JP00024-Japanese Type 45 Officer's Visor Cap: The cap features a red band, red piping and a black fiber visor with a vaulted five point star on the front. There is some mothing to wool , but nothing major. It just helps prove its authenticity. The interior of the cap is in very good condition, as most of these seldom are. The sweatband is nice and tight. The best thing about this cap is the Kanji embroidered on the interior. I believe its probably the initials of the original owner of the cap.
GM00219-Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet: The helmet retains a lot of original paint. Liner is intact and features cork spacers to the edges. The decal to the front has been nicked a bit but still the swaz and most of the lettering is still there. Helmet is a size 57. This is an overall decent example and priced accordingly.
AM00056-WWI Shell: Here is an original and tired WWI Doughboy helmet. The liner is gone to time but the shell still shows a lot of original paint. There are markings under the brim but its too hard to make out. This would make a nice starter piece or it could be displayed as is for sort of a decoration in your war room.
GM00196-Coastal Artillery Overseas Cap: This Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Cap is in excellent condition with only a little bit of age showing.The interior of the cap is mark with a french maker as most kriegs items usually are. It is a size 57. The front has a tropical cockade and soutache however, the tropical eagle is missing. The threads where the eagle was is still visible. A great piece to restore.
GM00190-Luftwaffe EM/NCO Overseas Cap: This cap is right out of the wood work. The cap has some scattered mothing but overall its in very good, displayable shape. The insignia is hand applied as most of these caps are but all the insignia is original to the cap. The interior is not marked or dated. This would look great on a mannequin display.
AM00057-M43 Combat Jacket: This combat jacket is right out of the woodwork. This is an early 1943 production piece, as spec tag is not inside the neck. These early examples did not have them. The jacket has some light soiling and "in field" repairs. The buttons on the bottom pockets are missing, but because the flaps cover the pockets it does not show. It also has some Sgt chevrons sewn to each arm. Not sure when the stripes were put on, but judging from the age of the chevrons, they look to have been there for some time. Overall a nice combat used piece, perfect for any US display. Size is a 34 Regular.
AM00050-M43 Combat Jacket: Here is a nice mid production of an M43 combat jacket, which saw use. The jacket is missing two of the buttons down the front but this does not show when the jacket is buttoned up. There is some soiling here and there and some fraying to the cuffs but overall it is still sound. Every collection needs a US combat jacket.
GM00167-Signals Officers Visor Cap: Here's a great little piece I picked up from a local military show over the weekend. It has been in a family's attic along with a M35 SD helmet for the last 70 years. The cap shows mothing mostly around the center band and bottom piping. The interior is very worn and shows the maker label, underneath the sweatband it is dated 1940. Great thing about this cap is the thumb print under the bill from being worn in its old glory days. If you like untouched pieces, this is it.
GM00173-M40 ND Helmet Shell: Here's a neat little find from a local flea market. The helmet markings are there but illegible from paint and age. I've compared it to a few helmets in my collection and I believe it be a size 64. There is still a lot of original green paint left on this lid. The top shows signs of battle damage as there is a small crack on the top, due to some sort of concussion. This would look great displayed on a mannequin or by itself.
GM00233-Afrika Korp Shorts: These tropical shorts appear to be in unissued condition. There is small hole from storage on the front but this could be easily repaired if desired. The front features a button fly, with all buttons present. The built in belt and buckle works fine. It has excellent depot markings in the waste band.A great set of tropical short.
OC00010-Imperial Fireman's Helmet: This is a nice example of a Prussian era fire helmet. The leather body is still sound with minimal cracking. Both the front and rear visors show honest age but are still good with tight stitching. The chinstrap and liner is in good condition say for missing the drawstring.The brass cone and helmet emblem are in great shape showing some nice patina. The words on the shield translate to "All for one and one for all". It also has crossed fire axes and the letter "K" super imposed on the front.
