German Kriegsmarine Kaiserliche Marine WWI WWII? Enlisted Sailors Dittbox, RAREST of RARE!
Listed is a German Navy ca 1890s-1920s Kaiserliche Marine and Reichsmarine standard-issue regulation ditty box or in German "Eigentum Effecten Kasten" or just "Eigentum Kasten". Most of these German Navy ditty boxes were lost in the wars and over time. It is easily over 100 years old! Making this ditty box even rarer is that it retains the square "name plate" on the front of the box where a sailors name would be inscribed once it was issued to him.However the attached metal plate on this box is blank meaning that this box was waiting for a new owner! These ditty boxes were also used for a short period of time in the German Kriegsmarine during WWII Due to the tin or galvanized metal hardware this particular ditty box was certainly made during or shortly after WWI. Partially Handcrafted made of pinewood and dovetail construction, sliding lid, affixed metal nameplate. Popular in the cramped quarters of the U-Boat Forces for the small size.
This is a typical standardized German Navy-issued regulation ditty box, also sometimes termed as a sea chest or sea trunk, used by German sailors in the Kaiserliche Marine and Reichsmarine pre and post WWI. What was unique in the design of these German issued ditty boxes was the sliding lid which had an affixed tin tab which protruded through a slit in the body of the box where a lock would be put. Outside personalization was against naval regulations, however we have found many examples where German sailors wrote their names and other personal information instead of using the metal nameplate. This ditty box had one name hand inscribed on the nameplate O. Grzal-ik" and a second name "Manfred Bock handwritten on the side.
The item "German Navy Kriegsmarine WWI WWII Enlisted Sailors Dittybox Sea Chest RARE 1" is in sale since Thursday, October 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Militaria (Date Unknown)\Navy". The seller is "feralgrrl" and is located in Stafford, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.