a Luftwaffe twin decal M.18. As is well known these helmets went to various changes in their life, first constructed as the M.18, all the helmets are ET64, the markings on this example are only just visible through the various layers of paint that this helmet has received in its life, it has a Luftwaffe blue grey painted finish, fortunately both the Luftwaffe and the national decal are good and clear, within the national tricolour there is cracking to the decal. This helmet has probably had at least 3or 4 different finishes throughout its life, firstly the factory finish as an M.18 when it was fitted with its three pad liner, then a further finish after service with the Reichswehr, possibly a third finish when used by the army of the Third Reich and one can only assume that very few helmets were needed for the Luftwaffe and stocks were taken from army stocks, refinished for a fourth time with the application of the Luftwaffe decal and national tricolour. There is minor rust bleed through the finish. The helmet is fitted with its M.35 aluminium liner band, its 8 tongued liner is all complete with the tips of the tongues split on three tongues.
A nice ET66 apple green interior shell with original owner’s name applied in white paint. To the exterior an apple green hand painted finish. Standard M.35 shell. The helmet was original issued as a factory finished apple green helmet, had possibly be returned to a refurbishment depot and had been over-painted by hand with decals then reapplied. Looking very closely through an eye glass at the SS runic decal the decal covers hand applied painted lines. To the swastika side the evidence of another decal originally fitted is visible. Various abrasions to the skull as can be seen on our web images and to the decals, this process is commonly encountered, the decals are 100% original to this helmet. The interior liner all complete showing much wear use with its original drawstring. The chinstrap is complete to both sides but broken in the centre. Aluminium liner band dated ‘1938’.
An ET64 M.40 shell, only very faint traces of the late M.35 early M.40 apple green finish. The decal, as can be seen from our web images, scratched but still clearly can be seen as an SS helmet. The helmet is with its original M.40 liner, all tongues supple and soft, a small section of drawstring remaining.
An ultra rare helmet of the Third Reich period being the M.18 style of helmet reproduced in the middle 1930’s for the Allgemeine SS and subsequently the SS Verfungenstruppe, the Allgemeine had black helmets, mainly plain with RZM stampings inside, the Verfungenstruppe had these early apple green helmets, although on the M.16/18 style are distinctively different to the knowledgeable collector. Excellent paint finish to this example, stress markings to the steel along the visor. To the interior the three pad M.16 style type of inner lining showing hardly any wear use with its chinstrap, which is riveted to both clips. The central strap is the adjustable type but not removable. The inner liner band stamped number ‘16’ also stamped ‘Bath and Wagawa Metellwarenfabrik Dresden B16’ with its phone number ‘Fernruf 65282’. To the interior of one of the liner pads the classic ‘SS/VA 1934’ rubber ink stamping. To one other of the side pads is a name label ‘M.Koch’ with the designation ‘SS/D’ (we presume Deutschland). The inner forehead pad is unmarked. The matching number ‘16’ in a florescent type ink that is stamped on the inner liner band is also stamped to the upper inner crown.
A good clean undamaged example of the reversible camouflage smock in oak leaf pattern worn by Waffen SS troops. The smock is the 2nd pattern with added loops for foliage, twin lower pockets, reversible from spring to autumn with the interior pockets being in heavy duty green herringbone twill. The original closure cord is missing and the elastic for the waist and the cuffs all intact. The smock has many features of original SS camouflage construction items of WWII, which we have encountered many times, the fact that odd scraps of different pattern camouflage materials were used in the construction for garments. The main body of this garment is in the recognised colouration, both the green and the autumn reverse side of the commonly encountered colour, the centre section of the sleeves also in oak leaf but in a different shade, the pocket flaps also in a different shade and including the neck trim and the trim of the closure flap. All of the original extra foliage loops are intact, interestingly there is running from top to bottom of the garment both on the front and back is a long series of stitch marks as if something has been stitched to the garment at sometime during its life. There is also extra stitching marks around the lower cuffs and a multitude of extra stitches around the shoulders, we have absolutely no idea whether this was a wartime adaptation by the individual soldier or a post war adaptation by a hunter of some sorts. The extra stitching does not spoil the image of the garment, without doubt a totally original 2nd pattern SS camouflage combat smock.
An incredible possibly unique item being the German steel helmet in the size for a child with both its army decal and national tricolour, retaining all its original paint finish, in its original box, both box and helmet ‘Erel’ marked. The lozenge form Erel marking in decal form inside the rear skirt of the helmet. The interior liner is white linen, which shows age foxing with its original brown leather chinstrap. Both decals completely untouched. In its original circular box with its original straw inside with the Company logo ‘Erel’ again in identical lozenge form on the upper edge of the lid. Some minor scuffing to the upper edges of the lid, otherwise the box is in perfect condition. A highly unusual item from the Third Reich.
A rare dagger of the Third Reich period being the NPEA mans. The blade by Karl Burgsmuller, Berlin, cleaned black spotting overall. The motto ‘MEHR SEIN ALF SCHEINEN’ clearly visible, good and deeply etched to the blade. Wood grip excellent. The top mount marked ‘NPEA NAUNBURG HERBST 1937’, the lower cross guard stamped ‘N88’, with its olive drab scabbard, which retains virtually all of its painted finish.
An excellent pair of collar patches for an Allgemeine SS Scharfuhrer. As removed from tunic, still laid onto the remains of the tunic collar. The left hand collar patch in heavy bullion silver wire with its black and silver twisted cord edging with the remains of the twisted cord edging of the collar, the opposite patch being in to the rank of SS Scharfuhrer with identical lace pattern, also on the remains of its collar material.
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