These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
Waffen-SS BeVo-style skull
This is a very nice and nowadays rarely encountered Waffen-SS BeVo style cap skull, in unconfectioned ie. unfolded condition. The piece is neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (executed in greyish-blue) and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even M43 cap. The piece has never been worn and is unconfectioned (this one has the light-brown coloured 'guiding-threads' as more often encountered on BeVo produced insignia'). The skull is of the smaller ie. regular sized type. Simply a very nice piece that is not cheap but IMO nowadays fully worth its money. These original cap-skulls in mint, unissued condition are almost impossible to find!
WH cotton under-the-tunic 'Airtex' shirt
This is a neat and rare 'standard issue' WH (Heer) item: a cotton ie. so-called: 'Airtex' under-the-tunic shirt in very nice, almost mint, condition. This one has the typical long length and large pointed collar-points and has two front-pockets (which is not always the case). These shirts are considered rare due to the fact that most of them were simply worn-out after the war. This example is nicely ink-stamped in the neck with: ''III - 41' (IMO stating the size (3) and the year of procuction: '1941' and naturally retains all its original (carton) buttons. The shirt has a few minor darker 'dust-stripes' from aging and shows two (very tiny) holes. Note: this is NOT a modern copy or 'Bunderwehr'-shirt but a real WWII item that would certainly show nice under a WH tunic. A truly rare item!
Collar-tab WH (Heer) 'General'
This is a nice (and scarce!) single collar-tab intended for a WH (Heer) 'General' (general officer) in used but still very nice condition. The piece is neatly hand-embroidered in golden-toned metal thread on a bright-red background. The piece has a brownish 'buckram' backing as usual. The golden-thread has somwhat faded over the years, something that is not uncommon: the qualitty of the embroidery is very nice. A nice and desirable piece: to bad it is only a single one!
Soldiers'-type LW tropical boards 'Flak'
This is a neat and very rare, fully matching pair of soldiers'-type WH (Luftwaffe) 'tropical' shoulder-boards, intended for a 'Flak' soldier. The pair is in nice, only slightly used condition. The boards are fully 'text-book' in all facets and are executed in blue-gray, smooth-like cotton, having the red, 'silk-like' piping. These were used on the very scarce (and impopular!) LW blue-grey 'smooth-cotton' 4-pocket-tunics, that were specifically developed and intended for the North-Afrika war: these tunics are exactly made like the LW 'Khaki' brown tunics. (See also pages 160/161 of John Hodgins' excellent reference book: 'German Paratroops in North Africa'). A truly rare pair that is not often offered for sale!
WH (Heer) collar-patches: 'Heeresgeistliche'
This is a truly very rare pair of matching WH (Heer) officer collar-tabs, having the ulra-rare purple branch-colour of an 'Heeresgeistliche' (army chaplains-/priests), in IMO unissued condition. The tabs are in a very nice condition and are only somewhat dull in appearance (caused by age and storage). The detail on the embroidery, however, is stunning. It should be noted that these were worn by the various (protestant and catholic) priests on the 'regular' Heeres officers' tunics having NO shoulderboards. I have never seen a real set in 40 years of collecting, something that IMO merits its comparatively high asking price! A very nice - and ultra rare! - collar-tab set in the rarest branch-colour of the WH!
Arm-patch Diplomatic/Government Official
This is a nice example of the rare hand-embroidered armbadge for a Diplomatic/Government Official, Paygroup III (i.e. Assesor & Governing Leader) executed in silver on a black wool back-ground, in nice, albeit used condition. The badge shows an embroidered star and has three stripes (thin/thick/thin) denoting the specific rank. The badge is neatly backed with greyish/black cotton and shows nice detail. The badge - which was most certainly a privately produced and acquired piece - shows some minor wear and age. A nice and truly rare armbadge that is not often offered for sale!
Waffen-SS visor-cap skull mm. 'Ges.Gesch.'
This is a very nice (and nowadays very desirable!) Waffen-SS visor-cap skull, which is executed in so-called silvered 'Feinzink'. The skull is nicely 'Ges.Gesch.' marked (hard to read but surely present) and could be IMO referred to the as a text-book 'Assmann' piece. The skull shows only minor wear (most of the silver finish is present) and has both of its (copper-coloured) prongs present. A nice and desirable piece that would look great if again mounted on a visor-cap!
