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UNTOUCHED-EARLY INFANTRY NCO'S VISOR CAP-100% ORIGIAL.Purchased during my recent trip to the US, this is a really super, untouched, as found and worn, early Infantry NCO's visor cap. Obviously bought back as a souvenir, it's never been messed with an retains all of the original features. Nice high quality green serge cloth, white piping. Original chinstrap, never been off. Pressed fibre black peak with wonderful 'wear marks' where it's been grabbed in the same place to take it on and off! Dark green band. Both ORIGINAL pieces of metal insignia. Eagle and oakleaves are now the same colour with patina. Inside has original leather sweatband with no tears or damage. Artificial silk liner is grubby where it touches the hair/head, but no rips or tears. The celluloid triangle is gone to time, but with a proper, worn cap, that's the first to suffer. Nothing replaced or removed. There is a little mothing at the rear between the cap edge and green band, but really not serious and you can't see it at all unless you lift up the cap body. Cap retains a really nice shape, no folding or crushing. A very good looking visor cap that's definitely seen some action.
Code: 2956Price: 475.00 GBP
EXTREMELY NICE, UNTOUCHED EARLY SA DAGGER & HANGER.Again purchased just before I went away. This is a lovely, uncleaned and untouched early SA dagger by the unusual maker SUD MESSERFABRIK GEFREES. This trademark is just in a double oval. Whilst there are over 200 early SA makers, I have seen a lot, but can't remember seeing this one before. One for the SA specialists perhaps. The dagger and scabbard have not been cleaned in a VERY long time and have the nice 'yellow' patina that nickel attracts. Never been apart either. Scabbard retains ALL of the original brown anodising and the lacquer that protects it. Attached to the scabbard ring is the original short leather hanger with snap clip. Grip is a lovely brown hardwood, in perfect condition, SA button and nickel grip eagle are also perfect. Lower reverse crossguard is stamped with Gau 'Fr', which is for the district FRANKEN. the city of Nuremberg is the area capital. Blade is again in super condition. All original crossgrain polish is present, and motto has the dark anodising inside the letters. A few VERY minor blemishes on the blade, otherwise it's a mint piece. A great example of an early, untouched SA dagger.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAMED NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD, WITH ORIGINAL LARGE KNOT.A recent purchase before I went away. This is a very nice looking Imperial navy sword with the normal all brass fittings. It has a solid either ivory or bone grip, and all of the grip wire is present. In addition the ORIGINAL bullion Imperial sword knot is tied many times around the knuckle bow, and this knot has been there for the past 100 years, never been off! Sword hilt has folding front and real clamshell pieces. The rear is used to lock the sword into the scabbard. Hilt has lion's had with green and red glass eyes. The revesrse folding langet also is named to the original owner. Deeply engraved but in exaggerated German script, the name seems to be v.HAFEN or v.THAFEN so aristocracy as he's a 'von'. Good research project. Scabbard is hard black leather with the three brass fittings. All staples are intact and no damage to the leather. Now to the blade...…….unfortunately the sword is perfectly intact, but apparently was stored badly and the blade has been exposed and subject to moisture. This has resulted in several areas of rust pitting, especially towards the tip. The blade itself is quite grey but is still smooth and you can still faintly see the etched Imperial motifs all along the blade. The langet is stamped with the early WW1 WK&C trademark. In perfect condition this would be a £1000 sword. In fact I have sold the Imperial sword knots on their own for £250, so the asking price for this sword, irrespective of the blade condition is a BARGAIN, as everything else is there! A great display piece, or possibly an upgrade project if you find a perfect sword blade. (more photos on request if required)
MINT '33 SS MAN'S DAGGER - BY AN UNKNOWN RZM MAKER 807/37- WITH HANGER.What a beautiful dagger this is! Has remained untouched and unscathed and is therefore in virtually mint condition overall. This is by the yet to be identified maker, with the RZM code of 807/37. There are ony two years this dagger seems to have been made by this company as there are only 2 RZM codes 807/36 and 807/37. I have had the 1936 dated dagger before, but I have never had the 1937 dated one. Crossguards are slightly thicker than others, standard for this maker, they are heavily nickel plated. Black wood grip is near perfect. SS button is chip free and the eagle in the centre is a probably a nickel variety. Scabbard retains 99.99% of the original factory black paint, which in this case the factory applied over a anodised surface. Scabbard fittings are perfect. There is a nice black leather hanger attached to the scabbard ring, with a RZM marked clip. Scabbard lower ball is dent free. The blade on this piece matches the condition of the rest of the dagger and is stone MINT. All the original factory crossgrain remains, along with very crisply etched letters in the motto. The reverse of the blade has the SS runes in a circle and then underneath 807/37 and underneath all of them, the RZM symbol in a circle. A VERY nice dagger indeed. Produced in 1937 so has the quality of the early daggers still, which the efficiency of the RZM control. One day we will find out who had this RZM code, and a name will be allocated to all of these.
