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    USMC Militaria...Primarily EGA's, Portraits, and Pre-1900

    Researching and restoring significant Marine Corps Uniforms. Always looking for interesting, named uniforms for projects.

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  1. Interesting details in this photo, particularly the removed SS insignia on the visor. Anyone notice the "volunteer tab" of the SS-mann with the CCC? Member of the "Dirlewanger Brigade" of the 36th Grenadier Division...a penal unit that was reconstituted around 1942 with Russian/Ukrainians...and a unit with a notorious history of war crimes...there's a fair chance this guy didn't make it over that bridge.... Phenomenally rare tab to find in a period image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirlewanger_Brigade
  2. Great portrait. I love portraits showing division/traditions badges in wear For those unfamiliar, the GAU XV Sachsen badge is two crossed scimitars on a shield...I saved this image for reference awhile back from off the net...
  3. The "other forum" will have these same features once the update is complete
  4. Brig

    Miniature U-Boat?

    Very neat...thanks...other interesting WIKING ships, too
  5. Brig

    Miniature U-Boat?

    Anyone know of a tiny toy/model U-Boat? Like 2-3 inches long? Thanks
  6. A few new additions...two party membership pins, and a Unghird (youth organization) membership pin, sadly with broken enamel
  7. There's a good thread on WAF, but I don't know how many of these can be traced to makers, as I don't think any of the first patterns were marked
  8. Referred to as the '4-rivet fake'. A fake/fantasy piece
  9. I agree with a lot of the above... Bad guy stuff is always worth more. Be it Nazi, Japanese, or even the US's own Confederacy...and I also agree it's a supply thing. The bad guys stopped churning the stuff out when they lost, whereas the winners often churned it out for decades after as little, if any, changes were made to patterns in those eras Of course, changes these days are far too often...I refer you to the Army's new uniforms every few years, or that fact that I've never worn the same model FLAK in any of my combat tours...so one could argue the supply or modern stuff will be much lower in 50 years and prices will be up. However, you also see a lot more guys collecting surplus now as collectibles, whereas in the past surplus was used for camping and beaten and worn...so I think that will balance itself. I also think TR is the anomaly in that it is disproportionate in regards to supply and demand. I think it's the story of the German side itself that captivates and fascinates people...when you think about it, WWII wasn't that long ago...many of us have known veterans, who still walk among us. I think people often find themselves in disbelief that in such recent history, a civilized society was able to conduct such awful atrocities for so long a period. A very long-term and dedicated Third Reich collector once put it in the best perspective I've ever had on the TR side..."there were over 10,000 Knight's Crosses struck/awarded during the war, they're hardly rare, and thus there's no way I'm paying $10,000 dollars for one". Some of it is also us looking at it as the victors and Americans. TR has had international appeal so long, and we brought back so many trophies, that we have availability in our own backyard. The Germans occupied much of Europe, so when they were defeated, their stuff was all over the place, and people have availability in their backyards outside of Germany. This isn't the case with US stuff. It's easy for us to obtain, but much harder in Europe...nobody were as notorious trophy hunters as us, and we didn't leave our stuff behind...and we didn't wear medals in combat...our stuff is much harder to find overseas, and European buyers are often willing to pay much more for it than we are...then tack on the overseas shipping costs they are also willing to pay. There's a discussion over at USMF currently about how some European collectors are seeing US blowup in demand over there...so much so that they rank it second most sought after after Third Reich. We see the US market through the luxury of living at its source.
  10. Yes, cameras are one of many things the Germans are well known for making well
  11. Membership pin of the NSKO, or Nasjonal Samling Kamporganisasjon (Battle Organization). This was a group established in 1934 and membership invites were limited to only the most active party members. All members had to swear a 7-point oath to Vidkun Quisling, and capped at around 4000 members in 1945. I haven't found out much about the organization itself, but I have found that this badge was numbered and issued with a book. The roster of recipients is still in existence, but it's extremely tough to get the list, the few who have it protect it out of a paranoia that fakers will use it for evil. I have not been able to acquire the list myself, but someone did share the entry for this pin. This is a lower numbered pin to a member named Sverre, who was a troop leader in the Unhirden (youth Hird) in Oslo and joined the NSKO in February 1937. Here is the badge I managed to pick up: Unfortunately, I can't make out his last name. If anyone can, please let me know. Here is the name in the entry: As stated earlier, the pin was accompanied with a member book, with the number written inside. This is not my book, nor is it the one for the pin, I am just posting it for reference. Photo was obtained here: http://ailsby-collection.blogspot.com/2013/10/ And finally, here is a badge in wear by Jonas Lie in his politi uniform. He was the Minister of Police...
  12. This is the Rikshird mark, it was awarded to members of the Rikshird for unknown criteria. While the criteria I have not been able to figure out, it is believed that this badge was awarded to only about 20% of active Hirdsmen (1300 out of 5000). The RIkshird badge was gold, with the recipient's number on the rear...either engraved or stamped, such as this one. It is usually believes that the badge was made and number engraved prior to being awarded, but that doesn't explain the stamped badges, as the numbers would have had to be stamped prior to the enamel being applied. One theory is the stamped pieces were replacements, or duplicates for wear, etc. The gold finish on these stamped ones, made by David Anderson, tend to rub off, as you can see on this badge. It is also believed that these may have been the early ones, and then recipients could submit a certain amount of sterling to have a higher quality one produced, but not everyone was keen on melting down heirlooms. Sadly, no surviving roster has been found to identify recipients of these badges by the number. The Undhird (youth organization) also had such badges, with silver for teenagers and bronze for preteens. Unnumbered originals, likely later war unissued examples, do exist Many unanswered questions remain about this badge, but it is a very rare badge to find! Badge in wear by Thorvald Thronsen in his Rikshird uniform... Badge in wear by a Norwegian volunteer in the SS...
  13. That can is Dutch NSB. I have never seen a Norwegian donation can
  14. Luftvernet (Civil Defense) hat badge. This crest was also used on helmets, and it's not uncommon to find it on repurposed German and British lids. My guess is the helmets were done by the Norwegians after the war until the new crest, with the crown, could be struck again... And beside the post-war emblem with the crown...
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