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Identified Medals and Documents Featured Item == SF. Bullion Wing
Escape & Evasion Maps OSS Det 101
Survival Maps SOE Compasses
First Special Service Force Air America -- China Air Transport -- CIA
Crossbows and Projectile Weapons Liberator
Communications -- Suitcase Radios Cryptography Code Cipher Machines (separate page)
Reunion & Commemorative Items SAS Special Air Service
German Espionage Items Cold War KGB Clandestine Items
Blood Chits
Electronics and Communications Devices
Daggers & Knives
USAAF Gold Barter Kit

  Veterans of OSS Award  of Excellences For Exceptional Devotion to Duty & Professionalism While Participating in a Special Operations Mission  


This is a 15 x 18 inch heavy wooden plaque with the names of the 1984 to 1992 recipients engraved on separate plaques as shown. A World War Two Period ringed British F-S Fairbairn Sykes knife is mounted. 

The OSS Veterans 3 inch diameter plaque is also mounted as shown. The reverse has the operation order established for this award. It is signed by LT Col James A Smith III DCS 6-6201 and dated March 1985.

You can Google the various recipients which are: 

     

SOLD


Hamilton-Hill Identified Medals and Documents


COMP-150 OSS/SOE European Scale Sterile Compass


This is a near-mint condition German (Eastern European Style) Scales 50mm (2 inches) near sterile marching compass. This compass is near sterile. The radium is long dead.

 There are index marks with the needle with an arrow point for North and a pointed circle for South. The cover has a window to show direction of march when the lid is lifted slightly to release the needle lifter.

There are a pair of slots in the hinged cover to sight a line of march. There is an attached loop  The body is solid machined aluminum with an black pained steel cover. The heavy glass bezel rotates freely, and has a brass knurled retaining ring with detents to prevent inadvertent movement.

The needle lifter mechanism is intact and functional. It measures about 2 inches wide and high, and about 1/2 inch thick, closed. The lid opens to 90 degrees only, as shown.   This one came form the Hamilton-Hill collection part of which is shown here. www.snyderstreasures.com/pages/spy.htm

The condition is generally near excellent.

A COA will be given to the next owner.

 Here are other views.  1   2  3

   

SOLD


 General John (Jean) "Frenchy" Grombach Named Medals and Documents


This is a huge lot of medals and documents once belonging to the famed master spy, Brigadier General John V. Grombach.

General Grombach was a member of the OSS and CIA, working for "Wild Bill" Donovan, Allen Dulles and others during the course of his long career.  He was also an integral part of "The Pond", a super-secret external semi-private intelligence operation that worked under a series of guises performing tasks unacknowledged by the government.  There is a brief historical account of "The Pond" at the CIA website that focuses on Grombach and his role specifically, and there is a lot of biographical content as well. You can view the article "The Pond: Running Agents for State, War, and the CIA" at the link provided. You will be transferred to the secure section (UNCLASSIFIED) of the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence (CIS).

Briefly, Grombach was French, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of the French Consul in NOLA.  He renounced his French citizenship and entered West Point. He graduated with a BS, however, he had 8 demerits over the limit and was not immediately commissioned. He was later able to get that decision reversed and was commissioned anyway, spending five years as a Military Police officer. He later joined the National Guard. When the war broke out, he was inducted back into service as a captain. He transferred to G-2 and began his career as a spy that was to last until 1955.

Second Lt. John V. Grombach, a boxer on the 1924 Olympic team in Paris, became an expert Olympic administrator as well as a World War II combat leader. The Grombach saga began in 1923 when "Frenchy" Grombach was discharged from the U.S. Military Academy one day before graduation on the grounds of excessive demerits. Through the constant efforts of Grombach and many friends in high places, the situation was corrected in 1967 when, at a West Point ceremony presided over by the superintendent, his diploma was retroactively presented-some 44 years later. Never before or since has there been such a circumstance.  

Grombach's World War II service was a veritable James Bond drama. Col. Grombach served from 1942 until 1946 as head of the Secret Intelligence Branch of the War Department. Grombach retired from military service in 1955 as a brigadier general in the New York National Guard. He served on U.S. Olympic Games committees for the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Games and wrote the widely circulated Olympic Guide.

(Excerpt of Olympians as military leaders, Army, Jul 1997 by Richard L. Gruenther)

A portion of this lot is shown below. There are more pieces to be added, including his named Legion of Merit medal (cased) and a number of foreign decorations and various documents. They will be added shortly.

Documents include framed US Olympic Association Certificates of Appreciation from 1956 and 1960, named to Colonel and General John Grombach.  There is a framed photograph of the USMA plaque commemorating USMC Olympians as presented to the Military Academy by the US Olympians and John V. Grombach, and identifying Grombach as a participant in 1923 as a Boxer.

A partial list of the medals included in this lot, shown in the images at the bottom:

These are views of the back of the medal lots shown below -- left -- right.  Most are engraved with the date and/or named.

POR


General John (Jean) "Frenchy" Grombach Theater Made US & French ID Flags Made for an OSS SPY


The cotton multi piece US flag is 4.5 x 7 inches & the French tri color is 4 x 6 inches.  These were used in France during the pre Normandy Invasion operations. The condition is worn and somewhat stained & would rate good +.   A COA will be issued to the next owner 

  

$249.99


Identified Medals and Documents


The items in this section are from a very large group of related SOE/MI9 items that came from the estate of British Colonel Donald Hamilton-Hill, who had a significant collection of clandestine warfare items from his tenure as an instructor for MI-9.

The collection included his medals, many documents, ID cards, armbands, and photographs. There is a close-up image of Col. Hamilton-Hill in his Cameron Highlander kit shown below.

Medal, photograph, and ID lot as shown above: $9,999.99


Armband sold separately at $899.99

This is a 3-1/2 x 17- 1/2 inch heavy wool and OD backed arm band that belonged to SOE operative Donald Hamilton Hill. The Crown and Armband are near excellent. A COA will be given as to the circumstance of my acquiring this item to the next owner

  

$899.99


SECRET Enigma Coded Message Sheet From Sunk UBOAT U-85 + Enigma Code Machine Parts From Bombed Luftwaffe Headquarters


The sheet is 9 x 12 inches.  The coded part is 2.5 x 9 inches.  The Luftwaffe HQ ring part is 3 inches in diameter. 

All are in near relic condition.  Here are other views 1  2.

        

SOLD

OSS SOE Ink Fountain Pen Made Into a Stinger.  
This is a black fountain 5 inch long pen with the 2.5 inch stinger mounted inside. Condition is used and still near excellent.

Here are other views  1  2.

  

$999.99  

OSS SOE Black Grip Push Dagger.  
This is a 4-3/4 inch overall push dagger as shown. Condition is near excellent.

     

 $799.99  

 

Pre USMC World War Two Invasion IWO JIMA Intelligence Maps (2) of Jap Defense Installations..

 

       

This is a set of two 17 x 19 inch folded maps as stated above.  Condition is folded and near good plus overall.

$499.99


 

OSS Spy Named Table Medal Award To Henry L. Manfredi

This is a cased and engraved award presented to a former WWII O.S.S. agent Henry L. Manfredi by the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italy Department of the Treasury, which also performs the duties of Drug Enforcement and international drug trafficking.)  In 1951, Manfredi was working for the US Army Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in anti-communist drug enforcement and narcotics investigation. The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs of the US Drug Enforcement Agency's highest honor award is named for him.

It is die struck on very heavy gilded brass with the coat of arms of the Guardia di Finanza coat of arms on the face and a wreath which surrounds the block letter Italian dedication on the back. It measures 2-3/4 inches in diameter.  The case is police green pebble grained exterior with applied gilt arms on the top.  The interiors is emerald green silk and plush velvet with a cavity for the award.

It is shown here in close-up front and rear, and a view of the top of the case.

Offered at $499.99


OSS Spy Master Donald C. Downes Document LOT

This unusual lot consists of his biographical data, several letters from the OSS Chief of Personnel, his life insurance policy, a signed check, fake calling card, Yale club telephone bill, his head dental identification X-ray in case of death, etc.

Donald C Downes was a Yale Graduate and Prep School teacher.

Geoffrey Hodgson of the New York Times wrote in 1987: "Donald Downes (Yale '26), was to become one of the most controversial figures in the history of the O.S.S. He was the classic secret agent of fiction: patriotic, idealistic, romantically fascinated by complexity and by the intrigue of the bazaar and the backstairs in such haunts of fantasy as Istanbul, Macedonia and Beirut. He recruited teams of agents with names like Donald's Ducks and the Twelve Apostles. He was brave and resourceful, but somehow too many of his operations went wrong, and he took the blame, justly or unjustly, for the worst single disaster the O.S.S. suffered in the entire war - Operation Banana, in which an O.S.S. team was infiltrated into Andalusia, then abandoned, and 18 men, it was assumed, died."

