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  1. 5 points
    What makes some Brodie helmets more valuable , I have seen some sell in the high hundreds ? Is it ones with a certain regiment with insignia ?? . This is my one Mk 1* with JCS&W Liner dated 1938 Helmet is marked H/V 16 and has Seaforth Highlanders insignia with net Also has SS on the inside
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    If you use water, make sure it dries properly, otherwise more rust will be caused. I could also suggest a further alternative, using petroleum - not car petrol!!! But as known as "lamp oil", sometimes referred to as parafin oil, used to be for small heaters etc., not so much in use today. Soaking and rubbing the helmet surface (using a clean soft cloth or wadding) with parafin oil and letting it dry naturally will also loosen up and remove rust to a certain extent and will also brighten the paintwork a little. If using this, be sure to place in a well aired area (free from dampness) and avoid inhaling any vapours, as these can be harmfull! This would have to be repeated several times, this is the best method of gentle and gradual rust removal without harming the originality of the piece.
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    Hello Leon. Thank you for your reply. It does not have that stamp so it is probably one from world war 2 then. I am not sure if the colour is original, as most pictures shown here are of a lighter green. Should I get a replacement liner and chinstrap or just leave it as it is?
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    Hello! Leon21 seems to be an expert on these helmets and I really appreciate his work and research on this topic. I have just bought a Brodie helmet with the markings they are very faint so instead i write them down for you (the same way they appear on the helmet): BMB 1942 R48 As i found in your guide that BMB is the company that produced this helmet and 1942 is the production date. I cannot find anywhere though what R48 stands for. Also the chinstrap is on this helmet is not the one used on most brodie helmets as shown in the pictures. The chinstrap also has a bit of what I suppose is blood on it. It was also missing it's liner. It has no other markings on it. I could be a Dutch post-war Brodie helmet as I live and bought it in the Netherlands.
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    The bars appeared on the Queens medal for those servicemen who had completed 18 months service but had left the South African theatre before Jan 1st 1902 or had spent a period of time there after 1902.The Kings S.A. Medal was instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII for those who had served in South Africa after 1 January 1902 but had completed 18 months service in the conflict, not necessarily continuous, prior to the war's end on 1 June 1902. The King's Medal was always awarded in addition to the Queen's Medal, which continued to be awarded until the end of the war. However if you left the theatre before 1st jan 1902 you did not receive the Kings medal but you still got both of the bars even though you were not there continously in 1902.
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    Most WW1 Iron Cross 2nd class have a real silver frame, but not always. Another inidication is a magnet test, the iron core should respond, although not all cores were of iron, especially on some of the 1st Class pieces, both WW1 and WW2. WW2 Iron Crosses were usually never pure silver, and the 1st Class pieces could have a core of iron, brass, zinc or other metals, an iron core being the most desirable from the collector's point of view. An iron core may also have traces of rust after over one hundred years - or less, in the case of WW2 examples. Normally, the pin and reverse are almost a sure indication of originality, the pins can of course vary in shape. A maker's mark is also more desireable, there are originals with and without maker's marks. Before buying, it is best to make sure and get a good book or two on the subject, and to view as many (original) iron crosses as possible, before being sure as to whether a piece is original or not. In the 1960s and 1970s excellent copies were produced, but were usually honestly declared as copies, and much cheaper than an original, a good 1st Class copy would cost about one pound. Usually the black finish would give it away, copies never had the quality black finish of originals, also the form of the swastika, especially on 1st Class examples was different to originals, the copy swastikas being too thick , too "rigid" and too sharp, and the black finish being too matt. On the other hand, especially in the WW1 period as with 1st Class examples, there are two main categories, being, examples which were awarded (Verliehenes Exemplar) or examples purchased extra by the recipient, (Extra-, Privatstück or Zweitfertigung) or those produced after WW1 as an extra or replacement for a lost decoration, WW1 Iron Crosses were even produced in some numbers during WW2, when the recipient needed a replacement or an extra piece. It is also known that there are many 1870 1st Class examples on the market (even in real silver), with an inscription on the reverse as: Wagner, 14-Loth, these are usually copies, said to originate from Hungary. Up till a few years ago, Knight's Crosses in real silver were being produced in the USA, these cost a bit more, but at a fraction of the original. Since then, some of