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by Chip Minx
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Militärpaß
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

Militärpaß

I'm generally not into imperial paper documents, though like most collectors of the era, I have some award documents, Militärpaß, Soldbücher, etc. I do, however, like to look at everything and I was browsing Ebay.de and found this Militärpaß. It caught my eye because it was from I.R.124, a Württembe...
by Chip Minx
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Bavarian M16 Enlisted Cap Cockade
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

Re: Bavarian M16 Enlisted Cap Cockade

Finally found one and restored my Bavarian Einheitsfeldmütze, whose original one had popped off if it's prongs. Now, I'm happy to show it again. Not an easy cap to find.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: M15 Bluse - Saxon 22nd Pioneer Battalion
Replies: 34
Views: 18638

Re: M15 Bluse - Saxon 22nd Pioneer Battalion

Fritz,

I have just added my photos back into this thread. Imageshack changed their policy and was demanding payment, so they deleted all my photos. No problem, I just upload them to another free image hosting site.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: War Tubas
Replies: 2
Views: 2419

Re: War Tubas

"SM" = Schallmess(truppen).
by Chip Minx
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: German Gas Mask & Canister M1917
Replies: 4
Views: 3035

Re: German Gas Mask & Canister M1917

The materials appear to be late war and perhaps they could be a manufacturer variations due to shortages, but the basic configuration is still there. The M18 masks had a different head strap setup. I think this one is fine and of the WWI period.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Kuirassier anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 17489

Re: Kuirassier anyone?

Hi John,

I'd be interested to know how your lance and lance pennant are marked.

Regards,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: M15 BAVARIAN GREATCOAT, ADVICE PLEASE.
Replies: 15
Views: 31423

Re: M15 BAVARIAN GREATCOAT, ADVICE PLEASE.

I know this is an old thread, but if you could post the code on the left hand side of the "B.D.III" stamp, I would appreciate it. Lion buttons are not unusual at all on 1916 Bavarian clothing items. They were just using up the stocks they had on hand. I have a near mint 1916 dated Bluse with all ori...
by Chip Minx
Tue May 26, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Bavarian M16 Enlisted Cap Cockade
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

Bavarian M16 Enlisted Cap Cockade

I'm looking for a Bavarian enlisted/NCO prong backed cockade of the 1916 pattern with the larger blue center. I have a 1918 dated Bavarian Einheitsmütze, that had this cockade, which popped off the cap when the solder gave out. I'm not sure if it can be reattached without damaging the paint on the f...
by Chip Minx
Tue May 26, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items For Sale
Topic: Argentine Lance
Replies: 21
Views: 10298

Re: Argentine Lance

Back in the 1980s a local museum got tipped off to a crate containing four imperial German lances, two with brass fittings and two with wartime steel fittings. They had been shipped back to the States some time in the 1920's and had never been out of the wooden crate. The museum didn't need four lan...
by Chip Minx
Tue May 05, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mannequin
Replies: 16
Views: 6901

Re: Mannequin

Nice setup. How is your tunic marked? What shoulder straps does it have?

The only minor comment I would have is that when the German soldier was trained to put his pack together, it was always "Deckel nach rechts" for the mess kit. The lid should be facing the right shoulder. :)

Best regards,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Seebattalion/Seebataillon helmet plate
Replies: 8
Views: 4501

Re: Seebattalion/Seebataillon helmet plate

Joe,

The white metal eagle in the last photo is the exact same one that I have.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Seebattalion/Seebataillon helmet plate
Replies: 8
Views: 4501

Re: Seebattalion/Seebataillon helmet plate

My white metal example (appears to be aluminum) is of a material similar to the white metal colonial government pith helmet eagles. It has three sets of split prongs on the back, which I assume were inserted through holes and spread apart. The plate, for lack of a better word, is vaulted (concave), ...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: JR 117 Officer Straps
Replies: 3
Views: 2498

