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.
WH 'BeVo' armband 'Deutscher Volkssturm'
This is truly extremely rare specimen of the 'BeVo'-woven version of the late-war 'Deutscher Volkssturm' armband, as was used by the 'last ditch troops' of 1944/1945. The band is IMO in slightly used condition and has finished borders but is not sewn together. This one is full-length (sized: 41 x 7 cms.) and shows some slight staining caused by minimal wear (nothing shocking though). These 'woven' examples are truly very rare to encounter: this is just the second example I have ever encountered: it was already once listed on the site but was maybe overpriced: I can now offer this truly nice and rare item for a more attractive price!
Pilots'-armband: 'Deutsche Luftwaffe'
This is a nice and unusual item: a truly extremely rare, late-war, printed armband entitled: 'Deutsche Luftwaffe', which was exclusively worn by German pilots in order to identify them as such in case of an emergency landing, in very nice, albeit slightly used condition. These printed armbands became standard issue of the pilot-equipment later in the war, when it occured that German crew-members were thought to be allied pilots and were shot or molested by the German population 'as revenge on bombing their cities'. When wearing their full flight-gear it was hard to identify them as either Allied or German air-crew members! The band on offer here shows a blue-coloured, printed stamp (impossible to read though) and is printed in black on yellow-coloured linnen and measures (folded): 38 cms. It is clearly used and shows some slight staining and wear (it is also a bit wrinkled). These bands are known to have been copied: this is however a nice and rare original example: the first one I have ever encountered! Simply a great LW pilots' equipment item that is often missing!
Waffen-SS 'BeVo' eagle-/skull 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 condition. Both are neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (they are both executed in greyish-blue linnen but have turned a bit yellow over the years) and can easily be re-mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even M43 cap. Both pieces show the remains of the threads with which they were once attached to a cap. The skull is of the smaller-sized type (having the neat 'light-blue' coloured inner-thread). Both insignia show only some minor staining and age, most certainly caused by regular 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. I deem this by far the best 'cap-removed' set I ever had on offer!
This is a rare & unusual item: a very nice example of the pin ('Tradition-/Erinnerungsabzeichen') of the '26.Panzer-Division' (depicting a 18th century German soldier) in nice, albeit used, condition. The pin is in a nice, albeit used condition: it is made of dull-grey toned 'zinc' metal and has some darkened age patina & shows some dirt. It has IMO surely been worn and has lost most of its silverish finish. The - non maker-marked - lapel-pin shows fair regular wear and tarnish. These 'semi-official' pins were worn on both the M43 caps and civil attire. The pin - which comes on its copper-toned prong (of which one side is missing) - is also figured in the Heering-Hüsken catalogue (nr. 9838A). Of interest is the fact that this example was 'liberated' by an American GI and was kept & stored for years in a paper enveloppe, showing the pencil-written text: '26th Panzer-Division', worn on left breast' (which in fact is incorrect: it was worn on the side-cap or M43 cap!). It came together with the badge of the 90th Panzer-Grenadiere Division, which is offered under number: 21642. A very nice and desirable 'Panzer-related' item!
This is a rare & unusual item: a very nice example of the pin ('Tradition-/Erinnerungsabzeichen') of the '90.Panzergrenadier-Division', or so-called: 'Sardinienschild' (depicting the map of Sardinie with a diagonal sword), in nice, albeit used, condition. The pin is in a nice, albeit used condition: it is made of copper-toned metal and has some darkened age patina. It has IMO surely been worn and has lost most of its (I deem) silverish finish. The - non maker-marked - lapel-pin shows fair albeit regular wear and tarnish. These 'semi-official' pins were worn on both the M43 caps and civil attire. The pin - which has naturally a functional pin - is also figured in the Heering-Hüsken catalogue (nr. 9841A). Of interest is the fact that this example was 'liberated' by an American GI and was kept & stored for years in a paper enveloppe, showing the pencil-written text: '90th Panzer-Division, wear on cap'). It came together with the badge of the 26th Panzer-Division, which is offered under number: 21643. A very nice and desirable 'Panzergrenadiere'-related item!
'Widerholungs Spange zum EKI'
This is a truly superb 'Widerholungs Spange EKI' (bar to the WWI IC 1st. class) as produced by the 'B.H. Mayer' 'company, that comes in its (very rare!) carton 'Überetui' and simulated leather box as issued, in very nice, mint/unissued condition. The piece still retains its 'high polished sides ('Hochpolierte Kanten') and is very detailed. Naturally is the original pin/catch set-up present and functional: the piece is however not hall- or maker-marked (which is not unusual). The piece was stored in its etui for years and is as mint as when it left the factory. The badge has of course never been cleaned nor polished and has a very nice 'frosted' appearance. The simulated leather etui is in great condition and retains a full (silver-coloured) badge on the top. The orange-yellow carton 'Überetui' shows some slight usage and two minor tears: it retains all (small) flaps and is in a functional condition. The 'Überetui' bears the makers'-mark: 'B.H. Mayer' based in Pforzheim. This piece also originates from a UK soldier who brought this piece to UK as a 'veteran bring-back souvenir': it was never before in a collection. Simply the best and most complete 'Widerholungs Spange'-set that I ever had on offer: I have priced it according to its rairity and stunning condition! It should be noted that this set was already on my site but now I can offer it for a more interesting price.
