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Here is an old wall hanger! This is a U.S. Model 1903 Rifle with the markings on the breech U.S.REMINGTON MODEL 03-A3 4117037. The date at the end of the barrel is 10-43 making this a WW2 used Model 1903. This old girl has seen better days and would make a great wall hanger over the fireplace if you don't look too close! The stock is cracked and has a substantial chunk out of it. The receiver is welded and there is a rod down the barrel. It may have been converted into a drill rifle when it was condemned but who knows. The bolt is still there and moves in and out but there are pieces missing. Pieces are missing in the magazine and the front barrel band and front sight is missing. The original web rifle sling is present. This old girl probably saw service in the South Pacific in the War against Japan but now it's fighting days are over! It'll still display well and will only cost a fraction of a good one and it's safe! This rifle is rendered as a 'non gun' now because of the modifications so can be sent to anyone over 18 years of age with no FFL needed. As is $195.00

Here is a pair of WW2 leggings. M-1938 Canvas Leggings Olive. They are a slight color mismatch but they have the same marking of 1R in them. These were picked up at an estate sale and there were no others. As seen in the Movies"Saving Private Ryan" and "The Band of Brothers",these authentic WW2 unissued Olive gaitors were worn by every infantry Soldier and Marine from Omaha Beach to Iwo Jima. These are 12 inches tall and in excellent condition. For the pair $25.00

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Here we have WW-1 German field glasses, fernglas 08, these are #105888, still has some of the original green color remaining, the stap is original to the piece but fractured on one side. The optics are still very good.. One of the bakelite eye cups has chips on it. Look at the pics. For this piece $45.00 item ww 80

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WWI US Army Binoculars W/Hard Leather Case And Compass. The Binoculars are marked in various places: SERIAL NUMBER EE 56561, SIGNAL CORPS US ARMY, U.S.NAVAL GUN FACTORY-OPTICAL SHOP ANNEX, ROCHESTER, N.Y.U.S.A. and MILITARY STEREO 6 X 30. The inside flap of the case is marked the same U.S.NAVAL GUN FACTORY-OPTICAL SHOP ANNEX, ROCHESTER, N.Y. The right side of the binoculars is clear while the left has the Signal Corps calibrations on the glass. Take a look at the pics. The bionoculars are in very good condition with some paint loss and dirty lenses but otherwise very good. The strap is intact. The case is in very goo d conditon with the little strap retaining straps being fractured, otherwise fine. The compass on the top is marked CROWN OPTICAL COMPANY. Still a very nice displayable set with no cracked or broken lenses! $95.00 item ww 79

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Here we have a grouping for an old soldier that spanned over 30 years starting with the Mexican Expeditiion of 1911-1917! The grouping consists of the WW2 brown twill jacket and overseas cap as well as the foot locker for this soldier. The soldiers name was Captain Edward C. Filipiak and he had quite a career as witnessed by the ribbon bars sewn on his chest. The ribbon bars are: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, WW1 Victory with 3 bronze battle stars, Army Service Devense 1939-1941, Europe-Africa-Middleeast with 4 battle stars, American Campaign WW2, WW2 Victory, WW2 Occupation Army, Armed Forces Reserve with 3 hour glasses meaning 30 years service, French WW2 Croix De Guerre, a blue ribbon that I don't know as I suspect there strips that are now faded away and the Mexico Expedition 1911-1917. He has a damaged 5th Army patch on his right sleeve. The US Army North or 5th Army is an Army Service Component Command (ASCC) of the US Army. It is responsible for Homeland Defense and Defense support of civil authorities as the Joint Force Land Component Command of US Northern Command. The jacket is in generally good conditioin with a couple of minor moth holes in the. The service strips are on the right sleeve. The WW2 overseas cap is in real nice condition as evidenced by the photos and has his name written in it. The foot lock is quite large being 34 inches by 18 inches by 15 inches and is marked on the side and the bottom with Capt. Filipiak's info on shipment of the locker to his wife Mary in Florence, South Carolina. This grouping would have to probably be a local pickup item as it may be too large to ship. For the grouping. $495.00 item ww 78

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Here we have an exceedingly rare British Tank Crew Anti Splatter Mask! These were worn by the tank crews during WW1 to protect themselves from the splinters of hot metal created by bullets hitting the tank. It is made of steel reinforced leather and fine chain mail, with slits for the eyes. These masks are very, very rare and do not come up for sale often. The mask is in excellent condition ! The top of the inside soft material has come unsewn from the front leather piece but what the heck, it's still there! This piece is 100% complete including the tie straps. Take a look at the pics! Very unusual!!! These come up for sale in the UK about 4 to 5 times a year but you rarely see them here I've been told. So they are scarce in the UK but rare here in the US! Sales records are scarce on these masks but one recently sold on Ebay UK for $2,313. Our price is $2,150.00 item ww 77

This is a German World War Two Early Army Sword Gray with Green Stem & Gray & White Acorn Portapee. This portapee is mint, unissued and about 15 inches long. It still has the issued green string around it. This was brought back by a Capt. L.K.Davidson in 1945. Captain Davidson brought back several items including Luftwaffe Officer's hats, bayonets, etc. $145.00 item ww 76

Here we have a WW2 German Dress Bayonet with leather frog that was also brought back by Capt. L.K.Davidson in 1945. The bayonet is in good condition being manufactured by Gustav Spitzer, Soligen, around a circle with a standing Lion in it marked on the ricasso. The other ricasso is blank. The blade has some staining but no nicks and it has not been sharpened. The birds head pommel is in good condition and the release button is strong and works fine. The hard rubber grips are in good condition as well. The bayonet comes in it's original black lacquered scabbard complete with frog. The scabbard has two creases at the bottom making it hard to get the bayonet in and out but it does seat all the way down when it goes in the scabbard. The frog is complete but the finish has cracks in the surface and some points where it has been in a hot environment. Still nice! Check out the pics. $165.00 item ww 75

The 3 WW@ daggers below and the two WW1 Lugers are Consignments

Here we have a German Nazi SA Dagger in scabbard. Here is so info on the history of the SA Dagger:

THE ORIGIN OF THE SA DAGGER Hitler and the Nazi regime had an obsession with imagery and quality. This is reflected in the uniforms and accoutrements of the various organizations, military and paramilitary, created during this regime. Blade weapons are always captivated the imagination of people. Something about the sleek design and appearance of edge weapons that makes these kind of items appealing to the masses, even today. Perhaps it is the remnants of a time when our very survival depended on such things. Regardless of the reason, Hitler and his designers capitalized in this feeling to make people feel better about belonging to a certain group. Daggers provided a symbol as a unifying force to achieve a common goal. LARGE PRODUCTION NUMBERS The SA dagger is the most widely produced dagger during Nazi Germany. Production numbers reached over 1 million. At its peak Several mom and pop type shops emerged as manufacturers of the daggers. over 200 factories manufactured and distributed the daggers. In some cases the company would only produce a few pieces, like handles and hand guards. They would purchase the blade and scabbard from a different company. at assembly, they would stamp their own brand in the blade.

Formed in 1921, the Sturmabteilung (SA) or "Brown Shirts", functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Comprised mostly out of WWI veterans and Freikorps (German volunteer military or paramilitary units), the SA's main function was to provide protection at Nazi rallies and assemblies. The SA played a critical role in Hitler's rise to power. The organization was co-founded by Adolf Hitler and Ernst Rohm, and was later put under Rohm's leadership. In 1934, Hitler's ordered the "Blood purge" / the dis-empowering of the SA which later became known as the "Night of the Long Knives". Like most NSDAP branches, the SA wore paramilitary dress and dagger. The SA dagger was originally produced in vast quantities by 123 different cottage makers. Initially these daggers were made with the highest quality, being produced out of hand-fitted nickel fittings, hardwood grips and brown anodized or "blued" scabbards. The blades were etched, "Alles für Deutschland", or "All for Germany". Pre-1935 SA daggers were stamped with the SA group stamp to the reverse of the lower crossguard. Later examples were RZM marked and used less expensive plated zinc-based fittings with painted scabbards. This particular SA dagger is one of the later examples and was made by GEBR. BORN - SOLINGEN. The dagger and scabbard are complete and in generally good condition. The blade has been sharpened and does have some staining on it. The makers mark is nice and ALLES FUR DEUTCHLAND is nice and deep. The blade has not been shortened. The grip is still pretty nice. Look at the pics. The scabbard is painted brown and has some old rusting on it and one shallow dent. The mounts are in good condition. Overall a good example of an SA dagger. $695.00 item ww 74

The Two Daggers of the Deutsche Wehrmacht. Luftwaffe and Heer.

First the Luftwaffe Dagger.

Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It is also the official name for the German air force during WWII. Founded in 1933 and disbanded in 1946. On February 26, 1935, Adolf Hitler ordered Hermann Göring to establish the Luftwaffe, breaking the Treaty of Versailles's ban on German military aviation. Germany violated the treaty without sanction from Britain and France or the League of Nations, and neither they nor the league did anything to oppose this. Although the new air force was to be run totally separately from the army, it retained the tradition of according army ranks for its officers and airmen, a tradition retained today by united Germany's Luftwaffe and by many air forces throughout the world. It is worth noting, however, that before the official promulgation of Göring's new Luftwaffe in 1935, Germany had a paramilitary air force known as the Deutscher Luftsportverband (DLV: German air sports union). The DLV was headed by Ernst Udet and its insignia were taken over by the new Luftwaffe, although the DLV "ranks" had special names that made them sound more civilian than military.

THE ORIGIN OF THE 2nd MODEL LUFTWAFFE DAGGER The Luftwaffe had two daggers. The first model and the second model. The second pattern Luftwaffe dagger was introduced in 1937. Various officer ranks wore the dagger and there was no visible difference between them. The biggest changes between the first model and the second model were the pommel and the hand guard. A detailed account of the construction of the dagger follows: The blade was of type stiletto with the main features being a double edge and a flat plain in its center. The brand of the manufacturer would normally be placed on the blade. The example shown in this page has a manufacturer's marking from F.W. Holler. The grip was constructed from celluloid and consisted of a grooved spiral design. A wire composed of three strands was placed in the groove. The wire was aluminum and silver in appearance. The grip was available in white, yellow or orange. If the buyer had the necessary finances, it was possible to purchase ivory grips. The various types of grips available were strictly a matter of purchaser preference and not a symbol of rank or status within the Luftwaffe. PRODUCTION NUMBERS The 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger was produced by a very large number of manufacturers. The logo of the maker was nornally stamped near the base of the blade. However, in some cases the blade is unmarked. This is correct for the period.

I believe that this dagger is the 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It's a little strange because that are no suspension rings on the scabbard. Actually it looks like there never was . This example is in very nice condition with some age staining to the blade but no signs of sharpening or nicks. Also, I do not see a makers mark. Look at the pics! For this nice example $695.00 item ww 73

Here we have a very nice WWII German Dagger, this Heer Officer Dagger bears the makers name of Eickhorn and has the sitting squirrel logo. The WWII German Army (Heer) dress dagger was first authorized for army personnel to carry in 1935. The dagger, as was all officer uniforms, a privately purchased item. The original dagger design was well received and featured a silvered exterior with a white or colored grip. The crossguard design depicted a Wehrmacht, (Army) open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons. The pommel depicted a pattern of vertical standing oak leaves and acorns around its outer circumference. The scabbard body had two panels of a random pebbled design with two oak leaf and acorn designed bands. The early examples featured; brass or tombac based fittings that were quality plated, tapered tang blades and trylon slant grips. Later produced examples transitioned to; zinc based fittings, celluloid plaster grips, and were finished in a natural gray metal. Army daggers are occasionally encountered with decorative hangers (making it possible for the individual to carry the dagger on his belt) and an aluminum portepee (verifying officer ranking).

This dagger is the early original version with silver finished pommel cap and crossguard. The grip is an undamaged yellow orange celluloid grip with no wire and never had any. There are a couple of black dots on the grip of unknown material that you can see in the pics. The blade has some age staining but no sharpening marks and no nicks. The scabbard is the silvered pebble finish scabbard with two oak leaf acorn suspension bands and rings. There are no dents in this scabbard. Nice piece! $695.00

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Outstanding WWI German 1916 Dated DWM Military Luger Pistol - Serial # 7399 L, 9mm Luger cal, 4? round bbl. blue finish, walnut grips. This is a very nice example of a mid-WWI German Army issue Luger pistol. The top of the chamber area is dated 1916 and the toggle is marked "DWM". The right side of the barrel extension has the three "crown/gothic letter" proofs next to the Imperial Eagle proof. The full serial number is correctly stamped in the military fashion on the underside of the barrel, the left side of the barrel extension, and the front of the frame with the last two digits "99? stamped the various small parts. The Imperial Eagle proof is also marked on the top, rear of the barrel and left side of the breechblock. The upper safety position is correctly marked "GESICHERT". This pistol has the correct fixed sights. The back strap has the stock lug, nickel magazine with wooden base numbered to another pistol and fitted with checkered walnut grips. Most of the original blue is retained with wear on raised edges as normal and on the end of the muzzle due to going in and out of a holster. The rifling in the barrel is very fine. This is an nice!!! Mechanically excellent $1,895.00 item ww 71

Here is another good Luger like the one above maked 1917 but this one is maker marked "ERFURT" under a CROWN. Here is info on this pistol:

WWI German Luger pistol as manufactured by the Imperial Arsenal at Erfurt in 1917. Theis pistol has a blued finish with the with the blue worn from handling on the grip and backstrap as well as on high spots on edges. The back strap has the stock lug.The front grip strip has some minor pitting on it. Please see the pics. The chamber area is dated 1917 and it has the standard "Crown/ERFURT" marks on top of the front toggle. The right side of the barrel extension has the standard Crown over script proofs next to an "Imperial Eagle" proof. The top front edge of the barrel extension has the small sight cut, typically intended for the rear portion of the artillery rear sight, and as seen on many 1917 produced lugers. The luger is fitted with a correct Erfurt barrel that is proofed with the Erfurt "Crown" and imperial eagle proof mark. The right top rear section of the barrel also has a small Army test Eagle proof. The overall pistol exhibits the typical Erfurt Arsenal rough machining and rust blued finish with many of the smaller parts having the Erfurt "Crown over a script" letter proof. The pistol has the standard fixed front and rear sights and the safety is properly marked with "GESICHERT". It is fitted with a set of checkered walnut grips and it has a WWI era nickel plated magazine with the wooden base marked with "2504" indicating that it came from another pistol. The serial number of this piece is 3849 and is matching. The number 49 is stamped in various places as well. The barrel is a 4 inch round barrel and the rifling is fine. 9MM. The action works fine on this piece as well. Very Nice unmolested, untouched condition!! $1,295.00 item ww 70

THE FRENCH GERMAN P-38 BELOW IS SOLD!! Here we have a German P-38 that was produced at he Mauser Werke, Oberndorf factory right after WW2 was over for French Security Forces. Following World War II Germany was divided into four occupation zones, one for each major Allied power: the United States, the Soviet Union, England, and France. The Mauser factory was located in the French zone. Almost immediately after the war ended the French directed Mauser to resume P.38 (and other weapon) production which ended in 1946 after increasing protests from the other Allies (mainly the Soviets). The French Mauser P.38s were primarily assembled from spare parts already on hand, or those which required little further processing. There is no fundamental difference between the wartime and post-war Mausers with the exception of the grip panels, being stamped steel, which seem to be uniquely French.

Among the French Mausers one will find a variety of slide codes, although the svw code is by far the most common as it was the Mauser factory code at the end of the war. P.38 researcher and collector Orvel Reichert reports 83% of reported pistols have the svw code, 7% the byf44 code, 5% the FN ac43 code, 4% the FN ac44 code, and the very small remainder have a wide variety of WW2 codes, blank slides, and post-war slides. The finishes of the French Mausers range from various colors of parkerization, blued, or rarely the late-war German phosphate. Almost all are import marked by Interarms, usually under the slide rail where it is not easily seen. Individual parts that would have been acceptance marked by the Germans during the war (frames, slides, barrels, and locking blocks) may or may not bear German markings, depending upon where they were in the assembly process. There does not seem to have been any systematic attempt to deface or remove any existing German markings already present. The French continued with the German serial number system, starting with the "g" block (presumably 1g would have been the first French Mauser). The g, h, and i blocks were produced in 1945, transitioning to the k and L blocks in 1946. The letter "j" was not used. The last known serial number of a French Mauser is 500L. There are a few interesting markings found on French Mausers, such as the the "circled flaming grenade" (a police marking) and the "clover leaf stamp," of which the meaning is not currently known. The French proof mark, a star, is usually present.

This particular weapon is serial numbered 4638G on the slide, the frame and under the barrel up front. After the P.38 stamping on the frame is the code SVW and 45 which I believe means the German Mauser Factory and the year 1945. The Star stamping is on the other side of the frame. When you pull back the slide it looks the nazi eagle wing and some letters and numbers. The import markings are on the bottom of the slide, which are not easily seen. The weapon is in excellent condition for it's age and functions perfectly. Comes complete with the original paperwork and the original box. This is a real nice piece of immediate post war history made with WW2 German parts. item ww 69

Here we have a beautiful 1920 Commercial German Artillery Luger in 9mm. The 1920 commercials were marked GERMANY and MADE IN GERMANY for those being exported but the ones that were sold in country did not have those markings. Erfurt- manufactured pistols as well as DWM-manufactured pistols were reworked from WW1 pistols to the commercial pistols being sold to the public and abroad. Some of these pistols are military reworks, with markings and proofmarks removed; others were newly manufactured. This particular pistol is a DWM manufactured pistol as marked on the top of the piece. The only other markings on this piece is the number 98 shown in the pics. This 98 is marked in at least 3 different locations that I have seen. This piece also has the 8 inch barrel that is expected on an artillery piece. The rear sight is not the same as the military artillery pistols but many variations of the commercial German Luger were made. One could do a book just on the variations of the Luger! This piece has obviously been redone and is in excellent condition. The grips are original and very nicely checkered. The bore is excellent and this piece is chambered for the 9MM Luger shell. There is some minor pitting on the center toggle link but otherwise fine. The magazine seems to be a shade later with german markings on it as well as '37' which I take to mean 1937. This is a nice piece and worthy of any collection . The price is $2,750.00 item ww 68

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Here is a pair of tan shorts that I recently acquired that was told to me that it is a vet bringback from WW2 and is Hitler Youth shorts. There is nothing written or stamped on the shorts to indicate origin but the are certainly old and in my research it certainly seems like the story could be true. Early on tan shorts were used instead of black shorts that came later. Some of the leftover tan shorts was actually dyed black. I could find no official rules for dress on the Hitler Youth but I did find several photos of young Hitler youth in tan shorts and I have included a few pics with the photos of the shorts. The shorts are in generally good condition with some staining in the front middle section. The buttons on the fly and the pockets looks to be pewter while the back pocket buttons appear to be vegetable ivory type plastic buttons. Rare to find shorts! $175.00 item ww 67

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Here we have some more ammo for sale on Consignment. It is:

Saint Louis Ordnance Plant: Headstamp: SL Date Stamp: Last two digits of the year: SL 53 (1953) Korean War Vintage 30.06 Ammunition. **NO AP/Steel Core Ammunition Sales to**: Alaska, California, Conneticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, NYC, New Jersey, Washington DC, Rhode Island, Maryland (city of Annapolis or Montgomery county). Here we have a Govt. Ammo can with 185 Rounds of USGI 30-06 Armor Piercing M2 Black Tip Surplus Ammo made by Saint Louis Arsenal. 185rds packed loose. Ammo is 1953 dated, "SL 53" headstamped and NON-Corrosive. For the lot $195.00 item ww 66 Make sure it is legal in your state to own before purchasing.