Re: JR 117 Officer Straps

When the September 1915 regulations came out, a handful of regiments were allowed to keep their traditional colors. The 117th was one of these and they retained their blue color as an inner piping to the white underlay (so-called double piping.) Of course, the Prussian flecking (thread) is also not ...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Another Steve McFarland enigma
Replies: 2
Views: 2031

Re: Another Steve McFarland enigma

A decree of May 1917 provided that all cyphers of hostile foreign rulers were to be removed. I have M15s enlisted straps from the 8th Kürassier, 24th Dragoner, etc. with numbers in the place of the former crown and cypher. There was no 24th reserve dragoon regiment, so that is not a possible answer....
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Shoulder board mystery
Replies: 2
Views: 2404

Re: Shoulder board mystery

Would it be possible to get a picture of the reverse with the straps out of the way so we can see if the pins are stuck through the back? Not that this is a yes or no sign of anything, but it can be helpful in an overall assessment. My first impression is that this is a fantasy piece. One has to be ...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Italian Alpini uniform with trench armor
Replies: 22
Views: 4380

Re: Italian Alpini uniform with trench armor

Gus,

I'm super jealous over the Italian stuff. Now that you have two setups, perhaps you can spread the wealth on a few bits? :D

Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Bavarian WWI dogtag
Replies: 2
Views: 2710

Re: Bavarian WWI dogtag

"Leichte Feldartillerie Munitions Kolonne" The field and foot artillery units increased exponentially in number during the war. Each had one or more assigned supply columns. You are probably thinking of the number of prewar regiments.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: JR 117 Officer Straps
Replies: 3
Views: 2498

Re: JR 117 Officer Straps

Picture?
by Chip Minx
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Prussian Garde-Infanterie EM Feldmütze M1910
Replies: 29
Views: 7792

Re: Prussian Garde-Infanterie EM Feldmütze M1910

Ron,

It appears to me that the cap cockades are original to the cap. The thread used is not easily found and the sewing method matches period issue pieces. I get the feeling that you are itching to replace that damaged cockade, but I would leave it as is.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: M1915 ATTILA
Replies: 1
Views: 2496

Re: M1915 ATTILA

If you are speaking of the enlisted man's simplified Attila, they were first authorized in March of 1915. The changes included the dropping of the tail frogging and the adoption of barrel cuffs. When the new universal uniforms came in September of 1915, the hussars were to be issued with the Bluse a...
by Chip Minx
Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Looking for inform. about arm patches used by zeppelin crew
Replies: 1
Views: 2092

Re: Looking for inform. about arm patches used by zeppelin c

These are two of the several specialty sleeve patches worn by Zeppelin crew members. The one with the propeller blade is for Machinisten (mechanic). There was another with a ship's steering wheel for Steuerleute (helmsman) and one with a "blitz" for the radio operator. These were worn by members of ...
by Chip Minx
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Feldfernsprecher (Fieldtelephone) alter Art 1905
Replies: 7
Views: 2185

Re: Feldfernsprecher (Fieldtelephone) alter Art 1905

Congratulations on a nice find. I have a M16 Type B and some other assorted German telephone equipment. The earlier models are difficult to find, much less in this type of condition. It looks complete, so you are very fortunate. My grandfather was an NCO in the signal corps of the AEF and he spoke t...
by Chip Minx
Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: MG shoulder strap question
Replies: 15
Views: 3933

Re: MG shoulder strap question

Too bad we can't see his shoulder strap clearly. I would like to get some better answers about what was worn by the various units at the camp.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: MG shoulder strap question
Replies: 15
Views: 3933

Re: MG shoulder strap question

I remember that photo Joe. It's a great shot. The guy on the right is still wearing his unit shoulder strap, which looks like that of I.R.95. I think the instructors wore the "B" on the collar.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: filegerman??? Zeppelin ZIV
Replies: 5
Views: 2048

