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And here's Bernhard Reddemann in the background, the big guy with a notebook and pencil, his overcoat on his shoulder. The flamethrower is the Kleif M.1914. Notice that he doesn't have a Totenkopf sle

IR92 tankard lid............

Brunswick HR17 flask...............(with Prussian skull !!)

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Latest skull addition.

 

Fire-gilded brass, c. 1900.

 

5cm in height .............

 

Appears semi-Prussian, but came from a Brunswick estate.

 

Looks like it has 'three bones'. 

 

The other pix show similar 'three bones' TKs .............. and a Brunswick 'Black Duke' variant worn on early busbies etc. 

 

Another odd one.

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Does anyone have a clearer image of this photograph the soldier on the right appears to have a painted cover on his helmet or some specific art around the left vent?

 

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Eric

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Soldier on the left seems to have something too but the other has a definite pattern.

btw Thomas I've seen 1918 photographs with the front visor cut off m16 stahlhelme (not the visorless m18) you talk about in your blog, for example have you ever tried operating a 08/15 from a prone position wearing a standard helmet?

Troops wearing their wool caps underneath and what angle he is wearing when stood up come into play,you only really tell in profile of course, the wearing backwards in trenches by ie: mg personal I first noticed 1967 when I was studying Battle of the Somme for a school project.

 

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Soldier on the left seems to have something too but the other has a definite pattern.

btw Thomas I've seen 1918 photographs with the front visor cut off m16 stahlhelme (not the visorless m18) you talk about in your blog, for example have you ever tried operating a 08/15 from a prone position wearing a standard helmet?

Troops wearing their wool caps underneath and what angle he is wearing when stood up come into play,you only really tell in profile of course, the wearing backwards in trenches by ie: mg personal I first noticed 1967 when I was studying Battle of the Somme for a school project.

 

Eric

 

I have yet to find a good, clear side view of the visorless hlmet, probably because most men faced the camera when their photos were taken.

It's amazing how left there is to rediscover about World War I.

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What is this? Looks old, dark silver patina back....means nothing....

 

Details like teeth look not very sharp.

 

Ideas?

It could be the sleeve insignia of the Freikorps Elisabeth.

A German dealer offers it:

What surprises me is that both your insignias show the very same conditions and stains (check several places)

Did he just use your pictures?

Regards

Gilles

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It could be the sleeve insignia of the Freikorps Elisabeth.

A German dealer offers it:

What surprises me is that both your insignias show the very same conditions and stains (check several places)

Did he just use your pictures?

Regards

Gilles

 

It was already in another auction and it is the second time for sale. It is the same skull.

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It could be the sleeve insignia of the Freikorps Elisabeth.

A German dealer offers it:

What surprises me is that both your insignias show the very same conditions and stains (check several places)

Did he just use your pictures?

Regards

Gilles

I don't know what this is. But, this is not FK Elisabeth. FK Elisabeth is completely different with much more fine detail than this poor quality skull.

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