This is a gallery of some of the items in my collection. I hope you enjoy!
HELMETS (Here we go, some of them anyway...)
SS-Ogruf. KH Frank's Steel Helmet. If you've seen Antropoid and are familiar with the assasination of Heydrich and its aftermath, then you have an idea what Frank did. The PFC right behind him in this photo was the individual who took him prisoner
on 9 May '45 in Pilsen. His daughter brought this helmet into 'Antiques Roadshow' in 2010. ET64, Pocher Decals, special field-grey over black; Carl Tesch 1938 Chinstrap with VA-SS 1938 Marking.
Mint, Unissued Like New EF M42
Just Mint Q66 M40
ET66 M40 belonging to SS-Oscha Josef Schorn, of SS-TV 'Brandenburg." Schorn finished the war an Obersturmfuhrer and has a very complete file.
Mint Quist DD M35 Helmet. Heat lot number 664; Narrow Q pattern runes, Carl Tesch 1938 Chinstrap with VA-SS 1938 Marking.
A Lot More Examples Coming
Below is my Personal SS Cloth Collection Gallery. These items are not for sale, but for reference
Personal Collection Item -Waffen-SS Artillery Officer's Crusher Cap, Paul Kaps Manufacture
This Paul Kaps fine quality crusher cap is made from a high grade officer's doeskin, with black velvet cap band,
red wool piping with reed insert (showing in a mothed area) and a black silk lining (sweat band and cap lining bear the Paul Kaps logo. The bill of the cap is
a coated leatherette, showing age-crazing and cracking. The wool body of the cap shows light moth tracking and some nips along the bottom edge. The cap appears un-issued or very lightly used, perhaps for walking out.
Personal Collection Item -Waffen-SS Panzer Officer's Crusher Cap
This crusher came out of Germany in the last year or so, having been crumpled and nearly destroyed during storage.
It was instantly recognizable as an original cap, and during the last 6 months, was carefully restored to its former glory by a renowned military artifact conservator in the UK, who has professionally and faithfully restored
some premier SS headgear for collections and museums. The before and after pictures tell the story of this cap. The cap itself consists of an officer's quality heavy gabardine body and velvet cap band construction,
with pink piping and machine-applied bevo skull and eagle. There is heavy staining to the cap body and the bill shows profuse, fine crazing to the leather. The way it lays when held in hand, the cap shows signs of having been worn for a long period with a pair of
panzer headphones clamped atop the wearer's head. It goes without saying that an original SS Panzer Crusher Cap in any condition is an extremely rare piece of headgear. This one bears a special history and a new lease on life as an historic artifact.
Personal Collection Item -SS Officer's M-40 "Schiffschen" by Clemens Wagner
This is an example of an SS Officer's M-40 "Schiffschen" made by the famous firm Clemens Wagner. The cap body is made of
a fine quality doeskin and features a white piped flap. The skull is a hand-applied flatwire version, while the eagle is a hand-applied
enlisted version. This mixed insignia configuration is common for Clemens Wagner hats.
Personal Collection Item -SS-VT Cloth-Billed Visor Cap "Alter-Art"
Personal Collection Item -Waffen-SS Officer's M-43 Cap
Rarely encountered Waffen-SS officer's M-43 cap with flatwire skull and eagle. This tailored cap is reminiscent of a "Bergmutze" in style (See Beaver / Shea; SS Headgear) and features a full leather sweatband and tailor applied officer piping to upgrade it to officer. The
one-time, hand-applied flatwire insignia show age puckering and slight patina commensurate with the overall condition of the hat.
Personal Collection Item -SS-VT Enlisted Man's / NCO's Side Cap
This is a superb example of an SS-VT enlisted side cap, ca 1941. The body is the 1940 color of field grey (see Beaver, vol. 1),
and the interior is the typical mouse-grey cotton construction, with maker mark and in this case, a name label. The insignia consist of the
textbook field-grey painted skull button (replaced) and the double-backed triangular SS-VT eagle, showing the particularly small and sparse
machine ebroidery of these insignia. The name label identifies this cap to a "Herm. Hasselwander, 13kp SS-Deutschland."
Personal Collection Item -Waffen-SS Mountain Officer's M-43 Cap "Bergmutze"
This is a classic SS Officer's Bergmutze, constructed in Italian gabardine and possessing machine sewn eagle, skull and edelweiss. The imitaion silk lining is marked 56 and the half-sweatband appears to have the faintest remnants of the
"Qualitats Marke" stamp, indicating Clemens Wagner production.
MORE ITEMS TO FOLLOW SOON!