GERMAN WORLD WAR II Luftwaffe field mess fork


GERMANY, NAZI, Luftwaffe field mess fork, no date (1934-45), marked CPS W 39 & F1.U.V. on back, aluminum, 204x28x20mm, 25.7g, VF

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I World War I the individual German states that made up the German Empire raised their own troops and awarded their own achievement badges.

Hitler thought that the Armed Forces experience was the greatest thing in the world and everyone should have the opportunity to feel the joy of being in a large group doing what it was told to do. The military organizing methods, including the awarding of performance badges, was extended into many aspects of civilian life.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.