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  1. My first post here. It looks like a great forum. I'm curious about the "apple green" color applied to early Brodie helmets. With over 100 years of color fading and shifting, who can be certain? Here's a link to the IWM's site and a Brodie in their collection. I would tend to call this "apple green." Your thoughts? IWM Brodie
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  2. What is the name of this book. Very interesting. Regards from Holland, Henk
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  3. An older K98 bayonet, has lost most of it's original blueing, patinated, has wooden grips, which look original to the bayonet, scabbard hook is the older type with "ornamentation". The grip screws have been turned or replaced, these have lost all original blueing and have been cleaned, re-worked or partly replaced, the bolt ends are too long and do not fit flush and neatly, I suspect, replaced at some time. Scabbard throat has been replaced, differs to the original, the serial numbers match, but apparently strange, and one number has been stamped on the entry of the scabbard plate, never seen
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  4. Maked D.R.G.M + KM st ? Proof mark 900
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  5. Here are the pictures of the M14.
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  6. Your father certainly had good taste and knew what he was looking for , you're very lucky to have such a nice collection
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  7. Ok guys thanks here a genuine example with a known fake as a comparison
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  8. This one here is a definite stated copy, the embroidery is nicely done, the edge braid is straight. Originals are stated to be made of camel hair cloth. I would say the one pictured above is a worn original, the lining at the back also looks correct for the period. The Lufwaffe had it's own version on dark blue. Not to be confused with the AFRIKAKORPS title,which was a part of the uniform, copies of these are in almost the exact weave of the originals, and maybe more difficult. Afrikakorps title, unissued A worn and removed from the uniform example, edges are folde
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  9. This must be the same Georg Von Wendell? I have his Pour Le Merite. But it's inscribed Richard Georg Von Wendell?
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  10. Welcome to the forum apple green is a lighter shade than that, looks more like brown if you look at page one of this post at Brodie Helmets and Liner Variants ( how to date your helmet ) the 1st and 2nd photo's of an early Brodie Helmet in apple green colour.
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  11. This MP40 is an early SN, all matching numbers. Maker code 660- Steyr -Daimler- Puch As you can see in photo, the zero in MP40 is stamped over with a one. I found this to be interesting especially on such a low SN. Another rare characteristic on this MP is the collar nut. It has the simplified two sided nut vs the more common six sided. Original magazines with period ammunition, pouch and magazine loader.
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  12. Welcome to the forum Old War Skule, Leon and Gildwiller are the brodie experts I'm sure they will be able to shed some light on the colour.
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  13. I just found this in storage and believe it's a calvary lance? I remember it hung over our fireplace when I was very young but hadn't seen it in many years. Hard to get a good photo as it's very long.
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  14. Other examples: Württemberg, NCO lance pennant, Bavaria, lance pennant for other ranks, stamped Bavaria, NCO Penannt, Leibhusaren-Regiment 2
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  15. Topic should be under "Edged Weapons", the lance was the most important cavalry weapon. Not "Imperial", this was the most important weapon for the cavalry after 1888, a Prussian Stahlrohrlanze Modell 1888, after 1891 it became standard for the entire cavalry. Before that date wooden lances were used and were only used by the lancer (Ulanen-) regiments, thereafter became standard for all cavalry, which then all had the same tactical role. Important are the stamps on the lance head to determine it's origin. The stamp 15.U.3.101 is here of significance, and is also the individual number of
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  16. If you would like me to photo a specific page let me know.
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  17. Sorry, I missed this reply. I'll gladly share more photos when I get home this afternoon.
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  18. Could you perhaps post a few more illustrations from this book? These works were very instructive and informative, reprints were available about 30 years ago, since gone. This plate shows all the uniform details of all the regiments and units of the VI. Army Corps, 1900.
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  19. Maker is BSW. Has a last name as well. Was this common? Seems like a lot of pilot badges have names on the rear.
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  20. Here is a nice sized US artillery shell, the M1906 4.7 inch (120 mm). Although approved in 1906, units did not begin to get them until 1911, and this gun was one of the few available to US forces at the outbreak of war. Around 60 guns were available to US forces when war was declared, however most US forces utilized British and French artillery instead. However 64 guns did make it to France and 48 of them saw service with 2 US artillery regiments. Most of these guns were most likely used in the US for training as the priority was to send men and ammunition overseas. Over 900 guns were ordered
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  21. Yes, the US supplied various shells and fuses to the British and French, the British used the QF 4.7 inch, as the US used the British guns as well.
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  22. The fuse cap looks very like the British made ones
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  23. Found a few other examples. From what I've read they are not common and everything points to Königliche Münze, Stuttgart. They are sometimes referred to as a"Mousetrap"EK1. Also, I misread the hallmark. Closer examination shows 800.
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  24. Very nice cross, I have not seen that pin system before either. Please post more information if you get anything.
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  25. Fritz, yes the pin system is what threw me off. Out of maybe 50 crosses I have, this was the only of this type pin. I'll do more research and see if I can't get the maker.
