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  1. Usually, as per official pattern, the brown leather was "pebbled", but there are also smooth leather versions as well.
  2. In the photo with the buckle, the keeper, which closes the buckle is missing, as on leather belt. The leather belt has differently toned fittings to go with the WW1 field belt as shown, don't remove these fittings! The other buckle is fine gilt. The leather wartime belt is much rarer, and most importantly has the two leather sliders, which go very closely to each side of the buckle, giving it the right look - one of these or both are very often missing, belt would then be incomplete!
  3. First pictures, as you say, are Wehrmacht officer parade belt - Paradefeldbinde, the back of the buckle has been marked 110, that is the belt size cm Next picture, two pairs of shoulder pieces: 1 for a British officer, slip on, rank of captain, presumably WW2 a pair of shoulder pieces, mid war, with toned Tresse for an Unteroffizier, Artillery. Next picture, two sword hangers, presumably Prussian infantry officer, 2 variations. Gold embroidered woven black material, no idea. Next picture, a sword belt with hanger for a dagger or sword, should be a further attachment under this, 3rd R
  4. Probably post World War 1, till around mid 1930s, just a rough guess. The metal seems to be zink, not bronze, not quite a mass production, but not rare, so it would have not been astronomicly expensive in it's day. Still a good keep sake, was probably kept as a desk ornament or on a pedestal. May have had an aviation association, or just simply patriotic. Maybe some research can give more information. No maker's marks or artist's signature? Undoubtedly designed and cast with great skill.
  5. This particular example I bought in an "Antiques Shop" (Civil War - Americana?) in Muswell Hill, London around 1968. This shop had connections to USA and elsewhere were also specialised in US and American Civil War items, but had mainly WW1 and WW2. I can't remember the names of the two, who ran the shop, but at least one of them was still active in militaria trade till recently. It was there I bought this buckle, they had several, also WW1 German steel helmets in similar condition, but in a limited number. Recently, a number of new, unissued brass/silver belt buckles, no leather tabs att
  6. Condition is not great, but both decals appear to be originals, from the SS is extremely hard to find nowadays, and if the decals are ok, then this could be worth a considerable sum!
  7. A: Where are you off to, Kamerad? B: To make a proposal! A: Do you want to get turned down again like yesterday? B: Oh Please! Yesterday I was wearing civilian apparel!
  8. Further improved pictures added throughout, incl. Hessen, etc. Großherzogtum Oldenburg, very early buckle, brass and nickel-silver, ca. 60mm wide. Later designated Infanterie-Regiment 91
  9. Prussia and Württemberg M.95 Prussia, fieldgrey, 2 piece, unissued, never had a leather tab
  10. Überrock or frock coat for an Artillery officer, ca. 1890-1914, shoulder pieces have been removed. Cape for a Prussian officer, infantry and some other possibilities. The red lining to the collar has become unstitched, would need some attention. Nice quality.
  11. Yes indeed, that is Mecklenburg-Schwerin or Mecklenburg-Strelitz, extremely rare, not quite matching the Prussian one on the other side. Do you have the other one to match somewhere?
  12. Apart from that, not every European would want to be seen in an (oriental) costume like that.
  13. Photo 1 and 2: Überrock, interim dress, an older example dating from possibly 1860-1880, this style worn till 1890 - never any insignia, apart from shoulder pieces were ever worn with such a uniform coat. The coat was worn instead of the uniform and was an informal dress, worn only by officers! The Überrock had a long tradition in the Prussian Army. 2 buttons missing from tail decoration at reverse (compare next uniform photo) Medals and Decorations were never to be worn with this dress, apart from Iron Cross 1.class, a buttonhole ribbon or a neck decoration, see photo example. Always da
  14. Worn over some sort of service clothing, uniform or whatever. Material may be simply an Ersatz quality, as materials were always scarce.
  15. At least all complete. A Luftschutz gas mask. The mask is very similar to the Wehrmacht mask. The tin etc. are for Luftschutz use. Auer was one of the leading makers of masks etc.
  16. Armbinde, "Wache", unusual quality, leather on some sort of waxcloth or lacquered textile. Wache means "Guard", no idea who could have used this. Does not look typically Wehrmacht, but certainly period. Worn on some sort of duty by a person of some organisation.
  17. All correct under uniforms. Here is a mixture of older pieces from pre 1919 and from Third Reich period, as can be seen. The last photo with collar patches is for a Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS. Originals are incredibly rare and very pricy indeed. Next picture back is a summer breast eagle for the white or khaki tunic, if gold, could be either Kriegsmarine or a general of the army, if silver then an army officer. A single crossed batton for a shoulder piece for a Bavarian field marshall! A futher pair of crossed battons for either an army field marshall or Großadmiral Kriegsmarine
  18. I had one of those carbines, dated 1916, many years ago. Carbines were probably more suitable for fortress troops than the long rifle.
  19. A post-war publication by David Irvine. Original wartime publications are always more valuable. However, if it is a useful book with much information, and if no longer available, it could be worth more if in demand.
  20. Judging by the photo the cap and the tunic have different distinguishing colours. The eagle on the cap is not the right type, it is from one of the political organisations, not the Wehrmacht, has been replaced by someone after 1945.
  21. I suppose you save a lot a money when specialising, otherwise collecting is such a wide field, you spend a lot of time and resources.
  22. The Pour le Mérite A-Z two volumes are very much in demand and are highly priced, there are also reprints available. A friend of mine also got the originals recently, very underpriced. The NSDAP uniform plate is also quite valuable, unfortunate that the condition is poor. However, it is not easy to get a justified price for books today when selling, but the demand is definitely still there. Some interesting books, personal dedications from the period make it also very interesting and can raise the price.
  23. Looks fine. You should look out for a nice Kreta title next. These are also very much copied.
  24. In WW1 the Royal Flying Corps wore khaki uniforms. On 1. April 1918, the R.F.C. and the R.N.A.S. were amalgamated to form the Royal Air Force, first new uniforms were khaki, the R.A.F. blue was not introduced till late in the war, so therefore the helmets were basicly khaki for most of the period. Later the helmets were theoreticly bluegrey, at least in WW2
  25. Do you still have the uniform in the last picture? What is the badge over the right cuff? Signals?
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