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    Collecting for many years now. Mainly Imperial German, old States, Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Württemberg, etc., orders, decorations, documents, militaria, Pickelhauben, tunics, accoutrements, weapons, etc., also 3rd Reich, same aspects.

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  1. Hessian buckles are quite rare. The most difficult to find are the wartime grey metal pieces. This particular one is an early wartime example with a gold lacquer coating, before the transition, but due to metal shortages, the crown is extra fitted, not the best solution for frontline service, for which the one-piece stampings were more suitable, possibly for second-line troops, same as the felt helmets. This is the only example of it's kind I have seen so far. This came from a collector in Bonn in the late 1970s. Exceptions were the white metal buckles, worn by the Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment 115 and the Feldartillerie-Regimenter 25 and 60.
  2. More copies available This Württemberg Infantry Officer Degen and many other historical edged weapons are now being offered by the WKC manufacturer There are obviously some slight differences in appearance and materials used. The brass parts are 24 ct gold plated, the gilding looks very different from originals. The original type gilding can hardly be achieved any more using today's methods. Plastic is often used instead of leather, many blades offered are of stainless steel. This one costs 495 Euro, you can get an original for around that price.
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    1896 bayonet

    Some more pictures I found: Schweden-Mauser M.1938 Ljungman rifle M.42 Sweden also purchased K.98 and bayonets in 1939 from Germany, they all had German and no Swedish acceptance marks.
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    1896 bayonet

    That was in the late 80s or early 90s. Kettner in Cologne has several branches around Germany and Austria. They basicly deal in new weapons and clothing for hunters, sporters and outdoor activities, and also dealt with used vintage and historical weapons, which were postwar surplus., as well as having a gunsmithing department. The person in charge of the department apparently did not have much knowledge in the field of bayonets and vintage weapons, so it was easy to convince him that this was not a German K.98. The Swedish bayonet was only for a rifle with a "Mauser" type bolt action system. The Swedish army did not modernise postwar till very late and only had a moderate defence system, as they are considered a neutral country. However, the danger of a Soviet invasion was always present during the Cold War. I remember when I visited Stockholm in 1975, there were Soviet ships in the port and Soviet soldiers in uniform walking around. Up till 1943, it had been usual to return personnel interned in Sweden to Germany. After Stalingrad, Sweden changed it's policy and sent internees to the Soviet Union. At the end of the War after May 1945 many thousands of refugees were deported to the Soviet union. Under the refugees were many Germans from the eastern territories and former Soviet soldiers, who had either been prisoners of war or had deserted for political reasons. When they arrived back in the ports in Soviet Russia, many were slaughtered on the spot after leaving the ships. All remaining received harsh sentences with life long forced labour in one of Stalin's many camps. The Soviet Union also occupied the Danish Island of Bornholm in 1945. Denmark also handed over thousands of German prisoners of war and also Russian volunteers in German uniform to the Soviets. The Soviet Union put both Sweden and Denmark under pressure. So much for Sweden's humanitarian ideas.
  5. These rare naval buttons arrived a couple of days ago.
  6. Fritz

