this grouping is my most amazing find so far.
Went to an estate sale recently where I first found four swords on a bed and a dog tag in a jewelery box. Based on that, I assumed they must be some uniforms somewhere and started to dig. Finally, I found hidden in tin bucket in the basement what I was looking for: a Ike jacket with a tank destroyer pin, bars, medals and 1st army tank destroyer patches, honorable discharge documents, garrison hat, another jacket, several shirts with and without patches, several pants and long johns. Story does not end here because, I went back upstairs and found on a shelve a pair of German binoculars..
Once I got home, I realized that one of these sword was french (model 1862?), two were ww2 germans (easy to date if you look carefully, ) and the last one was also german (even though it looked older (WW1?)). Based on the marking on the box, I also realized the binoculars are clearly germans .
couple of questions though:
- Can I assume that he brought these sabers and binoculars as a souvenir from his "trip" to europe?
- are these long johns issued clothes?
Finally, I am no swords expert so any comments about them will be appreciated.