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  1. Properts was always a very good brand, old and tradtional, their Saddle Soap was very good, it seems to have disappeared from the market altogether, can't find it anywhere, or have you seen this lately? N.B.: Brown leather holsters were generally worn by Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe officers, the NCOs and other ranks had black, also the SS had black, matching the rest of their leather equipment.
  2. Hindenburg Denkmal I also have, a nice book. Next book with very decorative cover Deutschlands Größter Held - I wonder who is meant? 2 books about the War against France 1870/71 2 small leaflets (left wing) with incitement to hatred of the authorities - a subversive leaflelt, and very illegal in it's day. Overprinted with a call for a demonstration on Wednesday, 5 O'clock at the Wilhelmsplatz (in Berlin) ! NSDAP leaflet urging people to vote for Liste 1 - Adolf Hitler Another anti nazi leaflet of the Social Democrats (later illegal party) early 1933 Another illegal leaflet calling fo
  3. Very nice. The Luger P 08 holster would need some care and attention, before the leather starts to disintegrate altogether. A good neutral wax shoe cream would be recommendable, also recommended is Renaissance Wax, used by museums and the antique trade, not quite cheap. I have heard it is available in the UK, I haven't seen it over here, possibly available in USA or at least online.
  4. I'll get back to you shortly on these latest documents. This is a legal document drawn up by a Notary concerning the contract for a sale of Grounds. The price is 15.690,- Reichsmarks, correspondence to this and the bill for the notary fees. This document, still valid, could be used as a claim to that land or grounds at present! I wonder where you got this. These were important private documents in their day, and perhaps today also in that sense. N.B.: Private land and property was all confiscated after May 1945 by the Soviet Administration without any compensation at all. The owners, if
  5. 1st photo: A Prussian Officer helmet cockade (black/silver) A small silver Prussian eagle, this is from a larger Prussian eagle helmet plate for military officials An Imperial Russian officer cockade for cap 2nd Photo: Prussia: Red Cross decoration, 2nd class, with original case and over-carton of 3rd class, name of recipient: Anna Köppen 3rd photo: 2 medals: Prussia, 1848-1849 on correct ribbon Prussia, 1870-1871 (war against France) on wrong ribbon, normally with edge inscription "From Captured Cannon" 4th/5th photo: An officer's parade sash / Schärpe, not Prussian, but worn
  6. Name - Edmund Fischer, now added above. I notice, most of these books come from the former Russian zone. By the way, both these books are of the second issue. The older issue had a large "Weimar eagle" with 4 small swastikas in the corners of the front page, see example.
  7. Second Book: Issued by Arbeitsamt Nordhausen, 12.11.1937 Name of holder: Edmund Fischer, Born in Petershagen/Niederbarnim (Brandenburg), 1914 Domicile: Berga Professional training: 1.4.1928 - 1.10.1931 as Friseur / Hairdresser at K. Spangenberg, Friseurgeschäft in Nordhausen Other special capabilities: Führerschein Klasse 2 u. 3 - driving licence class 2 and 3 On the pages following is a record of that person's employment, he also worked as a machine operator and as a chauffeur, etc., various jobs till 1. August 1939 - then he was probably called up. Working again as from 31.5.1
  8. These are labour books. Every civilian had one. You can get them for about 10-20 Euros here, depending on entries and general condition. First book: Document issued by Arbeitsamt Gmunden on 4.September 1939 (Employment Exchange) Anna Seyrkammer(?). served first of all with the RAD from 8.4.1940 - 28.9.1940 as "Arbeitsmaid" Occupation: Schneiderin / Tailor, worked from: 1.10.1934 - 25.4.1936 1.5.1936 - 30.5.1937 14.6.1937 - 19.10.1937 Gesellenprüfung als Schneiderin: 29.8.1937 - Batchelor exam as a tailor Meisterprüfung als Schneiderin: 8.8.1943 - in Linz abgelegt - master e
