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Patronentasche (Cartridge box) M.1895 for Gew.88 or other munition, with internal divider, spaces for 4 cartridge clips. Worn in pairs to the front of the belt to either side of buckle, there are brass suspension pieces to the rear to attach to the pack straps. Was worn during WW1 by second line units as well as active troops, when not enough of the new type were available. Brown leather, blackened.
Stamped inside: P.B.25, 1.K. II.  Pionier-Bataillon 25, 1.Kompanie, the "II" refers to the condition of the equipment.








Patronentaschen 1871/84 dating from 1887/88, matching pair to Infanterie-Regt. 124 and W.L.B.6, Württembergisches Landsturm-Bataillon 6.   Offenbach maker's mark.

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Patronentaschen M.1908. Natural brown leather with a pebbled surface, slightly mismatched, one slightly darkened, the other almost the original colour, both dated 1914, one by Alf.Bühler, Stuttgart and with a stamp of Bekleidungsamt IV. (Magdeburg) within, the other by G.A.Hofmann, Berlin. Both with the early brass fittings.
First introduced in 1908 for wear with the fieldgrey uniform.





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The last pattern is the M1909 submitted to the Kaiser in 1909 with Probe example submitted in January 1910. See Jürgen Kraus, "Die feldgraue Uniformierung des deutschen Heeres 1907-1918".

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A 1915 dated brown leather belt with a single prong iron roller buckle of uncertain origin, possibly German, Austrian or Russian, of a type favoured by officers in preference to the the leather field belt with patent buckle, which tended to snap open. Frequently seen in period photos.






A Trench Dagger, this is probably the most standard model of all the various types. Often referred to as a "life insurance" under close combat conditions. These were mostly  privately purchased and not normally issued. Possibly issued to assault troops. The belt loop has been repaired by a previous collector, original material.



Belt leather dated 1917 to XII. Armee-Korps (Saxon), maker: L.Keller in Stockach/Württ. With an original loop with D-ring for extra equipment for entrenching tool, etc.



Bayonet frogs. First two examples came with a 98/05 and 1898 long.  Second example is of an older pattern and does not have a"waist". The third example, lightly blackened from an 84/98 bayonet.
Maker's marks:
1 Werkgen. Sattler Innung Hamburg, 1916 and "J"
2 no marks
3 A. HELLMUTH, Berlin



Feldflasche - late war cantine, ca. 1917. Iron with grey enamel, reduced leather harness, cover made of brown corduroy instead of wool felt, which was in short supply. Large, illegible stamp to rear of cover



Two drinking cups from the Somme, taken by a Military Medal holder of the Royal Marine Artillery from Chingford/Essex, from the region between Albert - Pommera. One 1917 dated grey enamelled iron example with printed makers initials E.L.S.17
A further earlier example in aluminium made by Wilh. Berg, Magdeburg and regimental markings R.67 M.G.K. 12. I
being Infanterie-Regt. 67, Maschinengewehr-Kompanie (12.) grade I (regiment based in Magdeburg). Each with a quarter of a litre capacity, they were usually hung loose next to the water bottle.




A stick grenade (Stielhandgranate) 5 1/2 Sek. made by Lachmann & Co., Berlin. Restored and repainted condition, the "label" an obvious addition by a previous owner, some slight underlying rust, end of wooden handle has parts missing and been sealed with waxed brown paper and a simulated string pull.

Have seen some reference as to where the older stick grenade models were fitted at the base with waxed paper

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A  Tornister of a type known as a "Dachs" (badger), was worn only by soldiers of the Jäger Bataillons - I have only heard of this mentioned in undetailed text descriptions and in one line drawing till present (drawing was by David Nash if I remember correctly), this is the first real image I have seen so far, and is in possession of the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum, Rastatt. Extremely rare. The pack is coverered in calves fur (Kalbsfell), as per the normal version till 1916.

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Marching boots, M.1866, difficult to date, sometime between 1866-1914. These were blackened with the peacetime uniform, and for special occasions highly polished, for field wear they were rubbed with fat to make them dull and water resistant. As worn by infantry and other foot soldiers.
This pair have been very much worn, and probably worn later in industry or agriculture. There are no studs left, the bottom layer of the heels with irons missing, the heels slightly worn down, with some gaps in the layers, these provisionally filled. Complete with the overlay sole as always worn. In my collection since about 1971. Still a restoration project on my part, the heels would need restoring, heel irons and studs replaced, otherwise good. I would not give this job to any modern shoemaker!







Tyical of the toes is the "Haifischschnautze" or shark's nose form. No gap between soles and uppers, as in civilian footwear. All crevices were to be filled with wax to make them waterproof.



A further set of marching boots, ca. 1916. These are less worn and in better shape, the heels are complete with the original heel irons. The studs have been removed from the soles, or the soles period replaced without studs. These still to be added, a further project.




Heels are higher than non military footwear.


The typical silhouette and side seams.


Heel irons are slightly dull, just slight surface rust. Note construction with wooden nails as period used, correct period issued soles.



A pair of fieldgrey puttees for wear with short ankle boots and short knee breeches. Rough fieldgrey material. length around 3 feet, with long attaching straps, each fitted with a sliding quick release buckle in light polished steel. Circa 1917/18.

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The standard 1898 mess tin, probably pre-war, made of aluminium with scratched original black finish. Messtins were later made of enamelled iron, usually grey, otherwise unchanged. The iron closing claw has a metal loop for retaining one strap. Messtin was attached with 2 long leather straps to the tornister, with the lid facing the right side. The can has a long wire loop as a carrying handle.
No visible maker marks or date. Initials H.A. scratched to rear of can.




A colour plate shows how the equipment was worn. Note, the Pickelhaube has been depicted back to front, peak trim should be at the front.
From a publication by Fred & Liliane Funcken.


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Original gasmask set, ca. 1917, second type leather face mask, the container with about 40 percent of original paintwork and a unit marking on the lid 4./116, being 4. Komp., Infanterie-Regt. 116. Inside of container with original black finish. The mask is marked with the name Schroeder. Original long carrying strap with much wear, the slider buckle was missing, has been repaired and re-attached without buckle. Short hanging strap with buttonhole in good condition.

(Unable to show leather mask for the moment, as all batteries are down)




Original envelope with spare lenses and instructions for handling.
Klarscheiben vor Feuchtigkeit schützen. Nicht wischen, nur am Rande anfassen zum Einlegen.


unit marked, 4./116 for 4.Komp./ Infanterie-Regt.116



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