All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Pre 1900 item #1258853 (stock #MI-5901-KB)
A good quality M1874 set of French Cavalry, enlisted man's armor. The helmet is completely original only missing the liner . The accompanying cuirass and back plate are an original set. The brass chain shoulder straps original with the leather replaced. The front inside rim of the cuirass is marked Klingenthal, Coulaux Freres. Klingenthal was the site of the Royal Armory under the reign of King Louis and was subsequently operated by citizen Coulaux with the formation of the Republic...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Edged Weapons : Pre 1492 item #1258546 (stock #2795)
Mysterious bronze handled knife with iron blade from Cambodia. Very quirky “dragon” handled knife with original bronze sheath bindings, this could possibly be a type of early “meed mor” (Thai magic knife), but to be honest I cannot find any references to this design and style although the pommel has an uncanny resemblance to “Knife with Dragon-Headed Handle, Ordos Type, 14th cent” in the Harvard Art Museum- just google this...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1257993
Nice wound badge and matching document. Document is in decent shape with the usual crease down the middle. For its age the corners are reasonably sharp and there are no tears or missing material. The last name looks like Kargelain. I can't make out the unit but it looks like it starts with "mg" so possibly a machine gunner? Dated October 5, 1918. The wound badge is very attractive example with nice raised details...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Accessories : Pre 1920 item #1257629
WWI USN dog tag. It is on what appears to be the original chain which is, unfortunately broken. Obverse includes name, Frank Brody as well as what I assume are his birthdate and maybe date of entry to the Navy: 9-1-97 and 6-18-18. USNRF was the US Naval Reserve Force. The reverse shows Frank's thumbprint. Nice piece of WWI history.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Uniforms : Pre 1920 item #1257621
Very nice Prussian NCO pickelhaube with brass fittings. Very nice matching patina to plate, spike and rear spine. Interior is all original with no signs of tampering. There is a stamp in the leather of the rear visor. It is light and the first letter is unrecognizable, after the first letter it looks like K.75 . The negatives are that the cockade is missing on both sides and the stitching of both visors is gone...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1257609
Lovely Imperial German four place stickpin. The first medal is a nice enamel 1914 iron cross but the prize in the row is the second medal which is a lovely Bavarian merit cross with very fine detail and nice blue enamel arms. The row is finished by a Hindenburg Cross and a black wound badge. Very nice lapel pin intended for wear by the recipient of these medals while in civilian clothes.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Uniforms : Pre 1920 item #1257429
Very nice all original M16 German Helmet. Great example in untouched example. Strong finish on the outside. Rivets are nice and tight and never tampered with. Soldier's name on the rear looks like Blankenberg. Maker and size marked TJ66 for C. Thiel & Soehne, Luebeck. There is damage to the front two liner tongues. The chinstrap is included but I took it off for preservation; See last photo. Very nice helmet.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Uniforms : Pre 1920 item #1257202
Very nice WWI camouflage M16 helmet. Gentler camo pattern then found on most German helmets but a very nice and very undoubtable overall package. Some paint loss due to age and wear and a rub here and there but a great overall look. The liner is complete with pads except for damage to one of the six tongues tongues (Image 5) and small chips to two others. The manufacturer mark looks like TJ 66 for C. Thiel & Soehne, Luebeck...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Accessories : Pre 1920 item #1256868
I believe this to be a horseshoe cleaner. During WWI armies were extremely reliant on horsepower for mobility. This was a fact even in WWII far more then most realize. This is a simple blunt iron blade on a wood hilt. The "blade" is slightly curved but with an exaggerated hook on the end. The blade is dated 1916. There is also a maker logo on the ricasso. It is very light only only a few letters are visible on the right side around the image of a horse. Interesting item.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Edged Weapons : Pre 1940 item #1256859
Terrific quality GIL leader dagger. GIL was the Fascist youth movement and basically equivalent to the Hitler Youth. This dagger also includes the extremely hard to find leather hanger. These hangers were not particularly well made and the leather used is a bit flimsy so few have survived the decades. This set looks to have been together for the duration...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Edged Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1256772
Terrific example by A C Co which is far scarcer then LF&C. This M1917 trench knife (Also known as The Knuckle Duster) has a nice, smooth, unsharpened triangular blade. The knuckle guard is clean as a whistle and backmarked A.C.Co. USA 1917. The grip shows a nice, healthy wood mostly free of damage except for 5 notches that look intentionally placed. The hard to find scabbard is in similar solid condition with all rivets in place...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Historical : Pre 1950 item #1256473
Very nice set of 16 color prints that would look great framed in the Man Cave. Except for one showing a signals unit hanging communication wire they are all combat related. Tropical to winter, infantry, tanks, artillery, assault boats, flamethrowers, grenades, machine guns etc. Basically anything heer related...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Historical : Pre 1940 item #1256194
Superb item. The top of the sake cup reads "Prize". Writing around the rim on the outside translates to Showa 8 (1938) Warship Kaga. I am not sure what this was awarded for but I would assume it had something to do with some military skill. The Kaga was one of the four aircraft carriers sunk in the Battle of Midway which was the turning point in the Pacific war so this attribution is really a very significant point. A really nice item which would be at home in even an advanced collection.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1950 item #1255724
Interesting set of two Romanian WWII medals. The first is for the anti-communist crusade they were forced to join in 1941. The second is from when the first crusade failed and they were again forced to join the war against Germany. The pair makes for an interesting conversation point.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Edged Weapons : Pre 1900 item #1254637
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Of classic form, but with a very elegant blade shape, the grip spine and bolsters finely inlaid with a gold koftgari scrolling floral meander. The broad, recurved blade of the highest quality silver-gray wootz damascus steel likewise inlaid with gold at the forte and forged with a robust heavy armor-piercing tip. Horn gripscales with eared pommel riveted to tang. It lacks a scabbard, not uncommon as “. . . frequently the scabbard was thrown away when going into a fight, the owner considering t...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Edged Weapons : Pre 1700 item #1254284
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A hirazukuri wakizashi blade in aikuchi mounts: the cutting edge length is 14 inches, greater than the 1 shaku length (traditional, 11.93 inches; historical, 13.93) that is the customary distinction between tanto blades and wakizashi blades. Overall, with tang, the blade measures 19 1/8 inches. The blade itself is a treasure. Signed “Soshu ju Tsunahiro,” it is the epitome of a fine early Soshu School blade. Fred Weissburg, in his study titled “Sandai Soshu Tsunahiro,” stated that arou...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Uniforms : Pre 1940 item #1252955
Very nice belt buckle and leather tab. Both in excellent shape and both maker marked by Assmann and dated 1938. Great looking item.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Uniforms : Pre 1940 item #1252020
Very cool uncut roll of Japanese 2nd Class Private collar insignia. This is one of my Tokyo flea market finds. On the outside layer there are five sets of two tabs. I counted 47 layers, give or take a few because it is a tight roll and not easy to count. The layers get smaller towards the middle but there should be somewhere around 175 pairs so I am pricing at one dollar per pair. Fun to find unused gear out if the woodwork.