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Need help in locating list of "L" series RZM manufacturer's of SA/SS scabbard strap ring hangers.

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    Smile Need help in locating list of "L" series RZM manufacturer's of SA/SS scabbard strap ring hangers.

    I just acquired a black leather strap ring hanger marked "RZM L2/371" for one of my SS daggers. Can anyone provide me a website link or other source where I can obtain a list of "L" series RZM manufacturers of these type of items? I thought I had such a list but I cannot locate it. Thanks.

    John

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    John I believe that Fishers reference provides such a list.
    There is also a very good source of RZM reference on GDC that is public. GermanDaggers.com - Forums powered by UBB.threads™
    It's on the right side of the website.

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    Smile Who/Where is "Fisher's reference?"

    Tnx for the reply. I will check GDC and the sub links on the right side of the forum link as you suggested. I am having trouble trying to relate to "Fisher's reference". You are the only one who has responded to my post here. Is Fisher one of the references in the GDC? If not is it someone on this forum? Please clarify for me. Tnx.

    John

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    Hi John ,,the Author who Is John Fisher has put out a 9 volume set on every attribute of German Metal Edged types and weaponery..including producers and the RZM offices.These references are a must for the serious collector and researcher. Unfortunatley John Fisher recently passed away due to a long Illness..and I do not know if these books are obtainable..or if his family took over the business..and is still selling them.
    These books can be found on dealer sites..mine I obtained from the gentleman above Paul Lakesidetrader from his site.

    The GDC only shows the RZM department " M " for all Metal works..I did not see Department L for leather on that site, I can provide the Identity of "RZM L2/371 for you if needed.
    Below is a list of the departments in which the RZM has included

    More of the RZM description can be found on the following pages of Tom Wittmanns SS book… pgs 159-161
    Organizations that were subject to the RZM were of political status,,…SA- SS –NSKK and the HJ, ( for reasons unknown the NPEA was not affected )
    The letter "M" seen before a number is a metal license prefix. Listed below are 12 prefixes of materials controlled by the RZM.
    M/1-Insignia
    M/2-Sub-contractors
    M/3-Symbols and emblems
    M/4-Belts & buckles
    M/5-Uniform accessories
    M/6-Aluminum products
    M/7-Daggers
    M/7h- Dagger sub-contractors ( not seen )
    M/8-Metal accessories
    M/9-Tinnies
    M/10-Musical instruments
    M/11-NSDAP Long service medals
    M/12-NSDAP "Miniature" Long service medals

    Included below are the other prefixes also pertaining to the RZM control.

    RZM - A Ausrustung / Outfitting
    RZM -B Baumwolle / Cotton and fabrics
    RZM - D Dienstkleidung / Service clothing
    RZM - E Einzelhandel / Retail trade
    RZM - G Grosshandel / Wholesale
    RZM - H Handelsvertreter / Trade representatives
    RZM - K Kleidereinzelhandel / Retail clothing
    RZM - L Leder / Leather
    RZM - M Metall / Metal
    RZM - V Verkaufstellen / Retail outlets...also worked in conjunction with RZM E
    RZM - W Wolle / Wool

    To reiterate ..these invaluable exhaustive in content Solingen Steel Bibles can be found only when they appear for resale on a dealer site..ebay ..etc. You just have to keep your eyes open..like anything else we search for in this hobby..they are not readily available on store shelves. I hope that this may of helped you some what..and will identify the RZM L2/371 maker for you asap.

    Regards Larry

    My apologies for not seeing this post and replying so late..but Thankful for Paul bringing it to the top for discussion.
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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    From my files, and from the RZM manufacturing regulations from 1938:

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    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Thankyou for Wim Saris in providing the original source documentation, on this L2/371 producer : EG Luener / SA Hanger straps.

