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  1. Bonjour, J'ai trouvé cette jolie boucle sortie de grange ! Je veux bien des infos et estimation. Merci à vous !
    5 points
  2. Looks like a cast copy
    5 points
  3. One of the rarest buckles to find (that is original) An Organisation Todt one piece steel belt buckle with a silver wash. One this example, nearly all the wash is missing from the front of the buckle but it is present on the back. Marked Org Todt under the hinge post- a rare beast, there are lots of copies around.
    4 points
  4. The front looks very sharp with what looks very like original paint finish, the back looks strange
    4 points
  5. As promised on a previous thread, I’ll post some different manufacturing examples of belt buckles. It won’t be exhaustive and will be more interesting to those that aren’t familiar with belt buckles- to others, I might be teaching you to suck eggs ! Anyway, here goes…….. First up is a Gustav Brehmer, painted steel combat buckle on a blue webbing tab. One piece construction with maker mark, and date correctly marked under the hinge post.
    3 points
  6. John, you have an amazing collection, really have enjoyed you sharing your items with us.
    3 points
  7. As I come across other types of construction as I search through, i will post them- feel free to add examples of your own!
    3 points
  8. A series of walking out, and parade buckles from Red Cross, Scouts, Fire Defence etc. Most pre Third Reich (Reichsheer) but again a good way of learning about the construction of buckles - it didn’t really change much during the transition period.
    3 points
  9. One piece nickel HJ buckle, nicely marked but had a tough life!
    3 points
  10. Small ‘Turnerbund’ buckle- interesting furniture on the reverse - but totally period and original.
    3 points
  11. Two piece brass buckle with nickeled field and roundel. NSKK buckle in this instance. Based on an SA buckle but all silver in colour. This example has the ‘sun wheel’ swaz.
    3 points
  12. One piece cast aluminium buckle This is an NPEA buckle- only one manufacturer existed but there are two variants, distinguished by the location of the RZM logo. Again, these are faked extensively.
    3 points
  13. Sticking with lightweight theme. A one piece FAD buckle, marked correctly as Assman. The FAD pre-dated the RAD.
    3 points
  14. A lightweight Aluminium two piece buckle (of similar construction to the heer belt from the other thread that prompted me to post these). This is a State of Braunschweig Police, Feuerwehr or Landwehr buckle. Marked as wartime on the tab. Some of these were thought to be post war but a good number of these exist with dated tabs disproving this.
    3 points
  15. Two piece construction buckle with a brass body/ field and a silvered rounded- this time an early DJ/HJ buckle. Smaller in size than a standard buckle.
    3 points
  16. Two piece construction brass buckle with brass rounded - this time an NSBO buckle
    3 points
  17. Another DJ buckle but this time it is a two piece construction, with the rune soldered on to a factory painted black field - vary hard to find
    3 points
  18. Another Wuster DJ - same construction but the ‘skinny rune’ version.
    3 points
  19. A one piece stamped DJ buckle. This buckle is brass and the field is nicked. It is unmarked but it is made by Wurster.
    3 points
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  21. Sticking with the combat buckle theme, a very salty Wehrmacht buckle, again, painted steel, one piece construction. This may not look the best but it has pride of place in my collection as it was given to me (on a leather) by a veteran who wore it for two and a half years on the Russian Front - no doubting this one!
    3 points
  22. Hi, from the new photos that you posted, It has the correct post and prong fittings, not the post war copied types that you see, and having looked at some of mine this morning, I’m be happy to say it’s real. As Fritz says, there are combat versions, parade buckles and general wear buckles- some made from more robust metals than others, some pressed from one piece of metal, some two piece and others that are factory painted, anodised or washed with different coloured metal finishes. The variety makes for it to be an interesting field to collect but also a minefield with fakes. This would be one I’d be keeping.
    3 points
  23. The buckles in your photos are original, and worth more than one dollar, I would say more like 100. Whatever you think, these are not cheap quality, but they are not combat buckles and not as "robust" as such. These are for the pre-war walking-out uniform - as in photos below Patent leather, not for a "combat" uniform (original) and always worn with a weapon like this, also non-combat, also patent leather, both showing age Originals, dress buckle above left
    3 points
  24. Gildwiller1918, 72usmc, Fritz, phantom, KennyAndrew, Eddieq, and leon21: Hello. Thank each and everyone of you for all the recent likes, greatly appreciated. Best regards, John R.
    3 points
  25. Yes Fritz, I agree, while the details on the front are very crisp, the rear side looks very odd, the details should be the same if not better on the back side.
    3 points
  26. Here is a US made French 75mm with a 24/31 Mod 1916 time and percussion fuse. Overall great condition, driving band has a small section missing.
    2 points
  27. Over the weekend, I’ll take a few photos of some of my collection showing some of the different methods of construction/ materials. I’ll start it in a new thread. E
    2 points
  28. Eddieq , Thank you for your expertise and knowledge and detailed observations and comments. The buckle looks so common, I had my doubts. Not what I would call a high quality buckle. As support for your facts, this did come from a US Army guy's attic, but I thought it was a fake because it looks so new and low quality. It has a lack of patina and wear like the first buckle exhibited. However, this one's historical provenience suggests it is real. I know bayonets and rifles , but not uniform treasures. So that buckle is likely a real thing? I added more photos as evidence.... I am a boot to German buckles. Again a huge thank you for your input.
