These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
'Traditions-/Erinnerungsabz. 90. Pz.Div.'
This is a rare & unusual item: a very nice example of the lapel-pin ('Tradition-/Erinnerungsabzeichen') of the '90.Panzergrenadier-Division', or so-called: 'Sardinienschild' (depicting the map of Sardinie with a diagonal sword across) in very nice, albeit sligtly used and most certainly worn condition. The pin is in a very nice, albeit sligthly used condition: it is made of silvered metal and has some slightly darkened age patina. It has IMO never been cleaned and retains most of its silverish finish and detailed appearance. These 'semi-official' pins were worn on both the M43 caps and/or civil attire. The neat pin - which has naturally a functional pin-/catch-set-up - is also figured in the Heering-Hüsken catalogue, wherein it is given a unique number: 9841-a and an estimated value of 380 Euro. Simply a very nice and desirable 'Panzergrenadiere'-related item'!
WH (Luftwaffe) VB' 'FJ-Abz.' in cloth
This is a truly very nice - and rarely encountered! - set comprising of a WH (Luftwaffe) Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis - Fallschirmschützenabzeichen in Stoffausführung' (temporary award-document for a cloth paratroopers jump-badge & accompanying award, both as issued to the Unteroffizier (NCO) Anton Dintelmann on 1 July 1944, both in nice albeit clearly issued condition. According to the document did Dintelmann attend a special jump-course (numbered 27 ie. 168) which he succesfully completed and was therefore given this specific award. The (trule rare!!) - A5-sized - document is a neat Vordrück-example that is neatly filled-in (by a type-writer) and is signed by an (unnamed) Oberleutnant u. Kompaniechef, being the commander of the 4.Schülerkompanie within the Fallschirmschule 1. The document was once folded into four pieces (I deem to be stored in a Soldbuch) and shows some minimal age and wear: it misses one tiny piece on the top but is restored by means of a piece of acid-free tape. The accompanying 'Fallschirmschützenabzeichen' is neatly executed in multi-coloured linnen on a bluish-grey (LW-type) background and is in a clearly used and/or tunic-removed condition. The badge shows some normal age and wear but is of course in an overall fine condition (it still shows the old stitching holes ie. stitching remains). These cloth versions were preferred by the soldiers 'in the field' for obvious reasons. A very nice & later-war FJ-set that shows lots of character!
SS membership lapel-pin
This is a fine (and actually scarce!) tiny ie. 1,4 mm sized miniature enamelled membership lapel-pin, signifying membership within the 'SS', which is maker-marked: 'Hofstätter - Berlin' RzM and individually and unique numbered: '174766', in overall nice, albeit clearly used & worn condition. These 'SS pins where IMO executed in genuine silver and the example on offer here is an example in a nice and only slightly used condition. The (black-coloured) enamel shows no enamel damage whatsoever. As stated is the pin nicely maker-marked and numbered on the back. The piece comes with its original safety-lock as issued and worn. A nice and actually not so commonly encountered enamelled lapel-pin: IMO did I price this fine example fairly!
Set 'Reichssportabzeichen für Versehrte - DRL
This is a very nice - and actually quite rare! set, comprising of a 'Reichssportabzeichen für Versehrte - DRL (DRL sports-badge for war-disabled) and accompanying miniature, both executed in silver having a golden-coloured wreath and neatly maker-marked: 'Wernstein', both in very nice (IMO mint-/unissued!) condition. Both are of the version showing a swastika. The badges are IMO never cleaned nor polished and both retain their bright and glossy silver- and golden-toned (ie. Feuervergoldete) finish. Both are very detailed and pronounced. The badges are both nicely maker-marked on the back: 'Wernstein - Jena' and show the 'DRGM'-signification as more often encountered. Both pin & catch of the full-sized version are naturally fully functional, whereas the miniature comes on it full-sized pin. A nice - and actually not that easy to find - set of badges: only the first such set I ever had on offer!
1st model cuff-title: 'GrossDeutschland'
This is a rare - and full-length! - WH (Heer) BeVo flat-wire-woven, so-called: first pattern, 'Grossdeutschland' cuff-title, executed in silver-thread on a darker-green linnen background, in slightly used & clearly worn and tunic-removed condition. These first-pattern GD cuff-titles, executed in flat-wire Gothic script, were only worn for a very limited period of time somewhere in late 1940 and were than replaced by the more commonly encountered examples in Sutterlin script on a black woolen background. The neat example on offer here orignates from a private household where it was recently found. As stated above is it a full-length example (measuring 44 cms.) showing unfinished ends. The piece was clearly issued, worn and tunic-removed: it still shows the signs of having once been attached to a tunic (thread remains are still visible and present!). The armband shows some minor wear and/or age but is in a fantastic condition overall. I have seen these pieces sell for much more than my asking price (which IMO is absolutely correct for such a neat piece). This is the first such rare item I ever had on offer!
WH (Luftwaffe) 'FJ'-smock breasteagle
This is a very nice - and IMO truly rare! - WH (Luftwaffe) breasteagle, being of the seldom encountered model executed in silver grey on a 'thin blue-coloured linnen background, as was intended for wear on the LW 'Fallschirmjäger' jump-smocks (Knochensäcke), stonemint, unissued condition. The piece on offer here was surely never used nor worn and simply cannot be upgraded. It shows an 'interwoven rim' reassuring that its borders remain tight and that the piece does not show any fraying. Simply a very nice and rare piece of LW cloth insignia: only the second such piece I ever had on offer!
