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The NDSAP SA/SS Greatcoat Armband 1930's.
This NSDAP SA/SS Armband is in super colour condition but with some moth hole, and extra long for coat wear. The colours of the wool are the original bright tones, being the same as the day it was made. The center area has an oblong shaped sewn white lined satin field, and there is a two-piece black satin lined swastika sewn to the field. The white field still retains its original pristine shade of white and there is no sign of age or dirt. The SA and SS both wore woolen armbands [without the usual black stripes for SS] on their greatcoats. This armband was designated for this purpose.

Code: 19780Price: 220.00 GBP

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A German 1930's and WW2 Armband on Yellow Cloth
This Deutsche Wehrmacht armband is the yellow colour all cotton type. The words, “Deutsche Wehrmacht” are printed. These armbands were issued to people who assisted the German armed forces.

Code: 19777Price: 90.00 GBP

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A Sublime Kamakura 1200's Japanese Katana Tiger in the Bamboo Grove
One of the most intrigueing and outstanding swords we have seen in some while. The [tachi] blade is most ancient up to 800 years old, likely Kamakura period, and one of the best indications of this is the blade's hi [deep groove] passing completely from the kissaki right through to the nakago under the hilt [tsuka]. So many of the very best Juyo rated blades bear this highly distinctive feature. The fittings are wonderful and depict the legendary tiger in the bamboo grove. The original Edo saya is carved wood made to simulate bamboo, and pale brown lacqured, to compliment the whole theme of the mounting [koshirae]. The fushi kashira are engraved and gold lined in the tiger and bamboo theme and signed with kakihan. It bears an iron o-sukashi tsuba continuing the theme of bamboo with leaves. The Japanese sword as we know it today, in all of its elegance, is an invention of the latter part of the Heian period [794-1191]. Swords had been fabricated in various places in Japan before this, conspicuously in Yamato province where some of the oldest blades originate, but the names of the old smiths tend to be lost in time and become legends. In the middle Heian and earlier, work styles are various, with straight chokuto and experiments with double edged swords and partially curved blades all extant. Thanks to the Shoso-in repository in Nara, we are lucky to see many interesting preserved artifacts from the 8th century showing these various work styles and techniques in the swords nestled amongst the objects preserved in this collection. Of note, none bear signatures of the smiths. The most successful school of the late Heian, by the number of works we have left to examine, is the Ko-Bizen school. It is universally understood that there are somewhere between only 500 and 800 that still exist today but an accurate number is most difficult to calculate. Ko-Yamashiro blades are even more rare than Ko-Bizen and we know the makers of the Sanjo and Gojo schools of Kyoto only by a small handful of blades. Overall in saya 38. inches long, blade tsuba to tip 27.5 inches.

Code: 19776Price: 8950.00 GBP

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Arm Band of the 1930's to WW2 Hitler Jugend
The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It existed from 1922 to 1945.The Youth group was established in 1922 as the Jungsturm Adolf Hitler. Based in Munich, Bavaria, it served to train and recruit future members of the Sturmabteilung (or "Storm Regiment"), the adult paramilitary wing of the NSDAP.

Following the abortive Beer Hall Putsch (in 1923), the Nazi youth groups were ostensibly disbanded but many elements simply went underground, operating clandestinely in small units under assumed names. Finally, on 4 July 1926, the Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung was officially renamed Hitler Jugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend, (Hitler Youth League of German Worker Youth). This event took place a year after the Nazi Party itself had been reorganized. The architect of the re-organisation was Kurt Gruber, a law student and admirer of Hitler from Plauen, Saxony.

After a short power struggle with a rival organization - Gerhard Roßbach's Schilljugend - Gruber prevailed and his Greater German Youth Movement became the Nazi Party's official youth organization. In July 1926, it was renamed Hitler-Jugend, Bund deutscher Arbeiterjugend (Hitler Youth, League of German Worker Youth) and, for the first time, officially became an integral part of the Sturmabteilung.

