Rare Original Ww1 German Grabenpanzer, Trench Armour For Restoration
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Rare Original Ww1 German Grabenpanzer, Trench Armour For Restoration:
Rare original WW1 German Grabenpanzer or Trench Armour intended for sentries, machine gunners etc. I acquired this incomplete armour many years back as a restoration project and never quite got around to it. Although slightly pitted, it remains in excellent condition and would benefit from a sympathetic restoration. It would be ideal as a museum display object where an expensive original is not required, or to aid in the restoration of another original set. I have no idea of which size this set is but the key dimensions are, breastplate shoulder to shoulder 15", top to bottom of breastplate 15", middle plate 12.5" wide by 5" deep, lower plate 8 3/4" wide by 6.5" deep.
The first pattern breast plate is in good condition with only minor surface rust. This armour has been protected by a coat of silver paint which has stopped any major corrosion taking place. It was used as a theatrical prop for many years and it is therefore surprising that the original fabric strapping has survived along with four of the original six felt spacers between the plates.
The first of the abdominal plates is missing. I suspect that this was done deliberately in order to shorten the height of the armour during its theatrical 'career' The missing plate would be very easy to replicate however, using the remaining pieces as a pattern. There is still some field grey paint present on the piece, mainly on the reverse of the middle abdominal plate, though there is also some on the back of the breastplate which would respond to careful rust removal. There also appears to be a pencil inscription to the rear of the centre plate, but this is illegible.
In common with many of these trench armour sets, this one has been demilitarised at some point in the past by having a hole punched or shot through the breastplate. This has an old weld repair and it was my intention to clean this up and make it more or less invisible, an easy repair.
All in all, an excellent original basis for restoration and listed for less than the price of one of the many poor quality Chinese replicas that are on the market these days!Please be aware that this is a very heavy item. If offerding from overseas, please contact me for an accurate quote before offerding. I only send overseas using a fully tracked and insured shipping service. Given the weight and bulk of this item it is likely to be very expensive.I have given sample shipping quotes only for the US and Europe.All overseas buyers Paypal only please. All payment to be received within 5 days of the end of the sale please.