WH (Heer) (officers'-type) cyphers: 'GD'
This is a rare - and fully matching! - pair of golden-toned, WH (Heer) (officers'-type) shoulderboard cyphers: 'GD' ('GrossDeutschland'), in slightly used & worn condition. These golden-toned (thus officer type) shoulder-board cyphers were worn on officer-type boards with various branch-colours. The set is (IMO) slightly used and tarnished but has all 4 original prongs present and in place. Both 'cyphers' show some minor discoloration from years of storage and IMO slight wear. The set was never before in a collection and originates from a private house-hold. Simply a great item to keep in a 'GD'-collection or excellently fitted to 'upgrade' a pair of shoulderboards!
Single WH (Heer) board: 'Unteroffiziersschule S'
This is a truly rare - albeit regrettably single - WH (Heer), mid-war period, 'cyphered' soldiers-type shoulderboard, as intended for a Panzerjäger (= tank-destroyer) soldier, that served within the: 'Unteroffiziersschule S' (S = Sigmaringen), in very nice, albeit clearly used and worn condition. The board - sized: 11,5 cms. - has a field-grey woolen upper-deck and has the neat bright-pink coloured ('silk-like-type') piping. It also has the 'US' & 'S' cyphers nicely machine-embroidered (in so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei') in pink-coloured linnen and was surely a board as intended for a regular 'Heeres' tunic. The board - which comes on its functional tongue - shows only minor usage (some minor staining is visible) and wear but is still in an overall very nice condition. It should be noted that any US-board is very rare and desirable: those piped in pink even more so! Simply a nice (and truly very rare!) 'cyphered Heeres' Panzer-Jäger-related board that might be a one of a kind board: too bad it is only a single board!
WH ('Kriegsmarine') belt-buckle
This is a very difficult and scarce buckle to encounter: a truly great example of a WH ('Kriegsmarine') golden-toned, aluminium-based belt-buckle that comes on its original leather tab, as produced by the: 'R.S.& S.' (= 'Richard Sieper u. Söhne') company in 1939, in very nice, albeit sligthly used & worn condition. The company: 'R.S.& S. was IMO the only producer of this type of buckle. The buckle is in a slightly used condition - showing some minimal wear and scratching as usually encountered - but still has most of its golden finish remaining (which is rarely the case!) and is in great shape overall: I would grade the piece as truly very nice. As always does the buckle bears the company logo 'R.S. & S'. (as usual visible under the catch) and is just a bit dirty and was never cleaned nor polished. The (natural-coloured) leather tab is also in a nice and souple condition: it bears the oval R.S.& S. stamp and shows a clear date: 1939. (The tab shows some staining however nothing shocking). The buckle is expensive but IMO fully worth its money: it will be hard to find a better example for a better price!
'LW' group: Nahaufklärungsstaffel 1.(H)/11
This is a very nice - and truly rare! - 2-piece WH (Luftwaffe) grouping, comprising of a neat, blue-linnen Luftwaffenbeobachterschein, issued in 1936 (!) to Leutnant Gert Riedlinger and his rare enamelled LW-Staffelabzeichen, when serving with the: Nahaufklärungsstaffel 1.(H)/11, both in very nice condition. The light-blue coloured & linnen-based (early!) ID-document (which is numbered: 17) shows various entries and stamps: It bears a neat uniform-picture of Riedlinger (born in 1914) and states that he was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant on 1 June 1938. It also shows that he was transferred to various other units such as a Fliegerschule, as well as to the Aufklärungsgruppe 23, which was also stationed at the Grossenhain airport (visible of page two of the document). The document was always kept together with Riedlingers (semi-official) and rare enamelled Staffelabzeichen, depicting the red devil (Roter Teufel). As stated in the introduction was this decorative badge used by the staff of the Nahaufklärungsstaffel 1.(H)/11 (which was also stationed at the Grossenhain airport). The small-sized badge - which comes on its functional pin-/catch set-up - is truly very detailed and has immaculate (ie. undamaged) enamel surface. It might be one of the only surviving pieces of this badge, something that is reflected in its rarity. I deem that the fact that the badge comes together with its accompanying period ID-document (which backs-up the origin of the badge) makes it a very nice & desirable Luftwaffe grouping. I am pretty sure that this set will remain the only such grouping that I can ever offer. A nice set of unmistaken rarity!
SS-publication 'Einsatz im Westen'
This is a truly rare period internal SS-publication entitled: Einsatz Im Westen & sub-titled: Die III.Abteilung des SS Artillerie Regiment der SS Verfügungs-Division, showing the regimental actions in Holland, Belgium and France during the Western campaign (May to July) 1940, in a very nice and complete condition. This small-sized (hard-cover) book (sized: 21,5 x 15,5 cms.) was compiled following the original Kriegstagebuch (war-diary) of the Regiment and describes the various actions from day-to-day. The book - which was published by the German publisher: Verlag Hamburger Tageblatt - was most certainly not wide-spread and was merely intended as a unique souvenir for the soldiers of this unit (and was not intended for the greater public). As such it can be compared with other scarce publications (ie. Bildbänder) such as Damals and SS Im Westen. It has various (little or not known!) photos and illustrations and also still retains all its four original maps (as issued). The book has 77 pages and also bears a personalised touch: it bears an inked name of the previous owner (on the first page) that reads: SS-Mann Fried. Schneider. The book is so detailed that it even provides lists (and photos!) of the EK2 and EK1 bearers! Needless to state that this is just the first copy of this rare book I ever had on offer: maybe a one of chance to obtain this rare SS-related book!