WH (Luftwaffe) 'M43' field-cap
This is a very fine example of a WH (Luftwaffe) so-called 'M43 field-cap', that is nicely ink-stamped with an 'RbN.nr.('0/0629/0004') and dated ('1944'), in very nice, and only slightly used condition. The cap - executed in 'regular'- blue-grey LW cloth has no damages nor mothing whatsoever and is nicely 'RbN.' marked (ink-stamp: '0/0629/0004') and dated: '1944'. The cap measures 58 cms. (which is a great size for a mannequin!). The cap has a (factory applied ie. machine stitched!), cap eagle originally attached (by means of 'zig-zag' stitching) and also retains its 'BeVo'-woven cocarde (also factory sewn). The cap just shows some very slight staining (IMO just caused by slight wear). These caps are not that hard too find: the ones with original applied insignia are! Simply a very nice and original example of a text-book 'Luftwaffe' M43-cap that is IMO almost impossible to upgrade!
WH (Luftwaffe) green-coloured belt-buckle
This is a truly nice & rare example of a WH (Luftwaffe), unmarked truly green-coloured (!), steel-based belt-buckle ('Felddivisionen'), that comes on its ('all webbing' fabricated) tropical belt, sized: 95 cms., in nice, albeit slightly used condition. The belt is neatly ink-stamped with its size: '95', but is void of a makers-mark or stamp (which is not uncommon). The tongue is also entirely fabricated in linnen (which is not always the case). As stated is the buckle truly green-coloured (making it IMO a rare 'Felddivisionen'-item). The overall condition of belt and buckle is very nice (the buckle shows only minimal usage and the belt shows some fading caused by regular wear). The metal catch is green/field-grey coloured, but shows some minor rust-stains as is more often the case. It should be noted that these 'green-coloured' belt-/buckle sets are very rare and hard to find. In order to see the difference between a green- and blue buckle I have photographed it with a comparatable piece: the difference in colour is as such more obvious. Simply a very nice LW item: great to use on a 'Felddivisionen' mannequin!
WH (Heer) Pz 'T-shaped' M42 cap-eagle/cocarde
This is a very rare WH (Heer) so-called: 'T-shaped' M42-cap eagle/cocarde, executed in so-called BeVo weave style. The eagle/cocarde is executed in bluish-grey on a black background: thus being specifically intended for the black caps of the 'Panzertruppen'. The eagle is in mint, unissued condition and cannot be upgraded (it might just need some ironing). 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. A very nice and desirable cap eagle: maybe the rarest of the PZ eagles!
WH (Heer) 'T-shaped' M42 cap-eagle/cocarde
This is a very rare WH (Heer) so-called: 'T-shaped' M42-cap eagle/cocarde, executed in so-called BeVo weave 'flat-wire' style. The eagle/cocarde is executed in silver on a dark-green background. The eagle is in mint, unissued condition and cannot be upgraded. These 'T-shaped' eagles were specifically produced for the impopular M-42 cap, but were used also on the M43 caps. The 'regular' green T-shaped eagles are already scarce: the 'flat-wire' 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. A very nice and desirable cap eagle: maybe the rarest of the 'Heeres' cap-eagles!
'DRK' Olympic Games of 1936 armband
This is a neat example of a never before encountered, semi-woven armband 'Deutsches Rotes Kreuz', that saw usage during the Berlin held Olympic Games of 1936, in very nice & slightly used (IMO almost mint), condition. The band is beautifully woven using a technique similar to other 'BeVo'-insignia. The band has very bright colours, and is sewn together as per regulation (it is in full-length condition and measures: 39 cms.) It bears a (bright) bluish-inked unit stamp ('Bereitschaft'), stating that this piece was assigned to a member of the: 'Deutches Rotes Kreuz'. These bands were most likely worn by the various medical orderlies of the DRK (ie. 'Sanitäter') that served during the Olympic Games of 1936, held in Berlin. The piece might need some slight ironing: it has just been stored for years and has some (very faint) staining and age. A nice and surely rare armband for the DRK i.e. 'Sanitäter' or 'Olympic Games' collector!
'Flugzeugführerabzeichen'-set by 'Imme'
This is a very nice - albeit small - set comprising of a LW 'Flugzeugführerabzeichen' (pilots' badge), with is a nice mm 'Buntmetall'-version by 'Imme', as was awarded to: 'Oberfeldwebel Werner Erich Holzknecht' & typed biography and picture, all in nice, albeit used condition. The set originates from a private household and was in my own collection for some time. This example is executed in 'Buntmetall' (tombak) and is neatly maker-marked: 'Imme'. The badge is clearly worn but shows a great deal of character (the badge was never cleaned nor polished and has a great age 'blackened' patina). Both pin, catch and both 'rivets' are naturally undamaged and functional. The badge bears an engraved bearers' name on the back: 'Holzknecht'. The pilot ('Kampfflieger') and 'Oberfeldwebel Werner Erich Holzknecht' was killed in action above Warschau in Poland: his plane crashed in this area on 5 October 1942. (This and much more information on him can be found in the one-paged (and period!) A4 biography or 'Lebenslauf'. The set also comes with a neat picture of him and some comrades (dated on the back '1941'). This set was already on my site for a higher asking-price: I can now offer it for a more interesting price. Simply a great LW set with lots of character!
