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.
Small KC-bearer lot ('Kreta cuff-title & more)
This is a nice albeit small KC-bearer lot comprising of a (stone-mint!) 'Kreta' cuff title and small, A-5 sized document, stating that the award was posthumously awarded to ('Ober?)Feldwebel Rudolf Schmidt', a LW pilot. The cuff-title is a text-book (and stone-mint!) example in full-length (approx. 45 cms.) condition. The cuff-title is executed in the neatly woven cotton and has two finished ends (yellow stitching). It should be stated that this is not a commemorative cuff-title (such as the 'Afrikakorps' cuff-title) but an award that needed official recognition. The document states that the relatives from 'O.Feldwebel Schmidt' (who was a pilot in 'Jagdgeschwader 77/5.Staffel' and was MIA) are receiving the cuff-title and award-document. (The latter is regrettably missing!). It should be stated that 'O.Feldwebel Rudolf Schmidt' was awarded the KC on 30 August 1941. I acquired the set from a dealer who obtained this set straight from the family. A very nice and desirable set!
Nice set from a 'front-soldier'
This is a nice little set that originated from a front-soldier comprising of a WH (Heer) fully matching pair mid-war type shoulder-boards ('Feldwebel Grenzinfanterie Regiment 124') and his aluminium ID-disc '8./Grz.I.B.124', both in nice, clearly used condition. The soldier most certainly served at one of Germany's borders: the 'Grz.' abbreviation stands for 'Grenz' (border). The boards have originally attached, silver-coloured cyphers (124), something that matches with the disc. The boards are executed in 'field-grey wool' (having the white 'silk-like' piping, neat silverish 'Heeres-type' NCO braid and 2 identical pips and matching numerals ie. cyphers). The disc still comes on its original cord as worn. It should be noted that nice WH infantry shoulder-board sets a though to find: a set that comes with the ID-disc can be graded rare! Simply a very nice set of an unusual unit that would look awesome if attached to a M43 tunic!
WH (Heer) 'Panzergrenadiere' boards
This is a nice pair of (IMO) mid-war WH (Heer) shoulderboards as worn by a 'Feldwebel der Panzergrenadiere Regiment 59' (sergeant in rifle regiment 59). The boards - which are slightly mismatched but always were together - have the neat 'Wiesengrün' (rifle green) 'silk-lined' piping. The pair - which is not exactly matching but very close (esp. the lining of the tongues is from a different shaded material) - is in nice condition and was fairly worn. Both have the bluish-grey, subdued NCO braid attached. Of additional interest is the fact that the aluminium '5' and '9' cyphers - which are absolutely original to the boards - show the same age patina! A very nice and desirable set in a scarce branch-colour!
Single, cyphered shoulderboard 'GD'
This is a nice and scarce item: a text-book, IMO mid-war, officers' type ('Hauptmann' or captain) shoulderboard, having the neat golden-toned 'GD' cypher attached, as intended for an officer of the famous 'GrossDeutschland' division. The - white piped - infantry board is in a clearly used condition (it does show normal wear and age).The board has both the cypher and two golden-coloured (identical) pips originally attached and does show a name of the bearer ('Stolter' or alike). A truly scarce board from a famous 'elite' division!
Waffen-SS 'Panzer' M43 cap
This is a nice and rare item: a late-war Waffen-SS Panzer black-woolen M43 cap, having a black (woolen) eagle/skull trapezoid originally attached in mint, unissued condition. The cap - which is in all facets a typical 'Dachau' produced cap - is full text-book and in a stone-mint condition. All details are 'text-book' for a 'Dachau' made piece: like the small side loops, the two 'Bakalite' buttons, the greyish cotton lining and the typical not covered (hard carton) underside of the flap. It is a fair size (55) and will certainly fit a mannequins' head. The cap is in a wonderfull, unissued condition but has one (hardly noticable and small) moth-hole (to be found on the right upper-corner of the 'pirate' trap). A fantastic Waffen-SS Panzer for which I naturally provide a life-time garuantee on its originality. I have priced this one accordingly to its rarity! A very nice item!
