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A wonderful example of a man's quality, one year volunteer, private purchase helmet and cover. A truly stunning example of a private purchase other ranks quality 1895 pattern helmet. Any German other rank could purchase this spare helmet but they were expensive. NCOs were also well known for purchasing their own helmets. The term 'one year volunteer' has been somewhat overused in relation to private purchase other ranks helmets. However, in the case of this stunning piece it is 100% correct. Both helmet and matching other ranks issue cover are clearly marked by means of the typical printed cotton tickets with details of this one year volunteer Gefreiter. Also upon both the labels are regimental and company details clearly showing the Prussian 72nd. The helmet's flame-gilt eagle has beautiful detail and screwback fixing posts that clearly have never been disturbed. This feature, along with the removable screw topped spike and overall manufacture quality, clearly set this helmet aside. The condition of the helmet is super and bright throughout with no deformation and all fixtures correct and complete. The cover has clearly always been with the helmet and has machine-applied 72nd to the front with some moth nipping to the red of the letters. Just below the letters are two hand applied cotton bar tacks. These would have been to facilitate attachment of a manoeuvre band. All these features are synonymous with pre-war and early used Kammer (issue) quality Pickelhaube covers. Interestingly, the cover has received a light green overdye at some point. This has happened during its working life and the dye has also overwashed the identification label. This overdying was carried out due to the fact that these pre-war quality helmet covers were renowned for rapid bleaching and fading. This would ultimately lead to wartime changes in both the fabric and the hue of the fabric greatly. It would certainly appear that this set was an early battlefield pick up and the prolonged positioning of the cover upon the helmet itself has greatly protected the leather helmet beneath. The one year volunteer system meant men who volunteered would, amongst other concessions to short term service, have to purchase their own uniforms. Pickelhaubes were sourced from high quality suppliers and even at times rented from parent units. The 'OYV' system had no equivalent within the Allied nations' forces and thus is a complicated, yet fascinating, aspect of Imperial German history. Any helmet with its matching cover is of course now rare to find.
This would make a stunning centrepiece to any Great War related headdress collection.
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Rare early Luftwaffe brown belt & first pattern drooptail buckle both LBA & flak unit marked .
Belt buckle comes complete with leather tab marked to Richard Seiper & dated 1936. The Luftwaffe inspection marking ( Luftwaffe Bekleidungsamt ) & a Flak unit marking are also visible. Only the wording ' FLAK. WU' & ' BERLIN 1936' are visible. The maker initials 'RS&S' are visible also to buckle edge. Belt leather is in the classic chocolate brown of the luftwaffe with ' L.B.A.B.37 ' inspection marking of the Luftwaffe ( Berlin ) . The maker & 1937 date are visible to tabbed end with unit marking to ' II/Flak rgt.13 ' also legible. Belt size with size of 90 cm that has four extra holes in the leather for a smaller belt adjustment.
A one piece early construction aluminium Hitler Youth belt buckle.
Buckle has the RZM code M4/24 for the firm Friedrich Linden Ludenscheid FLL.
A used WW2 piece in good condition.
A very nice British worn Canadian made 1944 dated battledress with battle patches to each arm bearing the oak tree formation sign of the 46th Infantry Division & with blue & red arm of service strips underneath. The left sleeve bears a red backed crown & laurel wreaths for rank of . It is well known that the Canadian battledress was often worn by British troops being preferred for its comfort & quality over the scratchy British version. Interior is marked with the Canadian inspectors marking of a broad arrow within C & the maker name of Tip Top tailors Ltd. Date is February 1944.
In fantastic condition with no moth holes .
The 46th Division was involved in battles of the Italian Campaign such as Salerno Landings , Monte Cassino , Gothic Line to name but a few.
A superb nickel example of the Reichswehr belt buckle with maker marked & 1937 dated leather tab unit marked ' 2 / N.A.46 1' for 2/Nachrichten -Abteilung 46 (1) ( 2nd Coy Signals Battalion 46 Grade ) . The 1 on the end denotes a Grade 1 for Very Good condition as given by the supply officer at yearly inspection of this equipment item.
A scarce example of the WW1 US P17 bayonet with correct US green scabbard.
This bayonet is one of the few with '1918' pattern date to ricasso instead of the usual 1917. This was a brief Remington production error which occurred in early 1918 & is found on only 3 % of those made. The error was soon rectified with the date being changed back to 1917 upon it being pointed out that this date referred to the model date & not the year of production. The Remington logo is found beneath this. Parkerised blade in good order.
A very good WW1 British Army Heliograph set with 1918 date to brown leather case.
All components are as photographed & in good condition. All mirrors are undamaged.
There is rodent damage to end of the webbing carrying strap.
A wonderful WW2 French officers greatcoat with all original insignia to a French Captain of the Medical Service.
This private purchase piece dates just prior to 1940 & has the tailor label ' Uniformes E.Passebois Maitre Tailleur' . French pleated cuffs to sleeves. Both of the high quality bullion on crimson velvet collar patches are 100% intact with triple barred officer rank to each shoulder for Captain. All of the gilt frosted officer buttons to front are of the intertwined serpent for medical service .
With a partial rayon type lining this is a well worn greatcoat clearly much used by a well fielded officer . There are four very small holes to front ( pictures ) with some light tracking in places.
A wonderful item no doubt having a part to play during the 1940 Battles.
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