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  1. 5 points
    I have decided to display some of my WW1 era Bayonets by using resin made stands that resemble the muzzle of the corresponding rifle. I think it turned out nicely. I am just missing one bayonet now to finish the display, the Mauser Kar98A, which are hard to find and heavily faked.
  2. 5 points
    I cannot determine the mark on my Imperial EK2
  3. 5 points
    Thank you. As you may appreciate, while I collect military and civil Orders and decorations, I am a novice when it comes to EKs.
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    I just found something interesting. The man I was named after, Joseph Ansel Cook (my great-uncle) was an engineer in the "308" (see the picture of his card of military service history) and he was from Dunkirk, NY. From other research I've done, I know the 77th was made up of the "307th and 308th Infantry Regiments." What I don't know is if Joseph's "308" as shown on his card was the same as the one comprising the 77th Division. So my question: Were engineers just part of a larger infantry regiment? OR, did engineers comprise their OWN, separate regiment? If they were just part of an infantry regiment, is it POSSIBLE that Joseph was indeed part of this larger 77th Division? If so, that makes this helmet of mine a little more interesting to have! But to confuse things a little, you can see that he served in the Meuse-Argonne campaign while I understand that the 77th Division fought in the Battle of Château-Thierry (but I don't know where else they fought). So would that disqualify him from possibly being in the 77th Division? Thank you in advance for any light you can shed on this!
  5. 5 points
    Hello, Can someone tell me about this helmet I've bought? Is it WWI vintage? Does the emblem look authentic for the 77th Liberty Division? What does the "ZF44" tell you? What kind of a liner should I look for, i.e. are good vintage ones still available? Are these readily available for this model? The provenance for this helmet is that the owner (?family of the original wearer?) had it wrapped in a blanket for decades in a closet of an old home and someone was hired to renovate it. He notified the owner and he said it could have it in payment for some of the work he was doing. Thank you in advance for your responses!
  6. 5 points
    Above average condition makes an above average value.
  7. 5 points
    Excellent example McJagger , welcome to the forum
  8. 5 points
    Very nice helmet McJagger! Yes, you are correct, it is getting really hard to find a nice decent Adrian anymore, at least that's affordable.
  9. 5 points
    The French M15 Adrian was one of the most beautiful helmets of the First World War. Though not at all rare, it seems to be one of the most difficult helmets to find in high-grade condition. Its light construction was especially prone to deformation and the vast majority of original Horizon Blue helmets were repainted a dark "midnight blue" during the war -the color so often seen today. I acquired this early infantry example by Les Establissements Japy (the premier manufacturer) from the UK a couple of years ago. It retains its original factory-applied, gloss Horizon Blue finish, with a pristine first-pattern liner and an officers'-style plaited leather chinstrap. I have helmets that probably have a higher monetary value, but it is this one above all others that is my #1 favorite.
  10. 4 points
    Thank you both Leon and Gildwiller - I appreciate your help in trying to identify it. After a quick Google search on South African WWII helmets, there is a close resemblance to the one shown in this link: http://brendonshelmets.weebly.com/south-africa-mkii.html# There are three holes punched into the rear of the shell, too - apparently used to fix a neck flap. Upon looking at it closely, it definitely looks to have been repainted, like you say. As for how it came into my family, the only thing I can think of is that my grandfather may have acquired it whilst serving in the navy, refurbished it, and given it to his father... Conjecture at best unfortunately.
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    My thoughts as well Leon, I have seen some WW2 era South African helmets with similar chin strap attachments.
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    At first glance I would say this is not a British made helmet most likely made by one of the allied countries of the 30s or 40s looking at the type of liner and the chin strap lugs. The shell could well have been refurbished at some stage and repainted over what looks like the original textured sand colour, it may have seen service post war it's hard to tell it's been so heavily over painted.
  13. 4 points
    Hi Leon, Thanks for your response. There are two pins (on each side) coming through from the outer shell, which fold down to hold the lug strap in place. Please see images attached.
  14. 4 points
    Hello, I'm hoping that someone could help me identify this brodie helmet. As far as I know, it belonged to my Great-Grandfather who served in Salonika during WWI (Army Service Corps). I've been informed (by one user on a different forum) that the helmet is in fact late 1930s, which confused me as no one on my grandfather's side of the family served in this era. I'm particularly interested in the insignia - does anyone recognise it? Perhaps, this is not a helmet that would've been used in a climate such as Salonika (a plinth?), but I'm eager to find out about its story. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  15. 4 points
    In researching the background of a friend's clock made by Junghans from WWII, I’ve seen mention of W146 and W246. Wondering what these designations mean. Welcome any help.