An entire chapter of the noted 1987 book on the 10 men who created the OSS and their Yale ties --CLOAK & GOWN. Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961. By Robin W. Winks -- covers the career of Downes.

He began his spying career with ONI and British intelligence. He was an early OSS recruiter working directly for Wild Bill Donovan.

In OSS he supervised break-ins at the Spanish and other neutral Washington DC embassies

He ran a large team of Spanish volunteers in North Africa (where 18 were killed), conduction operations in Italy with some with Darby's Rangers

He received his fifth commendation for his work in North Africa and Italy

The condition is near excellent

Items include:

Lot of items as shown above: $999.99


USA World War Two "Operation Sunrise" Document Lot.


 That operation was run in Switzerland by the OSS to negotiate the early surrender of the SS General Karl Wolff forces in Northern Italy.

The lot consists of a Xerox photograph of the Swiss Intelligence Officer Max Weibel, General Lemnitzer & an unknown civilian along with a period envelope addressed to Lemnitzer signed by Weibel. I met General Lemnitzer when I worked as Operations Office at the National War College.

I have a photograph of the General and the German SS General Wolff that had appeared in a USA newspaper.

 He stated that photo nearly got him fired by General Eisenhower since it had appeared to seem Lemnitzer was  friendly with an SS General !    

Here are other views  1  2  3.

 

SOLD 


USA SPY Military Intelligence ID Card.


  This 2.5 x 3.5 card was issued by Headquarters Army Air Base Wheeler Field T. H. to S/SGT R B Mc Every dated Jan 25,1943.

It is quill pen ink signed Gerald M Earl Capt A. C. It is in near excellent condition with some smudging to the top border as shown.

Here is another view.

$199.99


USA SPY Military Intelligence ID Card.


This 2.5 x 3.5 card was issued by Headquarters Army Air Base APO 959. to 1st LT Robert W Taber  undated.

It is quill pen ink signed David A. Tate Col A. C. Base C O APO 959. It is in near excellent condition with a staple hole at each end as shown.

Here is another view.

  $199.99


 

Clandestine Warfare and Special Operations Weapons


The MI-9 SOE concealed "stinger" pencil used in "Naughty Packages" shipped to Allied POWs for use in escape and evasion.

Most of these items are shown in the 1942 MOST SECRET classified document Per Ardua Libertas. We have a very high quality copy, printed on slick hard milled paper made from the original available. The letter inside describes the contents. There are 76 pages of narrative and photographic content detailing the escape and evasion aids developed to assist POWs and SOE agents. It is priced at $59.99.

Additional references to items on this page are also seen in Buerlein's book, Allied Military Fighting Knifes and the Men Who Made Them Famous. An author signed softbound edition is available for $49.99

For comparison purposes only, we are showing what the stinger dagger looks like when it is dismounted outside of the pencil. The detached stinger is not included in this offering, however, the cutaway has a captive stinger that is identical inside it, as shown. The stinger alone is being offered separately, as is a non-cutaway pencil with a stinger inside it. There is one small chip out of the wood at the front end of the pencil, as shown. The pencil measures 7 inches long overall with the "business part" measuring about 5 inches long.


OSS/SOE Stingers and Edged Weapons (moved to their own page)


OSS/SOE Crossbow Bolts


Shown below are several different styles of crossbow bolt for the OSS and SOE crossbows.

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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
  OSSSOE-05 USA
World War II OSS SOE Cross Bow or Regular Bow Well Made Arrow
This is a 27 inch long arrow as shown,

It is extremely well made and in near excellent condition.

Here are additional views.   1   2  
$129.99 Available
OSS-05

This is an all-metal aluminum shaft with offset fins and a steel needle point, measuring 10 inches overall, for the Big or Little Joe.  There may be very slight cosmetic variations from the one shown at the left.

This is a view of the back side.

$349.99 Available
  OSS-07
World War Two USA UK OSS SOE Aluminum Cross Bow Crossbow Bolt
 
 
This is the ten inch one for the Big or Little Joe cross bow.

It is in near excellent condition.

Here are additional views  1  2.
$349.99  Available 
OSS-07A
World War Two USA UK OSS SOE BIG JOE 14 inch Aluminum Cross Bow Crossbow Bolt
This is the fourteen inch bolt for the Big or Little Joe cross bow with a shaped spear head point. It is in near excellent condition.  $349.99 Available
OSS-06 This is an all-metal aluminum shaft with offset fins and a steel leaf point shape point, measuring 14 inches overall, for the Big or Little Joe. There may be very slight cosmetic variations from the one shown at the left.

This is a view of the back side.

$349.99 Available
OSS-105 
SOE Cross Bow Arrow

This is an all-wooden shaft with offset fins and a steel needle point, measuring 6 inches overall.  One of the Turkey Feather fletches is absent. 

This is a view of the back side. Condition otherwise is near excellent.

$449.99 Available
OSS-1051
SOE Cross Bow Arrow with Two Turkey Feather Fletches
 This is an all-wooden shaft with offset fins and a steel needle point, measuring 6 inches overall.

Here is another view.

Condition otherwise is near excellent. 
$399.99 Avaialble
SOE-07 This is a wooden quarrel with feather fletches, a metal neck and a steel leaf shaped point. It measures about 10 inches overall. There is some wear to the feather fletches. There may be very slight cosmentic variations from the one shown at the left.

This is a view of the back side.

$599.99 Available
SOE-077
USA UK WWII
OSS SOE Crossbow Bolt with Metal Point and Turkey Feather Fletching
This is a wooden quarrel with feather fletches, a metal neck and a steel leaf shaped point. It measures about 10 inches overall. There is some wear to the feather fletches.

The bolt is in Good condition.  Here additional views  1  2  3.
$499.99 Available
SOE-08 This is a wooden quarrel with wool fletches, no nock and a steel needle shaped point. It measures about 10 inches overall.

This is a view of the back side.

$599.99 Available

Electronics, Communications Devices and Cameras


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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
SPYALUMINUM-1
USA
 World War Spy Compass affixed into a crashed Aluminum Aircraft Case
 This is a near MINT 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inch case attached to a dog tag chain.  It was carried by a 1/LT D C WATTS 506th PIR during WW2.

Here are other views.  1   2   3
$149.99 Available
RUBBER-1
  USA
 World War Two Miniature Hand held Compass Mounted in a Toy Rubber Car Wheel
 This is a 1-1/2 inch in diameter compass in near excellent condition.

Here is another view.
$99.99 Available
SPYCOMPASS-1  USA
OSS Spy Compass to be sewn into the Uniform Jacket
 This near excellent compass measures 3/4 inches in diameter. $99.99 Available
   FIALKA-1
 Early Commie ROTOR for the Russian FIALKA Cipher Machine

This is a 2-3/4 inch in diameter rotor as shown.

Here is another view.
$599.99 Available
    SPG-0011
USA
World War Two GI OD painted Wooden Short Wave and AFN Channels Working Radio.

This is a 7 x 11 x 12 inch Templetone Military Model BP2-A5 radio in near MINT condition.

Here are other views.  1   2   3   4   5   6  7   8
$449.99 Available
 SPG-001
USA World War Two Spy Gear Equipment Tag Marked SECRET
This is as shown.

This  is a 2 x 2.5 inch data plate.

The condition is near MINT.

Here is another view.
$49..99 Available
  USNCO-001
US Navy World War Two Aircraft Carrier, etc Near MINT Code Signal Disc #2 
This is a 6.5 inch diameter disc as shown.

It was used aboard ship to send coded directional signals. 

Here is another view.  
$149.99  Available 
  USNCO-002
US Navy World War Two Aircraft Carrier, etc Near MINT Code Signal Disc #5 Housed in period Metal Box 
This is a 6.5 inch diameter disc as shown. The box measures 2 x 7 x 9 inches.

The data plate reads (4) Signal Discs for use with type CWS-23271 Antenna Control Unit.  

It was used aboard ship to send coded directional signals.

Here are other views  1  2.
$299.99  Available 
ECD-0011
Micro 16 Spy Camera
This is as shown and is near excellent condition.

Here additional views  1  2  3.
$399.99 Available
ECD-0012
Micro 16 Spy Camera with Film Cartridge
This is as shown and is near excellent condition.

Here additional views  1  2  3  4  5  6.
$399.99 Available
ECD-0013
Minolta 16 Spy Camera
This is as shown and is near excellent condition.

Here additional views  1  2  3  4  5.
$399.99 Available
ECD-0014
Minute 16 Spy Camera
This is as shown and is near excellent condition.

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4.
$399.99 Available


ECD-0144
 Miniature HIT 16 Spy Camera
The camera is in excellent condition and comes with a near MINT leather case. 

The carry strap is near absent as shown.  