WH (Heer) Pz shoulder-board: 'S'
This is a very rare - albeit single - WH (Heer) 'M36-type shoulder-board, having a chain-stitched 'S' cypher, as intended for a soldier in one of the 'Panzertruppenschulen' (PZ troops schools) in nice albeit used & damaged condition. The board is executed in 'dark-green wool' (having pink, woolen piping) and is text-book in all factes. The board is truly worn and has its tongue partly cut-of (for unknown reasons). It should, however, be noted that ALL 'cyphered' Heeres boards are considered rare and highly collectable: esp. those of the 'Panzertruppen'. A nice and scarce PZ related board: too bad it is only a single one!
WH (Heer) board: 'Art. B-Lehr'
This is a nice and scarce single WH (Heer) officers' shoulderboard piped in bright red, as intended for an 'Oberleutnant einer Art. Beobachtungs-Lehr Abteilung' (= first lieutnant of one of the army's artillery observer schools) having the scarce, golden-toned 'BL' cypher attached, in nice, only slightly used condition. The board has a 'bright' silver coloured top and has one copper-toned pip attached (which is a bit tarnished from age). The board is has no tongue but is fitted to be worn in a summer- or white cotton tunic ('auf der Steg'): one of the ends shows some slight damage but the board is fully functional. It shows some slight glue- and carton remains on the back. A nice and desirable board!
WH (Heer) WH board: 'Kriegs-/Stabsrichter'
This is a very rare - albeit single - WH (Heer) 'cyphered' officers'-type board, intended for a 'Kriegs-/Stabsrichter' (judicial officer or judge) having a 'Hauptmann' (= captain) rank, in nice, only slightly used condition. The board - which has the rare 'dark-purple' branch-colour - is the type that was introduced in mid-1944. The board - which is of the sew-in type and never had a tongue - has a golden-toned sword cypher and two identical pips attached (all show normal wear and aging). A great board in one of the most rarest branch-colours of the WH!
Small-sized WH (Kriegsmarine) 'Reichskriegsfahne'
This is a nice and desirable item: a great small-sized, WH (Kriegsmarine) WWII type so-called: 'Reichskriegsfahne' - sized: 0,85 x 0,50 cms. - in very nice, only sligthly used, condition. The piece is neatly stamped with an eagle and 'M' (signifying that is was a standard Navy issue item). The flag - which still has both its cord loops - is also black-ink stamped with its size. These 'Reichskriegs- fahnen' showing an IC symbol in the upper corner are one of the most desirable TR-flag-types and were standard issue on various types of KM-vessels. These small sized flags are the rarest of the series and very hard to encounter. This one is almost void of damage: just one tiny hole in the middle (see photo): the colours are still very bright and vivid. A truly nice and rare piece!
Standard WH binoculars 'Dienstglas' 10 x 50
This is a scarce standard WH binoculars 'Dienstglas' 10 x 50 which is black coloured, as often seen being worn by the WH (Heeres) 'Panzer' and/or Waffen-SS troops. The piece is in a nice, albeit clearly used condition. The piece shows normal traces of wear. The piece is nicely maker-marked with the 3-digit makers-code: 'BMJ' (signifying that it was produced by the Hensoldt company, based in Wetzlar) and shows the engraved mark: 'Dienstglas 10 x 50'. The (still functional) piece retains both its 'Bakalite' cups, which are both undamaged. A nice opportunity to acquire one of the more scarcer and desirable WH binoculars for an IMO fair price!
Waffen-SS aluminium belt-buckle & belt
This is a very nice example of a Waffen-SS aluminium belt-buckle stamped: 'RzM 155/39' that comes on its 90 cms. long leather belt (RBN numbered), in very nice, only slightly used condition. Of interest is the fact that the buckle - which is surely used - retains almost all of its silver-coloured finish (quite rare to encounter on aluminium buckles!). It was never cleaned nor polished and has extraordinary detail: there is just one minor area where the paint is a bit damaged (lower right corner) but truly nothing shocking. The inside shows some normal dust and slight worn-marks acquired over the years. The stamp is not that pronounced (more often seen on these aluminium SS buckles). The black leather belt is sized (and stamped) 90 cms. and would easily fit a torso or mannequin. The belt is RBN-numbered (bearing the number: '0/0676/0120') and is in a wonderful condition. Of additional interest is the fact that the catch is also executed in aluminium, making it a nice match to the buckle. Simply a very nice Waffen-SS belt-buckle set: maybe the nicest set I ever had on offer!