    1896 bayonet

    This is a Swedisch bayonet, in service for a very long time, probably well after World War 2. I ordered a K.98 bayonet once from a mail order firm, which dealt in firearms, etc. They sent me this as a "K98". So I called them up and explained that this was not a K98 bayonet and they told me they have sold out of K98 bayonets, so I returned this and got my money back. I hope you did not pay too much for this, they are basicly surplus. As you said, a "fighting knife", rather than a classical bayonet. Here, a selection of Swedish bayonets, far left is the M.96, next is the later production for M.96 and M.38, the rest are various other types in succession. (internet photo)
  7. Offiziersdegen as worn till replaced by the 1889 model. This weapon was used in varying forms from the early 18th Century onwards in Prussia and other European states. This example is after 1889 and was still worn by the Militärbeamte (military officials). The blade has decorative engraving, which would not normally be found on an officer's example. Fine gilt bronze fittings, grip is with silver wire, original leather scabbard with gilt leather fittings. Back of blade has manufacturer / outfitter name: Feldstein & Berger, Cassel (Kassel). Total length ca. 99 cm. This example would be around 1910-14. The Portépée is missing. From an auction in Southern Germany around 1984
  8. Perhaps the first Indians to make European history? They are said to have disciplinary problems and of little military use, apart from propaganda purposes. Himmler (who apparently lived in a fantasy world) is stated to have had a strong interest in Indians and Indian culture, considered "Arian", but not Nordic.
  9. IN TREUE FEST! This M.1873 Bavarian buckle arrived yesterday. Uncleaned condition, much wear, the medallion with small dents, scratches and stains. Wider (50mm) than the later M.95 pattern, they were worn till at least 1916/17 by older or second-line troops. This example with the original leather tab with a very faint ink stamp 1904. Note hollow-back construction and three solder holes. The tab appears to be the narrower standard M.95 type, probably renewed when issue was prolongued. Leather tab has a wormhole. (woodworm also attacks leather)
  10. Sonja Ziemann, Famous post-war actress * Eichwalde b. Potsdam, 1926, + München, 17.2.2020 aged 94, died last Monday at her home in München, as reported by DIE WELT. She had previously lived in St. Moritz and was married to Charles Regnier She was a living symbol of the German "Leitkultur". As a Black Forest Maiden Sonja Ziemann became the face of the post-war German Cinema. With Prussian discipline she played every rôle from operetta to anti-war film. Optimistic, confident and uncomplicated. Those were the qualities of the young actress, who in 1950 won the hearts of the German cinema public. A public who, after the stars of the NS-period, wanted to see new, guiltless faces on the cinema screen. Sonja Ziemann fulfilled this requirement in almost typically idea ways. Amongst her greatest film rôles, she played in the film "Nacht fiel vor Gotenhafen", 1959 After the death of her third husband, Charles Regnier, she withdrew from public life, lived in St. Moritz, and finally in Munich, where she died at the age of 94. Sie war die lebende Leitkultur: Als „Schwarzwaldmädel“ wurde Sonja Ziemann zum Gesicht des deutschen Nachkriegskinos. Mit preußischer Disziplin spielte sie alles, von der Operette bis zum Antikriegsfilm. Nun ist sie gestorben. Optimistisch, selbstbewusst und unkompliziert: Dies waren willkommene Eigenschaften einer jungen Schauspielerin, die 1950 die Herzen des deutschen Kinopublikums im Sturm eroberte. Ein Publikum, das nach den Stars der NS-Zeit neue, unverbrauchte Gesichter auf der Leinwand sehen wollte. Die junge Sonja Ziemann erfüllte dieses Bedürfnis auf beinah idealtypische Art. Unter anderem spielte sie im Film Nacht fiel vor Gotenhafen (1959). Nach dem Tod ihres dritten Ehemanns, des Schauspielers Charles Regnier, zog sich Sonja Ziemann ins Privatleben zurück, lebte in St. Moritz und zuletzt in München, wo sie am Montag starb. Sie wurde 94 Jahre alt
  11. If they carry on like that, they might be mistaken for a Christmas tree!
  12. Another important item was the Kursdreieck for calculating the navigation course, this always accompanied the previous instrument and was issued to all navigators. This example by Dennert & Pape, Altona, April 1941, another by Gebrüder Wichmann (internet photo examples)