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4  5 .
$129.99  Available
LEICACASE-1
 German
World War Two 
LEICA 
Camera Case
This is a by 1 by 4 inch black leather case in good condition as shown.

There is a small piece of leather missing from one corner of the case.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5  6
$99.99 Available
LEICALIGT-1
German
 World War Two 
LEICA LIGHT METER
Empty Case
This is a near mint condition by 1 by 2 inch case as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5
$99.99 Available
  LEICACASE-2
 German
World War Two 
LEICA 
Round Brown Leather Case for the Tripod
This case is 1 inches in diameter and 6 inches long. It is in good plus condition as shown.

The attaching snap is broken.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4
  $49.99 Available
  LEICACASE-3
 German
World War Two 
LEICA 
Dark Brown Leather Zippered Case for a
 LEICA Tripod
 This is a near excellent condition 2 by 9 inch long case as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2 
$74.99 Available
  LEICAMETER-1  German
World War Two 
LEICA 
Meter-3 Set of Two Mint Condition Light Meters in a Fitted Box
 The box measures 1 by 3 by 5 inches and the larger light meter measures   by by 2 inches while the smaller light meter measures 1 inches square.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14
$149.99 Available
  FLASHGUN-1
 German
 World War Two 
MINOX 
Flash Gun Model
B in Original Box
The gun measures 1 by 1 by 3 inches and is in mint condition as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4
 $99.99  Available
  LOOPE-1
German
World War Two
 MINOX
 Film Viewing Magnifier in Original Box
This is as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7   8
 $99.99  Available
  UNIPAN-1
 USA
 World War Two
UNI-PAN
Fine Grain Panchromatic Film
14 Exposures Daylight Loading Magazine
For
 Use In The Minute
16-Camera
This is a film that comes in a 1 by 2 inch issued box. The condition is near excellent as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13 
  $49.99 Available
  FIELD-110
USA
World War Two Camera Cartridge Field for
M110 Unissued in Original Case
 This is a mint condition cartridge as shown.

Here are other views. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  
  $49.99 Available
  ECD-005
German
Word War Two
Single Lenses SPY Look Out DIST DRGM Pat A 02162 Serial Number
This a near MINT 7 inch long with a 1 Inch forward optic with measuring distance from 15 inches to 50 feet.

Condition is near MINT.  

Here are additional views  1  2  3 .
 
  SOLD
ECD-0059 USA World War Two Wollensock HESTER marked Spy Hand Held Scope w/ Case This is a 4 inch long with a 5/8 inch forward  objective and it fits firmly in the leather case.

I purchased this item from a member of the wartime OSS.

Here are additional views  1  2.
  SOLD
  ECDD-0059 USA
World War Two STERILE not marked Spy Hand Held Scope SOE OSS SPY Telescope
 Donald Hamilton HILL Collection
This a near G+ 5 inch long with a 1 Inch forward optic with measuring distance from 15 inches to 50 feet.

The optics are perfect and the case has 84 % of paint remaining.

Here are other views. 1   2   3
$349.99 Available
ECD-00591
post World War Two German  Leica Gold Color 34mm Camera with Period Case
This is a working camera.

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4.
$499.99 Available
ECD-00592 British World War Two Hand Held SPY signaling Light This item came for the Donald Hamilton-Hill collection.

It features a battery container hooked to a signal light. each container is 5 inches long. The battery container is maker marked.

The condition is near good plus.

Here are additional views  1  2.
$224.99 Available
    NEMA-007
World War Two SWISS TEN Rotor ENIGMA NEMA
 Military Spy Machine
This is a SWISS 'NEMA' VERSION OF THE GERMAN ENIGMA MACHINE:(15KB) The NEMA was made in 1948 in Switzerland for use in the Swiss Army and for sale to other countries.

Since it was not until 1970 that it became known that the Enigma code had been broken, the Swiss thought that this machine was immune to deciphering.

The name NEMA comes from: 'Neu Enigma' or 'New Enigma'. 640 NEMAs were built and, since their serial numbers started with 100, the highest serial number was 740. NEMAs with serial numbers below 421 were used for training and those above that number were stored in preparation for possible war and labeled to be used ONLY in time of war.

The NEMA worked on the same principles as the Enigma. The 4 active rotors each had an easily adjustable ring-setting wheel that could be changed as though it was one of the rotor thumb wheels.

All these thumb wheels gave the erroneous impression that the NEMA had 10 rotors. The military or war version was supplied with two additional rotors, 'E' and 'F' that were stored inside the top cover. The NEMA was made by Zellweger A. G. in Uster. An interesting feature of this machine is a remote light panel which can be positioned in such a way that the person typing in the coded letters can't see the message as it is decoded. This machine is apparently also capable of feeding its output into a printer.

It is in near MINT working condition.

Here are other views.   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12   13   14  
POR Available
ECD-5005
WWII M-209-B Converter Smith Corona Hagelin Cipher SPY Machine
This is a WWII Signal Corps, U.S. Army, Converter M-209-B, tactical cipher machine ca. 1942.

It was manufactured and supplied by L.C. Smith & Corona Typewriters, Inc., Syracuse, NY.  The unit is a Boris Hagelin design and was produced for low level tactical use.

The case has a dent in one corner or the lid. The OD crinkle finish shows typical wear/scuffing for a used machine.  The crinkle finish on the inside cabinet looks good with just a few minor rubs and one paint chip by the counter window. The latch on the lid does not fully seat and needs adjustment.

The unit seems to function but I have no way to confirm that it is working properly/accurately and I cannot guarantee its accuracy.  When the black lever on the right is turned, the drum in the back rotates and the plastic knob on the left and the type wheel rotate. As these complete their cycle, the six cipher disks reset and the letter counter adds one click.

The plastic letter knob must be reset/set before the black lever/knob can be turned again. Pushing the button on top and rotating the small knob on the right resets the letter counter.

The cipher/decipher (D/C) knob on the left side turns easily. The ink roller is dry.

Other than a partial roll of paper tape, there are no accessories or paperwork with this machine. 

This is a great piece of WWII and cryptographic memorabilia. It is suitable for display and may actually be usable. It is over 60 years old and has been out of service for many years so a proper lube job is in order before exercising the machine too much. The unit measures approximately 7.25 x 5.5 x 3.25 inches.

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9.
  SOLD
   ECD-1
USA
 M-209B INCOMPLETE* CIPHER MACHINE Spy HAGELIN CRYPTO  

Portable mechanical Enigma cipher machine 

The M-209 was a small light-weight portable hand-operated mechanical cipher machine, developed by Hagelin in Sweden for the US Army, as the successor to the M-94 hand cipher.

The M-209 was used by the US Army during WWII and for a long time thereafter. The machine is also known as C-38 (Hagelin) and CSP-1500 (US Navy).

It is compatible with the motorized BC-38.  The plate # is 46274 and marked Phila-44.

Here are other views.  1   2  3  4   5    6   7   8   9  10
$899.99   Available
   ECD-2
 USA
 World War Two OUTER COVER N 26805
 CIPHER MACHINE
 M-209B US ARMY WW2 HAGELIN Enigma, Crypto Machine
 This is a shown and in near excellent condition.

Here is another view.
$349.99 Available


ECD-001
WWII M-209-B Converter Smith Corona Hagelin Cipher SPY Machine

This is the Signal  Corps Converter M-209-B with the original data plate still in place. It is operable condition. There is a small dent in the top of the lid as shown.

The M-209 is about the size of a lunchbox, in its final form measuring 3.25 by 5.5 by 7 inches (83 by 140 by 178 mm). It represented a brilliant achievement for pre-electronic technology. It used a wheel scheme similar to that of a telecipher machine, such as the Lorenz cypher and the Geheimfernschreiber.  Here are more views 1  2  3  4  5.  Here is the link to more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-209.

  SOLD
ECDBG-001  WWII M-209-B Converter Smith Corona Hagelin Cipher SPY Machine  Bag With Carry Strap This is an original WW2 USGI M-209 Decoder bag.  The decoder's were carried by Airborne and Infantry troops during the D-Day invasion. 

The bag is dark OD with a light OD carrying strap.  All are in excellent condition. 

It does not include the decoder itself, carrying bag only. 

It would make a great item for your D-Day Airborne Paratrooper display! 

Here is a view of the reverse.
$129.99 Available
ECD-101
Case For WWII US Army Cipher Code HAGELIN Machine
M-209

Very rugged 7 1/4" x 5 7/16" x 1 1/2" metal carrying case used to protect the M-209 cipher machine. The M-209 was designed by Swedish cryptographer Boris Hagelin in response to a request for such a portable cipher machine, and was an improvement of an earlier machine, the C-36 Its first general use was during the African invasion in November 1942.