Waffen-SS 'Taschenkalender 1944'
This is a neat little item: a Waffen-SS so-called: 'Taschenkalender' (pocket-diary) 'Der Soldatenfreund' - 1944 issue. The diary - 12,5 x 8 cms. - is unissued and all pages are void of entries or notes. This one bears an interesting stamp on the first page: 'Überreicht von der .... für das Deutschtum im Ausland', making this a 'promotional copy that was given to non-German nationals. Naturally all are pages (plus the often missing world-map!) present. These small diaries were much welcomed due to their additional contents (articles, pictures, vocabulary and coloured maps (24!) of all possible German insignia, ranks flag etc.!. As stated is this example in a very nice, IMO mint condition. A very nice and desirable SS item!
WH (Heer/Waffen-SS) 'Krim' shield
This is a neat example of the WH (Heer and/or Waffen-SS) 'Krim' campaign shield on field-grey woolen cloth that comes in its original carton pouch as issued. The shield and pouch (which is IMO 100x more rare than the shield itself!) are both produced by the 'Friedrich Orth' company, based in Vienna/Austria. The shield has never been on a tunic and is naturally complete with its metal back-plate and 4 prongs and still has the protective (green) paper backing. The shield - which is nicely converse - is in stunning (IMO stone-mint) condition. The pouch is in fair and naturally complete condition. A very nice and desirable example that is simply impossible to upgrade!
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 retains a fair bit of its silver finish (it is dark-toned and never cleaned). It shows normal wear but regrettably misses one of its prongs. Still a nice and desirable piece that is nowadays very hard to find!
WH (Luftwaffe) NCO-model cuff-title 'HG'
This is a nice example of the WH (Luftwaffe) cuff-title: 'Hermann Göring' as worn by the NCO's from this division. The piece is clearly uniform-removed and is shortened for wear on the uniform (it measures 38 cms.). It shows clear wear and remains of old stitching: it also has some (glue?) remains. The woven characters are done in a 'shabby manner', typical for this band. A very nice 'front-worn' example with lots of character! I have priced this one according to its condition.
Armshield for a Lithuanian volunteer
This is a nice, multi-coloured armshield for a Lithuanian volunteer (officers version?) having an attached copper-coloured knight (or 'Vytis' in Lithuanian language). The shield is in clearly used and uniform-removed condition and originates from a collection of various insignia that was compiled in 1945 by a US interrogation officer. This piece - for which I could not find and exact reference - is most likely a locally produced version for officers (something that is likely due to the silver piping). The detail on the copper-coloured small-sized 'Vytis' badge is very nice. A very nice and surely rare example of foreign volunteer related insignia that needs further investigation!
Waffen-SS BeVo cap-eagle and skull
This is a nice and nowadays rarely encountered set comprising of a (matching!) Waffen-SS BeVo style cap-eagle and accompanying skull, both in worn and clearly cap-removed condition. Both are neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (they are both executed in greyish-blue) and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even 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. A very nice set that is not cheap but nowadays fully worth its money! These original sets are nowadays almost impossible to find!
BeVo armshield 'Espana'
This is a nice and rare BeVo armshield: 'Espana', intended for a Spanish volunteer in the 'Blue Division' or 'Division Azul'. The shield is in mint, unissued condition (but shows two small stains from years of storage). This shield originates from an old collection of armshields I was able to acquire. These - original - 'official' Spanish Blue Division shields in BeVo type (German manufacture by the company of BeVo) are considered rare.A nice and rare piece of German made cloth!
WH (Heer) single M36-type shoulder-strap
This is a very nice, albeit single, WH (Heer) M36-type shoulder-strap intended for a: 'Kradschütze der Panzertruppen - 2.Batt.' (motorcyclist attached to the armoured divisions) having a neat interwoven 'K' cypher and number '2' (executed in neat so-called: 'Kurbelstickerei'). The board - which is dark-green coloured (being of the early/pre-war M36 type) - has pink-coloured 'cotton' piping, is only little used and in overall very nice condition. It has its original tongue. A very nice and rare 'cyphered' Heeresboard: too bad it is only a single one!