    2 points
  29. There’s a lot of this stuff about that is absolutely legit . Two piece, unmarked, aluminium heer buckles do exist. It looks ok in the main, however, I have two reservations:- 1. It looks like an Overhoff & Cie unmarked example but there is usually a ‘dimple’ or recess behind the catch, 2. the front obverse plate does not look as crisply formed as it should be - particularly in the 4 to 6 o’clock area. Could be the photo but it doesn’t look crisp enough. sorry, a bit on the fence with this.
    2 points
  30. While we are on the subject, I assume this is a re-enactment fake, It appears to be aluminum, magnetic does not stick and no makers marks, with a steel cross pin. The top eagle portion is actually a separate piece attached to the buckle plate. Comments? To me this is a cheep dime store fake. I known nothing about these, so I am asking about a rummage sale $1 item. Lets here what the experts say.... Anyone see such crazy stuff?
    2 points
  31. Unfortunately a poor cast copy. These are quite common in so far as the replicators make a cast of the obverse (front face) and not the rear and pour in the molten liquid - hence the difference in quality between the front and back. you should also be able to see quite clearly (on these copies) where the catch has been attracted/braised on. On the original aluminium cast buckles it was all one.
    2 points
  32. Gildwiller1918: Awesome militaria, in excellent condition. Thank for sharing with the Forum. John R.
    2 points
  33. Awhile back I wanted to see if the bulbs and batteries still worked for these sets. The bulbs lit up when power was applied (see images below). The batteries, after being filled with water, did work as well and would power the light, amazing after all these years.
    2 points
  34. Königs Ulanen-Regiment (Hannoversches) Nr. 13 Officers, introduced 1899
    2 points
  35. Hello Fritz, as mentioned earlier, I purchased a small amount of these tabs from a large collection being broken up. Lots of other tabs such as SA, Luftwaffe, etc. However, I am focusing on the NSKK tabs as they are not easy to come by.
    2 points
  36. HELLO, COULD YOU HELP PLEASE IDENTIFY THIS COAT IN THE PICTURE ATATCHED. REGARDS DAVID
    2 points
  37. Earlier than Victorian, Napoleonic
    2 points
  38. Would you say that the facing colour was red? If so then there were not many Corps or Regiments (if it belonged?) with red facings.
    2 points
  39. hel[/size] HELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP,THERE ARE NAMES TO THE REAR OF THE BUTTON'S AS FOLLOWS. INNER CIRCLE STATES 34 MADDOX ST OUTER CIRCLE SAYS WILKINSON LATE J HUNTER AGAIN MY THANKS DAVID
    2 points
  40. It needn't necessarily be military. Maybe from a royal household, and there were an awful lot of those way back when. It looks early Victorian, but pages costumes etc. haven't changed much. Incidentally, beware uniforms which don't fall into a recognisable pattern. Theatrical costumiers have used ex-military jackets etc. for ages, and tarted them up. Old musicals like The Student Prince etc. have gobbled up and often f..ked up piles of regimental outfits.
    2 points
  41. and played by Götz George, 2013
    1 point
  42. Pictured from my collection of kriegsmarine antiques is a book about Jost Metzler (1909-1975), captain of U-69 and U-847. Under Metzler the U-69 sunk 11 ships (56,318 tons) between February and June 1941. He was awarded the Knight's Cross on 28 July 1941. Nice cover art on front of book. Photograph Jost Metzler.
    1 point
  43. Pictured from my collection s the german naval yearbook 'Nauticus' for 1942. This book contains over 450 pages that document the exploits of the Kreigsmarine.
    1 point
  44. You must have a lot of these! Where did they all come from?
    1 point
  45. 34th Motorsturm of Motorstandarte 155, located in Chemnitz, under the Motorgruppe Sachsen
    1 point
  46. Here is a marked NSKK cross strap that I have.
    1 point
  47. Hello Fritz, 3 pips would be a Sturmführer. My bin items are odds and ends such as helmet parts, buckles, buttons, pins, etc. Some are displayable; however, I do not have the space to display them properly.
    1 point
  48. N.S. Frauenschaft, Mitgliedsabzeichen, 5. u. 8. Form
    1 point
  49. Here is a newly acquired Organization Todt tunic. I got it from a very reputable dealer, one I have dealt with for many years. The tunic itself appears to be a modified Heer tunic. It was not uncommon for paramilitary units such as Todt to use other service uniforms. This tunic came with the armbands removed and you could clearly see the stitch marks where both bands used to be at. I have since added replacement original bands. Unfortunately, the tunic is bleached out so no visible markings anywhere else. Org Todt units were primarily construction and engineering units, using both military and civilian personnel, and later in the war period, forced labor. Some of the projects they were involved with were the autobahns, V-1/V-2's, the west wall and Atlantic wall. The NSKK often supplied Org Todt with transportation (NSKK was another unit that utilized uniforms from various branches).
    1 point
  50. Here is an image from the US Army Signal Corps Museum, you can see the lamp and battery box on top by the sandbags.
    1 point
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