By 1930, the Hitler-Jugend had enlisted over 25,000 boys aged 14 and upwards. It also set up a junior branch, the Deutsches Jungvolk, for boys aged 10 to 14. Girls from 10 to 18 were given their own parallel organisation, the Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM), League of German Girls.

In April 1932, the Hitler Youth was banned by Chancellor Heinrich Brüning in an attempt to stop widespread political violence. But by June the ban was lifted by his successor, Franz von Papen as a way of appeasing Hitler whose political star was ascending rapidly.

A further significant expansion drive started in 1933, when Baldur von Schirach became the first Reichsjugendführer (Reich Youth Leader), pouring much time and large amounts of money into the project.

Code: 19775Price: 120.00 GBP

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An Exceptional 5th Generation Tadayoshi Wakazashi Circa 1730
From the great school of Tadayoshi smiths. With all it's original superb pure gold decorated fittings featuring takebori fans over a nanako ground. A really nice namban sukashi tsuba of the ancient traditional of the dragon and the phoenix. Menuki of a buffalo drawing a cart all embellished with pure gold, and a shishi [lion dog]. The saya is it's original Edo lacquer inlaid with small pieces of polished abilone shell. It has it's kodzuka knife in the saya pocket of gold and patinated copper. The whole piece is of very fine quality and singularly attractive. The blade is grey and to be repolished to reveal it's medium chu-sugaha hamon. The Godai Tadayoshi (Fifth Generation) was born in 1696. He was the son of the Omi Daijo Tadayoshi ( Fourth Generation). He began working around 1716 and worked until his death in 1775. He signed Hizen Kuni Tadahiro while his father was alive. He is also known to have signed Dai-mei for his father. After his father's death in 1747 he changed his signature to read Hizen (no) Kuni Tadayoshi. He received the title Omi (no) Kami in 1750 after which he began signing Hizen Kuni Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi. He is the first of the later smiths to sign "Omi (no) Kami" and he is known by that nickname.
This smith had a long working life and produced a good number of swords. Although a later generation, his work is considered to resemble that of the first generation. He is considered to be the last of the "Shinto" Tadayoshi smiths. The next generation (6th) marks the beginning of the "Shinshinto" Tadayoshi smiths. Total length in saya 24.75, 18.5 inch blade tsuba to tip.

Code: 19774Price: 5650.00 GBP

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WW1 Trench Recovered British Mills Bomb. A Great Souvenir of Trench Warfare
The Mills bomb was adopted by the British Army as its standard hand grenade in 1915, and designated as the No. 5. It was also used by the Irish Republican Army.

The Mills bomb underwent numerous modifications. The No. 23 was a variant of the No. 5 with a rodded base plug which allowed it to be fired from a rifle. This concept evolved further with the No. 36, a variant with a detachable base plate to allow use with a rifle discharger cup. The final variation of the Mills bomb was the No. 36M, which was specially designed and waterproofed with shellac for use initially in the hot climate of Mesopotamia in 1917, but remained in production for many years. By 1918 the No. 5 and No. 23 were declared obsolete and the No. 36 (but not the 36M) followed in 1932.

The Mills was a classic design; a grooved cast iron "pineapple" with a central striker held by a close hand lever and secured with a pin. Although the segmented body helps to create fragments when the grenade explodes, according to Mills' notes the casing was grooved to make it easier to grip and not as an aid to fragmentation. The Mills was a defensive grenade: after throwing the user had to take cover immediately. A competent thrower could manage 30 metres (98 feet) with reasonable accuracy, but the grenade could throw lethal fragments further than this. It could be fitted with a flat base and fired with a blank cartridge from a rifle with a "cup" attachment, giving it a range of around 150 m.

At first the grenade was fitted with a seven-second fuse to accommodate both hand and rifle launch, but during combat in the Battle of France in 1940 this delay proved too long—giving defenders time to escape the explosion, or even to throw the grenade back—and was reduced to four seconds.

