One of the most desired caps of the Third Reich being the white top naval officers cap. This was worn by Captains and above having the single row of oak leaves around the cloth covered peak. The cap has seen overall service wear, the white top is slightly discoloured, complete with its gilded metallic eagle and bullion wire wreath, standard mohair band, correct naval type strap with two anchor side buttons. The row of oak leaves around the front of the cap matches in condition to the Kriegsmarine wreath. To the interior the mid tan leather sweatband is all intact, it has one small tear and two small weevil holes. The interior upper lining has lost its centre celluloid lozenge and wear use from hair grease and/or sweat can be seen clearly in the area of the crown. The cap has a lovely jaunty naval shape. The white top cap was worn in all scenarios by naval officers but was much favoured by submariners, which can be seen in hundreds of historical photographs.
A full length unused example of the Bevo woven cuff title for the Waffen SS Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. One minor pin hole just to the right of the last letter of the surname ‘Hitler’. To the very right hand side slight shredding to the Bevo weave. To the left hand side as the material is turned over the fully woven logo of the manufacturers ‘BEVO.WUPPERTAL’.
The herringbone twill Luftwaffe ground combat smock, which has been shortened into a jacket, the lower pockets being removed and the closure being converted to open button style. Adjustable cuffs have been closed and strangely a hanging hook in leather has been applied to the upper rear exterior collar. The tunic still has its original herringbone twill Luftwaffe eagle applied indicating that this is not a post war conversion but a wartime conversion by the individual soldier.
A rare pen signature of the Deputy Leader of the Third Reich Rudolf Hess. The image shows Hess hatless, wearing political greatcoat. Printer and photographers name imprinted to the card at the lower right hand side. Underneath the image the original pen signature of ‘R.Hess’. The story of Rudolf Hess is well known, he suffered psychological problems and of his own volition flew to Scotland in 1941 to try to negotiate terms with Great Britain and served the rest of his life in Spandau Prison Berlin.
A seriously combat worn and washed out and faded Waffen SS Panzer M.43 cap. The cap size is approximately size 57, has faded considerably, the late war Panzer material because of the vegetable dyes had a purple hue to the colour even when new, this has subsequently been heavily washed, cleaned and faded and has an exaggerated purple hue. The material protected by the side curtains has still much of its original black with its simple purple hue intact. The Waffen SS Bevo woven eagle and cockade attached in the cross hatched style, single button front. The peak board liner has distorted through severe wetness, various nicks to the interior black cotton lining with some rust staining. A superb example of a heavy battle worn SS Panzer M.43 cap .
A rare piece of equipment being a leather single pouch that resembles an ammunition pouch but is in fact the pouch for very early and rare German gas goggles. Good condition with its full length strap, fully functioning.
A post 1917 visor cap in field grey green enlisted ranks quality cloth with apple green piping to the crown and to the centre band. In the area between the centre band and the main body of the cap two rows of waffenfarbe, the lowest one being yellow, the higher being blue. The standard imitation buckle strap of the post 17 cap. The cockades are the Reich cockade, officer quality and the lower cockade being of the State of Brunswick. To the interior ersatz type sweatband all complete and undamaged with its waterproof inner upper crown and russet brown cotton sides with a small centre celluloid lozenge water protected impregnated, marked ‘Wasser Dicht Impragniert’ (water protective). No moth damage anywhere. After considerable research we concluded this is a military official from the Duchy of Brunswick.
A lovely all colour matched set of equipment for a British officer in WWI comprising the double strapped Sam Brown set, waist belt, Webley Mark 6 holster with cloth pistol lanyard. Infantry officers sword with ‘GR’ scroll to the hilt, complete with its leather portapee knot, blade average condition with its brown leather scabbard. Officers private purchase canvas and leather utility bag. Officers quality map case. Officers compass, which has the name ‘B.E.Ogle’ stamped to the compass case. Officers private purchase water bottle with brown leather strap, which matches the remainder of the leather strapping. A good opportunity to purchase a complete officers kit in one purchase.
A magnificent quality mountain troop officers cap, approximately size 57, constructed in the very finest quality Melton cloth, apple green piped to the full circumference of the crown also the upper and lower sections of the standard dark green centre band, fitted with stamped nickel eagle, zinc type edelweiss badge, which has lost some of its finish and zinc type national cockade, which has also dulled slightly. Correct cap cords, pebbled silver side buttons, standard fibre visor with grey interior to the liner. The sweatband is of the slightly wider variety, all in grey leather, soft, supple and damaged. The interior lining in light silver grey. To the centre the complete undamaged centre celluloid lozenge with the silver blocked outline of the maker that utilised the form of the Third Reich cap with the eagle and swastika showing. In the name tag section the name ‘Erik Fuster 5./G.J.R16.’. Fine saddle shape form.
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.
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