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german fixed blade entrenching tool

Article about: I recently purchased this item from a fellow collector friend, this is my first post and first day of joining the site, i am hoping that some of you more experienced collectors could take a

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    I recently purchased this item from a fellow collector friend, this is my first post and first day of joining the site, i am hoping that some of you more experienced collectors could take a look at this item for me and give it a second opinion. i cant find and maker marks at all on the leather cover but on the spade is stamped 'ab&c' inside of what looks like a spade symbol the same as you see on a playing card. directly above appears to be an eagle stamp with some small text below it, this is harder to see as the original paint covers the eagle mark and i dont want to remove it in any way. hopefully you can just make it out in photos provided, if anyone has any info on a date for this item i would be very happy as iv never owned a fixed blade e tool before now although i believe the pattern was the same from 1880's-1940's.
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    To me it looks like a double headed eagle mark, Imperial German/Russian?

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    hi thanks for the reply much appreciated, can you shed any light on the maker mark at all

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    No sorry no idea on that one, but there should be more comments soon

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    It is 100% WW2, I have the same with the year 1944 here is a pic,
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    the carrier looks East German to me - WWII ones didn't have rivets.
    the shovel has folded ears so it should be ok.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Hello,
    shovel that opened this thread is a good WWII one...carrier is not...you'll never find a german WWII regulation carrier with buckle on the right...it's always on the left. IMO carrier is postwar or from foreign origin
    Berlin1945 : your shovel is good also but IMO marking 1944 is bad....
    Thanks
    Last edited by JPhilip; 05-24-2013 at 10:59 PM.
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    Interesting info.
    Here is another one that looks WWII German - postwar Dutch or Norwegian repaint ?
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    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Carrier is post war East-German. Or so I have been told. I have a carrier similar to the one shown, that came with a post war manufactured e-tool.

    And on a side note. I have never heard them mentioned as fixed blade e-tools. Linnemann style e-tools would be more correct in my world

    Linnemann Entrenching-tool DK 1870

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