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Souvenir Cigarette Case Observer/Flak

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    Hello All,
    seeing Casey's post I thought I would dig out my old Cigarette case.
    It has fairly rock solid provinence but sadly the Vet who converted the cig case ...indeed if it was him and not 'Max'
    had passed away and this came from the family members along with around 100 other pieces of memorabilia.

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    The cig case is engraved on the inside to My Dear 'Max' Christmas '25.

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    The soldering of the observer badge looks to have been done in an over enthusiastic field workshop...just look at the blobs of solder. The Flak badge looks to have been applied with a bit more care.

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    All the best
    Doug

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    Hi Doug,

    The badges look good. Possibly a late war zinc 3rd pattern Observer by Assmann and a pretty rare zinc example of the ball hinge Luft Flak by an unknown maker perhaps?

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    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.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thanks Ned,
    I think there was one other observer attached to a belt and another flak that had lost one wing in the group but it was a nice bundle of stuff.
    I think you are right abot the Observer being an Assmann but we will never know.
    Whoever did the soldering job on that piece did a real good job. Even the zinc has melted!!

    All the best
    Doug

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    I never would have believed that was original ! Thanks for posting a good one .
    Cheers Chris

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    What appears a little odd about it is that the two badges seem to have been put on upside down. If you look at the front with the pattern you'll see what I mean, the case is back to front and inverted if you are to look at the badges the right way up.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    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.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    What appears a little odd about it is that the two badges seem to have been put on upside down. If you look at the front with the pattern you'll see what I mean, the case is back to front and inverted if you are to look at the badges the right way up.

    Regards, Ned.
    I see what you mean Ned

    Ahhhh. I have the answer perhaps he was left handed!!

    OR perhaps it was so the person being offered a cigarette would see the badges the correct way up.

    I guess we will never know

    All the best
    Doug
    Last edited by Saladin; 03-09-2016 at 04:54 PM.

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    very nice.

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    Im very glad to see a real one. I'm sick of the guys on ebay..
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    Nice ciggy case

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