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Teutonic Souvenirs from soissons

Discussion in 'Battlefield Relics' started by Skipper, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    A few relics picked up at a flea market last Sunday.

    1) a German helmet M-35 or M-40 I believe, it's hard to say as yo ucan see it's still covered with earth after a recent dig up by the previous owner. It could be anything :rolleyes:.

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    2) a M-1911 Pioniere Model barbled wire thungs in great condition.

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    3) a large 1944 dated flour bag with birdie on the other side.

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  2. Erich

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    great pick-ups Skip !
     
  3. Martin Bull

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    Yes - fascinating items & a good idea of what can be found in Continental Europe.......
     
  4. Skipper

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    I tried cleaning the helmet , but t proved very fragile and corroded and whne removing the clay and chalk it had several mini perforations, so I decided to leave it as such and just remove the superficial lair of earth and protect it from further rusting. About 5% of the paint could be saved , but no insignia I'm afraid. Considering this helmet has been buried for over sixty years it's good enough.

    Among the pins I found is a rare Dutch Nederlandsche Unie pin (forbidden in 1941 and merged with the NSB) . You can see it on picture one at the lower left bottom angle. The French seller ladie had a Dutch grandfather who apparently wore it during the war.
     
  5. C.Evans

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    Nice find Skip. Im not good enough with lids to say anything for sure but it "feels" more lime an M-40--but at least I have a50% chance of being right ;-))
     
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    You are correct Carl. It's a M-40. It's in battered condition thougg but he I paid 15 euros for it, so can't beat that one.
     
  7. C.Evans

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    Thanks Skipper, and I was going to ask what you paid for it? I see them listed on American sites, in worse condition, for over $100 or so Dollars.
     
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    I love those flour sacks, I have one that has been unstitched and they are printed with the same markings inside as well
     
  9. Skipper

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    I have a couple of spare ones. I have the white flour ones and the ocre postal version
     

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