Quality Luftwaffe Pilot Badge with the logo of BSW in a three leaf clover indicating the maker, Bruder Schneider A.G., an accepted quality maker of badges. I don't understand why this maker put their logo up-side down, but that is the way it is always found. Pin has a couple of very minor and shallow bends that the next owner, if he desires, can attempt to straighten. I leave them as found, as I think, if minor, lends to character. The high quality of the strike, metal and construction indicates an pre or early war badge. Excellent
Cased Hindenburg Cross for next of Kin. Reverse of the cross is marked with a small cross flanked by an "A" and an "S". Lower interior of the case has some light soiling to white flocking. Low Excellent
NCO Dress Bayonet with engraved blade for Remembering my Service time in infantry Rgt. 11. Un-marked blade is without issues on both sides, and red felt still in bayonet slot. Scabbard with frog and knot, and about 85% paint. Bayonet Excellent and scabbard Very Good.
Prinzen size Naval Airship die stamped Badge by Walter Schott fec. Some of the finish has worn through showing areas of the bronze base metal. Has the correct T-pin style hinge and thin tapered pin, and the hook attachment on the reverse of the crown. A rare badge in this size. Low Excellent
Be Vo white on green Ostturkisher Waffen-Verband der SS late war cufftitle designated for the Moslems from the Turkistan Region. This cufftitle was definitely manufactured during the war, but likely never issued for wear. Has about one inch missing from the standard 19inch length cufftitle. Low Excellent
Aluminum enlisted Social Welfare buckle showing very little use, as the detail to the raised front surface area is near perfect, Reverse marked " ges. gesch. 1 ", and showing just minor evidence of having once been on a belt, excellent
Der Bunte Rock the colored tunic album published by Haus Neuerburg with 252 colored pasted in illustrations of uniforms of all the German states in 21 groupings from 1800 to 1863. An invaluable source for anyone interested in this period. All illustrations intact. Some wear to cover finish at spine, but considering it's age, not significant. Low excellent.
Uniformen der Alten Armee published by Waldorf-Astoria covers a more recent period than the Der Bunte Rock Album. This one covers the GardeCorps and the Army Corps of all the German States prior to WWI. Has 312 pasted in color illustrations, all of which are intact. Another interesting reference for the student of the Imperial period. Low excellent.
HJ High Leaders Bullion breast shield insignia for a graduate of the Reichfuhrerschule (national Leadership School). This rare insignia was worn over the right breast pocket, and is a silver embroidered bar of oak leaves with the initials RFS outlined in black thread. This insignia was removed from a tunic, and most of the paper backing material is gone, and the bullion is showing age darkening. In all my collecting years, this is the only one that I have owned. Low Excellent
Spanish Commemorative Medal for Russian Service in hollow relief. This strike, unlike the flat German made medal, from my experience, is very scarce. The black enamel of the Iron Cross is intact, and the ribbon, having the national colors of Spain and Germany at either edge, is without issue. At the top is a pin-back gold metal rectangular frame. Obverse has some slight darkening to the eagle, and the reverse has darkening to the high relief chain and Kremlin towers and their background. High Good
Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge of un-marked construction. Wreath gilding has some minor age fading, and eagle's powdered silver finish has some darkening. An honest guaranteed original at a fair price. Very Good
Aircraft industry Badge of Merit in Silver for Meritorious Achievement. This was only in a stickpin form, and for civilians, as it was intended for wear on their clothing. It is 25mm high and about 17mm in with. The design is a perched eagle with a "T" crossed by a wolfsangle on its chest, and clutching a white enamel shield with a black swastika. The reverse is marked "Ges. Gesch" (patent Pending). Excellent
Luftwaffe unmarked Unqualified Gunner Badge. This badge, along with an unqualified Radioman/Gunner Badge, were introduced in April, 1944, to personnel who were not qualified, but had taken part in at least ten missions (less if wounded in action). It was in the reverse of the colors of the qualified badges, having a black wreath and silver eagle. These two Unqualified Badges are considered very scarce. Low Excellent
Condor Legion Wound Badge in Black issued for up to two wounds. Only a total of 182 of this class of wound badge was issued to German personnel during the Spanish Civil War from July, 1936 to March 1939. This early pattern stamped wound badge bore the WW1 style helmet with a raised swastika on the helmet. This badge is a unusual, having a screw-on back as opposed to most which were pin-back. This badge shows it's age in that paint shows wear to swastika and helmet, and to minor wear to highlights of badge detail. The screw-on has surface rusting to both sides, but could look better from someone giving it a little TLC. Good
Demjansk Shield with Luftwaffe wool and paper backing. Appears un-used, with some small areas of powdering to the zinc from age to the eagles shoulders and head. Reverse has some small areas of damage to the paper at edge, and one rip in the paper in the area of the lower right pin. Low Excellent
Narvik Shield with Luftwaffe wool, and paper backing with maker's stamp on reverse. I can only read part of the stamp, and the bottom line appears "jena.....schieldt". Shield appears to have never been sewn-on. Excellent
Luftwaffe Ground Combat Badge awarded for three separate actions of front line duty. This un-marked badge has a riveted separate silver eagle that nicely compliments the darkened highlights of the silver wreath. Apparently, this was an awarded and worn badge, as the name "Aroben" or "Arober" is scratched on the reverse. This badge was obtained from a veteran's bring-backs, and had been only in his "collection" prior to me. One of the few named badges I have owned that I know was not "named" in this country after the war. What was probably a medium grey reverse is now a mottled light and dark grey. High Good
Silver Tank Badge by "A.S" (Adolf Scholze), a nice quality badge. Obverse shows some minor darkening, primarily to the barrel, headlights and right front (facing tank) of tank fender and treads, as well to the upper portion of the eagle and upper left portion of the oak leaves. Reverse has some darkening in the tank depression. My nit-picking makes it sound worse than if you had it in your hands. High Good
Winter Campaign in Russia 1941-1942 Medal. The unofficial name for it by the Germans who experienced the Russian winters was the "frozen Flesh Medal". The medal and ribbon are excellent, except for a small area on the reverse of the ribbon at the top left where it appears a small tag had been glued. The paper bag shows its age, but intact, and has the manufacturer's inked name, "fritz Zimmermann, Stuttgart".
