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Near Mint WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with Glass-Like Yellow Grip & Portepee by PUMA



Here on offer is a superb example of a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with a glass-like yellow grip by PUMA, complete with its correct silver Portepee.

The dagger is in near mint condition with a thick silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard, with NO loss of plating!

The dagger is in untouched condition and all the silver-plating has a beautiful aged dark patina that I personally prefer to leave but could be cleaned off to a bright silver finish.

The 14 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in near mint condition, showing quality hand finishing to the oak leaves.

The Grip is beautiful deep yellow solid trolon/celluloid type, with a ‘Glass-Like’ finish and is in near mint condition, with just a tiny hairline crack at the top edge.

The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains all its crisp detailing and no loss of plating. The reverse is smooth and still has all its plating in place.

The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design.

The richly nickel-plated Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in mint condition with just light surface runner marks. All the cross graining is still present.

The blade is complete with its tan brown leather buffer pad.

On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ PUMA makers trademark with the “Puma cat head” image above the name and the word SOLINGEN.

The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in excellent condition. It still retains all of the dark background finish to the raised stippling.

The throat is held in place by two round-headed screws, one on each edge.

The correct length silver finished Portepee is in mint condition and is correctly tied in place on the dagger.

In my opinion this is one of the best Army Daggers I have had the pleasure of owning and would make a great addition to any edge weapon collection.

The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.5” (39.5cm) long and weighs 345g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50213

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Very Rare WW2 German RAD Officers Czechoslovakian Dagger by WKC



Here on offer is what I believe to be a very rare example of a WW2 RAD Officers Czechoslovakian Dagger by WKC, Solingen.

I have owned this dagger for over 30 years and have been puzzled as to its construction and use?

I was really pleased to see that the exact same type of dagger was recently listed on Tom Wittmann’s Militaria web site. Tom Wittmann is a world famous collector, author and authority on German edged Weapons and I truly value his knowledge.

The dagger is unusual in that it has an enlisted RAD man's style hilt and a RAD officer's blade and scabbard.

Tom states that he believes these where made especially for German RAD leader’s that may have been assigned to Prague or one of the German occupied districts in Bohemia and Moravia.

It appears that the RAD Hewer style hilt has been lightly trimmed on the crossguard area around the lower quillion. This trimming or thinning of the area makes the hilt flow much nicer with the scabbard.
The ferrule and beak area at the pommel appear to be the same as a standard RAD Hewer.

The plating throughout the hilt is in excellent condition with no lifting and with a lovely dark patina finish.

Instead of the normal stag plates you would find on a RAD Hewer, the RAD officer's stlye of ivorine or celluloid grip plates have been fitted. These grip plates are in excellent condition and have been skilfully cut and fit the grip area perfectly. The front plate does not sit totally flat against the metal hilt as the folded metal tags on the back of the metal insignia are holding it in a slightly raised position. There is also a very small grove cut in the front plate just above the enamel emblem. The plates are held in place by two original screws with threaded circular nuts.

In the centre of the front grip plate front, is an enamelled Hitler Youth ‘shield’ insignia, the type of which apparently were used in Czechoslovakia during WW2. The insignia consists of the black enamel swastika within a silver diamond which is inlaid in a shield shaped device, having red enamel edges with white enamel centre. There is a slight chip to the white enamel near the swastika emblem.

The scabbard is a standard RAD officer example, with the exception that it does not have any screw holes or screws fitted to retain the scabbard throat. The silvering finish is in excellent condition, with a tiny area missing near the tip and a couple of tiny lifts on the reverse. The right edge has the two carrying brackets that are in the shape of ‘ears’.

The plated blade is the RAD officer's type, and it is in excellent overall condition, measuring 10.25” (26cm) in length. On the front of the blade is etched the RAD motto "Arbeit adelt" in gothic text, which retains some of its original background darkening.

The reverse ricasso is etched with the knighthead trademark, beneath which are the initials of the firm and its location, "WKC Solingen". There are some runner marks to both sides of the blade otherwise; this blade is in excellent condition.

