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A very fine example of the beautiful Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet Badge by Schwerin, Berlin and noted as that firm’s finest product. Produced in Tombak which was unique to Schwerin, this concave badge is in excellent condition overall the wreath and eagle showing virtually no wear to the matte fire gilding whilst the blued battleship shows the lightest of service used rubbing to the high points. All five windows in the ship’s bridge are clearly defined unlike some of the later zinc examples. On the reverse the maker’s mark FEC. ADOLF BOCK AUSF. SCHWERIN BERLIN is clear and the vertical tapering pin, hinge and flat C hook are completely free from damage.
A very nice pair of Luftwaffe single zip flying boots in approximately a UK size 8.
The boots are without damage. Both zip are original to the boots, working perfectly without loss to the teeth and with the original leather tabs still attached to the “Zip” marked pulls.
Shoes sections show light use only and both soles are original and by W.O. although a newer rubber section has been added to the back of the heals to balance the wear. Cross straps are intact with light surface rust to the buckles.
The black suede uppers are very good, free from damage and with the upper inside panels a pleasing contrast in colour. Upper straps are without damage with the buckle again showing light surface rust.
Inside there are no labels and the fur is very good and without loss.
Overall a very good pair of boots in a good display size.
A good pair of Luftwaffe Officer’s Breeches, ideally suited to a mannequin display.
Made in a field grade wool rayon mix the Breeches were no doubt intended for combat wear rather than walking out but follow the pattern of the high quality Trikot wool Breeches.
There are two diagonal front slash pockets, one flapped back pocket and a front horizontal watch pocket with loop for attaching the fob. Closure is by four buttons and a hook and eye with the waistband having six belt loops and with two adjustable side straps and buckles.
At each calf are cotton tapes for securing the legs while putting on boots.
Overall condition is good to very good with the last button of the fly having ripped the cloth and with some stitching to repair a split it the base of the fly. There is minor wear to the opening of the slash pockets from use.
The cloth retains most of the original nap and colour and I can find only three very small moth holes.
Waist size is approximately 32” whilst the legs are of course short for wear with riding or flying boots.
A most amazing and historically significant collection of some 160 original wartime prints covering, amongst other areas, the airborne assault on Arnhem, France, the Rhine Crossing, Holland and Germany.
Discovered in 1947 and placed in an album at that time, a pencil written explanation written on the inside front cover reads “These images were added in this album and were found with many more in a cabinet at an old SS Barracks in Belgium. They were on index cards with info on each photo but some of the cards were in poor condition. (So added?) They are images of such an amazing time in history”.
My interpretation is not that the Germans collected the images but that the barracks were later used by British military photographers and were simply left behind at some time prior to 1947.
There are perhaps about 60 photographs of the Arnhem assault, some I have seen before, some I have not.
The remaining photographs are no less interesting in their content and follow, in no particular order, the advance through Western Europe with scenes of liberation, troops in the field, tanks, a wrecked train, German prisoners, U Boats pens, Monty, US troops and an Arado Float Plane on a ship’s deck
All are in good condition and glued onto the album pages.
Sadly I have not been able to show all the photographs in my listing and have chosen a few with a bias towards Arnhem.
A fascinating collection of original wartime prints at a fraction of the cost of buying modern copies
A very impressive pair Kaiserlische Marine Shoulder Boards, intended for wear on the Tropical brown uniform.
Handmade in a heavy silver bullion thread with alternating black and red diagonals, the boards show two golden pips of a Kapitanleutnant.
Backed with a bark blue wool they are finished with a short wooden post which secures them through an opening in the Tunic then held in place with one button.
Overall condition is very good with some wear to the wool on the posts
Worn on the Kaiserliche Marine naval officers schirmütze this badge is made of fine gold bullion with the exception of the Hohenzollern Crown which is of guilded metal and represents a rare variation, the Crowns usually being bullion.
The bullion extends to the laurel leaves that encircle the badges kokarde, these varied according to officers duties. This particular variety is for an officer who served aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship.
The kokarde has a red centre surrounded by rings of black and silver, indicating the Reich rather than a particular State.
Overall condition is very good with some darkening from age but with no damage to the hand embroidered bullion or black wool background.
A beautiful badge made even more attractive by the rare variation to the Crown
An excellent example of a Close Combat Clasp in Bronze by Friedrich Linden of Ludenscheid (FLL).
The Clasp retains all the detail to the high points with just the slightest wear the bronzed finish and must be described as being in very good + condition.
The reverse shows the name of the designer and the manufacturer raised in the forging.
Instituted by Hitler himself, the Close Combat Clasp is considered by many to be the highest honour an infantryman could receive because of the strict stipulations for its’ award. The Bronze as we have here was awarded after fifteen days close combat with fifteen months on the Russian front counting as fifteen days. Other exemptions were allowed for injured soldiers.
A fine example of a sought after combat badge.
Although something of an enigma one UK aviation website recently offered an identical pair of these Mitten / Gauntlets as being for use by the Fleet Air Arm. Certainly one photograph does exist which appears to show something similar in use by a Swordfish observer.
Ingenious in design they are intended for use either as a Gauntlet with an imitation fur covered section reaching up to the elbow or, when folded in on themselves, as a Mitten.
I have to assume that the Gauntlet configuration is for their duty use which would suggest some flying application whilst the Mitten is ideal when a Gauntlet is not needed.
There are no labels or stamps although the zips are by Lightning.
Overall condition is very good. The leather is soft with just some very minor nicks and zips work well with a small split to the fabric on one.
Whilst empty cases appear infrequently this is the only example of the USAAF Aircraft Mooring Kit Type D-1 #36G4465 I am aware of for sale anywhere, complete with all contents and in unused condition.
Produced to Army specification issue for use with the 1936 Waco biplane I have no doubt its manufacture continued for use with numerous later types and almost certainly for use with Waco Gliders of WW11.
Overall condition is excellent with no damage and with the original zip working perfectly. Each pocket contains three pairs of stake supports, still wrapped in wax paper, for pushing into a soft surface to hold the rods securely in place.
Of interest to both vintage aviation and Airborne Troop collectors, it would be impossible to upgrade this complete kit.
For the aviation collector who has everything else, this 1940 dated AM marked 100’ Tape measure is in very good condition and operates well.
The stiff outer body is covered in a brown leather with the winder and fittings of brass.
Markings on the upper side are John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham England, the reverse marked Rabone’s Mettalic Wired Tape.
An interesting and nicely stamped RAF item.
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