My father paid $65 for an enlisted Fat Eagle belt buckle which he in turn gave to me. That was a great deal!
Matching number K98 bayonet, Chained SS Officers dagger, Kriegsmarine Officers dagger and an SA dagger (minus scabbard) for £1200. This was about 5 years ago now and they came from just up the road. This was the sellers asking price as he wanted to buy a new shotgun and that was what this would cost and the daggers were just sitting in his loft.
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nice one Ade.
My best deal was back in 1995 when I gave a VSM marked Vickers Mg (serial L1794) to the South Lancs regimental museum here in Warrington. They gave me in return a very early Maxim Mg08 (serial No 1984) on a trench mount. The gun had been supplied to the museum at the end of WW1 by the war trophies committee. At that time it was impossible to get hold of Mg08's which were known to have come from the western front.
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
A long time ago I bought a 1943 or 44 Denison smock from a veteran of the para regt (he was in the paras in the 50's, not during the war) for about twenty quid. I knew nothing at the time and just kept it because it was WW2 and I thought it was cool. I came to sell it on ebay a couple of years later and nearly fell off my chair when I saw the bids. Looking back, I wish I had kept hold of it.
I was also given an M34 helmet for free a couple of years ago.
I had a vet give me this helmet his knife he carried and a fire bayonet also a British 303 that had been sported out