Spanish Civil War Commendation Medal with its original issue cardboard box. On July, 17, 1936, this award was issued to the Spanish forces under Franco fighting against the Republicans, as well to all members of the Legion Condor. This is the Spanish strike, having the pin-back, metal gold rectangular bar at the top of the ribbon. Excellent
Kriegsmarine officer's overseas cap with an enlisted hand-sewn eagle and cockade. Darkened gold bullion piping is hand-sewn, probably indicating that this was originally an em/nco cap that has been up-graded due promotion to commissioned rank. Cap has a couple pin-head vermin bites seen only on close examination. Inside forehead area shows a little use, and has a sewn-in red name "Strauch", a typical KM name type label. Size is un-marked, but is a size 58-59. Low Excellent
Panzer Officer's overseas cap with factory applied silver BeVo officer's eagle and hand applied cockade. No markings, but about a size 58. Interior with a tan satin liner and a leather sweatband attached to the front half of the cap, with some very slight sweat staining. Exterior without any mothing, tares or issues. The only negative I can say is some slight surface abraiding to a small spot of the left side soutache. A handsome example of an officer's overseas cap in an otherwise excellent condition.
Luftwaffe tropical M-41 with white piping indicating that the individual who wore this cap was attached to Herman Goring Division during its time in Italy or Sicily. The cap is un-marked and with its insignia hand-sewn, and with the white piping made during the caps construction. It is possible that the cap was made in Italy during the period the division was stationed there, being it is un-marked. The cap shows its age, but it does not show heavy use. There are some light sweat stains in the for-head area, and some wear in the rain, as the interior gromets have some light rusting. The left side has some small black stains like something splashed on it. It is about a size 57-58. High Good
Army tropical officer's M-41 with Signal soutache made by "Carl Halfar", and dated 1941. Both the eagle and the cockade are factory-sewn, as is the soutache. Cap shows much use, and shows stains and some minor snags. Has a small area of the soutache that is abraiding. In spite of its problems, it is guaranteed original cap that has been "there". Good
M-40 Luftwaffe single decal camo helmet with spray painted light tan and over sprayed with a dark brown wide band in rough shape of an "X". Paint is about 80%, and decal, which was masked-off during painting, also about 80%. Were camo paint is missing, bare spots have smooth surface rusting. Liner, about a size 57, is intact with its original tie, and supple with moderate sweat-stains, and no chin-strap. Maker is Q52 and lot number is DN110 with a lower 4. An interesting example. Very Good
Female18 Year Long Service Medal on ribbon bow with silver eagle. Has the attaching pin on reverse, however the pin, and the plate to which it is attached to the ribbon, has some rusting. Medal is bright and ribbon is clean. This medal is much less common than the men's silver medal. Low Excellent
Krim Shield with navy-blue material indicating for issue to an individual in the Kriegsmarine. Hitler ordered that all personnel who were honorably engaged in combat in Crimea were authorized to wear this shield. It is interesting to note that there was very specific criteria for the award of this shield in that the individual had to have served for three months in the area, wounded or took part in at least one major engagement. This was to prevent staff officers from making short "official" visits to this area in order to qualify for another decoration. This badge is unused with the obverse finish intact. The reverse flimsy paper backing shows its age with much of the paper edging flakind off. Low Excellent
Kriegsmarine un-marked High Seas Fleet Badge with near perfect bright wreath and eagle gilding. Ship details sharp and well defined, as an original should be. Reverse has large dark areas to gilding due to wear and age. Pin has a slight bend, but I will leave that to the next owner should he decide to straighten. Fairly priced at Low Excellent.
Mine Sweeper, Sub Chaser and Escort Vessels War Badge. Awarded to men and officers of the ships for which the badge is named. This is an early un-marked quality badge with bright wreath and water plume. Excellent
Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge awarded for participation in a "successful long distance voyage by the crew of an auxiliary cruiser or supply ship". Ships sailing under the guise of neutral cargo ships were designated auxiliary cruisers. This un-marked badge has about 95% of the obverse gilding, with the riveted silver portion of the upper globe still bright. The reverse is dark, appearing that no gilding was ever applied. Pin, clasp and attachments still bright. Low Excellent
2nd Pattern RLB aluminum silver-grey painted buckle with the "LUFTSCHUTZ" winged emblem. Has about 93% paint intact on the front, and the un-marked reverse has almost totally turned a dark grey. Very Good
Water Police EM/NCO gilded pebbled steel buckle with a 1943 dated leather tab stamped with maker "C.T.H. Dicke" located in Ludenshield. Has about 90% exterior finish, and where most of it is missing is on the lower edge. From my experience, one of the more difficult Police buckles to acquired. Very Good
Political Leader's Gold buckle with an un-marked wide brown leather belt. Buckle has some light wear to highlights on front and a few small spots of missing finish on reverse. Buckle marked with an RZM and maker's code "M4/27". Belt has slides, sewn-on keeper, and apart from needing some polish, without issue. Very Good
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