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This field covers uniforms, headdress and badges from the 18th century through to Third Reich items from the 20th century. Much of this material can be seen in context in contemporary prints/drawings and other art work, eg bronzes and photographs. I keep a very sharp eye out for, and a photographic record of, all the particularly convincing Third Reich fakes that come my way. Good reference books include: The Emperor's Coat by Rest, Ortner & Ilming (Verlag Militaria) on Austro-Hungarian militaria, Great War period; Shoulder-belt plates and buttons by Parkyn on British militaria; two volumes by King on British military headdress badges. The National Army Museum (Royal Hospital Road, London SW3) has an excellent bookshop and display covering the British side of this great subject.

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militaria item Luftwaffe tank crew ski cap
- German
The black ski cap was commonly used by Luftwaffe ground crew. The Hermann Goering Division variant had white piping to the crown. This is a clean example with no interior markings. The cockade fluoresces under UV lamp, so could possibly be a replacement. It is otherwise in excellent condition.
£275.00
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militaria item Prussian breast plate (cuirass)
- German
This clean example is marked '2' and 'Hartkopf', very probably a retailer's mark, Hartkopf being an early 19th century firm of arms dealers and sword cutlers. Its construction suggests a date nearer to 1760 than later. They were, in any case, proscribed (specifically forbidden) in 1790 by the Prussian army.
£500.00
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militaria item Pair of steel cuirassier gauntlets
- German
A typical pair of Thirty Years War heavy cavalry munition gauntlets, worn by both sides, these could also have been worn in the English Civil War. They are the last hurrah of field armour, which comprised breast and back plate, laminated thigh defences, close helmet, shoulder/arm defences and gauntlets.
£950.00
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militaria item 1915 Star trio, 2nd Lt M T Allan, 6th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers (killed in action)
- British
Marshall Thomson Allan was commissioned 2nd Lt on 1.9.14 on the recommendation of the commandant of Glasgow University OTC. The 6/RSF disembarked at Boulogne on 7.5.16. He was killed leading a rear guard hand grenade attack against overwhelming odds near the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos on 27.9.15.
£600.00
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militaria item Munition gorget
- German
This typical Landsknecht item would have been worn by Spanish, German and Swiss infantry throughout the middle years of the 16th century with a half armour (ie breast, back, tassets, burgonet, arm defences and gauntlets). Importantly, there is a reasonably clear Nuremberg armourer's mark on the face of the gorget at lower left.
£700.00
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