Archive for the Insignia Category

WW1 Canadian Hate Belt

Posted in Belts & Belt Buckles, Insignia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_AustraliaFlag_of_New_ZealandFlag_of_CanadaFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_FranceFlag_of_the_German_EmpireNice simple pickup last weekend at the local antique fair. This is a souvenir belt put together from a Prussian infantry belt and the tunic buttons from a wide range of Allied and German units. This example has a predominance of Canadian buttons so I am guessing that it was Canadian in origin. The rest are French, Australian, New Zealand, German and one single U.S. General Service button. You see these in all sorts of configurations, some on Allied belts, some with cap badges and other oddments. The legend is that these were put together from souvenirs taken from dead bodies but that sounds overly complex to me and likely nonsense. More likely most of the buttons were swapped at rear area camps between bored soldiers making up a souvenir. The U.S. button suggests a late war job, 1917-19. The Empire buttons make sense as often these units found themselves together in the line. The Canadian Regiments are from different divisions so that’s why I think this is a rear area put together. Still, a great belt, in fine condition and worth it just for the buttons and belt IMHO.

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Hitler Youth Golden Honour Badge

Posted in Insignia, Medallions & Badges with tags , , on December 19, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgA nicely executed badge, this is the Gold Honour Badge for HJ members. This example is marked to manufacturer M1/78 (Paulmann & Crone, Lüdenscheid). It also has the RZM mark, Ges-Gesch (protected design) and the owners issue number. The badge was awarded to members of the HJ or BDM who joined prior to Potsdam Day (October 2, 1932) and had five years continuous service.

DLV Officer’s Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles, Insignia with tags , , on December 19, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis badge is an early pre-RZM example of the Officers Cap Badge for the Deutscher Luftsportverband. The DLV was created in 1933 in order to establish the training foundation for the later revealed Luftwaffe. I have an officers dagger for this organization here.

BDM Proficiency Badge in Bronze

Posted in Insignia, Medallions & Badges with tags , , , on April 7, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the BDM Proficiency Badge in Bronze (Leistungsabzeichen). It was issued to members of the Bund Deutsche Madel who passed proficiency tests in nursing, political awareness and athleticism, within one year.

There were two grades, silver and bronze. They were numbered on the reverse unless it was a replacement badge in which case it had an A or B on the rear instead. This example has the RZM code M1/14 for the manufacturer Oeschsler & Sohn, Ansbach.

HJ FlakHelfer Breast Patch

Posted in Insignia with tags , , , , on November 28, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the Hitler Youth patch worn by those boys who worked on the Flak units during WW2. Their job must have been particularly terrifying as they were required to be out in the open during the bomber raids, working the searchlights or assisting with the guns. On the other hand, fuck the little Nazi shitzen.

 

BDM/JM Kletterjacke

Posted in Insignia, Shirts, Uniforms with tags , , on September 19, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgProbably the most recognizable item in the uniform of the Bund Deutsche Madel or Jungmadel organizations was the Kletterjacke or Climbing Jacket. Made from a fawn coloured faux velour the jacket is cut in a stylish fashion, similar to how some military uniforms were cut at the time. This one is named to the original owner and is marked to the Bann from West Kurhessen.

 

1943 Lancaster Bomber Crew Insignia

Posted in Insignia with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group came together from an antique show down south. The obvious age of the group, including the 1940’s frame and the age spots on the notes taped to the back makes me believe this was created by a veteran either during the war or immediately afterwards.

I consulted two different collectors of wings to check the authenticity. Of course they both came back pointing out “obvious reproductions”, neither of them agreeing at all on which ones were wrong. So I am going to go with “these are all good and you are all idiots”.

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