'DRK' officers'-type belt/buckle
This is a really nice and rare 'DRK'('Deutches Rotes Kreuz' or German Red Cross) item: a truly rare & complete aluminium-based 'DRK' officers'-type buckle (stamped: 'Ges.Gesch. 2'), that comes on its original, black leather belt (also stamped: 'Z.D.V.R.K.') as issued and worn. The buckle - which is in used but still very nice condition - is neatly stamped on the back: '2' & 'Ges.Gesch.' and comes with its original so-called: 'Gegenhaken'. The buckle is - as per regulation - firmly affixed to a part of the (black-coloured) leather belt (which is fully souple and functional). Also are both leather belt-loops present. The belt is clearly stamped with a 'red cross'-sign, followed (and preceded) with the stamped abbreviation: 'Z.D.V.R.K.' (of which I do not know the exact signification). This very nice belt-buckle set is IMO only slightly used: so the overall condition is still nice showing only minimal wear & age. (Also the buckle - which shows some minimal dust and dirt - retains extraordinary detail). I assume that the stamped '2' signifies the buckle's maker, presumably the company: 'F.Hofstätter'. This type of belt/buckle was worn by (the officer-ranked) staff ranking from: 'DRK-Wachtführer' upto 'DRK Oberstführer': the higher officer-ranks wore a golden toned version. A truly nice & rare buckle/set: the first such set I ever had on offer!
'Halbminiatur' - 'RK des KvK mit Schwerter'
This is a nice and actually very rare item: a high-quality, 17 mm. sized, so-called: 'Halbminiatur', as intended for the 'Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit Schwerter' (KVK Knights' Cross) that is neatly maker-marked: 'LDO' and 'Steinhauer u. Lück', in overall very nice condition. The piece - which still shows the polished sides ('Hochpolierte Kanten') - comes mounted on its original ribbon and retains it 'original button-hole' attachment device. The piece has truly extraordinary detail and is in a very nice condition overall: it is just amazing how much detail this tiny piece has (the pictures do actually no justice to this piece). The miniature was recently found at a German flea-market and was never before in a collection. In the Detlev Niemann medal-catalogue it is valued with 800 Eu! The piece was found together with the other KvK minature pin which is offered under nr. 21698: both belonged to the same bearer. Simply a very nice and rare piece!
WH (Luftwaffe) 'BeVo' tropical cap-eagle
This is possibly one of the most rarest LW 'BeVo' cap-eagles to encounter: a truly nice example of the WH (Luftwaffe) BeVo tropical cap-eagle, specifically designed for usage on the tropical LW so-called: 'Hermann Meyer' cap. The piece on offer here was never issued and is in mint condition (it is just a bit wrinkled and might need some ironing). This is only the second such piece I ever had on offer: I deem the high asking-price accordingly for this extremely rare badge. Caps without insginia are sometimes offered for sale: the specific inisignia are as far as I know almost never offered for sale. A very rare and desirable LW eagle!
WH (Heer) M36-model, 'M35' boards
This is a truly rare pair of WH (Heer) M36-model, 'pointed' type-, 'cyphered', shoulderboards, as intended for an 'Unteroffizier' within the '35. Maschinengewehr Regiment der Infanterie' (= infantry machine-gunners regiment 35), in very nice, but clearly used & worn condition. Both - non-piped! - boards have the nice, regimental numbers/cypher: 'M 35' embroidered, in neat, so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei' and have the nice, 'standard', silver-coloured NCO-braid originally attached. Both boards are executed in dark-green wool and have functional tongues (which are both ink-stamped: '18'). The set is IMO fully matching (identically fabricated in all details) but differs very slightly in size (which is IMO not a big issue): the boards measure each approx. 11,5 cms. The numerals and cypher are embroidered in white linnen (signifying that the 'M 35'-regiment resided under the 'Infanterie'). It should be known that all 'cyphered' shoulderboards are considered rare and are very collectible, something that IMO merits its asking price. Simply a very nice pair that would look awesome if re-attached to an early army tunic!
LW (Felddivisionen) 'Feldwbl.'-boards
This is rare - and never before encountered! - pair of WH (Luftwaffe) NCO-type shoulderboards, as intended for (I deem) a 'Feldwebel' (sergeant) within one the LW 'Felddivisionen', in very nice and only slightly used condition. The set - which originates from the famous 'George Petersen Luftwaffe collection' - has the very unusual, 'apple-/grass-green' piping (which might IMO be intended for the - pre-war - 'LW air-traffic'-control branch) is according to Mr. Petersens' honest opinion a 'LW-Felddivisionen' set. The pair is in a very nice and only slightly used condtion and has the neat ('silk-like'-type) piping and 'standard' LW-type NCO-braid attached. It also has two identical, aluminium-based pips attached. The set was IMO always together and is almost matching: it differs slightly in size and also has different lining of the tongues. Simply a very nice and truly rare set of LW 'Felddivisionen' or 'Air-traffic' control insignia: great to complete or restore a tunic or to be stored in a shoulderboard collection!
'HG-Werke' armband: 'Ausbildungswesen'
This is a very nice and never before encountered armband entitled: 'Ausbildungswesen' (education department), as intended for employees of the 'Reichswerke Hermann Göring', in nice and only slighty used and IMO worn condition. The band - woven in the neat 'BeVo'-weave pattern - measures 20 cms. and is IMO full-length: it is comparable with the size and format of the HJ 'sports'-armbands, such as 'HJ-Sportgeländewart'. The piece shows the text: 'Ausbildungswesen' which is preceded and followed by the logo of the 'Hermann Göring Werke'. The piece is woven in silver-grey linnen and shows silver-white woven text and logos. I have never before encountered such armband and could not find any reference for it. I am convinced that it is a piece of great rarity and a piece that would surely merit further investigation.
Matching pair of WH 'Gebirgsjäger' shoulderboards
This is a very nice - and fully matching! - pair of (IMO) mid-war WH (Heeres) soldiers'-type shoulderboards, having the dark-green ('silk-like') piping, as intended for a soldier in a 'Gebirgsjäger' (= mountain-troops) unit. The boards - which measure 11,5 cms. in length - come on their original tongues and are in nice, text-book condition and show only minor wear ie. usage. These 'simple' soldiers'-type boards piped in dark-green are very hard to encounter: this is only the third such pair I have ever come across. The set originates from a private household and looks 'as if it was just removed from a tunic'. Simply a very nice and text-book pair of 'Heeres' boards in a desirable (and actually rare) branch-colour!