The dagger fits tightly into its scabbard and inserted measures 15.9” (40.4cm) long and weighs a heavy 600g.

All I can say is this is a rare opportunity to own what must be one of the rarest types of RAD officer’s dagger ever made at a very resonable price.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50212

900.00 GBP


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De–Nazified WW2 German Army Dagger with Owner’s Initials and Original Portepee



Here on offer is a De–Nazified WW2 German Army Dagger with owner’s initial and original Portepee.

The dagger is an excellent example of a later war period dagger, with the dulled finish to the pommel and crossguard. The scabbard retains a thick silver-plating finish to the scabbard, with minimal loss of plating. The dagger is in untouched condition and has a beautiful aged dark patina that I personally prefer to leave but could be cleaned to a bright silver finish, if so required.

The 14 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in excellent condition, showing skilled hand finishing to the oak leaves.

The Grip is the white solid trolon/celluloid type, with one small chip to the reverse, which is hidden by the port epee.

The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains its crisp detailing but sadly someone has removed the Nazi swastika and wreath that the eagle would have clasped, to effectively “de-Nazify” the dagger. This was quit common after the end of WW2 and allowed ex German soldiers to still wear or display their daggers. The reverse has a dulled smooth finish and has been professionally engraved with the ‘gothic’ initials of the owner, which I think read as:

F L

The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design, hidden under the portepee.

The nickel-plated plain Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in excellent condition with just light surface runner marks and a few slightest pinhead grey spots. A lot of the original cross graining on the blade can still be seen.

There is no maker mark or logo on the blade, so I am unsure which manufacture made this example.

It still retains its dark brown leather buffer pad.

The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in excellent condition, with minimal plating loss. It still retains most of the dark background finish to the raised stippling.
The throat is held in place by one round-headed screw on the reverse.

A correct length silver finished Portepee is still correctly tied in place on the dagger. The portepee does show signs of genuine wear around the gross guard as can be seen in my pictures, but I think it has been on the dagger from the first day it was worn.

This is a really good excellent of a later period Army Dagger and although de-Nazified, with the owners initials on the gross guard will still make a great addition to any collection.

The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.5” (39.5cm) long and weighs 355g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50211

250.00 GBP


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Genuine WW2 German Army Dinner Plate that was brought back from the Island of Jersey made by Rhenania Duisdorf Bonn 1939



Here on offer is a genuine early WW2 German Army Dinner Plate that was brought back from the Island of Jersey where I acquired it over 30 years ago.
I purchased it along with some edged weapons for an old gentleman who then ran the Jersey Stamp shop and he stated that the plate was 100% genuine and had come from a local mess hall that had been “liberated” by the locals in 1945 when the Germans left the Island and it was returned to British control.

The thick white chine plate itself is in excellent/near mint condition, no chips or cracks just some light scratches to the surface enamel.

On the base, it has a clear under glaze, German Eagle and makers mark, along with the date 1939.

The maker’s mark is for famous chine and porcelain maker, Rhenania, of Duisdorf Bonn, Germany.

These genuine plates are becoming hard to locate these days especially examples like this near mint example.

It measures 9.2” (23.4cm) diameter and 1.1” (2,8cm) high.

It weighs 685g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.


Code: 50210

55.00 GBP


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Rare WW2 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment Slouch Hat linked to the 19th Indian Infantry Division Burma



Here on offer is a Rare WW2, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment Slouch Hat linked to the 19th Indian Infantry Division Burma.

This came with a Trench Art made brass paperweight image of the 91th Indian Infantry Division insignia, being the hand trusting a dagger overhand. I will be listing the paperweight separately on my web site.

The 2nd Battalion Berkshire Regiment fought in Burma with the 19th Indian Infantry Division from 1941 to 1945.

A memorial plaque was donated after WW2 and was erected in honour of the 2nd Battalion and stands at the entrance to a pagoda near the top of Mandalay Hill.
It Reads:

Erected to commemorate the fierce fighting in the clearance and final capture of Mandalay Hill by the 2nd Btn, Royal Berkshire Regiment. March 10th to 12th 1945.


