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FIELDGEAR #44368C Luftwaffe Survival Machete - Alcoso
These survival machetes are huge weapons measuring overall in the scabbard at 19 inches. This machete has steel mounts which are blued on the hilt being a flat style pommel with a crossguard that has a teardrop going downward on the right side and pointed upward on the left. The grip plates are made of walnut wood having notches cut in them for a firm handhold. These grip plates are retained by screws with spanners. The scabbard of this example was original produced with a blue finish but this one has been repainted some time over the years. The paint job is not the best but it still looks fairly good. There are also some dings in the scabbard the worst being slightly above the lower ball at the end. The scabbard is equipped with a plain style lock and the throat is retained by two side screws. The blade is a very long 16 inches and it is more narrow at the ricasso area increasing in length as it progresses downward and then curves upward to a tip at the end. There is also a false edge that runs back a few inches. The blade appears to have been produced in a matte finish and overall it is still bright. it appears to have a factory sharpened edge. Overall the blade is in very nice condition actually being at excellent plus. The ricasso is marked with the trademark used after 1941 being the scales having the firm's initials "AWS" interspersed. To the right of the scales is in the firm's name and location "Alcoso Solingen". These Luftwaffe machetes were issued to airplane crews particularly those that were flying during the African campaign and they were thought to be of possible use should the plane go down and there were reasons to defend oneself against animals as well as the enemy. They are quite rare and can be extremely expensive if in very very fine condition. The condition of this example shows wear and age but overall it is still all there and is priced accordingly.
FIELDGEAR #44019 German Marching Compass
This Bakelite compass has a hinged lid which clips over the compass itself. The compass still works well and has a fine dial. The inner lid is fitted with a mirror. The compass is marked with the maker "CXN" and has an intact neck cord.
A fine period example here, and still in working order.
Near Mint. $95.00
FIELDGEAR #44020 German Marching Compass
The compass itself is sill in working order, with a fine dial. To the left of the compass is an arrow, along with a measuring scale.
A fine, working period example here.
Excellent Plus. $95.00
FIELDGEAR #44008 German Black Leather Map Case
The leather remains in outstanding condition, with a folding top, strap, and roller buckle. The case measures 8 ½ inches by 6 ½. I assume this is a map case but it could be used for documents. The reverse of the case has a air of leather belt loops.
A fine period map case here.
Excellent Plus. $50.00
FIELDGEAR #43922C Imperial Trench Armor (Sappenpanzer)
This Sappenpanzer (or grabenpanzer, depending on who you ask) consists of a main breast plate and three lower, articulated plates that cover the abdomen and crotch, the latter being suspended from the main plate by means of stout canvas straps. One of these straps looks to have been repaired at some point.
The heavy steel breast plate was not directly attached to the wearer, simply hooking over the shoulders and trusting to its weight to hold it in place. The lower articulated plates each have a heavy felt buffer on the lower interior edge to keep them from clanging too badly when the wearer had to move, with admittedly mixed effectiveness. Luckily the whole thing is so heavy that no one was going to be moving very quickly with it on.
The interior of the breast plate is marked "2". The set shows age and rust throughout, but remains sound.
These suits of armor were issued to sentries and machine gunners, both who were routinely exposed in enemy fire yet had to remain in position. The helmet that pairs with this body armor is for sale in the Helmets & Headgear section.
FIELDGEAR #43675C Black Leather Cartridge Pouch
The reverse of the pouch has a stout belt loop.
I suspect this might be an Imperial piece, but I can't say for certain.
Excellent Plus. $50.00
FIELDGEAR #43350C Daimon Flashlight with SS Markings
This portable light is a rectangular-shaped steel base 2/ 7/8 inches X 2 1/4 inches. It is 1 1/4 inches thick. The light has an original black painted surface. At the upper area there is a shade that blocks the light, probably so that it can't be seen from above. The original bulb is still in place. There are also buttons at the top that allows Morse Code to be done with the light.
The light is stamped with the maker details, "Daimon/ Telko". There are also letters applied by the original user being "Z" and "E", which may have told him which were the positive and negative poles. Both the front and back of the case are hinged to open for changing of bulb and battery. Attached to the reverse with two metal rings, are two leather straps of black pebbled surface. Stamped into the surface of the upper leather loop is a set of SS runes with a double circle.
I understand that reproduction batteries can be purchased for this light. Kind of a neat thing here for gear collectors.
FIELDGEAR #43158C Multipurpose Pocket Knife - SMF
The knife has a blade, an awl, and a combination screwdriver/bottle opener. The blade is marked with the Seated King trademark of SMF.
I am reasonably certain this is a fisherman's knife, given the pliers. I am not sure when it was made, exactly; the SMF Seated King was used from 1933 onward, so it could be post war but I really don't think it is. It is just too weathered and has the look and feel of an older piece. Whatever the case it is a sound, solid, and useful tool that could easily still be put to good use.
FIELDGEAR #42594 Afrika Korps Medical Pouch
Marked on the obverse of the pouch is an Afrika Korps style palm tree with a swastika in the center of the trunk. To the right of the palm tree is a name, "Nosche.", which was probably the name of the owner. There is also what looks to be a regimental designation, "K. T. B. - 21 / B"; this is all set atop some more codes which are a bit hard to read. I don't know what this means but I am sure one of you guys will tell me!
When opened the pouch reveals five compartments, three with snaps to hold them close and two for large instruments.
This item is in nice condition and a net thing if you like Afrika Korps stuff.
Excellent Plus. $450.000
FIELDGEAR #42871C Wehrmacht Tornister
The outside of the pack is covered in cowhide, complete with hair, which is also in excellent condition. A large punched leather "3" is stitched to the center of the outer flap, a nice detail that I've not seen before on one of these packs.
