$249.50

SKU: GR14592 Categories: , Product ID: 4558

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MONCHOIR, THE GERMAN VERSION (W/OAK LEAF BORDER IN PATRIOTIC COLORS) OF THE FRENCH HANDKERCHIEF, 100% ORIGINAL, DATED 1914, WITH A MAP OF FRANCE. DIFFERENT ONES WERE GIVEN TO SOLDIERS IN A UNIT (GEW 98 & 88, REVOLVERS, DRILL INSTRUCTIONS, PACK, ETC.) TO BE USED IN THE FIELD. IT IS MARKED “KARTE VOM DEUTSCH-FRANZOSISCHEN KRIEGSCHAUPLATZ/1914”, SO THIS IS WAS MADE AT THE START OF THE WAR JUST FOR THAT PURPOSE. IT IS THE FIRST OF THESE I HAVE SEEN (WE HAVE HAD OTHERS DATED BACK TO THE 1880’S BUT NOT A MAP). THE BODY IS IN VG-EXC CONDITION SHOWING AGE WITH ONLY WEAR ON THE EDGE (YOU CAN SEE IT WAS MOUNTED IN A FRAME AT ONE TIME). THESE ARE RATHER RARE. THERE ARE SOME SMALL RED DOTS ADDED IN PLACES ALL OVER THE MAP SO SOMEONE WAS USING IT TO MARK POSITIONS. IT IS MOSTLY OF WESTERN FRANCE AND EASTERN GERMANY WHERE MOST OF THE COMBAT TOOK PLACE.