BeVo armshield 'France'
This is a very nice and truly rare armshield 'France' which was intended for a French volunteer within the 'LVF'. This 'Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism' (or in French: Légion des Volontaires Français contre le Bolchévisme, or simply Légion des Volontaires Français or LVF) was a collaborationist French militia founded on July 8, 1941. It gathered various collaborationist parties and volunteered to fight against the USSR on the Eastern Front. The LVF was officially known to the Germans as Infantry Regiment ('Infanterieregiment') 638. The shield is in slightly used condition and shows some truly minor staining. It is executed in the nice BeVo weave pattern. This is one of the more rarer shields to encounter: especially in this slightly worn condition! This shield is in undamaged condition but might need some ironing: it can natuarlly be folded back to create the format as worn on the tunics. The prevoius owner has put a blue-coloured inked text (stating 'LVF') on the shield: it might be possible to remove this. Still a very nice and rare shield!
WH PZ binoculars 'Dienstglas 10 x 50'
This is a scarce standard WH binoculars 'Dienstglas' 10 x 50 which is 'tropical' coloured, as often seen being worn by 'Panzer' troops. The piece is in a nice, albeit clearly used condition. The piece shows normal traces of wear: it was IMO once blackened, which colour has been carefully removed revealing the yellowish 'Einheitsfarbe'. The piece is nicely maker-marked with the 3-digit makers-code: 'BMJ' and shows the mark: 'Dienstglas 10 x 50'. The (still functional) piece retains its 'Bakalite' cups, which are both undamaged. I have priced this one according to its condition: in a better condition it would fetch much more! A nice opportunity to acquire one of the more scarcer WH binoculars!
Set of cyphered 'GD' shoulderboards
This is a nice and rare item: a fully matching pair of M36-type, green woolen shoulderboards having the white woolen 'GD' cyphers as intended for a soldier of the famous 'GrossDeutschland' regiment. The boards are in an overall nice, albeit used, condition and show some minor mothing. They are constructed of green 'felt-like' wool and have the woolen-type piping. Both have a red coloured cotton stripe attached, intended to signify an 'Anwärter' ('Uffz?') status. The boards originate from a German flea-market and were never before in a collection. A fantastic pair from a famous 'elite' regiment!
Steel Waffen-SS (anodized!) belt-buckle
This is a neat and not so often for sale encountered item: a rare steel Waffen-SS (anodized!) belt-buckle, which is neatly maker-marked: 'RzM 36/42', signifying that it is produced by the 'Overhoff & Cie.' company. These apparently in 1942 produced SS-buckles are quite scarce and are often copied. This is naturally a fine original, in a nice, albeit used, condition. The buckle retains a fair bit of its anodized 'colour' giving it a 'greenish' appearance. A rare buckle!
'Wiederholungs Spange EKI'
This is a nice item: a scarce 'Wiederholungs Spange EKI' (Bar to the IC 1st class) that comes in its original black case of issue. The (unmarked) clasp is in a very nice condition and comes on its original (and functional) pin & catch. The simulated leather etui - which does NOT show the spange on the front - is stamped on the bottom (with a white inked makers-mark 'L/11') signifying that it was produced by the maker: 'Wilhelm Deumer' based in Lüdenscheid. The bar - which has IMO almost not been worn - has the neat 'high polished sides' ('Hochpolierte Kanten') and is in a very nice overall condition. The box is fully functional (it is nicely 'LDO' stamped in the lid) but shows one dent on the front. The detail on this piece is truly excellent. A very nice set!
