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Collectible Militaria

This page contains general information about a sample of our militaria available. This page has links to other pages with specific militaria -- usually organized by country of origin -- as well as any featured specials of unusual interest.

Some militaria is better categorized by type: headgear, for example. If you are looking for specific pieces, you may need to check to ensure the item you need is not in a location you may expect on the site. As usual, if you have specific questions or items you seek, please email us for details. Include details of what you are looking for, to save everyone time and effort.

United States (all periods) Germany (Imperial)
Japan (all periods) Germany (Third Reich)
Italy (all periods) France (all periods)
Canada (under construction) UK, Britain, and Imperial Colonies
Espionage and Clandestine Warfare Items (All countries) Swiss (NEMA Model 45 Cipher Machine)
Military Lighters (All countries) Trench Art (All countries)

Featured Item

Saint George and the Dragon Royal Presentation Sword

This is a most unusual and very probably unique sword depicting St. George as a Praetorian Legionnaire slaying the dragon. The construction and style of this early sword indicate it was made as a royal presentation piece to enhance an elevation to a high-ranking officer to the Order of St. George. St. George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England and Russia among others. From the design elements, this appears to be French.

The fact that this is French gothic revival period is reinforced by the icons. The owl is seen on many of these daggers, on the scabbard principally. The faces on this sword are also very familiar in style - similar to the "romantic era" daggers of late 19th century France . The roman iconography harkens back to the rennaissance, which was again typical of the revivalist period of late 19th century France .

Though it is Saint George, this is not unusual for a French made item because the figural hilts of many of these swords glorified saints, and St George was such a saint.

Below is a link to a similar sword, now displayed in the Metropolitan Museum .


There were other high quality swords like this made at that time, out of silver in much the same way. They were mostly made for exhibitions and were considered hunting swords rather than military or presentation pieces. Strictly speaking, they were works of art. Because of their high quality of course some were bought by notable persons, even aristocracy. While others were purchased as presentation pieces and engraved for presentation.

We have a number of views of this sword showing the incredible detail of the lost wax castings which appear to be solid silver throughout. The 6-1/2 inch hilt shows St. George dressed in Roman style armor with animal pelts and a lion pelt headdress and robe (usually worn by the aquilifer signifier, an officer of a Roman Praetorian legion designated to bear the standard) straddling the dragon which is laying on his back exposing his vulnerable underbelly.  St George is shown at the moment of preparing to slay the dragon with his sword, Ascalon. These are close-up views of the front, right side, back, and left sides of the hilt showing the exquisite workmanship.

The sword measures 27-1/2 inches long in the ornate gold-plated scabbard -- shown here, front and rear -- with very fancy lost wax cast silver fillings including the collar with a lion's head on the reverse side and a long-haired princess with a crown on the front side. These are views showing the right and left sides with heavy silver mounting rings. The central fitting shows a multiple-oared long boat with a square sail set on a mast and boom in the shape of a cross in heavy seas above the visage of an angry woman below on the reverse and a confrontation of St. George (with the halo) confronting another military commander on a battlefield on the front. These are views of the right and left sides, showing no signs of a seam. The drag, similarly cast in heavy silver, shows an owl perched in a laurel wreath.  The reverse has an identical owl and wreath embellishment.  The side views of the right and left show no signs of a seam. This is a view of the throat.

The sword itself measures 24-1/2 inches overall. The 18 inch blade appears to predate the fittings, and there are multiple signs of use in battle, with parry nicks on both edges and both sides, seen here front and rear.  There are three fullers on each side extending 14 inches toward the tip from the ricasso. The leather buffer is a fairly recent replacement.

The condition is excellent overall, excepting the blade as described and pictured above.


NEMA Model 45 Cipher Machine

This is a Swiss Tasten-Drücker-Maschine (T-D) cipher machine. It is the military model with the cipher rotors ("contact wheels") A, B, C, D, E, & F and stepping rotors ("notch rings") 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 22/1 ("red drive wheel"). All spares, cables, attachments are included and stored in the lid.

Included are the original 1948 classified SECRET (declassified 1998) service manual (bi-lingual written in German and French). A photocopy of the SECRET (declassified 1992) Cipher Procedures manual is also included (also bi-lingual German and French).

According to the article The Swiss NEMA Cipher Machine by Geoff Sullivan and Frode Weierund written for Cryptologia 23(4), October, 1999 which cites the Swiss Army Procurement Agency approved the machine in March 1945 and ordered 640 of them to be produced by Zellweger AD company of Uster (near Zurich) in April 1945. Serial numbers started at 100 and the last machines were numbered in the 740 range. This machine went into service in 1947 as the NEMA Model 45.

For those interested in the function of the machine, there is an outstanding NEMA simulator written by Geoff Sullivan that duplicates the operation of the machine on any Windows based computer. It is available for download at Frode Weierund's CERN page here.

The condition is excellent and near mint throughout, except as noted in the detailed descriptions below.


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A view of the machine in the normal operation mode, with all covers closed, counter reset, and rotor engaged.

A view showing the rotor cover raised, showing the cipher wheels
A view of the machine's internals, with the front cover of the machine raised to expose the lamps, rotor cage, and battery compartment. Battery is not present nor included.
A view of the lid with the contents stowed, including the remote lamp board, power cables, spare lamps, two spare rotor covers (for the E and F rotors). There is a Bakelite lamp holder for a standard light bulb. There is a 1 inch piece broken on the Bakelite, however it is present and could be repaired easily.
This is the original GEHEIM (SECRET) service manual, numbered and stamped as declassified by the Swiss government in 1998. Shown are the two military rotor assemblies, the E & F contact wheels with the attached 17 & 18 notched rings. The contact side of the E rotor and the notch side of the F rotor is shown.
Same as above with the rotors turned to expose the opposite sides.
A view of the all-metal case, closed with two numbered matching keys numbered to the T-D 442 set. The sticker indicates the machine is to be used only in the event of mobilization for war and similar instructions in German.

It measures 13 inches wide, 14-1/2 inches deep and 5-3/4 inches high, as shown. The strap adds a bit the to the depth.

There is some slight wear to the paint, most noticeable on the rivets, from storage and light handling.

A view of the front showing the latch, lock, and leather carry strap.

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This is an extremely rare named and documented US Army/US Navy aviator insignia lot.

Alfred Crockett Dunn was one of only a handful of US Navy Long Distance Horizon (Aerial) Photographers. He was an enlisted man in the US Navy, and at the outbreak of WWI, he was loaned to the US Army Air Service. He wore a US Army uniform with USN collar disk insignia specially made by FIX Paris, with the engraved letters USN. Each aerial photographer in his squadron was issued two Aerial Photographer half wings, one for the flight suit, and one for the uniform. In 1918, Dunn took flight training and became an enlisted aviator, wearing two sets of wings on the same uniform.

He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Service Aeronautics section assigned to Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York in 1919, adding yet another set of officer flight wings (not included in this lot).

This lot contains a copy of his 2LT commission, his Aerial Photographer half wing, the USN silver enlisted collar disks, his enlisted aviator wings (two variants), and his collar and rank insignia of a 2LT. There is a brief typewritten biography with the information above.

This lot is in near excellent condition overall, as shown.

Here is a view of the back of the insignia.

The condition is near excellent.

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