WH matching 'Gefechts- or 'Sturmgepäck' set
This is a truly fantastic and IMO only slightly used, WH 'A-Frame' ('Gefechts- or 'Sturmgepäck') that comes complete with all its cloth lashes, metal-loops and tan-coloured linnen straps present. The frame - which was recently found at a private household - comes complete with its specific horizontal strap and 'tropical' pouch. Of interest is the fact that the pouch is NOT of the 'tropical' version: both small straps (visible on the picture are fabricated from leather and not from webbing (as to be expected): there is however no doubt whatsoever that this set was always together as such. The pack and pouch are naturally fully functional and complete and both show a clearly readable date and producers' stamp ('C. Budoschowsky - Wien - 1942') stamped in blue-ink. The 'pack' is only sligthly used and does not show any rust nor damage (both its metal rivets are original to the frame and were not re-mounted - or re-rivited - or alike). This one was surely issued and used and can IMO be graded as a true DAK ('Afrikakorps') item. All metal parts still retain their greyish (anodized) finish (and do not show rust or alike). The piece comes with its (rare!) specific, horizontal (all webbing) strap having two loops, intended to hold the mess-tin. On the back the piece shows two ink-spots (inked-out name?) and shows a stamped number: '741'. I personally have never encountered a 'matching' set and deem this a rare item (something that IMO also merits the high asking price). A truly nice and scarce piece of equipment which is IMO almost impossible to upgrade!
Matching set of MP38/40 pouches
This is a (nowadays fairly rare!) pair of fully matching WH (Heer or Waffen-SS) yellow linnen (ie. sometimes IMO wrongly referred to as tropical) coloured MP38-40 magazine-pouches, which are neatly maker-marked: 'CLG 43', in very nice (IMO mint, unissued!) condition. Both pouches are in a very nice condition and seem to have not been used: they just show some minor dust and age simply caused by decades of storage. Both are nicely (and identically) stamped on the back with the 3-digit makers-mark: 'CLG' (signifying that they were produced by the company: Ernst Melzig based in Liegnitz), a clear 'Waffenabnahme' stamp and a date: '43'. The (black-coloured) leather straps of both pouches are fully functional: none of the (fragile) straps is broken nor damaged. These original MP pouches are getting harder to find and this set would look great if re-mounted on a mannequin. A nowadays hardly ever offered for sale set of original and matching MP 38/40 pouches!
WWII German boots ('Marschstiefel')
This is a beautiful and rare pair of matching WWII brown (ie. natural coloured) leather, WWII German boots (or 'Marschstiefel' ie. 'Knobbelbecher'), sized: '29 1/2' and nicely marked ('Rumpf'), in wonderfull (IMO never worn) condition. The pair shows some normal dust and aging: the leather, however, is very souple and fully functional. All iron parts (like the hub-nails) are a tiny bit rusty but all present. The boots are neatly marked: '25188 29 1/2 4 130' 5 (ink-stamped on the inside). Also the soles show a size- and maker marking. The pair - which measures 35 cms. in height - has never been coloured (ie. greased nor oiled) and shows a period, horizontal stitching-line in the middle of the boot (maybe done to 'strengthen' the leather). These are the 'real thing' and NO Eastern-European or post-war copies and I back this up with a life-time garuantee on the originality. Needless to mention how rare period German foot-wear actually is: mainly because these where also used after the war as 'regular' footwear, something that merits IMO my asking price. (Please note that these are quite expensive to ship: you can preferably mail me in advance to discuss this in detail). A very nice and text-book pair - that orginates from my own collection - that would look super if mounted on a mannequin!
HJ/BDM cuff-title: 'Süd-Franken'
This is a very nice example of the rare HJ/BDM ('Bund Deutscher Mädel') cuff-title: 'Süd-Franken', executed in neat BeVo-weave, in cleary used & tunic-removed condition. The cuff-title - which is IMO slightly shortened and measures 34 cms. - is woven in white on a chocolate-brown coloured background. It was worn on the lower left sleeve and was awarded to BDM members who served as volunteers in the district of 'Süd-Franken'. The piece is clearly tunic-removed but is void of any damage (it shows some obvious fraying at both ends). Simply a very rare and desirable youth cuff-title which is not often offered for sale!
Collar-tab & board: 'Transportkorps Speer'
This is a nice item: a truly rare set comprising of a single collar-tab and shoulderboard, as worn by a technical officer ('Leutnant'-rank) within the 'Transportkorps Speer' (latest ie. 1944-based model, nice, albeit clearly worn and issued condition. The collar-patch - which is has extraordinary detail and is hand-embroidered on bright pink wool - shows the stylised characters: 'S' and 'P'. (The pink branch colour signifies that the bearer was a technical officer). The - matching! - board is of the sew-in type and is also in fine condition overall: both insignia show equal wear and age and originated from a private household, where they were recently found. The 'Transportkorps Speer' was a waterborne transportation service that was formed in 1943 and little is actually known about it: consequently do insignia of this service are hardly ever offered for sale. A nice set of inignia of one of the more 'obscure' services of the TR-period!