  9. Some more details added to my last reply.
  10. She started service on 4.4.1940, dismissed on 28.9.1940, so that was just over 5 months. "Dismissed" does not of course mean "sacked" Conduct noted as very good. Normal service period was around 6 months. There was also a special voluntary "Landjahr" for one year. Document was issued in Braunschweig (Brunswick), she did her service in Magdeburg. First document, person was born in Halle/Saale, document was issued in Limburg/Lahn, "Kriegshilfsdienst" Krankenhaus - assisting war service in a hospital, not clear where she served, this would be with the coded RAD unit number, can be trace
  11. That sounds ok! Well worth it. Although they are not too rare, this is a very nice example and in clean, only lightly used condition. Often documents are found in a used condition, photo removed and name blackened out! Perhaps you can post the other example as well? Of course, certain documents can be faked or copied, all a matter of the value behind it. Blanko documents are also being reproduced, but forgery is more difficult, and actually under German law an offence "Urkundenfälschung".
  12. I am quite sure it is real. I haven't heard of things like this being faked. You have a photo on this and the stamps and all the other details, it would be difficult to fake these without charging a fortune for the document. You can also eventually check the person's name or record somewhere to find out more. So she served 7 months with the RAD. Unit details are listed on the second page, top right-hand corner. Nice document, nice lady depicted.
  13. The label is as found on other ranks' uniforms, as stated, Guards and HAC - Honourable Artillery Company The jacket with the label "Murr", would be Coldstream Guards as per the buttons, which look like the "staybright" variety of the 1960s onwards, not brass, but anodised aluminium, also the handwritten name looks very modern. The label is detailed but nobody seems to date anything nowadays. The leather greatcoat is definitely military, it also has the correct buttons, the officer's shoulder pieces have been removed, they were usually buttoned on, attached by loops, and not stitched-in.
  14. I spoke to him on the phone around 2008, I was enquiring about some small dagger parts. Just a few months ago, I got in touch again, and was told by his office lady that he had passed away last Summer. The son will has however taken charge of the business.
  15. Obituary Thomas M.Johnson, Col, ret. Last year, 2020 it was reported that Col. Johnson, the well known author of many militaria guides and trading in fine military antiques, has passed on. R.I.P.
  16. This is apparently a real siver cigarette case. There are various puzzling silver marks 900 is the silver content (as in Germany), meaning 90 percent pure silver, also neatly stamped into a recess and another stamp next to it, makers initials of some sort, cannot say what these are. There is also an impressed GES.GESCH. which is short for Gesetzlich geschützt, meaning there is a patent on this and copying not permitted Now, we come to the engraving on the lid with an iron cross, eagles head and SS runes. This reminds my of the book cover of an American guide to militaria, can't think
  17. Condition is not too bad. The zink fittings tend to lose their nickel-plating through time, and the zink tends to turn grey, however oxidation should be avoided by correct storage. The blades originally had an engraving, which is mostly gone, as the Hitler Youth did tend to use their knives when they took part in adventures, camp, Ferienlager, so the engraving is nearly always completely worn off, or barely visible. The engraving was originally: "Blut und Ehre!" which was the motto of the Hitlerjugend, found also on their belt buckles. Due to the zink fittings, this example co
  18. It is real. It has the later fittings in nickel-plated zink. There is also the maker mark M7/6 and RZM. The scabbard has most of it's original paintwork and the leather hanger is complete. The blade also has it's original leather buffer.
  19. More details and illustrations re. Überrock and trousers added.
  20. A selection of Imperial Russian Decorations Source: Romanov News
  21. Grenzbahnhof Übergangsstelle Friedrichstraße - filming here was stictly illegal and practicly impossible. Rare film material!
  22. These could be worn with the Prussian General's Überrock or with the General's tunic. A similar version was also worn as a breeches pattern (shorter, tapered below knees) with long boots. These Stripes are known as Doppel Lampassen, in the middle is also a thin red piping, as always. The Überrock was also popularly worn by senior officers on the battlefield. Here, Wilhelm I. accepting the capitulation of Kaiser Napoleon III. at Sedan on 2. September 1870, 2 different impressions. - Second trousers are for a Prussian General, either Prussian or one of the Germa
  23. I nearly missed this last post, overlooked, just found. This pair of trousers looks British, I may be mistaken - look for any labels or stamps inside, take a look at each button, maybe they are marked. Otherwise it could be from one of the British cavalry regiments, presumably for an officer. Maybe even Guards, but the guards wore or wear mostly a narrower red piping.
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