BeVo-like armband: 'Feldgendarmerie'
This is a nice example of the scarce BeVo-like armband: 'Feldgendarmerie', executed in bluish-grey cotton interwoven on a rust-brown coloured background, in clearly used and uniform-removed condition. The piece still shows its (original) stitching holes and was slightly shortened for wear: it measures in total 42 cms. Of interest is the fact that it is clearly visible where both ends were stitched to the tunic. The piece was never cleaned and shows normal age and staining. A nice and not so often encountered cuff-title as used by the (notorious!) 'Feldgendarmerie' (field-police) staff-members!
Tropical (DAK) WH (Heer) belt/buckle
This is a very nice example of a tropical (DAK) WH (Heer) green-coloured, steel belt-buckle on its cotton tab (by 'HA 41') that comes on its green cotton (mm and dated: '1942') belt, both in very nice (IMO mint) condition. The buckle is a mint example that is produced the 'Hermann Aurich' company based in Dresden (the HA logo & date '1941' are neatly stamped in the back). The buckle retains all of its dark-green colour. The belt is a very nice example (no default whatsoever) and is sized: '100 cms.', making it a great piece to complete a mannequin. As stated, is the belt nicely maker-marked and dated: also the steel keeper is excuted in dark-green finish. Simply a very nice tropical (DAK) buckle & belt-set, which in this very nice condition is nowadays hard to encounter!
M-43-type 'SA/NSDAP Tuchmütze'
This is a very nice example of a rare 'SA' (ie. 'NSDAP') 'M43' cap ('Tuchmütze'), having its original RzM etiket attached in very nice, only slightly used, condition. The cap - which is a fair size '56' (stamped in the lining) - is truly text-book in all facets (all characters of a fine, original cap are present!). The lining is of the 'text-book' rough, grey-coloured cotton. The cap - which is executed in the typical 'mustard-green' wool - bears still its (somewhat washed-out) RzM label (which is unusual). The triangle - which is facing right thus being an SA-type eagle - is executed in flat-wire weave: it has a black background, signifying that it belonged to a soldier of the 'Gruppe Niederrhein' or 'Berlin-Brandenburg'. The BeVo-type eagle is hand-attached to the cap, something that is not uncommon for these (late-war) caps. The cap has one no damage whatsoever and retains almost all its woolen napping: the inner-lining shows some small staining caused by wear. I assume that this cap was IMO used by a soldier that belonged to the SA-related 'Wehrmannschaften'. Simply a very nice piece of original headgear for which I (naturally) give a life-time garuantee on its originality. I have IMO priced this example fairly!
WH (Heer) NCO visor-cap 'Infanterie'
This is a fantastic 'Extra Klasse' WH (Heer) NCO visor-cap 'Infanterie', neatly maker-marked: 'Viro', and stamped: 'J.R.105', in almost mint, unissued condition. The cap - which was acquired by me from a private person and was never before in a collection! - is a superb, text-book example: it is a fair size (I deem 58/59 cms.) and is made out of fine, extra-quality fine grain wool. Both aluminium (and neatly!) frosted eagle and cocarde (as well as the leather chin-strap) are original to the cap. The cap bears a neat triangle (executed in 'Mica') which shows the unusal maker-mark: 'Viro' (to date this maker is not yet identified: nice caps by this maker are regarded very rare!) The cap belonged to an NCO ('Unteroffizier') of the 'Infanterie Regiment 105' (as the stamp within the sweat-band) states. The cap shows no wear nor damage and has a full white 'paspelierung' without any defaults. Simply a great text-book NCO visor-cap that simply cannot be upgraded: the best such visor-cap I ever had on offer!
Complete WH 'Esbit' stove 'Mod.9'
This is a very nice and surely rare item: an unissued and complete WH 'Esbit' stove 'Mod.9' that comes in its original carton pouch & original (complete) pouch of 'Esbit' fuel-tablets, all in unissued condition. The 'Esbit' Stove 'Mod.9' was the standard issue WH field-stove and was a 'standard' item to be carried in the 'Brotbeutel'. To find both items in such minty condition is surely exceptional. Both carton pouches are complete but are a tiny bit 'wrinkled': surely due to years of storage. This is a nice opportunity to acquire a WH stove set. Simply a nice and unusual personal WH item: maybe the first and last such set I can ever offer!