Here we have one full ammo can which contains 840 rounds, packaged in 7 bandoliers with 7 pockets each, 20 rounds per pocket on stripper clips and cardboard lining, 10 rounds to a clip. Everything looks fine and smells like it has some age to it. The ammo can is marked FOR CONUS USE ONLY on top and 840 CARTRIDGES 5.56 BALL M193 10 RD. CLIPS BANDOLEERS LOT LC 2-547 on the side. For the lot : $450.00 item ww 65

Here we have a bandoleer of ammo that is marked 7.62 MM. NATO BALL, M80 8 RD CLIPS LOT LC 12662 for sale. LC stands for LAKE CITY where the ammo was manufactured. There are 6 pockets with two clips in each one for a total of 60 rounds. Marked on the back is OCT 65. The first standard NATO cartridge, the 7.62 x 51mm NATO, was developed by the United States as a successor to the .30 Caliber M2 round (30-06), which had served as the standard U. S. rifle cartridge since 1906. This ammo bandoleer was never used and is in very good condition. $50.00 item ww 64

Here is a bandoleer for the 5.56 BALL M193 10 ROUND CLIPS LOT LC 4-21. Compare to .223 ammo and from Lake City. There are 7 pockets with 2- 10 round clips in each for a total of 140 rounds. Marked on the back MMA 12/74. Never issued and in near mint condition. $95.00 item ww 63

Here is another bandoleer for CAL 30 BALL M2 8 RD CLIPS LC 42634 . From Lake City as well. This is also unissued surplus. There are 6 pockets wih 2 - 8 round clips in each. Marked on the back is May 58. The M2 ammo is light armor piercing so make sure you can own it before ordering it. It is not illegal in all states but it is in some. $175.00 item ww 62

.223 ammo for sale. We have 17 stripper clips of 10 rounds each and 42 loose rounds . That makes a total of 212 rounds. For this lot $65.00 item ww 61

We have many 20 round boxes of .223 / 5.56 government ammunition. I believe these to be military surplus. $10 a box. item ww 60

We have several boxes of Italian Carcano 6.5 Ammo dated 1927, 1928, 1928 and 1936. The 6.5×52mm Carcano or 6.5×52mm Parravicini-Carcano is an Italian military 6.5 mm (.268 cal, actually 0.2675 inches) rimless bottle-necked rifle cartridge, developed from 1889 to 1891 and used in the Carcano 1891 rifle and many of its successors. A common synonym in American gun literature is "6.5mm Italian." In American parlance, "Carcano" is frequently added to better distinguish it from the rimmed hunting cartridge 6.5×52mmR (U.S. version: .25-35 Winchester). Ballistically, its performance is very similar to that of the 6.5×54mm Mannlicher-Schönauer. Each are unopened and in great condition! Each $20.00 item ww 59

Here we have German made 250 PATRONEN ammo for the .25 caliber Automatic Pistol. The box is marked 250 PATRONEN FUR AUTOMATISCHE PISTOLEN KA. 6.35 (.25) :MADE IN GERMANY: GECO. The .25 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) (6.35x16mmSR) centerfire pistol cartridge is a semi-rimmed, straight-walled pistol cartridge introduced by John Browning in 1905 alongside the Fabrique Nationale model 1905 pistol. In more recent years, most pistols available in .25 ACP are also available in a more effective calibre. Pre WW2 manufacture. I have a few full cases with 10 smaller 25 round boxes in them at $120 a case. item ww 58

We have one box of Russian or Finnish 7.62 shells in the original box. The box is marked VAJALAATU 15 kpl. 7,62 kiv. patr. Ilman siteita. 15 rounds with no headstamps. For this box $20.00 item ww 57

Here we have several boxes of 50 Schwarzpulver kal. 22 blank cartridges for sale that would be great to use in your Civil War rimfire .22 caliber weapons. These are vintage and are black powder. The boxes are unopened and really nice. For each box $10.00 item ww 56

Here is a box of Yugoslavia 25 rounds 7,62 mm Tokarev ammo. The box has been opened but none are missing. The top flap is torn mostly off. For this box $10.00 item ww 55

Here we have 3 full and partial boxes of .30 Caliber M2 Cartridges for sale. These are the cartridges that are used against non armored personnel carriers. Thin skinned vehicles. They'll penetrate a jeeps body to get at the soldiers inside. All of the boxes have a little damage to them but the graphics are very nice. These are all by the Western Cartridge Co. We have 2 full boxes of 20 rounds and 1 box with 17 rounds in it. $15 for the partial box and $20 for the full boxes. item ww 54

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These next 2 items are 2 Japanese Arisaka rifles that we just got in.

The first one is a type 38 Japanese Arisaka rifle that was an early model. It is rifled although somewhat dark and pitted so it's not a trainer. These were chambered for the 6.5 mm round. This type of rifle was designed in 1905 and was used for 35 to 40 years. The strange thing about this one is that there is no Chrysanthemum and type characters on the receiver and it looks like there never was. Also the serial number is low being V36 on the receiver and 36 on the bolt with the front sight being marked 192. The buttplate is flat and the safety know is the early type while the semicircular peep rear sight is a later version of the 3 that was made. This example also has the early smoothly-rounded type of rear sling swivel. Quite an unusal rifle! The rear sight with a v-note is graduated to 1,700 meters while most used the sight that was graduated to 2,400 meters. The entire piece is complete and in quite good shape even thought he bore leaves a lot to be desired. No dust cover is present. For this nice example that needs more research $325.00 item ww 53

Here's the second Japanese Rifle which is a "Last Ditch" 7.7 rifle type 99. This particular rifle was the last of the series being a crudely made example of the type 99 that was produced form 1940 to 1945. This one has absolutely no mum or type stamped into the receiver. It has the large diameter stock bolt which is correct for this model as well as the welded safety know. The buttplate is also wooden instead of steel and there is no provision for a cleaning rod. The barrel is finished rather roughly and the barrel band clearly shows where it was welded. The rear sight is a crude peep sight and the front sight is a simple blade in base sight. The wood stock is nice and it has a couple of japanese characters in it. This rifle is rifled so it is not a trainer. The bore isn't that great but could benefit with a good scrubbing. The serial number is 55731 and the bolt is marked 31 so it matches the receiver. The forestock is loose on the piece but that is normal for this model. The metal is a dark black consistancy. No dust cover and I don't believe it ever did. These type 99 Last Ditch Substitute rifles show how desperate the Japanese were at the end of the war and have become a most collectible type firearm. It's complete and it very good condition overall. Nice! $325.00 item ww 52

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WW2 type 30 Japanese bayonet complete with scabbard. This one,with the better grip, is in excellent + condition with most of the original bluing on the blade. It looks like it may have been sharpened at some point in time but it's not too bad at all. There are very faint markings on the ricasso but I can't make it out. There is a serial number on the pommel of 214900. Excellent grip. The original bayonet has a couple of minor dents on it but not bad at all. For this nice piece $165.00 item ww 51

WW2 type 30 Japanese bayonet complete with scabbard for the Arisaka Rifle. This one is marked with the mark of Koishikawa (Toyko) /Kokura Arsenal. This one is marked 1255 ? on the pommel but it's kind of beat up so it's hard to tell. The wooden grip is beat up some with a chip missing here and there. The blade has some patina on it but it looks like it was finished in the bright and had just aged. The edge has been sharpened. Also the muzzle ring is broken indicating that this bayonet may have been damaged during battle. The scabbard is very good with the usual 'door dings'. For this piece $125.00 item ww 50

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WW2 short carbine bladed walking out bayonet based on the Kurzes Seitengewehr 98. German military ranks were allowed to purchase their own ornate bayonets for use when walking out on a pass. This one was produced by ALCOSO SOLINGEN. There is some wear to the finish on the eagle head pommel cap and guard but the grips are very nice and the button functions well. The blade is mostly bright nickel finish with nice markings and a few minor nicks. The scabbard is also very nice with just a few minor dings. 15 ½ inches long in the scabbard while the blade is 9 7/8 inches long to the crossguard. The tip is slightly bent but not broken. $165.00 item ww 49

WW1 S98 bayonet and scabbard. You can tell that this piece was not drawn out of the sheath often as the blade is in very nice condition. The blade is marked WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER A.G. OBERNDORFT A.N. On the pommel is stamped 5784. The sheath is dinged up but hey, it did it's job and protected the bayonet. 16 inches long overall in scabbard while the blade is9 5/8" long to the cross guard. For this bayonet and scabbard $165.00

Here we have a U.S. Model 1905 bayonet commonly referred to as the M1942 by collectors. This one has nice plastic grips and a blastic bodied scabbard. The scabbard is marked USN MK1. The scabbard has initials carved into it on both sides. The extreme tip has been broken off. The scabbard was actually made for the Naval Training rifles and was fitted with a plastic bladed bayonet which is quite rare. The bayonet is a M1942 actual bayonet and is marked with U. C. and US around flaming bomb over the date 1942. On the reverse ricasso is a worn ordnance mark. This bayonet has been shortened but it doesn't look like an arsenal shortening. The blade is now 15 ¾ inches long. The initials on the scabbard look like K. FHINY on one side and K NY on the other side. Don't know how the marriage was done but it is a marriage. $195.00 item ww 48

The Patton Saber is SOLD!!! Here we have a pretty nice 1918 dated Patton Saber and Scabbard. The Model 1913 Cavalry Saber, commonly referred to as the Patton Saber, was a cavalry saber designed for the U.S. Army by Second Lieutenant (later General) George S. Patton in 1913.

It had a large, basket-shaped hilt mounting a straight, double-edged, thrusting blade designed for use by light cavalry. Patton's 1914 manual "Saber Exercise" outlined a system of training for both mounted and on-foot use of the saber. The weapon came to be known as the "Patton Saber." There is no one sword that this saber was modeled after. Patton suggested the revision from a curved sword and edge and cutting technique to a thrusting style of attack, following his extensive training in France. Patton's thoughts were expressed in his 1913 report "The Form and Use of the Saber":

This weapon was the last saber issued to U.S. cavalry.

This particular saber is marked U.S. on one side of the ricasso and L.F.& C (LANDERS, FRARY AND CLARK-makers) on the other side of the ricasso as well as the date 1918. The saber is in good condition with a little bid of corrosion to an edge of the blade but not much. The original scabbard accompanies this saber. It's covered in woven brown cloth. The original 1913 saber has a tent peg at the end of the scabbard so it could be used for that purpose but after that caused injury to several horses that peg was removed. This is the correct scabbard for the 1918 dated saber. The scabbard has a curve in it probably having happened during hard use. One way the sword goes in it will slide in and out without much trouble but if it is inserted the other way it gets kind of stuck. There is a little finish wear on the guard but no appreciable dents. This is a great display item! For this saber and scabbard $695.00 item ww 47

We picked up a very nice Model 1922 Belgium Browning. Here's some info on this weapon:

The FN Model 1910 was a departure for Browning. Before, his designs were produced by both FN in Europe and Colt Firearms in the United States. Since Colt did not want to produce it, Browning chose to patent and produce this design in Europe only. Introduced in 1910, this pistol used a novel operating spring location surrounding the barrel. This location became the standard in such future weapons as the Walther PPK and Russian Makarov.

It incorporated the standard Browning striker-firing mechanism and a grip safety along with a magazine safety and an external safety lever (known as the "triple safety") in a compact package. Offered in both .380 ACP (6-round magazine) and .32 ACP (7-round magazine) calibres, it remained in production until 1983. It is possible to switch calibres by changing only the barrel. However, FN never offered packages containing a single pistol with both calibre barrels.

An FN M1910, serial number 19074, chambered in .380 ACP[1] was the handgun used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, an act that arguably precipitated the First World War.[2] Numerous previous sources erroneously cited the FN Model 1900 in .32 calibre as being the weapon Princip used. This has led to confusion over the calibre of the pistol actually used.

Variants:

FN Model 1922 7.65mm (that is what this pistol is) A variant of the Model 1910 was known variously as the Model 1922 or 1910/22. This was a larger model with a longer barrel (113 mm), slide extension, and a longer grip frame to accommodate an extra two rounds. This model was aimed at military and police contracts and many examples were produced for various agencies. The FN Model 1910/1922 was initially designed for Yugoslavia.

1910/1922 pistols went on to see extensive service in World War Two, and continued to be manufactured by the Germans after their occupation of Belgium and seizure of the FN factory. These examples carry Nazi production stamps, and most have simple chequered wood grips instead of the earlier horn or plastic grips bearing the FN logo.

The FN Model 1922 was also used by the following countries: Yugoslavia, Holland, Greece, Turkey, Romania, France, Finland, Denmark, and West Germany in the post war period. While the Model 1910 was widely sold on both civilian and military markets, the Model 1922 was considered specifically a military and police pistol, with FN offering it to individual civilians only by special order.

In 1955, the Browning Arms Company introduced the Model 1910 pistol for the American market as the Model 1955. Made in Belgium, this model was virtually identical to the European model except for the markings and grips. Importation ceased in 1968 due to the passage of stricter gun-control laws in the U.S.

Another version, the Model 1971, featured a longer barrel and slide (similar in length to the Model 1922, but with a one-piece slide), adjustable sights, a finger-rest magazine, and enlarged 'target' grips. These features were intended to comply with the Gun Control Act of 1968 which had halted import of the Model 1955.

North Korea made copies of the Model 1910 without licence as the Type 70 pistol. The weapon is made not only for domestic use but also for export.

This is a very nice example mainly just showing some wear to the muzzle end from going in and out of a holster. There is some old dried grease on the frame and trigger area but no pitting that I see. The bluing is original and about 90% or better. The FN marked plastic grips are the originals and in very good condition with no breaks or cracks. The action works fine and the bore is excellent. This weapon is 7.65 mm which figures out to .32 caliber. The serial number is 32404 and matches on the frame and the muzzle. The markings are sharp and the pistol looks great! The magazine is original and is marked FN 7.65 m/m. The pistol has fixed sights. The lady that this came from is the daughter of the American GI that procurred it during the war. I assume that this is the Korean war as the daughter provided a copy of a old typewritten obituary that said that the GI (named in the obit) was a veteran of the US Army having served in the Korean War. He was born in 1929 so he was too young to be in WW2. This is not one of the pistols made in North Korea, this one most likely dates to WW2.

The copy of the obit will be provided with the firearm. This is one nice piece! For the pistol $650.00 item ww 46

Here is something we usually do not find. This is a dug Model U.S. Army Model 1917 Revolver in .45 ACP. I don't know where this one was dug as the history is lost but it looks like it was dropped, possibly in the heat of battle, as the cylinder is open and frozen in place. The cylinder release button is missing and so are the wooden grips which rotted off long ago. The laynard ring is still present but very rusty. The whole thing is rusty but what a find! Cannot be put back in firing order. This one has the 5 1/2 inch long barrel. No markings are visible. Nice dug relic!!! $395.00 item ww 45

Here we have an L1A2 Bayonet that fits on the Canadian L1A1 Rifle. The L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle, also known as the SLR, by the Canadian Army designation C1 or in the USA as the "inch pattern" FAL,[nb 1] is a British Commonwealth derivative of the Belgian FN FAL battle rifle, produced under licence. It has seen use in the armies of Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Rhodesia, and the United Kingdom.[3] In contrast to the "metric" FALs, the design dimensions of the inch-pattern are British imperial units, rather than the metric units used in Belgium. Despite this, many sub-assemblies are interchangeable between the two types, although components of those sub-assemblies may not be compatible. Another notable difference is magazines. Also, butt-stocks are not interchangeable, since the stocks on metric pattern and inch pattern guns attach in different ways. Most Commonwealth pattern FALs are semi-automatic only. However, there is also an automatic rifle variant, the L2A1/C2A1, capable of automatic fire and meant to serve in a support role. Differences from the L1A1/C1 include a heavy barrel, a handguard that doubles as a foldable bipod, and a larger 30-round magazine although it could also use the normal 20-round magazines as well. Only Australia and Canada used this variant, as the UK and New Zealand used Bren light machine guns converted to fire the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Some Canadian C1s issued to naval personnel were also capable of automatic fire.

THis bayonet almost looks like it was unissued as it is in that great of shape. Take a look at the pics. For this very nice unsharpened, unmarked Australian example. $125.00 item ww 44

THE GROUPING BELOW HAS BEEN SOLD!!! Here is a nice item that we picked up that was a souvenir brought back by a Sailor that served aboard an LST in WW2 while in the Pacific. This sailor was a crew member on the USS LST 585 that served in the Philippines, Borneo, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and China-Japan Service. The ship was commissioned August 8th, 1944 and decommissioned July 31st, 1946. I have copies of the Sailor records including his discharge, separation papers, photos of him and the crew, and copies of photos of the ship and other ships. I also has a copy of the original history of the ship up to January, 1946. The item the sailor brought back is a short sword or knife that he traded in the Philippines. He traded a pack of cigarettes for this piece and a rifle in return. The rifle is not available. This knife is in a brass bound hardwood scabbard with leather at the top and has an old red cord to tie it to a belt of sorts. This entire piece in the scabbard measures about 24 inches long. The knife itself measures about 23 inches long and has a non polished 17 1/2 inch blade. The blade is sharp but very few nicks on it. The grip is secured by a large brass ferrel and the wooden park is a nice hardwoood. The figure is a grimacing native and has his lips painted red and his teeth and eyes painted white. One of his ears has been chipped off and perhaps a tooth but otherwise outstanding! This is good tribal art! Nice piece! $275.00 item ww 43

VERY NICE GERMAN WW2 P-38!

