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    My Girlfriend was looking at an Anne Frank costume on a website of some type for Halloween and I said "that's to much surely, I disapprove, its insensitive she was just a wee girl", but apparently owning a Knights Cross is weird and she freaked, double standards much? Some people have no historical context in our generation, none at all.
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    First of all, the skull above is the club badge of St.Pauli F.C., don't know how well known they are abroad, but locally rather controversial, play mainly in smaller leagues (football was never really my thing). Secondly, the person depicted, more a reconstruction, is said to be Klaus Störtebeker. There is reference to him in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, along with a skull discovered more than 100 years ago at Hamburg-Grasbrook, near the port. Nikolaus Storzenbecher, or Klaus Störtebeker known as Germany's most famous pirate (c. 1360 in Wismar – 20 October 1401 {1400} in Hamburg), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers (German: Vitalienbrüder). The Victual Brothers (Latin "victualia") were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions. After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves "Likedeelers" (literally: equal sharers). According to legend, in 1401, a Hamburgian fleet led by Simon of Utrecht caught up with Störtebeker's force near Heligoland. According to some stories, Störtebeker's ship had been disabled by a traitor who cast molten lead into the links of the chain which controlled the ship's rudder. Störtebeker and his crew were captured and brought to Hamburg, where they were tried for piracy. Legend says that Störtebeker offered a chain of gold long enough to enclose the whole of Hamburg in exchange for his life and freedom. However, Störtebeker and all of his 73 companions were sentenced to death and were beheaded on the Grasbrook. The most famous legend of Störtebeker relates to the execution itself. Störtebeker is said to have asked the mayor of Hamburg to release as many of his companions as he could walk past after being beheaded. Following the granting of this request and the subsequent beheading, Störtebeker's body arose and walked past eleven of his men before the executioner tripped him with an outstretched foot. Nevertheless, the eleven men were executed along with the others. The senate of Hamburg asked the executioner if he was not tired after all this, but he replied he could easily execute the whole of the senate as well. For this, he himself was sentenced to death and executed by the youngest member of the senate. More under Wikipedia. The St.Pauli skull and bones is said to be associated with Klaus Störtebeker, who has become a legend locally. Here's an interesting link under "Typisch Hamburch" with some info and pictures of Störtebeker (German text): http://typisch-hamburch.de/klaus-stoertebeker-hamburgs-beruehmter-seeraeuber/
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    Yes Kenny the rest of the holiday was good, but the last 2 days I couldn't settle because I was worried we couldn't get home ok. Fritz. I know its not looking to great right now! I don't think I will be going back until it all calms down again, if at all.
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    Well i managed to get home yesterday ! What a nightmare of a drive round Barcelona, the protesters had blocked the motorway at two Tole booths and the tunnel just outside the airport and port area! We didn't think we where going to make our flight back home I had to run through the airport like a loony trailing a 22 kilo case behind me right to the last departure area, they start at A to Y and my plane was at Y right at the end of the airport. I have never been as glad to board a plane, things are looking grim in Catalonia now .
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    I've always liked flintlocks ,the military type.Shot once and then use it as a club.
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    Here's more stuff I dug out of the cupboard, the holster is for my 38. Webley revolver, sadly the markings are all but invisible now so can't date it. ( I don't think the pistol lanyard has any real age to it) The knife is a British naval Jack knife , it's stamped with what I think was the owners name. The old whistle was made by metropolitan (made in England) and is attached to a chain with a leather fob with a small button hole.
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    Cheers Leon, I didn't know there where so many different models of the whistle.
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    I got this last week, it's renaissance wax, it was developed by the British museum and is a very good for preserving all sorts of artifacts including guns and knives, but can be used on wood , leather and even stone. I tried it on a dirty penny ( masking off half)before anything else! It removed surface dirt and contaminants but did not disturb the age patina, it also leaves a protective layer of wax to prevent moisture. Apparently it's the go to stuff for knife collectors, have any off you guys tried it.?
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    These where in a shoe box in the cupboard, it's an unissued set of mosin nagant ammo Pouches, not sure what material they are made from but the fastening are leather, these also came in full leather but are harder to get. Also in the picture there is a nagant oil and solvent bottle, it's got two side's one for gun oil the other cleaning solvent, a very interesting little item .