Re: filegerman??? Zeppelin ZIV

stuka f wrote:Here you go Chip! ;-)
Well, all I can make out are the first and last, Abs. (Absender) and Königsberg. I'll show it to a couple of Germans, who know how to read Sutterlin. We'll see if they can add anything.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: filegerman??? Zeppelin ZIV
Replies: 5
Views: 2048

Re: filegerman??? Zeppelin ZIV

The man's unit is handwritten on the card. I just can't read it because I would have to stand on my head, which is not recommended for those of my age. If you could turn the reverse side of the card upside-down, perhaps we could decipher it.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: MG shoulder strap question
Replies: 15
Views: 3933

Re: MG shoulder strap question

B., It would be pure speculation to attribute the shoulder straps to being produced in the camp. Though I am sure they had the capability there, the straps could just as easily been ordered from Germany. All were hand-made, so it is difficult to assign one to a specific place of origin. I have in my...
by Chip Minx
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: MG shoulder strap question
Replies: 15
Views: 3933

Re: MG shoulder strap question

Strange indeed. The writer of the card mentions that they are in the training grounds of Beverloo in Belgium. A number of insignia were worn there that were worn no where else. I reference the metal "B" collar insignia and the "B" shoulder straps with unit number. My guess would be that these should...
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Question on Value of a Lance
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: Question on Value of a Lance

I own an issue lance and it is well marked. There are no maker marks, but there is the normal Prussian crown "W" with two digit date below, as on a bayonet. It is also unit marked to an Ulan regiment and has inspector stamps in multiple places. I have a private purchase Lanzriemen on it and an issue...
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Interesting Flieger patches (+ help needed on ID)
Replies: 2
Views: 1418

Re: Interesting Flieger patches (+ help needed on ID)

"Fl.P." = Flug Park. Nice photos! I have several of the sleeve patches, but this is my favorite.

Image
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: etwas zu trinken?
Replies: 3
Views: 1805

Re: etwas zu trinken?

Larry,

If you have the time, I would be interested in seeing close-ups of those canteens. I've got some that I think are from this period, but you don't get clear photos of them that often.

Thanks,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: un-known bergmutze
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

Re: un-known bergmutze

I agree. The stamps are faked.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Help with ID of Shoulder boards
Replies: 1
Views: 1659

Re: Help with ID of Shoulder boards

James,

First of all, as you may know, they are not from the imperial era. I believe they are boards of a forestry official from the Weimar government.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: WWI German Infantry Boots
Replies: 1
Views: 1811

Re: WWI German Infantry Boots

A size 45 is a nice large size boot. I do think that these have features of a boot manufactured after the war. I've seen Luftwaffe marked side seam boots, so side seams are not a guarantee of WWI vintage. Several things stand out. First is the sole. Normally, the sole of a WWI boot will have a doubl...
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Uniform of a sailor of the S.M.S. LOTHRINGEN
Replies: 12
Views: 4632

Re: Uniform of a sailor of the S.M.S. LOTHRINGEN

Gus,

Nice navy items! Were the bottoms part of the set? My pair has the drop-down front flap like the blue wool trousers. I'm also curious about the cap. How is it marked?

Thanks,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Guard Officer Bluse
Replies: 5
Views: 2362

Re: Guard Officer Bluse

Dave, That's a great piece and one of the few really attractive officer's Bluse that you will see. The ones without Litzen are painfully plain and I think you were smart to acquire such a nice example. I have a loose pair of the "alt Preußen" Litzen, but they are from an officer of the Füsilier Regi...
by Chip Minx
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Lazarett Röntgen
Replies: 20
Views: 3689

Re: Lazarett Röntgen

Brian, I just read this thread for the first time and I can tell you that it is refreshing to see a website administrator that won't put up with this type of individual. They pop up on every website now and again. They immediately start with the boorish and negative comments and upset all of the reg...
by Chip Minx
Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Prussian Guard Regiments helmet for Enlisted man
Replies: 24
Views: 5486

Re: Prussian Guard Regiments helmet for Enlisted man

We often see pictures of soldiers wearing their helmets without a spike. Where did they keep them? Were they ever issued them? Did they work their way back to the warehouse where they were mismatched during the war bond drive? Now examples emerge that are positively taller on a leather helmet. Agai...
by Chip Minx
Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Telegraphen Bataillon?
Replies: 2
Views: 1650

Re: Telegraphen Bataillon?