Based on my research, this particular pistol is a Spreewerk (aka Metallwarenfabrik Spreewerk, Grottau, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia). The P-38 appears to be a "4th variant" produced (based on the serial number 5829 L) in early February 1944. The pistol has all-matching parts. The magazines that came with the pistol are appropriate for the date/variant: they're both marked "jvd" along with Waffenamt "706" indicating they were produced at the Erste Nordboehmisch Metallwarenfabrik "First North Bohemian Metal Ware Production Plant" in Czechoslovakia. One of the mags is also marked "P.38" on the side, which indicates an early production version.

The pistol came with a shoulder holster, but I seriously doubt this is a wartime German item. I'm guessing the pistol was a vet bringback, so the shoulder holster may have been either something custom ordered by the GI or could even be a post-war East Bloc holster adapted to the purpose. The only visible marking on the holster is "43" which could literally mean anything although I doubt it's a "year code". Still, it's a very nice holster in good shape.

The pistol is in wonderful condition with perhaps just a small chip out of one of the grips. The action functions well and the bore is excellent. I have taken a pic of that for you to view.

Very nice! $950.00 item ww 42

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This uniform is an officers double breasted tunic with 8 naval buttons. The buttons show the Eagle facing right. Before 1941 the eagles faced left but the order of May 14, 1941 changed the buttons to have the Eagles facing right. I'm not sure when this particular coat was made but I suspect WW2. The right arm sleeve lining is torn but can be repaired. There is an old paper tag on the inside breast pocket that has R DULLS written on it as well as something else I cannot make out. Also all sleeve insignia has been removed so I don't know what rank of officer wore it. Fix it up with the rank you want to. $45.00

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Here we have a sling for a Model 1903 Springfield rifle that is in excellent used condition. There are no splits, cracks or tears in the sling. The sling is marked BRAUER BROS. MFG. CO. ST LOUIS, MO and also stamped with a 13. I've been told these were used also with the Model 1917 and the M1 Garand. The belt is approximately 1 ¼ inches wide. If you need one here it is! $65.00 item ww 40

We recently came across this WW2 German Nazi Banner that was used to hang from buildings etc. This was a vet bringback but unfortunately the history was lost. We need to keep war souvenirs around like this one so that we remember the past and do not repeat it. No one thought Hitler was a problem until he was a hugh problem! This banner has the swastica in white circle sewn on both sides so it may have been on a light post to show off both sides. The circle measures about 21 inches across. This banner is 44 inches wide and over 90 inches long. There is a sleeve at the top so that a large diameter rod could be inserted for support. This one was used as evidenced by the water stains on the white circle and the tatters on the fly edge of the banner. There is considerable wear and a little missing fabric on one bottom corner but not so much on the other bottom corner. For this banner. $275.00 item ww 39

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Here we have a WW2 Japanese Cavalry Sword and scabbard. This cavalry troopers' sword of the circa 1886 pattern has a machine-made blade, blackened steel mounts and a blackened steel scabbard. The sword is serial numbered 65371 and the scabbard is serial numbered 37874 indicating a miss match. The sword is in excellent condition however the blade has been sharpened. The wooden grip is fine and so is the steel handguard and backstrap. The sword is very nice in spite of it being sharpened. The scabbard has a wonderful color and matches the guard on the sword. The sword locks down into the scabbard and all that mechanisn is fine. There is a dent in the scabbard between the throat of the scabbard and the single mount. All in all it's pretty nice grouping. $495.00 item ww 38

Here is a WW2 era Japanese Police or parade sword. The original nickel scabbard has a lot of the original finish flaking off. The sword has been shortened and sharpened. The grip and brass guard are the best thing about this sword. The rayskin is nearly 100% and the brass hand guard and backstrap are in very nice condition. For this sword/scabbard $95.00

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Here is a post WW2 era souvenir small samuri type sword in hand carved bone sheath with bone carved grip. There are 12 panels on this piece and all are different. Black ink has been applied for contrast and depth. There is a mon on several of the pieces and it looks like 3 floating lily pads in a circle. The sword in the sheath measures 29 inches long while the sword itself measures 24 ½ inches long with a 15 ½ inch unsharpened blade. All fittings are brass while the blade is steel. The number 16 is stamped on a brass ferrel near the tsuba or hand guard. There are 2 small carrying suspension points but one is broken. The panels are hand carved and show nice aging. $450.00 item ww 36

Here is a WW2 Russian U.S.S.R. marked Cavalry sword and scabbard. The scabbard is black leather over steel and has provisions on the mounts to place a Mosin Nagant bayonet on it. The scabbard is in remarkably good condition. The sword is a large sword measuring over 37 inches long with a 32 inch blade. The blade is in fairly good polish and does not show any nicks on it. There is some very minor sharpening on the blade but not bad at all. The blade is marked with Russian markings as well as the date 1940. The grip is a twisted wooden grip in fine used condition along with a brass fore piece and pommel which shows it to be red brass. The mounts on the scabbard match the brass on the sword in color. The pommel is engraved with wheat engravings, C.C.C.P. and the Hammer and Sickle motif. I did find a Mosin Nagant bayonet to fit into the mounts. I had to move them a little but this is the correct bayonet for the sword. For this outfit $1795.00 item ww 35

Here is a worn torn Model 1902 U.S. Army sword that has seen better days. This one has been cut down into a knife for some unknown reason. One of the brass guard branches has been removed as well. The entire piece now measures about 27 inches long with a 21 ½ inch long blade. You can still see the makers name of SPRINGFIELD ARMORY, SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A. along with floral engravings and U.S. on one side of the blade and the Spread Winged Eagle with E. Pluribus Unum on the ribbon in his beak. The sword still looks pretty good. $95.00 item ww 34

Here is a monster India Ghurka type sword. I am familiar with the Ghurka knives that the India Military uses but this the absolutely largest Ghurka type weapon that I've ever encountered. This piece measures a whooping 43 inches long as the crow flies with the blade being 37 inches long along the top edge. The blade is heavy steel with worn nickel plating. On one side is stimpled engraving with the word INDIA stimpled into it. This may be a tourist piece but it's made very well. This is not cheap junk. The grip is horn with an aluminum bolster and pommel. The decorations in the grip look to be aluminum as well. $295.00 item ww 33

This is a real nice later WW2 Japanese Arisaka rifle in 7.7 mm. The rifle is in overall good condition and is marked 9 9 type in Japanese Characters on the receiver. The Mum has been ground which is more normal than not. All numbers match and the ramrod is present. The metal parts have a kind of roughness to them. This is not the last ditch model but I believe it's not far from it. As the war progressed the Japanese got more desperate and turned out this rifles as quick as they could. The barrel still has some nice rifling in it. The dust cover is missing as is just about normal as they were a real pain to keep on. The action works fine. The stock is in generally good condition with a crack near the bottom on both sides. This crack is not a break and is in no danger of breaking apart. It's just an age crack. The entire piece looks good and deserves a place in the 'Captured' weapons WW2 display. $325.00

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The Headstamp is simply LC 66 and that is .30 caliber ammo. This ammo is belt fed so it must be for the .30 caliber machine gun. This is a whole cardboard box of it in one continuous belt feed. I'm still researching a price on this so I will list later. In the meantime check out the pic.

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Here's a good used magazine for an AR-15 .223/5.56 Nato. This one was manufactured by Kay Industries of New Britian, CT and is marked 33710 4-03 RESTRICTED MILITARY/ GOV'T/LAW ENFORCEMENT/ EXPORT USE ONLY. $15.00

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Here are two ammo belts containing 5.56 Ammo.

5.56mm Military Ammo

The 5.56 mm Cartridge was officially adopted by the U.S. Army in 1964 under the nomenclature: "5.56mm Ball cartridge M193". It was developed from the .223 Remington in a design competition to replace the 7.62mm cartridge as the U.S. military standard. Also called the .223 or 5.56 x 45mm, this cartridge is now the primary U.S. and NATO military rifle round. NATO forces, including the U.S., have upgraded the M193 to a new heavier bullet 5.56 x 45mm round, the SS109 from FN of Belgium.

This particular ammo is tracer ammo and is packed into 4 pocket ammo belts. One belt has 100 rounds in it and one belt has 110 rounds in it. They are in clips. For the one with 110 rounds $60 and for the one with 110 Rounds in it $55.00 item ww 029

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Here is a full unopened ammo can of 800 rounds for the 7,62 mm M-1950 Carbine. Looks to be French. The top of the can has the name WALTS on it because it was purchased at the WALTS Supermarket in Frankfort, Indiana many, many years ago when they sold surplus ammo too! Try to find any ammunition in a Supermarket now! This ammo is very corrosive and probably should not be fired but it makes a great display item!! $150.00

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Here we have 3 ammo belts that contain .30 caliber carbine ammo. The 2 darker belts are marked on the back 1955. The lighter brown one does not have a date stenciled on it. The lighter one has 110 rounds in it and the price is $40.00

The dark belt that has only one stencil on the front also has 100 rounds in it and it is also $40.00

THIS ONE SOLD !!

The last one is a dark one with stencils on each end. There is also 100 rounds in this belt. The center pocket on this one is torn on the back. This one is also $40. item ww 027

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Here is a box of unopened Italian WW2 ammo dated 1936 for the 6,5 MM Rifle and so marked. Take a loook at the pics! $35.00 item ww 026

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ONLY ONE LEFT!

Here are 2 ammo belts being British or Canadian stenciled RG16-12-54C. These belts have .303 Enfield rounds in them in clips. Each belt has 50 rounds in them with clips. They were purchased long ago at VAN CAMPS HARDWARE STORE when they were surplus. Each belt $40.00 item ww 025

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Here we have an unopened box of 20 ball Cartridges for CALIBER .30 M2. These cartridges are made by the Western Cartridge Company. One side of the lid is lifted but the seal is not broken across. AMMUNITION LOT W.C.C. 6009 is stamped on the front of the box. 1941 manufacture. Nice! $50.00 item ww 024 We have several more boxes in different states of condition from $40 to $45 with one box that is short of two cartridges being $35.00 Inquire!!!

We just came across one of these but not for sale

Brixia Model 35 The Model 35 was an Italian small-sized, rapid firing light mortar of World War II. The Brixia light mortar is a 45 mm light mortar mounted on a legged base and designed for operation by two crew. The rear legs are fitted with a pad for the gunner to lay forward on behind the mortar, or sit upon when the situation allowed. A lever allowed for operating the breech and firing the weapon, while ammunition was fed in by the loader. Well trained teams could reach up to 18 rounds per minute, although operational rate of fire was less. The Brixia was the service light mortar of the Italian military throughout World War II.

Here is our example below.

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A GOOD HONEST WW2 JAPANESE NAVAL SWORD KNOWN AS THE KAI-GUNTO!

These type of swords are rare relatively speaking as naval losses during the Second World War were extremely high with nearly three-quarters of the navy's ships were lost. The Kai-gunto were carried by regular naval officers aboard ship and by most offices assigned to land garrison units. Originally a naval lieutenants kai-gunto with oil tempered blade cost 80 yen or $18.40. As his pay was only 120 yen per month, his sword was an expensive item. This particular sword has been in a hot attic for many years as evidenced by the shrinking of the sharkskin on the sheath. The scabbard still has the original Naval mountings and drag. The sword itself is in pretty good condition with all the original cloth wrap on the sharkskin wrapped grip. Everything that is supposed to be with this sword is with it except for the tassel. I have taken the grip apart and taken pics of the parts so take a look at them. This is a machine made blade being probably from the late war period. The tank exhibits painted on japanese characters and an anchor in circle. The numbers 345 are stamped on many parts showing that this piece is all original to itself and not a composite piece. The blade itself is mostly in excellent polish with very little staining. The piece is still sharp. The entire piece measures 3 feet long with a 25 3/4 inch blade. This piece has never been cleaned and glides smoothly in and out of the scabbard. It's still a good piece and desireable!!! $995.00 item ww 023

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Here what we have looks like an original Mauser Oberndorf Style Sporting Rifle Type M but I do not see the makers marks to confirm this. This rifle looks very close to examples of the Oberndorf Style sporting rifle that I have seen. This one uses German Mauser WW2 Rifle which still has the waffen marks on it and the swastica. The markings are all clear. The serial numbers of 3644 seem to match on all the parts I have seen. The action works great and the bore is fine. The stock is full length and has checkering on the forearm and on the wrist. There is inlaid wood on the end of the pistol grip wrist. The butt pad is rubber. The stock is just a beautiful piece of dark walnut. The rifle seems to be in good condition with some minor rust spots here and there that should clean up just fine . It;s a very nice rifle and reasonably priced at $1700.00 item ww 022

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This is a German WWII flare gun. The manufacturer and waffen stamps can be seen in various locations throughout the gun. Sturdy metal construction with a hinging mechanism designed for flare insertion. The handle was fitted with a lanyard ring which could be secured to the equipment in the uniform.

These type of pistols were issued to multiple troops including Navy and paratroopers. The pistol is well marked with waffenstamps. The German eagle symbol. Additional markings include the manufacturing date of 1937. There is also a four digit number of 5974. This is the manufacturing code. The makers name is ERMA_ERFURT. The barrel and frame is made of aluminum. The triggerguard is made of steel. The flare gun breaks apart in the center to allow insertion of flare. The grips are a checkered hard plastic. The piece seems to function as it should. There is wear to the barrel and frame finish indicating use. For this one $395.

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Here is a swagger stick or riding crop that was used by H. Wegerif who was in the 2 BG 12 CAV and so marked on the end of the piece being engraved on the shell casing. The 2nd Brigade 12th Cavalry has a storied history and On 1 September 1963 the Brigade was reactivated again in Korea as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. The Brigade remained at Camp Howze in Korea until 1 July 1965, when the division colors were transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia.

I do not have any history on H. Wegerif.

The swagger stick itself is nearly 20 inches long with the bullet and partial shell casing on one end and a larger shell casing on the other. There is a hole lined with a ferrel near the top for a laynard and at one time there were lots of carvings lined with pearl from shells. Most of the pearl is lacking now. There is the word KOREA on one side of the hardwood shaft and a large flowing dragon on the other alone with other incised carvings and decorations. Might be some good history here! $195.00 item ww 020

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Here is a British WW2 Line throwing/flare pistol. This one has a 12 1/2 inch barrel and is marked 929. There are also decals on the barrel indicating what this piece is to be used for and some instructional material but they are mostly gone now. This piece has the hard rubber checkered grips and a laynard ring below. The piece is in generally good condition with some non evasive rust here and there. I have not attempted to clean it much destroying the history. It's pretty nice as it is. The gun seems to function perfectly. For this piece $250.00 item ww 019

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Here are two pairs of 20th century shoulder boards for military use. The first set is for a Lt. of Artillery and has a single gold boarder around a red field with silver bars. The back has the two clip attachment pieces and are marked GEMSCO. For these $25.00

The next pair is a pair of shoulderboards for a Naval Officer holding the rank of Lt. Junior Grade. They attach to the shoulders. These boards are in good condition and are marked on attaching leather pieces S. MARS, Inc. N.Y. This company was owned by Solomon Mars in NYC listed in the directory in 1930 but not listed in 1918 for WW1. For these $25.00 item ww 018

I just got 2 of these and I'm keeping one for myself! This is a thin paper photograph and original autograph of the only survivior or the sinking Bismark to like in the United States after the war! This photograph shows Bruno Rzonca of the WW2 German Navy in uniform with a silver penned autograph across his chest. On the reverse is a little info on Bruno in his own handwritting and the date Bismark sunk which was May 27, 1941. Here is some info on Bruno.:

Bruno Rzonca Maschinenobergefreiter Bruno Rzonca (1918-2004) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Read more about Bruno Rzonca here Born: 19 May, 1918 in Marienwerder, East Prussia. Died: 23 July, 2004 in Crown Point, Indiana, USA. Age (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): 23. Rank (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): Maschinenobergefreiter. Position (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): Air compressors, catapult. Additional notes: In the early days of World War II Bruno Rzonca served aboard the light cruiser Karlsruhe. At 1900 hours on 9 April, 1940, the Karlsruhe was torpedoed by the British submarine Truant off Kristiansand (Norway). The cruiser suffered major damage and had to be sunk later by the German torpedo boat Greif. For his work below decks in the boiler room Bruno Rzonca was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class. After the Norwegian campaign, Rzonca was assigned to the battleship Bismarck. Following the sinking of the Bismarck on 27 May 1941, Bruno Rzonca was rescued by the British cruiser Dorsetshire and then spent 6 ½ years in prisoner of war camps first in England and then in Canada. He was released in 1947 and returned to Germany where he got married. In 1952, Rzonca came to St. Louis and worked in a shop, before moving to Gary, Indiana. He then worked at Blaw Knox Co. and retired as a machinist in 1982. Bruno Rzonca was the only Bismarck survivor who lived in the United States.

I also have an interview that was conducted with Bruno that I'll include. Bruno had a grandson who served in the U.S. Navy and he was very proud of that fact. He was a regular at the Crown Point Militaria show and, although I didn't meet him, everyone said he as a very nice gentleman.

For the autograph photo and the information $95.00 Item WW 017

I picked up this WW2 item from a local gentleman. I was told that this next item was taken by an American GI off of a dead German Soldier. This item is a very nice, still functioning, WW2 era Swiss Made watch by KANO and so marked on the watch face and on the reverse. Also on the reverse is the word EDELSTAHL, which I believe refers to a special high grade steel, and the serial number 01918. Wehrmacht issued WWII wrist watches were manufactured by many Swiss and German watch makers contracted by the German government. They are manually wound and most often have screw-on stainless steel case backs, are/were shock/water resistant and had a nickel plated brass (sometimes steel) watch case. The dial face was black with luminous (radium, long faded) numbers and hands with a sub seconds dial. Variations will be encountered including snap-on case backs for the German made watches. There is no D code like on other watches but my research tells me that some Wehrmacht issued watches did not have these 'D'codes. Wehrmacht issued watches had the serial number recorded into the service member's pay book and the watches were expected to be returned to the service upon discharge. Period pictures show Wehrmacht personel wearing issue and non-issue watches. During the first half of the 20th century a wristwatch was a luxury item that not everyone could afford and military watches were NOT fashion items but the tools of the trade. As a general rule, the lower enlisted ranks could NOT afford a watch and their duties rarely required that they be issued one. Contracted watches seldom were able to meet the demand of the German War machine therefore watches along with other war booty (ammunition, weapons, vehicles, etc.) were often salvaged and re-issued. By no means do these Wehrmacht contract watches represent the majority of the watches that were issued to the armed forces of Germany. That "trophy" watch brought home by a WWII veteran might indeed have been "liberated" from some battlefield but conclusive documentation (for the collector) is often lacking. The Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine (Army, Air Force and Navy) and other German organizations each determined their own contract specifications for their watches. A common pre-WWII practice was to convert pocket watches to wrist watches by adding wire lugs (for the wrist strap) to the watch case. Due to their availability and the accuracy of the movements, it is common to find Wehrmacht wrist watches that are converted pocket watches these most often are very BIG watches, often over two inches in diameter! The Swiss made imported watches tend to be the most common and the easiest Wehrmacht issued watches to verify IF the 'D' code and serial numbers are intact. They are of premium quality and commonly have a Swiss AS1130 movement (although other movements were used), this is an excellent movement that was used for commercial watches both before, during, and after WWII. These watches had fixed lug pins, not the spring pins common to modern day watches.