4-piece medal-bar (or 'Spange')
This is a very attractive - and fairly rare! - 4-piece medal-bar (or 'Spange'), showing respectively a WWI EK II. Klasse, a WWI Kriegsteilnehmerkreuz, a (rarely observed!) WH (Heer or KM) loyal service medal for 18 years of service ('Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 2.Klasse für 18 Jahre Dienstzeit') with attached eagle and a WH (Heer or KM) loyal service medal for 4 years of service ('Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 4.Klasse für 4 Jahre Dienstzeit') also with attached eagle, all in nice, albeit clearly used & worn condition. All 4 medals have never been cleaned nor polished and retain a nice age patina (the ribbons are also in nice condition and just show minor aging and wear). The medals are just a tiny bit tarnished (caused by years of storage) but have most certainly never been cleaned nor polished. The bar is neatly 'backed' with greenish-coloured wool and also shows a woven makers-etiket that reads: Carl Schweissfurth based in the town of Siegen. The bar naturally also has a functional 'pin/catch' set-up. Simply a nice and attractive 'medal-bar' with an unusal combination: great to present on any 'Waffenrock'!
WH (Heer) 'T-shaped' M42-cap eagle
This is a very rare WH (Heer) so-called: 'T-shaped' M42-cap eagle/cocarde, executed in so-called 'BeVo'-weave style, in clearly worn and used condition. The eagle/cocarde is executed in bluish-grey on a black linnen background: thus being specifically intended for the black caps of the 'Panzertruppen'. The eagle is a clearly used and cap-removed condition (some staining and wear is visible) and was (pre-folded) into shape: it is not trimmed. These 'T-shaped' eagles were specifically produced for the impopular M-42 cap, but were used also on the M43 caps. The green T-shaped eagles are already scarce: the black 'Panzer' ones are really rare! This eagle - which is a truly rare example - originates from an old collection of fine, original cap-eagles I recently acquired. I should be noted that these are regrettably often copied: this is of course a fine original. Of additional interest is the fact that this 'T-shaped'-example was worn as being a 'regular' trapezoid, something that is truly uncommon. A very nice and desirable cap eagle: maybe the rarest of the 'PZ' cap-eagles!
HJ Reichsfinanz-schulen' (RFS) shoulderstrap
This is a truly very rare - albeit regrettably single - red-piped, HJ ('Hitlerjugend') Reichsfinanz- schulen (RFS) shoulderstrap, as intended for a student (rank: Scharführer), that served at one of these financial schooling institutes, in overall nice and slightly used & worn condition. The strap - executed in black linnen, having the bright-red embroidered characters: RFS and bright-red (rayon-like) piping - comes without tongue (it is of the sew-in type) as found and most certainly worn. The paper 'RzM' etiket is regrettably missing (something which is certainly caused by regular wear). The piece shows some normal age and wear and measures approximately 11 cms. as usual. The board has two - most certainly period attached - zinc-based pips attached, signifying the rank of: 'Scharführer'. These (truly very rare!) boards are sometimes incorrectly referred to as being intended for students at so-called: Reichsführerschulen. Simply a very nice cyphered HJ shoulder-strap of great rarity: there are only a few known examples to date!
WH instruction booklet: 'Der Panzerknacker'
This is a truly very rare and unusual WH, small-sized, instruction-manual, entitled: 'Der Panzerknacker' / Merkblatt 77/3 / LW-Merkblatt 220', which is nicely unit-stamped, in overall nice and complete condition. The small-sized and frargile (soft-cover) booklet (sized: 17 x 12 cms.) helds 24 pages (full of anti-tank- and other destruction methods) and as such makes a superb period reference work covering the subject matter. The manual - which is designed in a more or less comic format - was a very late-war issued publication: I deem that it was first published in October 1944. This particular example bears a neat unit-stamp (of a technical school) and another stamp (in red) stating that it is a brochure that is part of a WH school- library and that it was added to the collection on 21 January 1945. This brochure is equally rare as the other PZ-related period reference entitled: 'Der Tigerfibel'. The booklet is clearly used but fully complete and void of any damage. Simply a very nice and highly collectable 'Panzer'-related item: only the first such publication I ever had on offer!
WH (Heer) shoulderboards: 'P 42'
This is a very nice - and fully matching! - early pair of WH (Heer) soldiers'-type, M36-model (pointed style), 'cyphered' shoulderboards, as intended for a: 'Soldat des Panzerjäger Rgts. 42' (soldier in a tank-destroyer-unit numbered: '42'), in nice, albeit slightly used and worn condition. The boards - which measure 10,5 cms. and have naturally no piping - come on their original tongues and are in nice, text-book condition and show only moderate wear and usage. Both have a dark-green woolen upper-deck and show neat machine-embroidered 'P'-cypers and '4' & '2' numerals in bright pink (executed in so-called: 'Kürbelstickerei'). They are only moderately used and show almost no wear (they have truly minimal wear and damage: ie. some tiny holes. Simply a very nice - and actually rare! - pair of early 'cyphered' 'Panzerjäger' boards!
Waffen-SS 'BeVo'-style collar-tab set
This is a truly rare Waffen-SS 'BeVo'-style collar-tab set, comprising of a runic tab and rare rank-tab, both in a nice, albeit clearly tunic-removed and used condition. It should be noted that the ('BeVo'-style) black linnen rank-tabs are 1000x more scarce than their runic counterparts and almost impossible to find. Both tabs have the white-coloured 'buckram-like' backing as more often observed. I know that this set is highly priced but it should be noted that in 30 years of collecting, I have only encountered a handfull such sets. Both tabs were once attached to a tunic (attached with a machine) and were carefully removed: both show the stitching holes and thread remains. This set - which is not totally matching but very close - was found together as such and I will not separate them and therefore only sell them as a set. Both tabs show obvious wear and age. The rank-tab shows a single metal pip attached, signifying the rank of: 'Waffen-SS Unterscharführer'. A truly nice and rare Waffen-SS rank-tab set: only the fifth such set I ever had on offer!