The heavy, segmented bodies of "pineapple" type grenades result in an unpredictable pattern of fragmentation. After the Second World War Britain and the US adopted grenades that contained segmented coiled wire in smooth metal casings. The No. 36M Mk.I remained the standard grenade of the British Armed Forces and was manufactured in the UK until 1972, when it was completely replaced by the L2 series. The 36M remained in service in some parts of the world such as India and Pakistan where it was manufactured until the early 1980s. That the Mills bomb remained in use for so many years says much about its effectiveness. Inert empty and safe, but not suitable for export or for sale to under 18's..

Code: 19773Price: 60.00 GBP

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A Good Luftwaffe Uniform Buckle In Alloy With Afrika Korps Camouflage Paint
With original leather tongue and makers stamp and date. Fliegerführer Afrika was part of Luftflotte 2 (Air Fleet 2), one of the primary divisions of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It operated in the Mediterranean and Libya from 1941–1942. The commanders were Generalmajor Stefan Fröhlich and Generalleutnant Otto Hoffmann von Waldau, who led the German air support to the German Afrika Korps campaign during the winter of 1941–1942.

The aircraft flown by these commanders were a He 111 P-4 (VG+ES), fully equipped (armed with 5 MG 15 and one MG 17, capacity to load 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs in belly and another 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) under the wings, also exterior fuel tanks).

Code: 19772Price: 295.00 GBP

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A Very Good Early Iron Kaga Zogan Katana Tsuba Inlaid With Sinshu
Pierced wheel spoke pattern Koto period circa 1580. Tsuba are usually finely decorated, and are highly desirable collectors' items in their own right. Tsuba were made by whole dynasties of craftsmen whose only craft was making tsuba. They were usually lavishly decorated. In addition to being collectors items, they were often used as heirlooms, passed from one generation to the next. Japanese families with samurai roots sometimes have their family crest (mon) crafted onto a tsuba. Tsuba can be found in a variety of metals and alloys, including iron, steel, brass, copper and shakudo. In a duel, two participants may lock their katana together at the point of the tsuba and push, trying to gain a better position from which to strike the other down. This is known as tsubazeriai pushing tsuba against each other.

Code: 19771Price: 425.00 GBP

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A Very Good Imperial German 1889 Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword
Deluxe grade with all gilded hilt in very good order, just light wear. Used in WW1 and bearing the Imperial German Eagle and grip insert crest of the Kaiser. Black sharkskin wire bound grip. Deluxe dress scabbard. Many of these swords were also used in the 3rd Reich by veteran officers serving in WW2. Numerous Vintage photographs of WW2 German Officers show them wearing this pattern of sword.

Code: 19770Price: 675.00 GBP

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A Rare German 'Prinzchen' Size Spange To the Iron Cross
Deluxe smaller than usual dress size in original makers box, and all original frost and polished finish. The prinzchen size is rare and most highly prized, especially if still in original box of issue. If the recipient of the 1939 Iron Cross has been decorated with one or both classes of the Iron cross of World War I, he will then receive a silver clasp showing the National Eagle with the year 1939. The clasp to the Iron Cross 2nd class will be worn attached to a ribbon in the button hole. The 1939 1st Class clasp will be worn attached to the tunic above the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. 2 fixing pins. The Iron Cross is a black four-pointed cross with white trim, with the arms widening toward the ends, similar to a cross pattée. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century.

Initially the Iron Cross was worn with the blank side out. This did not change until 1838 when the sprig facing could be presented.

Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The reverse of the 1870, 1914 and 1939 series of Iron Crosses have the year "1813" appearing on the lower arm, symbolizing the year the award was created. The 1813 decoration also has the initials "FW" for King Frederick William III, while the next two have a "W" for the respective kaisers, Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. The final version shows a swastika. A cross was the symbol of the Teutonic Knights (a heraldic cross pattée), and the cross design (but not the specific decoration) has been the symbol of Germany's armed forces (now the Bundeswehr) since 1871. As with all our items, each one comes with our unique, lifetime guarantee, certificate of authenticity

Code: 19768Price: 345.00 GBP

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