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  26. This one is convex in shape, very unusual pin system, never seen one like this before, very nice presentation case. The 900 mark is 900 silver (90% pure), the cross did not strike me as being silver, it looked more like silver alloy, but the stamp should confirm the silver content. The core looks like iron, you can check this with a small magnet. An usual type of iron cross, more a commercial make. The D.R.G.M. is a registered pattern: Deutsches Reichs- Gebrauchsmuster, this undoubtedly refers to the pattern of the patent pin system. I don't know offhand what KM ST stands for, but I wi
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  27. I recently acquired one of the M14 types as well. Very good condition, I will post soon.
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  28. I recognize the ribbons but need help with the awards attached. Thanks
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  29. This one would be a safe bet, magnetic, it has a very unusual backing, which you won't find often. You can see this has been removed from a uniform.
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  30. Yes, I did! Thanks Gildwiller.
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  31. Kenny, Thank you for saying so. My earliest memories are waking up early morning and having to drive with my father to another city to attend military shows. He had a passion and got me collecting at a young age. I also know he risked much making trips to rescue items out of East Germany during the late 70's and early 80's. Although I haven't been active in this for many years, I'm beginning to understand that passion he had. Putting the pieces of his collection back together makes me feel close to him. I appreciate the help from everyone on this Forum!
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  32. I would recommend you look through the posts Fritz made on the various German states. I do believe you will find the information you seek there.
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  33. Hello Borris, while not an expert on these, just because the seller is from Germany does not mean they are automatically a viable and trusted source. I have bought WW2 and WW1 items from Germany vendors that said they were original, but they were not. The middle portion looks as though the paint has been touched up and ran underneath. These crosses are not uncommon and are usually cheaper than the WW2 counterparts, if suspicious, keep shopping.
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  34. Hi Boris, welcome to the forum, having the paint go onto the inner beading is not a bad thing and is seen on originals, however seeing the paint on the outer frame is odd. In fact the whole Iron cross looks rather odd, if I were you I would wait for a better example, what do you think Fritz?
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  35. Hello. I would like to know if this World War 1 iron cross 1st class medal is real or fake. The seller is from Bubenheim, Germany so it seems like a trustworthy source. Price is around $170. My concern is that the silver around the cross looks like it has been painted over. Is this simply because this is an iron cross that does not have the silver rim or is it a fake. Many thanks :))
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  36. More Field Marshal signatures.
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  37. This medal is dated May 6, 1882-birth date of the Kronprinz. Appears to be bronz. Maker is Lauer Nürnberg. Case is original. Anyone know estimate value?
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  38. Have a bunch of ribbon bars and ribbons, some not stored with the awards. I'll add first round of photos and update post with more as I progress. If they are meant to be worn with certain uniforms in the collection I'd like to keep them together. Discussions and Assistance in identification is greatly appreciated. Cheers!
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  39. So I came across this cuff title online and I was wondering what to look for in cuff titles to spot their authenticity particularly with Afrika cuff titles like this one ?
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  40. It's ok if you can accept the wear and tear. Most wear and tear has occured the post-war years or while being a prisoner of war, otherwise a uniform in service, etc. was always impeccable or at least repaired to an acceptable standard.
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  41. I thought the top one looked worn too but the dealer id advertising it as unissued
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  42. This one is definitely gold and the condition in near perfect. Believe it's made by Wagner. The second is award for arts & science? Three ribbons, one is the oak leaf type. The two button hole decorations- one is marked Godet Co. Berlin. The prinzen Pour Le Merite is pin on and marked Jünker Berlin- 25. 600.
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  43. I agree with Fritz first one is original
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  44. My opinion is it’s fake firstly the gap in the palm trees doesn’t look big enough and also the breaded piping that runs along the top and bottom isn’t flush with the edge.
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  45. Thank you. Yes I see the corresponding document. But I don't know If I have the document for the previous award, Rother Adler-Orden. I may have the award itself but haven't found document, yet.
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  46. Nothing. Take a look at the Hochzeitserinnerungszeichen further above, I have added the two documents which go with this.
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  47. Top clasp, upside down again, the Iron Cross is always in first place, from right to left: Iron Cross 1914 Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1914 Rother Adler Orden Kronen-Orden Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnismedaille 1897 Bavaria: Luitpold Medaille(n), 1905-1911 Brunswick, 1914 Hessen-Darmstadt, Silberne Tapferkeitsmedaille, 1914-18 Hamburg: Hanseatenkreuz Hessen-Darmstadt, Kriegsehrenzeichen 1916 Last 2, Decorations of Baden(?) Next clasp on the left (2nd row), again all upside-down, from right to left: Iron Cross 1914 Bavaria, Militärverdienstkreuz Frontkämpferkreuz 1914-18 (1
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  48. First of all, this is not a ribbon bar, but a decoration, I remember seeing you have the award document for this - this is the Silver Wedding Anniversary 25 Years - of Kaiser Wilhelm II. - Silbernes Hochzeits-Erinnerungszeichen on the ribbon of the last decoration previously awarded to the recipient, in this case, the Rother Adler-Orden., here with it's case, so you have the document to go with this, as already stated. Award document and letter accompanying to above decoration. Miniatures of British Awards for WW1 and WW2: 1914-15 Star Silver War Medal 1914-18
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