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Title Pioneer pick scabbard
Nationality German
Period c 1905
Price £120.00

This is the penultimate pick scabbard of the German army. The pick, with an axe head one side and a slightly curved beak on the other, was carried by all Pioneer units instead of an entrenching spade. In 1909, a new model appeared with the belt support being doubled and extra strapping provided to secure the bayonet at the soldier's side.

The leather is dark brown with iron fittings and is still in reasonable condition, the whole measuring some 30cm long. According to Stephen Bull's excellent book World War One German Army, the issue of tools to a company was 100 entrenching tools,10 picks and 5 hatchets. Larger shovels, picks, axes and saws were carried in the first line transport or with supply train units. Thus it can be seen that this is a rare survivor of imperial army leather work.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Equipment : German : 20th Century]


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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015