The interior is loaded with straps and assorted compartments, all in very good condition with no holes or other issues.
A very nice example here. This pack could easily be used today.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
FIELDGEAR #42872C Small Wehrmacht Tornister
The pack is constructed of stout canvas, with the original heavy leather strapping, buckles, and other fittings all intact. There is an internal sack (perhaps a bread bag?) which remains in good condition. The outside of the pack is covered in the usual heavy cowhide.
A study period pack here.
FIELDGEAR #40456C Military Issue Hatchet with Leather Head Cover
This fine Hatchet measures about 15 inches long, with a wooden handle. The head measures about 7 inches, with notch cut out of the heel. There is a steel peg securing the head, held in place with a screw and marked "18". The steel head remains in exceptionally nice condition; it looks like it would make short work of a limb, on a tree or otherwise. The top of the handle is marked "30".
Stamped on to the cheek of the axe is a trademark consisting of a pair of stag heads surrounding a centaur shooting a bow. This mark was used by the German firm Johann Wiebelhaus & Co, but only after 1951, making this a post war piece.
The original black leather head cover accompanies the hatchet and remains in sound condition, with the retainer straps and heavy buckle still in place. Painted on the inside of the flap is the code "N30".
A very nice German-made post-war hatchet here, in superior, ready to chop condition.
IFELDGEAR #30645C Small Compass for Young Boys
This small compass has a hinged cover that flips open to reveal the compass inside. The compass still works and is in good, readable condition. The hinged lid is shined to a mirror state for easy viewing of the compass while walking. One side of the compass has a numerical scale in white on a black background.
The bottom of the compass is a square shape and has the name of the producer and other details as part of the mold. It is marked “Marsh-Kompass/Jugend”. Below this is an “S” letter within a diamond shape, and below that is the abbreviation for a patent having been secured on this device, “DRGM”. Apparently this compass would have been used by the Hitler Youth.
A nice item here.
FIELDGEAR #30646C Quality Compass
This compass is made of bakelite material and it has a hinged lid, which when lifted reveals a mirror- like device beneath, and after this is lifted, the working compass is exposed below. All the numerals are nice and crisp and the glass cover is in perfect condition. There is also a large brass ring attached to this compass for affixing to a belt loop.
On the bottom of the compass there is a hinged ruler device for making measurements and calculations. This device is made of brass. On the top lid of the bakelite is stamped the name of the producer, “hap”, and beneath, the number “149685”.
A high quality device here which appears to work as well today as it did 70 years ago.
Excellent Plus. $195.00
FIELDGEAR #37138 SS-marked Tornister
This SS Tornister measures 12 inches by 14 inches and is constructed of cowskin with leather supports and straps throughout. The tornister opens at the top, and has all of the leather accouterments inside.
The cow hair exterior of this pack shows some wear here and there, but overall it is in good condition. All of the assorted supporting outside belts, buckles and hasps are intact.
This tornister is stamped on the black leather reverse trim with a double circle with a “SA” inside of it, and then the number “401/37”. A double circle with SS runes can also be seen. Presumably this tornister was worn by both SA and SS personnel.
A great opportunity here to acquire an authentic piece of period marked field gear that is still in good condition.
FIELDGEAR #36989C German Saddle Bag Pommel Strap
This German Saddle Bag Pommel Strap is an interesting piece, although I must admit, at least initially, that I had had nary a clue what it was! It took a bit of research (not to mention some timely help from an expert on German cavalry accoutrements) to figure out the function this little mystery.
The holder is essentially a stout leather strap, fifteen inches across, and constructed of thick, quality leather. It is roughly in the shape of a crescent, with a narrow waist and wider ends. The leather is a pleasing orange brown color, quite smooth and really in quite remarkable condition; it is still very supple, other than some very mild cracking at the point of flex (and only then on the bottom side) I can't see anything in the way of damage. Heavy stitching runs around the edges and across the face of the leather. The "top" edge of the piece is straight across while the bottom edge curves inward. This shape allows for it to rest comfortably across the pommel area of the saddle.
Two looped leather tongues, complete with steel hardware, are stitched at either end of the strap. I think these loops are just to secure the strap to a saddle rig. Securely bolted next to these loops a a pair of heavy steel anchors. Each is an inverted "U" shaped piece of metal with a wide base, held fast to the strap by means of rivets. They look to have been painted grey at one time, but much of the paint has been worn away. Scratches on the base plates bear witness to another metal clad piece of hardware was routinely fastened and unfastened from these anchors, which makes perfect sense as they are certainly heavy-duty enough to be load-bearing.
Below the anchors are a pair of thin metal plates, also riveted securely to the face of the strap. Each is marked "L & F" in the upper corner. These metal rhomboids are pierced with three horizontal slits, and holding the piece up one can see that these plates are actually to reinforce three cuts that go completely through the strap. I think these slits are where the saddle bags were attached to the strap. Presumably the bags had loops that were fed through these slits and then secured. Flanking the left plate are a pair of stamped markings. The first, on the left, reads "hfs 1944". The second consists of a detailed Wehrmacht eagle, complete with wreathed mobile swastika. Below the bird can be seen "WaA 286".
Turning the strap over we see more evidence of the quality of this piece. The reverse of the piece of crisscrossed with heavy stitching and no less than twenty-four smooth rivet heads! Some of the leather has turned black from friction, but overall the piece remains in new-like condition.
A remarkably well preserved piece of German saddlery here, one that I'm sure that would be of interest to cavalry enthusiasts.
Near Mint. $1,795.00