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    Thanks Fritz, not looking forward to the security at the airport! It was very tight last year, so will be even more so after recent events .( but it is a necessity in today's world ! Sadly) I do hope to drag the wife of the beach to explore the market but last year it was mostly tourist souvenirs and the like, but you never know.
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    That's me off to Santa susana / Barcelona again on Tuesday , doesn't seem like a year ago I was saying the same thing.., at least I ain't flying with Ryan Air.
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    Nice buttons, I'd say WW1 period.
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    Thanks Leon that's brilliant, I got the lot of them as one lot & they have been in in a little bag for years, I knew some of you could fill me in on them.
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    The Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS ) of WW2 operated from small auxiliary vessels using Naval trawlers for anti-submarine and minesweeping operations to protect Coastal Britain and Convoys. Below are two examples of the badges designed to be worn on the sleeve, 1st is the early silver version with pin fitting on the back this was awarded to Officers and ratings who had completed six months duty at sea. The second badge was redesigned with stitch on loops to replace the pin back version due to the increasing numbers of these being lost.
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    No senoritas kenny! Mrs buster wouldn't stand for it no matter how much sangria I plyed her with lol.
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    could it be used for an epidemic warning? hung at the entrance to the infected area, building or house? just a thought spanish flu? typhus?
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    Defo not WW1, i have never encountered such a design. They wouldn't use leather for such a thing, i have only ever seen wooden ones from WW1. Its an odd one thats for sure.
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    Wrong skull and bones for TR or something like 17/21st Lancers. Most be a poison warning or Hells Angel type insignia.
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    could be from black beards cocktail cabinet
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    I dont think we can be sure what it is.Surmising is fine but it aint telling us for sure..it is likely poison but a label i doubt.
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    I don't think its a mine pennant at all, i can't recall of any leather ones, in any army. I support Kenny on this saying it could be a poison label or possibly even a bit of clothing.
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    I had the same thought about mine fields though these were usually metal or in yellow (allies at least)... mines seems plausible though it does not say mines on it... hmmm
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    Possibly for minefields,more likely British i would think.
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    what size is it? any hint if it was sewn onto something?
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    History and responsible collecting vs scare mongering that collectors must all be skin heads: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17381587 Here we go
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    The first clock is by "Junghans", who I believe, are still in business today. Shame that it has been defaced.
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    A traditional ship's clock, not antique, purchased over 40 years ago at Optik Schröder, Dammtorstraße, Hamburg, complete with key for winding. It also has the "Glasen", bell sounds at each hour and half hour, which can be adjusted to auto or "off". Casing is in brass. Such nautical pieces were quite popular in the 70s locally. The clock is of the make of Hermle, probably little known today. Cost probably as much as a historical piece, at the time about DM 160,00 -which was a lot of money in those days.
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    Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders glengarry Gengarry courtesy of Buster The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders wore a a dark blue glengarry with red and white dice and a red toorie. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until amalgamation into the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006. The regiment was created under the Childers Reforms in 1881, as the Princess Louise's (Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders), by the amalgamation of the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, amended the following year to reverse the order of the “Argyll” and “Sutherland” sub-titles. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to fifteen battalions during the First World War(1914–1918) and nine during the Second World War (1939–1945). The 1st Battalion served in the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967. As part of the restructuring of the British Army's infantry in 2006, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated with the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) into the seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland. Following a further round of defence cuts announced in July 2012 the 5th Battalion was reduced to a single public duties company called Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Their cap badge consisted of a white metal badge with a circlet inscribed ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND. Within the circlet, voided, the cypher "L" of the late Princess Louise, interlaced and reversed. On the left of the cypher is a boar's head and on the right a cat-a-mountain (wild cat). Above the cypher and overlaying the top of the circlet is the Princess's coronet (a Royal Ducal coronet), all within a wreath of thistles. Below is Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Campbell Mitchell (17 November 1925 – 20 July 1996) he was a British Army officer and politician. He became famous in July 1967 when he led the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the British reoccupation of the Crater district of Aden. At that time, Aden was a British colony and the Crater district had been taken over by nationalist insurgents. Mitchell became widely known as “Mad Mitch”. His reoccupation of the Crater became known as "the Last Battle of the British Empire". The event marked the end of an era in British history and made Mitchell famous.