HJ ('Hitlerjugend') officers'-type belt-buckle
This is a truly rare HJ ('Hitlerjugend') officers'-type belt-buckle (or 'HJ-Führer Koppelschloss'), executed in silver-painted 'Feinzink' & neatly marked: 'RzM 4/22', in a nice, albeit used condition. The buckle is neatly stamped on the catch and comes as found without its 'Gegenhaken' (which is logic because these were attached to the leather buckle on which the buckle was worn). This piece retains most of its original silver finish: it was however clearly worn and shows some slight paint-loss (as often). The buckle has, however, never been cleaned and shows some dirt and dust, acquired over the years. A truly nice & rare HJ buckle!
WH 'Taschenbuch Russisches Heer'
This is a truly rare example of the neat WH instruction-booklet (or 'Taschenbuch') entitled: 'Russisches Heer', as issued in January 1942 by the 'OKH' / Abteilung Fremde Heere Ost', in nice, albeit clearly used condition. The small-sized booklet - sized: 14,5 x 11 cms. - is complete and retains all its 92 (!) pages and is complete with its attached map. It is just somewhat yellowed and shows clear usage, caused by wear & normal age. As possibly known has this booklet been reproduced: this is naturally a fine original and period example! The booklet provides the reader with a complete insight in the WWII Russian army (from uniforms to weaponry and used equipment and strength), one and other illustrated by many drawings, illustrations and even colour-plates. It should be noted that these publications were issued at a very limited scale! Simply a nice and rare publication: it is just the first such piece I have ever encountered. A great addition to a field-gear/mannequin set-up!
'Panzer' ie. Afrikakorps / DAK related group
This is a truly very nice, small 'Panzer' ie. Afrikakorps DAK related document-grouping, comprising of 2 award-documents originating from the 'Unteroffizier' Alwin Schreckenbach, member within the: '3./Fla.Btl.606 and/or 10./Pz.Gren.Rgt.200, both in nice albeit used & folded condition. The - fairly rare - set comprises of the scarcely encountered so-called: Schmuckurkunde (commemorative award-document) specifically awarded by the famous Generaloberst u. Oberbefehlshaber der Panzerarmee Afrika, Erwin Rommel, to transport-soldiers (ie. drivers) that had accomplished an extensive mileage when stationed in the African desert. The soldier (ie.'Unteroffizier') Alwin Schreckenbach got his award-document for having accomplished 25.000 kilometers on 15 October 1942. The very decorative A-4 - ie. 27,5 x 21,5 cms. - sized document is not denazified nor damaged: it has just been folded into 4 parts and is somewhat yellowed by normal age. It bears a (facsimile) signature of Rommel. There is also an official, A5-sized, award-document for a Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwerter (war merits cross 2nd. class with swords). This latter one was awarded - also in Africa! - to Schreckenbach when he was a member of the 10./Pz.Gren.Rgt.200 on 20 April 1943. This latter document is signed by the (famous!) commander of the '90. leichte Infanterie- (ie. Afrika) Division' being 'Generalleutnant Theodor Graf von Sponeck' (who commanded this division from 1 November 1943 upto 12 May 1943 and was a RK-(ie. KC) bearer. As stated are both documents in overall very fine condition: they are not hole-punched nor denazified (just folded as is more often the case). Simply a nice little DAK-grouping that was always as such and belonged to a DAK- ie.Panzer-soldier (most likely a driver). I deem that this neat - and truly scarce! - document-grouping is priced according to its rarity.
WH (Luftwaffe) boards 'Felddivisionen'
This is a rare and fully matching pair of WH (Luftwaffe) shoulderboards having the green 'silk-like' piping, as intended for a 'Feldwebel' (sergeant) within one of the LW 'Felddivisionen' regiments. These green-piped LW boards are considered rare and were also used for example on the specific FD-camouflaged smocks. The set - which has the 'standard' LW NCO braid and two identical zinc pips attached - is in a very nice (IMO only slightly used) condition. A nice and truly rare pair of text-book LW boards!
Dutch NJS 'Eredraagteken'
This is a nice example of the truly extremely rare Dutch WWII period youth organisation ('NJS' - Nationale Jeugdstorm') so-called: 'Eredraagteken' (honorary badge). These were individually bestowed (mainly by the NJS 'Leider' and 'Hoofdstormer' C. van Geelkerken) and only the first 1200 pieces were numbered: this badge is number: '587'. These badges are truly rare and only a handfull are known to be in private collections (some reference books do not even show a real example: just a drawing). These were also known to have been worn by the Dutch Waffen-SS volunteers on there military uniforms. The badge is in a very nice condition and has a beautiful (undamaged) enamelled surface. A true opportunity to obtain one of the rarest NJS (and NSB!) related lapel-pins! I know I have priced this one high but I deem it absolutely worth its money!
Boxed 'SS-Dienstauszeichnung 4. Stufe'
This is a very rare example of a 'SS-Dienstauszeichnung 4. Stufe - Medaille für 4 Dienstjahre', that is executed in bronzed ie. blackened 'Buntmetall' and comes in its (very rare!) black carton etui as issued, in very nice, mint condition. The piece - which is very nicely detailed as usual! - comes on its typical 'drop-shaped' ring ('Tropfenöse') and has never been cleaned nor polished. The piece comes with its original (15 cms. sized) corn-flower blue ribbon as issued. The (truly very rare!) black carton box is also in fine order: it has an undamaged (greyish) inlay and has the (almost undamaged) silver painted runes on the top. One of the sides of the box comes a bit loose (but is present and functional): it also shows some some slight wear from having been opened too often. The medal was always kept in the etui something that is reflected in the great condition in which it is was uncovered. This piece also originates from a UK soldier who brought this piece to UK as a 'veteran bring-back souvenir': it was never before in a collection. I have priced it according to its rairity and stunning condition!
