A superb quality Luftwaffe officers white top cap, no size markings but on test possibly size 56. Excellent shape, the white top has minor age toning with some minor rust spots as can be seen in our web images. With its correct removable heavy silver wire cap eagle on its white background with zinc backing plate. Matching national cockade in wire fitted to the mohair centre band. Standard cap cords with matching silver pebbled side buttons. Luftwaffe style double ribbed peak. To the interior the light tan leather sweatband showing minor wear use, the interior lining in excellent very light silver bordering on cream silk with a full undamaged centre celluloid lozenge with gilded lettering below ‘Deutsche Werkarbeit Gustav Kanlitzky’ from the town of ‘Cottbus’. To the interior of the sweatband the cap still has its fully flexible and soft orange forehead cushion, these can either solidify or liquefy, this is still in its original condition.
A rare quite moth damaged female Luftwaffe Helferin’s tunic and skirt. The jacket is constructed in the standard female form of closure from the left with the buttons on the right as the jacket is viewed, three button closure, open collar wear. A lovely and extremely rare Luftwaffe embroidered grey on very light grey backing cloth that matches the tunic colour, to the right hand upper sleeve a lightning blitz in light grey on the matching light grey uniform backing cloth. Some stitches have been lifted to this lightning blitz, the colour differential below the circular patch is hugely distinct. The two lower front pockets are false with only the pocket flaps as decoration. There is overall moth tracking to the jacket mainly just to the base of the lower front right hand side pocket and small peppering across the back panel. To the interior the Luftwaffe blue grey lining material has suffered more with moth damage. The tunic is together with its matching skirt, which has also suffered moth damage and has a replacement modern side closure zip. Complete with a set of light cream suede gloves, which have much age foxing and minor discoloration. A rare uniform.
Sleeves 21", Width 20", Length 25", Waist 15", Bust 17"
An unissued condition cloth version of the German Cross in gold with the grey green outer material of the army. Good gilt to the ‘1941’ dated wreath, still with its original manufacturer’s paper ticket attached to the reverse side. 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.
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 clean example of a service worn Godet & Co lighter weight German Cross in gold, this is the six rivet example. All weights and measurements conform exactly with known examples, the unusual feature of this particular example is it does have an unmarked pin, the pin at one stage close to the hinge has been bent and straightened, indicating this was a correct service worn example. Complete with its six delicate domed rivets on the reverse, undamaged black enamel, good finish to the large silver ray, good finish to the black patinated star that sits behind the enamel circular disc also good, slight toning to the silvered circular disc behind the black enamel swastika. A rare maker for the German Cross in gold.
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.
The classic cap known as the alter art (old style) cap, colloquially known amongst collectors as the crusher cap. Standard pre war ribbed material, two slight snags to the cloth below the crown waffenfarbe, some moth damage to the mid 1930’s apple green centre band in the area where a side button would normally be fitted on a standard form cap, no other moth damage visible. It would appear that in one stage in its life it has had cap cords fitted, there are slight indications of stitch marks in the button area, complete with its correct Bevo woven officers eagle and cockade, standard crushable peak. The sweatband interestingly, the front part in the forehead are in grey leather, all original to the cap and it would appear that the owner has removed the rear part of the liner and replaced it with black leather. The upper inner lining in a grey silk material has shredded in many areas, and a series of numbers, which could possibly be a theatrical company’s inventory number stamped into the crown, the remains of the centre celluloid lozenge intact, much of it broken away. Excellent combat shape. A good size of 57. This particular cap was sold by us in early March of this year and has since been traded back to us in a large trade with other items for a far more expensive single item.
A very scarce slightly mismatched pair but worn as a pair tropical Senior NCO slip-on shoulder boards of a Mountain Troop Regiment. One shoulder board having a rather heavier duty rib to the central material, the other having ribbing but slightly less distinct. Matching tropical NCO tress, matching silk mountain green waffenfarbe, matching white metal twin sets of rank stars. Slightly different shoulder buttonhole aperture. On the reverse side one slip-on loop in heavy duty tropical material the other loop also heavy duty but in the later shade of tropical material very similar to Luftwaffe material. The underlay to one in slate grey, the other one in field grey, the condition to both is identical conversant with being worn as a pair.
A medium size flight blouse, it has seen much service wear, nap of cloth thin overall except in the areas covered by the front fly closure, underneath the pocket flaps and behind the turned down collar. Some of the stitching around the lower skirt of the tunic has shredded with age and all of the other stitching has lightened over the intervening 80 or so years. The tunic is fitted with all matching insignia, the shoulder boards match identically in colour and condition to the tunic with a single row of Luftwaffe nco lace, yellow piped for Flight/ paratroopers, yellow based collar patches, these originally had three aluminium seagulls to each patch and has been reduced to one on each collar patch, holes exist where the other two on each collar patch are visible, we can only assume that he has been demoted through some infraction from feldwebel to unteroffizier, there is also a small pin hole on each shoulder board where a single rank pip was in evidence and would match the rank of feldwebel. Standard subdued nco’s lace to the collar. The Luftwaffe eagle affixed with cross hatched stitching, again the stitching used in the cross hatching has lightened over the years and matches the stitching on the rest of the tunic. All original buttons complete. The only moth damage is one hole to the collar. A Luftwaffe paratrooper enlisted ranks non padded badge affixed to the upper right breast. To the interior all rayon lining intact, a repair to the large section of lining in the back panel has been affected and the inner pocket bags would appear to have been strengthened. All markings have faded, complete with its correct bandage pocket, its aluminium belt hooks still present. Adjustable cuffs with the adjuster tabs still evident to the interior of both sleeves. A very good paratrooper flight blouse with much service wear.
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