Award-document for the DKiG'
This is a nice example of a formal award-document for the Deutches Kreuz in Gold awarded to the Luftwaffe Unteroffizier Heinz Frister, who was a Bordfunker (radio operator) in a Sturzkampfgeschwader on 12 December 1943. Regrettably, could I not find any more details regarding Frister (but I am convinced that further study would reveal more details about him i.e. his service.) The formal document (sized: 35,5 x 25,5 cms.) is in a nice, unfolded and not hole-punched condition. It bears both the signatures of Hermann Göring (I deem a facimile) and of Generaloberst Bruno Loerzer. Bruno Loerzer (22 January 1891 - 23 August 1960) was an officer in the German 'Luftstreitkräfte' during World War I and Luftwaffe during World War II. Born in Berlin, Loerzer was a pre-war army officer, who learned to fly in 1914. Hermann Göring flew as Loerzer's observer until mid-1915. Transferring to fighters, Loerzer flew with two 'Jagdstaffeln' in 1916 before joining "Jasta" 26 in January 1917. By then he had scored two victories over French aircraft. His tally reached 20 at the end of October and he received the 'Pour le Mérite' in February 1918. The same month, he took command of the newly formed 'Jagdgeschwader III', the third of Germany's famed "flying circuses." His aces included his brother Fritz, who claimed 11 kills. Leading Jasta 26 and three other squadrons, Loerzer proved a successful wing commander. Equipped with the new BMW-engined Fokker D.VII, JG III cut a wide swath through Allied formations in the summer of 1918, and his own score mounted steadily. He achieved his last ten victories in September when he reached his final score of 44. Shortly before the armistice, he was promoted to 'Hauptmann' (captain). Loerzer illegally fought with the one of the Freikorps from December 1918 until March 1920. During the 1930s he was a leader in various civil aviation organizations and commanded fighter unit JG 334 'Pik As' when the Luftwaffe was organized. Loerzer benefited from his long friendship with Göring, becoming a lieutenant general in 1939. During the early war years he was commander of the II.Fliegerkorps and being awarded the KC (Ritterkreuz) in May 1940. Goering promoted Loerzer to Generaloberst in February 1943 and in June 1944 he became chief of the National Socialist Leadership Branch of the Luftwaffe. He retired in April 1945 and died in 1960, at the age of 69. The document shows some minor staining (possibly caused by having been hung in a frame for years). It also has a neat (superimposed and embossed) eagle Blindprägesiegel depicting Görings coat of arms. It should be stated that DkiG documents for Luftwaffe staff are not that easy to encounter! A nice historical piece that was awarded to a Stuka radio-operator!
WH (Heer) officers's type tropical belt
This is a rare WH (Heer) officers's type tropical belt that comes with its original green coloured buckle. Both slides (often missing!) are also present. The set is in absolutely mint, unissued condition and is nicely marker-marked and dated (hard to read but I could decypher: '1942'). The buckle (and contra clasp) both retain 99% of their original paint. The (natural) leather strip is mint and fully functional. The belt is stamped ie. sized 100 cms., making it easily fitted to be used for a mannequin. The buckle is not maker-marked whatsoever but has truly stunning detail! A fantastic set!
WH (Luftwaffe) pair of 'HG' boards
This is a neat and truly scarce pair of matching WH (Luftwaffe) 'Hermann Göring' division, soldier-type shoulder-boards. The boards are in sllightly used condition and have the neat white-coloured 'woolen-type' piping. The set is in nice condition (just some minor staining from years of storage). A truly nice and desirable set that is not often offered for sale!
WH (Heer) officers' side-cap
This is a very nice example of a WH (Heer) officers' side-cap, executed in high quality wool, having original applied BeVo (flatwire!) eagle and cornflower-blue coloured soutache ('Nachschub' or transport). The cap is in truly slightly used condition and does not show any mothing or other defaults. The cap is text-book in all facets: the nice 'flat-wire' BeVo type eagle and (padded!) cocarde are period sewn (by hand) and surely have IMO always been on the cap. The grey coloured cotton lining is also textbook and the lining bears a - hard to read - stamp. The cap is sized 56 cms. (so it will easily fit a mannequin) and has a (bearers') initial jotted-in: 'F'. Both vent-holes and small leather 'sweatband' are naturally also present. A very nice 'Heeres' officers side-cap that is impossible to upgrade!
Waffen-SS picture post-card: 'LSSAH'
This is very nice and definetly rare period Waffen-SS picture post-card, depicting two soldiers of the famous LSSAH ('Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler') Division. The card - which is in mint/unissued condition - shows the same picture as the period poster. The card has no writing on the back but has been stamped 'SS-Feldpost' and shows a rounded stamp of the '3. SS-Pionier-Ersatz- Batl.'. These cards are copied on a large scale (as surely known) but this one is a true original, period specimen for which I give a 100% garuantee! One of the hardest SS cards to find. A truly nice card!