Waffen-SS NCO-type shoulderboards
This is a very scarce pair of Waffen-SS NCO-type shoulder-straps, piped in 'white', as intended for a 'Hauptscharführer der Infanterie' (infantry senior sergeant), in nice albeit used condition. The straps have their original - typical 'SS type' - small sized tongues and have the neat 'silk-like' type, white coloured piping (somewhat dirty). The backs of both boards are executed in green wool. The boards are made out-of black wool ('moleskin') and have the (standard) silver NCO braid attached: all 4 stars/pips are also original to the boards. The pair was always together and worn as such: there are however minor differences in execution (mainly visible on the backs of the tongues). This pair was never in a collection and came from a private person. It should be noted that white-piped Waffen-SS boards are extremely hard to find. A garuanteed original and text-book pair of SS infantry NCO shoulderboards!
NSDAP-Dienstauszeichnung in silver
This is a very nicet example of the 'NSDAP-Dienstauszeichnung in Silber - 2. Stufe für 15 Jahre treue Dienst'). The medal comes with its original approx. 20 cms. long ribbon. The medal has never been cleaned and has most of its silver finish present (it shows 'Hochpolierte Kanten'). The blue-coloured enamel is in wonderful condition and shows no damage whatsoever. A nice example of a scarce NSDAP award!
'Sonderabzeichen' / tank-destruction badge
This is a scarce (black version) of the 'Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer' (special badge for the single-handed destruction of a tank) in nice condition. The badge - which is magnetic - still retains the (protective) field-grey woolen backing. The zinc back-plate and all pins are also present. I deem that this badge was very little or not worn. A great (and garuanteed period!) piece that cannot be upgraded!
Pair WH (Luftwaffe) 'Felddivisionen' boards
This is a rare and fully matching pair of WH (Luftwaffe) shoulderboards having the green 'silk-like' piping, as intended for a soldier within one of the LW 'Felddivisionen' regiments. These green-piped LW boards are considered rare and were also used for example on the specific FD-camouflaged smocks. The set is in a very nice (IMO mint/unissued!) condition. A nice and truly rare pair of text-book LW boards!
WH (Heer) shoulderboards 'WB Berlin'
This is a nice (and and very rare!) WH (Heer) fully matching pair 'M36-type' shoulder-boards (soldiers' type), having the neat hand-embroidered 'W' cyphers in white wool, as intended for a soldier belonging to the 'Wachbattalion Berlin' (being a part of the 'GrossDeutschland' division). The boards - which are most certainly used for a 'Waffenrock' or going-out tunic - are executed in 'dark-green wool' (having white woolen piping) and are text-book in all factes. The boards are 11,5 cms. in length and were clearly 'cut-off' from a tunic. They were IMO once glued in an album and were crudely removed: leaving obvious glue- and carton remains. The boards are absolutely identical with those figured in the recently published and truly excellent reference series by Scott Prichett entitled: 'Uniforms and insignia of the Grossdeutschland Division': In part II of this series an identical board is shown on page 255. It should be noted that ALL 'cyphered' Heeres boards are considered rare and highly collectable: boards from this (comparatively small) unit come hardly ever on the market!. A very nice and rare shoulderboard pair!
WH (Heer) shoulderboards 'KS Dresden'
This is a rare, and fully matching WH (Heer) shoulderboards for a soldier in the 'Kriegsschule (war school) Dresden'. The boards are only slightly used (IMO almost mint) and are of the 'sew-in' type, having no tongues. The boards have the so-called: 'woolen' piping and have the standard silver-coloured NCO braid attached. The cyphers are nicely executed in so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei'. The boards are backed with (early!) bluish WH-Heeres cloth. A nice and fully matching pair!
WH (Luftwaffe) tropical issue side-cap
This is a neat example of a WH (Luftwaffe) tropical issue side-cap. This one is nicely maker-marked: 'Berolina - Berlin - 1942' and has a fair size: '57' (marked in ink). The cap is excuted in 'fine' cotton and is lined in even more fine similar cloth. Both tropical LW insignia are 'standard' cotton pieces and are (IMO surely period) hand-sewn to the cap. The cap is in a stone-mint, unissued condtion and has no defaults whatsoever. A desirable piece of tropical head-gear!
