Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

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Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by Nick » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:12 pm

The final piece of militaria that came in the packet I received contained the following item. It appears to be a "cheat sheet" or "Dummy's Guide" for the new recruit. Has anyone come across one of these before and is it possible to date it? Its in remarkably good condition, so I wonder if perhaps it is some sort of reproduction and actually not that old.

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Re: Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by Chlodovech » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:09 am

hi,

I've never seen that before, and would be interested in reading what our fellow collectors have to say!
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Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by Khukri » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:01 am

Nick,

Great piece.
Hope this is an original.

but:...I wouldn't mind to find a replica though...

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Re: Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by RON » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:53 am

Hey Nick,

Nice piece indeed.

The first thing I would do is test it under a UV/black light to see if it glows ( :?: :cry: [-o< :x :-x [-( ) or not ( :thumb up: ).
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Post by joerookery » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:50 am

I have seen these. In several variations. A "souvenir" gift often given to recruits going in. I doubt that it .is a repro.
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Post by Gustaf » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:20 pm

I agree with Joe, it is very unlikely that it is a reproduction, especially as it came with family photos. I would date this between 1888 and 1898, as it has instructions for the Gew88, which would have been replaced on the hankies with the Gew98 by 1898, I have seen several of the later versions, they are fery interesting, and a great part of your family history.
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Post by Nick » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:30 am

Thanks all for the feedback. I've now scanned the item at 300 dpi, but given its size (roughly 23 inches square) the scans had to be done in quadrants. The good news is that those who have an interest can now read the whole thing much more easily. Perhaps someone can even stitch the four quadrants together into a single composite image (I don't have the software for that).

Ron, since I'm not a militaria collector (except for British campaign medals and for those we don't really care if the ribbon is a replacement), I don't have a Black U/V light, but I might take the item to a local video arcade or Spencer's Gifts at the mall where I might find one.

Gustaf, your dating estimate would correlate nicely with the time that Reinhold Nestmann completed his service in the early 1890s.

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Re: Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by Nick » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:26 am

RON wrote:The first thing I would do is test it under a UV/black light to see if it glows
Well, in a less-than-precise examination this past weekend I took the handkerchief to the local laser tag arcade, which is illuminated by black lights. Don't worry, I didn't take it into the "combat zone", but rather the observers arcade. Anyway, the handkerchief remained dark, while the white stripes on my shirt were flourescing nicely.

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Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by Khukri » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:38 am

Nick,

Great !

Thank you,µ
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Re: Imperial German Army training handkerchief?

Post by poniatowski » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:53 pm

Nick,
That's pretty cool!

:D Ron
I really do need to know more about this....

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