Milosz, They must be grenadiers. I can see the number "9" on some shoulder straps and Telegraphen troops would have shakos. I think that by this date infantry units had their own internal communications squad. I do find it interesting that these troops are still being issued the early war Ersatz ove...
by Chip Minx
Fri May 24, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Fixin Yer Leather Hat
Replies: 29
Views: 13668

Re: Fixin Yer Leather Hat

Brian,

How about some advice for restitching projects? What thread do you use for instance? Needle type? Any other hints for self repair?

Thanks,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri May 24, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Visit to the Fort de la Pompelle Museum
Replies: 24
Views: 6635

Re: Visit to the Fort de la Pompelle Museum

I visited the museum in late Spring of 1980. It has been reorganized since then. When I was there, the humidity in the chamber was awful and many items had mold on them. It was apparent that things had been neglected for some time. There was some improvement when things were reshuffled, but as menti...
by Chip Minx
Fri May 24, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: WWI Austro-Hungarian caps
Replies: 34
Views: 16395

Re: WWI Austro-Hungarian caps

Brian, My Hechtgrau pressed felt cap is constructed the same way. It also has a sweatband identical to the one in yours, i.e., the color and cross-hatching. Is your new one a Kaiserschützen example? It looks like it has the feather quill pouch on the side. I like the Italian officer's and enlisted c...
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Groupings
Topic: Regimentally marked fife and bugle
Replies: 5
Views: 2989

Re: Regimentally marked fife and bugle

Super items and from the same regiment! Wonders never cease. Love the Saxon Wappen on the bugle too. :thumbright:

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: WWI Austro-Hungarian caps
Replies: 34
Views: 16395

Re: WWI Austro-Hungarian caps

Thanks Brian. Obviously, I haven't seen as many of these as you. :) I was just remembering that the Czech made repros I have seen had thick visors.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Prussian Cavalry NCO Portepee
Replies: 11
Views: 5329

Re: Prussian Cavalry NCO Portepee

Back to one of your original questions.....no, that knot would not look especially odd on your saber. Anyone could purchase such an "extra" Faustriemen such as this one. Though it might be more appropriate on a commemorative regimental sword (type with the unit panel or other designs on the blade), ...
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: NCOs Wurttenberg Bayonet Troddel
Replies: 1
Views: 1679

Re: NCOs Wurttenberg Bayonet Troddel

Without seeing them, I would guess that one is an issue piece and the other is a private purchase example.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Any clue on this uniform?
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Re: Any clue on this uniform?

It appears that he is also wearing Telegraphen trappings in the first photo. The shoulder straps appear to have the light gray color of the Verkehrstruppen and he is wearing the ammo pouch pattern normally worn by them. I don't have a clue why he would be wearing a Prussian style shako, unless it is...
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: "Sturmbegleitbatterie" with 7.7 cm Infanterie-Geschütze M18
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: "Sturmbegleitbatterie" with 7.7 cm Infanterie-Geschütze

PW, I'm not sure about the theory either, but I have seen no other explanations. The fact that the helmet I know of has the shield in yellow/gold and red, lends some credence to the theory. I don't have Wictor's book, so I don't know if he identifies these painted shields (not decals). I have a copy...
by Chip Minx
Wed May 22, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Hannover Offizier
Replies: 25
Views: 4344

Re: Hannover Offizier

Is that another name written inside the leather skull?

Chip
by Chip Minx
Mon May 20, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: DR18
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: DR18

The cockades look artificially aged. The "brown" stuff on the white portion of the cockades is also on the thread. Shoe polish? They may be repainted and this process was used to hide the new condition of the paint. The paint doesn't appear to have the normal brittleness that tends to pop off in pie...