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WW1 items

You will find on this page; a large number of different items with no sub-classifications. There are medals, headgear, equipment, weapon-related… of all participants. Pour a coffee, sit back and scroll…

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Item 1092 1917 model German stick grenade

Look around all you like. I don’t think you are going to find a nicer example. This one comes from my collection. The head has 95% paint and clear stenciling. The stick is flawless with  good markings and a matching manufacturer. This grenade is a very late one, having been made in August of 1918. You can see that the collar at the tip of the stick (into which the head is screwed) has not even been painted. Complete with pull-ball and original cord. ON HOLD

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Item 1091 Imperial Russian Mess kit

This is what you got to eat out of if you were in the Czar’s army in from the 1880s until WW1. This particular example is dated 1887. A simple brass pot with steel carry handle. No lid was ever designed for it nor issued with it. It is complete as it is. (Officer models had lids during this period but the lowly enlisted man was expected to do without… I suppoe that was one of the reasons for the “class-less state after the revolution?) This mess kit was obviously used during WW1 because some Austrian soldier captured it and engraved a fancy design on one side to commemorate his service on the Russian front 1914-1916. I bought this at a flea market outside Vienna in the 1990s. SOLD

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Item 1091 “Spririt of the American Doughboy” candle holder version

This statue was patented by the artist Viquesney in the 1920s and sold as full-size Bronze statues to various municipalities around the country. A small table top model (11 inches tall) was also offered in plain metal in three versions: a standard one, a lamp version and the far more rare candle holder version; which is the one offered here. The original price of this was $6.50 which was pretty hefty in 1927. This example has it’s original paint and the original label at the bottom. $425.00

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Item 100 German Canteen, 1917

This is a standard M1893/15 steel body canteen, dated 1917. The corduroy cover is in decent shape. 3 of the snaps open but the 4th is sticky. The leather is gone. SOLD

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Item 1089 WW1 French Croix

A “Croix” of the “De Guerre” variety. This medal was instituted in 1914 (and that date is always placed above the actual date of issue on the reverse of the medals) but 1914 dated ones are rare in the extreme. 1915 dated ones are almost as rare. This one has the star device indicating it was award at Corps level. $45.00

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Item 1088 WW1 “king Albert” medal

The Belgian version of the Croix de Guerre was named after the seated Monarch of Belgium. Albert was a gung-ho guy; leading his men personally in battle as a Brevet General. The medal has the rampant lion device on the ribbon indicating it’s award at divisional level. $40.00

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Item 1086 US model 1916 bread can

Who would be without one of these? There uses are myriad. I can’t begin to list all of the things you could keep in there. (Saltine crackers comes to mind…but that’s just me). It’s over a hundred years old and still functions as it was designed and intended. All for only $10.00

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Item 1085 WW1 German canteen; model of 1893/15

A stamped steel painted canteen body made by the Isreal bothers metal stamping firm; dated 1915. This one is dented but could serve as a very good usable example for reenacting. $15.00

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Item 1084 WW1 German canteen; model of 1893/15

Here is a stamped and soldered canteen body made by the Reichels metelware firm of Bamberg. It has an applied spout. It’s been repainted at some time. Would be good to rebuild for use in reenacting. SOLD

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Item 1083 WW1 German canteen; model of 1893/15

This is your basic canteen body with an applied spout and heavily enameled. Maker is unknown. $30

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Item 1082 WW1 German canteen; model of 1893/15

This is a unique example; made by the Karl Wolff metal stamping firm in 1915; when they relaxed the specifications on canteen producing during the “ersatz” period of 1915-16. This exampe was actually made using a spin mold. Note that there are no seams. It was not pressed together of two halves like all the other manufactures did with simple steel bodied canteens. Maker marked and dated 1915

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Item 1081 WW1 German canteen; model of 1893/15

This is another example of the Wolff pattern canteen body; made as above but this time they enameled the steel body. Very rare example for those canteen aficionados out there  SOLD

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Item 1080 WW1 German mess kit

This is a rare bird; being made fro stamped steel and painted inside and out. There is no enamel in the process which was adopted in 1916.  The mess kit is made by Ullrich or Anweiler. (Earlier mess kits and cups are found by this maker where enamel has been used. No idea why they made this one differently) The pot portion has a different maker mark but the manufacture method is the same as well as color. I suspect parts were subcontracted. $225.00

