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Newsletter No. 213 August 20, 2016

Newsletter No. 213 August 20, 2016

Here we have a picture of a German hunting sword offered for sale with attributions to the Imperial German Garde du Corps, an elite cavalry unit. This is a custom made piece for a retiring officer and while it has the Imperial Guard star, it is not a copy of a sidearm used by any German cavalry unit. Here also are two pictures from the WKC period edged weapons catalog of 1910 that show the only two types of swords…

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Newsletter No 208 July 25, 2016

Newsletter No 208 July 25, 2016

The SS Standard Bearer’s Gorget M-38 by Dr. Frank Thayer From its inception, SS standard bearers wore the SA gorget but on September 11, 1938, a new gorget was introduced for SS wear. The RZM logo and manufacturer’s code were stamped into the center tang. The gorget, stamped out of nickle-silver, was 19cm wide by 13.5 cm in height. The chain-link suspension was similar in design to the suspension links of the SS dagger, M-36 in that there were alternating…

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Newsletter No. 205 July 6, 2016

Newsletter No. 205 July 6, 2016

We are presenting a partial copy of the German catalog from the Armeemarinehouses of 1914. This catalog listed all of the uniforms and equipment available to officers of the German Imperial Army and Navy at the outbreak of war. As a good part of this lengthy catalog merely lists items without illustration, we have selected all of the illustrations and are showing these in abbreviated but convenient form. And to answer various queries from collectors about the products and appearances…

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Newsletter 202 June 19, 2016

Newsletter 202 June 19, 2016

We are presenting a complete copy of the Steinhauer and Lück medal catalog from 1939 with the important 1940 additions. This is part of a series taken directly from original, illustrated material and shows pieces that were period in original and their construction.

Newsletter May 29, 2016 No. 198

Newsletter May 29, 2016 No. 198

The Robert C. Dold, and other, military belt buckles The recent article by Dr. Frank Thayer appearing in the ‘Military Advisor’ magazine on the SS enlisted personnel belt buckles by Robert Dold (RODO) has stirred up controversy among certain collectors and members of militaria forums. When the article appeared, there were public outcries from several German militaria forum participants, including leaders of the belt buckle sections and authors of material on the same subject. Their cry was that all the…

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Newsletter May 24, 2016 No. 197

Newsletter May 24, 2016 No. 197

Our recent presentation containing an excellent article appearing in a very respected military journal on the Robert Dold (RODO) SS EM buckles by Dr. Frank Thayer, created a tempest in a tea pot and as this is illustrative of a serious problem in the militaria collecting community, we plan to address it here.

Newsletter, May 19 2016 No. 196

Newsletter, May 19 2016 No. 196

It is unfortunate for the militaria collecting world that a number of purported “expert” sites are so badly flawed as to be completely useless. As a case in point, Dr. Frank Thayer, an advanced collector of SS militaria, wrote a comprehensive article on the Robert Dold SS enlisted man’s belt buckle. This was covered in the respectable ‘Military Advisor’ and is very accurate in all respects.

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