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A rare French M35 steel helmet specifically designed for tank crews , AFV crews & cavalry personnel. These were widely worn by French motorised troops in the run up to WW2 & certainly saw much action during the 1940 invasion of France. Badged to the front with the 1937 roundel model of infantry flaming grenade this helmet would have been used by troops such as those of the Mounted Machine Gun Squadrons as well as those of other Armoured Fighting Vehicle crews & motorcyle & side car personnel.
Factory finished in the khaki brown colour of pre WW2 issue this helmet was another evolution of the WW1 Adrian & saw several changes prior to this model as well as in the postwar years. This totally untouched specimen is dated 1938 to the interior crown of the shell with the maker ' M.A.M.O.U , Marseille' above this. The multi piece sheepskin liner system is dated 1938 to the headband & conforms to the 1937 version which was slightly improved from earlier issues. Original drawstring intact.
A fantastic piece of French combat history , service used & oozing history from the early fighting of WW2.
A rare untouched Hitler Youth Leaders belt & buckle introduced in November 1936 to replace the previous issue of box buckle.
Die stamped & of a three piece, tombak construction the buckle has a nickel/silver plate featuring a pebble background highly embossed HJ style national eagle clutching the HJ diamond . The eagle is encompassed by a circular, ribbed background border with simulated twisted rope trim to both the inner and outer edges. The ribbed border has a highly embossed, Gothic script & HJ 'Blut und Ehre' (Blood and Honor) motto to the top.The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has a separate catch and belt retaining hook. The raised buckle catch is marked with RZM logo & 'M4/22' code denoting manufacture by Christian Theodor Dicke , Lüdenscheid. Belt leather is matching to the buckle & has always been with it.
Fine untouched Hitler Youth item.
Early war British Home Front helmet worn by one of the repair crews that were engaged in the aftermath of an Air Raid. This helmet is from a member of ' Electric ' repair personnel as denoted by the abbreviations on the front of the helmet.
A black overpainted khaki MkII helmet it has an early oval dome pad , 1938 date to both chinstrap lugs & 1939 date to liner cradle this helmet would have been worn right through the Blitz & & would have been a common sight on the streets of 'Home Front Britain' .
In very good condition the chinstrap is intact.
I was recently fortunate enough to purchase this dagger with some other items that were one British soldiers souvenir grouping kept by his family until now.
A classic dagger of the SA it has never been taken apart & is left uncleaned & 'as found ' straight out of the woodwork. Dagger bears the ' squirrel ' maker logo & name of 'Eickhorn, Solingen ' to ricasso & has a good crisp & intact ' Alles Fur Deutschland ' inscription still to blade. Both eagle & swastika emblem & SA badge are firm to grip with no damage. Blade is in a very acceptable condition being still bright & with much of its original crossgrain finish remaining . Sheath has some light rusting to surface which could certainly be improved upon, I will leave this decision up to the new owner. Bottom ball has a small split at the seam ( see pictures ).
An added bonus to this dagger is it having its 'always been together' double leather hanger which matches totally in patina to the rest of the dagger. Again I have left this totally untouched.
Nice bringback set !
A good combat example of the M40 luftwaffe helmet with single decal.
This totally untouched textbook example is factory finished in a rough textured blue grey paint as per the 1940 regulations & has all three of its liner pins intact & undisturbed in matching colour. Underside of shell has maker mark & size ' ET64' for the maker Eisenhutten with partially obscured lot number of which the first three digits are '515' .
Leather liner has drawstring complete with owners name & prefix ' Mar.Artl.Kahman ' .
Untouched & getting harder to find now .
A pair of 7 X 50 'Dienstglas' complete with original neck strap & 1943 dated carrying case.
These binoculars were standard issue to SS & wehrmacht combat troops & have the maker code to right shoulder 'beh' for the firm 'Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar' . They have undamaged focussing bakelite eyepieces & all screws to the top plate undisturbed. Distancing reticules to right optic are visible when viewed .
Carrying case is in very good undamaged order with clear 1943 date * also a partially obscured makers code ( K visible ) & waffenamt inspection mark. Carrying strap to case appears to be a later period German replacement.
A pair of rare wooden ammunition boxes for the British Mills bomb & detonators , well marked & one still with lid.
Both profusely marked & dated 1941 & 42 respectively.
A striking British Air Raid Wardens helmet in white with one vertical stripe denoting that of Head Warden rank.
The helmet is an early khaki factory paint MKII issue with 1940 date to liner cradle. It has then been overpainted for Home Front use & has faint rim markings on the underside of the shell which would indicate manufacture by F&L ( Fisher & Ludlow ) . The khaki factory paint is visible to the interior.
Liner cradle gives size 7 . Web chinstrap in good order.
An Imperial German drinking cup in ersatz green grey enamel & dated 1917.
Standard issue to German soldiers in WW1 & a classic trench item.
A fine Nazi party armband of the NSDAP with multi construction swastika roundel on red felt backing.
Nice bringback item.
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