Dutch SS Wolfshook visor-cap badge
This is a truly very nice - and rare! - example of a metal-based Wolfshook visor-cap badge, as used by the members (officers and/or NCOs) of the Dutch Algemene ie. Nederlandse SS (Germanic ie. Dutch, black uniformed SS units), in very nice, albeit clearly used and cap-removed condition. The badge comes on its functional (very small-sized) copper-toned pins (typical for these badges) and can as such still be mounted on a black SS visor-cap if wished so. The piece - which measures 4,2 cms. in height - is executed in metal (not alluminium!) has IMO never been cleaned and has an undamaged and very detailed surface (just some regular dirt and usage is visible). As possibly known did this Dutch organisation use most times 'standard' black-coloured German 'Allgemeine SS' visor-caps of which the (standard) skull was simply replaced by the 'wolfshook' as on offer here. This badge originates from a collector in the USA where it was recently found amongst the belongings of a Dutch citizen that emigrated to USA in the 50-ies. A very rare and nice Dutch SS-visor cap badge: the first such item I ever had on offer!
This is a truly rare Waffen-SS, later-war, 'RzM-style' so-called: 'Flandern' arm-shield, as intended for usage by soldiers of one of the regiments of the '27.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division 'Langemarck' (or 'Flämische Nr.1'), in nice albeit used and clearly worn condition. The shield depicts the black lion on a yellow back-ground, being the symbol of the Flemish volunteers. This type was most likely introduced in late 1944 for use by the Flemish volunteers. This type is one of the most difficult examples of the 'Dachau series' shields to encounter. The shield is clearly used and tunic-removed: some old threads are still visible. A 100% original and very rare foreign volunteer shield: only the second such shield I ever had on offer!
Waffen-SS visor-cap skull: 'RzM 52'
This is a very nice (and nowadays very desirable!) Waffen-SS visor-cap skull, which is executed in so-called silvered 'Feinzink', in nice albeit used condition. The skull is nicely 'RzM' and '52' marked (on an unusual place under the pins) and could IMO be referred to as being a text-book 'Deschler' piece. The skull shows only minor wear (it shows a matted, 'zinc' finish and has a somewhat 'dirty' age-patina) and has both of its (copper-coloured) & functional prongs present: it has most certainly never been cleaned nor polished and orginates from a private house-hold where it was recently found. A nice and desirable piece that would look great if re-mounted on a Waffen-SS visor-cap!
WH (Luftwaffe) general-officers' brocade-belt
This is a nice and unusual item: a rare WH (Luftwaffe) 'standard' general-officers'-model, dress-type, 'Feuervergoldete' aluminium belt-buckle, that comes on its original 'brocade' belt as issued & worn, in overall nice, albeit clearly used and worn condition. The - truly detailed! - buckle is void of a makers'-mark as is more often encountered: it is still very detailed and is just a bit dusty and dirty. As stated is the buckle executed in 'Feuervergoldet' metal and has a separately attached silver eagle device attached. The early-model (ie. 'down-tail') eagle shows some blackened tarnish. The belt (or 'brocade') is in an overall nice condition: the woven embroidery is extraordinary. The LW-cloth backing shows however some small holes and damaged areas (IMO nothing to shocking though). The belt - that is full-length and can naturally be sized to fit - is 'lined' with blusih officers' type cloth (as per regulation). Naturally are also both 'lashes' present. Simply a very nice piece that was never before in a collection: it was recently found at a private household near Amsterdam: it might originate from a LW General who was stationed in occupied Holland. A great item to complete a 'Luftwaffe generals' 'dress-/going-out' attire: the first such item I ever had on offer!
This is a most certainly rare (and never before encountered!) woven WH (Heer) armband, entitled: 'Verkehrsaufsicht', in very nice and only slightly used condition. The bright-orange coloured band - which measures in total 37 cms. and is similarly woven as the common 'Deutsche Wehrmacht' armbands - is beautifully made and a great example of the semi-'BeVo'-weave technique employed by the German manufacturers. I do not know its exact usage (and could not find an exact reference for this item): my best guess is that is was an armband that was worn by auxiliary (and military) staff tasked with obvious traffic-control etc. Its originality is naturally 100% garuanteed. A very nice and surely rare WH item!
Breast-badge NSDAP Reichsautozug
This is a nice specimen of the very rare breast-badge executed in BeVo-weave pattern, as intended for members of the NSDAP Reichsautozug (or: RaZ), in mint unissued condition. The NSDAP Reichsautozug (or: RAZ) was likely the smallest party-related formation within the Third Reich. Although it was a formation that was infact more related to the SA (Sturmabteilungen), it was attached to the NSDAP HQ based in Münich. It most likely never numbered more than 200 members. This organization was in charge of furnishing and setting-up all that was necessary to handle a large-scale party rally. Their responsibilities included setting-up and maintaining audio systems, seating, shelter and housing, field kitchens and latrines. The breast-badge on offer here is a mint, unissued example (which is sized: 11,5 x 6 cms.) that still retains its original paper-based RzM-etiket: it has extraordinary detail and cannot be upgraded. This is the first such badge I ever have encountered. Simply a very nice and rare NSDAP-related badge!
