An incredibly rare uniform of the Third Reich period being the all black uniform for an officer from the rank of Untersturmfuhrer . The tunic being a private purchased tunic in the finest quality grained black material constructed in the classic form of an Allgemeine SS tunic. Two upper patch pockets with pleats, two lower angled pockets with hidden bags, deep turned back cuffs, four button closure, open collar wear with a skirted back copied from the German tunic of WWI the M.15. The right hand side collar patch worn is for the rank of SS Untersturmfuhrer, aluminium twisted cord collar edging with matching collar edging to both collar patches, the left hand patch being the Totenkopf Deaths Head patch in heavy bullion wire, the Untersturmfuhrer’s collar patch with three pips, correct rank appropriate shoulder board fitted with a screw in post, Standard Allgemeine armband in high quality red wool, minor stains to the upper part of the white circlet behind the swastika. To the lower right hand sleeve as the tunic is viewed the beautiful quality RZM wire weave ‘Ostmark’ cuff title. To the upper right breast there are loops for two separate awards. To the interior of the tunic a hole has been tailored through the lower left hand pocket as the tunic is worn with a satin strip of material with a D ring attached for the clipping of the dagger or sword. Accompanying the tunic are a pair of the Allgemeine SS straight leg parade trousers with white stripe to the side. A superb uniform overall, no moth damage or staining, trousers in the exact matching material as the tunic. The SS Totenkopf Verbande were instituted in March 1933 shortly after the Third Reich was created, there were initially five Sturmbanne battalions but more were further extended, all units wore the Deaths Head insignia to the right collar patch in either unnumbered form or numbered depending on the unit. Their duties were mainly security and concentration camp administration. When Austria was annexed in 1938 The Reichsfuhrer SS ordered the establishment of SS Totenkopf Standarte 4 Ostmark, formed on the 1st April 1938 and were garrisoned at the concentration camp of Mauthausen close to Linz in Austria.
A very rare size ET68 shell Luftwaffe double decal paratrooper helmet. The exterior of the helmet with much of its original apple green finish remaining, especially around the lower edges of the helmet, the dome has rubbed through the paint. The front wing of the Luftwaffe decal is completely clear, the rear wing has faded, the swastika is clear but faded. The national tricolour with abrasions and with the top right hand corner of the tricolour decal missing. The three hole spanner bolts still retain their original apple green finish and have never been removed from the helmet. To the interior all of the maker marks and sizes have disappeared, the liner has shredded in the forehead area, the central stitched seam is still all intact as is the rest of the leather liner. The chinstraps are in firm but semi frail condition, there would appear to be a collectors stitched repair on one of the back straps to the main chinstrap, the long chinstrap has its female press stud but the male section, which is placed upon the slider has detached itself from the helmet and is missing. The interior rubber cradle is in the early light cream dating the helmet definitely to the pre war period, this has solidified, also the interior rubber crown cushion has solidified. A good example of an untouched Luftwaffe double decal combat helmet.
A scarce piece of headdress for the Luftwaffe being the officers M.43 cap, private purchase, constructed in officers cloth, silver piping around the crown, which has shredded in places. Officers bullion wire woven cap eagle with an enlisted ranks red, white and black cockade, twin front pebbled buttons. The cap is a good shape. Brown rayon lining with a brown small section of sweatband lining around the forehead area. Staining to the interior from wear use. Slight crack in the front peak. No moth damage.
A rare service pass entitled ‘Dienst Ausweis’ for SS Totenkopfverband, owned by Rudolf Muigg, born 25th June 1921 in Linz, entry into the Totenkopf 1st April 1938. This is a double sided linen card, punch holed for filing with the photograph of Muigg wearing Allgemeine uniform, Totenkopf collar patch with number ‘8’ below, hatless, complete with payment stamp ‘1939’. On the reverse side typed ‘Dachau 3/0 BEI MUNCHEN’ indicating he possibly served at Dachau Concentration Camp. With this rare linen pass there is part of his service record generally held at headquarters, the front page showing Muigg in now Waffen SS uniform, hatless with Totenkopf collar patch showing, black and white twisted cord edging to the tunic. 18 separate individual documents from his service file, all of them punch holed for filing, virtually all of them A4 size, one of the A5 size documents dated ’31.5.38’ indicates he is a member of the 8th MG (SS T.Hundertschaft Oberbayern). A very nice group.
A very nice condition large size General officers visor cap. All blue bodied with maroon piping around the crown, red centre band, full bullion wire double row of raised bullion lace to the front peak with a very nice hand embroidered General Officers badge with King’s crown. Standard early period chinstrap, General’s side buttons. Maker marked to the interior ‘F.P.Baker & Co Limited, Golden Square, London Naval Military Outfitters’. Sweatband all intact, with its original tissue paper backing inside the upper crown.
A very nice condition blue cloth over cork 1881 pattern Home Service helmet for an officer in the Royal Scots, one of the premier Scottish regiments. The blue cloth covering is totally free of any moth, all the leather trim on the rear lobster tail area of the helmet is intact, the stitching undamaged, the front peak trim in gilded brass intact, which matches the slightly subdued gilding of the back strap, spike and cruciform spike base, chin chain and large front starburst Victorian crown plate. Behind the central white metal circlet is the green enamel of the Royal Scots with the scroll below, which reads ‘The Royal Scots’. The leather backing to the chin chain all intact with some stitches loose. To the interior light cream grained Morocco leather sweatband all in place with the remains only around the lower edge of the inner officers silk. The green lining to the front and back peaks all secure and bright.
A fabulous condition mitre cap worn by an officer in the Grenadier Company of the 1st Guard Regiment of Foot. Huge front plate, good fine deep strike, the scroll of the front plate reads ‘Semper Talis’, which is the correct scroll for the Grenadier Company, excellent colour, the red wool body all complete with one moth nip just behind the very tip of the mitre in . No damage to the quite delicate framework of the helmet at the rear, these helmets can be susceptible to damage in this area. All of the flaming grenade impressions proud to the rear framework. Officers silver lace running on two sides and down the centre rear seam of the wool cloth body, with its clip over white metal flat chin scales and its officer heavy bullion twisted weave cockade. To the interior the officers mid tan leather liner with scalloped edge still all intact. Although the Guard Regiment of Foot can trace its ancestry back to 1688, this style of mitre cap was introduced for full dress only in February 1894 and was based on the traditional pointed headdress of Fredrick the Great period, known as the Grenadier or Fusilier cap or mitre. They are a delicate helmet and many helmets that appear on the market are damaged because of the fragility and thinness of the metalwork or badly mothed cloth sections either individually damaged in that way or both. This example is exceptional.
A worn example of the 2nd pattern E Boat badge by Adolf Scholz of Ludenscheid. All gilt missing from the face side, faint traces of the silver finish to the hull of the E Boat with its horizontal pin, uniform retaining hook behind the head of the eagle. ‘AS’ within a triangle in raised relief.
Maker marked ‘FO’ Friedrich Orth of Vienna. Thin pin. Some staining and loss of gilt to parts of the wreath, reverse excellent gilt. Maker marked in raised relief with original pin, hook and hinge.
1st edition 2003, magnificent work again by Tom Wittmann. 720 pages with a huge amount of in-depth detail, colour and black and white photographs of all of the edge weapons used by the Waffen and Allgemeine SS from 1933 onwards. Anybody needing an education on the edge weapons of the SS must own this work, complete with its original flyleaf cover. Used by a collector who used books such as this to define the quality and the originality of the daggers he was collecting. One small tear to the lower section of the flyleaf cover otherwise perfect condition.
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