12-08-2013 05:51 PM
Unfortunately, I can see nothing telling me that it is anything but a normal mountaineering pick. I would imagine that if it had been WWII that there would be Some sort of marking to indicate this. The Germans stamped and marked just about everything including the dust on the floors.
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Thank you harryamb. Cheers MR
Yes, I know what you mean Wagriff. Thanks for your note and regards MR
Wagriff is right they all look similar German ones usually have a maker I missed a good one here while back marked with a manufacters logo and 137th Mountain Reg I think on handle that was the regiment that attacked my father's unit on Lampadon ridge near Zerf Germany in March of 45. timothy
It's a Swiss made ice axe (or eispickel) by the apparently renowned axesmith P.Schild of Kandersteg. They are not the military type axe used by the Swiss army. It may be from the 1930's or before, as by the 1940's the axes were marked P.Schild Sohn, and at some point in the early 1950's P.Schild Junior. The company logo appears to have changed each time if not even more often. They crop up on ebay fairly regularly and seem to go for in the region of £60-£90. Sorry about the small pic, but that's it.
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We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
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Hi Timoth and Big Ned, Thank you for your input on this subject. The info is of great help and interest.