A nice condition Panzer Assault Badge in silver with the raised maker mark of the Company Wurster, the logo ‘KWM’ in a circle, which stands for Karl Wurster, Markneukirechen’. Excellent finish overall. Recently acquired by us within a group of items brought back to the United States by a U.S. 20th Armoured Division member in 1945, all included with a very unusual Command car pennant in its original post home box, which was so typical of what the G.I’s constructed to send their souvenirs home. A scarce badge.
A fabulous grouping of the complete set of the last pattern body armour, all the four items are from the well known Michael Baldwin collection. The 4th pattern body armour is shown photographed on six pages, 108, 109, 110,111, 112, & 113 of Feldzug 1918. After Michael’s passing the body armour was sold, which we have just repurchased, in the interim period the lower left hand felt pad seen clearly in the photographs that holds the bottom and the neck plate apart from each other has come adrift from its canvas strapping, fortunately this is now attached to the rear of the armoured plate in a manner that it cannot be lost and could be reattached to the canvas strap, we have also added wire between each separate plate, four in total, to take the weight off the original canvas straps. A most superb set of body armour. Accompanied by a matching colour M.17 trench helmet, complete with its white leather three pad liner, each of the pads having their own inner horse hair pad remaining. Size SL62, with its original strap with field grey buckles. Marked ‘AK’ with an ink stamp to the inner rear skirt. Minor abrasions to the paint finish. Fitted to the helmet is a matching painted front plate with stamp number ‘112’ into the rear, the significance of these numbers is not known. The brow plate is with its leather strap with double rivets. This magnificent example of a trench armoured set from a great collection.
A good size 57½ Allgemeine SS enlisted mans/NCO’s visor cap. No moth damage anywhere to the cap, the classic construction in the black thinly ribbed material, white waffenfarbe to the upper crown, to the lower and upper sections of the matching material centre band. Standard black leather strap found on SS caps with the central rectangular joint with two rectangular buckles either side. Black side buttons. To the interior the cap is marked with the rubber ink SS stamp underneath the orange brown fibre visor. The mid tan leather sweatband all intact and supple with obvious wear use in the forehead area and with the owner’s initials ‘F H’ attached in metallic form to the sweatband. The upper inner crown area with the waterproof russet brown material. The centre celluloid lozenge all untouched with its gold blocked SS runic symbol beneath the lozenge with its RZM Tuchmutze label protected underneath the leather sweatband. To the opposite side from the position of the label to the inner sweatband are the ink stamps ‘CN/38’, faint traces of where the original orange cushion would have been situated behind the perforated forehead area, this has since solidified and broken away. As the interior sweatband is folded down black marks can be seen to the light tan leather where they have been situated against the pins of the black side buttons since the cap was manufactured. To the very front of the cap to the right hand side of the skull there is what could possibly be a drop of chemical substance has been dropped upon the cap. The insignia fitted comprises the SS eagle is a Fritz Zimmermann RZM 1/72 type eagle where the skull is a Deschler RZM M1/52 skull. This hat last sold by us in 2012.
A magnificent tunic, which was consigned to us in 2020, subsequently sold and now recently traded back to us with many other items for one very expensive item, this originated from an old and well respected collection within the United Kingdom. This item is in totally untouched condition, the tunic is of officer quality cloth, standard Luftwaffe construction, deep turned back barrelled cuffs, four pockets with pleats and straight flaps, four button closure open collar style. Slight moth damage to the upper edge of the collar and some light moth peppering to the upper back panel. Tailor prepared stitched in shoulder boards, the shoulder boards are constructed from the same bolt of cloth as the tunic with identical weave, white wool piped with Luftwaffe tress surrounding each board. Matching Luftwaffe tress to the collar with twisted cord white waffenfarbe to the edge of the collar. A very nice hand embroidered Luftwaffe nco’s breast eagle, collar patches in white with one single gull with green silk piping indicating infantry. Iron Cross 2nd class ribbon stitched to the tunic directly between the first and second buttonhole. Loops to the tunic for three awards and one short medal ribbon bar. To the lower left sleeve as the tunic is worn is a very nice enlisted ranks machine embroidered General Goering cuff title. The tunic is fully lined to the interior, two inside pockets with a tailor’s label ‘Wilhelm Schwarte Schillingstr.22 Berlin’ with the original wearer’s name with the date ‘April 1939’.