Rare period NSDAP picture-postcard
This is a nice (and rare!) period NSDAP picture-postcard depicting a nice 'Thüringen' standard commemorating the 'Zehjährige Wiederkehr des Reichparteitages Weimar - 3-4-5 Juli 1936'. (return of the 'Reichsparteitag' after 10-years). The coloufull card (artist: J. Wegener) is in slightly used condition and show writing and a special stamp. One of the more rarer cards!
WH (Heer) Tropical shoulderboards
This is a truly rare pair of slightly used WH (Heer) Tropical (DAK) soldiers' type shoulderboards specifically produced for usage on the woolen great-coat of a soldier of the medical troops which served in Afrika (Sanitäter). The boards are surely used (some minor staining and aging) but are in overall very nice condition. Both have the nice 'silk-like' piping and would neatly fit a DAK great-coat. Of interest is the fact that the lining of one of the tongues is executed in summer-type DAK cloth, whereas the other is made out of the 'regular' DAK cotton. The set, however, was always together and surely worn as such. Needless to mention: this is a 100% garuanteed pair for which I give a life-time garuantee on their originality. This is the first 'Heeres' tropical shoulderboard set intended for the great-coat, I ever had on offer: a truly nice and very rare pair in a moreover scarce branch-colour! (P.s. these superb boards were once on the site but the deal fell tru: I deem they merit a position at the top of the site!)
Set LW 'Flugzeugführer' badge & cuff
This is a very nice set comprising of a neat LW 'Flugzeugführerabzeichen' (pilots' badge) (unmarked, 'Buntmetall' version) and a (full-length i.e. 46 cms. long) hand-stitched officers' cuff-title entitled: 'Geschwader Boelcke'. Both originate from a German flea-market and were always kept together by the veteran: they were never in a collection yet. This example is executed in 'Buntmetall' (tombak) and is unmarked. The badge is clearly worn but shows a great deal of character (there are some small cracks in the wreath which are only visible at the back, but nothing shocking). The badge has its original (functional) catch and pin and both rivets present. The badge has never been cleaned nor polished and has a nice age patina. The cuff-title is nicely executed in silver-wire and was clearly on a uniform once. A nice and original set that belonged to a LW-pilot in a famous unit! I decided to keep - and sell - this set as found: IMO did I price this neat set accordingly!
Waffen-SS BeVo style cap-eagle/skull set
This is a nice and nowadays rarely encountered set comprising of a (matching!) Waffen-SS BeVo style cap eagle and accompanying skull, both in unconfectioned condition. Both are neatly executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style (they are both executed in greyish-blue) and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even M43 cap. Both have never been worn and are unconfectioned. The skull is of the smaller sized type. A very nice set that is not cheap but nowadays fully worth its money! I only sell these two as a set: I do not sell the skull separately.These original sets are almost impossible to find!
Period LW 'Fallschirmjäger' portrait
This is a very nice period LW 'Fallschirmjäger' portrait photo, showing a FJ ('Pionier'?), wearing a late war FJ helmet. The photo, which is sized: 14 x 9,5 cms. shows neat details: the late-war model helmet (having the aluminium bolts), his (black?) collar patches and his cloth FJ-Springerabzeichen. The back is void of any text or writing. A nice and surely desirable photo...maybe the nicest period FJ photo I ever had on offer!
Late-war type 'Kreta' cuff-title
This is a text-book (and very nice!) example of the famous 'Kreta' cuff-title. The armband is full-length (approx. 45 cms.) and is in very nice, IMO unissued condition. The cuff-title is executed in the neatly woven, thinner-type cotton and has two finished ends (yellow stitching). I deem this the 'later-war'-type. It should be stated that this is not a commemorative cuff-title (such as the 'Afrikakorps' cuff-title) but an award that needed official recognition. The cuff-title is just somewhat dirty and slightly stained caused by years of storage. A very nice and original example that IMO cannot be upgraded!
Zinc FJ-cap-badge '3. Fallschirm Div.'
