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  1. The Tresse is the so-called Garde pattern. It was only used for Garde type units, including non-Prussian Garde units, like this one. In German is it called "Gemusterte Unteroffiziertresse", meaning "patterned" as opposed to the more common "Glatte" or smooth pattern. Chip Also, there were no stand and fall collars (Klappkragen) with piping on the top edge. Only standing collars could have piping along the top edge.
  2. I believe the "St.A." refers to a "Stellungs-Amt". The marking is seen in many pieces of issue clothing and I think it refers to the manufacturing district office that the piece was shipped to the Bekleidungsamt from. The word following it is the name of the office location. The Landsturm wore plain blue shoulder straps in the prewar era. Is it possible that this was a Landsturm jacket. I know they normally wore a Litewka and that normally there would be a Kragenpatten with a unit number on the collar. But did they ever get dunkelblau Waffenröcke? Chip
  3. I have examples of issued shoulder straps made for the Friedensuniform. I also have private purchase examples. Though both follow the regulations, their materials and construction are obviously different. At least 50% of my issue examples have been removed from uniforms. I think the same thing held true as it did for previous uniforms, that is, if one wanted a nicer, more custom fitting uniform than the issued one, they could purchase it privately. Chip
  4. M16 Friedensuniform. Very cool. I wonder if it is an issue one or a private purchase piece?
  5. The issue I.O.D. '89 is really nice. You see a unit marked one, for every 50 examples. Chip
  6. Perfect! Now I feel more like he is ready for anything.
  7. Good luck trying to get that knife out of the scabbard quickly.
  8. Further information....I got my example in 1988. It is marked to a different manufacturer and has steel instead of the brass rivets. Chris, what is your good authority? These are at least 28 years old.
  9. It's an preliminary EKII document. The unit is a small gauge railway unit. The awardee is a Vizefeldwebel and officer aspirant. Chip
  10. The American government had many of this pattern helmet that were brought to the States as war booty. They were handed out to state governments and used to raise money as premiums for war bonds purchases. I have the exact same Tschapka, unissued, but mine has a Gardestern and the Fangschnur toggle on top. Mine came without the chinstrap. Yours is very nice. Chip
  11. Great photo! You don't see 3.Jäger guys wearing a Bluse that often. He is wearing the Prussian style shoulder straps rather than the Hellgrün Bavarian ones. My guess that his Landeskokarde is a Baden one. One of the regiment's battalions was predominantly drawn from Baden. Chip
  12. Andy, Thanks for showing this! Very nice views of the Edelweiß. Chip
  13. Tim, I have examples of all (except #29) the enlisted foot artillery numbers 1-30. I have had them for a long time and did not buy any from Collector's Guild. Here is a picture of my foot artillery examples. Chip
  14. Chris, I have had one of these for many years. I think the "BAM 9 30" is possibly an accession mark from the Bavarian Army Museum (meaning that the frog is a good period piece) or it was made by their workshop. They do make reproductions when they have need for them for display purposes. A friend of mine that interned there had a pair of M1907 issue trousers made for himself in their shop. I'll have to dig my frog out to see if it has the same maker mark. I have not bought a bayonet frog since 1994 and all others in my collection were bought in the 1970s and '80s. Chip