The 19th Indian Infantry Division was raised in Secunderabad, India in October 1941 during WW2 and became part of Southern Army, which was mainly concerned with defense against a possible seaborne invasion by the Japanese.

The division's successes were due to its fitness and high morale. Not having been stationed in the unhealthy mountains on the Indian/Burmese border in 1943, nor fought during the battles in 1944, it had a high proportion of pre-war regular soldiers among its Officers and senior NCO’s. The 19th Indian Division was occasionally referred to as the "Dagger Division", from its divisional sign, which was a hand thrusting a dagger overhand, in yellow on a red background.

The material hat itself is in excellent condition, no repairs or moth holes.

It has the Royal Berkshire metal cap badge attached to the front band and the rare cloth insignia “Dagger” badge for the 19th Indian Division attached on the left side of the hat.
Then on the opposite side is attached the cloth insignia for the Royal Berkshire regiment.

The hat still retains its thin leather chinstrap and has the following stamped on the inside leather sweat band:

Adam Ashworth & Sons (Bury) Ltd

The number “7” which is the size of the hat

And the date 1942, which is hard to make out as the chinstrap has been inserted through the last two numbers.

This is a really unusual and rare hat that is of museum quality and condition, if only it could talk!

The hat measures approximately 14.75” (37.5cm) wide across the brim and weighs 215g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

As this is a large item, UK postage will be £12 via Parcel Force but please contact me via email for the best international postage charge for your specific country.

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Code: 50195

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Beautiful WW2 Italian POW Made Aluminium Trench Art Cigarette Case



Here on offer is a WW2 Italian POW made aluminium Trench Art Cigarette/Sweetheart Case.

I have been told that these sweetheart cigarette cases where made by Italian POW's captured by the British Forces in North Africa in WW2. Apparently, they were traded for food and cigarettes by the Italian POW’s.

The POW Camp at Fayid, Egypt was one of the last camps to have its inmates repatriated in 1948.

The cases where made using the aluminium frames of downed aircraft from the North African front.
Each case was then individually hand engraved and therefore each one is unique!

The front of this fine example has detailed pierced images of a Mosque with red, white and blue circular windows and red doors, set against a blue sky.

The back of the case has an image of Africa in the middle, beautifully engraved with a palm tree in the centre.
What is unusual with this example is the back has been inset with strips of very fine black leather or possibly even fine black shagreen, which puts this case in a class of its own.

The rear of the case also has a symmetrical wavy line designed boarder.

Inside the case it has detailed symmetrical engravings of lines and diamond shapes, on both of the inner lids.

It also retains the original lugs for an elastic strap that would have been fitted originally, to hold the cigarettes in place.

The case is opened by pressing an aluminium catch at the edge of the case, which still works perfectly as does the hinge.

The case itself is in excellent condition with no cracks or splits, just a few very light surface scratches through use. The aluminium has a nice smooth feel and almost shiny finish.

It measures 5.4” (13.8cm) wide, 3.25” (8.3cm) high and 0.6” (1.6cm) thick.

It weighs 122g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50205

65.00 GBP


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Rare WW2 Trench Art Aluminium Model of an RAF Bristol Beaufighter



Here on offer is a rare example of a period WW2 Trench Art aluminium model of a RAF Bristol Beaufighter.

This is the first example I have come across of a Trench Art Beaufighter model in 40 years of collecting.

The model is a one piece solid aluminium casting and does show overall age oxidisation to the finish, but no cracks or repairs.

The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime hero for the British with stellar service during the pivotal Battle of Britain and many other conflicts dotting the history of World War 2 (1939-1945).
It saw an extended operational existence during the subsequent Cold War years that followed - not retired from notable use until 1960. Other operators went on to include Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States. The Beaufighter became one of the best aircraft designs emerging from the Bristol concern during the war where it was fielded over every major front of the conflict.