This is a nice, IMO mid-war, zinc (i.e.'Feinzink') version of a WH (Luftwaffe) 'Fallschirmschützenabzeichen' (=paratrooper jump-badge), in nice albeit sligthly used condition. The badge has naturally a functional pin & catch construction and has IMO never been cleaned nor polished. Furthermore is most of its original golden finish still present: just the 'regular' higher areas show normal wear. This example is neatly maker-marked on the back with: 'B & N - L', signifying that was produced by the 'Berg u. Nolte' company based in Lüdenscheid. The badge shows great detail and also is engraved by the bearer: I can make out: '13 Franz...' or alike. Simply a nice mm FJ-jump badge in slightly used condition!
BeVo armshield 'Turkistan'
This is a nice and truly rare BeVo woven armshield - 1st. pattern - for a Turkistan volunteer that served within the Turkistan Legion. This shield originates from a US veteran, who 'liberated' this piece during his stay in occupied France in WWII (according to the vendor). This is one is truly one of the more rarer BeVo shields to encounter. This shield is in clearly used and uniform-removed condition (it shows clear wear and aging) and is very different from the many copies that are nowadays in existance. This first model (introduced in 1942) saw only limited use and was replaced by the second model in 1943. A very nice and rare shield: in worn condition even more hard to encounter!
Matching SS 'BeVo' collar tab set
This is a truly rare, fully matching, Waffen-SS 'BeVo' style collar tab set comprising of a rank side & rune tab, both in mint, unissued condition. Especially, the BeVo -style rank tabs are IMO 1000x more scarce than their runic counterparts and are almost impossible to find. Both tabs have the 'off-white' backing as often observed with these tabs. A truly text-book-set which I do not seperate: I got these as a set and will also sell them as such (implying that the rank-tab only is not for sale seperately). A truly rare Waffen-SS item!
Matching pair 'GD' cyphers
This is a nice and desirable item: a nice and matching pair of (golden-coloured thus officer-type) 'GD' shoulderboard cyphers as intended for usage by officers of this famous division, in used, but functional condition. The pieces have IMO never been cleaned and have a nice age patina. One of the cyphers has both prongs present whereas the other misses one prong: both could however IMO still be used to attach to a pair of boards if wished so. A nice and 100% original pair of 'GrossDeutschland' officer-type shoulder-board cyphers!
Confectioned 'Ritterkreuz' (KC) ribbon
This is a scarce piece of confectioned 'Ritterkreuz' (Knights Cross) ribbon which is 24 cms. in length (and 4,5 cms. wide). The ribbon is in nice condition (and does not glow under UV-light) and would nicely serve to complete a KC! It was clearly worn and still shows the traces of having been used (age and wear). The item originates from a German flea-market were it was recently found: the seller told that he once had also the cross but sold this separately some decades ago: this piece 'suddenly appeared' with the relatives of the KC-bearer. A nice item that is difficult to encounter if needed!
Waffen-SS 'bullion' NCO collar-tab
This is a scarce Waffen-SS 'bullion' hand-embroidered NCO runes collar-tab having its original RzM tag. These were often favoured by NCO's. This example still retains its (slightly damaged) RzM tag and is in used and worn condition (stitch-holes visible). The craftmenship shown on the runes is extraordinary. A nice and desirable collar tab!
M44 type 'Panzer' inisgnia set
This is a nice and surely scarce item: a M44 'Panzer' set comprising of a fully matching pair of late-war WH (Heer) M44 NCO i.e. 'Feldwebel der Panzertruppen' shoulder-boards and a M44 triangular shaped PZ breast-eagle, all in nice, only slightly used condition. The shoulderboards are 'text-book' examples, having the pink-coloured 'silk-lined' piping and silver-grey 'standard' NCO-braid, as intended for a Heeres 'Feldwebel'. The boards are constructed following the typical '1944 production manner'. The pair is in IMO only slightly used and show some minor wear and age. They have 2 (identical) small sized pips, originally attached. The eagle is a 'standard' BeVo woven M44 example (also not common) that is unconfectioned but just a bit dirty from years of storage. It is a bluish-grey example executed on a black background. It should be noted that M44 'Panzer' boards are scarcely encountered and as such quite rare. A nice and unusual Panzer set!
