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  1. It's a Spanish dagger from the 1970's with plastic handle rather than wood. Actually one of the first items I ever bought when I was still at school. I was on holiday with my parents in Majorca and saw this dagger in a little shop in Palma. After several days I persuaded my parents to let me buy it. I remember once I bought it, staring at it for hours thinking it must have belonged to an SS General who had fled to Franco's Spain. Franco was still in power and all the coins still had his head on them. I was even reading SS General by Sven Hassel at the time. I spent all my holiday money on it
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  2. Victorian trio Ismaili bar jowaki 1877-8 Afghanistan bar Ali Mujid long service medal to 1328 pet Stephen Churchouse 4th rifle brigade
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  3. Yes, it looks very suspect to me as well, as with all "SS" items, buyer should be very suspicious.
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  4. Gildwiller, i try touch magnet but its not magnetic. I cant find any stamp or serial. German Clones (VDN) doesnt has a stamp. Germans only write serial with paint and not choose this helmet colour.
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  5. Can you tell me if the shell is magnetic or not? This will help narrow things down. It appears to be made in the fashion of the late war rear seam helmets with swivel bales. WW2 US helmets had cork mixed into the paint texture, not sand. Are there any stampings inside near the brim? These may be hidden under the paint if they are there. Belgian M51 helmets were made from non-magnetic Hadfield steel. Austrians used original US issue helmets until they started making their own starting with the M58 which was also non-magnetic manganese steel. Denmark used both US made and German made steel helme
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  6. Welcome to the forum, the helmet you have is stamp ZC2 you can just make out the letter Z in front of the letter C. The ZC marked helmets were made by Edward G Budd manufacturing Co Philadelphia. The helmet has been Refurbished and Modified with a new leather liner and web chinstrap sometime. between 1932 and 1936 these modified helmets were called the M1917A1 ( Kelly Helmet ). The helmet shell is the WW1 m1917, hope this helps.
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  7. I would not be too happy with these, they look like the type of fake items that are coming out of Eastern Europe utilizing original antiques etc. and adding fake eagles and swastikas.
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  8. What's this and how much would it be worth? Kind regards
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  9. Lovely cap. Originally a walking out dress cap, fieldgrey, remarkable condition - as you can see cockades in style do not match, on the band (original) is an other ranks' cockade, original to cap! Cockade above is the Reichskokarde (in principal correct), but here, an officer version - and this is not period, but is an aluminium cockade from Third Reich period. This has been added by a collector to replace the missing cockade. Not unusual, because, as from 9. November 1918, abdication of the Kaiser - the Reichskokarde was (often) removed from headdress! Some did not follow the revolution and k
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  10. Haven't posted in a while. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. My journey continues and thought I'd share a few wound badges.
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  11. Yes, I'll photo the reverse of the Garter Order badge. Any thoughts on the first two items I posted? Fur cuffs and some type of field cover? Here are a few of my Prussian caps.
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  12. These plaques are quite well known and were widespread. Made of cast iron, blackened. I had a similar example many years ago, but with different wording, I paid about 30 shillings for it in 1968! However, items like this are now very much in demand and a lot more expensive. I haven't seen many recently, so I could not give an estimate of value. I assume the case is original to the plaque - the ribbon states Zur Vermählung - gewidmet von der Stadt Bludenz - a wedding gift from the City of Bludenz Bludenz is in Austria - Vorarlberg, after 13. March 1938 it became part of Greater Germa
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  13. Here they are. Information on persons in Postcard of Wilhelm Gustlof. Johann Joachim Wilhelm Gaedert was born May 23, 1881 in Dassow, Mecklenberg, Germany, and died December 19, 1940 in Schwerin, Germany. He served in the 17th Reserve Field Artillery in WWI and was gassed by Arras in August 1917. An Accountant by profession, he became an Ortleiter in the DAF. It is possible that the trip to Hamburg was related to the DAF as we have several other post cards sent by him from various training schools. My mother in law said her father decided they would be home before the postc
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  14. Thank you so very much. Now for a few nights translating work. I do not know what your museum looks for. However, we do have a postcard of the Wilhelm Gustlof dated July 31, 1938. My wife's grandfather had taken her mother to Hamburg for a sight seeing trip from Schwerin and the card recounts what all they had seen, including the Gustloff. Luckily my mother in law and I scanned all of the family postcards and she translated them as I cannot read the Handschrifte. If this would interest you or the museum, I would be happy to send you a scan. Randy
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  15. It could be the same helmet, construction looks the same. Only difference I see is that the Norwegian one in the link says they have a smooth olive drab finish, whereas yours has a sand texture.
    4 points
  16. Hello everyone, I'm new member. I happy for join your. I have this euroclone helmet. Where is this helmet made? Belgiun, Austrian or Norway? Can you help me ?
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  17. Hi Fritz Henry Brann Egypt 12-7-98 to 20-9-98 Nile expedition 1898 southAfrica 2-10-99 to 19-8-02
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  18. Yes I agree looks like 217 missed the last numbers.
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  19. Wow from 1871? Seems a little extreme. Guess they want to cover all smokeless powder weapons all the way to modern ones. As far as the dagger goes, WW2 German items as well as copies are still easy to find in Spain. More so on the copies now though...