'Abz. der Staatsschule für Führertum und Politik
This is a very rare lapel pin related to the NSDAP i.e. its educational system: namely a nice example of the Abzeichen der Staatsschule für Führertum und Politik, which is executed in genuine silver and 900 stamped in very nice condition. This elite institute (which was under the supervision of the NSDAP) was based in Egendorf b. Blankenhain/Thüringen. This special school was instituioned in the 30-ies and was intended to educate the highest level of the (future) NSDAP leaders corps. These lapel-pins were surely issued in a very limited number. The pin has truly extraordinary detail and has a neat inscription and silver content number on the back. The pin is also figured in the Heering/Hüsken lapel-pin catalogue where it is given nr. 4008X: here it is rated with a price of 800 DM! A very rare NSDAP related item!
Memorial book: 'Major W.Klein'
This is a never before encountered - and surely rare! - medium-sized (ie. 20 x 15 cms.), so-called memorial booklet (Gedenkbuch), commemorating the Gebirgsjäger-Offizier and Ritterkreuzträger Major Walter Klein, period sent as a Feldpost package in late 1941, in overall very nice & complete condition. The booklet - which as states commemorates the highly appreciated commander Walter Klein of a Gebirgsjäger (mountain-troopers) unit that served in occupied Norway - gives a full explanation on the career of this officer. Walter Klein won his Ritterkreuz being the commander of the: III./Infanterie Regiment 193 as early as 9 May 1940 and was sadly victim of a fatal accident that took place in the western parts of occupied Norway (on 22 March 1941). The neat booklet - which is executed and printed on high-quality and manually produced paper! - was a (limited edition!) so-called: Truppeninterne Publikation and was issued amongst the members of Kleins unit (ie. 'Kampfgruppe Klein'), that held the fieldpost number: 29184 (being attributed to the: 'Regimentsstab Infanterie-Regiment 193'). The example on offer here was sent home by one of Kleins soldiers: a Gebirgsjäger-soldier named: Unteroffizier Schmitz (most certainly sent in 1941). The booklet holds only 10 pages, amongst which two pages with (nice & detailed!) photographs. A surely nice and rare Ritterkreuzträger-related item: I wonder how many of these booklets have survived!
1st model BeVo armshield: 'Turkistan'
This is a nice and truly very rare 'BeVo' woven armshield of the (rare!) 1st. pattern, as intended for a Turkistan volunteer that served within the Turkistan Legion. This shield originates from a US veteran, who 'liberated' this piece during his stay in occupied France in WWII (according to the vendor). This is one is truly one of the more rarer BeVo shields to encounter. This shield is IMO in unissued condition (it shows however some staining) and is very different from the many copies that are nowadays in existance. This first model (introduced in 1942) saw only limited use and was already replaced by the second model in 1943. A very nice and rare shield: only the second example I ever encountered!
'Presstoff' WH shovel carrying-case
This is a scarce, mid-/ie. late-war period, semi-leather (ie. so-called: 'Presstoff'-based) carrying-case, as intended to carry a German WWII shovel or 'Spaten', in truly very nice, only minimal used condition. The piece is in trully excellent condition and is executed in a (more often seen) conbination of genuine leather (lashes) and 'Ersatz'-material (aka: 'Presstoff'). The piece is fully souple and functional and shows no damage whatsoever but misses a date or stamp (which is not uncommon and more often seen): it just needs an - easy to find - 'Spaten' to complete. These are hard to encounter and even more so in this very nice (almost mint!) condition!
Single HJ board: 'Reichsfinanzschule - RFS')
This is a truly very rare - albeit regrettably single - red-piped, HJ ('Hitlerjugend') Reichsfinanz- schulen (RFS) shoulderstrap, as intended for a student (rank: Hitlerjunge), that served at one of these financial schooling institutes, in overall nice and slightly used condition. The strap - executed in black linnen, having the bright-red embroidered characters: RFS and bright-red (rayon-like) piping - comes without tongue (it is of the sew-in type) as found and most certainly worn. The paper 'RzM' etiket is regrettably missing (something which is certainly caused by regular wear). The piece shows some normal age and wear and measures approximately 11 cms. as usual. These (truly very rare!) boards are sometimes incorrectly referred to as being intended for students at so-called: Reichsführerschulen. Simply a very nice cyphered HJ shoulder-strap of great rarity: there are only a few known examples to date!
Zinc, SS-officers'-type belt-buckle
This is a nice example of a rare, SS-officers'-type belt-buckle, based in silvered zinc (aka 'Feinzink'), that is neatly stamped: 'RzM'-'SS'-'36/42'-'OLC', being IMO a mid-war example as produced by the 'Overhoff & Cie' company based in Lüdenscheid, in very nice and only slightly used condition. The piece retains most of its original silverish paint - just some normal wear and age is visible - and has IMO never been cleaned nor polished. Of course does this piece have all the characteristics as to be expected on a genuine 'Overhoff' piece. The detail on this piece is simply extraordinary. The first such piece I ever had on offer!
SS visor-cap skull, maker-marked: 'Ges.Gesch.'
This is a very nice (and nowadays very desirable!) Waffen-SS visor-cap skull, which is executed in so-called silvered 'Feinzink'. The skull is nicely 'Ges.Gesch.' marked and could be IMO referred to the as a text-book 'Assmann' piece. The skull shows only minor wear (it shows a matted, 'zinc' finish) and has both of its (copper-coloured) prongs present. A nice and desirable piece that would look great if again mounted on a Waffen-SS visor-cap!