Tropical Waffen-SS BeVo cap-eagle & skull
This is surely one of the rarest items I have ever offered for sale: a very rare set comprising of a (matching!) Waffen-SS BeVo 'tropical' style cap-eagle and accompanying skull, both in worn and clearly cap-removed condition. (These are truly removed from a IMO tropical M43 cap are a bit dirty and originate from my own collection). Both are neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (they are both executed in golden-yellow cotton) and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS tropical M43 cap. Naturally will I only sell these as a set because they were found as such: the skull is not for sale separately. The skull is of the smaller sized type and differs quite a lot from the more often seen tropical skulls. I deem the asking price according to the rarity of this set! It should be clearly stated that this is a true tropical-set and not a white/silver set that was yellowed by age. I deem that this rare item deserves a new 'first-place' on my site. A one-of-a-kind Waffen-SS item!
LW 'Beobachterabzeichen' by 'Assmann'
This is a very nice example of an (IMO early) WH (Luftwaffe) 'Beobachterabzeichen' (observers badge). The piece is a nice, 'Buntmetall' piece that has never been cleaned nor polished. The piece has great detail and a nice (somewhat blackened) age patina. The pin and catch are natural fully functional. This one is nicely maker-marked: 'A' (signifying that it was produced by the 'Assmann' company, based in Lüdenscheid). This example was never before in a collection and came straight from a German attic. The details on the eagle are truly stunning. It bears a - hard to read - engraved bearer's name: '...J..ken'. (at least that is what I can make out of the engraving). The catch, pin and both studs are in nice and functional condition and were never repaired. A very nice and IMO early LW observers-badge without any defaults!
Waffen-SS visor-cap skull - 'RzM M1/52'
This is a nice, metal Waffen-SS visor-cap skull, which is executed in silver-finished copper-toned metal (so-called: 'Cupal'). The skull is nicely 'RzM M1/52' marked and could be refferred to the as a text-book 'Deschler & Sohne' piece. The skull has regrettably lost most of its silver finish (it is dark-toned but never cleaned). It shows normal wear but regrettably misses one of its typical prongs. Still a nice and desirable piece that is nowadays very hard to find!
WH (Kriegsmarine) side-cap set
This is a nice and not so often encountered set: a WH (Kriegsmarine) dark-blue cap-eagle and matching (scarce!) cocarde, both in BeVo weave. Both are in used condition and were clearly side-cap removed (old stitching still present). The set came with a neat copper-based side-cap insignia, depicting a wild boar: I do not know the exact unit but this can surely be further determined. The copper-badge still retains its prongs. The eagle is executed in golden-yellow on a dark-blue background: the cocarde - which shows some normal staining - is also on a similar background. It should be noted that esp. the KM cocardes are getting almost impossible to find: something that merits IMO its price. A nice and matching set of BeVo insignia that came straight of a side-cap and was stored for years as a set! A rare KM item!
Semi-BeVo style armshield 'Latvia'
This is a rare Waffen-SS, semi-BeVo style armshield 'Latvia', intended for use by the members of the so-called: 'Latvian Legion' and later the 15.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (Lettische nr.1). The shield is in mint, unissued and uncut condition and rates as one of the more difficult shields to encounter. The used 'weave' technique is very nice and similar to the German BeVo technique. A nice and rare foreign volunteer item!
DAK side-cap 'Panzer'
This is nice and not so often encountered item: a DAK ('Deutsches Afrika Korps') side-cap, mm and dated '5 - 1941', having original attached BeVo insignia and 'Rosa' (pink) soutache, intended for a 'Panzer(-jäger)' soldier, in stone-mint, unissued condition. The cap - which naturally has the (darker) red inner lining - is large sized: '59' and is nicely maker-marked: 'Weissbach' based in Glauchau. The cap has a ('zig/zag' machine-stitched!) BeVo eagle and cocarde attached: similarly is the inverted cotton 'V'(or 'Soutache') originally to the cap (also machine-stitched), making it a fairly scarce item. Both (olive-sprayed) metal vent-holes (rings) are undamaged and not corroded. Of interest is the fact that the 'Soutache' was put on the cap BEFORE it was completely put together! A great DAK side-cap - in maybe the most desirable branch-colour - that simply cannot be upgraded!