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  20. I remember in Le Touquet in 1970, I found an old Belgian pinfire pocket revolver with folding trigger in an antique shop for 100 francs. Afterwards I was a bit worried about getting it home. While returning with the ferry and going through end customs, I had the item in my trouser pocket. Nobody noticed. The revolver mechanism never worked anyway, the entire piece had been de-rusted by someone, with overall light pitting. The wooden grips were still in reasonable, but darkened condition. I kept it for some years and later sold it in 1979. Later these were considered obsolete, so no certificat
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  21. Further note: The box or case, if there had been one, would not have been lined in thin, loose, red satin! If anything, the lid would have been lined in possibly a white silk material, the other part would have been a better quality of either champagne coloured or black velvet, material of the outer casing would probably have been a grained artificial black leather type material.
    4 points
  22. Just found this description for an identical piece: "Alte Replik: SS Ehrendolch M 33 mit Eichenlaubdecor und Himmler Ätzung" "Alte Replik: SS Ehrendolch M 33 mit Eichenlaubdecor und Himmler Ätzung" Die Scheidenbeschläge in Luxusausführung mit dem besonderen Eichenlaubdekor, anstatt der sonst üblichen umlaufenden Zierrillen, Relativ gut gemachte, ältere Replik, ca. aus den 60er Jahren. Die heute hergestellten Stücke sind meist durchweg einfacher und unsauberer gearbeitet. Hier hat man noch eine schön glatte, geschmiedete, tief geätzte, magnetische Stahlklinge. Heutige Klingen sind
    4 points
  23. This one added here is definitely a copy. Any SS dagger is rare. Any dagger of this kind is by nature most unlikely original, and with a Himmler inscription, even less likely. On your example the leather blade washer is loose and adrift, should be a proper fit. The case is also very suspicious, perfectly sure it should not be lined in loose satin. Some copy daggers may be put together using original parts, and some of these worked over and replated to make them fit or match. Copy daggers have been on the market for at least 50-60 years now. Maker in this example is apparently Hörster &
    4 points
  24. Some more rifle brigade
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  25. A really nice rifle brigade trio all with full papers for medal entitlement and bars q.s.a with ghost dates. 9
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  26. MG 08 teams moving into action. Note the lack of sleds for the guns, these are most likely pre-positioned and the men are coming out of cover. The sleds for these guns weighed over 75 pounds, and the gun around 40 pounds.
    4 points
  27. Pre-war photo, Fahnenkompanie, Unter den Linden
    4 points
  28. Looks like a US WW2 style helmet but probably not American made. Perhaps someone else can help you here.
    4 points
  29. Yes, very nice, the stamp looks like "ZC 217".
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  30. Proposal for "5 day lockdown over Easter plan" has now been dropped by Chancellor Merkel. We will have to wait and see how things "develop"
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  31. London Gazette for msm
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  32. London Gazette for mention in dispatch’s
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  33. Wow my rifle brigade msm also Egypt will dig out the paper work and confirm
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  34. More rifle brigade I G S M. Jowaki. 1877-8. Bar Afghanistan. No bar to 2654. Pet Benjamin Thatcher. 4th. Ben Rifle. Brigade
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  36. Here’s the reverse photo
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  37. Thank you very much! Super cool stuff
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  40. Great group. I have a msm 14-18 trio mid group to z655 sgt h w Steele 2nd rifle brigade. Cant seem to be able to load pictures.
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  41. Hi, so a while ago I got a Brodie helmet from my grandfather and I was trying to get the markings identified. The inside leather is pretty crumbled and damaged from sitting in an apartment for a long time doing nothing but if anyone could help me out that would be great! The marking appears to read C2 but I could be wrong and there is a very very faded name in the last picture which I believe says something along the lines of F.C. Schilio thank you!
    4 points
  42. Good info Leon, I don't have any of these yet, but will keep my eyes peeled!
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  43. This is definitely an old one, made in Erfurt. May have a private, civilian character or for police. I don't see any military or state markings on this, so that may apply. Later weapons had a WaA and number code, if they were military issue. Still a good example. Magazine may be much newer, not sure. A pistol not often heard of, it is very similar to the Walther PPK. Could even have been the private purchase issue of an officer or enlisted soldier. What you need now is a holster to match. Black was usually worn (incl. SS), but brown for officers. Wikipedia states that it was in Erfurt fr
    4 points
  44. Came across this today and found it interesting. Not sure if it's military related, came off a vehicle? Google translated as "Attention! Before releasing the support, hold the side rail by 2 men." Any thoughts?
    3 points
  45. Can anyone tell me if this is real or fake and worth. Kind regards
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  46. Here is another interesting photo, not overly clear, but showing a group of soldiers, I assume they are Belgian as one is wearing an Adrian helmet with the Belgian symbol on it, as well as equipment used by the Belgian forces, which was a mixture of French, British and US made items. The soldier on the left is handling a German rifle mounted to a bipod or monopod for launching rifle grenades. There is also a Grenade in the barrel of the rifle. The grenade is cylindrical, possibly a flare or message container. I have yet to identify this grenade. I do love a good mystery. If anyone has informat
    3 points

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