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Possibly inspired by the need for a compact Gas Mask alternative for use in the confined spaces of a service vessel or U Boat, Kriegsmarine regulations of March 25TH 1944 introduced a new emergency gas protection breathing device which consisted of a mouthpiece that was designed to fit on any of the standard gasmask filter. The emergency gas protection breathing device was designed to be easily carried and was intended for immediate usage in the event of a surprise gas attack.
This is the first example I have ever seen other than in photographs and is in very good condition, the mouthpiece itself being in excellent condition. The filter is 1938 dated and shows minor surface rush which in no way detracts.
What appears to be the original neck strap is in place but I can find no Kriegsmarine markings, the filters of course be generic.
A Q68 M35 Helmet the subject of much discussion and mixed opinions on German Helmets Walhalla over whether the decal is Kriegsmarine or a toned Heer. Certainly most would offer this as KM Helmet but my own view is that this is a toned Heer decal and is sold as such. 68 shell sizes are extremely rare.
Overall condition is very good, the original pea green factory paint first overpainted with a second decal applied which has failed to adhere well, flaking much in the way Kriegsmarine decals deteriorate. The helmet was then painted again with a grey green paint perhaps with aluminium oxide added to give it its’ rough finish, the decal carefully painted around.
Inside the skirt has the size 60 painted near the lot number 453. The liner is very good, supple and with the original drawstring in place. At the rear of the liner the owner, a Doctor, has written his name in ink. The liner band is the original non reinforced 1937 dated band.
The Helmet came to me without a chinstrap and I have added an original strap in the interests of completeness.
An impressive Helmet.
A very good example of the impressive and distinctive Army General’s Car Pennant introduced by order in 1941 to be flown on the wing (fender) when the General was riding in the car.
The oversized Pennant measures 39cms x 26cms and is encased in its original frame comprising three nickel plated sections with celluloid sides along with a section of pole cut at the base no doubt when removed from the car.
Double sided the typically army eagle has outstretched wings all beautifully hand embroidered with golden silk thread on a field grey background, top and bottom edges trimmed with golden tress with woven golden Swastikas, all in excellent condition.
The pole is missing its finial and there is bending to the top edge of the frame which has not damaged the Pennant. The three section of the frame are held in place by two butterfly nuts so I assume a simply process to open it up to straighten the bends if needed.
A very rare and attractive piece which displays well.
One time forming part of my own collection, this control wheel, or yoke, represents a very scarce example of the type.
The Blenheim is perhaps best remembered for its role as a light bomber, and with anti-shipping work, but it did of course serve in a fighter role during the Battle of Britain with some being fitted with gun packs.
Although I can’t tell if this has been repainted or powder coated, the condition now is excellent, with no damage or corrosion and with the finish totally unmarked.
Some elements of the gun button remain, such as the spring loaded plunger which sits under the gun button and the rear domed plate. There is no brake lever.
I have never been able to establish which variant this is from, but from what I can see, it is perhaps correct for all Blenheim types.
Always considered “The heart” of the aeroplane, control wheels make a pleasing display piece.
German Reichspost (Postal Service) Armband in dark blue wool with machine embroidered eagle and Reichspost in golden thread.
Lined in white cotton which carries a stamp of undetermined meaning the Armband is in very good condition.
German Army Recruiting Officer Armband in a heavy white cotton with black machine embroidered Heer eagle.
Just visible to the left of the eagle is a barely discernible circular rubber stamp.
Overall condition is very good and of note is an additional panel period added to increase the size.
A scarce Army Air Defence Leader Armband with black machine embroidered Heer eagle on a white rayon Armband finished top and bottom with a pale blue edging.
Although without holes or similar damage there is staining which shows well in the pictures.
Rare to find
A good service used example of a Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap in a deep navy blue wool / rayon material.
Insignia is a single machine embroidered Kriegsmarine eagle positioned at the lower edge of the cap in accordance with May 1944 regulations which moved the eagle from the top.
The upper edge of the side flap is piped in a golden yellow indicating the ranks of Marineunterführerin to Marineoberstabsführerin. Lining is dark grey / black rayon which shows only a size stamp of 54.
Although a little dusty overall condition is very good with just one small moth nip at the top centre fold.
A quite beautiful example of a 1942 dated Kriegsmarine Officer’s Peaked / Visor Cap, the Schirmmutze.
A good large size the Cap is constructed in a high quality doeskin material and features the attractive saddle shape we see in so many pictures.
The piped brim has four seams with each side heavily padded and is completely free from moth or other damage. The eagle sits over the front seam and is of gold bullion wire with celleon features to the top edges of the wings and wreath. There is some loss to the wool backing to the eagle at the top edge of the right wing and this is the only notable defect to be found anywhere on the cap.
The cockade and rosette are hand embroidered celleon and contrast nicely with the eagle positioned as the badge is on the mohair cap band. The leather adjustable chinstrap is secured by two small gilt Kriegsmarine buttons.
The peak (or visor) is covered in a black felt, the edge with the bullion scalloped decoration of an officer between the ranks of Leutnant to Kapitanleutnant. A black edging finishes off the peak and is secured with a single row of stitching. The underside of the peak is black.
The sweatband shows very little sign of use and is stamped to the Berlin maker and dated 1942. Lining is of blue satin with the celluloid diamond showing minor loss to the edges.
A quite superb Cap and one which would prove difficult to upgrade
Virtually identical in appearance to the better known Auer Neophan goggles, this pair appears to have been produced by another manufacturer, the initials W OWA appearing at the bridge.
Perhaps most often associated with use by U Boat crews who used them to adjust their vision to night conditions before emerging from the conning tower, they are in fact a general purpose goggle used by all branches of service as the pictures show.
Ideal for a Kriegsmarine or German helmet display they are in overall very good condition with the rubber remaining supple, the only point of note being two small and virtually unnoticeable splits at the edges of no more than one millimetre.
The straps are also very good with some elasticity remaining to the adjustable portion. Lenses are amber tinted and without damage.
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