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Contemporary magazines, drill manuals, regimental and unit histories, photos and photograph albums, postcards, drawings and prints, army lists (of officers, principally American, British, French and German). My personal interest here is in Napoleonic era prints and drawings of uniform studies.

Here is a selection of militaria from this category:

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militaria item Shoe buckle, silver
- French
This is a silver buckle (62mm across) dating from c 1770 on stylistic grounds. There is a 19th-century French purity stamp (.800) in the shape of a boar's head punch, introduced in 1838 for all silver being sold openly in the marketplace or a shop.

militaria item Student fencing sash and enamel badge
- German
This silk sash with the little enamel badge, both sporting the Imperial black/white/red colours, epitomises the student duelling world of this era, together with the logo (picked out in silver bullion) 'Rast Ich so rost Ich', loosely: 'Inactive I rust'. In Bavaria the duelling tradition was still active into the 1950s.

militaria item VK2 (swords) award document, Uffz. Petry
- German
This document (21 x 14.75cm) commemorates the fighting in the new year/spring of 1942 to notify this NCO that he had been awarded the VK2 with swords. It appears to be personally signed by Generaloberst von Kleist, commander of 1st Panzerarmee. It is franked with the headquarters seal for the 1st Panzerarmee.

militaria item Eton 4th June 'Boats' hat ribbons & badges
- British
These badges and boater ribbons belonged to Gerald W E Loder, who was at Eton 1875-81. Later Conservative MP for Brighton 1889-1906, he qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1888. He was a lord commissioner of the Treasury in 1905; JP & Deputy Lt for Sussex, Vice-Chairman of Sussex TA association; Deputy Chairman of Southern Railway Co.

militaria item The Camp Men by French L. MacLean
- American
The Camp Men - The SS Officers who ran the Nazi Concentraton Camp System by French L. MacLean, published by Schiffer, USA, 1999, hardback, 380 pages (22 x 28.5 cm). It gives details, where known, of service histories and medal awards and is copiously illustrated with all the 'bad guys'!

testimonials

My order arrived this morning, thanks for the prompt delivery.

Two excellent original pieces, I must say.

Buckle is in minty condition retaining so much detail esp plummage on eagle's neck and chest, like to see those 'creases' on the legs also... a beautiful example of an early O&C buckle.

Belt is very interesting, rather thin, CROUPON stamped and also behind the tongue...maybe Allegmeine but no SS markings as you state. Beautiful piece none the less.

Thanks for a speedy transaction Chris, I am very happy with my purchase :)

B M, United Kingdom, 26.10.2018

Just wanted to thank you very much for finding the sword - you have made C's day and therefore mine!

A J, UK, 04.05.2006

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