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  2. Hi guys, I recently buy this from a Chinese seller. But I don't know its fake or real. Can someone help me to take a look? I'll be appreciate.
  3. Yesterday
  4. The dicing on those glengarrys are red, white, and a very, very dark green, not black or blue. “Glengarry The Glengarry was introduced to the British Army by Lieutenant Colonel The Hon Lauderdale Maule as Commanding Officer of the 79th. It was a practical and popular form of bonnet which soon became the undress wear in the Highland Regiments and by the 1870s was worn by all the Lowland and many English and Welsh line regiments. The Regiment wears the green, white and red dicing previously worn by the Royal Scots, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Royal Highland Fusiliers, Seaforth Highlanders and Gordon Highlanders. It is worn at an angle slightly down on the right.” -2nd edition, 2018 Royal Regiment of Scotland uniform regulations. p.63 https://www.theroyalregimentofscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/20180618-Master_v3_SCOTS_New_DressRegs.pdf
  5. Kenny Andrew

    Telephone sets "F" MkII

    could you post a picture Spike
  6. Kenny Andrew

    Trying to find a ww2 WRAF hat/cap

    liner certainly does not look wartime
  7. Last week
  8. Telephone sets "F" MkII I got my field telephones working, soldering two U2 size Duracells in series to power each. I took the screw terminals from two old Ever Ready 126 bell batteries and soldered them onto the Duracells for convenience of connection/disconnection. Small blocks of wood cut to size lift the Duracells up to the connecting wire terminals. Otherwise U2s fit very well. These phones came with four silica gel desiccant packs in each box. Five minutes in the microwave and ten minutes in hot sunshine reactivated/rejuvenated them. Coming out of the microwave they were steaming. After airing in the sun one knew from the sound the desiccant made when moved that they were very dry. There was an initial minor fault in one phone. Having a pair made checking the handsets easy, swapping them over one could hear clicks when the receiver switch was depressed and could hear blowing into the microphone.. The fault was in one of the bodies not the handsets. A plug-in induction coil had worked loose. The quality of the innards is amazing. Working again after 70 plus years is testimony to British engineering of the period. With one phone in my grandsons' playhouse and one in my workshop we all had fun. Militaria can amuse all ages. Spike
  9. He's re-listed it for the same amount.
  10. Does seem to be leather, but it can't be that old, and the badge, although excellent quality, does have that rather strange crown, I still tend to think it is post-war. The King's Crown was worn till 1953. I see the auction has now ended.
  11. Well, it does have a leather strap...
  12. The 2nd class was worn on a ribbon, so it should have a ring and have reverse details, the 1st class is a pinback decoration and the reverse is plain silver with a large pin. See previous posts on this topic.
  13. I mentioned to the seller that I thought the box had nothing to do with the hat, they didn't know. Noticed they're also selling the rest of that reenactment uniform which they state as postwar but with ww2 buttoms fitted to make it look right... From what I can tell the fold down rear flap on those hats was removed in 54, so it's either earlier than that or a repro.. I can't tell, so that leaves me having to give it a miss.. But.. if the seller comes back saying the strap IS leather, i'll be unsure anyway.. I did find a collector selling a complete WAAF officer's uniform all dated to 1943 and in very good condition but he wanted £900 .....! wow..
  14. From the outside, the material looks good, Barathea cloth and a mohair band, the badge does have a rather odd looking crown, the eagle also tends to gleam too much. The chinstrap must be patent leather (and real leather), the one in the photo looks too much like the modern plastic ones of today. Patent leather after 75 years would look rather different to that in the photo. The liner also looks rather strange. The vintage paper makers labels do not prove anything and they state specificly "Airmen", so not the right description. The re-enactment photos make it too much of a promotion scheme. Below is an example of an original badge with King's Crown, WW2 period, or at least before 1953. The badge in the Ebay photo looks like an attempt at a King's Crown, but differs considerably - the quality is, however, good. Whether this is an original badge, I cannot say. The cap may also have been made for film, theatre or television productions.
  15. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255060250125?ul_noapp=true This is on ebay.. It looks too good, but seller says it's definately not a repro, but he also doesn't know how old it is as it has no marking in the hat.. The badge is very close to one I found on internet but the crown is slightly different, whether that's just because they varied depending on who did them... Thoughts? I've asked the seller if the strap is leather or plastic..
  16. That's extremely useful, thank you! I'm sure it'll help other people beyond me as well to identify theirs' manufacturer. The one I have is unmistakably 2nd-class, so I've probably misread either the "H" or "R" mark as an "A".
  17. These stamps discovered in a second hand shop, three lots, all reasonably cheap. Amazing that so many of these were left over and never used: Deutsche Reichspost, June and December 1922 Reichspräsident von Hindenburg, 1. October 1932 edition, here is a complete block totaling 25,00 M, some of which have become detached and some with slight damage, as found. Reichspräsident von Hindenburg, 1. September 1932, a partly complete Bogen, some with slight damage, as found Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren after October 1938 and one overstamped Elsaß, after June 1940, a small collection as found These are mainly Dienstmarken, mixed, as found BRD - Deutsche Bundespost, 11. Oktober 1979, "Tag der Briefmarke", one Bogen complete totaling 6,00 DM, never used!
  18. Not all Iron Crosses were marked KO, here is a list of known makers, which I have copied from another source: Folgende Buchstabenkürzel können bestimmten Herstellern der 2.Klasse zugeordnet werden: – CD – Carl Dillenius, auch mit Silberstempel- / – Fr, FR, Fr im Rahmen – Gebrüder Friedländer, Berlin/– G – J. Godet & Sohn, Berlin oder Glaser & Sohn, Dresden/ – K.M.S.T., K.M.St., KMST, K.M., KM, auch mit Silberstempel – Königliche Münze Stuttgart/ – KO – Klein & Quenzer, Oberstein auch mit Silberstempel/– S-W, S&W – Sy & Wagner, Berlin auch mit Silberstempel/– we, We – J.H. Werner/– WS, W.S., W&S, WuS, JW, J.W., J.W.S. – alle Joh.Wagner & Sohn, Berlin/– D – Wilhelm Deumer, Lüdenscheid (möglich auch Deschler, München) /– K, K im Rahmen- W. Kluge & Co./ – N – C.E. Neuhaus & Söhne, Berlin/– R – E.Rosenthal & Sohn/ – S – Heinrich Schneider, Leipzig, auch Schaper oder Scharfenberg möglich/– WILM – H.J. Wilm, Berlin auch mit Silberstempel/– Z –H. Zehn, Berlin/– E:W, E.W – Emil Wiechmann/– LW – Luis Werner/– R.Sch. – Richard Schulze, Friedrichshagen/– LV (mit und ohne Zahl)-Lieferungsverband für Eiserne Kreuze/– H – F. Hoffstätter, Bonn/– M – B.H. Mayer, Pforzheim/– MM – Meyle & Mayer, Pforzheim /Hersteller im 3.Reich kennzeichneten mit der LDO-Nummer z.B. L/10,…,L/52 u.ä. Folgende Buchstabenkürzel können keinem bestimmten Hersteller zugewiesen werden, sind aber belegt: – A –(wird auch dem Hersteller F.A. Assmann zugeordnet aber nicht belegt) keine 1.Klasse/ – B – (möglicherweise Hersteller Bury & Leonhard, Hanau)/– HB –keine 1.Klasse/– H.B.G.- keine 2.Klasse, möglich dass HB und H.B.G. ein Hersteller ist/– HTB – keine 2.Klasse (langer Querstrich des T)/– K.A.G. – 1.und 2.Klasse/– KP –keine 1.Klasse/– +(M)+auch mit Silberstempel,keine 1.Klasse/– MEH –auch mit Silberstempel,keine 1.Klasse/– V –keine 1. Klasse/– Wappen mit 3 Kreisen –Silberstempel, keine 2.Klasse/– Y –Silberstempel/– Quadrat –keine 2.Klasse (könnte auch eine Abnahmepunze sein)
  19. I've found an Iron Cross (WWI edition) in some of my great-grandfather's things. Every legitimacy test seems to check out, except for the maker's imprint on the ring: Instead of "KO", it's an "A". Is this simply a case of a different manufacturer?
  20. Fritz