The Beaufighter was originally proposed directly by Bristol to the RAF as a heavy fighter offering during a time when much focus fell to twin-engined, heavily-armed, long endurance gun platforms that could also serve in a limited ground strike role. While there was no formal need or specification drawn up for the new aircraft, it proved promising enough for the RAF to shore up its limited air arm. The RAF believed that the new fighter could favourably complement the existing stock of single-engine types and twin-engine medium bombers quite well. Due to the British commitment to World War, the need for any capable aircraft was great and the Beaufighter quickly joined RAF ranks. First flying on July 17th, 1939, the aircraft was introduced on July 27th, 1940 - some twelve months after the first prototype flew - a rarity for newly developed war machines even by 1930s / 1940s standards. Serial production was underway in May of 1940 and would last until after the war in 1946. Since the new Beaufighter utilized many components of the existing Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber (detailed elsewhere on this site), the implementation of the Beaufighter into RAF service was relatively quick and painless.

Due to its Beaufort origins, the "Beaufighter" name was formed from the words "Beaufort" and "Fighter".

The model has a 9.25” (23.5cm) wingspan and is 6.25” 16cm long.

It weighs 206g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50206

50.00 GBP


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WW2 Trench Art Aluminium Model of an RAF Spitfire



Here on offer is an example of a period WW2 Trench Art aluminium model of a RAF Spitfire.

The model is a one piece solid aluminium casting and does show overall light age oxidisation to the finish.

There are some “nibbles/chips” to the top of the tail and tail wings, as well as minor nibbles to the main wing tips.

The underside has a hole drilled, to allow a display stand to be fitted if required.

The model has a 5.25” (13.5cm) wingspan and is 4.5” 11.4cm long.

It weighs 63g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.


Code: 50207

25.00 GBP


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Antique Military Plaited Brown Leather Cosh with Leather Strap



Here on offer is an antique Military brown leather plaited Cosh, with a leather strap.

There is an old repair using threaded tape that has been applied to the tip of the Cosh many years ago., so it has been priced accordingly.

The plaited work has been beautifully worked on the shaft of the Cosh and the original brown leather strap is still inplace.

The Cosh measures 7.3” (18.5cm) long and 1.4” (3.5cm) diameter at the heavy end. The leather strap measures 6.1” (15.5cm) long and it weighs 165g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.

The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.

Code: 50203

SOLD


Early WWI British Army Officer's Magnapole Series II Compass Thomas Armstrong & Bros



Here on offer is a very early version of the WW1 British Army Officer’s “MAGNAPOLE” Series II Compass, by Short & Mason.

Thomas Watling Short and William James Mason founded ‘Short & Mason Ltd’ in 1875. Their business address was at 40 Hatton Gardens, London. The company created the MAGNAPOLE compass but was also a retailer of precision instruments made by famous manufacturers

This fine example is in full working order with some age and usage related paint loss.

The rotating crystal face and cover glass are undamaged and clear and the inside of the cover has the black star-shaped luminous pattern in the lid

This design was invented by Major Gilbert LEGH (b. April 21, 1858 - d. Dec. 23. 1939) who was a British officer (Grenadier Guards). He designed in 1896 a system making it possible to read bearings in the darkness wih a precision of one degree (patent no. 19,600 - for figs. click HERE - complete copy available). The basic principle consisted in placing a star-shaped metallic stripe with tiny holes upon a luminous paper disc. The black "star" having 36 branches and the V-shaped line between two branch ends comprising 10 holes, each hole represents one degree. The loop of the basic model featured a sighting notch. The compass capsule featured a bezel crystal with a radius painted on it permitting thus to set a bearing. The prismatic version, signed by Lawrence & Mayo., 87 Chancery Lane, London, featured a reticle-shaped sighting vane in the lid.
This design was also used later on the MAGNAPOLE compass in a simplified version, which this compass has installed.

This early version doesn’t have a patent number or makers name on the base, just the words:

PATENT APPLIED FOR

It measures 5.9cm diameter and 7.9cm diameter with the loop ring open.

It weighs 109g.


Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50202

70.00 GBP


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