these may have since been passed on as originals, that is always the danger. In Austria many good copies were produced during the postwar years by the original makers in Austria, now illegal. Production of these items has long been illegal in the European Union, in the past, most copies originated from non EU countries, and today also from Eastern Europe, but the quality is usually miserable. Japan and the Far East are known to make copies. Some other high grade items have been produced in Thailand for many years now. Some examples: , Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939, averse and reverse. In both cases the ribbon ring is stamped with the maker's number (not always present) The example on the left has much of the original (silvered) finish remaining, to the right, most of the finish is gone. Note the form of the swastika. An example of the 1st Class in case of issue, much of the blackening of the centre has worn off, revealing the underlying iron, a much worn example. Reverse of same decoration. This had been individually engraved with the initials of the recipient plus date awarded, 4.I.1941 The pin hook is a period repair, and was originally of white metal as per the rest, a thick piece of copper wire has neatly been brazed on as a replacement. Note form of broad pin and hinge. The 1939 bar to the Iron Cross 1914 2nd Class, which was worn on the 1914 ribbon, and in the second buttonhole on the front of the tunic. The Iron Cross in the same class cound not be awarded a second time, so the 1939 bar was introduced. Same applied to the First Class, bar was then worn above the decoration. As worn by a veteran of both wars. This example as removed from a tunic. To the right an original case for the Iron Cross 1st Class. An example of a 1914 First Class decoration. This would be a "second" or private purchase piece, and not the actual example as awarded. The core is of iron, the 2-piece frame is of a silver alloy. There is no maker's mark, and this particular example can be described as "convex" (curved, not flat), but in the form favoured by many wearers. The reverse, showing remains of the fine original finish over the silver alloy. The broad pin is unusal, being rather chunky and with traces of filing, and differs slighly from the often encounted "coke-bottle" or tapered shape, as known to collectors. Decoration shows much wear, and some tarnishing to the finish. A further EK2 1939, mounted and worn by a soldier of the Luftwaffe.
  7. 5 points
    Here's an interesting film Britain's Fire Service at War 1939-1945. Including 400 Canadian Voluntary Fireman who served in Britain from 1942-1945.
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    Here's another film the Auxiliary Fire Service 1930s
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    I fixed the link on your film Jack, here's another interesting film and although not NFS it is related being Civil Defense it's the first time I've seen the Civil Defense helmets being worn in a film.
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    Thanks, I believe she lived in Cricklewood, north west London, on the side of the truck in the photo there is NFS badge and below it two lines of writing, I think the number 34 is the start of the uppermost line. So from the chart you posted above could be for Ealing. Although it could just be part of a larger number and not related to the area code, so I'm just about to look and see if i can find any pictures of NFS trucks to see what is written on the sides. Regards, Jack I have found a film on the NFS but cannot view it as I don't have the right player but hopefully the link will copy okay below
  11. 5 points
    Here's my latest acquisition, as you all know its a ww2 iron cross , it's ring marked 65 for Klein & Quenzer and is very nicely toned.
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    I recently had the opportunity to pick up some tinnies I had been looking / searching for.. The last two are still on the way.. Been busy aet work and hope all is well here, I will check back in soon.. G
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    Hello Fritz, I do not have the brow plate yet, still looking. There are a lot of fakes out there right now. I had to special order the webbing materials, and yes the iron rivets would be better, but I didn't have the tools for them. So I went with copper for display purposes. I might in the future swap them out with the correct type. I am working on a WW1 French Daigre armor set now. I have the original plate along with new fabric and parts, should turn out really nice when done. I dont know of anyone who has a intact one.
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    Came across this Falklands War Medal for sale at a local Auction the other day, first one I've seen, this medal was awarded to a crew member of H.M.S. Intrepid and had a guide price of £500 to £800. Here's a couple of photo's for anyone who hasn't seen one
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    Here is a US M1917 marked "ZC 200" it has the US 5th Infantry Division emblem painted on the front.
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    Here is a nice early war German postcard of a German crew manning what I believe is a French St. Étienne Mle 1907.
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    Here is a WW1 US Apothecary Kit. This kit contained 20 Tubes for medicine in pill form, these were usually affixed with paper labels.