16 mm.sized, miniature DKiG lapel-pin
This is a truly unusal item: a rare, (16 mm.sized) miniature lapel-pin, showing a 'Deutches Kreuz im Gold' (DKiG or German Cross), which is nicely maker-marked: 'L57' (= 'Boerger & Co.'), in very nice, and only slightly used condition. The piece comes mounted on its original (long-sized) pin. The piece - which is riveted and is of a multi-layer construction - has truly extraordinary detail and is in a very nice condition overall and has a totally undamaged enamelled centre: it is just amazing how much detail this tiny piece has (also here the pictures do actually no justice to this piece). As stated does the piece show a clear makers-mark ('L/57'), signifying that it was produced by the Berlin maker 'Boerger u. Co'. Simply a very nice and rare piece!
5-piece LW medal-bar ('Spange') set
This is a nice and fairly unsusal - truly WWII! - 'Luftwaffe' medal-/'Bandspange' set, that comes as issued, worn and recently found. The 'Spange' shows respectively a WWII EK2 Kl.', a 'KvK 2.Kl. mit Schwerter', an 'Ost-medal', a WH (Luftwaffe) 'Dienstauszeichnung' for 4 yrs. loyal service and a Czech 'Anschluss' medal, all in nice, albeit clearly used & worn condition. All 5 medals - which have extraordinary detail! - were never cleaned nor polished and show some normal age-patina and dust: all five come on their original ribbon as issued and worn. The IC 2nd.class is a decent example that shows some darkened age-patina but still retains its 'hochpolierte Kanten'. I could not check if it is a maker-marked example: the ring is firmly hidden under the ribbon. The piece is nicely 'backed' with field-grey-coloured wool and comes on its functional pin-/catch construction. It also shows a neat (linnen) makers'-etiket that reads: 'Ed.Scherm' based in Nürnberg. It should be noted that this is a true WWII medal 'Spange' and NOT a piece that was post-war assembled. The piece - which comes with its original (and matching!) 5-piece 'Bandspange' - originates from a German household and was never before in a collection. Simply a very nice, 5-piece 'Luftwaffe' medal/'Bandspange' set: ideal to 'upgrade' any tunic!
This is a rare and desirable equipment item: a WH (Waffen-SS, Heer or Luftwaffe), green-coloured cloth, so-called: 'K98 Systemschutz' (system protector), which is nicely 'WaA' marked, stamped: 'Mod.98' and is bearing a three-digit code & date ('JWA 42'), in truly very nice and only slightly used condition. The (secret) 3-digit code 'JWA' signifies that this item was produced by the company: 'Stecher u. Moritz Lederwerke', based in Freiberg/Sa. The piece - which is constructed of (fairly thick) green-coloured linnen-based cloth and lined with natural-coloured leather - has all 6 leather lashes and 6 metal studs in place (all being undamaged and functional). These desirable pieces saw only limited usage and are therefore rarely encountered. Simply a very nice piece and only the first such item I ever had on offer!
Carton pouch: 'FFS für Transportflieger'
This is a truly unusual and rare little item: a WH (Luftwaffe) carton-based, medal-pouch, as intended for a: 'Frontflugspange für Transportflieger in Silber' (silver transport-pilot clasp), as was produced by the 'Friedrich Orth' company based in Vienna, in overall nice, albeit used & issued condition. The little pouch produced in 'Zellstoff' is overall nice condition: it misses a tiny corner piece (nothing shocking though). It should be noted that the 'Transportflieger' clasps in themselves are aready quite difficult to encounter: I am convinced that this 'simply' pouch is x-times rarer to find. Simply incredible that such a (fairly high) award was handed out in a simple pouch and not in a more often seen etui. Simply a very nice piece of unmistaken rarity!
Pair 'Artillerie Lehr' shoulderboards
This is a very nice - and fully matching- pair of WH (Heeres), 'M36'- model, 'rounded'-type, 'cyphered' shoulderboards, as intended for a soldier in a: (Sturm-) Artillerie Lehr' unit, having (period?) replaced tongues, in overall nice condition. The boards - which have a dark-green woolen upperdeck and the 'L' cypher executed in bright-red linnen ('Kürbelstickerei') - have the bright-red (woolen type) piping, and measure: 11,5 cms. The boards have (IMO) replaced tongues (period done?) and show only modest wear and usage (they show no damage whatsoever). The boards belonged to the same soldier who owned the other pair of artillery boards, which are offered under the number: 22322. Simply a nice and desirable pair of 'Artillerie' i.e. 'Sturmgeschütze Lehr' unit' boards: great to complete a tunic or 'wrap-around' uniform!
'DLV SA- und SS-Fliegerstürme' badge
This is a truly rare example of a beautifully hand-embroidered, so-called: 'DLV Traditionsabzeichen für Mitglieder der SA- und SS-Fliegerstürme in Silber', in overall nice, albeit used and clearly worn and tunic removed condition. The piece on offer here has truly very fine detail (it shows extraordinary craftmenship!) and is IMO only sligthly used (it clearly shows the stitching holes, which are visible on the - black-paper backed - back). The badge is executed on a LW-blue woolen background (signifying its 'DLV' usage) and is executed in silver. (There is also a golden-toned variant: this is not a higher grade but simply shows that the bearer was a member of the 'SA- und SS-Fliegerstürme' before 1933). It comes as recently found in a private house-hold (it originated from the same bearer as the 'DLV'-officers-type belt-buckle, which I offer under number 22053. A very nice and rare DLV ie. SS-/SA-related breast-badge!