This watch has the fixed pins. As you can see by the pics there is the usual second hand movement separate from the hour and minute movement. There are no cracks in the crystal but there are a few scratches. The thin period leather strap is in generally good condition but has been shortened. The serial number is entact as you can see. The action works fine and this watch has been running for over 24 hours keeping excellent time. If the man can find the info out on the GI who 'liberated' this watch I'll pass it on. The watch measures about 1 3/8 inches wide across the base. Nice display piece! $195.00 Item ww 016

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GUSTLOFF KKW.22 KAL. WW2 GERMAN NAZI TRAINING RIFLE!

K.K. Wehrsportgewehl or KKW is used to describe training rifles that were used by the German military between the WWI and WWII. The treaty at the end of WWI put severe restrictions on ammunition product in Germany and in order to give the military the ability deliver marksmanship training, many of these KKW trainers were produced in .22 caliber. They were also much cheaper to produce and shoot. The trainers were manufactured under license by a variety of arms makers including Walther and Mauser. This rifle was produced by Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, Germany. The original firm was Simson & Co. founded in 1865. Somewhere around 1933-34, the Nazis 'nationalized' the plant because of its Jewish ownership. It was originally renamed Berlin-Suhler-Waffen and then in 1939 renamed to Gustloff Werke after an anti-semite Nazi leader who was assassinated by a Jewish student in 1936. Gustloff Werke later opened another factory at Buchenwald and used political prisoners as workers. Not such a nice legacy, but an interesting historical fact. The "G" is simply the Gustloff logo on top of the receiver.

. The Eagle-N is a Nazi military acceptance mark or proof mark. These were typical on firearms manufactured for the Nazi regime and this rifle has 2 of them on the reverse receiver area. This rifle is in excellent condition with about as fine a bore as a rifle could have. The wood is in very good condition with only a slight ding here and there. The sling is missing as well as the cleaning rod. I do not see a bayonet lug and it looks like there was never one instead of one being cut off. I did some checking and found no reference to these even having a bayonet lug. The metal finish is very very nice being about 96% or slightly better. The action is smooth. There is a small 499 hand engraved on the bolt but I do not know the significance of that. One would have to go some distance to find a better example. All markings are sharp as the day this piece was made. $1,250.00 item ww 015

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I have acquired several pieces of military headgear and will list them here starting out. Prices will follow

The German Headgear are spoils to the victors and no political statement is being made. I'm a true blue American! 1. Here is a WW2 German M-40 camo helmet with double decals. Check out the pics. The helmet is stamped 1174 while the line is size 56. The chin strap is stamped J Martin Pauckner Bamberg 1943. The green shell was overpainted with tan colored paint and looks original. This is a real nice piece! $650.00 item ww 014

2. Here is a WW2 German M-40 camo helmet with no decals. I can see no decals under the paint either. The green shell is overpainted with2 different shades of brown paint. The helmet is in very nice condition however the liner is a replacement being size 58 and so marked. ET66 is stamped on the inner shell. $550.00 item ww 013

3. Here we have an excellent example of the WW2 Luftwaffe M-43 Field Cap. The piece is is very nice condition. It is marked on it's satin lining but I just can't make it out except for 1944. There are no tears or mothing on the piece. There are a couple of small stains on top. This is a nice one! $450.00 item ww 012

4. Original WW 2 US Army Glider Airborne Enlisted man Overseas Cap with excellent patch! This cap is in excellent condition with sweatband however the bright blu cording is faded. From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender, "Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII" (book title) were true American Heros! Take a look at this fine cap! $125.00 item ww 011

The French Helmet is SOLD! 5. Here we have a French infantry WW2 M26 helmet with replacement liner. The front badge may have been replaced as well. The piece has a shallow dent or two on the top but not bad at all. It will fit a large head. Nice WW2 display piece!!! $100.00 item ww 010

Here is a M17 A1 Kelly Helmet used up until 1942 by U.S. Troops. From 1936 the Mark I Brodie helmet was fitted with an improved liner and an elasticated (actually, sprung) webbing chin strap. This final variant served until late 1940 when it was superseded by the slightly modified Mk II, which served the British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II. Several Commonwealth nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, produced their own versions of the MK II, which can be distinguished from those made in Britain. During this period, the helmet was also used by the police, the fire brigade and ARP wardens in Britain. A civilian pattern was also available for private purchase, known as the Zuckerman helmet, which was a little deeper, but made from ordinary mild steel. In 1944, the British replaced it with a significantly modified design known as the Mk III "Turtle" helmet. The U.S. Army used the basic Brodie-patterned M1917 helmet until 1942 with some modifications, which included a totally new liner and canvas chin strap. It was finally superseded by the M1 Helmet in 1942. This is one of those helmets. The WW1 Sand finish is quite apparent on the helmet. There is something written on the outer shell but I can't make it out. There is a name written inside on the rim of the liner which is "Ronne Busby". The number 6583 is also written on the liner. The liner is dry but has the pad in it. The helmet is stamped 12F. The web chin strap is complete with fastener. Nice helmet! These type helmets were used during the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7th, 1941. $125.00 item ww 09

This is a WW2 French pattern cap. It can be seen in Militaria Magazine , No 216, 2003. At page 26 this cap is presented in the photo session of reenactment group from Maginot Line, Fort Schoenenbourg. The Polish soldiers in France in 1940 were wearing a cap identical to this one. Below is a photograph of General Bronislaw Prugar-Ketling wearing a similar pattern cap. Prugar-Ketling was the commanding officer of the Polish 2nd Infantry Rifle Division and was interned in Switzerland for the duration of the war after the fall of France in 1940. You can see the similarities here but this is a WW2 French pattern cap. The cap is in very nice condition with a few minor moth nips in the wool. The liner is majestic purple with a 1 inch leather sweatband around the inside. It's pretty nice! Look at the pics. $75.00 item ww 08

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THE LUGER PISTOL BELOW IS SOLD!!! OUTSTANDING CIRCA 1920'S GERMAN LUGER PISTOL AND ACCESSORIES!!!

This is a 1900 Commercial Duetsche Waffen und Munitions DWM marked Luger in .30 Luger or 7.65MM caliber with a 4 inch barrel. This pistol doesn't look to have gotten much use and is in excellent condition. The serial number is 325X and is marked GERMANY on the front end as all imports/exports were. There is also the import logo under GERMANY. The markings are all nice and crisp and the blue is at least 85 to 90% I believe. The wooden grips may be replacements. The magazine has a piece of bone as a replacement to the plastic end and I shudder to think that it could be human. I hope not but I don't know. Take a look at the pics. This is one nice Luger! Also included is a modern type holster, 2 partial boxes of ammo, 2 more magazines of which I believe one is original and one is more modern, and 2 sets of hand carved walnut grips of which one is marked with the makers name and '95. Also included with this piece is the rare owners manual in German. It's in wonderful condition for something nearly 100 years old! You'll have to use an FFL or have a curio and relics license to get this firearm. You'd have to go some to find a better German Luger. $1,750.00 item ww 07

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SOLD! WW2 NAVY WAVE GROUPING!!!

Here is a nice grouping from a WW2 Navy Wave named Jayne Wells of Hingham, Mass. I'm afraid I don't know which one in the group photo is Jayne but that will be fun for you to figure out. ( I think it is the 2nd one from the left in front bottom row after looking at her wedding pic.) With this grouping is:

A. Patches from Jane's uniform including the hard to get one that was on her dress.

B. Marching to Victory Booklet with Jane's name written in pencil in it.

C. Jayne's WAVES 1949 REUNION ribbon from Boston in 1949.

D. How to serve your Country in the WAVES booklet.

E. U.S.Naval Barracks W.R. WAVES 1944-1946 booklet (I found two pics in this booklet of which one is a wedding picture and on the back is written in ink JAYNE'S WEDDING-JAN 11-41. The other pic looks like a front side of an old house but nothing is written on the back.)

F. Western Union Telegraph notifying family of graduation

G. Group photo of Jayne's graduation class and Instructor .

H. A booklet entitled OUR DAYS AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL TRAINING SCHOOL (WOMEN'S RESERVES)

Everything is in top, top condition!! Great hard to get collectibles. $75.00 item ww 06

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A NICE WW2 28TH SQUADRON AMERICAN AIR CORPS TRANSPORT CAP!

Here we have a very nice 28th Squadron AAC Transport cap that is in excellent condition with the hat strap going clear around the cap. The cap is in excellent condition with some slight heat damage to the upper liner inside. Front insignia is still present and there is no moth damage. Nice nice piece!! $45.00 item ww 05

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WW2 German Lufwaffe Single Decal Helmet!!

Here we have a very nice WW2 German Lufwaffe Single Decal Helmet. This Luftwaffe Helmet is a Model M42, Single Decal, and number 5002. This is a very nice example of an authentic WW2 German Luftwaffe Helmet and is in very good condition just lacking the chin strap. Good paint, good decal, no dents! $525.00 item ww 04

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WW2 JEEP AX!

Here we have a WW2 Government Issued ax to be carried on the Military Jeeps. This one has seen alot of use but still has decent markings of U.S. PLUMB 1942. The head has been sharpened and the handle looks better than the head so it may be a replacement. Nice Display Item!!! $65.00 item ww 03

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A WW2 JAPANESE CIVIL DEFENSE HELMET!

Here is a very nice WW2 Japanese Civil Defense Helmet. Complete with the traditional cloth liner and Japanese Characters that I have no idea what they mean. These helmets are often confused with those used by the Army. Used by civilian personnel during WWII but have seen photos of field soldiers wearing these helmets. The equivalent to the Civili Defense in the US. As said this is a nice one with cloth liner and tie strings. There is a star on the front and a small dent in the top. Take a look at this pics. Guaranteed to please!! $300.00 item ww 02

The Patton Saber is SOLD! RARE TO FIND 1914 DATED 1913 MODEL PATTON SABRE WITH TENT SPIKE ON SCABBARD!!!

Here is the hard one to find! This is an original 1914 dated Patton Sabre of the 1913 pattern with the original cloth covered scabbard with carry rings and leather saddle straps! What makes this one scarce is it has the original tent spike on the end! These scabbards were to double as tent supports but it was found that the horses were being stabbed by these spikes when they jumped over anything so they were removed at the last part of 1914 to prevent injuries! This straight bladed sabre is in very nice condition, is full length with only staining to the scabbard and a couple of small nips in the woven cover. The blade is in excellent condition with only a few small nics that you can feel when running your fingers down the blade. The markings are very clear, distinct and dark. The guard is a nice dark patina like the scabbard mounts but in some of my pics they look light because of the light the photos were taken in. I have included a couple of pics that show the guard and grip as it is. No dents in the guard. The grip is just excellent! Overall this is an excellent example of the Patton Saber. The saddle straps are brown as they should be, supple and have inspectors initials in each. Take a look ! $975.00 item ww 01

Here's something else that I picked up that was circa WW1 or WW2 and it's a Japanese child's penny tin whistle that is actually a Japanese Sword of the Naval Variety. The little sword in scabbard is over 8 inches long with a gold painted grip. It's kind of fragile type manufactured and how it made it through all of these years is beyond me! Still it's complete and in excellent condition! Still works great when you blow through it as well! Nice one and hard to come by! $65.00 item ww 1

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Here's a WW2 Navy Jumper and set of bell bottom trousers. This set has the id of P. GILMORE stenciled twice in the jumper. The trousers do not have the id in them . The jumper has the rank insignia of E-3 FIREMAN and job title of Enginemen. The Enginemen are responsible for internal diesel and gasoline engines. They also maintain refrigeration, air-conditioning, distilling-plant engines and compressors. Another job title that is on this uniform is the one for 2nd Class Diver showing the diving bell hemlet. I don't see too many uniforms with this patch on them. The trousers are the typical dress blue trousers with the 13 buttons on the fly. The uniform is in great condition and worthy of display!! Small size as most are.

$125.00 item ww 2

Here's a couple of 40 and 8 Medals! This lot consists of a large medal and a smaller medal as far as the ribbon and top pin. These La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux medals and ribbon was probably produced in the twenties. The larger piece has a square brass medal with the raised image of a soldier looking at a boxcar carrying a horse and man. It is connected to a ribbon with two attached bar pins saying Voyageur Militaire in gold letters on a blue enameled background and Chef De Train in gold letters on a red enameled background. The ribbon is attached to a brass pin clasp which says La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux; it has a triangular blue enameled center with a 40 and 8 on it. The American Legion Star is in blue enamel and located about the small 40 and 8. The ribbon is hand sewn on. The 'smaller medal' has the same drop with a simple faded ribbon and even simpler pin back to attach it to the coat. The back is marked Patented March 11, 1924 on this one while the other is not marked. The ribbon is hand sewn on the smaller piece as well. According to the organization's Local 1540 webpage, "Our organization La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux, is an independent fraternal organization of veterans, popularly known as the FORTY & EIGHT, was organized in 1920 by American Legionnaires as a fun and honor society. Now composed of veterans of both World Wars and the Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts. It draws its origin from World War I when young Americans were sent to France to fight a war to end all wars. The narrow gauge railroads of france had boxcars (Voitures) that carried little more than half the capacity of American boxcars and these voitures were used to tranport the men and horses to and from the fighting fronts. On the side of these little boxcars was stenciled the capacity of each, holding either forty men or eight horses, and these voitures became the trademark of our organization. If one could laugh at the train ride from the coast of france to the trenches crowded in these little boxcars only recently vacated by eight horses, one could surely adapt to the changes in his life when he returned home. Membership in the Forty & Eight is by invitation only for recognition of service to the American Legion and/or its programs." The condition of thess piece are good to very good. These are a couple of the most intriguing medals I have had. Take a look at the pics! Remember these are early! $145 for both in a riker case. item ww 3

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Here's a vintage replica Colt M1911A1-67. This is the MGC Replica M1911A1. Model Gun Corp of Japan made these excellent all metal replica handguns between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. A batch of original MGC M1911s were discovered and hit the market once again in the early 2000s for a limited time. Despite intentional dimensional differences between it and the real M1911A1, all the parts assemble and disassemble just like the real firearm. These firearms were used in the Movies for prop guns and I've been told that they were used as training 1911's but I've found not real evidence of that. At any rate these look just like the M1911 A1's! Take a look at the pics! $300.00 item ww 4

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Here's a decent M1 Carbine stock and handguard. The stock is used but decent for repurpose. This stock is Used in Good Condition. Stock has a couple of minor repairs that has been arsenal pinned with brass pins with one being the toe of the buttstock and just forward of the reverse magazine cutout. This is a used stock so it does have a couple of minor dings on it.

This M1 Carbine stock comes with buttplate, screw, recoil plate, and barrel band spring. We also have the handguard with this piece. The handguard has traces of white paint in the top groove and is marked BRB. The only markings I can find on the stock is a 112 and a D. For the pair $75.00 item ww 5

Here's a sweet little piece that I just couldn't resist! This is a minature Japanese Samuri Sword that measures just 10 inches long along it's curve. There are no markings present on the piece but take alook at it. The silver grip has the brass mum on it. The scabbardis black lacquer paint with brass mountings. The quality is outstanding! 'm sure it's supposed to be a letter opener. item ww 6 $125.00

Here is a WW2 Japanese Kokura Arsenal type 30 Bayonet with hooked quillion and all metal scabbard. This unit is in generally very nice condition and is complete. The arsenal marking on the ricasso is very sharp and deep in to the metal. This blade is in the bright. There is a little corrosion and pitting on the scabbard but not bad at all. Still Nice! $150.00 item ww 7

Here's another WW2 Japanese Bayonet and scabbard being manufactured by the Nagoya Arsenal. This one is also a Type 30 Bayonet with Hooked Quillion. This one also has a very nice arsenal marking on the ricasso. This blade is also in the white but better than the one above even though this one has sharpening marks on the first 2/5ths of the blade. The scabbard is dent free and excellent! Still a nice one! $150.00 item ww 8

Here's a honey of a display item! This is a WW2 de-activated Suomi Model 1931 Machine Gun!!! First produced in Finland in 11931, this submachine gun is chambered for the 9mm cartridge. It was widely used by Scandinavian armies as well as several countries in South America. It features a 12.25" barrel with wooden stock and 71-round drum magazine. Rate of fire is 900 rounds per minute and weight is about 10 pounds. Production stopped in 1944. Finland was part of the Axis powers during WW2, assisting Germany against Russia. Finland had been fighting Russia in 1939 as part of the 'Winter War'. This particular Model 1931 Submachine gun is built from the actual gun but de-activated so that it can never be made to fire. This piece is in good condition and looks great! This is your chance to legally own a submachine gun at the fraction of the price of a working one! For this piece $395.00 item ww 9

CONSIGNMENT: Here's another USMC sword! This one is the United States Marine Corps Non-commissioned Officers sword circa 1955-1965. The only difference between this one and the post Civil War sword is the blade width and the Unites States Marines on both sides of the blade. The earlier ones had a slightly wider blade and USMC on both sides not spelled out. This one is in great shape being by the same maker as listed above. This one has age on it but it's still in fine condition with an absolutely georgous blade! Just about as nice as you'll find. Complete !! WAS $365.00 NOW $325.00 !!! item ww 10

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Here is a real nice WW2 dated Colt M-1911 A1 in the green parkerized finish. We believe that it has been refinished but we have not gone through the piece to make sure everything matches. The pistol looks fantastic but does have one little blip to the finish on the forward slide that you can see in the pic. Serial number is 751XXX which we believe dates it to 1943. This one also has the wooden grips. All markings are crisp and sharp. It looks fantastic and functions as it should. For this one $2500.00 item ww 11

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SOLD!!! Here's a WW1 French Trench Periscope that was captured by the Germans and used in WW2. The piece measures about 20 inches long with the handle in the down position and telescopes to about 27 inches long when fully extended. You can see through the optics just fine but one lens or a mirror has a crack in it. I have taken the periscope apart as far as I can without tools and have not seen the cracked piece. It still works however and I see how useful one of these can be in the trenches!!! The body is aluminum with camo paint. On one side it is stamped Gt 6 MICRO-GRADES and on the other side M4 with the serial number. This piece comes with the original 'holster' or carrying case that fit onto ones belt. The only thing wrong with the holster is that the closing strap is fractured. This is a unique piece of wartime history! $195.00 item ww 12

Here's a nice Model 1917 US Holster in good shape but is missing the ring and laynard on the bottom of the plug,otherwise, very nice and supple! This holster has various markings on the front flap as well as the US in oval on the body itself. On the reverse is more markings that I believe are inspectors markings. I cannot see an arsenal mark on this piece. The leather is soft and the stitching is tight. Still nice and has been re-issued a couple of times. $125.00 item ww 13

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Here's a field made leather holster with a Nazi German Cap Eagle attached to it. I fully guarantee this cap Eagle to be original as well as the holster. I believe this holster was GI made in the field and it looks to me like it may have holstered a German Luger. Take a look at the pics! Quite unique! $125.00 item ww 14

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Here's a very nice, obviously used, Japanese Winter Cold Weather Cap. This piece is light green wool with ear flaps. The while cotton inner line has the QM stamp and is dated but I can't read Japanese. This piece still retains the green cloth chin strap however one is somewhat frazzled. This cap still retains the Yellow Felt 5-pointed star on the green wool disc that is sewn to the front. Nice piece and way above average condition. $225.00 item ww 15

NEW WW1 ITEMS!!!