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    I have emptied one of my display boxes & replaced it with what would have been my great grandfather's medal entitlement & cap badge, and medal card , thanks leon for sourcing the medal card & other documents, it's very much appreciated. I think it's came out great, but might replace the tin do something else if I can think of something in it's place.
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    Since my great grandfathers medals are long gone, I was going to buy blank medals & get them engraved with my grandfather's information , but was informed some folk are scrubbing original names off medals to sell as blanks, i dont want any part in encouraging that! So decided to go with repros for great grandads entitlement. I got these and am very impressed with the quality, the victory medal is die struck brass, the BWM, is very detailed with an antique silver finish , I might polish some of this off. I also got a BWM to compleat the set I have to W.H. Beck, until I can source the originals for both men. ( I won't hold my breath on that)
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    Here is a US M1917, with markings "ZD 192" It has the emblem of the US 29th Infantry Division painted on the front. American helmets rarely had these painted on during the war. Most were painted just after the war ended or during the occupation period. This helmet also has a reproduction liner and chinstrap as well. As a interesting side note, my Great Grandfather served in this unit while in France in 1918.
  22. 4 points
    Les Hales, what material is the helmet made out of? metal, plastic, fiberglass, etc...
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    Hello all. I’m new to this forum. I don’t know a thing about war memorabilia, but came across you guys while searching for information on this helmet. My husband is a retired firefight who collects fire memorabilia. We purchased this helmet at an auction and would like to find out about its history. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  24. 4 points
    Another rimmed helmet with "FS 23". Missing the liner, but seems to be personalized with "T.T. Heidenstrom"
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    I will try my best to identify them, I have more experience with the US made ones.
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    Next is rimmed helmet marked "HV 633" The "6" is barely visible in the pictures, you can just make out the outline if looking directly at the mark. ( Manufacturer ) Hutton & Sons Ltd ( Steel Supplier ) Vickers Ltd of Sheffield.
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    Next is a rimmed helmet marked "FKS 108" for Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd. ( Manufacturer & Supplier ).
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    Next is a rimmed helmet I believe to be marked "HO 70". Weirdly the mark is partly obscured by the rimmed edge, guess someone was in a hurry to get this one done. ( Manufacturer ) Hutton & Sons Ltd ( Steel Supplier ) S. Osborne & Co Ltd.
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    Here is another, marked "H/S" 410, has the liner and chinstrap, but has seen better days, has a really nice liner stamp as well. ( Manufacturer & Steel Supplier ) Hadfield Ltd of Sheffield.
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    Wow, thank you both, this is great information. To the best of my knowledge nothing has been replaced on the helmet, it has either been in storage or displayed on shelf for many many years.
  31. 4 points
    I agree Leon21, this is an American Made M1917 with a ZC code. I have 21 ZC Helmets with different heat stamps.
  32. 4 points
    A small selection of representative items of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (R.A.D.) or Labour Corps - A broach for women W.R.A.D., Weiblicher Reichsarbeitsdienst, who have completed their voluntary or compulsory service - Erinnerungsbrosche maker: AN.G. Cast-stamped zinc - Headdress insignia, alumium badge for the "Robin Hood" hat and Bevo badge for either sidecap or later M.43 cap, this unissued, unsewn, "cut from the roll" - Belt buckle with leather tab showing Lüdenscheid maker and dated 1937, alumium one piece stamping - Arm insignia for unit 165/10, in Arbeitsgau 16 (Westfalen-Nord), Bevo woven
  33. 4 points
    I can understand that he would want to keep them. In which case, I'd just like to add the information to his own about them. He might find information helpful, and I'd be happy to answer any questions he has. It just feels rather important to have the correct information, and I imagine for a collector, the more you can know about the person who earned the medals, the better. Nicola
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    Unissued Bavarian Bluse. Full length Hoheitsborte, shorten to just a strip on the front of the collar in 1917. Very early 1916 still using left over lion buttons.
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    Excellent! The most familiar is the symbol for Niedersachsen, often seen, even today, apart from the Edelweiß. All yours?
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    Picked these up today at an antiques fair today, they are the British war medal & the victory medal , both named to the same man. Both in nice condition , ribbons didn't fair as well but I have folded them to hide most of the fraying & grime. PTE. P. MCRAE. . RAMC.
