A nice very late war M.43 cap worn by a mountain trooper, indications of its late war construction are the white fleck within the material indicating that this has been produced from a multiplicity of different types of wools with rayon mix, wool was becoming very scarce towards the end of WWII and had to be supplemented by man made fibres. The nap to the cloth is very good underneath the side curtains, thin in the exposed areas with its twin buttons. A metallic edelweiss fitted to the left hand side of the cap, the areas around the petals of the edelweiss with good nap as they have been protected by the badge. Standard M.43 shaped peak with its one-piece triangular form Bevo eagle and national roundel. To the interior much wear staining to the crown, the wearer has inserted a canvas sweatband with obvious wear use in the forehead area. Good size of 57.
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.
A very nice condition Luftwaffe officers visor cap, totally free of moth, constructed in the officers finely ribbed Luftwaffe blue grey material. Standard silver waffenfarbe to the crown and to the upper and lower sections of the mohair centre band. A nice complete matching in colour and quality set of Luftwaffe eagle and national cockade. Standard wire officers cap cords with silver pebbled buttons. The peak is slightly crazed with the commonly encountered double ribbed edge peak. To the interior the cap has an ersatz composition imitation leather sweatband, which shows very mild wear use. The remainder of the interior of the cap is lined in gold with a full undamaged centre celluloid lozenge with the logo ‘Deutsche Erzeugnis’ below an art deco style eagle. The cap is approximately size 56, has excellent form and shape.
An extremely nice condition all leather pickelhaube of the enlisted mans style but worn by a 1 year volunteer. The skull very good, both front and back peaks firmly attached to the main body, the front peak trim being of the officers shape. All of the brass fittings, which include the back strap, unscrewable spike, circular spike base with pearl ring around the base of the stem. Domed fittings for the circular spike base. Nice quality Prussian front plate. All leather strap with matching brass fittings and the helmet with both of its nice quality national and State cockades. To the interior the leather sweatband is of the officers scalloped type with its original light cream silk inner liner all intact. A very nice pickelhaube.
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