Here we have a group of WW1 items belonging to Thomas Perkins and kept in an old box of GET WELL cards. The bottom of the box has writting on it that says 'Brother H.W.Perkins, who ever wants Tom Perkins war buttons, medles, dischg papers in Court House 314 Artiley - I can't see to write you'll excuse the writing.' The 314th Artillery was part of the 80th Division that went to France.

314th FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION Lineage Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as the 314th Field Artillery and assigned to the 80th Division. Organized August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia. Demobilized 7 June 1919 at Camp Lee. The 314th was involved at St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne and so noted on Tom Perkins WW1 Campaign medal.

Here is a short history of the 8th Division:

History Because of significant common heritage in the past (Indian War, Revolutionary War and Civil War), residents of Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia became the structure of the 80th Division. The 80th Division was organized in August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia. The units were made up mostly of men from the above three states. Units Major General Adelbert Cronkhite The 317th Infantry included men from the Piedmont and Western Virginia areas; the 318th Infantry was made up mostly of men from the Shenandoah Valley and Tidewater areas; the 313th Machine Gun Battalion were mostly men from the Erie area. These units comprised the 159th Brigade. The 318th Infantry were nicknamed * squirrels*, while training with the British in the Artois/Picardy section of France: 1st Battalion were RED squirrels; 2nd Battalion were GRAY squirrels; 3rd Battalion were called FLYING squirrels. The insignia of the 318th was a square; the machine gun unit colored their square red and blue. The 319th Infantry included men from Allegheny County and from that area north to Erie, and some from Eastern Ohio. The 320th Infantry were mostly men from Pittsburgh; the 315th Machine Gun Battalion were men from Pittsburgh and Erie. These units combined to create the 160th Brigade. The 313th, 314th and 315th Field Artillery units were composed of men almost exclusively from the State of West Virginia, and were the 155th Field Artillery Brigade. Serving with the Division were the 314th Machine Gun Battalion, men from the Tidewater area, as well as the 305th Engineers, men from an area east and north of Pittsburgh; the 305th Trains (Ammunition, Motor Supply and Sanitary) were men from Western PA, West Virginia and VA. The engineers were more often than not sent out ahead. During the rest period from 14 October through the Armistice, they finally were outfitted with U.S. Springfield and Browning automatic rifles. They had two weeks to train before the third and final push began in the Meuse Argonne. It was also during this period that an attack formation was reorganized to allow for more maneuverability.

The grouping includes:

WW1 Campaign/Victory medal with 3 bars which are St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.

WW1 Campaign/Victory ribbon bar with 2 battle stars.

2 ribbons on bar. I don't know what they are for but I'm researching them. If anyone know's I would be interested to hear. Thanks!

Various uniform buttons with one being a Civil War uniform button. I know that occasionally a soldier would carry some item from an ancestor who had been to war with him for luck.

The tag from inside his uniform.

A service strip and a corporals patch.

2 Sets of Dog Tags with THOMAS PERKINS on one side and serial number 1835032 on the other side of the Aluminum disc.

A silk handkerchief with red border that has a red USA over gold crossed cannons in one corner.

A sweethearts or mothers handkerchief with a floral design to it.

A 48 star silk US flag from the period with the offset stars.

A repair kit for the Gas Mask issued to Thomas on August 2, 1918 which contains plaster for repairing tears in hood.

A nice 80th Division wool patch. Men of the 80th Division received 619 awards during their actions in WW1.

A 1918 era cigarette tin marked on the back THE AXON-FISHER TOBACCO CO. LOUISVILLE, KY., U.S.A.

and finally a red ink handwritten letter to Tom on WW1 Stationary dated April 1, 1921 from a Mrs. Edna Holse of Kokomo, Indiana.

All in all a very nice little grouping!!! All for $295.00

item ww 16 Look at the pics!!!

WW2 BLUE PORCELAIN CANTEEN - ENGLISH

Here is a WW2 blue porcelain canteen that was issued to the British troops. The canteen comes complete with the carrying strap. Take a look at the pic. A nice piece of English WWII memorballia!!! $45.00 item ww 17

Here's a very colorful WW1 Poster that measures 12 X 16 inches and is in a nice modern frame. There seems to be a name written in pencil at the top that I just can't quite make out which looks like Saml. Thorp? I could be wrong though. The poster has a tear here and there with the lower right hand corner missing that you can see in the pics. This piece is marked in the lower left hand corner copyright 1917 James Lee, Chicago. The various images on this piece entitled FOR HOME AND COUNTRY are Goodbye to the loved ones, On the March, In the Trenches, Sentry Duty, Dreams of Home, Desperate fight, Defeating the Enemy, Decorated for Valor, Welcome Home and Back to his own fireside. What a nice piece and the vivid color makes up for the few blemishes this piece has. The poster had been folded in the center but doesn't detract that much. Nice! Mint ones go for about $500 with no frame. This 'used' one is $125 with the frame. The frame is an actual picture frame and not a poster frame. I took the poster out of the frame because of the reflection in the glass. Look at the pics!. item ww 18

Here's one of the earliest American Legion Shoulder patches. This one has 2 clutch back fasteners on the reserve and I believe it's from between WW1 and WW2. The piece is just beautiful with gold thread measuring about 3 1/4 inches across. The back is covered with what looks like black oil cloth. I've never seen one like this. $35.00 item ww 19

Here's an approx 4 X 6 image of a chest up WW1 Soldier. His collar brass shows a US on one side and the Engineer's Insignia on the other. I believe this was taken after the war due to the profound sadness exhibited in his eyes. They're really haunting! What this poor fellow must have seen. All the joy is gone from his face. This image is in an approximately 6 X 9 frame. Check out the pics! Unfortunately, even though from Indiana I don't know who he is. I have not taken the frame apart to see if anything is behind it. I'll leave that joy to the next owner. $25.00 item ww 20

Here's 3 items that I picked up along with the European Field made booklet below. Two of these pins I need help with. I believe thay may be 'Sweetheart' items made for the vets girlfriends, wifes and Mothers. These pins are the large spread wing stamped silver eagle. It's almost like a Colonel's insignia only bigger and lower quality. It measures about 3 inches across and takes a clutch back pin. The second pin is a large affair being about 2 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches across showing 2 stars, a globe and a spread winged eagle at the bottom. If you have any idea on what these are please let me know. Now to the one I do know. This one is the WW2 Combat Infantry Badge. The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) is the U.S. Army combat service recognition decoration awarded to soldiers—enlisted men and officers (commissioned and warrant) holding colonel rank or below, who personally fought in active ground combat while an assigned member of either an infantry or a Special Forces unit, of brigade size or smaller, any time after 6 December 1941. The CIB and its non-combat analogue, the infantry skill-recognition Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) were simultaneously created during World War II as primary recognition of the combat service and sacrifices of the infantrymen who would likely be wounded or killed in numbers disproportionate to those of soldiers from the Army’s other service branches.

This CIB is in excellent comdition complete with clutchbacks and is marked 'Sterling'as they should be for WW2. The Combat Infantry Badge is $35.00 item ww 21

The Flyers Coveralls below are SOLD

Here's what we believe to be an unissued set of FLYERS COVERALLS, CWU-27/P TYPE I, CLASS 2 TAN 380. These are size 42 L and wonderfull unused condition! Take a look at the pics. Outstanding! These are not the nomex coveralls that sell for $200 or more. This set is $30.00 item ww 22

Here's a European Field made booklet for the 527th Fighter Group. The booklet is entitled 527TH 1944-1945. Initially activated as an A-20 Havoc dive-bomber squadron in the southeast, trained under Third Air Force. Was realigned to an A-24 Banshee fighter-bomber squadron and re-designated from the 312th to 527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron in August 1943. Was deployed to Twelfth Air Force in North Africa in May 1943, being initially stationed in Algeria. Flying operations began 15 May from Médiouna Airfield, near Casablanca, French Morocco. Moved eastward supporting the Fifth Army with close air support missions. In the North African Campaign, the squadron engaged German positions in Tunisia In July, initial elements of the squadron moved to Sicily. From the Gela West airfield, begin flying combat missions, supporting the 1st Division of II Army Corps. On 27 August, the squadron provided air support for the first Allied landings on the European mainland at Salerno, Italy. On 10 September, three days after the invasion of Salerno, advance echelons of the squadron moved to Sele Airfield, near the beachhead. Enemy shelling of the beaches caused considerable difficulty during the move, and the 5527th did not fly its first missions until 15 September. Moved north through Italy during the Italian Campaign, supported Allied forces by attacking enemy lines of communication, troop concentrations and supply areas. In April 1944 the squadron attacked the German Gustav Line. It also attacked rail and road targets and strafed German troop and supply columns during late spring. The 527th was an active participant in Operation Strangle, the attempt to cut German supply lines prior to the Allied offensive aimed at rail and road networks, and attacking German troop and supply columns. While Strangle did not significantly cut into German supplies, it did disrupt enemy tactical mobility and was a major factor in the Allies’ eventual breakthrough. During this period the 527th received P-40 Warhawks to augment its aging A-36s, but the obsolescent P-40s were only a stopgap measure. The 527th welcomed its first P-47 Thunderbolts a few weeks later, on 23 June. Moved to Corsica in July 1944. From Poretta Airfield, the squadron flew bombing missions against coastal defenses in direct support of Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France 15 Aug. 1944. Allied forces met little resistance as they moved inland twenty miles in the first twenty-four hours. Once the invasion was completed, the squadron moved back to northern Italy and continued its coastal basing by attacking enemy road and rail networks in northern Italy and, for the first time, flying regular escort missions with heavy bombers. The 527th also conducted armed reconnaissance against the enemy in the Po Valley region. The 527th continued combat in northern Italy until February 1945, when it left the Mediterranean Theater and moved to Tantonville Airfield (Y-1), France, in the Lorraine region, and operations shifted from targets in the Po Valley to those in southern Germany. The 527th's first mission to Germany – a cause of some excitement – was on 25 Feb. 1945, and by March most missions were flown into Germany against rail lines, roads, supply dumps, enemy installations and airfields. The squadron transferred from Tantonville to Braunshardt Airfield (R-12), near Darmstadt, Germany, The 527th Fighter Squadron flew its final combat mission on 8 May 1945. Just after the war, the squadron performed military occupation duty in Germany, with personnel demobilizing throughout the summer. The squadron's last personnel were sent back to the United States from AAF Station Schweinfurt, Germany, on 15 February 1946, with the squadron inactivated as an administrative unit in March.

This field made booklet was produced before wars end in 1945 and had much art and good humor in it. This booklet lists the various men who made up it's ranks and in their various job duties. The pages aren't numbered but there is a ton of them here. This particular publication is id'd on the top to Wipsak, John N. T/Sgt 6664970. Still nice handmade condition! $25.00 item ww 23

Here's a full large sheet from the Muncie Morning Star Wednesday, June 7, 1944! One day after D-Day and shows a map entitled "follow our advancing forces day by day on this map". This map shows all the "possible" landing sites for the Allies on Historic June 6th, 1944. News moved slowly then! On the other side of the paper shows the 'Big Chiefs of the Second Front' and 'German Generals they must defeat'. There is also ads for FOX DE LUXE Beer and for GULF'S "Anti-Breaddown" Club. Cars were not being produced during this war year so you had to keep them in top shape! This is a wonderful page of history and would look great framed on your 'War" wall! The page is more yellow than my pics show. $10.00 item ww 24

Here a wooden image of Adolph Hitler that I picked up. We must not forget the past or we are bound to repeat it!

This is a round walnut plaque of Hitler having been relief carved. The piece measures over 10 inches across and there's no mistake of who it's supposed to be. In Nazi Germany Hitlers image was hung up everywhere in the form of photographs, posters and plaques. This one is in good condition with no breaks or cracks. $125.00

Below are some notes that the vet brought back. This vet must have been in the occupied Army after WW2 as there is a Series 521 $10.00 Military Payment Certificate in the bunch that I believe is from the mid 50's.

Military Payment Certificates Between September 1946 and mid 1973, there were 13 Issues of Military Payment Certificates, also known as MPC's. These Series begin with Series 461 and end with Series 692. Military Payment Certificates were issued to our US military personnel stationed overseas. Military Payment Certificates were used to control the black market and to kept U.S. cash from getting into the hands of the enemy. Very few Military Payment Certificates were saved, as soldiers were given just a few days notice before an old series became worthless and a new series came into effect. Thus, many of the G.I.'s who brought a few notes home as souvenirs became the first collectors of these exciting, history-making notes.

This note is rated very fine being whole with no major damage, soiling or folds. There is one major fold in the center and several lighter fold marks. There are two minor pinholes. The colors are bright and the note is still crisp. $125.00 item ww 25

These next several notes are from a time prior to the Nazi Regime when inflation was running rampant!

This note is the 50 Mark Reichbanknote marked Berlin 1920 showing a young beautiful fraulein holding a ton of fruits and vegetables. On the back shows two laborers. In Good condition. $8.50 item ww 26

Here we have several 5 mark 'Funf mark' dated oktober 1904 in Berlin. These all have been heavily used with some rate good and some rated very good. Face side: On the top of the ornamented background there is inscription: REICHSKASSENSCHEIN. To the right there are inscriptions in 4 lines: GEZETZ VOM 30 APRIL 1874 / FÜNF MARK / BERLIN, DEN 31. OCTOBER 1904 / REICHSSCHULDENVERWALTUNG. Beneath it five signatures. On the left woman (Germany) with shield and spear. To the right a child with pigeon. Back side: In the center of the ornamental square there is the dragon and denomination 5 MARK. Beneath it – is the circle purple stamping: the eagle and inscription: REICHSSCHULDENVERWALTUNG. In the each corner of the side there is denomination '5' in vignette. On the right upper and left bottom corners there is red serial number. All issued in 31.10.1904. The predominant color is blue-green. Each $4.00 item ww 27

Here we have a Nazi Germany 20 Reichsnote. This one has the German Eagle and swastica on it. This one was the June 16, 1939 issue. This note is crisp, colorful and has folds. Rates fine. The Reichsmark (literally in English: Reich's mark; sign: RM) was the currency in Germany from 1924 until June 20, 1948. The Reichsmark was subdivided into 100 Reichspfennig. The Reichsmark was introduced in 1924 as a permanent replacement for the Papiermark. This was necessary due to the 1920s German inflation which had reached its peak in 1923. The exchange rate between the old Papiermark and the Reichsmark was 1 RM = 1012 Papiermark (one trillion in both UK and US English, one billion in German and other European languages). To stabilize the economy and to smooth the transition, the Papiermark was not directly replaced by the Reichsmark, but by the Rentenmark, an interim currency backed by the Deutsche Rentenbank, owning industrial and agricultural real estate assets. The Reichsmark was put on the gold standard at the rate previously used by the Goldmark, with the U.S. dollar worth 4.2 RM.

During the Second World War, Germany established fixed exchange rates between the Reichsmark and the currencies of the occupied and allied countries, often set so as to give the Germans economic benefits.

For this note $15.00 item ww 28

Here's an imperial 20 mark note dated 1929 in good condition with a couple of chips to the edge and some folds. Look at the pics! $5.00 item ww 29

Here's a 50,000 mark note from November 19, 1922. The edges are tattered but most of the note is still there. The edge is folded over in the first photograph but it's still there. Inflation!!! This note will cost you $4 today! item ww 30

Here's two inflation 1000 mark Imperial German Reichsbanknotes from 1910. The one on the top is missing a small piece of the corner and has folds. The one below is in much better conditon and also has folds. The top one is rated good and the bottom one is rated very good of better. $4 for the top note and $6 for the one beneath it. Look at the pics! item ww 31

BELOW WE HAVE ACQUIRED 5 WW2 TRAINING RIFLES FROM THE PARRIS-DUNN COMPANY. The first one is in outstanding condition and is complete. The other 4 are in various conditions but still real nice and hard to come by. Take a look!!! The first one is a consignment piece while the other 4 are not. Enjoy looking at the history!!!

Here's a WW2 training rifle by Parris-Dunn.