HJ district-triangle: 'AHS Chiemsee'
This is a truly nice example of the extremely rare 'Hitlerjugend' (HJ) district triangle entitled: 'AHS Chiemsee', in stonemint, unissued condition. This is a 'male' specimen, indicating that it is neatly woven in yellow linnen on a black linnen background. This one still has its original, paper 'RzM-etiket' attached. It should be noted that the 'AHS' HJ triangles (being intended for the students of the 'Adolf Hitler Schulen') rank amongst the most difficult youth-triangles to encounter. This one - bearing the abbreviation: 'AHS Chiemsee' - was intended for students that belonged to the area ('Gebiet') 'Hochland' ('Mittenwald') and who followed their studies at the 'Ordensburg Sonthofen'. Simply a great opportunity to obtain one of these very rare insignia!
Single 'cyphered' WH (Heer) shoulderboard: 'US O'
This is a truly rare - albeit regrettably single - WH (Heer) mid-war type, 'cyphered' shoulderboard, as intended for a soldier that served within the: 'Unteroffiziers-Schule O', in nice, albeit clearly used and worn condition. The board - sized: 11 cms. - has a field-grey woolen upper-deck and the white-coloured ('silk-like-type') piping. It also has the 'US' & 'O' cyphers nicely machine-embroidered (in so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei') in white-coloured linnen and was surely a board intended for a regular 'Heeres' tunic. The board - which has no tongue and is IMO 'cut-off a tunic' - shows only minor usage (some minor staining is visible) and wear but is still in an overall nice condition. Of additional interest is the fact that I could not find any NCO school starting with an 'O', making it possibly a 'one of a kind board'. The piece comes with a 'standard' type button as found. Simply a nice (and very rare!) 'cyphered Heeres' infantry-related board!
WH female-related armband: 'NH des Heeres'
This is a nice - and most certainly rare! - WH female-related item: a golden-yellow toned, linnen-based cuff-title, executed in 'BeVo'-weave pattern, depicting the text: 'NH des Heeres' (= Nachrichtenhelferinnen des Heeres') and having an interwoven 'BeVo-Wuppertal' logo, in clearly used and worn condition. This nice item was intended for wear by female WH signal staff and is not often offered for sale (this is only the second such example I ever had on offer). The cuff-tile - which is in clearly used condition and shows minor wear and age - is IMO period shortened and is still 'sewn together by hand' as issued and worn: it measures in total 29 cms. in length. As stated was this piece most certainly worn and it shows some minimal staining (mostly visible on the back). A very nice and rare women-related cuff-title!
WH (Luftwaffe) 'Fallschirmschützen-Knieschützer'
This is a truly rare and fully matching pair of WH (Luftwaffe) 'Fallschirmschützen-Knieschützer' (para-troopers knee-protectors ie. knee-pads), executed in greenish-/grey linnen and neatly 'RbN.' numbered, in very nice (almost mint, unissued) condition. Both identical pieces have greenish-coloured elastic bands attached (fully functional and not stretched) and show the (blue-inked) 'RbN'-number: '0/9250/6201' stamped on the inside. These are often missing with a 'FJ mannequin set-up'. A great opportunity to acquire a set in truly wonderfull condition!
This is a text-book example of the fairly rare and diserable 'Kurland' cuff-title. The armband on offer here is full-length (approx 23 cms.) and both ends are factory sewn as usual (in order to overcome possible fraying). The band is in very nice, only slightly used condition and shows no flaws nor damage whatsoever (it shows some normal staining and wear of having been worn on a tunic once). The cuff-title is executed in black linnen on a white/greyish (also linnen based) background. It should be stated that this is not a commemorative cuff-title (such as the 'Afrikakorps' cuff-title) but an official award that needed official recognition. The armband was handed-out in order to commemorate the fierce battles that took place in the 'Kurland' area in late 1944/1945. A very nice and original example for which I naturally give a life-time garuantee on its originality. A very nice piece!
Tan-coloured (ie. off-white) WH 'Schneebrille'
This is a rare pair of tan-coloured (ie. off-white) so-called WH 'Schneebrille' (specific snow-glasses), as used by the 'Gebirgsjägertruppen' (mountain-troops) and or 'Scharfschützen' (snipers), in very nice, IMO mint, unissued condition. The piece is in wonderfull condition and only shows some truly minor aging (and rust-staining) as IMO caused by years of storage: it is naturally fully functional. A nice and surely rare piece of specific mountaintroop-/sniper equipment: the first such item I ever had on offer!
Tropical WH (Luftwaffe) linnen shirt
This is a neat and rare 'standard issue' WH (Luftwaffe) item: a tropical, linnen-based, 'under-the-tunic' shirt, still having an originally attached triangular breast-eagle attached, in very nice, ie. stonemint-/unissued condition. This example has the typical long length sleeves and large-sized pointed collar-points. These shirts are considered rare due to the fact that most of them were simply worn-out and used (as normal shirts) after the war. This example bears a clear (black ink-stamped) makers-mark in the neck ('G.H. Brucker') and size-signification ('39') and naturally retains all its originally attached (yellowish coloured) glass-based buttons. The shirt - which is the model with (pleaded) breast-pockets - is just a bit wrinkled (from aging and storage) but really shows no damage whatsoever. There are, however, some truly minor 'rust-stains' visible (nothing shocking though). The shirt has both - originally attached - shoulderboard loops and also shows the button-holes to easily accomodate the 'regular' LW buttons to hold the boards in place. The breast-eagle is also very nice and detailed and was 'factory' attached onto the shirt. It should be noted that this is NOT a modern copy or 'Bunderwehr'-shirt but a genuine WWII item that would certainly show nice under a tropical 'Luftwaffe' tunic or mannequin set-up. A truly rare item: especially in this gorgeous condition!
