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  1. Private purchase M1907. Could vary significantly from the official width of issue patterns. Chip
  2. I can see it and it looks like the 8th Reserve Division insignia to me. It makes sense with the other pins in the photo. What else would it be? Chip
  3. Wolfgang, Could you show the leather tabs that have Hersteller-Stempels? Thanks, Chip
  4. Chris, If I had any private purchase tunics, I would be happy to trade you for issue ones.
  5. GeryC, I did not give all the definitions of the word, as I thought that the most common meaning would suffice. Of course, you are correct with the additional meanings. Chip
  6. The history of the Sturmbataillon Nr.1 includes the history of the bayr.Infanterie=Geschütz=Batterie Nr.2. Chip Bolle, That's an outstanding group! Very jealous.
  7. Charles,

    If you are eager for an issue NCO tunic, what do you have to trade?


    1. ccj


      Well Chip, I don't know what I have in trade for an NCO tunic as I would have officer tunics and medals. Are you willing to trade?

    2. Chip


      Hi Charles,

      Unfortunately, not interested in Officer's stuff or medals. :( 


  8. Is that a Salzbeutel? The dimensions look the same as others I have seen. Chip
  9. Hello Christophe, The officer's boards that came with this patch are his from after the introduction of the "MW" for shoulder boards. This introduction meant that the sleeve patches were no longer needed and they were quickly discontinued. I suppose that is one reason the patches are so rare to find today. This is half of a pair (the other is in a frame). Chip
  10. I think these heavy cord (major through general) boards date from the 1866 pattern. At that time, all field grade officers (Ltn. to Hauptmann) wore the flat, narrow 1866 pattern. When the next major change came in 1888, I believe the higher ranks cords were downsized to more what we would expect to see, say, in 1910. Officer's still had some leeway in their choices and I'm sure many older officers continued to wear the larger boards after 1888. Chip
  11. I don't think there has been a positive ID on these. I have seen other numbers like this. It appears to be a Pickelhaube cover number. I have a bunch of loose ones that I bought at the Stuttgart show back in the early 80's and they are this style and size. It looks like this guy is from a 200 series Reserve unit. Chip
  12. Yes, it's a feldgrau color lining. I have two Saxon caps with half-size marks, a 54,5 and a 57,5. Chip
  13. A French friend of mine has a Bing Tornister. It's in nice shape. Here's another Bing product.
  14. Hi Andy, I think some makers are known. I have not seen a "list" per se. Chip
  15. Officer's had two types of shoulder insignia...those sewn into the shoulder seam and the removable type. Early in the war, when it was found that the bright prewar straps were leading to officers being targeted, several forms of covering were used. The most common was a strip of cloth sewn over the board. Officers also painted their boards field gray and before the September 1915 regulations, a type of "subdued" board was available. By the September 1915 regulations, officer's boards were either subdued flat gray Feldachselstücke or the bright Friedensachselstücke, primarily meant for the Friedensuniform and the Kleiner Rock. So, from the very early days of the war, there was no need for an officer to remove his sewn-in boards, as there were several means to hide them. Chip
  16. Not really true. It was the primary custom of the Bavarians to sew the M15/16 shoulder straps into the shoulder seam. Most Bavarian straps you will find are unfinished on the end (not sewn shut), as that end would be hidden anyway. I have a near mint 1916 dated Bavarian Bluse and you can plainly see that the shoulder seam was left open so that the strap could be inserted. From the factory, it was just whip-stitched shut.
  17. I have that same case only in natural aluminum color. I think they are thick enough to handle many uses. Mine does not have that insert, and it lends some credence to the housewife type use. Chip
  18. Hello GreyC, Yes, I am familiar with this thread, but it does not list all of the ranks. I say this, because I have examples that are not described or shown in the Tafel. I am still trying to identify them. Chip
  19. Hello GreyC, Do you have a copy of this book and if so, could you scan the descriptions of the insignia? Thanks, Chip
  20. Did the edelweiß pin come with the grouping or was that just added for the photo? Chip
  21. I'm not crazy about those large winged props and it looks like there were pips on these boards at one time.
  22. Vereinigte Schlauch und Gummidwaren Fabrik = United hose and rubber-ware factory. Chip