The Parris-Dunn Corporation was founded by William G. Dunn and Cecil L Parris when they formed a business partnership in 1937. Each of these men brought unique contributions to this partnership. Although Dunn had no formal technical training he, like many great inventors, could see the interrelationships that existed between different mechanical devices and could modify or combine them to solve problems. Parris had a background as sales manager for the Kari-Kleen company of Souix City, Iowa and was a talented merchandiser. Initially Parris was the President of the corporation and Dunn the Vice-president but during the war years their positions reversed. William G. Dunn (1883-1968) ran a hardware business in Clarinda, Iowa in the early 1900's. In 1917 he formed the Dunn Counterbalance Company operating out of the back of his hardware store. He eventually built a factory on South 15th Street in Clarinda and the name was changed to the Dunn Manufacturing Co. He was a very talented inventor and eventually held patents for 75 different mechanical devices, many of which were related to the early automobile and aircraft industry. In 1934 he developed a wind driven generator that was designed for farm use. His primary invention was a device to control the speed of the propeller on this device. In 1936 he formed a partnership with Cecil Parris in order to better promote his generator business. In 1937 they sold 37,000 of these units. When WWII broke out in 1941 their wind generator business was declared nonessential and they were only allowed to make repair parts for the units already in use. There was a severe shortage of military firearms at the start of the war and they were approached by US Army Ordnance to produce a non-firing training rifle. Shortly after, the US Navy also expressed interest in this project but they wanted some slight modifications in their model. In July of 1942 the Army let contract 271 ORD for 35,000 training rifles of their pattern at a cost of $166,000. In August the Navy let contract NROS 10993 for 190,000 training rifles having their changes at a cost of $903,000. In October of 1942 the Army contract was completed and in November they finished the first Navy contract. In January of 1943 the Navy let contract NORD 808 for 110,000 additional training rifles and in June that contract was completed. The total cost of the 300,000 rifles produced for the Navy was $1,384,000. The cost per rifle for the first contract was $4.75 and for the second contract $4.37. By the time of the second contract, Parris-Dunn could no longer get walnut wood for the stocks as all of it was going to arsenals that were making functional military rifles. They had to start using a cheaper grade of wood during the last contract which lowered the unit price. Prior to the start of the military contracts Parris-Dunn recognized that they did not have sufficient personnel to produce the required number of training rifles in a short period of time. They put together another organization called Parris-Dunn Associates to undertake this important project. I have a document that contains the following: C.L. Parris, W.G. Dunn and H.E. Davidson, Copartners, doing business as Parris-Dunn Associates. At this time I have not been able to identify H.E. Davidson. They immediately expanded into all of the available building space in the area and hired more employees. This number grew to 250 during the peak of their production. They sub-contracted much of the work to 14 different businesses. The wooden stocks and sights were manufactured at their Clarinda plant and all of the assembly and finishing was also done there. They had that capacity to produce over 3000 training rifles a day. They became so efficient that the company voluntarily returned $228,000 to the Government as excess on allowable profit. On July 23, 1943 Parris-Dunn Associates received the coveted Army-Navy Production Award. After the completion of their military contracts they continue to produce 200,000 of a civilian model for drill corps, schools and ROTC programs. The civilian model was essentially the same as the military models but had different markings. In November of 1945 The Nave classified their training rifles as surplus and offered them for sale at $7.75. This price included a plastic bayonet and scabbard. Nothing is known concerning the disposition of the Army training rifles. The Parris-Dunn Training Rifle is not a very accurate replica of the 1903 Springfield Rifle. It has a similar profile but is thinner in cross section and 3 pounds lighter in weight. The receiver, bolt and trigger mechanism are simple and crude by comparison to the Springfield. It has the general feel and appearance of a toy. It was reported that these training rifles were not very popular with soldiers and sailors that were required to use them during basic training. It must be noted that there were no other alternatives available at the time.

But!!! It is what it is and served a very useful purpose during WW2. This example is complete with all the metal parts being painted black The wood is in generally very nice original condition with a ding here and there. The original m-1909 leather sling is still attached and in good condition. There is a number 4 painted on the obverse buttstock. Take a look at the pics. The bayonet is in excellent condition with sheath! These bayonets were made with a plastic blade , with a sheet metal core ,.... Although 300,000 were made, the survival rate is very low , as they were easily damaged The USN auctioned them off, as surplus after the war ended and they were then sold in the old ARMY/NAVY SURPLUS STORES in the 1950's , for as little as $1.00 each so the supplies were soon exhausted , and the few remaining MARK 1's , were quickly broken to pieces , by young baby boomers , while playing army , in the back yards and the diminishing woods of Americas growing suburbs. Here we have the complete unit! The rifle does not click when pulling the trigger as it should but where you gonna get a complete unit!!! ----------------

No bayonet and the rear sight is broken. The base is there but the elevator is missing. Also there is no sling. There is also a couple of stress cracks in the buttstock but absolutely in no danger of breaking apart. The metal parts are all in the original finish and aged condition. This training rifle has dings here and there from use but from a good note it still clicks when you use the bolt action and then pull the trigger. All in all it's still a good one and reasonable at $135.00 item ww 32

This training rifle is also a 1942 Naval Training rifle like the one above but in better condition and complete less the rifle sling. There are a few age cracks here and there and one rough spot on the reverse and obverse forestock but solid as a rock! Look at the pics. The rear sight is complete on this one and the action works. The buttplate is in excellent condition as well as the markings of DUMMY TRAINING RIFLE MARK 1-USN PARRIS-DUNN CORP CLARINDA, IOWA. This one is real pretty! Hang this one over your fireplace and you won't have to worry about the kids! Here's history here folks! $195.00 item ww 33

This next WW2 training rifle is the civilian version of the Military Trainer. This one is also complete less the sling and has the rear sight intact. Many times these were broken as they are the elevator sight. The stock seems to be a cheaper piece of pine and the barrel bands are painted on instead of being real steel! In the pics you can see a partial decal on the stock that was on the civilian rifles. This one looks just like the others being the Model 1903 Springfield. The buttplate on these models are marked MADE IN USA PARRIS-DUNN CLARINDA, IOWA. Looks good and functions as it should! $145.00 item ww 34

SOLD! Here's the last trainer and it's the 1942 Naval version complete with sling. This one looks and functions very well. There is one age crack in the reverse buttstock and the buttplate is hard to read. This one is a looker and comes with a bayonet without scabbard. The bayonet has some damage to it but, hey, it's lucky to have one at all. The bayonet locks on as it should but if you look at the pics it's missing the bottom guard pass the locking button. Still looks great, being full length, with the proper visible markings as it should have. They got rough use so most of the bayonets did not survive. Still nice! $350.00 item ww 35

Here's another item that is exceedingly rare but it's not for sale! This is the original MANUAL OF ARMS For the VICTORY TRAINER RIFLE. This manual is for full sized training rifles patterend from the U.S.Army 1903 Springfield. This one folds out into a large sheet with instructions front and back. There are tears and separations at the folds but , hey folks, you can find this anywhere! This is RARE!!! NOT FOR SALE!!!

Consignment:

Here we have Pattern a 1888 Mk. I Knife bayonet for use with the .303 caliber M1888 Lee-Metford and Long Lee-Enfield rifles. Marked and dated 3/98 with V.R. under a crown on one ricasso and BFD under Broad Arrow along with a crown over 45 over E. There is also a X under them all. There are various other markings on this bayonet. The bayonet is still in nice shape.. The wood grips are secured by two large brass rivets. Pommel has clearance hole to accept the Lee-Metford rifle's cleaning rod and a clean-out hole in the grip, behind the rear rivet. Double-edged blade that has not been sharpened and has minuet patina spotting and some rust near the tip.. Lug catch works perfectly. No scabbard. $45.00 item ww 36

Consignment:

Here we have a grouping of old Valentines. I usually don't handle these but they are in nice shape and date from the late 19th century thru the 1920's. Nice vibrant colors! Take a look at the pics. $10 for all. item ww 37

Consignment:

Here's a nice old black and white photograph of a group of soldiers marching down a street in El Paso, TX. This is probably a group of trainees. I believe this to be a WW1 photo and it looks like their all carrying 03 springfields. Nice shot! $5.00 item ww 38

Consignment:

Here's a nice stereo card from the San Francisco Fire Earthquake Series. This one is No. 309. Camp in Jefferson Square Copyrightd, 1906 by W. S. Smith. The reverse states 'Camp in Jefferson Square where rich and poor alike found qurters to sleep and a place to eat. All were treated alike by soldiers in command. Many hardships were endured by people never before in want.' This back of the card is also marked John W. Carrol - Knox Co. - Sandborn, IND. Nice card! $5.00 item ww 39

Consignment item:

Here's a substantial Consignment grouping! This is a grouping that consists of dozens of original photographs taken during WW2 in France and Germany and belonging to Clarency Ray (Raymond) Frye. Ray was in the 48th Tank Battalion/ 14 Armd Division and this grouping consists of 4 'yard longs' of training camp. Camp photos are Camp Chaffee, Ark. 1943 and Fort Campbell, Ky July, 1944. The 14th Armored Division was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II. It remains on the permanent rolls of the Regular Army as an inactive division, and is eligible for reactivation should the need ever arise. The division is officially nicknamed the LIBERATORS.

The 14th Armored Division was constituted and added to the rolls of the US Army on 28 Aug 1942 and activated on 15 Nov 1942 in a ceremony at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Organized initially as a heavy division with 2 Armored Regiments (the 47th and 48th) and 1 Armored Infantry Regiment the 62nd. Reorganized from a heavy division to a light division on 20 Sep 1943. Departed Camp Chaffee, Ark, in Nov 1943 to participate in the 2nd Army maneuvers in Tennessee from 17 Nov 1943 till 10 Jan 1944. At the conclusion of the exercise, the division was assigned to Camp Campbell, Ky. The division remained at Camp Campbell until late Sep 1944 when alerted for movement to the ETO and Camp Shanks,NY for final processing.Units departing Camp Campbell on 1 Oct 1944 and completed their arrival at Camp Shanks on 6 Oct 1944. After completing their processing, the division boarded transports for deployment on 13 Oct 1944 aboard four transports.

Southern France & Alsatian Plain. The 14th Armored Division landed at Marseille, France, 29 October 1944. Within 2 weeks some of its elements were in combat, maintaining defensive positions along the Franco-Italian frontier. The division was assigned to U.S. 6th Army Group on 1 November. On 10 November, the division was assigned to U.S. Seventh Army. On 12 November Combat Command Reserve was detached, and ordered to the Maritime Alps by 6th Army Group to relieve units in defensive positions there. On 15 November, Combat Command A moved north from the area of Marseilles to Epinal to take part in the VI Corps drive through the Vosges Mountains, and was followed by Combat Command B five days later. Hard fighting at Gertwiller, Benfeld, and Barr helped VI Corps crack the German defenses, and the division was on the Alsatian Plain early in December. On 17 December the division attacked across the Lauter River into Germany itself, and along with the other units of VI Corps fought its way into a heavily defended portion of the German Westwall. Due to the growing crisis in the Ardennes, General Eisenhower ordered Seventh Army to stop its attack and withdraw from the Westwall, where its units assumed positions south of the Lauter River. The order was poorly timed as elements of the 14th Armored Division had penetrated deep into the German defenses, and were poised to break out into the enemy's rear.

Operation Nordwind[edit] Task Force HudelsonOn 25 December 1944 VI Corps ordered the division's Combat Command R, commanded by Col. Daniel Hudelson, to assemble a regimental sized task force (TF Hudelson) to establish defensive positions along a 10-mile section of the Seventh Army line linking XV and VI Corps, was located in the rugged Vosges Mountains in the area of Banstein, southeast of Bitche. The balance of the division was placed in Corps Reserve to protect against a Saar Valley penetration by the Germans. Additiionally, it was ordered to be prepared to move to the vicinity Phalsbourg as a counter -attacking force to stop and prevent a break through in the XV Corps area. TF Hudelson consisted of the division's 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion, 94th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, and one company of the 125th Armored Engineer Battalion. TF Hudelson was further reinforced by two VI Corps units, the 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and the 1st Battalion, 540th Combat Engineers. Just before midnight on New Year's Eve, 1944 the German Army Group G launched Operation Nordwind, the last major German counter-offensive of the war. The advancing German units were from the XC and LXXXIX Coprs, attacking through the Low Vosges. TF Hudleson held only a thin line of strong points and screens. During the night and day of 1 January, TF Hudelson found itself engaged by elements of 5 enemy divisions,the 256th, 257th, 361st and 559th Volksgrenadier Division. The tropps of TF Hudelson took the brunt of the German advance which had penetrated to Bannstein by day break. The Task Force was soon overrun or bypassed the German divisions but they managed to delay and slow the German advance until substantial reinforcements could arrive and stem the German advance. The the fourth day of the German advance they had advanced 10 miles. With pressure building during the first day of the attack, aerial observation reported a strong regimental size element moving towards Bannstein. Reinforcements were sent to Baerenthal to reinforce the VI Corps left flank and the 14th Armored Division was ordered to establish blocking positions. On the 2nd Januar, the 45th Division along with the attached Task Force herren, occupied positions to block any further penetrationby the Germans. This allowed for the relief of Task Force Hudelson and its return to division control. The major fighting between 1 and 8 January occurred in the Vosges Mountains, and two combat commands of the division were in almost continuous action defending against the German attacks. With the failure of his attack in the Vosges, the enemy attempted to break through to Hagenau and threaten Strasbourg and the Saverne Gap by attacks at Hatten and Rittershoffen, two small villages located side by side on the Alsatian Plain. However, this, the strongest attack of Operation Nordwind, was halted by the 14th Armored in the fierce defensive Battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen which raged from 9 to 21 January 1945. [edit] Hatten and RittershoffenAs the fighting in the VI Corps sector intensified, the Germans committed the 21st Panzer Division and the 25th Panzer Grenadier Division to the attack with a breakthrough to Hagenau. On the 9th of January, German armor was able to penetrate the center of the VI Corps sector. This caused Brooks the Corps commander to commitment his final reserve force, the 14th Armored in an effort to stop the German XXXIX Panzer Corps advance. Ordered to take up positions in the vicinity of Hatten and Rittershoffen, the 14th assumed commander and control of units from the 242nd Infantry Regiment and the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 315th Infantry Regiments. With the heavy fighting in and around the towns, success was measured in how many buildings were controlled by each side as the Americans controlled the western half of the towns and the Germans the eastern half. On the 15th of January, the Germans reinforced the forces in both towns with elements of the 20th Parachute Regiment from the 7th Parachute Division, and the 104th Infantry Regiment from the 47th Volksgrenadier Division. As the fighting raged, the 14th Armored found itself increasingly on the defense. The resupply of the division was becoming very difficult due to the constant reorganizing of forces, the evacuation of wounded, and the shrinking perimeter. But the divisions 11 day stand at Hatten and Rittershoffen allowed the VI Corps and Seventh Army to withdraw to prepared defensive positions. On 21 January, after the rest of Seventh Army had withdrawn to new defensive positions on the south bank of the Moder River, the 14th and its supporting units withdrew from Hatten and Rittershoffen and moved south to join the rest of the army. Following the battle the division G-4 reported to the commanding officer that the division was still short 62 medium tanks despite having received over 60 replacement tanks during the month of January. Even more astounding was the 136th Ordnance Battalion's maintenance report for the month in which it listed approximately 150 medium tanks that had been knocked out in combat, repaired, and returned to the division's tank battalions. An example of this is seen on the operational reports of the 47th and 48th Tank Battalions. At the height of the fighting the 47th reported that it had a total of 17 operational medium tanks out of an authorized strength of 50, and all were committed to holding its portion of the line. The 48th Tank Battalion report for the same period included the comment that its medium tank companies were now of approximately squad strength. Lt. General Jacob L. Devers, commanding general, 6th Army Group later commented that the Battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen "was one of the greatest defensive battles of the war." The 14th Armored Division was nominated for four Presidential Unit Citations for its actions at Hatten-Rittershofen. Of these, two were awarded. Col. Hans von Luck, who commanded the 21st Panzer Division at Hatten-Rittershoffen wrote in his memoirs "Panzer Commander" that the battle ".... was one of the hardest and most costly battles that had ever raged on the western front." These are strong, telling words from a professional German panzer officer who fought with Rommel's famed Afrika Korps in North Africa, served two tours of duty on the Eastern Front, and led the only armored counter-attack to be attempted against the Allied beachhead in Normandy. A veteran officer who served on the staff of Army Group G during the battle wrote after the war that the American defense of the town against overwhelming odds were "heroic." After rest, rehabilitation, and defensive missions during February and early March, the division returned to the offensive, 15 March 1945, drove across the Moder River, cracked through the Siegfried Line, and by the end of the month, had captured Germersheim on the Rhine. On Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945, the 14th moved across the Rhine near Worms and protecting the long left flank of Seventh Army advance against moderate to heavy opposition through Lohr, Gemunden, Neustadt, and Hammelburg where, on 6 April, Combat Command B liberated Stalag XIIIC and the more famous Oflag XIII-B.