The M-209 is about the size of a lunchbox, in its final form measuring 3.25 by 5.5 by 7 inches (83 by 140 by 178 mm). It represented a brilliant achievement for pre-electronic technology. It used a wheel scheme similar to that of a telecipher machine, such as the Lorenz cypher and the Geheimfernschreiber.

Converter M-209 is a small, compact, hand-operated, tape-printing, mechanical device de signed for rapid encipherment and decipherment of tactical messages which must be cryptographed before transmission. It is normally carried in a canvas case on a strap over the shoulder. The carrying strap may be attached underneath.

The M-209 was superior to the German Enigma code converter in that it was smaller, had a paper print out and performed as well or better. Its average speed was 30 characters per minute. The condition is near good plus.  Here additional views  1  2  3  4.


$599.99 Available
ECD-1019
World War Two & Later US ARMY CIPHER HAGELIN SPY MACHINE M-209 PARTS not ENIGMA M94 FIALKA HX-63 KRYHA NEMA SIGABA
This auction is only for PARTS on the pictures.

It's not a complete machine.  

M-209 History:  In cryptography, the M-209, designated CSP-1500 by the Navy (C-38 by the manufacturer), is a portable, mechanical cipher machine used by the US military primarily in World War II, though it remained in active use through the Korean War.  

This machine was developed as a replacement for the CSP-885 (M-94) for use in tactical situations. The M-209 was designed by Swedish cryptographer Boris Hagelin in response to a request for such a portable cipher machine, and was an improvement of an earlier machine, the C-36 Its first general use was during the African invasion in November 1942.  

The M-209 is about the size of a lunchbox, in its final form measuring 3.25 by 5.5 by 7 inches (83 by 140 by 178 mm). It represented a brilliant achievement for pre-electronic technology. It used a wheel scheme similar to that of a telecipher machine, such as the Lorenz cypher and the Geheimfernschreiber. Converter M-209 is a small, compact, hand-operated, tape-printing, mechanical device designed for rapid decipherment and decipherment of tactical messages which must be cryptographed before transmission. 

It is normally carried in a canvas case on a strap over the shoulder. The carrying strap may be attached underneath.   The M-209 was superior to the German Enigma code converter in that it was smaller, had a paper print out and performed as well or better. Its average speed was 30 characters per minute.  

The condition is near excellent.

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10.
$499.99 Available

ECD-002 Swedish made HC-9 mechanical cipher device

This is the Swedish made HC-9 mechanical cipher device.

 The HC-9 was a mechanical cipher device manufactured by Swedish company AB Transvertex. The HC-9 was designed after World War II and likely remained in use up to the 1970s. The machine was used for low-level communications. Here is a link to additional information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HC-9.

It is in the original 8 x 7 and 4 inch black hard rubber case. The data plate on the lid is absent. It is in overall MINT condition and appears to be operable.  Here additional photos 1  2  3  4  5.

$1,499.99 Available
  OSS-007
Complete MINOX SPY CAMERA Model B Flash Attachment in Camera Box w/ Documents
This is a shown and is in working condition.  

Here are additional views  1  2  3  4  5.
$349.99
LOT
Available
SPY-001
USA SPY Equipment Container
This is as shown. It painted the usual off white and measures 5 x 7 x 12 inches.  The data plate is dated April 1969. 

Here are additional views  1  2  3.
  SOLD
SPY-002
USSR Russian Equipment Container with Tools

This is as shown.  It is painted the usual Russian forest green and measures 5 x 8 x 12 inches. The data plate states Switch Assembly for KLB 47/T Sec Teletype Part No. 13187.

The condition is near excellent. Here are additional views  1  2  3  4  5  6  7.
$149.99 Available

COI, OSS, SOE, and OSI Items


Shown below are miscellaneous COI, OSS, OSI, and SOE items.

Thumbnail (Click to Enlarge) Item Number
Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
  NSACERT-1
 USA
 post World War Two NSA Certificate of Commendation to Charles O B COWARDIN   
  
This is a 8-1/2 x 11 inch certificate dated 16 August 1966 & quill pen ink signed Guy H Stephan BGen US Army Chief NSA Europe.

The cited person was a WW2 USAAF officer who later retired as an 0-6. He joined NSA retiring form there is 1982.
$199.99 Available
   NSACERT-2
 USA
 post World War Two NSA Certificate of Commendation to Charles O B COWARDIN   

This is a 8-1/2 x 11 inch certificate dated 28 March 1973 & quill pen ink signed Thomas B Wood  BGen US Army Chief Installations & Logstictics.

The cited person was a WW2 USAAF officer who later retired as an 0-6. He joined NSA retiring form there is 1982.
$199.99 Available
   NSACERT-3
 USA
 post World War Two NSA Certificate as a Resources Manager to Charles O B COWARDIN   
 
This is a 10 x 12 inch certificate dated 1 January 1971 & quill pen ink signed Noel Gayler Vice Admiral US Navy Director.

The cited person was a WW2 USAAF officer who later retired as an 0-6. He joined NSA retiring form there is 1982.
$199.99 Available
  AIRAM-1
  USA
Vietnam War
Air America A-2 Jacket Combat Patch
This is a period Vietnam War 3 1/2 inch in diameter patch.

The condition is near excellent.

Here are other views. 1   2  
 $89.99 Available
   AIRAMO-1
USA
Vietnam War Air America  PERIOD Uniform Patch
This is a 2-3/4 x 3 inch patch that I brought back from RVN.

The condition is near excellent.
 $99.99 Available
  OSS-1011
This is a WWII US OSS SPY Operative with Large Bouillon Shoulder Pads and Small Lapel Patches
 The uniform is a marked size 37R.

This an unusual SPY Uniform with Bouillon Patches as stated, plus rank and branch insignia and a three row theater made ribbon bar. 

It has 4 Bouillon Overseas bars on the left sleeve. 

Here is a view of the back. The condition is near mint.
$599.99 Available
  INVADE-01
 World War Two EARLY OSS  ID Card and  Normandy Invasion events booklet recorded by Jean HODGIN Lot

This is his early War Department ID card, a photograph of him and a 4 x 7 inch softbound booklet of his hand written notes re the Normandy invasion plus several hands written cards of his activities on & after 6 June 1945.

The condition is near excellent.

here are other views.  1   2  3 
  SOLD
  NORMANDY-0010  USA
 Normandy Armband as worn by
USA Paratroopers in the Pre Landing Airborne Assault 
This is a heavy printed 48 star flag with safety pins to attach 4 x 15 inch armband in G+ condition.

Here is another view.
$249.99 Available
   POISON-1
 USA
World War Two OSS SOE SPY Size 5 Marked .925 STERLING SILVER POISON RING.
 This ring is an interesting variant of the POISON ring used during WW2.

It appears to be worn and is near excellent condition.

Here is another view.
$199.99 Available
  MISPY-1
The MI-9 SOE Concealed "Stinger" Pencil used in "Naughty Packages" shipped to Allied POWs for Use in Escape and Evasion etc BOOK
 Most of these items are shown in the 1942 MOST SECRET classified document Per Ardua Libertas. We have a very high quality copy, printed on slick hard milled paper made from the original available.

The letter inside describes the contents. There are 76 pages of narrative and photographic content detailing the escape and evasion aids developed to assist POWs and SOE agents.

Here are other views. 1   2   3   4  5   6   7   8   9
$49.99 Available
BERET-01
 UK
World War Two ORIGINAL PERIOD SAS SPY Commando Light Green Beret with Insignia
 This is a as worn size 7 beret in near excellent condition overall.

Here are other views.   1   2   3  4  
$249.99 Available
   SASBD-1
 UK
 Period to
World War II
 SAS Beret Dies Struck Metal Badge for Beret
This is a 5/8 x 2 inches beret badge in near excellent condition.  $49.99 Available
 SPYDO-01
USA
Military Intelligence Interrogation Report #15 German SECRET SD POLICE Organizational Chart & related THIRTY pages of Documents
 This is a large G+ CIC APO 403 Intelligence Center SECRET report dated 9 July 1945 containing information on the SD POLICE in Austria..

This is a large G+ condition THIRTY page typed group of documents as shown

Here are other views. 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   12    13   14   15   16   17   18   19    20   21   22   23   24   25   26 27   28   29   30   31   32 
 $349.99 Available
SPYDO-1
USA
Military Intelligence Interrogation Report #1 German SD GROUP Werwolf, SIPO, RSHA, SKORENY, Various Luftwaffe Leaders etc SPY Network Report
 This is a large G+ condition CIC APO 403 Intelligence Center SECRET report dated 12 May 1945 containing information on the SD POLICE etc in Austria.

This is a large 8 x 11 inch G+ condition TEN page typed group of documents as shown.