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    Here's a couple more unknown maker marks from private manufacturers MXAC3 found on a chief wardens helmet, and ET 1940 found on a Home Guard helmet, or the mark could be M/AC3
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    Thanks Ian, welcome to the forum, that's the problem the the FB page allot of members posts replies on the FB page and the original question goes unanswered. Good to have you on board
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    LOL.... I just saw this on Facebook and was going to say the same GSM (1918), it was replaced GSM (1963). However he could have had the GSM pre-war also. Possible bars are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Service_Medal_(1918) The patch is the " British Army Salisbury Plain District Formation" /Ian
  40. 4 points
    Not seen that mark before Jack, a lot of these helmet manufactures used more than one stamp mark, the nearest I can think of, is it might be a Fisher & Ludlow of Birmingham stamp mark. But it's only a guess, it could be a lesser known Private maker you've found. Here's a lesser known stamp mark for Clydesdale Stamping Co. who used a letter S within a letter C stamp mark.
  41. 4 points
    Hi Jack. Many thanks for letting me know about the mark on the chin strap lugs, I did wonder if it was a number 3 , but went for the 'M' instead. I'm going over Christmas to take the headliner out and clean up the inside of the helmet to see if there are any other markings on it. As for the colour, it looks like a rush job for some thing as there are paint runs all over it, paint has made it's way inside and on the headband. Many Thanks. Paul Burns.
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    Fritz, slight correction, The broach technically is for the "Weiblicher Arbeitsdienst" or old "Frauenarbeitsdienst" but is most recognized as the "Arbeitsdienst fur die weibliche Jugend " or RADwJ for short. There were several makers including Assman, Gustav Brehmmer, and Deumer. The cloth cap insignia " Mutzenabzeichen " was produced by Gunther & Windthrath GmbH Wuppertal and there are six known makers of this type, to note the sleeve shield or "Dienstellenabzeichen" was probably manufactured by Gunther & Windthrath ( G&W ) as well. I look forward to conversations in the future. Gwar
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    A German Tiger tank on its side in a ditch, North of Rome, and an american lorry in the background driving past (18 June 1944) A.R. Tanner (captain)
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    Many thanks to all of you. Outstanding pictures
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    Hello, I believe your shell is British made as it uses the split rivets to hold on the chin strap lugs. These proved easy to break so the Americans used a different type on their 1917 helmets. So it could be that this was a British made helmet given to the Americans soon after their entry to the war or a British helmet that ended up in America. I have attached a picture of the the rivet on a shell that is definitely American. I also new to this so you may want to wait for others to comment. If you haven’t read it already there is a thread on makers marks in the forum that lists British, commonwealth and American stamps that you may want to look at, I’ll try to work out how to link it in a minute. Regards, Jack
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    The vehicle in the picture is a Austin K2 Auxiliary Towing Vehicle (ATV) the suffix ATV was likely added after the war as there is no period evidence of it, 20,000 were ordered by the government in 1941 however few arrived in time for the height of the Blitz, They remained in service till 1970 with some regional fire services. I've attached a link to the page where I read all that it goes into good detail for anyone interested. http://www.romar.org.uk/page381.html regards, Jack
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    As far as I know, they were developed prior to D-Day and issued then. In use for many years after the postwar period.
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    This is the latest addition to my collection, as can be seen it's the DJ proficiency badge, it's nicely marked on the reverse, apparently this is a replacement, and as such is marked with the letter B. The Deutsches Jungvolk (DJ) was founded in 1928 by Kurt Gruber under the title Jungmannschaften but was renamed Knabenschaft and finally Deutsches Jungvolk in der Hitler Jugend in March 1931. Following the decree on the Hitler Youth on the 1st December 1936, boys had to be registered with the Reich Youth Office in the March of the year in which they would reach the age of ten; those who were found to be racially acceptable were expected to join the DJ. The regulations were tightened further by the Second decree on the Hitler Youth on the 25th March 1939, which made membership of the DJ or HJ mandatory for all Germans between 10 and 18 years of age.
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    I've three sons who are not interest in military stuff,BUT I think I've captured my grandson,and even the granddaughter theye seem interested or do they think grandad is a little daft.Time will tell if I've succeeded.


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