LNESCHLOSS" with the blade being bright overall and still retaining the original crossgraining but showing marks from going in and out of the scabbard with the fittings retaining the original airplane-gray finish with this piece being in excellent condition overall. I am told this could be restored to where you would not notice should one choose but I left the dagger as I found it. The pommel wiggles but if you have the correct tool you can take off the top nut and tighten the inner grip fittings and correct this. Hitler Youth Knife by "RZM M7/35" and Christmas Tree Logo with "Blut und Ehre! Good looking Hitler Youth Knife by "RZM M7/35" and Christmas Tree Logo with "Blut und Ehre! When the Cossacks went over to the German side they carried weapons such as this with them. This example has had the finish faded to the zinc base but you can tell it was once a bronze grade by the ribbon as the ribbon has the white stripe. Super looking early Radio Operator-Air Gunner's Badge that recently came out of the woodwork. The full name of this clasp is the "Reconnaissance, air/sea rescue and meteorological clasp". This badge was awarded to LW flak crews to recognize air defense actions and for a brief period, prior to the introduction of the LW Ground Assault Badge, this badge was awarded for actions where the flak guns used by these crews were involved in actions against ground targets such as tanks or ships. This piece is complete with its original ribbon and maker marked on the ribbon ring. The badge was qualified for with the use of a small bore rifle and was given to Hitler Youth members over the age of 16 who had qualified by shooting well (five rounds in the prone position with support, five rounds in the prone position without support and five rounds in an unsupported kneeling position). This example is a nice early example with excellent enamel and wear to the silver plating that no doubt saw use by the original owner. This is a great looking example that is maker marked on the reverse, complete with original pin. This maker of wound badges is unique in that the reverse is scooped out. War Merit Cross, First Class, without Swords by "1". Zinc-based War Merit Cross, First Class, with Swords by "4". These badges are all die forged and all are zinc based.
The blade has the majority of the crossgraining present and is bright overall but there are light scratches and the tip has broke about a third of an inch from the tip. This example has bright nickel-plated fittings that do show some honest wear with one of the upper scabbard screws having been lost to time. Nice looking 1939-dated Cossack Shashka Sword being well marked having had the scabbard lost to time with the blade showing wear and darkening but being in overall very good condition for its age. Bronze Eagle Order Medal w/o swords, hallmarked "30" on ring. Early Radio Operator-Air Gunner's Badge by Juncker. The gold clasp was awarded for 110 operational flights. This badge is of the earliest quality and in super condition with a really pleasing patina and would be hard to upgrade. This is badge is made by a premier maker of Naval Badges. The maker of this badge is Gebruder Wegerhoff of Ludenscheid. The Spaniards wore German uniforms with a bevo shield bearing the word "ESPANA" over the national colors of Spain. German National Hunting Association Membership Badge. Recipients of this award wore it on the left breast pocket of their uniform. There is some verdigris (green patina) on the reverse of the badge that I chose not to clean but this can be removed with warm water and soap. These badges were awarded to survivors of this failed attempt. Absolutely mint-conditioned Kriegsmarine Destroyer Badge by "R. This example is the finest piece by this maker that I have ever had or seen and is for the collector who wants only the finest pieces in his collection. An interesting thing you will see is that the hook used by this maker stretches down almost to the ship and if you look closely you can see a guide line where it was supposed to have been clipped (I have seen this on all examples I have handled) yet these hooks were never clipped. The number on the back of the pin is "A17293" and the piece is well marked on the reverse. This is a large piece measuring 4 inches in diameter. Super looking Silver-Washed Zinc-Based Silver Grade Wound Badge by "L24". This is a nice textbook example with crisp features. The cross has a most pleasing patina and the overall set rates at mint condition. The case has some wear to it but is in overall pretty good shape. All French made German Navy badges utilized the same hinge, catch and pin assemblies.