JP00012-Type 98 Wool Combat Uniform: This is the type 98 uniform that would of been worn in cold climates and in the pacific. It features 5 buttons on the front and the top having a metal clasp for a more neater appearance. Has all four pockets and the interior bandage pocket. Inside left breast area is marked with typical IJA acceptance stamps and has he date of 1942. The tunic also features waist vents on either side. The exterior is in excellent condition say for maybe a moth nip here and there. The interior does show some age and soling but lets you know this was a used piece. The collar tabs are machine sewn on and that of the rank of Sgt. The trousers are of a olive wool composite.They feature a "French Fly" front and pockets on either side with the typical Japanese rear pocket on the right side. The inside shows the silk fiber lined pockets. There are no IJA stamps in the interior. The front also has a metal clasp. The male end is marked "Trade Mark" and the female end "Deponirt".The Japanese copied a lot of European military designs and used some of the same hardware. The trousers definitely show some fading from use.The back of the trousers also has buckles for loosening or tightening the waist. One of them is missing. A Great uniform set which is always tough to find complete. 7th ID vet bring back.
GM00148-Heer M42 SD Combat Helmet: Here's a great untouched piece straight from the veterans estate. The shell has some oxidation to it as evident in the photos but still a lot of original paint remains. Has all three rivets and they are tight. Chinstrap is present and still supple. The liner is a bit dry and missing the string but otherwise fine and has all 8 leather fingers. On one of them it is marked with the soldiers initials "W.D." The shell is marked with the batch number and is a size 64. The decal still shows strong and I would rate it about 70-80%.
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GM00083-M40 Tropical Police Helmet: This helmet was once a single decal Heer combat helmet that was later reissued as an tropical police helmet. On the left side you are able to see where the decal was painted over. There are even some silver flakes showing from underneath the paint. The original color of the helmet was a field green, as you can see in the interior of the helmet. A tropical sand color was applied to the outside of the shell as well as s hand painted swastika on the front. The swastika being the first pattern insignia of the police units. Later a second design was used. The liner is present and so is part of the chinstrap. The liner is dry from age and part of it is coming undone from the liner band but nothing to worry about. The size is a "64" which was manufactured by Eisenhüttenwerke located in Thale. Batch number is "4478".A super rare and scarce example of a police combat helmet.
GM00084-M43 Luftwaffe Field Cap: The cap itself is made from a wool/rayon blend and features a stitched on cloth Luftwaffe eagle and cockade, as well as two buttons towards the bottom. The cap is based off the M42 overseas cap in which that the the sides are designed to fold down to cover the ears and neck and would secure under the chin. The cap has some soiling and moth nips but overall it is in pretty good condition. As evident in the photos this cap has seen some serious use. These M43 caps are hard to find in any condition.
AM00026-Army Air Force Staff Sergent Service Shirt: Made from an OD wool material, the service shirt has the rank chevrons on both sleeves and on the right features a USAAF shoulder flash. All the buttons are present except fr the very first at the top. However, sewn inside behind the collar there is the original extra button.This could be fixed but I will leave that up to whomever. The size tag is still inside the collar and reads "14-32". Also inside the collar is the GI's name and serial number. Looks to be "Wheeler, R.D." and "14076399. There are a few moth tips to the bottom front of the shirt but it does not really detract from it.
GM00131-M38 Beaded Luftschutz Gladiator Helmet: As stated this is more sough after gladiator style helmet that was issued. It features a late war canvas liner and has the appropriate cork spacers on the sides of it. The inside is clearly marked and is a size"55". The outer shell is overall good with minimal scrapes and scratches say for one area on the lower left side. The whole thing is topped off with a nice choice leather chinstrap and an excellent decal.
OC00021-WWI Doughboy Tunic: Here's a nice, used, Doughboy tunic. The tunic is in overall great condition with a few light moth nips here and there. The buttons and collar discs are still on tightly. The backs of the buttons show they were made in New Jersey. The collar still has the label and shows its a size 38. On the right shoulder is a red chevron, signifying an honorable discharge. The collar disc insignia is for the signals unit. This guy would of been in a trench radioing back to HQ about advancing Germans crossing "No Mans Land'. These tunics are a great piece of history and wont break the bank.