    Department "L" is comprised of 10 sub departments #2 being " Maker of leather articles "

    Sub department
    1. Leather for Uniform outfitting
    2. Leather articles
    3. Leather field packs
    4. Master saddlers
    5. Belts and straps
    6. Crash helmets
    7. Shoes
    8. Master shoe makers
    9. Leather trade
    10. Hat accessories

    Each sub department has each producer and RZM assigned number listed

    Sub department 4 being the largest in leather listing at 2951 producers ( some within this scope are undocumented )
    this department just did not only produce saddles..and did more than just that,. with other leather articles..of were sub contracted to do so.
    There would of been more horses than tanks if that were the case

    Regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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    Hello Larry. It is Leuner not Luener!!

    Gruppe L1 = Lederfabriken. In 1938 the highest number was 53;
    Gruppe L2 = Lederzeugfabriken. In 1938 tHe highest number was 2432, but many numbers in between already were cancelled as lots of permissions were withdrawn;
    Gruppe L3 = Tornisterfabriken. In 1938 the highest number was 283;
    Gruppe L4 = Sattlermeister. In 1938 the highest number was 2468 (I believe, but again many were withdrawn in between);
    Gruppe L5 = Riemenfabriken. In 1938 the highest number was 105;
    Gruppe L6 = Sturzhelmfabriken. In 1938 the highest number was 12, but the numbers 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 already were withdrawn. The complete list is included in volume 4 from the series "Headgear of Hitler's Germany", page 375. The highest number mentioned in the RZM magazines was 21. Also 13 and 14 were mentioned, but no others;
    Gruppe L7 = Schuhfabriken. In 1938 the highest number was 182;
    Gruppe L8 = I do not have that list;
    Gruppe L9 = Lederhandel. No numbers were included in 1938;
    Gruppe L10 = Mützenzutaten. No numbers were included.

    With the RZM handbook from 1935 L7 was mentioned, but no numbers. The groups L8, L9 and L 10 then were not included at all.
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Larry, thanks for the helpful reply. I printed it and will place it in my appropriate items provenance documentation binders. One never can have enough RZM documentation. I was not familiar with the author John Fisher. It seems I tend to have items which require "the must book to have about....". For example, I have a few Nazi desireable helmets. Recently, I had an opportunity to acquire some early vintage visor caps from a fellow Nazi collector who specializes in the "coffeecan" kepi visor caps. He was parting with a few items in his collection in order to purchase more expensive coffeecan visor caps. With great reluctance one he parted with included a Luftwaffe Maritime Air Sea Rescue civilian employee visor cap.

    Initially, I had difficulty locating information on this visor cap which, as I later discovered, was sourced to the "Defending the Reich" book. It still is available but the author died about 10 years ago. His book seemed to be the only definitive source on the subject. Although helpful, I wish it had more of an in depth discussion. Before locating the subject discussions on a couple of website forums, I spent about $90 to purchase the book mainly as a provenance reference for this vintage Air/Sea Rescue visor cap.

    Meanwhile, I also "had to have" the Morgan/McGuire WW2 German headgear books for my early Political Leaders and other visor caps I recently had acquired. So far this year I have spent about $200 on books which are great provenance references. If anyone should doubt whatever, I open one of the provenance reference books to the appropriate page(s) for the individual to view for themselves.

    Thanks for listing the RZM control type descriptions. I sight checked my SA/SS daggers/belt strap connectors. Most do not have metal maker's mark stampings and a few do. Attached are three pictures two of which appear to be the same manufacturer based on the "stickman" like graphic and "DRGM" stamp. One additionally has a "M5/8" stamp. The remaining one is stamped "M5/74" and the letters "O|C" centered inside a diamond design stamp. If you could provide me the manufacturer's name and town location for these belt hanger clips I would appreciate it.

    John

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    The two "stickmen" are Assmann and Co. and the "O/C" is Overhoff & Cie. Ludenscheid.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    Wilhelm,

    Thanks for posting the L2/371 manufacturer's name and town. The problem for me is I do not understand most German Gothic letters/text. Could you please post the
    L2/371 information in English?

    John

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