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Item 1079 WW1 German mess kit, black enamel

Here is an enameled steel mess kit of unknown maker but definitely WW1 period (they simply did not produce these things like this after 1918). The pot has an applied bottom; which is not common. (Black enamel was a favorite method among manufacturers of mess gear during thye second half of the war. If you watch the 1930 “All quiet on the western front” during the cookhouse scene the character Albert Kropp throws his mess kit onto the table in front of the cook and says “Fill ‘er up”…That mess kit is identical to this one. They used genuine field gear and uniforms when production of the film began in 1929) You could buy this mess kit and literally become Albert Kropp. $200.00

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Item 1078 Wartime German mess kit

This mess kit is made from stamped steel; enameled inside and outside. The exterior is mainly black but there are traces of cobalt blue which is a by-product of the chemicals which died the enamel black. The inside of both pot and lid are a greenish/blue color. The pot and id are matching but the manufacture markings are obscured by the enamel process. $200.00

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Item 1077 WW1 German M1893 mess kit

A great example of a Late WW1 M1893 mess kit. Made in Stamped steel painted feldgrau on the outside and enameled in blue on the inside. Maker marked by Bellino 1918 on both the pot portion as well as the lid. By 1916, the vast majority of manufacturers had adhered to the specifications to have these mess kits enameled inside and out. So this is a hard-to-find example. ON HOLD

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Item 1076 German Pioneer saw-back 98/05 bayonet

A very nice non-dated but imperial marked blade that is maker marked by Anker-werke (The Anker-Werke AG was a German manufacturer of sewing machines, cash registers, accounting machines, small motorcycles and bicycles, located in the East Westphalian city of Bielefeld. Owned/operated by Carl Schmidt, co-founder and co-owner of the sewing machine factory ” Dürkopp & Co. ” since 1867) Complete with 19171 dated leather frog and a company knot indicating second company. A very good and completely honest set that came together from a a farm sale in western Michigan. I bought it in 1995. At that time, they told me that the WW1 veteran (who brought this home in 1919) was still alive but they wouldn’t let me talk to him. SOLD

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Item 1075 WW1 German bread bag

A sound M1893 bread bag. The leather is dark and a bit hardened. All stitching is intact. Bekleidungs ampt acceptance mark dated 1915. SOLD

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Item 1074 WW1 German shovel with carrier

One of the toughest pieces of German kit to find. This M1893 straight handle shovel isnot maker marked/dated but it is unmistakable. The leather cover has all stitching intact and the leather is in good shape. A number of these covers came out of ex-Finnish surplus back in the day but they were always marked with the SA property stamp. This one has no such disfigurement; being a straight original German shovel carrier, dated 1915. SOLD

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Item 1073 WW1 German M1893 cup, steel

This is a decent example dated 1916. SOLD

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Item 1072 WW1 German mess kit lid

This is an undated example which we can tell by the construction; is from the 1915-16 “Ersatz” period. $35.00

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Item 1071 WW1 German schnapps bottle

I literally found this laying on top of the ground in the forest near hill 304 on the left bank of the Meuse near Verdun. That pretty much guarantees it’s originality as WW1 period; even though it is unmarked. The army transported and issued liquor in these small earth ware jars all through WW1. $40

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Item 1070 WW1 German belt and buckle

A decent and sound M1893 waist belt; marked only with the size. The maker mark on the hook-end side of the leather has been worn away. The buckle tab is dated 1916. $200.00

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Item 1069 WW1 German ammo pouch set.

This is a pair of pouches for the standard Gewehr 98 as issued to Imperial German soldiers all through WW1. They are marked and dated but not matching to each other. The condition matches. All stitching is sound and intact. The pouches have their raw-hide dividers inside. SOLD

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Item 1068 WW1 French Paybook and documents

The paybook is very well worn; most likley having been carried in a pocket all through the war years. The soldier was from the class of 1915; meaning that he reached military service age in 1915. (Born in 1895) the book has all the typical entries for a front-line infantry man and shows he was wounded at least once. There is a leather wallet that came with this group. All documents are from the same man; a transport order, an ID card, a certificate of immunization for Malaria and Amoebic dysentery. These guys had a hard life. SOLD

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Item 1067 “Spirit of the American doughboy”