Here are other views.   1   2   3   4   5   6
7   8  
$349.99 Available
SPYDO-11
 USA
Military Intelligence German SD Fritz POCH Translation to English SD Threat SPY Report
This is a G+ condition 1 page 8 x 8 inch threat letter report signed Heil Hitler "Der Werwolf"as shown. $99.99 Available
SPYDO-12
USA
Military Intelligence German SD Section Chiefs Name Listing etc VIENNA AUSTRIA Office Report
This is a G+ condition 1 page report as shown.

Names noted are POLTE GOHRMANN CHLAN LOULK ART GRUIN MULLNER BOKLHOFF MORSCNELKE PAMMER FLIELL DAXL & ALGNER
$99.99 Available
        SPYDO-13
 USA
Military Intelligence 16 March 1945 Dated German
 SD GUNTHER SPY Report

This is a large 8 x 12 inch G+ condition FIVE page report as shown.

It is addressed to Chief and is a long two page quill pen letter from a female German agent to her lover with an English translation. It is signed Evelen.

Here are other views.  1   2   3     
      
    
  $249.99 Available
SPYDO-14
USA
 Military Intelligence CIC APO 757 TDY Orders for US SPY S/A #3498 George BREED Document
This is a large 8 x 10 inch G+ condition 1 page report as shown. $99.99 Available
SPYDO-15
 USA Military Intelligence Special Agent Detachment Commander German SPY Report
This is a 8 x 10 inch G+ condition 2 page report concerning this capture as shown.

The report states that during the month of July 1945 13 agents made 111 security and 648 political arrests. This short three page report is filled with many prominent S D & Gestapo men that had been hiding in this area.

Some are KALTENBRUNNER, PHAXAMKA, HOESTTI, MANTUEFFEL, PRINCE SCHAMBERG LIPPE, MUHLBURG,MUNZ, MEISSER, TEMESVARY, SAISSI, IUBIN.

Mention is also made of the 30 million dollars of gold bullion sized. Further the ring of counterfeiters making English Pounds US Dollars etc was also arrested. The arrest of Kaltenbrunner netted several agents the Silver Star.

This typed face copy is slightly readable as shown.
 $199.99   Available
  SPYDO-16 Leopoldville ULRICH Balkan SD Secretary SPY APO 60 CIC Det 30 May 1945 Report    This is a 8 x 10 inch G+ condition THREE page report by S/A George Breed concerning this assignment as shown.

Here is another view.
$149.99   Available 
  SPYDO-17
Listing of Female Gerfallenen etc Office Listing SPY Document 

This is a large G+ condition 1 page report by S/A Gorge Breed as shown.

Here is another view.
$149.99  Available 
SPYDO-017 Carbon Copy SPY Document Report 80th CIC Det APO 80 concerning what Julius STREICH hid under the Bee House at his Farm.  This is a 8 x 11 inch tattered end G+ condition 1 page report by S/A Gorge Breed as shown.   $149.99   Available  
  SPYDO-171
 USA
World War Two HQ General PATTON SEVENTH Army G-2 APO 758 21 May 45 dated SD Secret Police Organizational Chart 
This is a 16 x 22 inch folded chart in near excellent condition.

It shows the FOUR main offices of the secret police and the many sub offices as shown.

Here is another view.
 $199.99   Available   
  SWACA-1
USA
 The Game of FIVE HUNDRED SWASTIKA Playing Card Set In Period Issue Box
This is a MINT set of playing cards as shown.

Here are other views.   1   2 

 $299.99  Available   
  SPYDO-19
 USA
 post
 World War Two
1965 dated  007 Kids Toy.  

This is as shown. 

Here is another view.
 $39.99      Available    
SPYDO-199
 USA
 Military Intelligence German
 SD GROUP FISCHER SPY Network Report
This is a large G+ condition 1 page report as shown.  $99.99 Available     
SPYCO-001
USA
World War Two OSS SPY Hidden Cavity Coin Set
This is as shown and in near excellent condition.

Here are other views.   1   2   3   4
 $1299.99 each
or
the pair for $1999.99
Available
SPY-001
USA OSS Operative SPY Joseph S Clark Signed & Dedicated Portrait Photograph
This is a signed & dedicated portrait photograph of this spy.

This is a 8 x 10 inch signed photograph dated 2/26/62 as shown.

It is in near good plus condition.

Here is a view of the back.
$249.99 Available
MIHA-010
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 0904427.

All in near MINT condition
$99.99 Available
MIHA-011
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 1815.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-012
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 0376200.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-013
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card.
 This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 0184272.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-014
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
 This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 6628.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-015
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown.

No name is given just the number 0917947.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-016
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. No name is given just the number 7084.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-017 USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card.  This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

 It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. The name Steven B Sweeney is given & the number 6324.

All in near MINT condition
$99.99 Available
MIHA-018
USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card
 This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown.

The name Sgt Albert G Zaukey is given & the number 1811.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available
MIHA-019 USA Wheeler Air Base Pearl Harbor Area HAWAII Counter Intelligence Identification Card This is a 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 inch ID card printed on extra heavy paper.

It features the ID photograph of the holder as shown. The name Sgt Peter Farrier is given & the number 4216.

All in near MINT condition.
$99.99 Available




OSSC-001
USA OSS CBI Officer Photograph etc Lot
This is a group of TWO 3 x 5 inch and THREE 8 x 10 inch PERIOD photographs of  GIs dropping supplies.

Also included is his calling card (Major Edward B Polak US Army Air Corps OSS China Theater) and RR Ticket Calcutta to Chandmari.

All in near MINT condition. 

Here are other views  1  2  3  4  5  6  7.
  SOLD

OSSNO-001
USA OSS General Donovan, Bernt Balchen (Norway OPS) & Other Photographs Lot

This is a group of EIGHT + PERIOD photographs as shown that belonged to OSS SPY H G Morrison- London & Norway.

All in near MINT condition. 

Here are other views  1  2  3  4  5  6.
$224.99 Available
OSS-199
OSS SOE V and Three Dots & a Bar Symbol of French Resistance ID to Other Spies Gilt Lapel Button
This is a US Nickel sized button as shown.

The spy would use this to show another his association with the resistance. It was common among spies to have some insignificant item to show as a personal guarantee of their association.

A friend of mine in the OSS and later in the CIA used a miniature Catholic POPES ring as his marker! 
$64.99 Available
OSS-10101

USA World War Two OSS Reunion Black Red & Yellow Uniform Patch.
This is a near excellent 2-3/4 inch diameter patch as shown

Here is an additional view.
  SOLD
OSS-001 USA Veteran Of OSS annual Dinner Program with Name List This is a multiple page menu etc.

Condition is near excellent. 

Here is an additional view.
$149.99 Available

OSSDET-01

World War II OSS Demolitions Instructor Demonstration Ordnance Lot

This is a large lot of items from the estate of a former OSS demolitions instructor.  All ordnance items are inert, non-functional, and have no explosive content.

Non-explosive items are in various conditions, from tarnished to near-mint.  We have provided a number of detailed close-up images for you to look at.

The OSS manual is ORIGINAL 1944 issue (not a post-war reprint).  This is the 1944 revision to the original OSS manual with added content.  In addition, there are some supplemental data sheets and photographs of items not included in that edition.

The technical manuals for some of the German and Russian items are post-war (circa 1950s) to aid in identification of some of the more exotic items.

Photos are shown below and by clicking the thumbnails at the left.  The timer is a very scarce 12-hour version.  It shows significant wear and tarnish.

  SOLD
OSSDET-03

World War II OSS Demolitions SAC "HONEYMOON" 24-Hour Timer

This is an item from the estate of a former OSS demolitions instructor. This ordnance items is inert, and has no explosive content.

This is RARE 24-Hour timer.  Only 1500 were made (compared to 20,000 of the 12-Hour version.

A page from the OSS Weapons book describing details of manufacture and quantities, as well as a photo, is shown here.  An image of the wordless instruction sheet showing several different applications is shown here.  Please note: Neither the OSS Weapons page nor the instructions are part of this offering.

The condition is near-mint, with some slight edge wear of the paint.  The key and cap nut are included as shown.

  SOLD
      OSSDET-421 World War Two Escape and Evasion Gold Coin Barter Kit USAAF USN USMC ONLY Gold Barter Kit This is a WWII Escape & Evasion Gold Coin Barter Kit USAAF Fully documented from 1980 sale w/ x-rays and paperwork. This is a very rare fully documented WWII escape and evasion gold barter kit.

These were put in bail out kits during the war for use by downed pilots and crew to "buy" whatever they needed for their safe return into friendly hands. This is an Atlantic kit which is opened and numbered.

It consists of .90 troy ounce of gold, 1- 20 franc gold coin, 1-10 franc gold coin, 1- 1 pound sovereign gold coin, 2- 1/2 pound gold sovereign coins, 3 gold rings plain or embossed.

The below is not part of this offering but used for information purposes only.
Here is a photo of the contents that are included.