Waffen-SS NCO-type boards 'Infantry'
This is a scarce and fully matching pair of Waffen-SS NCO-type shoulder-straps, piped in 'white' intended for a 'Oberscharführer Infanterie' (infantry sergeant) in used condition. The straps have their original - typical 'SS type' - small sized tongues and have the 'silk-like' type, white coloured piping (somewhat dirty). The backs of both boards are executed in green wool. The boards are made out-of black wool ('moleskin') and have the silver NCO braid attached: both stars/pips are also original to the boards. This pair was never in a collection and came from a private person. It should be noted that white-piped Waffen-SS boards are extremely hard to find. A garuanteed original and text-book pair of SS infantry shoulderboards!
MP 38/40 green coloured pouch 'CLG'
This is a (nowadays rare) WH (Heer or Waffen-SS) green coloured MP38-40 pouch, neatly maker-marked: 'CLG 43' in stonemint, unissued condition. The pouch is in a very nice condition and seems to have not been used. It is nicely stamped on the back with the makers-mark: 'CLG', a 'Waffenabnahme' stamp and a date: '43'. The leather is naturally fully functional (IMO was the pouch never closed). These original MP pouches are getting hard to find especially in this exceptional nice condition!
Romanian WWII period axis military sportsbadge
This is a very rare Romanian WWII period military sportsbadge that was awarded to members of the German racial minority group in Romania, in overall nice condition. Romania - being one of Germany's WWII allies also developed its own (youth?) sportsbadge, intended to be worn by the German speaking minority group. The bronze piece states the wording: 'Vorleben - Vorkämpfen' is in a very nice condition - having no damage whatsoever - and comes on its original pin as issued. The piece has a very nice age patina (IMO never cleaned nor polished) and shows a makers-mark on the back. It is also individually numbered: it shows the number: '36' (which low number confirms its rarity!) This badge is truly rare: only a few are known in existance today. The only reference where it - as far as I know - is mentioned is volume II of 'Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich' by Littlejohn and Dodkins: here a photo and brief description are shown on page 83. The badge has approximately the same size as a SA sportsbadge. A great opportunity to acquire a rare badge from one of Germany's Axis forces!
Hungarian WWII period axis military sportsbadge
This is a very rare Hungarian WWII period military sportsbadge that was awarded to members of the German racial group in Hungary in overall nice condition. Hungary - being one of Germany's WWII allies also developed its own (youth?) sportsbadge. The piece - made out of silvered metal - is in a very nice condition - the white sea-gull shows no damage whatsoever - and comes on its original pin as issued. The piece is not maker-marked nor numbered and has a very nice age patina. This badge is truly rare: only a few are known in existance today. The only reference where it - as far as I know - is mentioned is volume II of 'Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Third Reich' by Littlejohn and Dodkins: here a photo and brief description are shown on page 82. A great opportunity to acquire a rare badge from one of Germany's Axis forces!
WH (Heer) badge 'Sonderverband 288'
This is a truly rare WH (Heer) BeVo woven 'Ärmelabzeichen für Angehörige des Sonderverband 288'. The Sonderverband 288 was raised on July 1st, 1941 at Potsdam (near Berlin). It was composed of units from all over Germany. This special Unit 288 or z.b.V.288, was also known as Combat Group Menton, after its commander. It originally contained crack units from all branches of the German army: anti-tank men, Alpine troops, engineers, and eventually 3 of the new StuG.III assault guns. There was also a company of Brandenburgers, trained for special operations behind enemy lines. These units were intended to prepare the way for the DAK as it flowed across the Nile and into the Middle East and on to India. Their most important component was a group of interpreters with their own printing presses. These men knew all the languages that would be needed, from Arabic and Persian dialects to Hindi, Urdi and Sanskrit. There was also a specialized group who had been trained to seize and rebuild the oil fields of the region. When it became obvious that Rommel's rush to the Nile was not going to be a cake walk, the 288th minus its interpreters and technicians was sent to Africa as special reinforcements. During the Gazala Line battles the 288th saw action supporting the Italian Ariete against the French forces defending Bir Hacheim at the southern tip of the British defenses. They also participated in the El Alamein battles, and the last of their StuG.IIIs was left behind for the British to contemplate. By October 31, the Sonderverband 288 was reorganized and renamed Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment Afrika. The armbadge is very nicely woven in the so-called: 'BeVo' technique and a true example of this fantastice technique. The badge is in mint unissued condition. These BeVo badges are often copied: the badge offered here is naturally a 100% period example for which I give a life-time garuntee. A truly nice & rare armbadge!