This is a nice and truly rare, zinc, small-sized, FJ unit distinctive of the: '3. Fallschirm Division'. This - inofficial - zinc badge (having a diameter of 2.5 cms.) comes on its functional pin. The badge - which was designed by a member of the division - incorporates the initial 'S' (pointing to its commander, General Schmipf) and the numeral '3', both in the format of a stylished 'FJ-Schützenabzeichen'! A nice and rare badge that is not often offered for sale!
Matching pair MP38/40 pouches
This is a (nowadays rare) pair of matching WH (Heer or Waffen-SS) green coloured MP38-40 pouches, maker-marked: 'CLG 43' in mint, unissued condition!. Both pouches are in a very nice condition and seems to have not been used. Both are nicely stamped on the back with the makers-mark: 'CLG', a 'Waffenabnahme' stamp and a date: '43'. The leather of both pouches is somewhat dried-out but fully functional: none of the (fragile) straps is broken but one is close: so the new owner should be careful with opening/closing them. The set originates from my own collection and was on a mannequin for years. These original MP pouches are getting harder to find and this set would look great on a mannequin. A nowadays hardly ever offer for sale set of original and matching pouches!
Waffen-SS 'BeVo' collar tab set
This is a truly rare Waffen-SS 'BeVo' style collar-tab set, comprising of a runic tab and rare rank-tab. It should be noted that he black rank tabs are 1000x more scarce than their runic counterparts and almost impossible to find. Both tabs have the 'white cheese-duck' backing as often observed. I know that this set is highly priced but it should be noted that in 30 years of collecting, I have only encountered a handfull of such sets. This set was found together and I will not separate them and only sell them as a set. A truly nice and rare Waffen-SS rank-tab set!
NSB 'NJS Eredraagteken'
This is a nice example of the truly extremely rare Dutch WWII period youth organisation ('NJS' - Nationale Jeugdstorm') so-called: 'Eredraagteken' (honorary badge). These were individually bestowed (mainly by the NJS 'Leider' and 'Hoofdstormer' C. van Geelkerken) and only the first 1200 pieces were numbered: this badge is number: '559'. The badge comes is a (green-coloured) simulated leather etui by a German maker in Hannover (which is period but not original to the badge). These badges are truly rare and only a handfull are known to be in private collections (some reference books do not even show a real example: just a drawing. These were also known to have been worn by the Dutch Waffen-SS volunteers on there military uniforms. The badge is in nice condition but shows a (non-discturbing) 'hair-crack' in the blue-enamelled field. A true opportunity to obtain one of the rarest NJS (and NSB!) related lapel-pins! I know I have priced this one high but I deem it absolutely worth its money!
WH (Heer) Panzer collar-tab set
This is a scarce and simply 'text-book' pair of WH (Heer) pink-piped 'Panzer' collar-tabs with attached matching metal (aluminium) skulls, as used on the black-coloured 'wrap-around' Panzer tunics. The set has the off-white coloured 'buckram' backing and both skulls (retaning both their pins). The set - which has the neat 'silk-like' type pink-coloured piping - is IMO slightly used but in overall excellent condition. The set would be great to restore a black wrap-arounf tunic! A nice and desirable 'text-book' set!
Pair WH (Heer) 'Panzer 36 Rgt. boards
This is a (regrettably non-matching) pair of WH (Heeres) 'M36' shoulder-boards (NCO/'Uffz.' type) having the neat chain-stitched cyphers in pink wool, intended for an 'Unteroffizier' in the 'Panzerjäger Rgt 36'. The boards are executed in 'dark-green wool' (having no piping and neat silver NCO braid) and are text-book in all factes. These were surely worn together (although the fact that they are not fully matching and differ slightly in execution like for example the lining of the tongues). It should be noted that ALL 'cyphered' Heeres boards are considered rare and highly collectable! A nice and scarce PZ related pair!
WH (Kriegsmarine) 1st model E-Boot badge
This is a scarce WH (Kriegsmarine) 1st model E-Boot badge, in fair, albeit used condition. The badge is executed in 'Feinzink' and retains a fair bit of its golden finish. The pin and catch are naturally fully functional. The badge is marker-marked: 'o' on the back (for which I do not have a maker at hand). The badge retains great detail and was IMO never cleaned nor polished. I deem that I have priced this (truly scarce) Navy badge accordingly!