Here are 2 sheets of x-rays faintly showing similar contents. 1 2 The list of contents, 1980 dated invoice showing that 2 kits sold then for $2,502.00, 12 Feb 1980 dated sale advertisement, directions for opening the kit, and some period newspaper clipping (1 2) describing the government sale.

This a very rare opportunity to own a fully documented escape and evasion gold barter kit, missing from even the most advanced collections and museums!
  SOLD


OSSDET-43 WWII Escape & Evasion Gold Coin Barter Kit USAAF

 

This is a  WWII Escape & Evasion Gold Coin Barter Kit USAAF Fully documented from 1980 sale w/ x-rays and paperwork.  

This is a very rare fully documented WWII escape and evasion gold barter kit. These were put in bail out kits during the war for use by downed pilots and crew to "buy" whatever they needed for their safe return into friendly hands.

This is an Atlantic kit which is sealed and numbered 318.  It consists of .90 troy ounce of gold, 1- 20 franc gold coin, 1-10 franc gold coin, 1- 1 pound sovereign gold coin, 2- 1/2 pound gold sovereign coins, 3 gold rings plain or embossed.  

The below is not part of this offering but used for information purposes only.

Here is a photo of the contents that are included.

Here are 2 sheets of x-rays faintly showing similar contents. 1  2 The list of contents, 1980 dated invoice showing that 2 kits sold then for $2,502.00, 12 Feb 1980 dated sale advertisement, directions for opening the kit, and some period newspaper clipping  (1  2) describing the government sale.  

This a very rare opportunity to own a fully documented escape and evasion gold barter kit, missing from even the most advanced collections and museums!.  

  SOLD
OSSDET-02

OSS Spring Kosh

This is a World War II OSS Spring Kosh, similar in design to the German SiPo Kosh.

This is a completely sterile unmarked kosh, painted black.  These are views of the right and left sides (extended) and one of the end cap, showing the slightly different construction from the German models.

It measures 17 inches extended and 7 inches closed as shown at the left.

The condition is generally very good to near excellent.

$999.99 Available
OSSDET-05

 WWII  OSS Demolitions Unusual Sterile Signaling Device

 

This is a World War II OSS Demolitions Unusual Sterile Signaling Device

This is an item from the estate of a former OSS demolitions instructor. It measures 14 inches long as shown. The condition is near excellent and it is unknown if it is operable.  Here are o ther views 1  2  3  4  5.

$899.99 Available
OSSDET-06

OSS American Songs In German Propaganda Record by Marlene Dietrich

This is a World War II Record American Songs in German for the OSS by Marlene Dietrich.

This is BLACK label 10 inch variant recording in 33-1/3 RPM (Columbia GL-105).  This is a view of the back of the sleeve which lists the eight songs and gives the history of the recording.  This is a view of part of one side of one of the album showing the black label and the small spindle (standard 33-1/3 RPM) construction.

The album cover measures 10-1/8 inches as shown at the left.

We also have a SLEEVE only (no record) available for the GL-105 for $49.99.

The condition is generally very good with cover wear and some scratches from age.

$99.99 Available
OSSDET-07

OSS American Songs In German Propaganda Record by Marlene Dietrich

This is a World War II Record American Songs in German for the OSS by Marlene Dietrich.

This is BLUE label 10 inch variant recording in 33-1/3 RPM (Columbia ML-2615).  This is a view of the back of the sleeve which lists the eight songs and gives the history of the recording.  This is a view of part of one side of one of the album showing the blue label and the small spindle (standard 33-1/3 RPM) construction.

The album cover measures 10-1/8 inches as shown at the left.

The condition is generally very good with cover wear and scratches from age.

$99.99 Available
OSSDET-08

OSI Office of Security Intelligence Patch

This is a very rare US Department of State Office of Security Intelligence patch.

This patch features a silk floss red, white and blue federal eagle and emblem machine embroidered on black twill.  It has a loose woven cheesecloth back.

The patch measures 4 by 4-1/2 inches as shown at the left.

The condition is generally very good with some wear from age. It was used and removed from a uniform.

$499.99 Available
USMIL-001
World War Two Black Market Neufchat eau France District Court Charges against Alfred Winaud For STEALING clothes, Food etc dated 28.2.45 2 Page Document
This is a as stated & in near excellent condition.

Here is an other view.
$39.99 Available
USMIL-002
World War Two Black Market Neufchat eau France District Court Charges against Fernand Poncelet 
For STEALING clothes, Food etc dated 28.2.45 2 Page Document
This is a as stated & in near excellent condition.

Here is an other view.
$39.99 Available
USMIL-003
USA post WWII   Then SERCRET Report From Department of the Army To Secretary of Army by James Byrnes.Carbon Copy Document
This is 8 page report of the troop bases of the USA.

Here are other views  1  2  3  4.
$49.99 Available
USMIL-004
FRANCE 1850s Palse port a L Interieur Passport & Related Documents Lot
This is a 10 x 14 inch document along with tow smaller ones as shown.

The condition is near excellent.

Here is another view.
$89.99 Available

Special Operations Crossbows


Shown below are several different styles of crossbows for the OSS, SOE, SAS, and US military crossbows.

Thumbnail (Click to Enlarge) Item Number
Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status

SAS-05

SAS Crossbow

Cold War SAS Serial Numbered Crossbow.

The aluminum bow measures 31 inches with a closed stock & trigger assembly of 16 inches. There is an aluminum handled fighting knife attached to clips on the right side of the receiver. The bow is quickly attachable/detachable for carry or storage. When the shoulder stock is extended the device measures 26 inches.

The serial number appears on the top of the sighting device per the image furnished.

Please note: there are no bolts (arrows) or string included with this device.

  SOLD
SFCB-01

Special Operations Crossbow

US Military Special Operations Crossbow.

The aluminum bow measures 28-1/2 inches with a solid green painted stock simple trigger assembly of 28-1/2 inches. The stock is machine stamped with the letters TEW on the right side.

These are views of the top and bottom.

Please note: there are no bolts (arrows) or string included with this device.

$149.99 Available

SOE Button Escape and Evasion Compasses (MOVED. Click the link)


OSS and SOE E&E Devices and Maps


We have several other escape and evasion maps and some very rare escape route maps available here.

Thumbnail (Click to Enlarge) Item Number
Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
MAPS-01
MI-6 SOE Escape and Evasion Map North Africa and Southern Europe

This is a very scarce SOE MI-6 tissue paper escape and evasion map.

This is the map that was typically hidden in pencils, dartboards, toothbrushes, and similar innocuous items where space was a primary consideration. It was most usually encountered in "Naughty Packages" sent in as relief supplies to POWs.

It measures 23-1/2 inches across by 16-1/2 inches high. It is printed in three colors: red, green and black.

This is a detail view of the key. Note the English spellings.

The condition is near excellent, with some signs of minor wear. It is under a removable plastic protective cover wrap which is the source of the glare on the images.

$499.99 Available
 OSSSOE-0444
USA World War Two Corsica, Sardinia Southern France Corsica Sardinia, Med Sea & North Africa Coast One Sided OSS SOE Escape & Evasion Silk Edible TISSUE Map
 This is as shown. This TISSUE map measures 16 x 24 inches.

The condition is near excellent.

Here are other views  1  2.
$649.99 Available
MAPS-02
MI-6 SOE Escape and Evasion Map New Zealand

This is a very scarce OSS prepared New Zealand infiltration and escape and evasion map.

This is the map that was typically used by coast watchers, aircraft spotters and weather observers working for the OSS in the area of Wellington and Christchurch New Zealand. Note the contours are shown inland but no water depth information. This was for use by land-based units.

It measures 23-1/2 inches across by 16-1/2 inches high. It is printed in three colors: red, green and black.

This is a detail view of the key. Note the OSS hand stamp and OSS and RESTRICTED printed markings. Note also this is a 1942 preliminary map.

The condition is near excellent, with some signs of minor wear. The letter opener visible in the images was to hold the map flat and it is not a part of this offering.

$499.99 Available
   CATER-1
USA
World War Two Escape and Evasion Caterpillar Club 14 K unmarked Red Eyes Bail Out Pin Badge

This is a very small 1/8 x 3/8 inch pin back badge that is in near excellent condition.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_Club - here are similar ones.

The Caterpillar Club is an informal association of people who have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft.
$499.99 Available
   CHUTE-1
USA
 World War Two IRVIN
Air Chutes Advertisement page in The Aeroplane Magazine Issue of April 20, 1945

This is a full page advertisement that measures 8 x 11 inches in the above mentioned magazine.
$49.99 Available
    CHUTE-2
USA
pre World War Two RIP CORD CLUB Certificate of Membership Given to Edmund Paul TAYLOR
This hand lettered near excellent 7 x 9 inch on a photostat was given at Chanute Field on 17 October 1927.