  13. That is happening everywhere here, no cemetery is safe any longer. Years ago, nothing like this would ever have happened, but now we have open borders and a so much appraised "open society". The bands mostly come from Eastern Europe, Balkans, possibly Turkey or the middle east, they are well organised and can cross the borders without any problems, any time. Eberhard Bröll was a militaria dealer in Baden-Württemberg, he used to advertise his stock in Waffenjournal (Schwend-Verlag). He was found murdered in a wood near the Autobahn somewhere in the Southwest in the early 1990s. Kempster was a gunsmith in central London with a large trading stock, also of antique items. I remember reading that he was murdered in the 1980s. "Opa" Harms lived just below the other side of the Elbe near Hamburg (Harburg or Wilhelmsburg?). He was renowned in collector's circles for his collection of Imperial German uniforms and regalia, many of the famous regiments represented. He was found murdered and a large amount of his collection stolen. This was reported in the Bild Zeitung in the late 70s or early 80s. The crime was never solved as far as I know. Theft at Günzenhausen, Germany: In the night of Oct. 6th to 7th 2006 serveral dealers in the exhibition hall has been heisted. Two showcases were broken open and a larger quantity of honors as well as some papers and photos were stolen. To a large extend it concerns honors of the former Luftwaffe, as well as two golden party badges ever with document and award number! For pertinent references, which lead to the seizure auf the thefts and to the replacement of the commodity, the company Claus Philipp sets out a reward of up to Euro 5000,--! Several Spanienkreuze in gold, silver and bronze were stolen, also Spanish Civil War wound badges in silver, a German Cross with maker "1" in presentation case, a futher example by maker "20", an unmarked Godet example with 6 rivets, a Knights Cross in original case and two further examples of this decoration, one with complete estate, various Luftwaffe badges incl. pilots, etc. 800 marked, complete estate. 800 marked 65/800 marked Kampfflieger in Silver, several examples, boxed. Kampfflieger in Gold, boxed Several pilots' badges and other LW war badges Golden Party Badge with document 90281 Paper group, KG 27, Feldwebel Werner Nickel Golden Party Badge with document 98796
  14. Raubmord an Ingo und Conny Gratzik Kapitalverbrechen in Delbrück-Bentfeld, Donnerstag, 01 Dezember 2005 Gemeinsame Presseerklärung der Staatsanwaltschaft Paderborn Mordkommission Polizei Bielefeld und der Polizei Paderborn Die Staatsanwaltschaft Paderborn hat nach dem Brand eines Einfamilienhauses an der Scharmeder Straße in Delbrück-Bentfeld die Ermittlungen wegen Raubmordes aufgenommen. In der Nacht zu Donnerstag war gegen 03:30 Uhr ein Feuer aus dem von einem Ehepaar (37/44) bewohnten Haus gemeldet worden. Passanten und Anwohner alarmierten die Rettungskräfte. Während der Löscharbeiten fanden Feuerwehrmänner eine männliche und eine weibliche Leiche im völlig ausgebrannten Wohnzimmer des 1 ½ geschossigen Hauses. Die Leichen waren bis zur Unkenntlichkeit verbrannt. Im Zuge der Ermittlungen am Brandort ergaben sich erste Hinweise auf ein Kapitalverbrechen. Die Spurensicherung der Mordkommission konnte Reste von Brandbeschleunigern feststellen. Zur Identifizierung und Obduktion der Leichen wurde die Gerichtsmedizin aus Münster angefordert. Am späten Nachmittag ergaben die Untersuchungen, dass beide Verstorbenen noch vor Brandausbruch erschossen worden sind. Anschließend hat der oder die Täter die Getöteten mit entzündlicher Flüssigkeit übergossen und auch im Haus Brandbeschleuniger verteilt. Dann wurde der Brand gelegt. Das Opfer sammelte und handelte mit Antiquitäten, insbesondere Militaria. Die Ermittler vermuten, dass bei der Tat umfangreiche Gegenstände der Sammlung entwendet worden sein könnten. Die Ermittlungen der 18-köpfigen Mordkommission ergaben, dass vermutlich ein Lieferwagen, der am Abend und in der Nacht in der Garageneinfahrt des betroffenen Hauses gestanden haben soll, mit der Tat im Zusammenhang steht. Der weiße oder beige Lieferwagen ähnlich eines Mercedes Sprinter oder Peugeot hatte eine Aufschrift, die mit roten Streifen überklebt war. Die Aufschrift "Möbel" soll noch erkennbar gewesen sein. Bezüglich dieses Wagens, dessen Kennzeichen nicht bekannt ist, sucht die Mordkommission nach weiteren Hinweisen. Ebenso werden Zeugen gesucht, die andere verdächtige Beobachtungen gemacht haben. Außerdem bittet die Polizei Sammler und Händler von historischen Militärgegenständen um Mitteilung, wo eventuell seit Donnerstag solche Militaria angeboten werden. Sachdienliche Hinweise nimmt die Polizei unter der Rufnummer 05251/3060 entgegen. gez. Ralf Vetter, Staatsanwaltschaft Paderborn Martin Wowro, Leiter MK Bielefeld Michael Biermann, Kreispolizeibehörde Paderborn Quelle: News Paderborn
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