WH (Luftwaffe) officers'-type cape eagle
This is a truly very nice and detailed example of a WH (Luftwaffe) hand-embroidered officers'-type, so-called cape eagle, in clearly used but still very nice condition. The eagle - which is IMO only slightly used - is in a nice condition overall: it shows stunning detail (extraordinary embroidery!) and can of course easily be used to restore a LW officers' cape if wished so. The - very decorative! - piece which has a total 'wingspan' of 18 cms. - shows a white-coloured paper backing and also shows a stamped nr. that reads '22' (inventory number?). It should be mentioned that these desirable and rare (!) cape-eagles are often found as (Pakistanian or alike) copies: this is of course a 100% genuine period piece for which I provide a life-time garuantee (it was recently found at a private house-hold). This is the first time I have ever encountered such a rare piece. A nice and rare piece of LW cloth insignia!
WH (Heer) armband 'Propagandakompanie'
This is a nice example of the rare WH (Heer) armband 'Propagandakompanie' as used by the staff that worked for the various army units that were employed in war-reporting, filming and taking photographs. The - full-length i.e. 42 cms. long - armband is in a slightly used condition and has two unfinished ends. It is is neatly woven in silver on a black cotton background. These bands were worn on the left forearm. A nice and unusal WH armband!
WH (Heer) aluminium, field-grey painted buckle
This is a very nice - and truly only slightly used! - WH (Heer) 'pebbled' aluminium, field-grey painted, belt-buckle, that comes on its maker-marked and dated natural leather tab ('B.Haarmann - Lüdenscheid - 1938'), in very nice, almost mint, condition. The buckle was produced by the company of 'B.Haarmann' based in Lüdenscheid. The buckle is in slightly used (almost mint!) condition and retains most of its (field-grey) paint (IMO at least 98%!): it just shows some some minor paint-loss on the higher areas. The - natural coloured - leather tab is also in a very nice and fully functional condition. The leather tab is nicely marked with an oval stamp, showing the company name & date. The buckle itself is not maker-marked or stamped (as is normal for this maker). A truly nice and original buckle which is very hard to find in this nice and untouched condition: most times these are worn througout the war and are polished and shine and are completely void of paint. Simply a nice and actually quite rare buckle!
Waffen-SS, flat-wire NCO-type, BeVo-style tab
This is a truly very nice example of the rare, Waffen-SS 'flat-wire NCO-type', BeVo-style collar tab, still having its original 'RzM'-etiket attached, in slightly used and clearly tunic-removed condition. The piece is made using a very detailed technique of so-called 'flat-wire' weave, having clear silver interwoven runes on black linnen. The piece - which is as stated slightly used and somewhat dirty - is clearly tunic-removed (stitch-remains still visible and present). This one has the text-book, brown-coloured 'Buckram' backing and has its original paper 'RzM' etiket attached (which also shows the original period price of 0,68 Rm.!. This one shows some minor staining and wear (nothing shocking though). It should be noted that these original and used 'flat-wire' Waffen-SS tabs are much harder to find than their 'mint' counterparts. Simply a nice and rare SS collar-tab!
'SA-Wehrabzeichen für Kriegsversehrte'
This is a nice example of the fairly scarce 'SA-Wehrabzeichen für Kriegsversehrte' (SA sportsbadge for war-disabled), which is an 'RzM M1/100'-marked, bronzed zinc (ie. 'Feinzink') piece, in overall nice, albeit issued and worn condition. The piece still retains most of its bronzed finish (which is somewhat light-coloured as more often with these badges) and shows - as stated - a makers'-mark that reads: 'RzM M1/100'-marked, (as is common for this type). The piece comes on its (flute-shaped) copper-toned needle and has (naturally) a functional pin- and catch set-up. The piece has a nice and somewhat darkened age-patina but was never cleaned nor polished. A nice and not that often encountered 'Sportabzeichen'!
Variant Waffen-SS BeVo style skull-/eagle set
This is a very nice and nowadays rarely encountered set comprising of a (fully matching!) Waffen-SS BeVo style cap eagle and accompanying skull, both in used and clearly cap-removed (ie. Fez-removed) condition. Both are neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (they are both executed in greyish-blue) and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even M43 cap (although the fact that they come IMO of a maroon Fez). Both pieces have an identical and unusual greyish linnen 'backing' (maybe attached to enable easy attachment on the cap). The skull is of the smaller-sized type. Both insignia show only some minor staining and wear. Both show clear proof of having been cap-removed: they still show stitching remains and old threads. Simply a very nice set that is not cheap but nowadays fully worth its money! I only sell these two as a set: I do not sell the skull separately. These original sets are almost impossible to find!
WH compass in leather pouch
This is a not that often encountered item: a scarce, standard WH compass, executed in black-coloured 'Bakelite', maker-marked: 'Busch - Rathenow', which comes in its original leather casing and accompanying carrying lash, all in clearly used but functional condition. The compass - which is still fully functional - is in nice and complete condition. The leather casing is also in a used condtion and shows fair usage and/or wear. The casing is neatly stamped with a clear 'WaA'-mark. Both 'snaps' are somewhat rusted and dirty but are still fully functional. The compass comes with its originally attached leather lash (still retaining its two black coloured metal-based snaps). The entire set shows regular wear and age but is IMO still in a very nice and collectible condition. A nice piece of personal equipment: great to complete a mannequin set-up!