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    This WWI duo was given to me many years ago by the friend of Annette Crosbie (screen wife of Victor Meldrew ). Annette was a bridesmaid at her wedding. Gnr WB Crosbie, who was awarded a MID, was Annette Crosbie's father-in-law. A nice couple of medals in excellent condition.
  17. 4 points
    Does anyone have any information on WWI German pocket watches such as this one. This watch was purchased in Munich in the 1990s and it is still working.
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    I haven't seen an example like this before, but I assume it is original. Probably produced after outbreak of war in 1914, with the portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm II. and Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, portraits very worn down. I would not recommend this for daily use, as the portraits will not improve in time.
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    Judging by the pictures, they look ok. The 2nd class has lost it's bronze finish as it has been polished by someone. Maybe some of the other viewers can identify the maker of the first class example? There is no need to cover over the swastikas! This homepage is outside of German jurisdiction. x Reverse with 43 on pin, example without swords by Deschler, München, "1". There are variations of the style of pin 3 examples of 2nd class, tombak bronze, the remaining 2 are of zink, last example on right made by Franz Jungwirth, Wien, with original envelope, and still has most of the bronze finish over the zink.
  20. 4 points
    Gents, Based on the evidence of the pics, might I ask your opinion on the authenticity of these War Merit Crosses with Swords 1st & 2nd Class. There are no identifying makers marks on either. Thank you.
  21. 4 points
    That's true! I wish I had kept the M1917 I had many years ago. It might have been an early WWII version since it was in really good shape with a good liner but I never validated its age. Thanks for the feedback, Gildwiller!
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    Good point, Kenny. That's probably what I'll do. Thanks for the feedback.
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    Thank you, again Gildwiller1918! Incredible details that I haven't been able to find. That pick in the helmet insignia is quite the image! I'd sure like to find one of those. Makes quite a statement. Thank you so much! Regarding the M1917 helmet I posted pics for (with the 77th Liberty Division insignia)... Would I just ruin the value of that helmet if I installed a good quality, reproduction liner? I'd have to replace that top rivet in doing so. Is that just a really dumb idea from a collector's standpoint? Thanks for your guidance on that!
  24. 4 points
    Thank you. Much appreciated.
  25. 4 points
    In your opinion, what maker does this mark signify. It is on a 1939 EK2 Thank you.
  26. 4 points
    Following information from an internet page, there is quite a variety of makers: 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. Further possibilities: 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 –Silver stamp
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    Not a very clear strike, which does occur occasionally. I would say it is meant to be a "W", which would be Johann Wagner & Sohn, Hofjuwelier in Berlin, stated by some sources as Wilm. The "imperial" iron cross was not imperial, but "Royal". The German Empire did not have decorations as such, just the individual states, the Iron Cross being a Prussian decoration dating from 1813, which however could be awarded to recipients from other states. The WW2 iron cross you posted, should be under the section "Third Reich Medals and Badges".
  29. 4 points
    The mark is clearly a '4' - which is the manufacturer's code for Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid. Known marks are from 1 - 130, and further numbering as from L/11, as quoted in other posts on this topic. This information is available in most qualified reference works on the subject. It is advisable to get some good books on the subject. examples: 1 = Descher & Sohn, München 2 = C.E. Juncker, Berlin SW68 3 = Wilhelm Deumer, Lüdenscheid etc.
  30. 4 points
    Blackjack Joe, here is some insignia that may be of interest. The top image of the pick and helmet is the unit insignia of the 308th, these were worn on the sleeve post war and applied to helmets either by paint or paper based products.
  31. 4 points
    Blackjack Joe, nice info, engineers were typically in their own regiment. They were assigned to infantry divisions, the 77th Infantry was comprised of the 305th, 306th, 307th and 308th infantry regiments, as well as the 304th - 306th machine gun battalions. The division also had 304th - 306th field artillery regiments and the 302nd engineer regiment, according to my sources. The 308th engineer regiment was part of the 83rd infantry division, which was a depot division, meaning that upon arrival in France, it supplied replacements to other units. The 83rd was comprised of men primarily from Ohio, hence the division insignia, the black triangle with the O-H-I-O in yellow. While the division itself did not participate in major campaigns, its regiments sometimes did, to include engineer units. For example the 332nd infantry regiment of the 83rd fought in Italy, one of the few US units to do so. Engineers could be attached to units needing their assistance as needed, then sent off to the next unit in need. There were many types of engineers as well, such as railway engineers, pioneer infantry, which were infantry units trained as engineers, sanitary engineers for water and hygiene purposes, etc. Engineers were an essential part of the Army both then and now, in 1917, there were around 3,000 engineers in France, however by 1918, over 400,000. Often it is difficult to find information on engineer and other specialty units, best way to find out more is to try to obtain a copy of the unit history, these were typically printed right after the war ended. Here is some specific info I found searching online. The major operations of the 308th Engineers in World War I were in France in 1918, and included the Aisne-Marne Offensive, the Oise-Aisne Offensive, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The main tasks of the 308th Engineers were to repair and maintain roads and build bridges. The 308th Engineers were the first American troops to bridge the Rhine. The 308th also furnished Guards of Honor for General Pershing, the Prince of Wales, and Marshall Ferdinand Foch.
