Flyingdutchman

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  1. Gentlemen, we have added it to our website with a few additional infos. http://www.germanautoandaerocorps.com/navydaggers/html/mathy-dagger.html Best; Hermann
  2. ... condition vs. history. Best; Hermann
  3. ... http://www.hermann-historica.de/auktion/...;db=kat66_m.txt http://www.hellfirecorner.co.uk/pottersbar/pottersbar.htm Best; Flyingdutchman
  4. Gentlemen, this old Japanese Good Luck Flag shows lots of writings. Any translation ? Thank you very much in advance. Best regards; Flyingdutchman
  5. Gentlemen, from time to time one can find an original dagger from the German Imperial Auto- or Aero Corps. Since We have launched our web infos on www.germanautoandaerocorps.com and contributed an article about both organizations together with high-res photos of the daggers and blade etchings to Tom Johnsons book about German Edged Weaponry, we see fakes of these rare daggers for sale on shows, in the www, from well-known dealers or on forums. Especially the unique Aero blade etching is one of the targets of these reproducers, most likely using the photos in Tom"s book as an etching template. This etching comes in gold on artificially etched "Damascus" blades as well as on reproduced Navy daggers, which is quite funny. I'm posting here a quality fake which will fool most of the collectors because of the bone (not ivory!) grip and nicely artificially aged and well made fittings. A real dagger like this would be a Bavarian Aero-Corps dagger. This organization did exist, but a dagger was neither obtained, nor even mentioned. Of course, even Bavarian Aero-Corps members could had worn daggers. Caveat emptor ! Regards; Flyingdutchman
  6. ... set of pics in the German Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/technik/kittyhawk-p-40-abgestuerzter-weltkriegsflieger-in-sahara-gefunden-a-832749.html Rgds; Dutch
  7. Hi, thanks for the input. Value? It was a cheap ebay find, 210 GBP There are more infos available, maybe helpfull, maybe not: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?queryType=1&resultcount=1&Edoc_Id=8694558 The number could be a unit number? Unfortunately I can't make out the other name, could be a German one Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Regards; Hermann
  8. Mervyn, BMB also produced liners: http://thebrodiehelmet.weebly.com/brodie-manufacturers.html Regards; Hermann
  9. Hello, it seems to be Joe Davidovitz. Liner is marked BMB 1939, Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd Daggenham. Shell has a very faint stamping 73 and 1940 below. Hard to see. The German name appears probably as well, still trying to read. Thanks for looking. Rgds; Flyingdutchman
  10. More photos: http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/Jeansalbum/Kreta%20Helmet/ Thanks for looking ! Rgds; Dutch
  11. Gentlemen, this is an interesting early British Mk.II helmet captured by German troops on Crete in 1941. Liner marked with BMB 1939. The entire helmet is in nice condition, however uncleaned. There are several names and a number scratched to the surface of this helmet. I have a few ideas on these, though I would appreciate the help of the fellow members here, because this helmet is genuine British, and I'm not. This lid is definetely old, same with the writing on it. There is no newly made smell on it and the colours are not removable by Aceton. Would be great to hear your thoughts on this artefact. It's a little bit like a message in a bottle, coming to us through the times. Thanks for any help. Best regards; Flyingdutchman
  12. Gentlemen, this helmet looks interesting to me: click. Though I have no idea whether the helmet is original nor any idea about the insignia. Any thoughts on this mostly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Rgds; Flyingdutchman
  13. Hi Arromanches, sorry, I'm a little bit late on parade with my answer. I haven't received any info from the system here, however thanks for your kind and informative answer. May I ask you whether you have a few more detailled informations about Grützmacher, please? His entire career would be interesting to know. Thanks in advance. Best; Flyingdutchman
  14. Maybe he was a Vizefeldwebel, that could be the reason why the normal 'f' was used. But this is not a strong point, just an idea. Rgds; Flyingdutchman
  15. I do believe that the characters on the front are the usually bu-un-cho-kyu (eternal good luck in war). But no clue what the others are meaning. Thanks for any help ! Rgds; Flyingdutchman