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  2. Hessian buckles are quite rare. The most difficult to find are the wartime grey metal pieces. This particular one is an early wartime example with a gold lacquer coating, before the transition, but due to metal shortages, the crown is extra fitted, not the best solution for frontline service, for which the one-piece stampings were more suitable, possibly for second-line troops, same as the felt helmets. This is the only example of it's kind I have seen so far. This came from a collector in Bonn in the late 1970s. Exceptions were the white metal buckles, worn by the Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment 115 and the Feldartillerie-Regimenter 25 and 60.
  3. Very nice! I like the Hessen M15 steel buckle, don't have any of those yet.
  4. More copies available This Württemberg Infantry Officer Degen and many other historical edged weapons are now being offered by the WKC manufacturer There are obviously some slight differences in appearance and materials used. The brass parts are 24 ct gold plated, the gilding looks very different from originals. The original type gilding can hardly be achieved any more using today's methods. Plastic is often used instead of leather, many blades offered are of stainless steel. This one costs 495 Euro, you can get an original for around that price.
  5. Fritz

    1896 bayonet

    Some more pictures I found: Schweden-Mauser M.1938 Ljungman rifle M.42 Sweden also purchased K.98 and bayonets in 1939 from Germany, they all had German and no Swedish acceptance marks.
  6. Fritz

    1896 bayonet

    That was in the late 80s or early 90s. Kettner in Cologne has several branches around Germany and Austria. They basicly deal in new weapons and clothing for hunters, sporters and outdoor activities, and also dealt with used vintage and historical weapons, which were postwar surplus., as well as having a gunsmithing department. The person in charge of the department apparently did not have much knowledge in the field of bayonets and vintage weapons, so it was easy to convince him that this was not a German K.98. The Swedish bayonet was only for a rifle with a "Mauser" type bolt action system. The Swedish army did not modernise postwar till very late and only had a moderate defence system, as they are considered a neutral country. However, the danger of a Soviet invasion was always present during the Cold War. I remember when I visited Stockholm in 1975, there were Soviet ships in the port and Soviet soldiers in uniform walking around. Up till 1943, it had been usual to return personnel interned in Sweden to Germany. After Stalingrad, Sweden changed it's policy and sent internees to the Soviet Union. At the end of the War after May 1945 many thousands of refugees were deported to the Soviet union. Under the refugees were many Germans from the eastern territories and former Soviet soldiers, who had either been prisoners of war or had deserted for political reasons. When they arrived back in the ports in Soviet Russia, many were slaughtered on the spot after leaving the ships. All remaining received harsh sentences with life long forced labour in one of Stalin's many camps. The Soviet Union also occupied the Danish Island of Bornholm in 1945. Denmark also handed over thousands of German prisoners of war and also Russian volunteers in German uniform to the Soviets. The Soviet Union put both Sweden and Denmark under pressure. So much for Sweden's humanitarian ideas.
  7. Buster

    1896 bayonet

    No , it was well below retail dealers price , I just wanted one in my collection. I read that some branches of the army still had these in the 60s. Why the heck did the company think it would be ok to send a much lower value & less desirable item would be ok with a customer , that's outrageous. Order a luger & receive a .38 webley ! It's just not on .
  8. These rare naval buttons arrived a couple of days ago.
  9. Fritz

