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Fritz die Spinne

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  1. You know it is all downhill from here, right? ;P
  2. Man o man, you stepped in it with this, Chris. Congrats!
  3. Chip, have you got a date in 1918 for that? Were these a softer bill, or hard bill?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Another recent find--one of only two in the series I confirm
  8. 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!
  9. Very nice. Would like to see more of the harness...
  10. Verdammte Scheisse! ~I~ am even more insanely jealous. I have been itching to find a nice one, and that pig maker mark really is top!
  11. Well, if you have to have an early war tag....
  12. A friend just found this in the wilds of West Virginia. I know the device from seeing the Raupenhelm, but this era is not my forte. Any suggestions what it is from are much appreciated. Vielen Dank! It is approx 20cm, but he has not given me an exact measurement.
  13. I got this grouping and wanted to be sure I am identifying them properly. The officer board with green I presume is Saxon, but beyond that, clueless. Jäger, perhaps,, if I am not missing some other possibility. I gather a cypher or number would have really helped. Bavarian 3 Landwehr or Reserve Infanterie? Beamter--anything special or specific? I know the enlisted 20 is a simplified model. Do the numbers seem to indicate Bavarian? Vielen Dank!
  14. Bayern, thanks, I am aware of the numbering. It is the style I wonder about--would you say the numbers themselves look more Bavarian in construction?
  15. That confirms what I was told. Thanks. Does the enlisted Feldgrau "20" strike you as Bavarian, or is it anyone's guess?
  16. Absolutely craptastic! You sure stepped into something great. There is a Sgt. York park and museum in Tennessee, USA, which includes men doing 82d Infantry Div and Ldw IR 120 reenactment.
  17. $357 flippin' USD!!! One guy kept chipping away up to the $160 point, then two others duked it out for the final price. Crazy! I had a girlfriend years ago when eBay allowed everyone to see who was bidding, and she used to get into battles with one other buyer who she ended up having a vendetta against for no reason other than competition. I think the two of them would spend up to $1000 on 1920's cloche hat molds, which are common at $100 and less, because they were both compulsive about winning. Attached image here for reference once the listing is gone. Nice badge, but I have passed on some that only sold for $100
  18. Hallo Andy! Thanks. Basically I am trying to ID these properly so I can choose what to keep or trade off/sell. The Beamter is dirty and deceptive with the original colour, but seems to be a burgundy velvet. I have a single Kragenspiegel I bought in a close colour that Chip thought was General Staff, The Beamter has more of what I would call a "dried blood version" of this colour:
  19. The misinformed are the biggest spenders. Granted I have gone high on some unit marked stuff, but sometimes getting some extra money from some sales makes my own spending frivolous.
  20. I saw a military styled Kinderkrätzchen sell for a significant amount more than an actual issue military Krätzchen. Must be a couple of people who like these and have money who go head to head at auction.
  21. Ditto. What is the "scoop" here? Obviously he was connected in some way to more than just IR66. We see German royalty in various uniforms for affiliations, but why Alfonso XIII?
  22. Vielen Dank! The influence of the Bavarians on the one insignia, plus the great deal I got on it, led to its purchase. 14th Army was German led, but primarily consisted of K.u.K. units, to include the 22nd Schützen Div. The German units were primarily from the Bavarian III Korps, with a couple units from Württemburg, as well. There would have been a large Bavarian influence within this Army group. 14. Armee / Armeeoberkommando 14 / A.O.K. 14) was an army level command of the German Army in World War I formed in September 1917 in Krainburg for use against Italy. Its Headquarters was located at Vittorio Veneto from 10 November 1917 until the army was disbanded on 22 January 1918. The 14th Army served on the Italian Front throughout its existence. The Flieger badge is one I have noted in the attached Bavarian Leiber turned Flieger photo:
  23. Thanks, Andy. When I saw that grouping, I had to wonder. I am at the point where 3. Armee, Korps Kühne and 215.Inf.Div. are likely to be the end points, at least for now. My two newest here are Korps Marshall and Armee Pflanzer. Again, Andy, thanks for inspiring expanding my Bavarian focus to include this little collection.
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