A highly important piece being the red piped Gauleiter’s cap of the Gauleiter of North Westphalia from 1931 to 1945. The cap itself constructed in the canvas brown political material. Gauleitung wine red piping to the upper and lower sections of the velvet centre band, also the full circumference of the crown. Some very tiny weevel nips to the crown itself and to the red wine piping. The velvet centre band has some puckering to the band mainly on the left hand side. Fitted with the standard political insignia of gilded eagle, which is slightly toned. Matching all gilded metallic political wreath with double enamelled red and black central cockade. Standard political gold cap cord with gold political side buttons. To the interior the cap with its mid tan leather sweatband showing very little wear use. Gold heavily weave lined interior with an undamaged centre celluloid lozenge, to the lower edge of the lozenge on a small slip of paper placed in the name tag box ‘Gauleiter Dr.A.Meyer’. On turning down the sweatband the original RZM tuchmutze label is revealed in excellent condition. An important piece of headdress, for a full biography of Alfred Meyer view Google, Meyer joined the NSDAP in April 1928, rapidly rising in ranks, in 1930 he became a member of the Reichstag and in 1931 Gauleiter in North Westphalia. He held many other posts within the NSDAP and was an honorary SA Gruppenfuhrer and following an SA Obergruppenfuhrer. September 39 he was Chief of Civil Administration in the west, in May 1940 he was appointed acting Reich Defence Commissioner for Military District 7. In 1941 he became State Secretary and Deputy to Alfred Rosenberg in the Reich Ministry for the occupied Eastern Territories. Meyer also attended the Wannsee Conference. Meyer was found dead on 11th April 1945 by the River Weser, cause of death suicide. The cap is of a small size, viewing the photographs of Meyer in 1941 it can clearly be seen he had a head size of small proportions, this cap was brought back to the UK by a British veteran the area of North Westphalia was in the British zone of occupation.
Stamped ‘Q60’ a rare maker, not only is it a rare maker but the size for this maker is extremely hard to find. Dark Luftwaffe blue grey, scratches overall to the crown and to the upper part of the bowl, lower part retains much original paint finish, with its complete Luftwaffe decal, slight scratches as can be seen by our web images and a slightly toned colour, complete with its zinc banded liner. One of the tongues of the liner is missing but complete with its original drawstring. An unusual size helmet.
An extremely large size Adrian helmet worn by an officer with officers brown leather plaid strap, finished in the mustard colour most commonly associated with colonial troops. The officers rank bar has been soldered to the dome of the flaming grenade over the letters ‘RF’(Republic Francais). Some losses of the paint to the comb and small areas of the bowl with traces of the original horizon blue showing through. Mid tan leather sweatband all intact with its 6 tongued black liner. A very clean nice large size Adrian helmet.
A most beautiful quality 4.4mm circumference heavy quality badge for the Prussian Mine Service Rescue. Prussian eagle at the base with swastika to its breast. Very finely struck detail, with its heavy duty tinny type fixing to the reverse side. Maker marked ‘PREUSS STAAT MUNZ FEINSILBER’ (Prussian State mint fine silver). A rare badge.
A very fine condition saddle shaped Luftwaffe Air Traffic Control cap, mid green piping, high quality officers ribbed material construction, standard mohair centre band, NCO’s double oval buckle strap, standard visor with the extra ribbing to the edge of the visor. Totally free of any moth damage. The national eagle is slightly dull with the national cockade brighter. The mid tan leather sweatband not showing any wear use. The inner lining all in gold with its undamaged centre celluloid lozenge. Slip label indicating in hand size 55. The orange foam cushion in the forehead area partly solidified.
A slightly bleached, blood stained and well service worn single canvas exterior with brown wool interior shoulder board, both sides of the slip-on tab lined in different weights of olive drab canvas, panzer pink wool piping. On the reverse side evidence of where it was at one time adhered to a collectors display board.
A very nice example of the naval officers dagger, blade by Eickhorn with its full etched panels on both sides showing naval fouled anchor with accompanying floriated work, virtually mint bright blade. The gilt to the cross guard, upper pommel and scabbard light toned but original gilt still to the areas around the scabbard bands and within the lower field of both the cross guard and the upper pommel. The celluloid grip completely undamaged with its original grip wire having its silver portapee knot in its original wrapped pattern. The dagger is complete with its matched set of hanging straps, the fabric on the reverse side of the short strap slightly worn, the reason for that is when hanging the short strap takes most of the wear against the wearer’s uniform. The short strap is complete with its hook and chain and accompanying the straps is the scarce matching fabric officers naval dress belt with the standard naval buckle. An excellent set.
A very fine example of the M.18 cut out helmet, this helmet is featured on pages 92 and 93 of the excellent new work Stahlschutzhelme, The German Steel Combat Helmet by Oliver Lock published by Military Mode Publishing. The helmet was originally one of the very rare wool dust finished helmets, this was a unique finish only found on the M.18 helmets the finish was to deaden the reflective effect of the standard painted helmet. Losses of the finish to the crown area, the remaining wool dust finish to the lower skirt, complete with its M.18 three section liner of which all of the horsehair pads are missing from the liner pads themselves. Complete with its M.18 carbine strap with its maker marked leather tab. A very fine example of a rare helmet. As all of the M.18 helmets are marked with ‘ET64’.
The Square Dip was one of the pre mass production examples of the M.16, stamped ‘ET64’ but extremely difficult to read because of corrosion in the area of the stampings. This example has at some time been camouflage painted in a splotch pattern over the basic green using what appears to be two other colours of deep ochre and green. There is a slight crack to the shell from a shell splinter just below the left hand liner retaining rivet. The three pad M.16 liner is all in place, the band itself has shrunk slightly, all of the three inner pads are present with only faint remnants of one tongue of one of the pads, which appears to have been eaten by a rodent, some damage to the area of the join of the pad to the liner with another one of the pads, all are without their inner horsehair pads. Both original strap posts are complete with the helmet. Excellent reading on the history of the M.16 Square Dip are on both pages 50, 51, 52 and 53 of Feldzug 1916 Michael Baldwin, also pages 26 to 39 of the excellent work by Oliver Lock Stahlschutzhelme with numerous photographs and in-depth written text. A rare addition to the Imperial German collection.
A very nice camouflage trench helmet, unfortunately the stampings to the skull are not clear enough, the size ‘64’ is visible but the manufacturers coding is faint. To the exterior the helmet has been camouflaged in an ochre, brown and green, zigzag block pattern with quite wide separation lines. All of the paint finish is visible and bright with some slight losses to the crown area. It would appear that at some time in its life a collector has either varnished or polished the helmet, it has a slight sheen to the finish. To the interior all of the original apple green present with its M.16 leather liner band, its inner three pad liner all complete with the tongues of two of the sets of pads split with its original drawstring still intact. A rare and attractive helmet.
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