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    N.B.: refering to main title - these helmets are not "Imperial" - there was no such thing as "Imperial German Army" (no Kaiserlich deutsche Armee). The helmets are from the armies of various states, mainly Prussia, which did not have an Emperor, but a King, a correct equivalent would be Royal Prussian, Royal Saxon, Royal Bavarian, etc. "Imperial" applied only to the Navy and the Overseas Colonies - Kaiserliche Marine, etc. Also, the official title of the head of the Prussian state as from 1871 (and before) was König von Preußen - "Deutscher Kaiser" (and not Kaiser von Deutschland) was only a secondary and honorary title.
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    Well done Colin, that's the one thing we did not think of, submarines.. not too surprising really as the skull and crossbones has always been used as a submarine symbol, Alex was not too far out with his pirate suggestion. That must be a scarce patch. Royal navy · HMS Safari crew members with their Jolly Roger The personnel of the British submarine HMS Utmost showing off their Jolly Roger in February 1942. The markings on the flag indicate the boat's achievements: nine ships torpedoed (including one warship), eight 'cloak and dagger' operations, one target destroyed by gunfire, and one at-sea rescue The submarine Onyx returning from the Falklands war. Royal Navy submarines hadn’t flown the Jolly Roger since WWII. The dagger on the flag indicates the Onyx was involved with clandestine ops, most probably in support of special forces personnel, SAS or SBS. The origins of the Jolly Roger and the British submarine service came about at the beginning of the 1st World War when the British Admiral Beresford stated that all submariners were pirates and if caught should be hung. He probably only meant the German UBoats, nevertheless his remarks were not missed by British submariners. The Jolly Roger was quickly adopted as the symbol of a successful patrol.
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    The latest donation to the museum was this document from 1917. A lady from Stuttgart was staying in Hamburg and being originally from Wandsbek, she paid a visit to the museum and brought this document with her. She told us it was from her grandfather, discovered it recently in her house, had never seen it before! It comes complete with a very modern frame. This could help us to start our special exhibition of the 100 year anniversary of the Great War. The document for an Iron Cross 2nd Class is in an unusal individual style as issued by the 38. Landwehr Division. It was awarded to Sanitäts-Unteroffizier Adolf Landahl, serving with Reserve Feld Lazarett 109, and issued on 4.September 1917 and signed by Generalleutnant Karl Wilhelm Freiherr von Willisen, Kommandeur 38. Landwehr Division. N.B: Only reference found to - Reserve Feld Lazarett 109: Verlustliste: 4. Lothringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 136: (Quelle: Ehrentafel des 4. Lothringischen Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 136) Ersatz-Reservist WISSENBACH Gestorben, 03.10.1915, Reserve-Feldlazarett 109, Wilna (found under Genealogy.net)
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    Here's a silver version of mine also by Wernstein, it's lost a bit of silver on the front.
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    I only stopped collecting Pickelhaubes as I had to sell them to buy my first flat, so they went to a good cause.... I like to think my flat was subsidized by the Imperial German Army
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    Well as an ex-pickelhaube collector that is truly an impressive collection Paul.
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    For all those who revel in the glories of war, take a look at this. The scenes are typical of those of the last days of the war, when extreme force was exerted against those who had to serve till the end.
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    Perhaps in one year, everything will be forgotten and back to the start.
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    Some speculation about a declaration of independence next week. Whatever next?
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    I've never used it Buster, but I've heard it is very good
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    Nice little group, The whistle "Metropolitan" ( Made in England ) often referred to as the General Service Whistle ( GSW ) or the Police Whistle, made by J. Hudson & Co from early 60s/70s. A good source of information on the GSW whistle is ( The General Service Whistle Museum ). At www.whistleshop.co.uk/gsws.html
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    Yes, there are just some items you can never replace, once you have parted with them. I hope to keep items like this as long as possible. The above item was purchased in the early 1980s at an Arms Fair in London. You just don't find quality like this anymore. Luckily these items have all stayed in their original condition. When I think of the items I saw in East Berlin a few years back, completely decayed and shrunken.
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    Not sure Alex..........But nice idea anyway.
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    Your right Steve........If it's not a label then as RAF said could have been cut from clothing??..........But who would wear leather clothing with an emblem like that.
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    The triangle is 6 x 6 inches, if you look at the right side the white line is wider in the middle than the top or bottom, I'm wondering If someone has cut the triangle shape from something larger, maybe from a sqaure or something else, tiny holes round the edges.
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    wow thats really cool ive brought a soviet officers cap a few weeks ago peak caps look mint!
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    Thanks Kenny, the cap originally came from the Todt battery museum in France.