  32. 4 points
    Hello Gildwiller1918, Thank you for the detailed info! A friend mentioned that the emblem probably was painted on afterwards so I appreciate a second confirmation on that. I think I'll pursue a reproduction liner so I can wear this without 'guilt' at tearing up an old one. And Thank you to Leon21 for the welcome. You fellows certainly know your stuff about these helmets and I'm thankful you don't mind sharing that knowledge with a rube like me. All the best to both of you!
  33. 4 points
    Welcome to the forum Blackjack Joe, nice looking helmet, thanks for posting the photo's.
  34. 4 points
    Hello Blackjack Joe, first off, nice helmet. You re correct that it has the emblem of the 77th, a NY unit. The "ZF 44" stood the maker and steel lot. The "ZF: would be the maker and the "44" the lot number. However the abbreviations codes used for this have not been fully recovered to my knowledge. What you have is a US made M1917 helmet. These were more or less copied from the British model with some slight changes. It is hard to tell from the picture if the 77th emblem is authentic or not. Most M1917 helmets never saw action overseas, and just about all with the emblem painted were done so after the war for the occupational period or for parades. The liner consisted of a leather sweatband that was connected to the dome pad which had a wool pad for the wearers comfort. The liner also connected to the chinstrap assembly which started at the wool pad and was riveted into place at the top of the helmet. The helmet paint itself looks good. Original liners can still be found, however most are fragile and dried out. You could also go for the reproduction liners, which are easy to find, if you so choose.
  35. 4 points
    I also have a mannequin display, this one is in my bar, lol.
  36. 4 points
    Very impressive Gildwiller Did you pick those up in the 70's and 80's ? That's when I had my Star Wars Collection, when I was still at school. Do you have the Boba Fett with the firing missile? I am impressed, you have almost as many stormtroopers as I did I see it is all the classic stuff, none of the modern rubbish. I loved Star Wars but was always more of a Doctor Who fan or rather a Dalek fan, as always the bad guys have the best uniforms
  37. 4 points
    Still have my ROTJ lunchbox as well, lol
  38. 4 points
    Here are some of the vintage toys I have as well.
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    Nice TIE fighter, I also have a lot of my original SW toys, about all are complete. Here is the blaster. These come with a mirrored display stand and a clear Lucite box that covers it when not playing...although a prop it is quite heavy, but nicely done.
  40. 4 points
    I have a master replica version of the stormtrooper blaster. It is made from an original, but it welded and fixed so it cannot be operated or used anymore. Interestingly enough the UK police saw it listed on my moving inventory and were going to confiscate it as they thought it was a real weapon. They tried for some time to try to operate it and prove to me it was a functional weapon, but after awhile they gave up, but not after chipping some of the paint off. At least I still have it.
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    Here are the helmets in use
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    Yes, lol. Its a Monday for sure....I did find a copy on DVD, so I will be ordering one, looking forward to watching it.
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    I think you mean Kenny, I have a copy of this film it's very good.
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    Thanks for the info Kenny, I will see if I can find a copy on DVD. You may be correct on the rifle, the M1917 looked almost identical to the British version, the P14, and it may have been a captured rifle or lend lease. Just odd to see is all.
  46. 4 points
    Wow, looks pretty good. I was over there during that period, but don't remember this film. Might have to check it out.
  47. 4 points
    Very interesting, around the 40 minute mark it looks like there is a addition of a movie scene, any idea where its from? At 44:50 there is a soldier firing a US M1917 Enfield rifle, thought that was a little strange, but I know that functional weapons for movies/TV, especially older ones took what they could get at the time.
  48. 4 points
    I mentioned this in detail in a previous post.
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    x Improved photos of Württemberg fieldgrey buckle, which shows some wear, but still much of original finish and some minor corrosion. The reverse looks better than the front! It is marked JD 47 under the roller bar.
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    Here is an image from the internet showing the device in use.


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