It was authenticated in quill pen ink Tug WILSON Recording Rip No. 5. The drawing is signed in quill pen ink SGT HECHTER which appears in the lower right hand corner of the document. The artist also drew a aviator with full chute in the document center.

The condition is G+ with a repaired tear at the
9 o'clock.

Here are other views.  1   2   3
$199.99 Available
EE-100
Escape and Evasion Winged Boot Bullion Patch

This is a a very scarce winged boot escape and evasion heavy silver bullion on royal blue wool patch.

This is a view of the back.

This is a very hard item to find. It was awarded to pilots who were shot down and successfully evaded and escaped capture by the enemy. It measures 2-1/4 inches square. It was once on a uniform (typically worn under the lapel) and has threads remaining from when it was attached.

The condition is near excellent with some deep tarnish from age.

$499.99 Available

OSS Detachment 101


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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status

OSS-01
Office of Strategic Services Detachment 101 Campaign Badge

This is the very scarce CBI OSS DET 101 Burma Campaign STERLING Silver Bar.

It measures 3 inches across.

This is the back view

The condition is near excellent, with some signs of routine wear and tarnish from age.  It has been cleaned thus the surface is bright.

$499.99 Available

Air America -= China Air Transport Items


An original Vietnam Air America pilot cap.

This is a very rare hat, made for the pilots of the CIA air transport service.  It features the Air America patch and bamboo "scrambled eggs" on the bill.  The back is Velcro adjustable for sizing.

It has a deliberately fictitious maker label from Erly's Dress Shop and Embroidery in "Angeles City" with the unlikely phone number of 25-39. This is a view of the construction of the inside.

$999.99

We also have a copy of the 1984 Air America Reunion yearbook priced at $64.99


USA post World War Two   Parachute Bag with the name AIR AMERICA Sewn On


This is a large 16 x 24 inch two handled bag that belonged to "DOC" .  The condition is near excellent overall.  Here is a view of the reverse.

  

$249.99


RVNSPY-1 Vietnam War Air America SPY Plane dated June 1968 Passenger Flight Information 4 Page Card


  This is a 3 x 5-1/4 inch near excellent card as shown.

Here is another view.

  

 $49.99


German Espionage Items


Shown below are items used by the Germans before and during WWII.

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Description, Size, Condition Price Status
GHS-03

Pre World War II Third Reich Zt.Z.f. SpBü. 37 (Timer, Explosive, (Enemy implied) Espionage Bureau, Model 37) Clockwork Explosive Timing Detonator Mechanism.

Please note, this item is INERT. It does not have the explosive primer that sits in the aluminum cup at the bottom of the device. It is in otherwise functional and serviceable condition. THERE IS NO WINDING KEY, however a standard square 2mm clock key will work perfectly.

This is a VERY rare explosive detonator, designed to set off a device within 5 hours of being set. The "clock" is calibrated in one hour increments from 0 to 5. It operates by triggering a plunger when time expires to pierce a small primer charge that sets off a larger primer to set off the main charge.

This device is extremely difficult to find.

The size is 3-1/2 long by 1-1/2 inches in diameter. The casing is brown Bakelite and the mechanism is steel. There is a clear plastic window marked with the elapsed time.

There are a number of markings, including a W&A amt proof, a "40" stamped into the metal, and a manufacturing date of 44 6, and a PW maker mark.

This is a view of the device disassembled, and this is the opposite side. This is a close-up of the clockwork.

$449.99 Available
GHS-04

Pre World War II Third Reich 1930s German Diplomatic Consulate Olympia Simplex Typewriter

This is a scarce Olympia Simplex built in the 1930s in Berlin. It has a complete German keyboard, with separate keys for the umlaut letters: Ä, ä, Ö, ö, Ü, ü and the double s ligature: ß. This is a close view of the hammer bank, showing very little wear and good maintenance.

The consulates and other Third Reich offices were closed on the declaration of war in December 1941 and the many of contents were confiscated, including this typewriter.

There are inventory and control numbers on the side, and bottom. The Berlin maker label is shown here.

Items of the Third Reich with US connections are extremely difficult to find.

The case is 13-1/2 inches square by 6 inches high. The typewriter fits perfectly and snuggly in the case. There is some deterioration of the natural rubber feet and bumpers, however, the platen rubber in in very good overall condition, with no flat spots. The rollers show some very slight cracks, but are otherwise intact and in round.

$999.99 Available

Clandestine Warfare and Special Operations Commemorative Items


This is a 24K gold plated serial numbered limited edition commemorative cased presentation model of the famed wrist sleeve dagger used by clandestine forces during World War II.  It is serial numbered 0265 of 1945 as noted on the certificate on the hinged wooden top of the custom-made fitted presentation case.  The dagger is engraved on the handle to MAJOR CHARLES SNYDER USAF (RET).

The dagger comes complete with a fitted leather sleeve and strap, as shown.

The dagger is identical in all respects to the original dagger, with the exception of gold plating and engraving, which would not be on a WWII dagger.  It was issued by the American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia some years ago.  This is the home of the US Marine Raider Museum and the Military Knife Museum.  They are primarily known for their production of limited edition firearms, however, they have on special occasion, made other pieces of historical interest in the last 24 years of their history.  You can visit their website here to see the quality of their offerings: http://www.ahfrichmond.com/index.html

The condition is mint, with some very minor external wear on the edges of the stained finish of the case.

$899.99 Complete


Cold War Clandestine Recording Devices


Cold War clandestine microphone, built into a dummy watch case

The watch is not functional, however it appears to be a Hanhart chronometer, with a "Made in  Germany" marking on the face. The "blank" space is unusual, it does not appear to have been altered in any way. This watch face appears to have been from early in the occupation era.

The internal parts of the watch however, were replaced with a small microphone, and the left side of the watch was fitted with a 55 inch gray cable that was long enough to run up the sleeve and to an inside jacket pocket and attached to a miniature wire recorder by a quick disconnect plug.

The back of the watch has perforations around the entire circumference to allow sound to reach the microphone regardless of the position of the hand and wrist. The watch has a padded tan leather watch strap.

The watch measures 1-5/8 inches in diameter, the strap is 9 inches long.

The condition is generally near excellent. There is some glue on the face of the crystal from when it was mounted to a display, and it should polish off with no difficulty, if needed.

$1,999.99


Cold War Soviet Russia Clandestine Operations Spy Camera

This is a very rare Russian miniature camera with an external release mechanism used during the Cold War years following the end of WWII.

The F-21 camera was used from 1951 to the 1980s when it was replaced by the MF-1.  It remained classified until 1990, about the time of the collapse of the KGB.

This one is unusual in that it has the serial numbers intact on both the camera and the original mount (many were ground off). It comes in the original 5 x 8 Inch black pleather (Naugahyde) handbag case with strap. This is the "issue" version of the handbag camera with the correct case and not a modified or field made version most often encountered.

The camera has the single top button next to the motor winder.  The lens can be set easily by remote control.  The camera is also triggered by remote control that opens the lens aperture and fires the camera.

The condition is near excellent overall per the image furnished. It should be completely operational, as reasonable care was taken in storing and maintaining it. It used a special film, sliced from 35mm to 24mm, and the film is not commonly available. Most was made in the field with a film slicer (not included).

It is sold as is as a curiosity and collectible piece of spycraft.

There are a number of close-ups of various parts of the camera, mount and case shown at the links below:

Offered for $1,749.99

Complete with accessories shown


Electronics and Communications Devices


Marconi SOE "Briefcase Radio", circa 1942


The AM radio transceiver was one of the leading edge technologies of the day - the "briefcase radio". This low-power skywave radio was housed in a leather briefcase -- even smaller than the suitcase radios suck as the Type 3 MKII -- and made to look as innocuous as possible. It is designed as a unit in a single housing.  The radio is sparsely marked, however, the style, design, and general features are very much like the John Brown designs built by the Engineering Division of Marconi Radio. There is a very small broad arrow marking on the ammeter at the top center of the radio.

This is an extremely compact radio set, measuring only 12-1/2 by 8-1/2 by 4 inches high.

There is no separate power supply present, saving a lot of bulk. It was designed to be adaptable to any of the line voltages likely to be encountered in the field.  The plug included has the two round prong European style 220 VAC connector. The heart of the radio was a very low power transmitter. While it was adaptable to a fairly wide range of frequencies from 3.0 megahertz to 20 megahertz, in reality it was used in a very narrow band (3.2 megahertz) to take advantage of skywave propagation, a method of transmitting hundreds of miles using less than 5 watts of transmitter power by laying a long wire aerial parallel to power lines, phone lines, or railroad tracks to propagate the signal and mask the source to enemy RDF radio direction finding equipment. The radio is designed to either use the transmitter or receiver, a switch controlling which function was to be used.