Well marked Stahlhelm Commemorative Badge for 1924 with super looking enamel. This is a wartime zinc-based example that was vaulted by the original owner and has a very impressive curvature to the piece and a very pleasing look. It is very hard to find a nice combat worn example with the "been there" look as this is. If the person was wounded the badge could be awarded earlier than the prescribed time requirements. Super looking Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Clasp, Gold Grade, by "JMME & SOHN BERLIN" that retains about 95 percent of the original gold/gilt finish. The flying bomb is a separate silver finished piece that is attached to the rest of the badge with a rivet. The silver finish on this example is strong and rates at over 90 percent. This badge was awarded to LW flak crews to recognize air defense actions and for a brief period, prior to the introduction of the LW Ground Assault Badge, this badge was awarded for actions where the flak guns used by these crews were involved in actions against ground targets such as tanks or ships. Naval Coastal Artillery Badge by "SCHWERIN BERLIN". The catch on this badge is slightly bent but this is not detractive. This is a scarce maker to find for U-Boat badges and I have seen the maker marked example of this badge selling in the 800 to 1200 dollar range on dealer web sites. The badge was awarded for participation in a successful voyage, demonstrating outstanding leadership abilities or being wounded during the course of a voyage. This is a nice zinc based example with a flat pin used by Foerster and Barth. Much rarer than bronze/iron version for non-wounded personnel. Super looking silver plated tomback-based Hitler Youth Marksmanship Award by "RZM M1/120". Superb late war injection molded Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge by Assmann. The financial support could be provided by full SS members or others who sympathized with the SS. The stickpin pin is knurled and there is some bubbling to the plated finish. This is an extremely hard maker to find for a General Assault Badge. It would be nearly impossible to upgrade this example. Nice looking late- war Army/Waffen-SS General Assault Badge by "A" and "4". Early silver-plated tomback-based 1939 Silver Grade Wound Badge. This example retains 85 percent of the silver plating and has a pleasing patina. This is a great looking example that is maker marked on the reverse, complete with original pin. Gau Munich Commemorative Badge, "Rounded 3" Variant. I believe this is the rarest maker you will find for a destroyer badge. Scarce "Fordernde Mitglieder der SS" SS Financial Supporters Award Pin by "DESCHLER" that was awarded to those who gave financial support to the SS. 1939 Iron Cross, First Class, by "26", in Original Case and Original Titled Cardboard Box, Rare! This medal is for an SA Sport's Competition that was held in Berlin in 1939 and was given out as a prize. This piece was made by Steinhauer and Luck of Ludenscheid. The company that made this badge also made early Luftwaffe Flak Badges. I have only handled three destroyer badges by this maker and this is an example that I had owned years ago and just bought back. An interesting thing you will see is that the hook used by this maker stretches down almost to the ship and if you look closely you can see a guide line where it was supposed to have been clipped (I have seen this on all examples I have handled) yet these hooks were never clipped.
Super looking unmarked owner-vaulted Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge with a strong finish. These shields are usually found in un-issued condition or loose without the cloth backing from salesman's sample boards. This badge was awarded upon two months of completion of qualifying service or after five operational flights in the capacity of an observer, navigator or bombardier. Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Clasp, Gold Grade, by "JMME & SOHN BERLIN". Nice early quality, maker marked, super looking, tomback based example of a silver grade Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp. This badge was introduced on January 10, 1941 and went into full production by the Juncker firm on January 31, 1941 as well as being made by other makers such as Assman and Gustav Brehmer. This example has a semi scooped out reverse and is one of the recognized early maker styles. This is evident by the pin, catch and hinge used on the reverse of this example as well as the die characteristics. The reverse also has a swastika and sunburst scratched onto the back of the eagle. The eagle on this piece is tomback and the wreath is zinc. You can not notice this from the front and this is not detractive... These ships would sail disguised as neutral cargo ships but were actually well armed and eventually took a huge toll on allied merchant vessels before most were eventually sunk themselves. Super looking SA Sport's Badge for War Wounded by "M1/52" given to those soldiers wounded in the war who met certain requirements in sports tests/competitions. The water plume retains about 85 percent of the silvering as does the water, and the wreath retains about 90 percent of the gilt wash. An interesting study of medal production procedures. Scarce "Fordernde Mitglieder der SS" SS Financial Supporters Award Pin by "DESCHLER" that was awarded to those who gave financial support to the SS. The reverse of the full-size badge has a circular semi-scooped out reverse. This is the first badge by this maker that I have ever come across. Army/Waffen-SS General Assault Badge by "A" and "4". Nice looking piece with great detail complete with all of the reverse pins. These badges were awarded to survivors of this failed attempt. Fantastic looking early destroyer badge by a rare maker. "Fordernde Mitglieder der SS" SS Financial Supporters Award Pin by "DESCHLER". Great looking zinc-based Cased War Merit Cross, First Class, With Swords, by "62". The case has the full design of the cross on the vaulted lid. Great looking zinc-based Panzer Assault Badge, Bronze Grade, Massive Construction. The bronze finish on this example is strong and has held up well and rates over 90 percent and has a pleasing look. The badge has a cast in rounded hinge and a cast in catch. I believe this is the rarest maker you will find for a destroyer badge. This is a superb example that will be hard to upgrade.