BeVo arm-eagle: 'Postschütz'
This is a very rare example of the BeVo-woven arm-badge i.e. arm-eagle: 'Postschutz', in nice, slightly worn and clearly uniform-removed condition. The badge - executed in light-grey cotton having an orange border - is sized approximately 10 x 6 cms. and is only sligthly used: it is already confectioned and folded and was most certainly worn. Is shows no damage but is slightly stained caused by normal wear. The 'Postschutz' organisation (which can literally be translated as postal security service) is one of the smaller TR organisation about which little is known: its 'political' i.e. police-related nature is also underlined by the left facing eagle. Simply a very rare BeVo armbadge!
NCO shoulderboards: 'Gebirgsjäger'
This is a truly very rare (fully matching!) pair of WH (Heer) shoulderstraps, as intended for an 'Unteroffizier der GebirgsJäger', of the model specifically intended for the protective 'Geb.Jäg.' 3/4-type rain-coat, in mint, unissued condition. The boards - which have the 'standard' silverish NCO braid and woolen-type, green-coloured piping - are (IMO) never used. The boards - which are quite long and measure 14,5 cms. - are slighty broader than usual and were most certainly intended for wear on the special 'Gebirgsjäger' protective '3/4-model' protective jacket i.e. rain-coat. This is the first time I have ever encountered such a pair: simply a superb pair of boards of great rarity!
Waffen-SS NCO-type 'Infanterie' board
This is a nice and scarce example of a single, Waffen-SS NCO'-type Infanterie' (infantry) shoulder-strap as intended for an 'Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS' (sergeant first class) in very nice and only slightly used condition. The strap - which has a field-grey (Italian wool) underlay as to be expected - comes on its original (typical SS-type small-sized) tongue and has the neat 'silk-like' type, white coloured, piping. The board - which measures 11 cms. in length - has the silver-coloured 'standard' NCO braid attached and also has one (zinc-based) pip attached. It should be noted that white-piped Waffen-SS boards are extremely hard to find. This piece is clearly used and shows minor age and wear. This board was found together with the other 'Oscha.'-board which I offer under number: 20868. Both are slightly different in shape and execution and I therefore decided to sell them as single pieces. A garuanteed original and text-book SS shoulderboard!
Mint 'Widerholungs Spange EKII'
This is a truly superb 'Widerholungs Spange EKII' (bar to the WWI IC2nd class) as produced by 'Ziemer & Söhne', that comes in its (very rare!) carton pouch and 'Bandabschnitt' as issued, in very nice, mint/unissued condition. The piece still retains its 'high polished sides ('Hochpolierte Kanten') and is very detailed. Naturally are all original four prongs present: the piece is however not hall- or maker-marked. The piece was stored in its pouch for years and comes with its full-length and pre-folded (29 cms. long!) ribbon. The badge has of course never been cleaned nor polished and has a very nice 'frosted' appearance. The pouch - which is of the larger type - is executed in yellowish carton and just shows some slight usage and folds: it is in undamaged and functional condition. The pouch bears the makers'-mark: 'Ziemer & Söhne' based in Oberstein-Nahe. This piece also originates from a UK soldier who brought this piece to UK as a 'veteran bring-back souvenir': it was never before in a collection. Simply the best 'Widerholungs Spange' that I ever had on offer: I have priced it according to its rarity and stunning condition!
Boxed 'SS-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Stufe'
This is a very rare example of a 'SS-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Stufe - Medaille für 8 Dienstjahre', that is executed in bronzed 'Buntmetall' and comes in its (very rare!) black carton etui as issued, in very nice, mint condition. The piece - which is very nicely detailed as usual! - comes on its typical 'drop-shaped' ring ('Tropfenöse') and has never been cleaned nor polished. The piece comes with its original (16 cms. sized) corn-flower blue ribbon as issued. The (truly very rare!) black carton box is also in very fine order: it has an undamaged (greyish) velvet inlay and has the (almost undamaged) silver painted runes on the top. The medal was always kept in the etui something that is reflected in the great condition in which it was uncovered. This piece also originates from a UK soldier who brought this piece to UK as a 'veteran bring-back souvenir': it was never before in a collection. I have priced it according to its rairity and stunning condition!
HJ triangle: 'Reichs-deutsche Jugend Ausland'
This is a stonemint thus unissued example of the (truly extremely rare!) 'HJ' ('Hitlerjugend') district triangle, entitled: 'Reichs-deutsche Jugend Ausland', in mint, unissued condition. The triangle comes with its original paper 'RzM' label still attached ('A Stück'). This is a 'male' ie. HJ specimen, woven in yellow linnen on a black background. The piece just shows some dust caused by years of storage. Impossible to upgrade this one. Maybe the rarest HJ-triangle I ever had on offer!
Rare set of 2 WWI-type 'EK 1. Klasse'
This is a truly rare set comprising of a 'regular'-sized and (rare!) miniature- ie. 'Schinkel'-sized WWI-type: 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse', both missing their repective pins, in nice, albeit clearly used condition. Both were found together and originated from the same bearer (an unidentified WWI Navy officer). For unknown reasons are both missing their pins. The 'regular' sized IC is void of a makers' mark whereas the 'Schinkel' cross shows a (unidentified) makers' logo. The 'regular' sized cross is IMO executed in genuine silver, whereas the 'miniature' cross is made out of steel. As most certainly known are these miniatures copied at a large scale: I garuantee that this set is 100% period! It was uncovered at a German flea-market and was never before in a collection. A nice opportunity to obtain a very rare IC-set that - although being damaged - is still very collectable!
