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Fritz die Spinne

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  1. Thank you, gentlemen! I keep getting lowballed on what I was always told in person appears to be a ground Rohm blade. A couple of guys asked me to take it apart to figure out the maker before they would make an offer--not something I would ever do! Am trying to resolve this 'pickle' and did consider pawning, but I am in the sticks of middle Connecticut. A pawn shop may not even see 42k selling this. I have some classic 30's horror film posters, autographs and 1902-1930's Dracula editions in the mix, so hoping those sell and let m keep Uncle Sonny's dagger!
  2. Hallo, I'm in a pickle and need to sell the SS dagger my uncle brought home to get back on track with a new car. He was a US 110th Inf Rgt, 28th Div. A sergeant, T4, who drove a jeep. The dagger is a 12th SS Panzer field carried early war nickel fitted Roman numeral "I" marked dagger with straight hanger. Back of blade is blank. I'll include the captured enemy property certificate which has his name a S/N as part of the sale. What are my best options, or the right place in this forum to do so? My attentions are usually for WWI Bavarian research, not selling something like this. My usual sale outlets are banning the item outright. Vielen Dank! Fritz.
  3. Leib Garde Infanterie Regiment 115. The soldier is Joseph Breitsch, POW released in 1920.
  4. Chip would have guessed with his eyes closed. That darker crown is a mystery, though. Is it metal, or felt with a slightly different pigment that shows darker, perhaps?
  5. You know it is all downhill from here, right? ;P
  6. Man o man, you stepped in it with this, Chris. Congrats!
  7. Chip, have you got a date in 1918 for that? Were these a softer bill, or hard bill?
  8. Hah--so there is. "1917 E. Koehn, Geneve, Suisse" and a small arrow are more or less etched in like an inscription, as opposed to die stamped in the back of the compass. Top of the case has a more traditional "Verner's Pattern VII" inscribed. Dial has mother of pearl. The 1916 dated cover I now see a broad arrow. This was procured from a seller in Bavaria. May have lucked into something with this, eh? I thought it was more a generic Suisse, not thinking I had military markings. An early reenactor item for me--I barely got to look it over until now and also see the N-S-E-W lettering.
  9. I have this Swiss one dated 1916. I thought it may be something that would be private purchase. FOr $30 I felt it worth the shot.
  10. I'd say 2.k or 3.k, depending how the pigments photographed. Provide his name and town or birthdate, I am sure a lot more information can be found. Great portrait to have of your Urgroßvater!
  11. Another recent find--one of only two in the series I confirm
  12. Among my favourite photos, everyday chores, work, tasks, and the like always intrigue me. I have wondered about the nature of the aprons. Are they black, dark grey, or even blue? Was anything akin to Denim possibly used, or is that essentially very American? I would also gather that a Schuster would likely wear a leather apron, or that a Fleischer could even have a rubberised apron? I do some living history, and would like to be able to properly sport an apron if I am cleaning boots or my rifle in public. Thank you!
  13. Very nice. Would like to see more of the harness...
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