'Treuedienst Ehrenzeichen' - 50 years
This is a nice example of the truly rare, 50 yrs. 'Treuedienst Ehrenzeichen' (faithful service decoration) in the seldom encountered (golden/silver) class. This is a truly nice piece that comes on its blue ribbon with period, copper-toned pin for wearing on the tunic. The medal has never been cleaned and was in the box for the last decades. The box - rare in itself - is in fair condition but shows some minor use. The golden logo on the top of the box is fully present. The enamel on the medal shows no damage whatsoever. An honest and rare set that is not often offered for sale!
WH (Luftwaffe) white officers' visor-cap eagle
This is a neat and only sligthly used WH (Luftwaffe) bullion officers', white coloured summer-visor-cap eagle in very nice, albeit sligthly used condition. This one comes with its copper-coloured 'back-plate' (attached to keep a neat shape) and has all three prongs present. The detail and craftmanship on this particular piece are truly wonderfull. The traces of having been attached on a white summer (visor) cap once are obvious. A very nice piece that would nicely fit to restore a LW officers' summer visor-cap. A truly great piece that is almost impossible to find if needed!
'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' in 'Überkarton'
This is a very nice item: a maker-marked 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' (IC 1st class) that comes in its orignal box of issue and (white/yellowish) so-called 'Überkarton'. The cross is neatly maker-marked: '100' (on the back of the flute-shaped pin) signifying that it was produced by the 'Rudolf Wächtler u. Söhne' company based in Mittwaida. The semi-leather (and quite luxurious) etui is in a very nice, almost mint condition. The 'Überkarton' shows usage and slight damage (some of the inner-flaps are missing) but is still fully functional and was always with this set. The cross surely once had so-called: 'Hochpolierte Kanten' but shows now a somewhat darkened age tarnish: it is IMO never cleaned. A very nice and surely desirable IC1st class set!
Late-war WH (Luftwaffe) pilots' badge
This is a nice example of a late-war (and unmarked) WH (Luftwaffe) pilots' badge or 'Flugzeugführer Abzeichen' in very nice and only slightly used condition. The badge is in an overall nice condition and retains most of its silverish finish on the wreath & eagle (often the finish of these late-war 'Feinzink' badges is faded and/or mostly gone). The detail is still very fine. The pin & catch are fully functional. A nice opportunity to acquire a resonably priced and 100% original LW pilots' badge!
PZ soldier grouping
This is a not so often encountered set that originated from the same soldier who kept this together for all these years: a nice PZ soldier grouping comprising of a (matching) pair of soldiers' type shoulder-boards (having the 'silk-like' type, pink coloured piping!), a neat pair of PZ collar-tabs (having originally attached aluminium type skulls) and a uniform-removed, confectioned PZ breast-eagle. All insignia is in nice, albeit used condition: the boards were apparently of the sew-in type and were crudely cut-off, the collar-tabs show still the remaining threads. Also the BeVo type eagle (executed in white on black cotton) is carefully removed from the wrapper. This set was never in a collection before and originated from the veteran. I will not split this set: it was found and will be sold as a set. A great set to complete a black-woolen PZ wrap-around tunic!
WH (Heer) tropical boards 'Grenadiere'
This is a truly rare pair of fully matching WH (Heer) Tropical (DAK) shoulderboards, intended for a 'Oberfeldwebel' in a rifle-regiment ('Grenadiere'). The boards are cleary used (some wear and discolouration from usage and sun-light) but are in very nice overall condition. Both have the nice, grass-green coloured 'silk-like' piping, golden-yellow tropical NCO braid and 4 identical pips and would neatly fit any tropical NCO tunic. The set has a 'brown' woolen backing as more often seen on DAK boards. This is the second such 'Heeres' tropical shoulderboard set I ever had on offer: a truly nice and rare pair!
Waffen-SS 'Nordland' cypher-set
This is a truly scarce set of Waffen-SS golden toned (officers' type) cyphers: 'N' (intended for use by soldiers of one of the regiments of the 11.Freiwilligen Panzer Grenadier Division 'Nordland'). The cyphers - which are in mint unissued condition - have great detail and both retain their orignal (two) prongs. A great set to 'upgrade' a pair of Waffen-SS officers' shoulderboards or just a neat set for an insignia collection!