WH (Heer) M38 officers'-model side-cap
This is a very nice example of a tailor-made M38 officers' model side-cap, as intended for - and worn by - an officer in a WH (Heer) Panzergrenadiere (= rifle-regiment) unit, in very nice and only slightly used condition. The piece is truly awesome and was only slightly worn: it has the bright-green 'soutache' attached, a hand-embroidered thicker model officers-type cocarde and silverish 'flat-wire' eagle, period (hand-) attached. The Soutache is truly unusual: it is made of somewhat thicker braid. The cap is in great nick (not damaged whatsoever) and has a (partial) greyish leather sweat-band and light-blue/greyish coloured (linnen-based) lining. It is void of a size- or makers-stamp but I deem it a fair size (57/58 or alike). It also has a safety-pin in place (which was attached in order to create a more 'folded format' of the cap). The cap is a 100% period 'tailor'-made piece and actually quite rarely observed in this desirable branch-colour. Simply a very nice piece of Officers head-gear!
Early WH (Heer) 'T-shaped' M42-model cap-eagle
This is a mint ie. unissued example of the WH (Heer) so-called: 'T-shaped' M42-model, cap eagle/cocarde, executed in so-called BeVo weave style. The eagle/cocarde is executed in white on a dark-green linnen background and is in (stone) mint ie. unissued condition. (These cap-eagles were specifically produced for the impopular M-42 cap, but were used also on the M43 caps and predecessor models). This example is IMO almost certainly produced to be used on an (early-war) 'typical' mountain-troops ('Gebirgsjäger') M41-model cap. A very nice & rare cap-eagle: only the second such piece I ever had on offer!
Waffen-SS BeVo cuff-title: 'Nederland'
This is a nice and 100% original 1944 pattern, cuff-title with machine woven Latin script, executed in silver-grey linnen, as intended for a member of the: '23.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer Grenadier-Division 'Nederland'. The full-length cuff-title (approx. 44 cms.) has the typical 'salt & pepper'-type reverse and shows all details of an original specimen. I deem that this one was not issued nor used. This band was surely produced by the 'Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher'(BeVo) in Wuppertal, but does not show a full maker-mark, as is sometimes encountered. The cuff-title - which both ends do show some slight fraying as usual - is a text-book, original example: I am happy to sell this with a life-time garuantee on originality! A great opportunity to acquire a great Dutch volunteer related cuff-title!
WH (LW) 'Ehrenschild Luftgau XI'
This is a nice and not so often encountered LW award: a scarce WH (LW) so-called: 'Ehrenschild für hervorragende Leistung im Luftgau XI' (honor plaque for outstanding achievements in air-district numbered 11), attributed to a certain: 'Hauptmann Heinrich Schröder', in overall very nice condition. The piece - which is actually an award and was accordingly awarded with a document and properly entered in the SB or WP - is in gorgeous condition: it is very pronounced and detailed and was never cleaned nor polished. The placque - which is sized: 15,3 x 11,3 cms. - is executed in 'bronzed' metal (I deem it real bronze because the piece is not magnetic) having a seperately attached LW eagle. The placque - which has a small ring attached in order to hang it on the wall - is wonderfully engraved and bears the engraved signature of the 'General der Flieger Ludwig Wolf', who was the commander of this 11th 'Luftgau'. Simply a nice and unsual 'Luftwaffe' related award!
WH (Heer) 'Feldgendarmerie' gorget
This is a nice example of the scarce WH (Heer) 'Feldgendarmerie' (field-police) gorget ('Brustschild') that comes on its original metal chain as issued and worn, in overall nice, albeit clearly used and worn condition. The piece - which still retains most of its fluroriscent paint - has a 'carton-based' backing (which is most often the case) and is void of a makers'-mark or date. The piece - which is quite heavy and fabricated from metal (not aluminium) - shows normal scratches and traces of age and fair wear. It has IMO been cleaned (period?) and some of the silverish paint visible on the shield is missing ie. cleaned off. The piece shows some dirt and rust-spots but nothing shocking though. In any case an original and truly worn example that IMO is priced accordingly.
WH (Heer) 'M43' field-cap
This is a very nice example of the 'standard' - and nowadays hardly ever encountered! - WH (Heer) 'M43' field-cap, having a 'BeVo' eagle/cocarde trapezoid crudely (by hand) attached. The cap - which is a fair size 58,5 cms. - is in an overall nice and slightly worn condition and is truly text-book in all facets (all characters of a fine, original cap are present!). As most certainly known are these popular caps copied at a large scale: this example is beyond any doubt a fine orginal. The lining is of the 'text-book' greenish-/field-grey linnen and shows some traces of wear and age. The cap is neatly dated '44' and marked by means of a readable (black inked) 'RBN-number and size-marking. The triangle is crudely hand-attached to the cap, something that is not uncommon for late-war caps. The cap has one no damage whatsoever and retains almost all its woolen napping. A very nice piece of original headgear for which I (naturally) give a life-time garuantee on its originality!
Hand-embroided D.D.A.C. 'brooch'
This is an unsual - and never before encountered! - hand-embroidered, medium-sized, 'brooch' (having a height of 7 cms.), intended to signify loyal membership ('ie.'Treue Dienste')within the 'D.D.A.C. (= 'Der Deutsche Automobil-Club' or German Automobile Club), in nice and only slightly used condition. The 'brooch' (or placque) - which is quite converse and has a functional attachment 'clip' - shows extraordinary detail and craftmenship: it shows the 'D.D.A.C.' symbol (the eagle) and bears under that the text: 'Für Treue Dienste' (for loyal service). The piece is void of a makers'-mark. A very nice and most certainly rare item: maybe a 'one-of-a-kind' placque!