BeVo woven arm-badge WH (Heer) 'Ski-jäger'
This is a nice example of the truly rare BeVo woven arm-badge intended for a WH (Heeres) 'Ski-jäger'. The badge is nicely executed in the so-called BeVo weave technique and is a fine original. This one originates from the UK where it was found as a true 'veteran-bring-back' piece. This one has the 'BeVo Wuppertal' trade-mark woven-in on the back (somewhat damaged but readable!). As probably known are these insignia heavingly copied and they exist even on a tropical- and/or white background: these latter are fantasy pieces and I deem only the one as offered as the one that was truly issued. This one was once glued into a scrap-book and still shows the remains of glue on the back. Naturally, will I provide a 100% life-time garuantee on the originality of this piece! A really nice late-war and very rare BeVo patch!
WH (Luftwaffe) blue-coloured bandoleer
This is a very nice example of a mint/unissued example of the scarce WH (Luftwaffe) 'Fallschirmjäger' bandoleer executed in dove-grey cotton. The bandoleer is in mint/unissued condition and has very bright colours (I deem it a fairly late piece due to the fact that various shades of blue-grey cotton were used). All -unmraked - period snaps are present and functional, but some show minor corrosion from years of storage. The piece is void of any date or makers-mark (something that is not unusual for these bandoleers). A truly nice and authentic piece for which I naturally give a life-time garuantee on its authenticity!
Waffen-SS BeVo style skull
This is a very nice and nowadays rarely encountered Waffen-SS BeVo style cap skull in used and clearly cap-removed condition. This one is nicely executed in so-called 'BeVo' weave style and can easily be mounted on a Waffen-SS side-cap or even M43 cap. The skull - which is of the smaller sized type - is greyish-/white coloured but is dirty and never cleaned. A very nice skull that is not cheap but nowadays fully worth its money! These original skulls are almost impossible to find!
'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' in carton pouch
This is a very nice item: an 'Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse' (IC 1st class) that comes in its orignal box of issue and (white/grey) so-called 'Überkarton'. The cross is maker-marked: '65' ('Klein u. Quenzer') and both cross and box are in truly stone-mint condition! The box is also packed in its original paper-like protection sheet. The - magnetic - cross is neatly maker-marked: '65' (which stands for the company: 'Klein und Quenzer' based in Oberstein). The cross has so-called: 'hochpolierte Kanten' and its black inner section of the cross has no defaults whatsoever and is totally undamaged. The 'Überkarton' is complete but shows some small aging from years of storage. A truly fantastic set for which I ask a high price (I know): when it does not sell I will simply keep it for my own collection! Impossible to upgrade this one!
WH 'A-frame' ('Gefechtsgepäck')
This is a very nice, only slightly used, WH 'A-Frame' ('Gefechtsgepäck') with all its cloth lashes, buttons and tan-cotton straps (maker-marked: 'Lux') present. The frame is naturally fully functional and shows a clearly readable date and producers' stamp ('C. Budischowski - Wien - 42'). The 'pack' is only sligthly used and does not show any rust or damage. This one was surely re-issued and used post-war: the back shows a (unreadable) ink-stamp that is coloured-blue. IMO this is not disturbing and might clean-up if properly handled. A nice and scarce piece of equipment which is IMO almost impossible to upgrade!
WH (Heer) shoulder-strap 'Feldhernhalle'
This is a rare, albeit single, WH (Heer) cyphered shoulder-strap intended for an 'Oberleutnant' attached to the 'Feldhernhalle Grenadier Regiment'. The board is a standard Heeres officer shoulder-board having the white branchcolour. The board is fairly used (showing some staining, dirt and minor mothing) but is in overall nice condition. Both the golden-toned 'FH' cypher and single pip seem to be originally attached to the board: both have their dual prongs still present. The 'FH' cypher shows some very minor corrosion and shows slightly damaged areas. A very nice, 'text-book' and very rare 'Feldhernhalle' board: too bad it is only a single one!