This statue was patented by the artist Viquesney in the 1920s and sold as full-size Bronze statues to various municipalities around the country. A small table top model (11 inches tall) was also offered in plain metal which is the one offered here. The original price of this was $5.50 which was pretty hefty in 1927. This example has it’s original paint and the original label at the bottom. The rifle was modified to make it less fragile. (it is shorter and has no bayonet). SOLD

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Item 1066 WW1 German soldier’s song book

WW1 German song books are much more difficult to find than WW2 ones. I think it is because they had less to sing about back then. This one is in fair/good shape and I found a nudie photo inside so you can have that too. $20.00

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Item 1064 WW1 US victory ribbons

Original Victory medal ribbon bars $5 each

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Item 1063 WW1 US divisional patches

A lot of US WW1 divisional patches All 100% original $300.00

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Item 1061 U.S. Interallied victory medal from  4th division.

A victory medal from a 4th division veteran grouping; one Edward Summer of the 39th regiment. This came from his son about 20 years ago. $90.00

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Item 1060 U.S. Collar brass

A US regimental collar brass from the 308th regiment (most of whom were the guys that made up the “Lost Battalion”) $125.00

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Item 1059 Imperial German reservist flask

An elaborate and attractive reservist flask with a post 1914 added iron cross dangly thing The glass is intact, the metal casing is without damage. SOLD

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Item 1058 Wurttemberg veteran delegate pin

A delegation pin for a meeting or the Wurttemberg veterans association. $25

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Item 1057 Wurttemberg veteran delegate pin

A delegation pin for a meeting or the Wurttemberg veterans association. $25

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Item 1056 Imperial German Guarde unit meeting pin.

A delegation pin from a meeting of Garde veterana in Nuremberg. $65.00

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Item 1055 WW1 German tie bar

A tie bar/pin with the Kaiser’s image SOLD

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Item 1054 WW1 German tie bar

A tie bar with iron cross motif. $25

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Item 1053 WW1 German Suit pin

A 1 inch wide brooch with a dangly little iron cross. $75.00

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Item 1052 Not sure what this item is

I am unsure if this is an official piece or an elaborately designed bit of sweetheart jewelry. $85.00

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Item 1051 Imperial Saxon regt 104 medal.

An impressive Saxon unit reunion and 200th anniversary of the 103rd Royal Saxon regiment. Quality made by Deschler of Munich. $165.00

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Item 1050 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

A portion of an artillery shell driving band salvaged from a battlefield and used by jewelers to produce momentos that soldiers could buy for their mothers or girlfriends. This one is nicely fire-gilted and a little red bead punched into it. Dated 1915. $40

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Item 1049 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

This is most likely for a charm bracelet or it is a neck pendant. $35

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Item 1048 WW1 German suit pin

An enameled iron cross motif, dated 1915. $40

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Item 1047 WW1 German suit pin

A 1915 dated pin-backed iron cross motif. $45.00

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Item 1046 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

An Eagle w/iron cross motif on an oval brooch. $60.00

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Item 1045 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

An iron cross motif on an oval brooch. $40.00

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Item 1044 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

An iron cross motif on an oval brooch. $40.00

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Item 1043 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

A well executed brooch made from a driving band fragment. Fire-gilted and pin-back. $40

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Item 1042 WW1 German “sweet heart” jewelry

A portion of a driving band from a 77cm fieldgun with an iron cross motif. $40

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Item 1041 Imperial German Silver pin

A delegates ribbon for a Bavarian cavalry reunion in Munich. SOLD

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Item 1040 Imperial German Silver pin

A delegates ribbon for an 1874 meeting of the Bavarian Kreigerbund, Made by Deschler, Munich. $25

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Item 1039 Imperial German Silver pin

A 100 year anniversary medal of the liberation war and the participation of the royal heavy Kavalrie regiment “Prinz Karl”. Made by Lindner of Munich. $40

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Item 1038 Imperial German Silver pin

A silver gilted tombak badge for a veterans meeting in Waal; a municipality in southern Bavaria. Quality made by Deschler of Munich. SOLD

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Item 1037 Imperial German Silver pin

A veteran’s brooch in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Prussian war of liberation. (we call it the Napoleonic war). SOLD

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Item 1036 WW1 German remembrance photo; MG08 Gunner

 A postcard sied photo on a large backing measuring 18.5 inches tall 13.75 inches wide. The young man proudly sports his Machine gunner’s badge and wears a holstered Luger pistol. A great original image. $125.00

