¡Mi primera restauración¡ (Más o menos)
My first restoration work! (More like just a deep cleaning) late last year I got this German made Cuban Machete as a kind gift from the great Mike Kasper, this week finally I manage to bringing back to life again. I'm so happy about it as I didn't expected it to look so good - for that reason I didn't got much before pictures.
These machetes, usually made at Spain, Solingen (Germany)or by Collins in the US were widely used in Latin America both as tools or weapons during the tumultuous late XIX and early XX centuries. To the point that the makers and exporters started marking the blades in Spanish. They are frequently referred as "Cuban" as they were regulation for Spanish colonial troops at the time of the Spanish-American war. They were also common in Venezuela and Panama reason why I have a particular interest on them.
Regarding to this particular one -seems- made by Fernando Esser has the blade is extremely thin but has a slight distal taper in contrast to modern machetes, very suitable for cutting but still capable to hurt with a trust. The hilt is made with horn scales and brass fittings witha a removable brass guard, which has now been fixated with a nail. This nail gave me a headache as I was originally planning to remove it and refix it again, however after the cleaning I found out the process would have been more complex than expected. I'm debating about sometime fixing the edge and sharpening it again for testcutting but not for now.
Also thanks to Maxime Chouinard who advised me during the process as well as Matt Easton's videos which I used as guide.
The other weekend I was having a great time on holiday! I'm very pleased with the bowl I painted at @centerparcsuk! Around the outer rim it says 'When you go home, tell them of us and say for their tomorrow, we gave our today'. Not for sale but will be getting added to my collection. Thought I'd share!
Mortars rained down and gunfire blasted through the bunkers of the small outpost, startling everyone from their sleep and surprising those on watch. A band of Chinese soldiers had snuck around the back of the horseshoe shaped outpost silently until opening up with submachine guns to break the dark calm. Sergeant Seltzer woke immediately, his eyes wide and a bit disoriented as he fumbled and stumbled through his bunker toward the cries for medic. He made it halfway toward his comrade when he walked into an enemy soldier brandishing a burp gun. Realizing he had no weapon to fight with, he lunged at the soldier, swinging punches and trying to wrestle the gun away from him. He felt little control over his limbs and flailed wildly, hoping to strike the man in some way to incapacitate him when a scathing pain erupted in his body.
He clutched his abdomen and chest searching for the source of the pain and crumbled to the ground in shock, no longer aware of his hand-to-hand adversary as he realized he had been shot across his body from his hip through his back and chest. Oscar tried to keep his senses and pulled himself up. Breathing was immediately laborious, and he felt like part of his hip was shattered and could not put pressure on his left leg. He rolled onto his right side and called out between short gasps to challenge his wounded comrade who replied weakly.
Seltzer pulled himself up on his hands and knees and dragged himself toward the voice. He was not cognizant of how much time had passed since he was struck down or where any of the Chinese were, but focused all his energy on crawling toward his squad mate. He felt as though he was going to slip away at any moment, whether passing out from pain or blood loss or maybe this was just what dying felt like.
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1st Infantry Division M1 Helmet - Normandy
This is one we used to have in our collection and is an incredible example of an M1 Helmet with an original 1st ID Insignia, original net, and NCO Bar.
The shell has been repainted at least once, true to the Normandy campaign. Thick brush marks can be seen under the net. T4 or T5 rank was painted on the right side, only to be covered by the repaint. The only identifying marking is "Nick" scratched into the NCO Bar.
Soap residue is thick on the inside. Original net and straps show heavy use.
A true Normandy vet!
Hessen House Order of the Star of Brabant.
Unmarked. Princes Cross shows light wear/age to obverse with no damage enamel or turquoise balls. Obverse features replaced center disc and gold services with light wear/age. Center arm of cross features undamaged suspension ring without ribbon.
Koppelschloss der deutschen Luftwaffe von 1934 mit repro Koppelgurt
Diese Koppel Trugen die Soldaten auf ihre Uniform. An ihm befestigten sie ihre Komplette Ausrüstung, die sie im Feld brauchten. Die Koppelschlösser unterschieden sich dabei zwischen Luftwaffe, Heer oder SS. Auch andere Organisationen von der HJ über den RAD bis zur Organisation Todt hatten ihre eigenen Koppelschlösser. #luftwaffe#militaria#wehrmacht#koppelschloss#military#fallschirmjäger
Så kallade gradovaler, mössmärken för olika typer av huvudbonader ända upp till Generalsgrad.
Swedish cap badges for different types of hat/caps from the first half of the 20th century. Highest grade seen is Swedish “General”. #militär#militaria#mössmärke#gradoval#capbadge