WH (Heer) insignia set 'Knautschmütze'
This is a mint, unissued WH (Heer) set comprising of a BeVo 'flatwire' M36 model eagle and cocarde, intended for use on the 'Knautschmütze' / 'Alter-art' visor cap. Both are in mint unissued condition and are executed in so-called BeVo 'flat-wire' style. These sets were intended for use on the 'Knautschmütze'/'Alter-art' visor cap. Both are executed in silver-grey on a dark-green background. A very nice set: almost impossible to find if needed!
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. The badge offered here is naturally a 100% period example for which I give a life-time garuntee. A truly nice & rare armbadge!
Pair of WH (Luftwaffe) boards 'Felddivision'
This is a rare, mint & totally matching set of WH (Luftwaffe) 'Feld-division' (field divisions) soldier-type shoulderboards having the neat 'grass-green' 'silk-like'-type piping and a pair of mint collar-tabs (executed in so-called: 'moleskin'. The set - comprising of four items - is totally un-issued and are matching and text-book in all facets. These rare LW insignia were worn by the late-war LW troops (incl. 'Fallschirmjäger'!) that were given an infantry tasking. These boards are truly hard to find and impossible to upgrade! This set just 'needs' a 'LW Fliegerbluse'!
Waffen-SS BeVo woven cap skull
This is a nice example of a scarce Waffen-SS BeVo woven cap skull (this is the larger model) that was clearly used and apparently came from a cap. The piece has been (field?) reinforced by means of an attached small piece of blue/black cloth on the back. The stitching-holes and tiny remains of thread are clearly visible: the silver-grey skull shows some normal fraying and staining from regular but IMO normal wear. This one would superbly fit a side- or M43 cap! These original Waffen-SS skulls are getting very hard to find!
WH (Luftwaffe) BeVo 'HM cap-eagle
This is possibly one of the most rarest BeVo insignia to find: a great example of the WH (Luftwaffe) BeVo Tropical cap-eagle, specially designed for the tropical LW so-called: 'Hermann Meyer' cap. This piece has been clearly worn and was neatly removed from a cap. A rare piece!
WH (Heer) Tropical shoulderboards
This is a truly rare pair of slightly used WH (Heer) Tropical (DAK) NCO type ('Oberfeldwebel') shoulderboards specifically produced for usage on the tropical jacket. The boards are in a slightly used condition (some minor staining, aging and discolouration by the sun) but are in overall very nice condition. Both have the 'woolen-type' pink piping and would neatly fit a DAK tunic. The set has the neat tropical NCO braid attached and has 4 pips original attached. The set is slightly mismatched but was always together (and found together) and surely worn as such. Needless to mention: this is a 100% garuanteed pair for which I give a life-time garuantee on their originality. This is a truly nice and very rare pair in a moreover scarce branch-colour!
WH (Waffen-SS/ Heer) M43 model trousers
This is a truly nice and desirable example of the scarce WH (Waffen-SS or Heer) M43 model (1944 dated) soldiers' type trousers (or 'Keilhose') executed in smooth 'garbadine' (aka Italian) cloth. The pair has all original (glass!!) buttons originally attached and is very nicely 'RbN.' numbered and dated (1944). It is the '1943' pattern, having the reinforced bottom-piece and 'standard' white cotton lining. Both cotton tie-rips (intended to fix the pants when worn) are also present. The pair shows truly minimal wear and has no damage nor holes whatsoever. Naturally I provide a life-time garuantee on its originality. Simply a 'text-book' example that would look wonderfull when mounted on a mannequin!
Period picture Waffen-SS NCO's
This is a very nice, post-card sized picture depicting two young Waffen-SS NCO's ('Oberscharführer') both wearing a standard visor-cap. The postcard (sized (11,5 x 9 cms.) shows two young men in uniform. The photo shows nice details (standard NCO visor-caps, RzM type collar patches, Ost-medal/IC2nd class ribbons and standard SS (dark-colour) piped boards). The photo is void of any writing. The picture originates from the same series as the previous number (12419). A very nice and original period photo!