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Fritz die Spinne

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  1. In terms of Wappen for 1880's thru WWI, not correct, but is it possibly a repro (and the dirty one authentic) of this? Officer's specimen is shown. I believe I have seen the brass/Tombak on black leather or atop a brass front with black leather. Simply some items stumbled on--I have a passing ability to ID older Bavarian stuff, but 1914-1918 is my core area.
  2. Danke. Still interesting to see the Bavarian influence on their device. That works for me.
  3. Because of the design I am very happy to add the 22. Schützen Div. tinnie, which has a Bavarian button as a shield for a medieval warrior. The unit fought as part of the German 14th Army, which was in Italy from inception to the end of the war. The Austrian I. Korps and Bavarian III Korps were part of the 14. Armee, so I would venture the 22. Schützen Div. was influenced by Bavarians in the sector. My question; is it likely this was worn by Bavarian/German troops? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Army_(German_Empire)?wprov=sfla1
  4. Unknown tinny

    Seems inconsistent with the German and Austrian badges I have been encountering. Almost seems like it could be a worker badge for some sort of plant--maybe at some naval base or factory?
  5. Well, on eBay out of Austria almost 2 weeks ago... Chip, I gather this could well be a Salzbeutel.
  6. Just received this fantastic little find for my BDIII list, which contains two ID tags to the same soldier with different cities--from the famous Garnison location of Ingolstadt as well as the city of my family. Josef Birnkammer, 24.2.1889, Ers. Abteilung, bay. 6. Feld Artillerie Regt. One is for the city of Ingolstadt (2 Ers. Battr.) and the other for Freising (Garnison Battr.) Each tag has its original cord. The backs are blank The 10cm x 18cm striped bag is marked distinctively specific to the Bavarian BDIII, kb III Armeekorps Bekleidungs Depot, with 1915 date and Hersteller code.
  7. Sleeve Insignia

    Would this be both sleeves, or just the left?
  8. Well, I have seen a handful, and this was easily the understanding. Private purchase?
  9. Rolled Straps?

    That was my first reaction, too--tho odd they did not just remove them. One from my collection.
  10. Yes. Anyone who wears silver buttons would have a silver (nickel) belt buckle. Same for Prussia as well.
  11. Next time he dangles it, take pictures!
  12. By chance do you still have the top (Bavarian) cockade, which I gather you did remove from the cap?
  13. Chip, you said the "in between sizes" were almost entirely a Saxon quirk, if I am not mistaken? But Saxons also tended to use a greenish lining, correct?