These miniature daggers are rarer than the full size versions and make a nice display. This example has some wear to the scabbard paint and a bit of rust on the reverse of the cross-guard as well as some wear to the metal fittings. I would think that this could clean up some with some TLC. The grip leather is fully intact as is the wire and I would rate the grip at a mint state. The blade has some minor nicks that are not deep and not detractive. The finish to the scabbard is strong rating over 95 percent. This dagger has never been played with and came from the prestigious Sterling "Chip" Gambino Collection over 10 years ago. The blades on these examples were made from stainless steel.
The blade has some wear, but not bad and is bright overall. Those who know Chip know that he only collected the best conditioned daggers.
The blade is bright and the dagger is in overall very good condition. " Motto has the scarce version Eickhorn trademark showing just the squirrel and the wording "SOLINGEN GES. The blade on this example has some heavy sharpening marks going well into the motto. The blade is bright but does have a fair amount of dark spots, that appear to be spots from dried oil that was at one time meant to preserve the blade. The Army Officer's Swords with the engraved eagles as opposed to the cast-in eagles are much scarcer. The scabbard retains most of the original paint rating at over 90 percent. The cross-guard to upper scabbard fitting fit is excellent. This SS Officer's Sword by "PMD" was made at Dachau and was purchased by me from Sterling Gambino some years back and traded away and then gotten back. The blade on this example has some graying in one or two spots but rates at an excellent and the rest of the piece rates at a solid excellent plus.
The finish on the eagle rates at about 100 percent and is most pleasing. This is the nicest wartime Assmann Paratrooper Badge I have been able to offer in a while. This piece is marked "A" and "L/64", which are both manufacturer codes for Assmann as well as marked "1" on the wreath. This badge was introduced on January 10, 1941 and went into full production by the Juncker firm on January 31, 1941 as well as being made by other makers. Nice looking wartime zinc-based example of a destroyer badge by "S. All French made German Navy badges utilized the same hinge, catch and pin assemblies. The French firm of Baqueville created a number of Naval Badges for the Kriegsmarine which had bases in Occupied France. Super looking early tomback-based Kriegsmarine Blockade Runner's Badge by "SCHWERIN BERLIN". This piece is zinc-based and the finish has really held up well. Zinc-based War Merit Cross, First Class, with Swords by "L/18". Gau Munich Commemorative Badge by "DESCHLER & SOHN MUNCHEN". This great looking Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge has an early tomback gilt plated eagle and a zinc based wreath. The rivets on this example appear to be made of bronze.
Super looking wartime Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge by "A" for Assmann. This is a badge for the NAD (Nederlandsche Arbeidsdienst), the Dutch equivalent of the RAD. Super looking late war injection molded Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge by Assmann. This example has a pleasing look and is a textbook example from this maker. The French firm of Baqueville created a number of Naval Badges for the Kriegsmarine which had bases in Occupied France. Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet Badge, French Made by Baqueville. Kriegsmarine Blockade Runner's Badge by "SCHWERIN BERLIN". Luftwaffe Air Gunner's/Flight Engineer's Badge by "A" and "D. This piece has a fantastic bronze finish that has a gilt color that rates about 90 percent. War Merit Cross, First Class, with Swords by "L/18".
Many of his pieces were vet walk-ins at his coin store in Westchester County, New York.
I did a search of the web and this is the finest Chained SS that I see for sale and the most reasonably priced piece.