A very clean Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge, non maker marked. The Luftwaffe eagle attached to the main body of the award by one single delicate rivet on the reverse side. Good silvering remaining to the lower field of the eagle. All of the Luftwaffe blue grey colour to the clouds remaining. Slight toning to the silvering of the wreath. Good solid construction. Thick needle pin, original hook and hinge.
A nice large size Army M.40 artillery mans combat tunic. Good nap to cloth overall, some wear around the pocket surfaces, excellent nap below the pocket flaps and behind the closing flap of the tunic underneath the collar. The insignia comprises of a very nice set of exact matching colour cloth shoulder boards for an unteroffizier of artillery, red silk piped, wear of the shoulder boards absolutely conversant with the wear of the tunic. A set of the mouse grey universal Bevo woven collar patches with single row of NCO tress to the collar. Bevo woven breast eagle. Both Iron Cross and East Front medal ribbons fitted to the second buttonhole. One moth nip between the forth and the fifth buttonhole, another moth hole close to the pocket flap of the lower right front pocket. One moth nip to the back panel.Standard adjustable cuffs. Still with its original collar inner liner fitted. Lined in the standard heavy grey cotton twill lining material. Full compliment of size stampings with the coding ‘B.II.40 Berlin Depot 1940’ further maker’s stamp but difficult to read to the bandage pocket. A very good and displayable large size M.40 combat tunic.
The all leather cap worn by Russian officers in the Armoured Service. Excellent condition with its enamelled Red Army badge, correct leather chinstrap, full leather liner, script in Russian to the interior liner.
A magnificent condition souvenir helmet for a Prussian Guard infantryman. The leather skull is enormous, although the skull is stamped size ‘57’ we estimate it to be at least a size 60, which is highly unusual for leather pickelhaube. The skull itself is in excellent order with both the front and back peaks securely stitched to the main body. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base, large Guard front plate and front peak trim also the strap fittings all in matching chemically patinated field grey finish. Some congealing to the leather on the back peak and some minor age creases to the front peak. Complete with both its national and State cockades. The helmet retains a beautiful colour to the interior skull, which is ‘Berlin’ maker marked, size stamped, hand applied in pencil to the interior is the following ‘WON BY FRANCIS ADOLF IN LIBERTY LOAN CONTEST MAY 21ST 1919’. To the interior back peak it is clearly Guard stamped ‘K.B.A.G.1916’ within a rectangle. The liner is excellent, slight evidence of wear, all 9 tongues to the liner complete with two tips split with original drawstring. It would be hard to better this helmet in terms of an enlisted ranks field grey, in the USA after WW1 many thousands of helmets were brought back from both stores and the battlefields of Europe and were sold off in War Bond Drives, this exemplifies the importance of military headdress as such a evocative field of collecting
A nice upper medium size 57 Ortsgruppe leaders cap. Standard canvas political brown material. No moth damage, one small area of the crown waffenfarbe slightly frayed to the rear. The brown velvet centre band absolutely perfect, complete with its correct insignia being the gilded political eagle, the gilded political wreath with the multi enamelled and multi coloured central political boss. The right hand side of the political wreath is slightly loose from the body indicating that the securing pin may be broken, the only way to inspect this is to pull down the ersatz imitation leather but actually compressed paper lining to inspect, these type of sweatbands are very susceptible to splitting and we intend not to pull this down. Typical gold cap cord with golden side buttons, standard brown visor. The cap appears to have very minor wear use, slight discolouring in the forehead area. Three unidentified stains to the golden lining, complete with its centre celluloid lozenge with the name ‘W.Lorber’ within the name tag aperture. Complete with its canvas RZM ticket.
A size ET62 M.40 shell with the remains to the lower half of the bowl of the tropical paint with half of the national decal showing, the swastika unusually undamaged. All liner retaining pins fitted. The liner has all of the tongues missing with a sections only of the double section strap fitted to the M.40 zinc liner band. Original owner’s name of ‘Kollschen’ hand applied in paint to the inner rear skirt of he helmet.
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