Hatten and RittershoffenAs the fighting in the VI Corps sector intensified, the Germans committed the 21st Panzer Division and the 25th Panzer Grenadier Division to the attack with a breakthrough to Hagenau. On the 9th of January, German armor was able to penetrate the center of the VI Corps sector. This caused Brooks the Corps commander to commitment his final reserve force, the 14th Armored in an effort to stop the German XXXIX Panzer Corps advance. Ordered to take up positions in the vicinity of Hatten and Rittershoffen, the 14th assumed commander and control of units from the 242nd Infantry Regiment and the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 315th Infantry Regiments. With the heavy fighting in and around the towns, success was measured in how many buildings were controlled by each side as the Americans controlled the western half of the towns and the Germans the eastern half. On the 15th of January, the Germans reinforced the forces in both towns with elements of the 20th Parachute Regiment from the 7th Parachute Division, and the 104th Infantry Regiment from the 47th Volksgrenadier Division. As the fighting raged, the 14th Armored found itself increasingly on the defense. The resupply of the division was becoming very difficult due to the constant reorganizing of forces, the evacuation of wounded, and the shrinking perimeter. But the divisions 11 day stand at Hatten and Rittershoffen allowed the VI Corps and Seventh Army to withdraw to prepared defensive positions. On 21 January, after the rest of Seventh Army had withdrawn to new defensive positions on the south bank of the Moder River, the 14th and its supporting units withdrew from Hatten and Rittershoffen and moved south to join the rest of the army. Following the battle the division G-4 reported to the commanding officer that the division was still short 62 medium tanks despite having received over 60 replacement tanks during the month of January. Even more astounding was the 136th Ordnance Battalion's maintenance report for the month in which it listed approximately 150 medium tanks that had been knocked out in combat, repaired, and returned to the division's tank battalions. An example of this is seen on the operational reports of the 47th and 48th Tank Battalions. At the height of the fighting the 47th reported that it had a total of 17 operational medium tanks out of an authorized strength of 50, and all were committed to holding its portion of the line. The 48th Tank Battalion report for the same period included the comment that its medium tank companies were now of approximately squad strength. Lt. General Jacob L. Devers, commanding general, 6th Army Group later commented that the Battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen "was one of the greatest defensive battles of the war." The 14th Armored Division was nominated for four Presidential Unit Citations for its actions at Hatten-Rittershofen. Of these, two were awarded. Col. Hans von Luck, who commanded the 21st Panzer Division at Hatten-Rittershoffen wrote in his memoirs "Panzer Commander" that the battle ".... was one of the hardest and most costly battles that had ever raged on the western front." These are strong, telling words from a professional German panzer officer who fought with Rommel's famed Afrika Korps in North Africa, served two tours of duty on the Eastern Front, and led the only armored counter-attack to be attempted against the Allied beachhead in Normandy. A veteran officer who served on the staff of Army Group G during the battle wrote after the war that the American defense of the town against overwhelming odds were "heroic." After rest, rehabilitation, and defensive missions during February and early March, the division returned to the offensive, 15 March 1945, drove across the Moder River, cracked through the Siegfried Line, and by the end of the month, had captured Germersheim on the Rhine. On Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945, the 14th moved across the Rhine near Worms and protecting the long left flank of Seventh Army advance against moderate to heavy opposition through Lohr, Gemunden, Neustadt, and Hammelburg where, on 6 April, Combat Command B liberated Stalag XIIIC and the more famous Oflag XIII-B. [edit] Liberation of Oflag XIIIB and Stalag XIIIC After erecting a pontoon bridge near Worms to cross the Rhine River on 1 April, the 14th attacked to the northeast with CCB in the lead. The initial task of CCB was to break through the Spessart Forest and break into the rear of the German forces. The command advanced 75 miles on the first day with the lead elements reaching the town of Lohr. Approaching the town, the leading elements began to receive heavy small arms fire. As the infantry dismounted to clear the resistance, they and the tanks of the 47th Tank battalion experienced heavy antitank fire from Panzerfaust. The 47th lost 3 tanks due to the Panzerfaust. Clearing the town of resistance, CCB continued its advance along the Main River through Sackenbach, Nantenbach and Gemunden. As the columns continued along this route, they continued to receive heavy machine gun and mortar fire. On 6 April 1945, CCCB's objective was the military lager south of Hammelburg and the POW comps to the south. The operational plan called for the 47th Tank battalion to advance from the north and the 19th Armored Infantry battalion to block and secure the roads to the south and east of the camps. As the units approached the camps, they received sporadic fire from German guns and machine guns. Entering the German lager, the infantrymen of the 19th found the prison gates and forced an opening into OFLAG XIIIB where they found a large contingent of Serbian officers and some American officers. Elements of the 47th Tank battalion and the 94th Armored Reconnaissance battalion continued to the south and liberated Stalag XIIIC which held a large contingent of Allied enlisted men - American, Australians, British and others. [edit] Liberation of Stalag VII-AFollowing the Battle of Nuremberg, the division raced to the Danube, crossing the river at Ingolstadt,passing through the 86th Infantry Division. It's mission to secure crossings sites on the Isar River and to push on to Moosburg and Landshut. Advancing on an south easterly axis, CCA was on the division right with CCR on the left and CCB in reserve. Facing the division were remnants of the 17 SS Panzer Grenadiers and the 719th Infantry Divisions. After fighting their way across the Isar and into Moosburg, CCA on 29 April entered the town and approached Stalag VII-A and took the surrender of the camp garrison of over 200 men. Initial reports had listed the number of prisoners liberated as 27,000, this was wrong there where over 130,000 Allied prisoners liberated from Stalag VII-A, the largest prisoner of war camp in Germany. The division rapidly moved eastward to the area of Mulhdorf an Inn where it established two strong bridgeheads across the Inn River before being ordered to halt by III Corps. The division fired its last rounds, 2 May 1945, and was processing prisoners of war, and patrolling its area when the war in Europe ended on 8 May, [edit] Liberation of Forced Labor and Concetration CampsDuring the divisions advance into southern Germany, on 2 and 3 May, the 14th liberated several sub camps of the Dachau concentration camp. Upon entering the towns of Muldorf and Ampfing, units of the division discovered three large forced labor camps containing thousands of Polish and Soviet civilians. Units also liberated two additional camps nearby holding Jewish prisoners. [edit] CCR Rifle CompanyAs a result of the shortage of infantry replacements which the European Theater was facing in late 1944, a call for volunteers was distributed throughout the communication zone for those willing to retrain as infantry replacements. This call was accepted by over 4,000 African American soldiers serving in support units throughout the communication zone. By 1 February 1945, 2,800 of these volunteers received orders to report to the retraining center where they received basic instruction in infantry skills and tactics. In March 1945, the first contingent of soldiers, organized into 12 platoons, were assigned to the 7th Army which organized them into 3 companies of 4 platoons each. They were organized as 7th Army Provisional Rifle Companies 1, 2 and 3 and then assigned to the 12th Armored Division. In late March, the last contingent of 4 additional platoons were assigned to 7th Army which organized them as 7th Army Provisional Rifle Company 4 and then assigned them to the 14th Armored Division. This 240 man company was assigned to the division without a command and control element, which the division was required to staff, and without weapons and equipment. The division with the assistance of Corps and Army support was able to equip the company with the basic needs for future operations. Initially the company was attached to the 19th Armored Infantry Battalion but was then reassigned to CCR where they became known as the CCR Rifle Company. CCR Rifle company was mainly employed as an attachment to the 25th Tank Battalion. The company's first combat engagement took place near Lichtenfels but it was near Bayreuth that the company received the accolade of approval from those they fought with in the 14th Armored Division. In small platoon size actions, CCR Rifle fought their way into Gottsfeld and Creussen helping to secure the towns. The company when employed in less than company size, performed well. When employed as a company, the results were less satisfactory. This was a result of the way in which the companies were formed and trained, as platoons and not as a company. The company remained with the division when it was reassigned to 3rd Army and ended the war with the 14th Armored and was disbanded on June 4, 1945. "LIBERATORS" is the official nickname of the U.S. 14th Armored Division. The division became known by its nickname during the last days of WW-II when it liberated some 200,000 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps. Among those liberated were approximately 20,000 American soldiers, sailors, and airmen, as well as an estimated 40,000 troops from the UK and Commonwealth. The division's nickname is officially recognized by the US Army and the division is carried on the permanent rolls of the Army as the "LIBERATORS." The 14th Armored Division was inactivated on 16 September 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, VA. [edit] OrganizationThe division was organized and activated as a heavy division in 1942. Early in 1943, the Army Ground Force began a series of studies to reorganize the various divisions with in the Army. After reviewing the tables of organization and after allowing the various commands to review and comment on the proposed restructure, the divisional strength of the 14 organized armored divisions was reduced from 14,630 men to 10,937. The restructure removed the Armored Regiment and Infantry Regiment from the table of organization and replaced them with 3 Tank Battalions and 3 Armored Infantry Battalions. Both Combat Commands, A and B remained but an additional Command (CCR)was added to the organization. This was a small headquarter element of 10 personnel tasked with the command and control of the division rear area. The 125th Engineer Battalion lost its bridge company the engineer line companies were reduce to 3 companies. The 94th Cavalry Recon Squadron was increased in size to include a HQ Troop, 4 line troops, an assault gun troop (with 4 platoons), and a light tank company. Within the division trains, the division lost its support battalion and the division supply company.

This group was extremely important to the war effort as you can see. I'm not sure what all belongs here but I'm offering it all in one grouping. There are dozens of photographs which include training camp photos as well as photos at the front. The some glass slides that were used to make some family photographs in one of the pics that do not belong in this grouping. Some came out of an album and have black paper stuck to the back of them. Just a few have something written on the back. There are several with Ray's name on them. There is one showing a grandstand of some sort with 'At Erding' written in pencil on the front. Erding is a German town and in 1945, several Allied air raids on the nearby military airport damaged the city and killed numerous inhabitants. There is also one photograph marked on the back 'Taken at Bufrchesgarden, Hitler's Home'. Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" was designed and built for Adolf Hilter's 50th Birthday by his personal secretary and Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery Martin Bormann. The monument is called "Kehlsteinhaus" in German because of it was originally intended to be a "Teahouse" for the head of the Third Reich. This photograph shows Ray standing in front of a fountain of some sort. Many photos are not marked and would be a great research project for the WW2 Military enthusiat! There are pics of military vehicles including tanks and a 'duck'. There are pics of many bombed out buildings. Outstanding! There is one photograph that Ray must have 'traded' for and carried much. It's a small black and white photograph of a soldier in the South Pacific with his arms around 2 bare breasted South Seas island girls! The photo is wrinkled and has been folded several times! Also with this grouping is a copy of the WW2 German surrender which was probably handed out by the thousands to the returning troops. Ray must have collected patches because he has many of them with some of his unit but several for the 3rd Air Force and several for other tank destroyer units. He also has several chevrons and a couple of buttons. Also included are ribbon bars for Good Conduct, European Arfican Middel Eastern campaign with 2 battle stars, and a Bronze Star ribbon bar. The family states that Ray was awarded the Bronze Star but they don't know where the medal is. He does have in this grouping his Good Conduct Medal. There is also a Good Conduct lapel stud and a Bronze Star lapel stud. There is also one colorized photograph of BG Albert C. Smith, Commander of the 14th Armored Division, questioning a US Solder escourting prisoners across the Saale River at Germunden on April 6th, 1945. This is an Original Photo by Army Signal Corp. The back is marked Kodac Professional Paper, papier, papel. All in all a very good selection of items you can hold onto and study. If anything shows up from this estate I'll be sure to let the buyer of these items have first chance on any new items. Check out the wonderful pics below! For this grouping and any chance at further items $495.00 item ww 40

WW2 IMPERIAL JAPANESE BUGLE WITH CHARACTER MARKINGS!

Here is a nice WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Bugle with Japanese Character Markings. The bugle is 11 1/2 inches long from the mouthpiece to the outer bell. The bell is reinforced with a brass collar and one can see the manufacture seam about 3 inches back of the bell. There are wrinkles to the bell and a few samll dents but what the heck this thing was used! The Japanese characters are stamped on the mouthpiece. Still plays! $295.00 item ww 41

CONSIGNMENT; Here's an outstanding albumin photograph of a group of circa 1907 108th Coastal Artillery Command. This is a very nice photograph of early uniforms, headgear and Model 1903 rifles. A couple of the men are holding bugles as well. They say that men trying to hide in the early days would join the military so no one can find them and this photograph seems to reinforce that belief! If you look at the 2nd photograph you will see one man hiding behind a column and the other man is turning his head so as not to be recognized! Perhaps they had broken the law or they're hiding from a former wife! Nice photograph! Here's a capsule history of the Coastal Artillery:

U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps 1901-1950 By the end of 1898, the US Army artillery was organized into seven regiments, two of which were created that year. In 1901, the regimental organization of the US Army artillery was abolished, and 126 companies of heavy (coast) artillery and 30 companies of light (field) artillery were established. In 1907, the artillery was split into a field artillery, with a regimental organization, and the coast artillery corps, with additional coast artillery companies, making a total of 170 companies. In 1924, a regimental organization of the Coast Artillery was instituted. Thre were 16 regular army harbor defense regiments, and several tractor drawn, railway, and antiaircraft regiments, along with a number of national guard and organized reserve harbor defense and antiaircraft artillery regiments. This organizational status lasted (with the number and type of active regiments changing frequently) until the Coast Artillery regiments were broken up into separate battalions in 1943. Nearly all Coast Artillery units were deactivated 1944-1946. The Coast Artillery Corps was officially abolished in 1950.

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CONSIGNMENT:

Here's an all wood copy of the 1903 Springfield drill rifle. This one was probably made circa 1915 and was very well made with sections of the larger piece cut out and lamination taking place. The buttstock was beveled to make it easier to fit in the palm of the hand for drills. There are no markings anywhere on this piece. Again, nicely made! WAS $175.00 NOW $150.00 !! item ww 43

CONSIGNMENT: Early Span Am thru early WW1 mess kit in the round shape which is 8 1/2 inches across and 1 1/2 inch deep not counting the handle. Soldiers initials of G.N.P. are marked into both handle and the bottom piece. There are also initials of JNS so maybe 2 different soldiers used this mess kit. There are no utensils present with this kit. WAS $110.00 NOW $95.00 !!! item ww 44

CONSIGNMENT: Model 1874 Mess kit marked 'US' on the handle. This was the 1st type ever issued! This tin has a nice oval shape with the Soldier's name lightly stratched on reverse. No utensils present. WAS $110.00 NOW $95.00 !!! item ww 45

CONSIGNMENT: Here is an Early Bowie Style hunting knife with a faint maker mark on the left side of the blade at top center that I can't make out. W something Co. Quality Guaranteed is all I can make out. Maybe you willhave better luck. This knife was carried in WW2 by Dick Murphy who was a combat Engineer in Europe. Dick's father sent it over to him. Nice old knife with leather scabbard that measures 13 1/2 inches in the scabbard and 12 3/8 inches out of the scabbard. The blade itself is 6 3/4 inches long showing signs of old sharpening that could be buffed out. There is one small nick on the blade about midway but not bad at all. I believe the knife to be older than the scabbard. If I didn't know the history of who carried this piece I would believe this knife to be late 1800's. Nice! WAS $150.00 NOW $135.00 item ww 46

CONSIGNMENT: Here's a Bowie Knife that a friend of mine got from a WW2 Vet. The vet said he made it while in the Pacific from crashed airplane parts. Don't know if it was from our planes or the Japanese planes. I believe the grips are plastic material and the metal may be stainless steel. The entire piece measures almost 13 inches long with a 8 inch bowie blade. Sharp! Unusual! WAS $85.00 NOW $75.00 !!! item ww 47

CONSIGNMENT: This is a western hat of the so called 'Prarie' type. This hat has an officers hat cord probably WW1 if not before. This hat belonged to a local Judge (Lafayette, IN) who was also a great artist and worked the local draft board in WW1. A picture of his wearing this hat was in the local Journal newspaper 1917-1918. This man's name was Henry Vinton and his father David was also a judge. Nice hat! Look at the pics. Further research may turn up something very interesting! There is a tag under the sweat band but I can't read it. Fits my big head which is about 7 1/4 or so. Nice!!! WAS $325.00 NOW $295.00 !!! item ww 48

CONSIGNMENT: Excellent RIA marked 1904 Canteen strap for cavalry canteens. You will have a hard time finding one better! WAS $15.00 NOW $13.50 !! item ww 49

CONSIGNMENT: Here is a nice late Indian Wars thru Span Am brown covered canteen with strap. This canteen is marked in Ink 'F.T.M. Co. F. 2nd Regt.'. We don't know who this is exactly for but it is nice and complete! WAS $185.00 NOW $165.00 !! item ww 50

CONSIGNMENT: This next consignment item is a Model 1911 campaign hat that is in very nice condition but most likely between the wars as there is no stitching around the brim. By the end of 1920-21 ornamental stitching no longer appears on enlisted hats and this hat has no stitching on the brim. This hat is in excellent condition with a nice inantry blue hat cord which is also in nice condition just being perhaps a bit faded. No chin strap and no maker's marks of any kind that I can find. The leather hat band is about 2 inches tall and the size (although not marked) is about 7. The silk band under the hat cord is 1 inch tall. There is evidence of an insignia being on the front of this campaign hat but is now lacking. This hat is a darker shade of felt which could indicated an officers hat. Nice one! WAS $75.00 NOW $68.00 !! item ww 51

SOLD!!! Here's a WW2 Good conduct medal without the personalized inscription on the back. This one is in good aged condition and complete with attachment pin. $6.00 item ww 52

Here's a very nice Pen Desk set that was given to Major Rodney S. Syczylo who was with the 100th S&S BN (DS) from July 75 to Dec 75. As nice as this piece looks he must have made quite an impression on somebody! This piece has a very nice Florn German Made clock in the center with the 24 hour Military motif and an alarm. The two original pens are present as well as two insignia with one stating FREEDOM'S GUARDIANS and the oterh stating WE WILL SUPPORT. I don't have any history on the Major but you can have fun looking him up. If you know anthing about this office let me know and I'll post it. This piece is flawless and is on a marble base that measures about 4 by 9 inches. Nice piece and runs fantastic! This would look great on your desk! $45.00 item ww 53

Here's some fire items that are quite collectible.

THE TINTYPE IS SOLD!!! The first one is a tintype of an 1860 to 1880 firefighter in fire shirt and belt. $175.00

The second 2 items are ribbons with the one that has the little fire helmet attached for $15. That ribbon is for the 75th Anniversary 1873-1948 of the Liberty Hose Company of Shamokin, PA.

The second ribbon is also $15 and has a drop on it that is for Lebanon, PA. There is printing on the ribbon that is faded but I can see where it says '15th Annual Convention Penna State Firemen's Ass'n October 3-7 1954 (I think). Has the Keystone drop with Hose, Axes, nozzzle, Ladders, Pike poles and speaking trumpet embossed on the face. Still nice!

In the next picture are three tools which consist of an old Pike Pole and two engine hose coupling/hydrant wrenches. Each are $20.00

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RATION BOOKS ARE SOLD!!! Here's a good supply of original War Ration Books from WW2. These 6 books seem to belong to at least 3 different people. One person is a Fred N. Dumham from Waveland, Indiana and the other 2 are a husband and wife I think, John and Mary Demaree also from Waveland, Indiana. There are some stamps that just say 'ratiion' on them with pics of howtizers, tanks and ships on them while other stamps have 'spare' on them. We have some of different colors which show the Statute of Liberty's torch, wheat and a horn or plenty. There is also a brown heavy paper Ration Book Holder that is split down the spline and a very good War Ration Book that was furnished by the Great Northern Life Insurance Company. Both familys lifed at R.F.D. No. 1 in Waveland so perhaps they lived in the same house during the war. I don't know that for sure but it's possible. Still a nice grouping! $20.00 item ww 55

Here's a Model 1916 US .45 caliber pistol holster marked US in an oval on the front and U.S. WARREN LEATHER GOODS CO. 1944 on the reverse. This piece is complete with the lanyard leather and when I was examining it I found a 10 Dienftmarke Duetfches Reich Nazi Stamp tucked on the inside. I put the stamp in a protector and will give it to the purchaser. The holdster is complete and in excellent condition just needing cleaning. The exposed leather has oxidized dark while the protected, out of the elements side, has retained it's lighter brown/tan color. All and all a very nice piece! Definitely carried, definitely used! $150.00 item ww 56

Here's a piece of 'trench art' that may be as late as WW2. This is a plated stamped base ash tray with a 50 Caliber Machine Gun bullet as the focal piece. The projectile comes out to reveal that it's actually a lighter! This is a nice piece that measures about 6 3/4 inches tall on a 4 1/4 X 4 1/4 base.There seems to be a little clip on the bottom to hook it onto something else so it won't tip over. Nice! $45.00 item ww 57

I picked up a fairly nice WW2 knife when I piced up a Japanese WW2 Flag and sword. This one is the E.G.W. knive shown on page 193 of U.S. MILITARY KNIFES BOOK III by M.H.Cole. The book says that the E.G.W. knife was made by E.G. Waterman & Co. of New York City. This is a W.W.II knife that sold commercially in stores across the country during the War. It is probably not an official Government Issue Knife, but no doubt was carried by thusands of service men who were anxious to have a good knife. This knife has a leather washer handle with a 7 3/8" bright blade, and has total length of 11 7/8". The knife comes in it's original sheath. Nice! $125.00 item ww 58

This is a very hard item to find. This is the first 'Special' Edition of the CORTINA FRENCH-ENGLISH RED CROSS INSTRUCTOR book by Jean A. Picard of the French Army for the WW1 DoughBoys! This book is copyrighted 1917 and was given to GI's when arriving in France. This piece is in such good shape that it most certainly was not carried by a GI but rather old stock. The pages are like new and the cover is in excellent + condition! You just don't find this book in this kind of condition. This was such a most important publication that it has been reprinted several times but this one is the original 'guaranteed'!! 106 pages overall. Take a look at the pics! Outstanding quality! $55.00 item ww 59

Consignment : WWII BROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE SPARE PARTS POUCH

What we have here is a WWII BAR ( Browning Automatic Rifle) spare parts leather pouch. Used by USMC and US Army and if you open up the flap and look up above the brass buckle and brass rivet, you should find some makers markings, but I don't see any on this box....... The box has several English surnames scratched into it so could it be a vet bringback? I just don't know. The box measures 5 inches long by 3 1/2 inches tall and is 2 inches thick. Many thanks to a good friend for telling me what this is! Price for this one is $30.00 item ww 60

WW2 JAPANESE 'LAST DITCH' RIFLE !