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Item 1035 WW1 German “Kriegs-Chronik”

A somewhat popular method of recording/remembering a soldier’s service time in the great war. These were generally printed as blanks with the pattern being patented and offered for sale to veterans or their families. The details would be prepared on order with the soldier’s photo and information filled in. This fellow is Otto Deufel; a soldier with infantry regiment 114. He joined the army in the fall of 1914 and took part in the battles on the western Front. Was wounded by poison gas. Left service during general demobilization. This was removed from  frame as remanats od the matting still remain. Dimensions are 13.75 inches tall, 18.75 inches wide. SOLD

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Item 1034 WW1 German remembrance photo

This is a large size photo / memorial for a young man in an infantry regiment. His particular unit remains a bit ambiguous as the caption indicates he was in the 125 (Wurttemberg) regiment but his spike helmet regimental number is 85. What gives? In any case, he was KIA at Ypres in 1916. Dimensions are impressive…17 1/2 inches tall 14 inches wide.  SOLD

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Item 1033 WW1 German remembrance photo

This is one of a variety of remembrance photos of the period which were patented images prepared in advance and the particular soldier would have his own face added to the image. It is W21 inches tall 17 inches wide. The soldier is from the Wurttemberg infantry regiment 120. The image was prepared in a photographer shop in Ulm. A very attractive display. $75.00

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Item 1032 WW1 German remembrance photo

And imperial German soldiers remembrance photo from the 1870s. 17.74 inches tall, 14.25 inches wide. $35.00

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Item 1031

WW1 German remembrance photo

A very neat Christmas 1914 posed remembrance photo about 8 X 10 total $15.00

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Item 1030 WW1 German remembrance photo

A lare group photo measuring about 11″ X 14″ total. $10.00

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Item 1029 WW1 German soldiers service book.

This is a prewar/wartime Zweitschrift military pass. Zweitschift means that it is a replacemet issued to a soldier who had lost or damaged his old one. Ergo the book is issued with all previous accumulated information written into it. SOLD

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Item 1028 A German M1893/15 canteen

A very nice 1917 dated enamel canteen with wool cover. No leaks or damage to the body. The short leather retaining strap for the stopper is broken. SOLD

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Item 1027 A military train unit reservist pipe

A very decent bowl for a Rollbahn member. During imperial times, the railways were paramilitary; hence the reservists had pipes like the army did. SOLD

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Item 1026 A Prussian belt buckle

A standard M15 Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle in average condition. SOLD

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Item 1025  (???)

I have to say. I do not have the slightest idea what this is. It’s not a component to something else. Whatever it is; it’s complete on it’s own. A bookmark? Give me a good explanation of what it is and you can have it for free if you want it.

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Item 1024 A German pre-war reservist pipe

A reservist pipe for a soldier in the 87th regiment. The company role is printed onto the back The spike helmet motif id is held on by one side of the hinge. The other has come disconnected. SOLD

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Item 1023 A reservist flask

A very nice reservist flask. This one is highly unusual because the rear has a small door; behind which is a compartment for 10 cigarettes. So not only the fellow gets o have a shot of whatever is in the flask; he gets a smoke as well. The glass is without damage, the sheet steel casing shows normal age. The small latch that holds the spring door closed is missing. Duel color cord is intact and sound. $250.00

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Item 1022 Iron cross stick-pin

A stick-pin of gilted Tombak with an iron cross device added. $40.00

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Item 1020 WW1 “Hate” belt

 I don’t know why these things are called “Hate belts”. Don’t know when the term started to be used. The doughboys hate the Germans because they are really horrid fellows? Is that what the term is about?  You’re guess is as good as mine. This is a great belt with goodies applied to it by means of a leather cord running through the backsides. A very iconic item of US soldiers souvenirs of the great war. $200.00

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Item 1017 WW1 German Enamel cup

A Bing 1918 wartime model of the M1893 field cup.The enamel is way above average. Clean and usable. 100% original. SOLD

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Item 1018 WW1 German Enamel cup

A wartime model of the M1893 field cup made by the Ullrich company; dated 1918 .The enamel is way above average. Clean and usable. 100% original. $70.00

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Mailing address:

             Ken Niewiarowicz
P.O.Box 582
Lapeer, MI 48446
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