WW2 BULGARIAN WW2 INFANTRY OFFICERS DRESS DAGGER. M35.Purchased with the same collection as the other Bulgarian dagger, but this one is slightly different again. I don't have any reference books on these so I am sure someone will correct me or add to my knowledge! Pommel on this piece is still a crown but in less detail than the other one. This orange celluloid grip IS a German army one, and does not have the twisted wire. The crossguard is the same with cast lion's heads and the Bulgarian crest one side and the medal of honour on the other. The scabbard is again different, there are no pebbled panels as the surface is completely smooth in finish. There is a small carrying dent on one side at the bottom. The blade is still etched, but only on one side and only with the letters in Cyrillic ZA NAMI BOGA ( God is with us ).There is no makers mark evident. A well made and again very nice looking dagger, with huge German influence.
Code: 2952Price: 475.00 GBP
WW2 ROYAL BULGARIAN ARMY DAGGER-M35.Not really one of my specialities, but this and one other similar dagger, were in a collection I purchased last year. Obviously made in Germany as most of the parts are identifiable as from a German Third Reich army dagger!. Actually a very pretty looking dagger as the pommel and crossguard are unique and cast with the Bulgarian theme. Pommel is in the shape of a silver Bulgarian crown, the grip is solid celluloid and has a single twisted wire running the length. The ferrel is the same as a German army dagger with oakleaves.The crossguard is again unique, and whilst it is in the shape of a German army dagger, it has been cast with lion's heads on each end. On one side is the Bulgarian rampant lions in a shield and on the other is a cross, which is a facsimile of the Bulgarian Military Order for Bravery. Scabbard is an army dagger type. Pebbled finish with screws holding the throat. The blade is unique to this type of dagger and is etched on both sides. One with a large Cyrillic ” B”., the cypher of King Boris III, and on the other with ZA NAMI BOGA ( God is with us ).There is no makers mark evident. A superb looking dagger and you can see the German influence in design and construction.
THIRD REICH FIRE BAYONET/SWORD KNOT.These are a popular portepee/knot to find and this is one of the few I have left in stock. Used on all of the Fire Dept bayonets and also on the Officers sword. Black leather strap with silver bullion thread running down each side. The ball is made with interspersed silver bullion and red bullion cord. This has been on a dagger and tied accordingly, there are a few of the silver threads which are loose etc. Once tied back on a dagger, will look fine.
Code: 2950Price: 75.00 GBP
THIRD REICH NAVY DAGGER KNOT-UNISSUED STILL IN FACTORY COTTON TIE. It would be a shame to undo this but if you have a mint dagger, here is the knot for you. Obtained from a source in Germany, this is wartime produced knot that has stayed in storage. It’s still tied with the original factory cotton! Beautilly made in ‘soft’ silver bullion. Has the ‘puckered’ end usually accocisted with a navy knot. Would really make a wonderful display piece next to an unissued navy dagger, perhaps with a factory tag?
Code: 2949Price: 125.00 GBP
MINT EXAMPLE - 1936 NSKK CHAINED OFFICERS DAGGER BY RZM M7/12.Up until 1936, the NSKK, like the SS, carried the '33 pattern dagger. All ranks had these. From then on, officer ranks in the SS and NSKK carried a specific dagger just for them. The basic dagger has a set of chains added along with a new middle fitting and revised scabbard rings. The rest of the dagger remained the same. Some earlier daggers had 'field upgrades' with the addition of a purchased new chain. However, if you were issued or purchased a dagger from 1936, this is how they were. This particular example is absolutely wonderful, and has been preserved in mint to near mint condition. All of the original nickel plating is present on every metal fitting, including the chain. There is NO evidence of oxidisation anywhere. The only place is some discoloration to the steel tang nut, on one side! They are prone to this happening where the wood grip touches the crossguards, but absolutely nothing here. The grip is a lovely piece of mahogany coloured wood. The grip eagle is perfect and is nickel. Scabbard has 100% of the original factory gloss paint, with just a tiny bit of ageing in one small place at the back, just to prove it's over 70 years old. The factory paint was applied directly to the bare metal, and in order to make it adhere, the metal surface was roughly crossgrained. You can see this process if you look closely at the paint surface. The chain is again in wonderful condition. It has the commonly found 4 upper links and 5 lower ones. The 'mobile' swastika design and the NSKK eagle in a circle are found on alternate links. On the reverse, the links nearest the top clip are stamped with 'Masterschutz NSKK Korpsfuhrung' on one side and the makers stamp of RZM M5/8 on the other. This is the RZM mark for the most famous of accessory manufacturers FW Assmann & Sohne. The blade is in the same condition as the rest of the dagger. In mint condition with 100% crossgrain and all burnishing in the motto letters. The reverse of the blade has the RZM circle and the RZM code M7/12 for Max Weyersberg. A picture of this dagger appears in their catalogue. A fantastic dagger in near perfect condition. Would be virtually impossible to upgrade, in my opinion.
THIRD REICH FIRE DEPT/OFFICIALS DAGGER/SWORD KNOT.Whist this should be quite a common item, these knots are really hard to find, especially in good condition. Worn on the Fire Department dress bayonet and also on the Fire Dept parade sword. Very distinctive as it has a black leather strap with a silver bullion ball with alternate red bullion cords. A very nice example which will suit and bayonet or sword.
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