This is what I like to call the 'LAST DITCH LAST DITCH' type 99 rifle as it is crude as they come!!! The wood stock is crudely made and the metal parts are crudely finished. The bayonet lug has been taken off or never was cast in as was the middle barrel band sling swivel. The rear stock sling swivel is present. This rifle has a crude block type sight and never had a MUM or Japanese characters on the receiver. There is, however, a serial number. The buttplate is wooden instead of metal as well. This piece shows how desperate things were at the end. This rifle does have rifling so it was not a trainer. There is no provision made for a cleaning rod either. The action works well on this nearly 44 inch long rifle. There is also quite a bit of original finish on this piece. I will need to ship to an FFL holder or C&R license holder. $350.00 item ww 61

I usually don't pick up late uniforms but I came across a uniform from 1985 that the U.S. Army soldier worked while in Germany with the 3rd Support Command. I've purchased his dress Greens including his coat, trousers and shirt. His cap does not accompany these pieces. His Id's is inside the coat. He wasn't a big man being perhaps 160 pounds or so. This blouse has all his decorations on it including the Army Valorus Unit Citation and oak leaf ribbon. His ribbon cluster has the Army commendation ribbon, Achievement medal ribbon, Good conduct ribbon, National Defense ribbon, Army service ribbon and the overseas ribbon. He also sports a mechanic and driver-W bar as well as a rifle marksman badge. This is a nice uniform! Our price for all is $65.00

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We picked up some more Japanese bayonets and here they are:

Here's a Japanese training / school bayonet that's different from the rest as it is the type 30 but without an edge. This one has the number 47 stamped in one of the grips and there are Japanese characters in the other but I don't know which school it belongs to. The scabbard is very nice as well. Take a look at the pics as it's a nice piece! $145.00 item ww 63

Here's a group of photo reprints. I usually don't offer these but a friend of mine has a large collection or orinal photo's of WW2 Bomber nose art and related photographs. His wife made these modern reprints-many of which are from one of a kind photos. I only have a few at $1 each. item ww 64

Here's an early dug WW2 Japanese Arisaka Rifle Bayonet with the curved quillion. The wooden grips are long gone and I'm afraid I don't know where it was dug. GI bringback. No makers mark is visible and this piece has been painted black at some point years ago. Nice display relic! $45.00 item ww 65

I just got 2 of these and I'm keeping one for myself! This is a thin paper photograph and original autograph of the only survivior or the sinking Bismark to like in the United States after the war! This photograph shows Bruno Rzonca of the WW2 German Navy in uniform with a silver penned autograph across his chest. On the reverse is a little info on Bruno in his own handwritting and the date Bismark sunk which was May 27, 1941. Here is some info on Bruno.:

Bruno Rzonca Maschinenobergefreiter Bruno Rzonca (1918-2004) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Read more about Bruno Rzonca here Born: 19 May, 1918 in Marienwerder, East Prussia. Died: 23 July, 2004 in Crown Point, Indiana, USA. Age (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): 23. Rank (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): Maschinenobergefreiter. Position (at the time of Bismarck's sinking): Air compressors, catapult. Additional notes: In the early days of World War II Bruno Rzonca served aboard the light cruiser Karlsruhe. At 1900 hours on 9 April, 1940, the Karlsruhe was torpedoed by the British submarine Truant off Kristiansand (Norway). The cruiser suffered major damage and had to be sunk later by the German torpedo boat Greif. For his work below decks in the boiler room Bruno Rzonca was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class. After the Norwegian campaign, Rzonca was assigned to the battleship Bismarck. Following the sinking of the Bismarck on 27 May 1941, Bruno Rzonca was rescued by the British cruiser Dorsetshire and then spent 6 ½ years in prisoner of war camps first in England and then in Canada. He was released in 1947 and returned to Germany where he got married. In 1952, Rzonca came to St. Louis and worked in a shop, before moving to Gary, Indiana. He then worked at Blaw Knox Co. and retired as a machinist in 1982. Bruno Rzonca was the only Bismarck survivor who lived in the United States.

I also have an interview that was conducted with Bruno that I'll include. Bruno had a grandson who served in the U.S. Navy and he was very proud of that fact. He was a regular at the Crown Point Militaria show and, although I didn't meet him, everyone said he as a very nice gentleman.

For the autograph photo and the information $85.00 item ww 66

Here is a Vietnam era Army Dress uniform that I got from a veteran's estate. This soldier was in the military in the 1960's and his uniform is marked with the European Theatre patch where he served in the Finance Corps. On his left breast is the rifle qualifiers medal. This uniform would fit a gentleman of around 200 lbs. The set includes the dress blouse, trousers and cap. The cap is size 7 1/2. All buttons are present and the only thing missing on this uniform is the name tag. The bill on the cap is detached on one side but can be easily fixed. The overall condition is very good with a small hole here and there. Nice and bright. $65.00 item ww 67

Here's a group of photo reprints. I usually don't offer these but a friend of mine has a large collection or orinal photo's of WW2 Bomber nose art and related photographs. His wife made these modern reprints-many of which are from one of a kind photos. I only have a few at $1 each. item ww 68

This is a Japanese type 30 Training Bayonet with the TF handle variation. From the beginning of the Japanese transformation of its army to a more modern (1868) fighting force, training was a high priority. Training bayonets were a standard part of the army's equipment. These training bayonets can be found in endless variations and one can base a collection solely on training bayonets! This is a nice one! $100.00 item ww 69

This bayonet is from the Hoten Arsenal, often referred to as Mukden, and was located in China and re- N blued blade. There is an inspectors mark and serial number on the pommel and the Hoten arsenal mark is on the ricasso. This is a real nice piece and uncommon. Nice!! $150.00 item ww 70

This last bayonet is another Japanese type 30 training bayonet that was used at Fukuoka University and so marked on one side of the wooden grip. This one also has a bright finish blade with no arsenal markings. The metal parts of the handle and scabbard appear to have black lacquer paint on them with most lacking on the scabbard. This is a nice piece! $100.00 item ww 71

I have some Spanish American War thru WW1 Photographs that I just picked up. Here are a couple WW1 training photographs from an Army base in Dayton, Ohio. These albumin photo's measure 11 X 14 1/5 in the mount with the image being about 10 1/2 inches by 6 inches. The images show one being full parade dress soldiers marching on the field in tight formation with flags flying and the other show soldiers doing their morning exercises. Nice subject matter! The marching photograph is excellent while the exercise photo is dirty some on one side. Both reverse mats are stained and dirty with no writting on them. The mats do have some chipping to them that do not affect the image. The photographers mark is MAYFIELD DAYTON, O. For the pair $45.00 item ww 72

I just received this next item and it sure is neat! This is a Service record of a WW2 Naval Reserve Sailor done in the form of a serving tray. I have one for my Father as well who also was in WW2 Pacific Theatre. This particular one measures about 15 X 21 inches and has hardware on the back where it was hung on the wall. As you can see there are little round handles on each end to use it as a service tray but of course no one would use this piece for that purpose. This piece is under glass and shows a LST #817 unloading a tank on a distant beach somewhere in the pacific due to the Palm trees shown. Pasted under the image is the service record of "Billy" G. Warner S 1/c (seaman 1st class) USNR (United States Naval Reserve). Also under Billy's name is "With Honor I Served in World War II". You can see 6 service ribbons on this piece and I believe he participated in 4 different battles. I believe there are ribbons for Philippine Liberation, WW2 Victory, European Africa Middle Eastern, & Asiatic Pacific 1941-46. I don't know them all so maybe someone can help on this piece. Also there is one stamp with a star under a plane indicating that he was involved in shooting at least one plane down in battle. There is a little water damage that you can see on the top but it doesn't affect the image or the history. There is a tremendous piece to research! Could turn up something very fascinating! $65.00 item ww 73

Here we have a typical WW2 Mauser Bayonet. I cannot see any markings on it anywhere that I can dechiper and there is a chip out of the grip. There is also a couple of minor rust spots on it and the blade has been sharpened. This one has been used! Found at a garage sale. $35.00 item ww 74


I picked up this item and the next WW2 items from the same gentleman. I was told that this next item was taken by an American GI off of a dead German Soldier. This item is a very nice, still functioning, WW2 era Swiss Made watch by KANO and so marked on the watch face and on the reverse. Also on the reverse is the word EDELSTAHL, which I believe refers to a special high grade steel, and the serial number 01918. Wehrmacht issued WWII wrist watches were manufactured by many Swiss and German watch makers contracted by the German government. They are manually wound and most often have screw-on stainless steel case backs, are/were shock/water resistant and had a nickel plated brass (sometimes steel) watch case. The dial face was black with luminous (radium, long faded) numbers and hands with a sub seconds dial. Variations will be encountered including snap-on case backs for the German made watches. There is no D code like on other watches but my research tells me that some Wehrmacht issued watches did not have these 'D'codes. Wehrmacht issued watches had the serial number recorded into the service member's pay book and the watches were expected to be returned to the service upon discharge. Period pictures show Wehrmacht personel wearing issue and non-issue watches. During the first half of the 20th century a wristwatch was a luxury item that not everyone could afford and military watches were NOT fashion items but the tools of the trade. As a general rule, the lower enlisted ranks could NOT afford a watch and their duties rarely required that they be issued one. Contracted watches seldom were able to meet the demand of the German War machine therefore watches along with other war booty (ammunition, weapons, vehicles, etc.) were often salvaged and re-issued. By no means do these Wehrmacht contract watches represent the majority of the watches that were issued to the armed forces of Germany. That "trophy" watch brought home by a WWII veteran might indeed have been "liberated" from some battlefield but conclusive documentation (for the collector) is often lacking. The Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine (Army, Air Force and Navy) and other German organizations each determined their own contract specifications for their watches. A common pre-WWII practice was to convert pocket watches to wrist watches by adding wire lugs (for the wrist strap) to the watch case. Due to their availability and the accuracy of the movements, it is common to find Wehrmacht wrist watches that are converted pocket watches these most often are very BIG watches, often over two inches in diameter! The Swiss made imported watches tend to be the most common and the easiest Wehrmacht issued watches to verify IF the 'D' code and serial numbers are intact. They are of premium quality and commonly have a Swiss AS1130 movement (although other movements were used), this is an excellent movement that was used for commercial watches both before, during, and after WWII. These watches had fixed lug pins, not the spring pins common to modern day watches.

This watch has the fixed pins. As you can see by the pics there is the usual second hand movement separate from the hour and minute movement. There are no cracks in the crystal but there are a few scratches. The thin period leather strap is in generally good condition but has been shortened. The serial number is entact as you can see. The action works fine and this watch has been running for over 24 hours keeping excellent time. If the man can find the info out on the GI who 'liberated' this watch I'll pass it on. The watch measures about 1 3/8 inches wide across the base. Nice display piece! $195.00 item ww 75

Here's something that pretty neat. This is a CURRENT EVENTS paper that was furnished to school children before TV. This one is dated Week of May 4-8, 1925 and has a large article entitled FIELD MARSHAL VON HINDENBURG ELECTED PRESIDENT OF GERMANY and also shows his photograph. This small newspaper has on it 'A Condensed Newspaper, Weekly, for Use in Public and Private Schools'. The cities listed below are Columbus, Ohio - New York, NY & Chicago, Ill. The paper measures about 9 1/2 inches by 13 inches when unfolded and about 19 X 13 inches when fully open. The paper has a pic of an iceburg on the front page as well and talks about the Titanic. Other articles includes info on the D.A.R., The US Ambassador to Great Britian, Alanson B. Houghton, London's population, The St. Lawrence Waterway becoming a reality, Great Britian returning to the Gold Standard, Nine-year old Boy Hero, Girl Scout Convention with photo of Mrs Herbert C. Hoover, and many, many more articles. There is one section entitled THE QUESTION BOX and is surrounded by Nazi Symbols when they just meant Good Luck. This little newspaper is in remarkedly good condition for it's age! A real look into the world before WW2. $9.95 item ww 76




Here's a rare item to find in this condition! This is a one piece with belt Japanese WW2 Electric Winter Flight suit completely lined in Rabbit fur and electrified to provide warmth in the cockpit. This one is a large size and is in as close to mint as one could get! Where the electric plug and cord are stored in the rear pocket the smap has come apart but I believe it's all there just needing repair. This thing is not even dirty! It's extremely heavy so I really don't know how they wore it. I had a new Japanese friend take a look at it and he told me that it was made in 1944 and the symbol in a circle was the inspectors mark. He also told me that the manufacter's name was stamped in it along with the other Japanese characters but I believe he had a hard time translating that and I do not know which company made it. Take a look at the pics. They tell more of a story than I can. I've found out that these suits being electric were made for high altitude missions. You would have a hard time finding a better example! $650.00 item ww 77

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Here's a U.S. WW1 Soldiers Tunic for the 63rd Artillery Support. The wool tunic is in very good condition with patches. I do believe that this unit was in Europe during the war. The tunic has very little mothing and seems to be a small size which is normal. The makers tag is present but not in the greatest of shape. The stamping inside the tunic is outstanding! Check out the pics!!! $185.00 item ww 78

CONSIGNMENT

Here's a very nice book entitled THE 32ND DIVISION IN THE WORLD WAR. Hardcover. First edition. Issued by the Joint War History Commissions of Michigan and Wisconsin, 1920. A comprehensive history. Photographs, color maps, illustrations, and more throughout. Hardcover. Blue cloth spine with brown cloth boards. Illustration on front. Minor bumping on the edges. Binding is tight and the pages are clean and bright with no foxing and no writting on them. This is a great book and in great condition. I found this book online for $180 and it wasn't in as good as condition like this one. You'll like it guaranteed!!! For this fine edition $65.00 item ww 79

CONSIGNMENT

Here is a Regiment Banner that measures 44 X 34 inches not counting the gold fringe. This banner is for the 41st Field Artillery 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' Regiment. Constituted 26 August 1918 in the Regular Army as the 41st Artillery (Coast Artillery Corps) Organized 1 October 1918 at Fort Monroe, Virginia Demobilized 22 December 1918 at Fort Monroe, Virginia Reconstituted 15 January 1921 in the Regular Army as the Hawaiian Railway Battalion Organized 22 December 1921 at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii Redesignated 1 June 1922 as the 41st Artillery Battalion (Railway) (Coast Artillery Corps) Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1924 as the 41st Coast Artillery Inactivated (less 1st Battalion) 30 June 1931 at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii Activated (less 1st Battalion) 21 April 1942 at Fort Hase, Hawaii Disbanded (less Batteries A, D, and G) 25 May 1944 at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii (Batteries D and G - hereafter separate lineages) (Battery A concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 831st Coast Artillery Battery; disbanded 13 August 1944 at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii) 1st Battalion, 41st Coast Artillery, and the 831st Coast Artillery Battery reconstituted 28 June 1950 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with the 41st Field Artillery Battalion (active) (see ANNEX) and consolidated unit designated as the 41st Field Artillery Battalion, an element of the 41st Infantry Division Relieved 6 April 1951 from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division (United States) Assigned 2 December 1954 to the 3d Infantry Division Inactivated 1 July 1957 at Fort Benning, Georgia, and relieved from assignment to the 3d Infantry Division Reorganized and redesignated 31 July 1959 as the 41st Artillery, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System Redesignated 1 September 1971 as the 41st Field Artillery Withdrawn 16 August 1988 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System. I think this Regimental Banner dates to the Vietnam war. It was flown and has a few stains on it but what a display it makes! With the 2 on it I think it was 2nd battalion. For this historic piece $500.00 item ww 80

Here is what I've been told is a Meerschaum Figural pipe. Here is The History of Meerschaum

The noble Meerschaum is unique among pipes. Its mysterious properties make it a perfect smoke and, at the same time, a work of art; a pipe highly prized by the Connoisseur and beginning smoker alike. Meerschaum is a German word meaning sea foam. The geologist knows the light, porous Meerschaum as hydrous magnesium silicate. The pipe smoker knows it as the perfect material for providing a cool, dry, flavorful smoke. The mineral itself is the fossilized shells of tiny sea creatures that fell to the ocean floor over 50 million years ago, there to be covered and compressed over the ages by layer upon layer of silt. Profound movements in the earths crust raised the creamy white stone of Meerschaum above sea level. There men eventually discovered it and created an incomparable pipe from it. The first record of Meerschaum as a pipe dates from around 1723.

Now to this pipe. This is a small pipe, just measuring 2 1/2 inches long not including the stem. The figure is of a Bull and he is quite remarkably carved! He is anatomically correct. He is only missing one little horn but the other one is there for you to pattern off of if you want to replace it. The pipe comes in a leather covered fitted case that is missing the latch and the hinge has come off making the two sides detached from each other. One side has a felt lining while the other side has a silk lining with the makers lable from ROTTERDAM. This is a very nice aged pipe!!! 1800's. $125.00 item ww 81

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