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A wonderful untouched ' Time Capsule' example of a Prussian WW1 pickelhaube which comes completely as recently discovered with its original front plate having never been off of the helmet & its original chinstrap still in place as it was worn by the soldier.
This helmet is a good example of those that can be encountered from 1915 onwards with grey steel fittings used to replace the earlier brass productions. It is interesting to note the rear peak markings of ' BA IX' & also those of ' BJA IX' within a rectangle denoting it as having been through a repair depot with the boxed letter 'F' referring to 'Feld' being the clothing grade that means this helmet was for field wear. A date of 1914 can be seen to the interior crown with a further ink stamp within an oval from ' JE Strecker 1917 '. As pickelhaubes were still being made up until the end of the war this is an example of one manufactured from existing stock in 1917. The Prussian helmet plate to front is firmly affixed into the surface of the helmets leather this clearly undisturbed since WW1. The totally original brown leather chinstrap is seated perfectly on the helmet with its two grey buckles again undisturbed & a visible buildup of dirt & dust age present behind it. Both cockades are present & in excellent order.
A fabulous WW1 piece !
A textbook early to midwar production American M1 steel combat helmet & liner with front seam & fixed bales to shell & a 1943 contract date to the neck strap.
This untouched helmet was found in NW Europe & has resided in a collection ever since. It is a pure WW2 issue with its original olive green cork mixed factory paint to shell & tan webbing raised bar brass buckled chinstrap still hooked up around the rear of the helmet. The fixed bales , as on this piece, were only made up until 1943 & so we can date this production easily & as one very applicable to early wear by a GI in the North West European theatre. A very good proportion of its original paint remains throughout with some typical loss to the stainless steel rim. Liner is totally complete & is a Firestone made example as denoted by its 'f' motif to the inside crown. The A washers are of the green painted steel type used from mid 1943 - mid 1944 the paint coating was introduced to prevent corrosion to the steel. Buckles of the headband are also in green painted steel this changed to blackened brass as of late 1943 . The neck strap is totally original to the rest of the liner system with United Carr snap fasteners & contract markings of ' CSC W11-009-QM016876 ' referring to the firm Comfort Slipper Corp & the date October 28th 1943.
Overall a helmet that has seen action in NW Europe with only service wear to the shell & an impact to the surface at rear of the liner.
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An interesting German M42 helmet from the Sicily campaign with an Italian gas mask strap utilised by the German soldier on the helmet.
This untouched German helmet is a classic example of soldier art with the name 'SICILY' handpainted by the soldier across the front of the helmet. A classic raw edged M42 it has had its decal removed from the left side as per the 1943 regulation. An 'EF62' marked helmet for the firm ' Emaillerwerke A.G./Fulda ' its liner is totally undisturbed with all three liner pins matching in paint & unmolested. The original drawcord is still intact. A very faint oval dome stamp can just be seen to crown. An interesting note about the use of an Italian gas mask strap is that all sorts of ad hoc replacements can be found on German helmets either out of necessity or individual preference. In the heat of Sicily it makes perfect sense that a webbing version would be preferred over that of the issue German leather strap.
Interesting helmet recently found in America & no doubt a bringback souvenir of an American GI .
A wonderful WW1 German binocular case for the 1903 pattern field glasses with paper instruction label to inside of lid still intact.
Not often found in anywhere near as good condition as this one it is maker marked to both leather belt loops 'OLGEE, BERLIN' & constructed with a covered wood body & a tin base & lid for extra protection. Both leather belt loops to rear are perfectly intact as well as both leather securing straps to each side in good supple , undamaged condition.
Hard to find in this condition & a wonderful item of WW1 German field equipment.
A very nice pair of the standard German equipment Y straps in black leather & complete with all buckles & correct fittings.
This pair are of midwar manufacture with RB number to reverse of one of the straps & steel fittings. Leather still very supple & perfect for equipment display.
A rare WW1 French Adrian helmet with white painted flaming grenade on the front for Gendarmerie .
The Gendarmerie branch was given the Adrian helmet on 5th November 1915 with the non regulation white painting of the grenade carried out at unit level & to purvey their ' esprit de corps' . This example has had a darker blue colour handpainted over its first brighter factory finish which was carried out from 1916 onwards for better camouflage effect. The grenade badge is firmly affixed to the front & the brown chinstrap a private purchase example. The interior lining is of the first one piece pattern complete with its drawcord & displaying an interesting ad hoc field repair to one of the chinstrap mounts .
Hard to find piece.
The Gendarmerie were active WW1 army troops acting in a police role responsible for maintaining order amongst the mobilising soldiers in their territorial areas as well as alongside their provost arm dealing with everything concerning crime , offences & breaches of law in the army zone.
A French 2 litre waterbottle of the early WW1 period in ribbed blue grey cloth typical of the many differing 'ersatz' forms of bottle authorised on 28th October 1914.
Initially infantry troops in the European theatre were issued with one litre bottles however after the first few battles at the opening of WW1 they were all issued with the 2 litre version which , due to the sudden high demand, came in a wide variety of different covers . Regulations stipulated that they must be attachable to the body on the march & able to sit with stability on a table. This example has survived in very good condition with buckled leather carrying strap & cork stopper intact .
A well used bottle it is in very good condition for a WW1 piece typical of those carried by the 'Poilu' in the trenches of WW1.
A fabulous loft found relic WW1 German brown leather broom handle mauser holster rig maker marked & dated to reverse 1915.
This whole rig was found in a Montdidier house in the Somme area of France scene of much fighting during the First World War. Its cleaning rod is still present to the side pocket with the maker name & date ' Deutsche Signalflaggen-Fabrik , Karlsruhe I.B. 1915' . Coming totally untouched & as found it is sold as shown in the photographs & I have made no attempt to clean or repair it at all.
A fascinating piece of history from the Somme area.
Very rare pair of the 1937 pattern battledress trousers with brass dished buttons , belt loops & concealed pocket flaps. This pair still having their ankle buttoning tabs which were ordered removed as of 1941.
They have all of their brass dished buttons with ' W /I D ' ink inspectors stamp to be seen stamped to inside of waistband.
Clothing label has been removed from rear outside waist as was typically done by soldiers for purposes of camouflage.
Sizing is an approx 30in waist with 29in inside leg.
A superb pair of rare early war BD trousers with only a couple of small pin prick moth holes & two or three hardly noticeable darned field repairs done by the soldier.
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