The radio pictured here is very rare, especially so because of its extreme compact size and minimal number of external parts such as crystals. There is a set of headphones, however the pin connectors broke off long ago. There are easily replaceable today.  All of the major connectors are nicely labeled (E for ground, AE for the antenna (aerial), BFO for the Beat Frequency Oscillator, antenna impedance matching, gain (volume), and a numbered dial for coarse frequency adjustment, and a thumbwheel for fine tuning.

This radio is shown is nearly complete, to include the power cord, headset and deteriorated briefcase that was original to the radio. The only component not included is a microphone, which is also easily replaceable. It has a built-in code (CW key).  A covered switch at the upper right needs to be lifted to disable the CW and enable a microphone input.

The radio has the proper crystal and oscillator for using the skywave frequencies near 3.0 megacycles on Band 1. Two other higher frequency bands are also available for use by simply changing switch settings, matching the antenna and tuning. The higher frequencies were most often used to communicate with CARPETBAGGER aircraft on final approach to a drop zone.  Roughly one agent in three inserted behind enemy lines was a radio operator, the remainder being specialists in other forms of clandestine warfare. Many radios were destroyed to prevent them from falling into enemy hands, or lost in action.

This is one of the finest examples of a multiband, multifunction transceiver we've seen.  It appears to be operational, or could be made operational if it isn't already with a minimum of maintenance by a qualified radio technician.  It has not been tested and normal operation is not guaranteed to function.  It is sold as-is with no warranty for operation.

$12,499.99


The Type 2 MK II* SOE "Suitcase Radio", circa 1941


The Type 2 MKII* radio shown here is a John Brown designed, Marconi Radio built small suitcase receiver, transmitter, power main supply, code (CW) key, and headphone with a single 6 MC crystal element all housed in a pressed composite suitcase measuring 10 by 15 by 4 inches.

The transmitter output is rated at 4-6 watts and it is capable of operating in three bands: 3-4 MHz, 5 MHz, and 6-9 MHz in two bands (upper and lower sidebands).  It weighs approximately 23 pounds (10 kg).  There are accommodations for using an external battery supplemental power supply, however, it is not present or included.  It is designed to run off of electrical mains of voltages common to Europe (100VAC to 240 VAC) set by putting wires into the proper plugs on the main PSU.  Production was limited, somewhere in the 1000 unit range.

These are close-up images of the receiver, transmitter, main power supply, headphones and code key, and the crystal showing the radio data plate.  This is a shot of the radio set packed up, and one of the exterior of the suitcase.  The handle is broken loose on one side, as shown.

Use of this device is identical with the uses described for the radio above.  It also appears to be operational, or could be made operational if it isn't already with a minimum of maintenance by a qualified radio technician.  It has not been tested and normal operation is not guaranteed to function.  It is sold as-is with no warranty for operation. There are no power cord, aerial or ground wires present, they can be easily fabricated, if needed.

Offered at 12,499.99


WWII and Cold War Telephone/Electronic Tool Kits


This is a World War II OSS telephone and clandestine surveillance installation and maintenance tool kit.

It is housed in a hard fiber fitted suitcase that has no external markings or indication of contents, with two multi-pocket pallets (top - bottom) containing a number of hand tools, meters, and parts at close reach.  The bottom portion contains a variety of items from glass fuses to a WWII period STERILE butt-in telephone hand set.  The top pallet has a marking "Kit #197" that appears to be a post-war inventory number.

There are over two dozen hand tools including a variety of screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers, cutters, etc. Also included are three meters, flashlight, test light, plugs and adapters, miscellaneous repair parts and other technical tools of the trade.

The suitcase measures 16 by 6 by 12 inches.  It has a heavy duty handle and metal reinforced corners.

This is sold as a collectible only. There is no warranty of serviceability of the electronics parts.  The handtools all appear to be functional.

POR


This is a 1950s/1960s Cold War CIA telephone and clandestine surveillance installation and maintenance tool kit.

It is housed in a hard wood covered fitted suitcase that has no external markings or indication of contents, with two multi-pocket pallets containing a number of hand tools, meters, and parts at close reach.  The bottom portion contains a variety of items from glass fuses to a 1950s period Bell System butt-in telephone hand set.  The top pallet has a marking "BELL SYSTEMS KS-7771".

There are over three dozen hand tools including a variety of screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers, cutters, can wrenches, punch block tool, and some automatic tools (similar to a Yankee drill), etc. Also included are several meters, telephone microphones, plugs and adapters, miscellaneous repair parts and other technical tools of the trade.  This kit was adapted and modified from a Bell Systems KS-7771 telephone lineman's tool kit.

The suitcase measures 19-1/2 by 6 by 13-1/2 inches.  It has a heavy duty handle and metal reinforced corners.

This is sold as a collectible only. There is no warranty of serviceability of the electronics parts.  The handtools all appear to be functional.

POR


The Wilcox-Gay Recordette "Suitcase Recorder", circa 1930s


This is a 1930s made Wilcox-Gay Recordette disk recorder, phonegraph microphone, and radio combination suitcase electronic device.

It has an English-made microphone manufactured by LUSTRAPHONE Model No. X55.  It is set to run on 110 volts AC.

It has four modes of operation: Play Radio -- Play Phono -- Record Radio -- Record Phono.  The phonograph arm has a heavy steel recording needle present.  There is a conventional AM band radio receiver.  It has not been tested for functionality, the power cord needs some attention and repair before use is attempted.  It is sold AS-IS as a collectible device.

This player was used in England during WWII as a record player, and for off-the-air recording and clandestine recording purposes by the SOE.

There is a recorded disk dated 5-5-41 present, however the content is unknown.  It came with the device.  The recording may be recoverable with a modern turntable capable of 78 RPM operation.

The suitcase measures 13 by 18 by 6 inches.  The case and interior show wear from frequent routine use, transport, and storage.

Offered at $499.99


This is a Cold War era Vibroplex "Bug" telegraph key.  The basic design of this style of code key dates back to 1904, with this particular design dating to June 1905.  The serial number absolutely dates this key to the year 1957.  The device has been in nearly continuous production from 1905 to the present with only minor -- mostly cosmetic -- variations such as paint color and base design.

The key is VERY heavy, with robust rubber feet to keep it in place during long sessions.  All of the parts and pieces are complete, intact and present, including the counterweights and various limit and adjustment screws with knurled retention nuts to prevent drift from preferred settings.  This is the non-jeweled model. This is a view looking down from the top of the key.

Variation from the currently manufactured model is that this has US Navy gray crinkle finish paint, rather than black crinkle.  It is complete with the original serial numbered manufacturers data plate and it is painted with an orange stencil on the bottom with ORIGINAL Vibroplex markings. It measures  3-1/2 inches by 6-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches high.

This key is ready to install.  It only requires tuning for the coder's particular keying style and some light burnishing of the electrical contacts.  The condition is near excellent throughout.

$199.99


The AN/GSS-9(XE-1) Alarm Set Experimental Prototype, circa 1962


This is a very early Fort Monmonth Experimental Pre-Production Prototype Special Forces Intrusion Alarm Set AN/GSS-9(XE-1) used for guerilla and counter-guerilla intrusion detection applications.

It is exceptionally difficult to locate prototype units of Special Forces equipment.  This is a very rare find.  It is complete with the original alarm box and three spools of hair fine copper wire pair complete with shorting clips and an original preliminary Technical Manual numbered with a Fort Monmouth control number MON 5398-62.  The "62" indicates it is a 1962 issue.  The TM that eventually was issued with the production models has the title: Anti-Intrusion Alarm Set, AN/GSS-9, Operator's Manual and numbered TM 11-6350-200-10 dated 5 Jun 67.  This manual is long out of production, but available from several sources.  This set predates the manual and does NOT include the 1967 manual.

This is a view of the top and one showing the internal compartments.  It is built to run on a single BA-30 1.5VDC battery (commonly known as a civilian "D Cell" battery).  These are common batteries in both military and civilian versions. and one is NOT included.  It has an audible alarm, on-off switch, volume control, test indicator light and circuit test button.

The manual measures 8-1/2 by 11 inches and has 12 pages (6 printed front and rear, back blank) containing photographs, description, use and operation, and repair parts labeled schematic. All pages are stamped "FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY". The manual shows signs of frequent reference and some discoloration from age. It has two deep creases from being folded in quarters and rust on the staples.  There was never a cover for it.

The alarm case and interior show minor wear from test use and storage. It measures 3 by 3 by 1-1/2 inches.  Each spool measures 1-1/2 inches in diameter. It is serial numbered "18" (of an original run of 20) with a sticker.  The only piece not present are the crocus cloth that was originally glued next to the test button (for field expedient use if shorting clips weren't available) and the two small wood screws for the lid (easily found and replaced)

If you are a collector of rare and unusual US Army Special Forces items, this prototype is a superlative addition to your collection.

Offered at $999.99