Early pair of tropical (DAK) 'Y-Riemen'
This is a rare pair of genuine, linnen 'webbing' ie. tropical 'Y-riemen', as used by the DAK, nicely marker-marked ('Ehrhardt u. Kirsten' based in Taucha) & dated: '1941', in overall nice, albeit clearly used condition. The piece is naturally complete and comes with its original 'end-piece', which is also executed in woven 'webbing'. The piece is constructed from various pieces of linnen 'webbing': some parts are more yellowish than green (something that is not unusual). All metal parts retain most of their bluish-grey colour but do show some normal wear and regular damage caused by wear (no rust though). The piece is - as stated - nicely marker-marked and dated (on the black-leather middle piece). These 'Y-riemen' were naturally worn throughout the war but these early and clearly dated pieces can be surely attributed as being used by members of the 'Deutsches Afrikakorps' (DAK). This piece originates from a German flea-market and was never before in a collection. Simply a very nice piece of tropical equipment: the first such item I ever had on offer!
Waffen-SS 'Panzer' M43-cap
This is a very nice and rare item: a late-war Waffen-SS Panzer black-woolen M43-cap, having a black (woolen) eagle/skull trapezoid originally attached, in very nice and only slightly used (almost mint) condition. The cap - which is in all facets a typical 'Dachau' produced cap - is full text-book and is in a very nice condition. All details are 'text-book' for a 'Dachau' made piece: like the small side loops, the two black-coloured 'Bakelite' buttons, the greyish linnen lining (in so-called: 'fishbone'-pattern) and the typical not covered (hard carton) underside of the flap. It is a fair size (56) - which is also ink-stamped in the lining - and will certainly fit a mannequins' head. The black so-called 'pirate' trap is stitched-on by using a 'zig-zag' pattern stitching: of course was this 'factory done' and was the lining later attached (so no stitching is visible on the inside). The piece was IMO only slightly worn and shows some minimal wear and staining. Simply a fantastic Waffen-SS Panzer M43-cap for which I naturally provide a life-time garuantee on its originality. I have priced this one accordingly to its rarity! A very nice item!
WH (KM) 'Flottenkriegsabzeichen'
This is a very nice WH (Kriegsmarine) 'Flottenkriegsabzeichen' (high-sea fleet badge), that is nicely maker-marked: 'Fec. Adolf Bock - Ausf. Schwerin Berlin', in extremely nice (IMO virtually mint, unissued!) condition! The very detailed badge retains all its golden finish (IMO 99%) and is nicely maker-marked as stated above. The badge is executed in so-called: 'Buntemetall' ie. 'Tombak' and has of course a functional (flute-shaped) pin and catch. The badge was never cleaned nor polished and has truly extraoridinary detail. Almost impossible to find a better example!
'Nebelwerfer' ('Stug.') collar-tabs
This is a very nice (and most certainly very rare!), fully matching pair of collar-patches, having the neat 'Karmesin'-red (ie. purple-like) piping (= 'Nebelwerfer' or smoke-troops) and greyish 'Einheitskragenspiegel' mounted on a dark-green woolen background, as used on the field-grey 'Sturmgeschütz' wrap-around tunics, in clearly used and uniform-removed condition. The set was found at a local German flea-market and was never before in a collection. The set - which shows some clear usage and wear - was absolutely once mounted on a tunic (stitching remains are present) and was carefully removed (the piping on one of the tabs comes somewhat loose but nothing shocking though). The tabs are 'backed' with the typical, brownish 'Buckram'-like material and are somewhat dirty (caused by wear). I have personally NEVER before encountered such a set and I deem it a beautiful pair of unquestionable rarity: something that merits its high asking price!
This is a very nice (and very rare!) pair of matching (IMO mid-war) WH (Heer) soldiers'-type shoulderboards, as intended for a soldier in a 'Feldgendarmerie' (= field-police) unit, in overall nice, albeit clearly used & worn condition. The boards have the neat bright-orange coloured 'silk-like'-type piping and show some regular stains from being simply dirty. They have never been cleaned and show some moth-damage (mainly on the back of one of the tongues). The boards were absolutely always together and were certainly worn as such. The pair - which is approximately 11,5 cms. in length - comes on its functional tongues. IMO a very nice and honest 'front-used' pair that would look nice if attached on a (M43) tunic or rubberised 'Kradmantel'. Moreover, is the orange 'Feldgendarmerie' branch-colour maybe the most difficult one to encounter. This is the first such pair I ever had on offer: I deem that the rather high asking price is absolutely appropiate for this very desirable pair!
WH (Heer) 'Panzer' collar-tabs
This is a rare and surely unusual pair of WH (Heer) pink-piped 'Panzer' collar-tabs having attached matching metal skulls as used on the black-coloured 'wrap-around' Panzer tunics, in clearly used and uniform-removed condition. The set has the dark-yellow 'buckram' backing and both skulls (retaining their original pins) are IMO originally attached: one of the skulls shows some minor zinc-corrosion. Of additional interest is the fact that the PZ soldier who wore this pair, added pieces of white felt (ie. wool) behind the skulls, giving the set a more 'lively' appearance. The set - which has the neat 'silk-like' type pink-coloured piping - is in clearly used and uniform-removed condition (stitching-holes are still visible) and would be excellent to restore a black Panzer tunic! A nice and desirable set that originates from my own collection: I bought this set years ago from a private house-hold. I know that the asking-price is rather high for this set but an original and matching set is nowadays almost impossible to encounter!