    1896 bayonet

    This is a Swedisch bayonet, in service for a very long time, probably well after World War 2. I ordered a K.98 bayonet once from a mail order firm, which dealt in firearms, etc. They sent me this as a "K98". So I called them up and explained that this was not a K98 bayonet and they told me they have sold out of K98 bayonets, so I returned this and got my money back. I hope you did not pay too much for this, they are basicly surplus. As you said, a "fighting knife", rather than a classical bayonet. Here, a selection of Swedish bayonets, far left is the M.96, next is the later production for M.96 and M.38, the rest are various other types in succession. (internet photo)
  10. Hi guys, I bought this today from the guy I got the gas mask from, it's a model 1896 model mauser bayonet , I dont really know much about these, but it looks way ahead of it's time for a knife bayonet., feels great & well balanced in the hand.
  11. Offiziersdegen as worn till replaced by the 1889 model. This weapon was used in varying forms from the early 18th Century onwards in Prussia and other European states. This example is after 1889 and was still worn by the Militärbeamte (military officials). The blade has decorative engraving, which would not normally be found on an officer's example. Fine gilt bronze fittings, grip is with silver wire, original leather scabbard with gilt leather fittings. Back of blade has manufacturer / outfitter name: Feldstein & Berger, Cassel (Kassel). Total length ca. 99 cm. This example would be around 1910-14. The Portépée is missing. From an auction in Southern Germany around 1984
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  13. Captured British weapons and gear, lots of rifles, lewis guns, a vickers, looks like a armor vest and assorted field gear.
  14. Nice photo of a LW Fallschirmjager, a Oberfeldwebel. He is wearing the Afrika and Kreta Cuff Titles, also has the EK1, wound badge, and LW paratrooper badge. On the opposite he has German Cross. Overall a highly decorated veteran. The Germans had appalling casualties in the Crete campaign, and this convinced Hitler to never use the paratroops in large scale drops again.
  15. I agree it was probably more valuable in a propaganda role, much the the British Free Corps, which had at most about 50 members.
  16. Perhaps the first Indians to make European history? They are said to have disciplinary problems and of little military use, apart from propaganda purposes. Himmler (who apparently lived in a fantasy world) is stated to have had a strong interest in Indians and Indian culture, considered "Arian", but not Nordic.
  17. IN TREUE FEST! This M.1873 Bavarian buckle arrived yesterday. Uncleaned condition, much wear, the medallion with small dents, scratches and stains. Wider (50mm) than the later M.95 pattern, they were worn till at least 1916/17 by older or second-line troops. This example with the original leather tab with a very faint ink stamp 1904. Note hollow-back construction and three solder holes. The tab appears to be the narrower standard M.95 type, probably renewed when issue was prolongued. Leather tab has a wormhole. (woodworm also attacks leather)
  18. Here is a late war example of the 3 pocket grenade pouch. The USMC had a two pocket version. Typically you could carry 1 grenade in each pocket, and these pouches hung from the pistol belts, it also had legs ties to help secure the load and not have it move about. As with all US equipment, early models are more khaki in appearance and turn dark green in the late stages of the war. However most soldiers used a musette bag or a general purpose bag that could be supported over the shoulder than this version.
  19. Here is an example of the WW2 US plastic canteens. The plastic makeup was Ethyl Cellulose Polymer, these canteens were generally disliked by the troops, mainly because you could not heat them up like the metal ones and they gave the water a bad taste. They are rare, but still can be found, most found today are marked IC" ("Inspected and Condemned."). The canteens are all marked on the bottom. Known makers of these canteens are: AI Co., AMUS, Dow chemical corp., G.I., I.C., Mack molding, and P.I.
  20. The WW2 US canteen was very much the same types used in WW1, in many cases troops did use WW1 canteens in the early phase, especially in the Pacific. The WW1 M1910 canteen covers had a seam at the rear of the cover, and were all Khaki in color, and had WW1 dates and makers info inside the securing flaps. The WW2 model, starting in 1942 had the covers seamed on the sides versus the in the rear. In April of 1944 the color of the covers changed to OD 7 which was a dark green color. The canteens themselves were similar in appearance as well to the WW1 counterparts, but there were differences. During WW2 the US had three different materials used to make canteens, the first was porcelain which had a black enamel paint (made in 1942 only), second was made from a plastic material (made from 42-44) followed by non-corrosive steel (42-45) In late 1942 aluminum was released by the War Production Board for the manufacture of canteens. The first aluminum canteens produced were manufactured by companies that had been involved with manufacture of the 1942 corrosive resistant steel canteen and were therefore produced with a horizontal seam. The more traditional welded canteen with the side seam went into production beginning in 1943. The canteens also had a black plastic/bakelite cup with a chain added. Aluminum types are the most common encountered along with the steel types. The plastic type and porcelain models are rare and expensive. Some of the known manufacturers of canteens during World War II include: Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co. (AGM Co); Buckeye Aluminum Co. (BA Co.); Fletcher Enameling Co. (F.E.Co.); Landers, Frary & Clark (L F & C).; REP Co.; Republic Stamping and Enameling Co. (R.S.E. Co.); Southeastern Metals Co. (S.M.Co.); United States Steel Corp. (U.S.S. Corp.); Vollrath; and Vogt. Below is an example of the common type canteen with the cover and cup, note the rim around the canteen, which aligned with the top of the canteen cup. The WW1 models do not have this rim. All WW2 canteens are marked and dated as well.
  21. Here is the M1938 map case. It was made on cotton web duct material, and ranged in color from khaki to a olive green color. Gear in the last year of war had a darker green appearance as well. Typically this case was used by Officers and NCOs and was secured by use of a carrying strap that could be adjusted and removed if need be. Under the main flap is a pouch that is sewn on that holds pencils, pens and other tools. In the main section inside was space for the plastic map graph (shown below) and other important documents. These have been getting hard to find in good condition lately and the prices have gone up. There are very exact replicas on the market today.
  22. Here is a clip of Jan Fedder, also interesting for me as a Beatles fan is the bass players guitar, a rare Höfner 500/1 bass guitar as used by Paul McCartney. A major boost for this bass came in early 1961 when it caught the eye of a young McCartney. In July 1961, before Stuart Sutcliffe decided to leave the Beatles, he briefly lent McCartney his bass guitar which he had bought in Hamburg until the latter could earn enough to buy a Höfner bass guitar of his own in 1961. Karl Höfner, founded the Höfner company in the city of Schönbach in 1887, at a time when the city, later part of the Czech Republic, was populated by Germans. He soon became the largest string instrument manufacturer in the country. During the war the Höfner company became involved in producing wooden crates and soles for boots for the German Army. After the war when the Germans were expelled from the Sudetenland, Höfner moved to West Germany where they opened their new factory in Möhrendorf in 1948. Much of Höfner's popularity is attributed to Paul McCartney's use of the Höfner 500/1 bass throughout his career. This violin-shaped model is commonly referred to as the "Beatle bass".
  23. Thanks Leon! don't worry, im happy to know the manufacturer, again thanks for your time guys!
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