    WL Luftwaffe Uniforms and Insignia

    I had an early nickel silver Luftwaffe sword complete with the rare blue leather hanger, almost mint, except the tip of the nickel-plated blade had been re-attached by brazing in two places, this should have been replated. I kept the sword for a while but then later part-exchanged it for a fieldgrey Tschapka, which later turned out to be a fake. That was around 1971. So that was a loss.
  21. Gildwiller1918

    WL Luftwaffe Uniforms and Insignia

    I had one of those LW daggers many years ago, really wished I had kept it...
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  23. Below are some images of a WW1 German maschinengewehrhandwagen or machine gun hand cart. There were at least 2 models, one for the MG 08 and another for the Mg 08/15. The above images how the MG 08/15 hand cart. Note the wood holders around the water jacket and receiver to secure it for transport. WW2 version of the same cart, however the main body was made from stamped steel instead of wood. WW2 version for the MG 08
  24. Kenny Andrew

    Golden Party Badge

    I tend to avoid Golden Party badges unless they come from a veteran source or are totally text book examples. I do have a few concerns firstly the pin plate is attached in a very sloppy manner and upside down. Secondly I would expect any badge numbered higher than 10,000 made by Deschler & Sohn to be marked "Ges. Gesch." Also the numbers compare the 0 to the one Fritz posted. Of course there are always exceptions, such as the pin could have been repaired and replaced upside down, but in end with these non text book examples, it just comes down to personal opinions. That's why I try avoid them unless they are text book examples or have good provenance.
  25. There is a vast number of books on the subject. Still considered competent are the catalogues by Detlev Niemann, which although out of print, can still be obtained. There are detailed photos of each award with descriptions, etc. There are also older books by Adrian Foreman, etc.
  26. Unfortunately the auction house is based in Canada! But I have previously checked out all the terms and conditions of sale etc and it’s all fine and can be returned if ever proven to be a fake, but as with all things, a bad apple must slip through the cracks every now and then so I didn’t want to be a fool and just buy it without talking to some people who know their stuff when talking about militaria. Just need some second opinions on it to be honest. Also Fritz, is there any books you would recommend for Third Reich Militaria, specifically Medals and Badges for a beginner like myself? Cheers
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